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Francis LeRoy Bradham Sr.

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, April 11, 1927
Died: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Funeral: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:00
Location: 
Birchman Baptist Church, in the Ricker Conference Center, in Fort Worth
Other Arrangements: 
A time of visitation with family and friends in Conway, S.C. will be held Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Conway.
Memorials may be made to: 
Birchman Baptist Church Building Fund or Alpha-Omega Hospice, both in Fort Worth
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Francis LeRoy Bradham, Sr. of Weatherford died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Birchman Baptist Church, in the Ricker Conference Center, in Fort Worth.
A time of visitation with family and friends in Conway, S.C. will be held Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Conway.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Birchman Baptist Church Building Fund or Alpha-Omega Hospice, both in Fort Worth.
Mr. Bradham was born in Clarendon County, S.C. April 11, 1927 to the late Marion Horry Bradham and Sally Gardner Bradham. After graduating from Edmonds High School in Sumter, S.C. in 1945, he served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Division post-war occupation of Korea until September 1947. He graduated from Clemson College in 1951.
Bradham married his childhood sweetheart, Eleanor Jane Kinney, in Sumter, S.C. Aug. 26, 1949 and celebrated their 65th anniversary Aug. 26, 2014.

Dana Geffert Klapp

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Thursday, December 8, 1960
Died: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Funeral: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:30
Location: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX  76020

Dana Geffert Klapp, 53, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle. Donations may be made to Mental Health America, 2000 N. Beauregard St. 6th Floor, Alexandria, Va. 22311.
Mrs. Klapp was born Sept. 8, 1961 in Fort Worth to Paul Edward Geffert and Bonnie Jean Ford. She loved her children and grandchildren. Dana loved her sister she was her best friend. She called her mother everyday. Dana loved her family and wanted to be around them as much as possible. She loved cats and gardening.
Dana was preceded in death by her brother, Bret Geffert.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin Klapp of Fort Worth; children, Gary Wayne Ross of Weatherford, Andrew Paul Ross of Mineral Wells and Mitchell Evan Lamb of Fort Worth; step-daughters, Briana Klapp of Fort Worth and Carissa Klapp of Salem Va.; mother, Bonnie Nabers and her husband, Leroy of Springtown; father, Paul Geffert and stepmother, Marsha Geffert of Big Bend; sister, Janet Huston and husband, Charles; step-sisters, Debbie Whiteman and Kathy Lunsford; step-brothers, Jim Lee Nabers and Shawn Geffert; nephews, Michael Murphy and Brandon Murphy.              

Pearly Roena Oliver Collins

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Friday, December 22, 1922
Died: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Pearly Roena Oliver Collins of Weatherford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 13 under the direction of White's Funeral Home, Weatherford.
Mrs. Collins was born Dec. 22, 1922, in Mansfield. She married William Russell Collins Aug. 28, 1939. They had five children, Betty Roena, William Russell, James Robert, Carol Ann and Glenda Sue. They worked together in ministry from Texas to Kansas, from Kansas to Nebraska, from Nebraska to South Carolina, from South Carolina back to Texas. After retiring from pastoring, they moved to Weatherford, where they lived on the Texas Church of God Campgrounds. Roena, as he lovingly called her, remained in Weatherford until she moved to Kingwood in 2003.
She felt her highest calling in life was to be the best wife, mother to her children, and servant of God. Her husband could count on her to be alongside him visiting the sick and shut-ins, putting roofs on buildings, washing the car, mowing the lawn, making thousands of fried pies and melt-in-your-mouth donuts, working in the garden, then putting up the vegetables. One time they had a "chicken-killing" day. Not only did Mom help Dad, but he put all the children to work - dunking a headless chicken in hot water and plucking the feathers. They rented space in a freezer downtown Fairberry, Neb. for those dead chickens.
Collins was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. Collins; son, Ted; son-in-law, Garry Meek; and granddaughter, Rebecca Collins.

D.W. Maxwell

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Thursday, April 25, 1935
Died: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 14:00
Location: 
Greenwood Community Cemetery, 3199 Greenwood Cut-Off Road, Weatherford
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

D.W. Maxwell, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood Community Cemetery, 3199 Greenwood Cut-Off Road, Weatherford. Visitation is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
The Maxwell family suggests consideration of contributions to Alzheimer's Association - North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, or www.alz.org.
Derrell Wayne “Red” Maxwell was born April 25, 1935, in Abilene, son of the late Harold and Bertha Williams Maxwell. He married Julia Aug. 21, 1952 in Abilene. He graduated from Abilene High School with the class of 1953 and began his career with automation in Abilene. In 1969, Maxwell went to work for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, a career that lasted for 25 years. Before his retirement, Red and Julia spent time working in Denmark and Turkey.
He never met a stranger. He loved to grill and taught most of the men in the family the art of grilling. Woodworking, fishing, and hunting were his hobbies as well as ranching. Maxwell was meticulous about everything he did and taught himself how to play the steel guitar, harmonica, and saxophone.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Julia Maxwell, o May 8, 2013; and two brothers.

Doye Arnold Plowman

September 12, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Saturday, May 12, 1934
Died: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 14:00
Location: 
Spring Creek Cemetery
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Doye Arnold Plowman, 80, of Weatherford, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in the local hospital. Graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Plowman was born May 12, 1934 in Millsap. He retired in 1989, was a country boy at heart and loved country living.
He is survived by his wife Glenda; sons, Chad Plowman and wife Lori and Todd Plowman and wife Colleen; brothers, Jerry Plowman and Lloyd Plowman; and grandchildren, Caroline Plowman and Hayden Plowman.

Donald McCarty

September 9, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Wednesday, June 17, 1936
Died: 
Monday, September 8, 2014
Funeral: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
North Main Church of Christ
Memorials may be made to: 
North Main Church of Christ Scotland Mission Fund.
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Donald McCarty, 78, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at his home.
Funeral is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at North Main Church of Christ with interment in Landruth Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.
Mr. McCarty was born June 17, 1936 in Mills County to Lonnie McCarty and Myrtle Watkins McCarty. He met Carolyn Odom McCarty at Tarleton State University and they married in 1956.  They had 58 wonderful years together.  Living in Denton for 12 years, McCarty graduated from North Texas University with a degree in business. He was a devoted family man.  Aside from relatives, his church family held a huge piece of his heart. He served at North Main Church of Christ for 36 years as an elder and bible teacher.
After 41 years, Don retired from General Dynamic and Computer Science Corporation where he was director of advanced planning. His hobbies included anything pertaining to manual labor or accomplishment, especially his yard and country cabin. He and Carolyn loved to travel and enjoyed the times she joined him as he worked in Farnborough, England, and their trip to Ireland. Many road trips were also taken throughout the states and Canada.

James "Cannonball" Lawrence

September 9, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Friday, December 27, 1940
Died: 
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
White's Funeral Home, 105 Denver Trail, Azle
Memorials may be made to: 
American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX  76020

James "Cannonball" Lawrence, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Fort Worth.
A celebration of life is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of White's Funeral Home, 105 Denver Trail, Azle.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the Lawrence family suggests contributions to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
James Howard Lawrence was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Monticello, Ark., son of the late Edwin T. and Mary Kate Smith Lawrence. “Cannonball," for 50 years, made his career as a master electrician and was a member of IBEW Local Union 116.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rosetta Lawrence of Azle; children, Jerry Lawrence and wife, Paula, Jenee Blackwell and husband, Robert, John Lawrence and wife, Kelly, Jeff Lawrence and wife, Mollie, James L. Lawrence and wife, Helen; brothers, Charles Lawrence and Terry Weddle; sisters, Sandra Coleman and Kathy Turner and husband, Ronnie; cousin, Robert Tanner; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.

Billie Ruth Long Bell

September 8, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Wednesday, October 8, 1924
Died: 
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Funeral: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
Weatherford's East Greenwood Cemetery
Memorials may be made to: 
Parker County Historical Commission, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, Texas 76086
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Billie Ruth Long Bell of Brock died Sept. 7, 2014, as son, Willis Bell, comforted her at her bedside. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12 in Weatherford's East Greenwood Cemetery, with White's Funeral Home, Weatherford in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and remembrances may be made to the Parker County Historical Commission, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, Texas 76086.
Mrs. Bell was born Oct. 8, 1924, first-born of the late Stephen Willis and Sarah Ruth Simpson Long, in Parker County. She was followed by sisters, Mary Linda, Ella Sue, Louise, and brother, Stephen (Steve) Willis Long, Jr. She was an accomplished artist with oils, photographer, and respected educator. Bell took pride in being a self-reliant woman, especially in her later years.
She married M. W. "Pos" Bell May 29, 1947 in a double ceremony as her sister Linda became the wife of Thomas Giles Thompson of Abilene. After going to school summer and extension courses at night, M.W. and Billie Ruth received their B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively, at summer graduation exercises at North Texas State University in 1950. They enjoyed long and productive teaching careers in Parker County, spanning four decades.

Russell Eric Justice

September 8, 2014 by Phil Major

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Died: 
Friday, September 5, 2014
Funeral: 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
Couts United Methodist Church
Memorials may be made to: 
Tarleton State University Development Office to be used for a choral scholarship
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Russell Eric Justice, 22, of Weatherford died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 following a brief illness.
Funeral is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Couts United Methodist Church with interment in Aledo Brown Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Tarleton State University Development Office to be used for a choral scholarship.
Mr. Justice was born Sept. 17, 1991 in Fort Worth. He was a student at Tarleton State University, majoring in music education and minoring in theatre. He was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and an Eagle Scout, and he loved musical theatre. He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy Justice and grandmother, Carol Draper.
Survivors include his father, Lisle Wayne Justice of Weatherford; sister, Kim Larsen and husband Tim of Fort Worth; brothers, Brad Justice and wife Jaclyn of Weatherford and Andrew Justice of Weatherford; paternal grandparents, James and Margaret Justice of Fort Worth and maternal grandparents, Lt. Col Derwin D. Draper (ret.) and wife Deanna of Crowley.



David L. Pearston

September 5, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Wednesday, February 10, 1943
Died: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Funeral: 
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00
Location: 
Brownstone Chapel, 112 W. Oak St., Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
American Diabetes Assoc. of N. Texas, 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas 75244
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

David L. Pearston, 71, of Weatherford, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.
Memorial service is set for noon Monday at the Brownstone Chapel, 112 W. Oak St., Weatherford.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Assoc. of N. Texas, 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Mr. Pearston was born Feb. 10, 1943 to William Miles and Mable Lura Morgan Pearston in Pampa. He grew up and attended school in Skellytown. After graduating from high school Pearston enlisted in the United States Navy as a corpsman and received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism. Once discharged from the Navy he trained at the San Diego Police Academy and served as a San Diego police officer for 20 years, retiring as a sergeant. He obtained a master's degree in public administration from the National University.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alyssah Freeman.
Survivors include his daughter, Dawn Freeman and husband, Mitch; son, Don Pearston; grandchildren, Hannah Morgan Freeman and Kai Leon Pearston; special friend, Dora Belew; special cousin, Joyce Huffman and husband, Jack; and many other extended family members and friends.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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