James Vernon Ensey | 1921-2012

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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James Vernon Ensey

James Vernon “Jay” Ensey, 90, a retired truck driver, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Bedford.

His funeral was Sept. 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial in Chico Cemetery.

The Revs. Kern Choate and Roy Lobb officiated. Pallbearers were Jack Cox, Don Gilley, David Migura, Dick Van Hoose, Sam Van Hoose and Kent Worley.

Jay was born Oct. 17, 1921, to Henry R. and Lou (Hinkle) Ensey in Walters, Okla. He was another member of what many call our “Greatest Generation.” He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and served his country in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He married Martha Ozelle June 10, 1994, in Chico. Although he worked for several service companies during his career, at the time of his retirement he was employed by Acme Brick. A lifelong devoted Christian, he was a member of Broad View Temple in Fort Worth.

Jay was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Barrett; his brother, Virgil Ensey; sisters Edith Shroff, Vergie Crofford, Dorothy Ensey and Martha Tadlock.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Martha Ozelle of Fort Worth; daughters Sharon Kay Ross and husband, T.J., of Denver, Jaynell Sharum and husband, Edward, of Arlington, Beverly Ensey of Arlington, Becca Ensey of Arlington; son Kent Worley and wife, Charlene, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Lisa, Brad, Scott, Sherea, Ryan, Jamie, Beth, Samantha, Brit’ne and Alexandra.

He is also survived by great-grandchildren Devon, Zacharey, Chad, Kenzie, Aiden and Brady; great-great-grandchildren Riley and Kylee; brother Kenneth Ensey and wife, Joyce, of Cooper; sisters Arlie Weever of Nocona, Bonnie Corcorn of Little Rock, Ark., Margaret Romine and husband, Bob, of Heber Springs, Ark.; other relatives and a host of friends.

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