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Willie G. Baldree
GRANBURY -- Willie Gene Baldree, 60, a retired airport grounds supervisor, died Tuesday at a Granbury hospital.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Holly Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Willie Baldree was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Lubbock.

He lived in Granbury for 20 years. He retired as grounds supervisor at Dallas/ Fort Worth Airport in 1994. He was a member of American Legion Post 491.

Survivors: Son, Rick Baldree of Crowley; daughter, Linda Hines of Fort Worth; parents, Milton and Vera Baldree of Fort Worth and Dessie Martin of Odessa; brothers, Gerald Baldree of Arlington, Tim Baldree of Fort Worth and Bill Baldree of New Mexico; sisters, Kay Britton and Linda Carroll, both of Burleson, Elizabeth Francis of Irving and Louise Smith of Odessa; five grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bobby Glenn, and sister- in-law, Bobbie Glenn, both of Granbury; and all of his friends at America Legion Post 491.

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

Lucille Bolton
MINERAL WELLS -- Lucille Bolton, 79, a retired waitress, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery in Mineral Wells.

Lucille Bolton was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Palo Pinto County.

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

W.C. Brown
FORT WORTH -- W.C. Brown, 79, a shoe buyer, died Tuesday at home.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Thursday in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

W.C. Brown was born Dec. 24, 1916, in Troy, Okla. He was a member of University Christian Church. He attended school in Harlingen and moved to Fort Worth in 1936. He was a Navy Seabee during World War II. He owned the shoe department in Martin Dry Goods for 20 years and then was shoe buyer for Mitchell Department Stores until retirement.

Survivors: Wife of 58 years, Dorothy Brown of Fort Worth; daughter, Tina Birchell and husband, Randy, of Fort Worth; and stepmother, Vennie Crim of Henderson.

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

Keith W. Bush
MINERAL WELLS -- Keith W. Bush, 85, a retired Army master sergeant, died Monday at a Mineral Wells nursing facility.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells.

Keith Bush was born July 23, 1911, in Washington County, Iowa.

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

Patrick N. Cannon
EULESS -- Patrick Neal Cannon, 39, a plumber, died Monday in an auto accident.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Grapevine Cemetery.

Patrick Cannon was born in October 1956, in Olton. 

Survivors: Son, Neil Cannon of Euless; parents, Cecil and Della Irene Cannon of Euless; and brothers, Timothy Cannon of Euless, Gregory Cannon of Keller and Stewart Cannon of Justin.

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

Donald J. Coleman
WHITE SETTLEMENT -- Donald J. Coleman, 85, a retired carpenter, died Monday in White Settlement.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of White Settlement. Graveside service: 3 p.m. Thursday in China Creek Cemetery in San Saba.

Graveside services in San Saba will be handled by Howell-Doran Funeral Home.

Donald J. Coleman was born May 20, 1911, in Rome, N.Y.

He had lived in White Settlement for more than 50 years. He retired in 1973 after 25 years with General Dynamics. He was a member of White Settlement Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle Coleman, in 1993.

Survivors: Nephew, James G. Coleman and wife, Kathleen M.; brothers, Douglas Coleman of San Diego, Calif., and Howard Coleman of Rome, N.Y.; sisters, Delores Krulinski and Delma Thompson, both of Rome; and brothers-in-law and families, Mr. and Mrs. Harvy Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Reeves and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Cox.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Darline Costello
BEDFORD -- Darline Costello, 79, a homemaker, died Monday in Hurst.

Funeral: noon Thursday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, 3301 West Freeway, Fort Worth 76107, in lieu of flowers.

Darline Costello was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Bonham and lived in Hurst for 32 years before moving to Bedford. She was a former Miss West Texas and was a member of the Garden Club and Bridge Club.

Mrs. Costello was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1982.

Survivors: Daughter, Deborah Costello of Bedford; brother, Gene Wise of Bastrop, La.; sister, Amelia Clements of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Earnest M. Dendy
WEATHERFORD -- Earnest Mark Dendy, 38, a construction worker, died Sunday in Weatherford.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Cotten Bratton Funeral Chapel. Burial: Spring Creek Cemetery.

Earnest Dendy was born May 28, 1958, in Winters.

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

William Edwards
FORT WORTH -- William "Bill" Edwards, 89, a paint salesman who retired in 1973, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight. Officiating minister: Dr. Charles Sanders.

William Edwards was born June 9, 1907, in Hartsburg, Mo. He was a resident of Fort Worth for 60 years. He was a member of University Christian Church and was a Mason. He worked for E.O. Wood Co. He enjoyed music and reading and was an avid football fan.

Survivors: Wife, Opal Edwards of Fort Worth; sons, William Gene Barnard and Donald Lee Barnard, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Ann Kendall and Nancy Kelley, both of Fort Worth; sisters, Maye Pohlman of St. Louis and Annette Harper of Muskogee, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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

Linze Y. Foster
FORT WORTH -- Linze Y. Foster, 82, a retired civil-service procurement inspector, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Linze Foster was born March 15, 1914, in Roberta, Okla., and grew up in Woodson, Texas, and had lived in Fort Worth since 1945. He was a member of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. He was an active member of the Builders Class and the Methodist Men.

Memorials: Arlington Heights UMC Building Fund.

Survivors: Wife, Luetta Foster of Fort Worth; son, Lyndon Foster of Mesquite; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Ken Holze of Fort Worth and Becky and Jim Swank of Midwest City, Okla.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ozelle and Warren Willingham of Albany, Maurine and D.E. Good of College Station and Maxine Boyd of Bedford; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Terry Fry
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Terry Fry, 22, manager at Lynn Creek Marina, died Sunday at a Dallas hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday at Bean- Massey-Burge Funeral Home. Burial: Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Memorials: If desired, Terry Fry Memorial Fund, in care of Debbie Fry at any Bank One Texas branch.

Terry Fry was born Oct. 10, 1973, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Survivors: Mother, Debbie Fry; father and stepmother, Terry and Sally Fry; brother, Brian Fry; four stepbrothers, Steve, Tim, Brad and Kelly McWilliams; grandparents, Harry and Mary Messenger, Truman F. Fry and Margaret Williams; numerous other relatives; and a great number of friends.

Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home
Grand Prairie, (214) 263-7200
 

Robert M. Hamby
Verdie L.W. Hamby
FORT WORTH -- Robert McLenn Hamby, 78, a retired Army sergeant first class, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital and his wife, Verdie Lee Wortman Hamby, 74, a homemaker, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Joint graveside services: 1:30 p.m. today in Greenwood Memorial park.

Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Robert Hamby was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Hugo, Okla. Verdie Hamby was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Floydada.

The Hambys were married for 53 years and lived in Paris, Texas, from 1961 to 1996. They moved to Fort Worth in July 1996. Mr. Hamby was a graduate of Paris Junior College. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service, having served in England and Japan. He was associated with Campbell Soup Co. in Paris, Texas, for 12 years until retirement in 1973. He retired from the Army Corps of Engineers in Paris.

Their survivors: Daughters, Vicki Wilkin of Fort Worth and Loma Frazier of Harlingen; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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

Lena Mae Hardeman
JUSTIN -- Lena Mae Hardeman, 90, died Aug. 15 at a care center in Justin.

Graveside service: Was held Aug. 16 in Justin Cemetery.

Lena Mae was born Dec. 11, 1905, in Justin to the former Alta Ann Baker and James Harve Wilson. She married Sam Milam Hardeman on Jan. 13, 1924, in Krum. They had four children. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the 20th Century Study Club of Justin. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Mrs. Hardeman was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, and by their son, James Byron "Buddy" Hardeman.

Survivors: Son, C.J. Hardeman of Justin; daughters, Nita Judge of Justin and Sammye Ragsdale of Roanoke; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grand- children.

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

Ora Hicks
FORT WORTH -- Ora Hicks, 76, a homemaker, died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: noon Thursday at Worth Baptist Church. Burial: Midlothian Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth.

Ora Hicks was born July 15, 1920, in Italy, Texas. She was a member of Worth Baptist Church for 20 years and sold Avon cosmetics for several years.

Survivors: Son, Jim Hicks of Arlington; daughter, Sandy Baccus of Joshua; three sisters, Dorothy Guthrie and Thelma Rose, both of Italy, and Mildred Lewis of Greenville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Gerald Johnson
FORT WORTH -- Gerald Johnson, 68, a district manager for Norwest Financial who retired in 1983 after 32 years, died Monday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Rosemont Church of Christ. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at Laurel Land Funeral Home.

Gerald Johnson was born June 23, 1928, in Granite, Okla. He was a member of Rosemont Church of Christ for 39 years.

Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Johnson of Fort Worth; sons, Jerry Johnson, Randy Johnson and Craig Johnson, all of Fort Worth; daughter, Kathy Beck of Alvarado; mother, Irene Johnson of Mangum, Okla.; brothers, Jerry Johnson of Purcell, Okla., and Gene Johnson of Mangum, Okla.; sister, Melba Breeding of Mangum, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

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

Mary J. Kleven
FORT WORTH -- Mary Jane Kleven, 76, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church. Officiating: the Rev. John H. Tietjen, Th.D., and the Rev. Celene Welch, M.Div. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Bearers of Mrs. Kleven's casket will be members of the Leikerringen Norwegian Society Dancers, Kermit Anderson, Darrell Anderson, Pete Becker, Herman Berg, Reuben Bosshard, Don Rudolph and Ken Sanderson.

Memorials: The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent.

Mary Jane Kleven, a native of Ramsey County, Minn., was preceded in death by her son, Curtis C. Kleven, who died in 1991. She was an active volunteer and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Triniteers and the Leikerringen Norwegian Society Dancers.

Survivors: Husband, Peter S. Kleven of Fort Worth; son, Peter David Kleven of Fort Worth; grandson, Thomas D. Kleven of Aurora, Colo.; and sister, Dorothy LaFever of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Melvin L. Larkin
FORT WORTH -- Melvin Lee Larkin, 33, a janitor at Medical Plaza, died Monday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Melvin Larkin was born Dec. 22, 1962, in Fort Worth. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Survivors: Daughter, Ebony; parent, Leatrice Larkin of Fort Worth; brother, Michael "Prince" Larkin of Fort Worth; aunts, Mary Lee Wallace, Willie M. Taylor and Zelma Majors; uncles, Lonzo Wallace and U.Z. Proctor; and niece, Sade Larkin.

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

Arvella LeMay
FORT WORTH -- Arvella LeMay, 85, a retired nurse, died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. today in East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Arvella LeMay was born May 4, 1911, in Texas.

Hawkins Funeral Home
Bridgeport, (817) 683-2211
 

Louis Letson
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Louis "Buster" Letson, 37, a military band master, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Marshall Newsome Mortuary in Riverdale, Ga. Burial: Riverdale, Ga.

Louis Letson was born Dec. 28, 1958, in Annison, Ala.

Survivors: Wife, Paulette Letson; daughter, Keshia Letson; mother and stepfather, Jo Ann Sigers and husband, Aaron; brother, La Rue and wife, Patricia Letson; sister, Lynn Sims and husband, Paul; and nieces, Daniella Letson, Kristie Clark and Kimberly Pate.

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

James M. Lewis
HICO -- James M. "Pearl" Lewis, 61, a machine operator in box manufacturing, died Tuesday at a Dallas hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Hico. Burial: Country Oaks Cemetery near Hico.

James Lewis was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Hamilton County. 

Rutledge Funeral Home
Hico, (817) 796-4722
 

Alvie D. Moore
DECATUR -- Alvie Daris Moore, 87, a farmer, died Sunday at a Decatur nursing home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Coker Funeral Home. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Alvie Moore was born Nov. 9, 1908, in Salem Community.

He married Rachel Wiggins in 1949. She preceded him in death. He was a Methodist.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Harold and Peggy Moore of Decatur, Alton and Beth Moore of Ovalo, and Don and Cecilia Moore of Stephenville; brother, Dale Moore of Aspermont; sister, Minnie Avant of Hamilton; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

James R. Mosley
DECATUR -- James Ralph Mosley, 83, a carpenter, died Tuesday at a Decatur hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Coker Funeral Home.

James Ralph Mosley was born April 3, 1913, in Franklin, Tenn.

Survivors: Wife, Alma Lee Mosley of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959
 

Lonnie M. O'Dell
BRIDGEPORT -- Lonnie May O'Dell, 60, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial: East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Lonnie O'Dell was born May 21, 1936, in Bridgeport.

Survivors: Brothers, Jim O'Dell of Amarillo and Charles O'Dell of Bridgeport; and sisters, Bertha Plowman of Decatur, Annie Ryan and Opal Phillips, both of Bridgeport, Ruby Bennett of Portales, N.M., and Dean Cox of Mineral Wells.

Hawkins Funeral Home
Bridgeport, (817) 683-2211
 

Lee R. Pearson Jr.
RANGER -- Lee Roy Pearson Jr., 71, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Ranger. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation: Today at the funeral home. Rev. Jim Andrews will officiate.

Memorials: Methodist Children's Home in Waco.

Mr. Pearson was born May 16, 1924, in Ranger to Lee Roy and Vera Blair Pearson. He was a graduate of Ranger High School and entered the Army in 1944, serving with the armor in Europe. He was discharged in 1947. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he met and married Florine Doris Elam Dec. 18, 1947, in Austin. They moved to Ranger in 1956 and he began working for the Pearson Family business which included farming, ranching and oil and gas production. He later opened Ranger Well Service in the early 1970s.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ranger. The VFW, Post 4136, and Lone Cedar Country Club, where he was an avid golfer. He owned and raced horses and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He also enjoyed flying and was a member of the Ranger Chapter 956 Experimental Aircraft Association.

Survivors: Wife, Florine Pearson of Morton Valley; three sons, Lee Roy Pearson III of Eastland, Jack Pearson of Seattle and Frank Pearson of Morton Valley; two daughters, Jane Adams of Abilene and Beth Lund of Eastland; three sisters, Electra Pearson of Ranger, Mercedes Pearson of Brownfield and Beth Cosper of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Edwards Funeral Home
Ranger, (817) 647-1133
 

Marjorie L. Perry
ALACHUA, Fla. -- Marjorie Lillian Perry, 84, died Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Memorial service: To be held later.

Memorials: Hospice of North Central Florida, Box 15235, Gainesville, Fla. 32604.

Marjorie Lillian Perry was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J. She lived in Longview and Houston for 15 years before moving to Winter Haven, Fla., where she lived for 20 years before moving to the Gainesville area four years ago.

She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

Survivors: Daughters, Mary Beth LaPointe of Alachua and Lyn Richardson of Longview; son, James J. Perry of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Milam Funeral Home
Gainesville, Fla., (352) 376-5361
 

Jake Pittari Sr.
BENBROOK -- Jake Pittari Sr., 86, a retired laborer, died Saturday at an Arlington hospital.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. today in Benbrook Cemetery in Benbrook.

Jake Pittari Sr. was born Oct. 17, 1909, in New Orleans.

Survivors: Son, Jake Pittari Jr. of Benbrook; and daughter, Ruth Pittari of Benbrook.

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

Willie M. Renshaw
FORT WORTH -- Willie Mae Renshaw, 97, a retired tailor, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Graveside service: 4 p.m. in Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation was Tuesday night at the funeral home.

Memorials: Christ's Haven for Children, Box 467, Keller, Texas 76248.

Willie Mae Renshaw was born March 15, 1899, in Dallas. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar, and three infant daughters, Dorothy Mae, Ada Pauline and Carolyn Louise Renshaw.

Survivors: Daughters and sons-in- law, Fay and John Luttrell of Fort Worth and Ruth and M.D. McMurray of Azle; sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Tolley Phemister of Fort Worth; sister, Lela Henson of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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

Edith H. Shulk
FORT WORTH -- Edith Hortense Shulk, 84, a homemaker, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at West Berry Church of Christ. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: Christ's Haven for Children, Box 467, Keller 76244.

Edith Hortense Shulk was born May 14, 1912, in Lingleville. She was a member of West Berry Church of Christ and Lakewood Village Church of Christ. She was a charter member of Northeastern Christian College in Villanova, Pa., which merged with and is now known as Ohio Valley Christian College in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Survivors: Daughters, Laura Riehl of Bellevue, Wash., and Betty Smith of East Syracuse, N.Y.; sister, Loree Moore of Crowley; grandchildren, Kathy Lane of Albuquerque, N.M., Kimberly Thomas of Chicago, Karen Conner of Portland, Maine, Melinda Golden of Garland, Brian Smith of Syracuse, N.Y., and Tobin Smith of Camp LeJeune, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Shannon-TCU Funeral Chapel
3015 Merida Ave., 926-3314
 

James W. Smith
WEATHERFORD -- James William Smith, 71, a retired barber and pilot, died Monday at home.

Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at his home.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Smith.

Survivors: Special friend, June Hamilton; sons, Bo Smith, Jimmy Hamilton, Richard Hamilton and Billy Smith; daughters, Janet Smith Mann, Debbie McDonald and Margaret Johnston; mother, Alice Ray; brother, Calvin Smith; sister, Peggy Chase; and numerous grandchildren.
 

Walter Smith
FORT WORTH -- Walter "Stoney" Smith, 71, a maintenance worker who retired from General Motors in 1984 after more than 31 years, died Sunday at a local medical center.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Pilgrim Valley Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Note: Any persons wishing to make remarks must attend the wake service. No remarks will be made at the funeral service.

Walter Smith was born Aug. 30, 1924. He attended school in Flint, Mich. He was the first black to serve on the Stock Show Parade Committee. He was a World War II veteran of the South Pacific. He was drill captain and president of the Circle L Five Riding Club.

He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Patrick Allen, and daughter, Sherry K. Bowser.

Survivors: Sons, Walter Smith and Donald Smith, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Carolyn Batson of Flint, Mich., and Charlotte Johnson of Fort Worth; brothers, Herbert Smith of Mansfield and John Smith Jr. of Fort Worth; sisters, Bessie Golightly, Willie Brooks and Lillian Walker, all of Fort Worth, Mary Woodard of Houston and Johnnie Sue Jackson of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Erica, Dawn, Desika, Laressa and Donald Eric Jr.; and great- grandchild, Karrington.

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

Aurora Soto
FORT WORTH -- Aurora Soto, 78, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

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

Aurora Soto was born Nov. 17, 1917, in Mexico.

Survivors: Sons, Sylvester Soto and Sergio Soto, both of Fort Worth; daughters, Gloria Gonzalez and Raquel Martinez, both of Fort Worth; brother, Pablo Meza of Fort Worth; sister, Luz Meza of Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Myrtle L. Speight
FORT WORTH -- Myrtle L. (Burke) Speight, 97, a retired teacher, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Myrtle Speight was born Sept. 18, 1898, in Many, La. She graduated from Louisiana Normal and taught school. She married Jo Wyatt Speight, who preceded her in death in 1937, moved to Houston, where she resided for some 70 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston and was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Bethlehem Chapter No. 728, where she served as worthy matron and as a grand officer. She retired from the Harris County's District Attorney's Office, where she was employed for many years.

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo Wiley and Wade W. Wiley Jr. of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Wade W. Wiley III, Stanley L. Wiley and Rockwell B. Wiley, all of Fort Worth and Jodee Ann Wiley of Cary, N.C.; and four great- grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Carl J. Taylor
DALLAS -- Carl Joyce Taylor, 78, died Monday in Dallas.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. today at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Officiating: the Rev. William Smith.

Memorials: Carl J. Taylor Christian Education Fund at Highland Park United Methodist Church or other worthwhile projects of the church, in lieu of flowers.

Carl Joyce Taylor was born April 19, 1918, to Carl and Kate Taylor in Dial, Fannin County, Texas. He attended schools in Dial and Honey Grove, Texas, and received his BBA degree from East Texas State College. He taught schools in Petty and Sherman, Texas. He served as YMCA secretary, Dallas, working with Hi Y clubs. Carl was purchasing agent for McAlester Fuel Co. He moved to Dallas as purchasing agent for Southwest Wheel Inc., later serving as manager in San Antonio, sales manager for all branches and then vice president of sales for the entire company. He served as general manager for Prior Products. After retirement he worked in real estate with Polly Hoover and with June Chung. Parkinson's disease incapacitated him and he spent his last years at Walnut Place.

He was active at Highland Park United Methodist Church, as church school superintendent, on the Board of Stewards and in the Two by Two Class.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the many friends at Walnut Place, to the loving care through the years from the Two by Two Class and We Care Ministry and to the special care of the VNA Hospice Group.

Survivors: Wife, Merle; daughter, Carolyn Sims, and her children, Trey Tarwater and Kate Tarwater, and her husband, Steve Sims, and his daughters, Leslie and Lara, of Grapevine; their son, Carl, and his wife, Nell, and granddaughters, Audrey and Tori, of Dallas. Carl's only sister, Lou Bott, and her husband, Dr. Anthony R. Bott, of Lebanon, Pa. Their children, Nancy Grimes and her husband, Mike, and their sons, Taylor and Chase, of St. Louis; son, Anthony, and his wife, Yoshiko, and their son, Tristan, of Roston, Va.; and daughter, Cynthia Fornes and her husband, Kirk, of East Haven, Conn.

Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home
Dallas, (214) 363-5401
 

Arthur F. Terry
FORT WORTH -- Arthur Freels Terry, M.D., 48, an orthopedic surgeon, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Westcliff United Methodist Church. Burial: Private. Visitation: 6 to 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: A charity of choice.

Dr. Terry was born Aug. 24, 1948.

Dr. Terry, a native of Dallas, was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Jay Glenn Terry. He was a member of Westcliff United Methodist Church, Mira Vista Country Club and the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth.

He was a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas and from 1966 to 1970 attended the University of Texas at Austin and from 1970 to 1974 the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, where he received his M.D. degree. He served an internship at the Los Angeles County General Hospital in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1975 and did his residency from 1975 to 1979 at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

His specialty was orthopedic surgery.

He held a fellowship at the Robert Jones-Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Owestry, England. In 1980, for six months, he performed spinal cord injury service and in 1981 he performed six months of spine disorder service.

He held medical school teaching appointments as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery from July 1979 through August 1981 at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and from November 1985 to the present as a clinical instructor at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

His medical staff appointments included:

July 1979 (inactive), Shrine Hospital in Houston; July 1979 (inactive), Hermann Hospital in Houston; October 1981 (inactive), Westgate Hospital in Denton; he was inactive in his appointment at Lewisville Memorial Hospital in Lewisville.

From November 1985 (current) at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Huguley Memorial Hospital in Fort Worth, HCA Medical Plaza in Fort Worth, Harris/Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, All Saints Episcopal Hospitals in Fort Worth and Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth; he was inactive at the Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton.

Dr. Terry received these awards:

1981, Lloyd Griffiths Prize; 1986-1987, Louis J. Levy Teaching Award, John Peter Smith Hospital; 1986 to 1987 Outstanding Part-time Clinical Professor, John Peter Smith Hospital; and 1991 to 1992, Outstanding Part-time Clinical Professor at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Survivors: Wife, Linda Sue Terry of Fort Worth; son, David Arthur Terry of Fort Worth; daughters, Jill Sue Terry, University of Texas at Austin, Susan Marie Terry and Kathryn Maureen "Kate" Terry, both of Fort Worth; mother, Frances Freels Terry of Dallas; brother and his wife, Dr. Glenn C. Terry and Barbara Terry of Columbus, Ga.; sisters and their husbands, Fran Terry Urquhart and her husband, Dr. Brad Urquhart of Houston and Carolyn Terry Miller and her husband, Jim Miller, of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Jerry D. Thornton
FORT WORTH -- Jerry D. Thornton, 45, who previously worked as a training supervisor for American Airlines, died Sunday in Arlington.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. today at Fielder Road Baptist Church.

Mr. Thornton was born June 6, 1951, in Fort Worth. He graduated from Eastern Hills High School and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Survivors: Former wife, Pat Thornton; parents, Cecil and Ruth Thornton; brother, Richard Thornton; and sisters, Rita O'Connell, Janis Crowder and Terri Bennett.

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

Fondren N. Vinson
FORT WORTH -- Fondren N. Vinson, 83, retired from General Dynamics, died Aug. 19 in Houston.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Fondren Vinson was born June 19, 1913, in Godley. Mr. Vinson had lived in Fort Worth for more than 40 years. He was a member of Handley- Meadowbrook Christian Church, Handley Masonic Lodge and the Fort Worth Men's Garden Club.

Survivors: Daughter, Beverly Fite of Houston; brothers, Bill Vinson of Athens, Texas, Howard Vinson of Kemp, Frank Vinson of Waco and Bob Vinson of Tyler; two grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Dorothy H. White
FORT WORTH -- Dorothy H. White, 66, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

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

Dorothy H. White was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Sons, Darrell J. White and Earnest D. White, both of Fort Worth; daughter, Cynthia White Hinkle of Fort Worth; brother, Richard Key of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Jason Sparkman, Earnest "Bubba" White Jr., Daniel White, Samantha White and Melissa White; great-grandson, Zachary Sparkman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

N.D. Whittington
EULESS -- N.D. "Doug" Whittington Sr., 89, a retired pharmacist, died Tuesday at an Arlington hospital.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. today in Val Verde Cemetery in Rogers.

N.D. Whittington was born Aug. 24, 1907, in Milam County.

He was a pharmacist in Fort Worth for 50 years. He was a member of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors: Wife, Louise Whittington of Euless; son and his wife, Doug and Lindy Whittington of Euless; brother-in- law, H.H. Wright of Rogers; sister, Anita Settoon of Tyler; grandson, Richard Neel of Tulsa, Okla.; and many friends.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Thomas A. Wilkinson
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Thomas A. Wilkinson, 74, a retired staff sergeant, died Monday at a nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Ala. The Columbian Masonic Lodge will assist in the military and Masonic service.

Mr. Wilkinson was born March 30, 1922, in Thackerville, Okla., the son of Charlie A. Wilkinson and Vivian Hester Wilkinson. He was an Army veteran of Korea and World War II with 21 years' service. He was a Mason and a former resident of Fort Worth.

Survivors: Daughter, Caroline M. Smith of Columbus; two sons, Roland B. Wilkinson of Warner Robins, Ga., and John E. Wilkinson of Dallas; two brothers, Paul Wilkinson of Wolfe City, Texas, and Clint Wilkinson of Soccoro, N.M.; three grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

Striffler-Hamby Mortuary
Columbus, Ga., (706) 563-2372
 

Mary Williams
CLEBURNE -- Mary Frances Ridley Williams, 79, passed away Monday at a Cleburne nursing home.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. today in Evergreen Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. Mike Milburn. Visitation: 11 a.m. to noon today at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Memorials: Gideons International.

Mary Frances Ridley Williams was born in Paris, Texas, on Nov. 29, 1916, to Thomas and Ora Yates Ridley. She graduated from Paris High School as salutatorian of the class of 1934 and was co- editor of the yearbook. Mrs. Williams graduated from the University of Texas, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She taught English at Wilmer-Hutchins High School. In 1940, she married Norman E. Williams, also of Paris. She was a Methodist.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Linda Williams Chandler; and one son, Thomas Ridley Williams.

Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Lois Williams Burton of Burleson; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephew, Philip Cecil of Paris; niece, Jean Cecil Conger of Houston; and several cousins, including Sam Tinnin of St. Louis, Mo.

Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home
Paris, Texas, (903) 784-3366
 

Leeila Williams
DE LEON -- Leeila Williams, 78, a homemaker, died Tuesday at a Wichita Falls nursing home.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Thursday in DeLeon Cemetery.

Survivors: Two brothers, Harold and William Perry Fox; sister, Glenda Jobe; three stepbrothers; and two stepsisters.

Nowlin Funeral Home
De Leon, (817) 893-5104
 

David D. Woodard
KELLER -- David Derrel Woodard, 48, an assembly worker, died Monday at a Grapevine hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville.

David Woodard was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Lincoln, Neb.

Survivors: Wife, Rebecca Wilson of Keller; sons, Jody Woodard of Commerce and Seth Woodard of Keller; daughters, Shawna Wilson of Garland and Shala Masters of Hawaii; mother, Erlene Woodard of Pecan Gap; brothers, Mike Greene of Keller and Patrick Greene of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and sister, Kathy James of Oklahoma.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

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