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Archives for March 2019

Alleta Fay Gaddy Townley

FORT WORTH-Alleta Fay Gaddy Townley passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 15, 2019 at the age of 93.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Pleasant Point Cemetery in Lillian.
Alleta Fay was born December 19, 1925 in Lillian, Texas to the late Blanche and Howard Cooper.
She grew up on a family farm in Lillian with her grandparents, Alice and Joe Campbell, along with her mother and younger brother Marshall. After graduating from Alvarado High School, she moved to the big city of Fort Worth, where she met her devoted husband of 42 years, Harry Edward Gaddy. They had a television repair business for many years in Diamond Hill where they lived and raised three loving daughters. Sadly, Edward passed away in 1988. Several years later, Fay married longtime family friend, M.D. Townley. They were married until his death in 1996.
Fay was a faithful member of Sabine Place Baptist Church and later Decatur Avenue Baptist Church, both in Fort Worth. She enjoyed many lifelong friendships with her church family and with her neighbors in Diamond Hill. She read her Bible daily, and loved animals and country music. When she was still on the farm in Lillian, she enjoyed listening to Ernest Tubb before school in the mornings. The school bus driver knew to begin honking his horn as he rounded the curve on FM 917 so Fay could finish her song before running out to catch the bus.
She also loved writing long letters to those she cared about. But it wasn’t just writing, Fay loved talking too! M.D. added a sunroom addition to their home where many enjoyable hours were spent visiting with family and friends. In the mornings, nothing was better to Fay than drinking coffee while listening to the birds chirping in her backyard. She loved the way the cardinals would sing “pretty, pretty, pretty”.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
We will miss her dearly! A special thanks to the staff of Fort Worth Wellness for the care given to Fay over the final years of her life.
Survivors: Fay is survived by her four daughters and their husbands, Carole and Jerry Strother, Diane and Tommy Holland, Barbara and John Martindale, and Stacy and Woody Green; one son and his wife, Doug and Gena Townley; one sister and her husband, Louise and Jim Wells; six grandchildren and their spouses, Lara Strother and Jeff Catlin, Matthew and Jennifer Maroney, David Martindale and Josaline, Daniel and Elina Martindale, Amanda Holland, and Hanna Couch; many great grandchildren; and she also leaves many other family members and special friends.

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(817) 335-4557

Vernon Malcolm Dunn

FORT WORTH-Vernon Malcolm Dunn passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the age of 95.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday prior to the service.
Interment: Vernon will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Beverly, in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
Vernon was born April 27, 1923, in Waco, Texas as the second child of Ollie Lee and William Preston Dunn. While still young, his family moved to Trinidad, Texas where he remained until he graduated from Trinidad High School in May of 1941. In November of 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy, one week before Pearl Harbor was bombed. In December of 1941, he was put onboard the USS Pennsylvania as a radar man and served in this capacity for 6 years from 1941 to 1947, when he was honorably discharged. He spent his time in the Navy fighting in the Pacific War, receiving honors such as, Good Conduct Navy Commendation, The Victory Medal, The American Area, Philippine Liberation with 2 stars, The Asiatic and Pacific Campaign.
In April of 1945, while on leave in Oakland, California, he met Beverly Cottrell on a blind date. They married later that year on November 11, 1945. They were married 72 years before she passed away in 2017.
Vernon lived in California from 1945 to 1950 when he moved Beverly and his son, Steven, back to his home state of Texas. They settled in Fort Worth and added 2 daughters, Bonita and Susan to the family. He had a career as an electrician with both General Dynamics and then Bell Helicopter, from which he retired in 1988 after 30 years of service. While living in Fort Worth, Vernon attended James Avenue Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as a deacon and singing in the choir. He had made lifelong friends and had fond memories of his many years there.
In 1994, after years of retirement in Fort Worth, Vernon and Beverly moved to Tyler, Texas where they became very involved in Green Acres Baptist Church. There he enjoyed singing and traveling with the senior choir along with his wife, and bowling.
In 2013, Vernon and Beverly moved back to Fort Worth to spend their remaining years close to their children and grandchildren. Vernon enjoyed playing and watching sports, but especially loved the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers and would attend games any chance he had. He loved to play and teach his kids and grandkids cards and dominoes, with his favorite being 42. He was always supportive of his children and grandchildren’s many school activities, loved spending time with his family and was always positive and encouraging to them all. His gentle nature, positive attitude, big smile and fatherly advice such as, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” will be missed by all of his friends and family.
Survivors: Vernon is survived by his son, Steven Dunn and wife, Georgia Ann; daughter, Bonita Shahan and husband, Richard; daughter, Susan Beaman and husband, Curtis; sister, Dolores Rix; eight grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

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

Marsha Kay Mayberry

FORT WORTH-Marsha Kay Mayberry passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the age of 70.
Marsha was born July 10, 1948, to Jack and Betty Mayberry in Houston, Texas.
“We have selected a nonprofit for donation in lieu of traditional flowers for Marsha Mayberry.
https://in-my-shoes-inc.networkforgood.com/projects/67025-donate-now-2019
The fact that she was an unsupported teenage mother greatly affected her life, which forced her down a turbulent road till her last days.
Many young, single mothers experience similar struggles within our community. This nonprofit helps to provide a safe, welcoming community for pregnant women who are at risk of homelessness. Empowering these women to learn and grow in their life, job, and parenting skills will bring stability and support to them in a harsh world.
The organization, ‘In My Shoes,’ will help set their lives in motion again by assisting these women and families, allowing them to heal and live a happier life. We hope that we can all help to break the cycle of struggle for young mothers.
A memorial website will be created within the coming days to highlight her life. Friends and family are encouraged to share their memories of her.
Please consider donating in her name. We would be eternally grateful for your help in creating a positive closure experience.”
Survivors: Daughter, Sabrea Woods; daughter, Shannon McElvany; sister, Jackie Siska; grandson, Chad Wiley; grandson, David Wiley; granddaughter, Courtney Larsen; grandson, Jackson McElvany; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Bernice McAdoo

FORT WORTH-Bernice McAdoo passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 93.
Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at Trinity Terrace.
Bernice was born June 8, 1925 to the late Willie Lee and Yule’ Sloan Hughes in Durant, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and sew for herself and her children. She developed a strong interest in Louisiana cuisine after they moved to Louisiana. She went to cooking classes and read numerous books on the subject. Bernice and Cecil were sponsors and strong supporters of the youth group in their church for many years. Bernice was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be deeply missed.
Bernice is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Cecil McAdoo who passed away on April 9, 2003.
Survivors: Daughter, Pamela Sullivan; granddaughter, Joann Summer; granddaughter, Jennifer Sullivan; great granddaughter, Karen Isacson; great grandson, Calvan “Bubba” Summer; great grandson, Forrest Summer; great granddaughter, Victoria Hernandez; great-great grandson, David Isacson; and many friends from Trinity Terrace.

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

Susan Kaye Razo

FORT WORTH-Susan Kaye Razo, 63, passed away at her home Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Memorial service: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 4400 Pleasantview Drive, Arlington, Texas 76017
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a go fund me page has been set up to help with funeral expenses.
https://www.gofundme.com/susierazo-funeral
Susie was born October 10, 1955 in Tarrant County. Susie was a devoted Christian, mother, grandmother and sister. One of the highlights of her accomplishments in life was visiting Israel in 2008 and being baptized in the Jordan River. Susie was a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church in Arlington and a former member and devoted volunteer of Arlington Christian Church in Mansfield.
Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Razo, parents, Robert and Lecia Ottajean Reynolds and Richard Mackie and youngest sister, Jennifer Mackie.
Survivors: Daughter, Krecia Jean Russell; son in law, Randy Puma; sisters, Debbie Hughes and spouse, Joey, Linda Goodnight and spouse, Griffin; brother, Robert Reynolds and wife, Rebecca; granddaughters, Madeline Fisk, Chloe’ Fisk and spouse, David D’Angelo; great grandson, Jayden King D’Angelo;  aunt, Janice Wiseman; cousins, Denzel Wiseman and wife, Sylvia, Mike Wiseman, Mysti Savage; nephew, Shane Hightower; nieces, Joael Ward, Alisha Yother, Ava Rosz, Kristi Rosz and Lilly Rosz; and numerous extended family members and friends.

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

Kennith W. Read

BURLESON-Kennith W. Read, 71, of Burleson, passed away February 5, 2019 in Fort Worth.
Memorial Service will be held at Brown, Owens and Brumley Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Ken’s family is deeply grateful to Dr. Allan Kelly, his staff, and the staff at Harris ICU for their expert care and loving support during his brief illness.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The National Vietnam War Museum, PO Box 1779, Weatherford, TX, 76086.
Ken was born on June 25, 1947 in Fort Worth, the sixth child of Nora and Clarence Read of Springtown. A graduate of Springtown High School, he attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville. In 1969 he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam with the 538th Landclearing Company, a unit of brave men who cleared the jungles to make them safer for our troops. After returning home in 1970 Ken married Cathie Chandler, and they settled in Fort Worth where they raised their children Shelley, Daniel and Marissa. During that time he enjoyed working with SFOA as a referee for high school football games. Ken and Cathie moved to Burleson in 2006. Ken was as an electrician at Withers Electric in the 1970s and with Brown & Root on the construction of the Comanche Peak power plant in the 1980s. He then worked for Humphrey and Associates for twenty six years before retiring in 2015. He valued his time at Humphrey and felt blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people. He enjoyed long road trips, photography and visiting with family and friends. In 2002 he reunited with some of the men from the 538th, and soon looked forward to attending reunions and helping locate more men from his unit. He hosted the 2013 reunion in Burleson and was proud to achieve the largest attendance at that time. He loved his 538th Family, and truly felt of them as brothers.
Ken is survived by his wife Cathie, daughters Shelley Read of Fort Worth, Marissa Shirley and son-in-law Drew Shirley of Dallas, son Danny Read, daughter-in-law Lisa Read and grandson Connor Read of Burleson, and many nieces and nephews.

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

Raymond “Ray” R. Brink

ARLINGTON-Raymond “Ray” R. Brink passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the age 74.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Interment: 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Ray was born November 14, 1944 in Camden, New Jersey. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force before a long and fulfilling career with Frito Lay. He was a loving father, brother and friend who would give the shirt off of his back to help anyone he met. Ray will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Survivors: Daughter, Heidi Brink and companion, Andrew Friesen; brother, Wayne Brink; sister, Elizabeth Kowalski; brother-in-law, Monte Chambliss and wife, Joan; niece, Johna Trantham and husband, Justin; niece, Jamie Miller and husband, Matt; cousin, Barbara Procida; and many friends.

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