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Published March 4, 1997

Johnny L. Akin 

Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Baumgardner Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Johnny Lee Akin was born March 24, 1957, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Son, Jamie Akin of Watauga; parents, John and Dolores Akin of Burleson; sister, Deborah Coljohn of Burleson; and grandmother, Ella Billings of Burleson.

Baumgardner Funeral Home
Crowley, 297-1116
 

Verna A. Anderson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Verna A. Anderson, 87, a former Fort Worth resident and a homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Memphis hospital.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Rotunda. Entombment: Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials: Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch, Box 722, Olive Branch, Miss., or First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth.

Verna A. Anderson was a member of the Womans Club of Fort Worth, Alpha Sigma Chapter of Psi Psi Psi and Girls Service League in Fort Worth. She was the widow of Richard A. Anderson.

Survivors: Daughter, Sally Greene of Ellendale, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial Park Funeral Home
Memphis, Tenn., (901) 767-8930
 

Kendall E. Andrews
FORT WORTH -- Kendall Earl Andrews Sr., 88, a retired scrap metal dealer, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at home.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at University Christian Church.

Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas

Kendall Andrews was born June 11, 1908, in Chickasha, Okla.

Survivors: Wife, Dorothy Andrews of Fort Worth; sons, Kendall Earl Andrews Jr. of Irving and George Darnell Andrews of Arlington; daughter, Carol Jackson of Fort Worth; brother, Paul Andrews of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477
 

William R. Black Sr.
FORT WORTH -- William Robert Black Sr., a highway department foreman, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park.

William Robert Black Sr. was born May 25, 1925, in Palestine.

Survivors: Wife, Sandra Black; sons, Robert Jr., Tony, Timmy, Donald and Terry Black, Bobby and Richard Boures and Vernon and Johnny Crisp; stepdaughter, Rita Baker; brother, Roy Earl Black; sisters, Mae Todd and Mary Rich; and 35 grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Barney B. Bradshaw Sr.
KEENE -- Barney B. Bradshaw Sr., 70, a retired roofer, died Monday, March 3, 1997, in Keene.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Faulkenbury Cemetery.

Barney B. Bradshaw Sr. was born April 4, 1926, in Shep.

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

Karley L. Campbell
FORT WORTH -- Karley Lane Campbell, a newborn, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Karley Lane Campbell was born Feb. 26, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Mother, Charla Fay Campbell; twin sister, Kelsey Campbell; maternal grandmother, Fay Campbell; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Billie M. Carr
FORT WORTH -- Billie Murdoch Carr, 84, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Cryptside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Mausoleum.

Billie Murdoch Carr was born March 8, 1912, in Anderson County, S.C. She had been a longtime Fort Worth resident.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. A. Lewin Carr.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Ida E. Clark
FORT WORTH -- Ida E. "Blanke" Clark, 83, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Dr. Robert Herzig will officiate.

Ida Clark was born Sept. 9, 1913, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Murray and Kathy Clark of Fort Worth; and two granddaughters, Kristie Richardson and Kim Marak, both of Arlington.

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

Claude Crittenden
FORT WORTH -- Claude Crittenden, 79, a General Dynamics aircraft mechanic who retired after 30 years, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Heights Baptist Church in Springtown. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Claude Crittenden was born June 4, 1917, in White Settlement.

Survivors: Sons, Eddie Crittenden and Claude Greene, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Claudia Hallmark of Springtown and Melinda Hedger of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers, Clyde Crittenden of Bonham, F.M. Crittenden and Robert Crittenden of Fort Worth, D.M. Crittenden of Burleson and Archie Crittenden of Hot Springs, Ark.; sisters, Betty Whitehurst of Ely, Nev., and Minnie Jo Bennett of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.

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

Serena Curley
FORT WORTH -- Serena E. Harkness Curley, 71, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a nursing center.

Funeral: Wednesday at Johnson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5325 Bonnell Drive. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Family hour: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Serena E. Harkness Curley was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from Atlanta schools and studied nursing. She was a member of Johnson Chapel for over 50 years. She was the widow of Lucious R. Curley Sr.

Survivors: Two sons and two daughters, Barbara Mitchell, Nollie Thompson, Lucious R. Curley Jr. and Gary Don Curley; stepfather, Clifford Roberson; sister, Nellie Knight; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Homer Davis
ROWLETT -- Homer Davis, 97, a retired minister, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at a Rowlett care facility.

Graveside service: was Monday in Bellevue Cemetery in Bellevue. Rev. Darius McKay, pastor of First Baptist Church in Montague, officiated.

Homer Davis was born Feb. 27, 1900, in Bellevue. He was reared in the Bellevue area. He attended Abilene Christian College and was a minister of the Church of Christ and a minister for the Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vera Faulkner and Mandany Brown; and two brothers, Marcus Davis and Jim Davis.

Survivors: Sons, William E. Davis of Dallas, Paul J. Davis of Richardson and Ralph Lindsay of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Bertie Tyson of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Fairview.

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 degrees in elementary education from North Texas State Teachers College. After starting in Electra, she moved to the Mid-Cities area and taught in the H-E-B 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; father, Bill McDonald of Euless; and several cousins.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271
 

W.E. Downs
ALEDO -- W.E. Downs, 77, an American Manufacturing Co. employee, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at White's Funeral Home. Graveside service: 4 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Littlefield. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

W.E. Downs was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Sentinel, Okla.

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

Alvin Fergason
CLEBURNE -- Alvin "Bill" Fergason, 78, a retired truck driver for Mann Argiculture in Cleburne, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Grandview nursing home.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Crosier- Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Alvin Fergason was born Jan. 13, 1919, in Somervell County.

Survivors: Wife, Ivey Fergason of Cleburne; sons, Steven Fergason and Roy Fergason, both of Cleburne; daughters, Kathie Clark and Margaret Wood, both of Cleburne; brothers, Jessie Fergason, Floyd Fergason and James Fergason, all of Cleburne, and Lester Fergason of Hillsboro; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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

Meadow Lark J. Ferguson
FORT WORTH -- Meadow Lark Jackson Ferguson, 67, a retired Fort Worth school district counselor, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, in Houston.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Mother of Mercy. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Baker Funeral Home. Wake: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Rosary: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Meadow Lark Jackson Ferguson was born July 29, 1929, in Fort Worth. She attended Fort Worth public schools, graduating from the historic I.M. Terrell High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., and her Ph.D. in counseling from the University of North Texas at Denton. Meadow Lark had been with the educational program for the Fort Worth Independent School District for 45 years until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1996.

Survivors: Son, Daryl R. Ferguson of Channelview; daughter-in-law, Brenda L. Ferguson of Channelview; brother, Buford Jackson Jr., and sister-in-law, Edith Jackson, and their family of Fort Worth; two grandchildren;, Natalie and Rodric Ferguson of Channelview; uncle and aunt, George and Willie Jackson of Fort Worth; brother-in-law, Floyd Ferguson; sister-in-law, Millie Ferguson, and the Ferguson family of Dallas; cousins; and friends.

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

Ernest Fisher
SOUTHLAKE -- Ernest Fisher, 68, a retired paint and body contractor, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a Grapevine hospital.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lucas Funeral Home. Burial: Hillsboro, Ore. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m.. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ernest Fisher was born in San Antonio on May 30, 1928.

Survivors: Fiancee, Fay Bandy of Southlake; sons, Wayne Fisher of Loveland, Colo., Troy Fisher of Clackamus, Ore., Donald Fisher of Houston, Ernest Fisher Jr. of Milton, Fla., and Daniel Fisher of Oregon City, Ore.; daughters, Edna Coates of North Richland Hills, Donna Fisher of Long Beach, Calif., and Annette Gaskey of San Antonio; stepsons, Fred Munk of Port Lavaca and Luther Wilkinson of Waller; brothers, Douglas Fisher and Troy Fisher, both of Elgin, James Fisher of Nuevo, Calif., and Raymond Fisher of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren.

Lucas Funeral Home
Grapevine, 488-7566
 

Bertha Foshee
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Bertha Foshee, 91, a homemaker, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at a North Richland Hills nursing home.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Bertha Foshee was born March 6, 1905. She had been a longtime resident of the Fort Worth and Hurst areas. She was a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church of Hurst. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Foshee, and daughter, Jeanette Dow.

Survivors: Sons, George Foshee of Houston, Dan Foshee of Marble Falls and Frank Foshee Jr. of Houma, La.; sister, Lena Bundy of Houma, La.; eight grandchildren; and ten great- grandchildren.

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

Lorene Hall
WEATHERFORD -- Lorene Hall, 78, a sales clerk, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

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

Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Lorene Hall was born April 27, 1918, in Augusta, Kan. She had lived in Fort Worth and Weatherford since 1952. She was a sales clerk and cashier for Earley Drug for about 16 years. She was a member of Windmill Church of Christ in Tin Top.

Survivors: Niece, Helen Marie Chapman of Wichita Falls; nephews, F.O. Traweek Jr. and J.W. Traweek, both of Weatherford, and John B. Fulton Jr. of Houston; special friend, Jeanell Brown of Weatherford; numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

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

Virginia Hedeman
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Virginia K. Kirk Hedeman, 76, a former electronics assembler for Vought Aircraft, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, in Joplin.

Memorial service: to be held later. Her body has been donated to Kansas University Medical School.

Mrs. Hedeman was born June 13, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas. She moved to Joplin in November 1996, from Arlington, Texas, where she had lived for 15 years. She had lived in the Dallas area most of her life.

Survivors: Son, Don Allen of Joplin; daughter, Linda Grayson of Lampasas; brother, J.G. Kirk of Garland, Texas; sister, Faye Harf of Arlington; four grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Parker Mortuary
Joplin, Mo., (417) 623-4321
 

George E. Henderson
ARLINGTON -- George Edward Henderson, 81, an engineer at LTV, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997, at an Arlington hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace Community Church.

Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas.

George Henderson was born Dec. 23, 1915, in Brookville, Pa.

Survivors: Sons, George Wade Henderson and wife, Bernice, of Holland, Mich, and David Lawrence Henderson and wife, Deborah, of Arlington; brothers, Tom Henderson of Hialeah, Fla.; sisters, Florence Hughes of Brookville, Pa., and Louise Burton of Florence, Mass.; and grandchildren, Christopher Henderson, Rachele Henderson, Christina Henderson and John Henderson; and sister-in-law, Catherine Henderson of Sewickley, Pa.
 

Lillianmae S. Hoffman
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Lillianmae Symansky Hoffman, 82, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a Hollywood hospital.

Funeral: was Monday at Temple Beth El in Troy, N.Y. Burial: Beth El Cemetery in Troy.

Memorials: American Lung Association, 8 Mountainview Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12205. Mrs. Hoffman was born in Troy and lived there 65 years before moving to Florida 18 years ago. She was a former member of Temple Beth El and its Sisterhood in Troy.

She was the widow of Jerome C. Hoffmanm, who died in 1976.

Survivors: Two sons, Robert E. Hoffman of Hallendale, Fla., and Stewart L. Hoffman of Arlington; brother, Lloyd Symansky of Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren, Robin Robinson of Olney, Md., and Cori Hoffman of Rotterdam, N.Y.

Levine Memorial Chapel
Albany, N.Y., (518) 438-1002
 

Willia V. Johnson
FORT WORTH -- Willia Vertee Johnson, 85, a teacher who retired from the Fort Worth Independent School District on May 31, 1975, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at a local care center.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Tuesday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Willia Vertee Johnson was born Jan. 1, 1912, in Nacogdoches. She had been a Fort Worth resident since 1927. She was a graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, earning her bachelor of arts degree in 1942. She was a very active individual; the owner of a cafe and a teacher for nearly 30 years. She was a member of Carter Metropolitan CME Church, Maids and Matrons Club, Heronies of Jericho, NEA, TSTA and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In 1989 she was honored for being a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority for 50 years. Vertee married Willie P. Johnson in 1951, the beginning of a beautiful and loving marriage until her demise.

Survivors: Husband, Willie P. Johnson of Fort Worth; niece, Dr. Helena Perry of Nashville, Tenn.; nephew, Henry L. Patton of Denver, Colo.; great- nephews, Robert "Robin" A. Brown of Atlanta, Ga., and David P. Brown of Houston; niece-in-law, Joree Graves and Aliee Faye Hedro; and other relatives and friends.

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

Vera J. Keen
BURLESON -- Vera Jackson Keen, 86, a homemaker, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at a local nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Burleson Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson.

Vera Jackson Keen was born Aug. 11, 1910, in Maypearl and had lived in Burleson for 60 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Burleson and was a charter member of the Eumathian Club, the Burleson Garden Club and the Burleson Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Keen had been a distributor for Gulf Oil and had served on the board of Burleson Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Keen, in 1978, and a son, Jimmy A. Keen, in 1962.

Survivors: brother, Paul Jackson of Maypearl; sisters-in-law, Willa Belle Cranford of Burleson, Billie Jackson of Maypearl and Myrtle Jackson of Euless; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211
 

Frances P. Laney
ARLINGTON -- Frances Powers Laney, 70, a retired credit investigator for Sears, died Monday, March 3, 1997, in Arlington.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Arlington. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens of Arlington. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Tueday at Arlington Funeral Home.

Frances Laney was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Arlington.

She was a lifelong resident of Arlington. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Arlington, Eastern Star and a past chairman of the board of Tarrant County Parkinson's Association. She worked for Sears for 25 years in the credit department.

Survivors: Husband of 50 years, Gerald Laney of Arlington; son, Michael Laney and daughter-in-law, Irene, of Grandview; daughter, Karen Osburn and son-in-law, Don, of Arlington; brother, Roy Powers of Arlington; sister, Myrtle Nix of Azle; and grandson, Curtis Osburn of Arlington.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
 

Gloria G. Massie
WEATHERFORD -- Gloria Gibson Massie, 71, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Gloria Massie was born March 12, 1925, in Waggoner, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her father, Furman A. Gibson Sr., and mother, Thelma Gibson Turnham.

Survivors: Husband, James E. Massie of Weatherford; daughter and son-in- law, Janet and John Hillis of Fort Worth; stepsons, Gary Massie of Benbrook, Mike Massie of Haltom City and Pat Massie of Florida; and brother, Furman A. Gibson Jr. of Fort Worth; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

William Mathews
WEATHERFORD -- William Mathews, 70, a retired construction worker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakland Cemetery.

William Mathews was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Snyder.

Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel
Weatherford, (817) 594-2711
 

Adele McKendry
FORT WORTH -- Adele Hamill Steiner McKendry, 75, a former teller with First National Bank of Fort Worth, died Friday, Feb. 28, 1997, at a hospital in Hammond, La.

Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Friday, March 7 at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Vigil: 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: St. Andrew's Social Ministry, Monsignor Nolan High School or Discalced Carmelites in Arlington.

Adele Hamill Steiner McKendry was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Port Arthur. She moved to Detroit, Mich., at an early age and graduated from St. David's High School there. She then attended Mary Grove College and the University of Detroit. She moved to Fort Worth in 1940 and worked at First National Bank.

During World War II, Mrs. McKendry was an American Red Cross volunteer and drove the Red Cross blood mobile. She was a member of the Legion of Mary and served as secretary to the director of vocations for the Diocese of Dallas- Fort Worth. She was awarded the Trinity Medal by the Most Rev. Thomas K. Gorman.

While a military wife, she worked as a volunteer with the Catholic Women of the Chapel, the NCO Wives Club and the Family Services Office. Since her husband's retirement and return to Fort Worth, she had been an active volunteer at Carswell Air Force Base Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital, where she received the Chaplain's Award for her work in his office, and was a member of the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Survivors: Husband, Daniel C. McKendry; daughters, Beth McKendry Tomsic and her husband, John, Anna Marie McKendry Shamblee and her husband, Steven, and Monica McKendry Jenkins and her husband, John; and grandchildren, Christina Tomsic, Jennifer Tomsic and Daniel T. Chamblee.

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

John T. Oliver
MANSFIELD -- John Thomas Oliver, 92, a retired farmer, died Monday, March 3, 1997, at a Kennedale nursing home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield. Graveside service: 3 p.m. Wednesday in Boggs Cemetery, near Austonio, Texas.

John Oliver was born Jan. 18, 1905, in Houston County.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

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.

Jimmy Ray 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 and Romeana Dear of Aubrey; brother, J.L. Parker of Watauga; nine grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

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

Margaret S. Pate
HURST -- Margaret Susan Pate, 82, a retired ice cream maker for Webb City, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a North Richland Hills hospital.

Funeral: no services held.

Margaret Pate was born April 18, 1914, in Jacksboro, Tenn.

Survivors: Sons, Thomas Pate of Hurst and David Pate of Berkeley Springs, W. Va.; sisters, Virginia Butcher of California and Jessie Pittman of Illinois; and four grandchildren.

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

Hollis O. Pearcy
HICO -- Hollis Oda Pearcy, 90, a rancher, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Hamilton hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairy Baptist Church in Fairy. Burial: Fairy Cemetery.

Hollis Pearcy was born Aug. 7, 1906, in Eastland County.

Rutledge Funeral Home
Hico, (817) 796-4722
 

Ven N. Pham
ARLINGTON -- Ven Nhu Pham, 55, a grocery store owner, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997, at home.

Memorial service: none planned.

Ven Nhu Pham was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Vietnam.

Survivors, all of Arlington: Wife, Hue To Le; sons, Khai Nhu Pham and Khol Nhu Pham; and daughter, My Phuong Le Pham.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477
 

William H. Russell
SAN ANGELO -- William Henry Russell, 89, an electrician, died Saturday, March 1, 1997.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

William Henry Russell was born April 20, 1907, in Haskell County. He was a member of Broadview Baptist Church for many years and a current member of DeLeon Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Russell.

Survivors: Children, Dale Russell of Proctor, Maxine Heim of Sun City, Ariz., Hubert "Hugh" Russell of San Angelo, Marie Russell of Sachse, Gene Russell of Fort Worth, Gerry Bellar of Watsonville, Calif., William Russell of Jacksonville, Ala., Danny Russell of Amarillo, Wanda Clagett of Fort Worth and Robert Russell of Miles; 26 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Beaulah E. Schmitt
JUSTIN -- Beaulah Eastwood Schmitt, 85, passed away Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Denton hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Justin. Officiating: the Rev. Jon M. Eckstein. Burial: Eakin Cemetery in Ponder. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Beaulah Eastwood Schmitt was born May 27, 1911, in Ponder to Edward and Anna Laura Wright Deussen. She was a lifelong resident of the Ponder-Haslet- Justin area. She married Eugene "Buck" Eastwood in Oklahoma in 1930; he died in September 1952.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Justin and was a charter member of the Avondale Community Club. She was retired from Texas Instruments and was a homemaker.

Survivors: Three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Zada Eastwood of Kerrville, Edward James and Sally Eastwood of Haslet and Donald Wayne and Peggy Eastwood of Azle; sister, Mae Chloe Naylor of Ponder; brothers, Alexander "Dink" Deussen and Billy Joe Deussen of Ponder; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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

Gary Smith
BURLESON -- Gary "Popeye" Smith, 49, a lathe operator for Chapparal Steel, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson. Burial: Burleson Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gary Smith was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Franklin, Pa.

He had lived in Burleson 12 years. He enjoyed hunting and weight lifting. He was a 1965 graduate of Franklin High School. He graduated from New Castle Business College in 1967 and earned a business management and administration degree from Fort Lauderdale University before entering the Army during the Vietnam War. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Army Commendation Award. He was formerly employed by Joy Manufacturing in Franklin and was currently employed by Chapparal Steel in Midlothian.

Survivors: Wife, Sheryl Smith of Burleson; son, Brian Smith of Burleson; daughter, Amy Smith of Burleson; and grandmother, Ann Elizabeth Smith of Franklin, Pa.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211
 

Lois L. Smith
FORT WORTH -- Lois Louise Smith, 89, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Lois Louise Smith was born Feb. 28, 1908.

Survivors: Great-nephew, Tom Allread of Fort Worth; and great-niece, Donna Hilton of Fort Worth.

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

Frances E. Tarpley
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Frances Eugenia "Gene" Tarpley, 72, a Nations Bank employee who retired in 1987 after 30 years, died March 3, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Burial: Southland Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home.

Frances Eugenia Tarpley was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Honey Grove.

Survivors: Husband of 52 years, Rayburn Tarpley; daughter, Debbie Bischoff; and niece, Linda McDonald.

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

Harold M. Thompson
ARLINGTON -- Harold Myers Thompson, 69, a retired aerospace logistics engineer, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at an Arlington hospital.

Memorial service: at a later date.

Harold Myers Thompson was born July 14, 1927, in Jamestown, Ohio.

Survivors: Sons, Robert Thompson and Paul Thompson; daughters, Selena Herring and Paulette Miller; and seven grandchildren.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477
 

Randy L. Ward
RICHLAND HILLS -- Randy L. Ward, 35, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, at home.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Tuesday in Palmer City Cemetery. Visitation: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Rev. Jim Osborne will officiate.

Survivors: Father, Randall T. Ward of Richland Hills; sister, Nancy J. Ward of Richland Hills; two nieces; two nephews; and one one uncle.

J.E. Keever Mortuary
Ennis, (972) 875-3891
 

Charles P. Westpheling
FORT WORTH -- Charles P. Westpheling, 88, a retired Army colonel and investment banker, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Charles P. Westpheling was born Feb. 23, 1909, in St. Joseph, Mo. He graduated from West Point in 1931. He had a distinguished 30-year military career, serving in the Field Artillery and Transportation Corps. His last active duty assignment was as commander of Eagle Mountain Army Airfield in Fort Worth. Following retirement from the Army, Colonel Westpheling worked for the city of Fort Worth and then as an investment banker for more than three decades. He was an active member of the West Side Optimist Club, the Retired Officers Association, the West Point Parents Association and the West Point Association of Graduates.

Colonel Westpheling was admired and respected for his mentoring and caring of other blind people. His personal accomplishments were an inspiration to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Helen Todd Westpheling.

Survivors: Sons, Charles T. Westpheling, retired Army colonel, NATO, HQ, Brussels, Belgium, and his wife, Brenda, and Ernest D. Westpheling, retired Army colonel, Marion Military Institute, Marion, Ala.; daughter, Jane L. Hudak, Army colonel, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C., and her husband, Ronald P. Hudak, Army colonel; sister, Mary Bower of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; cousin, Mary Elizabeth Westpheling of Long Beach, Calif.; and nephew, Frank Butcher, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Omaha, Neb.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Ernest M. Wilson
MANSFIELD -- Ernest Michael Wilson, 37, a tape and bedding worker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Burleson.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Blessing Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: no set time.

Ernest M. Wilson was born Sept. 18, 1959, in Fort Worth.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Noble B. Yates
MINERAL WELLS -- Noble Benson "Ben" Yates, 80, a retired public school custodian, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Mineral Wells nursing facility.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells.

Noble Benson "Ben" Yates was born June 22, 1916, in Whitt. He was a member of the Eleventh Avenue Church family in Mineral Wells.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Ruth Yates of Mineral Wells; daughter, Linda K. Barnett of Mineral Wells; stepson, Bill Pendergrass of Waco; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; niece, Pam Davis of Mineral Wells; and nephews, Tommy Yates and Floyd Bryant Jr.

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

Cecil M. Young
ALVARADO -- Cecil M. Young, 69, a retired Bell Helicopter dispatcher, died Sunday, March 2, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Cecil M. Young was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Arkansas. He had been a Fort Worth resident for more than 55 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Young, and brother, Talmadge Young.

Survivors: Sons, Larry Young of Alvarado and Gary M. Young of Fort Worth; daughter, Diann McLemore of Waynesboro, Pa.; brother, Billy G. Young of Alvarado; grandchildren, Steven and Chad Young, Stacey and Emily Young of Fort Worth and Bryan and Misty McLemore of Pennsylvania.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Lola B. "Dear" Young was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Austin. She was a faithful member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where she was active in the Senior Choir, 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.

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

Marguerite Young
DESOTO -- Marguerite Young, 79, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 1, 1997, in Dallas.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Burial: Restland Memorial Park. Visitation: noon to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Marguerite Young was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Waco. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney D. Young.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Gene and Barbara Young, Gary and Connie Young and Gaylon and Denise Young; grandchildren, Cheri Frazer, Tammy Adams, Gary Young Jr., Gregg Young, Gayla Edington, Gena Young, Heather Rozear and Melissa Young; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Restland Funeral Home
Dallas, (972) 238-7111

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