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David Allen Prater

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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.

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Frankie “Renabelle” Garrett

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May 16, 1941 – February 18, 2024
SUNSET – Frankie “Renabelle” Garrett, 82, was called home to be with the Lord on Feb. 18, 2024.
A funeral service for Renabelle will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie, with family visitation from 1 – 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Renabelle was born May 16, 1941 in Sunset, to Sallie Eula and James Frank Whitaker. She attended Sunset School and graduated from Bowie High School in 1959. She married Billy Gene Garrett on June 20, 1959 and was married for 64 wonderful years.
She worked as a truck driver, bus driver and as a medication aide for more than 30 years. After retirement she enjoyed farm life, loved to fish and tag along with her daughter Kathy to watch all of her grandchildren’s sporting events. Renabelle never met a stranger and loved every kid that came around as her own.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Sallie Eula and James Frank Whitaker; sisters, Maureen Elrod, Leatrice Baker and Irene Houston and brothers, Pack Whitaker, Charlie Whitaker, Wayne Whitaker, Leland Whitaker, Morgan Whitaker and a newborn brother.
Renabelle is survived by her husband, Gene Garrett; two daughters, Kathy Whatley and husband Robert, Sunset and Betty Sanders, Bowie; eight grandchildren, Sallie Gilliam and Justin, Quanah, Bailey Yerby and Zane, Greeley, CO, Gabby Whatley, Bowie, AJ Whatley, Stephenville, Cruz Whatley, Sunset, Christian Whatley, Sunset, Holly Fenoglio and Tony, Nocona and Dakota Gantt and Jeremy, Blooming Grove and six great-grandchildren, Whitten and Sterling Gilliam, Alayne Yerby, Emory Cauthen and Dax and Lynnox Gantt.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Shirley Keck

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November 30, 1935 – February 18, 2024
NOCONA – Shirley Keck, 88, died Feb. 18, 2024 in Nocona.
The family gathered at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Eagle Point Cemetery. A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. officiated by Pastor Valleri Sewell.
She was born Nov. 30, 1935 in Nocona to Frank Griffith and Ruby Sewell Griffith. She married Jimmy Keck on Aug. 27, 1950 at the First United Methodist Church in Nocona.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Keck; her parents and one granddaughter.
She is survived by her children, Jim L. Keck, Nocona, Rebecca Henley, Nocona, Chris Keck, Nocona, and Jodye Skinner, Nocona; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Eagle Point Cemetery, 411 10th St., Nocona, TX 76255, or JDRF North Texas and Oklahoma Chapter 4632, P.O. Box 5029, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5029.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.

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Margaret “Meg” Eva Helland

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January 5, 1967 – February 15, 2024
MONTAGUE – Margaret “Meg” Eva Helland, 57, died Feb. 15, 2024 in Nocona.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Cornerstone Bible Church, 2496 Deer Park Rd, Decatur. A service will immediately follow.
She was born to Geraldine and Ignacio (Nacho) Gonzales on Jan. 5, 1967 in Phoenix, AZ. She worked for an insurance company for many years, leaving in order to be more available for work within the church and community. She continually volunteered to work in church daycares, church camps and after school programs. She also had a small business and sold many unique sewed and embroidered items.
She is survived by her spouse, Jay; children, Gabriella and Joshua; five grandchildren and three brothers, Ignacio Gonzales Jr., Ruben Gonzales and Ernie Gonzales.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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