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Miscellaneous Johnson County, Texas Obituaries


C. C. RAWLINS
1922-2001
Funeral services for C.C. Rawlins, 79, of Burleson are pending with Mountain Valley Funeral Home in Burleson. Mr. Rawlins died Thursday, February 8, 2001, in Fort Worth. He was owner and operator of Master Service Company until his retirement in 1993. Mr. Rawlins was born in San Benito, Texas on January 2, 1922. He enlisted in the Army Air Force and served his country in Africa and Italy. He lived and worked in the north in Minnesota and Illinois. He moved to Burleson in 1977 where he owned and operated Master Service Company as a general contractor in air conditioning and heating. He also studied hypnotherapy and helped many people become nonsmokers. Mr. Rawlins is survived by his wife, Wanda Rawlins of Burleson; daughter, Pamela Sanders and her husband, Doug of Fort Dodge, Iowa; stepson, Roland Burt of Chino Valley, Arizona; stepdaughters, Teri Dawes of Bedford, Donna Lake of Cleburne, Carol Love of Bakersfield, California; sister, Beth Lett of Athens, Texas; grandson, A. J. Sanders of Jackson, Wyoming; nine stepgrand-children; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson is in charge of arrangements.

SANDRA HAMILTON PROCTOR
1934-2001
Funeral services for Sandra Hamilton Proctor, 66, of Granbury were held Friday, February 9 at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial was at Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury. Mrs. Proctor died Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at a Granbury hospital. She was a school teacher at Burleson ISD for 21 years before retiring. She was born April 6, 1934, in Coleman where she graduated from high school. She married Billie Proctor on July 4, 1951 in Coleman. She received a Bachelors Degree at North Texas State University and a Masters Degree from Tarleton State University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thorp Spring where she served as treasurer for the past six years. She was a very loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Proctor is survived by her husband of 49 years, Billie Proctor of Granbury; two daughters, Patricia Bowen and Pamela Smith, both of Granbury; two sons, Reverend Michael Proctor of Baytown and Mitchell Proctor of Burleson; five brothers, Guy Hamilton of Corpus Christi, Bill Hamilton of San Angelo, James Hamilton of Lincoln, Nebraska, W.R. Hamilton of Waco and Lee Hamilton of Coleman; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice, 2501 Parkview Drive, Suite 600, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Wiley Funeral Home of Granbury handled the arrangements.

VIRGINIA "COOKIE" LANGFORD
1923-2001
Funeral services for Virginia "Cookie" Langford, 77, of El Campo, Texas were held February 2 at the First United Methodist Church in El Campo, Texas. Interment was at the Garden of Memories in El Campo. Mrs. Langford died January 30, 2001. She was a former resident of Burleson. She was born July 14, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the American Legion Post 251 and D.A.V. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mrs. Langford was preceded in death by her parents, George H. and Rena Potts. She is survived by her husband, Lyndon Langford of El Campo; daughters, Karon Langford of Enid, Oklahoma, Lynda Barger of Katy, Texas, Tana Hester of Nacogdoches, Texas; sons, Lyndon Langford of Austin, Texas and Randy Langford of Katy, Texas; sisters, Rena Lindabury of North Carolina, Fran Robinette of New Jersey, Eleanor Notte of North Carolina, Claudette Nace of New Jersey; brother, Ralph Potts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and 14 grandchildren. Wheeler Funeral Home of El Campo, Texas handled the arrangements.

H. W. "BILL" JOHNSON
1920-2001
Memorial services for H.W. "Bill" Johnson, 80, of Burleson will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. George Schram and Pastor Dave Hunsicker will officiate. Mr. Johnson died Saturday, February 3, 2001, at Huguley Hospital. He was a retired bricklayer. He was born May 25, 1920, in El Dorado, Kansas. He was a member of the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church and a volunteer with the Adventist Disaster Relief Services. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jacqueline Johnson. He is survived by wife, Frances Marie Justice Johnson; daughter, Donna Johnson McCash; two granddaughters, Summer and Brooke McCash.

DONALD BARBER
1951-2001
Funeral services for Donald Barber, 49, of Burleson were held at noon Tuesday, February 6 at Burleson Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Laurel Land Memorial Park. Mr. Barber died Thursday, February 1, 2001, in Fort Worth. He was a carpenter and a member of the National Corvette Association. He was born September 9, 1951. He was a loving father, son and brother who will always be loved and never forgotten. Mr. Barber was preceded in death by his stepfather, Leroy Brown, and a brother, Danny Ray Barber. He is survived by sons, Donald Shane Barber of Burleson, Sonny Ray Barber of Carrollton; grandchildren, Justin Kilgore of Carrollton, Sassy Barber of Fort Worth; mother, Betty Norman of Burleson; father Donald Barber, Sr. of Oklahoma; sister, Patty Tyler VanBeckum and husband, Jeff, of Burleson; nephew, Adam Ray Tyler of Burleson; niece, Whitney Renee Tyler of Burleson; grandmother, Mildred Adams of Oklahoma; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth handled the arrangements.

DON KIMBALL
1936-2001
Funeral services for Don Kimball, 64, of Stephenville, Texas were held Sunday, February 4 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Bobby Bates officiated. Burial was at Johnsville Cemetery in Erath County, Texas. Mr. Kimball died Friday, February 2, 2001, at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital in Stephenville. He was retired from Erath County Electric Coop after 27 years of service. He was born November 11, 1936, in Walnut Springs, Texas. He married Rudine Goodman on June 2, 1960, in Stephenville. Mr. Kimball was a lifelong resident of Stephenville. He was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ where he served as a deacon for ten years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Mr. Kimball is survived by his wife, Rudine of Stephenville; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Toby Bills of Joshua; brother, Bob Kimball of Stephenville; five sisters, Ann Pearcy of Bluff Dale, Martha Wright of Brownwood, Lydia McCann of Brownwood, Kathleen Boden of Fort Worth, Doris Henderson of Valonia, Arizona; sister-in-law, Ruth Roberson of Dublin. Stephenville Funeral Home of Stephenville handled the arrangements.

HENRY LATHAM DICKENS, JR.
1923-2001
Memorial services for Henry Latham Dickens, Jr., 77, of Burleson will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1 at St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Burleson. Mr. Dickens died Monday, January 29, 2001. He was a retired financial manager. He was born March 7, 1923, in Norfolk, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and was a member of the 22nd Marines Association. He was a member of St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Burleson. Mr. Dickens is survived by his wife, Dorothy Faye Dickens of Burleson; sons, Henry Latham Dickens III of Burleson, Richard Allan Dickens and his wife, Valerie, of Keller; daughter, Janet Lee Douglas and her husband, Robert, of Burleson; sister, Nan Fulcher of Norfolk, Virginia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Castle Peak Hospice, 4732 E. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76103 or St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Forest Ridge Funeral Home of Hurst is in charge of arrangements.

LAURA MAE OWENS BRADLEY
Funeral services for Laura Mae Owens Bradley, 75, of Everman were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday January 27 at Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth/Burleson. Pastor Scott Whitson officiated. Burial was at Pleasant Point Cemetery. Mrs. Bradley died Thursday, January 25, 2001, in Fort Worth. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Everman. She is survived by her husband, Jack B. Bradley III of Everman; daughter, Janice Kay Purifoy of College Station; sons, Jackie Lynn Bradley of Covington and Glenn David Bradley of Alvarado; sister, Cynthia Holland of Happy Hill; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association or the Community Hospice of North Texas.

RICHARD BRANSOM
1941-2001
Funeral services for Richard Bransom, 60, of Burleson are scheduled at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25 at First Baptist Church of Burleson. Burial will be at Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Valley Funeral Home. Mr. Bransom died Monday, January 22, 2001, in a Fort Worth hospital. He was Owner-Operator of Bransom Grocery. He was born January 22, 1941, in Fort Worth, and had been a resident of Burleson since 1961. He was a member and former deacon of First Baptist Church of Burleson and loved serving as greeter for worship services. He had served on several church committees. Mr. Bransom was on the Board of Directors of Affiliated Food Stores from 1985 to 1987 and was chairman in 1990. He received the Ann Heberle Humanitarian Award in 1988, as well as several other humanitarian awards. He was awarded the Community Builder Award by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas in 1997. Mr. Bransom had served on the board of directors of the Burleson Chamber of Commerce and was named the Chamber Businessman of the Year in 1991. He had also served on the board of directors of F&M State Bank and the Bethesda Water Co-Op. He had served in the United States Air Force Reserves. Mr. Bransom was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Minnie Bransom; and brother, Loy Wade Bransom. A loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Bransom is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cindy Flowers Bransom of Burleson; son, Keith Bransom and wife, Julie, of Burleson; daughter, Camille Bransom and fiance, Steve Norton, of Burleson; brothers, Marvin N. Bransom of Burleson and Eddie Bransom and wife, Roxy, of San Antonio; sisters-in-law, Libby Baker and husband, Mike, of Arlington, Melinda Crites and husband, Cliff, of Burleson; grandchildren, Carter and Tanner Bransom of Burleson; numerous nieces and nephews; a host of friends; and his special "granddog" Cali. The family would appreciate memorials to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Burleson, the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson is in charge of arrangements

RODNEY DOWNEY
1976-2001
Funeral services for Rodney Downey, 24, of Joshua will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 26 at Carter Metropolitan CME Church, 4601 Wichita Street in Fort Worth. Burial will follow the service. Visitation will be Thursday, January 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Laurel Land of Burleson Funeral Home. Mr. Downey died Sunday, January 21, 2001, in Lubbock. He was a student. He was born May 3, 1976. He was a senior at Texas Tech University where he was a member of both the track and football teams. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Rodney Downey to Kappa Alpha Psi Guide-Right program, 1002 Frankford Street, Apt. 521, Lubbock, Texas 79416. Mr. Downey is survived by children, Tanner Argumaniz and Hayley McCullers; fiancee, Krissa Jankowski; parents, Sharon and Howard McDonald; sisters, Tracey Stewart, Raylean Downey, Sharon Downey; grandparents, Earl and Ruth Stewart, and Leonard and Wilma McDonald; and numerous other relatives around the country. Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson is in charge of arrangements.

AMY NICOLE HOCKEMEYER
1974-2001
Funeral services for Amy Nicole Hockemeyer, 26, of Fort Worth were held Monday, January 22 at The Church at Burleson. Burial was at Skyvue Memorial Gardens in Mansfield. Miss Hockemeyer died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at her home. She was a Plate Maker for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She was born June 19, 1974, in Arlington, Texas. She was a 1993 graduate of Burleson High School and was a member of The Church at Burleson. Miss Hockemeyer is survived by her parents, Barry and Rosa Hockemeyer of Burleson; sisters, Jamie Wiley and husband, Wes of Burleson, and Hailey Hockemeyer of Burleson; uncles, Danny Hockemeyer of Burleson, Rickey Hockemeyer and wife, Desra, of Mokane, Missouri, Ronald Kroll of Jefferson City, Missouri; aunt, Vivian Ferina of Jefferson City, Missouri; niece and nephew, Brock and Kendall Wiley of Burleson; and many cousins. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson handled the arrangements.

ELLIS HARRINGTON SPRUELL
1925-2001
Funeral services for Ellis Harrington Spruell, 75, of Joshua were held Tuesday, January 23 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Greenacres Memorial Park in Cleburne. Mr. Spruell died Friday, January 19, 2001, at his home. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant for the United States Air Force. He was born February 26, 1925, in Swartz, Louisiana to Thomas and Katie Mae Lord Spruell. He married JoAnn Ingram on November 9, 1951, in Azle, Texas. He was a member of the Cotner Masonic Lodge in Lincoln, Nebraska, a member of Mountain Valley Country Club in Joshua and loved to play golf until his health prevented it. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Joshua, a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and a member of the B-36 Association. He was once a radio operator on a B-36 crew. Mr. Spruell was preceded in death by his mother, father, four siblings and a daughter, Debra Ann Spruell, in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, JoAnn Spruell of Joshua; son, Rodney Spruell and wife, Tracy, of Allen; grandsons, Austin and Ryan Spruell of Allen; sister, Lola Howard of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sisters-in-law, Betty Wheeler and husband, James, of Burleson and Gloria Prater of Azle; brothers-in-law, Jack Ingram and wife, Dora, of Azle and Jerry Ingram and wife, Louise, of Azle; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Joshua building fund. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson handled the arrangements.

DONALD J. "ROBBIE" ROBINSON
1931-2001
Funeral services for Donald J. "Robbie" Robinson, 69, of Waco, were held Monday, January 22 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home in Waco. Reverend A.W. Schroeder officiated. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors. Mr. Robinson died Friday, January, 19, 2001, in a Waco hospital. He was retired from Miller Brewing Company and the U.S. Air Force and had owned and operated Nellies Cafe in Itasca. He was born June 14, 1931, in Fargo, North Dakota to Ernest J. Robinson and May Erickson Robinson. He graduated from Fargo High School and attended college in Bemiji, Minnesota where he played football. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife, Nellie, owned and operated Nellies Cafe in Itasca for 11 years. They also lived in Burleson, and he retired from Miller Brewing Company with 15 years of service. He loved golf and country music. Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Nellie Robinson of Waco; daughter, Tara Endricht of Cleburne; grandson, Tory Rex Endricht of Cleburne. Pecan Grove Funeral Home of Waco handled the arrangements.

SHELLEY DIANE BEAUCHAMP
Funeral services for Shelley Diane Beauchamp, 46, of Denton are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 24 at First United Methodist Church of Burleson, 130 E. Renfro Street. Burial will be at Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Miss Beauchamp died Sunday, January 21, 2001, in Denton. She was a resident of the Denton State School. She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Roy Beauchamp, and her grandmother, Essie Lobb. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Beauchamp of Burleson; sister, Karen Harris and husband, Charles, of Burleson; nephew, Corey Harris, and niece, Tara Harris, both of Burleson. Memorials may be made to the Volunteer Services at the Denton State School in Denton, Texas. Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth handled the arrangements.

JOHN PAUL BROWN
1922-2001
Funeral services for John Paul Brown, 78, of Burleson were held Monday, January 22 at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Chip Foster officiated. Burial was at Birdville Cemetery. Mr. Brown died Thursday, January 18, 2001, in a Fort Worth hospital. He was a retired postal clerk and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force. He was born April 12, 1922, in Fort Worth and was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his son, Larry Paul Brown. He is survived by his wife, Faye Brown of Burleson; son and daughter-in-law, Bobbie and Brenda Brown of Burleson; two granddaughters, Belisa Davis of Burleson and Belinda Brown of New York; two great-grandchildren, Kelsea and Macee Davis of Burleson. Lucas Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

GUY ERIC FRANCE
1961-2001
Graveside services for Guy Eric France, 39, of Joshua were held Monday, January 22 at Caddo Cemetery in Joshua. Mr. France died Thursday, January 18, 2001, in Fort Worth. He was an electrician in the construction business. He was born September 25, 1961, in Dallas. He was a member of Unitarian Universal Church in Fort Worth. He enjoyed education, volunteering at the Crowley Public Library and helping others. Mr. France is survived by his parents, Toney France of Ridge, Maryland and Judith France of Joshua; sister, Yvonne France of Joshua; nephew, Chester Krey of Joshua; fiancee, Kathy Jackson of Waco; several aunts, uncles and many cousins. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson handled the arrangements.

VERNON "JUNIOR" PURSELLEY
1924-2001
Funeral services for Vernon "Junior" Purselley, 76, of Burleson were held Thursday, January 18 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Burleson Memorial Park. Mr. Purselley died Monday, January, 15, 2001, at an Alvarado care center. He was a retired builder and cattle rancher. He was born March 2, 1924, in Arlington, Texas. He was a member of Hallmark Baptist Church, Handley Masonic Lodge and Moslah Shrine where he served as a captain in the Motor Corps. In 1963, he won the Trophy Cup. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Purselley was a general contractor for many years, and owned Burleson Dairy Cow Sales until his retirement in 1979. He enjoyed gardening and horseback riding. Mr. Purselley was preceded in death by son, Ricky Don; parents, Vernon and Artie Purselley; brother, Barney Purselley; and sister, Ruth Kirkpatrick. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gwen Purselley of Burleson; daughter, Carolyn Sue Seright of Midland; sisters, Joyce Moore of Fort Worth and Billie Haggard of Waco; several nieces and nephews. Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson handled the arrangements.


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