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Edna Bailey
FORT WORTH -- Edna Bailey, 89, a laundry attendant, died Friday at an Azle hospital.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Eddy Cemetery in Eddy. Visitation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at White's Funeral Home in Azle.
Edna Bailey was born Feb. 14, 1907, in Coleman County.
White's Funeral Home
Azle, 444-3211

Pearl Banks
WATAUGA -- Pearl Banks, 97, a homemaker, died Friday at a Bedford hospital.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday in Willow Cemetery in Haskell.
Pearl Banks was born May 18, 1899, in Williamson County.
Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271

William K. Battista
William Keffer Battista, 50, a retired insurance agent, died Tuesday at home.
Memorial Mass: at a later date at the Devon Preparatory School, Devon, Pa. Burial: Private.
Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas, 1000 Summit Avenue, Fort Worth 76102.
Mr. Battista was born July 31, 1946, in Philadelphia, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. O.A. Battista.
Survivors: Mother, Helen Keffer Battista of Fort Worth; sister, Elizabeth Ann Battista of Fort Worth; and uncle, Dr. William H. Keffer of Reading, Pa.
Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave., 336-0345

Tiny R. Bell
FORT WORTH -- Tiny R. Bell, 60, a homemaker, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ, 421 S. Ayers. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial park. Wake: 5 to 6 p.m. today at the church.
Tiny R. Bell was born May 5, 1936, in Fort Worth.
Survivors: Husband, Russell D. Bell of Fort Worth; sons, Russell D. Bell Jr. and Carolyn of Fort Worth, and Anthony R. Bell and Linda of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Sonya C. Bell of Santa Fe, N.M.; sisters, Betty Joe Starks of Harbor City, Calif., and Georgia Finch of Denver; 11 grandchildren; and two aunts.
Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors
4000 Miller Ave., 531-8666

Virginia L. Bittle
RIVER OAKS -- Virginia L. Bittle, 66, a homemaker, died Wednesday at Westside Care Center as a result of a stroke.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials: Youth Fund, Trinity Baptist Church, 620 Churchill Rd. and River Oaks Library, 4900 River Oaks Blvd.
Virginia L. Bittle was born July 12, 1930, in Bluff City, Tenn. She was a volunteer at the River Oaks Library and an active member of Trinity Baptist Church. She also served in the River Oaks Lady Lions.
Saurvivors: Husband of 41 years, Howard Bittle of River Oaks; sons, Casey Bittle of Fort Worth and David Bittle of Waxahachie; daughter, Peggy Stone of Aledo; six grandchildren, Ryan, Shannon and Ethan Stone, Hunter, Aaron, and Taylor Bittle; five brothers; and two sisters.
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Truman L. Bosley
FORT WORTH -- Truman L. "Buz" Bosley, 58, a Bell-Textron supervisor, died Friday at a Bedford hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville. Visitation: 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Bosley was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Los Angeles, Calif. Calif.
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home
Gainesville (817) 665-3455

Hubert Butler
FORT WORTH-- Hubert Butler, 86, a retired salesperson, died Friday in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial: Visiting Nurses Association or Community Hospice of Texas.
Mr. Butler was born Jan. 13, 1910, in Lilac, and had been a resident of Fort Worth since 1927. He retired from Montgomery Ward in 1972. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Survivors: Wife, Ruby Lee Butler of Fort Worth; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Patricia Butler of Fort Worth, Wayne and Jo Ann Butler of River Oaks and George and Gay Butler of Hurst; sister, Corine Springer of Dublin; and five grandchildren.
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Letha R. Carlton
CLEBURNE -- Letha "Charlie" Rogers Carlton, 89, a retired beautician, died Saturday at a Cleburne hospital.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Crosier- Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Cleburne. Visitation: 4 to 6 today at the funeral home.
Letha Carlton was born Feb. 1, 1907, in Midlothian. She was a member of Henderson St. Baptist Church in Cleburne.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Curtis H. Rogers, in 1975, grandson, Ken Rogers, in 1959, son-in- law, Ray Frerichs in 1994 and by her parents, Albert Earl and Ida Lee Hughes Bilton.
Survivors: Husband, Olin "Tex" Carlton of Cleburne; sons and daughters-in- law, Conrad and Barbara Rogers of Burleson and Curtis Jr. and Ann Rogers of Fort Worth; daughters, Wanda and her husband, Calvin Land, of Cleburne, June Frerichs of Olympia, Wash. and Dixie Marquez of Gunnison, Colo.; brothers, Earl Bilton of Claremont, Calif., Eldon Bilton of Dallas and Horace Ray Bilton of Garland; sisters, Minnie Kuykendall of Midlothian and Lillian Joslin of Cleburne; seven grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield
Cleburne, (817) 558-2322

Louis L. Carmichael
FORT WORTH -- Louis Lee Carmichael Sr., 71, a retired Union Pacific Railroad superintendent, died Friday at a local hospital.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Carroll Smith, Gene Domm, Ray Johnston, Malcolm Cross, Bob White, Luther Carmichael, Bill Trice and Gerald Wyatt Jr.
Honorary pallbearers: Bedouin Unit of Moslah Shrine Temple.
Memorials: Shrine Children Hospital or Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.
Louis Carmichael was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Fort Worth. He was an Army sergeant during World War II. He was an elder and treasurer of the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, a member of Masonic Lodge 925, Scottish Rite, Moslah Shrine Temple, past Caliph of the Bedouin Unit and was serving as Moslah Temple Entertainment Chairman. He was also a member of R.O.J. and the Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, L.D. and Margie Carmichael, and twin brothers, Troy and Floy.
Survivors: Wife of 53 years, Mary Ellen Huck Carmichael of Fort Worth; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Carol Carmichael of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeffrey of Fort Worth; aunt, Reva Ryan of Longview; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Jennifer L. Clark
FORT WORTH -- Jennifer Lea Clark, 20, a veterinarian assistant, died Thursday at a Dallas hospital.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Keller. Burial: Private. Visitation: Noon to 8:30 p.m. today at Lucas Funeral Home. Vigil Service: 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials: Camp Moss, 811 Preston No. 807, Dallas, Texas 75225.
Jennifer Clark was born July 18, 1976, in Chicago, Ill.
She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church.
Survivors: Parents, John and Terese Clark; brother, Paul Doty, sisters, Lisa Doty, Helen Clark, all of Fort Worth; grandmother, Helen Pluche; aunt, Dr. Cynthia Clark; and cousin, Casara Clark.
Lucas Funeral Home
Grapevine, 488-7566

Ermal L. Coil
WATAUGA -- Ermal L. Coil, 93, a homemaker, died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday at Brown, Gause-Ware, Owens & Brumley Funeral Chapel. Burial: Bluebonnett Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Ermal Coil was born June 4, 1903, in Rockford, Ohio.
Survivors: Son, Kenneth R. Coil of Bellefontaine, Ohio; daughters, Grace V. Lamb of Watauga and Stella Lamb of Keithville, La.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great- great-grandchildren.
Brown, Gause-Ware, Owens & Brumley
425 S. Henderson St., 335-4557

Joe N. Copeland
MINERAL WELLS -- Joe Neill Copeland, 76, a retired horse trainer, died Friday at home.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Palo Pinto County.
Mr. Copeland was born Dec. 20, 1919, in Mineral Wells.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner
Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422

Lenord R. Eads
COLLEYVILLE -- Lenord Roy Eads, 65, a retired Western Electric employee, died Thursday at home.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3941 Parchman in North Richland Hills. Graveside service: 4 p.m. in Broken Bow Cemetery in Broken Bow, Okla.
Mr. Eads was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Broken Bow. He retired from Western Electric after more than 30 years' service.
Survivors: Daughters, Vickie Sue Lindsey of Saginaw and Lennette Elizabeth Eads of Colleyville; mother, Clara Jester of Nashville, Ark.; brothers, Doyle Eads of Broomfield, Colo., Wilbert Eads of Houston and Tim Eads of Fort Worth; sisters, Lorene Taylor, Lona Phillips and Nancy Mitchel, all of Houston, and Pat Mixon of Tallahassee, Fla.; and grandchildren, Danielle E. Roberts, Alisha G. Roberts and Lauren S. Lindsey, all of Fort Worth.
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

Dorothy M. Eberhardt
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dorothy M. Eberhardt, 80, a homemaker, died Wednesday at home.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday at Dido Cemetery.
Dorothy Eberhardt was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a resident of Fort Worth 20 years before she moved to Tucson in 1993 to be with her daughter.
Survivors: Sons, Mike Collins of Phoenix, Ariz., and James Collins of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Audra Erheart and Dee Johnson, both of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Brown, Gause-Ware, Owens & Brumley
425 S. Henderson St., 335-4557

Jeff Enlow
MANSFIELD -- Jeff Enlow, 16, a student at Mansfield High School, died Thursday at home.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Emerald Hills Chapel.
Jeff Enlow was born May 10, 1980, in Fort Worth. He was an excellent student at Mansfield High School, where his teachers regarded him as a very pleasant person. He loved to exercise and lift weights.
Survivors: Parents, James and Elaine Enlow of Mansfield; brothers, James Enlow Jr. and Josh Enlow, both of Mansfield; maternal grandmother, Beulah Brooks of DeRidder, La.; uncle and aunt, Elmer and Sue Enlow of Missouri; friend and weight lifting partner, Rylough Washington of Arlington; and many other friends in Arlington.
Emerald Hills Funeral Home
500 Sublett Road, 572-1681

Eunalee Everett
BIG SPRING -- Eunalee Everett, 79, a homemaker, died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral: Was Saturday at Nalley- Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Burial: Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Officiant: Rev. Ed Williamson, pastor of First United Methodist Church.
Eunalee Everett was born May 8, 1917, in Callahan County, and married Buel F. Everett on Nov. 10, 1935, in Anson. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1982.
Mrs. Everett volunteered at the Big Spring Senior Citizens Center for several years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Ann Easterling, in 1986.
Survivors: Daughter, Janet Headding of Big Spring; son, Don Everett of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren, two great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Naley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home
Big Spring (915) 267-6331

Ronald D. Ford
WEATHERFORD -- Ronald Dee "Toby" Ford, 57, owner/operator of Tire Doctor, died Tuesday in Weatherford.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Cotten- Bratton Funeral Chapel. Burial: Memory Gardens of the Valley. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Ford was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Marlin.
Cotten-Bratton Funeral Chapel
Weatherford, (817) 594-2711

Woodrow T. Gavenda
FORT WORTH -- Woodrow T. Gavenda, a retired auditor, died Friday at home.
Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. Monday in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Memorials: A charity of your choice.
Mr. Gavenda was born in Edgeworth.
He was an auditor for the Federal Highway Department in the Southwest region 30 years prior to his retirement. He was a graduate of Sul Ross University as well as the Univesity of Texas at Austin where he was a lifetime member of the Ex- Students Association. Mr. Gavenda was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, the Elk's Lodge, the Masonic Lodge and the California Association of C.P.A.'s
Survivors: Wife, Billie Gavenda of Fort Worth; daughter, Gail Newell of Austin; stepchildren, Devorah McFarlane of Austin, Courtney Ridings of Grand Prairie, Randy Russell of Grand Prairie; sister, Doris Gavenda of Fort Worth; grandchild, Quentin Newell of Austin.
Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341

Wallace D. Graves
FORT WORTH -- Wallace Dewitt Graves, 67, a retired aerospace engineer, died Thursday at home.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Monday at Blessing Colonial Funeral Home in Mansfield. Burial: Private.
Memorials: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada Heart Foundation at SGU, P.O. Box 7, St. George's Grenada, West Indies.
Mr. Graves was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Fort Worth.
He was a graduate of Texas Technological University in mechanical and aeronautical engineering. He served with the Navy Seabees from 1946 to 1498 and was in the Navy Reserve until 1953. After working at Chance Vaught Aircraft, he joined the Bureau of Naval Weapons. In 1961, he was employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Manned Spacecraft Center.
During the course of his 27 years with NASA, he was Field Project Engineer for the Apollo Spacecraft and for the Space Shuttle, Orbiter, based in Downey, Calif. He received the Superior Achievement Award for his individual work as project eningeer on Apollo 10 Command and Service Modules, along with a special commendation form President Lyndon B. Johnson for his outstanding contribution to the U.S. Space program.
In 1991 he moved to Grenada West Indies with his wife, Dr. Gerladine Graves, as part of a husband and wife team employed by St. George's University School of Medicine. While at St. George's he set up the University's amateur and campus radio system, as well as working as a radio operator for the Windstar Cruise Lines.
Survivors: Wife, Dr. Geraldine Graves; seven children; eight grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and his sister, Sybil Spencer from San Antonio.
Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555

Ruth S. Griffin
THROCKMORTON -- Ruth Sybil Griffin, 95, a homemaker, died Friday at a Throckmorton nursing center.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Ruth Sybil Griffin was born Feb. 3, 1901, in Mineola, and had lived in the Fort Worth area for 70 years before moving to Throckmorton in 1993.
She was married to Victor Griffin in Mineola on June 3, 1923. He preceded her in death.
Survivors: Three daughters, Melba Griffin of Fort Worth, Bonnie Crosby of Jacksonville, Fla., and Janice Whitfield of Woodson; son, Kenneth Griffin of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Archer Funeral Home
Seymour 76380 (817) 888-2636

David E. Groner
LITTLETON, Colo. -- David E. Groner, 65, a retired professor, died Sept. 25 in Littleton.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Monday at the University of Texas at Arlington Speech Department.
Memorials: UTA Speech Department.
David E. Groner was born June 18, 1931, in Honesdale, Pa. He earned degrees from Lycoming College and Pennsylvania State University. He taught at Penn State and Lock Haven State University. In 1964 he joined the Communications Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he taught until he retired in June 1991.
His interests included travel, public speaking, baseball, horse racing, poker and flea markets.
Survivors: Wife, Mary E. Groner of Littleton; and daughter, Amanda L.

Cornelius F. Gundlach
GRAPEVINE -- Cornelius "Kees" F. Gundlach, 77, the retired owner of Casey's Jeep in California, died Sept. 10 at a Grapevine hospital.
Memorial service: Was Sept. 11 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Arlington.
Memorials: Urban Services YMCA, North East Transportation Services Fort Worth, 5342 Davis Blvd., Suite A.
Mr. Gundlach was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Oruro, Bolivia.
He was educated in New York, Santiago, Chile and at General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. He was a sergeant in the 9th USAF in World War II. He was owner of Casey's Jeep in California from 1958 to 1962. He was involved in businesses in Columbia, Ecuador and Guatemela, until his retirement in 1991. He was married 44 years.
Survivors: Wife, Ellen Marie Gundlach of Santa Maria, Calif.; son, Casey Gundlach of Grapevine; daughters, Pamela Hubbard of Santa Maria, Calif., Ellen Amanda Gunlach of Calif., Lucinda Nelson of Arlington, Dr. Susan Parsons of University City, Mo.; sisters, Eleanora McIlhenny of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Lucy Hathaway of Lake Forest, Ill.; and grandchildren, Michelle and Spencer Jackson of Arlington.
Lucas Funeral Home
Grapevine, 488-7566

Alene Johnson
BOYD -- Alene Johnson, 77, a homemaker, died Friday in Decatur.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Alene Johnson was born May 28, 1918.
She had lived in Boyd since 1982. She was a member of Woman's Auxillary of Boyd. She was an avid quilter and gardener. She very active in church and community services.
Survivors: Husband, Leo Johnson of Boyd; sons, R. G. Smith of Mansfield, Delbert Smith of Fort Worth, Jerry Smith of Stephenville; daughters, Betty Speiss of Boyd, Pat Bartlett of Paradise, Cora Walker of Boyd, Helen Davis of Fort Worth; brother, Darwin Folmar of Wills Point; sisters, Jewell Smithwick of Mullins, Katy Richie of Missouri; 29 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several great-great-great-grandchildren.
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Ethel I. Jones
WEATHERFORD -- Ethel I. Jones, 83, a homemaker, died Thursday in Weatherford.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. today at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel.
Ethel I. Jones was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Maypearl.
She was a member of Bridgewood Church of Christ for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. W. Jones and son, Bobby Thomas.
Survivors: Son, Kenneth R. Jones of Grand Prairie; two daughters, Pat Option of Weatherford, Lanell Pettigrew of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and numerous cousins.
Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel
7301 E. Lancaster Ave., 451-3333

Robert R. Kreipe
WEATHERFORD -- Robert Raymond Kreipe, 62, a retired teacher, died Friday at home.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial: East Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. Rosary: 7 tonight at White's Funeral Home in Weatherford.
Memorials: Saint Stephen's Catholic Church, PO Box 1743, Weatherford; Arlington Cancer Center, 906 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington 76012.
Mr. Kreipe was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Greenley, Kan., and had been a Weatherford resident since 1977. He was a graduate of Mahr Hill Preparatory School in Atchison, Kan. He received his undergraduate degree from Park College, and his master's degree from Tarleton State University. While in the Air Force, he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and served as navigator and electronic warfare officer in the B47, B58, B66, C123 and F111 aircrafts. He retired after commanding the Munitions Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While serving in the the Air Force, he received the Master Navigator Designation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star (three awards, one with Valor), Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (two awards). He served in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969. Upon the completion of his career in the Air Force, he followed his true passion as a mathematics teacher. He was awarded the Optimist Club, 1995-96 Teacher of the Year for Weatherford Independent School District.
He was a member of the St. Stephen's Catholic Church, where he had been a lector, lay eucharistic minister and taught adult Bible study. He and his wife led the parish's Renew Program. He was Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 7264, and 4th-degree member of General Worth Assembly.
He was a wonderful husband and father, dear brother in Christ, and an unsurpassed friend. He will be missed deeply.
He and Patricia Neel Kreipe were married 38 years.
Survivors: Wife, Pat Neel Kreipe of Weatherford; sons, Bob Kriepe and Tom Kriepe, both of Weatherford, Steve Kriepe of Harker Heights and Mark Kriepe of San Antonio; and eight grandchildren.
White's Funeral Home
Weatherford, (817) 596-4811

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