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FOR THE WEEK OF April 17, 2014
Rufus Manford “Bit” Lewis Jr., 51, of Desdemona died Friday, April 11, 2014 in Stephenville.
Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Desdemona Cemetery with Denver Rainey officiating.
Rufus Manford “Bit” Lewis, Jr. was born Aug. 25, 1962 in Gorman, TX to Rufus Manford Lewis, Sr. and Mary Ruth (Sharp) Lewis. He was a farmer and a welder.
He is survived by two daughters, Kendra Lewis of Stephenville and Amber Lewis of Whitney; three brothers, Melvin Lewis of Desdemona, Allan Lewis of Eastland and Rocky Lewis of Dublin. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Lewis.
FOR THE WEEK OF April 10, 2014
James Arthur Bowlsby, 82, died Monday, April 7at his home in Garland, Texas. Bowlsby is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Underwood, a native of Dublin and the sister of John Underwood of Dublin and Judy Hallmark of Granbury TX.
Bowlsby served his country with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.
Bowlsby was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He is survived by his children Janet Young of Billings, Mont., Joy Clark of Casper, Wyo. and Jill York also of Casper, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and his brother, Ben Bowlsby of Brentwood, Calif.
A visitation will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Military Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the New Dublin Cemetery.
James Richard Gryder, 87, of Odessa died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Medical Center Hospital.
He was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Meadow, TX to James R. and Maudie Gryder.
He married Dorothy McCann, in 1947.
Gryder worked for Haliburton for over 30 years, and then worked in construction.
He is preceded in death by two daughters, Dorothy Louise Gryder and Jo Reta Stubblefield.
He is survived by his wife; a son, R. Duane Gryder of Aubrey, TX; two daughters, Carla Clark of Odessa and daughter Ruby Mayo of Lake Arthur, N.M.; a sister, Lorene Leatherman of Stephenville, TX; five grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Live Oak Cemetery in Dublin, TX.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa.
Winston Alton Jones, 79, of Dublin died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Fort Worth.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1934 in Dublin to Willie Alton Jones and Ella (Grey) Jones.
He was wed in Dublin to Laverne Christian on Oct. 27, 1951.
In life, Jones worked as the manager of a grocery store and was a member of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Rodney Jones of Midland; two daughters, Cathy Kucharski of San Angelo and Paula Larsson of Midland; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joy Compton.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, Dean Bradley officiating, with burial in Roundgrove Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Tim Lange, 56, of Dublin, TX, died Thursday, April 3, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1957 to Gale and Clarissa Lange in Riverton, Wyo.
He was married to Janice McCorkle on Nov. 15, 1985. They resided in Dublin. He worked for Fibergrate for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, James of Dublin and Jeff of Thibodaux, La.;his mother, Clarissa of Horizon, TX; a sister, Gaylene Loghry of Gilbert, Ariz. and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe; his father, Gale; and grandfathers, Ivan Lange and Jim Allen.
Upon the family’s request, there will be no memorial service at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Danny Burten Mateer, 68, of Dublin died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville.
He was born on Feb. 22, 1946 in North Carolina to James Brown Mateer and Dorthy Marie Burton.
Mateer was wed to Joan Wood on April 9, 2004. In life, he worked as a truck driver.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Danny Mateer of Calif.; a daughter Shannon Mateer; and two granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Mateer.
His body was cremated and services are pending under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Paul Mullins, 72, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Comanche.
He was born on July 14, 1941, in Manasses, Va., to Rufus and Edna Nervest (Holyfield) Mullins. Paul was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the United States Army.
He was a truck driver for Chapperal Steel in Midlothian until he retired. He was a member of VFW #9299 in Alvarado and American Legion also in Alvarado. Paul was a member of New Life Church in Cleburne.
He is survived by one son, Gary Mullins, Jr. of Burleson; three daughters, Rhonda Alderman of Comanche, Trisha Graham of Dublin and Angie Pena of Waxahachie; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Warren Mullins of Virginia, James Mullins of Virginia, and Bobby Mullins of Tennessee; and three sisters, Eunice Hammond of Virginia, Elizabeth Helowitz of Arizona, and Marlene Le Haney of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Taylor Mullins; three brothers, Cullen Mullins, Quentin Mullins, and Kermitt Mullins; and three sisters, Norma Jean Boggs, Anna Ruth Lewis, and Reba Joyce Mullins and first wife, Mary Ellen Kidwell.
Funeral Services were held at the graveside on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
If desired, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
Clark D. Purcell, age 78, of Meridian, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, in Waco, Texas.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 4, in the Clifton Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Creech officiating. His pallbearers were Jim Carpenter, Walter Malott, Todd Hyatt, Justin Allen, Joe Staley, Justin Gann, Corey Powell, and Roger Garza.
Clark was born October 31, 1935, in Spur, Texas. As a small child, he and his parents moved to Dublin, Texas, where he was raised and educated. Clark enlisted in the U. S. Navy and while stationed in Norfork, Virginia, he met and later married Sandy Cartwright.After his tour of duty, he and Sandy moved to Dallas where he worked as a draftsman. In 1979, Clark and Sandy moved to Meridian. He and his late brother, Joe, joined with their father, Eugene, forming Purcell and Sons Contracting. They built bridges and later water treatment plants. After the death of Eugene, the brothers began Purcell Contracting, continuing the family business. He had served on the Meridian I.S.D. School Board for several years and was a member of the Meridian First Baptist Church. Clark was a man of many talents. He was a draftsman by trade and applied his skill and talent to his enjoyment of watercolor painting and wood working, especially after his retirement.
He is survived by his wife: Sandy Purcell of Meridian, sons: Chad Purcell and wife, Gayla, of Meridian, Thad Purcell and wife, Misty, of Waco, grandchildren: Morgan Purcell, Sydney Purcell, Kyler Gray, Kelan Gray, Kloe Purcell, Karsten Purcell, Korah Purcell, and Kaleb Purcell; sister: Anita Vinson and husband, Darrell, of Granbury; sister-in-law: Nell Purcell of Meridian; nieces and nephews: Scott Vinson, Tracee Vinson, Wayne Vinson, Mark Vinson, Kris Shipman, Kelli Purcell, Kasey Shipman, and Chelsea Shipman.
Mr. Purcell was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Irene Purcell; son, Brad Purcell; and his brother, Joe Purcell.
Words of sympathy and remembrances may be sent to the family at http://www.lawsonfuneralhome.net/
Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas, 254-435-2792.
Darrell Ivin Wozencraft. 49, of Tucson, Ariz., died March 31, 2014.
He was born on July 26, 1964 in Lovington, N.M. to Ivin L. Wozencraft and Helen Brown.
In life, he worked in construction.
Wozencraft is survived by his grandmother, Essie Lee Sluder of Lubbock; three sisters, Dena Jernigan of Dublin, Debbie Miller of Dublin and Dee Shugart of Marlin, TX; two sons, DeWayne Wozencraft of Lakin, Kans. and Josh Wozencraft of Lakin, Kans. and numerous other relatives.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at Barbee Cemetery.
FOR THE WEEK OF April 3, 2014
Imogene Hall, 85, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Stephenville.
She was born on Sept. 11, 1928 in Comyn, TX to E.A. Thurman and Cora Stackhouse Thurman.
She was wed on Sept. 13, 1946 in Dublin to Gayland Guy Hall who preceded her in death on April 18, 2007.
In life, she worked at Waldrep Peanut Company for many years and was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Hall is survived by two daughters, Shirley Couch of Stephenville and Nancy Cowan of Abilene, TX; four grandsons, a granddaughter and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 29 at Dublin Liveoak Cemetery, Dean Bradley officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Charlene May, 76, died on Friday, March 28, 2014, in Comanche County, Texas.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1937, in Comanche, Texas, to Charles and Dollie (Belt) Matthews.
On May 27, 1955, she was united in marriage to Harold May in Comanche.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Harold May of Comanche County; four daughters, Sherry Sims of Dallas, Debra Delmasso of Seminole, Carolyn Phifer of Comanche, and Cynthia Stout of Comanche; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral Services were Monday, March 31, 2014, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Connally officiating.
Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Comanche County.
The life of Nancy Jane Bernice Tucker McCormack of Alba, TX, will be celebrated with a Graveside Service at the Dublin Live Oak Cemetery, at the Tucker Family Plot, Dublin, TX on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 p.m..
She was a devout Christian and knew Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She joined her Savior, her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret USArmy) Joseph Lawrence McCormack, Jr., and their infant son, Joseph Lawrence McCormack, III, on December 17, 2013.
Her ashes will now be interned alongside those she loved. She was 93 years young. She was a loving woman to all her family and friends. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.
Nancy Jane Bernice Tucker, was born in a farm house in Comanche County, Texas, on May 2, 1920, to Joseph Lewis and Grace Isabelle Farley Tucker, the ninth of ten children. At the age of 3 she started working in the vegetable garden, tending the chickens and doing household chores. By the time she graduated from high school, she was plowing, planting and harvesting the crops, primarily cotton and peanuts. Throughout school she actively participated in music, drama and sports, which she excelled and lettered 4 years in high school in tennis, basketball, baseball and volleyball. She worked in the Superintendent’s office under the National Youth Association program. She was a good student and loved to read which she continued throughout her entire life. She was nicknamed “Songbird” because of her beautiful soprano voice. She sang all her life. She sang at church, school functions, in the community and a solo at her Commencement Graduation.
While a student at Scott & White Nursing School, she secretly took flying lessons but had to quit when discovered. There she met the love of her life, soul mate and best friend, Lt. Joseph Lawrence McCormack, Jr., while he was stationed at Camp Hood. They were married July 3, 1943. Nancy graduated from Scott & White Nursing School in 1944, as the first officially married student. She was married to Lt. Col. (Ret. USArmy) JL McCormack, Jr., for nearly 60 years.
Being the wife of an Army Officer, Corp of Engineers, Nancy traveled with her husband throughout the world. She lived in Killeen, TX, where their first son, Joseph Lawrence, III, was born and died in infancy; in Seoul, Korea during the occupation after WWII, where their daughter, Vicky Lee, was born; at Sangley Naval Air Station in Cavite, the Philippine Islands during the HUK Revolution, where their daughter, Margaret Ann, was born; and the Presidio, San Francisco, CA, where their son, Jay Tucker, was born and raised his first three years in Naples, Italy, while her husband was attached to the Southern Command of NATO traveling throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. Nancy has traveled to every continent except Antarctica, many states and foreign countries, some many times. Multiple generations have been instilled with the joy of learning, travel, art, music, history, sports and an appreciation of what a wonderful country we have the privilege of calling our home, the United States of America.
Nancy raised her children in a Christian home as she herself was raised. She was active in volunteering at church and in the community throughout her life. Education was important and all her children and grandchildren are college graduates. All have been active in volunteering. Her home was always a welcoming refuge and she was the host mother for many foreign students while they were in college.
She worked throughout her life as a Registered Nurse in all areas and later as a Psychiatric Nurse in the Mental Health field where she was an Associate Professor with the University of Alabama Bachelor of Nursing program at their field office in Pascagoula, MS.
Nancy was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the First Families of Texas, The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, the United States Daughters of 1812, the National Society of Magna Charta Dames with 6 direct decedents signers and the Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
She is survived by her children: Vicky (Dr. Bill) Spilker, Alba TX; Margaret McCormack, Kansas City, MO, and Jay McCormack, Fredericksburg, TX. Grandchildren: Brian Boothe (Molly), Raleigh, NC; Katrina (Dr. Ryan) Wymore, Kansas City, MO; Tucker McCormack, Washington, DC; Claire (Ben) Hogan & William McCormack of Dallas, TX; Jennifer (Sam) Warner and great-grandsons, Brooks & Callaway of Cumming, GA. She is also survived by Susie McCormack Bernard, Fredericksburg, TX; her Chinese family: Chaing & Lydia Lin, Dr. Doris Lin (Dr. Jeffery Carlson), Charles (Cathy Tono) Lin and great-grandchildren, Zane Lin & Alexandra Carlson; her Jewish family: Roberto Bruckstein & Nancy Campbell, Lizette Bruckstein & Liane (Dr, Bron) Hedmann; her best friends of more than 50 years, Cecilia Sarra, Bath, England; Gloria Perkins, Altus, OK her roommate at Scott & White; & Pat Davis, Fort Worth, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death were her infant son, Joseph Lawrence McCormack, III, Oct. 16, 1945 and her husband, Joseph Lawrence McCormack, Jr., Feb. 23, 2003; her parents, Joseph Lewis and Grace Isabelle Farley Tucker; five brothers: John, Hazel, Raymond, JW who was killed at the invasion of Guam, and RC; and four sisters: Marzie Peninger, Mignon Peninger, Ida Mae McMillan and Altha Locke. She was the last of this Tucker Clan.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to any of the following charities or the charity of your choice. Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746, Columbus MS 39703; North Central Texas Academy, 3846 No Hwy 144, Granbury TX 76048; African Leadership Missions, PO Box 994044, Redding CA 96099; or the Salvation Army PO Box 2050, Tyler TX 75710.
FOR THE WEEK OF March 27, 2014
Dale Nowlin, 80, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born on March 10, 1934, in DeLeon, Texas, to Virgil and Bonnie (Frank) Nowlin.
On June 26, 1954, he was united in marriage to Jane Easley in DeLeon.
He worked for Gandy’s Milk Company for many years and served as a fire marshal for 27 years and 3 months for the City of Comanche. Dale was a member of the Comanche County Law Enforcement Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Comanche and for several years he taught Sunday school at Dillon’s Children’s Home in Comanche. Dale was a member of the Hope Masonic Lodge #481 in Comanche and Armstrong Masonic Lodge #445 in DeLeon. He was a member of the J.C’s in Comanche. Dale was a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Nowlin of Comanche; son, Dennis Nowlin of Fort Worth; brother, Dean Nowlin and wife Marie of DeLeon. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen Nowlin, Gale Nowlin and Frank (Sonny Boy) Nowlin and one sister, Madge Golden.
Family will receive friends at Comanche Funeral Home on Monday night from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jackie Auvenshine officiating. Burial will be in DeLeon Cemetery in DeLeon. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
If desired, memorials may be made to Comanche Public Library, 311 N. Austin, Comanche, Texas or charity of choice.
FOR THE WEEK OF March 20, 2014
Graveside funeral services for Joe W. Cordell, 62, of Rusk, TX, will be Sunday, March 16th, at 2 p.m. at the Douglass Cemetery with Bro. Gerald Edwards officiating.
Cordell died Wednesday, March 12, in Rusk. He was born August 12, 1951 in Pasadena, TX to Clifford Joe & Laverne Williamson Cordell.
He was a dairyman for many years and had been the past President of the Texas Association of Dairymen as well as the Farm Bureau's Young Farmer of the year in 1986. He also had an American Farmer's Degree from the Future Farmers of America.
Cordell had lived in Rusk for a year and in Dublin for 27 years. He lived for many years in Appleby, TX.
Survivors Include his mother, Laverne Cordell of Douglass, TX; three sons, Billy Joe Cordell of Rusk, Clifford Joe Cordell II - New Auburn, Wisc. and Vance Smith of Mansfield, TX; three sisters, Pat Roark of Nacogdoches, TX, Rebecca Moon of Vero Beach, Fla. and Sharon Clinch – Douglass.
Arrangements were made under the direction of O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home of Alto, TX.
Ronnie Ray Huse, 62, of Dublin died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1952 in Comanche County to Billy Ray Huse and Lydia Mae (Gaines) Huse.
He was married on May 27, 2002 to Rae Anna Harris.
In life, Huse worked as a chiropractor, was active in the community and assisted with the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Christopher Ray Huse of Normal, Ill. and Alexander Ray Huse of Austin; and a step-daughter, Dala Dian Deininger of Wichita Falls, TX.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Dublin, Toby McLaughlin officiating. Huse requested that his body be left to science.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Veterans.
Amy D’Ann Propp, 51, passed from this world on March 5, 2014 in Denver, Colo.
She was born on March 28, 1963 to Latrelle Barnett Cain and Bobby D. Pell.
She is survived by her husband, Alan D. Propp; children, Cameron and Makayla Propp; her mother; her sister, Melissa Murphy Wells; and her brother, Michael M. Murphy.
“You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
Memorials may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 2255 S. Oneida St., Denver, CO, 80224.
Billie Ruth Vineyard, 79, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, in Comanche County, Texas.
She was born on April 8, 1934, in Callahan County, TX, to Manuel Earl and Emma Lottie (Mayfield) Lackey.
On May 1, 1954, she was married to Billy Joe Vineyard in Dublin. He preceded her in death on October 1, 2013.
She worked as secretary to the Comanche County Attorney, was a published author and a member of Sidney Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Lynn Shelton Springtown and Shelley Jo Gibson of Sidney; son, Don Eric Vineyard of Fort Worth; three grandchildren: two step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ethel Obregon of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by two brothers.
Funeral Services were Friday, March 14 at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Keg Gibson officiating. Burial was in Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery in Comanche County. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Steve Michael Wilson, 66, of Dublin died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 11, 1948 in Dublin to George Wilson and Myrtle Francis (Thompson) Wilson.
Wilson was married on Sept. 25, 1971 to Brenda Kay McMillian.
In life, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and a pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Stephenville and Southside Baptist in Dublin.
Wilson is survived by his wife; three sons, Jim Michael Wilson of Corpus Christi, TX, Michael Steven Wilson of Portland, TX and Michael Jason Wilson of Dublin; two granddaughters; and three brothers, Wesley Wilson of Dallas and Pat Wilson and Lu Wilson, both of Dublin.
Funeral services are Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Pastor C. Edward Jones officiating and Lu Wilson delivering the eulogy. He will be buried in Hanson with Michael Steven Wilson officiating graveside.
FOR THE WEEK OF March 13, 2014
Bill Bessent, 82, died on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Rising Star, TX.
He was born on June 19, 1931, in San Saba, TX to William Townsend Bessent and Ethel Della (Skaggs) Bessent.
He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the United States Army, and he was a member of the National Rifle Association.
On January 13, 1964, he was married to Lucille Yvonne Boatman in Comanche. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2000.
He worked as an oil driller and was a Baptist.
He is survived by two daughters, Melinda Elaine Bessent of Dublin and Tina Lucille Banford of May; a step-daughter; a step-son; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen Bessent of Sidney and Prentice Bessent of San Angelo; and three sisters, Louise Rogers of Sherman, Peggy Sue Barns of Comanche, and Mary Ruth Harmon of Lampasas. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Cox Cemetery in Comanche County, with family members officiating. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Jane Shafer Brewer, 73, of Early, TX, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene.
She was born on July 17, 1940 in Gorman, TX to Delbert Shafer and Neda Sparks Shafer.
She was married on May 30, 1993 in Early to Donnie J. Brewer.
In life, she was a dedicated homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. She was educated at Dublin High School and Tarleton State University.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Tim Ray of Stephenville; a daughter, Debbie Ray Montgomery of Stephenville; a brother, Mike Shafer of Stephenville; two sisters, Mary Sue Peacock of Stephenville and Linda Greenway of Dublin; two stepsons five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services are Wednesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at Dublin Live Oak Cemetery, Dean Bradley officiating. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Arrangements made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
William S. (Sy) Norris Jr., LTC (Retired) of Dublin passed away peacefully, on March 10, 2014 at Fort Worth Harris Methodist Hospital. At his bedside were son Larry and daughter Sheryl.
Sy Norris was born In Gorman, Texas on October 29, 1931 to Elsie and Bill Norris. The family eventually settled in Dublin, where he attended and graduated from Dublin High School, in addition to being an outstanding student, he was a stand-out athlete especially In football. He graduated from Dublin High School in 1949. After graduation he attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville before transferring to the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology,
He married Shirley (Fanning) Norris on September 9, 1951. Together they had three children: Bill, Larry, and Sheryl.
After graduation from college, Sy received a commission in the United States Army. In addition to serving numerous postings in the States, he also served tours of duty In France, Germany, two tours In Viet Nam and one tour in Somalia. He was the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other medals and awards. He also earned a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University- He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Corps of Engineers after 22 year of service.
After retirement from the army, he and Shirley settled on the family ranch outside of Dublin. He also went to work for Tarleton State University where he became the Vice President of Physical Facilities. During his time at Tarleton he oversaw a nearly complete overhaul of the campus. Among his accomplishments was the building of the Administration Building, the Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center, and the renovation of numerous other buildings and dorms. Also, he personally designed and oversaw the building of the current TSU football stadium. In 1990, he retired from Tarleton and spent full time on his passion of raising cattle.
He is survived by his wife Anastatla Knlght-Norris, son Bill Norris and wife Mary of Dublin, son Larry Norris and wife Becky also of Dublin, and daughter Sheryl Aklns and husband Don of Benbrook. He is also survived by grandchildren John Whltt, Jeff Whltt, Valerie Norris, Alex Norris and Krysta Kennedy. He had 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Shirley, his wife of 49 years, his wife Wanda Norris and grandson Charlie Norris.
Sy was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Dublin. Visitation will be held at Harrell Funeral Home on Thursday, March 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will also be held at Harrell Funeral Home on Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m.
A memorial service for Diann White, 53, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Point Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Holston, best friend and pastor officiating. Her body was arranged for cremation.
White lost her life while saving her longtime companion and friend, Carolyn Cody and her little pug dog Noah. She was a dedicated Christian.
She is survived by father and stepmother Don and Frances White, brother David White, sister Dona Bridges, two stepsisters and a stepbrother.
She was preceded in death by her mother Judy White.
FOR THE WEEK OF March 6, 2014
Gwendolyn Loree Alexander, 86, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was born on July 16, 1927 in Dublin to Abner Dee Gibson and Audie Florance (Tackett) Gibson.
On May 29, 1947, she was married in Dublin to James Boyd “Bud” Alexander. He preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 2010.
In life, she served as a teacher and the first female manager for Sunbelt Savings. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Dublin.
She is survived by her daughter, Pam Waller of Granbury; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 5 at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Dean Bradley officiating, with burial following in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Kent Cox, 42, of Lingleville, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014. A memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville Texas. Services are under direction of Stephenville Funeral Home.
Cox was born in Lockney, TX on June 25, 1971 to Thomas Dwight Cox and Cheryl Lynn Keller.
He has been a resident of Erath County for the past 20 years. Cox rode Bulls throughout high school and college and was a member of the PBR during its early years. He transitioned to the role of Stock Contractor/Trainer over the years and was a record setting bull trainer.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dwight Cox; Paternal grandparents, Bennie and Lottie Faye Cox and maternal grandparents, Billy Jack and Clara Keller.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Gina Graham; his mother, Randy Lawson of Waco; his sisters, Cotii Richey of Hewitt, Jamie Maricle of Eddy, Amanda Lawson of Waco and Kimberly Cox of Dallas; and a brother, Cory Cox of Georgia.
In lieu of Flowers, the family is establishing a memorial fund under Kent’s name for riders sustaining brain injuries.
Donna Joy Dowell, 57, of Stephenville, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Stephenville.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 1 at the Cottonwood Baptist Church in Dublin with Mike Fritscher officiating. Following services at Cottonwood, Donna’s desires were to be cremated.
She was born on June 25, 1956 in Dublin. She spent over 27 years as office manager of the Stephenville Animal Health and Medical Clinic, and has worked as office manager for the last several years for Dowell Well Service. Dowell was a member of the Cottonwood Baptist Church, and Sisters of the Pythians; and was a lifelong resident of Stephenville.
Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Gayle Fain Vargas of Stephenville; son, Brandon Dale McKinney of Stephenville; two grandchildren; her mother, Joyce Toler Burnett of Weatherford; her father, Donald Dowell of Stephenville; a fiance, Alan Glover of Stephenville; a brother, Mark Dowell of Stephenville; and a sister, Wendy Dowell Moser of Stephenville.
The Dowell family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Billie “Jack” Gray, 89, a WW II veteran, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Big Spring, Texas.
A graveside service for Mr. Gray will be held in Brownwood, Texas at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of the Davis Morris Funeral Home.
Born May 17, 1924, Jack was the fifth of nine children born to R.O. and Gertrude (Woolsey) Gray. Along with sisters Ruby (Abels), Winnie (Strube), Hazel (Burg), Melba (Smith) and Ruth Ann (Blewett) as well as brothers, Paul N.(Dick), R.O. (Junior) and Joe, the Grays farmed in the Proctor Community for decades. In 1942, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, later known as the U.S. Air Force. Always an adventurer, upon his discharge, Jack epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit by spending the rest of his working life involved in mechanics, construction, farming, as a welding inspector for pipelines, putting ‘deals’ together, and traveling wherever his free-spirit took him.
Always a sharp western dresser, he maintained that image even as he dealt with a series of health issues which he never stopped fighting. As a resident of the Texas State Veteran’s Hospital in Big Spring in his final year, Jack left this world leaving behind a legacy of stories and events that will be shared with wonder and smiles by all whom he touched.
Jack is survived by his eldest brother, Dick, of Snyder, along with a number of nieces, nephews, friends and his special companion Vernell Millican.
The family suggests memorials or donations be made to any Military Veterans Service Organization.
Rickey “Ric” Ray White, 55, died on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his residence in Burleson, TX.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1958, in Comanche to Darwin Ray White and Velma Lou (Baty) White. Rickey was an inspector for Redman Mobile Homes. He was a member of Metropolitan Community Church on Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Worth, TX.
He is survived by three sisters, Darlene Philips of Stephenville, Sherry Harvick of Fort worth; sister and Debra Miller of Stephenville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Darwin Ray White on May 9, 2010 and his mother Velma White on Dec. 24, 2010.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Burns officiating. Interment was in Board Church Cemetery. Comanche Funeral Home is in Charge of Arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Board Church Cemetery, % La Nell Williams, 5901 Hwy 67, Comanche, TX 76442.
FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 27, 2014
William Frank “Bill” Beverly Jr., 58, of Dublin died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1955 in Waco to William Frank Beverly Sr. and Alice (Martin) Beverly.
In life, he was a veteran on the U.S. Marines during the Viet Nam era and worked in metal fabrication at the Hoka Hey Fine Arts Foundry and Gallery.
He is survived by two daughters, Glenda Beverly of Stephenville and Bonnie Kim of Hutto, TX; a mother, Alice Beverly of Tolar; two sisters, Eve Culley of Tolar and Mary Rubel of Iowa; a brother, James Stephen Beverly of Las Vegas, Nev. and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lower Greens Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Barbara Brush, 68, of Gustine passed away on Thursday, February 13, 1914, in Comanche County, Texas.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Pettit Baptist Church in Comanche County
She was born on April 18, 1945 to Bishop and Amber Craddock in Lubbock, Texas.
She married David Brush on September 21, 1963.
Brush worked at Gustine ISD in the lunchroom for over 22 years.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 50 years; two daughters, Daviddie Lester of Gustine and Barbara Bracken of College Station, TX; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Online sympathies can be left at www.comanchefh.com.
Anna Lee Carroll, 102, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Brownwood, TX.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1911, in Kingsville, Texas, to Ed and Arie Sarah (Frazier) Whitley.
In 1934, she was united in marriage to Lester E. Carroll in George West, Texas.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Carroll is survived by two sons, Jerry Carroll of Granbury, and Neil Carroll of Gustine; 13grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service was on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Bill Blackstone officiating.
Burial was at 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Alice Cemetery in Alice, TX.
Charles Alan (Charlie) Norris, 31, passed away at his home in Granbury, TX on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
He was born on March 25, 1982 at Ft. Hood, TX to Larry and Rebecca Norris. Charlie lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota with his family for all of his childhood where he graduated from Rosemount, MN High School in 2000.
He later moved back home to Texas where he met and married the love of his life Samantha Smith-Norris on June 24, 2010 in Granbury, TX. They had one son, Benjamin Gray, who was his pride and joy.
Charlie made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ at the age of nine and is now residing for eternity in heaven with his Lord and Savior.
He was a kind, sensitive and caring man who loved his family more than anything else in the world. He also had a deep love for music and history that carried him through many trials.
He was incredibly intelligent and astute at seeing the true heart of a matter. Charlie was a lifelong devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He also attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife Samantha and son Benjamin of Granbury, TX; father and mother Larry and Becky Norris of Dublin, TX; father-in-law Leonard Smith of Sunset, TX; sister Valerie Norris of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law Brittany Smith-Kraus of Stephenville, TX; grandfather William (Sy) Norris, Jr. and wife Anastatia of Dublin, TX; grandmother Shirley Perrin of Carlton, TX; uncle Bill Norris and wife Mary of Dublin, TX; aunt Sheryl Akins and husband Don of Benbrook, TX; uncle Mark Perrin and wife Teresa of Gardner, KS and several cousins and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Shirley Mae Norris in 2001 and grandfather Charles Robert (Bob) Perrin in 2013.
There will be a memorial service for Charlie at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury,TX, Mike Hannah officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the memorial service at Wiley Funeral Home. Grave site services will be at Acton Cemetery at a later time for family only.
Funeral services for Jerry Dale Richards, 51, who died in Monahans will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Lingleville East End Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Jerry was born in Floydada, Texas to the late John Robert and Betty Fails Richards. He was formerly married to Tanquinn Allen and Jennifer Richards. He was a plant operations manager with Reddy Ice, and he lived most of his life in Erath County.
Survivors include his children, three sons, Dale Richards, Levi Richards, Seth Hampsten and Ethan Jensen; three daughters Christina Morrow, Sheha Joyner and Quintessa Smith; sisters, Linda Richards and Brenda Lowe; a brother, Deebo Richards and 14 grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.
Funeral services for Mary Lois Southall, 81, of Seminole formerly of Dublin will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Harrell Funeral Home Chapel in Dublin with the Rev, Mike Fritcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Grove Cemetery in Dublin. Local arrangements are by Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole. She passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Seminole.
Mary Lois was born Sept. 6,1932 in Stonewall County, Texas to Floyd Benjamin and Myrtle Elizabeth Funderburg.
Mary Lois and Orval Drew Southall were married June 3,1950 in Erath County, Texas. She was devoted to her four children and her grandchildren. She loved her dog Buddy Boy and her great friend. Patsy Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband Orval Drew Southall on August 24,1997, one brother and one sister. She was a member of the South Seminole Baptist Church.
Mary Lois is survived by two sons Ricky Southall and his wife Donna Hibbert Southall of Lake Stevens, Wash. and James Southall and his wife Cami of Borger; two daughters, Nancy Grissom and her husband Louis of Seminole and Mary Evelyn Golden and her husband John of Fritch; one brother, Floyd Benjamin Funderburg, Jr. of Millsap, one sister Flodean McMillian of Alexander, Texas, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 20, 2014
Rose Ann Driver Bryant Bagwell, 74, of Comanche, died Feb. 12, 2014 in Caprock, New Mexico at her home following a brave battle with illness.
Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, were held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Heartland Chapel with Bro. Gerald Burns officiating. Interment followed at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Comanche.
Other services for Rose were held on Feb. 15 at Stevens Funeral Home in Lovington, NM with Bro. Harry Pittam officiating.
Rose Bagwell was born Dec. 31, 1939 in Erath County to Joseph Lonzo Driver and Clarise Ophelia Barnett Driver.
She is survived by brother Morris Driver of Pampa, TX; daughter, Pam Dallas of Caprock, NM; sons, Russell Bryant of Tatum, NM, Mitchell Bagwell of Artesia, NM; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Bagwell; sons, Richard Wayne Bryant and Michael Dale Bagwell; sisters, Helen Chambers, Doris Jaggers, Gladys Ramey, Betty Vaughn; and a brother, Joseph Lyn Driver.
She raised her family in Lea County, NM, moving to Comanche, TX after her husband’s retirement where they had a pecan farm. She often played dominoes at the Gustine, TX Senior Citizens Center and attended the Board Baptist Church in Comanche.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Board Baptist Church, Tatum Baptist Church, or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Pallbearers were Jarred & Patrick Dallas, Cody Bryant, Bran Tinker, Tyler Roberts, Randy Ramey, Sonny Thackerson, Alec Vaughn, and Mike Ramey. Honorary pallbearers are the grandchildren, the great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Condolences to the family can be left online at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net or www.stevensfuneral.com.
Rayford Junior Blackshear, 59, of Dublin died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2013 at his home.
He was born on July 14, 1954 in Mesquite, TX to E.C. Blackshear, Jr. and Leta Fay Amason.
Blackshear was married on Feb. 24, 2001 in Stephenville to Patricia Richmond.
In life, he was a scheduling clerk at Fibergrate and a member of Community Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, David Blackshear of Clifton and Chad Croker of Tolar; three sisters, Jo Ann Pollan of Huntsville, Darlene Costa of Vidor, TX and Marita Blackshear of Longview, TX; a brother, Rusty Massey of Sweeny, TX and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are Thursday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Harold Roan officiating, with burial in Proctor Cemetery.
Ronnie May McClatchy, 61, of Teague, TX, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Manor Nursing Home in Mexia, TX.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1952 in Floresville, TX to Robert Raymond McClatchy and Pauline Brown.
In life, he worked in trucking and was a member of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by three sons, Ronald McClatchy of Mexia, Rodney McClatchy of Teague and Bobby McClatchy of Dublin; two sisters, Mary Kate Pack of Teague and Lana Hill of Newark, TX; a brother, Jerry McClatchy of Dublin and six grandchildren.
Graveside services are Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in Proctor Cemetery, John Trammell officiating with singing by Roy Dale Freeman. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Arrangements made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 13, 2014
Jesse Del Bosque, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1954 in Rule, TX to Eulalio Del Bosque and Maria Del Bosque.
In life, he was a member of the Catholic Church and served in the Marine Corps.
He is survived by four sons, Jeremy Lee Ramirez of Carbondelle, Ill., Jason Del Bosque of Dublin, Jimmy Del Bosque of Dublin and John Del Bosque of Lawrenceville, Ga.; six daughters, Jennifer Leatherman of DeLeon, Jodie Leatherman of Cherokee, Okla., Jessica Jeffery of Harper, Kan., Jeannette Del Bosque of Cherokee, Okla., Teri Del Bosque and Toni Harding; his mother Maria Del Bosque of Dublin; two brothers, Joe Del Bosque of Dublin and Joel Del Bosque of Brackettville, TX; two sisters, Janie Martinez and Julia Vargas, both of Dublin; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Harrell Funeral Home, Father Philip McNamara officiating with singing by Rodrigo and Maria Carranza.
Gloria Loftin Marshall, 91, of Stephenville died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Good Tree Assisted Living.
She was born on July 11, 1922 in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Mr. and Laura Opal (Baird) Loftin.
In September of 1950, she was married to James “Jim” Jones who preceded her in death in 1988 and later married Gilbert Eugene Marshall who preceded her in death in 2008.
In life she was a homemaker after working as a model in New York and San Francisco in the 1940’s. She was also a member of the Episcopal church.
She is survived by three daughters, Jana Holden of Freeport, Ill., Jill Francis of Dublin and Jerri Bernays of Stephenville; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services are Friday, Feb. 7 at noon in the Harrell Memorial Chapel, Rev. Mike Fritscher officiating, with singing by Elise Leatherwood Hall. Burial will follow at Pecan Cemetery.
Louis Alvin Stewart, 61, of De Leon, went home to his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. He was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Georgetown, Texas, to Louis Morghin Stewart and Bonnie Jean Grumbles.
He married Corlis Horton July 29, 1980, in Stephenville.
Alvin was a member of De Leon Church of Christ, Hwy 6. He and Corlis owned and operated La Tex Associates in De Leon for many years. Alvin enjoyed hunting, riding four wheelers, fishing and being outdoors. He was always his happiest when he could spend time outside with his family and friends. He loved his family dearly and was especially proud of his grandchildren.
Alvin is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Corlis Stewart; son, Clint Stewart and wife, Margurite; daughter, Amber Draeger and husband, Josh; grandchildren, Brandon Stewart, Conner Stewart, Megan Miller and Logan Draeger; sisters, LaRue Cogburn and Dorthey Frazier; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family. Alvin was preceded by his parents, Louis and Bonnie Stewart.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at De Leon Church of Christ, Hwy 6. Graveside services followed in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Comanche County. Pastor Charlie Grossman officiated the services.
Serving as pallbearers were Phil Alexander, Trip Pearson, Max Thomas, Don Thomas, David Gardner, Ricky Wilson, Randy Shadden and Eddie Leatherwood.
Honorary pallbearers were Reid Hansen, Mike Weiss, Calvin Dodd, Wade Randolph, Rodney Rogers, David Menzel, Terry Wooten and F. H. Tucker.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Alvin’s memory to the Foster’s Home for Children at 1779 N. Graham St, Stephenville, Texas 76401, or to the American Kidney Fund at 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.
FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 6, 2014
Services for Ronald James Carpenter, 66, salesman for Gifford’s for seventeen years, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rodney Carpenter & Rev. Tim Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Erath Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Lacy Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home.
Ronald was born in Matador, Texas on January 3, 1948 to James and Genell (Brooks) Carpenter.
Ronald was a member of The Church by the Lake and The Light House.
Survivors include his wife, Stacey Carpenter of Dublin, Texas; mother, Nell Carpenter of Palo Pinto Lake, Texas; four children, Misty Carpenter of Dublin, Texas, Justin Carpenter and wife, Maurianna, of Denton, Texas, Matthew Mirick of Dublin, Texas, and Makayla Mirick of Dublin, Texas; two sisters, Retha Nance and husband, Harry, of Dublin, Texas and Reba Lawrence and husband, Randy, of Palo Pinto Lake, Texas; two brothers, Rodney Carpenter and wife, Kathie, of Stephenville, Texas and Randall Carpenter and wife, Corey, of Weatherford, Texas; and one grandchild, Blaze Wolff of Dublin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, James Carpenter. Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
Avis LaVoyce Lowery Jackson died Feb. 2, 2014 at the age of 100.8 in Glen Rose, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Earl Jackson and her son, Jessie Earl Jackson Jr (J.E.). She was born in DeLeon, TX in 1913 and moved to Glen Rose Texas in 1945 where she and her husband owned and operated the Red and White Supermarket.
She was a contributing writer to Stephenville Empire Tribune and later she and her daughters built the Cedar Ridge R.V. Park in Glen Rose.
LaVoyce was an avid fisher woman, camper and traveler and even drove her golf cart ½ mile away to visit her daughter until her late 90’s.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Garrison and husband, Ed of Glen Rose and Patricia Faust and husband, John of Glen Rose; seven grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She will be missed by all.
Viewing will be at the Willey Funeral Home in Glen Rose on Feb. 4, 2014 from 6-8. The Funeral will be held at Willey Funeral Home in Glen Rose on Feb. 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Darlene Nelms, 73, of Spring, TX, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in Houston, Texas.
She was born on Thursday, Sept. 19, 1940, in Gorman, to Erbin Cathey and Vera (Richardson) Cathey.
On Jan. 14, 1956, she was united in marriage to James Nelms in Comanche.
For 25 years, Darlene, together with her husband James, owned and operated Nelms Small Engine in Comanche.
She also worked at Comanche Daycare Center at First Baptist Church, played the piano for First Christian Church and Gartman View Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of East Side Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of Spring; daughter, Aretta Lyn of Houston and a grandson.
Family will receive friends at Comanche Funeral Home at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, until time to leave for the graveside.
Graveside Service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, with Rev. Steven Schulte officiating. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
If desired memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 804 W. Wrights Avenue, Comanche, Texas 76442.
FOR THE WEEK OF Jan. 23, 2014
Services for Michelle (Walton) Kinser, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Blagg officiating. Burial will follow at Cook Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service, at Lacy Funeral Home.
Michelle (Walton) Kinser died at the age of 47 on January 21, 2014, and went to be with her risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was a member of Greens Creek Baptist Church in Dublin, Texas.
Michelle was born in Austin, Texas at Seton Hospital on March 8, 1966. She was born to the late Michael Cook Walton, and Kay Walton Preston of Abilene.
Michelle attended Tarleton State University, and Ohio State University. She was a wife and homemaker the majority of her life. She married the love of her life Andrew Kinser, on February 14, 1992. They have two beautiful daughters, Kali Danielle Kinser, and Gabrielle Michelle Kinser.
Michelle loved God’s creation. She loved sunsets, wildlife, animals, and all types of wondrous plants and trees. She loved watching ballets, theater productions, and had a genuine love for the arts. She was a published writer and poet. She was a rancher, homemaker, wife and mom foremost, and enjoyed feeding her “pet” catfish, Rock Hunting, and gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Andrew Frank Kinser of Stephenville, TX; two daughters, Kali Danielle Kinser of Stephenville, TX and Gabrielle Michelle Kinser of Stephenville, TX; mother, Kay Walton Preston and her husband, Carl, of Abilene, TX; sister, Virginia Ann Roberts and husband, John, of Beaumont, TX; brother, Michael Vernon Walton and wife, Trina, of Lubbock, TX; canine companions, Fifi & Pepper; nephews, Jeremy Hymer and wife, Amy, Adam Walton, Robert Chapman and wife, Holly; nieces, Margo Hymer, Tabitha Hymer, Abby Walton, and Zoe Walton; great nephew, Milam Thomas Hymer; uncle, Jim Walton; and several cousins and many precious in-laws.
Michelle was preceded in death by two babies she and Andrew never got to hold but always held in their hearts. She was also preceded in death by her father, Michael Cook Walton, late paternal grandfather, E.V. Walton, and grandmother, Estelle Cook Walton of Stephenville. Mother in- law Betty Kinser, and father in- law Rex Kinser.
A donation of your choice may be made to Gideon’s International, Stephenville Camp, Box 76, Stephenville, TX 76401 or the Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care Center, 1902 W Sloan St, Stephenville, TX 76401.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
Junior A. Marett, 85, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Comanche.
He was born on March 31, 1928, in Van Zandt County, to Alton and Wretha (Cumbie) Marett. He was united in marriage to Helen Reynolds. She preceded him in death on January 13, 2008. Junior was a mechanic and a rancher all his life.
He is survived by one brother, Johnny Marett of Brownfield; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Mike Marett and Billy Marett.
Graveside Services were Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche County. Comanche Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
FOR THE WEEK OF Jan. 23, 2014
Quail Dobbs, 72, of Coahoma, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring, TX with Eddy Pitchford, Russ Mullins and Tumbleweed Smith, officiating . Interment followed at Coahoma Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 27, 1941 in Albany and married Judy McGuire, Feb. 21, 1964 in Clovis, New Mexico.
Dobbs rode bulls and bareback horses before becoming a famed rodeo clown who was named PRCA Clown of the Year twice in 1978 and 1988 and the Coors Man in the Can four times in 1985, 1986, 1990 and 1993. He is a member of the West of the Pecos Rodeo Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 2013.
He was a member of the Lions Club, a Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Coahoma Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Dobbs of Coahoma; a son, Coley Dobbs of Coahoma; a daughter, Stephanie Rotan of Glen Rose; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Dobbs.
The family suggests memorials to Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919, Trent’s Retreat, 1015 FM 2887, Ballinger, Texas 76821 or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Jose Villegas Torres, 73, of Dublin died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1940 in Mexico to Juan Torres and Felicita Villegas.
On Oct. 10, 1972, he was married in Mexico to Herminia Torres.
In life, he worked as a farmer and was member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Javier Torres, Jose Mauro Tello, Hector Tello and Hector Lira, all of Dublin; two daughters, San Juana Deleon of Dublin and Graciela Tello of Sabines, Coahuila; two sisters, Angela Torres and Maria Torres, both of Mexico; two brothers, Pablo Torres of Dublin and Emilio Torres of DeLeon; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20 at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Father Philip McNamara officiating, followed by cremation and burial at his farm.
FOR THE WEEK OF Jan. 16, 2014
James Robert Bragg, age 79 died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Comanche County, Texas.
He was born on March 20, 1934, in Sidney, Texas, to Leonard and Ione (McCullough) Bragg. On March 19, 1956, he was united in marriage to Regina Adcock in Gustine. For nine years Bragg worked for Texas Electric in Odessa, was a firefighter for the City of Abilene and was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1980. He was an active member of Pearl Street Church of Christ in Comanche and was a former member of the College Hill Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Bragg of Comanche; sons, David Bragg of Stephenville, Weldon Bragg of Comanche, and Jon Bragg of Proctor; brother, Gary Bragg of Goldthwaite; sisters, Linda Bragg of Comanche and Sharon Bragg Clark of De Leon; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Robert Waller and Minister Jim Haught assisting. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche. Comanche Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
If desired memorials may be made to Pearl Street Church of Christ, 500 N. Pearl Street, Comanche, Texas; or Foster’s Home for Children, 1779 N. Graham Street, Stephenville, Texas 76401.
Helbert -Christian Hernandez, 43, of San Antonio died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1970 in Brownwood to Roberto Hernandez and Juanita (Aranda) Hernandez.
In life, he worked in construction and was a member of the Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father on July 16, 1972.
He is survived by a wife, Nancy Hernandez of San Antonio; son, Anthony Christian Hernandez of Brownwood, four daughters, Danielle Hernandez of Tahoka, TX, Mercedes Hernandez of San Antonio, Shadie Mae Hernandez and Sarah Marie Hernandez, both of Brownwood; mother, Juanita Hernandez of Proctor; three sisters, Shalynn Mayhall, Stephanie Womack, both of Dublin; and one grandson.
Graveside services will be Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m., Father Philip McNamara officiating. A rosary service will be held Friday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ruby May Shafer Pratt, 83, of De Leon, went home to her Lord and Savior Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. She was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Dublin, to Amos Franklin Shafer and Martha Jane DeBusk Shafer. Ruby married Lee Edward Allsup in 1948 and together they raised four children, Thurman, Sheila, David and Grace. Ruby later married Jim Pratt May 10, 1986.
Ruby was a member of Fair Haven Baptist Church of De Leon. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and using social media to keep in touch with her friends and family. She was immensely outgoing and never met a stranger. Ruby had a wonderful sense of humor and a cheerful spirit.
She loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends and will be missed by many.
She is survived by her four children; Thurman Allsup and wife, Charlotte, Sheila Godsey and husband, Roland, David Allsup, and Grace Everhart and husband, Jim; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; sister, Dorothy Biggs and husband, Tommy; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family.
Ruby has gone home to join her late husbands, Jim Pratt and Lee Allsup; grandsons, Matthew Allsup and Christopher Wilson; sisters, Estelle Swindle and Ivy Batson; and brothers, Weldon Shafer, Delbert Shafer, Everett Shafer and James Shafer.
Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in De Leon Cemetery. Pastor Judy Richmond and Brother Kenneth Wilson officiated the services. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the De Leon Senior Citizen Center at 133 North Ballpark Loop, De Leon, in memory of Ruby. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.
Edith A. Stewart, 92, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. She was cremated and no services will be held.
Edith was born on Aug. 27, 1921, to Maxwell and Ella (Southwick) Shangraw. She was born and raised in Franklin, Mass., where she also met and married her husband, Herbert C. Stewart, Jr., on March 28, 1942.
She moved to Dublin in 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 24, 1999.
She was a member of The Eastern Star.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet E. Recke of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Dr. Donald C. Stewart, DC of Dublin and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Erath County Meals On Wheels, 1306 E. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401.
Arrangements made by Lacy Funeral Home.
FOR THE WEEK OF Jan. 9, 2014
Blanche Gilbert, 75, of Stephenville, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in Stephenville
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 4 at 1 p.m. at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Summy officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Blanche was born on February 25, 1938 in Balch, Arkansas to the late Randolph and Mae Parker Howard. She married Delmer Gilbert on November 16, 1957 in Durant, Oklahoma. Blanche was a homemaker and enjoyed scrapbooking and making cards for the sick and those in need of encouragement. She lived in Haltom City from 1954 until she and Delmer moved to Stephenville in 1995. She was a member of the Stephenville First Baptist Church.
Blanche is survived by her husband, Delmer; son, Randy Gilbert of Stephenville; daughter, Cherrie Lynn and husband Joe McCartney of Granbury; sister, Mary White of White Settlement; grandchildren, Gwen and husband Jarred Hooste of Fort Worth and Vanessa and husband Jerry McDaniel of Winder, Georgia; great grandchildren, Adam, Hadley, Alyssa, Logan, Savannah, and Cameron; brother-in-law, Jerry Gilbert of Stephenville.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.
Services for Wilber Lewis Rasberry, 85, who retired from General Dynamics after 34 years, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dan Murray officiating. Burial will follow at West End Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Lacy Funeral Home.
Wilber was born in Erath County, Texas, on May 7, 1928, to John A. and Eula (White) Rasberry. He married Winnie Evelyn Prater on February 17, 1950, in Comanche, Texas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stephenville, Texas. He served in the National Guard for six years. He was member of the Tabernacle Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and the Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife, Winnie Evelyn Rasberry of Mansfield, Texas; son, Alan Rasberry and wife, Shirley, of Mansfield, Texas; his brother, Travis Dale Rasberry and wife, Melba, of Dublin, Texas; grandchildren, Angela Roberts and husband, James of Poland, and Britni Nichole Kaylor and husband, Jacob, of Arlington, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Ella Roberts and Macie Roberts of Poland, Pam Roberts of Round Rock, Texas, Katelyn Kaylor, Jadyn Kaylor and Bryn Kaylor all of Arlington, Texas. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheryl Ausland, a sister, Lola Mae Crouch, and brothers, Clarence Rasberry and Cecil E. Rasberry.
Memorials may be made to the Lower Greens Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Joy Calhoun, PO Box 2220, Stephenville, TX 76401.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
FOR THE WEEK OF Jan. 2, 2014
Funeral services for Bonnie Faye Burleson, 81, were held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, TX. Bro. Steve Cowart officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Burleson passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.
She was born in Lingleville, TX, on Aug. 15, 1932, the middle child to Morris Cullen & Annie Loyce Sanders King.
She married Roy Jack Burleson on Aug. 4, 1949, and shared over sixty-four years together.
Mrs. Burleson owned and operated a daycare in Athens for twenty years and later worked as bookkeeper for Burleson Pumping in Mexia. She moved to Teague in 2000 and served as a volunteer at Teague Elementary School for several years. Mrs. Burleson was a very accomplished seamstress and taught her skills to three generations of her family. She was a member of Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Jack Burleson of Teague; two daughters, Kathy Thompson & husband Bill of Teague and Connie Phillips & husband Mike of Mexia; one son, Charlie Burleson & wife Gayle of Teague; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Joyce Randolph of Dublin, TX; other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Burleson was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty King.
Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.
Robert (Rob) Daron Johnston, 43, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 in Seldon.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1970.
In life he owned and operated Ground Zero landscaping for 15 years and was a children’s soccer coach in Stephenville.
He is survived by his mother, Donna Johnston of Dublin; his father, George Johnston of Lubbock; a son, Devon Johnston, a daughter, Alyssa Johnston, a sister, Tammy Odom; two brothers, Ty Johnston and Travis Johnston and an aunt, Sandra Cullipher.
He was cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Stephenville Soccer Complex followed by a game in his honor.
Lola Lorene LaBaume, 98, of Dublin died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Golden Age Manor Nursing Home.
She was born on Oct. 14, 1915 in Comanche County to John Leonard Garner and Alice Louise Barry.
On Dec. 30, 1933, she was married in Dublin to Ernest Cleo LaBaume who preceded her in death.
In life, she was a garment factory seamstress and a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Jo LaBaume and a host of other relatives.
Funeral services are Monday, Dec. 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Harrell Memorial Chapel, Dean Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Erath Gardens of Memory. Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Brenda Iris (Mejia) Martinez, 22, of Dublin died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 in Dublin.
She was born on April 2, 1991 in Dallas to Paulin Mejia and Margarita Ortega.
On Oct. 15, 2011, she was married in Dublin to Christian Martinez.
In life, she worked as a waitress at Sonic and China King Buffet and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband of Dublin; her mother, Margarita Mejia of Dublin; three sisters, Maria Noemi Vazquez, Lillian Mares and Bonita Nora Mejia, all of Dublin; her grandmother, Manuela Martinez of Mexico; and her grandparents, Augustina and Lorenzo Ortega of Mexico.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Father Philip McNamara officiating, with burial in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.
A 5 p.m. Rosary will be held at the Harrell Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Scotty J. McCleery, 68, of Stephenville died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 in Stephenville.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 26 at Chalk Mountain Cemetery with Ben McCleery officiating.
He was born on August 31, 1945 to the late William Clarence and Virginia Thornton McCleery in Stephenville.
He married Sue L. Forson on Dec. 29, 1964 in Brownwood. McCleery worked in law enforcement with the Stephenville Police and Erath County Sherriff’s Department and later owned and operated Scotty McCleery Dirt Contracting. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sue McCleery of Stephenville; sons, Ben McCleery of Stephenville, Cody McCleery of Poolville; brother, Kim McCleery of Stephenville; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in his honor to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Billy Ray Russell, 92, of Blanket died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Brownwood Regional Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1921 in the Edna Hill community of Erath County to Ernest G. Russell and Edna Mae Wilson.
Russell was married on Aug. 1, 1942 in Stephenville to Rudell Jaggars who preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 2012.
In life, Russell worked as a civil engineer for the Texas Highway Department until retirement and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Harris of Seguin, TX, Vickie Holt of Early and Janis Branum of Roanoke, TX; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Lacy Holt in 1990.
Graveside services were Sunday, Dec. 29 at Barbee Cemetery with Ken Lunsford officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barbee Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 144, Dublin, TX 76446.
Wilson Marquis Sanders, 75, of Comanche died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at his home.
He was born on May 17, 1938 in Dublin to Lloyd Sanders and Willie Mae Carter.
On Aug. 9, 1957, he was married in Dublin to Judy Mulloy.
In life, Sanders worked as a truck driver hauling freight and a welder. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Kathy LeJeune; four grandsons, six great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lower Greens Creek Cemetery, Rev. Ken Lunsford officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
FOR THE WEEK OF Dec. 19, 2013
Patsy Joyce Eaton, 75, of Dublin, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Golden Age Manor Nursing Home.
She was born on Aug. 16, 1938 in Gorman to Otis Sharp and Mary Fair.
On March 15, 1958, she was married in Rotan, TX to Carrol Ray Eaton who preceded her in death on July 8, 2009.
In life, she was a devoted homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church.
Eaton is survived by a daughter, Teressa Nabors of Dublin; two sons, Jimmy Eaton of Dublin and Wendell Eaton of Abilene; two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bud Sharp and R.L. Sharp and a sisters, Ruth Lewis.
Graveside services will be Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, Rev. Cliff Sims officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 15 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Petersburg ISD Library or Dublin ISD Library.
John Edward Farley, 80, of Weatherford died on Saturday, Dec. 14 at James L. West Alzheimer Center in Fort Worth.
He was born on May 26, 1933 in Dublin to E.D. Farley and Naomi Jones.
On Oct. 20, 1951, he was married in Fort Worth to Joan Skaggs.
In life, he retired from work as a comptroller for the Exxon Company after 37 years. He was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford.
Farley is survived by his wife; two sons, John J. Farley of Houston and Jeffry L. Farley of Dripping Springs, TX; a daughter, Cathy Devlin of Weatherford; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with one on the way; and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vickie.
Graveside services are Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Dublin Liveoak Cemetery, Rev. Ken Lunsford officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Weatherford.
Errin Marie Holt, 29, of De Leon, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Ft. Worth. She was born Jan. 13, 1984, in Houston, Texas to Grant Steven Sullivan and Reba Joyce Jackson Srader.
Errin had lived in the De Leon and Dublin communities her entire life.
She graduated from Paradigm Accelerated School in Dublin and had attended college for two years. She worked as a store clerk at the De Leon Shell Station. Her hobbies included cooking and singing. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Errin’s wishes were to leave a legacy of kindness and giving. She offered her earthly body to others in need of organ donation. Within days of her passing, her family was informed that two recipients would be able to continue their lives because of her selfless donation.
Surviving Errin are her children, Abbey Scheller and Brynn Scheller; father, Grant Sullivan and step-mother, Tammy Sullivan; mother, Reba Srader and step-father, Paul Srader; sisters, Kristina Belcher, Brittany Meddley, Christina Sullivan, Tiffany Sullivan, Samantha Sullivan, Tammy Srader, Kelly Srader, Kim Srader and Kathy Cooper; brothers, William Srader, John Srader, Randy Scheller, Justin Green, Chad Srader and Shawn Srader; grandparents, Paul and Sylvia Jackson, and Audrey Ruddick; and other extended family.
Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Chalk Mountain Cemetery in Erath County. Rev. Paul Renfro officiated the service. If desired, memorial donations may be made to LifeGift at 1701 River Run, Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, in memory of Errin. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Nowlin Anders Funeral Home.
FOR THE WEEK OF Dec. 12, 2013
Neva Dean Boatright, 79, of Dublin died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1934 in Comanche County to Fait and Effie (Creek) Tinney.
On July 11, 1953, she was married to Jacky Donald Boatright in Dublin.
In life, she worked as a nurses’ aide and was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church.
Boatright is survived by her husband of 60 years; a son, Joe Boatright of Georgia; a daughter, Celinda Silva of Austin; three sisters, Sue Wooten of Dublin, Marie Johnson of Comanche and Dorothy Howard of San Marcos; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, J.C. Tinney and four sisters, Laverta Benningfield, Louise Hall, Alma Bear and Joyce Teague.
Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 13 at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Cliff Sims officiating, with burial in Erath Gardens of Memory. Visitation is from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Funeral services for Jimmie F. Grissom, 81, of Seminole were held Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in the South Seminole Baptist Church with Dr. Kyle Reese officiating, assisted by Dr. Ricky Guenther, Interment will follow in the Gaines County Memorial Cemetery with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole.
Mr. Grissom was born Aug. 16,1932 in Crews, TX to Jim Buck and Letha Myrtle Grissom.
Jimmie and Faye Caraway were married Aug. 18,1951 in Dublin, Texas. He was a farmer and rancher who owned and operated Grissom Farms.
He was a resident of Stephenville for 33 years before moving to Seminole in 2002. Mr. Grissom was a Deacon in the Harvey Baptist Church in Stephenville for 30 years and served as a Deacon at South Seminoie Baptist Church in Seminole for 11 years. He was a member of the Gideons and has served on the Board of the Southwest Peanut Growers Assn. for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Faye Grissom on April 1,2010; two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Grissom is survived by four sons Louis Grissom and his wife Nancy of Seminole; Billy Grissom and his wife Donna of Levelland; Jimbo Grissom and his wife Shelia of Seminole and Chet Grissom and his wife Sonnie of Seminole along with 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The Gideons or The Faye Grissom Scholarship Fund C/O South Seminole Baptist Church, 211 S.W. Avenue E. Seminole, Texas.
Family and friends visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ratliff Funeral Home in Seminole.
Wallace Erwin Horn, 92, of Dublin, died Dec. 4, 2013, in Hico.
Wallace was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Lovejoy, Tx, to Joseph Benham and Willard (Fondren) Horn.
He married Edith Estelle Carnathan on Feb. 16, 1945, in Sherman. Wallace grew up in McKinney where he attended schools. He farmed all of his life. Wallace enjoyed hunting and fishing and later in life enjoyed woodworking. Wallace was a member of First Christian Church in McKinney.
He is survived by his son, Jack Horn of Dublin; granddaughters, Staci Boone and husband, Arnulfo of Dublin, Kelly Horn of Lake Jackson, Tx, and Jacklyn Horn, also of Dublin; and great-grandchildren, Derek Boone, Rilee Boone, and Nathaniel Hernandez.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, and one sister.
Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment was in Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.
Peter Edward Irwin, 51, of Dublin died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at his home.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1962 in Houston to Arthur Thomas Irwin and Gloria Helene Brandt.
In life, Irwin worked in retail at Dollar General and was a member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by two sisters, Donna Irwin of Dublin and Linda Cathey of Paris, Ark.; three brothers, Robbie Irwin of Baytown, TX, Artie Irwin of DeLeon and Paul Irwin of Dayton, TX; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill.
A private family funeral service will be held at a later date.
Jean Ellyn Volpe, 87, of Dublin died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Golden Age Manor.
She was born on Oct. 6, 1926 in Eagle River, Wis. to Milford Niel Manley and Janet Cameron.
In life, Volpe was a devoted homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Pat Beaty of Dublin, Cathy Daugherty of Levittown, Penn. and Barb Volpe of Ashland, Ohio; a son, Bob Volpe of Edmond, Okla.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
No service was planned as of press time. Interment will take place in Wisconsin.
Memorials may be made to the Dublin Public Library or the First United Methodist Church.
FOR THE WEEK OF Dec. 5, 2013
Richard Armstrong, 77, of Dublin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 28, 1936, in Snyder, Texas, to Robert Lee Armstrong and Susan Elizabeth Mimms Armstrong. Richard married Carolyn Watson July 10, 1955, in Sweetwater, Texas.
Richard retired from Texas Electric as a General Manager after 35 years of service. Richard loved to work. He enjoyed each single day of his career.
He also enjoyed ranching and raising cattle. His greatest loves in life were his family and his friends. He and Carolyn were members of First Christian Church of Granbury.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Armstrong; daughters, Donna Russell and husband, Casey, Lisa Hare and husband, Toby, and Kelly Rowell and husband, Ben; six grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and other extended family.
A memorial service honoring Richard’s life was held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at First Christian Church of De Leon under the direction of Nowlin Anders Funeral Home.
Pastor Dan Burlison officiated the service.
If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, in memory of Richard Armstrong.
Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.
Carl “Brenson” Miles Sr., 73, of Temple died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at his home.
He was born on May 24, 1940 in Paris, Ark. to Hubert Hershel Miles and Nina Lois Fulmer.
He was married to Barbara Gary who preceded him in death. On March 22, 2010, he was wed to Patricia Cordes.
In life, Miles worked as a construction estimator and preacher of Primitive Baptist Faith church. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Carl B. Miles Jr. of Pass Christian, Miss., Barry L. Miles of Conway, Ark. and Evin T. Miles of Georgetown, TX; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Victor Cemetery, Elder Jeff Harris officiating.
Services for Katherine Maye Prater, 83, an administrative assistant for Representative Sid Miller, will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Werth Mayes officiating assisted by Representative Sid Miller. Burial will follow at Pecan Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Lacy Funeral Home.
Katherine was born in Oberlin, Kansas, on May 12, 1930, to Floyd and Frances Emma (Richards) Lewis.
She married Earl D. Prater on Dec. 8, 1953, in Denver, Colorado. He preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1988. She was a member of the Granbury Christian Science Church. She was the former mayor of Dublin, Texas, president of the Dublin Garden Club, a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and a member of the Texas Republican Women’s Group. She was recognized and honored with the Yellow Rose of Texas award in 2013.
Survivors include sons, Gary and wife, Paula K. of Stephenville, Texas, and Gregory and wife, Emily of North Carolina; sisters, Mary Lou and husband, Bob Ross of Culbertson, Nebraska, Marilyn Kay and husband, Dean Michel of Denver, Colorado, Heddy Reiners of McCook, Nebraska, and Ginny Mowe of McCook, Nebraska; brother, Ray Ulrich and wife, Nancy of Florida; a niece, Debra Geihsler of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren, Colton Aardal and wife, Tina of Stephenville Texas, granddaughter-in-law, Kelli Aardal of Hico, Texas, grandchildren, Vince Aardal and wife, Janae of North Carolina, Maria Aardal of North Carolina, Dawn Carter and husband, Travis of North Carolina, and Justin George of North Carolina; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Lewis; mother and step-father, Frances and Louis Ulrich; sisters, Anna Geihsler and Carol Aardal; and brothers, Robert Ulrich and LeRoy Ulrich.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
Rev. Mike Whisenant, 65, went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Fort Worth.
Services were Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Oak Trail Baptist Church in Granbury with interment at Tin Top Cemetery in Parker County.
Memorials may be made to Oak Trail Baptist Church Missions.
Mike was born July 29, 1948 in Fort Worth to J. E. & Lillie Frances Stewart Whisenant.
He married Susan Johnson who passed away Nov. 17, 2012.
He was in the ministry for over 40 years and for the past 14 years was the pastor at Oak Trail Baptist Church. He was a church planter and evangelist for many years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Whisenant and his parents, Rev. J. E. Whisenant and Lillie Frances Stewart Whisenant.
Survivors are: Children, Kristi and husband, Ray Lanigan, Rauni Whisenant and Justin and wife, Tiffany Whisenant; grandchildren, Zack Lanigan, Kandace Lanigan, Madisyn Whisenant and Trent Whisenant; great grandchildren, Illiauna Marks, London Blais and Michael Lanigan; and brother, Ron and wife, Jeanette Davis.
FOR THE WEEK OF Nov. 28, 2013
Dorothy Maxine Brannam, 85, of Fort Worth died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at her home.
She was born on March 13, 1928 in Dublin to Walter Voorhies and Roxie Deavers.
In life, Brannam worked for the S&H Green Stamp Co.
She is survived by a brother, John Voorhies of Andrews, TX and many other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. in Cow Creek Cemetery, Rev. Ken Lunsford officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening.
Funeral services for Lisa Ann Blanton Fleitman were Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at the McCoy Funeral Chapel in Muenster, TX with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. A second service will be held at the Comyn Baptist Church in Comyn, TX at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Pastor Ray Seckinger will officiate the service in Comyn. Burial will be in Comyn Baptist Cemetery. Services are directed by McCoy Funeral Home, Muenster.
Fleitman died on Saturday, Nov. 23 at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born Dec. 28, 1979 in Dublin, she was one of the four daughters of Don and Carolyn Barnes Blanton.
She married Matthew Fleitman on July 11, 2008.
In life, she was a devoted homemaker.
Lisa is survived by her: sons: Quentin and Collin Peacock; parents: Don and Carolyn Blanton, of the Bay City area; sisters: Jan Blanton Murphy of Sargent, TX and Diana Blanton Carroll of Pearl City, Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her sister Diane Blanton.
Zula Belle “Judy” Reagan, 76, of Dublin died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at her home.
She was born on Feb. 15, 1937 in Winthrop, Ark. to Ben Jones and Zula P. Jordan.
On Aug. 17, 1957, she was married to Adrian Reagan in Midland, TX.
In life, Reagan was a devoted homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Michael Reagan of Allen, TX and Justin Reagan of Maxwell, N.M.; a daughter, Pamela Jean Baker of Ft. Davis, TX; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jo Campbell of Phoenix, Ariz.
Funeral services are Saturday, Nov. 30 at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Gerald Burns officiating, with burial to follow at Proctor Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
FOR THE WEEK OF Nov. 21, 2013
Georgia Mildred Coan, 99, died on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Comanche.
She was born on Feb. 21, 1914, in Gorman, TX, to Samuel Lewis and Nancy Ellen (Strickland) Nelson.
On January 1, 1932, she was united in marriage to Hugh Alfonso Coan in Comanche. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 1978.
For many years Mildred was the school cook in Comanche. She was also a devoted homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Florence Welch of Comanche, and Sandra Cates of Comanche; ten grandchildren; 18 great-granchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Max and infant daughter, Mary Ellen Coan.
Family will receive friends at Comanche Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 21, 2013, at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jackie Auvenshine officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Comanche County. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Erma Dean Hodge, 91, of Dublin died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the Golden Age Manor.
Graveside services were Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Oakland Cemetery with Bro. Jackie Auvenshine officiating. Services under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.
Hodge was born June 11, 1922 in Jayton, TX to George L. Harrison and Maude Lucille (Broughton) Harrison.
She married Ollen Hodge on Aug. 14, 1943 in De Leon, Texas. He preceded her in death on October 6, 2006.
She was a homemaker and had worked several years as a cook at the Eastland Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Jacks of Dublin; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sandra Jacks and a sister, Laveda McJunkin
Melissa Jean Jones, 42, of Nacogdoches, TX, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at her home.
Jones was born on Feb. 3, 1971 in Jefferson City, MO to Michael Helmig and Jean Payne Hagood.
She worked for 13 years at the Westward Trails Nursing Home and then at Nabors Well Service for the last seven years.
Jones is survived by her parents; two sons, Aaron Helmig and Matthew Jones; two daughters, Brittany Summers and Tiffany Daniels; two brothers, Jason Mears and Denny Mears; two sisters, Lori Dunn and Lindsey Hagood; two grandchildren and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Helmig.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Melrose Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Melrose Cemetery. Arrangements made under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger, TX.
Lance Ray Teten, 71, of Carlton died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in an accident at the intersection of Hwy. 36 and FM1702.
He was born on March 22, 1942 in Abilene, TX to Ralph Raymond Teten and Gertie Milliorn.
He was married in 1986 to Fran Witte.
In life, he worked as a farmer and was the vice president of research and development of the Texstar Corporation.
Teten is survived by his wife; a son, Rodney Teten of Dublin; three daughters, Joanne Morton of Saginaw, Robin Morrison of Hudson Oaks and Jennifer Hale of South Sioux City, NE and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jan Schoo.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Pecan Cemetery. (To get to cemetery, take FM219 south for eight milesand turn right on CR291, and destination will be on right.) Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
FOR THE WEEK OF Nov. 14, 2013
William A. Hope, Jr. was born June 7, 1954 in Bainbridge, Maryland to William A. Hope, Sr. and Norma F. Parker (Stephens) passed away on November 11, 2013.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. He was a sheet rocker and painter by trade.
He is survived by his mother Norma and step-father Floyd Stephens of Stephenville, his sisters Debbie Ray of Stephenville, Kelley and brother-in-law Richard Mohon of De Leon, Norma Field of Dublin, brother Paul Steeves of Kansas, daughter Shawnna Wilterding of Stephenville and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother George E. Hope, sister Brenda L Hope Montgomery, Maternal grandparents Edwin and Edna Parker and Paternal grandparents George Hope and Hazel Bowley Duncan.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche.
Coretha Stanley McKee, 66, of Gustine, TX died on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
She was born December 9, 1946 to Bert Stanley and Pauline Boyd Stanley.
She married Joe McKee, Sr. on September 16, 1966.
She was a devoted wife and homemaker, a member of Gustine United Methodist Church and UMW.
McKee was preceded in death by her father, mother and one brother.
She is survived by her husband, Joe McKee, Sr.; two sons, Joe McKee, Jr. of Early, TX and Clinton McKee of Gustine; five grandchildren and adopted granddaughter; two brothers, David Phifer of Hasse, TX and Garrell Stanley of Bastrop, TX; three sisters, Judy Dolberry of Comanche, Morene Thornal of Grosbeck, TX and Lorene Patterson of Texarkana.
Funeral Services were graveside, Sunday, November 10 with Bro. Wayne Lewis officiating. Burial was in Siloam Cemetery in Comanche County, Texas. Comanche Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
If desired memorials may be made to Gustine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 102, Gustine, Texas 76455.
Jimmy Leon Tate, 68, of Lipan, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in Lipan.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Tate was born on Dec. 16, 1944 in Fortune Bend, Texas to the late Homer C. and Sarah Marie Russell Tate.
He married Barbara Tate in 2002 in Hood County. She preceded him in death August 2006.
Tate was a teacher and coach, teaching at Peaster, Lipan, Mineral Wells, Bluff Dale, and Dublin. He also served on the Lipan School Board.
Survivors include his daughters, Nikki and husband Steve Callaway from Dublin, Brandi Nelson from Lipan, and Amber Branson from Lipan; nine grandchildren; sisters, Tommie Tate of Stephenville and Lou Ann Howell of Weatherford; and brothers, Bobby Tate of Stephenville and Johnny Tate of Stephenville.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Jackie, J. D., Cecil, Carroll, and Lee Evan Tate; sisters, Linda Tate, Francis Ann Tate, Betty Jean Tate, and Shirlene Causey.
The Tate family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Dublin Athletic Booster Club, or the Lipan Athletic Booster Club or Lipan Fair Fund through the Lipan First National Bank.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.
Gordon Lee Thomas, 91, of Athens, TX died on Oct. 21, 2013.
He was born on July 15, 1922 in Victor, TX to Jim and Eva Mae Dixon Thomas of Dublin.
On April 28, 1946, he was married to Dita Bell Cowan.
In life, Thomas was an alumnus of Dublin schools, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a deacon of the First Baptist Church and worked for Shell Oil Company in McCamey, TX for 38 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years; a son, Mark Thomas of Athens; two granddaughters; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Lena Arnett of San Antonio.
Thomas was laid to rest in Athens on Oct. 24 under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Sunday School Ministry, First Baptist Church, 105 S. Carroll, Athens, TX 7571.
Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.carroll-lehr.com.
FOR THE WEEK OF Nov. 7, 2013
Services for Elizabeth Virginia (Beth) Curtis, 75, retired caretaker, who died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, were held Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Upper Greens Creek Cemetery.
Elizabeth was born in Stephenville on Aug. 14, 1938. She was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include her daughter, Tina Conner and of Dublin; and sister, Mary Watson of Dublin. She was the grandmother of 16 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Mark Anthony Hancock.
Ernesto Fuentes, 79, of DeLeon died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Hendricks Memorial Hospital in Abilene.
Fuentes was born on May 15, 1934 in Rio Bravo, Coahuila (Mexico) to Manuel Fuentes and Antonia Alvarado.
In life, he worked as a farmer and was a member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Graciela (Acosta) Fuentes of Saltillo, Mexico; two daughters, Antonia Fuentes and Petra Graciela Fuentes, both of Mexico; four sons, Manuel A. Fuentes of DeLeon, Hugo Fuentes of Mexico, Ernesto Fuentes and Juan Fuentes, both of Georgia; a brother Manuel Fuentes of Dublin; a sister, Rosa Alvarado of Eagle Pass, TX; and numerous grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Yolanda Ramirez and Norma Fuentes.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Father Phillip McNamara officiating. Burial will follow in Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico).
Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Michael Eugene Miller, 63, assistant manager at The Car Wash at Bruner’s, died Nov. 4, 2013.
Michael was born on December 24, 1949, to Orval and Gertrude (Haley) Miller.
Survivors include his daughter, Brandy Estes of Odessa; sons, Michael Beyer and Cody Miller, both of Stephenville; sister, Louise Griffin of Stephenville and one brother, J. R. Miller of Stephenville and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Lacy Funeral Home in Stephenville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8,. 2013, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Werth Mayes officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery
Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
FOR THE WEEK OF Oct. 31, 2013
Angela Rivera, 92, of Dublin died on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at her home.
On Oct. 24, 1921, she was born in Marathon, TX to Victor Alavarado and Michaela Leal.
She was married to Jessie Rivera who preceded her in death in 2007.
Rivera was also preceded in death by a daughter, Michaela Faulk in 1972.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lopez of Dublin; five granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.
She was cremated. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services for William (Bill) Stem, 83, retired Vice President for Bank of America, were Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at West End Cemetery with Dr. Ben Macklin officiating. Lacy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Fairy, TX, on Jan. 26, 1930, to William Thomas Stem and Nancy Spence. He married Kattie Jo Wakefield on Aug. 15, 1950, in Stephenville.
Stem was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Pythias, Stephenville Coin Club, Texas Numismatic Association, a 50 year member and past president of the Lion’s Club, City Council member, past president of the Jaycees, and past president of the Baseball Commission.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Stem of Stephenville; three children, Jerry Stem of Carrolton, TX, Debra Jo Ciccarelli of Stephenville and Paula Jean Prater of Stephenville, TX; honorary daughter, Debbie Warren Prater of Dublin; sister, Pauline Roe of Stephenville; brother, Albert Wayne Stem of Nevada; seven grandchildren; an honorary granddaughter and 14 great-grandchildren.
FOR THE WEEK OF Oct. 24, 2013
Timothy Jerome Arnold, 56, of Dublin died Tuesday, Oct. 22 at his residence.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1957 in Michigan to Mr. and Mrs. Mabel Francis (Camp) Arnold.
He was married on Oct. 30, 2009 to Anna Slaughter.
Arnold was a musician and a member of the Pentecostal Church.
He is survived by several family members including a son, Timothy Arnold and a brother, Eddy.
Janice M. Ganske, 74, of Dublin died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Stephenville. She requested to be cremated and no public memorial service be held. Janice is survived by her husband Kenneth and many dear family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.
Brenda Walton Sharpe, 73, of Granbury died on Sept. 14, 2013, at her home after a short battle with cancer.
She was born on July 25, 1940 in Stephenville to John Vernon “Buster” Walton and Marie Evelyn Bean.
She married Dwight Sharpe on Sept. 1, 1957 in Dublin.
She worked as a secretary at Cooper Tire, a caterer and a florist.
Sharpe was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Young, & one half-sister, Judy Walton.
Sharpe is survived by her spouse; one daughter, Pamela Goetz of Granbury, and two sons, Alan Sharpe of Fort Worth & Christopher Sharpe of Texarkana, AR; one sister, Jeanette Barnett of Brownfield; one half-sister, Sue Manning of San Angelo, and five half-brothers: Charles Walton, Gary Walton of Brownwood, Jonny, Jimmy & Freddie Walton of San Angelo; Seven Grandchildren: and one great-granddaughter.
The funeral service was held at Granbury Church of Christ: Tuesday, Sept. 17. Burial followed at Lower Greens Creek Cemetery in Erath County.
Memorials may be made to Granbury Christian Service Center: 1903 West Pearl, Granbury, TX 76048.
Grace M. Stephen died on Sept. 26, 2013. At her request, there will be no public service.
She was born June 6, 1930 in Dublin, the daughter of Ted and Leta Wright Robbins.
She and her husband operated the Dairy Kream and Market Basket in Hamilton after moving from Dublin.
She was a member of The First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years; her sons Mark and Mike; and two older sisters, Ellaneita Keenum and Dorothy Nell Botard.
Memorials can be made to the Hamilton Public Library, The First United Methodist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of choice.
FOR THE WEEK OF Oct. 17, 2013
Arnold Howell McCleskey Jr., 83, of Temple died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1930 in Midland to Archie Sr. and Artie McCleskey and raised in Dublin.
McCleskey married Vivian Bunton in Fort Worth and they shared 60 years of marriage.
He served as Chaplain in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then served as minister in the United Methodist Church for 47 years.
McCleskey is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth of Morgan’s Point and Susan Rebecca Huber of Aurora, Colo.; two sons, Michael Howell McCleskey of Aurora and John David McCleskey Sr. of Sterling, Va.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Middleton, Kathleen Bishop and Mary McCleskey; and a grandson, Christopher Michael Collins.
Interment will be held at the Old Dublin Memorial Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in a service that will include military honors.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.
Dorothy Maurine McInroe, 93, retired nurse, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Graveside Services will be Monday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Lower Green’s Creek Cemetery with Pastor Terry Simmons officiating.
She was born in Rochelle, Texas, on Dec. 5, 1919, to Benjamin Wells and Elizabeth (Williamson) Allen.
She married R. L. McInroe, Jr., on March 14, 1939, in Comanche, Texas. He preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1986. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dublin.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Whiteley of Dublin; sons, Jerry McInroe of Hot Springs, Ark., James McInroe of Cadet, Mo., and David McInroe of Rising Star, TX; a sister, Barbara Fannin of Austin, TX; brother, James Allen of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stacey McInroe.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
Louise Turley, 86, of Stephenville, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 in Abilene.
Services were Friday at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Werth Mayes officiating. Burial followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Turley was born on Feb. 6, 1927 to the late Tim and Myrtle Johnson in Stephenville.
She married Darvin Turley on May 1, 1954 in the Selden community. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 2011.
Louise worked for Bell Telephone as an operator and Kmart as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Selden Baptist Church and Cowboy Church of Erath County. Louise was a member of the Stephenville community for over 54 years.
Turley is survived by her daughter, Taressa Huey of Abilene; two granddaughters; a grandson; three great granddaughters; and a sister, Anna Dora Dickinson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Turley and a sister, Glenda Wright.
FOR THE WEEK OF Oct. 10, 2013
Neal L. Haynes, 81, of Midlothian, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in Tyler.
Graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lingleville East End Cemetery, Lingleville. Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. to Noon on Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Neal was born on Feb. 28, 1932 to the late John David Haynes and Willie Mae Fanning in Lingleville.
He married Una Christine Willet Haynes on Dec. 30, 1970 in Durant, Okla.
In life, he worked as President and Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Local #714 in Dallas, TX. He served in the U.S. Navy and had lived in the Midlothian community for 34 years.
Haynes is survived by his wife; son, Billy Neal Haynes of La Grange; daughter, Cheryl Ann Haynes of Atlanta, GA; 3 sisters, Barbara Blocker of Chico, TX, Marjorie Philips of Lingleville, Shirley Laster of Weatherford; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Bill J. Vineyard, 78, died on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013, in Comanche County, Texas.
He was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Comanche County, to William Hays and Veda Lucile (Smith) Vineyard.
On May 1, 1954, he was united in marriage to Billie Ruth Lackey in Dublin.
Vineyard attended the Law Enforcement Academy and served as a peace officer for Comanche County Sheriff’s Department for thirty years. He was a member of Sidney Baptist Church, where he served as Music Director. He was a member of May Masonic Lodge, #574, Sheriff’s Association of Texas, and a charter member of Comanche County Law Enforcement Association.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Vicki Lynn Shelton of Springtown, and Shelley Jo Gibson of Sidney; son, Don Eric Vineyard of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers: Fred Vineyard of Comanche, and Wayne Vineyard of Austin; sisters, Linda Robison of Sidney, Lou Williams of Sidney, and Jane Vineyard of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his brother, Merle Dean Vineyard.
Funeral Services were at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, with Bro. Keg Gibson officiating and Bro. Tony McCrohan assisting. Interment was in Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery in Comanche County. Comanche Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements.
If desired, memorials may be made to Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery Association, c/o Zulean Poyner, 4351 Hwy 2247, Comanche, Texas 7644.
FOR THE WEEK OF Oct. 3, 2013
Margaret Pauline Armstrong, 92, of Stephenville died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at the Senior Care Center.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1921 in Erath County near Desdemona to Herman Ray Wilcoxson and Nellie Carlton Lewis.
On Oct. 2, 1941, she was married in Dublin to Floyd Houston Armstrong who preceded her in death after 55 years of marriage on Jan. 26, 1997.
She was a devoted homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dublin.
Armstrong is survived by three sons, Chuck Armstrong of Conroe, Tom Armstrong of Granbury and Joe Armstrong of Pflugerville; a daughter, Linda Stennett of Kingsland, TX; a sister, Virgie Potts of Paradise, TX; eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 1 at First United Methodist Church, Dean Bradley officiating, with burial in Lower Greens Creek Cemetery.
Harrell Funeral Home in charge of Arrangements.
Gwen Gordon Bray, 88, of Stephenville died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in Stephenville.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Kory Koch officiating. Burial followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1924 in Sylvester, TX to the late Condy and Olive Loetta Swanner Gordon.
She was married on Dec. 19, 1941 in Huckabay to Harry Bray who preceded her in death July 18, 1989.
She was a restaurant owner, a member of the Oakdale United Methodist Church and had lived in Stephenville most of her life.
Survivors include her son, Scotty Bray of Dublin; daughters, Mary Howard of Dublin, and Billie Luhning of Dripping Springs; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a brother, Leon Gordon of Stephenville.
Bray was also preceded in death by a sister, Adell Bigham; and by four brothers, Floyd, Travis, Bishop, and Billie Dean Gordon.
Family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimers Assn., or the Oakdale United Methodist Church.
Billy Roy Hancock, 85, of Joshua, TX died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at Community Hospice-Hugley in Fort Worth.
He was born April 1, 1928 in Purves, TX to Roy Talmadge Hancock and Hattie Bell Arthur.
Hancock was wed to Barbara Repp on Dec. 11, 2003 in Granbury.
In life, he worked as a barber and was a member of Olive Place Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Hancock is survived by his wife; a son, Joel Hancock; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jerri Kim Hilbert, in 2008.
Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 30 at Harrell Memorial Chapel, Brett
Brett Randall officiating, with burial at Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.
Harrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.