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Mary Nuckels

Mary Elizabeth (McGuire) Nuckels, 84, of Denton died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at her son's home in The Colony. 

She was born June 11, 1915, in Parker County. She was a cook at Texas Woman's University. 

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 8, at McKinney Street Baptist Church. The Rev. Bill Black will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today, May 7, at Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home in Denton. 

Memorials may be made to the McKinney Street Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Survivors include four sons, Earl Nuckels of Denton, Donald Nuckels of Ponder, Thomas Nuckels of The Colony, and George Nuckels of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Timotea Tovar

Timotea Tovar, 79, of Denton died Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Vintage Care Center. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1920, in Luling to Paul and Juanita Sepeda. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Juan Rivero officiating. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today, May 7, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. 

Survivors include five daughters, Juanita Gloria of Denton, Estella Munoz of Denton, Linda San Miguel of McKinney, Dominga Nunez of Dallas and Jovita Hinojosa of San Antonio; three sons, Guasalupe Tovar of Denton, Sylviano Tovar of Denton and Natividad Tovar of Dallas; two sisters, two brothers; 35 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nena Cavallos, and two sons, Pedro and Paul Tovar. 

Margaret Brown

Aubrey -- Margaret Irene Brown, 85, of Aubrey died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

She was born Jan. 9, 1915, in Haskell to Gideon W. and Margaret Pierson Waldrop. She was a homemaker. 

Mrs. Brown was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Aubrey. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Midway Baptist Church. The Rev. John Theisen will officiate. Burial will be in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Huff-Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point. 

Survivors include two sons, Mike Brown of Denton and Jerry Brown of Aubrey; two brothers, Sam Waldrop of Abilene and Gid Waldrop of New York, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Johnny Broyles

Little Elm -- Johnny Lee Broyles, 68, of Little Elm died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

He was born April 8, 1932, in Aubrey to William Franklin and Bertha Faye Calk Broyles. He married Alma Ruth Walker Nov. 2, 1950, in Denton County. 

Mr. Broyles was a retired machinist. He was a member of St. John's Lodge No. 51, A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, and Hella Temple Shrine. 

He was Baptist. 

Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the chapel of Cantrell Funeral Home in Frisco. The Rev. Banks Dishmon and the Rev. Bob Collinsworth will officiate. Burial will be in Little Elm Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include his wife of Little Elm; a son, Jimmy Broyles of Prosper; a daughter, Debbie Ruth Eoff of Hamilton; a brother, Bobby Dwayne Broyles of Fort Worth; five half-brothers; two half-sisters; five grandsons; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. 

James Munn

Gainesville -- James L. Munn, 96, of Gainesville died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Gainesville Convalescent Center. 

He was born Dec. 17, 1903, in Tyler. He married Jennie Webb. 

Mr. Munn was a truck driver for more than 30 years with Groendyke Transportation. 

He was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Gainesville. 

Service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. Lawrence Burks will officiate. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, May 7, at Clement-Keel Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to Cooke County Home Hospice, P.O. Box 936, Gainesville, Texas 76240. 

Survivors include his wife of Gainesville; two sons, Homer Munn of Pasadena and Donald Munn of Fulshear; two daughters, Suzanne St. Pierre of Gainesville and Sandra Tucker of Krum; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Leo Peck

Keller -- Leo Floyd Peck, 62, of Keller died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his home. 

He was born April 23, 1938, in Tipton, Okla., to Charles and Betty Whitehead Peck. He married Zella Mae Webb in Maryland on Sept. 19, 1964. 

Mr. Peck graduated from University of Oklahoma and was a self-employed accountant. 

He was a member of the Full Gospel Family Worship Center of Denton. 

Service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. The Rev. Jack Howard will officiate. 

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City, Okla., with the Rev. Jim Avery officiating. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. 

Survivors include his wife of Keller; four daughters, Carol Shannon Peck of Lewisville, Tomi Gaynelle Soehnge of Yoakum, Sherri Linn Pritchard of Clovis, N.M., and Angela Sue Monroe of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Joann Pittman of Picayune, Miss., and Patricia Betchley of Marysville, Wash.; one brother, Wendell Stasey of Wimberley; and seven grandchildren.

Richard W. Byrd

Richard W. Byrd, 53, died recently at his home in Denton, Texas. 

Mr. Byrd was a 1964 graduate of Marshall High School in Huntington, W.Va., and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Miami university in Oxford, Ohio, in 1968. He returned to Huntington where he earned his master's degree in political science from Marshall University in 1974, and had been recently enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas. He had worked since 19993 as administrative assistant in the oral history department at UNT, where he also taught history. He taught at Collin, Cooke, and Tarrant County Community colleges as well. 

Among his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Byrd was a member of the Oral History Association, Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the U.S. Naval Institute. He was the interviewer and editor of numerous local, state, and nationally significant oral interviews, and was the author of several articles. He was also recently selected for the sixth edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" to be published later this year. Mr. Byrd was past UNT chapter president of Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honors Society (Alpha Lamda Chapter), was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and served in the U.S. Army. 

Richard, with his easy laugh and smile, had many friends and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. 

Dixie J. Redfearn

Pilot Point - Dixie June Redfearn, 68, of Pilot Point, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital in Denton. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m.. Monday, May 8, at Calvary Baptist Church in Pilot Point. The Rev. Sam Redfearn will officiate. Burial will be in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. 

Pallbearers will be Cecil Franklin Housden, Jerry Housden, Bill Housden, David Housden, Jearl Wilson and Harley Gene Worrell. 

The family will be in the chapel of Huff/Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday for visitation. 

She was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Paducah, Texas, to Sam Arthur and Ollie Mae Godi Bottoms. She married Wesley Calvin Redfearn on Nov. 9, 1950, in McKinney, Texas. He preceded her in death on Sept. 1. 1992. 

Mrs. Redfearn was a retired beautician. She was Baptist and a member of Eastern Star. 

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Ballard of Denton and Lugene Cranmore of Pilot Point; two grandsons, Mark Reding and Nick Reding, both of Denton; three granddaughters: Chrystal Scism of Pilot Point, Wendy Cranmore of Denton and Ashley Cranmore of Pilot Point; one great-grandson, Cullen Scism; one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Herman Stricklen; one brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Ethel Bottoms; and one brother-in-law, Dub Bowery. 

Benny Hancock

Denton - Bennie Deason Hancock, 91, of Denton, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Vencor Hospital in Dallas. 

Mrs. Hancock was born Aug. 31, 1908, in Stephenville,Texas, to George "Bud" and Mary Bell (Roberts) Deason. She married Joseph Curtis Hancock (Curtis Hancock Jr.) in Cisco, Texas, on Jan. 17, 1925. He died July 14, 1948. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Longview since 1934, where she was a member of the Naomi Sunday School Class. She attended Breckenridge public schools and graduated from Bish Mathis Business Institute in Longview. 

She was a member of the Longview Chapter 610 of the Order of Eastern Star since 1955, where she was past Worthy Matron from 1963 to 1964. She is a retired office manager at the Be. E. Keith Company, where she worked for more than 25 years. 

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Laurel Land Memorial park in Dallas with the Rev. Dewayne Beaty officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Longview. 

Survivors include her daughters, Jo Ann (Hancock) Deer married to Charles William Deer (deceased) of Sweetwater, Judy Palermo married to Donald Charles Palermo of Denton; grandchildren, (sons of Jo Ann and Bill Deer) - Mark William Deer married to Lania Deer of Midland, Andrew Charles Deer married to Lisa Deer of Grapevine, (son of Judy and Don Palermo) - Donald Charles Palermo Jr. (deceased); geat-grandchildren, (children of Mark and Lania Deer) - Jessica Sue Deer of Midland, Blake William Deer of Midland, (children of Andy and Lisa Deer) - Joshua Thomas Deer of Grapevine, Jonah Andrew Deer of Grapevine; nephew Tim Deason of New York City, N.Y., niece, Mary and Rusty Ross of Austin, and their daughter, Laura Schenck of Santa Fe, N.M. 

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

Ruth Fendley

Ruth Irene Fendley, 94, of Denton died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Denton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

She was born March 1, 1906, in Trenton, to Albert and Melissa (Schmitz) Browning. She was a cateress for Furr's Cafeteria. 

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Randolph-Lindsey Cemetery in Randolph with Russell Haffner officiating. 

Survivors include her sister, Lona Bowen of Denton; two great-nephews; and a great-niece. 

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

Geneva Beebe

Waurika, Okla. - Geneva E. Beebe, 90, of Waurika, Okla., died Friday, May 5, 2000, at The Vintage Care Center in Denton. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Waurika Church of Christ with Noel Curington and Terry Collins officiating. Burial will be in Hastings Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Beebe was born Jan. 20, 1910, in Byers, Okla. to James and Sarah Skaggs Osterloh. She married Ed Beebe in 1930 in Hastings. He died Jan. 25, 1997. 

She was a member of Hastings Home Demonstration Club and a member of Waurika Church of Christ. 

Survivors include one daughter, Frances Huffman of Denton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Her daughter, Loretta Jean died in 1997 and daughter, Bobbie Jean in 1932. Two brothers, two sisters and one grandchild are deceased. 

Mary E. Nuckels 

Mary Elizabeth (McGuire) Nuckels, 84, of Denton died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at the home of her son in The Colony. 

Mrs. Nuckels was born June 11, 1915, in Parker County, to George Franklin McGuire and Martha Elvina (Snow) McGuire. She worked as a cook for Texas Woman's University. 

Service was 10 a.m. today, Monday, May 8, in McKinney Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Black officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be made to McKinney Street Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Her grandsons served as pallbearers. 

Survivors include four sons, George Nuckels of San Antonio, Donald Nuckels of Ponder, Thomas Nuckels of The Colony and Earl Nuckels of Denton; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Virgie E. Fore

Virgie E. Fore, 94, of Denton, formerly a longtime resident of Aubrey and Crossroads, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

She was born March 1,1906, in Aubrey, Texas, to J.H. and Maude (Elmore) Martin. She was married to R. L. (Red) Fore on Oct. 6, 1928, in Aubrey. He died in 1986. 

She attended public schools and what is now the University of North Texas. 

Mrs. Fore was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and was the pianist for the church for 76 years. She retired from sales and had also been a school teacher in public schools. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Kay, Rev. Ed Blythe and Rev. David Bruce officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. 

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight, Monday, May 8, for visitation. 

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

Pallbearers will be C.D. McCabe, Weldon Lucas, Robert Fowler, Ed Anthony, Noel Bowman and Lou Kraft. 

Memorials may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church or Oak Grove Cemetery Association. 

Mrs. Fore is survived by one daughter, Peggy Bruce of Denton; and four grandchildren, Eca Fore of Mansfield, Rhonda Fore of Dallas, Kelli Bruce of Nashville, Tenn., and Shelli Bruce of Denton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Gene Fore, who died in 1978. 

Paula Badger

Paula Fields Badger, 53, of Denton died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

She was born June 30, 1946, in Denton, to Aldora Fields and Ocie Calhoun. 

She married Joe Badger. 

Mrs. Badger was a member of Peaceful Rest Baptist Church in Denton. 

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in Peaceful Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. George Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. 

Survivors include her mother of Denton; sons, Maurice, Craig and Christopher Johnson, all of Denton; brother, Billy Fields of Denton; sisters, Robbie Gober, Dorothy Jones, Sandra Johnson and Donna Fields, all of Denton, one aunt; and numerous grandchildren. 

The family will be at Peoples Funeral Home in Denton from 7 to 8 tonight for visitation. 

Jasper Allen

Decatur - Jasper Clay Allen, 87, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Nov. 14, 1912, in Denison. He married Alma Louise England Robinson on Oct. 15, 1943, in Marietta, Okla. She is deceased. 

Mr. Allen was owner/operator of a freight delivery service. He was a member of the Army Air Corps. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Warren Cruthers, assisted by Eddie Johnson, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. 

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of North Texas in Decatur, or to Gideon's, P.O. Box 317, Decatur, Texas. 

Survivors include a step-son, Frank Robinson of Decatur; one brother, Earl Allen of Childress; one sister, Bernice Clark of Decatur; 1 step-grandchild; one step- great-grandchild; four step-great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. One brother, LeRoy Allen, and one sister, Julia Miles, are deceased. 

Leon Coffey

Quitman -- Leon Coffey, 71, of Quitman, formerly of Aubrey, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Heritage Nursing Facility in Quitman. 

He was born March 6, 1929, in Aubrey, to Dalton and Alma Lee Jeffcoat Coffey. He had made his home in Quitman since 1985. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 9, at Lowe Funeral Home in Quitman. 

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Gheen of Aubrey; one son, D.L. Coffey of Quitman; and one brother, Billy J. Coffey of Denton.

Easter E. Ellis

Decatur -- Easter Elizabeth Ellis, 93, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Decatur Community Hospital. 

She was born March 31, 1907, in Lancaster. She was a retired retail clerk for Gibson's. 

She was Baptist. 

No services are scheduled at this time. 

Coker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include two sons, John Ellis of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Carl Ellis of Gulf Port, Miss.; six daughters, Charlotte Johnson of Decatur, Arah Putter of Houston, Deanna Lander of Canton, Bettie Ann Sloan, Ina Banford and Illona Ellis, all of Dallas; one brother, Marian Bass of Glen Rose; three sisters, Lorena Roome of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Margaret Susong and Laura McIntire, both of Dallas; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three grandchildren. 

Margaret Johnson 

San Marcos -- Memorial graveside service for Margaret H. Johnson, 93, of San Marcos will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore, Okla. Pennington Funeral Home of San Marcos is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Johnson died April 26, 2000. 

Memorials may be made to San Marcos Public Library, Large Print Section, 625 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, Texas 78666. 

Stephen Loughran

Flower Mound -- Stephen John Loughran, 48, of Flower Mound, formerly of Paramus, N.J., died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Medical Center of Lewisville. 

He was born Jan. 28, 1952, in New York City, N.Y., to James and Frances McHale Loughran. He married Dorothy Holm June 5, 1982, in Ridgewood, N.Y. He was regional sales manager for Contractor's Register. 

Survivors include his wife of Flower Mound; daughter, Nicole Loughran of Flower Mound; sons, Trevor Loughran of Flower Mound and Justin Loughran of Paramus, N.J.; parents of Paramus, N.J.; sister, Jeannie Loughran of Paramus, N.J.; brothers, George and Robert Loughran of Paramus, N.J., and Jim Loughran of Allendale, N.J. 

Service was 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 9, in Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Flower Mound with the Rev. Rick Meyer officiating. 

A memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Annunciation Church, 50 W. Midland Ave., Paramus, N.J. 

Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association. 

Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville is in charge of arrangements. 

Dr. Bill Williams

William M. "Bill" Williams, M.D., of Denton, died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, May 7, 2000.

He was born to William M. and Nora R. Williams June 20, 1923, at Delight, Ark., and graduated from Delight High School in 1941.

Dr. Williams practiced medicine in Denton and was a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He began his practice in Denton in 1960 and later formed a partnership with Dr. Robert Lee.

He received a bachelor of science degree from Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and a doctor of medicine degree from University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., in 1955. He married Joy Ramsay on August 7, 1955, in Little Rock, Ark. Following his marriage he completed a residency in
obstetrics and gynecology at University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. Postgraduate work followed in gynecological pathology at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Williams practiced in Russellville, Ark., and then he became head of the Department of OB/GYN for the family practice residency program in Waco, Texas. He received his boards in family practice and was an associate professor of OB/GYN at Baylor School of Medicine. In 1992 he retired from the VA Medical
Center in Waco, Texas, where he served as chief of the outpatient clinic.

During World War II he served in the medical department of the U.S. Navy. His assignments included the Wake Island Expedition on the carrier USS Saratoga, CV-3; the Tarawa Invasion Campaign aboard the battleship USS Indiana, BB-58; and participated in the rescue of downed pilots while aboard the submarine USS Caiman, SS-323.

He was honored by the U.S. Navy at the commissioning ceremony for the new ship, the USS Pearl Harbor, LSD-52, in San Diego, Calif., in May 1998.

Dr. Williams was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Bungalow Class. He was an active member of the "Over-the-Hill-Gang" and Trippers. He enjoyed gardening and was a master gardener. He served on the board of directors of Fairhaven Retirement Center and was a volunteer of SPAN and the Cumberland Children's Home. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Navy League, the National Bluebird Society, and Group Tours Association.

He loved to travel and he was co-owner, along with his wife, of Texas Travel, a tour company.

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at First United Methodist Church in Denton, with the Rev. Gary Mueller, the Rev. Glen Jones, and the Rev. Prentice Barnett officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Joy; sons, Dr. Scott Williams and his wife Marlene of Georgetown, Texas, Rick Williams of Houston, Texas, and Alan Williams of Emeryville, Calif.; daughter, Jody McGuire and husband Dr. Tim McGuire of Denton;his great pleasure, his grandchildren: Molly Frances McGuire, Sally Rose McGuire, Joy Elaine McGuire, Devin Ramsay Williams, Reid Gragson Williams, and Shelby Claire Williams; two sisters, Waldine Gentry and her husband Col. Woodrow Gentry of Springdale, Ark., and Virginia Graf of Shreveport, La.; and two brothers-in-law, Ward Ramsay and wife Selma of Russellville, Ark., and Dwight Ramsay and wife Betty of Lafayette, La. A brother, Charles Williams, died in 1959. A great family man, he took special interest in all his nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by all the thousands of babies he delivered into this world and the innumerable patients that entrusted their lives to his caring skill and knowledge.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Denton, Texas, or Ann's Haven Hospice.

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

Mary Ruth Milke

Granbury - Mary Ruth Petrie Milke, age 68, passed away Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence in Granbury, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at the Wiley Funeral Home Chapel in Granbury. Interment will be in Acton Cemetery in Acton, Texas.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 tonight, Tuesday, May 9, at Wiley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Beesley, Doug Beesley, Art Davison, Joe Marcella, Charlie Bell and Gary Sparago.

Mary was born May 17, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. She spent her childhood in Los Fresnos, Texas, and moved to Denton in 1939. She graduated from Denton High School in 1948. She attended North Texas State College until she married Richard Milke in 1948. She worked for Zales Corporation for 10 years. She was a devoted wife and mother throughout her life. She loved books, music, and all animals. She was a true friend and was loved by all who knew her for her great wit, charm and generous heart. She was proud of all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and was a lifetime friend and companion to her beloved husband of 52 years.

Survivors include her husband, Richard N. Milke of Granbury; three daughters, Laura Davison and husband Art of Hondo, Texas, Louise Bradshaw of Fort Worth, Texas, and Leslie Milkey of Chatsworth, Calif.; a son, Richard D. Milke and wife Janet of Mill Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren, David Beesley and wife Pam, of Hewitt, Texas, Doug Beesley of Charleston, S.C., Marianna Davison of Hondo, Texas, Amy and Kelly Bradshaw of Fort Worth; great-granddaughter, Madison Beesley; and one sister, Violet Allen of Fort Worth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Ellyn Petrie; one brother, George Petrie; and a sister Ethyl Rowlett.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 3002 East Hwy 377, Granbury, Texas 76408.
 

Minerva Rodriguez

Minerva Silva Rodriguez, 50, of Denton died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Denton. 

She was born May 20, 1949, in Rio Hondo to Jose T. and Maria de Jesus (Garcia) Silva. 

Mrs. Rodriguez was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She worked in food service. 

Rosary will be said at 7 tonight, Wednesday, May 10, in the chapel of Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home. 

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 11, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Popo Gonzales will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Survivors include one daughter, Norma Linda Rodriguez of Denton; two sons, Rumaldo Rodriguez and Ramiro Rodriguez, both of Denton; eight sisters, Maria de Jesus Silva, Maria Imelda Silva, Mirelda Silva, Melva Silva, Miranda Elma Silva, Melinda Silva, Maricela Silva and Marina Silva; seven brothers, Jose Silva Jr., Joel Silva, Jorge (George) Silva, Juan Silva, Jamie Silva, Javier Silva and Jeronimo (Jerry) Silva; and six grandchildren. 

Domingo Rodriguez

Domingo Salazar Rodriguez, 60, of Denton, died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Denton. He was born March 31, 1940, in Rio Hondo, to Mauro and Maria (Salazar) Rodriguez. 

He worked as a driver. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton. 

A second rosary will be said at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, in Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in Rio Hondo. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Saint Hellens Catholic Church in Rio Hondo. Burial will be in Rio Hondo Community Cemetery. 

Survivors include one daughter, Norma Linda Rodriguez of Denton; two sons, Rumaldo and Ramiro Rodriguez of Denton; one brother, Estevan Rodriguez of Anson; seven sisters, Consuelo Lynn of Anson; Consepcion Gueterriz of Rio Hondo, Minerva Rodriguez, Ujenia Rincones of Brownsville, Luisa Morales of Los Fresnos, and Maria Elena Medina and Elosia Cortes of Corpus Christi; and six 
grandchildren. 

Thursday, May 11, 2000

William D. Nix

Corinth - William D "Bill" Nix, 70, of Corinth died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Brawley, Calif., to Morris Elroy Nix and Lula Durant Nix. 

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2000, at St. James A.M.E. Church in Denton with the Rev. Henry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. 

The family will be at Peoples Funeral Home in Denton from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, for visitation. 

Survivors include one sister, Charlene Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Morris Nix Jr. of Pasadena, Calif., James Elliot Anderson of Baltimore, Md., and Johnny Anderson of Gary, Ind.; two aunts; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. 

William Williams

William M. "Bill" Williams, M.D., of Denton, died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, May 7, 2000. 

He was born to William M. and Nora R. Williams June 20, 1923, at Delight, Ark. He married Joy Ramsay on August 7, 1955, in Little Rock, Ark. 

Dr. Williams practiced medicine in Denton and was a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He was co-owner, along with his wife, of Texas Travel, a tour company. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Bungalow Class. He was an active member of the "Over-the- Hill-Gang" and Trippers. 

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at First United Methodist Church in Denton, with the Revs. Gary Mueller, Glen Jones, and Prentice Barnett officiating. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his wife, Joy; sons, Dr. Scott Williams of Georgetown, Texas, Rick Williams of Houston, Texas, and Alan Williams of Emeryville, Calif.; daughter, Jody McGuire of Denton; two sisters, Waldine Gentry of Springdale, Ark., and Virginia Graf of Shreveport, La.; and six grandchildren. A brother, Charles Williams, died in 1959. 

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Denton, Texas, or Ann's Haven Hospice.

Friday, May 12, 2000

Margarita Ramirez

Margarita De Los Santos Ramirez, 66, of Denton died Thursday, May 11, 2000, in Denton. 

She was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, to Pedro and Margarita (Bustos) De Los Santos. 

She was a homemaker. 

Mrs. Ramirez will be taken home to be buried in Santa Rosa Cemetery in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. 

Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include five daughters, Carmen Ramirez, Martha Ramirez, Teresa Ramirez, Liliana Ramirez and Marisol Ramirez, all of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico; six sons, Jose Humberto Ramirez, Ricardo Ramirez, Rueben Ramirez, Arturo Ramirez, Pedro Ramirez and Armando Ramirez, all of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico; two brothers, Jesus De Los Santos and Oscar De Los Santos; two sisters, Zoilia De Los Santos and Irema De Los Santos; and 27 grandchildren. 

Mildred Stabler

Mildred L. Morgan Stabler, 86, of Denton, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at her residence. 

She was born April 29, 1914, in Chicago, Ill., to Bliss Benjamin and Janet (McGeer) Morgan. She married Paul R. Stabler. He is deceased. She was a homemaker. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Stephen Plunkett will officiate. Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include three sons, James M. Stabler of Dallas, and John A. Stabler and Paul R. Stabler Jr., both of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Marion Thomas of Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren. 

Ray V. Bailey

Decatur - Ray V. Bailey, 80, of Decatur died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Matador. He married Oma Louis Mowell Oct. 31, 1942, in Terrell. 

Mr. Bailey served in the U.S. Navy and retired from General Motors. He was Baptist. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in Coker Funeral Chapel in Decatur with Bill Marion Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Friday, May, 12, at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Texas of Decatur. 

Survivors include his wife of Decatur; one son, Bill Bailey of Rhome; two daughters, Raynell Meyers of Southlake and Linda Ozburn of Decatur; and six grandchildren.

Amanda Fleming

Amanda Kaye Fleming, 22, of Denton died in an automobile accident in Denton County Thursday, May 11, 2000. 

She was born Nov. 28, 1977, in Tyler to Randy and Paula Fleming. 

She was a 1997 graduate of Tyler Junior College, and she would have graduated summa cum laude from Texas Woman's University today. She had been accepted to begin work on her master's degree. She was a member of the Church of Christ. 

Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 15, in the Cathedral of Pines Memorial Park in Tyler. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, May 13, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include her mother of Tyler; her maternal grandmother, Lillian V. Mitchmore of Marshall; and a brother, John Randal Fleming of Tyler. 

Ray Bailey

Decatur -- Ray V. Bailey, 80, of Decatur died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his home. 

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Matador. He married Oma Louise Mowell on Oct. 31, 1942, in Terrell. 

He was retired from General Motors. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was Baptist. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Bill Marion Bailey will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, May 13, at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Texas, 2201 S. FM 51, Suite 500, Decatur, Texas 76234. 

Survivors include his wife of Decatur; a son, Bill Bailey of Rhome; two daughters, Raynell Meyers of Southlake and Linda Ozburn of Decatur; and six grandchildren. 

Arthur Hennigan

Muenster -- Arthur Frederick Hennigan, 68, of Muenster died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Muenster Memorial Hospital. 

He was born July 14, 1931, in Muenster to Frederick Joseph Hennigan and Caroline Frances Wimmer Hennigan. He married Rachel Kay Lutkenhaus on May 5, 1959, in Sacred Heart Church in Muenster. 

A lifelong resident of Muenster, he was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a past commander of the Muenster Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. 

He served on the Muenster City Council as mayor pro tem, and he served as a commissioner over the police department, the city park and the Muenster Library. He also served on the Texoma Council of Governments. 

Mr. Hennigan was a plant manager with Valenite for 12 years, and he worked as a machinist before then. He also was a Roughneck for many years, and he also did carpentry work. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. today, May 13, at Sacred Heart Church in Muenster with the Rev. Sebastian Beshoner officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster. McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster is in charge of arrangements. 

Pallbearers are Scott, Billy, Steve and James Hennigan; Randy Pelzel; and Darrell Sicking. 

Survivors include his wife of Muenster; two daughters, Donna Nervo of Arlington and Lisa Hess of North Richland Hills; one son, Alfred Hennigan of Arlington; two sisters, Frances Sicking of Muenster and Joan Pelzel of Pilot Point; three brothers, Larry, Donals and Jerome "Jerry" Hennigan, all of Muenster; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Hennigan. 

Richard Layfield Jr.

Justin -- Richard F. Layfield Jr., 71, of Justin died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Blackwell, Okla., to Richard F. and Bertha Clay Ogle Layfield. He married Pat Ferrell on Aug. 14, 1950, in Weatherford. 

He owned and operated Barrett Implement Inc. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Justin. 

Mr. Layfield served on the Justin City Council and the board of the Northwest Independent School District. He also was a former director of Justin State Bank. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, at First Baptist Church in Justin with the Rev. Scott Brown officiating. Burial will be in Justin Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Louis Rigney, Gerald Whisenhunt, Jeff Pollack, Jack Wilson, Omer Gibbs and James Taylor. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Mulkey- Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton. 

Memorials may be made to the Justin Volunteer Fire Department or the Justin Cemetery Association. 

Survivors include his wife of Justin; three daughters, Rachel Pollack of Denton, Suzanne Rigney of Princeton, and Elaine Whisenhunt of Arlington; a son, Richard B. Layfield of Rendon; a brother, Jack Davis Layfield of Denton; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Loretta Gilsdorf

Omaha, Neb. -- Loretta A. L'Heureux Gilsdorf, 85, of Omaha, Neb., died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at her home. 

She was born Sept. 10, 1914, in Lawrence, Neb., to Frank and Mary Kaltenborn Dolnicek. 

She was a receptionist for a dental office. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church. 

Service will begin at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Westcenter Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home in Omaha, Neb. The service then will move to St. James Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the Westcenter Chapel at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to Progressive Supra-Nuclear Palsy Association or to St. James Catholic Church. 

Survivors include three sons, Larry L'Heureux of Pilot Point, Jerry L'Heureux of Landenburg, Pa., and Mark L'Heureux of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Jan L'Heureux-Barmettler of Encinitas, Calif.; a stepson, Wayne Gilsdorf of Omaha, Neb.; a stepdaughter, Jeanette Figgins of Claremont, Calif.; a brother, Tom Dolnicek of Hastings, Neb.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Phillous L'Heureux, and her second husband, Denis Gilsdorf.

James B. Calvert

Krum - James B. Calvert, 75, of Krum, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Little Elm Cemetery. Richey Johnson will officiate. Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born July 9, 1924, in Dallas, to LeRoy and Jennie (Borchardt) Calvert. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was a member of Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 2205 in Denton. 

Mr. Calvert was a truck driver for E.W. Belcher Trucking Company. 

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Dean Calvert of Krum; sons and daughter-in-law, Billy Paul and Kristi Calvert and Danny Wayne Calvert; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Jean and Charles Ray Stephens; brother, Ray Calvert; sister-in-law, Bernice Hargrove; four granddaughters, Nichole and Samantha Calvert, Jennifer Cowart, and Shannon Stephens, and two great-grandchildren.


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