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Current Obituaries

Heather Lynette Phares
May 1, 1991- April 21, 2014

Heather Lynette Phares, 22, of Mansfield, passed away April 21, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.  She was born to Randell and Cynthia Phares on May 1, 1991 in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Heather graduated from Mansfield Summit High School in 2009.  She was hired by the Midlothian Police Department in 2012 and graduated from the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy in 2013 fulfilling her dream of becoming a Police Officer.  Heather is survived by her parents; Randell and Cynthia Phares, brother, Colton Phares, sister, Nicole Phares, true love, Nathan Alzarez, grandfather, Jack Phares, grandmother, Laverl Phares, great-grandmother, Dorothy Bradshaw, aunt, Debby Tinjum, uncle, Bill Phares, great-uncle, Heck Phares, nieces, Mariah and Miranda Lopez, cousins, Jeff Moran, Derek Land and numerous other cousins

Visitation will be 6-8 on Thursday, April 24, 2014 and services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.

Deward Edward Roberts
December 19, 1921- April 21, 2014

Deward Edward “Ed” Roberts was born December 19, 1921 in Terrell, TX to the late Homer Malcolm and Bertha Ann Seely Roberts.  Ed, as he was known by his family and friends, served in the US Air Force during WWII.  He married the love of his life, Dorothy Lee Ezell Roberts, on December 19, 1957.  Ed was self- employed most of his life; after retirement, he worked security for the Texas Rangers from 1991 and 2006.  He enjoyed traveling in his motor home with his family and tinkering around the house.  He always had some kind of project going on.  Ed also liked watching the Rangers on TV and did so until he passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Roberts of Cedar Hill, his parents and two brothers, Charles Hobart Roberts and Bascom Frank Roberts, both of Terrell, TX.  He is survived by 4 children; Edward Paul Roberts and wife, Tina of Ft. Worth, TX, Jerry Wayne Chamberlain and wife, Sherri of Midlothian, Brenda Rogillio and husband, John of Terrell and Patti Tiller and husband, Kevin of Midlothian, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and 3 nieces.

Visitation will be 3-5 pm on Sunday, April 27, 2014 and services will be at 11:00 a.m., under the direction of Rev. Gina Morris, on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.  Graveside services will follow at 1:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. 


Dale Joseph Serbus
January 14, 1953- April 19, 2014

Dale was born on January 14, 1953 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Roland and Francis Serbus.  He passed away on April 19, 2014.  Dale graduated from Morton High School in 1972 and then proceeded to join the U.S. Air Force and served from 1972-1976 and then served in the Minnesota National Guard until 1978.  He married in 1974 and three children were born of this union.  In 1984 he and his kids moved to Texas and lived in Midlothian.  Dale worked as a heavy equipment operator at Chaparral Steel but ended his working career as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Vi Serbus.  Dale is survived by his children, Ericka Graham and husband, Jon, Heather Roden and husband, Trey and Dominic Serbus and fiancé’, Jeneva, grandchildren, Tylor, Kristina, Destiny, Elijah and Sara, siblings, Tom and wife, Linda, Dennis and wife, Barb, Carol and husband, Doug, Deb and special friend, Wes, Curt and wife, Kristie, Lisa and fiancé’, John and Penny and husband, Jeff and numerous nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Memorial services will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014  at Midlothian Funeral Home.

Marcia Nutting
October 12, 1934- April 17, 2014

Marcia Nutting was born October 12, 1934 to B.T. and Elsa Plummer in Dallas, Texas and was raised in Duncanville, Texas.  Marcia went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2014.  She married her husband, the love of her life, Charlie Nutting on June 28, 1952.  Marcia was employed by Dallas County for 25 years.  She retired to begin working at Trinity Church alongside her husband for many years as founding members.  Marcia was widowed for 26 years.  She is survived by her children, Chuck Nutting and wife, Laura, Kim Nutting and Rusty Nutting, grandchildren, Jerame Stillwell, Jonathan Nutting, Jason Nutting, Justin Nutting, Jacob Nutting, Katie Nutting, Jaime Mitchell, Brody Strain and Jake Nutting, 8 great-grandchildren, sisters, Diane Webb and husband, Tommy of Cleburne and Opal Beth Miller and husband, Rick of Midlothian, aunt, Elizabeth Scruggs, uncle, Kenneth Merrifield and many nieces and nephews.  She will be missed by her family and church family for years to come.  Marcia was a great prayer warrior and lived her life by Phillipians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything”.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Jimmy Don Franklin
June 27, 1944- April 11, 2014

Jimmy Franklin was born on June 27th 1944 in Los Angeles, California.  He was the oldest of 7 children born to Curtis Monroe Franklin and Billye Smith Franklin.  He went to be with the Lord on April 11th 2014.  He graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1962.  He was a 1966 graduate of University of Texas at Arlington  with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  He went on to do post-graduate work at Arizona State University.  While attending ASU Jimmy met his future wife, Peggy Sumner.  They were married in 1968 in New Mexico. 

Jimmy enlisted in the Navy in 1969.  He graduated from Officer Candidate School and served in many naval stations around the world including Puerto Rico, Spain, Guam, California, Virginia, and Diego Garcia.  He was member of the Navy Construction Battalion (Sea Bees). 

Jimmy was a licensed aviator and avid scuba diver.  He enjoyed flying and diving around the world in the various locations where he was stationed. 

Jimmy and his late wife Peggy went to China in 1998.  They taught an English class to the Chinese students for several years.   During their fifteen years in China they used every opportunity to share the news of Jesus with all those they met.  As a result of their witness more than a thousand people came to faith in Jesus Christ. 

Jimmy is survived by his son Danny Franklin, his daughter Amy Franklin Hooton and grandchildren Taylor, Bryanna, and Chazz.  He is also survived by his three brothers, three sisters and their families and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Travis Ave. Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Richard William Rogers

Richard William Rogers was born on November 11, 1928 in Moline, Illinois to Roger and Helen Rogers.  He passed away on April 5, 2014 in Grandview, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 1:15 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2012 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Toklat Dewade Shoemake
April 5, 1972- April 2, 2014

Toklat Dewade (Wade) Shoemake was born on April 5, 1972 in Dallas, Texas to Robert Jack and Margie Mae Jones Shoemake.

He passed away on April 2, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Wade loved being with family and friends and is loved by so many family and friends. He was a self- employed as a sub- contractor.

He met his wife Monica March 31, 2008 then their blended families lived together

happily ever since. Wade loved working on all his projects, mainly his trucks. He never loved half way he loved you with all of his huge heart.

Services will be at 11am Tuesday, April 8 at the Midlothian Funeral Home. 

Kevin Ray Cherry
November 4, 1970- March 23, 2014

Kevin Ray Cherry, 43 years old, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 after fighting a hard battle with Leukemia.  He died at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston with his family by his side.  He was born November 4, 1970 to Ray and Irene Cherry.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Enos and Dorothy Cherry, Ralph N. and Irene Ethridge and sister, Janelle Keeton.  In 1988 Kevin graduated from Slidell High School in Louisiana and also served in the Army National Guard for several years.  He worked in the automotive care industry serving as a manager for many years.  There wasn’t anything he didn’t know how to repair or build and he was handier than a shirt pocket.  He was also highly successful working as a sales representative, selling industrial pumps and equipment to major oil companies for offshore drilling and travelled extensively all over the world.  Kevin was good at many things, but the thing he was best at was being a good Daddy.  Family was most important to Kevin and he spent most of his spare time with his boys…taking them and their friends to fun places, out to eat, riding dirt bikes or coaching their baseball teams.  With his mischievous smile and twinkle in his eye, he was always making people laugh with his charming sense of humor.  Kevin had a huge generous heart and would easily part with his time or money to help someone out.  He was an amazing grill master and knew how to cook a steak or smoke a brisket better than the best restaurants.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, fast cars, collecting movies and watching the Dallas Cowboys win.  He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Elizabeth Kathryn Cherry, sons, Fisher Ray Cherry and Austin Jacob Cherry, residing in Houston, and father, Ray Cherry of Slidell, Louisiana and mother, Irene Janette Featherston of Midlothian and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.

Sigrido (Chico) Portalatin
April 1, 1934- April 2, 2014

Sigfrido (Chico) Portalatin was born April 1, 1934 in Hatillo, Puerto Rica to Leopoldo and Juanita Acevedo Portalatin. He passed away April 2, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the FAA. Chico was a Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner.

Chico was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 57 years Sarah Jo.

He is survived by his daughters: Olga Diane Harrison and husband Mike; Elizabeth Kubias and husband Terrance; grandchildren: Michael and wife Liz, Sarah and husband James, Nick, Dolores, Amanda, Justin and Daisy; great-grandchildren: Olivia, Aidan, Gabriel and Myles; many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 with services at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.   Burial will be at Midlothian Cemetery.

Jackie Lavaughn Cavender
April 19, 1932- March 29, 2014

Jackie Lavaughn Cavender passed away on March 29, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas. He was born April 19, 1932 in Midlothian, Texas to Red and Edna Jordan Cavender. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Thomas and Wayne (Pete) Cavender, sisters: Dorothy Reeves and Margie Plummer.

Jack retired from Vought Aerospace Division of LTV in January of 1990 after 30 years of service. He was a Member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Jack suffered from birth heart defects, Edsteins Anomaly and a ventricle shunt ( a hole in wall that separates  the two ventricles).

He is survived by his brother, Jerry Cavender of Midlothian, sister: Maxine McGehee of Ennis and many nieces and nephews.

Jack requested memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 with services following at 10 am, Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, Midlothian, Texas.

Willie May Cowser
March 15, 1931- March 26, 2014

Willie Mae Cowser was born on March 15, 1931 in Brenham, Texas, the only daughter of Otto Drews and Matilda (nee: Schulze) and her step-mother was Rosa Witt.  She was born again into the family of our Lord through the waters of Holy Baptism as an infant (Titus 3 5-7) at Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, TX.  On the night of March 26, 2014 our Lord called Mae to eternal life.  She closed her eyes for the last time on earth and opened them to the sight of her Lord sitting on His Majestic Throne in heaven.  Willie Mae grew up in Washington County and graduated from Brenham High School in 1948.  She met her first husband R.P. Fussell at Blinn College in Brenham and their union was blessed with two boys, Greg and Howard Fussell.  She met A.D. Cowser while the two of them were working at Plastics Manufacturing Co. of Dallas and married him on May 24, 1994.  In recent years Willie Mae’s health had declined while suffering from Dementia and Alzheimers.  Her faithful husband, A.D., remained by her side not only in word but action by making sure she was cared for during her declining state (“in sickness and health…until death do us part”).  Willie Mae enjoyed music, pets, reading and especially her faith and church life at Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cockrell Hill and Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Desoto.  Willie Mae was preceded in death by her mother and father and 1st husband, R.P. Fussell.  She is survived by her husband, A.D. Cowser, sons, Greg and Lila Fussell and Granddaughter, Amber Knorr and her husband, Brian and Howard and Debbie Fussell and Grandchildren, Cameron and Dylan and Emily.  The family invites memorial gifts be made in Willie Mae’s name to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Willie Mae Cowser Memorial, 512 N. Cockrell Hill Rd., Desoto, TX 75115.

Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 and services will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Desoto, Texas.

Charles Edward Adams
January 16, 1935- March 23, 2014

Charles Edward Adams was born January 16, 1935 in Trumble, Texas to Oscar Lee and Mattie Adams.  He passed away on March 23, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jo in June, 2013. He is survived by his children, Mitchel Adams and wife, Sue and Sherry Sells and husband, Brian, grandchildren, Christina Rinker, Josh Adams, Tim Adams and Mattie Sells and great-grandchildren, Austin Adams and Leo Rinker. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home with graveside services on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Cemetery, Palmer, Texas.

Saundra Louise Mazurek
July 24, 1942- March 21, 2014

Saundra Louise Mazurek, born July 24, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, peacefully went to be with the Lord on March 21, 1942.  Her husband, Edward T. Mazurek, preceded her in death in 2009.  She is survived by her loving son, Duke Mazurek, mother-in-law, Dorothy (Mazurek) Thies, grandsons, Tripp and Jeremiah Mazurek, sister, Sheran Rivette/Skipper Rivette and nieces, Laurie Dillard and Lauren Larison.  In childhood and marriage she had the privilege of living and traveling the world, touching lives and making friends wherever she was.  She will be loved, honored and missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014 with graveside services at 2:00 p.m on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Mission Park Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

John Walter Taylor
January 27, 1944, March 19, 2014

John W. Taylor age 70 passed away on March 19, 2014. He was born on January 27, 1944 in Roxton, Texas to Thomas and Leona Taylor.  He was preceded in death by his father Tom Taylor, his older brother Marvin and his little sister Kathy.

He fought a courageous battle with cancer for over two years and even in the darkest of times he never once complained of pain or fairness.  His biggest concern was always taking care of his family and staying strong for his wife.  To his children and grandchildren he will always be a hero, mentor and the greatest man who ever lived.

He loved to fish, play games with his family, spend time with his grandkids and tell stories about growing up on the farm.

His honor and integrity influenced the lives of so many.  He had a way of teaching life lessons without lecturing or judgment.   His personality won him the friendship of everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. 

He was a master plumber and carpenter who’s craftsmanship and friendship were equally admired by those who he worked with for many years.   He loved his work and worked up until only a few months ago. He is survived by his wife and fishing partner of 44 years Elda, His children John, Christina, Gary, and Pamela. His grandchildren Brandon, Chelsie, Brenna, Taylor, Sean, Alex and Jessica and one great grandson Kylan.  His mother Leona, his brothers Billy, Terry and Tommy.  As well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. 

Emma Elizabeth Harman Garner
January 16, 1921- March 16, 2014

Emma Elizabeth “Beth” Garner was born on January 16, 1921 in Grimes County, Texas to Nathaniel and Mattie Mae Harman.  She passed away on March 16, 2014 at 93 years old in Waxahachie, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathaniel and Mattie Mae Harman, husband, Joe Albert Lee Garner, sons, Darryl Ray Morris and Marion Harman Garner and sisters, Zelma Hogue, Pauline Huff, Iva Mae Lockett, Nataline Coleman and 2 infant sisters.  She is survived by her children, Betha Jo Wyatt/Russell, Robert Garner and James Garner/Vickie; grandchildren, Tammy Forman, Katherine Morris, Joy Renee Livar/Lupe, Peggy Holland, Christie Layten, Gena Collins and Travis, Billy Jo McClelland, James Bagby/Melonie, Michael Garner/Jana, Toni Beech/Michael, Karen Garner, Jamie Page Morrow, Joshua Garner, Troy Wheeler, Russell Wyatt Jr./Teresa, Robert Wyatt/Donna, Venita (Sissy) Rozzell, great-grandchildren, Jimmy Don (J.D.) Henson, Joseph Henson, Alex Forman, Kerri Martin, Kristopher Martin, Dustin Livar, Stormie Layten, Ivy Layten, J.J. Layten, Robert James (R.J.) Collins, Jessica Kendrick, Haylee McClelland, Victoria (Tori) McClelland, Corbin Bagby, Ashley Garner, Evan Garner, Tori McGuriman, Connor Beech, Stryder Morrow, Joshua Daniel (J.D.) Garner, Kayla Lamond, Amanda Wyatt, Russell Wyatt III, Ethan Rozell, Seth Rozell, Heath Rozell and Dini Wyatt, great-great-grandchildren, Angelica Martin, James Robinson, Jonathan Robinson and Emalei Martin.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home with services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church.  Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Bays Chapel Cemetery in Montgomery, Texas.

Patsy Lawson Davis
September 14th, 1942- March 17th, 2014

Patsy Lawson Davis was born on September 14, 1942 in Comanche, Texas.  She passed away March 17, 2014 after a long illness.  A lifetime resident of Midlothian, she graduated from Midlothian High School in 1960.  Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, John Garland and Ila Mae Lawson, both of Midlothian and grandsons, Miguel and Carlos Bonilla.  She is survived by daughters, Renee McElheney and husband, Billy, Tara Bonilla and husband, Arturo and Jean Gibson, grandchildren, Christapher McElheney, Krystal McElheney, Andres Bonilla, Cristian Bonilla, Marco Bonilla, Courtney Sherman and Ashley Pass, sister, Jan Young and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home with graveside services at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Dorothy Naomi Selby
November 18, 1925- March 5, 2014

Dorothy Naomi Selby was born November 18, 1925 to John and Lizzie Wooten Foster in Hastings, Oklahoma. She passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Mesquite, Texas.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Orbie Selby, daughter, Ardean Selby, grandson, James Prater, II and other family members.

     Dorothy and Orbie were married on June 3, 1945 and had three children. She was a homemaker and very active in her church. She loved serving other people and giving of her time and self to her family and extended family.

     Most of all she loved serving the Lord. She touched so many lives and will be missed by all.