|Homer ‘Jack’ Nikirk Jr.
Service for Homer (Jack) Nikirk Jr., 78, of Alvord was Tuesday.
He died May 27, 2000, in Decatur.
Born July 8, 1921, in Alvord, he served as a Wise County Commissioner
in Precinct 2 for 10 years. He also served as president of the Alvord School
Board and was a member of the Alvord City Council.
A retired grocery store owner, he was a member of the Alvord Methodist
Survivors include his wife, Rosalene; three daughters, Rosemary Watson
and husband Lawrence, Joy Waller and husband John and Jackie Nikirk; six
grandchildren, Diane Tilley and husband Al, Dana Hale, Brent, Jason, Kirk
and wife Jennifer Waller and Leigh Ann Mutis and husband Cesar; 12 great
grandchildren, Danielle, Deedra and Dylan Hale, Mitchell, Sunnie and Colton
Tilley, Ansley Waller, Christopher, Nathan, Jacqueline and Brendan Waller
and Cameron Mutis; one sister, Fay (Sis) Whitaker and husband James; one
brother-in-law, W.D. Rawle.
He was preceded in death by four sisters; Cecil Watts, Clarabel Parker,
Oma Jewel Rawle and Florene Hachtel.
Pallbearers were nephews Jerry Rawle, Charles Parker, Donnie Parker,
Randy Parker, Danny Whitaker, Lynn Watts, Larry Hachtel, Kenny Hachtel
and a friend, Mike Watts.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in care of Ruby
McClung, P.O. Box 11, Alvord, TX 76225 or to the Alvord First United Methodist
Church Building Fund.
Harry Austin Johnson
Service for Harry Austin Johnson, 68, of Fort Worth, was Tuesday, May
30, at the Pleasant View Baptist Church with Fred Villa officiating. Burial
followed at Thomas Cemetery in Wise County.
Johnson died May 25, at his residence in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 2, 1932 in Oklahoma City, he married Dorothy Powell Johnson
on April 19, 1993. He was a longtime Bridgeport resident who moved to Fort
Worth 15 years ago. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and was an
air conditioning technician. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church
of Fort Worth and an active member of the Senior Citizens of Haltom City.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Johnson of Fort Worth; three sons,
Benny Johnson of Bridgeport, Don Johnson of Springtown and Robert Johnson
of Paradise; four daughters, Linda Shocklear-Terry of Springtown, Debbie
Dorman of Fort Worth, Carol Womack of Fort Worth and Susan Ramey of Paradise;
and 23 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steven Sosa, Darren Sosa, Warren Sosa, Bruce Brassfield,
Bobby Starnes and Tracy Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Burt,
Scotty Jobe and Charles Jobe.
Mellie Lavenia Webb
Service was Tuesday for Mellie Lavenia Webb, 92, of Decatur.
She died May 28, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born Aug. 7, 1907 in Truby. She married the late D.M. Webb
Sept. 2, 1929, in Lawton, Okla. She was a retired caregiver at Decatur
Survivors include one brother, Lester Thomas of Walters, Okla.; two
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ron Hess, Carl Low, Ron Choate, Pat Collins, Ron Corbell
and Coy O’Neal.
Bonnie Etoy Oates
Service for Bonnie Etoy Oates, 84, of Rhome will be at 10 a.m. Monday,
May 29, at the Rhome Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Roy Deaver will officiate.
Oates died May 26, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 4, 1916, in Reno, Oates was a homemaker and a member of the
Rhome Church of Christ. She married the late Brawley Oates on April 6,
1935, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sarah Lenorah and Beverly
Survivors include a son, Bill Oates of Aurora; a daughter, Winojean
Mayfield of Paradise; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jackie, Kevin and Jack Stone; Sillie Jr. and Timothy
Oates; Craig and Bennett Rasbury and Logan Meeks.
Mary Margaret Schroeder Olson
Service was to be Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at Saint Andrews Catholic
Church in Fort Worth for Mary Margaret Schroeder Olson, 60, of Boyd. Burial
was to follow at Cleburne Memorial Park in Cleburne.
She died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in Wise County.
She was born June 27, 1939, in Fort Worth. She lived in Arlington from
1976 to 1996.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard B. Olson of Boyd; three sons,
Leonard Michael Olson of Arlington, John Bishop Olson of Fort Worth and
Joseph Lee Olson of Fort Bragg, N.C.; two daughters, Katherine Marie Olson
of Sanger and Margaret Mary Nelsen of Fort Worth; one brother, Otto Schroeder,
Jr. of Arlington; one sister, Catherine Grace of Arlington; and nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. A memorial mass
at Saint John Catholic Church in Bridgeport will be held at a later date.
Lorene J. Richey
Service for Lorene J. Richey, 72, of Comanche, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday,
May 28, at the Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jim Rainey will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Richey died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in Midland.
Born June 24, 1927, in Atoka, Okla., to Homer and Sarah Williams, she
was a seamstress and a homemaker. She was a member of Gartman View Baptist
Church. She married A.E. “Curley” Rogers in 1951. He preceded her in death
on Jan. 2, 1978. She married Glen Richey on May 22, 1983.
She is survived by her husband, Glen Richey of Comanche; a son, Wayne
and wife Lynn Long of Decatur; daughters Geneva and husband Paul Ridgeway
of Midland, Lou and husband Roger Hitt of Decatur, Sue and husband Clifford
Mercer of Ennis; step-daughters Pat and husband Lonnie Black of Fort Worth,
Glenda and husband Joe Hicks of Alvarado, Lucy and husband James Martin
of Cresson; step-son James and wife Debbie Richey of Granbury; two sisters
,Cleo Craig and Imogene Craig of Rogers, Ark.; two brothers, Floyd Williams
of Eastland and Lloyd Williams of Comanche; grandsons, Wayland Long, Clint
Mercer, Cameron Mercer and Brett Ridgeway; granddaughters, Lisa Luttrull,
Shelly Saaser and Laci Ridgeway; five great-grandchildren; and 12 step
She was preceded in death by her first husband, three brothers and
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501
St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or to the American Cancer Society,
804 W. Wright, Comanche, Texas, 76442.
Graveside service for Opal Terrell, 85, of Carrollton, will be Sunday,
May 28, at 1 p.m. at the Curry family cemetery near Greenwood. Dr. Van
Gardner will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday, May 27, from 7 to
8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Terrell died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in Carrollton.
Born Nov. 29, 1914, in Big Spring, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Tommie and wife Margie Terrell of Carrollton
and John and wife Caroline Terrell of San Angelo; two daughters, Ann and
husband Dan Wilder of Palmer and Dee Curry of Greenwood; 18 grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Herman Morris Wise
Service for Herman Morris Wise, 81, of Arlington, formerly of Boyd
will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Arlington Presbyterian Church. Burial will
be at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Wise died May 26, 2000, in Fort Worth.
He was born March 24, 1919, and graduated from Boyd High School in
1936. He served in World War II in the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion and
was honored with a Bronze Star upon his discharge.
A retired floor covering worker, he was a member of Arlington Presbyterian
Survivors include one daughter, Avis Brice of Fort Worth; one brother,
Mac Wise of Seguin; three sisters, Frankie Ketchum and her husband Frank
of Seguin; Jo Reininger of San Antonio and Edith Benson of Boise, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the building fund
of Arlington Presbyterian Church.
Service for Lillian Gamble, 91, of Decatur was to be Thursday, Oct.
12, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tim Staub was to officiate. Burial
was to follow at the Chico Cemetery.
Gamble died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 1, 1909, in Bowie, she married James Ray Gamble on Aug.
7, 1927, in Alvord. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Calvary
Baptist Church in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Glen Gamble of Marjon, Billy Gamble
of Bridgeport and Danny Gamble of Fort Worth; three daughters, Nell North
of Fort Worth, Nancy Osborne of Marion and Helen Thorpe of Eugene; two
sisters, Bonnie McCrary of Decatur and Mary Adair of Duncanville; 14 grandchildren;
22 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Leslie Alton Raines
Service for Leslie Alton Raines, 24, of Euless, was Thursday, Oct.
5, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
The Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated.
Burial followed at the Alvord Cemetery.
Raines died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000.
Born June 15, 1976, in Artesia, N.M., he worked in the shipping department
for Air Plus Limited.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Louie and Mary Raines
of Whitesboro; his mother, Susan Raines of Euless; two sisters, Candace
Michell Raines of Euless and Kelly Snyder of Whitesboro; his grandparents,
Berl and Helen Crockett of Bridgeport and L.A. Raines of Springtown and
his great grandmother, Grace Moore of Colorado City.
David Lee Hayes
Memorial service for David Lee Hayes, 44, of Runaway Bay was to be
Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Speakers were
to be Rebecca Hayes, Sean Wharton, Lou Holmes, Patt Bowles and Kathryn
Hayes died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 9, 1956, in Houston, he married Maurina Kay Hohle on Sept.
25, 1982, in Houston. He was the regional sales manager for Rualand-Borq
Corporation. He was a Methodist and a member of the National Sportsmans
He is survived by his wife of 18 years Maurina Hayes of Runaway Bay;
his parents, Loise Hayes and Dorr Lee Hayes, both of Houston; one son,
David Landon Hayes of Runaway Bay; one daughter, Rebecca Kay Hayes of Runaway
Bay; one brother, Larry Hayes of Houston; one sister, Brenda Hayes of Honolulu,
Hawaii; grandmother Jewel Hayes of Houston; niece Mikayla Hohle and three
nephews, Samuel, Matthew and Morgan Hohle.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Healing
Arts Center at 110 E. Main St. in Decatur.
Rosa Lee Mosley
Service for Rosa Lee Mosley, 87, of Decatur was Thursday, Oct. 5, at
the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Don Spain officiated
assisted by Sam Rector and Doug Vaughn. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery
Pallbearers were Tim Terrell, Chad and Nathen Horner, Mark, Ron, Scott
and Bart Mosley.
Mosley died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 2, 1913, in Grapevine, she was a homemaker and member of
the Bell Baptist Church in Decatur. She married the late Glenn Owen Mosley
on Nov. 30, 1936, in Decatur.
She is survived by three sons, Harold, Ray and David Mosley, all of
Decatur; one daughter, Charlotte Horner of Decatur; one brother, Joe Simmons
of Fox, Ark.; two sisters, Nellie Ruth Webb of Decatur and Zelma Plumlee
of Coppell; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rachel M. Bullard
Service for Rachel M. Bullard, 92, of Bowie was to be Saturday, Oct.
7, at 2 p.m. at Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley Chapel in Bowie. Revs. Homer
Martin and Darius McKay were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Elmwood
Cemetery in Bowie.
Bullard died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, in Bowie.
Born Oct. 20, 1907 in Bellevue, she married J.B. Bullard Jr. on Feb.
13, 1954, in Sweetwater. He preceded her in death in 1994.
She was a retired school teacher and a longtime resident of Newport
before she moved to Bowie 16 years ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Bowie. She was also a member of the Bowie Memorial Hospital Auxillary
and a member of The Order of Eastern Star, Decatur Chapter 543, for which
she served as organist. She was also a member of the Texas Retired Teachers
She attended Texas Tech University and Texas Woman’s College and earned
a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught in public
schools in Clay, Montague and Wise counties until her retirement in 1968.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Hobart Bullard of Bowie; two nieces,
Helen Bullard of Bellevue and Carole Greer of Mesquite; three nephews,
Bill Cooper of Del Rio, David Jones of Arcadia and John E. Bullard of Bowie;
one great niece, Sharon Webb of Bellevue and several other nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the Bowie Memorial Hospital Auxillary,
705 East Greenwood Ave., Bowie, Texas 76230.
Durwood ‘Woody’ Bruton
Graveside service for Durwood “Woody” Bruton, 60, of Dallas, was Thursday,
Sept. 28, in Decatur at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Bruton died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Dallas.
Born Aug. 27, 1940, in Haskell, to Ben and Margaret Bruton, he grew
up in Weinert. He was a graduate of North Texas State University and taught
school in the Dallas area. He was an active member of the White Rock Rotary
Club and worked extensively with the Decatur Rotary Club. He was responsible
for the organization and funding of the Bachman Recreational Center’s annual
chili cookoff that benefits the handicapped and mentally retarded. He was
a musician. He was a co-owner of Medical Electronics in Dallas.
He is survived by his twin brother, Elwood “Drue” Bruton; his nephews,
Brandon and Blake Bruton; one cousin and Nancy Jane Deaton Mares.
Donations may be made to the White Rock Rotary Club in his memory.
Dollie L. Smith
Service for Dollie L. Smith, 57, of Boyd was to be Saturday, Oct. 7,
at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel in Colleyville. Burial was to follow
at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
Smith died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in Boyd.
Born April 28, 1943, in Denison, she was employed in the home health
industry as a certified nurse assistant. (CNA).
She is survived by her husband, Barry Smith of Boyd; her children,
Glenda Carr of Weatherford, Mark Thompson of San Antonio, Terry Thompson
and Dale Thompson of Bridgeport, Robert Only of San Antonio, Doug Smith
of Duncanville, Paul Smith of Alvarado, and Lori Piekard and John Paul
Smith of Grapevine; her brothers, Sonny Briscoe of California, Jack Briscoe
of Paris, Lester Briscoe of Grapevine and Noble Freeman of Boyd; grandchildren,
Lisa Lester, Cliff Carr and Kenneth Carr of Weatherford, Derrick Thompson
and Kathlean Thompson of Ennis, Robert Lee Piekard and Brittney Piekard
of Grapevine, Sara Michelle Smith of Alvarado, Lawrence Doug Smith of Duncanville
and one great-grandson, Jacob Zachary Carr.
Doss R. Wilson
Memorial service for Doss R. Wilson, 71, of Kansas City, Mo. was to
be Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
Wilson died Sept. 26, 2000, at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Born in Chico, he was a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America
Troop #24, an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, a member of the
Central Camp Fire and an active member of the Central United Methodist
Church of Kansas City.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; three sons, Paul Wilson of Alexandria,
Va., Mark Wilson and wife Kathy of Kansas City; and David Wilson of Kansas
City; one granddaughter, Khloe Wilson of Kansas City; and one brother,
Charles Wilson of Corpus Christi.
Herbert Earl Brown
Herbert Earl Brown, 72, of Springtown died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in
A private memorial service will be held by family members after cremation.
Born May 16, 1928, in Paradise, he was a member of the Springtown Baptist
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Earl and Minnie Helen
Brown of Bridgeport, and by two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by three brothers and five sisters.
R.M. ‘Jiggs’ Pemberton
Service for R.M. “Jiggs” Pemberton, 85, of Bridgeport was held Sunday,
Nov. 26, in the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Burial was in East
Bridgeport Cemetery. Dr. Bill Dye officiated.
Pemberton died Nov. 23, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 26, 1915, in Mason, Ill., he was a longtime Bridgeport resident,
a member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of Wise County Roughnecks
Club. He and his wife Betty had been married 54 years. He retired from
Mitchell Energy Corporation, where he was a production superintendent.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Pemberton of Bridgeport; one son,
Larry Pemberton; four daughters, Betty VanHoose and her husband Travis,
Kathy Pierce and her husband Phillip, Pat Sargent and Kay Hinkle; numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bud Davidson, Dan Stack, Billy Don Workman, Donald
Roberts, Gary Potts and Jay Conquest. Honorary pallbearers were E.G. Scroggins
and Joe Hale.
The family requests memorials to the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
Fred M. McGilvray
Service for Fred M. McGilvray, 95, of Boyd was held Monday, Nov. 27,
at the Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
He died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, in Decatur.
Born May 30, 1905, in Oklahoma, he owned and operated the McGilvray
Dairy in Keller for over 45 years and operated McGilvray Implement Co.
in Hillsboro for 10 years. He moved to Boyd in 1985 and was a retired farmer
and rancher and member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Onace McGilvray of Boyd; one son, James
McGilvray and his wife Pat of Bridgeport; one daughter, LaVonne White and
her husband John of Watauga; a brother, Johnny McGilvray, of Gainesville;
three sisters, Irma Jean McGilvray and Bessie Huey, both of Gainesville,
and Ina Faye Allen of Fort Worth; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren
and five great-great-grandchildren.
Allie Wauldene Atkinson Cook
Service for Allie Wauldene Atkinson Cook, 85, of Stephenville will
be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in
Stephenville. The Rev. Fred Winslow will officiate. Burial will follow
at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville.
Cook died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at her home.
Born Aug. 18, 1915, in Bridgeport, to Allie Hudson and John Atkinson,
she married Stanley J. Cook in 1933. She and her husband moved to Stephenville
in 1945 from Oak Ridge, Tenn. where Mr. Cook was employed as a defense
worker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, in 1995; a son,
Paul Cook in 1999, and three siblings, Wilford Atkinson, Warren Atkinson
and Pansy Lee Lumsden Buzzo.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce E. Cook of Stephenville; a sister,
Estelle Peninger of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Cynthia Parham of
Stephenville, Carla Jo Cook and J. Paul Cook, both of Decatur; four great
grandchildren, Matthew Parham, Webb Kittinger, Chloe Kittinger and Katie
Parham; a niece, Debra Lynn Stasey of Stephenville and several nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Foster’s
Home for Children, both in Stephenville.
Theo Ellis Miller
Service for Theo Ellis Miller, 90, of Rhome will be Saturday, Dec.
2, at 11 a.m. at Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette, La. Burial will follow
at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette. Visitation was to be from
7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. at Coker Funeral Home.
Miller died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born May 15, 1910, in Acadia Parish, La., he was a retired welder for
Nolan’s Machine Shop in Lafayette.
He is survived by one son, Butch Miller of South Carolina.; three daughters,
Odette Douglas of Rhome, Bonnie Vincent of Lafayette and Carole Sarah of
Rowlett; 15 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Rickie Edward Grider, Sr.
Graveside service for Rickie Edward Grider, Sr., 47, of Euless was
to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Boyd Cemetery. Rev. Bill May was
Grider died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his residence.
Born March 2, 1953, in Dallas, he was the owner of a commercial remodeling
He is survived by his wife Ann of Euless; two sons, Rickie E. Grider,
Jr. and Patrick Lloyd Grider, both of Euless; one daughter, Kimberly Gail
Grider of Euless; four brothers, Elton Calvery of Grand Prairie, William
Grider of Irving, Jerry Grider of Springtown and Jackie Grider of North
Richland Hills; one sister, Patsy Jeanette Davis of Euless; 14 nieces and
nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews.
Ricky Steven Pylant
Service for Ricky Steven Pylant, 50, of Alvord was Friday, Nov. 24,
at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated.
Burial followed at the Jonestown Cemetery in Wise County.
Pylant died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, in Alvord.
Born Dec. 17, 1949, in Fort Worth, he married Cynthia E. Smith on March
26, 1982, in Alvord.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord and worked for
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Pylant of Alvord; his parents, W.C.
and Nell Pylant of Alvord; two sons, Colin and Kyle Pylant of Alvord; two
daughters, Autumn Pylant of Portugal and Caitlin Pylant of Alvord; two
sisters, Leah Bounds of Fort Worth and Karen Manke of Portland, Ore., and
one grandchild, Summer Pylant of Portugal.
Amada Jauregui Gomez
Mass of Christian burial for former Bridgeport resident Amada Jauregui
Gomez, 80, was Nov. 22 at the Holy Family of Nazarene Church in Irving.
Graveside service was at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Father Donnavan officiated.
Gomez died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Irving.
Born Sept. 13, 1920, in Fort Worth, she was a retired nurse. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Gomez in 1977; three sons, Johnny,
David and Wally Gomez; three brothers and one sister.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ray and husband Lanny, Linda
Gomez and Angie Gomez; one son, Domingo Gomez and wife Linda; one brother,
Tive Jaurequi; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Gordy Jauregar, Jeff Guidry, Richard Floyd, Denis
Cranford, Craig Henderson and Ray Rosales.
Hazel K. Brown
Service for Hazel K. Brown, 77, was to be Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000,
in the Shannon North Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to be
in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born April 24, 1923, she was a member of the Baptist Church of Keeter.
Survivors include two daughters, Anita Walton and husband John of Boyd
and Brenda Jones; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister,