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Drew Cutter Sleeper

FORT WORTH – Drew Cutter Sleeper, U.S. Air Force Lt Col (Ret) passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at the age of 89 to be with his Lord and Savior.
Celebration of Life: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Ridgmar Place, 2151 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Graveside service: 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.stjude.org/give
Drew was born on Saturday, March 8, 1930 in Bronxville, New York to Gordon and Martha Sleeper. He married Evelyn Chesbro from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada on December 27, 1952.
Drew joined the Air Force in 1951 as an Aviation Cadet/Fighter Pilot Trainee. He flew a F-86 in Tucson, Arizona, Chitose, Japan and Naha Okinawa until 1959. In 1959 he was assigned to Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth as a B52 pilot. In 1964 Drew was assigned to Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. During that time he was a Bomb Squadron Commander and had four six month tours in Vietnam as a B-52 pilot including 185 combat missions. In 1970 his career took him to Soesterberg, Holland as the Base Commander. In 1974 Drew was then transferred for a year to Nakhon Phanom, Thailand as the Special Operations Wing Plans Officer. In 1975 he received orders to Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas serving as Deputy Base Commander. After proudly serving his country Drew retired in 1980 in Abilene, Texas.
Drew and his wife, Evelyn owned and operated a successful retail store, The Kitchen Shop Etc. Several years later Evelyn decided that Drew was underfoot too much and suggested he go back to work some place. He then went to work for the City of Abilene as the Superintendent of Refuse Collection. In 1997 Drew fully retired to enjoy his life as a grandparent and traveling with his beautiful wife.
In March of 2016 Drew lost his wonderful wife of 63 years. Living in Abilene with lots of close friends he felt the need to move to Fort Worth to be closer to family. He moved into Brookdale Senior Living which later became Ridgmar Place where he happily resided for three years. Drew served as a Welcome Ambassador promoting all the center had to offer and encouraging new residents to attend events.
In addition to a wonderful career in the U.S. Air Force Drew received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. and his Master Degree from Ball State University.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Chesbro Sleeper, his parents, Gordon and Martha Sleeper, his siblings Gordon (Bud) C. Sleeper II and Phyllis Hammond.
Survivors: He survived by his three daughters, Leslie and husband Tim Ellis, Jennifer and husband David White, Shelby and husband Jeff Smith, as well as his 7 adored grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Emmy Lou Sleeper and numerous nieces and nephews and lots of friends in Abilene, and at Ridgmar Place.

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Billy Ray Pelt

FORT WORTH – Billy Ray Pelt passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 71.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Friday, August, 2, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel
Billy was born 1 of 5 children in Waco, Texas on Friday January 23, 1948 to the late Floyd and Retha Pelt. He and his late wife, Joallan, met as children when they were only 10 and 11 years old. They later married in 1966 and were together for 46 years, until Joallan’s passing in 2012. They eventually moved to Fort Worth, where Billy spent most of his life as a truck driver. Anyone who knew him well knew he loved his “sody pop”, his dogs and most of all his family. He especially loved all of his grandchildren and more than once “got in trouble” for spoiling them a little too much. He was residing in Palestine, Texas with his niece, Melinda McLen, and brother-in-law, Donald Willis, at the time of his death. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Retha Pelt; wife, Joallan Pelt; Brothers, Floyd Pelt, Jr. and Douglas Pelt; Sisters, Betty Willis and Ann Farmer.
Survivors: Daughter, April Wheeler and husband, Shane; daughter, Paula Whitmire; grandsons, Ritchie Whitmire and Jordan Wheeler; granddaughters Kari Whitmire, Devyn Wheeler, Sarah Whitmire, and Trinity “Mike” Whitmire; great grandsons, Robbie Hampton and Seamus Fagan; many nieces and nephews, and extended family.

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Wayne Douglas Dingler

FORT WORTH-Wayne Douglas Dingler passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 88.
Memorial service: Private
Wayne was born Saturday, January 24, 1931 in Hamilton, Texas to the late Marlin Oliver and Della Francis Dingler. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the US Air Force. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Wife, Laurene Hammack Dingler; daughter, Deborah Mahon and husband, Pat; grandsons, Corey and Levi; great grandsons, Kaleb and Ulrich; great granddaughter, Emma; great-great greandson, Franklin; and many friends.

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425 S. Henderson St.
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Thurman Lee “Hi Fi” Nelson

FORT WORTH-Thurman Lee “Hi Fi” Nelson passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the age of 72.
Veteran’s tribute: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane 2.
Thurman was born Sunday, January 19, 1947 to the late Moses and Ossie Ola Alexander Nelson in Wagoner, Oklahoma. He graduated from Muskogee Manual Training High School and attended Langston University in Oklahoma. He entered the US Army in 1969 and honorable retired in 1989. He served as helicopter aircraft maintenance supervisor and earned the air assault badge and airframe and power plant license. He was a consultant for car sales and leasing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also was an armed border patrol agent for Nevada Bureau of Reclamation serving at the Hoover Dam. Later, he became a correctional officer for Texas Department of Corrections and a code enforcement officer for the city of Tyler, Texas. Thurman met his wife Eva in Kassel, Germany and they were married in 1979 in Kopenhagen, Denmark. He was totally committed to his family and strived to be a good father to his children and a good husband to Eva which he lovingly called “Luv”.
Thurman is preceded in death by his parents, Moses and Ossie Ola Nelson; sister, Betty Jean Wilson; brother, Moses Nelson Jr.; sister, Doris Nelson; and sister, Ruthie Mae Alexander.
Survivors: “Luv”ing wife of 40 years, Eva Luise Nelson; son, Hans Nelson; daughter, Tanya Kimberlain and husband, Scott; daughter, Kristina Nelson; granddaughters, Aaliyah Simone Nelson, Ariana Luise White and Ava Mae Nelson; sister-in-law, Elke Lore Menz; brother-in-law,Irvin Alexander; brother-in-law, Conjurel Wilson; and many special nieces and nephews and friends.

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Jack Davis

WEATHERFORD-Jack Davis, of Western Lake Estates, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at South Main Church of Christ.
Jack served in the US Navy, and working on building and remodeling homes in his later years.
Survivors: Jack is survived by his mother, Flora Nell Davis; siblings, Jimmy Max Davis, Judy Shelley, Jerry Davis, JoAnn Miller and Jan Nell Hutchens; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; and by his faithful companion, his dog, Blue.

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Carol Ann Ritchey Brazeal

FORT WORTH-Carol Ann Ritchey Brazeal passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at the age of 81.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Crowley Cemetery.
Carol was born Sunday, December 5, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late John and Lavonne Ritchey. She was the mom that was always taking care of everyone, no matter how she felt. She was always there for all of us and loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching her favorite show, Blue Bloods and finding new and interesting recipes to cook. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend and will be missed.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents, John Ritchey Sr. and Lavonne Ritchey; sister, Kay Seymour; and great-granddaughter, Alaira Florez.
Survivors: Son, Donnie Gill; daughter, Anne McGuire and husband, David; son, John Brazeal; son, Ronnie Brazeal and wife, Debi Podvalova; brother, John Ritchey Jr.; grandson, Cory Brazeal; granddaughter, Whitney Brinkley; grandson, Brandon Brooker; grandson, Charlie Brazeal; granddaughter, Baele Brinkley; granddaughter, Dallas Brazeal; great-granddaughter, Dahlia Brazeal; great-granddaughter, Azerii Florez; and many friends.

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425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Lawrence Martinez

FORT WORTH-Lawrence Martinez passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at the age of 84.
Memorial service: As he requested, there will be no service.
Rest in peace our beloved father and brother.

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425 S. Henderson St.
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Lou Willie Dedrick

ARLINGTON-Lou Willie Dedrick passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the age of 94.
Celebration of life: 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 at Calvary’s Nation of Faith, 1624 E. Vickery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Lou was born Monday, June 15, 1925 to the late Oscar Judd and Anna Smith in Kosse, Texas. Lou will be remembered for her classy style of dressing. She was an avid J C Penney catalog shopper and shopping the J C Penney catalog was her specialty. There was never a time that “Big Mama” (what we all called her) didn’t have a delicious meal or a tasty dessert. She enjoyed baking pastries, especially her famous teacake cookies. Sewing was a skill that she used to bless her family and friends and she used her talent for extra income. We loved going over to visit and just sit down and share our lives with each other.
Lou truly cared for her children and grandchildren. She was also a care giver to the elderly and she always did her job as unto her Lord with love. Her heart was bigger than she was. She would give you her last meal, that is how much she cared for people. She taught us in her day to day living to show love, care for one another and help our fellow man. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed by us all.
Lou is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Judd and Anna Smith; husband, Tommy Dedrick Sr. who served in the USMC; son, Jerry L. Dedrick; son, Charles E. Polk; and son, Ben Ross Polk.
Survivors: Son, Willie J. Polk and wife, Cheryl; son, Tommy Dedrick Jr. and wife, Lorraine; daughter, Yvonne C. Redic; son, Gerald G. Dedrick; daughter, Wanda J. McGraw; and grandchildren.

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425 S. Henderson St.
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John Frank Seat

FORT WORTH-John Frank Seat passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the age of 87.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at St. Luke UMC, 3200 Denton Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76117
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Luke UMC Memorial Fund, 3200 Denton Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76117
John was born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1932, in West, Texas to the late Gordon William and Mary Edna Seat. He graduated from Texas A&M with a BBA and from TCU with a MBA. John proudly served his country by enlisting in the US Air Force and was a 1st Lieutenant at Holloman Air Force Base. He worked for Texas Electric, General Dynamics and then started his own company, John Frank Seat Financial Services.
He participated in the high school VOE program by mentoring and hiring high school students to work in his office. John was a member of Emmanuel Sunday School class at St. Luke UMC since 1957. He was an avid golfer, played tennis, bowling, woodworking, bridge club and was active in the church choir. John would say his fondest memories were playing golf in the snow with his friends. He dearly enjoyed family vacations, traveling to most of the United States and in Bella Vista, AR. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be deeply missed.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon William and Mary Edna Seat; sister, Katherine S. Eaker; brother, Gordon W. Seat Jr.; nephew, Kerry Kinsey; and sister-in-law, Betty Graham.
Survivors: Loving wife of 65 years, Billie Joyce Seat; daughter, Susan Stuber and husband, David; daughter, Carolyn Ward and husband, Philip; daughter, Sherry Seat; sister, Ruth Crain; grandchildren, Keegan Ward, Amanda Ward, and Samantha Seat; nieces, Judy Dwyer and husband, Jim, Linda Eaker, Diane Brooks and husband, John, Peggy Nolen, Becky Daniel and husband, Chris, and Vicki Hoggett and husband, Jack; nephew, Britt Fellers and wife, Patsy; sister-in-law, Brenda Fellers and husband, Byrl; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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Goldie Marie Struve Goodspeed

FORT WORTH-Goldie Marie Struve Goodspeed passed away due to kidney disease on Monday, June 24, 2019 with her family by her side.
Celebration of life: The family and close friends will commemorate Goldie’s life with a celebration of life at her home. No services to be held. If you wish to do something in Goldie’s honor, please adopt and care well for a pet in need or donate to your favorite local pet or wildlife rescue group.
Goldie was born to parents, Goldie Marie Edens Struve and Clemens Amand Struve of Fort Worth, Texas on November 12 in the mid-1940s. Goldie grew up in the 1950’s in Fort Worth with both parents at home. She often said she had the perfect childhood. As a child, she was a tomboy with dreams of being a cowboy (not a cowgirl) like Roy Rogers. One of her favorite childhood memories was beating up the boys who made fun of her and her best friend, Tommie for their unusual first names. As an adult, Goldie’s outgoing and friendly nature gave those she met a great sense of ease. Many people gravitated to her and often shared their life’s story, which she genuinely loved to hear. She had a great curiosity about life and others. Children were drawn to Goldie too, which she joked about often. If there was a child in the room, it was just a matter of minutes before she would make a new little friend.
Goldie loved being outside and enjoying nature. She spent many happy days of her retirement sitting on her back porch watching the critters play in her big tree where she fed them. Goldie was a friend to all living things. Even the smallest bug was safe in her midst. All her pets throughout her life were rescues and lucky to be in her care.
Goldie was a beautiful person inside and out and lived a “wonderful, blessed life” as she would say. Throughout her life, she always found a reason to be happy, never feeling down for long. She had a great sense of humor about herself and life in general. Those who knew her well would agree that having a good laugh with Goldie made your day.
Goldie’s favorite things were: flower-gardenia, dessert-apple pie, color-red, song-Loving You by Elvis Presley, holiday song-Little Drummer Boy, holiday-Thanksgiving, passage-I Don’t Regret A Mile by Howard Goodman, quote-Keep On Keeping On, and pastime-reading. Her perfect day was sitting in the backyard on a warm day with a glass of ice tea, reading a good book and listening to the birds sing. When we have the joy of experiencing these things in our life, we will think of her with a smile and remember better times.
Goldie graduated high school, married, had children, worked and retired, but what she really did was pass on the best parts of her to those she left behind. Today we, her family, share them with you. In her honor, we will find a reason to laugh every day and will be kind to people, nature and the animals in which we share this earth. We hope you will too.
Goldie is preceded in death by her first husband and father to her children Tracy Lilly as well as her best friend, Tommie Johnson, her parents and her sister, Ruth.
Survivors: Daughter, Julia Lilly and husband, Jason Harskjold of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Lisa Lilly and Kenneth Whitley of Mineral Wells, Texas; grandsons, Tracy Hazelton of Arlington, Texas and Casey Hazelton and wife, Lauren Nickle of Austin, Texas; sister, Jeanne Struve of Dennis, Texas; niece, Cindy Williams and husband, Andy Williams of Springtown, Texas; great-nephew, Brantley Cook of Aledo, Texas; as well as many friends and extended family members; she also left behind her beloved pets, Gabby, Lucy, and Phoebe.

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425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557