James P. Schwend and Betty J. Kinnibrugh-Schwend were called to Heaven to be with God on December 20, 2022 and later Betty on February 11, 2023.
James was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to James Gordan Schwend and Thalia Irene Wolfe-Schwend on December 4, 1942. He lived and went to school in Wichita Falls, before enlisting in the US Army. After serving in the US Army, he went on to attend college where he attained a degree in Civil Engineering. In between that time, he met and later married the love of his life of 56 years, Betty Jo Kinnibrugh-Schwend.
Betty was born in Benjamin, Texas to Orville Roland Kinnibrugh and Joardis Gray-Kinnibrugh on July 27, 1944. She grew up and went to school in Vera, Texas before attending college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where she met and fell in love with James. They would later get married before moving to Fort Worth, Texas.
Once settled in Fort Worth, they decided to start a family and get involved in their community. Both loved to worship the lord and after visiting a couple churches, the fell in love with the lords work at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, where they were members 30 years.
James was an active leader in many aspects of church, helping Betty with teaching Sunday school, but his passion was helping with the Royal Ambassadors, a youth program to teach kids how to become leaders for Christ.
Betty’s commitment to the lord involved teaching Sunday school and later being one of the co-founders of the church pre-school program, which still exist today. In the 1990’s, God had different plans for Betty, so the pre-school program that she started at church was extended to the home where Betty and James (and her daughter Scherry), reached out to many children throughout the community. Outside of the lord’s work, James and Betty were loving parents and grandparents.
They both are survived by their children, Scherry E. Schwend-Creech (and husband Wylie), James R. Schwend (and wife Emily), Stephen W. Schwend, and grandchildren, Justin, Sarah, Jonathan and lastly Ryker.
Funeral Services will be held at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 10th at 1:00 pm.
Donald (Don) Ray Parker, 75, of North Richland Hills, TX, passed away on February 8, 2023.
Don was born on July 10, 1947 to Howard and Hazel Parker in Honey Grove, TX. He served in the US army in Vietnam from 1966-1968. He spent many years as a brick mason across DFW and OKC - he could tell you every wall, fence, mailbox, etc. he built when you drove by. He spent his early years competing in shuffle board tournaments, winning many, and his retirement playing solitaire and watching his TV that could be heard from a mile away.
Don was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Howard Parker; brother, Paul Parker; sister, Mary Day; daughter, Kimberly Parker and son Jason Parker. He is survived by his sister, Darla Arnell; daughter, Dhonia Harrell and her husband, David; son, Don Parker; grandchildren, Justin Parker and his wife, Bekka, Jared Parker and his wife, Bailey Parker, Baylee Davis and her fiancé, Chuck Corder, Whitley Harrell, Aren Voyles and his fiancé, Kaylee Mullendore, Jaci Parker, Camryn Parker; great grandchild, Keira Parker; niece, Tammy Day and her fiancé, Danny Hernandez.
Zada Marie Carter Milholen, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7:10 AM.Services: Pioneer Dr. Baptist Church in Irving Texas viewing January 26th 5-7PM funeral January 27th. 10 AM burial following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Zada was born in Friona, TX, October 29,1931 to Dewey Carl and Martha Alvin Carter. Zada’s mom raised 4 daughters by herself,(Zada being the youngest), while working 2 and 3 jobs at a time. Her mom taught the girls the love of Christ and sent them to church every Sunday. She played basketball through her school years. Zada got married right after graduation from high school to Kenneth Heady and they both worked the rest of their lives. She started out as a roller skating carhop, a meat butcher and a cashier among many other jobs. She started bowling and playing 42 during her young life and carried those activities throughout her life. Zada and Ken moved to Irving in the summer of 1967 Carl’s senior year and Randy’s 1st grade year. She immediately went to work at Krogers and worked there for 18 years. Ken died while Randy was in school and she married Tony. When Zada retired from Krogers she couldn’t just stay home so she went to work at the Irving Police Dept., as a volunteer, at the main desk. She worked there for 17 years.
She was a long time member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Irving, Tx., serving the Lord while enjoying friends and family. She relived her life through the lives of her grandchildren’s eyes sharing all their adventures. She left us with memories that will help fill the void created in our hearts by her passing. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is preceded in death by: Parents Dewey and Martha Carter, Husbands: Kenneth Heady and Tony Milholen, one grand child and three sisters.
She is survived by sons: Carl wife Judy Heady, Randy wife Yvonne Heady, grandchildren Kevin wife Stephanie Heady, Chance wife Stephanie Heady, Michael and Courtney Heady, great-grandchildren Kameron wife Rainey Heady, Karson wife Alex Heady, Christian, Reed and Chloe Heady, Hayden and Brady Heady great- great grand children Hunter and Duke Heady.
Deacon Ernest S. Barrera, Jr., 92, of the Great State of Texas, peacefully “relocated to heaven” on January 4, 2023 in Fort Worth, Texas surrounded by his family. Ernest was born October 26, 1930 to Sally and Ernest Barrera, Sr. Ernest was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Esperanza (Hope) Figueroa Barrera. He is survived by his children Butch (Amy) Barrera, Ron (Michele) Barrera, Rick (Dora) Barrera, Yvonne (Scott) Reddoch, grandchildren Jeremy (Aja) Barrera, Gabriel (Desiree) Barrera, Jerilee Barrera, Jason (Courtney) Reddoch, Jace (Tashanna) Barrera, Ricky Barrera, Tanner Reddoch, and Colton Reddoch, great grandchildren, Kaiya & Eden Barrera, Brooke & Brynn Barrera, Kara & Raegan Barrera, MaryGrace Reddoch & Ryker Heinold, Jordan (Stephanie), Anthony, Angelee, Rose, and Avery Heredia, and great great grandchildren, Eliza & Ezryn Heredia.
Ernest was raised in the hills of Helotes, Texas and was the oldest of 9 children. They enjoyed an active and adventurous life with their parents and huge extended family. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio in 1949 where he was a Lieutenant Colonel of the ROTC. He was an excellent marksman earning many awards during his high school years, as well as using that skill to feed his family for many years. Ernest held many positions from carpentry to salesman of power tools to finally owning his own insurance agency until he retired in 1992. Dad and Mom traveled the country in their motor home and were blessed to visit every state before settling in Waelder, Texas. The life lessons and positive example he set for his family will never be forgotten. Ernest was generous with his time, always willing to help others with car problems,leaking faucets, building houses, etc. He could fix or build ANYTHING. He was skilled in all aspects of carpentry, home building, fireplaces, decks, bookcases, electricity, rock work, plumbing, and the list goes on and on. Those that he helped or gave one of his creations to still have those treasures from Ernest. He was an avid fisherman and knew the Texas Gulf Coast better than any guide. Our Dad loved TESTINGboundaries and his least favorite word was NO! 😊
To honor our Dad’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private service with his children and grandchildren will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Universal Health Resources (Universal Hospice), 1208 Country Club Lane, Fort Worth, TX, 76112.
Wanda Kay Smith, 69, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away December 27, 2022. Wanda was born June 19, 1953, in Anchorage, Alaska to Harlin and Blanche Willis. She married Roger Smith in 1976. Wanda loved Roger and her daughter Angie so much. She never wanted material things, just her family and friends around her. She was one of the most selfless people you’ll ever meet. Wanda did for others, her whole life from fostering babies they had no placements for, to inviting foreign exchange students to their home to raising her sister. She loved her family so much. She also loved her church family. She was always there for everyone and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Wanda is survived by her daughter, Angela Johnston; her two grandchildren, Max, and Breonna Johnston; sister, Mary Lou Horne and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Smith, her dad and mom, Harlin and Blanche Willis and sister, Brenda Hollon.
Wanda will live in our hearts forever.
Ryan James Gillaspie, age 41 went to be with his Lord and Savor Monday, December 19, 2022, in Waco at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Ryan had been battling Juvenile diabetes along with some other health issues for some time now and now he is finally resting in peace. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 31, 2022. at the Reconciled Church in Itasca with Pastor Arthur Mozon officiating. After the service there will be a dinner at the church for friends and family.
Ryan was born February 23, 1981, in Cleburne, Texas to Colie Gillaspie and Kathy Weaver. His ancestry, family history, and genealogy were Cherokee Indian and Bohemian Nations, something Ryan was very proud of. He grew up in Itasca, where Ryan met the love of his life, Stephanie Savala at her Grandpa’s Tire Shop, there in Itasca. They were together for over 20 years, sharing and raising 2 beautiful children, Eli and Emily Gillaspie and Nicole Johnson from Wichita, KS. He loved just spending time with the kids teaching them things or in the shop. He spent over 25 years working with A&B Manis Company in Hillsboro. Ryan also liked trying new recipes/cooking, and sometimes it would be some of the oddest stuff too, he also enjoyed going fishing and playing his guitar.
Ryan loved being a mechanic, I think it runs in the family and I am sure he learned a lot from his Uncle Billy. Then there was his brother, Casey, Ryan went from learning to be a mechanic to teaching his younger brother everything he knew, they loved this time together and they loved working on cars together. Like I said being a mechanic runs in the family and it will stay in the family forever. He loved so much, he would go out of his way to help anyone that was having an issue with their vehicle, it did not matter the time or how long he would be there either, he would be there. But then there would be Stephanie: Ryan omg your phone is always ringing, and he would be trying to diagnose people’s cars, Stephanie would call him the (Car Doctor) and she eventually learned to live with it. If you wanted to find him back in the day, it was more likely under the hood of a car or sitting inside the trunk where the motor was.
Then there were the classic cars that he could not stop talking about, if he could of, he would have bought them all and restored them to their finest, but for sure driving way faster than they should too. Then there is the Bass Music group out of Ft. Worth he really loved hanging out with these guys, and playing music, they would be basing out so loud, it would make the people around them so mad. Ryan grew very close friendships with them, just like they were family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Colie Gillaspie; grandparents, Joan and Delmar Gillaspie, and M.L. Grisham; godfather, Billy Warren AKA (Billy Wayne); uncle, Noland Laramore; and cousin, Travis Casey Cockerham.
Ryan is survived by the love of his life, Stephanie Savala; children, Nicole, Eli, and Emily; mother, Kathy Weaver; stepfather, Raymond Weaver; grandparent, Doris Grisham; brother, Casey Gillaspie; sisters, Nena Gillaspie, Cecelia Gillaspie, and Tanar Frank; brother-in-law, Harlan Fowler of Marlow, Oklahoma; along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, many lifelong friends from the Hill County area that were like family, and one best friend of 25 years Ali Soureshjani, of Mulvane, Kansas.
Ryan- you are gone too soon, and you will be missed by so many; We Love You.
Flower Delivery for Celebration of Life Service will be received at: 1409 HCR 4281, Hillsboro Texas 76645.
Elida Graciela Medrano de Diaz, 75, of Fort Worth, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 26, 2022, in a Fort Worth nursing facility.
She was born on April 6, 1947, in Ocampo, Coahuila, Mexico, to Hilda (Ramos) and Romulo Medrano. She married Benito Diaz on March 27, 1970, in Ocampo. They were a few months shy of celebrating 51 years of marriage upon his death on Jan. 14, 2021. The couple made their home in Mexico for several months after their marriage before moving to Hugo, Oklahoma.
She moved to Uvalde in 1981, residing there until June of 2020 when she moved to Fort Worth. The family said she loved singing, music, and crocheting, and they described her as a talented seamstress.
She is survived by four sons, Lesley Diaz and Jacky Diaz and wife, Audrey, all of Uvalde, Andy Diaz and wife, Veronica, of Fort Worth, and Eduardo Medrano and wife, Josefa “Pepa," of Mexico; and multiple brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son, Donald Benito Diaz.
Our precious George Sellers went to be with the Lord this past Sunday morning on November 20, 2022. He was a mentor & great friend to me & a great love to my mom and I was proud to call him a stepdad. He was a school teacher and coach for Birdeville ISD for 30 years & his students adored him!!! He will be greatly missed by his family & friends and former students. He enjoyed Praising the Lord, Gaither music, Golf, Football and Avatar was his favorite movie. The memorial service will be Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 3pm at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 6955 26 Blvd, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 and anyone who would like to say goodbye may attend. (No Reception)
Asencion Duran Yáñez, falleció el 31 de Octubre del 2022, en sus últimos momentos fue rodeado por su amada familia. Originario de Nochistlán Zacatecas, nació el 23 de Noviembre de 1950.
Por oficio fue filarmónico (trompetista de mariachi y cantante) entregado totalmente a la música mexicana.
Fué precedido en fallecer por sus padres, Paulina Yañez Aguirre y Ángel Duran Ramírez. Dejando atrás para recordarlo su esposa, María Guadalupe Jiménez de Duran; sus hijas, Angelica, Araceli, Patricia y Griselda; y sus nietos, Alejandra, Alondra, Nohely, Ana Isabel, Jennice, Monserrat, Karim, Victor, Efrain, Vianney, Aaron y Zirany.
El ahora está descansando en los brazos de nuestro señor Jesucrito.
Su misa de Difunto tomará lugar a las 11:00am el Martes, 8 de Noviembre, 2022 en St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 7341 Glenview Dr. North Richland Hills, 76180. Su visitación comenzará a las 9:30am.
George Charles Shust of Ft Worth, 67, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Texas Health Harris Hospital. He was born August 10, 1955, in Bronx, NY, the son of Paul and Julia (Gerlach) Shust where he grew up with a sister and 4 brothers.
George graduated from Aviation High School class of 1973. Following graduation, he went on to have a career as an aircraft mechanic that spanned almost 50 years. In 1979, he would go on to marry, Myrna Vasquez and have a marriage that lasted almost 43 years.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Michael and Alan. Surviving in addition to his wife, Myrna (Vasquez) Shust, are his daughters, Jennifer Monk and her husband, Bryan, of Cleburne; daughter, Kristina Green and her husband, Brandon of Northlake; six grandchildren, Olivia Hunt, Grayson Hunt, Elizabeth Hunt, Elias Monk, Claire Green, and Landon Green.
A celebration of life will be held 5:00pm Wednesday, October 26 at Feragne Villa Event Venue, 755 Mid Cities Blvd, Hurst TX.