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Mary Ellen Cooper

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Mary Ellen Cooper

July 26, 1941 – November 16, 2022
JACKSBORO – Mary Ellen Cooper, 81, Jacksboro, passed away Nov. 16, 2022 at Advanced Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Bowie, with family by her side.
A visitation will be at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta. Private family burial will take place at a later time.
Mary Ellen was born July 26, 1941, in Portales, NM to Nathaniel and Leona (Ring) Lea. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1959. Shortly after graduation, she met the love of her life, Monty Ray Cooper, and they married Dec. 8, 1962, at the First Christian Church in Lubbock.
Once they started their life together, they moved to Brownfield and lived there until July, 1980. Mary Ellen worked for the City of Brownfield and perused her passion for sewing in the “Sew it with Cotton” contests in the west Texas area for many years.
Monty and Mary Ellen moved to Jacksboro in July of 1980 and have lived here ever since. They were both active members of the Memorial Christian Church. Mary Ellen had served as a board member, taught Sunday school for many years and found great joy in singing in the choir on Sunday mornings. She was also a long-time member of Christian Women’s Fellowship.
Mary Ellen retired after 17 years of service from TXU on July 26, 2006. In her retirement she continued to sew pageant dresses for her granddaughter Lindsey, numerous Halloween costumes for the other grandchildren and was able to attended many events and functions supporting her eight grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, doting Mams, and a beautiful friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lewis Lea, sister Nelda Blevins and grandson Brock Cooper.
Mary Ellen is survived by her loving husband, Monty, Jacksboro; son Curtis Cooper and wife Lindy, Cross Plains, daughter Valerie Crafton and husband Shane, Henrietta, daughter Stephanie Lander and husband Kevin, Shady Shores; grandsons Dusty Cooper and wife Katie, Franklin, Tyler Crafton, Wichita Falls, Ryan Crafton, Wichita Falls, Cooper Lander, Shady Shores; granddaughters Lindsey Hoff and husband Kirkland, Dean, Emma Lander and Faith Lander, Shady Shores; four great-grandchildren, a sister Shirley Stults, Archer City and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the love and care Mary Ellen received from Beyond Faith Hospice of Wichita Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Jacksboro Parish or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Douglas “Corky” Elmo Canon Jr.

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July 21, 1955 – January 25, 2023
BOWIE – Douglas “Corky” Elmo Canon Jr., 67, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2023.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie, with Wayne Knox officiating.
Corky was born July 21, 1955 in San Gabriel, CA to Douglas E. and Nita (Admire) Canon. On Sept. 29, 1979, Corky married Sharon Mann in Nocona and together they raised two girls. He had a longtime career with Enerfin Resources in Wichita Falls.
Corky was passionate about fishing and music. He loved watching his kids and grandkids play ball, and even started yo-yoing as a good-luck tradition with the other dads during his daughter’s softball games. He enjoyed time with his family, hosting foosball tournaments and family reunions. He enjoyed playing ball and sharing treats with his dog Roxy. Corky was always curious and never met a stranger. He was a loving husband, devoted father, pappy, brother and friend, and will be truly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Corky is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon Canon, Bowie; daughters, Traci Russell and husband Chris, Montague and Terri Mayhue, Denton; grandchildren, Kaidyn Mayhue, Kalyn Mayhue, Kinley Russell and Gracelyn Russell; sisters, Sherri King, Gainesville and Deana McDonald, Bowie; brother, Tommy Canon, Houston and brother-in-law, Randy Mann, Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of Corky to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie, Texas.

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Sheron Jane Fain

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June 2, 1945 – January 20, 2023
SUNSET – Sheron Jane (French) Fain, 77, died on Jan. 20, 2023 in Decatur.
The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 at the White Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset.
She was born June 2, 1945 in Knox City, TX. She married Robert Wayne “Cowboy” Fain on July 22, 1962 in Sunset. They made their home and raised their daughters after living in Chico for a few years. She had several jobs throughout her life, but was mainly a housewife and mother in her younger years.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cowboy Fain; sisters, Roberta and Eunice and her twin brother, Theron.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Ezzell and Christie Newberry; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Oliver Oscar Neff

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May 18, 1939 – January 19, 2023
KEENE, TX – Oliver Oscar Neff, 83, died on Jan. 19, 2023.
The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service was at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the White Family Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Waller as the officiant. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
He was born on May 18, 1939 in Junction, TX to James Franklin and Sara (Martin) Neff. At age 17 he met Patricia Booher. The couple married on Aug. 17, 1957 and spent 48 years together until her passing.
He began working in the oilfield when he was 16, and made it his longtime career until the industry collapsed in the ‘80s. He then drove a rock truck until his retirement. In 2013 he married Claudia McCanless.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Patricia Neff and Della Neff; one sister and three brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Claudia Neff; children, Glen Neff, Bowie, Marsha Pennington, Bowie, Kimberly Sledge, Montague and Oliver Odell Neff, Comanche, OK; three step-children; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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