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Rasco, Amanda Dawn  | 1992-2018
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Amanda Dawn Rasco
Amanda Dawn Rasco, 26, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 25, at First Baptist Church in Paradise.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Amanda was born in Wise County to Bruce and Vera Rasco. She graduated from Paradise High School in 2010 where she played in the band. Amanda was a CNA at Wise Health System.
Amanda is survived by her parents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ratliff, Leonard Drew  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

Leonard Drew Ratliff
Leonard Drew Ratliff, 91, of Boyd, died Friday, July 6, 2018, in Boyd.
Funeral was July 9 at First United Methodist Church in Boyd with Roland Davies and Rev. J.D. Allen officiating. Burial followed in Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Derrick Ratliff, Logan Ratliff, Austin Ratliff, Michael Pipes, Kevin Johnson and Chris Stratton.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Leonard was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Boyd to Lawrence and Myrle (Harris) Ratliff. He married Margie Stone Dec. 30, 1945, in Decatur. Leonard was a retired farmer and rancher. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Leonard served his country in the U. S. Navy. He was a member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and great-grandson Hunter Pipes.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy Nivens and husband, Bruce, of Alvord; sons Wayne Ratliff and wife, Karen, of Boyd and Robert Ratliff and wife, Linda, of Boyd; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ratliff, Richard Kay  | 1932-2018
Published Saturday, June 2, 2018

Richard Kay Ratliff
Richard Kay Ratliff, 85, of Paradise, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Service will be private.
Richard was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Hastings, Neb., to Kenneth and Ava Marie Smith Ratliff. Richard served in the U.S. Army and retired after 20 years of dedicated service. He later worked as a correctional officer.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Marcia Beer.
He is survived by his wife, Cherry Ratliff; daughters Debra Dore and Stacey Glasgow and husband, Fitz; one granddaughter.

Rawle, Joy Elaine (Rutherford)  | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
Joy Elaine Rawle, 83, of Celeste, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Briarcliff Health Center in Greenville.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Legacy Pointe Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro with the Rev. Joe Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation is at the church one hour prior to the service. Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro is handling arrangements.
Joy was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Seminole County, Okla., before moving to Bridgeport where she grew up and attended school. She was the first child of Velpeau Rutherford and Pauline Ford Rutherford.
On Jan. 28, 1955, she married Jerry Elton Rawle of Decatur. Joy was a homemaker and an experienced seamstress, sewing for the public for many years. After her daughters were grown, she became an employee of Boy Scouts of America in Las Colinas. She retired from there after 18 years.
Jerry and Joy lived in Grapevine for many years and were members of Bethel Baptist Church. After they retired, they lived at Lake Texoma.
Joy was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Sherrie Lee Rawle; her parents; and brother Larry Rutherford.
She is survived by her daughters, Faith Patrick and husband, Douglas, of Haltom City, and Angela Wilson and husband, James, of Celeste; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Legacy Pointe Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 247, Whitesboro, TX 76273.

Ray, Susan Gail (Rader)  | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, September 15, 2018

Susan Gail Ray
Susan Gail Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Dallas.
Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Olan Collins and Todd Buckner officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are John Rader, John Bass, JJ Bass, Danny Bass, Ryan Bass, Darryl Ray, Shane Earwood, Todd Buckner and Doyle Bradley.
Susan was born April 5, 1955, in Jacksonvile, Fla., to Roscoe and Frances Joyce (McHenry) Rader Jr. She was a graduate of Wills High School in Smyrna, Ga., where she was recognized and received Governor’s Honors. During that time, she was also a Worthy Advisor for the Smyrna Masonic International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Susan had attended Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and later went on to become a certified club manager with CCMA.
She married Roland Roger Ray Aug. 16, 1996, in Waxahachie. Susan was a member of the Bay Community Church and active member of the Ladies Golf Association in Runaway Bay.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Michelle Earwood and husband, William, of Temple, Ga., and Holly Buckner and husband, Todd, of Chico; son Major Darryl Ray (Air Force) of Edmond, Okla.; seven grandchildren; her father; sister Cathy Bass; brother John Rader; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Myra and Doyle Bradley.

Read, Janice (Bridges)  | 1935-2018
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Janice Bridges Read
Janice Bridges Read, 83, of Boyd, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 13 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Rocky Bransom officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dayne Read, Grant Read, Alonzo Secrett, Jeremiah Legagneur, Lee Nelson, Dylan Bransom, Cooper Nelson and Tyler Nelson.
Janice was born July 10, 1935, in Decatur to Lonzo and Belva (Wilson) Bridges. She married Jackie Lamoiene Read July 13, 1953, in Boyd. Janice retired from Boyd High School as a secretary. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years; daughters Cindy Read of Arlington and Gwende Ruth of Boyd; son Jackie Read and wife, Delisa, of Santo; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Sue Harvey.

Read, Mildred ‘Midge’ (Clement)  | 1927-2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mildred Read
Mildred “Midge” Read, 90, of Fort Worth, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Bedford.
Funeral was March 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tim Clement, Justin Clement, Ryan Abel, Jason Waldie, Taylor Dedeke and Simon Wolfe.
Honorary pallbearer was Samuel Waldie.
Mildred was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Era to Ernest Joshua and Susie (Roberson) Clement. She married Woodard Tipton Read July 15, 1950, in Denton. She was a retired home economics teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brothers Guy Clement, John Dee Clement and Ernest Clement.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Joyce Waldie of Fort Worth and Jan Dedeke and husband, Ron, of Aledo; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Reason, Michael  | 1959-2018
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Michael Reason, 58, died Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Michael was born Sept. 19, 1959, in Arab, Ala. to Chester Reason and Mary Katherine McMurray. He married Misty Reason Dec. 31, 2007, in Burleson. Michael was a lab tech for TxDOT.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Gene Reason and Roger Reason; and sister Mary Lougheed.
Michael is survived by his wife of 10 years; children Sarah Call and husband, Chris, Holly Reason and husband, Chad Alexander, Christina Hubbard and husband, Chris, Elizabeth Endsley, Dayton Endsley, Shelly Reason, Andrew Reason and Gabriel Reason; seven grandchildren; and sisters Judy Patton and husband, Jack, Patricia Reason Greer and Denise Rodgers.

Redding, Ross  | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ross Redding, 71, of Chico, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church with Father Reehan Antony officiating. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Joseph Redding, Michael Redding, Aaron Redding, J.D. Clark, Nick Verner and Jesse Clark.
Ross was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Ventura, Calif., to Hubert and Ollie Beall Redding.
Ross attended high school in Ventura and had one year of college. He later attended jump school upon entering the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and was a career military man.
Ross was a member of St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport and was a fourth degree knight in Knights of Columbus.
He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Silver Star, Marksmanship Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virginia, Linda and Diana; brother Fred; and infant son Eric.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon; sons Aaron, Joseph and Michael and wife, Ashley; daughter Elisabeth; three grandchildren; sister Nancy; and brother Stanley.
Donations may be made to a veterans organization.

Redwine, James Andrew  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

James Andrew Redwine
James Andrew Redwine, 76, of Chico, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Decatur.
Masonic graveside services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers include JD Redwine, Bryan Redwine, Damas Reed, Drew Redwine, Stryker Redwine, Phoenyx Redwine, Larry Mader, Tommy Weatherly, Brandon Barrett, Tony Redwine, Bailey Powell and David Carlton.
James was born July 1, 1941, in Chico to James Coy and Dona Merle (Pickens) Redwine. He married Nellie Faye Brewer Aug. 24, 1963, at Zion Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chico. James retired from Vulcan Materials in 2006 after over 20 years of service as a supervisor. He loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He played volleyball and softball. He was also a farmer and rancher. He was a lifetime member of Chico Masonic Lodge 508, a member of the Shrine and a member of Chico Eastern Star Chapter 433. He was a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Dorothy Marie Powell and Anita Cope of Wichita Falls.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; son James “Pancho” Redwine and wife, Bonnie, of Chico and their children, JD and Jessica; son Joe Redwine and wife, Kim, of Decatur and their children Ryan Reed and husband, Damas, of Aubrey, Bryan Redwine of Denton, Joey, Drew, Stryker and Phoenyx of Decatur; daughter Kathy Redwine Barrett and husband, Brandon, of Chico and their children, Megan Redwine and fiance, Brolin Scott, of Decatur and their children, Khloee Shephard, Leyton and Jasper Scott; daughter Hayley Williams and husband, Joey, and their son Easton Barrett.

Reed, Barbra Jean (King)  | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Barbra Jean Reed
Barbra Jean Reed, 71, of Sunset, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Sunset.
Memorial service will be conducted privately by the family at a later date.
Barbra was born March 3, 1947, in Bridgeport to John and Lena (Hoppy) King. She was a homemaker.
Barbra was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Tonya Martin; and son John Charlie Reed Jr.
She is survived by her husband, John Reed of Sunset; brother Bill King of Chico; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Reed, Billy Gene  | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

Billy Gene Reed
Billy Gene Reed, 87, of Lake Bridgeport died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Billy was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Fort Worth to Luther and Gladys (Webb) Reed. He married Johnelle Moody in 1973 in Decatur. He was an avid fisherman and loved traveling. Billy was a carpenter by trade and retired from the Thos. S. Byrne Construction Co.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Billy Lynn Reed; stepdaughters Kerri Russell and Kristi Brooks; sister-in-law Mitzi Brown; and niece Laura Brown.
Billy is survived by his wife of 44 years; stepsons Scott, Jon and Michael Brooks; daughters Sherrie Hernandez, Suzette Prentice and Kimberly Robarty; stepdaughter Sherri Scott; brothers-in-law Lee Moody and wife, Suzanne, and Beaumont Brown; one niece; one nephew; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reed, Gene Ward  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gene Ward Reed
Gene Ward Reed, 89, of Decatur died Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with Van Gardner and Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Dalane Bible, Rick Pope, Dale George, Jerry Barnett, L.W. Mann and Dan Mayers. Honorary pallbearer is Stanley Kemp.
Gene was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Decatur to Clifford and Vera (Walker) Reed. He married Ilo Faye Pitts Feb. 12, 1960, in Aurora. Gene was retired from farming. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gene is survived by his wife; sons Scotty Reed and Monty Reed and wife, Penny, all of Decatur; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and friends.

Reisch, Warren Lee  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

Warren Reisch
Warren Lee Reisch, 80, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Bridgeport.
Memorial Service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
A retired ergonomics coordinator for General Motors, Warren was born on Dec. 31, 1937, to Warren Alfred and Hilda Pauline (Miller) Reisch in Ponca City, Okla. He married Luan Jansson July 21, 1960, in Pawnee, Okla. Warren was a Deacon at Cuba Baptist Church and a member of UAW 276. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; son, George Reisch; and sister, Susan Hoggett.
Warren is survived by his wife of 57 years, Luan Reisch of Bridgeport; his daughters, Esther Bilby of Paradise and Mary McKeever of Bridgeport; his grandchildren, Nicholas Bilby, Kyle Bilby, Ryan Bilby, Patrick McKeever, Elizabeth Pecina, Kristina Hallmark and Warren Edward Reisch; 13 great grandchildren; his brothers, John Reisch, Frank Reisch, Joe Reisch and Bill Reisch; his sisters Clara Hodge, Jackie Owens and Carol Scott.

Remmele, Jimmy  | 1953-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jimmy Remmele
Jimmy Remmele, 65, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church of Cottondale.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Jimmy was born Nov. 7, 1953, in Bridgeport to Merlin and Betty (Killough) Remmele. He was a graduate of Paradise High School. Jimmy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. He was a Lifetime Member of the NRA. Jimmy worked offshore in the oilfield industry. He was also a longtime cowboy working many years on several ranches in Colorado. After Colorado, Jimmy returned to Remmele Farm in Paradise.
He is preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his father, Merlin Remmele; sister Debbie Remmele Leatherman and husband, Danny, of Paradise; brothers Harold Remmele and wife, Renea, of Paradise, Ben Remmele of Paradise, Thomas Gene Remmele and wife, Lisa, of Paradise; sister-in-law Anita Remmele of Paradise.

Rendleman, Jason Cody  | 1978-2018
Published Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jason Cody Rendleman
Jason Cody Rendleman, 40, of Decatur, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Ball Knob Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Terry officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jason was born Jan. 21, 1978, in Bridgeport to Terry and Betty (Wilson) Rendleman. He worked at NRS Trailers in Decatur.
He is survived by his parents; brother Scott Rendleman of Double Oak; sister Sonia Alstrin of Keller; and daughter Madilynn Mohr of Winter Park, Colo.
Memorial donations may be made to Helen Farabee Center, 1000 Brook Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.

Renshaw, Samuel Worthington, Jr. | 1923-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Samuel Worthington Renshaw Jr.
Samuel Worthington Renshaw Jr., 95, of Decatur, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was July 6 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roy Eaton, Brett Shannon, Stephen Wren, Russell Shults, Mark Shults and Stan Shults.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Sam was born May 20, 1923, in Decatur to Samuel and Pearl (Elder) Renshaw. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. He attended North Texas Agricultural College on a basketball scholarship and was a member of the ROTC. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1943 as a radio operator and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
Sam graduated from TWC on a basketball scholarship with a major in physical education and a minor in education in 1948. He married Thelma Jo Wren April 2, 1947, in Decatur. In 1948, Sam joined the National Guard where he was promoted to captain and was made commander of Company C155 Tank Battalion.
He served the Wise County community as a teacher and coach in Bridgeport, a volunteer fireman, secretary manager of the Chamber of Commerce and city secretary of Decatur for 34 years. His honors include: Citizen of the Year, City Secretary of the Year, president of the Booster Club, general superintendent of the Wise County Youth Fair, president of the Texas City Association of City Clerks and president of the Lions Club.
Sam was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur where he served as an usher for 63 years, chairman of the finance committee for many years and lay speaker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Sara Elizabeth; and brother Lute.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years; son Sam and wife, Kay, of Richardson; daughters Donna Harrison and husband, George, of Arlington and Becky Lyles of Decatur; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Rich, Joyce Elaine (Meador)  | 1945-2018
Published Saturday, April 7, 2018

Joyce Elaine Rich
Joyce Elaine Rich, 72, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Paradise.
Funeral was Friday, April 6, at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Levi Hall, Chad Hall, Rusty Tolbert, Derrick Ratliff, Johnny Lambert and Danny Lambert.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Joyce was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Orange to Floyd and Margaret (Caraway) Meador. She married Curtis Rich July 3, 1964, in Decatur. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Ronnie Lynn Rich; brother James Meador; and sisters Bobbie Stone, Bonnie Holland and Vera Moore.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years; son Dalton Rich and wife, Adara, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; daughters Robin Rich Hall of Decatur and Patty Tolbert and husband, Frank, of Decatur; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Wylie Meador and wife, Suzette, of Decatur, Donald Meador and wife, Barbara, of Decatur and Roy Meador and wife, Linda, of Decatur; and sister Dorothy Lambert of Decatur.

Richardson, Gary Wayne  | 2018
Published Saturday, April 28, 2018

Gary Wayne Richardson
Gary Wayne Richardson, 71, died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at his residence in Carencro, La.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel in Carencro. Melancon Funeral Home in Carencro is handling arrangements.
Gary taught Children’s Church and played golf. He also spent time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Wade Richardson and the former Mary Jo Gatewood; and an infant sister, Cynthia Richardson.
He is survived by his wife, Melody Miller Richardson of Carencro; sons Troy Stevens and wife, Marina, of Killeen, Blake Stevens and wife, Lisa, of Wilton, Conn., and Dennis Richardson of San Angelo; daughters Jennifer LaBerteaux and husband, Jeff, of Carencro and Kerrie Baher and husband, John, of Ozona; brother Jim Richardson of Arlington; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richardson, Jimmy  | 1944-2018
Published Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jimmy Richardson
Jimmy Richardson, 74, of Rhome, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Rhome.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Aurora Cemetery with Rev. Mike Boaldin officiating.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Honorary pallbearers are John Peterson, David Teaff, Chuck Wilson, Curtis Snell, Terry Snell and Virgil Snell.
Jimmy was born June 27, 1944, in Brownwood to J.B. and Geneva (Powell) Richardson. He married Wanda Sue Nelson July 27, 1963, in Brownwood. Jimmy was a retired machinist for J-Six and Pyle machine shop. He was a member of the Rhome Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughters Kay Ashley of Rhome and Beth McCauley and husband, Terry, of Gordon; sons Matt Richardson and wife, Angie, of Stillwater, Okla., and Brent Richardson of Rhome; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren and three on the way.

Riley, Jerry Michael ‘Mike’ | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Jerry Michael Riley
Jerry “Mike” Michael Riley, 71, of Boyd, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 3 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Wheeler Cemetery in Wheeler.
Honorary pallbearers were Stephen Riley, Brian Wade, Jason Schulz and Jermy Young.
Mike was born March 21, 1947, in Atlanta to Marston and Juanita (Smith) Riley. He married Phyllis Aug. 1, 1988, in Orange. Mike was a member of First United Methodist Church in Orange. He was the owner of Riley’s Services.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters LeAnn Davis and Kimberly Riley; and brother Jackie Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years; daughters Angela Webster and husband, Dennis, of Moore, Okla., Jennifer Jennings of Tyler and Alissa Stuebgen and husband, Joey, of Pflugerville; nine grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Riley and wife, Sharon, of Azle and Perry Riley and wife, Betty, of Georgia; and sister Brenda Riley of San Francisco, Calif.

Rios, Oscar Garza  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Oscar Garza Rios
Oscar Garza Rios, 77, of Roma, formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Roma.
A service was previously held at Rodriguez Funeral Home, with burial in General Trevi o Nuevo Le n, Mexico.
He was born Feb. 4, 1941 in Aldamas Nuevo Le n, Mexico. He had worked at Decatur Glass Factory.

Ritchey, Carolyn Lynn (Morrison) | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Carolyn Lynn Ritchey
Carolyn Lynn Ritchey, 77, of Arlington, formerly of Cottondale, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Arlington.
Funeral was Nov. 30 at Cottondale Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Pugh officiating.
Pallbearers were John Alvarez Jr., Rodney Godbey, Sean McCrory, Cody McCrory, Brandon Garrett and Russell Roark.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Carolyn was born Feb. 21, 1941, in Vernon to Wilson Abner and Essie Mae (Hefner) Morrison. She married L.D. Ritchey Sept. 24, 1957, in Via Acuna, Mexico. Carolyn was a bookkeeper for Diamond Supermarket. She was a member of Cottondale Baptist Church since May 11, 1997. She was also a member of the Good Sams Club.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; and her 10 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years; son Loyd Ritchey Jr. and wife, Linda, of Burleson; daughters Samantha Alvarez and husband, John, of Lancaster, Calif., and Laura McCrory and husband, Reno, of Weatherford; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Rivera, Dolores (Rodriguez)  | 1952-2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dolores Rivera
Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Decatur.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport, with Father Thomas Dsouza and Deacon Art Casias officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, with Rosary at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers are Michael Rivera, Brandon Rivera, Christian Rivera, Fabian Rivera, Adolfo Rodriguez Jr., Enrique ‘Jose’ Rodriguez and Liliana Rivera.
Dolores was born May 5, 1952, in Allende Coahuila, Mexico to Adolfo and Maria (Lara) Rodriguez. She married Ismael Rivera Sept. 22, 1968, in Allende Coahuila.
She enjoyed attending Friday night football games in Bridgeport and rooting on her mighty Bulls, playing loteria with family and, most importantly, spending time with the grandkids. Dolores was a fun-loving woman who enjoyed all aspects of life such as traveling and cooking. WinStar will miss her money as well.
She was proud of becoming a U.S. citizen and of her 31 years as a school custodian. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her beloved father; daughter Juanita Rivera; and brother Javier Rodriguez.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years; sons Ismael Rivera Jr. and wife, LaDawn, Luis A. Rivera and wife, Rosalba, Jesus A. Rivera and Cesar Rivera; daughter Brenda Rivera and husband, Ceserio Puentes; her mother; brothers Mario Rodriguez and wife, Josepha, Jesus Rodriguez and wife, Maria, Adolfo Rodriguez and wife, Celia and Jorge Rodriguez; sister Socorro Lopez; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Roberts, Doris Jean (Ennis)  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, April 7, 2018

Doris Jean Roberts
Doris Jean Roberts, 86, of Alvord, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Alvord.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Michael Feese officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Doris was born June 26, 1931, in Cairo, Okla., to Arson and Evelyn (Lankford) Ennis. She married Bert Wayne Roberts Aug. 27, 1956, in Arlington. Doris retired from Decatur Air Cooled Engines where she was the owner for more than 50 years. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter Selma Watkins and husband, Kevin, of Alvord; son Larry Allen Payne and wife, Patricia, of Crafton; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Bill Ennis and wife, Louisa, of Hurst and Jerry Ennis and wife, Doris, of Yukon, Okla.

Roberts, Elizabeth ‘Bette’ (Sillers) | 1946-2018
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth “Bette” Roberts, 72, of Decatur, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Dec. 11 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Louis Horton officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ron Byrd, David Slimp, Jerry Brooks, Rick Reed, Zach Burns and Daniel Wycoff.
Bette was born Nov. 16, 1946, in Oakland, Calif., to Robert and Dorcas (Smith) Sillers. She married Chuck Roberts Oct. 5, 1968, in Lancaster, Calif. Bette was a retired nurse and Christian school teacher for many years. She devoted much of her life to youth ministries. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years; daughters Tammy Lyn Hooper and husband, Jim, of Decatur and Amy Jo Wright and husband, Brian, of Virginia; six grandchildren; and brother Bob Sillers of San Diego, Calif.

Robinson, Harold Ray  | 1935-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

Harold Ray Robinson
Harold Ray Robinson, 82, of Decatur, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 14 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Tracey Epting officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Darrel Perkins, Danny Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Zane Lasater, Billy Stout, Preston Pruett, Ronnie Ramsey and Angel Carrillo.
Honorary pallbearers were Benny King, Dewayne Hill, Steve Curry, Ryan Davis, Evan Davis, Jase Stout, Joseph Laremore and Poco friends.
Harold Ray was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Decatur, to Claude and Nina (England) Robinson. He married Bessie June Steadham Aug. 13, 1969, in Fort Worth. Harold Ray retired from Poco Graphite after more than 30 years as a machinist. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his father; sister Claudine Haley; and sister-in-law Jane Perkins.
Harold Ray is survived by his mother; and sisters Connie Pruett of Decatur and Sylvia Taylor of Decatur.

Rodden, Bobby Dean  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bobby Dean Rodden
Bobby Dean Rodden, 77, of Decatur, died Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Donnie Autry officiating.
Visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.
Bobby was born March 15, 1941, in Decatur to Jesse and Ora (Fennell) Rodden. He married Majorie Gerke Sept. 25, 1963, in Arlington, Va. Bobby retired from Victor Thermodyne as a salesman.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; sons Robert Rodden and wife, Nikki, of Decatur and Brian Rodden of Decatur; daughter Amy Langham of Springtown; and three granddaughters.

Rodgers, Jim  | 1962-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers, 55, of Sunset, died Friday, March 9, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Tuesday, March 13, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial following at Sunset Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Jim was born Oct. 26, 1962, in Wortham to Morris Frank and Claudia Jean Rodgers. He married Peggy Jones March 9, 2002, in Sunset. Jim was in law enforcement for more than 20 years with the last 14 as an investigator with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. He invested much of his time rehabilitating the youth of Wise County.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Goolsby.
Jim is survived by his wife of 16 years; father Morris Rodgers and wife, Dong Mei, of Fort Worth; mother Claudia Stitle and husband, Dick, of Aledo; sisters Roxane Shibley and husband, Scott, of Fort Worth, Rhea Albert and husband, Brian, of Burleson; and grandmother Ethel Goolsby of Wortham.
Family requests memorials be made to Raquel’s Wings, raquelswings.com.

Rodriguez, Dana Nicole  | 2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
Dana Nicole Rodriguez, newborn daughter of Raul Rodriguez-Santillan and Katia Marisol Iniguez-Diaz of Bridgeport, was born and died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Dana was preceded in death by her uncle, Rodolfo Rodriguez.
She is survived by her parents; grandparents Ana Diaz and Miguel Iniguez and Rogelio Rodriguez and Maria Geronima Santillan; aunts Diana Iniguez and Mayra Rodriguez; and uncles Alex Iniguez, Miguel Iniguez and Sergio Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, Ernest Reyes ‘Pancho’ | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, November 24, 2018
Ernest Reyes “Pancho” Rodriguez, 81, of Boyd, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Boyd.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur with Father Reehan Antony officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Cruz R. Montes, Ernest Rodriguez Jr., Cruz M. Montes, Anthony Rodriguez, Roberto Montes and Douglas Smith.
Ernest was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Campbellton to Vidal and Erminia (Reyes) Rodriguez. He married Martha Jakes Sept. 13, 1998, in Boyd. Ernest retired as a welder. He was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Raymond Rodriguez; and sister Elma Garcia.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years; daughters Tracy Rodriguez of Garland, Lisa Smith and husband, Douglas, of Fort Worth and Silvia Moen and husband, Bruce, of Cleburne; son Ernest Rodriguez Jr. of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include brothers Martias Rodriguez and wife, Mary, of Coleman, Richard Rodriguez and wife, Annie, of Brush, Colo., Mike Rodriguez of Hobbs, N.M., Henry Rodriguez of Abilene and Leonard Rodriguez and wife, Martina, of Hobbs; and sisters Anna Flores of Rule and Margaret Ribera and husband, Jesse, of Hamlin.

Rodriguez, Esperanza (Fuentez)  | 1938-2018
Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Esperanza Rodriguez
Esperanza Rodriguez, 79, of Decatur, died Monday, April 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with rosary at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers are Sergio Rodriguez, Gilberto Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Miguel Valenzuela, Eduardo Romo and Edgar Rodriguez.
Esperanza was born Nov. 30, 1938, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico, to Victor and Maria Del Socorro (Garza) Fuentez. She married Filiberto Rodriguez Feb. 5, 1956, in Zaragoza.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Javier Rodriguez; daughter Maria Del Soccoro; five brothers; and three sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years; sons Guadalupe Rodriguez of Decatur, Victor Rodriguez of San Antonio, Gilberto Rodriguez of Decatur, Jorge Luis Rodriguez of Mexico, Sergio Rodriguez of Decatur, Cristobal Rodriguez of Decatur and Hector Rodriguez of Decatur; daughters Virgina Rodriguez of Mexico, Gillerminia Rodriguez of Aurora, Maria Del Refujio of Mexico, Maria Isabel Rodriguez of Decatur, Guadalupe Rodriguez of Decatur, Esperanza Rodriguez of Decatur, Maria De Jesus Fernandez of Decatur and Margarita Valenzuela of Decatur.
She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters.

Rodriguez, Javier  | 1968-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Javier Rodriguez
Javier Rodriguez, 49, of Decatur, died Friday, March 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was March 24 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Javier was born March 24, 1968, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico, to Filiberto and Esperanza (Fuentez) Rodriguez. Javier retired as a dairy farmer. He was a member of the Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Maria Del Soccoro Rivas.
He is survived by his parents; brothers Guadalupe Rodriguez of Decatur, Victor Rodriguez, Gilberto Rodriguez, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Sergio Rodriguez, Cristobal Rodriguez and Hector Rodriguez; and sisters Virgina Rodriguez, Gillerminia Rodriguez, Maria Del Refujio, Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Esperanza Rodriguez, Maria De Jesus Ferrande and Margarita Valenzuela.

Romo, Maria Lidia (Hurtado)  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maria Lidia Romo
Maria Lidia Romo, 76, of Decatur, died Friday, March 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial was March 26 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial followed at Sycamore Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Maria Lidia was born July 15, 1941, in Mexico to Alberto Evangelista and Rafaela Hurtado. She married Domingo Romo Aug. 19, 1963, in Mexico.
Maria Lidia was preceded in death by her husband; and daughter Bertha Lomas.
She is survived by her son, Jaime Romo and wife, Alma, of Krum; daughters Arjelia “Helen” Romo of Springtown, Sandra Romo of Slidell and Marisol Millan of Slidell; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Roop, Moran Carl, Jr. | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Moran Carl Roop Jr.
Moran Carl Roop Jr., 84, of Alvord, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Moran was born Aug. 29, 1934, in Decatur to Moran Carl Sr. and Ora Lee Roop. He worked for General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, TXU Electric and Lonesome Dove Transport. Moran was also a dairyman and a carpenter. He was a member of Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord. Moran grew up in Greenwood and Slidell.
Moran was preceded in death by his parents; wives Lona Faye Feemster Roop and Donna (Cathy) Jean Caldwell Roop; and grandsons Troy Roop Jr. and Michael Roop.
He is survived by his sons, Frank Roop of Decatur and Troy Roop and wife, Andrea, of Henrietta; and six grandchildren.

Rosa, Rolando, Jr. | 1963-2018
Published Saturday, December 8, 2018


Rolando Rosa, Jr.
Rolando Rosa, Jr., 55, of Decatur, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Victory Family Church in Decatur with the Rev. Allen Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Tito Garcia, Daniel Rosa, Estevan Rosa, Michael Ramos, Matthew Ramos and Moses Ramos.
Honorary pallbearers are Jaime Rosa and Paco Aranda.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Rolando was born Sept. 18, 1963, in Hobbs, N.M., to Rolando and Consuelo (Calvillo) Rosa. He went to school in Hobbs. Rolando married Jessica Juarez July 4, 2009, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife; father; daughters Monica Garcia and husband, Tito, of Hobbs and Bianca Aranda and husband, Paco, of Hobbs; sons Estevan Rosa of Austin and Michael, Matthew and Moses Ramos of Decatur; sisters Irma Aguirre and Juanita Perez of Midland and Gloria Santos of Seguin; brothers Martin and Louis Grimaldo of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jaime and Daniel Rosa of Hobbs; four grandchildren; and mother-in-law Debbie Owen of Hobbs.

Rosas, Carol Ann  | 1966-2017
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

Carol Ann Rosas
Carol Ann Rosas, 51, of Decatur died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Decatur Lions Club.
Carol was born April 29, 1966, in Corpus Christi. She was a home healthcare assistant.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol is survived by her sons, Phillip Rosas and wife, Nikki, of Decatur and Timothy Bridges of Granbury; daughter Denise Rosas of Granbury; six grandchildren; sisters Mellisa Sanchez and Diana Ortega; brother Ricky Ortega; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Ross, James R.  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, March 3, 2018

James R. Ross
James R. Ross, 80, of Boyd, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Boyd.
Memorial service is 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Keith Pepper officiating.
Visitation is at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Honorary pallbearers are Cody Thompson, Randell Carlton, B.J. Hampton, Christian Tedrow, Brandon Hardee, Jayson Hardee and Kevin O’Connor.
James was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Old Mine, Mo., to Nelson and Grace (Bourisaw) Ross. He married Judy Davis April 28, 1972, in St. Louis, Mo. He was a retired railroad inspector.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and brothers Donnie Ross and Dennis Ross.
He is survived by daughters Roxanne Hampton and husband, Bob, of Boyd, Julie Tedrow and husband, Johnny, of Rhome, Millie Barnett and husband, Bubba, of Weatherford and Kellie Hardee and fianc , B.J. Hile, of Boyd; son Virgil Thompson and wife, Rita, of Weatherford; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include sisters Mary Kauffmann, Maggie Privette, Bert Lewis, Kathy Reary and husband, Jim, and Wilma Rolens and husband, Art; brothers John Ross and wife, Linda, Raymond Ross and wife, Helen, Paul Ross and wife, Arlene, and Clarence Ross.

Russell, Helen (Caraway)  | 1943-2018
Published Saturday, May 5, 2018

Helen Caraway Russell
Helen Caraway Russell, 74, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, died Friday, April 27, 2018, in Grapevine.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Wayne McBride officiating. Burial will follow at Jim Ned Cemetery.
Visitation is at the funeral home one hour before the service.
Pallbearers are Aaron Putman, John Hannegan, Tim Gilbert, James Gilbert, Melvin Castleberry and John Caraway.
Honorary pallbearers are Gregg Poole and Frank Good.
Helen was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Bridgeport to Willie E “Pete” and Kate (Warren) Caraway. She grew up near Lake Bridgeport with four siblings. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1962. Helen married Dennis Dainack Sept. 4, 1964, and they had two boys who were born in Monticello, N.Y. Helen moved back to Texas in 1975.
She was an employee of the Grapevine Colleyville School District until her retirement in 2009. She was an active member of DFW Church of Christ.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sister Jean O’Dell of Bridgeport; brother Earl Caraway of Bridgeport; sister Wanda Snow of Grapevine; and son Todd Dainack of Grapevine.
She is survived by her son, Scott Dainack of Roanoke; three grandchildren; and brother John Caraway of Bowie.

Russell, Shirley Mae (Alcorn)  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shirley Mae Russell
Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Shirley was born April 26, 1937, in Liberty to John and Levada (Burch) Alcorn. She was a retired caretaker.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Edmond Olinick; second husband Clifton Russell; and grandson Kevin Patrick Olinick.
She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly Peyton and husband, Matthew, of Decatur, Kristi Lauritzen and husband, Chris, of Fort Worth and Kathleen Stephenson and husband, Randy, of Florida; son David Olinick and wife, Julie, of Granbury; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister Loretta Burwick.

Salinas, Raol  | 1948-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Raol Salinas
Raol Salinas, 70, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, died Friday, March 9, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Revs. Eulogio Puebla and Carlos Cardenas officiating. Burial will follow at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers include Sammy Salinas, Joseph Salinas, Eric Salinas, Peter Garcia, Paul Garcia and John Hill.
Raol was born Feb. 24, 1948, in Weslaco to Manuel R. and Emma (Sepulveda) Salinas. Raol retired from North Texas Health Science Center as a campus policeman. He was a member of the VFW in Paradise and served our country in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and niece Sonya Marie Salinas.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Owens of Mexia; son Joshua Salinas of Fort Worth; three grandsons; brother Manuel Salinas and wife, Donna, of San Marcos; sister Lupe Garcia and husband, Sammy, of Bridgeport; brother Habier Salinas and wife, Janie, of Olathe, Kan.; and sister Mary Ochoa and husband, Richard, of Arlington.

Sandlin, Emma Grace  | 2018
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Emma Grace Sandlin
Emma Grace Sandlin, 3-month-old daughter of Tye and Justice (Wendt) Sandlin of Decatur, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 3, at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur with Chris Thorne officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Steven Sampson, Austin Sampson, Allen Martinez and Cason Kennedy.
Emma was born June 22, 2018, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her great-great-grandparents, Harold Proffer, Mildred and Maurice Wendt, Melba Coffman, Gary Fetterolf and Royce and Lynda Simpson.
She is survived by her parents; brother Ashton Sandlin; sister Baylor Sandlin; grandparents Marcus and Venetia Simpson and Ronald and Stacey Sandlin; great-grandparents Rodney and Deborah Fetterolf, Steven Wendt, Deborah and Jerry Sandlin and Billy and Millie Davidson; great-great-grandparents Jean Fetterolf and Mary Proffer; aunts Zulynn Simpson, Mackenzie Hall, Chelsie Sandlin, Crista Sandlin; and uncles Marcus S. Simpson, Steven Sampson and Austin Sampson.

Santos, Janice Kay (DuPont)  | 1953-2018
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

Janice Kay Santos
Janice Kay Santos, 65, of Rhome, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Fort Worth.
A come and go memorial is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Please call 817-683-6167 for location and information.
Janice was born Aug. 6, 1953, in Daggett, Mich., to Louis and Elizabeth DuPont. She was a graduate of Carney-Nadeau High School in upper Michigan. She worked at the Decatur Walmart.
Janice was preceded in death by Louis (Nicola) DuPont, Betty Jane and Gloria DuPont.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Santos; daughter Nicole (Patrick) Scott; son Daniel of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; and siblings Joyce (Joe) Krueger of Longmont, Colo., Beverly McClellan of Green Bay, Wis., Donald (Linda) DuPont of Nadeau, Mich., Linda Robinson of Broadview, Ill., Robert (Bob) DuPont of Toivola, Mich., Kathy DuPont of Roanoke, Va., Arlene DuPont of Round Lake, Ill., and Mark DuPont of Antonito, Colo.

Sarchet, Harold Loyd  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, May 26, 2018

Harold Loyd Sarchet
Harold Loyd Sarchet, 90, of Boyd, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Memorial is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd with the Rev. Billy Fitch officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Harold was born June 29, 1927, in Tulia to Harold F. and Imogene (Simmons) Sarchet. He married Earline Michael April 25, 1991, in Sherwood Shores. Harold was a member of Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Loyd Sarchet; sisters Edith Cruce and Elizabeth Sue Skelton; and brother Thomas Junior Sarchet.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years; daughter Debbie Sarchet Sours of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepdaughters Sue Perkins and husband, Richard, of Boyd, Denise Kelley of Boyd, Lena Byers of Newark and Gina Mayo and husband, Shea, of Leander; stepson Carcie D. Smith Jr. of Boyd; stepdaughter Michelle Wilson and husband, Ricky, of Paradise; 17 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; and brothers Robert Sarchet and wife, Daisy, of Cleburne, Donald Sarchet of Amarillo, Charles Sarchet of San Antonio and Jerry Sarchet and wife, Elta, of Lubbock.

Sartain, Jim Paul  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jim Paul Sartain
Jim Paul Sartain, 76, of Tulsa, Okla., died Friday, April 13, 2018, in Tulsa.
Funeral was April 17 at Victory Family Church with Allen Bates officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brandon Sartain, Colten Sartain, Victor Valverde, Jarod Moss, Wesley Sisk and Chris Bates.
Jim was born Aug. 15, 1941, in Antlers, Okla., to Earl Marvin and Josie Lorraine (McDonald) Sartain. He married Diana Mae Bates July 16, 1960, in Irving.
Jim was a sailor in the United States Navy and was a member of New Life Church in Wilburton, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife of 57 years, Diana Sartain of Wilburton; sons Bryon Sartain and wife, Pamela, of DeSoto, Darin Sartain of Colleyville and Robby Sartain of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Other survivors include brothers Bill Sartain and wife, Neva, of Santa Fe, Texas, and Terry Sartain and wife, Karen, of Whitesboro; and sisters Marie Becker and husband, Sam, of Houston and Shirley Sartain of Santa Fe.

Schnaible, Ruth Eleanor (Dye)  | 1923-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ruth Eleanor Schnaible
Ruth Eleanor Schnaible, 95, of Decatur, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Decatur.
A service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Ruth was born July 8, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., to Hugh and Elizabeth (Wieble) Dye. Ruth retired from Zales as a sales associate.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Colbey Lewis “Jack” Groom; grandson Michael Williams; two brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Werner of Decatur; son Colbey Groom and wife, Norma, of California; sister Mary Latteri of Las Vegas; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Schneck, John Louis, Jr. | 1965-2018
Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
John Louis Schneck Jr., 53, of Decatur, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
John was born July 3, 1965, in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to John Louis Schneck and Margaret (Barry) Schneck. He was a contractor.
He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Remillard-Schneck of South Elgin, Ill.; sons Anthony Remillard-Schneck, Daniel Remillard-Schneck, Jacob Remillard-Schneck and Zachary Remillard-Schneck, all of South Elgin; one grandchild; his father; brothers Bill Schneck and wife, Carrie, of Paradise and Michael Schneck of Decatur; and sister Susan Wegner and husband, Mitch, of Hanover Park, Ill.

Schwieger, Doris Jo (Mills)  | 1937-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Doris Jo Schwieger
Doris Jo Schwieger, 80, of Rhome, died Friday, April 6, 2018.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Newark Church of Christ with burial to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Doris was a longtime member of Rhome Assembly of God and was also a member of Renewal Fellowship in Boyd. She worked as a food service manager in public education.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick (Fred) Schwieger; parents Joe Bishop and Helen L. Mills; sons Timothy Schwieger and Bryan Schwieger; brothers Troy Bishop, Joe Bishop and Charlie Bishop; and sister Janice Griffin.
Doris is survived by sons Freddy Schwieger and wife, Laura, and Keith Schwieger; daughters Janice Boaldin and husband, Mike, and Kelli Baker and husband, Jonathan; brothers Sonny “James” Bishop and Tommy Bishop; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Scroggins, Bonnie Marie (Williams)  | 1929-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018


Bonnie Marie Scroggins, 89, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with the Rev. Larry Knobloch officiating. Burial will follow at Salona Cemetery in Bowie.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Bonnie was born May 13, 1929, in the Denver community of Montague county to Joy Clay and Leta (Jackson) Williams. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1946 and married Garlin Scroggins Aug. 21, 1946, in Henrietta.
Bonnie earned a degree in education from North Texas State University. She started her lifelong teaching career in Mineral Wells, then taught at schools in Ponder and Del Valle. She retired in 1983 and moved back to Bowie.
Bonnie was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bowie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Caron Martin; granddaughter Paige Nicole Martin; sister Amy Nichols; and brothers Ronnie Williams and Jerry Williams.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Gary Scroggins and wife, Becky, of Decatur, Cathy Browning and husband, Bob, of Keller, and son-in-law Terry Martin of Denton; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Roy D. Williams and wife, Docia, of Denton and Larry Williams and wife, Juanita, of Bowie; and sisters Sue Higgs of Decatur and Linda Randles of Bowie.

Seagraves, Paul Meredith, II | 1973-2018
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Paul Meredith Seagraves II
Paul Meredith Seagraves II, 45, of Sulphur Springs, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
Service is 2:01 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Balsora Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Revs. Duane Perkinson and Sonny Smith officiating.
Paul was born July 7, 1973, in Denton to Paul M. and Rosita L. Seagraves.
Paul worked as regional health, safety and environmental coordinator in South Texas for E.ON Climate and Renewables North America. He had been with E.ON since March 2016. Paul worked in the wind energy industry for many years.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.
Paul received his Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Texas Tech University in 1999. While attending Tech, Paul interned with A&M Agriculture Extension Office in Lubbock.
Paul began his career in Dimmitt with a pesticide company as a pesticide inspector, taking care of corn fields. From Dimmitt, he went to work for the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Inc. as a pesticide inspector. Paul began working for the Texas Department of Agriculture in Dallas in January 2002. The family moved to Sulphur Springs in February of that same year. After leaving TDA, Paul began a career in construction and received many safety certifications. He entered the wind farm industry beginning as a contractor with many companies such as Vestas, Mallory, etc. From contracting, he began working for Enel Green Power out of Rome, Italy. After leaving Enel, he began with E.ON Climate and Renewables out of Hamburg, Germany. While in the wind farm industry, Paul was invited to lead many training workshops and was the lead speaker for many seminars. He was at the top of his field at the time of his death.
Paul married Brandy Lea Brown May 25, 2001, in Lubbock.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ancil L. and Okla P. Seagraves of Bridgeport and George A. and Louise J. Bloom of Amarillo; and father-in-law Lee Roy Brown Jr. of Mt. Home.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Ralea Louise, Paige Meredith and Brook Lea Seagraves, all of Sulphur Springs; and son Derek Alexander Lamb, of Lubbock; his parents; and sister Rasena Seagraves Parker and her husband, Keith, of Temple.
Donations may be made to Feeding Wise Kids or a scholarship fund that will be set up at Texas Tech University.

Segura, Encarnacion R.  | 1936-2018
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Encarnacion R. Segura
Encarnacion R. Segura, 82, of Newark, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Newark after a long battle with cancer.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Rosary will be 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the funeral home.
Mount Olivet is handling arrangements.
He was born May 24, 1936, in Karnes City. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Margarita Segura; and brothers Jesus and Ramon Segura.
He is survived by his wife Josefina Segura; sons Greg Segura, Rigo Segura and Manuel Segura and his wife, Heather, from Newark; daughters Cristina Segura from Newark and Maria Segura from North Richland Hills; and four grandchildren.
Donations can be made to Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth, to the account of Mr. E.R. Segura, 817-831-0511.

Sergent, Melvin Daryl ‘Dodie’ | 1952-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Melvin Daryl Sergent
Melvin Daryl “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Decatur.
Service is pending.
Melvin was born July 13, 1952, in Onieda, Ky., to Cisco and Ealey (Caudill) Sergent. He was a welder.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James Sergent, Tommy Joe Sergent, Charles Sergent and Cisco Sergent Jr.; and sister Jean Rushing.
He is survived by his daughter, Donya Sergent of Rhome; son Melvin Sergent Jr. of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; brothers Johnny Ralph Sergent and Eddie Paul Sargent; and sister Carol Guidry.

Seymore, Marilyn (Kerlin)  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Marilyn Seymore
Marilyn Seymore, 83, of Bridgeport, and formerly of Concord, Ark., died Jan. 19, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dale Webster officiating. Burial will be Friday at the Concord Cemetery in Concord, Ark.
Marilyn was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Almond, Ark. to Leo and Alpha (Tatum) Kerlin. She married Hermon Seymore Dec. 31, 1955. They were married for 38 years until his death. She was a military wife, school teacher and business owner. Marilyn enjoyed crossword puzzles, bowling and going north. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Concord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Sandy Seymore; sister Betty Blevin; and grandson JJ Robertson.
She is survived by her sons, David Seymore, Michael Seymore and wife, Debra and Steven Seymore; daughter Danita Noyes and husband, Chuck; sister Billie Harmon; grandchildren Brian Loper and wife, Misty, of Alvord, Brian Robertson and wife, Stephanie, of Forney and Jessie Seymore of Batesville, Ark.; great-granddaughters Bristol Loper and Olivia Robertson.

Shaffer, Allen ‘Lee’ | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Allen Shaffer
Allen “Lee” Shaffer, 81, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Granbury.
Funeral was Sept. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Drew Travis officiating. Family burial was private.
Allen was born May 25, 1937, in Handley to James Bryan and Lola (Dunn) Shaffer. He married Shirley Ann Evans Nov. 21, 1975, in Ardmore, Okla.
Allen served his country as a soldier in the United States Army. He was also a printer and pressman for Royal Business Forms where he was employed for 45 years. Allen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Granbury.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ruth Roberts; brothers Mack Shaffer and Larry Paul Shaffer; and his sister.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years; daughters Suzanne Shaffer of Lancaster and Gloria Lynn Shaffer of Fairfax City, Va.; son Timothy Helton and wife, Maria Bradley, of Joshua; daughter Denice Smith of Montclair, Calif. and Teresa Herring and husband, Ricky, of Hubbard; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers Leonard Jack Shaffer and wife, Isabel, of Arlington and Bobby Shaffer of Mineola
Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 303 West Bridge Street, Granbury, TX 76048 or Presbyterian Children’s Home Itasca, pchas.org (list Itasca in comments under donate tab).

Sharpe, Dwight Albert ‘D.A.’ | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dwight Albert (D. A.) Sharpe
Dwight Albert (D. A.) Sharpe graduated to Heaven on July 12, 2018, after heart surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be held later in the middle of August at the Sharpe family home at 805 Derting Road East, Aurora, Texas 76078-3712. Details will be announced on his web page at www.DASharpe.com. Private family interment of the cremated remains will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Sharpe is survived by his wife, Suzanne Margaret Boggess Sharpe, who he married September 30, 1962, and their three children: Taylor Marcus Sharpe; Tiffany Lenn Sharpe Westmoreland and her husband, Steven O. Westmoreland; and Todd Wittman Sharpe, and his wife, Carrie Ann Maxwell Sharpe. There are seven grandchildren: Katherine Michelle, John David (Jack), Lily Taylor, Sarah Todd and Samuel Lee (Sam) Westmoreland; and Luke Maxwell and Brooke Eden Sharpe.
Mr. Sharpe was born June 24, 1939, in Ballinger, Texas. Growing up with his parental household, they lived also in Houston, Sweetwater, Dallas and San Antonio. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, Texas. He attended Austin College 1957-59, and The University of Texas at Austin 1959-62, graduating with a BBA degree. His married and family life began in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1962, where their three children were born. The family resided in St. Louis County, Missouri 1972-82, in Dallas, Texas 1982-1999 and in Aurora, Wise County, Texas since then.
Mr. Sharpe’s professional pursuits were in the fields of technology, as well as in administrative management for non-profit Christian entities, the last from which he retired was as Executive Administrator for the Senior Pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas, 1982 – 2004.
Mr. Sharpe was privileged to be a fifth-generation Texan. His great, great grandfather, Judge Felix Benedict Dixon, immigrated from Ohio to Texas in 1841, when Texas still was the Republic of Texas. Judge Dixon’s parents had come from West Virginia. Mr. Sharpe’s lineage also has roots going back in America as a sixth-generation United States citizen, being a descendant of American Revolutionary soldier, Lt. George P. Sharp, of the New York Militia, his 3rd great grandfather. George’s grandfather, Jacob Scherp, immigrated in 1710 to New York Harbor among a group of some 3,000 German Palatines, settling north on the Hudson River, establishing Germantown, NY. Finally, English family connections make Mr. Sharpe a 10th generation American. Plymouth Colony Gov. William Bradford, who came with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to Boston Harbor, establishing Plymouth Colony in 1620, is Mr. Sharpe’s 7th great grandfather. The historical genealogical roots of his life were of European, English and Scandinavian origins. His direct maternal lineage goes back to a 38th great grandfather, Gor Thorrasson, a 7th century Norwegian Viking who lived in the 600s.
Mr. Sharpe had lateral (cousin) genealogical relationships to 20 of the 45 U.S. Presidents. Relationship claim can be made for the first six U.S. Presidents, and all four of the U.S. Presidents sculptured onto Mount Rushmore. The only two father/son pairings of men who were elected President were the John Adams family and the George Bush family, all four of which are cousins to Mr. Sharpe. John Quincy Adams is the only President to serve in Congress after his Presidency. Younger former President Bush visited Mr. Sharpe following Sharpe’s heart surgery in 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. Another Presidential cousin, William Howard Taft, is the only person ever to have served both the office of President and the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Mr. Sharpe’s family was interwoven with the famed American families of the Rockefellers, the Kelloggs (cereal people), and J. P. Morgan.
From 519 AD forward, Mr. Sharpe’s family shows lateral relationships with 63 of the 72 British Monarchs for all but 80 years during those almost 1,500 years. Queen Elizabeth II, who has been English Queen for most of the lives of readers of this obituary today, is Mr. Sharpe’s 33rd cousin.
In 591, English King Ceawlin, received Christian Baptism. He is the earliest member of Mr. Sharpe’s family’s ancestry that claimed Christianity, over 1,400 years ago. Pope Gregory had sent a missionary from Rome circa 591, named Father Columba. King Ceawlin is the 35th great grandfather of Edward Southworth, a British upper class noble whose first wife was Alice Carpenter. After Edward died, Alice went to the New World, to the Plymouth Colony at the beckoning of the Colony’s Governor, William Bradford.
For researchers interested in a closer at the Sharpe family genealogies, there is a free online access to Mr. Sharpe’s autobiography at the URL address of: www.dasharpe.com/Autobiography.html
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, it is the family’s request to make donations in rememberance of D.A. Sharpe to OurCalling (www.ourcalling.org), which is a non-profit Christian ministry to the homeless in Dallas, Texas. When making a financial donation, you can just put D.A. Sharpe’s name in the memo section of the gift. OurCalling also accepts other forms of gifts from clothing/food to volunteering to help with the homeless.

Shaw, Kenny  | 1940-2018
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kenny Shaw
Kenny Shaw, 78, of Decatur, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with Mike Wheat and Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery near Krum.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers include Rex Maxwell, Bubba Hudson, Dennis Hudson, H.R. Pruett, Parker Slate, Johnny Coker, C.L. Gage and Sam Powlen.
Kenny was born June 3, 1940, in Slidell to Jasper Lee and Ruth Irene (Bishop) Shaw. He married Carolyn Boydston Jan. 16, 1970, in Greenwood. Kenny was a welder and farmer, and worked beside his wife at Carolyn’s Home Furnishings in Decatur.
Kenny is preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years; daughter Crystal Kelley and husband, Ron, of Double Oak; son Jim Bob Shaw and wife, Suzi, of Dallas; five grandchildren; his mother; and sister Hazel Masten of Denton.

Sheardown, Norman Stirling  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018


Norman Stirling Sheardown
Norman Stirling Sheardown, 77, of Bridgeport died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral was Oct. 11 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Honorary pallbearer was Rowde, also known as “Bubba.”
Norman was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Hamiota, Manitoba, Canada, to William Gordon and Marion (Sutherland) Sheardown. He married Darla Tucker in Las Vegas. Norman was baptized Aug. 31, 1947, according to the doctrine and order of the United Church of Canada.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Sheardown.
Norman is survived by his wife; daughters Dionne Gould and husband, Travis, of Crafton and Shanda Sheardown of Rhome; grandchildren Shaylee, Rowdee and Emilee; his mother; brothers Donald Sheardown and wife, Rose, of Blair, Neb., and Danny Sheardown and wife, Letty, of Fort Worth; and sisters Rhonda Roberts of Grapevine and Corene Mora of Fort Worth.

Shepard, Janice (Benson)  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Janice Shepard
Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Janice was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Frank Miller McDonald and Ethel Benson. She volunteered as popcorn lady with the Wise Health System Auxiliary and was a member of the Order of Easter Star Chapter 543 in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Wadle; twin sister Janet Schrader; brother Donald McDonald; son Robert Wayne Shepard; and grandson Ryan Alden Munnerlyn.
She is survived by daughters Rebecca Friary and husband, Kevin, of Taunton, Mass., and Cindy Munnerlyn and husband, Trevor, of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Sherman, Ima Ruth (Cooper)  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ima Ruth Sherman
Ima Ruth Sherman, 80, of Decatur, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner and Rev. Ron Fox officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Thurman Tarver, Archie Cooper, Robert Rhine, Darrell Rhine, Randy Sherman and Scott Sherman.
Ima was born May 29, 1938, in Slidell to Cecil and Alba (Loter) Cooper. Ima retired as a cashier. She was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Cleo, A.B. “Son”, Douglas Ray, Johnny and Kenneth “Sug”; and sisters Eunice, Nova and Reta.
She is survived by her son, David “Coon” Sherman of Decatur; and sisters Bobbie Rhine of Decatur and Veda Sherman of Decatur.

Sherman, Jerry Lee  | 1944-2018
Published Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jerry Lee Sherman
Jerry Lee Sherman, 73, of Rhome, died Friday, March 2, 2018.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements.
Jerry was born Oct. 11, 1944, in Gettysburg, Pa., to Glen and Doris Sherman. He spent much of his adult life doing missionary work in various parts of the world. Jerry was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by wives, Sandy Sherman and Beverly Sherman.
Jerry is survived by his daughters, Debbie Kindsfather and husband, Stacy, of Joshua and Kim Townsend and husband, Adam, of Rhome; son Steven Sherman and wife, Niki, of Euless; and eight grandchildren.

Shipley, Patsy Ruth (Elmore)  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

Patsy Ruth Shipley
Patsy Ruth Shipley, 81, of Paradise, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Boyd Cemetery.
Patsy was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Frederick, Okla., to Henry and Mamie (Petty) Elmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother William “Bill” Elmore.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa McGee of Fort Worth and Debra Blackwood of Springtown; sons Randy Dunn of Decatur and John Dunn of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother Donald Elmore of Fort Worth.

Silhan, Ronald ‘Ron’ | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ronald Silhan
Ronald “Ron” Silhan, 63, of Chico died Monday, June 18, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Ron was born Feb. 18, 1955, in Slayton to James and Billie (Irwin) Silhan. Ron was a welder inspector for the oilfield.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Tammye Burkett, of Alvord; father James Silhan of Levelland; sons Jamie Silhan of Odessa, Kyle Silhan of Odessa and Kerry Silhan and wife, Blair, of Odessa; stepson Wyndell Burkett of Alvord; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother Randy Silhan of Odessa.

Sims, Jeffrey David  | 1972-2018
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jeffrey David Sims
Jeffrey David Sims, 46, died Thursday, April 26, 2018.
No service is planned.
Jeff was born Feb. 22, 1972, to David and Jeanette Sims. He lived in Dallas but his home was in Paradise.
He is survived by his father; sister Janice Richey and husband, John; and nephews Jacob and Jeremy Richey.
Donations may be made in his memory to Bridgeport Animal Shelter, 142 FM 920, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Sipes, Lisa  | 1964-2018
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lisa Sipes
Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Jan. 21, in Bridgeport.
A Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport.
Lisa was born July 2, 1964, in Fort Worth to Dana Choate Read Bobby Sipes. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. She was a graduate of Bridgeport High School. Lisa worked as a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance Company and attended court reporting school. She loved going to concerts, watching movies and being in the company of her two dogs.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Sheri Lyn Cox; stepfather Marvin Read Sr.; stepbrothers Ronald Read and Zachery Gober.
Lisa is survived by her best friend and companion Tony Harveson; her mother; her father and wife, Beverly.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Jude Hospital or Wounded Warriors Project.

Skinner, Dessie Louise (Hudson)  | 1925-2018
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dessie Louise Skinner
Dessie Louise Skinner, 92, of Decatur, died Friday, April 13, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Hawkins Funeral Home with Carl Lungstrum officiating. Burial will follow at Sweet Water Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Louise was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Decatur to James B. and Kitty (Boydston) Hudson. She married Joe Henry Skinner July 26, 1944, in Decatur. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister Jessie Parker; and brother John Elmer Hudson.
She is survived by her sister, Eva Faye Meek of Weatherford.

Slaughter, Bobby Dee, Jr. | 2003-2018
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr.
Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, May 31, 2018, along with his father, Bobby Slaughter Sr., east of Bridgeport on Texas 114.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise.
Bobby was born May 20, 2003, in Decatur to Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr. and Anna Marie (Vardas) Slaughter. He celebrated his 15th birthday 11 days before his death. He had just completed his freshman year at Bridgeport High School.
Bobby was involved in organizations such as Locks of Love and was a member of the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. He also enjoyed working Halloweens at the haunted house in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his mother, Anna Marie Slaughter; sisters Shauna Marshall and husband, Thane and Shelly Fain; grandmother Marsha Anderson; and nephews Brantley Waller of Kemp and Cameron Flores.

Smith, Glenn Eugene  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
Glenn Eugene Smith, 89, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Service was April 27 at Trinity Terrace in Fort Worth.
Glenn was born in Big Spring Dec. 25, 1928. He earned a bachelor of arts and master of arts in education from the University of North Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the occupation forces in Japan from 1946 to ’47. He pursued a variety of careers, including junior college golf coach, owner/publisher of the Wise County Messenger, high school principal, restaurateur, custom home builder and oil and gas.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Zachary Norton.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Constance Van Meter Smith; daughters, Sharon Norton and husband, Rick; Shirley Gage; Lynn Reuther and husband, Norman; son, Glenn Smith, Jr., and wife, Lea; brother James O. Smith; four granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Night Shelter, 2400 Cypress Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Smith, Ione Ray (Counts) Morrow  | 1921-2018
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ione Ray Morrow Smith
Ione Ray Morrow Smith, 97, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Feb. 12 at the First Baptist Church of Wizard Wells. Burial followed at Wizard Wells Cemetery.
Ione was born Jan. 24, 1921, to Ruby “Ray” and Jessie Omega (Hughes) Counts. She married Woodrow Wilson Morrow in 1937. She married Olen Smith in 1981.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and sisters Bettye and Barbara.
Ione is survived by her children, Carrol Clifton of Hurst, Jerry Don Morrow and wife, Dianne, of Azle and Shirley Robbins and husband, Jerry, of Jacksboro; brother Bob Ware Jr. and wife, Doris, of Cottondale; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Wizard Wells, 189 Sanders Street, Jacksboro,TX 76458.

Smith, Jackie Doyle  | 1939-2018
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jackie Doyle Smith
Jackie Doyle Smith, 78, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.
Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora.
Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m.
Jack enjoyed cooking, especially chili cook-off competitions, watching movies, being around horses and watching his grandson play sports, especially watching him pitch. He was a truck driver for Yellow Freight for over 30 years. He was also a deacon, director and member of Aurora Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jennie Smith; son Robert Smith and wife, Tabatha; stepson Brent Stone and wife, Morie; brother Ronnie Smith and wife, Loveta; sisters-in-law Joy and Dorothy Smith; grandchildren Emily, Jennifer and Trevor; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flowers or donations may be made to Gideons International on behalf of Jack Smith.

Smith, Joe Roy  | 1987-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

Joe Roy Smith
Joe Roy Smith, 31, of Aurora, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Oklahoma.
Funeral service was Oct. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Joey was born April 18, 1987, in Fort Worth to Todd and Suzie Smith.
Joey was preceded in death by his parents; and grandmother Bobo Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Keri Smith; children, Kale Smith and Emma Donaldson; sisters, Dezi Hammett and Nikki Smith; and papa, Joe Smith and wife, Lupe.

Smith, Kipper Page ‘Kip’  | 1961-2018
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kipper Page Smith
Kipper “Kip” Page Smith, 56, of Paradise, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Paradise.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Trinity Fellowship Church with Euless Fire Department Chaplain Keith Smith officiating.
Kip was born Oct. 11, 1961, in Dallas to Joan and Jerry Smith. He was a firefighter for 30 years with the Euless Fire Department. He married his wife, Susan, April 12, 1985. He was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and graduated from Columbia University with an occupational and health degree.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Page and Hattie Mae Smith and Herb and Arnetha Brooks.
Kip is survived by his wife of 33 years; sons Zachary Smith and wife, Jacy, of El Paso and Jacob Smith of San Angelo; daughter Julianna Smith of Austin; sister Sherry Bennett of The Colony; and one grandchild.

Smith, Oliver Dean ‘Oli’ | 2016-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Oliver Dean Smith
Oliver “Oli” Dean Smith, 2, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Aug. 23 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial in Smith Family Cemetery in Balsora.
Oli was born Feb. 19, 2016, in Fort Worth to Brandon Smith and Randi Barbour.
He is survived by his parents; sister Myli Renee Smith; grandparents Randall Barbour of Bridgeport, Tonia Barbour of Fort Worth and Kevin Smith and wife, Azizah, of Bridgeport; great-grandparents Annette Lang and husband, Ron, of Fort Worth; aunts Nikki Barbour of Fort Worth, Amy Davis of Bridgeport, Suzie Smith of Bridgeport, Sara Smith of Bridgeport and Ansonia Smith of Austin.

Smith, Opal Othell (Boydston)  | 1918-2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Opal Othell Boydston Smith
Opal Othell Boydston Smith, 99, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Benbrook.
Funeral was March 10 at Winscott Road Funeral Home in Benbrook. Burial followed at Benbrook Cemetery.
Opal was born May 31, 1918, in Decatur to Charlie and Bertha Boydston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benbrook since 1979.
Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Smith; son Charles Smith; grandson Mike Smith; and three siblings.
She is survived by her daughter, Marquerita Barron of Benbrook; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister Charlene Eakman of Decatur.

Snodgrass, Janette (Reynolds)  | 1940-2018
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Janette Snodgrass, 77, of Boyd, died Friday, April 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service was April 30 at Boyd Cemetery with Tim Sipes officiating.
Janette was born Sept. 10, 1940, in Quanah.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Wayne Vetree Snodgrass; brothers Jack Reynolds and John Reynolds; and her parents.
She is survived by her two sons; four daughters; brother Skipper Dawson; sister Joyce Pope; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Snow, Billy | 1935-2018
Published Saturday, November 24, 2018
Billy Snow, 83, of Hurst, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Hurst.
Funeral was Nov. 23 at Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Billy was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Decatur to Wilson and Ruby Snow. He was a diesel mechanic for many years.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Peggy Cassity.
He is survived by his niece, Kim Shifflett and husband, Carl, of Krum; and nephew Glen Cassity of Slidell.

Solley, Ronald M.  | 1952-2018
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ronald M. Solley
Ronald M. Solley, 65, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating.
Ronald was born Nov. 23, 1952, in Blairsville, Penn. to Orval and Thelma (Wilford) Solley. After high school he attended Odessa College in Odessa, Texas and later worked in Odessa as a physical therapist’s assistant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Lois Goswick.
He is survived by his sons, Jeff Solley and wife, Freida, Jason Solley and wife, Carrie; stepson Jeremy Ingmire and wife, Misty; close friend and former wife Christina Solley; former wife Cathy Gardner; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Solomon, Kenneth Wayne  | 1963-2018
Published Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kenneth Wayne Solomon
Kenneth Wayne Solomon, 55, of Boyd, died Monday, July 16, 2018, in Boyd.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Kenneth was born June 10, 1963, in Fort Worth to Wayne and Lajaunna (Willis) Solomon. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves. He was a handyman.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carol Sue Hill, Shirley Jean Benson and Deborah Kay Mayo.
He is survived by his parents; brothers Eddie Solomon and wife, Mickey, of Hobbs, N.M., and Guinn Solomon; sisters Katrina Shipman and husband, Sammy, of Cottondale, Eva Shook of Canton, Ga., Kristy Morrow and husband, Neal, of Capitan, N.M., and Cindy Bascom and husband, Steve, of Los Lunas, N.M.

Sosa, Joyce (O’Bryant)  | 1945-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Joyce Sosa
Joyce Sosa, 72, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 22 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Scott Strother officiating. Graveside service was Friday at Boerne City Cemetery.
Pallbearers included the family.
Joyce was born Sept. 1, 1945, in San Antonio to Robert and Bertha Mae (Hart) O’Bryant. She married Ray Sosa June 28, 1964, in Mexico. She was a truck driver.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister Barbara Strine; and brothers Rick O’Bryant and Fred Moose.
She is survived by her daughters, Anna Sosa and boyfriend Jaime Salazar and Antoinette Olmos and husband, Martin, all of Bridgeport; sons Warren Sosa and wife, Wendy, of Chico, Steven Sosa of Bridgeport and Darren Sosa and wife, Tammy, of Chico; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Cates Street Church of Christ, 1406 Cates Street, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Spivey, Christopher Gregory  | 1979-2018
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

Christopher Gregory Spivey
Christopher Gregory Spivey, 38, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial to follow at Sand Hill Cemetery.
Greg was born Dec. 19, 1979, in Fort Worth to Christine Spivey and Robert Phillip Cartee. He graduated from Haltom High School in 1998 and was currently enrolled at TCC. Greg joined the Army out of high school and then completed his service in the Texas National Guard. He married his high school sweetheart, Amy, June 12, 2004. Greg worked at Bell Flight for the last 11 years as a material bonder in the rotors center.
Greg is survived by his wife of 14 years; son Wyatt Spivey; daughter Hadley Spivey; mother Christine Heldt and husband, William, of Haltom City; brothers Dante Rizo and Jonathan Cartee; sister Sarah Newell; mother-in-law Janet Lunsford of Colleyville; and father-in-law John Peterson and wife, Marie, of Boyd.

Stagg, Timothy Dean  | 1950-2018
Published Saturday, March 17, 2018

Timothy Dean Stagg
Timothy Dean Stagg, 67, died Friday, March 16, 2018, in Dallas.
Funeral is 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, at the Voice of Triumph Assembly of God Church in Sunset with Pastor Ernie Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Smyrna Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 19, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Tim was born July 3, 1950, in Bowie to Frank and Margaret (Reid) Stagg. He graduated from Alvord High School in 1968. He married Kay Williams on June 18, 1972, in Alvord. Tim worked as an inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation in Bowie and Bridgeport for 45 years. He owned and operated Lick and Promise Kennels.
He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Stagg; and his parents.
Tim is survived by his wife; son Aaron Stagg of Sunset; and eight grandchildren.

Staples, Paul Francis  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
Paul Francis Staples, 77, of Haslet, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Haslet.
No services are planned.
Paul was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Cambridge, Mass., to Raymond and Mary (Doherty) Staples. He married Mary Jo Swope Sept. 27, 1985, in Richland Hills. Paul retired from Delta Airlines as an aircraft mechanic. He served his country in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Margaret Monahan.
Paul is survived by his wife; daughters Karla Demeree of Lexington and Karen Overman of Denison; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers Joe Albert and Richard Staples, all of Arlington, Mass.

Steele, Tonya Janette (Webster)  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tonya Janette Webster Steele
Tonya Janette Webster Steele, 59, of Boyd, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating. Burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Kyle Erwin, Shane Starnes, Trae Hamm, Brandon Davis, Trae Luttrell and Matt Luttrell.
Tonya was born Jan. 13, 1959, in Fort Worth to Roy Don and Cleo Evelyn Webster. She married Lee Edward Steele July 31, 1982, in Tarrant County. She was an executive assistant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Keith Webster; and sister Debbie Farington.
She is survived by her son, Christopher Steele and partner, Ashley Bolin, of Boyd; daughter Chantel Spelta and husband, Shane, of Tennessee; her significant other, Rusty Blackburn of Arlington; grandchildren Shannyn, Maverick, Brydon, Tristen and Bryson; brothers Brett Webster and wife Beth of Aledo, Mark Webster of Boyd and Bunky Miller of Fort Worth; sister DeLoi Oswalt and husband, Mike, of Keller; stepmother Linda Webster; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Steelman, Tim  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tim Steelman
Tim Steelman, 59, of Decatur, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was Dec. 13 at Community Church with Rev. Chris Wann officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Tim was born Nov. 29, 1959, in Lubbock to Tommy and Sharlene Steelman. He married Gena Williamson June 22, 1985, in Lubbock.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Steelman.
Tim is survived by his wife of 33 years; brothers Pete Steelman of Denton and Tuck Steelman of Lubbock; sister Mary Conley of Lubbock; in-laws Jan and Gene Williamson of Lubbock.
Memorial donations may be made to World Wide Church Planters, 2931 Angus Circle, Molino, FL 32577.

Stephens, Gary David, Sr. | 1951-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gary David Stephens Sr.
Gary David Stephens Sr., 66, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at VFW Post 8789 in Bowie. Burial will be at a later date at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Gary was born Dec. 12, 1951, in Weatherford to Paul Ray and Marjorie Louise Traylor Stephens. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Sherry Stephens.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Boyette; daughter Mary Stephens; sons Gary Stephens Jr., Jamey Boyette and wife, Jennie and Jesse McGuire; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Stevens, Billy D., II | 1983-2018
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Billy D. Stevens II
Billy D. Stevens II, 34, formerly of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Carthage, Mo.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
Bill was born Aug. 4, 1983, in Wichita Falls to Billy and Frankie (Seale) Stevens. He graduated Bridgeport High School in 2001 and married Amanda Harris May 22, 2004, in Bowie.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years; son Carson Stevens; daughter Carli Stevens; mother, Frankie Abney and husband, Dan, of Bridgeport; father Billy Stevens and wife, Connie, of San Angelo; sisters Pam Stevens of Bridgeport, Brandi Delaware and husband, Mike, of New England, N.D., Madison Beverly and husband, Steffin, of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; brother Javonte Chaffin and wife, Brittany, of Yuma, Ariz.; stepsister Jessica Hurst and husband, Matt, of Waco; and grandmothers Tommie Farris and Wanda Brown of Bridgeport.

Stevenson, Jennifer Lea (Wilson) | 1972-2018
Published Saturday, November 17, 2018

Jennifer Lea Stevenson
Jennifer Lea Stevenson, 45, of Godley, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
Service is 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Martin’s Funeral Home in Granbury. Interment will follow at Cresson Cemetery
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Jennifer was born Dec. 21, 1972, in Irving to Paula (Sandlin) Stevenson and John Harvey Wilson. She previously lived in Cresson.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her son Justin Dugan; and stepdad Steve Stevenson.
Jennifer is survived by her husband Jeff Horner; sons Jeremy Dugan, Trey Dugan, Jordan Dugan and Alex Holzmeier; siblings Christopher Wilson, Tamera Olvera and husband, Demetrio, Brian Wilson and John Wilson; mother; father John Wilson and stepmother, Kristi; sister-in-law Julie McCurley and husband, Randy.

Stockdale, Fred  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fred Stockdale
Fred Stockdale, 84, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Bridgeport.
A memorial will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 29, in the Chisholm Trail Suites at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur. A private family luncheon will be held at noon.
Stockdale was born in 1933 in Fort Worth to Ernest Frederick Stockdale Sr, an attorney, and Alice Eitelman Stockdale, a teacher and artist. He graduated high school in Morton and earned bachelors and masters degrees in music from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M. He married Jo Armstrong of Clovis, N.M., in 1953.
Stockdale was the band director at Bridgeport High School from 1976 to 1983. While he was at Bridgeport, the band program grew to a high of 140 members and re-established a tradition of sweepstakes-winning bands. Twice during his tenure, the Mighty Marching Maroon went to the state marching finals in Austin. Band students who graduated in 1983 never played in a band that made less than a first division in high school competitions.
Previous to Bridgeport, Stockdale was band director at Olton, Lubbock Monterey and Pampa. His Pampa bands achieved notoriety on three occasions. In January 1965, the band hosted two nights of concerts featuring the acclaimed trumpeter Carl “Doc” Severinsen, who would later become leader of the band for NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The “Rodeo Band,” a subset of the full band, was invited to play for the 1964 Rodeo Cowboys Association championship at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif. The Pride of Pampa marching band also performed at halftime of a Dallas Cowboys football game in the Cotton Bowl in 1962.
Stockdale was elected to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity in 1960. He was active in the Texas Music Educators Association, and in 1984, he served as president of the Texas Bandmasters Association. He retired in 1998 as Director of Fine Arts for the Azle ISD. His professional career culminated in 2001, when he was honored with election to the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
Following his first wife’s death, he married Donna Wagoner in 1997. They moved to Tulsa, Okla. After the death of his second wife, Stockdale married Juanise Ableson in Tulsa. She died in 2017.
For the past few years, Stockdale lived with increasing symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. He died at the Bridgeport Medical Lodge.
He is survived by brother John Stockdale of Albany; sister Linda Sikes of Snohomish, Wash.; sons Steve Albuquerque, N.M. and Freddy and wife, Kay, of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughter Lizann Bridges and husband, Tom, of Bridgeport; four grandchildren; and expanded family totaling 10 children, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made towards research to discover treatments and cures for scleroderma or Alzheimer’s disease.

Stoff, Makayla Michele  | 1999-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Makayla Michele Stoff
Makayla Michele Stoff, 18, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Boyd.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Makayla was born on Dec. 22, 1999, to Shane and Pamela (Martin) Stoff in Weatherford.
She is survived by her parents, Shane and Pamela Stoff of Azle; brother, Logan Stoff of Azle; her grandparents, Pearl and Danny Martin of Azle, Butch Stoff of Azle, and Janet Stoff Joyner of North Richland Hills; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stone, Billy Wayne  | 1939-2018
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Billy Wayne Stone
Billy Wayne Stone, 79, of Decatur, died Friday, July 20, 2018.
Funeral was Tuesday, July 24, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with Jerry Miller and Don Spain officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Carl Fennell, Jonathan Fennell, Bill Adams, Kenny Malone, Jimmy Malone and Larry Gage.
Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Davis and Curtis Daiker.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Billy Wayne started Decatur Tire Store in 1985. He had been a long-time employee of General Motors.
Billy Wayne was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Saling Stone of Decatur; parents Virgil J. Stone and Willie Mae Pugh Stone; and siblings Jack Stone, Jimmy Stone, Don Stone, J.C. Stone, Mona Jean Mitchum and Margie Ratliff.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Diane Stone of Decatur; daughters Kim Chambers and husband, Randy, of Decatur, Tammy Stone of Decatur, Keitha McLaughlin and husband, Codey, of Decatur, and Brandi Jimenez of Decatur; stepdaughter Christine Lawhon and husband, David, of Florida; stepson Tommy Esquibel and wife, Carrie, of Florida; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Decatur Public Library to further the education and literacy of Wise County youth.

Stricklin, Kathryn ‘Kay’ (Parrish)  | 1920-2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kathryn Stricklin
Kathryn “Kay” Stricklin, 97, died Friday, March 16, 2018, in Alvord.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord with the Rev. Phil Weisner officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. at the church.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Alexander Family Cemetery in Cochran County.
White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
Kathryn was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Kosciusko, Miss., to William and Emma (Neal) Parrish. Kathryn was a member of Living Word Assembly of God Church and belonged to the women’s prayer chain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Stricklin; sons Edwin and Johnny Stricklin; granddaughter Wendie Alexander; grandson Dave Alexander; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Kathryn is survived by her son, Tommy Stricklin of Alvord; daughter Lyndia Alexander and husband, David, of Morton; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Mary Savage of Denison.

Strine, Amanda Irene  | 1977-2018
Published Saturday, May 5, 2018

Amanda Irene Strine
Amanda Irene Strine, 40, of Decatur, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Decatur.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Amanda was born June 24, 1977, in York, Penn., to George and Dorothy (Caton) Strine.
She was preceded in death by her father; daughter Kayle Shenberger; and son Corbin Strine.
She is survived by her husband, Adam Dingus of Decatur; daughter Cassidy Shenberger of Sunset; sons Ian Strine of Decatur and Gavin Ripolio of Decatur; sisters Mary Nace of York and Megan Mazza of Indiana; brothers George Strine of Lancaster, Penn., Adam Strine of Red Lion, Penn., and Joseph Mazza of Indiana; and her mother.

Stroud, Steven Martin  | 1979-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Steven Martin Stroud
Steven Martin Stroud, 42, of Fort Worth, died Friday, May 4, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Fort Worth with Werth Mayes officiating.
Steven was born Jan. 26, 1976, in Fort Worth to Luther and Patricia Stroud. While growing up, Steven was active in Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout certification in 1992. In 2004, Steve joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and received several commendations and awards for his service following Hurricane Katrina. Steven worked for James Wood Motors in Decatur for many years until he finally decided to hang up his tools in 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Stroud; parents; stepmother Louise Stroud; and daughter Mattie McCraw.

Strowd, James Wilson 'Jimmy’ | 1965-2018
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

James Wilson Strowd
James “Jimmy” Wilson Strowd, 52, of Springtown died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jimmy was born May 8, 1965, in Selma, Ala., to James Edward Strowd and Mildred Faye Chapman. He was a loving son, husband, dad, brother and uncle.
Jimmy enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and was involved in Girl Scouts and 4-H with his daughter, Skye. Jimmy was a professional truck driver and a member of Western Cowboy Church/Hilltop Family Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lucinda (Luci) Strowd; his parents; daughter Skye Strowd; sister Teresa Decker (Gary); nephews James Mayo and Leamon Caudle; and nieces Amanda Campbell and Jennifer Powell.

Struges, Peter Micheal  | 1956-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018
Peter Micheal Sturges, 62, of Rhome, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Memorial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark with the Rev, Jeanne Evans officiating.
Pete was born Aug. 2, 1956, in Dallas. He served in the Army as a military police officer and was an Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Sturges; parents Edward T. Struges and Elizabeth Jean Moulton; son Michael Sturges of Rhome; daughter Amy Sturges of Fort Worth; brother Rick Smith of Virginia; and sisters Barbara Sturges of Grand Prairie and Laura Hoteling of Arlington.

Suggs, Donald Ray, Jr. | 1967-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Donald Ray Suggs Jr.
Donald Ray Suggs Jr., 51, of Boyd, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Arlington.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Donald was born Aug. 20, 1967, in Banning, Calif., to Donald Ray and Sharlene (Henry) Suggs. He was an interpreter for the deaf. He was a member of the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf and The North Texas: Rainbow Jeep Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Kaylin Stiles and husband, Kurt, of Aledo; son Theodore Suggs-Verwoest of Boyd; one grandchild; his parents; sister Rebecca Clark of Boyd; brothers Jeffrey Suggs and wife, Anna, of Boyd and Joseph Suggs and wife, Shanon, of Mansfield.

Supina, Thelma Faye (Miller) | 1917-2018
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Thelma Faye Supina
Thelma Faye Supina, 101, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Reehan S. Anthony officiating. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport, with Rosary at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers are Sean Strickland, Guy Hargrove, Sam Nicholson, Larry Supina, Mick Supina and Eddie Berry.
Thelma was born July 20, 1917, in DeLeon to Eddie Thomas and Lena Elizabeth (Ross) Miller. She married Frank William Supina Nov. 19, 1941, in Odessa. Thelma worked retail sales at Corner Drug. She was a member of St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church. Thelma was also a member of the Quilting Club and Altar Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter Sandra Supina; brothers Ross Miller, Oscar Miller, Bob Miller, Edwin Miller and Roy Miller; sisters Gladys Brown, Adell Parker and Hazel Miller; and twin sister Velma Supina.
She is survived by her son, Edward Ross Supina and wife, Ann, of Denison; daughters Carol Francesca Geninatti of Olathe, Kan., and Julia Kathleen Camp and husband, Jerry, of Rowlett; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother Homer Miller and wife, Jo, of Tulsa, Okla.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Swanzy, Emaley Rynea  | 1999-2018
Published Saturday, October 26, 2018

Emaley Rynea Swanzy
Emaley Rynea Swanzy, 19, of Paradise, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Wizard Wells.
Memorial was Oct. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Larry Fair officiating.
She was born May 19, 1999, in Temple, to Jennifer (Ramsey) Swanzy. She was a correctional officer at Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marion Joyce ‘Tootsie’ Ramsey; and great-aunt Michelle Duncan.
She is survived by her mother; brother Hunter Ramsey and son, Levi; sister Abigale ‘Alex’ Swanzy; grandfather Richard Ramsey, all of Paradise; father Jeremy Swanzy of Temple; grandparents Chris Swanzy and Linda Coleman, of Temple; great-grandparents Juanita Ramsey of Paradise and Helen Lee of Boyd; uncle Tim Ramsey and wife, Janice; and cousins Kyle, Karley, and Kohlton.

Swartling, Carolyn Dianne (Smith)  | 1945-2018
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Carolyn Dianne Swartling
Carolyn Dianne Swartling, 72, of Aurora, died Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Ft Worth.
Funeral was Tuesday, July 10 in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will immediately follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Carolyn was born Sept. 27, 1945, in Roscoe to Ned and Nora Mae Smith. She grew up in Colorado City. Carolyn was an LVN nurse from 1977-2012.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Swartling.
She is survived by her children, Tammy Swartling and Sheldon Northcutt; four grandchildren; sister Mary Jamison and husband, Tom; and brothers Joe Smith and wife, Lupe and John Smith.

Tackel, Ronnie  | 1953-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ronnie Tackel
Ronnie Tackel, 64, of Paradise, died Monday, July 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Matt Tackel officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Leslie Oates, Derek Read, Paul Kelley, Stan Caruthers, Wayne Arthur and Karl Black.
Ronnie was born Sept. 16, 1953, in Bridgeport to William A. and Ellon Faye (Kaker) Tackel. He married Ruth Nall and retired from Lockheed Martin.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sister Sandra Tackel; and brother Danny Tackel.
He is survived by his daughter, DeAnn Taylor and husband, Danny, of Decatur; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Tackett, Charlotte (Burks)  | 1951-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018


Charlotte Tackett
Charlotte Tackett, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at home.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Charlotte was born Sept. 11, 1951, in Point Mugu, Calif., to Hollis and Vera Burks. She married Albert “JR” Tackett Oct. 4, 1981, in Rhome. Charlotte was a store clerk for 20 years, and she was a member of Rock Island Family Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and her sister, Suzan Swihart.
Charlotte is survived by sons Russell Burks of Boyd and Steven Tackett and wife, Bambi, of Azle; daughter Sheryl Lambert and husband, Tim, of Decatur; four grandchildren; stepfather Warren Miller and wife, Linda, of Colorado City; sister Barbara Burks of Huntsville, Ala.; and brothers Byron Burks of Newport, Va., and William Miller of Colorado City.

Tasker, Harold Dean ‘Buster’ | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Harold Dean Tasker
Harold “Buster” Dean Tasker, 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
Buster was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Wichita Falls to George and Effie (Weaver) Tasker. He graduated from Chico High School in 1951 and married Wanda Wiest Jan. 24, 1953, in Waurika, Okla. Buster and Wanda lived in Wichita Falls where they raised their children and moved to Bowie in 1969.
Buster worked for many years as a self-employed fence builder. More recently he worked for Scott Seylee Construction Company traveling all over the country installing communication towers.
Buster was preceded in death by his wife; and two brothers.
He is survived by his children, Debra Major and husband, Chan, of Loveland, Colo., Harold “Rusty” Tasker and wife, Marilyn, of Bowie, Billy Dean Tasker of Bowie and James C. Tasker and Sherri Wolf-Price of Nocona; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; brother Royce Tasker and wife, Rosemary, of Sherman; and girlfriend Patsy Hand of Chico.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local home health care company of your choice.

Taylor, Delbert Junior  | 1927-2018
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018

Delbert Junior Taylor
Delbert Junior Taylor, 91, of Decatur, died Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was June 27 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with D. Ray Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Delbert was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Grandfield, Okla. to William and Sarah (Roberts) Taylor. He married Mary Lee Brown Aug. 20, 1950, in Texarkana, Ark. Delbert retired as an antenna designer in communications. Delbert served his country in the United States Army in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers Oran, Clark and Marley Taylor; and sisters Cassie Bailey, Eva Taylor, Iris Taylor and Annie Nelson.
He is survived by his daughters, Theresa Stephens of Decatur and Kim Taylor of Decatur; and sister Nora Rice of Decatur.

Taylor, Donald Wade  | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Donald Wade Taylor, 70, of Sunset, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Dallas.
No services are planned at this time.
Donald was born May 17, 1947, in Wellington to Irvin and Lucille (Faulkner) Taylor. He married Helen Poland Nov. 18, 1995, in Crafton. Donald graduated high school in Hobbs, N.M. Afterward he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea, Vietnam and Germany. He was an oilfield consultant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Dayton Lane; brother Billy; son Michael Hood; and great-granddaughters Heather Victoria and Addison.
Donald is survived by his sons, Charles Taylor, Jody Hood and wife, Lisa, Sidney Hood and wife, Brandi, Charles Hood and wife, Brenda, and Jason Hood and wife, Claire; daughters Lisa Hood and husband, Bart, and Louann Hood; sisters Sharon and husband, Cliff, and Becky; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Taylor, Judy E. (Bradley) | 1951-2018
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Judy E. Taylor
Judy E. Taylor, 67, of Alvord, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Alvord.
Graveside service was Nov. 13 at Alvord Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Cabellero officiating.
Pallbearers were Rick Clark, Calvin Morales, James McMullen, Bob Hamric, Shawn Younger and Phil Bloomer.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Judy was born June 30, 1951, in Spartanburg, S.C. to R.L. and Dorothy (Johnson) Bradley. She married Ron Taylor April 24, 2010, in Alvord. Judy drove a bus for both the Alvord ISD and the Decatur ISD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Mac McMullen; and son Billy Trim.
She is survived by her husband; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren; sisters Donna Morales and husband, Calvin, of Chico and Mattie Parrish and husband, Jim, of Alvord.
Memorial donations may be made to the Montague County Cowboy Church Youth Department.

Taylor, Mary Marie  | 1955-2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mary Marie Taylor
Mary Marie Taylor, 62, of Decatur, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Van Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Tommy Throckmorton, Jake Moody, Larry Moody, Jeremy Davis, Bert Smith and Wesley Ruddick.
Mary was born March 4, 1955, in Decatur to A.J. and Mary Edith (Romines) Taylor. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. She loved taking care of all her grandchildren. Mary opened and welcomed her home to all children. She was a retired baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Paul Fennell; and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Gonzales and husband, Juan, of Decatur; sons Michael Fennell and wife, Samantha, of Decatur, Dustan Fennell and wife, Cheyanne, of Decatur and Steven Fennell of Decatur; grandchildren Dustie, Zachery, Rusty, Rustan, Whitney, Jessica, David, Andy, Matthew and Claire; brothers Alvin, Ray, Bill, Doug and Weldon Taylor; sister Martha Hatley; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Taylor, Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ (Allen)  | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Patricia Ann Taylor
Patricia Ann Taylor, 71, of Newark, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Dallas.
Funeral was Aug. 3 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with the Revs. Billie Fitch and Jeff White officiating. Burial followed in Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Harris, Hilton Manor, Terry Whitt, Ronnie Smith, Dewayne Morris, Rickey Rhodes, Jacob Rose and Robert Koury.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Pat was born Nov. 19, 1946, in Decatur to Charles and Jeralene (Harwell) Allen. She was a homemaker and caregiver. She volunteered for different organizations throughout the years, including Missionette, a discipleship program for young girls.
She was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather Owen Landers; and son-in-law Danny Rhodes.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Rickey Gene Taylor, of Newark; sons Jerry Taylor, Charles Clark and Richard Taylor; daughters Rhonda Rhodes and Kylisa Taylor; stepbrother Chris Gamble; stepsister Cathy Kuzell; her father, Charles Allen and wife, Joy; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Taylor, Timothy Wayne  | 1949-2018
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Timothy Wayne Taylor
Timothy Wayne Taylor, 68, of Boyd, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Boyd.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Pallbearers include Kris Taylor, Richard Simmons, David Smith, Drake Kniffin, Mark Romine and Greg Crossen. Honorary pallbearers include Don Patterson and Rick Wood.
Timothy was born April 21, 1949, in Justin to Oscar and Martine (Mize) Taylor. He married Judy Goodger Dec. 13, 1969, in Boyd. Timothy served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather J.T. Stokes; and sister Virginia Vaughn.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years; daughter Shelley Simmons and husband, Richard, of Altus, Okla.; son Kris Taylor and wife, Rachale, of Boyd; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Don Taylor and wife, Patricia, of Boyd; sister Karen Tedrow and husband, Arnold, of Aurora; and brother Ronnie Stokes and wife, Liz, of Keller.

Teague, Jerald Doyle  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Jerald Doyle Teague
Jerald Doyle Teague, 77, of Coleman, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Coleman.
Graveside service was Oct. 8 at Aurora Cemetery, with the Rev. Kathyrn Ferguson officiating.
Pallbearers were Tom Bedrick, Allen Scott, Chris Bedrick, Cameron Kubala, Taylor Kubala and Jerry Ewing.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd handled arrangements.
Jerald was born May 10, 1941, in Abilene to George and Jewell (Dugan) Teague. He married Patricia Walker March 19, 1960, in Denver, Colo. He was an automotive mechanic and an Air Force Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughter Kimberly Teague; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Bedrick and husband, Thomas, of Newark, Debbie Dixon-Cox and husband, Mark, of Coleman, Patsy Bryant of Irving, Becky Howk and husband, Teddy, of North Pole, Alaska; son Randy Teague and wife, Sabra, of Coleman; 11 grandchildren; and sister Margaret Bryan of Odessa.

Tedrow, Joyce (Robinson)  | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Boyd died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Azle.
Graveside service was Oct. 12 at Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur with Larry Veasley officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd handled arrangements.
Joyce was born June 6, 1955, in Fort Worth to Pleasant and Mary (Oldham) Robinson. She married Verl “Bud” Tedrow Oct. 1, 1974 in Durant, Okla. She was a retired bus driver for Northwest ISD.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and one sister.
She’s survived by her husband; daughter Tonya Tedrow of Boyd; son Verl Tedrow Jr. of Boyd; two grandchildren; brothers Lowell Robinson of Newark, Dan Robinson of Fort Worth, and Mike Robinson of Cleburne; and sisters Sheila Downing of Reno and DeeAnna Waldrop of Newark.

Thomas, Jennie Lee (Wigger)  | 1946-2018
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018

Jennie Lee Thomas
Jennie Lee Thomas, 72, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Oct. 19 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Melvin Castleberry officiating. Burial was private.
Pallbearers were Clayton Rhine, Ross Tanner, Tyler Melton, Landon Smith, Logan Green and Jake Hobson.
Jennie was born May 24, 1946, in Corpus Christi to William and Teresa (Stephens) Wigger. She was a euke driver for Hanson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Zaddee Wigger.
She is survived by daughters Shelly Smith and husband, Roger, of Poolville and Carma Hobson of Bridgeport; sons Richard Green and wife, Karen, of Bridgeport and Mikey Thomas and wife, Raina, of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Thomason, William Lee ‘Bill’ | 1928-2018
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bill Thomason
William Lee “Bill” Thomason, 90, of Arlington, formally of Azle and San Antonio, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
Memorial was Dec. 18 at Northwest Christian Church in Arlington with the Rev. Ron Branstetter officiating. Graveside service followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Great nieces and nephews were honorary pallbearers.
Bill was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Spur to William Aron and Annie Lee Thomason. He was a salesman for 40 years with William Cameron Building Supply. Bill served in the United States Army for three years during the occupation of Germany following World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Raymond Whitford; and brothers Clint and Gene Thomason and Paul Whitford.
He is survived by his sisters, Mcajo Thomason Pool and Phyllis Curtis and husband, Ernest; sister-in-law Syble Thomason; nieces Sherri Culbreath and Teresa Pool; nephews Ray Pool III and wife, Jayne, Ron Thomason and wife, Corinne, and Eric Thomason and wife, Robin.

Thompson, David L.  | 1943-2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018

David L. Thompson
David L. Thompson, 74, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at Sand Hill Cemetery in Decatur.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
David was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Lawton, Okla., to Claude Thompson and Helen Leu. He married Joyce Dees Nov. 11, 1967, in Lawton and moved to Fort Worth. David retired from the State of Texas after 25 years. He was one of the pioneers of Texas air quality control. After his retirement, he went to work for the City of Fort Worth.

Thompson, Donna Joan (Verner)  | 1938-2018
Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

Donna Thompson
Donna Joan Thompson, formerly of Wise County, died Thursday, Jan. 11, at her home in El Reno, Okla.
Service is in El Reno at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Mark Mason officiating. Services are under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home of El Reno.
Donna was born Dec. 19, 1938, in Wise County to Cecil and Ozelle (Henry) Verner. She married Paul Thompson May 8, 1965, and they moved to El Reno in 1968. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
A homemaker and devoted wife, mother and “Granny,” Donna will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Danny Verner of Wise County, and a grandson, Logan Thompson.
Donna is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters, Amy Lacefield and husband, Lee, of El Reno, and Tammy Becktol and husband, Travis, also of El Reno; grandchildren, Tara Caruso, Kolby Caruso, Kelsy Becktol, Caleb Becktol; Jacob Becktol and Levi Becktol and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Russell-Murray Hospice, P. O. Box 1423, El Reno, OK 73036.

Throckmorton, Norma Lee (Harris)  | 1942-2018
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Norma Lee Throckmorton
Norma Lee Throckmorton, 75, of Boyd died Wednesday, June 26, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating.
Norma was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Weatherford to Ernest Lee and Dorothy Mae (Godsey) Harris. She married Edward C. Throckmorton Sept. 4, 1991, in Azle. She was a retired office manager.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Merwin Ido; her husband, Edward Throckmorton; son Boyd Randall “Randy” Ido; and brother Willie Harris.
She is survived by her daughter, Kim Ido of Bedford; son Brad Ido-Bruce of Dallas; son-in-law Eric Ido-Bruce of Dallas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include sisters Millie Walker of Boyd and Linda Harris-Pryor and husband, Ricky Pack, of Boyd; brothers Bobby Harris and wife, Patsy, of Boyd and Jerry Harris of Boyd; and sister-in-law Diane Harris of Bridgeport.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church, 1801 Irvin Street, Bridgeport, TX, 76426.

Town, Danny Ray  | 1964-2018
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

Danny Ray Town
Danny Ray Town, 54, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at East Bridgeport Cemetery with Chaplain Brad Gilbert and Glen Canova officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Brent Bolin, Randy Smith, Bobby Starnes, Bryon Latham, Christopher Hankins and Patrick Salisbury.
Honorary pallbearers are Matt Moore, Tony Selby, Joe Arredondo and Matthew Deering.
Danny was born July 26, 1964, in Cheyenne, Okla., to Donald Eugene and Margaret Ann (Heinsohn) Town. The family moved to Bridgeport in 1970. Danny was a pilot car escort for Trinity Industries for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents Perry and Edna Town and Ivan and Martha (Shelton) Heinsohn; and brother Dale Town.
He is survived by his mother; wife Judy Anderson of Bridgeport; sisters Debbie King of Bridgeport and Jolene Skaggs of Amarillo; daughter Lisa Eckeberger and husband, Jordan, of Lewisville; and two grandchildren.

Tredenick, Mildred Joe ‘Joe’ (Romine)  | 1928-2017
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mildred Joe Tredenick
Mildred Joe Tredenick, 89, of Decatur, formerly of Gainesville, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Dr. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Kody Klement, Karl Klement, Sam Tredenick, Brandon Strom, Don Hobbs and Richard Connett.
Joe was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Pratt, Kan., to Elby Ellis and Mildred (Keyton) Romine. She married Robert LeRoy Tredenick Jan. 15, 1948, in Pratt, and they were married 45 years until he died in 1993.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters Lydial Wood, Nadine Bender and Gladys Nease; and grandson Brandon Scott Burkhart.
Joe is survived by daughters Denise Connett and husband, Richard, of Lindsay, Jody Hobbs and husband, Don, of Valley View and Kim Klement and husband, Karl, of Decatur; son Sam Tredenick of Midland; grandchildren Courtny Strom and husband, Brandon, of Fort Worth and Kody Klement of Fort Worth; great-grandson Bennett Strom of Fort Worth; sister Virginia Pope and husband, Eugene, of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Solaris Hospice or a charity of choice.

Truitt, Jack Franklin  | 1942-2018
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jack Franklin Truitt
Jack Franklin Truitt, 75, of Forestburg, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Forestburg.
A family service will be held at a later date.
Jack was born Nov. 23, 1942, in Defiance, Ohio. He was a football player with Tennessee’s Oak Ridge High School that won the state and national championships in 1958. Jack went to North Texas State University (NTSU) in 1961 with a full football scholarship. He married Sharon Gael Truitt Dec. 22, 1961.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1963 and Master of Business Administration in 1967 at NTSU. He was president and vice president of Beta Alpha Psi, a professional accounting fraternity, and recipient of the NTSU Beta Pi Chapter Athletic Scholarship.
After a year with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., he earned a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1975. At the same time he taught accounting for Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois and military personnel in the MBA programs for the Military Air Command.
After a year as head of the University of Idaho Accounting Department, Jack moved to Washington State University in nearby Pullman, where he continued to teach managerial and financial accounting. He published academic articles and participated in professional accounting, finance, and accounting history organizations. He served in the faculty senate until he retired in 1994 to return to Texas.
For 12 summers, Jack and Sharon enjoyed owning and operating Top of the World Store located on the Wyoming/Montana border. While teaching at the University of Idaho, Jack farmed. He raised winter wheat and barley at the base of Moscow Mountain north of Moscow, Idaho.
In 1994, Jack and Sharon moved their farming equipment by rail to their current farm northwest of Forestburg where they bred and sold registered black Angus cattle.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years; son Jack Coleman Truitt and wife, Cindy Kay; daughter Catherine Calero Truitt Castle and husband, Danial; brother Richard Lee Truitt; sisters Nancy Gail Truitt Williams and Sandra Jean Truitt LaCour; and seven grandchildren.

Turner, Donna Marie (Ames)  | 1967-2018
Published Saturday, May 19, 2018

Donna Marie Turner
Donna Marie (Ames) Turner, 51, of Carrollton, died May 12, 2018, in Carrollton.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Farmers Branch.
John P. Brooks and Family North Dallas Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Donna was born Feb. 11, 1967, in Chicago, Ill., to Harry and Sharon Ames. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1985 and received a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Arlington in 1991. She married Robert Turner May 11, 2002.
She was a pricing coordinator for Lowe’s Home Improvement and was co-owner of Nationwide Construction Company with her husband.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her father and stepmother Carol Terhune; brothers Harry Ames Jr. and wife, Leah, of Bridgeport, Sean Ames and wife, Jenni, of Jamestown, N.Y., and Greg Ames and wife, Pam, of Bridgeport; and sister Nellie Stevens and husband, Daren, of Irving.
Donations may be made in Donna’s name to the Melanoma Research Foundation or the North Texas Humane Society.

Underwood, T. Garrett Glenn  | 1992-2018
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018

T. Garrett Underwood
T. Garrett Glenn Underwood, 26, of Paradise, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Weatherford.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with the Rev. Scott Strother officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Keith Eustace, Rusty Tedder, Tuff Morgan, Gunner Woods, Cody Cook and Eric Rutledge.
Garrett was born March 26, 1992, in Bridgeport to Tommie Jo (Gilley) and Von Dwight Underwood. He graduated from Paradise High School in 2010 and from Lincoln Tech for auto diesel mechanics in 2012.
Garrett was preceded in death by his grandmothers Lola Bell Underwood and Willey Fay Gilley; grandfathers Gail Garrett Underwood and Thomas Fred Gilley; and nephew Rex Bailey Morgan.
He is survived by his parents; sisters Julie Luxton and friend, Rusty Tedder, of Chico and Chrystal Eustace and husband, Keith, of Paradise; nieces Macy Morgan and Breelin Eustace; nephews Tuff Morgan, Gunner Woods and Kashton Eustace.

Upton, Roland  | 1947-2018
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Roland Upton
Roland Upton, 70, of Decatur, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 3 at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with Mark Autry officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Todd Ihnfeldt, Chris Caster, John Galloway, Craig Kinney, Rick Wilson and Chase Wilson.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
Roland was born July 30, 1947, in Fayetteville, N.C., to Elbert and Mary (Skipper) Upton. He married Joyce Ann Gilkerson May 1, 1968, in Fayetteville. Roland was a retired customer service agent for Braniff Airlines, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Eugene Upton.
Roland is survived by his wife of 50 years; son Jerry Upton and wife, Anne, of Paradise; daughter Tanya Wilson and husband, Rick, of Decatur; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Carl Upton and wife, Cheryl, and Robert Upton and wife, Rita; sisters Louise Steirer and husband, Larry, and Ella Mae Harris and husband, Alex.
Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Boyd or Wise Choices PRC, Decatur, TX, 76234.

Urban, Rodna (Winn)  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rodna Winn Urban
Rodna Winn Urban, 59, of Aledo, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Aledo.
Memorial service is noon Monday, Dec. 17 at Doxology Bible Church in Fort Worth with John Ferguson officiating.
The family will receive condolences immediately following the service at the Church.
Rodna was born Feb. 23, 1959, in Bridgeport to Anna and Bill Winn. She attended Bridgeport High School and spent most of her years living or working in Fort Worth and Aledo.
She is preceded in death by her father; and brother Bill Winn.
Rodna is survived by her daughter, Bailey of Bryan; her mother; and sibling Regina Winn of Bridgeport.
Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Hill Church in College Station, Doxology Bible Church in Fort Worth or Truth Initiative, which aims to spread the truth about tobacco.

Valcik, James Edwin ‘Jim’ | 1951-2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
James “Jim” Edwin Valcik died Jan. 14, 2018.
Memorial was Jan. 16 at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home in Flower Mound
He was born Nov. 23, 1951, in Decatur to Dr. John and Betty Valcik. Jim worked as a pharmacist after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoyed the people he worked with through the years. Most of all, Jim loved his children and grandchildren. His family was his joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Johnny.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy; sons Jayson Valcik of New York, N.Y. and Jerad Valcik of Wylie; daughter Jamee Hale of Norman, Okla.; brother Joe Valcik; and four grandchildren.

Van Meter, Arch W.  | 1932-2018
Published Saturday, September 29, 2018

Arch W. Van Meter
Arch W. Van Meter, 86, of Fort Worth, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
Memorial service was Sept. 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. A private burial was at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery near Rhome.
Arch was born July 2, 1932, in Decatur to Archibald Belmont Van Meter and Allie Chambers Van Meter. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1953, where he later earned a master’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Upon discharge, he married Patsy Thurmond, his wife of 62 years.
Arch was a longtime biology teacher at Arlington Heights High School. He retired in 1990 and was honored with the Arch Van Meter Science Scholarship.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Inquirers Class. While serving on church boards and committees, he also volunteered in its garden.
Arch was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, The Mustang Club, The Hilltop Society and Dallas Hall Societies. He was also a supporter of the SMU Mustang Band with scholarships and contributions for the newly built band hall.
Arch maintained a herd of Angus cattle on Chambers-Van Meter land, which had been in the family for more than 100 years.
He is survived by his wife; sons John Van Meter and wife, Jacqui, David Van Meter and Philip Van Meter and wife, Donna; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Foundation, Cook Children’s Medical Center, The Warm Place or a favorite charity.

VanHoose, Larry  | 1951-2018
Published Saturday, March 31, 2018

Larry VanHoose
Larry VanHoose, 66, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was March 28 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dale VanHoose officiating. Burial followed at Lonestar Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Curtis VanHoose, Matthew VanHoose, Jeremy VanHoose, Stan VanHoose, James VanHoose and Shawn Younger.
Larry was born May 31, 1951, in Bridgeport to James William and Mary Alice (Nabors) VanHoose. He married Cathy Molloy Sept. 8, 1979. Larry worked for Natural Gas Pipeline for 28 years. He retired from Enlink as a measurement technician but had worked for Richey Oilfield Co. and Devon Energy. He also worked in the city for four years before returning to the gas field.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Patsy, Sherry, Janie and Jacquelyn.
He is survived by his wife; sons Daniel and wife, Kitara, of Denton and Grant and wife, Elizabeth, of Decatur; two grandchildren; and brothers Bill and wife, Darlene, of Albuquerque, N.M., James of Fort Worth, Jerry and wife, Norma, of Runaway Bay, Travis and wife, Betty, of Bridgeport, Dale and wife, LaQuita, of Watauga and Tommy and wife, Kim, of Runaway Bay.

Vannoy, Willa June (Teague)  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Willa June Vannoy
Willa June Vannoy, 89, of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 2, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was July 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Ted Warwick officiating. Burial followed at Ringgold Cemetery in Ringgold.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Williams, Carl Meyer, Steve Lancaster, David McEntire, Cooper McClung and Melvin Castleberry.
Honorary pallbearers were Bud Buck and Henry Kaker.
Willa was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Nocona to Curtis Osborn and Lola Bertha (Baker) Teague. She married James Vannoy Dec. 22, 1946, in Nocona. Willa was a member of the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport, and she was an insurance agent.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Jimmy Vannoy; daughter Janet Powers; and brother Don Teague.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Ramsey and husband, Steve, of Corsicana, Julie Eskam and husband, Aaron, of Norman, Okla., Penny English and husband, Steven, of San Antonio and Michael Walters and wife, Filix, of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Elene Blackstone and husband, Preston, of Sherman; and brother Elton Teague and wife, Kay, of Nocona.

VanSickle, Eulane Mable  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

Eulane Mable VanSickle
Eulane Mable VanSickle, 81, of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial will be at a later date.
Eulane was born April 10, 1937, in Somerset, Ky., to Clarence and Laura (Bell) Dalton. She married William VanSickle in 1980 in Kokomo, Ind. Eulane retired as an assembly worker with an automotive manufacturer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Penny Poe and husband, Richard, of Decatur; son Daniel Mahoney and wife, Marcie, of Kokomo, Ind.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Vargas, Pascual  | 1957-2018
Published Saturday, October 6, 2018


Pascual Vargas
Pascual Vargas, 61, of Alvord, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary with Fr. Reehan Soosan Anthony officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church with rosary at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers are Ismael Vargas, Miguel Vargas, Pascual Vargas Jr., Jorge Vargas, Abel Lopez and Chris “Gregorio” Paul.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pascual was born May 17, 1957, in San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato to Jose and Cecilia (Mejia Rubio) Vargas. He married Virginia Luna Jan. 18, 1975, in Mexico. Pascual was a farmer.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years; sons Ismael Vargas and wife, Maria, of Alvord, Miguel Vargas and wife, Leticia, of Ardmore, Okla., Pascual Vargas Jr. and wife, Norma, of Lewisville and Jorge Vargas of Alvord; daughters Maricela Lopez and husband, Abel, of Alvord, Hortensia Vargas of Alvord, Leticia Paul and husband, Christopher, of Fort Worth and Maribel Vargas of Alvord; three grandchildrebn; brothers Antonio Vargas, Jose Vargas, Julian Vargas and Rene Vargas; and sisters Graciela Vargas, Yolanda Vargas and Maria Vargas.

Vernon, Elizabeth Maudene  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

Elizabeth Maudene Vernon
Elizabeth Maudene Vernon, 86, of Chico, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Chico.
No services are planned.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
Maudene was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Fort Worth to Clyde Bailey and Margaret Lucille (Parrish) Underwood. She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William Paul Vernon Jr.
Maudene is survived by her son, David Vernon of Chico; and brother Wayne Underwood of Kennewick, Wash.

Vess, Claud Morris  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Claud Morris Vess
Claud Morris Vess, 77, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Paradise.
Funeral was Oct. 20 at Bible Baptist Church with Dr. Jack Alumbaugh and the Rev. Dale Webster officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Keeter.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Morris was born Sept. 26, 1941, in Keeter to Claud and Carrie (Peel) Vess. He married Deborah Wright April 27, 1964, in Springtown. Morris farmed and worked in agricultural-related businesses until he retired. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Fay Steel.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; sons David Vess of Fort Worth and Dennis Vess of Paradise; daughter Sandra Vess Contreras and husband, Rodolfo, of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Vess, Dean  | 1954-2018
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dean Vess
Dean Vess, 63, of Boyd, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Boyd Cemetery with Mark Autry officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Dean was born Sept. 9, 1954, in Bridgeport to James and Mildred (Hatley) Vess.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Jerry Vess; and sister Betty Winder.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Vess of Decatur and Chad Vess and wife, Cheryl, of Boyd; daughter Kimberly Vess of Decatur; five grandchildren; sister Laverne Minton; brothers Darryl, Gordon, Royce and Ronald Vess and Don and Robert Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Vestal, Marc DeWayne, Sr. | 1955-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Marc DeWayne Vestal Sr.
Marc DeWayne Vestal Sr., 62, of Boyd, died Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Boyd.
Memorial was Aug. 3 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with the Rev. Fred Raney officiating.
Marc was born July 29, 1955, in Dallas to Clarence and Delores (Crowley) Vestal. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Sheryl Sheppard.
He is survived by his son, Marc Vestal Jr. and wife, Morgan, of League City; daughter Jessica Vestal and husband, Kaleb Baker, of Weatherford; and brother Larry Vestal and wife, Beverly, of Ozona.

Vincent, Rowdy Lane  | 2018
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rowdy Lane Vincent
Rowdy Lane Vincent, an infant, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
Family will receive friends 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Rowdy was born January 10, 2018, in Decatur to Rocky Louis Vincent and Rachel Lynn Moody.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gene Moody and Charles Lynn Moody; and great-grandparents Nona and Louis Moody and Geneva and Alvin Dawson.
He is survived by his parents; sister Rainey Lynn Vincent of Chico; grandmother Regina Moody of Chico; grandparents Carandy and Johnny Guinn of Crafton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Vinson, Johnny Hampton  | 1932-2018
Published Saturday, June 2, 2018

Johnny Hampton Vinson
Johnny Hampton Vinson, 86, of Fort Worth, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, in Greenwood Chapel. Internment is at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Funeral Homes in Fort Worth.
Johnny was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Tyler, to Lillian Kathleen (Dawson) and Fenner Melvin Vinson.
Johnny spent his early years in East Texas, where he met and married Eloise Sanders. In 1952, at the request of George Mitchell, the couple moved to Bridgeport and Johnny began his career in the oil and gas business. In 1972, after a 20-year career with Mitchell Energy, drilling wells all over North Texas, he started his own E&P company, Threshold Development in Bridgeport. Soon thereafter he moved his offices to Fort Worth and into the Fort Worth Club Tower where he stayed for 40 years.
Johnny earned numerous accolades, serving as chairman of the board for Arch Petroleum, Inc. (ARCH) from 1988 to 1998. He also became involved in ranching and real estate and created the Rolling V Ranch.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother James Vinson.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Jackie Vinson Scroggins and husband, Randy, and Vicki Vinson Cantwell and husband, Greg; son Johnny Hampton (Bud) Vinson II and wife, Cheryl; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Von Heuvel, Patsy (Plymell) | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, November 24, 2018

Patsy Von Heuvel
Patsy Von Heuvel, 87, of Paradise, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Nov. 20 at the First Baptist Church of Paradise with Pastor Chad Welty officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Brandon Buffington, Caleb Buffington, Trenton Buffington, Dale Brewer, Jarrett Holt and Chris Holt.
Patsy was born March 21, 1931, in Bridgeport to Leone Hoke and Mary Lola (Giles) Plymell. She married James Edward Von Heuvel in Paradise in 1948. She was a seamstress for 20 years in Bridgeport and Decatur and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.
She is survived by her son, David Von Heuvel of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; daughters Gloria Brewer of Okmulgee, Okla., Mary Ruth Holt of Paradise and Martha Upshaw of Aztec, N.M.; brother Darrell Plymell of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Wagner, Lawrence Leroy | 1954-2018
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lawrence Leroy Wagner
Lawrence Leroy Wagner, 63, of Boyd, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Christ Fellowship Church at Lake Bridgeport with the Rev. Todd Blair officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Thomas Keith Jr., Jared Howard, Christopher Warren, Timothy Warren, Johnathon Shade, Damon Shade, Jeremiah Shade, Michael Likes and Justin Lusk.
Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Keith, Brad Howard, Keith Fitzgerald, Steven Warren, James Warren Jr. and Mike Montgomery.
Lawrence was born Dec. 6, 1954, in Pittsfield, Ill., to Ralph and Selma (Ballinger) Wagner. He married Constance Ball Feb. 14, 2000, in Borger. Lawrence was a member of Christ Fellowship Church at Lake Bridgeport. He was a retired rig operator and supervisor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Sara Charlton.
He is survived by his wife; children Stacy Keith and husband, Thomas, Sandra Howard and husband, Brad, Christina Fitzgerald and husband, Keith, and Bobbie Warren and husband, Steven, all of Boyd, and Joseph Elsheimer, Shellie Cox and husband, Christopher, all of Borger; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include brothers Loren Wagner of Stinnett, Loyd Wagner and wife, Brenda, of Borger and Ralph Wagner and wife, Tammy, of Calhoun City, Miss.; sisters Sandra Warren and husband, James Jr., of Boyd, Virginia McNulty, Shirl Pennington and husband, Leland, and Carla Rodriguez and husband, Jimmy, all of Borger.

Walker, Darlene (Longway)  | 1953-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018

Darlene Walker
Darlene Walker, 64, of Decatur died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Darlene was born Dec. 16, 1953, in Coolridge, W. Va., to David and Icy (Shrewsberry) Longway. She married Brian Walker July 17, 1996 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Darlene was owner of Cutting Edge Salon where she was a cosmetologist. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her father, David R. Longway; son Robert Gerome Eugene Stepp; and brother Rickey Lee Cole.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Brian Walker of Decatur; sons Joseph L. Stepp and wife, Terri, of North Carolina, Jason G. Stepp and wife, Libby, of Decatur, Joshua C. Stepp of Decatur, John D. Saylor and wife, Brandy, of Ohio and Marcus Walker of North Carolina.
Other survivors include 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mother, Icy M. Greene of Decatur; sister Kay Shepherd of North Carolina; and brothers Billy and Rusty Cole of Maryland.
Memorials may be made to Relay of Life of Wise County.

Walker, Jimmy, Sr. | 1949-2018
Published Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jimmy Walker Sr.
Jimmy Walker Sr., 68, of Sunset, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Sunset.
His wishes were for a private burial with only his wife Brenda at Pleasant Hill Cemetery overlooking his farm. He wanted family and friends to remember him the last time they saw him.
He was born Sept. 4, 1949, to Junior Lee and Jaunell Whatley. He graduated Alvord High School in 1968. He retired from National Sprinkler Fitters in 2003. He married Brenda Hesteande April 1, 2002. He was a simple, God-fearing man who enjoyed family, friends, camping, hunting and good food.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife; mother Jaunell Walker; sisters Janice Pritchett and husband, Tommy, of Alvord and Lou Tyler and husband, Mike, of Frederick, Okla.; step-daughters Angela McDonald and husband, Jeff, of Meyersville and Stephanie McGarvey of Decatur; stepgrandchildren Aaron Alcorn and wife, Mariah, of USAF, Cole Alcorn and Jackson McDonald of Meyersville, Ava Walker of Chico and Josephine McGarvey of Decatur; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Walker, Laura (Gardner) | 1926-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

Laura Walker
Laura Walker, 92, of Decatur, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Ronnie Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Eric Ross, Ronald Willis, Jonathan Ross, Brison Robertson, Donald Willis and Joe Driver.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Laura was born June 10, 1926, in Dallas to Oscar and Thressa (Brooks) Gardner. She married William “Bill” Walker in 1955 in Hereford. Laura was a member of St. John Baptist Church in Decatur and the Eastern Star.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Frances E. Ross; two brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Jerry W. Ross and wife, Heidi, of Florida and Charles L. Ross and wife, Anita, of Decatur; daughters Jonnie Walker Martin and husband, William, of Port Arthur and Ruth Walker of Decatur; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother Charles T. Gardner and wife, Donna, of Georgia; and sister Johnnie M. McGruder of Missouri.
Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross.

Waller, Vanara Jane (Smith) | 1933-2018
Published Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vanara Jane Smith Waller
Vanara Jane Smith Waller, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Nov. 15 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed in Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Aaron Tuttle, Jonathan Tuttle and Abel Casillas.
Vanara was born May 20, 1933, in Cade, Okla., to Austin Lewis and Beryl (Knight) Smith. She married Paul E. Waller Nov. 10, 1968, in Madill, Okla. Vanara, formerly of Alvord, resided in Decatur since 2011 after the death of her husband. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 43 years; and brother Joe Smith.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Tuttle and husband, David, of Southlake; son Don Waller and wife, Sherry, of Lakeside Village; and sister Faye Rush and husband, Bill, of Arlington.

Walston, Robert Harold, Jr. | 1969-2018
Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

Robert Harold Walston Jr.
Robert Harold Walston Jr., 49, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Rocky Johnson officiating.
Robert was born Sept. 18, 1969, in Fort Worth to Robert Harold and Sharon Kay (Fancher) Walston Sr.
He is survived by his parents; daughter Ashley Wilkinson and husband, Chris; son Trae Walston and wife, Blair; daughter Kara Walston; son Dylan Walston; girlfriend Kim Parnell; sisters Celeste Canada and husband, David and Jessica Mairena and husband, Noel; brother D.J. Walston and wife, Tessa; sisters Lesa Westfall and Joy Coleman; brothers Coby Coleman and Patrick Cubel; sister Tammy Sullivan; and seven grandchildren.

Walton, Dennis V.  | 1923-2018
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dennis V. Walton
Dennis V. Walton, 94, of Azle died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Azle.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Azle Church of Christ with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Dennis was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Falls County to Jesse and Florence (Gilbert) Walton. He married Helen Corene Moore June 22, 1946, in Waco and served in the United States Army Air Corps. Dennis retired from Bell Helicopter as a mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; grandson J.B.; daughter-in-law Kathy; and sister Opal Spivey.
He is survived by sons Jim Walton and wife, Candy, of Azle, Donald Walton of Reno and Wayne Walton and wife, Cindy, of Colleyville; daughter Janis Sonntag and husband, Michael, of Azle; grandchildren Cheyanne, Andy, Cody, Brad, Justin, Spencer, Kristina and Larry; 13 great-grandchildren; and extended family members and friends.

Ward, Daniel Edward ‘Buddy’ | 1930-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Daniel Edward Ward
Daniel Edward “Buddy” Ward, 88, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with the Rev. Fred Ferren officiating.
Buddy was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Pauls Valley, Okla., to Jessie and Lovina (Peters) Ward. He married Aaron Elizabeth Croy Oct. 29, 1954, in Lewisville. Buddy retired as a pastor of 60-plus years. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Chico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and son John Calvin Ward.
He is survived by his sons, Eddie Ward and wife, Christi, of Alvord, Danny Ward and wife, Tonya, of Alvord and Kevin Ward and wife, Faith, of Decatur; brother Jessie Ward of Harlingen; sister Thelma Ragland of Pauls Valley, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Ware, Robert Lee ‘Bob’, Jr.  | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, April 7, 2018

Robert Lee Ware Jr.
Robert Lee “Bob” Ware Jr., 80, of Cottondale, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Interment will follow at the cemetery in Wizard Wells.
Bob was born June 16, 1937, in Chico to Robert Lee and Jessie Hughes Ware. He attended Bryson High School and McMurry University.
He was a retired Methodist minister. He served as pastor for Paradise UMC, Garvin UMC, Rhome UMC and Allison Community Church. Bob was also a prolific songwriter and musician who served as disc jockey in the 1960s at the radio station in Jacksboro and later as editor/photographer of Herald Publishing Company’s twin-weekly newspapers and the Jack County Messenger. He was a contributing writer for the Bridgeport Index and was recognized by the Republic of Poland in exile for his articles placed in the National Archive in Budapest regarding accounts of soldiers in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ione Morrow Smith; and grandson Michael Ryan Ware.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris Calhoun Ware; children Michael Ware and wife, Diana, Robin Ware Keith and husband, Jimmy, Robert Lee Ware III and wife, Shirley and Angela Ware Tidwell and husband, Lance; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Watson, RoseMary (Nikirk)  | 1941-2018
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018

RoseMary Nikirk Watson
RoseMary Nikirk Watson, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Memorial service is 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord.
RoseMary was born March 21, 1941, in Fort Worth to Jack and Rosalene Nikirk. She grew up in Alvord and attended Alvord High School. She continued her education at Tarrant County Junior College and airline school in Fort Worth. She retired from Frontier Airlines in Dallas.
RoseMary enjoyed traveling, being involved with her children’s activities, assisting her husband, Lawrence ,when he was mayor of Alvord and with Meals on Wheels. RoseMary and Lawrence eventually moved to Cartersville, Ga., to be close to their children and grandchildren.
She became an avid tennis player and was captain of several teams that went to state tournaments.
RoseMary was a woman of inspiring faith in the Lord. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Her home was a place of family celebrations and traditions.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Jackie Ann Nikirk.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lawrence Derrell Watson; daughters Diann Watson Tilley and husband, Al, and Dana Watson Lampropoulos and husband, Takis; sister Joy Waller and husband, John; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nephews, nieces and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 100 West Washington Street, Alvord, TX, 76225 or Pleasant Grove Cemetery #3 c/o Doris Neighbors, 4965 CR 2690 Alvord, TX 76225.

Webb, Greely, Jr. | 1937-2018
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018

Greely Webb Jr.
Greely Webb Jr., 81, of Rhome, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Rhome.
Funeral was Aug. 10 at Decatur Church of Christ, and burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Greenwood Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Greely Jr. was born March 31, 1937, to Greely Sr. and Frances Webb. He served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years. Greely continued his aeronautical career at Lockheed Martin until his retirement in 1993.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Janice Marie Webb.
He is survived by his daughters, Phyllis Hezler and husband, Gary, Jeannie Williams and husband, Brian, and Sharlotte Vise and husband, Brad; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Oneeda Terry and husband, O’Neil; and sister-in-law Audrey Hickman and husband.

Webster, Garey ‘Mark’ | 1954-2018
Published Saturday, February 10, 2018

Garey Webster
Garey “Mark” Webster, 63, of Boyd, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Boyd.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Mark was born Nov. 18, 1954, in San Diego, Calif., to Don and Jackie (Childress) Webster. He married Deborah Lynne Fowler May 1, 1975, in Fort Worth. Mark was a member of Aurora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters; and his brother.
He is survived by his daughter, Brandi Dawn Waters and fianc , Michael; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his brothers and sisters.

Welsh, Glen Wilson  | 1928-2018
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

Glen Wilson Welsh
Glen Wilson Welsh, 90, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2018.
Memorial will be 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 6 at the Church of the Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport. Internment will be at a later date.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Glen was born March 25, 1928, on the Welsh family homestead near Garrison, N.D. He graduated from Garrison High School, then earned a bachelors degree in civil engineering at the University of North Dakota. He earned a U.S. Air Force second lieutenant commission from ROTC. He graduated from USAF pilot school, Class 52F, in Bartow, Fla.
During the Cold War, Glen flew a B-29 aircraft from Mildenhall, England in support of electronic countermeasures missions. He was later tranferred to Lincoln, Neb. to the 98th Refueling Squadron where he flew CK-97 refueling aircraft in support of Strategic Air Command B-47 missions. Glen was discharged from the Air Force in 1955.
He married Virginia Schmidt Jan. 15, 1956, in Lincoln. They moved to California where Glen was a design engineer for Lockheed and Douglas. In 1958, he began working for the FAA and had various technical supervisory positions in Los Angeles, Ca., Honolulu, Hawaii, and Fort Worth. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was recalled to active duty for one year with the California Air National Guard and flew C-97 aircraft for MATS in the Pacific Theater. He retired from the FAA in 1984. One of his many accomplishments was certifying Bell Helicopters for airworthiness in the 1960s.
Following retirement, while living near Keller, Glen worked with Care Corps for 12 years as a home maintenance specialist providing assistance to the elderly. In 1999, he moved to Decatur.
Glen is preceded in death by his parents; and brother Wayne.
He is survived by his wife; sons Randy and wife, Jan, of Bend, Ore. and Brian and wife, Karen, of Hilo, Hawaii; daughter Lori Blankenship and husband, Mike, of Decatur; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Doris and June and her husband, Otto, of Bismark, N.D.; and brother Neal and wife, Phyllis, of Denver, Colo.
Donations may be made to the Church of the Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church.

West, Janie Mae (Lytal)  | 1935-2018
Published Saturday, March 10, 2018

Janie Mae West
Janie Mae West, 83, of Mansfield, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
A memorial service was Feb. 26 at Mansfield Church of Christ.
Janie was born Jan. 18, 1935, in Wolfe City to Clovis Richard and Sadie Arvilla Stephens Lytal. She married Kenneth Gray West Feb. 5, 1955, in Rockwall County.
Janie was preceded in death by her husband; grandchild Randy Minchew; and great-grandchild Asher Minchew.
She is survived by her son, Steve West and wife, Gayla; daughters Judy Hubbard and Cathy Minchew and husband, Gary; son Joel West; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters Della Fennell and Corine Potter.

Wetsel, Joyce (Reynolds)  | 1935-2018
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Joyce Wetsel
Joyce Wetsel, 82, died Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was April 10 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with David Lowrie officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Joyce was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Milford, Mass., to Arthur and Esther (Eldridge) Reynolds. She married Albert Wetsel Dec. 26, 1954, in Milford. Joyce retired from the Wise County Clerk’s Office. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur and Wise County Women’s Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years; daughter Brenda Reber of Flower Mound; son Barry Wetsel of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Eunice Goyette of Massachusetts; and brother Everett Reynolds of Massachusetts.

Whatley, Robert W. ‘Bob’ | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

Robert Whatley
Robert “Bob” Whatley, 83, of Wichita Falls, died Monday, June 11, 2018.
Funeral was June 14 at Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park with the Rev. Tim Franks officiating. Graveside service followed at Cumby Cemetery in Chico.
Bob was born June 12, 1934, in Park Springs to Walker and Gertrude Whatley. Bob was an auto parts manager in Iowa Park for 52 years. He was a manager for Danny Coffman at D-C Auto.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers C.J. Whatley, Floyd Whatley and Jerry Whatley; and sister Jackye Whatley.
He is survived by his daughters, LaWanna Johnson and husband, Randy, of Scotland, Cynthia Whatley of Orange Park, Fla.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Anita Long, Nell Walker, Dot Whatley and Shirley Cary and husband, Danny; and brother Leland Whatley and wife, Mary.
Memorial donations may be made to the children’s charity of your choice.

Wheeler, Mike  | 1963-2018
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018


Mike Wheeler
Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial to follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Mike was born Sept. 6, 1963, in Oklahoma City to George and Sharon Wheeler. He grew up in Mustang, Okla., where he graduated high school. Mike spent many summers on Lake Texoma camping and fishing with family and friends.
He married Nancy Blickensderfer Nov. 21, 1981, in Oklahoma City. He served in the Navy on the USS Eisenhower where he was in aircraft ordinance. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cottondale where he served as a deacon and was an avid drag car builder and racer. He was a lifetime aircraft mechanic and spent most of his working years at American Airlines.
Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy Wheeler of Paradise; son Justin Wheeler and wife, Meghan, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter Amanda Gentry and husband, Dillon, of Cottondale; his parents, of Kingston, Okla.; four grandchildren; and sisters Lori Wheeler of Edmond, Okla., and Hallie Burt and husband, Jim, of Kingston.

White, Jerry Douglas  | 1942-2018
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018

Jerry Douglas White
Jerry Douglas White, 75, of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Decatur.
Service will be held at a later date.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Jerry was born Dec. 26, 1942, in Fort Worth to Alvin and Velma (Campsey) White. Jerry was retired from apparel sales. He served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debra White of Decatur; daughters Crystal White of Fort Worth and Chandra Scoggins of Fort Worth; sons Coy White and wife, Lisa, of California, Talmadge White of Graham and Shawn Scoggins of Fort Worth; and nine grandchildren.

White, John Edward  | 1942-2018
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

John Edward White
John Edward White, 75, of Decatur died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur with Tyler White officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Michael White, Jimmy White, Scott White, Tony White, Cody White, Colton White, Tyler White, Jeremy White, Dusty Sides and Austin Higgins.
John was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Decatur to B.O. and Susie (North) White. He was a retired plumber. John married Carol Joan Allred May 9, 1959, in Waurika, Okla. They were married 48 years when she died in 2008.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Dianna Gail White.
He is survived by sons Michael White and wife, Debbie, of Decatur, Jimmy White and wife, Marie, of Decatur, Scott White and wife, Amy, of Decatur, and Tony White and wife, Candace, of Decatur; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Ina Askey of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Whitley, Marquis Brent ‘Mark’ | 1946-2018
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Marquis Brent Whitley
Marquis “Mark” Brent Whitley, 71, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. A reception will follow.
Mark was born Dec. 28, 1946, in San Saba to Wanda Lee Badger Whitley and Alfred Ural “Pete” Whitley. He hired out for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in August 1965 in Beaumont. Through many mergers and acquisitions, he retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 2006. After retiring, Mark and his wife, Ellen, moved to Wise County.
In 2014, he and Ellen took steps to create an Episcopal presence in Wise County. With the help of Bishop Rayford High Jr., a new church plant was formed and eventually was named the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Timothy “Tim” Wayne Whitley.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ellen Lorraine Zimny Whitley; daughters Regina “Gina” Whitley Lynette (Ned Andrew Solomon), Carol Ann Whitley Hickman (Jim), Angela “Angie” Denise Whitley (Jeromy Trask) and Julie Lorraine Whitley (Jay Hill); eight grandchildren; and sister Cynthia “Cindy” June Whitley Tochterman (Jerry).
Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity or to the church building fund. Checks should be payable to Wise Congregation Inc., P.O. Box 21, Decatur, TX 76234.

Williams, Clyde Weldon | 1945-2018
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018


Clyde Weldon Williams
Clyde Weldon Williams, 72, of Paradise, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Paradise.
Funeral was Nov. 30 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. James Golaz officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Clyde was born Dec. 11, 1945, in Seminole to Clyde and Clara (Young) Williams. He married Rita Gayle Benton Oct. 15, 1966, in Paradise. Clyde worked as an oilfield worker in petroleum production. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson Billy Ray Williams II.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years; sons Clyde Weldon Williams Jr. and wife, Angie, of Seneca, Mo., and Billy Williams and wife, Stacy, of Decatur; daughter Melissa Osborn and husband, Greg, of Boyd; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Williams, Frankie Ann (Read)  | 1943-2018
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

Frankie Ann Williams
Frankie Ann Williams, 75, of Boyd, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 25 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Fred Raney officiating. Burial was at Keeter Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kendell North, Chance Crisp, Ethan Crisp, Joe Andrew, Cheryl Hughes and Tanya Prince.
Frankie was born March 22, 1943, in Bridgeport to J.D and Katheryn (Easley) Read. She married C.L. Williams Feb. 4, 1982, in Palo Pinto County.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Frankie is survived by her daughters, Thresia Crisp and husband, Henry, of Decatur and Kerrie Van Hoose of Bridgeport; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother Dickie Read of Paradise.

Williamson, Clifford  | 1949-2018
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Clifford Williamson
Clifford Williamson, 69, of New Boston, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New Boston.
Memorial service is 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Hooks with the Rev. Grant Sutton officiating.
There is no visitation.
Bates Rolf Funeral Home of New Boston is handling arrangements.
Clifford was born May 29, 1949, in Hereford. He was a retired cross country truck driver and Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Author Williamson; and sister Alice Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Williamson of New Boston; sons Jim Williamson of New Boston and Leon Williamson of Hooks; daughters Leona Williamson of Big Springs and Amanda Williamson of Stillwater, Okla.; brothers Howard Williamson of Bridgeport, Glen Williamson of Bridgeport, Tom Williamson of Graham and Neal Williamson of Lake Worth; sister Jane Williamson of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Wilson, Betty Ann (Colgate)  | 1931-2018
Published Saturday, June 9, 2018

Betty Ann Wilson
Betty Ann Wilson, 86, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial was June 8, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Rick Cooper officiating.
Betty was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Roswell and Edna (Durham) Colgate. She married Marlin Otis “Red” Wilson Feb. 18, 1950, in Los Angeles, Calif. She retired from Cigna Hospital where she was a nurse for 25 years. Prior to her nursing career, Betty worked as a waitress at Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Lloyd Colgate.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years; son Marlin Curtis Wilson and wife, Leslie, of Cedar Park; daughter Jerilyn White and husband, Randy, of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Shirley Knori of San Diego, Calif.

Wilson, Emma Joan (Chaffin)  | 1936-2018
Published Saturday, May 26, 2018

Emma Joan Wilson
Emma Joan Wilson, 81, of Decatur, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Denton.
Graveside service was Friday, May 25, at the Plainview Cemetery in Krum with the Rev. Mark Webb officiating.
She was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Dallas to Charles Lee and Emma Bessie (Blanton) Chaffin. Emma married Marshall Edward “Pete” Wilson March 15, 1953, who died in 1986. Emma met James Marion Pugh in 1988. She and James shared their lives together until his death on April 25, 2018.
Emma was a member at the Countryside Fellowship Church and she retired from Walmart.
She is preceded in death by her daughter Linda Joan; son Marshall D. Wilson; and brothers Francis L. Chaffin, Charles D. “Dubby” Chaffin and Chester Chaffin.
Emma is survived by her sons Dennis Wilson and wife, Janet, Chester Wilson and wife, Peggyl; sisters Linda Glenn, Annetta Boise and Arlene Bates; brother David Chaffin; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in her honor.

Wilson, Larry  | 1948-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Larry Wilson
Larry Wilson, 70, of Nacogdoches, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
Memorial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Nick Sholars officiating.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.
Mr. Wilson was born March 4, 1948, in Fort Worth to Joseph Bramblett Wilson Jr. and Marguerite (Melton) Wilson.
He graduated from Amon Carter-Riverside High School in 1966. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served from 1969 to 1973. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. and worked as a proofreader for the St. Petersburg Times. He moved back to Texas in 1977 and attended SFA and majored in forestry.
Larry was a member of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church. He married Carol Wilson July 10, 1993. He served on various committees at the church, sang in the choir and was active with the Boy Scout troop. He was self-employed until he retired.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Roy Don Wilson; and sister Beverly Greene.
Larry is survived by his wife; sons Van Wilson and wife, Carter, of New York, N.Y., Evan Wilson and wife, Becky, of Seattle, Wash., and Scott Bowyer of Nacogdoches; daughter Kristi Bennett and husband, Deroy, of Decatur; brother J. B. Wilson and wife, Ursula, of Show Low, Ariz.; sister Brenda Wier and husband, Richard, of Gordon; grandchildren Izze Wilson, Theo Wilson, Hayden Bennett, Caleb Bennett, Bailey Bowyer, Reid Bowyer and Ryan Bowyer; mother-in-law Laverne Wiley Green of Decatur; sister-in-law Sharon Cooper and husband, Scott, of Denton; brother-in-law Galen Wiley and wife, Claudine, of Bridgeport.
Donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy in memory of Larry Wilson (tnc.org, 877.812.3698) or to Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church (638-A North University Dr. #255, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961).

Winans, Daniel Ray ‘Grandpaw’ | 1948-20018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daniel Ray Winans
Daniel “Grandpaw” Ray Winans, 70, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, March 9, 2018.
Memorial services will be private.
He was born Jan. 29, 1948, in Decatur to John Wesley and Myrtle Ruth (Jenkins) Winans.
Daniel was a diesel mechanic, a man of the oilfields and an over-the-road truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife, Debra (Powers) Winans; son Gary Winans and wife, Judi; daughter Tania Baines and husband, Bernard; and daughter Misty Winans; nine grandchildren; his mother; and sister Ruth Ann Taylor.

Winans, Myrtice (Hines)  | 1939-2018
Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

Myrtice Winans
Myrtice Winans, 79, died Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Aurora Cemetery.
Mansfield Funeral Home in Mansfield is handling arrangements.
Myrtice was born Feb. 1, 1939, to George and Ninabell Hines. She was a hairdresser, church secretary, an employee in the registrar’s office and the financial aid office at Baylor and an employee at Brazos Higher Education Service. She served as a youth minister, Sunday School teacher and mentored children of all ages.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Myrtice is survived by her daughter Dyanne Cooperman and husband, Andrew; sons Dempsey Winans and wife, Kathy, and James Winans and wife, Lynne; three grandchildren; brothers George Hines and wife, Juanita, Sam Hines and wife, Alice, and Danny Hines and wife, Carolyn.
Donations may be made in memory of Myrtice to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Wolfe, Shirley (Ritchmond)  | 1940-2018
Published Saturday, August 18, 2018

Shirley Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe, 78, of Boyd, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boyd.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Terry officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Keeter.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Levi Wolfe, Doug Latham, Billy Don Ritchmond, Chris Wolfe, Anthony Perez and Chris Nelon.
Honorary pallbearers are Kennith McCauley and Bryon Latham.
Shirley was born May 11, 1940, in Fort Worth to H.O. and Elizabeth (Davis) Ritchmond. She married George Wolfe May 5, 1958, in Gainesville. She was a retired nurse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jimmy Charles Wolfe; and grandson Casey Sean Wolfe.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years; daughter Sharon Nelon of Texarkana; sons Clint Wolfe and wife, Evelyn, and Levi Wolfe and wife, Kimberly, all of Boyd; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.

Wood, Annie Lee (Reeves)  | 1922-2018
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Annie Lee Wood
Annie Lee Wood, 95, of Decatur, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers include Sam Renshaw, Ray Nellis, Fred Renfro, Paul Farmer, Braden Byrd and Buddy Black.
Annie was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Decatur to Claude and Beulah (Holt) Reeves in Decatur. She married Cecil Roy Wood Sr. April 25, 1942, in Bakersfield, Calif. Annie taught for 38 years at Fort Worth Independent School District. She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Cary Wood; sister Ruth Castleberry; and brothers Joe and Bonner Reeves.
She is survived by her son, Cecil Roy Wood Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Welder; daughter Sylvia Hornback and husband, Dick, of Decatur; grandchildren Elizabeth Killen, Clinton Wood, Coleman Sterling, Craig Wood, Hunter Hornback and Justin Hornback; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Wood, Doyle D.  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Doyle D. Wood
Doyle D. Wood, 84, of Justin, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle with Father George officiating. Burial will follow at Boonsville Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Robert Grantham, John Thames, Dustin Wood, Wain Glass, Danny McKnight and Jim Engbrock.
Doyle was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Crews to Ed and Lorena (Bagwell) Wood. He married Susan Merka Dec. 28, 1982, in Roanoke. Doyle retired from Radio Shack as an accountant. After his retirement, he worked for FEMA. He was a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters Loretta Boatwright, Florene McKnight, Douglas Wood, W.G. Wood, Betty Myres, Donna Atkinson, Mary Stith, Earl Wood, Mae Bell Grantham and Sandra Tillery.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Debra Thames and husband, John, of Justin; sons David Wood and wife, Miyong, of Fort Worth and Jeff Wood of Bridgeport; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Effie Jewel Engbrock.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark Church building fund. St. Mark Catholic Church, 6500 Crawford Road, Argyle, TX 76226.

Woodruff, Josephine (Peel)  | 1933-2018
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Josephine Woodruff
Josephine Woodruff, 85, of Mansfield, died Monday, March 26, 2018, in Mansfield.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Burial will follow at Sanger Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the funeral home.
Josephine was born March 15, 1933, in Palm Harbor, Fla., to Troy Ezera and Ella Jayne (Taylor) Peel. Josephine was married to the late Carl Woodruff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother Bill Peel.
She is survived by her daughters, Carla Creamier and husband, Allan, and Misty Dawn Woodruff; sons Mike Woodruff and wife, Sissie, Mark Woodruff and Gary Woodruff; and sisters Evel Parker, Lottie Davis, Agnes Gibson, Louise Anderson and Linda Jackson.

Woodruff, W.B., Jr. | 1925-2018
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018

W. B. Woodruff Jr.
W. B. Woodruff Jr., 92. of Decatur, died April 27, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral service was Tuesday, May 1, at The First United Methodist Church of Decatur, followed by burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.
He was born Aug. 27, 1925, on a farm near Seymour to Willard Bennett Sr. and Lera Mae Stryker Woodruff. He married Mary Louise Gettys Nov. 1, 1947, in Decatur.
Due to his father’s business of building roads and highways across Texas, W.B. lived in 12 different towns during his school years. He was a Boy Scout who attained the rank of Life Scout. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1942 where he played football, ran track, was editor of the school newspaper, president of the student body and met his future wife.
Upon graduation he began his college career at Texas A&M but was eager to serve his country as soon as he turned 18 in 1943. Following the war, W. B. returned to Texas A&M and took additional classes at Texas Tech. He earned his law degree from The University of Texas.
During WWII, he served with the 612th Pack Artillery Battalion of the Mars Task Force of the U. S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theater where he was an expert marksman and earned a Bronze Star.
W. B. remained in military service with the U. S. Army Reserves, from which he was recalled to active duty in 1950 for service in the Korean Conflict. He served with Company L, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division, receiving three Purple Hearts.
After service in Korea, he transferred to the Texas National Guard and was assigned to the 49th Armored Division, where he was recalled to active duty in September 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. He then served an extended year active duty with the 1st Armored Division during the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaving active duty for the last time in September 1963. In all, he spent 35 years in the U. S. Army, Army Reserve and National Guard, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
W.B. began practicing law in Decatur in 1950 with his uncle Grady Woodruff. He served as Assistant County Attorney under W. A. Hughes, then as County Attorney. He later helped to launch the legal careers of John Fostel, Stephen Wren, Mike Simpson, Ross Simpson, Dana Manoushagian, his nephew Melton Cude and his son Mason Woodruff. He retired from the law firm in 1988.
His numerous civic duties included serving on the Decatur School Board, Decatur Cemetery Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wise County Historical Society, Wise County Veterans Group, as Mayor, and as director of The First National Bank. He also served as Commanding Officer of the National Guard Armory, as Chairman of the City of Decatur Veteran’s Memorial Steering Committee and was involved in the construction of the Wise County Veterans Park. He chaired the Public Library Finance Committee which raised over $1,000,000 for the construction of a new library building in the late 1980s.
He was honored as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1985, received his Masonic Lodge 50-year pin in 2008, and The City of Decatur proclaimed November 10, 2009 as W B. Woodruff Jr. Day.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack Woodruff; sister Doris Woodruff; and great-grandson Drew Glosson.
W.B. is survived by his wife of 70 years; sons Martin and wife, Jana, Mason and wife, Karen and Tim and wife, Joy, all of Decatur; daughters, Nannette Williams and husband, Kevin, of Denton and Nola Cocanougher and husband, Daniel, of Lake Bridgeport; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Veterans Museum, Wise County Historical Society or The First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

Woods, Mark ‘Quick Draw’ | 1956-2018
Published Saturday, June 9, 2018

Mark Woods
Mark “Quick Draw” Woods, 62, of Chico, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Gainesville.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Chico Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Mark was born April 25, 1956, in Fort Worth to James Franklin and Letta Louise (Greer) Woods. He married Patricia Ann Howard in May 2016 in Chico. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his first wife, Frances Ann Gault Woods.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Katie Woods Martin of Alvord; sons James E. Woods and wife, Sarah, of Chico and Dustin Woods of Poolville; five grandchildren; brother Aaron Wayne Harville of Chico; and his mother.

Word, Wilson Odies ‘Mitch’ | 1963-2018
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wilson Odies Word
Wilson “Mitch” Odies Word, 54, of Lubbock, died July 18, 2018.
His memorial service was held July 21 at Abundant Harvest Community Church in Brownfield.
Mitch was born Aug. 2, 1963, in Levelland to Charles and Wanda (Bilbrey) Word. He was an award-winning sportswriter for more than 20 years with the Levelland News Press, Wise County Messenger, and Brownfield News.
While attending South Plains College, he toured with the Country Caravan. He performed with various area country and rock bands his entire adult life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Zach; and grandson Ethan.
He is survived by his daughters, Brandee Tells and husband, Nathan, of Odessa and Kailey Word of Brownfield; brothers Kyle Word and wife, Kathy, of Abernathy and Owen Roberts and wife, Cindy, of Benton, Ark.; and six grandchildren.

Wright, Betty Lou (Mann)  | 1934-2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Betty Lou Wright
Betty Lou Wright, 83, of Bridgeport, died Friday, March 9, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service was Monday, March 12, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating.
Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.
Betty was born June 2, 1934, in Bridgeport to Ozelle Mann. She married Ernest Alvin Wright June 6, 1952, in Rhome.
She is survived by her husband of almost 66 years; sons George Wright and friend, Julie Bakke, of Denton and Jimmy Wright and wife, Jean, of Lufkin; one grandson; and brother James Brazier and wife, Debbie, of Bridgeport.

Wright, Jimmy ‘Lightning’ | 1934-2018
Published Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jimmy Wright
Jimmy ‘Lightning’ Wright, 83, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Craig Erb and Brad Gilbert officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Todd Huckabee, Howard Spence, Paul Dryess, Gene Frankie, Mark Henke, Clint Kiger and Lemo Bermudez.
Lightning was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Paradise to Paul and Jewell (Buckingham) Wright. He was a farmer and rancher in Bridgeport. He married Peggy Huckabee April 19, 1957, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Lightning was preceded in death by his parents; brother Tommy Wright; and sister Eva Lee Cook.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Carol Freeman and husband, Steve, of Bridgeport; son Marty Wright and wife, Vicki, of Purmela; sisters Genevieve Matthews of Weatherford, Imogene Preston of Cummings, Ga., and Charniece Jasper and husband, Charles, of Jacksonville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and daughter Darlene Garton and husband, Jim, and children.
Memorial donations may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 98156, Washington, DC 20090-8156, or First Baptist Church, 1204 12th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Wroe, John Preston  | 1924-2018
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018

John Preston Wroe
John Preston Wroe, 93, of Decatur, died Friday, June 8, 2018, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Rick Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Aurora Cemetery.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to service.
Pallbearers include Larry Yates, Larry Dunlap, James Ford, B.D. Lowe, H.L. Ross and Roger Armstrong.
John was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Frankston to Sam and Artie (LeVassar) Wroe. He married Christine Norton March 11, 1950, in Decatur. John was a retired instrument electrician for American Oil Company. He was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ. John served in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years; sons John Kent Wroe and wife, Teresa, of Pearland and Troy Scott Wroe and wife, Cheryl, of Prosper; daughter Debra Annette Brown and husband, James, of Iowa Colony; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren
Memorials may be made to Christ’s Haven for Children 4200 Keller-Haslet Rd. Keller, TX 76244

Yarbrough, Dorothy Ann (Henson)  | 1947-2018
Published Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dorothy Ann Henson Yarbrough
Dorothy Ann Henson Yarbrough, 71, of Boyd, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Decatur.
Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at her son Tom Yarbrough’s home, 805 Chaparral Court in Bedford.
Dorothy was born April 22, 1947, in Fort Worth to Wilbur and Eloise Baxter Henson. She was an executive assistant for City Concrete.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Junior Yarbrough, and great-grandson, Greyson.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Jesse Yarbrough and wife, Penny, Tom Yarbrough and wife, Stefani, and Lisa Callahan; brothers, Robert and Eddie Henson; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Yingst, Todd Stephen  | 1959-2018
Published Saturday, January 27, 2018

Todd Stephen Yingst
Todd Stephen Yingst, 58, of Rhome, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.
Memorial service is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Todd was born March 19, 1959, in Alton, Ill., to Edmond and Phyllis (Hartnett) Yingst. He married Paula Rae Richey Dec. 28, 1998, in San Antonio. He was a software engineer.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Todd is survived by his wife of 19 years; daughter Jessie Kaether and husband, Joe, of Evansville, Wis.; grandchildren Max and Leo Kaether; his mother; brother Mark Yingst and wife, Micah, of Burleson; nephews Jake and Troy Yingst; his honorary son, Dax Wise; and extended family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, hsnt.org, 817-332-4768 ext. 132; or to: KNON, knon.org, 214-828-9500, 11311 N. Central Expressway, Suite 105, Dallas, TX 75243.

Young, Keith L.  | 1935-2018
Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

Keith L. Young
Keith L. Young, 82, of Bridgeport, died Monday Jan. 8.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport and will be officiated by Pastor Steve Hill. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Keith was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Offerle, Kansas to Hobart and Gladys (Piland) Young. He married Mary Giles on March 31, 1955.
A petroleum engineer for 25 years, Keith eventually earned his teaching degree and became a teacher for the Texas prison systems. He worked well into his early 80s until he fell ill. Keith was also a mentor for young men going into the engineering profession. He was a member of Toastmasters International and the Spirit Life Church. His hobbies were anything related to geology and genealogy.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, brother Carl Young, and sisters Lola Campbell and Lorna Wicks.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Young; son Allan Young; daughters Julie Young and Janette Files; sisters Grace Moe and Deloris Pitts; grandchildren Sheree Gray, Jordan Files, Sophy Fillipelli, Gretchen Jensen, Hope Young and Viki Shade; and three great-grandchildren.

Young, Plez Douglas  | 1941-2018
Published Saturday, February 17, 2018

Plez Douglas Young
Plez Douglas Young, 76, of Bells, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Sherman.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Mullican-Little Chapel in Bells with Chris Merritt, Bill Sessom and Jeremy Sweet officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bells.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, at Mullican-Little Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Mike Young, Robert Young, Brian Young, Jeremy Stockard, Dylan Young, Reed Young and John Young.
Honorary pallbearers are Jeremiah Bragg and Geary Coomer.
Plez was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Rattan, Okla., to John Plez and Annie (Deaton) Young. He was an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Rifle Association and American Cutting Horse Association. He was also a member of the Central Texas Quarter Horse Association and served as president, as well as on the board of directors.
Plez was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce Carolyn Young; and wife Gwynella F. Young.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Young of Bells; sons Mike Young and wife, Marie, of Justin, Robert Young of Waco and Brian Young and wife, Amber, of Whitesboro; stepdaughters Michelle Southerland and husband, Mark, of Mount Pleasant and Stephanie Manning of Early; stepsons Jeremiah Bragg of Bells, Wayne Coomer and wife, Cookie, of Decatur and Geary Coomer and wife, Shelley, of Duncanville; sisters Cledith Ray and husband, Joe, of Paris and Pat Lankford and husband, Larry, of Hutto; brothers Larry Young and wife, Cheryl, of Savoy and Roger Young and wife, Pat, of Winnsboro; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Zinn, Eva Wynell (Wiley)  | 1931-2018
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Eva Wynell Zinn
Eva Wynell Zinn, 86, of Denton, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Denton.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with the Rev. John Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Kevin Byrne, Jon Zinn, Max Duncan and Robert Duncan.
Eva was born March 7, 1931, in San Angelo to Floyd and Willie (Osborne) Wiley. She married Edward Vance Zinn Dec. 26, 1949, in Spade. Eva retired from teaching. She was a member of the Southmont Baptist Church in Denton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Wiley Zinn; and twin daughters Jeannie and Judy Zinn.
She is survived by her daughters, Joy Duncan and husband, Jay, of Denton and Kathy Phillips and husband, Fred, of Temple; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Raymond Wiley and wife, Betty, of Lubbock; and daughter-in-law Debbie Zinn of Belton.