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Published March 18, 1997

Billy J. Alexander 

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Tuesday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.

Billy Alexander was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Survivors: Son, Granville Alexander of Roanoke; daughter, Sandra Doud of Arlington; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Glen G. Anderson
JOSHUA -- Glen G. Anderson, 80, a retired maintenance worker for the UT- Arlington biology department, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at home.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Wednesday in Caddo Cemetery in Joshua. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crosier- Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home.

Glen G. Anderson was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Rising Sun, Iowa. He moved from Iowa to Arlington in 1956. He retired from UTA in 1970 and moved to Joshua. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors: Wife, Marie Anderson; son, Richard Anderson; daughter, Trudy Ann Anderson; sisters, Dorothy Nelson and Darlene Bozarth; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Bess F. Ashley
SANGER -- Bess Fern Ashley, 96, a retired schoolteacher, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at a Sanger nursing home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church Dr. Carroll Caddell will officiate. Burial: Sanger Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker Funeral Home.

Bess Fern Ashley was born Jan. 16, 1901, in Texas. She was member of First United Methodist Church in Sanger. She taught school for 42 years, mostly in Cleburne. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.R. Ashley, and her mother, Minnie Bell Ashley.

Survivors: Sister, Kathleen Wiseman of Denton; and brother, Willard Ashley of Denton.

Coker Funeral Home
Sanger, (817) 458-3311
 

Thomas H. Brackin
SPRINGTOWN -- Thomas Hilton Brackin, 81, a retired printer for T.M. Graphics Printing, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Thomas Hilton Brackin was born Oct. 5, 1915, in Hill, Okla. He was a World War II infantryman and served a 33-month combat duty in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other honors during the war.

His funeral will be officiated by his pastor, Brother Hal Kincaid, and Brother J.D. Cox.

Survivors: Wife of 61 years, Doris Brackin of Springtown; son, Thomas E. and wife, Kay Brackin, of Fort Worth; daughters, Nancy and husband, Dennis Underwood, of Springtown and Donna Austin of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.

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

Nathan M. Burke
WEATHERFORD -- Nathan M. Burke, 6, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Weatherford. Rosary: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to the Nathan Burke Memorial Fund, c/o the Texas Bank, 102 North Main St., Weatherford, Texas 76086. Nathan M. Burke was born May 27, 1990, in Fort Worth.

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

Harvey P. Cagle
MANSFIELD -- Harvey P. Cagle, 77, a retired mechanic, died Monday, March 17, 1997, in Mansfield.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emerald Hills Funeral Home. Burial: 3 p.m. Wednesday in Tage Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Harvey P. Cagle was born March 22, 1919, in Paris, Texas. He fought in World War II and received the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of Garden Acres Baptist Church.

Survivors: Sons, Mitchell Harvey Cagle of Mansfield and Rodney Allen Cagle of Arlington; daughter, Linda Kay Hudson of Grand Prairie; sister, Johnnie Blevins White of Arlington; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven nieces and two nephews.

Emerald Hills Funeral Home
500 Sublett Road, 572-1681
 

Geneva Cockerham
WAXAHACHIE -- Geneva Cockerham, 86, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at an Italy, Texas, nursing center.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Burial: Bethel Cemetery near Waxahachie.

Geneva Cockerham was born Feb. 18, 1911, in Waxahachie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Dewey Cockerham, on Sept. 12, 1985, and a son, R.B. Cockerham, on July 16, 1966.

Survivors: Sons, Sam Cockerham and Woodroy Cockerham, both of Avalon; daughters, Dorothy Glenn of Avalon, Elizabeth Jones of Milford, Bertha Sims of Alvarado, Thelma Sims of Whitney and Linda Montgomery and Georgia Gladney, both of Waxahachie; 34 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew she reared, Raymond Cockerham of Mesquite.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Juanita Cox
LAKE WORTH -- Juanita Cox, 72, a homemaker, died Friday, March 14, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Skyvue Memorial Gardens.

Juanita Cox was born May 22, 1924.

Survivors: Daughter, Joyce Thornton of Azle; grandchildren, Trudy James of Dallas, Rena Patterson and Dewayne Overstreet, both of Azle, Danny Overstreet of Fort Worth and Demetrius Thornton; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Louis Davis
FORT WORTH -- Louis "Johnny" Davis, 68, who had retired after more than ten years as a truck driver, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Home. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family has requested no visitation at the home.

Louis Davis was born July 6, 1928, in Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Carrie Davis.

Survivors: Wife of 41 years, Johnetta Davis; sons, Elton Davis, John Davis and Glenn Davis; daughter, DeAtria Smith; brothers, Emory Carl Davis and Lorrie Bethel; sister, Martha Sue Dixon; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; aunt, Rosa Lee Maddox; and many nephews and nieces.

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

Mary E. Davis
HURST -- Mary Ellen Davis, 92, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Richland Hills.

Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, Okla. Officiating: the Rev. Kenneth Emerson of University Heights Baptist Church of Arlington.

Mary Davis was born Nov. 8, 1904, in Texas.

Survivors: Son, Roy Davis and wife, Margaret, of Hurst; daughters, June Burnett and husband, William, of Beaverton, Ore., Juanita Black of Sacramento, Calif., and Janet Breedan and husband, Melvin, of Amarillo; sister, Florence Gregg of Richland Hills; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Sevier Funeral Home
Chickasha, Okla., (405) 224-4266
 

Jack O. Denton
FORT WORTH -- Jack Odell Denton, 79, a retired truck driver, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at a local hospital.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel.

Jack Odell Denton was born July 24, 1917, in Godley. He was a member of Midtown Church of Christ.

Survivors: Wife of 49 years, Anita Denton; daughters, Marie Anita Taliaferro and Susan Kay Lane, both of Fort Worth; sisters, Jewel Graham of Lubbock and Marie Duncan of Hurst; grandchildren, Bryan Lane, Kimberly Lynn Lane, James Dell Taliaferro and Jack Ernest Taliaferro; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Hubert Dyer
GRAPEVINE -- Hubert Carl Dyer, 85, a retired construction worker in excavation, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Grapevine.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. Tuesday in Grapevine Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday.

Hubert Carl Dyer was born Jan. 10, 1912, in Denton County.

Survivors: Wife, Ruby Dyer of Grapevine; son, Bobby Dyer of Granbury; brother, L.B. Dyer; sisters, Arlene Moon and Stella Carter; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Carol L.V. Gaarder
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Carol Lyndia Vineyard Gaarder, 49, an LVN, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a Dallas hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Baptist Church of Grand Prairie. Burial: Southland Cemetery.

Memorials: The American Lung Association.

Carol Lyndia Vineyard Gaarder was born March 17, 1947, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Survivors: Sons, Rodney Bolt and Derrick and his wife, Kim Bolt; daughter, Shelly Gaarder; father, Thomas Vineyard; brothers, Tom Vineyard and Tim Vineyard; sisters, Shelia Ferguson, Debbie Cooksey, Faye Vineyard and April Gibson; and four grandchildren.

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

Robert O. Gantt
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Robert O. "Bob" Gantt, 72, a retired Airframers designer, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at a local nursing center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Baker Chapel First Methodist Church in Grand Prairie. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home.

Robert Gantt was born May 2, 1924, in Princeton, Texas.

Survivors: Wife, Dorothy C. "Dot" Gantt of Grand Prairie; son and daughter-in-law, Larry Steven and Sylvia Gantt; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Charly Skaggs; and two grandsons.

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

Fritz C. Grubbs
EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Fritz Chrisman Grubbs, 82, a retired welder and chef, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a medical center.

Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: charity of choice.

Fritz Chrisman Grubbs was born March 4, 1915. He was a lifelong area resident.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Roberta Grubbs, and his son, Fritz Chrisman Grubbs Jr.

Survivors: Martha Sanders of Lake Worth, Jim Robinson Sr. and Jim "Scooter" Robinson Jr., both of Colleyville.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341
 

Sandra Harder
ARLINGTON -- Sandra Brooks Harder, 59, retired executive secretary of the Texas Christian University Frog Club, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

As office manager for one of the Fort Worth area's most visible public relations firms, the Todd Company, Sandra Harder was a behind-the-scenes fixture for many award-winning campaigns and big events. She expecially relished her involvement with the TCU Frog Club and Colonial National Invitation Golf Tournament. At Colonial's prestigious PGA Tour event she served as press room secretary for nearly 20 years, and also at the 1991 U.S. Women's Open held there. She was responsible for coordinating media credentials and in 1996 the PGA Tour called her "one of the best" at that task.

In 1986, she became full time executive secretary of the TCU Frog Club, an independent athletic booster organization. She coordinated numerous luncheons, dinners and campaigns with coaches, athletes and boosters and helped oversee the merger of the club with the on-campus TCU Advance program in the early 1990s.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Elston Brooks, a longtime columnist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her sister, Gloria Galloway.

Survivors: Husband, Robert L. Harder of Arlington; sons, Robert L. Harder Jr., and Richard Brooks Harder and his wife, Francesca Marie, all of Arlington; grandson, Alexander Brooks Harder of Arlington; and nieces and nephews.

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

Charlie H. Hoes Jr.
JOSHUA -- Charlie Henry Hoes Jr., 64, a cattle buyer, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson. Burial: Caddo Cemetery. Charlie Hoes Jr. was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Rosebud. He was a member of Reece Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors: Wife, Julia Hoes; son, Charlie Hoes and wife, Lisa, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Debbie and husband, Delos Dunlap, of Rio Vista; brothers, Otto Hoes of Burleson and Herbert Hoes of Sealey; sisters, Adline Greenwell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Edna McNeese of Denham Springs, La., and Annie Mae Kunze of Taylor; and seven grandchildren.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211
 

Lela Jackson
FORT WORTH -- Lela Jackson, 81, a housekeeper, died Thursday, March 13, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery. Wake: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Lela Jackson was born Dec. 2, 1915, in Wortham. She was a charter member of First Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church and president of Pastor's Aid.

She was the widow of Henry Jackson, deceased September 1977.

Survivors: Son, John Henry "Bo Peep" Jackson; grandchild, Tony F. Jackson; niece, Velma K. Jackson; and other nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781
 

Ben F. Johnson
GAINESVILLE -- Ben F. Johnson, 94, a retired railroad worker, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at a Gainesville hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Clement- Keel Funeral Home. Burial: New Rest Haven Cemetery.

Memorials: First Christian Church of Gainesville. Ben F. Johnson was born Jan. 25, 1903, in Overbrook, Okla.

Clement-Keel Funeral Home
Gainesville, (817) 665-4341
 

Curtis Kirby Sr.
FORT WORTH -- Curtis Kirby Sr., 71 a retired bricklayer, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Como Funeral Home.

Curtis Kirby Sr. was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Midlothian. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mattie Lou Williams. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired bricklayer for Thomas S. Byrne Construction Company.

Survivors: Son, Curtis Kirby Jr.; daughters. Carol Kirby Brown, Cynthia M. Kirby and Clara L. Kirby; grandchildren, Roland Curtis Hicks and Jared W. Kirby; and daughter-in-law, Christina O. Kirby.

Ferguson Como Funeral Home
5301 Wellesley Ave., 738-0131
 

Amy Knudson
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Amy Jewell Knudson, 82, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial: Rock Church Cemetery in Cranfills Gap.

Amy Jewell Knudson was born April 19, 1914, in Cranfills Gap.

Survivors: Son, Barry Knudson of North Richland Hills; daughters, Nancy J. Alsobrook of Watauga, Linda Bedford of North Richland Hills and Helen West of Azle; one sister; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Clifton Funeral Home
Clifton, (871) 675-8611
 

Horace L. Leithead
FORT WORTH -- Horace L. Leithead, 82, a retired range conservationist for SCS, died Monday, March 17, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5000 Altamesa. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Memorials: Vitas Hospice or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Fund, 50 E.N. Temple, Room 1521, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.

Horace Leithead was born Feb. 5, 1915, in Lovell, Wyo. He worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Department for 39 years.

He was preceded in death by sons, Barry Leithead and Glen Leithead.

Survivors: Wife, Louise Leithead of Fort Worth; son, Scott Leithead of South Jordon, Utah; daughters, Kathryn Puente of Crescent City, Calif., Sonia Payne of North Richland Hills and Anne Jones of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Milo Leithead of Worland, Wyo.; sisters, Dicy Warner of Basin, Wyo., Joan Mills of Oregon, Jennie Lannen of Montana, Geneva Roberts of London, Utah, and Irene Redland of Manderson, Wyo.; 29 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Frank R. Loza
FORT WORTH -- Frank R. Loza, 69, who retired as a cabinet maker for Tandy Corp. after 25 years of service, died March 16, 1997, in Fort Worth.

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

Memorials: The American Cancer Society.

Frank R. Loza was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis. He retired in 1996.

Survivors: Wife, Socorro Loza of Fort Worth; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Trinity Ojeda of Fort Worth and Martin and Connie Rodriguez of Fort Worth; stepdaughters and sons- in-law, Mary and Mike Mrugala of Fort Worth and Linda and Sam Govea of Fort Worth; brothers, Gil R. Loza of Chicago, Ill., Paul R. Loza Sr. of Fort Worth and Ralph Tamez of Fort Worth; sisters, June Loza and Jessie Loza, both of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; and two great- grandchilden.

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

C.A. Mac Lean
ARLINGTON -- C.A. "Mac" Mac Lean, 78, a men's and boy's retail clothing salesman, died Thursday, March 13, 1997, in Arlington.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Tuesday, for family only. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

C.A. "Mac" Mac Lean was born May 12, 1918 in Napa, Calif.

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

Joyce W. Marcum
CLEBURNE -- Joyce W. Marcum, 70, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Cleburne.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnett Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Bluebonnett Hills Memorial Park.

Joyce W. Marcum was born April 2, 1926, in Uxbridge, England. Joyce and Hoy met and were married June 2, 1945, toward the end of World War II. They were separated one day after the wedding. They were reunited after the war ended when Joyce journeyed to meet Hoy in Amarillo. It was there where they began their journey as life companions for the next 52 years. Joyce and Hoy were residents of Cleburne and were members of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: Husband, Hoy V. Marcum of Cleburne; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Johnene Marcum of Santa Fe, N.M., and Chip Marcum Jr. and Jan of Grapevine; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Andy Tunnell of Cedar Hill; brother, Reginald Mellson of England; sister, Eileen Cross of England; grandchildren, Dan Marcum of Lewisville, Jason Marcum and Colin Marcum, both of Grapevine, Megan Marcum and Lindsay Marcum, both of Lewisville and Aubrey Tunnell and Avery Tunnell, both of Cedar Hill; and great-grandson, Mac Marcum of Charlotte, N.C.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Leonard Morris Jr.
FORT WORTH -- Leonard Morris Jr., 48, an American Airlines tele-services employee, died Friday, March 14, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1 p.m Thursday at Morris- Bates Mortuary. Burial: Laurel Land Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Leonard Morris Jr. was born June 19, 1948, in San Francisco. He had lived in this area for the past two years. One of his hobbies was spending a lot of his time with children.

Survivors: Son, Leonard Morris III of Sunnyvale, Calif.; daughters, Juanita Morris- Williams of Fort Worth, Misahalay Morris of Fort Worth and Latoya Morris of Palo Alto, Calif.; mother, Mrs. Juanita Martin of Fort Worth; brothers, Ollie Lewis Martin of Palo Alto, Calif, and Gary Martin of Palo Alto, Calif; sisters, Bonnie Veronica Burns of San Francisco, Freddie Belinda Martin of Fort Worth and Joy Martin of Palo Alto Calif; six grandchildren; two aunts, Mrs. Ollie Bradford of Fort Worth and Mrs. Hilda Whitmere of Dallas; fiancee, Renee Tims of Portland, Ore.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

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

W.K. Petersen
FORT WORTH -- W.K. Petersen died Sunday, March 16, 1997.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Memorials: the family requests that contributions be made to the American Heart Association or Happy Hills Farm.

W.K. Petersen was a native of Nebraska and had lived in Fort Worth since 1947.

Survivors: Wife, Betty; children, Don Petersen of Waterloo, Iowa, Terry Petersen of Dallas and Judy Barrow of Hughes Springs; stepchildren, Charles Bailey of Austin, David Bailey of Nashville and Kevin Bailey of Fort Worth; sister, Irene Osterhoudt of Cambridge, Neb.; nine grandchildren and step- grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Nancy Piper
FORT WORTH -- Nancy Elizabeth Piper, 73, a retired inspector for General Dynamics, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: none scheduled.

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

Orlo J. Plank
LAKESIDE -- Orlo Jason Plank, 73, a boom operator, died Wednesday, March 12, 1997, at home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.

Orlo Plank was born July 26, 1923, in Gettysburg, Pa.

Survivors: Son, Lyle Jason Plank of Oklahoma; brother, Levi Plank; sister, Anna Mary Mitchell; stepbrother, Harold Settle; stepsister, Margaret Crone; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Allen R. Pluche
GRAPEVINE -- Allen Roy Pluche, 68, a Merchant Marine in shipping, died Friday, March 14, 1997, in Grapevine.

Funeral: none scheduled.

Allen Pluche was born Aug. 13, 1928, in New Orleans, La.

Survivors: Sister, Helen Pluche of Grapevine; niece, Dr. Cynthia Clark of Hollywood, Calif.; and nephew, John Clark of Fort Worth.

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

Sylvia C. Potter
FORT WORTH -- Sylvia Claire Smith Potter, 85, a church musician, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gambrell Street Baptist Church. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Memorials: Gambrell Street Baptist Church.

Sylvia Potter was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Royse City.

The widow of Carl Kitts Potter, she was a member of Gambrell Street Baptist Church and the Piano Teacher's Guild. She graduated from Texas Christian University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Music. A lifelong dedication to church music prompted her to accompany evangelistic teams. She and her late husband served many churches in Texas and Arkansas. She continued until her death, as accompanist for her Sunday school class at Gambrell Street Baptist. She had been a piano and organ teacher in Fort Worth more than 30 years.

Survivors: Children, Sylvia Potter Robison of Middlebury, Vt., Jeanette Potter Holt of Silver Springs, Md., Carla Potter Wright of San Antonio, David Jefferson Potter and his wife, Linda, of Austin; grandchildren, Kendra Holt, Kathleen Gruber, Gordon Robison, Blake Robison, Mark Robison, Carl David Potter, Alexander Potter, Jefferson Potter; great-grandchildren, Halle Stewart Robison, Lance Gruber; brothers, Cecil P. Smith of Albuquerque, N.M., Lee Smith of Houston; sisters, Virginia Dare Smith, Roberta Smith Pike, both of Fort Worth; and nieces and nephews.

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

Agee Ray
ARLINGTON -- Agee Ray, 87, a retired milkman, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at an Arlington care center.

Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Agee Ray was born May, 21, 1909, in Decatur, Texas.

Survivors: Daughters, Bobbye Patterson and Mary Huffstutler, both of Euless, and Dorothy Marie Houser of Granbury; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Donald G. Renslow
BURLESON -- Donald G. Renslow, 47, a co-owner of an Exxon service station, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at home.

Funeral: no services planned. Burial: private. Visitation: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Blessing Funeral Home.

Donald G. Renslow was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Elkhorn, Wis. He was a graduate of UT-Arlington. He was co-owner of Trail Lake Exxon and had served in the Air Force.

Survivors: Wife, Joann Renslow; daughters, Leanine Kennison and Jessica and Katherine Renslow; stepdaughters, Tracy Cable, Teresa Derouse, Stacy Broom and Connie Gauntt; parents, Thomas and Phyllis Ludtke; brothers, Terry Renslow, Robert Renslow, Tim Ludtke and Chris Ludtke.; sister, Sue Koscicki; brother-in-law, Troy Frans; 12 nieces and nephews; and many loving friends.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Janice L. Ruby
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Janice L. Ruby, 56, an office secretary, died Friday, March 14, 1997, at a local hospital.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Guardian Funeral Home.

Janice Ruby was born Sept. 4, 1940.

Survivors: Brother, Gary Atha of Duncanville; and sister, June Micheler of Yuma, Ariz.

Guardian Funeral Home
5704 James Ave., 293-8477
 

Charles Schmitt Sr.
WICHITA FALLS -- Charles "Smitty" Schmitt Sr., 75, a retired teletype technician for Southwestern Bell, died Monday, March 17 ,1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crestview Funeral Home. The Revs. Rusty Hedges, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Decatur, and Howard Chapman, pastor of senior adults, First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, will officiate. Burial: Crestview Memorial Park. Visitation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials: American Heart Association.

Charles "Smitty" Schmitt Sr. was born July 4, 1921, in Wichita Falls. He married Elsie Bowman, March 21, 1946, in Granbury. He had served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 in the European Campaign and was in the Army Reserve from 1950 to 1962. He was also a member of American Legion Post 169.

Survivors: Wife, Elsie Schmitt of Wichita Falls; daughter, Joyce Harris of Arlington; son, Charles D. "Dave" Schmitt Jr. of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Crestview Funeral Home
Wichita Falls, 817-767-1770
 

W.C. Shive
FORT WORTH -- W.C. "Pete" Shive, 82, a retired long range planning manager at General Dynamics, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: Arlington Heights United Methodist Church.

W.C. Shive was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Vernon. He had been a resident of Fort Worth since 1943. He worked for General Dynamics 39 years and retired in 1982. He was a member of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church 47 years. He was past president of the Methodist Men's Club and a member of Builders Class. He was head usher of his church 25 years and past chairman of the board.

Survivors: Wife of 60 years, Mary Shive; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Richard Gibson and Sharon and Gary Cromwell; grandchildren, Kelly and her husband, Trey Kerr, and Ashley Cromwell; niece, Joyce Barker; and special friends, Raenell and Bill Leatherwood.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Carl F. Slentz
FORT WORTH -- Carl Franklin "Frank" Slentz, 85, who was a retired electrical engineer for Interstate Theaters, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Tuesday under the auspices of Hemphill Heights Lodge No. 1164 AF&AM. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Mr. Slentz was born Oct 13, 1911, in Butler, Pa.

He was a native of Butler, Pa., and lifelong resident of Fort Worth. He was the operating engineer before his service in the Army during World War II for the Majestic Theater and The Worth, Hollywood and Palace Theaters after his service during World War II. He graduated from Central High School and was a member of Magnolia Avenue Church of Christ, Hemphill Heights Lodge No. 1164 AF&AM, Moslah Temple Shrine, Southside Commandery No. 083 Knights Templar and a 50-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Survivors: Sisters, Margaret Jane Lindsay of Guymon, Okla., Anna Marie Holmes of Perryton, Mary P. Perry of Dallas; nephews and nieces including his niece and care giver, Jeanne Rabyor and her husband, Joe; and great nephews and nieces.

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

Dulon M. Sneed
COMANCHE -- Dulon Martha Sneed, 84, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a Comanche hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Comanche Funeral Home. Burial: De Leon Cemetery in De Leon.

Dulon M. Sneed was born April 20, 1912, in Pontotoc, Miss. She was a member of Hasse Baptist Church in Hasse and the Comanche Senior Citizens Quilting Club.

Survivors: Nephew, Gary Sneed and his wife, LaVon, of Garland; great- nephew, Gary Sneed Jr. of Irving; great- niece, Marla Tadda of Garland; great- great-niece, Alexis Tadda of Garland; and sister-in-law, Cecile Sneed of Comanche.

Comanche Funeral Home
Comanche, (915) 356-2531
 

Mary E. Swinehart
AKRON, Ohio -- Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Seay Swinehart, 71, died Sunday March, 16, 1997, at an Akron hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203. Jack A. Kozak will officiate. Burial: Lockwood Cemetery in Akron, Ohio. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth Swinehart was a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio. She was active with Girl Scouts of America and volunteered with the Remedial Reading Program at Coventry. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and attended Sawyerwood United Methodist Church.

Survivors: Husband of 54 years, Jack; daughter, Mary Louise and her husband, Gary R. Reister, of Texas; sons, Jack K. and his wife, Faye Swinehart, of Texas, Richard Murray and his wife, Connie Swinehart, of Alabama; daughters, Jane Swinehart-Dugan of Akron, Ohio, and Deborah Sue Bullington of Kansas; 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brothers, George William and his wife, Janet Seay, and Richard and his wife, Rosemary Seay, all of Akron; and sister, Helen and her husband, Bill Curran of Ky.

Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home
Barberton, Ohio (330) 745-3161
 

Richard Taylor
HAHIRA, GA. -- Richard `Rick' Taylor, 26, an auto mechanic, died Friday, March 14, 1997, in Hahira, Ga.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home.

Memorials: American Leukemia Society.

Richard Taylor was born April 4, 1970, in Dallas. He had lived in Fort Worth and was formerly a student at Paschal High School. He served in the National Guard, then attended Valdosta State University in Georgia. He passed away after a year- long battle with leukemia.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathryn Taylor.

Survivors: Mother, Nancy Harris; father, Richard M. Taylor of Vernon; stepfather, Dr. Michael C. Harris; grandfather, R. Marvin Taylor of Vernon; nephew, Joseph Taylor Harris; aunts, Dr. Shirley Burchfield and husband, Weston Fisher, Joyce Burchfield and husband, Mark Phillips, and Lois Nufer and husband, Leonard; uncle, Leon Burchfield and wife, Jana; cousins, Karen Snell and Jennifer Vogel.

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

Anna M. Thompson
FORT WORTH -- Anna Mae Thompson, 97, retired from sales, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Fort Worth.

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

Anna Thompson was born May 11, 1899, in Greenville, Tenn.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of Meadowbrook United Methodist Church. She also belonged to the United Methodist Women, the Book Club and the Meadowbrook AARP.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cled C. Thompson, in 1974.

Survivors: Sister, Hazel Powers Kearns of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Fay Carter of Fort Worth; nieces, Dinah Brown of Fort Worth and Clara Ann Street of Washington state; nephews, Casper Trippe and wife, Josephine, of Fort Worth, Sam Kite and wife, Aline, and Curtis Carter and wife, Teresa, of Shreveport, La.; several other nieces and nephews in Oklahoma; many great- nieces and great-nephews; and longtime friend, Bob Ruffner.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Talmadge E. Tidwell
ROANOKE -- Talmadge Earl Tidwell, 73, retired from a warehouse and oil company, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Bedford.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors. Burial: Elizabeth Cemetery in Roanoke. Visitation: Tuesday.

Talmadge Tidwell was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Denton.

Survivors: Wife, Evelyn Tidwell of Roanoke; son, Larry Tidwell of Roanoke; daughters, Debbie Thomas of Southlake, Janet McPherson of Commerce and Connie Krieg of Roanoke; brothers, John Morgan Tidwell and Robert Wayne Tidwell, both of Roanoke; sister, Winnie Mae Hughes of Roanoke; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Martha R. Tomlinson
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Martha R. Tomlinson, 84, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Martha Tomlinson was born Feb. 22, 1913, in Milton, Mass. Mrs. Tomlinson was a resident of North Richland Hills for 20 years. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Tomlinson, in 1991.

Survivors: Sons, George F. Tomlinson Jr. and wife, Ashleigh, of Fort Worth, and James E. Tomlinson and wife, Judy, of Westport, Conn.; daughter, Karolyn Fredette of Saginaw; grandchildren, George F. Tomlinson III of Aledo, Gregg F. Tomlinson of Chicago, Ill., Lyse Adams of Fort Worth, Lynn Tomlinson of Virginia, James Tomlinson of Westport, Conn., and Amy Fredette of Fort Worth; and two great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Ellen N. Vandergriff
GRANBURY -- Ellen Noonkester Vandergriff, 84, a retired nurse's aide, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at a Granbury hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lipan Baptist Church. Burial: Bishop Cemetery in Lipan. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Martin's Funeral Home in Lipan.

Ellen Noonkester Vandergriff was born March 6, 1913, in Erath County.

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

Larry L. Vann
FORT WORTH -- Larry Lee Van, 48, a machinist for Alamo Machines, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at a local nursing home.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park. Officiating: the Rev. Robert Thomson.

Larry Vann was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Fort Worth. He graduated from Green B. Trimble Technical High School and was a Vietnam veteran of the Navy. He was a member of Hemphill Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: Son, John Cater Vann of Santa Rosa, Calif.; mother, Margaret James of Fort Worth; sister, Linda Carrol Stefan of Dickinson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and aunt, Elizabeth Lewis.

Brown, Owens & Brumley
425 S. Henderson St., 335-4557
 

Harold Williams
FORT WORTH -- Harold Williams, 97, a retired foreman in the petroleum industry, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Fort Worth.

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

Harold Williams was born Aug. 16, 1899, in Plano, Texas. He was a resident of Fort Worth for over 75 years. He was a member of North Fort Worth Baptist Church for 70 years and served as deacon. He was a past president with the Golden Age Choir. He was an avid domino player and was very involved with the Northside Community Services. He was always willing to help his many widowed lady friends. He was the last living member of 14 brothers and sisters. He was a wonderful grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wives, May Will Calkins Williams and Mable Wilkerson Williams.

Survivors: Granddaughter, Susan Williams of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Jessie Barrow of Fort Worth; and longtime trusted friend and companion, Juanita King of Fort Worth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Jo Woodruff
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Jo Woodruff, 66, a homemaker, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, at home.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Bedford. Burial: private.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church in Bedford.

Jo Woodruff was born June 24, 1930, in Haslet, Texas. She was a member of Lone Star Sweet Adaline Chorus and was a Methodist.

Survivors: Husband, Howard Woodruff of North Richland Hills; son, Mike Woodruff of North Richland Hills; daughters, Melody Barnhart of Lewisville and Pam Williams and Patti Simpson, both of Bedford; and nine grandchildren.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271
 

Donald L. Yates
LONE CAMP -- Donald Lewis Yates, 64, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in Lone Camp.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Tuesday in New Hope Cemetery.

Donald Yates was born Sept. 22, 1932, in Columbus, Ohio. He was a Presbyterian.

Survivors: Wife, Laura Yates of Lone Camp; sons, Mark Yates of Corpus Christi and Bayless Payne of Lubbock; daughters, Pamela Yates of Corpus Christi and Ellen Hurst of Austin; grandchildren, Susan Yates of Alva, Okla., Shawn Yates of Corpus Christi and Sara and Aletheia Payne of Lubbock; two dogs, Elizabeth Taylor and Nitnoy; and the mother of his children, Joann Peer of Corpus Christi.

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

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