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Maureen McDaniel

Maureen Fulfs McDaniel, 80, of Denton died of pneumonia and other complications Friday, June 16, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.

She was born March 10, 1920, in Randlett, Okla., to Harry Lyle and Mary Julia Flanagan Fulfs.

She grew up in Wichita Falls and graduated from Draughn's Business College. She worked in office management for Lambert Landscaping and the Crawford Show Room at the Trade Mart during the 1960s. Moving to Denton, she worked for more than 17 years for Paul Voertman and her husband at the Clock Shop on Fort Worth Drive.

Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. The Rev. Joan G.
LaBarr, of Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch, will officiate.

Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls. The Rev. Issac Butterworth, of First Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls, will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the funeral home in Denton.

Memorials may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Affiliates, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79105-9985.

Survivors include a son, Patrick McDaniel of Denton; a sister, Betty Newman of Wichita Falls; a granddaughter, Micki of Terrell; and a great-grandson, Wesley of Terrell.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Elvis "Mac" McDaniel, who died Nov. 9, 1994; and a son, Michael McDaniel, who died Nov. 18, 1983.

Donald L. Bentley

Paradise -- Donald Lee Bentley, 53, of Paradise died Friday, June 16, 2000, in Decatur.

He was born Oct. 27, 1946, in Sherman. He was a welder for Starco Welding.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Slidell Cemetery in Slidell. Warren Chesser will officiate. Coker
Funeral Home in Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Bentley; a son, Don Bentley of Denton; two daughters, Trisha Walker of Paradise and Diann Galvan of Slidell; a sister, Peggy Austin of Glen Heights; and six grandchildren.

Edouard LeFleur

Sanger -- Edouard Jeremiah LeFleur of Sanger, the 11-month-old son of Eddie and Nancy LeFleur, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at his home.

He was born July 4, 1999, in Denton.

His family attended the University Evangelical Methodist Church in Denton.

Service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Sharp
officiating. Burial was at the Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.

Visitation was held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Edouard LeFleur Memorial Fund at the Sanger Bank, PO Box 1029, Sanger, Texas 76266.

Survivors include his parents of Sanger; three sisters, Katie and Jessica LeFleur of Sanger and Heather LeFleur of Menlo, Iowa; two brothers, Etienne Jacob LeFleur of Sanger and Chris Nicholas LeFleur of Menlo, Iowa; grandparents, Rosann and Larry Reynolds of Keller and Rose Reller of Des Moines, Iowa; and great-grandparents, Bernice Newcomb of North Richland Hills, Evelyn Reynolds of Denison, and Frances Fox of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by grandfather Albert Cleo LeFleur; and great-grandparents, Robert Reynolds, Donald T. Newcomb and Cleo Edouard LeFleur.

Sherwood Spencer

Dallas -- Sherwood Spencer, 74, of Dallas died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Richardson to Roy T. and Mattie Elen Cagle Spencer.

He was a retired postman in Dallas. He was a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. The Rev. Chris Ruwaldt will
officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton.

Survivors include his brother, Olen Spencer of Denton; and many nieces and nephews.

His sisters, Ruby Mickel, Marguerite Doye, Margie Spencer and Inez Bond, preceded him in death.

June Perrin Akin

Fort Worth - June Perrin Akin, 63, of Fort Worth, died Friday, June 16, 2000, in a Fort Worth hospital. 

She married Howard "Lippe" Akin of Fort Worth on Jan. 28, 1968, in Granbury. She was a homemaker. 

Ms. Akin was active in bible study in her church, Word of Love Christian Center. 

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the chapel of Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, June 19, at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. 

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Keith Wood of Fort Worth and Todd Wood of Weatherford; two daughters, Brenda Choate of Burleson and Allison McTague of Overland Park, Kan.; sister, Jame Toomer of Aubrey; and 11 grandchildren. 

Genaro Beltran

Genaro Beltran, 20, of Denton, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. 

He was born Sept. 5, 1979, in Guanajuato, Mexico, to Jose Luis and Maria Imelda Beltran. 

Mr. Beltran was a employed as a construction laborer. 

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. 

The family will be at Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Monday, June 19, for visitation. 

Survivors include his parents of Guanajuato, Mexico; three brothers, Luis Jaret Beltran, Enoc Beltran and Eliud Beltran, all of Guanajuato, Mexico; four sisters, Maria Angelica Beltran, Maribel Beltran, Eunice Beltran, Diana Beltran, all of Guanajuato, Mexico; and grandparents, Erasmo Torres and Silvestre and Juana Beltran, all of Guanajuato, Mexico. 

Nathaniel Joslin

Flower Mound - Nathaniel Joslin, 18, of Flower Mound, died Friday, June 16, 2000. 

He was born April 26, 1982, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Dennis and Connie Joslin. He was a student at the School of Tomorrow in the mission ministry training program, which is an academic practical program. He was co-captain of his basketball team that finished in second place at the international competition at University of Virginia, and a member of the school choir and vocal ensemble. He won third place in famous speech and scenic photography at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. 

He was a member of Bible Missionary Church in Arlington. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. tonight, June 19, in the chapel of School of Tomorrow, 2600 Ace Lane, Lewisville. Burial will be later in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Survivors include his mother and father, both of Flower Mound; and sister, Kristina Joslin of Flower Mound. 

Vesta Lee Jones

Vesta Lee Jones, 93, of Denton, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Denton Nursing Center. 

She was born in Aubrey on Dec. 18, 1906, to L.Z. and Fannie Elizabeth (Hayden) Wilson. She married Leroy "Dick'' Jones in Denton on Jan. 30, 1926. He passed away Dec. 26, 1974. 

Vesta was a homemaker and a member of the Old Alton Baptist Church. 

She is survived by daughters, Shirley and husband Bob Dixon of Denton and Helen Inmon of Lewisville; sister, Ollie B. Myers of The Colony; brother, L.Z. Wilson Jr. of California; five grandchildren, Gerald Inmon, Jackie Fleenor, Cheryl Inmon, Jo Jackson and Jana Anderson; 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home. The Rev. Cliff Feeler will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Cletus Earl Knight

Albuquerque, N.M. - The family of Cletus invites those who wish to celebrate the life and passing of our husband, father, grandfather and friend to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday the 21st of June, 2000, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home in Denton. 

Cletus passed after a short illness on Friday, June 16, 2000, at the age of 81-years-old. He was born in Ponder on March 8, 1919, to William Henry Knight and Lydia May Turner. He was the youngest of 10 sons and was the only victim of his family to contract polio as an infant. He was one of the very earliest 
patients at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas where he underwent numerous surgeries that enabled him to walk with one shortened leg with the assistance of leg braces and later on a built-up shoe and crutches. 

His physical condition never really handicapped Cletus as he became a graduate of Krum High School and North Texas State Teacher College (now University of North Texas), with degrees in economics. He served as Denton County Court Clerk from 1948-1950. He attended Cumberlin Law School in Lebanon, Tenn., and married Clifford Ann Carrigan Stone in May of 1954. 

As well as being a lifelong Realtor, he started a number of businesses, including a Federal Savings and Loan in Donaldson, Tenn., Home Finders USA Inc., a national relocation and referral service for Realtors during the pioneer years of that industry. He also started Denton County Title in Denton, and did some private land development in Krum and Argyle. He was a longtime Realtor and land speculator in El Paso, Texas. He also was a longtime member of the Lions Club. 

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends who knew him. 

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Clifford Ann Knight; two daughters, Deborah Lucille Knight and husband Joel Max Sappenfield of Denton, and children Aaron Friedman, Nigel Bazzehgin and Griffin Bazzehgin, and Kaye Knight Johnson and husband Kurt Johnson of Richardson, Texas, and children Savannah Johnson and Clayton Johnson; stepsons, comedian Tony Stone, Steve C. Stone and wife Margaret Stone, and children Uriah Stone, Caleb Stone and Lacy Stone. 

Memorial may be made in Cletus' name to the Scottish Rite Hospital, 222 Wellborn, Dallas, Texas 75219. 

Wilma Owens

Wilma Owens, 83, of Denton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

She was born July 8, 1916, in Aubrey to Alvah Keen and Eula Robinson. She married Harold Owens July 20, 1946, in Sherman. He died in 1996. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. The Rev. Bobby Bryan will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Bob Joyce. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Mrs. Owens was a teacher, retired from Cooper Creek School in Denton. 

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, for visitation. 

Pallbearers will be George Cadell, Elvin Eggleston, Wesley Eggleston, Gary Lantripp, Ben Smith and Walt Smithwick. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Geesling, Wady Hilton and Virgil McCandless. 

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Cecil Wilson of Aubrey; three grandchildren, Jason, Kathy and Kalon Wilson; twin sisters, Mildred Kaempfer of Tallahassie, Fla., and Mary Jackson of Reno, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Trazell Clark Sr. 

Lewisville -- Trazell Clark Sr., 85, of Lewisville, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, in Lewisville. 

He was born Aug. 24, 1914, in Argyle, to Walter Clark and Ethel Fox Clark. They are deceased. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Lewisville. The Rev. T.J. Denison will officiate. Burial will be in Fox/Hembry Cemetery in Lewisville. 

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Peoples Funeral Home in Denton. 

Survivors include son, Trazell Clark Jr. of Denton; three daughters, Carrie Brown, Mae Ethel McCloyn and Cora Bell Gilstrap, all of Lewisville; two brothers, Ardell Hare and Willie Clarence Taylor of Denton; sister, Helen Chambers of Denton; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Dolores M. Moore 

Dolores M. Moore, 67, of Denton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence. 

She was born April 4, 1933, in Waunakee, Wis., to Math and Susan Maerz Maier. She married Wayne T. Moore on Dec. 26, 1959, in California. 

Ms. Moore was a member of the Catholic Church. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 20, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. The Rev. Cecil Threadgill will officiate. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation. 

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Wayne John Moore of Chicago, Ill., and William M. Moore of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Susan A. Callahan of San Diego, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.

Dorothy Ann Webb 

Decatur -- Dorothy Ann Webb, 57, of Decatur, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence. 

She was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Decatur, to Vernon and Geneva Freeman of Azle. She married Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr. on Feb. 14, 1962, in Decatur. She was a homemaker. 

Ms. Webb was a member of the Church of Christ. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 20, at Pleasant Grove #1 in Wise County. Darrell Acker will officiate. 

Visitation was held Monday, June 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. 

Survivors include her husband; two sons, William Webb of Sanger and Wayne Webb of Rhome; daughter, Susan Webb of Cleburne; three brothers, David Freeman of Fort Worth, George Freeman of Garland and Hal Freeman of Azle; and seven grandchildren. 

Wilma Owens

Wilma Owens, 83, of Denton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

She was born July 8, 1916, in Aubrey to Alvah Keen and Eula Robinson. She married Harold Owens July 20, 1946, in Sherman. He died in 1996. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. The Rev. Bobby Bryan will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Bob Joyce. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Mrs. Owens was a teacher, retired from Cooper Creek School in Denton. 

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, for visitation. 

Pallbearers will be George Cadell, Elvin Eggleston, Wesley Eggleston, Gary Lantripp, Ben Smith and Walt Smithwick. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Geesling, Wady Hilton and Virgil McCandless. 

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Cecil Wilson of Aubrey; three grandchildren, Jason, Kathy and Kalon Wilson; twin sisters, Mildred Kaempfer of Tallahassie, Fla., and Mary Jackson of Reno, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Carol A. Helgerson 

Krum - Carol Anne Helgerson, 54, who worked in real estate management, passed away Friday, June 16, 2000, at a Grand Prairie hospital. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

Carol Anne Helgerson was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce K. Helgerson, in 1989. 

Survivors include daughter, Megan Helgerson of Krum; son, Patrick Helgerson of Krum; parents, Glenn and Rose Conrad of Krum; sister and husband, Marie and Walter Kosewicz; brothers, Douglas Conrad of Krum and Dan of Angel Fire, N.M.; niece, Kelly Kosewicz; nephews, Sean, Kevin and Brian, all of Washington, Mo.; nephew, Tim Conrad of Binghamton, N.Y.; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many loving friends.

Lucille Holman

Lucille Holman, born July 13, 1909, in Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away on June 17, 2000. She moved to Texas in 1949 from Fort Wayne, Ind. A charter member of Glen Oaks United Methodist Church and a member of First United Methodist Church in Denton and former member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dallas, she was a faithful choir member, Sunday school teacher and also a nursing home volunteer for over 60 years. She is survived by her husband, Dwight W. Holman of Denton; son, Franklin D. Holman; granddaughters, Renee Rochelle Clark and Alicia Michelle Holman; great-granddaughter, Allison Brooke Clark; and great-grandson, William Alexander Clark. 

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 19, 2000, at Restland Memorial Chapel in Dallas. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church. 

Cletus Earl Knight 

Albuquerque, N.M. - Cletus Earl Knight, 81, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Friday, June 16, 2000. 

The family of Cletus invites those who wish to celebrate the life and passing of our husband, father, grandfather and friend to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home in Denton. 

Charles Alvin Blase

Decatur -- Charles "Charlie" Alvin Blase, 86, of Decatur, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence. 

He was born April 3, 1914, in Hico, to J.W. and Ella Blase. They are deceased. He married Nora Lou Patterson on Oct. 1, 1939, in Denton. 

Mr. Blase retired from a career as a dairy farmer. 

He was a member and deacon of Hopewell Baptist Church in Wise County. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 21, in the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. The Rev. David Blase will officiate and the Rev. John Blase will assist. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. 

Pallbearers will be Curtis Blase, John Blase, Shawn Blase, J.W. Pinkerton, John North and Mike North. 

Visitation was held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at Coker Funeral Home. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Olin Blase of Decatur and the Rev. David Blase of Nashville, Ark.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Eight brothers and sisters are deceased.

Florence Mae Cox

Justin - Florence Mae Cox, 89, of Justin, died Monday, June 19, 2000, in Justin. 

She was born April 4, 1911, in Dill City, Okla., to William Andrew and Ethel Belle Moore. She married William Frederick Cox on Oct. 24, 1927, in Elk City, Okla. He died May 10, 1993. 

Mrs. Cox was a nurse. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Justin Cemetery in Justin. Ricky Wilcher, her grandson, will officiate assisted by the Rev. Paul Blankenship. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 21, at Dalton & Son Funeral Home in Lewisville. 

Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Dodson of Decatur, Melba Jo Followill of Justin and Ina Wilcher of Dora, N.M.; three brothers, Floyd Moore of Hobbs, N.M., Bill Jay Moore of Kent, Wash., and Donald Moore of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; three sisters, Pauline Vernon, Ollie Vernon and Willie Mae Bryant, all of Portales, N.M.; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Her brother, Andrew Moore, and sister, Laverne Jones, are deceased. 

Grace Lela McDavitt

Tioga - Grace Lela McDavitt, 79, of Tioga, died June 19, 2000, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. 

She was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Dallas, to Sim George and Lela America McDowell Garriott. She married Weldon Dwight McDavitt on July 4, 1936. He died Dec. 21, 1977. 

Mrs. McDavitt was a clerk for the U.S. Post Office. 

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Tioga. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at United Methodist Church in Tioga. The Rev. Dee Morton will officiate. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery. Huff-Slay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Pallbearers will be Doug Eckhoff, Robert Garriott, Robert Garriott Jr., Jack McKnight, Alvin McConnell, and Robert Parrott. 

Survivors include son, George McDavitt of Seattle, Wash.; brother, George Garriott of Tioga; four granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; and a nephew. Her son, Jerry McDavitt, is deceased.

John L. White

Flower Mound - John "Johnny" Lagrand White, 39, of Flower Mound, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence. 

He was born Feb. 21, 1961, in Abilene, to Willie and Sylvia Johnson White. 

Mr. White worked in sales at Huffines Dodge in Lewisville. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. Burial will follow in Flower Mound Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 21, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include his wife, Jessica Davis of Flower Mound; daughter, Sylvia White of Kentucky; father and stepmother, Willie and Carolyn White of Carrollton; sisters, Lis Adair, Michelle Emmert, Valerie Shugart and Kelly White; brothers, Dell and Spencer White; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His mother is deceased. 

Stella Lehrman 

Stella Lehrman, a resident of the Denton Good Samaritan Village for the past 13 years, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Sam Fred Lehrman Sr. 

Stella was born in Mesquite, Texas, on July 7, 1900. Her parents were Tedy Henry Bennett and Carrie Stark Bennett. Stella had four brothers, William Wade, Rolan Richard, Grover Gale, Henry Handley, and a sister, Merilee. Stella was the last surviving member of the Bennett family of her generation. 

Shortly after William Wade, Stella Ruth and Rolan Richard were born, the Bennett family moved to Denton (circa 1903). 

Stella was a continuous resident of Denton, Texas, for 97 years. 

On Oct. 23, 1920, Stella married Sam Fred Lehrman. They lived on Boliver Street (near Congress and Boliver) until they built a home at 317 Egan St. in 1925. They lived at this address for 62 years, until Sam passed away in 1987. Stella then sold the home and became a resident of the Denton Good Samaritan. 

Sam and Stella were very active in Denton community and church affairs. Stella was a member of several ladies organizations. Among them were the Pythian Sisters, Ladies Auxiliary of the Denton Volunteer Firemen, VFW Auxiliary and others. They were early members of the First Baptist Church, and many of the older residents of Denton will remember Stella when she took care of them in the church day care center ("nursery" in those days). 

Stella and Sam had three children: twins born in 1922, Sam Fred Lehrman Jr. and Juanita C. (Lehrman) Killgore, and Billie Wade Lehrman who passed away two months after his birth in 1932. She has four grandsons, seven great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She also has numerous nephews, nieces and in-laws. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Cindy Nichols Chapel of the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Cliff Feeler will officiate. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 21, at Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Denton Good Samaritan, 2500 Hinkle Drive, Denton, Texas 76201, or to the charities of your choice.

Pearlene Clawson

Pearlene Clearman Clawson, 86, of Denton, died today, Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Denton Good Samaritan Village. 

She was born on March 10, 1914, in Coryell County, to Sam and Emma Clearman. She married Carl Clawson of Lubbock. He is deceased. She was also preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, Virgil of Austin, Texas, Monk and Dick Clearman; and a sister-in-law, Effie Clearman of Denton, Texas. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Burial will be arranged by Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 21, at DeBerry Funeral Directors. 

Survivors include two brothers, Hank Clearman and Billy and wife Nadine Clearman, all of Denton; three sisters, Jo Frances and husband Elbert Andrews of Sanger, Sammie and husband Ulric Vick of Bridgeport and Marnell and husband Louis Austin of Sanger; sister-in-law, Mildred Clearman of Denton; and several nieces and nephews.

Pearlene made the Good Samaritan her home in the last few years of her life.

Edna Alice Hancock

Hillsboro -- Edna Alice Hancock, 98, of Hillsboro, formerly of Denton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Hill Regional Hospital. 

She was born Feb. 21, 1902, in Austin, to Joseph and Laura (Mobley) Ellason. She married Herbert F. Nacock Sr. on July 21, 1921 in Denton. He died Dec. 26, 1960. 

Mrs. Hancock and her husband were the owners of Nacock Machine Works from the 1920s until Mr. Hancock's death in 1960. She then worked in the TWU Library for 15 years. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton. The Rev. Cliff Feeler will officiate. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Greg Stuewe, Jess Stuewe, Phillip Hancock Jr. Randy Hucabee, Garry Ellis and Truman Walker. 

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 22, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include a son, Herbert F. Hancock Jr. of Hillsboro; sister, Vera Umstead of Grand Prairie; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Her sisters Velma Boswell, Alma Chastain and Ora Wright, and brother, J.W. Ellason, are deceased.

Jessie Mae Houston

Jessie Mae Houston, 81, of Denton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, in Denton. 

She was born April 17, 1919, in Temple, to Thomas Henry Watson and Minnie Cora Harris Watson. 

Ms. Houston was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Denton. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. L.E. Lawson will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Denton. 

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Peoples Funeral Home in Denton. 

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Houston of Denton and Glen Houston of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Betty Richard of Denton; two brothers, Joseph Watson and the Rev. Booker T. Watson, both 
of Dallas; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Friday, June 23, 2000

Edith Mann 

Edith Lorene Smallwood Mann, 90, of Denton, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the Denton Regional Medical Center. She was born Oct. 5, 1909, in Denton, to Merrit Hamilton Smallwood and Harriett Ellen Wills Smallwood. 

She married Cecil Clifton Mann on Sept. 8, 1928, in Beaumont, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1977. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denton. She was employed at Voertman's in Denton Center and the North Texas Book Store before her retirement. 

The family has requested memorials to be made to the Fidelis Matrons Sunday School class c/o First Baptist Church of Denton, Ann's Haven Hospice, American Heart Association. 

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors for visitation Friday night from 7 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating. Burial will be at the I.O.O.F. cemetery. 

She is survived by daughter, Judy Wiley and husband Art Wiley of Kingsville, Texas; sister, Jewel Pauline Smallwood Clark of Corpus Christi; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Bouligny and husband Hal of Beaumont; grandchildren, Dave Wiley and wife Sherri, Jim Wiley and wife Sylvia, and Leigh Ann Wiley Prukop and husband John; and four great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Dave Wiley, Jim Wiley, John Prukop, Dale Hughes, Howard Early, and Von Dickson. 

DeBerry Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements. 

Ovie M. Canuteson

Meridian - Meridian - Ovie M. Canuteson, 81, of Meridian, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in Clifton, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with burial in the Meridian Cemetery. 

Mr. Canuteson was a retired service station owner and rancher. His wife, Juanita Wright Canuteson, preceded him in death in 1999. 

Survivors include his son, Bob and his wife Sandra Canuteson of Corinth; four grandchildren, Jim and wife Monica Canuteson of Denton, Chris Canuteson of Corinth, Amy and husband Craig Cooper of Corinth, and Andrea Brown of Corpus Christi; two great-grandsons, Cody and Cole Canuteson of Denton; sister, Dora Mae Stewart of Buffalo Gap; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Doris Steele

Doris Grace Steele, 90, of Denton died Friday, June 23, 2000, in Iowa Park. 

She was born Nov. 9, 1909, in Smithville. She had lived in Denton since 1967 and was a retired nurse. 

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls. Don McWhinney will officiate. 

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls. 

Survivors include two sisters, Mildred Cox of Denton and Bonnie Dean of San Gabriel, Calif.; and 13 nieces and nephews. 

Alfaratta Landers

New Boston -- Alfaratta Avinger Landers, 85, of New Boston died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, in a Texarkana hospital. 

She was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Newsome to Charlie and Indiana Martin Avinger. She married Morris Landers on Aug. 31, 1933. He died in 1985. Mrs. Landers was retired from New Boston Independent School District. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the New Boston Genealogical Society. 

A service was held Friday, June 9, at Bates-Rolf Chapel with the Revs. Harry Wilson, Ken Cox and Bill Pritchett officiating. Burial was in Leesburg Cemetery in Leesburg. 

Memorials may be made to the Leesburg Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 70, Leesburg, Texas 75451. 

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Rountree of Lone Star and Joan Delashaw of Argyle; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great- grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter and two grandsons. 

Paul Wright

Alvord -- Paul Eugene Wright, 69, of Alvord died Thursday, June 22, 2000, in Fort Worth. 

He was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Princeton. He married Patricia Swatzel in Madill, Okla., on Oct. 8, 1981. 

Mr. Wright was the mayor of Alvord from May 1991 to May 1993. He had a career as a remodeler. He was a member of Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. 

He was a member of River of Life Church in Decatur. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 26, at River of Life Church in Decatur. Greg Mohr will officiate. Burial will be in Alvord Cemetery in Alvord. Coker Funeral Home in Decatur is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials can be made to Oneighty Youth Center c/o River of Life Church. 

Survivors include his wife of Alvord; a son, Paul Wright II of Alvord; a stepson, Doug Kinsey of Alvord; a daughter, Karan Huggins of Alvord; two brothers, Terry Wright of Wylie and Rupert Wright of Garland; two sisters, Faye Poovey of Fairfield and Joy Davis of Lubbock; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Ernest A. Traylor

Ernest Adrian Traylor, 82, of Denton, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village. 

He was born Jan. 21, 1918, to Lillian and Ezra Traylor, both now deceased. He graduated from New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M., with a bachelor of science degree, and obtained his master's degree in school administration from Northern Colorado University. 

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 13th Air Force Division in the South Pacific for three and a half years in New Guinea, Guadalcanal, Philippines and Morotai. 

He was an employee of the Roswell, N.M., Independent School District for 36 years, serving as a teacher, junior high principal. He retired to Cloudcroft, N.M., in 1980. 

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of the family home in Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village; two daughters, Nancy Nivens and husband Dennis of Grapevine, Texas, and Betty Reed and husband Bill of Denton; two granddaughters, Karen Reed, RTT of Denton and Traci Anderson, MD of Dallas. Also he is survived by a sister, Odessa Boris of Roswell; and a brother, Dale Traylor of Colorado Springs. He was preceded in death by his son, Donald Lee Traylor, brothers, Morris and Hoyt, and half-sisters, Mary Moore and Vera Cowan. 

After retiring to Cloudcroft he was an active member of Cloudcroft Methodist Church, James Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, and an officer of James Canyon AARP. 

After the move to Denton he became a member of First United Methodist Church, Sertoma Club, Roswell Education Society, and a lifetime member of National Education Association. 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2000, in Mead Chapel at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village in Denton with the Rev. Gary Mueller and the Rev. Joe Borman officiating. DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton are in charge of arrangements.


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