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Jon Stephen Cunningham

FORT WORTH-Jon Stephen Cunningham passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the age of 75.
Graveside service: 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Jon was born March 26, 1944 in Topeka, Kansas. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the US Army.
Survivors: Wife, Jill Cunningham; daughter, Dawn Cunningham; and many friends.

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

Sonia Elaine (Tomlinson/Wade) Buss

ARLINGTON-Sonia Elaine (Tomlinson/Wade) Buss passed Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the age of 85.

Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Interment: Sonia Elaine will be laid to rest in George’s Creek Cemetery Monday, 2 PM.

Memorials: A fitting memorial would be a donation to Doctors Without Borders. donate.doctorswithoutborders.org

Sonia Elaine was born Thursday, November 30, 1933 to Vavel R. and Verna Lee Howeth Tomlinson in Abby Bend, Texas near Glen Rose. While Vavel’s oil field work took the family to differing areas of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, most of Sonia’s elementary and high school years were spent in Graham, Texas. She graduated from Amon Carter High School in Fort Worth in 1951 with the highest average in the senior class.

She married Kenneth R. Wade in 1955. Ten years later in November 1965, she lost her much loved father to an auto accident. Eleven months afterward, Sonia was widowed when Kenneth died in an auto accident as well. In August 1968 she married Eugene Buss and in 1969 they moved to Independence, Missouri, where their son, Vincent, was born. She was the anchor of the small and very close family of three for the next 50 years. Eugene and Sonia’s marriage was enviable as their love, respect and consideration for each other was always apparent.

Apart from being a mother and wife, her most memorable job was as medical staff secretary at the Independence Hospital from 1970 – 1976. From early 1977 to retirement she worked at various HUD civil service positions in Dallas and Fort Worth. She excelled in her work, consistently receiving outstanding performance awards for the next eighteen years until she retired in 1995.

Know as Elaine to her family and Sonia to most others, she was that special, favorite aunt who always had a gift for a niece or nephew on visits. She was regarded as a matriarch of sorts by both her and her husband’s families. Her oftentimes soft singing of childhood folk songs throughout the day was a reflection of her gentle soul and happiness that everyone who met her felt. She had many special friends including co-workers, particularly Linnie with whom she shared a common birthday and with whom she and their spouses shared over 50 years of special birthday dining outings. She was outgoing and generous. Throughout her life she sponsored and corresponded with children in need, donated to the World Wildlife Fund as well as Doctor’s Without Borders.

Survivors: Husband, Eugene Buss; son, Vincent Buss; and many friends.

 

Billie F. Gilliam

BOWIE-Billie F Gilliam passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at the age of 89.
Visitation: 10am-12pm Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Billie was born December 9, 1929 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late L.T. and Iva Hope Gentry.
She will be remembered as a loving mother and homemaker, who enjoyed reading and working in her garden.
Billie is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John E Gilliam; daughter, Linda Sue Enoch; and grandson, Chris Butler.
Survivors: Daughter, Beverly A., and husband, Harvey Littrell; sister, Elizabeth Chapman; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S Henderson St. Fort Worth, Tx 76104
(817)335-4557

Randy Heath Smith

FORT WORTH-Randy Heath Smith passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the age of 26.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home, 425 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Post service reception will be held at Russell Hall, 5710 Jacksboro Hwy., Fort Worth, Texas 76114
Randy was born Sunday, September 20, 1992 at 8:01 a.m. to Billy H. and Starlene Smith in Fort Worth, Texas. Randy enjoyed football, riding bikes and skateboarding. He also loved hot Cheetos, cinnamon candy, and Batman. In honor of Randy, we are requesting everyone who attends the memorial service to please wear a Batman shirt. Randy was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle and a friend who had a gentle soul and will be deeply missed by all of us.
Randy is preceded in death by his grandfather, Russell E. Seaton.
Survivors: Father, Billy H. Smith and wife, Dalena; mother, Starlene L. Seaton and fiance’, Daniel L. Thomas; brothers, Nathaniel H. Smith, Devin E. Smith, Mathew G. Smith, Zachary W. Roberts, Daniel C. Thomas, David J. Thomas, and Keath Ames; sisters, Courtney N. Smith, Destiny E. Smith, Maddison G. Smith, Hailey M. Roberts, Ashlee R. Thomas, and Rachel E. Thomas; grandfathers, Billy J. Smith, Daniel R. Montalvo, and Robert W. Todd; grandmothers, Shirley E. Smith, Joy L. Montalvo, Cathy A. Seaton, and Carol A. Thomas; uncles, Phillip D. Smith, Danny L. Barrow, and Jason W. Nail; aunts, Stephanie E. France, Danielle M. Burnes, Shawnna S. Smith, Dana L. Robinson, Cathy D. Barrow,  Charlene S. Nail and Christy J. Seaton; and numerous friends.

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

Janice Bishop

FORT WORTH-Janice Bishop passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the age of 56.
Celebration of life: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Azle Deer Cove, 101 S. Pearson Lane, Azle, Texas 76020
Janice was born Wednesday, June 5, 1963 in Azle, Texas to the late LeeRoy and Fayne Bishop. Janice was always willing to help anyone who needed anything. She was always laughing and her laughter was contagious and she would have everyone around laughing as well. Her favorite color was purple and we are asking anyone who comes to her celebration of life to please wear something purple in honor of her. Janice was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will certainly be missed by all of us.
Janice is preceded in death by her parents, LeeRoy and Fayne Bishop Smith; sister, Brenda Bishop Fry; and sister, Debbie Bishop Peters.
Survivors: Daughter, Casey Hughes and husband, Brad; son, Colt Hughes and wife, Kirby; grandson, Corey Shafer; granddaughter, Bella Shafer; grandson, Justin Sayers; sister, Virginia Mader and husband, Allen; sister, Joyce Peters and husband, Allan; sister, Allie Johnson and husband, Duane; sister, Eva Cheatham; brother, Bobby Bishop and wife, Sharon; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Esther Wicker

FORT WORTH-Esther Wicker passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 89.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Garden Of Eden Neighborhood Association, 1412 Carson Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76117
Esther was born Tuesday, October 8, 1929 to the late Charles Daniels and Ann Dorsey in Chicago, Illinois. She became a nurse’s aide and retired after many years spent in the medical field. Esther was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed.
Esther is preceded in death by her husband, Bunyan Wicker, CW3 US Army Retired; and sons, Richard Wise and Anthony D. Wise.
Survivors: Son, Dennis V. Wise and wife, Brenda; son, John Anthony Wicker and wife, Luchi; daughter, Jacqueline Wise; sister, Mary Ann Douroux; brother-in-law, Henry Burton and wife, Sarah; 15 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

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

Dan Middleton Stokes

FORT WORTH-Dan Middleton Stokes passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at the age of 78.
Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 21,2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane 3.
Dan was born December 29, 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the US Air Force. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Wife, Carol Stokes; daughter, Amy Negret; five grandchildren; and many friends.

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

Cindy Sue Pierce

FORT WORTH-Cindy Sue Pierce passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the age of 61.
Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, Chaplain Paul Reedy officiating.
Visitation: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. before service time.
Cindy was born Saturday, November 9, 1957 to Joseph and Maebell Davis in Laredo, Texas. She dedicated her life to making others happy. She loved cooking, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved and cared for anyone she came in contact with.
Cindy is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Maebell Davis; and brother, David Davis.
Survivors: She leaves behind her sons, Justin Hooper and wife, Shana Stroud; and Daniel Gibbons; daughter, Deanna Gibbons; grandsons, Jaxon, Jett, Jagger, Ayden and Andre; sister, Judy Davis-Tallet and husband, Greg Tallet; and many extended family members and friends.

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

Marie Anderson McNamee

FORT WORTH-Marie Anderson McNamee passed away peacefully Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the age of 78.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Marie to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD. 20814
Marie was born Thursday, January 9, 1941 to the late Wesley and Bobbie Anderson in Gilbert, Louisiana and grew up there. Her career was entertainer/singer for the band, Tom & Marie, advertising for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, restaurant owner/operator, plumbing service owner/operator and customer service at Wal Mart. She love music and singing karaoke, crocheting, reading books and loved the outdoors just watching the wildlife and also watching the grandkids. Marie loved to sit on the porch to watch the hummingbirds flutter around. She also loved the Texas Rangers Baseball. She loved her family dearly and was extremely proud of all of them. Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Bobbie Anderson; and sister, Evelyn Carver.
Survivors: Son, Ed Jester and wife, Martha; daughter, Debbie Lange and husband, Dennis; son, Gary Jester and wife, Jamie; daughter, Shelly Hale and husband, Brian; sister, Mildred Noble; brother, John Anderson; sister, Bobbie Sproles; brother, James Anderson and wife, Faye; brother, Frank Anderson and wife, Billye; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

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

Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Ramsey

FORT WORTH-Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Ramsey, was surrounded by her loving family and went to be with the Lord Friday, May 31, 2019 at the age of 60.
Celebration of Life: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 at The Met Church, 11301 N. Riverside Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76244, Sr. Pastor Dan Hooper officiating.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at The Met Church.
Interment: Cindy will be laid to rest at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas near her family, Bro. Don Wills officiating.
Cindy was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 4, 1958 to Robert Wayne Hawkins & Bennie Jean Kennedy Hawkins. She met her husband Bill Ramsey and they have had 42 beautiful years of marriage and served together as Pastors of First Baptist Church of Fort Worth before they came to Keller and started The Met Church for the past 20 years. They have joyfully served side by side displaying a deep love for each other, their children and their church family. Cindy exemplified the true meaning of a Godly Christian woman in her life every day. She spoke at many women’s events and loved to be with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Cindy is preceded in death by her father, Robert Wayne Hawkins; grandparents, Harlan and Imogene Kennedy and Clarence Hawkins and Thelma Wright.
Survivors: Husband of 42 years, Bill Ramsey; daughter, Shannon Ramsey Townsley and husband, Rick; son, Billy Ramsey and wife, Whitney; grandchildren, Samuel Townsley, Emma Townsley, William Townsley and Everly Ramsey; mother, Bennie Hawkins; brother, Keith Hawkins; brother, Kenny Wayne Hawkins and wife, Robin; aunt and uncle, Linda and Hardy Thomas; cousins, Danny Stacy and Steven Stacy; and countless family and friends all over the world.

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