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Haase, Tommie | 1924-2016
Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tommie Haase, 92, died Friday, July 29, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was Aug. 1 at Redtop Cemetery.
Tommie was born April 23, 1924, in Brazos to John Clayton and Alice Irene (Cunningham) Edwards. She married Albert William Haase July 22, 1941, in Frederick, Okla. Tommie was a rancher and moved to Graham in 1975 and moved to Fort Worth in 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and daughter Judy Bell.
Tommie is survived by her daughter, Paula Kitchen and husband, Bill, of Fort Worth; sister Prudence A. Hall of Weatherford; grandson Ty Kitchen of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.

Haire, Jerry Wayne, Sr. | 1941-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Jerry Wayne Haire Sr., 75, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside and church services were Feb. 8 at the Sunset Cemetery in Sunset and at the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
Jerry was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Vernon to William and Dessie (Williams) Haire. He graduated from Handley High School in Handley in 1956. Jerry joined the National Guard from 1957-58 and served his country in the United States Navy as an RMC. He retired after 20 years of service.
Jerry worked for Union Pacific Railroad and retired after 19 years. He also worked for Anadarko Oil Co. in communications for five years. He loved bluegrass music and attending music festivals. Jerry was a loving father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dessie Haire; and his wife, Roberta Haire.
He is survived by his children, Brenda Berrious and husband, Juan, of Sunset, Jerry Wayne Haire Jr. and wife, Julie, of Fort Worth, James Ray Haire Sr. and wife, Mary, of Sunset, Randy Duane Haire Sr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Sunset and Peggy Ann Bull and Mark Sanchez of Saginaw; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Billy Haire and wife, Kumiko, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; sisters Mary Ann Wiley of Fort Worth and Brenda Lewis of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hale, Lee Roy | 1926-2016
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lee Roy Hale, 90, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Dan Sparkman officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Trey Hale, Brandon McCarthy, Tony Redwine, Laramie Redwine, Kyle Baird and Kenneth Baird.
Honorary pallbearers are Jordan Baird and Edward Phillips.
Lee Roy was born June 12, 1926, in Decatur to Ben and Ella (Hudson) Hale. He married Meredith Hodges Jan. 15, 1944, in Decatur. They were married 64 years until her passing in 2008. He served his country in the United States Army and was a retired welder.
Lee Roy was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son Bobby Hale; daughter Debbie Seabolt; great-grandson Russell Baird; brothers B.F. Hale and Pete Hale; and sisters Lou Bowling, Inez Rogers and Janie Cearley.
He is survived by his son, Leslie Hale and wife, Judy, of Decatur; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Joe Hale and wife, Bernice, of Decatur and James Hale and wife, Darleene, of Henrietta; sisters Joyce Horton of Rockdale, Lois Davidson of Rockdale and Pat Spoede of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hale, Wilson Earl, Sr. ‘Webo’ | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wilson Earl “Webo” Hale Sr., 73, of Paradise, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Denton.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Monday, March 7, at Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Paradise. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Webo was born May 10, 1942, in San Diego, Calif., to Ruby Frances (Craddock) and Coleman Harvey Wilson Hale. He was a truck driver who enjoyed gardening, storytelling, playing the guitar and spoiling his grandchildren. He served his country in the Army in Korea and Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Earl Hale; his parents; and brothers, Harvey Coleman Hale and Nathan Forrest Hale.
Webo is survived by his wife of 23 years, Frances Elaine Tedrow Hale; sons Daniel DeWayne Hale Sr. of Van Buren, Ark., Eric Dale Bennett of Midland/Odessa and Wilson Earl Hale Jr. of Marietta, Okla.; daughters Nona Davalene Wells of Van Buren, Charolette Jean McLaughlin of Witcherville, Ark., and Rhonda Gayle McConnell of Paradise; brother James Wilkerson Hale of Eden; sisters Ellen Leach and Susan Elaine Stout of Marysville, Calif., and Ruby Jean Whiteley of McMinnville, Ore.; 21 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Hall, Jackie | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jackie Hall, 83, of Granbury, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury, followed by burial at 2 p.m. at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Jackie was born June 2, 1933, to Ray and Dela Hall. He was raised on a dairy farm and milked Holsteins for many, many years.
Jackie loved to dance. Every Thursday night he would take his wife, Pat Hall, to the Senior Citizen Dance. He was a talented woodworker, a sports enthusiast and sheetrock hanger. He enjoyed baking and eating cakes.
Jackie was preceded in death by his parents; sister Dorothy Wrinkle; and his wife of 46 years, Ann Hall.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Wright Hall; daughter Sharon Hall Thompson and husband, Leroy; stepson Jerry Jetton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, plus one on the way. He’s also survived by brother John Hall; sister Bonnie Henry; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Hamblin, Terry Ray | 1955-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Terry Ray Hamblin, 60, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Fort Worth.
A private memorial service will be held.
Terry was born June 14, 1955, in Shawnee, Okla. to Dorothy Jean (Jones) and William Senter Hamblin Sr. He was self-employed and owned an appliance repair business. He graduated from Bridgeport High School and attended Kilgore College. Terry had a caring heart and always helped people whenever he could. He was guardian to Blake and Cannon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother William (Bill) Hamblin Jr.
Terry is survived by his twin, Larry Joe Hamblin of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers Robert Hamblin of Chico, James Hamblin of Bridgeport and Mike Hamblin of Decatur; sister Barbara Scarpinato of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces and nephews, who will miss Uncle Terry.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Haney, Harold | 1937-2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Harold “Butter” Haney, 79, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Butter was born Nov. 26, 1937, in Chico to John and Ruth (Johnston) Haney. He graduated in 1956 from Chico High School. Butter served his country in the United States Army.
He married Judith McDonald May 16, 1960, in Bowie. He worked in the oilfield all his life for several different companies. He enjoyed fishing and playing dominoes and cards.
Butter was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Leslie Deneen Haney; brothers J.C. Haney and Don Haney; and sister, Louise Weatherly.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Mickki Haney-Brooks and husband, Caroll, of Bowie; grandson Jon Ramos of Bowie; great-grandchildren Ashlyn Ramos and Rhett Ramos; sister Glenda Anderson and husband, Wylie, of Chico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harber, James Lee, Jr. | 1961-2016
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016

James Lee Harber Jr., 54, of Decatur, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Decatur.
No services will be held at this time.
Junior was born Feb. 5, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., to James Sr. and Jessene (Wallis) Harber. He attended Victory Family Church in Decatur.
Junior was an industrial electrician and loved all sports, especially the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. He was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father.
James is survived by his sons, Justin Harber and Jason Harber; granddaughter Kaylee Joe Harber; mother Jessene Harber; sister Tish DeLeon; and numerous nephews, cousins and friends.

Hardee, Edd | 1919-2016
Published Saturday, October 22, 2016

Edd Hardee, 97, of Decatur, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Kates officiating.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Jeff Meador, Ricky Meador, Tony Meador, Wes Hardee, Billy Hardee, Jessie Hardee and Tim Hardee.
Edd was born June 19, 1919, in Newark to Sam and Maudie (Covington) Hardee. He married Odessa Taylor Sept. 6, 1941, in Boyd. Edd was a retired carpenter. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Edd was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his sister; his brother; his grandson, Randy Meador; and his great-grandson, Riley Hardee.
He is survived by his sons, Johnny Hardee of Decatur, Weldon Hardee and wife, Sheila, of Sunset, Milton Hardee Sr. of Decatur and Milton Hardee Jr. of Wichita Falls; daughter Evelyn Darlene Meador of Decatur; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wise County Veterans Group, P.O. Box 574, Decatur TX 76234.

Hardin, Betty Wanda | 1931-2016
Published Saturday, October 8, 2016

Betty Wanda Hardin, 85, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Scott Willingham officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Betty was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Lone Star to Charlie and Bertha (Patterson) Wester. She married Bobbie Lee Hardin in 1945 in Dorchester.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her son, Jackie Hardin.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Hardin and wife, Pam, of Decatur and Steven Hardin and wife, Kathy, of Decatur; daughters Terri Dobbs of Decatur, Karen Ellison and husband, Robin, of Diana and Kim Greer and husband, William, of San Angelo; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harding, Clara | 1936-2016
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Clara Harding, 80, of Aurora, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Aurora.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Azleland Cemetery. A graveside service will immediately follow.
Clara was born May 23, 1936, in Houston to Tyra Dora Blaylock-Strickland and Jack Strickland. She worked as a nurse where she brought joy, love and laughter to everyone with whom she came in contact.
Clara never met a stranger. She was an active and energetic mother and grandmother. She loved to drive and card games, playing with many people in her complex.
Clara was a strong-willed woman and family meant everything to her. She had an enormous family and was proud of every one of them.
She is precededed in death by her daughter, Deborah Mills; son Franklin Robles; grandson Rowdy Robles; parents Jack and Tyra Strickland; brothers Emmett, Robert and Pete Strickland; and sister Dorthey Folks.
Clara is survived by her sons, Charles Bear, Ricky and Bradford Robles, Randall New and Billy Jack Guance; daughters Catherine Garcia, Thelma Cisnerros and Tamra Jenkins-Carnley; and countless grandkids, great-grankids and great-great-grankids.

Hardy, Myra Marie | 1950-2016
Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
Myra Marie Hardy, 66, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Myra was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Wheatland, Okla., to Ted and Edna (Stass) Hardy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother.
She is survived by her sisters Marcia Cline of Paradise, Margie Bolin and husband, Tom, of Sulphur Springs and sister Linda Forster and husband, Mark, of Alvarado; brothers Mel Hardy and wife, Peggy, of Paradise, Mike Hardy of Gainesville, Martin Hardy and wife, Rosa Lee, of North Richland Hills, M.W. Hardy and wife, Janice, of Independence, La., Marvin Hardy and wife, Tommie, of Port Lavaca, Mark Hardy and wife, Vicki, of Bowie; and Johnny Hardy and wife, Merejen, of Paradise; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Harpel, Ollie Felix, Jr. | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ollie Felix Harpel Jr., 73, of Springtown died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Springtown.
Memorial service is 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the VFW Club, 11875 FM 730 North, in Azle.
Ollie was born Dec. 5, 1942, in San Antonio to Ollie Sr. and Melba (Herrera) Harpel. He’s been with his loving wife, Elaine (Sampson) Harpel, for 37 years. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Melba, Diane and Ollie Mae; and brothers Tony, Kenneth and Nickolas.
Ollie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine Harpel; daughters Kelly White and Jennifer Norwood and husband, Jerry, all of Hockley, Mary Lynn Harpel of Michigan and Carol Lynn Harpel of Paris, France; sons Joseph White and wife, Christy, of Tomball, Kenneth James White and wife, Lucia, of Tomball, Randy Harpel and wife, Beth, of Michigan and Doyle Anthony Harpel of Michigan. He is also survived by sisters Mary Joann Rape of Conroe and Judy Gonzales of San Antonio; brother Paul Harpel of Abilene; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his special family, Christy, James, Carrie, Cathy and 11 additional grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Donations may be made at www.gofundme.com/tgm6hjqs to help with Ollie’s funeral expenses.

Harris, Orrie Lee ‘Coach’ | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orrie Lee “Coach” Harris, 82, of Bridgeport, died Friday, May 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was May 10 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jason Barnes, Heath Barnes, Daniel Chandler, Eric Wiley, Jon Harris and Derrick Mowrey.
Honorary pallbearers were Allen Dutton and Jeffrey Wiley.
Orrie was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Corsicana, to Lawrence Taylor Harris and Edith Louise (Anderson) Harris. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1951, and he married Mary Lu Syms Jan. 22, 1955.
Orrie attended Navarro Junior College on a golf scholarship and completed his teaching degree at the University of North Texas in 1953. He received his master’s degree and began teaching and coaching at Keller High School in 1954. He remained there until 1972.
Orrie was a teacher and coach at Chico High School 1973 to 1975, and he was at Bridgeport High School 1976 to 1986. Orrie was a longtime member of the Chico Lions Club and a member of the Chico United Methodist Men. He was named to the Keller ISD Hall of Fame in 2005.
Orrie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years; brother Carl Glen Harris; step-sister Jo Ann Kilcrease; and grandchild Shannon Hofacket.
He is survived by his sister, Darla Jo Sumners of Seagoville; brother-in-law George Adrian Syms and wife, Mary Lee, of Houston; daughters Lu Lane Dutton and husband, Marvin, of Duncan, Okla., and Robin Suzanne Barnes and husband, Don, of Sunset; sons Coit Lee Harris and wife, Melanie, of Chico and Jay Allen Harris and wife, Neysa, of Denton.
He is also survived by grandchildren Allen Dutton and wife, Rebecca, Cheryl Dutton, Sequitta Thomasson, Jeffrey Wiley and wife, Michelle, Jason Barnes and wife, Kristin, Eric Wiley and wife, Angela, Heath Barnes and wife, Patience, Jon Harris, MD and wife, Kirsten, Jessica Mowery and husband, Derrick, Kimberly Wiley and fianc , Jake Crawford, Taylor Adams Chandler and husband, Daniel, Shiloh Hofacket and Sara Harris.
Other survivors include great-grandchildren Jason Jetton and wife, Maggie, Curtis Jetton, Marxton Dutton, Cassie and Seth Thomasson, C.D., Evan and Kyle Dutton, Kira, Ella and Chase Wiley, Cadence and Tessa Wiley, Taylor Etter, Addison and Cooper Barnes, Asher and Kamper Barnes, William and Reese Chandler, Logan and Lillie Mowery and a sibling due in December and Kenley Harris arriving in July; great-great-grandchildren Patricia, Jason Jr. and Jackson Jetton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 504, Chico, TX 76431.

Harris, Sue Ann | 1959-2016
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sue Ann Harris, 56, of Boyd, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Boyd.
Sue was born on Aug. 5, 1959, in Linden to William Carl Harris and Barbara Sue Johnsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father, Anthony Johnsen.
She is survived by her boyfriend, Darrell Thompson of Boyd; daughters Angela Peters and husband, Samuel, of Missouri, Jessica Sandau and partner, James Hebb, of Louisville, Ky. and Ashley Watkins and husband, Doug Jr., of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren Alexandria, Brittanie, Adrienne, James, Ariana and Stephen; brothers Danny Carl Harris of Texas and Tony Alan Johnsen of Nashville, Tenn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harris, William ‘Willie’ Ernest | 1947-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

William “Willie” Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Willie was born Jan. 12, 1947, in Peaster to Ernest and Dorothy (Godsey) Harris. He married Diane (Saunders) Harris Jan. 22, 1982, in Fort Worth. Willie worked many years as a carpenter, even re-building their home after a fire completely destroyed it. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying golf, fishing, hunting and was a NASCAR and Texas Rangers fan.
Willie’s favorite pastime was spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Baptist church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers-in-law, Eddie Throckmorton, Mer Ido and Leonard Garfield.
Willie is survived by his wife of 34 years, Diane Harris of Bridgeport; daughters Stefanie Gann and husband, Brandon, of Springtown, Karen Woodworth of Bridgeport and Angela Harris of Briar; son Jason Hooker and wife, Lacy, of Arlington; nine grandchildren; brothers Bobby Harris and wife, Patsy, of Boyd and Jerry Harris of Cottondale; sisters Norma Ido Throckmorton, Millie Walker and Linda Harris, all of Boyd; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harrison, Anthony Lamont ‘Tony’ | 1948-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

Anthony Lamont “Tony” Harrison, 68, of Springtown, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Arlington.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at First Baptist Church of Boyd with the Revs. Mark Autry and Jackie Davis officiating, Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Brandon Branson, Hayden Quinn, Tony Clark, Steve Milam, Jimmy Boyd and John Nichols.
Tony was born May 13, 1948, in Boyd to Clarence and Freda (Wilson) Harrison. He married Marvene Williams June 17, 1997, in Las Vegas. Tony was a member of USTRA, 40 Plus and the First Baptist Church of Boyd. He was a retail business owner.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his sister, Teresa Harrison.
He is survived by his daughters, Kelli Clark and husband, Tony, of North Richland Hills and Denise Milam and husband, Steve, of Springtown; grandchildren Mackenzie, Cameron, Addison and Evan Clark, Brittany Palmer and husband, Todd, Brandy, Brandon and Brenna Brooke Branson; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harrison, Billy Thomas | 1956-2016
Published Saturday, October 29, 2016

Billy Thomas Harrison, 60, of Alvord, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Chico with the Rev. Glenn Waldon officiating and Veronica Greanead assisting.
Billy was born Sept. 5, 1956, in Bridgeport to Jewell and Patricia (Simpson) Harrison. He served his country and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Billy was a loving brother, son, father and grandfather. He was an outdoors man, gardener and loved his church. Billy was fond of saying “How ’bout them Cowboys?” and his favorite saying was “Well, I’ll be dogged.” He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alvord and the Disabled American Veterans.
Billy was preceded in death by his father, Jewell Ray Harrison.
He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Harrison of Fort Worth; son Matthew Harrison and wife, Briar, of Denton; grandchildren Leela Harrison and Jason Sanford; his mother; siblings Deborah Hill and husband, Leslie, of Arlington, Cindy Carter and husband, Ozie, of Chico, Chris Harrison of Alvord, Karen Waldon and husband, Glenn, of Bridgeport and Roger Harrison of Alvord; special friend Suzanne Burk; and other family members and friends.

Harrison, Sandra Marvene | 1948-2016
Published Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sandra Marvene Harrison, 68, of Springtown, died Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. Mark Autry and Jackie Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Troy Baker, Jimmy Boyd, Tony Clark, Todd Boone and Stephen Milam.
Marvene was born on Jan. 3, 1948, to Marvin and Abbie (Bailes) Williams in Fort Worth. She married Tony Harrison June 17, 1997, in Las Vegas, Nev. Marvene was the manager of Nature’s Health Store. She attended First Baptist Church in Boyd and Crossroads Church in Azle.
She was preceded in death by her father; her sister Marylynn Sissy Cummings; and her brother Marvin Odell Williams Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Tony Harrison; daughters Denise Moody Milam and husband, Stephen, of Springtown and Kelli Clark and husband, Tony, of North Richland Hills; her grandchildren Brittany Palmer Lamance and husband, Todd Boone, of San Antonio, Brandy Branson, Brandon Branson and Brenna Brooke Branson, all of Springtown, Mackenzie Clark, Cameron Clark, Addison Clark and Evan Clark, all of North Richland Hills; mother Abbie Williams of Krum; sister Skipper Brown and husband Gregg of Krum; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hatley, Alvin Lee | 1948-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alvin Lee Hatley, 67, of Boyd, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Boyd.
Graveside service was Feb. 3 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Darrell Hatley officiating.
Mr. Hatley was born Oct. 15, 1948, in Decatur to Dillard Lee and Dorothy Dale (Vess) Hatley. He was a painter and worked many years in the construction business.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard Hatley and Dorothy McDaniel; sister Linda Carson of Oklahoma; and brother Buddy Hatley of Boyd.
He is survived by his son, Steven Hatley and Tracey Knaus of New Orleans, La.; daughter Christina Hatley and Dennis Lasala of Boyd; brothers Joe Hatley and wife, Martha, Timmy Hatley and wife, Missy, David Hatley and Jimmy Wilson and wife, Judy, all of Boyd; sisters Judy Greer of Decatur, Anita Hays of Boyd, Nancy Hays of Boyd, Melissa and Raymond of Boyd and Wanda Smith and husband, Rodger, of Fife Lake, Mich.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hawkins, Labe L., Jr. | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Labe L. Hawkins Jr., 73, of Rhome, died Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was March 21 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Larry Ellison, Kyle Denton, Devon Dennis, Daniel Caldwell and Trey Dennis.
Labe was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Fort Worth to Labe Sr. and Irma (Boydston) Hawkins. He married Linda Rogers Nov. 6, 1961, in Saginaw. Labe was a mechanic and owned Hawkins Automotive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Joshua Dykes; sister Minnie Fleming; and brother Wilbert Hawkins.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Hawkins of Rhome; daughters Kamala Ellison and husband, Larry, of Fort Worth and Pamala Edgett of Rhome; grandchildren Kacie Stevens and Kyle Denton; great-grandchildren Zachary, Zane, Chance, Destiny, Liberty and Caleb; brothers Cleve Hawkins and wife, Nancy, and Jerry Hawkins and wife, Bessie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Donations can be made to American Cancer Society at cancer.org or 800-227-2345.

Hays, Latrell | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Latrell Hays, 93, of Bridgeport died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Speakers will be Stephen Starnes and Jeff Bakker. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Hunter Garcia, Darin Dorsey, “Dirt” Garza, Jose “Taco” Delacerda, Ryan Pate, Charlie Davidson, Chris Kuhlman, Kaiden Passmore and Rey Ray Garza.
Latrell was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Rural to Thomas and Hazel (Day) Denton. She married Thomas Hays June 2, 1978, in Bridgeport. Latrell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, Lions Club and Garden Club. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Leonard Lee Roy Reasoner, Tommy Glen Reasoner and Dennis Gill Reasoner; granddaughter Rachel Kay Reasoner; sister Lavern Kirk; and brother Jack Denton.
Latrell is survived by grandchildren Leonard Steven Reasoner, Lisa Kuhlman, Shelly Dorsey, Patricia Smith, Valerie Reasoner, Jessie Ann Reasoner and Denise Otwell; great-grandchildren Christopher, Shelbi, Sabrina, Kristen, Hanna, Hunter, Kaiden, Lexi, Jayden, Ayden, Rey Ray, Greyson, McKinzie and Maverick; great-great-grandchildren Jaxson, Preslee, Braxton, Kinadi and Nate; and other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bridgeport Garden Club.

Hays, Raymond J., Sr. | 1954-2016
Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Raymond J. Hays Sr., 61, of Boyd, died Saturday, March 5, 2016, at home.
Funeral was March 8 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter with the Revs. Dale Noska and Sam Keener officiating. Burial followed at Anneville Cemetery in Boyd.
Pallbearers were Josh Hays, RJ Hays, Ronnie Alcorn, Tano Lopez, John Hatley and Robbie Harris. Honorary pallbearers are Samuel Hulsey, James Hines and Corbin Hays.
Raymond was born Sept. 20, 1954, in Stockton, Calif., to Lloyd J. Paul and Peggy Ruth “Young” Hays. He married Mellisa “Hatley” Hays Oct. 17, 1977, in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Furman Hays, Bruce Hays and David Hays; sisters Ruth Hays and Brenda Rhoudes; and stepfather Ed Wilson Sr.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mellisa Hays; son RJ Hays and wife, Kristina; daughters Wilma Hulsey and husband, Keith, and Maggie Olson Elliott and husband, Ron; grandchildren Krissy Hays, Corbin Hays, Samuel Hulsey, Sequoyah Hulsey, Zac Olson, Brooklyn Olson and Mikel Olson; great-grandchild Clover Olson; sister Glenda Hays; and extended family members and friends.
Donations may be made to the Wise County Cancer Center.

Henry, June Morris | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

June Morris Henry, 77, of Newark, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at home after a short battle with cancer.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville with the Rev. Lewis Coomer officiating.
June was born July 2, 1938, in Gainesville to Monroe and Hazel (Jones) Morris. She married Glenn Henry Oct. 6, 1957, in Wichita, Kan. They were married 53 years before his death in 2011.
June loved children, and for many years, she babysat in her home before going to work as a kitchen manager at Seven Hills Elementary School.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Royce “Bo” Morris and Richard “Dickie” Morris; sister Adelle Garrett; and grandson Preston Henry.
She is survived by her sons, Mike Henry and wife, Polly, of Garfield, Ark., Jody Henry and wife, Trice, of Lindsay and Terry Henry of Newark; daughter Kathi Landes of Newark; grandchildren Cris Henry, Regina Lewis, Jeff Henry, Tanner Henry, Douglas Landes and KayLeigh Decker; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Other survivors include brothers Bill Morris and wife, Jane, of Granada Hills, Calif., and Donnie Morris and wife, Sandra Kay, of Marietta, Okla.; sisters Sandy Kemp and husband, Stanley, of Tioga and Debbie Denham and husband, Bennie, of Spring Branch; sister-in-law Happy Morris of Cleburne; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Henry, Kenneth J. | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Kenneth J. Henry, 75, of Proctor, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at Comanche County Medical Center.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Comanche Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Whitefield officiating. Burial will be at Proctor Cemetery in Comanche County.
Kenneth was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Dublin to A.J. and Sarah (Lane) Henry. On July 9, 1960, he married Gay Kibler in Comanche. He was a member of the Proctor Baptist Church.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Rickey Henry.
He is survived by his wife, Gay Henry of Proctor; daughter Robin Aaberg and husband, Tom, of Alvord; grandsons Dane, Hagan and Laken; sister Maxine Strube of Kilgore; and many nieces and nephews.
Lunch will be at the Proctor Community Center.
Memorial donations may be made to Proctor Baptist Church, P.O. Box 723, Proctor, TX 76468.
Online condolences may be given at comanchefh.com.

Herrmann, Anita Nicholson | 1945-2016
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Anita Nicholson Herrmann, 71, of Aurora died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Aug. 9 at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Shane Parson, Sara Parson, David Wood, Christopher Wood, Todd Herrmann, Jessica Musgrove, Billy Musgrove and Amber Wood.
Anita was born July 31, 1945, in Corpus Christi to Francis and Helen (Ramsey) Nicholson. She married James Herrmann June 11, 1966, in Corpus Christi. Anita was a homemaker and a member of the Aurora Baptist Church. She was director of the church nursery for more than 17 years.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jim Herrmann of Aurora; daughters Tammy Herrmann of Aurora, Tina Sonnenberg and husband, Mike, of Puyallup, Wash.; and grandchildren Sara Parson and Shane, David Wood and Kristie, Christopher Wood and Jaimee, Todd Herrmann and Bethany, Jessica Musgrove and Billy, Amber Wood, Clayton Sonnenberg and Owen Sonnenberg.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Maddie, Payton, Lela, Zylar, Zaiden, Kimber and Natalie; sisters Florence Carrigan and husband, Aubrey, of Corpus Christi and Elizabeth Stahle and husband, Howard, of Orange Grove; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hickey, Michael Richard | 1948-2016
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Michael Richard Hickey, 68, of Marshal, Ark., died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Michael Wiley officiating.
Michael was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Carlise, Ark., to Herbert and Louise (Kimry) Hickey. He married Rhonda Upton Jan. 25, 1997, in Fort Worth. Michael was a veteran and served in the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1970.
He surrendered to the ministry in 2002 and volunteered his time in several nursing homes while living in Weatherford. Michael became a member of Loafers Glory Community Church in Morning Star, Ark., after pastoring three years at Evening Shade Baptist Church in Dennard, Ark. He was living in Alvord at the time of his death.
Michael had an ornery sense of humor, and you knew he liked you if he poked fun at you. He was opinionated and loved a good debate. He had a passion for the country, especially the mountains. Michael enjoyed cutting and baling hay and deer hunting when he was able. He also loved his little weiner dog, Ellie May.
Michael was preceded in death by his father; his mother; sister Sharon Keaton; his infant son, Michael Richard Hickey; and his infant grandson, Kyler Crable.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years; sons Richard Todd Anderson of Hurst and Daniel Hickey and wife, Kristi, of North Richland Hills; daughters Rachel Walker and husband, Rhoni, of Azle, Staci King and husband, Kris, of Alvord, Shandi Jaime and husband, Jorge, of Weatherford and Shian Thomas and husband, Tim, of Gainesville; 16 grandchildren, ranging in age from 27 to on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hill, Barbara Lee | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, August 6, 2016

Barbara Lee Hill, 80, of Boyd, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 5 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Barbara was born July 1, 1936, in Chattanooga, Okla., to Joseph Oliver and Ethel (Lone) Stanford. She married Charlie O’Dell Hill March 25, 1957. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Barbara loved to have a good laugh and will be remembered for her witty banter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons Tony Hill and Charley Dean Hill; brothers Wayne Oliver Stanford and James Franklin Stanford; and sisters Lavada Ruth Johnson and Martha Loise Johnson.
She is survived by her grandson, Casey Hill; granddaughter Toni Mechelle Hill; great-granddaughters Caroline and Alexandra Rogerson; sister Mae M. Scribner; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hodgkins, Melvin Dale | 1952-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

Melvin Dale Hodgkins, 63, of Boyd, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Boyd.
Memorial gathering is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the family’s residence.
Melvin was born on Nov. 8, 1952, to Weldon and Evelyn (Goode) Hodgkins in Fort Worth. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired maintenance engineer at Forever Living.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He’s survived by his mother; his daughter, Heather Luna; his granddaughter, Angell Akins; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Hodgkins, Weldon Dale | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, February 27, 2016

Weldon Dale Hodgkins, 83, of Boyd, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Boyd.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Boyd Church of Christ with Mark Taylor and Craig Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Marty Cain, Donny Hodgkins, Cade Hodgkins, Jered Hodgkins, Arturo Delgado and Damian Delgado.
Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Delgado, Marcus Delgado, Morgan Cain and Bryson Cain.
Dale was born July 21, 1932, in Fort Worth to Everett and Willie Faye (Yancey) Hodgkins. He married Evelyn Louise Goode Oct. 29, 1951, in Fort Worth. Dale served his country in the U.S. Marines. He retired from the research lab at Lennox Heating and Air. Dale was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Dustin Roy Hodgkins; brother E.T. Hodgkins; and sisters Barbara Pugh and Billie Caldwell.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Hodgkins of Boyd; sons Melvin Hodgkins of Boyd, Donald Hodgkins and wife, Kathi, of Bridgeport and Glen Hodgkins and wife, Donna, of Boyd; daughter Peggy Wooldridge of Boyd; grandchildren Sharon, Marty, Heather, Donny, Cade and Jered; great-grandchildren Damian, Kendall, Jacob, Sydney, Marcus, Morgan, Bryson, Angell, Shelbee, Colton and Brylee; sister Sarah Dillman of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hodgkiss, Robert Russell | 1937-2016
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Robert Russell Hodgkiss, 78, of Boyd, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Lloyd Kees officiating.
Robert was born April 15, 1937, in Red Bank, N.J., to Robert and Susan (Wonderly) Hodgkiss. He married Sharron Sue Lewis in Elko, Nev. Robert was a truck driver and dispatcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sharron Hodgkiss; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hodgkiss, Sharron Sue Frizzell | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sharron Sue Frizzell Hodgkiss, 75, of Decatur, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Nolan Community Center, 1742 FM 126, in Nolan.
Sharron was born Dec. 19, 1940, in Sweetwater to H.A. and Vivian (Lewis) Purser. She was an administrative assistant.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and grandson A.J. Frizzell.
Sharron is survived by her daughter, Donna Williams and husband, Ronald, of Amarillo; sons Randy Frizzell and wife, Rhonda, of Hermleigh, Darrell Frizzell and wife, Vicki, of Sweetwater and Kevin Frizzell and wife, Mary, of Decatur; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother D. Wayne Wallace; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Holden, Rodney Galen | 1949-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rodney Galen Holden, 66, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 in Waxahachie.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
Rodney was born on Oct. 29, 1949, to J.W. Hill and Marcel Holden in Seymour. He was a mechanic for the Texas Department of Transportation until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his son, James Holden and wife Tami; his daughter, Rena Howard and husband Michael; his stepdaughter, Alisha Collins and husband Matt; his grandchildren, Rebecca and Colton Unger, Makaylah Holden and Brent Holyfield, Felicia Skeldon and Preston Seals; his great-grandchildren, Ziona, Emerald and Colbi; other family members and a host of friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Miami, Florida 33131 or parkinsons.org.

Hollis, Walter C. | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Walter C. Hollis, 75, of Chico, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 28 at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.
Walter was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Decatur to William R.C. (Neal) Hollis and Mary Thelma Simpson Hollis. He was a night supervisor for Hanson Aggregates for 32 years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and working with his computer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce B. Hollis; stepson Robbie Lee Green; brother James C. Hollis; and sister Daisy Marsh.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Sandy Hollis; son Rodney Hollis of Roanoke; stepson Eddie Ward and wife, Lisa, of Chico; stepdaughters Dianna Tiller and husband, Raymond, of Chico and Melissa (Missy) Patterson and husband, Chad, of Chico.
Other survivors include grandchildren Drew, Tamara, Dakota, Hunter, Allie, Tanner, Derik, Lauren and Paisley; and great-grandchildren Brayden, Cloee, Chase and Landon.

Holmes-Moon, Kelly Wayne | 1963-2016
Published Saturday, October 1, 2016

Kelly Wayne Holmes-Moon, 53, of Denton, formerly of Greenwood, died Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016, in Denton.
Funeral is noon Saturday, Oct. 1, at the First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.
Pallbearers are David Meek, Darrin Ditmer, Drake Ditmer, Charles Smith, Troy Riedel, Chris Rousseau, David Hayslip and Terry Moon.
Kelly was born Feb. 5, 1963, in Perryton to Beth Montgomery and Harold Wayne Holmes. He was adopted as an adult by Jimmy Wayne Moon.
Kelly graduated from L.D. Bell High School in 1982 where he was a member of the gymnastics and rodeo teams. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served as an interior communications technician (IC3) aboard the U.S.S. Haddo submarine from 1982 to 1985 based out of San Diego, then serving in the Naval Reserve until 1989. Kelly went on to obtain an associate of arts degree in criminal justice from Cooke County Junior College in 1993.
After the Navy, Kelly worked for Brinks Security, then General Dynamics until 1991 when he founded the Rocking KM Rodeo Co. operating out of Greenwood with his brother, Monty Moon. The Rocking KM contracted rodeos and rough stock for the North Texas High School Rodeo Association and TRA events until 1997.
Kelly became the founder/owner of BoatSpeed Marine Services in 1998, specializing in racing sailboat repairs and optimized racing rudders/bottoms/keels until the time of his death.
Kelly also worked as a corrections officer in Bridgeport and served as a police officer for the cities of Trophy Club and Rhome. He later joined Peterbilt as an assemblyman for the past 14 years where he made many lasting and supportive friendships.
Kelly had a true joy for riding bulls and broncs as a member of the Texas Rodeo Association, eventually earning his PRCA card in 1989. While in Wise County, Kelly served the community as a member of the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse and the Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department.
Kelly became a dynamic competitor and leader in the Texas sailing community when he began racing a J/24 sailboat in the J/24 Texas Circuit, first as crew in 1998, then on to owning his pride and joy, BadMoon #267. He raced in and supported the circuit until the week prior to his death.
Kelly also served as the J/24 District 14 governor and lead organizer and promoter of the J/24 Texas Circuit. Due to his leadership and passion for the J/24 class, Kelly was honored to be selected to serve as the J/24 U.S. Class president from 2011 to 2012 and in 2013 was designated the copyright holder’s representative by Rod Johnstone, the maker of the J/24, a title he held at the time of his death. He has also served many years as the captain of Fleet 5 and governor-at-large of the J/24 Class.
Kelly had a passion for teaching kids which began with his coaching of the LD Bell High School Rodeo Team (NTHSA) from 1987 to 1996. He served as an avid volunteer sailing coach for the University of North Texas sailing team and the Aqua Monkey’s youth program at the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club.
Kelly was a lucky man who loved and served others, who never met a stranger and was known mostly by his profound Christian faith.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Derick; and grandparents Colonel and Sue Montgomery of Greenwood and Roy and Vergie Binion of Booker.
Kelly is survived by his wife, Tonja Holmes-Moon; parents Beth and Jimmy Moon; father Harold Holmes; children Christopher Holmes and wife, Johanna, of Aledo; Ashleigh Holmes of Granbury, Robbie Rae Holmes of Lake Worth and Rebekah Holmes of Carrollton; grandchildren Aleczander, Hailey, Tyler, Autumn, Aniya and Tommy.
Other survivors include his brother and best friend, Monty Moon and wife, Jennifer, of Paradise; brother Scott Holmes and wife, April, of Bastrop; aunt Robbie Smith of Cottondale; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and “special sisters and brothers.”
Memorial donations may be made to texascattledogrescue.com or lonestarlabs.org.

Holt, Thurman Lee | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thurman Lee Holt, 75, of Georgetown, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at home.
Funeral was Dec. 29 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Thurman was born Oct. 9, 1941, to Carl and Natalie Holt in Bridgeport where he attended high school. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served three years at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. He then returned to Sheppard Air Base in Wichita Falls.
Thurman married his high school sweetheart, Connie Lou Hudson, March 21, 1964. He attended Tarrant County Junior College, worked for Continental Airlines and was co-owner of Georgetown Tire Center before he changed careers and attended the police academy in Austin.
Thurman was a bailiff for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department where he befriended many souls in need in the jail and court systems. He retired in 2006. He was active in Sertoma Club of Georgetown, and the Austin Area Car Club. He volunteered for Georgetown Parks and Recreation.
Thurman had a love for people and never met a stranger, only a new friend. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. He loved classic cars, especially his ’59 Chevy pickup, which was his pride and joy. He was the kindest father and Papa anyone could ever have and left an imprint on all of our lives.
Thurman was preceded in death by his parents; and baby brother Doyle Wesley.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Kimra Nesbitt and husband, Erik-Paul; son Gregory Lee Holt and wife, Amy; grandchildren Bryce Nesbitt and Kelcie Nesbitt, all of Georgetown; brother Theron Holt and wife, Janie; sisters Frances Gentry and husband, Willard, Norma Holt, Carol Richardson and Carla Wood and husband, Bill, all of Paradise; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Houston, Ruth Graham | 1946-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ruth Graham Houston, 70, of Fort Worth, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Forth Worth.
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Church of Christ in Keller with Cory Colins officiating.
Ruth was born March 27, 1946, in Lawton, Okla., to Evers and Ruby Graham. She married Bob Houston in 1965. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1978 with a degree in elementary education followed in 1984 with a master’s in library science.
After moving to Bridgeport, Ruth began working for Bridgeport ISD as a bookkeeper. She taught second grade in Paradise for eight years before returning to Bridgeport ISD as a middle school librarian. She retired from public education in 2010 after almost 40 years of service. She then moved to Fort Worth to be near her grandchildren.
At Ruth’s request, her body was donated to Biogift’s Science Program for ALS research.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Ruth is survived by her husband; daughters Kim Kirkpatrick and husband Scott, and Melanie Kristi Hurt and husband David; brothers David Graham and Doug Graham; and grandchildren Jonathon Kirkpatrick, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Hannah Hurt, Rachel Hurt and Rebecca Hurt.

Hoyl, Cecil, Jr. | 1919-2016
Published Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cecil Hoyl Jr., 97, of Decatur, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Decatur Funeral Home, 902 Preskitt Road.
Cecil was born July 4, 1919, to Cecil Hoyl and Bessie I. VanMeter in Decatur. He served his country proudly in the Army Air Corps. Cecil loved spending time with his granddaughter and ranching.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Doris Hoyl; and brother Basil Hoyl.
He is survived by his sons, Bryan and wife, Jane, and Randall and wife, Darlena; granddaughter Leslieann Hoyl; “adopted” family Don and Marie Hudson; one great-grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Hubbell, Emily Jane Simmons | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Emily Jane Simmons Hubbell, 72, of Beggs, Okla., formerly of Rhome, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Beggs.
Service is 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Beggs with the Rev. Travis Markes officiating.
Emily Jane Simmons Hubbell was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Rhome to Emma Jean and Martin Ezra Simmons.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Jill Ross.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bob; daughter Julie Hubbell Van Noy of Frisco; grandson Ben Ross of Crowley; her beloved Yorkie, Miss Pickles; sisters Virginia Read of Bella Vista, Ark., and Imogene Mecaskey of Bedford; and brother Martin B. Simmons of Chandler, Ariz.

Hudson, Verda Pearl | 1931-2016
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Verda Pearl Hudson, 85, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Aug. 30 at Community Church in Decatur.
Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Cooper Creek Cemetery in Denton.
Pearl was born March 8, 1931, in Cross Plains. She married Walter Hudson May 15, 1948, in Goree. Pearl lived an adventurous and active life. Her passions included horses, water skiing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She took up snow skiing at the tender age of 68 and obtained her motorcycle license at a spry 70. She traveled across the United States in her RV and belonged to the Longhorn Loners on Wheels Club.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; grandson Jeffrey Elrod; daughter Kay Elrod; and several siblings.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Brown of Chico; and sons Jerry Hudson of Willow Park, Tracy Hudson of Burleson and Ward Hudson of Alvarado.
Her adventurous spirit lives on through her 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hudspeth, Wilma Dart | 1927-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wilma Dart Hudspeth, 88, of Cleburne, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at the Chisholm Trail Estates Gardens in Keene.
Memorial service was Sept. 23 in the Rosser Funeral Home in Cleburne with Dr. Danny Crosby officiating.
Wilma was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Alvord, to Nannie Ellen and William Jefferson Greenwood.
Wilma married Clifford Dart Dec. 31, 1946. He died Jan. 4, 1997, just after their 50th wedding anniversary.
She married Wesley David Hudspeth Sept. 4, 1999. He died April 21, 2012.
Wilma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cleburne and the Victory Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons. She loved playing bridge, dominoes and all games. She retired from Bank of America where she worked as a teller.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, in addition to her husbands, and sisters Nellie Goodwin Nivens of Alvord, Dora Stansel Sutton of Colorado City and Mary Beth Simms of Alvord.
She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Dart Parnell and husband, Ron, of Cleburne; grandson Wesley Parnell and wife, Amber, of Trophy Club; great-grandsons Hayes and Holton Parnell; sister Mildred Greenwood Haney of Alvord; stepdaughters Lynda Hudspeth Butler and husband, Roger, of Cleburne and Jessica Hudspeth Miller and husband, George, of Granbury; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Bereavement Fund, 414 N. Main, Cleburne, TX 76033; or to Heart to Heart Hospice, 5608 Malvey Ave., Suite 301, Fort Worth, TX 76107; or to the charity of your choice.

Huffstetler, Earl | 1929-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Earl Huffstetler, 86, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Feb. 9 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Todd Blair officiating.
Pallbearers were Bill McPherson, Tommy Barrett, Jacob Cheshier, Kameron Cheshier, Matthew Edwards and Bob Strole.
Earl was born June 29, 1929, in Hendersonville, N.C., to Mamie (Moore) and Otis E. Huffstetler. He was a retired meat shop owner, meat cutter and meat industry salesman.
Earl enjoyed playing golf, fishing, traveling (especially to the beach), watching sports, sitting by a warm fireplace and spending time with his beloved pets Clydie and Oscar.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Maulding-Huffstetler; son Michael Huffstetler; wife Margaret Huffstetler; brother Richard Huffstetler; and sister Dorothy Johnson.
Earl is survived by his daughters, Connie McPherson, Sandy Kendrick, Sharon Hess, Stacy Zonker and Teddi Zonker; son Jeffrey Zonker; brother Herbert Huffstetler; sister Shirley Cable; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Huggins, Betty J. | 1927-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Betty J. Huggins, 88, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Bridgeport.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Betty was born July 12, 1927, in Decatur to Gertie Mae (Foster) and Robert Hale Rich. She attended the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing cards, reading, crossword puzzles, watching Ranger baseball games and playing Yahtzee with her sister all night. She was married to Harley Cecil Huggins Sr. for more than 50 years before his passing.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Marty Huggins; grandson Harley Cecil Aaron Huggins; her parents; brother Robert Lee Rich; and sisters Goldie Noyes, Edith Milligan and Mildred Kasner.
She is survived by her son, Harley C. Huggins Jr. and wife, LaDonna, of San Marcos; sister Virginia L. Rich of Hurst; granddaughter Misty Ellis and husband of San Marcos; and her special friends, Charlotte Chapman, her husband Paul, their children and Sherrie Marlett.

Inman, Roy Adron | 1924-2016
Published Saturday, April 2, 2016

Roy Adron Inman, 91, of Boyd died Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Boyd.
Graveside service was April 1 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Keeter with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating.
Pallbearers were Dickie Inman, Tory McNeely, Shane McNeely, Matt McNeely, John Newby and Haston Abbott.
Roy was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Boyd to Willie and Addie Cleo (Alexander) Inman. He married Joan Elizabeth Mabra in 1950 in Fort Worth.
Roy retired from Massey Ferguson after 40 years as a mechanical engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Dickie Adron Inman; brother Ralph Inman; and sister Billie Sue Latham.
He is survived by his son, Tommy Inman of Fort Worth; daughter Susie Inman of Boyd; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Robert Inman of Boyd; sisters Darlene Downe of Decatur, Velta McNutt of Fort Worth and Jacquline Hudson of Tulsa, Okla.; 15 nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

Iracheta, Galdina | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Galdina Iracheta, 73, of Paradise, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Dallas.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Saint John’s the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Nelson Rodriguez officiating.
Pallbearers are Enrique Iracheta, Rivelardo Saldivar, Gerardo Iracheta, Juan Manuel Pecina, Arnoldo Moncada and Gildardo Moncada.
Galdina was born Dec. 31, 1942, in La Biznaga, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Juan and Bertha (Alvarado) Pecina. She married Socrates Iracheta in 1956 in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico. Galdina was a custodian for Bridgeport Elementary School, and she was a member of Saint John’s the Baptizer Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and son Pedro Rafael Iracheta.
She is survived by her sons, Juan Manuel Pecina and Elizabeth Robledo of Paradise, Gerardo Iracheta and Juanita Jazmin of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, Enrique Iracheta and Zaida of Fort Worth, Javier Iracheta and Norma of Monclova and Jose Luis Iracheta and Flor Estela of Monclova; daughters Margarita and Rivelardo Saldivar of Monclova, Bertha Alicia and Rolando Romo of Monclova, Maria Del Carmen and Benito Mora of Nava, Coahuila, Mexico and Graciela Iracheta of Monclova; and other family members and friends.

Jackson, Dave | 1955-2016
Published Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dave Jackson, 60, of Greenwood, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Dallas.
Funeral was May 13 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Revs. Paul Harris and Eddie Ramsey officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brian Gentry, Jimmy Myers, Calvin Jackson, Jimmy Alexander, Wylie Garner, John Teague, Tex McDorman, Dwayne Hicks, Chuck Greever, Craig Jackson, Bill Moore and Steve Wernimont.
Dave was born July 8, 1955, in Groom to Loyd Sr. and Mable Lee (Rosenburg) Jackson. He married Elaine Mote April 8, 2006, in Greenwood. Dave was a member of New Hope Fellowship Church in Greenwood, a part of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, Bill Glass Prison Ministry and Wise County Prison Ministry. He owned and operated Jackson Excavation.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Teddy Jackson.
Dave is survived by his wife; daughters Stephanie Jackson of Alvord and Amy Fogle and husband, Michael, of Decatur; sons Andy Taylor and wife, Kim, of Paradise and Barry Taylor and wife, Meghan, of Greenwood; grandchildren Mia Fogle, Madyson, Matthew, Mason, Madden and Layna Taylor; brother Loyd Jackson and wife, Donna, of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jackson, Joan | 1956-2016
Published Saturday, August 20, 2016

Joan Jackson, 59, of Decatur died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Joan was born Aug. 18, 1956, in Harlingen to Lawrence and Mable (Bouldin) Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; a sister; and her sons, Jason Haynes and Christopher Lewis.
She is survived by her son, Mike Haynes and wife, Cheryl, of Decatur; grandsons Jake and Gavin Haynes of Decatur; sisters Sheila Hardee and husband, Weldon, of Decatur and Susan Lewis Brotzman and husband, Larry, of Kyle; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Jackson, Kenneth R. | 1944-2016
Published Saturday, October 29, 2016
Kenneth R. Jackson, 72, of Wichita Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside service is 2:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Kenneth was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Kennsburg, Ill.
He is survived by his son, Don Jackson; daughter Barbara Cuddy; and grandchildren Taylor Johnson and Heather Cuddy.

Jadrych, Julie Ann | 1957-2016
Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
Julie Ann Jadrych, 58, of Decatur died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.
Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at her home. A private service will be held.
Julie was born Sept. 25, 1957, to William Carl and Donna Jean Mielke.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Mark; children Kristin, Victoria and Lucas; brother William; sister Mary; and many pets.

Janiak, Stephen James ‘Dom’ | 1988-2016
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Rhome.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Juanita Ransom Bullard officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Stephen was born Aug. 29, 1988, in Tolland, Conn., to James and Susan (Dwyer) Janiak. He married Jessica McGill Nov. 24, 2014, in Decatur. Stephen served his country in the U.S. Navy and was an oil and gas worker.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Janiak.
He is survived by his wife, Jessica Janiak of Rhome; sons Dakota Janiak of Rhome and Brodie Janiak of Briar; daughter Sarah Janiak of Fort Worth; father James Janiak and wife, Johnna, of Tolland; sister Brianna Janiak of Stafford Springs, Conn.; grandparents Anton and Constance Janiak of Tolland; and many other family members and friends.

Jenkins, Henry Eual, Jr. | 1922-2016
Published Saturday, December 10, 2016

Henry Eual Jenkins Jr., 94, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Dec. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with the Revs. Sam Caldwell and Jerry Galloway officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brad Bettis, Taylor Everett, Chase Chapman, Darrell Harwell, Davy Duncan and Lance Petty.
Henry was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Electra to Henry Sr. and Georgia (Bethune) Jenkins. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Henry married Bobbie Wooster June 24, 1947, in Holliday. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. He was a pumper. Henry was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his grandson, Brian Scott Van Dusen.
Henry is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Jenkins Van Dusen of Bridgeport; son John Henry Jenkins and wife, Sonya, of Shephard; grandchildren Michael Ray Van Dusen and wife, Sarah, John Keith Jenkins and fianc e, Jamie, Kyle Thomas Jenkins and wife, Chelsey, Steven Chad Prater and wife, April, and Stormi Michele Gonzalez and husband, Eric; great-grandchildren Adam, Paul, Gaven, Delanie, Kyler, Jett, Presley, Trenton, Taya, Hailey, Rayne and Jax; and other family members and friends.

Jenkins, Joyce Faye | 1929-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Joyce Faye Jenkins, 86, of Aurora, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Aurora.
Funeral was Sept. 24 at The Church of God in Boyd with the Rev. Shannon McDonald officiating.
Joyce was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Holliday. She was a homemaker and owner of a wholesale food handling business in New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Howard Jenkins; daughter Angela Jenkins; and son Kendyll Jenkins.
She is survived by her son, Larry Jenkins and wife, Linda, of Keller; daughters Rhonda Hendrix and husband, Bobby, of Texarkana, Tonya McDonald and husband, Shannon, of Grand Bay, Ala., Judy Jenkins-Gray of Keller and Nella Jenkins of Aurora; adopted son Brent Gregg of Keller; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of other family members and friends.
Memorials may be sent to 107 Loren Ryan Drive, Aurora, TX 76078.

Jennings, George Martin, Jr. | 1924-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016

George Martin Jennings Jr., 91, of Newark, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Newark Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Dido Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Newark Church of Christ.
George was born June 5, 1924, in Springtown. He was a World War II Navy veteran serving in the Pacific. He retired after 33 years with General Motors.
He lived most of his life in Newark and was a member of the Newark Church of Christ where he served as a deacon for many years.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ramona Royal Jennings; parents George and Lola Jennings; sister Maxine Stokes; and two grandsons.
He is survived by his son, Billy Jennings and wife, Martha, of Newark; daughter Debbie Ellis and husband, Max, of Arlington; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Newark Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 478, Newark, TX 76071.

Jennings, Hester Rosetta | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hester Rosetta Jennings, 80, of Decatur, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Donnie Autry officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Frank Jennings, Robert Rodden, David Smith, Cullen Hinshaw, Sylvester VanDerlee and William Jennings.
Rosetta was born Jan. 3, 1936, in Carlsbad, N.M., to Tom and Nettie (Kitchens) Smith. She married Walter Eugene Jennings May 8, 1952, in Carlsbad. Rosetta was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years; her infant son, David Jennings; grandson Curtis Carney; her brother; and her sister.
Rosetta is survived by her son, Frank Jennings and wife, Andra, of Ardmore, Okla.; daughters Jeanita VanDerlee and husband, Sylvester, of Decatur, Serene Smith of Decatur, Amy Hinshaw and husband, Cullen, of Era and Nikki Rodden and husband, Robert, of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jett, Alton Blackwell | 1940-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Alton Blackwell Jett, 75, of Jacksboro, died Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside service is 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., in San Antonio.
Alton was born Dec. 16, 1940, in Easterly. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Jett; sons Mike Jett and James Owen; daughters Sandy Martinez, Kathy Conner and Faith Hamblin; brother George Jett; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Johnson, Alton Walter | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, December 31, 2016

Alton Walter Johnson, 75, of Richardson, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Richardson.
Memorial service was Dec. 30 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.
Alton was born Sept. 16, 1941, in Abilene to Bartley and Bertha (Betterton) Johnson. He married Patricia Norton Nov. 6, 1981, in Houston. Alton was the former Richardson Parks and Recreation director and the current executive director for the Richardson Improvement Corp.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Sharon Ragle.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years; son Devin Johnson and wife, Nicole; son Dustin Johnson and wife, Cheryl; daughter Sharmie Panagopoulos and husband, Peter; daughter Lisa Zahn; son Michael Jackson and wife, Susan; son Doug Jackson; daughter Mary Ward; 12 grandchildren; sister Delores Walker; sister-in-law Carolyn Cole; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Johnson, Evelyn Green | 1919-2016
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Evelyn Green Johnson, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Evelyn was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Bridgeport to Monroe and Annie Carpenter Green. She was one of nine children.
Evelyn was a loving mother and faithful member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and loved both families very much. She graduated from Bridgeport and was married to Orville B. Johnson Jr.
She was a very loving and giving person and will be greatly missed. Her greatest desire was to see all of her children, family and friends come to know the Lord Jesus. She lived her life as an example and testimony of His love.
Evelyn is survived by her children, daughter Wanda Sue Rich and husband, Joe, daughter Carolyn Ann Potteiger and husband, Jim, and son Michael Wayne Johnson and wife, DeAnna Graves Johnson; grandchildren Sheryl Johnson, Kelly Weatherly, Kristy Watts, Brad Potteiger, Michelle Vance, Christopher Johnson and Leslie Johnson; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and other family and friends.

Jones, Adalynn Marie | 2015-2016
Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Adalynn Marie Jones, infant daughter of Gabriel and Caitlyn Jones of Alvord, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Fort Worth, after battling numerous congenital heart defects and other medical conditions.
Funeral was Jan. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with William Cleveland and Michael Wilcox officiating. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery.
Adalynn was born Nov. 24, 2015, in Grapevine. She loved her morning snuggles and music time with Mommy, as they sang and danced every morning to distract her from taking her medicines. She also already enjoyed “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” bedtime stories with Daddy and getting to know all her family.
She was always smiling, giving the pop-eye, learning to find her voice and discovering new things about herself and the world around her. She was the true definition of strength and perseverance and touched many lives in the short time she was here.
Adalynn was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Royce Hodges of Alvord; and other great-grandparents and family members.
She is survived by her parents, Gabriel and Caitlyn Jones; grandparents Danny and Gina Hodges of Alvord and Kenny and Delores Jones of Chico; great-grandparents Mary Ann Hodges of Alvord, Troy and Marie Rosson of Decatur and Betty Jones of Bowie; and step-great-grandmother Donna Hodges of White Settlement.
Other survivors include great-great-grandparents Helen Spanglo of Decatur and Hattie Sydor of Amarillo; aunts and uncles, Jordan and Bailey Hodges of Alvord, Ethan and Callie Jones of Alvord and Bre Jones of Chico; cousins Brantley and Rylen Hodges; and many other family members, friends and loved ones.

Jones, Clara | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Clara Jones, 78, of Rhome, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Randolph-Lindsey Cemetery in Randolph.
Clara was born April 21, 1938, in Fort Towson, Okla., to Louis and Ruby Doerr. She finished high school in Fort Towson and married Calvin Jones May 15, 1956. Clara was an accomplished artist and worked as a bookkeeper for the family insurance business.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son Pepper Ray Jones.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years; daughter Penny Thompson and husband, Darrin; grandchildren Calvin, Cole, Saul and April; five great-grandchildren; sisters Tommie Rodgers and Martha Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jones, Doris Jeanne ‘Sue Anne’ | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Doris Jeanne ‘Sue Anne – Sissy’ Setters Jones, 82, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at home after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.
Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
Sue was born July 30, 1933, in Ottawa, Kan., to Charles William and Elva Doris (Baldwin) Setters. She attended high school in Liberal, Kan., and graduated with the Class of 1951. She moved to Brownwood in 1952, to Hurst in 1964 and finally to Bridgeport in 1989.
Sue married her soulmate, Wilbur Monroe ‘Bill’ Jones, April 8, 1961, in Brownwood. She and Bill were dedicated members of the Methodist Church for many years and served in many capacities. She was an active member of the Eastern Star and the American Business Woman’s Association. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 35 years and was the first woman to work on the mainframe in the central office, which opened many career doors. She retired in 1989 to Bridgeport.
Sue enjoyed working in her yard, raising roses, fishing and cooking for family gatherings at Easter, 4th of July and Christmas. She loved her pets like little people. She was active in many worthwhile organizations following retirement and most of all loved time with her precious Bill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; in-laws Kyle Monroe and Viola Charlotte Jones; and sisters-in-law Darlene Rhoten and Pat Jones.
She is survived by sons Raymond Jones and Johnny Jones of Fort Worth; daughter Taylor Rae Slimp and husband, Jeremy, of Decatur; sister Char Setters of Bridgeport; sister-in-law Sandy Sygrove of Oregon; grandchildren Ben Jones, Binion Jones, Kaidan and Marcie Slimp, Carole Williams and Raydean Scarborough; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchidren; nieces Becky Wetzel and husband, Steve, Pam Brewer and husband, Bobby, Kim Holly and husband, Jay and Kelly Rhoten; nephew Brad Rhoten and wife, Gigi; numerous great-nieces and nephews; special friends Fred and Trudy Riddle; and many other loving friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry of Bridgeport or the charity of your choice.

Jones, Edward Earl | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Edward Earl Jones, 77, of Sanger, died Friday April 22, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was April 26 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Jones was born July 27, 1938, in Navo to Guy and Estelle Jones. After high school, Edward joined the Air Force. He married Barbara Kilpatrick Aug. 9, 1962.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; parents Guy and Estelle Jones; and his grandparents, Lewis and Emma Howell and Wilse and Elizabeth Jones.
He’s survived by his sons, Jason Jones of Krum, Mark Gower of Lone Grove, Okla., and Brian Gower and wife, Monica, of Denton; daughter Julie Rademacher and husband, Jake, of Bridgeport; brother Truman Jones and wife, Marilyn, of Sarasota, Fla.; and grandchildren Cole Gower of Keller, Corbin Gower of Lone Grove, Okla., Brandon Gower of Duncanville and Taylet Rademacher of Bridgeport.

Jones, Kathy Byrd | 1951-2016
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Kathy Byrd Jones, 65, of Newark died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Newark.
Funeral was Dec. 20 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Kathy was born April 20, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., to Norris and Anita (Springer) Byrd. She married Richard A. Jones Feb. 15, 1975, in Kansas City. Kathy was a member of Aurora Baptist Church. She was a retired medical office manager.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Matthew Bryan Jones.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ric Jones of Newark; son Luke Jones of Fort Worth; brother Bill Byrd and wife, Maryann, of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter-in-law Nichole Jones of Fort Worth; grandchildren Kelsey Garrett and Kaylin Goss; nephew Michael Byrd and wife, Tracy; and other relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the church or charity of your choice.

Jones, Matthew Bryan | 1977-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Matthew Bryan Jones, 38, of Fort Worth, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was April 4 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Luke Jones, Gene Casey, William Brown, Lance Pendleton, Sean Heady and Bobby West.
Matthew was born April 4, 1977, in Kansas City, Mo., to Richard and Kathleen (Byrd) Jones. He married Nichole Rosaleen Cliffe Oct. 28, 2006, in Fort Worth. He was a selfless and giving man and was co-owner of Worldwide Aerospace.
Matthew lived life to the fullest, always contributed any way he could to anyone in need, but most of all, cherished moments spent with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Nichole Jones of Fort Worth; daughters Kelsey Garrett of Fort Worth and Kaylin Goss of Tyler; parents Ric and Kathy Jones of Fort Worth; brother Luke Jones of Fort Worth; and grandparents Richard and Mary Jones of Kansas City, Mo.; and other family members and friends.

Jones, Pepper R. | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
Pepper R. Jones, 57, of Rhome, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lindsey Randolph Cemetery in Randolph.
Pepper was born Sept. 6, 1958, in Grapevine to Calvin and Clara Jones. He graduated from Lewisville High School in 1976 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1977 until 1981. He was a police officer from 1981 until 1988. He then joined his father’s insurance agency. Pepper was an avid fisherman and was a member of numerous bass fishing clubs.
He is survived by his parents; sister Penny Thompson and husband, Darrin; sons Calvin Charles Jones and Saul Blaze Jones; niece April Thompson; and nephew Cole Thompson.

Jones, Vetta Marie | 1929-2016
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vetta Marie Jones, 86, of Chico, died Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was March 15 at the Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs with the Rev. Robert Cox officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Melvin Jones, Tony Jones, Paul Jones, Glenn Swafford Jr, Casey Jones and Marvin Parks.
Honorary pallbearers were Justin Jones, Chris Jones, Braydon Weaver, Rusty Robertson, Jackie Jones, James Frank Smith and Tylor Hunter.
Vetta was born April 5, 1929, in Jacksboro to Archie and Ethel (Huckabee) Page. She married Marvin Junior Jones June 16, 1951, in Bell Baptist Church in Wise County. Vetta was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs of which she was the oldest charter member.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Shirley Parks; brother Lester Page; and sister Erma Riddles.
She is survived by her daughter, Maxine Swafford of Park Springs; sons Melvin Jones and wife, June, of Chico, Paul Jones and wife, Janice, of Bowie, Tony Jones and wife, Vonda, of Chico and Jackie Jones and wife, Amy, of Chico; 37 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; her best friend, Calvin King; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jorgenson, Sarah Davis | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sarah Davis Jorgenson, 77, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Victory Family Church in Decatur with Pastor Alan Bates and James Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Pam Wood, Mary B. Howard, Gloria Hutton, Susan Hewett, Barbara Roark, Lori Reeves, Jennifier Parsons, Debbie Workman, Maxine Loafman and Emma Reeves.
Honorary pallbearers are Shirley Wood, Jane Dozier, Billie Perrin, Paula Seals, Jim Howard and David Seals.
Sarah was born May 2, 1938, in Mexia to Gordon and Florine (Eubanks) Davis. She married Wallace F. Jorgenson July 17, 1978, in Decatur. Sarah was a member of Victory Family Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Sarah is survived by her son, Tony Brown of Fort Worth; daughter Shelby Ivy and husband, Rick, of Ponder; stepdaughter Jennifier Parsons of McKinney; grandchildren Christopher Brown and wife, Kaleigh, and Austin Brown; great-grandchild Jack Brown; sisters Linda Valcik of Plano and Florence O’Bryan and husband, Charles, of Denton; special friends Thomas Chambers and wife, Barbara, of Parker; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Raquel’s Wings for Life, 351 Airport Road, Decatur, TX 76234. Or by emailing raquelswings@yahoo.com.

Kalb, Louise ‘JuJu’ | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Louise “JuJu” Kalb, 93, of Paradise, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Birdville Cemetery in Haltom City with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
JuJu was born Dec. 29, 1922, to A.P. and Anna Lee (Hardisty) Sprinkle. She worked for Hunt Oil Co. for 20 years. JuJu was a member of Business Women of America.
JuJu was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters Mary Chastain and Dora Lee Cook.
She is survived by her son, A.P. Gordon Kalb and wife, Pat, of Gauntier, Miss.; daughter Anna Lee Clark and husband, Robert, of Paradise; grandchildren Debra Simmons, Lisa Drews, Sabrina Szarek, Jason Drews, Leeman Kuehner and Ellen Frost; nine great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister Geni Milton of Dallas; and other family members and friends.

Keller, Gregory L. | 1954-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gregory L. Keller, 61, of Arlington, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington with burial at 2 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Greg was born Dec. 11, 1954, in Edinburg. He graduated from Bridgeport High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After returning from stations in Germany, he went on to earn an airframe and powerplant license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
He married Carol Ann Pisors July 3, 1987. Greg worked for 31 years in aircraft assembly at Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Co. (the old LTV). He had a passion for aircraft and World War II military history.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Bobbie Jo.
He is survived by his wife; son Jeffrey and wife, Rachael; brothers J.D. and wife, Mona, and Kenneth and wife, Rita; sisters Janet and husband, Gary, and Teri and husband, Ronny; “Isaiah 54” children, Glenn, Corey, Tamara and Lance; grandchildren Michael, Addie, Aiden and Alivia; and other family and friends, including “closer-than-a-brother” friends, Charlie and Kim, Jeff and Trish, Gary and Christi, Harold, Eddie and Perry.
Donations may be made to those who preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus, the Gospel of Grace.

Keller, Loretta Mae | 1928-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Loretta Mae Keller, 88, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Sept. 16 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Stephen Starnes and Jose Muniz officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico.
Pallbearers were Mike Moyers, Benny Moyers, Lynn Kerr, Lance Kerr, Billy Gene Ince and Daniel Ince.
Loretta was born June 13, 1928, in Bridgeport to Clyde and Dorothy (Whatley) Thompson. She married Emory Elvin ‘Jack’ Keller Dec. 13, 1942, and together they produced five children. Loretta was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Keller; daughter Odetta Mae Keller; grandson Jeremy Keller; sister Noreca Joy Ince and her parents.
She is survived by children Laura Jean Keller of Alvord, Jack Keller and wife, Karen, of Chico, Richard Keller and wife, Dawn, of Alvord and Linda Keller Starnes and husband, Eddie, of Alvord; grandsons Ricky Hardee and wife, Michele, Mike Hardee and wife, Sherry, Nikki Keller and wife, Shaunda, Kent Keller and Stephen Starnes and wife, Alisha; granddaughters Jennie Marie Starnes, Mindy Keller and Amber Beckham Stauffer; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Keller, Thomas Theodore | 1945-2016
Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
Thomas Theodore Keller, 71, of Decatur, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Decatur.
No service is planned.
Thomas was born on Jan. 5, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif. to Theodore and Mildred (Thomas) Keller. He married Barbara Bailey Aug. 23, 1974, in La Fuente, Calif. Thomas served his country in the United States Navy and was a retired maintenance worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years; stepson John Turner of Decatur; sister Linda Hill of Fallbrook, Calif.; and friends.

Kemp, Kathy | 1970-2016
Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kathy Kemp, 45, of Decatur, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Dallas.
Funeral was July 19 at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
Kathy was born Oct. 15, 1970, in Brownwood to Dianna Little and the late Johnny D. Kemp. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Kathy loved to quilt and was a member of the Quilting Club. She also loved to cook and bake.
Kathy is survived by her mother; sister Cindy Kemp; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Kennedy, Charles Ray | 1953-2016
Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
Charles Ray Kennedy, 62, of New Fairview died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at home surrounded by those who love him.
At this time, no services are scheduled.
Charles was born Sept. 19, 1953, in Waxahachie to Edward Clay Kennedy and Shirley Ann Helms Cox.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Charles is survived by his wife, Kathy Tull; son James Clay Kennedy; mother Shirley Cox; brother Doug Kennedy and wife, Starr; stepdaughters Amber Winters and Kena Long-Jordan; and four grandchildren; all of whom will miss him.

Kidd, William Wayne | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

William Wayne Kidd, 81, of Paradise, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was June 14 at Boyd Church of Christ with Mark Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Billy Kidd, Bret Kidd, Brannon Kidd, Bear Kidd, James McGilvray, Tim Wasson, Hal Wasson, Koby Kidd, Chip Vademan and Jon Wagner.
Bill was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Fort Worth to Lawrence and Katheryne (Lowery) Kidd. He married Annette L. Fain Aug. 12, 1955, in Durant, Okla. Bill worked at Keller ISD for 39 years as high school principal, athletic director and associate superintendent, retiring in 2014. He was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ, serving as an elder for 23 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Annette Kidd of Paradise; daughter Kim Kidd McGilvray of Paradise; sons Billy Kidd Jr. of Hurst, Bret Kidd and wife, Kristin, of Southlake and Brannon Kidd and wife, Christy, of Pittsburg, Kan.; grandchildren James and wife, Heather, Katheryne and husband, Greg, Sarah, Bear, Kaitlyn, Koby and Grace; great-grandchildren Maddison, McKenzie, Reagan and Sydney; and other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boyd Church of Christ Youth Fund.

Kilgore, Bobby K. | 1935-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bobby K. Kilgore, 80, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Bridgeport, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Akron.
He was cremated. No official services will be held, as per Bobby’s request. He said he will see you all on “The Next Big One,” wherever that might be.
Bobby Keith Kilgore was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Bridgeport to William LaNeal and Belva Shawn Kilgore. He married his best friend, Audrey Kilgore. Bobby was from Bridgeport and moved to Ohio in 1957 from a little, arid, hot, sandy town in West Texas strangely called Big Lake. Strange, because it contained no water. When he came to Ohio for a job, Bobby had never seen so much green, lush growth. Deciding to settle here, he never lost his dislike for hot, dry, blowing and drifting wind.
A 58-year member of Local 219 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Bobby worked on many projects throughout the Ohio area plus many other jobs in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Jamaica.
Bobby was general foreman at the Ric-Wil plant in Barberton for many years. A number of buildings in the Akron area, as well as other Ohio cities, were projects he pointed to with pride because he helped build them, fabricating (his first love), welding and installing miles of piping.
One of his last jobs was removing and replacing Ric-Wil pipe that he had installed at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton more than 40 years ago. When asked how he could be sure it was his, he proudly pointed out his distinctive signature on each pipe unit. There were many astounded observers that day.
Bobby Keith was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; children Beverly Kilgore Hutson and husband, David, Keith Kilgore and wife, Gail, Glen Kilgore and wife, Amy, and Layne Kilgore and wife, Lisa; stepchildren who also love him as their dad, Suzanne DeFratis, William (Chip) Chamberlin and Amy Slovonsky; grandchildren; great-grandchilden; and brothers Wayne and Jim Kilgore and their families, who still live in Texas.

King, Jimmy, Sr. | 1948-2016
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Jimmy King Sr., 68, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home in Fort Worth with the Rev. Don Shotwell officiating. Burial will follow at Azleland Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. just prior to the funeral.
Jimmy was born March 2, 1948.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sondra King; children Jimmy King Jr. and wife, Leigh Ann, Larry King, and Stacie Gray and husband, Tony; grandchildren Mark and Heather King, Michael King, Jennifer King, Brooklynn Scarborough, Kelsi King, Bailey Gray and Perry Hicks Jr.; great-granddaughter Hannah King; and sisters Sandra Worley and Wanda Gifford.

King, Mada Lavina | 1924-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Mada Lavina King, 92, of Boyd, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, at Laurel Land Funeral Home Chapel of the Chimes, 7100 Crowley Rd., in Fort Worth.
Visitation is one hour before the funeral.
Mada was born May 9, 1924, in Fort Worth to James Everett and Maggie May Pope. She was the youngest of five children and a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.
Mada held many jobs over the years, including working at Worth Cotton Mills, the telephone company and the Montgomery Ward catalog department. She was also office nurse for Dr. Howard Ditto and Dr. Henry Benner. She retired to Alba in 1981 and moved to Boyd in 2014 to be closer to family.
Mada married Harvey Wilkins King Jr. Nov. 9, 1941, in Emory. Together they raised five children while living in Fort Worth. She was a vivacious and loving Christian woman.
In 1956, Mada and her family were members of Vickery Boulevard Church of Christ and were an instrumental part of the founding of Christ’s Haven for Children in Keller. Mada was a longtime member of the Alba Church of Christ and more recently, the Boyd Church of Christ.
She was a member of Polytechnic 420 Order of the Eastern Star and an Auxiliary of the VFW. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Mada was known as Grandma to her grandchildren, and by her own choice, as Crazy Grandma to the younger generations.
She never missed anyone’s birthday or an opportunity to gather with family. Mada enjoyed playing cards, other games and loved going to the boat. She was an animal lover and always had dogs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Raymon Pope; sisters Lillian Ardoyno, Iris Hunter and Vivian Douglas; sons Harvey James King and Richard King; and daughter Bonny King.
Mada is survived by her daughters, Carol Reed and husband, Terry, of Jacksboro and Nancy Johnson and husband, Gary Don, of Decatur; grandsons Robert Reed and wife, Brenda, of Weatherford and Tim Reed and wife, Amanda, of Boyd; granddaughters Christy Peebles and husband, Mark, of Houston, Kelly Guerrero and husband, Zeke, of Azle and Misty Pena and husband, Paul, of North Richland Hills; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Christ’s Haven for Children, 4200 Keller-Haslet Road, Keller, TX 76244, or to a charity of your choice.

Kirkland, Wanda LaNelle | 1940-2016
Published Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wanda LaNelle Kirkland, 76, of Hot Springs, Ark., died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.
Funeral was Oct. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, Okla., with the Rev. Palmer Bowers officiating. Burial followed at Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika.
Pallbearers were Kolby Hoff, Klayton Hoff, Kirkland Hoff, James Daniel, Cody Daniel and Daniel Lujan. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Gee, Brianne Pettiet, Logan Gomillion, Monte Pettiet, Kevin Huffman and Jimmy Ball.
LaNelle was born Oct. 13, 1940, in Portales, N.M., to Elmer Christopher and Alma Cleo (Oliver) Lynch. She met and married Burl Kirkland in Olney Dec. 25, 1958. Together they raised four daughters. LaNelle was active in all areas of her daughters’ lives, serving as Campfire leader, softball coach and Sunday school teacher. She made sure her home was filled with love, laughter and joy.
LaNelle was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs. She was small in stature, but was a big presence. She was smart, sassy, classy and confident, all rolled into a beautiful bundle of energy.
LaNelle was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Robert Wayne and Edgar Ray Lynch; sister Bessie Ruth Lynch; and grandchild Jurni Flickinger.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Trena Wright and Twila Gomillion, both of Wichita Falls, Tracey Ball of Runaway Bay and Tara Pettiet of Hot Springs; brother Ronnie Lynch; sisters Nancy Kaye Peterson and Alma Joe Gandy; 10 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the First Baptist Church of Waurika.

Kirkpatrick, Lorene June | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lorene June (Westfall) Kirkpatrick, 86, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Boyd.
Funeral was Dec. 13 at the First Baptist Church of Carney, Okla. Burial followed at Carney Cemetery.
June was born June 10, 1930, to Leonard and Bessie (Hagar) Westfall. She married Charles Kirkpatrick Dec. 9, 1950, in Carney, Okla. Together they raised three daughters, Elaine, Lea Ann and Nancy.
June was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carney. She was a loving mother and nannie.
June was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles Kirkpatrick; sister Vivian Westfall; and brother Ricky Westfall.
She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Mitchell and husband, Doug, of Balko, Okla., Lea Ann Terrel and husband, Johnny, of Boyd and Nancy Kirkpatrick of Boyd; grandchildren Kyle and Tonya Mitchell of Greenville, Khara LeBlanc of Greenville, Jason and Katrina Hubach of Carney, Jamie and Jonathan King of Wellston, Okla., Justin Hubach and Amanda of Wellston, and Emily Terrel of Boyd; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include brothers Dan Westfall and wife, Edna, of Perkins, Okla., G. Don Westfall and wife, Theresa, of Nellysford, Va., and Herschel Westfall and wife, Carla, of Tryon, Okla.; sisters Virl Allen of Oklahoma City and Donna Stallard of Stillwater, Okla; sister-in-law Dorothy Taylor and husband, Bill, of Chandler, Okla; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Klindera, Leslie Justin | 1984-2016
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Leslie Justin Klindera, 31, of Longview, died Friday, May 27, 2016, in Arlington.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Justin was born Aug. 15, 1984, in Lubbock to Lester and Karen (Prichett) Klindera. He was a fiber optic technician.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Karen.
Justin is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Maria Karen Klindera of Ponder; parents Lester and Sandy Klindera of Longview; sisters Jenny Chambers and husband, Trey, of Alvord and Amy Tils and husband, Justin, of Fort Worth; brother Jeremy Aveline and wife, Belinda, of Paradise; grandmother Chris Prichett of Mineral Wells; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lahti, James Carson, Sr. | 1967-2016
Published Saturday, October 29, 2016

James Carson Lahti Sr., 49, of Rhome, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.
Funeral was Oct. 27 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Burial followed at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Denton.
James was born Jan. 3, 1967, in Odgen, Utah, to Kathy Lahti and Eddie Makela. He was raised in Ely, N.M., until the age of 15. He moved to North Texas where he met his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Lisa Michelle Caviness, at the age of 18. They married Sept. 5, 1985. They were married for 31 years, which were filled with unconditional love.
James was preceded in death by his mother; stepfather Bill Lahti; his father; and brother John Lahti.
He is survived by his wife; children Ischelle Hobgood and husband, James, James Lahti and wife, Kristina, and Jennifer Wax and husband, Matthew; grandchildren Brian Hobgood, Amber Hobgood, Isaac Hobgood, Kinsley Hobgood and Brooklynn Wax; brother Lee Kelley; and sister Mary-K Kinman.

Lamance, Julia | 1932-2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Julia Lamance, 84, of Boyd, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Garvin United Methodist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Julia was born March 29, 1932, in Weldon to Theodore and Florence (McManners) Turney. She married Windell Jack Lamance Oct. 13, 2001, in Boyd. Julia retired from Harris Hospital after 40 years of service as a registered nurse. She was an award-winning, published poet.
Julia owned the House of Hits music store in Fort Worth. She loved to crochet and donated hats to the Cancer Society. She was treasurer for the Fort Worth Poets Society, a Sunday school teacher at Garvin United Methodist Church and a Girl Scout leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and previous husband Harry Jarmusz.
Julia is survived by her husband; son John Bruce Langley and wife, Sharon, of Valdosta, Ga.; daughters Vivian Diane Brown and husband, R.D., of Round Rock, Mary Catherine Jackson and husband, Tommy, of Palmyra, Tenn., and Sharon Overstreet and husband, Chuck, of Boyd; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sisters Carolyn Turney of Round Rock and Barbara of Seattle; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lambert, Janey | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Janey Reed Lambert, 83, of Perrin, died Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Mineral Wells.
Graveside service is 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Gibtown Cemetery in Gibtown.
Janey was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Henrietta to Charlie Cantrell and Ellie (Stone) Reed. She was a member of Balsora Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper. She was a loving and kind mother, sister, aunt and friend. She was “Nanny” to many, not only to her family, but also to the community of Perrin.
Janey was preceded in death by her husband, A.K. “Hap” Lambert; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Lane Lambert and wife, Beverly, of Chico and Kirk Lambert and wife, Lisa, of Perrin; brother James Reed and wife, Cathy; grandchildren Justin Lambert and wife, Traci, Chad Lambert and wife, Tiffanie, JoBeth MacTavish and husband, Dustin, Samantha Turner and Weldon Crawford, Jason Lambert, Larry Bouldin and Alicia Bouldin; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Lange, Daniel Gene | 1945-2016
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Daniel Gene Lange, 71, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
Funeral is noon Friday, Oct. 14, at Beard’s Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Ark. Burial with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home.
Dan was born April 24, 1945, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Freddie Gene and Rosilee Elizabeth Brown Lange. He had eight brothers and sisters: Esther Lange Hill, Gail Marie, Gary Eugene Lange, Paul Hill, Vick Hill, Steve Hill, Eugene Wilson Lange and Hubert Marshall Lange.
Dan was a proud veteran who served 21 years in the United States Air Force. He retired as an air traffic controller at Eglin Air Force Base July 31, 1984.
During his time in the Air Force, Dan obtained his pilot’s license and became a commercial aviator and flight instructor for American Eagle Airlines, retiring in 2005. Upon his retirement from commercial aviation, he continued as an instructor for Flight Safety until he retired permanently from aviation in 2012.
Dan learned the value of hard work on his father’s farm and greatly enjoyed time spent working on projects in and around the house. Later in life Dan obtained quite the tool collection and enjoyed working on projects in his man cave. His children remember his attention to detail and dedication to doing it right the first time. These values they hope to pass on to his grandchildren. More than anything Dan loved to laugh with family and friends and enjoyed the company, love and laughter spent at potlucks and karaoke in Texas.
Dan is survived by his wife, Rhonda Cate Lange; daughter Rebecca Lange Taylor of Niceville, Fla.; son Derek Jackson and wife, Andrea, of Farmington, Ark.; son Damon Jackson of Prairie Grove, Ark.; grandchildren Alex, Collin, Jaxen, Olivia, Ava, Liam and Clare.
Dan is also survived by three of his siblings, Gail Marie, Vick Hill and Steve Hill; mother-in-law Mary Ellen Cate of Springdale, Ark.; and many more loving relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice and the American Cancer Society.

Langon, Diana | 1956-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Diana Langon, 59, of Saginaw, died Monday, June 20, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Diana was born Dec. 22, 1956, in Lynnwood, Calif., to Duane and Patricia (Torres) Stone. She married Patrick Langon in 1998 in Las Vegas. Diana was an accountant for QSA Specialist out of Las Vegas. She was a member of Honor Flight Network.
Diana was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Stowers and husband, Adam, of Saginaw; son John Lares II of Springfield, Ore.; grandchildren Trent Holliday, Kailie Hofschulte, Brooklen Stowers, Ashlen Stowers and Dominic Brannon; mother Patricia Torres of Las Vegas; father Duane Stone and wife, Carrol, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; brothers Glen Stone of Las Vegas, Darryl Stone and wife, Dulce, of Ontario, Calif., Mike Stone of Lakewood, Calif., Ralph Milton of California and Patrick Milton and wife, Beth, of Leesburg, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Largent, Thomas Dale | 1961-2016
Published Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thomas Dale “Tom” Largent, 55, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jay Hudson, Lee Largent, Audie Largent, Bruce Gilbert, Kevin Largent and David Derrington.
Tom was born May 5, 1961, in Decatur to Alvin and Dorothy (Simpson) Largent. He enjoyed crafting, painting and gardening,
He was preceded in death by his father.
Tom is survived by his mother; brothers Lee Largent and wife, Paula, and Audie Largent and wife, Kim; sisters Cimmaron Gilbert and husband, Bruce, and Donna Partin and husband, Morris.

Larson, Kathleen | 1955-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kathleen Larson, 61, of Decatur, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service was April 15 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Bill Moore officiating.
Kathleen was born March 12, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., to Jack and Mary (Holland) Foster. She married John Larson. Kathleen retired as a dog groomer. She was a member of the Full Armor Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, John Larson of Colorado City; son Matthew Fox of Bridgeport; grandson Korbin Fox of Bridgeport; sisters Sharon Boedges, Mary Anderson, Donna Watkins and Lisa Mayer; brothers Jack Foster Jr. and Bill Foster; the Fox family; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.

Leeper, Joyce Marie | 1939-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016
Joyce Marie Leeper, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Denton.
Funeral was Sept. 20 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with burial at Mallard Cemetery in Forestburg.
Joyce was born Feb. 19, 1939, in South Bend to D.D. and Effie (Taylor) Echols. She graduated from Forestburg High School in 1957. Joyce married Charles Leeper April 17, 1958, in Riverside, Calif. She was a homemaker and lived in Texas most of her life.
Joyce worked for Bell Phone Alarm Co. in the 1970s and for Wal-Mart since the late 1980s before retiring in 1995. She was an avid reader, loved traveling, baking, crafts and picture puzzles. Joyce’s favorite pastor was Charles Stanley, and her favorite actor/singers were Dean Martin, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Jim Echols.
Joyce is survived by her husband; sons Rick Leeper and wife, Patty, of Alvord, Nick Leeper and wife, Lupe, of Irving and Mark Leeper and wife, Paula, of Weatherford; grandchildren Lana Towle and husband, Craig, of Minnesota, Lance Leeper of Minnesota, Amber Leeper of Fort Worth, Crystal Leeper of Fort Worth, Heather Cvitanovich and husband, Matt, of Fort Worth, Sierra Leeper of Austin and Alex Wegman of Walkhill, N.Y.
Other survivors include seven great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Harvey Echols and wife, Pearl, of Washington, Elvin Echols and wife, Elaine, of Wautaga, Hazel Greenwood of Forestburg, Laveta Mills of Burkburnett, Sondra Whaley of Lancaster, Carol Beckner and husband, Bruce, of Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lemieux, Roger Lee | 1945-2016
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Roger Lee Lemieux, 70, of Southlake, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Southlake.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church, 1000 Tinker Rd., in Colleyville. Burial is 1:15 p.m. at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, in Dallas.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., in Colleyville.
Roger, Hon, Dad, or Ampa began his life in Hibbing, Minn., and met the love of his life in Gardena, Calif. This is where his dedication to his family began with his beautiful high school sweetheart, Charlotte. Together they brought three children into this world, who all possess his abundant qualities of dedication, love and selflessness.
Roger was a proud U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam where he earned three Purple Hearts. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and always gave to his church, the local community and the VFW in Gardena.
He was an “Ampa” who found precious time to fish with each grandchild and then always ended their days with unlimited pizza. He was a son who was named after the World War II Jolly Roger on which his father flew in the Pacific campaign. He was a loving and compassionate man whose life was fulfilled spending time with family and friends, fishing, driving antique cars or relaxing around a pool.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Thelma Lemieux; and his stepmother, Gladys Lemieux.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Lemieux; children Tony and wife, Rhonda, Elisa Marks, and Stephanie Smith and husband, Jay; grandchildren Jamie Lemieux and wife, Beth, Brennon Lemieux, Hayden Lemieux, Hunter Marks, Zachary Marks, Emma Smith and Baylor Smith; and great-grandchildren Rylie Lemieux and Aidan Lemieux.
He’s also survived by brother Douglas Lemieux and wife, Hedy; sister Sue Reitz and husband, Bill; godchildren Julie Ann Rizzo and Douglas Lemieux Jr.; aunt Norma Henderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lester, R.W. | 1929-2016
Published Saturday, April 9, 2016

R.W. Lester, 87, of Paradise, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth with Dr. Dale Webster of Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport officiating. Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Garden in Arlington.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are grandsons Jake Lester, Josh Lester, Jason Woods, Adam Hoots, Michael Hoots and Jaron Darden.
R.W. was the son of Eldred C. and Jessie Gant Lester. He was a true sportsman. He loved fishing and hunting. He will be greatly missed by his family from Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport, where he was an active member.
R.W. is survived by his wife, Billie L. Lester; sons Marvin Lester and wife, Betty and Barry Lester and wife, Becky; daughters Debbie Darden and husband, Albert and Peggy Hoots and husband, Tony; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister Clydene Lovelady of Gainesville, Fla.

Lewis, Ima Jean Culwell | 1929-2016
Published Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ima Jean Culwell Lewis, 86, of Paradise, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Paradise.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Jason Hilliard officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include Cody Romines, Melvin Clay, Lynn Clay, Roger Gentry, Noel Gilley and Richard Murphy.
Ima Jean was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Wise County to Loyd and Gretchen (Wright) Culwell. She married Marlin “Harpo” Lewis in August of 1969. Ima Jean was an LVN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Butch Lewis; and grandson Christopher.
She is survived by her daughters, Jeanell Lewis Cole of Bridgeport, Jearene Hightower of Bridgeport, Sheree Lewis Jones and husband, Tim, of Dublin and Brenda Rice of Bridgeport; grandchildren Mike Rawlings, Meg Hilliard, Alicia James and Ash Willmon; great-grandchildren Jerrit, Bailey, Preslee, Spencer, Brooklynn, Parker and soon-to-arrive, Ande; sister Jo Carminati of Montague; and other family members and friends.

Linder, Roberta Jean | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, June 18, 2016

Roberta Jean Linder, 79, of Denton, died Friday, June 17, 2016.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Jean was born March 26, 1937, in Dallas to Mary Katherine Hart and Francis Harrison. She was raised by her stepfather, Bruce Redman. Jean married Orbie Ray Linder Aug. 20, 1954, in Colorado City.
She was a registered nurse most of her life. She worked at Denton Osteopathic Hospital for 18 years, Flow Hospital and Westgate Hospital. Jean retired as the school nurse from Slidell ISD. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Jana Giraud and husband, Ted, of Houston; son Les Linder and wife, Anita, of Decatur; brother Justin Redman and wife, Penny, of Cleburne; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Jean had requested that donations be made in her honor to Krum Public Library and/or Slidell ISD.

Lindsey, Billy Wayne ‘Bear’ | 1957-2016
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016

Billy Wayne “Bear” Lindsey, 58, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Chris Yost officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Stanley Mitchell, David Shepperd, Mike Lindsey, Ricky Lindsey, Charles O’Neall and Larry Lindsey.
Billy was born Dec. 5, 1957, in Bowie to Jimmy and Terry (O’Neall) Lindsey. He married Teresa Peyton Nov. 24, 1983, in Bellevue.
In his free time, Billy loved camping, listening to audio books and spending time with his family. He enjoyed driving trucks for a living and was employed at Austin Powder Co. for the past 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Terry Lindsey; father Jimmy Lindsey; and stepmother Mary Lindsey.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Teresa Lindsey of Bridgeport; daughter Tiffany Hall; son-in-law Chris Hall; granddaughter Linzie Marie Hall of Little Elm; brother Larry Lindsey and wife, Darlene, of Chico; sister Pam Lindsey of Bowie; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Loafman, Bill Glyn | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bill Glyn Loafman, 74, a sales associate, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Dallas.
Funeral was 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial in Solona Cemetery in Bowie.
Rev. Mike Wheat officiated. Pallbearers included Wade Loafman, John Loafman, Kellen Miller, Lane Lowry, Scott Wells and Rodney Davis.
Bill was born on April 22, 1942, to Loy and Vuthill (Logsdon) Loafman in Cumbie. He married Maxine Wells on Feb. 16, 1972, in Amarillo.
Bill was a sales associate for James Wood Motors for 31 years. He was a member of the Gateway Church in Southlake.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Maxine Loafman of Decatur; his son, Stephen Miller and wife Susan of Red Oak; his daughters, Stephanie Lowry and husband Mark of Los Alamos, Calif., Terri Urban and husband Kip of Libertyville, Ill.; his brothers, Don Loafman and wife Janice of Plainview, Numan Loafman and wife Diana of Fort Worth; his grandchildren, Kellen, Lane, Madelyn, Laci, Payton and Natalie; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Lomas, Bertha Alicia | 1965-2016
Published Saturday, January 23, 2016
Bertha Alicia Lomas, 50, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery.
Mrs. Lomas was born July 12, 1965, in Mexico to Domingo Romo and Maria Lidia Evanalista Romo. She married David Lomas and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Lomas is survived by her husband, David Lomas; sons Rolando Lomas and Leroy Lomas; daughters Amanda Lomas and Ana Lomas; mother Maria Lidia Romo; brother Jaime Romo; sisters Sandra Romo and Helen Romo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Long, Anita ‘Pauline’ | 1926-2016
Published Saturday, July 2, 2016

Anita “Pauline” Long, 90, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Decatur after a short illness.
Funeral was July 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Truce Cemetery in Jack County.
Pauline was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Archer City to Paul and Annie Wright. She enjoyed gardening, painting and tending to her rose bushes. She also loved to dance and would spend many hours cutting a rug at the Senior Citizens Club in Springtown.
Pauline married the love of her life, Luther J. Long – many knew him as OC or Smiley – on Feb. 7, 1946. They were married for 47 years and were active members of the Lost Battalion group. She was also a member of several military organizations, including The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart and The American Ex-Prisoner of War.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Robert Wright of Graham; and sisters Louise Joyce of Graham and Frances Ward of Breckenridge.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Cagle of Denton; daughters Janis Cummings of Azle and Paula Anderson and husband, Robert, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Michael Lamar and wife, Cindy, of Jacksboro, Timothy Cummings and wife, Gaylynn, of Fort Worth, Thomas Cummings and wife, Angie, of Fort Worth, Debbie Perry of Rhome, Karen Stegall and husband, Jermaine, of Burbank, Calif., and Robyn James and husband, Chris, of Encino, Calif.; great-grandchildren Tori Lamar, Ty Lamar, Nathan Cummings, Nicholas Cummings, Noah Cummings, Hayden Cummings, Luke Cummings, Brooklyn Taaffe, Joshua Perry, Maceo Stegall and Mayla Stegall.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lost Battalion Room at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur or to the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.

Long, Joe | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Joe Long, 66, of Springtown, died Friday, July 15, 2016, in Springtown.
Memorial service was July 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Paul Harris and Phillip Weitner officiating.
Joe was born July 24, 1949, in Livingston to Minard and Dollie Long. He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Mineral Wells and a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Long Cliborn; and brothers Homer Long, Troy Long, Doyce Long, Bobby Long, Ray Long, William Long and Tomas Long.
Joe is survived by his wife, Carolyn Thompson of Bridgeport; sons Henry Thompson and fianc e, Shannon, of Springtown, Josh Long and wife, Nikki, of Atlanta and Eddie Tubb of Vernon; daughters Jennifer Long of Atlanta, Yvonne Gulick of Granbury, Elizabeth Clendennen and husband, Allen, of Bridgeport, Elaine Cooper of Mineral Wells and Denise Dempsey and husband, Charlie, of Bridgeport; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Faye Thomas and husband, Jim, of Huntsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Long, Keith David | 1963-2016
Published Saturday, December 10, 2016

Keith David Long, 53, of Chico, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Processional to follow at 1 p.m. from Pennington Field in Bedford for burial at Grapevine Cemetery at 2.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Pallbearers are members of the Bedford Fire Department Honor Guard.
Honorary pallbearers are Donnie Ward, Tim Long, Tim Burgess, Josh Brown, Darren Cook, Alex Hardy, Darrell Brown, Mark Williams, Rodney Dearing and Walt Greenwade.
Keith was born Oct. 12, 1963, in Fort Worth to Harriel and Shirley (Allred) Long. He married Paula Blackshire May 20, 1989, in Colleyville. Keith is a firefighter for the Bedford Fire Department.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Keith enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, participating in FFA shows with his kids and welding.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Emogene Allred and Bill and Zona Long.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years; daughter Delani Long of Chico; son Chase Long of Chico; his parents; brother Kurt Long and wife, Michelle, of Rhome; a niece; nephews; cousins Donnie Ward and Tim Long; and numerous other cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bedford Professional Firefighter Association 3587, P.O. Box 211986, Bedford, TX 76095.

Long, Lorene | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lorene Long, 80, of Chico, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Chico.
Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with the Rev. Scott Strother officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is at the church prior to the funeral, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Lorene was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Bridgeport to Thomas and Nettie (Maynard) Gober. She was a cook and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; seven siblings; and daughter Maryann Reid.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Day of Chico and Renea Tamplen and husband, Tom, of Bridgeport; sister Leatrice Denton; grandchildren Christopher Tamplen, Rebecca Tamplen, David Tamplen and Timmy Tamplen; and great-grandchild Austin Tamplen.

Long, Nagako ‘Nicky’ | 1949-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Nagako “Nicky” Long, 66, of Decatur, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Decatur. Burial will follow at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home in Arlington.
Nicky was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Okinawa, Japan, to Jimmie Lee and Masako McLean. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Dale Long.
Nagako is survived by her children, Patricia Stanley and Elizabeth Nelson and husband, Shawn; grandchildren Blake Scott and wife, Tiffany, Brolin Scott, Kelsey Wilson and Colton Denman; sisters Yoshino Esterley and husband, Michael, and Chikako Stover.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org.

Long, Wayne | 1944-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wayne Long, 72, of Decatur died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross, Mike McDowell and Phillip Askey officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Smith, Gary Davis, Faron Hightower, James Wood, Doyle Lowe, Don Younger and George Rule.
Honorary pallbearers are Glenn Rhine, Dan Rhine, Rodney Lisby, Ross Mueller, Gary Cooper, Winston Hansma and Brady Bowen.
Wayne was born March 28, 1944, in Gorman to Jack and Lorene (Williams) Long. He married Lynn Biggs June 26, 1964, in Acuna, Mexico. Wayne was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
His story started in 1944, three miles north of the Comanche County Courthouse in a little frame house at the end of a peanut field. It ended 72 years later, at his ranch overlooking Decatur from the west.
Throughout those storied 72 years, he was known for his business skills, his civic involvement and his love for his family and friends. He founded Long Oil Co. in the late 1960s and working side-by-side with his wife, built the fuel distributorship into one of the strongest in the nation.
He sold that company in the early ’90s and started to invest in Wise County real estate, but began chasing his dream of ranching. He was known across Texas for his integrity and his handshake, from sale barns to feedlots to trading pens.
In the early 1980s, Wayne began showing cutting horses and, like in his business career, left his mark on the sport. The family affair, now having run three generations deep, has garnered two National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Champion titles, four NCHA Reserve World Champion titles, two American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World titles, three American Cutting Horse Association (ACHA) World titles and a staggering 24 NCHA Year-End Top 10 appearances.
The NCHA Limited Aged event wins, circuit titles from coast to coast, NCHA affiliate titles, NCHA Area 9 titles, saddles, trophy buckles and Jim Reno trophies would be impossible to calculate.
Wayne was instrumental with the help of trusted confidante Faron Hightower, in bringing the Shorty Lena-bred horses to the NCHA forefront – a line of breeding that produced legendary champions like Ms. Shorty Lena, Gangalena and many others.
Standout names in NCHA history like Son’s Pitchfork, Playboy Olena, Pam’s Moon Bar, Lena Leo War Lady, Magic Lynx, Ginger Freckles, Little Tanquerrey and Droopy’s Jewel passed through Wayne’s barn and ownership. Wayne climbed into the NCHA Non Pro Top 10 in 1987, the only year he tried to achieve that level of weekend cutting.
In 2003, aboard Sheza Cuttin’ Cat, Wayne captured the NCHA Derby Title, his largest win. It came just nine short weeks after his first of two major hip replacements – a fact that captured the attention of both ESPN and the medical community. Videos of that run have been shown to replacement candidates ever since.
His son, Wayland, was a two-time NCHA World Champion. His daughter, Lisa Long, won the AQHA World Champion Amateur title in 1997 and his wife, Lynn, won the 2007 AQHA Bayer Select Amateur World title. At the time of his passing, Wayne’s NCHA Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings were $979,000, and he joined Wayland as a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame – one of the very few parent-sibling combos to achieve the NCHA’s highest level. Wayne served the NCHA as a national director and judge for several years and was a past president of both the North Texas and West Central Cutting Horse Affiliates, two of the most powerful in the industry at one time.
He served the Decatur Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and was elected chief twice. He was a past president of the Wise County Youth Fair Board, served for years on the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse and was the 1976 Citizen of the Year in Decatur.
Perhaps locally Wayne was most known for was his willingness to help somebody and never want any credit. This was a mantra of his throughout his life in Decatur and Wise County.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfathers, Curley Rogers and Glen Richey; and grandparents Homer and Becky Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynn Biggs Long of Decatur; daughter Lisa Long Bradshaw and husband, Steve, of Decatur; son Wayland Long and wife, Carrie, of Poolville; grandchildren Libby, Abby and Binion Long, Lyndi and Lauryn Luttrull and Zach, Kyle and Shelby Bradshaw; great-grandchild Kutter Bradshaw; sisters Geneva Ridgeway and husband, Paul, Lou Hitt and husband, Roger, and Sue Mercer and husband, Clifford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Wise Hope Shelter, 608 N. Business 287, Decatur, TX 76234.

Longway, David | 1931-2016
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016

David Longway, 85, of Decatur, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Services will be held at a later date.
David was born May 1, 1931, in Yenchang, Honan, China, to Izra and Inez (Mills) Longway. He married Beatrice Davis in 1993 in Colfax, Calif. David served in the U.S. Army National Guard and retired after 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and one brother.
He is survived by his daughter, Darlene Walker and husband, Brian, of Decatur; brother Ralph Longway of Washington; sister Myrtle Scharffenberg; grandchildren Jason, Joe, Joshua Stepp and John Saylor; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Luster, Barbara Jean (Swinney) | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Barbara Jean (Swinney) Luster, 73, of Boyd, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church with the Rev. Brondon Henderson officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are John Christian, Brian Price, Daniel Alvarez, Benjamin Alvarez, Dave Bowen and William Shelby.
Honorary pallbearer is Gary Dickinson.
Barbara was born Dec. 22, 1942, in Boyd to Tom and Gladys (Johnson) Swinney in Boyd. She married Johnny Luster March 3, 1993, in Boyd. Barbara retired from the Azle Independent School District as a custodian. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Rodney Beard.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Johnny Luster of Boyd; daughter Melissa Dickinson and husband, Gary, of Decatur; sons Brent Beard of Azle and Jason Rogers and wife, Sandra, of Alvord; grandchildren Ammitti, Daniel, Benjamin, Steven, Justin, Ian and Bailey; great-grandchildren Ray, Madison and Caleb; sisters Edith Huebner and Tommie Gillespie of Decatur; and numerous other family members and friends.

Lynch, Cherry Jane Barker | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Cherry Jane Barker Lynch, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., in Dallas. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Cherry was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Tarrant County to Hilyard Lorenzo and Vera Joyce Barker.
Her marriage of 64 years to husband, James W. Lynch, was a beautiful example of love and devotion. Cherry was loved for her positive attitude and sense of humor. She was fondly referred to as “Hurricane Cherry” because she was a force to be reckoned with. She loved crafts – especially making Christmas ornaments for each family member. There was no one like her, nor will there ever be.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son-in-law Charles F. “Dusty” Rhodes Jr.
She is survived by her husband, James W. Lynch; son James H. Lynch and wife, Carol; daughter Vicki Littleton and husband, Vernon; daughter Kelly Rhodes; son Robert Lynch and wife, Carol; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Lynch, Dorothy Jane | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dorothy Jane Lynch, 83, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord.
Dorothy was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Center to Fred and Allie (Powell) Hudson. She was a retired teacher. Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Robert Lynch of Beaumont and Billy Lynch and wife, Cindy, of Sunset; daughter Janet Simmons of Decatur; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Charlene Kraemer of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lynn, Charles H., Jr. | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, April 9, 2016

Charles H. Lynn Jr., 83, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Alvord Cemetery.
Charlie was born May 26, 1932, in Ardmore, Okla., to Charles Homer Lynn Sr. and Marie Chaney. The family lived most of their life in Texas and Oklahoma, but work in the oil field finally took them to Eunice, N.M.
There Charlie met the love of his life, Bonnie Sue Mayberry, and they married July 10, 1951. They had two children – Danny and Linda. Bonnie and Charlie were married for 52 years.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bonnie; and daughter Linda.
He is survived by his son, Danny Lynn; granddaughter Brandy Lynn; sisters Sandy, Faye and Carolyn; brother Mike Lynn; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Maddox, Billy Bee, Jr. | 1988-2016
Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
Billy Bee Maddox Jr., 27, of Boyd, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Rhome.
Celebration of life is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Billy was born Oct. 18, 1988, in Fort Worth to Billy and Andrea (Kelly) Maddox Sr. He was a machinist that worked with aluminum parts. Billy was married to Rachel Elizabeth Davis.
He is survived by his wife; parents; brothers Ronnie Landreth of Rhome and Dusty Maddox and wife, Asia, of Rhome; nephews Jullian Landreth of Rhome and Asher Maddox of Rhome; sons Benjamin Thomas and Joby Maddox, both of Boyd; and numerous cousins and friends.

Manning, Billie | 1929-2016
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Billie “Bill” Manning, 86, of Chico, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Chico.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Chico with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are L.E. Jones, Kenneth Manning, Rick Manning, Mike Manning, Josh Hysom, G.A. Buckner, Nobie Tucker and Terry Hand.
Bill was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Chico to Eskell “Eck” and Ottie (Batchelor) Manning. He married Emily Euler Oct. 16, 1970, in Fort Worth. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a retired postal worker.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Carroll Leroy Manning.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; daughters Kathy Mabey and husband, Charlie, of Fort Worth and Christine Davis and husband, Rick, of Runaway Bay; sons David Manning and wife, Michelle, of Austin and Stephen Dobra and Faye of Sunset; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Betty Wells of Graham; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Manning, Lynda Sue | 1936-2016
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Lynda Sue Manning, 79, of Chico died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service was Aug. 6 at Chico Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Lynda was born Nov. 13, 1936, to Joe and Minnie (Hague) Hunter in Decatur. She retired from Chico ISD as a librarian.
Lynda was preceded in death by her parents; son Tandy Manning; daughter Penny Manning; brother Ralph Hunter; and sisters JoBeth Hunter, Pansy Hunter and Polly Wainscott.
She is survived by her son, Dewayne Manning and wife, Tracy, of McKinney; grandchildren Jason Manning and wife, Brandi, Melissa Manning, Mason Manning and Connor Manning; great-grandchildren Joey Manning and Drew Manning; and other relatives and friends.

Manning, Teresa Sherilynn | 1951-2016
Published Saturday, July 16, 2016

Teresa Sherilynn Manning, 65, of Boyd, died Friday, July 1, 2016, in Chico.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Teresa was born Feb. 13, 1951, in Midland to John and Ollie (Smith) Stone. She was an apartment manager and waitress.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carroll Manning; and sisters Gracie, Betty and Barbara.
She is survived by her sons, Jerry Whitehead and wife, Vanessa, of Argyle and John Jennings and wife, Donna, of Chico; daughter Lacie Fitzgerald of Boyd; grandchildren Lindsay Grooms, Kayla Whitehead, Jordan Whitehead, Reagan Whitehead, Alexander Jennings, Devon Jennings, Nicholaus Jennings, Gabriel Fitzgerald, Orchid Fitzgerald and Nolan Fitzgerald; great-grandson Bryce Grooms; and other family members and friends.

Mantooth, Lemial Garland ‘L.G.’ | 1939-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lemial Garland “LG” Mantooth, 77, of Decatur died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Restland Memorial Chapel in Dallas.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Restland Funeral Home.
LG was born July 21, 1939, in McKinney and was raised in Irving. His first love was for that of his family as he was a devoted loving, giving, ear-pulling husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
His pride and joy was his business, Mantooth Construction of Irving, that was established by his father, William Garland Mantooth, in 1949 with only a team of horses.
LG was the definition of a cowboy with his career starting as a bull and bronc rider. He later took up calf roping and found that to be his true passion. As long as he was in the arena or on the back of a horse swinging a rope, he was happy. The back of a horse to him was like another man’s favorite recliner. That is where he was most comfortable and relaxed.
Taking his granddaughter to rodeos was the ultimate honor to him. He loved teaching her how to be a cowgirl and spent countless hours with her in the arena and on the road. This was his life, and this made him happy.
LG was preceded in death by his parents, William Garland and Hazel Mantooth; infant son, Lemial Garland Mantooth Jr.; brother-in-law Mikey Joe McCoy; and nephew Mikey Dwayne McCoy.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Ann Mantooth of Decatur; daughter Roni Allen and lifelong partner, Kae Wilson of Irving and Roni’s daughter, Rebecca Rose of Lewisville; son Will and wife, Nicole, and their children, Savannah, Cheyenne and Lariat Mantooth, all of Decatur; son John and loving partner, Amber, of Decatur and John’s son Colton and mother of Colton, Michelle Mantooth of Big Spring; son Lance and wife, Marcey, of Rockwall and Lance’s children, Amber, Lacey and Landen and their mother, Christi Pinson of Forney.
He is also survived by sisters Idellian McCoy and Shirley Byers and husband, David, all of Decatur; sister-in-law Jona Beth Record of Gainesville, Fla.; brother-in-law Pete Stanley of Comanche; uncle Vetis Davis and wife, Dorothy, of Irving; and aunt Lyzetta Mantooth of Mabank.
He also leaves behind three great-grandchildren to remember his legacy: Brilynn Foster, Morgan Rose and Justin Rose; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.

Maples, Fred Ray | 1947-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fred Ray Maples, 69, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial is 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Rev. Judi Brandt and Rev. Zack Landis officiating.
Fred was born on March 15, 1947, to Fred and Aquilla (Young) Maples in Decatur, Texas. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1965. Fred got his bachelor’s degree at Austin College in 1969 and his master’s degree in 1991 at Texas Woman’s University. Fred married Trumanell Burgess on March 10, 1974, in Decatur. He was a coach and teacher from 1970 to 2002 at Plainview, Lampasas, Seymour, Big Spring, Whitewright, Northwest ISD and Southlake Carroll.
He was preceded in death by his parents
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maples; his son, James Maples and wife Tara of North Richland Hills; his grandchildren, Weston and Eli; his sister, Barbara Simpson and husband Kenny of Arlington; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of First United Methodist Church of Decatur or the Decatur Education Foundation.

Mara, Bob T. | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bob T. Mara, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at his home in Abilene.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home Chapel, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, in Abilene. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger.
Bob was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Chico to Pearl (McGuire) and John E. Mara. He graduated in 1951 from Chico High School and worked for Halliburton Energy Services for 34 years. He continued working another 20 years as an oil and gas consultant.
Bob married Mary Ann (Elder) Mara Nov. 28, 1953, in Ranger. He was a member of Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brother Raymond Mara; and sister Donelda Brooks.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Twanna Cooksey and husband, Larry, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Talena Mara of Garden Grove, Calif.; grandchildren Amberlee Cordeiro and husband, Guy, of Greensburg, Pa., and Arlenda Newsom and husband, Brad, of Camas, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Kyle Lemley, Cade Cordeiro, Kinley Newsom and Kaitlyn Newsom.
Online condolences may be posted at HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com. Donations may be sent to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219.

Marsh, Daisy P. | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016

Daisy P. Marsh, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Cumberland Prebyterian Church in Daingerfield with John Lawson officiating. Burial will follow at Clark Cemetery in Daingerfield.
Daisy was born Apr. 23, 1934, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howley A. Marsh; parents WRC and Mary Hollis; brother James Hollis; and grandson Shawn Jennings.
She is survived by her daughters Shela Meadows and husband, William, of Jenkins, Teresa Marsh of Mt. Pleasant and Melanie Marsh of Greenville; sons Marvin Marsh of Daingerfield and Daniel Marsh of Greenville; grandchildren Stephen Marsh of Daingerfield, Jonathan Marsh of Florida, Vircie Meadows of Jenkins, Cody Meadows of Hughes Springs and Tabatha Jennings of Mt. Pleasant; great-grandchildren Bryce Meadows of Gilmer and Linzy Walker of Mt. Pleasant; brother Walter Hollis of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.reeder-davis.com.

Martin, Billy Jack | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, August 6, 2016

Billy Jack Martin, 77, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Aug. 5 at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons Ethan Coursey, Ian Coursey, Zack Sparks, Austin Sparks, Billy Martin Jr. and Cody Martin.
Billy Jack was born Dec. 31, 1938, in Boonsville to Walter Virgil and Pearl Maxine (McDaniel) Martin. He married Ruby Mae Rich July 3, 1958. He was in the construction business in the Bridgeport area for many years as a self-employed heavy equipment operator.
He was a junk collector – but only good junk – and he enjoyed going to auctions, working in his shop, banjo music, deer hunting, fishing, playing cards and camping.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Geneva Church; and brother R.V. ‘Sonny’ Martin.
Billy Jack is survived by his wife of 58 years; sons Billy Edward Martin and wife, Kerrie, of Bridgeport and Ricky Dale Martin of Bridgeport; daughter Darla Coursey and husband, Lee, of Bridgeport; sisters Shirley McNeil of Fort Worth, Bobbie Read and husband, Bill, of Paradise, Reba McKeeber and husband, Raymond, of Bridgeport and Betty Marie Cobb of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Martin, Jackie Lee | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
Jackie Lee Martin, 78, of Cordele, Ga., formerly of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at his daughter’s home.
Graveside service is 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. A small gathering is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28. For more information, contact the family.
Jack was born June 10, 1937, in Bonegap, Ill. He began his military career with the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and retired from the Texas Army National Guard Jan. 8, 1988. In 1962, he met the love of his life, Audrey E. Simpson, and convinced her to marry him. They were married for more than 40 years at the time of her death.
He is survived by his sister, Sharon Tomlinson; daughter and devoted caregiver Katie Schrader and husband, Kenneth; sons retired Air Force Col. Joel L. Martin and wife, Lori, Dr. G. Donovan Martin and wife, Kristi, and retired Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Martin and wife, Michelle; grandchildren Victoria, Brian Jr., Megan, Joseph, Maci, Marisa, Maloree, Joel and Matthew.
Memorials may be made to your local animal shelter. Jack loved dogs.

Martinez, Jeremiah Leonard | 1982-2016
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jeremiah Leonard Martinez, 34, of Chico, died Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Chico.
Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Chico Community Center. Lunch will follow. The family asks anyone who attends to bring a dish.
Jeremiah was born March 14, 1982, in Bridgeport to Jesse Paul and Leona Elane Martinez.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jeremiah is survived by his brother, Joshua Lynn Martinez and wife, Jackie, of Chico; sisters Jessica Rae Grizzell and husband, David, of Runaway Bay and Brandy Caffey and husband, Walter, of Tyler; and grandparents George and Marie Byers of Chico.

Mason, Charley Mack | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Charley Mack Mason, 82, of Denton, died Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Funeral was Aug. 1 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
He was born Sept. 18, 1933, in Dallas, to Catherine and Jessie F. “Gus” Mason. He married Elaine Bock Sept. 18, 1969, in Dallas.
Mack attended Denton High and the University of North Texas. He was an engineer with Sun Oil Co. for 30 years prior to retirement.
Mack is survived by his wife of 46 years; daughter Amanda Williams and husband, Carey, and family of Decatur; sister Sue Woolfolk of Orange, Va.; and in-laws Steve Bock and family of Plano and Betsy Bock of Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA or a charity of your choice.

Matzinger, Mildred Geneva | 1923-2016
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mildred Geneva Matzinger, 93, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Jerry Stanfield, Robert Stanfield, Aaron Stanfield, Bryan Keener, Lee Worley and Jimmy Meyers.
Mildred was born April 4, 1923, in Sobel, Okla., to Robert and Katie (Ramsey) Stanfield. She married Irv Matzinger Feb. 8, 1942, in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Alan Matzinger; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.
Mildred is survived by her son, Dan Matzinger and wife, Leah, of Lake Bridgeport; granddaughters Melissa Santa Cruz and husband, Gabe, of Duluth, Minn., Savannah Leigh Matzinger of Burleson and Joni Mae Matzinger of Carrollton; great-grandchildren Jude Barnett and Ellie Santa Cruz; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mayberry, Mary Lou | 1932-2016
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mary Lou Mayberry, 83, of Paradise, died Friday, July 8, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Tuesday, July 12, at Paradise Cemetery.
Mary was born on Dec. 28, 1932, in Crowell to Keller and Madie (Wright) Meharg. She married Donald Edward Mayberry on April 26, 1951, in Wichita Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Joe Meharg and Darvin Meharg; and sister Jeanne Morgan.
She is survived by her sons, Don Mayberry and wife, Judy, of Wichita Falls, Jerry Mayberry and wife, Teresa, of Chico and Robby Mayberry of Grand Prairie; daughter Sandy Azbill of Wichita Falls; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Mayfield, Francis A. | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Francis A. Mayfield, 72, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Sam Starr officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery.
There is no visitation.
Pallbearers are Nick Verner, Neil Sears, Tommy Thompson, Bill Hamilton, Michael Redding and Cory Schwinn.
Francis was born July 13, 1943, in Pocasset, Okla., to Clarence and Hettie (Kinsey) Sullivan. She married Fletcher Glenn Mayfield June 6, 1964, in Chickasha, Okla. Francis worked as a registered nurse and a dog groomer. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; parents; brothers Levi Sullivan and LeRoy Sullivan; and sisters Louise Sullivan, Norma Todd, Marcelete Giles and Margaret Cocheran.
Francis is survived by her son, Mike Mayfield and wife, Kristin, of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Mary Mayfield of Decatur; grandchildren Mandy, Nick, Kinzi, Kassidy and Jozi Rose; great-grandchildren Ainsley and Kennedy Rae; brother Harold Sullivan and wife, Janice, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and friends.

Mayo, Robert Michael | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Robert Michael “Mike” Mayo, 66, of Chico, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Chico.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Ryan Cemetery in Ryan, Okla., with the Rev. Donnie Osborn officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Mike was born Dec. 3, 1949, in Childress to Joseph and Mary (Carter) Mayo. He married Connie Osborn Dec. 9, 1974, in Henrietta. He was a parts supervisor for Karl Klement Ford.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years; daughters Tonnie Mayo of Wichita Falls, Michelle Herndon and husband, Kevin, of Paradise; grandson Shawn Herndon; granddaughter Saydee Herndon; mother-in-law Etta Osborn of Poolville; sister Sherry Conrad of Columbus, Ga.; and other family members and friends.

McCarty, Frances Iona | 1926-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Frances Iona McCarty, 89, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with various family members speaking.
Her family members will also serve as pallbearers.
Frances was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Morehead, Miss., to Thomas and Iona (Hunter) Dudley. She married Kenneth McCarty Sr. March 13, 1946, in Sunflower, Miss. Frances worked as the executive secretary for Employers Insurance of Texas. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Haltom City.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; brother Thomas Dudley; sister Mary Applebee; and daughter-in-law Penny Sue McCarty.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Kenneth McCarty Sr. of Bridgeport; sons Kenneth “Calvin” McCarty Jr. of Bridgeport, Scott McCarty and wife, Laura, of Ponder and Thomas McCarty and wife, Eloise, of Clayton, Okla.; grandchildren Wendy, Brandy, T.J., Austin, Logan, Hunter, Jenny and Forrest; five great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

McCarty, Kenneth Calvin, Sr. | 1925-2016
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kenneth Calvin McCarty Sr., 91, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with speakers Dudley McCarty and Scott McCarty. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Tanner Hapeman, T.J. McCarty, Hunter McCarty, Austin McCarty, Forrest McCarty and Logan McCarty.
Kenneth was born March 16, 1925, in Merigold, Miss., to Samuel and Victoria (Fant) McCarty. He married Frances Iona Dudley April 13, 1946, in Hinds County, Miss. Kenneth proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force. He earned a master’s degree in education and was a government professor at Weatherford Junior College, Miami Dade Junior College, Tarrant County Junior College and Northlake Community College.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 70 years; sister Ocie Davis; and brothers Bonnie, Alvin, Spurgin, Doyle and J.N. McCarty.
Kenneth is survived by his sons, Kenneth “Calvin” McCarty Jr. of Bridgeport, Scott McCarty and wife, Laura, of Ponder and Thomas McCarty and wife, Eloise, of Clayton, Okla.; grandchildren Wendy, Brandy, T.J., Austin, Logan, Hunter, Jenny and Forrest; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

McCool, Ruth Elaine Anderhalt | 1931-2016
Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ruth Elaine Anderhalt McCool, 85, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at home.
A private memorial service will be held.
Ruth was born May 12, 1931, in Meadville, Pa., to Althelston Joseph and Florence Odessa Slingluff Anderhalt.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her devoted husband, James McCool; daughter Gwen Kegley Brown and husband, Teddy; brother Ken Anderhalt and wife, Linda; grandchildren James Brown and wife, Amanda, Jeremy Brown and Justin Brown; and great-grandchildren Seema, Thomas and Lucas Brown.

McCormick, Joe ‘Pop’ | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, January 23, 2016

Joe “Pop” McCormick, 81, of Alvord, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Alvord.
No services will be held at this time.
Pop was born July 10, 1934, in Spur. He married Peggy Gideon May 31, 1957, in Dickens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.H. and Jodie McCormick; two brothers; and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy McCormick of Alvord; daughter Diane Stachowiak and husband, Louis, of Alvord; son Dwain McCormick and wife, Kelly, of Alvord; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

McDaniel, Margaret ‘PeeWee’ Preskitt Brown | 1925-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Margaret “PeeWee” Preskitt Brown McDaniel, 90, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Denton, after a brief illness.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. Dale Webster officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Hardy, Jody Thiebaud, Bob Waters, Ken Briere, Colton Burris and Ken Brinson.
PeeWee was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Bridgeport to Velma Katherine (Lusk) and Wiley Lloyd Preskitt, the fourth of seven children. Her family is directly descended from two of Wise County’s earliest pioneer families. She was educated at schools in Bridgeport.
In her earliest years, she was called “Maggie” but was later nicknamed “PeeWee,” which stuck and became the name she actually grew to prefer.
PeeWee was first a homemaker, but in 1968 she began working at the Dairy Queen when it opened in Bridgeport. She quickly became its manager and loved serving the public with good food. PeeWee was a remarkable business manager and highly enjoyed every facet of operating the business.
In 1984 she left to work in food service with the Bridgeport public schools until the time of her retirement. During these years PeeWee developed many caring friendships and business relationships that have lasted throughout the years.
Once retired, it wasn’t too long before PeeWee, with help from Lisa, began her second career as a day care provider to many children. She adored each and every one of the children who came into her care over the years. She felt as if she were their surrogate grandmother and always felt she was a member of these families.
PeeWee was a member of Bible Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by husband Sherman L. Brown in 1983 and husband Hubert McDaniel in 1993; her parents; sisters Echo Brooks, Maxine Greer and Blanche Marie Brown; brothers Wiley Lloyd Preskitt Jr. and Bobbie E. Preskitt; and several nieces and nephews.
PeeWee is survived by her sons, Johnny F. Ashcraft and wife, Junie, of Mansfield, Kenneth R. Ashcraft of Bridgeport and Steven L. Brown of Runaway Bay; daughters Lisa Brown of Bridgeport and Sherlyn Curtis and husband, Jack, of Corsicana; sister Catherine Campa and husband, Raymond, of Irving; grandchildren Troy Ashcraft of Edinburg, Andrea Rogers of Hensley, Ark., Jack Curtis and wife, Melissa, of Boerne, Jason Curtis and wife, Amanda, of Midlothian and Kasandra Brown of Hurst; great-grandchildren Samantha Robey, Gage Rogers, Conner Curtis, Kelsey Curtis and Callie Curtis; and great-great-grandchildren Raylee and Cheyenne.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to Bible Baptist Church or any favorite children’s charity.

McFadden, Alfred Limel, Jr. | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, February 27, 2016

Alfred Limel McFadden Jr., 84, of Decatur, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Alfred was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Hamilton to Alfred Sr. and Ethel (Barton) McFadden. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Alfred Limel McFadden III.
He is survived by his partner, Betty Luttrull of Decatur; daughter Anna Coker and husband, Chad, of Decatur; daughter Amy Lapoe and husband, Don, of Napierville, Ill.; son Joey Luttrull and wife, Wayla, of Ponder; daughters Kelley Tassone and husband, Jim, of The Woodlands, Jennifer Jackson of Fort Worth, Kimberly Luttrull of Austin and Brie Luttrull of Allen; 13 grandchildren; and friends.

McGraw, Johnnie B. | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Johnnie B. McGraw, 81, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial gathering is 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at The Club at Runaway Bay.
Johnnie was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Cortez, Colo., to John and Laura (Terry) Fulks. She married Bobbie McGraw May 15, 1957, in Aztec, N.M. Johnnie was a proud alumnus of the University of Colorado.
She was a retired teacher and a member of the Garden Club, Retired Teachers Association, Ladies Golf Association and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brothers William Fulks and Lane Fulks.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Vasey of Kemmerer, Wyo.; grandchildren Clayton Vasey of Kemmerer, Sarah Vasey of Evanston, Wyo., and Amy Vaser of Logan, Utah; great-grandchildren Able and Zada; sisters Judy Fulks of Cortez, Janice Prather of Cortez, Barbara Jean Beam of Galena, Nev., and Beth Howell of Cortez; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, P.O. Box 1589, Austin, TX 78767-1589, 888-762-4685.

McKay, Bettye Joyce | 1932-2016
Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bettye Joyce McKay, 84, of Burleson, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Burleson.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Geron Family Cemetery in Decatur with Dwight Trotter officiating.
Bettye was born March 20, 1932, in Biardstown to Charles and Willie (Gentry) Geron. She married Frank R. McKay Oct. 8, 1965, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bettye is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frank R. McKay of Burleson; goddaughter Ivana Laela of Burleson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

McKibben, Johnathan Dewayne | 1989-2016
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Johnathan Dewayne McKibben, 27, of Alvord, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service was June 27 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with the Revs. Bill Cleveland and Rick Cooper officiating.
Johnathan was born May 30, 1989, in Graham to Johnny W. McKibben and Debbie Stewart. He was a roustabout in the oilfield. Johnathan enjoyed fishing, being on the lake, watching movies and spending time with family.
Johnathan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Belcher.
He is survived by his wife, Clarissa McKibben; sons Tyler McKibben and Steven Musick Jr.; daughters Jayden Richardson, Jenica Richardson and Jazmine Musick; parents J.W. and Donna McKibben and mother Debbie McKibben; brother Timothy Paul Lee; sisters Cynthia Teter, Rachel Bissell, Janica Elkins, Summer McKibben, Brandy Pitts, Brandy Duncan and Brittany Duncan.
Other survivors include grandparents Jerry and Connie McKibben and Mary Beth McKibben; great-grandparents Myrtle Grizzle and Bobby and Myria Damron; best friend and special niece Cassidy McKibben of Bridgeport; and nephews Reece Teter and Rowdy, Tuff and Colton Teter.

McKinney, Dan R. | 1937-2016
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dan R. McKinney, 79, of Decatur, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dan was born Jan. 20, 1937, in Hereford to Dan Sewell and Vesta Brashear McKinney. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was an airline pilot and an international airline auditor. Dan was also a rancher. His hobbies included flying, woodworking, tennis, racquet ball, traveling, writing, reading, researching, bridge and hunting.
Dan had many honors and awards, including the Illinois Air National Guard Top Gun, Business Aviation Vision Award, The Bombadier Award and Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards Paris 2003.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill McKinney; sister-in-law Ruth McKinney; sister Merilyn Bohm; and in-laws Harold and Carolyn Mattes.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara J. “Jo” McKinney; sons Dan R. McKinney Jr. and wife, Diana, and David S. McKinney and wife, Marine; daughters Mylee M. (Missy) Johnson and husband, Gary, and Mia Russo and husband, Gil; grandchildren Westin and Rylee McKinney, Haley and Mat Johnson and Chase, Nick and Elizabeth Russo; and other friends and family.

McLean, Masako Skeeter | 1928-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016


Masako Skeeter McLean, 87, of Decatur, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Decatur.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home in Arlington.
Masako was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Ishikawa-Shi, Okinawa, Japan, to Shinichiro and Kamado Ushiban. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James McLean.
Masako was survived by her children, Nagako Long, Yoshino Esterly and husband, Michael, and Chikako Stover; grandchildren Patricia Stanley, Elizabeth Nelson and husband, Shawn, Heather Fukunaga and husband, Sheldon, Jimmie Stover and wife, Peggy, William Stover and wife, Kimberly, Christopher Stover and Charles Stover; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org.

McMullen, Lynn Wayne | 1955-2016
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lynn Wayne McMullen, 60, of Alvord, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Revs. Bill Cleveland and Larry McMullen officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are James McMullen, Scott Henexson, Jeffrey McMullen, Cody Skeeters, Melvin Cantrell, Tyler McMullen and Bryce Berry.
Lynn was born Nov. 8, 1955, in Dallas to Lawrence and Velma (Williams) McMullen. He married Debra Farley Nov. 20, 1998, in Rockwall. Lynn was an automotive dent repair technician. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years; daughters Tiffany Ann Vernon and husband, Bob, of McKinney, Jeniffer Davis of Alvord and Ashley Cantrell and husband, Melvin, of Alvord; sons Micheal Wayne McMullen and wife, Laura, of Savannah and Deryl Peoples Jr. of Rockwall; 15 grandchildren; brothers Lawrence Alex McMullen Jr. and Roger Eugene McMullen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

McMurray, Thomas ‘Clyde’, II | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016

Thomas “Clyde” McMurray II, 77, of Bowie, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Bowie.
Funeral was Feb. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Bowie. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Clyde was born Dec. 7, 1938, in Fort Worth to Tom and Mattie Belle (Collins) McMurray. He married Janet Joyce Gough July 22, 1961, in College Park, Md. Clyde graduated from Decatur High School in 1957 and from Texas Christian University in 1962. He received a master’s of education from the University of North Texas in 1966.
He served his country in the 49th Armored Division of the National Guard and later served in the 49th Armored Division in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis with the Soviet Union in 1961. Clyde was a member of the Wise County Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He was active in the TCU Frog Club, Bowie Mainstreet Project, Chicken and Bread Days, Montague County Retired Teachers Association, Tarrant County Junior College Board and president of the Lions Club.
Clyde spent most of his career in education as a teacher/coach and principal/administrator in Alice, Killeen, Whitewright, Memphis, Dalhart and Bowie. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. His greatest love was his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mattie McMurray; fraternal grandparents Thomas Clyde and Charlie A. Thompson McMurray; maternal grandparents Charles Collins and Vera Estelle Whatley Collins Brennan; and aunt Mary Estelle Collins DeWolfe.
He is survived by his wife, Janet McMurray of Bowie; son Thomas Monroe McMurray and wife, Charlotte, of Corinth; daughter Susan E. McMurray Semmelmann and husband, Marc, of Decatur; Thomas Christian McMurray and Chloe Kemp of Corinth; brother Pat McMurray of Irving; and sister Diane McMurray Scaling Pegg and husband, Jim, of Fort Worth.
Other survivors include nephews Bill Scaling and wife, Beverly, of Dallas, Tom Scaling and wife, Leisha, of Dallas and Arthur Klaunberg of Virginia; and nieces Bettie Scaling Bosworth and husband, Bob, of Fort Worth, Martha Scaling Creasy and husband, Roland, of Denver, Colo., Mary Scaling Hubbard and husband, John, of Dallas, Brenda Launberg of Maryland and Irene Klaunberg Seifert and husband, John, of Maryland.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bowie at P.O. Box 778, Bowie, TX 76230.

McWilliams, JoAnn ‘Mitzi’ | 1948-2016
Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
JoAnn “Mitzi” McWilliams, 68, of Azle, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Azle.
Mitzi was born March 11, 1948, in Corpus Christi to E. Mac and Georgia (Fiedler) McWilliams. She was a retired insurance agent.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mitzi is survived by her sons, James Stainton and wife, Michaelyn, of Decatur and Matthew Pergrem of Benbrook; grandchildren Carter, Cayson and Camryn Stainton; and friends.

Meador, David V. | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

David V. Meador, 76, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Arlington.
Memorial service was Sept. 13 at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington with Drs. David George and Eric Herrstrom officiating.
David was born Jan. 7, 1940, in Decatur to Jeff David and Vernia Lou Mann Meador. He was taught at a young age that it was important to work hard and serve others. He began working in his daddy’s gas station, serving customers at age 9. This experience led him to many jobs where customer service was the key to his success.
He fell in love with Barbara Boydston while attending Decatur High School. He gave his heart to Jesus when he was 16. He and Barbara married in 1959 in Decatur. They had their two daughters, D’Ann and Beverly, in Decatur before moving to Arlington in 1966. Their son David II was born in Arlington in 1969.
In 1971, Dave found his dream job at Tifco Industries where he became part of the company’s family and is still highly regarded there. He worked up until the last week of his life. He always said that if he retired, he would just get old.
This last year of work he was greatly helped by his grandson Mason Roberts, and Dave was able to do many of his tasks via phone and email. Throughout his career, he earned many trips and several awards. He loved the opportunities commission sales gave him, and he loved serving his customers. His time at Tifco served his family very well.
Dave was a family man and enjoyed his many roles. He was lovingly known as Papaw to his seven grandchildren, whom he adored. His laugh was contagious, and his positive attitude was off the charts. He was his family’s biggest cheerleader and his wisdom was priceless. Dave was a deacon at Lake Arlington Baptist Church, as well as the welcome desk greeter for more than 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years; son David V. Meador II and wife, Tisa; daughters D’Ann Meador Roberts and husband, Adam and Beverly Meador Damon and husband, Duane; sisters Donna Jones and Debbie Harr and husband, Lamar; brother-in-law Barty Boydston; and grandchildren Mason Roberts and fianc e, Dakota Baker, Reagan Roberts and wife, Maddie, Bailey Roberts, Morgan Damon, Kenzie Damon, Zachary Meador and Lyndsey Meador; niece Teresa Bailey; nephew James Davidson; and friends Steve Holland and Ron Autrey.

Meador, Patsy | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Patsy Meador, 79, of Rhome, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Rhome.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Revs. Kevin Drake and Ann Drake officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in DFW National Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Carl Meador, Landon Meador, Kevin Drake, Willie Bean, James Weathers and Tommy Ladd.
Patsy was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Fort Worth to Lawrence and Alice (Wheeler) Baker. She married Edward Meador Oct. 19, 1952, in Weatherford. She was a retired apartment manager.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Lawrence Ray Meador.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ed Meador, of New Fairview; grandsons Michael Meador and wife, Lizette, of Las Vegas, Carl Meador and wife, Ashley, of Aurora, Nicholas Meador and wife, Maranda, of Las Vegas and Clinton Hawk of Las Vegas; granddaughter Kristy Meador of Las Vegas; six great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Nann Meador; sister Doris Ladd; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Meadows, Raymond Lee | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Raymond Lee Meadows, 78, of Paradise, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was April 15 at the Springtown Church of Christ in Springtown with the Revs. David Bennett and David Pearson IV officiating. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Todd Meadows, Dike Read, Tony Pearson, Terry Ferris, Roy Jones and Kenneth Cook.
Raymond was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Paradise to Henry and Tommie (Stevens) Meadows. He married Ruth Sutherland Feb. 7, 1959, in Hurst. He worked for TXI as a front end loader operator until he retired. Raymond volunteered as an auctioneer for the Paradise Project Show, Cottondale Fire Department, FFA, chamber of commerce and the historical society. He was a member of the Springtown Church of Christ.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ruth Elizabeth Meadows; and brothers Henry Wayne Meadows and Johnnie William Meadows.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie Meadows and wife, Dianne, of Paradise; grandson Wesley Meadows (U.S. Army) of Paradise; granddaughter Kelby Meadows of Paradise; brother Waymond Meadows and wife, Lucille, of Paradise; sisters Ethel Ruth Adams of Paradise and Helen LaRue Glazener of Lewisville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Raymond loved kids and would be pleased to know kids were able to attend church camp. Donations to your favorite church youth group in memory of Raymond would be an honor to him.

Meadows, Waymond Dean | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waymond Dean Meadows, 76, of Paradise, died Monday, May 16, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Starr officiating. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the funeral home.
Dean was born April 11, 1940, in Paradise to Henry and Tommie (Stevens) Meadows. He married Lucille Jones March 10, 1961, in Bridgeport. He worked for Bell Helicopter and Mitchell Energy, then started his own lawn-mowing business until his retirement. He enjoyed raising cows and gardening. He was a member of the Paradise Church of Christ.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Henry Wayne Meadows, Johnnie William Meadows and Raymond Lee Meadows.
He is survived by his wife; sons Mike Meadows and wife, Patricia, of Rhome and Don Meadows and wife, Deborah, of Paradise; sisters Ethel Ruth Adams of Paradise and Helen Glazener of Lewisville; grandchildren Bryan Meadows and wife, Kim, of Boyd, Mitch Meadows of Miami, Texas, Kevin Meadows and wife, Allyson, of Haslet, Alexa Carter and husband, Josh, of Paradise and Jeffrey Dobbs and Allison of Springtown; great-grandchildren Hayden, Aubrey and Kaysen Meadows and Emery Kate Meadows (due in July); and adopted grandchildren Heather, Jimmy and Johanna Barnett.

Melear, Harry Fred, Jr. | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Harry Fred Melear Jr., 80, of Decatur, died Friday, March 11, 2016, in Decatur after succumbing to leukemia.
No services will be held.
Harry was born May 9, 1935, in Haslet to Harry Fred Sr. and Mary (Hughart) Melear in Haslet. He married Sara Matilda Ufret Nov. 30, 1982, in Fort Worth. Harry worked at Burris/Cargill Mills for 42 years as a lab technician and test baker. He served his country in the Texas National Guard.
Harry enjoyed many creative talents such as building model planes, leather work, HAMM Radio and other interests. He was an honorable, devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who loved life and family.
Harry enjoyed pranks and laughing with everyone. He loved helping others, and he loved his Lord and Savior. Harry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Cubby Melear; sister Alice Creamer; and brother-in-law Calvin Creamer.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Sara Ufret Melear; sister Jeanie Melear Kirk and husband, Royce, of Springtown; daughter Sheree Barber and husband, Gary, of San Antonio; stepsons Roberto Arcelay and wife, America, of Lewisville and Javier Arcelay of Keller; grandsons Michael Barber and wife, Melanie, of Mansfield, David Barber and wife, Stephanie, of San Antonio and Chris Barber of San Antonio; stepgrandson Jaiden Arcelay of Keller; great-grandchildren Arianna, Eli and Colt of San Antonio and Matthew, Madison and Maddox of Mansfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to the Leukemia Foundation at www.allbloodcancers.org.

Melear, Sara Matilde | 1947-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
Sara Matilde Melear, 68, of Decatur, died Monday, March 21, 2016, in Lewisville.
No service is scheduled.
Sara was born May 22, 1947, in Sangerman, Puerto Rico, to Octavio and Matide (Perdomo) Ufret. She married Harry Melear Jr. Nov. 30, 1982, in Fort Worth. Sara was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.
She is survived by her sons, Roberto Arcelay and wife, America, of Lewisville and Javier Arcelay of Keller; stepdaughter Sheree Barber and husband, Gary, of San Antonio; grandson Jaiden Arcelay of Keller; stepgrandchildren Michael Barber and wife, Melanie, of Mansfield, David Barber and wife, Stephanie, of San Antonio and Chris Barber of San Antonio; sister Carmen Davis and husband, Larry, of Euless; nephew Neely Davis of San Marcos; and other family members and friends.

Merrell, Daphne Odum | 1918-2016
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Daphne Odum (Stewart) Merrell, 98, of Cottondale died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Funeral was Dec. 19 at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial followed at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Daphne was born July 11, 1918, in Fort Worth. She worked for NBC channel 5 in Fort Worth for 31 years.
Daphne was known as Bob-o and Mamo by her loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.V. Merrell; brother JR Odom; and mother Edith Odom.
Daphne is survived by daughters Jan McNabb and husband, Eldion, of Green Valley, Ariz., Joy Merritt and husband, James, of Loveland, Colo., and Jill Thibodeaux and husband, David, of Cottondale; grandchildren Roger, Cheryl, Lori, Rodney, Shelia, Debbie, Jason and Kara; 15 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and niece Pat Sherrill of Sun City, Ariz.

Merritt, Betty Sue Denman | 1925-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016

Betty Sue Denman Merritt, 90, of Decatur, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dallas.
Celebration of life is 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Dr. Brian Bosworth officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Honorary pallbearers are Patti Gage, Mary Lambert, Sam Renshaw, Sis Renshaw, Bonnie Rawlings, Virginia Renfro, Norma Wiley and Annie Lee Wood.
Betty Sue was born June 2, 1925, in Lufkin to Earl and Sue (Ransome) Denman. She married Dr. Ben Clarence Merritt Nov. 23, 1946, in Lufkin. Betty Sue was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Dr. Ben C. Merritt.
She is survived by sons Bill Merritt and wife, Debbie, of Fort Worth, Marshall Merritt and wife, Leslie, of Dallas and Joe Merritt and wife, Holly, of Dallas; daughter Suzy Childress and husband, R.J., of Dallas; brother William E. Denman of Euless; grandchildren Drew Childress and wife, Ceason, of Dallas, Suzannah Merritt of Mansfield, Claire Merritt of Dallas, Will Merritt of Dallas, Matthew Merritt of Dallas and Ben Merritt of Dallas; great-granddaughter Parker Childress; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Miles, Else | 1930-2016
Published Saturday, April 30, 2016

Else Miles, 85, of Boyd, died Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Else was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Friedburg, Germany. She married Alphonse Radke in Cleveland, Ohio. Else worked many years and retired as a registered nurse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alphonse Radke; her husband, Dale Miles; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons Frank Radke and wife, Laurie, of Boyd and Richard Radke of Stuttgart, Germany; and other family members and friends.

Miller, Florence Elizabeth | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Florence Elizabeth (Hansell) Miller, 83, of Cottondale/Paradise, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Decatur.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Florence was born July 19, 1933, in the Ozarks of Missouri to James and Hettie Hansell. She was the third child of eight and the eldest daughter. At the tender age of 16, Florence met and married William R.(Bob) Miller and together they moved from Chicago to Texas and lived in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Azle and finally Paradise/Cottondale.
As a young wife and mother, Florence was active in the Weatherford area in the Floral Club and PTA, as an Avon lady and as a creative Scout leader in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout the 1960s and early ’70s.
Her kind and generous nature inspired all who were close to her. She extended her spirit to all – her loving family, countless friends and acquaintances.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one sister; her husband, Bob; and her youngest son, Jeff.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Lowry and husband, Bruce, and Amanda Burkhalter and husband, Greg; son Jim Miller and wife, Lisa; daughter-in-law Sheril Miller; grandchildren Dylan Lowry, Ilia Srygley and Joren and Isabella Burkhalter; great-grandchildren Caleb, Sara, Jakob, Andrew, River and Arden; siblings Edward, Clyde and Bonnie; and other extended family members.

Miller, Linda Manning | 1940-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Linda Manning Miller, 75, of Decatur, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Memorial service was June 3 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Linda was born Dec. 24, 1940, in Decatur to Travis and Bertha (Patterson) Manning. She was land manager of the North Texas Division for Mitchell and Devon Energy until 2009. In her spare time, she loved to garden and read. She loved her family dearly.
Linda is survived by her husband of 32 years, J.K. Miller; daughters Cathy Childers and husband, Sonny, Robyn Buckner and Jamie Riley and husband, Ross; son Mark Buckner and wife, Sandra; brother Kenneth Manning; grandchildren Teri Houchin and husband, Thomas, Madison Buckner, Travis Buckner, Bryson Buckner, Phil Childers, Meagan Harbert and husband, Brian, and Caitlyn Jenkins and husband, Braden; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mills, Tom ‘Doc’ | 1960-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tom “Doc” Mills, 56, of Bridgeport, died Friday, April 1, 2016, in Plano.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Bridgeport Community Center.
Tom was born March 22, 1960, in Bridgeport to Norma Jean Pitts and Lonnie Mills. He was a nurse for more than 20 years and loved working with children with disabilities. His greatest passion alongside his six children was working the Hero’s Camp in the summer with his patients.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Howard Mills and James Mills.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Mills of Plano; children Kayla Prock of Decatur, Jeanie Dahlen of Alvord, Misty Hillary of Decatur, and Ava Mills, Laci Mills and J.T. Mills, all of Plano; granddaughters Kinzee Thomas, Christina Thomas, Breanna Thomas, Desirae Hillary, Graclyn Hillary and Brittley Dahlen; grandsons J.J. Prock and Treyce Dahlen; sister Carla Thomas of Decatur; stepmother Rosemary Mills of Decatur; and many other family members and friends.

Minke, Lonnie Dale | 1947-2016
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lonnie Dale Minke, 68, of Boyd and Fort Worth, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.
Memorial service is 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home and Crematory, 702 8th Ave., in Fort Worth.
Lonnie was born Dec. 27, 1947, in Harrisburg, Penn. He attended the University of North Texas. After honorably serving his country in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, Lonnie returned to Fort Worth and spent his career in the custom woodworking business. He was a longtime member of the Fort Worth YMCA where he was frequently seen on the basketball court.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Barry Minke; and parents Carl and Josephine Aldinger Minke.
Lonnie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet Schober Minke; daughter Jennifer Minke of Kingsville; brother Terry Minke and wife, Donna, of Rural Retreat, Va.; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to VITAS Community Connection Fort Worth or to your favorite charity.

Moody, Austinlee Richard | 1986-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Austinlee Richard Moody, 29, of Jacksboro, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Chico.
Service is 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro with the Rev. Brad Cummings officiating. Burial will follow at Jim Ned Cemetery in Wise County.
Pallbearers are Krandy Jones, Brad Cummings, Jerry Jones, Jody Hood, Cory Weems, Cody Boner and Ben Morrow.
Austin was born Sept. 24, 1986, in Sulphur Springs to Gordon and Rebecca Moody. He always had a courageous smile and laugh that would brighten a room, and he knew how to make others smile, too. Austin was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Moody; grandfathers O.L. Bearden and Scott Moody; grandmother Delma Howard; great-grandmother Maline Hood; and nephew Avery Cash.
Austin is survived by his parents; son Brandsonlee Charles Moody; brother Matt Moody; sisters Krandy Jones and Lindsay Moody; and grandmother Shirley Bearden Caldwell.

Moody, Glen ‘Buster’ | 1959-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Glen “Buster” Moody, 57, of Cundiff, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Jacksboro.
Gathering of family and friends was Sept. 24 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Glen was born July 5, 1959, in Bridgeport to William and Agnes (Loper) Moody. He married Virginia Ann Whitecotton Aug. 7, 2014, in Jacksboro. He was a diesel mechanic.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson, Alex.
He is survived by his wife; son J.D. Berryman of Maypearl; daughters Lauren Canady and husband, Michael, of Wills Point, Jennifer Elder and Caleb of Burleson and Victoria Shahan of Cundiff; sons Rowdy Moody of Collinsville and Jason Rickard of Cundiff; sister Pam Lopez and husband, Efren, of Cundiff; grandchildren Lex, Joshua, Makenzie, Mason, Madison and Mercedes; and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Moody, Ray Gene ‘Buddy’, Sr. | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ray Gene “Buddy” Moody Sr., 76, of Paradise, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial to follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Visitation is at the church one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Moody was born to Bill Moody and Maudie Pearl Little Moody March 14, 1940, in Allen’s Point. He married Lois Permenter July 11, 1960, in Stinnett. Mr. Moody served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.
He was a truck driver for more than 50 years and was employed by Thomas Steel Drums in Fort Worth for 20 years. He was an ordained Baptist minister and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cottondale.
Mr. Moody was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Melody Delyn Moody Rasco; and sisters Eloise Collins and Carol Lynn Moon; brother Johnny Moody; and granddaughter Morgan Moss.
He is survived by his wife; son Ray “Corky” Moody Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Paradise; daughters Terri Meeks and husband, Dan, of Paradise and Annette Forsythe and husband, Gary, of Dickenson; brother Bill David Moody and wife, Carol Ann, of Enid, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

Mooney, Orus Martin, II | 1944-2016
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Orus Martin Mooney II, 71, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Decatur.
No services will be held.
Mart was born May 2, 1944, in Decatur to H.M. and Mary Jo (Hopson) Mooney. He married Linda K. Freeman Oct. 12, 1964, in Lovington, N.M. Mart served our country in the U.S. Army. He was a 100 percent Combat Service Connected Disabled Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church.
Mart was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Mike Mooney and Tim Mooney; and sisters Virginia Henry and Nell Hess.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Mooney of Decatur; son Marty Mooney and wife, Missy, of Decatur; daughter Shanda DeWitt and husband, Derek, of Boerne; grandchildren Brad, Ryan, Bethany, Jadon and Wyatt; brother Dudley Mooney of Weatherford; sisters Laura Beth Brewer of Alvord, Mary Helen Hubburd of Decatur, Dana Elliott-Williams of Greenwood and Molly Sue Crawshaw of Arkansas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Wise County Cancer Center at cancercenter.com or Solaris Hospice at solarisfamily.com.

Moose, Fred, I | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Fred Moose I, 75, of Sunset, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in Sunset.
Graveside service was Feb. 27 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Pallbearers included his grandsons.
Fred was born March 3, 1940, in Houston to Benjamin and Bertha (Hart) Moose. He married Frances Willett March 5, 1975, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Karen Lynette Gillespie; great-grandson Cashton Cade Munn; sister Barbara Strine; brothers Rick O’Bryant and Alfred Halthill; and father-in-law Buford Willett.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Frances Willett Moose of Sunset; sons Donald Ray Moose and wife, Sally, of Paradise, Patrick Wayne Moose and wife, Tina, of Springtown, Michael Earl Moose of Fort Worth and Fred Moose II and wife, Robin, of Fort Worth; daughters Kimberly Kay Willett and Jeff Love of Sunset, Kathy Gail Dominguez and James White of Sunset and Karen Dian Houston and husband, Danny, of Sunset; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Sosa of Bridgeport; mother-in-law Juanita Willett of Venus; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Morehead, Carlene | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016

Carlene Morehead, 79, of Paradise, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Ren Young and Corbin Young officiating. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Dave Hillary, Eric Hillary, Morgan Yocum, Cody Lewis, Kainen Nelms, Michael Tittor, Adam Tittor and Brandon Tittor.
Carlene was born Nov. 19, 1936, to Carlton and Magella (Elam) Niblett in Paradise. She married Randall Morehead Oct. 7, 1960, in Weatherford. Carlene retired from Bridgeport Hospital as a radiologic technician. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Paradise.
Carlene was preceded in death by her parents; son Mark Morehead; brother Richey Niblett; and grandchild Brandi O’Dell.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Randall Morehead of Paradise; daughters Cindy Lewis of Paradise, Becky Wilson and husband, David, of Greenwood, Scotty Tittor and husband, Paul, of Paradise and Susanna Eagan and husband, Mike, of Saginaw; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by sisters Bobbie Badger and husband, Eddie Lee, of Decatur, Evelyn “Ann” Jones and husband, Roy, of Paradise and Kathy Horton and husband, Homer, of Paradise; brothers Wayne Niblett and wife, Ruth, of Paradise, Don Niblett and wife, Earlene, of Decatur and Lonnie Niblett and wife, Margaret, of Pickton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Morehead, Randall S. | 1936-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Randall S. Morehead, 79, of Paradise, died Monday, April 4, 2016, in Paradise.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Corbin Young and Phillip Weinter officiating. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Dave Hillary, Morgan Yocum, Kainen Nelms, Adam Tittor, Eric Hillary, Brandon Tittor, Cody Lewis and Michael Titter.
Randall was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Paradise to Scott and Evelyn (Maddux). He married Carlene Niblett Oct. 7, 1960, in Weatherford. Randall proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Paradise Church of Christ.
Randall was preceded in death by his parents; wife Carlene Morehead; son Mark Morehead; and grandchild Brandi O’Dell.
He is survived by his daughters, Cindy Lewis of Paradise, Becky Wilson and husband, David, of Greenwood, Scotty Tittor and husband, Paul, of Paradise and Susanna Eagan and husband, Mike, of Saginaw; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Dot Read and husband, Harold, of Paradise; and other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Foster’s Home for Children, 1779 N. Graham St., Stephenville, TX 76401, 940-968-2143, fostershome.org.

Moreland, LaVerne | 1931-2016
Published Saturday, October 1, 2016

LaVerne Moreland, 84, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Rhome Church of Christ with Roy Deaver officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Ray Steward, David Steward, Mark Moreland, Michael Moreland, Jon Moreland and Grant Dixon.
LaVerne was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Seymour to Arthur and Etta (Clayton) Jones. She married Edward Moreland July 13, 1950, in Clovis, N.M. LaVerne was a member of the Rhome Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Mildred Roberts; her husband; and grandson James Moreland.
She is survived by her sons, Max Moreland of Wilmington, N.C., Shawn Moreland and wife, Susan, of Lumberton and Mark Moreland and wife, Pamela, of Rhome; daughter Dequette Moreland Jones and husband, Robert, of Boyd; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Morgan, Violet Lenore | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Violet Lenore Morgan, 73, of Boyd, died Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Boyd.
Graveside service was March 22 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Jackson officiating.
Violet was born Dec. 12, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., to Leonard and Edna (Houser) Followell. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Leonard Followell.
She is survived by her daughters Darlene Penland and husband, Trampas, of Boyd and Lori Guittar of Union, Mo.; sons Ralph Feth of Union and Steve Feth and wife, Linda, of Beaufort, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; sisters Carol Followell of Angleton and Lelia Murray of Hermann, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Morris, Roy Hulen | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Roy Hulen Morris, 85, of Paradise, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Jay Foster officiating. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Jeff Cleveland, Jerry Cleveland, Seth Foster, Jim Garrett, Taylor Knight, Davis Martin, David Rhodes, Joe Tax and Jared Wessel.
Roy was born March 5, 1930, in the Red Bud community north of Chico to Roy Leslie and Winnie McGuire Morris. Roy married Georgia Ruth Cleveland July 14, 1951, in Paradise. He served two years with the United States Army as a corporal of the military police. Roy was a sales representative with ACME Brick for 29 years and was named Salesman of the Year seven times.
He was instrumental in starting the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department, as well as going door-to-door collecting signatures to bring natural gas to the homes in the city. He was also elected mayor pro-tem in the first city elections and served on the city council for four years.
Roy was very involved in Paradise athletics, filming the Paradise Panthers football team and driving the bus for the drill team and cheerleaders. After retiring from ACME, he went to work for Hawkins Funeral Home for 15 years.
Some of his favorite pastimes were traveling to Sugar Land to visit his grandchildren and collecting vintage fans and antique automobiles.
Roy was a member of the Cottondale Church of Christ. He was baptized in Killeen in July of 1953. He was a loving husband, beloved father, adoring grandfather and great-grandfather, treasured brother and uncle and faithful friend.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Floy Lanelle Morris.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Georgia Cleveland Morris; daughters Janice Knight and husband, Paul, of Sugar Land and Sheri Neeley and husband, Mark, of Keller; grandchildren Erin Wessel and husband, Jared, of Trophy Club and Taylor Knight of Sugar Land; and a great-grandson, Rhett Wessel.
He is also survived by sister-in-law Edith Cleveland; brother Arlon Morris and wife, Bobbie, of Chico; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to Foster’s Home for Children, P.O. Box 978 Stephenville, TX 76401.

Moss, Litha S. | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Litha S. Moss, 81, of Decatur, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Plainview Cemetery with the Rev. Tracy Epting officiating.
Litha was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Cottondale to Charlie and Mary (Stevens) Finley. She married Emory W. Moss March 14, 1954, in Stoney. She was a retired sales clerk.
Litha was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; two brothers; her grandson, Tobi Moss; and great-grandchildren Mason Hendrix, Billy Wayne Robinson and Mary Marie Harris.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years; daughters Betty Throneberry of Lees Summit, Mo., Mary Robinson and husband, Billy, of Waxahachie, Debbie Cordero and husband, Patrick, of Decatur, Sarah Davis and husband, Thomas, of Decatur, Bobbie Hendrix of Decatur and Nancy Resma and husband, Ernest, of Decatur; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; four sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Moten, Phyllis A. | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Phyllis A. Moten, 81, of Lewisville, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Highland Village.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock.
Phyllis was born Dec. 2, 1934, in Hamilton to Thomas Warren and Alma Ashton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Venton Moten; parents; and sister Cathryn Brock.
Phyllis is survived by her son, Mark Warren Moten of Houston; daughter Carrie Stokes of Justin; brother Thomas Warren Ashton of Decatur; and grandchild Morgan James Knowles of Justin.

Munnerlyn, Vonnie A. | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vonnie A. Munnerlyn, 73, of Decatur, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial will be at a later date.
Vonnie was born April 11, 1943, in Abilene to John and Marie (Puckett) Looper. She married Reinhold J. “Pete” Munnerlyn in 1961 in Abilene.
Vonnie was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her son, Trevor Eric Munnerlyn and wife, Cindy, of Decatur; grandsons Ryan Munnerlyn of Grapevine and Kevin Munnerlyn of Waco; uncle Richard Puckett and wife, Fern, of Abilene; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer Foundation or Scottish Rite Hospital.

Murray, Louise Gray | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Louise Gray Murray, 82, of McKinney, died Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Graveside service is 1 p.m., Monday, March 7, at Ramona Cemetery in Ramona, Okla.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen.
Louise was born May 21, 1933, Bartlesville, Okla., to James Benjamin and Wilma Elizabeth (Thompson) Gray. She was a devout Christian and was very active in her church in Decatur and in Oklahoma. Louise was a go-getter. She had many talents and skill sets that she used as an entrepreneur, homemaker, private detective and restaurateur, just to name a few. Louise was a loving wife and mother and a wonderful grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Marjorie Stone, Wanda Capps, James Pete Gray and Tommy Glen Gray.
She is survived by her loving husband, Bill Murray of McKinney; daughters Jewel Guipre and husband, Bob, of Terrell and Jan Houser and husband, Jerry, of Tulsa, Okla.; siblings Nadine Roberts of Marietta, Ga., the Rev. Jack L. Gray of Cleveland, Tenn., Bill R. Gray of Griffin, Ga., Mary M. Hilton of Waco, the Rev. Ted. F. Gray of Weatherford, Dr. Don Paul Gray of Quinlan, Charles L. Gray of Mansfield, Sue Anna Drew of Swaziland, Africa, and Wesley B. Gray of Ft. Worth; 12 grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Musick, Harold ‘Tommy’ | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016

Harold “Tommy” Musick, 77, of Paradise, died Monday, March 7, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Johnson Cemetery in Dennis, in Parker County, with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Harold was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Weatherford to Harold W. and Frankie (Hatton) Musick. He married Beverly Wheelock Jan. 2, 1964, in Weatherford. Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army.
He owned and operated Harold’s Body Shop for 40 years until he retired. Harold loved hunting, fishing and watching old western movies.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Beverly (Wheelock) Musick.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Karen Arthur and husband, Wayne, of Paradise; son Kenneth Musick of Paradise; grandchildren Austin King, Angela Arthur, Andrew Musick and Ashley Musick; great-grandchild Brennan Lackey; brother-in-law James T. Reid and wife, Tammy, of Indiana; friend Dixie Davis of Abilene; and other family members and friends.

Myers, Georgia Nadine Hancock | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Georgia Nadine Hancock Myers, 85, died Monday, June 27, 2016.
Graveside service was June 28 at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon.
Nadine was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Hall County to Isaac and Doshia Welch Hancock. Nadine was the only girl in the brood of Isaac and Doshia’s seven children. According to her stories, she was spoiled by her brothers.
Nadine married Bobby Joe Myers, Aug. 16, 1950, in Memphis. They had three children: Lucinda Jane Myers, Joni Pat Chancellor and Dewey Bob Myers.
Nadine was a member of the First Christian Church of Clarendon. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Nadine could always be found in her kitchen preparing delicious meals and treats for family and friends.
Nadine and Bob spent most of their later married years traveling to her favorite destinations throughout Texas and beyond. She was the family prayer warrior and was continuously lifting her family and friends in prayer.
Nadine was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her three children; grandchildren Doshia Chaison and Kathryn and J.P. Myers; and great-grandchildren Josh Holt, Jace Myers and Marlee Barbee.

Nanson, Emogene | 1929-2016
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Emogene Nanson, 86, of Perrin, died Friday, May 13, 2016, in Decatur.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, at First Baptist Church in Perrin with the Rev. Mark Sims officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Keeter Cemetery in Throckmorton County.
Emogene was born May 21, 1929, in Elbert to William Eugene and Nora Mildred (Keeter) Bruton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Frank Pickens Nanson.
She is survived by her son, Larry Gober and wife, Laura, of Stephenville; daughter Brenda Reeves and husband, Bobby, of Olney; sister Cora Lee Howard and husband, Dave, of Paradise; grandchildren Renae Prestridge, Cindy Berry, Trey Prestridge, Summer Gober, Heather Nancy, Amanda Gober, Shelby Gober, Shanel Otts and Jacqueline Gober; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Narramore, Carole A. | 1930-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Carole A. Narramore, 86, of Arlington, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Arlington.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Dr., in Arlington.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Carole was born May 26, 1930, in Ely, Nev., to Reed and Della Wright. She received a double degree from Brigham Young University.
She married the love of her life, Alfred D. Narramore Jan. 31, 1953. They lived in Arlington where they raised their four wonderful daughters. Carole had a 40-year career in title insurance and retired from Trinity-Western Title Co. in 1999.
After retiring, Carole taught and mentored knitting classes at Tarrant County College. She was a member of several bridge clubs and loved needlepoint. Carole enjoyed baking for local churches, the women’s shelter and her many friends. Her love of food and cooking inspired her daughters to become excellent cooks and write a cookbook to memorialize their family recipes. Her loving, caring nature has been an inspiration for her family and friends.
Carole was preceded in death by her husband; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Sue Wright; and her parents.
She is survived by her daughters, Victoria “Vicki” Vannatta and her husband, Jim, of Boyd, Kimberly Kinder and her husband, Bryan, of Fort Worth, Sherran Fear and her husband, Doug, of Mansfield and Melissa “Missy” Trubatisky and her husband, Steve, of Austin; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Nelson, Erik Thomas | 1960-2016
Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Erik Thomas Nelson, 55, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Rosary was July 19 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Mauricio Hernandez officiating.
Erik was born Sept. 29, 1960, in Springfield, Ill., to James and Veandra “Dee” (Soma) Nelson. He married Wachiraboon “Noi” Boonyaruttapun Feb. 16, 2002, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He was an FAA senior insurance examiner.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Erik is survived by his wife; mother Veandra “Dee” Nelson of Springfield, Ill.; sister Stephanie Nelson Rapier of Wildwood, Mo.; brothers Christopher Nelson and wife, Karen Szall, of Walla Walla, Wash., and John Nelson of Mansfield, Mo.; nieces Aimee Arseneaux-Payne, Tamara Rowe-Dobson and Dawn Durfee; nephew Andrew Rapier; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and large extended family and friends in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Nelson, Robert Melvin | 1922-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Robert Melvin Nelson, 93, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Community Church in Decatur with the Revs. John Redfearn and Philip Nelson officiating.
Robert was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Wapato, Wash., to Lawrence and Lois (Spicer) Nelson. He married Evelyn Crabtree Aug. 7, 1948, in Seattle, Wash. Robert served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from GTE as a logistics expediter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Nelson; his brother; and his sister.
He is survived by his daughter, Diana Howe and husband, Richard, of Decatur; son Melvin Nelson and wife, Virginia, of Decatur; grandchildren Christa Franklin and husband, Ron, Jeremy Nelson and wife, Sara, Philip Nelson and wife, Leah, Amber Webster and husband, Christopher, Jason Howe and wife, Melissa and Jessica Lam and husband, Kevin; eight great-grandchildren; sister Dora Getsinger; brother John Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Solaris Hospice, 2250 S. FM 51 Ste 400, Decatur, Texas.

Nichols, Kayla (Morrow) | 1971-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kayla (Morrow) Nichols, 45, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 3 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, with the Rev. Rocky Johnson officiating. Burial followed in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wendell Wiggins, Bobby Green, Ronnie Pewitt, J.R. Garza, Lynn Long, Tommy Johnson, Toby Nichols and Chan Horne.
Kayla was born April 6, 1971, in Bridgeport to Larry and Judy (Groves) Morrow. She was a 1989 graduate of Bridgeport High School. In her younger years, she was active with her youth group at church and particularly enjoyed singing.
She loved helping people and enjoyed time spent with Bridgeport ISD, working with special needs children.
Kayla was full of life, and a little mischief, and always had a smile on her face. Her children were the love of her life, and she was very involved in their lives. She was greatly loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Kayla was preceded in death by grandparents J.W. and Myrtie Groves, and Grady Morrow and Neoma Collins.
She is survived by son Toby Wayne Nichols; daughter Tiphanee Michelle Nichols and fianc , Eugene Lackey; parents Larry and Judy Morrow; brother Cody W. Morrow; grandsons Danny Lackey and Trenton Ellison; uncle Gerald W. Groves; aunts Jean Fox and husband, Henley and Alice Sherrod; her dearest friend, Sherry Bisidas-Grantham; and other family and friends.

Nichols, Sharon Kaye | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sharon Kaye Nichols, 73, of New Orleans, a longtime resident of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in New Orleans.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Sharon was born in Borger in 1943 to Harold and Maxine Evans. She graduated from Borger High School and attended Frank Phillips College and Washington University in St. Louis. She loved sitting on her porch while enjoying great conversation with friends and family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Sharon was a devoted member of the Decatur Eastern Star No. 543, where she was a past Past Matron and truly enjoyed the fellowship and service she shared with her fellow members.
Sharon was preceded in death by both parents; her loving stepfather, Kenneth “K.D.” Johnson; and husbands Donald Strawn and Richard “Bill” Nichols.
Sharon is survived by her sons, Jay Strawn and wife, Kristin, of San Antonio and Blaine Strawn of Picayune, Miss.; grandchildren Ally Strawn, Kenny Wade Strawn and Savannah Strawn; and brother Kenney Dale Johnson and wife, Katherine Louden, of San Rafael, Calif.

Nigh-Spanglo, Helen Marie | 1927-2016
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Helen Marie Nigh-Spanglo, 89, of Decatur, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Billy W. Adams, Billy Caraway, Dennis Jones, Wayne McGar, Donald Meador and Larry Starnes.
Honorary pallbearers are Steve Williams and Wiley Meador.
Helen was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Decatur to Wiley and Ola (Bigham) Caraway. She married Howard Nigh May 15, 1946, in Decatur. Helen was an officer at Senior Citizens and helped with fundraisers at church. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; stepdaughter Glenna Walls; six sisters; and eight brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, Marie Rosson and husband, Troy, of Decatur, Sheila McCrary and husband, Dewayne, of Alvord and Tammy McCrary and husband, Steven, of Rhome; grandchildren Gina Hodges and husband, Danny, of Alvord, Dionne Bruner and husband, Gary, of Chico, David Rosson of Dallas, Michelle Weatherly and husband, Bobby, of Bothell, Wash., Robbi McCrary of Decatur, Nikki Jones and husband, Glen, of Alvord, Amy Cunnius and husband, Ryan, of Decatur, Eleisha Austin and husband, GT, of Marlow, Okla., Cody McCrary and wife, Abby, of Keller, Sheila Poland and husband, Syd, of Arlington, Brian Brown of Fort Worth and Angela Cobb of Gordonville; 22 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister Ruby Starnes of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nivens, Ricky Lynn | 1952-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
Ricky Lynn Nivens, 63, of Alvord, died Monday, March 21, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service was March 24 at the United Methodist Church in Alvord.
Ricky was born May 29, 1952, in Decatur to Billy and Juanita (Rosenburg) Nivens. He was a Methodist.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Tiffini Nivens.
He is survived by his daughter, Cristy Gilbert of Decatur; sisters Carla Polk and husband, Mickey, of Bowie and Bonnie Foreman and husband, Larry, of Alvord; grandchildren Bailee Gilbert and Beck Gilbert, both of Decatur; and other family members and friends.

Nix, Charles Royce | 1939-2016
Published Saturday, January 30, 2016

Charles Royce Nix, 76, of Springtown died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Rock Island Family Church, 545 W. Rock Island Ave., in Boyd with Pastor Millard Buchholz officiating.
Charles was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Longview to John Sr. and Cora (Green) Nix. He attended Longview High School, and then he enlisted and served in the United States Navy where he learned his electrician skills. Charles was a certified commercial refrigeration technician for many years, and he dabbled in various other businesses including midget car racing, used and new car sales, managing his own car lot, air conditioning and heating repair, managing three different restaurants, long-haul transportation, songwriting and entertainment promotions.
He loved cars, cooking and animals, especially dogs and exotic birds, which he had a gift for handling. Charles also enjoyed various hobbies like playing chess, golf and darts. He is dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his brother, James O. Nix; children Charles R. Nix II, Martin J. Nix, Sheila D. Wall, Darla L. Nix, Amber N. Matthews and Aleshia M. Woody; 13 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Nobles, Sandra Kaye | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sandra Kaye Nobles, 75, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 21 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Curtis Badger, Wesley Badger, Matt Badger, Nick Stupka, Drew Coffman, Rowdy Lisby, Gary Caraway and Chris Hodges.
Sandra was born April 18, 1941, in Decatur to J.W. and Mary (McDaniel) Lisby. She married Robert “Bob” Nobles July 20, 1973, in Marietta, Okla. Sandra was a secretary. She was a Baptist and volunteered for Solaris Hospice and The Hills.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her son, Mark Montgomery and wife, Catherine, of Decatur; daughters Michele Fennell and husband, Bill, of Decatur, DeDe Badger and husband, Kyle, of Decatur and Teri Houchin and husband, Thomas, of Decatur; grandchildren Lana Coffman and husband, Drew, Lyndi Stupka and husband, Nick, Madison Montgomery, Curren Wicker and husband, Brandt, Wesley Badger, Mathew Badger and wife, Kelly, Curtis Badger and Kennedy, Karter, Keaton, Kimbell and Kinsler Houchin; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Rodney Lisby and wife, CeCe, of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Noles, Mark Austin | 1953-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mark Austin Noles, 62, of Cottondale, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Feb. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with the Rev. Jack Skidmore officiating. Burial followed at Throckmorton Cemetery in Throckmorton.
Mark was born July 21, 1953, in Graham to Wanda Gae (Moore) and Coy Alex Noles. Mark made his living as a carpenter, house builder and all-around fix-it man who was known by many, but his heart belonged to Jesus and telling others about Him. He was very involved at Church of the Living God, where he was a longtime member. He looked forward to going on mission trips with his friend and pastor, Jack Skidmore. In his spare time, he liked to hunt and fish and spend time with family.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Coy Alex Noles Sr. of Throckmorton; and mother Wanda Gae Noles of Abilene.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly Kay (Carter) Noles of Cottondale; sons Nathanael Noles and wife, Meagan, of Abilene and Jeremiah Noles of Cottondale; daughters Hannah Noles of Abilene, Lydia Ezzell and husband, Chad, of Abilene, Talitha Noles of Cottondale and Bethany Noles of Cottondale; brother Coy Noles and wife, Jan, of Abilene; sister Gae Lyn Busch-Petersen of Round Rock; and grandson Brice Ezzell of Abilene.

Norris, Donald Wayne, Sr. | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Donald Wayne Norris Sr., 82, of Paradise, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Dallas.
Funeral was Jan. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Paradise with the Rev. David Kelly officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kevin Norris, Lee Taylor, Jimmy McKiel, Samuel Wooldridge, Rob Crawford and Joe Gilliland.
Donald was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Smith County to William and Maxine (Starr) Norris. He married Helmi Loehr March 10, 1956, in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Donald was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise where he served as a deacon. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Donald was a retired ag teacher at Paradise High School and a member of the Agriculture Teachers Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Vanessa Norris; and brother Jerry Norris.
He is surivived by his wife of 59 years, Helmi Norris of Paradise; daughter Debra Wooldridge Logan of Bridgeport; son Donald “Bo” Norris Jr. of Paradise; sister Melba Allen of Carroll; grandchildren Kyle Wooldridge and wife, Jennifer, Kristopher Wooldridge, Amber Nicole McKiel and husband, Jimmy, and Kayla Michea Taylor and husband, Lee; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Kyndal, Jaciee, Adalyn and soon-to-be-No. 5 – Caylee; and numerous extended family members and friends.

North, Eva Jo | 1929-2016
Published Saturday, October 15, 2016

Eva Jo North, 87, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.
Funeral was Oct. 8 at Decatur Funeral Home.
Jo was born May 29, 1929, in Decatur to Robert Nolen Sr. and Kara Marie Cates Gregg. She worked as a banker. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved cooking for them. Jo never met a child she didn’t immediately love, and they loved her back.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers R.N. Gregg and Burch Gregg; and daughter Ann Eison.
She is survived by son Gregg North and wife, Gail, of Kingsland; daughter Neysa Harris and husband, Jay, of Denton; grandchildren Cameron North and wife, Kim, Jessica McAlister and husband, Mark, Erica Frazier and husband, David, J.Bart Eison and wife, Shay, Garrett Eison and wife, Michele, Adam Eison and Rachel Rogers, and Sara Harris.
Other survivors include great-grandchildren Cooper North, Hayes North, Harper North, Luke Rogers, Karsyn Rogers, Aidan McAlister, Ella McAlister, Anna McAlister, Olivia Frazier, Jemma Eison, Nash Eison, Case Eison and Gibson Eison; and numerous other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wise County Heritage Museum, Pleasant Grove No. 1, Clinton Pannell Scholarship or Decatur Education Scholarship.

Oates, Virgal ‘Rooster’ | 1931-2016
Published Saturday, June 11, 2016

Virgal “Rooster” Oates, 84, of Chico, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 9 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Ray Cook Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wendell Bridges, Gerald Oates, Jerry Paul Oates, Pat Oates, Gaylen Oates, Stan Caruthers, Larry Cook and Lonnie Holder.
Honorary pallbearers were Ron Womack, Scott Erwin and David Jenkins, David Oates, Ronnie Tackel, Dr. James Lindstrom and Nathan Cleveland.
Virgal was born June 23, 1931, in Wise County to Willie and Grace (Bentley) Oates. He married Betty Maddux June 9, 1979, in Las Vegas.
Virgal proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired from Natural Gas Pipeline and owned and operated Oates Trucking. Virgal was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and Bridgeport Country Club. He was a former Paradise School Board member.
Virgal was preceded in death by his parents; brothers W.I. Oates, James Oates, Vernon Oates, Glenn Oates, Red Oates and Nelson Oates; and sisters Claire Smith and Helen Bentley.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years; daughter Marcy Oates Hudson and husband, Bob, of Runaway Bay; son Leslie Oates and wife, Denise, of Paradise; daughter Dana Oates Pomerance and husband, Norman, of Denton; and stepsons Mike Fisher and wife, Kathy, of Covington and Ricky Fisher and wife, Barbara, of Crafton.
He is also survived by grandchildren Meredith Quach and husband, Cha, Andy Hudson and wife, Brandy, Tiffany Gonzalez and husband, Rob, Stetson Oates and wife, Leslie (aka: “Mini Me”), Gracie Oates, Katherine Kincade and husband, John, and Jeri Fisher; great-grandchildren Cade, Cassidy, Cooper, Reece, Landry, Vera Kate and Blakelee; sisters Janice Wilson of Rhome and Sherry Gregory of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org.

Oberle, Carrie Eileen | 1961-2016
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Carrie Eileen Oberle, 55, of Leander, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at home.
Memorial service is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Carrie was born July 3, 1961, in Fort Worth. She graduated from Haltom High School and earned her college degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Carrie married the love of her life, Jack Oberle, in March of 1990.
This union was blessed with two children, Katherine Marie Oberle of Wichita Falls and Nicholas Edward Oberle of Austin. They filled her life with abundant happiness and laughter.
Carrie was an exceptional teacher at Decatur High School who shaped the lives of so many students in a positive and uplifting way. Her infectious laugh spread joy to all those that had the good fortune to be around her.
As a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, Carrie enjoyed singing with the choir. She loved and was loved by many.
Carrie was preceded in death by her father, Norman E. Day.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Katherine Marie Oberle of Wichita Falls; son Nicolas Edward Oberle of Austin; mother Eileen Day of Clifton; brother Michael Day and his family of Round Rock; sister Colleen Bocanegra and her family of Decatur; and many nieces and nephews, whom she adored.
Memorial donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Oldham, Patricia Joan | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, October 15, 2016

Patricia “Pat” Joan Oldham, 82, of Fort Worth, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Oct. 14 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. David Kelly officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Harry Bradley, Brian Bradley, Lee Bradley and Cody Byrd.
Pat was born July 23, 1934, in Wheaton, Ill., to Harry and Helen (Gauger) Bradley. She retired from Paradies Airport Shop after 32 years as a bookkeeper.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandchild, Gregory.
She is survived by her son, Gerry Don Oldham of Fort Worth; daughters Sherry Lynn Ivy and husband, Gregory, of Boyd and Tena Gail Oldham of Azle; brother Harry James Bradley and wife, Beverley, of Paradise; grandchildren Samantha, Kendyl and Cody; great-grandchildren Wyatt and Graham; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Orsak, Joe | 1944-2016
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Joe Orsak, 72, of Bridgeport died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Joe was born Feb. 22, 1944, in Seymour to John and Martha (Baca) Orsak. He married Margaret Smith Aug. 9, 1968, in Canyon. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in education and a post graduate bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from Midwestern State University.
He taught special education for more than 40 years. Joe served on the city council in Carrizozo, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Orsak of Bridgeport; brother John Wayne Orsak and wife, Leslie, of Denton; sisters-in-law Betty Hawkins of Garland, Nancy Reed and husband, Marion, of Garland, Gabby Smith of Fairfax, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Parker, Lavena Rose | 1945-2016
Published Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lavena Rose Parker, 70, of Alvord, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Alvord.
The family has selected arrangements with direct cremation.
Lavena was born July 19, 1945, in Fort Worth to Frank and Martha (Lemon) Baggett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, J.T. Parker.
Lavena is survived by her children, Bill Parker and wife, Julie, of Bowie, Chris Parker of Alvord, Jim Parker and wife, Tina, of Kerrville, Kari Parker and husband, Tim, of Decatur and Kacie Leach and husband, Bobby, of Alvord; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Parker, William Scott ‘Bill’ | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
CSM William Scott “Bill” Parker, USA-Retired, 81, of Rhome, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
Visitation is 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Bill was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Memphis, Tenn., to Thomas and Elizabeth (Hinds) Parker. He married Walburga M. Zimmer May 6, 1961, in Kirchgoens, Germany.
Bill proudly served his country for 30 years in the U.S. Army. He was a Vietnam veteran and was stationed at many locations during his career, including Germany and Korea. Bill met his wife in Germany in 1960, and they married in 1961.
He was a member of numerous military organizations and received many military honors. The governor of Kentucky awarded him the Honorary Kentucky Colonel in 1981. Bill attended Western Kentucky University and received his Master’s in Education in 1984.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Walburga Parker of Rhome; sons Ernest Parker and wife, Kristina, of Rhome and Kenneth Parker of Haltom City; grandchildren Jacob Parker and Renee Parker; sister Dorothy Carlew and husband, Ralph, of Drummonds, Tenn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Parkinson, William ‘Bill’, Jr. | 1948-2016
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016

William “Bill” Parkinson Jr., 68, of Crafton, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Cisco.
Service was Aug. 13 in Llano with burial at Llano City Cemetery.
Bill was born April 4, 1948, in Llano to William E. and Dovie Marie Parkinson. He was known as “Sonny” to his family and “Little Bill” to his close friends.
Bill was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Vietnam. He was an auto mechanic who loved working at home in his own shop.
He married Pamela Jo Burton July 29, 1995.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Parkinson; his father; his mother; stepfather Donald P. Watts; father-in-law Clarence E. Burton; mother-in-law Edith M. Burton; and brothers-in-law Charles “Butch” Burton, Michael E. Burton and Rick L. Burton.
He is survived by his children, Michael E. Parkinson of Lawton, Okla., Christine M. Hammond and husband, Billy, of Defuniak Springs, Fla., and Stacey L. Sulio and husband, Richard, of Lawton, Okla.; sister Dorothy “Dottie” Eudy and husband, Bill, of Cisco; sisters-in-law Sheila Snow and husband, Tom, of Hamilton Square, N.J., Cheryl Alvey of Sullivan, Mo., Sandra Underwood of Northlake and Suzanne Carson of Palm Bay, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Parks, James Mark | 1951-2016
Published Saturday, November 12, 2016

James Mark Parks, 65, of Boyd, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Mark was born Oct. 26, 1951, in Amarillo to Jack Loy Jr. and Clora Jean (Dill) Parks. He married Jean Marie Jereb March 3, 1984, in Waukegan, Ill. Mark was a proud and loving father, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He enjoyed his 35 years of employment with Canon USA, most recently as sales manager of television broadcast lenses.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd, Alpha Tau Omega and The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Jennifer Parks.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years; daughter Jori Parks of Dallas; son James Parks and wife, Meagan, of Dallas; brother Jack Parks and wife, Judi, of McKinney; and numerous relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jennifer Parks Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church of Boyd, P.O. Box 337, Boyd, TX 76023.

Parrish, Michael Clifton ‘Wolf’ | 1959-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Michael Clifton “Wolf” Parrish, 57, of Chico, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Chico.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Fred Ferren officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Chico.
Pallbearers are Terry Scheller, Nathan Messick, Pierre, Mike Montgomery, Adam Messick, Tony Jones, Bobby Caraway and Donnie Grooms.
Michael was born March 16, 1959, in San Pedro, Calif., to Oscar and Eileen (Flaherty) Parrish. He was a truck driver for J & M Trucking.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and grandparents Daniel and Mary Flaherty, Oscar Parrish Sr. and Ollie Mae Viles.
He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Land and husband, Anthony, of Seagoville; grandsons Jude and Ezra; his father; brother Andy Parrish and fianc e, Deanna, of Melissa; sisters Janet Sturch of Bridgeport, Marianne Scheller and husband, Michael, of Bridgeport and Vicki Baxter and husband, Daniel, of Garland; 10 nieces and nephews; nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and other family members and friends.

Passmore, Vivian Lee Frost | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vivian Lee Frost Passmore, 58, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, after battling a long illness.
Vivian’s devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
Vivian is survived by her husband, Charles; daughters Shawn, Kerry, Robin and Krystle; sons Daniel, Matthew and Mark; sons-in-law Ronnie, Destin and Courtney; grandchildren Megan, Robert, Daisy, Erika, Cody, Scarlett, Grayson and Dodge; brother Hugh; and sister Christine.

Pate, Rebecca Darlene Green | 1960-2016

Rebecca “Becky” Darlene Green Pate, 55, of Houston, died Friday, July 8, 2016, in Houston.
Celebration of Life was Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the Springhill Suites, Houston Westchase, 5851 Rogerdale Road, Houston.
Local memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
Becky was born on Nov. 16, 1960, in Thibodaux, La., to Charles and Eva (Walker) Green. She was a retired office manager.
She is survived by her son, Daniel Pate; daughters Laura Pate and husband, Bill Kane and Stephanie Pate; grandchildren June, Timothy and Bethany Pate and Liam and Austin Kane; sisters Debra Fee and Terri Altman; “husband” Keith Woods; “boyfriend” Barry Larson; and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to go toward Becky’s medical and funeral expenses. Please contact the funeral home for more details.

Patterson, Corky | 1959-2016
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016

Corky Patterson, 57, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Chico Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Pallbearers are Tony Stone, Brent Choate, Danny Lutz, Chris Stone, Taylor Choate and Michael Murray.
Honorary pallbearer is Ben Stone.
Corky was born April 23, 1959, in Amarillo to Oliver Newton Jr. and Dorothy Lee (Hendon) Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepmother, Patsy Jo Patterson.
He is survived by his children, Tiffany Newell and husband, Jerry, of Woodward, Okla., Stephanie Broadfoot and husband, Tyson, of Verdigris, Okla., Justin Norris and wife, Crystal, of Atoka, Okla., Wade Patterson of Copperas Cove and Ashley Patterson of Bridgeport; and 11 grandchildren.
Other survivors include brothers Bill Choate and wife, Bennie, of Bowie, Kelly Choate and wife, Michelle, of Krum and Van Choate and wife, Sherry, of Bridgeport; sisters Rebecca Elam and husband, Wayne, of Bridgeport, Susan Murray of Bowie and Mary Washburn of Alvord; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patterson, Jack Barnard | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jack Barnard Patterson, 78, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Kenneth Cook, Cody Romines, Rob Shannon, Daniel Offutt, Pat Schmidt, Cory Kelsey and Mike Moss.
Jack was born March 18, 1938, in Bennington, Okla., to Buel and Mildred (Briggs) Patterson. He married Gayle Blevins Aug. 28, 1961, in Artesia, N.M. Jack retired from the oil and gas industry where he worked for Natural Gas, Mitchell Energy and Chief Oil and Gas. He proudly served his country in the National Guard.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Joyce Bridges, Julia Bray and Jeannie Treadaway.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughter Karen Patterson Wier and husband, Frank, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Eric Woodard and wife, Carrli, of Bridgeport, Heath Woodard of Bridgeport, Candice Woodard of Bridgeport and Tyler Wier of Decatur; great-granddaughter Brittyn Woodard; sister Joan Joy and husband, Bill, of Artesia, N.M.; and brothers Jerry Patterson and wife, Bonnie, of Garland, James Patterson and wife, Cathy, of Odessa, Johnny Patterson and wife, Rosalee, of Picacho, N.M., and Joe Bob Patterson and wife, Jennifer, of Arlington.
He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Peck, Laura | 1960-2016
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Laura Peck, 56, of Decatur died Friday, May 6, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral and a celebration of life were May 10 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Pastor Allen Bates officiating. Burial was at Sycamore Cemetery.
Laura was born Feb. 11, 1960, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Gene and Judith Hanson. She lived in South Dakota until her move to Texas in 1981 with her sister.
As a young adult, Laura confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Her life was guided by the Lord. She was ordained in 2003 and ministered in jails and prisons. Evangelism was her calling, and she lead many to receive Jesus.
Laura worked alongside her sister and dear friends for 35 years, teaching and directing children at Wellspring Christian Academy in Denton.
On April 22, 2011, Laura married Jeff Peck. Though the years have been short, the timing was correct. Their happiness multiplied with the addition of their dog, Luther.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband; siblings Judene Hanson of Decatur and Harlow Hanson and wife, Ronda, of Madison, Neb.; and their children Ryan, Brandon, Jordan and Morgan Hanson.
If you want to remember Laura, be sure to borrow from her. Borrow faith, hope and love. Borrow courage, humility and integrity. Borrow her Christian example of the unseen values of the soul.
Borrow her confidence in the living God and her loyalty to the triumphant Christ. Then indeed your days will be filled with strength.

Peebles, H.B. | 1939-2016
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016

H.B. Peebles, 77, of Boyd, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Boyd.
Graveside service was Aug. 22 at the Peebles Family Cemetery with the Rev. Juanita Ransom Bullard officiating.
Pallbearers were Alan Fullbright, Russell Peebles, Trent Fullbright, Cody Turner, Jeff Auvenshine and Adam Sumii.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Peebles, Carey Peebles, Bubba Peebles, Randy Elledge, Bob Wood, Vern Fry, Don Stinnett, Don Taylor, Greg Ivy, Doug Scroggins, Jerry Shawn and Sandy “Bud” Shawn.
H.B. was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Warsaw, Mo., to Marvin and Bernice (Brazeal) Peebles. In earlier years, he owned Auto Bumper Co. and H.B. Peebles Dozer Service. Later, he was a farmer, as well as a heavy equipment operator.
H.B. enjoyed riding horses, working cows, driving his tractor and repairing guns. He especially loved time with family and friends. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life. His word was his honor. He was a dedicated worker, and he never passed up an opportunity to help someone in need, including complete strangers.
H.B. married Lucretia Ann Smith June, 6, 1958, in Fort Worth. They had three children: Don, Dedra and Dale.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; brother Danny Peebles; grandsons Kenneth Dale Peebles and Garrett Cole Peebles; and great-granddaughter Baylee Rae Auvenshine.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; sons Don Peebles and wife, Shirley, and Dale Peebles and wife, Sindy, all of Boyd; daughter Dedra Fullbright and husband, Tooter, of Boyd; brother Jack Peebles and wife, Sherrie, of Granbury; and sister Jeannine Elledge and husband, Royce, of Boyd.
He is also survived by grandchildren Alan Fullbright and wife, Amanda, Angie Turner and husband, Cody, Russell Peebles and wife, Katherine, Trent Fullbright and wife, Kathy, Jennifer Auvenshine and husband, Jeff, Whitney Sumii and husband, Adam; and nine great-grandchildren, with the 10th due in September.
Other survivors include a large extended family and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Peel, Kenneth | 1936-2016
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kenneth “Pops” Peel, 80, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Glenn Connell and Matt Norton officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Peel, Jason Peel, Ray Peel, Brandon McCarty, Jonathan Rye, Peyton Vess, Michael Johnson, Jason Watkins, Shawn Wilhoit, Patrick Wilhoit, Skylar Wilhoit, Reilly Wilhoit, Dustin Reed, Matt Reed, Austin Reed, Tristan Milner, Cason Milner, Logan Wilhoit and Devon Rye.
Kenneth was born May 24, 1936, in Springtown to Robert and Mary Jane (Gaston) Peel. He married Barbara Workman on Jan. 16, 1993, in Balsora. Kenneth retired after 25 years with Hoffman LaRoche as a shipping clerk. He was a member of Balsora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Calvin Wilhoit; brothers Wilford and Homer Peel; and sisters Vera Calicott and Mary Frances Simmons.
He is survived by his wife; son Terry Ray Peel and wife, Mary, of Keller; son Michael Peel and wife, Tawana, of Tyler; daughter Sherry Kay Spinks and husband, Richard, of Bridgeport; daughter Connie Gae Rye and husband, Terry, of Bridgeport; son Jimmy Paul Wilhoit and wife, Julee, of Balsora; daughter Carolyn K. Watkins and husband, Delton, of Mineral Wells; daughter-in-law Vickie Wilhoit; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pemberton, Grace ‘Betty’ | 1924-2016
Published Saturday, March 19, 2016

Grace “Betty” Pemberton, 91, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. Craig Erb officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers include Travis VanHoose, Matthew VanHoose, Chance Pierce, Richard Pierce, Jeremy Pierce, Pete Davidson and Payton Pierce.
Betty was born Aug. 13, 1924, to John and Luella (Arnsmeyer) Engelman in Nashville, Ill. She married R. M. “Jiggs” Pemberton Feb. 20, 1946, in Nashville, Ill. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law Phillip Pierce; brothers Bill Engelman and Jack Engelman; sisters Belene Anderson, Ilene Pratt and Mamie Krouss.
She is survived by her daughters Betty Ann VanHoose and husband, Travis, of Bridgeport and Kathy Pierce of Chico; granddaughter Angela VanHoose; grandsons Richard Pierce and wife, Deidra, Matthew VanHoose and wife, Julie and Jeremy Pierce; her great-grandchildren Payton Pierce, Chance Pierce, Ashton VanHoose, Travis C. VanHoose and Jackson VanHoose; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

Penney, Donald V. | 1931-2016
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Donald V. Penney, 85, of Boonsville, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Graveside service and celebration of life is noon Saturday, July 2, at the Boonsville Cemetery and Community Center in Boonsville.
Don was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Midland, Mich., to Harley V. and Ellen (Segerlund) Penney. He joined the U.S. Army Jan. 25, 1952, and served in the Korean War. He received the United Nations Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars and the National Defense Service Ribbon.
He married Virginia M. Nicolai Aug. 12, 1956, in Midland, Mich.
Don grew up on a farm and trained as a mechanic. In the early 1960s, he moved to Fort Worth with his wife and children for a warmer climate. He worked hard and eventually became co-owner of a successful manufacturing business from which he retired.
Don and his wife moved to Boonsville where he loved ranching, helping his community and providing a welcoming home for friends and family passing through Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved twin sister, Elsie Waite.
Don is survived by his wife; son Dennis and wife, Margaret; son David; daughter Ellen DeGarmo; sister Phyllis Penney Berfield; brother Harley Penney; grandchildren Jessica Penney Croshman, Tenille Penney Randolph, Daniel Penney, David Penney, Michelle DeGarmo Cole, Kevin DeGarmo and Logan Penney; his great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who were as dear as family.

Pepper, Roberta Lynn ‘Robbie’ | 1954-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Roberta Lynn “Robbie” Pepper, 61, of Pampa, died Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Pampa.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, at First Christian Church in Pampa with Dr. Jeff Nighton officiating.
Visitation is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors in Pampa.
Mrs. Pepper was born Dec. 9, 1954, in Wellington, Kan. She was a 1972 graduate of Arkansas City High School in Arkansas City, Kan., and received her Masters of Music from West Texas State University in Canyon.
Robbie was a resident of Pampa since 1980. She married Jim Pepper March 5, 1983, in Pampa. She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed gardening, playing bass in the church band and playing golf. She was a member of the Amarillo Symphony, playing the french horn for 10 years.
Robbie won ribbons at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo for her stained glass creations.
She is survived by her husband; son Aaron Pepper and fianc e, Katy Witmer, of Bristol, Conn.; daughter Stacy Pepper of Pampa; parents Richard and Norma Hawkins of Arkansas City; brothers Rick Hawkins and wife, Kristi, and Jeff Hawkins and wife, Zena, all of Arkansas City; and sister-in-law Jan Morrow and husband, Husky, of Decatur.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Community Garden, 1633 N. Nelson, Pampa, TX 79065 or PAWS, P.O. Box 2095, Pampa, TX 79065.

Perales, Rachel | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rachel Perales, 83, of Haltom City, died Monday, April 18, 2016.
Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, at Mount Olivet Chapel, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet.
Rachel was born July 27, 1932, in Robstown to Hilario and Herminia Castro.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Moses Perales.
She is survived by her daughter, Ysela Rosales and husband, Jesse, of Abilene; sons Moses F. Perales of Branson, Mo., and Thomas Perales and wife, Alysia, of Grapevine; and five grandchildren.

Perkins, Carolyn Sue | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Carolyn Sue Perkins, 67, of Decatur, died Friday, July 22, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 26 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord.
Pallbearers were Paul Perkins, Steve Perkins, Jeff Bennett, Jimmy Hachtel, Kyle Thompson, Luke Bennett, Kaleb White, Cole Peace and Brent Jones.
Carolyn was born June 17, 1949, in Breckenridge to Alfred and Edna (Waggoner) Jensen. She married Sherry Perkins Oct. 17, 1980, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 35 years; daughters Shannon Hachtel and husband, Jimmy, of Bowie and Monica Bennett and husband, Jeff, of Runaway Bay; sons Steve Perkins and wife, Laurie, of Decatur and Paul Perkins and wife, Julie, of Decatur; grandchildren Chelsie, Brandi, Luke, Mashae, Cole, Amber and Stevie; great-grandson Layton; brother Jerry Jensen of Breckenridge; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pewitt, Faith Yvonne | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Faith Yvonne Pewitt, 72, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Veronica Greanead officiating. Burial will follow at Garvin Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Larry Foreman, Charlie French, Doug Munson, Jerry Pewitt, Matthew Webster and Nick Pewitt.
Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Webster and Kyle Pewitt.
Faith was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Fort Worth to Grady and Florence (Kinsey) Drennan. She married James Pewitt Feb. 19, 1966, at Garvin United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Varnell Drennan and Bill Drennan; and sister Flodeen Mullins.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years; son Mike Pewitt and wife, Julie; daughter Kim Webster and husband, Leonard; grandchildren Emily, Nick, Matthew, Kyle and Ryan; sister Darlene Morgan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Pickerell, Fred Robert | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fred Robert Pickerell, 78, of Boyd, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Decatur.
A service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 14, at Knob Hill Tabernacle, 2081 Knob Hill Rd., in Azle with the Rev. Wayne Karr officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Mountain Creek Cemetery in Saint Jo.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the same location.
Fred was born June 10, 1937, in Chesterfield, Ill., to Fred Alfred Pickerell and Myrtle Daggert (Ford) Pickerell. He married Margie Lawler April 10, 1955. He was retired from Birdville ISD.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Boyd Pickerell.
Fred is survived by his wife, Margie Pickerell; daughters Barbara Kemp and husband, Kenneth, of Summerfield, La., and Freda Barrow and husband, Randy, of Boyd; brother John Pickerell of Weldon, Calif.; sister Irma Ollila of Vancouver, Wash.; and grandchildren Kanietha Goff and husband, Kevin, of Springtown, Kenneth Kemp Jr. and wife, LaVonda, of Texarkana, Ark., Kristel McLemore and husband, David, of Marion, La., Natausha Karr and husband, Brandon, of Azle, Shaun Barrow and wife, Beth, of Azle and Kyle Kemp and wife, Dova, of Hutto.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Jordan Karr, Kaitlyn Goff, Kandace Goff, Josiah McLemore, Shayla Kemp, Ethan Kemp, Aricka Barrow, Emilie Karr, Krisanna McLemore, Kolton Goff, Blake Kemp, Ashley Karr, Titus McLemore, Cole Barrow, Savannah Kemp and Erica Roberts.

Pitts, Del Bee | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, May 28, 2016

Del Bee Pitts, 58, of Paradise, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, at home.
Funeral is Tuesday, May 31, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with Pastors Rocky Johnson and B.J. Rutledge officiating. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Del was born Jan. 13, 1958, in Altus, Okla., to Charlie Clifton and Marianna (Siwy) Pitts. He married Christine Barley April 8, 2000, in Fort Worth. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.
Del moved to the Bridgeport area in 1975. He was in the trucking industry for 41 years and was owner/operator with Acord Transportation. He loved his job and lived to be in his truck.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Del is survived by his wife, Christi Pitts of Paradise; daughter Brandy Pitts of Dallas; son Jesse Wright of Fort Worth; siblings Charline Pitts of Garland, Sue Ellen and Jerry Oldfield of Mineola, Kay and Ric Boughner of Long Beach, Calif., Charles and Cindy Pitts of Bridgeport, Mark Pitts of Dallas and Kevin Guillot of Dallas; nephews and nieces Joey Pitts and Nathan Byers, both of Bridgeport, Debi Doty of Frisco, Jerry Bruce of Greenville, Tim Bruce of Royce City and Shilo Pryor of Los Angeles.

Pitts, John William | 1935-2016
Published Saturday, November 12, 2016

John William Pitts, 81, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Nov. 11 at Sweetwater Cemetery with the Rev. Denny Pavlik officiating.
John was born May 29, 1935, in Roswell, N.M., to Walter and Charolotte (Kell) Pitts. He married Lorene Tarpley June 11, 1994, in Fort Worth. John retired as an electrical engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years; son Steve Walden of Decatur; daughters Suzzanna Moore of Decatur and Clarisa Skinner and husband, Curtis, of Rhome; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother Charles Pitts and wife, Laune, of Decatur; two nieces; and friends.

Podhaisky, John Frederick | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

John Frederick Podhaisky, 73, of Kerrville, died Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Memorial service was May 10 at Kerrville Funeral Home with Father Tom Murray officiating. Inurnment followed at Garden of Memories.
John was born July 7, 1942, in Omaha, Neb., to Frank and Mary (Squire) Podhaisky. He married the love of his life, Gail Winkley, Aug. 21, 1965, in Loveland, Colo. John served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He graduated from Louisiana State University and was employed as a production superintendent for Devon Energy for more than 28 years. John was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. Throughout the years, he was very active in his community, including serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Lake Bridgeport Fire Department and a volunteer at the Veterans Administration in Kerrville.
John is preceded in death by parents; three sisters; and a brother.
He is survived by his wife; children Todd Douglass Podhaisky and wife, Jodi, of Marietta, Ga., Tamara Lea Reed and husband, Charlie, of Keller and Scott Thomas Podhaisky and wife, Lisa, of Magnolia; grandchildren Hayley, Marissa, Breane, Brien, Kelly, Tyler and Zachary; and great-granddaughter Jocelyn.
Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8700 Crownhill Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78209, 210-822-5336.
Messages of condolence may be left www.kerrvillefuneralhometx.com.

Pollock, Jessica Lafaye | 1989-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Jessica Lafaye Pollock, 27, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service was Sept. 27 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jessica was born May 23, 1989, in Wichita Falls to Jimmy and Claudine Ince Pollock. She was a homemaker and enjoyed writing and art.
Jessica was preceded in death by her parents.
She survived by brother Nathan Shaun Pollock and sister-in-law Brandi Pollock of Bridgeport.

Pool, Aubrey L. | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Aubrey L. Pool, 77, of Crafton, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Chico.
Funeral was May 17 at Crafton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Merrit officiating. Burial followed at Crafton Norwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Keith Pool, Kevin Pool, Bobby Patterson, Devin Pool, Kyler Pool and Craig Moss.
Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Bradley and Josh Richardson.
Aubrey was born Oct. 30, 1938, in London to Ervin and Pearl (Hight) Pool. He married Carol Harris Oct. 19, 1979, in San Angelo. Aubrey was a member of the Crafton First Baptist Church. He was a heavy equipment operator for Craig Moss Backhoe Services.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Damen Pool.
Aubrey is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol Pool of Chico; sons Keith Pool and wife, Rhonda, of Lubbock and Kevin Pool and wife, Patricia, of San Angelo; stepdaughter Jo Bradley and husband, Chris, of Lubbock; grandchildren Devin Pool, Kyler Pool, Myndee Pool, Kelea Pool, Ashlea Pool, Lauren Pool, Kenneth Hagerton, Elizabeth VanNetta, Christopher Bradley and Jeremy Bradley; six great-grandchildren; sister Clara D. Williamson of San Angelo; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

Pool, John Thomas | 1935-2016
Published Saturday, October 15, 2016

John Thomas Pool, 81, of Rhome, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Rhome.
John was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Wichita, Kan., to Tom and Dolly (Permenter) Pool. He married Patricia Watkins June 11, 1973, in Fort Worth. He was a retired truck driver.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother; and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years; daughters Susan Pool of Fort Worth, Teresa Ashcraft and husband, Jason, of Rhome, Frances Permenter of Kansas and Lisa Birch of Kansas; sons John Lee Pool of Kansas, Samuel Kirshner and wife, Teresa, of Kansas, Thomas Pool and wife, Tabitha, of Kansas and Larry Pool of Kansas.
Other survivors include sisters Kathryn Berghoefer of Mississippi and Helen Ramey of Kansas; brothers Howard Pool of Kansas and Donald Pool of Lake Worth; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Porter, Joyce Marshall | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Joyce Marshall Porter, 81, of Springtown, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Outreach of Love Church in Springtown.
Decatur Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Joyce was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Shreveport, La., to Joe Lee and Clarice Peddy Marshall. She had a sunny disposition. She was caring and generous. She loved to laugh, and loved her family, children and animals.
Throughout her life, she worked with children. In Springtown, she retired from Hope Lutheran Church as a pre-school teacher. She enjoyed watching kids grow and learn.
Joyce enjoyed crafting and gardening. She loved Jesus and attended Outreach of Love Church. After retirement, she spent a lot of time with her sweet wiener-dog, Pepper. She walked him daily and sometimes drank coffee outside while he puttered around the yard.
Joyce always had a love for horses and Texas. She lived in both Texas and Louisiana but ultimately was a Texas girl at heart. Her daughters grew up riding horses with her, and she passed her love of horses on to several of her grandchildren.
Both of her daughters have horses and Longhorn cattle. Joyce enjoyed going to see the new calves when they were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Thomas E. Porter III; sister Jo Ann Erp; and former husband Thomas E. Porter Jr.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Amy Lynch of Greenville and Nancy Long and husband, Michael, of Springtown; granddaughters Ryan Long of Austin and Kimberly Hermes and husband, Scott, of Austin; grandsons Cody Long of Springtown and Chris Lynch and wife, Michelle, of Caddo Mills; great-granddaughters Ridley Hermes, McKinley Lynch and Bailey Lynch; great-grandson Daegen Hermes; and other family and friends.

Portwood, Bennie Joe | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
Bennie Joe Portwood, 74, of Quinlan, died Monday, May 16, 2016, in Rockwall.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery with Don Niblett and Jack Howell officiating.
Bennie was born Dec. 28, 1941, in Decatur to Elgin and Bessie (Smith) Portwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Lena Hogan of Quinlan; niece Deanna McFerrin-Hogan of Dallas; nephew Frank Hogan of Dallas; and several cousins and friends.

Potts, Barbara Ann | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Barbara Ann Potts, 67, of Decatur, died Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Bluebonnet Cemetery in Colleyville with the Rev. Michael Norris officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Barbara was born May 19, 1949, in Norton, Va., to John and Virginia (Boling) Gilbreath. She married Donald Potts Feb. 10, 1968, in Las Vegas. Barbara was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and wife of 48 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Barbara is survived by her husband; son Darrell Potts of Decatur; daughter Donna Potts of River Oaks; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pounds, Lewis Kenneth | 1936-2016
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lewis Kenneth Pounds, 80, died Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Celebration of life is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Greenwood Chapel Live Oak Reception Room in Fort Worth.
Ken was born May 10, 1936, in Decatur to Lewis and Opal Wilhite Pounds. He was reared in Decatur primarily on dairy farms until he graduated from DHS in 1954. As a teenager, he worked for several years at the A&P Grocery on the Decatur Square and then for the Texas Highway Department.
As a true Texas boy, Ken attended the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He spent the next 35 years as a senior systems engineer with IBM, where he enjoyed problem solving for clients. Ken married the love of his life, Belva Jean Samples of Saint Jo, June 28, 1958.
Ken was a calm, creative and caring man with a quick wit and subtle humor that will be missed by all. He loved his family, classic rock and learning. Hook ’em Horns!
Ken was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by his daughters, Amy Estes and husband, John, of Fort Worth and Jennifer Pounds of Fort Worth; granddaughter Cassie Pounds; sister Barbara King and husband, Bennie, of Decatur; brother Larry Pounds and wife, Martha, of Atlanta, Ga.; brother-in-law Robert J. Samples and wife, Jean, of Houston; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Powell, Marie Louise | 1921-2016
Published Saturday, December 17, 2016

Marie Louise Powell, 95, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Fox officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Timothy Johnson, Kevin Merritt, Aaron Burton, Keith Gorham, Adam Thomas and Wayne Cearley.
Marie was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Graham to Aubrey and Odessa (Thompson) Cearley in Graham. She married Leonard Powell Jan. 1, 1942, in Decatur. Marie was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur for more than 75 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister Pearley Elliott; and brother Frank Cearley.
Marie is survived by her daughter, Anita Burton of Decatur; granddaughter Shannon Johnson and husband, Gene, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandson Shawn Burton and wife, Kristi, of Flower Mound; great-grandchildren Amber, Aaron, Tim, Amy and Ashley; great-great-grandchildren Carter and Addyson; brother Earnest Cearley and wife, Allene, of Weatherford; sister Faye Terrell of Burleson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Powers, Patsy Deene | 1946-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Patsy Deene Powers, 69, of Chico, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Patsy was born Aug. 14, 1946, in New Orleans to Leonard and Willow Deene (Gober) Powers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, John Murley Jr.
Patsy is survived by her daughter, Shay Bolling and husband, Jason, of Boyd; grandchildren Colby Bolling of Springtown, Emma Bolling of Boyd and Courtney Bolling of Euless; great-grandchildren Amme, Mason, Harlan, Michaela and Piper; and other family members and friends.

Prince, Tony Randall | 1961-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tony Randall Prince, 55, of Rhome, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Rhome.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Thurmond Cemetery in New Fairview with the Rev. Jack Milligan officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Tony was born Feb. 13, 1961, in Wichita Falls to Bobby and Sandra (Adams) Prince. He married Carolyn Wright Feb. 12, 1993, in Wichita Falls. Tony was in management at a tool manufacturer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years; sons Brandon Prince of Decatur, Shannan Prince of Corinth, Timothy Forshee of Anderson, Ind., and Jason Forshee of Greensburg, Ind.; brothers Michael Prince of Rhome, David Prince of Decatur, Jay Prince of Green Bay, Wis., Matt Prince of Roanoke and Paul Prince of Blue Mound. Other survivors include sister Christine Aultman of Rhome; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; aunts Geri Prince of Decatur and Kathleen Prince of Rhome; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Proctor, Beatrice Lilian | 1925-2016
Published Saturday, March 5, 2016

Beatrice Lilian Proctor, 90, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the First Baptist Church of Sunset with burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Beatrice, “Our English Rose,” was born April 5, 1925, in Chelveston, England, to Doris Mae and George Arthur Tilley. She was a gracious and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, poet and author. Beatrice was an angel to all who knew her and would win your heart if you knew her for a day or a lifetime.
She touched countless lives as an active member and Sunday school teacher at Sunset Baptist Church for 65 years.
Beatrice married Homer Wilson Proctor Sept. 16, 1944, in Higham Ferrers, England. As a World War II bride, she rode the Queen Mary in 1946 to join her husband in Sunset to continue their timeless love story.
She wrote several books to chronicle her transformation from English girl to Texas matriarch. Beatrice considered her four children her greatest joy and blessing and showered them with never-ending love, support and guidance.
After her many years as an accomplished mother and homemaker, she enjoyed working at Griffin’s Drug Store, volunteering as a “Pink Lady” for Memorial Hospital and for Hospice Thrift Store as a cashier. She enjoyed her last days talking and playing cards at the Independence Hall.
Beatrice was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Homer Proctor in 1999; and sister Hazel.
She is survived by her children, Roy Proctor and wife, Linda, of Bowie, Donnie Proctor of Sunset, Jeanie Stark and husband, Ralph, of Bowie and Mary Anne Holmes and husband, Judson, of Bloomington, Ind.; sister Gill Papworth of England; brother Ronald Tilley of Florida; grandchildren Sheila, Randy, Rowdy, Amber, Mari, Dylan, Chelsea, Hannah, Hayden and Houston; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pruett, Melissa Sue | 1960-2016
Published Saturday, May 7, 2016

Melissa Sue Pruett, 55, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service was April 26 at the First Baptist Church of Slidell with the Rev. Bobby Cates officiating.
Melissa was born Dec. 20, 1960, in Denton to David and Juanell (Cagle) Patton. She married Rene Samuel Pruett May 7, 2011, in Slidell. Melissa was a price coordinator at Lowes Home Improvement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Slidell.
She is survived by her husband; sons Michael Oliver of Soldotna, Alaska, Jacob Oliver of Tucson, Ariz., and Lensie Pruett of Slidell; daughters Julia Johnson of Soldotna and Jackie Hammond of Slidell; nine grandchildren; sister Tina Salazar of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; brothers Clifford Patton of Hawaii and Tom Patton of Homer, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.