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Donna V. Benecke
HURST -- Donna Verona Benecke, 77, a retired insurance clerk for Mid-Cities Ambulance, died Monday at a local nursing home.

Memorial service: to be held for family in California. Burial: private.

Donna Verona Benecke was born June 15, 1919, in Ogden, Iowa.

Survivors: Son, Thomas R. Benecke of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; daughter, Marcia Hackney of Hurst; grandchildren, Renee Benecke, Colette Jones and Nathan Hackney; and great-grandchild, Kyle Jones.

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

Dan A. Bolton
FORT WORTH -- Dan A. Bolton, 46, a contract carrier for the Fort Worth Star- Telegram,' died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Dan Bolton was born March 14, 1950, in San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Bolton.

Survivors: Life companion, Tekla King of Fort Worth; children, Brady Andrew Bolton of Fort Worth, Michol Roberts of Burlingame, Kan., and Shawn Bolton of Topeka, Kan.; father, George Bolton of Fort Worth; brother, Rick Bolton of Fort Worth; sisters, Sharon Fletcher of Silver Lake, Kan., Barbara Negrete of Topeka, Kan., Debbie Naegele of Fort Worth and Denise Crawford of Azle; and granddaughter, Shawna Bolton of Topeka, Kan.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Bertha M. Boudreaux
CLEBURNE -- Bertha M. Boudreaux, 100, a homemaker, died Monday at a Fort Worth medical center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Crosier- Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home. Burial: Greenacres Memorial Park in Cleburne.

Bertha M. Boudreaux was born July 11, 1896, in Carencro, La.

Survivors: Daughter, Marie Roemisch of Cleburne; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Cathy and John Brown of Joshua; great-granddaughters, Jennifer Wilkins of San Antonio and Jessica Brown of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cleburne, (817) 558-2322

Jerry D. Chew
HICO -- Jerry Don Chew, 49, a roofing contractor, died Monday at home.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Hico Cemetery.

Jerry Chew was born Nov. 30, 1946, in Hico.

Rutledge Funeral Home
Hico, (817) 796-4722

Alfred H. Chura
FORT WORTH -- Alfred H. Chura, 71, a retired aerospace engineer, died Monday at home.

Memorial service: private.

Memorials: charity of choice.

Mr. Chura was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Washington, D.C. He retired from General Dynamics after 42 years.

Survivors: Wife, Betty Chura of Fort Worth; sons, Leigh Chura and Robert Chura, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Kay Blue and Eileen Mashburn, both of Fort Worth; mother, Lottie Chura of Woodville; sister, Phyllis Sellars of Spurgeon; and seven grandchildren.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477

Louise Crump
SAINT JO -- Louise Evelyn Higginbotham Crump, 82, a postmaster, died Sunday in Muenster.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Officiating: the Rev. Richard Koeppe. Burial: Mountain Park Cemetery.

Louise Evelyn Higginbotham Crump was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Chillicothe. She married William Edward Crump on Jan. 17, 1933, in Frederick, Okla., and had lived in Saint Jo since 1933.

Mrs. Crump was preceded in death by her husband on March 19, 1982, and by her parents, three sisters and six brothers.

Survivors: Nieces, Carolyn Rawie of San Antonio and Dorothy Pavuk of Midlothian; and nephews, Carl Higginbotham of Lewisville and Bobby Joe Walser of Burkeville.

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

Roy Davila
FORT WORTH -- Roy Davila, 38, a roofer, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hollis, Okla. Burial: Fairmount Cemetery in Hollis, Okla.

Roy Davila was born Dec. 11, 1957, in Hollis, Okla.

Survivors: Daughter, Cristina Marie Davila; mother, Maria T. Davila; brother, Juan M. Davila; and sisters, Connie Reyes, Josie Davila, Maria Elena Garcia, San Juana Olguin, Cristina Andrea and Cindy Avilez.

Alonzo Funeral Home
2301 Ephriham Ave., 740-9091

Almeda Dougherty
CALLISBURG -- Almeda Dougherty, 83, a homemaker, died Monday in Gainesville.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Clement- Keel Funeral Home. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville. Visitation: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Almeda Dougherty was born Sept. 11, 1912, in Courtney, Okla.

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

Clara M. Fields
JACKSBORO -- Clara Mae Fields, 77, a homemaker, died Monday in Jacksboro.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Winn Hill Cemetery in Jack County.

Clara Mae Fields was born June 27, 1919, in Jack County.

Coker Funeral Home
Jacksboro, (817) 567-3778

Hal H. Frazier
FORT WORTH -- Hal Hinton Frazier, 54, a doctor, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Hal Frazier was born May 25, 1942, in Dallas. He attended the University of Michigan, University of Texas and Southwestern Medical School. He was a partner in the formation of Willowcreek Adolescent Hospital in Arlington. He loved traveling, gardening and music. His legacy was the many people he helped through his psychiatric practice. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hal H. Frazier Sr.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Principia College, Elsa, Illinois, University of Texas at Austin, University of Pennsylvania or a charity of choice.

Survivors: Wife, Louise Frazier of Fort Worth; son, James Rice Frazier of Fort Worth; daughters, Anne Hearne Frazier and Alice Elizabeth Frazier, both of Fort Worth; mother, Sammy Frazier of Fredericksburg; brother and sister-in-law, Orman and Mary Ellen Frazier of DeSoto; and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Glyn Albright of Benbrook.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Lois Gibson
ARLINGTON -- Lois Gibson, 84, a homemaker, died Monday at a Grand Prairie care center.

Funeral: Noon Thursday at Emerald Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Emerald Hills Funeral Home in Kennedale.

Lois Gibson was born June 5, 1912, in Waldron, Ark. She was a member of Mansfield Church of Christ.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kathy Gibson of Seven Points; brother, Bernard Taylor of Eugene, Ore.; grandsons, Ken Alan Gibson of Grapevine and Roger Gibson of Fort Worth; and great-grandchildren, Annie Gibson and Katrina Gibson, both of Fort Worth.

Emerald Hills Funeral Home
500 Sublett Road, 572-1681

Dwight C. Gifford
FRISCO -- Dwight C. Gifford, 39, a chiropractor, died Sunday from injuries in a motorcycle accident near Poteau, Okla.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at First Assembly of God Church in Ottawa, Kan. Officiating: the Revs. John Chamness and Ron Kimes. Burial: Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home.

Memorials: Dr. Dwight C. Gifford Memorial Fund, which will be designated later by the family, in care of Lamb- Roberts Funeral Home, Box 14, Ottawa, Kan. 66067.

Dr. Dwight C. Gifford was born Oct. 17, 1956, in Denver, Colo., the son of Warner G. and Dorothy Meek Gifford. He spent his early childhood in Denver, where he also began his schooling. In 1966, his family moved to Westphalia, Kan., and Dwight graduated from Waverly High School in 1974. He then attended Emporia State College and later the University of Kansas, where he completed his degree. He completed his education at the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, receiving his doctor of chiropractic medicine degree in 1986.

In 1986, he moved to the Dallas area. He established his chiropractic practice in The Colony and later resided in Frisco. He was a dedicated and devoted chiropractor, who always cared greatly about his patients. He was also active in community affairs in The Colony. Dwight was an avid hunter and motorcycle enthusiast and loved being outdoors.

He was a former member of First Assembly of God Church in Ottawa.

On Dec. 6, 1987, he was united in marriage to Janie Marie Duke in Plano.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grace and Harvey Gifford, and Boyd Mock.

Survivors: Wife, Janie Marie Gifford of McKinney; son, Cameron Warner Gifford of McKinney; daughter, Kelsey Miranda Gifford of McKinney; parents, Warner and Dorothy Gifford of Ottawa; brother, Mark Gifford and his wife, Melinda, of Ottawa; sister, Patricia Blakesley and her husband, Greg, of Ottawa; grandmothers, Luciel Arthur of Ottawa and Rose Mock Torrey of Neosho, Mo.; four nephews; and one niece.

Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home
Ottawa, Kan., (913) 242-3550

Kenneth Gowans
FORT WORTH -- Kenneth Gowans, 35, a cook at Green Oaks Country Club, died Friday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church at Philadelphia. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Kenneth Gowans was born Dec. 7, 1960, in Fort Worth. He attended Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors: Father, James Gowans; brother, Malcolm Gowans; sisters, Janette Walker and Karen Gowans; stepbrother, Larry Gowans; stepsister, Enestine Gowans Strong; and uncles, aunts, cousin, other relatives and friends.

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

Peggie Gregg
ARLINGTON -- Peggie Gregg, 71, a homemaker, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: Family service later.

Peggie Gregg was born Sept. 10, 1924, in St. Francisville, Ill. Mrs. Gregg was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors: Sons, Michael Gregg of Arlington and Russell Gregg of Fort Worth; brother, William Dale of Weslaco; five grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477

Alice F. Haddock
FORT WORTH -- Alice Flowers Haddock, 85, died Monday at a care center in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at the Travis Street Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating: the Rev. Floyd E. Haddock. Burial: Andrews Cemetery in Karnack. Pallbearers: family members.

Alice Flowers Haddock was born April 24, 1911, in McBride, Miss., to Joseph G. Flowers and Samantha Byrd Flowers. She married Floyd Jerome "Crip" Haddock in 1933 in Texarkana, and he preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1957. She was a homemaker and had worked for Pack 'N Sack and operated Johnson's Ranch on Caddo Lake in the early 1940s. She and her husband owned and operated Crip's Camp until her husband's death.

Mrs. Haddock graduated from Marshall High School in 1929. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Marshall and was a former resident of Marshall for many years.

Survivors: Two sons and daughter-in- law, Floyd E. and Juanita Haddock of Shamrock and Gerald W. Haddock of Fort Worth, an attorney and president of Crescent Real Estate Equities; six grandchildren, Marcus J. Haddock of Brookline, Mass., Carla Nims of Houston, Holly Donathan of Garland, Matthew Haddock and Russell Haddock, both of Waco, and Nicholas Haddock of Fort Worth; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Flowers of Shamrock and Bill Flowers of Marshall; and a sister, Versie Crow of Hazlehurt, Miss.

Sullivan Funeral Home
Marshall, (903) 938-7777

Wilmouth L. Hadley
CLEBURNE -- Wilmouth Lyn Hadley, 61, a retired electrician with Brown & Root Construction Co., died Monday in Fort Worth.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church.

Wilmouth Hadley was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Kopperl.

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

Myrtle M. Hall
GUSTINE -- Myrtle Mary Hall, 84, a retired motel housekeeper in Odessa, died Monday at a Comanche nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Hall & Sons Funeral Home.

Myrtle Mary Hall was born Sept. 14, 1911, in Wilbarger County.

Hall & Sons Funeral Home
Comanche, (915) 356-5214

Thomas B. Hatfield
MINERAL WELLS -- Thomas B. "Tommy" Hatfield, 72, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, died Tuesday at a Mineral Wells hospital after a long illness.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells.

Thomas Hatfield was born May 25, 1924, in Bennett.

Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422

Berry A. Herrin Jr.
IREDELL -- Berry Arthur Herrin Jr., 72, a public schools janitor, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Rutledge Funeral Home. Burial: Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell.

Berry Herrin Jr. was born March 11, 1924, in Duffau.

Rutledge Funeral Home
Hico, (817) 796-4722

Jack T. Lackey
ARLINGTON -- Jack T. Lackey, 72, a teacher, died Monday in Arlington.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Arlington. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Moore Funeral Home.

Jack Lackey was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Clarendon. He was a member and a deacon at First Baptist Church of Arlington. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Arlington, S.T.A.G.E. in Dallas, Women in Film, N.E.A., T.S.T.A., The National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa and the Screenwriters Association.

Survivors: Wife, Pauline Lackey of Arlington; son, Mark Lackey; daughters, Jo Hicks and Carol Lackey Weldon, both of Arlington; and granddaughter, Lindsay Lackey of Bartlesville, Okla.

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

Ellvine R. Martin
FORT WORTH -- Ellvine Rae Ward Martin, 87, a homemaker and owner of Rae's Gift Shop, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at University Christian Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Ellvine Martin was born Oct. 28, 1908, in Hico. She was a member of University Christian Church.

She was the widow of Waitman Martin and was preceded in death by her daughter, Lepha Davis.

Survivors: Grandchildren, Thomas Perry Davis, Suzanne Davis Blackwood, Cathy Davis Brown, Alyson Davis and Adrienne Davis Jennings; brother, E.J. Ward of Wichita Falls; and 13 great- grandchildren.

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

Leota Massey
FORT WORTH -- Leota Massey, 80, retired from sales, died Sunday in Arlington.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Leota Massey was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Dorchester. She retired from Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1981. Mrs. Massey was a member of Birchman Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and granny.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Buddy, in 1984.

Survivors: Daughter, Sue Stricker of Arlington; daughters and sons-in-law, Lois Ann and Gill Geisler, and Jerry Lynn and Dan Woody, all of Arlington; brother, Leonard C. McDaniel; grandchildren, Ace Layton, Shelley Sue Stricker, Bart Behrhorst, Mark Behrhorst, Troy Woody and Trent Woody; and great- grandchildren, Hunter Woody and Tanner Woody.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Ruth S. Mims
FORT WORTH -- Ruth S. Mims, 77, a domestic worker, died Monday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Morris-Bates Morturary.

Ruth S. Mims was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Valley Mills. 

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

Douglas L. Morris
FORT WORTH -- Douglas Lee Morris, 62, a process server, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Douglas Lee Morris was born Jan 30. 1934, in Oklahoma. He worked for Allied Stenotype Reporters from 1968 to 1984. After that he became a self-employed process server. He was a member of West Berry Church of Christ.

Survivors: Wife, LaVona Morris of Fort Worth; sons, Clifford Douglas Morris and Gary Don Morris, both of Fort Worth; daughter, Donna Morris Zavala of Alvarado; sister, Diana Wills of Dumas; and grandchildren, Lyndi Morris, Stacey Morris and Hailey Morris, all of Hurst, and Jacob Lee Morris and Katie Dawn Morris, both of Fort Worth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Etta Noland
STEPHENVILLE -- Etta Noland, 92, a homemaker, died Monday at an Erath County hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Stephenville Funeral Home. Burial: Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Etta Noland was born May 4, 1904, in Greenville, Ala. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stephenville. She moved to the Cross Timbers area at an early age, living in Erath and Hamilton counties most of her life.

Survivors: Daughters, Louise Noland of Stephenville and Nelda Gardner of Hurst.

Stephenville Funeral Home
Stephenville, (817) 965-3161

Lucy Nunnally
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lucy Nunnally, 65, mother of Elizabeth Falconer of Colleyville, died peacefully at home Tuesday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial service: 5 p.m. Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raleigh.

Memorials: any hospice.

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Lucy Nunnally retired last year from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Forest Service, where she worked in genetic research, on the campus of North Carolina State University and at Research Triangle Park. She was a hospice advocate and had worked with numerous groups as a volunteer who believed strongly in the principles of justice and equality of all peoples.

Survivors: Her daughter Elizabeth Falconer is married to Tom Struhs, also of Colleyville, where they live with their three children, Jon Struhs, James Falconer and Tiffany Struhs. Also surviving are her mother, Martha Brasfield of Birmingham; sister, Ann Powell of Pell City, Ala.; and three other children, Ann Nunnally of Canton, Ohio, Carol Cooper of Mountain View, Calif., and Tom Nunnally of Raleigh. Lucy is also survived by eight grandchildren.

Arthur L. Pecorello
UTICA, N.Y. -- Arthur L. Pecorello, 72, died July 21 at home.

Funeral Mass: Was July 24 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Utica. Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery in Clayville, N.Y.

Arthur L. Pecorello had lived in Fort Worth for many years and had family and friends here. His careers included technical writer for General Dynamics; teacher with Texas school districts, the Teacher Corps and the Headstart program; softball umpire; geologist; and social worker. He was a veteran of World War II and served his country in the Navy in the Pacific.

He held degrees from Texas Christian and Rice universities and from the University of Texas at Austin.

Art will be remembered for his love and passion for life and for always remaining young at heart.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Michelle Shaul of New York.

Survivors: Wife, Kelly Pecorello of New York; sons, Joseph Pecorello and Jonathan Pecorello of New York; daughters, Cheryl Morrow of Nevada, Patricia Hilborn of Texas and Erin Pecorello of New York; and granddaughter, Melissa Pecorello of New York.

Eannace Funeral Home
Utica, N.Y., (315) 724-6714

Ruth Rector
SANGER -- Ruth Rector, 98, a homemaker, died Monday in Denton.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. Officiant: Dr. E.L. McNeal. Burial: IOOF Cemetery in Denton. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Coker Funeral Home.

Ruth Rector was born April 3, 1898, in Plainview Community. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sanger.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Dean; mother, Henrietta "Angel" Dean; and husband, Sam Rector.

Survivors: Sons, Jack Rector of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sam. D. Rector of Decatur and Robert Rector of Dallas; daughter, Patricia Blalock of Duncanville; son-in- law, Robert Blalock of Duncanville; daughters-in-law, Alice Rector of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bobbie Lee Rector of Decatur; brother, Albert Dean of Henderson; sister-in-law, Mary Dean of Sanger; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Sanger, (817) 458-3311

Artie L. Robbins
DUBLIN -- Artie L. Robbins, 95, a retired hardware store owner, died Monday in Dublin.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Thursday in Lower Greens Creek Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 7 to 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

Artie L. Robbins was born Nov. 20, 1900, in Erath County.

Harrell Funeral Home
Dublin, (817) 445-3311

Larry O. Robinson
FORT WORTH -- Larry Onell Robinson, 39, a sales representative for Stationary Distribution, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 8:30 to 9:30 tonight at the funeral home.

Larry Robinson was born June 11, 1957, in Waxahachie. He was a graduate of O.D. Wyatt High School, class of 1975. He was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, under the Rev. Frank Lawson.

Survivors: Parents, Franklin and Angela Robinson of Fort Worth; brother, Msgt. Franklin (Francis) Robinson Jr. of Killeen; sisters, Joyce James, Mildred (Willie) Scott, Frankie Anderson and Andrea Thomas; and grandmother, Virginia Robinson of Navasota.

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

Virgil Schmittou
BOWIE -- Virgil Schmittou, 74, a retired custodian for Haggar Apparel Co. in Bowie and a former school bus driver for Midway and Post Oak schools for 26 years, died Monday in Bowie.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Post Oak. Burial: Post Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Virgil Schmittou was born Aug. 18, 1921.

Bowie, (817) 872-1144

John A. Sheffield
CLEBURNE -- John A. Sheffield, 69, a heavy equipment operator, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Greenacres Memorial Park in Cleburne.

John Sheffield was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Buffalo, Texas.

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

Clarkey Simpson
EULESS -- Clarkey Simpson, 57, assistant branch manager and assistant vice president of Hull and Co. General Agency Inc., died Monday in Dallas.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Jacksboro. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.

Clarkey Simpson was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Jacksboro.

Coker Funeral Home
Jacksboro, (817) 567-3778

David Slaughter
ARLINGTON -- David Slaughter, 32, in sales, died Monday in Arlington.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Fielder Road Baptist Church. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.

David Slaughter was born May 6, 1964.

Memorials: Elizabeth Home, P.O. Box 1931, Grapevine 76099.

Survivors: Parents, George and Barbara Slaughter of Arlington; sister, Julia Kronenberger and her husband, Drew, of Reston, Va.; grandparent, Eletha Slaughter of San Angelo; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Codi Smith
DENTON -- Codi Christen Debra Smith, 16, a horse trainer for the Landfall Ranch, died Sunday near Green Valley.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Denton Bible Church. Burial: Cooper Creek Cemetery.

Memorials: Denton County M.A.D.D., 512 W. Hickory, Denton 76201.

Codi Christen Debra Smith was born Feb. 25, 1980, in Denton.

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

Walter D. Smith
DALLAS -- Walter D. Smith, 63, a truck driver, died Monday at a Dallas nursing home.

Graveside Service: Was Tuesday at East Greenwood Cemetery.

Walter D. Smith was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Jack County.

Survivors: Daughters, Debra K. Smith of Dallas and Donna Smith of Lewisville; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ed Baker of Weatherford; and three grandchildren.

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

Joilue H. Stebbins
LONGVIEW -- Joilue Hale Stebbins, 60, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Officiating: the Revs. David Williamson and Bill Cunningham. Burial: Rosewood Park.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Box 707, Longview 75606; First Church of Christian Science, 300 N. Third St., Longview 75601; or Humane Society of Gregg County, 303 Enterprise St., Longview 75604.

Joilue Hale Stebbins was born March 31, 1936, in Fort Worth to Burnice C. and Fanna Lue Richardson Hale. She had lived in Longview for the past 12 years, coming from Austin. She was a licensed interior designer and a corporate and family planner with Stebbins Five Partnership. Mrs. Stebbins attended Texas Tech and the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was a member of the Humane Society of the United States and Gregg County Humane Society. Mrs. Stebbins served as president to Designs to Enjoi Inc. She was a founding member and partner of Stebbins Five Partnership and owner of Highland Pines Nursing Home in Longview and Retirement & Nursing Center-Austin Ltd. Mrs. Stebbins was a member of First United Methodist Church of Longview.

Survivors: Husband, Dick Stebbins of Longview; sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Shellie Stebbins of Dallas, Scott Stebbins and Brad and Betsy Stebbins, all of Longview; grandchildren, Courtney Stebbins of Dallas, P.R. Stebbins II of Longview and Christina Stebbins and Katherine Stebbins, both of Dallas; sister, Carolyn Perdue of Austin; brothers and sister-in-law, Burnice C. and Debbe Hale of Bedford and Donald L. Hale of Longview; mother-in-law, Martha Fortney of West Alexandria, Ohio; brothers-in-law, David Stebbins of Farmersville, Ohio, and Stanley Storer of Edinburg; aunts and uncles, Vela and Albert Shocky and Helen and Durwood Rogers; numerous nieces and nephews, including Forrest and Robyn Lynn Perdue and Robin Perdue; daughter-in-law and daughter, Joan Stebbins and Jessica Bingman of Fort Worth; and numerous cousins, including Gayle Goldberg Stout.

Welch Funeral Home
Longview, (903) 753-5541

Maudie A. Swenson
LAGUNA PARK -- Maudie A. Swenson, 87, a homemaker, died Monday in Waco.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. today in Clifton Cemetery in Clifton.

Maudie A. Swanson was born Aug. 27, 1908, in Dallas.

Lawson Funeral Home
Meridian, (817) 435-2792

James A. Tanner
HURST -- James Alton Tanner, 66, a sales engineer for Roller Bearing Company of America, died Monday at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.

James Tanner was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Wolfe City. He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. He served in the Air Force for 26 years.

Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Survivors: Wife, Betty Katherine Tanner; sons, James R. Tanner and Michael L. Tanner; daughters, Deborah A. Jewell, Denise A. Bruchmiller, Donna A. Peek and Deidra A. Young; mother, Gladys Tanner; brothers, Max H. Tanner Jr. and Sidney A. Tanner; sister, Zelda J. Hendley; and 12 grandchildren.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271

Helen L. Tonnies
FORT WORTH -- Helen Lively Tonnies, 79, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Helen Tonnies was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Ruskin, Neb. She moved to Fort Worth from Eugene, Ore., in 1980. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Helmerich Tonnies, in 1980.

Survivors: Daughter, Linda Ramsdell of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Leah Marie Ramsdell of Fort Worth, Elena Ann and her husband, Robert Dillard, of Richland Hills; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Mae and Amber Nicole.

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

Delbert W. Tucker
FORT WORTH -- Delbert W. Tucker, 61, founder of Tucker Agency Inc., which specialized in construction insurance and bonding, died Tuesday at a local nursing center after a four-month illness.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Harold Hall, George Tillotson, Ray Cotnoir, Bob McCaslin, Perry McCord and Max Eubank. Honorary pallbearers will be Hanno Von Collenberg, Orville Neal and Jim Kleinkauf.

Memorials: Bethesda Christian School or St. Andrews Catholic School.

Delbert W. Tucker was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Saint Jo and was an ex- letterman at Texas Christian University. He entered TCU as a freshman in 1953 and played basketball throughout the 1956 season.

Mr. Tucker entered the insurance business after leaving school. He founded the Tucker Agency in 1982. He was a member of Riverside Masonic Lodge, Moslah Temple and Associated General Contractors.

Survivors: His wife of 37 years, Pat; his mother, Rosa Tucker of Arlington; sons, Tracy Tucker and Tobin Tucker, both of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Laura, Tiffany, Steven and Taylor Tucker, all of Fort Worth.

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

Peggy S. Ward
FORT WORTH -- Peggy Sue Ward, 38, a homemaker, died Monday at an Arlington hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Martin's Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hood County.

Peggy Ward was born Dec. 22, 1957, in San Pablo, Calif.

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

Zyranae D. Williams
FORT WORTH -- Zyranae Diontre' Williams died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Zyranae Williams was born July 27, 1996, in Fort Worth. 

Survivors: Father, Trey Williams of Fort Worth; mother, Tiesha Mayfield of Fort Worth; sister, Niesha Perry; grandparents, Arthur and Beverly Williams Jr., Lewis Carter, and May and C.C. Murphy; great-grandparents, Arthur and Evelyn Williams Sr. and Esther Leggins; and uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.

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

Craig Winton
ALEDO -- Craig Winton, 46, an employee of Kase Consulting, computer programs marketing, died Monday at home.

Memorial service: 4 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Aledo.

Craig Winton was born Jan. 1, 1950, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He had lived in the Aledo area for three years.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Winton of Aledo; sons, Keith Winton and Christopher Winton, both of Aledo; father, William Winton of Aledo; brother, Ken Winton of Virginia; and aunt, Elizabeth Coleman of Fort Worth.

The Memorial Chapel
1207 S. Cherry Lane, 246-4988

Melvin L. Worthington
WEATHERFORD -- Melvin Locker Worthington, 66, died Monday at a Weatherford hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Grace First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.

Memorials: Grace First Presbyterian Church, Melvin L. Worthington Scholarship Fund at Jacksboro High School, or Parker County United Way.

Melvin Locker Worthington was born June 1, 1930, in Jacksboro. He was the son of the late Joe L. and Frances Fant Worthington. He graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1947 and was voted the outstanding student of his graduating class. In the fall of 1947, he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin and became the first freshman ever admitted to the Longhorn Band. In the spring of 1948, Melvin was injured in a diving accident that left him a quadriplegic. In spite of this devastating injury, he lived an active life for 48 years and was an inspiration and a help to many people.

In the early years after his accident, he had a magazine subscription business in Weatherford. After that, he managed the family business interests until his death.

He was a member of Grace First Presbyterian Church for 44 years and served as chairman of the board of deacons and as an elder. He was a director of First National Bank of Weatherford for seven years and was in charge of doing the historical research for that bank before its 100th anniversary celebration in 1980. He served as a director of Weatherford National Bank for 12 years until his death. He was a member of the Weatherford Planning and Zoning Board for 17 years and chairman of that board for 14 years.

Melvin was given recognition by the Cotton Bowl Association for his advice in providing seating for the handicapped. He was also instrumental in the University of Texas adding a handicapped section at Memorial Stadium.

Melvin had a lifelong love for the University of Texas at Austin and was supportive and loyal to that university all his adult life. He took great delight in keeping up with the Texas Longhorn football team and attended many of its games.

He served as drive chairman for the Special Gifts Division of the Parker County United Way for five years and as chairman of the Special Gifts Division for the American Cancer Society for one year. He was active in many other civic and charitable affairs in the community and was voted Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in 1970.

He lived in Weatherford with his mother, Frances Fant Worthington, from 1948 until her death in 1993. For the past two years, Dewey and Jenny Barnwell lived with him.

Melvin's courage, wisdom and loving concern for his fellow man was very unique. He was a special person and will be missed by many.

Much credit for Melvin's long and active life goes to the late Ann Ward, the late William Robinson, Bobby Frysinger, Dewey and Jenny Barnwell, Mrs. Stella Colgin, Dr. Jack Eidson, Dr. Mark Eidson, Dr. Harold Johnson and numerous other dedicated nurses who attended him over the years.

Survivors: Brother and sister-in-law, Walter Fant Worthington and his wife, Jo; nephews, Mark Worthington and Brookes Worthington; niece, Jan Reid; cousins, Louise McFarland and Bill Fant; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Bree and Brooke Worthington, Brooklyn and Briley Worthington, and Jake, Shae and Sam Reid, all of Weatherford.

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

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