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Roderick DuChemin 

Roderick C. DuChemin, 79, of  Denton died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at his home. 

He was born in Middleton, Ohio, April 16, 1920, to William P. and Carrie DuChemin. He was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Fran Judy in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, on Nov. 11, 1944. 

He was a graduate of the University of Miami of Ohio and received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He taught at the University of North Texas from 1956 until his retirement in 1982. Service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, at St. David's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Roy Baines officiating. Visitation will be held after the service at the church. 

Memorials may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church, Denton Christian Pre-School and the American Parkinsons Disease foundation. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Eric DuChemin of Denton and Dan DuChemin of Houston; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie DuChemin. 

Arrangements are under the direction of DeBerry Funeral Directors. 

Gwenda Jan Lambert 

Valley View -- Gwenda Jan Lambert, 46, of Valley View, died Friday, March 24, 2000, in Cooke County. 

She was born in Oklahoma City on Nov. 14, 1953. She was a retired employee of Sears. She was preceded in death by her son, Sean Martin. 

Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Pioneer Baptist Church in Cooke County near Valley View. Graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Memorial Garden in Mid West City, Okla. 

Survivors include her parents, John and Mary Lambert of Oklahoma City; one son, Jason Lambert of Valley View; one daughter, Mahoganie Lambert of Valley View; and one granddaughter. 

Deborah M. Bowles

Deborah Mays Bowles, 46 of Denton, died March 24, 2000, in Harris Methodist Hospital of Forth Worth. 

She was born July 8, 1953, in Denton to Bobbie and James Mays. She graduated from Denton High School. She was a hairstylist at Split Enz Shop. She married Fred Bowles in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 6, 1998.

Funeral services will be held in Bethel Temple Church Monday, March 27, 2000, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Joe Bob McGinnis officiating. Burial will follow in Greenvalley Cemetery in Greenvalley.

Visitation will be Sunday March 26, 2000, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Woodruff, Mike Holdsclaw, Mike Baradwell, Steve Davis, David Becker and Mark Hall.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Bowles of Denton; a daughter, Cassye Lynn Hubbard of Denton; three sons, Billy McCollum of Denton, Shawn Hubbard and his wife, Taylor Hubbard, of Aubrey, and Cody Bowles of Decatur; a sister, Cindy Bounds of Sanger; a brother, Mike Mays of Aubrey; and two grandchildren, Taylor McCollum and Shannon King.

DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Ronny Crownover

Texas State Rep. Ronny Wayne Crownover, 54, of Denton, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. 

He was born April 13, 1945, in Crane, to William Riley and Gladys Josephine Byrd Crownover. He married Myra Robinson on Feb. 1, 1970, in Big Spring. 

He was a graduate of Big Spring High School, 1963; University of North Texas; and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, 1974. 

Rep. Crownover was owner of Lake Dallas Veterinary Clinic and Corinth Veterinary Clinic. He was serving his first term as a Texas State Representative from District 64 and was a member of the House committees on agriculture and livestock and state recreational resources. He was a director for Lake Cities State Bank. 

He was a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was past president of Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Denton High School athletic booster club. 

He was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton. 

Survivors include his wife, Myra Crownover of Denton; four sons, Scott, Luke, John and Dan Crownover, all of Denton; and two sisters, June Rogers of Santa Anna and Kay Lanceley of Fredricksburg, Va. 

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton. The Rev. Steve Plunkett and the Rev. Clint Loveall will officiate. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 tonight, Monday, March 27, in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. 

Memorials may be made to the Ronny Crownover Marrow Foundation, 513 West Oak Street, Denton, Texas 76201. 

Thomas O'Hearn

Thomas P. O'Hearn Sr., 90, of Denton, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

He was born August 12, 1909, in Scranton, Pa., to Patrick and Ann Gilvary O'Hearn. 

Mr. O'Hearn was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church of Cape Coral, Fla. He was recognized with an award for his work with youth in Bronx, Fla., by the Police Athletic League. He was known as "Coach." 

Services were held Saturday, March 25, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Scranton, Pa. Burial was in Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Riordan of Stevensonville, Md.; three sons, Thomas P. O'Hearn Jr. of Monument, Colo., Patrick O'Hearn of Oxford, N.C., and Joseph O'Hearn of Denton; two sisters, Mary Burk of Queens, N.Y., and Margaret Gerrity of Scranton, Pa.; one brother, John O'Hearn of Scranton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton were in charge of local arrangements. 

Elizabeth Brown 

North Richland Hills - Elizabeth Elaine Brown, 53, of North Richland Hills, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her home. 

She was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Fort Worth to Thomas Watson and Geneva Dell (Anderson) Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Christian Church. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include a daughter, Amber Dawn Brown of Colleyville; a son, Scott J. Brown of Richardson; a sister, Melissa B. Latterell of North Richland Hills; and two grandchildren. 

Samuel Henry

Copper Canyon - Samuel Thompson Henry, 95, of Copper Canyon, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Cross Timbers Care Center. 

He was born May 2, 1904, in Towneville, Pa., to Harry and Militia Bennehoff Henry. He married Sara F. Foster on Nov. 12, 1931, in Rippley, N.Y. She died May 19, 1995. 

Mr. Henry was retired from the water purification department of Atlantic Richfield Oil Company. 

He was Methodist. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the chapel of Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home of Denton. The Rev. Joe Shafer will officiate. 

Survivors include two sons, R.A. `Bud' Henry of Copper Canyon, and Ernest H. Henry of Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Gwenda Lambert 

Valley View - Gwenda Jan Lambert, 46, of Valley View, died Friday, March 24, 2000, in Cooke County. 

She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla.. Nov. 14, 1953. She was a retired employee of Sears. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Pioneer Baptist Church in Cooke County near Valley View. Graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Memorial Garden in Mid West City, Okla. 

Survivors include her parents, John and Mary Lambert of Oklahoma City; one son, Jason Lambert of Valley View; one daughter, Mahoganie Lambert of Valley View; and one granddaughter. One son, Sean Martin, is deceased. 

Mary K. Redman 

Krum - Mary Katherine Redman, 82, of Krum, died Saturday, March 25, at her home. 

She was born Feb. 15, 1918, in Terrell, to David H. and Olivia Jane (Mullin) Hart. She married Bruce Redman on Nov. 11, 1945, in Rockwall. He died May 13, 1988. 

Mrs. Redman was city secretary for the City of Krum before she retired. 

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Jackson Cemetery in Krum. James McDonald will officiate. DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include a daughter, R. Jean Linder of Krum; a son, Justin Redman of Wright City, Okla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Joe Kelley

Joseph 'Joe' Kelley, 87, of Denton, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Denton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

He was born June 16, 1912, in Fort Lauderdale County, Miss., to Leslie and Cephae (Ellis) Kelley. He was a farmer and a member of Flower Mound Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Dermott Cemetery in Dermott, Ark., with the Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Teresa and husband Ray Villa of Tioga, Texas; one sister, Marguerite Goven of Fordyce, Ark.; four brothers, James Kelley of Blytheville, Ark., Floyd Kelley of Portland, Ark., Ray Kelley of Dermott, Ark., and Spencer kelley of Monticello, Ark.; and three grandchildren.

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Joe Carter 

Vernon L. 'Joe' Carter, 80, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his home in Corinth, Texas, following a valiant battle with cancer. Joe was born in Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 2, 1920. He served in the Third Army Air Corps during World War II.

A loving and devoted husband, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Zelma.

He is survived by his son, Ron Carter and wife Paula and their two sons, Josh and Chris; his stepson, Bob Harris and wife Lynne and their son Josh; adopted son, Sonny Baggesse and wife Judy; grandson, Shane Carter; granddaughter, Chance Howell and husband Raymond and their two children, Amber and Aslyn; granddaughter, Karen Harris and her four children; sister Margaret Josephson; and a host of extended family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Sanger Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight, Monday, March 27, at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger.

Catherine Edwards

Catherine Cloud Edwards, 88, of Denton, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Denton Good Samaritan Village. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Dr. Lamar Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Mausoleum. Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth is in charge of arrangements. 

She was born Feb. 26, 1912, in Kokomo, Ind. She was a longtime resident of Fort Worth, where her late husband, Code E. Edwards, was an attorney. 

Mrs. Edwards was a 1932 graduate of Texas Woman's University and was national president of the TWU Alumnae Association from 1950 to 1952. She received a master's degree in art from TWU in 1967. Some of her paintings are at TWU, where she had participated in several art shows; other paintings are at the Methodist Home in Waco. 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

Karen L. Colwick

Stephenville - Karen Lee Colwick, 48, of Stephenville, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. 

She was born May 16, 1951, in Gary, Ind. She married Gene Colwick on Sept. 4, 1985, in Sherman. 

Mrs. Colwick was a waitress for Jake and Dorothy's Cafe. 

She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the chapel of Lacy Funeral Home in Stephenville. The Revs. Joe Colwick and Larry Colwick will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. 

Survivors include her husband of Stephenville; mother, Hazel Staniger of Gary, Ind.; two daughters, Amanda Lynn Colwick and Jennifer Nicole Colwick, both of Stephenville; brother, James Jenkins Jr. of Lutze, Fla.; and two sisters, Pam Ela Beukema and Linda Burkhart, both of Gary, Ind. 

Irene Jones

Krum - Irene Jones, 85, of Krum, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Denton Good Samaritan Village. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. Lonnie Yarbrough and Chester Cullum will officiate. Burial will follow in Jackson Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be David Cox, Russell Cox, Mark Harris, J.W. Regnold, Tommy Counts and Don Swafford. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight, Tuesday, March 28, at the funeral home. 

She was born Jan. 7, 1915, in Krum, to William Earl and Martha Lillian Cox. She married Woodrow Wilson Jones on March 6, 1934, in Krum. He died in 1987. She was a graduate of Krum High School. 

Mrs. Jones was retired from Piggly Wiggly and was a farm owner in Ponder. 

She was a member of Church of Christ. 

Survivors include three daughters: Louise Shaver of Dallas, Diane LaPorta of Lexington, Ky., and Sandra Dvoracek of Lake Dallas; three sons, Charles Jones of Denton, Cecil Jones of Krum, and Gene Jones of Plano; one sister, Jiggs Graham of Krum; one brother, Wayne Cox of Krum; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Lillian Peters

Watertown, Mass. - Lillian Edna (Potts) Peters, 91, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., after a brief illness. 

Memorial services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Restland Wildwood Chapel, Greenville Avenue at Restland Road in Dallas. The Rev. John Heidt of Christ Episcopal Church in Oak Cliff will officiate. MacDonald, Rockwell and MacDonald was in charge of arrangements in Watertown, Mass. 

She was born in 1908, in Waco, to George Edgar and Anna Lillian (Greene) Potts. She was a graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas. She married Shirley Wilmont Peters Sr. He is deceased. 

Mrs. Peters, a former resident of Dallas, had resided in Denton for 40 years before moving to Watertown, Mass., in 1995. 

She was a former member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton, and attended St. John United Methodist Church in Watertown. 

Survivors include a son, Monty Peters Jr. of Medford, Mass.; two sisters, Thelma Oldham of San Angelo, and Alta Lois Buddington of Dallas; and two grandsons. One sister, Ollie Mae Johnson, is deceased. 

Joe Poore Jr.

Gordonville - Joe Grandon Poore Jr., 76, of Gordonville, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Old Trinity Cemetery in Denton. Rusty Waller will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton. 

Memorials may be made to Iron Springs Christian Camp, Rt. #2, Box 148-K, Whitney, Texas 76692. 

He was born Feb. 15, 1924, in Sacramento, Calif., to Joseph Leon and Susie (Gray) Poore. He married Ruth Talley in Denton on March 16, 1943. He attended public schools and University of North Texas. 

Mr. Poore worked for Watson Food Company in restaurant service and supply. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. 

Survivors include his wife of Gordonville; a daughter, Karen Irvin of Joshua; two sisters, Joe Poore of Arlington and Dick Poore of Whitney; two sisters, Wanda Jean Brown of Fort Worth and Charlotte Erwin of Roanoke; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Elton Smith

Lewisville - Elton "Smitty" Smith, 78 of Lewisville, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Lake Whitney Medical Center. 

He was born March 27, 1922, in Floydada. He married Mary Frances Heath on Oct. 30, 1938, in Lewisville. 

Mr. Smith was owner of Smitty's Auto Supply and later Smith's Tools Sales. He was a former member of Lewisville Rotary Club, International Order of Odd Fellows in Farmers Branch, Lewisville Booster Club, and Lewisville Chamber of Commerce. 

Survivors include his wife of Lewisville; three daughters, Linda Ramsey of Flower Mound, Mary Nell McKay of Lewisville, and Kathy Davidson of Lewisville; son, Mike Smith of Yantis; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. The Rev. Leon Warnack will officiate. Burial will follow in Old Hall Cemetery. 

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

Eddie Lee McBride

Edward "Eddie" Lee McBride, 70, of Denton, died Monday afternoon, March 27, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Denton, to Tom D. McBride and Viola Blanch Copeland McBride. He attended Denton public schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He married Jimmie Pearl Gregory on Oct. 4, 1954, in Denton. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 1997. 

Mr. McBride was a welder for Peerless when he retired. He enjoyed golf, horseshoeing and walking. 

The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, for visitation. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jack Howard officiating. Burial will be in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. 

Pallbearers will be Ronald McBride, Billy Jack Johnson, Jimmy Lee McBride and Gary Clearman. 

Survivors include two daughters, Donna P. McBride of Wentzville, Mo., and Cindy D. Gonzales of Denton; son, Dennis E. McBride of Denton; sister, Mildred I. Nizovitz of the Woodlands; three grandchildren, Michael James and Hayle Rena McBride of Bolivar, and Angel Nicole McBride of Denton; several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. 

The family will be at 203 Coronado, #104, at Country Place Apartments in Denton. 

Richard B. Taylor

Richard Baccus "Rich" Taylor, 57, of Denton, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at his home. 

Mr. Taylor was born in McKinney, Texas, on August 17, 1942, to Richard and Virginia (Montgomery) Taylor. He was a graduate of Frisco High School. He married Sherry (Fugitt) Wells on May 6, 1977, in Denton. He was a self-employed printer and a member of Denton Community Church. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the Sumrall Center of Denton Bible Church with the Rev. Wayne Stiles and the Rev. Brian Collins officiating. 

Memorials may be made to Denton Community Church, 115 North Elm, Denton, Texas 76201. 

Survivors include: his wife, Sherry Taylor of Denton; daughters, Angela and her husband Dick Bowden of Arlington, and Melanie Landes of Denton; sons, Rick and his wife Katrina Taylor of Murphy, Texas, and Rodney and his wife Stephanie Wells of Denton; and four grandchildren, Jason Wells, Caitlin Wells, Jesse Dyer and Ashley Dyer. 

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Edward F. Carson

Valley View - Edward F. "Kit" Carson, 83, of Valley View, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Tower Road Ranch. 

Services were Thursday, March 23, in Valley View United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Larry Kruger, Wes Magrude and Victor Casad. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Valley View Senior Citizens Foundation, P.O. Box 101, Valley View, Texas 76272. 

He was born June 24, 1916 in Valley View. He was a graduate of Sanger High School and Texas A&M. During World War II he was a B-24 flight engineer in the Army Corps in the South Pacific. He taught agriculture at Southmayd from 1942 to 1946. In 1963 he earned a master's degree from University of North Texas. He was a Cooke County superintendent from 1962 to 1978. 

Mr. Carson was a farmer, rancher and civic leader. He served as a legislator in the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, and on the North Texas Council on Aging, and was a charter member of NorTex Federal Credit Union and a member of Cooke County A&M Club. 

Survivors include his wife, Regina (Mitchell) Carson of Valley View; two daughters, Evalyn Elliott of Carrollton and Jane Simmons of Salt Lake City, Utah; and six grandchildren.

Jack Browder

Jack Henry Browder, 85, of Denton died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

Mr. Browder was born Nov. 5, 1914, in Duncan, Okla., to Charles McFall Browder and Essie Cook Browder. He grew up in Duncan and graduated after two years from Oklahoma Military Academy and later graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a business degree. 

He married Rhoda Ann Wieneke May 7, 1939, in Hartshorne, Okla. 

As an Army officer, he served two years overseas during World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the occupation of Czechoslovakia. 

Mr. Browder moved to Denton in 1955 and purchased the Seven-up Bottling Co. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Jack Henry Browder, Jr. 

A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, he was a 45 year member of Denton Kiwanis Club and served as vice president of Denton Chamber of Commerce and served on Denton's Planning and Zoning Committee for five years. 

Service will be 4 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home in Denton with the Rev. Bill Crouch officiating 

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at City of Duncan Cemetery, Duncan, Okla. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Denton or the charity of your choice. 

Survivors include his wife, Rhoda Ann Browder of Denton; daughter, Nancy Browder of Denton; sisters-in-law, Jean Hollingsworth of Denton, Pearl Renelt and Myrtle Wieneke; brother-in-law, Joe Wieneke; and four nieces and two nephews.

Ruth M. Fannin

Ruth Mildred Fannin, 80, of Denton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at her son's residence in Denton. 

She was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Eros, Ark., to Emitt and Bertha (Reynolds) Thompson. She married Cecil R. Fannin on May 6, 1943, in San Antonio. He died March 4, 1979. 

Mrs. Fannin was a retired secretary for Daytona Beach Community College. 

She was Methodist. 

Survivors include her son, Ronald A. Fannin of Denton; and five grandchildren. Her daughter, Pamela Ann Donovan, died in 1982. 

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 30, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. 

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

William E. Brown

Buffalo, Mo. - William Estell Brown, 81, of Buffalo, Mo., formerly of Rhome, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Rhome to Thomas Arch and Mattie Brown. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II and was a carpenter and rancher. 

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Aurora Cemetery, Aurora. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at Goen-Hudgens of Justin. 

Survivors include one son, Roy Allen Brown of Chicago, Ill.,; daughter, Marion Brown of Russellville, Ark.,; brother, Orville Brown of Rhome; and sister, Lillian Newton of Albany, N.Y. 

Lee Rich Kelman

Austin - Lee Rich Kelman, 71, of Austin died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, in Round Rock. 

Mr. Kelman was born May 28, 1928, in Denton to Francis and Fannie (Thomas) Kelman. He attended public schools and served in the U.S. Army. 

He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was a steamfitter by profession. 

Mr. Kelman was Lutheran. 

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Trinity Cemetery in East Denton with the Rev. Russell Tekin officiating. 

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include two nephews, Phillip Kelman of Austin and Forrest Kelman of San Antonio. 

Belinda A. Smith

Krum - Belinda Anne Smith, 50, of Krum died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Decatur to A.C. and Leta Mae (Trout) Shurbet. She married Robert R. Smith Dec. 24, 1964, in Krum. 

Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church of Krum. She was a homemaker. 

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Sunset Cemetery, Sunset, with the Rev. Ed. Gatlin officiating. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Thursday, March 30, at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home in Denton. 

Pallbearers will be Brandon Norrell, Josh Hissam, Dave Hammons, Zack Williams, Matt Holley and Marshall Dutton. 

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of North Texas Chapter, 14465 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, Texas 75234. 

Survivors include her husband of Krum; sons, Robert R. Smith, Jr. of Denton, Randall A. Smith of Austin and Timothy R. Smith of Krum; mother, Leta Shurbet of Sunset; grandmother, Willie Shurbet of Bowie; sister, Tracy Swank of Tennessee; brothers, Steven and Clay Gene Shurbet, both of Sunset, and Tony Shurbet of Mount Pleasant; and one granddaughter. 

Friday, March 31, 2000

Ralph Lee Skaggs

Ralph Lee Skaggs, 73, of Denton died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his home. 

Mr. Skaggs was born April 18, 1926, in Cricton, W.Va., to Escar Lee Skaggs and Belva Lockwood Morrison Skaggs. 

He graduated from Gauly Bridge High School in W.Va., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dolores Veanueva Oct. 18, 1947, in Russell, Ky. 

Mr. Skaggs was a member of Singing Oaks Church of Christ and a member of the Poetry Writers' Guild. 

He was an accountant for Drug-Sav home office in Tyler when he retired. 

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton from 7 to 8:30 tonight, Friday, March 31, for visitation. 

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in Singing Oaks Church of Christ with Leroy Garrett and George Butterfield officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Sunset. 

Pallbearers will be Steven Pettit, Warren Pettit, Chris Skaggs, Kyle Skaggs, Jon Murry, Bryce Murry, Jeff Skaggs and Buddy Dunworth. 

He is survived by his wife of Denton; two daughters, Shawn Pettit of Alvord and Melanie Murry of Tyler; three sons, Mike and Mark Skaggs of Denton and Rick Skaggs of Celina; three sisters, Phyllis Austin of Charleston, W.Va., Eva Lee Skaggs of Montgomery, W.Va., and Dottie Nichols of Summersville, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

One brother, Vernon Skaggs is deceased. 

L.D.Willborn

L.D. Willborn, 69, of Denton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. The Rev. Cliff Feeler will officiate. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery in Holt.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Friday March 31, at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 24, 1930, in San Saba, to Sarah Eleanor (Matlock) and L.D. Willborn Sr. He married Jo Temple on Oct. 4, 1971, in Denton. He was a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Willborn was a dispatcher for Southwestern Carriers in Saginaw. He wa a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife of Denton; six daughters and three sons-in-law, Jamie and Tate Lloyd of Grapevine, Angie and Henry McWilliams of San Angelo, Jonie and Larry Ragland of Denton, Lisa Willborn of Pecos, Julie Temple of Dallas, and Patty Temple of Denton, three sons and one daughter-in-law, Jerry Willborn of San Antonio, Ricky and Wendy Willborn of Tyler, and Cliff Temple of Dallas; one brother, Jerry Wells of San Antonio; grandchildren, Bryan McCall, Damon and Laura McBee, Joel Ragland, Alyson and Connor Temple, Landon and Courtnie Willborn; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob McBee and Briana McCall. 

Olan C. Gray 

Paris -- Olan C. Gray, 82, of Paris, formerly of Denton County, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, atChristus-St. Joseph's Hospital in Paris. 

He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Breckenridge, Texas. He served in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged as a 2nd class boatsmate. 

He was a former city inspector for the city of Denton and a former superintendent for H.C. Beck Co. and various other contractors. He also served on the Corinth City Council. 

Mr. Gray was president and founder of the Denton Kennel Club and had judged dog shows nationally with the American Kennel Club. 

He was a member of Ramseur Baptist Church. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today, April 1, at Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Wilbur Simmons and the Rev. Byron Howard officiating. Bright-Holland Funeral Home of Paris is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his wife, Janell; three stepchildren, Jim Stallings of Sumner, Brad Stallings of Paris and Nancy Parker of Carthage; one niece and one nephew.

Isabelle Talley 

Paris -- Isabelle C. Talley, 70, of Paris died Friday, March 31, 2000, in Hugo Homestead in Hugo, Okla. 

She was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Tioga. She was a retired machinist from Victor Equipment. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Blanton Creek Cemetery in Bagwell. 

Pallbearers will be Buster Chandler, Jimmy Doyle Chandler, BoBo Chandler, Bobby Frizzell, Dan Chandler and Harlin Brown. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, April 1, at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger. 

Survivors include three sons, Shelby Talley of Rattan, Okla., Roger Talley of Ardmore, Okla., and Keith Talley of Marietta, Okla.; two brothers, Billy Chandler of Tioga and W.D. Chandler of Novice; a sister, Nannie Jewell Frizzell of Sanger; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

One daughter, Judy Gail Talley, died in 1959.


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