Maxwell Hudson Phillips, 93, a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on Wednesday, Oct.24, 2018.
Graveside Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth, on November 3, 2018.
Maxwell was born in Manifest, Louisiana on May 12, 1925, and spent his childhood in Kelly, Louisiana. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the army, completed basic training, and was deployed to New Guinea to reassemble naval landing craft. As a career military man, Maxwell proudly served in both World War II and the Korean War and continued his career in the Air Force retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He demonstrated an innate talent for all things mechanical leading him to a second career with the FWISD. As an Adult Vocational Education Supervisor, he oversaw trade programs which benefitted many returning Vietnam veterans. In his younger years, Maxwell enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and bowling. He also enjoyed remodeling houses using his carpentry, electrical, and plumbing skills.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and a sister in Heaven.
Maxwell is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren to miss his sweet, loving presence.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
On Sunday, October 14th 2018, our Mighty Lord called His son, David Wesley ‘Adrenaline’ Rush, home to Heaven at the young age of 30. David was born on November 21st, 1987 to Tony Earl Rush and Shirley Lynne Rush in Lawrenceville, GA. When he was 14 he moved to Watauga, TX. He was homeschooled and loved skateboarding, wrestling and music even then. At the age of 5 years old David made the decision to ask Jesus into his heart and again in high school he rededicated his heart to HIM. As David got older, he worked as a waiter and bartender and manager at different local restaurants like: Bayou Jacks, Houlihans, Chili’s and On The Border. David became passionate about fitness and working out . In 2016 earned his license as a Certified Personal Trainer and began utilizing his love of fitness and his gift of encouragement to impact others and help to motivate them reach their fitness goals. His job at Mutual Muscle Gym brought him such joy to be able to make a real difference in other people’s lives.
David loved the Lord and was a member of Milestone Church in Keller, along with his longtime girlfriend, Jessika Grass, and was active in small groups. He had a huge loving heart for people and had the ability to light up any room with his amazing smile and dimples, always happy and positive. He had an awesome gift of really seeing people and sincerely connecting with everyone he met. He soaked up every opportunity to experience interactions with other people and share in their life experiences. His laughter contagiously made everyone giggle and he could eat a whole table of food by himself. The thing that most people who really knew David would remember most is… his hugs! This guy had a way of making you feel like he was so honored and overjoyed to have you be a part of his day and just wanted to show you how much he loved you with a great big hug! David loved people like Jesus does… fully open, vulnerable, sincere, pure and true!
David is survived by his biggest blessing and greatest accomplishment in life- his daughter, Raelyn (whom he loved more than anything and lived to only be someday worthy of her); his parents: Tony Rush of Watauga and Shirley Rush of North Richland Hills; his Aunt Eulala Echols and Uncle Bobby Echols of Vernon; his Aunt Angela Wilson-Rush of North Richland Hills; and all of his cousins.
The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 19th 2018 at Abundant Life Family Church, 6800 Hwy 377, Watauga, TX at 2:00 pm followed by a graveside service at Mount Olivet in Fort Worth, TX.
There have been a couple of funds established in David’s memory:
“I will one day stand atop this hole I am slowly digging myself out of, then I will look down at the pit with pride, and after that I will look up into the sky realizing that my potential to keep rising is limitless. Always keep pushing yourself… in everything!” – David Rush
Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Joshua 1:9-11 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 121 1-2
I lift up mine eyes to the hills- from whence cometh my help…My help cometh from the Lorde, the Maker of Heaven and earth.
Doris L. Brooks, age 85, beloved mother and grandmother entered into eternal rest on September 19, 2018.
A celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Doris LaVerne Lowery Brooks was born to Simon Lowery and
Hattie Mae Benson Lowery in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 1933, which happened to be her father’s birthday as well. She was the youngest of three children born into the family. Hattie B. Lowery passed away soon after Doris was born and her early childhood years were spent in the care of her godmother. It was in this environment that Doris received piano lessons, her religious training, and her love for the Lord was nurtured at Union Wesley A.M.E. Church. In 1940 Simon married Grace Broadway who became mother to Julius and Doris and the family moved their membership to John Wesley A.M.E. Church several years later.
In high school, Doris met Calvin Eugene Jackson whom she married in 1952. They were divorced in 1974. Three children were born of this union: Diane LaVerne, Marjorie Elaine, and Carlton Eugene. During the formative years of her children’s lives, Doris was content to be wife, mother and homemaker. She was a strict but nurturing disciplinarian and meticulous housekeeper. As a military wife she moved to various Air Force bases around the country until the family settled in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962. They met Rev. Marshall Hodge and Morningside Methodist Church became their church home. The church was politically active under Rev. Hodge and Doris & Jack became involved in activities to advance civil rights in the community. Her skills as a musician were often on display as a member of the Morningside Chancel Choir and part-time organist.
Her activities in the church expanded to include the Methodist Youth Fellowship and United Methodist Women. She was active in the community as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den mother, and Meals on Wheels driver. She later worked outside the home for the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, and Mervyn’s Department Store.
In 1975 Doris married James Earl Brooks. The Brooks’ were ardent members of Allen Chapel A.M.E Church for many years. Again, we see Doris in the role of musician / choir director for the Gospel Choir of Allen. They moved to Forest Hills AME at the request of the presiding elder to help build a new congregation. The marriage continued until his death in 2006.
Throughout her life, Doris suffered from various illnesses, but her faith in God was unwavering. In spite of her pain she had a welcoming smile, an infectious laugh, a wicked sense of humor, and a heart for others. Her door was always open and her kitchen had a stool for anyone who needed a listening ear. She was an example of faith to her family by thought, word, and deed.
Doris was preceded in death by her mothers, father, sister, brother, daughter, Marjorie Jackson Martin, and husband James E. Brooks.
Doris’s homegoing is celebrated by her children: Diane Jackson Powell and Carlton E. Jackson (Beverly); Grandchildren: Brandon C. Greer, Yolanda C. Martin, Zachary A. Powell, Rachel Martin, B. Jovan Martin, Kristina Jackson Hielscher (Eric), and Katrina Jackson; 8 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins. She will be deeply missed by our extended family member Diane Egan and dear friend Barbara Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mother’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Irving: Renetta D. Ritter, 62, left her earthly body Saturday, September 15, 2018, and crossed into eternal life with Jesus Christ her Savior.
Funeral: 12:00pm Thursday, August 20, 2018 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 W. Pioneer Dr. Irving, Tx.75060.
Visitation: 10am till 12pm before service at the church.
Renetta was born into this world in Dallas, TX, August 8, 1956, to the loving home of Henry A. and Naomi Ritter. She attended school in Irving, graduating from Nimitz High School where she enjoyed singing and sports, especially volleyball. She was a good student. She attended Court Reporting School and followed that career path in her younger days. Later she worked in Air Freight. She had a creative nature; enjoying planting flowers and watching them grow, venturing into coloring pictures and other things that caught her attention and interest. She loved her family and even while taking chemotherapy, tried to care for her mother in many ways. She was a long-time member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, enjoying the teachings of the Lord from early childhood into early adulthood, then a recent re-dedication period. Raise up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry A. Ritter; nephew, Clinton Ritter; aunts, Willie Dean Shay and Lou Ann Welch, uncles, Donald Dodd and Jahue Dodd, and stepfather Sam Young.
She is survived by: her sons, Matthew Ritter and Hunter Glick; mother, Naomi Young; brother, Bradley Ritter; aunt, Betty Stone; uncle, James Dodd, along with a host of other family and friends.
Kayli Brooke Moore, age 25, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Memorial service is at 11am Friday, September 21, 2018 at Fellowship of the Parks, 9900 N Beach, Keller TX 76248.
She was born October 6, 1992 in Sulpher Springs, Texas to Penni Holloway Moore and Kerry Marshall Moore of Mineola, Texas. Kayli graduated from Keller New Beginnings High School in 2011 and went on to be a graduate of Ogle School of Cosmetology in 2012. She was a member of Gateway Church and was baptized in October of 2012.
Kayli is preceded in death by her father, Kerry Marshall Moore; paternal grandparents, Merle Jean Snyder and Ernest Eugene Moore and maternal grandfather, Basil Monroe Holloway.
She is survived by her loving precious daughter, Natalia Paige Toney of Bedford; mother, Penni Holloway Moore Burt and Kevan Burt of Roanoke; siblings, Kristina Burt of Roanoke, Amber and Nicolas Bauermeister of Keller and Michael Burt of Roanoke; maternal grandmothers, Joyce Holloway of Mineola and Glenda Martinez of Gordonville, TX; three nieces and one nephew; paternal aunts, Crystal and Kevin Boyd of Winona, TX and Connie Moore of Jacksonville, TX; paternal uncles, Tony John Moore of Arkansas and Chris Peacock of Mineola; maternal aunt, Stephanie Mitchell of Mineola; maternal uncles, Basil and Michelle Holloway of fort Worth and Darryle Mitchell of Louisville, KY; 26 cousins and a large number of great-aunts and uncles and extended family and friends whom she loved.
John Wayne Stevenson, age 63, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 29, 2018.
He will be dearly missed...
Raymond Drake, age 71, was born in June 1947 and passed away in July 2018 surrounded by family.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, Fay and Gladys Drake.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Drake; son, Robert Drake and wife, Katie; daughter, Sara Drake-Stepp and husband, Jeremy; grandchildren, Austen, Ashlyn, Isla, and Emelia; great grandchild, A J; sister, Marie Stephens and husband Eric, and brother.
Ray worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for over 30 years and before worked for Beech Aircraft in Salina KS. He was known for his quiet demeanor, being a hard worker, his quick wit, and love for all things sci-fi. He loved the mountains, taking road trips with his family, and would want everyone who knew him to remember the happy times. He was happiest spending time with family and traveling with his wife of 50 years. Together they traveled most of the U.S. and parts of Canada. He was most at home on Colorado off-road trails. He also enjoyed fishing, photography, whittling, and creating yard art for his home. Ray was the best husband and father we could have asked for.
His ashes will be scattered, by his wife and children, in his favorite spot in the San Juan mountains. He will be sorely missed.
A special thanks to Community Hospice of Texas and to Dr. Robert Collins who allowed us to enjoy two extra years with Ray.
LeAnn Strickland Wright, age 58, passed from this earth into everlasting joy and life on July 25, 2018.
Family will receive guests from 2 to 3 pm Sunday with visitation and service to follow at 3 pm, at The Fountain Fellowship, 5298 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth, 76133.
She will be remembered for her creativity, comedy, endurance and love of God, her children and grandchildren. She was a passionate woman, she was playful, whimsical an all-in. She will be incredibly missed.
LeAnn is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Russell W. Wright; children, Kyle Strickland, Mary Smith, Matthew Smith, Travis Wright and Nathaniel Wright; five grandchildren; sisters, Brenda Pullen and Linda Martin.
Martha Alicia Fregoso, age 52, passed away at John Peter Smith Hospital. God received her into his kingdom on July 8th 2018.
Family will receive guests with a viewing at St. Rita Catholic Church, 5550 E Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 76112 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th.
Martha was born on June 12, 1966 and resided in Fort Worth, Texas with her children and grandchildren. She was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, and wife. Even as she fought courageously through the battles brought before her she still had strength and humbleness to serve others before self. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dolores Guerrero-Cortez and Adrian Gonzalez-Cortez.
She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren, and husband.
Debra Dee Bowers, age 63, passed away Tuesday July 3, 2018. She was born to John and Doris Steele in Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. in 1954. She lived with her parents until she married Mark Bowers in 1974. For the first time she moved to a different home, staying in the Pittsburgh area. She completed her B.S. degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology, after her two sons were born. As her husband moved about the country, she followed him with the family, settling most recently in Richland Hills, Texas. During this period, she became a greater lady, a wonderful, loving wife and mother, and a loving friend to all she met. In her own fashion, she always supported her husband and sons, making them all the men that they are. She went to work in the financial industry stepping far outside of her comfort zone and grow into a new and different world. She will be badly missed on this earth by her friends, coworkers, and family. She now rests in peace with her Lord and God.
Debra is survived by her loving husband, Mark Bowers; sons, Mark A. Bowers II and wife, Marsha Bowers, Edward A. Bowers and wife, Brianna N. Bowers; former daughter-in-law, Karmin Bowers; grandchildren, Elizabeth Bowers, Victoria Bowers, Christian Lohr, Lucas A. Bowers, Sydney N. Bowers, Landon A. Bowers; parents, John E Steele and wife, Doris Steele.