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Maggie Johnson

September 24, 2013 by Randy Keck

Born: 
Friday, September 1, 1939
Died: 
Friday, September 20, 2013
Services: 
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 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
Services: 
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 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
Services: 
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.

Jean Guess

September 3, 2013 by Randy Keck

Born: 
Monday, January 23, 1928
Died: 
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Services: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:00
Location: 
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

Born: 
Monday, March 21, 1955
Died: 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Services: 
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 14:00
Location: 
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 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

Born: 
Friday, February 26, 1937
Died: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Services: 
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 10:00
Location: 
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 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

Born: 
Wednesday, September 18, 1974
Died: 
Monday, July 22, 2013
Services: 
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:00
Location: 
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.

Florence M. Riddell

July 29, 2013 by Connor Schmid

Born: 
Tuesday, April 3, 1917
Died: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Memorials may be made to: 
Memorial: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

Florence M. RiddellFlorence M. Riddell
Florence Riddell was born April 3, 1917 to Andrew and Mary Tucker in Bridgeport, Conn.
Florence is survived by daughter, Mary Boardman and husband, Richard of Weatherford; son, Richard W. Riddell and wife, Sandy of Big Spring; grandchildren, Lisa Maldonado, Brad Boardman, Leslie O'Neal, Mary Lynn Miller, Kellee Riddell, Robert Riddell and John Riddell; great-grandchildren, Christy, Bryan, Jerad, Bryce, Katie, Harrison, Richard, Garrett, Monica, Ryan, Hunter, Brooklyn and Copeland; great-great-grandchild, Evin and a host of loving family and friends.

Floyd Edwin Hollabaugh

July 29, 2013 by Connor Schmid

Born: 
Thursday, December 9, 1943
Died: 
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Services: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:00
Location: 
Winscott Road Funeral Home
Other Arrangements: 
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to South Central Church of Christ, 1155 Hwy. 1187, Crowley, 76036.
Funeral Home: 
Winscott Road Funeral Home

Floyd was born Dec. 9, 1943, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Floyd Hershel and Mollie Wells Hollabaugh. He was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Weatherford College, and Tarleton State University. Floyd served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement from the Air Force he worked at Lockheed Martin for 13 years. He was an Aledo resident for the last 29 years.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Margie Nordin Taylor.
Survivors: Loving wife of 48 years, Glenda Hollabaugh; daughter, Stacey Hollabaugh of Weatherford; sister-in-law, brother-in-law, aunt, uncles, nephew and nieces; numerous cousins; and best friend, Tom May of Little Rock, Ark.

Lt. Col. Vernon "Bud" Hemingway Hampton Jr

July 29, 2013 by Connor Schmid

Born: 
Saturday, July 20, 1940
Died: 
Monday, June 24, 2013
Services: 
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:00
Location: 
Wade Family Funeral Home
Other Arrangements: 
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Irish Setters Club of America Foundation (www.ISCAFoundation.org - Designate Rescue Fund), Humane Society of North Texas (HSNTX.org), or woundedwarriorproject.org.
Funeral Home: 
Wade Family Funeral Home

Lt. Col. Vernon "Bud" Hemingway Hampton Jr
Bud was born July 20, 1940, in Richmond, Va., to Blanche and Vernon H. Hampton Sr. He graduated from Hermitage High School in 1959. He attended Smithdeal-Massey College in Richmond, Va., in 1961 and later earned a business degree from Miami-Dade College in 1971. A resident of Aledo for the past four years, he resided in Arlington for 35 years prior.
In 1962, he began working for the U.S. Treasury Department - Internal Revenue Service, which led to a prestigious 33-year career in the Criminal Investigation Division. His assignments included the Organized Crime Strike Force in Miami, Fla., and the Criminal Investigation Branch in North Texas where he served as chief before retiring in 1995.
Bud also joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963 where he served a distinguished 31 years as an intelligence officer before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1994. Until his illness prohibited it, he loved getting together with his fellow retired Air Force Reserve Unit. A special thanks goes out to Col. Steve Kriss, his wife, Joanna, and those who attended, for organizing one final luncheon in his honor. He loved you all very much.
Continuing his investigative fervor, Bud was a dedicated member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) of 20 years, where he served as president of the Fort Worth, Texas Chapter.

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