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Joe Pat McCracken

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December 28, 1940 – June 25, 2024
PLANO – Joe Pat McCracken, 83, passed away on June 25, 2024, entering the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many, Joe leaves behind a legacy of devotion, hard work and cherished memories.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 29 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A service will be at 2 p.m. on June 30 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie, with son-in-law Tom Grace officiating.
Born on Dec. 28, 1940 to Bonnie Mae and Oscar Fred McCracken in Bowie, Joe graduated from Bowie High School in 1959. He continued his education at Arlington State College (now the University of Texas at Arlington) before joining the Texas National Guard. Joe completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, then Fort Dix, NJ. He was later mobilized with the 49th Armored Division to Fort Polk, LA in August 1961.
On Nov. 10, 1961 Joe married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Dorothy (Dot) Overstreet. They were blessed with two children: Lori Michelle in 1967 and Stephen Chad in 1971.
Joe’s career as a service engineer for Industrial Woodworking Company in Garland allowed him to travel extensively. His work took him across the United States and to far-flung locations including New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Chile. Later, he co-founded a consulting business, continuing his international travels. Before retirement, Joe briefly worked for Kennametal, Inc.
An avid Texas Longhorns fan, Joe proudly attended the last Texas A&M vs. Texas rivalry game in College Station with his family in 2011. As the sole Texas fan in a house divided, he never let his family forget the Longhorns’ victory that day. Hook ‘em!
Joe’s warmth, humor and love for his family will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, James and Mary McCracken and Henry and Sarah Brown; twin sisters, Sarah Henry and Sandra Briggs and infant grandson, Stephen Cash McCracken.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Dot; daughter, Lori Grace (Tom); son, Chad (Whitney); eight adoring grandchildren, Cade, Ty and Presli Grace, Taelor Martinez (Chris), Emma and Addi Short and Gracie and Kaci McCracken and great-grandchildren, Lyla and Kason Martinez.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Carla Jo Johnson-Robbins

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August 18, 1939 – July 18, 2024
BOWIE – Carla Jo Johnson-Robbins, 84, passed away on July 18, 2024 at home in Bowie.
A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. on July 27 at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Carla was born on Aug. 18, 1939, the firstborn of the eight children of Mara “Mary” Dean Swaggerty and Jarrell Chester McDonald. Carla passed away one month shy of 85 years here on earth. To her three grown children, 11 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren she was known as “Geemaw.” Carla was a loving sister, daughter, aunt and mother among many other things.
Carla lived most of her life in Bowie where she graduated eighth grade in 1953, married Bobby Joe Johnson in 1955 at the young age of 16, and two years after that, in 1957 and at the age of 18, began her own family. Years later Carla reconnected with her kindergarten sweetheart, Clifton Robbins and they enjoyed 16 years of marriage before her passing.
Carla worked at various jobs and positions throughout her life, including taking in laundry and ironing, babysitting, working in a textile plant at Haggar Slacks in Bowie, working in a Zenith TV plant in Springfield, MO, working as a librarian at the Bowie Public Library and working as a hospital insurance coordinator at the Bowie Memorial Hospital where she ended up retiring after many years.
Carla’s father was an over-the-road truck driver, and her mother was a textile worker during the years that followed the end of World War II and on through the many years until they retired. Her parents built a house on Miller Street in Bowie during the time of peace and prosperity following the war, a legacy that still stands proudly today as a living reminder of the many good years of McDonald family life that found shelter and love under its roof. Carla passed from this life peacefully at home, just two doors down from that house, a testament to the influence and imprint her parents and that house had on the children that lived there and knew its undying bond of love.
She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Jarrell Chester McDonald and Mary Dean Swaggerty; five siblings, Judy Haney, Jerry McDonald, Marilyn Cross, Carolyn Carter and Johnny (Bo) McDonald; her first husband, Bobby Joe Johnson and two great-grandchild, Charity Faith Gonce and Benjamin Gazer Gonce.
Carla is survived by her husband, Clifton Robbins, Bowie; three children, Randell Ray Johnson, Granbury, Kimberley Kay Johnson Brock (Brian), Henrietta and Robert Joel Johnson (Sun Young), Bowie; sister, Diane Mara, Wichita Falls; brother, Kenneth McDonald (Dena), Bowie; 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following Parkinson’s Research Foundations: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org/give or The Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinsons.org/give.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Vernon Ray Horneman

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January 4, 1966 – July 20, 2024
SHERMAN – Vernon Horneman, 58, passed away July 20, 2024 in Sherman.
The family received friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 23 at Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. A graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on July 24 at Montague Cemetery in Montague.
Recognized as pallbearers are James Moore, Keen Simpson, Rick Watson, Jim Duncan and Chris Hamilton.
Vernon was born Jan. 4, 1966 in Texarkana. He was raised and attended school in Hope, AR. Mr. Horneman graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and enjoyed his career in nursing. He married Cathy Hamilton on Nov. 17, 2001 in Montague. Mr. Horneman enjoyed fishing, playing golf, watching TV and playing dominoes with family, but was most passionate about music. He loved to sing and share music with others.
Mr. Horneman was preceded in death by his parents, Rich and Mary Horneman; daughter, Amanda Lynn Horneman and father-in-law, G.C. Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Ann Horneman, Sherman; brother, Arthur L. “Renzi” Horneman and wife Tracie, Hope, AR; sister, Teri D. Horneman; numerous nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Wilma Jean Hamilton, Montague and brother-in-law, Chris Hamilton, Montague.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. You may register your condolences online at geojcarroll.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

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Cindy Andreasen

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December 14, 1967 – July 17, 2024
Fairview, MT – Cindy Andreasen, 56, died on July 17, 2024 at the Sidney Health Center in Sidney, MT.
A visitation was from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 23 at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home in Sidney, MT. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on July 24 at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jim Harmon officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, ND.
Arrangements entrusted to Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney, MT.

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