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Gerry E. Eubank

FORT WORTH-Gerry E. Eubank passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the age of 62 from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Memorial service: A private memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019 with final interment in Itasca Cemetery, Itasca, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Concerned Citizens, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro, Texas 76458 or American Heart Association.
Gerry was born Thursday, August 30, 1956 to Gerald and Beulah (Hamilton) Eubank. He graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1975 and later from Texas State Technical Institute. They had a ranch in Jack County and had crossbred cow and buffalo. Gerry was an accomplished thermodynamics designer and a lifelong student of his profession. His career spanned 40 years in the commercial United States Patent and Trademark Office. He served 22 years at his current position as Product Manager for DCM Manufacturing. Gerry was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors: Gerry is survived by 16 cousins.

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Sandra Boring Handy

FORT WORTH-Sandra Russell Boring Handy (Sandy), 59, passed away Thursday,July 25, 2019, from respiratory failure.
Gravesite service: 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at San Jacinto Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 14659 I-10 East Freeway Exit 780, Houston, Texas 77015
A “Celebration of Life” Reception Lunch for family and guests will follow at The Hampton Inn & Suites 713-997-8181, 10505 I-10 East Freeway Exit 776A, Houston, TX. 77029
Sandy was born Thursday, May 5, 1960, in Shelby, North Carolina to parents, Geraldean (Geri) and Russell Wade Boring. She grew up in Houston, TX and later attended Junior and Senior High School in Big Sandy, Texas (where she was known as Sandy Lilley). Sandy was a “people person” and devoted to friends in Big Sandy, in Houston, as well as later in California.
She attended Sam Houston State University where she met and married Michael Kent Handy in 1978 at the University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas over 40 years ago. They moved to Houston, Texas where Mike worked at M.D. Anderson Hospital as a Dosimetrist.
Sandy loved being a mother and adored her four children, Matthew, David, Adam and Jessica. Her first child, Matthew was born with cerebral palsy. She spent most of her time caring for Matthew’s special needs and he preceded his mother in death, at the age of six. Matthew passed away the day after Christmas of 1989. Adam was born in October of 1989 and later Jessica in February 1992
She learned to decorate beautiful cakes for special occasions and made a lovely doll cake for her cousin, Diana’s 12th birthday. For Diana’s marriage, she baked a chocolate groom’s cake with the A&M insignia for the couples’ alma mater.
Sandy’s husband’s work took them to multiple states, including Tallahasse, FL, Boston, MA, Dallas ,Tx, and Fresno, and Modesto Ca. After her children were older, Sandy returned to college and got an AA degree from Fresno City College. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education followed by a master’s degree from Univ. of Ca, Fresno in Rehabilitation Counseling. She graduated with honors from every degree program and worked at the Department of Rehabilitation, Blind Field Services in Stockton, California between 2007-2012.
After the Handy family moved to South Carolina, Sandy worked as a Mobile Advocate for Worker’s Comp cases and later as a Counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation in Columbia, South Carolina, between 2012-2014. She found great satisfaction helping people receive the rehabilitation they needed to thrive. The Handy’s most recent place of residence is Fort Worth, TX, where Sandy battled numerous health complications that limited her mobility, lung health, and ability to eat enough to maintain her health.
Survivors: Sandy is survived by her husband, Michael Handy, who were married over 40 years plus and three of their four children, David (35), Adam (29), Jessica (27), plus Sandy’s mother, Geraldean (Geri) Cullison Boring, Sandy’s father, Russell Boring and his wife, Brenda. Michael’s sister Carolyn, her husband Larry, and daughter Kelli, and David Walton, and their three children. She is also survived by her aunt and namesake, Sandra (Sandy) Cullison Scott and Uncle Richard (Rick) Scott, cousins: James and Diana Sheley. James is married to Lisa Sheley and their children and grandchildren are, (Sara & Ryan & Lucy), Susana, (Emma, Daniel, Clementine), Nathaniel, Andrew. Diana Sheley Perez is married to David Perez, whose children are Michael Perez, Lane & Kayla Bannwart, Ashley Bannwart and Reid Bannwart.

 

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Buford C. Curtis

FORT WORTH–Buford C. Curtis died at home Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the age of 95.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the chapel.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Fort Worth), in honor of Mary Curtis.
B.C. was born July 14, 1924, in Hot Springs National Park, Ark. He married Mary Gervase Barnett on Sept. 19, 1943, in Hot Springs. They were married for 63 years until her death on Jan. 12, 2006. B.C. will be laid to rest with Mary in Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. B.C. served in the 187th Combat Engineer Battalion, Corps, 4th Army in USA, England, France, Holland, Germany from 1943 – 1945. He earned a BA from Sam Houston State College in 1949. B.C. founded Arrow Printing in Fort Worth in 1958 and moved the business to Arlington in 1976 as Arlington Century Printing. He was an active member of the North Texas Area Printing Industry of America, the DFW Newspaper Group (Star-Telegram/Dallas News), the School of Printing in Corsicana and a member of the Arlington Rotary Club. He sold his business to Universal Advertising Corporation in 1998 where he continued to serve as executive assistant in Printing until he retired in 2004.
SURVIVORS: He is survived by his children, Michele Hill, Buford “Chris” Curtis Jr., Bob Curtis, Lisa Dittfurth, Sidney Curtis, Kate von Dullen; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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425 S. Henderson St.
817-335-4557

Thomas Vest

FORT WORTH-Thomas Vest passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the age of 75.
Celebration of life: 11 to 12:30 Monday, August 12, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Memorial service: A Veteran’s tribute will be at 2 p.m. at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Thomas was born Sunday, May 7, 1944,  in Sundown, Texas and he was adopted by John Thomas and Lora Jeane Vest of Loraine, Texas. He graduated from Loraine High School and also graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a business management degree. He received Sublime Degree of Master Mason Acacia. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the US Army and was a mechanic and marksman (rifle M-14). He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 33 years of dedicated service as a mail carrier. Thomas enjoyed playing golf, shooting craps in the casinos, country & western dancing, coin collecting, watching westerns on TV and most of all, spending time with his wife, Helena.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be deeply missed.
Thomas is preceded in death by parents, John Thomas and Lora Jeane Vest; and brother, Joseph Robert Vest.
Survivors: Wife, Helena Vest; step-daughter, Beverly Hale and husband, Ronnie; step-son, Geoff Davenport and Samantha Falor; step-daughter, Amanda Pair and husband, Josh; step-son, Larry Harris and Baylee Fojtik; grandchildren, Justin Hale, Joshua Hale, Aiden Harris and Grayson Harris; great grandchildren, Liam Hale and Emery “Sissy” Hale; nephew, Lance Vest and wife, Sonia; nephew, Greg Vest; niece, Karla Vest Hendrickson; and many childhood and close friends.

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

Billie Maxine Shaw DeBrie

DECATUR-Billie Maxine Shaw DeBrie passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 95.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Road, Decatur, Texas 76234
Billie was born Monday, August 20, 1923 to the late Bill and Grace Doyle in Alvarado, Texas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother and will be missed.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Grace Doyle; husband, Marshall Thomas (Pete) Shaw;  second husband, Robert DeBrie; and daughter, Krista Jane Shaw French.
Survivors: Daughter, Linda Stutt and husband, James; daughter, Marsha Nieman; grandson, James Donald Stutt and wife, Rene’; granddaughters, Lisa Wilhite, Amy Stutt and Melissa Hailey and husband, Brian; grandson, Richard Dewees; granddaughter, Angela Zamparelli and husband, Dwayne; grandson, Eddie Dewees and wife, Jessica; granddaughter, Meaghan Farmer and husband, Jacob; 21 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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