David Charles Wiggs

David Charles Wiggs Obituary   David Charles Wiggs, 62, of Arlington, passed away on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in his home from unknown causes. He was born on April 1, 1958 to Wallace Wiggs and Carroll Moore Wiggs in Dover, Delaware. After birth he had several surgeries, one of which was for a test product by DuPont to fix the opening inside of his mouth due to Cleft Palate. With the surgery being a success, years of speech therapy were needed. This led to his pristine ability to enunciate words and have excellent proper grammar usage. David attended Saline High School in Louisiana. In 1977 he joined the Army. After bootcamp that same year he married his high school sweetheart; Janice Brown. David was stationed for 2 years at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. After his last two years at McKee Barracks in Crailsheim, Germany, he returned home earning an associate’s degree with honors from DeVry University. David used his electrical engineering skills for a successful career at Texas Instruments. Several years and jobs later, he married Huyen Nguyen and retired in 2015. His proudest achievements in life were: being a strong and opinionated father to his two daughters, Candace and Michelle; and having silly moments of fun with his only grandchild Harper (5), known to her as her “Boom Pa”. He enjoyed: spending time with family; grilling whenever possible the best ribs known to man; listening to music, but loudly with a good set of speakers; watching football, Nascar, the daily news, and infomercials which he seemed to always order from; eating, always having a coffee mug of ice cold whole milk; cleaning and practice shooting his guns; giving gifts to others just because, napping, taking in stray dogs; joking around, talking on the phone for hours at a time, birdwatching; learning new vocabulary; watching classic horror movies, Twilight Zone, or Classic Christmas Movies like “A Christmas Story”; donating to Shriners Hospital who assisted him as an infant and living life to the fullest ALWAYS his way. He will forever be greatly missed for his straightforward attitude towards life, guidance in teaching both of his daughters to speak up for what is right and justice and to always defend ourselves, his very unique sense of humor, his skills with cooking on the grill, those 12:01AM birthday calls so that he can be the first one we speak to and know that he remembers, sleepovers for Halloween night and watching how excited you get to see all the different child costumes, texts about the weather and to drive safe, but mostly we’ll miss those hour long phone calls, tight bear hugs, your voice, and making memories with you.  Dad we will always and forever continue to love you, think of you, and remember all of the special moments that you gave to us. Thank you for being our Dad! Love for you always, Candace and Michelle David is preceded in death by his father Wallace Wiggs and mother Carroll …

Martha Jeanne LaFlash

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend Martha Jeanne LaFlash passed away peacefully at the age of 79. Surrounded by the love of her family and friends, Martha went to heaven on Aug. 19, 2020. Martha was born on July 1, 1941, in Macon, Georgia, to Eugene and Alice Wiggins. She was the oldest of four daughters and is survived by her sisters Elizabeth Robinson and Judy Gibson. Martha married Neil LaFlash in 1959 in Newport News, VA. Together, they created a loving family with five children – David, Jane, Theresa, Maria and Steven. Unfortunately, Steven passed at a young age. Martha was a loving grandmother of nine and a great grandmother to 18. Martha spent many years in Junction City, Kansas, when Neil was stationed at the U.S. Army base in Fort Riley. Working in a local government office there, everyone in town knew Martha’s name and adored their friend. Martha was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and held an associate’s degree from Cloud County College. Martha loved God, her family, her beloved furry companions – Trouble and Mara, her chihuahua collection, and of course BINGO! Martha was predeceased by her husband, Neil (flash), her son Steven, her sister, Francis, parents Eugene and Alice and her very dear friend Peggy. Martha will be buried alongside her son Steven at the Hampton Roads National Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, arrangements to celebrate Martha’s life will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Grand Prairie Homeless Outreach Organization.

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.