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Taking Care of Business: Funeral directors expand business to Fort Worth

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Serving Tarrant County

SERVING TARRANT COUNTY – From left, Brant Hawkins, Charlie Davidson and Chet Niblett recently opened Hawkins Family Funeral Home in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday, and Niblett said an open house is planned for after the first of the year. Submitted photo

Brant Hawkins, Chet Niblett and Charlie Davidson partnered to open Hawkins Family Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the facility at 2711 Jacksboro Hwy. Niblett said they will host an open house after the first of the year.

“We heard there was a real need in that area for a good funeral home,” he said of the decision to open in Tarrant County. “We’re trying to bring small-town values to the big city.

“So many funeral homes have become corporate, and there’s no personalization in it anymore,” he said. “We hope we can serve the people and do well down there.”

Niblett said Davidson, a Bridgeport native, will likely be the general manager at the Fort Worth location, and Brant will go back and forth as needed. Niblett said he will be back and forth some, but he will still be handling services in Wise County with Hawkins Funeral Homes – Bridgeport, Boyd, Decatur.

Helping a Fellow Veteran

HELPING A FELLOW VETERAN – Patriot Tires and Offroad Customs recently gave a set of tires to Sgt. Robert McElvany, U.S. Army. From left are Patriot owner Mack Birt, McElvany, Dalton Miller and Patriot owner Hayden Patterson. Submitted photo

GIFT OF TRANSPORTATION

Mack Birt and Hayden Patterson, who own Patriot Tires and Offroad Customs, recently donated a set of tires to a U.S. military veteran in need.

Birt and Patterson are both members of Rhome Veterans, and they gave the tires to Sgt. Robert McElvany, U.S. Army. According to a press release from Rhome Veterans, McElvany is a 12-year veteran of multiple overseas tours in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He and his wife have five children, one of which is special needs, and his civilian job was recently cut from 40 hours per week to 20 hours.

Birt and Patterson installed the tires on McElvany’s SUV, so he and his wife can safely transport their children.

“Rhome Veterans is very proud of members Mack Birt and Hayden Patterson,” the press release stated.

Nurses Celebrated

NURSES CELEBRATED – The Wise Health System Emergency Department Team was recently presented with the DAISY Foundation Team Award. Nurses recognized include Kelli Turner, Jamie Clark, Jarred Bouldin, Mallorie Bogan, Rebecca Phillips and Brittany Opsahl. Submitted photo

DAISY AWARD

Wise Health System’s Emergency Department Team was recently presented the DAISY Foundation Team Award. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide.

According to the WHS website, the DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999.

Team nurses recognized include Kelli Turner, Jamie Clark, Jarred Bouldin, Mallorie Bogan, Rebecca Phillips and Brittany Opsahl.

CFA BRIBE

Last week I attended a workshop on newspaper growth at the Texas Center for Community Journalism at TCU. One of the many topics discussed was focus groups, and a participant said they fed their focus groups Chick-fil-A.

Bribery by chicken nugget. I like it!

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 89.

Business of the Year

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – First Financial Bank won 2018 Business of the Year. Pictured are (from left) Kari Holmes, Wise County Chamber of Commerce Chair Chip Kowalski, Christina Moreno, Beverly Lindsey and Melissa Hailey. The Wise County Chamber held its awards ceremony Dec. 6 at the Decatur Conference Center. Submitted photo

Citizen of the Year 1

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Wise County Chamber of Commerce Chair Chip Kowalski presents Mende Hanley an award for 2018 Citizen of the Year. Submitted photo

Citizen of the Year 2

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Wise County Chamber of Commerce Chair Chip Kowalski presents Debbie Bounds an award for 2018 Citizen of the Year. Submitted photo

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email ktribe@wcmessenger.com or call 940-627-5987.

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