Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2018
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Adams, Lola Jolene (Bingham)  | 1924-2018
Published Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lola Jolene Adams
Lola Jolene Adams, 93, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Decatur.
Service was Thursday, April 5, in Fort Worth with Garg Higgs officiating. Burial followed at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Alan Bingham, Harvey Farr, Mark Farr, Tommy Snyder, Jody Adams and Hunter Gantt.
Jolene was born May 18, 1924, in Odell. She graduated from Odell High School in 1941 and married her high school sweetheart, Harvey Dale Adams, in 1941. Following Dale’s untimely passing in 1962, Jolene went on to finish her bachelor’s degree at Texas Wesleyan College, gained her real estate license and operated multiple beauty salons around the DFW Metroplex. She eventually retired from Sally Beauty Supply at age 83.
Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Thelma Bingham; brother Kenneth Bingham; and her husband.
She is survived by her son Kelly Adams and wife, Anne; son Dan Adams and wife, Leigh Ann; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Adams, Odous Richard  | 1926-2018
Published Saturday, March 24, 2018

Odous Richard Adams
Odous Richard Adams, 91, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Bowie.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Odous was born Dec. 19, 1926, in Marietta, Okla., to Thomas Sr. and Vertie (Rodgers) Adams. He married Inez Hatfield June 5, 1954, in Bowie. In 1962, they opened Adams Greenhouse and Fruit Stand in Bowie on Texas 101 and later moved out to U.S. 81/287 until they retired from farming and ranching in 2013. He was a Baptist.
Odous was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brothers Dale Adams, James Adams, Thomas Adams Jr. and Lee Adams; and sisters Skeeter Price and Joyce Shurbet.
Odous is survived by his daughters, Vicki McDaniel and husband, Larry, of Bowie, Velda Bates and husband, Allen, of Decatur and Vonda Hood and husband, Len, of Sunset; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sisters Ruth Miller of Bridgeport and Mary Newman of Henrietta.

Adams, Peggy Jo (Bays)  | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Peggy Jo Adams
Peggy Jo Adams, 87 of Justin, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Justin.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Interment will follow at Justin Cemetery.
Peggy was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Chico to Elijah Lee and Edna (Lough) Bays.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Adams; her parents; sister Cuelene Cavasos; and brother E.B. Bays.
Peggy is survived by her daughters Carolyn Pitts, Nancy Adams, Darlene Faught and Gaylon Stuebing; son James Adams; sister Helen Lee; brothers Tommy Bays and Harold Bays; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Albritton, Ted G., Sr. | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ted G. Albritton Sr.
Ted G. Albritton Sr. died Saturday, June 16, 2018, after a prolonged illness.
Service was June 20 at Scott Funeral Home in Alvin followed by a service on June 21 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial was in Paradise Cemetery in Paradise.
He was born Sept. 23, 1929, at Bridgeport to Ben and Belle Albritton. He attended high school at Bridgeport where he played football for the Bridgeport Bulls.
After completing high school, he attended Southwest Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie and was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister. He began to preach wherever he could, including the First Assembly of God in Bridgeport. It was there he met Edna Geneva Thompson of Rusk. They married Sept. 28, 1951.
Soon after marriage he accepted his first pastorate at San Augustine. During the next 56 years, he pastored nine churches.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Billy Gene Albritton; and sisters Addie Mae Warner, Doris Galloway and Ima Lee Anderson.
He is survived by his wife; sons Ted Jr. and wife, Constance and Richard and wife, Jana; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Betty Joy Van Hoose of Brownwood.

Alvarado, Ruben Romo | 1976-2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018


Ruben Romo Alvarado
Ruben Romo Alvarado, 42, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Ruben was born Feb. 15, 1976, in Jalisco, Mexico, to Jose and Maria (Alvarado) Romo. He married Arcelia Gonzalez in Virginia. Ruben was an oilfield worker for Prime Services.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Karina Romo of Bridgeport; son Mateo Romo of Bridgeport; sisters Blanca Romo and husband, Juan, of Houston and Sylvia Agras and husband, Gavino, of California; brothers Sergio Romo and wife, Christina, of Houston and Jose Romo and wife, Jessica, of Rhome; and his father.

Amonett, Walter Crindon  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Walter Crindon Amonett
Walter Crindon Amonett, 83, of Decatur died Friday, June 29, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 3 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Louis Horton officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dale Watts, Connor Watts, Jerry Brooks, Jim Hooper, Zach Burns and Chuck Roberts.
Honorary pallbearer was Craig Shaw.
Walter was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Electra to William and Marjorie (Crockett) Amonett. He married Geraldine Berg Dec. 17, 1960, in Decatur. He was a retired butcher and member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. Walter served in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers.
He’s survived by his wife, Geraldine Amonett of Decatur; daughters Nacina Walker and husband, James, of Decatur, Lorenda Hornsby and husband, Russ, of Chico and Roxanna Shivers and Mike of Frisco; son Nelson Amonett of Attalla, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Anderson, Joseph A.R. ‘Little Joe’ | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Joseph A.R. Anderson
Joseph A.R. “Little Joe” Anderson, 88, of Bridgeport, died Friday, May 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was May 8, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Fred Raney officiating.
Pallbearers included Michael Wallace, Dustin Anderson, Leslie McMahon, Jason Anderson, Jack Anderson, Jody Anderson, Travis Grant and Eric Doyle “Anderson.”
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Little Joe was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Vernon to Terry and Audra (Recer) Anderson. He married Dorothy Nard Jan. 1, 1991, in Lake Bridgeport. He was an AM Hamm Radio Operator and a machinist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Jodie Anderson; six brothers and sisters; and grandson Eric Doyle “Anderson.”
He is survived by his wife of 27 years; sons Eddie Anderson and wife, Darla, of Lake Bridgeport, Terry Anderson of Bowie and David Anderson and wife, Deborah, of Decatur; daughters Carolyn Anderson Speers and husband, Danny, of Caddo, Okla., Audrey Anderson Bates of Burleson and Sherrie Anderson of Kiowa, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Andrews, Pliny  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pliny Andrews
Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Decatur.
Services were Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Pliny was born Dec. 25, 1937, in Wichita Falls to Reece E. “Chick” and Margurite Moore Andrews. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1957 and went to Decatur Baptist College. After graduating he went on to Howard Payne College. He was drafted in 1962 and served in the Army, stationed in Germany for 18 months. On returning to the United States, he married Carol Bond.
Pliny also went to the Local 18 Sheet Metal Workers Union Apprentice School for four years to become a sheet metal mechanic. He worked in the trade for 47 years before retiring in 2005. Pliny’s last employer was SkiHi Enterprise of Fort Worth, where he was vice-president of the industrial group.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; sons Bradley Howard Andrews and wife, Suzanne, of Paradise and Steven James Andrews and wife, Amanda, of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Barbara Lambert of Fort Worth.

Armstrong, David | 1960-2018
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

David Armstrong
David Armstrong, 58, of Fort Worth, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Tony Thomas officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
David was born July 3, 1960, in Dallas to Richard and Wanda (McCarty) Armstrong. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, D.F. Hammonds; his parents; and sister Kathy Napier.
He is survived by his sisters, Cheryl Pinson, Cynthia Ward and Laura La Barbera; and grandmother Cleo Hammonds.

Armstrong, Milton Lee  | 1950-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018


Milton Lee Armstrong
Milton Lee Armstrong, 68, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at home.
Memorial service will be private.
Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.
He was born July 25, 1950, in San Antonio to Raymond Armstrong and Dorothy Stewart Shutte.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Armstrong; sons Jacky (Shae), Clayton (Michelle), Johnny and David Armstrong; daughter Tammy Armstrong; 10 brothers and sisters; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ashley, Bobbie (Roberts)  | 1933-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bobbie Roberts Ashley
Bobbie Roberts Ashley, 85, of Decatur, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Walter Ashley officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Craig Humes, Todd Porter, Brad Porter and Joshua Humes.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Bobbie was born May 26, 1933, in Decatur to Nim Rod and Katie (Evans) Roberts. She married Joe Harold Ashley Aug. 11, 1956, in Denton. Bobbie was a retired medical assistant.
She was active in her Red Hat group, president of the Greenwood EEC multiple times, an avid supporter of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge and walked miles over the years with Walk Across Texas. She was a member of the Wise County Historical Commission and was the go-to person for the Greenwood/Slidell area. According to Historical Commission Chairman Kerry Clower, Bobbie was largely responsible for the landmark designation and the Texas Historical Commission marker for the Greenwood Masonic Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Nim Ashley; grandson Jeff Porter; and a great-grandson.
She is survived by her daughters, Debi Porter of Decatur and Jo Anne Humes and husband, Craig, of Hickory Creek; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Greenwood Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 547, Greenwood, TX 76246 or Greenwood Education Extension, P.O. Box 623, Greenwood, TX 76246. Make checks payable to Greenwood E.E., c/o Linda Hood.

Athey, Louise  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

Louise Athey
Louise Athey, 90, of Boyd, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Oct. 5 at Ridgeview Memorial Park.
Turrentine Jackson Morrow in McKinney handled arrangements.
Louise was born Jan. 25, 1928, in McKinney. She worked as an electronic assembler in aviation and retired from Lockheed Martin.
She was a past member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Reno and a long-time member of Wise County Antique Auto Club.
She is survived by her son, Don Athey and wife, Kitsy, of Boyd; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

Aucoin, Freddie (Crawford)  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018

Freddie Crawford Aucoin
Freddie Crawford Aucoin, 90, of Alvord, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 9 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed in Alvord Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Holder, Tony Caruthers, Hank Belknap, Damon Ledet Tyler Caster and Emile Ledet.
Freddie was born March 6, 1928, in Carthage, Miss. to Ben and Golda (Barfoot) Crawford. She married Jasper Aucoin in Thibodeaux, La.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Martin Holder; her husband, Jasper Aucoin; grandson Bryan Ledet; and 12 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Belknap and husband, Henry, of Alvord; son Mark Holder of Many, La.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Autry, Lula Doris (Hays)  | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lula Doris Autry
Lula Doris Autry, 88, of Boyd, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at First Baptist Church of Boyd with Dr. Billy McClain officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Boyd.
Pallbearers are Brandon Autry, Justin Bowden, Willie Haak, Matt Jackson, Mike Riley and Chad Byford.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Doris was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Poolville to Samuel and Bessie (Loafman) Hays. She married Carl C. Autry Jr. March 26, 1948, in Boyd. They were married 54 years. Doris was a member of First Baptist Church of Boyd, Eastern Star and Texas Library Association. After retiring from Lockheed Martin after 33 years, she worked as a librarian. She taught Sunday school at Friendship Baptist Church for more than 20 years and was also the treasurer for more than 40 years. Doris served as a pianist at Friendship Baptist Church and then Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs for a total of 65 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her son, Rev. Mark Autry and wife, Julie, of Boyd; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Baily, Richard J. ‘Rick’, Jr. | 1960-2018
Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Richard J. Baily Jr.
Richard J. “Rick” Baily Jr., 57, of Paradise, died Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Biggers Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Ave., in Fort Worth.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday the funeral home.
Rick was born July 8, 1960, in Big Spring to Sandra L. (White) and Richard J. Bailey Sr. He graduated from Grapevine High School and married Dana Lynnette Hayes.
Rick was employed with Atmos Energy and had worked for them for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years; daughters Lauren Bailey and Leah Iglesias and husband, Adam; son Logan Bailey and fianc e, Nikki Graves; brother Dennis Bailey and wife, Carole, Dewey Bailey and wife, Kristi, and Chris Bailey and wife, Mindy; and four grandchildren.

Baines, Glenn Edwin  | 1942-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Glenn Edwin Baines
Glenn Edwin Baines, 75, of Aurora, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Aurora.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. James Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove #2.
Pallbearers include Dennis Smock, Allen Smith, David Baines, Ray Hudgins, Ricardo Ramirez and Robert Robbins.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Glenn was born Oct. 10, 1942, in Seymour to Henry and Elizabeth (Speights) Baines. He married Gloria Block Oct. 9, 2002, in Aurora. Glenn was a member of Pleasant Grove #2.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Raymond Baines; and sisters Jenny Owens, Ruth Smith and Mildred Jetter.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Lisa Baines of North Carolina, Melisa Baines of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Wendie Lara of Denton; sons Alonzo Baines of Clinton, N.C., and Jeremy Dunn of Glenn Allen, Va.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sisters Anne Weis of Pottsboro and Donna Walker of Lampasas; and brothers Bill Baines and wife, Jan, of Phoenix, Ariz., Bob Baines of Pottsboro and Earnest Baines of Aurora.

Baker, Alvin, Jr. | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alvin Baker Jr.
Alvin Baker Jr., 77, of Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross and Ron Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bobby Daniels, Steve Pittman, Terry Harper, Sam Mandell, Gary Don Mosley, Dusty Baker and Quirt Baker.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Alvin was born Jan. 20, 1941, in Decatur to Alvin and Evelyn (Whittington) Baker. He married Patricia Pope May 26, 1962, in Decatur. Alvin was on the 1958 Boyd Regional Championship football team. He started to work for the Continental State Bank in Boyd in the summer of his eighth grade year. He worked full-time after graduation from Boyd High School. Alvin left the bank in 1973 to work full-time on his family’s ranch. Alvin was a rancher the rest of his life. He was a longtime member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years; son Alvin Baker III and wife, Kellye, of Decatur; two grandchildren; and sister Billie Beverly of Irving.
Memorial donations may be made to Jenny’s Hope, Jennys-hope.org; or Wise County Christian Counseling, 1650 S. FM 51, Suite 400, Decatur TX 76234.

Ball, Temple Wayne | 1967-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Temple Wayne Ball
Temple Wayne Ball, 51, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Wise County.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Temple was born July 29, 1967, in Decatur to Joe Wayne and Judy Gay Ball.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Kimberly Kay Struthers.
Temple is survived by his wife of nine years, Betty; sisters Kathy St. John and husband, Monty and JoAnn Bradford, all of Bridgeport; and brother Jimmy Ball and wife, Tracey, of Runaway Bay.

Ballard, Virgle ‘Pepaw’ | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

Virgle Ballard
Virgle “Pepaw” Ballard, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Oct. 26, at Gibtown Cemetery in Jack County.
White’s Funeral Home in Weatherford handled arrangements.
Virgle was born Aug. 22, 1927, to E.J. Ballard and Sara Jane Rose-Ballard. He was a graduate of Poolville High School. Virgle married Modena Anderson Dec. 22, 1951, in Poolville. He retired from Perry Equipment in Mineral Wells.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years; brothers Bill, Hubert, Houston and Carl; and sister Annie Robbins.
He is survived by his daughter, Carlene Ivester and husband, Dan, of Poolville; two grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and brother Raymond Ballard of Poolville.

Banks, Larry Donald  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, December 22, 2018

Larry Donald Banks
Larry Donald Banks, 80, of Paradise, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Bedford.
Funeral was Dec. 21 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial followed at Antelope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Nathan Banks, Bryn Banks, Paul Pasichnyk, Rodney McCollum, Sam Parker and Mike Ramsey.
Larry was born Oct. 18, 1938, in Dallas to Weldon and Callie “Jim” (Dicken) Banks. Larry graduated from West Texas State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in geology. He married Billie Rhea Fry Dec. 17, 1964, in Dallas.
Larry served in the U.S. Navy in Attack Squadron VA-76 “Spirits” during the maiden voyage and Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He was senior archeologist of the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1970 to 1993.
Larry was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas – Arlington and Southern Methodist University. He was recipient of the second John F. Seiberling Award. Larry was past president of The Register of Professional Archeologists, and he was a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Larry was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Darrell Banks.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; son Nathan Banks of Royal, Ark.; daughters Rachel Banks and Stephanie McCollum and husband, Rodney, all of Paradise; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters Brenda Eubanks of Clifton and Mary Banks of London, England.

Barnard, Laverna Jean (Pickett)  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, June 23, 2018

Laverna Jean Barnard
Laverna Jean Barnard, 90, of Boyd died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Boyd.
Graveside is 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 25 at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd.
Pallbearers include Sam Wren, Christopher Wren, Luke Mowry, Colton Mowry, Jonathan Nida, Mike Mawhirter, John Short and Jerry Nida.
Honorary pallbearers are David Hale, Sean Mawhirter and Joshua Nida.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Laverna was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Clairette to Andrew and Mary (Duncan) Pickett. She married L.N. Barnard Jan. 17, 1942, in Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years; brother Cecil Pickett; and sisters Wanda Porter and Wilma Largent.
She is survived by her daughters, Ann Mawhirter and husband, Mike, of Derby, Kan., Linda Wren and husband, Bob, of Grapevine, Patricia Barnard of Boyd and Sandra Short and husband, John, of Fort Worth; son Sonny Barnard and wife, Kelly, of Haslet; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers A.J. Pickett and wife, Cheryl and Donald Pickett and wife, Laquetta; and sister Roxie Kirby.

Bean, Darlene (Kaker)  | 1940-2018
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Darlene Kaker Bean
Darlene Kaker Bean, 77, of Paradise died Friday, March 2, 2018, in Paradise.
Funeral was March 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Allan Anson officiating. Burial followed in Wizard Wells Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Scott Cantrell, Rocky Cantrell, Todd Cantrell, James Hughes, Steven Frank Kaker, Danny Hughes and Randy Wilson.
Darlene was born Nov. 17, 1940, in Bridgeport to Weldon and Carrie (Hartsell) Kaker. She married Buddy Bean Sept. 19, 1959, in Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; grandchild Roper Winters; brother Chock Kaker; and Gladys and Edna Kaker.
She is survived by her daughter, Dana Ford and husband, Artie, of Palo Pinto; son Shannon Bean of Bridgeport; daughter Sheena Winters and husband, Rodney, of Paradise; two grandchildren; and brother Ronny Forrester of Fort Worth.

Belote, Freddie Gene  | 1948-2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Freddie Gene Belote
Freddie Gene Belote, 69, of Slidell, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Denton.
Service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Freddie was born June 10, 1948, in Lufkin to Jessie and Loraine (Martin) Belote. He married Susan McDonough Jan. 23, 1982, in Lewisville. He was a retired programmer for Haliburton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years; daughter Amy Belote of Colorado; sons Sean Belote and wife, Barbara, of Slidell, Patrick Belote and wife, Joan, of Decatur and Freddie Belote and wife, Mia, of Maryland; grandchildren Joselynn, Addisyn and Weston; brothers Larry Belote of San Antonio and Jerry Belote of Lufkin; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials can be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Bennett, Billy Eugene  | 1943-2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Billy Eugene Bennett
Billy Eugene Bennett, 74, of Chico, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Dallas.
Memorial is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
Family will receive friends 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
Billy was born June 23, 1943, in Duncan, Okla. to Richard and Amer (Duvall) Bennett. He married Renee Bennett May 7, 1991, in Decatur. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
He is survived by his daughter, Audra Bennett of Weatherford; daughter-in-love Christine Neagle and husband, Michael, of Chico; his son-in-love Rodney Hall of Chico; grandchildren Krystie Parra, Miranda Neagle, Jesse Neagle, Hailey Hall, Jordan Hall and Tyler Hall; sister Janice Roland and husband, Jim, of May; friends Louie and Valerie Zarantonello; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Bennett, Michael Dominy  | 1956-2018
Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
Michael Dominy Bennett, 61, of Lewisville, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, after a long illness.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Michael was born Aug. 28, 1956, in Fort Worth, to Horace and Blanche Dominy Bennett.
He is survived by his wife, Jerri Thompson; son Branden Bennett; and two sisters.

Benson, Anna Geraldine (Gonce)  | 1930-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Anna Geraldine Benson
Anna Geraldine Benson, 87, of Paradise, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Azleland Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Skidmore officiating.
Anna was born April 14, 1930, in Centerville to Worney Sr. and Lena (Paulson) Gonce. She married Truman Marshall Benson July 7 in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughters Shirley Walker and Catherine James; granddaughter Twila Sharp; and brothers Charles, Worney, Jerry, Lewis and Worney “Red” Gonce.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Thompson and Galen Cox of Paradise, six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters Nancy Lowe and husband, Ramond, of Dimmitt, Elaine Lovell of Mart, Thelma Arnold of Amarillo and Linda Netherlands of Mart.

Betts, Sam | 1945-2018
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sam Betts
Sam Betts, 73, of Decatur, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Dec. 11 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Philip Weitner officiating.
Sam was born Nov. 17, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., to Elliot and Martha (Burns) Betts. Sam was a retired film director in advertising, a novelist, musician and comedian.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sons, Josh Betts of Richardson and Charlie Betts of Austin; and girlfriend Joyce Stier of Decatur.

Bias, Karen Elaine (Kohli)  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

Karen Elaine Kohli Bias
Karen Elaine Kohli Bias, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Decatur.
Services will be private.
Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.
Karen was born March 21, 1959, in St. Marys, Ohio, to Richard Leland and Stella Mae Meadows Kohli.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; son Lance Bias; and sister Sharon Mott.
She is survived by her daughters Felicia Scott and husband, Grady, and Amber Reardon; son Christopher Bias; sister Deborah Kohli; and four grandchildren.

Biediger, Robert Thomas ‘Bo’ | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Robert Thomas Biediger
Robert “Bo” Thomas Biediger, 71, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Decatur.
His memorial service is private. Contact the family for more information.
Robert was born Jan. 30, 1947, in San Antonio, and he served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Biediger II; and brother Dennis Wayne Biediger.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gloria; children Mitzy (Lyndal), Stacy, Thaddaeus, Kristopher, Shemane (Jake), Brandon (Misty), Candice, Patience (Heath), Kaela and Grant; sisters Alisa and Rowena; and brothers Trey, Ken, Richard and Ralph.

Biffar, Corrine (Warrick)  | 1937-2017
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Corrine Biffar
Corrine Biffar, 80, of Fort Calhoun, Neb., formerly of Chico, died Monday, Dec. 18, in Fort Calhoun.
No service was held. Her cremains will be buried at Chico Cemetery next to her husband, Clyde Biffar.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling local arrangements.
Corrine was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Blair, Neb., to Manley and Elnora (Birman) Warrick. She enjoyed quilting, antiquing and going to garage sales. She also loved the Colorado mountains and spending time with her own children and her five nieces whom she also raised.
Corrine is survived by her son, Chuck Biffar; daughter Penny Biffar Pierce; nieces Laretta, Bobbie, Terri, Pam and Myra; and brothers Roger and Sheldon Warrick.

Bilby, Rollins  | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rollins Bilby
Rollins Bilby, 83, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Lake Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Irish, Doug Bridwell, Pastor Rick Davis and Bro. Frank Hefner officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Home Cemetery in Bryson.
Pallbearers include Nicholas Bilby, Kyle Bilby, Ryan Bilby, Michael Bilby, Jeffrey Bilby, and Jason Garrett. Honorary pallbearers include Larry Williams, Dr. Marvin Warren, Dr. Jerry Gleason and Chuck Bilby.
Rollins was born Nov. 27, 1934, in Jacksboro to Alfred Monroe and Lovie Faye (Marley) Bilby. He married Connie Clark-Jones April 17, 1981, in Arlington. Rollins settled in Wise County in 1969. He was the owner of Twin Hills Restaurant and Store at Lake Bridgeport. He was also a graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor of science in agricultural economics. He was a retired captain from American Airlines, farmer, rancher and business owner. Rollins served his country as a captain in the United States Air Force. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport and the 12th Man A&M Century Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Alvin Monroe Bilby.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Connie Bilby of Lake Bridgeport; daughters D’Anna Garrett and husband, Kelly, of Bridgeport, Kimberly Fritch of Euless; sons Jeff Bilby and wife, Esther, of Paradise and Scott Bilby and wife, Patty, of Boerne; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Rex W. Bilby and wife, Lucille, of Senate.
Donations may be made in Rollins’ honor to the Texas A&M Corp Cadets at College Station.

Black, Samuel Jefferson ‘Sam’, Sr. | 1940-2018
Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

Samuel Black Sr.
Samuel “Sam” Jefferson Black Sr., 77, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Chico.
Funeral was Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial in Chico Cemetery. Rev. Mike Miller officiated. Pallbearers were members of the Masonic Lodge 508.
Sam was born on May 11, 1940, to Clarence W. and Ruby Blanch (McIntire) Black in Bridgeport. He married Anetta Sue Lovejoy Dec. 15, 1960, in Chico. He was a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Sam was also a member of the Chico Masonic Lodge 508 and Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Sam Black Jr.; and his sister, Doris Hill.
Sam is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Black of Chico; his son, Russell Black and wife Peggy of Chico; his brother, Richard Black; his grandchildren, Brandie Williams and husband Brian, Braiden Black and wife Scout and Skylar Black; his great grandchildren, Samuel Williams and Lauren Williams.

Bledsoe, Richard Alan  | 1955-2018
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Richard Alan Bledsoe

Richard Alan Bledsoe, 62, of Rhome, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Dr. Scott Youngblood officiating.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers are Charlie Collins, Mike May, Jerry Williams and Russell Strickland.
Richard was born July 22, 1955, in Waco to Kenneth Boyd Bledsoe and Peggie Strickland Bledsoe. He grew up in Waco and graduated from Richfield High School. He was an independent contractor for several years before becoming director of facilities for EFW in Fort Worth. He was the recipient of numerous awards at EFW and served as fundraising chairman for the American Junior Golf Association-Elbit Systems of America Classic.
Richard enjoyed hunting, softball, four-wheeling, golf, fishing, shooting, cooking and anything else outdoors. He supported numerous charities, particularly those supporting breast cancer, children, veterans and animal rescues.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Sherry Maxwell of Little Rock, Ark.; and cousins Larry Wright of Temple, Russell Strickland and Glenda Hamilton of Mexia, Jeff Strickland of Corpus Christi and Carol Williamson of Perkinston, Miss.

Blisseck, Lois (Skinner)  | 1925-2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Lois (Skinner) Blisseck, 93, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.
Lois was born on Feb. 17, 1925, to Jesse James and Vera Ella Skinner.
Lois grew up on an island in Florida with her two brothers, Thomas James (TJ) and Fred, and her sister, Willie Lee. She left Florida at the age of 17 when she met Joseph Leo Blisseck in 1942. They were married for 61 years at the time of his death in 2004. After their wedding, she became a homemaker, a military wife and eventually a mother.
After the military years, Lois and Joe settled in North Texas, and remained in the area for the rest of their lives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husband; daughter Marie Thompson; and grandchildren Molly and Joe Binom Thompson.
She is survived by her children, Joseph Jr. and Toni Blisseck, Margaret (Peggy) and Chan Horne, Patricia (Patty) and Pat Muskevitsch and Theresa and Bill Owens; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Boggs, James W. | 1939-2018
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018

James W. Boggs
James W. Boggs, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, due to complications associated with dementia.
Graveside services is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Newport Cemetery in Newport with Mike Henson officiating.
White Family Funeral Home of Bowie is handling arrangements.
James was born Dec. 15, 1939, to Wilmer and Minnie (Still) Boggs. He was a Fort Worth native, a Bell Helicopter retiree, and a rancher in Jack County for more than 40 years.
James was a member of First Baptist Church of Bowie where he served as a deacon and was a member of The Crusaders Sunday School Class.
James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Boggs of Bowie; daughter Teri Gitchell and husband, Tommy, of Weatherford; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made in honor of James to the First Baptist Church of Bowie Building Fund or the First Baptist Church of Bowie Library, 307 N. Lindsay, Bowie, TX 76230.

Bolden, Christopher Lee  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

Christopher Lee Bolden
Christopher Lee Bolden, 59, of Springtown, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at home.
Funeral was June 14 at Alexander’s Midway Chapel in Springtown.
Christopher was born Jan. 13, 1959, in Midland to Roy Lee Bolden and Susanna Roberta Walker.
He worked for Union Ironworkers and retired after 30 years.
Christopher was preceded in death by his mother; and grandparents Richard and Ruth Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Bolden; his father; daughter Mistie Davis and husband, Dion; sons Brent Bolden and wife, Ashley, Colter Acker and wife, Robin, and Robert Bolden and wife, Janice; stepsons Bodie Beaman and wife, Jessica, and Ryder May; and 10 grandchildren.

Boston,Joann (Brazil) | 1937-2018
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Joann Boston
Joann Boston, 80, of Boyd, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Phillip Weitner and Dan Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Josh Boston, Robert Boston, James Boston, Dan Dodd, Roddy Boston and Jackie Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers are John Broussard and Josh Dodd.
Joann was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Skene, Miss., to Oscar Rodie and Sarah Francis (Stone) Brazil. She married James Adler Boston May 17, 1958, in Durant, Okla. Joann was a scrub nurse for the labor and delivery department at Harris Hospital for more than 40 years. She was a member of Flatwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years; sons Ricky Dean Boston and James Earl Boston; and daughter-in-law Darlene Boston.
She is survived by her sons, Robert Boston of Boyd and Roddy Boston and wife, Susanne, of Boyd; eight grandchildren; brother Paul Brazil and wife, Paula, of White Settlement; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Boswell, Roy  | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, December 22, 2018

Roy Boswell
Roy Boswell, 79, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Dec. 20 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating.
Pallbearers were Carson Johnson, Caleb Jennings, Gonzo Ibarra, Ty Read, Colton Waters and Drexel Dillinder.
Honorary pallbearers were Cody South and Aaron Stanfield.
Roy was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Chico to J.T. and Opal (Odell) Boswell. He married Brenda Gay Gober Dec. 31, 1993, in Bridgeport. Roy was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Army. Roy was a salesman at Boswell Used Cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jim Boswell; son Ronald Read; and grandson Zack Gober.
He is survived by his wife; sons Mike Boswell and wife, B.K., of Mathis, Marvin Read and wife, Linny, of Bridgeport and Rodney Read and wife, Valeria, of Bridgeport; daughter Beverly Taylor of Wills Point; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Boydstun, Charles Bert  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

Charles Bert Boydstun
Charles Bert Boydstun, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Phillip Weitner officiating.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen and Brumley Funeral Home in Burkburnett.
Bert was born Dec. 3, 1941, to William and Mattie Boydstun of Burkburnett. Bert was a barber in his early years with a shop on the Decatur square. In 1981, he went to work for Peterbilt in Denton and for many years worked two jobs. Bert was an avid fisherman and gardener and enjoyed sharing his harvest with family and friends.
He never met a stranger and was a generous man. He had strong faith in God and found much comfort by prayer, scripture and listening to hymns.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mattie; and his brother, William.
He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Judy Blair Boydstun; daughters Michelle Boydstun van Tol and husband, Alex, of Northridge, Calif., Jan Jones Arnold and husband, Greg, of Katy, LeaAnn Boydstun Reyes and husband, Paul, of Wichita Falls and Julie Boydstun Holdridge and husband, James, of Keller; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include his brother, Bob Boydstun and wife, Hazel, of Chico; nephew Jerry Don Boydstun and wife, Debbie, of Longview; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 14355 Morris Dido Rd., Newark, TX 76071, kcm.org.

Bradley, James Ronnie ‘J.R.’  | 1943-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

James Ronnie Bradley
James Ronnie “J.R.” Bradley, 75, of Cottondale, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was July 27 at Poolville Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Skidmore officiating.
Pallbearers were Jerry Bradley, Scott Bradley, Jason Bradley, Michael Bradley, Charles Harmon, Larry Wells, Billy Wilson and Ed Reeves.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
J.R. was born May 3, 1943, in Fort Worth to Sherman Butler and Doris Juanel (Martin) Bradley. He married Judy Harmon March 25, 1960, in Gainesville. J.R. was a member of the Church of the Living God in Cottondale and the Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 447. He was also an avid ham radio operator, WD5FYZ. He was a retired owner/operator of Bradley Marine Service on Eagle Mountain Lake.
J.R. was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; sons Jerry Wayne Bradley of Fort Worth, James Scott Bradley and wife, Anita, of Fort Worth and Jason Micah Bradley and wife, Judy Ann, of Cottondale; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made in J.R.’s honor to Church of the Living God in Cottondale or Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 447.

Bradley, Melanie Renea  | 1970-2018
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Melanie Renea Bradley
Melanie Renea Bradley, 48, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Bridgeport, after a battle with cancer.
Funeral is noon Saturday, Sept. 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Private burial will follow.
Melanie was born Feb. 7, 1970, to Floyd and Ruth Bradley. She was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her father; and nephew Justin Bradley.
She is survived by her mother; and brothers Ray Bradley and wife, Teresa, of Mountain Grove, Mo., Troy Bradley and wife, Darlene, of Bedford and Greg Bradley and wife, Laura, of Pilot Point.

Brannon, Alice Malone (Flinn)  | 1942-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Alice Malone Brannon
Alice Malone Brannon, 75, of Decatur, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 27 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Bobby Cates officiating. Burial followed at Slidell Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Sitz, Leslie Fortenberry, Blake Fortenberry, Shane Anderson, Ethan Anderson and Josiah Anderson.
Alice was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Decatur to Thomas and Ardena (Malone) Flinn. She married Wesley Wayne Brannon March 14, 1964, in Denton. Alice retired as a medical technologist. She also retired from FEMA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Janice Goode.
Alice is survived by her husband of 54 years; daughters Amy Meredith Anderson and husband, Shane, of Thibodeaux, La., and Andrea Michelle Gross and husband, Don, of Detroit; and eight grandchildren.

Brannon, Charles Phillip  | 1940-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Charles Phillip Brannon
Charles Phillip Brannon, 78, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Slay Memorial Chapel in Aubrey with Dr. Francisco J. Valenzuela officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.
Visitation will be 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Funeral Home.
Charles was born June 2, 1940, in Decatur to Ed Brannon and Mildred Markum. Charles married Julia Looper June 8, 1957, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and daughter Rhonda Harris.
Charles is survived by his son, Brent Brannon of Decatur; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Troy Brannon of Corinth; and sister Ann Moss of Newark.

Branson, Sarah Earlene (Broom) | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sarah Earlene Branson
Sarah Earlene (Broom) Branson, 85, of Springtown died Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Springtown.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.
She was born May 27, 1933, during the Great Depression, near the small farming community of Mt. Joy in Delta County. Her mom and dad and their eight children relocated to Artesia, N.M. when Earlene was in the third grade. She graduated with honors from Artesia High School in 1951. She married airman Hugh L. Branson of Kingston, Tenn., June 21, 1952, and raised four children. Earlene retired as a civil servant and legal secretary who in her lifetime worked for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she had Q clearance, for the Department of Justice with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas and with the United States Attorney’s office in Ft. Worth, and with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also worked as a civilian employee at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls where she was president of her union. Earlene also had an associates degree in criminal justice. She was a resident of the Springtown area near Poolville since 1971.
Earlene is survived by her sister, Ruby Broom; sons Rene Branson and Leslie Branson; daughters Jeana Williamson and Ami Brown; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Brantly, Sid  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sid Brantly
Sid Brantly, 87, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Arlington.
Funeral was Oct. 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sonny Smith officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery in Jack County.
Sid was born May 16, 1931, in Shannon to Charles and Bartha (Davis) Brantly. He married Wanda Faye Washburn Oct. 17, 1951, in Fort Worth. Sid was a member of the Balsora Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the NRA. Sid was a rancher and machinist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
He is survived by his daughter, Sabra Torok and husband, Mike, of Arlington; son Sid Brantly Jr. and wife, Viola, of Kentucky; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org, 800-272-3900; or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, lls.org, 800-955-4572.

Brewer, Hershel ‘Elmo’ | 1932-2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hershel Brewer
Hershel “Elmo” Brewer, 86, of Forestburg died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Nocona.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the First Baptist Church of Bowie with Mike Henson officiating. Burial will follow at Salona Cemetery.
Elmo was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Forestburg to Jim W. and Tiny Brewer. After graduating from Forestburg High School, Elmo went to work for Convair (Lockheed Martin), Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, where he retired in 1989 with 31 years of service.
He married Imogene Holland Feb. 10, 1951, in Nocona. He was a Mason and recently received his 60-year service pin and held dual memberships at the Masonic Lodge No. 523 in Forestburg and Lodge No. 578 in Bowie. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite and held a Class A Certificate for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Tina Brewer; brothers Winfred Brewer and Gerald Brewer; and daughter Channa Brewer.
Elmo is survived by his wife, Imogene Brewer; children Gary Brewer and Arlene, and Terry Brewer and wife Cindy; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Bowie Mission, 105 E. Greenwood Ave., Bowie, TX 76230, the First Baptist Church of Bowie, 307 Lindsey St., Bowie, TX 76230, the Masonic Home and school or a charity of choice.

Briley, Jeff  | 1951-2018
Published Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jeff Briley
Jeff Briley, 67, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jeff was born March 3, 1951, in Wichita, Kan., to Joe D. Briley and Carroll M. (Wise) Briley. He married Debbie Doffing June 28, 1969, in Wichita. Jeff retired from AT&T as a network supervisor. He served his country in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his father; wife Debbie; and brother Rodney Briley.
He is survived by his daughter, Dana K. Williams and husband, Phillip, of Wichita; sons Anthony R. Briley and wife, Ana, of The Colony and Jeremy T. Briley of Decatur; four grandchildren; brother Greg Briley of Wichita; sisters Vicki McDonald, Cynde Hampton and Brenda Briley, all of Missouri; and his mother.

Britton, Joe  | 1943-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

Joe Britton
Joe Britton, 74, of Alvord, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Community Church in Decatur with the Rev. Chris Wann officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Joe was born Oct. 19, 1943, in Enid, Okla., to Floyd and Rena Belle (McGeehee) Britton. He married the love of his life, Louise Weyerts, Feb. 23, 1963, in Enid, Okla. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where he was a marketing manager. He was awarded for 30 years of perfect attendance. He also served as a deacon in his past at previous churches, and worked in the maintenance department for the Chico Independent School District. Joe was a member of Community Church in Decatur and served in disaster relief with the Southern Baptist Foundation.
He loved woodworking, fishing, playing cards and dominoes, especially 42. He enjoyed making people laugh and serving the Lord and others as well. Joe was a huge OU fan and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other family members.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Cecil and Loten Britton; and sister-in-law Earlene Britton.
Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters Julie Maddux and husband, Mike, Rhonda Thompson and husband, Brian and Jennifer Burkholder and husband, Jeff; brothers John Britton and wife, Mary Ann and Paul Britton and wife, Barbara; sisters Iva Hodson and husband, Bob, Loretta Krug and husband and Gary, Glenna Williams and husband, Duwayne; sister-in-law Arline Britton; grandchildren Meredith Highsmith and husband, Aaron, Shane Maddux, Allison Maddux, Lindsey Richey and husband, Sherrod, Valerie and Savannah Thompson and Mackenzie and Carissa Burkholder; great-grandchildren Averie and Cambrie Richey and Eili and Emelia Highsmith.
Memorials can be made to the Mission Fund at Community Church in Decatur.

Brock, Betty Laverne (McCasland)  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Betty Laverne Brock
Betty Laverne Brock, 83, of Decatur, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Rick Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, George Zoorob, Clint Skinner, Triston Skinner, Stephen Brock, Josh Groham and Austin Brock.
Betty was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Bridgeport to Ben Hardin and Johnnie Clara (Hardee) McCasland. She married Charles Luther Brock Oct. 24, 1952, in Decatur. She was a member of Decatur Church of Christ. Betty was a retired LVN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her son, Steve Brock and wife, Lydia, of Decatur; daughters Debbie McCullough, Teresa Broach and husband, Joe, and Clarissa Zoorob, all of Decatur; brothers Don McCasland, Royce McCasland and Jerl McCasland, all of Dallas and Berl McCasland of Slidell; sister Gale Stewart of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Brooks, Verna Pearl (Tayler)  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
Verna Pearl Brooks, 89, of Sunset died Sunday, June 18, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was June 20 at Sunset Cemetery with Rev. Fred Raney officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Verna was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Knox County to Benjamin Edward and Johnnie (Cook) Tayler. She married James L. Brooks March 25, 1953, in Big Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by her son, Lon Brooks and wife, Donna, of Texarkana; daughter Mischelle Ankerson of Raleigh, N.C.; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and sister Sue Brockett of Carmi, Ill.

Brown, James ‘Bob’  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, April 28, 2018

James Brown
James “Bob” Brown, 79, of Chico died Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Honorary pallbearers are Ed Woolt, Mark Singletary, Ronnie Downing and D.J. Rater.
Bob was born Aug. 12, 1938, in Fort Worth to Hubert and Nina Fay (Wadley) Brown. He married Wanda Walker May 2, 1958, in Fort Worth. Bob retired from Bell Helicopter as a plastic foreman, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord where he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Darlene Strong.
Bob is survived by his wife; daughters Cynthia Diane Singleton and husband, Larry, of Odessa, Tenna Inez Rogers of Decatur and Belinda Kay Bowyer and husband, Doug, of Chico; grandchildren Tiffany Woskowicz and husband, Jesse, Tanya Miller and husband, Nathan, James Singleton, Kim Stachowiak, Teran Sands and husband, Carson, Tristyn Smith and husband, Jake, Becca Singleton, Alyssa Renick and husband, Hunter, and Cameron Cozart and husband, Cy.
Other survivors include 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Linda Douthit and husband, James, of Fort Worth, Sharon Hatcher and husband, George, of Tolar; brother-in-law Joe Strong; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Brown, Jessie June (Martinez)  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jessie June Martinez Brown

Jessie June Martinez Brown, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, at American Legion Post 569 in Fort Worth.
Jessie was born June 4, 1937, in Bridgeport to Mike and Maria Rios Martinez.
She is survived by her children, Steve Mercado and wife, Maggie, Johnny Reyes, Deborah Reyes Yelvington and husband, Jerry, Daniella Gonzales and Leo Brown and wife, Cary; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Juanita Solinas; and brother Ralph Martinez.

Brown, Lynn K. (Ferrier) | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

Lynn K. Brown
Lynn K. Brown, 66, of Weatherford, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Lynn was born Oct. 9, 1952, in Astoria, Ore., to Russell and Lois (Kienle) Ferrier. She married Ted Brown in 1973 in Big Horn, Wyo. Lynn was a retired tax accountant, records manager and professional barrel racer and barrel horse trainer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a grandson.
She is survived by her son, J.D. Brown and wife, Shea, of Weatherford; two grandchildren; and father Ken Noddings of Green Valley, Ariz.

Bryant, Eldon Lee  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, May 5, 2018

Eldon Lee Bryant
Eldon Lee Bryant, 91, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include Troy Bradley, Greg Bradley, David Carrell, Paul Carrell, Kevin Jones and Jeff Jones.
Eldon was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Portales, N.M. to James Thomas and Hessie (Wigington) Bryant. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Raymond Bryant, Dawson Bryant and Joe Bryant; and sisters Ella Bryant and Zula Carrell.
He is survived by his siblings, James William Bryant and wife, Muriel, of Chino Hills, Calif., Ruth Bradley of Bridgeport, Franklin Bedford Bryant and wife, Mary Sue, of Bedford and Betty Jones and husband, Kenneth, of Cleburne.

Bryant, Patsy Jean (Teague) | 1963-2018
Published Saturday, November 24, 2018

Patsy Jean Bryant
Patsy Jean Bryant, 55, of Irving, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Newark.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Jeremy Howard officiating.
Patsy was born Aug. 31, 1963, in Abilene to Jerald Doyle and Patricia Naomi (Walker) Teague. She was a member of the Restoration Church in Euless. Patsy was involved in prison and homeless ministries. She was an account manager.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Patsy is survived by her son, Jesse Bryant of Show Low, Ariz.; sisters Rhonda Bedrick and husband, Thomas, of Newark, Debbie Dixon-Cox and husband, Mark, of Coleman and Becky Howk and husband, Teddy, of North Pole, Alaska; brother Randy Teague and wife, Sabra, of Coleman; and one grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America at lcfamerica.org.

Buckner, Harlan L.  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

Harlan L. Buckner
Harlan L. Buckner, 90, of Chico, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Cumby Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Curtis Buckner, Jarrett Wilson, Wilford Buckner, Jeff Buckner, Mark Buckner and Todd Buckner.
Honorary pallbearers are Wes Fletcher and Chaz Stewart.
Harlan was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Park Springs to Luther Lee and Beulah (Harriott) Buckner. He married Helen Sheppard March 21, 1953, in Denton. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Harlan served his country as a corporal in the United States Army. He was a farmer and raised cattle and horses and attended rodeos. Harlan played the guitar and was a member of the Buckner Band.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years; sisters Reba Jo Buckner and Margie Buckner-Brown; and brother Marshall Buckner.
He is survived by his daughter, Jan Fletcher and husband, Craig, of Lebanon, Tenn.; son Randel Buckner and wife, Delinda, of Chico; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Calvin Buckner, Kenneth Buckner and G.A. Buckner, all of Chico; and sister Dorothy “Dottie” Vanarsdale of Florida.

Bull, Michael Lynn  | 1951-2018
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Michael Lynn Bull
Michael Lynn Bull, 67, of Alvord, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at First Baptist Church Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow in Alvord Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers include the deacons of First Baptist.
Michael was born Jan. 28, 1951, in Amarillo to Robert and Virginia (Shannon) Bull. He married Vickie Starkey Aug. 31, 1968, in Claude. Michael was a retired car salesman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and son Bobby Dale Bull.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years; sons Walter Bull and wife, Jessica, of Sunset and Christopher Bull and wife, Joselyn, of Alvord; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers Robert Bull and wife, Janice, of Bowie and Joe Bull and wife, Cathy, of Amarillo.

Burcham, Morris Cilvester  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Morris Cilvester Burcham
Morris Cilvester Burcham, 84, of Boyd, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Azle.
Funeral was Sept. 16 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Fred Raney officiating.
Morris was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Rienzi, Miss., to Henry and Verona (Rinehart) Burcham. He married Barbara Sue Harden Nov. 28, 1964, in Weatherford. Morris served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War era. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a retired aircraft mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Brad Ballew; grandsons Gerald Burcham and Jeff Reid; and brother Harold Burcham.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years; sons Ricky Burcham and wife, Amy, of Killeen, Morris Burcham of Huntsville and Chris Burcham of Rienzi; daughters Gay Ballew of Fort Worth and Debbie Reid and husband, Perry, of Rhome; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Burkett, Lowell Ollie  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lowell Ollie Burkett
Lowell Ollie Burkett, 89, of Decatur, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was March 30 at Flat Rock Cemetery in Decatur.
Lowell was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Silverton to George W. and Ollie Bell Cryer Burkett. He married Mary July 15, 1949. He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years. Lowell was a postal carrier in Dallas, a carrier for the Wise County Messenger and was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter Brandy Burkett.
Lowell is survived by his wife of 67 years; son Ronald Wayne Burkett and wife, Glenda; daughter Linda Faye Balboa and husband, Richard; son James Richard Burkett; sisters Frankie Armstrong and husband, Joe, and Georgia Floyd; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Burkett, Susan (Pitts) | 1953-2018
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Susan Burkett
Susan Burkett, 65, of Boyd, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Nov. 27 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Michael Feese officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Michael Niggemeyer, James “Beetle” Bailey, Greg Weatherly, Robert Adams, Dewey Portlock, David Benividas and Willie Marks.
Susan was born April 23, 1953, in Decatur to Raymond Lee and Charlene (Ferguson) Pitts. She married Bob Bruce Burkett March 27, 1975, in Boyd.
Susan was a member of Trinity Baptist and was a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America. She was a retired cafeteria worker.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years; and her father.
She is survived by her son, Shawn Burkett of Boyd; her mother; brother Charles A. “Buddy” Pitts of Boyd; and sister-in-law Jan Burkett of Boyd.

Burrows, Kristen LeAnne  | 1981-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Kristen LeAnne Burrows
Kristen LeAnne Burrows, 36, of Chico, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Montague County.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at County Line Cowboy Church in Sunset with Mike Wheat officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Kristen was born July 17, 1981, in Bowie to Gary and Donna (Moss) Burrows. She was a lifetime resident of Chico and a 2000 graduate of Chico High School. While a student at Chico, Kristen played volleyball, basketball and ran track. She was a private duty certified nurse’s aide.
She is survived by her son, Colton South; her parents; brother Justin Burrows and wife, Amy, of Springtown.

Byrd, William James  | 1989-2018
Published Saturday, February 17, 2018

William James Byrd
William James Byrd, 28, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the funeral home.
James was born March 8, 1989, in Decatur to William Lloyd and Mary Elizabeth (Harlow) Byrd. He was a 2008 graduate of Decatur High School. James was a food sales associate at Walmart in Decatur.
James is survived by his parents; brothers Cody Byrd and wife, Laura, of Euless and Bobby Byrd and wife, Charlsi, of Decatur; sister Dakota Byrd of Decatur; grandmother Eva Gentry of Decatur; and nephew Blake Byrd of Decatur.

Byrd, William Lloyd ‘Shorty’ | 1959-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

William Lloyd Byrd
William Lloyd “Shorty” Byrd, 58, of Decatur, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Shorty was born Sept. 9, 1959, in Hobbs, N.M., to William Carroll Byrd and Eva Jo Howell. He married Betsy Harlow May 27, 1988, in Decatur. Shorty was a lifelong cowboy and carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his father; and son William James Byrd.
He is survived by his wife; sons Cody Byrd and wife, Laura, of Euless and Bobby Byrd and wife, Charlsi, of Decatur; daughter Dakota Byrd of Decatur; his mother; one grandchild; brothers Charles Byrd of Decatur and Robie Byrd of Springdale, Ark.; sisters Carol Flynn of Arp, Sherri Nichols of Rockwall and Stormy Cobley of Durant, Okla.

Caldwell, Marcy (Herber) Pearce  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, November 3, 2018
Marcy Pearce Caldwell, 90, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Nov. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Christopher Whisnand officiating.
Pallbearers were Doug Morrow, Denny Argandona, Wayne Whisnand, Greg Orr, Jeremy Hunter, Blake King, Zak Whisnand and B.J. Fowler.
Honorary pallbearers were James Hunter and Harley Hobbs.
Marcy was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Graham, Okla., to Dave and Jewel Ruby (Seale) Herber and Vernon Bailey. She married Charles Caldwell Oct. 29, 2005, at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord.
Marcy attended nursing school when she was 18. She didn’t retire until she was 83.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Miles Pearce; daughters Marilyn Ann Pearce and Marilyn Kay Whisnand; and grandsons Tim Fowler and Tony Pearce.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Caldwell of Chico; daughters Miki Campbell and husband, Wesley, of Bridgeport, Maggie Fowler and husband, Neal, of Arlington and Johanna Pearce of Decatur; son Michael Pearce of Chico; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include brother Vernon Bailey and wife, Diane, of Houston; sisters Cheryl Foster and husband, Gary, of Round Rock and LaVeta Piper of Arlington; and son-in-law Ronnie Whisnand of Electra.

Calvert, Jim  | 1932-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Jim Calvert
Jim Calvert, 85, of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 E. 3rd Street, in Sweetwater.
Jim was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Bailey County to John and Ada (Carson) Calvert. He married Betty Newton Sept. 12, 1952, in Alpine. Jim was a retired rancher-cowboy and self-employed business man. He served in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and son Joe Calvert.
He is survived by his daughter Laurie Sellers and husband, Mark, of Lometa; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister LaNelle Drake.

Campbell, Coy  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018

Coy Campbell
Coy Campbell, 80, of Jacksboro, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date in Center.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Coy was born Nov. 9, 1937, in Center to Frank and Lizzie Mae (Huckabee) Campbell. He married Irene Campbell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and daughter Rhonda Campbell.
He is survived by his son, Franco Campbell of Jacksboro; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and brothers Kenneth Campbell, Jerry Campbell, Glen Campbell and Johnny Campbell.

Campbell, Joe Michael  | 1945-2018
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Joe Michael Campbell
Joe Michael Campbell, 73, of Brownwood, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Plainview.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.
Joe Michael was born June 15, 1945, in Crosbyton to John Wesley and Willie Dee Dyse Campbell. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He married Sandra Dee Osborn Aug. 8, 1977, in Crosby County. Together they worked many years in the irrigation supply business on the South Plains and moved to Lake Brownwood in 2006. Joe retired from Home Depot in Brownwood and was a member of the First Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson Nathan Don Baker; and brother Billy Ray Campbell.
He is survived by his children, Paula Couch and husband, Weldon, Carol Lovelady and husband, Craig Smith, Cheryl McClure, Christy Craig, Douglas Michael Campbell and wife, Gwen, and Joe Buckley Campbell and wife, Anna; sister Barbara Alexander; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Campbell, Shirley Jean (Temple)  | 1944-2018
Published Saturday, May 26, 2018

Shirley Jean Temple Campbell
Shirley Jean Temple Campbell, 73, of Bowie, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Bowie.
Graveside service was May 24, at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle.
Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown handled arrangements.
Shirley was born Sept. 5, 1944, in New Edinburg, Ark., to James Elmer and Corine Trammell Temple.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Jimmie Campbell.
She is survived by her children, Jimmy Campbell and wife, Patty, Robert Campbell and wife, Rita, Carla Barton, Mary Brooks and husband, Benny and Katie Campbell; brothers James Temple and Max Temple and wife, Sheila; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Caraway, William Robert  | 1939-2018
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018

William Robert Caraway
William Robert Caraway, 79, of Chico, died Friday, Oct. 5, in Chico.
Funeral was Oct. 8, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, with the Rev. Phillip Weitner officiating.
Robert was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Bridgeport to Jay Warren and Mary Etta (Whatley) Caraway. He was a retired truck driver for Magnum Trucking.
Robert was preceded in death by his father and wife, Jay and Dean Caraway; and mother and husband Mary and Don Otto.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Caraway, of Chico; sons Bobby Caraway of Rotan and Jay Caraway of Chico; daughters Sandra Strone of Poolville, Melinda Post of Tipton, Okla., Frances Monroe of Fort Worth and Donna Caraway of Chico; sisters Billie Ann Long, Bertie Jean Lewis, Dorothy Nell Pittsley, Alice May Bear, Rhonda Gess, Terrie Caraway, Peggy Wigger and Sandra Caraway; brother Jay Allen Caraway; 24 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Carlisle, Edwin ‘E.L. or Ed’ | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Edwin Carlisle
Edwin (E.L./Ed) Carlisle, 90, of Chico, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Chico.
Funeral was Nov. 29 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Mark White officiating. Burial followed at Norwood-Crafton Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Noel Ruddick, Terry Hand, Harold Ray Walker, Junior Walker, Chris Harrison and Jeremy Carlisle.
Ed was born July 13, 1928, in Crafton to Edwin Forrest and Bessie (Stout) Carlisle. He married Carol Ann Christopher Nov. 12, 2005, in Reserve, N.M. Ed was a member of the Chico Church of Christ. He was a preacher and farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Julianna Carlisle; and granddaughter Angel Carlisle.
Ed is survived by his wife, Carol Carlisle of Chico; daughters Edna Ann Carlisle-Barnes and husband, Stanley J., of Port Aransas, Ann Conyers and husband, Dewey, of Silver City, N.M., and Brenda Humphries of Chico; sons Edward Carlisle and wife, P.J., of Dallas, Robert Norman, Jerry Humphries and wife, Rita, of Chico, Steve Humphries and wife, Tracy, of Baker City, Ore., and Ike Humphries and wife, Tiffany, of Springfield, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Reba Epps and husband, Toby, of Chico and Rena Price of Mount Vernon.

Carlton, Betty Evelyn (Elliott)  | 1935-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Betty Evelyn Elliott Carlton
Betty Evelyn Elliott Carlton, 82, of Bridgeport died Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Funeral was April 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with David Lowrie officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mason Bridwell, Austin Cook, Kyle Swift, Roy Stewart, David Carlton, Terry Carlton and Cody Carlton.
Betty was born May 26, 1935, in Bridgeport to Clifford and Bertha Hall Elliott. She married Tom Carlton April 19, 1952, in Bridgeport.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brother Johnny Grill; son Tommy Carlton; and great-grandson Carver Swift.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Barbara and Lynda; daughter-in-law Sharon; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Carpenter, Mary Katherine (Dry)  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Mary Katherine Carpenter, 83, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Denton.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at DeBerry Funeral Directors chapel in Denton.
Mary was born April 27, 1934, in Waskom to Benjamin and Katherine (Farmer) Dry. She graduated from Waskom High School and the University of North Texas with a teaching degree. She later worked for the city of Decatur where she was a librarian at the city library. She married J.N. Carpenter in 1955.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and sister Barbara Smith.
She is survived by her children, John Carpenter, Charles Carpenter and Ann Carpenter; and two grandchildren.

Carson, J.E.  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

J.E. Carson
J.E. Carson, 89, of Decatur died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Oct. 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers were Roy Eaton, Charles Burton, Derrick Boyd, Juan Flores, Ronnie Gage, David Mosley, Jimmy Brummell and Mark Cocanougher.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Wiley, Alford Talley, Charles Long, Bennie Rutherford, Darrell Ley, Tom Ferguson, Bobby Wilson, Will Klose and Jeremy House, including past and present Decatur Independent School District superintendents Kenneth McKay, Rod Townsend and Dr. Judi Whitis.
J.E. was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Santa Rita to Joseph Benson and Mary Emma Dodge Carson. He married Betty Burnett July 9, 1954, in Decatur. J.E. retired from Decatur Independent School District as a school administrator. He attended Greenwood School in Greenwood and graduated from Slidell High School in Slidell. J.E. graduated from North Texas State University (NTSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree, where he played basketball his freshman year. He served two years in the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, he taught at Paradise ISD, where he later coached varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball.
After J.E. and Betty married, they moved to Kaufman, where he was the high school principal and boys’ basketball coach at Scurry-Rosser. The following year, the Carsons moved to Decatur, where J.E. taught junior and senior high math and coached the boys’ junior varsity basketball team. He also started the Decatur High School baseball program. In addition to teaching, J.E. became a Division II basketball official, officiating more than 1,100 games over a 25-year period.
J.E. received his Master of Education degree in the 1960s from NTSU. He continued teaching middle school math until he became the Decatur Middle School principal in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. His slogan from DMS, often repeated at Decatur ISD school board meetings was, “Teaching and learning are still going on at Decatur Middle School.”
As a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, J.E. was a loyal member of the men’s class and served on the finance committee and building committee. For 12 years, he served on the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Decatur Housing Board and the Decatur Water Board.
Golf was a huge part of J.E.’s life. He was a charter member of the Decatur Country Club (DCC) and a member of the Senior Oil Belt Golf Association. The DCC senior golfers, of which he was a “member,” were nicknamed the “Rat Patrol.” Beginning in 1998, J.E. shot his age or better more than 1,500 times.
In 2001, the DISD School Board recognized the Carsons by naming Carson Elementary School in their honor. Together, J.E. and Betty have a combined total of 78 years of service to the Decatur Independent School District.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
J.E. is survived by his wife, Betty Carson of Decatur; daughter Carol Ann Carson of Decatur; sister-n-law Wanda Kite and husband, Alton Kite, of Gainesville; his chosen family, Nancy Brummell Boyd; Derrick Boyd and wife, Cheri Boyd, and children, Emily, Ainsley and Finley; Will Klose and wife, Crystal Boyd Klose and children, Kyndal and Trey, all of Decatur; Katherine Hildenbrand and children, Linnea and Margot of Denton; and many friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Decatur Education Foundation, Decatur Public Library or Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM).

Case, Royce (Foster)  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Royce Case
Royce Case, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Royce was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Fort Worth to Silas Roy and Hulda Foster. She owned two restaurants in Petersburg. Royce retired from EDS.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Nick Case; granddaughter Cheyenne Case; and daughter-in-law Jean Case.
Royce is survived by her sons, Bennie Case and wife, Darlene, of Decatur and Doug Case of Quinlan; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Casteel, Calvin ‘Soopa Dave’ | 1958-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

Calvin Casteel
Calvin “Soopa Dave” Casteel, 59, of Newark, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is noon Monday, Jan. 22, at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.
He was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Dallas to Pleasant and Mary Jo Shaddox Casteel. Dave grew up in Newark and attended Northwest ISD. He worked for Trackmaster Fabricators for over 40 years with his closest friend, George W. Fields. Together they built race cars and raced at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where he holds the world record for World’s Fastest Coupe at 305.607 mph.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother; sons Kristopher B. Casteel and Dusty R. Casteel; sisters JoAnn, Frances, Wanda, Janie, Kathy, B.J and Ruthie; brother Max; grandson Tuff; and closest friend George W. Fields.

Casteel, Mary Jo (Shaddox)  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mary Jo Casteel
Mary Jo Casteel, 88, of Decatur, died Friday, March 23, 2018, in Newark.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Lewis Coomer officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mary was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Dallas to John and Nannie (White) Shaddox. She married Pleasant Casteel Jr. Jan. 13, 1945, in Rockwall. She was a member of the U-Turn World Ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son David Casteel; grandson Michael Ray Casteel; and two infant granddaughters.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Joann Greer of Louisville, Miss., and Francis Salyer of Newark; son Max Casteel of Watauga; daughters Janie Reed of Pauls Valley, Okla., Wanda Kuhlman of Fort Collins, Colo., Kathy Beaty of Watauga, Bettie Adair of Newark and Ruthy Smith of Newark; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Cate, Alta ‘Corky’ (Williams)  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

Alta Cate
Alta “Corky” Cate, 89, of Justin died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Justin.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the First Baptist Church in Justin with burial to follow at Justin Cemetery.
DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton is handling arrangements.
Corky was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Ponder to Albert and Ova (Tettleton) Williams. She graduated from Justin High School and married Floyd “Monk” Cate Nov. 5, 1955, in Abilene. She retired from Justin State Bank after 58 years, and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Justin.
Corky was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Cate; her parents; sisters Ethel Ford, Tommie Pope and Jesse Jones; and brothers Skeet Williams and Jack Williams.
She is survived by her daughter, LuAnn Curtis and husband, Ron, of Justin; son Brent Cate and wife, Lisa, of Justin; sister Edna “Toots” Wallace of Justin; grandchildren Melisa Lauderdale, Bryan Cate, Nate Curtis and Grant Curtis; and seven great-grandchildren.

Cato, Nora Jean (Payne)  | 1962-2018
Published Saturday, February 24, 2018

Nora Jean Cato
Nora Jean Cato, 55, of Boyd, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Dallas.
Funeral was Feb. 23 at The Church of God in Boyd with the Rev. Steven Bernard officiating. Burial followed at Hog Branch Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Timothy Hunt, Lee Junkins, Aaren Hamel, Emmaus Bernard, Troy Mills, Jacob Patton, Woody Posey and Andrew Parker.
Honorary pallbearers were Dwayne Campbell, Bill Runyun and Tim Burnham.
Nora Jean was born Dec. 31, 1962, in Fort Worth to Kenneth and Barbara (Gregory) Payne. She married Thomas Cato Jan. 26, 1991, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years; sister Connie Birdsong of Chandler, Okla.; sister Mary Jane Campbell and husband, Dewayne, of Hurst; and her father and his wife, Joann, of Duncan, Okla.

Cato, Tammy Lee (Daugherty)  | 1958-2018
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tammy Lee Cato
Tammy Lee Cato, 59, of Rhome died Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Rhome.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Steven Bernard officiating. Burial will follow at Azleland Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are James Cato, Earnest Maynard, Carey Moncrief, Jimmy Harris and Thomas Cato.
Tammy was born May 22, 1958, in West Virginia to Betty Daugherty. She married James Cato July 7, 2001, in Newark. Tammy was a retired certified nursing assistant and member of Shepherd’s Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her father; son David Lee Humphries Jr.; brother Calvin Roberts; and husband David Lee Humphries.
Tammy is survived by her husband, James Cato of Rhome; daughters Kristi Zapata of Mexico, Stacy Lee Cantrell and husband, Curt, of North Carolina and Misty Dawn Campbell of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She’s also survived by her mom, Betty Daugherty, and brother Earnest Maynard and wife, Lisa, all of Granbury.

Cauthen, Weldon  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Weldon Cauthen
Weldon Cauthen, 84, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Tuesday, March 13, at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur with Van Gardner officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Weldon was born May 7, 1933, in Platter, Okla., to Linn and Lillian (Cordell) Cauthen. He married Mildred Loyd May 3, 1957, in Boyd. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. He was a Baptist and worshipful master of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge.
Weldon was preceded in death by his parents; brother Wilburn Cauthen; and sisters Marquita Wells and Ceola Rickman.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; sons Weldon Cauthen Jr. and, wife, Tammi of Benbrook and Wendell Cauthen of Decatur; and two grandchildren.

Chaney, Betty Jean (Hudson)  | 1928-2018
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Betty Jean Hudson Chaney
Betty Jean Hudson Chaney, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Hereford.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Bridgeport East Cemetery.
Visitation is 1 to 8 p,m, Wednesday at Mendez and Mullins Family Funeral Home of Hereford.
Betty was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Decatur to Ruth Bowen and Samuel Russell Hudson. A lifelong resident of Wise County, Betty grew up in Bridgeport and lived in Decatur most of her adult life. She served in Wise County Clerk’s office and retired from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Betty married Billy Ralph Chaney Nov. 26, 1971, and they lived in Decatur until his death in 2010. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Stanley Hudson; and sister Sylvia Jeter.
She is survived by her son, Brent Goodger and wife, Miki, of Martindale; daughter Camille Beville of Hereford; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Chapman, Orval Leon ‘Popcorn’ | 1957-2018
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Orval Leon “Popcorn” Chapman, 60, of Canyon Lake, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Denton.
Memorial service is1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Candlewood Suites in Decatur.
He was born Feb. 28, 1957, in Carnegie, Okla., to Billy Leon Chapman and Roberta Ann Montgomery. He worked as a police officer all over Wise County: Boyd, Rhome and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. He was loved by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Monty Ray Chapman and Harold Dean Chapman.
He is survived by his son, William Andrew Chapman of Boyd; daughters Candi Chapman and Brandi Chapman; sister Nancy Fennell of Canyon Lake; grandchildren Kelli Nicole Scott of Boyd, Robert Huffman of Arlington, Katherine Cameron of Arlington and Jake Cameron of Arlington; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

Childers, Dale Ray  | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018
Dale Ray Childers, 62, of Decatur, died Monday, June 11, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Marvin Saunders officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Dale was born Dec. 5, 1955, in Decatur to Tommy and Dorthy (Gotcher) Childers. He was a farmer. Dale was a member of the Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother; brother Mike Childers and wife, Chari, of Decatur; nieces Kristol Gardner and husband, Matt, of Electra and Kendall Childers of Decatur; aunts Cynthia Weaver of Decatur and Joyce McDaniel of Decatur; and his longtime best friend, D’Ann Little of Decatur.
Donations may be made to Oaklawn Cemetery and Sweetwater Cemetery.

Christerson, Kenneth Don ‘Red’ | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Kenneth Don Christerson
Kenneth “Red” Don Christerson, 79, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Paradise.
Memorial service is 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. James Ritchey officiating.
Red was born Sept. 16, 1939, in Clayton, N.M., to William and Opal (Lovejoy) Christerson. He married Linda Sampley Oct. 6, 1985, in Wise County. Red was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport. He served in the U.S. Navy where he was a cameraman stationed at the White Sands Proving Grounds. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Charlene Box; and children Skip and Louise Christerson.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Tracie Ritchey and husband, James, of Midlothian; sons Ed Cowley of Chico, Ty Wayne Gowin and wife, Shelley, of Paradise, J.T. Gowin of Paradise and Damon Kennan and wife, Tammy, of Paradise; eight grandchildren; sisters Betty Tackle of Bridgeport and Dorothy Monk and Tammy Jones, both of Arlington; brothers Jerry Christerson of Houston and Johnny Johnston of Paradise.

Cichoracki, Ashley Nicole (Merckling) Greenfield  | 1983-2018
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ashley Nicole Greenfield Cichoracki
Ashley Nicole Greenfield Cichoracki, 34, of Alvord, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ashley was born Dec. 23, 1983, in Bridgeport to Bobby and Mary (Edwards) Merckling. She graduated from Alvord High School in 2003. Ashley married Matthew Cichoracki Oct. 20, 2012, in Alvord.
She is survived by her husband; children Hanah and Hailie Bridges and Hayden Cichoracki; her mother, Mary Greenfield of Alvord; her father, Steve Greenfield of Decatur; sister Jamie Romines and husband, Cody, of Alvord; brothers Justyn and Dustyn Merckling of Missouri; and grandmother, Mary Edwards.

Clark, Jimmie Dale ‘J.D.’  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jimmie Dale Clark
Jimmie Dale “JD” Clark, 76, of Rhome, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Rhome.
Celebration of Life is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Lonesome Spur in Justin.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jimmie was born Oct. 12, 1941, on Van Buren County, Iowa to Clyde and Laura (Cass) Clark. He married Karen Freund March 23, 1973, in Miami, Okla. Jimmie served his country in the United States Navy. He retired as an aircraft mechanic with the Navy and also retired from Bell Helicopter with over 20 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill and Richard Clark; and sister Lucille Renteria.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years; daughter Angela Doles of Chico; one grandchild; and sister Cleda Biggs of Fairfield, Iowa.
Donations may be made to Double D Animal Rescue 109 Goodnight Trail, Rhome, Texas 76078.

Clarke, Linda (Selph)  | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, March 31, 2018

Linda Clarke
Linda Clarke, 62, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with Dr. Craig Erb officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers include Tim Huya, Tommy Newton, Jim Bost, Randall Aaron, Dustin Smalling and James White.
Linda was born Sept. 4, 1955, in Peoria, Ill. She married Pat Clarke Aug. 9, 1974, in South Texas Childrens Home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and the senior adults’ Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Frances Selph; daughter Lisa Clarke; and brothers Jonathan Selph and Stephen Selph.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years; son Michael Clarke of Bridgeport; daughter Kelly Clarke-McAnear of Bridgeport; and five grandchildren.

Cleveland, Jeffery Bryon  | 1952-2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jeffery Bryon Cleveland
Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Bowie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial to follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
He was born July 19, 1952, in Bridgeport to Grover O. and Edith Meadows Cleveland. He retired from Poco Graphite in Decatur after 22 years. He worked at Braum’s in Decatur for nine years.
He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents Omar and Zula Cleveland and Tom and Orvella Meadows.
Jeff is survived by his mother; daughter Amber Travis and husband, Terry; grandchildren Roger Witty Jr., Kevin Witty and Jazmine Cadena of Arlington; and sister Deborah Garrett of Marble Falls.

Coburn, Zelda M. (Mathis)  | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018

Zelda M. Colburn
Zelda M. Colburn, 84, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with Rick Davis officiating.
Zelda was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Winters to Bill and Gena Mathis.
She was the administrative assistant for the Bridgeport school district for 35 years before retiring. Zelda quilted, crocheted and danced. She was also an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law L.O. and her sister, Betty Jo Hargrove.
Zelda is survived by her daughter, Patti Ackley of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons Calvin Scott Colburn and wife, Karen, of Paradise and James Gregory Colburn and wife, Cherie, of The Woodlands; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Cocanougher, Bonnie Glenn ‘B.G.’ | 1932-2018
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bonnie Glenn (B.G.) Cocanougher
Bonnie Glenn (B.G.) Cocanougher, 86, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at home in Dallas after a long illness.
Memorial service was Oct. 30, at The First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Bonnie was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Decatur to Glenn Howell and Gertrude Cocanougher. He married Regina Cook on Groundhog Day in 1957 in Abilene. Bonnie Cocanougher was active in the family ranching and dairy business and the oil and gas industry. He owned and operated a Ford dealership for many years along with Woodcreek Apartments in Denison. Bonnie served as president of the local Rotary Club chapter and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, where he also taught Methodist Men’s Sunday school. B.G. Cocanougher was a 1949 graduate of Decatur High School and a 1956 graduate of Texas A&M. He received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural administration. While at A&M, Bonnie was elected president of the Agricultural Economics Club and served as an adviser to the dean.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Christina Kay Cocanougher; and brother Allen Howell Cocanougher.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years; sons Preston Cocanougher and wife, Barbara, of Decatur and Mark Cocanougher of Dallas; daughter Catherine Cocanougher of Dallas; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Reid of Decatur and Sue Murray of Henrietta.
Memorial donations may be made to Wise Area Relief Mission and First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

Coffey, Beverly Ann (Suter)  | 1957-2018
Published Saturday, February 3, 2018

Beverly Ann Coffey

Beverly Ann Coffey, 60, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Central Baptist Church in Chico with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Family visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Beverly was born Feb. 17, 1957, in Denton to Charley and Imogene Suter. She married Jimmy Coffey Jan. 4, 1979, in Decatur. Beverly was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Chico. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all. Beverly was preceded in death by her father; and sister Connie Jones.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years; sons Jimmy Lee Coffey Jr. and wife, Anita, of Fort Worth, Bobby Lee Hill of Bridgeport and Jason Matthew Coffey of Aubrey; her mother; sisters Glenda Perkins of Decatur and Judy Strange of Decatur.

Coffman, Jacky Ray ‘Jack’ | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Jacky Ray Coffman
Jacky Ray “Jack” Coffman, 84, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Paradise.
Graveside service was Sept. 7 at Paradise Cemetery with Jamie Mathis officiating.
Pallbearers were Jim Coffman, Mo Coffman, Mike Garrison, Derrick Elliot, Tim Longenbaugh and Russell Park.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Coffman and Joe Coffman.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Jack was born Aug. 14, 1934, in English to Samuel Sagville Coffman and Lela (Hunt) Coffman. He married Wanda Janell Gibbs Oct. 23, 1954, in DeKalb. He was a retired truck driver and car salesman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years; daughter Jackie Nell (Coffman) Blake and husband, George, of Paradise; sons Jacky Ray Coffman Jr. and wife, Geni, of Paradise and Jim Gibbs Coffman and wife, Shaneece, of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Coker, Jesse  | 1923-2018
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

Jesse Coker
Jesse Coker, 94, of Rhome, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Dr. Joe Tims officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. Pallbearers are John McPherson, Jim Rose, Steve Otremba, Travis Rose, Austin Ledford and Patrick Coker.
Honorary pallbearers are Logan Otremba and Michael Coker.
Jesse was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Collin County to Jesse and Josephine (Knight) Coker. He married Dorothy Nell Calvert March 12, 1946, in Rhome. Jesse retired from General Dynamics where he worked for 20 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark and served his country in the United States Army during World War II.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; son Kenneth Coker; and four sisters.
He’s survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Coker of Rhome; daughter Nancy McPherson and husband, Paul, of Rhome; son Ronny Coker and wife, Marlyn, of Hughes Springs; grandchildren Cheryl Rose and husband, Jim, John McPherson and wife, Tracy, Jennifer Otremba and husband, Steve, Michael Coker, Michelle Goodson and Kendra Sims; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Sammie Coker; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Cole, Paul ‘Bubba’ | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Paul Cole
Paul “Bubba” Cole, 70, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service was May 19 at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Jason Hilliard officiating.
Bubba was born Aug. 19, 1947, in Mineola to Paul Norman and Atrell Lula (Harvey) Cole. He married Jeanell Lewis Sept. 16, 1983, in Poolville. He was a retired welder.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bubba is survived by his wife; daughter Leigh Ann Cole of Virginia; son Christian “Kit” Cole of Texas; four grandchildren; brothers William Cole and wife, Cathy, and David Cole and wife, Diann, all of Bridgeport; and sister Cindy Crunk and husband, Randy, of Bridgeport.

Colon, Yolanda S. (Reyes)  | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, March 31, 2018

Yolanda S. Colon
Yolanda S. Colon, 71, of Decatur, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Visitation is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Yolanda was born Nov. 16, 1946, in Puerto Rico to Eduardo and Maria (Rivera) Reyes. She married Melvin Colon-Soto June 7, 1968, in Puerto Rico. Yolanda retired from the Department of Defense as an analyst.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years; daughter Jessica Marie Bornhauser and husband, Jason, of California; son Melvin Colon Santiago and wife, Ronnie, of Boston; and six grandchildren.

Combs, Gwendolyn Faye (Lisby) | 1935-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gwendolyn Faye Lisby Combs
Gwendolyn Faye Lisby Combs, 83, of Decatur, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Lindsey officiating.
Visitation is 9:30 to 11 a.m., just prior to the service, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Gwendolyn was born March 26, 1935, in Decatur to Otho and Thelma (McDaniel) Lisby. She retired as a caregiver.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Lisby; and sisters Joan Jackson and Rumell Pitts.
She is survived by her daughters Nan Stanford and husband, Steve, of Saginaw and Jan Winters and husband, James, of Wiggins, Colo.; sons Van Estel and wife, Vicki, and Dan Estel and wife, Susan, all of Boyd, and Zan Combs of Alvord; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include sisters Martha Choate of San Angelo, Beverly Lindsey and husband, Jerry, of Weatherford, Venita Egler of Weatherford and Sue Dodgen and husband, Don, of Colorado; and brothers Ben Lisby and wife, Scharee, of Graford, Gerry Lisby of Springtown and Jerry Lisby of Decatur.

Conway, Herman William  | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

Herman William Conway
Herman William Conway, 70, died Monday, June 11, 2018, in Forestburg.
Funeral was June 15 at the First Baptist Church of Forestburg with Pastor Tim Neely officiating. Burial followed at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.
White Family Funeral Home in Bowie handled arrangements.
Herman was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Jacksboro to William and Marjorie (Lyles) Conway. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971.
He had a lifelong career in law enforcement. He was a police officer for the Nocona Police Department, then he was a patrolman and later chief of police for the Decatur Police Department, and then chief of police for Saint Jo Police Department. He worked 13 years for Webber Aircraft, and during this time, he was a deputy constable for Jack County. Herman returned to Montague County and served as constable for 16 years and a county commissioner for four years until his retirement in December 2016.
He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Grace Maxwell; parents W.F. and Marjorie Conway; and sisters Elizabeth Conway and Frankie Castle.
Herman is survived by his wife, Marsha Conway of Forestburg; children Tonya Calhoun and husband, Calvin, of Forestburg, Sarah Knabe and husband, Rusty, of Fort Worth, and Willy Conway of Forestburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and sisters Carolyn Fenoglio of Nocona, Sharron James of Nocona and Rachel Ingram of Bowie.

Cooper, Danny  | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Danny Cooper
Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Carrollton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. J.H. Roper officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Danny was born June 12, 1947, in Mattoon, Ill., to Nelson and Emily (Barr) Cooper. Danny retired as a paint and body technician. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughters Emily and Katlyn; Linda Hatley; sister Linda Zimmerman; and brothers Jerry, Gary, Paul and Pete Cooper.
He is survived by his daughter, Alinda Cole and husband, Allen, of Allen; stepdaughter Staci Sanders and husband, Ray, of Boyd; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Cowley, Deborah Ann ‘Debbie’ (Holley)  | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Deborah Ann Cowley
Deborah “Debbie” Ann Cowley, 66, of Chico, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the First Baptist Church of Chico with the Rev. Jackie Karch officiating. Burial will be at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Coit Harris, Lee Mitchum, Chester Fuller, Randy Hoffman, Dace Grooms, Dewayne Burgess and Ryan Champ.
Debbie was born July 11, 1952, in Decatur to Wayne and Betty (Robeson) Holley. She married Ed Cowley Dec. 22, 1995, in Chico. Debbie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico.
She worked as a Certified Nurses Aide on the Alzheimer unit at Senior Care and Trinity. Debbie also worked with the elderly at Stagecoach.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years; daughter Stacy Ann Wilson and husband, Bill, of Apple Valley, Calif.; son Travis Melton of Chico; sister-in-law Tammy Sosa and husband, Darren, of Chico; three grandchildren; daughter-in-law Ashley Smith and son Joseph Siebert;
Memorial donations may be made to the Wise County Historical Society.

Cox, Donilla Faye (Cheves)  | 1924-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Donilla Faye Cox
Donilla Faye Cox, 94, of Chico, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in Chico Cemetery with Rev. Brad Gilbert officiating.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
Honorary pallbearers include Brian Hoyt, David Vilbig, Larry Hardin, Dave Marrs, Steve Leaf, Brad Leaf, Robert Cox, Brian Cox and Jimmy Cox.
Donilla was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Vinyard to Roy B. and Iva Elizabeth (Nimmo) Cheves. She married John Q. Cox May 5, 1956. Donilla was an accountant and secretary for the City of Fort Worth. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico.
She was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter Leslie Denison; grandson Walter Dean Leaf; and brother Norris Cheves.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie E. Leaf and husband, Steve, of Elmer, Okla.; son Kent Cox and wife, Marcie, of Chico; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donation may be made to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

Cox, Genevieve ‘Ginger’ (Graham)  | 1935-2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Genevieve Cox
Genevieve “Ginger” Cox, 83, of Arlington, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Arlington.
Funeral was Aug. 6 at First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Larry Nelson officiating. Burial followed in Alvord Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Ginger was born July 18, 1935, in Alvord to Kathleen (Miller) and Earnest Vernon Graham. Ginger spent almost 30 years as a real estate broker in Arlington. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son, Brad Cox and wife, Kim, of Arlington; daughter Kaylah Cox Johnson and husband, Jef, of Burleson; sisters Eva Jo Wiley and husband, Bill, of Denver, Colo. and Robbie Graham Bemmett of Bowie; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Cox, Lydia ‘Marie’ (McDaniel)  | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
Lydia “Marie” Cox, 78, died Friday, April 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Central Baptist Church in Bowie with Gregg Shaw officiating.
White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
Marie was born Oct. 18, 1939, in Chico to Reaford and Edith (Lawson) McDaniel. She graduated from Alvord High School in 1958. On July 19, 1958, Marie married Cecil Cox in Bowie. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in Bowie and taught Sunday school for 44 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws George and Lucille Cox; siblings Wayne McDaniel, Larkin McDaniel and Joyce Mathews; and grandson Brenn Taylor.
Marie is survived by her husband of 60 years; daughters Sandy Taylor and husband, Mike, and Melinda Nored and former son-in law Dewayne Nored; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Louise Throckmorton and husband, James, Lois Hunter and Jo Ann Parker and husband, Dwayne; and brothers Winford McDaniel and wife, Greta, Harold McDaniel and wife, Joyce and Corky McDaniel and wife, Jo.
Memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, 710 W. Wise, Bowie, TX 76230 or the Bowie Mission, 105 E. Greenwood, Bowie, TX 76230.

Crain, Warren C.  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Warren C. Crain
Warren C. Crain, 84, of Decatur, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at First Baptist Church with David Lowrie officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Pallbearers include Don McDonald, A.C. Griffin, Paul Addington, Todd Wilt, Daren Sosa and John Rhodes.
Warren was born March 28, 1933, in Paris to Lawrence Elmer and Zelma Alemia (Stoll) Crain. He married Leona Boham March 31, 1988, in Marietta, Okla. Warren retired as a warehouse driver. He served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his three sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years; daughters Kimberly Dawn McVicker and husband, Van, of Owasso, Okla., Cindy Pockrus of Decatur, Kim Hulsey and husband, David, of Decatur and Lisa Durham and husband, Tiger, of Justin; son Warren Lee Crain of Weatherford, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Gwen Cox of Lubbock; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Creacy, Donald  | 1927-2018
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Donald Creacy
Donald Creacy, 90, of Chico, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Bro. Dale Webster officiating. Burial will follow in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
Don was born April 28, 1927, in Paris to Nile and Lizzie (Parker) Creacy. He worked in electrical repair. Don married Ocie Katherine ‘Kay’ May in Amarillo in 1949. He was an active member at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and brother Wayne Creasey.
Don is survived by son Daniel Loren Creacy and wife, Patty, of Longmont, Colo.; daughter Donna Kay Creacy of Dallas; one grandchild; and brother James Creacy of Los Angeles, Calif.

Crownover, Yvonne A. (Curtner)  | 1961-2018
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

Yvonne A. Curtner-Crownover
Yvonne A. Curtner-Crownover, 56, of Decatur, died Monday, July 9, 2018, in Decatur.
Yvonne was born Nov. 7, 1961, in Fort Worth to James and Erika (Polak) Curtner. She was a lifetime resident of Wise County.

Culpepper, Leroy ‘Doodle’ | 1944-2018
Published Saturday, April 28, 2018

Leroy Culpepper
Leroy “Doodle” Culpepper, 73, of Chico died Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at home.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Wise County Cowboy Church in Decatur with Jeff Tackett officiating. Burial will follow at Cumby Cemetery in Chico.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are David Marshall, Les Haralson Sr., Calvin Davis, Jody Davis, Mikey Barton and Johnny Paul Barton.
Doodle was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Fort Worth to Luther Culpepper and Delia (Smith) Culpepper Gaither. He married Nancy (Hicks) Culpepper March 25, 1973, in Oklahoma. He was a member of the Wise County Cowboy Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Sue Marshall.
Doodle is survived by his wife; daughter Missy Dickinson and husband, Dan, of Springtown; two granddaughters; one great-grandchild; sisters Evelyn Culpepper of Gainesville and Margaret Ann Haralson and husband, Odis, of Azle; and other family members.

Currie, Jason, Jr. | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jason Currie Jr.
Jason Currie Jr., 90, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Jason was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Midland to Oliver Jason and Florence (Kilcrease) Currie. He married Donna Knight Oct. 14, 2004, in Las Vegas. He was a member of Aurora Baptist Church for 71 years. Jason served in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Currie; and sisters Ann Laura Rogers and Jean Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years; children Michelle House of Odessa, Denise Williamson of Granger, Bill Jenkins of Fort Worth and Jenny Read of Decatur; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Dolly Crites and husband, Billy, Janice Moore, Bennie Johnson and Georgia Currie; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Currie, Robert Adwin  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Robert Adwin Currie
Robert Adwin Currie, 84, of Fort Worth, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Robert was born Feb. 14, 1933, in Midland to Oliver and Florence (Kilcrease) Currie. He married Toyo Miyagi April 7, 1967, in Okinawa, Japan. Robert was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Veterans Group – Fort Worth and the Ham Radio Association – Radio Call: KK5FF. He wrote poetry and served in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters AnnLaura Rogers and Jean Smith.
Robert is survived by his wife of 50 years; daughter Suzanne Webb and husband, Brian, of Oklahoma City; son Bob Currie and wife, Wendy, of Frisco; grandchildren Brandon Webb, Brooke Webb, Bailey Webb, Blake Webb, Chance Currie and Ashley Currie; brother Jason Currie and wife, Donna, of Decatur; sisters Dolly Crites and husband, Billy, of Rhome, Janice Moore of Houston, Bonnie Johnson of Grand Prairie and Georgia Currie of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Daniels, Ericka Jo ‘Jody’ | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ericka Jo Daniels
Ericka Jo “Jody” Daniels, 70, of Rhome, died Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Denton.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jody was born Nov. 29, 1947, in Fort Worth to Rogers and Cresta (Reidy) Daniels. She worked for Absolute Home Health as an occupational therapist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother, Phyllis Daniels; sister Paula Daniels; and brother Chuck Daniels.
She is survived by her sister, Lola Dethlefsen and husband, Collin, of Decatur; brother Michael E. Daniels and wife, Brenda, of California; and sister Kim A. Goodwin and husband, Prentis, of Arkansas.

Davidson, Karin Maria (Bauer)  | 1954-2018
Published Saturday, November 3, 2018

Karin Maria Davidson
Karin Maria Davidson, 64, of Granbury, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Granbury.
Services will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Karin was born Jan. 1, 1954, in Erlangen, Germany to Fritz and Marianna (Schlaline) Bauer. She married Alton W. Davidson Jr. May 11, 1973, in Germany.
She was preceded in death by her father; stepfather Werner Novak; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Tanja Davidson and partner, Tammy Statum, of Granbury; three grandchildren; sister Sissy Gbroskobf of Germany; brothers Bennie and Kar Heine Bauer of Germany; mother Marianna Bauer-Novak of Germany; and sister-in-law Reba Powers of Oklahoma.

Davis, Frank M., Sr. | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018
Frank M. Davis Sr., 87, of Boyd, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Flower Mound with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Frank was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Scott, Miss., to John and Anne (Douglas) Davis.
He is survived by his wife Sue; children Pat Dunaway, Peggy Highlander, Mary Lou Wooten, Kathy Morris, Frank Davis Jr., Frankie Lynn Sartin and Janet Carol Davis; sisters Juanita Adams and Gladys Gray; brothers Johnny Dean Moffet and Jack Davis; stepsons Mike Moore and Paul Moore; stepdaughters Martha Moore and Judy Draper; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Davis, Norma Joyce (Lee)  | 1931-2018
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Norma Joyce Davis
Norma Joyce Davis, 86, of Decatur, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Charles Roper, Jeremy York, Matthew York, John Perez, Ben Perez, Chase Sanders and Marty Smith.
Norma Joyce Davis was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Decatur, to Earnest Gomer Lee and Maggie Embrey (Brown) Lee. The Lee family lived on a farm north and west of Decatur. Norma moved to Wichita, Kan., at a young age and married Theodore Grant Davis Jr. June 13, 1965. He was in the car business, and together they acquired a number of dealerships in Kansas and surrounding states. At one time Grant owned or had interest in 10 dealerships in three different states. The Wichita dealerships still operate under the name “Davis Moore.”
Before Grant’s death, Norma purchased a farm on the edge of Decatur. She and Grant made improvements to the farm house and property. After Grant’s death, she spent most of her time in Texas and acquired a new residence and acreage. The acquisition of the farm led her into the cattle business. She also had horses, burros, dogs, llamas, and fed wild deer and turkey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Barbara Lee, Elfreda Garlington and Hazel Massey; and brothers Donald and Norman Lee.
She is survived by her stepson, Theodore Grant Davis III; and three stepgrandchildren.

Davis, Steven Jacob  | 1972-2018
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Steven Jacob Davis
Steven Jacob Davis, 45, of Aurora, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Aurora.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Steven was born Oct. 14, 1972, in Cleburne. He was a plumber.
He is survived by his son, Jacob Davis of Aurora; and daughter Sarah Davis of Fort Worth.

De La Rosa, Jonathan Lee ‘JonLee’ | 1997-2018
Published Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jonathan Lee De La Rosa
Jonathan Lee “JonLee” De La Rosa, 20, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Visitation was March 2 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
He was born July 13, 1997, in Denton to Lauro and Griselda (Delgado) De La Rosa.
He is survived by his parents; brothers Xavier, Lauro W. and Daniel De La Rosa; sisters Anna, Naomi and Eva De La Rosa; and grandparents Hilda Macias and Dolores De La Rosa.

Deaton, Dorothy Mae (Dickey)  | 1924-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dorothy Mae Deaton
Dorothy Mae Deaton, 94, of Aurora, died Monday, May 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dorothy was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Okemah, Okla., to Dillard Greene and Grace Dickey. She married Johnny Robert Deaton July 18, 1944, in Yountville, Calif. She was a medical assistant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her sons, Ron Deaton and wife, Melissa, of Aurora and Don Deaton and wife, Earlene, of Savannah, Mo.; sister Pat Sharp of Wagoner, Okla.; six grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Deaton, Jackie Lois (Ray)  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Jackie Lois Deaton
Jackie Lois Deaton, 77, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with the Rev. Mark Sims officiating. Burial followed in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Peden, Scott Cantrell, Randy Mallory, Cody Deaton, David Bush and T.D. Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Smith and Heath Sparks.
Jackie was born March 27, 1941, in Mineral Wells to Raymond and Ruth (Tomerlin) Ray. She married Johnny Wayne Deaton in 1992 in Bridgeport. Jackie was a retired deli manager.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Jackie Eugene Barnes; granddaughter Amanda Leighanne Chipman; two brothers; and five sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Barnes and wife, Vicky, of Decatur and Tom Chipman and wife, Laurie, of Alaska; daughter Robbin Gildon and husband, Tony, of Decatur; sisters Alene Bagwell of Stamford, Maxine Tucker of Mineral Wells, Sue Dement of Bridgeport and Sandra Bush of Mineral Wells; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

DeHoyos, Maria De La Luz ‘Lucy’ (Padilla)  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Maria De La Luz DeHoyos
Maria De La Luz (Lucy) DeHoyos, 76, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Decatur with Renee Palmino officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Lucy was born Sept. 7, 1941, in Poth to Pedro and Guadalupe (Cervantes) Padilla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan DeHoyos.
She is survived by her sons, Emilio DeHoyos and wife, Cecilia, of Bridgeport and John DeHoyos and wife, Danielle, of Bridgeport; daughter Hilda Garza of Dallas; grandchildren Praxedis, Jacob, Eddie, Anthony, Isaiah, Matthew, Eli, Aaliyah, and Ezekiel; great-grandchild Kinsley; brothers Johnny Padilla, Tony Padilla, Ramon Padilla and Pablo Padilla; sisters Juanita Cantu, Paula Courvier, Carmen Griego and Andrea Ruiz: and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dennis, Clinton Sylvester  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Clinton Sylvester Dennis
Clinton Sylvester Dennis, 89, of Bridgeport, died Monday, May 7, 2018.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Jack McAsey officiating.
Clinton was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Saint Jo. He was the last survivor of eight children born to William and Hattie Dennis. He married Virginia Forsyth Nov. 29, 1975, in Bridgeport. Clinton and wife, Frances, who died in 1972, moved to Bridgeport in 1961 with their five children. He was employed and retired from George Mitchell Oil and Gas/Devon after 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances; and second wife, Virginia.
He is survived by his children, James Dennis of Nevada, Clinton Lee Dennis of Bridgeport, W.A. (Red) Dennis and wife, Cathy, of Bridgeport, Mary Carter and husband, Tim, of Brock and Penny Andrew and husband, Jack, of Bridgeport; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

Denton, Byron Alonzo  | 1936-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Byron Alonzo Denton
Byron Alonzo Denton, 82, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
Memorial service was March 24 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Byron was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Knox City to Lonnie and Mary Denton. He married Sue Griffin Aug. 1, 1968, in Arlington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Sammy; and grandson Bradley Brotherton.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years; daughter Angela Denton; sons Robbie Poole and wife, Becky, and Kenny Poole and wife, Denise; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister Linda Ogle and husband, Shelton.

Diaz, Guadalupe V.  | 1950-2018
Published Saturday, December 29, 2018

Guadalupe V. Diaz
Guadalupe V. Diaz, 68, of Springtown, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Decatur.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Guadalupe was born April 12, 1950, in Del Rio to Guadalupe and Esther (Villarreal) Diaz. He married Mary S. Nickell Oct. 6, 1978, in Fort Worth. Guadalupe was an electrician. He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years; sons Lupe Diaz and wife, Nikki, of Springtown, Eric Diaz of Springtown and Adrian Diaz and wife, Sarah, of Boyd; daughter Trisha Maxwell and husband, Justin, of Springtown; and five grandchildren.

Dickie, Sherron Lea (Riley) | 1945-2018
Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
Sherron Lea Dickie, 73, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Sherron was born March 25, 1945, in Mineral Wells to Harry and Margaret (Whatley) Riley. She was a graduate of Mineral Wells High School and Tarleton State University. Sherron retired from teaching after more than 23 years. She was a member of Frist Christian Church in Mineral Wells.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Pam Riley; and daughter Janis Lindbloom.
She is survived by her daughter, Pam Miller of Decatur; grandchildren Scott Miller and Meghan Elliott, of Decatur and Lexi Lindbloom of Fort Worth; one great-grandchild.

Dietrich, Earl Roland  | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

Earl Roland Dietrich
Earl Roland Dietrich, 70, of Rhome, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Memorial is 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Colby Wheeler officiating.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Earl was born May 26, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., to Earl Roland Sr. and Mary V. (Pittman) Dietrich. He married Jessie Louise Jenkins Jan. 29, 1966, in Fairport, N.Y. Earl was a retired machinist. He was a member of the non-denominational church. Earl loved hunting, collecting coins and was very interested in history. Earl was an avid amateur meteorologist.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jessie Dietrich of Rhome; sons Earl Roland Dietrich III of Saginaw, Ian T. Dietrich of Forney, Noel C. Dietrich of Troy, Ala., Joseph E.M. Dietrich of Saginaw and Larry B. Dietrich of Bowie; daughter Michelle R. Moore of Bowie; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Ronnie Dietrich of New York; sisters Lori Eck of Florida and Linda; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dilleshaw, Johnnie Lee (Vandagriff)  | 1936-2018
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Johnnie Lee Dilleshaw
Johnnie Lee Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Newark.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Boyd Church of Christ with Mark Taylor and Adam O’Brien officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Johnnie was born March 17, 1936, and was raised in Reydon, Okla., by Susie and Ernest Vandagriff. She married Gene Eldon Dilleshaw Sept. 6, 1956, in Cordell, Okla. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years; daughters Susan Green and husband, Wes, of Keller and Stacy Pacholick and husband, Rick, of Bedford; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to Cardiology Research at Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

DoByns, Cindy Ann (Campbell)  | 1956-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cindy Ann DoByns
Cindy Ann DoByns, 61, of Sunset, died Friday, April 6, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cindy was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Wichita Falls to LeRoy and Jo Linda (Crow) Campbell. She married Earnest Earl DoByns in 1995 in Jack County.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother LeRoy Campbell Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years; daughters Carrie Dawn Bezio Guitierez and husband, Jason, of Wichita Falls and Janie Andrews and husband, Dwayne, of Northwest; sons Cory Earl DoByns and wife, Paige, of Sunset and Jeffrey Chad DoByns of Boyd; eight grandchildren; brothers Sonny, James, and David Campbell; and sisters Teressa Bowen and Sharon Smith.

Doss, Jerry A.  | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, September 1, 2018

Jerry A. Doss
Jerry A. Doss, 79, of Boyd, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.
Funeral was Aug. 31 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jacob Luman officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jackson Benson, Clayton Doss, Nathan Benson, Rusty James, Matthew Ford and Martin Hartley.
Jerry was born June 22, 1939, in Dallas to Bryan and Alma (Hogue) Doss. He worked at Delta Airlines for 29 years as a crew scheduler. Jerry was in the United States Marines and was a member of the Baptist church.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 26 years, Onita Doss.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Paulette Hoffman of Fort Worth; son Brian Doss and wife, Amanda, of Boyd; daughter Diana Benson and husband, Neal, of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Peggy James and husband, Marvin, of Carrollton.
Memorial donations may be made to Asana Hospice and Palliative Care, 6300 Ridglea Place, Suite 1107, Fort Worth, TX 76116, AsanaHospice.com, 817-570-7190.

Doty, Tommy  | 1953-2018
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tommy Doty
Tommy Doty, 65, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with the Rev. Charles Pugh officiating.
Pallbearers are Asa Johnson Jr., Richard Kimball, Marshall Hicks, Matt Reynolds, Gary Howell, Marshall Hicks Jr. and John Rowe.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Tommy was born Feb. 8, 1953, in Cleburne to Finis Earl and Louise Estelle (Hicks) Doty. He worked at Jerry’s Chevrolet for more than 10 years in auto sales. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Tommy was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his daughters, Jenifer Miller of Northlake and Stephanie Rowe and husband, John, of Haslet; three grandchildren; sister Becky Ivey of Burleson; and his mother.

Dougherty, Barbara Ann (Locke)  | 1940-2018
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Barbara Ann Dougherty
Barbara Ann Dougherty, 78, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 with Stan Cox officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Barbara was born July 3, 1940, in Pilot Point and was adopted by Curtis David and Estle Lou (Bettis) Locke. She married James Paul Dougherty Oct. 31, 1959, in Fort Worth. They were married 50 years. Barbara was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a painter and practiced the art of calligraphy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother Curtis Jan Locke.
She is survived by her sons, Todd Dougherty of Fort Worth and Christopher Thad Dougherty and wife, Anetta, of Webster, N.H.; and two grandchildren.

Douglas, Jodie Fay (Brannon)  | 1949-2018
Published Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jodie Fay Douglas
Jodie Fay Douglas, 68, died Monday, April 23, 2018, in Bowie.
Graveside service was April 26 at Annetta Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Jodie was born Nov. 3, 1949, in San Fernando, Calif., to Walter E. and Lois M. Brannon. She married John “Midge” Douglas in December of 1983 in East Texas. Jodie was a homemaker and a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and son John Winston Douglas.
Jodie is survived by sons John Walter Brannon and wife, Darla, and Wayne Lawrence Kemp and wife, Julie; daughter Marie Lynn Allen; sisters Mary Rene Michael and Helen Golden and husband, Jerry; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other family members.

Downs, Steve  | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Steve Downs
Steve Downs, 79, of Parker, Colo., died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Lone Tree, Colo.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bill Fitch officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Jay Dillon, Jim Dillon, Chris Downs, Tony Downs, Dave Echternach and Jon Ranney.
Steve was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Fort Worth to Robert and Hazel (McCracken) Downs. He married Peggy Marcus Dec. 30, 1961, in Hobbs, N.M.
Steve was in the United States Army for more than 24 years. During that time, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Bronze Star; Good Conduct Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; NCO Professional Development Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired as a software engineer and worked at Northrop Grumman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl C. McCracken and Hazel McCracken.
Steve is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Downs of Parker; daughter Deborah Ranney of Aurora, Colo.; son Tony Downs and wife, Alison, of Plano; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Downs, Travis Blake  | 1988-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

Travis Blake Downs
Travis Blake Downs, 30, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Travis was born Feb. 22, 1988, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Johnson Lee and Kathy Darlene (Hilton) Downs.
He was preceded in death by his father; and wife Katherine Davis.
He is survived by his daughter, Savanna Downs; mother Kathy Downs and husband, Jay Ammons, of Runaway Bay; brothers Brad L. Downs and wife, Dixie, of Runaway Bay and Justin C. Downs and wife, Beth, of Spanish Fort, Ala.; and grandparents James R. Hilton and wife, Betty, of Baton Rouge, La.

Doyle, Betty ‘Tater’ (Greer)  | 1954-2018
Published Saturday, September 1, 2018

Betty Greer Doyle
Betty “Tater” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Betty was born July 3, 1954, in Cleburne to Willie “Bill” Greer and Laverne (Steddly) Greer. Betty retired as a Yuke Operator.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son Dale Doyle.
She is survived by her daughters, Tina Lewis and husband, Patrick Burt, of Fort Worth and Judy Holt and husband of Florence, Ore.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond and Rickey Greer; and sisters Mattie Sermons, Beverly Jernigan, Jenny Mullane and Deborah Fite.

Drake, Paul William  | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
Paul William Drake, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Denton.
A private memorial service will be held in Arizona.
Paul and Reva moved to Texas from Arizona in 1975. They owned Decatur Carpet and Interiors for five years and then Paul spent some time employed by Peterbilt Paccar and Victor Equipment.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Reva (Pepper) Drake; daughter Rochelle McCashin and husband, Rob; stepsons Rod and Rich Ballou; sons Dennis and Danny Drake; and many grandchildren.

Drury, Dorothy June (Edwards)  | 1930-2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Dorothy June Drury, 88, of Boyd, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Boyd.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Dorothy was born June 7, 1930, in Fort Worth to Virgil and Mary (Jackson) Edwards. She married Robert “Bob Old Timer” Drury June 14, 1947, in Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 70 years.
She is survived by her sons, Robert P. Drury of Bridgeport and Jimmy A. Drury and wife, Rebekah, of Dublin; daughter Debbie Buster and husband, Tommy, of Boyd; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Dunlap, Ruben James  | 1997-2018
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ruben James Dunlap
Ruben James Dunlap, 20, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral was Tuesday, March 6, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial followed in Mexican Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Jesus Rodriguez, Rey Garza, Jacob Garza, Braden Liner, Chris Kuhlman, Carlos Martinez, Jonathan Garza and Joshua Martinez.
Ruben was born May 2, 1997, in Decatur to Eugene and Maria (Garza) Dunlap.
He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents Bud Dunlap, Ann and Hope Garza.
He is survived by his mother; brothers Travis Dunlap and Anthony Smith; sisters Maranda Smith and Chelsie Smith; girlfriend Kendra Smith; stepfather Randall Smith; and grandfather Lorenzo Garza.

Dunn, Linda (Stack)  | 1949-2018
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Linda Stack Dunn, 68, of Haslet, died Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Greeley, Colo.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Rhome Church of Christ with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Linda was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Lovington, N.M., to Curtis and Ida Stack. She graduated from Lovington High School and then completed her court reporter certification. Linda worked for Dallas County for 20 years. Linda was locally involved with the Lone Star Chorus in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Rhome Church of Christ.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Dunn; sister Peggy Mosley; and brothers Curtis Wayne Stack and Leonard Carlton Stack.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Tipton and husband, Dane, of Greeley, Colo.; and two grandsons.

Dunn, Robert E.  | 1951-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018

Robert E. Dunn
Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jason Edwards, R.E. Houchins, Danny Trammell, Craig Woodard, Dickie Dunn, Casey Sumners, Earl Green and Terry Hand.
Robert was born Aug. 17, 1951, in Bridgeport to Robert R. and Helen (Ryan) Dunn. He was a diesel mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by daughter Stephanie Dunn of Bridgeport; son Rodney Dunn and wife, Babby, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Ryan Dunn and fianc e, Sterling Mitchell, and Jacob Dunn; sister Debbie Lewis and husband, Gary, of Kansas; brother Jimmy Dunn of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dunn, Thomas Martin  | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, December 22, 2018

Thomas Martin Dunn
Thomas Martin Dunn, 79, of Decatur, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.
Graveside service will be at the National Cemetery at a later date.
Thomas was born Nov. 14, 1939, in Wine Dot, Mich., to Elmer and Gertrude Dunn and came to Texas as a child. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He married Mary Lambert Aug. 19, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha J. Dunn; mother Gertrude Taylor; father Jess L. Taylor; and sister Constance.
He is survived by his wife; sons Thomas M. Dunn Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jessie Paul Dunn and wife, Jennifer, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter Dawna Dunn-Newton and husband, Charles, of Paradise; sisters Jan Mostella and husband, Paul and Ruby Ann Shoe; brother Richard Dunn; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Durrett, William Dick  | 1950-2018
Published Saturday, June 9, 2018

William Dick Durrett
William Dick Durrett, 67, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
No services are planned.
Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst is handling arrangements.
Dick was born Dec. 14, 1950. He graduated from Denton High School and East Texas State University and was an army veteran. He was a long-time resident of Wise County. He trained several champion cutting horses. He was employed as director of corporate sales for U-Haul for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Durrett; stepchildren Denise Jopling and husband, Greg, and Kevin Fuchshuber and wife, Janice; three stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; sisters Joyce Deussen and husband, Clem, Dee McClary and husband, Bob and Ginger Deussen and husband, Larry; and brothers Travis Durrett and wife, Aleta and Jim Durrett and wife, Jackie.

Dzermajko, Michael  | 1942-2018
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Michael Dzermajko
Michael Dzermajko, 75, of Decatur, died Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Decatur.
Michael was born May 18, 1942, in Pittsburgh to Joseph and Margaret (Wozar) Dzermajko. He married Margaret Grace Loomer Jan. 2, 1965, in Camden, N.J. Michael served his country in the United States Marines. He was a retired auto dealer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael is survived by his wife of 53 years; son Glen Harrison and wife, Shelly, of Decatur; daughters Caron Dzermajko of New Jersey and Lisa Bowers and husband, Dale, of Longmont, Colo.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother William Colbert of New Jersey.

Eaton, Richard Lee  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, February 24, 2018

Richard Lee Eaton
Richard Lee Eaton, 86, of Paradise, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Nocona.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Richard was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Battle Creek, Mich. He was married to May Eaton. He was a retired fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
He is survived by his sons, Richard Eaton, Patrick Eaton and Brian Eaton, all of California; daughter Zina Eaton of Fairfield, Idaho; sister Bonnie Gustwiller of Ohio; and sister-in-law Wanda Long of Paradise.

Eller, Ann ‘Annie’ (Wilson)  | 1958-2018
Published Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ann Eller
Ann “Annie” Eller, 60, of Runaway Bay, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Runaway Bay.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Honorary pallbearers are Dan Eller, Dave Eller, Gary Greenfield, Kevin Greenfield, Michael Melcher and Bob Sharp.
Annie was born Jan. 6, 1958, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Glenn and Gloria (Garbett) Wilson. She married Rick E. Eller June 6, 1982, in Farmington, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years; daughters Elizabeth McLemore of Bridgeport and Amanda Eller of Albuquerque, N.M.; son Michael Melcher and wife, Tracy, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; sister Mary Wilson of Grand Junction; and brother Jay Wilson and wife, Michelle.
Memorial donations may be made to UT Southwestern Cancer Center of Dallas.

Elliston, David Lee  | 1944-2018
Published Saturday, December 29, 2018

David Lee Elliston
David Lee Elliston, 73, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday Dec. 26, 2018, in Decatur.
No services are planned.
David was born Dec. 27, 1944, in Pyatt, Ark., to Gwen Elliston. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was self-employed.
David was preceded in death by his parents; wife Suzanne; and brother Doug Elliston.
He is survived by his daughters, Tamara Cooper and husband, Tim, of Runaway Bay and Tanya Green and husband, Stan, of Wylie; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and sister Helen Walker of Yellville, Ark.

Elrod, Wallace Colby  | 1929-2018
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wallace Colby Elrod
Wallace Colby Elrod, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 27, at First Baptist Church of Sunset with the Rev. Charles Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Wallace Colby Elrod was born April 17, 1929, in Sunset to John and Thelma (Mathews) Elrod. He married Christine Parker Dec. 26, 1959.
He retired from the United States Army with 23 years of service, followed by a career as a master electrician and air conditioner repair man for 25 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother Weldon Elrod.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathy VanHoose and husband, Robert, of Sunset; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister Katherine Andress and husband, Leroy, of Houston.

Emerson, Niki Alan  | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018

Niki Alan Emerson
Niki Alan Emerson, 65, of Wizard Wells, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Wizard Wells.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Niki was born Dec. 24, 1952, in Muskogee, Okla. to Jack Oliver and Chira (Morgan) Emerson. He was a brick and mortar mason and horticulturist.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
He is survived by his son, Jacob Emerson and wife, Angela, of Mustang, Okla.; daughter Kenya Emerson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four grandchildren; and sisters Cynthia Emerson of Greensboro, N.C. and Tina Emerson of Bartlesville, Okla.

Erwin, Samie Calvin  | 1935-2018
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Samie Calvin Erwin
Samie Calvin Erwin, 82, of Boyd, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Boyd.
Funeral was July 24 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Terry Terry officiating. Burial followed in Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kyle Erwin, Bryson Gentry, Wesley Moss, Michael McBride, Darryl Wilson and Brent Vincent.
Samie was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Paradise to Buck and Lela (Brown) Erwin. He married Virginia Lee Higgins Feb. 5, 1958, in Cleburne. Samie was a member of Cottondale Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Calvin Wayne Erwin and Larry Ronald Erwin; and brother J.D. Erwin.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; daughter Samie Gail Gentry and husband, Jimmy, of Paradise; son Gary Don Erwin and wife, Sandy, of Paradise; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother Arvil Wayne Erwin of Boyd.

Eustace, Austin Horton  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

Austin Horton Eustace
Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Bridgeport.
No services are planned at this time.
Jones Family Funeral Homes in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Austin was born March 6, 1931, in Newcastle to William and Lorine (Pinkston) Eustace. He served as a boat mechanic for the Marine Corps and was deployed to Korea. Most of his career was spent self-employed in the oil industry in Wise County.
He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was sober for the last 30 years and was the sponsor for the Wise County AA.
Austin was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Joe Eustace.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara (Brown) McDaniel of Bridgeport; daughters Cindy Masters and husband, Steve, of Wichita Falls, Sara Harper and husband, Marty, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bonnie Parker and husband, David, of Carrollton; son Marvin McDaniel Sr. of Bridgeport; brother Jack Eustace of Bridgeport; sisters Corina Knighton of Houston and Dorothy Wray of Graham; eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Evans, Eula Maude (Shipley)  | 1926-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Eula Maude Evans
Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Bridgeport, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Farmersville.
Graveside service was Sept. 19 at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks with the Rev. Jerry Jones officiating.
Eula was born June 12, 1926, in Bridgeport to O.B. and Bessie Boner Shipley. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was the youngest of three children with older brothers: Elmer and Robert.
Eula and John D. and family ran a dairy farm near Chico for years before moving to Maud where they continued in the dairy/cattle business.
Eula was preceded in death by her husband, John D Evans; daughter Barbara Evans; son Billy Evans; grandsons Jerry Lee Evans Jr. and Kenny Evans.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Evans and wife, Ena, of Farmersville; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Evans, Seth Allen  | 1995-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Seth Allen Evans
Seth Allen Evans, 23, from Boyd, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Boyd.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating. Burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Kole Hess, Jeffrey Roberts, Jeremiah Roberts, Trevor O’Neal, Brandon Rusk, Christian Deubler, Shane Fields and Preston Wilson.
Honorary pallbearer is Hadley Evans.
Seth was born June 2, 1995, in Guymon, Okla., to Allen B. and Carolyn (Hadley) Evans II. He graduated from Boyd High School in 2014. Seth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd and a member of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association. He was a welder.
He is survived by his parents; sister Leigh Barrington and husband, Justin, of Seabrook, Fla.; brothers Tyrell Evans and wife, Mary Kate, of Daytona, Fla., and Hadley Evans of Boyd; sister Ally Evans of Boyd; nephew Kaden Barrington; niece Kynlee Evans; and two on the way.

Falsone, Joseph Anthony  | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Joseph Anthony Falsone
Joseph Anthony Falsone, 80, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Bowie.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Saint Jerome Catholic Church in Bowie with Father Albert Kanjirathumkal officiating. Burial will follow at Montague Catholic Cemetery.
White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
Joseph was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Marlin, to Jim and Lena (Roppolo) Falsone. He graduated from Marlin High School and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. Joseph married Betty West Aug. 29, 1965, in Marlin.
He worked as a loan officer for Legend Bank for 38 years and retired as vice president. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Bowie ISD school board and the chamber of commerce board of directors.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Joseph is survived by his wife; daughter Frances Weihing and husband, John, of Flower Mound; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Frances Margoitta of Marlin; and brothers James Falsone of Lake Dallas, Michael Falsone of Missouri City and Robert Falsone of Ashburn, Va.

Farley, Ruby Ellen (Beckner)  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

Ruby Ellen Farley
Ruby Ellen Farley, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Decatur.
There will be a graveside service for burial of ashes at a later date.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
She was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Energy to Clarence and Maudie Beckner. She married Edward Farley in 1952. They raised a blended family of 10 children together, and lived in Keller until 1974, when they purchased acreage in Wise County, just south of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers Roy and Arlas Beckner; and son Randy Allen.
She is survived by sister Betty Eixmann of Arlington; brother Phillip Beckner of Burleson; daughters Linda Farley of Plano, Gale Hogan of Decatur, Dene Dial and husband, Ed, of Decatur and Diane Farley of Decatur; sons Tim Allen and wife, Linda, of Sanger, Wayne Farley of Hurst, Terry Allen of Belleview, Ark., Steve Farley and wife, Barbara, of Boyd and son Tony Farley of Fort Worth; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Farley, Sharyn R. (Dempsey)  | 1945-2017
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sharyn R. Farley
Sharyn R. Farley, 72, of Decatur died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral was Jan. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial followed at Sand Hill Cemetery.
Sharyn was born Sept. 2, 1945, in Saint Paul, Minn., to Charles and Berla (Webber) Dempsey. She married Billie Farley Aug. 17, 1963, in Fremont, Calif., and was a member of the Baptist church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Sharyn is survived by her husband, Billie Farley of Decatur; son Troy Farley of Decatur; daughter-in-law Latricia Halferty of Sulpher Springs; daughter Dawn Gibbs and husband, Ernie, of Midland; granddaughter Kassandra Elliott of Abilene; sister Shelby Crawford of Midland; sister-in-law Debbie Massey of Robert Lee; brother-in-law James Farley of Decatur; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Farver, Cyrus Wyatt  | 1925-2018
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cyrus Wyatt Farver
Cyrus Wyatt Farver, 82, of Aurora, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Grapevine.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Decatur Bible Church with Rick Carman officiating. Private burial will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Cy was born Dec. 12, 1935, in Tucson, Ariz., and attended junior high and high school in Clovis, N.M. He graduated from Yale University in 1958. Cy worked for Procter and Gamble and managed several association management companies. He served his country in the United States Army.
Cy was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Georgia Farver; and sister Jane.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cordelia; children Chris Farver and wife, Debbie, and Scott Farver and wife, Sarah; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Barbara Woolsey.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Fellers, Ruth Weatherly (Odell) | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ruth Weatherly Fellers
Ruth Weatherly Fellers, 91, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Todd Blair officiating.
Pallbearers are Kevin Loraus, David Loraus, T.J. Weatherly, Brady Weatherly, Shane Stegall, Stone Stegall, Justin Loraus and Jacob Loraus.
Ruth was born May 19, 1927, in Chico to Kinney and Edith (Anderson) Odell. She married James Harold “Shotgun” Fellers in May 1969, in Decatur.
Ruth was a retired nurse. She was one of the first nurses at Decatur Hospital. She was a member of the Mule club. Ruth was well known in Thackerville, Okla.
She was preceded in death by two daughters; a sister; three brothers; her first husband in 1968, Herman “Cowboy” Weatherly; and second husband in 2017, James H. “Shotgun” Fellers.
She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Grady of Decatur and Beverly Deaton and husband, Mike, of Lake Bridgeport; son Tommy Weatherly and wife, Melba, of Paradise; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Wilson and husband, Tom, of Boyd and Faye Guthrie of Sun City West, Ariz.; and brother Bobby Odell and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport.

Feltman, Neva (Lynch)  | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Neva Feltman
Neva (Lynch) Feltman of Azle, 79, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
Service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Rock Church in Bridgeport.
Neva was born Oct. 18, 1938, to Jeff and Rena (Leatherwood) Lynch. She worked for Texas Turbine for 20 years.
She was preceded in death her parents; sister Nelda Peel; sons Kenneth Read and Billy Read; and grandson Dylan Read.
Neva is survived by daughter Donna Kirk and husband, Johnny; son Donald Read; brother Cecil Lynch and wife, Darlene; sister Velda Walker; 15 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Fennell, Callie (Walker)  | 1931-2018
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Callie Fennell
Callie Fennell, 86, of Decatur, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was July 5, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Callie was born Aug. 15, 1931, in Park Springs to Carl and Bessie (Hollingsworth) Walker. She married John Fennell Jr. in 1958 in Decatur. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son John Henry; and four grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Carl Fennell of Alvord, Benny John Fennell of Bridgeport and Marvin Joe Fennell of Borger; daughters Robin Fennell of Alvord, Lynda Cross of Alvord, Kay Huddleston of Chico and Karen Bennett of Bowie; sisters Modie Jarvis and husband, Bill, of Reno and Fay Green of Burleson; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Fenton, Monte Dale | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, November 17, 2018

Monte Dale Fenton
Monte Dale Fenton, 63, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
The funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with the Rev. Rocky Johnson and Kevin Fenton officiating. Burial will follow in Cottondale Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Luke Abrantes, Jacob Wood, Craig Fenton, David Fenton, Kevin Fenton, Matt Stufflebean, Keith Catlin and Brandon Davidson.
Honorary pallbearers are Bill Green and Tom Catlin.
Monte was born March 30, 1955, in Woodward, Okla. He spent his career as an oilfield salesman. Three years ago, he became a pharmacy driver for Solaris Hospice.
Monte was preceded in death by his parents Ralph L. and Iantha ‘Annie’ (Winters) Fenton; and father and mother-in-law Bob and Nita Bowen.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kim; and children A.J. Abrantes and husband, Luke, of Bridgeport and D’Anna Wood and husband, Jacob, of Cottondale; three grandchildren; brothers Ralph F. Fenton and wife, Rita, of Yukon, Okla., and Gary Fenton and wife, Brenda, of Vici, Okla.

Ferguson, Bessie ‘Polly’ (Richards)  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bessie Ferguson
Bessie “Polly” Ferguson, 76, of Rhome, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Revs. David Mills and Ronnie Mills officiating.
Visitation is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Polly was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Waurika, Okla., to Robert and Bessie (Maness) Richards. She married Ervin Mills Aug. 8, 1958, in Indio, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Donna Bond; sons Billy Mills and Bobby Mills; sisters Betty Lee, Barbara Lee Richards and Shirley Mae Richards; brother Roy Junior Richards; and granddaughter Jenna Mills.
She is survived by her sons, David Mills and wife, Kerry, of Rhome and Tim Mills of Harrah, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings Merle and Joy Richards of Newcastle, Okla., R.H. Richards of Kingston, Okla., Pat Ralls of Waurika, Thelma Keith and husband, Ed, of Waurika, Peggy Smith of Comanche, Okla., Rick Richards of Lawton, Okla., and Don and Toni Richards of Saint Jo.

Fields, Phoebe Arenavieve ‘Renne’ (Cox) | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, March 10, 2018

Phoebe Arenavieve Fields
Phoebe Arenavieve Fields, 88, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Henrietta. Burial will follow at Bluegrove Cemetery.
Davis Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Phoebe, called “Renne,” was born Feb. 12, 1930, in Bellevue to Edley Wilbur and Rena Hurst Cox. Renne graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in business administration and then married W.C. Fields Feb. 8, 1951.
She was a school teacher at University United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls for many years. She later earned a degree in education from Midwestern State University. She was a member of the Unity Club of Henrietta.
Renne was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brother Edley W. Cox Jr.
She is survived by her children, Dr. William Calvin Fields III of Decatur, Gary Paul Fields of Trophy Club and Lesli Gail Fields Trost of Potomac, Md.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Henrietta at 301 S. Bridge St., Henrietta, TX 76365.

Fisher, Terry Doyle  | 1954-2018
Published Saturday, March 17, 2018

Terry Doyle Fisher
Terry Doyle Fisher, 63, of Paradise, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the First Baptist Church of Paradise with the Rev. David Kelly officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Terry was born Aug. 8, 1954, in Alta Loma to Doyle and Virginia (Johnson) Fisher. He married Kathy Rester April 3, 1976, in Bacliff. Terry retired from TDCJ as a plant manager in 2000. He was a member of Paradise First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Terry is survived by his wife of 41 years; son Will “Billy” and wife, April, of Bridgeport; four grandchildren; brother Aaron Fisher and wife, Brenda, of Huntsville; and sister Jan Bosque and husband, Dell, of Texas City.

Fitch, Rayleigh Ann  | 2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rayleigh Ann Fitch
Rayleigh Ann Fitch, an infant, of Boyd died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boyd.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial in Boyd Cemetery, with the Rev. and great-grandfather Billie Fitch officiating.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Dakota Partin, Caegan Dusenberry, Beckah Slane and Robert Thompson.
Rayleigh was born Dec. 7, 2017, in Decatur to Canton Gage Dusenberry and Chelsea Lee Ann Sager.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Calvin Sager and Allen Hungate Sr.
She is survived by her parents; grandparents Tanya and Lee Sager of Boyd, K.C. Fitch of Azle and Miranda Dusenberry of Houston; great-grandparents Lynn Sager of Boyd, Theresa Hungate of Weatherford and Billie and Marilyn Fitch of Azle; uncles Caegan Dusenberry of Houston, Cadence Snowdon of Houston, Micah Snowdon of Houston, Nick Hogan of Houston and Dakota Partin of Boyd; aunts Hope Sager of Boyd, Beckah Slane of Briar and Thea McLain of Dallas; and numerous cousins and extended family.

Flanagin, Bill  | 1949-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bill Flanagin
Bill Flanagin, 68, of Walsenburg, Colo., died Saturday, March 10, 2018, from heart failure.
A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. March 17, in Irving.
Bill lived for many years at Lake Bridgeport and taught in Wise County. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Walsenburg, Colo.
Bill grew up in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. He graduated from Irving High School in 1967, served in the U.S. Army as a flame thrower instructor at Fort McClellan in Alabama and graduated from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in 1977. His career in education began when he and Edie were house parents at Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. After graduating college, Bill taught special ed classes in Commerce and Alvord and middle school science in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Edie Flanagin; sons Spencer, Benjamin and wife, Kalyn and Samuel and wife, Nicole; and two grandsons.
Condolences can be mailed to Edie and family at: 1509 Thompson Street, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Fleming, Gola Mae (Berry)  | 1914-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Gola Mae Fleming
Gola Mae Fleming, 104, a homemaker, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Visitation will be held immediately following the funeral in the church fellowship hall.
Scott Strothers will officiate. Pallbearers include Steve Thomas, Will Shudde, Jay Fleming, Cary Fleming, Gil Fleming, Landon Longley and Russell Longley.
Gola Mae was born at home on February 18, 1914, to John and Grachia (Osburn) Berry outside Paris, Texas. She was raised in Vamoosa, Okla., where she attended and graduated from Vamoosa School. As an 8th grader she played on the high school varsity basketball team, which led to a lifelong love for the sport and her becoming an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks. She was honored and excited to be their guest on her 100th, 101st, 102nd and 103rd birthdays.
Gola Mae married Ernest Fleming on November 28, 1939. They were married 60 years before his death in 1999. They moved to Bridgeport from Seminole, Texas in 1963 and were faithful members of the Cates St. Church of Christ, where he served as an elder and she taught Sunday School Classes for many years. The highlight of her week was receiving hugs from the young people at church.
She loved her family and encouraged and enjoyed family reunions.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest Fleming; son, John Paul; son-in-law, Bill Longley; two brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Fleming and wife Glenda of New London; her daughter, Gatha Longley of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Bevie Fleming Thomas and husband Steve of Kountze, Sue Fleming Shudde and husband Will of Abilene, Jay Fleming and wife Gena of Leander, Cary Fleming and wife Donetta of Euless, Gil Fleming and wife Pam of Tyler, William Landon Longley of Richardson, and Russell Longley of Richardson; 14 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cates St. Church of Christ in Bridgeport in her honor.

Flowers, Earlene (Pender)  | 1925-2018
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Earlene Flowers, 93, of Azle, died Aug. 18, 2018, in Azle.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 ,at the Boyd Cemetery. Committal will follow the service.
Visitation is 9 to 10.
Azle and Lake Worth Funeral Home in Azle is handling arrangements.
Earlene was born April 6, 1925.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Pender; grandparents John and Dora Pender; and daughter Sheri Erwin.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Virgil Flowers; son Darryl Erwin and wife, Kathleen; daughter Karen Long and husband, Mark; son Tony Erwin; daughter Linda Humphries and husband, Doug; son Randall Erwin and wife, Karen; stepdaughter Donna Flowers; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; brother Bob Erwin and wife, Carolyn; and sister Lusha Lester and husband, Skippy.

Fluker, Finis Eugene ‘Gene’ | 1926-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Finis Eugene Fluker
Finis Eugene “Gene” Fluker, 91, of Decatur, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Bowie.
Funeral was July 27 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Cottonwood Cemetery. Ken May and Gerre Joiner officiated.
Pallbearers were Louis Dooling, Randy Slimp, Timothy Slimp, Brent Payton, Kendall Payton, Brian Dooling and Dalton Kobs.
Finis was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Corsicana to David and Rena (Sheets) Fluker. He married Etta Mae Gilliam March 11, 1946, in Corsicana. They were married for 67 years. In 1948, he began his 65-plus years as a teacher and pastor in several states.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife; son Tarrant Eugene; sisters Dorothy and Edna Mae; and his parents.
He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Dooling and husband, Louis, of Decatur; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Ann, Elaine, Jonnie, Jo, Jane and Ruby; and brother David.
Memorial donations may be made to Mission Dignity, 2401 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75201-1498.

Ford, Sylvia Fern (Hale)  | 1932-2018
Published Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sylvia Fern Ford
Sylvia Fern Ford, 86, of Decatur, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Dec. 24 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Rev. Leo Morgan officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Sylvia was born May 19, 1932, in Vian, Okla., to Elvis and Lucile (Lipps) Hale. She married Jimmy Ford in 1980. She was a retired farmer.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John D. Hughes; and husband Jimmy.
She is survived by her sister, Inita Myers of Decatur.

Fortenberry, David Guinn  | 1957-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

David Guinn Fortenberry
David Guinn Fortenberry, 61, of Arcadia, Okla., died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Arcadia, after a battle with cancer.
Celebration of life is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at New Hope Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.
David was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Decatur to Ansel and Mary Nell Fortenberry. David was an elder at New Hope Church of Christ and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Archers. David graduated from Decatur High School and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1981. He had a career in drilling and engineering at Mitchell Energy and Devon Energy.
He is preceded in death by wife, Shirley Fortenberry; and his father.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Fortenberry; children Lauren Fortenberry, Emily Fortenberry and Josie Fortenberry; stepchildren Justin Prindle and wife, Krista, Joshua Prindle and Jamie Newton and husband, Zach; three grandchildren; siblings Judy Shelley and Philip Fortenberry; and his mother.
Memorial donations may be made to “Missions Fund” in care of New Hope Church of Christ.

Foster, Shirley Elaine (Caraway)  | 1936-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

Shirley Elaine Foster
Shirley Elaine Foster, 82, of Decatur, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 25, 2018, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner officating. Burial followed in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Justin Placek, Bryce Placek, K.W. Foster, Bobby Hale, Gary Caraway and Monty Caraway.
Shirley was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Decatur to James Monroe and Callie (Smith) Caraway. She married Wayne Foster Sept. 4, 1955, in Ardmore, Okla. Shirley retired as a beautician and owned Cut-N-Curl for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur, and was a lifelong member of the B.P.O.E. Does where she served as president in Tucumcari, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years; and brother Gene Edwin Caraway.
She is survived by her son, Klent Foster and wife, Michelle, of Albuquerque; daughter Vonya Placek and husband, Jack, of Decatur; brothers Kenneth Caraway and Bert Caraway and wife, Virginia, of Decatur; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Fox, Billy Herman  | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Billy Herman Fox
Billy Herman Fox, 87, a lifelong resident of Bowie, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
The family has selected arrangements with cremation.
Bill was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Bowie to Herman and Nada Fox. He was a mason and belonged to the Bowie Chapter. After retiring from A&P Grocery and Jacks Food Store, where he was a butcher for 40 years, he became a full-time rancher. He married his wife, Joan, July 16, 1950.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years; children Tony Fox of Bowie and Tena Peoples and husband, Darren, of Chico; sister Donnie Cage; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Bowie Masonic Lodge, 709 E. Nelson Street, Bowie, TX 76230.

Fraga, Teresa D. (Unate) De Fraga | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

Teresa D. Unate De Fraga
Teresa D. Unate De Fraga, 87, of Chico, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Chico.
Visitation with rosary was Nov. 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Teresa was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Zarogoza, Coahuila, Mexico, to Antonio and Maria (De Los Angeles Valdez) Unate. She married Modesto Fraga Macias in 1951 in Zarogoza, Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, son, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughters, Elda Valdez and husband, Rejinaldo, of Decatur, Maria Olivarez of Chico, Rebeca Fraga and husband, Pedro, of Mexico and Nidia Fraga of Mexico; sons Enrique Fraga and wife, Norma, of Decatur, Modesto Fraga and wife, Nelda, of Mexico, Ramiro Fraga and wife, Maria Elena, of Alvord, Julio Fraga and wife, Esmeralda, of Decatur and Fernando Fraga Unate of Decatur; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Angelita Mendoza; and brothers Jose Unate and Heriberto Unate.

Franco, Yolanda (Garcia)  | 1960-2018
Published Saturday, February 10, 2018

Yolanda Franco

Yolanda Franco, 57, of Chico, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Chico.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. John the Baptizer Church with Father Thomas Dsouza and Deacon Mauricio Hernandez officiating. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Julio, Miguel, Oscar, Robert, Michael and Alex.
Yolanda was born May 12, 1960, in Zamora, Mexico, to Maria Garcia. She married Francisco Franco Jan. 27, 1990, in Los Angeles.
She was preceded in death by her mother; and her husband.
Yolanda is survived by her son, Julio Amador and wife, Claudia, of Bridgeport; daughters Jacqueline Gomez and husband, Miguel Carvajal, of Los Angeles and Luz Elena Gomez of Los Angeles; 12 grandchildren; brothers Javier Madrigal Garcia, Arturo Garcia, Miguel Angel Garcia and Sergio Madrigal; and sisters Martha Orozco Garcia and Maria Garcia.

Frankenfield, Samuel Lewis ‘Sam’, Jr. | 1922-2018
Published Saturday, June 2, 2018

Samuel Lewis Frankenfield Jr.
Samuel Lewis “Sam” Frankenfield Jr., 96, of Rhome, died Friday, May 25, 2018.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel Fort Worth.
Sam was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Fort Worth. He graduated from Poly High School in 1939 and attended North Texas Agricultural College, now UTA.
Sam worked briefly for Convair (later known as General Dynamics) where he met Juanita Mansell. They married Oct. 27, 1945, and settled in the Handley neighborhood in east Fort Worth.
Sam owned and operated many businesses (milk route, liquor store, ice plant, oil re-refining plant, window display) before becoming a realtor and embarking on a successful 35-year career as a custom home builder.
Sam was involved in many civic affairs on the East Side. He served as president of the East Handley Dad’s Club, chairman of the East Side YMCA and manager of his son’s baseball teams. Sam was also a master mason, shriner and member of Moslah Temple for more than 50 years.
Sam was a member of Handley Meadowbrook Christian Church where he served as deacon and board chairman.
For 59 years, Sam was a dedicated member of the Handley Meadowbrook Lions Club, where he served in various offices including president. As a Lion, Sam received numerous awards, most notably the Lion of the Year Award and the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship. Sam was instrumental in the construction of the current HMLC building and was a long-standing, highly respected member of the board.
Sam was president of the Interlochen HOA while living in Interlochen prior to moving to his ranch near Rhome.
Sam was a member of Glen Garden Country Club and later a member of Woodhaven Golf and Country Club. Sam had seven holes-in-one during his golfing career and shot his age or better 877 times.
After Juanita’s passing in November 2017, Sam continued to live at their Rhome ranch. He had retired from active cattle ranching, but played golf and attended the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years; father Samuel Lewis Frankenfield Sr.; mother Blanche Shaw Frankenfield Cozart; sister Sara Margaret Plaxco; and brother Robert E. “Bob” Frankenfield.
Sam is survived by daughter Jan McNicholas and husband, Mike, of Hurst; son Samuel Frankenfield III and wife, Suzan, of Fort Worth; three grandchildren ; and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Handley Meadowbrook Lions Club, PO Box 8582, Fort Worth, TX 76124. The donations will help fund the Lions Camp in Kerrville for children with disabilities, in memory of Sam Frankenfield.

French, Candy Marie  | 1956-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Candy Marie French
Candy Marie French, 62, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Denton.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Living Word Teaching Center, 8151 U.S. 287 in Rhome, with the Revs. Jay and Jennifer Peikert officiating. There will be no graveside service.
Candy was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Fort Worth. She was an employee of Minyards Foodstores for more than 20 years and Wells Fargo for 10 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, Homer Lee French; mother Mannie Belle French; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Kenneth Roberts; and brothers-in-law Dennis Harrington and Hanley Hunter.
She is survived by her sons, William Wesley Jenkins of Fort Worth and James Jarrod French and wife, Britney French, of Decatur; former stepdaughter Jessica Williams and husband, Brad, of Garland; sisters Ann Hunter of Euless, Martha Hogan of Decatur and Sandra Harrington of Grand Prairie; and four grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Power of Attorney “Britney French” to cover arrangements and final expenses.

Fulkerson, Clint ‘Rotgut’ | 1962-2018
Published Saturday, December 22, 2018

Clint Fulkerson
Clint “Rotgut” Fulkerson, 56, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Fort Worth.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Clint was born June 21, 1962, in Wiley to Connie and Bebs (Killough) Fulkerson. He graduated from Wiley High School. Clint was a member of the American Legion Riders and Cossacks Motorcycle Club. He was an auto mechanic.
Clint was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Kristen Fulkerson; and sister Jeannie Kramer.
He is survived by his son, Dirk Fulkerson and wife, Danielle, of Killeen; three grandchildren; and sister Sharon Parker and husband, Dennis, of Avon.

Fulton, Hattie Brooks (Hardee)  | 1933-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
Hattie Brooks Fulton, 85, of Florence, died Friday, June 29, 2018, in Georgetown.
Funeral was July 3 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown with Ricky Lindsey officiating. Graveside service was July 7 at Greenwood Cemetery with Clint Pemberton officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Don McCasland, Ernest Fulton, Randall Fletcher, Henry Brizendine, Johnny Caskey, Mike Billington, Howard Lindsey and Woody Ray.
Hattie was born April 10, 1933, in Newark to Samuel Brooks Hardee and Maudie Ella Covington Hardee. She was an active member of the Church of Christ. Hattie graduated from Slidell High School in 1951, where she was a basketball player. That same year she also met and married Albert D. Fulton. They were married 64 years.
Hattie was a Cub Scout leader in Copperas Cove during the ’60s and a Girl Scout leader in Florence during the ’70s. She was a member of the Florence riding and roping club.
Hattie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Jo Berl, Frank and Ed Hardee; sisters Johnnie McCasland and Jessie Cole; her husband; and sons Aubrey and Joel Fulton.
She is survived by her twin sister, Willie Lee Morgan of Dallas; sons James Fulton and wife, Tammy, of Manhattan, Kan., and Billy Fulton of Florence; daughters Ella Pemberton and husband, Clint, of Buchanan Dam and Tammy Smith and spouse, Glen Penner, of Florence.
Other survivors include daughters-in-law D’Lane Fulton and Delores Fulton, both of Killeen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gallaway, James Wesley  | 1950-2017
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

James Wesley Gallaway
James Wesley Gallaway, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Boyd.
Memorial service is noon Saturday, Jan. 6, at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.
James was born Sept. 8, 1950, in Fort Worth to Hardy Gallaway and Lucille Reed. He was a loving husband and enjoyed time with family and working with and on his tractor. James also enjoyed trips to the casino.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debbie Gallaway; sons Jacob (Sabra) Gallaway and Mikeal Gallaway (Ashley); daughters Joline Gallaway, Meghan Gallaway, Stephanie Saldivar (Johnny) and Dorena Jones; 12 grandchildren; brothers Don Franklin (Gayle), Jimmy Gallaway (Phyllis) and Marvin Gallaway (Connie); sister Dorothy Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Gamble, Billy Ray  | 1945-2018
Published Saturday, September 29, 2018

Billy Ray Gamble
Billy Ray Gamble, 73, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Sept. 28 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial followed at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bruce North, Don McCrary, Michael Rasmussen, Kevin North, Kirby North and Paul Liebel.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth North, Charley Gamble and Jerry Adair.
Billy was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Bridgeport to James Ray and Lillian E. (Armstrong) Gamble. He married Linda Louise Lancaster March 20, 1978, in Decatur. Billy served his country as a soldier in the United States Army. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years; sister Ruby Nell North; brother Edward Glen Gamble; sister Nancy Osborn; and brother Danny George Gamble.
He is survived by his daughter, Connie Jean Lancaster Gupton and husband, Edward, of Kyle; and sister Helen Gamble Thorpe of Nampa, Idaho.

Gamble, Linda Louise (Harris) Lancaster  | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, June 9, 2018

Linda Louise Harris Lancaster Gamble
Linda Louise Harris Lancaster Gamble, 70, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include Bruce North, Don McCrary, Earl Green, Michael Rasmussen, Kevin North and Kirby North.
Linda was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Dallas to Howell Evert and Maggie Louise (Pullen) Harris. She married Billy Ray Gamble March 20, 1978, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Stanley Earl “Butch” Lancaster; daughters Debbie Denise Lancaster and Shari Louise Lancaster; brothers Thomas Evert Harris, Joseph Lee Harris and William Franklin “Frankie” Dunn; and sister Johnnie Bell Dunn Banaszak.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years; daughter Connie Jean Lancaster-Gupton and husband, Edward R., of Kyle; and sister Edith Joyce Phillips.

Garcia, Enrique, Jr. | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Enrique Garcia Jr.
Enrique Garcia Jr., 80, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Denton.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bradley McBride, Erick McBride, Wayne Williams, Santos Reyes, Kyle Gannon and David Garcia.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.
Enrique was born May 10, 1938, in Mission to Enrique Garcia Briseno and Esther (Gutierrez). Enrique owned and operated Garcia Trucking company for over 40 years in Bridgeport. He married Ophelia Reyes Dec. 22, 1957, in Colorado City. He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jose Antonio Garcia; and sister Maria Elisa Cervantes.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; son Enrique “Henry” Garcia III; daughters Terry Garcia Gannon and Estelle Williams; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Garcia, Layla | 2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
Layla Garcia, newborn daughter of Raul Garcia Jr. and Crystal Pacheco of Rhome, was born and died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was Nov. 8 at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Jones officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Layla is survived by her parents; grandparents Horacio and Esmeralda Villarreal of Decatur, Cindy Olivera and husband, Martin, of Pennsylvania and Paul Garcia and wife, Rosario, of Rhome; great-grandmother Juana Pacheco of Decatur; great-grandfather Jose Green of Pennsylvania; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family.

Garrett, Janice Faye (Chapman)  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018
Janice Faye (McDaniel) Chapman Garrett, 76, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Webster officiating.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Brian Garrett, Brad Garrett, Shawn Chapman, Charles Chapman, Chuck Bryan, Derrick Bryan and Thomas Bryan.
Janice was born Nov. 19, 1941, in Denton to Richard Dow McDaniel and wife, Florence Winford Sanders. Janice married Ed Chapman Sept. 22, 1956, in Paradise. On Jan. 16, 1981, she married Billy Jack Garrett of Bridgeport. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Billy Jack Garrett; 14 brothers and sisters; and mother- and father-in-law T.F. and Barcie Lee Chapman.
Janice is survived by her children, Paul Chapman and wife, Charlotte, of Paradise, Robert Wayne Chapman of Paradise, Judy Spraberry and husband, Mike, of Dallas, Janett Lamb of Paradise and Blake Chapman of Paradise; stepchildren Rick, Joy and Susan; sister Corabeth Read of Paradise; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Bible Baptist Church, 184 Cuba Rd., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Garrett, Larry Wayne ‘Butch’ | 1948-2018
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Larry Wayne Garrett
Larry Wayne “Butch” Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Marc Moore officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are David Carlton, Scotty Ford, John Thatcher, Randy Kleam, Randy Martin, Doug Ward, Raymond Bailey and John Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers are Rex Dickenson, Rick Foster, Jackie Phillips and Charles Trail.
Butch was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Bridgeport to Jimmie and Juanita (Beaumont) Garrett. He married Janet Force July 20, 1968, in Bridgeport.
Butch served his country as a sailor and an engine mechanic in the United States Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Colonial out of Vallejo, Calif. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Butch earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.
He worked for Bell Helicopter. Butch also was the owner of Garrett and Garrett Trucking Co. and Garrett and Garrett Dairy that he and his father started together.
Butch rode motorcycles all his life. He was active in the community and was co-founder of the Wise County Toy Run.
He was also a board member of several organizations, including Farm Bureau, Vigortone Minerals, Cargill Molasses Division, ASCS Wise County USDA, City of Lake Bridgeport and various other organizations.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson Grayson.
Butch is survived by his wife of 50 years; son Willie Garrett and wife, Robin, of Bridgeport; daughter Betty Garrett Kleam and husband, Ronnie, of Bridgeport; and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grayson Garrett Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1105, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Garrett, Orie Leon  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Orie Leon Garrett
Orie Leon Garrett, 79, of Jacksboro, died Friday, June 22, 2018, in Jacksboro.
Graveside service was June 26 at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Leon was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Bowie to Clyde Orie and Mary Alma (Foxall) Garrett. He married Patricia Nolin Aug. 27, 1976, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years; daughters Carol Gwen Mann and husband, Danny, of Bowie, Elizabeth Ann Briggs and husband, Bobby, of Runaway Bay and Sharon Louise West and husband, Quana, of Henrietta; sons Howard Duane Watford and wife, Tammylee, of Henrietta and Bryan Alan Watford and wife, Sandy, of Ringling, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Garvin, Billy Mack, Sr.  | 1948-2018
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Billy Mack Garvin Sr.
Billy Mack Garvin Sr. 70, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Bethel Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Billy was born Jan. 6, 1948, in Dallas to Billy Joe and Madie Maxine Garvin. He was raised in Winnsboro. He worked most of his adult life as a truck driver.
Billy was preceded in death by his mother; grandmother Katie Kosey; spouse Brenda Garvin; father-in-law Willie Bradford; and stepsons Brad and Stephen Blaylock.
Billy is survived by his son, Billy Mack Garvin Jr.; daughter Tonya Michelle Garvin; son Joshua Matthew Garvin; stepson Chad Allen Blaylock; daughter-in-law Laura Blaylock; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Mike Garvin; sister Patsy Meadows; and mother-in-law Betty Bradford.

Garza, Maria L. (Lozano)  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Maria L. Garza
Maria L. Garza, 88, of Decatur, died Friday, July 27, 2018, in Rhome.
Service is 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness.
Maria was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Dr. Gonzalez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Micaela Morales and Nicanor Lozano. She was a Jehovah Witness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymundo Garza; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Raymundo Garza, Francisco Garza and Julio Garza; daughters Jean Garza, Elsa Lopez, Maria Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Esparza; 19 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

Gaytan, Maria E.  | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Maria E. Gaytan
Maria E. Gaytan, 66, of Fort Worth, died Monday, May 7, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was May 10, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Stanley Acosta officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ruben Arturo Hernandez, Beto Calderon, Kristian Gaytan, Jose Angel Ramirez, Johnny Comacho and Antonio Gonzalez.
Maria was born April 14, 1952, in Zacatecas, Mexico, to Martin and Paula (Camacho) Gaytan.
She is survived by her daughters Noralba Salas and husband, Ruben, and Anabel Salas and husband, Beto, all of Fort Worth; son Max Gaytan and Lorena A. Gaytan of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; sisters Aurora Ramirez and Julia Camacho; and brother Manuel Camacho.

Geron, Vita L. (Mayfield) | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vita L. Geron
Vita L. Geron, 71, of San Angelo, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Abilene.
Graveside service was Nov. 16 at Geron Family Cemetery with the Rev. Kirt Dauphin officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Vita was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Fort Worth to Marion and Ruth (Harris) Mayfield. She married Charles Ed Geron Jr. Sept. 1, 1964, in Fort Worth. Vita is a member of PaulAnn Baptist Church in San Angelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years; daughter Melanie Lesley of Burleson; sons Clifton L. Geron and wife, Melody Kay, of Weatherford and Robby Geron and wife, Tracey, of Weatherford; nine grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and sister Sandra Vanderbilt and husband, Ed, of Van.
Memorial donations may be made to Missions Fund at PaulAnn Baptist Church, 2531 Smith Blvd. San Angelo, TX 76905 or Hendrick Hospice Care P.O. Box 1922 Abilene, TX 79601.

Giddens, Joseph  | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Joseph Giddens
Joseph Giddens, 72, of Ponder, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Ponder.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur, with Don Anderson officiating.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service the funeral home.
Joseph was born April 18, 1946, in Chickasha, Okla. to Joseph and Willie Mae (Rounsaville) Giddens. He married Yvonne Christiana on July 4, 1998, in Euless. Joseph was a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Matthew Giddens.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Anita Hodges of Gatesville, Tammy Miller of Leander and Traci Hughes of Arlington; several grandchildren; and sisters Ginger Schofield and husband, Billy, of Springtown, Annie Gaver and husband, Mike, of Arlington, Edith Smith of Austin, Carol Kelly of Austin and Rachael Brocker and husband, Ken, of Austin.

Gill, Michael Dwayne  | 1969-2018
Published Saturday, November 3, 2018

Michael Dwayne Gill
Michael Dwayne Gill, 49, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
Memorial service was Nov. 2 at HighRidge Church in Fort Worth.
Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown handled arrangements.
Michael was born Sept. 26, 1969, in Mineral Wells.
He was preceded in death by his father, Truman Gill; sister Kimberly Gill; and grandparents TR and Leona Gill.
He is survived by his wife, Tanya Gill; son Roman Gill; daughter Charis Gill; mother Carol Gill; and brothers Barry Gill and wife, Laura Denise, and Craig Gill.

Gillespie, Donny  | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Donny Gillespie
Donny Gillespie, 62, an automotive mechanic and truck driver, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 at DFW National Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Donny was born on August 3, 1955, to Charlie and Juanite (Dowdy) Gillespie in Paris, Texas. He was the grandson of Grover and Pearl Dowdy. Donny also proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an aviation mechanic on board the USS Kitty Hawk. While in the Navy he completed aviation fleet preparatory A school and also received a National Defense Service Medal.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori Dawn Moore of Hackett, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Ricky Phelps and Kaleb Martin both of Greenwood, Arkansas; his uncle, R.T. Gillespie; his good friend, Bucky Carpenter and wife Eddi; and a host of friends.

Godfrey, Edward Wayne, Sr. | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Edward Wayne Godfrey Sr.
Edward Wayne Godfrey Sr., 71, of Haslet, died Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Haslet.
Funeral was July 26 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Dave Elmer officiating.
Edward was born March 14, 1947, in Columbia, N.C., to William and Anne (Strickland) Godfrey. He married Della Robinson May 21, 1965, in Yuma, Ariz. He was in the U.S. Army and was a retired maintenance technician.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Jessie Tacker; great-grandson Samuel Edward Godfrey; sister Wendy Godfrey; and brother Ricky Godfrey.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years; daughters Ivy Barcus and husband, Richard, of Burleson, Sarah Tacker of Haslet and Tamara Dolliver and husband, Toma, of Burleson; son Edward Wayne Godfrey Jr. of Lincoln City, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister Julia K. Seaton and husband, James, of Fort Worth.

Gold, Connie Mae (Wallace)  | 1956-2018
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Connie Mae Gold
Connie Mae Gold, 62, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Plano.
Funeral was Sept. 1 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Rob Hawkins officiating.
Connie was born April 15, 1956, in Terral, Okla., to Tommy and Corgene Wallace. She married Rocky Gold Sept. 7, 2013, in Fort Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Jammy Brassfield of Ranger, Whitney Gray and husband, Jeff, of Fort Worth, Shelly Jones of Fort Worth and Virginia Gold of Austin; sons Jeremy Teter and wife, Cynthia, and Justin Teter, all of Bridgeport; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Other survivors include brother Larry Wallace of Lewisville; sisters Jeannie Miller and Tammy Wallace, both of Ryan, Okla.; father-in-law Ottis Gold and mother-in-law Elizabeth Gold of Refugio; sister-in-law Mae Beth Linney and husband, Frank, of Woodsboro; sister-in-law Cody Walker and husband, Arlen, of Refugio; and sister-in-law Janie Murphy and husband, Brad, of Refugio.

Good, William Thomas  | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

William Thomas Good
William Thomas Good, 79, of Alvord, died Friday, March 23, 2018, in Dallas.
Graveside service was March 25 at Lone Star Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
William was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Bynum to Thomas and Ina (Bolden) Good. He married Judye Hodges May 23, 1958, in Ardmore, Okla. William retired from Lone Star Gas after 40 years, where he was a utilities supervisor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years; daughters Letitia Bell and husband, Roger, of Lake Bridgeport and Lisa Livingston and husband, Darrell, of Alvord; son David Good and wife, Wanona, of West Tawakoni; seven grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Grace, Alvin Ray  | 1951-2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Alvin Ray Grace
Alvin Ray Grace, 66, of Justin died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Alvin was born Sept. 23, 1951, in Dallas to Kenneth and Vernie (Hill) Grace.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Susan Strange.
Alvin is survived by his son, Shane Grace of Denton; grandson Patrick Grace of Denton; brothers Billy Grace and wife, Cheryn, of Rhome and Tommy Grace and wife, Barbara, of Nocona.

Graham, Curtis Harold  | 1936-2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Curtis Harold Graham, 82, of Alvord, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Aug. 7 at Sunset Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Curtis was born March 21, 1936, in Dongala, Ill. to William and Verda (McCommons) Graham. He married Karen Mary Penrod March 19, 1955, in Hernando, Miss. Curtis was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother William Joseph Graham; son Anthony Wayne Graham; and grandson Steven Mowery.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years; sons Byron Graham and wife, Mitzi, of Alvord and Timothy Graham and wife, Monica, of Weatherford; daughters Bridget Wells and husband, Chris, of Fairview Heights, Ill. and Gretchen Clive of Fairview Heights, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, brothers Richard Graham and wife, Yvonne, of Anna, Ill., Thomas Graham and wife, Beverly, of High Ridge, Miss. and Walter Graham and wife, Sandy, of Jonesboro, Ill.

Grant, Sonrisa Kay (Smith)  | 1964-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sonrisa Kay Grant
Sonrisa Kay Grant, 54, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, from complications of bladder cancer.
Memorial service is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Sonrisa was born July 14, 1964, to Alton and Lillie Smith. She graduated from Lee High School in Midland.
She is survived her parents; siblings Suzy and Jeff Smith; children Caitlyn Smith, Kelsey Grothe and Dylan Grant.

Graves, Harold Dean  | 1939-2018
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Harold Dean Graves
Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Quint Burks officiating.
Visitation is at the funeral home Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Harold was born April 3, 1939, in Dublin to Omer and Wilma (Allen) Vincent. He married Betty Phillips Oct. 12, 1957, in Lake Worth. He was a retired engineer for Lockheed Martin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marie Cox; and brother Lewis Graves.
Harold is survived by his wife of 60 years; daughter DeAnna Johnson and husband, Mike, of Bridgeport; son Greg Graves and wife, Teresa, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Chris Johnson and wife, Lorin, Leslie Johnson, Nathan Graves, Nikki Graves, Nolan Graves and Nevan Graves; great-grandchildren Darcy, Lauren, Trinity, Adam, Truly and Emma; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Gray, Millie (McGill)  | 1944-2018
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Millie Gray
Millie Gray, 73, of Boyd, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Springtown.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Millie was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Fort Worth to Clarence and Velma (Tatum) McGill. She married Billy Ray Gray in 1973 in Saginaw. They were together 28 years. She was a retired accountant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and sister Anna Mae Atwood.
She is survived by her son, Norman Pickett and wife, Melissa, of Georgia; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Green, Eula Mae (Davidson)  | 1920-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Eula Mae Green
Eula Mae Green, 98, of Richland Hills, formerly of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at home.
Funeral was July 6 at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with Tommy Hicks officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Eula Mae was born June 15, 1920, in Wise County where she was raised and later married Rupert Green in 1936. She was a member of Cates Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Vergie Davidson: her husband: sister Anna Lois Hicks; and brother Roy Lee Davidson.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Glassie.

Griffeth, Nolen Alba  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nolen Alba Griffeth
Nolen Alba Griffeth, 79, of Decatur, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral was Feb. 15 at Sycamore Baptist Church with Kevin Moore and Casey Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Sycamore Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Tanner Griffeth, Caleb Griffeth, Alexander Griffeth, Zachary Griffeth and Colton Griffeth.
Nolen was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Decatur to Alba and Julia (Kelso) Griffeth. He married Rosemary Ann Hunter June 9, 1962, in Dallas. Nolen retired from farming. He was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and granddaughter Heather Griffeth.
Nolen is survived by his sons, John Gregory Griffeth and wife, JoAnn, of Decatur, Derek Todd Griffeth and wife, Audra, of Fort Worth and Shane Evan Griffeth and wife, Jessica, of Visalia, Calif.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Lucille Goetchius of Crosby; and brothers Grady, Eddie Ray and Charles Griffeth, all of Decatur.

Griffin, Arthur ‘A.C.’  | 1928-2018
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Arthur Griffin
Arthur “A.C.” Griffin, 90, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 10 a.m, Friday, Sept. 14, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Dr. David Lowrie officiating.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
A.C. served in World War II as Army military police in occupied Japan. His first job was with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a lineman, and he retired 35 years later as district manager of network administration in Dallas.
He served many years as a deacon at Greenwood Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
A.C. was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Griffin; and sisters Bernice Prause and Clara Hays.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona Jean Griffin; sister Edith Mae French; daughters Sandra Wester and husband, Frank, and Linda Griffin; son Curtis Griffin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Griffith, Rebecca Ann (Schepers) | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018


Rebecca Ann Griffith
Rebecca Ann Griffith, 66, of Rhome, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Rebecca was born Feb. 18, 1952, in Irving to Albert and Joyce (Powers) Schepers. She married Jerry Allen Griffith July 29, 1972, in Irving.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years; daughter Corrie Griffith of Boulder, Colo.; sons Chris Griffith and wife, Jade, of North Lake and Casey Griffith and wife, Jesse, of North Richland Hills; and one grandchild.

Grimes, Veda (Johnson)  | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Veda Grimes
Veda Grimes, 84, of Chico, died Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside was June 27 at the Chico Cemetery with Rev. Tom Merritt officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Veda was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Hopedale, Ohio to Chester and Edna (McCracken) Johnson. She married Paul Grimes June 28, 1953, in Cadiz, Ohio. Veda worked for both Bridgeport ISD and Chico ISD. She retired from Chico, where she was the supervisor over the cafeteria after 22 years. Veda also worked at the soda fountain in Chico after retiring.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Dale Grimes; grandson Brent Lemond; sister Laura Fleming; and brothers Harold Johnson and Carl Johnson.
She is survived by her son, Ronald Grimes and wife, Cathy, of Alvord; daughter Sheila Lemond and husband, Kevin, of Alvord; son Gary Grimes of Chico; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Grundy, Shawn  | 1969-2018
Published Saturday, September 15, 2018

Shawn Grundy
Shawn Grundy, 49, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Decatur, after a battle with cancer.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Bethel Cemetery with William Brooks officiating.
Family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Shawn was born Feb. 4, 1969, in Bridgeport to Eddy and Eva (Spann) Grundy. He married Brenda West April 16, 1994, in Decatur. Shawn was a diesel technician
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years; daughter Amber Jones and husband, Wade, of Ponder; sons London Grundy and Hunter Grundy, both of Decatur; two grandchildren; brothers Rusty North and Philip Grundy; sisters Falon Grundy and Nicole McGar; stepfather Russell North of Decatur; stepmother Cindy Grundy of Decatur; and grandmother Anna Spann of Decatur.