April 27, 1950 – September 7, 2022
NOCONA – James William Taylor, 72, died on Sept. 7, 2022 in Nocona.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Nocona. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Minister Valleri Sewell officiating. Burial will follow at Spanish Fort Cemetery.
Taylor was born on April 27, 1950 in Nocona to Earlene Morris and Jack Taylor. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Nocona. He attended school at Prairie Valley and graduated from Goldburg High School. He continued his education and received an associate degree from Cooke County College.
Taylor graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas in 1972. He used his keen eye for color balance and composition and began a career in custom framing and art restoration by apprenticing at the Sanger Harris Department store.
He soon moved on to custom framing in Newman Galleries and framed for Manheim Galleries, shipping custom work to Houston and New York City. He later worked for the The Frame House and Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas.
For many years, he worked as a stone mason and landscape artist. His stonework and waterfall construction at the Benton Place Inn in Eureka Springs won first place in a national competition “America in Blooms,” and is still featured landscape of Eureka Springs.
His stone projects can be found throughout northwest Arkansas and southeastern Missouri. He moved to Nocona in 2010 and used his skill to do restoration and custom framing for the Tales and Trails Museum.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Taylor is survived by his constant companion, Foxy, along with many other dear friends and family.
Memorials may be made to Lucky Paws Animal Shelter in Nocona.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.
David Allen Prater
October 7, 1957 – November 16, 2022
CASSVILLE, MO – David Allen Prater, 65, passed away on Nov. 16, 2022 at Mercy Hospital Cassville.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date.
David was born Oct. 7, 1957, in Attica, KS to James Allen and Opal Florene Hurst Prater. He attended Bowie High School and after graduation attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX studying animal husbandry and veterinarian medicine. After college he worked for various ranches and oil fields. He later went to work for Bowie Industries as a welder. He also did underwater welding in Japan and was a member of the Texas Army National Guard.
David enjoyed traveling, being an outdoorsman, rodeoing, leather crafts and making his own boots, saddles and gifts for others. At the age of 14 he became the youngest professional rodeo clown, known as “Bandy.” He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout, a 32nd degree Mason of Moslah Temple Shrine in Fort Worth and a member of Abou Ben Adhem Shriners in Springfield, MO. Every year he would grow his hair long and donate it to Locks of Love in memory of his mother. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bowie.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife and son.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Smith, Bowie.
Contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX, 75219 or Cowboy’s Last Ride, c/o Lee Allen 403 West Wise Street, Bowie, TX 76230.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville, MO.
Robert Fayon (Tuck) Scott
October 2, 1951 – October 27, 2022
FORESTBURG – Robert Fayon (Tuck) Scott, 71, died on Oct. 27, 2022 at his home.
A memorial service will be at noon on Jan. 7, 2023 at Dolly and Leo Orrell’s home.
Scott was born to Roberta Earle and Frank Bunday Scott on Oct. 2, 1951 in Muenster. He graduated from Forestburg High School. He enjoyed hunting, auctions, garage sales, trade days and traveling.
Scott is preceeded in death by his parents, Frank and Roberta Scott; brothers, Alvin Scott, Delmar Scott, Harry Kendall and Frank B. Scott; son, Robert Anthony Scott; sister, Maxine Pomeroy and two sister-in-laws.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda Scott; sister, Dolly Orrell, Forestburg; brothers, Jerry Scott, Krum, Blake Scott, Lewisville and William Scott, Forestburg; one grandson; one sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Lonnie “L.D.” Dee Sirman
August 31, 1942 – November 20, 2022
FORESTBURG – Lonnie “L.D.” Dee Sirman, 80, passed away on Nov. 20, 2022 in Fort Worth.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Nov. 25, at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 26, at the Montague County Cowboy Church with Pastor Joe Caballero officiating. Burial will follow at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.
L.D. was born on Aug. 31, 1942 in Bowie to Woodrow and Minnie Chesser Sirman. L.D. graduated from Forestburg High School and joined the United States Army. He served at the missile base in Denton where he met and married Sue Snider. The couple would have celebrated their 60th anniversary in March. He was so proud to be celebrating 60 years of marriage.
L.D. was an owner and operator cattle hauler for 30 years. After retiring from trucking, he worked in Denton, delivering new Peterbilt’s to every state in the U.S. and all outer provinces of Canada. He was known for his beautiful and well-kept trucks and his spotless appearance. Someone was always commenting that he looked too neat to be a bull hauler.
He loved his wife, children and grandchildren more than anything. He was a member of the Montague County Cowboy Church and was baptized just two months ago. He was a proud American and loved his country. He was always ready to help anyone, not wanting thanks or recognition. He was a quiet man with a huge, giving heart. He will be missed by so many.
He is preceded in death by his parents; younger sister, Mary Blocker and brothers-in-law, Arlon Alexander and Joe Snider.
L.D. is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Sue Snider Sirman, Forestburg; daughter, Page Sirman, Forestburg; son, Bart Sirman and wife Hollie, Rhome; sister, Sue Alexander, Shallowater; his most prized possessions, his grandchildren, Tyler Sirman and Drew Martin, Eugene OR, Sloan and Ethan Morman, Fort Worth, Hannah and Hunter Geer, Cody, WY, Slate Souther, Fort Worth and Seth and Mandi Sirman, Chico along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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