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James Glenn Rusk
James Glenn Rusk of Tolar, the "colored-cotton king," died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000 in Fort Worth. He was 48.
Mr. Rusk was born April 25, 1952 in Watertown, Wis. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor Jan. 1999. He experimented with and was successful in developing 12 different colors of cotton.
Many Hood County residents helped him during his illness. He left the following words of thanks to those people. "Thanks for helping me, and I’ll always remember those who were there for me and they know who they are. God bless them." His heart and soul was with his Lord. 
He is survived by his mother, Marion Rusk, and one brother, Gene Rusk, both of Watertown, Wis.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Granbury. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nancy J. Jackson Barker
Nancy J. Jackson Barker of Granbury died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 in Granbury. She was 73.
Mrs. Barker (Nancy Jane Jackson) was born Jan. 14, 1927 in Hillsboro. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maj. General and Mrs. Will E. Jackson; two brothers, Burris Jackson and Kirby H. Jackson.
She is survived by two daughters, Janeece Jackson Barker, and Cynthia Barker; one son, M. Carlisle Barker; one brother, Randolph Jackson; and four grandchildren, Matthew Jackson Levenson, Allison Janeece Barker, Abigail Denise Barker and Charles Jackson Barker.
Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 in Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro followed by a memorial service in the Acton United Methodist Church. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

John Henry Cowley Sr.
John Henry Cowley Sr, of Granbury, a construction worker, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 in Dallas. He was 52.
Mr. Cowley was born Nov. 13, 1948 in Mineral Wells and was a U.S. Army veteran. He touched many lives with his warm heart and giving spirit and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Cowley of Granbury; three daughters, Lawanda Porter, and Michele Bruce, both of Granbury, and Teresa Barrett of Asheville, N.C.; one son, John Cowley Jr. of Granbury; mother, Maggie Cowley of Santo; two brothers; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 in the Granbury Cemetery. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the John Cowley Memorial Fund at the First National Bank in Granbury.

Hilton Rudolph Gay
Hilton Rudolph Gay of Granbury, a retired appliance deliveryman, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Fort Worth. He was 73.
Mr. Gay was born Sept. 15, 1927 in Cadwell, Ga. He was a member of the Friendship Freewill Baptist Church in Haltom City and served in the U.S. Army. He lived in Granbury for eight years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Mae Gay Dec. 6, 1998.
He is survived by four daughters, Diane Cagle of Joshua, Shelby Wickersham of Rhome and Ruby Iker and Becky Dobbs, both of Granbury; two sons, Don Gay of Amarillo, and Ricky Gay of River Oaks; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in Martin’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jack Bankhead officiating. Burial was in the Granbury Cemetery. Pallbearers were Byron Cagle, Aaron Iker, Justin Dobbs, Michael Gay, Casey Gay and Rickey Gay. Martin’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wayne York
Wayne York of Lipan, a retired truck driver, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Lipan. He was 85.
Mr. York was born Jan 17, 1915 in Lipan. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Patillo Baptist Church. He was a longtime resident of Patillo.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie York of Patillo; one son, R.W. York and wife Jane of Lipan; one stepbrother, Linnus Whittaker and wife Evelyn of Woodward, Okla.; one granddaughter, Rhonda Shipp and husband Barry of Acton; one grandson, Randy York and wife Leigh of Lipan; one great-grandson, Klayton Watters of Acton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in the Patillo Baptist Church. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Wiley Funeral Home in Lipan was in charge of arrangements.

David Cecil Garvin
David Cecil Garvin of Eastland, a retired bus driver, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Eastland. He was 82.
Mr. Garvin was the husband of Louise Garvin of Granbury.
Services were Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 in the First Christian Church in Paducah. Burial was in the Cee Vee Cemetery in Paducah.

James ‘Jim’ Earl Blakely
James "Jim" Earl Blakely of Odessa, retired founder of Blakely Construction Co., died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000 in Odessa. He was 69.
Mr. Blakely was the brother of Bill Blakely of Granbury. 
Services were Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Odessa with Rev. Laura Deaderick officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family suggests memorials be made to Community Care Hospice, 3641 N. Dixie Blvd., Odessa, Texas 79762, Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy of Odessa or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 401 N. Country Road W., Odessa, Texas 79763.

Nathaniel ‘Nathan’ Paul Day
Nathaniel "Nathan" Paul Day of Fort Worth, a manager at The Silk Place, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 in Fort Worth. He was 20.
Mr. Day was born Sept 13, 1980 in Arlington. He graduated from Granbury High School and attended Weatherford Junior College. Nathaniel means "gift from God" and he was. He was a loving son, brother and friend. He showed kindness, respect and strength to all who knew him and he will be missed.
He is survived by his mother, Karen Buckles and husband Larry of Granbury; father, Eric Day and wife Karen of Fort Worth; two brothers, Matthew Day of Fort Worth, and Brian Day of Granbury; three sisters, Monica Callaway of Fort Worth, Lori Callaway of Phoenix, Ariz. and Candace Buckles of Temple; one stepbrother, Christopher Buckles of Temple; two grandmothers, Bonnie Day of Granbury, and Joan Hanson of Arlington; two uncles, Dave Hanson of Mansfield, and Dan Day of Arlington; and one aunt, Kathleen Lincoln of Plano.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 in the Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. Burial was in Moore Memorial Gardens.

Pattie Belle McConal
Pattie Belle McConal of Glen Rose, a retired caseworker with the Texas Department of Human Resources, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 in Glen Rose. She was 93.
Mrs. McConal (Pattie Belle Cockrell) was born Dec. 11, 1907 in Hanely. She married Mac Griff McConal July 2, 1930 in Mills County. She was a school teacher in west Texas and she and her husband operated a cattle auction in Midland. She worked for the Texas Department of Human Resources in Somervell and Johnson Counties for 20 years. She was active in the PTA in Glen Rose and was a homeroom mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband Mac Griff McConal August 29, 2000.
She is survived by two sons. Mack McConal and wife Shirley of Cross Plains, and Jon McConal and wife Jane of Granbury; five grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 in Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Burial was in Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

D.L. ‘Doc’ Allen
D.L. "Doc" Allen of Granbury, a retired pipeline operator, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 in Fort Worth. He was 83.
Mr. Allen was born Sept. 26, 1917 in Lipan. He married Verle Cooper Allen. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired from Chevron Pipeline Co. He was a member of the Granbury Church of Christ and had lived in Granbury for seven years.
He is survived by his wife, Verle Allen of Granbury; one son, Robert Jackson Allen of Granbury; one daughter, Elizabeth Woolley of Garland; one brother, Curtis Allen of Granbury; and five grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 in the Granbury Church of Christ with Stan Reid officiating. Burial was in Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Palo Pinto County. Martin’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Granbury Church of Christ library.

Rose Mary Doster
Rose Mary Doster of Granbury, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in Carrollton. She was 80.
Mrs. Doster (Rose Mary Lewis) was born Dec. 21, 1920 in Dallas. She married Milburn Doster Sept. 3, 1938 in Granbury. She had lived in Dallas and worked for Montgomery Ward for 10 years. She moved to Granbury in 1982.
She was preceded in death by her husband Milburn Doster Feb. 14, 1998.
She is survived by one daughter, Ramona McCoy and husband Jerry of Irving; one son, John Doster and wife Terry of The Colony; one sister, Lelan Eccleston of Corpus Christi; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 in the Allison Baptist Church in Lipan with Rev. Wayne Ford officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ann Hutchinson
Ann Hutchinson of Dallas, a pioneer designer in the U.S. Space Program, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 in Dallas. She was 62.
Ms. Hutchinson was born Feb. 3, 1938 in Dallas. In 1959, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas with a bachelor of science degree. In 1969, when she was 31, SMU conferred her with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She designed and built all the imaging tubes on the non-manned space flights beginning with the Surveyor Moon Landing Craft and later for Mariner. Her work enables the craft to take pictures of Mars, Venus and Mercury. Her work culminated with the Voyager space craft "Grand Tour" to photograph Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Mars Her accomplishments led her to receive the Rank Award in opto-electronics in 1988. This is England’s most prestigious scientific award which was founded by Lord J. Arthur Rank, a highly noted film producer. She was a life-long Dallas resident and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dallas where she taught Sunday School.
She is survived by one brother, Thomas Hutchinson and wife Barbara of Tolar; two nieces, Leann Jackson and husband Jeff of Roanoke, La., and Phyllis Taylor and husband Craig of Buckholts; one nephew, Scott Hutchinson of Roanoke, La.; two great-nieces, Delaney Jackson, and Tori Taylor; and long-time friend, Vester T. Hughes Jr. of Dallas.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hood County. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Ann Hutchinson Scholarship Fund, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 402, Dallas, Texas 75275.

James E. Burleson
James E. Burleson of Snyder, a retired sales manager for Worthington Pump Co., died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in Snyder.
He was 74.
Mr. Burleson was the brother of Jodie Crawford of Granbury.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel in Lubbock with Bill Looney officiating.

Arthur Lilburn Hansford
Arthur Lilburn Hansford of Fort Davis, a retired home builder, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000 in Alpine. He was 81.
Mr. Hansford was the father of Jennifer Miller of Bluff Dale.
Graveside services were Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 in Sipe Springs Cemetery in Comanche County.

Lola Maude Sears
Lola Maude Sears of Granbury, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 in Granbury. She was 93.
Mrs. Sears (Lola Maude Peveler) was born April 19, 1907 in Granbury. Her parents were Lewis and Mary Kerr Peveler and she married Thomas Dewey Sears July 1935 in Weatherford. She was a member of the Cresson United Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Dewey Sears.
She is survived by three nieces, Mary Dozier of Coleman, Margaret Randel of Abilene and Kay Young of California; two nephews, Clay Phillips Jr. of Granbury, and Rus Beheler of Fort Worth; and numerous great-and great-great-nieces and nephews. 
Services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Wiley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Cresson Cemetery. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

J.D. ‘Sonny’ Davis Jr.
J.D. "Sonny" Davis Jr. of Granbury, a retired flight line electrician for Bell Helicopter, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000 in Arlington. He was 70.
Mr. Davis was born March 5, 1930 in Sanford. He was raised in Phillips and graduated from high school there. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Granbury Classic Car Club. He was a member of the Granbury Church of Christ and former member of Pipeline Road Church of Christ in Hurst. He was an antique car and airplane enthusiast and delivered Meals on Wheels. He retired in 1977 after 33 years at Bell Helicopter. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife Bettye Cayce Davis, and one brother Floyd Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy J. Davis of Granbury; three daughters, Renee Fleming and husband Steve of North Richland Hills, Tammy Sutton and husband John of Arlington, and Dede Fuller of Mansfield; two sons, Trey Davis and wife Amy of Fort Worth, and Mark Fuller and wife Debbie of Fort Worth; one brother, Bob Davis and wife Frances of Mesquite; two sisters, Ann Driver and husband Cecil of Jacksonville, and Marilyn Austin and husband T.D. of Amarillo; one sister-in-law, Jeannie Davis of Haltom City; three brothers-in-law, Charles Whitlock and wife Bobbie Sue of Akron, Ohio, David Whitlock of Palestine and Ricky Whitlock of Saginaw; six grandchildren, Nathan, Danial, Keslynn, Bethany, Dawson and Cameron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in the Pipeline Road Church of Christ with John Bailey and Charles Whitlock officiating.
Burial was in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
The family suggests memorials be made to Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville.

Lola Viola Johnson
Lola Viola Johnson of Granbury, a retired seamstress, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 in Granbury. She was 91.
Mrs. Johnson (Lola Viola Collins) was born Oct. 21, 1909 in Lovington, N.M. and married Paul C. Johnson Dec. 24, 1927 in Hood County. She worked for Maybelle Sportswear dress factory and was a Hood County resident since 1914.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul C. Johnson; one daughter, Betty Jean Dempsey; her parents; and two sisters.
She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Sue Warren of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Eva Poritt of Yakima, Wash.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Stroud Creek Cemetery with Rev. Gene Hadley officiating. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Laverne Warnick
Laverne Warnick of Fort Worth, a manager and seamstress, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Fort Worth of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was 84.
Mrs, Warnick (Ada Laverne Jane Austin) was born Feb. 10, 1916 in Milsap. Her parents were Rufus Lorenzo and Susan Jane Austin. She was one of 13 children. She married Archie L. Warnick in 1940 and they were married 57 years. During World War II she was one of the first woman production-line workers at General Dynamics. She was later employed by Williamson-Dickie, J.C. Penny and Cornelius Interior Design. She was a Fort Worth resident since 1929 and in 1968 she and her husband moved to Granbury, where they lived for 25 years. Due to her illness, she moved back to Fort Worth in 1993.
She was preceded in death by her husband Archie L. Warnick in 1997; six sisters and one brother.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Lea Warnick of Tyler, and Brenda Gail Waller of Fort Worth; one sister, Opal Wooley of Granbury; four grandchildren and spouses, Steve and Andrea Hyndman of San Mateo, Calif., Bruce and Rachel Williams of Sutherlin, Ore., Rob and Carol Waller of Fort Worth and Shannon and Jodi Waller of Copperas Cove; five great-granddaughters, Hattie Lea Williams, Harper Waller, Hayden Waller, Katie Lea Waller and Michaela Waller; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 4, 2000 in Martin’s Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial was in Holly Hills Memorial Park. Martin’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Loma Stooksberry
Loma Stooksberry of Granbury, a political activist and legal secretary, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000 in Fort Worth after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 61.
Mrs. Stooksberry was born Sept. 18, 1939 in Dallas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1961 and worked as a legal secretary for Cantey and Hanger for 16 years. She was active in political and civic organizations and worked with the Republican Party in Tarrant County. She served as an alternate delegate in the 1972 national Republican convention and as a delegate in numerous state conventions. She was current president of the four-county Council of Republican Women and past president of the Junior Woman’s Club, where she received the Bevy Award.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Stanley D. Stooksberry of Granbury; three sons, Scott Stooksberry and wife Densie, Steve Stooksberry and wife Denise and Spencer Stooksberry, all of Fort Worth; mother and stepfather, Edith Kenney and Herman Duncan of Dallas, one sister, Peggy Alexander of Dallas; two grandchildren, Bailey Gilligan, and Connor Stooksberry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 in Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Brigid Judge
Brigid Judge of Granbury, a wrapper for Heggy’s Candy in Canton, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Granbury. She was 93.
Mrs. Judge was born Jan. 8, 1907 in Westport, Ireland and was Catholic. She had been a resident of Granbury since 1991 and lived in Canton, Ohio from 1953 to 1991. She worked for Heggy’s Candy Factory for 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles V. Judge, and one son Michael Judge.
She is survived by one son, Patrick Judge of Granbury; one granddaughter, Marianne Gentry and husband Michael Gentry of Tyler; one great-granddaughter, Shannon Gentry of Tyler; former daughter-in-law Gail Shover and husband Paul of Granbury; and special friend, Jim Watson of Cleburne.
Memorial services were Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000 in Wiley Funeral Home. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Foundation for the Blind. 

Zelma Faux
Zelma Faux of Granbury, a homemaker, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 in Granbury. She was 85.
She is survived by one daughter, Kietha of Granbury; one son, Mickey of Granbury; and two grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, Jan 2, 2001 in Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park with Rev. Steve Beckwith officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Henry R. ‘Hank’ Huffman
Henry R. "Hank" Huffman of Montague, a retired educator, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 in Bowie. He was 71.
Mr. Huffman was the father of Bucky Stephenson of Lipan.
Services were Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 in the First Baptist Church in Montague with Revs. Darius McKay and Brad Cartmill officiating. Burial was in the Montague Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Montague, P.O. Box 306, Montague, Texas 76251.

D.E. Jones
D.E. Jones of Granbury, a retired machinist with LTV Energy Co., died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 in Granbury. He was 74.
Mr. Jones was born Aug. 30, 1926 in Elk Township, Ill. He married Linda Powers Nov. 17, 1971 in Durant, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and has been a Granbury resident since 1976. 
He is survived by his wife, Linda Jones of Granbury; two daughters, Doris Bartolotti and husband Dickie of Benton, Ill, and Darlene Henderson of Whitney; two sons, Danny Turner and wife Nell, Cecil Turner, all of Whitney; one sister, Dorothy Baker of Illinois; one brother, J.C. Jones of Granbury; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 in Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury.

Cloe Lanham Willhoite
Cloe Lanham Willhoite of Ocala, Fla., a retired secretary/accountant for the Texas and Southwestern Cattlemans Association, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000 in Ocala. She was 84.
Mrs. Willhoite was born Feb. 14, 1916 in Cresson. She married J.D. Willhoite July 17, 1937 in Akron, Ohio. She was a member of the Oak Griner Baptist Church in Ocala and a former member of the Acton Baptist Church. She was a former resident of Granbury and moved from Midwest City, Okla. to Coal. 
She was preceded in death by her husband J.D. Willhoite May 19, 1986.
She is survived by one daughter, Gerry Sensanbaugh of Ocala; one son, Jay L. Willhoite of Shreveport, La; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Friday, Jan. 5, 2001 in the Acton Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Ward officiating. Martin’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Paul F. Newton
Paul F. Newton of Granbury, retired owner of the Newco Co. in Houston, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 in Granbury. He was 76.
Mr. Newton was born Nov. 21, 1924 in Burbank, Calif. He married Wanda Jo Noah Nov. 2, 1994 in Granbury and was a graduate of the University of Southern California. He had been a resident of Granbury for three years and lived in Houston for 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran in World War II, a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and the Shriners in Clear Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Noah Newton of Granbury; one daughter, Lorrie Newton Shaw and husband Tom of Marrietta, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Jan. 5, 2001 in Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial was in the Acton Cemetery. Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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