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Henry Edward “Hank” Starke

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March 8, 1947 – January 30, 2024
NOCONA – Henry Edward “Hank” Starke, 76, died Jan. 30, 2024 at his home in Nocona Hills.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10 at Nocona Hills Community Church with Pastor Paul Coronado officiating. A private family interment will be at a later date.
Starke was born on March 8, 1947 in Catskill, NY to Charles McClellan Starke Sr. and Helen Ida Campbell Starke. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and retired in 1988 after 22 years of service. He fought in the Vietnam War from which he earned several awards and honors. He then worked in the army as a drill instructor. He also got his degree and became a logistical and retired 1st Sgt. E 8.
After he retired from the army, he worked as a realtor for Connie Boyle Real Estate where he met his wife, Laura Stone. The couple married on July 23, 2005 in Flagler Beach, FL. Starke was an elder at Palm Coast Bible Church. Later he became a member of the Nocona Hills Community Church where he became involved with Operation Christmas Child and many other programs within the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Charles Francis Starke, Norman “Butch” Starke, Charles McClellan Starke Jr., Donna Campbell Starke and Arlene Starke.
He is survived by his children, Dean Joseph Starke, Kentucky, Inez Renee Stevens, North Carolina and Adam Quinten Starke, Virginia; one step-son; siblings, Mary A. Olivett, Daytona Beach, FL, Joyce Pavlin, Catskill, NY and Floyd Starke, Leeds, NY; four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to Nocona Hills Community Church, Stanley Fulton Memorial Fund, 104 Nocona Dr., Nocona, TX 76255.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.

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Robert “Bob” Darryl Hamric

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March 28, 1963 ~ January 21, 2024
BRIDGEPORT – Robert Darryl Hamric, 60, died Jan. 21, 2024 at his home after a two year battle fighting Glioblastoma.
A celebration of life will be on March 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 403 N. Oak in Muenster. Please drop by in casual, concert, camouflage or Caribbean dress anytime from 2 – 5 p.m.
He was born March 28, 1963 in El Paso to Dan and Fay Hamric. Dan, Fay and Bob moved back to Muenster and started Muenster Public Schools for Kindergarten in 1967. He spent his afternoons at Hamric’s store with Grammy and Pop. He graduated in 1981 from Muenster High School and moved back to El Paso to attend college at The University of Texas at El Paso. That did not last long, so another quick move back to Muenster occurred. Dan told him he could pay rent or live in a tent, take your pick. So he paid a little rent and went to work in the oil field.
He eventually enrolled in Cooke County College and enjoyed field trips to the coast and being a science major. This is where his love for the ocean began. He then moved to Wichita Falls, working for Miller Distributing while finishing his degree in education at Midwestern State University. In that time, he had his children, Casey and Katy Fay, and moved them to Saint Jo in 1993 where he started his teaching career. He was an elementary science teacher, golf coach and bus driver for Saint Jo Independent School District for 16 years.
During his single dad years, his friends set him up with the love of his life, Rhonda Bell, in 1998. They began their life together, full of mystery dates, cruises and beach trips in June of 2001. He retired early from teaching in 2005 to take a job for Ronnie Hess managing the Alvord Building Center. He, Rhonda and the kids packed up and moved to Bridgeport, where the kids graduated and eventually started their own families. Bob and Rhonda’s newest favorite job was the job of being grandparents, affectionately termed Marmee and Pop.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Hamric.
Bob is survived by his soulmate, Rhonda; children,
Casey and Morgan Hamric and Katy and Jaron Kunkel and their children, Axel and Knox. He also is survived by his mother, Fay Hamric, Muenster; sisters and their families, Danna and Brian Hess and Lisa and Marcus Sadler; nieces and nephews, Erin and Halle Hess and Dayne Sadler; mother in law, Barbara Atteberry, Nocona; in laws, Lisa Bell, Cristi Bell, John Howard, Curtis Atteberry and Angie Atteberry; nephews, Stevie and Colby Brewer, Matthew and Brandon Blevins, Brien Atteberry and Amir Wisema and niece, Kaylee Sanders.

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Helen “Joyce” Garrett

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January 7, 1936 – February 19, 2024
BOWIE – Helen “Joyce” Garrett, 88, left this earth for her eternal home in heaven with Jesus on Feb. 19, 2024.
A graveside service took place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie, with Bro. Mike Henson officiating.
Joyce was born on Jan. 7, 1936 in Newport to Willie and Estelline (Brown) Williams. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Garrett, on Aug. 17, 1952. Joyce was an active member of First Baptist Church Bowie for most of her life. She taught Sunday School classes and Precept Bible Study classes for many years.
She was the insurance clerk at Bowie Memorial Hospital for several years, before she decided to become a licensed realtor. She began her real estate career with Raborn Real Estate in Bowie. Eventually she started and ran Garrett Realty for many years until her retirement. Playing bridge with her bridge club lady friends was one of her favorite things to do in retirement.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin infant boys, Keith and Kevin and sister, Betty Isaacs.
Joyce is survived by son, Chris Garrett, Sanger; daughter, Cindy Garrett and husband Bob, Bowie; grandson, Shae Garrett and wife, Taras, Merkel; granddaughter, Sasha Marak and husband Chad, Liberty Hill; granddaughter, Nicole Garrett, Houston; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Wichita Falls for the compassionate and loving care that they gave to their mom and family during the last days of her life. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Bowie Building Fund or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

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Richard Charles Bowling

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November 28, 1945 – February 16, 2024
BOWIE – Richard Charles Bowling, 78, went to be with the Lord Feb. 16, 2024 after 16 years of battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia cancer.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on March 1 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Bowie, with Pastor Glenn Neff and Lanny Hunt officiating.
Richard was born Nov. 28, 1945 in Fort Worth to Charles and Katherine (Pickren) Bowling. As a young man he married Robin McShan and the couple were together 51 years before his passing. Together they had two daughters, Stephanie and Tiffany.
The family enjoyed camping, water and snow skiing. After Richard’s retirement, he and Robin enjoyed time spent with the Cracker Town Camping Group, and many travels to Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas, especially his family home in Salem, AR. Richard was a longtime member of First Free Will Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his uncles and aunts.
Richard is survived by his wife, Robin Bowling; daughters, Stephanie B. Pate, Mineral Wells and Tiffany Bowling, Bowie; granddaughters, Rachel Pate, Mineral Wells and Deliliha (Ash) Bowling, Bowie; son-in-law, James Pate; brothers, Roger Bowling and wife Peggy and David Bowling and wife Cindy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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