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Bill Walton (1956 – 2013)

William “Bill” Joseph Walton passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the age of 56. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors’ Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel. Bill was born Oct. 2, 1956, in Savannah, Ga. He was an avid tennis player as a teenager in Florida and an enthusiastic outdoorsman his entire life. Bill loved the time he spent fishing and sailing with his wife. Always a scholar, his degree was a bachelor’s of applied science from FAU in Boca Raton, Fla., and his career was in software development. He was a board member of the Fort Worth Makerspace. Those who were fortunate enough to know him well considered him a remarkably genuine, kind and loving man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors: Wife of 29 years, Jane Walton; brother, Rick Walton and wife, Marvicor; sisters, Debbie Walton and Wendy Walton; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends. –

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Joseph Eugene Martin Sr.

FORT WORTH — Joseph Eugene Martin Sr., 75, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Joseph was born April 4, 1937, to the late Coy and Ester Martin in Lufkin. He proudly served our country by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Joseph retired after many dedicated years as a pilot with Northwest Airlines.
Survivors: Sons, Joseph Martin Jr. and Bruce Martin; daughters, Michelle Lemon and Suzanne Martin; granddaughter, Brianna Reed; aunt, Ester Dezelda; and many friends.

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

David Martin “Dave” Ward (1940 – 2012)

David “Dave” Martin Ward, 72, a very loving husband, father and grandfather, left this world peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, with his loving family by his side as he always wanted them to be, after a long battle with cancer. Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home. David was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Rio Grande City. He married the love of his life, Eileen Sue Edwin, on Jan. 23, 1965. David was loved by many and will be missed; his memory will live on through those who knew him best. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelley Lee Ward. Survivors: Loving wife of 47 years, Eileen; sons, John and Jody; daughter-in-law, Misty; and grandchildren, Megan, Sarah, Ty and Liam –

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Alma Lillian Brown

FORT WORTH — Alma Lillian Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the age of 79.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bill Ramsey officiating. Interment: Alma will be laid to rest in a private service next to her beloved husband of 51 years, Joe B. Brown, in Perrin Cemetery with Dr. J.H. Ramsey Jr. officiating.
Alma was born May 21, 1933, to the late Frank and Vada Woodell in Estelline. She attended Mineral Wells High School, where she met and fell in love with Joe who was the love of her life. He was the captain of the football team and she was a majorette. Alma and Joe were married June 21, 1949, and began their journey of life in Mineral Wells. Alma began her working career with First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells, The Baker Hotel and Ed Lee’s Chevrolet Dealer of Mineral Wells. Alma and Joe moved to Fort Worth in 1956 and Alma became a bookkeeper for Bill McDavid Pontiac where she worked for many years. Alma was given the position of office manager for David McDavid Auto Dealership in Weatherford. On May 3, 1974, Joe and Alma purchased their first family-owned funeral home, Meissner-Brown in the Polytechnic area. In 1988 Joe and Alma were able to expand their business with the acquisition of the oldest funeral home in Fort Worth, Gause-Ware Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Alma was a member of The Woman’s Club, Ladies of El Texa Grotto, Ladies Oriental Shrine-Nyanca Court #34 where she was high priestess from 1995 to 1996, South Side Lady Lions Club, Celebrity Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, Ridglea Chapter #999, Order of Eastern Star and Ladies Without Shriners.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and specialists that compassionately cared for Alma during her time of need.
Survivors: Daughter, Martha Jo LaFerney and husband, Ron, of Richardson; son, Monte Joe Brown and wife, Christine, of Keller; grandson, Carl LaFerney; grandson, Jacob Brown; granddaughter, Tori Brown; sister, Eva Liles; sister, Helen Todd and husband, Marvin; brother-in-law, Mack Brown and wife, Merla; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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

Kathleen Foley Truss (1960 – 2010)

Kathleen Foley Truss peacefully returned to the Lord on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the age of 49. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge, Arlington. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home. Kathleen was the loving wife of George H. Truss Jr. of Arlington and the daughter of Joyce Fortune Foley and the late Harold Foley of New Orleans, La. Kathleen was a 1983 graduate of LSU and was an avid New Orleans Saints fan. Survivors: Her loving husband, George H. Truss Jr.; mother, Joyce Fortune Foley; daughters, Charel West, Latonia Adamson (James), Keysha Chester (Terry) and Astrid Truss; sons, Lee E. West III and Jason Truss; brothers, Therron Foley (TeWanna), Harold Foley (Verlyn) and Sean Foley; sister-in-law, Rose Truss; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

George Hoyte Warren Jr. (1970 – 2006)

George Hoyte Warren Jr., 36, a retired RCA for Cleburne Postal Service and former Texas Tech University student, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, in Glen Rose.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association; Dallas-Fort Worth Suicide Crisis Center; or local Alcoholics Anonymous groups.
Survivors: Mother, Carol Jeanne Warren; sisters, Meagan Jade Derringer and Lesley Faye Warren-Wright; aunts, uncles, cousins, niece and nephew residing in the D-FW and Odessa-Abilene areas; father, George Hoyte Warren of Georgia.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Hallie Grace Walker Trotter (1909 – 2006)

Hallie Grace Walker Trotter, 96, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Fort Worth, following a short illness with pneumonia.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday in Rose Hill Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 3, 1909, in Seborn Community. She was one of two surviving daughters of Virginia Elizabeth Worley Walker and George Washington Walker.
Hallie moved to Fort Worth with her parents and 10 siblings in 1928, where she met her husband, Marion Elliott Trotter, who died April 23rd, 1966. Following her husband’s death, Hallie lived alone, by choice, until her final illness. The couple had three children, all of whom were born in Fort Worth: William J. Trotter, Joyce Marie Trotter Damerau and the late Marion Edwin Trotter.
Hallie was the typical “Rosie the Riveter” when she worked in 1941 at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation of Fort Worth. There, she helped assemble the B-24 bombers for the United States during World War II. Among her favorite hobbies were sewing, and needlepoint. Sewing provided very special items for children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Her needlepoint will be cherished heirlooms for her family.
Hallie was a fine-looking woman who always made her family proud, especially when she walked down the aisle unassisted at the age of 93 at a granddaughter’s wedding.
In addition to her parents, husband and middle son, Marion, Hallie was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors: in addition to her two surviving children, she is also survived by her baby sister, Ruby Pearl Walker Swenson; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Ralph A. Whitaker

Ralph A. Whitaker, 65, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday in Brown, Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.

Ralph Whitaker was born Nov. 11, 1937, in Decatur, Ala. Ralph was a graduate of Mississippi State University with honors and co-founder of Derby Day for Sigma chi Fraternity. He was a avid golfer, sports enthusiast and voracious reader. He loved and was proudest of his family.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to his best friend, Elliot Prater, and his family.

Survivors: Mother, Mary Bert Whitaker of Tupelo, Miss.; sons and daughters-in-law, John R. and Karen Whitaker and grandson, Jack of Southlake and Christopher B. and Cara Whitaker of Austin; daughters, Michelle and Susan Whitaker Michigan; former wife, Kathryn Jones Whitaker of Fort Worth; sister, Marilyn Johns of Florida.; and many Jones family members, Patty and David Armstrong of Fort Worth, Daniel H. Jones and family of San Antonio, Mary Frances and Joe Pinion of Nashville, Tenn., and Charles F. Jones and family of Charleston, S.C., the family’s favorite vacation place.

 

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