Area students make TWU dean’s lists

Texas Woman’s University has released its dean’s and chancellor’s list for the Spring 2014 semester, and 15 Wise County students made the grade.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average are eligible for the dean’s list.

Students who earn a 4.0 GPA are named to the chancellor’s list.

Those making the lists from Wise County, and their majors, were:

Alvord: Vanessa Alberts, sociology

Boyd: Alyssa Lomerson, social work; Kristina West, nursing (4.0)

Bridgeport: Angelica Reyes, dental hygiene (4.0), Kristie Sandoval, interdisciplinary studies

Decatur: Maria Arellano, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kari Gage, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Megan Maxwell, business administration/marketing; Rachel McGregor, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Katlyn Sanders, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kitara Wright, communication sciences (4.0)

Justin: Cherlyn Fraser, health studies (4.0); Amanda Harris, communication sciences (4.0); Gennel Lassen, interdisciplinary studies; Julie Nolting, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kiara Reed, fashion merchandising; Paula Scotton, nursing (4.0): Esther Simental, dental hygiene (4.0); Nikki Vasquez, art (4.0); Erin Wages, child development (4.0); and Maggie Watkins, interdisciplinary studies (4.0)

Paradise: Taylor Blount, nutrition (4.0); Saira Fernandez, undeclared

Rhome: Bettina Davis, dance; Maritza Mauricio, business administration

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Sandra Kay Lobsinger

Sandra Kay Lobsinger

Sandra Kay Lobsinger, 74, a homemaker, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Justin.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday prior to service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Boyd Stephens, Bart Pope, Randy Cummings, Nick Valverde, Hensley Hurley and Jim Dreschler.

Sandra was born June 5, 1940, in Decatur to Oran Charles and Genena Ruth (Price) Thacker. She married Raymond Donald Lobsinger Sept. 22, 1985, in Justin. She was a Methodist and an avid quilter, who loved gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Jon Charles Wilhite; and daughter Darlinda Wilhite.

Survivors include her sons, Bryan Wilhite and wife, Donna, of Lewisville, and Mike Lobsinger and wife, Jody, of Justin; sister Oneva Clifton of Dripping Springs; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson, 80, a homemaker, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Justin.

Memorial service is 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the home of Jimmy Boyd, 18172 Brookfield Drive, in Justin. Arrangements are under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home of Boyd.

Dorothy was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Breckenridge to Dan and Alice Marie (Dennison) Boyd.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edward, J.C. and Danny Boyd; sisters Zonna and Rosie Marie Boyd; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie McKee Moore of Graford; grandchildren Jamie, Krystale, Bobby, Bryan and Jennifer; 14 great-grandchildren; brother Jimmy Boyd and Roberta Freeze of Justin; sister Shirley Lou Boyd of Graford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Fredna Joe Tipps

Fredna Joe Tipps

Fredna Joe Tipps, 72, of Justin, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Denton.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton for visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21. Service will be at the Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, with burial at Ridgeview Cemetery in McKinney.

Fredna was born March 28, 1942, in Aubrey to Jack and Mary Pearl Allen.

She is survived by her son, Benny Hicks, and wife, Betsy; daughters Martha Hall, Mary Riley and husband, Donald and Margaret McCoy and husband, Charles; stepdaughter Judy Hudson and husband, Ricky; brothers Charlie and Mark Allen; sister Mary Miller; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Marvin Hicks; and her second husband, F.A. Tipps.

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Tobias Glenn-Marcus Cross

James and Denise Cross of Justin announce the birth of a son, Tobias Glenn-Marcus, on March 27, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

He has two brothers: Gideon, 12, and Tyberius, 6; and one sister: Phoebe, 1.

Grandparents are Carol Farnsworth of La Puente, Calif., Donna Whelchel of Marshall and Bill Whelchel of Wheatland, Wyo.

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Maggie Wilson Zamzow and Colt Mahan

Maggie Wilson Zamzow of McKinney, daughter of Lisa Zamzow of Decatur and the late Paul Zamzow, will marry Colt Mahan of Justin, son of Dwayne and Susan Mahan of Roanoke, May 3, 2014, in Roanoke.


Maggie Wilson Zamzow and Colt Mahan

Pastor Bill Ramsey of The Met in Keller will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Decatur High School in 2004. She is a full-time dental hygiene student at Collin College.

The prospective groom graduated from Keller High School in 2004 and University of North Texas in 2008 with a business degree.

He works for Dwayne’s Outdoor Concepts and Jack Edson Real Estate.

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Lotella Marie Leatherwood

Lotella Marie Leatherwood, 99, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Justin.

Graveside service is 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Cumby Cemetery with Danny Laws officiating. Burial is under the direction of Shaw’s Funeral Home.

Lottie was born April 16, 1914, in Park Springs to Willie Earp and Pearl Teague Earp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Leatherwood; her parents; and her brother and sister.

Mrs. Leatherwood is survived by her son, Dwight Leatherwood and wife, Linda, of Argyle; nephew H.J. Earp and wife, Pat, of Bowie; and niece Margie Ann Barfield of Bowie.

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Kaydence Kyle James Fitzgerald

Keldriana Kyle and James Fitzgerald of Justin announce the birth of a son, Kaydence Kyle James Fitzgerald, on Feb. 23, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Susan and Nikita Kyle of Justin.

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Lilah Elice Lucier

Jared and Courtney Lucier of Justin announce the birth of a daughter, Lilah Elice, on Dec. 17, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Grandparents are Michael and Martha Carrillo of Decatur, Mark Lucier and Rosa Rivera of Bridgeport and Colleen Blackard of Lewisville.

Great-grandparents are June and Doyle Patterson of Cottondale and Mike and Louis Carrillo of Hurst.

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Charles ‘Buddy’ Dietzman

Charles “Buddy” Dietzman

Charles “Buddy” Dietzman, 76, of Justin died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Dallas.

Buddy was born June 25, 1937, in Justin to Henry and Elvie Splawn Dietzmann. He attended Northwest High School and married Janet Ingram Jan. 26, 1957, in Denton. Buddy worked for Henderson Oil in Justin for several years and then as a machinist for MeadWestvaco in Dallas until his retirement in 2001.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, and he volunteered for the Justin Volunteer Fire Department. Buddy loved to be with family and friends. He lived outside of Justin until his marriage and then in Justin where he and his wife have lived in the same house for 57 years come January. He loved to sit on the front porch and play his harmonica and drink his famous coffee.

He rode his horse, Ginger, and enjoyed hunting and fishing on Denton creek. Buddy also spent many hours with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a contagious smile and a joke to tell everyone. He loved to work in the yard and garden and could fix about everything. He will be dearly missed by all.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Janet Dietzman; brother James and Barbara Dietzmann of Justin; sister Viola and Carl Gierish of Roanoke; brother-in-law Raymond Dickey of Rhome; and daughter Vicky Jo “Jody” Dietzman of Lohn.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mandy Buckingham and husband, Brett, Wade Dietzman and wife, Candice, Rob McCarty and wife, Carla, and Ryan Kyla Branaman and her husband, Wes; in-laws Lynda and Willis Hall and David and Betty Sue Ingram; great-grandchildren Taylor, Rhealynn, Danielle and Torry Buckingham, Kason and Korra Dietzman and Asa and Eli McCarty; and nieces and nephews.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elvie Dietzmann; son Ryan Dietzman; sister Teenie Dickey; and sister-in-law Connie Decker.

Memorial service was Dec. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Justin with Carl E. “Scooter” Gierisch Jr. officiating.

Memorials may be made to the UT Southwestern Oncology Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center Office of Development, Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, P.0. Box 910888 Dallas, TX 75391.

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Clancy Stewart

Clancy Stewart

Clancy Stewart, 45, a truck driver, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Justin.

Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. The Rev. John Ford will officiate.

Clancy was born March 10, 1968, in Fort Worth to Stanley and Claudy (Mullhuland) Stewart. He married Jill Peek March 16, 2011, in Boyd.

Clancy was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jody Lockwood.

Survivors include his wife, Jill Stewart of Rhome; son Shawn Stewart of Sherman; daughters Cheyenne and Allison Stewart of Rhome; granddaughters Emma Stewart and Jodee Stewart; brothers Kelly Stewart and wife, Brenda, of Weatherford, Casey Stewart of Rhome, Wesley Stewart of Rhome and Cody Stewart and wife, Jennifer, of White Settlement; sister Lucinda Cate of Rhome; twin sister Christy Williams of Fort Worth; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

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Avalyn Roxi Carmen Robles

Daisha and Vincent Robles of Justin announce the birth of a daughter, Avalyn Roxi Carmen, on Aug. 20, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

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

She has three sisters: Celeste, 8, Karissa, 6, and Emery, 4.

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Madison Gail McCollum

Jordan Vandiver and Robert Shawn McCollum of Justin announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Gail McCollum, on July 16, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.

She has a brother, Tucker Wayne McCollum, 1.

Grandparents are Melinda and Wayne McCollum of Trophy Club and Kayci and David Brown of Justin.

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All in a day’s work: Justin church takes shape in just 24 hours

All in a day’s work: Justin church takes shape in just 24 hours

At the end of a week filled with news of tragedy from Boston, Mass., to West, Texas, a group of dedicated Christians in Justin demonstrated the power of people coming together for a single purpose.

At 6 a.m. last Friday, a signal was given and hundreds of volunteers helped raise the framework of walls onto a concrete slab. By the end of the day, a completed church occupied the same space.

It’s called the “Church in a Day” program, a ministry of North American Missions through the United Pentecostal Church International. Last weekend’s project provided a permanent home for The Rock Church in Justin.

Previously, the church had met in different locations around town, most recently at Lucas Funeral Home. E.W. Whitmire, the North American Missions Director for Texas, couldn’t help but point out the symbolism at work.

VISION BECOMES REALITY - The Rock Church in Justin Pastor Shane LeJeune helped lead hundreds of volunteers last Friday to build the church's first permanent home all in one day. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

VISION BECOMES REALITY – The Rock Church in Justin Pastor Shane LeJeune helped lead hundreds of volunteers last Friday to build the church’s first permanent home all in one day. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“When Jesus came out of the tomb, he rocked the world. When The Rock Church comes out of the funeral home, it’s going to rock Justin for sure,” he said.

Like the project’s name points out, the church is literally built in a 24-hour period. All of the labor is performed by volunteers who work in shifts to make sure the work never stops. Everything is planned down to the minute. While about half the nearly 500 volunteers are from the Justin area, others came from as far away as Wichita Falls, south of Austin and the Texas Gulf coast area. The Truth Church in Denison cooked meals on site for all the volunteers.

Several local businesses donated material and labor for the project. The Rock Church Pastor Shane LeJeune said he was appreciative of all who donated, particularly Cleburne Sheet Metal for donating all of the roof panels as well as the installation and equipment. Lowe’s in Decatur also donated bushes and grass for landscaping.

As he stood Friday afternoon watching the beehive of activity as the church rose from the ground up, LeJeune said it reminded him of another American tradition.

“It’s like the old barn raising, when people would come together and raise a barn. The barn was the lifeline for those families, and when you talk about building a church, everyone comes out.

“Everybody talks about what’s wrong with America. This is a chance to be involved in something that is still right about America,” he said.

By the time the sun came up on Saturday morning, a 4,100-square foot building stood as a testament to the hard work and months of planning that led up to the church’s new home.

“It’s overwhelming,” LeJeune said.

On Sunday, church members gathered to worship in their new home for the first time.

The building’s footprint will allow for expansion to 5,100 square feet in about six months to a year’s time. There are also plans for the land around the church, including the possibility of an amphitheater to host an annual musical festival.

And there’s room for another building – whenever folks get a free day.

THANK YOU - A sign was erected at the site of the church thanking the groups and businesses that sponsored the project. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

THANK YOU – A sign was erected at the site of the church thanking the groups and businesses that sponsored the project. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Donnie Maddux

Donnie Maddux

Donnie Maddux

Donnie Maddux, 59, of Justin, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home.

Donnie was born Aug. 11, 1953, in Rockford, Ill., to Lee Roy Maddux and Lenoria Brinker.

He is survived by daughters Jaime Holcomb of Rhome and Melinda Poppel of Justin; sons Tommie Maddux and Joey Maddux, both of Rockford, Ill.; his mother; two sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Memorial service is 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Westlake Park in Hickory Creek. Call 469-645-9100 for directions to Westlake Park.

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Martha Novell Johnson


Martha Novell Johnson

Martha Novell Johnson, 78, of Justin, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Haskell to Johnny Lawson and Vera Stone Lawson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord and was a retired Nursing Aide.

Funeral was Feb. 15 at Sage Meadow Christian Fellowship in Justin, and burial was at Justin Cemetery.

Martha is survived by daughters Loretta Johnson, Karen Hill and husband, Jimmy, and Pam Johnson and husband, Joel; sons Floyd Johnson and wife, Diana, Ronny Johnson and wife, Pam, James Johnson, and Tony Johnson and wife, Lynda; sisters Lucille McCash, Wanda Hill, Dean Shermer and Corrine Reynolds; brothers Charles and Clarence Lawson; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and former husband, Ervin Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Rebecca Johnson; and grandson Franklin Johnson.

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Wyatt James Day

Kelsie Parker and Kiefer Day of Justin announce the birth of a son, Wyatt James Day, on Feb. 10, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Mickie Drake of Justin, Chris Parker of Alvord and Charles and Cathy Day of Decatur.

Great-grandparents are Nathan and Carolyn Roberts, Rose Parker, Wanda Hobbs-Welch, Janice Nichols-Calvert and Gary Marshal Day.

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Jon Waymond Beck

Jon Waymond Beck

Jon Waymond Beck, 77, of Justin died in a Dallas hospital Friday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Justin United Methodist Church with burial at Justin Cemetery. The Rev. Buster Noah and the Rev. Mel West will officiate.

The family requests memorials be made to the Justin United Methodist Church, 205 North Jackson, Justin, TX 76247.

Beck was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Fort Worth and served as mayor of Justin from 1997 to 2001 after 12 years on the city council. He was Justin’s first Economic Development director and was a member of the Justin Business Association and the Justin Civic Foundation. In June of this year, a pavilion at a Justin city park was named in honor of Beck and his wife, Mary.

Beck moved to Justin in 1971 and purchased the Justin Lumber Co. He was a past president of the Fort Worth Lumbermen’s Association.

He was a graduate of Northside High School in Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan University. He was a longtime member of the Justin United Methodist Church where he held many offices, including chairman of the Administrative Board, chairman of Trustees and chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee. He was a Sunday school teacher at the church.

Beck served as a director of the Denton County Central Appraisal District from 1984 to 1993. He was a director of the Northwest ISD Community Partnership and was the Northwest High School football stadium announcer for a decade. An avid golfer, Beck enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He coached little league baseball for many years.

He was a member of the Justin Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances Beck; sons Robert Samuel Beck and his wife, Becky, of Krum and Jon Bradley Beck of Justin; and grandchildren Luke Denton of Nashville, Tenn., and Emily and Allison Beck of Krum.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Beck Denton of Nashville, Tenn., and his parents, Sam and Owyeda Beck of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers will be Ken Kirkham, Jeff Eaton, Barry Eaton, Brian Eaton, Greg Shannon, Curt Shannon, Erle Nye and Roy Eaton. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the Justin United Methodist Church.

Lucas Funeral Home in Justin is handling arrangements.

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Zane Cheshire Phillips-Smith

Brittanie Wellborn and Jeffery Smith of Justin announce the birth of a son, Zane Cheshire Phillips-Smith, on Oct. 23, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Grandparents are Tammy and John Phillips of Justin, John and Terry Smith of Missouri. Great-grandparents are Jerry and Barbara Perry and Paula Walker.

Great-great-grandparent is the Rev. Paul Henderson.

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Blake tops Boerne High School

Jayci Danielle Blake

Jayci Danielle Blake, granddaughter of Ann and the late Charles (Chock) Kaker of Bridgeport and Dan and Brenda Blake of Justin, graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2012 at Boerne High School.

Blake is the daughter of Dan and Sharon Blake of Boerne. Her mother was the valedictorian of the Bridgeport High School class of 1985.

Blake was involved in theater productions, track, varsity basketball, varsity golf, executive and student council (president), National Honor Society and tutoring.

She was recognized with the school spirit award, valedictorian award, Student Council Legacy award, Science Award, Math Award and the Outstanding Senior Girl Award. She also received AP Scholar recognition and was named outstanding senior in the greater San Antonio area by the San Antonio Express-News. Blake was a member of the homecoming court and was senior prom queen.

She will attend the Dwight Look College of Engineering Scholars program and honors college at Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. She has earned the following scholarships: President’s Endowed Scholar, Foundation Excellence Award, Texas A&M Community Connections, the Opportunity Awards, the Society of Woman Engineers, the Anita Branch Trust and the Hill Country Aggie Club.

She has also been selected to become a scholar in the American Chemical Society Scholars program.

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