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Archives for March 2020

Brent Winn Merghart

FORT WORTH-Brent Winn Merghart passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 50.
Celebration of life: To be announced
Memorials: A memorial may be made in Brent’s memory to Vibrant Church, 228 Belmont St., Saginaw, Texas 76179
https://wearevibrantchurch.churchcenter.com/giving/to/brent-merghart-memorial-donations
Brent was born Tuesday, November 4, 1969 to Winn and Judy Merghart in San Diego, California. He graduated from Madison High School in San Diego. Brent loved fishing, dancing, gaming, aquariums, paintball, and collecting Dragon Ball Z. Brent and Tonja met on a blind date as teenagers in 1987. Brent always said that he fell in love with her that day and that she was the “Love Of His Life.” They found their way back to each other 8 years ago through Facebook and loved each other until death parted them. Brent was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed.
Brent is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Irene Merghart; and maternal grandparents, Andrew and Carmen O’Gorman.
Survivors: Wife, Tonja Harris Merghart; father, Winn Merghart and wife, Diane; mother, Judy Caldwell and husband, Ed; sister, Carmen; brothers, Christopher, Joshua and Brandon; ten children; four grandchildren; and many friends.

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Lorraine Frances Young

HALTOM CITY-Lorraine Frances Young passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the age of 89.
Celebration of life: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Valarie & David Cuozzo’s home. Since red was Lorraine’s favorite color, please wear something red to her celebration.
Lorraine was born Monday, May 19, 1930 to the late Harvey and Dorothy Allen in Detroit, Michigan. Lorraine loved to make people laugh; one of her favorite things to say when someone asked her “How do you feel?” and she always said, “With my hands”.
Her life long dream was to dance just one dance with Fred Astaire. When she was young, she loved to go to dance halls and ballroom dance with the sailors that would come through the Detroit area. She was an excellent baker and baked hundreds of cookies at Christmastime and gave them to everyone she knew. She loved to play slot machines when she was still able to travel to Vegas and would stay up all night playing in the casinos. After moving to Texas, we would go to Winstar occasionally so that she could play because she always loved it so much. Lorraine was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Dorothy (Steven) Thomas, Betty Jane Allen and Billy Schroeder.
Survivors: Children, Michelle (Richard) Shugerman, Brian (Sandie) Webb, Gregory Young, Valarie (David) Cuozzo and Alan Kollman (Nephew, but like a son); grandchildren, Eric (Tami) Langohr, Brian (Allison) Webb, Danielle (Charlie) Bohannan, Heather Shugerman, Lindsay Shugerman, Sethan (Vienna) Webb and Meghan (Trevor) Graham; great-grandchildren, Shelby Bohannan, Brenna Bohannan, Jaxon Bohannan, Juniper Webb, Camden Langohr, Bernard Graham, Winston Graham, Coleman Webb and Gwendolyn Webb.

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(817) 335-4557

Jenifer “Jen” Lee Scarborough

HALTOM CITY-Jenifer “Jen” Lee Scarborough passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at the age of 31.
Memorial service: Private
Jenifer was born Friday, December 30, 1988 in Fort Worth to Guadalupe Campos Jr. and Lana Lee Scarborough. Jen will be remembered for giving love and kindness and how she always put others first no matter how much pain or how sick she was, she would put a smile on her face so that we didn’t worry about her. She always worried about us making sure we were alright. She loved her family so much even said her nephews and niece were her babies. She was funny and loved to sing, write her own songs and play on her guitar. Her favorite song to sing or have sung to her was “Sunshine, my only sunshine.” She had been sick most of her life and didn’t have the chance to change the world like she always wanted to but did change others that came into her life. We were so blessed to have had her in our lives. Jen will be so missed and we will carry her with us until we see her again.
Jen is preceded in death by her father, Guadalupe Campos Jr.; and brother, James Jason Scarborough.
Survivors: Mom, Lana Lee Scarborough; brother, Chris Campos and wife, Misty; sister, Nica Rendon and husband, Ed; grandmother “Memaw”, Nita Antley; nephew, Anthony Rendon; nephew, Chris Campos; niece, Chloe Campos; and many friends.

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

Barbara Ruth Varner

FORT WORTH-Barbara Ruth Varner passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 85.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barbara’s memory to Tarrant Area Food Bank (https://www.tafb.ort/donate) or Newcastle UMC, Food Pantry (https://newcastleumc.org/outreach-ministry)
Barbara was born Wednesday, February 20, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Norburne Toliaferro Champion and Ruth Geneva Cleveland. She was the granddaughter to a Baptist Preacher, raised her children in the Presbyterian tradition, and always followed the Golden Rule. She graduated from John H. Reagan High School, Houston, Texas and attended University of Houston. Barbara had fun times as a University of Houston Frontier Fiesta Showgirl. She was an Administrative Assistant for an oil firm as soon as she departed the University of Houston.
Barbara’s hobbies included genealogy, bridge, bowling, golf, ceramics, Cub Scout Den Mother, crochet and macramé. Bobbye, as she was best known, had fond friendships with Mary Ella, Yvonne, Wilma, Mary Jane, Donna, Merlene, Bob and Judy. She married her late husband, Kenneth Willard Varner Jr. on the 30th of May of 1958. Born and raised in the south, their life as civilians in the Army started out as a shock when they were deployed to an Army depot in Savanna (Illinois, not Savannah, Georgia). She loved the excitement of traveling Europe, while the family was stationed in Germany. She remembered the rose her husband gave her on the jetway after flying to California alone with two small children. She knew the joys of years spent living on Sear’s Revolving Credit and the satisfaction of remodeling all of her houses.
Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Willard Varner, Jr.
Survivors: Son, Andrew Benoist Varner and wife, Deana Kaee; son, Christopher Champion Varner and wife, Irma Gutierriez; granddaughter, Arwen Varner; grandson, Ryan Christopher Varner; grandson, Travis Varner; and granddaughter, Willow Varner.

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

Diego Moreno Rodriguez

FORT WORTH-Diego Moreno Rodriguez passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the age of 72.
Celebration of life:  8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation:  6 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the funeral home.
Interment: Diego will be laid to rest in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Diego was born July 1, 1947 to the late Adan and Margarita Rodriguez in Nordheim, Texas. He love the Dallas Cowboys, B-B-Q and socializing with friends and eating Gonzales Texas Sausage. He proudly enlisted in the US Army, 11th Infantry and received a Purple Heart Medal.  His favorite times included spending time with his family.  Diego was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by us all.
Survivors: Son, Daniel Rodriguez; son, Vincent Rodriguez and wife, Sara; son, Anthony Rodriguez; daughter, Stephanie Rodriguez; twins, Jonathan and Jennifer Rodriguez; sister, Carmen Flores and husband, John; brothers, Benny Rodriguez, Adam Rodriguez, Pete Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez and Armando Rodriguez; grandchildren, Alyssa Rodriguez, Vincent Rodriguez, Jr., Christopher Rodriguez, Jacob Rodriguez, Marianna Rodriguez, Ashley Nicole Asberry, Kimberley Lexine Harrison, Anthony James Harrison, Mirai Annabelle Drennon, Xander Rodriguez Rutherford; and two great-grandsons.

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

Don S. Leaman

BEDFORD-Don S. Leaman lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and passed peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2020. He was able to live his final days at home and was surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
Celebration of Life:  Given the current environment, the family has decided to cancel the service set for April 18th at First Colleyville in Colleyville, Texas.
Don Leaman was a man of relationships. To everyone who was fortunate to know him, he provided what they truly wanted in a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, business owner and mentor. He was always loving, always caring, always available and always glad to see you. He was an engaged listener that was genuinely interested in the other person – offering companionship, empathy, encouragement and comfort. He was pure as any man can be – thinking the best of others, dedicated to people not things, valuing integrity and honesty as a standard for life. He had no time-consuming hobbies because he enjoyed people too much. It was always fun to be with him because he joined all activities with full enthusiasm, often spontaneously breaking into a song or yodel. His physical presence at any event was a time of joy, laughter and happiness.
Don was a devout Christian and knew his God. Around the age of 32, he dedicated the remainder of his life to developing a personal relationship with God and serving Him. He prayed daily and read scripture to find peace and guidance and diligently served God wherever and whenever he was called. He wanted others to have the opportunity to know the God that he knew. With Jesus as his example and the Bible as his guide, he volunteered his time at numerous non-profit organizations, including the FW Jaycees, the Eastside YMCA, Expanco, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Texas CASA, Harris HEB, and Alliance for Children, and was also a dedicated ombudsman. He was a long-time employer of Cenikor workers and encouraged his employees to deliver Meals on Wheels. Although there was no pressure placed on others, he built a chapel at his company and had Marketplace Ministries’ chaplains there weekly for over 35 years to offer prayer, comfort and guidance to employees and their families.
Don Leaman was born on April 21, 1934 and was raised on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas. He never desired to live far from his childhood home. A Poly ’52 and TCU ’56 grad, he stayed close to many schoolmates, continued to Poly drag, and wore purple frequently. He served his country as a Captain in the Air Force and immediately moved back to Fort Worth to start his career. After working for 1st Container for several years, Don started his own successful business in 1974, Leaman Container. Upon his retirement, he spent his last years in love, travelling the world, volunteering and enjoying the love of his friends and extended family.
Don lived a long and happy life. He knew he was blessed and was thankful for it. He was not afraid of death and he was ready to meet the God he knew so well. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Leaman; his two sisters, Patsy O’Neill and Phyllis Ryan.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Mark Leaman and his wife Marie; Terri Thompson; Steve Leaman and his wife Janan; Todd Fairbanks and his wife Natalie; Corey Fairbanks; and eleven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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Karen Kaye Hodges

FORT WORTH-Karen Kaye Hodges passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the age of 67.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 420 S. Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76131
Karen was born Monday, November 24, 1952 to the late Phillip Turner and Evelyn Marie Hodges in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Trinity High School. She worked at Phelps/Hodges Insurance Agency and American General. Karen loved sewing, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She was always there for anyone who just needed someone to talk to. She also loved riding motorcycles and living life to its fullest. Some of her favorites included holidays and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest memory and achievement was having her son, Trey. He was the love of her life. She had a gentle sweet spirit, always forgiving and kind to everyone. All of us are better just having Karen in our lives. She will be deeply missed by us all.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents; son, William Dean “Trey” Martin; brother, Phillip Roger Hodges; brother, Turner Leon Hodges; grandmother, Hattie Hodges; and grandfather, Charlie Duncan.
Survivors: Brother, Glen Mark Hodges and wife, Kristie Kathleen; grandson, Tyler Martin; nephew, Phil Hodges; nephew, Halston Mark Hodges and wife, Brittney; nephew, Kollin Ray Hodges; niece, Samantha Hodges; niece, Lindsey Hodges; great nephews, Kooper , Kohan and Kye; and lifelong friends, Barbra Cook, Sandra Smith and Caitlyn Cummings.

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

Tammy Kaylor Cmakal

FORT WORTH-Tammy Kaylor Cmakal passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the age of 37.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Skyvue Memorial Gardens, 7220 Rendon Bloodworth Road, Mansfield, Texas 76063.
Tammy was born Tuesday, August 3, 1982 to Stanley and Esther Wilson in Fort Worth, Texas. Tammy loved attending Comicon, making jewelry, watching horror movies, science fiction movies and attending rock concerts. Tammy will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.
Tammy is preceded in death by her father, Stanley Wilson.
Survivors: Husband, Eric Cmakal; mother, Esther Kaylor; sister, Ruth Shotwell; sister, Irene Waine and husband, Michael; sister, Sherry Stack; nephews, Matt Lacy and husband, Justin, Nick Shotwell, Brian Grounds, Cody Shotwell, Wesley Waine, James D. Stack; and many friends.

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

Joe Barry Brister

FORT WORTH-Joe Barry Brister passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the age of 70 with his family by his side.
Celebration of life: Service will be held at a later date at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: Visitation will be held at a later date at the funeral home.
Memorials: Memorials can be made to the Careity Foundation at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, 800 W. Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Barry was born Saturday, October 15, 1949 in Corpus Christi, Texas to the late Joe Barry Brister and Mamie Ruth Cooper Rogers.
He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Donna for 48 ½ years; a fantastic father to his son, Kier Allen Brister; “Strawbarry” to his grandson, Liam; Bubba to his brothers and sisters-in-law; and a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Barry graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas and attended Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas from 1968 – 1972 where he met his wife, Donna. They were married in 1971. He also received two associate degrees from Tarrant County College.
He worked for Haliburton Services for 26 ½ years and was transferred to Fort Worth from Houston in 1989. He later had several jobs related to oilfield services and retired in 2015. Barry loved God, his family, The Beatles, traveling, photography, “Big Bang Theory”, James Bond, and reruns of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Survivors: Wife, Donna Brister; son, Kier Brister and wife, Kelly; grandson, Liam Giles; one niece; four nephews; and countless cousins that he considered his brothers and sisters.

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

Billie Pearl Ayars

BURLESON-Billie Pearl Ayars passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the age of 90.
Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment: Billie will be laid to rest in Laurel Land Memorial Park with her beloved husband of 47 years, Richard Ayars.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Billie’s memory to Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth.
Billie was born Sunday, October 13, 1929 to the late William George and Stella Fay Willis in Abilene, Texas. She attended public schools and attended Harris School of Nursing. She was a pediatric nurse. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Ayars; and brother, Jim Willis;
Survivors: Son, Bill Ayars and wife, Gloria; son, David Ayars and wife, Kay; grandson, Alan Ayars and wife, Kristen; granddaughter, Lara Soriano and husband, David; granddaughter, Victoria Leal; grandson, John Ayars and wife, Jody; grandson, Jason Ayars and wife, Sunny; grandson, Justin Ayars; great grandson, Michael Ayars; great grandson, Brandon Ayars; great grandson, Andrew Soriano; great granddaughter, Katriella Ayars; great grandson, Collin Ayars; great grandson, Charles Ayars; great granddaughter, Claire Grace; sister, Mary Lou Sarosi; sister-in-law, Josie Willis; sister-in-law, Peggy Parrot; sister-in-law, Betty Ayars; sister-in-law, Jill Ayars; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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