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Published Jan. 13, 1997

Charles W. Adams 

Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Charles W. Adams was born April 10, 1907, in Mangum, Okla. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 148 in Fort Worth, International Association of Machinists 791 and Richland Hills Christian Church.

Survivors: Wife, Traylor Adams of Hesperia, Calif.; daughter, Shirley Adams of North Richland Hills; niece, Edna Haskins of Tampa, Fla.; and cousin, Opal Hutmacher of Houston.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Leslie C. Blevins
KELLER -- Leslie C. Blevins, 73, a retired brake operator for Bell Helicopter, died Monday at home.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: Building Fund of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parrish, 2016 Willis Lane, Keller, Texas 76248, or Community Hospice of Texas, 1000 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Leslie Blevins was born March 19, 1923, in Foard County, Texas. He moved to Keller with his parents in 1938. He married his wife of 50 years on Feb. 25, 1946, after serving 3 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired from Bell Helicopter on April 29, 1983, after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parrish in Keller.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Maurine Whitted, and his parents, Emberson and Esther Blevins.

Survivors: Wife, Iris Blevins of Keller; sons, Michael Blevins of Keller, Rickey Blevins of Arlington and Dale Blevins of Haltom City; daughter, Debra Stuckey of Watauga; brothers, Lloyd Blevins of Keller and Joe M. Blevins of Bunker Hill, Ill.; sisters, Maxine Lindsey of Keller and Louise Rutledge of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511
 

Joe A. Bragg
FORT WORTH -- Joe Audruy Bragg, 86, retired from the Little Rock, Ark., school system, died Friday at a Fort Worth nursing center.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Morris- Bates Mortuary. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Joe Audruy Bragg was born Dec. 25, 1910, in Cuney. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Selena J. Hill.

Morris-Bates Mortuary
1700 Evans Ave., 926-6263
 

John E. Brendle
FORT WORTH -- John E. Brendle, 84, a retired civil servant, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Fort Worth Sister Cities International, 100 N. University Dr., Suite 232, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

John Brendle was born Nov. 16, 1912, in Reading, Pa. He was a longtime Fort Worth resident active in civic affairs. After serving his country in World War II in the U.S. Army, he began his career in Germany and retired in 1973 as both Army officer and civil service employee. He was active in the 36th Division Association, Fort Worth German American Club, V.F.W., Friendship Force, Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Lone Star Retired Officers Club, Reserve Officers Association and the Greater Fort Worth Council of World Affairs.

Survivors: Wife, Ingeborg Brendle of Fort Worth; son, Martin Brendle of Frankfurt, Germany; daughter and son- in-law, Danielle and Ricky Morningstar of Arlington; and grandchildren, Trevor and Elisabeth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Shirley G. Brockett
GRANBURY -- Shirley Gene Brockett, 56, a Walmart retail clerk, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial: Holly Hills Memorial Park.

Shirley Gene Brockett was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Aubrey. She had lived in Granbury since July 1977 and was a former Fort Worth resident. She was a Baptist.

Survivors: Sons, Bob Brockett of Lufkin, Gene Brockett of Granbury, Clint Brockett of Fort Worth and Johnny Brockett and Coleman Brockett Jr., both of Granbury; daughter, Mandy Ridgeway of Lufkin; brothers, Johnny Howard of Fort Worth, Zickie Lee of Denton and Jimmy Howard of Fort Worth; and 11 grandchildren.

Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-3000
 

Mary Jo Carter
FORT WORTH -- Mary Jo Carter, 82, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: Noon Thursday at Laurel Land Chapel of the Chimes in Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Mary Jo Carter was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Brownwood.

Survivors: Children, Carolyn Gresham and husband, Sonny, of Washington, Texas, Gary Carter of Springtown, Billy Carter and wife, Jean, of Weatherford, Linda Johnson and husband, Richard, of Burleson and Sherry Myatt and husband, Michael, of Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth
7100 Crowley Road, 293-1350
 

Mary L. Chapman
FORT WORTH -- Mary Louise Chapman passed away Jan. 12 in Beaumont.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mary L. Chapman was the beloved wife of Claude V. Chapman, with whom she would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Jan. 18, 1997.

Survivors: Husband, Claude V. Chapman of Fort Worth; sisters and brother- in-law, Katy Lynn Thierfeld of Houston and Nina and E.T. Ireton of Dallas; brother-in-law, Jack Martin of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law, Ruth Chapman of Azle and Tina Chapman of Tucson, Ariz.; she remains in the hearts of "granddaughter" Carol Ireton-Jones, husband, Jim Jones, and daughters, Lauren and Kristin of Carrollton; cousins, James Bennett and Thelma Neely, both of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511
 

Geraldine Denton
BROWNWOOD -- Geraldine "Jerry" Denton, 70, a retired economic development secretary for Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, died Monday at a Waco hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Davis- Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood. Burial: 3 p.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Cemetery. Minister: Ted Kell. Visitation: 5 to 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Geraldine Denton was born March 9, 1926, in Leuders. She was a member of Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood. She lived in Brownwood for the past six years, moving from Tarrant County, where she was a longtime resident. She was married to Guy P. Denton, who preceded her in death in 1979.

Survivors: Daughters, Joyce Ann Knowles of Anchorage, Ala., and Janet Winter of Waco; sons, Gary Paul Denton of Van Nuys, Calif., and Guy P. "Buddy" Denton of Fort Worth; brother, Jim Evetts of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters, Naomi McCown of Stamford, Dorothy Gillespie of Brownwood, LaVene Bishop of Bedford, Mildred Polacek of Dallas, Modell Polacek of Fresno, Calif., and Ann Fisher of Brownwood; and seven grandchildren.

Davis-Morris Funeral Home
Brownwood, (915) 646-5555
 

Alice M. Devlin
CLEBURNE -- Alice May Devlin, 85, a retired shoe industry factory worker, died Sunday in Keene.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Friday at Seventh-day Adventist Chapel in Keene. Burial: Keene Cemetery.

Alice May Devlin was born Nov. 12, 1911, in Clinton, N.Y.

Martin's Funeral Home
Cleburne, (817) 558-3250
 

Wendy D. Duren
COMANCHE -- Wendy Davis Duren, 47, a nurse, died Saturday in Brown County.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Comanche Funeral Home. Burial: Duren Cemetery in Mills County.

Wendy Davis Duren was born Nov. 21, 1949, in Gorman.

Comanche Funeral Home
Comanche, (915) 356-2531
 

Anna Dyer
BOWIE -- Anna Dyer, 88, a homemaker, died Sunday in Bowie.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Burgess-Fry- Owens-Brumley Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial: 4:30 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery in Byers.

Mrs. Anna Dyer was born Dec. 25, 1908, in Hereford.

Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley
Bowie, (817) 872-1144
 

Jack Eidson
MINERAL WELLS -- Jack Eidson, 71, a retired truck driver for a cabinet manufacturer, died Tuesday at a Mineral Wells hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner. Burial: Graford Cemetery in Graford.

Jack Eidson was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Holtsville, Calif.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner
Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422
 

Beulah E. Elmore
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Beulah Emma Elmore, 94, formerly of Fort Worth, passed away Saturday in Lakewood, Colo.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Beulah Emma Elmore was born Oct. 24, 1902, in Coleman County. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and the Eastern Star, Wedgewood Chapter 756. She retired from Southwestern Bell as a chief operator after 44 years.

Survivors: Sister, Velma Farris of Fort Worth; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Shannon North Funeral Chapel
111 W. Northside Drive, 624-2191
 

Gurthelle L. Evans
FORT WORTH -- Gurthelle Lenox Evans, 80, a homemaker and retired teacher, died Monday at a local retirement home.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at University Christian Church. Officiating: Dr. Charles Sanders. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: Leslie P. Evans Scholarship Fund at TCU.

Gurthelle Evans was born March 2, 1916, in Birmingham, Ala. She was a resident of Fort Worth since 1946. She was a graduate of Texas State College for Women and taught in several communities throughout Texas. During World War II, she taught as a civilian instructor in the U.S. Army Air Forces. She was a member of University Christian Church and its Moudy class and was a member of the TCU Retirees Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie P. Evans, Ph.D., brother, W.R. Lenox, M.D., and nephew, John Thomas Lenox.

Survivors: Son, Chip Evans, Ph.D., and his wife, Gail, of North Richland Hills; daughter, Rebecca Anne Evans of Arlington; and great-nephew, Skylar Lenox of Van Nuys, Calif.

Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345
 

Jose Fernandez
FORT WORTH -- Jose Fernandez, 59, a boat repair laborer, died Friday in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Wake: 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Jose Fernandez was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Colorado.

Survivors: Sons, Tony Fernandez, James Fernandez and Arthur Fernandez, all of Fort Worth; daughters, Delores Torres, Linda Torres and Jamie Little, all of Fort Worth; sister and brother-in-law, Mary F. and Richard Munoz of Fort Worth; and 13 grandchildren.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511
 

Alfred J. Foley
PALO PINTO -- Alfred James Foley, 77, retired from civil service and the city of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday at a Mineral Wells nursing facility.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells.

Alfred James Foley was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner
Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422
 

Geric K. Francis
FORT WORTH -- Geric Kendall Francis, 21, a college student, died Jan. 10 in Benbrook.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Birchman Baptist Church. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorials: Young Adult Ministry, in memory of Geric K. Francis, at Birchman Baptist Church, 9100 Normandale, Fort Worth 76116, or Geric K. Francis Scholarship Fund in care of Bank One Texas, 4600 Hulen St., Fort Worth 76132.

Geric Kendall Francis was born Oct. 8, 1975, at Bitburg Air Base, Germany. He was a student at Texas Christian University and had received an associate's degree from TCJC in December 1996.

Mr. Francis worked part time as a customer service representative at Health & Fitness Connection on Hulen Street. He was a member of Birchman Baptist Church.

Survivors: Parents, George and Shirl Francis of Fort Worth; brothers, Gary K. Francis and his wife, Sherry, of Lubbock and Graig K. Francis of Abernathy; maternal grandparents, Freddie and Vertna Griffin of Port Arthur; five uncles; five aunts; two nephews; and many other extended family, friends and co-workers.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Billie W. Gibbs
ARLINGTON -- Billie White Gibbs, 78, a homemaker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1 p.m. today at Arlington Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

Billie White Gibbs was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Fort Worth. She graduated from Central High School of Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University and Texas Woman's University. A former Fort Worth resident, she had lived in Arlington since 1944. Mrs. Gibbs was a member of First United Methodist Church of Arlington and was one of the original founders of the Arlington Woman's Club, which she had also served as a past president.

Survivors: Husband, Herschel Gibbs Jr. of Arlington; son, Herschel Gibbs III of Arlington; daughter-in-love, Karen Gibbs Vance; sister, Bobbie White Dooley of Miami, Fla.; grandson, Herschel IV; and two great-grandchildren, Herschel V and Meagan Marie.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
 

Virgil L. Godkin
ARLINGTON -- Virgil LeRoy Godkin, 69, a letter carrier who retired after 28 years of service, died Sunday in Grand Prairie.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Burial: Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Virgil Godkin was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Cisco.

Restland Funeral Home
Dallas, (972) 238-7111
 

Saul Gresky
FORT WORTH -- Saul Gresky, 64, a manager of personnel operations at Tandy Corporation, died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: Noon today at Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Home. Burial: Ahavath Sholom Cemetery. Rabbi Sidney Zimelman will officiate.

Bearers of Mr. Gresky's casket: Marvin Seltzer, Theodore Seltzer, Howard Seltzer, Andrew Seltzer, Alex Seltzer, Blair Seltzer, Bob Archenhold and Dick Rose.

Honorary bearers: Charlie Levine, James Dannen, George Berger, Len Roberts, Jeff Bland, Bob Miller and Steve Goldberg.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston 77030-4095, or Rabbi Sidney Zimelman's Discretionary Fund c/o Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen, Fort Worth 76109.

Saul Gresky was born July 3, 1932, in New York City, N.Y. He was a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was a manager of personnel operations with Tandy Corp. He previously held positions as a buyer, district manager and regional manager.

His accomplishments with the company include 43 years of devoted and dedicated service. He was also active in Tarrant County Relocation Council. He was the 1993 recipient of the first Serve the Server award for exemplary service in support of those who sell a service. In May 1993, he received a 40-year award for 40 years of service.

He also received awards from the Tarrant County Relocation Council in 1994 for dedicated service to the Tarrant Country Relocation Service Board of Directors and from the Collin County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors on Nov. 18, 1994, in appreciation for sharing commitment with the company. His most notable award: While serving as chairman and treasurer on Tarrant County Relocation Council, he was given the first Saul Gresky award for excellence in service in the relocation service industry in 1996.

He also performed in numerous plays in Community Theatre and helped direct plays at Southwest High School. That was his biggest thrill. He loved baseball but his greatest love was his family.

May he always be remembered by his favorite motto: "The world to me is my family and my family to me means the world."

Survivors: Wife, Yetta Seltzer Gresky of Fort Worth; sons and their wives, Barry Lewis Gresky and his wife, Marsa, of Fort Worth, and Todd Gresky and his wife, Gwen, of Houston; daughter, Ilene Gresky and her fiance, James Dannen, of Houston; grandchildren, Blair, Elisha, Shayna and Brent Gresky; and nephew and niece, Howard and Daisy Seltzer of Fort Worth.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

William E. Harvey
ARLINGTON -- William Estle Harvey, 68, a retired AT&T installer, died Monday in Arlington.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Restland Wildwood Chapel in Restland Memorial Park. Burial: Restland Memorial Park.

William Estle Harvey was born June 2, 1928, in Vernon. He retired from AT&T after 38 years' service. He was an avid chili cooker.

Mr. Harvey was preceded in death by a son, Bruce, and his parents, David Estle and Gladys Mildred Harvey.

Survivors: Wife, Donna Harvey of Arlington; sons, Bryan and Sonny McClellan; daughter, Tina Caldwell; brothers, Bobby, Jerry and Ronnie Harvey; sister, Helen Crawford of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Restland Funeral Home
Dallas, (972) 238-7111
 

Earnest F. Hodge
FORT WORTH -- Earnest Faye Hodge, 56, died Jan. 9 at a local hospital.

Funeral: None scheduled. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Earnest Hodge was born Jan. 21, 1940, in Fort Worth. She was a member of Greater Hope Baptist Church. She attended Our Mother of Mercy and G.W. Carver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Artis and Pauline Powell H. Johnson, and by a daughter, Diane Hodge. She was reared by her stepfather, J.D. Johnson.

Survivors: Special friend, Hardy Mitchell; stepbrothers, Richard Bryant and Robert Lee Bryant; and stepdaughters, Joyce Payton and Mary Wilson of Atlanta, Ga.

Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors
4000 Miller Ave., 531-8666
 

J.E. Isley
CLEBURNE -- J.E. Isley, 52, a retired roofer, died Monday at a Cleburne nursing home.

Funeral: None scheduled.

J.E. Isley was born July 3, 1944, in Rudledge, Tenn.

Survivors: Son, Steve Isley of Cleburne; brother, Bob Isley of Tennessee; sisters, Peggy Roache of Tennessee, Evelyn Snyder of California, Imagene Quaglia of Texas and Janet Crabtree of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Baumgardner Funeral Home
3704 Highway 377 S., 731-8400
 

Tom O. Lee
BRECKENRIDGE -- Tom O. Lee, 87, a roustabout and a farmer, died Monday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Melton Funeral Home. Burial: Woodson Cemetery.

Tom O. Lee was born July 27, 1909, in Jack County.

Melton Funeral Home
Breckenridge, (817) 559-3311
 

Crystal A. Lilly
CLEBURNE -- Crystal Ann Lilly, 19, a student at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Cleburne. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home.

Memorials: Music Ministry, First Baptist Church in Cleburne.

Crystal Ann Lilly was born Dec. 8, 1977, in Cleburne.

Survivors, all of Cleburne: Parents, Joe and Donna Lilly; sisters, Amy Giesen and Lacey Lilly; and grandparents, Bill and Marletta Bassinger; and grandmother, Mrs. Chester Livingston.

Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield
Cleburne, (817) 558-2322
 

Louis E. Lutz Sr.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Louis E. Lutz Sr. died Sunday.

Funeral: Thursday in Falls Church, Va. Burial: Quantico National Cemetery.

Survivors: Mr. Lutz was the beloved husband of Pauline E. Lutz of Arlington, Va.; father of Helen M. Wade, L.E. "Bud" Lutz of Fort Worth, Catherine M. Karlburg and Paul F. Lutz; brother of James W. Lutz; grandfather of Laura Anne Jones of Arlington, Texas, Paul L., Stephanie E., Lydia M., Nellie L. and Samuel P. Lutz of Fort Worth, Texas; and great-grandfather of Brendon J. Jones of Arlington, Texas.

Murphy Funeral Home
Falls Church, Va., (703) 533-0341
 

Marie Lynch
SPRINGTOWN -- Marie Lynch, 85, a homemaker, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at White's Funeral Home. Minister Mike Washburn will officiate. Burial: Springtown Cemetery. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marie Lynch was born Sept. 21, 1911, in the Highland community east of Springtown. She was a lifelong Springtown resident and lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Springtown.

Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Lynch, on Dec. 23, 1996.

Survivors: Sons, William Lloyd Lynch of Springtown and Gary L. Lynch of Weatherford; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

White's Funeral Home
Springtown, (817) 220-7111
 

Zelda Mayfield
FORT WORTH -- Zelda Mayfield, 88, a homemaker, died Sunday in White Settlement.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Zelda Mayfield was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Sweetwater.

She was a member of Rockwood Christian Church.

Survivors: Brother, John Burson of Fort Worth; sister, Lottie Livesay of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Sue Kulaga of Tyler, Donna Eckhardt of Monroe, La., Jan Freeman of Acton, Rhonda Moore of North Richland Hills and Sheree Yarbarough of Springtown; 10 great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

James L. McPike
BURLESON -- James LeeRoy McPike, 68, a retired yard hauler who had been with Central Freight Lines for 25 years, died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Burleson. Burial: Burleson Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

James McPike was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Arlington. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Arlington.

Survivors: Son, Richard L. McPike of Burleson; daughter and husband, Cindy and Mark Sudduth of Burleson; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211
 

Betty H. Meece
FORT WORTH -- Betty Hartman Meece, 75, a retired secretary, died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Rev. John E. Withers will officiate.

Memorials: Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 9709, Fort Worth, Texas 76147.

Betty Meece was born March 4, 1921, in Fort Worth.

She was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. She was a secretary for Fort Worth National Bank for 29 years before her retirement. She was also a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: Husband, Jim Meece of Fort Worth; sons, Lloyd A. Cowley of Bedford and Samuel D. Cowley of Fort Worth; brothers, David L. Hartman of Houston and Robert M. Hartman of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren, Sean A. Cowley and Amy A. Cowley; and several nieces and nephews.

Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345
 

Peggy H. Morton
FORT WORTH -- Peggy Helen Morton, 66, a homemaker, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. today at Biggers Funeral Home.

Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 12850 Spurling Drive Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75230-1258.

Peggy Helen Morton was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Jefferson City, Mo., and had lived in this area most of her life. She was a past president of the Fort Worth Poodle Club and attended St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dale Macias, and a daughter, Mrs. Belinda Kelly.

Survivors: Husband, Mr. Charles Wayne Morton of Fort Worth; sons, Mr. Alex Macias of Crowley and Mr. Mark Macias and Mr. Troy Morton, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Mrs. Colleen Erickson and Mrs. Barbara Tejada, both of Fort Worth; sister, Mrs. Eleanor Huf stedler of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341
 

Halvor B. Ness
FORT WORTH -- Halvor Bliesner "Bud" Ness, a loving husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully at home Monday, Jan. 13, surrounded by his family and following a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Officiating: the Rev. John H. Tietjen, Th.D., and the Rev. Celene Welch, M.Div. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bearers of their uncles' and great- uncles' casket will be Craig Level, Jim Level, Gary Wigstone, Jay Wigstone, Chris Level and Cameron Level.

Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Children's Center or a charity of choice.

Halvor Bliesner "Bud" Ness was born in Primrose Township, Wis., and grew up in the area settled by his Norwegian great-grandparents. A graduate of Olympia Washington High School, he served in the Navy during World War II, and received his B.S.M.E. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis., in 1948. He came to Fort Worth to accept employment at then- Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. as a structures engineer and retired from General Dynamics in 1989, after 41 years of service. He was involved in the design and development of the B-36, B- 58, F-111, F-16 and A-12, as well as many special projects.

He had been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1948, having served on several councils and as an usher for many years. He was active in leadership of Cub and Boy Scouts of America. He was a member and former officer of the Troll Hjem Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas, and together with his wife performed with Leikarringen, the Norwegian folk dancers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Mons I. and Mabel Ness, and sister, Ruth Eleanor Ness of New Glarus, Wis.

Survivors: Wife of 39 years, Iva; son, Richard Ness and his wife, Mandy, of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Karen Ness Berning and her husband, David, of Fort Worth; sister, Jeanne Gant and her husband, James, of New Glarus; grandchildren, Lauren, Wade and Calvin Berning and Caroline Ness; and nieces and nephews, Jay Gant and his family of Janesville, Wis., Laurie Gant of Clinton, N.Y., David Gant of New Glarus, James Level and his family and Craig Level and his family, all of Fort Worth, Jay Wigstone and his family of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Gary Wigstone and his family of Birmingham, Ala., Diane Wigstone of Kona, Hawaii, and Floyd Weatherbee Jr. of Montgomery, Ala.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Tom Penny
JOSHUA -- Tom Penny, 71, a service repairman, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: private. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Tom Penny was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Alba. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, in 1990, and a son, Jerry, in 1986.

Survivors: Son, Thomas Lynn Penny of Joshua; daughters, Joyce Yocom of Joshua and Barbara Dalby of Fort Worth; sisters, Tiny Gibson of McCaully, Lucille Patterson of Fort Worth and Eloise Smart of McCaully; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Eula M. Pierce
FORT WORTH -- Eula Mae Pierce, 92, a homemaker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Lake Arlington Baptist Church. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight.

Eula Mae Pierce was born Aug. 9, 1904, in Chisholm. She was a member of Lake Arlington Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Pierce, and a brother, Preacher Klutts.

Survivors: Daughter, Mary Jo Dellis of Fort Worth; brothers, Horace Klutts of Garland and Jesse Klutts and Ben Klutts, both of Rockwall; sister, Jo Huffhines of Richardson; granddaughters, Donna Roberts of Fort Worth and Sherry Dellis of Grapevine; and great- grandchildren, Michael Roberts, Chris Roberts and Missy Roberts, all of Fort Worth.

Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel
7301 E. Lancaster Ave., 451-3333
 

Marjorie J. Pitcher
CHILDRESS -- Marjorie J. Pitcher, 65, passed away Monday at a Corpus Christi hospital.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Activities c/o Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1318 Flour Bluff Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78418 or the Building Fund, c/o Trinity Lutheran Church in Childress, Texas.

Marjorie Pitcher had been a permanent resident of Texas since 1965, when she moved to Childress, Texas. She and A.L. have been traveling for the last 10 years.

Survivors: Husband, A.L. Pitcher of Childress; daughter, Nancy (John) Tittl of Fort Worth; brother, Kenneth Monroe of Brecksville, Ohio; sisters, Violet Richardson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Edith Hatcher and Elinor Butler, both of Middlefield, Ohio, and Marion Quintana of Alto, N.M.; and grandchildren, Stacey and Holly Elliff of Fort Worth.

New Funeral Options
Corpus Christi, (512) 225-4444
 

Gene Plaunty
DE LEON -- Gene Plaunty, 77, a farmer and rancher, died Sunday at a De Leon hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Oliver Springs Cemetery.

Nowlin Funeral Home
De Leon, (817) 893-2021
 

Victoria L. Poydock
STRAWN -- Victoria Lovera Poydock, 89, passed away Sunday at a Ranger nursing home.

Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church in Strawn. Father Dale Edwards will officiate. Burial: Mount Marion Cemetery in Strawn. Rosary: 6 tonight at Edwards Funeral Home.

Victoria Lovera Poydock was born in Lyra, Texas, near Strawn, on Feb. 19, 1907, to Louis and Eugenia Ughetto Lovera. She attended school in Strawn and grew up in the Lyra-Strawn area, where she lived there all her life. She married Joseph Louis Poydock on Sept. 25, 1928, in Strawn and he preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1974. She was a homemaker and mother. Mrs. Poydock was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Strawn and held rosary at the church every Sunday until she became ill. She was also a member of the St. John's Altar Society.

Mrs. Poydock was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Walton, on Oct. 9, 1994.

Survivors: Son, Joe L. Poydock of Burleson; daughter, Martha Nowak of Aledo; two sisters, Janie Guydis and Mary Sadver, both of Strawn; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Edwards Funeral Home
Strawn, (817) 672-5231
 

Alejandro Rico
KENNEDALE -- Alejandro Rico, a newborn, died Saturday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Alejandro Rico was born Jan. 11, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Parents, Francisco Rico and Trinidad Alvarez; brothers, Francisco Rico and Daniel Rico; sisters, Irene, Loretto, Genoveva, Cristina and Maricela Rico; and grandparents, Belen Vasquez and Jeronimo Rico.

Alonzo Funeral Home
2301 Ephriham Ave., 740-9091
 

Preston L. Rinker
BRYSON -- Preston Loyd "Sharky" Rinker, 61, a retired oilfield worker, died Monday in Jack County.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Cottonwood Cemetery in Bryson. Visitation: 6 to 9 tonight at McMillan- Satterwhite Funeral Home.

Preston Loyd "Sharky" Rinker was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Rotan.

McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-3773
 

Clyde L. Sadberry Sr.
FORT WORTH -- Clyde L. Sadberry Sr., 62, a retired machinist, died Monday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: 3 p.m. in Vamoosa, Okla.

Clyde Sadberry Sr. was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Levelland, Texas. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Grapevine.

Survivors: Wife, Pauline Sadberry of Fort Worth; sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde Sadberry Jr. and Evelyn of Keller, and Jerry Sadberry and Kim of Fort Worth; daughter and son-in-law, Paula Reed and John of Fort Worth; mother, Veda Rieck of Stratford, Okla.; brother, Derrell Sadberry of Flower Mound; sisters, Freda Robertson of Stratford, Okla., and JoAnn Quaid of Stroud, Okla.; and grandchildren, Phillip, Leia, John Michael and Matthew Allen.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511
 

Shirley A. Savage
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Shirley Ann Savage, 52, a food service cashier, died Sunday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 5 p.m. Thursday at Bellevue Baptist Church in Hurst.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bellevue Baptist Church, 635 Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

Shirley Savage was born July 25, 1944, in Orange, Texas.

Survivors: Husband, George Savage of North Richland Hills; sons, Clifford Edward Savage and Tracy Allan Savage, both of North Richland Hills; daughter, Audra Ann Savage of Haltom City; mother, Dorothy Hudgins of Haltom City; sister, Sandra Dressett of Irving; and niece, Jennifer Dressett of Irving.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271
 

Bertha E. Sims
DE LEON -- Bertha Edna Bloyd Sims, 93, a homemaker, died Tuesday at a De Leon hospital.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Thursday at Nowlin Funeral Home. Burial: De Leon Cemetery.

Nowlin Funeral Home
De Leon, (817) 893-2021
 

Michael C. Sinclair
BOYD -- Michael Christopher Sinclair, 34, a steel worker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Boyd Cemetery in Boyd. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Coker Funeral Home.

Michael Sinclair was born Jan. 21, 1962.

Survivors: Son, Christopher Sinclair of Boyd; brothers, Steven Sinclair of Watauga, Rick Thompson of Decatur and Ronnie Thompson of Balsora; sister, Billie Jan Reynolds of Blue Mound; stepbrothers, Michael J. Smith and Ernie Smith of Boyd; and grandmother, Mabel Cooper of Boyd.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

Hazle Sutherland
ARLINGTON -- Hazle Sutherland, 93, a homemaker, died Monday in Arlington.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Arlington Funeral Home.

Memorials: Building Fund of First United Methodist Church of Arlington.

Hazle Sutherland was born May 24, 1903, in Collin County, Texas. She was a resident of Arlington for 15 years and was a former resident of Fort Worth. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Arlington, the Standard Bearers Friendship-Wesley class and the Pharmaceutical Auxiliary of Fort Worth Chapter.

Survivors: Nieces, Johnie Sharp of Arlington, Denie Fitch of Waxahachie, Jo Bullard of Austin and Hollis Ray of Fort Worth.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
 

Laura V. Taylor
DECATUR -- Laura Viola Taylor, 92, a homemaker, died Monday at a Decatur hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County.

Laura Taylor was born Oct. 9, 1904, in Wise County. She was married to the late Charlie Clarence Taylor in Decatur in 1923. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur and was an active member of the Decatur Garden Club for many years.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Vernon and Jo Anne Taylor of Decatur.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

John E. Thomas
FOREST HILL -- John E. Thomas, 47, a Miller Brewing Co. forklift operator, died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: noon Thursday at Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4200 E. Berry Street in Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: noon to 7 p.m. today at Morris- Bates Mortuary.

John E. Thomas was born June 3, 1949, in Marshall and was a longtime Fort Worth resident. He was a member of Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church.

John attended Fort Worth public schools and graduated with the Class of 1968 of I.M. Terrell High School. He attended Tarrant County Junior College for two years. He was employed by Miller Brewing Co. as a forklift operator for 23 years.

Survivors: Wife, Brenda Joyce Thomas of Fort Worth; sons, Derek R. Thomas and John E. Thomas Jr., both of Fort Worth; daughter, Tara Thomas of Fort Worth; mother, Verdell Hygh Thomas of Fort Worth; brothers, Ronnie W. Thomas, John D. Thomas Jr., Kenneth R. Thomas and Gary L. Thomas, all of Fort Worth; sisters, Doris Pace of Dallas and Verlee Glenn, Brenda Lawson, Patrice Mannings and Barbaretta Hobbs, all of Fort Worth; grandchild, Tiara Nicole Parks of Fort Worth; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and in-laws; and many, many friends.

Morris-Bates Mortuary
1700 Evans Ave., 926-6263
 

Faye T. Vaughn
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Faye T. Vaughn, 93, a homemaker, died Monday in Shawnee, Okla.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday in Lake View Cemetery in Longview.

Faye Vaughn was born Nov. 28, 1903, in San Luis, Portisi, Mexico.

Survivors: Sons, Don Vaughn of Hurst and Rip Vaughn of Richardson; daughters, Billye Smith of Shawnee, Okla., and Martha Maxwell of Gladewater; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cooper Funeral Home
Tecumseh, Okla., (405) 598-2124
 

Dora M. Wade
FORT WORTH -- Dora Mae Wade, 85, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth.

Dora Mae Wade was born May 17, 1911, in Hillsboro.

Survivors: Son, Larry Wade of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Barbara Barnett of Fort Worth and Sharon Hill of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; sister, Bessie Lee Wilkerson of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Bob Barnett, Cassie Morris, Grady Wade, Aldon Hill, Christie Wade, Sarah Wade and Michael Wade; six great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth
7100 Crowley Road, 293-1350
 

James S. White
ARLINGTON -- James Stuart White, 84, an LTV employee who retired in 1975, died Tuesday in Arlington.

Funeral: 3 p.m. today at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Burial: Private.

Memorials: M.D. Anderson Hospital, P.O. Box 297153, Houston, Texas 77297-0153.

James White was born April 21, 1912, in Boston, Mass. He was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and was a past member of B.P.O. Elks No. 2114.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy, and a grandson, David Mark Hoffman.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, James S. White Jr. and Judy, and Lawrence E. White and Pamela, all of Grand Prairie; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Ann Hoffman and Bill of Cedar Creek Lake; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
 

Norman W. Williams
FORT WORTH -- Norman Wayne Williams, 60, a retired truck driver, died Friday at a Fort Worth nursing center.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Norman Wayne Williams was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Mount Pleasant.

Survivors: Sisters, Betty Mason and Glynda Rowden of Fort Worth; three nieces; and daughter, Brenda Kay Williams.

Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345
 

Allen Younger
ARLINGTON -- Allen Younger, 58, a retired forklift driver for General Motors, died Monday in Arlington.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

Allen Younger was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Turkey, Texas. He retired from General Motors after 30 years.

Survivors: Wife, Betty Younger of Arlington; daughters, Belinda Younger, Cindy King-Haak and Dianna Younger, all of Arlington; mother, Edith Younger of Amarillo; sisters, Schaulene Stark and Frances Armstrong, both of Amarillo; grandchildren, Layla and Sky King and Hayley Haak, all of Arlington; and great- grandchild, Tristen King of Arlington.

Moore Funeral Home
1219 N. Davis Drive, 275-2711

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