Miscellaneous Wise County, Texas Obituaries


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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 Church.
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 Convalescent Center.
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 Ann Oates.
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 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, three brothers and one grandson.
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. 
Opal Terrell
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 Church.
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. 

Lillian Gamble
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 Lee.
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 Club.
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 in Decatur.
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 Association.
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 Decatur.
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 Church. 
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 building fund. 
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 to officiate.
Grider died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his residence.
Born March 2, 1953, in Dallas, he was the owner of a commercial remodeling company.
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 Boeing Manufacturing.
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, Phyliss Wagner. 

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