Miscellaneous Baylor County, Texas Obituaries


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Jake Morris Hayley
ARLINGTON -- Jake Morris Hayley, 60, of Paradise passed away Thursday, July 13, 2000 in Arlington, of lung, brain and bone cancers..
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. Inurnment: Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Paradise at a later date.
Memorials: Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department or Home Health Care of Wise County.
Jake Morris Hayley was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Seymour. He was a longtime resident of the Arlington and Grand Prairie areas. He worked for Texstar Plastics for over 27 years and for Bell Helicopter for six years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jake and Zona Shaw Hayley and Morris and Grace Avary Gilbert.parents, Ollie Gilbert King and Jasper Eric Hayley.
Survivors: Wife of 42 years, Ann Hayley of Paradise; son, James Hayley and Mary of Paradise; daughters, Jamie Burns and husband, Bruce, of Bedford, Janet McCoy and husband, Mitchell, of Arlington; brothers, Cliff Hayley and wife, Delores, of Bedford, Dan Hayley and wife, Lorene, of Winnesboro; sisters, Mary Beth Wines and husband, Donnie, of Lindale, Carol Butler and husband, Dick, of Arlington; stepsisters, Syble Wright and husband, John, of Arlington and Peggy Garvin and husband, Lewis, of Gilmer; stepfather, Archie King and wife, Bonnie, of Arlington; and grandchildren, Jason, Camron and Jamie Taylor, Kimberly Martin and Marissa, Krystal, Adrian and Joey.

Richard William Guynes
Richard William Guynes, 74, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Funeral services will be held from Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday morning, June 1, at 11 o'clock. Pastor Keith Schweitzer and Reverend Ken Boersche will officiate, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post #7871. Interment will be in Old Seymour Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Guynes was born March 20, 1926, in Bomarton, Texas. A distinguished veteran of 20 years Naval Service, Mr. Guynes served in World War II and Korea as well as in the atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter and a man of character. He was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. and Lee, and two sisters, Rita Mae and Elsie.
He is survived by his loving wife, Arvilla L. Guynes, native of South Dakota; three daughters, Janiece Van Loon and Cherie Dischinger of Hollister, California, Suzanne McTighe of Hayward, California; two sons, Richard Guynes and John Guynes of Rhododeron, Oregon; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, James Guynes of Seymour; two sisters, Viola Peters of Seymour and Aslee Castleman of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther Porter
was born in Powell, Texas, on May 24, 1913, the youngest child of the late Robert and Nellie Tillies.
In 1949, Esther moved to Seymour with the Kitts family. She was housekeeper and friend to some of Seymour’s most prominent families. Working for many organizations such as Seymour Day Care Center, she retired from Meals on Wheels.
She united with Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was president of the choir. Later on, she attended Faith Deliverance Church of God in Christ with her daughter, Gladys Willis.
One thing is certain - everyone that kew Esther knew she always had a smile and a contagious laugh that will be missed by all.
On May 24, 2000, Esther’s 87th birthday, she went to join the loved ones she had lost. Proceding her in death were one son, Robert Tillis; a grandson, Moses A. Brown; a granddaughter, Chastity D. Bradley; 3 sisters, 4 brothers and many more loved ones.
She leaves to mourn her passing, a son, Ellis Dan Brown of Los Angeles, California; three daughters, Audrey Porter, Seymour, Ed and Gladys Porter Willis of Seymour, and Gracie Porter and Gary Stephenson of Sweetwater, Texas; Toby Brown, a son-in-law of 30 years; two sisters, Roise McDade and Bessie Lee Sample of Corsicana, Texas; 13 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Grandchild, 2 Nephews, 1 Niece and 9 Cousin.

Mrs. Viola Carter Green
April 22, 2000

Lenora O. Fojtik
Lenora O. Fojtik, age 94, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2000, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2000, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2000, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Fojtik was born February 6, 1916, in Snook, Texas. She and Adolph Joseph Fojtik were married February 11, 1929, in Caldwell, Texas. He died August 31, 1976. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A son, Billy Joe Fojtik, preceded her in death on September 19, 1991.
She is survived by two sisters, Libby Nedbalek of Rockdale, Texas, and Reynalda Janac of Bryan, Texas.
Pallbearers were James Styles, Gary Wright, Melvin Motl, Alvin Jungman, Jerry Kuehler, and Danny Lane.

Marion “Billy” Moore
Marion “Billy” Moore, 89, of Goree, Texas, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Knox City, Texas.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15th, 2000, at Goree Church of Christ with Greg Melton officiating. Burial was in Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mr. Moore was a retired farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Merle; a daughter, Marion Cunningham of Goree; a son, Dolan of Goree; two sisters, Essie Mae of Seymour and Alma Claburn of Wichita Falls; a brother, Johnny of Goree; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Lois Aleitha Hughes Sullins
Lois Aleitha Hughes Sullins, 94, died February 23, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
A long-time resident of Seymour, Mrs. Sullins was born in Vera, Texas, on March 6, 1905, the third child of Tennie and Raleigh Hughes. Her sister, Trudy Russell, and her brother, Byron Hughes, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sullins married Hoyle Aaron Sullins on April 20, 1933. He died on September 20, 1961. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Joy and Rea Carter of Seymour; three granddaughters, Cecila Hardin of McKinney, Camille Baker of Seymour, Stephanie McMullen of Waco; one grandson, Lindley Carter of Wichita Falls; nine great-grandchildren, Ty and Jacob Hardin, Paige and Thomas Baker, Seth, Samantha and Brynne Carter, Jackson and Lydia McMullen; one niece, Aleitha Beck of Vera; two nephews, Maurice Hughes of Eunice, New Mexico, and Gerald Russell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and grandnieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held February 25, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church of Seymour, Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Mrs. Sullins' grandniece, Challa Goedeke of Lubbock, Texas, and cousins, Ronnie Reeves of Seymour and Thelma Lee Coulston of Vera, provided special music, including her favorite hymns "Ivory Palaces", "Evening Prayer" and "I Surrender All". Pallbearers were her grandson, Lindley Carter, grandsons-in-law Tony Hardin, John Baker and Vic McMullen, nephew Gerald Russell and grandnephew, Russell Beck. Interment was at the Vera Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sullins was a farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Seymour where she taught Sunday school and belonged to the Escalator Class. She was a graduate of the University of North Texas and a schoolteacher for 23 years in Knox and Baylor Counties, including Vera and Red Springs.
A recipient of lifetime memberships in the Baylor County American Heart Association and Baylor County Hospital Authority Pink Ladies Auxiliary, she also was a member of the Pierian Club, Methodist Women, Eastern Star and the Retired Teachers Association.

Martha E. Gentry
Martha E. Gentry, 80, our precious mother and mama left us to meet her Lord on Saturday, March 11, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She will be missed so much by her family and friends. Mother was loved by so many.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 13, 2000, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview. Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in the Lovington City Cemetery in Lovington, New Mexico.
A daughter of the late Enoch and Emma Glaze, she was born March 28, 1919, in Tuscola, Texas. She married Boucher Gentry on September 22, 1947, in Odessa, Texas, and they resided in Eunice until 1965, when Mobil Oil transferred Boucher to Lovington, New Mexico. A member of the Church of Christ, she dearly loved her family and absolutely adored her little dog, "Little Bit".
Preceded in death by her husband on May 13, 1995; her grandson, Blake on April 22, 1975; and her granddaughter, Jackie Jones on March 17, 1978, she is survived by her children, Nell Marler, Jerry and Sue Dodd, Randy and Judy Maples and Sharon and Mike Gibson; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Winifred Farris, Myrtle and Ruel Perkins and Hazel and Gene Lassiter; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Robby Maples, Donny Maples, Tim Maples, Darin Doss, Charles Carson and Vern Landavazo.
For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.

Paula Ann Portwood Brookreson
Paula Ann Portwood Brookreson, 64, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in Riverview Cemetery with Dr. Ed Hart officiating. Burial was under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brookreson was born December 11, 1935, in Wichita Falls. She was married to D.J. Brookreson, who preceded her in death in 1983. Paula owned and operated Baylor County Abstract Co. in Seymour for many years and was also a rancher. She moved to Rolling Meadows Retirement Complex in Wichita Falls in the fall of 1989. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Jane Portwood, on December 5, 1992.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Lee Portwood of Wichita Falls; two grandchildren, Harry Knowles and Dannie Knowles of Austin, Texas; a niece, Lee Ann Swanzy of Longview, Texas; and a grand-niece, Sarah Swanzy of Longview.

Lula Virginia "Jenny" Yates
Lula Virginia "Jenny" Yates, 77, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Seymour Hospital in Seymour, Texas.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor, and Reverend Wayne Sharp officiating. Burial was in the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas.
Mrs. Yates was born August 13, 1922, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She moved from Dallas to Baylor County in 1947. She and John W. "Bill" Yates married November 21, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 12, 1993. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband until his death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, William "Mike" Yates of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Johnnie Sue McCarter of Winter Park, Florida; four sisters, Catherine Wilson, Margie Thomas, Jewel Thomas and Sarah Sharp; four brothers, Floyd Reed, Lloyd Reed, George Reed and Paul Reed; and five grandchildren.

John Wilburn Bryan
John Wilburn Bryan, 81, a retired automotive parts salesman, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, in Greenwood Garden Chapel. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth.
John Bryan was born October 28, 1918, in Seymour, Texas.
He was a graduate of Seymour High School and a Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the parts division of Longhorn Dodge in 1984. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mamie Bryan and his brother, Leroy Bryan.
Special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Fireside Lodge Care Center and Vitas Hospice Care.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Vesta Helms Bryan of Fort Worth; a daughter, Sandra Brown and husband, Leslie, of Fort Worth; brothers, Denton Bryan and wife, Ruthie, of Seymour, Loyd Bryan and wife, Barbara, of Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters, Betty Parrish and husband, Carman of Chula Vista, California, Nancy Stegall of Chula Vista and Margaret Galloway of San Diego, California; granddaughter, Debra Brown of Fort Worth; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Clarence E. "Whit" Powell
Clarence E. "Whit" Powell, 78, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Faith Village Church of Christ with Charles Grisham, of Faith Village Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Mr. Powell was born September 7, 1921, in Red Springs, Texas. He married Lucille Brothers in 1964, in Seymour. She preceded him in death on April 13, 1987. He was a member of Faith Village Church of Christ and a resident of Wichita Falls since 1965. He served with the Army during World War II. He was a cement finisher for Texas Department of Highways.
Survivors include two sons, Davis L. Powell and Randy E. Powell, both of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Vickie L. Freeze of Estelline, Texas, and Teresa Lockhart of Memphis, Texas; a brother, Charles "Buddy" Powell of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; five sisters, Marjarie McCandless of Sand Springs, Clella Powell, Irene Hogan, Jeffie Smith and Helen James, all of Lubbock; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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