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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.