2018-10-26

Messenger First Edition October 26, 2018

Messenger First Edition October 26, 2018

Update for Friday, October 26, 2018

VETERAN’S REMAINS RETURNED AFTER 74 YEARS – The remains of Army Sergeant James Kenneth Park have returned home 74 years after he was reported missing in action during a battle in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany in Nov. 1944. Park’s only child, Bridgeport resident Kay Crawford, stood with tears of joy as she witnessed the procession 74 years in the […]

Mess First Edition October 26, 2018

Welcoming the end of straight-party ballots

After weeks of reading endorsement columns, studying the League of Women Voters guide and doing some independent research on various candidates, I carefully went through the sample ballot again Wednesday morning. Checking off each race, I filled out a cheat sheet for every contested spot. Arriving at the polls after showing my ID, I unfurled the green sheet of paper […]

Fringe benefits: Rediscovering the honor of life on the front row

As the Decatur Police escort lit up its lamps, leading a caravan of family members, Hawkins Funeral home hearses and a pair of scruffy media blokes from Bridgeport to Decatur city limits, Joe Duty, the photographer of note at the Messenger, looked at my grin and nodded. He stomped on the gas pedal to keep up with the brigade that […]

Emaley Rynea Swanzy

Emaley Rynea Swanzy, 19, of Paradise, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Wizard Wells. Memorial was Oct. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Larry Fair officiating. She was born May 19, 1999, in Temple, to Jennifer (Ramsey) Swanzy. She was a correctional officer at Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, […]

Joe Roy Smith

Joe Roy Smith, 31, of Aurora, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Oklahoma. Funeral service was Oct. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery. Joey was born April 18, 1987, in Fort Worth to Todd and Suzie Smith. Joey was preceded in death by his parents; and grandmother Bobo Smith. He is survived by […]

Julie Perez

Julie Perez, 26, of Decatur, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Decatur. Mass of Christian burial was Oct. 24, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements. Julie was born April 1, 1992, in Decatur to Jose and Maria Carmen (Perez) Trejo. She married […]

Donald E. Nalls

Donald E. Nalls, 84, of Fort Worth, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Fort Worth. Funeral was Oct. 26, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with Louis Horton officiating. Burial followed in Jonestown Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements. Donald was born April 30, 1934, in Athens to Samuel and Myrtle (Watts) Nalls. He was a member of […]

Shirley Elaine Foster

Shirley Elaine Foster, 82, of Decatur, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Decatur. Funeral was Oct. 25, 2018, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner officating. Burial followed in Sweetwater Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Placek, Bryce Placek, K.W. Foster, Bobby Hale, Gary Caraway and Monty Caraway. Shirley was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Decatur to James Monroe […]