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Patsy A. Swan Austin Hodge

January 3, 2014 by Phil Major

Saturday, November 18, 1944
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:00
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

Tuesday, June 29, 1937
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 13:30
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

Monday, October 27, 1930
Friday, December 27, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:00
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

Friday, September 1, 1939
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:30
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

Wednesday, August 25, 1948
Monday, September 16, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:00
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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 14:00
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.

Jean Guess

September 3, 2013 by Randy Keck

Monday, January 23, 1928
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:00
Couts Memorial United Methodist Church
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home, Weatherford, TX

Jean GuessJean GuessJean Guess, 85, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, surrounded by family in Weatherford.

Born Jan. 23, 1928, to John Mack and Mary Katherine Tanner Bell, Jean Bell Guess grew up and attended school in Rochester. In 1946, she married the love of her life, Curtis Guess, and together they enjoyed making their home in Millsap. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She always had a smile and either fresh baked cinnamon rolls or a pecan pie. Much of her time was spent watching her beloved Texas Rangers.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Curtis Andrew Guess; and her parents, John Mack and Mary Katherine Bell; a brother, John Shelby Bell; and sisters, Cora David, Lena Corley, Lula Mae Capers, and Margaret Fore.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Durant and her husband, Jerry, of Weatherford; grandson, Brian Durant of Weatherford; granddaughter, Diane Durant of Fort Worth; great-granddaughters, Kindel Elise and Andie Elizabeth; brother, Frank Bell; brother-in-law, Frank Snow; sisters-in-law, Wanda Snow, Helen Guess, and Dorothy Guess; numerous nieces and nephews; and The 42 Bunch.

The funeral Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church, 802 N. Elm St., Weatherford. Interment: Hill Cemetery.

Services in care of White's Funeral Home.

Beth Smiley Becker

August 28, 2013 by Randy Keck

Monday, March 21, 1955
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 14:00
Aledo Christian School Gym, 400 Queen St
Memorials may be made to: 
Emmaus Road Ministries Inc. PO Box 502, Aledo, Texas 76008.
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel

Beth Smiley BeckerBeth Smiley BeckerBeth Smiley Becker, age 58, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Beth was born March 21, 1955 to Tom and Barbara Smiley in Nashville, Tenn. She was a longtime resident and graduate of Aledo High School; a member of Aledo Christian Center and Lusaka Community Church in Lusaka, Zambia. Beth served alongside her husband as a missionary in Kenya and Zambia from 1990 until 2013.

She leaves behind herparents, Tom and Barbara Smiley of Aledo; her husband of 36 years, Dr. David Becker of Aledo, Texas; sons, Caleb Becker and wife, Ale of Aledo, Texas/Washington D.C., Joshua Becker and wife, Alex of Glendale, Ariz./Lusaka, Zambia and Scott Becker and fiancée Emi Phillips of Tulsa, Oklahoma/Lusaka, Zambia; sisters, Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall (twin sister) and husband, Hugh of Aledo Laura Paulk and husband, Larry of Denver, North Carolina and B.J. Goins and husband, Ron of Round Rock, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and friends around the world.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel, Weatherford, Texas. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Aledo Christian School Gym, 400 Queen St. (under the Aledo water tower) with Rev. Tommy Briggs officiating, and a private interment to follow.

Memorials may be made to Emmaus Road Ministries Inc. PO Box 502, Aledo, Texas 76008.

Barbara Sue Miller

July 29, 2013 by Connor Schmid

Friday, February 26, 1937
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 10:00
Aledo United Methodist Church
Other Arrangements: 
Visitation: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Saturday at the church
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

Barbara Sue MillerBarbara Sue Miller
Barbara was born on Feb. 26, 1937 to Grady Hall and Claudine Horn Rogers in Big Spring. She grew up in Hereford, where she met the love of her life, John Robert Miller, and they were married on July 19, 1957. They moved to Albuquerque, N. Mex. while Robert attended pharmacy school, and it was there in Sept. 1959 when God blessed with twin daughters, Debbie and Vickie. After completing school, they moved back to Hereford and opened a drugstore with Barbara's father, Grady Rogers. They moved to Arizona in 1969, where God blessed them with their third daughter, Alyson Celeste. But Texas was their home and in 1981, they moved to Kerrville. Robert died in 1986 after a long battle with cancer, and Barbara and Celeste then moved to Austin and opened a wedding planning business. Barbara moved to Amarillo in 1993 to be close to her parents, Grady and Claudine, and became a realtor. In 2000, she moved to Albuquerque to be close to her young grandchildren, and in 2005 she moved to Weatherford to be close to her older grandchildren.
Barbara loved her family, her friends and her church, Aledo United Methodist Church, and enjoyed numerous activities with them all. She was active in her TLC Sunday School Class, and rarely missed any of her grandchildren's numerous sporting events. She especially loved her volunteer work at the Center of Hope in Aledo and with the Broadway Baptist Agape Meal in Fort Worth.

Shane Matthew Murry

July 29, 2013 by Connor Schmid

Wednesday, September 18, 1974
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:00
Azleland Memorial Park
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shane Murry Memorial Fund, 193 Glendale Drive, Coppell, Texas 75019, to help defer funeral expenses and aid in the life transition for Shannon and the kids.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

Shane Matthew MurryShane Matthew Murry
Shane was born on the 18th of September 1974 and will be remembered for loving others more than he loved himself. During the almost thirty-nine years that Shane spent with us, he touched our lives and souls, and his presence in our life is a gift we will always be thankful for. Shane was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leroy and Lorene Carter.
Survivors include his wife, Shannon Murry; son, Lucas Murry; daughter-in-law, Taylor Paulk; granddaughter, Paisleigh Murry; daughters, Chloe and Kayden Murry; parents, Donald and Chryle Murry; brother, Gregg Murry; sister-in-law, Krista Murry; brother, Tim Murry, sister-in-law, Julie Murry; brother, Eric Murry, sister-in-law, Faye Murry; mother-in-law, Judy Murdoch; sister-in-law, Jodi Jennings; brother-in-law, Craig Jennings; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sports Calendar

Monday, September 22

  • Week of Sept. 22, Aledo Middle School at Burleson Hughes

Tuesday, September 23

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton 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 vs. Granbury Acton MS at Aledo MS;
    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 Crowley;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

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

Thursday, September 25

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at Aledo, 4:00 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV at Lakeland Academy, 4:30 p.m. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Joshua at Aledo, 7th Gym 1 & 8th MPC;
    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.

Friday, September 26

  • AHS Varsity Girls Black at Granbury Girls Tournament, Harbor Lakes through Sept. 27

  • AHS vs. Joshua at Aledo;
    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 JH vs. St. Paul's Lutheran at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m. *District Game

  • AHS Varsity vs. Joshua at Aledo Bearcat Stadium, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, September 27

  • AHS JV at Chisholm Trail JV Tournament, times TBA

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