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Archives for January 2019

Bobby Joe Durham

Fort Worth-Bobby Joe Durham was born April 4, 1949 in Hillsboro and passed away on January 15, 2019.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Saturday in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Burial: A private interment will be held at Itasca Cemetery.
Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.
Bobby graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1968. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Flora Christine Durham and a brother, Robert Durham, Jr.
Survivors: Brother, George Durham (Judy) of Waxahachie and a niece, Deana Benninger (Josh) of Adkins.

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

William “Bill” Louis Lahmer

William “Bill” Louis Lahmer, 58, was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday,  January 19, 2019, at Turning Point Church, 10700 Old Burleson Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76140. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home at 425 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.  All whose lives were touched by Bill are invited to celebrate and honor his life whether at visitation, memorial service, or both.
Bill was born to Richard Lawrence Lahmer and Katherine Louise Lahmer on February 27, 1960 in Fort Worth, Texas where he lived his entire life. Bill leaves behind a legacy of kindness, hard work, and a love and dedication to his family and friends who miss him dearly and will celebrate him always. His Christianity was demonstrated every day through faith, hope and love that sustained and strengthened him. Bill was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Texas, graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1978.
Bill was a master in his field of HVACR, and an icon to the industry. His career spans 40 years and began in 1978 as a driver with Tersco (now United Refrigeration) which promoted to store management. He became employed by Koldaire Supply in sales and inventory control and then moved into a position as a service technician with GEEP Mechanical in 1996. In 2002, he became an HVACR instructor for a local vocational school in addition to his position as a service technician. In 2005, he enjoyed the capstone of his career by launching his own HVACR service business, Lahmer Air Conditioning and Heating. His passion for excellence in HVACR service fueled his desire to found Texas Career Center, a local vocational school, specializing in the instruction of HVACR to aspiring students.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frederick Lahmer and Richard Lahmer. Bill is survived by his loving wife Tamra Rene Lahmer, his children William Lawrence Lahmer, Dwayne Daniel Lahmer, Randi Lyn Craig and husband Norman, Cassandra Rene Engel and husband John, Cheree Annette Flowers, Arthur Lee Flowers; his grandchildren Khloe, Cameron, Logan, Nolyn, Collin, Shayla, Valencia, Alexanndria, Christa, Devon, Tristan, Ashanti, Devonte, Ashton, Mason, Anneyah, Omar, Sadie, Aliyah, Penelope and A.J.; sister Lynn Ryan and husband Peter; nephews Chris Ryan and Thomas Lahmer.

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

Jack M. Wright

FORT WORTH-Jack M. Wright passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the age of 93.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Chapel.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment: Jack will be laid to rest with his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty Jean Wright in Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery.
Jack was born November 12, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Berthal and Annie Wright. Jack proudly served in the US Navy. He was an avid pilot and flew an airplane on his 92nd birthday. Jack attended the First United Methodist Church in Burleson. Jack was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and will be deeply missed.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 64 years, Betty Jean Wright.
Survivors: Daughter, Vivian Wright; daughter, Vicky Williams; granddaughter, Sharon Mineo and husband, Ben; granddaughter, Valerie Williams; granddaughter, Vanessa Moody and husband, Walter; grandson, D.J. Williams; great grandchildren, Kavonne Williams, David Simmons and King Clark Moody.

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

Arthur C. O’Connor

GRANBURY-Arthur C. O’Connor,86, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of January 1, 2019 in Fort Worth.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in his memory be made to Disabled American Veterans – https://www.dav.org/
Arthur was born April 21, 1932 to the late John and Mary O’Connor in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is the last surviving child of 15 siblings. Arthur was affectionately known by many nicknames, including Pup, Archie, Moose, and Okie. Arthur was a proud US Army Veteran and served in the Korean War where he bravely recovered tanks damaged in battle. After the military, he was a painter by trade and worked all over the Boston area. He later retired and moved to Granbury, Texas with his high school sweetheart and lifelong companion, the late Ginny Canty of Hull, Massachusetts.
He will always be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, and passion for reading and debate.
While Arthur never married or had any children of his own, he was always a loving uncle and grandfather figure to the children of the O’Connor, Streiferd, Loven, and Izzo families.

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

Linda Lorenz

FORT WORTH-Linda Lorenz, a resident of Fort Worth for 52 years, passed away on Sunday December 16, 2018 at the age of 94.
Interment: Assured that she is with her Lord, she will be buried with her loved ones in Canada.
Her given name was Sieglinde Thesese Eickenscheidt. She was born on March 29, 1924 in the province of Oldenburg Germany, where she grew up on a family farm and developed a lifelong love for animals (particularly horses) and swimming. Like most of her peers, she was inducted into the Hitler Youth and the German military, serving first as a nurse, beginning at the age of fourteen, and later as an aerial reconnaissance photograph specialist with the Luftwaffe. This wartime experience molded her future career in photography. She witnessed and survived a raid on a Frisian Island airfield and the bombing of Hamburg. Linda married and had a son, Hans Lorenz, in1944. After the war and a divorce, she emigrated to Midland, Ontario, Canada, along with her son, Hans and her mother, Helene Meiners, in 1955. There Linda worked for the Leitz (Leica) Camera Company for many years testing Leica lenses, one of which was used by NASA. Tragically, in 1966, her only son Hans was horribly burned in an accident in Vietnam, while serving with the U.S. Marines. Eleven days later he died in a hospital in California with his mother at his side. Linda returned to Canada, where she soon came to the attention of Mitch Wilder, the first Director of the Amon Carter Museum. He invited her to move to Fort Worth to head the museum’s photographic services, where she received numerous accolades for her ability to reproduce the artwork. She enjoyed meeting many artists and dignitaries, retiring in1990. Linda grew to detest charlatans, demagogues, and militarism. She held three citizenships: German, Canadian, and American. She particularly loved Fort Worth and Texas, often referring to herself as a “Texican.” Her strong character, motivation, persistence, and ability to relate her wealth of experiences touched many lives.

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

Wanda “MeMe” Martin

FORT WORTH-Wanda “MeMe” Martin passed away peacefully Friday, December 28, 2018 at the age of 88.
Celebration of life: 12 p.m. Friday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment: Wanda will be laid to rest in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Wanda was born March 24, 1930 in Matador, Texas to the late Floyd and Madeline Carr. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.B. Smith; husband, T.C. Martin; brother, Don Carr and son, Gaylon Smith.
Survivors: Son, Harlin Smith; son, Mike Smith and wife, LaVerna; daughter, Brenda Elliot; daughter, Shawna Forrester; sister, Bobbie Carruthers and husband, Bob; grandsons, Cary Smith and wife, Jill, Michael Smith and wife, Nancy, Wade Smith, Bryan Smith, Craig Smith, Kevin Smith, Rusty Smith, Jacob Davis, Colter Smith, and Shey Forrester; granddaughters, Stacey Smith, Nicole Wallis and husband, Jason, Rebecca Joy and husband, Matthew, Madeline Clark and husband, Brody, and Avery Zrodlowski; 21 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and many friends.

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