Richard Craig Byas
Richard Craig Byas
June 16, 1957 – June 2, 2018
BOWIE – Richard Craig Byas, 60, passed away on June 2, 2018 in Bowie, TX.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on June 5 at The White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. June 6 at the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Bowie with Pastor Jamie Reed officiating.
Burial will follow at Tage Cemetery.
Richard was born on June 16, 1957 in Nocona to Weldon and Doris (Cato) Byas. In high school, R.B. was a running back for the Jackrabbits. His talent helped lead Bowie to regionals in 1973. On Aug. 31, 1982 he married Patty Nolan in Bowie and a few years later welcomed their son Kyle.
In 1992 he started Byas Trucking and later owned North Central Tank Trucks. R.B. was a hardworking man and could out work men half his age. He has been known to tell the “guys” at work, “Get up you’re going to get bed sores!”
When he wasn’t working he enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and his dogs. R.B. enjoyed racing his car and fishing. He acquired a new hobby of watching “toons” (cartoons) after his grandson Graham was born. R.B. had a beard before beards were “cool,” and knew you weren’t cool if your chrome didn’t shine. R.B. was a one of a kind man with a heart of pure gold. He loved and would do anything for his family and friends. He will be dearly missed. “Whoop N’ Ride.”
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Doris Byas; brothers, Charlie Byas and Larry Weldon Byas, and sister, Zona Sue Owen.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Byas, Bowie; son, Kyle Byas, Bowie; grandson, Graham Byas; brother, Jeff Byas and wife Mary of Richardson; nephews, Scott Byas and Larry Byas; nieces, Jade Byas and Bailey Young and husband Klay; great-niece, Parker Kate Young; many cousins, numerous other nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Arrangements entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
James Charles Coates
September 21, 1972 – May 17, 2023
BOWIE – James Charles Coates, 50, died on May 17, 2023 in Wise County.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on May 27 at Bowie First Methodist Church, located at 1515 Jefferson St., with the Rev. Steve Martinez officiating.
Coates was born Sept. 21, 1972 in Taft, TX to Jim and Glenda Charlene Coates. He married James R. Lotz on Oct. 25, 2003. He worked in customer service and as a tax preparer. He also was a member of Bowie First Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Charlene Coates and brother, Jay Coates.
He is survived by his spouse, James Lotz, Bowie; father, Jim Coates; brothers, Jon Coates, Fort Worth, Jeffery Coates, Michigan and Josh Coates, Washington, IA and sister, Diane Cambre, Waxahachie.
Memorial donations may be made to Bowie First Methodist Church or to James Lotz at 1210 E. Tarrant St. Bowie, TX 76230 to defray the cost of arrangements.
Alice Mae Steely
April 19, 1951 – May 15, 2023
BEDFORD – Alice Mae Steely, 72, died on May 15, 2023 in Bedford, TX.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on May 20 at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo.
She was born on April 19, 1951 in Dallas to the late Thomas Pritchett Weaver and Bessie Alice Miller. She always put others first and loved with every piece of her heart. She was a member of First United Methodist Grapevine. Steely was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Anna Weaver Meier.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Thomas Steely Jr.; son, Henry Thomas Steely III and wife; one granddaughter; one grandson and her sister, Jo Rene Noah.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First United Methodist Grapevine.
Billy “Bill” Junior Reaves
October 19, 1934 – May 12, 2023
BOWIE – Billy “Bill” Junior Reaves, 88, went home to be with the Lord on May 12, 2023 in Decatur.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 15 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service was at 10 a.m. on May 16 at Brushy Cemetery with Chris Osborne and Ken Goodson as the officiants.
Bill was born Oct. 19, 1934 in Post Oak, TX to Gilbert Franklin and Ida Marie (Middlebrooks) Reaves. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1953. On Oct. 26, 1968 Bill married Louise Edgin in Bowie. Bill enjoyed carpentry and ranching. He worked for Ranch House Western Wear in Bowie for many years, as well as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for the City of Bowie. He was a devoted husband and father and will be remembered with love and appreciation.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gib and Ida Reaves; infant daughter, Leaha Reaves; brother, Sydney Reaves; sisters, Ruby Gilmore and Annlee Garrett and granddaughter, Stacy Blake.
Bill is survived by his wife, Louise Reaves, Bowie; children, Elizabeth Hale, Garland, Rebecca Brooks and husband Kevin, Bowie and Jaret Reaves and wife Lisa, Gainesville; grandchildren, Shane Hale and wife Julia, Cassiopeia Beasley and husband Vester, Kolton Brooks and wife Sadi, Krista Brooks, Kevin Clay Brooks and wife Mercedes, Kenlea Reaves and Macey Reaves; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Herbert Reaves, Bowie and George A. Reaves, San Angelo; sister, Emma Mae Large, Bowie and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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