Obituaries

Michael “Reed” Scott Green

Michael “Reed” Scott Green

Michael “Reed” Scott Green

Michael “Reed” Scott Green passed away, Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, from pneumonia due to COVID-19. His parents were Colonel Lynell and Bess Green. He was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and, as an Army brat, lived in Minnesota, Colorado and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He later joined the United States Air Force and served for 6 years.

Helen Jean Shaffer

Helen Jean Shaffer

Helen Jean Shaffer

Retired nurse, wife and mother, Helen Jean Shaffer’s life did not come to an end with her passing. Helen passed away on March 18th, 2021 listening to her favorite musician Willie Nelson. There was not one song of Willie’s that she did not know all the words to. Her six children gathered together to celebrate, honor and preserve her legacy by living their lives to the fullest as she would have wanted.

Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard

Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard

Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard

Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard, of Forney, stepped into glory and laid his crown at the feet of Jesus on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was born August 30, 1955 in Fairfield, Texas to John Henry and Mary Cordelia (Brown) Pritchard, both of whom preceded him in death along with his sister-in-law, Nancie Pritchard.

Norman Gene Preskitt Sr

Norman Gene Preskitt Sr.

Norman Gene Preskitt Sr.

Norman Gene Preskitt Sr., a 34-year resident of Forney, Texas, passed from this life on February 4, 2021, after a five-week battle with COVID-19. Norman was born to James Franklin Preskitt Sr. and Sarah Julia (Laney) Preskitt in Rome, Georgia, on August 10, 1939.

Bettie Sue Sharp Adams

Bettie Sue Sharp Adams

Bettie Sue Sharp Adams

Sue Adams passed away on January 29, 2021 at her residence in Rowlett, Texas at the age of 91. She was born February 15, 1929 in Franklin, Texas to Dr. Andrew Jackson Sharp and Katie Henderson Sharp.

Donald (Don) R. Gray

Donald (Don) R. Gray

Donald (Don) R. Gray

Donald (Don) R. Gray, 86, of Forney, Texas, unexpectedly passed away peacefully on January 24th, 2021. He was born Donald Ray Clark on August 18th, 1934, in Dallas, Texas, to Leon and Winona (Nielson) Clark. His biological father, Leon Clark, passed away five days before his birth, and Don was adopted seven years later by Winona’s new husband, Leland Gray.

Patty Madison

Patty Madison

Patty Madison

Patty Madison, age 91, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Patty was born September 16, 1929 in Paola, Kansas to Kenneth and Hazel Bair.

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.

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