Fort Worth’s Oldest and First Funeral Home - Since 1879

Archives for August 2018

Irma J. Ludwig

SAGINAW-Irma J. Ludwig passed away peacefully Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the age of 97.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment: Irma will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Max Ludwig at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Irma’s memory to Gladney Center for Adoption, 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76132
Irma was born March 17, 1921 to the late Lamar and Esther Gritz in Hennessey, Oklahoma. She loved sewing, baking pies, crocheting and loved her dogs. She retired in 1981 from Conoco as a cashier after many years of service. Her greatest accomplishment was her children and grandchildren. Irma was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and will be deeply missed.
The family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice for the compassion and excellent care that was given to Irma during her final days.
Irma is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Max Ludwig; parents, Lamar and Esther Gritz; and son, I. M. Ludwig.
Survivors: Son, Bob Ludwig and wife, Vicki; daughter, Carol Bailey and husband, Neal; daughter in law, Sheryl Ludwig; grandchildren, Amanda Arizpe, Lenyse Koontz, Dawn Ramirez, Jennifer Snodgrass, Max Ludwig, Amy Pennington, Heather Arseneault, Cerissa Bailey and Ryan Bailey; great grandchildren, Travis Arizpe, Matthew Arizpe, Jarod Arizpe, Jacob Arizpe, Adam Koontz, Emily Koontz, Chris Ludwig, Brittni Reyes, Jeremy Ramirez, Jessika Ramirez, Mallory Robinson, Chase Wolff, Aubrey Ludwig, Landrey Ludwig, Aidan Pennington, Kayla Williams, Corey Arseneault, Nicholas Arseneault, Darius Martin, Kenzie Bailey and Jaxson Bailey; numerous great- great grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S Henderson St
(817) 335-4557

Eddie “Calvin” Wells

BENBROOK-Eddie “Calvin” Wells passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the age of 60.
Memorial service: Private
Eddie Calvin Wells was born December 15, 1957 to Harry Wesley Wells, Jr. and Norma Jean Adams in San Diego, California. His hobbies included woodworking and fishing. Calvin graduated from Tarrant County College in May 2010. He was a truck driver who volunteered with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Jr. Corp of Cadets and Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Survivors: Son, Dakota Wells; daughter, Shoshanah Wells and husband, Ryan Newell; daughter, Crystal Wilhelm; three grandchildren; brother, Dewayne Lee Wells; brother, Norman Wesley Wells and wife, Nikki; ex-wife, Anita Wells; ex-wife, Robin Current; and many friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Janie Lou Henderson

FORT WORTH-Janie Lou Henderson was called home to be with Jesus on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the age of 69.
Memorial service: There will be no service per Janie’s request.
Memorials: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local lung cancer organization.
Janie Lou Henderson was born May 21, 1949 in Rising Fawn, Georgia to the late J.D. and Venice Henderson. While we rejoice that she is in her forever home and she is safe in the arms of our Lord, our hearts are broken, but the family thanks everyone for their prayers. Heaven just got a little brighter.
Janie is preceded in death by her parents; Reverend J.D. and Venice Henderson; and son, John Walter Allen Townsend.
Survivors: Three daughters, seven beautiful grandchildren; five wonderful great grandchildren; sisters, Diane Phillips, Wanda Altman, Judy Wooten, and Diane Rowell; brothers, Johnny Henderson, Ronnie Henderson, and Ricky Henderson; and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Larry Schuessler

FORT WORTH-Larry Schuessler passed away on a muggy Sunday morning, August 19, 2018, following a short but devastating illness.
Memorial service: Friday, August 31, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., in the Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St. Enter through the door marked “Chapel” at the north end of the campus, near the corner of Penn and Texas streets.
Celebration of life: October 13, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Rose Chapel—Preservation Hall, 1519 Lipscomb Street 76104.

Although Larry had strong opinions, there wasn’t a strident bone in his body. He was one of the world’s kind and gentle souls, and he will be sorely missed.

Memorial gifts may be made to:

Paschal Panther Band (,

Tarrant County College, Frances Schuessler Scholarship Fund(

Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University (

University of Texas at Arlington, College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (

Larry Schuessler was born on May 27, 1950, in the small West Texas town of O’Donnell, a place so small that it had only one restaurant – the local Dairy Queen. His parents farmed dry land cotton in Dawson County at a time when rain was scarce. The family made fast tracks to Fort Worth in 1956, where they settled into a rambling two-story house in Mistletoe Heights. Larry lived as only a brother wedged between two older and two younger sisters could – by keeping quiet. One of his first jobs was at Leonard Brothers Department Store, where he tended the popcorn machine. Larry graduated from Paschal High School in 1968, where he played alto saxophone in both the marching and stage bands.

For some reason, West Texas drew Larry back, and he attended Texas Tech University, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. A Red Raider to his last days, Larry proudly flew the Tech flag, even on some TCU game days. After returning to Fort Worth, he earned a Master of Urban Affairs and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. Part of Larry’s master’s work included drawing proposed single-member districts to replace the “at large” Fort Worth City Council system then in place. The general layout of the districts Larry drew was used when the City of Fort Worth adopted single-member council districts in 1975. About this time, Larry took a position as Outreach Director at the downtown Fort Worth YMCA, running a series of programs that served children and adults in the communities where they lived. He also continued his political work, chairing the Sector One Planning Council in 1976, drawing proposed single-member district lines for Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Trustees in 1977, and working on Jim Hightower’s successful campaign for Agriculture Commissioner in 1982.

Larry was a proud member of the “Mistletoe Mafia,” a group of progressive citizens who believed that government should work for all people. He attended the “Wednesday Lunch” group at Shirley Johnson’s house and worked on her victorious single-member district Fort Worth City Council campaign in 1977. His experience with electoral work during the late 1970s and early 1980s led to a job as the Assistant to the Fort Worth City Secretary, where he oversaw the municipal elections process. In 1986, Larry moved to the City of Fort Worth’s blossoming computer department, now called IT Solutions, where he was a Senior Administrative Assistant. Larry was any employer’s dream – organized, competent, detail-oriented, thorough, smart – and not prone to complain about anything. He hardly ever missed a day’s work.

Larry bought a home in Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood in 1987, just as it became an historic district and before all of the revitalization occurred – one of the true “urban pioneers.” He lovingly restored his 1918 bungalow, painting, landscaping, and filling it with artifacts of Fort Worth history. He cared about the neighborhood and wanted it to look good. When a house burned down in his block, Larry mowed the grass and planted trees and shrubs in the former front yard, creating what neighbors called “Larry’s Park.” Those who lived on his block knew and much appreciated that on trash and recycling collection day Larry would move their bins back up the driveway within a few minutes of a truck’s pick-up run along the street.

A consummate collector of postcards, photographs, panthers, and other items related to Fort Worth, Larry celebrated the town he’d moved to as a youngster with a fervor that few could match. Panther lamps lit his home, ceramic panthers crept along tables, and advertisements for panther-themed Fort Worth businesses lined the walls. He was justifiably called “Panther Larry” by some of his friends. The house was even featured on the Fairmount Home Tour in 1991. Larry created a Christmas postcard every year featuring a montage of historic Fort Worth photographs drawn from his collection or ones that he had taken of family and friends or during his travels.

Larry continued his political interests, volunteering on Lloyd Doggett’s U. S. Senate campaign in 1984 and managing State Representative Lon Burnam’s campaign accounts for more than a decade. Other community pursuits interested him as well. As part of his master’s thesis project, Larry called upon United Cerebral Palsy of Tarrant County to learn about their sport and recreation programs. He quickly became an active volunteer, taking on key roles in the 1983 National CP games held at TCU. From there, he grew into a dedicated local coach and multi-sport official at regional, national, and international sporting events within the National Disability Sports Alliance. The Disabled Sports Association of North Texas honored Larry with an award for his work in 1992.
Larry’s collecting interests grew after his retirement from the City of Fort Worth in 2008, when he was able to travel far and wide to collect Fort Worth postcards and photographs. It was OK with Larry to spend $600 on airfare and hotels if he found one $5 postcard that he didn’t have. The adventure was part of the fun. Larry was willing to share his collection with anyone who needed illustrations for a book, talk or article. He also enjoyed taking his dog to run in open spaces, playing cards and dining with friends, and improving the landscaping in his yard. Larry was a talented photographer, creating slide shows with music long before software was available. He shared these shows with his friends, and as technology progressed, he also produced videos that celebrated friends’ birthdays and other events featuring his trademark, slightly warped sense of humor. Larry also traveled with close friends, celebrating New Years at Brownwood State Park with them for over thirty years, recently caravanning with compadres to spend a week at a friend’s home in San Miguel de Allende, and maintaining close friendships from his early Fort Worth days by visiting them out of state regularly. He also traveled throughout the United States to enjoy its diverse beauty and historic sites.
Larry’s family was important to him throughout his life. His sisters fondly remember the day Larry got his first puppy, Oscar. The kids spent summer days together at Forest Park Swimming Pool and played hide and seek with neighborhood children late into the summer nights. Larry and the sisters loved playing miniature golf together as a family at the Putt Putt, and Mary and Karen always went with our Dad to Paschal football games to watch Larry play in the marching band. Later, Larry inaugurated our sibling lunches, which occurred frequently, even into 2018 before Larry became ill. He always regaled us with a video montage of his latest vacation trip. Larry was a great photographer and genius when it came to making VHS and CDs of his travels. Fortunately for the girls, Larry knew how to make a TV remote work! Bettye has already had to call Charter/Spectrum twice while Larry was in the hospital.
SURVIVORS: Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Schuessler and L. G. Schuessler, and is survived by his sisters Francie Capuano; Bettye Lynn; Mary Johnston and husband Bob; and Karen Baker, his beloved dog Babe, and by several nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews, and one great-great nephew. He is also survived by a large and loving group of friends and neighbors who have shown great devotion during his recent illness, especially Jamy and Jerry McCole, who were kindred spirits.


Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home

425 S. Henderson St.

(817) 335-4557

Leah Hale

HASLET-Leah Hale passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the age of 60.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Leah’s memory to Texas Center Ladies Auxiliary, C/O Patti Gage, P. O. Box 167, Decatur, Texas 76234
Leah was born September 8, 1957 in Bowling Green, Kentucky to William Crafton III and Millie Lawson Crafton. Leah graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland in 1976. She was a devoted warehouse coordinator at Land O’ Lakes Purina in Fort Worth for 19 years. She loved raising and caring for chickens, loved doing handy work and shopping at Home Depot and Lowe’s. She was a loving daughter, wife, step-mother, step-grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed.
Leah is preceded in death by her father, William Crafton III.
Survivors: Loving husband of 22 years, John David Hale; mother, Millie Lawson Crafton; brother, William Crafton IV; step-sons, Tommy and Mark Hale; sister-in-law, Sue Hale Siebens; sister-in-law, Leslie Hale Kajs; step-grandsons, Thomas Smith, August Hale, Henry Hale and Luke Hale; step daughter-in-law, Ashley Hale; and many friends.


Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Curtis Anthony Anderson

FORT WORTH-Curtis Anthony Anderson passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the age of 65.
Celebration of life: 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church of Everman, 1034 East Enon, Everman, Texas 76140
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Curtis Anthony Anderson was born January 3, 1953 in Dallas, Texas to the late James Curtis and Marjorie Anderson. He graduated in 1971 from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Dallas. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1971 until 1983. Before retiring, he was a bus driver for the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, James Curtis and Marjorie Anderson; and his three sisters, Kay Marjorie, Thressa, and Carol.
Survivors: He leaves to cherish his memories: Wife of 46 years, Carolyn Simpson Sims; son, Cserdis A. Anderson and wife, Kelly; son, Ckurtis A. Anderson and wife, Renee; his seven grandchildren “Grampee” deeply loved, CKeirah, Ckurtis “Avery”, Claire, Ckalynn, Cshelby, Cserdis “Steak” and Csophia; his overly loving three sisters, Ira V. Sheppard and husband, Robert, Delores Gray, and Cynthia Anderson; brother, Harold Anderson and wife, Barbara; his favorite niece named by him, Chauton Sheppard Cox; a host of other special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Jesse Eugene Cormican

Jesse Eugene Cormican a resident of Godley, Texas passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 57.
Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Jesse was born April 16, 1961, in Oroville, California to Lawrence “Bud” and Edna Cormican. Because Jesse was a man that loved to work with his hands, he worked at various times in his lifetime as a carpenter, a ranch hand and a maintenance man. He also loved fishing, camping, hunting, and tattoos but most of all his family. He was the kind of man that loved all, without expecting love in return.
Jesse is preceded in death by his father, Bud Cormican.
Survivors: Mother, Edna Arrizola and husband, Speedy; daughter, Crystal Gray and husband, Carl; son, Jason Cormican and wife, Amber Powell; daughter, Sasha Cormican and husband, Daniel Stevens; daughter, Melody Cormican and husband, Marcos Gonzales; Daughter, Ashley Cormican; daughter, Eimilee Cormican; sister, Brenda Cormican; brother, Kenny Cormican and wife, Tammy; brother, Rick Cormican; sister, Nina Serrano and husband, Cisco; 12 grandchildren; the mother of his oldest daughters, Sherri Zuniga; the mother of his youngest daughter, Barbara Milligan; multiple nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.

Brown, Owens & Brumley
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 335-4557

Don Willard Harris

FORT WORTH-Don Willard Harris passed away Monday, August 13, 2018 at the age of 73.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the funeral home.  The viewing will take place during the visitation only.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at True Vine Baptist Church, 3732 Miller Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76119.  There will be no viewing on Friday at the service.
Don was born July 27, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Rufus and Cherine Harris. He was a graduate of M. L. Kirkpatrick High School and later attended the University of Texas in Arlington and Southern Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas. Don was a Baptist preacher and also commissioned later as an area volunteer missionary for the North American Mission Board. He worked as a general contractor and painter as Don Harris Painting Company. He was an avid domino player as well. Don will be remembered for his big smile and his big “booming” laugh. Don will be deeply missed.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Harris and Cherine Jones; son, Duane Harris; and granddaughter, Tiffany Daniels.
Survivors: Loving wife of 55 years, Gail Harris; daughter, Taunya Franklin; daughter, Christian Harris; son, Dominique Harris; grandson, Darryl Burley; grandson, Demetrius (Teddy Franklin); great grandson, Ilijah Franklin; great granddaughter, Jordyn Franklin; and numerous relatives and friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

John Howell Pickett Jr.

FORT WORTH-John Howell Pickett, Jr., passed peacefully from this world on August 11, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Visitation: Thursday, August 16, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Home, 425 S. Henderson, Fort Worth.
Memorial service: will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5709 Wedgwood Dr., that same day at 2:00 PM. Following the service, the day of celebration will end with a party (yes, party!) at the River Bend Villas Clubhouse, 3128 River Bend Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John’s honor to the Native Prairies Association of Texas or to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
John was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on May 22, 1935, to John Howell Pickett, Sr., and Iola (Schultz) Pickett. He was raised an Army brat, spending his childhood in places as diverse as Brownwood, Texas, and Rome, Italy. This helped instill an intellectual curiosity and openness to the world that never left him. John met Dana Rhea Welborne on a blind date in Austin and they were married 6 months later on August 26, 1955, in Dallas. Their intense love and devotion never wavered. After becoming parents late in 1956, John and Dana began raising a family. In 1958, John was commissioned as an Army officer. During that time, he and his family lived in Virginia, Washington State, Germany, and Texas, and John served his country for a year in Vietnam. He left active duty in 1969 but continued to serve for many years in the Army Reserve. John found a job with the City of Dallas, where his talent and work ethic eventually made him director of the city’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MLA from Southern Methodist University. John retired from the City in 1990, but remained active in the emergency management community becoming President of the National Coordinating Council for Emergency Management. In 1986, John and Dana moved to a home overlooking the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas. In working to restore their plot of land, John—always a lover of nature—developed a passion for native plants. The Glen Rose home became a contemplative place where all the family could appreciate nature, especially for the grandchildren who brought him unending pride and delight. John and Dana moved to Fort Worth in 2006 and their home continued to be a family place to gather, share, and laugh. The benefits of John’s kind and generous spirit, innate leadership qualities, and engaging intellect spread well beyond his family.
John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dana Rhea Welborne Pickett; children Tina Gay Pickett Holmes (Roger Holmes), Bonny Kay Pickett Green (Alan Green), and David Alan Pickett (Patrice Cuccaro Pickett); grandchildren Gordon Welborne Green, Sara Elizabeth Green Wadlington (Jacob Wadlington), John Andrew Green (Megan Beidleman Green), Maria Rose Pickett, and John Anthony Pickett; great-grandsons Clark Douglas Wadlington and Peter Tilford Wadlington; his brothers James David Pickett (Donna Pickett) and Frank Alan Pickett (Relda Pickett); and 3 nieces, 2 nephews, and numerous cousins.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Arthur Fredrick “Bud” Pankey

FORT WORTH-Arthur Fredrick “Bud” Pankey died peacefully in his sleep Monday, August 6, 2018 at the age of 97.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Fred was born March 14, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Alfred and Annie Laurie Pankey. He had one sister, Juanita Floyd. His early childhood was spent growing up in downtown Fort Worth at home on E. Belknap Street. His father owned a confectionery and sporting goods store where Fred would work and clean. He graduated from Paschal High School in 1939, then attended and graduated from Texas A & M University in 1942. He participated on the swim team and ROTC officers program. From there, he enlisted in the US Army to proudly serve his country during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He served as Infantry Unit Commander Captain, the 254th Infantry 63rd Division with the mortar unit that participated Rhineland and central Europe campaigns. He received numerous decorations and citations. After returning home, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Anne in 1946. Of that union of marriage they had four children. In 2016, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Fred had worked with the oil exploration industry and would later become involved with steel and metal fabrication. His greatest passion was behind a cue stick playing billiards and spending many hours at Rusty’s Billiards with all of his good friends on Camp Bowie.
Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne; children, Michael, Patrick and Linda; two granddaughters, Michelyn Leigh Miteff and Sarah Pankey Brewer.
Survivors: Son, Stephen Pankey; grandson, Corby Miteff; granddaughters, Allison Miteff Dyer, Molly Brown and Julie Dold; and seven great grandchildren.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557