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Ronald Clarence Hall

Ft. Worth, Texas–Ronald Clarence Hall passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He died of complications from colon and lung cancer. He was born at Gaston Hospital in Dallas, Texas on May 31, 1952 to George Rufus and Vera (Shively) Hall. Survivors include his wife, Jane (Krantz) Hall; his son, Soren Slater Hall and his wife, Devin in Dallas, Soren’s mother, Holly (Slater) Hall in Dallas; an uncle, Conway Glass Hall in Houston; sisters: Sandra Lucas and her husband, Steven in McKinney, Georganna Zaba and her husband, Al in Horseshoe Bay; brother, David Scott Hall and his wife, Daryl in Sugarland; half-brothers: George R. Hall, Jr. in San Antonio, William E. Hall in DFW and James C. Hall in San Francisco; and two step-sons: Jason Jorgensen in Euless and Cameron Crawford in Fort Worth. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas in 1970 and the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. Ron worked as a Landscape Irrigator in the DFW metro-plex. He held license number 153 (1974). Over the years, he has valued greatly his friendships with his many loyal customers. He participated as an adult leader for many years in the Boy Scout program at Troop 636 at the White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas. He was Scout Master there for eight years. Subsequently, he was also an adult leader in the Boy Scout program at Troop 330 at the Birchman Baptist Church in Ft. Worth. His camping adventures with the scouts and fellow adult leaders ranged from the mountain tops in Colorado to waterfalls in Minnesota and to the ocean shore along Padre Island. Ron was a self-taught family genealogist, astronomer, gardener and naturalist. He enjoyed listening to and engaging in good conversation and debates with his friends. A memorial service will be conducted by Rev. Rod Simmons at White Rock United Methodist Church, 1450 Oldgate Lane, Dallas, Texas The service time is 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 with a reception to follow at the church. Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors 425 S. Henderson St., Fort Worth, TX 76104 (817) 335-4557

Pauline “Polly” Nelson Aishman

MANSFIELD — Pauline “Polly” Nelson Aishman left her earthly home to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the blessed age of 94.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday in Emerald Hills Memorial Park in Kennedale.
Pauline was a member of First Baptist Church of Forest Hill for 40 years. Pauline was not only a kind and loving person, but she was always ready to help anyone in need. She truly loved the Lord and was a witness for him to her many friends in the nursing home where she had lived for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Fannie Bradshaw; husband, Henry Nelson; second husband, Loys Aishman; and a brother, Winward C. Bradshaw.
Survivors: Nephew, Randy Bradshaw; and many friends.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

William S. Trope

FORT WORTH — U.S. Marine Corps retired Sgt. Maj. William S. Trope passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Fort Worth at the age of 88.
Memorial service: At a later date in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso.
Bill was born Dec. 29, 1924, to the late Thomas and Mary Trope in Leisenring, Pa. At age 17, Bill joined the Marine Corps and proudly served his country for 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia, and his sister, Margaret Belko.
Survivors: Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

John “Big John” Willis

John “Big John” Willis, 41, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel. John was a security officer and a loving husband, father and son. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors: Wife, Debra G. Willis; sons, John Charles Willis Jr. and Cody Doran; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Willis and Amanda Rose Turner; parents, Phillip and Wanda Willis; brother, Jeff Willis and wife, Linda; and many friends.

 

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Lou Bryan (1949 – 2013)

Lou Bryan passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the age of 64. Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Thursday in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Interment: Lou will be laid to rest in Elizabeth Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Lou was born June 14, 1949, to the late Roy and Daphene Anderson in Fort Worth. She graduated from Tarrant County College and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. Survivors: Husband of 15 years, David Bryan; mother, Daphene Smith; son, Charlie Roberts and wife, Kelly; daughter, Rose Johnson and husband, Walter; daughter, Tammy Hamm and husband, Johnny; sisters, Nancy Pinkson and Maria Sue Hyman; grandchildren, Walter Johnson, Alex Johnson, Ashley Dennis, Trey Roberts, Hollie Richardson and Elrick Hamm; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Zoey; and many friends.

 

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

William Ernest Jones

FORT WORTH — William Ernest Jones, also known as Bill or B.J., passed from this earthly life to his heavenly home Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the age of 70.
Graveside service: A private committal service for family and close friends will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane C.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Bill’s honor.
Bill was born Nov. 7, 1943, to Eugene and Helen Vestal Jones in Fort Worth. He graduated from high school in Blytheville, Ark., in 1960 and immediately joined the Air Force, which became a 20-year career. His military career was influenced by his stepdad, Paul Byrd, who served for 22 years in the Air Force. Growing up as a military child, Bill lived in various states and Puerto Rico, then his career took him to various other places. He was a Vietnam War veteran and was also based in Okinawa and other bases.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1981, he moved back to Texas and worked 20 years at Able Machinery Movers in Dallas. Most recently, he was the on-site security for Chisholm Trail Townhomes in Fort Worth.
Bill was an avid sports fan. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, cheering only for the Texas Rangers when not playing his beloved Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys. As a younger man, he enjoyed roller skating, golf and bowling. He was a coach for the Youth American Bowling Association in Fort Worth. Bill mentored many young men throughout the later years of his life, offering sound advice to those seeking guidance.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Robert Jones, and stepdad, Paul Byrd.
Survivors: Mother, Helen Vestal Jones Byrd; son, William Madison Jones and wife, Ann, of Arlington; son, Paul David Jones of Wichita, Kan.; grandson, Randol of Arlington; and numerous cousins and friends, who will also miss him.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Sharon Reeves Watson (1936 – 2013)

Sharon Reeves Watson passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the age of 77, surrounded by her loving family. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Interment: Sharon will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Donald Alton Watson, in Benbrook Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Sharon was born Jan. 25, 1936, to the late E.B. and Eunice Fay Reeves in McCullough County. Sharon graduated from C.F. Brewer High School in 1954. She attended American Business College Institute. She was a member of Westworth Church of Christ for many years. Sharon had two children of her own and was a mother figure to many. She watched and helped raise over 20 children throughout her life. Sharon was full of life and loved her family. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Alton Watson; and sister, Virginia Williams. Survivors: Daughters, Donna Ostrosky and Amy Watson; granddaughter, Stephanie Ostrosky; grandson, Jordon Watson; brother, Larry Reeves and wife, Traunsa; sister, Arlene Box and husband, Johnny; brother-in-law, Wendell Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

 

James Lando Sullivan, Sr.

FORT WORTH — James Lando Sullivan Sr. passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the age of 60.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday in New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Visitation: The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors.
James was born Oct. 6, 1953, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to the late Lando and Evelyn Sullivan.
Survivors: Son, James L. Sullivan Jr.; daughter, Janna Sullivan; brothers, Ted Sullivan and Forrest Sullivan; sister, Deborah Gahagan; sister, Linda Obregon; niece, Angel McClendon; and many friends.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Kathryn Rice

BENBROOK — Kathryn Rice, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the age of 52.
Memorial service: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 76107.
Kathryn was born July 30, 1961, in Calverton Park, Mo., to the late Eugene and Helen Rockwell. Kathy’s love for her family was boundless. She was a wonderful cook and a kind caregiver and we will never forget her wonderful wit. The family would love to thank Odyssey Hospice House for the great care that was given to Kathy.
Survivors: Loving husband of 25 years, Kirk Rice; son, Kyle Rice; son, Joey Rice; brother, Buddy Rockwell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Norma Barron; grandson, Joey Rice; niece, Jenny; nephew, Eddie; aunt, Judy; brother-in-law, Jack Rice; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jill and Jim McCrory.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Frances B. Strickland

FORT WORTH — Frances B. Strickland passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the age of 97.
Graveside service: 9 a.m. Friday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane A. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in memory of Frances.
Frances was born Sept. 26, 1916, to the late Edward Hudson and Mary Elizabeth Bellah in Hunt County. Frances was a lifetime member of the Amarillo Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Amarillo. After moving to Fort Worth, she was a faithful attendee of Handley Baptist Church.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 71 years, James R. Strickland; siblings, Beulah Mae Patterson, J.C. Bellah, Joe Bellah and Luther Bellah; grandson, Todd Blasingame; and dearest friend, Nelwyn Blankenship.
Survivors: Daughter, Mary Forkner and husband, Roy; daughter, Robbie Thurston and husband, Wayne; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bellah; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she held so dearly to her heart.

Brown, Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557