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|Published Dec. 14, 1996
Pattye J. Ash
Funeral: 12:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Pattye J. Ash was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Granbury. She was retired from the TCU Registrar's Office. She was a member of Westcliff United Methodist Church and worked at the Southcliff Baptist Church daycare.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas O. Ash.
Survivors: Son, David T. Ash and his wife, Gaye, of Azle; daughter, Sue Brooks and her husband, Jerry, of Fort Worth; two grandchildren, Leigh Ann Townsend and Kelli Townsend; and a stepgrandson, Brian Brooks.
Greenwood Funeral Home
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Survivors: Son, Loyd L. Bailey and wife, Mary, of Reno, Texas; daughter, Patricia Langston and husband, Richard, of River Oaks; brother, Jack Miller of Anna; sisters, Jo Merrill of Hurst and Nellie Holland of Anna; grandchildren, Vonda Kay Head of Bedford, Richard W. Langston of River Oaks, Lisa Ann Capers of River Oaks, Michael Bailey of Corpus Christi and Mark Bailey of Reno, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Kiefer Wayne Capers and Peyton Nicole Capers.
Greenwood Funeral Home
Edward L. Battles
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Saintsville Church of God in Christ, 2200 S. Marsalis Ave., Dallas. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Sunday at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, 7310 S. Hampton, Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 9 tonight at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors and 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ in Dallas.
Presiding ministers will be the Most Rev. Chandler David Owens, presiding prelate of the Churches of God in Christ International, and the Right Rev. J. Nea Haynes, second administrative assistant presidiants.
Dr. Edward Lee Batles was promoted to glory on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, in Atlanta, Ga. He was born in Fort Worth on Dec. 31, 1923, to Elder Gus and Mother Angie Wallace Battles.
His pastoral career began in Mansfield in 1945. On April 27, 1947, he received his certificate of ordination. In 1948, he was appointed pastor of the Arlington Church of God in Christ and under him a new church, Emanuel, was built. In 1958, he was appointed pastor of Mitchell Street, Dallas, Texas.
In 1965, he succeeded his father, the late Superintendent G. Battles, founder of Love Sanctuary, as pastor of Love Sanctuary in Fort Worth. Elder Battles successfully pastored both churches. Under his leadership, Love Sanctuary purchased a modern structure and Mitchell Street, now known as Abundant Life, has erected an excellent edifice.
Elder Battles, in addition to leading two congregations, made important strides at the local, state and national levels of the Church of God in Christ Inc. He served as district superintendent of the Fort Worth Metroplex District for 14 years, as well as superintendent of the Stop Six District, Texas Northeast. For 18 years he worked faithfully as vice president and president of the youth department. At the time of his demise, he was actively leading the International Department of Evangelism as president.
Dr. Battles was president and CEO of Battles and Sons Construction Co. for more than 35 years (first minority contractor licensed to work in Fort Worth, Texas). His community experience included membership on the boards of Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the Maddox Community Center Council. He was a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and was a lifetime member of of the NAACP.
Survivors: He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 18 years, Almyra Henderson Battles; three children, Edward Jr., Joyce Smith and Wilburn "Bill," all of Texas; three stepchildren, Sabrina J. Ellis of Cleveland, Ohio, and Candy Morton and George Clinkscale, all of Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six stepgrandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. His church family, Love Sanctuary Church of God in Christ and Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, will also cherish is memory.
Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors
Mildred K. Bell
Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday at Arlington Funeral Home. Burial: Parkdale Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials: Eastern Star Home of Texas, 1201 E. Division St., Arlington 76011.
Mildred K. Bell was born Jan. 8, 1907, in St. Louis, Mo. She had lived at the Eastern Star Home for two years and was a former resident of San Antonio most of her life.
Mrs. Bell was past matron of the Eastern Star Bethany Chapter and formerly worked in sales for Bob Jones Realtors in San Antonio. She was a former member of McKinley Avenue United Methodist Church in San Antonio.
Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, A.R. "Dick" and Jean Bell of Fort Worth; three grandchildren and their spouses, Richard and Trudy Bell, Joy Lynn and Robert Brawner and Judy and David Jackson; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arlington Funeral Home
Funeral: 3 p.m. Sunday at Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burial: Keene Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. today at Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home.
Benny Belz was born May 29, 1928, in Georgetown.
Survivors: Wife, Geraldine Belz of Keene; son, Bruce Belz of Keene; daughter, Vonda Moore of Keene; brothers, Charlie Belz of Sanger and Ivine Belz of Keene; sisters, Susie Poenitz of Arlington and Martha Blount of La Mesa, Calif.; and grandchildren, Bethany and Robyn Moore of Keene.
Florence K. Bigham
Funeral: 1 p.m. today at Stuhr's North Area Funeral Home in North Charleston, S.C. Burial: Carolina Memorial Gardens in South Carolina.
Florence K. Bigham was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Brantley County, Ga., to James B. Kelly and Hattie Loudycie Drury Kelly. She was a graduate of Brantley County High School and a charter member of Cherokee Place United Methodist Church. She was All Star center for the state of Georgia in 1936.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Bigham.
Survivors: Daughter, Carol Williamson of Grapevine, Texas, and Shady, Ark.; son, James L. Bigham of Charleston, S.C.; four grandsons, three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Nora Infinger of North Charleston, S.C., Essie Mae Clark of Brunswick, Ga., Louise Hendricks of Hickox, Ga., and Claudine Pulliam of Reddick, Fla.; and brother, Marvin Kelly of Waynesville, Ga.
J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home
Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church. Dr. Vaughn W. Baker, pastor, will officiate. Burial: Albion, Mich.
Memorials: Scholarship Fund at Weatherford College.
Shirley Ann Marsh Cappel was born in Albion, Mich., on Aug. 9, 1929. She was a member of Couts Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a teacher of the Mary-Martha Sunday School Class.
She graduated from Albion College in Albion, Mich. She taught at Weatherford College for over 30 years and was sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa and the Rodeo Club at the college. Her love for education led to her completion of three master's degrees in the sciences.
Survivors: Daughters, Marsha Winfield of Springtown and Gale Sink of Winston-Salem, N.C.; son, Eric Cappel of Dallas; five grandchildren; and sisters, Sally Rundquist and Suzy Gibbs, both of Albion.
White's Funeral Home
Corliss E. Davis
Graveside service: 1 p.m. today in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Corliss Egvert Davis was born Aug. 5, 1910, in Iowa Park, Texas.
Survivors: Wife, Pauline Davis of Longview; sons, Sam and wife, Linda Davis, of Hurst and Charles E. and wife, Donna Davis, of Burton; sister, Viviene Diercks of Mars Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Sunday in Oak Grove Cemetery in Tarrant County.
Houston Eakin was born Dec. 13, 1918, in Burleson.
Survivors: Son, Wayne Eakin of Greenwood, Del.; daughters, Peggy Winkler and Kay Claybrook, both of Denison, and Elaine Wilson of Georgia; brother, Pete Eakin of Burleson; sisters, Sue Pugh and Sally Wade, both of Burleson; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Joseph W. Ellis
Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial: Squaw Creek Cemetery.
Mr. Ellis was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Ellis County. He was a member of the Community Life Center.
Survivors: Wife, Anabel Ellis of Glen Rose; daughters, Esther Phillips and Frances Schultz, both of Glen Rose; brothers, Virgil Ellis of Henderson and Tom Ellis of New Boston; sister, Dorothy Foster of Texarkana; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Wiley Funeral Home
James N. Embree
Memorial service: 2 p.m. today at Biggers Funeral Home.
James Nelson Embree was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Dallas. He grew up in Texas and attended Texas Tech University. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many.
Survivors: Sons and daughters-in- law, James Michael and Jill Embree of Kerrville and Stephen Mark and Marta Embree of Fort Worth; brother and sister-in-law, K. Hal and Ruth Embree of Dallas; grandchildren, Stephanie and Chase Embree of Kerrville and Ryan and Tyler Embree of Fort Worth; one niece; one nephew; and several cousins.
Biggers Funeral Home
Delbert L. Giddens
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors: Mother, Eula Giddens of Dallas; son, Jerry Giddens of Hammon, La.; daughters, Norma Stone and Sharon Weissborn of Haltom City; brothers, Hollis Giddens and Charles Giddens of Mesquite; sister, Helen Kleeman of Shreveport, La.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth
Tomasita V. Gonzales
Graveside service: was Friday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Arlington.
Tomasita V. Gonzales was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Devine.
Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Julie Gonzales of Fort Worth; one brother; five sisters; three grandsons, Raymond Gonzales Jr., Lance Gonzales and Michael Gonzales, all of Fort Worth; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel
Olin B. Hawkins
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in China Springs. Burial: Wortham Bend Cemetery in China Springs. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at The Memorial Chapel.
Olin B. "O.B." Hawkins was born July 5, 1909, in Boone County, Ark. He had lived in Fort Worth for 29 years. He was a Baptist.
Mr. Hawkins was preceded in death by his wife, Vida Hawkins.
Survivors: Sons, Rodney Hawkins of Columbus, Ga., and David Hawkins of Fort Worth; daughter, Debbie Harrison of Hillsboro; sisters, Pauline Holt of Waco and Geneva Ingalshee of Waco; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and a nephew, Jimmy Kirkpatrick of Waco.
The Memorial Chapel
Loyd E. Heaser
Funeral: 1 p.m. today at Martin's Funeral Home in Cleburne. Burial: Private in Greenacres Memorial Park.
Memorials: Community Hospice of Texas, 1208 W. Henderson, Cleburne, Texas 76031 or a charity of choice.
Loyd E. Heaser was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Hondo.
Martin's Funeral Home
Gary E. Holland
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Robertson Mueller Harper. Officiating will be Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger.
Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Gary Elvin Holland was a native of Newark, N.J., and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Anne Miller Holland.
Survivors: Brother, Alan Holland and his wife, Enid, of Dallas; a niece, Lannette; and nephews, Clifford and Jason Holland.
Robertson Mueller Harper
Paul W. Jackson
Funeral: 3:30 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Memorials: AIDS Interfaith Network, 1425 Pennsylvania, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
Paul W. Jackson was born Nov. 25, 1952, in Shawnee, Okla. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. He was reared in Wewoka, Okla., and was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Southern Methodist University. His most recent positions were with Longmeadow Care Center in Justin and Pecan Tree Manor in Gainesville.
He was preceded in death by his father, C.J. Jackson.
Survivors: Son, Brad Jackson of Fort Worth; daughter, Lori Jackson of Arlington; mother, Delores Jackson of Henryetta, Okla.; brother, David Jackson of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Marsha Nichols of El Reno, Okla., and Ann Jackson of Manassas Park, Va.; and companion, Weldon Haynes of Fort Worth.
Lucas Funeral Home
Funeral: 1 p.m. today at Sweethome Baptist Church. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Gardens.
Velma Mae Bowers Jeffery was born June 3, 1946, in Groesbeck. Survivors: Husband of 31 years, Barry Jeffery; three sons, Johnny Jeffery and his wife, El Tonia, and Corey Jeffery, all of Fort Worth, and Michael Tony Jeffery of Huntsville; mother, Velma McDaniel; 10 brothers and sisters; and six grandchildren.
Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors
Graveside service: pending, in Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at BrookView Funeral Home.
Memorials: Hillcrest Hospice or a charity of choice, in lieu of flowers.
Ida Lawson was born May 27, 1919, in Knox County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford L. Lawson, in 1988; her parents; five brothers; and a sister.
Mrs. Lawson was a good wife and a loving mother.
Survivors: Daughters, Loucene Harris and Delaina Rivaldi; three sisters, Frances Arnold, Beatrice Ressell and Rachel Whitney; son-in-law, David Harris; four grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
BrookView Funeral Home
Clarence H. Lewis
Graveside service: 12:30 p.m. today in Parkdale Cemetery.
Clarence H. Lewis was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Grady, N.M.
Survivors: Son, Michael H. Lewis of Arlington; daughters, Nancy Cannon and Clarice Durkee of Arlington and Janice Burand of California; grandchildren, Debra Cox of Oklahoma, Christopher Durkee of Austin, Bart Cannon of Arlington and D.J. Burand of California; and great-grandchild, Danielle Cox of Oklahoma.
Moore Funeral Home
Sadie N. Norman
Funeral: 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Glen Rose. Burial: White Church Cemetery. Officiants: Mr. Bryan E. Sowell and the Rev. John Shipman of First United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers: Landon West and Marshall Nabors of Glen Rose, Lance Norman of Fort Worth, Gary Marks of Glen Rose, J.E. Neal of Fort Worth and Bill Neal of Lubbock.
Sadie Nabors Norman was born Sept. 25, 1905, in Meridian. She was the oldest member of First United Methodist Church in Glen Rose and a member of Wesleyan Service Guild. She was a member and officer in Pathfinders Sunday School Class. She was a thrift store volunteer for the Methodist Outreach Program and election clerk for Somervell County. She received the Older Texan Award in 1990 from the Somervell County Committee on Aging for volunteer service to the center and community.
She was preceded in death in 1960 by her husband, Granville David Norman.
Survivors: Sons, Lynn Norman of Granbury and James Earl Norman of Weatherford; daughter, Louise Reynolds of Granbury; brother, Virgil Nabors of Fresno, Calif.; sister, Pearl Daniel of Glen Rose; grandchildren, Linda West of Granbury, Lance Norman of Fort Worth; Holly Lykins of Fort Worth and Shannon Benoit of Fort Worth; great- grandchildren, Landon West of Glen Rose, Corrine, Lana and Analynn Norman of Fort Worth; great-great- grandchild, Landry West of Glen Rose; daughters-in-law, Edith Norman and Artie Wilson Norman; granddaughter-in- law, Debbie Norman; and grandsons-in- law, Tony Lykins and Greg Benoit.
Wiley Funeral Home
Odessa Mae Norwood
Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Hall and Sons Funeral Home. Burial: Sardis Cemetery.
Memorials: Hasse Baptist Church.
Odessa Mae Norwood was born Nov. 23, 1905, in Burnet County.
Hall & Sons Funeral Home
James W. Oglesby Jr.
Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Riley Funeral Home. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.
James Willie Oglesby Jr. was born Aug. 1, 1920, in the Lanham Community.
Riley Funeral Home
Robert L. Powell
Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Crosier- Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.
Robert Lee "Bob" Powell was born May 4, 1912, in Bosque County.
Survivors: Wife, Nellie W. Powell of Cleburne; daughter, Dorothy Lee Webb of Cleburne; sister, Fonte Beavers of Keller; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
James W. Powolny
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Shannon North Funeral Home. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Survivors: Daughters, Nancy Spears of Burleson and Kaye Powolny of Fort Worth; sister, Justina Mickauskas of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Barbara Ford of Denton; and niece, Diane Beckmon.
Shannon North Funeral Chapel
Ravindra A. Prasad
Funeral: noon Monday at Emerald Hills Funeral Home. Burial: Emerald Hills Memorial Park. Prayer service: 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Vigil service: 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Ravindra "Ravi" Anthony Prasad was born Feb. 9, 1979, in Queens, N.Y.
Survivors: Parents, Victor Prasad and Pauline Prasad of Arlington; brothers, Davey Prasad of Fort Lewis, Wash., and Sanjay Prasad and Vijay Prasad, both of Arlington; grandparetns, Clifford and Ria Pillai of New York; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Emerald Hills Funeral Home
Robert B. Sands
Funeral: none scheduled.
Memorials: St. Philips School and Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, in lieu of flowers.
Dr. Robert B. Sands was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Dallas. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Fort Worth District Dental Society. He practiced dentistry in Fort Worth from 1950 until his retirement.
As a first lieutenant, Dr. Sands flew with the 453rd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with five oak clusters, the Purple Heart and several other military decorations.
Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Inez Sands of Fort Worth; sons, Robert B. Sands III and Marcus W. Sands, both of Fort Worth; daughter, Deborah Dee Carson of Dallas; and grandchildren, Brian P. Sands, Eric A. Sands, Royal Chandler Carson and Catherine Brooks Carson.
Greenwood Funeral Home
David R. Schibler
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Survivors: Mother and stepfather, Lucy and Leon Morris of Everman; father, Elvis Schibler of Hico; brother, Michael Schibler of Fort Worth; sister, Mary Lee Alford of Colleyville; and stepsister, Christina Schibler of Gatesville.
Guardian Funeral Home
Donal D. Steadham
Funeral: 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Forestburg. Burial: Perryman Cemetery in Montague County.
Donal Dwight Steadham was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Forestburg.
McCoy Funeral Home
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Stephenville Funeral Home. Burial: Pony Creek Cemetery.
Chris Teague was born Dec. 25, 1914, in Tom Green County and had lived most of his life in Erath County. He was a World War II and Korean veteran. He was a member of the Texas National Guard for several years and Cedar Point Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Forrest, in 1989.
Survivors: Daughter, Lynda Morgan of Fort Worth; foster daughter, Nelda Todd of Granbury; brothers, Phillip of Sweetwater, Wyatt of Fort Worth and Monroe of Irving; sisters, Mary Hatch of Hope, Ark.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Stephenville Funeral Home
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Home. Graveside service: 4 p.m. in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Earl Veal was born June 3, 1924, in Oklaunion, Texas. He was a member of Surveyors Association of Texas, Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association and was a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Carl Veal, and brother, Billy Jim Veal.
Survivors: Wife of 52 years, Louise Veal of Burleson; son and daughter-in- law, Stephen Craig and wife, Lori Veal, of Trophy Club; daughter and son-in- law, Dana Joy and Robert Beasley of Crowley; brother and wife, J. D. and Virginia Veal of Guymon, Okla.; sister, Jewel Gladys Bush of Denton; sister-in- law, Betty Veal of Plainview; grandchildren, Brandon Beasley, Amber Beasley, Matt Hamm, Russ Hamm and Ellie Hamm; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel
Florine C. Williamson
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine. Burial: Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight.
Florine Charles Williamson was born Jan. 23, 1905. She had been a receptionist for Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine for 25 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Grapevine.
Survivors: Sister, Eva Mae McWhirter of Dallas; granddaughters, Claudia Shroyer Brown of Lockhart, Nancy Rockwood of Fort Worth and June Ann Roper of Fort Worth; grandson, Neal Patterson of Grapevine; four great- grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.
Lucas Funeral Home
Thelma Mae Wooldridge
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan- Satterwhite Funeral Home. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery.
Thelma Mae Wooldridge was born Dec. 4, 1907, in Audrey.
McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home
Albert B. Zarr
Graveside service: 3 p.m. Saturday at Moore Memorial Gardens.
Albert Bentley Zarr was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Waco.
Survivors: Wife, Mary Estelle Zarr of Arlington; and son, William Albert Zarr of Arlington.
Moore Funeral Home