Gerald Alan Worthington

Gerald Alan Worthington, 63, from Cartwright, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2018, in Plano, Texas. Gerald was born on October 31, 1955 to Fred Worthington Jr & Dorothy Walson. Gerald was preceded in death by both his parents, his wife Janet Worthington, and his brother Michael Bowser. Gerald was a compassionate man who loved playing tricks on his family and friends. From an early age he enjoyed being the family prankster which continued well into his later years. Gerald worked a majority of his life at a peanut shop in Oklahoma where he learned how to make all kinds of delicious treats for his family and friends to enjoy. Gerald is survived by his daughters Monica Winbish & husband Chung of Calera, Oklahoma and Chrystal Mendoza & husband Sam of Fort Worth, Texas. His four grandchildren Erik, Lukas, Alyssa & Leia. His brother’s Bobby Worthington of Boston, Massachusetts; Fred Worthington III of Tucsan, Arizona; Jason McKenzie of Rockwall, Texas. Sister’s Connie Bartalomy of Cartwright, Oklahoma; Kathy Lovelace of Cartwright, Oklahoma; Sheila Carpenter of Denton, Texas; and numerous cousins, neices, nephews, other relatives and friends. In honor of Gerald’s wishes, the family will have a private release of ashes on December 29th in Denison, Texas at an undisclosed location.  

Leslie Monroe Danford

Leslie Monroe Danford, of Fort Worth, passed away at his home on Tuesday November 27, 2018. He was born in Fort Worth Texas, September 9, 1959 and lived here most of his life. He was preceded in death by Thomas Porter and Joe Pottet, sister Phyllis Sims and niece Shawna Ferris. He is survived by mother, Naoma Porter, father, Douglas Danford, two children, 4 grand children, 10 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews and many old friends. There will be a family visitation on Sunday December 2, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Alpine Funeral Home in Fort Worth. A Graveside Service will be on Monday December 3, 2018 At 10:00 A.M. at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth  

Tanda Rae Whittington

Tanda Rae Whittington departed this life and entered eternity on November 20. Tanda was born August 26, 1946 in Fort Worth and lived in the area for most of her 72 years. She was preceded in death by her mother Margie Sue Whittington and her father Robert W ‘Bob’ Whittington, and is survived by her brother Buddy Whittington, his spouse Cathy and their children Robert and Chelsea Whittington. Tanda was a 1964 graduate of Richland High School and attended Tarrant County College and The University Of Texas at Arlington, and was an 18 year employee of General Dynamics, Lockheed and Elbit. Memorial Service will be held at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 North Sylvania Ave. Fort Worth TX 76111 on Saturday, December 1 at 2pm. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to all that have cared for Tanda during her illness over the years.

Larry Duane West

Larry Duane West ,63 of Justin ,Texas succumbed to lung cancer at his home surrounded by his family on November 7 . Larry was born in Phoenix Arizona and lived there with his family and friends until he moved to Texas 15 years ago to be close to his daughters and grandchildren. Larry is survived by his wife Dee of five years, daughters Tara West Campbell and husband Butch, Liz West, Stephanie West, Kari West, his loving grandchildren Haley, Dillon, Serenity, Kevin, Shaylee, Kasey, Conner, Caleb, Beau, and Gavin. His nephews Tim, BW, Michael, Lonnie, Brad, many extended family members including Rick and Elaine Door, Bruce Baker, Robin Merkevicius, and his Walmart family. Larry was a loving, patient, and kind father, husband, pops, and friend to all. Larry loved watching his crime and cooking shows and spending time with his family. He enjoyed watching golf and cooking out with his son Butch (his Boo) on weekends and just having family time with lots of laughter. He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Betty West, twin brother Barry, sisters Joann and Marjorie, brother Stanley and Michael, and his best friend of 63 years Brian Baker. His funeral will be held at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N. Sylvania Ave. Fort Worth Texas, 76111 on Sunday, November 18 at 2 PM.

Richard Lamar “Grits” Stephens Jr.

EULESS, TX – Richard Lamar “Grits” Stephens Jr., retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, left this Earth to fly high with our Lord October 24, 2018 after a courageous health battle.   Grits was born on January 6, 1957 to Richard “Lamar” Stephens Sr. and Joann Stephens, formerly Holcomb, in Marietta, GA. He was the first of five children.   He was a 1975 graduate of Mary Persons High School (Go Dawgs!). After high school, he pursued his dream to serve our country and travel the world by enlisting in the United States Air Force in March 1977.   After graduating basic training, his first assignment was to the 436th Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base (AFB) as a C-5 Flying Crew Chief. In April 1981, he was assigned to Altus AFB in Oklahoma to attend C-141 flight engineer school. After flight engineer school, he was assigned to the 15th Military Airlift Squadron in Norton AFB, California. While stationed in Norton, he met his wife, Mome, and they had their first baby, Nikki, in 1990. While at Norton, he flew missions in support of the President, Thunderbirds, International Nuclear Force, and the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. He has flown missions in support of the Granada and Panama conflicts, along with Operation Desert Storm.   From 1992 to 1994, he was assigned to Detachment 1 89th Military Airlift Wing at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, where he welcomed his “pineapple surprise,” his boy, Ricky (RLS III). In Hickam, he was a Flight Engineer with the aircrew responsible for transporting the United States Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Force/CC. In 1994, he relocated his family to Edwards AFB in the California desert, where he was the first ever flight engineer assigned to the 412th Flight Test Squadron, Speckled Trout. Along with a multitude of test missions, he has flown the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Secretary of the Air Force, and the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.   His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leave Clusters).   After retiring from service in 1998, Grits relocated to Euless, TX where he worked as a ground school instructor specializing in the Boeing 777 at American Airlines until 2006.   Grits was preceded in death by his parents and treasured family pets.   He was very loved and will be missed dearly by his wife Romelia “Mome” Stephens of Euless, daughter Nikki Stephens of Dallas, and son Richard Lamar “Ricky” Stephens III of Euless; brother Hank Stephens and wife Susan, Jeff Stephens and wife Beth, sister Sandra “Bitsy” Stanford and husband Ray, all of Forsyth, GA and sister Melissa “Missy” Reynolds and husband RJ of Gray, GA. He was a beloved uncle to five nephews and two nieces. He was also loved and cherished by his extended family and friends around the country, mostly in …

Antonette Maglieri Dinell

Antonette Maglieri Dinell, 92, passed away on October 3, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX. Service to be held on November 2, 2018 at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church at 9:45 a.m. with Interment to follow at 3:15 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Antonette was born in McKees Rocks, PA on October 12, 1925. She married Joseph Dinell in 1947 and they resided in Coraopolis, PA with their five children and her mother, Marie DeVito, until moving to Fort Worth, Texas in 1967. The family relocated to Laurel, Maryland during which time she received her nursing diploma specializing in geriatric care. In 1977, she and her husband returned to Texas where they owned and operated a family business in Houston. In retirement, Antonette returned to Fort Worth where she lovingly helped raise her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in her community and supported many organizations such as St.Judes, Disabled Veterans, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and was an active participant at the Haltom City Senior Center. She enjoyed painting, reading, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family above all else. As the Matriarch, she was until her passing, actively involved in the lives of her daughters, grand children and great grandchildren.  She was know as Nana by family and friends and was often asked for her advice.  She was loved and will be missed always. Antonette was preceeded in death by her son, Joseph William Dinell, and her husband, Joseph A. Dinell, brother William Maglieri and sister Christina Laschiavo SURVIVORS: Daughters, Constance Emling, Deborah Berry, Jody Noonan and Kristine Derrick; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren

Lucien EL O’Corvi

In memory of Rev Michael David McGehee, aka Lucien EL O’ Corvi Michael passed away Friday evening, October 12, 2018 at the age of 38. He is survived by his mother, Mary McGehee, father, Willis Ted Mcgehee, grandparents Billie and Stan McGehee, sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Shawn Windham, brother Brian McGehee, his close buddy and cousin, Bobbi McGehee as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. He considered all of his friends as members of his family, including his dear friends the Middleton/Smith family, whom he loved dearly. His tender heart gave him a compassionate soul and he was a wonderful comforter. He was a gentle caregiver to his great grandmother and was a companion for his grandparents, Billie and Stan. He touched so many lives and he will be missed dearly. The graveside service will be officiated by his Uncle, Rev. Stan Mcgehee Jr. at Smithfield Cemetery.

Alan Edward Underhill

Alan Edward Underhill 1964-2018   Alan Edward Underhill of Grapevine , Texas – Alan Edward Underhill passed peacefully at home on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Visitation: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, October 8 at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 North Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76111. Survivors: Left with precious memories are his loving children, Alexander Todd Underhill and Abigail Marie Garraty, brothers, Aubrey Foster Underhill (wife – Ellyn) and Andrew Lee Underhill (wife – Debbie), mother Nancy Lee Ball (husband – John) and father, Donald Foster Underhill (wife – Diane), and a host of other relatives and friends.  

Diane Bond Combs

Diane Bond Combs, 72, passed away on October 4, 2018 at home in the company of her loving daughters after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 11 at the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist church at 1:00 PM. Born in Temple Texas she was the daughter of Clinton and Hazel Bond. She graduated from Temple High School then went on to Loma Linda University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy.  She worked as a home health Physical Therapist for 50 years. Diane was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend.  She was a member of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist church for 30 years. She enjoyed singing in her church choir, lunching with her friends, a passion for snow skiing, traveling the world, and “going to the show”! She was blessed by a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and clearly understood that her life on earth was just temporary. Her forever home is in heaven. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Denise and Ty Blevins, Renee and Kevin Crawford, and Tami and Brain Highley, seven grandchildren: Austin and Spencer Blevins, Madeleine, Annalise and Olivia Crawford, and Stephen and Jaden Ailshie, as well as her precious companion dog, Ginger.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Clinton Bond, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, https://www.pancan.org, or Meals on Wheels Tarrant County, https://mealsonwheels.org.

Claude Wayne Billings

It is with great sadness that the family of Claude Wayne Billings, best known as Wayne, announces his passing after numerous medical battles, on September 24, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Wayne is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in active duty as helicopter gunner. During his service, Wayne received a number of medals and honors, including: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal (1st Award), and the Good Conduct Medal. Wayne was born and raised in Caldwell County, North Carolina, but after his service in Vietnam, Wayne and his wife – and daughter Cyndi – were stationed in Florida and California before settling down in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Fort Worth, Texas where Wayne had his second daughter, Barbara, and not only raised his family but also built their beautiful family home from the ground up after a fire destroyed the original property. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Teresa Billings, and his children Cyndi and Barbara. Wayne will also be remembered by his five grandchildren, Zack, Ricky, Stephanie, Jeremy, Haden, his two great-grandchildren, Raynor and JD, his brothers and sisters Nancy, Maxine, Larry, Ronnie, Mike, Randy. His nieces and nephews Jason, Rick, Julie, Tina, Danny, Tonya, Angel, Betty and Teresa. As well as extended family on his wife’s side. Wayne was predeceased by his brother and sister Frank and Leona. A Family Visitation and Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM, respectively, at Ridglea Baptist Church at 6037 Calmont Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76116, with Rev. Scott Cox officiating. Memorial donations in memory of Wayne may be made to Wounded Warriors Project either online at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or by mail to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.