Kathryn Joanne Nickason

Kathryn Joanne (Hentschel) Nickason of Fort Worth, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2020, at home surrounded by her family.  Kathy is survived by her husband, James Nickason; her daughter Laura and husband Hoyt Hammer, and their two children, Will and Aaron, of Fort Worth; her son, Mark Nickason of Breckenridge, Colorado; her sister Patty Coulter of Denver, Colorado.  Kathy referred to her illness and death as a little bump in the road to her eternal life.  She is joining her parents, Richard and Luverne Hentschel of San Diego, California in Heaven. While her life here on Earth ended far too soon, she packed a lot into those 69 years!  Kathy loved God, life, travel, her family, and her many friends.  She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1951.  While still very young, her family relocated to San Diego, California where she met the love of her life, Jim, at the very young age of 16!  They married in 1972, and after graduating from San Diego State University, they spent the next 11 years traveling the world while Jim served as an F-111 pilot. A three-year assignment in England gave them the opportunity to travel throughout Europe from which her love of travel was born!  During those years, Kathy put her degree in child development to use teaching preschool.  While stationed in New Mexico, she added a Master’s degree in Education to her resume, and went on to teach elementary education. After Jim’s Air Force career ended, his new job as a pilot for American Airlines brought them to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  After retirement in 2009, they took full advantage of their time to travel.  They went on numerous cruises, including a bucket list, month-long transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Southampton, England.  It was one of her very favorite memories.  Kathy will be remembered for her love of parties and entertaining, her love for her family – especially her two grandkids, her love for her friends, and for her kindness. Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of Kathy’s life is planned for a later date.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (donate.lls.org).

Lenis Ray Bench

Lenis Ray Bench, age 85, passed away on July 30, 2020 at Holland Lake Nursing Center under hospice care after a sudden illness and surgery.  Lenis was born in Wolfe City, Texas in Hunt County, to Hubert Bench and Julia Williamson Bench.  He was the eldest of eight children. Lenis retired from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, Civil Division.  While working, he enjoyed participating in the Sheriff’s Posse and served as a Captain.  After retirement, he worked on a ranch for quite a few years.  He loved old western movies, horses, guns and hunting.  “He was not a rodeo cowboy, but he was a true cowboy” to quote his son, David. Lenis is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ada Doris Bench and family; daughter Vicki Haverkorn(John); sons David Ray Bench; Charlie Roscoe(Debbie); sister Sandra Steen and family;  grandchildren Sara Morton(Mike); Kristine Boenisch; Whitley O’Brien(Nolan); Kaitlyn Bench;  great-grandchildren Ben and Abby Morton; River and Boston O’Brien and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He requested cremation without a service. He was loved and will be missed.

Carolyn Manners Crofts Webster

Carolyn (Carol) Manners Crofts Webster, age 89, left her earthly home peacefully and with her loving family by her side, at Community Hospice Care in Crowley, Texas, on July 25th, 2020, Carol was born in Austin, Texas, on January 28, 1931, the first of four children born to Sutton Phillip and Mary French Crofts. The family moved to Cisco, Texas, when she was a small child. Carolyn lived in Cisco throughout her formative years, then attended college at North Texas State College in Denton and at the University of Texas in Austin. She remained an enthusiastic, lifelong Longhorns fan. Returning to Cisco after college, Carol married James Hughes Webster, with whom she had four children — Brenda Carol, James (Jay) Hughes, Jr., Hubert William, and Laurie Anne. Carol and her children later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she lived the rest of her life. She worked in the insurance industry and pursued many interests and passions throughout her lifetime. Carol was a talented painter and an avid reader, a lover and supporter of the natural world and the environment, animals, music and the arts. She rescued and doted on many pet cats over the years and had a talent for growing a wide variety of stunning houseplants. Carolyn was an active member and sang in the choir at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Ft. Worth for decades. She also played clarinet in the Fort Worth City Band and took up tap dancing in her retirement years. She traveled extensively within the United States and abroad, often with her sister and her beloved parents. Carolyn will be remembered fondly for her sweet and charming disposition. For the past decade, she and her family navigated the realities of Alzheimer’s disease while taking turns caring for Carol at home. Through it all, her gentleness of spirit never wavered. With her inimitable aesthetic and style, Carol both radiated and appreciated beauty in all its forms. She was deeply loved and will be forever missed by all of her family and friends. Carolyn Crofts Webster was preceded in death by her parents, Sutton and Mary Crofts, of Cisco, Texas; her brother, Robert Sutton Crofts, of Orange, California; and two of her children, Brenda Carol Webster and Hubert William Webster. She is survived by her son, James (Jay) Webster, Jr. and wife, Jan; daughter, Laurie Webster Van Horn; sister, Dorothy (Dot) Crofts Mittel; brother, Darrell (Dash) Crofts and wife, Louise. Other survivors include grandchildren, Lindsey Koval and daughter, Sydney; Bailey Webster; Mariah Webster; Wyatt Webster; and Taylor Van Horn; nieces, Aimee Tullos; Donna Crofts Lawheed and husband, Dennis; Lua Crofts Faragher and husband, Scott; Amelia Crofts Dailey and husband, Sean; nephews, Phillip Tullos and wife, Debbie Strand; Gregory Sutton Crofts; Faizi Crofts and wife, Sun Rui; multiple great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as her dear lifelong friend, Frances Halstead Estes. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Alpine Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Texas. Graveside service will …

Stephen Eugene Puckett

Stephen Eugene Puckett was born on August 1, 1955 and went to his glorious home in heaven on July 9, 2020. Stephen was a loving husband and father of three boys, passed into his eternal Heavenly home after fighting various illnesses for over 25 years ranging from kidney disease, scoliosis, COPD, and congested heart failure.   Stephen is survived by his wife of forty years, Suzanne (Miller) Puckett; his three boys, William Puckett, Joshua Puckett, and Michael Puckett. His two grandsons Caleb Puckett and Nathan Puckett, and his two granddaughters Sedona Carter and Caylee Puckett.   Stephen was preceded in death by his father, James Leslie Puckett, sister Brenda Whitecotton, and brother Kim Puckett.   Stephen was a proud member of Spring Valley Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Stephen loved being at church and was especially known for his joking around with the kids and making people laugh and smile. Stephen was saved and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and because of this we know that despite all the pain he endured on this earth he is completely healed and talking everyone’s ears off in Heaven. We also know that because he was saved, he may be gone from this earth, but it’s not a goodbye but a see you later in Heaven.   Visitation will be on July 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Spring Valley Baptist Church located at 5101 Western Center Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76137 with the service following at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Dan Darter officiating. Burial will be in Cresson Cemetery located at County Rd 1000, Godley, TX 76044. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Spring Valley Baptist Church Missions.

Mary Helen (Matthews) Moon

Mary Helen (Matthews) Moon, (1935-2020) age 84, of Waxahachie, Texas passed away on July 7, 2020. Mary Helen was born and raised in Mineola, Texas. She was valedictorian of her 1953 class. She graduated from Baylor University in May of 1956 and married Austin Dale Moon. They went to Fort Worth for Dale’s seminary experience. They were blessed by their two sons, Mark Moon and Brian Moon. Following two pastorates, Dale felt called to be an army chaplain to minister to our soldiers in the Viet Nam war. His very successful chaplaincy took the family to various stateside as well as foreign assignments. Following his passing in McKinney, Texas, Mary Helen later and very unexpectedly met and married Dr. Jerry Lemon, a fellow Baylor graduate as well as a pastor, Lifeway editor, author and world traveler. Jerry had known Colonel Moon at Baylor many years ago, but he and Mary Helen do not recall ever having met which was very surprising to them both. During her lifetime Mary Helen was a double certified teacher. She taught most of the elementary grades, to include ESL, as well as accounting and business law in the secondary level. While teaching second grade in Stuttgart, Germany, she received the outstanding teacher award. She was active in her memberships, belonging to Officers’ Wives Clubs, her church, Federated Women’s Clubs and her private social clubs and groups. Above all she belonged to the army of the dear Lord. Mary Helen was blessed to visit the Holy Land two times. These trips were amazing and unspeakable blessings. She went once with Dale and once alone when a widow. Her survivors are husband, Dr. Jerry Lemon; two sons Mark Moon (Teresa) and Brian Moon (Tracy); grandson, Dr. Matthew Moon (Natalie) and granddaughters Dr. Erin Brunton (Justin), Erika Staif (Zac), Sara Moon and Courtney Moon; and great grandchildren Adrienne, Ben and Alex; brother Wade Matthews (Rebekah); four nieces and a nephew; step-children Brent Lemon (Marie Mosentseva), Wayne Lemon, and Cheryl Allen; and step-granddaughter Mia Lemon. Services will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mineola, Texas on Friday, July 10, 2020.

Martha Elaine (Hearn) Sala

Martha Elaine (Hearn) Sala, 75, of Cedar Hill, TX passed away at her family home on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. She was born April 24, 1945 in Fort Worth, TX to Jay Clark and Billie Hearn. She was raised in Richland Hills. She graduated from Richland High School. She was predeceased by her loving partner of 43 years, Garry Sala. She is survived by her son Brian Hinson, daughter Stacy Sala-Walker, grandchildren Ashley Hinson, Brian Hinson Jr., Marcus Ayala, Skylar Walker, Sienna Walker, Shiloh Walker, son in law Mark Walker. She is also survived by her sister Mary Martin, and brother Jay Clark Hearn Jr. Martha loved music, The Door, Jimi, Janis, Zeppelin they were always playing at her home. Martha also had a love of acting and appeared in numerous local theater programs, commercials, and minor roles on major motion pictures. She loved to sew and made her and her children’s clothes for years. She was a true hippie she loved lava lamps, any kind of peace sign, Tie-Dye anything, and beaded curtains. Her favorite character was Betty Boop, she had it on everything. She put all of herself into her children and grandchildren, she loved them so much. Visitation will be held on June 26, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Alpine Funeral Home. 2300 N Sylvania Ave Ft Worth, TX 76111 The graveside service will be held on June 26, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at the Christus area. 2301 N. Sylvania Ave Ft. Worth, TX 76111

Thomas William Bigby

Thomas William Bigby, 76, of Paradise, Texas, passed away on June 1, 2020, in the Willow Park Nursing Home, in Willow Park, Texas. Tom was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Marvin C. Bigby and Madeline Patterson Bigby on June 7, 1943. He grew up in the Riverside area of Fort Worth; graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High. He married Patricia Sue Smith on April 10, 1964, in Haltom City, Texas. Tom started working for the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad in 1963, in the yards at night writing down the car numbers, later he moved to the downtown office. His career continued for 37 years with the railroad through different mergers and what was finally called the BNSF. Tom received the BN Scrap & Coke Team Award in 1990, and the James J. Hill Cyrus K Holliday Founders Award in 1998. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Madeline Frances Carlton Jones. Tom is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Tommi Sue Lee and husband Robert Lee from Burleson, Texas, son Robert W. Bigby Sr., and grandson Robert W. Bigby Jr. from Fort Worth, Texas. Tom was a devoted husband and father; he loved all his nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces. He had many friends that he thought the world of and enjoyed visiting and talking with them. The family of Thomas W. Bigby wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Sara Reed, with Alpha Omega Hospice, and nurse Sarah, with the Willow Park Nursing Home, and all the nurses that took care of him.

David Walker Moore

SAGINAW — David Walker Moore, 67, entered into eternal life on March 25, 2020. He was born August 8, 1952 in Hobert, Oklahoma to Ardella Glasscock and Alton Moore. David was one of 5 children. After high school, David joined the Navy, where he served for many years. His military service eventually brought him to San Diego, where he met and married Elizabeth A. Weigele. After his stint in the Navy, the family relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked as an aircraft electrician at Vought Industries. During this time, he earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of North Texas. Later in life, he was employed by the Post Office, eventually retiring in 2019. David never met a stranger and had an uncanny knack for learning multiple languages. He had several hobbies, including golf, sudoku, dominos, Pinochle, billiards, table tennis, and karaoke. He is survived by 2 brothers, Jimmy and Billy, and 2 sisters, Alberta and Jackie (who has since passed); son, Christopher; daughter, Tiana (Atkins); son-in-law, Wil; 4 grandchildren, Morgan, Makayla, Harper, and Hudson; and many friends. Opa- you will be missed! Services pending. Buddy’s poem: “A good friend indeed, Always there in a time of need. You knew where you stood with Dave, As his devotion would never wave. We’ll miss you, but that’s not the end, As you live on in all you gave.

David Benjamin Lee Jr.

“To My David If you should go before me part of my heart will die with you and I will have an empty feeling forever. Life will go on with all the memories (good and bad) that we have shared over all the years and they will linger with me and comfort me. Know that I love you dearly and will treasure you forever. Your wife Dora” David Benjamin Lee, Jr. Born 1927 in  Ore City, Gilmer County and grew up in Beckville. East Texas. He joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18 and retired after 20 years of service. He then went to work at Bell Helicopter for 27 years with 25 years in a supervisory capacity. After retirement he loved to keep a garden and keep neighbors supplied with vegetables.  He met his wife Dora while serving in Mallorca, Spain in 1961 and they married on the Rock of Gibraltar in 1963 then returned to the United States to live in Texas. He is survived by his wife Dora, sister Frances Price and her husband Johnny Price, sister Josaphine Rankin and brother William Lee and his wife Joann, nieces and nephews living in various states and nieces and nephews in England, also great nieces and nephews. He will always be in all our hearts. He will rest at the Veterans Cemetery. The family requests no flowers, donations to either the Diabetes Research Foundation or Alzheimer Research. He is preceded in death by his (adopted) daughter Monique Pratt and brother Gordon Lee.

Brenton James Mastronardi

Brenton James Mastronardi (48) of Fort Worth, TX passed away on May 1, 2020 surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle with colon cancer. Brenton’s life would seem too short by many, but those who knew him best understand that the quality of his life far exceeded the quantity of time here on earth. His intelligence, exuberance for life, taste for the “finer things” and his humor will be missed by all. Brenton was born March 16, 1972 in Cortland, NY to Benny Mastonardi and Susan (Clark) Mastronardi. After graduating in 1990 from Cortland Senior High, he continued his athletic career playing soccer and graduating from the University of Buffalo. He then moved permanently to the DFW area to further his education and start his professional career. In 2009 he married Laura Staats and became an amazing step-father to Ramsey and Regan Sawyer. In 2011 they were blessed with another daughter, Ryan Mastronardi. After Ryan was born Brenton attained his PHD, but given his recent health concerns he was not able to complete his dissertation. Brenton experienced success in everything he did: Home Theater, Roofing/Construction and Finance. Often, he received recognition for his efforts such as Rookie of the Year, Shining Star Award and Aerie Award for Vision & Leadership to name a few. Due to his dedication for the last nine years, he was elected as board member emeritus to the Parker Foundation for Health and Happiness (PFHH). Brenton was also active on three elite soccer teams in the DFW Area, enjoyed golf and LOVED the Dallas Cowboys. Brenton is survived by his wife Laura (Staats) Mastronardi, children Ramsey, Regan, and Ryan; mother Susan Mastonardi, father Benny (Karen) Mastonardi, mother-in-law Irenea Staats, brother Ben (Sara) Mastonardi, sisters Bethany Mastronardi (Mike Germaine) and Marissa (Wyatt) Soeffing. Sisters-in-law Bernadette (Ramon) Quevedo, Judith Staats and Lisa Staats. Also surviving are grandmothers Laverna Mastronardi and Marilyn Peterson and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Brenton was preceded in death by grandparents; Benny Mastronardi, Midge Mastronardi, Earl (Mary) Clark and Beverley(Ted) Bottoff, as well as his aunt Donna Mastronardi and father in law Philip Staats. Due to COVID 19, arrangements to celebrate Brenton’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the GoFundMe page which benefits his wife and daughters.