Miscellaneous Wise County, Texas Obituaries


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Viva Mae Avila 
Memorial service for Viva Mae Avila, 84, of Decatur will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Word of Faith Praise Center in Fort Worth.
Avila died Jan. 15, 2003, in Decatur. 
Born May 26, 1918, in New Mexico to Edgar and Alma (Boyles) Cook, she was a loving and devoted homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Santos Avila.
She is survived by a son, Glenn Waldrop and wife Barbara; three daughters, Wanda Rountree and husband Oscar, Patricia Reed and husband Jim and Teresa Ledford and husband David; two sisters, Esteline Evans and Minnie Sparks; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren. 

Bobbie Ruth Southall Pitts
Service for Bobbie Ruth Southall Pitts, 74, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Kenneth Wood officiated. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery near Balsora.
Pitts died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, in Denton.
Born Oct. 9, 1928, in Humphrey, Okla., to Robert and Ruth (Grey) Southall, she married Carlos Pitts on June 3, 1976, in Oklahoma. She was the retired owner of Bobbie’s Unique Boutique in Decatur and a member of the Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Katherine Hudson and a brother, Glenn Southall.
She is survived by her husband; seven daughters, Pam Trantham of Aurora, Paula Geiser and husband Paul of Runaway Bay, Patti Madewell and husband Tommy of Argyle, Lisa Valliant and husband Kim of Decatur, Rhonda McIlroy of Cottondale, Jayne Green and husband Larry of Boyd and Connie Wood of Paradise; a son, Joe Morgan of Roswell, N.M.; a sister, Pauline Pool; a sister-in-law, Ida Jo Southall; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Butch Selby, Wiley Meador, Jim Coffman, Cody Bryant, Mark Sanders, Jim Bob Little and Bob Basham.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force, Box 491, Bridgeport, Texas, 76426.

Floy Alice Bedford
Service for Floy Alice Bedford, 86, of Bridgeport will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown. Burial will follow at Springtown Cemetery.
Visitation was to be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Bedford died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born May 13, 1916, in Erick, Okla., she was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Boyd and the Eastern Star Boyd Chapter. She was a Worthy Matron from 1972 to 1973. She was active in her church and once traveled to the Holy Land.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Jessie Bedford; a daughter, Yvonne Washburn; a son, Winfred Pynes and a stepson, Edwin Bedford.
She is survived by two sons, Herbert Bedford of Hope, Ark., and James Bedford and wife Linda of North Richland Hills; a stepdaughter, Alene Binney and husband Buster of Big Sandy; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Emma Mae Moncrief
Graveside service for Emma Mae Moncrief, 94, of Justin was to be Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Justin Cemetery. 
Moncrief died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in Fort Worth. 
Born May 30, 1908, in Dallas ,to Matt and Bertie Thomas Dardeman, she was the valedictorian in 1925 at Ponder High School. She married Floyd Burch Moncrief on July 15, 1926, in Rhome. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Justin and a homemaker. Moncrief was a member of the National Poetry Society and won several honors in a national writing competition, including publication. 
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 17, 1993. 
She is survived by two daughters, Mickey Logan and Jherrie Logan, both of Justin; three sons, Leland Moncrief, Bobby Moncrief and Kelly Moncrief all of Justin; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to the Justin Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 811, Justin, Texas, 76247. 

Florence King
Service for Florence King, 95, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
King died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 12, 1907, in St. Paul, Minn., she was a retired hairdresser and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. She married Walter King on Sept. 16, 1947, who preceded her in death in 1998.
She was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Alice Clark of Mesquite and Diane Storlien of Minnesota; four grandchildren, Deborah, Gayle, Tommy and Tim and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Juston Goodman and Toby Storlien.

Margaret Evelyn New
Service for Margaret Evelyn New, 84, formerly of Decatur, was Nov. 9, 2002, at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Denison.
New died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Denison.
Born Dec. 15, 1918, in Newton, Miss., She married Charles New of Decatur on Oct. 14, 1940. When he went to work for the Katy Railroad, the couple moved to Denison.
She was preceded in death by her son, Paul. 
She is survived by two sons, Charles New Jr. and wife Paula and Jim New and four grandchildren, Andy, Nathan, Sarah and Paula McDowell.

Bruce Lynn Martin
Service for Bruce Lynn Martin, 50, of Watauga, formerly of Briar, was Friday, Jan. 24 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Larry Hood officiated. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Martin died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in Watauga.
Born Dec. 26, 1952, in Harlingen, he married Verena Hood Martin on Sept. 27, 1980, in Smithfield. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas William Martin.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Alpha Martin; one son, Berry Martin; one daughter, Lexa Martin; two brothers, Gene Martin and Eddie Martin and two sisters, Vikki Woodruff and Cathie Perkins.
Pallbearers were David Martin, Kevin Martin, Thomas Martin, Phillip Johnson, Ray Woodruff and Tommy Woodruff. Honorary pallbearer was David Welch.

Anna Lavern Schmitz Brinlee
Graveside service for Anna Lavern Schmitz Brinlee, 69, of Newark was Monday, Jan. 20, at the Bettis Cemetery.
Brinlee died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 1, 1933, in Dallas to John Henry Schmitz and Catherine Julindus Ruwaldt, she married R. Jean “Windy” Brinlee on June 1, 1950, in Irving. She worked in homecare and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Ricky Gene Brinlee.
She is survived by a son, Timothy Brinlee of Fort Worth; three daughters, Ronda Schwartzlow and husband Richard of Azle, Sherry Gaught and husband Lewis of Fort Worth and Arlene Berry and husband James of Newark; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Movelda Holt Maddox
Graveside service for Movelda Holt Maddox, 78, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Gene Chamness was to officiate.
Maddox died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in Decatur.
Born July 29, 1924, in Decatur to Clyde and Ethel Holt, she married Ed Maddox, D.V.M., on Aug. 3, 1952, in Decatur. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. After retirement from the Texas Highway Department, she assisted her husband with his veterinary practice.
She was preceded in death by a step-son, Edward P. Maddox and a brother, Clyde Holt Jr.
She is survived by her husband; a son, John E. Vanetten and wife June of College Station; a daughter-in-law, Anita Maddox of Temple; a step-daughter, Celia Ann Parsons and husband Vernon of Temple; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Barney H. Holgate 
Graveside service for Barney H. Holgate, 89, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Terry County Memorial Cemetery in Brownfield.
Holgate died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1913, in Gomez, he was retired from the Civil Service. He married Salomae Steen on March 25, 1939, in Lubbock and was a member of First Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Forrest S. Holgate of Grand Junction, Colo. and Stanley H. Holgate of Fayetteville, N.C.; one daughter, Elizabeth Young of Decatur; one sister, Kathrin Hamilton of Brownfield; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Judy Jean Yarbrough
Service for Judy Jean Yarbrough, 58, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Yarbrough died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 29, 1944, in Iraan, she was chief clerk for the Prec. 1 justice of the peace office. She married Woodrow Wilson Yarbrough June 1, 1973, in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Aurora Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Kristy Totty of Oklahoma City; one brother, Dean Garland of Evant and a grandson, Reese Logan Totty.
Pallbearers were to be Steve Petty, Coy Grimes, B.J. Adams, Loyd Ellingwood, Joe Pena and Jimmy Valesquez. Honorary pallbearers were to be Ryan Totty, J.D. Garland and Huskey Morrow.

John Richard Males 
A private family service will be held for John Richard Males, 73, of Decatur. Males died Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Decatur. 
Born Nov. 28, 1929, in Soper, Okla., he was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Males.
He is survived by four sons, Michael L. Males and wife Marsha of Loveland, Colo., Richard L. Males and wife Sheri of Oklahoma City, Okla., Randy D. Males and wife Gayla of Jacksonville, Ark. and Steven D. Males and wife Debbie of Decatur; three sisters, Mildred, Lucille and Evelyn; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Shirley J. Buie 
Service for Shirley J. Buie, 67, of Alvord will be Monday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Bill Cleveland will officiate. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Buie died Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Decatur.
Born March 23, 1936, in Clovis, N.M., she was a homemaker. She married Hal G. Buie on Sept. 7, 1952, in El Paso. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Donald E. Buie of Twin Falls, Idaho, Hal W. Buie of Everman, Joel D. Buie of Crowley and John L. Buie of Joshua; one daughter, Linda Jeanette Roberts of Grand Prairie; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Sims, Chet Haney, Melton Neighbors, Bart Lunsford, Fred Parker and Robert Bull Sr. 

L.N. Barnard 
Graveside service for L. N. Barnard, 78, of Boyd was to be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 26 at New Hope Cemetery with Cecil Westervelt officiating.
Born October 30, 1924, in Fort Worth, the son of John Claude and Dewey (Phillips) Barnard, he died March 23, 2003, in Azle.
Barnard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, married Jean Pickett January 17, 1942, in Weatherford and retired from Bell Helicopter after 32 years. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Barnard of Boyd; son, Sonny Barnard and wife Kelly of Saginaw; four daughters, Ann Mawhirter and husband Mike of Derby, Kan., Linda Wren and husband Bob of Grapevine, Patricia Barnard of Boyd and Sandra Johnson and husband John Short of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters Helen Westervelt and Juanita McMillen. 

Gary Michael Rhine 
Graveside service for Gary Michael Rhine, 53, of Fort Worth was Tuesday, March 25, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Joey Vick officiated.
Rhine died Sunday, March 23, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born July 30, 1949, in Decatur, he was a retired employee of Mitchell Energy Corporation and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Rhine in August, 1979.
He is survived by his mother, Sue Rhine; a sister, Janice Vauek and husband Danny; two nieces, two great-nephews, and one great-niece.
Pallbearers were Danny Vanck, Clinton James Arnold, J.R. Pippins, Anthony Torres, John Paul Beeson, Willie Torres, Joshua Pippens and John Torres. 

Mary A. Brooks 
Service for Mary A. Brooks, 62, of Chico was Sunday, March 23, 2003, at Crafton Baptist Church. The Rev. Kenneth Wood and Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Brooks died Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Chico.
Born March 19, 1941, in Mineral Wells to John Dee and Mary (Woodall) Gober, Brooks married Everett “Snuffy” Brooks on Sept. 21, 1972, in Chico and was a member of the Crafton Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Grace and Marie.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Wesley Rice and wife Suzanne, Blane Rice and Jeff Brooks; daughter Vella Thacker and husband David; four brothers, Joe, James, W.D. and John Gober; three sisters, Louise Wilkerson, Ruth Simmons and Bessie Wright; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Oscar Parrish, J.D. Coffman, Doug Bowyer, Bob Brown, Ed Leavenworth, Jerry Selph, Benny Coulson and Paul Lopez. 

Micah Shane Jones 
Service for Micah Shane Jones, 22, formerly of Decatur, who was on active duty with the Marines, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Coker Funeral Home chapel. 
Visitation was to be Wednesday, March 26, 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Friends will give the eulogy. Burial to follow at Bald Knob Cemetery in Wise County.
Born July 4, 1980, in Bridgeport, he died Saturday, March 22, 2003, in San Angelo.
He is survived by his parents; Bob and Pam Fisk of Mason and David Ray Jones of Arlington; sisters, Misty Pauline Sparks of Big Sandy and Lindsay and Ashley Fisk of Mason; and grandmother, Lela Fisk of Gladewater.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Kenneth and Vera Jones and Earl and Polly Wilson. 

James Randy ‘Ason’ Girard 
Memorial service for James Randy “Ason” Girard, 32, of Bowie was Monday, March 24, at Fry Funeral Home Chapel in Bowie. Danny Laws officiated. 
Girard died March 20, 2003, in New Boston, and was the stepson of Carl Finney who formerly worked at Karl Klement Chrysler in Decatur.
Born Jan. 5, 1971, in Hileah, Fla., Girard was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the American Poets Society. He was an author and inventor, artist, musician and gourmet cook. He married Jaqueline Nicole Bonneau Feb. 28, 2003, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adolfo Arellano, Celia Arellano, Stella Girard and Rene J. Girard.
He is survived by his father Jim Girard and wife Beverly of Hillsboro; mother Sally Finney and husband Carl of Bowie; two brothers, Darryl Dwayne Girard of Trophy Club and Rene Evan Girard of Bowie; step-grandparents, P.N. and Pearline Finney; and numerous step-brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

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