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Published Oct. 28, 1996

Robert W. Allen
FORT WORTH -- Robert W. Allen, 79, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a retired investment broker, died Friday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Audubon Society.

Mr. Allen was born August 3, 1917, in South Bend, Ind.

He died at home with his family at his bedside after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bob served his country in the Air Force for 29 years as a pilot. Following his Air Force career, he worked at Ginsburg's Investments for 21 years. He retired in 1993.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena and Harry Allen and his grandparents, William and Olive.

Bob was a wonderful husband, father and "Grandpoo" and will be missed dearly by all who loved him. He is with his parents now and is watching down on us.

He is survived by a wife of 49 years, Anne Allen. Their 50th wedding anniversary was to be on Jan. 31, 1997.

Survivors: Wife, Anne Allen; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Susan Allen of Fort Worth; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and John Merrill of Hurst; and grandchildren, Ana Allen of Fort Worth, raised by Bob and Anne since she was 2-years-old, and Chris Hotze of Hurst; brother-in-law, Ken VanHorn; and niece, Elizabeth VanHorn, both of Clinton, Iowa.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Clara Bagley
MINERAL WELLS -- Clara Bagley, 74, a homemaker, died Saturday at a Mineral Wells hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Mineral Wells. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Parker County. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Clara Bagley was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Franklin County.

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

Bonnie J. Battershell
FORT WORTH -- Bonnie J. Battershell, 76, a retired housekeeper, died Friday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Bonnie Battershell was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Bosque County. She was a member of the Alta Mere Baptist Church. She retired from the housekeeping department of Green Oaks Inn.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel W. Battershell.

Survivors: Daughters, Anita Battershell and Carolyn Greenway, both of Fort Worth; brother, Johnnie Wayne Hutchins of Meridian; sister, Katherine Sanders of Everman; and several nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Aline Bell
SAGINAW -- Aline Bell, 81, a retired accounting clerk, died Thursday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 12:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Bourland Cemetery, Keller.

Aline Bell was born in De Leon. She retired from Southwestern Bell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, in 1976.

Survivors: Brother, Charles Mallonee of Fort Worth; sisters, Ruth Gibson of Fort Worth and Mary Buttry of Dante, Va.; and several nephews and nieces.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Richard W. Carden
FORT WORTH -- Richard W. Carden, 40, a funeral director, died Saturday at his home in west Fort Worth.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Birchman Baptist Church. Officiating: Pastor Miles Seaborn Jr. Burial: Private at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: In Richard's name to Birchman Baptist Church or Praise Baptist Church in Singapore.

Richard Carden was born July 16, 1956, in Fort Worth. He attended South Hi Mount Elementary, W.C. Stripling Junior High and Arlington Heights High, graduating in 1975. He was an August 1983 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and served as funeral director for Greenwood Funeral Home from 1983 until his death.

He was an active member of Birchman Baptist Church all his life. Richard's legacy is that of a Christian husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was devoted to his family, and they to him. He was loved and appreciated by all who knew him. He will be missed.

Survivors: Wife, Jan; daughters, Claire Catherine, 6, and Caroline Kay, 4; mother, Mary Lou Clayton and her husband, Jack Clayton, of Fort Worth; parents-in-law, Harold and Billie Davis of Fort Worth; brother, Jim, and his family, wife, Jeanie, children, Josh, Jason, Jennifer and Jonathan, all of Weatherford; sister, Sharon Carroll and her family, husband, Charles, and children, Kimberly and Christopher, all of Singapore; and numerous other family members and friends.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Cleo E. Clement
GORMAN -- Cleo Ellen Clement, 89, a homemaker, died Saturday at a Gorman nursing home.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Higginbotham Funeral Home. Burial: Gorman-Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation: Any time.

Mr. Clement was born July 5, 1907, in Comanche County.

Higginbotham Funeral Home
Gorman, (817) 734-2272
 

Fay E. Cox
RIVER OAKS -- Fay Evelyn Cox, 88, a retired garment presser for Williamson- Dickie Garment Company, died Saturday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Inspiration Point Baptist Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials: Inspiration Point Baptist Church.

Mrs. Fay Cox was born March 28, 1908, in Guymon, Okla. She was a member of Inspiration Point Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Leonard Cox, Aug. 12, 1969.

Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Ernesteen Evelyn Wilkins of River Oaks; brother, Mr. Hugh Hinton of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Pearl Waltrip of Amarillo; grandchildren, Mr. Blaine Wilkins of Orange Grove and Mr. Reggie Wilkins of Fort Worth; and great-grandchildren, Samantha Wilkins, Celeste Blair, Melany Wilkins, Melissa Ballard and M.R. Wilkins.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341
 

Charles R. Deeter
FORT WORTH -- Charles R. Deeter, 65, professor of mathematics, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Memorial service: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University.

Memorials: Dr. Deeter requested that instead of flowers, memorials be made to Sherer Mathematics Scholarship Fund at TCU or a charity of choice.

Dr. Deeter was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Norton County, Kan. he attended college at Fort Hays Kansas State and received his Ph.D. in math from the University of Kansas. He taught mathematics at TCU from 1960 to 1996, receiving numerous grants, honors and awards.

Dr. Deeter directed 11 Ph.D. dissertations and three masters theses, but personally felt his most notable achievement was his 37 years of teaching mathematics students. He served as an officer and member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Society of Sigma Xi and the American Mathematical Society. In addition to his academic research, he was active in university and community service.

Survivors: Wife of 39 years, Shirley Deeter; daughters, Connie Deeter and Lucy Deeter Jones; sister, Eleanor Janousek; nephew, Guy Janousek, nieces, Cecile Befort and Jennifer Janousek; son-in-law, Paul Jones; two grand- nephews; and one grand-niece.
 

Aline N. C. Estes
FORT WORTH -- Aline N. Cocke Estes, 83, a cook- nurse's aide, died Friday in Azle.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Mount Olivet Chapel. Entombment: Garden of Memories Mausoleum.

Aline N. Cocke Estes was born March 26, 1913, in Little Rock, Ark. She worked for Lake Worth Independent School District approximately 10 years. She then worked at Lake Worth Nursing Home for approximately 17 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Worth and of the Senior Citizens of Lake Worth.

Aline N. Cocke Estes was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Cocke Sr. in Oct. 25, 1969, and two sons, Edward R. Cocke in 1990, and Robert R. Cocke Jr., in 1993.

Survivors: Sons, Ernest D. Cocke of Saginaw and Denver Cocke of Killeen; brother, John J. Mitchell of Austin; 10 grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

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

Timothy P. Ferri
COLLEYVILLE -- Timothy Patrick Ferri, 51, a chief financial officer, died Saturday at home after a brave two-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church, 1861 Wildwood Ave., Grapevine. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today and 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Rosary: 7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to ALSA/Research, 21021 Ventura Blvd., Suite 321, Woodland Hills, Calif., 91364.

Timothy Ferri was born May 5, 1945, in Rochester, N.Y. He was a graduate of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a member of the Marine Corps. His lifelong career in the hotel industry began with several family-owned New York businesses, which he helped operate before relocating with his family to Texas in 1976 upon joining Metro Hotels of Dallas.

From 1981 to 1983, he served as VP Finance for Hotel Management, Inc., of Houston. In 1983, he joined Embassy Suites Corporation in Dallas as its Corporate Controller. In 1987, Mr. Ferri, along with five other partners, formed Quorum Hotels & Resorts, which today is the 37th largest hotel management company in the world.

He was a partner in and chief financial officer of Dallas-based Quorum Hotels & Resorts, a past president of the Texas Association of Hospitality Accountants and a past member of the board of directors of the International Society of Hospitality Accountants.

Mr. Ferri contributed greatly to a number of Grapevineolleyville civic causes and was a strong supporter of the Grapevine High soccer program, and Dallas-area soccer in general.

Survivors: Wife, Nancy Ferri of Colleyville; sons, Tim J. Ferri of Euless and Raymond Ferri and his wife, Danielle, of Irving; daughter, Gigi Ferri of Colleyville; sister, Mrs. Jack Naughton of Pittsford, N.Y.; mother, Mrs. Rose Craw of Grapevine; god son, Michael Baldassare of Rochester, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Rogelo Garcia
BOYD -- Rogelo Garcia, 62, a self- employed flea market dealer, died Friday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial: Boyd Cemetery.

Mr. Garcia was born April 27, 1934, in Rio Grande City.

Survivors: Son, Joe Garcia of Newark, David Garcia of Boyd; brothers, Simon Garcia of Mission, Bruno Garcia of Rio Grande City, Aldemaro Garcia of Amarillo, Audolio Garcia of Rio Grande City, Ysabel Garcia of Boyd; sisters, Maria Delcarmen of Amarillo, Hilda Letica of Amarillo, Janie Aguilar of Saginaw; and grandchildren, Robert and David Rowland and Anesia Garcia.

Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home
Boyd, (817) 433-5310
 

John B. Gibert Jr.
ARLINGTON -- John B. Gibert Jr., 54, an engineer at O'Brian, died Saturday in Arlington.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Parkdale Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Arlington Funeral Home.

Mr. Gibert was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors: Wife, Phyllis Collins-Gibert of Arlington; parents, John and Ruby Gibert of Denton; brother, Wayne Gibert of Katy; and sister, Reba Murdock of Denton.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
 

Iness Harris
AZLE -- Iness Harris, 84, a retired cook for Peaster Independent School District, died Saturday at an Azle hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Reno. Burial: Dilbeck Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Iness Harris was born August 12, 1912, in Peaster.

Survivors: Husband, E. R. "Bird" Harris of Azle; sons, Wendell Bruton of Denver City, Ted Bruton of Peaster; step-sons, Herbert Harris of Reno, Don Harris of Clifton, Va.; daughters, Yvonne Alexander of Weatherford, Peggy Coble of Gibtown, Thresa Gilbertson of Grants Pass, Ore.; step-daughter, Ruth Lowry of Fort Worth; sister, Thelma Johnson of Weatherford; nine grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; 14 step-great- grandchildren; and six great-great- grandchildren.

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

Nelma L.S. Joblin
BEDFORD -- Nelma Lane Sampson Joblin, 77, a retired nurse's aide in the Amarillo Independent School District, died Saturday in Bedford.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Chapel of the Chimes in Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

Nelma Lane Sampson Joblin was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Greenville.

Survivors: Husband, Lance Joblin of Bedford; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Joblin and Karl Dennis of Nashville, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Sheri Joblin of Fort Worth; daughter, Janet S. Murphy of Fort Worth; brothers, Bill Sampson of Wichita, Kan., and Jack Sampson of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, Jason Joblin, Angela Joblin, Dru Montgomery, Brok Montgomery, Nicolas Murphy, Megan Murphy and Lance Murphy; and many wonderful friends.

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

Ruth Kirk
DECATUR -- Ruth Kirk, 67, a homemaker, died Saturday at a Decatur hospital.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Smithfield United Methodist Church. Burial: Smithfield Cemetery. Visitation: Noon to 9 tonight at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.

Memorials: Smithfield United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Ruth Kirk was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Fort Worth. She attended the Texas State School for the Deaf in Austin. She was a member of Chico United Methodist Church in Chico.

Survivors: Brothers, James H. "Jimmy" Kirk of Decatur and Calvin C. Kirk of Irving; and nieces, Bonnie Kirk of Irving and Rene' Egle of Lytle.

Lucas Funeral Home
Hurst, 284-7271
 

Jack McFadin
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Jack McFadin, 88, a retired contractor, died Saturday at a Duncanville nursing home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bean- Massey-Burge Funeral Home. Burial: Southland Memorial Park. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jack McFadin was born July 30, 1908, in Arlington.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Author McFadin, in 1994.

Survivors: Wife, Hazel McFadin; daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Gerald Malone of Dallas; daughter-in- law, Wanda McFadin; three grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home
Grand Prairie, (972) 263-7200
 

Leonard H. Newman Sr.
AZLE -- Leonard Hayes Newman Sr., 78, a minister, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2:30 p.m. today at the Christian Temple. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.

Officiants: The Rev. Elbert Wilkinson, the Rev. Carroll G. Smith and the Rev. T.R. May.

The Rev. Newman was born July 19, 1918, in Goldthwaite. He had been a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God since 1940. His legacy of gospel ministry had early expression in Fort Worth at the Door of Hope Mission. In 1944, he relocated his family to the state of Maine to pioneer a church in Augusta. Through the years, he pastored and pioneered seven churches. A heritage of ministers and ministries continues in his family. His wife and companion, the Rev. Juanita Newman has been his constant partner in prayer and ministry. His two sons, the Rev. L.H. Newman Jr. and the Rev. R.S. Newman, and one grandson, the Rev. R.A. Newman, also practice ministry in various churches. The call and execution of ministry extend through generations of the family, touching many with the gospel.

He retired in 1974 from the Texas Highway Department.

Survivors: Wife of 56 years, Juanita Newman of Azle; sons, Jim Newman of Azle, the Rev. Leonard Newman Jr. and Phil Newman, both of Fort Worth, and the Rev. Steve Newman of Pilot Point; sister, Doris Massie of Tucson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Newman of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Dena, David, Denise, Alan, Tony, Kim, Pam, Nathan and Melanie; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and acqauaintances, who were treated the same as family.

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

Marjorie J. Nielson
CLEBURNE -- Marjorie Jane Nielson, 61, a homemaker, died Thursday at a Dallas hospital.

Memorial service: 4:30 p.m. today at David Clayton and Sons Funeral Home in Duncanville. Graveside service: Friday at Fayetteville Cemetery in Fayetteville, N.Y. Contact Eaton, Tubbs and Schepp Funeral Home, (315) 637-3214, ext. 7191, Genesee St., Fayetteville, N.Y. for time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Michael M. Wynn Center for Inherited Retinal Dieseases, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, 50 North Medical Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah 84132, Attention: Allyson White, Director. Please state that donation is to be used for Retinitis Pigmentosa Research.

Marjorie Nielson was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Fayetteville, N.Y.

The second oldest of four children born to Oscar Welch and Florence Tesks-Welch. She graduated from high school in 1954 in Minoa, N.Y. She moved to Las Vegas, Nev. in 1955 and married Stuart Nielson, also of Fayetteville, N.Y. Besides residing in Las Vegas, she also lived in other areas of the United States at various times including New York State, Oklahoma City, Okla., Pacifica, Calif., Granbury and Cleburne. She was a wonderful and gentle mother and wife who took special care of those in her life. She will forever be remembered fondly by those who knew her.

Survivors: Husband, Stuart Nielson of Cleburne; sons, Curtis Nielson of Cedar Hill, Douglas Nielson of Carol Stream, Ill.; father, Oscar Welch of Shrewsbury, Mass.; sister, Joan Huller of Peterborough, N.Y., Constance Meehan of East Syracuse, N.Y.; brother, Thomas Welch of Shrewsbury, Mass; and four grandchildren.

David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home
Duncanville (972) 298-7222
 

Joseph A. Pina
WEATHERFORD -- Joseph Alfred Pina Sr., 59, owner of a janitorial business, died Saturday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 8 to 9 tonight at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.

Joseph Pina was born Nov. 3, 1936, in Danbury, Conn.

Survivors: Sons, Kelly Lee Pina and Rocky Pina, both of Weatherford; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and James Greene of Weatherford; mother; two brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

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

David R. Pratt
MINERAL WELLS -- David R. Pratt, 69, an Air Force veteran who served in Korea and World War II, died Saturday at a Mineral Wells nursing home.

Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Mineral Wells. Rosary: 7:30 tonight at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.

David Pratt was born Nov. 19, 1926, in West Newberry, Mass.

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

Rita C. Schmucker
FORT WORTH -- Rita Clare Schmucker, SSMN, a retired teacher, died at home Saturday in the 70th year of her religious life and the 87th year of her age.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory Center. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Scriptural Wake and Recitation of the Holy Rosary: 7 tonight at Our Lady of Victory Center.

Officiant: The Rev. James Young, SSM, celebrant.

Sister Rita Schmucker, known as Sister Immaculata until 1970, was a native of Dallas. She taught music and elementary school level at Sacred Heart Academy, Waco, Resurrection School, Houston, St. Ignatius, Fort Worth, and St. Anne School, Beaumont. Sister Rita also assumed principal duties at Resurrection School and St. Anne School. Upon retirement, she moved to the Our Lady of Victory Center.

Survivors: Nieces, Clare Garlick and Sally Cade of Irving; and nephew, Frank Goulding of Greenville.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Bessie M. Striz
STRAWN -- Bessie M. Striz, 87, died Saturday at a Stephenville hospital.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church in Strawn. Burial: Mount Marion Cemetery. Rosary: 7 tonight at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Strawn.

Officiant: The Rev. Dale Edwards.

Mrs. Stiz was born Jan. 18, 1909, in Lyra, near Strawn, to Ignac and Mary Zavijacic Mensik. She grew up in the Lyra and Strawn area, attending Strawn School. She married Frank Striz Dec. 12, 1925, in Gordon. They lived in Strawn all their lives. She worked as a cook most of her life, working for several cafes and as a school cafeteria cook for 10 years; she also did janitorial work for the Strawn Bank for 35 years. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church in Strawn.

She enjoyed vegetable gardening, working at the church, and cooking.

Mrs. Striz was preceded in death by husband, Frank Striz, in 1970, and son, Oldrich Striz, in 1980.

Survivors: Daughter-in-law, Erma Striz of Strawn; brother, Frank Mensik of Carlsbad, N.M.; three grandchildren, Mary Mulvaney of Oakville, Wash., Kay Rufner of Fort Worth, David Striz of Stephenville; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one great niece; and one great nephew.

Edwards Funeral Home
Strawn, (817) 672-5231
 

Joyce L. Thorton
COMANCHE -- Joyce Lane Thorton, 61, a homemaker, died Saturday at a Brownwood hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Comanche Funeral Home. Burial: Gardens of Memory, Comanche.

Joyce Thorton was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Dublin.

Comanche Funeral Home
Comanche, (915) 356-2531
 

Marshall W. Vaughn
BROWNWOOD -- Marshall W. Vaughn, 83, a retired plant chemist, died Saturday at a Brownwood hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nowlin Funeral Home. Burial: De Leon Cemetery in De Leon.

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

Dao Vongkhamchanh
FORT WORTH -- Dao Vongkhamchanh, 38, a welder, died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Chapel.

Mr. Vongkhamchanh was born March 3, 1958, in Laos.

Survivors: Wife, Teo Vongkhamchanh of Fort Worth; son, Kevin Vongkhamchanh of Fort Worth; brothers, Nikoth Souimaniphanh and At Souimaniphanh, both of Athens, Tenn., and Douane Souimaniphanh and Nikone Souimaniphanh, both of Fort Worth; and sister, Ann Ferris of Granbury.

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

Fannie Walker
FORT WORTH -- Fannie Walker, 90, a church secretary for Kings Highway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kings Highway Baptist Church. Burial: Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Decatur. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth

Fannie Walker was born August 21, 1906, in Paradise.

She was a charter member of Kings Highway Baptist Church. She had been secretary of the church since 1950. She was a Sunday school teacher in the Beginners Department for 32 years. Her love included every child she taught. She provided transportation to the church for elderly members. She was a daily hospital visitor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Walker.

Survivors: Sisters, Nina Porter, Mozelle Frayer, both of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Billie R. Whitfield
WOODSON -- Billie Ray Whitfield, 58, died Saturday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Woodson. Burial: Woodson Cemetery.

Officiant: The Rev. Cecil Hall.

Mr. Whitfield was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Throckmorton to Floyd W. and Estell Pittman Whitfield. Mr. Whitfield married Janis Griffin in 1969 in Fort Worth.

Mr. Whitfield was the ranch foreman for the Dickie Ranch from 1977 to 1991, when he retired. He was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Throckmorton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Whitfield, in 1975, and a brother, Wesley, in 1994.

Survivors: Wife, Janis Whitfield of Woodson; son, Michael Whitfield of Breckenridge; two daughters, Michelle Bandy of Breckenridge, and Jonna Ray Gurwell of Wichita Falls; mother, Estell Whitfield of Throckmorton; three sisters, Jennie Herod and Zelma Alvey, both of Throckmorton, and Flonell Pritchard of Hobbs, N.M.; five brothers, Dean Whitfield of Seminole, Frankie Whitfield and Doyle Whitfield, both of Throckmorton, Cotton Whitfield of Escanaba, Mich., and James Whitfield of Midlothian; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and a true friend, thought of as a son, Jim Tom Boland of Wichita Falls.

Merriman-Archer Funeral Home
Throckmorton, (817) 849-4021
 

Frances J.E. Williams
FORT WORTH -- Frances J. Ermis Williams, 91, a homemaker, died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital.

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

Frances Williams was born Feb. 10, 1905, in West.

Mrs. Williams was known as "Fanny" to her sisters and "Granny" to her grandchildren. She was a homemaker who loved to take care of her children.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Steve Ermis in February 1964 and Herman L. Williams in May 1974 and a son, Robert E. Ermis in September 1995.

Survivors: Son, O. Ray Ermis; daughters, Lula Mae "Willie" Grantham of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ermis of Fort Worth; brother, Rudolph Merenda of Irving; sisters, Estelle Allen, Bea Fisher, both of Haltom City; eight grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

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

Julia A. Wylie
BENBROOK -- Julia A. Wylie, 86, a homemaker, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at John Knox Presbyterian Church. Burial: Private Committal Services in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: Tarrant County Chapter, American Cancer Society or John Knox Presbyterian Church.

Julia Wylie was born June 8, 1910, in Youngstown, Ohio.

She has lived in this area since 1970. She was a former member of Pleasant Grove United Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio and First Presbyterian Church in Hubbard, Ohio and was an active member of John Knox Presbyterian Church in River Oaks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Wylie on Feb. 26, 1982 and grandson, Davis Balsinger Jr. on August 30, 1983.

Survivors: Son, Leon George Wylie of Hubbard, Ohio; daughters, Marjorie L. Hanes of Benbrook, Deanna K. Balsinger of Manteca, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Biggers Funeral Home
7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341

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