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Ramage, Joyce LaWayne | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Joyce LaWayne Ramage, 81, of Azle, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Azle.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Cottondale Cemetery.
Joyce was born July 25, 1934, in Wichita Falls to Wayne and Sammye (Biddy) Roberts. She married Clifton “Gene” Ramage Dec. 12, 1952, in Wichita Falls.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Beverly Haggerton.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clifton “Gene” Ramage of Azle; daughter Vicky Tobin of Azle; son David Ramage and wife, Amy, of Beford; grandchildren Matthew Wheeler of Azle, Whitney Earley and husband, Jake, of Keller and Hayden Ramage of Bedford; great-grandchildren Jordan Wheeler and Benton and Garrison Earley; brother Donald “Sonny” Roberts and wife, Martha, of Wichita Falls; sister Sammye Keen and husband, Terry, of Bryan; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Ramsey, David Lee | 1963-2016
Published Saturday, July 16, 2016

David Lee Ramsey, 53, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, with the Rev. Bobby Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Aurora Cemetery in Aurora.
Pallbearers are Sam Ramsey, James Ramsey, Matt Ramsey, Evan Samsill, Joel Samsill, Bryson Samsill, Miles Ramsey and Dean Ramsey.
David was born July 9, 1963, in Pasadena to Bob Lee and Anne Elizabeth (Pitts) Ramsey. He was a graduate of Carroll High School in Southlake. He married Amy Jean Miles on Valentine’s Day in 1987 in Keller. He was a member of Eagle Mountain International Church.
He was the owner/operator of Just Milling Around Molding & Millwork, Inc. in Rhome where he handcrafted custom cabinets and produced molding and millwork.
David’s hobbies included designing, building and woodworking, cooking and grilling, restoring antique cars, collecting trunks and lanterns and fireworks.
He was preceded in death by his mother Anne Ramsey; grandfathers Dean Ramsey and Samuel Belt Pitts; and grandmother Katharine Talbot Pitts.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years; sons Miles David Ramsey and Dean Allan Ramsey; daughters Katharine Lee-Anne Ramsey and Shaelyn Elizabeth Ramsey; father Bob Lee Ramsey; brother James Cary Ramsey; sister Robin Kaye Maples; grandparents Grace Ramsey, Melba Adkins and Vera Miles.

Raven, Harriet Virginia | 1940-2016
Published Saturday, January 30, 2016

Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Irving.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Harriet was born March 2, 1940, in Pawnee, Okla., to Francis and Agnes (Roy) Pappan. She married Roy Blanton Raven, who preceded her in death in 1996. She was a registered nurse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Buster Pappan; and sister Regina Pappan.
Harriet is survived by her sons, Dan Raven of Fort Worth, Dale Raven of Bridgeport and Darin Raven and Toni Madrid of Denton; grandchildren Matthew and Lauren Raven; sisters Ernestine Overland of Irving, Clara Columbus of Oklahoma City; and other family members and friends.

Raven, Peggy Buffington | -2016
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Peggy Buffington Raven died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Peggy was born in Dalhart to Reed and Jackie Buffington, and later moved to Decatur where she graduated high school. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for Convair Aircraft Corp. in Fort Worth.
It was during this time that she married her high school friend, Roland Royce Raven of Bridgeport. They had three sons: Timothy, Gregory and Barry.
Peggy was active in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, where she traced her heritage directly back to the revolution of independence in 1836. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Bridgeport Historical Society and the Wise County Historical Society.
Peggy enjoyed her many friends and traveling the world with her husband, Royce.
She is also survived by granddaughter Kirin; and daughters-in-law Raman and Judy.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

Rawle, Neoma Marie | 1921-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Neoma Marie Rawle, 95, of Decatur died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Cornell and the Revs. Chris Powell and Ray Cobb officiating. Burial will follow at Preskitt Cemetery.
Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Woody Stewart, Mark McClananan, D.J. Lusty, Trey Little, Aaron Stewart and Hunter McClananan.
Honorary pallbearer is Christopher Moore.
Neoma was born July 18, 1921, in Childress to Alexander and Blanche (Hall) Little. She married Thomas Marshall Rawle Nov. 15, 1939, in Bridgeport. Neoma was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
Neoma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Marshall Rawle; three brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her son, Nolan Rawle of Chico; daughter Kay Milligan and husband, Leslie, of Azle; grandchildren Suzanne Stewart and husband, Woody, of Azle, Sonya McClananan and husband, Mark, of Haslet, and Lisa Lusty and husband, D.J., of Chico.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Christopher Moore, Aaron Stewart, Ashley Little, Trey Little, Breann McClananan and Hunter McClananan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ray, Johnnie Wilson ‘Bill’ | 1946-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
Johnnie Wilson “Bill” Ray, 69, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
Bill was born May 22, 1946, in Decatur to Woodrow Wilson and Johnie (Rickels) Ray. After high school graduation, Bill earned his bachelor of science degree from UT-Dallas and spent his career as a banker’s entrepreneur in commercial real estate.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Joe Enochs; nephew Walker Enochs; great-nephew Austin Enochs; and niece Tiffany Elizondo.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laura (Lohnes) Matteson-Ray; sons Alan Ray and wife, Margaret, and Evan Matteson and wife, Virginia; daughter Melissa Wise and husband, Leo; brother Dr. David Ray and wife, Sue; sisters Ilene (Ray) Enochs and Becky (Ray) Elizondo and husband, Phil; grandchildren Julia Lowrey, Amanda Ray, Chloe Hargrove, Guy Hargrove, Audree Matteson, Saylor Matteson and Hadley Matteson; and numerous other family members.

Read, Debora | 1955-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Debora Read, 61, of Paradise, died Friday, April 29, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was May 1 at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with the Revs. Charles Pugh and Terry Terry officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bud Read, Barry Read, Russell Read, Eric Harris, Chad Thompson and Lee Robinson.
Debora was born March 5, 1955, in Bridgeport to Bill and Bobbie (Martin) Read. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Debora was preceded in death by her daughter, Toni Ward; and great-grandson George McCulley.
She is survived by her son, Eric Harris of Paradise; grandchildren Lee Robinson, K.D. McCulley, Skylar Ward, Megan Harris and Kylie Sanders; great-grandchildren Cameron Robinson and Kandi McCulley; parents Bill and Bobbie Read of Paradise; brothers Bud Read and wife, Shiela, of Paradise and Barry Read of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Read, Eva Beatrice | 1956-2016
Published Saturday, May 28, 2016

Eva Beatrice Read, 60, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was May 26 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Matt Edwards officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Eva was born March 5, 1956, in Duncan, Okla., to Alfred and Betty (Fletcher) Lawson. She married Dickie Read Sr. Aug. 20, 1977, in Bowie. Eva was a member of the Cates Street Baptist Church. She was the owner of Southern Wise Times.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Eva is survived by her husband of 38 years; sons D.J. Read Jr. and wife, Danae, of Bridgeport and Chris Read and wife, Melissa, of Decatur; grandchildren Taylor, Brenton, Katelyn, Cooper, Olivia and Dillon; and friends.

Reed, Jimmy | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jimmy Reed, 78, of Bridgeport died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Brother Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Keith Bryan, Steven Lara, Seth Weatherly, Colby Burdine, Doug Bridwell and Waylon Barclay.
Jimmy was born March 25, 1938, in Hillsboro to Elbert and Lorene (Blackwood) Reed. He joined the Marine Corps at age 19 where he was a lance corporal.
Jimmy married Cathy Scrogum Dec. 13, 1975, in Dallas. He worked for Liquid Energy-Mitchell for 15 years, starting out as an operator then moving to purchasing. Jimmy was a member and commander of the Chico VFW and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
He enjoyed playing golf and hunting pheasant and deer, but what Jim loved most was his family, always putting them first. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and playing with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Dalton Reed; and sister Mina Alcorn.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 43 years; daughter Stephanie Burdine and husband, Cody; sister Clarice Caldwell; grandchildren Colby Burdine, Emily Burdine, Shelby Barclay and Benjamin Burdine; and special nephew, Chuck Reed.
Memorial donations may be made to veterans service organizations.

Reed, William Lynn ‘Billy’ | 1952-2016
Published Saturday, September 3, 2016

William Lynn “Billy” Reed, 64, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Alliance Baptist Church at 8400 Park Vista Blvd in Fort Worth.
Billy was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Fort Worth. He was retired from Frito-Lay and was a driver for J.B. Hunt. He was loved by his family, friends and everyone he met across the country.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Osburn; father and stepmother, Bill and Johnelle Reed; his wife of 17 years, Patricia Reed; his children, Michael Reed, Kelli Reed, Brian Reed, Shawn Martin, Dustin Martin and Alicia Williams.
He is also survived by sisters Sherrie Hernandez and husband, Jesse, Suzette Prentice and husband, Danny, and Kim Robardey and husband, Robert; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Renfrow, Pat | 1928-2016
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pat Renfrow, 87, of Grand Saline, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Dallas.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery with the Rev. Brandon Henderson officiating. There is no visitation. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pat was born June 10, 1928, in Stephenville to Charles and Minnie (Herrington) Renfrow. He entered the Merchant Marines in 1945 at age 17 and then the Army in 1947. Pat served in the Korean War and was stationed in Germany before he was honorably discharged in 1952.
He later retired from Southwestern Bell to go into the dairy business in Decatur. Pat loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting and working in his vegetable garden.
He was referred to by his extended family as Pat-Pat. They include Kelli and Clay Waymire, grandkids Elyssa and Tim Waymire and dear friend Betty Waymire. They loved and cared for him and will miss him deeply.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents; wife Sarah Ethel Renfrow; brothers Lee Arnold Renfrow, Thurman Renfrow and Sherman Renfrow; and sister Helen Egbert.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammy McGar and husband, Tim, of Decatur; son Patrick Ryan Eady of Huntsville; grandchildren Lindsey McGar, Candace White and husband, Tony, Clayton McGar and wife, Tori, Matthew Ryan Pemberton and Ally Rayne Eady; sisters Faye Jean Haley and Raye Jean Milligan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Reynolds, Marc | 1961-2016
Published Saturday, August 6, 2016
Marc Reynolds, 54, of Bowie, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Bowie.
Graveside service was Aug. 5 at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Marc was born Oct. 19, 1961, in Brownwood to Victor Reynolds and Mary Beth Hale. He married his wife, Courtney, July 23, 1982.
Marc was a longtime member of the Bowie community and always made his family, friends and his faith a priority.
He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Reynolds; brother Michael Reynolds; and father Victor Reynolds.
Marc was survived by his loving bride; son Whit Reynolds and wife, Wendi, and their children, MaKenzi and Serenity; daughter Meagan Reynolds Raftie and her children, Mealeah, Elijah and Pearl; mother Mary Beth Hale and her husband, Charlie; sisters Machelle Kenyon and Angie Hale Brown; stepmother Margie Reynolds; brother Jeff Brooks; and nieces and nephews

Rhoudes, Willie Faye | 1951-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016

Willie Faye Rhoudes, 65, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was May 19 at Paradise Cemetery in Paradise.
Mrs. Rhoudes was born Sept. 3, 1951, in Decatur to Robert Tackett and Willie B Byers. She married William Leonard (Pete) Rhoudes Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Jeanette Ruggles; granddaughter Piper Sassnett; sisters Teresa Jean Tackett and Cheryl Lynn Tackett; and brother Jimmy Tackett.
Mrs. Rhoudes is survived by her sons, Leonard Rhoudes of Haslet, Michael Rhoudes of Newark, Leon Rhoudes of Leroy and B.J. Rhoudes of Springtown; daughters Elizabeth Thorn of Briar, Cinthia Greggory of Alvarado, Connie Johnson of Aquilla and Alicia Quiroz of Decatur; brothers Bobby Tackett, Greg Tackett and James Tackett; sisters Lisa Tackett, Patricia Payne and Robbie Davidson; 30 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and family.

Richardson, David Devoe ‘D.D’ | 1938-2016
Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016

David Devoe “D.D.” Richardson, 78, of Newark, died Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Service was Aug. 1 at Biggers Funeral Home. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 near Keeter.
David was born April 23, 1938, in Newark to Paul Devoe and Margery Verginia Richardson. He served in the United States Army and then was an employee of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than 50 years. David’s beekeeping hobbies allowed him to meet many people that became close friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
David was a loving husband to Barbara; father to Paul, Stephen and Brian; and brother to Mikel and Charles.

Richmond, Thomas ‘T.C.’ | 1930-2016
Published Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thomas “TC” Richmond, 85, of Fort Worth, formerly of Chico, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Chico Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to service at the cemetery.
TC was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Park Springs to Jim and Unis (Mitchum) Richmond. He was a dispatcher and accident investigator for the U.S. Postal Service. TC served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed watching PBR and rodeos. He was also an avid supporter of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.
TC was preceded in death by his parents; and Mattie Richmond.
He is survived by his brother, Charles Richmond of Corpus Christi; stepdaughter Kimberly Wallach of Azle; step-grandsons Christopher and Aaron Wallach of Azle; longtime neighbor and friend, Patti Jiminez and husband, Erik, and their daughters, Kelly and Ashley; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Rickman, David Edwin | 1964-2016
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016

David Edwin Rickman, 51, of Boyd died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Azle.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
David was born March 16, 1964, in Fort Worth to William Jr. and Wanda (Moore) Rickman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Briar. David was a supervisor at Control Products Manufacturing Co. in Grand Prairie.
He was a 1983 graduate of Boyd High School and a past Master Mason of Boyd Masonic Lodge No. 479. David’s favorite sports were boat racing and football.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Rickman; brother James Edward Rickman; and grandparents Bill and Gladys Rickman.
He is survived by his father, William Edwin Rickman Jr.; his aunt, Peggy Rickman Caraway and husband, Jerry; stepfather Marlin Moore; sister Christie Grounds; nieces Averi and Presleigh Grounds; and many other relatives and friends.

Rieger, Richard Timothy ‘Tim’ | 1950-2016
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016

Richard Timothy “Tim” Rieger, 66, of Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Dr. Brian Bosworth and the Rev. Joe Ed Goolsby officiating.
Visitation is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of Eric Rieger.
Pallbearers are Gage Rieger, Mack Rieger, Stephen Manning, William Manning, Walker Black, Rusty Cox, Tanner Searight, Kyle Searight and Scott Black.
Honorary pallbearers are Kurt Gehring, Gary Prescott, Ted Taylor, Donnie Baker, Rick Poe, Thom Lambert, Bob Cheatham, Emmett Rieger and Mark Wiley.
Tim was born June 21, 1950, in Decatur to R.T. and Elizabeth Donehoo Rieger. He was educated in Decatur schools, then went to Texas Tech University to major in telecommunications. He married Sally Searight May 11, 1974, in Amarillo.
Tim had a varied career, beginning with news director and manager of KGAF radio in Gainesville. He also worked for various banks, ending his career with Federal Home Loan Bank, where he was a collateral agent.
Civic pride and love of family sparked his interest in community activities. Tim served as a city councilman and mayor pro tem for Gainesville. He was also a president of Gainesville Boys and Girls Club for several terms, Lions Club of Decatur, Jaycees in Gainesville and the Optimist Club where he also was elected lieutenant governor. The Gainesville Booster Club was another interest, and he served the group as president. Tim loved serving breakfast in his home to his sons’ football teams, and he coached various soccer and baseball teams for his sons.
Tim was part of the Spirit of Christmas, Wreaths Across America, administrative boards of Whaley United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Decatur. After moving back to Decatur, Tim was chairman of planning and zoning and economic development. He and Sally helped bring Court Appointed Special Advocates to Wise County.
He is survived by his wife; sons Eric Rieger and wife, Marie, and Brad Rieger and wife, Jenny; grandsons Gage, Mack and Emmett; sister Cynthia DesRoches; niece Lori Black Manning; nephew Scott Black; and extended family members, including great-nephews, great-nieces and in-laws.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gainesville Boys and Girls Club, Raquel’s Wings for Life in Decatur or a charity of choice.

Riney, Leo Frank | 1928-2016
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Leo Frank Riney, 88, of Boyd died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 9 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial followed at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Laura Getty, Jonathan Strawther, Margan Tidwell, Garrett Hughey, Natalie Vogel, Nolan Getty, Connor Hughey and Shelbi Tidwell.
Leo was born July 14, 1928, in Denton to Leo and Rena (Grahl) Riney. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Leo married Shirley Wallace April 3, 1958, in Dallas. He was owner and operator of Riney Tractor Sales and retired from Case Power and Equipment. Leo was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Wallace Riney of Boyd; daughters Carrie Lynn Poston and husband, Robert, Cheryl Ann Hughey and husband, Harris, Darla Jean Strawther and husband, Timothy, and Leesa Kay Tidwell and husband, Dennis; and grandchildren Laura, Jonathan, Margan, Garrett, Natalie, Nolan, Connor and Shelbi.
He’s also survived by great-grandson Luke Vogel; brother Howard Dwain Riney and wife, Sandra; sisters Bonnie Gene Clark and Rena Faye Reeder; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic church, 1305 S. Deer Park Rd., Decatur, TX 76234.

Roberts, Kenneth Edwards ‘Tiny’ | 1943-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kenneth “Tiny” Edwards Roberts, 72, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Bridgeport.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 16 at the Agnes Baptist Church located at 350 Agnes N. Springtown. Pastor Doug Harris will officiate.
Tiny was born Sept. 30, 1943 in McKinney to Roy C. and Ethel Earline Roberts.
He retired from KC Aviation. Tiny was a devoted family man and was an avid outdoorsman.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roy C. and Ethel Earline Roberts and by his sister Margret Ann.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Roberts; daughters, Tammy Roberts, Robin Roberts, Angie Contreras and husband Xavier; grandchildren, Zakery, Steven, Tristen, Chris, Felix, Chance, Alexis, Gabriel and Gage; as well as numerous extended family members and a multitude of friends.

Robinson, Margret Sue | 1935-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016

Margret Sue Robinson, 81, of Chico, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Denton.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Sue was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Chico to John and Catherine (Ross) Meek. She was a legal assistant. On Dec. 29, 1973, Sue married Jack Leslie Robinson. The couple was married for more than 40 years before Jack’s passing in 2014.
Sue enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly her husband. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chico.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents; sister Beth Buckingham; daughter Deana Robinson; and granddaughter Kate Fostel.
She is survived by sons Les Robinson and wife, Jane, and Phillip Robinson; daughters Cathy Fostel and husband, John, Suzanne Gardner and husband, Bill, and Linda Eubanks; grandchildren Chris Fostel, Josh Fostel, Shawn Robinson, Justin Cortez, Crystal Sloan, Brandi McKenzie, Michelle Eubanks, Chris Gardner, Meagan Hood, Chelsea Castillo and Emily Romkema; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Rocha, Crescencia | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, May 14, 2016

Crescencia Rocha, 75, of Decatur, died Monday, May 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial was May 5 at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dzousa officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Alexis Aldape, Eduardo Martinez, Esteban Gloria and Pedro Gloria.
Crescencia was born April 19, 1941, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico, to Pedro and Dolores (Pi on) Gloria. She married Gonzalo Rocha Jan. 12, 1958, in Zaragoza. Crescencia was a member of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Jose Gloria and Gregorio Gloria.
Crescencia is survived by her husband of 58 years; daughters Juanita Rocha of Decatur and Antonieta Martinez and husband, Gilberto, of Decatur; grandchildren Alexis Javier Aldape, Rosaura Aldape, Dianne Elizabeth Martinez, Eduardo Martinez and Clarissa Anahi Martinez, all of Decatur; brother Juan Gloria of Sonora; sisters Margarita Saucedo of Zaragoza and Ma Dolores Vald z of San Antonio; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rodriguez, Aurora ‘Rita’ | 1931-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Aurora “Rita” Rodriguez, 84, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 p.m. and rosary is 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Rita was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Van Horn to Sebero and Aurora (Esparza) Escajeda. She married Emilio G. Rodriguez May 25, 1948, in Van Horn. Rita owned and operated Rita’s Five Caf . She was a member of St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Sam Rodriguez; daughter Little Eva Rodriguez; granddaughter Tiffany Lee; brother Carmen Escajeda; and sister Nacha Ratliff.
Rita is survived by her husband of 67 years, Emilio Rodriguez of Bridgeport; sons Emilio Rodriguez Jr. and wife, Karen, of Red Oak, Jimmy Rodriguez and wife, Irene, of Dallas and Bobby Rodriguez and wife, Corina, of Bridgeport; daughter Eva Simecek and husband, Joe, of Duncanville; grandchildren Elizabeth, Bethany, James, Lisette, Jeremy, Hannah, Robert, Cory, Iliana, Samuel, Andrew, Stephanie and Matthew; sister Carmelita Hamblin; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rodriguez, Jose Deleon | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016

Jose Deleon Rodriguez, 58, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.
Jose was born July 27, 1958, in Robstown to Gabriel and Anita Deleon Rodriguez. He married Sarah Birchfield July 16, 1986, in McKinney.
Jose was an environmental control operator over battery recycling for Exile Technologies for 23 years. He enjoyed art and pencil drawing. He especially loved spending time with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brothers Ramond and Juan Rodriguez.
Jose is survived by his wife of 30 years; son Craig Allen Michael Rodriguez and wife, April, of Roanoke; daughter Tiffany Miranda Michelle Rodriguez Richards and husband, Abe, of Bridgeport; mother Anita Rodriguez of Frisco; grandchildren Jordan and Ethan Richards; brothers Carlos Rodriguez of Little Elm and Gabriel Rodriguez of Frisco; and sisters Yolanda Rodriguez, Mary Camacho and Sophia Rodriguez, all of Frisco, Leticia Rodriguez of McKinney, Irene Blevins of The Colony and Juanita Flores of Hackberry.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

Rodriguez, Maria D. | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Maria D. Rodriguez, 66, of Paradise, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Decatur.
Maria was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, to Rafael and Alicia (Valdez) Balbantin. She married Pascual Rodriguez Nov. 30, 1968, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. Maria was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Pascual Rodriguez of Paradise; daughter Alice Rodriguez Hecker and husband, Kenneth, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; sons Marco Rodriguez and wife, Flor, of Bowie, Rafael Rodriguez and wife, Dinna, of Houston and Isaac Rodriguez and wife, Nicole, of Riverton, Utah; grandchildren Kacie, Andrew, Hayden, Harrison and Abigail; brothers Luis Balbantin of Eagle Pass and Alfonso Balbantin of Santa Fe, N.M.; sisters Elba Marroquin of Monterrey, NuevoLeon, Mexico, and Lourdes Chavarria of Santa Fe; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Rogers, Allen ‘Doc’ | 1957-2016
Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Allen “Doc” Rogers, 59, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Sunset.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in the drawing room of the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Doc was born Jan. 21, 1957, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Robert and Gail (Ritenour) Rogers. He moved to Bowie in 1989. Doc was in prison ministry, a pastor for Iron Horse Church in Bowie and a motorcycle mechanic. He owned Doc’s Hawg Clinic, and he used his motorcycle shop to bring people to Christ.
Doc was president of Bikers For Christ Biker Ministry and he participated in the Wise County Toy Run. He married Dee Ann Christensen April 11, 2015, in Chico.
Doc is survived by his wife, DeAnn Rogers of Sunset; daughters Amy Cunningham and husband, Craig, of Bowie, Crystal Hetfield and husband, Larry, of Indiana, Atarah Kirkland and husband, Bryan, of Bowie, Ariel Rogers of Lubbock and Amariah Rogers of Rhome; parents Robert and Gail Rogers of Elkhart, Ind.; brother Mike Rogers and wife, Mary, of Elkhart; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Rohrer, Elizabeth Jane (Burnett) | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Elizabeth Jane (Burnett) Rohrer, 76, of Decatur, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service was May 23 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
Mrs. Rohrer was born March 29, 1940, in Odessa to James Otis and Olive Ruth Grimes Burnett. She was a loving wife and cared deeply for her family. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and loved her church family. Mrs. Rohrer loved to make people smile and had a sweet way of making friends feel special.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers James Burnett, Perry Burnett and John Burnett.
Mrs. Rohrer is survived by her husband, Jay E. Rohrer; sons Brent Eudy of Niceville, Fla., and Scott Eudy of Goodyear, Ariz.; stepdaughters Rebecca Rogers of Yutan, Neb., and Amy Speckman of Ashland, Neb.; stepson Mathew Rohrer of Falls City, Neb.; brother Lewis Burnett of San Angelo; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Texas Baptist Children’s Home, 1101 N. Mays, Round Rock, TX 78664.

Roland, Terry Lee | 1963-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Terry Lee Roland, 52, of Tarrant County, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Houston.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the First Baptist Church of Quitman, 301 West Lane St., with the Rev. Dewey Davidson officiating.
Terry was born July 7, 1963, in Arlington to Terry and Leona (Dodson) Roland. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1980 and worked several professions from truck driving to a variety of fields in the construction industry. Terry enjoyed NASCAR, reading science-fiction novels and had a passion for video games.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Terry is survived by sons Richard Ray Roland of Northern Cambria, Penn., and James Robert Roland of Grand Prairie; daughter Rebecca Roland of Arlington; grandchild Jeremy Jaden Roland of Grand Prairie; sister Kay Wilkerson and husband, David, of Quitman; niece Krisha Campbell and husband, Elzy, of Decatur; nephews Jason Wilkerson and wife, Stephanie, of Durant, Okla., Justin Wilkerson of Greenville and Krystopher and Kalen Wilkerson of Quitman; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

Ross, Judy Ann | 1945-2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Judy Ann Ross, 71, of Boyd, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Nov. 27 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Pepper officiating.
Pallbearers were Kevin O’Connor, Cody Thompson, Randall Caralton, BJ Hampton, Brandon Hardee, Jayson Hardee and Christian Tedrow.
Judy was born July 5, 1945, in Peoria, Ill., to William and Mildred (Dismang) Davis. She married James Ross April 28, 1972, in St. Louis, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Judy is survived by her husband of 44 years; daughters Roxanne Hampton and husband, Robert, of Boyd, Julie Tedrow and husband, Johnny, of Aurora, Millie Barnett and husband, G.W., of Weatherford and Kellie Hardee and husband, B.J. Hile, of Boyd; son Virgil Thompson and wife, Rita, of Weatherford; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way; brothers Billy Davis, Richard Davis and wife, Jenie, and Leo Davis and wife, Debbie, all of Missouri; sister Rosemary Young of Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ross, Ray | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ray Ross, 73, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Runaway Bay.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Glenn Connell officiating. Burial will follow at Boonsville Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Hunter Ross, Dusty Admire, David Wallace, Brian Cox, Tim Halcomb, Nathan Tannery and Zach Tannery.
Ray was born June 17, 1943, in Hopkins County to George and Bessie (Cannaday) Ross. He married Edith Perkins April 3, 2008, in Bridgeport. Ray owned and operated J & R Food Mart and later managed One Stop of Texas. He was a member of the Balsora Baptist Church.
Ray gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a loving husband and friend. Ray’s greatest love and accomplishments were his children and his grandchildren. His beautiful smile and spirit will live on in the hearts of many.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Delain Berry; and brothers Roy Halcomb and Otis Halcomb.
He is survived by his wife; son Terry Ross and wife, Kelli, of Bridgeport; daughters Kim Admire and husband, Danny, of Bridgeport and Bonnie Sinclair of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren Kayleigh Admire, Dusty Admire, Amanda Cox, Maikan Sinclair and Pake Sinclair; great-grandchildren Kannyn, Liam, Dakota, Kiowa, Hunter and J.T.; stepbrothers Doug Halcomb and wife, Ann, and Robert Halcomb; sister Betty Lou Buland; and other family members and friends.

Roth, Linda | 1950-2016
Published Saturday, April 30, 2016

Linda L. Roth, 65, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 24, 2016, in her Decatur home.
Memorial is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Community Church, 2840 U.S. 380, in Decatur with the Revs. John Redfearn and Chris Wann officiating.
Linda was born Nov. 8, 1950, in Meriden, Conn., to Norman and Katherine Priebe. She was a 1968 graduate of Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Conn., and attended Boston University, majoring in music education.
Linda was an active member of Community Church of Decatur, where she was involved in playing and singing worship music. She also taught children’s music and instructed the children in the use of puppets.
Linda was an accomplished musician, playing piano, flute, violin and guitar. She was a music teacher in her home and other homes around and near Wise County. She enjoyed singing karaoke, acquiring a porcelain village and collecting knick-knacks. She also enjoyed paint-by-number, needlepoint and beading projects.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Raymond Kowalczyk; and brother-in-law Donald Saucier.
Linda is survived by her husband of 42 years, Frederic A. Roth of Decatur; sister Patricia Popovich and husband, George, of Westbrook, Conn.; sons Brian P. Roth and wife, Eunmi, of Wichita Falls and Michael D. Roth and wife, Leticia, of Keller.
Other survivors include granddaughter Micaiah Roth of Keller; grandsons Trent Roth of Wichita Falls, Josiah Roth of Keller and Elijah Roth of Keller; sisters-in-law Alice Wiehe and husband, John, and Marcia Saucier; brother-in-law George Roth; nieces Ellen Mooney, Kari Sullivan and Lynn Turner; and nephews Kim Kowalczyk and Michael Wiehe.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 1601 S. College Ave., Decatur, TX 76234.

Rowe, Jesse W. | 1928-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jesse W. Rowe, 88, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Feb. 5 at Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Carlos Torres, Gregory Torres, James Rowe, Royce Ruddick, Vance Fortenberry and Hubert E. Boner.
Jesse was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Doyle, Okla., to Noah and Julie (Wages) Rowe. He married Barbara Stines-Thomas May 15, 1999, in Alvord. Jesse was a member of Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord and was a retired dairy owner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah and Julie Rowe; first wife, Carolyn Rowe; and eight siblings.
Jesse is survived by his wife of 16 years, Barbara Thomas-Rowe of Decatur; daughter Carmella Rowe of Fort Worth; son Reginald Rowe and wife, Delores, of Decatur; stepchildren Bryan Thomas and Ginger Smith; grandchildren Amanda, Kyle, Jamie and Andrew; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sager, Calvin P. | 1954-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Calvin P. Sager, 61, of Azle, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his home.
Funeral was June 21 at Galbreath-Pickard Funeral Home in Weatherford with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
Calvin was born Sept. 2, 1954, to Preston Sager and Jesse Sajko. Calvin was a truck driver for 38 years and was known all over the U.S. as “The Rifleman.”
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynn Sager; sons Lee Sager and wife, Tanya, Heath Sager and wife, Stephanie, Donavan Sager and wife, Kelly, Wade Sager, Chad Sager and wife, Tanya and Eric Curtis and wife, Shelly; daughter Carra Sager; 26 grandchildren; and lots of family and cherished friends.

Samstag, Marian Jeannette | 1921-2016
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Marian Jeannette Samstag, 94, of Bridgeport, died Friday, May 6, 2016, in Bridgeport.
A memorial service will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at a later date.
Marian was born May 16, 1921, in Cleveland to John and Stephanie (Podojil) Machovec. She married Elroy Samstag Aug. 29, 1941, in Cleveland.
She was a volunteer at Wise Health System in Bridgeport and Hope’s Chest, a thrift shop benefitting Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. Marian was a member of the Methodist church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Robert Machovec.
Marian is survived by her sons, David Samstag and wife, Becky, of Bridgeport, Tom Samstag and wife, Joy, of Middlefield, Ohio, and son William Samstag of Cleveland; daughter Carol Schempp of Springfield, Ill.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Sanders, Ernest ‘Hugh’ | 1931-2016
Published Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ernest “Hugh” Sanders, 85, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Visitation is at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Hugh was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Pecos to Jessie and Ethel (Lawson) Sanders. He married Mary Jo Dec. 3, 1951, in Rockwall.
Hugh owned and operated Sanders Masonry Construction. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother J.P. Sanders.
He is survived by his son, Mike Sanders and wife, Ginger, of Fort Worth; daughters Diana Tucker and husband, Bobbie, of Alvord and Sherri Sanders of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Brandon Sanders and wife, Melissa, Nicole Castill and husband Manny, Justin Sanders, Ryan Sanders and Halee Newton.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Connor, Caidyn, Alyana and Braxton; sister Eloise Vinson and husband, Johnny, of Rhome; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Sanders, Raymond Loyd | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016

Raymond Loyd Sanders, 58, of Poolville, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Weatherford.
No services are planned.
Raymond was born March 14, 1958, in Fort Worth to BJ and Bettye Jo Sanders. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and poker player. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his father; and grandson Brennan Harrison.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kelly Ann Sanders of Poolville; his mother; son Joe Sanders and wife, Kristen, of Paradise; stepsons Jeremy Freeman and Brandon Sharp of Poolville; daughter Leann Harrison and husband, Lee, of Dinwiddie, Va.; brother LTC Robert Sanders and wife, Lindsay, of Greer, S.C.; sisters Sue Engel and husband, Jim, of Crowley and Cathy Wagar and husband, Dennis, of Saginaw; grandchildren Breanna and Layton Harrison, Zechariah and McKenzie Sanders, Aiden Sharp and Marlee and Jack Freeman; and numerous nieces, nephews family and friends.

Sanders, Robert Lynn | 1939-2016
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Robert Lynn Sanders, 76, of Decatur, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Trinity Fellowship Decatur with the Rev. Frankie Garcia officiating.
Robert was a retired communications administrator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son; Michael Sanders; Donna Sanders; and son Doug Roming.
He is survived by his wife of three years, Naomi Sanders of Decatur; son Bryan Sanders of Amarillo; daughter Hollye Peters and husband, Jason, of Keller; stepson Scott Dudley and wife, Nancy, of Amarillo; stepdaughter Kayla Rohr and husband, Larry, of Houston; grandchildren Braeli, Coryn and Nicholas; step-grandchildren Mason and Berkeley; sisters Jane Christian of Rockwall and Mary Hilliard and husband, Steve, of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Texas Tech Alumni Association.

Sanderson, Tommy Ross, Jr. | 1964-2016
Published Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tommy Ross Sanderson Jr., 52, of Rhome, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home. Tommy was born March 1, 1964, in Fort Worth to Tommy and Joan Marie (Gansky) Sanderson.
He is survived by his parents of Rhome; son Chris Sanderson of Rhome; sister Terri Frazier and husband, Vincent, of Fort Worth; ex-wife Samantha Hawley of Fort Worth; and nieces Jenipher, Stormie and Aimee.

Sanford, Travis Lee | 1976-2016
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Travis Lee Sanford, 40, of Mead, Okla., died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Lifegate Church, 2250 Deerwood Parkway, in Denton.
Travis was born Sept. 13, 1976, in Denton. He was an A/C installer. He attended schools in Sanger, Decatur and Celina. He was a member of the Baptist church and loved fishing.
Travis was preceded in death by his grandparents, H.W. and Peggy Sanford and Bailey and Marie Phillips.
He is survived by his son, Logan Sanford of Sanger; parents Mike and Debbie Sanford of Decatur and Baileen Coxsey of Mead, Okla.; brothers Kevin Sanford of Krum and Toby Sanford of Bedford; sisters Christy Chapman of The Colony and Jennifer Johnson of Rhome.

Saucier, Bobbie J. | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bobbie J. Saucier, 79, of Silver Run, Miss., died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at home.
Funeral was Aug. 25 at Silver Run Baptist Church with burial at Hester Cemetery.
Bobbie was born Dec. 17, 1936. She was a member of Big Spring Pentecostal.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her sons, Jerry Glen Dugan and Ronnie Lee Dugan; parents Clifford and Eileen Cox; and three siblings.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Richard Saucier of Silver Run; children Brenda Dugan Caraway and husband, Jay, of Paradise, Walter Lamar Dugan and wife, Patricia, of Paradise and Mary Ann Biddle and husband, Roy, of Paradise; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sisters Ann Arney of Carmen and Martha Bulse of Palestine; and brother Paul Cox of Cleburn.

Sauder, Johnnie Marie Waggoner | 1928-2016
Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Johnnie Marie Waggoner Sauder, 88, of Wichita Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Church of the Good Shepard in Wichita Falls. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Johnnie Marie was born June 15, 1928, in Wichita Falls to Marie Patterson and John Luther Waggoner. She graduated from The Hockaday School in Dallas and attended Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Johnnie married Aaron Leland (Lee) Sauder Jr. Nov. 17, 1951, in Wichita Falls. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before Lee passed in 1997.
Johnnie will be remembered for her remarkable ability to bring light and fun to all in her life. Her joie de vivre was contagious. She was an avid horsewoman and loved spending time at her family’s ranch in Decatur. She was an accomplished bridge player and loved to travel.
Johnnie was a charter member of the Cotillion Club and the Junior Service League of Wichita Falls. She was also a member of the Colony Club. Finally, this obituary would not be complete without mentioning her cherished Wednesday Group.
Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her daughter, Alane Marie Sauder-MacGuire of New York City.
She is survived by her children, John Waggoner and wife, Cheryl, of Austin and Suzanne Sauder and fianc , Tufan Kilinc, of Dallas; grandchildren John Sauder Jr. and wife, Sara, of Austin, Grace Sauder Storan and husband, Bart, of Dublin, Ireland, Pierce MacGuire and wife, Alex, of Waco, Rhoads MacGuire of Georgetown, Leland Winston and Alexander Winston of Dallas; and great-grandsons Henry Sauder and John and Leland Storan.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Church of the Good Shepard or the charity of your choice.

Scherb, Carmen Irene | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, April 30, 2016

Carmen Irene Scherb, 74, of Bridgeport, died Monday, April 25, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Rock Church in Bridgeport.
Carmen was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Burbank, Calif., to David and LeJune (Burk) Frandin. She married Hollis Allen Scherb Aug. 2, 1990, in Floresville.
Carmen worked as a medical aide at Senior Care Healthcare and Rehab.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brother Karl Frandin.
Carmen is survived by her daughter Casey Harris and husband, Aaron, of Republic, Wash.; son Scott Scherb and wife, Rhonda, of Decatur; grandchildren Sarah, Allen, Merle, Corby, Lucas and Logan; great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Eli; sister Claudine Kollett of Warren, Conn.; and other family members and friends.

Schmalried, Oneita Erin | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Oneita Erin Schmalried, 93, of Fort Worth, formerly of Alvord, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale.
Visitation is at the church one hour prior to the service. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers include Robert Hachtel, Melton Neighbors, James Sullivan, Kenneth Buckner, Bobby Harris, Tom Grier and Aaron Terfiteller.
Oneita was born March 27, 1922, to Sam and Erin (Sills) Gillentine. She married Edward Lowell Schmalried July 7, 1941, in Mansfield.
Oneita was a sweet-spirited person and will be missed by her family and friends. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
Oneita was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edward Schmalried; her baby girl, Sharon Gayle Schmalried; brother Sam Gillentine Jr.; stepmother Eula Winnet Gillentine; and grandparents John Combest and Sallie Sills.
She is survived by her sisters, Hazel Branson of Fort Worth, Ruth Basham of Hico and Polly Hagler of Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Schooling, Billy Ray | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016

Billy Ray Schooling, 82, of Alvord, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Alvord.
Graveside is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Bethel Cemetery, with the Rev. Kevin Moore officiating.
Pallbearers are Sean Schooling, Matthew Schooling, William Schooling, Jonathan Fennell, Brandon Deweese, Shaun Thomison, Raymond Farrell, Melvin Farrell, Herchell Schooling, G.A. Buckner, Stephen Alexander and Glenn Gage.
Billy was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Roanoke to Fred and Annie (Underhill) Schooling. He married Margaret Ann McDonald Aug. 17, 1951, in Keller. Billy was in the propane gas business for more than 60 years. He was owner and operator of Schooling, LP Gas for eight years.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaret Schooling; son Gary Schooling; daughter Brenda Fennell; and son Gary Edmond Schooling.
He is survived by his daughters, Marsha Roblez of Durant, Okla., Paula Talley of Denison and Julie Schooling of Decatur; brother Lewis Paul Schooling and wife, Patsy, of Roanoke; sister Linda Rubio and husband, Jesse, of Cleburne; son-in-law Carl Fennell of Alvord; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Schuetz, Karen Denise Lucaric | 1967-2016
Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Karen Denise Lucaric Schuetz, 48, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the First Baptist Church, 401 Main St., in Paradise.
Karen was born Sept. 7, 1967, in Fort Worth to Joyce Kinsey Lucaric and Kenneth David Lucaric.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 25 years, Shannon Schuetz.
She is survived by her children, Lacey Scott and husband, Tom, Angel and Kinsey Schuetz and Jimmy Schuetz and wife, Lisa; sister Carmen Blankenship and husband, Richard; grandchildren, Avery, Mikaela and Clayton; nephew Chase; and other extended family members.

Scott, Keith Alan | 1961-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Keith Alan Scott, 54, of Decatur, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Decatur.
Celebration of life is 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Victory Family Church in Decatur with the Revs. Brandon Henderson and Mike Wheat officiating.
Keith was born Aug. 29, 1961, in Gainesville to Gean and Yvonne (Poynor) Scott. He married Brenda Landers April 3, 2004, in Decatur. Keith was an auto repair service adviser with Lipscomb Auto Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Kevin Scott, of Waldron, Ark.
Keith is survived by his wife of 12 years; sons Blake Scott and wife, Tiffany, of Decatur and Brolin Scott of Decatur; daughters Mary Morgan and husband, Doug, of Decatur and Erin Lafitte and husband, Derek, of Austin; grandchildren Kayla, Krysten, Zoey, Rowyn, Leyton, Parker, Korbin, Jasper and Dean; brother Curtis Scott of Waldron; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, TX 76234.

Scott, Truman, Jr. | 1953-2016
Published Saturday, January 9, 2016

Truman Scott Jr., 62, of Alvord, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at home.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Bo Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Laurel Land in Dallas.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mr. Scott was born March 21, 1953, in Gilmer to Truman Scott Sr. and Ell Rayson Scott. He was an oilfield operator. Mr. Scott was also an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Sharron Scott of Alvord; daughter Jasmine R. Scott; sisters Phyllis Buford and husband, Sharnia, Carolyn Stephens and Delfine Scott.

Scourfield, David Leslie ‘Les’ | 1932-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

David Leslie “Les” Scourfield, 84, of Paradise, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Lewisville.
Memorial service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Garden Ridge Church of Christ in Lewisville with the Rev. Andrew Deister officiating.
Les was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Carmarthen, South Wales, to Gwendaline Mary and Samuel Scourfield. He married Margaret R. Kenaghan April 3, 1953, in Birmingham, England.
Les left Britain in 1963 and moved to Toronto, Canada, followed by a move to Chula Vista, Calif., in 1967. His immigration to the United States was sponsored by an American aircraft company due to his trade as a master toolmaker. His career eventually led him to Texas where he worked for General Dynamics – later Lockheed Martin – for 20 years, retiring in 1997.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; and brother.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Scourfield; sister Jean Neary of Ontario; son David Scourfield and wife, Micheline, of Valley Center, Calif.; daughter Kim Scourfield of Paradise; son Michael Scourfield and wife, Susan, of Postoak; daughter Tracy Scourfield of Lewisville; sister Jean Neary; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America at alzfdn.org or 866-232-8484.

Scroggins, Delbert Eugene | 1939-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Delbert Eugene Scroggins, 76, of Big Spring, formerly of Boyd, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Coahoma Cemetery.
Delbert was born Nov. 25, 1939, in Boyd. He married Phyllis Ann Anderson Aug. 20, 1961, in Coahoma.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers; and a grandson.
He is survived by his sons, Dennis Scroggins of Big Spring and Matt Scroggins of Hollywood, Fla.; daughter Wanda Levy of San Antonio; one sister; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Searight, Patricia | 1926-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Patricia Searight, 89, of McKinney, died Friday, April 29, 2016, in McKinney.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with the Rev. Philip Rhodes of Hurst United Methodist Church officiating.
Pallbearers are Eric Rieger, Brad Rieger, Rusty Cox, Tanner Searight and Kyle Searight.
Honorary pallbearers are Gage Rieger, Mack Rieger, Paxton Cox and Shepherd Cox.
Patricia Stephenson Searight was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Dallas to Col. and Mrs. L.D. Stephenson. She married William F. Searight May 19, 1951, and was a graduate of Texas Woman’s University. She taught school in Amarillo for 20 years.
Patricia was a 52-year member of Polk Street Methodist Church and a bridge player. She also belonged to the miniature club and antique club in Amarillo. Patricia moved to McKinney in 2010 to be closer to her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and parents.
Patricia is survived by her sons, Pat Searight and Gib Searight; daughter Sally Rieger; grandchildren Eric Rieger, Brad Rieger, Whitney Cox, Kyle Searight and Tanner Searight; and great-grandchildren Gage Rieger, Mack Rieger, Paxton Cox, Mackey Cox, Kirby Cox, Shepherd Cox, Neely Cox and Emmett Rieger.

Seelye, Bobby ‘Midget’ | 1937-2016
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bobby “Midget” Seelye, 78, of Chico died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Chico.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Nobie Tucker, Dan Price, Ed Cowley, Don Austin, Coit Harris, and Gabriel Timmons. Honorary pallbearers are Snuffy Brooks and Pancho Redwine.
Bobby was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Denison to Lee Roy and Ozella (Talley) Seelye. He married Vernice Latham April 11, 1961, in Denison. Bobby was a truck driver for Coffman Tank Truck until his retirement. He was a member of the Chico Volunteer Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Roy Lee Seelye; daughter Christina Gay Kilgore; and grandson Dustin Seelye.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vernice Seelye of Chico; son Ronny Seelye of Chico; daughter-in-law Rena Seelye of Fort Worth; daughter-in law Lisa Marshall of Chico; grandchildren Ashley Seelye, Bobby Ray Seelye and Cody Hixon; great-grandchild Logan Hixon; and other family members and friends.

Sessions, Francis Paul | 1927-2016
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Francis Paul Sessions, 88, of Conway, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
Funeral was Oct. 3 at Bishop-Crites Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Sessions, Richard Sessions and Carl Woods officiating. Burial followed at Beryl Cemetery.
Paul was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Elba, Ark., to Francis Pearl and Mabel Clara Connett Sessions. He was employed as a journeyman plumber with Russell-LeMay Plumbing for 39 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Helen Brittain and Thelma Prater; and grandsons Jamie and Jeremy Sessions.
He is survived by his wife, Nannie (Nancy) Bell Eatmon Sessions; sons Edwin Sessions and wife, Anita, of Millington, Tenn., the Rev. Gary Sessions and wife, Martha, of Bridgeport, Richard Sessions and wife, Brenda, of Snow, Ark., Russell Sessions and wife, Cindy, of Spring Hill, Ark.; daughter Lisa Woods and husband, Carl, of Vilonia, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and two on the way; and sister Ruth Holsted Of Leslie, Ark.

Setliff, Alisa Lynette | 1965-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Alisa Lynette Setliff, 51, of Roscoe, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Sweetwater First United Methodist Church, 301 Cypress Street, in Roscoe with the Rev. Jimmy Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Roscoe Cemetery.
Visitation is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cate-Spencer and Trent Funeral Home, 403 Locust St., in Sweetwater.
Pallbearers will be Shannon Setliff, Auston Davis, Andrew Davis, Jared Davis, Cameron Setliff and Chase Setliff.
Honorary pallbearer will be Jayden Davis.
Alisa was born Aug. 29, 1965, in Loraine to Springer Gordon and Irene (Brooks) Smith. She married Shannon Setliff June 12, l999, in Sweetwater. She worked as an LVN for Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Hoyt House, Home Health Care and was a school nurse for SISD.
She also helped with the family cleaning business. Alisa was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and was so considerate of others. She never met a stranger. Her family was the joy of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.
She was preceded in death by her father, Springer Gordon Smith.
Alisa is survived by her husband; her mother, Irene McDonald and husband, Randy, of Alvord; children Jared Davis and Nicole of Roscoe, Auston Davis of Sweetwater, Andrew Davis of San Angelo and Cameron Setliff and Chase Setliff, both of Roscoe; grandsons Jayden Seth Davis and Jeremiah Cole Davis; sister Jana Haby of Garland; stepsister Crystal McDonald of Wichita Falls; nephews Eddie Haby and John Ryan Gauna; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gary and Janet Setliff of Sweetwater.

Sewell, Gladys Thelma | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Gladys Thelma Sewell, 81, of Boyd, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Boyd.
Funeral was June 3 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Gladys was born Oct. 8, 1934, in Wolfe City to Jeron and Myrtle (O’Neal) Forbes. She married Delton Sewell Oct. 4, 1952, in Fort Worth. They moved to Fort Worth in 1952 where Gladys attended nursing school at All Saints Hospital, graduating in 1972. Gladys worked for 18 years at Richland Medical Center as a nurse and instructor. She taught child birth classes at Richland Medical Center.
Gladys and her husband volunteered at Haslet Fire and Rescue and the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed numerous hobbies, including square dancing, camping, gardening, fishing, sewing and raising three boys. Gladys was a loving mother, wife and angel to husband, Delton of 65 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Maritta Etnridge; and brothers Joe Frank Forbes and JW Forbes.
Gladys is survived by her husband; sons Delton Sewell Jr. and wife, Patti, of Boyd, Steve Sewell of Boyd and Phillip Sewell and wife, Shelly, of Springtown; grandchildren Cody Sewell, Liberti Sewell and Jordan Brinkman; sister Laurah Cummings of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to Solaris Hospice.

Sharp, Evelyn Jo | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Evelyn Jo Sharp, 86, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
There is no visitation.
Evelyn was born March 19, 1930, in Arlington to Ober and Alma (Stanley) Sharp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Dorothy Perkins.
Evelyn is survived by her niece, Sandra Wilson and husband, Tom, of Spring; nephew Don Perkins of Decatur; and cousin Shirley Wood and husband, James, of Decatur.

Shelton, Magdalen Upmore | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Magdalen Upmore Shelton, 93, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Decatur.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Madge was born on Nov. 26, 1922, in the farming community of Tours near Waco to Thomas and Lena Upmore. Her grandparents had come from Germany in the 1880s. As a young lady, she worked as a seamstress during World War II. She followed her love for clothes and fashion the rest of her life. She married Robert Godfrey Shelton Nov. 16, 1942, in Waco. They lived in Waco, Kansas City, Mo. and Fort Worth. She lived in Fort Worth from 1951-2005 and was a member at Wesley Methodist Church. After raising her children, she worked for over 30 years in retail as a clothes seamstress and loved her job and customers.
She moved to Governor’s Ridge Assisted Living in Decatur in 2005.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother Tommy Upmore; sisters Betty Yoli and Delores Bair; son Tommy Shelton; and daughter Sharon Watkins.
She is survived by her sister Evelyn Varner of Austin; son Gary Shelton and wife, Margie, of Decatur; grandchildren Jeremy Shelton and wife, Hayley, of Decatur, Suzanne Shelton of Denton, and James Watkins and wife, Amber, of Camden, Ark.; great-grandchildren Blakely Shelton of Decatur and Kacie and Danica Watkins of Camden, Ark.

Shepherd, Malcolm R. | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, January 23, 2016

Malcolm R. Shepherd, 78, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Malcolm was born May 3, 1937, in Washington, D.C., to Malcolm Sr. and Juanita (Sprouse) Shepherd. He married Glenda Kay Hernupont March 20, 1958, in Weatherford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Glenda Shepherd; and his son, Malcolm Shepherd III.
He is survived by his grandsons, Malcolm Shepherd IV and wife, Cherish, of Decatur and Eathen Shepherd of Fort Worth; brother Phillip Shepherd and wife, Sylvia, of Elliston, Va.; sister Sandra Snyder and husband, Roy, of South Fork, Colo.; and other family members and friends.

Sherman, Charles D. ‘Deedle’ | 1941-2016
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Charles D. “Deedle” Sherman, 75, of Childress, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral was Dec. 12 in the Joe E. Jones Memorial Chapel at Childress Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Shoemaker officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Charles was born March 20, 1941, in Decatur to Floyd and Diola Sherman. He worked 41 years for the railroad as a heavy equipment operator.
Charles was a fun-loving man who loved to joke and kid but who was serious about three things: NASCAR, going to the casino and his Kubota. He loved outdoor life and watching wildlife.
Some of his most joyous times the last several years were living the country life with his wife, Barbara, and enjoying nature from their porch. He even had a pet roadrunner, which would often join them in conversation there.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Mearl, Earl, Bud and Ed Sherman; and son Kenny Sherman.
Charles is survived by his wife; sons Trent Sherman, Tracy Sherman, Tim Sherman, Deke Sherman and Bobby Reynolds; daughters Debbie Reynolds and Tammy Reynolds Hawkins; sister Beafey Lewis; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to CRMC Hospice, P.O. Box 1030, Childress, TX 79201 or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

Silver, Virginia T. | 1923-2016
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Virginia T. Silver, 92, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Graham.
Graveside service is 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Virginia was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Aurora, Colo., to Roy and Ester (Larson) Ferguson. She married Donald E. Silver in 1949 in Colorado. Virginia was a children’s Sunday school teacher and a member of the United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the historical society and the Bridgeport Museum. She was a retired bookkeeper.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Saylor and husband, Tommy, of Graham; daughter Elaine Sublett of San Angelo; grandson Michael Saylor of Longmont, Colo.; nephew Dale Aagesen of Uma, Colo.; and other family members and friends.

Sims, Tommy Lee | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tommy Lee Sims, 75, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Cottondale Cemetery with the Rev. Christy Drechsel officiating.
Visitation is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Robert Johnson, Chad Johnson, Chase Johnson, Chance Johnson, Mike Richey and Rickey Read.
Tommy was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Waurika, Okla., to Mable Phillips. He married Donna Margaret Admire April 22, 1961, in Weatherford. Tommy owned Foodway.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norine and Royce Holt; sister Loyce Lowery; and son Tommy Glen Sims.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughter Dona Johnson and husband, Robert, of Paradise; son Cory Sims of Paradise; grandchildren Chad Johnson, Chase Johnson and wife, Ashley, and Chance Johnson; great-grandchildren Will Johnson and Brooks Carter Johnson; sisters Kay Roberts of Bridgeport and Reba Bradley and husband, Wayne, of Bridgeport; brother Bob Holt and wife, Sharon, of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Skinner, Lloyd Charles | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lloyd Charles Skinner, 78, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Allen Bates officiating. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Visitation is 1 p.m. immediately before the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Roy Reus, Zach Trafford, Connor McHugh, Steve Skinner, Steven Kay and Tommy Kay.
Lloyd was born March 30, 1938, in Spanish Fort to Gwendolyn (York) and Willis Charles Skinner. He married Leatha E. Warren Jan. 12, 1976, in Castle Rock, Colo. He was the owner of Skinner Vacuum Truck Service in Bridgeport.
Lloyd attended Victory Family Church in Decatur. He enjoyed working, gardening, woodworking projects and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; and three sisters.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 40 years; sons Lloyd C. Skinner Jr. and wife, Marlene, of Farmington, N.M., Kevin Warren of Tulsa, Okla., and Kenneth Warren and wife, Debbie, of Grand Island, Neb.; daughters Nadine Mullin and husband, Mike, of Centennial, Colo., Terry Tackett and husband, Cliff, of Bowie, Sherry Reus and husband, Roy, of Azle, Lesa Kaker of Bridgeport and Roxie Lund of Cortez, Colo.; brothers Herman Skinner and wife, Linda, of Fort Worth and Donald Skinner and wife, Evelyn, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters Mary McQuirt and Hattie Menchant; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Slimp, Billy Ross | 1947-2016
Published Saturday, December 3, 2016

Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Denton.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cottondale Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Billy was born Oct. 26, 1947, in Boyd to Taft and Cassie (Brown) Slimp. He retired from Lone Star Gas Co. and H&R Block. He loved to play bingo at WinStar and preparing taxes (not for the challenge, but for the people he could help). He loved his friends and family passionately.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two brothers-in-law.
He is survived by his son, Donnie Slimp; wife Stacy; grandson Noah Slimp; sisters Louella Boyd of Coleman and Cathy Chaney of Athens; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Smith, Craig Hall | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, April 2, 2016

Craig Hall Smith, 74, of Runaway Bay, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Bridgeport.
No services are planned at this time.
Craig was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Los Angeles to Alberta Valentine (Haberfelde) and Cloyd Daniel Smith. He was a Civil War historian and avid WWE sports fan with a wonderful sense of humor, who especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and great-aunt Clarisse Haberfelde Main.
Craig is survived by his daughters, Dawn L. Brunson of Kernville, Calif., and Debra L. White of Runaway Bay; brother David Smith of Los Angeles; sister Cindy Word of Sequim, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Smith, Craig Jace | 1961-2016
Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Craig was born Aug. 30, 1961, in Fort Worth to Harley and Jean (Currie) Smith. He married Tina Marie Meng Sept. 29, 1990, in Fort Worth. Craig worked for Regent Chemical and Research in Cleburne. He was a member of Turning Point Church and a professional driver.
Craig was a loving husband, father and papa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife; sons Jeremy Jace Smith of Saginaw, Colton Tyler Smith and wife, Jasmin, of Saginaw and Justin Tanner Smith and Katelyn of Stephenville; daughter Jamie Jannay Smith of Saginaw; granddaughters Kyndel, Makenzie and Raelynn; brothers David Smith of Rhome and Randy Smith of Fort Worth; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Smith, Deborah Renee | 1968-2016
Published Saturday, November 19, 2016

Deborah Renee Smith, 48, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Possum Kingdom Lake.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Deborah was born April 23, 1968, in El Paso to Dale and Dorothy (Chandler) Kyle.
She is survived by her sons, Nathanial Robert Smith, Nicholas Dale Smith and Noah Allen Smith, all of Bridgeport; daughter Natalie Renee Smith of Bridgeport; grandson Brody Smith of Madill, Okla.; her mother of Millington, Tenn.; sister Deon Kyle of Millington; and other family members and friends.

Smith, George Thomas | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
George Thomas Smith, 77, of Boyd, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Boyd.
No services are scheduled at this time.
George was born June 1, 1938, in Boyd to William and Georgia (Smith) Smith. He married Rose Anne Matthews Jan. 1, 1995, in Fort Worth.
George was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Alice Simpson, Bernice Lisby and Opal Goldman; and a son.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rose Anne Smith of Boyd; sons Joe Hamil of Honolulu, Hawaii, Tommy Smith of Bowie and Shane Smith of Keller; daughter Cindy Hamil of Fort Worth; sister Sharon Chapman of Boyd; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Smith, Ollie Lucille | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ollie Lucille (Lucy) Smith, 86, of Decatur, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dale Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Asa Johnson Jr., Mickey Scarborough, Trevor Brazile, James Wood, Jodi Tebaugh and Nestor Kadjo.
Honorary pallbearer is Roland Davies.
Lucy was born March 5, 1930, in Decatur to Herman and Ella (Myers) West. She married William Homer Smith Sr. Oct. 25, 1953, in Gainesville. Lucy was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was a hard worker all her life. Lucy was a dairy woman, worked at Dickies in Fort Worth and L.M. Pate’s Angus Bar-B-Que in Bridgeport for years. She was a waitress at Eagle Caf in Decatur, Peachtree in Bridgeport and made hamburgers, for which she was famous, at the sale barn in Decatur for more than 20 years. She loved everyone of all ages, and they loved her.
Lucy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Homer Smith Jr.; daughter Patsy Doll Smith; three brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by sisters Darlene West Luther and husband, Charles, of Chico and Janice Roberts Phillips and husband, Jackie, of Bridgeport; granddaughter Patsye Smith Kadjo and husband, Nestor, of Arlington; other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Darenda Smith Kirby of Cedar Hill; stepdaughters Judy Crider and husband, Freddy, of Liberty, Sandra Morrow and husband, Billy, and Glenda Pigg; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Smith, Sammy Joe | 1985-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sammy Joe Smith, 31, of Runaway Bay, died Monday, July 25, 2016.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Randy James officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Juan Cardenas, Rick Conally, Amon Cox, Jason Cox, Alan Creighton, Korey Keel, Colby Loper, Jason Manning, Jake Mclean, Derrick Mowery, Allen O’Kief and Ben Richey.
Sammy was born April 30, 1985, in Houston. He was a maintenance man at his family’s business, Chico Limestone Inc.
Sammy loved being outdoors and enjoyed golfing, fishing and grilling outside. He excelled as an athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and running track in high school. He also played baseball and football at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.
As much as Sammy loved to participate in sports, he found his true passion coaching his children’s teams. He coached Taegan’s T-ball team and Talon’s baseball and basketball teams. He often umpired baseball games for other teams and volunteered many hours maintaining the little league field at Jewel Park in Chico. He was planning to return to college to pursue a career in coaching. He and his brother, Steven, had planned to coach Chico pee wee football this fall.
To honor Sammy’s kind and giving nature, his family chose organ donation to help others. Because of his precious gift, three lives were saved, including a 13-year-old.
Sammy was preceded in death by his father, Sammy Smith; grandparents Elmer Cox, Helen Smith, Bob Manning, Billy Manning, Valton Thomas and “Drifter.”
He is survived by his children, Talon Fredrick Smith, 7, and Taegan Faith Smith, 5; their mother, Ashley Davidson; his parents, Gina Richards and husband, Chris, of Idaho, Tammy Smith of Houston and Van and Sheila Cox of Chico; brothers Steven Cox and wife, Breann, of Chico and Perry Beard of Chico; sister-in-law Christie Beard of Chico; sisters Andi Jones and husband, Nick, of Decatur, Chasity Richardson and husband, Ryan, of Shepard, Krystina Holden and husband, Kole, of Kingwood and Lexi Smith of Houston; grandparents Lot and Nora Hood of Chico, June Cox of Bowie and Joann Thomas of Houston.
Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that stretch from Chico to Houston, including his two best friends and roommates, Jeremy and Jessica Tiller.

Smith, Steven Arnold | 1954-2016
Published Saturday, December 24, 2016

Steven Arnold Smith, 62, of North Richland Hills died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in Arlington.
Memorial service was Dec. 23 at Aurora Baptist Church.
Steven was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Bridgeport to Wayne and Myrle Smith. He was the youngest of three children: Caroline, who passed shortly after birth, and brother Michael Smith.
The family lived in Lindale and Rhome where they helped to grow the churches there by teaching and playing music. He would often share fun memories of growing up in Boyd and starting work at a young age after the early passing of his father.
Steven played football at Cisco Junior College and East Texas State University where he helped to win a national championship title in 1972.
In July of 1977, Steven married Sherri Kay Hock in Clyde. They moved to Fort Worth and had three children.
Steven lived in North Richland Hills in the home he built his family. He was a sports enthusiast playing basketball, football and golf.
He was a skilled musician and played guitar, mandolin, the piano and organ. He was also a vocalist. Steven performed songs from memory into his late days, reciting hymns long after other parts of his memory were gone.
Steven was a successful business owner, designing and building commercial buildings all over DFW. He donated regularly and volunteered endlessly at the schools and activities of his children. Most importantly of all, he was a steadfast warrior, unshaken in his faith. He helped to lead all three of his children to know the Lord. Steven was a member of Gateway Church in Southlake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Caroline; and brother Michael.
He is survived by his oldest daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Paul Cook, of Grapevine and their children, Seth and Carise; son Stetson Smith and his wife, Jeehye, of Seoul, South Korea; his baby girl, Seleste Smith of Richardson; and his niece Amy Schneider of Fort Worth.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org/nca/in_my_community_58187.asp, or the Brain Injury Research Institute, protectthebrain.org/Donations.aspx.

Smith, William E. ‘Bill’ | 1920-2016
Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
William E. (Bill) Smith, 95, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Bowie. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Bill was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Dallas, S.D., to Willard B. and Ester Ann (Bowman) Smith. He was raised in California and graduated in 1938 from Grant High School in Sacramento. Bill served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific. After being discharged, he returned to Sacramento where he met and married his wife, Cozette, in 1949.
In 1951, he returned to active duty in the Air Force until his retirement in 1968. He retired from Northup Aviation in 1982. Bill and Cozette moved to Bowie in 1978. He was an active member of the Bowie First United Methodist Church, American Legion Speak-Meyer Post 252 and the Bowie Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; and wife.
Bill is survived by his dear friend, Phyllis Tauber; daughters Sharon Matthiesen and husband, Dennis, of Arlington, Susan Johnson and husband, Patrick, of Houston and Janice Bobo and husband, Michael, of San Antonio; grandchildren Jeffrey Clark and wife, Candace, of Spokane, Wash., Katharine Allen and husband, Sterling, of Houston and Jennifer Kite of San Antonio; and great-grandchildren Jakob Bobo, Fallon Trojanowski, Gatlynn Kite and Banks Allen.
Memorial donations may be made to the Air Force Enlisted Village, afev.us, First United Methodist Church of Bowie or the charity of your choice.

Smith, Zelda Mae | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Zelda Mae Smith, 93, of Decatur, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Decatur
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Private burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Zelda was born Nov. 17, 1922, to Arthur Lee and Izetta (Rucker) Toten in Medicine Mound. She married J.A. Smith May 9, 1939, in Decatur. They were married for 58 years until his passing in 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons; a daughter; four brothers; and two sisters.
Zelda is survived by her daughter, Theda Smith and husband, Gary, of Decatur; granddaughters Lisa Moore and Ronnie, of Sweeny and Linda Smith and Denver of West Plains, Mo.; great-grandchildren Aubrey, Kasie, Keri and Kara; great-great-grandchildren Kasen, Ansley, Ryan, Easton and Adalynne; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Smock, Betty Jean | 1928-2016
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Betty Jean Smock, 87, of Bridgeport died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Betty was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Madison, Ill., to Eugene and Bernadine (Horrell) Gobble. She worked for Excel Meat Packing until retiring.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her children, Billie Gene Smock, Robert Smock and Patricia Postal; brother Kingsley Gobble; and sister Juanita Seacrest.
She is survived by sons, Wayne Smock of Prescott, Ariz., Ronald Lee Smock of El Paso, Donald Smock of Odessa and Dennis J. Smock of Bridgeport; daughters Pamela Jean Nichel of Nebraska and Tamarah Salcido of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; brother Jay Gobble of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Spain, Clyde Edward ‘Ed’ | 1946-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Clyde Edward (Ed) Spain, 70, of Decatur, died Friday, June 17, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was June 21 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
Ed was born March 1, 1946, to Clyde and Mavis Hammon Spain.
He was a member of Rock Island Family Church in Boyd and a previous dairy farmer who then enjoyed farming after the dairy business.
In recent years, he became a licensed process server getting to work with daughter, Mary Lois, and many other local attorneys. Ed was also a football official and member of Fort Worth Football Officials Association for 22 years. He served as a crew chief and referee and loved every part of this job.
Ed’s favorite hobbies included riding horses, playing with grandkids and spending time with his wife of 48 years. His favorite celebration was the annual Fourth of July bash at the Spain Farm where family and his church attended. As a godly, loving, father and husband, he prayed daily for his family and loved each one dearly.
Ed was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Christine Spain and Dan and Avis Hammon.
He is survived by his parents; wife Vicki Lasater Spain; sons Russell Spain and Stephen Spain and wife, Kelly; daughters Shanda Dame and husband, Craig, Mary Lois Sipes and husband, Joe, and Jessica Jackson and husband, Blake.
He is also survived by grandchildren Jordan Spain, Parker Dame, Preston Dame, Luke Sipes and Gabriel Spain; great-grandchild Jonathan Hendrix; brothers Glen Spain and wife, Phylis, and Curtis Spain and wife, Sharolyn; and numerous cousins, other family members and friends.

Spiel, Steve | 1933-2016
Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Steve Spiel, 83, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Decatur Community Church with the Revs. John Redfern and Chris Wann officiating.
Steve was born Feb. 1, 1933, in West Allis, Wis., to John and Fanny (Felica) Spiel. He married Joan Guell June 13, 1959, in Fond du Lac, Wis. Steve was a member of the Decatur Community Church. He served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Steve is survived by his wife of 57 years; daughter Mary Jo Konz and husband, Dan Sr., of Decatur; son Steven Spiel and wife, Kimberly, of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandchildren Dan Michael Konz of Decatur, Danae Read and husband, Dickie, of Bridgeport, Tammie Samborski and husband, Martin, of Muskego, Wis., Nicole Weins and husband, Jay, of North Carolina; great-grandchildren Katelyn, Avery, Mia and Dillon; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Spivey, Daniel Ray | 1982-2016
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Daniel Ray Spivey, 33, of Rhome, died Friday, June 10, 2016, in Rhome.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Keith Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bobby Spivey, Solon VanKirk, Manuel Segura, T.J. Russell, Robby Savage and Chris Collins.
Daniel was born Oct. 3, 1982, in Ada, Okla., to Mickel and Anita (Stiles) Spivey. He worked at Peterbilt as a forklift driver and served his country in the U.S. Marines.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Daniel is survived by his son, Daiki Spivey of Japan; daughter Grace Mathews of Haltom City; brother Bobby Spivey and wife, Lavonda, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; sisters Heather Segura and husband, Manuel, of Newark, Starla VanKirk and Solon of Weatherford, Amber Spivey and wife, Tiffany, of Clyde and Crystal McGuire of Newark; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.

Spruill, Hershell Dean | 1949-2016
Published Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hershell Dean Spruill, 67, of Haslet, died Friday, March 11, 2016, in Decatur.
A memorial was held Friday, March 18, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Hershell was born on Jan. 4, 1949, to Hershell and Marion (Staley) Spruill in Lindsay, Okla. He married Linda Sue Butts Dec. 29, 1973, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Sue Butts Spruill of Rhome; sons Jason Michael Spruill and wife, Tinny, of Haslet and Cooper Spruill of Haslet; grandson Jes Spruill of Haslet; mother Marion Irene Spruill of Euless; sister Betty Dalton of Euless; niece Jenifer Crownover and husband, Brian, of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.

Spruill, Linda Sue | 1947-2016
Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Linda Sue Spruill, 69, of Rhome, died Monday, May 30, 2016, in Grapevine.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Linda was born May 23, 1947, in Brownwood to Homer and Cecilia (Hopper) Butts. She married Dean Spruill Dec. 29, 1973, in Dallas.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and stepmother Peggy Butts.
She is survived by her sons, Jason Spruill and wife, Tinny, of Haslet and Cooper Spruill of Haslet; grandson Jes Spruill of Haslet; sisters Joyce McMaster and husband, Robert, of Marietta, Ga., and Lesia Starnes and husband, Rick, of Forney; her dearest friend, Shelly Martin of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.

Stapp, Brenda Kay | 1957-2016
Published Saturday, May 21, 2016

Brenda Kay Stapp, 58, of Chico, died Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Graham.
A private memorial service was May 19 at the Crafton Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Merritt officiating.
Brenda was born Aug. 17, 1957, in Kokomo, Ind., to Charles Dunn and Lucille (Butcher) Smiling. She married Bobby Stapp Sr. June 16, 1972, in Tampa, Fla. The couple was married for 38 years before his passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband; father; grandsons Michael Christian Stapp and Aden Lane Stapp.
Brenda is survived by sons Bobby Stapp Jr. and wife, Penny, of Throckmorton, Tank Stapp and wife, Christy, of Chico and Rubin Stapp of Runaway Bay; daughter Charla DeLa Garza and husband, Michael, of Lutz, Fla.; mother Lucille Butcher Smiling of Tampa; sisters Susan Dunn, Charlene Ward, Jackie Brown and Tina Rodriguez, all of Tampa; grandchildren Kaylea Harris and husband, Ethan, Joshua Stapp, Taylor Stapp, Kourtnee Stapp, Brittany Soriano, Kristopher DeLa Garza, Allek Stapp, Andrew Stapp, Amaily Stapp, Zackary Stapp, Bryar Stapp, Randi Stapp and Hagen Stapp.

Stephens, Helen Elizabeth Christine Caldwell | 1920-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Helen Elizabeth Christine Caldwell Stephens, 95, of Boyd, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston with Keith Camp officiating.
Christine was born April 22, 1920, in Copeville. She will be remembered for her love of God, her dedication and devotion to her family and an impish grin that let us all know she was ready for mischief. Christine lived history, always ready with a story from her life as she bore witness to the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and her travels as a war-time bride during World War II.
She was an administrative supervisor of admissions at Parkland Hospital, in Dallas and was working there the day President Kennedy was assassinated. Her vision and insight, on the world both past and present, will be held close to our hearts and deeply missed.
Christine was preceded in death by her mother and father, Maybelle Denton and John Bryant Caldwell; brothers JT Caldwell, George Caldwell, Bill Caldwell and Dick Caldwell; son Eldridge Grant “Dunner” Fincher Jr.; and by Danny Harrison, husband of surviving granddaughter Amy Harrison and father to great-granddaughter Helen Elizabeth “Betsy” Harrison of Galveston.
Christine is survived by her daughter, Cindy Jennings of Boyd; grandson Trey and wife, Sandy Gannon, with their children Cayla Brooke, Abigail Rose, Rebekah Laurel and Rachel Dawn of Bluff Dale; granddaughter Jessica with husband, Andrew Stephens, of Haslet; granddaughters Gay Brand Pollard and Mollie Brand Hatten; her friend and caretaker Donna Bombonati of Boyd; brother Jack Caldwell; sister Dorothy Tate; and many more grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Stephenson-Peterson, Glennell Annette ‘Sissy’ | 1971-2016
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Glennell Annette “Sissy” Stephenson-Peterson, 44, of Newark, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Fort Worth. Cremation services were held March 29.
Glennell was born May 6, 1971, in Stephenville to Walter A. Stephenson Sr. of Springtown and Glenda Jo Voss of Burnett.
Glennell was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, wife, aunt and sister-in-law. She was always determined to do things her way. Family meant everything to her, and she loved her Lord.
Glennell worked for Durham Transportation and was a job coach for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD where she worked with special needs children for years.
She was preceded in death by her mother; maternal grandfather, Charlie Moore of Chico; maternal grandmother, Joann Johnson of Coolidge; paternal grandmother, Christine Joy Wright of Newark; and paternal grandfather, Arville Eugene Stephenson of Van Buren, Ark.
Glennell is survived by her father and stepmother, Walter and Keitha Stephenson; husband William Peterson; daughter Megan Bradshaw and husband, Devon; grandchildren Axel and Lilian; siblings Walter “Pewee” A. Stephenson Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Fort Worth and Christina Jo Horn and husband, Rob, of Azle; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stinson, Frances ‘Lucille’ | 1926-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Frances “Lucille” Stinson, 90, of Sadler died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Plano.
Funeral was Aug. 16 at West Sherman Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Wood officiating. Burial followed at Sadler Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Christofer Hughes, Ashton Tribble, Breton Tribble, Brandon Rhine, Colby Jackson and Kevin Garbacik.
Lucille was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Gunter to David Edward and Annie Lucille (Griffin) Doggett. She married Billy Jack Stinson May 13, 1974, in Sherman.
Lucille retired from M&P Bank in Sherman after many years of service. She was a member of West Sherman Baptist Church and was a fantastic cook and loved to garden. Lucille was a loving wife, mom and grandma.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by her son, Ralph Edward Tribble of Decatur; grandchildren Brian Edward Tribble and wife, Christi, of Decatur and Kimberly Elaine Hughes of Decatur; great-grandchildren Christofer K. Hughes, Lauren Paige Rhine and husband, Brandon, Brian Ashton Tribble and Breton Lane Tribble; and great-great-grandchildren Carter and Ember Rhine and Gavin Tribble.
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Stockton, John Wayne | 1947-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016
John Wayne Stockton, 69, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Dallas.
Graveside service was Feb. 4 at Alvord Cemetery.
Mr. Stockton was born Jan. 24, 1947, in Alvord to J.C. and Clarice (Huggins) Stockton. He was a mechanic, specializing in diesel repair.
Mr. Stockton was preceded in death by his daughter, Brandi Kay Stockton.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Stockton; sons John Michael Stockton and Jackie Wade Stockton; daughter Misty Dawn Stockton; brother Michael Stockton; and granddaughter Kaidence Walker.

Stokes, Earl | 1939-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Earl was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Bridgeport to Morris and Augie (Gober) Stokes. He owned and operated Stokes Construction until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Jr. Stokes and Mickey Stokes.
He is survived by his son, Todd Stokes of Krum; daughter Lori Rajala and husband, Dr. Bruce Rajala, of McKinney; grandchildren Logan Gallamore, Carter Stokes, Kennedy Stokes, Paris Rajala, John Rajala and Christopher Rajala; sisters Doris Green and Judy Carlton; brother Mike Stokes; and other family members and friends.

Stovall, Renee Norwood | 1962-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
Renee “Nae Nae” Norwood Stovall, 54, of Weatherford, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 in Fort Worth.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Renee was born on Jan. 12, 1962, to William and Joyce (Leatherman) Norwood in San Angelo. She married Raymond Stovall on Feb. 16, 2009, in Weatherford. Renee was a member of North Main Church of God in Weatherford. She was a member of Sons of God Prison Ministry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Christopher Neil Kelly.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Stovall of Weatherford; son, Matthew Kelly and wife Amanda of Granbury; stepson W.T. Kelly III of Weatherford; daughter-in-law Shawn Bostick of Weatherford; sister Wendy Sosa and husband Warren of Chico; granddaughter Rilyn Kelly; grandson Brantley Kelly; mother-in-law Dana Stovall and father-in-law Williard Stovall; sisters-in-law, Theresa Stovall and Lori Stovall; brother-in-law Curt Stovall; nieces Emily Thurman and husband Zack, Sierra Champ and husband Ryan; great niece Makenna Rhodes; lifelong friend Tammy Huddleston and other family members and a host of friends.

Stroud, Dennis Lee | 1953-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dennis Lee Stroud, 63, of Sanger, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the First Christian Church in Denton. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.
Dennis was born Feb. 5, 1953, in Ganado to Arthur and JoAnn Stroud. He married Nancy Croix June 29, 2002, in Manvel.
Dennis graduated from Alvin High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s at East Texas State University. He was the girls’ basketball and tennis coach at Slidell High School. Dennis also taught and coached at Trenton ISD, Boles ISD, Cumby ISD and Lone Oak ISD.
Dennis was preceded in death by his sister, Jody Armstrong; and his brother, Jason Stroud.
He is survived by his wife; sister Barbara Kreuzer Cook; daughters Leigh Ann Hoffman and husband, Jay, of Lone Oak and Stacie Stroud of Anson; sons Chad Stroud and wife, Jane, of Lone Oak; Kevin Stroud and wife, Kim, of Rockport; and grandchildren Jimeray, Bryce, Nicholas, Samuel, Kayla, Kade and Ryder.

Swinney, H.D. | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
H.D. Swinney, 74, of DeRidder, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in his residence with his family by his side.
Funeral is 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, at Temple Baptist Church in DeRidder with the Rev. Frank Ott Jr. officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Fort Polk Honor Guard.
Burial will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of White Oaks Funeral Home in Oakdale.
Visitation is at Temple Baptist Church 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Pallbearers are James Nash, Robert Giles Jr., Blake Rodriguez, Brittany VanWinkle, Cody Brown and Chris Gibbs.
Honorary pallbearers are Curtis Giles and Alan Fee.
H.D. was born Feb. 1, 1942, in Paradise to Cody Lewis Swinney and Mary Gladys Minor Swinney. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church and served in the United States Marine Corps and Texas National Guard.
H.D. was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing, carving and woodworking. He loved to cook for his family and to make his famous apple pies.
H.D. was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Deloris Swinney of DeRidder; sons Ray Johnson and wife, Chris Madwell of Portland, Ore., and David Wayne Johnson of DeRidder; daughters Alicia Motley and husband, Mike, of Azle, Elizabeth Swinney and husband, Curtis Murphy, of Azle and Toni Giles and husband, Robert Giles Sr. of DeRidder; brother Jimmy Nall of Dallas; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Tackel, Ellon Faye | 1921-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ellon Faye Tackel, 94, of Paradise, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was June 21 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Matt Tackel, Wes Partin, Brandon Young, Wyatt Tackel, Danny Taylor and Clayton Taylor.
Faye was born July 1, 1921, in Paradise to Tom and Virginia “Golaz” Kaker. She married William A. Tackel April 12, 1941, in Bridgeport. He preceded her in death March 12, 1973.
Faye was a member of The First Christian Church in Paradise. She loved watching and coaching the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks.
Faye was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter Sandra Tackel; son Danny Tackel; daughter-in-law Ruth Tackel; her brothers and sisters, Garner Kaker, Lomas Kaker, Orlin Kaker, Velma Harris, Zeta Smith, Marie Fitzgerald, Dora Shephard and Melvin Kaker.
She is survived by her sons, David Tackel and wife, Carol, of Fort Worth, Ronnie Tackel of Paradise, Billy Tackel and wife, Karen, of Paradise and Clinton Tackel and wife, Donna, of Paradise; daughter Sherri Stockton and husband, Mike, of Bridgeport; grandchildren DeAnn, Jarrod, Chasiti, Wes, Matt, Whitnee, Brandon and Wyatt; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Mildred Wiest of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law Emma Dean Beaty, Betty Tackel and Audrey Russell; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Tackel, William Elton ‘Sonny’ | 1944-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016

William Elton ‘Sonny’ Tackel, 71, of Bridgeport died Friday, March 25, 2016, after a battle with kidney cancer.
Sonny requested no funeral or memorial service. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Sonny was born June 25, 1944, to Glen Albert and Lena Mae (McEntire) Tackel. He lost both parents to cancer. Glen died in 1981 and Lena in 1991.
In his youth, Sonny did custom farming, broke horses, worked in the oil field, at the rock crusher and at General Dynamics. While serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, he married local girl Suzanne “Sue” Daugherty. Together they started a dairy east of Bridgeport and milked cows for more than 25 years. Later they changed over to a stocker cow-calf operation.
Sonny always tried to deal fairly with people. He cherished his family, friends, animals and farm. He will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue; daughter Diane Russell and husband, Carl; and a 14-year-old grandson, Kirby.

Tackett, Ester Bell | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ester Bell “Pretty Mamma” Tackett, 83, of Decatur, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 3 at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. James Hurst and Jeff Tackett officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robbie Wooley, Matthew Wooley, Shane Tackett, James Levingston Tackett, Smitty Grubbs, Anthony Delgado, Tony Gibbs Tackett and Casey Tackett.
Honorary pallbearers were Carl David Tackett and Kennith Earl McCauley.
Ester was born Nov. 13, 1932, in Boyd to David and Letha (Read) Smith. She married Silas Marion Tackett March 2, 1951, in Boyd. Ester was a member of the Abundant Life Worship Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas, on May 17, 1997; daughter Kathryn Gaskill Delgado; son Ricky Wayne Tackett; great-grandson Jonathan Simpson; parents; and sisters Viola Wilson, Ruby Vincent and Eva Mae Burgess.
Ester is survived by her daughters, Marlene Wooley and husband, Bill, of Boyd and Beverly Grubbs and husband, Garry, of Boyd; sons Steve Tackett and wife, Connie, of Paradise, Rocky Tackett and wife, Margaret, of Paradise and Mike Tackett and wife, Carla, of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; sisters Margie Bell and husband, Bo, of Granbury and Lizzie Clark of Bedford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Taylor, Shirley Joann | 1947-2016
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Shirley “Mommy-O” Joann (Gregory) Taylor, 68, of Decatur, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at home.
Memorial service was May 24 at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating.
Shirley was born Nov. 29, 1947, in Spur to Claud E. Sr. and Dorothy Lillian Gregory. She married James Taylor June 19, 1971, in Muleshoe. She was a homemaker.
Shirley was preceded in death by her father; and stepfather Jack Hodges.
She is survived by her husband; mother Dorothy Hodges of Olton; brother Greg Gregory of Lazbuddie; daughters Dedra Stockton of Decatur, Crystal Lambert of Decatur and Tina Hatfield of Muldrow, Okla.; and son James Paul Taylor of Decatur.

Teague, Patricia Naomi | 1941-2016
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Patricia Naomi Teague, 74, of Newark, died Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Kathren Ferguson officiating.
Pallbearers are Thomas Bedrick II, Christopher Bedrick, Allen Scott, Jesse Bryant, Cameron Kubala, Taylor Kubala, Hunter Kubala, Jerry Howk and Logan Howk.
Honorary pallbearers are Crystal Ewing and Katrina Collins.
Patricia was born June 23, 1941, in Wheatland, Wyo., to Albert and Violet (Howe) Walker. She married Jerald Doyle Teague March 19, 1960, in Denver. Patricia was a member of the River of Life Tabernacle in Centerpoint (Azle). She was owner of Pat’s Sewing and Alterations.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Kimberly Teague; two grandsons; and brothers Albert Walker and Louis “Shorty” Walker.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerald Teague of Newark; daughters Rhonda Bedrick and husband, Thomas, of Newark, Debbie Dixson-Cox and husband, Mark, of Coleman, Patsy Bryant of Irving and Becky Howk and husband, Teddy, of North Pole, Alaska; son Randy Teague and wife, Sabra, of Coleman; grandchildren Crystal, Katrina, Thomas, Christopher, Allen, Jesse, Cameron, Taylor, Hunter, Jerry and Logan; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Bill Walker of Harteville, Wyo.; sister Annie Clayton of Mesquite; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Teate, J. Lamar, Dr. | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dr. J. Lamar Teate, 84, of Paradise, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Born in Moultrie, Ga., in 1932, he grew up in Cordele, Ga. He attended the University of Georgia and worked for the Florida Forest Service.
Lamar spent most of his life in academia starting at Auburn, Ala., then Mississippi State, then North Carolina for his graduate degree. He taught at Wisconsin and Oklahoma State before becoming head of the Forestry Department at Louisiana Tech University from which he retired in 1997.
Lamar moved to Signal Mountain, Tenn., and finally to Paradise in 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and his daughter, Cathy Holton.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline Hall Teate; sons Michael Teate and Stephen Teate and wife, Rosemary; son-in-law Mark Holton; grandchildren Sam, Lauren and Jordan Holton; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Tedrow, Mary Frances | 1925-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mary Frances Tedrow, 90, of Aurora, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was May 3 at the Abundant Life Worship Center of Newark with the Rev. James Hurst officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Frances was born May 11, 1925, in Boyd to Daniel W. and Laura (Harkins) Lockhart. Her hobbies included crafts, crocheting, quilting and traveling.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband D.V. Tedrow; and numerous brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Arnold Tedrow and wife, Karen, Monte Tedrow and wife, Valerie, and Jimmy Tedrow; daughter Frances Elaine Hale; sisters Ruby Jo Inman and Margie Manese; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Tedrow, Wanda Rose | 1940-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wanda Rose Tedrow, 76, of Aurora died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 16 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. James Hurst officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were William Stokes, Edwin Sooter, Keith Cordell, Christopher Stokes, Micah Sudduth, Bobby Tedrow and Sgt. Randy Tedrow, U.S. Air Force. Wanda was born March 16, 1940, in Fort Worth to Raymond and Kathryn (Gillmam) Haston. She married Warren V. Tedrow March 14, 1959, in Fort Worth. Wanda was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rhome.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.V. “Ted” Tedrow; her parents; and her sister, Ann Carpenter.
She is survived by her sons, Steven Tedrow and wife, Gail, of Aurora, Danny Tedrow and wife, Dyana, of Fort Worth and Johnny Tedrow and wife, Julie, of Aurora; grandchildren Bobby, Randy, Christian and Zoie; great-grandchildren Cambria, Whitney and Alex; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tharp, Christine | 1936-2016
Published Saturday, October 15, 2016

Christine Tharp, 80, of Bridgeport died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the United Pentecostal Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Mike Wiltcher officiating. Burial will follow at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, before the service. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Christine was born March 4, 1936, in Wichita Falls to Willie L. and Maggie (Abbott) Daniel. She worked for more than 10 years at Bridgeport High School as a para-professional, working with special needs children. A gracious and giving soul, she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and church family.
Christine is survived by her husband of 34 years, John; children J., Diane and Debbie; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thelander, Brandy Lee Daiker | 1981-2016
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brandy Lee Daiker Thelander, 35, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Dallas.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Bethel Cemetery with the Rev. Steven Bernard officiating.
Brandy was born June 9, 1981, in Bridgeport, to Curtis and Katherine (Crawford) Daiker. She married Joseph Thelander Nov. 5, 2007, in Nocona. She was a homemaker.
Brandy was preceded in death by her grandparents; and her uncle, Mikel Jackson.
She is survived by her husband; sons Landon Daiker and Joseph Thelander Jr.; her parents; and friends.

Thomason, Bonnie Lou Provence | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bonnie Lou Provence Thomason, 74, of Plano, formerly of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Funeral was March 25 at Prestonwood Faith Chapel at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bonnie was born July 10, 1941, in Fort Worth to Charles Provence and Oleta Moorehead Provence. She was their second daughter. They made their home in Amarillo. Bonnie graduated from Amarillo High and then attended Southwestern Assemblies of God College. She married Curtis Thomason Jan. 29, 1960.
Bonnie looked forward to visits and outings with her sister, children, grandchildren, in-laws and friends. She was a caring mother and grandmother. Her laughter was infectious.
Bonnie had the best time improvising songs on the piano, organ and accordion. She dedicated her talents and skills to playing Christian hymns and bringing joy to others and honor to God. She loved all things beautiful and was grateful for all God had given her. Her love was evident to all through her smile, kind words and generosity.
Through her life, she shared God’s love with all who came into contact with her.
Bonnie is survived by daughters Brenda Carter of Richardson and Becky Thomason of Dallas; son Barry Thomason and wife, Kelly, of Lewisville; grandchildren Cody Thomason, Eric Carter, Christopher Carter and Jenna Thomason; and sister Peggy Fowler.

Thompson, Carolyn J. | 1944-2016
Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Carolyn J. Thompson, 72, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Paul Harris officiating.
Carolyn was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Palo Pinto to Sidney and Blanche (Hardaway) Wharton. She married Joe Long, who preceded her in death in July of this year. Carolyn was an entrepreneur and a member of Northside Baptist Church in Mineral Wells.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Tommy Wharton; sisters Peggy Tutt and Bonnie Pond; and great-grandchild Logan Tubb.
She is survived by daughters Yvonne Gulick of Granbury, Elizabeth Clendennen and husband, Allen, of Bridgeport, Elaine Cooper of Mineral Wells and Denise Dempsey and husband, Charley, of Bridgeport; sons Eddie Tubb of Vernon and Grady Thompson and wife, Shannon, of Springtown.
She is also survived by stepdaughter Jennifer Long of Atlanta; stepson Josh Long of Atlanta; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Teddy Cook and wife, Annie, of Lewiston, Idaho; her heartfelt son, Terry Burton of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Thompson, Duane D. | 1932-2016
Published Saturday, July 23, 2016

Duane D. Thompson, 83, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in San Angelo.
Graveside memorial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Duane was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Clarion, Penn., to Donald and Esther Thompson. He married Alma Ruth Lewis Oct. 23, 1954, while stationed in Wichita Falls. He served his country with distinction for 28 years at bases in Texas, Libya, Florida, Bermuda and Korea. He was a retired Senior Master Sergeant and administrator of the Goodfellow Air Force Base Clinic in San Angelo. After retiring from the Air Force, he began a second career in administration for Shannon Hospital.
He enjoyed working on vehicles, carpentry and leathercraft.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Allen.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years; brother Ray Thompson and wife, Betty, of Chandler, Ariz., sisters Sara Siebert and husband, Robert, of Ocala, Fla., and Linda Best and husband, Gerald, of Knox, Penn.; sons John Thompson and wife, Janice, of Garland and Joe Thompson of College Station; granddaughters Pamela Walling and husband, Jay, Amy Checkeye, Jenna Brown and husband, Swayze and Julia Thompson; great-grandchildren Kymbrea, Maegan, Judson, Justin and P.J.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of San Angelo (HOSA) or a favorite charity.

Thompson, Harvey L. | 1926-2016
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Harvey L. Thompson, 90, of Portland, died Friday, June 24, 2016, in Portland.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Harvey was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Willow Point to Arthur Logan and Bertha Ova Lee (Gully) Thompson. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1944. Harvey graduated from Del Mar College and attended Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
He served at the age of 18 as a cavalry soldier in the United States Army during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations. He was involved in the retaking of Burma, was awarded four Asiatic Pacific Campaign stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.
Following his discharge, Harvey returned and married Wanda Mann, a girl from his high school. In the late 1940s, he became foreman of the shipping department in the bricks industry and worked through the 1940s to the middle of the 1960s near Mineral Wells. In 1966, he became an independent landman contracting to electric companies in the southwest and northeast United States.
In 1974, he came to Portland and worked the next 23-and-a-half years for Natural Gas Pipeline Co. Harvey was a master Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Parkdale Baptist Church.
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virgie Kee and Dovie Allen; and brothers Durward Arthur Thompson and Rayford Percy Thompson.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Sandra Kay Hensley of Hurst and Jill Ann Tipton and husband, Ross, of Corpus Christi; granddaughter Gina Renee Scott and husband, Danny, of Hurst; great-grandson Jack Hamilton Scott of Hurst; sister Angie Ilene Allen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Thompson, James Garfield ‘Big Jim’ | 1938-2016
Published Saturday, October 8, 2016

James “Big Jim” Garfield Thompson, 77, of Alvord, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Decatur Funeral Home.
Jim was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Decatur to J.W. and Dessie Mae Thompson. He married Blanch Cushman Aug. 20, 1959. She preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 1970. He married Rosie Moody McDaniel Dec. 13, 1978.
Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. He worked for Wise County Public Works until he retired. Grandchildren were very important to Jim, and he loved them dearly. He had a love of cooking and enjoyed reading cookbooks and looking at recipes. One of his greatest pleasures was the ability to make people laugh.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Blanch; parents; sister Jeanette; and brother Lee Wayne.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie; daughters Jerri Thompson, Sherri Counts and Tish Wright; sons Jim Thompson Jr. and Billy McDaniel; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; his especially dear friends Scott Craft, Kenneth Caldwell, David Souther, Tom Goode and John Norcross; and numerous other family members and friends.

Thompson, Johnnie Wayne | 1946-2015
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Johnnie Wayne Thompson, 69, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Jan. 5 at Springtown Cemetery in Springtown with Gene Thompson officiating.
Johnnie was born June 17, 1946, in Weatherford to John and Ruth (Gilbreath) Thompson. He married Linda Sue Holder March 2, 1977, in Springtown.
Johnnie retired as a fieldsman after 25 years with American Milk Producer Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda Thompson of Decatur; daughter Christie Hasty; sons Jackie Thompson, Ryan Thompson, Randy Ellison and Robin Ellison; grandchildren Ty, Taylor, Jered, Justin, Laken, Tristan, Rachel and Nathan; brother Lonnie Thompson and wife, Vickie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Thompson, Lillian Vivian Grooms | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lillian Vivian Grooms Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Dewayne Burgess, Dace Grooms, John Thompson, Mitch Thompson, Glenn Groves and John Randall Dawson.
Lillian was born May 3, 1942, in Justin to John Franklin and Raney (Brunson) Grooms.
She became complete on Nov. 9, 1957, when she married the love of her life, Thuron Ray “Tom” Thompson, in a simple ceremony in Fort Worth. She spent her early years in Justin but was mainly raised in Chico. She moved to Bridgeport in 1957 where she resided until her death. Lillian found Christ at an early age and served Him her entire life. She was a Southern Baptist and member of Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She raised her four children in a loving, Christian home.
Lillian was kind, loving and sweet-natured. She started her career as a great housewife and mother. Her second career was as a seamstress at Sue Ann Fabrics in Bridgeport and Haggar Slacks in Bowie. Her last and favorite career was as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Decatur. She was known as “Ms. Lillian.” All who knew her loved her.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years; daughter MaryLee Thompson; her mother and father; stepfather John Mara; mother-in-law and father-in-law; sister Geneva Dawson; brother Jalmer Ray Grooms; and brothers-in-law Curt Cowley and Bennie Dickinson.
She is survived by her daughter, Cara Ann Thompson of Bridgeport; sons Thuron Ray Thompson Jr. of Weatherford and Melvin Wayne Thompson and wife, Pamela, of Euless; grandson Terrence Christopher Lightfoot and wife, Montse, of North Richland Hills; great-grandsons Christopher and Tyler; sisters Gussie Marie Groves and husband, R.L., of Chico, Nancy Cowley Dickinson of Chico and Yvonne Burgess and husband, Scott, of Chico.
She is also survived by brother Eugene Grooms and wife, Willine, of Crafton; sister-in-law Chris Grooms of Fort Worth; brother-in-law Donald Thompson and wife, Linda, of Plano; sister-in-law Lee Roy Pettit of Laplace, La.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Thompson, Mary Allene | 1927-2016
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mary Allene Thompson, 88, of Paradise died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Paradise.
Funeral was Feb. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Paradise with the Revs. David Kelly and Robert Owensby officiating. Burial followed at Friendship Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tim Matheus, Dale Barkley, Allen Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Blake Matheus and Jeff Gilmore.
Honorary pallbearers are the Rev. Mark Autry and Jerry Swindell.
Allene was born June 7, 1927, in Keeter to John and Mary (Hays) Jackson. She married Marvin A. Thompson in 1946. They were married for 59 years until he died in 2005.
Allene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise and was a past matron of the Boyd Chapter 897, Order of the Eastern Star.
Allene retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 48 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Marvin A. Thompson.
Allene is survived by her son, Dr. Max Thompson and wife, Kerry, of Banquete; grandsons Allen Thompson of Minnetonka, Minn., and Kevin Thompson of Midland; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Tidwell, Randy Lynn, Sr. | 1956-2016
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Randy Lynn Tidwell Sr., 60, of Chico, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Chico.
A private service will be held.
Randy was born April 30, 1956, in Fort Worth to Billy and Helen (Mitchell) Tidwell. He worked in oilfield services. Randy served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the United Brothers Motorcycle Club.
Randy was preceded in death by his father; and his brother, Tony Tidwell.
He is survived by sons Christopher Tidwell and wife, Michelle, of Sunset and Randy Tidwell Jr. of Alvord; daughter Kelly Martin and husband, Parris, of Alvord; his mother, Helen Tidwell Clark of Decatur; grandchildren Brett, William and Jacob Martin and Laramie and Isabelle Tidwell; brothers Dennis Tidwell and wife, Leesa, of Boyd and Larry Tidwell and wife, Susan, of New Braunfels; sister Peggy Jernigan of Boyd; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ting, Kwei Se | 1941-2016
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kwei Se Ting, 75, of Decatur, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Decatur.
Visitation was July 26 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Kwei was born July 1, 1941, in China. She married Tze Ming Ting in 1967 in Taiwan. Kwei retired from Decatur High School as a custodian.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years; daughters Hsiao Ching Ting and Linda Ting; son David L. Ting; sister-in-law Meiwen Brannan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tinney, Winna Dawn ‘Windy’ | 1969-2016
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016

Winna “Windy” Dawn Tinney, 47, of Azle, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denton.
Funeral was Feb. 11 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Don Dobbs officiating. Burial followed at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.
Pallbearers were Quint Ford, Walter Ford, Chris Ford, Wesley Tinney, Allen Tinney and Tim Null.
Honorary pallbearer was Dillon Tinney Spears.
Windy was born Jan. 14, 1969, to Larry Don and Winna Pearl (Stevens) Tinney in Azle. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Poolville.
Windy was preceded in death by her father, Larry Don Tinney; her grandparents, Pearl and Walter Stevens and Sylvia and Arthor Tinney.
She is survived by her parents, Winna and stepfather Bill Tinney of Poolville; children Dillon Tinney Spears and Carley Jade Tinney Spears; sister April Michelle Simmons of Poolville; brother William Tinney of Springtown; and aunts, uncles, numerous nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Tolbert, Frankie Laura | 1934-2016
Published Saturday, October 8, 2016

Frankie Laura Tolbert, 82, of Decatur, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at First Baptist Church in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Phillip Askey, Stephen Wren, Ryan Cunnius, Frank Maxwell, Robert Roose and Alan Sessions.
Honorary pallbearers are Rusty Tolbert, Tyler Tolbert and Marshall Fox.
Frankie was born Jan. 25, 1934, in Alvord to Frank and Viola (Milligan) Crista. She retired from Poco Graphite where she was a secretary for more than 20 years. Frankie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Dottie Boring.
Frankie is survived by her sons, James Tolbert and wife, Tammy, and Frank Tolbert and wife, Patty, all of Decatur; grandchildren Jamie Silver and husband, Brien, Tyler Tolbert, Trisha Ratliff and husband, Derrick, and Rusty Tolbert and wife, Kathy; great-grandchildren Kallie, Xander, Aurora, Raelinn and Brody; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Trammell, Bennie ‘Karo’ | 1949-2016
Published Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bennie “Karo” Trammell, 66, of Haltom City, formerly of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Richland Hills.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Bennie was born on July 21, 1949 to Bennie W. and Dorothy (Ryan) Trammell in Bridgeport. He married Suzanne Prickett on Sept. 21, 2000 in Fort Worth. Bennie was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport and was a self-employed auto mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Prickett Trammell of Haltom City; son, Chad Trammell and wife, Kristi, of Paris; stepson, Rusty Prickett of Haltom City; granddaughters, Madison, Mary Claire and Katherine Trammell; step-grandchildren, Hannah Titlow and Shawn Prickett.
Also his brother, Danny Trammell and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport; niece, Whitney Goines and husband, Sherman, of Bridgeport; nephew, Steve Trammell and wife, Judy, of Bridgeport; and numerous other family members and friends.

Trent, Mildred Anne | 1925-2016
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mildred Anne Trent, 90, of Sand Springs, Okla., died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla.
Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish-Mannford, 204 E. 4th St., in Mannford, Okla.
Mildred Anne Schulte was born Sept. 25, 1925, in New Blaine, Ark. As a young adult, she worked as an insurance administrative assistant in Little Rock, Ark., and Tulsa, Okla. She married Richard Trent Sept. 25, 1954. They were married 42 years and raised four children.
Later in life, Mildred spent 25 years in various roles with the Subiaco Abby and Academy, in Subiaco, Ark., before retiring to enjoy traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She also lived several years in Decatur.
Mildred lived her life a devout Christian and servant of the Lord. She was always willing to help and serve others through volunteer work. She was a blessing to everyone she met.
Mildred was known as “Manu” by her grandchildren and dear loved ones. She was the happiest and sweetest grandmother they could ask for.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.
Mildred is survived by her children, Brad Trent and wife, Becky, of Fort Worth, Jennifer Conway and husband, Gregg, of Sand Springs, Okla., Bruce Trent and wife, Norma, of Charleston, S.C., and Anne Lloyd and husband, Patrick, of Trophy Club; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Coury House Retreat Center, 405 N. Subiaco Ave., Subiaco, AR, 72895.

Trussell, Larry Dee | 1957-2016
Published Saturday, July 9, 2016

Larry Dee Trussell, 58, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was July 6 at DFW National Cemetery.
Larry was born Nov. 25, 1957, in Fort Worth to L.D. and Billie Faye (Miller) Trussell. He married Jessie Ruth Herron Feb. 15, 1989, in Fort Worth.
Larry was a classic car enthusiast with a wealth of knowledge in auto mechanics. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his father; and sister Sharon Plunkett.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years; daughters Alicia M. Hilton and husband, George, and Ashley Harris; son Clayton D. Trussell and wife, Hailey; four grandchildren; mother Billie Faye Miller; sisters Barbara Siebert and husband, Kevin, Brenda Bark of Arizona, and Laura Black of Liberty City; brother Joe Lanning; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Tucker, Jean | 1935-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Jean Tucker, 81, of Paradise, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
Funeral is 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Stoneburg.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet.
Jean loved spending time with her family and friends and attending church anytime she was able.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Tucker; daughter Janice Russell; granddaughter Dedrah Phelps; great-grandchildren C.J. Phelps and Alyssa Phelps; sister Margie Baker; and brother Wayne Luttrell.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Hanson and husband, Russell; son Jimmy Tucker and wife, Angie; brothers Kenneth Luttrell and wife, Sabra, Marvin Luttrell and wife, Debbie and Melvin Luttrell; sister Juawanna Atkins and husband, Jerry; grandchildren Ronnie Russell, Ralena Whitten, James Piper, Eric Tucker, Jeff Tucker and Laura Estel; and great-grandchildren Sarah, Elizabeth, Davin, Jordan, Payton, Jenna, Jake, Mason and Logan.

Turner, Chad Alan | 1979-2016
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chad Alan Turner, 36, of Williamsport, Penn., died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.
Memorial service was Sept. 5 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Chad was born Oct. 18, 1979, in Plano to Wesley Adrian and Kimberly Wilder Turner. He was then raised in Chico, where his parents moved shortly after their second son was born. Chad was an active boy who from an early age enjoyed football, video games and playing with his brothers.
Chad graduated Chico High School in 1998 and shortly after joined the U.S. Army. He served for three years as an army specialist. This was something he was extremely proud of as was his family. After being honorably discharged, Chad became a certified electrician and this later landed him a job with Chief Oil and Gas. Chad was a foreman and supervisor at his job where he was able to provide valuable insight to the industry.
Chad enjoyed golf, vacationing with his friends, J.D. and Wendell, and enjoying a good night out with co-workers and friends.
Chad was taken away way too early and his generous heart and contagious smile will be missed.
He is survived by his parents; brothers Jeffrey Adrian Turner and wife, Kelli, of Ponder and Kyle Wesley Turner of Denton.

Turrell, Velma | 1930-2016
Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
Velma Turrell, 86, of Newark, died Friday, April 8, 2016, in Newark.
No service will be held at this time.
Velma was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Elm Mott to Jessie and Bessie (Todd) Kelsey. She married Donald Turrell in Yuma, Ariz. Velma worked as a store clerk.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald; and sister Ivy White Robinson.
Velma is survived by her sons, Charles Turrell of Newark, Jess Turrell and wife, Dovie, of Yuma and Vern Turrell of Newark; granddaughter Christy Dawn Turrell of Phoenix; great-grandchildren Jessica, Jeremy, Marcella and Janieca; nieces Dolores Ranta of Haslet and Della Godfrey of Haslet; nephew Joe Robinson of Houston; and other family members and friends.

Underwood, Albert | 1937-2016
Published Saturday, July 9, 2016

Albert Underwood, 79, of Newark, died Monday, July 4, 2016, in Justin.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Albert was born May 7, 1937, in Logan, N.M., to Elvie and Ruth (Goldsmith) Underwood. He married Ruby Anderson Oct. 1, 1955, in Weatherford. He owned Newark Feed Store.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ruby Underwood; sons Joe Underwood and Albert Underwood II; sister Elvie Bryant; and brother Charlie Underwood.
He is survived by his son, Gary Underwood and wife, Sherry, of Newark; daughter Naomi Landry and husband, David, of Suwanee, Ga; grandchildren Stacey Chalmers and husband, Craig, Gary “BB” Underwood II, Christopher Landry and wife, Melanie, and Michael Albert Landry; great-granddaughter Emma Rose Underwood; sisters Carolyn Bartee and Ellen Fennell; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Van Hoose, Bobby Ray ‘Ozzy’ | 1962-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bobby Ray (Ozzy) Van Hoose, 54, of Bridgeport died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Steven Azzara officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Kirk Green, David O’Dell, Larry Starnes, Billy Perry, Kevin St. John and Scott Huckabee.
Honorary pallbearers are Terry Leverette and Tony Lane.
Bobby was born July 30, 1962, in Bridgeport to Raymond and Glenda Van Hoose. He worked in the water well service business.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Vernon and Jessie Van Hoose and Ira and Guyla Morgan.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elisa (Story) Van Hoose; sons Chad Wolfe and wife, Natasha, of Mississippi, and Harley Ray Van Hoose of Bridgeport; daughters Jennifer Carter and husband, Brandon, of Carrollton, Patricia Gieson and Brandon of Weatherford and Blue Jean Mitchell and husband, John, of Chico.
Other survivors include his parents, Raymond and Glenda Van Hoose of Bridgeport; sister Brenda Russell and husband, Carl; adopted daughter Catherine Cheves of San Angelo; and grandchildren Shawn-Maree, Noah, Aden, and Rylan Wolfe, Paige and Aubrey Carter, Sawyer Gieson, Sterling Mills, Pandora Mitchell and Lily and Chloe Van Hoose.

Vanderslice, Tammy | 1970-2016
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tammy Vanderslice, 46, of Canyon Lake, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in New Braunfels, of heart problems while waiting for bypass surgery.
Graveside service was June 8 at Sardis Cemetery in Comanche with the Rev. Wes Spry officiating.
Pallbearers were Kyle Thornton, Chance Vanderslice, Charles Myers, Brodie Nebben, Richard Reddick and Trae Lutrell.
Tammy was born May 18, 1970, in Stephenville to Robert Larry and Barbara (Graham) Vanderslice. She graduated from Paradise High School. She loved her family and was a very caring person.
Tammy was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her fianc , Charles Myers; parents JR and Barbara Lamance; son Kyle Thornton; daughters Haley Nebben, Ashley Myers, Kyla Myers and Marissa Myers; brothers Rodney Vanderslice, Terrell Thompson, Johnny Lamance and Darrell Lamance; and grandchildren Riley, Weston, Karson, Scarlett, Cyrus, Audrey and Bryson.

Vazquez, Rosa | 1941-2016
Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
Rosa Vazquez, 75, of Decatur, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Denton.
Service was July 2 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery.
Rosa was born Feb. 6, 1941, in Mexico to Juan Vazquez and Ignacia Rodriguez.
Rosa was preceded in death by her parents; and son Juan Vazquez.
She is survived by her son, Miguel Vazquez, of Decatur; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Waggoner, Arthur Newton | 1935-2016
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arthur Newton Waggoner, 81, died Friday, June 10, 2016, in Decatur.
Arthur was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Dallas to Arthur Norman and Virginia Lou Pedigo Waggoner. Arthur married his sweetheart, Virginia Arlene Waggoner, March 6, 1953, in Dallas. They were married for 63 years.
Arthur was a graduate of Texas A&M College, Class of 1958. He was a computer scientist and eventually owned his own business, Systems Alliance. He and his wife spent most of their lives in Garland, eventually fulfilling their dream of retiring to Rocky Comfort, Mo. They lived the past two years in Decatur.
Arthur was a lifelong learner who loved to read and discuss a wide variety of topics from politics to science to music. He loved music and played the French horn and piano throughout his life. His children “fondly” remember waking up to the sound of classical music filling their home as Arthur practiced his French horn. He was a performing member of the Bella Vista Arkansas community band.
Arthur also enjoyed gardening and was able to spend many hours at their farm in Missouri gardening and raising cattle and sheep. He had a sarcastic sense of humor that he especially enjoyed with his brother David.
A firm believer in individual rights, Arthur founded the McDonald County Property Rights group, and he successfully led several initiatives to protect property rights in that county.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Charlotte Ann Waggoner.
He is survived by his loving wife; children Robert Waggoner and wife, Debbie, Mark Waggoner and wife, Nancy, and Kathryn (Waggoner) Hoffmeyer and husband, Tom.
Other survivors include his brother, William David Waggoner and wife, Dalta; grandchildren Carrie (Waggoner) Reese and husband, Scotty, Brent Waggoner and wife, Kassia, Andy Waggoner and wife, Kourtney, Jamie Waggoner and Laura Waggoner; and great-grandchild Evelyn Elsie Reese; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at pulmonaryfibrosis.org, or Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1295 Greenwood Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Wakefield, Linda Kay | 1953-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Linda Kay Wakefield, 62, of Decatur, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Wise Health System in Decatur.
No services will be held.
Ms. Wakefield was born Oct. 9, 1953, in Houston to Garland Y. and Neta Bobbit Wakefield. She was a respiratory therapist. She was also a member of Eagle Mountain Church.
Ms. Wakefield is survived by her sister, Jeannine Tobias of Azle.

Walker, Deniece Ann | 1957-2016
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Deniece Ann Walker, 59, of Bowie died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at home.
Memorial service was Aug. 16 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with her son, Thomas Mitchum officiating.
Deniece was born April 16, 1957, in Big Spring to George Vernon and Edna (Thompson) Sneed. She was a homemaker who enjoyed adult coloring, sewing and gardening. She also loved animals, particularly dogs.
She was a 1975 graduate of Bridgeport High School and later worked for several years as a nurse’s aide. Deniece married John Christian Walker July 4, 2004, in Bellevue Baptist Church.
Deniece was preceded in death by her parents, paternal grandparents Morris and Ida Sneed, and maternal grandfather Lawrence Thompson,
She is survived by her spouse of 12 years, John Walker; sons Tim Mitchum and wife, Stefanie, and Thomas Mitchum and wife, Shannon; stepson David Christopher Walker; daughters Cassandra Ann Walker and Jessica Nicole Walker; sister Sherry Pewitt and husband, David; and granddaughter Tifani Hicks.

Walker, Timothy Hamilton | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Timothy Hamilton Walker, 72, of Runaway Bay, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at home.
Visitation was May 22 at McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home in Graham.
Timothy was born June 21, 1943, in Big Spring. He was a retired bulldozer operator.
He is survived by his daughter, Trena Allen and husband, Bobby; sons Heath Groves and wife, Jennifer, Obie Chestnut and wife, Mindy, Rick Subasavage and wife, Tyra, Joe Subasavage and wife, Della, and Brian Subasavage and wife, Kris; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Wanda Williams and husband, Travis, and Bell Smith and husband, Richard.

Wallis, James Leroy | 1942-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

James Leroy Wallis, 74, of Euless, died Monday, July 4, 2016.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst.
James was born June 26, 1942. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, cooking on his grill and working in his yard. He loved his friends, his family, his dog and cat and his pickup truck.
Brenda and Leroy were married Jan. 22, 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; children Roi Wallis, Kimberly and David Fisher, David and Melissa Wallis and Brandie and Bradley Smith; grandchildren Brianna, Kaitlynn and Clayton Smith, William and Lily Wallis, and Olivia and Abigail Fisher; sisters Darla Bowyer and Martha Beard; brother Leon Beard; and many friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or local animal shelter.

Walton, Freddy Lee | 1950-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Freddy Lee Walton, 65, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Randy Carroll officiating.
Freddy was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Waco to Carrol and Maudi (Chaneyworth) Walton. He attended Trinity High School in Euless. Freddy married Jackie Hudgins Feb. 25, 2015, in Decatur. He was a member of the North Euless Baptist Church. Freddy’s granddaughter was the light of his life.
He is survived by his wife; mother Louise Walton of Bedford; daughter Wendy Morton and husband, Tommy, of Fort Worth; granddaughter Riley Morton of Fort Worth; brother Gary Walton and wife, Nita, of Granbury; sisters Kathy Sittig and husband, Ben, of North Richland Hills and Linda Gammill of Bedford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to Texas Cowboys Against Cancer, P.O. Box 132, Ponder, TX 76259 or VFW Post 10374, 13825 Hwy 287, Haslet, TX 76052.

Ward, Kay McKinney | 1941-2016
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kay McKinney Ward, 75, of Bridgeport died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with David Marcum officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Garry Little, Kirk Hollingsworth, John Chilcoat, Zack McKinney, Reece Little and Jordon McKinney.
Kay was born Jan. 14, 1941, in Wellington to James and Edna (Thompson) McKinney. She married George Ward Sept. 3, 1965, in Bunavista. Kay earned her associate’s degree at McLennan Community College in Waco.
Kay was a homemaker and retired bookkeeper. She was active in WMU and a member of Hubbard First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George Ward; and son Jeff Ward.
Kay is survived by her daughters, Kaynetta Little and husband, Garry, of Bridgeport, Tammy Hollingsworth and husband, Kirk, of Coppell; son Mike Ward and wife, Stephanie, of Corinth; and grandchildren Brandi Martin and husband, James, Rachael Ward, Reese Little, Hannah Ward, Molly Hollingsworth, Sarah Ward, Scott Ward and Olivia Ward.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren T.J. Martin and Allyson Martin; brother Bill McKinney and wife, Carol, of San Angelo; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Warner, Audrey Ann | 1931-2016
Published Saturday, May 7, 2016

Audrey Ann Warner, 84, of Arlington, formerly of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Arlington.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
Visitation is at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington with the Rev. Frank Peugh officiating.
Pallbearers are Rick Crowson, John Gilbreath, Westin Warner, Kyle Preston, Adam Warner and Tim Mahoney.
Audrey was born Oct. 26, 1931, in Geary, Okla., to Vane Vilbert and Ruby Irene (Goss) Lovell. She married Gilbert Erwin Warner May 25, 1949, in Bridgeport. Audrey was a member of Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters Yvonne Laycock and Reba Dodd.
She is survived by her sons, Vane E. Warner and wife, Sharon, of Mansfield and Gale Douglas Warner of Arlington; grandchildren Amy Preston and husband, Kyle, Adam Warner and wife, Lindsey, Ericka Gail Warner and Westin Luke Warner; great-grandchildren Liv, Eden and Ava; sister Joy Greene of Arlington; and other family members and friends.

Watkins, Nancy Eileen | 1944-2016
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Nancy Eileen Watkins, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Justin.
Visitation is 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Home in Fort Worth with memorial service following at 1 p.m.
Nancy is survived by her brothers, Robert Crane and wife, Linda, Fred Crane and Jim Crane; son Joseph Watkins; and son-in-law Anthony Dale King; stepdaughter Catherine Watkins-Crane; stepson William Howard Watkins; granddaughter Cody Margarite Crane; great-grandson Christopher Michael Moriarity; brother-in-law Michael Watkins and wife, Helen; nephew Michael Allen Watkins; and niece Anne Marie Watkins.

Watson, Bob | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bob Watson, 73, of Chico died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at his home in Chico.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Dale Watson, Robert Watson, Terry Hand, Craig Moss, Edgar Judd and Craig Barrett.
Bob was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Bridgeport to Carl and Edna (Dickenson) Watson. He married Marcella Barrett April 22, 1971, in Duncan, Okla. Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer 2nd class.
He was a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad and a member of the United Transportation Union Local No. 0243.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Hershel Watson and Gerald Watson.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marcella Watson of Chico; sons Keith Watson and wife, Cindy, of West Point, Miss., and Greg Chung-Jeffers and wife, Maria, of Troy, Mo.; grandchildren Kara, Dawson, Levi, Braun, Reid and Kendyl; sister Joan Norman and husband, Tommy, of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Texas Tech Science Center Office of Development (Keith Watson Endorsement Fund), 3601 4th St., Mail Stop 6238, Lubbock, TX 79430-6238.

Watson, Doris | 1925-2016
Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Doris Watson, 91, of Decatur, died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at The Hills Nursing Home in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Ernie Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jack Meeks, Robbie Meeks, Ronny Reed, Arly Watson, Terry Watson and Cary Watson.
Doris was born Jan. 8, 1925, in Trent to Eula Floy (Cordell) and Lee Roy Meeks. She married Jessie (A.J.) Watson Nov. 19, 1941, in Brownsville. He preceded her in death July 29, 2007.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessie Sharon; granddaughter Tracy McKee; brothers Robert William (R.W.) Meeks, Leroy Meeks and Marvin (Buster) Meeks; and sister Bertie Franklin.
Doris is survived by son Wayne Watson and wife, Fern, of Denison; daughters Cheryl Tackett and husband, Coy, of Bridgeport, Karen Brady of Denton and Darla Strickland and husband, Rick, of Bridgeport; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Joy Meeks and Nettie Mae Watson.

Waymire, Gary | 1946-2016
Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gary Waymire, 69, of Chico, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Chico.
Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Gary was born Dec. 11, 1946, in Festus, Mo., to Raymond and Cora (Wright) Waymire. He married Kathleen Bange Nov. 28, 1970, in Festus. Gary was a hardworking man of integrity. He was a real cowboy and a family man in every sense of the word. He was very supportive of organic farming and ranching, young farmers and the Boy Scouts of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathy Waymire of Chico; son Wes Waymire and wife, Erin, of Justin; daughter Shelly Waymire of Lewisville; grandchildren Ashley Goforth, Kyle Goforth, Will Waymire, Brooke Waymire and Harrison Waymire; sister Jean Decker and husband, Stanley, of Festus; brother Ray Waymire of Arlington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of the following non-profit organizations: First Baptist Church of Alvord Mercy Fund, P.O. Box 25, Alvord, TX 76225; The American Cancer Society of Texas, 2500 Fondren Rd. Suite 100, Houston, TX, 77063 or www.cancer.org; or The Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 280, 5900 Ridgemont Drive, Flower Mound, TX 75028.

Weatherly, Lucille | 1926-2016
Published Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lucille Weatherly, 90, of Chico, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the First Baptist Church in Chico with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Bart Weatherly, Seth Weatherly, Joey Watson, Cameron Weatherly, Ubaldo Garcia, Cody Burdine, Colby Burdine, Ben Burdine, Camden Garcia, Jeremy Polk, Tim Mitchum, Mike Haynes and Jordan Polk.
Lucille was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Bridgeport to George and Bertha Mae (Holt) Easley. She married Harvey Weatherly Sr. Oct. 25, 1943, in Decatur. Lucille was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico and the Chico Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Larry Weatherly; great-granddaughter Addison Weatherly; brother Marion Easley; and sisters Irene Cobb and Novella Denton.
She is survived by her sons, Johnny Weatherly and wife, JoAnn, of Paradise, Harvey Weatherly Jr. and wife, Betty, of Chico and George Weatherly and wife, Kelli, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Stephanie Mitchum and husband, Tim, Angie Watson and husband, Joey, Bart Weatherly and wife, Jo, Seth Weatherly, Cody Burdine and wife, Stephanie, Leah Wood and Sabrina Polk and husband, Jeremy; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Webb, Johnny Carl | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, January 23, 2016

Johnny Carl Webb, 82, of Rhome, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Justin.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Oren Peters officiating.
Johnny was born April 24, 1933, in Atoka County, Okla., to John and Stella (Woods) Webb. He married Lillian Carey Jan. 30, 1953, in Atoka. He retired from the City of Fort Worth Sanitation Department.
Johnny was a member of The River Church in Decatur where he and his wife enjoyed being greeters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Nedra Hash; and brothers Charles Webb and Ronald Webb.
Johnny is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian Webb of Rhome; daughters Diane Clark and husband, James, of Burleson and Michelle Thompson and husband, Jody, of Bellevue; sons Carl Webb of Briar, Tommy Webb of Springtown, Joe Webb and wife, Joyce, of Massachusetts and John Webb and wife, Yvonne, of Paradise; and grandchildren Jeffery Cooper, Amy Cooper, Cory Cooper, Jimmie Thompson, Lanesa Webb, Steven Webb, Douglas Webb and Jason Webb.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Nolen Shaw, Lillian Shaw, Charlie Cooper, Leah Cooper, Zaiden Cooper, Elisa Cooper, Kaydence Crawford, Cameron Webb and Jayden Webb; sisters Katherine Howard and husband, Thomas, of Caddo, Okla., Melba Green of Weatherford, June Peters and husband, Oren, of Weatherford, Pat Taylor of Caney, Okla., Gaile Redden of Atoka and Sharon Gwin of Clairemoore, Okla.; brother Jack Webb of Atoka; and other family members and friends.

Webb, Zechariah Daniel ‘Zac’ | 1983-2016
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Zechariah Daniel “Zac” Webb, 33, of Springtown, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in a Fort Worth hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Springtown Church of Christ. Burial will be at Jaybird Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Biggers Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Zac was born April 19, 1983, in Fort Worth. He was a 2001 graduate of Springtown High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, qualifying for the UIL state track meet as a senior in the 400 meter run. He still holds the school record in that event and had continued to train as a crossfit athlete.
A man of strong Christian faith, Zac was baptized at the Briar Church of Christ as a teenager and was a faithful member of the Springtown Church of Christ.
He graduated in 2006 from the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 146 apprentice school in Fort Worth, as a journeyman pipefitter and welder. He was named Apprentice of the Year during his training and was also a master plumber, a licensed welding inspector and held a mechanical license.
He was a partner and worked as a project manager for Dildy and Associates at one of their largest locations, overseeing new construction at Miller Brewing. He also taught welding in the union’s apprenticeship program.
He was widely respected in his profession for his ability and integrity.
Zac married Lindsey Anderson Aug. 30, 2008, in San Antonio and was an excellent husband, provider and partner.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bo and Helen Webb of Springtown.
Zac is survived by his wife; and their children, Laine, Reagan and Everett, all of Springtown.
Other survivors include his parents, Danny and Cindy Webb of Springtown; sister Dusty Crafton and husband, James, of Boyd; brother Nick Webb and wife, Kate, of Springtown; grandparents Sam and Sue Winkler of Bowie; nephews and nieces Gemma, Eli, Asa and Latham Webb and Knox and Hayes Moses; parents-in-law Paul and Janis Anderson of The Woodlands; sister-in-law Julie Moses and husband, Kevin, of Boerne; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

West, Margaret ‘Maggie’ | 1945-2016
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016

Margaret “Maggie” West, 70, of Rhome, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Arlington.
No services are planned at this time.
Margaret was born Oct. 3, 1945, in Rhome to C.L. and Vinnie (Sims) West. She loved to make people laugh. Maggie also loved to move around. This is a fact to which all of her family can attest. Anyone that has ever eaten her chocolate pie will agree she probably made the best pie in Texas.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, C.L. and Vinnie West; and sisters Winnie Ruth Darter, Berta Mae Milligan and Jeannie Dempe.
She is survived by her daughters, Rene Vaughn of Grand Prairie and Dee Romine and husband, Mike, of Rhome; son Mike Vaughn and wife, Phyllis, of Bowie: three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Billy Franklin West of Bonham; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Weston, James Culver | 1923-2016
Published Saturday, August 13, 2016

James Culver Weston, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Boyd.
Services is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, with J.H. Roper and Lupe Batterton officiating. Burial will follow in Garvin Cemetery in Boyd.
Pallbearers are Joe Lyn Galloway, Lonnie Galloway, Jerry Harrison, Ricky Finley, Richard Norwood, and Mike Flowers. Honorary pallbearer is Leon Colman.
James was born August 12, 1923, in Fort Worth to James Arthur and Mary Obel (Adams) Weston. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, serving as a combat engineer during WWII. James lived in Wise County since 1958 and worked for more than 20 years at Lockheed-Martin in Fort Worth as a tool designer. He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #942 in Fort Worth.
He was a member of the Family Evangel Outreach in Fort Worth and enjoyed raising cattle and horses.
James was preceded in death by his first wife Daisy Lee Dunivan; brother John G. Weston; and sisters Eula Grady, Laurene Read, and Marie Norwood.
He’s survived by his wife Nina Jean (Finley) Weston of Boyd; nephews Richard Norwood and wife Deborah of Hurst, Bill Read, and Jimmy Norwood and wife Saundra, both of Fort Worth; nieces Sue Seals of Round Rock, Shirley Norwood of Hurst, and Janie Garrison; and great-niece Veronica ‘Nikki’ Parkinson and husband Scott.

Weyand, James Allen, Jr. | 1969-2016
Published Saturday, January 9, 2016

James Allen Weyand Jr., 46, of Boyd, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boyd.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
James was born March 4, 1969, in Fort Worth to James and Ester (White) Weyand.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Cassandra Boyd of Fort Worth and Tereasa K. Weyand of Boyd; son Brandon Lee Weyand of Michigan; sisters Jacque Sanders and husband, Chaney, of Newark and Judie Hines and husband, Sidney, of Boyd; granddaughter Raylynn Weyand of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and friends.

White, Geneva Bessie | 1922-2016
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Geneva Bessie White, 94, of Alvord died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Geneva Bessie (Monroe) White was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Chico to Jake and Bessie Monroe. She was the second of five children. Geneva was a homemaker. She loved children and kept many in her home while their moms worked.
Geneva was a graduate of Forestburg High School. She married Paul White of Greenwood June 1, 1941, and a son, Jerry, was born to them Sept. 18, 1942. They spent most of their married life in Plainview and Fritch before moving back to Alvord in August 1977.
At the age of 33 Geneva was born again and became a child of God. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Paul White on March 15, 1987; great-grandson Bo Altier; her parents; and sisters Elsie Sampler, Bula Mae Berry and Louise Howard.
Geneva is survived by her son, Jerry White and wife, Judy, of Davenport, Okla.; brother Jesse Jake Monroe Jr. and wife, Wanda, of Forestburg; brother-in-law Willie Howard of Alvord; and sister-in-law Eva Pearl Smith and husband, Bill, of Kentucky.
She is also survived by grandsons Tom White and wife, Val, of Arlington, John White and wife, Megan, of Shawnee, Okla., Stephen and wife, Stephanie, of Fort Worth, Travis of Davenport, Okla., and Derek White and wife, Christy, of Davenport; great-grandchildren Lauren, Sophie, Isabella, Blayre, Brett, Hallie, Aidan, Audrey, Jake, William, Logan, Ava, Bryson, Jax and Addie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

White, Karen Bryant | 1948-2016
Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Karen Bryant White, 67, of Denton, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Family graveside service was Aug. 2 at the Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
A celebration of life will be held in the near future.
Karen was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Fort Worth to Dr. David and Mildred Bonner Bryant.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Texas in Austin. Karen continued her education and completed her master’s degree in early childhood education. She spent her career as a public school teacher specializing in early childhood development.
Karen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Denton.
She was preceded in death by her father; and brother Dr. David Bryant II.
Karen is survived by her mother, Mildred Bryant of Denton; son Austin White and fianc e, Ana Martinez, of Lewisville; sister Cindy Elder and husband, William; nieces Allison Dickey and husband, Cullen, Lexie Aderhold and husband, Cullen; and great-nephews Warren Dickey and Tripp Aderhold, all of Dallas.
Memorial donations may be made to the Denton Animal Shelter, 3717 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76207.

White, Paula Beth | 1953-2016
Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Paula Beth White, 63, of Alvord, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Chris Dunn officiating.
Paula was born July 14, 1953, in Dallas to Billie Eugene and Mattie (Cook) Hutchison. She worked at James Wood Motors in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Paula is survived by her daughters, Shawna Prater and husband, Mike, and Tracey Austin-Ivy and husband, Brandon, all of Sanger; grandchildren Jarrett, Jake, Candace, Kember, Rosston and Casen; sister Vicki Kimbrough and husband, Gale, of Edgewood; brother Billie “Rusty” Hutchison and wife, Becca, of Maybank; her beloved friends, J.J. Anderson-Meyer and Tim and Tanner Meyer; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation, 701 Bennett Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

White, Velma Lee | 1923-2016
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Velma Lee White, 92, of Decatur, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Velma was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Quanah to Joseph and Leola (Boyd) Campsey. She married Alvin D. White in 1940 in Gainesville. Velma worked for James Woods as a driver for 15 years. She was the youngest of 11 children. Velma was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin White; and her 10 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son, Jerry White of Decatur; grandchildren Talmadge White of Fort Worth, Coy White of California and Crystal White of Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Whitehead, Doug | 1943-2016
Published Saturday, August 6, 2016

Doug Whitehead, 73, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Chico Cemetery.
Phil Ryan, David Walker and Lane Akin are speakers.
Pallbearers are Mike Neagle, Barney Graham, Randy Eyster, Steven Yancey, Wes Hughes, Justin Hunter, Liberty Houston, Steve Stanford, Todd Low and Horace Langford.
Honorary pallbearers are David Walker, Tony Rogers, Randy Singleton, Galen Wiley, Cavin Riggs, John Thompson, Cecil Willis, Anthony Peacock, Jason Evans, Rex Johnson and Scott Stanford.
Doug was born July 1, 1943, in Mineral Wells to Dan and Sherry (Brown) Whitehead. He married Beverly Tindel in 1962 in Ardmore, Okla.
Doug had many achievements through his life. He was a policeman, taught criminal justice classes, was a member of city council in Bridgeport and Chico and was director of public works for Bridgeport. Doug was also a former city administrator for Bridgeport and chief deputy of Wise County. He was involved in the Wise County drug task force and was the lead investigator in the Ricky Lee Green serial killer case. He also served as jail administrator, constable and criminal investigator.
Doug was a cattle rancher and a security coordinator for Hanson, Martin Marietta and TXI.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Sherry Lynn Dale.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters Kim Evans and husband, Jay, of Lake Bridgeport and Keilly Johnson and husband, Rex, of Chico; grandchildren Kristyl Evans, Jason Evans, Haley Evans, Mason Evans and Ethyn Johnson; great-grandchildren Brilee, Makenna and Kinley; sister Dana Whitehead Riggs of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Wilds, Pauline | 1922-2016
Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pauline Wilds, 94, of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 25, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur.
Pauline was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Wichita Falls to William and Callie (Freshour) Bridges. She married Jarvis Sherwood Wilds May 21, 1962, in Winnemucca, Nev. She was a retired waitress and homemaker.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five sisters; and five brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Etter of Orange County, Calif.; son Jerry Ransom and wife, Linda, of Decatur; grandchildren Brian, Brad and Carrie; six great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Wiley, Bobbie J. | 1949-2016
Published Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bobbie J. Wiley, 66, of Chico, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Chico.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Crafton Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Merritt officiating. Burial will follow at Crafton Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Neil Sigsbee, Wesley Sigsbee, B.J. Nerf, Bill Shytle, Leon Moody and Dale Moody.
Honorary pallbearers are James Moody, Jay Throckmorten and Dustin Bell.
Bobbie was born Dec. 29, 1949, in Bridgeport to Jay N. and Alta Elizabeth (Hodge) Wiley. She was a member of the Chico chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star. Bobbie was a corrections officer and member of the Crafton Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Mike Shipp and wife, Brandy, of Madison, Ind., and John Shipp of Bowie; grandson Jackson Ty Shipp; sister Illona Sigsbee of Bowie; nephew Neil Sigsbee and wife, Mary, of Denton; niece Melissa Bell of Bowie; and other family members and friends.

Wilhoit, Calvin ‘Doodles’ | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, August 6, 2016

Calvin “Doodles” Wilhoit, 58, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Aug. 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Glen Connell officiating. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Buddy Harris, Monty Roberts, Gary Emmert, MC Reed, Mike Masterson and William Vanadore.
Honorary pallbearers were Ernie Pinson and Marcus Eubanks.
Doodles was born Feb. 26, 1958, in Jacksboro to Bobby and Barbara (Workman) Wilhoit. He married Vickie Eubanks Dec. 5, 1997, in Decatur. Doodles was a drilling consultant. He was a member of Balsora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his dad; and grandparents Calvin and Ester Workman and Roy and Ruth Wilhoit.
Calvin is survived by his wife of 18 years; sons Dustin Reed and wife, Taylor, Matthew Reed and wife, Samantha, Austin Reed and wife, Rachelle, Skylar Wilhoit and wife, Brittany, and Mike Holland and wife, Lisa, all of Bridgeport; daughter Caitlin Wilhoit and fianc , Kade Erwin, of Denton; and grandchildren Rendyn, Aurora, Beckham, Sammie, Gianna and Priscilla.
He is also survived by his mom, Barbara Workman Wilhoit Peel and husband, Kenneth “Pops,” of Bridgeport; brothers Jimmy Wilhoit and wife, Julee, of Bridgeport, Terry Peel and wife, Mary, of Keller and Mike Peel and wife, Tawana, of Lindale; sisters Carolyn K. Watkins and husband, Delton, of Mineral Wells, Sherry Spinks and husband, Richard, of Bridgeport and Connie Rye and husband, Terry, of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Williams, Betty Jo | 1923-2016
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Betty Jo Williams, 93, of White Settlement, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, in White Settlement.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Childress Cemetery in Childress with the Rev. Jim Taylor officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Betty was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Crafton to Thomas B. and Mattie Mae (Warden) Stack. In her later years, she lived in the Fort Worth area, but for many years she lived in Bridgeport. She held numerous jobs over the years, including work at Justin Boots and as a cafeteria aide at the old Bridgeport hospital and elementary school.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watauga and enjoyed crafting and gardening. Betty married Glen Eugene Williams Dec. 24, 1941, in Altus, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; five brothers; and two sisters.
Betty is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Williams, Beverly Jean | 1973-2016
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beverly Jean Williams, 42, of Chico, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at home.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. James Varnadore officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Beverly was born March 2, 1973, in Lafayette, La., to Shirley Ruth (Gibbens) and Randy Glenn Baker. She married James Michael Williams Sept. 13, 1996. She was a mother, artist, carpenter, musician and master of the unconventional with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge on limitless subjects.
She enjoyed metal and woodworks, anything artistic and creative, making and playing music and inspiring free thinking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents Gerald and Juanita Gibbens and Edith and Elston Baker; grandmother-in-law Joann Jackson; uncle Al Stones; nephew Michael Baker; great-grandparents Ray and Allie Stephens, Louie Baker, Suzie Baker Brown and Maddie Hess.
Beverly is survived by her husband of 19 years; sons Sabian James Williams and Jeremy Lee Williams; daughters Jade Colette Jaramillo and Jamey Lynnette Miller; brother Sean Leigh Baker; sisters Carol Annette Vogeler, Cheryl Lynn Martini and Jennifer Lea Baker; and grandchildren Kimber Jaramillo, Roselyn Jaramillo, Haydyn Miller and Gracelynn Williams.

Williams, Cole Royce | 2016
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Cole Royce Williams, infant son of Jessica Watkins and Jeremy Williams of Paradise, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Revs. Erik Vann and Troy Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Honorary pallbearers are Marcus Watkins, Matthew Watkins, Wayne Perryman, Royce Williams, Randy Watkins and Kyle Perryman.
Cole was born April 5, 2016, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Wanda C. Williams; great-uncle Devin Williams; and aunt April Michelle Pittman.
Cole is survived by his parents; sisters Brooklyn Williams of Paradise and Afton Williams of Fort Worth; grandparents Kim Williams of Paradise, Wayne Perryman of Boyd and Michelle Pittman of Rhome; great-grandparents Royce Williams of Paradise and Randy and Sharon Watkins of Rogers; aunts Sarah Blanchard and husband, Kyle, of Virginia Beach, Va., Cody Jackson and husband, David, of Boyd, Sarah Wages and husband, David, of Tulsa, Okla., and Mindy Pittman of Rhome; and uncle Kyle Perryman of Paradise.

Williams, Donald Lee ‘Donnie’ | 1945-2016
Published Saturday, February 20, 2016

Donald “Donnie” Lee Williams, 70, of Irving died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Irving.
No service is scheduled.
Donnie was born March 17, 1945, in Decatur to Noel Williams and Gene (McDonald) Williams. He was a great man who never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Williams; sons Loydd Williams and wife, Bridget, of Bridgeport and Noel Williams and wife, Jacque, of Iowa; daughters Laurie Reding and husband, Rick, of Pauls Valley, Okla., Deanna Williams of Irving, Donell Maddox and husband, Brandon, of Carrollton and Lisa Dunn and husband, Blake, of Justin; sister Lanie Williams-Luker-Wright; and grandchildren JC Williams, Hadley, Harvard-Peyton, Hayden, Hesson, Rylee Williams, Reagan King, Brock Reding, Jake Reding, Lillian Reding, Norah Maddox and Charlie Maddox.

Williams, Velma Pauline | 1925-2016
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Velma Pauline Williams, 90, of Paradise, died Monday, July 4, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9, at the Paradise Church of Christ with the Rev. Sam Starr officiating.
Pauline was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Wingate to Theodore and Viola (Buckalou) Swinney. She was a longtime member of the Paradise Church of Christ, and she enjoyed playing bingo and traveling. Before retirement, Pauline worked in hotel management.
She was preceded in death by husband Seabird Earnest Tucker; her parents; and son Earnest Dale Tucker.
She is survived by her daughter Janice Sanders and husband, Earl; brother James Swinney and wife, Faye; grandchildren Joe Tucker and wife, Misty, Cole Tucker and wife, Ronda, David Tucker and wife, Angela, Michael Tucker and Blake Tucker and wife, Traci; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Senior Care in Bridgeport.

Williams, Waymon David | 1944-2016
Published Saturday, December 24, 2016

Waymon David Williams, 72, of Decatur died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He died from complications of Alzheimer’s.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at The River Church in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Waymon was born March 18, 1944, in San Angelo to John D. and Ethel Williams. He enjoyed a rich childhood in Wickett with cherished friends and beloved cousins. He attended the First Baptist Church there and often led the song service. Waymon graduated from Monahans High School, where he sang in a barber shop quartet and played in the band.
He received a Master’s in Business Admininstration from the University of North Texas in accounting and became a certified public accountant and real estate developer, building restaurants for Steak and Ale, Chi Chi’s and Outback Steakhouse. His career led him and his family to Dallas, Tyler, Round Rock, Louisville, Ky., Norman, Okla., and back to Texas.
Waymon enjoyed family trips fishing, camping and hunting. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at home, family reunions and making and keeping friends. He served as a deacon in the early days of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, and he spent his life wanting to lead others to Jesus.
Waymon and Judy had attended The River Church since moving to Decatur in 2004. After an illness, he lived at Senior Care in Decatur, under the care of many loving medical professionals.
Waymon was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Dwain.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, of 51 years; son Kenneth Williams of Redding, Calif.; daughter-in-law Tiffany; daughter Tina Clark of Frisco; son-in-law Matt; grandchildren Garrett, Austin, Hudson, Macey, Cooper, Knox and Sutton; and other family and friends.

Wilson, Jimmy ‘Bird Dog’ | 1943-2016
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jimmy “Bird Dog” Wilson, 73, of Boyd, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Alan Six officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Jimmy was born Jan. 11, 1943, in Decatur to Clarence and Cathafay (Harrison) Wilson. He married Shirley Houser Aug. 6, 1961, in Newark. Jimmy retired from GM after 30 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son Randy Brent Wilson.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; sons Eric Wilson and wife, Kelly, of Bryson and Robbie Wilson and wife, Mary, of Boyd; grandchildren Kamron Lingor and wife, Katie, of Dumas and Kiley Wilson of Bryson; great-grandchildren Blaise and Brooks Lingor; sisters LaRee Franke and husband, John, of Dallas and Diane Nadolsky and husband, Nicholas, of Garland; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Wilson, Rosa Lee | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rosa Lee Wilson, 82, of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Sycamore Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Rosa was born April 15, 1934, in Hawthorn, Okla., to Jake and Dora (Bennett) Johnson. She married Gaylen Wilson in 1976 in Glen Rose. Rosa retired from hairdressing after 40 years. She was one of 10 children. Her sisters were Mary, Violet, Eva, Myrtle, Helen and Linda and her brothers were Jerry, James and Charles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sons, Ted Wilson and Ricky Wilson.
Rosa is survived by her husband of 40 years; sons Dennis Wilson and wife, Connie, of Greenwood and Robert Wilson of Greenwood; daughter Shirley Russell Dean and husband, Jeff, of Wichita Falls; stepdaughters Joy Malone of Greenwood, Gay Cole of Greenwood and Lynn Shirley and husband, Ron, of Decatur; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Windsor, Beverly Allison | 1948-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016

Beverly Allison Windsor, 67, of Justin, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at home.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Justin United Methodist Church.
Beverly was born Nov. 3, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio, to Bruce Barclay and Wanda Barclay. She married Morgan Windsor Dec. 18, 1992, in Love County, Okla.
Beverly was a dedicated police dispatcher for the city of Grapevine, an invaluable member of the Justin Volunteer Fire Department, an active member of the Justin United Methodist Church, a Registered Nurse, friend, a devoted, loving wife and a loving, caring mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Beverly is survived by her husband; sons Jay Christopher Allison of Justin and Ryan Allison; daughters Shannon Stanford of Belfast, Ireland, and Katy Martinez of San Antonio; stepmother Sarah Barclay; sister Karen Barclay of Tupelo, Miss; and brothers Bill Monroe of Helena, Mont., and J.W. Butchofsky of Albuquerque, N.M.
Memorial donations may be made to the Justin VFD, P.O. Box 613, Justin, TX 76247.

Winter, William Edgar ‘Bill’, Jr. | 1949-2016
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016

William “Bill” Edgar Winter Jr., 67, of Lindsay, died Friday Nov. 4, 2016, in Lindsay.
Memorial service was Nov. 8 at Whaley United Methodist Church in Gainesville with the Rev. Jerry Jones officiating.
Bill was born March 28, 1949, in Denison to William Edgar Winter Sr. and Helen Mary (Horn) Winter. He was one of three children. He was a 1967 graduate of Denison High School, who later attended Austin College, where he played football. Bill worked in the aggregate business for almost 40 years, eventually becoming senior vice president of production for an international corporation.
Bill’s hobbies included golf, fishing, hunting, tooling around on the farm and more fishing. He loved an early morning on the lake where it was dark, serene and peaceful. Having lived in Gainesville since 1985, Bill was a big contributor to the community, participating on the Zoo Board as well as the Boys and Girls Club Board. He was an active member at Whaley United Methodist Church, having served in many roles, including Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) host parent with Linda Winter while their two daughters were in school. Bill was a kind and caring man, who loved his family fiercely.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Charlotte; daughters Kimberly Winter and her husband, Jason Pressley, and Kassandra Winter Carnley and her husband, Billy; sons Jeffrey Sicking and his wife, Jessica, and Justin Sicking and his wife, Diana; grandchildren Katherine Grace and Norah Elisabeth Ruebel, Emalee, Natalee and Jackson Pressley, Addyson Claire Carnley, William Stone and Skylar Ann Sicking and Jordan Lee and Dylan Michael Porter.
He is also survived by sisters Betty Stallings and Carolyn Stanphill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club or Whaley United Methodist Church of Gainesville.

Wirtz, Mark Allen | 1953-2016
Published Saturday, June 4, 2016
Mark Allen Wirtz, 63, of Decatur, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Mr. Wirtz was born April 29, 1953, in Long Beach, Calif., to Douglas and Lois (Wells) Wirtz. He was a security officer for computer manufacturing.
He is survived by his wife, Janeen Roberts; daughter Christina Hickson; mother Lois Wirtz; sister Jenette Wirtz; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wolfe, James Herman | 1930-2016
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016

James Herman “Herman” (J.H.) Wolfe, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora.
Visitation is 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Herman was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Boyd to Homer Alexander and Della Emmaline Gaston Wolfe. Growing up, he had one sister, five half-sisters and one half-brother.
He married the love of his life, Nina Vernice Thackerson, Nov. 5, 1949, in Fort Worth. They eventually settled in Newark and had four strong boys: James Anthony “Tony” Wolfe; Wesley Kelvin Wolfe; Troy Glen Wolfe; and Roger Gene Wolfe.
They had 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several folks who adopted Herman and Nina as their parental figures, mentors, grandparents and role models, all of whom are special to them.
Herman was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church of Boyd. He was also a retired Fort Worth police officer where he served for 30 years, 13 of which were on vice squad, and he was officer of the year 2nd Platoon in 1981. During this time, he also worked 25 years as a part-time security guard for Central Freight Lines.
Retirement proved too slow for Herman so he then served four years as a bailiff for the city of Fort Worth and then eight more years as a bailiff for the Tarrant County court system.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Wolfe Parkey and her husband, Robert Olan; brother Ronnie Vess; son Wesley Wolfe; and great-grandson Josiah DeWolfe.
Herman is survived by his wife of 66 years; sisters Barbara Hightower, Joyce Inman, Margie Inman, Suzanne Lowe and Doris Jolly; son Tony Wolfe and wife, Carolyn; Troy Wolfe and wife, Michelle; Roger Wolfe and wife, Donna, of Newark; daughter-in-law Arlene Ashmore Wolfe; and nephew Lonnie Van Schuyver and wife, Doll.
He’s also survived by grandchildren James Anthony Wolfe Jr., Brandie Rochelle Wolfe, Christopher Kevin Wolfe, Debra Nicole Wolfe Nesbitt and husband, J.D., Johnathan Caleb Wolfe, Leslie Michelle Wolfe Stacey and husband, Joshua, Lauryn Suzanne Wolfe Amador, Jenniffer Michelle Wolfe DeWolfe and husband, Todd, Ethan Augustus Gray Wolfe and wife, Allissa, and Morgan Lene Wolfe; 18 great-grandchildren; and several other loving great-nieces and nephews, family members and friends.

Womack, Michael G. | 1959-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016

Michael G. Womack, 56, of Ruston, La., died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La.
Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Boonsville Cemetery in Boonsville.
Michael was born Nov. 30, 1959, in Bridgeport to Nedra and Donnie Womack. Mike attended New Braunfels High School and graduated in 1978. He was a member of the Cathedral of Praise Church in Ruston and had been a district manager for Center Point Energy in the Louisiana area since 2002. Michael worked for Center Point for more than 30 years.
Mike loved people, never met a stranger, loved his children and grandchildren and most everyone he ever met. He loved to go dove hunting, listen to music and perform charity work. Mike was the coordinator and president of the March of Dimes in Louisiana and was also on its state board. He was a member of the Ruston Chamber of Commerce. Michael helped other people as much as possible.
He is survived by his children, Kristi Balser and husband, Bryan, of Marion and their children, Hunter and Hayden Balser, Lindsay Morton and husband, Jason, of Simms and their children, Wyatt and Jaicee and Colton Womack of Atlanta; the mother of Mike’s children and still friend, Kelly Smith of Longview; mother Nedra Womack of New Braunfels; and brother Ron Womack and wife, Romana, of New Braunfels.

Woods, Lilly | 1959-2016
Published Saturday, February 6, 2016


Lilly Woods, 56, of Chico, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Lilly was born Aug. 30, 1959, in Waxahachie to John Ira Carr. She married Mark Woods on March 15, 2003, in Chico. Lilly was a truck driver for M & L Transportation.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mark Woods of Chico; grandchildren Blake Martin, Dakota Woods and Makayla Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Worlow, Nellie Mae | 1923-2016
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nellie Mae Worlow, 92, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service was May 3 at Paradise Cemetery with the Rev. Gabe Rangel officiating.
Nellie was born Dec. 4, 1923, in Alvarado to Samuel and Essie Mae (Strickland) Gibson. She married Hubert Worlow Aug. 22, 1942. Nellie was a dairy farmer for 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Doyle Gibson; and sisters Louise Plexico, Ruby Betts and Ruth Halcomb.
Nellie is survived by her sons Wayne Worlow and wife, Glenda, of Paradise, Gary Worlow and wife, Pam, of Bridgeport and Kenny Worlow of Paradise; grandchildren Shelley, Wes, Derek, Todd, Chase and Brandy; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Wright, Ann | 1958-2016
Published Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ann Wright, 58, of Rhome, died Monday, June 13, 2016, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville with Dr. Brady Blevins officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Johnnie Byrd, Robert Byrd, Sammy Carr, Hayden Carr, Butch Wright, Chuck Brown and Larry Justiss.
Ann was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Forth Worth to Johnnie and Neva (Howell) Byrd. She married Steve Wright July 16, 2011, at the Boys Ranch in Bedford. Ann worked as a hairstylist and barber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Jerry Byrd.
Ann is survived by her husband of almost five years, Steve Wright, of Rhome; daughters Lisa Burgess of North Richland Hills and Michelle Bernhardt and husband, Richard, of Fort Worth; brother Reggie Byrd and wife, Janet, of Aurora; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Yant, Ozolo Faye | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ozolo Faye Yant, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Antlers, Okla.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, 715 East Main St., with the Rev. Colby Bryant officiating.
Faye was born July 7, 1933, in Tucson, Ariz., to William and Marie Smith. Faye married James Hudson at age 17. Together they had four children: Jodene, Steven, Cheryl and Paul.
In her younger years, Faye loved being outdoors, camping and playing softball. At 24 Faye accepted Jesus and was baptized at Wyatt Drive Baptist Church in White Settlement.
She married Oliver Yant April 19, 1980, and they moved to Moyers, Okla., where they spent 32 years happily married.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents; husband James Hudson; sons Steven Hudson and Paul Hudson; and husband Oliver Yant.
She is survived by her daughters, Jodene Sanderson of Springtown and Cheryl Parker of Moyers, Okla.; stepsons Corky and Donnie Yant; brother Russell Smith; grandchildren Melody Derrington of Fort Worth, Jeffrey Sanderson of Springtown, James Allen Hudson of Paradise, Deana Luevanos of Paradise and Christopher Parker of Soper, Okla.; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Young, Gwynella Frazier | 1942-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gwynella Frazier Young, 74, of Bells, formerly of Paradise, died Tuesday, Sept.20, 2016, in Sherman.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Paradise Cemetery.
Gwynella was born April 26, 1942, in Abilene to Willis Virgil and Ola Belle (McAfee) Frazier. She graduated from Paradise High School.
She married Plez Douglas Young Jan. 13, 2001, in Decatur and was a machinist for Poco Graphite for more than 20 years.
Gwynella was preceded in death by her parents; and grandsons Lynn and Travis Coomer.
She is survived by her husband; sons Wayne Coomer of Jacksboro and Geary Coomer and wife, Shelley, of Duncanville; stepsons Mike Young and wife, Marie, of Justin, Robert Young and wife, Angela, of Waco and Brian Young and wife Amber of Whitesboro; brothers Guy Frazier and wife, Gwyn, of Stratford, Okla., and James Frazier and wife, Elizabeth, of Cundiff; sisters Betty Jones of Savor and Jannette Campbell of Bells; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Young, Liz | 1940-2016
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016

Liz Young, 76, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service was Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross officiating.
Liz was born March 1, 1940, in Brownfield to Barney H. and Salomae Steen Holgate. Liz attended Lubbock High School, Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas. She enjoyed teaching school and music for more than 20 years, working with the family business, teaching Bible classes and singing for weddings and funerals.
Liz enjoyed all her time spent with her children and families.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her daughter, Ginny Young of Fort Worth; son Cary Young and wife, Jonna, of Decatur; grandchildren Jeremy Young and wife, Jenna, of College Station, Jason Young and wife, Sabrina, of Fort Worth, Miranda Wright of Fort Worth, Sutton Young of Sacramento, Calif., Chandler Young and Hadden Young of Decatur; great-grandchildren Jalyn, Jackson and Jarren, all of College Station; brothers Stanley Holgate of Fayetteville, N.C., and Forrest Holgate of Grand Junction, Colo.; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or Community Hospice of Texas.

Young, Nelda Grace | 1933-2016
Published Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nelda Grace Young, 83, of Pilot Point, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Pilot Point.
Funeral is 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Sycamore Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Dimmit and Casey Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Sycamore Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Gary Caraway, James Maples, Trent Young, Trey Young, Chris Cain and Kent Cain.
Nelda was born March 9, 1933, in Quitman to John and Maurine (McIntush) Ramey. She married Allen Ray Young March 4, 1954, in Decatur. Nelda retired from Decatur Independent School District as an administrator and school teacher after 45 years. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and her sister, Sue Ryan.
Nelda is survived by her nephews, Fred Maples and wife, Trumanell, of Decatur, Tommy Young and wife, Christy, of Garland, John Young and wife, Jennifer, of Fort Worth and Britt Ryan; nieces Barbara Simpson and husband, Ken, of Arlington, Nora Faye Cain and husband, Johnny, of Decatur, Barbeth Van Baush and husband, Dave, of Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte Smith of Atlanta, Vanessa Ryan and Kim Ryan; and numerous cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Decatur Education Foundation or Sycamore Baptist Church.

Zarauskas, Francis Valentine ‘Frank’, Jr. | 1946-2016
Published Saturday, May 7, 2016

Francis “Frank” Valentine Zarauskas Jr., 69, of Decatur, died Monday, May 2, 2016, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time. A barbecue and gathering will be held in the near future to celebrate his wonderful, giving life.
Frank was born July 18, 1946, in Union, N.J., to Francis Sr. and Anna (Mazur) Zarauskas. He was united by common-law with Sharlene LaBott Mitchell June 18, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Boyd. He retired as an oil field worker after more than 30 years
Frank never met a stranger. In his younger days, he ran 26-mile races. He always had a big smile and enjoyed good conversation. Frank’s Original Rocket Fuel Organic Fertilizer was his primary passion, and it is being sold all over the United States.
He raised fish all his life, and he bragged to everyone that his young, teenage daughter, Tracy, hand-drew his now famous fish logo. He owned Frank’s Aquaponics Farm, raising food and fish by the cycle of water. He held classes for individuals and also for many school children, and his aquaponics system is in Dunbar and Bowie schools, as well as many individual farms.
He loved having big barbecues at his farm for lots of people.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Consuela Zarauskas.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Shawn Mitchell of Decatur; son Frank Zarauskas III and wife, Amber, of San Angelo; daughter Tracy Allen and husband, Donnie, of Coleman; grandchildren Ericka, Daulton, Miami, Denton, Zaylee and Kylee; great-grandchildren Emery and Carson; stepson William Whitehead of Pittsburgh; and brother Andrew Zarauskas of Union, N.J.