Douglas (Danny) Ray Danford

Douglas (Danny) Ray Danford Born January 4, 1961 in Fort Worth TX and Passed August 10, 2022. Danny attended Carter Riverside High School, he was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth and Azle Texas. He is survived by his wife/partner Nancy Hamilton Danford. Children Sarah High Danford and Ellis High, Douglas (Dan) Reece Danford,and Rachel Harris . Grandchildren Cooper Lawson, Levi High, Ella High, Olivia Danford and Trinity Harris. Mother Naoma Porter and Father Douglas (Doug) Danford. 9 siblings, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Danny worked hard in the oilfield to provide for his family, but his life long passion was to be a cowboy. Aside from loving his family riding, training and going on long trail rides was his passion. A genuine Cowboy to the end. Honest, stern, dependable, loving and kind a true Pioneer.   Services will be held September 10th, 3:30 PM at Normandale Baptist Church 2001 Chapel Creek Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76108.

Mark Harrison Kessel

MARK HARRISON KESSEL October 13,1947 – August 17, 2022   At Mark Kessel’s 55th high school reunion this year, grads were asked to write a very short biography. Here’s a bit of what Mark wrote:   “Since 1966, I have lived in Baton Rouge, Longview, and Garland; Birmingham, Alabama; then back to Texas in Irving, Wimberley, Austin, Jarrell…and finally Fort Worth, only a few miles from the house I grew up in.”   Mark was a sound engineer/audio producer at Fort Worth’s KTVT-Channel 11 while getting his business degree at the University of Texas-Arlington. From 1976-1985 he was a sales rep for Ampex videotapes, calling on stations in three states.   He worked for Reliable Music Company in Longview for several years while completing his nursing certification at Kilgore College. Since 1996 he has served at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview and several other locations as either a hospital or clinic nurse.   Mark, always strong and energetic, had just passed a physical with flying colors – never expected to be felled while doing things he loved, working outdoors and helping others.  These activities gave him spirit and purpose. Word spread quickly among classmates and friends after his August 17th death. Most remembered his clever mind, kind heart, immaculate appearance, and generous spirit.   And since Christmas of 2021, Mark – who was adopted – had also discovered a half-brother, Fred Hofstetter and a host of other relatives from birth mother, Virginia Hearn that he never knew. Mark’s daughter, Leigh had gifted him an ancestry kit for Christmas and shortly after the results came in, Mark reconnected with Fred. He was looking forward to seeing him again.   Mark’s children, Leigh and Dustin and ex-wife, Karen reminisce on a man that was always involved and engaged in family and community activities, a steadfast pillar for so many people.   “He was there for both Dustin’s and my school events, whether it was coaching little league or volunteering for band booster,” said daughter Leigh. “And our friends loved to be around both Dad and Mom. They enjoyed spending the night at the house on Lake Cherokee. Dad would sometimes cook breakfast. Most of my friends were used to pancakes from a mix, but my schoolmates remembered that Dad introduced them to blueberry, buckwheat, and other flavors. He would attempt to cook anything!”   But Mark’s favorite recipe were salsa concoctions he named Verde Loco and Rojo Loco, or “crazy green and “crazy red.” He became well-known for making salsa, and won 1st place and honors at The Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival while living in Austin.   Mark’s children fondly remember him patiently teaching them to do things like ice skate, swim, drive a stick shift car, waterski, keep a tidy space, and so much more. That could not have been easy, but he was a very gentle father.   Leigh calls to mind, “Foremost, he taught everyone by example, what it takes to be a giving and caring man. He passed …

Erica Cassidy Flores

         Erica Cassidy Flores March 20.2003- August 21.2022 Our angel Erica Flores was called to heaven on Sunday August 21,2022. Erica had an amazing personality, joyful spirit and a beautiful smile that could light up a room. Erica was adored and loved by so many, but especially by her nieces and nephews. Though she was taken from us to soon she will be greatly missed by her family. She will  forever be in our hearts. We  were truly blessed to have had her in our lives. “I love you tita”. Service Information: Visitation will be held on August 30th, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Alpine Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held on August 31st, 2022, 11:00 AM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jeffrey John Johnston

Jeffrey John Johnston February 16th, 1943 – July 31, 2022 Born in Los Angeles, California to Loren and Rose Johnston. He was the second youngest “J” of 5 children. He graduated from Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California in 1960. He enjoyed Glee Club. In November of 1962 he enlisted in the United States Army. Stationed in Pinder Kaserne, Landshut Germany as part of the B Btry 6th Missile Bn 61st artillery division working on missiles. After his time in the Army, the family left Southern California to move to Northern California. There he used his engineering background to begin a fifteenyear career with Olivetti in South San Francisco as a Senior Customer Engineer. He was known to be able to “fix” anything. This job allowed him to meet some very famous people including one very annoying mime (Robin Williams). In 1984 he transferred with a new company Decision Data Services to Arlington Texas and enjoyed 7 years until the company closed due to changes in technology. It was during this time that he found a new career in trucking. The job allowed him to see the United States which he enjoyed and visit family. The grandkids always loved seeing grandpa and his big truck. Known as a Jokester to all – his sense of humor and laughter was a loved characteristic and will be missed by so many. Not only did he love to make people laugh he loved to work out, play pool, watch movies and eat pizza. Survived by his daughter Sylvia who will always remember as a little girl special early morning breakfast just her and her dad with coffee-even though it was mostly milk and sugar. Son Jeffrey Jr. and wife Deanna will miss the “singing” Birthday calls and the “silly smirk” he always had on his face when he thought he was pulling a fast one on you! Daughter Tina will miss daily phone calls talking about movies and the time spent on the phone during her road trips making sure to direct her travels. Son Matthew will always remember riding shot gun on the drive to Texas. They enjoyed many sights along the way. It was just the two of them for three days, the best road trip of Matts life. Additionally, he had many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He also had his cats Yami and Mia. The family would also like to add a special thank you to Dr. Batrice, Medical Center Arlington ICU, and Kindred Hospital for their wonderful care.

Kent James Brafford

Kent James Brafford 12-25-1965 — 08-19-2022 Kent age 56 passed away August 19, 2022 with family by his side, in Fort Worth Texas.  Born on December 25, 1965 in High Point, N.C.  Kent was a loving son, brother, uncle, friend and dog dad to Bossy.  The love he had for his family and friends will never be forgotten. Kent was a kind hearted soul that was loved by all.  He was a die-hard Texas Rangers fan. Kent truly loved God, one of his favorite things was keeping up with the weather so he could warn his family and friends of danger. Kent enjoyed cooking and sharing his recipes with family and friends. He worked for American Airlines for over 22 years. Kent is survived by furry companion Bossy, sister Kim Watson and husband Nelson, nieces Krystal Rodriguez and husband Arturo, Stormy Coronado and husband Jose, Amber Patino and husband Jorge, 3 great nieces, 7 great nephews and Best Friend Kimberly Birmingham.  Kent was preceded in death by his father James C. Brafford and Mother Sarrah Brafford   Celebration of life will be held at Alpine Funeral Home 2300 N. Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth Texas, 76111 August 27th at 1pm.   In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hurst Animal Services 900 TCC Road Hurst Texas 76054 817-788-7216

Jacob Russell Pedregon

Jacob Russell Pedregon, age 34, passed away on August 7th, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Born on April 20, 1988, in Fontana, California.  Jacob was a loving husband, father, son, brother, Uncle, and so much more.  The love he had for his family will never be forgotten.  He will be so very missed and loved by all who knew him. Jacob is survived by his wife Samantha Pedregon, daughters Kyleigh Renne Pedregon, Layla Pedregon, mother Janene Pedregon; Brother Ronnie Pedregon and wife, Anna Pedregon; niece Alora Pedregon. Jacob was preceded in death by his father Ronald Pedregon, Sister Kelly Pedregon. A service will be held on Monday, Aug. 22nd, at 6 p.m. at Alpine Funeral Home, 2300 N Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth TX 76111.

Megan Annalee Burda

Watauga, Texas – Megan attended elementary school in Bellevue, WA and Overland Park, KS. Megan attended Keller Junior High and graduated from Keller High School in 1999. In high school she enjoyed choir and other musical activities. Megan worked for Transportation Security Administration as a Transportation Security Officer at DFW airport. Megan was very active in camp Fire Girls. She achieved the highest rank and honor when she received the Wohelo Medallion (equal to Eagle Scout). She enjoyed the summer camps and was a camp counselor for two years. Megan is survived by her parents Melvin and Paula Burda of Keller, TX, Phil Burda and Wife Tina, Nick Burda and Danniell, Alvin Savanna, Dusty, Maddox and Ashley Smith.  

Willis Stanley McGehee

Willis Stanley McGehee (Pastor Stan McGehee, Sr.)   Pastor Stan McGehee, Sr. was born on May 28, 1938, in Menard, Texas to L.C. and Gladys McGehee.  He is survived by his wife, Billie McGehee, son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Marisa McGehee, daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Stuart Kellar, daughter-in-law, Mary McGehee, sister and brother-in-law, Teena and Harlos Guyton, sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jerry Graham, grandchildren, Paula and Shawn Windham, Brian McGehee, Jordan and Jennifer McGehee, Robert McGehee, Morgan Kellar, Ashton and Saava Zingas, Holly Kellar, great-grandchildren, Josiah, Jeremiah, Jay, Collin, and Arthur.  He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kaitlyn, grandson, Michael and son, Ted. While he started out his life doing many things, for the past 45 years he fulfilled his calling as Pastor of Living Word Community Church in Haltom City, Texas.  He retired to Pastor Emeritus in 2014. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2022.  He fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith.  Having completed his earthly journey, he was welcomed into the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has now entered into the eternal rest, joining with the myriads of angels and the saints that have gone before, gathered around the throne, worshipping the Lord and crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come!” He left behind a long legacy of many to whom he was a father in the faith. Though we will miss him dearly, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  Let us rejoice with him as his journey through the wilderness of this world is complete. Service will be held, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Living Word Community Church, 3001 Bewley St., Haltom City, Texas, 76117.  Viewing is at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m.  Graveside will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Living Word Community Church Building Fund.

Charles Edward Champeau Jr.

Charles Edward Champeau Jr., age 37, passed away Saturday,  July 16, 2022. Charles was born January 24, 1985. Charles is survived by son, Jacob Champeau; daughter, Hannah Champeau; sisters, Elizabeth Rogers, Rosie Schwartz, Helen Champeau, Samantha Schrader; Brother, Donnie Champeau; Mother, Sue Morger; Step Sister, Michelle Morger; Sister-in-law, Samantha Champeau; Brother-in-laws, Adam Rogers, Bryan Schwarts. Charles had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his nieces and nephews that were all very special to him. Even through all of life’s struggles that he endured, his love for his family was infinite. Charles showed so much courage fighting to get back on top of his life.  He reached out and opened up to many family members recently, which are very proud of his continuous accomplishments and strength to move forward. Charles will be missed by many.

James Thomas Russell (Tommy)

  Tommy Russell born January 13, 1960. He passed away at home in Lipan, Tx on July 17, 2022 at the age of 62. The visitation will be Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8pm at Alpine Funeral Home in Ft. Worth, Tx. Tommy was born in Grapevine, Texas, and grew up in Euless.  He was a resident of Lipan, TX for the last 20 years.  Tommy was preceded in death by his parents L.A. Russell, Mary Russell and Virginia Russell; sisters Lela Wright, Linda Colbert, Barbie Russell, and brothers Charles Faries, Eddie Russell and Ricky Russell. Tommy is survived by his girlfriend of many years, June Belcher, sisters, Patty Mouton of Houma, La and Beth Hughes (Russell Short) of North Richland Hills, his children Tommy Ray Russell (Cathy Russell) of Fredericksburg, Logan Russell of Lipan, Martha Russell (Carlie Russell), Matti Wilkinson of Millsap, Tx and Puppy. Grandchildren Braeylee, Amelia, Deacon and Caroline.  Also, many nieces and nephews.   Tommy was a great father, brother and uncle. He will be missed by many.