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Published Feb. 28, 1997

Karen M. Anson
ARLINGTON -- Karen Marie Anson, 47, an executive secretary for Exxon serving in several positions for the past 20 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Irving.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Karen Anson was born Nov. 17, 1949, in Washington, D.C. She had won several awards for singing at East Organe High School.

She was preceded in death by her son, Eric William Grant.

Survivors: Husband of 20 years, Rudolph Anson; daughter, Laura Parrish of New Jersey; parent, Azzie Parrish of Arlington; brother, Jimmy Parrish of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Jimmie L. Appel
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Jimmie Lou Appel, 66, a nursing home administrator, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a local medical center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Bean- Massey-Burge Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Memorials: Bible Believer's Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Jimmie Appel was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Iredell.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Stephen and Pam Knight and Terry and Susie Knight; mother, Alma Hudson; and three grandchildren.

Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home
Grand Prairie, (972) 263-7200
 

Clara W. Beaty
HILLSBORO -- Clara Wade Beaty, 77, a retired bookkeeper, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at a Hillsboro nursing home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors. Burial: Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro.

Clara Beaty was born Nov. 13, 1919, in Jerald, Texas.

Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors
Hillsboro, (817) 582-2581
 

C.M. Bennett
ARLINGTON -- C.M. "Matt" Bennett, 80, a General Dynamics employee who retired after 27 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Arlington.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Fielder Road Baptist Church. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

C.M. Bennett was born Oct. 11, 1916, in Newcastle, Texas. He was a charter member of Fielder Road Baptist Church, was church treasurer the first eight years of building the church and was a deacon.

Survivors: Wife, Ruby Bennett of Arlington; brother-in-law, Wayne Patterson and his wife, Mildred, of Arlington; sister-in-law, Marie Welch and her husband, Urban, of Arlington; nephews, Freddie Tetmeyer of Graham and Jerry Tetmeyer of Texarkana; and niece, Ruby Lee Ingraham of Graham.

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

Charles F. Bostwick III
ARLINGTON -- Charles Francis Bostwick III, 72, a retired biomedical engineer, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, in Arlington.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 516, 6801 Manhattan Blvd., Fort Worth 76120.

Charles Francis Bostwick was born March 10, 1924, in New York City, N.Y. He helped establish the Texas Cemetery Commission and served as its first president. He served as president of Tarrant County Veterans Association. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Darby Rangers North Texas Chapter, Southwest Vietnam Veterans Association, the American Legion and the Texas Land Commission. He was a life member of New York's Seventh Regiment, also known as the Silk Stocking Regiment, a privately owned regiment since the 1800s. He devoted many years to helping veterans.

Survivors: Wife, Marguerite Bostwick of Arlington.

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

Matthew L. Brit
DALLAS -- Matthew L. Britz, 80, a management consultant with the Hay Group who retired in 1985, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Dallas.

Memorial service: private.

Memorials: The Alzheimer Association Greater Dallas Chapter, 2910 Swiss Ave., Dallas, Texas 75204.

Matthew Britz was born Nov. 24, 1916, in Carbondale, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Maria Perry.

Survivors: Wife of 51 years, Florence Britz; children, Barbara Britz Coffey and her husband, Joseph M. Jr., of Fort Worth, James M. Britz and his wife, Kristine Hutchinson, of Kansas and Martha Britz; sister, Peggy Lombardo of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother-in-law, Dr. John D. Perry of North Carolina; grandchildren, Joseph M. III, Janice, John and Mark Coffey and Matthew Jerome Britz; and niece, Pat Moser.

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

Inez E. Brownlee
DE LEON -- Inez E. Brownlee, 81, a homemaker and secretary for United Pentecostal Church for more than 50 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in De Leon.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at United Pentecostal Church. Burial: De Leon Cemetery.

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

Margaret Buchanan
FORT WORTH -- Margaret Buchanan, 57, a cashier, died Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Baker Funeral Home. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: noon to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family hour: 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Margaret Buchanan was born June 24, 1939, in Birchcreek, Va., to the late Robert and Fannie Mae Hughes. She grew up in Annapolis, Md., and graduated from Bates High School. She moved to Oklahoma and when she came to Texas, she graduated from Vogue Beauty College in 1986.

Mrs. Buchanan was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She loved softball and was a member of Don Carter Bowling League. She was honored at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 20 years of outstanding service. At her demise, she was an employee of Walmart.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Eldridge.

Survivors: Husband, Tommy Lee Buchanan; sons, Aaron, Donald, Thomas, Tames and Tommy; daughters, Margaret, Veronica, Yvette, Katrina and Shirly; brothers, Robert and Jessie; sisters, Joann, Rose Marie, Viola and Vanessa; 29 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Harry D. Calzacorta
WEATHERFORD -- Harry D. Calzacorta, 51, a machinist, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church. Graveside service: 2 p.m. in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Fitch, Mike Benet, Don Stephan, Randall Haydon, Randy Hudgins and Bob Watson.

Memorials: Couts Memorial United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.

Harry D. Calzacorta was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Nancy, Ky. He had been an area resident since 1966 and was a member of Couts Memorial United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 942. He was employed at Geoquip for the past several years. Mr. Calzacorta was assistant Scoutmaster for Troop No. 75 and was very active in the Scouts.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry C. Calzacorta.

Survivors: Wife, Dian Calzacorta; sons, Russell Calzacorta and Jeff Calzacorta; mother, Kathleen Calzacorta; brother, John Calzacorta; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Richard Short; and nephew, Ben Short.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

R.P. Carnes
ODESSA -- R.P. Carnes, 81, a retired Abbott Building Co. employee, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Odessa.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Friday at Northside Baptist Church. Masonic graveside service: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

R.P. Carnes was born Aug. 23, 1915, in De Leon. He married Jimmie Irene Corneil on July 10, 1943.

Survivors: His wife; children, Sharron Massey, son-in-law Tommy Massey of Lubbock, Connie Bingham, son-in-law Roy Bingham of Arlington and Rance Carnes of Odessa; brother, Ed Carnes of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters, Ann Slade of Odessa and Billye Little of Irving; grandchildren, Jestin Massey, Timothy Massey, Matt, Brad and Chris Bingham and Nakeesha, Rusty and Malarie Carnes; and two great-grandchildren.

Odessa Funeral Home
Odessa, (915) 334-6812
 

Lawrence Carter
DALLAS -- Lawrence Carter, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Mesquite hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Tucker Street Baptist Church. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Friday at Morris- Bates Mortuary.

Lawrence Carter was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Kearns.

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

Morris L. Davidson
FORT WORTH -- Morris L. Davidson, 66, a railroad inspector, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service was at 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Morris Davidson was born March 26, 1930, in Gilmer.

He worked for the St. Louis Southwestern Cotton Belt Railroad for 31 years.

Survivors: Wife, Manon Davidson of Fort Worth; sons, William Sheral Graf of Fort Worth and Matthew Dean Graf of Burleson; daughter, Mollyann Davidson of Fort Worth; sister, Jerri Holtry of Garland; and granddaughter, Amber Graf.

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

Annie E. Dennis
GORMAN -- Annie E. Dennis, 88, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Gorman.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Friday at Higginbotham Funeral Home. Burial: Oakland Cemetery. Visitation: beginning at 8 a.m. at the funeral home.

Annie E. Dennis was born Aug. 8, 1908, in Comanche County.

Higginbotham Funeral Home
Gorman, (817) 734-2272
 

Kay Dodd
FOREST HILL -- Kay Dodd, 79, a retired Fort Worth school district employee, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at home.

Funeral was at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Kay Dodd was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Fort Worth. She retired as secretary at Polytechnic High School after working there for about 15 years. She was a member of the Story League and Travis Avenue Baptist Church. She was also an avid swimmer.

Survivors: Husband of 50 years, Robert Dodd of Forest Hill; sons, Robert M. Dodd of Decatur and Alan Dodd of Fort Worth; sister, Betty Benson of Houston; nine grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

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

Jesse Douglas
HALTOM CITY -- Jesse "Slim" Douglas, 70, a retired signal maintainer for Burlington Northern Railroad, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel. Graveside service: 3:30 p.m. in Chillicothe Memorial Cemetery in Chillicothe. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Jesse "Slim" Douglas was born April 23, 1926, in Chillicothe. He was a World War II veteran and was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Douglas.

Survivors: Sons, Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas; daughter, Donna Nichols; grandchildren, Tina Douglas, Angela Douglas, Michelle Douglas, Douglas Nichols and Darcy Nichols; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Helen W. Forman
IRVING -- Helen Watson Forman, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at a Bedford hospital.

Graveside service was at 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City. Officiating: the Rev. Charles Gott, Frank Edgar and the Rev. Kenneth Forman.

The daughter of James Wesley and Prudence Harris Watson, Mrs. Forman was born July 29, 1929, in Wolfe City. She was an electronics assembler and a Baptist.

Survivors: Daughter, Glenna Hunter of Fort Worth; four sons, Allen Forman, Gregory Forman and James Forman, all of Irving, and Vincent Forman of Fort Worth; two sisters, Billie Cox of Fort Worth and Louise Long of Whitney; six grandchildren; and two great-grand- children.

R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home
Wolfe City, (903) 496-2331
 

Ray Hammock
FORT WORTH -- Ray Hammock, 57, retired from the Texas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Bedford.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Ray Hammock was born April 18, 1939, in Centrahoma, Okla. He was a proud member of the Promise Keepers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Hammock on Dec. 19, 1996, and his mother, Louise Linker Hammock, in 1992.

Survivors: Sons, Jeffery R. Hammock and his wife, Sandra Hammock, of Davis, Okla., and Larry Ryan of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter, Michelle Rae Hammock of Terrell; sister, Evelyn Foster of Duncanville; three grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Dee Hammock Ellis, of Oklahoma City.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Duane Hulet
IRVING -- Duane Hulet, 66, a retired contractor, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at an Irving hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Duane Hulet was born Dec. 25, 1930, in Wedington, Ark.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Charlene D. Jackson
BRECKENRIDGE -- Charlene D. "Toppy" Jackson, 71, a homemaker and rancher, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Melton Funeral Home with the Revs. Charles West and Al Locke officiating. Burial: Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Memorials: Swenson Memorial Museum or a charity of choice. The memorials may be left at the funeral home.

Charlene D. Jackson was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Stephens County. She married Joe Jackson on June 30, 1946, in Oak Grove. She moved to the Lacasa Community in 1946. She was a homemaker and a rancher. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church No. 3. She had served as president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Auxiliary, District VIII, Garden Clubs of Texas, Breckenridge and Ranger Garden Clubs, the 1920 Federated Club of Ranger and Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the National Wool Growers Auxiliary and served as secretary-treasurer for two years and was first vice president for two years.

Survivors, all of the Lacasa Community: Husband, Joe Jackson; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Dena Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Smokey Eppler; and grandsons, Tye and Jacob Jackson.

Melton Funeral Home
Breckenridge, (817) 559-3311
 

Vera Jenkins
FORT WORTH -- Vera Jenkins, 65, a cook and housekeeper in private homes, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at a local hospital.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Vera Jenkins was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Ferris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jenkins, in 1973.

Survivors: Sons, Michael Jenkins and James Jenkins, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Vera Frances Jenkins of Arlington and Shirley Gerard of Fort Hood; brothers, Charles Synague of Brownwood and Jimmy Synague of Fort Worth; sisters, Lucille Howard and Minnie Mae Synague, both of Fort Worth, and Willie Mae Synague of Mexia; and 10 grandchildren.

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

Fairy S. Lowry
FORT WORTH -- Fairy Smith Lowry, 76, a patient accounts representative, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Fairy Smith Lowry was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Belton. She was a member of Polytechnic United Methodist Church for over 45 years and was active in a variety of community services pertaining to her children. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Mrs. Lowry was preceded in death by her husband, J. Roy Lowry; a brother, R.C. Smith; and her parents.

Survivors: Son, Dr. Roy Lowry of Fort Worth; daughter, Jan Lowry Sordini and her husband, Richard, of Fort Worth; brother, Harry Smith and his wife, Jane K., of Fort Worth and their children, Cindy, Melissa and Marilea; grandchildren, Clint Lowry, Leigh Ann Lowry, Clayton Sordini and Hayden Sordini; and a niece, Jill Neece.

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

Merle Martin
HAMILTON -- Merle Martin, 73, a retired sheriff's dispatcher for Hamilton County, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, in Hamilton.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at Riley Funeral Home. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.

Merle Martin was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Lipan.

Riley Funeral Home
Hamilton, (817) 386-3117
 

William F. Martin
AZLE -- William Fyke "W.F." Martin, 84, a mechanic and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Azle.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Graveside service: 4 p.m. in Poolville Cemetery in Poolville. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

William Fyke "W.F." Martin was born April 6, 1912, in Poolville. He lived in the Poolville and Peaster communities before moving to Azle in 1954. He retired from Texas Motors Ford after many years of service.

Mr. Martin was one of Jehovah's Witnesses associated with the Azle congregation. His friendly and kind nature will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Reva Sanders of Weatherford.

Survivors: Wife of 61 years, Ruby Loree; son, Billy Ray Martin and his wife, Linda; grandchildren, Belinda Hudgeons and Leah SaurenMann; and great- grandchildren, Bethany Hudgeons and Johnathon SaurenMann, all of Azle.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Lillie J. Mitchell
NOCONA -- Lillie Jane Mitchell, 80, a homemaker, died Feb. 20, 1997, in Nocona.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Nocona. Burial: Nocona Cemetery. Visitation: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lillie Jane Mitchell was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Checotah, Okla.

Survivors: Husband, Afton Mitchell of Nocona; son, Sandy Mitchell of Nocona; daughters, Jane Jackson of Irving and Judy Johnston of Ardmore, Okla.; sister, Nell Walker of Nocona; brother, Donald Vandriver of Checotah, Okla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jerry Woods Funeral Home
Nocona, (817) 825-3285
 

David G. Mitchell
CROWLEY -- David G. Mitchell, 58, a maintenance engineer for Miller Brewing Co. for 19 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

David Mitchell was born April 21, 1938, in Shreveport, La.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Geri Hensley, in August 1996.

Survivors: Wife, Theresa Mitchell of Crowley; son, Kelly Crooks of Fort Worth; daughters, Scarlett Moncrief of Fort Worth, Cherry Welch of Chinquapin, N.C., Cindy Mitchell and Lindy Mitchell; son-in-law, Eric Hensley of Crowley; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and cousin, Byron Searcy of Mansfield.

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

Ruth C. Obrig
FORT WORTH -- Ruth Cotter Obrig, 76, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: noon Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Memorials: in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan C. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Ruth Obrig was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Lafayette, Ala., where she was a graduate of Ridge Grove High School. She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors: Husband, Victor Obrig of Fort Worth; daughters, Laura L. Roberts of Lewisville and Mary Katherine Hester of Mansfield; and grandchildren, Robert Dickerson and Chris Dickerson.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Paul M. Olivas
FORT WORTH -- Paul M. Olivas, 45, a machinist, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Paul Olivas was born Jan. 6, 1952, in Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a supervisor for AGAP for approximately 15 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors: Parents, Enrique and Virginia Cuevas Sr. of Fort Worth; brother, Rik Cuevas Jr. of Fort Worth; sister, Patricia C. Ballew of Arlington; grandfather, Santos Cuevas of Grandview; and nephew, Read L. Ballew Jr. of Arlington.

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

Ellenstine Oliver
FORT WORTH -- Ellenstine Oliver, 57, a homemaker, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at Gideon Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rev's Funeral Parlor.

Ellenstine Oliver was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Muskogee, Okla. She was a member of Mount Horum Baptist Church.

Survivors: Sons, Raymond Oliver, Billy Ray Oliver, Leroy Oliver and Matthew Oliver, all of Fort Worth, and John Oliver of Oklahoma; daughters, Betty L. Richie and Alice M. Johnson, both of Fort Worth, and Kathleen Barnes of Muskogee, Okla.; brothers, the Rev. Alex Kimble, the Rev. James Kimble and Tony Kimble, all of Tulsa, Okla., and Calvin Kimble of Grand Prairie; sisters, Patsy Williams, Rebecca Porter, Shirley Kimble and Lorraine Kimble, all of Tulsa; 15 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

Rev's Funeral Parlor
3615 Vaughn Blvd., 536-0200
 

Lynn Perkins
Louise Perkins
FORT WORTH -- Lynn and Louise Perkins both died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, in their home where they had lived for 38 years in southwest Fort Worth.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the John Peter Smith Department of Family and Community Medicine, 1500 S. Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

Lynn Cornelius Perkins was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1929, into a West Texas ranching family. His father, Eli Linton Perkins, gained some notoriety while serving as a coal-stoker on a U.S. warship in the first world war when an oil discovery under land he owned near Ranger turned him into a millionaire. That money lost in the Depression and his father, Eli, killed in an auto accident, Lynn was raised in humble circumstances in Abilene by his mother and big sister.

During the ensuing years, Lynn found and nourished two loves that were to be important for the rest of his life: music and science. Singing in quartets and choral groups while at Abilene High School led to continued involvement in voice during his years at McMurry College and Texas Tech University. A brief period of professional singing with the Starlight Operetta in Dallas convinced him that singing should be a vocation rather than an avocation.

It was through music that he also met the love of his life, his wife, Louise Davis Perkins. She herself was born into a West Texas family, genuine and resolute, but with a literary and academic flair. She worked as the secretary at the church in Lubbock, where Lynn sang and her sister, Nancy, acted as the accompanist. In the words of their children, "They fell in love one sunny afternoon at the church when she heard him practicing solo pieces in the empty sanctuary while she was doing church books and together established a lasting and beautiful love that is a high- water mark for human emotion."

Louise and Lynn married in 1953 while he was in his sophomore year in medical school in Galveston. Trying to start a new family, they opted for residency training with the Air Force. Three sons, Steve, Eric and Mark, were born during the years of training that took them to Washington and Hawaii before returning to Texas to set up permanent residence in Fort Worth. Lynn opened an office as the only physician south of Interstate 820 in 1958 and continued to live and work in the Wedgwood area for the next almost 40 years.

The first years in Fort Worth were tough -- the charge for an office visit was $3 -- and Dr. Perkins took a job every third night covering the emergency room and delivering babies in the obstetrics clinic at St. Joseph Hospital while Louise took care of their own three energetic children at home. There may have been no better introduction to the city than that period of spending days in the clinic getting to know the neighborhood and nights downtown taking care of trauma victims.

Over the years, the medical practice grew and Lynn became more involved at the city hospitals. At St. Joseph, he became chief of family practice, chief of medical records and eventually chief of staff. Interested in the family practice residency program at John Peter Smith, he volunteered at the clinics there and became JPS' chief of staff in 1977. He worked at Harris Hospital as chief of family practice during the 1980s. At all the hospitals he was active on the committees that maintained quality and that evaluated and credentialed new physicians. He also contributed to the medical community by working as president of the Tarrant County Medical Society and serving as chairman of many of its committees. He was a delegate to the Texas Medical Society and was active in the American Academy of Family Practice and served as its county president in 1973.

During these years Louise had returned to school to get a degree in interior design. She divided her time between this work and the endless demands of her three boys, who became competitive swimmers. Once the children were off to college, she began to work in the clinic with her husband. She was a gifted administrator and she and Lynn enjoyed being together, so this move seemed natural. As Lynn said, "She was the office manager during the good times of medicine: when the workers in the doctor's office knew and loved the patients who came in to be seen, and the patients loved those who cared for them. When patients telephoned, they knew Louise would remember them, have their chart within 30 seconds and do everything she could to solve their problem." Many people wondered that husband and wife could work happily in the same office for 20 years, but it seemed to work, and work well.

Lynn and Louise were also deeply involved in the community and civic issues and corresponded regularly with their congressmen and legislators through thousands of letters over the years. Lynn worked with the area universities and with the Tarrant County Medical Society to improve the instruction of physical education teachers in exercise and nutrition. He was elected to the board of directors of Alta Mesa National Bank at its inception over 10 years ago, and was on the Summit Bank Shares Board for the past five years.

In 1988, Lynn was found to have prostate cancer. It appeared that radical prostatectomy was not curative and that he would eventually suffer a relapse of the cancer. After much deliberation, he closed his office where he had cared for Fort Worth families for 35 years and went to work training family practice residents at John Peter Smith in 1994. Aside from staying current in the science of medicine during all those years, the most important feature of his work was the close relationship he developed with his family of patients. His direct approach to working with other physicians and his constant support of nursing and other hospital staff were all focused on bringing better medical care to the patient. His work teaching physicians-in- training at John Peter Smith was another labor of love and he would have liked to have been able to continue for a number of years, as it gave him great satisfaction. He was awarded the outstanding Family Practice Teaching Award for 1994-95.

Lynn and Louise had a relationship that was a model of loving commitment. They loved with steadfastness and joy, as anyone who might have seen them dancing, as they loved to do, could see. When Lynn developed a terminal illness, Louise thought seriously about the future and discussed it with her family. She chose to end her life, as she had lived it, beside her beloved husband of 43 years. This was a thoughtful and private decision that she did not recommend to anyone else. They will be missed by family and friends as well as by the medical community.

Survivors: Dr. and Mrs. Perkins are survived by their three cherished sons, Capt. Steven Lynn Perkins of Norfolk, Va., Mark Daniel Perkins, M.D., of Vitoria, Brazil, and Eric Davis Perkins and his wife, Jane, and their precious children, Austin and Caitlin, all of Fort Worth; Louise's sister, Nancy Cecil of Granbury; Lynn's sister and her husband, Verla Joyce and Cliff Horn of Coleman; and many nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Faye Rambo
FORT WORTH -- Faye Rambo, 93, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: private. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Faye Rambo was born June 2, 1903, in Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irva Rambo, and two sons, Delbert Rambo and Bill Rambo.

Survivors: Son, Dan Rambo and wife, Angela, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Kim Rambo, Dana Rambo, Jamie Rambo, Pam LaRue and Ronnie Rambo; and three great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Yreva J.S. Ray
WEATHERFORD -- Yreva Jean Shearer Ray, 67, a licensed vocational nurse, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford. Burial: Memory Gardens of the Valley Memorial Park of Weatherford. Rev. Fred A. Ryle Jr., pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, will officiate.

Memorials: Grace First Presbyterian Church. 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Yreva Jean Shearer Ray was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Memphis, Texas. Mrs. Ray was the daughter of Addie Kennedy Shearer and Willie Guy Shearer. She was married Dec. 6, 1949, in Hollis, Okla., to Emmit Neal Ray, who preceded her in death on May 25, 1994. She was a resident of Weatherford since 1963. She was a licensed vocational nurse for 40 years, serving with Campbell Memorial Hospital and the office of the late Dr. Platt L. Allen, M.D. She was a member of Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Ray Ringstaff.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Turley and her husband, Rusty, of Austin; brother and sister-in-law, Scyon Shearer and Luella of Azle; granddaughter, Amanda Jean Turley of Austin; and grandsons, John Edward Tray Turley III of Austin and Seth Oran Ringstaff of Weatherford.

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

Isom Reed
SAINT JO-- Isom Reed, 78, a farmer and rancher, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Nocona hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Saint Jo. Burial: Reed Cemetery in Saint Jo.

Isom Reed was born Dec. 29, 1918, in Montague County.

McCoy Funeral Home
Saint Jo, (817) 995-2288
 

Newton E. Riley
BROWNWOOD -- Newton E. Riley, 73, a retired pipeline inspector, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Brownwood.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Desdemona Cemetery. Officiating: Mike Patterson, assisted by Bill Merritt.

Newton E. Riley lived in Stinnett for 30 years before moving to Brownwood eight years ago. He was retired from Northern Natural Gas Co. Mr. Riley served in the Army as a technical sergeant in the 447th Bomb Group.

Survivors: Sons, Tom Riley of Abilene and William Riley of Brownwood.

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

Stella Roberts
LIPAN -- Stella Roberts, 84, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Granbury hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Lipan. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery.

Stella Roberts was born Aug. 14, 1912, in Acme. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lipan. She was a resident of Lipan since 1965. She married James Arthur Roberts on March 8, 1930. He preceded her in death, along with two sons, Jack and Wayne D. Roberts.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Vernon Roberts of Paris, Texas, Rupert and Melba Roberts of Amarillo and A.J. and Mildred Roberts, J.C. and Mary Roberts and Bob and Marcia Roberts, all of Lipan; daughters and sons-in-laws, Ruthie and Alton Bearden of Arlington, Patsy and Curtis Moore and Hazel and James Lack, all of Lipan, and Evelyn and Gayle Webb of Amarillo; brothers, Charlie Ray of Dumas and Robert Ray of Pampa; 28 grandchildren; 56 great- grandchildren; and 10 great-great- grandchildren.

Wiley's Chapel
Lipan, (817) 646-2255
 

Ouida L. Robinson
FORT WORTH -- Ouida L. Robinson, 83, a retired cook, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at East St. Paul Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Chapel.

Ouida L. Robinson was born Dec. 24, 1913, in Jewett. She was a member of East St. Paul Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School instructor, on the Mission Board and in various other church activities. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Thompson.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years, George Robinson; son, Jodie Ray Thompson; daughters, Alberta Tutt and Freddie Footman, and Beulah M. Jimison of ; brother, Freeman Robinson; and nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781
 

Louis J. Rosenfield Jr.
FORT WORTH -- Louis J. Rosenfield Jr., 81, retired from the U.S. Air Force, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, in Frederick, Md.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday in Minters Chapel Cemetery in Grapevine.

Louis J. Rosenfield Jr. was born July 24, 1915, in Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Flora Rosenfield.

Survivors: Wife, Elizabeth Rosenfield; sons, Rene and David; daughters, Jane, Margarate and Joan; sisters, Helen Fedore and Dorothy Bristow; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
 

Jennifer J. Rumph
STEPHENVILLE -- Jennifer Joan Rumph, 18, a student, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at a Stephenville hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Lacy Funeral Home. Burial: Johnson Cemetery.

Jennifer Joan Rumph was born April 28, 1978, in Granbury.

Survivors: Parents, Kathi and Dwain Thompson of Lingleville and David and Lisa Rumph Jr. of Wilmore, Ky.; brother, Shane Green of Lingleville; sister, Crystal Henslee of Stephenville; maternal grandparents, Ruth Israel of Merkel and Horace Thompson of Stephenville; paternal grandparents, David and Joan Rumph Sr. of Westcliffe, Colo., and Edwin and Lanna McGary of Madisonville, Ky.; great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Thompson of Lingleville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lacy Funeral Home
Stephenville, (817) 968-2102
 

Mildred J. Rupp
GRAHAM -- Mildred Joyce Rupp, 76, a retired sales clerk, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Graham hospital.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Funeral Home in Graham. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

Mildred Rupp was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Brinkman, Okla.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121
 

Mary L. Scales
DUBLIN, Texas -- Mary Louise Scales, 69, activity director of Golden Age Nursing Home, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Dublin nursing home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Stephenville. Burial: Carlton Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m.

Mary Louise Scales was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Amarillo.

Harrell Funeral Home
Dublin, Texas, (817) 445-3311
 

Hazel H. Scarlett
BRECKENRIDGE -- Hazel Hart Scarlett, 85, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Melton Funeral Home.

Hazel Hart Scarlett was born April, 18, 1911.

Melton Funeral Home
Breckenridge, (817) 559-3311
 

Barbara Taylor
HALTOM CITY -- Barbara Taylor, 57, an accounting clerk, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at a North Richland Hills hospital.

Memorial service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Barbara Taylor was born Aug. 23, 1939, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Son, Jeff Taylor of Fort Worth; daughter, Alissa Taylor of Haltom City; mother, Estelle Goines of Fort Worth; brother, Carl Goines Jr. of Fort Worth; and sister, Carolyn Murray of Fort Worth.

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

Ada Tidwell
BOWIE -- Ada Tidwell, 96, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Bowie.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at Burgess- Fry-Owens-Brumley Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial: Salona Cemetery in Bowie.

Memorials: Salona Cemetery Association Building Fund, Rt. 4, Bowie, Texas 76230.

Ada Tidwell was born Sept. 10, 1900, in Bryans Mill.

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

Christopher R. Weise
TROPHY CLUB -- Christopher R. Weise, 19, a student, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Roanoke.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Road in Southlake. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Christopher R. Weise was born July 22, 1977, in Peoria, Ill. He was a member of the Southlake Carroll band. His favorite sports were biking and swimming.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Weise, in October 1996.

Survivors: Mother and stepfather, Marla and Jim Garner of Trophy Club; brother, James Garner of Trophy Club; sister, Nicole Garner of Trophy Club; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwaine Benson of Wahoo, Neb., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Weise of Peoria, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Betty R. Wilson
KEENE -- Betty R. Wilson, 67, a bookkeeper, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, in Cleburne.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Betty R. Wilson was born May 2, 1929, in Picher, Okla. She was a member of Greenbriar Baptist Church.

Survivors: Husband, Malvin R. Wilson of Fort Worth; son, William M. Wilson and his wife, Lori A., of Rhome; daughters, Loutrisha A. Smith and her husband, James L., of Alvarado and Mary E. Smith and Olen M. Sr. of Fort Worth; sisters, Lorrain Oliver of Neosho, Mo., and Sue Havard of Claude; grandsons, Olen Michael Smith Jr. of Fort Lewis, Wash., and Richard W. Smith of Cleburne; granddaughters, Rebecca A. Oppermann of Everman, Angela M. Smith of Tacoma, Wash., and Betty Lynn Patterson of Fort Worth; great- grandchildren, Mandy Oppermann and Tracy Oppermann, both of Everman, Kevin C. Smith of Tacoma and Joshua C. Smith of Cleburne; three stepgranddaughters; three stepgreat- granddaughters; and three stepgreat- grandsons.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

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