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Mary Ashley

Mary Kate Ashley, 73, died Thursday, June 1, 2000.

She was a long-time resident of Houston, but had recently moved to Denton.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5. Burial will be at Forest Park Lawndale. Earthman Funeral Directors in Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, June 4, at Earthman's Gulf Chapel.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Vernon "B.O." Ashley; a daughter, Connie Ray Akers of Argyle; a son, Richard Ray Ashley of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Greer McCrory of Little Rock, Ark.; and five grandchildren.

John Sweatman Sr.

John Wayne "Sonny" Sweatman Sr., 54, of Denton died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 26, 1946, in Denton to Elmer Wayne and Ruth Hilliard Sweatman.

He was a salesman of wholesale tires.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. The Rev. Pat Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery in Denton County.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, June 4, at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia (Lindsey) Sweatman of Denton; two sons, Michael Sweatman and John Wayne Sweatman Jr., both of Fort Worth; two daughters, Thelma Rose Lindsey of Denton and Vicki Whitbeck of Weatherford; two brothers, Carl Sweatman and Elmer Sweatman, both of Fort Worth; four sisters, Mary Pollard, Pat Smallwood and Patsy Woodard, all of Fort Worth, and Pearl Carraway of Hico; and three grandchildren.

Clifford Garrett

Argyle -- Clifford Garrett, 80, of Argyle died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Denton to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garrett.

Mr. Garrett was the owner of Garrett's Paint and Body Shop in Denton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps platoon sergeant and veteran of World War II. He served several campaigns in the South Pacific Theater, including the defense of Midway Island. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Denton.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, at the First Baptist Church of Argyle with the Rev. Bill Pritchett officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today, June 4, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Survivors include his wife, Greta Garrett of Argyle; two sons, Bill and Clif Garrett, both of Lake Dallas; three daughters, Clela Garrett of Lake Dallas, Marilyn Miller of Argyle, and Kay Huskerson of Rowlett; his stepmother, Peggy Floys Garrett of Denton; a sister, Vanessa Derrington of Denton; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

One sister, Lucille Garrett, preceded him in death.

E. LaFontaine Jr.

Irving -- Eugene Albert "B.J." LaFontaine Jr., 38, of Irving died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Baylor Medical Center in Irving.

He was born July 31, 1961, to Shirley Elaine (Moore) and Eugene Albert LaFontaine Sr. He graduated from Grapevine High School in 1979 and lived there for 28 years before moving to Irving.

A certified nurseryman, Mr. LaFontaine was employed by Blooming Colors Nursery in Valley Ranch.

Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Jackson Pavilion in Rockledge Park, Grapevine Lake (north side of dam). Calvary Funeral Home of Irving is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his children, Benjiman and Rachelle, both of Grapevine; two sisters, Charisse Fontaine-Baker of Grapevine and Monique LaFontaine-Cooper of Denton; three nephews and four nieces.

Donia Grissom

Donia Grissom, 88, of Gainesville, formerly of Denton, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Gainesville Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1912, in Denton, Texas, to D.C. and Maggie Hooper Addison.

She worked at Texas Woman's University and the Denton Development Center after her retirement from the Denton State School.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton on Sunday, June 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. for visitation. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Trinity Cemetery in Denton with Larry Cox officiating.

She is survived by one daughter, Jan Jones and son-in-law Don of Whitesboro, Texas; grandchildren, Trey Jones of Whitesboro, Texas, and Hank and Robin Jones of Gainesville, Texas; great-grandchildren, Trel Jones of Whitesboro, Texas, and Heath and Ross Jones of Gainesville, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Bush Grissom.

DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret L. Rice

Sherman -- Margaret Lawson Rice of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2000.

She was born March 6, 1913, in Houston, Texas to Willis W. and Maude (Holston) Lawson. She graduated in 1934 from the Rice Institute known now as Rice University, with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts.

In 1935 she married Leslie E. Rice in Houston, Texas.

She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton, Texas. She was a volunteer and Altar Guild in in the church. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Weaving Guild of Denton.

She and her husband were former residents of Sanger. They moved to Sherman several years ago to be near their daughter.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie E. Rice of Sherman; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Dick Malnory of Sherman; son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Audrey Rice of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Mark and Tammy Malnory or University Park, Linda and Alan Cosgrove of K.L. Malaysia, Richard and LuAnne Malnory of McKinney, Paige and Frank Cox of Moundville, Alab., Bret and Orfa Rice of Houston, Randy Rice of Austin, Tracy Rice of Florida, and John E. Rice of Florida; friends, Andy and Vicki DeLong of Denton; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

Selma Johnson

Selma Louis (Spraybeary) Johnson, 80, of Denton, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Cottonwood Manor Nursing Home in Denton. 

She was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Frisco. She was a housekeeper retired from Texas Woman's University. 

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Brisbon of Denton; a son, Johnny Hilliard of Denton; two sisters, Irene Bland of Lancaster and Cleo Newton of Denton; a brother, L.T. Spraybeary of Krum; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Anderson Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Couch will officiate. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Denton. 

The family will be at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, June 5, for visitation.

Mary W. Fullbright

Mary W. "Lib" Fullbright, 70, of Denton, formerly of Anderson, S.C., died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

She was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Anderson, S.C., to John and Ethel White. She worked in the production department of Singer Manufacturing Company before her retirement. 

Services will be held in Anderson, S.C., where McDougals Funeral Home is in charge. DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of Denton arrangements. 

Survivors include one son, Bill Fullbright of Denton. 

Mary Hemingway

Lake Stamford - Mary Kay Hemingway, 81, of Lake Stamford, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, in a hospital in Abilene. 

She was born March 10, 1919, in Electra, to Milton and Lou Woolard. She married Charles Reuben Hemingway on Nov. 4, 1946, in Lovington, N.M. 

Mrs. Hemingway worked in the trust department of First National Bank in Midland and Commercial Bank of Midland. She lived in Midland for most of her life; in Aspermont for 15 years; and in Lake Stamford for a year. She was active in the Aspermont Senior Citizens Center. 

She was a member of the Aspermont Church of Christ. 

Services was at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, June 6, in the chapel of Tankersley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. 

Survivors include her husband of Lake Stamford; two sons, Glen Hemingway of Lake Stamford and Charles Hemingway of Burleson; two daughters, Carol Mullis of Broken Bow, Okla., and Linda James of Lake Dallas; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Bevelyn Lahtinen

Krum - Bevelyn Lahtinen, 57,of Krum, died Sunday, June 5, 2000, at her residence. 

She was born Feb. 20, 1943, in Morrilton, Ark., to Harvey and Sylvia Andrews. She married Edwin Lahtinen on Dec. 7, 1992, in San Antonio. 

Mrs. Lahtinen was a registered nurse at Denton Community Hospital. 

She was a member of Denton Church of God. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. The Rev. Glen Daniels and the Rev. Ken Jett will officiate. Burial will follow in Morrilton Cemetery in Morrilton, Ark. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 6, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include her husband of Krum; three sons, David Mimms of Sanger, Brian Lahtinen of Aubrey, and Craig Lahtinen of Pittsburg, Pa.; and two sisters, Betty Patterson of Morrilton, Ark., and Dot Harris of Russellville, Ark. 

William McClurg 

Pilot Point - William "Bill" McClurg, 62, of Pilot Point, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at his residence. 

He was born July 27, 1937, in Dallas, to Joseph McClurg and Dorothy Aloma Martin Weeden McClurg. He attended Dallas public schools. He served in the U.S. Navy on the Nautilus, the first U.S. nuclear submarine. 

Mr. McClurg was a thoroughbred horse trainer and owner, and a real estate broker. 

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. The Rev. John Bruce will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Civelia, Paul Sughroue, Travis Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Rusty Gregory and Teddy Johnson. 

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 6, for visitation. 

Memorials may be made to Dallas VA Medical Center or to the American Heart Association. 

Survivors include a daughter, Terry Lynn Ramos of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Cheryl Ann Johnson of Pilot Point; and one grandchild. 

David H. Fry Jr.

David Holloway Fry Jr., 83, of Denton, died Monday, June 5,  2000, at his residence. 

He was born November 5, 1916, in Denton, to David Holloway and  Beulah (Kincaid) Fry. He married Gwen Curl on Jan. 8, 1982, in  Denton. 

Mr. Holloway was a retired machinist from Victor Equipment. He  served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church. 

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at  I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Denton. 

Visitation will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mulkey-Mason, Jack  Schmitz and Son Funeral Home. 

Survivors include his wife of Denton; brother, George Fry of  Reno, Nev.; one niece; and three nephews. 

Clifford Darden

Clifford Darden, 68, of Denton, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, in Denton. 

He was born July 18, 1931, in Haskell. He retired from a 30-year career with Home Interiors. 

Mr. Darden was a member of the Baptist church in Lake Dallas. 

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, in the chapel of Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery in Colleyville. Rev. John Riggs and Rev. Homer Walkup officiated. Interment was at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to Lake Shore Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Survivors include his wife, Sara Darden; two sons, Gary Darden and Craig Darden; daughter, Susan Hill; three brothers, Curtis Darden, Glenn Darden, and Orville Darden; two sisters, Viola Bruegemann and Margaret Bird; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

James S. George

Decatur - James Sanford George, 57, of Decatur, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at his residence. 

He was born July 22, 1942, in Seymour. He married Audrey Lee Chapin in 1991 in Baltimore, Md. 

Mr. George worked in construction doing roofing. 

He was Baptist. 

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the family residence. Warren Carruthers will officiate. 

Survivors include his father, Dale Heard of Olney; wife of Decatur; three sons, Bobby Copeland, James Copeland, and Dale George, all of Decatur; daughter, Robin Hamilton of Decatur; three brothers; three sisters; and two grandchildren.

Martin Alan Busse

Bryan - Martin Alan Busse, 43, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, in  Sanger.

He was born May 26, 1957, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Ronald Alan  and June Busse. He was vice-president and co-founder of BTS  Custom Stone Inc. of Haltom City. He was a confirmed Lutheran and  attended Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 10, in  Independence Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will be in the  Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. 

Visitation will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Greenwood  Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

Memorials may be made in the name of Jacob Wayne Busse or Sean  Alan Busse, c/o Farmers Merchant State Bank of Krum, Texas.

Survivors include father, Ronald Alan Busse of Roanoke; wife,  Brenda Lynn Busse of Sanger; grandmother, Nancy Reeder of  Garland; two sons, Sean Alan Busse of Greenwood and Jacob Wayne  Busse of Sanger; two daughters, Dawn Arlene Crawford and Misty  Renee Yant, both of Decatur; two brothers, Troy Barker of Poetry  and Choya Barker of Rowlett; sister, Deborah Arlene Kirby; and  one grandson.

George H. Shepard

Poolville - George Herbert Shepard, 86, of Poolville, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence.

He was born July 5, 1913, in Speedville, Tenn. He married  Bertha Fay Gabriel in 1941 in Palo Pinto. She is deceased.

Mr. Shepard was a truck driver.

He was Baptist.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. today, Friday, June 9,  at Boonsville Cemetery in Boonsville. Warren Crothers officiated.  Coker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, David Shepard of Chico, George  Shepard of Mineral Wells, Edward Shepard of Boonsville and  Richard Shepard of Canton; two daughters, Mary Erdhal of Spirit  Lake, Idaho, and Gladys Hill of Magnum, Okla.; 18 grandchildren;  18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Patti T. Kessler

Alpine - Patti Trietsch Kessler, age 59, of Alpine, Texas,  passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Patti was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Denton, Texas, to Clyde E. and Helen Painter Dixon. She married Raymond Kessler on January  15, 2000, in Alpine. Patti was an educator having spent many  years in the field of education and a member of the Methodist  Church. She spent the last 10 years of her life as an associate  professor at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, in the  education department where she was just named Professor of the Year 1999-2000. Patti held a bachelor of science degree, master of education and a doctor of education, all from North Texas State University in Denton. She held the positions of classroom teacher, graduate teaching assistant, lecturer, elementary principal, therapist, assistant professor to associate professor throughout her career.

She is survived by; husband, Raymond G. Kessler of Alpine; daughter, Carrie Trietsch of Denton; two sons, Dixon Trietsch of Cedar Park and James Trietsch of Fresno, Calif.; step-daughter, Joanie Levy of Pleasanton, Calif.; two step-sons, John Rubin of Ft. Worth and Vincent Kessler of El Paso; and a loving cat, Trey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Friday, June 9, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. Burial will be at 
Chinn Chapel Cemetery in Copper Canyon. The Rev. Edd Painter will officiate the services. 

The family requests memorial contributions be made to a Memorial Fund c/o Sul Ross State University. Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville is in charge of arrangements.

Frankie Dexter

Albuquerque, N.M. - Frankie Dexter, 86, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Shady Shores, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in Albuquerque, N.M.

She was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Chico, to Eugene V. Mincy and Bernice (Short) Mincy. She married Al Dexter on July 18, 1952, in Los Angeles, Calif. He died Jan. 28, 1984.

Ms. Dexter was a self-employed beautician.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery of Denton. The Rev. Larry Bassett will officiate. 

Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home in Denton.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Dexter of Tyler and B.K. Myers of Rio Rancho, N.M.; daughter, Helen Dudley of Rowlett; brother, R.C. Mincy of Amarillo; two granddaughters, Valari Duckworth of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Terri Fry, of Happy; great-granddaughter, Lisa Duckworth of Rio Rancho, N.M.; great-grandson, Bill McLean Jr., of Amarillo; two nieces, Jeanette Davis and Jane Sharp, both of Clovis, N.M.; and great niece, Debbie Terrell of Lubbock. 

Marion W. Moran

Corinth - Marion Wesley Moran, 80, of Corinth, died Wednesday, June 6, 2000, at his residence. He was born May 13, 1920, in Apache, Okla., to Charles and Angie Moran. He was a former resident of Corpus Christi for 43 years. He was the owner of M & M Construction, Leopard Construction, and M & P Heavy Equipment Sales.

Marion was a member of Masonic Lodge Independence #1337, Corpus Christi Knife and Fork Club, Jenny Hill Cooper Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, the Vintage Car Club of Corpus Christi, and the Bungalow Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas.

Marion was a World War II fighter pilot who flew P-47 airplanes. He received the Croix de Guerre, a French medal of honor, in 1984. He and Anita are lifetime members of the Confederate Air Force. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and woodworking artist. For the past nine years Marion and Anita have resided during the summer months on the Little Manistee River in Irons, Mich.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. Burial will follow in Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Survived by Anita Moran, wife of 43 years; two daughters, Marva Alexander of Chula Vista, Calif., and Marilyn Barnett and husband Joe Barnett of Coppell; two grandchildren, Kelli Parrott and husband Cary Parrott of Houston, and Blaine Barnett of Coppell; three sisters, Malvina Coleman of Parkville, Md., Mildred Farmer of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Juanita Leighton of Anadarko, Okla.; mother-in-law, Clara Jenkins and Phil Jenkins of Spearman; sister-in-law Karon McFarland and Tony McFarland of Estes Park, Colo., and many other loving family members and friends. Marion will be greatly missed by his loving family and will always be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, love of life, kindness, and dedication to his family.

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

Bobby J. Patterson

Bobby Jack Patterson, 57, of Denton, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Denton Regional Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1942, to Van S. and Gladys (Gist) Patterson.

Mr. Patterson was the owner of Patterson Paint Company in Denton.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Sanger Cemetery in Sanger. The Rev. John Rasberry will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 9, at Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton.

Survivors include one son, James Patterson of Denton; daughter-in-law, Kim Patterson of Houston; three sisters, Billie Lawson of Hurst, Naomi "Sissie" Taylor and Bonnie Bland, both of Denton; granddaughter, Samantha Patterson of Houston; and friend and companion, Judy Tulk of Denton.

Etta Renshaw

Decatur --Etta Mozelle Renshaw, 80, of Decatur died Thursday, June 8, 2000, in Decatur. 

She was born June 4, 1920, in Decatur. She married Billy Bob Renshaw in Decatur on Sept. 26, 1938. He died in March 1975. 

Ms. Renshaw was a retired clerical worker for Decatur City Hall, and she was a member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. 

Service will be at 2 p.m. today, June 10, in the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Rusty Hedges will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Pitts, Bert Little Jr., Tommy Neal, Frankie Claborn, Gary Prescott and Bob Cartwright. 

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Little, Janice Pitts and Kathy Renshaw, all of Decatur; a brother, Robert Cartwright of Decatur; a sister, Naomi Prescott of Decatur; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Bobby J. Patterson

Bobby Jack Patterson, 57, of Denton, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Denton Regional Hospital. 

He was born on Aug. 19, 1942, to Van S. and Gladys (Gist) Patterson. 

Mr. Patterson was the owner of Patterson Paint Company in Denton. 

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Sanger Cemetery in Sanger. The Rev. John Rasberry will officiate. 

Visitation was held from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 9, at Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton. 

Survivors include one son, James Patterson of Denton; daughter-in-law, Kim Patterson of Houston; three sisters, Billie Lawson of Hurst, Naomi "Sissie" Taylor and Bonnie Bland, both of Denton; granddaughter, Samantha Patterson of Houston; and friend and companion, Judy Tulk of Denton. 

Evelyn R. Spindle

Grand Prairie - Evelyn Riley Spindle, 76, a resident of Grand Prairie fro 50 years, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 8, 2000. 

Evelyn was born on Oct. 23, 1923, in Denton, Texas. Mrs. Spindle taught school in Grand Prairie from 1952 to 1986, teaching first grade through fifth grade, mostly at Crockett Elementary. She belonged to the Texas State Teachers Association. 

Mrs. Spindle was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. 

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, June 10, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. 

Interment will be at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 10, at Plainview Baptist Cemetery in Krum. Casket will be open for viewing. 

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Floyd Spindle of Grand Prairie; son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Amy Spindle of The Woodlands; daughter and son-in-law, Cherryl and Denny Sergeant of Plano; two sisters, Melba Ann Stice of Benbrook and Henrietta Bailey of Fort Worth; two granddaughters, Emily Spindle and Alison Spindle; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


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