Casillas closes after almost 100 years

As of Friday night at 8:30, Casillas Restaurant in Bridgeport is closed – ending nearly a century of service.

Martin Casilla, Jr. and his wife, Mary Helen, have owned and operated the popular Mexican restaurant for the last nine years, taking over and renovating it after Martin’s grandmother died.

Cerrado Casillas

CERRADO CASILLA’S – Mary Helen and Martin Casillas stand in front of Casilla’s Mexican restaurant on its last day of business. The restaurant closed on Friday after 80 years of operation. Messenger photo by Jake Harris

“We just felt like it was time,” Martin said. “We felt like we wanted to retire while we still had the ability to.”

Martin, known as “Marty” to his staff and the customers that frequent the restaurant, is now in his 70s. He remembers when older generations would come to his grandmother’s restaurant, in a small house in what is now the back corner of the restaurant as it stands today.

A lot of customers have passed through the doors at Casillas since it opened, and nearly all of them are sad to see those doors close.

“Oh, they’ve been feeding me all of my life, and now that they’re closing, I don’t know where I’m going to go for Mexican food,” Bridgeport resident Juan Mercer said. “It’s good, home-cooked food and it doesn’t have a fake taste to it.”

Throughout their last day of business, the doors opened and closed with customers telling the husband-and-wife duo how much they would miss eating at Casillas.

None of them are sadder to see the restaurant go than Marty and Mary Helen.

“I’ve been crying off and on for about two weeks, every time we see someone who asks about the restaurant, so I’m a bit emotional about the whole thing,” Mary Helen said. “We’ve met so many great people, and our customers are just the best. But, we figured now would be as good a time as any to retire.”

The couple said they tried to get their children or grandchildren to take over the restaurant, but “they already have jobs, with vacation and benefits and everything,” Marty said. “And I don’t blame them, because you really do have to love working at a restaurant to work here.

“It’s a calling. And we’re not hurting for money, either – we’re still profitable – but we just figured we should retire while we still could. My dad, he worked here until he was 82. We want to take some time off.”

Mary Helen added that they are looking at selling, and there have been some offers. But she doesn’t want the Casillas name to stay if the restaurant gets new owners.

“I wouldn’t want people who were used to our food to come here and not get what they were used to, without our recipes and everything. So we’ll see what happens.”

“It’s sad to see it go, but it’s time,” Marty said.

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Basketball: Bulls charge past Ponder, 65-50

Bridgeport’s Devonte Patterson provided the perfect exclamation mark for the Bulls’ first home game since the season opener Tuesday night.

EXCLAMATION POINT – Devonte Patterson closes out the scoring for the Bridgeport Bulls with a dunk in a 65-50 win over Ponder Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Splitting the lane and the Ponder defense, Patterson thundered home a dunk to electrify the home crowd on the Bulls’ final points in the 65-50 victory over last year’s Class 2A state champions.

“We played Kennedale here and the atmosphere was great,” said Patterson, who finished with 21 points. “Since I was home-schooled last year, I haven’t been in this atmosphere. It was great for our football players to now enjoy it and beat Ponder.”

The Bulls, playing their first game after moving into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ 4A poll at 16, went to 10-3 with the win. Bridgeport has won six straight.

“We’re not taking these games for granted,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “We’re playing good teams. We played a good tournament at Granbury and tonight played well against a good team.”

After a tight first half, Bridgeport seized control in the middle of the third quarter with an 11-3 run that included three Caleb Smith 3-pointers. Smith’s third trey put Bridgeport up 39-31 with 3:11 left in the third.

Smith finished with 20 points.

“Caleb played so good,” Green said. “He hit big shots. He kept offensive possessions alive.”

The Bulls hit nine 3-pointers – six in the second half. Treys from Jacob Del Angel and Ethan Chapman to start the fourth quarter pushed Bridgeport’s lead to 12, 52-40. Ponder never got back within 10.

“Against a zone, if you’re not hitting shots it’s tough,” Green said. “Ethan started us off and Caleb hit some shots.”

Chapman had 14, scoring 11 in the second quarter.

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Zoe Michelle Walker

Justin and Daneyl Walker of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Michelle Walker, on Dec. 11, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Brian Hannah and Carol Jackson of Coppell, Lori and John Hancock of Bridgeport and Penny and Dwayne Becker of Azle.

Great-grandparents are Micheal and LaVonne Stark of Lake Worth and Willie and Dolores Hannah of Roanoke.

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Bridgeport School Board looks at soccer, drug testing

A three-hour meeting yielded very little action Monday night at the Bridgeport ISD administration building.

The board heard several presentations on school activities, including the elementary school’s art club, the high school’s FFA and agriculture sciences groups and the middle school’s student council – none of which required a vote.

They did, however, approve a local textbook selection committee and the hiring of Roni Smith, a new high school teacher who joined the faculty Dec. 8.

The textbook committee is made up of 17 teachers from all four campuses.

Board members also discussed a soccer questionnaire designed by Athletic Director and head football coach Danny Henson. The survey will be given to students in the coming weeks, to see if there is enough interest for a soccer program.

Other items of discussion included revisions to the school’s drug testing policy and updates on facility renovations.


The soccer questionnaire, which will go out as soon as this week, asks students which sports they already participate in and if they would continue their participation in that sport if soccer were offered. The goal, Superintendent Eddie Bland said, is to simply gauge interest and to see if other programs could survive with the addition of soccer.

“Basically, we’re looking at what programs the kids would give up if they could play,” Bland said.

Results of the survey should be released in January, Bland said.

The district’s student drug-testing policy got kicked around a lot as well. The policy, written in 2004, doesn’t reflect the changes in today’s technology, such as cell phones, that might affect the way students hear about random drug screenings.

“There’s a whole bunch of scenarios that we would need to look at in today’s light to re-write the policy,” Henson said.

Typically, any student involved in an extracurricular activity is tested at least once every six-week instructional period, with state drug testers coming in at least once a month, high school principal Jaime Sturdivant said.


Speaking of sports, renovations to the football stadium are progressing, with plans to make the press box into one story.

Baseball field renovations are also in full swing, and contractors recently met with faculty members to discuss logistics for the new agricultural sciences barn.


Another presentation the board heard Monday night was on dual-credit and AP classes from high school guidance counselors.

Bridgeport High School’s class of 2014 graduated with a combined total of 117 class hours that could be eligible for college credit, as well as 195 dual-credit classes.

The board’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan 19 at 2107 15th Street, and is open to the public.

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Basketball: Bulls jump into 4A poll

The Bridgeport Bulls are no longer flying under the radar.

After winning the Granbury Tournament over the weekend to move to 9-3, the Bulls jumped into the Class 4A rankings at No. 16.

Bridgeport coach Alan Green downplayed the ranking.

“That’s for nothing but coffee shop talk,” he said. “That doesn’t help you win games, get those hustle points or a loose ball. If anything, it should narrow the focus more.”

It also puts a target on the Bulls before a huge week that started Tuesday with a showdown at home against 3A’s second-ranked Ponder Lions. Bridgeport will take on No. 6 Peaster Friday at home before their showdown at American Airlines Center Monday against Wichita Falls Rider.

“It’s a fun week. It’s the reason you’re in it,” Green said. “You play top-10 teams and get to play at the AAC where the Mavs play.”

At Granbury, the Bulls picked up wins over Waco (90-63), Granbury (50-46), Lovejoy (74-46) and Waco University (60-46).

“It was a good weekend,” Green said. “We were disappointed in our effort last Tuesday against Saginaw. We challenged them going into the weekend. You can’t underestimate hustle. We got some confidence from that tournament.”

Devonte Patterson poured in 21 points in the championship game against Waco University. Caleb Smith finished with 16 and Keenan Holdman 13.

Bridgeport went on a 17-8 run in the third to build an 18-point lead.

Smith and Patterson scored 23 each in the win over Lovejoy. Ethan Chapman had 14.

In a grinder against host Granbury, Bridgeport trailed by one going into the fourth and pulled out the win with 21 points from Patterson.

The Bulls held Granbury to just 19 points in the second half.

Smith had 30 points as the Bulls lit up Waco for 90. Patterson added 25 and Jacob Del Angel 13. Bridgeport built a 49-28 halftime lead.

After the big weekend in Granbury, the Bulls moved to 8-1 in tournaments this season.

“We’re 1-2 in regular games,” Green pointed out. “Now, let’s do things right every day and prepare the right way.”

Bridgeport also returned home Tuesday for the first time since the season opener against Kennedale.

“It was good to get out on the road, but I know our guys can’t wait to get on the home floor,” Green said. “We have eight of our next nine on our home floor.”

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Football: Four earn all-state mention – Holdman, Cook receive consideration

Bridgeport junior wide receiver Keenan Holdman caught 76 passes for 16 touchdowns and 1,069 yards this past season, helping the Bulls to the second round of the playoffs.

WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION – Bridgeport’s Keenan Holdman received honorable mention on the 4A all-state team after catching 76 passes this season. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Tuesday, he earned honorable mention for the 4A Associated Press All-State team.

Holdman was one of two Bulls to receive mention. Bridgeport senior punter Trey Cook, who averaged 41 yards on his 34 attempts, garnered consideration.

Alvord senior running back Joe Randall received mention for the 2A team. He ran for 1,841 yards and 26 touchdowns this season and finished his career with 4,643 yards and 76 total touchdowns, including 11 receiving and five returns.

Chico’s Tyler Melton and Boyd’s Reece Jordan earned consideration as linemen on the 2A and 3A teams. Melton did not give up a sack and made 39 pancake blocks. Jordan did not allow a sack on a team that averaged 400 yards per game.

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Basketball: Two teams enter rankings

Two more Wise County basketball teams joined the Texas High School Basketball Association rankings this week.

The Bridgeport Bulls jumped into the 4A boys rankings at No. 16. The Paradise Lady Panthers debuted in the 3A poll at No. 24 after their 12-2 start.

The Decatur Lady Eagles, who dropped a second straight game Monday, were ranked No. 17 in the 4A girls poll released earlier in the day.

Slidell is No. 18 in the girls Class A poll.

Decatur is 21st in the 4A boys rankings.

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Basketball: Sissies capture Era Tournament

The Bridgeport Sissies jumped out to the early lead and held on to beat Nocona and capture the Era Tournament title Saturday.

Gabby Mindieta posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Sissies (15-1) won 58-52. Landrie Walsh and Bailey Thompson scored 10 points each.

“This was a physical, fast-paced, intense game that ended the way we wanted it to,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “We were shorthanded and our kids stepped up and did the job.

“Overall, it was a great win and a great tourney for our ladies.”

Thompson earned her second tourney MVP honor. Landrie Walsh was all-tournament.

Bridgeport beat S&S 69-66 in overtime with 14 points from Walsh and 13 from Thompson. Bridgeport outscored S&S 22-19 in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. The Sissies trailed by seven with 1:15 remaining.

Bridgeport tripped up Era 51-48. The Sissies used a 16-4 run in the second quarter to build a 29-17 lead and held off a late charge by the Lady Hornets.

Bridgeport took on former district rival Gainesville Tuesday on the road.

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Meeting Agendas for Saturday, December 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport school board next week will discuss textbook adoption and facility renovations, as well as the results of a districtwide soccer questionnaire. Its meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the administration building, 2107 15th Street, and is open to the public.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – County Judge J.D. Clark will lead his first county commissioners meeting next week. Commissioners will discuss the process for hiring a new elections administrator, hear county engineer Chad Davis’ recommendation for receiving surplus bridge materials from the Department of Public Safety and will discuss maintenance offered by Tyler Technologies. Clark will also give his recommendation on the makeup of the systems coordinator hiring committee. Clark has also added to the agenda a community forum, in which citizens may share comments or observations related to county business. There is a three-minute time limit, and large groups should designate a spokesperson. The meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. This is the last regular meeting for 2014.

PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – Next week nominees for the vacant Paradise City Council seat will be interviewed, and one will be selected to serve. The process will occur during the city council’s regular meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Paradise City Hall. The council will also conduct a public hearing on the submission of an application to the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Affairs. The council will also discuss hiring Carl Deaton to conduct the city’s annual audit.

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Actors to perform ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

It’s Tuesday night at the Bridgeport Stage, and Shelly McComis is barking out instructions to a group of child actors.

“You’ve got to get to where your voice can reach all the way back there – you have to be LOUD!” she says, pointing behind her to the balcony.

Take a Bow

TAKE A BOW- Five members of the Children’s Theater pose on the Bridgeport Stage. From left, they are: Laramie Dearing, Kreece Dearing, Kaitlynn Smith, Madalynn Fagan and Clayton Smith. They will all be starring in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” tonight and Sunday in Bridgeport. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Some younger actresses, no more than 8 years old, come to her for advice on reading their lines.

“Just follow along,” she tells them. “Remember in your head what’s going on – make sure you know what’s happening before you go on stage.”

The role of show-runner is one McComis has been playing since October, when rehearsals for the Chlldren’s Theater Group adaptation of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” began. McComis, Debra Underwood and Sherri Jones are directing the play, which starts its two-night run tonight with one show at 6:30 p.m. and another show at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The musical comedy focuses on six delinquent children who start going to the local church for the free donuts at Sunday school but soon get roped into participating in the annual Christmas pageant. It has a cast of 27 actors on stage and 12 in an “angel choir” in the balcony, as well as some light and sound crew members.

The actors range in age from 6 to 18 and hail from all over Wise County. The diversity of ages and cities represented on stage is part of what made working on the play so fun, McComis said.

“They’re really from all over. And these kids, they love drama, so it’s fun to give them an avenue of something that they’re excited about,” she said. “The age difference is funny, too. We have little bitty ones who have never been on stage before, and then there’s high school kids who have been in several [productions]. It’s a nice mix.”

One of those high schoolers with acting experience is Casey Jones, a Bridgeport High School freshman who plays Bob Bradley – a laid-back father and family man who gets forced to help with the Christmas pageant. Jones, who has acted with the Off 380 Players and UIL one-act play, said this play broadened his horizons.

“It really changed the way I look at children’s theater,” he said. “I used to think it was just something people did in their spare time, but now I see that it’s a lot more than that, and a lot of stuff goes into the performances.

“It’s been a lot of fun – acting’s one of my biggest hobbies.”

For others, the play has provided an opportunity to expand their social horizons as well.

“For me, the best thing so far has been expanding who I’m with – getting to interact with people from different areas of the county has been a lot of fun,” Decatur eighth grader Lauryn Luttrull said. Luttrull plays the role of Grace Bradley, Bob’s wife, and mother to Charlie and Beth Bradley.

Charlie and Beth are played by Paradise sixth grader Clayton Smith and Decatur eighth-grader Elizabeth Warren, respectively.

“It’s the first time I’ve acted, so it’s been interesting – we’ve had some moments,” Smith said.

Warren said she had never acted either, and seeing how different people played different parts intrigued her.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching plays, I just never really thought about being in one before,” she said. “And so it was fun to see how everyone has taken a different approach to learning their part, because a lot of people are playing their parts different than how I thought they would. It’s pretty cool.”

McComis said if this play does well, and she thinks it will, then the Childrens’ Theater will continue to perform more shows.

“We’re hoping to do this one and maybe one in the spring before summer hits,” she said. “After Sunday, we’ll know more and see if there’s a demand for it. That’s what we’re thinking, though.”

Tickets for this weekend’s performances are $1 and can be picked up at the door or by calling 940-683-3480. Cookies and hot chocolate will also be available during the performance.

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Basketball: Sissies hold off Lady Bulldogs

It came down to the wire Tuesday night in Alvord when the Sissies beat the Lady Bulldogs by one point 53-52.

“It was a pretty close one. It was back and forth in the first quarter, then we tied it up, back and forth some more, it got tied it again,” Bridgeport head coach Dallas Taylor said of the first half.

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IN A CROWD – Alvord’s Cierra Rangel is surrounded by Bridgeport defenders during the Sissies’ win Tuesday night. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The game was tied 23-23 at the half, but the Sissies took off with a lead in the third quarter, aided by some big plays in the paint by Megan Sturdivant. Sturdivant ended the game with 13 points, and she combined with Abbi Hatton and Taylor Stone for 27 total rebounds.

The fourth quarter was a blur of fouls, half and-full-court press and missed free throw opportunities, as both teams missed key chances to put points on the board. Bridgeport won after a Lady Bulldogs’ shot just missed the rim as the clock went out.

Cierra Rangel led Alvord in shooting with 21 points, most of which came from three pointers and free throws.

The Sissies improved their record to 12-1, while Alvord fell to 6-4.

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Basketball: Bulls take down Saginaw

The Bridgeport Bulls’ hard work on the defensive end allowed them to hold on for a 48-45 victory over Saginaw Tuesday.

The Bulls deflected 13 passes and made six steals while holding Saginaw to a season-low 45 points.

“I feel like we took some steps in the right direction making some plays down the stretch to help us win the game,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “We have lost more of these close ones to this points than we have won so it is always good to get a win on the road.”

Bridgeport moved to 5-3 with the victory.

Devonte Patterson led the Bulls with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Keenan Holdman and Caleb Smith added nine each points. Ethan Chapman chipped in seven.

Bridgeport used a 13-8 spurt in the second quarter to take a 25-23 halftime lead. The teams were even at 33 going into the fourth quarter.

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J.D. Erwin

J.D. "Heavy" Erwin

J.D. “Heavy” Erwin

J.D. “Heavy” Erwin, 77, a retired truck driver, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Graveside service was Dec. 12 at Paradise Cemetery with the Rev. Juanita Ransom-Bullard officiating. Arrangements were handled by Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

J.D. was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Paradise to F.L (Buck) and Lilia (Brown) Erwin. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son David Erwin; and granddaughter Cecilia Phillips.

Survivors include daughters Cecilia Phillips and husband, D.P. of Lovington, N.M., Sylvia Fletcher and husband, Jimmy, of Midland, and Helen Erwin of Eugene, Ore.; son Curtis Erwin of Sherman; grandchildren Michael Fletcher, Alyshia Fletcher, J.D. Erwin, Porscha Erwin, Curtis Erwin, Kelley Phillips and Kristin Phillips; great-grandchildren Jaxin Fletcher and Kaitlyn Fletcher; brothers Sam Erwin and wife, Ginger, of Paradise, and Keg Erwin; and other family members and friends.

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Audrey Noelle Craig

Jessica Lynn Craig of Bridgeport announces the birth of a daughter, Audrey Noelle Craig, on Dec. 11, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Bill and Darlene Craig of Bridgeport.

Great-grandparents are Danny and Jean Wyatt of Bridgeport.

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Adayan Marleny Lifto

Dayan and Rick Lifto of Bridgeport announce the birth of their third daughter, Adayan Marleny Lifto, on Dec. 3, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.

She has two sisters: Jackie and Wendi.

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Elsa Dennise Mercedes Garcia

Sunday Garcia of Bridgeport announces the birth of a daughter, Elsa Dennise Mercedes Garcia, on Dec. 3, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

She has one sister: Scarlett Isabella Carolina Garcia.

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Basketball: Sissies take three in tourney

Bailey Thompson led a trio of Sissies in double figures with 20 points as Bridgeport’s 70-67 overtime win over Windthorst completed a 3-0 stay at the Jacksboro Tournament Saturday.

Landrie Walsh added 14 points and Abbi Hatton 13 as Bridgeport outscored Windthorst 10-7 in the extra period.

“This game was great for us. We have been warning our girls that free throws would make an impact in a game at some point and it could result in a loss,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “Free throws and turnovers almost did it. It’s good for our kids to see that first-hand at this time of the season.

“We showed some poise in overtime and came out with a win. Three wins in three days is nothing to hang our heads about. Hopefully we will learn and continue to improve through this tough month of December.”

Bridgeport improved to 11-1.

The Sissies started the tournament with a 45-32 win over Jacksboro. Thompson scored 10. Hatton finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Bridgeport went on a 16-8 run in the second to build a 24-17 lead and maintained its lead.

The Sissies jumped out to an 18-8 lead on Graham and never looked back on the way to a 46-24 win.

Lauren Stowers put in 11 points. Landrie Walsh added eight.

“Guard pressure kept Graham out of an offensive continuity,” Taylor said.

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Joseph Charles Bellone

Joseph Charles Bellone

Joseph Charles Bellone, 88, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 after a brief illness.

Services were Dec. 6 in Bridgeport.

Mr. Bellone was a loving, Christian man, a strong and solid father and a devoted and loving husband who will be greatly missed.

He was born in Long Branch, N.J., in 1926 and graduated from Long Branch High School, where has was known as “Joey.” In high school, he enjoyed soccer, basketball, track and being a lifeguard at the shore.

At the time of his graduation, World War II was still underway, and Mr. Bellone enlisted in the Civil Air Patrol. He attained the rank of sergeant, flying from training and staffing bases in the U.S. to a base in Cuba, training with new pilots to keep the huge B-29s from bouncing off the runways.

After the war, Mr. Bellone attended Monmouth College in New Jersey for two years, then finished his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at New York University. He put this degree to good use as an administrator in the Eatontown, N.J., school system.

During this time, he met his bride-to-be, Julia Buckshaw, while roller skating at the Jersey shore. The couple married in 1952 and had one son, Michael, currently of Decatur. The family settled in Long Branch, moving to West Long Branch in the early 1970s.

After retiring from a successful career in sales for corporations such as PPG (wholesale paint division and wholesale glass division), the couple moved to Palmyra, Va., where they spent the next 20 or so years enjoying retirement, gardening, working around the house and going on road trips to Texas to see their grandson, Ryan. In the later years, they also enjoyed their six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bellone enjoyed woodworking, ice boat racing, singing in his church choir, gardening, road trips and while in New Jersey, cultivating the perfect lawn. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, country music and a good dinner at Howard Johnson’s.

He is survived by his son, Michael, and his wife, Karin; Michael’s son, Ryan, of Melbourne, Fla., Karin’s daughter, Jenni, son Jeff, and great-grandchildren Colin, Josh, Daisy, Justin, Teagan and Quinn.

In the twilight of his life, Mr. Bellone battled Parkinson’s disease for many years, never losing the will to keep on fighting. Later, he would continuously and fiercely look after Mrs. Bellone when she no longer could look out for herself. And in the last few months, he adopted his daughter-in-law’s mom into his “cared for” circle.

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Jimmy Dale Brewer

Jimmy Dale Brewer

Jimmy Dale Brewer, 59, a retired delivery man, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Bridgeport at Stagecoach Rehabilitation.

Memorial service was Dec. 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating.

Jimmy was born Aug. 31, 1955, in Bridgeport to E.J. “Bill” and Nellie Katherine “Mollie” (Dethloff) Brewer. A lifelong resident of Bridgeport, he worked for Hartsell Feed Store, Gifford Hill Rock Crusher, Chico Crushed Stone, Dnya Mud Drilling, A&T Bearing and the Bridgeport Index.

At a very young age, Jimmy Dale followed his family and joined the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. He remembered the church’s first Thanksgiving Dinner and helped the church every year prepare the meal for Wise County residents.

In 1989, Jimmy Dale received the gift of life through a kidney transplant allowing him to help his family, his church and his community for the past 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Charlie Roscoe Brewer.

Survivors include brother Billy Jay Brewer and his wife, Leanna, of Bridgeport; sisters Nellie Redwine and husband, James, of Chico and Roxie Rumbaugh and husband, Joe, of La Grange; four nephews; two nieces; nine great-nephews; eight great-nieces; one great-great-niece; and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport or a charity of your choice.

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Lee Morrison

Lee Morrison

Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 in Floydada.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Rev. Justin Harris will officiate and Stephen Brattis, Jason Brattis, Terry Cantwell, Jerry Cantwell, Scooter Surber, Hagen Davis, Garon Davis and Devon Davis will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lee was born Nov. 20, 1968 to Joe and Katherine (Taylor) Morrison in Fort Worth. He married China Yarbrough March 23, 2002 in Tarrant County. He was a field compressor mechanic for Enlink Midstream.

Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Greg Morrison; nephew Dalton Anderson; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, China Morrison of Bridgeport; daughter China Brattis of Bridgeport; his mother, Katherine Cooper and husband, Jerry, of Graham; his father, Joe Morrison and wife, Katie, of Bowie; daughter Brandi Davis and husband, Ricky, of Chico; son Stephen Brattis of Bridgeport; sister Suzanne Surber and husband, Scooter, of Katy; brothers, Terry Cantwell and wife, Kim, of Bowie, Jerry Cantwell and wife, Kristen, of Bowie; grandchildren Hagen, Garon, Devon and Landon; nieces and nephews Sawncy, Sabrina, Kendall and husband, Seth, Cooper and Kamryn; and a host of extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation, set up by Chi Omega of West Texas A&M University, or 800-722-9474.

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