James Robert Kopitke of Euless, Texas passed away July 16, 2017. He was born on June 1, 1961 to Arthur Joseph Kopitke and Karen “Fenwick” Hodson in Oak Park, Illinois. James leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife Doris Craighton of Euless, Texas; mother Karen (Gary) Hodson of Bonner Springs, Kansas; brother Don (Lisa) Kopitke of Lenexa, Kansas; sister Bonnie (Dana) Farmer of Overland Park, Kansas; 14 nieces and nephews and one great-nephew; Uncle Bob (Susi) Kopitke of Frisco, Texas; Aunt Pat Hampton of Warsaw, Indiana and several cousins. James is preceded in death by his father. James worked for TST Impreso for over 30 years. He played softball and baseball from elementary school and into college. He also played on local teams as an adult. James enjoyed all sports. His favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. He loved working on his 1966 Oldsmobile 442 that his dad bought new and became his high school car. He married Doris Craighton on October 9, 1999. James was a very caring person with a great sense of humor who loved life and making people laugh. He also loved animals and always had them in his home. He cherished the relationships he had with family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
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Richard Smith Gentry Richard was born August 21, 1950 in Dallas, Texas to Thomas Gentry and Wilma Smith Gentry. Richard grew up in Irving, lived in Bedford, and spent the past several years at his home in Blue Mountain, Arkansas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. Richard was in the car and truck sales business for forty years. His love of books and reading only added to his brilliant mind. He was a terrific cook, and for those who never tasted his smoked ribs and Texas potato salad, you missed a treat. Richard was, as friends and family knew, "always right." His dry wit endeared him to many, and his vast knowledge astounded. He lived life on his own terms, and a colorful life it was for him and his friends. Richard is survived by his daughter, Jessica Gentry, and grandson, Dylan Splawn; his son, Tommy Gentry; his sister, Trudy Gentry; his cousin, Lois Hardenbrook; and his extended family in Arkansas: Elaine Lippard, Kyle and Kelsey Lippard, Billy Hoover, Justin and Bonnie Lippard, JR and Lisa Hampton, Justin and Lesley Andrews, JoDonn and Laura Elder, and June Roberts. From his family and friends: "We love you, Gentry." A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Ratliff officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Bedford Animal Shelter at 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021.
Odell Hickman of Ft. Worth passed away July 11, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on February 15, 1934 in Capitan, New Mexico to Dee and Alta May “Owens” Hickman. Odell worked for Exxon for 30 years before retiring. He married the love of his life Shirley Carter on November, 28, 1958. He enjoyed bowling and was the secretary/treasurer for The Dallas Men’s Bowling Association for 10 years. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Jay D. Hickman and Sister Fay Weddige. Left to cherish his memory are wife Shirley Hickman of Ft. Worth; son David Hickman and wife Cindy of Crowley, Texas; and granddaughter Kendall Hickman. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm on Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, Texas.
Jason Andrew Bernauer, age 52, died Sunday, July 9, 2017. He was born in Irving, Texas to Robert Louis and Nina (Gilbreath) Bernauer on December 24, 1964. Jason is preceded in death by his father; left to cherish his memory is mother Nina Dalla; sisters Donna Vance and Cindy Winter; niece Lauren Katri and nephew Jared Winter. A graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, in Gainesville, Texas. A visitation will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.