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Guss Allison
PARIS, Texas -- Guss Allison, 98, a former Fort Worth resident, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at a care center.

Funeral: was Sunday at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. Burial: Red Hill Cemetery in Lamar County.

Officiant: Rev. Mike Jones.

Pallbearers: Gerald Daughtrey, Darryl Smyers, Joe Mashburn, Henry Ford, Gary Gage, Billy Upchurch, Anthony Finch and Ronald Smyers.

Mrs. Allison was born Dec. 17, 1898, in Powderly, a daughter of James Thomas and Mary Etta Miller Coward. She attended Pee Dee Schools, and was a member of the Bounds Baptist Church.

She married Charles Roberson in 1917. He preceded her in death in 1928. She later married Marvin Claude Allison in 1936, and he died in 1988.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas Burl Roberson in 1918, and J.D. Roberson in 1976; a daughter, Ruth Roberson Daughtery in 1993; and a sister, Effie Parrot, in 1993.

Survivors: Two daughters, Ruby Smyers of Powderly, and Imagene King of Howland; two sons, Charles Wayne Roberson of Duncanville, and Vernon Claude (Buster) Allison of Haltom City; 17 grandchildren; 36 great- grandchildren; 18 great-great- grandchildren; four great-great-great- grandchildren; and several cousins.

Fry Gibbs Funeral Home
Paris, Texas (903) 784-3366

Taylor E. Altgelt
ARLINGTON -- Taylor Elayne Altgelt, 12, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:3 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Christian Church, 5206 S. Bowen Road. Entombment: Moore Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: In honor of Taylor's memory and her deep concern for the homeless, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Arlington.

Precious and beloved Taylor Elayne joined hands with God on Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital after a short illness. Taylor was in the sixth grade at Wood Elementary in Arlington.

We were blessed when Taylor was born Feb. 9, 1985, to her parents, Janie and Mark Altgelt in Arlington. As Taylor grew, she developed a true talent for making us smile, laugh, and look at the world in a special and compassionate way. She loved her family, her friends, and her pets. She enjoyed performing with the Texas Girls Choir, Creative Arts Theatre School, her dance, gymnastics and most special, her volunteer work with the Mission Arlington Dental Clinic with her father, Dr. Altgelt.

At school, Taylor sang in the school choir, worked with the DARE program, participated in talent shows and sports. In the past three years, Taylor discovered the perfect outlet for her creative and exuberant spirit as a Cougar Cheerleader. She also liked family vacations, camping, swimminmg, visiting with her friends and held a true love for music.

The family extends a special thank- you to the care providers at Cook Children's Medical Center who cared for and loved our Taylor. And a very special thank-you to friends and family for being with us. Your expressions of love will always be remembered.

We will miss her spirit, love, and devotion to her family and friends, but are consoled to know Taylor will share that same love and spirit with the angels in heaven and through her organ donations to child recipients in Houston and California.

Survivors: Taylor was surrounded by a legacy of love including her parents, Janie and Mark Altgelt; her older brother and sister, Aaron and Ami and her younger brother, Miles; Our TayTay was also loved by her grandparents, Pat and Monroe Staples, and Virginia and Bill Reed. Her loving family extends to her aunts and uncles, Sherry Hipple, Debbie Browne, Robin and Daniel Jenson, Jim Staples, Tracy Belcheff, Catherine and Pat Grennan, Gail and Eric Dadoune, Stanton Altgelt, Karen and Clark Griffin; Taylor's cousins are Charley, Kristen, and Ethan Hipple, Daniel, Kelley, and Matthew Browne, Thea and Josie Jenson, Megan, Georgie and Parker Belcheff, Jennifer and Katie Greenan, Reed and Devon Dadoune, Chase, Rhea and Tyler Griffin; godparents, Richard and Diane Newton. She will be remembered by lots and lots of friends.

Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel
4216 S. Bowen Road, 468-8111

Anna E. Arens
FORT WORTH -- Anna E. Arens, 86 a retired restaurant owner, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Anna E. Arens was born Oct. 23, 1910, in Czechoslovakia

Survivors: Husband of 50 years, Alfred Arens of Fort Worth; son, Al Arens of Benbrook; sister, Mary Spigelmire of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Judy Dowden of Farmersville, Ohio, Jeff Arens of Cincinnati, Ohio and David Arens of Benbrook; and six great-granchildren.

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

Maria G. Berlanga
FORT WORTH -- Maria G. Berlanga, 95, a homemaker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Rosary: 7 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Maria G. Berlanga was born Dec. 16, 1901, in Stockdale. She was preceded in death by husband, Manuel Berlanga Sr. and son, Jose Berlanga

Survivors: Sons, Emeterio Berlanga of Houston, Manuel Berlanga Jr. of Fort Worth; daughters, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Inez Rios, both of Fort Worth, Maria Coronado, Julia Gray, both of Aurora, Ill.; brother, Vincente Garza of Floresville; 25 grandchildren; 42 great- grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Dorothy J. Bickems
FORT WORTH -- Dorothy J. Bickems, a teacher at Polytechnic High School, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James CME Church in Tyler. Graveside service: 3 p.m. Tuesday in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

Dorothy J. Bickems was born in Tyler. She was a 28-year veteran teacher of the Fort Worth Independent School District and a dedicated educator at Polytechnic High School. She was a member of East Saint Paul Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Son, Damien Bickems- Culberson of Fort Worth; parents, Herman and Dessie Bickems of Tyler; brother, John T. Bickems and wife, Ruthie of Garland; sisters, Ruby Bickems White and Debra Ditto, both of Fort Worth; eight nephews; several great-nephews and great-nieces; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sterling Funeral Directors
Tyler (903) 592-0886

William Glenn Burgoon
GRAND PRAIRIE -- William Glenn Burgoon, 83, a retired aircraft machinist for L.T.V., died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Burial: Bishop Mason Retreat. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Asso. in Houston. Brown's Grand Prairie Funeral Home
Grand Prairie, (972) 263-5570

Henry C. Clark
BURLESON -- Henry C. Clark, 85, a retired dairyman, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Burleson.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burleson Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Clark was born Dec. 17, 1911, in Forney.

He was a life long resident of Burleson.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Hattie Moore.

Survivors: Brother, Lennie Clark of Burleson; nephews, D. W. Moore of Pottsboro, Grady Moore of Fort Worth, Don Clark of Benbrook, Edwin Clark of Vernon, Dean Clark of Illinois, David Clark of Whitney, Perry Clark of Fort Worth; nieces, Bobbie McAlester of Burleson, Sharon Clark of Fort Worth, Minna Bickerstaff of Fort Worth, Gina Clark of Burleson, Kay Worthington of Azle; great-nephew, Darren Moore; and great-niece, Rachel Moore.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211

Willie Lucille Cox
FORT WORTH -- Willie Lucille Cox, 79, who worked in housekeeping at General Electric and retired after 32 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at a Fort Worth nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Tuesday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Arlington. Visitation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Willie Lucille Cox was born August 16, 1917, in Marlin to the late Julious Thomas and Laura Reese Thomas. The family moved to Fort Worth when she was an infant. She grew up and attended public school in Fort Worth. She was a former member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and in later years united with Mount Rose Baptist Church. She was a loyal employee of General Dynamics for 32 years.

Survivors: Daughter, Louise Lewis of Fort Worth; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Baker Funeral Home
301 E. Rosedale St., 332-4468

Paul H. Crank
FORT WORTH -- Paul Haynes Crank, 83, a cabinet maker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral:3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Crank was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Erath County. He was a member of Stockyards Lodge Chapter 1244, Past Worshipful Master and member of the of Eastern Star Crescent Chapter No. 820. He was a lifelong resident of the north side of Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Edna Waldene Crank.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Charles Palmer; granddaughter and husband, Paula and Tim Chambers of Grandview; granddaughter, Darla Hopkins of Fort Worth; and two great-grandchildren, Casey Chambers and Kristin Chambers.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Loraine B. Cummins
FORT WORTH -- Loraine Barrett Cummins, 91, a homemaker, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at home.

Memorial service: 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: The Presbyterian Night Shelter, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth or a charity of the donor's choice.

Loraine Cummins was born in Bonham in 1905 and grew up in Austin. She moved to Fort Worth in 1928 and married Ralph H. Cummins, a petroleum engineer, in 1932. During World War II, she worked full time for the Red Cross and she was an early organizer of Planned Parenthood. Mrs. Cummins was a partner of Gale Arthurs in an interior decorating firm in Dallas in the 1950's and 1960's. Among their clients in Fort Worth were River Crest Country Club and numerous homes. She was on the planning committee of the new First Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1956. At the time of her death, Mrs. Cummins had been a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Cummins had been a past president of The Fort Worth Assembly, an active member of the Fort Worth Junior League and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Art Association, which is the present Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She was a member of River Crest Country Club, Shady Oaks Country Club and the Fort Worth Club.

For the past 10 years, Mrs. Cummins made over 1,000 jewelled Christmas ornaments every year, which were sold through The Letter to benefit the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

Mrs. Cummins was preceded in death by her husband in 1984.

Survivors: Daughter, Cornelia Cummins Blake and son-in-law, James R. Blake; grandson, Andrew C. C. Blake; five nephews; and two nieces.

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

Ruth A. Davis
ARLINGTON -- Ruth A. Davis, 60, a retired realtor, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Arlington.

Funeral: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington. Burial: Private. Visitation: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home.

Memorials: Endowment Fund at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas 76017 or Jack and Ruth Davis Scholarship Endowment Fund at University of Texas at Arlington.

Ruth Davis was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Hurricane, W. Va.

She was a member of Advent Lutheran Church. She retired as a realtor in Arlington after many years to become the Director of Athletic Development at The University of Texas at Arlington. She moved to Arlington from West Virginia in 1956 and has resided in Arlington for the past 41 years. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. The past 4 1/2 years she devoted her life to caring for her disabled daughter. Kelly, who was injured in an attack 4 1/2 years ago.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Leo Forth of Texas and West Virginia and Ray Forth of Florida.

Survivors: Husband, Jack Davis; daughters, Jody Wood and Kelly Davis; brothers, Howard, Jimmy and Alvin Forth of Hurricane, W. Va.; sisters, Eula Frances Hood of West Virginia, Betty Altimus of Pennsylvania, Kay Tillman of Florida; and grandchildren, Carrie and Katie Wood and Caleb Wood.

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

Floy Dunlap
FORT WORTH -- Floy Dunlap, 86, who was a retired Armour meat packaging worker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Benbrook Nursing Home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Floy Dunlap was born Jan. 16, 1911, in Parker County.

She worked for Armour and Company for 40 years.

Survivors: Sisters and brother-in-law, Prudie Taylor, Aline and Rance Anderson, all of Fort Worth; nephews, Willie Taylor of Haltom City, Larry Anderson of Fort Worth; six great nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

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

Bessie V. Futch
WHITE SETTLEMENT -- Bessie V. Futch, 89, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Normandale Baptist Church, 126 Judd, White Settlement. Burial: Gholson Cemetery.

Bessie Futch was born Dec. 30, 1907, in Gholson.

She was a member of Normandale Baptist Church.

Survivors: Sons, David L. Futch of White Settlement, Harold Futch of Covington; seven grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and daughters-in-law, Beverly Futch of White Settlement and Ruby Futch of Covington.

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

V. H. Gallagher
BENBROOK -- V. H. "Vic" Gallagher, 81, who retired as an estimator for General Dynamics in 1983 after 42 years of service, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Entombment: Private in Greenwood Mausoleum. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Ridglea Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Gallagher was born Jan. 18, 1916, in El Reno, Okla.

He was a resident of the Fort Worth area for 53 years. He was a member of Ridglea Presbyterian Church. A lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians, he played in local bands in the Big Band era in the '50's and '60's. He was a member of Lockheed Martin Management Club Retirees.

Survivors: Wife of 59 years, Neva Gallagher of Benbrook; sons and daughters-in-law, Pat and Miriam Gallagher of Fort Worth, Gary and Jackie Galagher of Mesquite; brother, John Gallagher of San Antonio; granddaughter, Kelly Register and husband, Ernie of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Paige Gallagher of Fort Worth; and grandsons, Paul and Wesley Gallagher of Mesquite.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Tommy R. Glass
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Tommy R. Glass, 46, a senior associate of H.O.K., an architectural design firm, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, in Orlando, Fla.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: Hubbard House in Orlando, Fla., 29 W. Miller, 32806-2093.

Tommy Glass was born April 25, 1950, in Fort Worth.

Tom will be remembered by those who loved and knew him as a man that always lived by his terms, no regrets, never looking back. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying every day along the way. He will be missed dearly.

Survivors: Wife, Tymbi-Su Glass of West Palm Beach, Fla.; mother, Leona Rea of Fort Worth; brother, Bobby Glass and his wife, Mary, of Fort Worth; grandmother, Nannie Delp of Fort Worth; nieces, Angela and Jennifer Glass; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Jean Gregory
EVERMAN -- Jean Gregory, who was an assembler for Wabash Industries, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Emerald Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Emerald Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Jean Gregory was born in Paris, Texas.

Survivors: Husband, John Gregory; sons, Weldon Evridge; step-son, David Gregory, Michael Gregory, all of Fort Worth; mother and step-father, Beatrice and Verne Willis; sister, Bobbie Talley; step-sisters, Gaye Gilbert and Lynne Holmes.

Emerald Hills Funeral Home
500 Sublett Road, 572-1681

Willard L. Hill
FORT WORTH -- Willard L. Hill, 79, a retired aircraft hub assembler, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: Pending.

Memorials: Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center.

Mr. Hill was born June 29, 1917, in Paris.

He served in the Army during World War II. After returning home from the war he met and married his loving wife, Nonie Hignight, Nov. 26, 1949. They moved to Fort Worth in 1951 and then he began a 25-year career at Bell Helicopter, retiring in 1978. He was a member of Temple of Jesus of Christ. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors: Wife, Nonie Hill of Fort Worth; daughters, Margie Blanscet and husband, Leland of Crowley, Nancy Allen and husband, Joel, Kathy Nichols and husband, Robert, all of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Amy Berhaagen, Jason and Eric Blanscet, Robert Nichols Jr. and April Nichols, Brian Allen; and great- grandchildren, Paige Berhaagen and Jessica Berhaagen.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Herbert D. Hodgkins Jr.
FORT WORTH -- Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr., 72, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997.

Memorial service: In Alvarado with graveside service at Greenwood Memorial Park. Details will be announced.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to: The Salvation Army; the Ruff House Ministries in Hutchins; or any organization doing God's ministries.

Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr. joined his heavenly family Sunday. A husband, father, friend businessman, rancher and pilot, his life was one full of love for all of these things.

Born July 20, 1924, in Fort Worth to Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Sr., and Hally Hall Hodgkins, he was reared in Lake Worth on the north side of Fort Worth. A graduate of North Side, he attended Kemper Military Academy and was attending The University of Texas when World War II intervened. He joined the Army Air Corps becoming a senior pilot. He spent the war flying the "Hump" in Indo-China logging thousand of hours carrying troops and supplies into China. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war, he returned home to Fort Worth and joined his family's printing business on the North Side, later expanding it to Dallas. In the early 1950s, he moved his family to Arlington, opening his own printing business, Tex-N-Sets. Arlington was home for almost 20 years. During that time, he expanded and developed his business until he decided that it was taking too much time from the family and he sold it.

In the early sixties, he purchased a ranch in Alvarado, south of Fort Worth, which he worked with his father. As in everything he did, he developed the ranch into a top notch Charolais cattle operation, became president of the Bluebonnet Charolais Association and along with two other ranchers, imported the second set of full-blooded Charolais bulls into the United States. At one time, he ran more than 250 head of Charolais cattle.

In 1982, he traded the ranch for irrigated farmland in Dimmitt, and later moved back to Fort Worth. This kept him busy dividing his time managing the farm and taking care of his other business interests. He truly loved the land and what it could produce.

Active in many things, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvarado, Scottish-Rite Free Mason, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Hump Pilot Association.

The past four years have been difficult and as in everything in his life, he fought his disease with all his might and will. A man of strong beliefs and conviction, he had an influence on everybody he was around. This was one battle he could not overcome; God's will be done.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all the people who helped during his illness. Especially thanks to Dr. Craig Dearden and the nurses and staff of the All Saint's Hospital oncology department. Survivors: A loving husband, father, grandfather, and a recent great- grandfather, he is survived by his loving wife, Marcia Ann Hodgkins of Fort Worth; a brother, David Hall Hodgkins of Theodossian, Mo.; three children, Kay Hodgkins Schmidt and Dudley M. Hodgkins, both of Austin, and John Thomas Hodgkins of Beaumont; three stepchildren, Kara Pezzulli of Dallas, Keller Easterling of New York, N.Y., and Kris Easterling of San Diego; nine grandchildren, Amy Foster Sasser of San Diego, Tracy Foster Keene of Austin, Mary Kay Foster of Dallas, Kristin Hodgkins of Texarkana, Texas, Austin Hodgkins of Beaumont, and James Dudley Hodgkins of Austin, Vincent, Liza and Kate Pezzulli of Dallas, and as of New Year's Day, a great-grandson, Foster Lawrence Keene of Austin.

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

Sidney H. Howard
GRANBURY -- Sidney H. Howard, 74, a roofer, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at home in Granbury.

Funeral: No services planned.

Memorials: The American Cancer Society.

Sidney H. Howard was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Eureka. He was a World War II veteran and Granbury resident for 15 years. He was formerly of Arlington.

Survivors: Wife, Marcella Maxine Howard of Granbury; sons, James Lee Howard of Thayer, Mo. and Jimmy Howard of Mesquite; step-sons, Harold Carter of Durand, Mich. and Michael Carter of Grand Prairie; daughter, Glenda Cagle of Melbourne, Fla.; step- daughter, Tamarra Albright of Granbury; brother, Ralph Howard of Weatherford; and eight grandchildren.

Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-3000

Elizabeth Howell
DECATUR -- Elizabeth "Betty" Howell, 96, who was a retired secretary, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Decatur nursing center.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park in Edmond, Okla. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Smith- Kernke Funeral Home, 1401 N.W. 23rd St., Okla City, Okla. 73106.

Elizabeth Howell was born July 2, 1900, in Clinton, Mo. She was a lifetime member of First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was married to the late Homer Elsworth Howell on Oct. 1, 1922, in Norman, Okla.

Survivors: Nieces, Libby Hancock of Decatur, Beve Allen Barnes of Alvord; great-nephew and niece, Don and Earlene Niblett of Decatur.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Elizabeth Howell
DECATUR -- Elizabeth "Betty" Howell, 96, who was a retired secretary, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Decatur nursing center.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park in Edmond, Okla. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Smith- Kernke Funeral Home, 1401 N.W. 23rd St., Okla City, Okla. 73106.

Elizabeth Howell was born July 2, 1900, in Clinton, Mo. She was a lifetime member of First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was married to the late Homer Elsworth Howell on Oct. 1, 1922, in Norman, Okla.

Survivors: Nieces, Libby Hancock of Decatur, Beve Allen Barnes of Alvord; great-nephew and niece, Don and Earlene Niblett of Decatur.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Mary L. A. Hughes
MORGAN -- Mary Lucille Allen Hughes, 84, a retired teacher and band instructor, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at a Clifton hospital.

Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan Church of Christ. Burial: Cranfills Gap. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian.

Mary Hughes was born Aug. 27, 1912, in Morgan.

She finished school at Morgan. She received a Bachelors of Music Degree from North Texas State Teachers College and her Masters Degree from Houston College. She married George W. Hughes on Sept. 7, 1940, in Mineral Wells. She taught band in public schools for 21 years. She started the band program in DeSoto. She was an editor for the Bosque County History Book. Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Morgan Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Theo Hughes and a daughter, Frances Hughes.

Survivors: Husband, George W. Hughes; daughter, Mary Lou Hughes, both of Morgan; brothers, Athan Allen of South Carolina, J. F. Allen of Kopperl, Gene Allen of Virginia; and sisters, Annie Jo Freeman of Palestine and Ida Mae Baxter of Uvalde.

Lawson Funeral Home
Meridian, (817) 435-2792

Mary Hurst
FORT WORTH -- Mary Hurst, 92, a retired registered nurse, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Memorial Service: 4 p.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.

Memorials: St. Johns Episcopal Church-Altar Guild or the SPCA ( Humane Society).

Mary Hurst was born June 13, 1904, in Burton Joyce, England to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hurst. She came to Dallas Oct. 31, 1921 with her family. She graduated from Oak Cliff High School in 1921 and Baylor University School of Nursing in 1926. She came to Fort Worth in Nov. 1929 and went to work at the original W.I. Cook Hospital and worked at the orginal Fort Worth Children's Hospital from 1932 to 1944. She returned to Cook's Hospital in December 1968. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and served as an Altar Director Guild more than 20 years.

Survivors: Nieces, Wendy Lamb of Santa Fe, N.M., Ann Kathleen Lamb of Athens, Texas; nephews, Glen Patrick Lamb of Las Cruces, N.M, James Victor Lamb of Tucson, Ariz. and Robert Charles Hurst of Rochester, N.Y.; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Gary Johnson
WHITE SETTLEMENT -- Gary Johnson, 71, a retired financial advisor, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Mr. Johnson was born August 20, 1925, in Dallas.

He was a financial advisor and retired as an officer of C. T. Corporation Systems. While with C. T. Corporation, he lived in Los Angeles and New York City, retiring in 1985.

Upon his retirement he and his wife, Blanche, moved to Fort Worth. He was a member of Terrace Acres Baptist Church.

Survivors: Wife of 40 years, Blanche Johnson of White Settlement; step-son, Jim Holliman of Wichita Falls; step- daughters, Jan Gordoa, Bokey Brock, both of Fort Worth; and numerous step- grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Valton L. Kerley
BOYD -- Valton Loyd Kerley, 66, a welder, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, in Decatur.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Kerley was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Comanche.

He was a founding member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church of Fort Worth. He had a great love for music and played the guitar. His other interests were fishing and farming.

Survivors: Son, David Kerley and wife, Latrishia of Fort Worth; daughters, Lynn Zepeda and husband, Charlie, of Fort Worth, Donna Roten of Haltom City, Valene Rogers and husband, Gary, of Fort Worth; the children's mother, Betty Kerley; sisters, Dee Harbour, Jean Jones, both of Comanche, Doris Chandler of Sidney; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends inlcluding Betty Jewell Kerley.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Glen W. Lakey
WACO -- Glen Weldon Lakey, a retired Federal Aviation Administration employee and former Fort Worth resident, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a hospital.

Graveside service:11 a.m. Tuesday in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

Officiant: Rev. Billy "B.W." Graham.

Mr. Lakey was born June 19, 1925, in Bowie. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Elks Club No. 166 of Waco, and Texas Association of Single Adults.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Graham, in 1994.

Survivors: Daughter, Sandra Hubley of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Rachel, Elizabeth, Mary, Elijah and Michael Hubley, all of Fort Worth.

Bellmead Funeral Home
Waco, (817) 799-5701

Margaret E.B.O. McBride
FORT WORTH -- Margaret Elizabeth Buxton Overmyer McBride, 72, an artist and environmentalist, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, of pneumonia at a Fort Worth hospital.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Officiant: The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey N. Steenson.

Memorials: May be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church. Margaret McBride was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Wellesley, Mass. A graduate of Barnard College, New York City, she married Dr. James O. McBride, and moved with him to Fort Worth in 1951.

An early supporter of the Republican Party in Fort Worth, she hosted the first Republican precinct meeting at her home in the mid-fifties. She was also the first woman candidate for a position on the Fort Worth City Water Board. She served on the board of Family Services, Inc., helped found the library at the Fort Worth Child Study Center, was past president of Saint Monica's Guild at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, and was a long-standing member of the Tarrant County Medical Auxiliary. She also served on the All Saints Hospital Auxiliary, and was a former member of Roundelay Club and the Rejebian Book Review.

A talented artist and illustrator, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago, and was well-known for her pen-and-ink drawings of historic buildings in Fort Worth, as well as commissioned watercolors. Most recently, she had completed a series of illustrations for Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, of which she was a devoted member.

Survivors: Husband, James O. McBride, M.D.; her cousin, the Rev. John Vannorsdall; four children, James Hampton and his fiancee, Nancy Lutkehaus of Santa Monica, Calif., Elizabeth Alcorn and her husband, Stewart of Fort Worth, Mary Ann Huston and her husband, Michael of Oakridge, Tenn., and J. Michael and his wife, Robin of Fort Worth; and six grandchildren, Samuel and Peter Alcorn, Ann and Thomas Huston, and English and Ella McBride.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233

Ralph M. Morgan
FORT WORTH -- Ralph M. Morgan, 76, who was a retired fabricator for General Dynamics, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials: Charity of charity.

Mr. Morgan was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Murry County, Okla.

Survivors: Wife, Estelle Morgan of Fort Worth; sons and daughter-in-law, Jim Morgan of Gonzales, Johnny and Belinda Morgan of Saginaw; daughter and son-in-law, Sara Nell and Marvin DeWolfe of Mesquite; mother, Gladys Nabors of Powell, Okla.; step-mother, Alice Morgan of Madill, Okla.; brothers, Finas Morgan of California, Aubry Morgan of Oklahoma, T. O. Nabors, Ovin Nabors, both of Haltom City, George Nabors, Leon Nabors, both of Fort Worth; sisters, Lafern Henson, Audry Kennedy, both of Oklahoma; Nancy Markum of Fort Worth, Frona Molsbee of Haltom City, Janice Morgan of Oklahoma; six grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

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

Irene Mullins
MINERAL WELLS -- Irene Mullins, 40, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at White's Funeral Home. Burial: Woodland Park. Visitation: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday

Irene Mullins was born Oct. 19, 1956, in San Antonio.

White's Funeral Home
Mineral Wells, (817) 325-3311

Mary A. Napps
ITASCA -- Mary Alice Napps, 68, a teacher, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Hillsboro hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Tuesday at Clayton Kay Funeral Home in Itasca. Burial: Itasca Cemetery.

Mary Alice Napps was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Houston.

Clayton Kay Funeral Home
Itasca, (817) 687-2371

Priscilla C. Norman
FORT WORTH -- Priscilla Calton Norman, 75, an assistant chef for Coburn Cafeteria, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Priscilla Calton Norman was born June 18, 1921, in Waco. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Norman, and her parents, Mamie Calton Kennedy and John Calton.

Survivors: Daughter, Vanessa Norman Sims; brothers, Obie Calton of San Antonio and Gladis Calton of Fort Worth; Leeta Quarterman of Fort Worth and Lenora Tolbert of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Melvin Hicks Jr., Dollawn Hicks and Vanesha Develrow ; and a host of family and friends.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781

Eda E. Savage
WEATHERFORD -- Eda Estelle Savage, 95, a retired service assistant and chief operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 30 years, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at a Weatherford hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Monday at White's Funeral Home in Weatherford. Burial: East Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.

Eda Estelle Savage was born Nov. 18, 1901, in Whitt in Parker County.

White's Funeral Home
Weatherford, (817) 596-4811

Lucille H. Searcy
FORT WORTH -- Lucille Hailey Searcy, 84, a homemaker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a local nursing center.

Funeral:11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church. Burial: Private in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole.

Memorials: Child Study Center; the Fort Worth Association for Retarded Citizens; Grace Methodist Church; or a charity of choice.

A longtime friend of retarded citizens and inspired by the special needs of Genie, her own son, she was a charter member of the first organizations created to voice the needs of the retarded, serving as a past president for the Fort Worth and State associations. She also edited "Texas Talk," the first newspaper for the Texas Association from 1955 to 1963.

She was actively involved with two major developments for the retarded in Tarrant County, the relocation of the National Headquarters to Arlington and the construction of the Fort Worth State School. She was the regional vice president for the National Association for Retarded Citizens for 1969-1970. She was also a devoted supporter of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth.

She served on Governor John Connelly's Commission on Mental Retardation, and was present in the oval office for the signing of enabling legislation for retarded citizens in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. One of her prize possessions was a presidential pen from that occasion.

Her driving ambition was to remove the long-standing barriers which limited the inclusion of retarded citizens in the main stream of society. Her mission began without financial resources or political connections, but with her unlimited resources of love, courage, and determination, she did make a difference.

She was born in Lott and graduated from Big Spring High School. She was a member of Grace Methodist Church for 60-plus years.

Lucille Hailey Searcy was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, her daughter, Marian, and her son, Genie.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Byron B. and Pam Searcy of Mansfield; grandsons, Cole Searcy of Acton, J. Kirk Searcy of Fort Worth; a brother, Robert Hailey of Williamsburg, Va.; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Maxine Sears
FORT WORTH -- Maxine Sears, 68, a retired postmaster, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: Private Service Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

Maxine Sears was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Putman, Mo. and lived in Fort Worth more than 40 years.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, David and Pam Sears of Crowley and Kenneth and Liz Sears of Arlington; brother, Wayne Kopfer of Fort Worth; sister, Helen Patterson of Dallas; grandchildren, Laura Sears, David Sears Jr., Dewayne Sears, Brad Womack, Casey Mitchell, Michelle Sears, Clayton Sears and Steven Sears; and great-grandchild, Kenley Reusch.

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

Clinton B. Smith
HAMILTON -- Clinton B. Smith, 88, a retired farmer and rancher, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Cleburne.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Richland Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Smith was born March 20, 1908, in Valley Springs.

Riley Funeral Home
Hamilton (817) 386-3117

Davis J. Smith
De LEON -- Davis J. Smith, 89, a retired oil field worker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a De Leon nursing home.

Funeral:10 a.m. Tuesday at Nowlin Funeral Home. Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. in Crestview Memorial Park Cemetery in Wichita Falls.

Survivors: Three sisters, Lillian Reed and June Wilkinson, both of De Leon, and Ruth Edwards of Gatesville.

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

Harry L. Smith
FORT WORTH -- Harry "Les" Smith, 79, retired from the Army, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Monday at Shannon TCU Chapel. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Mr. Smith was born March 8, 1917, in Kansas City, Mo. He was an Episcopalian all of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Catherine Smith.

Survivors: Daughter, Lesley Harlan; two nephews, Grady Bryant and John D. Campbell; and several cousins.

Shannon-TCU Funeral Chapel
3015 Merida, 926-3314

Nova Smith
WEATHERFORD -- Nova Smith, 64, a homemaker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:4 p.m. Monday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Burial: Memory Gardens.

Nova Smith was born Jan. 31, 1933, in Weatherford.

Survivors: Husband, Gerald Smith of Weatherford; son, Kwin Smith of Santa Fe, N.M.; mother, Gerri Barnes of Weatherford; brother, Buddy Barnes of Fairview, Mo.; sister, Maryonna McFerrin of Weatherford; and one grandchild.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel
Weatherford, (817) 594-2747

Edward D. Soto
BRECKENRIDGE -- Edward D. Soto, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery.

Mr. Soto was born Oct. 13, 1908, in Ft. Hancock, and was a junk dealer and building mover.

Melton Funeral Home
Breckenridge, (817) 559-3311

Mary V. Southerland
ATLANTA, Texas -- Mary Vick Southerland, a retired General Dynamics employee, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in Atlanta.

Graveside service:10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Line Creek Cemetery in Caddo Parish, La.

Officiant: Rev. Bob Wilmoth.

Mrs. Southerland was born near Ada, La. She retired from General Dynamics of Fort Worth after 35 years of service. She attended the Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Survivors: Son, James E. Vick and wife, Lanita, of Granbury; sisters, Lillie Adams and Marjorie Trant, both of Vivian, La.; four grandchildren, James Edwin Vick Jr. of Stephenville, Carolyn Sue Zimmerman of Miles City, Mont., Robert Kyle Vick of Caldwell and John Steven Vick of Minneapolis, Minn.; six great-grandchildren, James Edwin Vick III of Stephenville, Keith Clayton of Austin, Eric Zimmerman of Miles City, and Kayla Vick of Caldwell.

Hanner Funeral Home
Atlanta, (903) 796-2835

William D. Storm
MONTICELLO, Ill. -- William "Bill" D. Storm, 76, retired from the City of Monticello sanitation department and a former Fort Worth resident, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at a Monticello hospital.

Funeral:1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Burial: Monticello Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Officiant: Rev. Steve Ingram.

Memorials: First Christian Church of Monticello or Carle Hospice Care.

Mr. Storm was born Nov. 26, 1920, in Windsor, Ill., to Palmer Lloyd Storm and Edna A. Cunningham. He married Marjorie Griesham in 1942; she preceded him in death in 1970. He married Carmen Sanchez in 1971. He was an Air Force veteran.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; one daughter; one great- granddaughter; four brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors: Wife, Carmen Storm of Monticello; son, David Lloyd Storm of Rantoul, Ill.; two daughters, Billie June Orr and Judy Hill, both of Fort Worth; sister, Joan Stickrod of Lodge, Ill.; five grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

Mackey-Wright Funeral Home
Monticello, Ill., (217) 762-2126

Monta Jane Stout
FORT WORTH -- Monta Jane Stout, 77 a retired stewardess, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: Greenwood Memorial Park

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Monta Jane Stout was born July 19, 1919 in St. Joseph, Miss. She attended St. Mary Woods College. She served Braniff Airlines as a stewardess and ticket agent. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and a longtime Ridgmar Plaza Community resident.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Herbert M. Taylor
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Herbert Montez Taylor, 68, a Western Union technician, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997 at a North Richland Hills hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Gospel Church of Hurst, 785 Treadwell. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Bosley Cemetery in Santo. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Mr. Taylor was born May 15, 1928, in Brazos.

He lived in the Fort Worth area 36 years. He retired from Western Union in 1985 after 40 years of service. Mr. Taylor was a member of Santo Masonic Lodge and a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors: Son, Herbert L. Taylor of North Richland Hills; daughters, Norma Sue Blackburn of North Richland Hills, Linda Shipman of Colleyville; brother, Jim Taylor of Houston; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Virginia Van Trease
CLYDE -- Virginia "Stuzi" Van Trease, a retired teacher, died Friday Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at a Dallas hospital, from complications of open-heart surgery.

Funeral:was 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. Burial: was in Burleson Memorial Park.

Officiants: Dr. Stephen G. Hatfield and Rev. David Williams.

Memorials: The West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene.

Mrs. Van Trease was born Jan. 28, 1915, in Burleson, to Grover Cleveland and Addie Virginia Hunt Beavers. She was reared in Fort Worth. She married William Frank Van Trease on Sept. 15, 1934, in Arlington. She spent her adult life in Deer Park and moved to Clyde upon retirement. She was a Harris County Precinct Judge from 1943 to 1954; taught school in Deer Park and Pasadena Independent School District from 1957-1965; was a private art teacher from 1965-1972; and taught senior citizens art classes for the City of Deer Park from 1972-1978.

She was a member and president of Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi ladies sorority for eight years; a member of the Order of the Rose of Beta Sigma Phi; a member of the Order of Eastern Star; chairman of board of directors of Gulf Coast Art Society; a member of the National League of American Pen Women; Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 1971; and received hundreds of awards and trophies for her paintings.

She was preceded in death by one son, W.F. "Franky" Van Trease Jr., in 1985.

Survivors: Husband, Frank Van Trease of Clyde; one son and daughter- in-law, Garry and Sherra Van Trease of Flower Mound; two sisters, Bebe Gilbreath and Theoanne Keys of Clyde; six grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home
Lewisville, (214) 436-4581

Arthur L. Vessels
FORT WORTH -- Arthur Lee Vessels, 58, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Memorials: American Heart Association or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Mr. Vessels was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Texas.

He was an avid country western dancer. "He never met a stranger".

Survivors: Daughters, Dellene Sollars of Austin, Tracy Papke of Austin, Angela Ragsdale of Rosenburg; brothers, Franklin D. Vessels of Houston, David H. Vessels of Watauga; sister, Margaret Frazier of Pharr; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

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