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Published Sept. 27, 1996

Carolyn Alexander 

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Community Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 tonight at Elm Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Carolyn Glenn Nero Alexander was born Oct. 19, 1943, in Tatum. She was a member of Elm Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She had lived in Maryland since 1991 because of a job relocation.

Survivors: Son, Draon Glenn; daughter, De'Lyncia Glenn; mother, Minnie Nero; brothers, Lemmie Nero, Granville Nero and Otis Nero; sister, Effie Kate Bullard; nephews; nieces; cousins; and other relatives and friends.

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

Samantha A. Bell
FORT WORTH -- Samantha Alison Bell, 8, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Burial: Springtown Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Pallbearers will be her father, David Bell; and her uncles, Chris Gamble, Danny Bell, Tom Babb, Brook Lewis and Randy Davis.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Children's Ministries; Summerfields Neighborhood Association Library Fund, 6613 Longleaf Lane, Fort Worth 76137; Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth; A Wish With Wings Inc., Arlington; and Fort Worth Zoo Memorial Fund.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Samantha Alison Bell was born Nov. 4, 1987, in Fort Worth. She died Wednesday, Sept. 25, at her home surrounded by people who loved her very much. She was a third-grader at Parkview Elementary School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and its children's choir, and was a Brownie Girl Scout in Troop 1106. Samantha loved being with her family and friends, school, reading, country music, cooking, nature and animals of all kinds, especially her dogs. She was a bright, energetic, compassionate child who fought her illness with courage and faith in God. She also enriched the lives of all who knew her and will live forever in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her uncle Dan Correll of Springtown and her beloved dog, Bobo.

Survivors: Parents, David and Valerie Bell of Fort Worth; sister, Alexandra Bell of Fort Worth; grandparents, Mac and Goodwyn Gamble of Springtown, Joyce Bell of Fort Worth, Norman C. Bell of Weatherford, Glynn and Rosalee Roberts of Fort Worth, and Louise Crandell of Fort Worth; aunts and uncles, Debra and Tom Babb of Azle, Danny and Carolyn Bell of Springtown, Chris and Cheryl Gamble of Weatherford, Beth Correll of Springtown, Brook and Dena Lewis of Fort Worth, and Curtis and Dana Franklin of Tulsa; numerous cousins; and her dogs, Rollie and Maggie.

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

Ernest L. Burdick
ARLINGTON -- Ernest L. Burdick, 86, a printer, died Monday in Arlington.

Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Funeral Home. Burial: Randolph Cemetery in Randolph, N.Y.

Ernest L. Burdick was born July 30, 1910, in Cattaraugus County, N.Y. He had lived in Arlington since 1963 and was a former resident of Williamsville, N.Y. He was a printer for `The Dallas Morning News' for several years and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Survivors: Son, Dr. Ralph Burdick of Wilmington, Del.; sister, Dorothy Dale of Houston; and three grandchildren.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division St., 548-1791

Tom E. Burgess
CLEBURNE -- Tom E. Burgess, 93, a farmer, died Thursday in Cleburne.

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

Mr. Burgess was born Oct. 18, 1902, in Rockdale.

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

Jesse E. Clifton
CHICO -- Jesse Edward Clifton, 74, retired owner of a dozer service, died Wednesday at home.

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

Jesse Edward Clifton was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Newport.

Survivors: Wife of 39 years, Kay Clifton of Chico; son, Johnny Edward Clifton of Azle; stepsons, Mike Hartley and Chuck Hartley of Loveland, Colo.; daughter, Pam Swartfager and Royce Hazleton, both of Azle; sisters, Wysonda Stockard of Crafton, Juanita Ogle of Bowie and Alma Lee Sparks of Chico; six granddaughters; and one grandson.

Hawkins Funeral Home
Bridgeport, (817) 683-2211

Marie Davis
FORT WORTH -- Marie Davis, a homemaker, died Wednesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: Noon Monday at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Marie Davis was born Jan. 15, 1916, in Childress. 

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Jerry D. and Merle Graves of Baytown; brother, Harbor Middleton of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Danny Graves of Panama City, Tracyene Kinney of Salt Lake City and Donna Marie of Cleburne; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Randolph Dawkins
FORT WORTH -- Randolph Dawkins, 55, a truck driver for Gifford Hill for 10 years who retired in 1993, died Wednesday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Love Sanctuary Church of God in Christ, 1712 Evans Ave. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Gardens. Wake: 7 to 8 p.m. at Morris-Bates Mortuary.

Randolph Dawkins was born Jan. 29, 1941,in Wellington. He was a member of the Dapper's Social and Charity Club. He served in the Army and was loved by all who knew him.

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

Jewel P. Graham
WEATHERFORD -- Jewel Pauline Graham, 74, an exterminating service owner and operator, died Thursday at a Weatherford hospital.

Funeral: 9 a.m . Saturday at Springtown Road Church of Christ. Burial: Red Oak Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight.

Jewel Pauline Graham was born March 29, 1922, in Mason. She was a member of Springtown Road Church of Christ, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Republican Women's Club.

Survivors: Sons, Gary Graham of Weatherford, Bob Graham of Lancaster, Joe Graham of Ovilla and Dwain Graham of Willow Park; mother, Opal Evans of Manford, Okla.; brothers, Adrian Evans of Dallas, Ronnie Evans of Corpus Christi and Donald Evans of Kerrville; sisters, Helen Robbins of Eden, Lenora Anderson of Eureka Springs, Ark., Sue Evans of Fort Worth, Dorothy Samples of Midlothian, Alphon Samples of Dallas and Shirley Sikes of Springdale, Ark.; and seven grandchildren.

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

Lewis C. Hall
HARKER HEIGHTS -- Lewis C. Hall, 58, a retired Army sergeant first class, died Saturday at a Fort Hood hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Zion Temple Church of God in Christ. Officiating: the Rev. W.A. Forbes Jr. Military burial: Killeen Memorial Park.

Sgt. 1st Class Lewis C. Hall was born Dec. 13, 1937, in Pineville, La. He served 21 years in the Army and had lived in the Killeen area since 1966. He had been married for 33 years to the former Mrs. Betty Freeman. He received his associate degree from Central Texas College and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3892 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 573 in Harker Heights. He was also a member of the United Kennel Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He was the owner of the Dual City Cab Co. of Harker Heights and was a Realtor with Marlin Bonds of Copperas Cove.

He was preceded in death by his father and a stepbrother.

Survivors: Wife, Betty R. Hall of Harker Heights; son, Lewis C. Hall Jr. of Harker Heights; four daughters, Terry A. Hall, Ida L. Selby and Gena M. Hall of Harker Heights, and Bridgett R. Lewis of Lawton, Okla.; mother, Ida L. Johnson of Charleston, S.C.; brother, James C. Hall of Killeen; two sisters, Sylvia A. Drayton of Charleston and Eva Renea Hall of Fort Worth; and five grandchildren.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home
Killeen, (817) 634-2638

Maxie D. Hayes
FORT WORTH -- Maxie D. Hayes, 62, a self-employed club owner for 20 years, died Wednesday at a local medical center.

Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Maxie D. Hayes was born Jan. 1, 1934, in Oakwood.

Survivors: Son, Maxie D. Hayes Jr. and his wife, Schuylor; daughter, Sharon Young; brothers, the Rev. Albert Hayes and his wife, Jeraldine, Raymond Hayes and his wife, Janice, Lester Hayes and his wife, Shirley, and Leslie Hayes and his wife, Dorothy; sisters, Christine Searcy, Arma Jean Ingram and her husband, Willie, and Geraldine Okra; aunts, Emma Williams and Vanilla Jackson; and uncle, Willie B. Hayes.

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

Larry G. Hill
BLUE MOUND -- Larry Gene Hill, 49, a retired railroad ]connector, died Thursday at a Gainesville hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Biggers Funeral Home. Burial: Perrin Memorial Gardens in Perrin.

Larry Gene Hill was born Dec. 9, 1946, in Fort Worth. He attended Lake Worth High School and had lived in Blue Mound since 1988. He was a Navy veteran and retired in 1988 from Santa Fe Railway after 20 years' service.

Survivors: Wife, Shyrie Carpenter Hill of Blue Mound; daughters, Andrea Lynn McElhaney of Blankett and Melissa Jean Hill of Blue Mound; mother, Marilyn Hill of Lake Worth; brother, Timothy Hill of Fort Worth; and two grandchildren.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341

Ted A. Hosack
BURLESON -- ]Ted A. Hosack, 71, a retired USAF lt. colonel, died Wednesday at a local hospital.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: American Heart Association or charity of choice.

Ted A. Hosack was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Fort Worth. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lt. colonel after 20 years of service. He was a senior warden at St. Michaels Episcopal Church. He had a BA in journalism from North Texas State University in 1951 and an MA in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959.

Survivors: Wife, Donna Hosack of Burleson; daughters, Valerie Hosack of Burleson, Cynthia Goodspeed and husband, Lacon Goodspeed, of Joshua and Temple Hosack of Cleburne; and grandchildren, Arren Goodspeed and Tabatha Goodspeed.

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

Kenneth N. Jeffress
FORT WORTH -- Kenneth N. Jeffress, 35, died Sunday in Fort Worth, with his family by his side, after a brief illness.

Celebration of life: for family and friends, noon until 8 p.m. Saturday at his parents' home.

Memorials: AIDS Outreach or Peter Smith Hospital's Healing Wings.

Kenny was born March 19, 1961, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He had lived in Fort Worth since 1962. He was a graduate of O.D. Wyatt High School and Ogle School of Hair Design. He was formerly employed by Hair on the Common.

Survivors: Parents, Jeff and Joanne Jeffress of Benbrook; brothers, James and his wife, Linda, and Ronnie and his wife, Sabra; nephews, Clayton and Michael and niece, Adriane, all of Fort Worth; aunt and uncle, Sue and Curtis Mason of Lumberton; several cousins; and many devoted and beloved friends.

Genevieve Johnson
BRECKENRIDGE -- Genevieve Johnson, 73, a retired cook, died Wednesday at a Breckenridge hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Morehart Mortuary.

Memorials: Meals on Wheels.

Genevieve Johnson was born May 16, 1923, in Breckenridge.

Morehart Mortuary
Breckenridge, (817) 559-5421

Ruth G. Kennick
MURCHISON -- Ruth G. Kennick, 60, a U.S. Government bookkeeper, died Wednesday in Arlington.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

Memorials: The Leukemia Foundation.

Ruth G. Murchison was born April 22, 1936, in West Seneca, N.Y.

Survivors: Husband, Gerald Kennick of Murchison; parents, Raymond J. and Dorothy A. Gick, both of Duncanville; sister, Elizabeth Greenlee of Duncanville; and nephew, Raymond R. Greenlee of Duncanville.

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

Olga Mae Kinser
GORMAN -- Olga Mae Kinser, 88, a homemaker, died Thursday at a Gorman nursing home.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral Home. Burial: Gorman-Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Olga Mae Kinser was born Oct. 9, 1907, in Elgin.

Higginbotham Funeral Home
Gorman, (817) 734-2272

Malcolm H. Lingo
FORT WORTH -- Malcolm Harris Lingo, 74, a retired salesman, died Wednesday at a local hospital.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. today in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth.

Memorials: American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Malcolm Harris Lingo was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Fort Worth. He was a graduate of Arlington Heights High School and a World War II Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by wife, Patricia and son, Patrick.

Survivors: Sons, Michael M. Lingo of Fort Worth, and Randy Lingo and wife, Mida of Dripping Springs; granddaugther, Lacey Lingo of Fort Worth; niece, Marylyn Lane of Weatherford; and nephew, Gerry M. Goodman of Fort Worth.

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

Johnye L. Magness
FORT WORTH -- Johnye Lee Magness, 82, a homemaker, died Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lucas Funeral Home. Burial: Venus Memorial Cemetery in Venus. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: Christ Haven for Children in Keller.

Johnye Lee Magness was born June 17, 1914, to S.B. "Vesty" and Daisy Hodges of Richardson. She was one of 12 children. She married Ishmael Magness on July 14, 1932, in Durant, Okla. Mrs. Magness graduated in January 1960 from Class 32 of Harris Hospital School of Vocational Nursing.

She was a charter member of Southside Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and a sister.

Survivors: Her beloved husband of 64 years, Ishmael Magness of Fort Worth; son, Charles Stephen Magness and his wife, Paula, of Rendon; two sisters, Gladys Rogers of Decatur and Beaulah Hart of Weatherford; two granddaughters, Angela Pelayo and her husband, Jesse, of Bedford, and Stephanie Magness of Rendon; one great-grandson, Jacob Atticus Pelayo of Bedford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucas Funeral Home
517 N. Sylvania Ave., 838-2336

Curlee Marshall
FORT WORTH -- Curlee Marshall, 23, self-employed at C & T Detail Shop, died Sept. 21, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Curlee Marshall was born Feb. 21, 1973, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Daughter, BreAnna Elise Stewart; mother, Janice Marshall; father, Curlee Marshall, Jr.; brother, Tyhee Marshall; grandmothers, Naomi Woolridge and Imogene Epps; special friend, Tameka Allen; uncle, Homer Woolridge; aunts, Linda Whatley, Sherry Badger, Diane McIntyre, Alicia Osborne, Johnnie Brewer, Lillie Parks, Priscilla Young, and Linda King.

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

Johnnie Mason
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Johnnie Mae Jones Mason died Sunday.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Fort Worth. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Gardens.

Johnnie Mae Jones Mason was a native of Fort Worth and the beloved wife of the late Herman Mason Sr.

Survivors: She leaves to cherish her memory three loving daughters, Debberra Mason Burrell of San Francisco, Mary Elizabeth Stephens of Toledo, Ohio, and attorney Alice Mason Abbott of Houston; one son, Herman Mason Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

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

Carroll H. McDaniel Sr.
FORT WORTH -- Carroll H. McDaniel Sr., 77, associate pastor of South Hemphill Baptist Church, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday in Blanton Cemetery in Blanton. Officiating: Pastor H. Andrew Payne.

The Rev. Carroll H. McDaniel was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Frogmore, La.

Survivors: Wife, Josie M. McDaniel of Fort Worth; three sons, Carroll Gerald McDaniel of Chihuahua, Mexico, Carroll Hamilton McDaniel Jr. of Fort Worth and Troy Leroy McDaniel of Estacada, Ore.; two daughters, Linda Sue Heller of Weatherford and Rita Kay Oates of Fort Worth; 12 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Edens Funeral Home
Hillsboro, (817) 582-8404

Vera MacDonald
BEDFORD -- Vera MacDonald, 80, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at a local nursing home.

Funeral: Lysander, N.Y. Burial: Lysander, N.Y.

Memorials: Lysander Methodist Church in Lysander, N.Y.

She was a retired English teacher at Cato-Meridian Central School in Cato, N.Y.

Survivors: Son, Richard MacDonald of Lysander, N.Y.; daughter, Carol Mercer of Hurst; brother, Lisle K. Hayden of Sun City, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Darren Vader, Troy Mercer and Stacey MacDonald.

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

Eva Millikan
FORT WORTH -- Eva Geraldine Isbell Millikan, 80, a retired teacher in Texas schools, died Wednesday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Polytechnic United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rusty Hedges and Mike Madden. Private burial: 10 a.m. Saturday in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur, for the family. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Coker Funeral Home.

Eva Geraldine Isbell Millikan was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Whitewright. She married the Rev. Herman Charles Millikan on June 4, 1942, in Center. She was a member of Polytechnic United Methodist Church.

Survivors: Husband, the Rev. Herman Charles Millikan of Fort Worth; son, Dr. Charles R. Millikan and his wife, Laura, of Galveston; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Ann and Jim Bailey of Tomball and Mary Beth and Carl Alexander of Chicago; sisters, Ruth Hornback of Decatur and Margaret Ann and her husband, Dr. Robert McLeroy, of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Johnny Phillips
FORT WORTH -- Johnny Phillips, 68, a self-employed furniture dealer, died Sept. 21 at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Pentecostal Church of God in Christ. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Johnny Phillips was born May 12, 1928, in Massey Lake, Texas. He was a member of Pentecostal Church of God In Christ.

Survivors: Daughters, Johnny Ruth Underwood and Ruby Jewell Williams, both of Somerville; brothers, O. W. Phillips of Fort Worth and Bobby Phillips of Houston; sisters, Virginia Sanders, Dora Bly, and Patsy Garrett, all of Fort Worth; and nieces, nephews, other ralatives, and friends.

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

Addie Ratliff
ARLINGTON -- Addie Ratliff, 84, a retired cashier for a convenience store, died Thursday at a Mansfield nursing center.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday in Prairie Springs Cemetery.

Addie Ratliff was born June 5, 1912, in Bastrop.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Nellie and Jay Robinson of Arlington; brother, Floyd Watson of Austin; sister, Bernice Morgan of Austin; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211

Walter P. Roach
FORT WORTH -- Walter P. "Coach" Roach, 82, a retired TCU football coach, died Wednesday in Fort Worth after a lengthy illness.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: TCU Athletic Department, Student Athletic Scholarship Fund in the name of Walter P. Roach, in care of TCU, Box 297044, Fort Worth 76129.

Walter P. "Coach" Roach Sr. was born April 2, 1914, in Celeste, Texas. He was an all-SWC end for TCU from 1934 to 1936. He was a teammate of the legendary Sammy Baugh and a member of the TCU team that played in the first Cotton Bowl game where TCU beat the Marquette Warriors, 16-6, on Jan. 1, 1937. Mr. Roach was also a member of the 1937 All-Star team that defeated the world champion Chicago Bears, the first All- Star team to do this.

After graduation, Mr. Roach served as chief assistant coach and scout. He recruited and coached TCU greats Bob Lilly of the Dallas Cowboys and Jim Swink, now a leading orthopedic surgeon in Fort Worth. Coach Roach won eight letters in three sports and was a three- time All-Southwest Conference Selection end, All-American in 1937 and just recently was elected to the all-decade 1930s' football team of `The Dallas Morning News.' He was also a member of the TCU Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1968, he took over the development and operation of the TCU Placement Bureau.

Special thanks to all the staff and nurses at Renaissance Park for taking special care of our father.

Survivors: Wife, Bennie E. Roach of Fort Worth; son, Walter P. Roach and his wife, Rebecca, of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, John L. and Ann Roach Porhamer of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Whitney Price Roach of Dallas; grandson, Logan P. Roach of Dallas; and sister-in-law, Anne Price MacKenzie of Longview.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Bernard J. Sicking
MUENSTER -- Bernard John "B.J." Sicking, 85, a farmer, died Wednesday at a Saint Jo nursing center.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Church. Burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Mr. Sicking was born Jan. 1, 1911, in Muenster.

Survivors: Wife, Adeline Sicking of Muenster; daughters, Lorraine Matthews, Judy Gill, Denise Landers, Elizabeth Jean Schneck and Donna Schad; sons, James "Jim" Sicking, Wayne Sicking, Allan Sicking, Melvin Sicking and Herbert Sicking; 29 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Klement and Rose Rohmer; and brothers, Leo Sicking, Ollie Sicking, Paul Sicking and Ernest Sicking.

McCoy Funeral Home
Muenster, (817) 759-2556

Ben H. Simpson
FORT WORTH -- Ben H. Simpson, 88, a teacher in various Tarrant County schools, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Ben H. Simpson was born Feb. 25, 1908, in Waco. He was a proud second lt. in the 475th Engineer Maintenance Co. during World War II. He was a graduate of Texas Christian University in 1956, receiving both BS and MA degrees in education in the same year. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. Survivors: Wife of 53 years, Louise Simpson; 22 nephews; and 27 nieces.

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

Billy Stafford
FORT WORTH -- Billy Stafford, a retired automotive machinist, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Billy Stafford was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Vernon.

Survivors: Wife, Evelyn Stafford; son, Bruce Stafford; daughters, Donna Osoria, Sharon Bentley and Belinda Brand; three brothers; four sisters; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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

Albert Taylor Jr.
FORT WORTH -- Albert Taylor Jr., 78, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Atlanta, Texas. Burial: Shiloh Cemetery in Atlanta. Wake: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Albert Taylor Jr. was born April 5, 1918, in Atlanta.

Survivors: Sons, Elbert Taylor and wife, Dorothy, of Fort Worth and Willie K. Taylor of Atlanta; daughters, Ethel Sparkman of Canto, Ohio, and Edna Vaden of Atlanta; sisters, Marie Richardson and Belzora Peters, both of Los Angeles; stepsons, Nuddie P. Jones, M.A. Taylor, James V. Taylor and Penona Taylor; and sister-in-law, Everline Taylor.

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

Mae D. Thomas
FORT WORTH -- Mae Doris Ross Thomas, 71, a retired bookkeeper for the Order of the Eastern Star, died Sunday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Rosary: 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Chapel.

Mae Thomas was born March 5, 1925, in Fort Worth. She was a graduate of I.M. Terrell High School, was a former member of Allen Chapel Methodist Church and joined Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in 1960. She was a member of St. Anne's Altar Society, Parish Council, Eucharist Minister, Order of the Eastern Star No. 277 and the H.T. Mitchelares Social Club.

Survivors: Husband, Lawrence Thomas; daughter and son-in-law, Debra Hillary and Jimmy Hillary; grandchild, Timothy Hillary; and devoted friend, Brenda Frazier.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781

Harvey M. Thurber
BENBROOK -- Harvey M. Thurber, 47, a pilot, died Tuesday at Possum Kingdom Lake.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Harvey Thurber was born Oct. 27, 1948, in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from Prescott High School in Prescott, Wis. He attended River Fall University and UT-Arlington. He was a Vietnam War veteran. He was employed as a captain of a DC8 by Air Transport International.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary G. Van Gorder, and his father, Harvey Thurber.

Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Survivors: Wife, Sylvia Thurber of Benbrook; sons, Christopher Thurber of Euless and Michael Andrew Thurber of Fort Worth; brother, Gregory Van Gorder (Susan) of Palm Springs, Calif.; sister, Linda French (Peter) of Prescott, Wis.; niece, Melinda; mother, Evelyn Heilborn of Palm Springs, Calif.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Joseph Veasey
FORT WORTH -- Joseph Veasey, 47, a retired United States Marine Corps veteran, died Wednesday at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joseph Veasey was born April 23, 1949, in Marshall, Texas.

Survivors: Sons, Marc Veasey and Ryan Veasey, both of Fort Worth; brothers, Willie J. Veasley of Fort Worth and Lonnie J. Veasley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters, Thelma Dudley and Velma White, both of Fort Worth; and aunts, Arletha McCarver, Belzora James and Liska Howard, all of Marshall, and Inez Jones of Fort Worth.

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

Nadine Waggoner
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Nadine Waggoner, 83, a Texas Federal Savings and Loan clerical worker who retired in 1980, died Wednesday in Arlington.

Funeral: 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie. Burial: Southland Memorial Park.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 122 N. Center St., Grand Prairie 75050.

Nadine Waggoner was born March 2, 1913, in Hamilton.

Survivors: Daughters and sons-in- law, Gwen and Frank England and Janice and Charles England; grandchildren, Kelli Narde, Juli Danaher, Kirk England, Lori Arnold and Rhonda Barhorst; and nine- great-grandchildren.

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

Carol M. Wattier
FORT WORTH -- Carol M. Wattier, 70, a retired cosmetologist, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. today in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Carol M. Wattier was born March 7, 1926, in Webster, S.D. She was a past president and member of the PTA.

Mrs. Wattier was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one foster brother and two sisters.

Survivors: Husband, Jim Wattier of Fort Worth; sons, Mark Wattier of Paducah, Ky., and Scott Wattier of Fort Worth; daughter, Cindy Byrne of Rialto, Calif.; sisters, Orvilla Syverson of South Dakota and Elaine Cooper of Hurst; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Vernie Wiley
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Vernie "Vern" Wiley, 78, an electrician for the civil service and Dallas Naval Air Station who retired in 1987, died Wednesday at an Arlinton nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church in Grand Prairie. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Vernie "Vern" Wiley was born April 19, 1918, in Memphis, Texas.

Survivors: Wife of 26 years, Zelda Wiley; sons, Bill Wiley, Bob Wiley, David Carnes, and Dennis Carnes; daughter, Janie Geryak; brothers, Gaylon, Troy, and Leo Wiley; six grandchidren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Robert H. Williams
FORT WORTH -- Robert "Bob" H. Williams, 75, a retired photographer for the Corps of Engineers and the GSA, died Thursday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Robert Williams was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Houston, Mo. He was a longtime ham radio operator with call letters W5AXO. He was a member of Trinity Cumberland Presbyterian Church, QCWA Radio Club, Kilocycle Radio Club, 7290 Traffic Network and the Pioneer Trailblazers Camping Club. He served in the Army during World War II.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Williams of Fort Worth; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Beth and Joe Obregon of Fort Worth; sister, Margaret Robinson of Springdale, Ark.; grandchildren, Gregory Kring, Jennifer and Frankie Sam, Christopher and Christina Obregon, and Steven Obregon, all of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Bryan Sam and Nathan Obregon, both of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

D'Lila H. Woolard
CLEBURNE -- D'Lila H. Woolard, 86, a retired teacher, died Tuesday in Cleburne.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Martin's Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.

D'Lila H. Woolard was born Feb. 7, 1910, in Cordell, Okla.

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

Clarence Young
FORT WORTH -- Clarence Young, 83, a retired custodian for the Fort Worth Independent School District, passed away Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wise Funeral Home in Bonham. Burial: Dodd City Cemetery in Dodd City. The Rev. Shane Moore will officiate.

Clarence Young was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Illinois, the son of Wade Robert Young and Annie Hix Young. He was a member of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Young, in 1991.

Survivors: Son, Robert Young of Haslet; daughters, Blanche Hestilow of Bedford and Shirley McElhaney of Hallsville; 20 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

Wise Funeral Home
Bonham, Texas, (903) 583-2161

Opal Young
GAINESVILLE -- Opal Young, 77, retired from real estate sales, died Wednesday at a Gainesville hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Clement-Keel Funeral Home.

Opal Young was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Mobile, Ala.

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

Ernest W. Ziegelt
MERIDIAN -- Ernest W. Ziegelt, 90, a Santa Fe Railroad carpenter who retired in 1966, died Wednesday in Clifton.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawson Funeral Home. Burial: Bismark Cemetery near Valley Mills.

Memorials: Bismark Cemetery Association, Rt. No. 1, Box 206, Clifton 76634.

Ernest W. Ziegelt was born March 17, 1906, in Washington County.

Lawson Funeral Home
Meridian, (817) 435-2792

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