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Richard “Dick” Laswell

FORT WORTH — Dick Laswell passed away peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the age of 82.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Thursday in Azleland Cemetery & Memorial Park.
Visitation: There will be no visitation
Memorials: In lieu or flowers, please make a donation to your charity of choice or a donation to Texas Christian University for student athletic scholarships.
Richard was born October 23, 1932 in Fort Worth to the late Wayne A. and Harriet P. Laswell and was raised in Big Spring. He graduated from Texas Christian University and was a member of the football team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was named Honorable Mention All American in 1954 and played in the 1956  Cotton Bowl Classic. He married Lunell Cain in Lubbock in 1962. Dick worked in marketing for Cosden/Fina Petroleum, taught school in Borger and was a home builder as well. He returned to Fort Worth as an “entrepreneur.” He was a devoted family man and had great pride and joy in his sons, Ed and Bruce. However, the absolute delight of his life was his two grandsons, Gage and Matthew.
Dick is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert B. Laswell; sisters, Barbara Gage and Marjorie Graves.
Survivors: Wife, Lu Laswell; son, Ed Laswell and wife, Leslie; son, Thomas Bruce Laswell; grandsons, Gage and Matthew Laswell; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Cain and wife, Mary and Larry Cain and wife Beth; six nieces and nephews and a bunch of great nieces and nephews.

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

Jerry D. Martin

FORT WORTH — Jerry D. Martin, 86, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Fort Worth.
Committal Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211.
Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas or to a charity of choice.
Jerry was born April 1, 1928, in Evadale, Texas, the first child of Claude Pat Martin and Rose Bernice Bruce. He was raised near Pineland, and graduated from Pineland High School. A veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy. In 1950, Jerry met and married Sarah Carolyn Willis in Houston where their only child, Karen Kay, was born. Jerry graduated with a BBA from the University of Houston, and began a long career as an Auditor for multiple US government organizations. Jerry’s career spanned stints as a civilian auditor working for the U.S. Air Force in in both Houston and San Antonio before foreign assignments took the family to Japan and the Philippines. After a year at Bell Helicopter in Texas, Jerry returned to Asia, working in Taiwan, Republic of China, first for the United States Agency for International Development, then for Civil Air Transport/Air America. He and Carolyn returned to Dallas in the late 60’s, and resided there until moving to Fort Worth in 2009. After he and Carolyn retired from government service, they travelled again for the joy of it, with cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and extended stays in Las Vegas. Jerry continued to perfect his thoroughbred handicapping skills throughout the years, and he never tired of watching horses race.
Jerry was a Freemason and Shriner, attaining 50 year membership in 2014. His kindness, optimistic view of the world, generosity, and loving nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family wishes to thank the staff at the James L. West Alzheimer’s Center for the care and comfort they extended to Jerry during his last years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, his mother and father, his brother Bruce Martin, and his sister and brother-in-law, Dickie and Foster Heathman.
Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Charles Cerulla of Fort Worth; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Jane Martin of Quitman; sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Sonny Woolems of Jasper, and sister-in-law, Susie Martin of Larue. His extended family includes stepgranchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and Bruce family cousins.

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

Gloria Luna

FORT WORTH — Gloria Luna, 82, died Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown, Owens & Brumley.
Survivors: Children, David, Lee, Raymond, Johnny, Linda and Rosa; and 12 grandchildren.

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

General W. Peoples

FORT WORTH — General W. Peoples passed away peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the age of 77.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
General was born May 9, 1937 in Arkansas to the late Theophilus and Inez Peoples.
General is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Shields; brothers, Melvin Peoples and Hubert Peoples.
Survivors: Son, Lionell Peoples and wife, Vivian; daughter, Linda Matthews and husband, Donald Early; son, LaMark Peoples; daughter, LaCretia Peoples and husband, Fred Marshall; daughter, Lisa Peoples; son, Larry Peoples and wife, Anna Guiterrez; grandchildren, Nitosha Tubbs and husband, Jerry Tubbs Sr., Nikeisha Peterson and husband, Barritte, Jeanetta Gray and husband, Germell, Dennis Aseltyne, Curtis Burns Jr., Jalil Burns, Dominic Peoples, Destinee Peoples and DaLair Peoples; great-grandchildren, Jaymien Matthews, Jasani Warner, Jai Tubbs, Jerry Tubbs Jr., Jeremiah Gray and Eli Gray; siblings, Theophillus Peoples II, Carylyn Fletcher, Gwendolyn Peoples, Andre Peoples and wife, Earlene, Arthur Peoples and Kenneth Peoples; and many friends.

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

Thomas Taber Chamberlain Jr.

FORT WORTH — Thomas Taber Chamberlain Jr. passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the age of 69.
Memorial service: Private.
Taber was born July 30, 1945, in Fort Worth to the late Thomas Taber Chamberlain and Barbara Brenholts Chamberlain. Taber was a graduate of Paschal High School, Yale University and the University of Texas Law School. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for three years.
Taber was preceded in death by his father, Tom Chamberlain; stepmother, Virginia Chamberlain; mother, Barbara Chamberlain; and sister, Deborah Price.
Survivors: Daughter, Shannon Chamberlain Bagent and husband, Brian; son, Tom Chamberlain and wife, Uri; sister, Lynne Woodward; sister, Barbara Brown; grandchildren, Cameron Chamberlain, Tommy Pontiff, Christopher Pontiff, William Chamberlain and Rose Chamberlain; and many friends.

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

Wilma Jean Elliott

FORT WORTH — Wilma Jean Elliott passed away peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the age of 68.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Wilma was born Feb. 17, 1947, to the late Earl and Virginia “Jean” Moore in Coleman. She proudly served our country by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Wilma’s passion was nursing and she retired after many years of dedicated service. She loved to travel and loved her role as mother and grandmother. Wilma will be remembered for her love of animals and volunteered much of her time to care for them. Wilma will remain in our hearts forever and will be truly missed.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Paula Dian Moore.
Survivors: Daughter, Stacey Easterday and husband, Michael; son, Christopher Elliott and wife, DeAnna; grandchildren, Christopher Mays, Dylan Mays, Cheyenne Elliott, Carson Easterday and Riley Easterday; sister, Janice Stout; nephew, Adam Stout and wife, Marci; and many friends and extended family members.

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

Evelyn Wilson

MINERAL WELLS — Evelyn Wilson, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, currently of Mineral Wells, died Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Evelyn was born April 10, 1927, in Ranger to Roy and Nila Carlyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Wilson.
Survivors: Aunt; cousins.

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

Jeanne Marie Jacobsen

FORT WORTH — Jeanne Marie Jacobsen, born on Jan. 16, 1954, in Lyons, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the age of 61.
Celebration of life: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home. Another celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Ivans-Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 East Burlington St., Riverside, Ill. 60546.
Jeanne was the beloved daughter of Robert and Marian Jacobsen; sister of Scott and John Jacobsen; cousin of Kathy Maltese and Carole Pawlowski, Francis Hefele, Therese-Ann Sheldon, Mary Jo Tsimbides, Mary Ann Brunke, Rita Kovar, Greg Settecase, Philip Settecase, Robert Settecase, and Bobby and Harvey Jacobsen; aunt to nephews and nieces, Alex, T.J., Remy, Kelsey, Chris, Meghan, David, Kristen and Gabe; the best friend of her most cherished pets, past and present, Tiny the cat, Stella, Emma, Zoe, Gracie, Leo, and Ollie the dogs, Ellie Mae and Pico the parrots, Sybil and Pumpkin the parrolets, Chocko the horse and further more, the best keeper to all of the many kinds of animals who benefited from her extraordinary care at the zoos where she spent her life working.
Jeannie probably started loving animals the day her mom brought her home from the hospital. After graduating from Nazareth High School in the Chicago area, she did a couple of years of course work at Western Illinois University. In the end though, her vocation was animals and their well-being. She started at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois and later had a long and satisfying career as a keeper at the Fort Worth Zoo. She cared for animals big and small from tiny cats and birds to cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and, of course, for the rhinos, her greatest love.
Jeanne was a staunch conservationist and friend of the earth. As independent as a person can get, she would venture off into the wilderness in her canoe and enjoy nature where it was the most pristine, some times all by herself (much to the chagrin of her mom!). She was a proud member of and contributor to several organizations that promoted the welfare of animals and the protection of the environment. In time, through her dedication to her work, Jeannie became a respected expert in rhino care and preservation and in that vein was invited both to Africa, to consult on several black rhino expeditions, and to accompany animal expert Jack Hanna to Nepal on a baby white rhino conservation effort.
Her life has been cut off much too short, and we will all miss her more than we can know.

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

Evelyn Wilson

MINERAL WELLS — Evelyn Wilson, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, currently of Mineral Wells, died Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Evelyn was born April 10, 1927, in Ranger to Roy and Nila Carlyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Wilson.
Survivors: Aunt; cousins.

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

Paula Lehr Briggs

FORT WORTH — Paula Lehr Briggs passed away peacefully after a 13-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the age of 63.
Memorial service: Private
Memorials: Donations can be made in Paula’s name to First United Methodist Church of Azle, the Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council campership fund or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Paula was a longtime resident of Fort Worth and Azle. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Azle and a previous member of University United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.
Paula was a longtime secretary for the Boy Scouts of America – Longhorn Council and the Fort Worth Police Department. Paula raised three sons to become Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America and along the way became the cubmaster of Pack 9 and later the scoutmaster of Troop 9. Paula was the second woman ever elected to the local Order of the Arrow lodge and was an Ordeal member.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Freda Lehr; sister, Linda Mosley; brother, Marshall Lehr; and sister, Dorothy Erwin.
Survivors: Son, John Briggs and wife, Natalie, and son, Sterling; son, Ricky Briggs, and wife, Carey, and children, Will and Lyndy; son, Terry Briggs and wife, Sarah, and children, Nathan, Hunter and Logan; siblings, Dolores Silva, David “Bubba” Lehr, Donnie Lehr and Ronnie Lehr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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