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Published Dec. 5, 1996

Betty J. Adamson
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Betty J. Adamson, 70, a beautician, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Betty J. Adamson was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Dallas.

Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, Richard L. and Becky Adamson of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Larry C. and Sandy Adamson of Fort Worth; brother, Richard Akins of New Mexico; sister, Jessie Winn of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Rue Lann Adamson of Grand Prairie.

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

Gertrude E. Allred
FORT WORTH -- Gertrude E. Allred, 97, a homemaker, died Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Lucas Funeral Home on North Sylvania. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6:30 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Gertrude Allred was born Sept. 3, 1899, in Keller.

She was a member of Oakview Baptist Church and taught Sunday school classes for many years. She was a longtime student of the Bible and enjoyed singing religious hymns. She collected recipes for cookbooks and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed family reunions and loved her neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Allred, and two sons, Leslie and Herbert Bernard Allred, and several grandchildren.

Survivors: Sons, Floyd Allred Jr. of Cleburne and Aubrey Allred of North Richland Hills; daughter, Lawana Mauldin of Fort Worth; brother, Walter Kenneth Warren of Richland Hills; sisters, Elizabeth Hester Petty of California, Betty Woods Matousek of Fort Worth and Esther Lee Corneluis of Houston; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

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

Harmon Bagley
WHITE SETTLEMENT -- Harmon "Blue" Bagley, 64, who worked in the shipping and receiving department at Lockheed, died Wednesday in White Settlement.

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

Harmon Bagley was born July 23, 1932, in Nashville, Ark., to Forney and Rosie McBay Bagley. He was an Army veteran and formerly was employed with Gifford-Hill Cement Co. He was most recently employed by Lockheed in shipping-receiving. He was a Fort Worth resident 35 years. He was a member of the White Settlement VFW Post No. 5617. He was an avid deer hunter, who enjoyed hunting, particularly with his brother, Conrad, in Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey "Red" Bagley.

Survivors: Wife of 31 years, Martha Bagley of White Settlement; stepson, Gary Robinson of Burleson; stepdaughter, Donna Weber of Fort Worth; brother, Conrad Bagley of Nashville, Ark.; sisters, Hazel Burch of Fort Worth, Cora Tedford of Nashville, Ark., and Dorothy O'Bryant of Nashville, Ark.; six step- grandchildren; three step-great- grandchildren; nine nieces; and five nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

J.P. Ballard
FORT WORTH -- J.P. Ballard, 89, retired from Vandervoorts Dairy, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 4 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J.P. Ballard was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Stevenson, Ala. He had been a Fort Worth resident since 1918 and worked for Vandervoorts Dairy until retiring. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Forest Hill.

Survivors: Wife of 61 years, Nadine L. Ballard of Fort Worth; son, Jerald P. Ballard of Alvarado; sisters, Rowena Holliday and Billie A. Brown of Fort Worth and Mildred Smith of Colleyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Macon Banks
FORT WORTH -- Macon "Mike" Banks, 83, a manufacturer of wooden airboat props, died Tuesday at an Alta Mesa nursing home after a long illness.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Guardian Chapel.

Macon Banks was born Sept. 5, 1913, in Maypearl.

Survivors: Wife, Catherine Wilson Banks of Fort Worth; son and wife, David and Linda Banks of Dallas; stepdaughters, Wendy Hames of Cedar Hill and Tyrrelll Lourie of Austin; twin sister, Irene Leach of Burleson; and grandchildren, Chad Leslie, Nathan Leslie, Elizabeth Banks and Ada Wanstrom.

Guardian Cremation Society
5704 James Ave., 293-8477
 

Manuel Bargas
FORT WORTH -- Manuel Bargas, 69, a retired General Dynamics dispatcher, died Wednesday morning at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: Noon Friday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Recitation of Holy Rosary: 7 tonight at Robertson Mueller Harper.

Manuel Bargas, a native of Malakoff, was a longtime resident of Fort Worth. He retired as a dispatcher with General Dynamics, now Lockheed-Martin, in 1991. A member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Mr. Bargas was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2544.

Survivors: Wife, Marie Rodriguez Bargas of Fort Worth; son, Manuel Rafael Bargas of Fort Worth; daughter, Debbie Bargas Peoples and her husband, Chris, of Canyon Lake; grandson, Travis Dean Williams of Canyon Lake; brothers and their wives, Leon and Febe Bargas, Raymond and Gladys Bargas, Tom and Virginia Bargas, and Elliott and Celia Bargas, all of Fort Worth; sister, Beatrice Bargas Quinones and her husband, Leonides, of Fort Worth; aunt, Julia Marquez Garland; and several nieces and nephews.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Darius S. Billops
MINERAL WELLS -- Darius Samuel Billops, a newborn, died Monday at a Mineral Wells hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger. Officiating: the Rev. David James and the Rev. Jerry Maston.

Survivors: Parents, Amon Billops of Mineral Wells and Ramona Robinson of Ranger; maternal grandparents, Quinn and Esther Robinson of Ranger; maternal great-grandparents, Jesse and Amelia Renteria of Ranger and Frank and Minnie Robinson of Ranger; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Barbara Gilbert of Mineral Wells; paternal great- grandparents, Rosie Kemp of McGregor and Wesley Kemp of Killeen; maternal uncle and aunt, Anthony and Elizabeth Robinson of Ranger; and paternal aunt, Takara Gilbert of Mineral Wells.

Edwards Funeral Home
Ranger, (817) 647-1133
 

Samuel Bussey
FORT WORTH -- Samuel "Caldonia" Bussey, 61, a Snapper Lawnmower assembler, died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Chapel. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Samuel "Caldonia" Bussey was born Dec. 18, 1934, in Marshall. He was a former Mason and was active in the Eastside Community Center Senior Citizens.

Survivors: Brother, James McPhail of Dallas; sisters, Nina Hall, Veronica Gaston and Doris Leonard, all of Fort Worth, Katherine McGriff of Irving, Coretha Johnson of Dallas and Linda F. Brown of Marshall; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Williams Funeral Chapel
5224 Ramey Ave., 534-5781
 

Sarah J. Crownover
NEWARK -- Sarah June Crownover, 48, a homemaker, died Tuesday at home.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Newark Church of Christ. Burial: Aurora Cemetery.

Sarah June Crownover was born May 5, 1948, in Fort Worth. She was a member of Newark Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Merrissa Sarah Crownover.

Survivors: Husband of 31 years, David Crownover of Newark; son, Michael David Crownover of Tomball; daughter, Cylinda Crownover Chaisson of Tomball; parents, Everett and Katherine Johnston of Newark; brothers, Don Johnston of Azle and Steve Johnston of Newark; and grandchild, Herman Andrew Chaison III of Tomball.

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

Barry Daniels
WEATHERFORD -- Barry "Mike" Daniels, 54, a retired `San Francisco Chronicle' pressman, died Tuesday at a Dallas hospital.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. today at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury. Graveside service: 4 p.m. today in Shannon's Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

Barry Daniels was born Dec. 20, 1941, in Cooper. He was a former resident of Fort Worth and had lived in Weatherford for the past 15 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Daniels.

Survivors: Daughter, Rhonda Daniels Gilby of Fort Worth; mother, Edith Daniels Cockerell of Fort Worth; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Steve and Wendi Daniels of Houston and Dr. Ron and Annette Daniels of Quitman; grandchildren, Sheila and David; nieces, Daphne, Brieanne and Bailey; and friends, Pat and Melody Pittman of Granbury.

Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, (817) 573-3000
 

Gabrielle A. Davis
FORT WORTH -- Gabrielle Ariel Davis, a newborn, died Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Graveside service: Was Wednesday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

Survivors: Parents, Dwight and Pam Davis; brother, Gabriel Nolan Davis; paternal grandparents, Julius C. Davis and Pearline C. Davis; maternal grandparents, Wanda L. Clophus and Russell M. Clophus; uncles, Timothy Holmes Jr., Renzy Davis and Russell Clophus Jr.; aunt, Kelly Ivory; and a host of cousins.

Alonzo Funeral Home
2301 Ephriham Ave., 740-9091
 

Roberta W. Eastwood
FORT WORTH -- Roberta W. Eastwood, 94, a retired church secretary, died Monday at a Fort Worth care center.

Funeral: Was at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: Connell Baptist Church Building Fund.

Roberta Eastwood was born Feb. 19, 1902, in Bonham. She was a retired church secretary and church nursery director. Mrs. Eastwood's life was spent in service to others as a mother, wife and a volunteer in the life of her church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert L. Eastwood, and a daughter, Lucille Zamora.

Survivors, all of Fort Worth: Nephew and his wife, Grady and Mary Hemphill and their children and grandchildren, Grady Gene Hemphill, Carla Hutson and Marilyn Stephens.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Ola Mae Estes
GRAHAM -- Ola Mae Estes, 74, a homemaker, died Monday at a Graham hospital.

Graveside service: Was Wednesday in Pioneer Cemetery in Graham.

Ola Mae Estes was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Throckmorton.

Morrison Funeral Home
Graham, (817) 549-2121
 

Randall Lee Fourd
ARLINGTON -- Randall Lee Fourd, 48, a Fort Worth Waste Management diesel mechanic, died Monday in Arlington.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in Progress Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, La. Officiant: The Rev. Wayne Setliff.

Randall Lee Fourd was a Baptist and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Huey P. Fourd.

Survivors: Companion, Kerrie Carter; daughters, Kellie and Casey of Arlington; sisters, Catherine Bruner and husband, Jim, of Hennessey, Okla., Jimmie Rae Graves and husband, Luther, of Pleasant Hill, La., Reba Aston and husband, John, of Euless and Diane Stutts and husband, Freddie, of Mansfield, La.; brothers, Richard Fourd of Chatam, La., Edward Glen Fourd and wife, Joyce, of Odessa and Norman Fourd and wife, Valarie, of Mansfield, La.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Shreveport, La., (318) 872-4660
 

Cassie Mae Franklin
FORT WORTH -- Cassie Mae Franklin, 97, a homemaker, died Tuesday in Haltom City.

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

Cassie Mae Franklin was born July 13, 1899, in Tupelo, Miss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Roy Franklin Sr., and sons, James Oliver Franklin, William Robert Franklin and John Horace Franklin.

Survivors: Sons, Charles Roy Franklin Jr. of Fort Worth, Claude Curtis Franklin of Kerrville, Benjamin Harvey Franklin of Fort Worth, Harold Marlin Franklin of Tulsa, Okla., Orville Morris Franklin of San Diego, Calif., and Thomas Milton Franklin of Fort Worth; daughters, Mildred Cleo Franklin of Fort Worth and Estille May Lynch of Melbourne, Fla.; 26 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mariano Galope
MINERAL WELLS -- Mariano Galope, 81, a retired Army veteran, died Tuesday at a Weatherford care center.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at White's Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Prayer service: 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery.

Mariano Galope was born in Moncada, Tarlac, The Philippines.

Memorials: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Diabetes Association and the Alzheimers Association.

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

Micheal D. Gentry
FORT WORTH -- Micheal D. Gentry, 22, a laborer, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at New Providence Baptist Church, 3900 Vaughn Blvd. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Micheal D. Gentry was born Nov. 1, 1974, in Fort Worth.

Rev's Funeral Parlor
3615 Vaughn Blvd., 536-0200
 

Louise Healy
FORT WORTH -- Louise Healy, 82, a homemaker, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Louise Healy was born Sept. 7, 1914, in Fort Worth. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and St. Andrews Senior Citizens. Mrs. Healy was a graduate of St. Ignatius and Our Lady of Victory academies.

Survivors: Daughters, Kristina H. Etter and her husband, Drew, of Fort Worth and Denise Williams and her husband, Paul, of Glenville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Matthew and Katie Conlee, Andrew Etter and Dennis, Christopher, Kelly and Maggie Williams; niece, Malena Nichols; and cousin, Ann Shipp.

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

G.E. Hitt
BURLESON -- G.E. "Freight Train" Hitt, 86, a nurse for Burleson Nursing Center and an employee of Ashburns Ice Cream Parlor, died Tuesday in Burleson.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Burleson. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

G.E. Hitt was born Oct. 19, 1910, in Hamilton County, Texas. He was a member of Chalk Mountain Masonic Lodge and was past master of Walnut Springs Masonic Lodge from 1977 to 1978.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Brittian Hitt.

Survivors: Wife, Mildred Hitt of Burleson; son, Eugene Hitt of Fort Worth; daughter, Virgean Mangus of Whitney; stepchildren, Charles Shaw of Fort Worth, Joanne Burchette of Burleson and Donna Shannon of Fort Worth; sister, Mozelle Jenkins of Arlington; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great- grandchildren.

Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson
Burleson, 295-5211
 

Martin Hochster
FORT WORTH -- Martin Hochster, 76, died Wednesday in an auto accident in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 3 p.m. today at Robertson Mueller Harper. Officiating: Rabbi Sidney Zimelman. Burial: Ahavath Sholom Cemetery.

Survivors: Wife, Hanna Nussbaum Hochster of Fort Worth; son, Howard Hochster and his wife, Bathsheva, of New York City; daughter, Pam Hochster Fine and her husband, Jeff, of Dallas; grandchildren, Alexandra Shira, Eitan, Samuel, Benjamin, and David; and brother, Ernest Hochster of Fort Worth.

Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., 924-4233
 

Ardell Houff
FORT WORTH -- Ardell Houff, 80, a FWISD maid with 20 years of service who retired in 1981, died Tuesday at a local nursing home.

Funeral: 12 noon Saturday at Pilgrim Valley Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Wake: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ardell Houff was born Aug. 17, 1915, in Corsicana. She had been a Fort Worth resident for over 60 years and was a member of Pilgrim Valley Baptist Church. She was also involved with Mission Chorus, Treasurer of Mission No. 2 for 30 years.

Survivors: Niece and husband who were her caregivers, Dorothy and John D. Potter of Fort Worth; caring great- niece, Golder Moore; and other nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great- nieces.

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

Walter J. Hughes
MEXIA -- Walter Jackson Hughes, 71, died Monday at a hospital in Temple.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday in Point Enterprise Cemetery near Mexia.

Walter Jackson Hughes was born near Shiloh, Texas, on Jan. 18, 1925, the son of the late Lee Hughes and Mrs. Jewell Speight Hughes. He served in the HQ Co., 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry, 32nd Division, 6th Army during World War II and was wounded during an engagement in New Guinea.

He married Agnes Hughes of Bay City, Texas, in 1953, and they had three children. He was a longtime resident of Fort Worth and moved to Mexia in 1983 to care for his parents.

He is loved and will be missed.

Survivors: His mother; his former wife; daughter, Susan Hughes MacKey of Everman; sons, Jack and Dan Hughes of Fort Worth; and several grandchildren.

Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Mexia, (817) 562-2131
 

Robert A. Jackson
JACKSBORO -- Robert A. "Bobby" Jackson, 59, regional production manager for Mitchell Energy for 37 years, died Tuesday in Jacksboro.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God in Jacksboro. Burial: Lynn Creek Cemetery in Jack County.

Robert A. "Bobby" Jackson was born Sept. 28, 1937, near Dear Creek in Clay County.

Coker Funeral Home
Jacksboro, (817) 567-3778
 

L.C. Jenkins
FORT WORTH -- L.C. Jenkins, 73, a butcher/molder who retired from Texas Steel Company, died Sunday at a Fort Worth medical center.

Funeral: Noon Saturday at New Rising Star Baptist Church. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 1 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Family hour: 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

L.C. Jenkins was born Oct. 26, 1923, in Marshall, Texas, the son of the late Lee and Viola Jenkins, died December 1, 1996. He had been declining in health for several years. He was a former member of Friendship Baptist Church in Marshall. At the time of his demise he was a member of New Rising Star Baptist Church. Mr. Jenkins held membership in Pride of the South Lodge No. 324 Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas.

He was united in holy matrimony with Arrivia Williams on August 23, 1944.

Survivors: Wife, Arrivia Williams; daughter, Clydine Williams of Marshall; sisters, Ozell Garrett and Essie B. Turner, both of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Lisa Williams and Roger Williams; three great-grandchildren; and aunt, Mrs. Sadelia Gardner of Marshall.

Baker Funeral Home
301 E. Rosedale St., 332-4468
 

Nadine Ladd
RIVER OAKS -- Nadine Porter Ladd, 73, a homemaker, died Sunday in River Oaks.

Funeral: Was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.

Nadine Ladd was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Ryan, Okla. She had worked at Comet Cleaners and Qwik Wash. Mrs. Ladd graduated from Tech High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford A. Ladd.

Survivors: Sisters and brothers-in- law, Juanilla and Reuben Harmon of Burleson and Maureen and Johnnie Rochen of Waller; nephews, Tommy Harmon of Burleson, Michael Harmon of Joshua and David Porter of Florida; nieces, Terry Province of Burleson and Ruth Jane Piper of Katy; several great- nieces and great-nephews; four great- great-nephews; and an aunt, Aline Giles of Fort Worth.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
 

Donald W. Lasater
RENDON -- Donald Wayne Lasater, 57, a retired ceramic tile contractor, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Blessing Funeral Home. Burial: Isham Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight.

Donald Wayne Lasater was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Handley. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1957 and was a longtime resident of Arlington.

Mr. Lasater married Jackueline Watson on April 20, 1963, in Arlington.

He was a member of the Horseman's Benevolent Protective Association and was a breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. He was a one-time employee of LTV Corp. and owned Ceramic Tile of Arlington until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laverne Isham Miller and George Henry Lasater.

Survivors: Wife, Jackueline Watson Lasater of Rendon; son, Donald Wayne Lasater II of Joshua; daughters, Ricky Renae Storms of Houston, Vicki Lasater McClure of Rhetta and Samone Michele Rickman of Rendon; brothers, Guy Lasater of Kennedale and James Lasater and Ramon Lasater, both of Arlington; sister, Neta Walker of Gun Barrel City; 10 grandchildren; stepfather, L.L. "Bud" Miller of Cleburne; and father-in-law, Jack O. Watson of Rendon.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Donald A. Loving
FORT WORTH -- Donald Albert Loving, 48, a truck driver with Lockheed- Martin for 25 years, died Tuesday at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Crouch Memorial Church of God in Christ. Military burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Family hour: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors: Wife, Ruby L. Loving; sons, Demond C. Loving and Anthony W. Loving; daughters, Katrina M. Loving; parents, Wayland and Vincetta Loving; brother, Wayne Loving and Fayrene; sisters, Joe Ann Bell and James, Joyce Hines, Norma Dixon and Edward, and Jeanette Dibbles; uncles, Q.L. Clark and Curtis Clark; aunt, Altemeta Roberson; nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and special cousin, Lois Dobbins.

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

Esther O. Masters
FORT WORTH -- Esther O. Masters, 75, co-owner of Charles Masters Drilling Co., died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight at Lucas Funeral Home on North Sylvania.

Memorials: Immanuel Baptist Church.

She was a dedicated member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 48 years and a longtime teacher in children and adult classes there. She was a member of the Texas Water Well Association and was active 55 years in the Democratic Party and a 55-year supporter of community projects in the Riverside area. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt and loyal friend.

Survivors: Husband, Charles L. Masters of Fort Worth; son, Mark Teague of Fort Worth and daughter-in-law, Belinda; daughters, Emma Jo Rector of Weatherford and son-in-law, Wayne F., and Marilyn Smith of Fort Worth and son-in-law, Clifford; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Ross W. McKinley
FORT WORTH -- Ross W. McKinley, 87, a retired Montgomery Ward food manager, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Friday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Ross McKinley was born April 27, 1909, in Seymour.

He was a member of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church and Arlington Heights Masonic Lodge No. 1184. He served three years with the U.S. Army in London during World War II.

Survivors: Wife, Ruth McKinley.

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

Theo H. Mitchell
FORT WORTH -- Theo Hurd Mitchell, 78, a homemaker, died Monday at a nursing home.

Funeral: noon Friday at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 5500 E. Berry. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park, beside her beloved husband of 56 years. Visitation: noon to 9 p.m. today at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors.

Theo Hurd Mitchell was born Aug. 2, 1918, in Woodlawn. She had lived in Fort Worth since 1943. She was married to the late Rev. M.R. Mitchell for 56 years until his passing on Aug. 14, 1996. She served faithfully with her husband during his pastorate at Greater St. Luke Baptist Church for 37 years. She was president of the M.R. Mitchell Circle, the Mission Choir and the Adult Women Sunday School Class.

Her children called her "Mubba." She was quiet and soft-spoken. In her younger days, she also helped rear her husband's sisters and brothers.

`In life she was so special to us,

In her death she is special to the Lord,

In her eternity she will be special to Heaven.' 

Survivors: Sons, Earl Mitchell of Rochester, N.Y., and Randolph Mitchell of Ponder; daughters, Johnnie Fleming of Portsmouth, Va., and Martha Williams, Mary Johnson and Toy Royal, all of Fort Worth; sisters, Dora Hurd of Marshall and Myrtle Walker of Woodlawn; 14 grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

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

John B. Oates Jr.
DALLAS -- John B. Oates Jr., 80, died Monday in Dallas.

Funeral: 9:30 a.m. today at Sparkman-Dickey Funeral Home. Graveside service: 2 p.m. today in San Saba City Cemetery in San Saba.

Memorials: The Family Place, Box 7999, Dallas 75209, in lieu of flowers.

John B. Oates Jr. was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors: Son, James B. Oates and his wife, Sheridan E., of Dallas; brother, Reuben D. Oates of Fort Worth; two sisters, Windolene Peel of Hamilton and Jewel Dean Hammitt of Fort Worth; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Harkey of San Saba.

Sparkman-Dickey Funeral Home
Dallas, (972) 407-6070
 

Frank L. O'Brien
CHANTILLY, Va. -- Frank L. O'Brien, 78, a retired Air Force colonel, died Nov. 22 in Sterling.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Vigil: 7 tonight at Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Col. Frank L. O'Brien was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Aurora, Ill. During his distinguished career as an Air Force commander and pilot spanning 27 years, he was recognized as a hero during World War II by saving a fellow pilot's life by allowing the injured pilot to take his seat on the rescue aircraft and remaining on the ice floe in the Turnagain Arm, Alaska, until the aircraft returned. For this heroic effort, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Col. O'Brien served in many varied responsible and critical positions with the Strategic Air Command, most notably was his five years as commander of the 305th Bomb Wing, which converted to the Supersonic B-58 Hustler aircraft and became the first Combat Ready Supersonic Bomb Wing in the Air Force.

Col. O'Brien also worked with General Dynamics as a flight test engineer on the FB-111 aircraft from 1966 to 1971 and served with the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Board from 1972-87 as an operations supervisor.

Col. O'Brien was awarded the Senior Command Pilots Wings, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit twice and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a graduate of Sugar Grove High School in Illinois, the Army Flying Cadet Class 1940-D, the University of Maryland, Texas Christian University and the Naval War College. Col. O'Brien was also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, an Accredited Airport Executive, a Quiet Birdman and a Daedalian.

Col. O'Brien's wife, Ann, died in February 1996.

Survivors: Two sons, Col. Michael D. O'Brien, retired Army, of Chantilly and Frank L. O'Brien Jr. of Lufkin, Texas; brother, Robert O'Brien of Yuma, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Michael, Scott and Kelly Sue.

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

Fredda M. Roberts
FORT WORTH -- Fredda Mae Roberts, 81, a retired Fort Worth schoolteacher, died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wedgwood Baptist Church. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: until noon today at the funeral home.

Memorials: Alzheimers Association, Tarrant County Chapter, P.O.Box 9709, Fort Worth 76147.

Fredda Roberts was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Glen Rose.

She was a member of Wedgwood Baptist Church and Retired Teachers' Associations.

Survivors: Husband, James M. Roberts of Fort Worth; son, Fred M. Roberts and his wife, Carol L., of Arlington; brother, Bill Ward of Cleburne; and nieces and nephews.

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

Odis Smart
SAN ANGELO -- Odis Smart, 67, a retired automobile salesman, died Tuesday at home.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in White Point Cemetery in Comanche County.

Odis Smart was born in 1929 in central Texas.

Johnson Funeral Home
San Angelo, (915) 655-3113
 

Cleve Smith
FORT WORTH -- Joe Cleveland "Cleve" Smith, 48, a J.C. Penney computer systems analyst, died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital after a long illness.

Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Handley United Methodist Church. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Joe C. Smith was born Oct. 20, 1948, in Fort Worth. He lived his entire life in the Metroplex area. He was employed by various computer firms in Dallas and Fort Worth. Cleve was also an accomplished trombonist, playing with many local groups. His playing included all types of music from Dixieland to jazz to classical. Cleve was an active member of Handley United Methodist Church.

Memorials: Diabetes Association or Camp Sweeney.

Survivors: Daughters, Megan Smith and Haley Smith of Arlington; sister, Tedye Collins of Fort Worth; aunts, Frances Brewer and Dot Smith of Fort Worth; nieces, Lindsey Collins and Lauren Collins of Fort Worth; and cousins and numerous friends.

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

Edna H. Smith
MINERAL WELLS -- Edna Hale Smith, 83, a retired retail store sales clerk, died Tuesday at a Beeville hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. Burial: Truce Cemetery in Jack County.

Edna Hale Smith was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Truce.

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

Rosie L. Smith
FORT WORTH -- Rosie Lee Smith, 50, a retired Tandy Corp. computer operator, died Monday at home.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Bible Way Baptist Church, 3809 Waldorf St., Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

Rosie Lee Smith was born in Grandview on Jan. 6, 1946. She was a member of Bible Way Baptist Church Choir and Usher Board and the St. Matthews Baptist Church Usher Board. She was a sponsor of the citywide youth choir.

Mrs. Smith graduated from I.M. Terrell High School in 1966. She retired from Tandy Corp. in 1995.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Annie Mae Yarbrough and Max Blaylock.

Survivors: Husband, Harry Eastland Smith Jr.; son, Harry Eastland Smith III; daughter, Sharon Denise Nganga; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Denise Smith; parents, Razzie Lee Blaylock and Esker Mae Bell; brothers, Robert Lee Blaylock, Henry Lee Blaylock, Floyd Blaylock, Eddie Joe Blaylock and Eddie Ray Blaylock; sisters, Annie Mae Smith, Rosie Ann Blaylock-Phillips, Anna Lee Boggies and Tina Sherry Blaylock; six grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.

Rev's Funeral Parlor
3615 Vaughn Blvd., 536-0200
 

Wesley Strain
MILLSAP -- Wesley Strain, 100, a cattle rancher, died Tuesday in Weatherford.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at White's Funeral Home. Burial: Memory Gardens of the Valley in Weatherford.

Wesley Strain was born July 14, 1896, in Peaster. He was a World War I veteran and served in Europe, France and Germany, in the Medical 7th Field Hospital, 3rd Division. Mr. Strain attended Stamford Prep School, Southern Methodist University and Southwestern University.

He started the first newspaper in Millsap, where he also established the first waterworks. In addition, he operated a cotton gin and feed mill in Millsap. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Strain served on the boards of Weatherford College and Campbell Hospital and was a charter member of First United Methodist Church in Millsap.

Mr. Strain was preceded in death by two sons, Bill Strain, in 1989 and Bob Strain, in 1990; and a sister, Annie Ethel Wright.

Survivors: Wife, Helen Opal Strain of Millsap; two sons, Jack Strain of Millsap and Dick Strain of Gordon; brother, Binson Strain of Fort Worth; sister, Myrtle Schick of Houston; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

White's Funeral Home
Weatherford, (817) 596-4811
 

L.L. Taylor
GRAPEVINE -- L.L. Taylor, 95, a retired construction worker, died Nov. 25 at a Grapevine nursing home.

Funeral: Private.

L.L. Taylor was born Sept. 2, 1901, in Post Oak.

Survivors: Nephews, Calvin W. Palmer of Grapevine and Deo Palmer of Walters, Okla.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Colleyville, 281-8751
 

Vickie B. Thompson
MINERAL WELLS -- Vickie Brooks Thompson, 48, a substance abuse counselor, died Tuesday at a Mineral Wells hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Baum- Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery.

Vickie Brooks Thompson was born Nov. 11, 1948, in Fort Worth.

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

James E. Trexler
LAKE WORTH -- James Elmer Trexler, 86, an antique dealer, died Tuesday at an Azle hospital.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Friday in Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark.

James Trexler was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Illinois. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors: Son, Gene Roy Trexler of Lake Worth; sister, Mary Trexler Chambles of Hope, Ark.; grandchildren, Debbie Trexler-Wallace of Fort Worth and Dena Carpenter of Azle; and one great- grandchild.

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

Arnold F. Ward
FORT WORTH -- Arnold Franklin Ward, 62, who retired from General Dynamics, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arnold Ward was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Oceolo.

Blessing Funeral Home
Mansfield, 473-1555
 

Burl D. Williams
FORT WORTH -- Burl D. Williams, 82, owner of Well Service Company, died Monday in Arlington.

Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. today in Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 10 a.m. today at Moore Funeral Home.

Burl Williams was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Glen Cove, Texas. He was a former resident of Granbury and McCamey. He was a member of the Christian church.

Memorials: Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas, 900 W. Randol Mill Road, Suite 204, Arlington, Texas 76012.

Survivors: Wife of 59 years, Mae Rhee Williams of Fort Worth, formerly of Granbury and McCamey; son, Billy Williams and his wife, Joy, of Keller; daughter, Judy George and her husband, Graham, of Montgomery, Ala.; and grandchildren, Shawn and Brandy Williams and Jennifer and Cathy George.

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

Walter G. Wright
SANSOM PARK -- Walter G. "Buddy" Wright, 79, owner of Day and Night Auto Transmission Co., died Tuesday at home.

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

Walter Wright was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Dallas. He owned Day and Night Auto Transmission for 40 years. He served as a chief petty officer in the Merchant Marines throughout World War II.

Survivors: Longtime companion, Sue Williams of Sansom Park; daughters, Darla McCalib and Janet Beard, both of Dallas; brothers, R.O. "Boots" Wright of DeSoto and Tommy Wright of California; sister, Gwendolyn Wade of Dallas; granddaughter, Maddison McCalib of Dallas; nephews, Ralph Buzzie Wade, Orville Wright, and Wayne Wade; niece, Lana Wade; and several other beloved nieces and nephews.

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

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