Wise County Messenger Obituaries
The following obituaries are in alphabetical order by last name.
Rains, Melissa ‘Missy’ Ann
Funeral for Melissa “Missy” Ann Rains, 17, of Boyd will be Monday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church of Boyd. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Richardson
will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Christian-Hawkins Chapel in
Rains died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, in Azle.
Born Jan. 21, 1987, in Fort Worth, she was a senior at Boyd High School and a student at Tarrant
She was preceded in death by a sister, Katlyn Christin Hanna.
She is survived by her father Chad Hanna and step-mother, Penny, of Boyd; mother, Diane
Gilchrest and step-father, Harry, of China Spring; five sisters, Megan Butcher of White Settlement
and Nikki, Lacey and Amber Gilchrest, and Ali Rawls, all of China Spring; grandparents, Royce
and Linda Hanna of Cottondale, Barbara Rains of Fort Worth, and Richard and Norma Westphal of
North Richland Hills; great-grandmother, Evelyn Hardin of Grafford; several nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles and cousins; and a boyfriend and best friend, Kevin Irelan of Azle.
Pallbearers will be Chad Hanna, Jared Simonoski, Benjamin Williams, Mark Rains and Joey
Published Sunday, August 22, 2004
Ralls, Bobby Odell
Funeral for Bobby Odell Ralls, 68, of Bridgeport was Nov. 12 at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Dr. Bill Higgins officiated. Burial followed at Salona Cemetery in Bowie.
Ralls died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 16, 1936, in Jefferson County, Okla., to Frank and Sadie (Rainwater) Ralls, he was the
retired owner of Bridgeport Super Save. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church and a
veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in Korea and Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by four sisters Shirley, Juanita, Christina and Vernice and a brother,
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jimmie Ralls of Bridgeport; a daughter, LaTrecia Hamilton
and husband, Alan; a son, Bobby Ralls Jr. and wife, Cathy; three grandchildren, Chasity Coleman
and husband, Rusty, Holly Hayes and husband, Ryan, and Jordan Ralls; great-grandchildren,
Corbin and Emerson Coleman and Casen Hayes; two brothers, Earl Ralls and Cletus Ralls and a
sister, Genevia Frances.
Pallbearers were Jackie Ralls, Charlie Ralls, Sam Combs, Steven Combs, Stanley Combs, Johnny
Holcomb, Billy Sheehan and John Riley.
Published Sunday, November 14, 2004
Graveside service for L.B. Randolph 79, of Rhome was Oct. 8 at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Ken
Randolph died Oct. 6, 2004.
Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Rhome, he owned Randolph Landscape Company. He joined the U.S.
Army in 1944 and served in France, Germany and Belguim under generals Patton and
Eisenhower. He signed on for an additional year of service once World War II was over and served
in the occupation forces with the duty of taking American officers to the Nuremberg trials in
Germany. He earned a bronze star in 1946. He worked for Convair for 10 years building B-36 and
B-58 bombers before opening his own business. He joined St. Marks Methodist Church in Fort
Worth in 1954 and was a member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Longhorn Council.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rhonda Randolph; four sisters, Florence, Bessie,
Mary and Pauline Randolph, and three brothers, Bob, Albert and William Randolph.
He is survived by his son, Layne Blake Randolph and wife, Latrica; a sister, Johnnie Corrine
McCray of Sacramento, Calif., and a granddaughter, Karen Randolph, of Dallas.
Published Sunday, October 10, 2004
Rankin, James A., Jr.
Funeral for James A. Rankin, Jr., 69, of Weatherford was Thursday, Jan. 15 at Christian-Hawkins
Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Barney Hudson officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Rankin died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 18, 1934, in Maringovin, La., to James A. Rankin and Cleo (White) Rankin, he married
Ann Griffith on Feb. 12, 1974, in Durant, Okla. He was the owner of a retail furniture business and
had lived in the Metroplex for more than 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member
of the First Baptist Church of Frankston.
He was preceded in death by his father and a son, J.C. Rankin.
He is survived by his wife; mother; two sons, Danny Rankin and wife, Rosa, and Dan Kemp and
wife, Karen; three daughters, Cheryl Ballinger and husband, Rodger, Donna Lee and husband,
Jacky, and Dana Roop and husband, Christian; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a
sister, Dianna Terry and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Rankin, Randy Rankin, Michael Rankin, Cody Holt, Travis Blanton and
Published Sunday, January 18, 2004
Service for Odetta Rasor, 79, of Bridgeport was Thursday, Jan. 8, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in
Bridgeport. The Rev. Kearn Choate officiated. Burial was private.
Rasor died Jan. 6, 2004, in Dallas.
She was born April 22, 1924, in Bridgeport and married Troy W. Rasor on Feb. 21, 1943, in
Weatherford. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sheperd’s House in Chico.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters, Opal Pike, Viola Campbell, Alta Boring
and Marie Boyd and a brother, W.L. Lawrence.
She is survived by a grandson, Randy Dale Rasor, and many nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, January 11, 2004
Funeral for Nancy Rawle, 67, of Decatur, was to be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, at Bible
Baptist Church in Bridgeport. W.A. Higgins was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Bethel
Rawle died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, in Decatur.
Born April 23, 1937, in Teague, she married Randle Rawle July 21, 1956, in Azle. She was retired
from the Fort Worth Independent School District accounts payable office and a member of Bible
Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Leslie Rawle and wife, Susie, of Orlando, Fla.; two
daughters, Linda Hall and husband, John, of Brazos and Lisa Brinson and husband, Ken, of
Paradise; four brothers, Bill Foster of Saraland, Ala., Jack Foster of Gulfport, Miss., John Foster of
Fort Worth, and Steve Foster of Georgia; and 10 grandchildren, Mandy, Melanie, Miriam and Will
Rawle and Jennifer, Ryan and Sam Hall and Rachel, Lauren and Emily Brinson.
Published Sunday, August 1, 2004
Reasor, Gay Ann Nobles
Graveside service for Gay Ann Nobles Reasor, 51, of Abilene, formerly of Alvord, will be Thursday,
April 29, at 2 p.m. at Aurora Cemetery.
Reasor died Monday, April 26, 2004, in Abilene.
Born Aug. 29, 1952, in Decatur, to Oma Jo and Richard Nobles, she was an employee of McMurry
University in Abilene. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Oma, and step-father, Wayne Johnson, of Bayfield, Colo.; three
sisters, Brenda Jo Sims of Southlake, Katherine Lynn Nobles of Grapevine and Sally Ruth Ezell of
Alvord; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bill and Clay Sims, Neil, Taylor and Scott Strange and David Wilson.
Published Thursday, April 29, 2004
Reed, Christopher Justin ‘Trigger’
Service for Christopher Justin “Trigger” Reed, 28, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10,
at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Doc Rogers was to officiate.
Reed died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in Haralson County, Georgia.
He was born May 6, 1975, in Bridgeport. He was a plumber and a member of the United Brothers
Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by his father, Bill Reed and wife, Debbie, of Chico; mother, Christine Johnston and
husband, John, of Paradise; brother, C.J. Reed; grandparents, Rosemary Reed and Harris and
Joyce Moore and many aunts and uncles.
Published Sunday, April 11, 2004
Reed, Earl Douglas
Graveside service for Earl Douglas Reed, 53, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at 11
a.m. at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hughes was to officiate.
Reed died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, in Decatur.
Born June 4, 1951, in Decatur, he was a retired plumber.
He was preceded in death by his father, Travis Leon Reed and a brother, Al Reed.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Reed of Boyd; a son, Sammy Reed and wife, Amy, of Boyd;
mother, Lola Reed of Decatur; a brother, Bob Reed of Mansfield; three sisters, Jerre Davenport of
Rowland Heights, Calif., Nadine Dendy of Breckenridge and Janice Bisidas of Decatur; three
grandchildren, Michael Lee, Jeremy Stevens and Ashley Sharp; and numerous nieces and
Published Thursday, September 2, 2004
Reed, Vera Jewel
Funeral for Vera Jewel Reed, 100, of Decatur, was Thursday, Nov. 18, at Coker Funeral Home
Chapel. Drs. Van Gardner and Thomas Brumett officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in
Reed died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 1, 1904, in Decatur, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Eugene Reed.
She is survived by her son, Gene Reed and wife, Fay, of Decatur; a sister, Mozell Thomas of
Springtown; two grandchildren, Scott Reed and Monty Reed and wife, Penny; and three great-
grandchildren, Garet, Cody and Carlee.
Published Thursday, November 25, 2004
Renshaw, Helen Nabors
Service for Helen Nabors Renshaw, 91, of Decatur will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at Coker
Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Dr. Thomas O. Brumett will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn
Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker Funeral Home.
Renshaw died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, in Decatur.
She was born Aug. 21, 1912, in Eddy to Edgar and Mary Powell Nabors. Renshaw graduated from