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.

David Cumming

David Bruce Cumming, a native of Fort Worth, TX, passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015.  Dave was born May 2, 1949 to Richard Alton and Foye R. Gilley Cumming.  Dave is survived by his loving wife Melodie Lynn, son Dr. Jeffery Cumming and wife Leslie, of Ardmore, OK.,  and step-children Michael and Amelia Bourassa.  He is a proud grandparent to Lily, and twins, Lila and Luke Cumming. Also, sister Sharon Hobart (Waco, TX),  and brothers Greg Cumming (Jacksborough, TX), and fraternal twin Dwight Cumming (Fort Worth, TX).        Dave majored in Journalism at Texas Christian University after graduating from Arlington Heights High School.   His life work has always connected to his love for flying, history, literature, nature, and the art of writing.  He excelled as an editor, photographer, and contracted as a technical writer with leading companies in the aeronautics industry such as General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, Raytheon, etc. and most recently, Beumer Glidepath of Arlington, TX.   This year he authored and illustrated his first book, “My Mane Tails,” which is dedicated to his granddaughter, Lily.  The book celebrates their mutual appreciation for horses and shares his “Stories About the Horses I Have Known.” Dave is a humble servant of God with many gifts, loving friends, and is greatly missed.   Graveside Service:  Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 11am at the historical Clark Cemetery in Weatherford, TX.  Alpine Funeral Home. Memorial Service:  Saturday, September 12th at 11am at Christ Chapel Bible Church,  The Oakroom, Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, TX  Memorial Donations: Clark Cemetery Association  6401 Old Springtown Rd.  Weatherford, TX  76085 or CCBC West Campus Bldg. Fund in memory of Dave Cumming  https://myccbc.ccbcfamily.org/default.aspx?page=3607 Christ Chapel Bible Church  3701 Birchman Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76107  

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David Cumming

David Bruce Cumming, a native of Fort Worth, TX, passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015.  Dave was born May 2, 1949 to Richard Alton and Foye R. Gilley Cumming.  Dave is survived by his loving wife Melodie Lynn, son Dr. Jeffery Cumming and wife Leslie, of Ardmore, OK.,  and step-children Michael and Amelia Bourassa.  He is a proud grandparent to Lily, and twins, Lila and Luke Cumming. Also, sister Sharon Hobart (Waco, TX),  and brothers Greg Cumming (Jacksborough, TX), and fraternal twin Dwight Cumming (Fort Worth, TX).        Dave majored in Journalism at Texas Christian University after graduating from Arlington Heights High School.   His life work has always connected to his love for flying, history, literature, nature, and the art of writing.  He excelled as an editor, photographer, and contracted as a technical writer with leading companies in the aeronautics industry such as General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, Raytheon, etc. and most recently, Beumer Glidepath of Arlington, TX.   This year he authored and illustrated his first book, “My Mane Tails,” which is dedicated to his granddaughter, Lily.  The book celebrates their mutual appreciation for horses and shares his “Stories About the Horses I Have Known.” Dave is a humble servant of God with many gifts, loving friends, and is greatly missed.   Graveside Service:  Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 11am at the historical Clark Cemetery in Weatherford, TX.  Alpine Funeral Home. Memorial Service:  Saturday, September 12th at 11am at Christ Chapel Bible Church,  The Oakroom, Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, TX  Memorial Donations: Clark Cemetery Association  6401 Old Springtown Rd.  Weatherford, TX  76085 or CCBC West Campus Bldg. Fund in memory of Dave Cumming  https://myccbc.ccbcfamily.org/default.aspx?page=3607 Christ Chapel Bible Church  3701 Birchman Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76107  

Samuel Castleberry Jr.

Samuel E. Castleberry Jr., was a life-long Ft. Worth resident and second generation house builder, who died at the age of 83.  Known affectionately as “Skundy”, he was active until August 8, 2015, when his heart failed him.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of his life at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N. Sylvania Ave., Ft. Worth, Tx, on August 29, 2015 at 11AM.   Sam enjoyed water skiing and dancing in his younger days and was an avid Cowboys fan throughout his days.  An Army Veteran, he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.   Born to Samuel E. Castleberry and Anna Lee Payne Castleberry, he is survived by his beloved sister, Iris McLean and her husband Ross of Plattsburgh, NY, and their children Ross Jr., Scott, Carol (and her son, Lucas), and Jill.  Grieving are his daughters, Cappie Hausman and her husband Sid of Tesuque, NM, and Annadane Spencer and her husband Scott of Santa Fe, NM, and their children, Clayton and Victoria.  Sam’s passing is also mourned by his stepdaughter, Lorie Townsend of North Richland Hills, TX, and her daughter, Nicole Mchenry, and Sam’s stepdaughters Blinda Schweer of Mineola, TX, and Lisa Jones, of Arlington, TX, and their children.  Sam was predeceased by his wife, LaVerne Wallace Castleberry and first wife, Betty LaRue Crocker Christie.

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Juanita Flores

Juanita (Janie) Flores Juanita (Janie) Flores, 64, passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Visitation/Prayer service: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Alpine Funeral Home. Juanita was born in Cameron, TX on Feb. 8, 1951. She was a retired electrical assembly technician for Lockheed Martin. Our wonderful mother who loved her entire family with all her heart was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Flores; parents, Clarence and Pauline H. Puente; brothers, Henry Gomez, Fred Puente, Rudy Puente, and Robert Puente; and sisters, Martina Cortez, Paula Monsavais and Susie Rodriguez. Survivors: Sons, Johnny R. Arp (Natacha), Abel Cepeda (Ava), and Martin P. Cepeda; grandchildren, Acacia M. Arp, Savor Tanner, and Jasmyn L. Bell; brothers, Raymond Rogers, Raymond Puente (Connie) and Johnny Puente; sisters, Carmen Valerio (Elias), Sarah Patino (Homer), Dolores Smith (Larry), Rosemary Bosquez (Manuel), Ophelia Silver and Connie Paiz (Jesse); and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Susan Judge

Susan Loyce Griffith Judge, 66, of Haltom City, Texas passed away on July 20th, 2015.   She was born to the late Russell and Mary Griffith on September 28th, 1948 in Vernon, Texas.  She married Tommy Judge on March 20th, 1984.   She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (Nana).  She is survived by her husband Tommy Judge and seven children: Aundrea, Stephanie, Stacie, Jackie, Jamie, Jodie and Brandyn.  She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her sister Priscilla Mercer. A memorial will be held Thursday, July 23rd at Alpine Funeral Home.   Please stop by to celebrate Susan's life between 6 and 8 in the evening.

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Raymond Calvey

Raymond Joseph Calvey Sr. passed away peacefully Sunday, July 19, 2015, at his home, surrounded by loving family. A native of New Orleans, LA, “R.J.”, as he was known to family and friends, inspired all those around him through a lifetime of love, compassion, and friendship as well as a commitment to God, family, and Country. He enjoyed sports as a youngster and developed a love of music, eventually learning trumpet and playing in St. Augustine’s Marching 100. After graduation, the proud Purple Knight served in the United States Army four years and two additional years as a Reservist, earning the rank of Specialist. Upon leaving active duty, he began work for the Postal Service, a career that offered him the stability and opportunity that were the foundation of his standard of support for his family. In 2005, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the flood that followed influenced his and his wife’s decision to leave their beloved city of New Orleans and relocate their family to Fort Worth, Texas. R.J. found in Ft. Worth a new opportunity to continue his growth by returning to school at Texas Christian University, and he excelled in his studies there, earning a full scholarship and many academic accolades. R.J. was an outspoken man whose experience and communication skills came across as sincere and honorable, even as his style ran from cool, collected and sympathetic to scathing hot with accurate, sharp criticism. He wasn't the type to back down from a fight, but he was also never the type to back away from an embrace; those who knew him will remember his fire and his gentleness with equal fondness. He was a great guy to have on your team, whatever the game. He was blessed with a tenacious spirit, and an uncanny ability to get to the bottom of a situation, even when details were hidden. His sharp acumen often put him in the position of mentor and confidant, which he accepted with confidence and patience. He was often quoted as saying that his primary purpose in life was to be the best father and husband that he could; this obligation was ordained by God and integral to his faith. His dedication extended beyond his immediate family, as he encouraged others to their best and brightest outcomes, often leading and offering guidance through example. These facts were clear in his final battle with cancer, as he again gave his family and friends a humble example of bravery in the face of an insurmountable enemy. His continued charm and graceful demeanor were an inspiration to all around him, even as he succumbed to the illness. R.J. has now joined his parents, Raymond and Esther Calvey, in the sweet joy of a closer walk with the Lord. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Calvey, his four children, Tory, Raymond Jr., Raychelle and Justin, his sisters, Debra LeBeouf, and Ramona Calvey, and his brother, Ferdinand “Pete” Calvey.  His legacy also includes numerous family and friends …

Grady Martin

Grady Leroy Martin departed this life Thursday, July 16, 2015. Service: Family and Friends Tuesday evening 6pm to 8pm at Alpine Funeral Home. Graveside service Wednesday 11am at Mt. Olivet Cemetery located in the Garden of Angels. Survivors: Father Lee Roy Martin, of Haslet TX;  sisters, Clarissa Howard of Watauga;  Melissa Mackie of Cripple Creek CO; brother Richard Martin of Ft. Worth; Rodney King of Ft. Worth; Leejay Martin of Haslet; and many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Grady Cole Martin, mother Loretta Ann King, brother Jerry McCoy Martin, and Amos Dewayne Martin.

Richard Garcia

Richard Cantu Garcia Obituary   January 19, 1935 – July 12, 2015 Richard Cantu Garcia of Fort Worth, TX. passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 12, 2015 at the age of 80 after a long struggle trying to heal from post cancer treatments.  Memorial will be held Saturday July 18, 2015 at the El Buen Pastor church; 4800 Merida Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76115. Gathering at 1pm, Service will begin at 2pm. Richard was born on January 19, 1935 in Saspamco, TX, he was the youngest child to the late Tirso and Petra Garcia. He was preceded in death by son Robert Angel Garcia, brother Frank Garcia, sisters Helen Rogers, Mary Hernandez and Susie Castellano.  Richard is survived by sons Richard Garcia Jr., Rey Garcia, Roland Garcia (Tricia Garcia), Ruben Garcia (Christie Garcia), Jeff Cole (Jennifer Cole), daughter Michelle Garcia, last living sibling Sarah Maldonado, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.  He will live forever in the hearts of his family and so many friends.