Douglas Lawrance

Douglas Holway Lawrance passed away on April 29th after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Janet (Baillie), adored dad of Abbeth and Rhys, and loving and supportive step dad to Carly; dear brother of Chuck, Lynn and Mark (Jan) and uncle of Erin, Devin, Scott, Ken and Joe.  He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Sue and nephew Will.    Born in Indianapolis, IN on December 10, 1956 to William and Bonita Lawrance, he graduated from North Central HS in 1975 and earned his degree in Electronics Engineering from ITT Technical School.  He worked for IBM, Agilysys, Inc/ Tolt Solutions, and most recently Mainstreet, Inc. Although Doug’s title was typically Systems Engineer, in reality he was the “go-to guy” wherever he went.     Doug was incredibly witty, kind, loyal and giving. There was virtually nothing Doug couldn’t fix or do.  He enjoyed working, playing, collecting and/or tinkering with anything electronic, especially computers and amplifiers, bikes, cars, motorcycles, music, guns and guitars.   Services will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 10 at Shannon Rose Hill Chapel & Cemetery, 7301 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth.   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Doug’s memory to the “Will Lawrance Legacy Art Fund”, c/o The Advancement Center, 8550 Woodfield Crossing Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or online, by clicking “Donate Now”, and selecting the “Will Lawrance Legacy Art Fund” in fund designation.


Donley Robinson

Donley “Jeep” Robinson passed away on April 18, 2016 in Fort Worth, Tx.  Jeep is preceded in death by his loving parents; Mother Eunice Smith of Blue Mountain, MS and Father Lesley Robinson of Memphis, TN.  Also two siblings; Brothers Fredrick “Cotton” and Jimmy “Punkin”. He is survived by: His brother Pete Robinson, his children; Frank Robinson and Don Robinson and wife Teressa of Fort Worth, Stephen Robinson and wife of Midland, and Scott Robinson and wife Amy of Temple.  Also, survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand kids, and great grand kids. Jeep was a life long owner/operator as a Truck Drive.  Jeep was one of the most genuine people you could ever meet, anyone that knew him knew he never met a stranger.  The two things he enjoyed most was spending time with his grandkids and entertaining friends in his spare time.  Jeep was loved by many and will be missed by all. Memorial services will be performed at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N. Sylvania Ave. Fort Worth, Tx. 76111 on April 22, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm.  Reception following from 5pm to 7pm.  Location TBD.

Tamara Serna

Tamara Lynn Serna, 55, went to be with the Lord on February 4, 2016.   Tamara was survived by her children: Son, Michael Paul Reed and Daughter, Theresa Tennerson.  Her Grandchildren: Cailie Madision Reed, Ashton Reed-Perez, and Kieran Avery Reed.  Also, her siblings; Sister, Renee Reed and Missy Ingle; and Brother, Bruce Reed.  Tamara was preceded in death by her Parents; Paul and Lena Reed and her other siblings: Duke Allen Reed, Paul Michael Reed, and Sandra Faye Reed.   Tamara was born on September 03, 1960 in Wichita, Kansas to Paul and Lena Reed.  Her Father Paul was active in the United State Air Force and the family moved all over the US for years.  Including, New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, and ended in Texas in 1969.   Tamara went to school here in Texas and graduated from Northside High School in 1979.  She spent most of her time participating in the High School Band where she played the clarinet and she enjoyed it fully.  After graduation she devoted all her days to her children in the world of Motherhood.  Tamara had been blessed with 2 children whom she treasured and loved very much.  Son; Michael born in 1979 and Daughter; Theresa born in 1990.    Tamara was a longtime employee of Billy Bobs Texas in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.  She certainly loved her job and of course the music as well.   Everyone that knew Tamara, knew her love for the Lord and her passion for writing and singing songs.  Besides loving her family and friends, her other interests involved her artistic side of painting and drawing.  Tamara had a heart of gold and was always willing to help anyone in need. Her giving nature not once went unnoticed.  She will missed greatly by many.   John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Mary Gervais

Mary Joan (MJ) Lacock Gervais   MJ passed away on January 20, 2016 with her husband, Dick, and two of their sons, as well as two very close friends at her side.  She had recently celebrated her 80th birthday.   MJ was born in Washington, PA/ (known as “Little Washington”) on December 29th 1935.  This was also the birthplace of both of her parents.  The family later moved to Akron, Ohio where MJ was raised.  She loved being in her high school band and was elected as the head majorette in her senior year.  She marched many time in the famous Rubber bowl in Akron.   In her junor year at Miami University (Ohio) she met her husband to be, Dick Gervais, a senior at Miami.  MJ was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Dick a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.  It was clearly a match for a lifetime, and they were married the following September (1956).  It was a short honeymoon since Dick was inducted into the Army just ten days later.  They were stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA.   Following military service Dick joined Procter and Gamble and later, General Foods Corp. Combined, this resulted in 16 moves, and they lived in nine different states.  MJ made these transfers easy on all the family by making good friends wherever they lived and being certain the boys stayed active.  Since each son was born in a different state (Scott in Georgia, Steve in Pennsylvania, and David in New Jersey.) any accent they may have is a blend of those flavors.  On retirement they moved back to Texas where two of their son’s had bailed out before Mom and Dad’s last move back to Connecticut.    The final move to Texas was the easiest since MJ had made many friends when they lived in Arlington seven years earlier.  She has been a long time member of the Suburban Woman’s Club in Arlington, as a secretary and later as the newsletter editor.  Those relationships and many new friends were the result of MJ’s ability to make friends easily.  Her smile preceded her wherever she went, and her gift of placing everyone else’s needs before her own made friendships easy and long lasting.    She loved playing canasta, bridge and bunko, and belonged to several groups who also enjoyed the games.  All furry creatures were welcomed into her life, and she closely bonded with the pets she and the family owned over the years.  Her new dog, Lexie, continues to watch through the window, waiting “Mom’s return.   MJ loved her job as a Mom and that same love carried over as a grandmother to three fantastic grandchildren.  She was ‘Gammy’ to two grandchildren and ‘Mimi’ to another (due to one young grandchild teaching the newest one how to say gammy—ended up as Mimi.)  MJ would spend time playing board games, going to movies, eating out, and clothes shopping with them.  Gammy’s special pancakes with chocolate chips, whipped …


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    

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.


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.


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.   


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 …