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Ferne Barnes Stuart 

Ferne Barnes Stuart died March 16, 2000 in Dallas, Texas. She was born March 10, 1910 to Floyd M. and Martha Barnett Barnes in Newark, Ark. She graduated from State Teachers College in Conway, Ark. and married George W. Stuart Sept. 16, 1934 in Paragould, Ark. Her husband, who had been an employee of the Baptist Sunday School Board, preceded her in death as did her son, Mike Stuart. Mike had been coordinator of the Program for the Talented and Gifted of Dallas Schools.

Ferne was a member of Wilshire Baptist Church where she faithfully gave of her time, for several years, in many 
significant areas of the church. She was certified as a Senior Adult Special Consultant for the Southern Baptist Convention and served on the staff of Northway Baptist Church and also for several years, was in the Mission Service Corps. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Gene Mason of Argyle, Texas, a brother, Lloyd E. Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., two grandsons, Stuart Mason and wife, Shelley and Preston Mason all 
of Dallas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Wilshire Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26, 2000. In lieu of 
flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to the George W. Stuart Scholarship Fund at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary or the George Michael Stuart Scholarship Fund at Baylor University or a charity of choice.

James Lee Parks 

James Lee Parks Jr., 56, of Denton, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Denton.

He was born August 7, 1943, in Denton, to Adeline Williams and James Parks Sr.

Mr. Parks was a member of St. Andrew Church of God in Christ.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Sanger Cemetery in Sanger. The Rev. Emma Redmon will officiate. Peoples Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Timothy Parks of Dallas; three daughters, Debra K. Parks Dixon of Dallas, Kathy Lawson of Arlington and Sonya A. Parks of Arlington; a brother, James Parks of Denton; four sisters, Janice Parks, Kathy Parks, Sylvia Parks and Zondra Lewis, all of Denton; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

B. Floyd Sharp

B. Floyd Sharp, 73, of Denton, died Saturday, March 18, 2000. He was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Teague, to B.F. Sharp and Frances Cromer. He graduated from Teague High School in 1944 and served in the Merchant Marines for four years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and then earned bachelor's and master's degree from University of Houston.

Mr. Sharp taught junior high school students in Baytown, and sold pharmaceuticals for E.R. Squibb and Sons and Ciba-Geigy. In 1979 he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and founded Irving Christian Counseling in 1977, retiring there in 1996.

He was a former member of Bethal Independent Presbyterian Church in Houston and served as elder and Sunday School teacher at Irving Bible Church. He was a charter member of Presbyterian Church at Hackberry Creek, where he served as an elder.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, at Presbyterian Church at Hackberry Creek. Visitation with the family will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the church preceding the service.

Memorials may be made to Irving Christian Counseling, 2621 W. Airport Frwy., Irving, Texas 75062.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Everitt Sharp of Denton; one son, Ken Sharp of Irving; one daughter, Rahna Sharp Redman of Denton; one brother, Bill Sharp of Houston; and four grandchildren; a niece and nephew.

Nita Inez Smith

Nita Inez Smith, 94, of Denton, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

She was born July 18, 1905, in Cooper, to Lee and Hattie (Wilson) Perry and was a graduate of Cooper High School. She married Eunice Powell on Oct. 19, 1922, in Cooper. He died April 3, 1956. She married Claude Smith in 1958 in Fort Worth. He died Sept. 29, 1977.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She was a volunteer at Denton Regional Medical Center for over 20 years, retiring at the age of 90.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Ashcreek Cemetery in Azle. DeBerry Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Denton Regional Volunteer Scholarship Fund, 3535 S. I-35E, Denton, Texas 76205.

Survivors include one daughter, Jimmie Lee Holland of Denton; one brother, R.T. 'Pug' Perry of Roxton; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Maud Terry

Maud Kathryn Terry, 83, of Denton, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the chapel of Grove Hill Funeral Home in Dallas. Interment will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Chuck Fisher Memorial Fund, established for the benefit of students with disabilities, Development Office, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, Texas 76203.

She was born August 27, 1916, in Clinton, to Loma Leopal (Webb) and Horace Delbert Stephenson. She graduated from Greenville High School and a business school in Dallas. She married Raymond Earl Terry on August 22, 1936, in Wylie. He is deceased.

Mrs. Terry was a member of Cockrell Hill Church of Christ in Dallas. She moved to Denton in 1997 and enjoyed an active senior life at Vintage Retirement Center.

Survivors include one son, Ted Noel Terry of Littleton, Colo.; daughter, Nancy Kay Terry Fisher of Denton; and one granddaughter. One grandson is deceased.

Maurice Deussen

Ponder - Maurice Alene Deussen, 77, of Ponder, died Saturday, March 19, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Ponder, to Paul Thomas and Opal Rippy Thomas. She married Eddie Deussen Jr. He is deceased.

Mrs. Deussen retired from Moore Business Forms.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ponder and was the organist for 65 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at First Baptist Church of Ponder. The Rev. Kim Broadstreet will officiate. Burial will be in Eakins Cemetery in Ponder.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors from 7 to 8 tonight, March 20, for visitation.

Survivors include one daughter, Paulette Clement of Ponder; one son, Tom Deussen of Ponder; mother, Opal Thomas of Justin; one sister, Doris Wagenseller of Castroville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Walter Warschun

Gribble Springs - Walter A. Warschun, 96, of Aubrey (Gribble Springs Community), died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

He was born Oct. 8, 1903 in Denton to Fred and Mary (Grube) Warschun. He married Clara Louise Treitsch on Dec. 8, 1929, in Denton.

Mr. Warschun was a farmer and rancher all of his life.

He was a Jehovah's Witness.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home. Don Dyal will officiate.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Monday, March 20, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Warschun, Daniel Warschun, James Waite, Roger Waite, Kevin Heath and Bryan Lilley.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 12850 Spurling Dr., Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas 75230-1258.

Survivors include one daughters, Marilyn Lilley of Hurst; one son, Walter Warschun of Gribble Springs; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. One brother, Lawrence Warschun, is deceased.

Helen Marie Ryan

Helen Marie (Porter) Ryan, of Denton, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Cason to John Porter. She married Key Ryan on Sept. 1, 1940 in Cason. He died Jan. 22, 1987.

Mrs. Cason was a homemaker. She graduated from Texas Woman's University and did graduate work at University of North Texas.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Cole Chapel of First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Crouch will officiate. Schmitz-Floyd-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Porter and Patti Ryan of Houston; one sister, Dorothy Porter of Denton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, J.C. and Dorothy Porter of Houston and Richard and Virginia Porter of Montgomery; one grandson, John Ryan of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other friends and relatives.

E.C. Blanks Jr.

Tioga - E.C. Blanks Jr., 81, of Tioga, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Lancaster Medical Center in Lancaster.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, at First Baptist Church in Tioga. The Revs. Doug Childers and Bill Rowe will officiate. Burial will be in Walling Cemetery in Cooke County.

Pallbearers will be David Walker, Jeff Walker, Pete Roberson, Everett Durett, Gerald Durett, Schon Fuller and Jason Moore.

The family will be at Huff/Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point from 7 to 8 tonight, Tuesday, March 21, for visitation.

Mr. Blanks was born July 16, 1918, in Pilot Point, to Edward C. and Mary Ford Blanks. He married Myrtle Louise Carlile on Oct. 31, 1937, in Cooke County. She died July 5, 1977.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was a horsemanship participant in Tioga Playdays.

Mr. Blanks was Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, O.C. Blanks of Collinsville and Kenneth Blanks of Tioga; two daughters, Pearl Walker of Grand Prairie and Mellanie A. Cain of Ferris; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Marion L. Beaty

Aubrey - Marion Loy Beaty, 58, of Aubrey, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 29, 1941, in Aubrey, to Loy Ada Beaty and Hallie Christine Johnson Beaty. He graduated from Aubrey High School. He was employed at Jostens Inc. here in Denton.

He was a loving father and doting grandfather. He was loved by those who knew him, and never met a stranger. The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, March 21, for visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Texas, P.O. Box 26460, Austin, Texas 75755-0460.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton with the Rev. Bud Looper officiating.

He is survived by a daughter, Misty Beaty of Dallas; a son, Michael Loy Beaty of Aubrey; and two grandchildren.

Donald M. Wells

Fort Worth - Donald Murray Wells, 56, of Fort Worth, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Harris County Medical Center in Fort Worth. 

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of Huff Funeral Home in Whitesboro. Brett Ballard will officiate. Interment will be at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Grayson County.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews: Hank Harral, Linda Hood, David Harral, Jan Thorson, Deanna Mason, Sheila Gragg, Joe Borchardt, Polly Frampton and Ryan Wells Sandford.

There will be no family visitation at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Mr. Wells was born March 2, 1944, in Paris, Ark., to Darrett Murray Wells and Elizabeth Leah Perrine Wells. He was a writer and member of the Writer's Guild.

Survivors include his good friend, Jerry Howell; three sisters, Betty Harral of Sanger, Ann Sandford of Fullerton, Calif., and Jane Perry of Irving; uncle, Elmer Perrine of Gurdon, Ark.; nieces and nephews, Hank Harral, Linda Hood, David Harral, Jan Thorson, Deanna Mason, Sheila Gragg, Joe Borchardt, Polly Frampton and Ryan Wells Sandford.

M.F. Stubblefield

Little Elm - M.F. 'Stub' Stubblefield, 77, of Little Elm, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center in Carrollton.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at First Baptist Church in Little Elm. The Rev. Scott Jackson and the Rev. John Wade will officiate. Interment will be in Little Elm Cemetery.

The family will be at Cantrell Funeral Home in Frisco from 6 to 8 tonight, Wednesday, March 22, for visitation.

Mr. Stubblefield was born March 2, 1923, in Isom Springs, Okla., to Marion and Hattie Iona Trantham Stubblefield. He married Helen Randall on Sept. 6, 1947, in Denison.

He was a retired sheet metal worker and also retired as sexton of Little Elm Cemetery in 1995.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Little Elm.

Survivors include his wife of Little Elm; son, Joe Stubblefield of Tyler; two brothers, Henry Van Buren Stubblefield and James Stubblefield, both of Colbert, Okla.; three sisters, Loretta Elliott of Grand Prairie, and Wilda Reeves and Lela Marie Wright, both of Denison; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One sister, Armenuia Houk, is deceased.

Thursday, March 23, 2000

Lonnie R. Jones 

Lonnie Russell `Mutt' Jones, 89, of Denton, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

He was born Oct. 22, 1910, in Altus, Okla., to Samuel Herbert Jones and Lillie Augusta Willis Jones. He graduated from Altus High School and attended University of Oklahoma.

During World War II he served in Patton's 3rd Army in the Rhineland, and was an Ardennes combat patrol leader.

He married Iris Ione Hollis in McAllen. She is deceased. He was a manger in the furniture department of White Stores Inc.

Mr. Jones was a member of First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Altus Cemetery in Altus, Okla. Dr. W.I. `Bill' Thomas and evangelist Billy Foot will officiate.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, for visitation.

Survivors include two daughters, Sally Ann Conger of Denton and Mary Kathleen Wyman of Lakeville, Ind.; two sons, Samuel Hollis Jones of Honduras and Michael Douglas Jones of McKinney; 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. One sister, Theresa Kimbal, is deceased.

Nora L. Robbins 

Nora Lucille (Baxter) Robbins, 83, of Denton, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. Terry Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.

Grandchildren will be pallbearers.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, for visitation.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

She was born Jan. 22, 1917, in Elk City, Okla., to James W. Baxter and Mary Emma McCloud Baxter. She married Miles Robbins on June 24, 1933 in Sayre, Okla. He died May 22, 1991.

Mrs. Robbins was a homemaker.

She was a member of Welch Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Massey of Sun Dance, Wyo., and Phyllis McDaniel of Pierre, S.D.; a son, Darrell Robbins of Denton; a brother, Clarence Baxter of Rye, Colo.; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Francis E. Cross 

Justin -- Francis Elmo Cross, 88, of Justin, died Monday, March 20, 2000.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Restland Abbey Chapel in Dallas.

Kris Kaiser 

Stone Mountain, Ga. -- Kris Kaiser, 40, of Stone Mountain, Ga., formerly of Denton, died March 21, 2000. he was born May 26, 1959.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Drucilla Secor 

The Colony -- Drucilla O. Secor, 77, of The Colony, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Holy Cross Catholic Church conducted by Father Publius Xuereb. Interment will be in Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Arlington.

Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Cantrell Funeral Home in Frisco.

She was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Oklahoma, to Ben C. and Nan White Rebman. She married Raymond L. Secor on August 28, 1961, in Denver, Colo.

Mrs. Secor was a member of Sunshine Garden Club, Senior Citizens Organization, The Colony AARP and was active in the Republican Party.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Secor of The Colony; a daughter, Starlett Delery of Gilmer; two brothers, Ben C. Rebman Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Joseph Rebman of Hope, Ark.; and three sisters, Maxine Hardie of Sperry, Okla., and Irene Mobbs and Betty Spencer, both of San Antonio.

J. Richard Tigert 

Haltom City -- J. Richard Tigert, 54, of Haltom City, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. The Rev. Jim Wilkinson and the Rev. Bobby Evans will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Memphis, Texas, to William A. and Maebell Tigert.

Mr. Tigert was a metal building erector for and co-owner of McBride and Associates of Fort Worth.

He was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church of Fort Worth.

Survivors include his wife, Cathey McGar Tigert of Haltom City; a daughter, Leslie Reniers of Bitburg, Germany; a son, Richard 'Dino' Tigert of Fort Worth; two sisters, Juanita Seay and Margarita Jackson, both of Mesquite; and two brothers, Bill Tigert and Lloyd Tigert, both of Decatur.

Helen C. Gillilan 

Helen Corine Smith Gillilan, 75, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000. She was born July 4, 1924, in Verdon, Okla., to John Schoolfield Smith and Ezma Lee Coulter Smith.

She graduated from Denton High School in 1940 and attended North Texas Teachers College. She married Robert Lynn Gillilan on Oct. 19, 1946. She was retired from Southwestern Bell Co.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors for visitation from 6 to 7 tonight, Thursday, March 23.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 24, in chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with burial at the Jackson Cemetery in Krum.

Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Mareta and Roy Glover of Richardson, Judy and Jack Stein of San Francisco, Calif., Kathy Zinter of Denver, Colo., and Marilynn and Lou Leone of Memphis; a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn Gillilan Jr. and Mary Lou Gillilan; eight grandchildren, Dana, Angela, Stefani, Paul Robert, Ed, Chris, Marc and Philip; and two great-grandchildren, Jeramey and Rachel.

Edna Irene Cordell

Pilot Point - Edna Irene Meyers Cordell, 85, of Pilot Point, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at First United Methodist Church in Pilot Point. The Rev. John Hicks and Doug Hagerdorn will officiate. Burial will be in Pilot Point Community Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will be at Huff/Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point from 7 to 8 tonight, Friday, March 24, for visitation.

She was born May 25, 1914, in Orr, Okla., to Jim and Amanda Jane Ford Meyers. She married Ted Cordell on Dec. 28, 1934, in Spanish Fort. He died Dec. 18, 1980.

Mrs. Cordell worked as a housemother at the Denton State School for 15 years.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pilot Point.

Survivors include two sons, Daryl Cordell of DeSoto and Billy Cordell of Pilot Point; two daughters, Louise Stafford of Carrollton and Sue Parks of Garland; one brother, Bill Meyers of Denton; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. One daughter, Anna Cummings, is deceased.

Drucilla Secor

The Colony - Drucilla O. Secor, 77, of The Colony, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Holy Cross Catholic Church conducted by Father Publius Xuereb. Interment will be in Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Arlington.

Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Cantrell Funeral Home in Frisco.

She was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Oklahoma, to Ben C. and Nan White Rebman. She married Raymond L. Secor on August 28, 1961, in Denver, Colo.

Mrs. Secor was a member of Sunshine Garden Club, Senior Citizens Organization, The Colony AARP and was active in the Republican Party.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Secor of The Colony; a daughter, Starlett Delery of Gilmer; two brothers, Ben C. Rebman Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Joseph Rebman of Hope, Ark.; and three sisters, Maxine Hardie of Sperry, Okla., and Irene Mobbs and Betty Spencer, both of San Antonio.

Susan White

Dallas - Susan Elizabeth White, 44, of Dallas, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at her home.

She was born July 6, 1955, in San Antonio, to Ray and Betty (McReynolds) Creech. She was a member of Covenant Church of Dallas and a homemaker.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Friday, March 24, in Belew Cemetery, Aubrey. Gordon Banks will officiate. Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Justin L. Petri of Dallas, Nathan A. Petri of The Colony, and Aaron J. Petri of Blanco; two brothers, Stan Creech of Dallas and John Creech of San Antonio; one sister, Ann Creech of San Antonio; and mother, Betty Creech of San Antonio.

Saturday, March 25, 2000

Rosalie Cook 

Dallas -- Rosalie Shearon Cook, 83, of Dallas, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in DeSoto.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the chapel of Huff/Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point. The Rev. Joe Patterson will officiate. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery, Tioga.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Kollaja, James Poston, Bill Rigdon, Russell Cook, Ronnie Mack Cook and Greg Shadwick.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or charity of choice.

The family will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, for visitation.

She was born August 2, 1916, in Gainesville, to John Fletcher and Mary Rebecca Cox Shearon. She married James Robert Cook on Aug. 11, 1935. He died Sept. 25, 1984.

Mrs. Cook was a secretary, retired from Southland Corporation.

She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Duncanville.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law, Lois and Juanita Cook; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Jake and Virgil Shearon, are deceased.

Doug Skinner 

Decatur -- Doug Skinner, 86, of Decatur, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Decatur Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 3, 1913, in Era. He married Leona Beatrice Cogburn on Feb. 19, 1937, in Love County, Okla.

Mr. Skinner was a retired farmer and auto mechanic. He owned Skinner Garage in Decatur for 35 years.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in Slidell Cemetery, Slidell. Ryan Morrison will officiate. Coker Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of Decatur; three sons, Dwight Skinner of Denton, David Skinner of Paradise, and Joey Skinner of Denton; a daughter, Martha June Skinner of Denton; a brother, Joe Skinner of Decatur; and four grandchildren.


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