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Frank R. Balthrop, 1914-1998 
Service for Frank R. Balthrop, 84, of Slidell was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Slidell with Dickie Amyx to officiate. Burial was to follow at Slidell Cemetery.
Balthrop died Nov. 26, 1998, in Slidell.
Born Nov. 9, 1914, in Denton, Balthrop was an iron worker and in building construction before his retirement in 1981. He was a member of Iron Worker Union Local 263. He married Maggie Sue Ballinger on Dec. 27, 1940, and attended school in Slidell and later served on the school board. He also served on the water board, and he raised cattle for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Slidell and served as a deacon until his death.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Steve Balthrop of Electra; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 12 nephews.
Memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice, 304-B Walnut Street, Decatur, Texas 76234 or to the building fund of the First Baptist Church in Slidell. 
 
Lottie Ward Oldham, 1928-1998 
Graveside service for Lottie Stanford Ward Oldham, 70, of Bridgeport will be Sunday at Waurika Cemetery in Waurika, Okla. The Rev. Ellen Abshire will officiate.
Oldham died Nov. 27, 1998, in Decatur. 
Born Jan. 6, 1928, in Atlee, Okla., Oldham had resided in Bridgeport the past nine years. She was formerly a dietitian at Park Haven Healthcare Center in Bridgeport and Bridgeport Care Center and was a member of Cates Street Baptist Church. She married Brice Oldham in Oklahoma, and they were married 24 years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Stanford, and her second husband, Short Ward. She was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her husband, Brice Oldham; three daughters, Jan Tiller, Betty Murray and Kim VanHoose; several brothers and sisters; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. 
 
Jandy Kenette Mooney, 1970-1998 
Memorial service for Jandy Kenette Mooney, 28, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur.
Mooney was born Jan. 24, 1970, in Denton and died Nov. 25, 1998.
Survivors include her mother, Joyce Crawford of Saginaw; her father, Tim Mooney of Lake Texoma; a sister, Mindy Forrest of Arvada, Colo.; a brother, Bobby Crawford of Rusk; grandmother, Lavon Crawford of Rusk; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 
 
Lois B. Fischer, 1940-1998 
Service for Lois B. Fischer, 58, of Decatur was Friday at Laurel Land Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial followed at Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Fischer died Nov. 24, 1998, in Fort Worth.
Born March 29, 1940, in Reidsville, N.C., she was a housewife and a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Gus S. Fischer of Decatur; two sons, Harold Wayne Fischer of Cleburne and Gus E. Fischer of Campwood; four brothers, Thomas Johnson and Bobby Johnson, both of Reidsville, James Johnson of Anderson, S.C., and Roy Lee Johnson of Rock Hill, N.C.; two sisters, Faye Johnson of Reidsville and Geraldine Mounce of Greensboro, N.C.; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. 
 
Edna Alice Gant, 1916-1998 
Service for Edna Alice Gant, 82, of Boyd was Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Jimmy Withers and Phillip Wayne Yoder presided with burial at Dido Cemetery. 
Gant died Nov. 24, 1998, in Decatur.
Born July 16, 1916, in Boyd, she was a retired registered nurse who worked for many years at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. She was also a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She married Vearbie L. Gant on Dec. 21, 1952.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, James Rickman and a sister, Joann Yoder.
Survivors include a brother, Bill (W.E.) Rickman of Boyd; two sisters, Edith Riley and Lois Beaty, both of Boyd; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Don Beaty, Eric Beaty, David Rickman, Audie Westmoreland, Russell Stephens and Eddie Caraway. 
 
Steven Dwane Troutwine, 1955-1998 
Graveside service for Steven Dwane Troutwine, 45, of Alvord will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Alvord Cemetery. Jerry Pittman will preside.
Troutwine died Nov. 27, 1998, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 22, 1955, in Illinois, he was a machinist. He married Robin Mae Monnahan on Sept. 10, 1983, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Survivors include his wife of Alvord; a son, Keith Troutwine of Alvord; a daughter, Samantha Troutwine of Alvord; four brothers, Randy Troutwine of Waterloo and Terry, Larry and Gary Wentz, all of Waterloo; and one grandchild, Summer Troutwine of Alvord.
Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.  

J.G. (Jim George) Gage, 1911-1999 
Graveside service for J.G. (Jim George) Gage, 87, of Denton was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Gage was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Sycamore to Merlin and Buna Griffeth Gage. He worked as a farm and ranch hand until he married Nona Reding on Dec. 28, 1933. He was employed by El Plaso Gas Co. and later moved to Denton where he worked for Moore Business Forms for 25 years before retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Nona; two sons, Jimmy Allen Gage of Aztec, N.M., and Jerry L. Gage of Denton; two sisters, Lavada Griggs and Roberta Buchanan, both of Decatur; six grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
George Butterfield was to officiate at the funeral. Pallbearers were to be Mark Gage, Blake Gage, Jason Gage, Jack Reeves, Calvin Buchanan, Clifford Buchanan and Stacey Hunt. 
 
Donna L. Champion, 1948-1999 
Funeral for Donna L. Champion, 50, of Atlanta, Ga., was Monday in Decatur with burial in Alvord Cemetery.
Champion died Jan. 20, 1999, in Atlanta.
She was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Tarrant County.
Champion was personnel executive for the Operations and Technology Group of Bank of America. She was the niece of Wallis Champion of Decatur, and she was preceded in death by her father, John R. Champion of Alvord.
A Texas native, Champion began her banking career at Austin National Bank in 1979. She worked as a manager in a number of technology-related areas in both Austin and Dallas, where she later served as manager of Funds Transfer for NationsBank. In 1990, she became the personnel executive for the NationsBanc Services Company, a responsibility that eventually led to her move to Atlanta. 
When NationsBank merged with Bank America last October, Champion was named technology and operations personnel executive for the merged company.
She was a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Leyendecker of Atlanta; her mother, Juanita Champion of Irving; and a brother, Ronald Champion of Fort Worth. 
 
Eugenia McGraw, 1921-1999 
Graveside service for Eugenia McGraw, 77, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Cemetery in Wise County. The Rev. Jerry Miller will officiate.
McGraw died Jan. 28, 1999, in Decatur.
Born April 12, 1921, in Decatur, McGraw was in retail sales for Montgomery Ward for 37 years. She was a member of the Cornell Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Survivors include two sisters, Dale Hoyl of Decatur and Jaunita Cooley of Conchas Dam, N.M., and several nieces and nephews. 

Loval Evalena Ashworth
1907-2000
Service for Loval Evalena Ashworth, 92, of Alvord was Monday, April 10, at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial followed at the Alvord Cemetery in Alvord.
Ashworth died on April 8, 2000, in Decatur. She was born on Aug. 29, 1907, in Sunset.
Ashworth was retired. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was married to the late Cloyd Leander Ashworth in Alvord in 1926.
She is survived by two sons, Earl Ashworth of Porter and Leon Ashworth of Snyder; four daughters, Lavonia Sorrell of Alvord, Lavorn Cunningham of Mineral Wells, Louise Ford of Graham and Sue Barton of Minden, La.; three sisters, Nevela Echols of Garland, Ozema Beaver and Jewell Dinnard of Waurika, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles Ford, Bill Sorrell, Charles Barton, Stacy Bassinger, Larry Bradshaw, Ray Williams, Tony Kelly and Ray Cunningham. 
 
John N. Bunnell
1915-2000
Service for John N. Bunnell, 84, of Decatur, was Monday, April 10, in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Carolyn Herbert presided. Burial followed in the International Order of Odd Fellows Riverview Cemetery in Monticello, Ind.
Bunnell died on April 8, 2000, in Decatur.
He was born on June 27, 1915, in Monticello.
Bunnell was retired. He was married to the late Daphne Bunnell for 63 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Paradise and was an avid orchid horticulturalist.
Bunnell is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Raymond Polone of Decatur; two brothers, Don Bunnell of Kokomo, Ind. and Eddie Bunnell of Young Harris, Ga.; two sisters, Betty Wagoner of Lafayette, Ind. and Ellen Low of Monticello; four grandchildren, including Renee Thrasher of Decatur and Ryan and Kristi Polone of Boyd; and nine great-grandchildren, including Kristina, Tiffany, Nick and Cody Thrasher of Decatur. 

William Leonard Campbell
1964-2000
Graveside service for William Leonard Campbell, 36, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Woody Godby was to officiate.
Campbell died on April 5, 2000, in Wise County.
He was born on March 31, 1964, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Campbell was a self-employed laborer.
He is survived by no immediate family members. 
 
Altha Mae Dean
1920-2000
Service for Altha Mae Dean, 80, of Boyd was Sunday, April 9, at the Boyd Church of Christ. Steve Weeks presided. The eulogy was given by Guinn Arrington. Burial followed in the Boyd Cemetery.
Dean died on April 7, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born on March 12, 1920, in Springtown.
Dean was the daughter of Jim Morrow and Amanda Robinson Morrow of Springtown. She married Alvin “Dizzy” Dean on Dec. 1, 1939, in Marietta, Okla. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1995.
Dean is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Pam Dean of Boyd; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Sam Connally and Judy and Jimmy Wilson, all of Boyd; a brother, Hershel Morrow of Granbury; two sisters, Gladys Coleman and Ellen Hutcheson of Springtown; several nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Stacy Connally, Jody Wilson, John Dean, Mark Lyon, Jerry Pipes and Joe Arrington. 
 
Marguerite McLain
1904-2000
Graveside service for Marguerite McLain, 94, of Lubbock was Tuesday, April 11, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Ken Horn officiated.
McLain died April 9, 2000, in Lubbock.
Born Sept. 9, 1904, in North Little Rock, Ark., she married the late Harold McLain on Nov. 4, 1937. She was a homemaker. She moved to California in 1983 and later to San Angelo and then to Lubbock in 1998. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo. McLain was formerly of Decatur.
Survivors include her brother, Hillary Alan Leslie of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. 
 
Albert Leroy Scaff
1914-2000
Service for Albert Leroy Scaff, 85, of Gainesville, was Tuesday, April 11, at Flatwood Baptist Church in Wise County. The Rev. Mark King officiated, assisted by Greg Johnson. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery #1.
Scaff died on April 7, 2000, in Gainesville.
He was born on June 28, 1914, in Sulphur, Okla.
Scaff was retired from maintenance work for Texas Utilities, now TXU. He married the late Tommie Jo Driskell Scaff in Decatur and was a member of the Flatwood Baptist Church.
Scaff is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Shelly Scaff of Gainesville; a brother, Edward Scaff of Brownwood; a sister, Alvina Scaff Cox of Temple; and two grandchildren, Heather Naomi and Valarie Lynn of Gainesville.
Pallbearers were Ray Driskell, Barry and Johnny Scaff, Paul Bandy, and Gary and Buddy Lasater. 
 
Jimmie Dale Simmons
1953-2000
Graveside service for Jimmie Dale Simmons, 46, of Chico was Tuesday, April 11, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Ray Wells officiated.
Simmons died April 7, 2000, in Chico.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1953, in Dallas.
He married Mickey Wilder in July 1976 in Ardmore, Okla. He was a chef and a member of the Church of Christ.
Simmons is survived by his wife, Mickey; two sons, Matthew and Sean Simmons of Chico; a daughter, Sarah Simmons of Chico; two brothers; and four sisters. 
 
Haley Marie Bickham
1983-2000
Service for Haley Marie Bickham, 16, of Bevil Oaks was Thursday, March 30, 2000 at the First Baptist Church in Bevil Oaks. The Rev. Mel Ervin officiated and burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.
Bickham died March 27, 2000, in Houston.
Born July 7, 1983, in Birmingham, Ala., Bickham was a student at Central High School in Beaumont.
Survivors include her parents, John and Trina Bickham of Bevil Oaks; two sisters, Farris and Lisa Bickham, both of Bevil Oaks; a brother, Micah Bickham, of Bevil Oaks; grandparents, Horace and Dorothy Bickham of Deweyville and A.T. and Marie Moore of Rhome; and a great-grandmother, Lillie Mae Dickey of Rhome.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Life Skills Classes, in care of Central High School, 88 Jaguar Dr., Beaumont, TX 77701. 

Ruby Alice Fellers
1915-2000
Service for Ruby Alice Fellers, 84, of Decatur was Friday, April 7 at the Fundamental Baptist Church in Decatur. James Ernest Fellers officiated, assisted by Raymond Johns. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery.
Fellers died April 5, 2000, in Denton.
Born Dec. 20, 1915, in Illiopolis, Ill., Fellers was a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church and the Decatur Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Jessee L. and Ernest Fellers; and two sisters, Mary Fellers and Louise Kelley.
Survivors include four sisters, Mildren L. Mara, Jimmie J. Woolaver and Edna P. Bogard, all of Decatur and Betty J. Bailes of Sanger; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. 

Martha Ann Hall
1948-2000
Service for Martha Ann Hall, 51, of Decatur was to be Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Louis Horton was to preside. Burial was to be in the Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview.
Hall died on April 6, 2000, in Dallas.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Fort Worth.
Hall was a homemaker. She married Perry L. Hall on Feb. 19, 1966, in Denton.
She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband of Decatur; three daughters, Karen Green and her husband Richard of Bridgeport, Teresa Hall and Melinda Hall of Decatur; two brothers, Bobby and Sammie Stark of Fort Worth; a sister, Sue Hudson of Decatur; and two grandchildren, Shannon Hall and Logan Green.
Pallbearers were to be Scotty, Michael, Benny and B.J. Stark, and DeWayne and Shawn Hudson. Charlie Reynolds was to be an honorary pallbearer. 

Martha Ann Hall
1948-2000
Service for Martha Ann Hall, 51, of Decatur was to be Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Louis Horton was to preside. Burial was to be in the Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview.
Hall died on April 6, 2000, in Dallas.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Fort Worth.
Hall was a homemaker. She married Perry L. Hall on Feb. 19, 1966, in Denton.
She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband of Decatur; three daughters, Karen Green and her husband Richard of Bridgeport, Teresa Hall and Melinda Hall of Decatur; two brothers, Bobby and Sammie Stark of Fort Worth; a sister, Sue Hudson of Decatur; and two grandchildren, Shannon Hall and Logan Green.
Pallbearers were to be Scotty, Michael, Benny and B.J. Stark, and DeWayne and Shawn Hudson. Charlie Reynolds was to be an honorary pallbearer. 
 
Jerry Donald Harvey
1933-2000
Service for Jerry Donald Harvey, 66, of Rhome was Friday, April 7, at the Rhome Church of Christ. Roy Deaver officiated and burial was in Aurora Cemetery.
Harvey died April 5, 2000, in Rhome.
Born Aug. 13, 1933, in Newark, Harvey was self-employed as a store manager at Harvey’s Grocery Store in Rhome. He was an army veteran, served in Korea and was a member of the Rhome Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Barry and Karen Harvey and John C. Harvey; three grandchildren, Christy, Prentice and Megan; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Sue Harvey and Harold and Peggy Harvey; and a sister and brother-in-law, Norma Jean and Ivan Matthews.
Pallbearers were Chris Harvey, Ned Adcock, Tony Dickey, Monte Anderson, Harold Harvey and Ivan Matthews. 
 
Jim Jordan
1936-2000
Service for Jim Jordan, 63, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Norman Abernathy was to preside and burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Jordan died April 5, 2000, in Decatur.
Born April 24, 1936, in Franklin, Ohio, to John and Elizabeth Philpot Jordan, Jordan wed Geraldine Brewer on Feb. 15, 1976, in Las Cruces, N.M. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Scottish Rite. Jordan was also a 32nd degree Mason and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Geraldine Jordan; his mother and her husband, Elizabeth and Kenny Robinson; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert Anthony Jordan, James Anthony and Susan Lunsford, Jeff and Sheila Lunsford and Randy Dennis; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and William Libecap; a sister, Sue Ellen Lain; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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