Sunny Purl Alderdice of Midlothian, Texas passed away August 26, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Sunny was born in Dallas to the late State Senator George C. Purl and Mrs. Bernice Blanton on December 21, 1930. She graduated from Midlothian High School in 1948 and married the late Barham Alderdice. Sunny was a charter member of the Ellis County Historical Society, a director of the Midlothian Cemetery Association and a pianist for the Midlothian Presbyterian Church. “Sunny Alderdice Day” was celebrated April 25, 1974 in recognition of her lengthy community service and 20 years of service to the PTA beginning in 1950. Also in 1974 she and Barham purchased The Midlothian Mirror (a weekly newspaper established in 1882),and they owned the paper until his death in 1996. In 1997 Sunny was recognized as Midlothian’s Businesswoman of the Year. Sunny was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, George C. Purl, Jr. and sister, Patti Purl Crockett. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Alderdice Francis of Austin, sister, Mary Katherine Maddox of Dallas and sister-in-law, Elise Alderdice Yarbro of Fort Worth. The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness during these past few years. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Sunny Alderdice Scholarship Fund (checks payable to Midlothian ISD, 100 Walter Stephenson Rd., Midlothian, TX) or the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held at Midlothian Funeral Home (200 E. Ave. E, Midlothian, TX, 972-723-9884 on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. with funeral services immediately following.
John Spurlock, 81, passed away at Trinity Mission in Italy on August 17, 2014. He was born in Crockett, Texas on January 13, 1933 to J.W. and Gladys Spurlock. John’s many occupations were carpenter, Midlothian Police Officer (1971-1973) and security officer for Mid-Tex. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. John and Bonnie met while at a picture show and married after only 8 dates. John loved his chickens, horses and family most of all. His favorite pastimes were hunting and spending time with his grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. John is survived by his wife, Bonnie Spurlock, children, David Spurlock and wife, Suzanne, Vicki Panther and husband, Mike, Sharon Palmer and husband, Randy and Phillip Spurlock and wife, Beth, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Bobby Mack Howard was born on November 19, 1932 in Briton, Texas. Bob was a fraternal twin, and depending on which twin you talk with, will tell you if Bob was the 5th or 6th child born to Benjamin Franklin Howard and Janie Leone Griffith Howard. He passed away on August 14, 2014 in Burleson, Texas. Bob worked as a farmer, a driver delivering butane to farmers, then worked at Ford Motor Plant for a while and finally ended up working for a little over 30 years for General Motors in Arlington. He retired in 1997. Bob helped raise 3 children. He loved watching football games, boxing matches and some baseball and basketball in that order. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Hap Howard, 3 sisters, Dot, Wilma and Bonnie, son, Gregory Mack Howard and his great-granddaughter, Rebecca. He is survived by his wife, Judy and brother, Bill Frank Howard. Also survived by his daughter, Robin Morales and husband, Rick, son, Frank Howard and wife, Tammy of Ft. Worth, 4 grandchildren, Bobby, Emily, Melissa and Adam, 3 great-grandchildren, James, A.J. and Brylie and several nieces, nephews and cousins and his longtime friend, Anna Hart. He was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be 6-8 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Texas
Douglas Alan Walker, 62, was born April 20, 1952 in Springfield, Missouri to Oza Mae (Christmas) and William Franklin Walker. He passed away August 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Oza Mae Walker, and brother, Greg Walker. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; son, Corry; daughter, Kara and her fiancé, Travis; and sister-in-laws, Gail Walker and Karen Anderson. Doug is also survived by his precious aunt and uncle, Zelpha and Wayne Thomason; niece, Robin; nephews, Jon, Chad, Matt, and their families; and his dearly loved cousins, friends, and coworkers. Doug was a member at Creekside Church of Christ where he actively served the Lord and congregation. His love for the Lord and others was evident to all. His beautiful spirit and loving heart will be greatly missed. Visitation services will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Midlothian Funeral Home in Midlothian, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00am with Dalvin Hampton officiating at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas.
Belinda S. Barrier was born on January 10, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Archie and Velma Pulliam. She passed away on August 10, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas.
There will be a graveside service at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on August 13, 2014.
James A. Flatt was born on December 21, 1931 in Venus, Texas to Bennie and Myrtle Flatt. He passed away on August 8, 2014 in Justin, Texas. He was a graduate of Venus High School and after graduation he began his lifelong career at LTV Aerospace. He was later drafted into the Army where he served our country and while stationed in New York he met his wife of 60 years, Frieda Berkowitz. In 1955 they returned to Venus with daughter, Rita to resume his career with LTV. He retired from LTV after 41 years of service. He had a real love of tennis, horse racing and weekend family gatherings where they played cards. James developed a passion of service to his community in the capacity of City Council, Lions Club and Mayor for over 33 years. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bennie and Myrtle Flatt, brother, Frank Flatt, sister, Cricket Holder and grandson, Dustin Flatt. James is survived by his wife, Frieda, children, Rita Toney and husband, Craig, Jeffrey Flatt, Jamie Flatt, grandchildren Melanie Welch and husband, Dusten, David Flatt and wife, Jamie, James Flatt and Sarah Flatt, great-grandchildren, Annaka, Gage, Colin, Cameron, Britley, Jonathon, Taylor, Tristen and sister, Edwina Key. Above all, he loved his family and was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and son. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 with services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Venus Cemetery.
Lonnie Dean Dudley was born in Dallas, Texas on October 23, 1960. He passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Growing up in Duncanville, he was active in community sports and played football at Duncanville High School. He married his high school sweetheart and recently celebrated his 36th wedding anniversary. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. After years of electrician work, he changed careers to become an Auto Paint Technician. He was a little league football coach, a girl’s fast pitch softball coach and former board member of the Duncanville Girl’s Softball League. He was a devoted family man. He truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation is 6-8 pm on Monday, August 11, 2014 and services will be at 2:00 am on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Ave E, Midlothian.
Molly Anne (Rowe) Bargenquest came into this world on a cold crisp Halloween morning, October 31, 1952 in the little town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. She was proudly welcomed by parents Pete and Barbara Rowe who were students at Oklahoma A&M. Molly’s journey through life was full of spirited accomplishments that included becoming the mother of three accomplished children, Clarice Bishop, Jennifer Douglas and Jason Douglas. She loved traveling with her husband, Brian. Dedication to her job as leader of the Central Division of American Arbitration Association kept her at her desk nearly to the end of her long and arduous struggle with Ovarian cancer. Molly, with Brian constantly by her side, fought the disease for 4 years; always meeting chemo appointments with optimism and achieving initial victories that allowed time for several wonderful excursions that included Russia, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Mexico. In the end, the disease returned; Molly’s battling spirit and extensive chemo could not prevail against the ravages of cancer and her life ended July 26, 2014 in the Presbyterian Hospital with her entire family taking turns holding her hand as her accomplished life slowly ebbed from her frail body. Her time here on earth, as remembered by all of those that knew and loved her, is viewed as having been lived with determination, courage, fun and unselfish dedication to her family and job. Those present during the final moments of Molly’s life were her husband, Brian Bargenquest, parents, Pete and Barbara Rowe, children, Clarice Bishop, Jennifer Douglas, Jason Douglas and Kirk Bargenquest and her brother Mark Rowe. In addition 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild make up a close family unit that will forever treasure her memory and profoundly miss this loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.
There will be a private memorial service celebrating Molly’s life on August 9, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza #1710, New York, NY 10122 or online at www.ocrf.org.
Wilma Gist, 84, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, August 3, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jody Davis of Waxahachie.
Wilma was born on September 21, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama, daughter of the late Claude Myrick and his wife Rosa Lee. Wilma and her husband Joe worked for many years in the family meat packing business, and in later years she worked for a major grocery store chain both in the Meat Department and as a checker. She married her husband Joe on April 1, 1947 and together with her brother Lowell Myrick of Fort Worth, they owned a meat processing plant in Mansfield, Texas. Wilma and Joe worked beside each other raising a family of 5 children over a period of more than 48 years. Wilma or “Mama G” as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was devout Christian. She was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving generous heart, and was always giving to others. While she leaves behind a large family, she will be reunited in heaven with her parents Claude and Rosa Lee, he beloved husband of 48 years, Joe Gist; her loving Daughter, Kelli Harisis and brothers, Claude Myrick, Jr. and Jimmy Leon Myrick as well as her nephew Ronnie Myrick and granddaughter, Rachel Emanuel. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her siblings; Sylvia Taylor of White Settlement, Lowell Myrick of Ft. Worth and Shirley Midkiff of Leesville, Louisiana and by her children; Wilma (Jody) Davis of Waxahachie, Carol White of Midlothian, Barry Gist of Nixon, TX and David Gist of Westlake, Louisiana. She leaves behind a heritage of 9 adoring grandchildren; Gavin Davis, Jennifer Norton, Andrea Rodgers, Scott Norton, Brad Gist, Mary Garcia, Joey Black, David and Christopher Gist. She leaves 17 great-grandchildren; Aaron Emanuel, Sarah Emanuel, Christopher Gist, Chance Livar, Matthew Livar, Wyatt Livar, Lindsey Rodgers, Samantha Rodgers, Teagan Norton, Candace White, Mason Gist, Callie Gist, Anthony Garcia, Alexis Garcia, Ayden Garcia, Evershay Gist and Cage Gist. She also leaves behind 2 great-great-grandchildren, Seamus and Albus Livar and many more nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
John Lindon Dodge, 53, died peacefully in the early morning hours of July 29th, 2014, at his home with his family by his side. He was born on September 16th, 1960, to Tom Dodge and Brenda Stinson Dodge. His death was a result of ongoing complications due to a spinal cord injury on May 30th, 1982.
Along with this parents he is survived by his sister, Karen Dodge Hoover and husband Terry of Kingwood, brother, Lowell Dodge and wife Valerie of Midlothian; nieces, Haylee Hoover Douglas and husband Michael of Richmond, VA; Beth Hoover of Richmond, VA; and Brittany Lewis of Midlothian, and nephew, AJ Dodge, of Midlothian, great nephew, Mason Douglas; and great niece, Eva Douglas. Also, aunt. Betty Cook and husband John Cook of Cleburne; uncles Danny Stinson and wife Terry of Arlington, and David Stinson and wife Teri of Joshua; grandmother, Retha Stinson of Keene, and great uncle, Bobby Miller of Arlington, and great aunt Hazel Miller of Ft Worth, numerous cousins, second cousins, and third cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jim "Pops" Stinson, and Raymond Basham, grandmother Juanita “Nita” Basham; cousins Brody Stinson, and Chelsea Hayton; and his faithful canine companion, Fred.
Lindon graduated from Midlothian High School in 1979, attended Blinn College and Mountain View College, and graduated from UTA with a BA in history in 1990. He loved Shakespeare, The Bible, airplanes, guitars, muscle cars, and studying the stars. He was an inaugural fan of “Star Trek” but also never tired of watching “Elvis and Nixon,” “Bubba Ho-Tep,” “O, Brother, Where Art Thou, “Ed Wood,” “JFK,” “Citizen Kane,” and all things W. C. Fields, Andy Griffith, Bela Lugosi, and WWII. He tutored numerous students in English and history, collected guns, watches, daggers, knives, guitars, and samurai swords “of steel folded 1200 times.”
He had many friends, some of the longest-lasting being confidantes, Jimmy Wharton, Robert Murray, Kyle St. Jacques, and Jody Jennings.
The family would like to thank Bristol Hospice nurses and aides for their care during the final weeks of his life. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Christopher and Dana Reeve paralysis research or any charity of choice.
Raymond “Rick” Bell, Jr was born in Rocky Mount, N.C. to Raymond and Peggy Bell. He passed away on July 20, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas. He graduated in 1973 from Sam Houston High in Arlington and in 1988 from VTI. He lived in Cocoa Beach, FL, Salinas, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Arlington, TX, Slidell, LA then back to Arlington, TX where all three of his children were born. Though he lived in a few places growing up, he loved living in Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Maas and grandmother, Frances Lampke. He is survived by his children, Robert Bell, Ryan Bell, and Kassadi Bell, father, Raymond R. Bell, Sr. and wife, Tillie, sisters, Cathy Marberry and husband, Hugh and Jackie Ahrendts and nieces and nephew, Caryn, Christy, Sarah and Andrew. Rick loved being outside and loved nature. We believe his body and soul will become a piece of the nature he loved, he will continue to live, just in a new way.
Services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.
Brandon James Morphis, 11, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. James was born on June 14, 2003 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He enjoyed listening to music and holding his favorite blanket. James was preceded in death by his siblings, Laney and Jacob Morphis. James is survived by his parents, Wyatt and Linda (Powers) Morphis of Midlothian, Texas, sisters, Christy Bray, Cassie Morris (Justin), Valerie Morphis, Ericka Morphis, brothers, Chad Morphis (Jennifer), Corey Morphis, Jimmy Morphis and Donald Morphis, nephews, Colton and Cameron and a niece, Katie.
Paul George Lamarre, Jr., loving husband and father, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2014 ending his courageous battle with cancer. Weakened in body, but never in spirit, his faith and his love for God were contagious. Paul was born January 28, 1972 in Webster, MA. to Paul George Sr. and Kathleen Rose Lamarre. He married Sheila Collins on April 8, 2000 in Asheville, N.C. They had three wonderful children, two girls and a boy. Paul served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm as a Nuclear Machinist mate or “Nuke” as the position was also known, aboard the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS MISSISSIPPI. A graduate of Dallas Baptist University, he worked as a Supply Chain manager for Poly America. He was a member of Retta Baptist Church in Burleson. He also attended the DFW Writers’ Workshop in Euless where he once served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Paul was a self-proclaimed geek who loved science fiction and was the author of several published short stories. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, children, Megan Kathleen, Sarah Elizabeth and Joshua Paul, all of Midlothian, parents, Paul George Sr. and Kathleen of Thompson, CT, grandmother, Jessie Hughes of Webster, MA, sister Lisa Corrette and husband, Wayne of Webster, MA., brother, David Lamarre of Thompson, CT, in-laws, Jimmy and Yvonne Collins of Bokchito, OK, sister-in-law, Tracy Dobbyn and brother-in-law Robert Dobbyn of Beaverton, OR, spouse’s grandmother, Reba Collins of Bokchito, OK and six nieces and nephews, Brady, Tyler, Marissa, Amanda, Luke and Whitney.
(Melba) Clydene Harris, age 84, of Midlothian, TX passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Austin, TX. She was born on November 2, 1929 in Ovilla, TX to Clyde and Lois West. Clydene graduated from Red Oak High School in 1946. In 1950 she married Hubert Branam and together they had three children, Dale, Tommy, and Donny. They divorced in 1955. Clydene married William (Bill) Harris of Mountain Peak, TX in 1960. In addition to raising her three sons, Clydene also worked full time for The Royal Couch Mattress Factory in Midlothian and later as a sales clerk for Ben Franklin’s and CVS Pharmacy. She was a faithful member of the First Methodist Church of Midlothian, TX.
Clydene was a loving wife and devoted mother who always worked hard to provide for her family. Her life was centered on faith, family, and friends and her greatest joy was to be with people she loved surrounded by laughter.
Clydene was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Lois West, her sister Sherley West Pogue Cappleman, her beloved husband of 44 years Bill, and her eldest son Dale. She is survived by her brother Jerry West of Waxahachie and his wife Diane, along with their children Debbie and Johnny; son Tommy Branam of Austin, TX; son Donny Branam of Austin, TX, his wife Beverly, and their daughter Kate; Dale’s daughters Carly Branam and Megan Branam of Austin, TX; sister-in-law Frances Harris of Dallas, TX; stepson Billy D. Harris of Scroggins, TX, his wife Liz, and their son Brian; and niece Davena Pogue of Waco, TX.
Visitation will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with interment following at Midlothian Cemetery.
Carlos Cisneros lifelong resident of Grand Prairie entered Heaven on Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was born on November 4, 1930 in Elgin, Texas to Genaro and Juana Guillen Cisneros.
Carlos worked in construction. After his working years, he enjoyed flee markets and grandchildren and great grandchildren. His love for his family was the most important aspect of his being. The family vacations to Mexico were his highlights with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Carlos had so much love to give and never got mad. He was an excellent example of a very Godly man.
Services will be at 11:00am Monday, June 16th at the Midlothian Funeral Home
Reba Holcomb was born on August 13, 1920 in Dallas, Texas. She passed away on June 10, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas with her daughter and a nurse named Robin at her bedside after a short illness. She moved to Midlothian in 1946 and brought Girl Scouts to Midlothian in 1950. She had the same group of girls as Brownies then Girl Scouts. Reba received her Cosmetology certificate in the 50’s and Mental Health Associate Degree from McLennan Community College in Waco and then sold Toyotas at Maynard Phillips Toyota in Waco and Toyota of Irving. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, W.B. Holcomb. Reba is survived by her daughter, Betty Wilcoxson, grandson, Tommy Wilcoxson and wife, Christy, and 2 great-grandsons, Cody and Wesley. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Graveside services will be Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Midlothian Cemetery.
Neal Douglas Shelley was born in Bells, Texas on September 17, 1929 to Daniel Goodson Shelley and Dollie Davlin and passed away on May 25, 2014 in Cedar Hill, Texas. Neal was the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, American Airlines for 10 years and Cedar Hill ISD for 7 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family was the joy of his life. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas. Neal is survived by his wife, Margaret Nell Shelley, children, Renee Ketcham and husband, George and Norman Shelley and wife, Cheryl, grandchildren, Doug and Chad Ketcham, Jeffrey Shelley and wife, Erica and Joseph Shelley, great-grandchildren, Juliana Ketcham and Garrett and Jacob Shelley, special family members, Ana Ketcham and Jessica Snow, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sondra and Bill Martin and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home and graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Edgewood Cemetery, Lancaster, Texas.
Garry Birl Williams (Bam) was born to Eual and Jerry Mae Williams on July 4, 1948 in Fort Payne, Alabama. He passed away on May 19, 2014 in Mansfield, Texas. He grew up in Collinsville, Alabama with his brother, Terry and sisters, Cheryl and Alecia. He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1967. Garry joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1968. He served his country in Thailand and various other bases throughout the United States. He completed his military service at Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, Texas in June 1972. While stationed in Ft. Worth, Garry met and married his wife, Mary Jo Hale on September 22, 1973. Together they raised two wonderful children, Megan and Cody. They lived in the Ft. Worth area until moving to Midlothian in 1997. In 2011 they embraced two special people Danielle and Desiree Rivers and in 2013 they added Charles Davis, Jr. (Little Buddy) to their family. Garry (Stick Monkey) was employed at Gerdau Ameristeel in Midlothian. He worked hard and enjoyed spending time with his family, they were the joy of his life. Garry was a jokester that kept everyone he came in contact with wondering what he would do or say next. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Williams, children, Megan and Cody Williams, special family, Danielle and Desiree Rivers and Charles Davis, Jr., brother, Terry Williams and wife, Wanda and sisters, Cheryl Burke and husband, Larry and Alecia Clanton and husband, Jimmy and numerous nieces and nephews. His passing will leave a void that will never be filled.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 with services at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home. Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.