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Jenifer Baker Farah

FORT WORTH-Jenifer Baker Farah passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the young age of 45.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Redeemer Church, 126 Judd St., White Settlement, Texas.
Visitation: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Interment: Jenifer will be laid to rest in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org
Jenifer was born Friday, March 15, 1974 to R. Warren and Analynn W. Baker in Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated from Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida and has a B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Florida, Class of (1997). She worked as a chemical engineer for Exxon Mobil for several years before she dedicated her life to staying home. She became a dedicated wife and a homeschooling mom. Jenifer gave her life to the Lord in 2000. She has loved and served him in many ways and was involved in ministry in Houston, Fort Worth. She is a member of Redeemer Church. Jenifer had a love for reading and was interested in anything that was educational. She was a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed. “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26
Survivors: Husband of 13 years, George I. Farah; daughter, Elizabeth G. Farah; son, Isam G. Farah; son, Jonathan G. Farah; parents, R. Warren and Analynn W. Baker; sister, Tina Bannwart and husband, Rodney of Burleson Texas; sister, Diane LaRubbio of Port Organ Florida; and many friends.

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Shirley Clarice Abney Parker

FORT WORTH-Ms. Shirley Clarice Abney Parker, 73, left this world on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Community Hospice of Texas in Fort Worth, surrounded by family.
Memorial service: A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Hall Davis Funeral Home on Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge, LA from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Her cremation was entrusted to Brown Family Crematory, in Fort Worth, TX. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownowensbrumley.com.
She was born, the third of four children on October 14, 1945 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, NY to Veady Mae Abney and George Abney. She was raised in Jamaica, NY, and lived in Astoria, Queens, NY. Later, with an adventurous spirit, Shirley moved with her family to New Roads, LA and Baton Rouge, LA.
Shirley was baptized at an early age in Emmanuel Baptist Church, Elmont, NY. She attended elementary school in Queens, NY and Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, NY. She completed high school with the Delahanty Institute in Jamaica, NY. After 33 years working for AT&T, first as a 411-Information Operator in New York and then South Central Bell as Pay Telephone Coin Collector/Repair Person in Baton Rouge, LA, she retired to Fort Worth, TX to live with her youngest daughter. Prior to her employment with the telephone company, Shirley sold Tupperware products, provided daycare for working mothers in her home, did bookkeeping for small businesses and prepared tax returns for individuals.
Shirley was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend who never met a stranger, was generous with her time and talents, and ready to give advice but only if asked for. She enjoyed traveling all over North America, whether driving or flying as well as going on cruises and did so up until the last months of her life. Shirley was a voracious reader and was never without a book or magazine. Shirley was an excellent seamstress and could sew anything. She also enjoyed doing all kinds of puzzles, especially crossword puzzles. Her greatest pleasure was being with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Frezietta Young (Roland) and her brother, Albert Abney; her former husbands and fathers of her children, George Rheinhardt, Sr. and William Parker, Sr.; as well as her good friend, Patricia “Tut” Bush-Jones.
Survivors: She will be forever remembered by her four children, daughters, Renee Simien (Jonathan) of Lake Charles, LA; Selena Parker of Fort Worth, TX; Sons, George Rheinhart, Jr. (Sharon) of Chesterfield, VA; William Parker, Jr. (Anissa), Vedette Bush-Jones, whom she affectionately called daughter, and son-in-law, Jack Walker, all of Baton Rouge, La; her seven grandchildren, Candace Cordova (Jacob) of Hedgesville, WV; Darren Perkins, Madisen Parker, Christopher Bush-Jones all of Baton Rouge, LA; Lee Walker of Fort Worth, TX; Jordan Simien and Kendall Simien, both of Lake Charles, LA; and four great-grandchildren; her sister, Theresa Jefferson of Piscataway, NJ and her sister-in-law, Ella Abney of Newport News, VA as well as two life-long friends, Constance Moore of Rosedale, NY and Irene Key of Glendale, CA. and numerous relatives and friends.

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

Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Wilson

FORT WORTH-Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Wilson, 90, joined our Lord in heaven on Thursday April 18, 2019.
Memorial service: 2:00 pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 4350 River Oaks Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76114.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Mary Beth was born on Saturday, August 4, 1928 in Plainview, Texas to the late Joseph T. Fielder and Lula A. Fielder (Taylor). She was the youngest of six children.
Mary Beth graduated from Baylor University in 1948 with a degree in Business, which she utilized throughout her life as a bookkeeper. After graduation she moved to San Diego, California where she met and married her husband, Robert Wilson “Bob” in October 1950. After retiring, Mary Beth and Bob enjoyed six years of traveling around the country in their RV, touring every state in the continental United States before settling down in Ingram, Texas. They became devoted members of the Trinity Baptist Church of Kerrville where they both enjoyed singing in the choir and other church ensemble groups. After the death of her husband in 2009, Mary Beth moved to Fort Worth.
Mary Beth’s hobbies included reading, playing cards, and singing in the church choir. But one of her most passionate hobbies was supporting her football teams, The Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Bears. Her loyal support of the Baylor football team is summed up by the motto inscribed on her brick outside of McLane Stadium in Waco which reads “We Believe”. She believed that anything in life could be accomplished and anything could be overcome , a belief that permeated her entire family and created a lasting legacy. “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother” – St. Therese of Lisieux.
Mary Beth is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 59 years Robert Wilson and granddaughter Layne Elizabeth Wilson.
Survivors: Mary Beth is survived by daughters Cindy Wilson and Barbara Dorman and husband, Cary; son, Maurice Wilson and wife, Shannon; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends who will miss her love and lively and fighting spirit.

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

Janice Karline O’Riley

FORT WORTH-Janice Karline O’Riley passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the age of 63.
Graveside inurnment service: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Itasca Cemetery.
Janice was born Sunday, June 26, 1955 to the late C.L. and Dorothy Faulknor in Fort Worth, Texas. She loved playing bingo and hanging out with her grandkids. She also loved her dogs, Zeus, Lady and Little Rico. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will remain in our hearts forever.
Janice is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ruthie and Linda; brothers, Johnny, William and James.
Survivors: Husband of 33 years, Norvil Gilbreath; sister, Donna Faulknor; daughter, Lisa Pike and husband, Larry; granddaughter, Breanna Pike; step son, Garrett Gilbreath and wife, Christa; step granddaughter, Haley Gilbreath; step granddaughter, Morgan Gilbreath; son, Andy O’Riley and spouse, Shelley Boyd; grandson, Levi O’Riley; granddaughter, Tatum O’Riley; and many friends.

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

Buddie Earl Rutledge

FORT WORTH-Buddie Earl Rutledge went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the age of 85.
Celebration of life: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, Bro. Neal Seaborn officiating. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the funeral home.
Interment: Buddie will be laid to rest with his beloved wife of 62 years, Polly at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Buddie was born Wednesday, September 6, 1933 to JB and Bernice Rutledge in Fort Worth, Texas. He had one sister, Barbara (his partner in crime) in their younger years that he adored. He was stationed in Germany during his military service in the US Army. He married his sweetheart, “Polly” on January 14, 1956 and celebrated their marriage for 62 years. Buddie and Polly had two sons, Rod and Brad. Buddie was a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather. He loved watching and cheering for his grandchildren in their various sports and activities. He enjoyed all the outdoors tremendously, but hunting was his main passion. He especially loved sharing their family lake house with countless parties and celebrations. He will be missed by many and will continue to carry on in our hearts forever.
Buddie was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, his wife, and his eldest son, Rod Rutledge.
Survivors: Buddie is survived by son, Brad Rutledge; grandson, Christian Rutledge; granddaughter, Lindsay Rutledge; granddaughter, Miranda Rutledge; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

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

Linda Sue Small

FORT WORTH-Linda Sue Small passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the age of 71.
Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Linda’s honor to Alzheimer’s Association, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Linda was born February 8, 1948 to the late Hunter and Ruth Williams in Breeze, Illinois. Her hobbies included reading, fishing, camping, knitting, needlepoint and singing in church. She attended Aladdin Beauty College and was a hair stylist for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed.
Survivors: Husband of 28 years, George Edward Small; son, Jeff Hamburg and wife, Pam; daughter, Debi Dillon & husband, Chris; daughter, Kristi Cantrell and Joe Padron; son, Jessie Small; daughter, Keisha Dyer; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three siblings; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Sylvia Ann “Molly” Sanchez

FORT WORTH-Sylvia Ann “Molly” Sanchez passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the age of 61.
Celebration of life: 12 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Hallmark Baptist Church, 4201 W. Risinger Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76123. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Molly’s memory to Life Gift Organ Donation, 1000 12th Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104 or Fresenius Kidney Care, 1210 Alston Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
Molly was born September 6, 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas to Ramiro and Beatrice Perez. She attended and graduated from R. L. Paschal High School. Molly’s family meant everything to her. Her children were her legacy but the grandchildren were her crowning glory. She loved helping people and traveling with her family. She always had a smile that would light up any room. She loved the ocean and visiting the beach whenever she could. She worked as a floral designer for TCU Florist in Fort Worth for many years. Anyone who knew Molly knew that they could always count on her if they need help with anything. She was a friend to many and will be deeply missed by us all.
Molly is preceded in death by her father, Ramiro Perez Jr.; and her brother, Ramiro Perez III.
Survivors: Daughter, Jessica Moreno and husband, Benito Moreno Jr.; daughter, Leticia Jones and husband, Marcus Jones; son, Augustine Sanchez and wife, Rheagan; mother, Beatrice Perez; granddaughter, Claudia Rocha; granddaughter, Mireya Rocha; granddaughter, Vanessa Rocha; granddaughter, Natalia Moreno; grandson, Dominic Moreno; brother, Theodore Perez and wife, Tina Perez; brother, John Perez and wife, Christina Perez; sister, Monica Perez; sister, Yolanda Lopez and husband, Alfred Lopez; numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends.

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

John Edward Sauer

FORT WORTH-John Edward Sauer passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 58.
Memorial service: Private
John was born October 18, 1960 to the late Charles Elmer and Elsie Sauer in Sinton, Texas. John was a devoted, hardworking father who always put his kids above everything else. John would always do anything for anyone. He was the coolest guy you could ever meet and when you were around him, there was never a dull moment. He could talk about anything and knew everything. He will be missed by many and will continue to carry on in our hearts forever.
Survivors: Sons, Jonathan and Joseph Sauer; daughters, Jennifer and Jessica Sauer; and many friends.

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

William Robert “Bob” Kirby

FORT WORTH-William Robert “Bob” Kirby passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 78.
Requiem Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church, 4201 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76119. Visitation: Private visitation for family only from 8 to 8:45 Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church. Public visitation for friends: 8:45 to 9:50 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church.
Interment: Bob will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas.
Vigil: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with a reception to follow at 3 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza, 3320 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Bob’s name to St. Timothy’s Church, 4201 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76119
William Robert “Bob” Kirby was born August 3, 1940 to the late Robert Spurlock and Millie Marie Watts Kirby in Dallas, Texas. Bob was deeply proud of his service in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1965, and was well known for his love of Texas. He was raised by loving parents, married the love of his life, and raised and nurtured his two daughters, of whom he was very proud. He was a respected Air Traffic Controller, and he maintained many of those deep friendships until the day he died. The pinnacle years of his life were the ones he shared with his grandchildren. Bob served his church with dignity and respect as MC. Generations of men will follow his example for years to come. Bob had a deep impact on every person he encountered throughout his life. He had a way of making every person feel like they were awesome. He always understood the value of relationships, and that time spent with someone is of utmost importance. Even after his illness began, he never lost that infectious smile of his. He fought a tough fight because he knew how much he was loved.
Bob’s hobby, interest, and obsession was experiencing his grandchildren grow and achieve. His grandchildren were his rock stars, and he was their number one fan. Anyone who knew him knew how committed he was to his beloved grandchildren. He also loved keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, Texas milestones, and a multitude of other important dates. He worked very diligently every day to make sure he never forgot an important event. Bob and Gloria also made a mission out of going to see homebound church members and friends who needed something, or just needed a visit.
Survivors: Loving wife of 55 years, Gloria Fay Crow Kirby; daughter, Sheri Diane Kirby Shannon; daughter, Deborah Michelle Kirby Birchfield; son-in-law, Vance Birchfield; grandson, Alec Logan Birchfield and wife, Courtney; grandson, Hagen Robert Fryrear; grandson, Shane Kirby Birchfield and wife, Amanda; granddaughter, Kasey Marie Birchfield; grandson, Palmer Bradley Fryrear; great grandson, Jax Logan Birchfield; and many friends.

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

Barbara Joan Dobbins Piper

FORT WORTH-Barbara Joan Dobbins Piper passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in the early morning of Sunday, April 14, 2019. In her last days she was surrounded by her family and friends and their love and prayers.
Memorial service: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, 800 W. 5th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. A reception will follow at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., the procession will leave the church to proceed to the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery for a graveside service at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home, 425 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Joan was born on Monday, November 20, 1933. As a loving and gentle mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Joan will be missed by her daughter, Jeanine; her sons, Ed and John and their significant others; her grandchildren, Melanie, Justin, Robert, Will, Brandon, Dakota, Dylan and Derek. She will also be greatly missed by all of her great grandchildren as well.
Growing up the adopted child of Selma Jane and John Dobbins, she spent her earliest years in Okmulgee, Oklahoma before moving to Texas. Joan’s family was always the apple of her eye and her happiest times were when they were all together for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. She loved to travel, dance, cook, and she held each family member close to her heart, leading and loving them well.
Joan touched so many lives in so many different ways. She will always be remembered for her timeless beauty, work ethic, quick wit, kindness, and willingness to help those less fortunate. She made friends instantly and most remained lifelong friends throughout her life. She had the good fortune of also meeting some of her blood relatives from her natural mothers’ side later in her life and they were so happy to get to know her.
Joan raised her three children in Fort Worth while working multiple jobs throughout her long career. She ended her career as a Vice President for Overton National Bank. In the 60’s, Joan was extremely involved with Beta sigma Phi where she served as the Chapter President and the City Council President. This began her lifelong involvement in numerous civic and social clubs in which she held numerous leadership positions. Some of these included the Women’s Club, Bon Soir, Lion’s Club and many others.
She was always generous with her time and valued giving back to the community and causes she cared for. She married the love of her life, John Jacob Piper, and remained with him until his passing in 1998. She was so proud of her extended family and always had a smile, some helpful advice, or a good meal to help a family member in need. She was the unquestioned leader of our family, and the values she taught us and the love she shared with us all will remain with us forever.

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