Jean Nunns Carter

Jean “Nan” Nunns Carter, age 81, went to be with Jesus on March 25, 2019.  Her parting was attended by her family and friends who will always think back to the born-again life she lived. This wonderful woman was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Jean was a Godly woman and led many people to the Lord.  Along with her husband Billy, she founded “Behind Prison Bars Ministry” where they witnessed to prisoners all over the state of Texas.  Her unconditional love for family, and all of God’s children, had a way of making you feel welcomed and cherished. Nan had a laugh and sense of humor that was as infectious as it was warmhearted. Jean was a truly one of a kind and has left an impression on everyone’s hearts that had the pleasure of meeting her.   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lewis and Marie Nunns, brother S.E. Nunns, her twin sister Peggy Nunns, and her beloved grandson Clinton Carter.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years William “Billy” Carter, her sons Bill Carter and Telvy, Mark Carter and Tonya and her daughter Tami Finley and Bryan.  She was blessed with many grandchildren; Justin Carter, Kevin Carter and wife Hillary, Riley Finley, Mark Carter, Sierra Carter, Steven Adams and wife Jessica, Shahad Tafich, Yvlet Tafich and Yussuf Tafich;  great grandchildren Rigby, Rhaelet, Anthony, Kalila, Gunner and soon to be welcomed into the world Cali Jean. Memorial and celebration of her life will be held April 4th,   at 2:00 PM. Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76111 817-834-4116

James Worth Keenom

James Worth Keenom, age 61, died in an automobile accident on March 22, 2019. He was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Jim was a manager for many years at Minyards Grocery Store before branching out into his own business, opening Tri-County Bail Bonds. He loved outdoor activities, hunting, and was an avid shooter. He was close to his family and had many close friends he loved spending time with. His sense of humor and his ability to make everyone laugh and smile was a quality that will be terribly missed. He was loved by many and will forever be in our hearts. He was preceded in death by his father, James Lewis Keenom. He is survived by his son, James Austin Keenom, Madeline Carter, and grandson, James Caleb Keenom. He is also survived by his mother, Ina Sue Keenom and spouse Bill Hamilton of Fort Worth, brothers, Mark Keenom of Fort Worth and Tracy Keenom and spouse Sharon Keenom of Burleson, sister Kayna Brown and spouse Matt Brown of Azle, nephews and nieces, Henry, Jesse, Levi, Jenny, Ellen, and Hannah, and ex-wife Mimi Middlebrook Keenom. A quote from Jim: “I have as many people in heaven I love as I do on earth. Don’t be sad when I die, I just want people to have a beer in my name and laugh.” A memorial for Jim Keenom will be held at The Fountains Fellowship Church at 812 S. Crowley Rd. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Ramon Mack Snead

Ramon Mack Snead, soldier, Little League baseball coach, Scoutmaster, mechanical design engineer and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on February 22, 2019. He was born June 4, 1923 in Tulsa Oklahoma, to parents Arthur Snead and Theron Price Snead. His mother named him Ramon after her favorite silent movie actor, Ramon Navarro, and his father named him Mack because he was working as a mechanic for Mack trucks at the time. He was raised in Dallas, Texas and joined the United States Army in January of 1943 and served as an aircraft armorer. While stationed at Seymour Johnson Army Air Forces base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, he met Ruth Gordon Shirley. They were married February 5, 1945. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, they moved to Dallas, Texas. Ramon attended Southern Methodist University where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in June of 1950. After graduation, he worked at Texaco as a salesman until August of 1955, when he accepted a job as a mechanical design engineer, at what was then known as Convair (now known as Lockheed Martin.) He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1988. He and Ruth raised two sons. He was known as “Super Mechanic” by the neighborhood boys because of his ability to fix any broken go kart, motorcycle or car. He is survived by his two sons, R. Mack Snead, Jr. and his wife Debbie, and Michael Snead and his wife Karen. He is also survived by grandson Joel Snead and his wife Danyelle and their daughter Silver, and by granddaughter Katelyn Snead Brandt and her husband Brad. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 68 years, Ruth, who passed away in 2013. Interment service is scheduled on Monday April 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas 75211. Following will be a memorial service held at Calvary Baptist Church, 401 West Church Street, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in memory of Ramon Snead to The Gathering, at 214 West Davis St., Mesquite, TX 75149 or http://www.gatheringmesquite.org/donate; or to the charity of your choice. Our family would like to thank Dr. Robert Kelly for his excellent treatment and advice, his caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care, especially Patricia Hiltebrandt, who went above and beyond what was required in an attempt to make his final days as comfortable as possible. We would also like to thank his longtime neighbor, Martin Carrillo, for always being there to help him, no matter what needed to be repaired.

Kay Alta Westendorf

Kay Alta Westendorf died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Fort Worth. Service: 11 a.m. Monday, March 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Worth.  Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the church. Kay was born August 4, 1949, in Waverly, Iowa to Jean E. and Gordon B. Porter. She was a 1967 graduate of State College High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She completed a business certificate in 1968 from American Institute of Business in Des Moines.  Kay retired from Texas Christian University in 2011 after more than 20 years of working in various offices. She married James Allen Westendorf on October 26, 1968, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They were married for 46 years before Jim’s passing in 2014.  She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ.  Kay was a talented and gifted quilter who shared her talents with many friends.  Kay was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, grand aunt, sister, daughter, and friend who gave unconditional love to all. Kay was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by sons Jeffrey Westendorf of West Des Moines, Iowa and Michael Westendorf (Teresann) of Burleson, Texas; daughter Amy George (David) of Mission, Kansas; granddaughters, Jessica Westendorf, Meredith George, Emily Crowe and Christina Westendorf; brothers Bradd Porter (Jane) and Ross Porter; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4201 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109 for the growth of this loving church community.

Nicolasa Morales

Nicolasa Morales,of 59 years, of Acuña Coahuila, died on March 16 in the comfort of her home in White Settlement, Tx, after suffering 4 strokes. She was born on September 10, 1960 in Acuña Coahuila, the daughter of Gabriel Morales and Paula De la Torre. She was a very strong woman, she never rested, she always had time to take care of her family. And she was a very dear person to everyone. She is survived by her husband Johnny Jr. Guerra. Two sons and three daughters: Juan, Miguel, Teresa, Lucy and Silvia. Leave 8 grandchildren and one sister: Amada Morales.Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 6-8 pm. In Alpine Funeral Home 2300 North Sylvania Fort Worth, Txt 76111   Friends and family, who like to join us, will be welcome.

Retha O. “Zell” Flippo

In Olney, Texas on November 18, 1933, a beautiful, red-headed girl joined the family of Ima Worley and Troy Frazier. She stood out from her two older, dark-headed siblings, Derold and Frankie because of that red hair.  She became known to her “Daddy” as his “pink-haired girl”.  To her two younger sisters, Faye and LaVerne, she was their “red-headed sister”. For the rest of her life she would stand out from the crowd for more reasons than just her hair. She finished High School in three years and graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas in 1951.  She attended Southwestern Assembly of God Collage in Waxahachie, Texas. On December 31, 1952, she celebrated the new year by marrying a childhood friend, Harold W. Evans.  Her dream of having a family was realized when she had three children, Brenda Evans, Shellie Smith and Troy W. Evans. When her marriage ended, she worked at various jobs to support her family. She was a standout wherever she was employed, first in San Angelo, Texas and then in the Dallas/Fr. Worth area.  She was always able to advance quickly and reach managerial positions. In 1979, she married Bryan Flippo and moved into her home where she lived until her death. Bryan preceded her in death in December of 2000.  In 2007, she lost her much-loved son, Troy. After Bryan passed away, Brenda became her helper and protector with the aid of Shellie and her husband Carl Smith. During her prolonged period of declining health, she often looked for her “Daddy” and waited for him to   come for her to attend a revival that he was holding.  On March 12 of this year, she found her Daddy and that revival.  Her family rejoices in the successful end to her search.

Shirley Mae Valentine

Shirley Mae Valentine, Age 88, passed away on Wednesday 02/27/19 at Universal Health Service Hospice in Fort Worth, TX. She was the widow of Henry M Valentine. They shared 48 years of marriage. Shirley was born in Shawnee, KS on 06/09/1930. She was the daughter of Edward and Sylvia (Yoos) Colin. She was a Christian. She enjoyed her family and especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren in all of their sports and church activities. She will be remembered for her loving and caring nature. And for the way her eyes lit up and her beautiful smile when around her family and friends. She is survived by 2 sons, Jim (Sandy) Burford of Cedar Falls, IA, Mike Burford of TX, 4 daughters, Sylvia (Gordon) Smith of Herrin IL, Sheila Heichel of Kennedale, TX, Carla Sue (Dennis) Reuter of Gilbertville, IA, Cheryl (Steve) Saville of Haltom City, TX, a sister Carol Sarver of Glendale, OR and Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her spouse of 48 years, a son Richard Leon Burford, 2 brothers and 2 sisters and her parents. There will be a viewing and visitation at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 North Sylvania Fort Worth TX on March 2 2019 from 10 AM – 12 Noon.  

Dorothy Ann Baxter Harris

Dorothy Ann Baxter Harris Born October 31, 1928 of Keller, Texas Passed away Wednesday January 3, 2019 Dorothy was born and raised in Waco Texas. She graduated Waco High in 1946 and went on to attended North Texas State where she received her degree in physical education. After graduation she taught public school in Belton, Texas and Port Neches, Texas and was employed by American Airlines.  After having her children she became a substitute teacher for Saint John’s in North Richland Hills and some of the surrounding schools in Keller. She was very active in the Keller Woman’s club and enjoyed sewing for the Keller Indianettes. She also enjoyed being a member of ESA sorority. She enjoyed life and loved her family. She never met a stranger and enjoyed doing things for others. She is preceded in death by her husband John Robert “Jack” Harris. She is survived by her children Ann, David and John (Jessica) and Grandchildren Eric, Brittany and Taylor Harris. A celebration of life will be held on March 30, 2019 1100 am 200 pm at the home of David Harris. Any additional information call 817-431-2943. Please leave a message and your call will be returned.

Blaza ‘Blanch’ Tyler

Blaza ‘Blanch’ Tyler Blanch loved to smile, laugh, and have a good time! She had a never-ending desire to socialize and be in the middle of the action. She knew how to have fun. Her father died in a car accident when she was a teenager. As she was the oldest of 5 children, she started working at that time to help support the family. Blanch earned a Master’s degree and worked for over 50 years as a medical technologist. Her sense of family remained vital as evidenced by her family nickname of “Buddy.” Buddy was always ready for a family trip to Las Vegas or Disney World. Blanch, and her devoted husband of 51 years, Frank, moved to Fort Worth from Kansas City, Missouri in 2007. She quickly started building relationships and contributing to the community. She volunteered at the West Aid food bank, as well as serving as a Long-term Care ombudsman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Her ability to speak Spanish served her well in both positions. Blanch was even recognized as an “Exceptional Advocate” award winner by the State of Texas. Her desire to help and care for others was always in action. Blanch was also enthralled by the political process. In 1992, she was an alternate delegate from Missouri at the Republican National Convention. Blanch was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. She had been an active member of the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Organization. Her greatest legacy, however, is a lifetime of sowing love. She didn’t speak much about it other than to always say “Be kind.” Her actions to help, serve, and advocate for others spoke louder than any words could ever speak. Blanch’s physical body left us on February 19, 2019 – 63 years to the date of her father’s death. Her message of caring and serving carries forth. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, March 1st at 10am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6150 Pershing Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107 followed by a come and go Celebration of Life from 11:30am to 3:30pm at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 2500 Museum Way, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Her family would like to extend a special thank you to all those at The Stayton who took care of her the past three years with so much love, compassion, and gentleness.

James Dean Tillery

James Dean Tillery, age 47, passed away Friday morning, February 8th, 2019 after his courageous battle with cancer. James was born in Fort Worth, Texas on April 4th, 1971 to Sandra Garrett and Jimmy Tillery. He was a proud and loving father of four children, Jessica, Dillon, Tabitha and Nathan. James was commissioned Deputy for Tarrant County Sheriff Office where he was given the ability to do what he loved; serving, protecting, and helping his community. When he wasn’t serving his community, He was proudly serving and protecting his nation as a heavy vehicle driver during his enlistment in the United States Army Reserves including a deployment to Kuwait.   He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Monty and Lynn Garrett and Ben Tillery. Survived by his grandmother Frances Tillery. His mother Sandra Garrett and father Jimmy Tillery. Children Jessica, Dillon, Tabitha and Nathan. Siblings, Tonya Spurgeon and Joey Peak. And many other family and friends. James had a love for music and cars. He profoundly loved his children, family and friends. James enjoyed life and made the most out of each day. A celebration of life will be held for James D Tillery on Saturday February 16th, 2019 at 1 pm at The Hills Church, 8300 West Freeway Fort Worth, 76108. If you would like to donate to charity in lieu of flowers please donate to: Roll Call or Assist The Officer in James’ name.