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Archives for April 2016

Kimber Bunker Constable

FORT WORTH — Kimber Bunker Constable passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the age of 60.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Visitation: one hour prior to service.
Kimber was born to Jerry Bunker and Margaret Skinner on Oct. 13, 1955 in Fort Worth. She was a graduate of Eastern Hills High School, class of 1973.
Kimber is preceded in death by grandson, Jordyn Sanders; dad, Ernest Skinner; and grandmother, Ann Long.
Survivors: Mother, Margaret Skinner; daughter, Sandy McKinney and husband, Kevin; granddaughters, Sarah and Annabelle McKinney; great-grandson, Ayden; and many friends.

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

Sherry Lynn Knight

FORT WORTH — Sherry Lynn Knight passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 at the age of 54.
Memorial service: Pending
Survivors: Spouse, Bobbi Rae Davis; and many friends.

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

Dorothy Garrett Craig

FORT WORTH — Dorothy Garrett Craig passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the age of 85.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Monday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Interment: Dorothy will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Ernest Craig in Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday prior to service.
Dorothy was born to the late William and Clara Garrett in Dallas.
She was a member of Stadium Drive Baptist Church for many years.
Dorothy retired from Dun and Bradstreet after many years of dedicated service.
Survivors: Sister, Virginia Sessions; brother, Vernon Baker; brother, Johnny Mack Baker and wife, Shirley; daughter, Suzie Martin and husband, Coy; grandson, Steve Martin and wife, Kelly; granddaughter, Carla Strawn and husband, Don; great-granddaughters, Allison Strawn and Jennifer Strawn; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Nathan Mack Brown

KATY — Nathan Mack Brown passed away Tuesday April 19, 2016 in Katy, Texas at the age of 78.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77079 (281)497-2210
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment: Mack will be laid to rest in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
Nathan Mack Brown was born August 3, 1937 in Mineral Wells, Tx. to the late Jessie and Nathan Monroe Brown. Mack attended Mineral Wells High School where he enjoyed football and basketball. This is also where he met his high school sweetheart, Merla L. Clark. They were married on June 30, 1956. Mack and Merla would have been married for 60 years this year.
Mack worked at Can/Tex in Mineral Wells before they moved to Houston. He then worked at Municipal Pipe and after he worked there a few years he started N.M. Brown Construction with Merla. Soon he joined forces with Carl Harris and they formed Brown/Harris Construction. This is when his son, Terry started to work with his dad. In 1988, a new venture began when Sajo Construction was founded. Being that golf was one of his favorite past times, it was hardly any work for Mack at all. Along with golf, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, cruising, and yes, of course, gambling. As many of you know this is where the famous “99” came from, the dealer busts! It was heart around the casino when Mack was playing with his buddies. He would even get everyone at the table including the dealer to saying it.
Mack was a very generous man. He gave his time to several charitable organizations and memberships. He is a past president with the 100 Club, a past president of the Houston Contractors Associates, a Lifetime Director for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a past chairman of the Lamb Committee, which is now called the Lamb and Goat Committee. This was one of Mack and Merla’s favorite things to do, helping the kids with their scholarships at the auctions.
May our loving husband, father, pop, papa and friend rest in peace. We all love you and will miss you dearly.
Mack is preceded in death by his mother and father, Jessie and Nathan Brown; his sister, Peggy Brown; and his brother and sister-in-law, Joe B. Brown and Alma L. Brown.
Survivors: Mack leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Merla Brown; son, Terry Mack Brown and wife, Renee; daughter, Mickie Cioccia and husband, John; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many many friends.

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

Bobby P. Burkhart

FORT WORTH — Bobby Burkhart, 56, died Friday, April, 8, 2016.
Bobby was born Dec. 22, 1959, in Fort Worth to Ollie, Sr. and Mae Burkhart. He will be missed by us all.
Survivors: Wife, Faith Minton; children, Josh, Tasha and Crystal; 11 grandchildren and siblings, Ollie, Jerry, Vickie and Earl.

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

Peter Anthony Belpulsi

SAGINAW — Peter Anthony Belpulsi passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the age of 98.
Celebration of life: 9 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Interment: Peter will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Nathalie Belpulsi, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 11 a.m. following the service. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the funeral home.
Peter was born Oct. 7, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Vincenzo and Concetta Belpulsi. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army.
Survivors: Daughter, Alonda Droege and husband, Jim; daughter, Linora Rakittke; daughter, Roberta Murfin; brother, Ernest Belpulsi; grandchildren, John, Justin and Jeremy Durbin, Tony Rakittke, Danielle Thomas, Michael and Martha Murfin; and great-grandchildren, Kenneth and Kevin Durbin, Marcus, Robert and Abigail Durbin and Landon Thomas.

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

Terri Lea Bing

FORT WORTH — Terri Lea Bing, 54, loving daughter, mother, grandmother and sister passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Bible Church.
Survivors: Daughters, Tina Bing and Lisa Hinshaw; mother, Anna Jones; 5 grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

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

Susan Carole Forshey

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Susan Carole Forshey, 67, of North Richland Hills went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at North Richland Hills Baptist Church in their Parlor Room, 2nd floor, 6955 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills 76180, 817-284-9206, www.nrhbc.org.
Carole was born on Feb. 1, 1948, in Houston to Leo Hadley Forshey Sr. and Marjorie Lucille Morrison. She grew up in Missouri and Texas and graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City. She attended Southwest Texas State University, and she was in the sorority Chi Omega. She became a flight attendant for Braniff International Airlines and was based out of Dallas. She enjoyed skiing, sailing, running marathons, endurance racing, sewing, making jewelry, work and play on computers, and, of course, loved to spoil her dogs. On Dec. 27, 1969, she married Ivars Andris Rudzitis in Toronto, Canada, and they were blessed with two daughters. Carole and Ivars were divorced in 1979. Carole lived in Toronto, Canada, California, Colorado and back to Texas. She worked as an accountant and business manager for several companies. She had a very strong faith in the Lord Jesus, our Savior, and was a member of North Richland Hills Baptist Church. Carole was preceded in death by her parents and an older sister, Michal Ann Flanagan Perry.
Survivors: She is survived by her daughters, Brittany Suzanne Rudzitis Patin and husband, Jerry, and Dana Lori Rudzitis; grandchildren, Madalyn Danielle Patin, Mason Dylan Patin and Samuel Alexander Rudzitis-Moya; brothers, Leo Hadley Forshey, Fred Forshey and Jim Flanagan; and her older sister, Beth Flanagan Maxie.

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

Betty Rice Fortenberry House

FORT WORTH — Betty Rice Fortenberry House, our beloved mother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.
Celebration of Life: 11:00 a.m., Saturday April 16, 2016 at Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers please make donations to NAMI of Tarrant County 3136 W. 4th St. Ft. Worth 76104 to help patients with mental health or bipolar disorders.
Betty was born to B.D. and Irene Rice on April 28, 1927 in Midland Texas. After graduating from high school in 1944, she moved to Fort Worth to attend Texas Weslyan College. There she met and married Hardie Fortenberry in 1947. They lived briefly in Michigan and Illinois before returning to Slidell, Texas where they began raising their four children. She graduated from North Texas State College in 1962 with a Bachelor degree in Biology. She began to fulfill her dream of a career in scientific research working, first, at Southwest Medical School at Parkland Hospital and after 30 years, she retired from Alcon Laboratories. During that time, she worked her way up from lab technician to research scientist leading studies in the development of several drugs, guiding them through FDA approval and patenting of these ophthalmic drugs. Betty’s work took her all over the United States, Europe and South America. She earned the highest award from Alcon, the Technical Excellence Award Dedicated to Advances in Ophthalmic Therapy. Her portrait hangs in the Alcon Research and Development Building Hall of Fame.
Her love of travel and water led her to cross the Atlantic several times in diverse modes including the Queen Elizabeth II, the Concorde and a freight ship. She vacationed on the beaches of Panama with its President,an old college friend. She had a life long quest for knowledge, understanding and to serve others. She was a volunteer for Crisis Hotline and served as Alumni President of Texas Wesleyan University. Betty gave freely of her time and money to those in need and causes in which she believed. She was a mentor and inspiration to her children and grandchildren providing strength and guidance. She loved her family, books, pictures, history and people. She will be deeply missed by her loved ones.
Survivors: Sister, Jane Butts of Seminole TX; sister, Francys and husband, James Cauble of Seminole,TX; son, Joe Fortenberry of Fort Worth; son, Dale and wife Vivian Fortenberry of Carrollton, TX; daughter, Lynne and husband Robert Butler of North Richland Hills, TX; grandson, Jimmy and wife Kayla Carr of Austin, TX; granddaughter, Monica and husband Stephen Higdon of Fort Worth and great-grandchildren, Simon and Genevieve Higdon.

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

Angie Bourland Jones

FORT WORTH — Angie Bourland Jones, 85, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 17, 2016, surrounded by her family.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Memorials: Those wishing to honor Angie’s life may make donations to Foster’s Home for Children, Stephenville, Texas, Fostershome.org.
Angie was born in Itasca on Jan. 28, 1931, to the late George Carl and Anna McClusky Hamilton Bourland. After attending Mayfield School through the fifth grade, she graduated from Itasca High School at the age of 16. She attended Texas Christian University where she graduated with a degree in home economics and a minor in business. Angie began her teaching career in Itasca before moving to Fort Worth to teach, where she met and married Frederick Earl Jones III; he preceded her in death on June 1, 2006. Angie and Fred lived in San Antonio, Houston, Pearland and finally Andrews where she taught for 13 years at Devonian Elementary. After retiring, Angie and Fred moved back to Fort Worth to be close to family. Angie was a much loved mother, grandmother, sister, mother-in-law, aunt and friend.
Angie was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; sister and brother-in-law, Neva and L.G. Lacy; and brother, Buford Bourland.
Survivors: Sons, Burton and wife, Gretchen, of Colorado, Bruce and wife, Melanie, of Mansfield, Mark and wife, Heather, of Luxembourg; daughter, Julie of Fort Worth; her adored grandchildren; sister, Bernice Scott and husband, Bob; sister-in-law, Evelyn Bourland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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