Frank “Joe” Joel Rakoczy was born on September 6, 1947 in Huntington, Indiana to Frank and Mary Rakoczy and passed away in Dallas, Texas on December 13, 2014. Joe graduated from Midlothian High School and attended 2 years of college at UT Arlington. He was a great brother and son , an easy going, loving and caring person. Joe always had a smile. He was a volunteer fireman with his father in Midlothian and a member of Midlothian Classic Wheels. He helped with a lot of charities for the Classic Wheels. Joe loved Texas Longhorns football, cars and car racing but most of all he loved his family, cousins, friends and kids. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Annie. He is survived by his sister, Thresa Rakoczy (Ducky), cousins Kelley and James Mitchell, sons, Braylon and Brendan, Amber and Joe Mitchell, sons, Camden and Jaxson, Cindy Ford, Barbara Ortiz, Patricia Yokeum, the Fishers in Indiana and the Mitchells.He finally got rid of his pain and fought a good fight. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Kimber Lee Brooks, eldest daughter of Alvis Lee Brooks and Margaret Ann Brooks was born on April 20, 1963 in Lubbock, Texas and passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Midlothian, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Alvis Brooks. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Brooks, sister, Sherri Lee Brooks, nephew, Seth McGuyer and his wife, Naya and nieces, Tara and Breanna McGuyer, grandmother, Margaret Evans, aunt and uncle, Laurel and Charles Kelley, cousins, Jeff, Sharla, Russ, Joan, Tim and Mel Kelley among many others. Kim was much loved by her friends and family and will be both sorely missed and dearly remembered.
A memorial service will be held at the Midlothian Church of Christ at 1627 N. Hwy 67 on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family to help offset expenses would be greatly appreciated.
Phillip D. Gray
September 12, 1950-November 21, 2014
Phillip Dennis Gray,64, of Waxahachie, Texas, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014. He was born September 12, 1950 to James and Elsie Gray in Wilmington, Delaware. Phil loved his grandchildren, friends and family, his country and motorcycle club, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) where he was known as "Chopper". Phil is survived by his wife, Sandra Gray, daughter, Dawn Pearson of Amarillo, son, Aaron Gray of Dallas, grandchildren, Connor, Olivia, Natalie Pearson and Nora Kate and Tatum Gray, stepdaughter, Haley McHam, brother, Mark Gray of San Antonio, 1st wife, Barbara Gray of Desoto as well as other friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Buffalo Creek Chapter of B.A.C.A. at PO Box 3238, Waxahachie, Texas 75168. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Waxahachie at 12:00 noon. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery.
Anna Christine Boykin
December 28, 1923 - November 30, 2014
Anna Christine Soules Boykin, beloved Momma, Granny and Great-Grandma, was born on December 28, 1923 in Star, Texas to Frank and Anna Soules. She was one of ten children. Christine passed away peacefully on November 30, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was the last surviving sibling. Christine married Clyde Randolph Boykin, Sr. on November 29, 1942. They had three children, Clyde Jr., Linda and Paul. They moved to Midlothian in 1953. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Midlothian. Christine was a hairdresser and later a seamstress at Ruse Rouge in Cedar Hill until her retirement. Clyde and Christine were active members of the Midlothian Senior Citizen Center where they enjoyed playing dominoes and going on trips. One of her greatest joys during her early retirement was her youngest grandchild and her great-grandchildren. Even as the dementia overtook her, she loved seeing her great-great-grandchildren. Her face would always brighten when she could watch them play. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Sr. and their son, Clyde Jr. She is survived by her children, Linda Webb and husband Eddie and Paul Boykin, daughter-in-law, Margaret Boykin, grandchildren, Anna Brown and husband Scott, Mary Jo Webb, Tina Webb, Austin Boykin, great-grandchildren, Christopher and Linda Hayes, Justin Carson and Scotty, Samantha and Amanda Brown, great-great-grandchildren, Kale Hayes and Jayden Meyer. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 and services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home
John W. Godwin was born in McKinney, TX in 1924 to John (Boss) and Corrine Godwin. He is preceded in death by his older sister Cometta His mom called him J. W. but pronounced it G. W. As a kid, he lived by his granddad’s store and loved to fish and hunt. At 17 he went to the shipyards in the Washington State. At 19 he was drafted into the Army, serving as a fire fighter on the airfields in England. He later went to Europe before returning home. In 1948 he married Oleta George and they settled in McKinney, TX where they had three children. He became the Fire Chief at the McKinney VA Hospital back when VAs had fire stations. When the VA was shut down in 1966, he transferred to the VA Medical Center in Dallas and the family moved to Lancaster, TX. He retired from the VA at age 55. At age 76 he and Oleta moved to Midlothian, TX to be closer to their kids and grandkids. He was a big kid at heart, always clowning around, and loved spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. He loved to eat and his family always gave him a hard time for always asking for just a little sliver of cake or pie but ending up eating about 4 or 5 slivers. He also loved to work in his yard and garden trying to grow that perfect tomato. His kids nicknamed him ‘Fred’ after receiving a Christmas card one year from one of his fellow employees addressed to ‘Fred Godwin’. He was a member of the First Christian Church where he actively served the Lord. He knew in the last couple of weeks that his remaining days were few on this earth and recently told his son Greg upon arriving at his home that ‘you gotta have Faith’. He had a kind and gentle heart and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be 11-11:30 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 11:30 am. Burial will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors.
Rodger ‘Brad’ Hibbitts, 27, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 after a long struggle with mental health. Brad was born January 28, 1987, in Arlington, Texas to Brent and Karen Hibbitts. His father is a program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. His mother is the director of Sonshine Preschool at the Midlothian Church of Christ. They moved to Midlothian in August of 1993. He attended Midlothian schools through his sophomore year of high school and graduated from Crossroads Academy of Duncanville in 2006. Brad was very creative and enjoyed listening to classic rock, writing poetry and drawing. He enjoyed a good scary movie, reading comic books, theme parks, fishing with family and skateboarding. Brad had a tender heart for the less fortunate and a love for animals. He is survived by his parents Brent and Karen of Midlothian, his brother Scott and wife Hilary Blair Hibbitts of Forney and brother Kolby of Huntsville. He also leaves his maternal grandparents Ervin and Bernice Dreyer of Clifton; and his paternal grandparents, Larry and Patsy Hibbitts of Lakeside Village; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held at the Midlothian Church of Christ on November 8, 2014 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at the Midlothian Church of Christ on November 8, 2014 at 2:00pm with Eric Cupp and Andy Glenn officiating. The serving pallbearers will be cousins: Jared Childers, Gary Dreyer, Eric Lindsey and Colten Winburn; uncles, Eugene Dreyer and Wayne Dreyer; closest friend, Robert McNeely. The Midlothian Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrolton, Texas 75006
Janet Marie Nimberger Bryant was born on March 26, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cleveland public schools where her favorite activity was participating in the school gardens program. After graduating as Valedictorian of her class, like her mother, Janet attended St. John’s College in Cleveland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education. (Janet always knew she wanted to teach). While in college, Janet met her husband, Dennis on a blind date. They were married at St. Therese Catholic Church (Garfield Heights, Ohio) on November 4, 1961. They moved to Williamsburg, Virginia where Dennis was stationed in the Army. After leaving the Army, Dennis and Janet lived in Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA before settling in Midlothian in January 1966. Janet resumed her teaching career when her youngest daughter was in second grade. She taught 2nd grade for one year and first grade for 27 years. Janet’s 1st graders were one of the great joys of her life. She understood her teaching vocation and loved each child as if they were her own. She never lost her passion for teaching. After retiring at the each of the school year in 2000, Janet and Dennis could always be seen together running errands in town, doing charitable work (Janet felt a very strong connection with Manna House) and participating in numerous activities of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church(Grand Prairie) and St. Joseph Catholic Church (Waxahachie). Janet was a free spirit. She and Dennis traveled to all 50 states and even made it “across the pond” to Europe several times. Janet was always up for an adventure, whether it be a ride on an old Ford Trimotor Plane, a helicopter ride over the Hawaiian Islands, Captain Zodiac’s raft trip in the Pacific Ocean, or even a cross-country trip on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle! But above all, faith, family and friends came first in Janet’s life. Janet fully embraced and participated in her husband’s vocation as an ordained Roman Catholic Deacon, accompanying him to almost every activity and function. Janet would do anything for her husband and daughters. She remained close to all of her family throughout her life. Janet and Dennis made frequent”road trips” to Cleveland, Ohio and elsewhere to visit siblings, cousins and other family.
Janet was welcomed into her new life by her parents and siblings, Frank and Dorothy Nimberger, Donald Nimberger and Sister Elaine Nimberger, C.S.A. along with other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Janet is survived on earth by Dennis Bryant (her husband of 53 years), daughters Cheryl Bryant, and Denise Lawless and husband, Richard, all of her “Cleveland” cousins and family, not to mention her countless friends and every 1st grader whose life she touched. The world was made a better place by the presence of Janet Marie Bryant. She will be greatly missed, but we all look forward to seeing her again soon.
Patsy Ann Smith Mayer was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to George and Aveline Smith on September 19, 1930. She passed away on October 19, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Born July 10, 1939, to Arthur Nickel and Lucille Nickel Lanning. Gary grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas working with his father. He had a brother, Rex Nickel and a sister Sharon Nickel Queen. As a young man he had great work ethics that followed him into his adult years. He was a truck driver until joining the U.S. Air Force. Serving one tour of duty, he returned to Kansas, where he began driving over the road again. To Gary, trucking gave him such freedom and great fun—Always!! His career in trucking and being an owner-operator spanned over 55 years and covered over 10 million miles. His trucking companion for 10 years was his dog, Sassy. Sister Susie joined Gary and Sassy in 2008 and the three covered 50 states and Canada. We, as his family, take comfort in the fact that he passed away knowing that a green Peterbilt will be waiting for him somewhere down Heaven’s highway. On October 15, 2014, Gary passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his life, Peggy and his dedicated nurses at the VA Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He was bid farewell with military honors and the playing of Taps. Participants in the military ceremony were his personal doctor and hospital chaplain saluting as his flag draped casket was escorted out by hospital honor guards—patients themselves saying goodbye to a fallen comrade.
Graveside services will held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Venus Cemetery in Venus, Texas.
Michael Eugene Flynn, 51, passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, on Monday, October 7, 2014 at his home in Midlothian, Texas. Mike was born on March 26, 1963 in Dallas, Texas to Patrick and Janice Flynn of Oak Cliff and was a gifted plumber and handyman. Mike was a 1981 graduate of Midlothian High School and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, sports, fishing and dominoes. Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Cawthon Flynn. He is survived by his son, Shawn Michael Flynn, Martha Flynn of Midlothian, father, Patrick Flynn of Midlothian, brother, Christopher Flynn and nephews, Kyle and Alec Flynn of North Richland Hills, aunts and uncles, Annette and William Brashears, Debbie and Jerry Brooks, cousins, Brent and Brannon Brashears, Lauren Brooks (Kunz) and Blair Brooks and wife, Brittani. Mike also leaves behind many loving friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, https://donate.cancer.org/index.
A Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home, with Layne Mershimer presiding.
Doris “Rose” Price was born in Cass County, Texas on July 28, 1928 to Ernest and Leone Hall. She passed away on October 7, 2014 in Red Oak, Texas. Rose was married to Carrol (Mike) Price until he passed away in 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carrol Price and her sons, Billy Joe (Jody) Sparks and Kevin Sparks. Rose is survived by her son, Marty Sparks and wife, Bobbie, 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.
There will be a Graveside Service on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Ethan Matthew Hallmark was born on January 23, 2001 in Plano, Texas to Matthew and Rachel Hallmark and went to be with his Savior, on September 26, 2014.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. on October 4, 2014 at Crossroad Christian Church, 6450 S. Hwy 360, Grand Prairie, Texas.
Mildred Pullin McAda joined her loving husband in heaven on September 27, 2014 after 7 years of missing him each waking moment since his own departure from this life. Mildred was born to Jesse Ray and Nora Ophelia (Pope) Pullin on August 8, 1929 in Whitsett, TX. She was the 4th of six children and the only daughter. She spent the better part of her youth in the community of Whitsett until her family moved to Waco for a time in the late 40’s. There, she attended Baylor University and met the love of her life in a soda shop in 1948 and they married on June 29, 1949, settling in San Antonio. In 1950 her first son was born and they soon moved to Ft. Worth in 1951. Her first daughter was welcomed into the family in 1952 followed by the second son in 1954 and a second daughter in 1956. The construction business Mac was in led the growing family to move about the state several times, living in Wichita Falls, Brownwood and Kleberg, TX before finally settling in Midlothian in 1965. Mildred never complained of the several relocations and came to love Midlothian and her newfound neighbors very quickly. She kept the books for their construction company while also keeping close tabs on the 4 children. Soon the kids moved out and started their own families and that’s when “Nanny” began to work her magic with the grandkids that quickly followed. Each additional grandchild added to the love she so lavishly poured on her family. Mildred was never too busy to spend time with her grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. She so loved being able to be with them, right up to her last days. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, C.S. Mac McAda, parents Jesse Ray and Nora Pullin, brothers, Billy Ray Pullin, Roger Milton Pullin, Robert Lamar Pullin and Joe Neal Pullin, grandson, Stephen Garner and nephew, Sammy Ray McAda. She is survived by her children, Gene Ray McAda and wife, Janice, Deborah Davis and husband, Dan, Larry McAda and wife, Mary and Sherri McFadin, grandchildren, Karen Garner and Angela Garafano, Penny Hafford and husband, Jermey, Lori Watson and husband, Michael, Christie Kessler, Chad Hill and wife, Casi, Kimberly Cannell, Jennifer McAda, Tiffany Wells and husband, John, Melissa Black, Amanda McFadin, 21 great-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-great-grandchildren. Mildred McAda leaves to her family a shining example of boundless love, devotion to family, integrity in all things and living life to the maximum,
Wynona “Kay” Crowson Spearman was born December 28, 1954 in Ft. Worth, TX and went home to be with the Lord on September 22, 2014. She married her husband Bob on June 8, 1973. Kay was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Midlothian since 1974. She graduated from Midlothian High School in 1974 and was a housewife who took pride in raising her two children. Kay fell ill in 1982 and remained ill until her death. She was preceded in death by her mother Ramona Guthrie Nichols. Kay is survived by her husband, Bob Spearman, children, Dawna and Danny Spearman, granddaughter, Abigail Agyare, parents, Bill and Sharon Crowson, and siblings, Rick and Brenda Crowson, Rob and Bev Smart, Mona Mallett, Melissa Brown, Dana and Kenneth Downs, Billy Crowson, Jessie and Stephanie Cuellar, Lance and April Crowson and Liza Crowson Riley.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Midlothian. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Katherine Eugenia Floyd passed away September 20, 2014. She was met in heaven by her parents, Jennings McCoy and Bertha Bryan, her husband of 65 years, M.E. Floyd and her son, Bryan Edward Floyd. Katherine was born in Paris, Texas on March 22, 1922 and graduated from Paris Jr. College. She married M.E. Floyd on December 18, 1941. Katherine was mostly a stay at home mom but she worked as a lunchroom server, neighbor Sunbeam lady and as a saleslady in the menswear department at Sears until her retirement. She also taught 3rd grade Sunday School and later was a dedicated Outreach Leader. She was considered by many to be a prayer warrior. Katherine was a devoted wife, proud mother, granny and great-granny. She was an example of a Proverbs woman, always with a smile on her face and never an unkind word. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Turner and husband, Milton, daughter-in-law, Carole Floyd, Grandchildren, Scott Young (Lisa), Matt Floyd, Kelsey Byron (Ben) and Shelley Mansur (Shawn), great-grandchildren, Alex, Austin, Ashley, Hannah, Joseph, David, Clara, Peter and Scarlett, sister, Margie Caldwell and in-laws, Thomas and Wilma Floyd and Wanda McCollum.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Sunday September 21, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014 at First Baptist Church Chapel.
Betty Lou Schmidt was born on July 15, 1939 in Sheridan, Arkansas and went to be with the Lord on September 18, 2014. During the last two years of her life, Betty resided in Dallas at the Silverado Senior Living Center. She enjoyed her days by assisting other residents, baking, leading exercise classes and putting together all of the weekly floral arrangements.
Betty Lou Givens was married to John E. Schmidt on January 2, 1960. She should have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for raising three sons, much of the time on her own. Betty held down the fort as John traveled the world, during both his Air Force and civilian careers. When John retired from the Air Force, they resided in Edgewood, TX. It was at this time John and Betty established Schmidt Peach Farm. You can be sure, when the peaches were in season, the entire community was more than eager to get their hands on those Schmidt peaches. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by her sons, John E. Schmidt, Jr. and wife, Colleen, Jeffrey S. Schmidt and wife, Kiri and Robert A. Schmidt and wife, Connie, grandchildren, Amanda, Kevin, Kurt, Melody, Nicholas, Tyler, Megan, Erin, and Kelly and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Andrew. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Peter Jennings Wood, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away at his home in Midlothian due to complications relating to lung cancer. Born to Charles Anthony Wood, Jr. and Marian Alice Jennings in Franklin, N.J. on July 20, 1941. In 1964 he met Carol Gerling in Yosemite Park. They were wed exactly 3 years later. He learned a love of architecture from his father and discovered a passion for education after he graduated the Yale School of Architecture in 1971. This led him to a career that included the University of Texas at Arlington, the American Institute of Architects, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Houston where he held positions as Associate Dean and later Dean and finally Prairie View A&M. His long career also included service in the Army as a Russian linguist. In 2001, he was awarded Educator of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, children, James, Anne and Charles, grandchildren, Jude, Max and Jonah and brother, Paul and Ingrid of Rockledge, Florida and Harvey Cedars, N.J. He is remembered by family, colleagues and friends as a man of integrity, great sense of humor, always encouraging others, wonderful host and trip planner extraordinaire…the last being a trip to Yosemite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his and Carol’s meeting.
Sunny Purl Alderdice of Midlothian, Texas passed away August 26, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Sunny was born in Dallas to the late State Senator George C. Purl and Mrs. Bernice Blanton on December 21, 1930. She graduated from Midlothian High School in 1948 and married the late Barham Alderdice. Sunny was a charter member of the Ellis County Historical Society, a director of the Midlothian Cemetery Association and a pianist for the Midlothian Presbyterian Church. “Sunny Alderdice Day” was celebrated April 25, 1974 in recognition of her lengthy community service and 20 years of service to the PTA beginning in 1950. Also in 1974 she and Barham purchased The Midlothian Mirror (a weekly newspaper established in 1882),and they owned the paper until his death in 1996. In 1997 Sunny was recognized as Midlothian’s Businesswoman of the Year. Sunny was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, George C. Purl, Jr. and sister, Patti Purl Crockett. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Alderdice Francis of Austin, sister, Mary Katherine Maddox of Dallas and sister-in-law, Elise Alderdice Yarbro of Fort Worth. The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness during these past few years. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Sunny Alderdice Scholarship Fund (checks payable to Midlothian ISD, 100 Walter Stephenson Rd., Midlothian, TX) or the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held at Midlothian Funeral Home (200 E. Ave. E, Midlothian, TX, 972-723-9884 on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. with funeral services immediately following.
John Spurlock, 81, passed away at Trinity Mission in Italy on August 17, 2014. He was born in Crockett, Texas on January 13, 1933 to J.W. and Gladys Spurlock. John’s many occupations were carpenter, Midlothian Police Officer (1971-1973) and security officer for Mid-Tex. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. John and Bonnie met while at a picture show and married after only 8 dates. John loved his chickens, horses and family most of all. His favorite pastimes were hunting and spending time with his grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. John is survived by his wife, Bonnie Spurlock, children, David Spurlock and wife, Suzanne, Vicki Panther and husband, Mike, Sharon Palmer and husband, Randy and Phillip Spurlock and wife, Beth, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Bobby Mack Howard was born on November 19, 1932 in Briton, Texas. Bob was a fraternal twin, and depending on which twin you talk with, will tell you if Bob was the 5th or 6th child born to Benjamin Franklin Howard and Janie Leone Griffith Howard. He passed away on August 14, 2014 in Burleson, Texas. Bob worked as a farmer, a driver delivering butane to farmers, then worked at Ford Motor Plant for a while and finally ended up working for a little over 30 years for General Motors in Arlington. He retired in 1997. Bob helped raise 3 children. He loved watching football games, boxing matches and some baseball and basketball in that order. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Hap Howard, 3 sisters, Dot, Wilma and Bonnie, son, Gregory Mack Howard and his great-granddaughter, Rebecca. He is survived by his wife, Judy and brother, Bill Frank Howard. Also survived by his daughter, Robin Morales and husband, Rick, son, Frank Howard and wife, Tammy of Ft. Worth, 4 grandchildren, Bobby, Emily, Melissa and Adam, 3 great-grandchildren, James, A.J. and Brylie and several nieces, nephews and cousins and his longtime friend, Anna Hart. He was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Texas
Douglas Alan Walker, 62, was born April 20, 1952 in Springfield, Missouri to Oza Mae (Christmas) and William Franklin Walker. He passed away August 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Oza Mae Walker, and brother, Greg Walker. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; son, Corry; daughter, Kara and her fiancé, Travis; and sister-in-laws, Gail Walker and Karen Anderson. Doug is also survived by his precious aunt and uncle, Zelpha and Wayne Thomason; niece, Robin; nephews, Jon, Chad, Matt, and their families; and his dearly loved cousins, friends, and coworkers. Doug was a member at Creekside Church of Christ where he actively served the Lord and congregation. His love for the Lord and others was evident to all. His beautiful spirit and loving heart will be greatly missed. Visitation services will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Midlothian Funeral Home in Midlothian, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00am with Dalvin Hampton officiating at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas.
Belinda S. Barrier was born on January 10, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Archie and Velma Pulliam. She passed away on August 10, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas.
There will be a graveside service at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on August 13, 2014.
James A. Flatt was born on December 21, 1931 in Venus, Texas to Bennie and Myrtle Flatt. He passed away on August 8, 2014 in Justin, Texas. He was a graduate of Venus High School and after graduation he began his lifelong career at LTV Aerospace. He was later drafted into the Army where he served our country and while stationed in New York he met his wife of 60 years, Frieda Berkowitz. In 1955 they returned to Venus with daughter, Rita to resume his career with LTV. He retired from LTV after 41 years of service. He had a real love of tennis, horse racing and weekend family gatherings where they played cards. James developed a passion of service to his community in the capacity of City Council, Lions Club and Mayor for over 33 years. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bennie and Myrtle Flatt, brother, Frank Flatt, sister, Cricket Holder and grandson, Dustin Flatt. James is survived by his wife, Frieda, children, Rita Toney and husband, Craig, Jeffrey Flatt, Jamie Flatt, grandchildren Melanie Welch and husband, Dusten, David Flatt and wife, Jamie, James Flatt and Sarah Flatt, great-grandchildren, Annaka, Gage, Colin, Cameron, Britley, Jonathon, Taylor, Tristen and sister, Edwina Key. Above all, he loved his family and was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and son. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 with services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Venus Cemetery.
Lonnie Dean Dudley was born in Dallas, Texas on October 23, 1960. He passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Growing up in Duncanville, he was active in community sports and played football at Duncanville High School. He married his high school sweetheart and recently celebrated his 36th wedding anniversary. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. After years of electrician work, he changed careers to become an Auto Paint Technician. He was a little league football coach, a girl’s fast pitch softball coach and former board member of the Duncanville Girl’s Softball League. He was a devoted family man. He truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation is 6-8 pm on Monday, August 11, 2014 and services will be at 2:00 am on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Ave E, Midlothian.
Molly Anne (Rowe) Bargenquest came into this world on a cold crisp Halloween morning, October 31, 1952 in the little town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. She was proudly welcomed by parents Pete and Barbara Rowe who were students at Oklahoma A&M. Molly’s journey through life was full of spirited accomplishments that included becoming the mother of three accomplished children, Clarice Bishop, Jennifer Douglas and Jason Douglas. She loved traveling with her husband, Brian. Dedication to her job as leader of the Central Division of American Arbitration Association kept her at her desk nearly to the end of her long and arduous struggle with Ovarian cancer. Molly, with Brian constantly by her side, fought the disease for 4 years; always meeting chemo appointments with optimism and achieving initial victories that allowed time for several wonderful excursions that included Russia, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Mexico. In the end, the disease returned; Molly’s battling spirit and extensive chemo could not prevail against the ravages of cancer and her life ended July 26, 2014 in the Presbyterian Hospital with her entire family taking turns holding her hand as her accomplished life slowly ebbed from her frail body. Her time here on earth, as remembered by all of those that knew and loved her, is viewed as having been lived with determination, courage, fun and unselfish dedication to her family and job. Those present during the final moments of Molly’s life were her husband, Brian Bargenquest, parents, Pete and Barbara Rowe, children, Clarice Bishop, Jennifer Douglas, Jason Douglas and Kirk Bargenquest and her brother Mark Rowe. In addition 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild make up a close family unit that will forever treasure her memory and profoundly miss this loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.
There will be a private memorial service celebrating Molly’s life on August 9, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza #1710, New York, NY 10122 or online at www.ocrf.org.
Wilma Gist, 84, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, August 3, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jody Davis of Waxahachie.
Wilma was born on September 21, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama, daughter of the late Claude Myrick and his wife Rosa Lee. Wilma and her husband Joe worked for many years in the family meat packing business, and in later years she worked for a major grocery store chain both in the Meat Department and as a checker. She married her husband Joe on April 1, 1947 and together with her brother Lowell Myrick of Fort Worth, they owned a meat processing plant in Mansfield, Texas. Wilma and Joe worked beside each other raising a family of 5 children over a period of more than 48 years. Wilma or “Mama G” as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was devout Christian. She was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving generous heart, and was always giving to others. While she leaves behind a large family, she will be reunited in heaven with her parents Claude and Rosa Lee, he beloved husband of 48 years, Joe Gist; her loving Daughter, Kelli Harisis and brothers, Claude Myrick, Jr. and Jimmy Leon Myrick as well as her nephew Ronnie Myrick and granddaughter, Rachel Emanuel. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her siblings; Sylvia Taylor of White Settlement, Lowell Myrick of Ft. Worth and Shirley Midkiff of Leesville, Louisiana and by her children; Wilma (Jody) Davis of Waxahachie, Carol White of Midlothian, Barry Gist of Nixon, TX and David Gist of Westlake, Louisiana. She leaves behind a heritage of 9 adoring grandchildren; Gavin Davis, Jennifer Norton, Andrea Rodgers, Scott Norton, Brad Gist, Mary Garcia, Joey Black, David and Christopher Gist. She leaves 17 great-grandchildren; Aaron Emanuel, Sarah Emanuel, Christopher Gist, Chance Livar, Matthew Livar, Wyatt Livar, Lindsey Rodgers, Samantha Rodgers, Teagan Norton, Candace White, Mason Gist, Callie Gist, Anthony Garcia, Alexis Garcia, Ayden Garcia, Evershay Gist and Cage Gist. She also leaves behind 2 great-great-grandchildren, Seamus and Albus Livar and many more nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
John Lindon Dodge, 53, died peacefully in the early morning hours of July 29th, 2014, at his home with his family by his side. He was born on September 16th, 1960, to Tom Dodge and Brenda Stinson Dodge. His death was a result of ongoing complications due to a spinal cord injury on May 30th, 1982.
Along with this parents he is survived by his sister, Karen Dodge Hoover and husband Terry of Kingwood, brother, Lowell Dodge and wife Valerie of Midlothian; nieces, Haylee Hoover Douglas and husband Michael of Richmond, VA; Beth Hoover of Richmond, VA; and Brittany Lewis of Midlothian, and nephew, AJ Dodge, of Midlothian, great nephew, Mason Douglas; and great niece, Eva Douglas. Also, aunt. Betty Cook and husband John Cook of Cleburne; uncles Danny Stinson and wife Terry of Arlington, and David Stinson and wife Teri of Joshua; grandmother, Retha Stinson of Keene, and great uncle, Bobby Miller of Arlington, and great aunt Hazel Miller of Ft Worth, numerous cousins, second cousins, and third cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jim "Pops" Stinson, and Raymond Basham, grandmother Juanita “Nita” Basham; cousins Brody Stinson, and Chelsea Hayton; and his faithful canine companion, Fred.
Lindon graduated from Midlothian High School in 1979, attended Blinn College and Mountain View College, and graduated from UTA with a BA in history in 1990. He loved Shakespeare, The Bible, airplanes, guitars, muscle cars, and studying the stars. He was an inaugural fan of “Star Trek” but also never tired of watching “Elvis and Nixon,” “Bubba Ho-Tep,” “O, Brother, Where Art Thou, “Ed Wood,” “JFK,” “Citizen Kane,” and all things W. C. Fields, Andy Griffith, Bela Lugosi, and WWII. He tutored numerous students in English and history, collected guns, watches, daggers, knives, guitars, and samurai swords “of steel folded 1200 times.”
He had many friends, some of the longest-lasting being confidantes, Jimmy Wharton, Robert Murray, Kyle St. Jacques, and Jody Jennings.
The family would like to thank Bristol Hospice nurses and aides for their care during the final weeks of his life. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Christopher and Dana Reeve paralysis research or any charity of choice.
Raymond “Rick” Bell, Jr was born in Rocky Mount, N.C. to Raymond and Peggy Bell. He passed away on July 20, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas. He graduated in 1973 from Sam Houston High in Arlington and in 1988 from VTI. He lived in Cocoa Beach, FL, Salinas, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Arlington, TX, Slidell, LA then back to Arlington, TX where all three of his children were born. Though he lived in a few places growing up, he loved living in Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Maas and grandmother, Frances Lampke. He is survived by his children, Robert Bell, Ryan Bell, and Kassadi Bell, father, Raymond R. Bell, Sr. and wife, Tillie, sisters, Cathy Marberry and husband, Hugh and Jackie Ahrendts and nieces and nephew, Caryn, Christy, Sarah and Andrew. Rick loved being outside and loved nature. We believe his body and soul will become a piece of the nature he loved, he will continue to live, just in a new way.
Services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Brandon James Morphis, 11, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. James was born on June 14, 2003 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He enjoyed listening to music and holding his favorite blanket. James was preceded in death by his siblings, Laney and Jacob Morphis. James is survived by his parents, Wyatt and Linda (Powers) Morphis of Midlothian, Texas, sisters, Christy Bray, Cassie Morris (Justin), Valerie Morphis, Ericka Morphis, brothers, Chad Morphis (Jennifer), Corey Morphis, Jimmy Morphis and Donald Morphis, nephews, Colton and Cameron and a niece, Katie.
Paul George Lamarre, Jr., loving husband and father, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2014 ending his courageous battle with cancer. Weakened in body, but never in spirit, his faith and his love for God were contagious. Paul was born January 28, 1972 in Webster, MA. to Paul George Sr. and Kathleen Rose Lamarre. He married Sheila Collins on April 8, 2000 in Asheville, N.C. They had three wonderful children, two girls and a boy. Paul served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm as a Nuclear Machinist mate or “Nuke” as the position was also known, aboard the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS MISSISSIPPI. A graduate of Dallas Baptist University, he worked as a Supply Chain manager for Poly America. He was a member of Retta Baptist Church in Burleson. He also attended the DFW Writers’ Workshop in Euless where he once served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Paul was a self-proclaimed geek who loved science fiction and was the author of several published short stories. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, children, Megan Kathleen, Sarah Elizabeth and Joshua Paul, all of Midlothian, parents, Paul George Sr. and Kathleen of Thompson, CT, grandmother, Jessie Hughes of Webster, MA, sister Lisa Corrette and husband, Wayne of Webster, MA., brother, David Lamarre of Thompson, CT, in-laws, Jimmy and Yvonne Collins of Bokchito, OK, sister-in-law, Tracy Dobbyn and brother-in-law Robert Dobbyn of Beaverton, OR, spouse’s grandmother, Reba Collins of Bokchito, OK and six nieces and nephews, Brady, Tyler, Marissa, Amanda, Luke and Whitney.
(Melba) Clydene Harris, age 84, of Midlothian, TX passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Austin, TX. She was born on November 2, 1929 in Ovilla, TX to Clyde and Lois West. Clydene graduated from Red Oak High School in 1946. In 1950 she married Hubert Branam and together they had three children, Dale, Tommy, and Donny. They divorced in 1955. Clydene married William (Bill) Harris of Mountain Peak, TX in 1960. In addition to raising her three sons, Clydene also worked full time for The Royal Couch Mattress Factory in Midlothian and later as a sales clerk for Ben Franklin’s and CVS Pharmacy. She was a faithful member of the First Methodist Church of Midlothian, TX.
Clydene was a loving wife and devoted mother who always worked hard to provide for her family. Her life was centered on faith, family, and friends and her greatest joy was to be with people she loved surrounded by laughter.
Clydene was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Lois West, her sister Sherley West Pogue Cappleman, her beloved husband of 44 years Bill, and her eldest son Dale. She is survived by her brother Jerry West of Waxahachie and his wife Diane, along with their children Debbie and Johnny; son Tommy Branam of Austin, TX; son Donny Branam of Austin, TX, his wife Beverly, and their daughter Kate; Dale’s daughters Carly Branam and Megan Branam of Austin, TX; sister-in-law Frances Harris of Dallas, TX; stepson Billy D. Harris of Scroggins, TX, his wife Liz, and their son Brian; and niece Davena Pogue of Waco, TX.
Visitation will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with interment following at Midlothian Cemetery.
Carlos Cisneros lifelong resident of Grand Prairie entered Heaven on Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was born on November 4, 1930 in Elgin, Texas to Genaro and Juana Guillen Cisneros.
Carlos worked in construction. After his working years, he enjoyed flee markets and grandchildren and great grandchildren. His love for his family was the most important aspect of his being. The family vacations to Mexico were his highlights with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Carlos had so much love to give and never got mad. He was an excellent example of a very Godly man.
Services will be at 11:00am Monday, June 16th at the Midlothian Funeral Home
Reba Holcomb was born on August 13, 1920 in Dallas, Texas. She passed away on June 10, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas with her daughter and a nurse named Robin at her bedside after a short illness. She moved to Midlothian in 1946 and brought Girl Scouts to Midlothian in 1950. She had the same group of girls as Brownies then Girl Scouts. Reba received her Cosmetology certificate in the 50’s and Mental Health Associate Degree from McLennan Community College in Waco and then sold Toyotas at Maynard Phillips Toyota in Waco and Toyota of Irving. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, W.B. Holcomb. Reba is survived by her daughter, Betty Wilcoxson, grandson, Tommy Wilcoxson and wife, Christy, and 2 great-grandsons, Cody and Wesley. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Graveside services will be Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Midlothian Cemetery.
Neal Douglas Shelley was born in Bells, Texas on September 17, 1929 to Daniel Goodson Shelley and Dollie Davlin and passed away on May 25, 2014 in Cedar Hill, Texas. Neal was the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, American Airlines for 10 years and Cedar Hill ISD for 7 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family was the joy of his life. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas. Neal is survived by his wife, Margaret Nell Shelley, children, Renee Ketcham and husband, George and Norman Shelley and wife, Cheryl, grandchildren, Doug and Chad Ketcham, Jeffrey Shelley and wife, Erica and Joseph Shelley, great-grandchildren, Juliana Ketcham and Garrett and Jacob Shelley, special family members, Ana Ketcham and Jessica Snow, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sondra and Bill Martin and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Edgewood Cemetery, Lancaster, Texas.
Garry Birl Williams (Bam) was born to Eual and Jerry Mae Williams on July 4, 1948 in Fort Payne, Alabama. He passed away on May 19, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas. He grew up in Collinsville, Alabama with his brother, Terry and sisters, Cheryl and Alecia. He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1967. Garry joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1968. He served his country in Thailand and various other bases throughout the United States. He completed his military service at Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, Texas in June 1972. While stationed in Ft. Worth, Garry met and married his wife, Mary Jo Hale on September 22, 1973. Together they raised two wonderful children, Megan and Cody. They lived in the Ft. Worth area until moving to Midlothian in 1997. In 2011 they embraced two special people Danielle and Desiree Rivers and in 2013 they added Charles Davis, Jr. (Little Buddy) to their family. Garry (Stick Monkey) was employed at Gerdau Ameristeel in Midlothian. He worked hard and enjoyed spending time with his family, they were the joy of his life. Garry was a jokester that kept everyone he came in contact with wondering what he would do or say next. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Williams, children, Megan and Cody Williams, special family, Danielle and Desiree Rivers and Charles Davis, Jr., brother, Terry Williams and wife, Wanda and sisters, Cheryl Burke and husband, Larry and Alecia Clanton and husband, Jimmy and numerous nieces and nephews. His passing will leave a void that will never be filled.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 with services at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.