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Dee Ashenhurst


April 25, 1919 – June 14, 2014


Dee Ashenhurst, 95, passed away in Austin, Texas, on June 14, 2014.  Until moving to Austin, Dee was a life-long Methodist, most recently at First United Methodist Church in Garland.  He was a faithful member of the Howard Taylor Sunday School Class and served on numerous church committees through the years.  When he and his wife Dorothy moved to be closer to their daughter in Austin, they joined her church, Triumphant Love Lutheran.


Dee was born on April 25, 1919, to Curtis Diehl and Emma Marie Ashenhurst.  In 1942, he earned his BS degree at Oklahoma State University, immediately married his childhood sweetheart Dorothy, and began service in the Army-Air Force as a 2nd Lt. for pilot training. He was a squadron commander with the rank of Captain when he was discharged at the end of WWII.   He worked in retail businesses and most notably in several capacities at TG&Y stores, retiring after 36 years as an executive. 


Dee’s greatest pride was in his two daughters and their families. Known for his ability to tease without offending, he loved to work with people.  His many friends at the Summit cherished his quick wit and his friendship. 


Dee is survived by his daughter Deborah Rosenquist and son-in-law Lance of Austin; granddaughter Angela Hisanaga and  husband David of San Francisco; grandson Matthew Edel and wife  Kristen of San Antonio; granddaughter Jeanene Anthony and husband  Brett of Corpus Christi; grandson Jason Rosenquist (Father Panteleimon) of the Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery in Kendalia, Texas, and seven great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and his daughter Teresa Edel.


A family memorial service will be held to celebrate his life, with interment following.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the TLLC Endowment in Austin or the Foundation Fund at the First United Methodist Church in Garland.


Please visit Dee’s memorial at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com.

Respected Garland orthodontist passes away

Kim Everett | June 3, 2014

Dr. Robert George, born May 25, 1952, died Saturday, May 31 at Cedar Creek Lake in an apparent drowning.

George had been practicing orthodontics for more than 30 years and is responsible for many, many beautiful smiles in the Garland/Richardson area. He changed numerous lives by giving his patients the confidence that comes from having a great smile.

His patients, including children, teens and adults admired and respected him. He had a reputation for really listening to his patients, answering all their questions and addressing all their concerns.

George was known for supporting Garland ISD student activities of all kinds and at numerous campuses. In addition, he donated to programs at Lake Highlands and Berkner High Schools as well as Garland’s International Leadership of Texas Charter School. He was also an annual sponsor of a North Garland Little League team.

George also made donations to young people for summer mission trips and participated in mission trips to Mexico himself where he always served as cook.

In addition, he sponsored an annual outing to Hawaiian Falls in Garland for his patients and this year’s trip was scheduled for June 12.

He and his wife Linda were married for more than 35 years and had four sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter. He and all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts from Troop 890 in Lake Highlands.

He and Linda were active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church. George grew up in Lake Highlands and resided there at the time of his death.

He will be missed not only by his loving family and friends, but also by his wonderful office family and his current and past patients.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home located at 7405 West Northwest Highway in Dallas.

The funeral will be at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Thursday, June 5, 11 a.m.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714 or to the Highland Park UMC Mission and Outreach program, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205. Please note “In Memory of Bob George” on memo line of check.

Steven Thomas Morris


Steven Thomas Morris lost his life-long battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 52 April 8, 2014 at Baylor Medical Center of Garland. 


He is survived by his wife Sherry Morris; daughter Tifani Jones and her husband Jason; sons Christopher and Daniel Morris; his mother Mary Morris; two brothers Ken his wife Lisa and Ron Morris; and several nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.


He asked that his body be donated to the UTSW MDA Research Program to help find a cure. He will then be cremated and returned to the family.


A Memorial Service will be officiated by Abril Goforth at Buckingham United Methodist Church in Garland April 25, 2014. Donations may be made to http://mda.org/ways-to-help. 

Marvin Van Hoozer


May 18, 1927 – April 8, 2014


Marvin Lee Van Hoozer, age 86, of Brady, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Rowlett.  He was born May 18, 1927 in Bluefield, Virginia to Isaac Lee Van Hoozer and Elizabeth Mae (Brewster) Van Hoozer. 


He served in the Army Air Corp during WW II.  He married Wanda Jean Trewitt April 3, 1953 in Brady.  He was a Quality Engineer at E-Systems in Dallas for more than 36 years. 


He moved to Brady in 1998 where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.  He was a 32 degree Mason and a member of the Brady Masonic Lodge.  He was Past Master of the lodge and Past District Deputy.  He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies.   


Graveside services with Masonic Rites for Marvin Van Hoozer will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady with Reverend Phil Steinbach officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady. 


Friends may sign the online memorial guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com.


Marvin is survived by his son Steven Lee “Bubba” Van Hoozer of Forney; brother Fred Van Hoozer of Bluefield Virginia; sisters Daisy Carroll of Providence, RI and Ellen Blakeman of Ohio; grandchildren Jeremy, Joshua & Stephanie; great-grandchildren Marley, Matthew & Dane.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, seven brothers, one sister and step-son Ted Kyle Mitchell.  Memorial contributions in memory of Marvin Van Hoozer may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Brady.


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John Paul Ford

Nov. 29, 1934 – March 17, 2014

Ltc. John Paul Ford, 79, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014. He died from a weak heart from a leg amputation last December.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 20 at Lipan Church of Christ.

The burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan. Visitation is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Chapel in Lipan.

John was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Lipan, to Jack and Leona Madge Stacy Ford. He married Mary Daphne Darby, Mar. 13, 2010 in Dallas.

John was a military man who served in the Army for his country; he was a political activist who volunteered for many positions in the Republican Party; and he was a strong Christian who taught Sunday School at Rocky Point Baptist Church.

John was an educated man who received two Masters Degrees from Tarleton and from Texas Tech and he was the author of several engineering textbooks.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Daphne; his sister, Beauton Tipton and her husband, Vern; his three nieces: Judy Walker, Jane York, and Joyce Tipton; several cousins; and several second nieces and nephews.

Wiley Chapel
Lipan, 254-646-2255

Dawn Elizabeth Barnes

October 27, 1952 – January 26, 2014

Dawn Elizabeth Barnes, age 61, of Garland, passed away Sunday, January 26 at Autumn Health Care in Mount Vernon, Ohio. 

She was born on October 27, 1952 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to the late D.R. “Pat” and Bettie (Robinson) Barns. 

Dawn was an athlete and enjoyed golf and martial arts, for which she won many trophies.  Her main love was horses and taking dressage lessons.  She was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Ohio Northern School of Pharmacy.  She was a pharmacist for more than 30 years. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, P.R. “Rick” Barnes. 

She is survived by 4 cousins, Sondra (John) Hampton, Bradley Hampton, John Jr. Hampton, Sherry Wilson and many friends in Ohio and in Texas. 

The family will observe a memorial service at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To view this obituary or leave the family a private condolence visit:  www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dawn Elizabeth Barnes. 

GHS teacher passes away

Posted January 12, 2014

Garland High School Assistant Band Director Matt Casstevens, 36, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5. He also served as director of the school’s symphonic band, concert band, and jazz band and assisted with the wind symphony and wind ensemble.

A GHS graduate, Casstevens attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he was drum major of the ‘Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band’ for two years.

Casstevens was a member Arapaho Road Baptist Church where he was conductor of the wind ensemble.  He was married and had two children.

Grief counselors were made available GHS staff and students.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 10.