Local Obituaries

 

 

Dorothy Lee Kirk

A graveside service for Dorothy Lee Kirk, age 81, of Houston and formerly of Hopkins County, is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Union Cemetery. Rev. Gatlin will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Kirk passed away on Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Ft. Worth, on March 9, 1928, the daughter of Walter Pliney Neel and Jesse Wisenbaker Neel. She married Clovis Kirk. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Kirk was an L.P.N. and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include: several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Neel.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Cunningham

Funeral services for Carolyn Cunningham, age 64, of Sulphur Springs, are are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at League Street Church of Christ. Keith Kilmer will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Gafford Chapel Cemetery, with Jim Thompson, John Barkley, Randy Reed, Jim Tully, Calvin Gosdin, and Stephen Wallis serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cunningham passed away on Saturday morning, June 27, 2009, at her residence. She was born on September14, 1944, in Brownfield, Texas, the daughter of Paul and Elvie Lee Evans Bartlett. She married Benny Cunningham, on November 16, 1984, in Sulphur Springs. He survives.

Mrs. Cunningham retired from Rockwell International, after 22 years of service. She was a homemaker and a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Other survivors include: a son, Harold McClure, Jr. and wife Chebna of Sulphur Springs; one step-son, Terry Cunningham of Sulphur Springs; one brother, John Paul Bartlett of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren, Blake McClure and wife Winter of Saltillo, Branda Redar and husband Josh, Derek McClure and Brooke McClure, all of Weaver; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Redar and Braylon McClure; and one step-grandson, Josh Cunningham.

 

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Gerald "Jerry" Levine

 

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Levine died at 5:20 a.m., June 27, 2009 at Titus Regional Medical Center of Mt. Pleasant.  West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., June 30, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas. 

Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., June 29, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs. 

Burial will be at  Tira Cemetery in Hopkins County.   Graveside services by Masonic Lodge #221.

Funeral services will be conducted by ministers of First United Methodist Church  Rev. Russell Floyd and by the associate minister, Debbie Riggsby. Dr. Danny Bonner will also officiate at the services.  Music will be provided by Ace Hamner, vocalist, and Mark Beggs, organist.

Mr. Levine was born December 21, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of David and Lila Johnson Levine.  He married Jo Elizabeth Chapman on June 5, 1955, at First United Methodist Church, Sulphur Springs.  His loving wife of 54 years survives him.

Mr. Levine received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, where he had also done work toward his Doctorate.  He was a teacher and an administrator in the public schools of Texas for 32 years.  He taught for 10 years at Lamar Elementary in Sulphur Springs and was an administrator in Richardson ISD for the last 22 years of his career.  He opened Canyon Creek Elementary and Northwood Hills Elementary in Richardson in 1965-66.  He served as principal of Northwood Hills Elementary until 1978.  He then served as principal at Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Levine was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs and was a charter member of the Messengers Sunday School Class.  He served on the Administrative Board and numerous committees of the church.  He was a member of Retired Teachers Assn., National Association of Retired Teachers, National Education Assn., National Elementary Principals and Supervisors Assn., Texas State Teachers Assn., Texas Elementary Principals Assn., Dallas County Administrators, North Texas Schoolmasters Assn., Richardson Education Assn., Past President of Richardson Elementary, Principals Assn., Past President of Sulphur Springs Classroom Teachers Assn., Board member of Placement Committee for Special Education in Richardson; Life Membership Texas PTA;  Phi Delta Kappa; Charter Member of Richardson Noon Lions Club; Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221 (Received his 50 year Masonic pen in 2005); Dallas Scottish Rite Association; Hella Temple Shrine Dallas.  He is listed in the book “Personalities of the South”.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Levine is survived by two sons, Gerald Lee Levine, Jr. of Dallas and by David Chapman Levine and his wife Barbara, and one granddaughter Emma Elizabeth Kay Levine.  He is also survived by a brother Alan Levine and his wife Hope of Dallas; and a sister Janice Nichols and her husband Wilburn of Mesquite; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and Jerry Don Gillem; a sister-in-law, Billie Rose Chapman, all of Sulphur Springs, and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Clyde Browning, Morris Wayne Abercrombie, Bob Gideon, John Hipkins, Stephen Bonner, George Davis Gideon and Dick Melby.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gale Gabriel, Verne Olson, Dr. Darren Arnecke, Messengers Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, all former and present Administrators in Richardson ISD and the Masonic Lodge #221.

Mr. Levine was preceded in death by his parents David and Lila Johnson Levine.  Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221 will be in charge of graveside services. 

Memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, Dallas, or First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com         

 

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Jeramie Smith

Funeral services for Jeramie Antron Smith, age 33, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2009, at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. H.B. Nash  and Pastor C.J. Duffy will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the East Caney Cemetery with Corey Young, Sheldon Beard, Andre Glenn, Bruce Turman, Brian Evans, Tony Beaver, Sedrick Berry, and Tavaris Abron serving as pallbearers.

Viewing wil be from 1:00 p.m. to close, Sudnady, June 28, 2009, at Mason and Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Smith passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at his residence. He was born on October 25, 1975, in Sulphur springs, the son of Freddie M. Smith and Joseph Smith.

Jeramie loved playing football and fishing. He was employed as a mainternance worker for Owens Country Sausage, in Sulphur Springs. He was a member of Color Blind Ministry, serving as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and on the Leadership Team. Mr. Smith headed the Prayer Breakfast for Color Blind Ministry and was a softball coach. He was and encourager of people.

He leaves to cherish his memories: one daughter, Nikita Smith; one son, Caleb Smith; his mother, Freddie M. Smith; his father, Joseph D. Smith; one sister, Veronica Smith; two grandparents, Fred Dial, and Jesse Smith; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

Arrangements are with Mason and Mason Mortuary.

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Jan Chapin

Graveside funeral services for Jan Bevis Chapin, age 59, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Hall officiating. Ben Spraggins, Jeff Stinson, Jerry Hicks, Mike Emerson, B. J. Wilkerson, Hugo Cirila, John Poskey and David Poskey serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Friday evening, June 26, 2009 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Chapin passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Jan Bevis was born April 29, 1950 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Ralph and Wilma Bevis. She married Eddie Jack Chapin in June of 1986, he preceded her in death in 1998. Mrs. Chapin was a retired school teacher, having taught for the Lone Oak Independent School District for more than 14 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Sulphur Springs.

She is survived by her special friend Jerry Hicks as well as Jeff Stinson and her adopted grandchildren, Julia Stinson and Ben Stinson and many others, especially her classmates, class of '68.

Mrs. Chapin was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Infant Cadance Shropshire

A memorial service for infant Cadance Messiah Shropshire, age 4 days, will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2009, at Central Christian Church of Greenville (corner of Wesley Street and Washington St.).

Cadance peacefully passed in the arms of his mother and father, on June 18, 2009. He was born on June 14, 2009, in Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the son of Ashley Dorrell and Curt Shropshire, of Greenville.

Other survivors include: two siblings, Destiny and Stori Shropshire; grandparents, Traci Dorrell and Mike Allen of Bailey, Midge Shropshire and Sam Bennett of Greenville, Shirley and Roger Dorrell of Bailey, Jerry Bodecker of Irving, and Charles and Charlotte Shropshire of Sulphur Springs.

"He gave us all a lifetime of love, during his short time on this earth. Ashley and Curt would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, for all of their effort and care. They would also like to thank their families for all the love and support!"

Local arrangements are by Lynch Funeral Home, in Greenville.

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William Allen Sachs

Funeral services for William Allen " Daddy Bill " Sachs, age 88, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home with Fred Lewis and Tommy Johnston officiating.

A military service, with the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, with Chad Sachs, Ty Anders, Brian Giguere, Jason Walton, Cody Hooten, Tony Martin, Kevin Harrington, and Stephen Wallis serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:oo p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

William A. "Bill Daddy" Sachs passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009 at his residence.

He was born in Upland, California on October 14, 1920 to Emmett Roy and Eva May Allen Sachs.

He married Modene Alexander on Nov. 18, 1944 in Sulphur Springs after walking from Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas to do so. He was a very loving and dedicated husband.

Mr. Sachs served in World War II, where he received numerous medals. He was a Lifetime Member of the VFW, Post 8560. He received the Presidents Award in 1957 from Texas Power and Light for saving the life of a drowning victim. He retired from TP&L in 1983 after more than 35 years of dedicated service. He also was a retired volunteer Fireman from the Sulphur Springs Fire Department. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.

Mr Sachs will be most remembered for how much he loved his family and friends. He was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them in their various sporting events. He didn't miss a game until his health did not permit him to do so. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his regular golf buddies. He was also known to frequent a few businesses where he had dear friends. He was a loyal Hank's Cafe reguler, and early morning coddee drinker at Pitt Grill and making coffee and visiting his friends at Brookshires and at the Cadillac dealership, where they had him his own stool. He loved life and loved to spend time with family and friends at cookouts.

Survivors include: his living wife, Modene Sachs, sister, Mary Sachs Grasso of Cucamonga, Ca.: children, William Don Sachs and wife Gail of Sulphur Springs, Kay Harrington and husband Charles of Jackson, Tn, Lisa Hooten and husband Joe of Sulphur Springs: grandchildren, Chad Sachs and wife Sandy of Sulphur Springs, Brandy Sachs of Ft. Worth, Kristen Walton and husband Jason of Royse City, Regina Giguere and husband Brian of Mt. Pleasant, Jennifer Anders and husband Ty of Sulphur Springs, Cody Hooten and wife Chandra of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Kevin Harrington and wife Kay of Sulphur Springs, Jeff Harrington of Sulphur Springs, Michael Wallis and wife Amanda of Dike, Stephen Wallis and wife Teresa of Sulphur Springs. He had many great-grandchildren that he enjoyed spending time with. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ted Sachs, Donald Sachs, Robert Sachs; son, Reggie Lyn Sachs.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Anthony "Tony" Boles

 

A Catholic Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2009, for Anthony "Tony" Boles, age 48, formerly of Sulphur Springs, at St. James Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be conducted, following at 10:00 a.m., in the church.

Burial will follow services at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Boles passed away on June 11, 2009, at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born on December 14, 1960, in Houston, Texas, the son of Joseph and Freddie Jo Boles. He attended Bowie Elementary School, Sulphur Springs Junior High School, and SSHS until his 10th grade year, when the family moved to Lancaster, Texas. There, Tony graduated from Lancaster High School in 1979, earning several accolades for his outstanding football performance and throwing of the discus. His successful football career earned him a collegiate scholarship to Kilgore Junior College and later to Lousiana Tech University. Tony went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, as well as holding a graduate assistant coaching position at Ole Miss. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers and sisters and was affectionately known as "Uncle Tony," to his 15 nieces and nephews. A patriarch of the Boles family, Tony spent many summers mentoring his nephews through his own type of off-season training.

His family wrote: "To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. To us, Tony will always be remembered as a wonderful big brother!"

Survivors include: a sister, Peggy Boles Wells, of Homestead, Florida; sister, Beth Boles Terminella of Waxahachie; a sister, Teresa Boles Yancy of Carrollton; and two brothers, Charles Boles of Bells, Texas, and Michael Boles of Cabot, Arkansas; and 15 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in his name has been established to befnefit the Louisiana Tech Athletic Department.

 

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Chris Bennett

Funeral services for Chris Bennett, age 24, of Longview, will be conducted at First Baptist Church, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2009, with Dr. David Hardage and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at South Liberty Cemetery with Chance Van Winkle, Cody Bain, Tyler Law, Russell Ross, Zane Brown, Dickey Daniel, Wesley Salters and Kyle Mathes serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Class of 2004.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Chris Bennett passed away in Carthage, Tuesday, June 23, 2009, as a result of an auto acident. He was born in Sulphur Springs, on December 11, 1984, the son of Paul Bennett and Susan (Powell) Bennett. He was an oil field technician and he was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include; father, Paul Bennett and his wife, Joyce; two brothers, Jeremy Bennett and Wesley Salters; two sisters, Amanda Salters and Megan Salters, all of Sulphur Springs; great-grandmother, Lorene Tarrant of Campbell; grandparents, Ray and Sharlyn Vaughn and Wanda Tully, all of Sulphur Springs; special friend, Anna Lynne Hicks and special aunt and uncle, Linda and Bryan Mathes, He was preceded in death by his mother in 1993; grandparents, Robert and Neva Bennett, Allen and Ruby Cates and Tommy Powell.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Judy Eoff

Funeral services for Judy Eoff, age 67, of Sulphur Springs, willl be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Spriongs with Rev. Lewis Holland, Rev. Russell Floyd and Rev. Debbie Roggsby officiating. Larry Blount, Joonathan Cooper, Jess Tomasek, Paul Glover, W. B. Cox and Roger Stone serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Sojourner Class and the Abilene and Wylie Coaches.

She was born a lifeguard and cheerleader, titles fitting to follow her for the rest of her life as a wife and mother. She attended North Texas State University and took her first job as a homemaker teacher in Dublin, Texas, where she met the love of her life and best friend. Chuck and Judy married were 41 years and had two children, Keeton and Kristi. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi and the Texas High School Coaches Wives Association. She was an avid crafter and played the piano and organ at church for many years. She was actively involved in "Walk For Life" and more than anything she loved being Brynna's grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents Garland and Jewell, brother, Mack and daughter Kristi Irving. She is survived by her husband Chuck Eoff. As a devoted coach's wife, teacher and school secretary she touched countless lives for a period spanning 40 years and aquired numerous lifelong friends that gave her courage and support. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

 

Visitiation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home. A visitation will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas, Monday morning June 29, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. with graveside services to follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Siciety @www.relayforlife.org, Hospice at Memorial, 115 Airport Road, Sulphur Springs, Texas 57482 or to the American Diabetes Association @ www.diabetes.org.

Mrs. Eoff passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Patsy Friddle

Funeral services for Patsy Sue Friddle, age 71, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow services in the North Hopkins Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Great-grandsons will served as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

Ms. Fridddle passed away on Wednesday morning, June 24, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Sulphur springs, on September 16, 1937, the daughter of Edward Stanton Utley and Effie Harris Utley.

Ms. Friddle was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: a daughter, Cathy Bryant and husband Maurice, of Emory; three sons, Danny Friddle and wife Jackie, of Yantis, and Gary Friddle and wife, Jeletta, and Joe Friddle and wife Amy, all of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Marie Lanceford of Ft. Smith, arkansas, and Joyce Warlow; two brothers, Edward Utley and wife Rhonda, and James Utley, all of Tool, TX; special friends, Nelda Doss and Rosemary Nash; grandchildren, Jennifer Adams and husband James, Jeremy Steed, Lisa Roeste and husband Tommy, Carla Brookins and husband Charlie, Rodney Friddle and wife Megan, Christy Bailey and husband Robert, Steven Bryant, Heather Bailey, Vanessa Bailey, Justin Bailey, Justin Friddle and wife Crystal, Johnathan Friddle, Jake Friddle, and Chase Friddle; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Allen; and a brother, Mike Utley.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Penny Darlene Wood

Funeral services for Penny Darlene Wood, age 49, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Greenview Cemetery, with Jace Wood, Rodney Lennon, Brian Lennon, Terry Yates, Brandon Bell, Danner Duncan, Cody Cox, and Ross McCauley serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

Ms. Wood passed away on Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009, at her residence. Penny was born on March 5, 1960, the daughterof Doyle and Margaret Melton Wood, in Greenville, Texas.

She was a lifelong resident of Hopkins County and a member of Martin Springs Baptist Church. Penny loved her family very much and her sweet spirit will be forever missed.

Survivors include: her parents, Doyle and Margret Wood of Sulphur Springs; a son, David Duncan and special friend, Candice Lively; a brother, Mike Wood and wofe Kelly; a niece and nephew, Jillian Wood and Jace Wood; aunts, Dahlia Dicken, Barbara Lennon and husband Clinton, Patsy Yates, and Mary Logan and husband Bill; and cousins, Shirley McPeak, Rodney Lennon, Brian Lennon, Terry Yates, Tory Logan, Clint Logan, and Kathy Woods.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents,  Aubrey and Odena Melton and Blanche and Burl Wood; and uncles, William "Carroll" Wood, Odell Yates, and Dewy Dickens.

Memorials may be made to Greenview Cemetery, P.O. Box 1504, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Verginia Altenbaumer

Funeral services for  Mrs. L. D., Verginia Altenbaumer, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. John Withem and Michael Brundee will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Arden Cemetery, in Arden, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday. Pallbearers will be Eric Altenbaumer, Chad Alternbaumer, Benjamin Price, Steven Bonner, Danny Joyce, and Mike McClure. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Murphy, Malcom Kirkland, and Truman McDaniel.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., prior to services, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Altenbaumer passed away on Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009, at Victoria Gardens Nursing Center, in Allen, TX. She was born on May 21, 1915, in Arden, Arkansas, the daughter of Walter Jackson and Verginia Quick Perry. She married Leonard Altenbaumer, on February 28, 1939, in Richmond, Arkansas. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Altenbaumer was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three sons, Von Altenbaumer and wife Pat of Dallas, Perry Altenbaumer and wife Paula of Sulphur Springs, and Neil Altenbaumer and wife Debbie of Trophy Club; five grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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John Flanagan

Funeral services for John Flanagan, age 70, of Valley View, formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 2:00p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow services at Brashear Cemetery, with Ronny Skaggs, Lynn Williams, Justin Adair, T.J. Freeman, Cody Morgan, and Wayne Skaggs serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Flanagan passed away at his residence, Monday morning, June 22, 2009. He was born in Brashear, Texas, on July 24, 1938, the son of Arlis and Christine King Flanagan. He married Linda Alexander, in Miami, Oklahoma, on August 15, 1980. She survives.

Mr. Flanagan was a retired truck driver. He served in the United States Air Force, from 1955 to 1957, serving in South Dakota and Guam.

Survivors include: four daughters, Angela Murray and husband Brandon, Lisa Ray and husband Noah, Donita Morgan and husband David, and Misty Veracruz and husband Josh, all of Sulphur Springs; a son, Johnny Joe Flanagan of Garland; grandchildren, Biondi Spencer, Breona Bevill, Katie McCarley, Haley Morgan, Kayla Morgan, T.J. Freeman, Cody Morgan, Dillon Flanagan, Tori Flanagan, KeAirah Veracruz, and Malachi Veracruz; great-granchildren, Kamri Spencer, Breanna Smith, Kylie Spencer, Layla McCarley, Reese Ashworth, Phoenix Capobianco, and Adley Mannon; a sister, Sandra Williams and husband Lynn, o Greenpond; a brother, Cecil Flanagan and wife Sharon, of Sulphur Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Marie Flanagan and Mary Ann Payne; and grandparents, Jennie and John King, and Drew and Mary Flanagan.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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R.F. Carpenter

Funeral services for Robert "R.F." Carpenter, age 85, of Como, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother B. J. Teer and Brother Tommy Hall officiating. A military graveside service, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition, will follow at Como Cemetery, with Durwood Smith, Valton Teer, Richard Teer, David Craig Carpenter, Doug Franks, and Jimmy Null serving as pallbearers.

Vivitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Carpenter passed away on Sunday evening, June 21, 2009, at Hopkins House. He was born in Reilly Springs, on January 19, 1924, the son of Felix Carpenter and Effie (Crumpier) Carpenter. He married Donnie Hass at Harmony Community, on September 13, 1945. She preceded him in death in 2001. Mr. Carpenter was a machinist and dozer operator for A. P. Green. He was a member of Elm Ridge Baptist Church and he served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Survivors include: two daughters, Donna Sue Stout and husband, Leonard, Teresa Morton and husband Rickey, all of Sulphur Springs; sister, Ruby "Sis" Moore and husband, Joe, of Como; grandchildren: Tanya and Sidney Nelson, Jason and Tamany Romans, Tarra Morton and Robert and Tina Stout; great-grandchildren, Leslie Nelson, Lesa Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Seth Stout, Tyler Stout, Justin Grubbs and Avery Grubbs. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Pete Carpenter and Gan Carpenter and sister, Fannie "Sis" McElyea.

 

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Virginia "Ginnie" Douglas

Funeral services for Virginia Douglas,  age 93, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Eddy Ketchersid will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Seymore Cemetery, with Lloyd Douglas, Patrick Mockler, Steven Douglas, Kendall Douglas, Billy Ray Douglas, Jerry Tramel, Robert Spurgeon, Caleb Baker, and Kyle Kimmons serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Douglas passed away on Friday evening, June 19, 2009, at Whispering Pines Lodge Nursing Home, in Longview. She was born in Abilene, Texas, on December 16, 1915, the duaghterof Louie E. Whitt and Blanche G. Stokes Whitt. She married Lawrence "L.C." Douglas, on October 7, 1933, in Farmersville, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1996.

Mrs. Douglas was a homemaker and a member of Seymore Church of Christ.

Survivors include: two sons, Kenneth Ray Douglas, of Sulphur Springs, and Norman Douglas, of Arlington; a sister, Christine Stroup; grandchildren, Janet Spurgeon, Nancy Tramel, Kendall Douglas, Steven Duglas, Chanda Mockler, and Lloyd Douglas; great-grandchildren, Dakota Byker, Bailey Byker, Zachary Mockler, Taylor and Tyson Douglas, Blake Douglas, Caleb Baker, Amy Mata, Rachel Spurgeon, Rebekah Spurgeion Darrell Douglas, Kaitlen Douglas, and Brenda Kimnmons; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Cumi Taylor; a brother, Louis Whitt; one great-grandcild; and one great-great grandchild.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Josephine Dillon

Funeral services for Josephine "Jo" Dillon, age 73, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Murry-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kevin Brown will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Midway Cemetery, in Talco, with sons serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20th,2009, at the funeral home.

Josephine passed away Thursday evening, June 18, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was bron in Marietta, Oklahoma, on October 20, 1935, the daughter of Marshall Swafford and LillieMorehead Swafford. She married Albert Easley, Sr. and he preceded her in death. She then married Russell Dillon and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Dillon was a homemaker and of the Baptist fiath.

Survivors include: three daughters, Mary Watley of Paris, Katherine Sue Higgins of Lake Dallas, and Margaret Morgan of Sulphur Springs; five sons, Joe Barela of Yantis, and Carlos Ray Barela, Albert, Easley, Jr., Alfred Lee Easley, and Robert L. Easley, all of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Elisha Barela, Jessica Nelson, Ginger Morgan, Crystal Barela, Boshemon Higgins, Justin Ealey, Megan Easley, Denise Easley, and Michelle and Richard Watley; and seven great-grandchicren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Larraine Swafford.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Nathan Spataro

Funeral services for Nathan Paul Spataro, age 21, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2009, at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Spataro passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, in Hopkins County. He was born in Santa Rosa, CA, on June 6, 1987, the son of Frank Spataro and Beck Hicks.

Survivors include: his father, Frank Spatara and wife Deana, of Sulphur Springs; his mother, Becky Hicks and husband Darrin, of Como; brothers, Jake Spataro and Aaron Spataro, both of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Sirena Speed, and Magan Henderson, both of Sulphur Springs; step brothers, Corey Hicks of Como and Bryan Hicks of Killeen; step sister, Ashley Glover of Garland; grandparents, George and Lou Ann Hines, Robert and Louise Mercer, Wendell and Mary Stonaker, Linda Spataro and Lynn Stonaker; aunts and uncles, Richard and Janeen Francis, Bill and Jennifer Sptaro, Sissi Bruce, Camell and Tracy Litrell, and Rodney and Ginger Forbes; and numerous cousins.

A special fund has been set up at Alliance Bank in memory of Nathan Spataro.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Todd Lalone

Funeral services for Todd Lalone, age 35, of Cumby, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Lalone passed away Friday morning June 19, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Helen Mobley

Funeral services for Helen Mobley, age 88, of Greenville and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Spence Chapel of First Baptist Church. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Emblem Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m, Friday, June 19, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mobley passed away on Thursday morning, June 18, 2009, at Briarcliff Health Center, in Greenville. She was born on November 26, 1922, in the Emblem Community, the daughter of J.C. Ferrell and Ethel Speed Ferrell. She married Robert Howard Mobley, in Sulphur springs, on April 12, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1986.

Mrs. Mobley was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: a son, Bobby Mobley, of Greenville; a brother, Jerry Ferrell of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Sally Williams of Emblem and Betty McDonald of Dallas; and a grandson, Aaron Mobley of Ft. Worth.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Frances Burgin

Graveside funeral services for Frances Burgin, age 85, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Restlawn Memorial park. Rev. Tommy Hall will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Burgin passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Hopkins House. She was born on March 24, 1924, in Hawkins, Texas, the duagher of Roy and Pearl Rodeck Pugh. She married Samuel Hebert Burgin. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Burgin was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include: one son, Don Burgin and wife Virginia of Bridgeport, Texas; grandchildren, Jamie Price of Sulphur Springs, Stevea Smartt of Dallas, Michael Burgin of Lafayette, LA, and Rachel Burgin of Sanger, TX; and great-grandchildren, Shelby Rae Burgin, and Preston and Jada Price.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Kathy Potteiger.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Kathleen Wade

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathleen Wade, age 98, of Gilmer and mother of Mrs. Wanda Galyean, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in the Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home Chapel, in Gilmer, Texas.

Burial will follow services in the Sunset Memorial Park, near Gilmer.

Visitation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wade passed away on Monday, May 15, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Local survivors include: daughter and son- in-law, Wanda and Wayne Galyean; and granddaughter, Kellie Cody and husband, Stacy; as well as great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home, Gilmer, TX (903-843-2577).

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Patrick Perkins

Memorial services for Patrick Perkins, age 34, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Cross Country Cowboy Church. Frank Johnson and Mike Easton will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Perkins passed away on Sunday morning, June 14, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on September 24, 1974, the son of Jack Perkins and Tresia Hatley Perkins.

Mr. Perkins was an electrician.

Survivors include: his mother, Tresia Hooten of Sulphur springs; his father, Jack Perkins of Pickton; sisters, Cindy Butler of Pickton and Lisa Reed; a brother, Kenny Self, Jr.; nieces, Brittney Butler, Patricia Reed, and Brooklyn Reed; nephews, Jesse Butler, William Reed, and William Reed, Jr.; and his grandmother, Betty Hatley, all of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Hayden Perkins, Jr.; and grandparents, Cleveland Hatley, and J.C. and Thelma Perkins.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Kimberly Maddox

Funeral services for Kimberly Johnson Maddox, age 55, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Hall officiating. Burial wil be in South Liberty Cemetery with J.W. Ragan, Dustin Coker, Milton Ragan, Ricky Johnson II, Joshua Hezlep and Willy Johnson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Jim McDonald.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at West Oaks funeral Home

Mrs. Maddox passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at her residence. She was born on December 4, 1953 in Evansville, IN, the daughter of William Edward and Margaret Ann Johnson. She married Dale Maddox on October 24, 1976 in Sulphur Springs. He survives. Kimberly was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include her mother, one daughter, Becky Johnson of Arlington, brothers, Ricky Johnson Sr. of Garland and Bill Johnson III of Rowlett, one sister, Polly Chambliss of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her father.

Donations can be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Walter S. "Bill" Pennington, Jr.

Funeral services for Walter S. Pennington, Jr., age 80, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. John Gandy will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Pennington passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born on March 12, 1929, in Wood County, the son of Walter S. and Eva Lorene Martin Pennington. He married Ruby Helen Jones, on May 14, 1960, in Brownwood, Texas. She survives.

Mr. Pennington was a professional driver for many years. He worked for R.J. McKinney and T.L. James in Houston, before moving back to Sulphur springs. He was of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include: one son, James Pennington, of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Janet Holmes and husband Jimmy of Sulphur springs, and Cynthia Ann Hodges of Bellville, Texas; one sister, May Jean Watts of Maybank; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Harris Funderburk, Sr.; brothers, William Valton Pennington and Carroll Dean Pennington; and one sister, Lucille Till.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Vivian Kids

Funeral services for Vivian Kids, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, Texas are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with Craig Kids, Wade Kids, Cale Kids, Landon Kids, Tyler Kids, Cade Kids, Brianna Kids, Madison Kids, Karson Kids, and Cooper Kids serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Kids passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 12, 1915, in Decatur, Mississippi, the daughter of Frank and Lillian McCoy Bufkin. She married Paul H. Kids, on March 2, 1935, in Rockwall, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Kids worked for H.D. Lee Company for many years and was a homemaker, who loved to cook for her family. She was an avid readers. She taught Sunday school for many years at Greenpond Baptist Church and was a past Worth Master of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include: one son, Harold Kids and wife Linda of Sulphur Springs; three grandsons, Craig Kids of Longview, Wade Kids of Roswell, Georgia; and Cale Kids of Midlothian; great-grandchildren, Landon Kids of Bryan-College Station, Tyler Kids of Longview, Cade Kids of Midlothian, Brianna Kids and Madison Kids of Roswell, GA, and Karson and Cooper Kids of Midlotian; a sister-in-law, Terry Bufkin of Altus, Oklahoma; and a special cousin, Jonnie Bufkin of Decatur, MS; along with several nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Jack Bufkin and Bill Bufkin.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ida Cantrell

Graveside services for Mrs. Ida Cantrell, age 58, of Paradise, Texas, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Anne Wagner officiating.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cantrell passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at her residence.

She was born on September 29, 1950 in Kalgary, Texas the daughter of James and Emma May Fletcher Havener. She married Travis Cantrell, Sr. on June 18, 1970 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He survives. Mrs. Cantrell was a homemaker who loved working in her yard and was an avid reader. She was of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include; sons, Travis Cantrell, Jr. and wife Rachelle of Paradise, Texas and David Cantrell and wife Mary of Springtown, Texas; brothers, James Edward Havener of Kyle, Texas and Roger Havener of Dike, Texas; sisters, June Gobbons and Jane Simmons both of Sulphur Springs and Judy Prather of New Iberia, LA; four grandchildren, Zachary, Tyler, Brittany and Katelyn Cantrell. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Ray and Ray Havener.

Arangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Daphne Gail Johnson Ross

Funeral services for Daphne Gail Johnson Ross, age 43, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ross passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at her residence.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Carl Smith

Funeral services for Carl Smith, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Smith passed away on June 9, 2009 at his residence in Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements are with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

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Nolen Welson Grubbs

Funeral services for Nolen Welson Grubbs, age 71, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2009. Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery, with Keith Grubbs, Michael Lyn Weatherall, Lonnie Wallis, Terry Wesson Weatherall and Jeremy Weatherall serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr Grubbs passed away Monday evening, June 8, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Sulphur Springs, on February 19, 1938, the son of Elmer Grubbs and Flossie (Wesson) Grubbs. He was married to Yvonne Briscoe; she survives. Mr. Grubbs was retired from the City of Dallas street crew and ranching. He served in the United States Army.

Other survivors include; three sons, Mark Grubbs, Keith Grubbs, both of Quinlan, and Terry Grubbs of Mesquite; eight grandchildren, Michael Mark Grubbs, Joseph John Grubbs, Laurie Weatherall, Jeremy Weatherall, Michael Lyn Weatherall, Terry Wesson Weatherall, Zachary Shane Grubbs and Tori Grubbs; two brothers, Kenneth Grubbs of Quitman and Elmer Grubbs, Jr. , of Lakin Kansas; three sisters, Ralphie Harrod of Yantis, Peggy Gamblin of De Soto and Shirley Orr of Pickton and stepdaughter, Melody Wallis of Talco. He was preceded in death by son, John Grubbs and granddaughter, Jamie Lynn Grubbs.

Memorials may be made to the The American Cancer Society.

Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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Ray Bearden

Funeral services for Ray Bearden, age 65, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2009, with Shane Carrington officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Vivitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Bearden passed away on Monday morning, June 8, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center, in Tyler. He was born in Sulphur Springs, on August 1, 1943, the son of R. D. Bearden and Odessa (Harris) Bearden. Mr Bearden was a retired machine operator with Tyco.

Survivirs include: daughter, Kim Benton of Sulphur Springs; son, Chris Bearden of Como; mother, Odessa Bearden of Sulphur Springs; brother, Harris Bearden of Mesquite; grandchildren, Britnie Bearden, Peyton Bearden, Haley Benton and Michael Benton. He was preceded in death by his father.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral home.

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Jean Ford

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Jean Ford, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at North Hopkins Cemetery. Rev. Anne Wagner will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Ford passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on January 15, 1948, the daughter of Dennis Goldsmith and Vera Foust Goldsmith. She married Billy Ford in Sulphur Springs. He survives.

Mrs. Ford was a seamstress, retired from Salmon Cleaners, and a caregiver. She was a member of Full Gospel House of Prayer.

Other survivors include: three daughters, Nanette Ortiz of Huntsville, Michelle Moreno of Goodrich, and Stephanie Blanchard of Georgia; two sisters, Joyce Fouse of Goodrich and Denise Goldsmith of Sulphur Springs; three brothers, Charles Goldsmith of Waxahachie, Jackie Goldsmith of Kaufman, and Billy Ray Goldsmith of Sulphur Springs; and grandchildren, Richard Silvas, Miguel Ortiz, and Frankie Ortiz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Michael Stephens and Eugene Stephens; a granddaughter, Jessica Ortiz; two brothers, Jamie Goldsmith and Bobby Goldsmith; and a sister, Barbara Goldsmith.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Kenny Faulkner

Funeral services for Kenny Faulkner, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Faulkner passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his residence.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Lela Muse

Funeral services for Lela Muse, age 89, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Muse passed away on Friday, June 5, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Henrietta Smith

Funeral services for Henrietta Smith, age 87, of Greenville, are scheudlued for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13, 2009, at St. James Baptist Church in Honey Grove. Pastor James Moore will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Cedar Hill Memorial Cemetery, with Bobby Jones, Luther Jones, David Johnson, Pat Johnson, Calvin Loftis, and Freddy Bean serving as pallbearers.

Viewing will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2009, at Fairview Baptist Church, FM Rd 1743, Windom, Texas.

Mrs. Smith passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Hunt Regional Medical Center, in Greenville. She was born on February 20, 1922, the daughter of Viola and Henry Patterson. Both parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Smith attended school in Paris and in her youth she was Spelling B Champion for many years. In 1939, she married Willie Smith. He too preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith relocated to Greenville from Windom, to life with her daughter, Maxine Tidwell.

Survivors include: five daughters; four sons; thirty-one grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Services are entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary, Sulphur Springs.

 

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Judy Davis

A memorial service for Judy Kay Jones Davis, age 50, of Plantersville and a native of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13, 2009. Pastor Art Musgrove will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Davis passed away on Thursday evening, June 4, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on June 23, 1958, the daughter of Arnold Lee Jones and Ann Elizabeth McFarland Jones. She was an executive assistant and a member of Riding with Christ Fellowship Church.

Survivors inclued: a son, Joshua Davis; her brother, Roger Jones, of Sulphur Springs; a sister, Barbara Moore, of Sulphur springs; and step-sons, Doug Davis, Jr. and Clint Davis.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Laurine Garrison

Funeral services for Laurine Garrison, age 91, of Sulphur springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2009, at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Don Renshaw and Russell Floyd will officiate.

A graveside service will be conducted at Pecan Gap Cememtery, at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, with Ed Pickard, Cade Garrison, Rick Garrison, Grant Garrison, Greg Lavender, Mark Leyerle and Mike Mason serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

After a brief illness, Mrs. Garrison passed away on Friday, June 5, 2009. She was born in 1918, the daughter of Laurence and Laura Ross Pickard. She graduated from Pecan Gap High School, in 1934, and received two degrees simultaneouly from TWU, in 1938, a BA in math and a graduate degree in library science. In 1953, she received a Master's Degree in English and speech from ETSU. She taught kindergarten through the college level, but most of her teaching has been in high schools in Cooper and Sulphur Springs. She coached debate, one-act play, and all other UIL speech contests for 30 years. Her students won national and state contests. After her retirement from public education, she continued to teach students of all ages in her home. Both students and family will remember her for her senses of humor, her intellect, and her wise counsel.

Survivors include: two daughters, Sharline Freeman and husband, Weldon, of Pecan Gap, and Sharee Renshaw and husband Scott, of Allen; a son, Richard Garrison and wife Sherron of Bryan; a brother, Marshal Pickard and wife, Billie, of Raymondville; a sister, Marie Kerr, and husband, Homer, of Arlington; a brother-in-law, Roy Garrison and wife, Loise, of Mesquite; eight grandchildren, Shannon Leyerle and husband Mark, of Springs, Greg Lavender and wife Laura, Kelly Mason and husband Mike, all of Dallas, Rick Garrison and Amy of University Park, Grant Garrison of Ventura, California, Renee Renshaw of Allen, Bridgett Renshaw of Los Angeles, California, and Nicole Renshaw of Allen; nine great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Thel Garrison; and two brothers, Laurence Edward Pickard and wife, Amalie, and Charles Pickard and wife Sammye.

Her love of her family and her church caracterized her life. In the Methodist Church, she was a Sunday School teacher, church historian, chairperson of the Commission on education, certified lay speaker, and vice-president of the North Texas Conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Womens' Club. Along with her husband, Thel, she was a long-time member of the Development Council of Baylor University.

Memorials may be made to the Pecan Gap Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 27, Pecan Gap, Texas, 75469.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Billy Ashby

 

A memorial service for Billy Edwin Ashby, age 74, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with B. J. Teer officiating.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Ashby passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in Sulphur Springs. He was born in Saltillo, on June 26, 1934, the son of W. D. Ashby and Eunice (Ballard) Ashby. He married Elaine Mann in Sulphur Springs, on July 10, 1959;  she survives. Mr. Ashby was retired from Echo Publishing. He was a member of the Methodist faith.

Other survivors include; two sons, Ronald Ashby and wife, Cynthia, of Richardson and Michael Ashby and wife Tammy, of Keller; brother Randall Ashby of Bay Town; four sisters, Loretta Martin, Gloria Thomas, Brenda Ashby, all of Sulpjur Springs and Mary Settle of Houston; grandchildren, Stephanie Glidewell of Dallas, Brandon Ashby of Mountain Home, Idaho, Jessica Weeks of Plano and Christopher Dollar of Oklahoma and great-grandchildren, Cadence Glidewell and Alianna Glidewell. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert Ashby.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Rainbow Bridge Animal Rescue.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Dot "Grandot" Pelton

Dorothy "Dot" Pelton took her final bow in this life, on June 3, 2009. She loved to garden, she loved to read, and yes, she loved to act! Dot was a master gardener and a charter member of Bright Star Garden Club, a volunteer for North East Texas Library System (NETLS), and a veteran perormer in the Main Street Community Theater. She is credited with her outstanding performances in Steel Magnolias, On Golden Pond, The Foreigner, and the local production of Driving Miss Daisy, in which she starred. She made her film debut in Aledo Prodction's, Roy 'n' the Reb.

In the past several years, she toured with production companies throughout East Texas. No stranger to guns, she campaigned her dog, "Kip," her Weimaraner love, to the field trial hall of fame, and she enjoyed dove and deer hunting.

Parties around the pool were weekly events. She was active in community affairs, symphony league volunteer, Sulphur Springs Public Library Board, Waverly Club, Downtown Mechants Alliance, University Interscholastic League judge, and other organizations. She attended five institutes of higher learning, striving to achieve a degree in linquistics. Gradot was an ardent computer gamer and tennis player.

Survivors include: her husband, Roy Pelton, of Sulphur Springs; a son, Jeff Teasley and wife, Janice of Rockwall; a daughter, Juli Long and husband, Frank, of Sulphur Springs; six grandchildren, Sam and Amy Long, Shannon and Shelby Teasley, and Christy and Misty Berryhill; and six great-grandchildren, Austin, Tanner, Mason, Bailey, Garrett, and Adaleigh.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Hemperly; a grandchild, Shea Teasley; and her beloved dog, "Kip."

A scattering of ashes and celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Sulphur Springs Public Library.

Dot was a lover of words, books, friends, and not least, stage!

Creamation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Edward Albert Genevay

Memorial services for Albert Edward Genevay Jr., age 75, of Sulphur Springs will be held at a future date.

Mr. Genevay passed away Sunday morning at his residence May 31, 2009.

Edward Albert Genevay was born February 25, 1934, in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Edward Albert Genevay, Sr. and Clytie Brown Genevay. Mr. Genevay was a retired mechanical engineer for Dow Chemical Co. He served in the united States Navy and later in the Coast Guard Auxilliary.

Surviving family includes his daughters, Elizabeth "Beth" Brown and husband Stephen of Sulphur Springs, Lynda Gossett and husband Mark of Clarksville and Karen Groves of Sulphur Springs. Eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Robert Calvery

Funeral services for Robert Calvery, age 51, of Dallas formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Bro. B.J. Teer will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Old Tarrant Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00 t0 1:00, Friday, prior to services, at the funeral home.

Robert Calvery passed away Friday, May 29, 2009 at Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite. He was born in Baytown, Texas, on January 8, 1958, the son of Charles L. Calvery and Katie Lou Polvadore Calvery. He married Elizabeth Nell Davis, in Midland, on August 31, 1986. She survives.

Mr. Calvery was a high school teacher and a member of the Church of Christ.

Other survivors include: a son, Michael Andrew Davis of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Russell Calvery of Milpitas, California; and his mother, Katie Lou Calvery of Farmington, New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a son, Steven Earl Davis.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jerry Chapin

A visitation and memorial service for Jerry Chapin, age 60, of Cumby, is scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00p.m.,Monday evening, June 1, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Chapin passed away at Sunny Springs Nursing Home, on Saturday, May 30, 2009. He was born in Carrolton, TX, on March 1, 1949, the son of Weldon Leo Chapin and Betty Yarbrough Chapin. He married Judy Ann Sneed, in Durant, OK, on March 27, 1981. She survives.

Mr. Chapin was a retired machinist for Martin Sprocket and Gear.

Other survivors include: a son, Donny Chapinm of Cullman, Alabama; and his mother, Betty Harris, of Sanger, TX.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a sister, Patricia Arnold.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Mikey Simray Miller

Funeral services for Mikey Simray Miller, age 27, 0f Dike, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2009, at Cross Country Cowboy Church. Rev. Mike Eason will officiate.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009, at the Cross Country Cowboy Church.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Miller passed away on Thursday morning, May 28, 2009, in North Hopkins. He was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on August 1, 1918, the son of Michael Miller and Shirley Powers Miller. He married Amy Adams. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Miller was a welder for Wayne Ray Welding.

Survivors include: a daughter, Wessa Marie Miller; his mother, Shirley Miller of Sulphur Springs; his father, Michael Miller of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Nikki Miller of Hayworth, Oklahoma, and Stephanie Winchester and Miracle Ramon Miller, both of Sulphur Springs; his unborn son, Ryder Mikey Miller; his fiance, Ashley Carter; and aunts and uncled, Charles and Susan Barnes of Redland, Oklahoma, and Matt and Judy Phillips of Garvin, Oklahoma.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Emma J. Combs

Funeral services for Emma J. Combs, age 90, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Weldon Combs will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Pine Forest Cemetery.

Visiation will be from 9:30 t0 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home

Mrs. Combs passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 27, 1918, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Otto Ashley and Annabelle Nipper Ashley. She married Jim Tom Combs, in Sulphur Shprings, on January 25, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Combs was a retired elementary school teach and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: a son, Wendell Combs of Mesquite; a daughter, Joy Lundy of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; grandchildren, Danny Claycomb, Sharon Claycomb, David Claycomb, Abigail Lundy, Sarah Lundy, and Michael Lundy; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Combs; four brothers; and two sisters.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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John F. Perry

Funeral services for John F. Perry, age 77, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Military graveside services will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with D.J. Henager, Jeff Johnson, Perry Sandlin, Shem Ray II, James Noah Ray, John Gillis and Mike Gilreath serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Perry passed away on Tuesday morning, May 26, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born on June 7, 1931, in Midland, Texas, the son of Jack and Jimmy Lee Perry. He married Charlotte Posey, on July 3, 1957, in Waco, Texas. She preceded him in death in 1998.

Mr. Perry graduated from High School in 1949, and then received his associates degree from Tyler Junior College. He joined the military and was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and moved to Sulphur Springs in 1962, joining the Ramey Law Firm. He became County Attorney in 1964 and served faithfully for 28 years. After retiring, he enjoyed a private practice until 2003. He loved all sports and was a well-versed sports fan. He was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. His house was the central location for all of the children and their friends and he enjoyed cooking for them all. He was very family oriented and loved to camp and spend time with his family, while leaving a legacy of his faith with his family. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He will also be remembered for always being there for those in need and his incredible sense of humor.

Survivors include: sons, John Douglas Perry and wife Julie, and David Perry and wife Kelley, all of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Debbie Johnson and husband Jeff, Laura Sandlin and husband Perry of Sulphur Springs, and Norma Henager and husband D.J. of Rowlett; a brother, Tom Perry of Midland; grandchildren, Heston and Mattison Perry of Sulphur Springs, Shellbi Perry of Denton, Adam and Kaley Perry and Rachel Johnson of Sulphur Springs, Tim Phillips of Colorado, John and Melissa Phillips and Brandon Sandlin of Sulphur Springs, and Elijah Henager of Rowlett; and tw0 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Thomas Barron "Tim" Perry in 1972.

"For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor heights, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Infant Maria Alvarez

Funeral services for infant Maria Alvarez, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

The infant passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jocie Catherine Speight

Funeral services for Jocie Catherine Speight, age 90, of Fairlie, Texas, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Wesley McCasland, Bro. Jerry Speight, and Bro. John Horn will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sonora Cemetery, near Fairlie, Texas, with Robert Galvan, Tammy Giles, Robert Lee Speight, James Speight, Jackie White, and Ronnie White serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be  Kerry Miller and Second McQueary.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. t0 11:00 a.m., prior to services.

Mrs. Speight passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2009, at her residence. She was born on October 17, 1918, in Scurry, Texas, the daughter of John William Ballard, Sr. and Lottie Frances Pickle Ballard. She married Carl Edmon Speight, on February 22, 1939, in Delta County. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Speight was known as "everybody's granny" and was one of the best cooks in the world. She loved to bake pies and during the holidays, she would make all of the kid's their very own pie. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: two sons, William Preston Speight and wife Bettie, and Danny Carl Speight and wife Jennifer, all of Commerce; a brother, John William Ballard, Jr. and wife Helen of Greenville; a sister, Genetty Childers and husband Melvin of Arlington; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Timothy Ballard; and a sister, Winona Melton.

A special thank you to Nelda Doss and 1st Choice Home Health of Commerce for their love and care, and to her wonderful caregiver, Thelma Holley.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Doyle Lee Attaway

Funeral services for Doyle Lee Attaway, age 79, of Orange, formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2009, with Rev. B. J. Teer officiating. A military graveside service, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition, will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Visiation will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Doyle Attaway passed away at Memorial Herman Baptist Hospital in Orange, Thursday morning, May 21, 2009. He was born in Como, on April 4, 1930, the son of Norris Attaway and Oletta (Crabb) Attaway. Mr. Attaway was a retired process operator for the Dupont Corporation. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: three daughters, Deborah Ashworth and husband, Danny of Starks, Louisiana, Brenda Chesson and husband, Stephen of Call, Donna Browne of Orange; son, Kenneth Attaway of Beaumont; sister, Jean Bean of Dayton; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister, Joyce Marie Attaway.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Chandler Morelli Richey

Chandler Merrell Richey, infant daughter of C. J. and Alice May Richey, passed away at Baylor Hosptial, in Dallas, on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. She was born on May 20th, 2009.

Surviving along with her parents are: a brother, Andrew Richey of Sulphur Springs; grandfathers, Eric Richey of Saltillo and Larry and Tina Cox; great-grandparents, Bobby Richey, Lila Seawright, Harold Follis, Jimmie and Wayne Cox, and Alice Goforth, all of Sulphur Springs.

She was preceded in death by grandmothers, Markie George and Sue Cox, and great-grandmother, Linda Richey, and great-grandfather, Jack Seawright.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bessie Lee Mayo

Funeral services for Bessie Lee Mayo, age 78, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Restlawn Cemetery with Ray Wilson, George Walker, Kerry Taylor, KeithShurtleff, Marlin Jones and Curt Mayo serving as pallbearers. Thad Gregory, Don Petty, Bob Parker and Ward Cooksey will be serving as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Tapp funeral Home.

Mrs. Mayo passed away on Thursday evening, May 21, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home, following a long illness.

Bessie Lee Bryant was born February 3, 1931 in Hopkins County, Texas, the daughter of Vessie L. "Doc" Bryant and Effie Lee Hambry Bryant. She married George B. Mayo July 12, 1959 in Hopkins County. Mr. Bryant preceded her in death on July 13, 1976. Mrs. Mayo was a health care provider, retiring after many years of service with Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was a long time member of the South Side Church of Christ.

Surviving family include her sons, Curtis Mayo and wife Neka and David Mayo, both of Sulphur Springs, and grandchildren, Cheryl Mayo of Sulphur Springs. Curt Mayo and Beverly Mayo both of Miller Grove and great-grandchildren; Corde, Clancy, Graham, and Gabe Mayo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Bryant.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Harriette Lowry

Graveside funeral services for Harriette Lowry, age 65, of Denton and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Miller Grove Cemetery. Rev. David Burns will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m., t0 12:00 noon, prior to services, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lowry passed away on Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2009, at Denton Presbyterian Hospital. She was born in Dallas, on October 24, 1943, the daughter of Francil W. Powell and Ruby Jo Gaylor Powell. She married Freddie Leon Lowry, in Dallas. He survives.

Mrs. Lowry was retired from Excelsior Legal Company and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Debra Favors; a son, James Lowry; her mother, Ruby Jo McKelvey of Sulphur Springs; three sisters, Mary F. Wiley of New Braunfels, Joan Garret of Miller Grove, and Linda Moody of Walnut Grove, Mississippi; two brothers, Jakey M. Powell of Bedford and Jack L. Powell of Weatherford; grandchildren, Veronica Favors, Amanda Crump, and Allen Favors; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Simm Powell; and a sister, Marilyn Milke.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Ozelma Gurley Lacefield Taylor

Funeral services for Ozelma Gurley Lacefield Taylor, age 90, of Flower Mound, Texas are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Wayne Gurley will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Greenview Cemetery, with Wayne Gurley, Brian Atwood, Todd Hedgecoth, Terry Cunningham, Bobby Savage, and Billy Daniels serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Mrs. Taylor passed away May 21, 2009, at Avalon Residential Care Center in Flower Mound. She was born on July 22, 1918, in the Greenview Community, the daughter of Jessie Manual and Emma Elizabeth Wright Gurley. She married Carl Taylor, on December 10, 1973, in Garland. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Mrs. Taylor worked for Taylor Publishing Company and Rodchester Gages, and was a homemaker. She loved doing arts and crafts and sold Avon products for many years.

Survivors include: one niece, Deborah Atwood and husband Brian of Flower Mound; one nephew, Jessie Wayne Gurley and wife Nan of Brentwood, TN; and two great-nieces, Erin and Lena Gurley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Jessie Wright Gurley.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Wanda Smith

Funeral services for Wanda Dodd Smith, age 64, of Como, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2009, in the First United Pentecostal Church, in Sulphur Springs. Rev. James Anderson and Rev. Cecil Dodd will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Greenpond Cemetery with Jerry Wayne Dodd, Aaron Dodd, Corey Dodd, Jason Dodd, David Dodd, Donald Dodd, and Glen Dodd serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith passed away on Wednesday morning, May 20, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on July 18, 1944, the daughter of John H. Dodd and Doris Givvins Dodd. She married James E. Smith, in Sulphur Springs, on March 23, 1963. He survives.

Mrs. Smith was employed in retail sales. She was a member of New Life of Mt. Vernon Church.

Other survivors include: a son, Darren Smith, of Como: two daughters, Shannon Hanna, of Leonard, and Seleatha Houston, of Euless; three brothers, Jerry Dodd of Brashear, Robert Dodd of Como, and Randy Dodd of Sulphur Springs; and five grandchildren, Julie Hanna, Micaela Houston, Hollie Houston, Courtney Houston, and Stephanie Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, John D. Dodd.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Alan Strain

Funeral services for Alan Strain, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Leo Wisniewski will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Strain passed away Saturday morning, May 16, 2009, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. He was born on July 1, 1939, in Stanford, Connecticut, the son of Raymond Frisbie and Mildred Gillespie Frisbie. Mr. Strain was a retail clothing store manager and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include: two daughters, Marie Ingalls of Dracut, Massachusetts, and Patricia Strain of Connecticut; three sisters, Marylou Fryer of Sulphur Springs, Janice Irwin of Como, and Rosemarie Walker of Lowell, Massachusetts; a brother, George Strain of Page, AZ; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph Strain, Michael Strain, and Walter Strain.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Bessie Spencer

Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Spencer, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Gray and Bro. Sam Sevier officiating.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with Steven Spencer, Chris Spencer, Lex Spencer, Jayden Spencer, Chip Cammerer, and Phil Jackson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold David Finley, Shane Tutt, Gene Neal, and Wes Broumley.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2000, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Spencer passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. She was born on March 8, 1918, in Ridgeway, TX, the daughter of David M. and Lillie Stewart Finley. She married Haskell Spencer, on March 7, 1942. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1990.

Mrs. Spencer was a graduate of East Texas Teacher's College and taught school for a few years in Brannom, Texas. Mrs. Spencer was a homemaker who worked with her husband on the dairy farm. She enjoyed the outdoors, sports and never missed a game that involved her children and grandchildren, that she loved very much. She also enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Center, where everyone was family to her. Mrs. Spencer was a member of Shannon Oaks Church.

Survivors include: two sons, Jerry Spencer and wife Tonda, and Alan Spencer and wife Jan, all of Sulphur Springs; a daughter, Cathy Ramsey and husband Ron of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Steven Spencer, Chris Spencer and wife Lisa, Lex Spencer and wife Philippa, Jobi Spencer, Jayden Spencer, and RonAlyse Cammerer and husband Chip; great-grandchildren, Dylan Lowery, Kamri and Kylie Spencer, Morgan and Christyn Spencer, Chrichton Spencer, Ramsey and Carsyn Cammerer; step-great-grandchildren, Shawn and Kevin Tutt; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as a special caregiver, for the last eight years, Debbie Shockey.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fred Finley and David E. Finley; two sisters, Mary Chapin and Susie Boyd; and one grandson, Janson Spencer.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Socity or to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation .

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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D.W. Killingsworth

Funeral services for D.W. Killingsworth, age 85, of Weaver, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. Killingsworth passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at his residence.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Sam Dial, Jr.

Funeral services for Sam Dial, Jr.,age 74, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009 at East Caney Baptist Church with Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, Senior Pastor officiating.

Burial will follow at East Caney Cemetery, with Kenneth Abron, Terrence Echols, Anthony Abron, Dywane Berry, Brandon Harris, Larry Johnson, Marvin Dial and Benny Dial serving as pallbearers.

Viewing will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday 22, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Dial passed away on Friday, May 15, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Nursing Rehabilitation Center.

Sam Dial, Jr. was born December 18, 1934 in Hopkins County, Texas to Gurthria Pogue Dial and Sam Dial, Jr. Both parents preceded him in death.

Sam Dial, Jr. served as an Usher for several years at East Caney Baptist Church.

Sam Dial, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories: six daughters, Cecelia Echols, Deanna Harris, Pam Johnson, Greshun Jackson, Tina Lewis, and Kim Ransom; two sons, Darryl Dial and Charles Smith; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren: and a host of nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.

Services are entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary.

 

 

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Alton Asbill

Funeral services for Alton Curtis Asbill, age 90, of Emory, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2009 at Elm Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Elm Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons and grandsons-in-laws. Bro. Johnny Wheat and John Asbill will officiate.

Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Asbill passed away Sunday May 10, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Asbill was born in the Bonanza community, April 22, 1919 to Houston Fletcher and Dora Ellen (Jones) Asbill. He married Johnnie Oleta Burns on September 1, 1940 in the Daugherty community, she survives. They enjoyed almost 89 years of marriage. During his working career he was a shoe repairman. Mr. Asbill served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Elm Baptist Church.

Other survivors include; son, Alton Curtis Asbill Jr. and wife Sue Linda of Emory, daughter, Mary Beth Rose and husband Johnny of Emory, and Ruth Ann Kerley and husband Mack of Emory; brother, Arvis Asbill of Emory; grandchildren, Terry Don Carter, Shanna Liles, Melissa Coats, Tracy Clarke, John Asbill, Debra Walter and Brent Kerley;  fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents and one brother, John Thurman Asbill.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Marion Smith

Funeral services for Marion Smith, Jr. age 87, of Yantis, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jim Ross and Rev. Charles Moore will officiate.

A military graveside service will be conducted at Restlawn Memorial Park with Johnny Grigsby, Larry Connaughteon, Wendle Heard, John Hopkins, Cullen Potts, Matt Woodard, Dr. Larry Landers, Chris Gibbins, and Joe Walker serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Joyce Connaughton, Martha Heard, Hulen Hamrick, Oline Dickson, Dan and Hortie Williams, Joyce Wiler, Mary Jo Eood, Karen Hopkins, and George and Marketta Tefteller.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith passed away on Saturday night, May 9, 2009, at Hospice of East Texas Homeplace, in Tyler. He was born in the Sherley Community of Hopkins County, on November 20, 1921, the son of Marion Smith, Sr., and Eunice Oxford Smith. He married Mary Elizabethe Claunch, in Greenville, on December 26, 1941. She survives.

Mr. Smith was retired from the Garland Division of E-Systems, where he was director of manufacturing for many years. He also served as president and hosptitality chairman of the E-Sytems Management Club. He served in the Air Force during WWII. He was a radio operator assigned to ta B24 bomber crew that flew over 35 weather reconnaissance missions from the Island of Guam, for the 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater Operations. He was a 50 plus year Mason, with membership in the Masonic Lodge in Arlington, Texas, the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Logdge of Dallas, and a Hella Shriner. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Sulphur Springs.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Sandra Byerly and husband Bill, of Tyler; grandaugther Elizabeth Byerly of Euless; grandson, Patrick Smith Byerly and wife Jill of San Olego, California; a siter Bobbie Walker of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Gretta Grisby of Denton; two aunts, Edna Stepheson of Dallas and Coela Honies of Arlington; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Texas Shriners Children's Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas, 75219.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Marshall Clark

Funeral services for Marshall Hammond Clark, age 83, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. A private burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Danny Waldron, Hashem Rezaie, Bruce Roberts, Matt Keifer, Brooks Roberts and Clark Keifer serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Spencer and Billy Price.

Mr. Clark passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Clark was born on September 19, 1925 in Blossom, Texas the son of Ed and Imogene Buchanan Clark. He married Jane Upchurch in Paris, Texas in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1984. Mr. Clark founded Crystal Feed Mill in 1979. He served as the CEO for 30 years working until his passing. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and Korea. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Mr. Clark was an avid golfer and a man who loved his family. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.

Survivors include four daughters, Pam Waldron and husband Danny of Sulphur Springs, Marsha Rezaie and husband Hashem of Carrollton, Kim Roberts and husband Bruce of Sulphur Springs and Kristen Keifer and husband Matt of Rockwall, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Bill Bradley Clark in 1977 and one brother, Bill Clark.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Annie Arendz

Funeral services for Annie Arendz, age 73, of Pickton, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Arendz passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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R.C. Cates

Funeral services for R.C. Cates, age 92, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tommy Johnston, Rev. Fred Lewis, and Bro. Lynn Turner will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, with Bill Alford, Bill Cates, Jerry Regan, Buddy Walker, Larry Moore, and Charles Cromer serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the funeral home.

 

Mr. Cates passed away on Monday, May 4, 2009, in Sulphur Springs, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born on March 5, 1917, the son of William "Billy" R. and Lemmie J. Keelin Cates, in Winnsboro, Texas.  He was a member of the Sulphur Springs Community since 1938. He volunteered in January 1942 for the Army Air Corps, training at Sheppard Field. He left for Boston in February 1942 and traveled on the Queen Mary around the tip of Africa, all the way to Australia. Sgt. Cates served in Austraila and New Guinea and participated in Papoon and the Southern Philippine Islands, receiving wounds in combat, in July 1944, in New Guinea. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, two bronze stars, a Purple Heart, and other awards for his military efforts. On December 23, 1944, he married Marna Williams, in Sulphur Springs. She preceded him in death on January 31, 1994.

Mr. Cates was a resident of New Orleans, while on duty and once discharged from Ft. Sam Houston, he returned to Sulphur Springs, where he owned and operated Texaco Service Stations for 40 years on Main Street and South Broadway. He didn't like retirement and went to work for Gober-Merrell Chevrolet, where he was employed until he was over 91 years of age. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Roy McCasland of Sulphur Springs; a granddaughter, Kim Folmar, of Sulphur Springs; grandson, Chris McCasland and wife Lana of Houston; a great-grandson, Chasen Folmar of Sulphur Springs; a sister, Malena Butts of Whitesboro, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Clark.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers; two sisters; two step-brothers; and two step-sisters.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial or to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Phyllis Humphries

Funeral services for Phyllis Faulk Humphries, age 66, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Bro Bill Sharber officiating. Burial will follow in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Gerald Osborn, Mike Brayles, Tim Berger, Mike Thurman, Joe Pickett and Tony Hughes serving as pallbearers. Friends at Grocery Supply will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Humphries passed away on Monday, May 4, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Phyliss Faulk was born January 17, 1942 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of J. W. "John" Faulk and Bernice Hamilton Faulk. She married Billy Ray Humphries in Sulphur Springs on June 9, 1962, he preceded her in death on October 5, 2002. Mrs. Humphries was a long time employee of Grocery Supply. She was member of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs.

Surviving family includes her son, Kevin Ray Humphries and wife Tammi of Sulphur Springs, and grandchildren: Devin Ray Humphries of Sulphur Springs, Kason Raygan Humphries of Paris, Texas and Kristin Renea Humphries of Winnsboro, Texas.

Mrs. Humphries was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Kay Franks

Funeral services for Beatrice Kay Franks, age 60, of Como, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Como Cemetery, with Brandon Edwards, Henry Stone, Scotty Price, Chris Price, Asa Joslin, and Joe Don Joslin serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Franks passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Hopkins County, on April 22, 1949, the daughter of Thedis "Jack Price and Jessie Speed Price. She married Douglas Franks, at Como, on January 1, 1982. He survives.

Mrs. Price was a homemaker, a steamstress, and a quilter. She was of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include: her mother; two sons, Jimmy Rutledge and wife, Mindy, of Como; Richard Franks and wife, Lisa, of Sulphur Springs; three daughters, Rhonda Joslin and husband David of Dike, Lisa Brookshires of Lone Oak, and Kimberly Kemps and husband Dave, of Indiana; three brothers, Toby Price and Randy Price of Sulphur Springs, and Pete Price of Lake Fork; two sisters, Julie Miller of Brinker, and Lana Edwards and husband Robert, of Pickton; her grandmother, Beatrice Price of Ben Wheeler; 15 grandchildren, Brent Rutledge, Tristyn Rutledge, Dustin Joslin, Hailey Fouse, Kason Douglas Joslin, Angela Franks, Holly Perez, Lori Franks, Lexi Franks, Chad Brummit, Chastity Brummit, Casey Brookshires, Cary Brookshires, Aaron Langdon, and Makayla Rogers; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Henry C. Watts

Funeral services for Henry C. Watts, age 78, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Watts passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Martha Perkins

Funeral services for Martha Perkins, age 80, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Perkins passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Carriage House Manor.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Linnie Leach

Funeral services for Linnie Leach, age 94, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009, in the Gafford Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. t0 11:00 am, Saturday, prior to services.

Mrs. Leach passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center. She was born in Reilly Springs, on October 18, 1914, the daughter of Henry Smith and Nollie Dickson Smith.

Mrs. Leach was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church for many years.

Survivors include: a daughter, Barbara Borre, of Hurst; a son, Jerl Leach of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Brett Borre, Michelle Mings, Stephanie Shortridge, and Mark Leach; and great grandchildren, Taylor Mings, Craig Mings, and Alyssa Shortridge.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Smith and Jack Smith; and three sisters, Reba Walker, Zona Millsap, and Rebecca McGarity.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Dial

Funeral services for Evelyn Dial, age 87, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2009, at Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ. Supt. Nelson Gatline will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Mel Haven Cemetery, with Tommy Clayton, Norris Minter, Bruce Turman, Tyrone Dial, Chris Dial, and Michael Howard serving as pallbearers. Deacons of Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening, April 30, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dial passed away Monday evening, April 27, 2009 at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home in Sulphur Springs. She was born on September 8, 1921, in Hopkins County, the daughter of Willie Smith and Georgia Newton Smith. She married Bruce Dial, in Hopkins County, on March 30, 1937. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Dial was a homemaker and a long time member of MItchell Chapel Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include: daughters, Audine Turman of Sulphur Springs and Earlene Hood and husband Charlie of Tyler; a sister, Irene Clayton of Sulphur Springs; twelve grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Dial was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Evelyn Nell Dial and Lurene Howard; sons, Bruce Dial, Jr. and Willie Coy Dial; a sister Shirley Brown; and a brother Willie Smith, Jr.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Theo Woodard

Funeral services for Theo Woodard, age 89, of Sulphur Springs are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Woodard passed away on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Lois Walker

Funeral services for Lois Marie Byars Walker, age 68, of Garland and formerly of Hopkins County, are schedueled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Jimmy Henry will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Greenwood Cemetery, with Matthew Peyton, Chris Byars, Jason Tulley, James Griner, Johnny Walker, and Charlie Walker serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday evening, April 30, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Walker passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 at Doctor's Hospital in Dallas. She was born on May 5, 1940, the daughter of Bill E. Byars and Dealie Purdy Byars. She married Leadford Walker on November 18, 1954. He survives.

Mrs. Walker was a homemaker and owner operator of a beauty show for many years. She was a member of Caney Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: children, Roy Lee Walker and wife Brenda of Richardson, David Earl Walker and wife Patsy of Fairfield, Donna Cantrenns Feagin and husband Ernest of Garland, and Ronnie Dean Walker of Springfield, Virginia; siblings Earnest Byars and wife Neva of Winnsboro, Stelia Chase and husband Clarence of Dallas, Lawrence Byars and wife Judy of Canton, and James Byars of Winnsboro; grandchildren, Clayton Johnston, Ashley Walker, Amber Walker, Brady Walker, and James Compton and wife Kim: a great-grandchild, Triston Compton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Billie Byars and Dorothy Byars; and brothers, R.A. Byars, Clyde Byars, and Arthur Byars.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Clayton Bradley Rogers

 

Funeral services for Clayton Bradley Rogers, age 26, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2009, at Rader Funeral Home, in Longview, Texas.

He was born on September 15, 1982 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Bradley Charles Rogers and Rachelle Lynn Rogers. He left for home on April 27, 2009 from his parents’ house. Clay is survived by his loving wife, Allison, his parents, Brad and Rachelle, his sister and brother, Kenzi and Kaden, and Grandmothers Sue Rogers of Sulphur Springs and Ruth Morrison of Campbell.  Aunts and Uncles are Deborah and Frank Wright, Lou Jane and Jerry Brandenburgh of Sulphur Springs, Robin and James Shrode of Irving, and Suzanne Gardner of Arlington.

He fought with the fortitude of cancer survivors and victims everywhere but with ever-present grace and humility. He never thought himself more worthy of relief than anyone else, and he rarely got any, but he remained thankful all the days of his life.

Clay was the most loving, compassionate, sincere and joyful person most of us will have ever known in our lives. He was unbelievably grateful for everyone and everything he had, no matter how simple or immaterial. What mattered most to him were his wife, his family and his love of the outdoors. Clay’s life was all about giving, not taking.

Allison was an incredible gift to Clay in the two years they spent as husband and wife. He loved her with all his soul and she did the same in return. Despite him being ill the majority of their married life, Allison never wavered in her love, devotion and care for Clay. Even in our doubts of Clay’s odds in the last few months, not once did Allison not believe that he would make it.

Clay had the natural gift to endear himself to everyone he met. His positive attitude, outlook, and passion for life were infectious to all those around him. Clay never had an enemy; Moreover, he met very few people who did not become friends, no matter how often he saw them.

Most of his free time was spent on lakes in Texas and Arizona pursuing his love of bass fishing. In the wintertime, he would mostly be found at the deer lease always looking for that trophy buck. His favorite weekends were spent at the house on Lake Fork fishing in tournaments with his Dad or teaching his hunting and fishing skills to his little brother.

All of us will struggle to fill the void left in our hearts by Clay’s passing. His very presence could turn a bad day into a very good one. However, we must honor his life by loving more, appreciating everything we have, and giving to those less fortunate. He is expecting nothing less from each of us who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, if you feel the need to donate in Clay's honor, please pick a local charity which supports families going through a serious or terminal illness with their loved ones. Clay would feel most honored if you would continue the gift of giving that he embodied himself.

Arrangements are with Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Road, Longview, Texas.

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Joann Bovard

Memorial services for Joann Bovard, age 63, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Bovard Meadows, 2720 CR 2297, Sulphur Springs. Linda Meeks will officiate.

Mrs. Bovard passed away Sunday, April 26th, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hosptial. She was born on September 20, 1945, in Oklahoma City, OK, the daughter of Eugene George and Ethel Marie Dennis Lenhart. She married Daniel Bovard, on October 2, 2000, in New Orleans, LA. He survives.

Mrs. Bovard was an employee of Walmart Photo Lab.

Other survivors include: a son, Earnest Jones and wife Shelley of Oklahoma City, OK; a daughter, Linda Ashley, and husband Isaac of Sulphur Springs; brothers, George Lenhart, David Lenhart, Johnny Lenhart, and Glen Lenhart, all of Oklahoma City; sisters, Janice Moore of Ft. Smith, AR, and Barbara Lee of Dell City, OK; grandchildren, Matthew Jones, Christopher Jones, Ronald Ashley II and wife Roxanne, Randall Ashley, and Marcie, Jennifer Ashley and husband Errand, Kayla Williams, Jalil Wilson, Xavier Wilson, Destiney Watkins, Jerad Daniels, and Jesse Daniels; great-grandchildren, Ronald Ashley III, Dastasia Ashley, Alexis Tinner, Aiden Ashley, and Alanna Ashley; and one son-in-law, Lawrence Wilson.

 

Cremation arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Ida Jamison

Funeral services for Ida Sue Jester Hoelscher Jamison, age 68, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tom Noble officiating. Burial will follow in the Yantis Cemetery with Felton Eppars, Lyle Wright, Brandon Back, Danny Lawson, Mike Adams and Lee Randolph serving as pallbearers.

The family will recieve friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at Tapp Funeral Home.

Ida Sue Jester was born March 20, 1941 in Amity Arkansas, the daughter of Elbert Jester and Iva Henderson Jester. She married Stanley Hoelscher May of 1973. Later she married Don Jamison in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Jamison was a homemaker and of the Baptist Faith.

Ms. Jamison passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Surviving family includes her son, Greg Hoelscher and wife Sheila of Sulphur Springs, her daughter Gina Boyd and husband Daryl of Brashear, grandchildren; Steven Hoelscher and wife Kim and Shawna Howard and husband Louis, both of Sulphur Springs, Brian Boyd of Brashear, Brittany Hammond and husband Heath and Shayla Hoelscher of Sulphur Springs, great-grandchildren; Kaden Hoelscher, Kaleb Hoelscher and Casen Howard, all of Sulphur Springs and one sister Connie Eddy and husband Dave of Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Jamison was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Wanda Lovall, Ruby , Cannon and Lou Jester and one brother, Billy Jester.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Infant Brendan K. Wilhite

Graveside funeral services for Infant, Brendan Klein Wilhite, will be conducte at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, in Searcy, Arkansas.

Brendan was born on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Searcy, Arkansas, the son of Brent and Tisha Wilhite. He died shortly after being born.

Survivors include: his parents, Brent and Tisha Wilhite; brothers, Jadyn Wilhite, and twin brother, Hudson Tate Wilhite. Paternal grandparents, Glenn and Dana Wilhite of Sulphur Springs; and paternal great-grandmother, Bobbie Wilhite of Sulphur Springs. Other relatives include: grandparents, Chalotte Murphy, and Joe Barina and wife Reatha; great-grandparents, Verna Mitchell Sharber and husband, Wayne, Louise Barina, Geneva George and Melba Long; and aunt, Angela Lopez and husband Jimmy; uncles, Calbe Barina, Cory Wilhite and wife Julia, and Patrick Murphy and wife Billie Jean; and numerous other relatives and many who cared for him through their continual thoughts and prayers.

A memorial fund has been established at College Street Church of Christ, in Searcy, Arkansas, and the family requests that donation be made to it in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with Roller-Daniel Funeral Home, 411, East Race Avenue, Searcy, Arkansas.

 

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Carl B. Taylor

Graveside funeral services for Carl B. Taylor, age 78, of Alba, are scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Emory City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Taylor, John Underwood, Richard Simms, Phil Weatherford, Chuck Bailard, and John Dugger.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

Mr. Taylor passed away suddenly, on Friday morning, April 25, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Westbrook, Texas, on December 4, 1930, the son of James Samuel and Anna Rebecca Speights Taylor. He married Carolyn Gantt on July 5, 1953, in Greenville, TX. She survives.

Mr. Taylor was retired as an industrial engineer from Ratheon Corporation. He served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Carla Cooke and husband, Tommy of Emory; two sons, Randy Taylor and wife Leslie of Conroe, and Kerry Taylor and wife Jan of Cumby; two sisters, Jim Ann Taylor of Center and Jessie Shipp of Royce City; a brother, John Taylor and wife Evelyn of Longview; grandchildren, Cory Taylor, Mitchell Taylor, Russell Taylor, and Randa Ramsey; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Arthur Taylor, a fallen soldier of the Battle of the Bulge, in 1945.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

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Harold Knight

Funeral services for Harold Knight, age 86, of Miller Grove, are scheduled for Monady, April 27, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Robert Burns will officiate.

Military graveside services will follow in the Greenview Cemtery, with Douglas Knight, Matthew Knight, Randy Williams, Jim Potts, Larry Mabe, and Jerry Lamb serving as pallbearers. They will be under the direction of the Hopkins County Miliatry Coalition.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Knight passed away Friday morning, April 24, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 28, 1922, in Miller Grove, the son of Tracy and Ethel Woodard Knight. He marrid Claire Michaut, on April 4, 1942, in Manchester, NH. She survives.

Mr. Knight was a retired Air Force Colonel, with over 30 years of service. He was a liftetime member of the VFW, MOAA, and a member of the South Liberty Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: two sons, Spencer Tracy Knight of Cypress and David William Knight of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Hardy Williams and LaWanda Kent, both of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Douglas William Knight, Matthew Austin Knight, Angelia Lynn Larkin, Katherine Knight, and Kristin Knight; and two great-grandchildren, Conard and Julian Larkin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Claudia Carlisle

Funeral services for Claudia Nell Sandefur Carlisle, age 75, of Tyler and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tommy Hall will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Mahoney Cemetery, with friends and family serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00  p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Carlisle passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Hospice of  East Texas. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on July 24, 1933, the daughter of News and Linnie Massey Sandefur.

Mrs. Carlisle was retired from Sears Company.

Survivors include: sons, Barry Chapman, Sam Chapman, and Mark Chapman; sisters, Myra White, Bethel Price, and Gracie McLemore; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Rebecca Powell.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Tayler Michelle Reynolds

Funeral services for Tayler Michelle Reynolds, age 13, of Westlake, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009, at White's Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. John McKellar will officiate.

Vistiation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2009, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, in Colleyville.

Tayler passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. She was born on July 29, 1995, in Dallas Texas, the daughter of Charles Mike and Ginger Reynolds. She was a student at Carroll Middle School and was a member of White's Chapel United Methodist Church and the Southlake Charity League. She loved life and loved her mother, father, brother, Chase, and all her friends. Taylor loved to dance, was very artistic and adored her pet kitten "Patches." She left her life with a hole in her family's heart. She will always be loved and never forgotten.

Survivors include: her parents, Charlie and Ginger Reynolds; a brother, Chase, all of Westlake; her paternal grandmother, Nancy Reynolds; maternal grandmother, Mary Wright; maternal grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Vivian Fasig; aunts, Patty Palmer, Lexi Reynolds, Kathy Longenecker, Elaine Kelsey, and Billy Margaret Evans; uncles, Donny Palmer, Gary Reynolds, and David Fasig; and cousins, Josh Palmer, Nathan Palmer, Cydney Palmer, Collin Reynolds, Madison Reynolds, Lisa Longenecker, Kim Longenecker, and Aja Rutledge.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles "Dado" Reynolds and Dwight "Papa" Wright; and an aunt, Peggy Cox.

Arrangements are with Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville.

On-line condolences can be sent via www.bluebonnethills.com

 

Lilburn J. (Jack) Durr

Memorial services for Lilburn J. (Jack) Durr, age 75, of Dike, are scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., in the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. John Woodall will officiate.

Mr. Durr passed away on Tuesday morning, April 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born on November 3, 1933, the son of George and Beatrice Gladish Durr, in Boyse, Oklahoma. He marride Glenna Imler, on July 23, 1973, in Nowata, Oklahoma. She survives.

Other survivors include: daughters, Debbie Caudill, of Oakland, Kentucky, Mary Tucker of Round Rock, Barbara Boudreau of Panama City, FL, and Bridget Waid, of Dike; sons, Bruce Durr of Reidsville, GA, David Durr of Leanders, and Michael Durr of Shreveport,LA; twenty grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Wells, of Powell, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; and one grandchild.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Johanna Elaine Smith

Funeral services for Johanna Elaine Smith, age 86, of Hearst and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, Brod Fred Lewis will offciate.

Interment will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with Carey Crane, Corey Crane, Chris Magnuson, Vincent Basham, John Basham, and Joey Potts serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Smith passed away on Monday afternoon, April 20, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Hopkins County, in the Brinker Community, on March 9, 1923, the daughter of Harvey M. Smith and Emma F. Truelock Smith. She married Dural O. Smith, in Dallas, in January of 1986. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include: two daughters, Vickie F. Wheeler of Hurst and Diane Ritchie of Sulphur Springs; a son, Carlton R. Crane of Arlington; eight granchildren, Carey Crane, Corey Crane, Chris Magnuson, Sondra Cornaud, Sarah Wiggins, Jamie Potts, Vincent Basham, and John Basham; and 1 great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Syble Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Tammy Thomas

Funeral services for Tammy Thomas, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Mason and Mason Mortuary.

Ms. Thomas passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Mason and Mason Mortuary.

 

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Mitzie L. Janway

Funeral services for Mitzie L. Janway, age 29, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in the sanctuary of the 1st Assembly of God Church, in Cooper, Texas. Bro Steve Miller and Bro. Billy Helms will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the North Hopkins Cemetery, with Randy Janway, Richard Janway, Bryan Hicks, Larry Cox, Danny Joe Jennings, and Clint Gill serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Janway passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at U.T. Southwestern Hospital, in Dallas. She was born on May 17, 1979, in Jacksboro, Texas, the daughter of Mickey Lee and Clarissa Ann King Clayton. After graduating from high school, she married the love of her life, Casey Janway, on June 5, 1999, in the Peerless Assembly of God.

Mitzi loved life and she was full of life. She never met a stranger. She was the heartbeat of her family and always tried to take care of everybody. Her big blue eyes would melt your heart. She really loved her nieces and nephews and was "Aunt Mitzi" to everyone's children. Above all, God was always first and foremost in her life.

Other survivors besides her husband and parents, include: her sister and brother-in-law, Minday and Bryan Hicks of Cooper; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mike and Sue Janway of Sulphur Springs; grandparents, Paul and Shirley King of Jacksboro, Velma Clayton of Graham, and Leo and Lois Janway of Sulphur Springs and Jaque Vesley of the Tira Community; brother-in-laws and their wives, Randy and Charity Janway of Cooper, and Richard and Charlotte Janway of Sulphur Springs; nieces and nephews, Breeanna and Brennan Hicks, and Jaden and Natalie Janway, all of Cooper; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeal Home.

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Vernon Farrow

Funeral services for Vernon Farrow, age 96, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 25, 2009, at the Houston Memorial Oaks Cemetery, in Houston, with Rev. Ronny Barner officiating and Roland Carter, Ben Fields, Chris O'Neil, Bryan O'Neil, Larry Carter, Van Carter, Charles Fields, Paul Eddins, John Eddins, and David Eddins serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Farrow passed away on Friday, April 17, 2009, at his residence. He was born on January 15, 1913, in Tacoa, Georgia, the son of A.J. and Lula Bailey Farrow. He married Elizabeth Fulton, on June 21, 1946, in Houston. She preceded him in death in 1986. He married Evelyn Eddins, on September 25, 1990 and she preceded him in death in 2005.

Mr. Farrow was in sales for over 50 years and received his Masters degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, in 1948. He helped five of his siblings through college. Mr. Farrow was a very strong willed and gentle man, who's faith in God was his basis for life. He taught school in Big Sandy and in Houston for a total of 10 years. Mr. Farrow was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs and when he lived in Houston was a member of the West University Baptist Church. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Sulphur Springs and in Houston. Mr. Farrow was a lifelong servant of the Lord, and to his family and friends.

Survivors include: daughters, Sue O'Neill of Sulphur Springs, Tree Carter and husband Roland of Woodbridge, VA, and Margaret Fields and husband Ben of Katy; stepsons, Mickey Eddins and wife Linda and Frankie Eddins and wife Carol, all of Sulphur Springs; siters, Mabel Martin of Gilmer and Lillian Hearne of Fairfield; seven grandchildren, Crhis and Bryan O'Neill, Larry and Van Carter, Jordan Greene, Charles Fields, and Dara Fields; three step-grandchildren, Paul Eddins and wife Melissa, David Eddins and wife Suzanne, and John Eddins and wife Mickie; step-great grandchildren, Audrey, Abby, Ally, Andy, Emma, and Elle Eddins; and special friend, Reba Nichols.

He was preceded in death by three brothes and three sisters.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jared Heath Haygood

Funeral services for Jared Heath Haygood, age 29, of Farmers Branch and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jerry Jones and Elder Jimmy Hamrick will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Hopewell Cemetery, near Winnsboro. Serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Wingfield, Joshua Shufeldt, Tanner Crump, Chris Poe, Josh Young, Terry Davis, Daniel Wynn, and Jordan Willis. Honorary pallbearer will be Lee Warren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Haygood passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Sulphur Springs, on October 25, 1979, the sonof Raymond L. and Charlotte Vititow Haygood. He married Lisa Warren, on March 18, 2008, in Sulphur Springs. She survives.

He was a police officer for the City of Cumby for the past 3 years, who recently made sergeant. He was valedictorian of his police academy class and loved being a police officer. He adored his wife and children and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: his parents, Raymond and Charlotte Haygood; his wife, Lisa Haygood of Sulphur Springs; a son, Dakota Scott Haygood; a step-son, Robert Scott Major; a daughter, Bethany Lee; sisters, Brigett Carpenter and husband John of Sulphur Springs, Jennifer Taylor and and husband Mark, of Mansfield, and Mallory Diosdado and husband Lupe, of Dallas.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Patty Warren; a brother-in-law, Lee Warren; maternal grandparents, Shirley Williamson and C.F. and Georgia Vititow; paternal grandmother, Bernice Haygood; nieces, Lily and Elle Carpenter, and Emma Haygood; along with numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Brannon Haygood, on August 9, 1997, and Russ Haygood on June 22, 1975; his maternal grandfather, Ed Williamson; and paternal grandfather, C.M. Haygood.

Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 614 Texas Street, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Marvin Englander

Graveside funeral services for Marvin Englander, age 90, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2009, with Rabbi Lawrence Jackofsky officiating.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Englander passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Englander was a long time member of the Temple Emanu-El of Dallas and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #705 for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Gary Englander.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Meal A Day, 150 MLK Drive, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Fredrick Ford

Funeral services for Fredrick Ford, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. Ford passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in Baylor Hospital, in Dallas.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Linda Richey

Funeral services for Linda Richey, age 62, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Pine Forest Cemetery, with Barry Ferrell, James Sidebottom, Bobby Putman, Eric Richey, James Bagwell, Ray Richey, and Gary Richey serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Richey passed away on Monday, April 13, 2009, at East Texas Homeplace Hospice, in Tyler. She was born in Boston, Kentucky, on November 13, 1946, the daughter of Sanford Sidebottom and Mary Lee Hutchinson Sidebottom. She married Bobby G. Richey, in the Sherley Community, on October 24, 1972. He survives.

Mrs. Richey was a retired employee of the Dairy Queen and a member of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include: three sons, Gary Richey of Denton, Ray Richey of Cypress, and Eric Richey of Saltillo; a sister, Patty Morgan of Sulphur Springs; brothers, William Sidebottom of Sulphur Springs, and Kenneth Sidebottom of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky;  grandchildren, Michael Richey, Brandon Richey, Jonathon Richey, Russell Richey, Julia Richey, C.J. Richey, Christopher Richey, and Chase Richey; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bazil Kincaid

Funeral services for Bazil Kincaid, age 76, of Yantis, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Thomas Beddingfield will officiate.

Military graveside services will be conducted following, in the Yantis Cemetery with Jacob Clawson, Edd McKiddy, Virgil Fouse, Trey Norris, Joey Christian, Larry Fouse, Ernie Sutton, and Merle Berg serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Brandon Clawson.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Kincaid passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Hopkins County, on May 28, 1932, the son of Lonnie Alvin and Daisey Mae Fouse Kincaid. He worked for Continental Electronics for 35 years and served in the U.S. ARmy. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: one daughter, Kathy Clawson and husband, Steve, or Royce City; brothers, Odell Kincaid, Kenneth Kincaid, and Wendell Kincaid, all of Yantis; sisters, Mildred Nichols and Lenora Kenney, both of Yantis; one grandson, Jacob Clawson; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Katie, and Conner Clawson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Johnoween Gill

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Johnoween Gill, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Sherley Cemetery. Ruben Trussell will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be great- and great-great nephews and nieces.

There will be no formal visitation.

Miss Gill passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center. She was born on December 6, 1923, in Hopkins County, the daughter of John C. and Jessie Williams Gill. Miss Gill was a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, East Texas State Teacher's College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Texas State College for Women, with a Masters of Library Science degree, plus additional studies at TWU. She was a longtime librarian at Texas Chrisitan University. Prior to the TCU appointment, she taught at Winnsboro High School, Sulphur Springs High School and was librarian at Katy High School. She was a Baptist and had served in various capacities in her church. She also held memberships in several honor and professional organizations and was a tenured librarian at TCU.

Survivors include: nieces, Janelle Gillis and Patti Fletcher; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Haskell "Hack" Gill.

Memorials may be made to Sherley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 493, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Harold Worley

Graveside funeral services for Harold Worley, age 73, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Whitehall Cemetery, in Haynesville, Louisiana.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Worley passed away on Saturday, Aprill 11, 2009, in East Texas Medical Center, in Tyler. He was born on October 22, 1935, in Hanesville, Louisiana, the son of P.D. Worley and Auber Robinson Worley.

Mr. Worley was a retired upholsterer, working for Kemp Upholstery for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: a brother, James Worley and wife Frankie; a niece, Judy Worley; and a nephew, Mark Worley, all of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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David Deihl

David Deihl, age 72, of Sulphur Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab Center. He was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on December 27, 1936, the son of Harry Glenn Deihl and Thelma Steward Deihl. He married Darby Joy Lanford, in San Antonio, on June 29, 1985. She survives.

Mr. Deihl was a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam war. He was also retired from I.B.M.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Devon Deihl of Sulphur Springs, and Patricia Deihl of San Antonio; three sons, Glenn Deihl, and Michael Deihl, both of San Antonio, and James Deihl of New Orleans; three sisters, Darla Gearhard, and Dori Johnson, both of Auburn, Indiana, and Debbie Thomas of Garrett, Indiana; and grandchildren, Lily Grace Deihl, Boomer Deihl, Kaleb Benish, and Ronnie Deihl.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Brittany Star Deihl.

Cremation arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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James H. Wood, Jr.

Funeral services for James H. Wood, Jr., of Irving are scheduled for First Presbyterian Church in Sulphur Springs.

Burial will follow services in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Mr. Wood passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, from complications from Alzheimer's Disease. He was born in Hamlin, Texas on  May 18, 1921, the eldest son of James Henry Wood, Sr. and Laverne Nobles Wood. He was reared in Sulphur Springs and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1938. He worked as a cabinet maker and then joined the North American Aviation Company. He volunteered for the Navy in 1943, and flew Cosair fighter planes in the Pacific theater, during WWII, and briefly during the Korean Conflict. After WWII, he enrolled at East Texas State University and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

In 1950, he married Mary Jo Adams and they moved to Irving, and he joined Chance Vought, at the Grand Prairie Plant, designing and managing aircraft construction, while rearing three sons. He retired from Lockheed Martin, in 1980, and outfitted a conversion van, and toured the U.S., with his wife, going as far as Alaska.

They retired to Sulphur Springs, where he was active in doing volunteer work on the Kids Kingdom and with the Hopkins County Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo; sons, Joe, Dan, and David and wife Sharisa; grandchildren, Ben, Michelle, Joseph, and Ethan; sister-in-law, Anne Wood of Tucson, AZ; a brother-in-law, Tom Beall of Georgetown; and many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives around the country.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Wood of Tucson; and sisters, Nita Wilson and Kay Beall, of Dallas.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association @ www.alz.org and specify "for research."

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Opal Schroer

Funeral services for Opal Schroer, of Jacksonville and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bob Huddleston will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Elm Cemetery, in Rains County, with nephews serving as pallbearers.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Schroer passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Jacksonville, at her residence. She was born in Rains County, on December 2, 1921, the daughter of William T. Fitzgerals and Kate Montgomery Fitzgerald. She married Robert E. Schroer, in Houston, on November 22, 1964. He preceded her in death in 1974.

Mrs. Schroer was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Chruch, in Jacksonville.

Survivors include: two sons, Terry Loyd of Litchfield, Michigan, and Michael Loyd of Jacksonville; two sisters, Peggy Fitzgerald and Joyce Ashley, both of Tyler; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Loyd; one sister; and five brothers.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Rocky Hill

Funeral services for Rocky Hill, age 62, of Kemah, Texas, and formerly of Como, are shcheduled for 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Rev. B.J. Teer will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Como Cemetery, with Don Harley, Wayne Rabe, Steve Simmons, Mike Simmons, Anthony Shadix, and Tony Glasscock serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Alivin Millken, Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Christian L. Smith.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Hill passed away on Friday, April 10, 2009, at St. John's Hospital in Houston. He was born in Dallas, on December 1, 1946, the son of Earnest Hill and Myrl Ward Hill.  He was the beloved husband of Joy Darlene Smith. They were married in Houston on November 21, 1988. She survives.

Mr. Hill was a musician and a member of the Baptist faith. He was an A.S.C.A.P. writer and received a gold and platinum record for work on Z.Z. Top's Recycler Album. He was an honorary Texas Ranger.

Other survivors include: a son, Christian L. Smith; a sister, Sue Shadix of Como; a brother, Dusty Hill of The Woodlands; three nieces, Sherrie Shadix of Como, Lori Hoffman of Grand Prairie, and Cody Hill of Houston; three nephews, Tony Shadix of Saltillo, Will VanWey of Dallas, and Allen Garvin of Dallas; and four great-nieces and four great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Stanley Garvin; and a sister, Jane Aiken.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Edward Nelson

Graveside funeral services for Edward Nelson, age 88, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., in the Bruno Cemetery, Bruno, Arkansas. Bro. David Shekels will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Jim Bob Nelson, Jeff Nelso, Weston Dorn, Tom Nelson, Kilie Nelson, and Ross Davidson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2009, at Coffman Funeral Home, in Harrison, Arkansas.

Mr. Nelson passed away on Friday, April 10, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 2, 1920, in Bruno, Arkansas, the son of P.M. and Una Pearl Baker Nelson. He married Ellen Lowery, in LeMoore, California, on November 18, 1940. She survives.

Mr. Nelson was a dairy farmer, cattleman, and rancher. He was a great man that loved his family very much.

Other survivors include: two sons, Bobby Nelson, and Steve Nelson and wife Charlotte, all of Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; on brother, Earl Nelson; and one sister, Olieta Roderick.

Local arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home and out-of-town arrangements are with Coffman Funeral Home, in Harrison, Arkansas.

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Debra Party

Funeral services for Debra Party, age 56, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Ms. Party passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Billy Ogle

Funeral services for Billy Ogle, age 54, of Yantis, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro.  Brother Mike Morrow will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Yantis Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7:00 t0 9:00 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Ogle passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his residence in Yantis. He was born on August 25, 1954, in Sulphur Springs, the son of William Alton and Nellie Beth Thule Ogle.

Survivors include: a daughter, Holly Gilbreath of Yantis; sisters, Martha Bland of Alexander, Arkansas, Carolyn Grayson of Yantis, Linda Nichols of Como, and Patsy Davis of Yantis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of East Texas or the Yantis Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Beaty Funeral Home.

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Hubert J. Poskey

A funeral mass of Christian Burial for Hubert J. Poskey, age 85, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2009, at St. James Catholic Church.

A Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m. and a visitation will be conducted from 7:00 t0 9:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Moral Catholic Church, in Nacogdoches.

Burial will follow in the Moral Catholic Cemetery, with grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Poskey passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 1, 1924, in Nacogdoches, the son of Joseph Dido and Dora Cordova Poskey.

Mr. Poskey retired from E-Systems, as an engineer, after 26 years. He serve in the U.S. Army and was proud of his service, receiving the Bronze Star during WWII. He received a patent from the U.S. Government for developing material used in the Aerospace Industry. He loved gardening, dancing, and his children, and was especially proud of his grandchildren. He was a strong supporter of church and family. And, was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Sulphur Springs and also a member of the Hopkins County Military Coalition.

Survivors include: sons, Steve Poskey and wife Jodi, David Poskey and wife Sarah, John Poskey, Mark Poskey and wife Shay, and Jeral Poskey and wife Sharon; daughters, Donna Lenhardt and husband Jack, Delores Brown and husband Bobby, and Karen Shirk and husband Mike; brothers, Clarence Poskey and wife Lou and John Poskey and wife Murlin; sisters, Frances Croft and husband Robert, Evelyn Robert, Catherine Poskey, and Sister Mary Veronica; 29 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, as well as a special friend, Jo Ann Lindley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edgar Poskey; and one sister, Lorena Poskey.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Monstary of The Infant Jesus, in Lufkin, The Hopkins County Veteran's Memorial; and/or the Hospice at Memorial.

Local arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home, with out-of-town arrangements being completed by Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.

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Billy Joe Higginbotham

Funeral services for Billy Joe Higginbotham, age 69, of Brashear, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 10th, in Brashear Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Mabe and Rev. David Burns will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Brashear Cemetery, with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Tony Mabe, Christopher Mabe, Keith Mabe, Jason Mabe, Scott Mabe, and Jody Jarvis. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Carpenter, Jack Smith, L.D. White, Glenn George, Gary Almond, Sam Hall, and David Burns, Jr.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Higginbotham passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. He was born on November 30, 1939, in Campbell, Texas, the son of Rube and Vesta Bowen Higginbotham. He married Pat Mabe, on June 28, 1963, in Brashear. She survives.

Mr. Higginbotham served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Brashear Baptist Church. He was an EMI Engineer at E-Systems, where he worked for forty years. His job entailed extensive travel to cities and countries such as Washington DC, Hawaii, Guam, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. England, Germany, Turkey and Korea were among the other countries he visited. He worked on many different types of airplanes and interesting programs including gunships during the Vietnam War, airplanes for the King of Saudi Arabia, and the President of the U.S.

Other survivors include: two sons, Craig Higginbotham of Frisco and John Higginbotham and wife Stacy of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Claud Higginbotham and wife Johnnie of Campbell and Leon Higginbotham and wife Naomi of Cumby; and grandchildren, Tyler Higginbotham, Jonna Higginbotham, Kade Wimberley, Kolby Wimberley, Kason Wimberley, and Kamryn Wimberley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, R.T. Higginbotham.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Terrific Tuesday, c/o First United Methodist Church, or to the Brashear Baptist Family Life Building Fund.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Genevieve Workman

Funeral services for Genevieve Workman, age 86, of Point, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Ms. Workman passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jewell Lorene Anderson

Funeral services for Jewell Lorene Anderson, age 93, of Lubbock, Texas and formerly of Hopkins County, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Anderson passed away on Monday morning, April 7, 2009, at Covenant Hospital, in Lubbock.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Dolores Cummins

Memorial services for Dolores Cummins, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Harris Chapel, on CR-452, in Lindale, Texas.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Cummins passed away on Monday evening, April 6, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 3, 1929, in Win Sol, Arizona, the daughter of Carl Sprague Cunningham and Ida Mae Francois Cunningham. She married Robert D. Cummins, Sr., in 1945. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Cummins was a minister and a member of Harris Chapel, in Lindale.

Survivors include: a son, Robert D. Cummins, Jr. of New Mexico; a daughter, Barbara Siegert and husband, Larry, of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Cummins, in 1995; and a grandson, Harold Lee Brooks, in 2003.

Memorials may be made to the Harris Chapel, CR-452, in Lindale.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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William S. "Mr. Pete" Long

Funeral services for W. S. "Pete" Long, age 96, of Birthright, are scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Shawn Brewere and Rev. Brian Brewer will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow services in the North Hopkins Cemetery, with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the trustees, staff, and students of North Hopkins Independent School District.

Mr. Long, a longtime Hopkins County educator and civic leader, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Hopkins County, in the Addran Community, on January 25, 1913, the son of Samuel Monroe Long and Edith Mae Edundson Long, who preceded him in death. He married Evelyn "Eva" Ruth Chapman, on June 1, 1935, in Pickton, Texas. She preceded him in death, on October 26, 1999.

He is survived by children: William Holard Long and wife Georgie of Nellysford, Virginia, Sammie Long Bedford of Tyler, Tommy Long and wife Carolyn of North Hopkins, and Frank Long and wife Julie of Sulphur Springs; nine grandchildren, Julie Long of New York, New York, William Harold Long of Chicago, Illinois, Kristin Long of Charlottesville, Virginia, Shawn Brewer and wife, Lauri of Eastland, Brian Brewer and wife Jeannie of Sulphur Springs, John Long of North Hopkins, Reid Long, of Austin, Ami Long of Austin, and Sam Long of Sulphur Springs; seven great-grandchildren, Cara, Colton, Clay, Austin, and Autumn, Brewer, and Kate and Emma Long; one sister, Margaret Glosup of Ridgeway; two sisters-in-law, Edna Earle Grant of Sulphur Springs and Agnes Chapman of Garland; one brother-in-law, Harve Chapman and wife Martha Kate of Sulphur Springs; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Bess Rawson, Joe Estes, and Nell Long.

Mr. Long graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1930. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas. He was an educator for over fifty years, having begun his teaching career in a one-teacher school, located in the Macedonia, in 1931. He also taught at Addran and Birthright, which later consolidated to become North Hopkins School. He taught at North Hopkins from 1942 until 1981. During this time, he served in many different capacities, including teacher, coach, principal, and for thirty-five years as superintendent. He also served as a civilian instructor at Shephard Field during WWII, where he taught aviation electronics.

Mr. was a cotton farmer, cattle rancher, and hay producer. He was a charter member of North Hopkins Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher, for many years.

Mr. Long was involved in many organizations and received numerous awards and achievements during his lifetime. He held lifetime memberships in the Parent Teachers Association; Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sulphur Springs for sixty-nine years, where he was a Master Mason. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa; he servd on the Hopkins County Civic Center Board for over twenty years; he was a member of the Region VIII Service Center Executive Board; he participated in the Rural URban Organization and was honored by them as Outstanding Citizen in 1986.

He was a member of the Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County Crime Stoppers where he served Chairman in 1987. He was hnored by Governor Bill Clements as an "Outstanding Older Texan." Mr. Long was a life long supporter of the Democratic Party; a charter member of the Golden K, and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

After retiring, Mr. Pete and Mrs. Ruth loved to travel with friends and family to various destinations, making numerous trips to Branson, Missouri, to the Baldknobbers. He also loved his North Hopkins Panthers and showed his support by attending many of their activities throughout the years.

The family would like to give special thanks to all those who provided loving care and attention to our Dad, during his final years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the North Hopkins Scholarship Foundation, Beautiful Feet International, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Gerald Smith

Funeral services for Gerald Smith, age 67, of Saltillo, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith passed away on Friday, April 3, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center, in Tyler.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Isaias Sandoval

Funeral services for Isaias Sandoval, age 63, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Sandoval passed away Friday morning, April 3, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Orville Cook

Funeral services for OrvilleR. "Cookie" Cook, age 90, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charles Rawlingson and Rev. Edgar Clements will officiate.

A military graveside service will follow in Sulphur Springs City Cemtery, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. Serving as pallbearers will be Harry Holley, Terry Holley,  Howard Holley, Robert Dodd, Charles Cromer, Jerry Dodd and Earl Martin. Honorary pallbearers will include Joe Worsham, James Worley, Mark Worley, Bill Campbell, Mike Womack, Mike Hedges, and Bro. Sammie Porter.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Cook passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born in Corning, Arkansas, on August 25, 1918, the son of William (Bill) Cook and Nannie Waller Cook. He married Ada Lou Terry, in Sulphur Springs, on July 27, 1940. She preceded him in death in 2004.

Mr. Cook had been an insurance salesman for 32 years. He was a member of Martin Springs Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: a daughter, LaVerne Rutherford; sons, Robert Cook and wife Sherry, and Jerry Cook and wife Nina; a brother, W.A. Cook, Jr. and wife Patsy, all of Sulphur Springs; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Orville Cook, Jr.; his parents, a brother; three half-sisters; and his step-mother.

Memorial may be made to the Martin Springs Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Machelle Ann Carroll

Funeral services for Machele Ann Carroll, age 54, of Greenville and a native of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Lynch Funeral Home. Bro. Roger Ratliff will officiate.

Interment will follow services in Memoryland Cemetery, in Greenville.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2009, at Lynch Funeral Home.

Machelle was born at Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, Oklahoma, on October 12, 1954, the daughter of Ralph and Pat Carrol. She was reared in Sulphur Springs and later graduated from Greenville High school and the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas. Shew as a successful freelance Court Reporter for several years, prior to her illness. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Survivors include: her parents of Greenville; daughters, Carmen Dorsey and Paul of Sachse, and Stephanie Brown and Chris of Frisco; two grandchildren, Chance and Mikayla Dorsey of Sachse; two brothers, Gary Carroll and Shellie of Greenville and Kip Carroll of Greenville; three nephews, Robert Carroll of Denver, CO, Kellen Carroll and Angela of Greenville, and Brandt Carroll of Greenville; and two nieces Katie Jayne Carroll of Greenville and Amy Beth Nussbaumer and Dan of Loveland, CO.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Rick Carroll, formerly of Denver, CO, in 2001.

Arrangements are with Lynch Funeral Home, in Greenville.

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Tonya Lynn Armstrong

Funeral services for Tonya Lynn Armstrong, age 40, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, are scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., in First Assembly of God Church in Sulphur Springs.  Rev. Mark Gamber will officiate.

Burial will follow services at the North Hopkins Cemetery, with Joe Garza, Tommy Wilson, Dwayne Cowart, Carl McDonald, A.J. McDonald, and Wendel Nolen serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services, at the church.

Ms. Armstrong passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009, in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born on March 2, 1969, in La Puente, California, the daughter of Alvie and Cheryl Joyce Wilson McDonald.

Tonya was a certified nurses aide.

Survivors include: her parents, of Sulphur Springs; one son, Zachary Parker, of Crowder, Oklahoma; one daughter, Destiny Michelle Parker, of Sulphur Springs; two brothers, Carl McDonald and A.J. McDonald, both of Sulphur Springs; and one sister, Lois Ferris, of Vancouver, Washington.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mildred M. Bilharz

 

Funeral services for Mildred M. Bilharz,  age 88, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Cross Country Cowboy Church. Rev. Byron Houck will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with Tim Bilharz, Kevin Bilharz, Tyler Bilharz, Dalton Hoover, Brian Sedgwick, Brad Bilharz, Troy Bilharz, and Baylee Hooten serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bilharz passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 27, 1920, in Charles City, Iowa, the daugher of Fred and Nettie hartman Altenburg. She married Clair Bilharz, on August 5, 1939, in Charles City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1992.

Mrs. Bilharz was a homemaker and retired from K-mart, Kroger, and Winn-Dixie. She was a member of Cross Country Cowboy Church.

Survivors include: seven sons, Richard Bilharz and wife Sharon of Greenville, Ronald Bilharz and wife Janet of Nashua, IA, Robert Bilharz and wife Debbie of Nashua, IA, Randall Bilharz and wife Starlene of Charles City, IA, James Bilharz and wife Bonnie of LIttle Falls, MN, Jerald Bilharz of Nashua, IA, and Danny Bilharz and wife Patty of Nashua, IA; two daughters, Joan Bilharz of Sulphur Springs, and Susan Sedgwick and husband Paul of Charles City, IA; 28 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death byher parents; and one grandson, Ronald Bilharz, Jr.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mark Cates

Funeral services for Mark Cates, age 50, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Cates passed away on Monday afternoon, March 30, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center, in Tyler.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Joanne Anglin

Funeral services for Joanne Anglin, age 77, of Pickton, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chaple. Bro. Michael Moore will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Pine Forest Cemetery with Cody Anglin, Dakota Anglin, Jace Anglin, Greg Anglin, Mike Ritchie, and Leslee Rawson serving as pallbearers. Randy Anglin, Billy Frank Browning, Curtis Poyser, and Archie Highfield will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Anglin passed away on Monday, March 30, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. She was born on March 7, 1932, the daughter of Wesley Jones and Jewell Josephine Bedgood Jones. She married Garvis Raymond Anglin, on May 26, 1950, in Pickton. Mr. Anglin survives.

Mrs. Anglin was a homemaker and self-employed hairdresser for over 20 years. She was a floral designer for Sulphur Springs Floral Company for over 20 years. She was a long time member of the Pine Forest Methodist Church.

Other survivors include: sons, Jace Anglin and wife Roselyn and Randy Anglin and wife Linda, both of Pine Forest; grandchildren, Greg Anglin and wife Leslie, Laura Ritchie and husband Mike, Daci Rawson and husband Leslee, Cody Anglin, Dakota Anglin, and Tiffany Anglin; great-grandchildren, Taylor Eastwood, Savannah Ritchie, Caden Anglin, and Braddox Rawson; a special cousin, Barbara Payne; niece, Beth Payne; and great- niece, Gigi Payne.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Tommie Lenox

Funeral services for Tommie Lenox, age 81, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tim Potts will officiate.

Military graveside rites will be performed at the South Liberty Cemetery under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition, with J.W. Ragan, Cecil McCoy, Bo Brumble, Casey Johnson, Howard Birchfield, and Donald Birchfield serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Lenox passed away on Monday morning, March 30, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Cookville, Texas, on February 26, 1928. He was a welder from U.S. Steel and a member of South Liberty Baptist Church.  He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: four daughters, Patti McDonell of Combine, Barbara Lawrence of Sulphur Springs, Glenda Hinson of White Oak, and Susie; a beloved friend, Maggie Jefferies; two brothers, Travis Lennox of Garland and J.R. Lennox of Ft. Worth; a sister, Lilla Mae Denney, of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Gary Walker, Brenda Lawrence, Christi Brumble, Bo Brumble, and Emily Johnson; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Tommy Lennox; and two brothers, Harold Lennox and Richard Lennox.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bethel Pendleton

Funeral services for Bethel Pendleton, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Trinity Harvest Church of God with Bro. Ray Evers and Rev. Doug Holt officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelta Cemetery with nephews and friends serving as pallbearers. Gerald Ogles will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

The family will receive friends from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pendleton passed away on Sunday evening, March 29, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Bethel Jean Pendleton was born October 10, 1924, the daughter of Elzy Hargrave and Margie Hatchell Hargrave.

Mrs. Pendleton was a business manager for IBA Dairy Supply for over 30 years. She was a member of Trinity Harvest Church of God.

Surviving family include daughters: Denese Ogles of Mansfield, Texas and Donna Gates and husband DeWayne of Rowlett, Texas, sisters: Zelma McCullough and Thelma Shrode, both of Suphur Springs and Freda Davis of Dallas, Texas and grandchildren: Shannon Lanier and husband Bill of Mansfield, Kristen Ogles of Kennadale, Texas and Michelle Miller of Arlington, Texas.

Mrs. Pendleton was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Edna Smith

Funeral services for Edna Smith, age 61, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Murray-Orwoksy Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Annie Wagoner will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the North Hopkins Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009, at the funeral home.

Edna Smith passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on April 4, 1947, the daughter of Ruby Earl Smith and Edna Gertrude Moss Smith.

Ms. Smith was a retired teacher with the Sulphur Springs ISD, where she was affectionately known as "Mrs. J." She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Woodmen of the World.

Survivors include: two sons, Jimmy Joslin and Murray Lee Joslin; a brother, Murray Smith, all of Sulphur Springs; a sister, Betty Payneof Mesquite; best friend, Gail Joslin; and grandchildren, Floyd Taylor, Justin Joslin, Heather Haygood, April Haygood, Lance Haygood, Hunter Joslin, and Brittney Camp.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Gerald Joslin.

Arrangements are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Chris Carter

Funeral services for Chris Carter, age 43, of Emory, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2009, at First Baptist Church. Dr. Raymond Barber and Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Greenview Cemetery, with Bill Bailey, Mike Rhodes, Mike Carter, Jimmy George, Craig Long, and Kevin Vickers serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Brody Koon, Glen McCurdy, Brad Holland, and Glen Friddle.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Carter passed away on Monday, March 23, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Ft. Worth, on March 27, 1965, the son of Charles Eldon Carter and Barbara "Boots" Long Carter. Mr. Carter was a landscaping engineer for L-3 in Greenville. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his parents, Charles and Barbara Carter, of Brashear; and two daughters, Christal Carter and Danyelle Anneice Carter, both of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Edith Carter and J.T. and Leta Long.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Frankie Hart Elledge

Funeral services for Frankie Hart Elledge, age 82, of Phoenix, Maryland, and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Winterfield Baptist Church. Rev. George Phares will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Winterfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., agt Beaty Funeral Home, in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Elledge passed away on Friday, march 20, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born on June 7, 1926, in Pickton, Texas, the daughter of Ollie Hart and Velma Maddox Hart. She married Elta Lee Elledge, on July 4, 1944. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2003.

Mrs. Elledge was a housewife and a member of Winterfield Baptist Church.

Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Ellene and Steve Whitworth, of Phoenix, Maryland; six sisters, Rosa Lee Alford, Gertrude Ragan, Grace Plemons, Mozell Dean, Lovis Edwards, and Ruby Shoffner; four grandchildren, Paige Whitworth, Payton Whitworth, Patience Ellene Whitworth; and Shari Whitworth; and two great-grandchildren, Brendan Chevalier and Alec Chevalier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathleen in 1966; and one grandson, Paul Whitworth, in 2001.

Arrangements are with Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

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Sudie Demaree

Funeral services for Sudie Demaree, of Cumby, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Ms. Demaree, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009, in Georgia.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Glen D. Hammons

Graveside funeral services for Glen Dale Hammons, age 82, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 209, at Restlawn Memorial Park. Bro. Larry Rosamond will officiate.

Visitation will be from 2:00 t0 3:00 p.m., prior to services, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Hammons passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1926, in Antlers, Oklahoma, the son of Lonnie Washington Hammons and Dorothy Valerie Houck Hammons.  He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944, at the age of 18. He was stationed in San Diego, California. He was a seasoned, self-taught musician, playing the banjo, guitar, and piano. He worked in the oil fields of Odessa as a roughneck. He worked in DeQueen, Arkansas, as a radio manager and moved on to Nashville, Arkansas, as a radio manager. He and his brother, Jerry Hammons, played music professionally for a season. They played the nightclubs in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He became assistant manager of KPLT in Paris, Texas, and owned and operated the Red River Jamboree. When he moved to Sulphur Springs, he was the founder and owner of Globe Termite and Fence Company. He and his family ran the Flame Restaurant in Sulphur Springs, also. He was an entrepreneur.

Survivors include: sons, Lonnie E. Hammons, Alan Hammons, Danny Hammons, and Mike Dennis, all of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Betty Horn of Dike, Glenda Collins of Phoenix, Az, and Donna Clemmons of Brashear; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; brothers, Jack Hammons of Phoenix, Az, Jerry Hammons of Shreveport, Bennie Rodney, and Lonnie Hammons; and sisters, Linda Wallace, Johney Rosson and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, all of Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Junior Hammons; a son, Jim Dennis; and a grandson, Jared Hammons.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Shirley Ann Franklin Brown

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Franklin Brown, age 72, of Dallas and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ. Supt. Nelson Gatlin and Elder Tommy L. Chalk, Sr. will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Mel Haven Cemetery with Elder Tommy Calk, Jr., Bro. Michael Hicks, Bro. Larry Williams, Elder Cedrick Grayson, Sr., Bro. Michael Murrell and bro. Isaiah Dawkins serving as pallbearers. Grandsons and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Brown passed away at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009, at her residence in Dallas. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on January 12, 1937, the daughter of Creogia Newton Smith and Willie Smith. She was reared in Hopkins County and attended Douglas School. She married David Launce Franklin, on August 4, 1953, in Sulphur Springs. Mr. Franklin preceded her in death. She married Elder J.D. Brown, on December 28, 2001. He survives.

Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and was employed in the local community. Being taught the goodness of God, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and united with Mitchell Chapel  Church of God in Christ, where she served in many areas.

Survivors include: her husband, Elder J.D. Brown; two sisters, Evelyn Dial and Irene Clayton, both of Sulphur Springs; three sons, Ricky Franklin of Irving, Claude Franklin and wife Michelle, of Sulphur Springs; and Earl Franklin of Irving; three daughters, Mary Taylor of Richardson, Vanessa Heggins and husband Jerry of Rowlett, and Theresa Franklin of Richardson; one step-daughter, Twanda Brown, of Childress; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Willie Smith, Jr.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Michael Robert Chrisman

Michael Robert Chrisman, age 52, of Sulphur Springs, passed away at Parkland Hospital, in Dallas, on Thursday evening, March 19, 2009. He was born in LaGrande, Oregon, on November 30, 1956, the son of Wallace Chrisman, Sr. and Mary Boynton Chrisman. He married Retha Aline Whirley, in Quitman, on April 3, 1979. She survives.

Mr. Chrisman was a self-employed construction worker. He served in the U.S. Army. As a Christian, he actively served the Lord in church and community, praying for others and helping when needed. He loved riding his motorcycle, fishing, witnessing and talking on the CB. He was known as "Iron Rider-Prayer Warrior for Jesus."

Other survivors include: a son, James Robert Smith, of Van; a daughter, Ashley Wright of Greenville; two step-daughters, Phyllis Cox and Betty Morris; two step-sons, Herman Lee Morris and L.A. Morris, all of Sulphur Springs; three sisters, Debra Pryor of Sulphur Springs, Tammy Nepomuceno of Belton, and Brenda Chrisman of Ridgeway; a brother, Wallace Chrisman, Jr. of Ridgeway; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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James Keith "Mack" McDaniel

Memorial services for James Keith "Mack" McDaniel, age 50, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Chapin Ross will officiate.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Mr. McDaniel passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born on June 5, 1958, in Tyler, Texas, the son of William Augustus and Dorothy Mildred Marsh McDaniel.

Mr. McDaniel graduated from Bullard High School in 1976. He was a construction worker and of the non-denominational faith.

Survivors include: a son, Brent Austin McDaniel, of Jasper; a step-daughter, Stephanie Miller, of Tyler; brothers, Alfred McDaniel of Bullard, Oliver McDaniel of Conroe, and Donald McDaniel of New Mexico; sisters, Marie Ross of Carthage, Margie Toliver of Baytown, and Charlene Junek of College Station; and uncle, J.D. Marsh and wife Christine of Riesel; his loving partner, Jana Ross Hankins and her children, Billy Hankins, Patrick Mathews, Hannah Tatum and husband Riley; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ruby Nell Tennison

Graveside funeral services for Ruby Nell "Aunt Nell" Tennison, age 87, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2009, in the Nelta Cemetery. Keith Kilmer will officiate.

Visitation will be from 1:00 t0 2:00 p.m., Sunday, prior to services, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tennison passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009, in Baylor Medical Center, in Dallas. She was born on July 12, 1921, in the Nelta Community, of Hopkins County, the daughter of John Franklin and Mary Emeline "Mamie" Pierce. She married Robert Lee Tennison, on January 23, 1940, in Georgetown. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Mrs. Tennison was a retired teacher, and a member of League Street Church of Christ. She was a memberof the Alabama Teachers' Association, and a member of the National Education Association.

Survivors include mandy nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be made to the Nelta Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Mary Cocke

Graveside funeral services for Mary AnnCocke, age 95, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Restlawn Memorial Park. Rev. James Diamond will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Cocke passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Bryan, Texas, on May 26, 1913, the daughter of Luke Palermo and Mar DeLuke Palermo. She married Alonzo Edwin "Buster" Cocke, in Austin, on June 7, 1933. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Mrs. Cocke was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, in Austin, Ladies of Charity, and Ladies Auxiliary of the Optimist Club.

Survivors include: a daughter, Patricia Ann Thomas and husband Dr. Richard Thomas of Sulphur Springs; a brother, Joe Palermo, of Bryan; and grandchildren, Lesley and Chris Chambless and their daughter, Danielle, and Stacy and Robert Vititow and their sons, Andrew Vititow and Johnathan Vititow.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Billie Sue Williamson

Funeral services for Billie Sue Williamson, age 79, of Houston, formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2009. Interment will follow at City Cemetery.

There will be no formal visitation.

Billie Sue Williamson passed away at Heartland West in Houston, Monday morning, March 16, 2009.

She was born in Palestine, on October 9, 1929, the daughter of Earl and Vera Johnson. She married Garland W. Williamson on August 3, 1957. He preceded her in death in 1971.

Survivors include: daughter, Mickey Ellis; grandchildren, Chrissy and John Ellis; sisters, Jeannie Bourland and Carrie Martin. She was preceded in death by daughter, Sandy and brother Earl (Buddy) Johnson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Joe Orren, Sr.

Military graveside funeral services for Joe Orren, Sr., age 88, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Stouts Creek Cemetery, near Saltillo, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to services, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Orren passed away on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. He was born in Campbell, Texas, on March 11, 1921, the son of Loyd Orren and Myrtie Wallace Orren. He married Kathryn Avaritt, in Mt. Vernon, on June 10, 1942. She survives.

Mr. Orren was a heavy equipment operator with the Texas Department of Highways. He served in the U.S. Air Force, during WWII, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Saltillo.

Other survivors include: three daughters, Kathy Jo Alexander, of Henderson, June Johnston of Sulphur Spirngs, and Glenna Yates, of Allen; two sons, Joe W. Orren, Jr. of Sulphur Springs, and Milton Orren of Longview; grandchildren, Kristy Everitt, Todd Alexander, Erin Garcia, Jordan Ramey, Jared Ramey, Jace Orren, Emily Orren, Clark Orren, Evan Oren, and Olivia Orren; and great-grandchildren, Collin Everitt, Abbey Everitt, Madalynn Alexander, and Cason Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; as son, Will Orren; and a brother, Weldon Orren.

Memorials may be made to the Hopkins County Military Coalition.

Arrangements are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Margaret Florence Hill

Funeral services for Margaret Florence Hill, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Weaver Baptist Church with Bro. Tom Friday officiating. Burial will follow in the New Pickton Cemetery with Jack Moore, Horace Ray Lewis, Nelson Fite, Troyce Lewis, James Edwards, and Bob Friday serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hill passed away Tuesday morning, March 17, 2009 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

Florence Margaret Blanton was born November 12, 1918 in the Brinker Community of East Texas, the daughter of John Blanton and Ida Clark Blanton. She married Lewis "Clyde" Hill on September 4, 1937. Mr. Hill preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hill was a homemaker and a long time employee of Munves where she served as a presser. She was a member of the Weaver Baptist Church.

Surviving family includes: her son, Harold Lewis Hill and wife Margie of Pine Forest, her sister, Helen Vincent and husband Vinny of Sherman, two brothers: Wesley Blanton and wife Gladys and Lesley Blanton and wife Ora of Bonham. Grandchildren; Scott Hill, Chris Hill, Chuck Regan and Teresa Burtch as well as great-grandchildren; Geoffrey Caleb Hill, Joshua Hill, Cassi Hill, Christian Hill, Gracie Hill, Jason Burtch, Michael Burtch, Charles H. Regan III, Cotton Gammill and Dakota Regan also survive.

Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Harold J. Blanton, and three sisters: Glorene Wright, Bonnie Krembling and Mildred Abbot.

Tapp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

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William Frank Chiles

Funeral services for Deacon William Frank Chiles, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Willis E. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with The Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Deacon Board serving as pallbearers. Lumahn Brown, Lawson Brown, Lowell Brown, Lateef Brown Malkolm Davis Chiles, Dwight A. Trigg, Michael Rashien Chiles, Dwight L. S. Evans, David Joel Harris and Malik Davis Chiles will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Tapp Funeral Home.

William Frank Chiles was born January 29, 1915 in Melford, Texas, the son of Delbert and Bertha Chiles. He married Lourie Young Watson in the early seventies in Sulphur Springs, she preceded him in death in 1985.

Mr. Chiles graduated from Gibbons High School in Paris, Texas. He joined the United States Army after graduation and served a tour of duty in Korea. In honor of his service the Hopkins County Military Coalition will conduct military graveside burial rites. He returned to Texas and began farming. After relocating to Sulphur Springs he worked as a dairy farmer and was also employed by the Sulphur Springs Independent School District until he retired. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, serving on the Deacon Board until his health began to fail.

Mr. Chiles passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center at the age of 94.

Surviving family includes four sons; Delbert Chiles of Rosamond, California, Frankie Wayne Chiles of Oklahoma, Don Chiles of Dallas, Texas, and Larry Brown of Kansas, daughters; Patricia Chiles of Oklahoma, Aileen Mason and Pocahontis "Pokey" Lee, sister-in-law, Letha Chiles of California, numerous grandchildren: Maria Marites, Wilfredo Chiles , Delbert Gene Chiles, Jr., Tina Kay Chiles, Michael Wayne Chiles, Lumahn Brown, Lawson Brown, Lowell Brown, Lateef Brown and Dr. Ladriah Brown. Chris Mason, Sam Mason, Elleanor Mason, Robert Lee, Victor Lee, Antonio Lee and Fredrick Lee and several great-grandchildren.

Mr. Chiles was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Davis Chiles.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Thelma Rayl

Funeral services for Thelma Ellen Jennewein Rayl, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Russell Floyd will officiate.

A private burial will follow services in the Halcolyn Hill Cemetery, in West Virginia. A.J. Ash, Robert Lerro, Roger Stone, Kenny Rayl, Sean Rayl, Eddie Rayl, and Billy Rayl will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., prior to services.

Mrs. Rayles passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab Center. She was born on April 18, 1923, in Alledonia, Ohio, the daughter of Edward jennewein and Norma Saffell Jennewein. She married Wayne Leroy Rayl, in Warwood, West Virginia, on December 21, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Rayl was a homemaker and long time member of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA, and most recently  of First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include: her daughter, Jayna Stone and husband Roger of Sulphur Springs; her son, Wayne Lee Rayl of Lincoln, Nebraska; sisters, Dorothy McPeak and husband Bill of Mesa, Arizona and Evelyn Neibergal, of Anaheim, California; grandchildren, Paula Brito, Pamela Ash, Penny Lerro, Jennifer Rayl, Billy Rayl, Eddie Rayl, Kenny Rayl, Sean Rayl, Teresa Rayl, and Kristina Rayl; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Moran, Emily Moran, Jocelyn Brito, Allison Larro, Jared Ash, Jenna Ash, Jessica Ash, Kiana Humphreys, Kippy Humphreys, and Kaimana Humphreys.

Mrs. Rayl was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Randy Lee Rayl and Edward Earl Rayl; one brother, Howard Jennewein; and one sister, Sylvia Holloway.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Matthew Virgel

A memorial and worship service in memory of Matthew Wayne Virgel, age 22, of Greenville, will be conducted, on Tuesday evening, March 17, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., in the Family Fellowship Church of Greenville. The service will be in celebration of Matt's life, his choice to serve God, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that made it possible.

Burial will be a private family service.

Matt won his battle with cancer, on Sunday morning, March 15, 2009. He is now with the God he loved and for whom he had dedicated his life and career.

Matt is survived by: his fiance, Lauren Ragsdale, of Wolfe City; his parents, Terry and Vickie Virgel of Sulphur Springs, and Shaunda and Joe Knight of Greenville; grandparents, Joann and Dean Harrison of Greenville, Jackie and Mary Boles and Pete and Patricia Virgel of Sulphur Springs, and Bob and Jimmie Fulton of Greenville; great-grandparents, Imogene Boles of Cooper, Homer Blevins and Doug and Glenn Martin of Sulphur Springs, and Martha Harrison of Fairfield; and a host of other relatives, scores of friends, and hundreds of fellow worshippers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Matthew Wayne Virgel Scholarship Fund, designed for helping young men and women who choose to pursue their education in order to follow our Lord, in a full time service. This fund will be administered by the Family Fellowship of Greenville, 401 Division Street, Greenville, Texas 75401.

Arrangements are with Coker-Mathews Funeral Home, in Greenville.

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Elizabeth "Liz" McDonald Ashurst

A memorial service for Elizabeth "Liz" McDonald Ashurst, of College Station and formerly of Hopkins County, is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, in Bryan, Texas.

Mrs. McDonald passed away early Saturday morning, March 14, 2009, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Bryan, Texas..

She was married to Phil McDonald, Jr., of Sulphur Springs, and he preceded her in death. She later married Trevor W. Ashurst. He survives.

Mrs. Ashurst was retired from GTE Telephone Company after over 30 years of service. She enjoyed traveling, working out at her gym, and playing Mahjong with her friends.

Other survivors include: three children, Russell McDonald, of Alaska, Wendy McDonald, of College Station, and Michael McDonald of College Station; and four grandchildren, Katelyn McDonald, Mallory McDonald, Daniel McDonald, and Marc McDonald. Local survivors include, a sister-in-law, Mary McDonald Koon, of Sulphur Springs.

Memorials may be made to Phoebe's Home, c/o Twin City Missions, P.O. Box 3490, Bryan, Texas 77805.

Arrangements are with Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, in Bryan, Texas.

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Nick Theofiledes

Funeral services for Nick Theofiledes, age 20, of Mt. Pleasant, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2009, at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home Chapel, in Mt. Pleasant. Bro. Glenn Griffith will officiate.

Interment will follow services inthe Nevills Chapel Cemetery, in Titus County.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Theofiledes passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Tyler, Texas, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born on November 25, 1988, in Mesquite, Texas, the son of Nick Theofiledes and Dianne Deason Theofiledes. He was a 2007 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and was attending Northeast Texas Community College, while working as a medical billing assistant. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include: his mother and stepfather, Dianne and Raymond Gariepy, of Mt. Pleasant; his father, Nick Theofiledes of Sulphur Springs; three sisters, Amanda Theofiledes of Dallas, Rebecca Theofiledes, of Mt. Pleasant; and Connie Gariepy, of Rockwall; and his grandmother, Lorita Theofiledes, of Pittsburg.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Billie M. Deason; his grandfther, Grady Deason; and his paternal grandfather, Nicholas Aries Theofiledes.

Arrangements are with Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home, in Mt. Pleasant.

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Nell Rosamond

Funeral services for Maudie Nell Rosamond, age 77, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., in Lake Fork Baptist Church. Rev. David Smith will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Arbala Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Teddy Fisher, Tippy Aaron, Bobby Ogle, Dana Thorpe, Mark Coker, and Wesley Crist.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rosamond passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 10, 1932, the daughter of Effie E McCormick Brown and Charlie H. Brown, in Yantis, Texas.

Mrs. Rosamond was a homemaker and loved to sew and her flower garden. She touched hearts everywher, always helping people when she could and loving everyone. She was employed by the H.D. Lee Company for a number of years, later caring for the elderly. After her health declined, she was under the care of Home Health.

Survivors include: two daughters, Linda Fisher and husband Freddie of Yantis, and Phillis Nicewarner and husband Richard, of Yantis; four grandchildren, Tammy Smoler, Kristi Beech, Chirs Nicewarner, and Ricci Nicewarner; eight great-grandchildren; four step-children; and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; along with a host of very dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; three brothers; one grandson; and husbands, Bill Lynch and Ennis Rosamond.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Harley Sim McCarter

Graveside funeral services for Harley Sim McCarter, infant son of Samuel and Betty Hill McCarter, of Cumby, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2009, at Caney Cemetery in Campbell.

There will be no formal visitation.

Harley McCarter passed away Thursday morning, March 12, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 12, 2009, in Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include: his parents; a sister, Jamie McCarter; his twin brother, Samuel McCarter; and grandparents, Cuba Vaughn, JoAnn and Jessie Hill, and Betty Winstead.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Bobby Higginbotham

Funeral services for Bobby Higginbotham, age 80, of Cumby, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2009, in West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Hopkins County Military Coalition, in the Barker Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Chad Norris, Mike Evans, Danny Arnett, Michael Evans, Brian Evans, and Ronny Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers will include Billy Paul Wright, Jimmy Spence, Billy Ford, and Billy Wren.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Higginbotham passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, at his home.  He was born on October 30, 1928, the son of William Alton and Mamie Clyde Phillips Higginbotham. He married Nadine Wright, on December 14, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. She survives.

Mr. Higginbotham was a retired, self-employed truck driver.

Other survivors include: sons, Bobby Wayne Higginbotham of Greenville, and Bobby Higginbotham, Jr. of California; daughters, Deanna Arnett of Sulphur Springs, and Debbie Snyder of Marina Valley, California; sisters, Edna Spence of Emory, Norma McKenzie of Garland, and Betty Rapier of Dallas: four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one daughter.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Willie C. Dial

Funeral services for Willie Coy Dial, age 71, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2009, at Morning Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Harold Nash, Sr. will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, with Bruce Turman, Michael Howard, Chris Dial, Norris Minter, Tommy Clayton, and Dwayne Berry serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and Trustees of Morning Chapel Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Dial passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Sulphur Springs, on November 8, 1937, the son of Bruce Dial, Sr. and Evelyn Smith Dial. He married Betty G. Hall, on January 18, 1963, in Mt. Vernon. She survives.

Mr. Dial was retired from Northeast Texas Farmers Coop, after over forty years of service. He was a Deacon and Trustee of the Morning Chapel Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: a son, Willie Tyrone Dial and Lisa, of Irving, Texas; daughters Colette Willey of Arlington, and Chere Godbolt and husband Broderick of Sulphur Springs; his mother, Evelyn Dial, of Sulphur Springs; nine grandchildren, Krissy Cotton, Casey Dial, Tylton Dial, London Dial, Paige Dial, Ryan Willey, Brooke Dial, Destiny Godbolt, and Danille Gobolt; two sisters, Earlene and husband Charlie Hood of Tyler, and Audine Turman of Sulphur Springs; uncles, Fred Dial and Sammie Dial of Sulphur Springs; and aunts, Fannie Berry, and Irene Clayton of Sulphur Springs, and Shirley Franklin of Dallas.

Mr. Dial was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Dial, Sr.; a brother, Bruce Dial, Jr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Dial and Lurlene Howard.

Arrangements are with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

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Lou Nell Craig

Funeral services for Lou Nell Morgan Craig, age 97, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Craig and Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, March 13, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Craig passed away Thursday morning March 12, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Hopkins County, January 3, 1912, the daughter of Howard Morgan and Sammie Hopper Morgan. She married Alonzo Craig, February 16, 1929, in Hopkins County. He preceded her in death on January 20, 1994.

Mrs. Craig was a homemaker and a sales representative for Beall's Department Stores. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include: a son, Harold Craig and wife Charlotte, of Sulphur Springs; a daughter, Mary Hudson, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Mike Hudson and Scott Hudson of Sulphur Springs, David Craig of Lufkin, Danny Craig of McDonough, GA, and Dana Scott of Del City, Oklahoma; and great-grandchildren, Crystal Gesch, Brandon Hudson, Chase Hudson, Caleb Craig, Adam Craig, Stephen Craig, Hannah Craig, Destiny Scott, and Dylan Scott.

Mrs. Craig was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Murray Morgan, Lawrence (Bo) Morgan, and Ellis Morgan; and sisters, Grace Morgan Smith and Verna Ruth Morgan Bagwell.

Arrangements are pending with  Tapp Funeral Home.

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Aubrey Coleman

Funeral services for Aubrey Coleman, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 11:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Steve Calavan and Jay Murray will officiate.

Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove North Cemetery, with Mike Coleman, Wes Coleman, Tony Parker, James Jordan, Jerry Pritchett, Garland Hatley, Alton Wright, and Sammy Clifton serving as pallbears.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Coleman passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Mother Frances Hosptial, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on May 25, 1935, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Gordon Coleman and Jessie Waller Coleman. He married Jo Ann Hoover, on June 27, 1952, in Dallas. She survives.

Mr. Coleman will be remembered as a "family man," loving his family dearly. He owned and operated a dairy, a grocery store, and drove a bulk milk truck for many years. He loved his Kubota tractors and was a caretaker for seven cemeteries. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

Other survivors include: one sone, Darrell "Shorty" Coleman and wife Stephanie, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Amy Goldsmith and husband Bryant, Mellisa Wyatt and husband Pete, Tina Mobley and husband Tommy, John Coleman, Krista Coleman & Jeremy Fugate, John and Taylor Moore; great-grandchildren, Blake and Cade Goldsmith, Caleb and Jaci Wyatt, Alex and Bryce Mobley, and Slade Moore; one sister, Doris Cantrell; and two brothers, Ronald Coleman and wife Arleta, and Clinton Coleman and wife Pat.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Delayne Coleman.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Dennis Frank Wisdom

Graveside services for Dennis Frank Wisdom, age 53, of Weaver, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Weaver Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Wisdom passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 31, 1955, the son of Wayne Kenneth Wisdom and Donna Marie Reed Wisdom.

Mr. Wisdom was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include: three sons, Dennis Wayne Wisdom and James Earl Wisdom of Eustace, and Kenneth Lee Wisdom of Saltillo; his father, Wayne Kenneth Wisdom; two brothers, Ricky Don Wisdom, of Kemp, and Rodney Earl Wisdom, of Saltillo; a sister, Joy Stewart, of North Hopkins; and grandchildren, Dennis, Dylan, Kenneth, James, Rebekah, Matthew, Makayle, Hailey, Dawn, Dustin, Justin, and Madison.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Wisdom; two grandchildren; and a son, William Bob Wisdom.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jessmia Williams

Funeral services for Jessmia Williams,  age 87, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Keith Kilmer will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with John Hooks, Rodney Clower, Toby Williams, Cale Kids, Eric Posey, Jimmy Horton, Marlin Jones, and Randy McDaniel serving as pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Williams passed away on Saturday morning, March 7, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Louisiana, on August 28, 1921, the daughter of Floyd McDaniel and and Clara Wynigear McDaniel. She married Tomie Williams, in Como, on November 21, 1938. He preceded her in death in 1972.

Mrs. Williams was a retired cafeteria worker for SSISD and was a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include: a daughter, Jane Posey; three sons, Ben Williams, Tomie Williams, Jr., and Wayne Williams, all of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Cheryl Hooks, Melissa Clower, Heather Williams, Jennifer Kids, Toby Williams, Michael Posey, Eric Posey, Michele Ingram, Angie Gamblin, and Sarah Williams; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jo Porter

Memorial services for Jo Porter, age 81, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2009, at First United Pentecostal Church, in Sulphur Springs.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Porter passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. She was born in Anson, Texas, on August 13, 1927, the daughterof E. Albert Bell and Ruth Stites Bell. She married Franklin M. Porter, in San Marcos, Texas, on March 11, 1950. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Porter was a homemaker and a member of First United Pentecostal Church, in Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include: a son, Roy Potter; grandchildren, Paul Porter, Edwin Porter, Deborah Mullens; and eight great-grandchildren, all of Washington.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Billy Morris

Funeral services for Billy Morris, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tommy Hall will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Ridgeway Cemetery, with a Military graveside service, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition.  Serving as pallbearers will be Harold Brown, James Bagwell, Harold Cheatum, Eldon Ring, Larry Landers, and Sheldon Cass. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McLarry and Carl Mac Randolph.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Morris passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009, at his residence. He was born in the Oakland community, on November 26, 1924, the son of Lewis Ransom Morris and Ida Marable Morris. He married Emma Jean Gordon, in Hope, Arkansas, on October 30, 1947. She preceded him in death in 2005.

Mr. Morris was a retired welder/owner of Gordon and Morris Wrecking Yard. He was a member of Davis Street Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army, during WWII.

Survivors include: a daughter, Kathy Hill, of Richardson; a son, Johnny Morris, of Sulphur Springs; a sister, Mozelle Landers, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, St. Ransom Gordon Morris (U.S. Marines) and Vivian Jane Hale; and great-granddaughter, Abby Jean Hale.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, John Allen Morris; and eleven brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Ridgeway Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Murry-Orwowsky Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Patty

Funeral services for Dorothy Patty, age 94, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patty passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2009.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Leola Ridgeway

Funeral services for Leola Mamie Margaret Hedrick Ridgeway, age 93, of Garland and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. George Topper will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park, with Mark Ivey, Keith Ivy, Ray Bryant, Andy Bryant, Volly Ivy, and Billy Davis serving as pallbearers. Family and friends of the family will serve as honorary pallbearers.

No formal visitation will be conducted.

Mrs. Ridgeway passed away on Thursday morning, March 2, 2009, at Baylor Medical Center in Garland. She was born in Winnsboro, Texas, on January 10, 1916, the daughter of James Leander Hedrick and Roberta Ann Westbrook Hedrick. She married Robert Wray Ridgeway, in San Antonio, on December 23, 1941. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Ridgeway was a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School Class of 1934, later attended Tyler Commercial College, and was employed by Consolidated in Ft. Worth, which later became General Dynamics, during WWII. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, and a member of First United Methodist Church Garland, after moving there. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include: a daughter, Joyce Ivy and husband James, of Dike; grandchildren, Mark and Keith Ivy and Deanna Lynn Faucett; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Mason, Nathan, Addison, and Avery Ivy; and one sister, Helen L. Marie Perkins.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Mildred G. Sims

A Memorial services for Mildred G. Sims, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mrs. Sims passed away Wednesday, February 25, at Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs.

She was born in Sulphur Springs on July 25, 1914, the daughter of Lawson Crook and Charlotte Mitchell. Both parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sims was a retired Homemaker and she will be truly missed.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Gardner, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Services are entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary.

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C. B. Mason

A graveside service for Cobie Basil Mason, Sr., will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Yantis Cemetery in Yantis.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs.

Mr. Mason peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Heritage Nursing Home in Quitman. He was born on July 26, 1922 in Goodpine, Louisianna. C.B. was always proud of his Louisianna heritage.

A devoted husband to Wanda Johnson Mason, they were married on May 28, 1948. The stork blessed them with five children: Cobie Mason, Jr., of Yantis, Marcus Mason of Tooeie, Utah, Lesley Mason of Dallas, Lance Mason and wife, Andrea, of Garland, Anne Spence and husband, Kevin, of Winnsboro; grandsons, Mason and Marcus Spence of Winnsboro; granddaughters, Shelley Mason and Jennifer Carmichael; three sisters and numerous other family members.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. C.B. had a great love for training bird dogs, hunting, fishing and camping. He retired from Lone Star Steel after 22 years, worked as employee for Gregg County and then managed Bell Supply in Winnsboro. Mr. Mason retired in 1992, and he and Wanda settled on the family farm in Yantis.

C.B. served the Longview Community as a Little League coach, scout master, school board member of the Longview Independent School District, Justice of the Peace, Judson Lions' Club, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, American Legion and numerous other organizations. Mr. Mason was a member of the Seymore Church of Christ in Hopkins County.

The family suggests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, Scottish Rite Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Ronnie Icenhower

Memorial services for Ronnie Blaine Icenhower, age 52, formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. John Lancaster will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Icenhower passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, in Cuero, Texas. He was born on May 18, 1957, in Houston, Texas, the son of Kurt and Anne Alsobrook Icenhower.

Mr. Icenhower was a carpenter.

Survivors include: two sons, Blaine Icenhower and wife Lyndsey of Sulphur Springs, and Joseph Icenhower of Edgewood; one daughter, Christie Pierson and husband Greg of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Kenneth Icenhower, of Paris; grandchildren, Talon Grace Pierson, and Chasen, Brookelyn and Mason Icenhower; nephews, Jarred Brown and Chris Brown of Sulphur Springs; one niece, Constance Huey and husband John of Bowie, Texas; and great nieces and nephews, Brayden, Corey and Allyssa Brown and Ashton and Sadie Huey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joel and Billy Icenhower.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Donna Wells

Funeral services for Donna Wells, age 62, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Lake Fork Baptist Church, at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2009, with Rev. David Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Joe Wells, Jr., Chris Wells, Josh Wells, Matt Wells, Michael Graham, Scott Danley, Delane Pace and Patrick Pace serving as pallbearers.

Visititation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.m, Wednesday March 4, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Donna Wells passed away Tuesday morning, March 3, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Tyler, on August 18, 1945, the daughter of Fletcher L. Bass and Edna McMillan Bass. She married Joe Frank Wells, Sr. in Mesquite, on May 11, 1961; he survives. Mrs. Wells was a homemaker and a member of Lake Fork Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: son, Joe Wells, Jr. of Quinlan; two brothers, Fletcher Bass, Jr. of Dallas and Mark Bass of Groesbeck; two sisters, Anita Wilkerson of Wills Point and Patricia York of KIlgore; grandchildren, Josh Wells, Matt Wells, Chris Wells, Ashley Wells and Michael Graham; great-grandchildren Paisley Wells and Brooklyn Wells. She was preceded in death by son, John Wells.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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H.B. "Hank" Harrington

 

Funeral services for H.B. "Hank" Harrington, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Al Davis will officiate.

Private burial services will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Don Deaton, Joe France, Billy Joe "Knob" Chapman, James Cross, Mark McClendon, Bobby Gillis, Kenneth White, and Bill Bagley serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will included Kenneth Massey, Jack Gillis, Jackie Blount, Jack Ramey, Louis McGrede, and Harold "Chick" James.

No formal visitation is planned.

Mr. Harrington passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on September 2, 1924, the son of Harvey H. and Irby Funderburk Harrington. He married Nell Kathryn Springer, in Rockwall, Texas, on August 12, 1950. She preceded him in death in 1999.

Mr. Harrington was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. He owned and operated Hank's Place Cafe and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, when  he was discharged as a seargeant from Ft. Bliss, Texas.

Survivors include: two daughters, Kathryn A. Mapes and Carol J. Potteiger, both of Sulphur Springs; and three grandsons, Mark Bates, Bryan Forshee, and David Forshee, all of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Dianna Hastings

Memorial funeral services for Dianna Hastings, age 55, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled  for 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2009, at Davis Street Baptist Church. Bro. Tommy Hall will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Ms. Hastings passed away on Monday morning, March 2, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Ft. Worth, on April 12, 1953, the daughter of Buford and Lillie Tucker McWilliams.

Ms. Hastings was a homemaker.

Survivors include: two daughters, Tammy McWilliams and Billie Ann Knight, both of Sulphur Springs; a sister, Brenda Capps of Ft. Worth; and a grandson, James Broughton, Jr.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Emma Z. "Sue" Morrison

Funeral services for Emma Z. "Sue" Morrison, age 81, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Morrison passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Barbara Lynn Wilson

Funeral services for Barbara Lynn Wilson, age 61, of Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow services in the Hopewell Cemetery, near Winnsboro.

Visitation will be form 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wilson passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at her residence.

Survivors include: two sons, Jerry Wayne Wilson, Jr., of Dike, and Rhory Wilson of Mt. Pleasant.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bessie Brown

Funeral services for Bessie Brown, age 93, of Como, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Greenpond Baptist Church. Rev. Lloyd Cashion and Richard Teer will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Greenpond Cemetery, with Andy Froneberger, J.L. Rogers, Tim Brown, Tony Stewart, Alan Moss, Billy Moss, and Tim Butts serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009, at Murray-Orwoksy Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Brown passed away on Friday, February 27, 2009, at Presbyterian Hosptial in Winnsboro. She was born in DeKalb, Texas, on February 14, 1916, the daughter of Charlie and Flossie Moles Page. She married Paul Brown, in Hopkins County, in 1948. He preceded her in death, in 2001.

Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and an a member of Greenpond Baptist Church.

Survivors include: sons, Donny Paul Brown, of Seagoville, Alvin Moss and wife, Cathy, of Winnsboro, Calvin Moss of Como, and Larry Brown of Como; daughters, Virginia Preheim & husband Peter of Allen, Paula Stinson and husband Stever of Quitman, and Janie Cavanaugh and husband Eddy of Como; sisters, Ellie Eddy of Texarkan, Arkansas, and Maggie King of Omaha, Texas; a brother, Marshall Page of Omaha, TX; twenty-one grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Brown.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Grady May, Sr.

Funeral services for Grady May, Sr., age 82, of Como are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. May passed away Friday morning February 27, 2009 at his residence.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Mildred Sims

Services for Mildred (Millie) Gardner Sims are pending with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mildred Sims passed away on February 25, 2009 at Carriage House Manor.

The family has services pending with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

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Thomas Ferguson, Jr.

Funeral services for Thomas Ferguson, Jr., age 72, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Debbie Riggsby and Rev. Michael Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Gafford Chapel Cemetery with Ted Ferguson, Landon Llewellyn, Clayton Llewellyn, Lucas Llewellyn, Cody Llewellyn, Preston Brashear, and Mason Rawson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be The Messenger's Sunday School Calss.

Vivitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 27, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Ferguson passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.

He was born on June 21, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, the son of Thomas E. and Ruby O'dell Ferguson. He married Nancy J. Chapin on December 27, 1978. She survives.

Mr. Ferguson was a Master Electrician and worked all his life in the electric field.

Other survivors include one son, Ed Ferguson and wife Cindy, two daughters, Cheryl McCurley and husband Pat and Karen Kozak and husband Peter, step-son, Tom Brashear and wife Ann, three step-daughters, Jo Lou Gibson and husband Don, Linda Llewellyn and husband Clay and Mary Ann Rawson and husband Michael, grandchildren, Rebecca McCurley, Ted and Tara Ferguson and Christopher Kozak, step grandchildren, Landon, Clayton, Lucas and Cody Llewellyn, Mason and Mallory Rawson and Preston and Catherine Brashear, one brother and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be made in his honor to the First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Jessica Coker

Graveside funeral services for Jessica Coker, age 35, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009, in Ridgeway Cemetery. Rev. Terry Bolton will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Jason Arrington, Toby Humes, Esebio Vazquez, Danny Coker, Cody Colley, and Joshua Martin.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Ms. Coker passed away on Monday, February 23, 2009, in an automobile accident, in Sulphur Springs. She was born on January 12, 1974, in Greenville, Texas, the daughter of Charles Daniel Coker and Sherry Jean Marshall.

Jessica was known for her beautiful smile and her crazy laugh. She was very smart and spoke four languages. She had worked as a cashier at Murphy's USA and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: her parents; one son, Jeffrey Thomas White; two daughters, Kristen Nicole White and Rylie Brooke Arrington; four sisters, Vicki Humes of Sulphur Bluff, Leslie Davis, Debbie Coker, and Charlotte Arrington, all of Sulphur Springs; grandparents, Bobbie Jean Marshall of Sulphur Springs, and Douglas Adams of Emory; one step-mother, Barbara Ann Morgan of Sulphur Springs; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one sister, JoAnne Riley, on March 1, 2003; and grandparents, Cleburn "Jelly" Marshall and Margaret Coker Adams.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Vivian Louise Tucker

Funeral services for Vivian Louise Tucker,age 88, formerly of Arkansas, will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 in Sisco Funeral Chapel, 705 W. Meadow, Springdale, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Wayne Simpson officiating.

The family will recieve friends at Sisco Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the Benton County Memorial Park with Jeff and Justin Tucker, Kevin and Ryan Brewer, Ed Kincy, Danny Simpson, Jared Simpson, and Chad Simpson serving as pallbearers.

Vivian Louise Tucker passed away at her residence in Sulphur Springs, Texas on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Vivian Tucker was born to Robert E. Lee Kincy, Sr. and Clara Adell Able Kincy in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma on December 1, 1920. They precede her in death. She married Raymond Walter Tucker in Pineville, Missouri on July 27, 1940. He precedes her in death.

Survivors include son Gary Lee Tucker and wife Sandy of Rogers Arkansas; daughter Shela Kay Brewer and husband Billy Knoepfle of Sulphur Springs, Texas; brother Robert E. Lee Kincy, Jr., of Lowell, Arkansas; brother-in-law Elza R. Tucker of Lowell, Arkansas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Lee Tucker and wife Regina of Huntsville, Arkansas, Kevin Scott Brewer and wife Kimberly of Sulphur Springs, Texas; great-grandchildren, Justin Lee Tucker of Huntsville, Arkansas and Ryan James Brewer of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

 

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Barbara McKerson

Funeral services for Barbara Pride McKerson, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009, at Changed Life Church. Rev. Clyde Warner will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Birch Creek. Pallbearers will be  Danny Clayton, Kenneth Wright, Zebedee Clayton David Noiel, Caleb Warner, and Tarvara Jones.

Visitation will be from 7:00 t0 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2009, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mrs. McKerson passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1935, the daughter of Dormor and Melvin Pride. In 1962, she married Donald McKerson. To this union, two sons were born. Keith preceded her in death.

Mrs. McKerson worked as a dental assistant and she enjoyed caring for other for over 20 years.

Survivors include: one son, Alfred McKerson; a twin sister, Babs Pride; one brother, Aubrey Pride; two grandchildren, Kamelia and Michael; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Arrangements are with Mason and Mason Mortuary.

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Nezzie George

Funeral services for Nezzie George, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Forest Academy Cemetery, with Chad Beck, Chase Beck, Carl Atkinson, Landon George, Norval George, Wayne Fountain, and Kevin Beck serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. George passed away on Monday morning, February 23, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Franklin County, Texas, on February 22, 1918, the daughter of Steve Westbrook, Sr. and Minnie Carter Westbrook. She married Johnsie A. George. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. George was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Shirley Fouse, and Flora Hicks, of Sulphur Springs, and Rosa Lewis of Austin; two son, Billy Tom George of Sulphur Springs, and Bobby D. George of Brinker; a sister, Christine Nail of Weatherford; grandchildren, Jean Fouse, William Fouse, Karen Huskey, Judith Beck, Trulene Robertson, Norval George, Landon George, Tissha Atkinson, Billy George, Johnny George, Joe George, Rhonda Bell, Sonja Lewis, Tannis Lewis, and Charlotte Crump; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda George and Janie George; a son, Bobby Lou George; and several siblings.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Astor McKeever

Funeral services for Cecil Astor McKeever, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Chaplain Curtis French will officiate, with William McDowell assisting.

Burial will follow services in the Union Community Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Roy and Yvonne King family. Honorary pallbearers will be W.D. Barnett, Buel Berry, Kenneth Ward, James T. McKeever, J.C. McLaughlin, members of the Masonic Lodge 221, and the Radio Bible Class at First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 1:00 t0 2:00 p.m., prior to services, at the funeral home.

Mr. McKeever passed away on Friday, February 20, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hosptial. He was born on July 7, 1913, in Hopkins County, the son of James Earl and Hattie Stone McKeever. He married Robbie Mace, on December 10, 1933. She preceded him in death on February 1, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Cecil A. McKeever, Jr.; one daughter, Sue Fields; three brothers, Carl, Rayburn, and Ernest McKeever; and a sister, Lila Mae McLaughlin.

Survivors include: one daughter, Peggy Montgomery and husband James R., of Richardson; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. They are Sheila Fields Reece, husband Mark, and their daughters, Samantha and Macey, of Honey Grove, Alan Fields, his wife Melanie and their triplets Alexander, Abigail, and Madelyn of Greenville; Marilyn Fields Sebade and her husband Kevin, and their sons, Matthew and Lucas of Lindsay, and Lisa Housewright White of Richardson and her daughters, Ericka White of Dalals and Danielle McKee and her husband Aaron, and son Carter of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Mr. McKeever worked in the shipyards on the Texas Gulf Coast, during WWII, and returned to the land he loved in the Union Community, where his ancestors had settled in the early 1800s. Together, he and Robbie built and operated one of the early Grade-A dairy farms in Hopkins County. They later were among the first producers of Black Angus cattle in Northeast Texas. He was an expert carpenter and had remarkable mechanical aptitude. He retired from Ling-Temco-Vought, in 1975.

Astor and Robbie were blessed with over 75 years together. Their love for each other, as well as for their family and friends, was one seldom experienced or witnessed. They spent their retirement years traveling, small and big game hunting, RVing, participating in church and civic activities, and socializing with the many friends they had in Hopkins County and the ones they cultivated in their travels.

Mr. McKeever was a member of the First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, and past president of the Radio Bible Class. He faithfully served his Lord and Savior and touched the lives of many over the years. He never sought the limelight nor did he broadcast his positive and uplifting involvement in people's lives. He saw a need and tried to fill it. He heard a cry and responded. He reached out and grasped one's hand in his , offering of what he knew best - the simple message, glory, and power of a loving and forgiving Savior. He was a quick-witted and gracious gentleman, gifted with insightful wisdom and acute discernment. If you ever had the privilige of being a recipient of his wise and loving counsel, you will have done well if you heeded it.

Mr. McKeever, a Master Mason for over 50 years, served as Woshipful Master of Sulphur Springs Lodge No. 221, A.F. & A.M., in 1973-74, and as Chaplain for 15 years. He was an Endowed Member and served the Grand Lodge of Texas as District Deputy Grand Master of District 7, at one tine in his Masonic career. He also served in many leadership roles in other Masonic related organizations. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a Shrine Mason, belonging in the Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Association, c/0 Sheila Funderburk, 157 CR-1213, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482, and/or the Radio & TV Ministry, First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, and/or to the Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, Texas 75219.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jack Demsky

Military gravside funeral services for Jack Demsky, age 85, of Commerce and formerly of Canton, are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Rev. Reuben Trussell will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Demsky passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. He was born on October 31, 1923, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Joseph and Clyda Pearl Stone Demsky. He married Joe Nell Flowers, on October 24, 1925, in Orange, Texas. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2005.

Mr. Demsky worked for Bendix Corporation as an engineer for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he proudly served aboard the USS Orleck, in the South Pacific. Jack loved to play the accordion and he loved electronics, especially radios. He was a Ham Radio Operator for many years.

Survivors include: one son, Edward Neil Demsky, of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Nancy Martin of Phoenix, AZ, and Nora Eck and husband Robert of Washington, IN; one sister, Dorothy Erwin of Needles, CA; five grandchildren, Karen King and husband Nathan, of Oklahoma City, Erica White and husband Mike, of Phoenix, AZ, Shawn Martin, Scott, Martin, and Shannon Martin, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; six great-grandchildren; and one special caregiver, Jennifer Speight, of Fairlee, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bud Demsky and Joseph Carl Demsky; and three sisters, Betty Jo Ellison, Kaye Yahn, and Julie Demsky.

The family requests that donations be made to the local animal shelter and the local food pantry.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Geraldine Greenway

Graveside funeral services for Geraldine Greenway, age 80, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Restlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Rene Garcia, Ronny Nabors, Patrick Radney, and Christopher Radney.

There will be no formal visitation.

Ms. Greenway passed away on Wednesday evening, February 18, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Roanoak, Virgina, on August 5, 1928, the daughterof John H. and Alberta Trout Greenway.

Ms. Greenway was a retired insurance agent and a member of Elm Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Delores Reck and husband Bill, of Quitman, Linda Nabors and husband Wayne of Como, and Joanne Garcia and husband Rene of Sulphur Springs; one sister, Louise Greenway of West Virginia; three brothers, Bobby Greenway of Delaware, Kenneth Greenway of Maryland, and Johnny Greenway of Tennesse; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Robert Allison and David Allison; and one grandson, Michael Ray Nabors.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Infant Paige Elizabeth Coker

Graveside funeral services for Paige Elizabeth Coker, infant daughter of Russell Frank and Lacy Wynette Harry Coker, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2009, at Greenpond Cemetery. Dr. Bill Anderson will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Paige Elizabeth Coker was born on February 11, 2009, and passed away on February 18, 2009.

Survivors in addition to her parents include: a sister, Caroline Rai Coker; maternal grandparents, Bill and Beth Harry of Sulphur Springs; maternal great-grandparents, Billy Wayne and Billie Harry, of Sulphur Springs; paternal grandparents, Frankie and Karen Coker of Como; paternal great-grandmother, Frances Coker, of Como; aunts, Crysta Harry of Tyler, Faith Clopton and husband Kell of Caddo Mills; April Wilkie and husband Jason of Louisiana, Amber Weineiwitz and husband Trae of Tennessee, and Heather Coker, of Como; and numerous cousins.

Donations may be made in her honor to the Pre-school and nursery ministry's at First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, Tx 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Freida Thomas

Memorial services for Freida Rape Thomas, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church, in Sulphur Springs. Rev. Charles Moore will officiate.

A private graveside service will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thomas passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 22, 1917, in Hopkins County, the daughter of Wyley Cleveland and Cora Bell Moseley Rape. She married Wilson Calvin Thomas, on September 1, 1942, in Long Beach, California. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Thomas received her Bachelor's degree from East Texas State Teachers College and taught school for a number of years. She was a homemaker who loved her family, gardening, and was a great cook. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was very involved in her Fellowship Class and the Women's Circle.

Survivors include: two daughters, Patricia Thomas Ballantyne and husband Rick of Fresno, CA, and Suzanne Thomas Bankston and husband Bobby of Sulphur Springs; one son, Robert Thomas of Dallas; two sisters, Merle Snyder of Sulphur Springs and Flo Bramblett and husband Raymond "Corky" of Richardson; grandchildren, Kim Thompson of Fresno, Bryan Thomas and wife Jennifer of Blossum, and Adrian Thomas of Dallas; great-granddaughter, Olivia Thomas of Blossum; step-granddaughters, Leanne Esmay of Fresno, Amy Dieter of Sacramento, and Robin Wheat of Cumby; five step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Thomas Chiles of Fayetteville, NC, and Frances Thomas of Levelland, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Jimmy Tatom; and five sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 129 College St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 and/or First Presbyterian Church, c/0 Bob Yarbrough, 201 West 1-30, Cumby, TX 75433.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Earnest "Pete" Brown

Funeral services for Earnest "Pete" Brown, age86, of Como will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Derick Johnson, Senior Pastor and Rev. Gary Choice officiating.

Burial will follow at Independent Cemetery, with Lee Olvis Bozeman, Kenneth White, Anthony Robertson, Troy Hicks Brown, Roy Chester Brown, and Larry Payne serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Brown passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center.

"Pete" Brown was born May 15, 1923 in Hopkins County, Texas to Ethel Devance Brown and Fines Brown. Both parents preceded him in death.

"Pete" Brown accepted the Lord at an early age, served as Treasurer for the Sunday School, and was the Senior Deacon for Independent  Baptist Church.

"Pete" Brown leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Bernice Brown; one daughter, Loretta Payne; six grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Services entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary.

 

 

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Janey Jones

Funeral services for Janey Jones, age 66, of Seagoville and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 19, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Reuben Trussell will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the North Hopkins Cemetery with W.R. Clayton, Jerry Willis, Kenneth Cockrum, Jimmy Don Goldsmith, Mick Petty, and Billy Joe Clayton serving as pallbearers. Mrs. Jones' nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Jones passed away on Monday morning, February 16, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Cooper, Texas, on February 17, 1942, the daughter of Floyd and Willie Knight Lawson. She married Roy Jones, in Tira, on NOvember 28, 1981. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Mrs. Jones was the retired owner of a refrigeration business and she was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: a son, Tony Titsworth and wife Melissa, of Sulphur Springs; a daughter, Janette Sims and husband, William, of Seagoville; one sister, Wynelle Belz and husband Clifford, of North Hopkins; two brothers, W.C. Lawson of Dallas and Floyd Lawson, Jr. of North Hopkins; grandchildren, Whitnie McCoy and husband Randy, Samantha Sims, Cody Titsworth, and Brad Sims; and one great-granddaughter, Julieann McCoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Don Lawson.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Allen R. Poole

Funeral services for Mrs. Allen Rae Reynolds Poole, age 86, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tim Potts and Bro. Halston Potts will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park with Jim Potts, Jace Potts, Halston Potts, Joe Cortez, Jeremy Reynolds, and Johnny Froneberger serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include: Billy Reynolds, Dalton Froneberger, and the Deacons of South Liberty Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Poole passed away on Saturday evening, February 14, 2009, at Hopkins House Senior Care. She was born on October 2, 1922, in Hopkins County, the daughter of John Henry and Ora Leo Eddins Reynolds. She married Earl Poole, on November 22, 1978, in Rockdale. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Poole worked as a medical aid for Leisure Lodge Nursing Home. She was a teacher of Senior Lady's Bible Class of South Liberty Baptist Church. She was everyone's grandmother, a good woman, and loved by all the children. She loved to walk and work in her yard, crochet, and was a wonderful cook.

Survivors include: one step-daughter, Edna Potts, of Brashear; a brother, Clarence "Chock" Reynolds and wife Orena, of Sulphur Springs; step-grandchildren, Tim Potts and wife Barbara of Sulphur Springs, Jim Potts and wife Tanya of Miller Grove; and Kim Lobin of Rains County; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Walter Reynolds; and one sister, Gladys Froneberger.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Naomi M. Martin

Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi M. Martin, age 81, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2009, at Lake Highlands Baptist Church. Dr. Mike Harmon will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with David Martin, Austin Street, Joshua Martin, Mark Faulks, Cody Colley, and Jesse Young serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Rev. James Edge.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martin passed away on Saturday morning, February 14, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. She was born on August 13, 1927, in Shiloh, Ohio, the daughter of William James and Wanda Ruth Fackler Lawrence. She married Gaylord W. Martin, on May 28, 1948, in Plymouth, Ohio. He preceded her in death on November 25, 2008.

Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and was a member of Lake Highlands Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 30 years.

Survivors include: two sons, David Martin and wife Gale and Dan Martin and wife Janet, all of Sulphur Springs; one daughter, Valerie McCullin and husband Jim of Quitman; one brother, Jim Lawrence; eight grandchildren, Angie Faulks, Mandy Young, Gretchen Colley, Joshua Martin, Brooke Street, Jennifer Martin, Todd McCullin, and Shannon Legato; and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Lawrence, and one sister, Marilyn Lawrence Simmons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Lake Highlands Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Laverne Guidry

Graveside funeral service for LaVerne Flora Guidry, age 91, of Como, will be held at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas, at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2009.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

LaVerne Flora Guidry passed away at Sulphur Springs, Health & Rehab, Friday morning, February 13, 2009.  She was born in Algoma, Texas, on August 12, 1917, the daughter of Paul and Bessie Edith Coleman Flora. She married Swin Guidry, in Alvin, Texas, on October 3, 1939. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Mrs. Guidry was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Catholic Church, in Alvin.

Survivors include: a brother, Maurice Flora and wife, Betty, of Como; a sister, Bernice Thompson, of Ashville, North Carolina; and two sisters-in-law, Arlene Flora and Bo Flora, both of Como.

Mrs. Guidry was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Lester Flora and Herbert Flora.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Radio and T.V. Ministry, in Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Dwight Ricketts

Funeral services for Dwight Ricketts, of Atlanta and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Ricketts passed away on early Friday, February 13, 2009, at Texarkana Nursing Center, in Texarkana.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Polly York

Funeral services for Polly York, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Ms. York passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center, in Paris.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Malika O'Brian Painter

Funeral services for infant Malika O'Brian Painter, son of Jerome Dwayne Davis and Brittenie Shae Painter, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tommy Hall will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2009, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow services in the Richland (Brinker) Cemetery.

The child was born and passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Suvivors include: his parents; his maternal grandparents, Nicky and Brigitte Painter; paternal grandparents, Darrell and Shirley Davis; great-grandparents, Billy and Jan Painter and Charles and Jackie Page; uncles, Dakoda Painter and Tristen Painter; as well as numerous great uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Sip Randolph

 

Graveside services for Sip Randolph, Jr., age 77, of Lufkin, formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 13, 2009.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Randolph passed away Wednesday morning, February 11, 2009, at Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

 

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J.C. Richardson

Funeral services for J.C. Richardson, age 74, of Sulphur Springs are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Richardson passed away Tuesday morning, February 10, 2009.

West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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James Darden

Funeral services for James  Lee (J.D.) Darden, age 43, of Huntsville, Alabama, and formerly of Tyler, are  scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Greater Love Temple CIGIC Temple, in Tyler. Rev. George W. Franklin will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the St. Louis Cemetery, with Fredrick Harris, Stephone Wigfall, Ebony Wigfall, Donnie Pride, Lechester Moore, and Christopher Roland serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbeareres will be the Decaons of Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Ja'rome Wilson, Ja'rode Wilson, Chip Miles, Reggie Petgrew, Olando Wgaware, Rayford Black, Terance Pride J'rode, Sacajun Darden, and John W. Hamilton.

No formal visitation is scheduled.

Mr. Darden passsed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009, in Huntville Hospital, in Alabama. He was born on May 4, 1965, in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Berma Jones and John L. robinson. They survive.

Mr. Darden owned and operated Jani King Janatorial Service. He was a member and deacon of Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: daughters, Jawan Udom of Arlington and Tanyea Darden of Tyler; seven sisters, Verna Williams, Linda Roland, and Demetra Darden of Tyler, Bessie Webb of Houston, Freddie Alsobrooks, Veronica Dial, and Elviria Dial, all of Sulphur Springs; nine brothers, Ricky and Chris Darden of San Antonio, Matthew Darden of Huntsville, AL, Gary Darden and Tommy Manus of Dallas, Chris Hill and Charles Yarbrough of Sulphur Springs, Fred Finney of Desoto, and Rayford Black of Tyler; and one grandson, Master Reed of Huntsville, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jimmie Wigfall.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Barbara Ann Stoddard George

Funeral services for Barbara Ann Stoddard George, age 71, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Father Joe Kannampuzha will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the New Pickton Cemetery, with James W. Caston, Charles Darr, Mitchell Darr, Nicholas Caston, Bill Cobb, and Chris George serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Darren Arnecke.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. George passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 9, 1937, in Brownwood, Texas, the daughter of Jimmie Stone and Beatrice Gunn Stoddard.

Mrs. George was a homemaker and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Other survivors include: one son, James Michael Caston and wife Debra of Dallas; one daughter, Mary Ann Hart of Kentucky; her step-father, E.M. Pease of Sulphur Springs; one sister, Jean Darr and husband, Charles, of Sulphur Springs; and two grandchildren, Christian Reed George, and PVC James Nicholas Caston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Bruce Stoddard.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ruby Navada Williams Pipkin

Funeral services for Ruby Navada Williams Pipkin, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2009, at the Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home. Weldon Miller and Clay Potter will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Mahoney Cemetery, with Joe Ferrell, Frankie Sargent, Wayne Pickrel, Gene Campbell, Rodney Cook, and Grady Duncan serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Traughber, Charles Kyle, and Wade Miller.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2009, at the Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. Pipkin passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at the Titus County Regional Medical Center, in Mt. Pleasant. She was born in Hopkins County, on November 2, 1918, the dauhgter of Victor Emanuel and Ellen Russell Williams. She married Edgar Lee Pipkin, in Hopkins County. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1985.

Mrs. Pipkin was an avid gardener and a homemaker. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include: two sons, Wayne Pipkin of Mt. Pleasant, and Donald Pipkin of Pittsburg; one daughter, Linda Walker of Rowlett; one brother, Dan Williams; and one sister, Lillian Doris Ring, both of Sulphur Springs; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dewayne Pipkin; a daughter, Lucille Rhoades; three sisters, Velma Lucky, Susie Fitzgerald, and Blanche Bell; and two brothers, Murray and Aubrey Williams.

Arrangements are with Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home, in Mt. Vernon.

 

William Garner

Funeral services for William Garner, age 68, of Brashear, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2009, at Brashear Baptist Church. Bro. David Burns will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Brashear Cemetery with Don Goen, Rex Acker, Clovis Boring, Glen George, Jimmy Cameron, Gene George, Jimmy Hale and Rand Potter serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Lee, J.D. Hunt, Kurt Hansford, and Gereald Goodson.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Garner passed away on Thursday afternoon, February 5, 2009, at his residence, following a diligent battle with cancer. He was born on October 1, 1940, in Sulphur Springs, the son of James William (Bill) Garner and Edith L. Vickers Garner. He married Iva Nell Clifton, on January 25, 1979, in Sulphur Springs. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2008.

William attended Brashear Baptist Church. He was a dedicated employee of E-Systems for 30 years, never taking a sick day or being late. He was awarded numerous "Company Suggestion Awards" while employed. He was an avid organic gardner and had a passion for hunting, fishing, and "tinkering" in his shop.

Survivors include: his children, Roger Anthony (Tony) Garner and Delethia, of Lone Oak, Larry Fisher, Jr. and Nickie of Brashear, Suzie Anderson and Kevin of Sulphur Springs; Linda Throndson and Paul of Corinth; and Missey Mechele Cagle and Roger of Sulphur Springs.

"Paw" is also survived by his grandchildren, Amber Morgan, Dee Garner, Toni Garner, LeAnn Garner, Cody Pippin, Valorie Fisher, Julie Fisher, Kris Anderson, Jordan Anderson, Zach Throndson, and Logan Throndson. He is also survived by one brother, Gerald Garner and a sister, Barbara Filter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Thomas (Buddy) Garner; and a brother Harve Lee Garner.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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William Bennett


William Bennett, age 80 of sulphur Springs passed away on Thursday morning, February 5, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

Mr. Bennett was born in Fresno, California, on August, 1928, the son of Ralph and Mary Chernikoff Bennett. He married Dorothy Parkins in Fresno, California in 1973. She preceded him in death.

Mr Bennett was a retired a truck driver. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

Survivors include: two sons, Mark Bennett and wife, Tara, of Sulphur Springs and Randy Bennett of Ceres, California: four stepsons, Rusty Means and Victor Means, both of Reedley, Callifornia, Rodney Means of Fresno, California and Doug Means of Tehachapi, California: three stepdaughters, Pam Means, Debbie Corgist and Robin Means; two brothers, Larry Bennett and Stan Bennett, all of Fresno, California; grandchildren, Austin Bennett and Jordin Sharp; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Roger Means and stepdaughter, Lisa Barker.

Cremations arrengements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Rev. L.E. Richardson

Funeral services for Rev. L.E. Richardson, age 98, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. A.L. Davis and Richard Diehm will officiate.

Interment will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park with Rodney Crowson, Anthony Alcorn, David Alcorn, Bryan Bell, Dirk Richardson, and Dennis Richardson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Dean Howle.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Rev. Richardson passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009, in the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Whitesboro, TX, on October 28, 1910, the son of Jess N. and Pearl Udora Branch Richardson. He married Opal Mae Young, at Dike, Texas, on January 2, 1932. She survives.

Rev. Richardson was retired from Shell Oil Company, after 33 years, and was a Church of God minister. He was a member of Grace Family Church.

Other survivors include: two sons, Jerry Richardson of Royce City, and Richard Diehm of Pittsburg; two daughters, Barbara Brown of Sulphur Springs and Mary Alcorn of Yantis; 12 grandchildren, Rodney M. Crowson, Rebecca Crowson, Melinda Bell, Bryan Bell, Anthony Alcorn, David Alcorn, Terese Marsland, Heather Richardson, Dirk Richardson, Keri Richardson, Dennis Richardson, and Shannon Richardson; 15 great-grandchildren, Shelby Carline Crowson, Adam Joseph Hucklebee, Jason Randell Hucklebee, Micah Hunter Hucklebee, Johnny Victor Bell, Kaelee Rae Bell, Jackie Beau Alcorn, Tanner Lane Alcorn, Kai Ray Alcorn, Marco Bruno Tibolla, Nathan Marsland, Brenna Robnett, Ryder Rodriguez, Trevor Rodriguez, and Isabella Troguille; and two great-grandchildren, Jacqulyne Alcorn and Aiden Hucklebee.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patsy Ruth Bell; and three sisters, Lola Griffin, Oma Jones, and Hazel Morgan.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Joyce Jenkins

Funeral services for Joyce Jenkins, age 75, of Brashear, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 6, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Fred Randles and Rev. Guy Mays will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Reilly Springs Cemetery, with Kevin Jenkins, Lanny Jenkins, Manual Jenkins, Dale Owens, Mack Jennings, and Darren King serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the New Shirley Baptist Church.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jenkins passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 12, 1933, in the Greenview Community, the daughter of William Morris and Allie Mae Rowe Thompson. She married Kenneth Ray Jenkins, on August 3, 1957, in Blue Ridge, Texas. He survives.

Mrs. Jenkins was a homemaker and retire from Hometown Century-21, in Sulphur Springs. She was a member of New Shirley Baptist Church and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Other survivors include: one daughter, Sandra Lynn Buster, of Brashear; one sister, Barbara Nell King, of Terrell; and granddaughters, Kimberly Buster and fiance Andy Smith of Sulphur Springs, and Lindsey Breaux and husband Brian, of Lantana, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Kenneth Ray Jenkins, Jr. and Steven Glenn Jenkins; and one sister, Patsy Jean Parker.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Martha Reynolds

Funeral services for Martha Reynolds, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2009, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Debbie Riggsby and Jasson Dietze will officiate.

Burial will follow services in Restlawn Memorial Park with Jim Johnson, Randy Hall, Gene Allen, Fred Moseley, Jr., Billy Dickson and Gene Watson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the First United Methodist Church Messenger's Class.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reynolds passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at East Texas Medical Center of Tyler. She was born on October 30, 1939, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of R.O. "Buddy" and Mandy Dickson Moseley. She married Arthur Reynolds on February 2, 1958, in Sulphur Springs. He survives.

Mrs. Reynolds was a school secretary for the SSISD, for over 24 years. She loved her granddaughters beyond distraction and was an avid gardener. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, a beloved wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother.

Other survivors include: her mother, Mandy Moseley; one son, Ricky Reynolds and wife Maleta; one daughter, Susan Diane Reynolds; and two granddaughters, Haley and Emily Reynolds, all of Sulphur Springs.

She was preceded in death by her father, Buddy Moseley.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.americancancersociety.com and/or First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Lara Reedy Reiner

A memorial service for Lara Reedy Reiner is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Fred Randles will officiate.

Lara passed away on January 26, 2009, at Baptist Hospital, in Miama, Florida, from complications of hepatitis.

A memorial was held in Miami, on Friday, January 30, 2009. Cremation was accorded by Stonfill Funeral Home, in Miami.

Lara was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on July 12, 1967, the fifth daughter of Harold and Dorothy Reedy. She was preceded in death by her mother, in 1988, in Sulphur Springs.

She is survived by her husband, Dave Reiner; her father, Harold Reedy; her step-mother, Kay Reedy; four sisters, Gail Powell and her children, Clint and Amanda, of Royce City, Leigh Ann Gotts and daughter Heather, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Lissa Beottie and husband Bill and children Billy, Holly, and Donny of Humble, TX, and Linda Reedy of Rosharon, Texas; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Lara graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and attended college at North Texas State University, and graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She worked in merchandising at Dillard's Department Stores, Burlington Coat Factory, and Fossil Watch Company, prior to moving with her husband to Miami. She was on the board of Friends of the Everglades and was the office manager for the Law Firm, Reiner and Reiner, which her husband Dave is a parner and vice-president.

Lara was a member of First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, where she was active in all of the youth activities and music programs, directed by Fred Randles, during her youth. In high school she was a contestant in the Dairy Festival and a member of Who's Who in American High Schools. Lara made many friends everywhere she went and kept in touch with many of those friends by e-mail and telephone, over the years.

Local arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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W.O. Shockey

A military graveside service, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition, for W.O. Shockey, age 72, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Como Cemetery, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Rev. Elton Boubel will be officiating.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Shockey passed away on Tuesday morning, February 3, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He was born in Grapevine, on April 4, 1936, the son of George Arnold and Nettie Edwina Jimerson Shockey. He married Sue Neal Boyd in Sulphur Springs, on January 15, 1983; she survives.

Mr. shockey was retired from the United States Army. He was of the Baptist faith and he was a mason.

Other survivors include: five sons, Raymond Shockey, Ray Shockey, both of Como, Bill Shockey, Bobby Shockey, both of Sulphur Springs and John Shockey of Killeen; two daughters, Diane Brown of Vine Grove, Kentucky and Gloria Shockey of North Dakota, two step-sons, Mike Boyd of Houston and Randy Boyd of Tulsa, Oklahoma; step-daughter, Theresa Boyd of Como; brother Orin Shockey of Ft. Worth, two sisters, Delores Perry of South Lake and Octtie Hardin of Hearst; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Soou Shockey and one step-grandchild.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Patsy Williams

Funeral services for Patsy Williams, age 71, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Ms. Williams passed away on Monday, February 2, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jess Rasure

Funeral services for Jess  (Shorty) Rasure, age 92, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Shane Carrington and Noel Bailey will officiate.

A graveside service under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition will be conducted at Restlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Pud Brice, Joe Rodriguez, Wally Hart, Charles Adams, and Scott Isham. Honorary pallbearers will include Mike Neal, Jason Neal, Jon Neal, and Jeremy Reynolds.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Rasure passed away on Monday, February 2, 2009, at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born in Dike, Texas, on August 21, 1916, the son of Avera and Lillie Wilburn Rasure. He married Evelyn Johnson, in Dike, on October 19, 1940. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Rasure was an educator, administrator, business owner, and realtor. He was a member of the Dike Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a Scottish Rites Mason.

Survivors include: a daughter, Gayle Cristopher, of Houston; a son, Ron Rasure, of Berkley, California; a granddaughter, Kimberley Paige Dillehay and husband Craig; a great-grandson, Blake Dillehay, all of Pearland; a brother-in-law, Billy Joe Johnson, of Houston; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Robbie McKeever

Funeral services for Robbie McKeever, age 93, of Sulphur Springs and formerly of the Union Community, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Curtis French and Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Union Cemetery with James T. McKeever, Kenneth Ward, Yvonne King, Roy King, Charlie Charles, Jerry Sue Burks, Alan Fields, Kenneth Hyde, Kevin Sebade, and Mark Reece serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Radio Bible Class of First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be at West Oaks Funeral Home, from 1:00 t0 2:00 p.m., prior to services.

Mrs. McKeever passed away on Sunday morning, February 1, 2009, in Sulphur Springs, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 2, 1915, in Morgan's Mill, Texas, the only child of Robert C. and Irie Cantrell Mace. She married Cecil Astor McKeever, on December 10, 1933. He survives.

Mrs. McKeever was a devote wife, mother, and homemaker. Astor always described her "as a feisty and loving breath of fresh air." She was a happy, smiling, and upbeat personality, who was loads of fun, saw the positive side of any situation, and the best in everyone. Robbie was a great encourager, and extended God's unconditional love to her family, friends, and all who came in contact with her. She and Astor were inseperable and totally devoted to each other for over 75 years.

Together, she and Astor owned and operated one of the early Grade-A dairy farms, in Hopkins County. Robbie had a prolific green thumb, a great love of flowers, and flower gardening. Her artful flower arrangements were enjoyed in homes, churches, at parties, and weddings. She was also an avid and expert small and big game hunter. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, and Order of the Eastern Star.

"Flowers beautify my yard,
and add fragrance to the air...
but my garden is also a cathedral
and a quite place of prayer.
So little do we realize that
the Glory and the Power of He
who made all the universe,
resides so beautifully in one
single flower."

 

Other survivors include: one daughter, Peggy Montgomery and husband Jim of Richardson; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. They are Sheila Fields Reece and husband Mark, and their daughters, Samantha and Macey, of Honey Grove, Alan Fields, wife Melanie, and their triplets, Alexander, Abigail, and Madelyn, of Greenville, Marilyn Fileds Sebade, her husband Kevin and their sons, Mattew and Lucas, of Lindsay, and Lisa Housewright Whrite, of Richardson, and her daughters, Ericka White, of Dallas, and Danielle McKee, husband Aaron and son Carter of Ft. Bragg, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Cecil A. McKeever, Jr.; and one daughter, Sue Fields.

Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Association, c/o Sheila Funderburk, 157 CR-1213, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Montana Lane Fisher

Funeral services for Montana Lane Fisher, age 15 months, of Yantis, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at Lake Fork Baptist Church. Rev. Jerry Phelps and Rev. Shannon Hassell will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Yantis Cemetery, with C.J. Aaron, Jamie House, Lenny House, Trenton Watkins, and Lance Mabe serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

The baby passed away on Saturday morning, January 31, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 5, 2007, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the son of Kimberly Kay Fisher and Miles Wayne Hughes, Jr.

He lived a very short life, but he was a happy baby that loved everyone he came in contact with. He always made everyone smile. He never met a stranger and he loved to dance. He loved papaw's deer horn as he pretended it was a pistol and he would shoot it, "pow-pow" at the "moo" cows. He would always tell you "bye-bye" and blow you kisses. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include: his parents; a sister and half-sisters, Chloe Mae Fisher of Yantis, and Autumn, Alexis, and Brooke Jansen, of Paris; an aunt and uncle, Jim and Shannon Lambert of Brashear; an uncle and aunt, Lynn and Jennifer Fisher of Sulphur Springs; grandparents, Teddy and Connie Fisher of Yantis, an Nana Robin of Sulphur Springs; great-grandparents, Betty Fisher of Yantis, Earl and Janie Manning of Sulphur Springs; and three cousins, Ashley, Leah, and Hannah Lambert, of Brashear.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Eddie B. Fisher, of Yantis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Montana Lane Fisher, to the Lake Fork Baptist Church, for the love and hospitality that they have show during this time of grief and/or the Yantis Federal Credit Union, 102 W. Main, Yantis, Tex 75497.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Bonnie Kay Bearden

Graveside funeral services for Bonnie Kay Bearden, age 61, of Winnsboro, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2009, at Hopewell Cemetery, in Winnsboro. Rev. Nub Brown will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 1, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bearden passed away on Friday, January 30, 2009, at Harris Methodist Hospital, in Ft. Worth. She was born in Pittsburg, Tx, on March 20, 1947, the daughter of Charlie and Bennie Sparks Peckham. She married Bobby Norman Bearden, in Winnsboro. He survives.

Mrs. Bearden was a retired nurse and of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Patricia Porter, of Mt. Vernon; sons, Jackie Norman Bearden of Winnsboro, Claxton Wayne Bearden of Winnsboro, George Grant Bearden of Paris, and Kevin Don Bearden of Winnsboro; her father, Charlie Peckham, of Winnsboro; brothers, Charles Ray Peckham of Winnsboro, Howard Peckham of Dallas, and George Monroe Peckham of Scroggins; sisters, Brenda Rogers of Winnsboro, and Virginia Tabor of Mt. Vernon; and grandchildren, Jessica Porter, Bridgett Porter, Shannon Bearden, and Justin Ray Bearden.

She was preceded in death by her mother; as son, Tommy Bearden; a sister, Ruth Jane Peckham; and a brother, Bueford Peckham.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Maydean Cook

Funeral services for Maydean Cook, of Winnsboro and formerly of Hopkins County, are secheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Eldon Hamilton will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Black Oak Cemetery, with Arlen Williams, Aaron Williams, Robert Thompson, and Jamison McCarroll serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Cook passed away on Friday evening, January 30, 2009, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home, in Winnsboro. She was born on December 21, 1919, in Yantis, Texas, the daughter of James Martin and Ruth Radney Martin. She married Rev. Dial Cook, on August 13, 1936. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and a member of the Harmony Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include: a son, Jack Cook and wife Melony, of Como; a daughter, A.J. Richards and husband George, of Melissa, TX; grandchildren, Kim Freeman, Jackie Sapko, Carman Bell, Cris Trout, Marty Jones, Kendall Richards, Kyle Richards, and Kristi Gleason; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was prceded in death by her parents; 12 siblings; one son, James Cook; and one grandson, Calvin Cook.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Faye Clark

Graveside funeral services for Faye Clark, age 95, of Dallas and formerly of Como, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2009, at the Forest Academy Cemetery. Rev. Brian Faulkner and Patrick Armstrong will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4:00 t0 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 1, 2009, at Jeter Funeral Home in Oak Cliff.

Mrs. Clark passed away on Friday, January 30, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. She was born on August 27, 1913, in Como, the daughter of Ed and Ethel Matthews Clark.

She was retired from Hallmark Stores and was a member of the Como Methodist Church.

Survivors include many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by tw0 brothers, William Clark and Carl Clark; and one nephew, William Clark.

Local arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jack Grant

Funeral services for Jack Blansett Grant, age 95, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 31,2009, at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Tommy Johnston and Bill Grant will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, with nephews, Johnny Chapman, Jim Chapman, Frank Long, Tommy Long, William Howard Long, Gerry Grant, and Joe Worsham serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Mac Lindley, Winston Perkins, Clifford Andersen, Ray Baumgartner, Vaden Richey, Charlie Johnston, Doug Estes, Floyd Nelson, and Dr. Chuck Jones. Also designated as honorary pallbearers are all of Jack's musical friends and the 3rd floor physicians and nursing staff at Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Grant, a longtime Sulphur Springs resident and well-known local musician, passed away on Thursday morning, January 29, 2009, after a brief illness, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on November 3, 1913, in the Old Tarrant Community of Hopkins County, the son of Luther Richard Grant and Mary Lou Blansett. He grew up in the Old Tarrant Community working with his parents and siblings to farm a small plot of land. He attended Old Tarrant school and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1932.

After graduation, Jack worked briefly as a driver for Sinclair Oil Company. On June 18, 1938, he married Edna Earl Chapman, of Sulphur Springs. He spent the next 40 years as a tire salesman for the Banks Company. All of his customers remember Jack's friendly smile, knowledge of tires, and willingness to help anytime, day or night. He retired in 1978 and spent 31 years enjoying music, his family, and friends.

Jack was a talented musician and highly admired for his uncanny ability to play the tenor saxophone. He started playing musical instruments, at the age of 15. He also played the piano in an unorthodox cross-handed style, as well as the harmonica. Jack did not read a single note of music, playing entirely "by ear."  Affectionately known at "Jack the Sax," he played with many notable artists, including "The Big Bopper," Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Melody Five, and the Pat Minter Band. He played as the opening act for the Oak Ridge Boys and Michael Martin Murphy, at the Hopkins County Civic Center, in 1990. Longtime friend and fellow band member Jerry Mac Lindley fondly remembers Jack's musical creativity and how he never played a song the same way, twice.

Jack "Papa" was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was a great storyteller and listener. The family loved to hear his animated stories, especially those of the Grant/Blansett family history, and his vivid recall of lifetime experiences. Those who had the privilege to know him, will miss his warm personality, wit, and engaging smile.

Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Edna Earle; sons, Jackie and wife Deanna, of Sulphur Springs, and Mark and wife Molly, of Garland; grandchildren, Jonathan Kennedy and wife April, of Sulphur Springs, Jennifer Massey and husband Tom, of Sulphur Springs, Jordan Grant of Lubbock, Whitney King and husband Klint of Benbrook; Ethan Grant of San Antonio, and Alexi Jo Grant of Garland; great-grandchildren, Trenton Kennedy of Edmond, OK, Chloe Kennedy, Megan and Madeline Massey of Sulphur Springs; son-in-law, Joe Kennedy and wife Mandy, of Sulphur Springs; brothers-in-law, Harve Chapman amd W.S. "Pete" Long; a sister-in-law, Agnes Chapman; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Vera Pogue and Flow Worsham Smith; brothers, Lee Grant, Gird Grant, and Paul Grant; and a daughter, Pamela Jo Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Old Tarrant Cemetery, c/o Nancy Fite, 698 FM-2081, Yantis, TX 75497.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Cora Morris

Funeral services for Cora Mae Lacy Morris, age 87, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mike Moore will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Shooks Chapel Cemetery, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Morris passed away on Wednesday afternoon, January 28, 2009, at her residence. She was born on May 3, 1921, in Greenview, Texas, the daughter of Sidney and Donna Prince Lacy. She married Ben H. Morris, in Rockwall, TX, on May 17, 1941. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and a member of Shooks Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn Morris and husband Donald, of Sulphur Springs; one granddaughter, Brenda Pierson, of Sulphur Springs; one grandson, Donald Morris, Jr. and wife Aundrea, of Sulphur Springs; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel Pierson, Makenzie Morris, and Keenen Morris, all of Sulphur Springs.

Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, A.G. Lacy; and one great-grandson.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Geraldine Moss

Funeral services for Geraldine  (Geri) Moss, age 76, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 31, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Fred Lewis will officiate.

Interment will follow services at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Lee Collins, Tippy Aaron, Ty Brumfield, Mike McMackin, Tom Patchen, and Tom Flatt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include Johnny Wells, Jimmy Caudle, and Butch Adams.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Moss passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 26, 1932, the daughter of Claois Glenn and Eula Luella Guniet Brown. She married Clyde Moss, at Mansfield, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Moss was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: a son, Ronnie Collins, of Sulphur Springs; a brother, Larry Brown, of North Carolina; and grandchildren, Lee and Trina Collins, and Alicia Collins, all of Sulphur Springs.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Radio and TV Ministry.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Tommy Sharp

Graveside funeral services for Tommy Sharp, age 57, of Yantis, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Friday, Janaury 30, 2009, at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Janaury 29, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Sharp passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center, of Tyler.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Harvey Mathes

A memorial service for Harvey Mathes, age 88, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Spence Chapel, First Baptist Church, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2009, with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Mathes' grandchildren, O.R. Pettit, Brody Koon, Wayne Galyean, Roy Smith, Ernest Teague and Delmar Richter.

There will be no formal visitiation.

Harvey Mathes passed away Sunday evening, January 25, 2009, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. He was born in Sherwood, Wisconsin, on August 22, 1920, the son of Arthur and Hannah Fierke Mathes. He married Irmhilda Koehler at St. John, Wisconsin, on February 16, 1954. She preceded him in death in 1981. Mr. Mathes was a retired minister and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Ellen Cox of Pickton, Mary Gilbertson, of Sulphur Springs,  and Lynn Jarvis, of Como; four sons, Bryan Mathes, Neil Mathes, Philip Mathes, all of Sulphur Springs and Mark Mathes, of Pottsboro; 17 grandchildren, Clint Springfield, Robert Springfield, Sheila Springfield, Seanda Westbrook, Kimberly Mathes, Kacie Mathes, Kyle Mathes, Christopher McDonald, Amanda McDonald, Melissa Mathes; Sean Mathes, Ashlin Mathes, Brooklyn Mathes, Dawson Mathes, Levi Jarvis, Zechariah Jarvis and Hannah Jarvis and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra Springfileld and Jackson Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Viola Miller Mathes, sister, Ruby Richter and two grandchildren, Clint and Shane Springfield.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Marty Mannon

Funeral services for Marty Mannon,  age 41, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Mark Harmon and Rev. James Edge will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, with Clint Debord, Ray Miller, Darren Watson, Tommy Smith, Mike Ross, Brad Daughtery, Gerald Killiam, and Jimmy Chester serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include Randy West, Chuck Hensley, David Barnes, Dr. Don O'Neal, Joey Cooper, Hopkins County Memorial EMS, Heavens Nest Sunday School Class, the Sulphur Springs Fire Department, and the staff of Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2009, at the funeral home.

Marty passed away on Monday afternoon, January 26, 2009, at his residence. He was born on October 27, 1967, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Russell and Lou McCracken Mannon. He married Laura Hickman, on February 14, 1999, in Sulphur Springs. She survives.

Marty was a medical nurse for Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center, for the past 5 years. Prior to that he worked for Birchwood Manor in Cooper and Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He played baseball in high school and was voted MVP his senior year, in 1986. He loved sports of any kind and enjoyed working out, and his three dogs, Gussie Lou, Blackey Boy, and Lilly Belle. He loved his grandbabies and was a great son, husband, father, and brother. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He was a member of Lake Highlands Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: his mother, Lou Mannon; daughters, Jessica Williams and husband Jonathan of Tulsa, OK, and Minta Mannon Barnes, of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Walt Mannon and wife Cindy, of Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren, Levi Barnes, Jocelyn Williams, Tegan Williams, and Nevaeh Wilkerson; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Mannon.

Memorials may be made to Lake Highlands Baptist Church, P.O. Box 441, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Opal Bevill

Funeral services for Opal Bevill, age 97, of New Braunfels and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Burns will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Yantis Cemetery, with Conrad Bevill, Royce Dean Harper, Jr., Larry Vaughn, Glen Jones, Jeff Jones, and W.J. Carter serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, prior to services.

Mrs. Bevill passed away on Monday, January 26, 2009, in New Braunfels. She was born on August 13, 1911, in Miller Grove, the daughter of Frank Buckholt and Alice Adair Buckholt. She married Lester Theadore Bevill, on September 16, 1928. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bevill was a homemaker and a member of Park Street Baptist Church, in Greenville.

Survivors include: daughters, Donna Jones and husband Glen of New Braunfels, Maritta Hunter and husband Earl Ray of Desoto, and Billie Harper of Wichita, Kansas; a brother, Clifton Conrad of Waxahachie; a sister, Nancy Smith of Brashear; grandchildren, Royce Dean Harper, Jr., Richard Harper, Sebrina Blalock, Beth Koneig, Lauren Bevill, and Hunter Bevill; and great-grandchildren, Cody Harper, Staci Hunter, Jehri Hunter, and Holli Hunter.

Mrs. Bevill was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children, Shirley and Janell Bevill; one grandson, Jeff Hunter; five sisters; and one brother.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Ilene Specht

Funeral services for Evelyn Ilene Specht, age 82, of Mesquite and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2009, in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. John Bentley will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Nelta Cemetery.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Specht passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2009, at her residence, in Mesquite. She was born on February 15, 1926, in the Addran Community of Hopkins County, the daughter of Arbie and Ellen Karney Wilhite. She married Ray E. Specht, in Dallas, in December 1955. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Specht worked in retail sales for James K. Wilson Clothing Company and was a member of Christian Care Church of Christ.

Survivors include: three sisters, Edith Sanders of Irving; Beulah Godfrey of Sulphur Springs, and Grace McClendon of Mesquite; a brother, Troy Wilhite of Garland; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Wilhite of Sulphur Springs; and a granddaughter, Amber Specht of Willis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gary Paul Specht; and a brother, Jerral Wilhite.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Kenneth Taylor

Funeral services for Kenneth Ray (Cotton) Taylor, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2009, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow services in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Perry, Morris Bolton, Jeremy Jenkins, Kenneth Allen, Lance Taylor, and Gene Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Charles, Joe Williamson, Lloyd Lee, Don Deaton, and Dr. Charles Jones.

Mr. Taylor passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. He was born in Shamrock, Texas, on August 24, 1929, the son of Jesse Lee and Connie Greenwood Taylor. He attended school in Paris, Texas and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. He and his son were baptized together, by Dr. Richard Jackson.

Mr. Taylor married Mary Ruth Taylor, on March 27, 1948, in Paris, Texas. He was employed as a sausage maker at North Star Packing for 4 years, and at Pratt Packing Company, for 37 years. He was also employed at Yoakum Packing and Winn-Bunting Packing.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved all kinds of sports. He was one of the Sulphur Springs Wildcat's number 1 fans. One of his greatest thrills was seeing the 2008 Wildcats win the State Championship. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include: his beloved and devoted wife of 60 years, Mary Ruth; a son, Steven W. Taylor and wife Carole, of Corpus Christ.; daughters, Jana L. Jenkins and Lisa K. Highfield, both of Sulphur Springs; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Oleta Taylor; a brother-in-law, Harold Womack; grandchildren, Arlana Mann and husband Marc, of Sugarland, Lance Taylor of Houston, Jeremy Jenkins of Greenville, Jala Jenkins of Houston, and Amy Highfield, of Sulphur Springs; and, one great-granddaughter, Skylar Olivia Mann of Sugarland.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, J.E. Taylor; and sisters, Gladys Heabner, Pauline Gates, Vivian Graves, and Lucille Womack.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Hugh Thomas McGraw

A memorial service for Hugh Thomas McGraw, age 59, of Cumby, will be held at a later date, in Colorado.

Mr. McGraw passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at his residence. He was born, on September 16, 1949, in Crete, Nebraska, the son of  Keith Leroy and Margaret Higgins McGraw. He was an artist.

Survivors include: two daughters, Holly Logue of Cumby, and Heather Deutsch of Fort Collins, Colorado; a son, Hugh Albert McGraw, of Ft. Collins, Colorado; four brothers, Mike McGraw of Tacoma, Washington, Tim McGraw of Boulder, Colorado, Mac McGraw of Fort Morgan Colorado, and Brian McGraw of Highland Ranch, Colorado; a sister, Margaret McGraw II, of Troy, Michigan; six grandchildren, Jaxon, Haviland, Daylan, Shealan, Ashlyn, and Jaydan; and his mother, Margaret McGraw, of Fort Morgan, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Pat McGraw.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Essie Fay Malone

Funeral services for Essie Fay Malone, age 76, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 26, 2009, at First United Pentecostal Church. Rev. Cecil Dodd and Rev. Ronald Hall will officiate.

Interment will follow services at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery, with grandsons, Junior Malone, Jeff Malone, William Malone, William Moore, Terry Moore, and Michael Johneses serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 9:00 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Malone passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on July 1, 1932, the daughter of Robert Wilson and Maggie Bethel Storey. She married William Edgar Malone, in DeQueen, Arkansas, on March 23, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1979.

Mrs. Malone was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include: four sons, Robert Malone and wife Lena, of Winnsboro, Earl Malone and wife Mary, of Leesburg, Jessie Malone and wife Cindy, of Sulphur Springs, and Dolphus Malone and wife Virginia, of Sulphur Springs; four daughters, Robbie Moore and husband Wayne, of Broken Bow, Mary Johnese and husband Danny, of Vidalia, LA, Dessie Carter and husband Randy, of Sulphur Springs and Julie Malone; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild; and three sisters, Dessie McHargue and Ava Cole of Antlers, Oklahoma, and Mandy Youngblood, of Hugo, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Franklin Storey; and a sister, Nadine Bridges.

Arrangements are with Murry-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Debra Pickens

Funeral services for Debra Pickens, age 58, of Mineola and formerly of Cumby, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow servics at the Cumby Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Pickens passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center of Tyler. She was born on October 16, 1950, the daugher of Dan and Betty Strickland Tuggle. She was a retired school secretary for Commerce Middle School.

Survivors include: a daughter, Donyale Madsen, of Mineola; a brother, Chuck Tuggle of Cumby; a sister, Connie Williams of Mineola; and a grandson, Levi Madsen of Mineola.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Margarita Rivera

A memorial service for Carmen Margarita Rivera, age 94, of North Hollywood, California will be held at Fellowship Christian Church, at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Januray 30, 2009, with Rev. Tom Frisbie officiating.

There will be no formal visitation.

Carmen Margarita Rivera passed away Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Morovis, Puerto Rico, on March 3, 1914, the daughter of Epifanio Velez and Carmen Margarita Franco.

She was a secretary for the Board of Education Child Guidance Bureau for the State of New York through New York City. She was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include: son, Art Romanat of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Margaret Chastain; sister Marhia Huyke, both of Los Angeles, California; five grandchildren, Kyle Romanat, Kendra Romanat, Kory Romanat, Jason Schubert and Jenny Schubert; eleven great-grandchildren, Josh, Caleb, Morisa and Austin Romanat, Jaylen, Addison and Jackson Schubert, Fletcher and Mitchell Romanat and Jizelle and Jase Schubert.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Mary Abernathy Vance

Graveside funeral services for Mary Abernathy Vance, of Sulphur Bluff, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quinlan, Texas, with Rev. Charles Moore officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, January 23, 2009 at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Vance passed away on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2009 at her residence in Sulphur Bluff.

Mary Abernathy was born May 5, 1906 in Quinlan, Texas, the daughter of John Anthony "Tony" Abernathy and Fannie Adelia Stockton Abernathy. She married Ralph Vance in Marietta, Oklahoma April 12, 1930. Mr. Vance preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Vance was a homemaker and a long time member of First Methodist Church of Sulphur Bluff.

Surviving family include her sister: Ruby Partin, daughters: Jane Hill and husband Cam and Elaine Acker and husband Rex, all of Sulphur Bluff, granddaughters: Deborah Lee, Kathy Acker and Julianna Hymer and husband Mark, grandson: Chris Hill and wife Jennifer, great-granddaughters: Sarah Acker and companion Brian Everett, Paige Hymer and Allison Hymer, great-great-granddaughter: Emily Everett and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Mrs. Vance was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Vernon Abernathy and Clyde Abernathy and one sister: Ruth Abernathy Butler.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

                                                                                                 

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Alma Edwards

Funeral services for Alma J. Edwards will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 23, 2009 at Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Henry Suche and Rev. Justin Miller officiating. 

Burial will follow at Gafford Chapel Cemetery with Winston Grayson, Don Phillips Harold Bryant, Ray Flemens, Mike Briley and George Back serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Carroll Gibson and Darin Gibson. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Edwards passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 10, 1918 in  Sulphur Springs the daughter of  J. L. and Martha E. Taylor Ardis.She married Russell Edwards on September 1, 1937 in Brashear, TX.  He preceded her in death on September 2, 2008. 

Mrs. Edwards was a bookkeeper at local livestock auctions and a homemaker. She was a life long  member of Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church.  

Survivors include one son, Larry Edwards of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Cheryl Kirk of Navajo Dam, NM, Bubba Jay Edwards, Stacy Gant, Danette Sears, Keith Edwards all of Sulphur Springs, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son J. W. Edwards.  

Memorials may be made to Gafford Chapel Cemetery Association, 1714 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas   75482 or to Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6839 TX Hwy 11 W, Sulphur Springs, Texas   75482. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Thomas A. Hedrick

Funeral services for Thomas A. Hedrick, age 66, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Hedrick passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Mikey Joe Smith

Funeral services for Mikey Joe Smith, age 41, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Terry Bryan and Mr. Jimmy Goldsmith will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Richland Cemetery, with Mark Wallis, Jesse Brown, David Dunavant, Darren Crofford, Mark Byrd, Charley Byrd, Justin Arter, and David Hitt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ballard Trucking Drivers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith passed away on Monday, January 19, 2009, in a trucking accident, in Hopkins County. He was born on January 23, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, the son of Frankie Joe and Linda Jo Poole Smith. He married Shelia Jean Wallis, on March 26, 1995, in Sulphur Springs. She survives.

Mr. Smith was a professional truck driver for Ballard Trucking, in Sulphur Springs, and a member of the Hepsibah Assembly of God Church. He was a loving husband, father, son, pepaw, and brother.

Other survivors include: his parents, Frankie and Linda Smith, of Sulphur Springs; one son, Colton Joe Smith, of Sulphur Springs; a daughter, Tiffany Deanne Bryan and husband Shawn, of Mt. Pleasant; one brother, Crhis Joe Smith of Summerville; and two grandchildren, Brooke and Katie Bryan.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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James Wesley Crowder

Military graveside funeral services for James Wesley Crowder, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, in Sulphur Springs. Bro. Tommy Hall will officiate.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Stan Francis, Sidney Nelson, Paul White, and Justin Yager.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Crowder passed away on Monday morning, January 19, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 26, 1915, the son of James Thomas and Mary Ellen Chesher Crowder. He married Patricia Mae Thomas, in Indianapolis, on October 5, 1946. She survives.

Mr. Crowder was an assembler for Wal-Mart. He served in the Indiana National Guard, and then in the Army Air Corps, during WWII.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Carol Ann Dixon and Linda K. Crowder, both of Sulphur Springs;  and a son, James E. Crowder, of Escondido, California.

Mr. Crowder was preceded in death by six sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Hopkins County Veterans' Memorial and/or the Leukemia Foundation.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bonnie G. Clem

Funeral services for Bonnie G. Clem, age 84, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home

Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009 , with JIm Boles and Johnny Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Gary Clem, David Taylor, Danny Clem, Jim Collett, Danny Clayton, Sergio Rodriguez and Maxie Chester serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Teusday, January 20, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Clem passed away on Sunday evening, January 18, 2009, at Paris Regional Hospital. She was born in Como, on July 25, 1924, the daughter of Paul J. and E. Vivian Watson Crabb. She married Leonard Odell in Sulphur Springs, on June 26, 1948; he survives.  Mrs. Clem was a homemaker and a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Other survivors include: two sons, Bobby Clem of Mustang Oklahoma and Michael Clem of Sulphur Springs; twin sister, Doris Bottoms; brother Marlin L. Crabb, Sr. both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren, Gary Clem, Jennifer Rodriguez, Shawn Clem and Tara Clem and great grandchildren, David Rodriguez and Emily Rodriguez. She was preceded in death by sister, Oleta Stephens and two brothers, Joe R. Crabb and John R. Crabb.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Brenda Shepherd

Memorial services for Brenda Shepherd, age 58, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Wesley United Methodist Church.  Rev. Tommy Cornstubble and Rev. Jerry Jones will officiate.

There will be no formal visitiation.

Brenda Lee Shepherd passed away on Monday morning, January 19, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Dallas, on Januray 30, 1950, the daughter of Martin Junior and Neoma Thomas Cornstubble.

Ms. Shepherd was a transportation clerk at Grocery Supply and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: daughter, Shannon Briana Shepherd; mother, Neoma Cornstubble and sister, Paula Jordan, all of Sulphur Springs. She was preceded in death by her father.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Cleo Leverton

Funeral services for Cleo Leverton, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with Tapp Funeral Home.

Ms. Leverton passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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William "Bill" McGlamery

 

Funeral services for William "Bill" McGlamery,age 70, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Henry Suche officiating and Jimmy Don Goldsmith assisting. Burial will be in Como Cemetery with Ronnie Gunn, Dana Thorpe, Daryl Watkins, Travis Wiley, Jerry Callen, Chris Follis, Harold Mays and B.C. Green serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Miller, Jerry Mac Petty, Jerry Bob Caddell, C.D. Ballard and Ballard Drivers.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. McGlamery passed away on Sunday morning, January 18, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 6, 1939 in Como, the son of William Edgar and Hazel Jo Warren McGlamery. He married Judy Wright on November 19, 1965 in Como and she survives.

Mr. McGlamery was in the dairy business for 27 years, owned and operated Bill's Steak and Seafood for 19 years and currently worked for Ballard's Trucking. He was a member of Lake Highlands Baptist Church and was one of the founding members of the Como Fire Department. He loved cooking and gardening and enjoyed puzzles. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Other survivors include two sons, Eddie McGlamery and wife Lorna of Albuquerque, NM and David McGlamery of Sulphur Springs, one brother, Ronnie McGlamery and wife Mary of San Angelo, Texas, four grandchildren, Maci and Maggie McGlamery of Albuquerque, NM, and Shelby McGlamery of Como and Chesley McGlamery of Sulphur Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Johnny McGlamery.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Cleveland Alexander, Jr.

Funeral services for Cleveland "Bug" Alexander, Jr., of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at League Street Church of Christ. Bro. D.D. Coleman will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the East Caney Baptist Church, with Clifton Nash, Dennis Nash, Jimmy Edwards, A.B. Wade, L.V. Harrison, Jr., Mike Harrison, Ricky Kelly, and Bernard Vaughn serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Class of 1963.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Alexander passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 25, 1946, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Cleveland Sr. and Rosa Lee Harrison Alexander. He married Wanda Sue Alexander, on January 17, 1969. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Alexander attended and graduated from the Sulphur Springs School System and retired from Burney Valve Company. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include: a daughter, Reiko Dellnza Alexander, of Sulphur Springs; two sons, Xavier Clevon Alexander and Dewayne Perry, both of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Dolly Foster and Jean Barrett; one brother, Clyde Alexander; twelve grandchildren, Shaquilla, China, and Iverson Wade, Makenzie and Caleb Alexander, Ashley, Kayla, Alexis, and Deanna Perry,  and Enlin, Mantha, and Kianna Dawson; along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Beatrice Sanders

Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Coletha Finney Sanders, age 84, of Sulphur Springs are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at Evening Chapel CME Church. Rev. Fergus Jacobs will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Mel Haven Cemetery, with the Stewards of Evening Chapel Church serving as pallbearers.

No formal visitation is planned.

Mrs. Sanders passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at her residence. She was born on April 19, 1921, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Elmer and Laura Brown Finney. She graduated Douglas High School in 1940. She married Carl Louis Sanders, Sr., in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1979.

Mrs. Sanders was a member of Evening Chapel CME Church.

Survivors include: two daughters, Elizabeth Sanders Saegert of Enchanted Oaks, and Pamela Sanders Clayton, of Sulphur Springs; a son, Carl Louis Sanders, Jr., of Garland; one step-son, Larry Sanders, of Antioch, California; five grandchildren, Jerry Chadwick Clayton, Christopher Scott Sanders, Cicely Clayton Driver, Elizabeth Sanders Osborn, and Monique Sanders; and four great-grandchildren, Shyla Driver, Kasia Driver, T'Onte Francis, and Mia Osborn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandchild, Erica Ann Sanders.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Joseph Wilkinson

 

Funeral services for Joseph Wilkinson of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 18, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Wilkinson passed away Thursday, January 15, 2009 at his residence.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral.

 

 

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Shirley Andrews

Funeral services for Shirley Andrews, of Como, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2009 in the main sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas with Rev. Charles Wilson and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Interment will take place in the Richland Cemetery with Gary Leftwich, Gary Green, Jim Murray, Philip Therwanger, Eddie Hale, and Stan Heaps serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Stewart Ham, John Ginn, Doug Evans, and the Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 16, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Shirley Kay Andrews passwed away Thursday, January 15, 2009 at her residence. She was 63. Shirley was born in Springer, New Mexico, the daughter of Kenneth Leroy Richards and Geneva Angelina Yarbrough Richards on April 17, 1945. They survive.

Mrs. Andrews was a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She married Mike Andrews in Lubbocck, Texas on May 25, 1965. He survives.

Mrs. Andrews will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived be a son and his wife, Jason and Jana Andrews of Como, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Lisa and Benjamin Jack of Newport Beach, California: a brother and his wife, Harold and Julie Burton of Wilmington, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, Kelsey Andrews, Caden Andrews, Brynden Andrews, Braxton Andrews of Como, Texas, and Ryan Jack of Newport Beach, California.

In liue of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, c/o Shirley Andrews, 222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas, 75219, 214-559-5000.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Robert Preston

Funeral services for Robert C. Preston, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, with Benny Dickson officiating. Interment will follow at Miller Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 16, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Robert C. Preston passaed away Wednesday afternoon, January 14, 2009 at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home. He was born in Miller Grove, on July 1, 1917, the son of Robert Q. and Jennie Jones Preston.  He married Shirley H. McGowan in Miller Grove, in November of 1939. She preceded him in death in 2000.

Mr. Preston was a mechanic for Dallas Transit and a member of the Presbyterian faith. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include: son, Alton Neil Preston of Rochester Hill, Michigan; two sisters, Martha Collins of Sulphur Springs and Juanita Griffin of Arlington; three grandchildren, Gregory Preston, Jeffrey Preston and Jennie Preston and three great-grandchildren, Brianna Preston, Robert Preston and Madison Preston. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Jonnie and Ray Preston and two sisters, Merriel Renshaw and Ginny Bishop.

Arrangements are under the direction of MMurray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Ruby Teer

Funeral services for Ruby Pearl Teer, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 16, 2009, with Rev. Kenny Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Black Oak Cemetery, with Leland Calverley, Tommy Calverley, Jr., Donie Davenport, Eric Vinson, Allan Teer, Justin Teer, Keith Turner and Jason Frashier serving as pallbearers. Makayla Teer will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Ruby Pearl Teer passed away Monday evening, January 12, 2009, in Whispering Pine Nursing Home. She was born in Floydada, on September 30, 1938, the daughter of Carl Rufus and Mattie Duff Jolly Yarbrough. She married Max Teer, at Hugo, Oklahoma, on May 4, 1958. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Mrs. Teer was an L.V. N. and a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: two sons, James Max Teer of Sulphur Springs, Carl Bailey Teer of Seven Point; brother, Buddy Yarbrough of Como; four sisters, Trula Davenport of Emory, Bessie Calverley of Wills Point, Doris Kirkland of Shamrock, Ruth Katherine (Sissie) Love of Terrell and grandchildren, Allan Teer, Justin Teer and Makayla Teer.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy Witworth and Stella Kirkland.

Memorials may be made to Black Oak Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Lorraine Lewis

Cremation arrangements for Lorraine Lewis, age 89, of Sulphur Springs, are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lewis passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center. She was born on July 1, 1919, in Treynor, Iowa, the daughter of Wilhelm Heinrick and Elsa Anna Analiede Rolhfs Schnoor. She married Russell Pearce, in 1943, in La Meda, California. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker.

Survivors include: one son, Wayne Pearce and wife Sallee, of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Maxine Masters and Alta Davis of California; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Sandra Elaine Gammill.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ronald McKinney

Funeral services for Ronald Wayne McKinney, age 69, of Yanits, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Lake Fork Baptist Church. Rev. Perry Krisp will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday, Janaury 12, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Military graveside rites will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park with Brian Belmonte, Allen Cabreros, Mike Kenney, Shane Rose, Bob Stevenson, and David Allen serving as pallbearers.

Mr. McKinney passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at East Texas Medial Center, in Quitman. He was born on March 14, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Charles Arthur and Daisy Marie Cloud McKinney. He married carmelita Belmonte, on August 23, 1982, in Bangkok, Thailand. She survives.

Mr. McKinney was retired from the U.S. Air Force and after his retirement went to work for the National Security Agency. He was a member of the Lake Fork Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: two sons, Patrick McKinney of Tyler and Arthur McKinney of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters, Amanda McKinney of Yantis and Carey Ramsby of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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James W. Garner

Funeral services for James William "Bill" Garner, age 96, of Brashear, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Lynn Turner and Travis Aven will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Brashear Cemetery, with Mr. Garner's grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, at the funeral home.

Mr. Garner passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hopkins County, on June 28, 1912, the son of Arthur Napoleon and Daisy Dean Mallory Garner. He married Edith Vickers, in Brashear, on November 27, 1937. She preceded him in death in 1997.

Mr. Garner owned and operated the Garner's Store, in Brashear, for many years. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include: two sons, William Garner and Gerald Garner, both of Brashear; a daughter, Barbara Fite, of Royce City; three sisters, Pansy Reeves of Euless, and Opal Clapp and Pearlene Bass, both of Irving; 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Lee Garner; two grandsons; four sisters; and three brothers.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Gary Lee Stone

Graveside funeral services for Gary Lee Stone, age 62, of Antlers, Oklahoma, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at Martin Springs Cemetery. Rev. L.D. Baxley will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Monday evening, January 12, 2009, at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. Stone passed away on January 10, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center. He was born on November 18, 1946, in Hopkins County, the son of T.W. Stone and Ruby Leverton Stone. He married Myrtle Cash, on November 16, 1971, in Dallas. She survives.

Mr. Stone was a forklift operator, retiring after many years of service with ABF Freight Company. He was a member of Faith Temple Baptist Church, in Irving, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving a Purple Heart, among other service medals. In honor of his service, the Hopkins County Military Coalition will conduct military graveside burial rites.

Other survivors include: his children, Marilyn, Sandy, Teresa, Kim, and Renea; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Henry Stone of Como and Tal Stone of Euless; and one sister, Frances Edwards of Como.

Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rocky Stone; one grandson, Tyler; and one sister, Bobbie Doris Stone.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Verna R. Mayo Taylor

Graveside services for Verna R. Mayo Taylor, age 91, of Weatherford and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2009, at Shooks Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Darrell Mathis will officiate.

No formal visitation will be conducted.

Mrs. Taylor passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Peach Tree Place, in Weatherford. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on February 28, 1917, the daughter of William Lee and Ann Lizzie Martin Campbell. She married Philip Thomas Mayo, in Sulphur Springs, on July 4, 1935. He preceded her in death. She then married Olin Taylor, in 1979. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Martha Mayo; grandchildren, Sheri and Darrell Mathis, Jerry Mayo, Kelly and Lori May, Steve and Debbie Nadeau, and Stacey and Calvin Graves; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: a daughter, Betty Ivey; a granddaughter, Kathy Creamer; a grandson, Larry Nadeau; four sisters; and her parents.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Janna Gamblin

Funeral services for Janna Gamblin, age 91, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Muuray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2009, with Keith Kilmer and George Hollan officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Warner Gamblin, Debs Gamblin, Gayle Gamblin, Ronnie Blount, Jimmy Lewis, Asa Joslin, Doyle Wood and Chris Burt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Jones, Bill Hodge, Elton Stewart, Charlie Charles and Mrs. Gamblin's nephews. Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Janna Gamblin passed away Thursday afternoon, January 8, 2009 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in the Shaggy Community, on March 7, 1917, the daughter of John and Willie Ethel Porterfield Allen. She married Clinton Payne "C.P." Gamblin, in Sulphur Springs, on March 19, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1986. Mrs. Gamblin was a homemaker and she was a Christian.

Janna was a very talented lady in many ways. She loved gardening and yard work and made sure every home where she lived had a beautiful landscape which she created with her own hands and hard work. Her son, Larry, remembers (from a young age) that they moved from place to place, depending on her husband, C.P.'s occupation. Most of the places had no yard and she set about planting flowers which she obtained almost altogether from cuttings of plants that friends and family provided from their own yards. Both Janna and C.P.'s favorite flowers were roses. She made sure that every home where they lived had beautiful roses, along with many other varieties of flowers. Another hobby which kept her busy indoors was sewing for herself, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also made pretty curtains and quilts for her home and for homes of her children and grandchildren. She had a fantastic doll collection which she lovingly sewed and dressed in outfits of her own creations. She laughed and talked to her doll friends as she styled and dressed each one. She loved her family dearly and always had time for each person. She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.

Survivors include son, Larry Gamblin and wife, Alice, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Gregg Gamblin and wife, Tammy, Cami Sewell and husband, Jerry; greatchildren, Will and Rynn Gamblin. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janette Groves and Bobbie Lewis and brother, J.P. "Jake" Allen.

Memorials may be made to: In Search of the Lord's Way, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, Oklahoma, 78083-9901.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Virginia Tolbert

Funeral mass for Virginia May Tolbert, 90, of Yantis is scheduled for Saturday Januray 10, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Father Gary Rottman officiating.

Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas at 1:30 pm with Frank Baum, Leo Baum, Steve Baum, and Matthew Baum to serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be at Tapp Funeral Home from 6-9 pm Friday, January 9, 2009, with Rosary to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Tolbert was born to Frank Lee Baum, Sr. and Marie Agnes Horning Baum on December 21, 1918 in Nowata, Oklahoma. She passed away January 7, 2009 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sulphur Springs. Ms. Tolbert retired from the medical field as a nurse's aid with Upjohn Health Care Services in Springfield, Missouri.

Ms. Tolbert is survived by brothers, Frank L. Baum, Jr. of Yantis, Texas; Leo R. Baum of Pleasant Hope, Missouri; nephews, Stephen L. Baum of Grapevine, Texas; Michael R. Baum, of Springfield, Missouri; niece Mitzi L. (Baum) Kelly of Pleasant Hope, Missouri; great nephews Matthew S. Baum; Christopher A. Kelly, Brandon M. Baum and great nieces Ashley K. Baum and Ashley N. Baum all of Texas and Missouri.

Tapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Mary Taylor

Funeral services for Mary Taylor, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Ms. Taylor passed away on Wednesday morning, January 7, 2009, at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab Center.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Joseph Blong, DDS

Memorial services for Joseph Blong, DDS,  age 92, of Lone Oak, will be held at St. James Catholic Church, in Sulphur Springs, on January 17, 2009, at 2:00 p.m.

Inurnment will be at a later date, at Visitation Cemetery, in Stacyville, Iowa.

Dr. Blong passed away on Wednesday morning, January 7, 2009, at his residence in Lone Oak. He was born in Waucoma, Iowa, on April 3, 1916, the son of Frank and Regina Blong. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and the University of Iowa Dental School in Iowa City, Iowa. He moved to Dyersville, Iowa, in 1946, having served 3 years in the U.S. Navy. He practiced denistry in Dyersville, for 32 years. Durin his professional life, he served as president of the Dubuque Iowa Dental Society and on the Professional Review Committee. He participated in the People to People Program giving dental clinics in Japan, the Phillipines, Thialand, Egypt, and Israel.

Dr. Blong was active in many local and civic organizations in Dyersville. After moving to Dallas, Texas, in 1982, he spent many hours volunteering at a local nursing home. He enjoyed the rural life in Lone Oak for the last 12 years of his life.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Mary Irene Blong; a son, Tom and wife Laura Blong; a daughter, Mary Anne and husband Ron Spears; a sister, Eilabeth Scheckel; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mary Fite

Funeral services for Mary Evelyn Fite,  age 81, of Saltillo, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2009, in Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tom Friday will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Stouts Creek Cemetery, with Danny Mitchell, Bobby Hankins, Gene Barnett, Joe James Mills, Kenny Garmon, and Kerry Garmon serving as pallbearers.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Fite passed away on Tuesday evening, January 6, 2009, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. She was born in Hopkins County, on March 11, 1927, the daughter of S.P. and Mary Elizabeth Allen Mitchell. She married Monroe Nelson Fite, in Brinker, on November 28, 1948. He survives.

Mrs. Fite was a homemaker and a member of Weaver Baptist Church.

Other survivors include: two sons, Jeff Fite and wife Diane, and Jerry Vance Fite and wife, Vannoy, all of Saltillo; grandchildren, Laura Patriquin, Ashley Cravy, and Colleen Hoover, all of Saltillo, Lin Reynolds of Henderson, and Amber Hoenshell of Houston; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by and infant son, Joseph Mitchell Fite; a daughter, Marny Suzanne Green; a grandson, Jason Green; four brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial may be made to the Weaver Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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L.V. Harrison, Sr.

Funeral services for L.V. Harrison, Sr., age 96, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 8, 2009, at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. H.B. Nash, Sr. and Pastor M. LaVelle Hendricks will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the East Caney Cemetery, with Kelvin Harrison, Ryan Harrison, David Harrison Cooper, Lewis V. Harrison III, David Cooper, Wilkins Jones, Jr., Earle Rembert, and Archie Ben Harrison serving as pallbearers.

Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. t0 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mr. Harrison passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at his residence, in Sulphur Springs. He was born on December 28, 1912, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Fannie Smith Harrison and Sylvester Harrison. Both parents preceded him in death.

Mr. Harrison enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in WWII, and was honorably discharged. He was the first African-American to be hired by the Texas Highway Department and he retired after 20 years of service.

Mr. Harrison leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Jimmie Williams Harrison; two sons, Lewis Van Harrison and Jimmy Lynn Harrison; a daughter, Patricia Harrison Cooper; 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members; as well as, many friends.

Services are entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary.

 

Daisy Reyes

A memorial mass for Daisy Reyes, age 24, of Sulphur Springs, is scheduled for 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 10, 2009, at St. James Catholic Church. Father Juan Sardinas will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2009, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Miss Reyes passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 4, 2009, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. She was born on July 8, 1984, in San Juan, Texas, the daughter of Alfredo and Hortencia Lopez Reyes. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 2002. She received a double Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University Commerce.

Miss Reyes was branch manager for 1st Covenience Bank and a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Survivors include: her parents; one brother, Michael Reyes; three sisters, Nancy Reyes, Janie Reyes, and Elizabeth Reyes, all of Sulphur Springs; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Bobby Givens

Funeral services for Bobby Givens, age 67, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home. Rev. LaRon Jeffery will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Mel Haven Cemetery, with Meddie Shaw, Jr., Kenneth Shaw, Jr., Darwin Shaw, Carroll Moore, Milton Shaw, and Frederick Shaw, serving as pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Givens passed away on Sunday morning, January 4, 2009, in Baylor Hospital, in Dallas. He was born on June 22, 1941, in Hunt County, the son of Virgil and Opaline Walden Givens. He married Ella Shaw, on April 19, 1971, in Sulphur Springs. She survives.

Rev. Givens was an evangelist in the North East Texas area and employed by Faith Outreach for over 25 years.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Janice Evans of Natchitoches, La, and Sharita Givens of Commerce; two sons, Michael Givens and Christopher Shaw, both of Sulphur Springs; three sisters, Anita Shaw, Annie Johnson, and Betty Givens, all of Dallas; two brothers, Virgil Givens and M.M. Givens, both of Dallas: and six grandchildren, Markiston Givens, Ke-airra Givens, Malik Johnson, Quentin Givens, Jordan Givens, and Justice Givens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Artis Givens, Michael Ray Givens, Marvin Givens, Larry Givens, and Leon Givens.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Albert Hughes, Jr.

Funeral services for Albert Hughes, Jr., age 79, of Sulphur Springs, are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Hughes passed away on Sunday morning, January 4, 2009.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jackie Cobb

Funeral services for Jackie Cobb, of Point, Texas, are pending with Wilson-Orwoksy Funeral Home, in Emory.

Jackie Cobb passed away on Sunday morning, January 4, 2009, in Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

 

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Florene Rhoden Thompson

 

Funeral services for Florene Rhoden Thompson, age 88, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Evening Chapel CME Church, with Pastor Fergus Jacobs officiating.

Burial will follow services in the Stout Cemetery, at East Point, Texas, with Stephen Johnson, Rickie Young, Demetrius Pryor, Jaron Pryor, David Hunter, and Marques Johnson serving as pallbearers.

Viewing will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at Mason & Mason Mortuary.

Mrs. Thompson passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009, at Carriage House Manor, in Sulphur Springs. She was born on November 10, 1920, the daughter of Josie and Elix Rhoden. Both parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Thompson attended school in East Point and Quitman School Districts. In 1947, she married O.B. Thompson. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Thompson relocated to Sulphur Springs from Mineola following the death of her husband and was a faithful member of Evening Chapel CME Church.

Survivors include: one sister-in-law, Johnie Mae Rhoden; and a host of nieces and nephews; family and friends.

Arrangements are with Mason & Mason Mortuary.

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Albert G. Hughes, Jr.

A funeral mass for Albert G. Hughes, Jr., age 79, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at St. James Catholic Church. Father Gary Rottman officiating.

There will be a graveside service at Pleasant Grove North Cemetery.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Hughes passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009, at his residence. Mr. Hughes was born on August 23, 1925, in Westminister, TX, the son of Albert G. and Janie Mae Watson Hughes, Sr. He married Catherine Lamonaco, on February 15, 1947, in Dallas, TX. She survives.

Mr. Hughes was a salesman for Jarrell Appliance Company for 54 years. He served in the U.S. Navy, during WWII and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Other survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn Davis and husband Kenneth, of Sulphur Springs; one sister, Patsy Lou Keith, of Plano; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, P.O. Hughes and Bill Hughes; and one sister, Lois Reynolds.

Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/0 St. James Catholic Church, 303 Texas Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Cathi Bunch

Graveside funeral services for Cathi Bunch, age 67, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2009, at Brashear Cemetery. Bro. B.J. Teer will officiate.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Bunch passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2009, in Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Kennett, Missouri, on June 3, 1941, the daughter of Uell and Julia Pool Stockton. She married Billy Wayne Bunch, in Yuma, AZ, on December 29, 1973. He preceded her in death in 2002.

Mrs. Bunch was a homemaker and had worked at Walmart. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: a daughter, Tami Martin, of Sulphur Springs; a son, James Alan Grigsby; a step-son, Billy W. Bunch; three step-daughters, Susan Bunch, Nancy Callahan, and Judy Patton; two brothers, Bill Stockton and Rod Stockton; four sisters, Ev Alvis, Jo Manassero, Erline Shelby, and Mary Jane Stockton; a brother-in-law, Charles Bunch; five sisters-in-law, Lola Stephenson, Patsy Darlin, Bobbee Bell, Jean Bolton, and Shirley Burney; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother; a son, Lorne Grisby; and a granddaughter, Christina Bunch.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Cremation arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Laura Katharin Miller

Funeral services for Laura Katherin Clifton Miller, age 96, of Whitehouse and formerly of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:oo p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Debbie Riggsby will officiate.

Interment will follow services in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., on Monday, January 5, 2009, at the funeral home, as well as one hour prior to services.

Mrs. Miller passed away on Saturday morning, January 3, 2009, in Whitehouse. She was born on September 6, 1912, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of William David and Kate Powell Clifton. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and Williams College of Business.

Mrs. Miller was a retired Civil Service employee of the Department of Agriculture, Farmers' Home Administration Division, working for over 48 years in the Sulphur Springs office. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, and until health failed her, was an active member of the Hamilton Bible Class. She was also a member of the B&PW Club and the Diamond Set.

Survivors include: one nephew, Jim Clifton and wife Beth, of Whitehouse; two great-nieces, Catherine Gaertner and husband John, of Carthage, and Christina Clifton of Jacksonville; and two great-great nieces, Grace Nicole and Elizabeth Ruth Gaertner, of Carthage.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Church St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Robert Lee Roberts

Funeral services for Robert Lee Roberts, age 39, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:30 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Greg Hall will officiate.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., in the McMahan Cemetery, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, with Bobby Brantley, Jr. Kenny Barrett, Gary Bishop, Rick Ellison, Mack Kerley, and Leon Asbil serving as pallbearers. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Otts, Robert Spinks, Mike Williams, and Wayne McCann.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2009, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Roberts passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born in Grand Prairie, on February 22, 1969, the son of Bill G. and Joyce Reynolds Roberts. He married Tena McCann. She survives.

Mr. Roberts was a truck driver for Melton Truck Lines and a member of the Elm Baptist Church, near Emory.

Other survivors include: his mother, Joyce Roberts of Sulphur Springs; one son, Landon Lee Roberts of Lubbock; and one brother, Kyle Roberts, of Melissa, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father in 2001.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Bennie Dean Byers

Funeral services for Bennie Dean "Popo" Byers, of Eustace, Texas, and formerly of Hopkins County, are scheduled for 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 3, 2008, at Tapp Funeral Home. Joseph Goodrich will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Seymore Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m., prior to services at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mr. Byers was born on July 23, 1928, in Rains County, the son of Robert Benjamin Byers and Dora May Proffer Byers. He married Margie Moynier, in Solana Beach, on January 15, 1950. She survives.

Mr. Byers was an employee of the City of Dallas for 20 years. He was a Master Plumber. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in June of 1946. He served in WWII, as a seaman first Class on the USS Chevalier and later in the Korean War as a boatswain's mate, on the USS Sperry. In honor of his military service, the Hopkins County Military Coalition will conduct military graveside burial rites.

Other survivors include: two sister, Clynie B. Patridge, of Kaufaman, and Vera Lee Blyzes of Little Elm; a brother, Billy Wayne Byers and wife Judy, of Kemp; four daughters, Jane Alfaro of Eustace, Joan Barnes of Wilmer, Carolann West and husband Don of Ferris, and Judy Miller and husband Rocky of Eustace; eleven grandchildren, Todd Barnes and wife Toni, Kellie West, Scott Chiesl and wife Chelsey, Kerrie Copobianco and husband Lance, Leticia Carpenter and husband Roger, Shirley Miller, Susanna Alfaro, Phillip Alfaro, Roxanne Miller, Tony Alfaro, and Michael Alfaro; six great-grandchildren, April West, Jacob West, Lindsey Chiesl, Clay Caprpenter, Elly Chiesl, and Cole Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clinton Preston Byers and Jimmy D. Byers; and his twin sister, Fannie Jean Hyman.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

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Mildred King

Funeral services for Mildred King, age 78, of Sulphur Springs, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 3, 2008, in the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Sandy Vaculik and Rev. B.J. Teer will officiate.

Burial will follow services in the Brashear Cemeter, with Ronnie Skaggs, Wayne Skaggs, Justin Adair, Lynn Williams, Michael Vititow, and Josh Veracruz serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Fairchild, Micah Johnson, and Jason Peedger.

Visitation will be from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2008, at the funeral home.

Ms. King passed away on Wednesday morning, December 31, 2008, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. She was born in Sulphur Springs, on November 12, 1930, the daughter of John Erba and Jeannie Elizabeth Bunch King. She married John Herosy, in Dallas. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Ms. King was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include: a son, David Pledger and wife Brenda, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a daughter, Carol Potts and husband Steve, of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Marie Skaggs, of Gainsville, and Judy Baldwin, of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Amy Blevins, Jason Pledger, Brian Fairchild, Micah Johnson, Kimberly Vititow, and Leah mcCarthy; and great-grandchildren, Shelby and Cooper Blevins, Tristan and Levi Fairchild, Shane Johnson,II, Marshall Johnson, Jaden Vititow, and Caleb McCarthy.

She was prededed in death by four brothers, Lester, James, William, and Clarence King; and five sisters, Wilma King, Alma Archer, Dorothy Wesson, Christine Flanagan, and Mary Louise Cannon.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Marie "Boogie" Aguilar

Funeral services for Marie "Boogie" Aguilar, age 78, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Quinlan Funeral Home

Chapel, at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2009, with Dan Aguilar officiating. Interment will follow at West Memorial

Cemetery in Quinlan. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 1, 2008, at Murray-

Orwosky Funeral Home.

Marie "Boogie" Aguilar  passed away at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Tuesday morning, December 30, 2008.

She was born in Quinlan, On March 27, 1930, the daughter of Alex and Ollie McDaniel Watson. She was married to

Roy P. Aguilar for 60 years; he survives. Mrs. Aguilar was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith

Other survivors include: two daughters, Linda Chichester of Temple and Laura Omernik of Madison, Wisconsin;

three sons, Dan Aguilar of Palm City, Florida, David Aguilar and Paul Aguilar, both of Sulphur Springs; two

brothers; David Harrell of Warrior, Alabama and Gerald Harrell of Shamong, New Jersey; grandchildren, Jeremy

Chichester, Erin Chichester, Christopher Aguilar, Courtney Aguilar, Parker Aguilar, Alex Aguilar and Ciara

Omernik and three  great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

 

Arrangements are under direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.