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Bobby Lee Griffith

January 7, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, June 9, 1930
Died: 
Friday, January 3, 2014
Funeral: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:00
Location: 
White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of usual remembrances, the Griffith family suggests contributions in Bob's memory to the Parkland Burn Center, in care of the Parkland Foundation, 2777 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1700, Dallas, Texas 75207.
Funeral Home: 
White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford

Bob Griffith, 83, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, surrounded by family at his home in Weatherford.
Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the Griffith family suggests contributions in Bob's memory to the Parkland Burn Center, in care of the Parkland Foundation, 2777 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1700, Dallas, Texas 75207.
Bobby Lee Griffith was born June 9, 1930, in Denton, son of the late Evan Leon and Artie Marie Decker Griffith. Bob married the former Barbara Lou Faries, and they celebrated more than 60 years of marriage. He had many hobbies, which included gardening and a great love for animals of all kinds. Bob also loved children and spending time outdoors. One of his greatest pastimes was gambling whether at Horseshoe or Winstar. In fact, every Tuesday at his home, he and a few of his friends would play dominoes and on Wednesday at the Plantation Inn in Granbury, he would meet and play poker. He looked forward to Tuesday and Wednesday until just recently.
Griffith owned his own trucking company, and after retiring he and Barbara obtained their real estate licenses and they began to sell real estate. Additionally, he volunteered his time with the Texas Forest Service.
Bob was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Lee Griffith Jr., in 1985; two grandsons, Shane Sullivan in 2008 and J.P. Sullivan in 2009; his parents; and brother, Scooter Bill Griffith.

Becky Ann Box

January 6, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, September 15, 1952
Died: 
Friday, January 3, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 13:00
Location: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to MADD or Battered Women's Shelters of America.
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle

Becky Ann Box, 61, beloved mother, sister and friend, and an awesome grandmother, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to MADD or Battered Women's Shelters of America.
Ms. Box was born Sept. 15, 1952, in Stamford to Herschel "Bud" and Edna Merlene Couch Box. She was a graduate of San Angelo State University. She taught school for a short time, later becoming an editor for TV Listing Inc. But mostly Becky was a teacher of life. She embraced her Indian heritage, was brave, loyal and humble. Becky was selfless, accepting and always a calm in any storm. She was a fun-maker, risk-taker and a do-what-it-takes mom. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Jennifer Sparkman; brother, Buddy Box; sister, Bette Lang; and aunt, Zelma Faye Allen.
Survivors include her children, David Lee Sparkman Jr., Rebecca LeAnn Sparkman, Joseph Wesley Sparkman, Sandra Elizabeth Jackson; 10 grandchildren; brother, Bill Box; sister and best friend, Chris Dawson; very good friend, Charlene Sheasley Tyler; one niece; two nephews; and many friends.

Teresa D. "Mimi" Roberts

January 6, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Saturday, October 12, 1957
Died: 
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Funeral: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 14:00
Location: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle

Teresa D. "Mimi" Roberts, 56, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 in an Azle hospital with her loving family by her side.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at White's Azle Funeral Home. Interment is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Levelland Cemetery in Levelland.
Mrs. Roberts was born Oct. 12, 1957 in Littlefield to Thomas and Peggy Ruth Lively.
Survivors include her husband, Mark Roberts; sons, David Roberts and wife, Halsey, Cisco Roberts and wife, Heather, and Dakota Roberts and wife, Misty; grandchildren, Courtney, Tynleigh, Natalie, Rylinn, Londyn and Tegan; father, Thomas Lively; brothers, Terry Lively, Todd Lively and Ty Lively; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Arthur Rex Yancey

January 6, 2014 by Phil Major

Died: 
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 13:00
Location: 
Azleland Cemetery
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home in Azle

Arthur Rex Yancey, Jr., 71, died Jan. 4, 2014 in Azle.
Graveside service is at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at Azleland Cemetery. Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at White's Funeral Home in Azle.
Arthur was born Aug. 10, 1942 in Bexar County to Arthur Rex, Sr. and Francis Yancey. He married Barbara Davis in Grapevine Aug. 10, 1980. Arthur had been a mechanic and refrigeration repairman all of his life. Arthur was preceded in death by sons, Christopher and Scott Yancey.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Yancey; son, Rex Yancey; stepchildren, Steve Ellis, Larry Ellis and Elizabeth McLeod; and grandson, Mitchell Yancey.

Patsy A. Swan Austin Hodge

January 3, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Saturday, November 18, 1944
Died: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Funeral: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:00
Location: 
White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford

Patsy A. Swan Austin Hodge, 69, born Nov. 18, 1944, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
Interment: Memory Gardens of the Valley, Weatherford.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Patsy was a longtime resident of Weatherford, recently moving to Warrenton, Mo. She married the loves of her life, Stanley Austin and Thomas Hodge. Patsy was such a beautiful lady and wonderful mother. She loved sewing, arts and crafts, camping, watching movies and going shopping.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Erie O. and Maggie I. Swan; and daughter, Amy L. Austin.
Survivors: Daughter, Keri Austin Davis; grandchildren, Meghann Duncan and husband, Joey, Kelby Mays and husband, Dallas and Tyler Davis and wife, Courtney; great-grandchildren, Tripp and Trace Mays and Baby Davis, due June 22, 2014; son, Eddie Austin and wife, LaVonne; grandchildren, Ashley Austin and Cody Austin; son, Steven Austin and wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Nick Austin, Katie Austin, Liam Austin and Thommy Austin; best girlfriend she could've ever had, Sherry Dozier Mowdy; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

George Pittman

January 3, 2014 by Amee Minton

Born: 
Tuesday, June 29, 1937
Died: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Funeral: 
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 13:30
Location: 
First Baptist Church, Aledo
Other Arrangements: 
Visitation to follow the service
Memorials may be made to: 
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi College English Department, Center of Hope – East Parker County (Aledo, TX) or Doss Heritage and Culture Center – Weatherford, TX.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

George PittmanGeorge PittmanGeorge Pittman, teacher, mentor, traveler, community volunteer and loving husband and father died Jan 1, 2014 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76.

Pittman was born to George E. and Myrtis Pittman in Decatur, Ga. June 29, 1937. After graduation from high school in Decatur, he continued his education at Mississippi College where he met his wife of 53 years Alicia Jones Pittman. He went on to the University of Mississippi and earned his Master’s and Ph.D., specializing in English Renaissance literature.

Pittman taught English at Middle Tennessee State University and later taught and chaired the English Department at Howard Payne University, and served as Dean of School of Arts and Sciences. In 1977 he returned to his undergraduate alma mater where he served as longtime chair of the English Department. During his lengthy tenure at Mississippi College, Pittman established the annual Shakespeare Festival, now in its 37th year. He was selected to be the first resident professor in the London semester program, an honor that combined two of his passions, teaching and travel. George also loved the arts. He served as volunteer with International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. He did not limit his teaching to the classroom and was a popular lecturer on Shakespeare to various community groups often in Renaissance costume.

Charles Grady Barton

December 29, 2013 by Randy Keck

Born: 
Monday, October 27, 1930
Died: 
Friday, December 27, 2013
Funeral: 
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:00
Location: 
Aledo Christian School Gymnasium
Memorials may be made to: 
Aledo Christian Center Missionary Fund, P. O. Box 117, Aledo, Texas 76008
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home, Weatherford, Texas

Charles Grady BartonCharles Grady BartonCharles Grady Barton, 83, died on December 27, 2013 in Aledo.

Grady was born on October 27, 1930, to Charlie and Ollie Barton in Walnut Springs. He went to high school in Austin and continued on to get his degree from Southwest Texas State Teacher's College (now Texas State University). Grady met Rose while they were teaching in Burnett.

Grady was bi-vocational. He worked at General Dynamics where he was a chief design engineer for the F-16 and F-111 and worked on numerous other projects (including stealth technology and depth charge technology for submarines). He also founded and pastored Aledo Christian Center beginning in 1971.

Grady was a living testament that God's ways work. He not only taught people the importance of hearing God's voice, he discipled them in walking out their Christianity in everyday life. It was said of him that he "provoked mankind to love, forgive and walk in the power of the Spirit." His legacy lives on in the thousands of lives who were touched by his truth given in love and encouraged by the Godly example he lived each day of his life.

Maggie Johnson

September 24, 2013 by Randy Keck

Born: 
Friday, September 1, 1939
Died: 
Friday, September 20, 2013
Funeral: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:30
Location: 
First Baptist Church of Aledo
Memorials may be made to: 
American Cancer Society
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home, Weatherford

Maggie JohnsonMaggie JohnsonMaggie Johnson, 74, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in Fort Worth.

Maggie H. Johnson was born on September 1, 1939 to parents LB and Lela Howard in Orange. Maggie graduated from Kirby High School in Woodville in 1957. She married Daniel W. Johnson on March 8, 1958 in Woodville.

Maggie retired from General Dynamics after 35-plus years of service in various administrative assistant positions. Maggie was a skilled seamstress and embarked on many sewing challenges, such as making her daughter's wedding dress to making Halloween costumes for her grandson. She also enjoyed many other crafts including embroidery. Maggie was a avid fan of Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Aledo Bearcats, and the Aledo Bearcat Regiment. Maggie also enjoyed watching musicals at Bass Hall and Casa Manana.

Maggie was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Aledo. Her family and friends will miss her greatly, but take comfort in the fact that she is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Maggie is preceded in death by her parents, LB and Lela Howard; brother, Kenneth Howard; and brother-in-law, Lenard Johnson.

Jerry Lee Alexander

September 19, 2013 by Randy Keck

Born: 
Wednesday, August 25, 1948
Died: 
Monday, September 16, 2013
Funeral: 
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:00
Location: 
University Christian Church, Fort Worth
Memorials may be made to: 
Aledo Vet Clinic in Aledo, Texas, the Humane Society, or a charity of choice.
Funeral Home: 
Greenwood Funeral Home

Jerry AlexanderJerry AlexanderJerry Lee Alexander, 65, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Jerry Lee Alexander was born August 25, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Edward Leon and Faye Alexander. When he was a child, the family moved to Texas, living in Harlingen, Uvalde, Temple, and Fort Worth. Jerry graduated from Temple High School in 1966, where he excelled in academics and sports. He attended Temple Junior College for two years on a tennis scholarship and won numerous tournaments and championships. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas.

While living in Houston Jerry worked for Braniff Airlines, serving as travel coordinator for the Houston Oilers and other organizations. He relocated to Fort Worth in 1983 and began a successful career in commercial real estate, specializing in industrial real estate.

As a Senior Principal and Broker for Transwestern, he was involved in over 800 transactions with a value of over $600,000,000, and representing clients in leasing, purchases, build-to-suits, consulting and logistics operations throughout the US and Mexico. In 1991, Jerry was awarded the Charles D. Tandy Award for Commercial Real Estate.

Mark Keag

September 10, 2013 by Randy Keck

Died: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Funeral: 
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 14:00
Location: 
Faith Presbyterian Church
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Austin Keag's education fund at Aledo National Bank.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home, Weatherford

Mark KeagMark KeagMark Keag passed away suddenly on September 4, 2013.

Born July 28, 1958, in Charleston, West Virginia, Mark was the youngest of five children born to Margaret and Harry Keag. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1976 then received his bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, where he met his wife, Nancy.

There wasn't anyone more fun or generous or devoted to his family than Mark. Mark and his son, Austin, had the best father-son bond anyone could ask for. Together they loved to cook, debate and enjoy the small things in life. He excelled at his work as a landscape contractor, but he was happiest organizing family and friends' golf outings.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; son, Austin; siblings and spouses, David and Lisa Keag, Sharon and Jack Lee, Judy and Howard Garrett, Beverly and Howard Robinson; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 7 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 301 Bailey Ranch Road in Aledo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Austin Keag's education fund at Aledo National Bank.

Services in care of White's Funeral Home, Weatherford.

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