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Archives for March 2014

Jack “Pappy Jack” Harrington

FORT WORTH — Jack “Pappy Jack” Lewis Harrington passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2014 at the age of 80.
Memorial service: Private
Jack Lewis Harrington was born August 21,1933 to the late Lewis and Thelma Harrington in Circleville, OH. Jackie, lovingly known as “Pappy Jack” to his many grandchildren dearly loved fishing, baseball and woodworking in his woodshop. He proudly served our country by enlisting in the US Army and served his tour of duty. Jack is retired from American Standard after 19 years of service and also retired from the City of Columbus after 20 years of service. His love for baseball prompted him to coach Little League baseball for more than 5 years. Above all, Pappy Jack was a loving and devoted family man who adored his children and grandchildren and will be missed by all of us.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, Kathleen Harrington; and sister, Donna Hunt.
Survivors: Son, Mike Harrington and wife Joy; daughter, Pam Salada and husband, James Casteel; daughter, Tamera Harrington and husband, Ron Burchill; son, Greg Meyers and wife Wendy; grandson, Charlie Roley and wife Jamie; grandson, Doney Roley and wife Tammy; granddaughter, Amelia (Ami) Salada; grandson, Dennis Engles; granddaughter Sara Daniel and husband Blake; grandson, Greg Meyers, Jr.; great-grandson, Mason Roley; great-granddaughter, Briley Roley; great-granddaughter, Megan and Kayleigh Daniel; and many friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Charles Edward Higgins

SAGINAW — Charles Edward Higgins, 67, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Celebration of life: private.
Charles was a freight handler for Montgomery Ward for 32 years.
Survivors: Wife, Donna Geane Miller Higgins; sisters, Nell Clark and Wanda Sanders; and brother, Raymond Higgins.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Betty Jean “Kitty” Wilkerson

FORT WORTH — Betty Jean “Kitty” Wilkerson passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the age of 77.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, Pastor Bob Massey officiating. Burial: Kitty will be laid to rest in Dido Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Betty Jean “Kitty” was born June 1, 1936, to the late William and Ella Ashton in Orlando, Fla.
Survivors: Husband of 58 years, Allen Wilkerson; daughter, Connie Stokes and husband, Bruce; son, Wayne Wilkerson; granddaughter, Shelly Ondich and husband, David; grandson, Garrett Wilkerson; grandson, Brian Stokes and wife, Michelle; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Lorena Lawhon Brooks

FORT WORTH — Lorena Lawhon Brooks, 90, died Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Lorena was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie William Brooks.
Survivors: Daughter, Shannon Haley; and granddaughter, Brooke Haley.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Bertha Delores Ramon

FORT WORTH — Bertha Delores Ramon passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the age of 69.
Rosary: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Bertha was born March 9, 1945, to the late Antonio and Anita DelValle in Fort Worth. Bertha was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by all of us.
Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gracie Gasca; and brother, Robert DelValle.
Survivors: Sons, Arthur Campbell Jr., Jimmy Herrera and Joelee Jayme IV; daughters, Gina Robinson, Denise Gonzales and Lisa Rocha; brother, Tony DelValle; sisters, Betty Garcia and Mary Castillo; 33 grandchildren; and many friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Dean Collier Oberst (1954 – 2014)

Dean Collier Oberst, 59, passed away quietly and was found Thursday, March 20, 2014. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Dean was born July 7, 1954, to the late Tom C. and Jeanne H. Oberst in Greenwood, Miss. He lived in many cities across the United States and Europe during his father’s Army career. After finishing high school in Killeen, he attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he graduated in 1992. He, his wife and their children lived in Copperas Cove until the family moved to Fort Worth, where he remained. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Tom C. and Jeanne H. Oberst; and brothers, Tom C. Oberst III and Robert C. Oberst. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. Kana Keisel of Burleson, Ms. Amelia Billings of Crowley and Miss Heather Oberst of Fort Worth; mother of his children, Lydia Wise; four grandchildren; sister, Dr. Anne Schanz of Dallas; and many friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

James Ray Faulknor

FORT WORTH — James Ray Faulknor passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the age of 57.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Itasca Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
James was born Oct. 15, 1956, to the late C.L. and Dorothy Faulknor in Fort Worth. He proudly served our country by enlisting in the U.S. Army. James was also a die-hard Texas Longhorn fan and will always be remembered for the love and dedication he gave to his family.
Survivors: Companion, Lenora McClurkan and her children, Josh, Katie and Rachel; daughter, Jennifer Bolin and husband, Blake; grandchildren, Brock Graves, Rylee Bolin, Brooklynn Bolin and Waylin McClurkan; sisters, Karline Faulknor, Donna Faulknor and Linda Slaugh; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Florus Chandler

FORT WORTH — Florus Chandler, 97, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, the Rev. Ben Disney officiating. Interment: Prairie Springs Cemetery in Burleson. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.

Memorials: Donations may be made to Bread Basket Ministry or Arborlawn United Methodist Church.

Florus was born Feb. 20, 1917, to Jacob and Emma Zimmer in the small town of Valmeyer, Ill. She started writing poetry in her childhood and later won awards for poetry and hymn writing in Illinois and Texas. She continued this throughout her life, writing her last poem in December 2013.

She moved to Texas in 1943 to marry Ray J. Chandler of Burleson and was privileged to be at home with her four children when they were young. During that time she served in many capacities in the PTA, including president of groups in Fort Worth and Everman. When her children entered college, she worked as a proofreader at the All Church Press and later as an office secretary until her retirement. She volunteered at the Bread Basket Ministry for 18 years, sometimes taking her grandchildren along so they could learn the joy of helping others. She was a graduate and former leader of Fort Worth Bible Study Fellowship.
Florus and her husband joined Arborlawn United Methodist Church in 1982. She organized prayer groups and was a well-known prayer warrior. She served as a Sunday school teacher for the Baker Burns Class and was very active in the United Methodist Women, serving as spiritual growth chairman.
Florus is remembered by her children as a master cook from the traditional school — she loved to put on a big meal for her family. Born during World War I, she witnessed much history and retained a remarkable memory for details of past events. She was a wonderful resource to her neighbors, even helping balance checkbooks for her younger neighbors when she was in her 80s. Family, faith and friends were most important to her.
Florus was preceded in death by her husband, Ray J. Chandler, in 1988.
Survivors: Daughter, Dianne Colburn; son, Ray Chandler and wife, Carrie, of Fort Worth; son, Roy Chandler and wife, Pat, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Cathie Read and husband, Ken, of Burleson; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Barbara Willey Young

Barbara Willey Young
Barbara Willey Young, 86, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the chapel at St. Andrews Episcopal, 917 Lamar St. Interment: 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Sycamore Cemetery, Decatur.
Memorials: Donations may be made to St. Labre Indian School, Box 216, Ashland, Mont. 59003.
Barbara was born May 21, 1927, in Lexington, N.C., to Edward and Carolyn Willey. She received her nursing degree from Emory University and later married Dr. John Bob Young of Decatur in 1955. She swept him off his feet while visiting Houston, where they lived with their three children until his death in 1972. In 1978, Barbara moved to Clemson, S.C., where she lovingly cared for her mother until her death.
Barbara came to know and love Christ at a young age and was especially fond of the tradition of the Anglican Church where she served faithfully. Though she enjoyed handwork and crafts, her real love was family. Known as “Mom,” “Jinx” and “Precious Grandmommie,” she was loved dearly and will be missed by us all.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jane; and her husband, John Bob.
Survivors: Brother, Edward “Ned”; sister, Mary Carolyn “Sis”; children, John, Charlotte and Barbara “Barbeth”; grandchildren, Brooke, Chelsea, Jonathan, Aubry, Alli, Justin and Matthew; and extended family and friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Mary Jane Martinez

Mary Jane Martinez, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the age of 58.

Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.

Mary was born Oct. 31, 1955, to the late Abel and Maria Sisneros in San Antonio. Mary was a loving person who loved her role as grandmother to her grandchildren and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors: Daughter, Mary Sisneros; son, Jose Trevizo and wife, Lana; son, Gaspar Martinez; son, Christian Martinez; brother, Able Sisneros; brother, Henry Sisneros; brother, Rudy Garcia; sister, Francis Garcia; 14 grandchildren; and many friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557