Obituaries

John Darden

John Darden

John Darden

John Darden, longtime Forney resident, passed away at home on Friday, January 8, 2021. John was born in Lamar County, Texas on September 25, 1938 to John Haskell and Myrle Marie Chancellor Darden, both of whom preceded him in death along with his brother, James Darden, brother-in-law, Jim Crow and sister-in-law, Shirley Darden.

K. T. Oslin—That Name Jogged My Memory!
K. T. Oslin—That Name Jogged My Memory!

K. T. Oslin—That Name Jogged My Memory!

Born in 1942, K. T. Oslin was one performer who used her own real name/initials also as her “stage name”— Kay Toinette Oslin—K. T. was an Arkansas infant, who grew up in Alabama and Houston, and then later moved to New York to make a name for herself on Broadway. After bit parts in Hello, Dolly! and Promises, Promises, she determined that she would never “hit it rich” or even semi-wealthy in musical theatre performing and said she was afraid she would just “have a grimy little actress’s life” if she did not move on, which she did by taking parts in commercials and by singing “jingles” for various productions.

Randall Lloyd Martin

Randall Lloyd Martin

Randall Lloyd Martin

Randall Lloyd Martin, 83, of Mesquite, TX 75150, died December 12, 2020 at 9:07 a.m. while hospitalized in Mesquite with Covid complications. Randall was born October 18, 1937 in Wills Point, TX to William Carrol Martin and Fairy Eldis Kemp.

Annie L. Cherry Chandler-Bland

Annie L. Cherry Chandler-Bland

Annie L. Cherry Chandler-Bland

Annie L. Cherry Chandler-Bland, age 74, of Forney, Texas, passed into the presence of Jesus on December 19, 2020. Annie was born in Beckville, Texas, on January 6, 1946, to Nellie Geneva and James Samuel Cherry. She grew up in Beckville and was very involved in school activities. She played the clarinet in the junior high and high school bands, was a member of the tennis team, the Future Homemakers of America, and the National Honor Society. In 1964, her senior year at Beckville High School, she was voted The Most Beautiful Girl and also the Football Team Sweetheart. After graduation, she moved to Dallas and began working for Southwestern Bell, where she was soon chosen as a model to introduce their new Princess Phone at the State Fair of Texas.

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Jeremy William Morgan

Jeremy William Morgan

On Sunday, December 6, 2020, Jeremy William Morgan went to be with the Lord at the age of 44. Jeremy was born on June 5, 1976 in West Memphis, Arkansas, to William and Thelma (Young) Morgan. He spent his early years in Arkansas, and then was raised in Waxahachie, Texas. He played on the State Champion football team in 1992, and graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1994. On July 12, 1997, he married Teri Susanne Butler. At Southern Methodist University, Jeremy was a four-year letterman and graduated with honors in 1998. He and Teri raised three children, Addie, William, and Hannah in Waxahachie, and Jeremy coached little league, baseball, softball, and basketball for his children and countless other young ones. After many years in the business world, Jeremy chose to step back and pursue the Lord’s calling on his life to be a high school football coach and teacher. He taught and coached at Waxahachie High School from 2016 to 2018, and began at Forney High School in the fall of 2018.

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Shelia Frey

Shelia Frey

Shelia Frey, 68, of Forney, Texas, passed away on December 1, 2020, in Forney, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Evelyn Graham, her daughter Stacey Frey, and her son, Steven Frey.

Edward D. “Dewayne” Berg

Edward D. “Dewayne” Berg

Edward D. “Dewayne” Berg

Edward D. Berg, “Dewayne” passed away at age 85 on Saturday, Nov. 28th after a one year battle with dementia. Born January 22, 1935 in Guymon, OK, he was the son of Albert Edward Berg and Ruth Pauline Smith. The grandson of immigrant Norwegians, Dewayne grew up in a large, hard working family of farmers and laborers. He was especially close to his Norwegian grandmother, Olga Eline Meinhart Berg. The family was musical and close knit.

Steven Allen Jones

Steven Allen Jones

Steven Allen Jones

Steven Allen Jones, “Steve,” age 60, of Seagoville, Texas, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by three daughters: Katie McCann (Kevin), Jenny Wilcox (Tolby), and Lauren Jones; 6 grandchildren: Natalie, Matthew, Beau, Waylon, Peyton, and Mila; mother, Joyce Jones, and sister, Laura Vanloh (Dale). Steve was preceded in death by his father, Allen Jones.

Dakota Pardue

Dakota Pardue

Dakota Pardue

Mr. Dakota Pardue, 25, of Henderson, formerly of Royse City, passed away on Nov. 22, 2020 when a truck entered his lane of traffic causing a head on collision. He was born June 29, 1995 in Hot Springs, AR and graduated from Rockwall-Heath High School, class of 2014.

Carlos Rodolfo Drane

Carlos Rodolfo Drane

Carlos Rodolfo Drane

Carlos passed away peacefully at Clements Hospital in Dallas, Texas, after a two year battle with cancer. He was a man of so many passions, no one really knew what he would do next. Between his love of Realtree camo, despite never having an interest in hunting, to his strange obsession with banana pudding, he kept everyone around him on their toes. Even after his death, his family was unable to post to his Facebook page because he had landed himself in Facebook jail from his love of sharing too many political memes.

Robert (Bob) Livingston Medlin

Robert (Bob) Livingston Medlin

Robert (Bob) Livingston Medlin

Robert (Bob) Livingston Medlin was born January 2, 1943, in Amarillo, Texas, the only child of Robert Lee and Mary Ellen Isreal Medlin. He died November 20,2020. He was raised on a farm east of Amarillo and attended school in Panhandle, Texas, where he excelled in sports, especially football, playing on the varsity team while still in Middle School and serving as captain his senior year. Robert was also active in student government as senior class president, voted Senior Class Favorite, and Mr. Panhandle High School. He was a member in Future Farmers of America, attaining his Lone Star Farmer degree.

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Susan Carol Ray Rauh

Susan Carol Ray Rauh

Susan Carol Ray Rauh, of Forney, passed away on November 12, 2020 at her home. Susan was born Jan. 31, 1953 in Lake Charles, LA to T.J. and Ruby (Brown) Ray, both of whom preceded her in death along with her grandparents, William and Bertie Mae Brown and Lonnie and Melissa Ray and her husband, George “Gene” Rauh, Jr.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 936, Forney, TX 75126
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