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Geraldine "Jerri" Zipper

September 25, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, May 23, 1938
Died: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Services: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:15
Location: 
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX  76020

Geraldine "Jerri" Zipper, 76, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
Graveside service is set for 11:15 a.m. Friday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of White's Azle Funeral Home.
Mrs. Zipper was born in San Angelo May 23, 1938 to Nolan Travis and Laura Cates Murphy. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Zipper; and children, Sonya Kay Langham and Travis Leon Zipper.
Survivors include her children, Linda Mackey, Clay Zipper and wife, Katina, Lorie Wood and husband, David, Dale Zipper and wife, Pat, Shirley Dailey and husband, Steve and David Zipper; live-in grandchildren, Chris Mendoza and wife, Stephanie, Maggie Reeves and husband, Darrell and J. P. Smith and wife, Jonne; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Fox; and numerous other family members and friends.

Sarah Jean Jefferson

September 24, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, May 6, 1940
Died: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Services: 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 14:30
Location: 
Northside Baptist Church
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Sarah Jean Jefferson, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Funeral service is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Northside Baptist Church with burial in East Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 pm Friday at New Hope Baptist Church.
Mrs. Jefferson was born May 6, 1940 in Wortham to Fred and Pearlene Thomas. She was a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church and a homemaker. She loved singing, cooking and taking care of her family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred D. Thomas II, and daughter, Darla Jefferson-Polk.
Survivors include her husband, Rev. Curtis Jefferson Jr.; daughter, Paula Jefferson-Gratts of Weatherford; sons, Doug Jefferson of Weatherford and Patrick Jefferson of Arlington; sisters, Hortense Woodard and Jewell Maddox of Fort Worth; brothers, Bruce Thomas and Percy Thomas of Fort Worth; and granddaughters, Sarah Nicole Jefferson-Theriot and Andrianna Denee’ Jefferson-Polk.

Bobby Dupree

September 24, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Thursday, February 25, 1965
Died: 
Monday, September 22, 2014
Services: 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 14:00
Location: 
White's Azle Funeral Home
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX  76020 817-444-3211

Bobby Dupree, 49, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 at White's Azle Funeral Home, 105 Denver Trail, Azle.
Mr. Dupree was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Dallas. He attended Mineral Wells High School. He married JuneLynn June 21, 1991 in Fort Worth. He honorably served his country in the United States Army. Dupree was an auto mechanic and had lived in the Azle area for the past nine years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, JuneLynn Dupree; daughters, Christina Dupree and Amber Dupree; sons, Preston Dupree and Allen Phillips; and five grandchildren.  

Wanda Bagley Crain

September 24, 2014 by Phil Major

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Born: 
Sunday, June 6, 1943
Died: 
Monday, September 22, 2014
Other Arrangements: 
After cremation, the family will have a private burial of her ashes.
Memorials may be made to: 
Christ Chapel Bible Church – West Campus Bldg. Fund, 3701 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Wanda Bagley Crain, 71, of Weatherford died Sept. 22, 2014.
After cremation, the family will have a private burial of her ashes.
Mrs. Crain was born June 6, 1943 in Paris, Texas. She enjoyed a long career in banking, retiring from Chase Bank in 2000. She and her husband, O.C., loved to travel in New Mexico and South Texas in their RV until his death in 2011.
She is survived by her daughter, Tina Link and husband Michael of Aledo, son, Raymond Crain and wife Donna of Burleson, son Rick Salmon of Jefferson City, Missouri, daughter Tracey Burney of Cleburne, granddaughter Victoria Batey and husband Mark of Alexandria, Va., grandson Andrew Link of Cincinnati, Ohio, grandson Adam Crain of Burleson, grandson Bobby Wade, wife Tami of Burleson, grandson Chris Jones of Cleburne, granddaughter Amber Jones of Fort Worth, grandson Brian Quintero of Cleburne, and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her son Royal Lee Salmon and her husband Oliver “O.C” Crain.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Chapel Bible Church – West Campus Bldg. Fund, 3701 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Earl Gallaher

September 22, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Thursday, March 21, 1940
Died: 
Friday, September 19, 2014
Services: 
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:00
Location: 
Goshen Cemetery
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Earl Gallaher, 74, of Poolville, died early Friday morning, Sept. 19, 2014, at his residence. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in the Goshen Cemetery. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gallaher was born March 21, 1940 in Littlefield and was a resident of Parker County for several years. He was a retired senior flight mechanic at Bell Helicopter and member of the Baptist Church. He loved working on classic cars, woodworking, reading western novels, the outdoors, travel to mountains and most styles of music.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Gallaher of Poolville; sons, Doug Gallaher and wife, Tanya of Poolville and Danny Gallaher and wife, Caice of Springboro, Ohio; sister, Ruth Rogers of Fort Worth; and three granddaughters, Cesily McCutchen, Morgan Keiffer, and Mykah Gallaher.

John Ronald Crabbe

September 18, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Friday, May 12, 1944
Died: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Services: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main St., Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
Parker County Committee on Aging, P.O. Box 817, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or The American Cancer Society
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

John Ronald Crabbe, 70, of Weatherford, formerly of Blair, Okla., died Sept. 17, 2014 at James L. West Center in Fort Worth.
Funeral is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main St., Weatherford, officiated by Reverend Tracy Holcomb. Interment will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Blair Cemetery in Blair, Okla., officiated by Reverend Doug Altom.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
Memorials may be made to the Parker County Committee on Aging, P.O. Box 817, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or The American Cancer Society.
Mr. Crabbe was born May 12, 1944 to J.C. and Jo Ann (Jones) Crabbe in Texarkana, Ark. He began his education in Magnolia, Ark., completing the fifth grade, before moving to Fouke, Ark., where he finished the ninth grade. The family relocated to Blair, Okla. where his father pastored the First Baptist Church.
Graduating with honors in 1962, from Blair High School, Crabba was a talented player on the basketball and baseball teams. His position as pitcher and 1st baseman earned him all state honors during his senior year. He also played American Legion Baseball in Altus, Okla.
Crabbe married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Cargal, May 28, 1962 at the Blair First Baptist Church, officiated by his father, Rev. J.C. Crabbe. This 52-year marriage was blessed with three beautiful daughters, Rhona, Carol, and Traci.

Eldyce Pearl Bills

September 17, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Wednesday, January 30, 1929
Died: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Services: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Eldyce Pearl Bills, 85, of Weatherford died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.
Graveside service is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
Mrs. Bills was born Jan. 30, 1929 to John and Vallie Walls in Perico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Algene Bills in 2008; daughter, Linda Whitworth; and sister, Linda Sessums.
Survivors include her son, John Bills and wife, Brenda; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Francis LeRoy Bradham Sr.

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, April 11, 1927
Died: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Services: 
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
Services: 
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
Services: 
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.

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