Eula Fay Watson
May 19, 1918 – June 30, 2016
JACKSBORO – Eula Fay Watson, 98 years and 49 days, passed away June 30, 2016 in Fort Worth, TX.
A visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. July 8 at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
A service will be at 10 a.m. July 9 at First Baptist Church in Jacksboro with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.
Eula Fay was born on May 19, 1918 to Oscar A. and Minnie Symintha (Jackson) Whitsitt at Squaw Mountain, TX. She married Melvin E. Watson on May 19, 1936 in Joy. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before his death in 1998.
Eula Fay was an active member of First Baptist Church, The Red Hat Society, The Jacksboro Gardening Club and The Jacksboro Country Club where she had been an avid golfer for years. She finally gave up golf because she said, “I’ve outlived most of my playing partners.” Her main goal in life was to stay active.
She was the first female court bailiff in Jack County. At one time she owned and operated a children’s clothing store in Bowie after her first granddaughter was born, but found it too confining.
Following that venture, she raised quail, truck farmed and worked at Haggar Slacks. Her final business venture was trapping and selling live raccoons. This ended abruptly when one of the raccoons managed to get out of the cage and tap her on the shoulder while she was driving them to the sale. She was the mother to three boys, hated to cook, but was always ready to fish and tramp around the ranch.
Many family and friends believed she was a “card shark” when it came to playing SkipBo. She won at Bingo so many times Concerned Citizens ran out of prizes. She was an uninhibited 42 and 84 player. She was strong willed, hard headed and smart as a whip.
She was independent, interested in everything and a feisty pioneer woman. She loved John Deere lawn mowers, but disliked horses. Eula Fay was a cancer survivor, having beaten it twice.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin E. Watson; son, Larry James Watson; two brothers and seven sisters.
She leaves behind two sons, Ronald E. Watson and wife Shirley, and Donald D. Watson and wife Susan; daughter-in-law, Sharon Watson; sister, Margaret McMahon; grandchildren, Pamela, Cherami, Steven, Damon, Jennifer, Forrest and Laura; great grandchildren, Calista, Trenton, Winston, Amanda, Matthew, Jordan and Ethan; plus many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Concerned Citizens or the American Cancer Society. Visit www.cokerfuneral.com for online tributes.
Jack J. LeClair
September 14, 1946 – January 28, 2023
SAINT JO – Jack J. LeClair, 76, died on Jan. 28, 2023.
A rosary led by Tom and Denise Koranek was at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Scott Funeral Home. The eulogy was delivered by Jack Lyons. A mass of Christian burial by Fr. Joe Keating was at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 14, 1946 in Ponca City, OK to Jack J. (Chief) LeClair and Grace Jeanette LeClair. He married Dianne Sicking Clegg in 2000. They moved to North Texas and set up a cow/ calf operation with a dedication to managing the native wildlife.
He graduated from Pharr San Juan Alamo High School in 1964. He went on to attend the University of Texas on a baseball scholarship, then to Pan- American College for undergraduate work, where he was a teacher at Ed Couch Elsa Schools. He graduated from Texas A&M Kingsville in 1975 with a master of science in range science and management. He began his career in field development and tech service with Chevron/ Ortho Chemical in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He also did some doctoral work at Texas A&I.
From 1982-1999, he worked in development and was an integral part of the DuPont Development team that was responsible for introducing new active ingredient chemistry for cotton, cereal, corn, rice, soybeans and range and pasture. From 2000-2003, he was in field development for United Ag Products. Going back to DuPont in 2004, he became part of the DuPont Crop Protection team as a range and pasture specialist. Once again, he developed active ingredient chemistry for range and pasture brush and weed control. He retired from DuPont after 27 years of service. In 2014 he began a three year stint with Bayer Environmental Services in range and pasture sales. He was a longtime member of The Society for Range Management.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pamela Sue.
He is survived by his wife; brother, Joe LeClair, Oklahoma City; children, Jeff LeClair, Portland, Stephen LeClair, Gonzales and Ashli LeClair, Austin and one grandson.
Memorials may be made to Saint Jo Volunteer Fire Department or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.
April 1, 1958 – January 27, 2023
NOCONA – David Womack, 64, died on Jan. 27, 2023 in Nocona.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
He was born on April 1, 1958 in Nocona to Eldon Womack Sr. and Patty Walker Womack. He worked in the oilfield most of his life doing many jobs, but mainly as a pumper. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Nocona.
He is survived by his children, Bryan Womack, Dumas, TX and Beth Schnick, Wichita Falls; brothers, Donnie Womack, Nocona and Dale Womack, Nocona; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.
Johnnie Lowell Chappell
May 17, 1936 – January 27, 2023
BOWIE – Johnnie Lowell Chappell, 86, died on Jan. 27, 2023.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, at the White Family Funeral Home. A memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4, at Freedom Life Church in Bowie.
He was born in Henrietta on May 17, 1936 to Lee Olan and Mary Cleo (Hays) Chappell. On May 30, 1955 he married Frances Jones Chappell in Byers, TX. He grew up in Henrietta on his family’s farm. He was an accomplished businessman, farmer and racing sponsor and an avid automobile enthusiast.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Darla DeAnn Chappell, Toni Carol and Lisa Marie; one great-granddaughter; one daughter-in-law and sister, Deleen Ruebush.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Chappell; sons, Lowell Chappell, Bowie and Adam Chappell, Springtown; daughter, Sheila Duggan, Fort Worth; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Shiflet, Argyle and Glenda Buck, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bowie Senior Citizens Project at 501 Pelham St. Bowie, TX 76230.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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