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Charles Bentley Mallett
November 14, 1945 - February 21, 2015

"Time and date change" 

Charles Bentley Mallett, 69, known as “Charlie” and “Bentley”, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  He was born in New Iberia, Louisiana on November 14, 1945 to Charles Raymond and Evelyn Bentley Mallett.  Charlie grew up in Monroe, Louisiana with his parents, sister and two brothers.  At 17 he joined the Army for 2 years, then went into the Marines for 4 ½ years-earning many medals and a purple heart.  When he got out he moved to Houston to live near his mother and siblings.  There he began his career as a business owner and independent contractor, singing and acting when he could.  Several years later he met Geraldine Culpepper, the love of his life, in Houston.  They married and moved to Midlothian, Texas.  Charlie is survived by his wife, Geraldine Culpepper Mallett, her children, Thomas D. Hudgins, Lauri Boudreaux and Norma Jean Boulter, his son, Kenny and his daughter Rayna; his brother Charles Ray and his wife, Beverly of Raceland, Louisiana, brother Wayne and wife Joy of Conroe, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelyn and his sister, Frances.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Visitation is 6-8 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 and services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Fulton Cemetery at Walnut Springs, TX.




Richard Guse, Sr.
January 1, 1932 - February 21, 2015

Memorial services will be held at a later date

Brian Joel Hochstetler
June 26, 1975 - February 23, 2015

Brian Joel Hochstetler died unexpectedly while returning to his home after work on February 23, 2015.  Brian was only 39 when he died, and though he died young, he lived a full and happy life.  Brian lived his younger years in Shipshewana, IN, and graduated high school at Westview High School in 1994.  Brian attended college at Indiana State University in Terra Haute, IN.  It was at college where Brian met the love of his life, Wendy Silvers.  Brian and Wendy married on September 16, 2006 and were blessed with their son, Mason Joel Hochstetler, on February 12, 2008.  Brian began working as a cook at Buffalo Wild Wings in Terre Haute in 1999.  He moved to Texas in 2008 and worked his way up to become General Manager of the new store that opened in Waxahachie.  Brian loved his job and he was blessed by the people he worked with.  Brian loved his home life, including his family, friends and animals.  He also loved the Indianapolis Colts, movies, video games and mystery books.  Brian was a wonderful husband and father who cherished his time with his family.  He was kind to people and loved to laugh and will be greatly missed by many.  Brian is survived by his wife, Wendy and son Mason Joel Hochstetler, father, Mervin Hochstetler, mother, Susan Hochstetler, brother, Cory Hochstetler, sister, Jennifer Hochstetler, nieces, LeAnne Hochstetler, Kaile Marcum, Corina Hochstetler and nephew, Geoffrey Marcum and maternal grandmother, Geraldyne Hartsough.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred Hartsough, Lester Hochstetler and Mary Hochstetler.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 and services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Atchley presiding.



Tony Hudson
June 16, 1941-February 16, 2015

Charles Anthony Hudson, known as “Tony” to his family and friends, entered into eternal peace on February 16, 2015.  He was born in Hillsboro, TX on June 16, 1941 to Leon and Hazel Myers.  Tony and his younger brother, Danny Myers were raised by their grandmother, Rebecca Guthrie of Peoria, TX until they were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Euclid Hudson when he was 9 years old.  He lived with the Hudson’s until he was 16.  He joined the Army and was married to Harriet Hamby and had two children, Ray and Denise.  Tony moved to Midlothian in 1970 where he married his 2nd wife, Sheila Dunklin in 1973.  They had 1 son, Daniel.  Tony operated heavy equipment and worked for several road construction companies.  He was known as one of the best heavy equipment operators around these parts.  In 1977 he went to work for IMS at Chaparral Steel Co.  He worked there until he retired.  He was married to Rita Trussel during his last years at IMS.  He loved motorcycles and was a member of the Gryphon’s Motorcycle Club in Waxahachie, TX.  His final years were spent at Renfro Nursing Home after suffering several strokes.  Tony was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise, brother, Danny Myers and his beloved grandmother, Rebecca Guthrie.  He is survived by his sons, Daniel Wayne Hudson and Ray Hudson, grandchildren, Haidyn Rai Hudson and Sara, Meagan and Alyssa Hudson, great-grandson, Trenton Ray, aunts Cathy Boyd and Sis Myers and nieces, nephew and several cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.



Michael Curtis Griffith
August 30, 1966 - February 12, 2015

Michael Curtis Griffith was born August 30, 1966 in Waco, TX to Deryl and Jean Coleman Griffith.  Mike was the youngest of 3 children, and if you ever asked his brother Scott and sister, Melanie, he spent many days laying on the couch while they did all the chores and work.  He began school in Eufaula, OK after his family moved back to his mother’s hometown.  In 1976, the Griffith family moved to Midlothian to their new home.  It was in Midlothian that Mike and his family planted their deepest roots.  Mike attended middle school at J.R. Irvin, where he was a good student, saxophonist and friend to everyone.  Mike attended Midlothian High School where he graduated with many of his lifetime friends in the class of 1984.  One fateful evening in 1993, Mike happened to run into a friend and met Joyce.  Mike and Joyce spent the next 3 hours reminiscing about growing up in the same neighborhood, discussing the fact that their parents were friends and getting to know each other.  On October 9, 1993, Dr. Rick Davis married Mike and the love of his life, Joyce Mitchell at FBC.  Mike and Joyce added Mitchell Curtis and Anna Gabrielle to complete their perfect family.  In 1995, Mike built Joyce their first home in Midlothian while working as an auditor for Total Petroleum and then he went to work for the Postal Service.  From the day Mitchell was born, he was Mike’s best buddy.  They spent countless hours throwing and batting on the baseball field, working with goats and steers in the Ag barn and playing poker surrounded by friends.  Mike couldn’t have been happier as he watched Mitchell move to Stephenville and take on Tarleton State as he worked toward his dream of becoming an Ag teacher.  Gabbie was her Daddy’s brown-eyed girl since June 4, 1996.  He spent many more hours than he would care to admit watching dance recitals and cheer competitions.  When Gabbie set her sights on A&M, her daddy found yet another level of admiration for his brown-eyed girl.  Mike loved his family and friends.  He adored and respected his parents more than anyone.  His brother, sister, brother-in-laws, sister-in laws, nieces and nephews were more than family…they were truly his friends.  He loved Joyce every day of their life together. Mike is survived by his wife of over 21 years, Joyce Mitchell Griffith, children, Mitchell Curtis and Anna Gabrielle, parents, Jean and Deryl Griffith, sister, Melanie Rodges and husband, Tony,  brother, Scott Griffith and wife, Donna, parents-in-law, Jimmie and Pat Mitchell, sister and brother-in-law, Tammie and David Moore, brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Adrienne Mitchell, nieces and nephews, Melissa and Daniel Hazlip, Melanie and Jeff Riggs, Michael and Keri Chiles, Tiffany and Jeff Simpson, Madison Rodges, Shane and Danielle Moore, Cammie and Jacob Turner, Andy and Britney Moore, Erin Mitchell, Matt Mitchell and Olivia Moore, great nephews and nieces, J C Manor, Morgan Manor, Cole Hazlip Hunter Chiles, Ryan McKnight, Lucas Simpson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Gaby Currier, grandparents, Jerry and Lucille Freeman, and Donald and Louise Coleman, grandmother-in-law, Opal Mitchell and uncle, Butch Coleman. Visitation was 6-8 on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services were Monday, February 16, 2015 at FBC, burial followed at Midlothian Cemetery.

Merle Hollabaugh Byrd
September 13, 1932 - January 31, 2015

Merle Hollabaugh Byrd, 82, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, January 31, 2015 after a debilitating stroke on Friday.  Merle was born September 13, 1932 in Mt. Peak, Texas to Ellie and Edwin Hollabaugh.  She attended Midlothian schools and graduated in May of 1949.  In August of that year she married the love of her life, Marvin Byrd and spent the next 44 wonderful years running a dairy and raising 4 children with him.  Merle was a fantastic lady who left a legacy of love for everyone and the innate ability to make you feel special just being in her presence.  Her contagious laughter ringing throughout the house made her even dearer to us.  She loved Country & Western music, especially Box Car Willie, tractor pulls and bologna sandwiches just to mention a few.  Merle dedicated her life to her family and friends and she always had a place at the table for everyone who walked through the door.  She will be sorely missed.  Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 3500 W. Wheatland Rd, Dallas, TX 75237. She is survived by children, Richard Byrd and wife, Carol, Allen Byrd and wife, Cynthia, Rebecca Byrd Stephens and husband, Rickey, Carolyn Byrd Pallett and husband, Mike, grandchildren, Eric, Ronald, Ryan, Rodney, Jason, Travis and Dustin Byrd, Sarah and Justin Stephens, Ginger Pallett Perez (deceased), and James Pallett, great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Meghan, Karlie, Maddy, Rylan, Randall, Jason, Jr., Tessa, Hunter, and Parker Byrd, Brittany and Joey Villarreal, Morgan Davis (Stephens), Avery and Karter Stephens, Juliette Pallett and Ian Perez, and great-great-grandchildren, Cheyenee and Conner Byrd.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.



Faye P. Bryson
November 1, 1922 - January 31, 2015

Faye Bryson, 92, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on January 31, 2015.  She was born to John and Pearl (Wilson) Presley on November 1, 1922 in Anson, Texas.  Faye attended a country school near Anson and then attended high school in Abilene.  Her professional career started in Dallas when she was a young, single woman.  Faye married Perry Lay Bryson on April 9, 1948 in Midlothian.  Together they raised one son, Perry Wayne Bryson.  Faye retired from LTV Corp./Vought Aircraft Industries in 1985.  In retirement, she enjoyed being active, tending her lawn and garden, fishing, watching baseball, attending church and cooking for and spending time with her family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, son, parents, 2 brothers and a sister.  Faye is survived by her grandson, Doug Bryson and wife, Jill, great-grandsons, Joe and Ben Bryson, siblings, nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ovilla.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans.