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Velna Dyer

Velna Ruth "Cookie" Dyer of Paradise, TX will be 11am Saturday January 23, 2016 at Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, TX. and 1 pm Friday January 29 at First Baptist Church Huntington TX Cookie went to be with her Lord in Ft Worth Texas on January 4, 2016 at the age of 70. She was born in Lufkin Texas to Ralph and Doris Hassett on November 28, 1945. Cookie is survived by her husband of 52 years George Lee Dyer of Paradise, TX, daughter Leean Bozeman and husband Chris of Huntington, TX, grandson Adam Lee Coxwell and wife Courtney of Huntington, TX, sister Bina Melancon and husband Leroy of Lufkin, TX, sister in law Betty Lawson and husband Jerold of Tucson, AZ, niece Belinda Southern, nephew Brian Melancon and families of Lufkin, nephew Nathan Lawson of Phoenix, AZ and Joy Lawson of Tucson AZ and numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister and loved by all who knew her. She was proud to be an American and loved supporting our soldiers. She was a Godly woman who loved the Lord and looked forward to the day when she would meet him face to face. During her last days, The Lord was right there with her, holding her hand each step of the way. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to https://soldiersangels.org/    

Christopher Bransom

How do you sum up a person like Blake in just a few sentences? You don't. Blake was love personified. He was joy, peace and harmony to others who were also in pain. He was a friend to all. He loved, appreciated and accepted everyone just the way they were with no judgement. He was a dreamer, always searching for deeper meaning in this life. He was always on a journey and he deeply believed that things always happened for a reason, never believing in coincidences and chance. Christopher (Blake) Bransom, age 26, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015. He was born on November 5, 1989 in Arlington, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Mansfield, Texas, and recently lived in Crowley, Texas. He is survived by his Mother, Carrie Ann Morgan, Brothers, Chase “Morgan” Bransom and Cameron Jacobs, Grandmother, Judy Baker, Father Eric and Tonya Bransom, Sisters, Megan, Katlyn and Jordan Bransom, and aunts, uncles and other loving relatives. Blake attended Mansfield High School in 2008. Blake was always searching for beauty and found it in everything and everyone. On his journey, he effected everyone who crossed his path. He left an imprint on us all. He saw God in everything. When you saw a beautiful sunrise or sunset, there was Blake. He often referred to himself as a "star child" and would gaze at the stars in wonder, awe and love. Blake loved God. He knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.   Blake had a profound passion for music and was a very gifted, self-taught guitar player who expressed his feelings through his music, art and writing. Everything he felt, moved through his soul, and released through his hands, so he could share it with everyone to the best of his ability.   Blake was full of laughter and had a very mischievous side. Blake would want for you to show someone a random act of kindness, or just give to someone in need, maybe donate some of your time to a shelter and show those who may not remember, that love and kindness still exists.   So when you think of Blake and find yourself feeling sad, stop and look up at the stars, find the brightest one twinkling, and just remember Blake's smile.   A memorial service will be held at Grace Church, 880 W. County Road 714, Burleson, Texas, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. gracechurchburleson.com

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Violet Bailey

Violet Lavelle Bailey passed peacefully at her home on November 16th 2015 in Denton TX at the age of 94. She was born December 28th 1920 in Bloomfield Iowa, daughter of Le Grande (Pat) and Nellie Buzard Van Horn. She married Jack Roger Bailey June 21st 1940. They had five children; Roger, Donna, David, Tommy and Charlotte. She was a loving wife, mother, home maker and occasionally worked outside the home as a cook in several restaurants in Kentucky and Texas. She is survived by one sister Sally Kearse of Lancaster Missouri one son Tommy Bailey and wife of Calvert City Kentucky, 2 daughters Donna Cardwell and husband of Cape Girardeau Missouri and Charlotte Shropshire of Talihina Oklahoma; six beautiful grandchildren Jackie Lavelle, Robin Michelle, Christy Lynn, David R. Jr., Carol Ann and Christina Michelle and their families; eight great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and great nieces, nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She attended churches of her choice -Pentecostal and Baptist always jokingly saying “God don’t care what Church you go to just show up on Sundays when possible”. Violet is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, husband of 29 years, 2 sons Roger and David of Gilbertsville KY. grandsons David Jr. of Mayfield KY and Jason of Grand Rivers KY, and granddaughters Cynthia and Amanda of Gilbertsville KY. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly. She will be laid to rest at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Kirksey KY.

Clynda Davis

CLYNDA OLSON DAVIS   Clynda Louise was welcomed into this world by her devoted parents, Vernon A and Virginia Bernice Olson on September 15, 1948 in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in a loving home alongside her brother, Gary; attended Kimble High in Dallas; and after graduation, went on to Tarleton State College in Stephenville.   Clynda married Stephen Thomas Davis August 26, 1972, and they grew their family with the additions of Martin Beauregard (Beau) and Stephanie Leigh (Stevie).   “Free-spirited,” “effervescent,” “dreamer,” “flower child,”  – these are all words that have been used to describe this optimistically cheerful woman.  She was the poster child of “not sweating the small stuff, “and “turning lemons into lemonade.”  Clynda was unique in her ability to take GOD at His word. She wholeheartedly believed HE would always take care of her, giving her the freedom to live the “childlike” life which Jesus spoke of in His Sermon on the Mount.   Clynda loved Jesus and the Church He established. Her light burned brightly, as she compassionately served others in ministry. Clynda loved GOD’s Word and was never hesitant to share it. She was an avid reader and enjoyed inspirational music.   Her greatest love on Earth, however, was her family. She had a very close bond with her parents and brother, she believed wholeheartedly that her life’s calling and greatest accomplishment was being the mother of Beau and Stevie, and she absolutely adored her grandchildren.   Clynda recently became ill and courageously fought for her life, with her devoted children continuously by her side. She left this world November 18, 2015 to be with her GOD.   Clynda was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Bernice Olson. She leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Vivian Olson of Duncanville; her son and daughter-in-law Beau and Tisha Davis of McKinney; her daughter and son-in-law Stevie and Montoyea Price of Fort Worth; her precious grandchildren Maddi, Parker and Pepper Davis, and Eli and Tatyana Price; her husband of 13 years and dear friend, Steve Davis of Dallas; her nephews and niece Jason, Philip and Amy; great-nephews and nieces; and a host of cousins and surrogate children.   Clynda’s physical presence will be deeply missed, but her legacy of love will live on in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.

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Sherry Kelly

Sherry Kelly, age 50, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Fort Worth, TX after a long battle with Ovarian Cancer. She fought bravely and was so strong during her battle. She was born in Dallas, TX to Estel Juanita (Barton) Geer and James Loyd Geer and was an only child. Sherry Kelly has two children, Christopher Adam Martinez and Angela Marie (Martinez) James. She married Michael Kelly in 1992. She had love for all things related to technology, frogs, and the color purple. More than all of that she loved her five grandchildren most. She will be remembered as a great and loving person to all those who had the honor to know her. Sherry Kelly is survived by her mother Juanita, her mother-in-law Joyce, father-in-law Gordon, her husband Michael, her children Chris and Angela, and her grandchildren Zoie, Chris, Ricky, Eliana, and Sammy. We will always carry Sherry in our hearts and she will be greatly missed by all. A memorial will be held in her honor at 'The Keller Pointe' in their Wild Rose Room this Friday, November 27, 2015 from 12-3. The address is 405 Rufe Snow Dr. Keller, TX 76248 and their phone number is 817-743-4386. We are asking that in lieu of flowers everyone donate to the American Cancer Society in memory of Sherry Kelly. The family would like to thank everyone for all of their love and support as we all mourn the loss of a wonderful and loving person.   

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Bryant Hutchinson

Bryant Vanelle Clements Hutchinson Bryant Vanelle Clements was the only child born to Willie Irene Bryant and Leon Lafayette Clements, born on February 10, 1929, in Pecan Gap, Hunt County, Texas.   Her mother died of Tuberculosis when Bryant was almost seven years old, leaving her to live with her maternal grandparents, M.E. and Delta Bryant in Commerce, Texas until her father, Leon, married Cornelia Judith Cochran in 1939.   Bryant’s first job was at the Bordon Ice Cream Store in Borger, Texas located by Phillips, where her Daddy worked in the oil fields.   She graduated from Phillips High School when she was only 16 years old.  She then started working for the Phillips Petroleum Company.  At 17, she decided to attend East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas where she worked at the college library.  Bryant majored in art, but her college studies were cut short by contracting Tuberculosis leading her to be hospitalized for 9 months in a sanitarium in West Texas.   Bryant did return to ETSU under a rehabilitation program, but again, her art degree was never realized.   She was introduced to a young man by the name of Ralph Venor Hutchinson by his brother, Bernard.   Bernard thought Bryant would be a great catch for Ralph after seeing her walking down their street in Commerce, Texas.  So, Bryant and Ralph were married by Dr. A.A. Duncan, the same minister that had married her parents 24 years earlier, in his home in Greenville, Texas on January 14, 1950.   Bernard Hutchinson was Ralph’s Best Man and his wife, Margaret Bogel Hutchinson, was Bryant’s Maid of Honor.   They honeymooned at the Grand Canyon in Arizona and, upon their return, they bought their first home located at 2725 O’Bannon Drive near Wynnewood Village in Dallas.   At 23, she became a mother for the first time with the birth of their son, John followed by Kim, and then Van.    Bryant and Ralph custom designed their second home located at 3711 Holiday Road near the Westcliff Mall in Oak Cliff. Bryant’s next roll was to begin her long and successful career in the real estate industry beginning in 1957.  The next three years were spent learning the real estate market under Judge Fite, Jim Gaul and John Allen.  For the next twelve years she worked hard to expand her customer base while raising three children.  Bryant made sure they had a good time on long trips to California, the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, and camping along the coast of Texas, or in the numerous State Parks.  By 1969, Bryant founded her own company, Bryant Hutchinson Realtors, opening up a new office on Edgefield in Oak Cliff.   She would go on to receive her certificate from the National Association of Realtors Educational Branch leading her to offer real estate seminars teaching anyone interested in obtaining their real estate license.  Bryant soon became a Real Estate Broker and operated  offices in Duncanville, Desoto and Oak Cliff.    She was also an active member of the Oak Cliff …

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Marshall Keeton

MARSHALL STEPHEN "STEVE" KEETON, 67 In loving memory of Marshall "Steve" Keeton, 67, of Kennedale, Texas died November 1, 2015, at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. He was born in Fort Worth Texas, in 1948, to Harold Beasley Keeton and Fannie Wanema Keeton on a fine Sunday morning and was enrolled in Sunday school later that day. Surviving are his wife Jennifer Keeton, son Luke Keeton, daughter Stephenie Collins, sister Carolyn Hamilton; one granddaughter Carley Collins; two grandsons Blake and Nolan Collins. As well as two step-sons Asa Wheeler and Scott Atkins, two step-daughters Mandy Garvin and Victoria Walker; one step-granddaughter Catti-brie Wheeler, one step-grandson Lucas Garvin. He is preceded in death by one step-granddaughter Tatum Louise Garvin. Steve worked as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor at Keeton Surveying Company for 34 years, of which his father Harold Keeton established in 1967. He proudly served the community of The City of Grand Prairie and surrounding areas. He attended school in Oklahoma University and Texas A&M. He was a man that dedicated his life to loving his family and to hard work and business integrity in helping others. Steve loved the simple things in life. He lived for the Lord, his wife, his children, and wife’s children as his own. The visitation is from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N. Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, Texas. The funeral service will follow the next day and will be a private family service at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 6, 2015, also at the Alpine Funeral Home. The burial will be in Ozona, Texas, as he wanted to always be laid to rest out in the country with his family.

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Jimmy Powell

"In the clouds, I'll meet you again" Jimmy Bryan Powell, 30, of Weatherford , Texas passed away October 30, 2015. His family was by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord. He was born to Jimmy Powell and Jere Powell in Stephenville , Texas on August 25, 1985. Jimmy was a member of the Class of 2004 at Weatherford High School and attended Weatherford College both in Weatherford , Texas . He was a family man to the core. He loved nothing more than to be surrounded by his family talking, playing/making music, watching tv, or playing games. He always loved to joke around with everyone. We will miss his laugh and smile most. He was always a hard worker and a proud guy. He adored and spoiled his little sister. He grew up the eldest of over 20 first cousins, who along with his many aunts and uncles were as close as siblings. He leaves us much too soon, and the memories we have will be cherished forever. We love you Jimmy Bryan, Bubba, Jim. Jimmy Bryan is survived by his father Jimmy Powell, and wife Bobbi Powell, and his sister Brittany Powell all of Weatherford, Texas, and his mother Jere Powell of Lufkin, Texas, and his sister Ashley Walton and brother Josh White. He also leaves his paternal grandmother, Nancy Johnston along with several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many other loved ones Funeral arrangements are being handled by Alpine Funeral Home located at 2300 North Sylvania Avenue , Fort Worth , Texas 76111 . The visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, November 6th at the funeral home. Graveside Service and burial will follow 3pm Saturday, November 7th at East Greenwood Cemetery on the corner of North Rusk Street and Front Street in Weatherford, Texas. 

Ralph Shilling

Ralph J. Shilling died Monday, September 7th,  at his home in Fort Worth at the age of 82. He had been in declining health for some time. Ralph was born February 18, 1933, to Lettie  and Jesse Franklin Shilling in rural Bexar county, Texas.  As a boy he helped his parents with the work on the family farm until he joined the United States Air Force  in 1950 at the age of 17. While in in the service he was stationed in England where he met his future wife Mary Thrower. After discharge in 1954 Ralph attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1957 with a degree in accounting. Ralph and Mary wasted no time  in relocating to Dallas where  Ralph soon began his accounting career with Ford Motor Company. In 1988 Ralph moved to Fort Worth and the following year he married Pat Gordon. Ralph worked for several Oil & Gas companies including Hunt Petroleum and  Sun Oil Company until his retirement in 2001. Ralph was a longtime member of the Society of Petroleum Accountants and achieved his Certified Public Account designation in 1969.   Mr. Shilling was preceded in death by his wife, Pat , and is survived by his daughter Lisa Alison Bryan and sons Anthony M. and Richard J. Shilling, of Dallas, TX, daughter-in-law Marsha Shilling, son-in-law Scott Bryan, stepsons  David and Steve Hardwick, Steve’s wife Kathy Hardwick, stepdaughter Sandy Hardwick and her wife Shirley Pettis.   In his retirement Mr. Shilling enjoyed foreign travel with his wife of 23 years, Pat W. Gordon, and spending time with friends and extended family, Ashley, Angel, Abbey, Adam and Angela Flores, Megan Secaur, Jeremy Hardwick, JR Ledbetter, Crysta White, Amanda Hardwick and Asia Ledbetter. Ralph also leaves behind many, many longtime friends who will miss him dearly. He will long be remembered for his kindness, gentleness, and gracious good humor.   The family will conduct a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Interment at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a future date.

Ralph Shilling

Ralph J. Shilling died Monday, September 7th,  at his home in Fort Worth at the age of 82. He had been in declining health for some time. Ralph was born February 18, 1933, to Lettie  and Jesse Franklin Shilling in rural Bexar county, Texas.  As a boy he helped his parents with the work on the family farm until he joined the United States Air Force  in 1950 at the age of 17. While in in the service he was stationed in England where he met his future wife Mary Thrower. After discharge in 1954 Ralph attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1957 with a degree in accounting. Ralph and Mary wasted no time  in relocating to Dallas where  Ralph soon began his accounting career with Ford Motor Company. In 1988 Ralph moved to Fort Worth and the following year he married Pat Gordon. Ralph worked for several Oil & Gas companies including Hunt Petroleum and  Sun Oil Company until his retirement in 2001. Ralph was a longtime member of the Society of Petroleum Accountants and achieved his Certified Public Account designation in 1969.   Mr. Shilling was preceded in death by his wife, Pat , and is survived by his daughter Lisa Alison Bryan and sons Anthony M. and Richard J. Shilling, of Dallas, TX, daughter-in-law Marsha Shilling, son-in-law Scott Bryan, stepsons  David and Steve Hardwick, Steve’s wife Kathy Hardwick, stepdaughter Sandy Hardwick and her wife Shirley Pettis.   In his retirement Mr. Shilling enjoyed foreign travel with his wife of 23 years, Pat W. Gordon, and spending time with friends and extended family, Ashley, Angel, Abbey, Adam and Angela Flores, Megan Secaur, Jeremy Hardwick, JR Ledbetter, Crysta White, Amanda Hardwick and Asia Ledbetter. Ralph also leaves behind many, many longtime friends who will miss him dearly. He will long be remembered for his kindness, gentleness, and gracious good humor.   The family will conduct a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Interment at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a future date.