Miscellaneous Parker County, Texas Obituaries


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Vonda Lee Smith Turner
Services: 10 a.m., November 17, 1998 
First Baptist Church of Willow Park 
Visitation: Monday, November 16 - noon until 9 p.m. Family will be present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Arrangments: White's Funeral Home, Weatherford; 596-4811 
Vonda Lee Smith Turner, 73, of Aledo died Saturday, November 14, 1998 at a Fort Worth hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. 
Mrs. Turner was born June 15, 1925 in Nobility, Texas. She was one of eight children. 
A devoted wife and mother, she was loved by friends and served others in a variety of ways. She taught in the Children's Department of Sunday School for more than 44 years in two different churches. 
Mrs. Turner was an avid seamstress and pieced a handmade quilt for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandson. She also enjoyed cooking and especially loved to bake sweets. 
She worked in retail for a number of years at R.E. Cox adn retired from Sears. 
Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, Stuart Turner of Aledo. She is also survived by her daughter Gwen Taylor and spouse of Richardson and sons Weldon D. Turner and spouse of Aledo and Marcus D. Turner and spouse of Willow Park. 
Her surivivors also include 6 grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

Victor Horace Lyon
Services: Saturday, November 21; First Baptist Church of Aledo. Kenton Harvey and Lee Brewer officiating. 
Interment: Brown Cemetery in Aledo.
Arrangements: Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel, Weatherford.
Victor Horace Lyon of Aledo died at his home Tuesday morning, November 19, 1998. 
A resident of Parker County for more than 50 years, he was born February 10, 1909 in Prairie City, Missouri. 
Mr. Lyon was an active leader in the Aledo community, a member of the Lions Club, and a past director of Aledo State Bank. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Aledo where he served for more than 40 years as a deacon. 
A dairyman-farmer, Mr. Lyon was a member of the Texas Cattlemens Association.
Mr. Lyon is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Calvin and Mary Jo Lyon of Aledo. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Tommy Lyon and his wife Pam of Aledo; Darrell Joe Lyon of Benbrook; and Pam and her husband Terry Fuqua of Weatherford.
Survivors also include his brother, Vernon Lyon of Kansas City, Missouri, and one great-grandchild. 

Odessa Perkins
Services: 2 p.m., Friday, November 20
First Baptist Church in Weatherford. Dr. J. Tom Shelton, Pastor officiating.
Interment: Perkins Ranch Cemetery in Poolville.
Memorials: Benevolence Fund of First Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Arrangments: White's Funeral Home, Weatherford, 596-4811. 
Odessa Perkins, 64, of Poolville died at her residence on Wednesday, November 18, 1998.
She was born in Olney on October 25, 1934 to Carl E. Sipes and Oca Henry Sipes.
Mrs. Perkins graduated from Olney High School and married Bob Perkins on July 5, 1953.
She lived in Olney and Wichita Falls before moving to Weatherford in 1965. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weatherford for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by her husband, Bob Perkins of Weatherford and her son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey K. and Marie Perkins of Weatherford.
She is also survived by her sister Clois E. Osborn of Weatherford; brother and sister-in-law, Larry E. and Kate Sipes of San Antonio; and by sisters-in-law Loretta Redus and husband Guy of Weatherford, Joyce Pollard and husband Bruce of Wichita Falls, Earline Cummings of Weatherford, and Kate Sipes of San Antonio.
Mrs. Perkins' survivors also include grandchildren Ashley and Robert Perkins of Weatherford, special friend Peggy Wellman Crider, several nieces, nephews and friends. 

L.C. "Buddy" Cherry
Mechanical Contractor/Plumbing
Services: 10 a.m., Monday, August 24, 1998
First Baptist Church of Willow Park
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park
L.C. "Buddy" Cherry, 73, died Friday, August 21, 1998, in Fort Worth after a lengthy struggle with heart disease. 
He was born October 13, 1924 in St. Louis, Oklahoma and reared in Lindsay, Oklahoma. Mr. Cherry lived in the Fort Worth area for 53 years.
He retired from The Plumbers and Steamfitters Association where he was an estimator and job superintendent for mechanial contractors for more than 30 years.
After retirement, Mr. Cherry enjoyed many years of ranching until he developed heart problems.
An active member of the First Baptist Church of Willow Park, he served on the building committee and as a member of the Adult IV Sunday School Class.
He was a mason and a member of the Millsap Lodge #1265. He also performed with the Sensational Senior Singers as a trick roper.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise Cherry of Weatherford; his daughter Debbie Gray and her husband Jack O. of Arlington; and his son Dr. Bruce Cherry and his wife Karen of Mansfield.
Survivors also include his granddaughters Melissa Gray of Arlington and Julia Cherry of Mansfield, and his grandson Blaine Gray of Arlington.
He is also survived by four brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
The family requests that memorials be made to VITAS Hospice Unit at All Saints Hospital, 1400 8th Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104. 

Debbie Watkins Craig 
Services: 1 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 1998. 
Aledo United Methodist Church 
Interment: Annetta Cemetery 
Arrangements: Greenwood Funeral Home, Fort Worth, 817-336-0584. 
Debbie Watkins Craig, 38, of Aledo, died on Tuesday, October 27, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas after a courageous battle with leukemia. she was born in Fort Worth on March 8, 1960. 
Mrs. Craig was employed as at teacher at Aledo United Methodist 
Church. She was also a volunteer with the Aledo PTO and C.E.O. 
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Craig, and her two sons Chase Craig and Kirk Craig, all of Aledo. Survivors also include: her mother, Joy Watkins Searcy of Aledo; her father, Jerry Watkins of Aledo; her sister, Kathy Watkins of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her grandmother, Mrs. Juanita "Dean" Blanton of Fort Worth. 
Mrs. Craig is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Margaret Craig and her brother-in-law Phillip Craig all of Benbrook. 

Bonnie Damron
Services: 3 p.m., Saturday, September 12
Las Vegas Trail Church of Christ. 
Interment: Aledo Cemetery
Arrangements: Benbrook Funeral Home, 249-3330.
Bonnie Damron, 57 of Willow Park, died at her home on Thursday, September 10, 1998.
She was born March 23, 1941 to Alverse and Maewood Johnson in Speight, Kentucky. She lived in the Fort Worth area for 35 years and was a member of the Las Vegas Trail Church of Christ.
Mrs. Damron is survived by her husband John of Willow Park and her daughers Bonnie Cunningham of Boerne and Amanda Albright of Fort Worth. 
She is also survived by: her sisters Brenda Tackett of Brownstown, Michigan and Terri Carter of Robinson Creek, Kentucky; her brothers James Johnson and Jerry Johnson of Virgie, Kentucky; her parents Alverse and Maewood Johnson of Virgie, Kentucky 

Paul Eugene Dickson, Jr.
Memorial services: Monday, October 5 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Aledo. 
In lieu of flowers the family asks that any memorial gifts be given in Paul's name to Cook Children's Medical Center, Office of Development, 801 Seventh Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104.
Paul Eugene Dickson, Jr. died October 1 after a courageous battle with cystic fibrosis. 
Paul was born May 11, 1989. He was a fourth grader at Aledo Intermediate School, a baseball player and active in his church. 
He is survived by his parents Kyndall and Bryan Cunningham and Paul and Julie Dickson, his sisters Taylor Dickson and Emily Cunningham, his grandparents Linda and Cecil Blankenship, Mary and Larry Cunningham and Christolene Dickson, and his great-grandparents Annie Belle Greer and Norman Ferguson.
Survivors also include numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including Joyce, Dale, Jennie and Matt Parks and Kirstin Webster. 
He was preceeded in death by his grandfathers William F. Webster and Lonnie J. Dickson.
Paul's family will miss him greatly thanks the staff at Cook Children's Hospital for their loving support and care. A special thank you to Dr. Sami Hadeed, Janet Garbarz, the CF staff and all of the people who helped take care of Paul.

Dixson, Wallis R. 
Journalist, Radio and TV Broadcast/Newsman
Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 9 at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Services: 9 a.m., Friday, July 10, Graveside Service at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Wallis "Wally" R. Dixson, 68, of Fort Worth died Wednesday, July 8, 1998.
Mr. Dixson was born in Fort Worth on February 1, 1930.
He attended North Texas State, TCU and UTA. He began his career at KGBC radio in Galveston. Later he worked as a newsman for WBAP-TV in Fort Worth, The Fort Worth Press (newspaper) and the Galveston News Tribune.
He also served as news director for KFDM-TV in Beaumont and free-lanced for newspapers in Spain and London.
Mr. Dixson won the Associated Press Managing Editors Award and several UPI awards.
In the Korean conflict, he served with the First Cavalry Division as a radio operator.
He was a former member and officer of the Council of Foreign Affairs and a member of DeCordova Bend Country Club in Granbury.
Mr. Dixson is survived by his daughters Dorothy Dennie of Aledo and Daphne O'Neal of Fort Worth and his son-in-law, Major David L. O'Neal of Fort Worth.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Chuck and Courtney Dennie of Aledo and Meredith O'Neal of Fort Worth. 

Fred H. Fischer 
Arrangments: Guardian Funeral Home; 293-8477 
Fred H. Fischer, 72, of Willow Park died September 18, 1998 from a heart attack at a local hospital. Mr. Fischer was born May 5, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. 
He served nearly three years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 1950 with a B.A. in Accounting. He was also a certified financial planner. He retired as the Business Manager of Education Service Center Region II. He married Jo Ann Knopp on November 15, 1946 and moved to Willow Park in 1975. 
Gardening and traveling were two of Mr. Fischer's hobbies. He is remembered as a devoted and loving husband and friend. 
Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Fischer of Willow Park and by his brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Penny Fischer of Kansas City, Kansas. 
His extended family includes Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Nesci of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Don Orr of Tucson, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to charity. 

Frazier, Janie
Ex-Business Manager/Complete Care Service
Services: Tuesday, July 28, 1998; 10 a.m.; Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel.
Interment: Oakland Cemetery
Arrangements: Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel, Weatherford.
Janie Frazier, 49, of Fort Worth died Sunday, July 26, 1998, in a Fort Worth hospital.
She was born on April 16, 1949 and attended Weatherford High School. She lived in Fort Worth the the past 10 years and, before her extended illness, was the business manager for Complete Care Service. She is survived by her daugther, Karen Cowell of Fort Worth and her mother, Francys Frazier of Weatherford. Survivors also include: her brother, Phillip Frazier and his wife Lynn of Willow Park; her sister, Beth Phelan of Weatherford; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Gillam, Dorothy "Dottie"
Services: 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 1998; White's Chapel of Memories, Weatherford. The Reverend Cary Patton will officiate.
Interment: Annetta Cemetery, Annetta.
Memorials: Lupus Foundation
Arrangements: White's Funeral Home, Weatherford, (metro) 817-596-4811.
Dorothy "Dottie" Gillam, 76, of Fort Worth died on August 1, 1998. She was born in Weatherford on July 9, 1922.
Mrs. Gillam had a passion for preparing food creations and was a master of culinary arts for more than 50 years. Her creations were enjoyed by oil barons and kings, family members and friends. Her recipes have been published and she collaborated on several cookbooks.
Dottie loved to find the humor in everyday life and had a childlike spunkiness. She survived with Lupus for 35 years. Her will to live and her love life aided in her longevity. She was also very fond of her beloved dog, Kona.
Mrs. Gillam and her husband lived in Benbrook for the past 30 years.
Survivors: husband, Jeff Gillam of Fort Worth; sons and their wives, David and Margaret Hendrix of Dallas; Ben Hendrix of Fort Worth; nephew, Jim Smith of Corpus Christi; grandsons, Chris and Laurie Hendrix of Azle, Jon Hendrix of of Azle. 

Lillian Hornsby
Services: Thursday, October 1; Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. 
Interment: Downing Cemetery in Downing, Texas.
Lillian Hornsby, 75, of Weatherford died Monday, September 28, 1998, at a local care center.
Mrs. Hornsby was born on October 2, 1922 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She married Truman A. Hornsby on December 6, 1941 in Charlotte.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974.
Mrs. Hornsby is survived by her son Truman Hornsby of Weatherford, her daughters Pat Rutledge of Aledo and Shirley Leach of Williford, Texas, two grandchildren, two great-granchildren, and her brother James Garris of Charlotte. 

Allen Robert Jennings
Services: Sunday, September 27, 1998
Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel
Interment: Brown Cemetery, Aledo
Arrangements: Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel, Weatherford
Allen Robert Jennings of Aledo died early Saturday morning, September 26, 1998.
Mr. Jennings was born September 9, 1908 in Lacasa, Texas.
A resident of Aledo for the past 57 years, he and his wife owned and operated the Jennings Grocery Store on Front Street from 1959 to 1976.
In the late 1970's he retired from General Dynamics. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aledo and was known for his artistry and whittling.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wilma Jennings of Aledo; his son Derrell Jennings and his wife Doris of Weatherford; three daughters Fern Green and her husband Carl of Aledo, Linda Harris and her husband Mike of Brownwood, and Judy Storey and her husband Bobby of Fort Worth.
Mr. Jennings is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Survivors also include: his brothers Charles Jennings of Eastland, Billy Jennings and his wife Edna of Wichita Falls, and Joe Jennings and his wife Myrtle of Mulberry, Florida; his sisters Grace Mann of Wichita Falls, Beatrice Cagle of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Patsy Stone and her husband Jack of Lubbock.
He was preceded in death by his siter Ira Sterling.

James T. "Jim" Jarrett
Family Visitation: 6-8 p.m.; Friday, October 9; White's Funeral Home. 
Services: 2 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 1998 
White's Chapel of Memories, Weatherford 
Interment: Memory Gardens of the Valley Memorial Park, Weatherford 
Arrangements: Whites Funeral Home, Weatherford; 596-4811 
James T. "Jim" Jarrett, 73, of Weatherford died Wednesday, October 7, 1998 in a Round Rock, Texas, medical facility. 
Mr. Jarrett was born in Hidalgo County near Mercedes on May 19, 1925. 
He and his wife, Peggy Dixon Jarrett, lived and taught school in the Sharyland Community near Mission for 40 years before moving to Weatherford in 1991. 
Mr. Jarrett was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years in June, 1993. 
A graduate of Edcouch-Elsa High School and Texas A&M University, he was a veteran of World War II. He was also a life member of the VFW and the Texas Agriculture Teacher's Association. 
Mr. Jarrett was a member of the Parker County Retired Teacher's Association, the Weatherford Kiwanis and the Church of Christ. 
He is survived by his sisters Janice Jones of Round Rock and Bobbie Imlay of Lincroft, New Jersey and his five sons: Tom Jarrett of Itasca, Pat Jarrett of Weatherford, Jim H. Jarrett of Round Rock, Tad Jarrett of Mineral Wells and Joe Jarrett of Austin. 
Survivors also include five grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sharyland High School Library, 1106 North Shary Road, Mission, TX 78572. 

Jones, Ruth Imogene 
Services: Wednesday, July 8, 2 p.m., Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner (Chapel). 
Burial: North Santo Cemetery, Palo Pinto County.
Ruth Imogene Jones, 87, of Aledo, died July 6, 1998 at a Fort Worth hospital.
She was born on October 1, 1910, in Stephenville, the daughter of Lillie Allen and John Robert Chenault.
A homemaker, Mrs. Jones lived in Lone Camp Community fo many years before she moved to Aledo. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her son, George Otis Jones, Jr., in 1948 and by her husband, George Otis Jones, in 1997.
She is survived by her children: Doyle Wayne Jones, Arlington; Marlin Daniel Jones, Aledo; Shirley Chenault, Weatherford; and Brenda Starks, Burleson.
She is also survived by her sister, Tollie Whitley Nall of Brazos.
Survivors also include: her grandchildren Allan Kendrick, Amy Fyock, Matthew Kendrick, Daniel Starks, Shaina Starks, Wayne Jones, Robert Otis Jones; her great-grandchildren Allanah Bennett and Charles Fyock; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vida L. Jones
Funeral: Tuesday, August 25, 1998; 11 a.m.
Greenwood Funeral Home
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park
Vida L. Jones, 83, of Willow Park died Friday, August 21, 1998 in a Fort Worth hospital.
She was born August 18, 1915 in Rule.
Mrs. Jones taught 16 years at Castleberry Elementary School and in Goree for two years. She retired after eight years as a Fort Worth I.S.D. teacher.
She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney James.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband, W. Everett Jones of Willow Park and her son Gary Jon Jones and his wife Carolyn of Waxahachie.
Other survivors include grandchildren Jennifer of Waco and Anne of Waxahachie and great-grandchildren Kasey and Dustin, both of Waco. She is also survived by numerous nices and nephews.
Arrangements by Greenwood.

Wilbur Kattner
Educator, Magician
Wilbur Kattner, 80, died Thursday, August 20, 1998 at a Fort Worth hospital. he was born September 13, 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Early in his career Mr. Kattner was a science, math and tumbling teacher and became a school principal. Later he was a metallurgist on the Manhattan Project.
In 1956 He moved to Fort Worth to work for Convair and retired in 1981.
He founded the Tri-City Symphony in Washington State and the International Society of Portuguese Philately.
Mr. Kattner was a lifetime member of the Fort Worth Magicians Club and the author of three magic books.
He is survived by his wife Fay Kattner and children Eric Kattner, Maura Lusk and her husband Ron, and Karen Frazier. Survivors also include his brother Loren Kattner and sister Joy Wilson as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Home.

Linda Prince Kemp
Linda Joy Prince Kemp died Saturday, September 26, 1998, with her husband Joe when their private plane crashed in Parker County.
Mrs. Kemp was born December 4, 1940 in Fort Worth.
She devoted her life to the care of others. including her husband of 18 years, Hullen Prince, who preceded her in death. She cared for many elderly patients in their homes as a private sitter and companion.
Mr. Kemp and she were married last month at the Parker County Courthouse in Weatherford.
Mrs. Kemp was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Clayton Gouyton, her sister Nita Williams, her grandson Nathan Senne, and her first husband Hullen Prince.
She is survived by her children: Tim Norris and his wife Annette of Texarkana, Arkansas; Sam Norris and his wife Juli of Weatherford; Charlene Senne and her husband Carl of Aledo; Joy Ray and her husband Mike of DeQueen, Arkansas; Karen Jordan and her fiancee Kyle Davis of Aledo; Richard Killingsworth and his wife Tammy of Lake Worth; and Floyd Killingsworth and his fiancee Diane Tyner of Hudson Oaks.
She is also survived by her brothers: Clayton Gouyton and his wife Josie of Bedford and Roy Lee Gouyton and his wife Kay of Juneau, Alaska. Her survivors also include nine grandchildren and recent additions to her extended family: Judy Ferris and family of Weatherford, numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Her memorial service was conducted as a part of her husband Joe's funeral service on Wednesday, September 28 in the chapel of Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville.
In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and her remains will be scattered in Arkansas at a later date.
Arrangements: Benbrook Funeral Home 

Howard J. Mixson
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 31, 1998; White's Funeral Home, Weatherford Texas.
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 1; Aledo Church of Christ.
Interment: Aledo-Brown Cemetery
Arrangements: White's Funeral Home, Weatherford; 817-596-4811.
Howard J. Mixson, 76, of Willow Park, died Saturday, August 29, 1998 in a Fort Worth hospital.
Mr. Mixson was born in Lubbock on November 24, 1921. He grew up in west Texas and New Mexico and graduated from high school in Lipan.
He retired from General Dynamics in 1976 after 33 years of service. He devoted the following 20 years to Creative Imports, a floral supply business which he owned and operated with his wife and two children.
Mr. Mixson was a 32 year resident of Willow Park and a member of the Aledo Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mixson of Willow Park; his son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Cathy Mixson of Keller; his daughter and son-in-law Renna and Jim Wood of Tolar; and his sister, Louise Pilkington of Mineral Wells.
He is also survived by grandsons Jim and Travis Wood of Fort Worth, Chris Mixson of Irving, and Hunter Mixson of Keller.

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