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John Blake Merrick, M.D.

June 27, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Sunday, October 15, 1916
Died: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Funeral: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 14:00
Location: 
Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
Donations may be made to Grace First Presbyterian Church, the WISD Education Foundation, or Manna Storehouse of Weatherford.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

John Blake Merrick, M.D., 97, died Wednesday, June 26, 2014, in Weatherford.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford, with a reception following. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace First Presbyterian Church, the WISD Education Foundation, or Manna Storehouse of Weatherford.
Dr. Merrick was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Westfield, N.J., to John Russell and Helen Blake Merrick. After graduating from Colgate University, he received his M.D. from George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
In 1942, he married Eloise Sunderman in Arlington, Va., a wonderful marriage that spanned 70 years until her death in 2013. In 1946, they moved to Weatherford where he joined his medical school classmate Carl H. Whalen and Dr. Ed Smith in a medical practice. His practice spanned 40 years and was typical of that time: a family doctor caring for office patients, pediatrics, obstetrics, routine surgeries, hospital and nursing home rounds, and house calls. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Medical Association.

Mark A. Thompson

June 26, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Sunday, March 4, 1962
Died: 
Monday, June 23, 2014
Funeral: 
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 17:00
Location: 
White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Mark A. Thompson was born in Indianapolis, Ind., March 4, 1962, and died Monday, June 23, 2014 in Fort Worth. He was passionate about writing, sports, music and his family.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.
Mr. Thompson was an accomplished, award-winning writer who began his career in Texas with the El Campo-Leader News before moving to the Weatherford Democrat. After the Weatherford Democrat, he worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Then for the past 10 years, he worked for the Quarter Horse News in Fort Worth as the co-editor/journalist.
A graduate of Indiana State, Thompson served as editor of his college paper, The Indiana Statesman, where he will be remembered for an article he penned, "Charlie Chair," following the infamous Bobby Knight chair-throwing incident that appeared in several newspapers in his native state. An avid, lifelong Indiana Pacers fan, Thompson counted his interview with then rookie Michael Jordan as a career highlight for years.
He was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, most recently for being the top writer of online articles by American Horse Publications.
Thompson was preceded in death by his father, Mike Thompson; and brother, Gary Thompson.

Jimmy Ray “Poppy” Wooten

June 23, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Sunday, August 17, 1941
Died: 
Monday, June 23, 2014
Funeral: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
South Main Church of Christ
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Jimmy Ray “Poppy” Wooten, 72, of Weatherford, died Monday morning, June 23, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at South Main Church of Christ with interment in East Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Wooten was born Aug. 17, 1941 in Seymour. He was owner of Wooten’s Barber & Style, a member of the Master Barbers Association and a member of South Main Church of Christ. Known as Poppy, he loved to go fishing and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Shana Dell Allen; sister, Dorothy May Bryan; twin brother, Willie Jay Wooten; brother, Rickie Dee Wooten; mother, Viola Carlock Wooten; and father, Rillie Wooten.
He is survived by his wife; Glenna Wooten of Weatherford; daughter, April Adair and husband Tim of Weatherford; sons, James Wooten and wife Lori of Springtown and Richard Wooten of Weatherford; sisters, Barbara J. Cook of Seymour and Sharon Kay Heim of Seymour; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Robert J. "Bob" Lavender

June 23, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Saturday, December 11, 1926
Died: 
Friday, June 20, 2014
Funeral: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
Ash Creek Baptist Church, 301 S. Stewart, Azle 76020
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX 76020

Robert J. "Bob" Lavender, 87 died Friday, June 20, 2014.
Service is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Meeting Place at Ash Creek Baptist Church, 301 S. Stewart, Azle 76020. Interment will be at New Hope Cemetery, 782 New Hope Rd., Boyd 76023. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at White's Azle Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ash Creek Baptist Church.
Mr. Lavender was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Fort Worth to Leo Lester and Pearl Beasley Lavender. He graduated from North Side High School and from Texas A&M in 1953. He married Emma Lee Dunkin Sept. 5, 1947. She preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2013. Lavender served his country in the United States Army in World War II.
He was a Mason, a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club in Fort Worth and a member of the Society of Professional Engineers. He was a faithful member and deacon of Ash Creek Baptist Church in Azle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Leota Garrison.
Survivors include his son, Mike Lavender and wife, Ellen, of North Richland Hills; daughter, Betsy Mulder and husband, Alan, of Willow City; son, Craig Lavender and wife, Nancy, of Azle; grandchildren, Micah Lavender, Melissa Lotspeich, Chris Mulder, Brandon Lavender and Lindsay Gray; nine great-grandchildren; and other loving family and friends.

Ashley Lorraine Hobbs

June 23, 2014 by Phil Major

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Born: 
Saturday, June 22, 1985
Died: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Funeral: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 15:00
Location: 
Holy Apostles Episcopal Church
Memorials may be made to: 
College Station ISD Special Services in College Station
Funeral Home: 
GREENWOOD CHAPEL Greenwood Funerals-Cremation 3100 White Settlement Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76107

Ashley Lorraine Hobbs, 28, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 in College Station.
Service is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church with interment at Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to College Station ISD Special Services in College Station.
Mrs. Hobbs was born June 22, 1985 in Fort Worth. She graduated from Aledo High School in 2003 and Texas A&M in 2008 and became a special education teacher at A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School in College Station.
She married her husband, Michael Hobbs, in 2010. She had a passion for taking care of children and enjoyed gymnastics, softball and shopping. She loved people and never met a stranger. She was a member of the American Cancer Society and Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Hobbs; parents, Linda and Kevin Feldman and Vicky and Rik Marshall; in-laws, Amy and Gary Hobbs; sisters, Tisa Stephenson, Robin Parr and Jennifer Williams; brothers, Andrew Marshall, Jason Feldman and Steve Slusser; grandparents, Dale and Lorraine Schau and Sybil Martin; and her dog, Nolan.

Arlene Reeves Box

June 19, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Thursday, December 1, 1932
Died: 
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX 76020

Arlene Reeves Box, 81, died Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at White's Azle Chapel, 105 Denver Trail, Azle with interment at Azleland Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at White's Azle Funeral Home.
Mrs. Box was born in McCulloch County Dec. 1, 1932 to Buford and Eunice Moore Reeves. She graduated from Carlton High School. Arlene had been the church secretary at Westworth Church of Christ, where she was a member, for many years. She loved genealogy, reading and Cherokee history.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Gene Reeves; and sisters, Virginia Williams and Sharon Watson.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Box of Azle; son, Wade Box and wife, Sherri of Burleson; daughter, Carla Box Lindsey of Reno; granddaughter, Erin Box; grandsons, Carson Lindsey and Christian Lindsey; brother, Larry Reeves and wife, Traunsa of Azle; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Jack Leigh Eidson, M.D.

June 18, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Saturday, August 26, 1922
Died: 
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 13:30
Location: 
Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford, The Boy or Girl Scouts of America or a charity of choice
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Jack Leigh Eidson, M.D., 91, died June 15, 2014 in Weatherford.
Memorial service is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford.
In lieu of flowers, the family desires that memorials be sent to Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford, The Boy or Girl Scouts of America or a charity of choice.
"Dr. Jack," as he was affectionately known, was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Greenville, S.C., to Charles George Eidson and Margaret Edna (Leigh) Eidson.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943 on a Plan II program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternities. During the war, the Army sent Eidson through Baylor Medical School on its three-year "fast-track" program, from which he graduated in 1946. For the next four years, he served his obligation in the U.S. Army Air Corps with duty in Houston, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Denver.

Eleonore T Nelson

June 18, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Wednesday, March 17, 1926
Died: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Funeral: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 W Ball Street, Weatherford
Memorials may be made to: 
LWML Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 W Ball Street
Funeral Home: 
Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

Eleonore T Nelson died Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Funeral is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 W Ball Street, Weatherford with interment at Holly Hills Cemetery, Highway 51, Granbury. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel, 913 N Elm, Weatherford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations to LWML Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 W Ball Street.
Mrs. Nelson was born March 17, 1926 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany to Joseph and Katherine Klaus. She married Richard A Nelson April 30, 1948. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They had five sons and one daughter. Nelson spent her wedded years as a staunch and loyal supporter to her husband in his work as a pastor in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth.
Survivors include her husband, Rev Richard Nelson of Weatherford; daughter, Mary and Rev. Stephen Jennings of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sons, Dr. Frank and Donna Nelson of Weatherford, John Nelson of Midland, Mich., Paul and Susan Nelson of Adrian, Mich., and Mark Nelson of Weatherford; two foster sons, Bryan Clark of Waterford, Mich. and Allen Clark of Carleton, Mich.; two cousins in Germany; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild ;and a host of other relatives and friends.

Brooksie Bonita "Nita" Taylor Simpson

June 17, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Sunday, April 19, 1925
Died: 
Monday, June 16, 2014
Funeral: 
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:00
Location: 
All Saints Anglican Church of Weatherford, 125 S. Waco St.
Memorials may be made to: 
Historic Chandor Gardens or All Saints Anglican Church of Weatherford. Memorials may be sent to: Chandor Gardens, 711 West Lee Street, Weatherford, TX 76086 or All Saints Anglican Church, 125 South Waco Street, Weatherford, TX 76086.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home Weatherford, 817-596-4811

Brooksie Bonita "Nita" Taylor Simpson died Monday, June 16, 2014
Born April 19, 1925, in Electra to the late Anice Richards Taylor and RL "Burt" Taylor, Nita was one of four children. Her brothers, Mickey Joe Taylor and Aaron Taylor, and sister and best friend, Bonnie Taylor Martin, along with a very special brother-in-law, O. E. "Junior" Martin, preceded her in death. On September 15, 1943, Nita married Paul Lewis Simpson, Sr. Though Nita was widowed after 10 years of marriage, she and Paul were blessed with four children, Paul Lewis Simpson, Jr., Martha Simpson Lewis, Jo Simpson Johns and Debbie Simpson Swearingin. Later in life when her children married, Nita's family grew with three son-in-laws, Bubba Swearingin, Craig Lewis and Clay Johns, and devoted daughter-in-law, Kathy Simpson. Widowed with four children, Nita lived every day of her life for her family and loved ones, and was always sharing stories about "granddaddy" with her grandchildren. Preceeded in death by grandson, Byron Simpson, Nita is survived by seven grandchildren and five grandson-in-laws: Nicole Swearingin (John) McGuire, Danielle Swearingin (Chuck) Felts, Taylor Swearingin (Robert) Hall, Paula Simpson (Mike) Vidaurri, Cassy Simpson Snetzer, Heather Simpson (Brad) Friermood, and Sara Simpson. Nita is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Billy "Bill" Ray Bostick

June 16, 2014 by Phil Major

Born: 
Monday, December 29, 1952
Died: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Funeral: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 09:53
Funeral Home: 
White's Azle Funeral Home 105 Denver Trail Azle, TX 76020

Billy "Bill" Ray Bostick, 61, died Saturday, June 14, 2014.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Bostick was born Dec. 29, 1952 to Bobby and Betty Bostick. He was a longtime resident of Azle, where he grew up, and he attended Azle High School. When he was younger, he was a professional rodeo saddle bronc rider. He married Denise Fenty and they adopted a daughter from Lithuania, LeeAnna. Bostick was a master plumber who established Bostick Plumbing more than 30 years ago.
He had many hobbies that ranged from watching baseball to scuba diving. He was a master scuba diver, adored watching the Texas Rangers and was a highly skilled pool player who went to the finals in Las Vegas, Nev. in the singles and league competitions. What Bill loved most was spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Denise Bostick; daughter, LeeAnna Bostick; granddaughter, Vanessa Carol Bostick; brother, Warren Bostick and wife, Glenice; sister, Elizabeth Adams; step-brother, Bobby Bostick, Jr.; step-mother, Patti Bostick; niece, Camille Cryer; and a host of friends.

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