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2017
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Haddock, Colleen M. (Moore) | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, June 10, 2017

Colleen Haddock
Colleen M. Haddock, 88, died Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Brookings, S.D.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, June 7 at the Rude’s Funeral Home. Interment of her ashes will be at a later date in Springtown.
Colleen M. Haddock was born May 1, 1929, in Brashear to Henry E. and Evelyn Moore. The family later moved to Vickery, where Colleen played on her high school basketball team and other athletic teams. Mrs. Haddock worked for many years as an executive secretary for Sun Oil Company, Morrison Mills, North Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University and others. Colleen moved to South Dakota over six years ago. She lived at Edgewood Vista where she enjoyed the activities, other residents and staff. Colleen was especially enthusiastic about any activity that involved ice cream. Her bright and inquisitive smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Haddock is preceded in death by her son, Philip T. Langham; her husband, J. Leon Haddock; her ex-husband, Edwin S. Langham; her parents; sisters Mrs. Estelle Holmes, Ruth Crosby, Lucille Turner, Billy Stebens and Florine Williams; and brothers Ray A. and Cleo Moore.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Leland Ray and Marie A. C. Langham of Aurora, S.D.; and nephews Paul Stebens and David E. Williams, both of Texas.

Haggard, John | 1941-2017
Published Saturday, December 2, 2017

John Haggard
John Haggard, 76, of Paradise, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Paradise.
Funeral was Dec. 1 at the Cottondale First Baptist Church in Cottondale with the Rev. Charles Pugh officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rex Haggard, Christopher Haggard, Roger Dennis, Roger Shaun Dennis, Jim Pewitt and Jimmy Begeman.
Honorary pallbearer was Mitchell Dennis.
John was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Corpus Christi to Mack “Bunk” and Edith (Smith) Haggard. He married Linda Russell June 5, 1961, in the Baptist Church in Lubbock. John was a member of the Cottondale First Baptist Church and past president and longtime member of the Eagles. He loved woodworking and any outdoor activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bunky Haggard; sisters Delores Herring and Nancy Haggard; mother-in-law Merlene Russell; and father-in-law Clarence Russell.
John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years; son Rex Haggard; daughter Darla Dennis; brothers Jack and Larry Haggard; and grandchildren Christopher Haggard, Roger Shaun Dennis and Mitchell Dennis.

Haire, Mary Paulette (Shero) | 1963-2017
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mary Haire
Mary Paulette Haire, 53, of Sunset, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Revs. Bill Cleveland and Carl Ogdie officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are James R. Haire Jr., Jason Spaeth, Jeff Garrison, Dustin Haire, Blake Haire and Chris Bull.
Mary was born Aug. 21, 1963, in Gainesville to Paul and Wanda (Johnson) Shero. She married James “Jim” Ray Haire Sr. Aug. 18, 2005, in Haltom City. Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Tammy Shero; and grandparents Frank and Barbara Johnson.
She is survived by her husband; son James Haire Jr. and wife, Maria, of Spring Lake, N.C.; daughters Aubrey Spaeth and husband, Jason, of Antioch, Tenn., and Autumn Garrison and husband, Jeff, of Alvord; grandchildren Amelia and Jeremiah Spaeth, Tristian Adams, Annabeth Haire and Andrea Garrison; mother Mary Shero of Woodward, Okla.; brother Paul David Shero; sisters Donnia Harris of Weatherford, Sandy Hurley of Woodward, Didi Bennett of Woodward, Connie Cummins of Woodward, and Molly Hayes of Woodward; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hale, James Wilkerson | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017

James Wilkerson Hale
James Wilkerson Hale, 78, of Eden, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Eden.
Funeral is 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at Hallelujah Trail Cowboy Church in Eden with burial to follow at Eden Cemetery.
Eden Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
James was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one son; and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Hale; daughters Cynthia Damron and husband, Willie, of Eden and Taresia Ezell and husband, Marvin, of Boyd.; son James W. Hale Jr. and wife, Cheryl, of Wisconsin; sisters Ellen Leach and husband, Ernie, of California, Ruby Whitley of Oregon and Susan Stout of California; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Hall, Bonnie Faye (Welch) | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bonnie Hall
Bonnie Faye Hall, 82, of Decatur, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Decatur.
Funeral was Jan. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial followed at Westover Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Price, Micheal Price, Brian Price, Phillip Hall, Aaron Hall, Mark Hall and Michael Dale Hall.
Bonnie was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Archer City to Charlie and Ethel (Stoneman) Welch. She married C.W. “Hoot” Hall Sept. 8, 1951, in Altus, Okla. Bonnie was a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. She was a retired seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and 11 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Carla Price and husband, Rodney, of Decatur; sons Bobby Hall and wife, Laurel, of White Settlement and Ronald Hall and wife, Emilee, of Weatherford; grandchildren David, Michael and Brian Price, Aaron and Phillip Hall, Michael Dale and Mark Hall; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hall, Jane Ellen (Leithoff) | 1945-2017
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jane Hall
Jane Ellen (Leitholt) Hall, 71, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
Jane was born Sept. 10, 1945, in Miles City, Mont.
She is survived by her brother, Lyle Leitholt; sons Richard M. Keating Jr. and Robert E. Keating; daughter Patricia M. Virgil; and 12 grandchildren.

Hamm, Donna | 1947-2017
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017

Donna Hamm
Donna Hamm, 70, of Burleson, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Burleson.
Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Donna was born June 28, 1947, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Mary Frances Talley. She married Richard Weldon Hamm March 14, 1963, in Newark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons William and Ricky Hamm; and brother Jimmy Dale Baker.
Donna is survived by her husband of 54 years; sons Terry Hamm and wife, Dena, of Burleson and Randy Hamm and wife, Cynthia, of Burleson; daughter Shellie Romero and husband, Joe, of Crowley; grandchildren Ryan, Nathan, Andrew, Lacey, Shelby, Richie, Felisha, Anthony, Joe and Chyna; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Sheila Shue of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Hammer, Robert Leon | 1931-2017
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Robert Leon Hammer, 86, of Bowie, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Fort Worth.
No service is scheduled at this time.

Hancock, Mark | 1951-2017
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mark Hancock
Mark Hancock, 66, of Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Denton.
Funeral was Nov. 14 at the First United Methodist Church of Rosston with the Revs. Larry Kruger and Doyle Henderson officiating. Burial followed at Rosston Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Hancock, Scott Hancock, Richard Rimpau, Jacob Rimpau, Steve Hall and Jim Fortenberry.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Mark was born Sept. 30, 1951, in Dallas to Kenneth and Ann (Fortenberry) Hancock. He married Carol Jean Willis July 19, 1996, in The Colony. Mark retired as a funeral director from Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rosston.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his wife.
He is survived by his mother; brother Phil Hancock and wife, Bonnie, of Decatur; sister Jo Ann Rimpau and husband, Jim, of Decatur; four nephews; and friends.

Haney, Mildred Frances (Greenwood) | 121-2017
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mildred Frances Haney
Mildred Frances Haney, 96, of Alvord, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Alvord.
Funeral was Dec. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Casey Carlon, Tim Edridge, David Goodwin, Eddie Goodwin, Ron Parnell and John Drevicky.
Mildred was born July 7, 1921, in Alvord to William and Nannie (Bates) Greenwood. She married Charles “Chet” Haney Jan. 7, 1946, in Alvord. Mildred was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Shephard; grandchildren Robert Macklin of Bakersfield, Calif., Monica Gahagan of Alvord and Jack Martino of Bakersfield; five great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Harless, R.D. | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

R.D. Harless
R.D. Harless, 78, of Chico, died Saturday April 29, 2017.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Eric McCrory, Nick McCrory, Matt McCrory, Jason Miller, Clayton Miller, Shawn Heath, Mikel Heath and Hank Bailey.
David was born March 6, 1939, in Fort Worth to M.E. and Vesta (Moore) Harless. He was retired from General Motors, but his recent love was working in the community of Slidell.
David was a Mason and an active member of New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. He enjoyed woodworking, but his greatest passion was his family, especially his grandchildren who called him Papa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Richard and Donald Harless; sister JoAnn Price; and grandson Christopher Wheelis.
David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jo; sons T.J. Miller and wife, Denise and Si Miller and wife, Misty; daughters Marilyn McCrory and husband, Keith, Starr Heath and husband, Stan, Tema Shelton and husband, Rick, and Kay Bailey.
He is also survived by grandchildren Eric McCrory and wife, Wendy, Nick McCrory, Matt McCrory, Jason Miller and wife, Amber, Clayton Miller, Robyn Miller and wife, Kassie, Brandy Weis and husband, Jimmy, Shay Miller, Shawn Heath and wife, Denise, Mikel Heath and wife, Grace, Hannah Bailey, Hank Bailey, Samantha Bailey, Justin Shelton and wife, Annie, Mathew Shelton and wife, Stacey, Derek Harper and Kasie Uribe and husband, Greg; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harp, Bobby Ed | 1957-2017
Published Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bobby Harp
Bobby Ed Harp, 59, of Arlington, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Arlington.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Troy Pate, Mike Overton, Jamie Christian, Scott Hanes, Dale Rector and Tony Dickey.
Bobby was born Aug. 23, 1957, in Eastland to Jack and Wanda (Warner) Harp. He served his country in the United States Marines.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Bobby is survived by his mother; brothers David Harp and wife, Cynthia, of Liberty Hill and Charles Harp of Decatur; nieces Jessica and Lauren Harp; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Donations may be made to The Eastern European Mission Fund at the Decatur Church of Christ or the charity of your choice.

Harris, Dorothy Mozelle (Motley) | 1930-2017
Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dorothy Harris
Dorothy Mozelle Harris, 87, of Haslet died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in North Richland Hills.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Boyd Cemetery with Pastor J.D. Allen officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Motley and Mike Livingston.
Dorothy was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Crafton to Exsa (Gordon) and Vestal Motley. She married Wendell Preston Harris Dec. 9, 1949, in Boyd.
Dorothy had a zest for life and enjoyed traveling. She also enjoyed spending time with her great nieces and nephews. Dorothy worked for Boyd ISD as a bookkeeper from 1969/1970 until 1991 in a full-time and part-time capacity.
She was a one-term city council member for the city of Boyd and was a long-standing member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Ervie and Gene Motley; sister-in-law Stella Motley; and her parents.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Greg Harris and wife, Sarah; nephews Jerry Motley and Britt Motley and wife, Mary; nieces Sharon Eaves and husband, Virgil, Carolyn Smith and Linda Livingston and husband, Michael; sister-in-law Barbara Motley; and many friends.

Hartsell, Mary Jane (Montford) | 1917-2017
Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mary Jane Hartsell
Mary Jane Montford Hartsell, 99, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.
Funeral was Aug. 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport.
Hawkins Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Mary Jane Montford was born Nov. 13, 1917, in Wise County to John and Emma Jeter Montford. Mary Jane and her four brothers and three sisters grew up on their farm in the Pleasant Valley community on the outskirts of Bridgeport.
On Nov. 16, 1935, just two days after her eighteenth birthday, she married Roy Hartsell. Mary Jane and Roy lived in Bridgeport until their daughter graduated from college. They moved to Fort Worth, then returned home to Bridgeport after Roy retired.
Mary Jane was a talented seamstress and loved to make clothes. She made clothes for her whole family and would often go to the store and draw a picture of a dress then return home and make one that would be beautiful and fit perfectly. She especially loved to quilt. She loved being part of a quilting group called KrazZ Quilters and was the friend to turn to when anyone was learning a new sewing skill.
Mary Jane was talented, but the two most vital parts of her life were her church and her family. As a third generation Presbyterian, she was active in her church and especially loved singing in the choir and the Women of the Church. She was proud to attend the ordination of her grandson as an elder in the church, telling everyone he was a fifth-generation elder in the Presbyterian Church from the Montford family in America.
Mary Jane loved being involved and tried everything from the Home Demonstration Clubs of the 1940s to playing in a ukulele band. She served on several boards for Wise County and her church. Mary Jane proudly served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and was a Past Matron of the Decatur Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers Charlie Montford, Dink Montford, Ross Montford and Jimmy Montford; and sisters Lalla Crawford, Marg Giles and Lucile Thomas.
Mary Jane is survived by daughter Claudia Roberts and husband, Tommy, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Matt Roberts and wife, Tarni, of Dallas, Leah Roberts and Nick Robertson of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Kirston Potts of Fort Worth and Anna Roberts and Abby Roberts of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.

Harvey, Billie Edgar | 1927-2017
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Billie Harvey
Billie Edgar Harvey, 90, of Alba, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Tyler.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home in Alba with the Rev. Byron George officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in Alba.
Pallbearers are Rusty Sherwood, Brent Sherwood, Jonathan Ralph, Ethan Ralph, Paul Cole, William Cole, Randy Crunk, Earl Green, David Cole and Billie Skiles.
Billie was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Alba to John Henry and Lula Harbin Harvey. He served the army during World War II in Japan and lived most of his life in Wise County. He moved back to Alba in 1996. Billie was an office worker for Mitchell Energy Corp. for 11 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers O.L. Harvey, Walter Charlie Harvey and John Henry Harvey; and sisters Ruby Sadler, Gracie Nutt, Ethel Pope, Bessie Prather, Jewell Wood, Elsie West, Mary Dell Holland and Atrell Cole.
Billie is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Hass, Frankie Fae (English) | 1929-2017
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Frankie Hass
Frankie Fae Hass, 88, of Springtown, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Springtown.
Graveside service was Aug. 15 at Salem Cemetery in Alba with the Rev. Richard Tosh, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, officiating.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Frankie was born April 22, 1929, in Wood County to William Newton and Johnnie (Davis) English. She was a beloved wife, mother and granny.
She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She also enjoyed watching cooking shows, westerns and golf.
Frankie had an unwavering faith in God. She was a lifetime member of Eastside Baptist Church in Fort Worth and was involved in the children’s ministry.
Frankie was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and four sisters.
She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Odell; daughter Johna Faye; and son Delroy.
Frankie is survived by sons Ronnie Odell Hass and wife, Kay and Dean Wade Hass and wife, Christy; grandchildren Stacy, Amy, Richard, Brandy, Shelby, Amber, Courtney, Morgan and Justin; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Hatch, Lin Elizabeth (Coveney) | 1947-2017
Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
Lin Elizabeth Hatch, 70, of Decatur, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Linda was born Aug. 1, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Howard and Elizabeth (Grogan) Coveney. She married Stephen Hatch July 11, 1970, in Jacksonville, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years; sons Jason Coveney Hatch of Fairbanks, Alaska, Nathan Scott Hatch and wife, Beth, of Hickory, N.C.; sister Dorothy Davis and husband, Gary, of Hannibal, Mo.; grandchildren Jordan and Jackson; and friends.

Hatchell, Marietta Ross (Dailey) | 1942-2017
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Marietta Ross Hatchell, 74, of Rhome, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Rhome.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Marietta was born May 8, 1942, in Wichita Falls to Clarence and Gertrude (Meredith) Dailey. She married Donald Hatchell June 17, 1989, in Teague. Marietta owned and operated a leather apparel business alongside her husband.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years; daughter Lynn Hambrick of Benbrook; sons Steve McShan of Wichita Falls and Bubba Hester of Wichita Falls; grandchildren Stacy, Jack and Casetin; great-grandchildren Colby and Rylan; brother Clarence Dailey of Henrietta; sister Nell Fonville of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Haworth, Joe Harold | 1937-2017
Published Published Saturday, July 19, 2017

Joe Haworth
Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Chico with Jeff Bakker and Jackie Karch officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerry Thompson, Jimmy Hopkins, Donnie Proctor, Monte Reed, David Carlton and Johnny Chilton.
Honorary pallbearers were Brad Thompson, Andy Thompson, George Cowley, Pete Davidson and Jerry Strain.
Joe was born March 26, 1937, in Coalgate, Okla., to Willie and Selma (Brandon) Haworth. He married Lillie Sue Daulton May 25, 1957, in Wardville, Okla. Joe worked as a rock crusher operator for 44 years until his retirement from Southwest Stone/Gifford Hill. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and son Joe Lynn Haworth.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; son Tommy Haworth and wife, Melissa, of Alvord; daughters Debbie Lantz of Lewisville and Charlett Haworth of Chico; grandchildren William Ashley, Bethanie, Connie, John, Samantha and Chaz; great-grandchildren Blaine, Addison and Kolton; brothers Billy Haworth and wife, Polly, of Coalgate; Jerry Haworth and wife, Kathy, of Coalgate and James Haworth and wife, Sue, of Owosso, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Helton, Edgar Fay | 1926-2017
Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Edgar Helton
Edgar Fay Helton, 91, of Haltom City, died Sunday, June 4, 2017, in North Richland Hills.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Robert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow in Cottondale Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include T.J. Robinson, Ryan Robinson, Beau Robinson, Tommy Robinson, Frank Walters and C.J. Ransom.
Fay was born May 9, 1926, in Cottondale to Edgar and Fay “Dink” (Coffman) Helton. Fay retired from Champlin Petroleum Company as an executive secretary. She was a member of the Birdville Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law Evelyn Helton.
She is survived by her brother, Donald Helton of Haltom City; nieces Linda Helton of Fort Worth and Donna Walters and husband, Frank, of North Richland Hills; great-niece Michelle Robinson and husband, Tommy, of North Richland Hills; great-great-niece and nephews, T.J., Beau, Ryan and Mia Robinson; and friends.

Henderson, Betty Lou (Bryant) | 1940-2017
Published Saturday, March 11, 2017

Betty Henderson
Betty Lou Bryant Henderson, 77, of Decatur, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Trinity Fellowship Church with Dr. Alan Pickering and family officiating.
Betty was born Feb. 17, 1940, in England, Ark., to Bethel and Claudice Jones Bryant. She was a woman filled with love and grace. She enjoyed the sun, laughing, playing and children. She lived full of joy and peace for she knew her savior Jesus. She will forever live on in the hearts of her family.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Jerrell Eugene Bryant.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Henderson of Decatur; sons Roger Henderson and Richard Henderson; daughter Tamara Henderson Pickering; grandchildren Jennifer Ferro/Pickering McRae, Landon, Elliott, Austin and Victoria Pickering, Ashley Henderson Lagunas, Jordan Henderson, Alaina Henderson Yard and Carissa Henderson; great-grandchildren Anna, Kishon and Marie McRae, Jaiden Pickering, Isaiah, Urijah and Beniah Pepen, Remedy and Arrow Henderson, Romance Lagunas and Brooklyn Pickering.

Henderson, Bob D. | 1930-2017
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bob Henderson
Bob D. Henderson, 87, of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 24, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Joplin Baptist Church in Joplin with the Rev. Gary Singleton officiating. Burial will follow at Joplin Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Pete Henderson, Jim Henderson, James Henderson, Lewis Henderson, Richard Singleton and Clayton Henderson.
Bob was born April 14, 1930, in Joplin to Robert and Jimmie (Carson) Henderson. He married Ann Swetnam Nov. 4, 1950, in Jacksboro. He was a retired rancher and land surveyor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Ruth Franks.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years; sons Bob “Pete” Henderson Jr. and wife, Linda, of Burleson and Jim Henderson and wife, Sherry, of Decatur; daughters Pat Hatcher and husband, Randy, of Denton, Kathi Stephan and husband, Don, of Willow Park and Kay Benton and husband, David, of Benbrook; grandchildren Rebecca, Christy, Suzie, Michelle, Mike, Travis, James and Charo; eight great-grandchildren; sister Erna Willingham of Boyd; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Joplin Baptist Church, 2500 Erwin Road, Jacksboro, TX 76458.

Herbert, Deborah Kay (Waldrop) | 1947-2017
Published Saturday, April 15, 2017

Deborah Herbert
Deborah Kay Herbert, 69, of Caddo, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Decatur.
Deborah was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Breckenridge to Robert and Gladys (Melton) Waldrop. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Methodist Church. Deborah was a park ranger for six years for the state of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son, Ty Herbert and wife, Lori, of Haslet; daughter Toi M. Smith and husband, Kevin, of Paradise; grandchildren Kyle, Chelsey, Garrett, Tylor and Tori; great-grandchildren Blaklee, Anthony, Kambrynn, Lakyn and Kennedy; brother David Waldrop of Granbury; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hesteande, Jewel Arlena | 1924-2017
Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jewel Hesteande
Jewel Arlena Hesteande, 92, died Thursday, April 27, 2017. Service is 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Dr. David Lowrie and Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home – Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jewel was born on Christmas Day, 1924, in Duncan, Okla. She had six brothers and sisters. Her family moved to Texas when she was 13. They eventually moved to Slidell, where she met her future husband, J. L. Hesteande, when she was 15. They were married July 25, 1942, when they were only 17. Shortly thereafter, they were separated by World War II when J.L. served in the U.S. Army in Europe in the artillery branch. Reunited after the war, J.L. and Jewel made a home in Decatur, where they raised three children.
She helped J.L. in the construction business by doing book work, and actually assisting on the job in painting, staining and other tasks. She sold Avon for 12 years and enjoyed quilting, embroidery and going on RV vacations with the family. She loved Sunday School and church.
Jewel was preceded in death by her parents; her other brothers and sisters; and her first child, Oma Dell Hesteande. She is survived by her husband of almost 75 years; son Keith Hesteande and wife, Cho Seongae (Bunny), of South Korea; daughters Arlena Cude and husband, Melton, of Decatur and Darlena Hoyl and husband, Randall, of Decatur; and sisters Imogene Hesteande and JoAnn Lambert of Decatur.
Other survivors include grandchildren Elizabeth Rubio of Austin, Amy Cude and fianc , Noe Casares, of Decatur, David Cude and wife, Kristen, of Diana and Leslieann Hoyl of Decatur; and great-granddaughter Willow Adair.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Children’s Ministry Building Fund.

Hill, Emma Lee (Young) | 1926-2017
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Emma Hill
Emma Lee Young Hill, 90, of Fort Worth, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Home, 1500 Eighth Ave., in Fort Worth. Graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Emma was born April 14, 1926, to Johnnie Farlie and Effie Dulsa Brown Young. She attended Decatur High School where she met William T. “Bill” Hill Jr. They married in Colorado Springs in 1950. Emma was ever-supportive and loving of her family, and she remained sweet and gracious throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and daughter Paula Christopherson.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and William B. “Bill” Rose Jr. of Fort Worth; grandchildren Elizabeth Rose of Houston, Will Rose of Fort Worth and Bryan Christopherson of Biloxi, Miss.; and many other loved family members.
Memorial donations may be made to the All Church Home for Children Foundation or a library of your choice.

Hill, Laura Renee | 1985-2017
Published Saturday, June 4, 2017

Laura Hill
Laura Renee Hill, 31, of Alvord, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Dallas after a short battle with leukemia.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Veronica Greanead officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers include Phil Hill, Marcos Lopez, Chance Garrett, Chuck Adams, Hayden Tice and Eric Hall.
Laura was born July 16, 1985, in Bedford to Philip and Glenda (Evarts) Hill. Laura was a dental assistant. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and her uncle.
She is survived by her daughter, London Hill of Alvord; her parents; sister Lindsey Hill of Alvord; three aunts; cousins; and friends.

Hilton, Troy | 1968-2017
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Troy Hilton
Troy Hilton, 49, of Paradise, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Paradise.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Troy was born Jan. 21, 1968, in Bridgeport to Paul Marshall and Kathie (Nivens) Hilton. He married Tammy Garnett March 1, 1991, in Alvord.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Glenn Hilton; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years; daughter Cristie Meador and husband, Justin, of Decatur; sons Dusty Hilton of Cottondale and Jamie Hilton of Cottondale; granddaughters Calleigh Hilton and Madilyne and Emma Meador; and his parents.
Other survivors include sister Teresa Hilton and wife, Stacy, of Decatur; brother Keith Hilton and wife, Darlene, of Decatur; father-in-law Randall Garnett and wife, Cheryl, of Cottondale; and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, afsp.donordrive.com.

Hobbs, Dan | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Dan Hobbs, 77, of Newark, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
Graveside service was May 8 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Dan was born Sept. 22, 1939, in Ferris to Robert and Vernice Hobbs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Dan Hobbs Jr.; sisters Louise Holleman and Robbie Blaylock; and brothers Bobbie Hobbs and Jimmy Hobbs.
Dan is survived by his wife, Beverly Hobbs; son Michael Hobbs; daughter Carla Hobbs-Walsh; sister Patsy Godbey; grandchildren Eliesha Hobbs, Danielle Hobbs, Seth Walsh, Rylee Walsh, Abigal Hobbs and Bryson Hobbs.

Hoffman, D.J. | 1934-2017
Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
D.J. Hoffman, 82, of Rhome, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Rhome.
D.J. was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Childress to Schley and Lillie (Cole) Hoffman. He married Golda Griffin June 15, 1956, in Childress. D.J. retired from the railroad as an engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years; son Max Hoffman and wife, Sharon, of Rhome; daughter Toni Bostick and husband, Jay, of Missouri; grandson Daniel Hoffman and wife, Maeci, of Bryan; great-granddaughter Emma Hoffman; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hofsiss, Melanie Ann | 1953-2017
Published Saturday, December 9, 2017

Melanie Ann Hofsiss
Melanie Ann Hofsiss, 64, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Decatur.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements.
Melanie was born Oct. 18, 1953. She was a strong, loving and caring woman. She never met a stranger, just friends and new family members. She will be missed dearly.
Melanie is survived by her husband, Duane Hofsiss; sons Chris Hofsiss and wife, Tracey, Cyrus Hofsiss and Phillip Hofsiss and wife, Jennie Lee; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six siblings; and family and friends.

Holmes, Anna Olivia (Johnson) | 1920-2017
Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Anna Holmes
Anna Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Jesse Jenkins officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Casey Best, Jerry Best, Trenton Best, Bert Caraway, Jimmy Cunnius, Bill Gasperson, Bob Gasperson, Mike McGraw, Bruce Malcolm, Dalton Montgomery, Bert Little Jr., Wayne Mask, Stanley Kemp, John Brit and Kyle Stephens.
Olivia was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Decatur to Sam and Anna May (Rosenburg) Johnson. She married John Coley Holmes Sr. Oct. 15, 1938, in Abilene. Oliva started her career as a one-room school teacher at Catlett Creek in Wise County and spent more than 40 years as bookkeeper and co-owner of Holmes Auto Supply.
She was a member of the Church of Christ. Olivia also was active in many local organizations including the Womens Club, Eagle Moms, the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee and was a founding member of the Antique Car Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son John Coley Holmes Jr.; grandson Greg Terrell; and son-in-law Jim Gasperson.
She is survived by her daughter, Olivia Ann Gasperson of Decatur; daughter-in-law Vickie Holmes of Decatur; grandchildren Melinda Gasperson of Fort Worth, Sam Holmes and wife, Tricia, of Plano, Chris Holmes and wife, Erin, of Decatur, Dr. Jeff Harrison and wife, Holly, of Decatur and Jason Holmes of Decatur; great-grandchildren Laci, Danner, Ashton, William, Greyson, John, Annsley, Emmerson and Houston; and friends.

Hooper, Belinda Faye | 1957-2017
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Belinda Faye Hooper
Belinda Faye Hooper, 60, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside memorial is pending.
Belinda was born Feb. 26, 1957, in Bakersville, Calif., to Donald and Beverley (Taylor) Hooper.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Walter Killough.
She is survived by her daughters, Cheyenne Sherri Golaz of Paradise and Sheyleana Laura Golaz and Kevin Velten of Paradise; son William Donald Golaz and Jennifer Martin of Paradise; grandchildren Wesley Thomas Brown, Kaeli Sherri Martin, William Todd Weger, Carl Henry Finley, Destinee Golaz, Cassidee Stanlee, Turner Stanlee, Skyler Stringer, Tyler Stringer, Alexis Allen and William D. Golaz II; great-grandchild Nova Lee Maschaele Nolan; sister Codie Deann Bowen and husband, Cecil, of Smithville; brother David Ray Price of Bastrop; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hopkins, Milton Leon | 1946-2017
Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Milton Hopkins
Milton Leon Hopkins, 70, of Sunset, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Dallas.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Milton was born Nov. 7, 1946, in Bowie to R.V. and Genell Hopkins. He graduated from Alvord High School in 1965. Milton went to work at Texas Instruments in Dallas for six months before returning to his family roots to begin farming.
He was a Montague county commissioner from 1983 to 1991. Despite that job, he continued farming until he retired at the age of 50. Milton married Carolyn Warren Aug. 30, 1994, in Las Vegas.
Even though polio took his ability to walk at a very early age, he never let it stop him. In fact, he was able to accomplish more than most healthy people do in a lifetime. He was fun-loving, quick-witted and loved his family deeply. Milton was knowledgeable about so much and those things that he didn’t know, he learned about with the help of YouTube.
When he wasn’t on Craiglist, YouTube or watching the Weather Channel, he enjoyed helping friends and family with anything they needed. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening and woodworking.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents. He’s survived by his wife; sons Whitney Hopkins and wife, Carrie, of Arlington and Phillip Warren and wife, Stormy, of Bowie; daughters Ginger Dennie and husband, Christian, of Trophy Club and Stacey Johnson and husband, Cary, of Vashti; eight grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Hopkins and wife, Charlene, of Azle and Jimmy Hopkins and wife, Martha, of Sunset; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Horn, Lawrence Earl | 1932-2017
Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lawrence Horn
Lawrence Earl Horn, 85, of Lago Vista, died Wednesday, July 26.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Grace Fellowship Church in Lago Vista with the Rev. Rick Waters officiating.
Earl will be cremated with a portion of his ashes being scattered over Lago Vista and the remaining ashes being buried alongside his beloved son in Boyd.
He was born April 16, 1932, in Hubbard to W.B. Horn and Blanche Mae Horn. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Boyd where he was raised.
Earl was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and served two years for his country. After his service in the army, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont while working full time at the Vidor State Bank as vice president and cashier. Known for his quick wit and humorous personality, Earl loved music and was the karaoke emcee at the Highland Lakes Country Club for about 10 years.
He went to Lago Vista in 1969 and was part of the sales force for National Resort Communities. He also opened several offices for the company to bring people to see Lago Vista. During this period in his life, he also served as sales manager for the Point Venture development. In 1990, he organized Premier Specialities, an orthopedic supply company and durable medical equipment provider. He was president and CEO until his retirement in 2001.
He was privileged to have two beautiful wives, Kay Stevens Horn of Lake Jackson and Phyllis Bryan Horn of Elgin, Ill. Kay gave him three wonderful children, Deborah Kay Hair, Edward Earl Horn and Steven Mark Horn. Phyllis had one beautiful daughter, Sara Elizabeth Horn.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; son Steven Mark Horn; sisters Sue Farmer and Billie Logan; and brother Olan Horn.
He is survived by his son, Edward Earl Horn; daughters Deborah Kay Hair and Sara Elizabeth Horn; grandchildren Kelly Ann Bridges and husband, Drew, and Adam Michael Hair; great-grandchildren Bristol Kay Bridges, Bowen Robert Bridges and Evelyn Clare Bridges; sisters Peggy Nell Thom and husband, Roger, of Lake Buchanan and Trisha Taylor and husband, Don, of Boyd.
He is also survived by an identical twin brother, Livingston Burl Horn and wife, Johnnie, of Houston.

Horton, Joyce (Hale) | 1938-2017
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
Joyce was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Decatur to Ben and Ella Hale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross M. Horton; four grandchildren; six siblings; and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Clay Horton and wife, Christine; grandchildren Michael, Jacob and Delayni Horton; brothers Joe and James Hale; sisters Lois Davidson and Patt Spoede; and other family members and friends.

Howard, Bobby Reece ‘Bob’ | 1927-2017
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bobby Howard
Bobby (Bob) Reece Howard, 89, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Granbury.
Memorial service was Sept. 11 at Acton United Methodist Church.
Bob was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Nocona to Clyde and Pauline Howard. He coached throughout Texas and influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of young men and women in a positive way.
His personal philosophy of life that he exemplified through the way he coached was “winning isn’t everything – making the effort to win is.” One of the highlights of his life was being inducted into the Boyd ISD Hall of Fame. After he retired as an educator, he became quite active as a rancher and was associated with the Beefmasters Breeders United Association until he moved to Granbury.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Pat Howard.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Evelyn Howard; daughter Cindy Wellman and husband, Mike; sons Joe Howard and wife, Vicci, and Tom Howard and wife, Carol; brother Mike Howard and wife, Martha; sister Mary Kelly; grandchildren Jeff Howard and wife, Carla, Spencer Howard, Kullen Howard, Jake Howard, Elise Looney and husband, Travis, Leah Wellman, Sharon Mooney and husband, John, and Tina Wellman; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

Howard, Eleanor ‘Ellie’ (Kay) | 1960-2017
Published Saturday, November 25, 2017

Eleanor Kay Howard
Eleanor “Ellie” Kay Howard, 56, of Boyd, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Boyd.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Ellie was born Dec. 7, 1960, in Arlington, Va., to Gerald and Barbara (Reighter) Kay. She was a loving mom, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.
She was preceded in death by her mother; and the Yates family.
Eleanor is survived by daughters Mary Luna Skiles and husband, Roy, of Boyd, Bobbie Ward of Florida and Barbara Paul of Boyd; son George Barger and wife, Stephanie, of Florida; grandchildren Jerry, Nicky, Jasmine, John, Edwin, Xzavior, Cynthia, Michelle, Michael, Sheila, Dustin and Anthony; great-grandchildren Tyler and Adam; her father; sisters Patricia and Dona Kay; and extended family members and friends.

Howard, Paul Warren | 1946-2017
Published Saturday, March 11, 2017

Paul Howard
Paul Warren Howard, 70, of Forestberg, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Forestburg.
Funeral was March 10 at Forestburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Neely officiating.
Pallbearers were Doug Robinson, Brad Bakker, Brian Isbell, Clayton Howard, Matthew Ranger and Larry Lau.
Paul was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Fort Worth to Warren and Lela (Truitt) Howard. He married Sharon Metcalf July 26, 1968, at Birdville Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Paul retired from Sunbelt as a manager. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Forestburg.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and his daughter, Nicole Irvin.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years; son Russell Howard and wife, Rachel, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Clayton and Carly Howard, Kayla Isbell, Arian Maki, Matthew and Michael Ranger; his father; and friends.

Hughes, Lula Fern (Porter) | 1932-2017
Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lula Hughes
Lula Fern Hughes, 84, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at home.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1295 Greenwood Rd., just outside Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Fern was born Oct. 7, 1932, near Emory to Jackson and Dollie Porter. She was born on the family farm in the Dunbar community. She attended the Dunbar school through eighth grade and went on to graduate from Emory High in 1950. She then moved to Dallas and was employed in banking until she married Johnny Hughes May 2, 1952, and moved to Decatur.
Fern is best remembered as a dairy farmer and as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will also be remembered as a devoted Christian, having been an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church until her death. Many people enjoyed her tales of “how things used to be” in the church newsletter.
Fern is survived by her son, John Hughes and wife, Lesley, of Farmington, Mo.; daughter Tretha Martin and husband, Randy, of Paradise; sons Perry Hughes and Robert Hughes, both of Decatur; and granddaughters Erin Hughes and Kari Hughes of North Pole, Alaska.
Memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

Hull, Raymond ‘Buddy’ | 1926-2017
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Raymond Hull
Raymond (Buddy) Hull, 91, of Cottondale, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cottondale.
Graveside service was Oct. 2 at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro with the Rev. Millard Buchholz officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Buddy was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Lacota to William Henry and Della Mae (Johns) Hull. He married Jane Adams Jan. 19, 1963, in Jacksboro. Buddy proudly served his country as a United States Navy mechanic until his retirement. He was a member of the Jacksboro Jaycees, a volunteer fire marshal for the city of Jacksboro for 11 years and a member of the Jacksboro VFW Post 8914.
Pallbearers were Brandy Jones, Aaron Jones, Steve Barnes, Don Hull, David Hull, Rick Hull and Ryan Murphy.
Honorary pallbearer was Don Hull.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; son Bradley Hull; daughter Rhonda Hull; great-grandson Jacob Jones; brothers Aaron, Charlie and Clyde Hull; sisters Ruby Leath, Margaret Lewis and Wanda Cantu.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughter Terri Allen and husband, Tommy, of Oregon; sons David Hull and wife, Sue, and Rick Hull and wife, Anna, all of Paradise; children Rick and Mirela Kerr of Tyler; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hulsey, Larry Rue | 1947-2017
Published Saturday, November 25, 2017

Larry Rue Hulsey
Larry Rue Hulsey, 70, of Pantego, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Pantego.
Memorial service was Nov. 22 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating.
Larry was born May 9, 1947, in Fort Worth to James and Helen (Hime) Hulsey. He married Joan Shiflet Aug. 12, 1976, in Fort Worth. Larry proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, and he was a retired supervisor. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Larry was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years; mother LaRue Hulsey of North Richland Hills; brother James Hulsey of Kilgore; stepsons Mark Anderson of Rhome, Matt Anderson and wife, Tammy, of Crockett and Michael Anderson and wife, Debbie, of Richardson; grandchildren Robin Pruitt, Casey Anderson, Cassie Anderson, Caleb Anderson, Dylan Anderson, Preston Anderson and John Michael Anderson; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Illchen, Delorice Elaine (Scroggins) | 1938-2017
Published Saturday, May 20, 2017
Delorice Elaine Scroggins Illchen, 79, of Cushing, died Friday, May 5, 2017.
A family memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Hog Branch Cemetery in Boyd.
Delorice was born March 11, 1938, in Decatur to Eugene and Mildred Lynch Scroggins. She was the oldest of five children. Delorice graduated from Boyd High School, Class of 1956. Later in life she moved to East Texas and made her home there until her death.
She retired from Rusk State Hospital after 11 years of service, and she was a lady of many talents. She was an artist, with paintings that were award-winners at art shows throughout the state, as well as a master of crocheting, with family heirlooms that will be treasured forever.
Delorice was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Delbert Scroggins, Norman Scroggins, Jerry Scroggins and James Scroggins.
She is survived by her sons, Terry Vaughan and wife, Robin, of Boyd and Chuck Vaughan and wife, Carol Ann, of Huntsville; daughter Pam Vaughan of Palestine; grandchildren Dustin Auvenshine of Palestine, Derrick Vaughan and wife, Laura, of Boyd, Alisha Vaughan of Boyd, Talia Hodge and husband, Douglas, of Palestine, Tiffanie Henson and husband, Fred, of Palestine and Halee Vaughan of Huntsville; and seven great-grandchildren.

Ince, Lou Ellen (Roberts) | 1925-2017
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lou Ellen Ince
Lou Ellen Ince, 92, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Bridgeport.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Lou Ellen was born Jan. 12, 1925, in Paris to Bill and Mary (Vine) Roberts. She married John D. Ince Feb. 21, 1953, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years; daughter Linda Cooper of Saginaw; granddaughters Tracy Hardin and husband, Tim, of Bridgeport and Nathalee Copenhaver of Saginaw; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Ince, Rachel Dee (Shipley) | 1973-2017
Wise County Messenger, December 30, 2017

Rachel Dee Ince
A memorial service for Rachel Dee Ince, 44, of Bridgeport will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Decatur Church of Christ, officiated by pastors Mike Wiltcher and Craig Jordan. After 10 years of various health problems, she went to be with our Lord on December 22 in Decatur.
Rachel was born at what was then known as Flow Hospital in Denton, Texas on February 23, 1973 to Ray and Tonnie (Rankin) Shipley.
At age two the family moved from Alvord, Texas to Alice, Texas, where they lived until 1992. During the years in Alice she was involved in the school choir, basketball and 4-H. From age 9 to 18 she was deeply involved in 4-H and spent many hours training and showing lambs. She won many ribbons in lamb shows over the years. During her sophomore year in high school she won Grand Champion Lamb at the Jim Wells County Annual Fair. She also helped her sisters with their lambs and indicated she wanted to be a veterinarian.
In 1992 the family moved back to Alvord. On September 3, 1993 she married Christopher Dee Ince at Hopewell Baptist Church in Alvord. Rachel worked for Decatur ISD for 17 years as a Special Needs bus driver, forming an extremely strong love and attachment to all the children she cared for.
She was a member of The Bridge Church in Bridgeport. She loved to be surrounded by her dearest friends. She consistently shared with everyone her passion as an avid Texas A&M fan.
Rachel is survived by her husband of 24 years, Chris Ince of Bridgeport; daughter Cortney Rae Ince and son Dillon Ryan Ince of Bridgeport; parents Ray and Tonnie Shipley of Alvord; sisters Jodie LaRae Shipley of Alvord, and Samantha Rae Brooks and husband Kevin of Abilene, Texas; and her many beloved nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are entrusted to Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

Inman, Ruby ‘Jo’ (Lockhart) | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ruby Inman
Ruby “Jo” Inman, 88, of Boyd, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Boyd.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with the Rev. Kevin Casey officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bryan Morris, Tristan Monzingo, Arnold Tedrow, Dickie Inman, Tommy Inman and Daniel Lockhart.
Jo was born March 13, 1929, in Newark to Daniel “Ward” and Laura (Harkins) Lockhart. She married Ralph Inman July 3, 1948, in Boyd and enjoyed 63 years of marriage until Ralph passed in 2011. Jo was a member of Central Full Gospel Church. She was an avid bowler. Jo was a great mother, sister and friend with strong Christian values. She adored her grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible. She was a retired office administrator.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Barney and Garland, Ward and Troy Lockhart; and sisters Frankie Tedrow and Ruth Van Meter.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Morris and husband, Bryan, of Boyd; grandchildren Starlit Amber Thurow and husband, Daniel, Gerad Morris and wife, Stormey, Tristan Monzingo, Ashley Morris and Kelsi Monzingo; great-grandchildren Harper, Jacob, Alice, Palmer, Christopher and Emma; sister Margie Maness of Colorado; and other family members and friends.

Irvin, Debra Lorraine (Brown) | 1955-2017
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017

Debra Irvin
Debra Lorraine Irvin, 62, of Springtown, died Monday, July 10, 2017, in Springtown.
Memorial service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Azle First Assembly of God Church.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Debra was born June 30, 1955, in Fort Worth to Tommy Lee and Vivian Lorraine (Allen) Brown. She was married to Tom Irvin for 43 years until his passing. Debra retired from the postal service as a manager of safety. She was a member of the Azle First Assembly Of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother Michael Brown.
Debra is survived by her brother, whom she lovingly raised, Billy Bruce Snyder of Briar; sister Pamela Gale Currier of Washington; and many friends.

Ivie, Pat (House) | 1959-2017
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pat Ivie
Pat Ivie, 58, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Knox City.
Service was Oct. 24 in Knox City with the Rev. Kenny Cates officiating.
Pat was born July 2, 1959, in Andrews. She grew up in Fort Stockton prior to marrying David Ivie in 1982. Pat and David raised their four children in David’s hometown of Knox City before moving to Bridgeport in 2003.
Pat was a passionate woman with a patient, generous heart. Her love of her grandchildren and her horses were a driving force in her life. Her joy always came from her family – both two-legged and four-legged.
Pat had a feisty spirit and rarely held back her opinion. She was honest and always told the truth, even if you didn’t want to hear it. She was genuine to a fault and rarely sugar coated anything. Everyone knew where they stood with her. She will be sorely missed.
Pat is survived by her husband; parents Ray House and Dois Clawson; sons Buck Ivie, Josh Ivie and Jason Ivie; daughter Jennifer Ivie; brother Ray House Jr.; sister Bonnie Norred; and grandchildren Wesley Ivie, Laken Ivie, Amber Bergmann, Raelynn Bergmann, Morgan Goss, Makayla Goss, Abaigeal Ivie, Cheyenne Davis and Ethan Reynolds.

Jackson, Doyle Albert, II | 1936-2017
Published Saturday, November 4, 2017

Doyle Albert Jackson II
Doyle Albert Jackson II, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jonas Bohlin officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family will serve refreshments at the Boyd home following the burial.
Doyle was born Sept. 12, 1936, in Emory to Doyle Albert I and Francis Loraine (Turner) Jackson. He married Bobbie Jean Waldrop Dec. 26, 1957, in Marietta, Okla. He attended high school in Longview and retired from Bell Helicopter after 35 years as a supervisor.
Doyle was a loving and generous man. Whether it was the church, a family in need or any number of charities that promised a trinket in return for a donation, he would give as much as his means allowed.
He loved to read old westerns and spy novels and also enjoyed bluegrass festivals, Southern gospel, politics, living in the country and Chihuahuas. He was a patriarch, hard worker and loved Tina Turner.
His family describes him as their rock and guiding light, just as he described his Savior, Jesus Christ. His faith was manifested in his integrity and strong love for family. He had a gentle soul, but was firm when needed. He was wise and compassionate and would always guide others to love, forgiveness, family and Jesus. Doyle was an active member of Fullness In Christ Church for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter Linda Jackson; and brother Floyd Jackson.
He is survived by sons Homer Ray Jackson of Boyd and Doyle (Skip) Albert Jackson III and his wife, Pamela, of Newark; daughter Wanda Rogers of Forth Worth; grandchildren Breanna, Isaac, Sierra, Hannah and Sarah; great-granddaughters Bryce, Lily and Jody; two great-grandchildren on the way; and his dog, Rocky.

Jackson, Leon ‘Jack’ | 1937-2017
Published Saturday, February 18, 2017

Leon Jackson
Leon “Jack” Jackson, 79, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Graveside was Friday, Feb. 17 at Walters Cemetery in Walters, Okla.
Leon was born April 28, 1937, in Walters, Okla. to Cleo and Thelma (Ogle) Jackson. He married Norma Hooper Sept. 24, 1985, in Fort Worth. Leon retired after 32 years from Bell Helicopter as a bonder. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico. He loved trotline fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years; sons Bobby Jackson of Waco and Darrel Jackson of Arlington; daughters Teresa Fowler of Melburn, Okla. and Sandra Deathridge of Cooper; stepsons Bruce Garrett of Houston and Scott Garrett of Keller; stepdaughter Kerri Cox of Walnut Springs; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; friends Charroll Stockard of Chico and Charles and Sandy Gutherie of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to James L. West Care Center, 1111 Summit Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Jackson-Samford, Bailie Christine | 1992-2017
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bailie Christine Jackson-Samford
Bailie Christine Jackson-Samford, 25, of Decatur, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at County Line Cowboy Church in Sunset with Craig and Shannon Johnson and Charles Clary officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Karl Bieser, Kevin Cooper, Kelly Slaten, Parker Slaten, Cody Adams, Chris Demases, Chance Demases and James Donald.
Bailie was born April 11, 1992, in Decatur to Jeffrey Samford and Audra Jackson. Bailie was a mother and full-time student. She worked part-time as a graphics sign installer.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Bailie is survived by her father, Jeff Samford and wife, Andrea; fianc Chace Landrum; son Jasper Reid Scott; brothers Kasey VanHoose and Brandon Aeling; sister Hollie Turney; stepsister Andrea Aeling; stepbrothers Collin Aeling, Josh Behrmann and Ryan Behrmann; her grannaw, Betty Jackson; aunts Brenda Adams, Pam Demases and Lori Donald; and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jennings, Deljuan | 1934-2017
Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
Deljuan Jennings, 83, of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 31, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is noon Saturday, Aug. 5, in Straley Cemetery in Adamsville with the Rev. Glenn Davis officiating.
Deljuan was born March 24, 1934, in Adamsville, in Lampasas County, to Gordon C. and Sudie Violet (Gutherie) Jennings.
Deljuan was a strong, but quiet man. He liked to watch old western movies, particularly those featuring the “Duke,” John Wayne. He also enjoyed spending time at the lake boating. He was a history buff and liked exploring the roads in search of historical markers.
Deljuan was a member of the Lion’s Club in Arlington. Before retirement, most of his career was spent in quality control for Bell Helicopter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Gary Dale Jennings; and sister Wilma Irene Jennings Lively.
Deljuan is survived by daughters Cynthia Bulone and husband, Domenico, of Bedford and Deann Jennings Shoshanah of Boyd; grandchildren Mark Banks Jr., Jeremiah Banks, Rachel Collins and husband, Paul, and Marie Bulone.
Other survivors include great-grandchildren Raven Banks, Phoenix Banks, Mark Banks III, Dakota Banks, Morgan Banks, Michael Collins and Lauren Collins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Daughters of the Confederacy or to Alzheimer’s research.

Jennings, Martha (Wright) | 1952-2017
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Martha Wright Jennings
Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Newark.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the First Baptist Church of Newark. Burial will follow at Dido Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Newark.
Greenwood Funeral Homes in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.
Martha was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Comanche.
She was preceded in death by parents James M. and Addie Kelly Schmeltekopf; and father Floyd Charles Wright.
Martha is survived by her husband, Billy Jennings; son Dennis Tichavsky; daughters Christy Sanchez and Teriana Bonz; siblings Peggy Grantham and husband, John, Weldon Wright and wife, Billie, James Schmeltekopf and wife, Nadine and Donna Clark and husband, Gary; sister-in-law Debbie Ellis and husband, Max; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Newark Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 478, Newark, TX 76071.

Johnson, Aubrey Mae | 2017
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Aubrey Mae Johnson was born and died Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Decatur.
She was the daughter of Devin McHenry and Kalan Johnson of Chico.
Aubrey is survived by her parents; and grandparents Don and Dee McHenry of Fort Worth, Chuck Johnson of Chico and Sissy Parker of Belton.

Johnson, Patricia Ann (Jordan) | 1948-2017
Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

Patricia Johnson
Patricia Ann (Jordan) Johnson, 68, of Bridgeport died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Brown Owen and Brumley Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Patricia was born May 25, 1948, in Denton to Vernie Lee and Lillie Mae Jordan. She married Lawrence Johnson April 26, 1991.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Shirley Provence; and son Michael Walker.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 26 years; sons James Walker and wife, Nacina, of Decatur, Thomas Strange and wife, Hope, of Runaway Bay; daughter Donna Whitaker and husband, Phillip, of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Johnston, Katherine (Gargis) | 1925-2017
Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

Katherine Johnston
Katherine Johnston, 91, of Newark died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Azle.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Aurora Cemetery with Mike Boaldin officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Katherine was born July 31, 1925, to Glen and Velma (Splawn) Gargis. She married Everett Johnston in October of 1942 in Fort Worth. homemaker.
Katherine was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a longtime resident of Newark and a member of Boyd Church of Christ.
Katherine was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Everett Johnston; her daughter, Sara June Crownover and son-in-law, David Crownover; sister Earnestine Taylor; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Don Johnston and wife, Ruby, of Azle and Steve Johnston and wife, Angelia, of Newark; grandchildren Cylinda Chaisson and husband, Andy, Michael Crownover and wife, Christy, Joseph Johnston and Sarah Bonaduci, and Amanda Johnston; great-grandchildren Drew, Junie, Nikki, Carter and Elijah.

Johnston, Robert Victor ‘Vic’, Dr. | 1925-2017
Published Saturday, February 4, 2017
Dr. Robert Victor (Vic) Johnston, 91, of Lake Jackson, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at The First Presbyterian Church of Lake Jackson with the Rev. Alan Trafford officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lakewood Funeral Chapel, 98 North Dixie Drive, in Lake Jackson.
Dr. Johnston was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Bridgeport to Charles Wesley and Cara Minnie Johnston. He was valedictorian of the Bridgeport High School class of 1941. He attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) for two years prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and completed his degree as a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1948.
He joined the staff of Allied Laboratories, a pharmaceutical and biological company in Indianapolis, Ind. He married Marareth Jane Cole in 1948, and they had two children.
In 1960, the Dow Chemical Co. bought Allied Laboratories, and Dr. Johnston was named director of the Agricultural Research Laboratories in Midland, Mich., and Lake Jackson, a post in which he served until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Johnston’s work included development and production of both human and veterinarian vaccines, world food production particularly bovine digestion, development of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and seminal work on chronic low level chemical toxicity. He was honored with the commencement address at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.
After retirement, Dr. Johnston remained active as a volunteer at the Sea Center and The First Presbyterian Church in Lake Jackson.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; his wife; and three siblings.
Dr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Maxine Bagley Johnston, whom he married in 1993; son Dr. Robert V. Johnston Jr. and wife, Jessica, of Lubbock; daughter Carol Ann Johnston and husband, Don Gordon, of Los Angeles; sister-in-law Marion Johnston; stepchildren John Bagley and Judith Hightower; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Jones, Barbara Jean (Davis) | 1933-2017
Published Saturday, April 1, 2017

Barbara Jones
Barbara Jean Jones, 83, of Boyd, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Azle.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Springtown.
Visitation is one hour prior to service.
Pallbearers are David Baker, Dustin Bolin, Gary Bolin and Dean Spahr.
Honorary pallbearer is Ray Colgin.
Barbara was born July 26, 1933, in Lockhart to Thomas and Ruby Davis.
Barbara married the love of her life, Carey Sanford Jones, Jan. 3, 1950, and together they raised four children. Barbara enjoyed sewing and was an avid gardener, who loved all types of flowers. She retired from Boeing Electronics in Irving.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Bobby Joe Davis and Thomas Davis; and sister Edna Mae Alexander.
She is survived by her sister, Lavada Smith; daughters Donna Colgin and husband, Ray, of Hugo, Okla., Sherrie Bolin and husband, Gary, of Rhome and Sharla Spahr and husband, Dean, of Boblingen, Germany; son Carey S. Jones Jr. of Hugo, Okla.; grandchildren Donny Baker, David Baker, Deanna Baker, Chris Cates, Brian Jones, Ashley Gresham, Dustin Bolin and Kacey Thomas; as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Jones, Betty (Triggs) | 1951-2017
Published Saturday, July 22, 2017

Betty Jones
Betty Triggs Jones, 66, died Saturday, July 15, 2017.
No services are planned.
Betty was born Sept. 27, 1951, to Emory and Merdell Triggs, with her older brothers, Emory Lee and Roy Dell, eager to greet her. In 1968, Betty married David Jones. After graduating from Trimble Tech High School in 1970, she and David embarked on an adventure with friends traveling through the Pacific Northwest and Canada, as far as the Rocky Mountains would take them. Upon her return to Texas, she began her most important role as mother and homemaker. Soon to come would be her first born, Lecianna, followed by Kara and then Foster. Betty was also a mother and a grandmother figure to others in her extended family, always loving and caring for them as her own.
Best described as beautiful, funny, strong, wise, caring and selfless; Betty raised her children with unselfish devotion and unconditional love. She provided an endless supply of hugs, laughs, encouragement and home-cooked meals. Her delicious carrot cake with cream cheese icing was always a family favorite. Betty was kind, generous and willing to help those in need, always putting others before herself. Her strength and courage throughout her life was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Betty was always young at heart, playing with her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her as “Bebe.” They all received an endless supply of love and laughter. She loved spending time playing, cooking, gardening and making crafts with them.
Betty loved to sew, a skill she learned from her mother, and passed on to her daughters. She especially loved making clothes and blankets for the little ones of friends and family. Betty is also known for her collection of elephants and for raising her precious dachshunds to be family members, not just pets.
Betty began working at the Decatur Walmart in 2000, where she became a familiar, smiling face in the fabric department. She was always quick to offer a helping hand and sewing advice to anyone that needed it. She will be greatly missed by coworkers and customers.
Betty’s love and devotion to her family will be her lasting legacy.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Emory Lee Triggs; as well as many other beloved family members.
She is survived by her older brother and protector, Roy Dell Triggs; daughters Lecianna Crowder and Kara Jones; son Foster Jones; her grandchildren; her great-grandchildren; many beloved family members; and her dachshund, Lucy.
In lieu of a service, Betty would love for donations to be made in her memory to: Dachshund Lovers of Texas, P.O. Box 820984, Dallas, TX 75382-0984, (214) 577-7536, info@dltrescue.org.

Jones, Jimmy John | 1943-2017
Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jimmy Jones
Jimmy John Jones, 73, of Decatur, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Decatur.
Celebration of his life is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the home of Jason and Carley Jones.
Jimmy was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Pecos to Kenneth and Vera (Alexander) Jones. He married Sandra Oletta Woods on Jan. 17, 1977, in Decatur. Jimmy retired after 15 years as an auto assembly worker at Peterbilt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers Bobby Jones, Jackie Jones, Shannon Jones and David Jones.
He is survived by his son, Jason Jones and wife, Carley, of Decatur; daughters Christi Campsey and husband, Chad, of Laramie, Wyo., and Shanda Southerland of Stanford; grandchildren Tyler, Haley and Joseph Campsey, Morgan and Alek Southerland and Macey and Kenley Jones; great-grandchild Calvin Hiatt; sisters Joy Litton and husband, George, Jane Miller of Chico, Julie Cottrell of Chico and Sonya Jones and husband, Denny, of Fort Worth.
Other survivors include brothers Joe Jones and wife, Jay, of Robinson, Mike Jones of Runaway Bay and Keith Jones and wife, Verna, of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jones, June Lee (Tennison) | 1958-2017
Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

June Jones
June Lee Jones, 59, of Bridgeport, died Friday, April 28, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 4 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Robert Cox officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
June was born March 12, 1958, in Friona to Carl and Nedra (Talent) Tennison. She married Melvin Jones April 18, 1971, in Alvord. She was a CNA and a homemaker.
June was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Danny William Tennison.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years; daughter Nedra Jones of Muenster; five grandchildren; brothers Carl Dewayne Tennison of New Mexico, Bobby Dean Tennison and Cheri Ritter of Alvord and Troy James Tennison of Paris; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jones, Lyndon Lee | 1931-2017
Published Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lyndon Lee Jones
Lyndon Lee Jones, 86, of Rosenburg, formerly of Mansfield, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at Bethel Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers are Tracy Redden, Derek Redden, Troy Wright, Lance Scarle, Jeff Wright, Jeremy Handyside, Christopher Handyside, Dean Chapman, Ronnie Chapman and Richard Chapman.
Lyndon was born July 7, 1931, in Goldthwaite to Fred and Hattie (Hardman) Jones. He married Vivian Elva Stapp Oct. 7, 1956, in Carlsbad, N.M. Lyndon retired from Lockheed as a computer tech.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughter Pat Richard; and granddaughter Toni Wright.
He is survived by his daughters, Bobbi Hattendorf and husband, Billy, of Fort Worth, Cathy Driskell and husband, Orville, of Saginaw and Toni Martin of Cleburne; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four nephews; two nieces; and friends.

Jordan, Joseph Jackson | 1945-2017
Published Saturday, November 18, 2017

Joseph Jackson Jordan
Joseph Jackson Jordan, 72, of Rhome, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Nov. 11 at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Joseph was born March 27, 1945, in Highland Park, Mich., to Joseph Sr. and Sophie (Jablonski) Jordan. He married Lorraine Myers May 3, 1971, in Michigan. Joseph retired from a residential general contractor. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; sons Ronald Zeits of Fort Worth and Coy Jordan of Rhome; daughters Deanna Kelly of McKinney and Lisa Culberson of Fort Worth; grandchildren Daryl, Makiya, Skyler, Taylor, Jasmine, Cecilia, Ashley and Julian; brothers Douglas Jordan of Michigan, Robert Jordan of Michigan and Roy Jordan of Michigan; sisters Angie Nash of Tennessee and Sheila Gleason of Michigan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jordan, Raymond, Sr. | 1935-2017
Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

Raymond Jordan
Raymond Jordan Sr., 82, of Boyd, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Boyd.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. Mark Autry and Glen Latimer officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Pallbearers are Ernest Partin, Jeremy Massey, Pedro Contreras Jr., Brent Wilson, Ray Sanders, Dylan Hall, Dwayne Moore and Kent Spencer.
Raymond was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Weatherford to Fred and Annie (Taylor) Jordan. He married Marilyn Kramp Nov. 1, 1983, in Kauai, Hawaii. Raymond was a member of Gospel Gathering Fellowship in Azle. He started Boyd Industries in 1962 and was owner for 40 years.
Raymond was on the Boyd City Council for 17 years, eight of which he was the mayor. The Boyd Public Library was named after him.
He was a life member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge and on the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade Committee for 37 years. Raymond was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous with more than 31 years of sobriety. He proudly served our country in the United States Army in Korea.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Debra Elaine Jordan; brother Kenneth Jordan; and sister Barbara Haynie.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years; sons Raymond Jordan Jr. and Jim Hicks and wife, MeDina; daughter Tammy McAfee and husband, Fred; grandchildren Ali McAfee, Amanda McAfee, Connor Hicks and Reid Hicks; sister Millie Jordan; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gospel Gathering Fellowship building fund, P.O. Box 7, Azle, TX 76098.

Joseph, Kathryn Louise | 1953-2017
Published Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kathryn Joseph
Kathryn Louise Joseph, 63, from Bowie, died June 7, 2017, after a fatal car crash.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.
Kathryn was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Longview to George Pelton and Joyce Kathryn (Pyeatt) Joseph. She worked at Albertson’s as the meat deli supervisor and was an avid crafter and gardener. She loved her family dearly, was diligent in her work and maintained a passion for life and others throughout the years. She mirrored Jesus in the way that she created things with her hands and found joy in her work. She was known for her big smile and bigger heart.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Joseph and Elizabeth Joseph.
She is survived by her daughter, Christy Carlson, and husband, Jerry; granddaughter Reighley Carlson; and grandson Gentry Carlson, all of Boyd; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kalbfleisch, Juana-Delores ‘Lola’ (Romero) | 1945-2017
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Juana-Delores Kalbfleisch
Juana-Delores “Lola” Kalbfleisch, 72, of Alvord, died Saturday, June 24, 2017.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery
Pallbearers are Pancho Redwine, Darren Sosa, Zack Vidal, Mickey Walker, Manuel Chavez and Billy Goynes.
Lola was born March 13, 1945, in Lemitar, N.M., to Joe and Beatrice (Chaves) Romero. She was a cook for Chico ISD.
Lola loved to cook, have a drink, sing and dance. She also loved being around people and spending time with her family and grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Kalbfleisch; son Felix Padilla; brother Lawrence Romero; and her parents.
Lola is survived by her sons, Felix Padilla Jr. and wife, Tammi, of Lake Bridgeport and Chris Leyva and wife, Tina, of Runaway Bay; daughter Geri Wise and husband, Gary, of Alvord; brother Billy Romero and wife, Patricia, of Socorro, N.M.; sister Pauline Chavez-Manuel of Socorro; grandchildren Joshua and Nathan Reed, Angelica and Joe Padilla and Shawnea and Mariah Leyva; great-grandchildren Elisa and Jayden Reed, Camdon Brewer, Joshua Walton and Elan Viscano; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jess Luna.

Keas, Bonnie (Packwood) | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bonnie Keas
Bonnie Keas, 87, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Clarksville.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Isaac Keas, Brandon Meador, Ryan Meador, Philip Koch, Jennifer Lamba and Bonnie Weaver.
Bonnie was born Sept. 25, 1929, in Dallas to Albert and Mary Lois (Biggs) Packwood. She married Isaac (Frank) Keas June 28, 1947. They shared a wonderful marriage of 49 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and painting. She also enjoyed working as a nurse.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Isaac F. Keas (Ike) and wife, Vicky; daughters Deborah J. Koch and husband, Fred, Cynthia E. Irving and husband, Jerry, and Gina A. Keas and Scott Shankoff; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren, plus two more on the way.

Keen, Margaret Ann (Combs) | 1937-2017
Published Saturday, December 23, 2017

Margaret Ann Keen
Margaret Ann Keen, 80, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Ken May and David Lowrie officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Paul Andrews, Tom Stennett, Stephen Wein, Dan Selz, Bobby Wilson and David Kosar.
Honorary pallbearers are Bob Wadsworth, Jerry Bethurum, Tim DeSpain, Chuck Greever, Jerry Howard, Edwin Haney, Loyd Jackson, Don Ogle, Kenneth McKay and Jim Cunnins.
Margaret was born March 8, 1937, in Dallas to Doc and Mary (Lathem) Combs. She married Jim Keen Dec. 6, 1963, in Dallas. Margaret retired from Motorola Incorporated as an order administrator.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Lisa Rene Sirmons.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years; sons Michael Andrews and wife, Cyndy, of Fort Worth and Craig Keen of San Marcos; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Cassie Stennett of Frisco, Helen Blevins of Farmersville, Judy Patterson of Dallas and Carol Bielharz of Frisco; brother Henry Combs of Palm Springs, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kelly-McKenzie, Yvonne Marguerite (Zabeau) | 1928-2017
Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Yvonne Zabeau-Kelley-McKenzie
Yvonne Marguerite Zabeau-Kelley-McKenzie, 89, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Yvonne was born Jan. 3, 1928, to Eudore and Anne Zabeau.
She is survived by her children, Mike Kelley and wife, Cathy, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Kathy Dahlquist and husband, Henry, of Moultonboro, N.H., Bill Kelley and wife, Nancy, of Missoula, Mont., Becky Herron of Anchorage, Alaska, Vicky Culbertson of Anchorage, Jennifer Allen and husband, Todd, of Decatur and Colleen Killingsworth and husband, Kevin, of Otis Orchard, Wash.
Other survivors include grandchildren Melissa Kelley, Kelley Achenbach, Amanda de Beaufort, Caroline Kelley, Garrett Kelley, Sam Herron, Chris Culbertson, Trent Allen, Janelle Allen, Sarah Robbins, Justin Killingsworth, Rachael Maygren and Seth Killingsworth; and great-grandchildren Derek, Greta and Estelle Achenbach, Henry and Adela de Beaufort, Theodore Culbertson, Parker Allen, Jocelynn Allen, Jackson Robbins, Delainee Killingsworth, Kendall Killingsworth and Gray Maygren.

Kemp, Homer Wendel | 1946–2017
Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Homer Wendel Kemp, 71, of Newark, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Decatur.

Kemp
Graveside service was Aug. 22 at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Neathery officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd handled arrangements.
Homer was born April 12, 1946, in Fort Worth to Joseph and Annie (McCrary) Kemp. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was a retired construction worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Phillip Allen Kemp; brothers Gilbert, Bobby and Obie Kemp; and sister Doris Troutman.
Homer is survived by his daughter, Kim Rogers and husband, Bobby, of Hensley, Ark.; sons Mike Kemp of Gilmer and Jerry Kemp and wife, Shannon, of Dallas; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Louise Meredith of Newark; brothers Willis Kemp and wife, Velma, of Haltom City and Morris Kemp and wife, Marie, of Newark; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Kent, Terry Eugene | 1960-2017
Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Terry Kent
Terry Eugene Kent, 56, of Chico, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. at Black Creek Lake. Dinner is noon at the Chico Community Center.
Terry was born May 25, 1960, in Bowie to Glenda Huckabay. He married Lavina Anderson Feb. 14, 2011, in Madill, Okla. Terry worked as a loader operator for Hanson.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Jeffrey Todd Landers and Matthew Kent; and his mother.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Renda Cole and husband, James, of Bangs, Kelsie Strachan and husband, Colton, of Denton and Bashella Kent James of Yelm, Wash.; son Jacob Knighten and wife, Nay, of San Diego; grandchildren James, Rebekka, Leighya, Kira, Luke, Corbin, Ava and Gunner; sister Tammie Lynn Hamilton of Saint Jo; brother Clint Carlton of Forestburg; father J.D. Carlton of Forestburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kersten, Paula Jean (Siehl) | 1935-2017
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paula Kersten
Paula Jean Kersten, 82, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Weatherford.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Rosary is 7 p.m. Friday at the church, officiated by Father Roque Gonsalves.
Paula was born April 22, 1935, in Detroit to Howard Paul and Amelia Martha (Lama) Siehl. She married Lawrence E. Kersten Jan. 30, 1954, in Detroit. The couple were married for 61 years, until he died in 2015.
Paula was a member of the Runaway Bay City Council. She volunteered with the hospital auxiliary at Wise Health System in Decatur for several years and was also involved with the golf association in Runaway Bay, the Red Hat Society and numerous other organizations throughout her lifetime.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved husband.
She is survived by her children, Pamela Green and husband, Denis, of San Marcos, Laura Belcher and husband, Jack, of Paradise, Lisa Ellerbrook of Weatherford, and Loren Kersten and wife, Tana, of Haslet; grandchildren Annaleah, Jessica, Kristen, William, Kyle, Kaitlynn, Emily, Danie and Kolby; and great-grandchildren Keegan, Abigail, Leeland, Mason, Brock, Allie, Grayson, Evelyn and Logan.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Key, John Richard ‘Sonny’ | 1946-2017
Published Saturday, July 8, 2017

John Key
John Richard “Sonny” Key, 71, died Saturday, July 1, 2017.
A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at the Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon.
He was born March 20, 1946, in Vernon to Rufus and Margaret (Mabry) Keys. Living there until 2008, he was a newspaper salesperson before moving to Bridgeport. A long-term resident of Senior Care Center in Bridgeport, Sonny was known for his smile and friendliness with all persons around him.
Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather, Cecil Hilliard; and brothers, James and Ray Key.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Schumann and husband, Danny, of Bridgeport; sister-in-law Teresa Kay of Vernon; three nieces; and two nephews.

King, Calvin Emmet | 1930-2017
Published Saturday, January 14, 2017

Calvin King
Calvin Emmet King, 86, of Chico, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Chico.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Living Waters Fellowship Church in Chico with the Rev. Robert Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Chico Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers include Jackie Jones, Justin Jones, Kevin Jones, Tyler Hunter, Gene Pardue and Glenn Swafford.
Calvin was born Sept. 5, 1930, in Farmersworth to John and Verdia (Anderson) King. He owned and operated King Mechanic Shop. Calvin was a member of Living Waters Fellowship Church in Chico. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Calvin volunteered at W.A.R.M.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Owen Jones; daughter Shirley Parks; and his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his sons, Paul Jones and wife, Janis, of Bowie, Melvin Jones and wife, June, of Chico, Tony Jones and wife, Vonda, of Chico and Jackie Jones and wife, Amy, of Chico; daughter Maxine Swafford of Park Springs; 21 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

King, Jacinda Renee (Munoz) | 1991-2017
Published Saturday, December 23, 2017

Jacinda Renee King
Jacinda Renee King, 26, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Steven Starnes officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Tyler Jobe, Sean Jobe, Ethan Foley, Jeremy Foley, Anthony Munoz and Cale Rider.
Honorary pallbearers are Trent Mills and Caleb Ince.
Jacinda was born July 26, 1991, in Nocona to Jason Milford and Linda Munoz. She married Blake Elliot King May 25, 2013, in Bridgeport. Jacinda worked for Taco Casa in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Munoz Sutherland.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Serenity Brown; sons Kaiden Brown and Gage King; brother Eric Lynn of Las Vegas; uncle Greg Munoz; cousin Anthony Munoz; nephews Sean Jobe and Tyler Jobe; niece Erica Lynn; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Kirkpatrick, Raymona (White) | 1945-2017
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Raymona White Kirkpatrick
Raymona White Kirkpatrick, 72, of Decatur, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville with Dr. Eddie Chennault officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Raymona was born March 15, 1945, in Weatherford to Albert Joseph “Red” and Marjorie Lathell (Oldham) White. She was the executive assistant to the Texas Woman’s University dean of nursing and was an active member of Temple Baptist Church before moving to Decatur.
Raymona was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Gainesville and Decatur and a member of the Order of the Amaranth-Bluebonnet Chapter in North Richland Hills.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Collin Baird; and sister Mary Lou Moore.
She is survived by her husband, Evan Kirkpatrick, of Decatur; daughter Stephanie Baird and husband, Randy, of Burleson; stepson Brian Kirkpatrick of Missouri; grandchildren Randi Baird of Houston, Sharla Baird of Burleson, Alexandra “Alex” Baird of Burleson, Katelyn Baird of Burleson, Erin Baird of Burleson and Ian Baird of Burleson; and brother Joseph Malcom White of Gainesville.

Knabe, Tayslea Alyvia | 2017
Published Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tayslea Alyvia Knabe
Tayslea Alyvia Knabe, infant daughter of Robert Knabe and Racheal West of Decatur, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur prior to the service.
Tayslea was born Sept. 28, 2017.
She is survived by her parents; sister Kali Knabe; brothers David and Benjamin Knabe; and other family members.

Knowles, Sandy Lynn (Lanksford) | 1968-2017
Published Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sandy Lansford-Knowles
Sandy Lynn Lansford-Knowles, 48, of Sanger, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Denton.
Memorial service was Jan. 27 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Rick Cooper officiating.
Sandy was born June 6, 1968, in North Richland Hills to Robert and Chris (Clanton) Lansford. She enjoyed shopping, watching soap operas and cooking.
She is survived by her daughter, Mikayla Knowles; her parents; and brothers Terry Lansford and Mike Lansford.

Lamance, Windell Jack | 1926-2017
Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Windell Jack Lamance
Windell Jack Lamance, 91, of Boyd, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Garvin United Methodist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial will follow at Garvin Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers are John Anderson, Buck Lamance, Harry Lamance, Dusty Lamance, Lynn Cordell and Scotty Cordell.
Windell was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Holliday to Riley and Laura (Flanery) Lamance. He was a member of Garvin United Methodist Church, Good Fellas, Prison Ministry (Wise and Huntsville) and Wycliff Bible Translators. Windell had a ministry on his farm called “The Lord’s Acre.” He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a retired lineman.
Windell was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Julia Isabel (Turney) Lamance.
He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Overstreet and husband, Chuck, of Boyd, Vivian Brown and husband, R.D., of Round Rock and Cathy Jackson and husband, Tommy, of Palmyra, Tenn.; son Bruce Langley and wife, Sharon, of Valdosta, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and friends.

Lambert, Carol Cecilia (Brucker) |
Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Carol Lambert
Carol was born March 19, 1951, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Clarence and Katherine (Cubberston) Brucker. She was a truck driver for Chaney Trucking in Bridgeport for 15 years. She was a bounty hunter and the coolest grandma.
Carol loved her dog, Precious, and all other animals. She loved the outdoors and family gatherings. She was a member of Grace Fellowship in Paradise.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol is survived by her son, Danny Lambert and wife, Shelly, of Indiana; grandchildren Cody Joe Lambert, Tyler Lee Lambert and Samantha Nikole Lambert of Indiana; brothers Richard Brucker and wife, Sherry, of Lake Dallas and Allen Brucker and wife, Jackie, of Rice; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Landen, Brad | 1979-2017
Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Brad Landen
Brad Landen, 38, of Alvord, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Chico.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are John Littlepage, Zac Hale, Brad Malone, Michael Scharen, Brian Scharen and Terry Scharen.
David Bradley was born Dec. 17, 1979, in DeRidder, La., to Edward Gillespie and Brenda (Landen). He married Nichole (Scharen) Aug. 8, 2009, in Alvord. He worked at Pierce Riverside Glass as a glazier. He and his family were members of First Baptist Church in Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dennis Landen; grandparents Odell and June Gillespie; and mother-in-law Bev Scharen.
He is survived by his wife; children Adyson, Hannah and Krasch of Alvord; his parents; grandmother Faye Landen; and aunt Vickie Landen of Pitkin, La.; father in-law Kelly Scharen; sisters Susan Littlepage and husband, John, of Alvord and Dana Hale and husband, Zac, of Decatur; three nieces and two nephews; and extended family members and friends.

Larned, Lorene Fay ‘Lorie’ (Maddux) | 1979-2017
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lorene Fay Larned
Lorene Fay “Lorie” (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at home.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay with Richard Rainey officiating. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Lorie was born March 8, 1976, in Bridgeport to Ronald Dean Lambert and Donna Fay Maddux. She was a 1994 graduate of Bridgeport High School and later worked as a phlebotomist at Family Clinic in Bridgeport and Wise Health System in Decatur.
She was a Baptist. Lorie enjoyed life and found laughter in all aspects of that life.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Denver and Hazel Maddux and Floyd and Lorene Lambert; and sister Nora Beth (Lambert) Bruce.
Lorie is survived by sons Christopher Lynn Ray and Dustin Michael Woods, both of Springtown; parents Ronnie and Lissa Lambert of Decatur and Donna Maddux of Springtown; brother Rodney Lambert and wife, Rachel, of Decatur; sister Stephanie Pooler of Springtown; aunt Rhonda Maddux of Springtown; and sister Cynthia Finney of Paradise.

Larrow, Fletcher ‘Gene’ | 1932-2017
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fletcher Larrow
Fletcher “Gene” Larrow, 84, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, May 12, 2017, in Grapevine.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Gene was born July 18, 1932, in Middlebury, Vt., to Otto and Winifred (Eubar) Larrow. Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. He was very proud of his time in the United States Army, from which he retired. He later worked for, and retired from, the U.S. Postal Service and served on the Runaway Bay City Council.
Gene is survived by his sons, Stephen Larrow of Valley Mills, Michael Larrow and wife, Sandra, of Waco, John Larrow and wife, Kristy, of Azle and Michael O’Brian and wife, Vicky, of Corpus Christi; daughter Tracy Brister of Americus, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Lauderdale, Otho Eugene ‘Gene’ | 1942-2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Otho Eugene Lauderdale
Otho Eugene “Gene” Lauderdale, 75, formerly of Sunset and most recently of Midland, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at White Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Sunset.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers and special friends are J.S. Powers, Donnie Powers, Pancho Redwine, Will Odell, Barry Clark and Jeremy Teter.
Gene was born June 13, 1942, in Bowie to Elsie and Charlie Lauderdale. He married the love of his life, Wilma Jean Lauderdale, April 25, 1969, and they enjoyed 48 years together.
Gene spent his life helping others and taking care of his family. His family was his top priority, and he went above and beyond to ensure their needs were met.
He had an unmatched work ethic, and he enjoyed traveling the country with his wife. His coworkers and friends valued his loyalty and compassion for everyone.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; uncle “Mose” Lauderdale; brother Tom Lauderdale; and grandson Aaron Gower.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Debbie Dore and husband, Mike, of Lake Dallas; son Richard Lauderdale and wife, Miranda, of Midland; grandsons David Dore of Lake Dallas and Jacob Lauderdale of Midland.
Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Melba Brinkley “Mama Melba” of Bowie; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lawlis, Marceline (Day) | 1931-2017
Published Saturday, December 16, 2017

Marceline Day Lawlis
Marceline Day Lawlis, 86, of Springtown, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Grapevine.
Service is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in Lake Worth. Burial is at Electra Cemetery.
Biggers Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Nathan Lawlis, Brian Day, Brandon Day, Shane Moore, Chase Moore and Matthew Bush.
Marceline was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Lamesa to Claude and Vivian Day. She was a registered nurse and a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Springtown Chapter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David W. Lawlis; sister Sandy Day Harrison; and grandchild Brent Lawlis.
Marceline is survived by sons Ricky V. Lawlis and wife, Jane, Joe R. Lawlis and wife, Dana, and David A. Lawlis; daughters Denise Lawlis Moore and husband, Dow and Michelle Lawlis Bush and husband, Marty; and brother Ronnie L. Day and wife, Mary.
Other survivors include grandchildren Nathan Lawlis and wife, Devin, Justin Lawlis and wife, Brandy, Jessica Aaron and husband, Kevin, Meagan Lawlis, Shane Moore, Chase Moore, Rita Sullivan and husband, Michael, Joseph Bush and Matthew Bush and wife, Ashley; and great-grandchildren Ethan and Landon Lawlis, Brayed and Bayleigh Brown, Ryleigh and Gaige Aaron, Abby and Gavin Sullivan and Taylor and Zeke Bush.

Lawson, Howard R. | 1951-2017
Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Howard Lawson
Howard R. Lawson, 65, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Runaway Bay.
There will be a private service for family.
Howard was born Sept. 24, 1951, in Rochester, N.Y., to Russel and Barbara Preston Lawson. He worked for Stewart and Stevenson LLC as a painter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Velma Frey.
Howard is survived by his wife, Jean Koontz Lawson; sons Jason Cooper, Michael Shetzer Jr. and Tracy Shetzer and wife, Michelle; sisters Bonnie Lawson and Kate Gordon and husband, Roger; and grandchildren Preston, Megan, Michael III and Emily.

Lee, Virginia Louise | 1948-2017
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017

Virginia Louise Lee
Virginia Louise Lee, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Virginia was born Aug. 2, 1948, in Decatur to Jasper Bruce “Happy” Lee and Catherine Poteet Lee Putnam. She was a 1966 graduate of Forestburg High and spent her adult life in Orange County, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Norman Bruce Lee; and sister Paula Dianne Putnam.
She is survived by her son, Ryan Lackey of Utah; companion Gary Dexter of Huntington Beach; brother Charles Lee and wife, Barbara, of Coppell; sister Cathy Moseley and husband, Johnny, of Forestburg; sister Linda McAhan and husband, Charles, of Saginaw; sister Becky Harwell of Forestburg; brother James Putnam and wife, Katherine, of Gainesville; many nieces and nephews; and longtime friends Carol Anderson, Dawn Fluss and Vicki Schultz, all of Orange County.  

Leverett, Ella ‘May’ (Harlow) | 1927-2017
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Ella “May” Leverett, 89, of Bowie, died Friday, April 7, 2017.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel, 1801 Houston St., in Vernon, with the Rev. Jim Antwine officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Doug Hooper, Ryan Hooper, David Carrie, Reece Berry and Hayden Berry.
May was born May 1, 1927, in Richmond, Va., to Dennis Walker and Lola Bernice Harlow Dudley. She attended John Marshall High School in Richmond. There she met the love of her life, Calvin Lee Leverett. He was stationed there with the Navy. They married Nov. 1, 1943, in Walters, Okla. Their union lasted 62 years.
In later years, they lived in Bowie and enjoyed fellowship at Eastside Baptist Church in Bowie. May was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, crafts and her grandchildren. She had a mischievous sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother D.W. Dudley; her husband; son Dennis Keith; and daughter Bari Lynn.
She is survived by her children, Pat Wagner of Runaway Bay, Penny Currie and husband, Robert, of Belaire, Dwayne Leverett and wife, Michelle, of Wichita Falls and Brenda Hooper and husband, Douglas, of Midland.
She is also survived by her brother, William Dudley and wife, Teresa, of Merida, Mexico; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to State of Texas Music and Memory Program at Stanton Nursing, P.O. Box 400, Stanton, TX 79782.

Lewis, Bera ‘Faye’ (Sherman) | 1932-2017
Published Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bera Lewis
Bera “Faye” Sherman Lewis, 85, of Decatur, died Monday, June 19, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Church of Christ in Boyd with Craig Jordan and Dave Clark officiating.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Faye was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Altus, Okla., to Floyd and Lorena Diola Sherman. She married Wayne Lewis Nov. 23, 1959, in Fort Worth.
Faye grew up on a dairy farm during the Great Depression and was the only girl among five brothers. She worked on the farm driving the tractor and worked at the thrasher.
Faye worked for Perkins Timberlake and Wise Electric before moving to Fort Worth. She began her career in Fort Worth as a women’s banking pioneer. Faye started at Fort Worth National Bank in 1958 in the proof department and was soon promoted to secretary where she was featured in several TV commercials and in print ads for the bank. She attended Swigsby College at SMU where she received her graduate certificate of banking. Faye worked her way up the career ladder and in 1978 was named Manager of the Tandy Center Bank, and in 1980 she was promoted to vice president, blazing the trail for all women professionals – up to then only men held key jobs and positions.
She retired after 35 years of service in banking in 1986. After retiring, she joined the volunteer force at the Decatur Community Hospital where she served for 16 years – with nine years as President of the Auxiliary.
Faye loved to sew and quilt. She served nine years as president of the Decatur Quilting Club. Faye loved antiques and her little dog Chloe. She was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
Faye served on the Salvation Army board of directors, was a member of the Zonta Club and chairman of the United Way Programs for the bank. She received the lifetime member award for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce for her hard work and dedication.
Faye’s proudest accomplishment was The Spirit of Christmas Program which is now a state-wide program and was her brainchild. She started the program in 1980 to reach out to abused and neglected children. She contacted CPS and the Spirit of Christmas program began. The first year of the program was a tremendous success and made such a difference to the children and all who participated that it became a volunteer tradition at TAB/Fort Worth. In 1984, the project became a statewide effort for the TAB banks. The tradition was passed on to Team Bank and now Bank One, and the Spirit of Christmas has become an annual event. Since 1980, more than 350,000 gifts have been distributed to abused and neglected children. In 1986, TAB received the Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives from President Ronald Reagan in a ceremony held in the Rose Garden at the White House. In 1988, TAB received the Department of Human Services Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in the corporate category. TAB was chosen from 36 nominees across Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her infant son, Michael Lavon Boring; and brothers Ed, Bud, Earl, Merle and Deedle Sherman.
She is survived by her daughter, Becca Chenevert and husband, Dennis, of Boyd; grandchildren Angela Lowry and husband, Cameron, Nathan Chenevert and wife, Kristy, Paul Chenevert and wife, Ashley and Kevin Chenevert; great-grandchildren Rylea, Haylee, Jasher, Jodi, Beau, Hattie and Dayne; and friends and extended family.
In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to: Christ Haven for Children, 4200 Keller Haslet Rd, Keller, Texas 76244.

Lewis, Teddy George | 1937-2017
Published Saturday, June 10, 2017

Teddy Lewis
Teddy George Lewis, 80, of Decatur, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service was Friday, June 9 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Barry Hollis officiating.
Teddy was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Decatur to George and Geneva (Wood) Lewis. He married Glennette Dotson July 1, 1970, in Dallas. Teddy retired from James Woods Motors in Decatur as a sales representative.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, David Kelly Lewis.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; daughters Leslie Megan Lewis Grant of Waco and Kate Grant of Decatur; sons Michael Keith Lewis of Rhode Island and Tony Tran and wife, Tiffany, of Keller; grandchildren Alana Shae Lewis, James Michael Grant II, Samantha Tran, Sean Tran and Steven Tran; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

Lewis, W.M. ‘Bill’, Dr., Sr. | 1926-2017
Published Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dr. W.M. Lewis Sr.
Dr. W.M. “Bill” Lewis Sr., 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Dr. David Lowrie and Assistant Stephen Wren will officiate.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Dr. Don Waller, Dr. Jeff Harrison, Carl Fennel, Jonathan Fennel, Jeff Bakker, Bobby Wilson, Wayne Alexander and Joey Greene.
Bill was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Wortham to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ezell Lewis. Soon after his birth, the family moved back to Kosse and lived in the Mustang Prairie community.
He married Valeria Cleveland Lewis in 1980. He proudly served his country, volunteering at the age of 17 in the United States Air Corps. He served 12 months in the Aleutian Islands on the island of Adak, Alaska, as a communications officer. Before he enlisted in the Air Corps, he attended North Texas Agricultural College at Arlington for two years.
After his discharge, he attended Hardin Simmons University. He graduated from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1952. He practiced his first year in Coushatta, La., and then moved to Decatur and developed a busy veterinary practice until he retired in July 1985.
While at Texas A&M, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He taught Sunday school for more than 65 years. He served as usher and was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1953. He was also an active member of the construction committee of the new church building in Decatur.
Prior to his retirement from veterinary medicine, he purchased a 450-acre farm at Denton Creek, cleared the land of briars and trees, planted coastal grass and started farming and raising cattle there as well as on his farm at Sand Hill. He owned several farms, improved them and saved them. He also purchased a farm jointly with his sons in the Mt. Zion community and farmed and raised cattle and horses there.
He was a member of Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and served as chairman of the Wise County Appraisal District Board for 10 years.
He was chaplain for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was a member of the Decatur School Board for many years. In 1984, he and Val served a short term in Brazil as missionaries. In 1990, he served in Pakistan, and in 1991, he went to Afghanistan and was captured for six months and held for ransom.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother Elmer Lewis; and sisters Alma Wells, Faye Rhine and Eloise Hansford.
He is survived by his wife; children Bill Jr. and life partner, Amy Gilmour, of San Antonio, Bob Lewis of Alvord, and Derrick and Linda Lewis of Conroe; stepchildren Marcy Hudson and husband, Bob, of Runaway Bay, Leslie Oates and wife, Denise, of Paradise and Dana Pomerance and husband, Norm, of Denton.
Other survivors include grandchildren Carrli and Eric Woodard, Micah and Gary Powell, Cody Lewis, Cassi and Derek Hilliard, Jade Garner, Jacob and Jansyn Lewis, John Lewis, Blake Lewis, Meredith and Cha Quach, Tiffany and Rob Gonzales, Stetson and Leslie Oates, and Gracie Oates; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Lindbloom, Janis ‘J.B.’ (Dickie) | 1972-2017
Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Janis Lindbloom
Janis “J.B.” Dickie Lindbloom, 44, of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Fort Worth.
J.B. was born Nov. 21, 1972, in Waco. She graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1990 and Weatherford College in 1994. The happiest day of her life was Feb. 16, 2003, when her daughter, Lexi Elise, was born. J.B. married Troy Stanton Oct. 21, 2016, in Texas. She was a nurse.
J.B. is survived by her husband; father Ted Dickie of Granbury; mother Sherron Dickie of Decatur; her daughter; sister Pam Miller; niece Meghan Elliott; nephew Scott Miller; cousins Jenna Wright Rogers and Jordan Lee; and friends.

Little, Tracie Lynn (Pryor) | 1998-2017
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tracie Little
Tracie Lynn Pryor Little, 18, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Knob Noster, Mo.
Funeral was May 8 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers were Robert Cole, Taylor Hood, Daniel Rodriguez, C.J. Reed, Elliot Mercer, Dustin Rogers and Devin Julia.
Tracie was born July 7, 1998, in Fort Worth to LaDona Hines Paul and Gary Pryor. She married Kolby Little Feb. 17, 2017, in Wichita Falls. She had an extraordinary talent for art and drawing, even receiving a college scholarship for her ability.
Tracie was also actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), was a member of Faith Baptist Church and a member of the National Honor Society. She loved reading, running, sightseeing, watching movies, and dogs and animals. Tracie loved eating Whataburger and keeping the Whataburger numbers as mementos of her great times with friends. It was impossible for her to laugh without getting the hiccups. She was loved by everyone.
Tracie is survived by her husband, Kolby Little; her parents; sisters Stephanie Carroll, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Pryor Kasner, Jennifer Johnson and Christy Chapman; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Pryor, Kaleta May and Johnny Hines; cousin Ashley Hawkins; nieces Brooke Younger and Kirsten Younger; nephew Pierce Cole Younger; and numerous friends and loved ones.

Littlejohn, Rose (Teague) | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
Rose Teague Littlejohn, 87, of Rhome, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Grapevine.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Shannon Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Visitation is 1 p.m. Monday at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
Rose was born Oct. 2, 1929, in the community of Shannon in Clay County to Otis Ardel and Eula May (Shaw) Teague. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur, as well as a volunteer for Wise Health System in Decatur.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Ray Littlejohn; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Don Littlejohn and wife, Peggy, Dale Littlejohn and wife, Roxanne, and David Littlejohn and wife, Cindy; daughter Debbie Keys and husband, Dave; siblings Theron Sibel and Vesta Spreng; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Littrell, Rocky Leon | 1952-2017
Published Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rocky Leon Littrell
Rocky Leon Littrell, 64, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Rocky was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Tarrant County to Eddie and Kathleen (Orr) Littrell. He married Judy McGaha Nov. 13, 1971, in Fort Worth. Rocky worked as an aircraft assembler for Lockheed Martin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rocky is survived by his wife of 46 years; sons Eddie Littrell and wife, Jeanie, of Alvord and Johnny Graham of Bridgeport; grandsons Chase Littrell, Tyler Littrell and wife, Barbara, and Dusty Littrell; great-granddaughters Elizabeth Dawson and Jensen Littrell; brother Bobby Littrell and wife, Donna, of Saginaw; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Loftis, Charles Edwin | 1945-2017
Published Saturday, April 15, 2017

Charles Loftis
Charles Edwin Loftis, 71, of Chico, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Chico.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Charles was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Gilmer to George and Rosa (Oxford) Loftis. He married Kay Blocker Jan. 7, 1965, in Ryan, Okla. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a retired oilfield consultant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Loftis Everett and husband, Matt, of Arlington; grandsons Travis and Aiden Everett; sister Linda McPherson and husband, Robert; and other family members and friends.

Long, Richard Biddle | 1954-2017
Published Saturday, September 30, 2017

Richard Biddle Long
Richard Biddle Long, 62, of Paradise, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas with the Rev. Earnest Franklin Shockley officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Richard was born Dec. 9, 1954, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Clifford Frank and Margaret Marie (Eaton) Long. He married Wanda Ann Shockley Aug. 22, 1999, in Seattle, Wash. He served his country for eight years as an Army sergeant and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years. When honorably leaving the Army, he received an award for master mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Bob Heiman.
He is survived by his wife; sons Jason Richard Long and wife, Mandy, of Oklahoma, Dustyn Richard Long of Arkansas, Shane Sanders of Paradise and Patrick Ingersoll of Paradise; daughter Misti Dawn Tuck and husband, Don, of Kilgore; grandchildren Collin, Kayla and Madison Long, Codi Long, Kymberlin Sanders, Kayleigh Sanders, Rayce Tuck and Sadie Tuck; his God-grandkids Hannah Collie and Aiden Hernandez; brother Richard Lee Eaton of Paradise; sisters Judy Heiman of Florida, Bonnie Gustwiller and husband, Tom, of Ohio and Betty Heiman of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends throughout his 22 years of living in Paradise.

Lopez, Ninfa | 1980-2017
Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ninfa Lopez
Ninfa Lopez, 37, of Chico, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Melvin Castleberry officiating. Burial will follow at the Mexican Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Juan Rodriguez, Cecil Rodriguez, Matthew Carter, Jacob Carter, Guadalupe Hernandez, Austin Higgins, Bobby Seelye and Luis Trujillo.
Honorary pallbearers are Liandro Lopez and Vincent Leonard.
Ninfa was born June 21, 1980, in Decatur to Victor and Rose Mary Osteguin.
She was preceded in death by her son, Shawn Douglas Lopez; and her grandparents.
She is survived by son Curtis Keener of Chico; granddaughter Bexley Shawn Lopez of Chico; her parents; brothers Vincent Leonard of Boyd and Liandro Lopez of Chico.
Ninfa is also survived by sisters Shirley Herrera of Decatur, Sarah Jackson and Alan Turner of Mansfield, Lisa Marshall of Chico, Blanca Lopez and Lance Allison of Perrin, Vicky Lopez and Guadalupe Hernandez of Chico; grandmother Jauna Osteguin of Mexico; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lopez, Pascual | 1940-2017
Published Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pascual Lopez
Pascual Lopez, 76, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Thomas D’Souza officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Julia Ojeda, Jalily Lopez, Tono Lopez, Juan Antonio Lopez, Gabriel Lopez, Joseph Ojeda, Giovanni Navarro and Alexandra Lopez.
Pascual was born June 16, 1940, in Salinas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Pascual and Julia (Delgado) Lopez. Pascual was a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his first wife, Dolores Acevedo of Decatur; son Juan Antonio Lopez and wife, Carmen, of Houston; daughters Lourdes Lopez and husband, Rogelio, of Mexico, Rita Lopez and husband, Gabriel, of Decatur, and Irene Lopez and husband, Jairo, Dolores Lopez, Guillermina Ojeda and husband, Jose, and Lucia Perez and husband, Edmundo, all of Chicago.
Other survivors include 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Maria Del Refugio, Maria De Jesus and Maria Del Carmen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lopez, Shawn Douglas | 1996-2017
Published Saturday, June 4, 2017

Shawn Lopez
Shawn Douglas Lopez, 20, of Chico, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Chico.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, June 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Melvin Castleberry officiating. Burial will follow at Mexicano Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Anthony Lopez, Matthew Carter, Zach Vidal, Joe Padilla, Austin Higgins, Cecil Rodriguez Jr., Cecil Rodriguez III and Lance Allison.
Honorary pallbearers are Louis Trujillo, Darren Davis and Aaron Anguish.
Shawn was born Sept. 26, 1996, in Decatur to Jason Paul Hamblin and Ninfa Lopez. He was a laborer and handyman.
He is survived by his fianc e, Elizabeth Wright of Decatur; daughter Bexley Shawn Lopez (due Oct. 3, 2017); his mother; his father; brother Curtis Keener of Chico; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Victor Osteguin of Chico; grandmother Darla Anderson of Lake Bridgeport; and grandfather Bo Hamblin of Lake Bridgeport.
Other survivors include aunts Shirley Herrera of Decatur, Sarah Jackson and husband, Alan Turner, of Mansfield, Blanca Lopez and husband, Lance Allison, of Chico, Vicky Lopez and husband, Guadalupe Hernandez, of Chico and Lisa Marshall of Chico; uncles Vincent Leonard of Boyd and Liandro Lopez of Dallas; and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Loudermilk, Zelma Dean (Kirkland) | 1928-2017
Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Zelma Dean Loudermilk
Zelma Dean Loudermilk, 89, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Weatherford following a short battle with breast cancer.
Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Home, 913 N. Elm Street, in Weatherford.
Honorary pallbearers are Mark Rouse, Mark Daniels, Coy Harris, Chase Howard, Cody Howard, Jim Seals, Richard Kirkland and Aidan Daniels.
Zelma was born May 3, 1928, in Comanche to Frank and Burney Kirkland. She was a homemaker who loved her family. She enjoyed yard work and volunteering in various organizations. Zelma and her husband were members of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
In her later years, Zelma lived at Autumn Hill Manor in Weatherford where she had a lot of wonderful friends. Zelma was loved by many and will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years; her parents; sisters Marie Morgan, Jewell Beck and Lorena Seals; and brothers Blackie Kirkland, Delbert Kirkland and Troy Kirkland.
She is survived by her daughter, Kay Rouse and husband, Charles, of Weatherford; granddaughters Milissa Harris and husband, Coy, of Decatur and Marla Daniels and husband, Mark, of Weatherford; grandson Mark Rouse and wife, Kelly, of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Chase Howard of College Station, Cody Howard of Denton, Meghan Rouse of College Station and Abigail and Aidan Daniels of Weatherford.

Lovejoy, Maurine (Howard) | 1947-2017
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Maurine Lovejoy
Maurine Lovejoy, 70, of Argyle, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Denton.
Funeral was Aug. 29 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with A.C. Griffin and Tyler Kilburn officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tommy Lovejoy, Benny Shawn Lovejoy, Matthew Smith, Leslie Fortenberry, Truett McLaughlin and Dale Burks.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Smith, Frank Maxwell and A.C. Griffin.
Maurine was born March 12, 1947, in Decatur to James Arnold and Hazel (Truitt) Howard. She graduated from Slidell High School in 1965 where she played basketball and helped win a state title in 1963. She married Wayne Lovejoy June 1, 1968, in Greenwood. They were married for 44 years until he died in 2013.
Maurine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and an infant, Wayman Earl Lovejoy.
She is survived by her daughter, Dana Kilburn of Corinth; son Weldon Lovejoy and wife, Kyla, of Justin; grandson Tyler Kilburn of Corinth; extended family members; and lifelong friends.

Lum, Lou Ellen (Newton) | 1931-2017
Published Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lou Lum
Lou Ellen Lum, 85, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Floresville.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Randy Tidmore and Ralph Noack officiating. Burial will follow at Lonestar Cemetery in Chico.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include Landry Burwell, Blaine Noack, Landon Shaw, Logan Shaw, Bart Shaw and Jeffrey Burwell.
Lou Ellen was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Chico to William and Sally (Dickenson) Newton. She married Lavern Lum Oct. 16, 1998, in Bridgeport. Lou Ellen was a member of the C & Tyler Church of Christ in McAlester, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Cliff Tidmore; her second husband, Lavern Lum; brothers J.T. and Carmie: and sisters Annie May, Murrieta and Naomia.
Lou Ellen is survived by her son, Randy Tidmore and wife, Cynthia, of Alderson, Okla.; daughter Kathy Noack and husband, Ralph, of Floresville; grandchildren Dena, Jessica, Tim, Tony, Lydia, Julia and Matthew; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Melton Newton and wife, Judy, of Allen; sister Flora Jean Frazier of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lunsford, Braxton Ray | 2016-2017
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Braxton Lunsford
Braxton Ray Lunsford, infant son of Randy Lunsford and Carlee Adams of Azle, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford.
Braxton was born Nov. 21, 2016, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his mother; father; grandparents Randy Lunsford of Springtown, Sunny Lunsford of Springtown, Tammy Adams of Watauga and Richard Adams and wife, Donna, of Millsap; uncle Dakota Adams and son, Tucker; and numerous great-grandparents and family friends.

Mabee, Wyatt Russell | 2017
Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
Wyatt Russell Mabee, infant son of John and Cesha Attleine (Moses) Mabee of Bowie, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Wise County Park, just outside Chico.
Wyatt was born Aug. 9, 2017, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his parents; sister Sophi Grace Mabee of Alvin; grandparents Donnetta Sherwood, Randy Thornburg and Christina Chavez; and great-grandparents Lonnie Denman and Attleine Denman.

Maclin, Savanna Marie (McGee) | 1988-2017
Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Savanna Maclin
Savanna Marie Maclin, 28, of Hermiston, Ore., died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Boyd.
A private memorial service was held Sept. 11, 2016, at Bethesda Church in Fort Worth and Sept. 24, 2016, her parents’ home in Decatur.
Savanna was born May 4, 1988, in Tacoma, Wash., to Carl Maclin and Dallas McGee. She was a 2006 graduate of Decatur High School. After graduation, Savanna received her cosmetology license from Ogle School of Hair Design and began her career as a hairstylist.
Her hobbies included drawing and painting, as well as other creative works. Her last endeavor was weaving intricate jewelry pieces. She was adventurous and up for any challenge. Always one to bring laughter, Savanna was a free spirit who loved animals, music and traveling, but most of all she loved and spent time with her only child, Hayden.
Savanna was preceded in death by grandfathers Jan McGee and A.C. Maclin.
She is survived by her daughter; parents Mike and Dallas Blankenship of Decatur and Carl and Tami Maclin of Fort Worth; sister Faith Blankenship of Decatur; and grandparents Charlene McGee of Fort Worth, Ella Maclin of Fort Worth and Milton and Ruby Blankenship of Cleburne; and numerous other family members.
Time and monetary donations have and will continue to be given to Oxford Houses of Texas and Wise Choices in Decatur.

Manire, LaVerne Eula (Wood) | 1930-2017
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017

LaVerne Eula Manire
LaVerne Eula Manire, 87, of Weatherford, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at North Side Baptist Church with burial following at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford is handling arrangements.
LaVerne was born and raised in Bridgeport. Her parents were Lela and Frank Wood. LaVerne lived in Weatherford most of her life. She owned and operated South Bowie Day Care for the past 32 years. LaVerne was a longtime member of North Side Baptist Church and served as a director of G.A.’s for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Rowboat” Manire; son-in-law Bob Carter; sister Lorene and Wayne Garrett; and brother Benny Wood.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Carter of Weatherford; sons Tracy Manire and wife, Melinda, of Weatherford, Joey Manire and wife, Teresa, of Arlington; brother James Wood and wife, Shirley, of Decatur; and sister-in-law Bennie Wood of Fort Worth.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Carly Manire, Joe Carter, Chrystal and husband, Jack Owens, Tara and husband, Jason DeFrance and Katie and husband, Taylor JuVette; and great-grandchildren Corbin and Haylin DeFrance.
Memorial donations may be made to Parker Paws or North Side Baptist Church.

Mann, Shirley Sue (Harris) | 1934-2017
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shirley Mann
Shirley Sue Mann, 82, formerly of Bridgeport, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating and Angie Beville Tyson assisting with the eulogy. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery in Cottondale.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Jason Hester, Tim Crews, Durell Martin, Pace Copeland, Justin Janacek, Bryson Carter and Ray Sullivan.
Shirley was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Cottondale to Hillard Gandy and Bobby (Bridges) Harris. She was a retired registered nurse and served on the Junior Women’s Club in Bridgeport where she was a past president. Shirley lobbied with Ralph Nader to get mandatory seat belts in cars and always stood up for children’s rights for their safety and security.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Charlie Harris.
Shirley is survived by her daughters, Susan Mann Hester and husband, Larry, Sherry Mann Phillips and husband, CD, and Sandi Mann George and husband, Mike; grandchildren Jennifer Wiedemann, Jason Hester, Brindle Crews, Fatimat Martin, Pace Copeland, Kyle Copeland, Sandi Janacek, Bryson Carter, Adrian Sullivan and Kendon Fair; 22 great-grandchildren; niece Ceila Harris; nephew Mike Harris; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Marrs, Jim | 1943-2017
Published Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jim Marrs
Jim Marrs, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Wise County.
Jim was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Fort Worth.
He received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and attended graduate school at Texas Tech in Lubbock. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Beginning in 1976 until his retirement in 2007, Marrs taught a course on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1989, his book, “Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy,” was published to critical acclaim and reached the New York Times paperback non-fiction best seller list. It became a basis for the Oliver Stone film “JFK.”
Other books by Marrs include “Alien Agenda” (1997), which was the top-selling non-fiction UFO book in the world, “Rule by Secrecy” (2000), “The Terror Conspiracy Revisited” (2007), “The Rise of the Fourth Reich” (2008), “The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy” (2010), “Our Occulted History” (2013), “Population Control” (2015) and his last book “The Illuminati” (2017).
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Marrs is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol; daughters Cathryn Lafitte of Fort Worth and Jayme Castle and her husband, Chris; brother David and wife, Sandy, of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Moxy, Jackson and Scout.
Memorial donations to go toward Jim’s medical expenses can be sent to: P.O. Box 189, Springtown, TX 76082 or visit youcaring.com/jimandcarolmarrs-894894.

Marshall, Mary Ella (Weaver) | 1933-2017
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mary Marshall
Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Alvord.
Service is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with the Rev. Frankie Garcia and Rodney Marshall officiating. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Levelland City Cemetery.
Visitation is 9 a.m. Friday at the George Price Funeral home in Levelland.
Mary was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Levelland to William Clyde and Agnes (Patton) Weaver. She married John Keith Marshall July 6, 1951, in Levelland. Mary was a member of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. She was a retired teacher’s aide.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Timothy Alan Marshall; and son-in-law R.C. Cowan.
She is survived by her son, Rodney Marshall and wife, Nancy, of Champaign, Ill.; daughter YoVonna Cowan of Alvord; grandsons Sonny Lance Wimberley of Alvord, Joshua Marshall of Argyle, Ryan Cowan and wife, Kerista, and Tyler Cowan and wife, Paige; granddaughter Sarah Lee of Vernon; great-grandchildren Carson Lee and Cambree Lee, and Ella, Kaitley and Finn Cowan; daughter-in-law Pamela Caldwell and Steve of Vernon; and friends.

Martin, Kristi Nicole | 1980-2017
Published Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kristi Martin
Kristi Nicole Martin, 37, of Sunset, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Azleland Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Joseph Gaber, Cory Downey, Robert Ervin, Aaron Ervin, Patrick Montgomery and Troy Lewis.
Kristi was born Jan. 17, 1980, in White Settlement to Charles Grimmit and Twila Downey. She married Robert Wesley Martin Jan. 23, 1999, in Weatherford. Kristi worked as a pharmacy technician for Bowie Wal-Mart Pharmacy.
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Jackie “Jack” Cole.
Kristi is survived by her husband; daughters Brittani Martin of Alvord and Makayla Martin of Sunset; brothers Chad Ervin of Springtown, Robert Ervin of Weatherford and Aaron Ervin of Weatherford; mother Twila Ervin of Springtown; sisters Marsha Justus of Azle and Mandy Cox of Sherman; her in-laws, Price and Beverly Martin of Haltom City; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Martinez, Robbin Allen | 1979-2017
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Robbin Martinez
Robbin Allen Martinez, 37, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Wichita Falls.
Service will be Saturday, May 20 at Bridgeport Lions Club with the Rev. Melvin Castleberry officiating.
Robbin was born Dec. 8, 1979, in Bridgeport to Raymond Martinez and Sherry Smith. He was a loving father of three, a hard worker and a huge Dimebag Darrell fan. He courageously fought pancreatic cancer and died peacefully at Hospice of Wichita Falls with loved ones at his side.
He is survived by his parents; son Brayden; daughters Hayle and McKenzie; brothers Jason Martinez and Chris Martinez; grandparents Rob and Lou Smith of Lewisville and Julian and Deloris Ramirez of Bridgeport.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org.

Matzinger, Mary Elizabeth Roberta (Johnson) Pate | 1917-2017
Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mary Matzinger
Mary Elizabeth Roberta Johnson Pate Matzinger, 99, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service was June 6 at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Roberta was born July 22, 1917, in Decatur to Walter and Electra (Hawkins) Johnson. She was co-owner of Angus BBQ in Bridgeport.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; first husband L.M. Pate; second husband J.D. Matzinger; sister Virginia Dare Matzinger; and brother Delmo Johnson.
She is survived by her daughter, Anamary Pate Tinar and husband, Morgan, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Mark Tinar and wife, Joan, of Castroville and Rolinda Hans and husband, Douglas, of Castroville; great-grandchildren Lacy (Paige) Bishop of Castroville, Dillion Hans of Castroville, Paiten (Jordin) Tinar of Houston, Landen Tinar of Midland and Tristen Tinar of Castroville; great-great-grandchildren Whitley Bishop and Pate Bishop; sister Bennie Wayne Wood of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mauldin, Wanda Brucille (Bobo) | 1945-2017
Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wanda Mauldin
Wanda Brucille Bobo Mauldin, 72, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
At her request there will be no funeral.
Brucille was born March 6, 1945, in Boyd to William Alford and Lillian Zay Thompson Bobo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Adron; and sister Betty.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Doyle; children Todd Mauldin, Jackie Mauldin and wife, Toni and Cheryl Lee and husband, Tim; sister Earlene; grandchildren Kayla, Alyssa, Garrett, Mindy, Kasi and Jake; and great-grandchildren Tripp and Presley.

McClary, Richard Lynn ‘Rick’ | 1949-2017
Published Saturday, September 9, 2017

Richard McClary
Richard “Rick” Lynn McClary, 68, of Bedford, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Bedford.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Zack McClary, Heath Payne, Nathan McClary, Bill Bailey, Tom Clemmer, David Davis and Jonathan Duft.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Rick was born Aug. 28, 1949, in Decatur to Thomas and Estelline (Smith) McClary. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Rick was an avid golfer who never missed an opportunity to play a round.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his beloved, Alice Bavol of Bedford; son Bart McClary and wife, Miya, of Alvarado; daughter Susan McClary of Fort Worth; grandchildren Zack McClary and wife, Kristin, of Coppell and Jaclyn Payne and husband, Heath, and great-granddaughter London Payne, all of Oklahoma City.
Other survivors include granddaughters Taylor Bavol, Haley Bavol, Jordan Vela-Howard, Sierra Stowers, Rosie Stowers, Olivia Stowers and Nora Stowers; two great-grandsons; sister Janis Gallagher and husband, Rich, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; brother David McClary of Cleburne; and extended family members and friends.

McClendon, Mabel Ann (Martin) | 1935-2017
Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mabel McClendon
Mabel Ann Martin McClendon, 82, of Briar, died Monday, May 22, 2017.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, at Azleland Memorial Park.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White’s Azle Funeral Home.
Mabel was born Jan. 31, 1935, in McAlester, Okla., to James Phillip (J.P.) and Arby Teen Goodman Martin. She was a beautician for more than 50 years and owned and operated McClendon’s Beauty Shop in Briar for 45 years. Mabel was full of life and enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and sewing for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Dwight McClendon; brother Jim Martin; and dear friend Faye Tackel.
She is survived by her son, David McClendon; daughter Carol McClendon Tackle and husband, David; grandchildren Jami McClendon Burns and husband, Brian, Jayson McClendon and wife, Kimmi, and Matt Tackel; great-grandchildren Noah and Olivia Burns and Jacob and Jed McClendon; sister Hazel Evans; brother Joe Martin; and friend Susan Burkett.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

McClure, Bobby R. | 1934-2017
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bobby R. McClure
Bobby R. McClure, 83, of Decatur died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Decatur.
He was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Decatur to Samuel and Ola (Caraway) McClure. Bobby married Mary Patterson Dec. 29, 1956, in Ardmore, Okla. He was a retired engineering assistant.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary McClure of Decatur; daughters Karen Brooks of Decatur and Lori James and husband, Hoyl, of Gun Barrel City; son Randall McClure and wife, Rosemary, of Fort Worth and Gary McClure and wife, Brenda, of Colleyville; grandchildren Jeffrey, Jonathan, Meagan, Rachel, Clint and Hannah; great-grandson Elijah; three brothers; two sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.

McCrary, Hugh Franklin ‘Mac’ | 1934-2017
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hugh McCrary
Hugh Franklin (Mac) McCrary, 82, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with the Rev. Frankie Garcia officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to service.
Pallbearers include Don Alexander, Cody Gillispie, Bill Austin, Vondel Floyd, Chris Hutchings and Don Hutchings.
Mac was born March 9, 1934, in Ensley, Ala., to Rexford Allen and Goldie (Ray) McCrary.
Mac was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He retired after 22 years of service. Upon retiring, Mac went on to become a district manager for Hollis Jones Dairy Queens, owning and operating three restaurants – one in Bridgeport, Decatur and Runaway Bay. Mac had a rental business and later became a real estate agent in the Runaway Bay area.
He was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Mac met and married the love of his life, a wee Scottish lass, Isabel from Johnstone, Scotland. Together they enjoyed traveling throughout Europe.
Mac was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

McCurdy, Floyd T. | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

Floyd McCurdy
Floyd T. McCurdy, 87, of Rhome died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at his home near Rhome.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Rhome Church of Christ with Roy H. Deaver officiating. Leon Fuqua will lead singing. Burial will follow at Thurmond-Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview.
Floyd was a godly man who loved his family, country and neighbors. He was known for his storytelling, big smile and work ethic. In addition to farming/ranching, he was involved in rental property, gas production and worked for the Rock Island and Union Pacific Railroads for 26 years as a brakeman. Floyd served his country in the United States Navy. He was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Decatur to Rufus Cal and Ava (Chambers) McCurdy. His family settled in Wise County in 1899, and their cattle brand is a featured historical brand at Texas A&M University. Floyd had five siblings: Allan, Beatrice, Calva, Dorothy and Elton. All preceded him in death.
Floyd graduated from Decatur High School in 1947. He attended North Texas Agricultural College, part of the Texas A&M College system for one-and-a-half years until he joined the U.S. Navy and served on a submarine during the Korean War. On Jan. 23, 1954, in Fort Worth, he married Peggy Logan, the “prettiest girl in the county,” who was the love of his life for 63 years. Floyd and Peggy had three children to whom he conveyed the values of hard work, love of the land, and dedication to family. He and Peggy continued the family tradition of road trips to historic sites across the United States with their six grandchildren. The kids were captive to his endless storytelling and recitation of historical facts, but at least baths were optional if you took a dip in the hotel pool.
Floyd never met a stranger and never failed to serve his community. He was an elder at the Rhome Church of Christ and was instrumental in the World Bible School missionary work in Chennai, India. He also served as deacon, Bible class teacher and song leader, where you could hear his beautiful tenor voice. He was president of the Thurmond-Fairview Cemetery Association for 38 years. Floyd was active in the Wise County Democratic Party and was honored in 2010 with a ceremony for his many years of service. He served on the Northwest ISD School Board and announced their high school football games for many years. He was proud to be a member of Woodmen of the World and the Texas Farmers Union.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Peggy McCurdy of Rhome; sons K.C. McCurdy and wife, Kim, of Rhome, and Kyle McCurdy and wife, Kendall, of Graham; daughter Amelia Martin and husband, Chris, of Austin; grandchildren Kellan McCurdy, Luthien McCurdy, Julia Martin, Daniel McCurdy, Louisa Martin and John McCurdy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Rhome Church of Christ, P.O. Box 92, Rhome, TX 76078, memo line: India World Bible School; or the charity of your choice.

McKeever, Raymond William | 1938-2017
Published Saturday, February 18, 2017

Raymond McKeever
Raymond William McKeever, 78, of Paradise, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dale Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Raymond was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Decatur to Elmer and Evelena (Boner) McKeever. He graduated from Chico High School. Raymond married Reba Martin Jan. 8, 1960, in Bridgeport. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1998 after 33 years as a machine shop general foreman. Raymond was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. He was a loving husband and father. He loved traveling and camping. Colorado was his favorite camping destination.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Dennis McKeever; and brother Lee Roy McKeever.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years; daughter Connie McKeever Johnson of Argyle; granddaughters Mackenzie and Meagan Johnson of Argyle; brother Jerry McKeever and wife, Mary, of Chico; and other family members and friends.

McMillan, Steven Wayne | 1956-2017
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Steven McMillan
Steven Wayne McMillan, 60, of Rhome died Monday, March 13, 2017, in Rhome.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Aurora Baptist Church. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Jimmy Withers and Jacob Withers will officiate.
Pallbearers include Roger Smith, Joe McMillan, Carroll Phillips, Jay Hayes, Harold Stokes, Mike Smith, Steve Forsythe and David McDonald.
Steven was born on Dec. 23, 1956, to E.B. “Red” and Rosie (Jackson) McMillan in Dallas. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Jean Corbitt on Jan. 28, 1985, in Dallas. Steven was a truck driver for J.B. Hunt for 24 years. He was a member of the Aurora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Rosemary Abbott and Peggy Mayo; and his niece, Jennifer Abbott.
Steven is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn McMillan of Rhome; his daughter, Julie McDonald and husband, David, of Abilene; his son, Joseph C. McMillan and wife, Melissa, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his grandson, Aiden Conner McDonald; his granddaughter, Taylor Noelle McDonald of San Marcus; his brother, Joseph B. McMillan and wife, Deborah, of Delaware, Ohio; his step-grandson, Michael Welch of Jacksonville; his step-granddaughter, Andrea Velasco of Jacksonville; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Blair and husband, Paul, of Warson, Ind.; his brothers-in-law Don Corbitt and wife, Rebecca, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Stephen Corbitt and wife, Judy, of Defiance, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

McMurtrey, Margaret Ann (Vermillion) | 1918-2017
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017

Margaret Ann McMurtrey
Margaret Ann McMurtrey, 98, of Oklahoma City died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, after a brief illness.
Graveside service is 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens under the direction of Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Margaret was born Nov. 3, 1918, in Decatur to William Edward and Minnie Eula (Mote) Vermillion. She grew up in Alvord and O’Donnell. She graduated from O’Donnell High School and Wayland Baptist College. Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Milford McMurtrey, in October 1937, and they established a home in Brownwood, where their first child was born in 1939.
During World War II, while her husband was serving overseas in the U.S. Army Air Forces, she worked as a bookkeeper in Albuquerque, N.M., and O’Donnell. After her husband’s return in December 1945, his career with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Employers Casualty Co. of Dallas took them to Abilene, Lubbock, Fort Worth, Freeport, Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City, with Margaret also working as an Avon representative and church secretary to help her children with high school and college expenses while maintaining the family home.
The couple retired in 1982 and in retirement became volunteers at Bethany Hospital while spending leisure time traveling, bird watching and playing bridge with friends. Since 2005, they resided at Baptist Village in Oklahoma City and following his death in 2008, she remained an active member of the Baptist Village community until her health began to decline.
Margaret will be remembered for her smile, her sense of humor, her love of music, her excellent cooking, her uncanny skills at bridge and 42, and the love, support and encouragement she gave her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter; a brother; and four sisters.
Margaret is survived by her son, James Michael and wife, Linda, of Carrollton; daughter Kathleen Duhamel and husband, Tom, of Arvada, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Baptist Village of Oklahoma City or to Golden Age Hospice.

Meadows, Terry Dale | 1963-2017
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Terry Meadows
Terry Dale Meadows, 54, of Sanger died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denton.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Women’s Building on Wise County Fair Grounds, 3101 FM 51, in Decatur.
Terry was born Jan. 7, 1963, in Grapevine to Roger and Nancy (Mitchell) Meadows. He worked for Wise County 911 Addressing as a field technician for 10 years.
Terry enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening, repairing everything and trading.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Terry is survived by his wife, Sue (Coldiron) Meadows; son Trevor Meadows; daughter Leslie Gatto and husband, Nelson; his parents; grandchildren Addyson Meadows, and Angela, Ashley, Aidan and Alex Gatto; sister Cindy Callesen and husband, Dean; nephew Jacob Callesen; niece Chelsie Callesen; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In memory of Terry, his family encourages everyone to be screened for colon cancer.

Merritt, M.J. | 1932-2017
Published Saturday, June 17, 2017
M.J. Merritt, 85, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Decatur.
In keeping with M.J.’s wishes, no services will be held.
M.J. was born Jane Merrella on Jan. 9, 1932, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Lester Kenneth and Lena Agatha (Jalbert) Merritt. She worked for Braniff Airlines as a reservation agent, was an over-the-road truck driver and pursued many other endeavors during her life.
Her hobbies included crocheting afghans, collecting teddy bears, watching old movies, and loving her canine companion, Mouse, and everything purple. She had a feisty spirit that was sometimes bigger than she was, and she will be missed dearly by those that loved her.
M.J. was preceded in death by her parents; brother Kenneth William Merritt of New York; and son Edward John Nowicki II.
M.J. is survived by her daughters, Ann Sanders and husband, Mike, of Von Ormy, Cathy Edward of Decatur, Jennifer Edwards of Oklahoma City, Barbara Lindsey and husband, Jack, of Von Ormy and Denise Cortez and husband, Mario, of Ozark, Mo.; grandchildren Ricky and Melodyin Riojas of Bulverde, Ron and Rachel Hurst of Decatur, Robert and Maylina Edwards of Wellington, Colo., Shari and Rick Temple of Eddy, Tammy Stubbs of Bandera, Angela and Greg of Shellville, Ga., Therisa and Jerry Duckworth of Corpus Christi, Alicia and Lance Ziebell of Floresville and Danny and Mindi Duckworth of San Marcos; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flowers and condolences my be sent to 1008 N. Miller St., Decatur, TX 76234.

Miank, Susan Mary | 1949-2017
Published Saturday, October 21, 2017

Susan Mary Miank
Susan Mary Miank, 68, of Denton died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Denton.
No service is planned at this time. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Susan was born April 30, 1949, in Flint, Mich., to Harlan and Evelyn (Melanson) Miank. She was a retired cashier. Susan loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by daughter Vanessa Whitehead and husband, Jerry, of Roanoke; son Scot McMillan of Rhome; granddaughters Lindsay, Sydney, Kayla, Jordan and Reagan; grandson Gabriel; great-grandson Bryce; brothers David, Jim and John Miank; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Middleton, Franklin D. | 1933-2017
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Franklin Middleton
Franklin D. Middleton, 83, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Memorial service was Jan. 17 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Frank was born June 4, 1933, in Shubuta, Miss. He lived in Gulfport, Miss., until moving to Texas. Frank served in the 22nd Airborne Division of the Army, and after serving his country, he was a mason and nurse at the VA Hospital in Biloxi, Miss. He came to Texas to work at Runaway Bay where he met his wife.
He then moved to The Woodlands where he was a sales manager for George Mitchell’s land division. He started a successful real estate business named First Magnolia Realty Inc. in Magnolia and sold that business to retire and move closer to his grandchildren near Runaway Bay.  Frank believed in supporting his community and served as Crime Stoppers president in Montgomery County. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce.
Frank organized numerous golf tournaments for charity and was proud to get his young grandson interested in golf. He taught so many, so much about the game. He loved people and loved laughing.
Above all, Frank was a Christian who loved the Lord who was first in his life. Next was his family, followed by golf and ultra-lite airplanes.
Frank was preceded in death by his father Robert Middleton; mother Lula Middleton; and brother Robert Middleton II.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Prince Middleton of Runaway Bay; sons Scot Lindsey and wife, Susie, of Fort Worth and Kennie Lindsey and wife, Jodi, of Decatur; grandchildren Sydne Lane, Taylor Lambert and Blake Lindsey; and four great-grandchildren.

Milacek, Kolleen Kay (Kelly) | 1942-2017
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kolleen Milacek
Kolleen Kay Milacek, 75, of Decatur died Friday, March 10, 2017 in Denton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial in Sycamore Cemetery.
Rev. Sam Redfearn will officiate. Pallbearers include Brendan Milacek, Tyler Milacek, Josh Roundy, Gregory Griffeth, Nolen Griffeth and Eddie Ray Griffeth. Honorary pallbearer is Grady Griffeth.
Kolleen was born on Feb. 7, 1942, to Ivan and Mable (Roglin) Kelly in Omaha, Neb. She married Buck Milacek on Jan. 7, 1963 in Saint Anthony, Idaho. Kolleen was a retired saleswoman.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Buck Milacek of Decatur; sons, Jeffrey Milacek of Bridgeport, James Milacek and wife Tina of Aubrey; grandchildren, Jessica, Tyler, Brendan, and Ashlyn; five great grandchildren; sister, Lana Mader of Iowa; sister-in-law Sandra Blevins of Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Miles, Joe ‘Pappy’ | 1958-2017
Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Joe Miles
Joe “Pappy” Miles, 58, of Rhome, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Runaway Bay.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at Rhome Assembly of God Church with Richard Cleghorn and Jeremy Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers are Bryan Miles, Chris Miles, Robby Miller, Austin Butler, Phillip Miles and Lee Largent.
Honorary pallbearers are Randy Lee, Chris Word, Gary Hughes and Keith Schwiegr.
Joe was born Nov. 22, 1958, in Bridgeport to William and Bernice (Simpson) Miles. He was an owner and driller for Action Water Wells for 44 years. Joe was a great father, brother, uncle and friend. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son David Wade Miles; and brothers Clarence, Phillip and Timothy Miles.
He is survived by his daughter, Jimella Yvonne Miles of Dallas; granddaughters Nadia and Aleighsia Damron; brothers Bill Miles and wife, Judy, of Bridgeport and Robert Miles and wife, Vicki, of Rhome; sisters Beki Young and husband, Richard, of Rhome, Sonja Butler and husband, Rip, of Rhome and Anna Ham and husband, Mark, of Boyd.
He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Miller, Lewis William, IV | 1941-2017
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lewis Miller IV
Lewis William Miller IV, 76, of Aurora, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Lewis was born May 11, 1941, in Muskogee, Okla., to Lewis and Mary (Wolf) Miller. He married Olga Miller June 15, 2007, in Honduras. Lewis was a retired, disabled veteran. He served his country in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister.
Lewis is survived by his wife; daughters Melissa Patterson and husband, Walter, of Decatur, Sol Miller of Fort Worth and Celeste Miller of Aurora; grandchildren Westlynn Patterson, William Miller and Solangy Acanda; brother J.K. Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Miller, Margie Lue (Terry) | 1943-2017
Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
Margie Lue Miller, 74, of Newark, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Belew Cemetery in Aubrey.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Margie was born Nov. 13, 1943, in Krum to Jack and Faye (Starr) Terry. She married Frank Miller March 1, 1969, in Euless.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Leslie Faye Miller Bailey.
Margie is survived by her husband of 48 years; son Glen Miller of Newark; grandson Travis Kyle Bailey; granddaughter Ashlie Gomaz; grandson Nathan Miller; brothers Richard Terry of Burleson and Charles Terry of Euless; and extended family members and friends.

Mills, Rosemary Ann (Schmidt) | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rosemary Mills
Rosemary Ann Mills, 77, of Springtown, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 1 hour prior to the service.
Rosemary was born May 24, 1939, in Wisconsin to Frances and Freda (Rath) Schmidt. She married Lonnie Mills, who preceded her in death in 2007. She was a retired keypunch operator and housewife.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her sons, James, Tom and Howard Mills.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter, Carla Thomas and fianc , Mark Grant, of Springtown; sons Jim and Jeff Doolittle, both of Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Mitchell, Dorothy Faye (Sturdevant) | 1931-2017
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dorothy Faye Mitchell
Dorothy Faye Mitchell, 86, of Runaway Bay, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral was Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd handled arrangements.
Dorothy was born June 7, 1931, in Fort Worth to Edwin and Flora (Vetter) Sturdevant. She married Billy “Red” Mitchell Dec. 24, 1969, in Glen Rose.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years; daughter Linda Stokes; son Troy Mitchell; brothers J.D., Bud, Rudolph and Floyd Sturdevant; and sisters Mary Willis and Ruth Dennis.
She is survived by her sons, Willie Mitchell Jr. and wife, Stacy, Donnie Mitchell of Paradise, John Mitchell of Roanoke, George Dunn and wife, Tammie, of Covington, Wash., and Eddie Dunn and wife, Clarice, of Washington; daughters Jerrie Tinney of Olney and Juanita Williams of Wyoming; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and extended family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 940-691-0982, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

Mize, Myrtle Mae (Pennington) | 1924-2017
Published Saturday, June 4, 2017

Myrtle Mize
Myrtle Mae Mize, 93, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Paris.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Preskitt Cemetery with Rick Ross officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Myrtle was born March 7, 1924, in Clinton, Okla., to John and Emma (Lyons) Pennington. She married Riley “R.T.” Mize Sept. 10, 1940, in Duncan, Okla. She was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and daughter Deanna Triplett.
She is survived by her son, Ronnie Mize and wife, Vicki, of Sumner; daughter Tammie Mize of Decatur; son-in-law Jack Triplett of Decatur; grandsons Glenn Triplett and Robert Huff of Decatur; granddaughters Teresa Triplett of Decatur, Trish Hamilton of Paris and Nancy Romine of Forestburg; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Moody, Ermal Mae (Barrett) | 1934-2016
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ermal Moody
Ermal Mae Moody, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Tom Howe officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers are Trenton Moody, Tim Moody, Shae Moody, Josh Moody and Chris Moody.
Ermal was born Aug. 31, 1934, in Chico to Thomas and Nellie Mae (Hall) Barrett. She married William Emmett Moody April 18, 1953, in Denton. Ermal was a member of the Birdville Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brothers Harold, Weldon and T.C. Barrett.
She is survived by her sons, Gary Moody and wife, Diane, of Fort Worth and Kenneth Moody and wife, Tyree, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Trenton Moody and wife, Rebekah, Josh Moody, Tim Moody and wife, Lindsey, Chris Moody and wife, Janice, and Shae Moody; 13 great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Moody, Perry Eugene ‘Gene’ | 1959-2017
Published Saturday, December 9, 2017

Perry Eugene Moody
Perry Eugene “Gene” Moody, 58, of Crafton, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Crafton.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Gene was born July 7, 1959, to Louis and Nona Pearl Moody. He attended Chico area schools during the day, working the family farm in the evening. In later years, he worked as a roughneck, a rig hand and truck driver before entering the concrete business. By the time he retired, he was owner of Gene Moody Concrete Construction.
All who knew him describe Gene as a good and honest man. He worked hard, helped others and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was active and fun-loving, with a sparkle in his eye and a grin on his lips. He was quick to tell a joke or toss a horseshoe.
When he wasn’t watching Marshal Dillon or Cheyenne Bodie on television, he was hunting, fishing, playing poker, telling tall tales or indulging in an ice cold beer. He enjoyed hunting arrowheads, shooting pool, playing dominoes, driving fast, raising game birds, taking a turn on the dance floor and building bonfires in the backyard. He also loved hunting for copperhead snakes.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Glenn and Shorty; and triplet sisters Mae, Fay and Kay.
He is survived by his son, Wesley Moody and girlfriend, Jamie Isenberg; stepchildren Monty Forbus, Levi Forbus, Sherry Blair, Skipper Martin, Jacob Moody and Rachel Moody.
Survivors also include brothers James Moody, Dale Moody and Leon Moody and wife, Teresa; sisters Thelma Thompson, Nora Lee Hood and husband, Lott, Rosie Thompson, Doris Jenkins, Sherry Brown, Hattie Hale and husband, Dale, Nancy McCasland and husband, Mike and Carandy Guinn and husband, Johnny; special friend Chuy; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mooney, James Dwight | 1940-2017
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017

James Mooney
James Dwight Mooney, 77, of Weatherford died Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 2470 W. Lambert Rd., in Weatherford. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 5600 Mineral Wells Hwy, in Weatherford.
J.D. was born Jan. 20, 1940, to Earl Henry and Mary Mabel Baugh Mooney. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a 50-year Mason and Shriner. He owned Mooney Construction since 1961. J.D. loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and going to “feed the gals.” He was a devoted husband, father and a heck of a grandpa and great-grandpa.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Morgan Mooney; daughters Shelly Renae Coalson and husband, Greg and Terri Lynn Harless and husband, Keith; sons Jerald Dwight Mooney and wife, Michelle and Jeffery Dwayne Mooney and wife, Michelle; grandchildren Casey Willmott, Lauren Coalson, Brittany Couch, Erin Harless, Ian Coalson, Dayton Mooney and Bryson Mooney; great-granddaughter ShaeLynn Willmott; sisters Mary Ann Hodges and Nelda Jane Luster; brother Earl Dwayne Mooney; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Moore, Martha Jane (Turner) | 1933-2017
Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Martha Moore
Martha Jane Turner Moore, 84, of Lake Bridgeport, died Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Martha was born March 10, 1933, in Miami, Okla., to James E. and Wanda E. Turner. She married Max Moore June 19, 1955, in Durant, Okla. She taught physical education her entire professional career where she loved teaching and serving children. She eventually served the people of Paradise at Time Out Grocery.
She carried on her love for children later in life through caring for her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Martha also loved her church, Grace Fellowship, where she faithfully served as the “cookie lady” for several years. She was a devoted follower of Christ, wonderful, supportive wife, great, loving mother and a servant of anyone in need.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; and sister George Ann Turner Mahaffey.
She is survived by her husband; sons Matt Moore and Marc Moore and wife, Carolyn; grandchildren Morgan McClanahan and husband, Terry, and Maggie Sears and husband, Travis; great-grandchildren Trevor and Turner South, Treysonn McClanahan and Landy and Larkin Sears.
Memorial donations may be made to the children’s ministry of Grace Fellowship Church.

Moore, Susan Michelle ‘Shelly’ | 1961-2017
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
Susan Michelle “Shelly” Moore, 56, of Springtown, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Fort Worth, from complications from a horse riding accident.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale. Jeans and boots or other casual attire is requested.
Shelly’s body was donated.
Shelly was born April 15, 1961, in Sweetwater.
She was an active member of the Church of Christ her entire life, faithfully serving the Lord and worshiping Him in song with a powerful alto voice.
Apart from her faith, family was Shelly’s No. 1 priority. She cherished her close relationships with relatives in addition to the 17 foreign exchange students with whom she felt honored to share her home. Her graciousness was not limited to her family; it spilled over into anyone’s life that she touched.
She was a hard worker and student. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and recently received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She had been employed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe for many years.
Shelly was preceded in death by her father, Gary Ivy; brother Jim Ivy; and her grandparents.
She is survived by her husband, Glen Moore; daughter Katrina Lawrence; son Zac Moore and wife, Laura; granddaughter Heidi Moore; parents Jurhee Ivy and Jerry Clary, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the James Ivy endowment fund, which she helped establish. Go to cnm.edu/depts/foundation and click “Gifts in Memory of Shelly Moore.” Mail to: CNM Foundation – Gift in Memory of Shelly Moore, 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. The foundation’s phone number is 505-224-4685.

Moran, Manuel S. ‘Manny’ | 1941-2017
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Manuel Moran
Manuel S. “Manny” Moran, 75, of Decatur, died Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Deacon Simon Torres officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Manny was born Aug. 6, 1941, in Waco. He dedicated 20 years and eight months of his life serving his country in the United States Air Force. Manny also served one year in the Army National Guard. Six months of that year he was active duty. He was the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations including three Air Force commendations medals. Manny retired from the Air Force as a T/SGT in August 1981. Manny retired from the Internal Revenue Service in July 1998 as management analyst GS 11. With military years and civil service years, he retired with 37 years. He was a devoted family man.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother David Moran; and his wife, Anita Moran.
He is survived by his daughters, Monica Brown and husband, George, of Decatur and Teresa Schultz and husband, Roger, of Plano; grandchildren Sydney and Dillan Brown, Caitlin and Carly Schultz; sister, Mary Lou Lopez of Waco; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

Moreland, Patricia Joyce | 1945-2017
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Patricia Moreland
Patricia Joyce Moreland, 71, of Boyd died Friday, April 14, 2017.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd, followed by burial at Azleland Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Roberts Family Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.
Patricia was born April 22, 1945, in Bowling Green, Ky. She was raised by her adopted parents, Andrew and Nina Penrod.
Joyce met and later married John Robert “Bob” Moreland July 7, 1968, in Fort Worth. Together they raised a family that includes seven children, 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Joyce had many passions in her life. She was an outdoor person who loved spending time at the beach and tending to her yard, where she spent many hours taking care of her flowers. She was especially fond of her hibiscus and was proud of the yard that she created over the years.
Joyce spent much of her time going to antique stores and filling her home with tons of treasures. Although her family would tell her she was a bit of a hoarder and she had too much “clutter,” Joyce always found a way to incorporate the items into her home and make them look beautiful.
She enjoyed life’s simpler pleasures and that included what she drank. Dr Pepper was always the drink of choice for Joyce.
Above all things, Joyce loved her family. Family meant everything to her. She cherished every moment around them and was incredibly proud of each of their achievements. She loved being a grandmother and only wished she had more time to spend with them.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; and granddaughters Madison Moreland and Kennedy Lamance.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years; children Scott Shugart and wife, Kathie, Alan Shugart and wife, Margie, Stephanie Bostick and husband, Don, Tina Brawn, Robert Moreland and wife, Beky, and Nina Lamance and husband, Jamie.
She is also survived by eight siblings; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other cherished family members and friends.

Morgan, Cheryl Jean (Dooling) | 1949-2017
Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Jean Morgan “Dooling”, 68, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Plano.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Community Church in Decatur.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Cheryl was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be extremely missed.
Cheryl is survived by her loving husband, James Morgan; siblings Bruce Rasco, Rick Dooling and Janette Dooling; children Aaron Morgan, Richard Carl Webb, Micky Wayne Webb and Tracy Zaidle; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Morgan, Michael James, Sr. | 1968-2017
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017

Michael Morgan Sr.
Michael James Morgan Sr., 48, of Decatur, died Sunday July 9, 2017.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Community Church in Decatur.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Michael was born Nov. 10, 1968, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his father, James D. Morgan; mother Dorothy Morgan; stepmother Cheryl Morgan; wife Charvelle D. Hart; children Michael James Morgan Jr., Meagan L. Morgan, Desiree Holmesly and Destiny Wright; and grandchildren Jamie L. Morgan, Connie L. Seaton, Liam Holmesly and Raelynn Holmesly.

Morris, Vicki | 1951-2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vicki Morris
Vicki Morris, 66, of Haslet, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Melvin Clay officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Keith Morris, Mike Morris, Kenneth Morris, Roy Morris, Tim Jones and Scott Reaves.
Vicki was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Clinton, Okla., to Viola Lamb. She married Daniel Morris Dec. 31, 1968, in Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and twin daughters Lisa and Laura.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Shanna Blalock and husband, Jeff, of Bridgeport; brother Ed Wolf of Edmond, Okla.; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Mosley, Lewis Richard, Jr. | 1952-2017
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lewis Richard Mosley Jr.
Lewis Richard Mosley Jr., 65, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.
A private service will be held.
Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.
Richard was born April 20, 1952, in Fort Worth to the Rev. Lewis Richard Mosley Sr. and Mary Agnes Deering Mosley. After high school, he joined the Marines and attended Bob Jones University.
He was artistic and worked in California with a camera crew producing movies. Richard had a passion for making historical documentaries. His creativity led him to be an architect and builder. He built a subdivision in Keller.
The last 20 years of his life he lived outside of Chico in dwellings he had built that were totally solar energized.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his siblings, Cynthia, Linda, Darrel and Ronnie.

Mosley, Rebecca Lou (Little) | 1959-2017
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rebecca Lou Mosley
Rebecca Lou Mosley, 58, of Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Rebecca was born May 14, 1959, in Fort Worth to Jim and Alice (Brynie) Little. She married Dennis Wade Mosley in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.
She is survived by her husband; son Bryan Little of Justin; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; brother Eddy Joe Little; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mouilleseaux, Vickie (Lowe) | 1955-2017
Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
Vickie Mouilleseaux, 61, of Runaway Bay, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Michael David Strand officiating.
Vickie was born Nov. 21, 1955, in Anson to Kenneth and Doris (Hitch) Lowe. She married David Mouilleseaux July 3, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn.
She was devoted to her family and adored all her “kids.” She loved working in her yard, watching old westerns and anything eagles. She was a retired office manager.
Vickie was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Brandy Roberts and husband, Scott, of Atlanta and Misty Gonzales and husband, Ray, of Breckenridge; son Larry Burke and wife, Lindsey, of Houston; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her mom.
Other survivors include sisters Dianna Waggoner and husband, Doug, of Breckenridge and Sandy Gilbert and husband, Darrel, of Runaway Bay; and brothers Kenny Lowe and Michael Lowe, both of Albany.

Mount, Georgia Pearl (Carter) | 1913-2017
Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

Georgia Mount
Georgia Pearl Mount, 104, of Decatur, died Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Georgia was born Jan. 22, 1913, in Belcherville to Robert Campbell Vannoy and Catherine Carter. She married William Daryl “Doyle” Mount June 6, 1936, in Sunset. She had been a resident of Wise County since 1995. Georgia was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the executive secretary for the American Red Cross in Vernon for 20 years. Georgia was an avid fisherman of fish and men. She loved her family dearly.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son David William Mount; and granddaughter Cheyenne Case.
She is survived by daughter Darlene Case and husband, Bennie, of Decatur; grandsons Dane Mount and wife, Melissa, Bobby Case and wife, Jennifer, and Bryan Case and wife, Rachel; granddaughters Julie Hallock and Michael, and Cristi Schur and husband, Chris; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and the MS Foundation.

Mowery, Lynn T. | 1928-2017
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lynn T. Mowery
Lynn T. Mowery, 88, of Chico, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Funeral was Oct. 17 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at Lonestar Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Lynn was born Dec. 18, 1928, in Bowie to Walter Lee and Minnie Lee Mowery. He was raised on a ranch west of Chico and attended school in Cundiff and Jacksboro. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Lynn married Betty Jo Hartsell April 9, 1949, in Bridgeport. They had five children: Bill Dick Mowery; Jo Lynn Mowery; Melinda Gaye Goodnight; Walter Lee Mowery; and John Russell Mowery.
Lynn served as president of the Chico School Board, was a member of the Chico Volunteer Fire Department and the First Baptist Church of Alvord. He loved his farm, horses and bull riding. Lynn was ordained and served as a deacon for more than 30 years.
He retired from Permian Corp. after 30 years and was then employed by Karl Klement Ford for 15 years.
He married Gladys Synovec Feb. 4, 1983, in Chico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Betty; sons Bill Dick and Jo Lynn; grandson Josh Mowery; and all of his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years; daughter Melina Goodnight and husband, Eddie, of Denton; sons Walt Mowery and wife, Brenda, of Chico and John Mowery and wife, Judy, of Justin; stepdaughters Kris Johnson and husband, Rick, of Wenatchee, Wash., Susan Bullock and husband, Kal, of Colbert, Wash., and Lori Halter and husband, Darrell, of Bridgeport; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alvord Building Fund.

Munn, Billy Wayne | 1933-2017
Published Saturday, March 25, 2017

Billy Munn
Billy Wayne Munn, 84, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Marc Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Brian Camp, Chris Tackel, Kevin Jones, Terry Long, Skeet Caruthers and Jeff Blalock.
Billy was born March 2, 1933, in Boyd to Orlie and Eva (McBride) Munn. In August of 1957, he married the true love of his life, Shirley Smith. They shared a wonderful life together for 59 years. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the National Guard.
Billy was a retired postmaster and had a passion for fly fishing. He was a charter member of the Dallas and Fort Worth Fly Tyers Club and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He received many awards including The Perpetual “Buz” Busek Memorial Fly Tying award, the Fly Tier of the Year award and Texas Fly Fisher of the Year in 1984.
He also enjoyed hunting, reading and watching his favorite teams – the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. Billy loved spending his time with family and friends.
He was preceded in the death by his parents.
Billy is survived by his wife; son Brett Munn and wife, Monica; daughter Amy Galley and husband, Matthias; brothers Jimmy Munn and wife, Joy, Orville Munn and wife, Frances, Ronald Munn and wife, Barbara, and Jerry Munn; sister Donna Munn; grandchildren Angela Munn. Felica Munn and fiance, Adam Lamb, Berlin and Emerson Galley; and great-grandchild Kaydn Lamb.

Murphy, Sharon Patrick (Chavie) | 1940–2017
Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Murphy
Sharon Patrick Murphy, 77, of Rhome, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Sharon was born March 4, 1940, in St. Paul, Minn., to Marion and Violet (Perria) Chavie. She married Buster Lee Murphy Sept. 9, 1983, in Carrollton.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Sharon is survived by her daughters, Beverly Barron of Rhome and Robin Nichols of Duncan, Ariz.; and grandchildren Ashley Barron, Amanda Nichols, Brandon Nichols, Danielle Mattfield and Emma Mattfield.

Musgrove, Lillian Ruth (Kalenda) | 1924-2017
Provided by Hawkins Funeral Homes IVise County Messenger, December 30, 2017
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Lillian Ruth Kalenda Musgrove, 93, a homemaker, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Paradise.
Funeral is 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Paradise. With burial in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas at a later date. Family will receive friends 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
Bro. David Kelly will officiate. Honorary pallbearers include David McDougald, Cody Armstrong, Jody Bruce and Alvis (Bubba) Pryor.
Lillian was born on January 7, 1924 to Charles and Veronica (Ondrusek) Kalenda in Temple, Texas. She was united in marriage to Gerald Richard Musgrove on December 20, 1945 in Kansas City, Kansas. Lillian was baptisted March 4, 1951 at First Baptist Church of Crowley, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise.
Lillian taught Sunday school, was a church secretary, a prayer warrior. She was also a strong christian and spread her christianity throughout her children, grandchildren and her entire family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald Musgrove; her son, Gerald E Musgrove; her granddaughter, Tiffany; 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Barbara and husband Wayne McDougald of Burleson, Florence Armstrong of Arlington; daughter in love, Connie Musgrove of Cleburne; son, Ralph and wife Sharita of Buffalo Springs; brother Joe Kalenda of Hallsville and Johnny Kalenda of Newburg, Oregon; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Missions Program at the First Baptist Church of Paradise.

Niblett, Lonnie Lee | 1944-2017
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lonnie Niblett
Lonnie Lee Niblett, 73, of Pickton, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Longview.
Graveside service was July 15 at Paradise Cemetery.
Lonnie was born Jan. 9, 1944, to Carlton and Magel (Elam) Niblett. He was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years at Como Pickton ISD. Lonnie served his country in the United States Air Force for four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richey Niblett; sister Carlene Morehead; grandson Kiker Plaza; and brother-in-law Randall Morehead.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Margaret Niblett of Pickton; son Chance Niblett of Denton; stepson James Mathis and wife, Melanie, of Karthaus, Penn.; daughter Candace Plaza and husband, Paco, of Denton; and stepdaughters Janell Bickham and husband, Kirk, and Jennifer Allen and husband, Joseph, all of Hughes Springs.
Other survivors include brothers Wayne Niblett and wife, Clara Ruth, of Paradise and Don Niblett and wife, Earlene, of Decatur; sisters Bobbie Badger and husband, Ed Lee, of Decatur, Ann Jones and husband, Roy, of Paradise and Kathy Horton and husband, Homer, of Paradise; grandchildren Jarett, Skatter, Clayton, Marc, Isabella, Jakob, Maggie, Chelsey, Michael, Faith, Ashlea, Adam, Jeff and Autumn; and great-grandchildren Julian and Deklynd.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lonnie Niblett Scholarship at Como Pickton ISD or at kikerexpress.com.

Norman. Dorotha Louise (Thornton) | 1924-2017
Published Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dorotha Norman
Dorotha Louise Norman, 92, of Rhome, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was Friday, June 23 at Aurora Cemetery with the Revs. Wendell Splawn and Jimmy Withers officiating.
Dorotha was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Lamesa to William Edgar and Trula (Richardson) Thornton. She married Beryl Anderson Norman. Dorotha was a member of Aurora Baptist Church. She was a retired caregiver and homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Ada Belle Rutherford Gaines and Ellen Russell; and brothers J.W. “Dub” Thornton, Duane “Skeeter” Thornton, Lewis Earl Thornton and William Edgar Thornton.
She is survived by her son, Gary Norman of Rhome; daughter Lisa Obermeier and husband, Greg, of Haslet; granddaughter Amy Bounds and husband, Joe, of Boyd; great-grandchildren Mia Bounds and Reade Bounds; sisters Delores Coleman and husband, Leon, of Aurora and Brunetta Burns of Springtown; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Rhome Public Library, P.O. Box 427, Rhome, Texas 76078.

North, Eva Lois (Spann) | 1951-2017
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eva North
Eva Lois North, 65, of Decatur, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service was June 27 at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Donald Wilson, Curtis Creswell and Rob Applewhite.
Eva was born Nov. 8, 1951, in Decatur to Joseph and Anna (Reeves) Spann. She married John Russell North April 20, 1979, in Decatur. Eva worked at Walmart for 25 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur and loved farm life.
She was preceded in death by her dad; and brother Murry Spann.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years; her mother; sons Shawn Grundy and wife, Brenda, of Decatur and Rusty North of Decatur; two stepdaughters; sister Diana Spann of Dallas; brother Leland Spann of Decatur; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Norton, Edward E. | 1938-20017
Published Saturday, December 23, 2017

Edward E. Norton
Edward E. Norton, 79, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Everett Chambers officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee, Okla.
Edward was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Shawnee to Loyd and Maymie (Hollingsworth) Norton. He married Judy Waymoleane Day April 7, 1961, in Midwest City, Okla. Edward retired from Federal Aviation Administration where he worked as an engineer for more than 30 years. He served his country in the United States Navy and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughter Angela Dawn Norton; and great-granddaughter Koti Jo Redder.
He is survived by his daughters, Teresa Gaskie and husband, Greg of Saginaw, Michelle Gonzales and husband, Sam, of Decatur and Tina Redder and husband, Ancel, of Decatur; grandchildren Hannah and Noah Gaskie, Steven Gonzales and T.C., A.J., Tyler and Samantha Redder; great-granddaughter Ella May Redder; brother Riley Norton of Shawnee; sister Lisa Lynn Easley of Oklahoma City; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

O’Bannion, William ‘Neal’ | 1949-2017
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

William O’Bannion
William “Neal” O’Bannion, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Service was Jan. 14 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Neal was born Jan. 21, 1949, in Waxahachie to Conise Moses and William Nathaniel O’Bannion. The family later moved to Dallas, where he studied the French horn at Southern Methodist University while attending W.W. Samuell High School.
From a young age, Neal had a great love for music and was inspired by his father to master the French horn. Neal earned a full scholarship and received a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School in New York in 1971. Upon graduation, Neal pursued a career as a professional musician. After working in both classical and contemporary fields, he returned to Dallas, where he worked as a musician, a music teacher and in the printing business.
Neal was a car enthusiast and member of the Studebaker club for several years, later focusing on restoration of Volkswagens and custom dune buggies. He founded and organized the Texas Manx Club and contributed as an active member, website designer and graphic artist. Neal also enjoyed his role as a horn player in the Metropolitan Winds group, which afforded him the opportunity to perform locally at Bass Hall and the Myerson. He particularly enjoyed performing the compositions of John Williams.
In his later years, Neal dedicated his time to creative writing and musical composition. Neal will be remembered for his accomplishments as a gifted teacher, musician, inventor, graphic artist, author and composer. He will be remembered even more often as a loving father, grandfather, husband, brother and friend.
Neal is survived by his wife, Linda Elsom Lambert; brother David Lowell O’Bannion; children Mindi Mae O’Bannion and William Neale Aaron O’Bannion; stepchildren Chanci Nicks, Mark Lambert and Michael Lambert; and 10 grandchildren.

O’Bryan, Charles Robert | 1942-2017
Published Saturday, January 7, 2017

Charles O’Bryan
Charles Robert O’Bryan, 74, of Denton, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Denton.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Willowwood Church of the Nazarene in Denton with the Revs. Mark Ramsey and Bruce Chamberlain officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Lael McWilliams, Chris Bennett, Ian Bennett, Jeff Clingenpeel, Justin Brickman and Jesse Henry.
Honorary pallbearers are Michael Bennett, Raymond Karr, Stephen Reeves, James Roman and Rick Gibbons.
Charles was born March 20, 1942, in Hollywood to Margaret “Peggy” and Charles Alexander Vierheller. He married Florence Davis April 10, 1990, in Decatur. Among other things, Charles worked to build subway tunnels in Washington, D.C., and the first Apollo rocket in California.
He worked as a hairdresser, drove an 18-wheeler for many years and retired as the owner of O’Bryan’s Carpet Cleaning before his son, Eric, took over. He was a member of Willowwood Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Charles had a lifelong love of airplanes and music.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his adoptive parents, Robert Laird O’Bryan and Marjorie Oberfeld O’Bryan; sister Priscilla Peasley; and his first wife, Janice Smith O’Bryan.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years; daughters Kelly Karr and husband, Raymond, of North Carolina, Leslie Bennett and husband, Michael, of Arkansas, Lori Reeves and husband, Stephen, of Decatur, Kimberly Clingenpeel and husband, Jeff, of Oklahoma, Cassie Roman and husband, James, of Dallas, Amber Henry and husband, Jesse, of Oklahoma and Missy Brickman and husband, Justin, of Oklahoma; sons Curtis Perrymore and wife, Kim, of Bardwell, Eric O’Bryan and wife, Dianne, of Denton and Robert O’Bryan and wife, Melissa, of Denton; 28 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include sisters Margaret and Sarah, both of New York; brothers Errol Vierheller and wife, Cecilia, of El Salvador, Josh Peasley and wife, Rhonda, of California and Jonathan Peasley of Arizona; cousins Joseph Indrieri, Nick Indrieri and Tony Indrieri; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his friend and caregiver, Lora Swan; and mothers of his children, Robin Brewster and Charlene Munden; and friends.

O’Neal, Faye Arlene (Stout) | 1930-2017
Published Saturday, March 25, 2017

Faye O’Neal
Faye Arlene O’Neal, 86, of Wautaga, died Monday, March 20, 2017, in North Richland Hills.
Graveside service was March 23 at New Fairview Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Faye was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Fort Worth to Lawton and Eula (Bullard) Stout. She married Elmer Eugene O’Neal Feb. 15, 1971, in Fort Worth. She was a retired beautician and food service worker.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother Bob Stout.
She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Pearson and Sandy O’Donnell of Watauga, and Vickie Burch and husband, Jackie, of Boyd; son Michael Stack and wife, Debra, of Azle; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Oakes, David Allan | 1968-2017
Published Saturday, August 26, 2017

David Oakes
David Allan Oakes, 49, of Rhome, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Rhome.
Funeral was Aug. 24 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Eric Crawford officiating. Burial followed Friday, Aug. 25, at DFW National Cemetery.
David was born April 27, 1968, in Waynesboro, Penn., to Allan and Susan (Greenwalt) Oakes. He married Kelly Gann July 30, 1988, in Little Rock, Ark. He was a cabinet maker.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years; daughter Alexzandra Isabelle Oakes; son William Wyatt Oakes; daughter Sophie Grace Oakes; his parents; sister Heidi Heiston of Pennsylvania; brother Shawn Michael Oakes of Pennsylvania; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Ogle, Cathy Faye (Plippo) | 1953-2017
Published Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cathy Faye Ogle
Cathy Faye (Flippo) Ogle, 64, of Chico, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Chico.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Roy Gulutzo officiating. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville.
Pallbearers are Dylan Castleberry, Jacob Moss, Chad Fountain, Jason Scott Adams, Sam Adams and Shawn Jordan.
Cathy was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Denton to William and Katherine (Easley) Flippo. She was a non-practicing, licensed cosmetologist who was called upon to cut the grandkids’ hair on a frequent basis. She was an excellent cook and housekeeper. Most importantly, Cathy was a wonderful wife who loved her family and was adored by them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son Gary Blanton.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, George Ogle of Chico; daughter Jennifer Hickman; sister Edith Fountain; grandchildren Dylan Castleberry, Jacob Moss, Savannah Moss and Riley Kallas; and four great-grandchildren.

Ogle, Dorothy Jaunita ‘Nita’ (Clifton) | 1926-2017
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dorothy Jaunita Clifton Ogle
Dorothy Jaunita (Nita) Clifton Ogle, 91, of Bowie, formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.
Funeral was Nov. 27 at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.
Nita was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Newport to John Henry Clifton and Lillie Mae Farrar Clifton. She married Ray Ogle (a member of The Lost Battalion) May 24, 1950, and together they raised four children.
Nita had many talents, and most important was being a good wife and mother. She loved the Lord and cherished her family. She enjoyed cooking, camping and fishing and spending time with lifelong friends.
Nita was a member of Lighthouse Assembly of God from 1983 to 2000, then moved to Decatur and joined Twin Oaks Assembly in Bridgeport. In 2013, she moved back to Bowie and lived at Independence Hall the remainder of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Dorothy La Nelle Low; grandson Samuel Scott Low; great-grandson Cohlson; sister Wysonda Stockard; and brother Jesse Clifton.
She is survived by sons Jerry Rogers and wife, Becky, of Mansfield and Eddie Rogers and wife, Tonya, of Chico; daughter Terry Ogle Shields and husband, Gary, of Bowie; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister Alma Sparks of Chico; numerous extended family members, nieces, nephews and friends, including The Lost Battalion.
Memorial donations may be made to The Wise County Historical Society, 1602 S. College Street, Decatur, TX 76324.

Ogle, Loyd J. | 1946-20017
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Loyd J. Ogle, 70, of Boyd, died Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
Loyd was born July 29, 1946, in Jacksboro to Dallas and Vera (Frie) Ogle. He married Jennifer Jackson Sept. 29, 1964, in Jacksboro. He was a retired security officer for Coca Cola for 34 years and Wise Regional Health System for 12 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Loyd is survived by his wife; son Loyd Ogle Jr. and wife, Tannah; and daughters Teresa Whitworth and husband, Doug, and Tracy Townsley and husband, Joe.

Orr, Linda Faye (Purser) | 1949-2017
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Linda Orr
Linda Faye Orr, 68, of Boyd, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Linda was born Jan. 6, 1949, in Abilene to Virgil and Joyce (Irvin) Purser. She married Jerry Orr May 25, 1968, in Acu a, Coahuila, Mexico. She was an owner/operator of Orr Trucking.
Linda was preceded in death by her father; her husband; and brother Larry Purser.
She is survived by her sons, Greg Orr and wife, Julie, of Bridgeport and Kenneth Orr and wife, Dawn, of Boyd; granddaughters Amanda, Lacy, Morgan, Cheyenne, Dakota, Montana, Paytin, Landyn and Ashtyn; seven great-grandchildren; her mother; brother Lyndell Purser and wife, Tina, of Euless; sisters Lana Abseck and husband, Mike, of Bridgeport, Barbara Dickenson and husband, Darren, of Euless, Janet Crenshaw of Fort Worth and Debbie Stevenson of Tacoma, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Owens, Anna Joyce (Hughes) | 1929-2017
Published Saturday, January 28, 2017

Anna Owens
Anna Joyce Owens, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home in Graham.
Visitation is at the funeral home Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until the service starts.
Anna was born April 29, 1929, in Knox County to Ernest and Mary Magdalene Gillentine Hughes. She married D.L. Owens, and he preceded her in death in 1977. She was an office clerk for Young County Farm Bureau and a member of the First Baptist Church. Anna loved country music and performing at local events with her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Eileen Standridge and husband, Ed, of Decatur; granddaughter, Sonya Holloway and husband, Bobby, of Decatur; great-grandchildren Landree Lee Holloway and Robert Lee Holloway IV.
She is also survived by Tommy Slauson of Graham and several other close relatives.

Pac, Walter Francis | 1924-2017
Published Saturday, September 30, 2017

Walter Francis Pac
Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Shelley McNew officiating.
Visitation is 30 minutes before service at the funeral home.
Walter was born Oct. 28, 1924, in New Britain, Conn., to Joseph and Rose (Plocharczyk) Pac. He was raised on the family farm in Kensington, Conn., and worked his entire career for Mooreland Hill Trust maintaining the properties of the estate of E.A. Moore of New Britain.
For several decades starting in the early 1960s, he and his brothers, John and Stanley, raised beef cattle for the consumption of their three families in their hometown of Kensington. When time allowed in his busy life, he enjoyed swimming, sailing, fishing and golf with his family.
Walter was very fond of gardening. An accomplished craftsman in trades including finish carpentry, furniture construction and boat building, he spent much of his retirement years crafting in wood. He married Mary Jo Fuller Jan. 6, 1996, in North Richland Hills.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years; daughter Debbie Commette of West Palm Beach, Fla.; son Allen Pac of Panama City, Fla.; four grandchildren; brother Stanley Pac of Kensington; and friends.

Pacheco, Candelario | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Candelario Pacheco
Candelario Pacheco, 78, of Decatur, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Elpidio Pacheco, Santiago Pacheco, Gustabo Pacheco, Rolando Pacheco, Eulojio Pacheco and Omar Pacheco.
Candelario was born March 4, 1939, in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico, to Concepcion and Antonia (Dominguez) Pacheco. He married Maria Juana Dominguez March 16, 1960, in Jerez. Candelario worked as a horse rancher.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years; sons Jesus, Elpidio, Santiago, Concepcion, Gustabo, Rolando, Eulojio and Omar; daughters Maribel Villareal, Herlinda Godoy, Esmeralda Villareal; 51 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Pedro Pacheco of Jerez; sisters Josefina Pacheco, Felicitas Pacheco and Consuelo Pacheco, all of of Jerez; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Padilla, Teofilo Delgado ‘Theo’ | 1948-2017
Published Saturday, December 23, 2017

Teofilo Delgado Padilla
Teofilo “Theo” Delgado Padilla, 69, of Fort Worth, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Visitation is at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Theo was born Sept. 21, 1948, to Teofilo and Maria (Delgado) Padilla in Mexico. Theo was a Catholic. He was the owner of Padilla Construction Co. in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his sons, Samuel Padilla and Christopher Padilla, both of Saginaw; daughter Pearl Brown and husband, William, of Newark; grandchildren Dominique, Jay, Alyssa, Andreya, Xavier, Samuel Jr. and Ian; great-grandchild Alexavier; sister Emma Rios of Mexico; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Page, Jennifer (Hardeman) | 1967-2017
Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jennifer Page
Jennifer Page, 50, of Runaway Bay, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Monday, April 24, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jennifer was born April 8, 1967,. in Columbia, S.C., to Jack and Linda (Black) Hardeman. She married Robert Bradley Page Nov. 17, 1985, in Columbia. She was a housewife and homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Jennifer is survived by her husband of 31 years; daughter Savannah Page and Robert Walker of Jacksboro; daughter Kayla Page of Runaway Bay; son Brandon Page of Runaway Bay; grandson Brolin Scott Wortman of Jacksboro; sisters Desiree Stroud of Columbia and Darlette Stone of Charleston, S.C.; and other family members and friends.

Parker, Margaret Ann ‘Peggy’ (Collier) | 1947-2017
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Margaret Ann Parker
Margaret “Peggy” Ann Parker, 70, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, after a long road following a stroke.
There will be a memorial service in Cape Cod in the summer of 2018.
Peggy was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Aaron and Ann Collier. She was one of five children. Peggy graduated from Ellington High School in 1966 and married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Parker Sr., from whom she was later divorced.
Peggy was a dedicated and passionate hard worker in everything she did. She enjoyed laying on the beach at Cape Cod and quahogging during low tide, which resulted in some great “chowda.” In her free time, Peggy loved to cook and sew for family and friends. She was also a good tennis player.
Peggy is survived by her children, James and wife, Amy, of Kindred, N.D., Christopher and wife, Tricia, of West Suffield, Conn., and Jerry and wife, Michelle, of West Des Moines, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; her siblings and sisters-in-law, James Collier and wife, Rosalyn, of San Antonio, Leona Collier of Decatur, Thomas Collier of Decatur, Kenny Collier of Somers, Conn., Christine Tizaiani and husband, Gordon, of South Windsor, Conn., and Mary Parker of Wethersfield, Conn.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Stroke Association or the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

Patterson, Frances Mae (Barnes) | 1922-2017
Published Saturday, February 18, 2017

Frances Patterson
Frances Mae Patterson, 94, of Alvord, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Alvord.
Graveside is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Alvord Cemetery with the Revs. Earnest Patterson and Royce Ruddick officiating.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers include Craig Patterson, Chad Patterson, Ronald Patterson, Cassidy Patterson, Connor Patterson, Hayden Patterson, Asher Perry. Jeff Johnson and JD Sifford.
Frances was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Pettus to John and Mary (Henderson) Barnes. She married Albert Patterson Nov. 30, 1945, in Denton. Frances was a member of the Voice Triumph Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Ray Patterson and wife, Judy, of Decatur and Earnie Patterson and wife, Marla, of Alvord; grandsons Ronald, Craig and Chad Patterson; granddaughters Cristal Sifford and Connie Johnson; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patterson, Michael Robert | 1954-2017
Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

Michael Patterson
Michael Robert Patterson, 62, of Paradise, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Paradise.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Michael was born Sept. 28, 1954, in Sulphur Springs to Robert and June (Goodwin) Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Katelyn Patterson and husband, Paul Swan, of Austin and Mary Michael Patterson and husband, Cary Tedder, of New York City; grandchildren Josephine and Jackson Robert Swan; sisters Cathy Lowery and husband, Preston, of Paradise, Beth Umholtz and husband, Alan, of Fort Worth, Jacque Patterson of Aledo and Kellye Garrett of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Michael Robert Patterson Memorial Fund through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at goo.gl/SHWfSy.

Payne, Alma Nelle (Wright) | 1931-2017
Published Saturday, February 18, 2017

Alma Payne
Alma Nelle Payne, 85, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Decatur.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle with the Revs. Tim Sipes and Jonathan McLeod officiating.
Alma was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Denton to Hubert and Bertha Stevens Wright.
She is survived by her son Jerry Payne and wife, Kay, of Boyd; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Payne, Lisa Jenell | 1969-2017
Published Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lisa Jenell Payne
Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Newark.
Funeral was Friday, Oct. 13 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Davis, Kirk Stanford, Shawn Phares, Michael Calvert, Randy Rowland Jr., Randy Rowland Sr., Lance Sanders, Don Cook and Stephen Richardson.
Lisa was born July 19, 1969, in Dallas to Jimmy and Hazel (Steel) Payne in Dallas. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, GiGi, and friend. She worked as a secretary.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her fianc , Chris Cromer of Newark; daughter Tara Benthall of Crosby; son James Benthall and wife, Jennifer, of Kingwood; grandchildren Lilly and Peyton Benthall; her mother; sister Tammy Roderick of Watauga; brother Eddie Payne of Greenville; and other relatives and friends.

Peel, Willie Mae (Peysen) | 1935-2017
Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

Willie Mae Peel
Willie Mae Peysen Peel, 81, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
Funeral was May 5 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with LeeRoy Jackson and Dale Webster officiating.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeremy Peel, Jason Peel, Michael Johnson, Ray Peel, Peyton Vess, Brandon McCarthy and Jonathan Rye.
Willie was born June 3, 1935, in Wichita Falls to Willie John and Margaret Elizabeth (Brumelow) Peysen. She loved to play the piano and sing. In fact, she played for several churches. Willie was an avid fisherwoman, loved to travel and spend time with family, as well as color with her great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook.
Willie is survived by daughters Connie Rye and husband, Terry, and Sherry Spinks and husband, Richard; sons Terry Peel and wife, Mary, and Michael Peel and wife, Tawana; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Peery, Lois Virginia (Beyer) | 1930-2017
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lois Peery
Lois Virginia Peery, 87, of Rhome, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Burleson.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd with the Rev. J.D. Allen officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Lois was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Otto and Marie (Hoffman) Beyer. She married Robert Eugene Peery April 30, 1955, in Fort Worth.
Lois was a retired cook at Birdville ISD. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd, and she volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the Lord’s Acre Fundraiser, various church committees and visited patients in the hospital.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother; and one sister.
She is survived by her son, David Peery and wife, Bonnie, of Burleson; grandchildren Miranda Brown and husband, Dusty, of Arlington and Lauren Peery of Burleson; great-grandchild Kylie Peery of Burleson; sister-in-law Audrey Williams and husband, Buddy; nephew Daniel Williams of Bryan; niece Rachel Jones and husband, Toby, of Fort Worth; great-nieces Grace and Olivia; and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Boyd or the American Heart Association.

Pellegrini, Ronald Charles, Sr. | 1947-2017
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ronald Pellegrini Sr.
Ronald Charles Pellegrini Sr., 70, of Aurora, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Aurora.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial in Braintree, Mass., in October.
Ronald was born June 15, 1947, in Quincy, Mass., to Faust and Gladys (Brown) Pellegrini. He married Judith Kent Aug. 6, 1966, in Weymouth, Mass. Ronald served his country in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He retired from the United States government as a special agent in charge. Ronald was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid senior softball player and Red Sox and Patriots fan. Ron was a proud papa and loved his family time, especially watching his grandchildren play baseball, volleyball, soccer and dance.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years; sons Ronald C. Pellegrini Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Aurora and Bryan Pellegrini and wife, Mariane, of Clinton, Conn.; grandchildren Lindsay Pellegrini, Delaney Pellegrini, Victoria Pellegrini and Spencer Pellegrini of Aurora and Kayla Pellegrini, Rachael Pellegrini and Robert Pellegrini of Clinton, Conn.; many loving nieces and nephews from Massachusetts; his softball families in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii and Texas; and many friends.

Pennartz, Clarence William | 1934-2017
Published Saturday, July 8, 2017

Clarence Pennartz
Clarence William Pennartz, 83, of Decatur, died Monday, July 3, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8 at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Trey Penny, Garrett Penny, Kase Pennartz, Blayne Pennartz, Luc Gaucher, Rayce Pennartz and Colin Gaucher.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Clarence was born May 29, 1934, in Windthorst to Albert and Irene (Berend) Pennartz. He married Lillian Decker Oct. 2, 1965, in Rhineland. Clarence was a dairy farmer for more than 45 years. He was a member of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice Pennartz Wilde; and grandchildren, Kaden Pennartz and Lily Pennartz.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years; daughters, Ann Penny and husband, Lindsey, of Decatur, Mary Gaucher and husband, Daniel, of Kennebunk, Maine and Gayle Goudarzi and husband, Shawn, of Aubrey; sons, Tony Pennartz and wife, Shelley, of Alvord, Bryan Pennartz and wife, Nikki, of Nashville, Tenn., Craig Pennartz and wife, Melissa, of Windthorst, Darrin Pennartz and wife, Becky, of Carrollton and Chris Pennartz and wife, Erin, of Denton; 21 grandchildren; brother, Julius Pennartz of Rhineland; sisters, Virginia Redder of Fort Worth, Ruth Redder of Rhineland, Ethel Pennartz of Decatur, Dorothy Pennartz of Decatur and Claudia Carnahan of Arlington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pennartz, Dorothy Nell | 1939-2017
Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dorothy Nell Pennartz
Dorothy Nell Pennartz, 78, of Decatur, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Thomas D’Souza officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with rosary at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers include Christopher Pennartz, Wayne Pennartz, Scott Redder, Eric Redder, Richard Wilde and Sean Carnahan.
Dorothy was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Wichita Falls to Albert and Irene (Berend) Pennartz. She was a member of Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. She was a retired bookkeeper.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Wilde; and brother Clarence Pennartz.
Dorothy is survived by her brother, Julius Pennartz and wife, Geneva, of Rhineland; sisters Virginia Redder and husband, Charles, of Fort Worth, Ruth Redder and husband, Herman, of Rhineland, Ethel Pennartz of Decatur and Claudia Carnahan and husband, Billy, of Arlington; sister-in-law Lillian Pennartz of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Perkins, Leo Lee | 1937-2017
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
Leo Lee Perkins, 80, of Boyd, died Sept. 13, 2017, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Davis officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers are Jake Tackett, Robert Demasses, Randy Crooks, Kyle Leonard, Chris Demasses, Kyle Armet, Rylie Tackett and Rusty Simpson.
Leo was born July 29, 1937, in Hubbard to Lee Roy and Martha Elizabeth (McEntire) Perkins. He was a history and government teacher for Fort Worth ISD for 23 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant sister; and brothers Melvin M. and Richard Perkins.
He is survived by his niece, Joyce Barnett and husband, Martin, of Carrollton; nephews Melvin Perkins and wife, Linda, of Boyd and Richard Perkins and wife, Sue, of Boyd; six grandnieces and grandnephews; and numerous great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Perkins, Sallie (West) | 1925-2017
Published Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sallie Perkins
Sallie West Perkins, 91, of Boyd, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Lewisville.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Donald Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Shane Perkins, Cory Perkins, Chad Perkins, Ron Dickson, Kyle Leonard and Larry Green.
Sallie was born July 28, 1925, in Hillsboro to Zeno and Bessie (Owens) West. She married Melvin Marvin Perkins Nov. 10, 1945, in Fort Worth. Sallie was a member of Briar Baptist Church and a 50-year member of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years; daughter Judith Elaine Perkins; brother Thomas Silas West; and sisters Dollie West and Mollie Franklin.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Barnett and husband, Martin, of Carrollton; sons Melvin E. Perkins and wife, Linda, of Boyd and Richard L. Perkins and wife, Sue, of Boyd; grandchildren Kristy, Kathy, Shane, Chad, Trena and Cory; her 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Peters, Jason Neil | 1970-2017
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jason Peters
Jason Neil Peters, 46, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jason was born Feb. 9, 1970, in Fort Worth to Neil and Sandra (Hutson) Peters. He married Suzzette Arlene Reynolds April 12, 2003, in Fort Worth. He renovated homes.
Jason was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years; daughters Elisha Kaye Colleen Miller and husband, John, of Azle, Kaylie Chae Peters of Azle and Ashlie Denise Peters of Bridgeport; son Tyler Dempsey Peters of Bridgeport; grandson Owen Michael Miller; and parents Neil Peters and wife, Cissy.
Other survivors include brother Jack Peters and wife, Sharon, of Bridgeport; sister Lorri Wood and husband, Leon, of Minnesota; sister Carrie Dudley and husband, Deric, of Azle; brothers Danny Brown of Bridgeport and Steve Simpson of Amarillo; sister Heather Jobe and husband, Maclain, of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Phillips, Richard Albert | 1924-2017
Published Saturday, April 15, 2017

Richard Phillips
Richard Albert Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport, died Monday, April 10, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Balsora Baptist Church in Balsora with the Rev. Glenn Connell officiating.
Richard was born in Jefferson, Ohio, the county seat of Ashtabula County, located 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border. His parents were Clarence Certifield and Dela Beatrice (Holton) Phillips.
After high school, Richard joined the United States Air Force, known at that time as the Army Air Corps. He enlisted in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 1, 1942, and served his country for the last three years of World War II.
Before moving to the Wise County area in 1979, Richard worked for the city of Saginaw. It was in Bridgeport that he met and married Carol Dexter. Later the couple became members of Balsora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years, Pauline Phillips; son Richard E. Phillips; son-in-law Roy Sweatman; and numerous brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Sherry Sweatman of Boonsville; numerous grandchildren; and other family and friends.

Pittman, Alfred C. ‘Al’ | 1943-2017
Published Saturday, December 16, 2017

Alfred C. Pittman
Alfred “Al” C. Pittman, 74, of Alvord, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Alvord.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Nichols officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Dale Pittman, Ray Temple, Keegan Shannon, Alvaro Arreola, Troy Cooksey and Scott Craft.
Al was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Sunset to Charlie and Eula (Whitson) Pittman. He married Billie Pearson July 9, 1964, in Lake Worth. Al retired as a mechanic. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Larry Pittman; and sister Mary Kenon.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years; daughters Stacie Ferrell of Fort Worth and Paula Garner and husband, David, of Bowie; son Allen Pittman of Alvord; granddaughters Aubree Pittman, Shawna Ferrell, Aleshia Ferrell, Morgan Mayfield, Karsen Pittman and Landri Garner; grandsons Corey Ferrell, Tanner Pittman and Ridge Garner; great-grandson Liam Ray Arreola; brother Anthony Pittman and wife, Eva, of Springtown; his trusted companion, dog Korkie; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Plume, Henry Horace ‘Hank’ | 1921-2017
Published Saturday, September 2, 2017

Henry Plume
Henry Horace “Hank” Plume, 96, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth followed by a reception at the church. Burial is at 1:15 p.m. later that day at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole, 702 8th Ave., in Fort Worth.
“Hank,” as he was known to his friends, was a Christian, and also a man of great vision, confidence and integrity. Everyone that met Hank was struck by his self-possession and immediately knew they were in the presence of someone special. He was thoughtful, thought-provoking, wise and encouraging, making everyone feel he had only their best interest at heart. Hank’s life may be characterized by his love for God; his love of his wife; his devotion to his family; his many achievements; his generosity; his bravery; and his service.
Hank was born April 14, 1921, in Sweet Home, where he was educated in a four-room schoolhouse. After his family moved to Yoakum, he graduated from Yoakum High School, attended the University of Texas and Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. Hank married the love of his life, Kay, in 1948. He always said when they married they “left on their honeymoon and never came back.”
Hank felt the call of his country during World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He became a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 390th Bomb Group, U.S. 8th Air Force, flying from Framlingham Airfield, England. After completing his 15th mission, but before arriving safely back in England, he became an elite member of the Caterpillar Club – definitely not a “club” one would choose to join. Hank’s aircraft was shot down over German enemy territory requiring him to bail out at 28,000 feet. He was subsequently captured and became a prisoner of war housed at Stalag Luft I on the Baltic Sea. Hank was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the POW Medal and the European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star. He remained active in the United States Air Force Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. Hank held countless church leadership positions, which included chairing committees, board membership and teaching. Not only did he faithfully serve his church, he also devoted much time to his community – extending this even to the far reaches of Hawaii. He was vice president for Development of Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) in Honolulu and was state chairman of HBA Mainland Advisory Council.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Body and the Fort Worth Airpower Council; he was director and past president of the 390th Bomb Group Veterans Association and director of its Museum Foundation in Tucson, Ariz. Hank also was an executive member of the Wise County Horse Committee.
Hank considered his life to have been richly blessed by his life-mate Kay; his children and their spouses; his grandchildren; his parents and siblings; and his many friends. Memorial donations may be made to Hawaii Baptist Academy, 420 Wyllie St., Honolulu, HI 96817.

Podzemny, Britton Clay | 1982-2017
Published Saturday, July 1, 2017

Britton Podzemny
Britton Clay Podzemny, 34, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service was June 30 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Britton was born Dec. 23, 1982, in Canyon to David and Connie (Younger) Podzemny. He was a mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents Ervin and Phylomena Podzemny.
Britton is survived by his brothers, Brian Podzemny and wife, Alison, of Bridgeport, Richard Podzemny of Amarillo, Brad Podzemny of Amarillo and Brandon Podzemny of Marshall; grandparents Letitia Younger of Marshall and Aaron Younger and wife, Mary Lane; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family members and friends.

Polson, Marvin Willmar, Dr. | 1927-2017
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Marvin Polson
Dr. Marvin Willmar Polson, 89, of Paradise, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Marvin was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Meriden, Iowa, to Edwin and Ruth (Gustavson) Polson. He married Georgia Ann Galles in Marcus, Iowa. Marvin was a chiropractor for 50 years. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, the Masonic Lodge and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
Marvin is survived by his sons, Kent Marvin Polson and wife, Alison, of Paradise and Karl Marvin Polson and wife, Judy, of Weatherford; daughters Kris Gibson and husband, Sam, of Granbury, Kim Parker and husband, Richard, of North Richland Hills, Kerri Cathey and husband, Bobby, of Paradise and Kaye Wood of Paradise; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Francis Polson and wife, Joyce, of Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pool, Patricia Ann (Watkins) | 1946-2017
Published Saturday, January 28, 2017

Patricia Pool
Patricia Ann Pool, 70, of New Fairview, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in New Fairview.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Fairview Cemetery.
Patricia was born Dec. 13, 1946, in Meridian, Miss., to James and Ruthie (Pierce) Watkins. She married John Thomas Pool June 6, 1973, in Fort Worth. Patricia was a retired truck driver.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Ashcraft and husband, Jason, of Rhome, Susan Pool of Fort Worth and Christine Dunn and husband, Matt; son Daniel Wagoner and wife, Jessica, of Oregon; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Sue Steel; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Potts, Bobby E. | 1930-2017
Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bobby Potts
Bobby E. Potts, 87, of Paradise, died Thursday May 4, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Barry Hogan officiating. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Bobby was born Dec. 11, 1930, in Paradise to Joe and Anna (Atkins) Potts. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a firefighter in Fort Worth for most of his life. He was also a member of the First Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. His hobbies were harvesting pecans, farming and working cattle.
Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Potts; three sisters; and five brothers.
He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Potts and Velerie Zarantonello; grandchildren Adam Lamb and Kevin Largent; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pratt, Georgia Ann (Feik) | 1947-2017
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Georgia Pratt
Georgia Ann Pratt, 69, of Fort Worth, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Georgia was born June 13, 1947, in Champaign, Ill., to William and Ann (Mullins) Feik. She worked at Wal-Mart. She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son, Stephen Bridgeman of Fort Worth; daughter Michele Applegate of Cleburne; sister Becky Bridgeman of Sunset; brother John Feik of San Antonio; her granddaughter; her grandson; and friends.

Pratt, Joseph | 1958-2017
Published Saturday, March 18, 2017

Joseph Pratt
Joseph Pratt, 58, of Rhome, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Christian Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers are Phillip Pratt, Jeremy Pratt, Joel Pratt, Jordan Hines, Ted Smith and John Quinn.
Joseph was born Aug. 22, 1958, in Lafayette, La., to Harry and Odette (Douglas) Pratt. He married Brenda Hines Feb. 26, 1975, in Dallas. Joseph served in the United States Navy. He was a member of Aurora Baptist Church. He also was well cared for by his beloved friend and physician Dr. Andrew Hoover of Rhome. He was the former owner of Blue Bonney Cleaners.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother-in-law, Linda Paul Harper Hines.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years; father-in-law George Ray Hines and wife, Juanita, of Rhome; sons Phillip Pratt and wife, Denise, of Lewisville, Jeremy Pratt and wife, Melissa, of Bedford and Joel Pratt and wife, Calandra, of White Settlement; grandchildren Landon, Caleb, Connor and Olivia; sisters Cindy Dacus of North Richland Hills and Sandra Harrison and husband, Don, of Frisco; brothers Ted Smith and wife, Debbie, of Hurst, Gary Douglas and wife, Donna, of Fort Collins, Colo., and David Douglas of Fort Collins; sister-in-law Debbie Wilkinson and husband, Michael; nieces Christal, Taylor and Hannah; nephews Jordan Hines and Aaron Wilkinson; and other family and friends.

Price, Garnett Dean | 1937-2017
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Garnett Price
Garnett Dean Price, 79, of Rhome, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Decatur.
Garnett was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Liberty, Ky., to Aldie and Ruby (Hansford) Price. He married Eileen Egbert Feb. 4, 1970, in Osgood, Ind. Garnett retired from a career as a long-distance truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Garnett is survived by his wife of 47 years; son Dean Christopher Price of Rhome; niece Jennifer Schrank and husband, Matt, and their son, Noah, of Indiana; brothers-in-law Ronnie Egbert, Ralph Egbert of Ohio and Gary Egbert of Oklahoma; sister-in-law Marion Button of Ohio; and friends.

Priebe, Robert Arvid ‘Bob’ |
Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bob Priebe
Robert “Bob” Arvid Priebe, 80, of Bismarck, N.D., died Friday, June 9, 2017, in Bismarck after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at First Lutheran Church of Mandan, N.D. Burial is 1 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Noonan, N.D.
Bob was born Nov 27, 1936, in Powers Lake, N.D., to Walter and Clara Priebe. He grew up in the Larson/Columbus area of North Dakota. He married Lorraine Ann Kostek Jan. 5, 1959, in Kenmare, N.D. Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and again from 1961 to 1962.
Bob and Lorraine farmed in Noonan for 45 years. Bob was a hard worker and instilled his work ethic in their three children — Debbie, Tim and Wendy. The couple retired to Williston, N.D., in 2001 and moved to Bismarck in 2013. They enjoyed camping and traveling to many great locations including a special family trip to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Bob gave many volunteer hours to the community, including the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Noonan Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones award for service. He was always prepared to lend a helping hand, and everyone who encountered him was cheered by his lighthearted demeanor and kind heart.
For 20 years, Bob and Lorraine spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz., making many special friendships and playing pinochle and shuffleboard. Bob had a great sense of humor and was always looking for the next joke. He made friends everywhere he went and loved visiting with people. Bob’s faith and his family meant the world to him, and he was especially proud of his grandchildren.
Bob and Lorraine loved attending their children and grandchildren’s activities and sports. He loved dancing and playing cards and had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for a chocolate chip cookie.
Bob was quick to give God all the glory for the blessings in his life, and his unconditional love for his family and friends will never be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marlys Priebe; brother Donald Priebe; and grandson Matthew Telehey. Bob is survived by his wife; daughter Debbie Waggoner and husband, Robert, of Decatur; son Tim Priebe and wife, Jackie, of Dickinson, N.D.; daughter Wendy Telehey and husband, Mark, of Williston, N.D.; grandchildren Andrew Waggoner and wife, Kourtney, Laura Waggoner, Jacob Telehey, Megan Bumgardner and husband, Isaac, Sarah Telehey, Jessica Priebe and Riley and Alex Priebe; brothers Rodney Priebe and wife, Marlene and Lester Priebe and wife, Maxine; and sister Donna Brown.
Memorial donations may be made to Noonan Lions Club scholarship fund, 605 South Main Street, Noonan, N.D., or Bismarck Parkinson’s support group at bismarckparkinsons.wordpress.com

Prince, Linda Frances (Jackson) | 1959-2017
Published Saturday, October 14, 2017

Linda Frances Jackson Prince
Linda Frances Jackson Prince, 58, of Boyd, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jonas Bohlin officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and all are welcome at the graveside service.
Please join the family to continue the celebration of her life afterwards at the VFW where food and refreshments will be served.
Linda was born July 29, 1959, in San Diego, Calif. to Doyle and Bobbie (Waldrop) Jackson. She married Donald Earl Prince Sept. 29, 2016, in Tarrant County. Linda graduated from North Side High School in 1977. She spent her life as a dedicated and compassionate caregiver of the elderly and recently worked at the VFW Post 10374. Linda was the nicest person you could ever meet and could never say “no” to anyone in need. Her only child would tell you that her mom was her best friend and that she is proudly her mother’s daughter. Her granddaughters would tell you that no one could spoil a girl like their Grammy could. Her husband would say he adored her and that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. No one that saw how he looked at her would argue. Her loves included the ocean, doing the happy dance, camping and fishing and she had a passion for music that was second to none. But to Linda, her greatest joy in life was her family. She was the best mother, daughter, Grammy, wife, sister and aunt. To know her was to love her.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Breanna Trimble and husband, Jim, of Keller; grandchildren Bryce, Lily and a grandson on the way; great-grandchild Jaylynn; her father; brothers Ray Jackson of Boyd and Skip Jackson and wife, Pam, of Newark; sister Wanda Rogers of Fort Worth; four nieces; one nephew; and friends.

Purchalski, Edward Raymond | 1927-2017
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Edward Raymond Puchalski, 90, of Flower Mound, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Denton.
Memorial service will be at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Edward was born June 9, 1927, in Chicago to Edward and Genevive (Wegner) Puchalski. He married Doris Ilene Green Sept. 28, 1957, in North Judson, Ind. Edward was a retired machinist. He enjoyed farming and being outdoors. Edward loved making all types of jewelry. He served in the Army in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion in North Judson and The Fraternal Order of Eagles in Winamac, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Edward is survived by his daughters, Brenda McHenry of Corinth, Belinda Puchalski of Greenwood and Briget Puchalski of Greenwood; son Brian Puchalski of Leakey; granddaughter Cassaundra McHenry of Plano; and grandsons Luke Puchalski of Denton and Royce McHenry of Corinth.
Other survivors include sister-in-law Carlyn Puchalski of Indiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Association.