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Archives for January 2020

Hean Sith

FORT WORTH- Hean Sith passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 73.
Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Hean was born Friday, May 10, 1946 in Siem Reap, Cambodia to the late Rinh and Jam Sith. He loves to watch football and especially the Dallas Cowboys. His hobbies included fishing, watching Price Is Right and the Wheel Of Fortune. His favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. Hean was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Wife, Hoeur Thik; son, Mony Rinh, daughters, Samnang Rinh, Lina Rinh and Nina Rinh; and 8 grandchildren.

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Wendell Adren Williams





FORT WORTH-Wendell Adren Williams passed away in the early morning hours Tuesday, January 28, 2020, five months shy of his 93rd birthday, slipped from this life and into the arms of Christ.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Westworth Church of Christ, 5728 White Settlement Road, Westworth Village.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020 at the funeral home.
Interment: Wendell will be laid to rest in Benbrook Cemetery.
Wendell was born near Oglesby, Texas in Coryell County on May 21, 1927. Wendell was the youngest of eight children that lived to adulthood. He often quipped that after he was born his mother was too worn out for any more. Busy with the farm and the other children, Wendell was essentially raised by his 10 year old only sister (one sister out of seven boys!). Later in life when meeting people for the first time, Wendell’s sister would offer loudly, “I used to give him a bath in a dish pan when he was a baby!” – much to his chagrin.
At the age of four, little Wendell was given a flour sack and sent out in the fields under the watchful eye of his fourteen year old sister to pick cotton with the rest of the family. As he grew he was given more responsibility on the farm which included taking care of the chickens, pigs and turkeys. He often said, “those turkeys were the stupidest animals, they would look up in the sky when it rained and drown themselves”. He was given a pet goat given the unique name, “Billy”, which his father had caught up in the hills while hunting. He and the goat were inseparable and when the goat eventually died (standing up no less) years later, Wendell later confided that he cried and cried, “It was the saddest day of my life.”
When America entered what would become World War II, Wendell watched his older brothers head off to war and subsequently after forging his mother’s signature on enlistment forms, he entered the United States Army at the ripe old age of 17.
After quick basic training, Wendell was assigned to the 7th Army, 1st Infantry Division, the “Big Red One”. World War II had officially ended but as part of the Army of Occupation in Europe he and his Company had to deal with a fanatical enemy consisting mostly of Nazi SS who refused to surrender. As a B.A.R. man carrying the Browning Automatic Rifle, Wendell was often called upon to lay down fire and take out snipers and subdue pockets of Nazi resistance. Once while traversing a rickety bridge across a German river, one of the soldiers in Wendell’s unit stumbled and fell into the fast-moving water. Weighed down by a 60-lb pack and unable to swim, the soldier’s head began to go under. Without thinking of his own safety, Wendell quickly dropped his pack and leaped into the freezing river rescuing the drowning man and dragging him to shore. For this act, Wendell was awarded the Soldier’s Medal the fifth highest medal that can be awarded by the Army after the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Soon his unit were called upon to begin repatriating the Jews and Slavs that had been held in concentration camps throughout Germany. Wendell was assigned as a guard to escort the hundreds of former prisoners by train car back to their respective countries. During this time he travelled through Germany, France, Belgium and Poland.
After the repatriation duty was complete and while his platoon was on training maneuvers, an artillery shell exploded near Wendell and his men. An unfortunate incident of “friendly fire” the explosion of the shell blew off his jacket, bent his rifle and ruptured both eardrums. This would contribute to profound hearing loss later in his life. Wendell’s list of service decorations included, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct Medal/ with bronze star, Marksman badge: Rifle, Auto Rifle, Victory Medal WWII, Europe-Africa-Middle East Medal, WWII Occupation Medal & Germany Clasp, Expert Infantry Badge, Blue Infantry Fourragere w/blue infantry disks, French Fourragere, and Belgian Fourragere. After the war Wendell worked at Swift & Company Meatpacking plant in Fort Worth in the early 50’s. He married Virginia Beth Reeves on August 28th 1954. Wendell and Virginia joined a new church called Westworth Church of Christ in Westworth Village and were baptized by the minister George Gray.
After several miscarriages, on September 19, 1957 a son was born to Wendell and Virginia – Kendell Eugene Williams. Tragically, after a sudden infectious illness Kendell succumbed and died on January 16, 1959, at the age of 16 months. Later that same year another son, Kerry Adren Williams, was born on November 16th. Following another tragic miscarriage in 1962, a healthy baby girl was born to the Williams’ on January 11, 1966 – Kimberly Beth.
Wendell found work as a heavy equipment operator and was eventually promoted to street supervisor of White Settlement, Texas. A few years later Wendell found new employment with Tarrant County working road maintenance operating heavy machinery and was soon promoted to supervisor where he remained until his retirement in 1989. He kept himself busy by taking care of his grass and keeping the trees and lawn manicured. In fact he mowed his own yard well into his 90’s, something he enjoyed.
On June 23rd 1998, at the age of 59, his wife of 44 years, Virginia Beth, died of complications from diabetes and heart disease. She was laid to rest at Benbrook Cemetery in Benbrook, Texas.
Wendell had a thing for Whataburger cheeseburgers which he loved and enjoyed, and He also discovered Coca-Cola in his old age, and was hooked. He also liked to dip snuff and would spit it out the window of the car when he drove, much to the discomfort of the person in the seat behind him. He would also accidently spit, hitting Kim’s legs, and tell her “ it’s good for your tan”
He was very funny. A good father and Christian, his nightly prayers included almost everyone, and went on forever. His humor and personality will be greatly missed, and an understatement to say his absence will leave a huge void in our lives.
Special thank you to Jessica Harris, his Nurse-Aide. Her sensitivity and compassion helped his last days on earth.

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Kenneth Ray Franklin

 FORT WORTH-Kenneth Ray Franklin moved to heaven on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the age of 78 years.
Celebration of Life: 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.            Visitation: 1 p.m. Friday before the funeral service.
Interment: Kenneth will be laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76111
Kenneth was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 19, 1941 to Noel and Susie Franklin. He was raised in Haughton, Louisiana, visiting family in Fort Worth, Texas often. He eventually made Fort Worth his permanent residence in the 1960s. Ridglea North was his home for over 50 years.
God, family, baking, photography, big sound and music, catfish, and watermelon were some of Kenneth’s treasures. First and foremost, Kenneth led a God fearing and God loving life. His daily life was a testimony of God’s mercy, patience, and love. He accepted everyone as they were without judgment and with open arms, just as our Heavenly Father does. Without a doubt, he was exceedingly patient. Whether waiting on his wife shopping, talking, or looking for her purse, or providing a place to stay for loved ones and friends, Kenneth welcomed it all. Love was evident in every aspect of his life. The poster-child for family man was Kenneth. He worked hard to provide everything his wife and children needed and wanted. Each of his grandchildren held a very special place in his heart. He was head over heels in love with them and so very proud of them all. When his mother was in failing health, he lovingly cared for her. He adored and spoiled his family unconditionally. Kenneth excelled at baking. Everyone had a favorite dessert of his they would look forward to at holidays, birthdays, or just because. He enjoyed buying and using all kinds of cooking and baking gadgets and refused to ever get rid of any of them. There are boxes and boxes of pictures and home movies that Kenneth took over the years. Every moment of special and even just ordinary events have been forever captured thanks to his love of photography. Kenneth appreciated quality big sound speakers. The bigger the boom the better. He played the accordian, piano, and organ and could harmonize quite well with Regina singing lead, just not in front of a crowd. Kenneth could make all-you-can-eat catfish restaurants wish they weren’t all-you-can-eat. Watermelon was life. It could easily be breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even birthday cake. Last, but certainly not least, his adoration for Regina was one of a fairy tale love story. Married on March 26, 1969 he was her king and she was absolutely his queen for over 50 years. Their love gives hope to all that true love does exist as long as God is put first. Truly, their marriage was one that exemplified God’s word in I Corinthians 13:4-8 that “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” This was their love story.
Kenneth graduated from Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana in 1959. He attended Louisiana Tech before entering the workforce. Mitchell’s Department Store was his work home for over twenty years. As a store manager, he led grand openings for stores throughout the metroplex, hosted several Miss Texas visits, and increased clientele by providing superior customer service. Throughout the years, Kenneth also sold shoes, worked at the Fort Worth Police Department, General Dynamics, Dollar General, Sprint PCS, and Victoria’s Sterling Silver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Noel Lester Franklin and Susie Martha Welch Franklin; his siblings, LeJean Munn, LaDonna Franklin, Lester B. Franklin, Leadis Tennison, Leila Dew, and; his in-laws Jesse Walker, Imogene Simmons Walker, and Jack Miller.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Regina Walker Franklin; children, Brian Franklin, Chad Franklin and wife Natasha, Lolly Garcia and husband Ruben; grandchildren Madelyn, Gavin, and Luke Franklin, Ruben Jr., Daniel and Granddaughter Garcia due in June 2020; siblings Paul Franklin and LaJuan Johnson; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins…. Read complete obituary here.

Michael “Alex” Bush

FORT WORTH-Michael “Alex” Bush passed away on January 25, 2020 at John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
Memorial service: Private
Memorials: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Tarrant MHMR Foundation.
He was born in Fort Worth on October 12, 1995. Alex attended All Saints Episcopal School from first grade through his Senior year, and graduated in May 2014. He was involved in many activities, including piano, choir, drama, and cross-country track and he always made excellent grades. He enrolled in SMU in August 2014, and graduated with honors in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Alex was an enthusiastic Boy Scout. He started with Cub Scouts in first grade and earned his Eagle in November 2011. Along the way, he earned 37 merit badges, spent 195 nights camping, hiked 214 miles, and donated 90 service hours. He attended Twin Arrows youth leadership training in 2008, then returned to serve on staff for the next three years. He then attended Aquatic School, an intensive leadership development training camp, and served on staff for the next four years. He attended all three of the Boy Scout High Adventure bases: Philmont, Ookpik (winter camping), and Sea Base. He has been honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Military Order of World Wars for his outstanding citizenship.
Survivors: Parents, Michael and Belinda Bush; and many other family members and friends.

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Robert Alan Reed

Fort Worth-Robert Alan Reed, 61, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Celebration of Life Service: 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2020 at Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home, Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Robert was born in Lewes, Delaware on May 9, 1958 to the late Harry Alan & Ruth Horner Reed. He loved music, wrote music and was a member of many bands playing the guitar, singing and most recently a member of Borders Edge Band. Besides his love for music, he was married to the Love of his life, Carol Lee Crown Reed and they shared 40 years together in February. Robert was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife of 40 years, Carol Lee Reed; daughters, Melanie Neff and husband Odie & Anna Marie Reed of Fort Worth; son-in-law, Jason Nowell of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Betty Reed; nephew, Tim Reed and wife Hope; niece, Ashley Reed; great-nephew, Ryder Reed and daughter Lisa Holden of Alabama; Billy Todd Alan and Maricruz Tuchenhagen of Seattle WA , Ronnie and Cassie Stanton of Idaho; grandchildren, Mary Alyce Tabor and husband Keelan of Fort Worth, Karrol Peanut Mayfield and husband Matthew of Holliday TX, Makayla Monkey Neff of Fort Worth, Taylor Informer Neff of Stephenville TX, Justin Ansley of Stephenville, Mercedes Lynn Yorek of Fort Worth, Matthew Joseph Thomas Yorek of Fort Worth, Laul  and Azrael Tuchenhagen of Seattle WA, Kenley and Carly Holden of Alabama and aunt, Viva Poole.

Lana Jean Watson Carpenter

BEDFORD-Lana Jean Watson Carpenter, age 68, went home to be with her Lord and Savior January 19, 2020 at 11:00am at Universal Hospice Services in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Memorial service: Her memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 25th at the Brown Trail Church of Christ, Bedford, Texas.
Interment: She will be buried in Arkansas at the Oma Cemetery.
Lana was born on August 8, 1951 in Weatherford, Texas to Edward and Patsy Watson, the second of three daughters. She attended Weatherford schools until 1967 and graduated from Richland High School, Richland Hills, Texas in 1970. She married the love of her life, Jerald Don Carpenter in 1970 until his passing in 1982. Together they had one son, Geoffrey Michael Carpenter, who was devoted to her care after her stroke in 2016.
She loved family gatherings and reunions and you could count on her sharing stories, remembering details everyone else had forgotten. She developed many long-term friendships during her twenty-three-year career with Southwest Airlines, having worked seventeen years as a reservationist and finished working with the Cargo Department. She was a longtime active member of the Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford, Texas and could be found there whenever the doors were open. When there was a need she was ready and willing to help in any way she could.
Lana’s talents were many. She was a meal making, craft creating, item painting, board game playing, old TV shows watching, storytelling, fun loving, helping, giving, caring woman who shared her warm loving smile and funny sayings with everyone she met. With Lana, no one remained a stranger for long, because they would soon become her friend.
She was met in heaven by her husband, Jerald Carpenter and her father, Edward Watson.
Survivors: Those left to cherish her memories include her loving sons, Geoff Carpenter, Chris (Terri) Carpenter and Gil (Denise) Carpenter; beloved mother, Patsy (T.P.) Herring; grandchildren, Treena Carpenter and Dylan Carpenter; and great-grandchild, Olliver Carpenter; sisters, Leasa (Jack) Powell and Kayla (John) Marnach; step-siblings, Judy (Mark) House, Randy (Inge) Herring, Eddy (Melody) Herring; nephews, Kevin (Corri) Robinson and Keith Robinson; nieces, Kamela (T.J.) Blease and Kara (Zach) Hogeda; treasured “sister” friends, Michelle Dill and Moneen Birge; and many other family members and dear friends.

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Joe Bob Gilbreath

Fort Worth-Joe Bob Gilbreath passed away peacefully Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 89.
Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Brown, Owens & Brumley Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, 425 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth.
Burial: Joe Bob Gilbreath will be laid to rest in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Rose Garden.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, January 27 at Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Joe was a longtime member of Bible Baptist Church of Rendon. He was an avid churchgoer, 50+ years at Fairpark Baptist Church, currently a lifetime member of the South Side Masonic Lodge #1114 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a caregiver and a father figure to many children. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marthie Nell Gilbreath; son, Larry Gilbreath; and his parents, A.F. Gilbreath and Maggie Akin Gilbreath.
Survivors: four sons and five daughter-in-laws, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

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Dorothy Nell Thomas

FORT WORTH-Dorothy Nell Thomas passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 82.
Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the funeral home.
Interment: Dorothy will be laid to rest in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Dorothy was born Tuesday, April 20, 1937 in Omaha, Texas.
Dorothy had a very comical sense of humor. She leaves fond memories to a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Cassie Green; brother, Brinkley Ivory; and sisters, Nelda Marcus and Laverne Singleton.
Survivors: Dorothy is survived by her only son, James Lee Thomas; grandson, James Lee Thomas Jr.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Melton; and sister, Yvonne Dapaah.

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Dorothy Hill

FORT WORTH-Dorothy Hill, 96, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2020.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Dorothy was born Saturday, May 5, 1923 to the late William E. and Ethel Brown in Floydada, Texas. Dorothy and Pete owned and operated the Summerhill restaurant for 37 years making many friends, always knowing every ones names and exactly what they wanted to eat. Treating her TCU students and faculty like they were her own family, she worked at the café until she was 82 years old. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be reunited with her husband, Pete, of 72 years; grandsons, Ricky and Jeff Wood and many other family members and friends.
Survivors: Daughter, Ladonna Wood and husband, Ted; grandsons, Tony Wood and wife, Angie; great grandchildren, Chase, Brittany, and husband, Spencer and Kolby Wood; granddaughter in law, Valarie Wood; great grandsons, Brandon and Briley; great-great grandson, Maddox; great grandson, Jeremy Wood and wife, Brittney; great great-granddaughter, Kateland and Kylie; brother, Coy Brown and wife, Bobbie; and sister, Shirley Hoard.

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Marco Antonio Rosas Sr.

FORT WORTH-Marco Antonio Rosas Sr. went to the big dance on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the age of 55.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Marco never wanted anyone to be sad, so please do not dress sad when you attend his service.
Marco was born Saturday, May 16, 1964 in Mexico City to Daniel and Maria Del Refugio Salazar Rosas. Marco stayed involved in pee wee football for more than 20 years. He loved all types of vehicles and Motor Trend was his favorite channel on TV. He loved all sports teams from Houston, and any team that was playing against the Dallas Cowboys. Marco was able to beat dialysis for over 12 years, until he was called home for bigger and better things. He never stopped working even after he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. His work ethics and drive is what helped keep his family going for those 12 years he was in treatment. Marco will be deeply missed by his family.

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