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Miscellaneous Tarrant County, Texas Obituaries


Anes Roberson
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Services for Anes E. Roberson of Springtown will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at White’s Funeral Home Springtown Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Roberson was born in Nehri, Hood County, Texas at home on May 27, 1920. He grew up attending rural schools in Hood County. After completing military service in World War II, he attended G.I. Agricultural school for 2˝ years. While employed with Mitchell Energy, he attended a math seminar and was among a few that passed the final exam. He built a successful dairy business with father-in-law, Eli Hart, prior to entering a career in the oil field. During World War II, Mr. Roberson served on the USS Indiana in the Navy. As a decorated veteran, he fought in seven major battles in the South Pacific. His ship was anchored in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered. After the war, he worked on the family farm in the dairy business for a few years. In his late 20s he entered a career in the oil field and spent the next 35 years as a roughneck, driller, and tool pusher. He retired from Mitchell Energy in 1983. Mr. Roberson and his wife, Mary Ellen, spent about 20 years in the west Texas town of Andrews. He coached Little League Baseball and served as an assisistant Boy Scout Master. His service to young men had an impact on many lives. During 1973, the couple returned to the family farm in Springtown. He completed his career in the o il field and began retirement. Since retirement, Mr. Roberson has been active in VFW, Senior Citizens, and church. He served in several offices in the VFW and performed in every VA Hospital in Texas as part of the District 21 Road Show. At the senior center, he exercised his mind through games and his body with walking. As an expert 42 domino player, he won many trophies with Mary Ellen and Kerby as partners. The Lord’s Acre of the Springtown First United Methodist Church enjoyed his vegetable cooking for the past 10 years. He enjoyed the praise and worship music at the “Wednesday Night Live” services at the Methodist Chruch. He truly was a part of the “greatest generation.” Mr. Roberson led an active and full life as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen Hart Roberson of Springtown and four children, Aaron Roberson and wife, Pixie of Fort Worth, Ford Roberson and wife, Catherine of De Soto, Andrea Hungerford and husband, Rick of Springtown, and Kerby Roberson of Long Beach California; a brother, Refford Roberson of Wichita Falls; and sisters, Juanita Parker of Tolar, and Margaret Todd of Weatherford; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jack McMurry
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Jack David McMurry, 77, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, in Fort Worth. Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Chapel. Burial was in Azle Land Cemetery under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home. Jack was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Fort Worth. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a seaman first class from Sept. 11, 1943, until April 1, 1946. Mr. McMurry was manager for Leonard Brothers Department Store and Monnig’s Department Store for many years and retired from retail management in 1991. Mr. McMurry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Juanita McMurry; brother, Harold; and children, Jackie Abel and Rickey McMurry. Survivors include his wife, Dolores McMurry of Lakeside; children, Michael Wicker, Jr. and wife, Regina, Terry Wicker and wife, Brenda, Teresa Gonzales and husband, Vincent, and Scott Wicker and wife, Donna, all of Tarrant County; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; brother, J.D. McMurry and wife, Bunny, of New York; sister, Margaret Bisbee of Fort Worth; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Charles Herrell
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Charles D. Herrell, 64, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Boaz, Alabama. Mr. Herrell was born June 18, 1938, in Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Herrell; his father, Teed Herrell, his mother, Jessie Herrell; and his brothers, Harry Herrell and Kenneth Herrell. Survivors includel his sons, Earl W. Herrell and Charles D. Herrell, Jr., both of Fort Worth; brothers, Carl Herrell of Augusta, Georgia, Frankie Herrell of Flat Rock, North Carolina, and Jackie Herrell of Fort Worth; sisters, Vinnita Neill of Fort Worth, Deborah Smith of Flat Rock, Veronica D. Cornstubble of Azle; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dona Nobles
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Dona Nobles, 77, a homemaker, died Monday, May 19, 2003.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. Burial was in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Nobles was born Feb. 27, 1926, in Kerens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Nobles, Jr. Survivors include her sons, Gordon Nobles and wife, Laura, of Grand Prairie, and Stanley Nobles and wife, Joni, of Arlington; daughter, Cathy Hunter and husband, Phillip, of Arlington; sisters, Belle Marshall of Fort Worth and Maxine Eckelman of Arlington; brothers, Jim Pierce of Springtown and Joe Pierce of Helotes; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Marion Burdick
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Marion Burdick, 92, a retired restaurant manager for Wild Onion Steakhouse, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, in Azle. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Marion Burdick was born Nov. 30, 1910, in Fulsom, New Mexico.
Survivors include her daughter, Elise Pigg and husband, Billy, of Azle; grandchildren, Elise Erter and husband, Bill, Ann R. Pigg, Jeannine Wilbur and Tab Pigg and wife, Lisa, all of Azle; great-grandchildren, Clay Trammell and wife, Heidi, of Grand Prairie, Michael Wilbur and wife, Sofia, David Wilbur, Benjamin Stapleton, Shelbe Stapleton and Paul Foster, all of Azle; and great-great-grandchildren, Mari Carmen Wilbur and David Daniel Wilbur, both of Azle. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Kristi Pate
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Kristi May Pate, 33, a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer. Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Birchman Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park. Kristi Pate was born June 26, 1969, in Weatherford. She lived in White Settlement where she attended elementary school. Later her family moved to Willow Park. She was a graduate of Weatherford High School and worked for Zap’s Copy Center for the next 10 years. She loved working with people and making new friends. She always had a smile and would do anything for others. Some of her interests included a love for country music and going to the movies with family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a lifelong member of Birchman Baptist Church, where she often worked in the nursery and children’s choir. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clay and Ruth Byrne of Daingerfield, and cousin, Dean Cummings of Alaska. Survivors include her father, Bobby W. Pate and wife, Gayle; mother, Ann Irby and husband, Don, of Azle; sisters, Kelly Strobel and husband, Marc, and Karla Bradley of Orlando, Florida; stepbrother, Ronald Wimberley and wife, Jennifer, of Weatherford; grandparents, Bob and Ola Pate of White Settlement, Vera Cummings of Weatherford and Ella Irby of Sulphur Springs; nieces, Megan Strobel, Audrey Bradley, Ashley and Annabella Wimberley; nephews, Ryan and Jakob Strobel and Taylor, Tanner and Tucker Wimberley; a very special friend, Steven Pemberton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Plase Smith
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Plase Smith, 86, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in Azle.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at White’s Funeral Home, Springtown. Burial was in Annis Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Smith was a member of Community Bible Fellowship Church. His wife, Ferol, died in February 2003. Survivors include his daughters, Faye Mote and husband, Gerald, and Bonnie Alewine and husband, Nat; sons, B.J. Shugart and wife, Susan, P.M. Shugart and wife, Carol, and Danny Smith and wife, Sandy; sisters, Willamae Panciera and Joana Walker and husband, Jerry; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Kyle Bland
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Kyle Jordan Bland an infant, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, in Amarillo. He was one month old. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Azleland Cemetery. Kyle was born April 14, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Survivors include his mother, Felicia Bland; grandparents, Rhonda and Bryan Norris and Timothy Bland, all of Fort Worth; aunts, Kristy and Amber Norris and Rhonda Stockton, all of Azle; uncles, Justin and T.J. Bland, both of Fort Worth; and great-grandparents, Mary Pack of Brady and Martha and Arthur Bland of Fort Worth.

Robert Shipman
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Robert E. Shipman, 80, a retired bookbinder, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, in Azle. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jaybird Cemetery in Azle under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home. Mr. Shipman was born on December 20, 1922 in Madill, Oklahoma, the son of John A. and Fannie (Williams) Shipman. He married Hazel Lawrence Jan. 26, 1944, in San Angelo. They were united 59 years. Mr. Shipman was a retired bookbinder. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Fannie Williams Shipman, five brothers, four sisters, a great grandchild and a daughter-in-law, Delzie. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Hazel Lawrence Shipman; son, Jimmie Shipman and wife, Melinda; granddaughters, Charmin and Felicia; and five great-granddaughters, Amanda, Brianna, Brittney, Coti, and Gaby; many other relatives and a host of friends.

E.W. Carlile
Thursday, May 29, 2003
E. W. Carlile, 88, a retired tooling engineer, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at a local hospital. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Azleland Cemetery under the direction of White’s Funeral Home in Azle. Survivors include his sons, Ronald Carlile and wife, Maggie of Greenacres, Washington, Dale Carlile of Azle, Jack Carlile and wife, Carolyn of Azle and Jerry Carlile and wife, Michelle of Saginaw; daughters, Peggy Allison, Ann Jordan, both of Mansfield and Terry Morales and husband, Rick of Burleson; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Dave Hull
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Dave Hull, 67, a retired mechanic, died Monday, May 19, 2003, in Weatherford. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at North Main Church of God. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery under the direction of Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel. Mr. Hull was born July 22, 1935, in Parker County. He was a former truck driver and a member of the Church of God. A sister, Linda Hull; brother, Robert Hull; and grandson, Clint Fisher, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hull of Weatherford; daughters, Ranae Fisher and husband, David, of Lakeside and Lanie Harrison and husband, Pat, of Weatherford; sons, Charles Ivan Hull, Cordell Hull, Hank Hull and wife, Joy, Jody Ellis and wife, Rexine, and Barney Ellis and wife, Ramona, all of Weatherford, and Jerry Ellis and wife, Tammy, of White Settlement; sisters, Ollie Moore and husband, Rick, and Ivannell Moon and husband, Gerald; brothers, James Ivan Hull, Edd Hull and wife, Frankie, Manley Hull and wife, Linda, and Marvin Hull and wife, Ruthann, all of Weatherford; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mary Cracas
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Mary Ann Cracas, 85, a loving mother and grandmother, died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at a Lake Worth nursing center. Services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Biggers Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Cracas was born Nov. 1, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, and has been an area resident since 1992. She was secretary for the Internal Revenue Service prior to her retirement in 1991. Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Lovier and her husband, Rick, of Lakeside; sister, Catherine Tripoli of Chesterfield, New Jersey; grandchildren, Rick Alexander Lovier, Zachariah Lee Lovier, and Michelle Rose Lovier.

Kathleen Betts
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Kathleen Laverne Betts, 80, of Azle, died Saturday, May 17, 2003 in San Antonio. Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at White’s Azle Chapel. Burial was in Azleland Cemetery. Mrs. Betts was born April 16, 1923 in Orange County, Ind. and moved to Texas in the early 1970’s. She retired from La Quinta as head housekeeper 16 years ago. A 20 year resident of Azle, she moved to San Antonio in 1998 to be with her family after her husband’s death. Mrs. Betts loved gardening, fishing, and cooking. She was a member of the Monticello (Indiana) Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Betts, brothers, Basil, Bertice, James, Russell, and Randall. Survivors include her daughter, Annette Purcell and husband, Richard; grandchildren, Kimberly Baker and Edward Baker and wife, Yvette, all of San Antonio; brother, Earl Speer, Jr. of Leesburg, Florida; sister, Betty Dunn of Monticello, Indiana.

Annie Spurrier
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Annie Lail Spurrier, 104, died Monday, May 19, 2003 in Azle.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003 at Azleland Cemetery under the direction of White’s Azle Funeral Home. Mrs. Spurrier was a resident of Azle since 1953. She was preceded in death by sons, W.G., W.F. and Arnold; and grandson, Ricky. Survivors: Sons, Bob Spurrier of Burleson, Jack Spurrier and wife, Sally of Azle; daughter, Melba Geeslin; daughters-in-law, Helen Spurrier of Azle, Betty Spurrier of Yoakum, Wilma Spurrier of Cayton, California; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Christian Burmeister
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Christian J. Burmeister, 75, a retired engineer, died Monday, May 19, 2003 in Azle. Graveside service were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Azleland Cemetery. Mr. Burmeister was a resident of Azle since 1983. A veteran of the Korean conflict, he retired as a Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Lockheed-Martin about 20 years ago. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Dorathea Burmeister. Survivors include his wife, Krista Burmeister of Azle and a sister, Carol Burmeister of North Carolina.

Helen Strittmatter
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Helen M. Strittmatter, 81, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at home. Mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Strittmatter was born on Nov. 22, 1921, in Goodland, Kansas. She received the Bishop’s Benediction to Mankind Award in 2000. She was a 60-year member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Women’s Organization. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Strittmatter. Survivors include her daughters, Helen Ann Mahan and husband, James, of Springtown, Vickie Sue Tindall and husband, Jim, of Van, Theresa Harbour and husband, Dan, of Fort Worth; sons, Curtis Strittmatter and wife, Nancy, of Arlington, Clem Strittmatter and wife, Debbie, of Bowie, Henry Strittmatter and wife, Frann, of Fort Worth; brother, Clarence Scheopner of Goodland, Kansas; sister, Marie Robinson of Boulder, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church or MS Society.

Gladys Rogers
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Gladys Louise Rogers, 90, a homemaker, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at a Decatur care center. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Graveside service was at 3:30 p.m. in St. Paul Cemetery, Midlothian. Mrs. Rogers was born Oct. 18, 1912, in Richardson. She was a longtime member of Rosemont Church of Christ. She lived in Fort Worth for 60 years and had resided in Decatur for the past seven years. She attended Central Fellowship Church in Decatur and was a member of Foster Home Women’s Association. Survivors include her husband of 72 years, William Marvin Rogers of Decatur; son, W. M. Rogers, Jr of Andrews; daughters, Barbara Harwell of Dallas, Sandra Hukill of Springtown and Rita LeMond of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Christ Haven for Children in Keller.

Sam Hidler
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Sam Oren Hidler, 88, a north Fort Worth businessman and East Texas rancher, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in Fort Worth. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood Memorial Park, Mr. Billie Ray Martin officiating. Mr. Hidler was born Dec. 2, 1914, to Volney Richard and Rebecca Frances Dossey Hidler in the New Harmony community near Ladonia, Fannin County. He was the great-great-grandson of Reuben Brown, one of the original land grant settlers in Fannin County under the Republic of Texas. He owned and operated Sam’s Truck Service and Cattle Hauling for 35 years and was a member of several civic organizations in Fort Worth. After retiring, he found much joy in traveling, especially to the national parks and historical areas throughout the United States and Canada. His hobbies, when he wasn’t tending to his cattle or fishing, included the restoration of antique guns, tools and farm implements. Mr. and Mrs. Hidler were fortunate to enjoy a golden wedding anniversary and a 60th wedding anniversary party at the Lions Club in River Oaks, surrounded by numerous family and friends. They moved from Ladonia to Fort Worth in 1943. Theirs was a long and happy marriage and life together. Mr. Hidler was a fine musician who could play the piano, guitar and mandolin. He was an exceptional harmonica player and often astounded listeners by filling the room with sounds of melody and harmony at the same time through one small instrument. He loved to tell wonderful, humorous stories of the many things he had seen and done as observed through his unique vision of life. His family is left with an untold number of special memories of him that hold much laughter and good times. He will not be forgotten. He was a kind and loving Christian man. Mr. Hidler was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Alvis Alton Hidler, Bertha Mae Hidler Eagleton, Mary Frances Hidler Norris and John Henry Hidler. Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Etta Belle McLemore Hidler; daughters, Carol Jean Hidler Ackley and husband, William Edward Ackley, of San Antonio, Linda Earline Hidler Martin and husband, Billie Ray Martin, of Azle, Gwendolyn Frances Hidler Pierce and husband, Ronald Bruce Pierce, of Fort Worth and Beverly Hidler Tillman and husband, John Stephen Tillman, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, William Jon Ackley of San Antonio, Belinda Martin Hudgeons and husband, William Anthony Hudgeons, of Azle, Ronald Bruce Pierce, Jr. and wife, Rebecca Kemper Pierce, of Burleson, Cynthia Ackley Tramontano and husband, Michael Anthony Tramontano, of San Antoniio, John Oren Pierce and wife, Hallie Wigington Pierce, of Fort Worth, Stephanie Weinberger of Fort Worth, Samuel Eugene Pierce of Whitney, Randy Richard Weinberger, Jr. of Fort Worth, Leah Martin Saurenmann and husband, Christopher Allen Saurenmann, of Eagle Mountain Lake and Heather Morgan Tillman of Fort Worth; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Iva Ruth Hidler Carroll of North Richland Hills; sisters-in-law, Mary Margaret McLemore Jordan of Houston, Muriel Elizabeth McLemore Daniel of Fort Worth and Doris Lillian McLemore Withrow of Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special cousin and dear friend, William Howard “Dutch” Erwin of Pecan Gap.

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