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Harry L. Silverman - Class of 1964

Donna Marie Fortenberry Roberson - Class of 1965

Roger Mack Johnston - Class of 1966

Elaine Mason Elqutob - Class of 1971 (?)

Joseph Glen Chester - Class of 1973

Kristie Joy Marshall Blackshear - Class of 1974 (?)

John Clark "JC" Cannon - Class of 1975

Darla Katherine Wiethorn - Class of 1975

Michelle Lee Stevens "Shelly" Williams - Class of 1976

Toy Elaine Free Brown - Class of 1977

Lloyd Charles Chaffin - Class of 1977

Dale Tolar - Class of 1977

Ron Arthur - Class of 1982

Michael Dale Maddox - Class of 1982

Randy Freudiger - Class of 1983

Michael P Kubinski - Class of 1983

Tiffany Michelle Stone Duncan - Class of 1985

Keith C. McKinzie - Class of 1985

Scott Thoma - Class of 1985

Paul Edward Avis - Class of 1987 (?)

James C. "Jimmy" Nasche - Class of 1992

Garrett Daniel Lux - Class of 2001

Jake Rene Espinoza - Class of 2006 (?)

Robert Leroy Cashion - Faculty

Rolf Eklund - Faculty

Kaye Keller Matsler - Faculty

Leon George Hagmann - Faculty - Never was Richland High, but was faculty at several Jr. High Schools that feed into Richland High. I'm sure that many of us knew Mr. Hagmann.

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Harry L. Silverman
1945 - 2006

Harry L. Silverman, 60, died Friday, May 5, 2006. Memorial service: A celebration of Harry's life will be announced at a later date.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. S.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87108.

Harry was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Houston to Harry L. and Merrian Lang Silverman, who preceded him in death. He graduated in 1964 from Richland Hills High School and North Texas State University in 1989.

A former resident of Austin, Harry lived in Albuquerque for the past 14 years. He spent his business career in Texas and New Mexico as an investor and entrepreneur in the real estate and oil and gas industries.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Barry Ramo, Dr. Manuel Gurule and the staff of Heart Hospital of Albuquerque, who lovingly cared for him, as well as the many friends and neighbors whose outpouring of support embraced his family.

Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Silverman; and son, Michael, who will greatly miss his "...very best friend..." Harry will also be sadly missed by his brother, Paul Silverman of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Julia Silverman of San Diego, Calif. His faithful canine companion, Pebbles, will miss his many walks by Harry's side.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 5/8/2006.

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Donna Marie Fortenberry Roberson

Donna Marie Fortenberry Roberson Donna Marie Fortenberry Roberson, 58, beloved mother and grandmother, passed peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005.

Memorial service: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the White Settlement Senior Services Center, 8211 White Settlement Road, White Settlement. Burial: She was laid to rest in the Garden of Serenity in Skyvue Memorial Gardens.

Donna grew up in North Richland Hills and graduated from Richland High School in 1965. She was a bartender for most of her life, managing and owning several in Haltom City and North Fort Worth. Donna had a beautiful smile and great sense of humor. Although she never cared much for the material things in life, she extended her kindness and sofa to many people who needed help over the years.

The family would like to thank Pam and her daughter, Marsy, for helping to bring closure to this great loss.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Fortenberry and Doris Fortenberry.

Survivors: Daughter, Anna Olson and children, Ricky and Angela Martinez; sons, Charles Cates, Danny Cates and Donald Lee Cates; sisters, Sharon Crawford, Janel Lovell and LouAnne Barber; 11 grandchildren; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram 12/31/2005.

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Roger Mack Johnston
1948 - 2006

Roger Mack Johnston, 58, a loyal and generous father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at his home. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Chapel.

Memorials: American Heart Association, 2401 Scott Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76103, or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard, Alexandria, Va. 22311, in lieu of flowers.

Roger was born Jan. 5, 1948, in Fort Worth. He was a 1966 graduate of Richland High School. Roger was a graduate of Tyler Junior College, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was preceded in death by his mother, Exa Johnston; his father, Capt. Dwight H. Johnston; and a brother, Dwight Wayne Johnston.

Survivors: Daughter, Cara Beth McLeod and husband, John; granddaughter, Mackenzie Kate McLeod; Cara Beth's mother, Sharon Kay Allen; brother, Jerry Johnston and wife, Melinda; nieces, Jan Johnson and husband, Ben, and Julie Stewart; nephews, Jeff Johnston, Josh Johnston, Justin Williams, Ryan Williams and Jeremiah Raya; great-nephew, Mason Stewart; and great-niece, Carlie Johnston. He is also survived by many friends who will greatly miss his free spirit and love of life.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 10/3/2006 - 10/4/2006.

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Elaine Mason Elqutob
1955 - 2006

Elaine Mason Elqutob Elaine Mason Elqutob, 51, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at a local hospital. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Sunday at 2124 Pecandale in Arlington.

Elaine was born Feb. 21, 1955, to Stanley and Odessa Tataravich. She grew up in the North Richland Hills area and graduated from Richland High. She was employed by the Arlington Independent School District for 13 years. She enjoyed working with children and loved being around her friends and family. She was a very loving mother, wife and grandma.

Survivors: Husband, Hazem Elqutob of Fort Worth; sons, Jafar and Sharif Elqutob of Fort Worth; daughters, Moyasser and Maha Elqutob of Fort Worth; son-in-law, Rami Mousa of Arlington; brother, Randy Tataravich of Oklahoma; mother, Odessa Padgett of Arlington; one grandson; and many friends, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 10/19/2006.

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Joseph Glen Chester
1952 - 2006

Joseph Glen Chester, 53, went to be with his Lord Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Olivet Chapel.

Glen entered this world Dec. 19, 1952, in Fort Worth to Mabry Joe Chester and Frances Dalton Hardoncourt. He was a 1973 graduate of Richland High School in North Richland Hills.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe, in 1997; and stepmother, Mildred Little Chester, in 1988.

Survivors: Son, Joe Chester of Fort Worth; daughters, Michelle, Melinda and Melanie Chester, all of Ohio; mother, Frances Hardoncourt of Graford; sisters, Patricia C. Goff of Graford and Jan C. Jordan of Arlington; brothers, Dalton M. Chester and wife, Pam of San Antonio, Larry Hardoncourt of Graford; aunts, Christine Hickman and Dorval Burger of Arlington; nephews, Gregory K. Goff of Lewisville, Aaron Chester and wife, Rachel of Austin, Matthew Chester and Marcus Chester, both of San Antonio, Jason Hardoncourt and fiancee, Timbre' Lee of Graford; niece, Allison Chester of San Antonio; numerous cousins and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 9/5/2006.

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Kristie Joy Marshall Blackshear
1953 - 2006

Kristie Joy Marshall Blackshear Kristie Joy Marshall Blackshear, 52, of Horseshoe Bay passed away Thursday, April 20, 2006, at a hospital in Austin after a long battle with cirrhosis. Memorial service: A private family service will be held in Hurst.

Memorials: At Kristie's request, all memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Highland Lakes SPCA Shelter Fund, Box 1275, Marble Falls, Texas 78654, in her memory.

Kristie was born Sept. 30, 1953, in El Paso to James Kenneth and Juanita Humphreys Marshall. Kristie graduated from Richland High School in North Richland Hills. She was a very friendly, personable and perky individual. Kristie enjoyed visiting friends and family and caring for her Chihuahuas. She loved shopping dearly and was loved by all who new her -- such a gentle soul. Kristie lived in various communities in Texas throughout her life, including El Paso, Dallas, Hurst, Arlington, Fort Worth and Horseshoe Bay.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Humphreys Marshall, in 1962.

Survivors: Her husband, Richard Blackshear of Horseshoe Bay; parents, James Kenneth and Joy Ann Marshall of Hurst; sisters, Kendra Kaye Donahue and husband, John, of Denton and Kelly Dee Callaway and husband, Kent, of Fort Worth; brother, Mark Scott Marshall and wife, Melanie, of Grapevine; niece, Meghan Marshall of Grapevine; nephews, Kyle Marshall of Bedford and Brendan Callaway of Fort Worth; and grandniece, Coy Mercer of Tahoka.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/28/2006.

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John Clark "JC" Cannon
1957 - 2006

John Clark JC Cannon John Clark "JC" Cannon, 48, died Monday, March 20, 2006.

Memorial service: JC was cremated March 24, 2006. His life will be celebrated July 19, 2006, with a tribute to spread his ashes in Sanford, Fla. Contact family for details. Wanda Cannon can be visited at 7517 Oxley Drive, Richland Hills 76118.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations designated in Memory of JC Cannon for a new enclosure for the great horned owl "Columbo" may be made to Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge, 18515 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32820.

Beloved son, brother, loyal friend, mentor and honorable man, John Clark "JC" Cannon was born July 19, 1957, to Thurman Odell "Dell" and Wanda Lee Clark Cannon at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. JC grew up in North Richland Hills. He was an Eagle Scout and attended Richland High School.

JC managed several nightclubs in the Fort Worth area, including The Daily Double, Players, Dynasty and Cow Town Country.

Working for Walt Duncan, JC designed and opened Wranglers night club in Fort Worth, before leaving the night club business.

In 1988, JC opened his first business, Reflections Pools & Spas with a business partner.

By 1990, JC left the pool business and began working in the animal health industry with Pet Vaccine Services.

In 1991, JC served as treasurer of the Lake Worth Boat Club. In 1993, JC was promoted to regional manager for the State of Florida with Pet Vaccine Services and moved to Lake Mary, Fla.

During the next several years, JC rose through management levels of Pet Vaccine Services and worked to protect the company's employees from financial problems. During that time, JC worked with the Florida Veterinary Medical Board in a rules workshop to develop the regulations that exist today governing limited service veterinary medical providers.

When Pet Vaccine Services closed, JC founded Luv My Pet with partners Scott Chaness and Rick Henderson and with veterinarian-friend Frances Vaujin. A company providing affordable vaccinations for dogs and cats, Luv My Pet, held its first clinics March 1, 1997.

Since 1997, Luv My Pet has grown to a successful national company, the largest in this specialty in the United States.

In May 2003, JC co-founded R&R Glass of Fort Worth, with his brother-in-law, Ronald Rickman.

Throughout JC's adult life, billiards and boating were important to him. Through those activities, he met most of his closest friends.

JC enjoyed boating on the St. Johns River and shooting pool with his buddies on Wednesday evenings. He also enjoyed scuba diving, skydiving and golfing with his friends.

His smile, humor, kind heart, gregarious personality and long talks will be missed by all.

Survivors: Mother, Wanda Lee Clark Cannon; sister and brother-in-law, Carol Ann and Ronald Rickman; nephew, Bobby Dell Rickman; niece, Kimberly Lee Ann Dike; great-nephew, Christopher Gorman; great-nieces, ShyAnn Rickman and Patience Dike, all of Fort Worth; and aunt, Mabel Dean of Mineola.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/23/2006.

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Darla Katherine Wiethorn
1957 - 2006

Darla Katherine Wiethorn Darla Katherine Wiethorn, 49, a reservationist with Southwest Airlines, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7321 Lola Drive, North Richland Hills. Burial: will follow in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel.

Darla was born March 26, 1957, to Harry and Carol McKnight in Sioux City, Iowa. She was a graduate of Richland High School in 1975 and attended TCJC from 1975-1977.

She began her employment in 1984 with Southwest Airlines, where she was involved in many Southwest Airlines-sponsored events.

Darla was a member of Immanuel Luthern Church in North Richland Hills.

She was a loving wife, mother, daughter.

Survivors: Her husband, Don; stepson, Alan; son, Blake; daughters, Kayla and Kendra; parents, Harry and Carol McKnight; grandmother, Mildred Jansen; brother, Mike McKnight and his wife, Stephanie, Matt McKnight and his wife, Kim; sister, Debbie Maxwell; father and mother-in-law, William and Mae Wiethorn; brother-in-law, Glenn Wiethorn; and many caring friends and family members.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/13/2006.

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Michelle "Shelly" Lee Stevens Williams
1958 - 2006

Michelle Michelle "Shelly" Lee Stevens Williams passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at the age of 48 years. Funeral: 4 p.m. Thursday at North Fort Worth Baptist Church. Burial: Smithfield Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smithfield Elementary.

Memorials: To honor Shelly's memory, the family requests memorials to the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital or Cook Children's Medical Center.

Shelly was born May 14, 1958, in Fort Worth and had lived in the Fort Worth area her entire life. She graduated from Richland High School in 1976. She continued her education at Texas Tech University, where she received her bachelor of science in education in 1980, and received her master's in education from Texas Woman's University in 1995.

Her career in education included positions as teacher, coach and assistant principal. She was currently principal at Smithfield Elementary, where she had served for the past eight years. Shelly was not only the principal, but she was friend and confidant. She loved her "kids" and devoted her entire career to making a difference in these young children's lives.

She was an avid outdoorswoman and very sports-minded. She loved the games of golf and softball and was a loyal Red Raider fan.

Shelly lived her life with adventure, vitality, confidence and grace. Shelly's spirit will continue to live on because of her gift of organ donations.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Joe Stevens.

Survivors: Husband, Ricky Williams of Haslet; mother, Ouida Stevens of North Richland Hills; stepchildren, Kristin Williams of Waco and Brian Williams of Stephenville; brother, Mike and wife, Lisa Stevens, of Midland; nephews, Brooks Stevens of Dallas and Brett Stevens of Lubbock; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Laverne and Wendell Williams of North Richland Hills; brother-in-law and sister-in-Law, Lisa and Roger Williams of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 10/11/2006 - 10/12/2006.

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Toy Elaine Free Brown
1959 - 2004

Toy Elaine Free Brown Toy Elaine Free Brown, 45, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2004.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Friday at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, Vance Road.

Toy was born Jan. 24, 1959. She graduated from Richland High School, class of 1977, and attended Southwest University in San Marcos.

Toy's greatest joys in her life were her two sons, Russel Brown and Dylan Fowler. God puts angels on earth for a reason. They are always hidden, but they are always there. We know Toy is one of His angels and blesses many, many lives.

She attended church regularly and believed in God.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Janie, and her father, James Free.

Survivors: Her sons, Dylan Fowler and Rusty Brown; mother, Lois Free; brothers, Dell Free and James R. Free; and many relatives and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/1/2004.

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Lloyd Charles Chaffin
1958 - 2001

Lloyd Charles Chaffin, 43, an owner/operator of Chaffin Pump Services, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001 in Dallas.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Richland Hills Christian Church, 3908 Ruth Road. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Survivors: Daughters, Tabitha Chaffin of Roanoke, Tiffany Chaffin of Rhome, Tosha Chaffin of Rhome; mother, Vivian Chaffin of Richland Hills; sister, Carol Wilson and husband, Jack, of Frisco; brother, John Bruce Chaffin and wife, Kimberly, of Pipe Creek; five nieces and nephews; and multiple friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 12/27/2001.

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Dale Wayne Tolar, Jr.
? - 1999

No obituary available.

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Obituary was published in the Star-Telegram on 10/25/1999.

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Ron Arthur
1964 - 2004

Ron Arthur Ron Arthur, 39, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 10, 2004. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Ron was born Aug. 8, 1964, in Fort Worth.

Survivors: Parents, Robert L. Arthur and wife, Jo Belle, of North Richland Hills; sister, Kimbra Lea Brainard and husband, Robert; niece, Allee Brainard; nephew, Dylan Brainard, all of Azle; and numerous other family members.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 5/13/2004.

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Michael Dale Maddox
1964 - 2004

Michael Dale Maddox Michael Dale Maddox left to start his new life in heaven with his Lord and Savior on his 40th birthday, Saturday, July 10, 2004. Memorial service: 7 p.m. Friday at Northwood Church in Keller.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Northwood Church Water Ministry or to families of SMA in honor of his niece, Savanna Rush. For more information, you may visit or

Mike was born July 10, 1964, to Sammy and Jean Maddox, in Fort Worth. He left his earthly body doing what he loved: vacationing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with his family. We know that the Lord took him quickly and he did not suffer as his spirit spoke,"If you think this is paradise, wait till you see where I am."

He graduated from Richland Hills High School in 1982, enjoyed a management career with Eckerds for the past seven years. He was a loving husband, an amazing father and an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. Mike lived life to the fullest, leaving no regrets, only joyous memories.

He set an example by living a life acknowledging and concentrating on the important things to him. Important things like maintaining a loving heart, sharing his faith and making people laugh. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your soul and all your mind and love others as you love yourself. He spent nearly 19 years in love with his best friend, his wife,Kelly. He found such joy being in the lives of his two children. He was extremely proud of them and played an active role in band boosters. Having a passion for life itself, he reveled in the outdoors and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends at the lake.

Mike was very involved in several ministries at Northwood Church, where he and his family were members. On one of his recent trips, he learned how to dig water wells so that he might go to third world countries to provide a cup of clean water in Jesus' name. While those of us who loved him are grieving, we are so comforted to know that he had fulfilled his purpose here on earth. His legacy will live on through his children and others and we know that he will continue to touch our lives. The family would also like to thank Northwood Church for the vital role they played in Mike's spiritual growth. Many people have or will come to know Jesus because of Mike.

Survivors: Wife of almost 19 years, Kelly Nash Maddox and childrne, Adam Maddox and Bailey Maddox of Keller; parents, Sam and Jean Maddox of Watauga; grandmother, Dorothy Maddox of Fort Worth; brothers, Mark Maddox of Roanoke and Ken Pitts of Fort Worth; sister, Mindy Rush of Saginaw; and countless other family members and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/15/2004.

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Randy Lee Freudiger Jr.
1965 - 2004

Randy Lee Freudiger Jr., 38, an interior designer contractor, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at his residence. Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery, Decatur. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Survivors: Mother, Betsy Murphy of North Richland Hills; father, Randy Freudiger Sr. of Arlington; daughter, Randi Lea Freudiger; son, Connor Freudiger; brother, Bart Freudiger; and grandmother, Victoria Freudiger.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 5/25/2004.

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Michael P Kubinski
1965 - 2002

North Richland Hills-
Michael Patrick Kubinski, 37, an accountant, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002, at his residence. Funeral; was Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Keller. Burial: was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Michael Patrick Kubinksi was born March 19, 1965 in Austin to Della and Billy Patrick Kubinski, He later attended Texas Tech University and moved to the Fort Worth area after graduation. Michael was preceded in death by his mother and father and his grandparents, Mike Kubinski and Elmer and Henrietta Boyce.

Survivors: Stepmother, Elaine Kubinski; stepfather, James Stephen Valentine; brothers, Russell Kubinski, David McDaniel and Mike McDaniel; sisters, Sarah Gant, Mica McDonald and Amanda McDaniel; grandparent, Onas Kubinski; nephews, Marc and Payne; and niece, Rachel.

Forest Ridge Funeral Home
Hurst, (817) 285-7777

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Published in the Star-Telegram on 03/31/2002.

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Paul Edward Avis
1969 - 2006

Paul Edward Avis Paul Edward Avis, 37, a Walgreen manager, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, in Fort Worth. Celebration of life: 3 p.m. Friday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel, 5725 Colleyville Blvd. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Kari Anne Avis Scholarship Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 6964 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180.

Paul was born in Prince George's County, Md., in 1969 to William Clayton Avis Sr. and Rose Joyce Clayton Avis. He grew up as a loving son, brother, father, husband, uncle and friend. He will be missed.

He graduated from Richland High School in Fort Worth, where he participated on the golf, gymnastics and track teams. He graduated with a bachelor's in finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and went into management with Walgreen's. Paul had a full life, but it was all too brief.

His guitar, golf, his motorcycle and art were things that gave him pleasure, but his daughter, Kari, was the love and light of his life. Even though Paul was taken too soon, we know the world is better for all of us for having had him in it and we know that Heaven will be awesome.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Joyce Clayton Avis.

Survivors: Daughter, Kari Anne Avis and her mother, Karen, of Haltom City; father, Bill Avis and wife, Diane; grandmother, Evelyn Haws; brothers, Bobby Avis and wife, Georgia, and Billy Avis and wife, Kim; sisters, Vicky Vega and husband, Art, and Lisa Logue; nieces and nephews, Angela, Anthony, Valerie, Josh, Andy, Zachary, Jessica and Lillie; special friends, Ellen, Emma and Harry; and a host of cousins and friends. Published in the Star-Telegram from 10/19/2006 - 10/20/2006.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 10/19/2006 - 10/20/2006.

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Tiffany Michelle Stone Duncan
1967 - 2006

Tiffany Michelle Stone Duncan, 39, went to be with her Lord Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Chapel. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Susan G.Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas 75265-0309.

Tiffany, a lifelong area resident, graduated from Richland High School in 1984 and attended Tarrant County Junior College. She was a light-hearted, quick-witted person who loved people and an avid sports enthusiast who was extremely competitive. She loved being outdoors and operated a swimming pool service company until her health failed. Her passion was fishing. She belonged to the North Texas Fishing & Anglers Club and Dallas Bass'n Gals.

Tiffany was preceded in death by her father, Michael G. Stone, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors: Mother, Mary Stone Reed of Bedford; sister, Kimberly Stone Allen of Bedford; brothers, Michael Bradley Stone and his wife, Gina Gayle of Springtown and Wendell Kevin Stone and his wife, Karen Susanne of Bridgeport; best friend and companion since 1991, Kenny Mosier of Fort Worth; nieces and nephews, Chris Allen and his wife, Amanda of Haslet, Shannon Higginbotham and her husband, Jared of Bedford, Michael Kevin Stone and Kayla Susanne Stone of Bridgeport; her fishing mentor, Dale Presswood and his wife, Melinda of LaPorte; and her pet companion, "Little Bit."

Published in the Star-Telegram on 2/6/2006.

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Keith C. McKinzie
1965 - 2006

Keith C. McKinzie Keith C. McKinzie, 40, a construction foreman, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at an Azle hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Solid Rock Bible Church, 591 S. Reno Rd., Springtown, 76082. Burial: Azleland Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Biggers Funeral Home.

Keith was born Sept. 23, 1965, in Fort Worth and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1984 graduate of Richland High School, and was an avid outdoorsman who liked to fish and hunt.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sherri Denise McKinzie.

Survivors: Mother, Linda Rogers of Dallas; father and stepmother, Danny and Mary McKinzie of Springtown; grandfather, Harry R. Gourley of Dubois, Wyo.; grandmother, Mary Louise McKinzie of Azle; brother, Danny McKinzie Jr. of Springtown; stepbrothers, Cecil Herron, Hal Herron and Charlie Killingsworth, all of Azle, and Randy Rogers of Lewisville; stepsisters, Misty Maxwell of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa Barkley of Dallas; fiancee, Kodi Anderson of Boyd; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/5/2006.

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Scott Anthony Thoma
1967 - 2004

Scott Thoma Scott Anthony Thoma passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at the age of 37. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Richland Hills Christian Church, 3908 Ruth St., North Richland Hills. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Scott was born Jan. 18, 1967, in Anaheim, Calif. His early years were spent in Newtown, Conn., before moving to Texas in 1982. He was a star athlete in football and baseball at Richland High School, receiving numerous honors in both sports. After high school, his athletic career continued to flourish, playing baseball for Blinn Junior College, Texas Wesleyan University and Texas Christian University. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1988 and again by the Chicago White Sox in 1989. He spent three years with the White Sox organization. For a number of years, Scott was a player/manager on several nationally ranked softball teams. At the time of his death, he was a sales manager for Collegiate Pacific Inc. in Dallas.

Survivors: Wife, Terri; stepsons, Tyler and Ryley Kantzos of Keller; father, Thomas Thoma of Wallingford, Conn.; mother, Diane Ruehl of North Richland Hills; stepmother, Elaine Thoma; stepfather, Fred Ruehl; sisters, Kristen Wall of Guilford, Conn., Kacey Thoma of Coventry, Conn., and Alexis Thoma of Wallingford, Conn.; brother, Nicholas Thoma of Wallingford, Conn.; and extensive surrounding family.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/13/2004.

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James C. "Jimmy" Nasche
1974 - 2006

James C. James C. "Jimmy" Nasche, 31, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2006, at home.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, in Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Jimmy was born Aug. 18, 1974, in Esfahan, Iran, where his father worked for Bell Helicopter International. After attending St. John the Apostle Grade School, Jimmy graduated from Richland High School in 1992. He was a salesman for Home Security Systems. Jimmy liked to play golf and fish. He had many friends and associates.

Jimmy was loved by all and will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace and let the perpetual lights shine upon him.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Timothy, Ricky Lynn and Larry David Nasche.

Survivors: Parents, John and Sue Nasche of North Richland Hills; sisters, Patty Kyle and husband, Kirk, of Paris, Texas, Carmella Siegal and husband, Vernon, of Salina, Kan., and Cathy Nasche and Sherry Nasche of Paris; brother, Michael Anthony and wife, Dodi, of Texarkana; and several nieces and nephews.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 5/17/2006.

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Garrett Daniel Lux
? - 2002

No obituary available.

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Obituary was published in the Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News on 12/06/2002.

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Jake Rene Espinoza
1988 - 2006

Jake Rene Espinoza Jake Rene Espinoza, 18, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at home. Mass of Christian Burial: 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rosary: 6 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Chapel.

Memorials: United Cerebral Palsy Association.

Jake was born Jan. 15, 1988, in Fort Worth. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. Jake attended Richland High School and Northwest High School. He had a lot of friends and was loved by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Morales Sr.

Survivors: Parents, Isaac Jr. and Dolores Espinoza; brothers, Greg Espinoza and wife, Stephanie, and Tony Espinoza; sister, Michelle Atkinson and husband, George; grandparents, Victoria Morales, Mr. and Mrs. Marcos Solis and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Espinoza Sr.; niece, Mia; nephews, Vicente, Joaquin and George Matthew; caregivers, Anabely Solis and Cindy Ingram; and a large extended family.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 6/15/2006.

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Robert Leroy Cashion
1932 - 2006

Robert Leroy Cashion Robert Leroy Cashion, 73, a longtime coach and educator, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, July 14, 2006.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church of Hurst. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Robert was born to Robert Lee and Georgia Cashion in Corsicana Sept. 6, 1932. He grew up in Central Texas and graduated from Mexia High School in 1951. While there, he became an all-state football player and started on the Black Cats' 1948 state finalist team. He entered Rice Institute in 1951, and there in Houston met Joann Marie Kuzell. The couple was married the next year and afterward enjoyed a union that lasted 53 years. While at Rice, he became a reserve officer in the United States Marine Corps and trained at Camp Pendleton in California. He received an honorable discharge after his service in 1957.

A graduate of North Texas State College in Denton, he earned the master's degree in education at Stephen F. Austin State College in 1966. His career as a teacher-coach took him to Kilgore, Longview, Hurst, Haltom City, Lancaster and Richland Hills.

"Coach Cashion," a member of First United Methodist Church of Hurst, will be remembered fondly by countless former players, students and others who knew him as a dedicated mentor, a loyal friend and a caring husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Marvin and Roland; and his sister, Frances Crabbe.

Survivors: His wife, Joann; daughter, Michelle and son-in-law of 32 years, Eddie Redwine, and granddaughter, Hillary Redwine and her husband, Jared Charles; son, Ty and his wife, Peggy, and grandson, Sam; and sister, Lois Luft.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/16/2006.

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Rolf Alfred Eklund
1936 - 2004

Rolf Eklund Rolf Alfred Eklund, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, during heart bypass surgery. He was 67 years old.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 7900 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth, the Rev. David Anderson and the Rev. Laird Duran officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive those who also loved Rolf 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers: Eric Bries, Paul Calvin, Charles Eklund, James Johnson, Paul Shuga and Jaret Tilley. Honorary pallbearers: Ray Barto, Jon Bradford, Norval Crabtree, Franklin Earney, Horst Krause, Bob Lopez and Ray Russell.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that expressions of love for Rolf be made to the Rolf Eklund Memorial Scholarship Fund, to provide the opportunity of a college education to needy and deserving students, at the Birdville Independent School District Foundation, 6125 E. Belknap, Haltom City, Texas 76117, Attn: C.A. Sanford.

Rolf Alfred Eklund was born in Kimo, Finland, on Aug. 7, 1936, to Eric Eklund and Katarina Kullman Eklund. The family of five, including Rolf's older brother, Edgar, and little sister, Louise, fled their home in Finland during World War II and sailed to America in May 1942 aboard the MS Gripsholm. The New York Times ran a feature on the Eklund family on the day they arrived in New York City, N.Y., as they were the largest family aboard.

The Eklund family settled in Jersey City, N.J., where Rolf attended school. He earned his bachelor's degree in history at Jersey City State College and also did undergraduate work at Princeton University. Rolf graduated as an United States Air Force cadet in 1956 at Lackland Air Force Base, where he completed his pre-flight training. He then completed navigator training in Harlingen and served in the United States Air Force as a C-141 navigator until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1985.

Rolf earned his master's degree in history from Texas Christian University and completed graduate work at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities.

Rolf married Janelle McNair on June 19, 1959, at Broadway Baptist Church. Rolf and Janelle had two children, Charles and Katherine. Rolf and Janelle were teachers at Richland High School, Birdville Independent School District, for their entire careers. Rolf began teaching at Richland High School in 1965, where he taught advanced placement American history, advanced placement economics, and humanities until his retirement from teaching in 1997. Rolf never really retired, though, as he spent the last few years as a substitute teacher at Fort Worth Country Day School.

Rolf's love of his family was equaled only by his love for the students he taught with great joy for so many years. Learning of his sudden passing, one student remarked that "Mr. Eklund was one of those rare birds who did it right, did it well, and left a bit of himself in each student. I know he left his mark on me, and the older I get the more I appreciate it." Another, writing from the naval carrier on which he serves, said that "He made each student feel important, even if he was calling us 'cloth ears' or giving us 'a zero for the day, sport.' His unique phrases and unforgettable mannerisms made an otherwise dreaded subject something to look forward to for countless thousands of teen-agers, all of whom are grown now, most with kids of their own. So to say his impact is immeasurable is an understatement. He really embodied all that Hollywood would have us believe about teachers, that theirs is a noble profession and that they truly change lives. He did."

Rolf was preceded in death by his mother and father, Katarina and Eric Eklund; his brother, Eric Edgar Eklund; and nephew, Karl Eklund.

Survivors: He leaves behind his beloved wife of nearly 45 years, Janelle McNair Eklund; beloved son, Charles Eklund and daughter-in-law Suzanne, and Suzanne's children, Rachel and Paul; beloved daughter, Katherine Tilley and son-in-law, Jaret, and grandsons, Eric and Rolf Tilley, all of Fort Worth; beloved sister and brother-in-law, Louise Eklund Anderson and the Rev. David Anderson of Lakeville, Minn.; and thousands of friends and former students enriched by his gift of teaching with love and tremendous wit.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 1/30/2004.

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Kaye Keller Matsler
1944 - 2005

Kaye Keller Matsler Kaye Keller Matsler, 61, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, from her valiant 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Kaye was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, dedicated teacher and wonderful friend.

Memorial service: 6 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins, Arlington. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Kaye's life. Graveside service: Private family burial in Moore Memorial Gardens.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Kaye may be sent to the First Christian Church Remodeling Fund, in care of First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins, Arlington, Texas 76010; or Alzheimer's Research, in care of Alzheimer's Association, North Central Texas Chapter, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Kaye was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Atlanta, Texas, and grew up in Terrell. After graduating from Terrell High School in 1962, she attended Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing a BA in history and education certification. In 1965, Kaye met and married Richard Matsler, the love of her life, and they continued their studies as they started their life and family together. Kaye graduated in 1970 and taught four years at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. After living in Austin for one year, Kaye and Richard returned to Arlington, where Kaye taught for 24 years at Richland High School. Kaye retired in 1999.

While at Richland High School, Kaye mentored many students while serving as a sponsor for cheerleading, student council and the National Honor Society. She was honored in 1994 by the Texas A&M College of Education's Deans Roundtable as an outstanding teacher.

One of Kaye's greatest loves was her church. Kaye was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Arlington, where she served as a deacon and was active in Christian Women's Fellowship, Christian Adult Fellowship, the Seekers Class and Mini-Flock Serendipity. She loved worshipping there with Richard and their friends, helping with vacation church school and attending annual women's retreats in Athens, as long as her health allowed.

Kaye also loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were two of her acquired skills and she really enjoyed the times she spent with loved ones at the family "ranch" in San Saba County. Kaye was a member of the Arlington Sportsman Club, North Texas Garden Railroad Consortium and the Road Runners Square Dance Club.

Kaye was preceded in death by her father, John G. Keller, and her father-in-law, Horace Matsler.

Survivors: Devoted husband, Richard Matsler of Arlington; daughter, Catherine Renee Medaris and husband, Ron, of Fort Worth; son, William Clark "Bill" Matsler and wife, Monica, of Arlington; precious grandchildren, Mackenzie and Nicolas Medaris of Fort Worth and Augustine and Thomas Matsler of Arlington; mother, Cathryn Keller of Fort Worth; mother-in-law, Oretha Matsler of Arlington; brothers, John Keller and wife, Annette, of Fort Worth and Jim Keller and wife, Suzy, of College Station; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/17/2005.

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Leon George Hagmann
1931 - 2006

Leon George Hagmann Leon George Hagmann, 75, a retired school administrator, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at an area hospital.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3200 Denton Highway, Dr. Jeff May officiating. Burial: Birdville Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Home.

Mr. Hagmann was born Jan. 24, 1931, in East Aurora, N.Y., and moved with his family to Dallas in 1946. He graduated from Sunset High School in 1948. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of North Texas in Denton. He served in the Marine Corps from 1950-52. He started teaching in the Birdville ISD in 1954. He served as assistant principal for Haltom Junior High from 1962-66; opening principal at North Oaks Junior High in 1966-67; principal at Richland Junior High from 1967-71; and principal at Haltom High from 1971-1981. He retired as associate superintendent of administration in 1993 with 39 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ruth; a sister, Katherine Garrett of Dallas; and a brother, George William Hagmann III of Dallas.

Survivors: Wife, Ann; daughter, Leanne Messer and husband, Steve, of Douglasville, Ga.; son, Marshall Hagmann and wife, Beth, of Weatherford; stepdaughter, Stephanie Hatley of North Richland Hills; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hagmann of Dallas; mother-in-law, Janie Shuler of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Mitchell and Michael Messer, Ryne and Mallory Hagmann, Lauren McKinney, Kyler and Taiylor Hatley; godson, Air Force Col. Roger H. Watkins of Washington, D.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Published in the Star-Telegram 4/18/2006.

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