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Published March 2, 1997

Dewey W. Allen 

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation: Noon to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Opens Arms, care of North Richland Hills Church of Christ.

Dewey Allen was born May 17, 1918, in Sedan, Kan.

He was a member of Church of Christ.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Allen; sons, Marshall Allen, Richard and Mike Weatherly; daughters, Kay Telford, Kathy Potter, Jean Cannon; brother, Frank Allen; sisters, Lila Morrow, Vera Powell, Lois Newton; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271
 

Claudia I. Benge
FORT WORTH -- Claudia Ianth Benge, 82, Fort Worth's first female advertising executive, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Broadway Baptist Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Shannon TCU Funeral Chapel.

Memorials: Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth 76104; Fairmont Neighborhood Association, PO Box 48, Fort Worth 76101; or The Live Theater League of Tarrant County, PO Box 932, Fort Worth 76101.

Claudia I. Benge was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Dallas. She graduated from Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and received a teacher training certificate from the Cooke School of Dramatic Art in Dallas. At the age of 18, she received her first job in Wellington, teaching drama and directing plays at Wellington High School. She married in Wellington and in 1940, moved to Pampa with her husband and 2-year-old son. There, she worked in a congressional campaign and began giving book reviews. Her book reviews were heard on Pampa radio station KPDN, where she also began writing and delivering a daily woman's news program. She and her husband later returned to Wellington, where she worked on the Wellington Leader newspaper.

She later moved with her family to Fort Worth, beginning employment at KFJZ radio station as a copy writer. She joined Roland Broiles Advertising as a recepionist/copy writer in 1948, and by 1961, she was Fort Worth's first female advertising executive. The agency changed to Goodman & Associates Inc. Advertising and Public Relations, and she served as officer/director and executive vice president. After retirement, she worked as the public relations consultant for Fort Worth Theater and was listed for commercial and film work with the Professional Artists Agency Inc. of Dallas.

She was very active at Broadway Baptist Church, where she taught a young persons' Sunday School class for many years. Her other membership and offices included: past president, Fort Worth chapter, Women in Communication; past president, Fort Worth Business and Professional Women; First Chairman of Fort Worth Cable Television Board; member of Mid-South Neighborhood Planning Committee; and vice chair for South Side Sector Planning Committee.

Among her numerous awards were the Fort Worth Ad Club's Silver Medal Award 1978 (18th recipient and first woman) and the "1972 National Advertising Woman of the Year" from the Women's Advertising Clubs of America.

She produced 56 30-minute weekly syndicated TV shows "Crafts with Katy", starring Katy Dacus, which ran on 86 stations across the coutnry. She was also the first woman to do "live" commercials on WBAP-TV Channel 5.

During the 1950s, she was a popular book reviewer and luncheon speaker. In 1977, she returned to her first love - dramatics. She performed at the Fort Worth Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Circle Theater, and appeared in numerous TV commercials and industrial films. She also appeared in the award-winning feature length film, "Places in the Heart." In Fort Worth Theater's 1978 production of Arsenic and Old Lace , Star-Telegram reviewer, Elston Brooks termed her performance as Martha Brewster "marvelously dotty",

Claudia Ianth Benge was preceded in death by her husband, W. Lester Benge.

Survivors: Sister, Roberta Moffit of Chandler; son, Willam D. Benge and his wife, Sharon, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, W. Bret Benge of Lubbock, Brook J. Benge of Fort Worth and E. Barrett Benge of Washington, D.C.; and great- grandchildren, Baker, Brice, and Brody Benge of Lubbock.

Shannon-TCU Funeral Chapel
3015 Merida, 926-3314
 

Donald J. Bishop
FORT WORTH -- Donald J. Bishop, 63, a retired deputy sheriff, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Bishop was born Jan. 25, 1934, in Richmond, Ind. He was in law enforcement for 25 years and retired from the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.

Survivors: Wife, Glenda Bishop of Fort Worth; daughters, Jann Bishop of Saginaw and Pam Nelson and husband, Gary, of Saginaw; grandchildren, Jason Bishop, Jennifer Nelson, and Garrett Nelson. He was known to his grandchildren as the world's greatest crime fighter.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Ross R. Black
HALTOM CITY -- Ross R. Black, 85, a plant manager, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a North Richland Hills hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Black was born March 3, 1911, in Justin.

Ross R. Black passed into the sweet arms of Jesus on Friday and will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors: Wife, Katie Statch Black of Haltom City; son, Raymond Ross Black of Venus; daughters, Peggy Downs of Haltom City, Linda Blum of Dallas; five grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

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

Marie Boone
MINERAL WELLS -- Marie Whatley Boone, 86, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Indian Creek Baptist Church, Mineral Wells. Burial: Indian Creek Cemetery, Mineral Wells. Visitation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at White's Funeral Home, Mineral Wells.

Memorials: Indian Creek Cemetery Association, Star Rt., Box 55, Mineral Wells, 76067.

Marie Boone was born March 10, 1910, in Indian Creek, Palo Pinto County. She was a mother that was loved by all who knew her. Mrs. Boone was preceded in death by her husband, F.M. "Ug" Boone and a son, Donald Boone.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Chad and Peggy Boone of Mineral Wells and Herman and Beverly Boone of Miami, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kenneth Seaman of Granbury; 11 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Llewellyn R. Booth
ARLINGTON -- Llewllyn R. Booth, 84, a former worker in a dress factory, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at White's Chapel of Memories in Weatherford. Burial: New Gordon Cemetery in Gordon. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Llwellyn R. Booth was born May 18, 1912, in Parker County. She married Sam Booth April 7, 1945. She worked in a dress factory for many years. She was active in the Rebekah Lodge and the Eastern Star. She loved trvelling and her hobby was crocheting. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Kitchen Band. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Booth, March 1980.

Survivors: Nephew, Ed and his wife, Bea Hooper of Gordon; sister-in-law, Emma Reynolds of Richardson; cousin, Edna Evitt of Georgia; and many special friends from the Rebekah Lodge.

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

Thelma Burkhalter
HALTOM CITY -- Thelma Burkhalter, 89, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Haltom City.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Thelma Burkhalter was born Feb. 15, 1908, in Smithfield.

Mrs. Burkhalter was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Burkhalter in 1964.

Survivors: Daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Dan Jernigan of Haltom City, Mary Lucille Fitzcharles of Lake Worth; sister, Beaulah Whitehead of Cleburne; grandchildren, Mary Trimm, Patricia Ball, Billie Fitzcharles, Robin Fitzcharles, Debbie Kilway, Dell Jernigan; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Eva G. Butler
FORT WORTH -- Eva Gibson Butler, 98, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Shannon TCU Funeral Chapel. Graveside service: 3 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Graham.

Eva Gibson Butler was born Feb. 18, 1899, in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). She was dearly loved by her family and friends.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Archibald Crow of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Archie Crow Jr. and Cynthia and Numan Loafman, all of Fort Worth; and great-grandchildren, Jennifer Loafman, Brooke Loafman and John Loafman, all of Fort Worth.

Shannon-TCU Funeral Chapel
3015 Merida, 926-3314
 

Jimmy W. Cathey
MANSFIELD -- Jimmy Wayne Cathey Sr., 60, who was a yardman and worked for Jack Cooper Transport, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

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

Mr. Cathey was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Bosque County.

Survivors: Wife, Patsy Cathey; sons, John Russell Strunk, Jimmy Wayne Cathey Jr., Wesley Jackson Cathey, all of Mansfield; brother, Wiley Jackson Cathey Jr. of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Cody Frank Cathey, Megan Nicole Cathey, both of Crowley; and nephew, Johnny Edward Cathey of Hillsboro.

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

Elva Rose Dickson
GRANBURY -- Elva Rose Dickson, 79, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Granbury.

Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Mememorial Park.

Elva Rose Dickson was born Nov. 5, 1917, in Prescott, Ariz.

Survivors: Husband, W.L. "Bill" Dickson of Granbury; daughters, Sheila Janell Antonio of Temple and Joyce Marie Jones of Rowlett; brother, Ray Arrowood of Bangs; sister, Laverne Arce of Covina, Calif.; and grandchildren, Daniel M. Antonio, Nathan T. Jones, and Curtis R. Jones.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Archie L. Drain
DENTON -- Archie Leonard Drain, 56, a retired minister and rancher, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Denton hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son.

Mr. Drain was born May 10, 1940, in Newark. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of Aurora Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Leonard Drain and mother, Johnnie Leonard (McCrary) Drain.

Survivors: Wife, Mary B. (Grissett) Drain; stepdaughter, Mary Barnett; stepsons, Roland Baker, Bobby Baker, Michael Baker, Thomas Jack Baker; brother, Ernest Drain; sisters, Mary Ellen Smith, Carrie Huschke; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son
Denton, (817) 382-6622
 

Kaitlin E. Eggleston
BURLESON -- Kaitlin Elizabeth Eggleston, 8-days-old, died Thursday Feb. 27, 1997, at a Dallas medical center.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Blessing Funeral Home. Burial: Private.

Memorials: Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Kaitlin Eggleston was born Feb. 20, 1997, in Arlington.

Survivors: Parents, Mark and Kayla Eggleston; brothers, Christopher and Eric Eggleston, all of Burleson; grandparents, Joe and Jerry Eggleston of Alba, Brenda Gardner of Morton, Gene Gardner of Levelland; and great- grandmother, Norma Lee Gardner of Morton.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Myrtle D. Fields
FORT WORTH -- Myrtle Delores Fields, 70, a homemaker, died Thursday at home.

Funeral: Noon Tuesday at Providence Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral Chapel.

Myrtle Delores Fields was born July 11, 1926. She was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church, and an active worker in the community.

She was the widow of Preston Fields.

Survivors: Sons, Thomas Robinson Jr., Lester Fields, Marvin Fields, Andrew Fields, Anderson Fields, James Fields, Earnest Fields, Michael Fields, Rickie Fields, Wayne Fields, and Anthony Fields, all of Fort Worth; daughters, Mae Vaughn George and May Bell Davis; sister, Mercede Parker; 45 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781
 

James R. Forson
DUBLIN -- James Richard Forson, 72, a farmer, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at his home in Proctor.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harrell Funeral Home. Burial: Lower Greens Creek Cemetery, Erath County.

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

D.L. Fuller Jr.
WILLS POINT -- D.L. Fuller Jr., 73, a retired American Airlines employee, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Terrell hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Sunday at the Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point. Burial: White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point.

Officiants: Alvis Nichols and Dr. Gene Lindsey.

Mr. Fuller was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Wills Point. He retired from American Airlines after 27 years of service. He formerly drove for Ray Smith Transport Co. of Dallas. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps, in the 95th Bomb Group, completing 25 missions. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors: Wife, Allye Fuller of Wills Point; daughter, Marilyn Henson of Commerce; two sons, Allan Fuller of Wills Point, and Selby Fuller of Grand Saline; seven grandchildren; four aunts; and one uncle.

Allan Fuller Funeral Home
Wills Point (903) 873-3933
 

Leona K. Hamil
MANSFIELD -- Leona Kathryn Hamil, 96, a lunchroom manager for public schools, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Grand Prairie nursing home.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Sunday in Mansfield Cemetery.

Leona Hamil was born Nov. 15, 1900, in Comanche County.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Marilyn S. Hopton-Jones
FORT WORTH -- Marilyn S. Hopton- Jones, 66, a retired legal secretary, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 3800 Popplewell St., Richland Hills. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Marilyn Hopton-Jones was born April 23, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., to the Rev. D.D. "Duke" Seger and his beloved wife, Mary. In 1943, the family moved to Fort Worth, where her parents attended Southwest Baptist Seminary. Mrs. Hopton-Jones attended various schools while her father moved during his pastorate. She graduated from high school in Mart, and completed her education at Baylor University. She worked professionally as a legal secretary for three decades, ten years at the law firm of Cantey-Hanger, where she was secretary to the managing partner. She had been retired about five years.

Mrs. Hopton-Jones was a faithful member of the Altar Guild at St. Michael's Episcopal Church. She will be remembered as a very loving and kind person by all whose life she touched.

She was preceded in death by her father and younger sister, Maxine.

Survivors: Her loving husband of 36 years, Fred Hopton-Jones of Fort Worth; sons, "Rusty" James and John Burris and their families; step-sons, Rick, Ron and Doug Hopton-Jones and their families, all from the Dallas/Fort Worth area; mother, Mary of Granbury; brother, Jim Serger and family; and ten grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Jack Klinglesmith
FORT WORTH -- Jack Klinglesmith, 47, a supervisor, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Jack Klinglesmith was born March 4, 1949, in Beech Grove, Ind. He was an avid bowler. He had the second-highest three game series in Tarrant County. He worked for Westbridge Printing Services for over 10 years.

Survivors: Wife, Liz Klinglesmith of Fort Worth; father, of Indiana; three brothers of Indiana; one sister of Indiana; and mother-in-law, Cleo Moss of Fort Worth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Jo B. Lowe
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Jo Babe Lowe, 69, a retired office manager and secretarial worker, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at an Arlington hospital.

Funeral:Private.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lowe.

Survivors: Daughters, Joan Ervin Weekley and Ethyl Lewis, both of Grand Prairie.

Brown's Grand Prairie Funeral Home
Grand Prairie, (972) 263-5570
 

J. C. Matthews
CLEBURNE -- J. C. Matthews, 78, a retired carpenter, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Cleburne.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Martin's Funeral Home in Cleburne. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Mr. Matthews was born June 2, 1918, in Grandview.

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

Paul McWhorter
DENTON -- Paul McWhorter, 80, professor emeritus of Business Administration at the University of North Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at home.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Monday at Schmitz-Floyd-Anderson Funeral Home. Burial: Private burial. Dr. James E. Spivey will officiate. Visitation: 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Ann's Haven Hospice, The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home of Denton.

Dr. Paul McWhorter was born Oct. 20, 1916, on a ranch in southwestern Oklahoma to R.O. and Mary Rebecca Meek McWhorter. He spent his early years farming and ranching in Oklahoma. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

During World War II, he served as finance officer with the sixth Army in the Southwest Pacific, where he saw duty in the Philippines, New Guinea and Austrailia. He later was stationed with the Army of Occupation in Japan where he acquired an avid interest in Oriental art and culture.

Dr. McWhorter earned a degree in economics at Oklahoma State University and M.B.A, Ph.D and J.D. degrees from Ohio State University. He also did post-graduate studies in international law at Southern Methodist University and was licensed to practice before the Supreme Court.

He married Dr. Suzanne Schirrman on Dec. 20, 1949 in Portsmouth, Ohio. They were members of the faculties of the University of Arkansas, Ohio State University and Texas Tech University before joining the faculty of the University of North Texas as a team in 1958. He served as chairman of the marketing department for 11 years and remained on the faculty unitl his retirement in 1982.

Along with his wife, he did extensive consulting work in marketing and international law both here and abroad. His biography is included in Who's Who in the South and Southwest. He was a member of the American Marketing Association, The American Bar Association, The Ohio Bar Association, The International Bar Association, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Order of the Coif. He was also a member of the Denton Country Club, The Petroleum Club of Fort Worth and the Greater Denton Arts Council.

Honorary Pallbearers: H.G. Shepard, Dr. C.L. Littlefield, A.N. Harrison, Dr. W.C. McCormick, John Tompkins, Dr. John L. Dawson, Dr. Henry Hays, John Shrader, Dr. James Lott, Walter Parker, William Rosch, and Bill Utter Sr.

Survivors: Wife of 47 years, Dr. Suzanne Schirrman McWhorter of Denton; sister, Evelyn McWhorter McNeely of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nine nieces and nephews; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Schmitz-Floyd-Anderson Funeral Home
Denton, (817) 382-2214
 

Elvira E. Miranda
ARLINGTON -- Elvira E. Miranda, 86, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at an Arlington care center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Officiating, Rev. Joseph Scantlin.

Elvira Miranda was born June 16, 1910, in Bogota, Columbia. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emilio A. Miranda, her sons, Rafael A. Miranda and Emilio A. Miranda Jr., and a granddaughter, Teresa E. Miranda.

Survivors: Daughter, Elvira Allen and her husband, Phillip R., of Arlington; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

William O. Modglin
HICO -- William Oliver "Roxy" Modglin, 69, a retired postal worker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Rutledge Funeral Home.

William Modglin was born July 14, 1927, in Anna, Ill.

Rutledge Funeral Home
Hico, (817) 796-4722
 

Robert D. Nance
DECATUR -- Robert "Boomer" Douglas Nance, 31, a truck driver for Rumco Trucking Inc., died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Decatur from injuries received in a car accident.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial: Wheatland Memorial Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Nance was born Sept. 9, 1965, in Dallas.

Survivors: Wife, Jodi; stepson, Joshua Hoffmann, both of Decatur; mother and stepfather, Charlotte and Raymond Kay of Longview; father and stepmother, Ron and Mary Nance of Bridgeport; brother, David Holt of Denver, Col., step-brothers, Shane Kay of Longview, Shea Johnson of Landover, Md.; great-grandmother, Daisy Gibson of Grice; and grandmother, Evelyn Nance of Dallas.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

Dorothy M. Patterson
FORT WORTH -- Dorothy Mae "Dot" Patterson, 75, a retired Justin Boot Company inspector, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Moore Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy Patterson was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Kemp.

Survivors: Son, Bill Patterson of Fort Worth; nephew, Ronnie Babcock of Keller; nieces, Virginia Ashcraft of Hurst, Vivian McCleskey of San Antonio, Irene Sweely of Hurst, Jeanette Dixon of San Antonio; several great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

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

Mildred L. Richardson
AZLE -- Mildred Louise Richardson, 73, a homemaker and rancher, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Mildred Richardson was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Taylor County.

She lived in this area since 1948 and was a member of the Audubon Society. She enjoyed studying birds and things of nature.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lee Richardson Sr., on Sept. 19, 1979.

Survivors: Son, E. L. "Mo" Richardson Jr.; daughter, Kelley F. Martin, both of Azle; brothers, Jack L. Bates of Jasper, Denton Bates of Haskell; one half- brother; two half-sisters; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Hwy., 237-3341
 

James W. Smith
FORT WORTH -- James William "Jim Bill" Smith, 77, a retired elementary school principal, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997 in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Arlington Heights Christian Church General Fund. James William Smith was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Fort Worth. He was a retired school principal from Fort Worth ISD and worked in Golden Gloves for more than 30 years. He was a Master Sargent in the 60th Troop Carrier Group in the Army Air Force in World War II.

Survivors: Wife, Melva Smith of Fort Worth; son, Terry Smith and his wife, Beth, of Richardson and Dale Smith and his wife, Carol, of Cortez, Colo.; grandchildren, Kim Stewart, Kyle Smith and his wife, Brandi, and Kent Smith; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Smith and Kara Smith.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Mattie Steele
EULESS -- Mattie Steele, 93, a retired merchandise sales clerk, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at an Arlington care center.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Sunday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Mattie Steele was born July 30, 1903.

She was Pentecostal and was married Oct. 5, 1936 to Albion B. Steele.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Day.

Survivors: Husband, Albion B. Steele of Arlington; grandchildren, R. L. "Bobby" Day Jr., Marcus Day, Timothy Day, all of Dallas; and several cousins.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Louis W. Teague
DUBLIN -- Louis Wesley Teague, 75, a retired General Dynamics employee, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a De Leon hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday at Cow Creek Cemetery, Erath County.

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

Georgia F. Thornton
HAMILTON -- Georgia Fay Thornton, 80, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Hamilton.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Riley Funeral Home. Burial: Gentry's Mill Cemetery.

Georgia Thornton was born Feb. 15, 1917.

Riley Funeral Home
Hamilton, (817) 386-3117
 

Glen Ward
KELLER -- Glen Ward, 63, a hydro conduit maintenance man, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials: Salvation Army or the American Lung Association.

Glen Ward was born July, 30, 1933 in Perry County, Ky. He was employed by CSR Hydro Conduit six years.

Survivors: Wife, Joan Ward of Keller; sisters, Ruby Cervino of Norco, Calif., Pat Travis of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ann Hood and Marjorie Marriott, both of Long Beach, Calif.; and nephew Vaughn Bonham of Azle.

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

Oscar J. Weber Jr.
ARLINGTON -- Oscar Joe Weber Jr., 69, a retired manufacturer's representative and Army veteran, died Wednesday Feb. 26, 1997, at a Grand Prairie hospital.

Memorial service: was Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Arlington.

Memorials: Grace Lutheran Boy Scout Troop No. 376.

Accoring to his wishes, Mr. Weber's body was willed to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for the education of future doctors.

Survivors: Children, Mike and Becky Weber of Sealy, Steve Weber of McDonough, Ga., Sondra and Paul Schubert of Arlington, Carl and Linda Weber of Richmond, Gregg Weber of Fort Myers, Fla, Becky and Glenn Higgins of Cincinnati, Ohio, Terri and Roy Radcliffe of Mansfield; sister, Shirley and James Bowers of Mount Pleasant; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
 

Leroy Wilbourn
FORT WORTH -- Leroy Wilbourn, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997, at home.

Funeral:2 p.m. Tuesday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Wilbourn was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Tupelo, Miss. He was preceded in death by his son, Fredrick Wilbourn.

Survivors: Wife, Fannie Mae Wilbourn of Memphis, Tenn.; sons, Leroy Wilbourn, Ray Charles Wilbourn and Anthony Wilbourn; daughters, Joyce Cooper, Rannie Wilbourn and Nancy Wilbourn; sister, Cora L. Peges; grandmother, Ella Hill; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Edith L. Williamson
COLEMAN -- Edith L. Williamson, a homemaker, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at a Coleman care center.

Funeral:2 p.m. Sunday at Coker Funeral Home. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

Edith L. Williamson was born Feb. 4, 1900, in Wise County. She was married to John Fred Williamson, who preceded her in death.

Survivors: Three nieces, Kerry L. Wilde of Trinity, Berta R. Kiar of Valley Center, Calif., Merrinette Williams of Burleson; two nephews, Harold W. Weatherby of Crawford, Colo., and Dr. John E. McDaniel of Monte Vista, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Gladys McDaniel of Fort Worth.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

William N. Wood
DE LEON -- William N. "Bill" Wood, 76, a farmer and rancher, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a De Leon hospital.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Nowlin Funeral Home. Burial: Gardens of Memory.

Survivors: Wife, Flo Wood of De Leon; three brothers; four sisters.

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

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