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Published March 3, 1997

Paul V. Alveraz
GRAHAM -- Paul Vera Alveraz, 51, a construction worker, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Graham nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Graham. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

Mr. Alveraz was born June 26, 1945, in Edinburg.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121

Bessie Bailey
HALTOM CITY -- Bessie Bailey, 76, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Haltom City.

Graveside service:2 p.m. Monday in Parkdale Cemetery. Visitation: 8 a.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.

Bessie Bailey was born June 28, 1920, in Mansfield.

Survivors: Brother, Charles Parsley of Winnsboro; sisters, Lorna Thompson and Sue Claunch, both of Fort Worth; two nephews; and two nieces.

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

Martha F. Bailey
FORT WORTH -- Martha Fern Bailey, 86, a homemaker, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: was 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Wilson Chapel Cemetery.

Officiant: Rev. Don Pellican.

Mrs. Bailey was born Nov. 29, 1910, in Kaufman.

Survivors: Daughters, Marie Foster and husband, Kenneth, of Springtown; Sandra Townsend and husband, Troy, of Azle; sisters, Jewell Larry of Atlanta, Ga., and Trudie Jackson of Rockwall; brother, Grover Bailey of Houston; three grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home
Kaufman (214) 932-2191

John I. Barron
HALTOM CITY -- John Irvin "Little John" Barron, 48, a sheet metal worker with Lewis & Lambert, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. George Catholic Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rosary: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Mr. Barron was born June 4, 1948, in Lamesa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionicio and Refugia Barron, and a brother, Alfred Barron.

Survivors: Brothers, Jesus Barron of Fort Worth, Noe Barron of Grand Prairie, Rudy Barron of San Angelo, and Dionicio Barron Jr. of Anson; 17 nieces and nephews; 24 great-nieces and nephews.

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

Frank Beeson Jr.
KEENE -- Frank Beeson Jr., 78, a retired Seventh Day Adventist pastor, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Cleburne.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Keene Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial: Keene Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Beeson was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Winn Parrish, La.

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

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.

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 country. 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

Dola W. Boyd
JUSTIN -- Dola Winona Boyd, 84, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Justin care center.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. Monday at Justin I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Justin.

Dola Winona Boyd was born Jan. 10, 1913 in Bridgeport. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Lee and Pearl Franks and her husband, Jesse Boyd. Survivors: Sister, Oleta Blevins of Emmitt, Idaho; brothers, Harold Franks of Haslett and C.L. Franks of Joshua; and several nieces and nephews.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Sherri Bea Bradshaw
DECATUR -- Sherri Bea Bradshaw, 60, who worked in the personnel office for Federal Emergency Management Agency, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Burial: Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home.

Sherri Bea Bradshaw was born May 20, 1936, in Shawnee, Okla. She married Jim Bradshaw on March 1, 1958, in Fairfax, Okla. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur and the Beta Sigma Sorority. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Smith.

Survivors: Husband, Jim Bradshaw of Decatur; sons, sons and daughters- in-law, Chris and Linda Bradshaw of Madill, Okla. and John and Christal Bradshaw of Decatur; daughters and sons- in-law, Cyndie and Pete Davidson of Aurora, Ill. and Kim and Ricky Dobbs of Pflugerville; brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Carolyn Smith of Shawnee, Okla.; sisters, Penny Smith of Shawnee, Okla. and Clara Zoe and Hoke Smith of Tulsa, Okla.; uncle, John Winters of Mineral Wells; and 10 grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Raul W. Brooks
EULESS -- Raul William Brooks, 52, a machinist, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at home.

Funeral:1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial park. Visitation: Noon to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Rosary: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.

Mr. Brooks was born July 10, 1944, in El Paso.

Survivors: Wife, Alma Brooks; sons, Raul A. Brooks Jr., and Jimmy W. Brooks; daughter, Lucrecia Brooks; and mother, Eva Carrillo.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271

Myra Conway
JACK COUNTY -- Myra Conway, 96, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Henrietta care center.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Coker Funeral Home. Burial: Shannon Cemetery in Clay County.

Myra Conway was born June 1, 1900, in Erath County.

She was a faithful member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church as a senior choir member, Sunday school and the Mission Society.

Survivors: Son, Cornelius Washington of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nine great-great- grandchildren; one niece; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Coker Funeral Home
Jacksboro, (817) 567-3778

Merce Davila
FORT WORTH -- Merce Davila, 63, a steel welder, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rosary: 7 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Mr. Davila was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Kenedy.

Survivors: Wife, Elena Davila; sons, Roberto Davila, Gilbert Davila, Rubin Davila, Armando Davila, Jesse Davila, Lorenzo Davila; daughters, Yolanda Davila, Victoria Davila, Virginia Davila, Brenda Rodriquez, Judy Davila, all of Fort Worth; brothers, Joe Davila of Victoria, Lorenzo Davila, Roberto Davila, David Davila, all of Alice, Adolph Davila of Houston; sisters, Francisca Davila of Corpus Christi, Eva Davila, Elida Davila; 48 grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

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

Frances Deel
MILLSAP -- Frances Deel, 65, a retired sales clerk for Sears & Roebuck, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Parker County.

Frances Deel was born June 10, 1931, in Hood County and lived in Mineral Wells and Millsap all of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Millsap.

Survivors: Husband, Weldon I. Deel of Millsap; sons, Larry Weldon and wife, Marsha Deel, of Peaster and Danny Joe and wife, Janet Deel, of Brock; mother, Flossie Clary of Millsap; nine brothers and sisters; numerous nieces and nephews; and grandchildren, Amie, Kristi and Staci Deel of Peaster, Misti and husband, Darrell Leatherman, of Omaha, Neb., and Matthew and Jacob Deel of Brock.

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

Mary R.M. Denton
EULESS -- Mary Ruth McDonald Denton, 56, a fifth grade teacher, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral:3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lucas Funeral Home, Hurst. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Byron Denton, Shelton Ogle, Eric Ogle, Bill Sanford, David Lamb and Joe Wilson.

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Mary Ruth McDonald Denton was born April 16, 1940, in Decatur. She received her BA and MS in Elementary Education from North Texas State Teacher's College. After starting in Electra, she moved to the mid-cities area and taught in the HEB School District. Most recently, Mary taught fifth grade at Spring Garden Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her son, Scott; her mother, Ruth McDonald; and her sister, Billie Ruth McDonald.

Survivors: Husband, Sam A. Denton of Euless; parent, Bill McDonald of Euless; and several cousins.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271

Dale C. Ellis
FORT WORTH -- Dale C. Ellis, 61, who worked in the electronics division of NASA, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, in Fort Worth.

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

Dale Ellis was born Oct. 6, 1935, in Sweetwater. He was a member of the East Gate Masonic Lodge of Charlotte, N.C., and of the First Baptist Church of Arlington. He was an avid sports enthusiast and loved music. He will be missed by his loving family and friends.

Survivors: Son, Loren Bennett of Tyler; daughters, Lisa Bennett of Henderson, Kimberly O'Donnell and Cheryl Ellis, both North Carolina; mother, Mrs. Chloe Hodges; sister, Mrs. Carlo Mirocovich (Doris) of Portland; three grandchildren; and friend, Margaret Vorderkunz.

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

Lester G. English Sr.
ALVARDO -- Lester G. English Sr., 70 a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Alvardo.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth.

Lester G. English Sr. was born Oct. 10, 1926 in Plainview. Mr. English died after a long battle with illness. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea. His ribbons include the Victory Medal, Silver Star and Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Leroy, and brother, Marvin English.

Survivors: Wife, Martha Jane English of Alvarado; sons, Mark English of Aledo, Matthew English of Burleson, James Paul English of Alvarado and Lester George English Jr. of Fort Worth; daughters, Lizabeth Kay Key of Fort Worth; mother, Naomi Evelyn English of San Dimas, Calif.; companion, Jane M. Austin of Alvarado; brothers, Almer R. English of Medford, Ore. and Bobby English of Covina, Calif.; sisters, Flora Fogliatti of Whittier, Calif. and Lelah Mullican, Claremont, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

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

Josie Green
LUBBOCK -- Josie Green, 84, a seamstress for 15 years, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Lubbock hospital.

Funeral:10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brownfield Funeral Home. Burial: Brownfield Cemetery in Brownfield.

Josie Green was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Pottsboro. She was reared and attended schools in Sherman. She married Bennie Green Nov. 21, 1936, in Sherman. They moved to Brownfield in 1936, and to Lubbock in 1962. She worked as a seamstress out of her home for 15 years. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Mr. Green preceded her in death July 14, 1993.

Survivors: Son, Ben Green of Midland; brother, Raymond F. Waters of Bedford; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Brownfield Funeral Home
Brownfield (806) 637-3555

Minnie Hamil
ARLINGTON -- Minnie Hamil, 93, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital or Shriners Children's hospital.

Minnie Hamil was born Dec. 10, 1903, in Mansfield.

Survivors: Daughters and sons-in- law, Betty and Julian Ferguson of Kennedale and George Ann and Kenneth Andrews of Arlington; grandchildren, Bill and Kim Phelps of Grand Prairie and Kay and Bill Stanley of Stephenville; great-granddaughter, Traci Phelps of Fort Worth; and great-grandson and wife, Matt and Joni Stanley of Granbury.

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

Hazel R. Henderson
FORT WORTH -- Hazel Rowe Henderson, 88, a retired clerk for the Federal Aviation Administration, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:10 a.m. Tuesday at Hemphill Presbyterian Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lucas Funeral Home on North Sylvania.

Hazel Rowe Henderson was born March 3, 1908, in Howe, and was a longtime resident of Riverside area of Fort Worth. She was a graduate of Trinity University in Waxahachie. She retired from the FAA after 20 years.

The family expresses thanks to Dr. Carlos Japas, nurses of Huguley Hospital, and nurses and aides of Huguley Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alsfred H. Henderson, and by five brothers and sisters.

Survivors: Daughter, Marilyn Null and husband, Joe of Fort Worth; three grandchildren, Gayla McClain and husband, Rob of Sugarland, Jolyn Watson and husband, Sheldon, and Tammy Mize and husband, Monty, all of Fort Worth; eight great-grandchildren, Lindsey Watson, Jordon Watson, Mallory Watson, Zachary Love, McKenzy Mize, Macy Mize, Nathan McClain, and Mollee McClain; and beloved nieces and nephews.

Lucas Funeral Home
517 N. Sylvania Ave., 838-2336

Rosalinda Hernandez
MINERAL WELLS -- Rosalinda Hernandez, 31, a public transportation worker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Mineral Wells. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery, Mineral Wells. Rosary: 7 p.m. Monday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.

Rosalinda Hernandez was born May 18, 1965, in Mineral Wells. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She was a driver for Palo Pinto County Transit.

Survivors: Husband, Gabrial Hernandez; sons, Robert Hernandez and Gabrial Hernandez Jr.; daughter, Candalaria Hernandez; parents, Lopez and Agnes Barron; two brothers; three sisters; and nieces and nephews.

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

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 Seger and family; and ten grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Ann H. Isbell
FORT WORTH -- Ann Hawkins Isbell, 76, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth care center.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: noon to 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ann Hawkins Isbell was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Olney. She was a member of Midtown Church of Christ, the Riverside Eastern Star, the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxillary.

Survivors: Sons, David E. Coffey of Sterling, Va., Ronald B. Coffey of Fort Worth, Larry S. Coffey of Hobbs, N.M. and Norman Tracy Hawkins of Fort Worth; sisters, Lorene Wagnon and Bertha Bornor, both of Hobbs, N.M. and Pauline Davis of Colorado City; eight grandchildren; and 10 great- grandchildren.

Lucas Funeral Home
517 N. Sylvania Ave., 838-2336

Deanie L. McKenzie
RANGER -- Deanie Lowe McKenzie, 74, a housewife and mother, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Lubbock hospital.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Ranger. Burial: Granbury Cemetery.

Deanie McKenzie was born July 14, 1922, near Glen Rose.

Edwards Funeral Home
Ranger, (817) 647-1133

James M. McLaughlin
GRAPEVINE -- James Melvin McLaughlin, 82, a retired Standard Oil employee, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, in Grapevine.

Funeral:Noon Tuesday at J. E. Foust & Son in Grapevine. Burial: Medlin Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. McLaughlin was born March 11, 1914, in Halliday, Ark., and was a former resident of Mabank.

Survivors:Wife, Dorothy McLaughlin of Grapevine; four daughters, Peggy Foraker of Trophy Club, Sue Degayner of Grapevine, Kay Sargent of Plano, and Joy Wakefield of Japan; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors
Grapevine, 481-2525

Dewayne Morris Sr.
TOLAR -- Dewayne "Tex" Morris Sr., 43, a plumber, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:3 p.m. Tuesday at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial: Tolar Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Morris was born July 25, 1953, in Stafford, Ariz. He was an Army veteran. He was a Tolar volunteer fireman; 1st Response Team; EMT to Tolar football team; volunteer Tolar Community Service; and working to establish a city park in Tolar. He was a volunteer to help children in Tolar have more in school and their community.

Survivors: Wife, Janie Morris of Tolar; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Tonya Snyder and Dewayne Jr. and Heather Morris, all of Tolar; parents, Joe McIntire of Cisco, and Maxine McIntire of Garland; brothers, Mark McIntire and Calab McIntire, both of Cisco; sisters, Sabrina Cole and Rebecca McIntire, both of Garland, and Ella Jones of Allen; four grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-3000

Johnny Mosley
FORT WORTH -- Johnny Mosley, 33, a janitorial cleaning employee, died Friday, Feb. 28 ,1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

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

Memorials: To the Kidney Foundation.

Mr. Mosley was born August 12, 1963, in Fort Worth. He was a loving son who lived his life for his family.

Survivors: Parents, Charles and Bessie Ann Mosley of Fort Worth; brothers, Charles C. Mosley (Clayton) of Fort Worth and Ricky Wayne Mosley of Azle; sister, Tammy Leann Mosley of Azle; and grandfathers, David Lesley Mosely of Fort Worth and Richard Steele of Oregon.

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

Leigh A. Neumann
RIVER OAKS -- Leigh Ann Neumann, 37, a teacher's aide and librarian for Castleberry Independent School District, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Leigh Ann Neumann was born Jan., 21, 1960, in Fort Worth, where she lived all her life. Leigh Ann Neumann was employed as a librarian at A.V. Cato Elementary School for six years. Leigh Ann was a warm, loving, beautiful person and a devoted mother and wife. She will be deeply missed by her family, her husband and children, and her many, many friends and students in the Castleberry School District.

Survivors: Husband, Lenny Neumann of River Oaks; son, Bradley Collins of River Oaks; daughters, Kristi Collins and Katie Collins, both of River Oaks; father Leland Cutshall; mother, Margaret Hardy of Fort Worth; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Cherilyn Cutshall of Arlington and Tim and Patrice Cutshall of Burleson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Mary Neumann of Fort Worth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patrick Neumann of Fort Worth, Rick and Liz Neumann of Watauga, Tracy and Cindi Neumann of San Antonio, Tony and Vicki Neumann of Haltom City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511

Jimmy R. Parker
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Jimmy Ray Parker, 65, a retired owner of Parker Exxon Service Station and Wrecker Service in Grapevine, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at J. E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Parker was born July 25, 1932, in Roanoke.

He was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge of Haltom City.

Survivors: Wife, Irene Parker of North Richland Hills; son, James Norman of Denton; daughter, Linda Adkins of North Richland Hills; brother, J. L. Parker of Watauga; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors
Grapevine, 481-2525

Ruth J. Persons
WEATHERFORD -- Ruth Josephine Persons, 92, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997 at a Weatherford nursing center.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. Tuesday in Rest Haven Cemetery in Quitaque.

Ruth Persons was born May 16, 1904, in Montley County

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Tad and Nila Persons of Richardson; daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Rayford Hewett of Weatherford; six grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

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

Inez H. Pierce
GRANBURY -- Inez Heathington Pierce, 74, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Granbury hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Martin's Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial: Holly Hills Memorial Park of Granbury.

Inez Heathington Pierce was born July 6, 1922, in Clarendon.

Martin's Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-1154

Lewis Pryor
ARLINGTON -- Lewis Pryor, 81, an oil industry supervisor, died of heart failure, Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Arlington.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Arlington Funeral Home. Burial: Parkdale Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Brother David Wiggins will officiate.

Mr. Pryor was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Homewood, Miss.

He lived most of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah, having moved there from Homewood, Miss. in 1946. He retired from Amoco Oil Company after 32 years in 1978. He later married Addie Smith of Arlington. They made their home in Arlington for the past six years.

Pallbearers: Dale Latham, Ted Malcolm, James Wade, John Wade, Johnny Farrar and Don Kirby.

Survivors: Wife, Addie Pryor of Arlington; sons, John Smith of Arlington, Terry Smith of Irving; daughter, Laquitta Smith of Arlington; daughters-in-law, Eileen Smith, Sharen Smith; brothers, Jack Pryor, Allen Pryor; sisters, Martha Alford, Alma Parker, all of Homewood, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791

Walter E. Samo
GRAHAM -- Walter Emil Samo, 77, a retired Graham Fire Department worker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Graham hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakgrove Cemetery, Graham.

Walter Samo was born March 27, 1919, in New York City, N.Y. He was a resident of Graham 32 years.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121

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

Roy D. Smith
HALTOM CITY -- Roy Dunn Smith, 58, a plumber, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral:2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith was born July 24, 1938, in Newelton, La. He owned and operated Roy's Plumbing approximately 25 years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Darlene Smith, in August 1963.

Survivors: Wife, Judy Ann Smith of Haltom City; son, Ronnie Wayne Smith of Saginaw; daughter, Rhonda Ann Tonwnley of Fort Worth; brother, Larry Smith of Fort Worth; sisters, Geraldine Davis and Glenda Jennings, both of Freeport; grandchildren, Chad Allen Smith, Dustin Wayne Smith, Cody Allen Smith, Michael Jason Townley, Kandyce Nicole Townley, and Trenton D'Waine Townley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

V.L. Smith
DE LEON -- V.L. "Seal" Smith, 92, a school bus driver for De Leon Public School, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a De Leon Hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Northside Baptist Church. Burial: De Leon Cemetery.

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

Judith A.R. Stafford
DELMAR, N.Y. -- Judith Ann Robison Stafford, 43, a nuclear medicine specialist and former Fort Worth resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, in Delmar.

Funeral:7 p.m. Wednesday at Frederick Funeral Home in Albany, N.Y. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Judith Ann Robison Stafford was born Dec. 12, 1953, in San Diego, Calif. She was a graduate of North Side High School in Fort Worth. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Allied Health of Nuclear Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Burlington in Vermont.

She was preceded in death by her father, James P. Sullivan.

Survivors: Husband, Harley Stafford of Delmar; daughters, Aleta Diane and Mary Elizabeth Robison, both of Delmar; mother and stepfather, Mary and Fritz Haselberger of Las Cruces, N.M.; brothers, Jim, John and Jerome Sullivan, all of Fort Worth and Joseph Sullivan of Grand Prairie; sister, Jackie Harvison of Fort Worth; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Frederick Funeral Home
Albany, N.Y. (518) 482-3669

Ruth M. Van Tassel
FORT WORTH -- Ruth M. Van Tassel, 75, a retired Fort Worth Independent School District teacher, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Fort Worth nursing center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: James L. West Presbyterian Special Care Center, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Ruth Van Tassel was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Gatesville.

She was preceded in death by husband, Newman Van Tassell.

She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1944.

Survivors: Daughter, Taleesa Van Tassel of Fort Worth; daughter and son- in-law, Sharie and Jack Kenny of Arlington; brother, Bill Woodson of Gatesville; and granddaughters, Alyson Kenny, Rosalyn Kenny, both of Arlington.

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

Earl Wilson
DECATUR -- Earl Wilson, 78, a retired maintenance department employee at Poco Graphite in Decatur, died Saturday, March 1, 1997 at a medical center in Longview.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday in Ball Knob Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker Funeral Home.

Mr. Wilson was born April 11, 1918, in Marietta, Okla.

He was married to Beulah "Polly" Sampler on Sept. 27, 1947, in Gainesville. She preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 1995. He was a member of United Church of God.

Survivors: Sons, Jimmy Earl Wilson of Alvord, Larry Coleman Wilson of Fort Worth; daughters, Betty Marie Rendleman of Decatur, Deborah A. Kirbie of Decatur, Pamela Sue Fisk of Big Sandy; brothers, Bill Wilson of Fort Worth, Wayne Wilson of Decatur; sisters, Florence Beaty, Kathelene Hatcher, both of Fort Worth, Geralene Warner of Crowley; 12 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

William C. Yates Jr.
SAGINAW -- William C. "Bill" Yates Jr., 78, a retired flight inspector for Bell Helicopter Textron, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at his home of more than 50 years.

Graveside service:1 p.m. Tuesday in Pella Cemetery, outside Alvord. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel.

Officiant: Rev. Bob Bowling.

Mr. Yates was born June 22, 1918, in Alvord. He retired in 1984. He was a Shriner and a member of Smithfield Church of Christ. He loved his family and found delight in all of nature.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years, Juanita Yates of Saginaw; daughters and son- in-law, Trena and Bud Chaffin of Fort Worth, and Marquita Ostrander of Hurst; grandchildren, Darin Chaffin, Lisa Faulkner, Mark, James, David, and Daniel Ostrander; and six great- grandchildren.

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

Lola B. Young
FORT WORTH -- Lola B. "Dear" Young, 94, who was a housekeeper for the Fort Worth National Bank, died Saturday, March 1, 1997 at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Morris Bates Mortuary.

Lola Young was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Austin.

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

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