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Published Oct. 26, 1996

Fred Alverson 

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Itasca Cemetery.

Memorials: Hospice of the Heart in Whitney, American Cancer Society or Itasca First Presbyterian Church.

Fred Alverson was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Dennis, Miss.

Clayton Kay Funeral Home
Itasca, (817) 687-2371

Andreas E. Anderson
HURST -- Andreas Eugene "Andy" Anderson, 72, a retired Bell Helicopter employee, died Thursday at home.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.

Andreas Eugene "Andy" Anderson was born April 29, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y. He worked for Bell Helicopter for more than 33 years and had been retired for 13 years. He was an officer in the UAW union for many years. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst.

Survivors: Wife, Ruby Anderson of Hurst; stepson, John Grady of Watauga; stepdaughter, Billy Sakkab of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Jerry Anderson of Tennessee; three grandsons; one granddaughter; one niece; and one nephew.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

Lorene Beaty
DE LEON -- Lorene Beaty, 78, a homemaker, died Thursday at a De Leon nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Joe's Baptist Church. Burial: Garden of Memory Cemetery in Comanche.

Nowlin Funeral Home
De Leon, (817) 893-2021

Lucille C. Beaty
LONE CAMP -- Lucille Clancy Beaty, 86, a homemaker, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Palo Pinto. Burial: Palo Pinto Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Caywood will officiate.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the building fund of First Baptist Church in Palo Pinto.

Pallbearers: John N. Thornton, John Brooks, Doug Price, Roger Roberson, Jimmy Goen and Clinton Bryant. Honorary pallbearers: J.A. "Dude" Clark and L.E. "Slick" Boone.

Lucille Beaty was dedicated to a life of serving others. She was an active Sunday school teacher from 1950 until her death. She was also involved in church outreach ministry and preparation of the communion services from 1970, when she assumed these responsibilities from her mother-in-law, Mrs. T.C. Beaty. She was always an example of the teaching of Jesus to "love thy neighbor as thyself" by putting others ahead of her needs. As a Sunday school teacher, she was involved in leading many young people to Christ.

Lucille Beaty served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1948, during which time she was awarded numerous commendations, a WAC Service Medal, the American Defense Medal and World War II Service Medal. She has been a contributor to the Military Service Women's Memorial being erected at the main entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

She served as a volunteer for the Red Cross Gray Ladies in several military hospitals in the United States and overseas.

Survivors: Husband of 48 years, Lester C. Beaty; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Barry L. and Rita Beaty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422

Eugene J. Bell
DALLAS -- Eugene Joseph Bell, who retired from El Centro College, died Tuesday in Dallas after a long illness.

Funeral: According to his request, no service will be held.

Eugene Joseph Bell was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He served in the Marine Corps from 1950 through 1959. He graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and was a member of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church.

We will miss his warm smile and gentle manner.

Survivors: Children, Charles and Gwen Bell of Dallas, Suzy and Michael Mullins of Bedford and Barbara and Lawrence Latham of Garland; grandchildren, Michael and Mark Alberts, Amy Tennant, Katy Mullins and Rebecca, Andrew and Laura Latham; and aunts, Ellen, Rene and Babe, all of Colorado.

Samuel Burgess
EULESS -- Samuel Burgess, 79, died Wednesday in Bedford.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. today in Moore Memorial Gardens.

Samuel Burgess was born June 5, 1917.

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

Mae A. Carr
CLEBURNE -- Mae A. Carr, 95, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Topeka, Kan.

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

Mae Carr was born May 10, 1901, in Iredell, Texas.

Memorials: Eastern Star Home in Arlington.

Survivors: Son, James G. Carr of Topeka, Kan.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Cleburne, (817) 558-2322

Ronald E. Cearley
AZLE -- Ronald E. Cearley, 47, a Miller Brewery Co. employee, died Wednesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Lakeside. Burial: Azleland Memorial Park.

Ronald Eugene Cearley was born July 18, 1949, in Bridgeport and had lived in the Lake Worth area since 1959. He had been a quality control production worker at Miller Brewery since February 1974. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 997. He served on the Supervisory Committee of the Miller Credit Union and was active in the Texas Motorcycle Riders Association Chapter 408 and the Honda Riders Club of America.

Mr. Cearley was preceded in death by his father, Mr. R.N. Cearley, in February 1980.

Survivors: Wife, Susan Woodruff Cearley of Azle; son, Russell Brian Freeman of Arlington; daughters, Sabrina Kay Summers and Cricket Lynette Cearley, both of Springtown; mother, Mrs. Ellanora L. Cearley of Lake Worth; brothers, Frank Cearley of Alden, Iowa, and Charles Cearley of Silsbee; sisters, Louise Whites of Fort Worth and Pat Davis of Lake Worth; and grandchildren, Christopher, Cody and Shania Summers and Keylee Godfrey.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341

Opal F. Chapman
FORT WORTH -- Opal F. Chapman, 90, a homemaker, died Thursday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Opal F. Chapman was born Oct. 27, 1905, in Abilene. She was a beloved wife and mother.

Survivors: Son, Don Carlos Chapman of Fort Worth; and sister, Jewel Cantwell of Fort Worth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

William D. Copper
GRAHAM -- William David "Bill" Copper, 76, a retired Dresser Atlas manager, died Thursday at a Graham hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

William David "Bill" Copper was born April 4, 1920, in Okmulgee, Okla. He married Olive May Goodwin on Nov. 25, 1944, in Hartford, Conn. She preceded him in death on June 15, 1987. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

Survivors: Daughter, Kathleen Betancourt of Ranger; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121

Bennie Dennis
FORT WORTH -- Bennie Dennis, 69, a salesman for Purvis Bearing, died Thursday in North Richland Hills.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Private graveside service: Monday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas, 1000 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Bennie Dennis was born May 22, 1927, in Memphis, Texas. He was a member of Richland Hills Church of Christ. Mr. Dennis was preceded in death by a son, Gary Dennis, in 1986.

Survivors: Wife, Fleta Dennis of Fort Worth; son, Eddie Dennis of Dallas; brother, W.C. Dennis of Memphis; and sister, Ardis Vallance of Memphis.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

Harold E. Fruin
CLEBURNE -- Harold E. Fruin, 69, a salesman, died Wednesday in Dallas.

Funeral: 1 p.m. today at Martin's Funeral Home in Cleburne. Burial: At a later date.

Harold Fruin was born May 6, 1927, in Bellevue, Mich.

Memorials: Fruin Grandchildren's College Fund, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 700 Woodard Ave., Cleburne 76031.

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

Bruna F. Gailey
COMANCHE -- Bruna Faye Gailey, 77, a retired beautician, died Friday at a Comanche hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Sunday in Board Church Cemetery.

Bruna Gailey was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Erath County. She was a former resident of Mineral Wells.

Memorials: Board Church Cemetery Association.

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

Viola S. Gardner
FORT WORTH -- Viola Scott Gardner, 85, a homemaker and retired draftsperson, died Thursday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Viola Gardner was born Aug. 24, 1911, in Center Point, Texas. She lived in the Fort Worth area for over 50 years. She was a retired assistant and draftsperson for a local architectural firm. She was a member of Eastern Hills United Methodist Church and active in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was a devoted genealogical researcher and very knowledgeable about Texas history, especially as it concerned the settlers of Howard County.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, E.W. Lowrimore, and by her second husband, C.E. Gardner.

Survivors: Sister, Velma Scott Kesterson of Big Spring; stepdaughter, Jan Boudreaux; stepson, Pat Gardner; nieces, a nephew, other relatives and many friends.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Bill Gober
WILLOW PARK -- Bill Gober, 61, a welder, died Thursday in Willow Park.

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

Bill Gober was born July 16, 1935, in Quanah, Texas. He worked at Lockheed for 30 years.

Survivors: Wife, Kathy Gober of Willow Park; sons, Christopher Gober of Willow Park and Billy Gober Jr. of Houston; daughter, Alysha Lutes of Fort Worth; brothers, Robert Gober of Carthage and Jimmy Gober of Houston; sisters, Dorothy Rankin of Houston and Alice Womack of Amarillo; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Jason M. Hampsten
FORT WORTH -- Jason Michael Hampsten, 4 months, died Thursday in White Settlement.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Jason Hampsten was born May 27, 1996, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Parents, David and Natalie Hampsten of Fort Worth; brother, Harley Hampsten of Fort Worth; grandparents, Butch and Gloria Hampsten of Fort Worth; great-grandparents, Ramona Aldridge of Ranger and Norman McFatridge of Fort Worth; and numerous other family members.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Beverly J. Howard
PEARL, Miss. -- Beverly Joyce Howard, 61, a parachute inspector, died Wednesday at a hospital in Jackson, Miss., after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Columbia. Officiating: Father Tommy Conway. Burial: Bassfield Catholic Cemetery in Bassfield, Miss.

Beverly Joyce Howard was born in Utah. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Merlin Howard, and four brothers.

Survivors: Three daughters, Diane McArn Geddes of Long Beach, Miss., Louise McCain Pressley of Talladega, Ala., and Mary Proctor of Pearl, Miss.; son, Jeff Howard of Brandon, Miss.; brother, Kenneth Cole of Ogden, Utah; and 12 grandchildren.

Colonial Funeral Home
Columbia, Miss., (601) 736-5361

Dorothy Huddleston
SPRINGTOWN -- Dorothy Huddleston, 77, a homemaker, died Friday at a Lake Worth nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at White's Funeral Home. Burial: Springtown Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight.

Dorothy Huddleston was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Coleman County and had lived in Springtown for 46 years. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton. Mrs. Huddleston was a 4-H leader in Springtown and was a member of Springtown First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: Daughters and sons-in- law, Julia and Laurie Moseley and Margaret and Bob Avery, all of Springtown, and Mary and Larry Van Zile of Gatesville; brother, Sidney Wheat of Coleman; five grandchildren, Mike Moseley, Marie Moseley, Robert Avery and Thomas Avery, all of Springtown, and Tim Van Zile and Wendy Van Zile; and great- grandson, Michael Van Zile.

White's Funeral Home
Springtown, (817) 220-7111

Mamie L. Kelly
TIOGA -- Mamie Ladell Kelly, 81, a retired Russell Newman Manufacturing machine operator, died Thursday in Dallas.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Huff/Slay Funeral Home. Burial: Tioga Cemetery.

Mamie Ladell Kelly was born June 28, 1915, in Cooke County.

Huff/Slay Funeral Home
Pilot Point, (817) 686-2277

Dolores A. Kirby
FRANKSTON -- Dolores A. Kirby, 66, a brake operator in the tool and die industry, died Thursday at home.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

Dolores A. Kirby was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Husband, Walter P. Kirby of Frankston; sons, Arley C. Martin III of Wonmadefee, Wis., Johnny D. Martin of Frankston, Elmer E. Rud of Ossio, Wis., and Jimmy D. Rud of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Glenda M. Lueck of Frankston; 18 grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; five nieces; and one nephew.

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

Edward A. Kraus
BEDFORD -- Edward Andrew Kraus, 78, a retired Hoover Vacuum Co. supervisor, died Sunday in Bedford.

Funeral: None planned. At Mr. Kraus' request, he was cremated. There will be no calling hours.

Memorials: American Heart Association, 2401 Scott Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76013. No flowers, please.

Edward Andrew Kraus was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Oakmont, Pa. He was a supervisor for Hoover Vacuum Co. for 43 years.

"Let each one thank God for all his blessings and goodness and dwell in His house forever."

Ed Kraus
Survivors: Wife, Mildred Kraus of Bedford; four sons; one daughter; a twin brother; four sisters; and other relatives and friends.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

Lizzie Leath
DALLAS -- Lizzie Leath, 73, a homemaker, died Wednesday in Mesquite.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. today at Moore Funeral Home. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.

Lizzie Leath was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Moore Funeral Home
1219 N. Davis Drive, 275-2711
Daniel B. Luke
GAINESVILLE -- Daniel B. Luke, 66, a wholesaler, died Friday at a Gainesville care center.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church in Muenster. Officiants: The Rev. Eugene Luke, O.S.B. and the Rev. Frowin Schocch, O.S.B. Burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster. Rosary: 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Vigil: 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Daniel B. Luke was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Gainesville.

Survivors: Wife, Barbara Luke; daughter, Cheryl Rohmer; sons, Ray Luke, Ben Luke, Damion Luke and Gregory Luke; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; sisters, Elfreda Fette and Marianne Kuhn; and brothers, Anthony Luke, Gene Luke, Harold Luke, Bill Luke and Bernard Luke.

McCoy Funeral Home
Muenster, (817) 759-2556

Gary W. Martin
FORT WORTH -- Gary W. Martin, 55, southwestern regional sales manager for Acheson Colloids Co. for the last 27 years, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Dr. Charles Sanders will officiate.

Pallbearers: Byron Black, David Erwin, Barry Grubb, Bill McKenna, Bill Pigden and Howard Yearly. Honorary pallbearers: John Bouwens, Hector Cantu, Steve Goodchild, Wiley Ray Hodges, Stewart Morrison and F.B. Strickland.

Memorials: Charity of choice.

Gary W. Martin was born July 17, 1941, in Fort Worth.

Mr. Martin, a lifelong Fort Worth resident, graduated from Paschal High School in 1959 and Texas Wesleyan in 1964. Prior to his employment at Acheson Colloids Co., he worked for Phillips 66 Plastics Division in Bartlesville, Okla., and Villa Park, Ill.

Survivors: Wife, Linda Sue Mathews Martin, whom he married in 1963; sons, Terry Martin of Crowley and Tracy Martin and his wife, Agna, of Arlington; parents, Harold and Maurine Martin of Fort Worth; and brothers, Norman Martin and his wife, Peggy, and their daughter, Mitzi.

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

Frank W. Moore
DENTON -- Frank W. Moore, 85, died Thursday at a Denton hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at DeBerry Funeral Home. Burial: Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.

Frank W. Moore was born May 2, 1911, in Telephone, Texas. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Levell Moore, on Nov. 22, 1994.

Survivors: Son, Tommy Moore of Azle; daughters, Jo Ann Roberts of Sherman, Janie Thomas and Sue Starnes, both of Denton, Donna George of Krum and Gayle Dover of Blanchard, Okla.; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

DeBerry Funeral Directors
Denton, (817) 383-4200

James Y. Nichols
AZLE -- James Y. "Nick" Nichols, 76, a retired sheet metal mechanic, died Thursday at home.

Funeral: 4 p.m. Sunday at White's Funeral Home in Azle. Burial: Azleland Memorial Park. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

James Nichols was born Aug. 10, 1920, in New Salem, Texas. He was a resident of Azle since 1953. He retired from General Dynamics after 42 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1943 as a sergeant. He was a lifetime member of the International Association of Machinists/Aerospace No. 776.

Memorials: Salvation Army.

Survivors: Wife, Alice Nichols of Azle; sons, James E. Nichols, Leon Nichols and Terry Nichols, all of Azle; daughter, Alice Fay Cothrum of River Oaks; sisters, Ottie Mae Stewart of Orange and Mittie Lou Smith of New Salem; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great- grandchildren.

White's Funeral Home
Azle, 444-3211

Anne J. Polk
FORT WORTH -- Anne Juran Polk, 84, a homemaker, died Wednesday at a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Celebrant: the Rev. Joseph Pemberton. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Memorials: St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Anne Juran Polk was born May 16, 1912, in Fort Worth and graduated from North Side High School. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and St. George Catholic Church, where she was past president of its Altar Society. She was a lifelong member of SPJST Lodge 92.

Mrs. Polk was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard A. Polk.

Survivors: Son, B.J. Polk and his wife, Reda, of Springdale, Ark.; daughters, Carol Briggs and her husband, Bill, of Walnut, Calif., and Diane MacArthur and her husband, Neil, of Parks City, Utah; brother, Joseph Juran of Fort Worth; sister, Lillie McMillen of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Scott Briggs, Pam Briggs, Kimberley MacArthur Graham, Kristin MacArthur Craver, Kyle MacArthur, John Pilkinton and Travis Polk.

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

Thomas K. Ralstin
BEDFORD -- Thomas Keith Ralstin, 70, a retired city of Fort Worth administrator, died Friday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 3:30 p.m. today in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials: Happy Hill Farm Academy, Inc., H.C. 51, Box 56, Granbury, Texas 76048.

Thomas Keith Ralstin was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He was a TCU graduate.

Survivors: Wife, Pat Ralstin of Bedford; son and daughter-in-law, William H. and Ann Ralstin of Fort Worth; daughter, Tami Ralstin of Bedford; grandchildren, Madison Ralstin and Beau Ralstin, both of Fort Worth; and niece, Carol Ann Newman of Santo.

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

Tommie Ricks
GRANBURY -- Tommie Ricks, 81, a homemaker, died Thursday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial: Granbury Cemetery.

Tommie Ricks was born Oct. 18, 1915, in Hood County and had been a Granbury/Hood County resident most of her life. She had worked at Collins Dry Goods and Fishers Fashion Shop.

Mrs. Ricks was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Survivors: Husband, H.O. "Shorty" Ricks of Granbury; son, Donnie Ricks of Fort Worth; sister, Pauline Ator of Plano; four grandchildren; and one great- grandson.

Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-3000

Saxon Robin Rivers
FORT WORTH -- Saxon Robin Rivers, 5, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11:30 a.m. today at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Saxon Robin Rivers was born Aug. 23, 1991, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Parents, Rex and Heather Rivers of Fort Worth; brother, Ryan Hawk Rivers of Fort Worth; sister, Amanda Jo Douglas of Pennsylvania; grandparents, Pauline and Glen Mulder of Euless, Ann and George Rivers of Idaho and Bobbie and Gerald Wagner of Arlington; great-grandmothers, Adeline Wagner of Madison, Wis., and Rosella Hocker of Pennsylvania; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Cecil C. Robinson
DECATUR -- Cecil Claude Robinson, 89, a dairy farmer-rancher, died Friday at a Decatur convalescent center.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Coker Funeral Home. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: charity of choice.

Cecil Claude Robinson was born Jan. 31, 1907, in Elk County, Kan. He married Nina Ruth England on Nov. 7, 1934, in Marietta, Okla. He was a Methodist.

Survivors: Wife, Nina of Decatur; son, Harold Robinson of Decatur; daughters, Sylvia Taylor and Connie Pruitt, both of Decatur; brother, Raymond Robinson of Blakewood, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Gabriella N. Rodriguez
ARLINGTON -- Gabriella Noelle Rodriguez, a newborn, died Thursday in Arlington.

Funeral: Private. Burial: Tensleep Cemetery in Tensleep, Wyo.

Gabriella Rodriguez was born Oct. 24, 1996, in Arlington.

Survivors: Father, Samuel Rodriguez Jr. of Arlington; mother, Jennifer Vega of Arlington; paternal grandparents, Samuel Rodriguez Sr. and Lorraine McDaniel, both of Arlington; and maternal grandparents, Jean Vega of Arlington and Roy Vega of Casper, Wyo.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791

Mattie G. Sears
HURST -- Mattie Gertrude Sears, 85, a homemaker and retired bookkeeper for the AAF Exchange, died Friday at a Denton medical center.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Whitt Cemetery in Whitt, Texas. Visitation: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mulkey- Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son in Denton.

Mattie Sears was born Aug. 11, 1911, in Parker County.

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son
Denton, (817) 382-6622

Elverta F. Smith
MINERAL WELLS -- Elverta Frances Smith, 62, a homemaker, died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: None scheduled. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Visitation: 5 to 7 tonight at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells.

Elverta Smith was born May 4, 1934, in Santo, Texas.

Memorials: Vitas Hospice Foundation or American Legion Post No. 75 Family Aid.

Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422

Earl M. Thomas
DECATUR -- Earl Melvin Thomas, 84, a farmer-rancher, died Thursday at a Decatur hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. today at Coker Funeral Home.

Earl Melvin Thomas was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Fanshawe, Okla. He married Annabel F. Rogers on March 20, 1941, in Anadarko, Okla.

Survivors: Wife, Ann Thomas of Decatur; daughters and sons-in-law, Earlene and Demoin Eady of Bedford and Marlene and Russ Hall of Russellville, Ark.; brother, Pete Thomas of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, LaVerne Bodenstein of Hobart, Okla., and Jessie Martin of Apache, Okla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

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