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B.J. Wilde
1916-2001
Service for B.J. Wilde, 85, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Wilde died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at home.
Born May 4, 1916, in Windthorst, he was retired from the warehouse at Wise Electric Co-op. 
He married the late Mary Belle Fisher Jan. 12, 1946, in Wichita Falls. She preceded him in death April 1, 2001.
Wilde was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Survivors are a son, Bill Wilde and his wife, Kerry, of Trinity; daughter, Holly Laird of Decatur; sister, Petronilla Muerer of Decatur; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Eula Mae Sanford
1910-2001
Service for Eula Mae Sanford, 90, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Doug Vaughn was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Bethel Cemetery.
Sanford died Monday, July 30, 2001, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 30, 1910, in Cooper, she was a medication aide at a nursing home. She married the late Gwane Sandford in Duncan, Okla. She was a member of the Bell Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nita Ducharme.
Survivors include five sons, Tony Pryor of Dallas, Odell Pryor and Charlie Pryor, both of Decatur, Joe Pryor of Fort Worth and Lewis Pryor of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Jean Walke of Levelland; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Jackie ‘Bluegrass’ Don Bennett
1939-2001
Graveside service for Jackie “Bluegrass” Don Bennett, 61, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, July 31 at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Doyle Slimp officiated.
Bennett died July 29, 2001, at a Bridgeport nursing home.
Born August 29, 1939, in Duncan, Okla., Bennett was a truck driver for Bob Gentry Sand and Gravel. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Noley Fay Bennett; three sons, Eric Bennett of Boyd, Cavin Riggs of Rhome and David Riggs of Paradise; three daughters, Rhonda Gober of Paradise, Annette Meadows of Boyd and Christy North of Decatur; a brother, Bill Bennett of Childress; two sisters, Janice Roland of Lake Brownwood and Jo Norvell of Decatur; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Luther Edward Leverett
1929-2001
Service for Luther Edward Leverett, 72, of Bridgeport will be Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Rev. Joe Richardson will officiate. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Leverett died Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 10, 1929, in Electra, he was a retired truck driver for Martin Eagle Oil. He was also a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melva Leverett, in 1996 and a brother, J.C. Leverett.
He is survived by two sons, Jackie Leverett and wife Monica and Terry Leverett and wife Lockade; a daughter, Rhonda McKnight and husband Joe; two brothers, Junior Leverett and Freddie Leverett; two sisters, Pat Reeves and Jeanette Bevill; eight grandchildren, Toni, Amanda, Kelly, B.J., Shelley, Jeremy, Melissa and Kay Lynn and four great-grandchildren, Andrea, Ariel, Rheason and Kelan.
Pallbearers will be B.J. Leverett, Jeremy Leverett, Terry Leverett, Matt Jenkins, William O’Dell, Bubba Garner and Louis Martinez.

Arthur Martinez Sr.
1921-2001
Service for Arthur Martinez Sr., 79, of Bridgeport, was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Father Gonzolo Morales was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Martinez died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at a Denton hospital.
Born Dec. 23, 1921, in Bridgeport, he retired from Acme Brick after 37 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
He and Molly Hernandez were married July 17, 1946, in Fort Worth.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Molly H. Martinez of Bridgeport; daughters, Virginia Burgin and husband, Don, of Bridgeport, Linda R. Martinez of Fort Worth and Julie Lamb and husband, Joel, of Bridgeport; son, Arthur Martinez Jr. of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Michael Burgin of Lafayette, La., Rachel Burgin of Bridgeport and John Lamb of Bridgeport; and brothers, Bruno Martinez and wife, Refugia “Cuca” and Pete Martinez and wife, Juanita, all of Fort Worth.

Franklin William ‘Pete’ Rosenburg
1903-2001
Graveside service for Franklin William “Pete” Rosenburg, 98, of Decatur was Tuesday, July 31 at Bethel Cemetery. The Rev. Don Spain officiated, assisted by Tim Wertz. 
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Snider, Blake Sandford, Sonny Loyd, Wendell Cauthen, Weldon Cauthen and James Wood.
Rosenburg died Sunday, July 29, 2001, in a Decatur nursing home.
Born April 29, 1903, Rosenburg was a retired farmer and a member of Eagle Drive Baptist Church. He married Sadie Ruth Rowe on April 8, 1930, in Decatur.
He is the last of the W.W. and Nettie Rosenburg family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie Ruth Rowe; two sisters, Myrtle Loyd and Alice Kerr; two brothers, Carl and Thomas Rosenburg; a son, Evans Rosenburg and a daughter, Ruth Rosenburg. 
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Bernice Rosenburg of Decatur and several nieces and nephews.

Joan Collier
1930-2001
Graveside service for Joan Collier, 71, formerly of Bridgeport, will be Sunday, July 29, at 1 p.m. at Kleberg Cemetery. Her nephew, Tom Ranft, will officiate.
Collier died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Kleberg to Merritt Preston Smith and Mora Lena Stovall, she was the ninth of 10 children. She lived in Bridgeport before moving in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh “Bud” Collier; her parents and several siblings.
She is survived by her children, Lloyd Alvin Fields Jr., Carl Tildon Fields and Jo Denise Malone, all of the Garland area; five grandchildren, Cody Burris, Christian Walker, Matthew Fields, Amanda Fields and Cameron Malone; four siblings, Kathryn Ranft, Herman Smith, Lawrence Smith and Charles Smith and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mamie Lee Sowell
1911-2001
Service for Mamie Lee Sowell, 90, was to be Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. at Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home in Cleburne with burial to follow in Greenacres Memorial Park in Cleburne. The Rev. Robert Graham was to officiate.
Sowell died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in Chico.
Born on April 9, 1911, to Sidney and Laura Clark at Honey Creek she married L.D. Sowell in 1932. Together they farmed in Erath and Hamilton counties for 25 years before moving to Cleburne in 1956 where they owned a laundry for many years. Sowell was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years. She was a longtime member of Field Street Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher. 
She is survived by two sons, Sidney and wife, Frances Sowell and Charles and wife, Barbara Sowell; grandchildren, Terry Sowell and wife, Debbie, Danny Sowell and wife, Judy, David Lunt and Amy Lunt; great-grandchildren, Erica Sowell, Kara Sowell, Jake Sowell, Kacy Sowell, Clayton Sowell, Deanna Sowell, Trenton Sowell, Damion Sowell and Braden Sowell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marjorie Doris Brown
1918-2001
Service for Marjorie Doris Brown, 83, of Decatur, was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Rusty Hedges was to officiate.
Brown died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, in a Dallas hospital.
Born May 18, 1918, in Turnersville, Brown was a homemaker. She married the late Lawrence M. Brown on March 29, 1941, in Denton. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Survivors include a son, Lawrence Brown Jr. of Plano; a daughter, Judy Smith of Decatur; a brother, Bob Buchanan of Decatur; four grandchildren, Shannon, Mark, Sean and Matt; and a great-grandchild, Courtney.

Paul Medlin
1910-2001
Graveside service for Paul Medlin, 91, of Runaway Bay was Tuesday, Oct. 23, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Alvin J. Brunn officiated.
Medlin died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, in Houston.
Born Oct. 2, 1910, in Bridgeport, he was a retired real estate appraiser for Texaco.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrle Renshaw Medlin in 1986.
He is survived by two daughters, Medlina Medlin and Paulette Miller; four grandchildren, Paul, Melinda, Michelle and Kristina and five great grandchildren.

Bill Edgar
1924-2001
Graveside service for Bill Edgar, 77, of Center was Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Sunset Cemetery.
Edgar died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, in Center.
Born June 16, 1924 in Park Springs, Edgar was a sales executive with Center Broadcasting and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Center.
He is survived by his wife, Fleetia Edgar of Center; his sister-in-law, Olene Jackson of Center; several cousins, nephews and nieces.

Mary Ellen Burkett
1921-2001
Service for Mary Ellen Burkett, 80, of Boyd was Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Second Baptist Church in Lamesa. 
Burkett died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, in Decatur.
Born April 18, 1921, Burkett was a housewife. She married the late Billy Ben Burkett Jan. 18, 1952, in Roswell, N.M.
She is survived by three sons, Steve F. Parker of Abilene, Bob Burkett of Boyd and Charles L. Burkett of Brownfield; two daughters, Fran Standefer and Jan Burkett, both of Boyd; a brother, Buddy Foster of Lamesa; two sisters, Abena Lee of Lubbock and Louise Hightower of Midland; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Jesse Parish Reed
1922-2001
Service for Jesse Parish Reed, 78, of Decatur was Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Gene Chamness officiated. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Hughes, Morris Berend, Ronnie Van Natta, Bo Bullard, Larry Self and Johnny Self. 
Reed died on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2001, in Decatur.
Born on Oct. 26, 1922, Reed was a retired Federal Aviation Administration controller. He was a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church and served in the Army Air Corp.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Fay Self Reed of Decatur; a son, Col. Mike Reed of San Antonio; two daughters, Ginger Samay of Kansas City, Mo. and Ronda Fowler of Irving; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Billy Wayne ‘Killer’ Kirkland
1931-2001
Graveside service for Billy Wayne “Killer” Kirkland, 70, of Boyd was Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Boyd Cemetery. Dr. Nancy Cearley officiated.
Kirkland died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Decatur.
Born March 1, 1931, in Archer City, he married Freda Tillotson on Oct. 28, 1948, in Weatherford. He was a truck driver and a member of the Gospel Outreach Center in Azle and the Boyd Moose Lodge. He had lived in Boyd for 14 years.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Splown and Clara Endicott and his mother and father.
He is survived by his wife, Freda Kirkland of Boyd; three sons, Danny Kirkland and wife Paulette, David Kirkland and friend Patricia and Darly Kirkland, all of Boyd; three daughters, Donna Stephenson and husband Lanny of Gig Harbor, Wash., Diana Wilkinson of Boyd and Debby McDonald and husband Scott of Springtown; a brother, Tommy Kirkland and wife Kay of Decatur; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

J.O. Hopkins
1925-2001
Graveside service for J.O. Hopkins, 76, of Sanger will be Monday, Oct. 22, at Slidell Cemetery.
Dr. E.L. McNeal will officiate.
Hopkins died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in Denton.
Born Aug. 11, 1925, in Krum, he was a self-employed wood worker and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his daughter, Rajena Gayle Gayford of Iola; a sister, Liela Fay Brewer of Meridian, Miss. and two grandchildren.

Hazel Lucille Whitney
1912-2001
Graveside service for Hazel Lucille Whitney, 89, of Tolar was Friday, Oct. 19, at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated.
Whitney died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, in Granbury.
Born June 21, 1912, in Post Oak, she was a homemaker. She married the late Charlie A. Coker who preceded her in death May 28, 1985. She later married the late Raymond Whitney. She was a Baptist.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Orville and Sandra Coker of Tolar; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Billie Tyson of Overland Park, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronnie, Ricky and Tony Dewayne, Kent and Keith Coker and Boyce Cotton.

Jewel Frances Robert Mote
1913-2001
Service for Jewel Frances Roberts Mote, 88, of Greenwood will be Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Greenwood Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mote died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Decatur.
Born July 5, 1913, in Chatfield to Nim Rod and Katie Evans Roberts, she attended school at Brumelow where she met her childhood sweetheart, Robert Mote.
They were married on Dec. 6, 1931, at Spring Mound Baptist Church at Rush Creek. They lived on their farm for 60 years where they raised their family, bred Jersey cows and grew gardens.
Mote raised and showed Bantams, was a 4-H Club leader for more than 30 years, was a member of the Home Extension club for more than 50 years and was poultry chairman at the Wise County Youth Fair for many years. She was inducted into the Texas Poultry Hall of Fame at Texas A&M University.
She was a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church, Eastern Star and the Wise County Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996.
She is survived by three sons, W. Robert Mote and Rodney and wife Ila, all of Greenwood and Felix Mote and wife Monica of Tulia; five grandchildren, Elaine Taylor and Robert, David, Felice and Chad Mote; great-grandchildren, Andy, Barry, Morgan and Tanner; two great-great-grandchildren, Madison and Matthew; three sisters, Clois Howard and Bobbie Ashley of Greenwood and Nemmie Garrett of Alvord; and a brother, Ray Roberts of Groveton.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Historical Society.

Marjorie Loveland Church
1919-2001
A memorial service for Marjorie Loveland Church, 82, of Decatur will be held at a time and place to be determined.
Church died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 17, 1919, in Bangor, Mich., she was the middle of three sisters. She was a full-time homemaker and mother. She was also a long-time member of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter DD in Aurora, Mo. and was a member of The Club at Runaway Bay where she enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bennett Church; two sisters, Rachael Sunday of South Haven, Mich. and Betty Wood of Victoria; a daughter, Constance Lee of Little Compton, R.I.; a son, Thomas Church and wife Carol of Nacogdoches and four grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Alliance, 211 College Road - East, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Chaynee Malone Cooper
1997-2001
Service for Chaynee Malone Cooper, 4, of Decatur was Thursday, Oct. 18, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Gene Hadley officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Cooper died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, in Dallas.
She was born Feb. 5, 1997.
She is survived by her parents, Gary and Mika Cooper of Decatur; two brothers, Gage and Nash Cooper, both of Decatur; grandparents, Mike and Pam Rhoten of Weatherford and Dr. Gary and Glenda Cooper of Granbury and great-grandparents, Hugh and Vaudine Cooper of Brock, Clinton and Johnnie Morgan of Weatherford and Herbert Jones of Granbury.
Pallbearers were Doyle Gaither, Mark Sledge, Shad Rhoten and Justin Cooper.

Margaret Lucille Lewis
1914-2002
Service for Margaret Lucille Lewis, 87, of Cundiff was to be Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m., at the Cundiff Baptist Church. The Rev. Billy Rhone was to officiate assisted by the Rev. Milton Capps. Burial was to follow at Newport Cemetery.
Lewis died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, in Cundiff.
Born July 23, 1914, in Newport, Lewis was a homemaker. She married H.H. Lewis Aug. 31, 1929, in Duncan, Okla. She was a member of the Cundiff Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. H. Lewis Sept. 4, 1992, and a daughter, Patsy L. Lewis June 9, 1937.
She is survived by her son Elzie Lewis and wife Ann of Jacksboro; four grandchildren, Gevern Lewis and wife Ronda, Lynette Shelton and husband Ricky, Greg Lewis and wife Jenilynn and Laurie Plaster and husband Todd; seven great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Lindsey, Michael and Landon Lewis and Laken, Lanna and Leah Plaster.

Nova Audrey Maxwell
1932-2002
Service for Nova Audrey Maxwell, 69, of Paradise was Sunday, Jan. 20, at United Pentecostal Church in Bridgeport. The Revs. Michael L. Wiltcher and Larry Lynch officiated. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Maxwell, Joe Maxwell, Jerry Maxwell, David Shetter, Bill Miles and Keith Caston.
Maxwell died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in Paradise.
Born July 3, 1932, in Wilberton, Okla., she was a retired nurse’s aide and a homemaker. She was a member of The United Pentecostal Church of Bridgeport. She married Kenneth Maxwell on June 7, 1952, in Yuma, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Dale Maxwell.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Maxwell of Paradise; a brother, Billy Ray; two sisters, Pauline Balister and Ola Bell; three grandchildren, Jerry, Chris and Joe Maxwell and two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Haleigh.

Rev. Jack McNiel
1930-2002
Service for Rev. Jack McNiel, 71, a native of Bridgeport and a Fort Worth resident, was Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Bible Baptist Church. Rev. Jack Slater officiated. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
McNiel died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, in Fort Worth.
Born March 22, 1930, in Bridgeport, McNiel was a retired Baptist minister. He joined the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport July 4, 1954, and was ordained Aug. 19, 1956. He was also a pastor in Fort Worth and White Settlement. He was a former chaplain of the Westland Fire Department. He married Shirley Dean Martin Nov. 28, 1953, in Bridgeport. He also served the U.S. National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mickey Lane McNiel, a brother, Cecil McNiel, and two sisters, Marjetta Crawford and Beatrice Burris.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Blanche Lucille Wharton
1913-2002
Service for Blanche Lucille Wharton, 88, of Bridgeport is Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Bryan Wayne, Bryan Blackwell, Steve Cooke, Curt Williamson, Ronnie Pewitt and Jerry Stinnett.
Wharton died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, in Decatur.
Born July 21, 1913, in Crafton, Wharton was a homemaker and lived in the Bridgeport community since 1947. She married Howard Wharton Dec. 30, 1931, in Hollis, Okla. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wharton in March 2000.
She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Whitson of Lake Worth and Linda Jones and husband Greg of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Connie Stokes, Tammy Pewitt and husband Ronnie, Debra Williamson and husband Curt, Doug Jones and fiancee Candice; great-grandchildren, Josh, Bryan and Lauren; her sisters, Betty Williams of Fort Worth and Helen Stalling of Azle and several nieces and nephews.

Edgar Cowling
1920-2002
Service for Edgar Cowling, 81, of Bridgeport is Thursday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish will officiate. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Corey Cowling, Will Cowling, Brad Garrison, Jay Hudson, Doug Bridwell and Billy Fred Walker. Honorary pallbearers are Loyd Wood, L.B. McDonald, L.V. Selz Claude Emmons, Carl Ray Jones, Charles Wulfjin and Aaron Green.
Cowling died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 23, 1920, in Bridgeport, Cowling earned a degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University in 1941. He was a World War II veteran and served for many years on the Bridgeport school board, including several years as president. He served as Bridgeport postmaster for 22 years and was a rural route mail carrier five years before his retirement. He was the first chairman of the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors and helped shape the organization of the district in 1979. Cowling was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife Jane Cowling; two sons, Edgar W. Cowling of Arlington and Grady Cowling of Bridgeport; two daughters, Harriet Garrison of Bridgeport and Phyllis Cowling of Amarillo and seven grandchildren.

Beatrice Skinner
1918-2002
Graveside service for Beatrice Skinner, 83, of Decatur, was Monday, Jan. 21 at Slidell Cemetery. Ken Burnett officiated. 
Skinner died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, in Denton.
Born April 13, 1918, she was the business manager and owner of Skinner’s Garage in Decatur. She married Douglas Skinner on April 13, 1937, in Love County, Okla., and was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas, and a son, David Skinner. She is survived by two sons, Dwight Skinner and wife Winn, Joey Skinner and wife Laura, all of Denton; daughter-in-law, Terry Skinner of Paradise; a daughter, Martha June Skinner of Denton; a brother, James Ray Cogburn of Whitesboro; three sisters, Pearl Fortenberry of Gainesville, Mary Jo Linker of Grapevine and Jackie Goin of Aubrey and four grandchildren, Reneay Skinner, Amanda Skinner, Allison Skinner and Grant Skinner.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Ann’s Haven Hospice in Denton.

Linda Rhoten Wright
1948-2002
Service for Linda Rhoten Wright, 53, of Fort Worth, mother of Kerri Hulsey of Bridgeport, will be Thursday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown. 
Wright died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 9, 1948, in Albuquerque, N.M., she was a pharmacist’s clerk and a resident of Springtown most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Nina Rhoten and a sister, Jimmie Blackiston.
She is survived by her husband, Clayton Wright of Fort Worth; two daughters, Kerri Hulsey of Bridgeport and Kristi Wright of Fort Worth; two sisters, Carolyn Tate of Paradise and Sandra Santos of McAllen; three grandchildren, Taylor, Jordyn and Jake Hulsey and numerous nieces and nephews.

Blanche Lucille Wharton
1913-2002
Service for Blanche Lucille Wharton, 88, of Bridgeport is Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Bryan Wayne, Bryan Blackwell, Steve Cooke, Curt Williamson, Ronnie Pewitt and Jerry Stinnett.
Wharton died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, in Decatur.
Born July 21, 1913, in Crafton, Wharton was a homemaker and lived in the Bridgeport community since 1947.
She married Howard Wharton Dec. 30, 1941, in Hollis, Okla. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wharton in August 2000.
She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Whitson of Lake Worth and Linda Jones and husband Greg of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Connie Stokes, Tammy Pewitt and husband Ronnie, Debra Williamson and husband Curt, Doug Jones and fiancee Candice; great-grandchildren, Josh, Bryan and Lauren; her sisters, Betty Williams of Fort Worth and Helen Stalling of Azle and several nieces and nephews.

Wanda Louise Wise Oxford
1927-2002
Graveside service for Wanda Louise Wise Oxford, 74, of Boyd was to be Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m., at the Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Ronny White, Mike Crownover, Terry Spradlin, Mark Romine, Eddie Whittington and Mark Gillespie.
Oxford died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in Decatur.
Born March 1, 1927, in Vernon, Oxford was a resident of Boyd for more than 42 years and served as city secretary for 31 years. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, James Elmo Wise and W.E. Oxford and her sister, Martha Spradlin.
She is survived by two daughters, Joy Patterson and husband Don of Boyd and Glenda Rasbury and husband Kenny of Boyd; her mother, Anna Belle Whittington of Boyd; three grandchildren, Jamie, Kimberly and Jeffrey; a brother, Stewart Whittington and wife Dorothy of Arlington; two sisters, Claudia Whittington of Aledo and Juanella Gillespie of Azle and numerous nephews and nieces.

Teddy Joyce Harris
1943-2002
Service for Teddy Joyce Harris, 58, of Chico was Friday, Jan. 18, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Beard officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Terry Hand, Terry Harris, Lonnie Smith, Brian Smith, Michael Nix and Calvin Morales.
Harris died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Decatur.
Born March 21, 1943, in Athens, she was a homemaker and had lived in Chico for the past 32 years. She married D.L. Harris April 19, 1970, in Decatur. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Heard.
She is survived by her husband, D.L. Harris of Chico; her mother, Shirley Brown and husband Foy of Paradise; two brothers, Robert Heard and wife Roseanne of Boyd and Roy Heard and wife Charlene of Paradise; a sister, Portia Hobbs and husband Gary of Mabank; two daughters, Susan Manuel and husband Billy of Denton, Tina Thompson and husband Raymond of Chico; a stepson, Terry Harris and wife Pam of Alvord and seven grandchildren, Chaeley and Cody Bridges, Billy and Demira Manuel, Brandon Thompson and Holly and Haylee Harris. 

Ethel Anderle
1907-2002
Mass of Christian burial for Ethel Anderle, 94, of Windthorst was to be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst. The Rev. Gonzalo Morales was to officiate. Burial was to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Windthorst.
Anderle died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in an Archer County nursing home.
Born Sept. 8, 1907, in Oklahoma, she married Eugene Anderle on Oct. 29, 1929. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1989.
She is survived by six sons, Leroy and Lester, both of Windthorst, Gene of Paradise, Charles of Arlington, John of Muenster and Orville of Dexter; two daughters, Pat Zotz of Windthorst and Alberta Badgett of Lindsey; a brother, Frank Wachsman of Windthorst; a sister, Lucille Wachsman of Archer City; 47 grandchildren; 104 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Birdie Sampson Elder
1914-2002
Service for Birdie Sampson Elder, 87, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Dr. Michael Parsons was to officiate.
Elder died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 5, 1914, in Wolfe City, she was a retired teacher and counselor in the Fort Worth school district. Elder graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1929. She attended Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and received her doctorate degree from the University of North Texas. She retired from the Fort Worth school district in 1979 after 35 years. She married Daniel Chase Elder March 10, 1934, in Grapevine. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband in January 1942.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Childers of Bridgeport; her son, Dan Elder and wife Van (Green) of Belton, Mo.; four grandchildren, Brent Elder and wife Lindsay of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Dana Sappington and husband Card of Joplin, Mo., Carrie Lackey and husband James of Holiday Island, Ark., Michael Chase Childers of Fort Worth; six great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Wanda Sampson of Mesa, Ariz. and a niece.

Donna Marie Easley
1943-2002
Memorial service for Donna Marie Easley, 59, of Rhome is to be Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m., at Aurora Baptist Church.
Easley died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 12, 1943, in Dresden, Ohio, she was a teachers’ aide for Northwest Independent School District and was a member of the Catholic Church.
She married Robert Easley March 8, 1961, in North Carolina.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Easley of Rhome; two sons, Richard Easley and Robert Easley, Jr., both of Ohio; two daughters, Lynn Maxwell of Rhome and Michelle Koch of Ohio; four brothers, Louis, Rodney, Edgar and William Bice, all of Ohio and 15 grandchildren.

Dixie Barlow Clement Muir
1926-2002
Service for Dixie Barlow Clement Muir, 75, of Chico was Friday, Jan. 18, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Charles Cox and Dr. John Grigsby officiated. Burial followed at Cumby Cemetery in Chico.
Pallbearers were Novle Rogers, Marvin Rogers, David Curry, Kenneth Box, Clyde Fowler and Mac Gentry.
Honorary pallbearers were Cecil DoByns, Gary Mason, Steve Mason, Phil Jenkins, James Miller and Wilson Springer.
Muir died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in Fort Worth.
Born June 8, 1926, in Abilene, she was a homemaker and had resided in Chico for the past 17 years. She was a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Wise County Art Association.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Carl B. Clement and Ben E. Muir; two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Sheek and husband Kip of Grand Prairie, Billie Lasiter and husband Lanny of Chico; her stepson, Benny Muir and wife June of Forney; her grandchildren, Kip Jr., Janice, Nathan and Carlie; her stepgrandchildren Chris and Kari; three great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; her twin brother, M.C. “Buddy” Barlow and wife Dot of Abilene and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rheba Pauline Moore
1913-2002
Service for Rheba Pauline Moore, 89, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Gerre Joiner was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Moore died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 31, 1913, in Jacksonville, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur. She married the late Pinkney W. Moore on Oct. 30, 1930, in Bono.
She is survived by a son, Royce Moore of Decatur; eight sisters, Hortense Hodges, Johnnie Mae Cavatorta and Neva Joyce Stevens, all of Fort Worth, Mildred Kennedy of Bluffdale, Laverne Gidley and Margaret Bass, both of Everman, Billie Brittain of Seattle, Wash. and Estaline Rainwater of Hillsboro and three grandchildren, Matthew and Samuel Moore of Dallas and Andrew Moore of Decatur and a nephew.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.


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