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Geron Dale Birmingham


10-07-1967 - 09-13-2014


Geron Dale Birmingham, 46 of Waxahachie passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 7, 1967, in Dallas to Odell & Pat Birmingham. In December 2012 he married Doris Harrison. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and his passion was dirt bike racing.


Geron is survived by his mother & stepfather Pat & Lorne McMillan of Waxahachie; wife Doris of Waxahachie; sons Ryan and Lane; daughter Erika Birmingham; step sons: Jack and Chris Harrison; step grandchildren Annelise and Alexa Harrison; and a host of other family & friends.


Services to celebrate his life are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Farley Street Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Harris officiating. Interment will follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.


Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home.


Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Visit www.waynebozefuneralhome.com.

Sachse teen passes away; leaves legacy of faith


Kim Everett | September 13, 2014


Hudson Middle School student Isaiah Javon Forman passed away Friday, Sept. 5, but the way this young man lived will influence the lives of others for many years to come.


The eighth-grader’s legacy of courage, strength, a positive attitude and faith in God will live on in his family and friends, as well as those who had never met him but followed his story.


Isaiah fought a successful battle against leukemia as a 4-year-old after his younger brother, Xavier, 2-years-old at the time, donated bone marrow for the transplant that saved his life. He was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, which he faced with faith and courage.


Isaiah loved football and was an accomplished athlete. I had the pleasure of meeting both Isaiah and Xavier in 2009 when both of their football teams were playing in the Turkey Bowl, the pee-wee league’s championship game.


At that time Isaiah told me that his motto was “Live Strong,” and he did just that. Xavier’s message was to “Always trust God and believe in yourself.”


The brothers were raised in a God-loving home and Isaiah’s faith and love for the Lord were described as “amazing.”


Isaiah’s hope was to play football for the Garland Owls and wear #24. At the Thursday, Sept. 11, Garland High School game, Isaiah was declared the Owls’ honorary captain. He was represented on the field by his mother, April Miller and grandmother, Donna Miller during the coin toss. Xavier led the Owls onto the field wearing a #24 Owls jersey. In addition, there was a special video tribute to Isaiah.


He will be missed by many family members and friends. Isaiah is survived by his parents: Stedmon Forman and wife Jennifer of Dallas and April Miller of Sachse; brothers: Xavier Forman of Sachse and Trae Forman of Dallas; sister: Audi Forman of Dallas; grandparents: Heinz and Donna Miller of Sachse and Donny and Wanda Forman of Anna.


Billy Cole of Sachse dies in car accident


Kim Everett | Posted August 16


Billy Cole III, former standout on the Sachse Mustangs football team, died in a car accident Tuesday, Aug. 12. Cole, who was about to begin his junior year at McMurry University in Abilene, was on his way back to school for the beginning of football practice. The accident occurred on Interstate 20 at about 6 p.m. when Cole lost control of his vehicle and overcorrected.


The running back made history at Sachse High School in 2011 as a member of the first football team in the school’s history to make it to the playoffs. That year, he rushed for 975 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He was also named 10-5A All District.


Cole played football for the McMurry War Hawks in his freshman and sophomore years.


According to the Abilene News-Reporter, officials at McMurry University have provided counselors and pastors to visit with Cole’s fellow students and team members. The first scheduled practice, which was to be Wednesday night, was canceled and team members instead spent the time remembering their late teammate.


Cole excelled in academics as well as athletics. In high school, he maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and made the dean’s list every semester at McMurry University.


Cole, son of Billy and Barbara Cole, and Tabatha Bedenbaugh, was 20-years-old.


Photo from mcmurrysports.com

JoAnn Solomon


September 20, 1954 – July 30, 2014


JoAnn Solomon, 59, of Garland, formerly of Paris, Texas passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.  Services will be held Wednesday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson, Texas with the Reverend Greg Foster officiating.  Interment will be at 4:00 p.m. at Restlawn Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Maxey Funeral Home.  A wake will be held on Tuesday Aug 5th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park.


She was born in Paris, Texas September 20, 1954 to Frankie Mae McFadden and Clema Joe Wright.She was a 1973 graduate of McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif.  She had a successful 40 year career with the Internal Revenue Service.  Joann was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother who lived life to the fullest and shared her joy and love with all those around her.  She was a positive role model that mentored and inspired many.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson, Texas.


Survivors include her parents Harold and Frankie Mae Mcfadden of Garland, Texas; son, DeMaurea Solomon (Toysha Solomon) of Katy, Texas; brother, Solomon Wright (Joyce Wright) of Duncanville, Texas; grandchildren, Keith Thomas, Jaila Solomon, and Oren Solomon; father, Clema Joe Wright of Portland, Oregon.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents Solomon and Helen Clement of Paris, Texas.

Irma Noemi Navarro


February 14, 1942 – July 31, 2014


Irma Noemi Navarro, 72, of Greenville passed away July 31, 2014. She was born February 14, 1942 in Hebbronville, Texas to Serbando & Manuela Acevedo.


Irma is survived by her loving husband, Jesus; son, Eddie Navarro; mother Manuela; brothers, Juan, Jesus and Jamie Acevedo; sisters, Aida Delgado, Sarita McLaughlin and Olivia Plant; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her father, brother Crensico and son, Mario.


Rosary service will be Monday from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at LYNCH Funeral Service, Greenville, Texas.


Please visit www.lynchfuneralservice.com to leave online condolences.               

Billy Wortham Power

September 25, 1922 – July 19, 2014

Billy Wortham Power, 91, died at his home Saturday, July 19, 2014, after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Maurine Wilson Power, and his parents Wortham Power and Frances Irene Thrasher Power. He is survived by his children Peggy Ann McCarty, Paul Wilson Power, and Dorothy Gail White; his grandchildren, Rebecca McCarty and Ashley White; and his daughter-in-law, Phyllis Bailey Power and her children and grandchildren have also lost a special part of their lives.

Billy was born in Dallas Sept. 25, 1922. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1940 and attended Texas A & M University. Billy and Maurine married July 23, 1949.

Billy was in the Army Air Corps during World War II spending most of the war in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After joining the Air Force Reserve, he was called to active duty when the Korean Conflict began and spent two years in Greenville, South Carolina. He spent two wars working on airplanes. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. Peggy was with Billy and Maurine in South Carolina. Upon returning to Garland, the family settled into the house Billy and Maurine had bought in 1950. Paul was born there shortly after they returned to Garland. Dorothy came along nine years later. Billy still lived in that house when he died. He always told his children that the only way he would leave that house would be when they carried him out feet first . . . got that right too.

During his life, Billy was known as a man who never met a stranger. He loved to tell stories and had lots of stories to tell! He was also known by his pick-up truck! Billy bought a brand new Chevy truck in 1964, which he drove until only a few summers ago. That truck has taken the Power family on great camping and exploring adventures all over the United States and is a local icon. Everyone knows that truck!

Billy enjoyed Boy Scouting as a boy, a young man and an adult. Many men at First Baptist Garland remember Billy's work with Boy Scout Troop 61. In fact, Billy has devoted much of his time and energy to many of our church's ministries since he and Maurine joined First Baptist in 1956, including Sylvia Vaughn's first grade Sunday School class, Vacation Bible School… and, of course, the Friendship House. Billy would be the first to tell you that he gained a wealth of blessings through the giving of his time, particularly after the death of his beloved wife, Maurine.

Billy's children have been blessed to have such a wonderful Daddy. And while they grieve his passing, they rejoice that he is whole and strong again in heaven and reunited with Maurine.

The funeral service was Tuesday, July 22, at First Baptist Church of Garland.

Anyone who wishes can make a donation to the Friendship House at First Baptist Church Garland in his name. The Friendship House is located at 620 West Avenue B in Garland.

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.