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Alyne Athey
BELTON -- Alyne Athey, 71, a homemaker, died Sunday in Belton.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney.

Alyne Athey was born Dec. 27, 1924, in McKinney.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Linda Athey of Belton; brother, Tom Langley of McKinney; sister, Mae Campbell of McKinney; and grandchildren, Dedra Stevens of Belton, Jimmy Athey of Bluntville, Tenn., Tony Corbett of Rochester, Minn., and Vicki Athey and Kristopher Athey, both of Belton.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Jerry D. Barber
FORT WORTH -- Jerry D. Barber, 64, a retired engineer for General Dynamics, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at White's Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery.

Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas in Fort Worth.

Jerry Barber was born Oct. 14, 1932, in Mineral Wells, where he was reared and graduated from high school. He attended Tarleton University and North Texas State University and was an engineer at General Dynamics for years.

Survivors: Wife, Wilma Barber of Fort Worth; daughters and sons-in-law, Joni and John Tenery of Fort Worth and Brenna and Stan Jones of Wheaton, Ill.; stepmother, Mrs. Billie Barber of Mineral Wells; and grandchildren, Jenny Jones, Brandon Jones and Lindsay Jones, all of Wheaton, Ill., and Lauren Tenery and Paul Tenery of Fort Worth.

White's Funeral Home
Mineral Wells, (817) 325-3311

Peggy J. Bear
GRANBURY -- Peggy J. Bear, 63, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sunday at a Granbury nursing home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Martin's Funeral Home. Burial: Holly Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Vitas Hospice of Granbury.

Peggy J. Bear was born Aug. 15, 1933, in Dallas.

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

Agnes D. Brown
DECATUR -- Agnes Duffey Brown, 90, a Wise County district clerk for over 30 years, died Sunday at a nursing center.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8 tonight at Coker Funeral Home.

Agnes Duffey Brown was born to Claude Walter Duffey and his wife, Josie Chisum Duffey, on Dec. 22, 1905, in Marysville, Cooke County, Texas, being the first of six children. She moved to Tahoka, Texas, with her parents about 1923 and graduated from Tahoka High School in 1924. After graduation she attended Decatur Baptist Junior College in Decatur, Texas, and subsequently received a teaching certificate and taught in a rural school in Wise County. On May 6, 1928, she married Jennings Crisp Brown, then a young lawyer in Decatur. Judge Jennings Brown preceded her in death on March 24, 1951. Agnes Brown was appointed district clerk of Wise County, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1951, and served unopposed for over 30 years, retiring on Dec. 31, 1982.

Survivors: Sister, Thelma Duffey Turner of Lovington, N.M.; two sons, Thomas Jennings Brown and his wife, Linda, of Decatur, and Claude Duffey Brown of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Thomas Anthony Brown and his wife, Kim Brown, of Watauga, Shelby Brown Ivy and her husband, Richard Ivy, of Denton, Karen Elizabeth Wolf and her husband, Dr. Robert E. Wolf, of Louisville, Ky., and Kathryn Brown Wilson and her husband, Dr. Matthew B. Wilson, of Little Rock, Ark.; four great- grandchildren, William Hunter Wolf, age 5, Grayson Scott Wolf, age 3, and Robert Chase Wolfe, age 10 months, all of Louisville, and Christopher Brown, age 8, of Watauga; two stepgrandchildren, Stephen Duff and Stephanie Martinez of Decatur; and two stepgreat-grand- children, Zachary Johnson, age 10, of Watauga and Zachary Martinez, age 7, of Decatur.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Melba Cherryhomes
JACKSBORO -- Melba Cherryhomes, 72, a rancher and homemaker, died Monday in Jacksboro.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksboro. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.

Melba Cherryhomes was born March 25, 1924, in Capulin, N.M.

Coker Funeral Home
Decatur, (817) 627-5959

Wayne R. English
BURLESON -- Wayne R. English Sr., 97, died Sunday at the home of his son in Burleson.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lemoyne, Pa. Burial: Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials: First Christian Church, 442 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, Pa. 17043.

Wayne R. English Sr. was a retired teacher from John Harris High School and had also taught with the Fresh Air Program. He was a member and former head elder of First Christian Church in Lemoyne and had attended First Christian Church in Texas. He was a member of Harrisburg Masonic Lodge 629, Harrisburg Consistory and Zembo Shrine Temple.

Mr. English was the widower of Louise G. English.

Survivors: Son, Dr. Wayne R. English Jr. of Burleson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

W. Orville Kimmel Funeral Home
Harrisburg, Pa., (717) 238-2502

Jose M. Frausto
FORT WORTH -- Jose M. Frausto, 72, a dance instructor, died Monday at a nursing home.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Jose Frausto was born May 16, 1924, in Fort Worth.

He is believed to have been one of the top ten decorated Texas soldiers.

Survivors: Son, Joe James Frausto of Fort Worth; brother, J.C. Frausto and Guadalupe Frausto; sisters, Amelia F. Sepeda, Clara Perez and Gloria Bursie; four grandsons; and two granddaughters.

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

Clyde R. Glover
MINERAL WELLS -- Clyde Robert Glover, 66, a retired kiln operator in face brick production, died Tuesday at a Mineral Wells hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner in Mineral Wells. Burial: Willow Pond Cemetery in Palo Pinto County.

Clyde Glover was born March 23, 1930, in Mineral Wells.

Mineral Wells, (817) 325-4422

Joey Gonzales
WATAUGA -- Joey Gonzales, 25, an apprentice electrician, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. today at The Memorial Chapel. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Joey Gonzales was born Aug. 22, 1971, in Alice, Texas, and had been an area resident for 13 years. He graduated from L.D. Bell High School.

Survivors: Wife, Melissa Gonzales of Watauga; son, Matthew Gonzales of Watauga; stepson, Robert Sandoval of Watauga; mother, Lupe Gonzales of Euless; father, Jose Gonzales of Euless; brother, Juan Gutierrez of Euless; sisters, Cynthia Gonzales of Euless and Adela Shipman of Hurst; grandmother, Christina Gutierrez of Orange Grove; and grandfather, Joaquin Gonzales of Matis.

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

Patsy J. Hansen
DENTON -- Patsy Joan Hansen, 64, a homemaker, died Monday in Denton.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.

Patsy Hansen was born April 27, 1932, in Houston.

Survivors: Daughters, Joni Eddy of Denton and LeAnn Loza of Hurst; mother, Opal Brown of Azle; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; three nephews; sister-in-law, Mary Brown of Azle; and many loving friends.

Dawton & Son Funeral Home
Lewisville, (972) 436-6511

Richard G. Jetton Jr.
PASADENA -- Richard Glenn Jetton Jr., 36, passed away Monday at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Sylvia Smith, in Pasadena.

Funeral: Has been held in Houston. Burial: Houston.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, Box 570127, Houston 77257-0127.

Richard Glenn Jetton Jr. was born and raised in Amarillo. He attended West Texas State University and was a Marine Corps veteran.

Glenn was the son of former Fort Worth resident Dr. Richard and Martha Jetton, presently of Amarillo. Former Fort Worth relatives included the late Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bo Jetton and Judge and Mrs. Hugh L. Small.

Other survivors: His brothers, Daniel Mark Jetton of Austin and Jonathan Kyle Jetton and his family of Palmdale, Calif.; a large extended family; and many dear friends.

Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home
Houston, (713) 928-5141

Velma R. Johnson
BRIDGEPORT -- Velma Ree Johnson, 85, a homemaker, died Monday at a Bridgeport nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Burial: East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Velma Johnson was born Jan. 16, 1911, in Greenville.

Survivors: Sons, Brad Johnson of Albuquerque, N.M., Bob Johnson of Duncan, Okla., and Bill Johnson of Bridgeport; daughter, Barbara Johnson Price of Bridgeport; sister, Mae Clemons of Talco; nine grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.

Hawkins Funeral Home
Bridgeport, (817) 683-2211

George M. Jones
CLEBURNE -- George Miller Jones, 88, a retired blacksmith for Santa Fe Railroad, died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: No services are planned. Burial: Cleburne Memorial Cemetery.

George Jones was born July 12, 1908, in Zion Hill, Miss.

Survivors: Daughter, Eufelia Arentz of Cleburne; brothers, Bentley M. Jones of Cleburne, Jimie "Cotton" W. Jones of Glen Rose and William Albert Jones of Bakersfield, Calif.; sisters, Ernestine Emory Jones and Mary B. Johnson, both of Cleburne, Lola Baker of Waco and Lorena Cowan of Cleburne; and three grandchildren.

Cleburne, (817) 558-2322

Virginia A. Menten
BEDFORD -- Virginia Ann Menten, 67, a homemaker, died Monday in Bedford.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Virginia Ann Menten was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Anderson, Ind. She was a beloved wife, mother and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Stephens.

Survivors: Husband, Robert Menten; son, Christopher Alan Menten; daughters, Lori Ann Menten and Becky Jo Barrow; mother, Ruth Taylor; brother, Ronald Taylor; and grandchildren, Dewayne Barrow and Jason Barrow.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751

Ruth E. Pirtle
ABILENE -- Ruth Ellis Pirtle, 85, a retired Graham Independent School District employee, died Monday at an Abilene nursing home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Morrison Funeral Home. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

Ruth Pirtle was born July 22, 1911, in Ballinger.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121

Edna M. Ramsey
FORT WORTH -- Edna Margaret Ramsey, 101, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Fort Worth,

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Edna Ramsey was born Jan. 29, 1895 in Paris, Texas.

Survivors: Three grandchildren; and longtime friend and guardian, Mildred Adkisson of Fort Worth.

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

Kaletta F. Richey
FORT WORTH -- Kaletta F. Richey, 79, a homemaker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6:30 to 8:30 tonight.

Kaletta F. Richey was born July 7, 1917, in Fort Worth.

She was a member of Southcliff Baptist Church, Polytechnic Order of Eastern Star and the Mansfield Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors: Husband of 61 years, W.H. "Bill" Richey of Fort Worth; son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Pat Richey of Hurst; daughters, Carolyn F. Gresham of Arlington and Cindy Culver of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; six great- great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
1300 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Garrett G. Riley
SHERMAN -- Garrett Grant "Gary" Riley, 47, a family service supervisor for Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, died Sunday in Sherman.

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

Memorials: Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Dr. East, Englewood, Colo., 80112.

Garrett Riley was born April 10, 1949, in Alexandria, Minn. He graduated from Arlington Heights High in 1967 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a member of Billy Moose 1152 A.F. & A.M., Denison, Chapter 138 R.A.M., Council 83, R. & S.M., Denison Commandary 24, Scottish Rite Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas.

Survivors: Parents, Dr. Charles and Mrs. Betty Riley of Arlington; brother, Dr. Doug Riley and his wife, Laura, of Arlington; and niece, Shannon Riley, and nephew, Sean Riley, both of Arlington.

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

Glenn O. Sansom
EARLY -- Glenn O. Sansom, 75, a former salesman, died Sunday at a Brownwood medical facility following a sudden illness.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Early. Masonic graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Rev. Jerry P. Galloway will officiate. The body will lie in state at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa from 5 p.m. today until 1 p.m. Thursday.

Glenn Sansom was born Oct. 4, 1921, in Hall Valley, son of the late William Jefferson and Effie Iola Gamlin Sansom. He married Ernestine Wilton Feb. 20, 1946, in Ozona. She preceded him in death in 1994. He worked in oil field services many years and was formerly employed as a salesman for Electric Service and Supply in Odessa. He served as a sergeant in the 8th Depot in Africa with the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a charter member of H.A. McFarland Masonic Lodge No. 1338, having been a Mason since 1949. He served as High Priest of the Sam J. Helm York Rite Council No. 445, as Thrice Illustrious master of the Sam H. Helm Council No. 363. He was a past commander of Odessa Commandry No. 110 and a member of the El Paso Scottish Rite bodies in El Paso. He was a member of York Rite College in Lubbock and Red Cross of Constantine in Midland, Permian Conclave. He was a member and served as historian of the Howard Kilmer American Legion Post No. 510 in Mercury. He was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Odessa.

Mr. Sansom moved to Early in 1995 following his marriage to Vida Spencer on June 24, 1995, in Arlington. He was a very active member of First United Methodist Church in Early.

Survivors: Wife, Vida Sansom of Early; daughter, Linda Henderson of Jacksonville, Fla.; son, William Sansom of Austin; three grandchildren, Trey Jones, Rebecca Henderson and James Henderson, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a sister, Lena Quinn of Yazoo City, Miss.

Heartland Funeral Home
Early, (915) 646-9424

Charles F. Schmidt
FORT WORTH -- Charles F. Schmidt, 76, a retired laborer, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Private funeral: Has been held, with cremation following. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: Tarrant County Heart Association, Tarrant County Diabetes Association, Tarrant County Kidney Association or a charity of choice.

Charles F. Schmidt was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Malone. He worked for Coca- Cola Bottling Co. for 25 years. Mr. Schmidt was an Army veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and First United Methodist Church of Malone.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Schmidt of Fort Worth; sister, Mrs. John (Mickey) Ross of Burleson; nephew, Stephen Ross of Houston; nieces, Karla Carr of Houston, Darla Lindsey of Baldwin, Mo., and Nancy Glenn of Grapevine; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584

Ola J. Sherrill
GRAHAM -- Ola Jeanette Sherrill, 74, a homemaker, died Sunday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Graham. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

Ola Sherrill was born April 14, 1922, in Broken Bow, Okla.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121

Joseph S. Spinello
FORT WORTH -- Joseph S. Spinello, 65, a retired Air Force senior master sergeant, died Monday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth.

Joseph Spinello was born Sept. 21, 1931, in Lancaster, Pa.

Survivors: Stepson, James W. Neal of Joshua; brothers, Patrick Spinello of Vallejo, Calif., Jacob Spinello of Moline, Ill., Anthony Spinello of Lancaster, Pa., John Spinello of Mifflinburg, Pa., and Joseph Spinello of Ephrata, Pa.; sisters, Mary Elsen of East Petersburg, Pa., and Margaret Lander of Lancaster, Pa.; grandchildren, Gail Neal, Joseph Neal and Rebecca Neal of Joshua; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Tom Taylor
COMANCHE -- Tom Taylor, 86, a retired cattle rancher and peanut farmer, died Monday at a De Leon hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Hall & Sons Funeral Home. Burial: Gardens of Memory.

Memorials: Gartman View Free Will Baptist Church.

Tom Taylor was born Oct. 2, 1910, in Vandyke, Comanche County. He was a lifelong Comanche resident.

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

Lola Y. Varner
BURLESON -- Lola York Varner, 77, a homemaker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: Noon Wednesday in Greenacres Memorial Park in Cleburne.

Lola Varner was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Hill County.

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

Ethel J. Vinson
HURST -- Ethel Jeffryes Vinson, 41, a homemaker and accountant, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Following the services, there will be a reception from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at Alcon Laboratories in the Surgical Department.

Memorials: Cook Children's Medical Center, in care of PICU, 801 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

Ethel Jeffryes Vinson was born April 1, 1955, in El Paso. She graduated in 1973 from Trinity High School in Euless. She overcame a rough start, due to some of the problems that trouble many adolescents, to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting, graduating cum laude and 10th in her class at the University of Texas at Arlington. She was scheduled to sit for the CPA examination. She was employed by Alcon Laboratories, where the support of her managers and workmates was extremely helpful in her efforts to obtain her degree. She spoke often and gratefully of their support. Her academic achievement was a source of great pride and satisfaction to her; her husband, Rick; and her sons, parents, brothers and sisters. Ethel loved and worked hard to raise her three sons. In recent months, Ethel gave more of herself so that her aging parents could continue to live together at home.

Survivors: Husband, Rick Vinson of Hurst; sons, Shawn Swyhart, Bobby Swyhart and his wife, Tracy, and Jesse Swyhart; parents, Thurman and Ruth Jeffryes of Bedford; brothers, Jim Jeffryes and his wife, Marilyn, of Rockport, Gary Jeffryes of Fort Worth, Stephen Jeffryes and his wife, Judy, of Mansfield and Larry Jeffryes and his wife, Bunny, of Euless; and sisters, Myrna Ball of Tang'De'Chon, South Korea, and Martha Miller and her husband, Steve, of Rio Rancho, N.M.

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

Marshall Westerman
CLEBURNE -- Marshall Westerman, 60, owner of Westerman Fiberglassing, died Monday in Cleburne.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. today in Grange Hall Cemetery.

Mr. Westerman was born Sept. 20, 1936, in Johnson County.

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

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