Linda Lee Sanders
August 17, 1941 - July 27, 2015
Linda Lee Sanders was born on August 17, 1941 in Waxahachie, Texas to Margie and Erdie Lee Webb. She passed away on July 27, 2015 after a long illness. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Midlothian.
Thomas Gregory Grant, Jr.
May 30, 1979 - July 20, 2015
On May 30, 1979, Tom and Cindy Grant gave birth to a son they named Thomas Gregory Grant, Jr., better known to us all as T.J. His sister Michelle was so excited to have a little brother to pick on that she made sure to continue picking on him his entire life. T.J. passed away on July 20, 2015. A few years later he was blessed to have met Evie and together they brought Hayden and Hayleigh into the world. To say he was proud of them would be an understatement. A bit later, Kylie blessed us with her beautiful smile. While living in California, T.J. and Kylie stole the heart of a woman that would on 11-11-11 become not only T.J.’s wife, but his rock as well. He and Jessica Lynn Roberts added a special blonde girl to the family named “Daisy”. T.J. grew up in Irving, TX and always kept a part of Irving in his heart. With his trips to California, he gained the love of what some would call a second family as well. At a very young age, T.J. fell in love with one particular thing…motorcycles. His greatest joy was sharing that love with his friends and family. Many of you will be sharing stories of playing in the mud and trail rides. Some will share stories of his crazy adventures. All of us will be sharing memories of one of the kindest, funniest, giving souls we will ever have the pleasure of crossing paths with. He is survived by his father, Thomas Gregory Grant “Tom”, sister, Michelle Lea Massey, husband Robert, wife, Jessica Lynn Roberts-Grant, children, Hayden Thomas Grant, Hayleigh Marie Grant, Kylie Anne Grant and nieces and nephews, Britney Lee Moore, husband Andy, Jimmy Don Fouse Jr., Colby Blaine Fouse, Sydney Jay Massey, Karley Kathleen Massey and Brody Clifton Massey.
A Memorial Services will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.at Midlothian Funeral Home
August 4, 1934 - July 18, 2015
Ralph Smith was born August 4, 1934 in Wynne Arkansas and passed away on. July 18, 2015. Ralph is the youngest of 10 siblings. Three of who are still alive – Robert and Maxine Smith, Dorothy Tweedy and Marie Gardner. He began his aviation career from Detroit Michigan by joining the United States Air Force. He served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1960 and was honorably discharged. From 1953 – 1954 he was part of the 76th Air Rescue Squadron in support of the Korean War. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Korean Service medals. His aviation career continued working with a variety of aircraft companies as an aircraft mechanic including service with Continental Airlines. He started his career with Federal Express in 1977 and retired in September of 1997. During his time with Fed-Ex, he served as an Aircraft and Power Plant mechanic as well as Quality and Parts Inspector working in San Diego, CA and Memphis TN. His FAA certifications include Air Frame & Power Plant and Inspection Authorization. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Smith and had three children, David Lee Smith born October 19, 1959 (In heaven at age 25), Sharon Bernice Smith August 31, 1961 and husband, Todd – Living daughter, Thomas Edward Smith, January 25, 1964 (in heaven at age 42), three Grand Children, Daniel Metoyer and wife, Leandra, Geoffrey Metoyer and wife, Lauren and Kyle Smith and Great Grandchildren, Mia Rose Metoyer and Sapphire Courter. Ralph was always a fun-loving guy who enjoyed good times – Metal detecting, looking for gold, he loved to go to Tombstone Arizona and pan for gold. He enjoyed short sight seeing trips and would indulge in treasure hunting while on them. He enjoyed spending time with family and a great meal with bread! He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015 and services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery.
Nancy Ruth Kildow
August 22, 1938 - July 19, 2015
Nancy Ruth Kildow was born August 22, 1938 and was welcomed into Heaven on July 19, 2015. She was an angel to all she encountered during her lifetime. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband Jerry of 51 years, daughters, Cindy and Debbie and her husband, John, granddaughter, Kyanne, great-granddaughter, Lexi and numerous cousins and many cherished friends. Private family services will be at a later date.
Mildred Ruth Knight
April 5, 1922 - July 12, 2015
Mildred "Ruth" Knight was born in Venus, Texas on April 5, 1922 to Allen and Rena Jones. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her children, Erma Cooper and husband, Elbert and Nancy Stevens and husband, Tim, grandchildren, Derrell Cooper and wife, Gina, Debbie Fruit and husband, Bill, John Stevens and wife, Cathy and Pat Stevens and wife, Kim, great-grandchildren, Randy Cooper and wife, Hillary, Kelli Morrow, Paige Fruit, Travis Fruit, Taylor, Kaylea, Kenzie and Addie Kate Stevens, and great-great-grandchildren, Kayla Morrow, Conner Fruit, Myah, Camryn and Reygan Cooper. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015 and services will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Robert "Bob" Winfield Price
July 10, 1955 - July 5, 2015
Robert Winfield Price, better known as “Bob” entered into heaven on July 5, 2015 at the age of 59 after a 6 year battle with Alzheimers. Bob was born July 10, 1955 in Shreveport, LA at Barksdale Air Force Base. He graduated from Ecole de Roche in Switzerland in 1972, he then graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL in 1975, receiving his A&P license. He was employed by several aviation companies until he and other partners opened their company selling Rolls Royce Airplane Engines and various airplane parts. He was very passionate about airplanes and how they worked. Bob was a very giving person, he never met a stranger, he loved traveling all over the world and especially being at the beach. He may be gone from our sight but not in our hearts as he walks and lies on the sandy beaches of Heaven. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Bob is survived by his brothers, Dave Price and wife, Judy and Drew Price, children, Jennifer Hull and husband, Tyler and Jared Price and his best friend Denee’ Hefner.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Barbara Lee Wright
October 11, 1941 - June 27, 2015
Barbara Lee Morgan Wright, the world’s sweetest soul was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Barbara was born on October 11, 1941 in Jefferson Co., OK to Walter and Mable Morgan. She was able to find a favorite ‘something’ about everyone she met, that way she could let you know that you were her favorite. We were all her favorite. Don’t cry because her life is over, but instead smile because her life happened; And always know that you too were her favorite. She was a Loving wife, an outstanding mother and caring sister, Aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her loving husband Charlie; son and daughter in law, Charles, Jr. and his wife Laura; 2 daughters, Teresa and Shonda; Grandchildren, Brady and his wife Becky, Benton and his wife Tammy, Valerie and her husband Nick, Jeffrey, Becca and Jaxon; 3 Great Grandchildren, Nolan, Britton and Kinsler; 1 sister, Patricia; and numerous brother in laws, sister in laws, nieces, nephews and close friends.A visitation will take place on Monday, June 29, 2015 in the chapel of the Midlothian Funeral home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A celebration of her life will be on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Shiloh Cowboy Church, located at 700 W. HWY 67, Venus, TX with Pastor Don Ricks Officiating. Interment will follow at the Midlothian Cemetery in Midlothian.
Jesse "Milton" Howard, Jr.
June 3, 1935-June 25, 2015
Jesse “Milton” Howard, Jr., 80, a resident of Midlothian, Texas passed away in Jesse “Milton” Howard, Jr., 80, a resident of Midlothian, Texas passed away in the early hours of Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born June 3, 1935 in Savannah, GA to Jesse and Victoria Howard. Milton served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Shortly after, on October 23, 1957, he married his lovely wife, Lilly “Pauline” Clymber. They moved to Midlothian in 1967 where he later retired from General Motors and established a working farm where he raised everything from cows and goats to rattle snakes. Milton, known to most as “Papa” enjoyed fishing, hunting, sports, placing the occasional wager and became an avid coin collector later in life. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, three of four brothers and a daughter. Milton is survived by 3 children, son, Doodie Johnson and wife, Babs of Irving, daughter, Patsy Johnson and son, Mickey Howard and wife, Ivy, all of Midlothian, six grandchildren, Ronald, Bryan, Casey, Aaron, Jeremy and Jeffrey, six great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Billy, Kodi, Hagen, Makennah and Dani. Papa will truly be missed by all that knew him. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with Graveside services at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX.
Johnny Burley Fortenberry
July 17, 1939 - June 14, 2015
Johnny Burley Fortenberry, 75, entered peacefully into eternal life on June 14, 2015 after a brief illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Johnny was born to Jesse and Mattie Fortenberry in Meridian, MS on July 17, 1939, the third of four children. The family soon moved to Detroit, MI, where Johnny grew into adulthood. Johnny accepted Christ at a young age, was a member of Corinthian Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Joseph R. Jordan, and was educated in Detroit, MI. Johnny’s life changed in 1956 at a Detroit skating rink when he was introduced to Barbara Dean Sarter; they were married on September 11, 1958. The couple was blessed with three children, L’Tanya, Lisa and Johnny, Jr., then eventually moved to Texas, settling in Midlothian. Johnny and Barbara resided there for twenty-seven years. Johnny was employed by Vought Aerospace for thirty-two years, retiring in 1995. His hobbies included a love of music, primarily jazz, bowling and photography. He was an avid gun collector and loved his automobiles. However, his true passion was the joy of being surrounded by family. Johnny leaves to cherish his memory his wife of fifty-six years, Barbara Fortenberry, daughter and son, L’Tanya Fortenberry-Poplar and Johnny, Jr. mother, Mattie Fortenberry-Gunn, sister, Joenell Holmes, four sisters-in-law, Lela Fortenberry, Deborah Fortenberry, Mary Fortenberry and Lawana Mitchell, brother-in-law, Darrell Darden, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa, father, Jesse C., brothers Jesse Jr and Eugene, step-father, Aldine J. Gunn, sister-in-law, Deborah Darden and two brothers-in-law, Taylor Holmes and William Sarter. Johnny will be missed deeply, but lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015. A private family burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Laura Jean Clark
July 15, 1931 - June 15, 2015
Laura Jean Hudson Clark of Midlothian, Texas was born July 15, 1931 and went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2015. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael and Susan Clark, Gerald and Deb Clark, grandsons, Austin Clark and Jared Clark, brother, Paul Hudson and several nieces and nephews. Laura worked as a Title Clerk for several car dealerships for many years before retiring to enjoy her grandsons. She enjoyed being involved with her grandsons’ sports and loved to bowl. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015, graveside services at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the Hudson Family Plot at Sardis Cemetery.
July 15, 1931 - June 12, 2015
Opal Hudson Chandler of Waxahachie, was born on May 21, 1920 to Will and Lucy Hudson, she passed away June 12, 2015 in Waxahachie.Opal married Adrian Chandler on June 23, 1950, he passed away on May 11, 1969. She was a housewife and as a seamstress for many years. Her hobbies included square dancing. Opal is survived by her brother Paul Hudson of Waxahachie, Sister Laura Clark of Midlothian and several nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be 2 pm Monday at Sardis Cemetery in The Hudson Family Plot
James Arthur Dellinger
August 22, 1942 - June 11, 2015
James Arthur Dellinger, better known as Jaime to family and friends, was a simple man with a huge heart, strong mind and discerning soul. Jamie was a wild man that had his path made straight while working at Southwest Vert-All. A sweet lady caught and stole his heart, and on January 19, 1985 he entered holy matrimony with Silvia Maria Camacho. Jamie enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Cowboys and Mavericks, with some tennis and poker thrown in the mix. He loved his family with everything he had, and adored his wife. He was a man of strength, wisdom, knowledge but above all, love. Visitation will be 2-3 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with services following at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
November 21, 1939 - June 10, 2015
Marthalu Baker Dieterich, born November 21, 1939 in Mart, Texas, to Ella Baker Johnson and Grayson Baker, went to live with her God Almighty at 12:15 a.m. on June 10, 2015, after an eighteen month battle with Ovarian Cancer. She graduated from Mart High School and attended Baylor University for two years. After marrying Earl W. Dieterich of Riesel in 1960, she moved to Midlothian and worked for TXI in shipping and payroll. Marthalu and Earl had two daughters, Dee and Dana. She then continued her education and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1971. Marthalu, a 55 year resident of Midlothian, was a dedicated teacher of English, Spanish and Theater Arts from 1971-1988 at Midlothian ISD where she set a standard for innovative education through experimental learning. After retirement, she found her true love on the stage and as costume director for Community Theater. She was a charter member of the Young Adult Bible Class. Her church activities included choir, Bible school, Lord’s Acre “Pie Lady” for many years, church dramas and musicals, helped with costumes for children’s programs, served on the church board two terms, painted sets for musicals and directed the Christmas musical one year. As for United Methodist Women activities, she organized and hosted the spring fashion show and served as an officer. Most recently, she was a member of the JOY (Just Older Youth) Group that played games every Monday. She is survived by her husband, Earl, of almost 55 years (anniversary- August 13) two daughters of Austin, Dee Marsh and husband, Todd and Dana Dieterich and partner, Lacey Goodnight, two grandchildren, Hayden and Halle Shields of Austin, fur babies, Swatze and Baron, brothers, Don Baker and wife, Joann of Houston and Randy Johnson and wife, Glenda of Royce City, nieces, Ginger West and Donna Baker of Houston and great-nephew Matthew West and great nieces Macy West and Casey Baker. Memorials may be made to Mission Midlothian Kids and First United Methodist Church Choir of Midlothian. Visitation will be 9-10 am on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall with services following at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at First United Methodist Church. A private family burial will follow the services.
Naomi Elaine Crowley
May 24, 1931 - May 30, 2015
Naomi Elaine Crowley was born to Clifford and Verna Douglass on May 24, 1931 in McPherson, Kansas. She was born, raised and married in the same house located in McPherson, KS. She volunteered for many years at Holiday Heights Elementary School assisting teacher’s third grade classes. The children were very fond of her and she was known as “Ms. Noni”. She won the outstanding compassion award for 2009-2010 from BISD for her volunteer work and dedication towards making a difference. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Dwayne Crowley and daughter, Aleta Crowley-Payne. Naomi is survived by her daughter, Linnea Beeler, grandchildren, Corey Beeler, Christopher Beeler, Samantha Carter, Shane Beeler, Brandon Payne, Jeremy Payne and Kelsey Payne, and great-grandchildren, Logan, Scout, Kayden, Jaxon, Gage and Kylie. She was truly loved and will be missed by all.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2012 at First United Methodist Church.
July 10, 1939 - June 7, 2015
Sonny Gerard was born on July 10, 1939 in Dallas, Texas to Ed and Marie Gerard. He passed away at his home in Midlothian, Texas on June 7, 2015. Sonny attended Sunset High School and married Marcia Campbell on April 21, 1956 in Ardmore. Family meant more to him than anything. It was always important to him on holidays to have all the family and relatives at his home. Sonny Gerard is survived by his son, Dean Gerard and his daughters, Kim Johnson and Jenny Jones and husband, Neil, seven grandchildren, Kelly Smith, Lauren Hawkins, Jared Wheeler, Garrett Mullis, Colin Johnson, Christopher Mullis and Colton Mitchell and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marcia Gerard.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with services on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 265 W. Pleasant Run, Cedar Hill, Texas.
Jack Elton Crowe
August 21, 1927 - June 4, 2015
Jack Elton Crowe went to be with the Lord on June 4, 2015. Jack was born on August 21, 1927 in Webster City, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army at West Point, New York and while stationed there he met the love of his life, Mary Ellen Curry. They were married on May 16, 1948. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played semi-pro baseball in Texas. Jack attended TCU and retired from TXI as an electrical engineer. He enjoyed reading, playing golf and attending the local “Spit and Whittle Club”. Jack is survived by his wife, Mary, children, Pat Crowe and wife, Reta, Steve Crowe and wife, Leisha and Laurie Austin and husband, Terry, along with 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. A special thank-you to the wonderful staff at Baylor, Scott & White Waxahachie for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Midlothian Bible Church. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Midlothian Bible Church.
Robin Webster Beaton
June 10, 1957 - May 18, 2015
Robin Webster Beaton, born June 10, 1957 to Donn and Dorothy Webster in Amery, Wisconsin, ended her journey on earth on May 18, 2015. She was the youngest of three children. Robin graduated from Amery High School in 1975 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. Robin worked in finance for many years after she earned her degree. She met her future husband, Mike, while working in Florida. They married January 1, 1983 and had two children, Stephanie and Courtney, as well as Mike’s son, Scott. They moved multiple times around the country, finally settling in Texas. Robin worked as a real estate agent with Re/Max Suburban South for the past 8 years. She has always sung in the church choir, and was an active member of The First United Methodist Church in Cedar Hill. Robin was a member of the finance committee as well as being on the building committee for the FLC. She was a family oriented individual who reared her daughters to be strong, God driven, independent women. Her strength will live on through her children. Robin is survived by her husband of 32 years, Mike Beaton, daughters, Stephanie and Courtney and stepson, Scott and his wife, Erica and their son, Sam, parents, Donn and Dorothy Webster, siblings, JoAnn Ollayos and husband, Joe, Les Webster and wife, Julie, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. If you prefer to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Robin W. Beaton to the cancer research charity of your choice.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Hill at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 with interment at Midlothian Cemetery.
March 11, 1945 - May 18, 2015
Delores Whitson a long time resident of Midlothian, TX passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born March 11, 1945 in Freer, Texas. Delores worked at CVS in Midlothian for 30+ years. She was a friend to all. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Whitson and two sisters, Eva and Linda Calhoun. She is survived by her children, Jeff and Ami Whitson of Venus, and Terry Whitson of Midlothian, brothers James Clay of Pflugerville, TX and Les Clay of Italy, TX, grandchildren, Bradley Whitson , Cameron Bookman, Keeleigh Bookman, Kaden Bookman, Christopher Bookman and Chelsea Bookman.Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Randal Lynn Tucker
July 1, 1948 - May 14, 2015
Randal Lynn Tucker entered Heaven on May 14, 2015 at his home in Midlothian, Texas at the age of 66. Randal was born on July 1, 1948 in Dallas, Texas to Randal and Wanda Tucker. He graduated from Midlothian High School in 1966. He married Kathy Tucker in 1970. Randal was an accomplished businessman and enjoyed working on his farm, raising cattle and playing guitar. Randal was an active and dedicated member of the Mt. Peak Water board and often volunteered his time to the Midlothian FFA. Randal is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Kathy Tucker, children, Rodney and wife, Sharon Carter of Midlothian, Brett and wife, Debi Tucker of Midlothian, Stacey Tucker Woodard and Jeff Boutwell of Waxahachie, Bryan Tucker and Heather Rivers of Midlothian, brothers, Glen Tucker, Benson Tucker, Quynn Tucker and sister, Melanie Marrs, grandchildren, Kamber, Mckensie, Logan, Jordan, Cody, Lauren, Lane and Jesse and numerous nieces and nephews and many life time friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Randal Pleas Tucker and Wilma Wanda Tucker. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Randy Kirk will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Randal’s life.
March 4, 2000 - May 8, 2015
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Midlothian Bible Church.
Donald Lee Stanfield
March 30, 1948 - May 12, 2015
Don Stanfield left our world Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at UT Southwestern Clements University Hospital in Dallas. A practiced practical joker and a man of few words, Don delighted in sitting quietly, taking in what was going on around him and using what he heard to throw out a zinger or pull a prank. He was very sick for a long time, but never complained. As long as he could putz around in the kitchen, sit outside in the sun and watch the birds, tend to his plants or just pet his dogs, he was happy. Anytime he was asked how he felt, all the way to his final day, he would say “just peachy”. Born March 30, 1948, Don grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from Eastern Hills High School in 1966 and attended UT Arlington before moving to Midlothian in 1973. He was a chemist at TXI for 40 years, an avid photographer and a healthy (but messy) cook. Predeceased by his parents, Lee Stanfield and Laverne Stanfield Bell, mother and father-in-law, Clarine and Harris Warren and nephew, Tommy Hansard, Don is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marjorie, children, Jenni Bowman (Mike) of Midlothian and Josh Stanfield (Amy) of Richardson, 3 grandchildren, that he thought hung the moon, Jake Bowman, Jordan Bowman and Teagan Stanfield, siblings, Beverly Gass (Terrell) of Whitney, Pat Stanfield (Karen) of Ft. Worth, chosen sister, Suzy Goldman and nieces and nephews, Leah Stanfield, Aaron Stanfield, Jackie Allen (Joey) and Jason Goldman. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids, bragging about them to anyone who would listen. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Operation Kindness or the No Kill Animal Shelter. Visitation will be 3-5 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015 and services at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Shirley Morris Hedrick
February 17, 1935 -May 12, 2015
Shirley Jeane Morris Hedrick of Midlothian, passed from this life on May 12, 2015, after complications from multiple illnesses. Shirley was born February 17, 1935 to John and Daisey Morris of Argyle, Texas. Shirley was raised in Pilot Point, where she was voted Best Citizen, Class President of her class, played the snare drum and piano. She started driving when she was 9 and had a magnificent jeep that she loved. She was baptized at the Pilot Point Baptist Church, became a member of the Midlothian United Methodist Church with her family, and began to attend Cowboy Church of Ellis County, where she went to Bible Study with many dear friends. She attended St. Paul School of Nursing in Dallas where she received her degree and proceeded to work at Parkland Hospital where she met John Garth Hedrick. They were married on July 18, 1959. They had two sons, John Dale and David Wayne Hedrick. They moved to Midlothian in 1966. Shirley became the Midlothian school nurse in 1973 where she met, maintained and cared for many close friends and students during her tenure in the community. She retired from the district in 1994 and received the Ring of Honor at Frank Seale Middle School. She loved her children and grandchildren and dedicated her time to attending all of their school functions and rodeo events. Shirley enjoyed going to the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the State Fair of Texas and taking a yearly vacation to Colorado with her family. Later, after the boys graduated, she loved to listen to them sing and play the guitar. This brought her much pride and joy. Above and beyond, she had great love and adoration for two grandchildren, Ashley and Bradley. They truly were the apples of her eye and her heart. After Shirley’s retirement, she found much pleasure in spending time with Ashley and reliving the good times when she was little and the funny things Ashley said and did. Shirley is most known for her kind heart and compassionate spirit. She loved being a comedian and telling stories from an interesting standpoint. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her precious grandson, Bradley. She is survived by her sons, John Dale Hedrick of Waxahachie, David Wayne Hedrick of Joshua and granddaughter, Ashley Renea Hedrick of Denton, as well as many dear friends and students.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015 and services will 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Ralph Tearle Henry
September 24. 1924 - May 9, 2015
Ralph Tearle Henry was born on September 24, 1924 at his family farm in Troy, Arkansas. He was the first born child of Vera Meador Henry and Oscar Henry. Four brothers and 1 sister followed. Ralph enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. He served on the U.S.S. Tangier as a frogman in the Underwater Demolition Team (known today as the Navy Seals) from October 1942-October 1945. When Ralph returned home, he learned the printing business at Hurley Printing Press in Camden, Arkansas. He met Wilma Jean Harrell and they married on October 21, 1949. Soon after, Ralph felt the call to reenlist and was placed aboard the U.S.S. Skagit. In all he served his country for 7 years, 1 month and 18 days. Ralph always treasured and took pride in his military service. Upon his discharge, Ralph worked in the printing and bindery business and grew his family. Jean and Ralph had four children; Linda, Ralph Jr. (Terry), Kay and Jill. Ralph established his own business, Henry’s Furniture and Appliance Company, until the death of his wife in April 1999. Never to be idle long, Ralph began building deer feeders. He was proud of Henry’s Game Feeders. Upon his retirement, he moved to Midlothian to be cared for by his family. Ralph Tearle Henry is survived by 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and his brother, William Rodney Henry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jean. Ralph and Jean loved and supported their children and grandchildren unconditionally. He was known to help anyone in need and he always retained his sense of humor, especially in his last days. Ralph was a strong man who did not think he deserved forgiveness from God. However, in the last 6 weeks of his life, he acknowledged this truth and allowed Christ to forgive him and accepted the full peace of God’s grace. The family wishes to give special thanks to the people who cared for Ralph; his nurse Bridget, who loved him like her own, the staff at Pleasant Manor, who helped navigate this last journey, the Midlothian Healthcare Center, they will forever be praised for their loving care and support during his last 6 weeks and praise and glory to God who sent us Family First Hospice whose angels walked him home.Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Norma Pauline Rule
January 31, 1933 - May 9, 2015
Norma Pauline Rule passed from this life May 8, 2015. Pauline was born in Hanna, Oklahoma on January 31, 1933. She grew up in Hanna, Oklahoma and briefly in Long Beach, California. She returned to Hanna and graduated from Hanna High School. Pauline married Toma F. Rule on June 30, 1951. After Toma served in the US Army during the Korean War they settled in Oklahoma for a time. In 1960 Pauline and Toma moved to Whittharal, TX and then Levilland, TX. Pauline and Toma raised three children in Levilland. Pauline worked many years as a teacher’s aide and school secretary for the Levelland School system. Shortly after Pauline and Toma retired they moved to Midlothian. Pauline enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Pauline is survived by her husband of 62 years, Toma Rule, children, Chester Rule, Jody Rule, David Bruce Rule and Diane Elaine Mendez and husband, Michael, grandchildren, Elizabeth Robertson, Russell Rule, Kevin Rule, Karl Rule, Kelli Evans, Justin Mendez and Laci Mendez and great-grandchild, Lily Ann Robertson.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at Hanna Cemetery in Hanna, OK at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
William "Bill" O. Strawn
December 19, 1923 - May 8, 2015
Bill was a Native Texan, born in Fort Worth on December 19, 1923. He loved God, his family, and his country. He served proudly as Fire Controlman Range Finder Second Class aboard the destroyer USS Dunlap (DD384) during World War II (1943-1945). His wife, June, was also a WWII Navy veteran. Bill graduated from TCU on the GI Bill in 1952, and was a Territory Manager with Wyeth Laboratories for 35 years in the Dallas area. He was loved and appreciated by many for his humor, stories, Christian family life and good looks. He never met a stranger, or failed to lend a helping hand to friend or family. He will be missed by all. He is survived by daughter Pamela Harvey, son Butch Strawn, grandson John Harper and wife Robin, great-grandchildren Hadley and Hayden, and nieces, nephews and many friends. A wake and celebration will be held at Midlothian Funeral Home from 6-8 PM, Monday, May 11. Interment will be at the DFW National Cemetery, 11:15 AM, Tuesday, May 12. A memorial service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX.
Aileen Richey White Wilder
December 20, 1937 - May 6, 2015
Aileen Richey White Wilder born December 20, 1937 in Matador, Texas to Gladys White and Roy Richey. She passed away May 5, 2015 in Dallas, Tx. Aileen was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys White, daughters, Linda Ann Segovia and Lavern Kay Fox and great-granddaughter, Ava Herndon. She was a grandmother to 6 beautiful grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and she will be missed and in our memories forever. Aileen is survived by her children Carol Cole and Brenda Hale, grandchildren, Michelle Kern, Melissa Herndon, Bryan Mayeux, Jonathan Pack, Jake Pack and Manuel Gonzales and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2015 with services at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Bobby Ray Proffitt
August 26, 1932 - May 5, 2015
Bobby Ray Proffitt, better known as Bob, Dad, Daddy Bob or Grampa Bob, entered Heaven on May 5, 2015 at the age of 82 after a two and a half year battle with cancer. Bob, a twin, was born August 26, 1932 in Midlothian, Texas to Zeta Irene Mitchell Proffitt and Bliss Walden Proffitt. He was a lifelong resident of Midlothian. He graduated from Midlothian High School in 1949 at the age of 16. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1951 and served in Korea. He left the service in 1955 and began his career with Mobil Oil. Bob retired from Mobil in 1992 after 41 years of employment. In July of 1956, Bob married Doris Mae Dellinger of Midlothian. His hobbies included working on cars, roller skating, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and coaching softball. Bob’s life revolved around his family and friends and following his grand and great grandkids. He taught us the true meaning of family. He never met a stranger. Bob is survived by his wife, Doris, children, Dawn Burge and husband, Duke, Lori Parr and husband, Dave, grandchildren, Ashley Swafford and husband Adam, Whitney Johns and husband, Cory, DeVonna Keirsey and husband, David, Callee Maglothin and husband, Matt and Forrest Parr and wife, Kerri, great-grandchildren, Hallie Swafford, Addison Swafford, Delaney Keirsey and Vivian Johns, twin sister, Mary Fay Tipps and husband, James. Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with services at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Midlothian.
Gary Wayne Brewer
December 31, 1953-May 2, 2015
Gary Wayne Brewer passed peacefully in his home on Saturday, May 2, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Gary was born on December 31, 1953 to Charles “Cotton” and Peggy Brewer in Dallas, Texas. With his sister, Kay, the family of four made their home in Oak Cliff, where Gary graduated from Kimball High School in 1972. Gary married the love of his life, Daphne, on March 12, 1994, where they started their life in Midlothian with their 3 children, Katie, Sarah and Stephen. The family became complete in June 1995, when they were blessed with “baby girl”, Jessica. Gary worked for CiA Machinery for 39 years in the sales department. Gary’s life was dedicated to providing love and support for his family. Gary enjoyed many weekends attending the children’s football, baseball and softball games, along with track meets, bike races and dance recitals. Gary was always an avid Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan. He is survived by his wife, Daphne, children, Stephen Brooks and wife, Marissa, Jessica Brewer, Sarah McFarland and husband, Jim and Katie Schneck and husband, Jason, sister, Kay Jones and husband, Richard, nephews, Kevin and Eric Jones, grandchildren, Samuel, Owen, Henry, Abbie, Emilie, Makinzie and Makala, great nieces and nephews, Paige, Ryann, Taylor and Tyler, father-in-law, Sandy Dean, brother and sisters in law, Valerie Meyer, Michele Dean, Kevin Dean and Danny Dean, aunt, Beth Boles and numerous cousins. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Peggy Brewer, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, Midlothian, TX. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Robert Bruce Davey
November 24, 1934 - May 2, 2015
Robert Bruce Davey began his new journey with our Heavenly Father on May 2, 2015. Known to all his friends as Bruce. Bruce was born on November 24, 1934 in Fort Monmouth, NJ. He grew up as a military brat moving to any location his father was stationed at. Bruce served in the Army from August 1961 with an honorable discharge in August 1967. He spent most of his life in the Bryan College Station area and resided in Bryan, TX. He was an antique picker and collector. He had a passion for collecting bricks. Bruce was a member of the International Brick Collectors Association. He would travel the distance to brick swaps looking for that rare and unique brick to add to his collection. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do. One of his other passions was growing or planting anything that would grow. He loved visiting with his friends and a good cup of coffee. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed...Bruce is survived by his children, Sandra Reno, Mary Wessel and Donald Davey, grandchildren, JC Reno, Kimberly Cubillos, Clint Reno, Jeremiah Wessel, Haley Wessel, Tori Rosenfeld, Aaron Davey, Cecilia Gurka and Kinley Davey, great-grandchildren, Briley Cubillos, Kodi Wessel and Cooper Reno, sister, Jo Baxter. Gathering for friends and family will be held at Golden Corral, 700 E. University Dr., College Station, TX 77840 at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015
August 31, 1961 - April 28, 2015
Stephen Kent Anthony was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on August 31, 1961 to Sol and Sue Anthony. He passed away at home on April 28, 2015. Stephen was a life-long resident of Midlothian, Texas. He graduated from DeVry University Magna Cum Laude and worked as a Network Engineer at Hewlett Packard until he retired in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Susan Hailey Anthony, daughters, Lyndsey and Hannah Anthony, parents, Sol and Sue Anthony, brother, Don Anthony. Sister, Suzanne Anthony and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015 and services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Christopher Blake Reeves
November 24, 1961 - April 25, 2015
Blake Reeves was born on November 24, 1961 in Dallas, Texas and passed away on April 25, 2015. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015 and services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Linda Kaye Fisher
December 9, 1945 - April 24, 2015
Linda Kaye Ford was born in Altus, OK on December 9, 1945 to Ed and Birdie Ford. She passed away on April 24, 2015 in Midlothian, TX while in hospice care with her family by her side. Also by her side, as he was for 51 years, was her beloved husband, Dale Fisher. She worked by his side for over 20 years in the family business. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart; they were the bright spot in her life especially at the end. Linda fought extremely hard for 2 years and showed us all how you are supposed to handle this situation. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Birdie Ford, brothers, Ray, Felix and Roger Ford and sisters Dorothy Ford McKinley and Betty Ford Shearin. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Linda is survived by her husband, Ralph Dale Fisher, sons, Jerry Fisher and wife, Diane and David Fisher, grandchildren, Jerry Jr. and wife, Kasey, Jordan, Heather, Jonathan and Cassy, great-grandchildren, Scarlett, Kendall, CL and Cyriss, brother, Danny and sisters, Geraldine Ford Watson, Pat Ford Sanborn and husband, Kurt. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
John A. Watt, Sr.
February 21, 1940 - April 22, 2015
Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. on April 27, 2015 with services following at 7:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home
December 9, 1918 - April 20, 2015
Eleanor Maggard was born on December 9, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Paul and Hilda Adler. She passed away on April 20, 2015 in Azle, Texas. Eleanor married David Samuel Maggard in 1943. She was preceded in death by her husband and a stillborn child, Darryl Maggard. Eleanor is survived by her children, David Paul Maggard and wife, Donna, Judith Ellen Hutchens and Danny Lee Maggard and wife, DeLaine, grandchildren, Leslie Phillips, Julie Meyer, and Jeffrey Hutchens, great-grandchildren, Alexa, Emma, Jackson, Evelyn and Leo and sister, Helen Kramer. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Midlothian Cemetery
Billy Joe Ritter
March 24, 1956 - April 20, 2015
Billy Joe Ritter was born on March 24, 1956 to Bill and Billie Ritter in Dallas, Texas. He passed away on April 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Bess Ritter and brother, David Wayne Ritter. Joe is survived by his father, Bill Ritter, sister, Patty Medina and husband, Rey, spouse, Deborah Maxwell Ritter, daughter, Kristy Lynn Chance and husband, Marcus, granddaughter, Brittany Jo Tilley, mother and father-in-law, Edward and Dollie Greeson, brother and sister-in-laws, Darrin Maxwell, Cassandra Smith and husband, Scott Shipley, Edward (Grasshopper) Greeson, nieces and nephews, Jason Medina and wife, Rachel, Jennifer Medina, Dillan Smith, Taylor Carson, Hope Smith, Kimber (Makayla) Smith, Dusty and Ky Maxwell and Peyton and Paisley Medina.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Waxahachie, Texas.
Mildred Aline Davis
April 21, 1922 - April 19, 2015
Mildred Aline Davis was born on April 21, 1922 in Wichita Falls, TX to Arthur and Eula McCluskey. She and her five brothers grew up mostly in Oklahoma among other places. Aline married Samuel Alvin Davis on February 11, 1943 and they shared 53 years of marriage together before Sam's death in 1996. Aline raised four children at home and then went to work for over 20 years at Collins Radio in Richardson. She was a godly woman and an active member of each church she was a part of and for the past 18 years has been a member of Oak Crest Baptist Church in Midlothian. In her younger years, she liked to sing and was even included in a few singing groups. She enjoyed needlework, crochet and making handmade crafts as much as she loved giving them away. She also found pleasure in planting and tending flowers, and loving on her grandchildren and great-children. When her first grandchild was born in 1972, Aline became "Mimi" and has been affectionately called by that name by all who have known and loved her since. Always ready with a sweet smile, she easily endeared herself to everyone she met and quickly held a special place in their hearts. Aline was the selfless matriarch of her family and a wonderful witness of God’s love and grace. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother and caring friend. She was dearly loved and will be dearly missed. Aline passed peacefully into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior on April 19, 2015, two days before her 93rd birthday. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and four of her brothers. She is survived by one brother, Gene McCluskey of Englewood, OH; her four children, Linda Davis of Irving, TX, Janice Jones and her husband, Tom, of Tucson, AZ, Julie Hyndman and her husband, Danny, of Midlothian, TX, and Gary Davis and his wife, Patti, of Quinlan, TX; and six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Visitation 6-8 Tuesday, April 1, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Funeral Services 10 am Wednesday at Oakcrest Baptist Church, Midlothian with burial in Midlothian Cemetery.
Archie Noal Godwin
January 14, 1933- April 18, 2015
Archie Noal Godwin went to be with the Lord on the morning of April 18, 2015 at home in Midlothian, Texas. Archie was born on January 14, 1933 in Dallas, Texas to Joe and Lottie Godwin. He was one of eleven children. Archie married Helen Tarter on March 2, 1952. Helen preceded him in death, August 6, 2010. He was a carpenter by trade and with his son, James, formed a successful company, Jay-H Fixtures, Inc. He worked until his retirement in January 1999. Archie and Helen had lived in Midlothian, Texas then moved to Alto, NM. Due to medical reasons, Archie returned to Midlothian January 2013; where he resided with his son, Charles, until his death. Archie always enjoyed having visitors; and especially family. He loved the outdoors: hunting and fishing. He liked watching old westerns and his favorite were John Wayne movies.
Merald Loren “Gus” Binger, age 77, of Midlothian was born May 28, 1937 in Neligh, Nebraska the first born son of Fred William and Wilma Mary Faulstitch Binger. Merald passed from this world into the presence of the Lord on April 16, 2015 in Burleson, Texas. Merald had fought the effects of several strokes over the last 15 years under the care of his daughter, Lori and her husband, Jimmy and the last 6 years with the help of Jean Madison of Midlothian. Following graduation, at the age of 16, from high school, Merald enlisted in the US Air Force where he served from 1956-1959. In the Air Force he worked as an aircraft mechanic on Lockheed U-2C spy planes. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Merald moved to Texas where shortly thereafter his entire family from Nebraska followed. Merald was an accomplished man, working in many different fields which included being a supervisor at various chemical plants in the Houston area, trained for different jobs on tug boats, real estate owner/broker , remodeling houses, Instrument partner at MKB Engineering, building computer control panels and installing them in various places worldwide, co-owned Texas Two Stitch Embroidery with daughter, Lori, and owned and operated Custom Controls Auto A/C. He raised two children who he dearly loved. Ryon and Lori both have fond memories of hunting, fishing and camping with their Dad. You name it, Dad could do it, if he didn’t know how, he would learn. “Gus”, as his friends knew him, taught and worked with his kids. He gave them something important, time. Merald was here to fulfill his earthly duties and he did. He was known for his intelligence and desire to teach others. Merald made the best out of the life God gave him and was a follower of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was a member of Farley St. Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Tx. He was preceded in death by his 2nd wife, Wanda Lavon Wooten Binger, parents, Fred and Wilma Binger, sisters, Rosalie Binger and Margaret Seal and grandson, Aaron Clark. Merald is survived by his children, Lorene Joy “Lori” Zoch and husband, Jimmy and Ryon Gus Binger, grandchildren, Amber Lorene Magness and husband, Brad, Cheyenne Marie Binger, great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ezekiel Magness, siblings, Alfred Binger and wife, Johnnie, George Binger and wife, Virginia, Gilbert Binger and wife, Shell Vernon Binger and wife, Linda and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Peak Cemetery.
Linda Jean Barnett
May 6, 1953 - April 13, 2015
Linda Jean Barnett went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015. Linda was born May 6, 1953 to Wanda Nichols and raised by her maternal grandparents, James L. and Modena Day. She married her husband, Roger D. Barnett on March 2, 1968, when she was 14 and he was 17. Linda was married to Roger for 47 years. While their children were young, Linda was a homemaker. Family was the most important thing in Linda’s life and she enjoyed being able to be at home for her kids. Later, Linda volunteered at Cedar Hill State Park, which led to an offer of employment with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for whom she worked for 15 years. Linda enjoyed crafting and decorating. Her most cherished moments were family get-togethers with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Roger Barnett, children, Steve and Kim Curry and Roger and Brandi Barnett, grandchildren, Lacy Curry, Ty Curry, Shelby Barnett, Stephen Curry, Mallory Barnett and Lexi Barnett, great-grandchild, Maddi Curry, siblings, Penny MacArthur, Pam Jones, Ann Nichols, Rhonda Lows, A.J. Nichols and James Nichols. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Tommy Mace Richards
July 10, 1967 - March 24, 2015
Tommy Mace Richards was born in Dallas, Texas on July 10, 1967 and passed away on March 25, 2015. He graduated from Duncanville High School in 1985. Tommy was a loving, caring person who also enjoyed making people laugh. He loved drawing pictures from comic books and fixing electronic devices that weren’t working properly. No matter what the circumstances were in Tommy’s life, dealing with different health issues, he wanted to protect his family and enjoyed making them laugh. There will be a memorial service at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Midlothian Cemetery.
January 23, 1919 - March 17, 2015
Memorial services are being held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Pavillion in the Midlothian Cemetery.
Betty Lorraine Holley
October 11, 1945 - April 12, 2015
Betty Lorraine Holley entered Heaven on April 12, 2015. Betty was born on October 11, 1945 in Bakersfield, California. She grew up in Washington State and moved to Texas when she became an adult. She was a current resident of Red Oak, Texas. Betty is survived by her husband, Macky Holley of 35 years and five children, Corrie Harris and husband, Jeff, Todd Palmer and wife, Debbie, Trent Palmer and wife, Dianne, Stephen Holley, and Keith Holley and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved working in the yard and had a green thumb that could make anything grow. (We always said that she could root a popsicle stick). Although her primary career was homemaker she served many years as a driver’s-ed teacher. Betty never met a stranger, her grandparents used to call her “Windy” because she was always talking and always welcomed everyone in her home. She taught us the true meaning of family. She was loved by many friends as Mom and Nana. She was known as the ambassador of the family. She strived to get everyone together every chance she could. Her love for her family and extended family was the most import aspect of her being. She will be missed.Memorial services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Pedro G. Garcia, Jr.
May 10, 1929 - April 8, 2015
Pedro G. Garcia, Jr. was born in Brownsville, Texas on May 10, 1929 to Pedro and Santos Garcia. He passed away on April 8, 2015 in Burleson, Texas in hospice care with his daughter, Sandy, by his side. He was a longtime resident of Brownsville until 1982 then he moved to Dallas and in 2006 to Midlothian. Pedro didn’t graduate from school, he was the middle child of five brothers and he dropped out of school to help raise his younger brothers when his parents passed away. He had two big life changes in his lifetime, memorable to this day. In 1954 he received an honorable discharge from the Army, then married his loving wife, Maria Lilia Juarez, entered into the Delmar College in Corpus Christi and his first daughter was born. In 1958 he changed his lifestyle for the better dedicating his life to God and his service after the birth of his second daughter. As a daughter, I wanted my Dad but I learned to respect him as a father devoted to God’s service. He taught us to fear God, to have faith in his word, never lose hope in God and to read his word daily. As I got older, I started sharing in my Dad’s missions, going across the border into the Mexican side to hear and see my Dad’s preaching and saw his work with the less fortunate and sharing the word of God and his love. My husband, Ken and I shared in my Dad’s missionary work across the Mexican border. My father was a true servant of God, evangelist, exhortation minister, preacher, missionary, pastor and most of all a father. The greatest gift that we received from our father was God’s salvation for eternity. We love you Dad.Pedro was preceded in death by his wife, Maria and brothers, Prax, Ernesto and Ramiro. He is survived by his daughters, Maria G and Jose Martinez, Santos G.and Kenneth G. Kinsey, Sylvia G. and Rosalio Hernandez, Pedro G. and MaCelcilia Garcia III, brother, Manuel G. Garcia, grandchildren, Bryan C. and Joshua Nowlin, Angelica Shyann and Roslalio Hernandez, Christine M. Irish, Erica G. Martinez, Selena G. Morales, Odyssey Garcia, Vanessa G. and Esperanza L. Garcia, great-grandchildren, Erika, Bobby C. Jr., P.G. and Rachel Nowlin, Lilia V. and Joshua T. Nowlin, James Kevin and Isaiah J. Hernandez, Amariah, Ethan and Isabella Irish, Julian Morales, and Vincent J. and Destiny Garcia.
Vigil- 11 to 3 pm Wednesday, April15, 2015, with services 7-9 pm at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Helen Faith Wilber
March 23, 1926-April 7, 2015
Helen Faith Wilber was born on March 23, 1926 in Fulton, NY to George and Hester Skinner. She passed away on April 7, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Tony Oliver "T.O."Mullens
March 3, 1933 - April 6, 2015
Tony Oliver Mullens was born on March 3, 1933 in Dallas, Texas to Tony and Frances Mullens. He passed away on April 6, 2015 in Desoto, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. T.O. graduated from Sunset High School in Oak Cliff in 1952, where in later years he became involved in and enjoyed Alumni events. He entered the US Army in 1952 and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He married Elsie Juanita Hazelwood on July 17, 1954. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1955, he began trade school to become a sheet metal worker. He remained a lifetime member of the Sheet Metal Worker’s International Association, Local Union #68. He was a long time resident of Oak Cliff where he and his wife raised their three daughters. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita Mullens, and his three daughters, Toni Strowenjans, Beverly Pierce and Lisa Swann and her husband, Weldon. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He moved to Midlothian in 2000 where he made many friends with his neighbors, seniors at the Midlothian Senior Center and the senior group at Longbranch Community Baptist Church. T.O. had many hobbies including gardening and carpentry but he was happiest when celebrating holidays and various accomplishments with his family. He loved to cook for whoever would eat and had many stories to tell a listening ear. He never met a stranger and touched many lives throughout his life.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Longbranch Community Baptist Church Burial will be on Monday at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Ann Margaret Strickland
August 11, 1932 - April 5, 2015
Ann Margaret Strickland, 82, of Midlothian, TX passed away on April 5, 2015 from complications with Alzheimer’s. She was born in London, England on August 11, 1932 to the late Herbert Morgan and Margaret Downing. While living in England Ann met the love of her life, A.C. Strickland, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. They were married in 1955 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1962, the Strickland’s moved to Dallas and in 1977 Ann moved to their lifelong residence, built by A.C, in Midlothian. She spent over 20 years working for the Associated Spring Co. in Dallas before retiring at age 62. This gave Ann time to focus her attention on more important matters, such as…A.C.’s honey-do list, hosting family dinners, planting her amazing gardens, and let’s not forget shopping. Ann was a model in her early years in London, so she had a huge love for fashion. Family was Ann’s whole world, she loved weekends on the patio grilling and swimming. Ann also traveled home to England several times to visit her family there. . Ann was preceded in death by her husband and soul-mate A.C. Strickland and her parents. She is survived by her two children daughter, Susan and husband, Thurman (Hack) Walker and son Wayne Strickland and wife, Tammy, all of Midlothian, brothers, Peter Morgan and wife, Linda and Michael Morgan and wife, Mary, all of England, her beloved cousin Sally and husband, Mike King of England, grandchildren, Nici and Spencer Strickland and born before her passing, her great-granddaughter, Georgia Lynn Strickland. This is not goodbye, it is “TA TA FOR NOW”. Graveside services, for family only, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. There will be a wake on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2-4 p.m.at College Street Pub, 201 N. College, Waxahachie, TX.
Debra Jeanne Ennis Cleveland
May 29, 1954 - March 24, 2015
Debra Jean Cleveland was born in Dallas, Texas on May 29, 1954 and passed away on March24, 2015.
There will be a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home
Harlan Howard Meyer
May 22, 1935-March 23, 2015
Harlan Howard Meyer was born on May 22, 1935 in Poole, Oklahoma and passed away on March 23, 2015. Beginning at an early age, Harlan was a leader of men and set an example that few could attain. In High School he was a heavily recruited All State Tight End and the state record holder in the shot put. Growing up in Mississippi he played for Ole Miss before joining the Air Force to serve his country in the Korean Was as a code breaker. He moved to Midlothian in 1957 to help his ailing father hold together the family business. In 1959 he became involved in the opening and management of the TXI cement plant where he worked for 27 years. Harlan was very active in the community as a Mason and President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Clubs. He was one of those men that everyone in town knew and respected, known as “Big H” by most. He loved his Wednesday night poker game where he hosted other community leaders to socialize and discuss town affairs. He took up golf in the early 60’s and as a member of the Waxahachie Country Club held the club championship title for many years but his most proud achievement didn’t come until later in life with his acceptance into the very exclusive “Medicare Group” at the club. Harlan was a great husband, father and friend to his fellow man. He lived his life with honor, courage and dignity. He was not afraid to speak his mind or take charge in the face of adversity. He will be missed by many and live on in the hearts of those he has touched. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, children, Mike Meyer, Tony Gunn, Marlene Pryor and Lisa Strayer, grandchildren, Chris, Julie, Christine, Carrie, Luke, Brooke, Keely, Aaron and Nikki , great-grandchildren, Colton, Chance, Jetta, Logan and Lexee and sister, Anne Barnes. Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and services at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Antoinette "Anne" Turner
September 5, 1945-March 15, 2015
Anne Turner was born on September 5, 1945 in Dunkirk, New York to Clarence and Leona Bosworth. She passed away on March 15, 2015. Anne was married to Bill Turner for 45 years, up until he passed away in 2010. She was a devoted mother and loved Bill and only him, for what would have been their 50 year anniversary, 10 days before she passed. She was an active member in several local organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the Texas Soaring Association. Anne leaves behind her mother, Leona Bosworth, three sons, Bobby (49), Billy (45) and Steven (27), 3 brothers, Chuck, Rodney and Terry Bosworth and 2 sisters, Juanita Miller and Linda Sanders. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 25, 2015at DFW National Cemetery
Roberta Marguerite McDougal
July 21, 1920-March 23, 2015
Roberta McDougal was born July 21, 1920 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii to Robert Franklin Jones and Ruth Marguerite Jones. She ascended into heaven on March 23, 2015. She moved with her parents to Los Angeles, CA in 1923 at age 3 where her father worked as an auto mechanic on the cars of people in the movie industry. At age 15 her family moved to Lubbock where she met her lifetime sweetheart, Clifton Alvin McDougal, Sr. She and Cliff were married in 1936 and lived in Lubbock where their first two children were born. Robert E. (Bobby) was born in 1938 and died in his infancy. Carol Ann was born in 1939 and went to her heavenly home in 2002. Cliff surrendered his life to the ministry in the 1940’s and Roberta moved with him to Ft. Worth where he attended Bible Baptist Seminary and became ordained and licensed to preach. Their sons, Cliff Allen, Jr. and Gary Allen were born while Cliff, Sr. was a seminary student. Roberta was a second minister in all his ministries which included the Texas towns of El Dorado, Kermit, Burnet, Pampa and Brownwood. Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff, Sr., children, Bobby and Carol Ann and her parents.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 and services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will be 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Texas.
Michael "Mike" Buettner
September 27, 1960 - March 20, 2015
Michael (Mike) Buettner a native and longtime resident of Northern Wisconsin, lost his three year courageous battle with ALS on March 20, 2015. He was born in Shawano on September 27, 1960, son of Wayne and Sandra (Brunner) Buettner of Gresham. Michael graduated from Antigo High School in 1979. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Biology and his Master’s Degree in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point. His professional career spanned 25 years in the fields of environmental chemistry and water resources. He had been the director of Water Utilities for the city of Appleton, WI from 2003-2010. He then relocated to Grand Prairie, Texas to assume the position of Asst. Director of Water Utilities for the City of Arlington, Texas, where he served until his medical retirement in 2014. Survivors include his beloved wife and devoted caregiver Jackie (Kadlec), his parents, Wayne and Sandra Buettner, and his Texas family including his daughter, Samantha Buettner, step-daughters, Amanda (Melahd)Kohan and Samantha Kadlec, two grandchildren, Ayden Kohan and Kain Arenas, brother, David (Nina) Bittner, special niece Ren of Fairplay, CO and his many lifelong friends from his childhood home in Antigo. He will be especially missed by his aunts, uncles and cousins who live throughout the United States. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rolly and Barbara Brunner, paternal grandparents, Clifford and Selma Buettner and uncle, Kurt Buettner. Michael relished the Buettner passion for musky fishing. His favorite fishing spots were the area lakes in Boulder Junction and The Turtle Flambeau Flowage. And of course, he was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 with prayer service following at 7:00 p.m. at Midlothian Funeral Home. A memorial mass to be held on April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham.
Helen Eloise Pruitt
November 19, 1923 - March 18, 2015
Helen Eloise Pruitt was born November 19, 1923 and went on to be with the Lord on March 18, 2015. She was the daughter of Claude and Alma McElroy and grew up in Midlothian, Texas. She later met and married Hubert W. Pruitt. Eloise, as she was known by all, loved her community. She worked here all her life and in her younger years was known as “The woman who drives the dump truck.” She and her husband built many of the roads in and around Midlothian. Eloise was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School in her younger years. She often worked by volunteering at Midlothian Cemetery, where she designed and built the flower beds and bird bath at the graveside pavillion. Eloise leaves behind her daughter, Cindy Mulkey, grandchildren, Tammy Davidson Wallace, Christopher Buster and Jennifer Witt, great-grandchildren, Timothy Brace, Wade and Kaitlyn Buster and great-great-grandson, Jaxon Brace. Her passion was working and loving her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by many. In the sweet by and by, we will meet on that beautiful shore.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2013 at Midlothian Cemetery
Evelyn Murray Ambuehl
November 15, 1932 - March 9, 2015
Evelyn Missouri Murray Ambuehl was born November 15, 1932 in Sparks, Oklahoma, the daughter of Calvin Clifford Murray and Minnie May (Dibbler) Murray. She passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 in Mansfield, Texas. She lived in Midlothian and had attended SAGU in Waxahachie, Texas. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her children, Hobart Ambuehl and wife Connie, Anita Burton and husband, Merle, Bobbie Neal and Helen Short, grandchildren, Suzanne and Steve of Rhone, TX, Scott Martinez and Pricillia Simmons of Arlington, TX, Gary Burton of Midlothian, Davey and Amanda Ambuehl of Edgewood, TX, Jacob and Holly Ambuehl of Midlothian, Alisha and Greg Will of Keller, TX, Allison Short and Colton Cline of Midlothian, great-grandchildren, Gracie, Devin, Jaxon, Rylan and Seth, great-grandchildren on the way, Emery Ambuehl and baby, Will, sisters, Suzan McKinney, Rita Lowe, Yovonne Sheppard and Norma Freeman, sister-in-laws, Ethel Murray and Alice Murray and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 with a celebration of life at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Adrienne Lee Hodel
July 12, 1938 - March 7, 2015
.Adrienne Lee Maihack Hodel of Midlothian, Texas was born on July 12, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois to Elmer Henry and Sybil Knight Maihack. Adrienne, age 76, died in Cedar Hill, Texas on March 7, 2015. She lived in Dallas and DeSoto, TX, for 37 years before moving to Midlothian in 2005. While working for the LaMesa-Spring Valley School District she met and married Dwight Dale Hodel on August 21, 1960. Their marriage was blessed with 3 daughters, Kimberlee, Colleen, Lori and one son, Roderick Allen who died soon after birth. Adrienne with her family moved to Arlington, TX in 1967 where her husband was employed as a chemical salesman traveling Texas and Oklahoma. With her husband’s travel time, Adrienne committed her full attention to being a stay-at-home Mother to their 3 daughters. In 1968, she was diagnosed with a large brain tumor which required very difficult surgery and hospitalization for a month. She faced this challenge and its’ effect on the rest of her life with courage and bravery. With declining health Adrienne loved her family and always looked forward to each grandchild’s birth and watching them grow up. Her family was the center of her life. Adrienne is preceded in death by her infant son, Roderick Allen Hodel, mother Sybil Knight Maihack, father, Elmer Henry Maihack, sister-in-laws, Nelda Regier and Beverly Hodel. Adrienne is survived by her husband, Dwight, daughters, Kimberlee Sue Hodel of Plano, Colleen Dyan Noakes and husband, Kenneth of Kingwood, TX, Lori Regan and her husband, Richard Buford of Midlothian, 5 grandchildren, Kyle, Connor and Cameron Noakes and Tanner and Landon Buford, brothers, Dennis and Wendy Maihack of Elk Grove, CA, Emory Maihack of McMinnville, OR, and Bradley and Marcia Maihack of Sonoma, CA, brother-in-laws, Richard and Lynnell Hodel and Michael Regier and nieces, nephews and their children. Adrienne had a strong Christian faith and knew she would spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Midlothian Funeral Home officiated by Layne Merschimer with burial at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Midlothian, TX.
William Joseph "Joe" Thompson
October 2, 1945 - March 8, 2015
William Joseph Thompson, 69, known as “Joe” the hootymaster Thompson, after years of illness, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 surrounded by his family and many friends from his church, First Baptist Church of Venus. He was born on October 2, 1945 in Kelty’s Texas. He met his wife Faye Carolyn in Lufkin, TX in 1963 and married her on Christmas Eve 1965. They moved to and lived in the Dallas and Houston areas. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served two years, after his discharge he went back to work at McCane Sondock for 20 years and after retirement continued to work for several alarm companies until 2005. He was then forced into retirement due to illness. Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn, 2 sons, Bill, born on Thanksgiving 1966 and Dennis, born on Fathers Day 1968, his 4 puppies, Cindy bear, Trixie bear, Honey bear and Pebble bear, brother, Robert Preston Thompson and sisters, Mary Frances Caples and Leandra Northsworthy. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Venus Baptist Church in Venus, TX. Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. on March 17, 2015 at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Albert Ronald Cullins
January 1, 1944 - March 3, 2015
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 and Midlothian Funeral Home and graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Cedar Hill, Texas.
Charles Bentley Mallett
November 14, 1945 - February 21, 2015
"Time and date change"
Charles Bentley Mallett, 69, known as “Charlie” and “Bentley”, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was born in New Iberia, Louisiana on November 14, 1945 to Charles Raymond and Evelyn Bentley Mallett. Charlie grew up in Monroe, Louisiana with his parents, sister and two brothers. At 17 he joined the Army for 2 years, then went into the Marines for 4 ½ years-earning many medals and a purple heart. When he got out he moved to Houston to live near his mother and siblings. There he began his career as a business owner and independent contractor, singing and acting when he could. Several years later he met Geraldine Culpepper, the love of his life, in Houston. They married and moved to Midlothian, Texas. Charlie is survived by his wife, Geraldine Culpepper Mallett, her children, Thomas D. Hudgins, Lauri Boudreaux and Norma Jean Boulter, his son, Kenny and his daughter Rayna; his brother Charles Ray and his wife, Beverly of Raceland, Louisiana, brother Wayne and wife Joy of Conroe, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelyn and his sister, Frances. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Visitation is 6-8 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 and services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Fulton Cemetery at Walnut Springs, TX.
Richard Guse, Sr.
January 1, 1932 - February 21, 2015
Memorial services will be held at a later date
Brian Joel Hochstetler
June 26, 1975 - February 23, 2015
Brian Joel Hochstetler died unexpectedly while returning to his home after work on February 23, 2015. Brian was only 39 when he died, and though he died young, he lived a full and happy life. Brian lived his younger years in Shipshewana, IN, and graduated high school at Westview High School in 1994. Brian attended college at Indiana State University in Terra Haute, IN. It was at college where Brian met the love of his life, Wendy Silvers. Brian and Wendy married on September 16, 2006 and were blessed with their son, Mason Joel Hochstetler, on February 12, 2008. Brian began working as a cook at Buffalo Wild Wings in Terre Haute in 1999. He moved to Texas in 2008 and worked his way up to become General Manager of the new store that opened in Waxahachie. Brian loved his job and he was blessed by the people he worked with. Brian loved his home life, including his family, friends and animals. He also loved the Indianapolis Colts, movies, video games and mystery books. Brian was a wonderful husband and father who cherished his time with his family. He was kind to people and loved to laugh and will be greatly missed by many. Brian is survived by his wife, Wendy and son Mason Joel Hochstetler, father, Mervin Hochstetler, mother, Susan Hochstetler, brother, Cory Hochstetler, sister, Jennifer Hochstetler, nieces, LeAnne Hochstetler, Kaile Marcum, Corina Hochstetler and nephew, Geoffrey Marcum and maternal grandmother, Geraldyne Hartsough. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred Hartsough, Lester Hochstetler and Mary Hochstetler.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 and services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Atchley presiding.
June 16, 1941-February 16, 2015
Charles Anthony Hudson, known as “Tony” to his family and friends, entered into eternal peace on February 16, 2015. He was born in Hillsboro, TX on June 16, 1941 to Leon and Hazel Myers. Tony and his younger brother, Danny Myers were raised by their grandmother, Rebecca Guthrie of Peoria, TX until they were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Euclid Hudson when he was 9 years old. He lived with the Hudson’s until he was 16. He joined the Army and was married to Harriet Hamby and had two children, Ray and Denise. Tony moved to Midlothian in 1970 where he married his 2nd wife, Sheila Dunklin in 1973. They had 1 son, Daniel. Tony operated heavy equipment and worked for several road construction companies. He was known as one of the best heavy equipment operators around these parts. In 1977 he went to work for IMS at Chaparral Steel Co. He worked there until he retired. He was married to Rita Trussel during his last years at IMS. He loved motorcycles and was a member of the Gryphon’s Motorcycle Club in Waxahachie, TX. His final years were spent at Renfro Nursing Home after suffering several strokes. Tony was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise, brother, Danny Myers and his beloved grandmother, Rebecca Guthrie. He is survived by his sons, Daniel Wayne Hudson and Ray Hudson, grandchildren, Haidyn Rai Hudson and Sara, Meagan and Alyssa Hudson, great-grandson, Trenton Ray, aunts Cathy Boyd and Sis Myers and nieces, nephew and several cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Michael Curtis Griffith
August 30, 1966 - February 12, 2015
Michael Curtis Griffith was born August 30, 1966 in Waco, TX to Deryl and Jean Coleman Griffith. Mike was the youngest of 3 children, and if you ever asked his brother Scott and sister, Melanie, he spent many days laying on the couch while they did all the chores and work. He began school in Eufaula, OK after his family moved back to his mother’s hometown. In 1976, the Griffith family moved to Midlothian to their new home. It was in Midlothian that Mike and his family planted their deepest roots. Mike attended middle school at J.R. Irvin, where he was a good student, saxophonist and friend to everyone. Mike attended Midlothian High School where he graduated with many of his lifetime friends in the class of 1984. One fateful evening in 1993, Mike happened to run into a friend and met Joyce. Mike and Joyce spent the next 3 hours reminiscing about growing up in the same neighborhood, discussing the fact that their parents were friends and getting to know each other. On October 9, 1993, Dr. Rick Davis married Mike and the love of his life, Joyce Mitchell at FBC. Mike and Joyce added Mitchell Curtis and Anna Gabrielle to complete their perfect family. In 1995, Mike built Joyce their first home in Midlothian while working as an auditor for Total Petroleum and then he went to work for the Postal Service. From the day Mitchell was born, he was Mike’s best buddy. They spent countless hours throwing and batting on the baseball field, working with goats and steers in the Ag barn and playing poker surrounded by friends. Mike couldn’t have been happier as he watched Mitchell move to Stephenville and take on Tarleton State as he worked toward his dream of becoming an Ag teacher. Gabbie was her Daddy’s brown-eyed girl since June 4, 1996. He spent many more hours than he would care to admit watching dance recitals and cheer competitions. When Gabbie set her sights on A&M, her daddy found yet another level of admiration for his brown-eyed girl. Mike loved his family and friends. He adored and respected his parents more than anyone. His brother, sister, brother-in-laws, sister-in laws, nieces and nephews were more than family…they were truly his friends. He loved Joyce every day of their life together. Mike is survived by his wife of over 21 years, Joyce Mitchell Griffith, children, Mitchell Curtis and Anna Gabrielle, parents, Jean and Deryl Griffith, sister, Melanie Rodges and husband, Tony, brother, Scott Griffith and wife, Donna, parents-in-law, Jimmie and Pat Mitchell, sister and brother-in-law, Tammie and David Moore, brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Adrienne Mitchell, nieces and nephews, Melissa and Daniel Hazlip, Melanie and Jeff Riggs, Michael and Keri Chiles, Tiffany and Jeff Simpson, Madison Rodges, Shane and Danielle Moore, Cammie and Jacob Turner, Andy and Britney Moore, Erin Mitchell, Matt Mitchell and Olivia Moore, great nephews and nieces, J C Manor, Morgan Manor, Cole Hazlip Hunter Chiles, Ryan McKnight, Lucas Simpson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Gaby Currier, grandparents, Jerry and Lucille Freeman, and Donald and Louise Coleman, grandmother-in-law, Opal Mitchell and uncle, Butch Coleman. Visitation was 6-8 on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services were Monday, February 16, 2015 at FBC, burial followed at Midlothian Cemetery.
Merle Hollabaugh Byrd
September 13, 1932 - January 31, 2015
Merle Hollabaugh Byrd, 82, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, January 31, 2015 after a debilitating stroke on Friday. Merle was born September 13, 1932 in Mt. Peak, Texas to Ellie and Edwin Hollabaugh. She attended Midlothian schools and graduated in May of 1949. In August of that year she married the love of her life, Marvin Byrd and spent the next 44 wonderful years running a dairy and raising 4 children with him. Merle was a fantastic lady who left a legacy of love for everyone and the innate ability to make you feel special just being in her presence. Her contagious laughter ringing throughout the house made her even dearer to us. She loved Country & Western music, especially Box Car Willie, tractor pulls and bologna sandwiches just to mention a few. Merle dedicated her life to her family and friends and she always had a place at the table for everyone who walked through the door. She will be sorely missed. Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 3500 W. Wheatland Rd, Dallas, TX 75237. She is survived by children, Richard Byrd and wife, Carol, Allen Byrd and wife, Cynthia, Rebecca Byrd Stephens and husband, Rickey, Carolyn Byrd Pallett and husband, Mike, grandchildren, Eric, Ronald, Ryan, Rodney, Jason, Travis and Dustin Byrd, Sarah and Justin Stephens, Ginger Pallett Perez (deceased), and James Pallett, great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Meghan, Karlie, Maddy, Rylan, Randall, Jason, Jr., Tessa, Hunter, and Parker Byrd, Brittany and Joey Villarreal, Morgan Davis (Stephens), Avery and Karter Stephens, Juliette Pallett and Ian Perez, and great-great-grandchildren, Cheyenee and Conner Byrd.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home.
Faye P. Bryson
November 1, 1922 - January 31, 2015
Faye Bryson, 92, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on January 31, 2015. She was born to John and Pearl (Wilson) Presley on November 1, 1922 in Anson, Texas. Faye attended a country school near Anson and then attended high school in Abilene. Her professional career started in Dallas when she was a young, single woman. Faye married Perry Lay Bryson on April 9, 1948 in Midlothian. Together they raised one son, Perry Wayne Bryson. Faye retired from LTV Corp./Vought Aircraft Industries in 1985. In retirement, she enjoyed being active, tending her lawn and garden, fishing, watching baseball, attending church and cooking for and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, son, parents, 2 brothers and a sister. Faye is survived by her grandson, Doug Bryson and wife, Jill, great-grandsons, Joe and Ben Bryson, siblings, nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Midlothian Funeral Home and services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ovilla. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans.