lois Kathrine Schmidt

Lois K. Schmidt Beloved Mother: Lois, 76 passed away quietly in her home with her family beside her from a long battle of cancer in Fort Worth, Texas on 12/12/2017. Lois was born on 08/17/1941 and was one of 11 children, she grew up in Bismarck North Dakota and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, then attended Mary College of Bismarck and was employed at the Employment Security Bureau, she raised 4 children with help from a large, loving family, she then obtained her real estate license and moved to Fort Worth, Texas, she retired from ATX Technologies and in 2005 received commendation and awarded Employee of the year, she was an avid pool player and received many trophies for winnings, she was a member of the American Legion for a number of years and served as secretary, vice president and President of the Women’s Auxiliary. Grateful to have shared their lives with and blessed to have her as a Mother are daughter, Kerri VerHoeven (Texas), son, Daniel VerHoeven (Nevada), daughter, Kelly Heilman (Texas), 2 grandchildren, Chet VerHoeven (North Dakota), Randi VerHoeven (Texas), 3 great grandchildren Korbin, Kylynn and Asher VerHoeven (North Dakota) 4 sisters, Irene Doerr (North Dakota), Sharon Whitten (California), Gloria Vigil, (California), Rita Karlin (Montana) and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Proceeded in death are 2 children, Chet and Patrick VerHoeven, Mother and Father, John and Katherine Werner and many other brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Our Beloved Mother May you rest in peace until we meet again.

Charles Robert Jernigan

Charles Robert (Bob, Bobby ,U.B ) Jernigan of Richland Hills, passed away on December 8, 2017. He was born in Wichita Falls Texas, on Friday February 13, 1948.   He was preceded in death by his parents,  Lewis and Mildred Jernigan, his older brother Lewis III, his brother in law Fred Faustina, and his sister in law, Sandy Drennan.   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda, sister Carol Faustina, brothers in law, Tommy and Neal Drennan, and many nieces and nephews, including greats and great greats. His two four legged babies Angel and Kylie.  Besides Family, he also leaves a host of friends. He was a retired safety Inspector, and was active in many civic organizations including Masonic Lodge, Smithfield Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer with the Scottish Rite Children’s  Hospital in Dallas. He will be remembered at a later date with a Masonic Service at Handley Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital Of Dallas. He is no longer in Pain.

Gerald Dale Eckler Sr.

March 31, 1945 – December 3, 2017 Bedford, Texas. Gerald “Jerry” Dale Eckler, Sr, 72, born in Amarillo, Texas passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. No Service. Jerry retired from a career of 35 years in telecommunications and his hobbies were computer programming, private pilot, and animal lover. Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Jerry will be deeply missed by his family and is now in the hands of his savior. Survivors: Wife, Edith Eckler. Children, J. Lee Eckler and wife Christie, and Gregory Joe Eckler and wife, Audrey, and his three grandchildren, Chelsea, Kayla, and Fayth. Predeceased: Parents, Rose and Claude Eckler. Children, Gerald ‘Dale’ Eckler and Mollie Eckler. Psalm 31:5 Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Leslie E Russell (Eddie)

Leslie E Russell (Eddie) Eddie Russell born January 4, 1958 passed away at a Fort Worth hospital December 3, 2017 he was 59 years old. The visitation is Thursday December 7th, 6-8 pm at Alpine Funeral Home in Ft Worth. Eddie was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Euless and lived in Chico, TX and was a member of UBMC in Chico. He was preceded in death by his son Charles E Russell, Parents L.A. Russell, and Mary Russell, Sisters; Lela Wright, Linda Colbert, Barbie Russell and Brothers Charles Faries and Ricky Russell. Eddie was a great husband, father, brother and uncle and grandpa. Survivors: Spouse Barbara Russell, Step Mother, Virginia Russell Rockport, Brothers, Tommy Russell of Lipan; Sisters, Patty Mouton of Theriot, LA, Beth Hughes of N Richland Hills, Daughter Hope Salazar of Fort Worth, Step sons Henry Davis, Earl Pickard, Jon Delgado and Step Daughters Jenny Castleberry and Theresa Jailet and many grandchildren nieces and nephews.

Gary Lee McCrory

                                                  Of Fort Worth Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 29,2017. He was 71 Born on September 19,1946, Gary grew up in Fort Worth area. He was a great husband to his wife Lynn and father of 2 sons. He was an awesome baseball coach, and role model to many of the kids on his teams throughout the years. His favorite things to do when he had time was Catfishing which he loved. Gary was a retired cnc prototype machinest from Stratoflex where he was a mentor to many, and he made alot of lifelong friends. Survivors: his sons Jason 38 and Joshua 34, and his 6 grandkids Shailee 13,Chase 9,Braighton 7,Khaleb 7,Mason 2 ½,Easton 11 months old. Gary will be forever loved deeply missed and never forgotten.   Gary’s memorial service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 4, 2017   Alpine Funeral Home 2300 N. Sylvania Ave  Fort Worth, Texas, 76111       

Jaunita Villa Campbell

Jaunita V. Campbell passed away Sunday November 26th, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 7pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at Roca Viva Church, 4017 Deen Rd, Fort Worth.  Jaunita was born in Marlin Tx on June 24,1963 to Ruth Martinez and Pablo Villa. She was proceeded in death by her father, Pablo Villa and her sisters Santos Ochoa and Pauline Garibay. SURVIVORS: Husband, James T. Barrientos, children, Nathan Paul Barrientos, James Patrick Barrientos and wife, Megan, Patricia Sosa and husband, Gaston; six grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Troy Dean Dunavin Jr

Troy Dean “Butch” Dunavin   Butch was born January 22, 1950 in Ft. Worth to Troy and Peggy Dunavin.  He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, brother Bobby and sister Patty.   He is survived by his son Troy and daughter in law Casi, his daughter Danielle, grandchildren Brendan, Logan, London, Ali, Justis, and Madden, his siblings Linda, Tandy and Kelly, many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.   Bob said “Butch was secretly the most intelligent man alive.  He kept to himself, questioned everything, and never hid his flaws”.  Uncle Steve said that that is no secret.  Well they are both correct.  If you knew Butch, you understand that perfectly.  Butch was a simple man who lived a complicated life.  He loved his family and friends with all he had.   Butch was VERY proud of his children and grandchildren and he felt like they were the good he did in this world.  Troy has said that Butch taught him to be positive and optimistic and a fighter.  Dani simply remembers the love.  Kelly remembers most that he was seriously funny; with a real, true intelligent humor.  Tandy thinks of Butch and says what a good guy he was and that he was the ultimate music aficionado.  Linda fondly remembers his dry but good humor.  His nieces and nephews remember him simply as the friend they could count on for great music and good advice.  Butch wasn’t perfect and he wouldn’t want us to sit here and pretend that he was but he was always trying to better himself.  He was always encouraging us to be positive and do better, he didn’t want anyone to make the mistakes he made, deal with the insecurities he had to overcome, or to listen to bad music.   Many years ago, Butch left the Metro Mess, as he called it, behind for Abilene.  That is where he found peace.  Ft. Phantom Hill, the State Park, Buffalo Gap, the flea markets and garage sales, and good Mexican food, these things brought him joy and he took great pride in sharing that with anyone who made the trip.  A phone conversation with him was far more enjoyable and more complex than a university philosophy class.  In 30 minutes, he could teach you more about music and life than you’d previously learned in your lifetime.  And he was funny while doing it.   Butch gave and gave of himself and didn’t ask for much in return.  At the end of his life, when he needed it most, all those who he’d shared himself with and loved so much returned the favor and gave of themselves in prayer.  Those prayers were answered and he slipped peacefully away to While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the Beatles.  Butch lives on in all of us who love him.  The jokes, stories and music will never end and we will always find him there.   Finally, and most importantly, Butch made it known that he had made …

Randall Eugene Cook

Randall “Cookie” E. Cook, 81, passed away Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. No Service. Gene was a loving husband and father. He was an Avid motorcycle rider who loved to camp and travel. Survivors: Wife, Joyce. Children, Randall Cook Jr. and wife Laura, Michael Cook, Chuck Beans and wife Robin, Cindy Beans and husband Lorne. Grandchildren, James, Alan, Krista, and Kayle. 4 Great Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews.  

Ronald Ray Pratt Sr

Ronald Ray Pratt Sr., age 70, of Fort Worth, TX, completed his journey in this life on August 20, 2017 at his home with his wife by his side after a struggle with a brief illness.  Memorial services were at Mount Olivet Cemetery on September 5, 2017. Ronald (Ron) was born on February 2, 1947, the youngest of three children to W.T. and Pauline Pratt. He was a long time resident of North Richland Hills, where he grew up and went to school. He later became a business owner of Ace Television until he sold his business in 1998.  Ron was known for his honesty and fairness in all aspects of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Billy Pratt, and sister Deloras Leamon. He was a loving and devoted husband to his surviving wife of 46 years, Tommy Ann Pratt. Also surviving are his son Ronald Pratt Jr and wife Maria, daughter Amy Koehn and husband Garry. He also was a very proud and loving grandfather to five grandchildren, all surviving, Victoria Pratt (Tori), Ronald Ray Pratt III (Trey), Bricelyn Koehn, Taylor Ray Koehn and Tommy Ann Koehn. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.  

Melinda Kay Cole

Melinda Kay Hunter Cole, age 56, died on November 4, 2017 at Northpointe Nursing Center and Rehabilitation in Watauga, Texas. She was the fourth of 5 children and the youngest of three daughters. In her youth, Melinda excelled at sports and performed well in school. She loved music, dancing, camping, fishing and being involved with the activities in which her two children participated. She knew how to take up for herself and defended her family and friends with fierceness and steadfast resolve. Melinda was the dedicated mother of two daughters and doting grandmother to her beloved grandson. She was dearly loved by all of her family as well as many friends and acquaintances. Those who knew Melinda well appreciated her directness and honesty as well as her witty sense of humor. She had the determination to get what she wanted in life and she would make the best of every situation, even after she was overcome with illness. She loved being around people andalways tried to see the good in everyone she met. Melinda was predeceased by both parents, Samuel and Martha Hunter as well as sister, Patty Hunter Dark. She is survived by two daughters, Brittany Lauren Cole and Kirsten Leigh Cole, Sister Anne Hunter Brown, Brothers James Paul Hunter and Charles Brian Hunter, grandson Max and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A Celebration of her Life will be held at Branded Cross Cowboy Church 3318 FM 2048, Boyd, Texas 76023 at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday November 11th. Flowers can be delivered in care of Charlie Hunter at 1803 Clear Lake Rd., Weatherford, TX 76086 as the church office is not open for deliveries during weekdays. The family would like to thank the staff at Northpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care, the staff of Alpine Funeral home for their kind support and assistance with final arrangements and the staff and congregation of Branded Cross Cowboy Church for their outpouring of love and support.