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"The beauty of a life well lived never dies; it continues
to embrace, inspire, and direct us along our journey...."

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Watch For Me.....

I'm never gone.
Look for me at the breath of the day,
When the sunlight touches morning mist,
And, the world, for one brief moment,
Is bathed in the light of mystery.

Look for me in the springtime meadow.
As you caress the newborn grass,
Close you eyes and feel my breath
In the palm of your hand.

Look for me on a warm summer's eve.
When the night wind brushes your cheek,
Feel me at your back.
Listen and you will hear me on the wind.
Smile, and know I'm thinking of you.

Look for me in the autumn's glow.
As the trees prance with the wind
And the forest leaves crunch under foot,
Hear my foot fall at your side
As you walk in the beauty of the creator's glorious affair.

Look for me in the winter's storm.
In changing shapes of wind blown snow,
Watch me run and leap for joy!
Just to be.......just to be!

Look for me in the quiet moment.
When the evening star shines through,
Like the glint in my eye,
And, the earth whispers "goodbye" to the sun.
When you least expect, turn,
Listen with your heart
And I will speak to you once more!

~ Timo ~

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 "And how can the dead be truly dead, when they still live in the souls
of those who are left behind?"

~Carson McCullers in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

 

 

Rickey Patrick

Funeral services for Rickey Lee Patrick, age 71 of Cooper, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. B. J. Teer and Paul Ray Vititow, Jr. officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.


Rickey passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Baylor Medical Center of Dallas.  He was born on January 7, 1945 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Leon Henry (Buddy) and Helen Ruth (Williams) Patrick.  He was married to Sharon Louise Attaway.  He was a retired truck driver and a dairy farmer.
Along with his wife, other survivors include his sons, Michael Patrick and wife, Patricia of Dallas and Mark Patrick and wife, Jenna of Lewisville; daughter, Stacey Patrick and husband, Steve of Sulphur Springs; grandson, Corey Cole; granddaughter, Lexey Patrick; great-grandson, Karsyn Roberts; mother, Helen Gumm of Sulphur Springs; brother, Barry Patrick and wife, Sue of Reilly Springs and sister, Cathy Hesterly and husband, Steve of Jacksonville; step-sons, Paul Ray Vititow, Jr. and wife, Shelly of Sulphur Springs, Jeff Vititow of Winnsboro, Doug Askew and wife, Stephanie of Round Rock and Gaylon Askew and wife, Tamaki of Portland, OR; step-daughters, LeAnn Tadlock and husband, Randy of Sulphur Springs, Tracey Fatland and Brian Coleman of Lake Fork; twelve step-grandchildren and twenty-four step-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father; daughter, Paula Sue Vititow and step-grandson, Jason Tadlock.

 

 

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Edna "Mammy" Grant

 

Funeral services for Edna” Mammy” Grant, age 98, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday April 13, 2016, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  

Interment will follow at Sulphur Spring City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. one hour prior to service at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

She passed away in Sulphur Springs, on Monday, April 11, 2016. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Betty Frazier

 

Funeral service for Betty Lynn Frazier, age 83, of Emory, will be held Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 am, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.  Bro. Mike Frazier will officiate. 

The committal service will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Rockwall at 2:30 pm.

Mrs. Frazier died Saturday afternoon at the residence of her daughter in Emory. She was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Rockwall, to Jesse Marion and Floy Mae Dawson Thompson. She married James Wayne Frazier, in Quinlan (Graham Point Community), on May 23, 1953. During her working career, she was Post Master for the U.S. Postal Service working in Rockwall for many years, then retiring from the Post Office in Point. She was a Sunday School teacher in different churches for many years.

Survivors include: Daughter:  Donna Lynn Boughton of Emory Son:  Michael Frazier of Emory Grandchildren:  Angel, Kandi, Amie, Mika, Jacob, and Joel Great-grandchildren:  Luke, Kolby, Kennedy, and Kearsten

Preceded in death by:  parents; husband; brother, Charles Thompson; sister, JoAnn Hubbard; daughter-in-law, Ida Frazier; and son-in-law, Bobby Boughton.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Paydon Coffman

 

Memorial service for Paydon Boyd Coffman, age 18, of Emory, will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Rains High School football field. 

Paydon died Saturday, April 9, 2016, in a vehicle accident in Rains County. Paydon was born April 29, 1997, in McKinney, to Michael Boyd and Susan Diane Bryant Coffman. He was a 2015 graduate of Rains High School. He played sports from a young age through his senior year in school.  Football and baseball were his passions. During his senior year of high school, 2014-2015,  he was voted Capitan of the football team. 

Survivors include:  Parents:  Mike and Diane Coffman Sister:  Madalyn Jayne Coffman Brother:  Colton Coffman all of Emory Grandfather: Kimsy Boyd Coffman of Waxahachie Grandparents:  Tibby and Jerry Williams of Waxahachie Grandmother:  Jane Bryant of Keller Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, also survive him.

Preceded in death by:  Grandfather, David Bryant (Peeps).

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Jason Scott Smith

 

Funeral services for Jason Scott Smith, age 36, of Emory, TX, will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Emory Baptist Church, with Rev. W.R. Byrd officiating. 

Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery with Ricky Phillips, Corey Hobbs, Jerry Lane Jr., Broderick Lane, Daymon Nash, and Charles Thorton serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Bernard Robinson, Michael Hobbs, Ronnie Bozeman, Vincent Bozeman, and Halbert Robinson, Brandon Mayberry. 

Jason passed away in Tyler on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  Jason was born August 30, 1979, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Robert Smith and Delores Bozeman Smith.  He worked for Terry’s Furniture for several years. 

He is survived by his mother, brothers, Robert Louis Smith Jr. of Emory, Gary Lynn Smith, and a special uncle Odie Bozeman, Bridgett Smith,  nieces, Alyssa Abron, and LaNia Smith, several aunts, and uncles, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

 Special Thanks to Trinity Mother Francis Heart Hospital & The Hospice of East Texas. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Dorris Nordin Ring

 

Funeral services for Doris Nordin Ring, age 92 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Goodwin officiating. 

Interment will follow at Gafford Chapel Cemetery with Ricky Williams, Gary Williams, Jerry Lucky, Keith Edwards, Dwayne Sears and Mike Lucky serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Mike Briley, Don Phillips, Larry Edwards, Harold Bryant, Winston Grayson and Ray Flemens. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Doris passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.  She was born on March 22, 1924 in Hopkins County, the daughter of Victor E. and Ellen (Russell) Williams.  She married Elvis Nordin, who preceded her in death.  She then married Eldon Ring, who also preceded her in death.  She was a retired cafeteria worker and a member of the League Street Church of Christ. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Burgin and husband, Joe Bob of Sulphur Springs; son, Johnny Nordin and wife, Cathy of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Brad Burgin and wife, Julie, Corey Burgin and wife, Teffany, Jon Eric Nordin and wife, Laura, Landon Nordin and wife, Carla, , Dannett Sears and husband, Dwayne, Keith Edwards and wife, Angie, great-grandchildren, Bailey Burgin, Zackery Burgin, Mason Burgin, Connor Burgin, Brooks Burgin, Brinley Nordin, Ella Grace Nordin, Cara Nordin, Issabella Nordin, Annabella Nordin, Pacen Edwards Dawson Sears and Dlayne Sears; son-in-law, Larry Edwards and wife, Linda; sisters-in-law, Reba Williams and Hartense Williams. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jalane Edwards; three brothers and four sisters. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Legacy Hospice and First United Methodist Church -Terrific Tuesdays.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Tony Holmes

Funeral services for Tony Holmes age 57 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Holt officiating.  Interment will follow at Conner Cemetery with Todd Holmes, Mike Tucker, Steve Eppars, Jay Eppars, Rick Harrison, Robert Romans and Wynton Lewis serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Tony Giles.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Tony passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 27, 1958 in Paris, the son of Elmer Joe and Lulla Ellen (Landers) Holmes.  He married Sheri Renee Eppars on December 8, 1979 in Commerce.  He was a truck driver and of the Church of Christ faith.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Jennifer Ricketson and husband, Jason of Sulphur Springs; son, Jay Holmes and wife, Valerie of LaFayette, LA; grandchildren, Shelbi Ricketson, Colton Ricketson, Emma Holmes and Ethan Holmes; mother and step-father, Lulla Hill and husband, L.C. of Cooper and sister, Jana Choate and husband, Bill of Cooper. 

He is preceded in death by his father. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Conner Cemetery Association, c/o Jimmy Duncan, 11531 FM 69 N, Sulphur Bluff, Texas 75481.

 

 

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Joseph C. Pace

 

Graveside services for Joseph “J.C.” Pace, age 88 of Dike will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas with D.J. Wulf officiating. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Joseph “J.C.” passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Carriage House Manor.  He was born on November 16, 1927 in Old Boston, the son of Walter Eugene and Carrie (Campbell) Pace.  He married Vela Mae Pomeroy on December 28, 1952 in Rockwall.  He served in the U.S. Air Force with the 5th Air Force Unit and the 20th Air Force Unit as a Staff Sargent during the World War II and Korean War, he was a dairy farmer and a member of Junius Heights Baptist Church.

 He is survived by his wife; sons, Thomas Pace of Dike, James Pace and Kimberly of Thermo, John Pace of Tyler, Joel Pace and wife, Melinda of Dike; grandchildren, Brad and Misty Tittle, Jeff Pace, Kris and Alaynna Pace, D.J. and Elizabeth Wulf, Kade Pace, Krista Pace, Koey Pace, Cassidy Pace, Cobley Pace and Ashley Pace; great-grandchildren, Layden Pace, Levi Henderson, Micah Henderson, Daniel Wulf, Elisha Wulf, Brayden Tittle and Brody Tittle and sister, Audrey White. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Daniel Pace; brothers, Leonard Pace, Leslie Pace, Herbert Pace and Herman Pace and sister, Clara Grace Coleman. 

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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John Tarno

 

Funeral services for John Tarno, age 78 of Cumby will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Mays and Pastor Danny Tarno officiating. 

Interment will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 with Andy Tarno, Ruben Saragosa, Dustyn Wright, Austen Tarno, Luis Narro and Curtis Blackwell serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

John passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at VA Hospital in Bonham.  He was born on January 9, 1938 in Dallas, the son of Ernest Andrew and Myrtle Lucille (Ellis) Tarno.  He married Olla Faye Pate on January 14, 1956 in Dallas.  He served in the U.S. Army, was a repairman and a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Midway, Arkansas. 

He is survived by his wife; son, Andy Tarno and wife, Mindy of Nashville, AR; daughters, Vondal Stokes of Cumby, Karla Blackwell and husband, Curtis of Ferris; eight grandchildren, Ashleigh Saragosa, Scarlett Tarno, Dustyn Wright, Austen Tarno, Kaylee Jones, Skylar Blackwell, Peyton Tarno, Alannah Witherspoon; three great-grandchildren, Jaymi Neiswander, Jayson Jones and Isabella Narro and brother, Jimmy Johnson of Akron, Ohio. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, D.C. Tarno and three sisters, Earnestine Tarno, Verna Dean Bridges and Gloria Giles.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Surene Cody

 

Surene Simmons Cody, 73, of Sulphur Springs, went to be with the Lord on Easter Resurrection Day March 27, 2016.

Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on March 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Pete Adrian officiating and Rev. Fred Lewis assisting. Burial will follow at City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at West Oaks Funeral Home on March 29, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pallbearers are Dr. Bill Dietz, Phil Morgan, Barry Ferrill, Tommy Kelty, Heath Hyde and Brett Brock. Special friends and Honorary Pallbearers are Darlene Kendricks, Janette Watson, Kay McCool, and Linda Hagar.

Surene was born in Sulphur Bluff to Alvis Bailey Simmons and Mabel Martin Simmons on November 20, 1942. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1960 where she was Drum Major in the High School Band, Most Beautiful and Beauty Queen. She married Bob Cody on July 22, 1960. She graduated from Paris Junior College School of Nursing in 1975 as a Registered Nurse and worked at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for 33 years where she was an operating room nurse and supervisor of surgery. She served 13 years as Secretary and Treasurer for the Hopkins County Boys Baseball. She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1962 and member of the Messengers Sunday School class. She enjoyed playing bridge and watching any sporting event her sons or grandchildren were playing.

Surene is survived by her husband, brother Joe Don Simmons and wife Linda of Mesquite, son Stuart Cody and wife Amber, son Stacy Cody and wife Kellie, son Robert Cody and wife Tracey, all of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren Katelyn Roden and husband Austin, Toni Cody and fiancé Justin Owens, Ross Cody, Cain Cody, Maci Merrell, Campbell Cody, sister-in-law Sue Adam and husband Dave, Patsy Cody Morrison and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in the name of Surene Cody.

 

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Ed Basye

 

Funeral services for Edmond Bayard Basye, age 85 of Cumby will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at First Baptist Church-Sulphur Springs in the Worship Center with Rev. Tommy Johnston and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Interment with military and mason honors will be at Long Cemetery with Alan Basye, Brent Robison, Kevin Robison, James Norris, Ferrin Long, Randy Slagle serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are E.A. Junell and the Hopkins County Military Coalition.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Edmond passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at Founders Plaza Rehab in Wylie.  He was born on February 16, 1931 in Dallas, the son of E.B. “Tot” and Rena (Butler) Basye.  He married the love of his life, Geneva Long on December 25, 1953 in Dallas.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in Japan, was a retired electrician; a sixty-seven year member of the IBEW Local #59 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), more than fifty years as a Master Mason and past Master of the Lodge, was a long time member of the Hopkins County Military Coalition serving as Squad Leader for the Honor Guard, was the a 2011 recipient of Volunteer of the Year for Hopkins County, and member of the First Baptist Church – Sulphur Springs.  He graduated from North Dallas High School in 1948.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Robison of Blacksburg, VA; son, Alan Basye and wife, Kellye of Sachse; grandchildren, Brent Robison, Kevin Robison and Lauren Basye; three great-grandchildren, Zoey Robison, Konner Robison and Trent Robison and sister, Mary Jean Duncan of Pilot Point.


Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Doudley Maloy

 

Funeral arrangements for Doudley Maloy, age 60 of Brashear are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Doudley passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Robert Alexander

 

Funeral arrangements for Robert Alexander, age 91 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Robert passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

 

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Karen Mays

 

Funeral service for Karen Elaine Mays, age 61, of Emory, will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 3:00 pm, at Bull Creek Cowboy Church near Lone Oak. Bro. Paul McMerrell will officiate. 

Burial will follow in Dunbar Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday evening at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Ms. Mays died Saturday night at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs. She was born Jan. 15, 1955, in Greenville to Orion Forrest and Edna Earl Porter.  She married Gary Steven Mays in Bonham on Aug. 5, 1978. Karen was a school teacher for Rains I.S.D. for some 33 years before retiring. She attended Bull Creek Cowboy Church.

Survivors include: Husband:  Gary Mays of Emory Sons:  Dustin Mays of Chicago; and Blake Mays (Kassi) of Edgewood Daughter:  Lauren Taylor (Matt) of Caddo Mills Brothers:  Gary Michael Porter and Ken Porter (Beth) both of Bonham Grandchildren:  Emma, Lainey, Charlee, Maysie, and Porter Numerous nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Charles A. Johnson

 

Graveside service for Charles A. Johnson, 91, of Greenville, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Mt Zion Cemetery with Bro. Jim Moore officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be great-nephews, Brady Hunt, Shane Williams, Ben Marin, William Marin, Jeremy Johns, and Robert Johns.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Johnson passed away on March 25, 2016 at Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation. He was born September 14, 1924 in Hunt County to Otha Lee Johnson and Mattie Irene Akers Johnson. Mr. Johnson was an Accountant and a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.

Survivors include, sisters, Dorothy Tucker and husband Cullin of Cumby, and Helen Williams of Greenville, nieces, Betty Hunt and husband Dan of Cumby, Judy Thomas and husband Dennis of Dallas, Shirley Hayes and husband Leroy of East Tawakoni, Sandra Marin and husband Mike of Sachse, nephew, Charles Williams and wife Debbie of Randolph, and a host of great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ray L. Lunday

 

Ray L. Lunday passed away on Tuesday, March 22, in Dallas, Texas at the age of 79.

He was born in Wichita Falls to Leslie and Faye Lunday.

He married Betty Hayes on February 14, 1998 and lived at Lake Fork following retirement from Ford Motor Company.  He worked at Ford for many years as a millwright.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Lunday and sister, Dannie Smith.  Ray’s children consists of Debbie Stoutimore, Rheada Leonard, Jimmie Allmon, Laurie Maggard, David Stanley, Phyllis Sacone and Marilyn Gonzales.  He has 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. 

Hobbies included antique Ford cars, model airplanes, hunting and fishing.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with Dr. Jimmy Henry officiating.   Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

The family invites you to come to a reception at the Lunday home immediately following the Memorial Service.

 

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Geneva Gilbreath

Funeral services for Geneva Gilbreath, age 92 of Sunset will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with David Hall and Brent Weast officiating.  Interment will follow at Seymore Cemetery with Brent Weast, Terry Scott, David Anderson, Tyler Booker, Danny Clampitt and Jarvis Clawson serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.

 

Geneva passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Nocona Hospital in Nocona. She was born on October 20, 1923 in Hopkins County, the daughter of Tom W. and Vonnie (Carter) Thomas.  She retired from the printing industry.

 

Survivors include daughter, Evelyn Anderson of Sunset; sons, Billy Ray Gilbreath of Plano and Leon Gene Gilbreath of Lake Worth; grandchildren, Danielle Scott, David Anderson, Laurie Gilbreath, Amy Parker, Tamara Weast, Deanna Madon, Karen and Beth Gilbreath; great-grandchildren, Danny Clampitt, Erica Scott, Sam Weast and Whitney Van Horn and great-great-grandchildren, Tristan Clampitt, Carter Clampitt and Cayden Van Horn.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jerry Gilbreath; two brothers, John Thomas and Boy Thomas and two sisters, Ethel Brown and Louise Shoemaker.



Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Edgar Clifton Brannum

Funeral services for Edgar Clifton Brannum, age 83 of Wills Point will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Pat Cooper officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Edgar passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Crestwood Assisted Living in Wills Point.

 

 

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Wenona Loraine Westbrook



Funeral services for Lorraine Taylor Westbrook, age 93, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Jordan officiating. 

Interment will follow at Como Cemetery with great-grandsons serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to service time. 

Mrs. Westbrook passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Paris Regional Hospital.  Mrs. Westbrook was born on November 22, 1922 in Rule, TX, the daughter of William Clyde Yarbrough and V Annis Eldredge Yarbrough.  She married Jeff E. Taylor Jr. and he preceded her in death.  She married R. B. Westbrook and he preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family, she loved to cook, crochet and was quite the antiquarian, she also was an avid reader. 

She is survived by daughter, Vannis Grimes and husband, Ray of Sulphur Springs, brothers, Alton Yarbrough and Kenny Yarbrough both of Albuquerque, NM, grandchildren, Lora Gowin, David Grimes, Connie Kinney, Amy Keys and husband, Scott, Lonnie Taylor, Joseph Trumble, John Trumble, great-grandchildren, Blake Irving, Macey Long, Cody Gowin, Taylor Kinney, Bailee Coleman, Kelsie Gowin, Hunter Coleman, Matthew Kinney, Mason Gowin, Austin Grimes, Dylan Taylor, Gracie Taylor, Kaylee Trumble, Brantley Trumble, and Kelly Keys, great great-grandchildren, Trenton Irving and one on the way, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeff E. Taylor III, daughters, Sandra Kay Trumble and Janis Taylor, grandson, Windell Gowin one brother, four sisters.

Memorials may be sent to St. Judes-stjudes.org.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Wilma Petropoulos

 

 

Wilma Frances Petropoulos, age 94, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Sulphur Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Mission Manor Nursing Home in Mount Vernon, surrounded by her loving family.  Wilma was born on May 4, 1921 in Greene County, Arkansas to the late Clyde and Myrtle Noel Johnson.  She retired from General Motors in Flint, Michigan after 30 years as an inspector. 

Wilma married Theodore Michael Petropoulos in Flint, Michigan. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Wilma was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.  Wilma defined class and was by definition a good and faithful woman.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

Wilma is survived by one son, Jimmy Rowland, and wife Debbie, of Mount Vernon; one granddaughter, Sonja Bolton, and husband Terry of Sulphur Springs; great-grandchildren, Chainie Collins and husband Jason of Sulphur Springs, Chelbie Birdwell and husband Sonny of Atlanta, Texas, and Cherish Henderson and husband Justin, of Shreveport, Louisiana; one great-great grandson Will Collins of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Delbert Johnson and wife Betty Louise, of Burleson, Texas; three sisters, Faye Humphrey and husband Bruce, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Betty Nichols and husband Ty, of Colleyville, Texas, and Wanda Bonney and husband Marvin, of Fort Worth, Texas; and by a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Wilma was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wade Delano Johnson and Jeff W. Johnson, and three sisters, Helen Penny, Dorothy Gillean, and Jean Bowden.

Funeral services for Wilma Petropoulos will be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home with Brother Terry Bolton officiating.  Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 25, 2016 at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould, Arkansas under the direction of Heath Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M., Thursday afternoon, at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Cross Roads Baptist Church Building Fund, 1314 CR 4870, Winnsboro, TX 75494.

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Ron Branom

 

Graveside services for Ron Branom, age 64, of Cumby, are set for 2:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Pippin and Hill Cemetery.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Johnny Lennon, Lewis “Kip” Knowles. Rex Lennon, Tim Wilson and Roger Smith.               

Ronald Paul Branom was born on September 16, 1951 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Paul Branom and Rachel (Randall) Branom.   He was a computer programmer and an entrepreneur and was of the Methodist faith.  Mr. Branom passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016, at Heritage Garden in Carrollton.            

Survivors include, two daughters, Rebecca Garrett, and husband, Matthew, of Grapevine and Victoria Branom of Austin; and two grandchildren, Griffin and Breccan Garrett.          

He was preceded in death by his parents.                   

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.  

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Truman Dicken

 

Funeral service for Tommie Truman Dicken “Junior”, age 85, of Cumby, TX, will be conducted on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Shannon Oaks Church with Bro. Jim Moore officiating. 

Military graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Miller Grove Cemetery with Jon Dicken, Ross Sarine, Jack Sarine, John Daniel, Ronald Dicken, Mike Dicken, Rex Dicken and Randy Dicken serving as Pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Lewis Watts, Cletus Brown, Johnny Ferguson, Truman Renshaw, Don Petty, Billy Crowson and George Back.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Mr. Dicken passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at his residence in Miller Grove, TX.   Mr. Dicken was born on January 18, 1931, in Cumby, TX, the son of Tommie Jefferson Dicken and Zoa Zula Wooly Dicken.   Mr. Dicken married Emma Sue Higgins on June 14, 1952, in Tyler, TX.  She survives.   Mr. Dicken was a member of Shannon Oaks Church and served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.  Mr. Dicken was a farmer for 53 years.  

He is survived by sons, Jeff Dicken and wife Mary of Sulphur Springs, Blake Dicken and wife Marsha, of Cumby, daughter Glenda Bassham, of Sulphur Springs, grandson, Jon Dicken of Sulphur Springs, granddaughters, Emily Sarine and husband Ross, of Texarkana, Brooke Daniel and husband John of Ft. Worth, Shannon Baker, Crystal Tackel and husband Brad, great-grandson Jack Sarine, Claton Tackel, great-granddaughters, Nora Daniel, Baylee Vigil, and Candace Tackel. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Cecil Dicken, J.D. Dicken, Truett Dicken, and a sister, Bonnie Kilgore.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Organization at www.mda.org

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ivy Ross

 

Graveside services for Ivy Ross, age 77 of Wills Point will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Shiloh Cemetery with Rev. Charles Rawlinson officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

 

Ivy passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.   

 

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Joe Dan Karney

 

Funeral services for Joe Dan Karney, age 82 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Andy Wright officiating.  Interment will follow at Tira Cemetery with Bryan Kraatz, Mark Kraatz, Keith Kraatz, Kevin Kraatz, Bruce Olson and Pedro Salazar and serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 Joe Dan passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in Tira, on his land that he loved and on which he raised his cows.  He was born on June 28, 1933 in Sulphur Springs, to his beloved parents, Thelma Vandever and Dooley D. Karney.  In the interim, he had a forty year career in the Texas Utilities Systems in Dallas, where he began as a meter reader at Dallas Power & Light in 1952 and retired in 1992 as Controller of Texas Electric Utilities.  He graduated from North Hopkins High School in 1951, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from night school at Southern Methodist University in 1961.  He was awarded his Certified Public Accounting certificate in 1963.  He was a member of the Dallas Chapter the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Texas Society of CPA’s and the Dallas Chapter of CPA’s. He was also a member of the Oak Cliff Rotary Club.  After his retirement and return to Tira, he served on the North Hopkins Scholarship Foundation. 

He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Gwendolyn Kraatz Karney, his beloved sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jodell and Martin Kraatz, his very loving niece and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Fund or the American Legion Post No. 0066 of which he was a member.

 

 

 

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Fayrene Green

Funeral services for Fayrene Wade Green, age 69, of Sulphur Springs have been set for Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Greater Emanuel Baptist Church with Rev. R. Ellis officiating. 

Interment will follow in East Caney Cemetery with Laurance Green, Gary Green, James Eric Green, Dakerryon Harrison, Keidrick Green and William Harrison, Jr. serving as pallbearers.   

Visitation has been scheduled for Friday March 25, 2016 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Green was born on May 20, 1946, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Sylvester Wade and Audrey Marie (Thompson) Wade.  She was married to James Clifton Green, who preceded her in death in 1997.  She was housekeeper for a hotel service and was a member of the Church of Christ. 

Survivors include three sons, Gary Green, James Eric Green and Laurance Green all of Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Audrey Harrison of Sulphur Springs and Laura Ann Green of Greenville; and three brothers, Noble Wade and Sylvester Wade both of Sulphur Springs and Sammy Wade of Haskell, TX; seven grandchildren, Ashlie Green, Keidrick Green, Sharnice Green, Jasmine Green, Sulena Lindley, Jana Lindley and Da’Kerryon Harrison and five great grandchildren, Teasia Hopkins, Shalice Green, Giovanni Green, Jacianna Green and Daqualin Green.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband a brother, Billy Wade; three sisters, Thomas Ann Davis, Pearline Johnson and Alice Faye Duffy; and one grandson, Keldrin Green

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Bobby Oswald

 

Graveside services for Bobby Derell Oswald, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, have been scheduled for 1:00 PM Friday, April 1, 2016 at DFW National Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Cochran officiating.            

Bobby Oswald was born in Frisco City, Alabama, the son of Bonnie Oswald and Sallie Mae (Bodiford) Oswald on July 31, 1936.  He was married to Sharon Jo (Pruitt) Oswald and was a Hotel owner/Operator and a Professional Horse Breeder/Rancher.  He passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.            

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; three sons, Donald Oswald of Cedar City, Utah, Ronald Oswald of Grand Junction, Colorado and Terry Oswald of Longview, Texas; five step-sons, Brian Blakeney of Joshua, TX, Daniel Blakeney of Tyler, TX, Mark Blakeney of Burleson, TX, Matthew Blakeney and Robert Reynolds both of Ft. Worth, TX; thirteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral HOme.

 

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Vickie Bassham

Funeral services for Vickie Annette Bassham, age 53 of Trinidad will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Bynog officiating.  Interment will follow at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery with Billy Bassham, Jr., Ricky Williams, Brett Bassham, Joey Williams, Bryan Williams, Mark Bassham, James Bassham, Jr., Tony Bassham and Barry Bassham serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

 Vicki passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.  She was born on December 24, 1962 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Larry Bassham and Billie White.  She was married to Nicki Landi, Sr.  She was a volunteer of Faith in Action Outreach and a member of Caney Creek Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, along with sons, Derrick Knight of Quitman and Nick Landi, Jr. of Mesquite; daughter, Nicole Curry of Quitman; grandchildren, Cody Wayne White and Evan Zackary Webber; father and step-mother, Larry and Georgia Bassham of Overton; mother and step-father, Billie Ruth White and husband, Billy Wayne of Quitman; grandmother, Linda Knight of Quitman; step-brothers, Billy Oliver of Arp and Lonnie Oliver of Turner Town and step-sister, Pam Lopez of Arp. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Jewel Bassham and Bill Knight, along with one step-sister, Sharon Oliver Tiner. 

Memorials can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

 

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Jack Allen Davis

 

Graveside services for Jack Allen Davis, age 69, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Gafford Chapel Cemetery  with Rev. Don Tinsley officiating. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016.  Pallbearers will be Tony Nichols, Roger Jones, Steve Kane, Christopher Betts, Allen Wayne Davis, II. and Dewayne Scott Baker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Dyer, David Baxter, Tom Gulledge and Jerry Gillem. 

Mr. Davis passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.  Mr. Davis was born on July 24, 1946 in Sulphur Bluff the son of Joe Bailey Davis and Loreen Thompson Davis.  He married Kathleen  LaValley on July 19, 1974 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.    Mr. Davis owned and operated J&E Hauling and was an air condition technician for many years.  He was of the Church of Christ faith. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Allen Wayne Davis of Holly Lake, step-sons, Christopher Betts and Robert Hester Betts both of Sulphur Springs, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Dennis Allen Davis, brothers, J. B. Davis and an infant brother, sisters, Betty Patterson, Dolores Dyer, and Judy Friddle. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Bennie Cordell

Funeral services for Bennie Webb Cordell, age 80 of Brashear will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Sherman Mayfield and Bro. David Burns officiating.  Interment will follow at Miller Grove Cemetery with Wayne Bland, Brady Harmon, Doug Estetter and Phillip Webb, Jr. serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Bennie passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Sulphur Springs.  She was born on February 9, 1936 in Nacogdoches, the daughter of Isley William and Opal Adele Webb.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Tyler.

 

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Estetter and husband, Doug of Chester, AR, Stephanie Bland and husband, Wayne of Sulphur Springs and Jessica Smith of Tyler; four grandchildren and brothers, Phillip Webb and Terry Webb of Houston.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Andrea Jeter.

 

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Ira Black

 

Ira Black, 95, longtime resident of Sulphur Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  He is survived by a son, Dr. David Black, his wife Pam, daughters Kaylene Black and Kaytlin Black Hodges and husband Ryan, all of Sulphur Springs.  A daughter, Nancy Black Perkins and husband Greg reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Ira was born on February 28, 1921 to parents Ira Edgar and Bessie Duffel Black.  He grew up on a farm near Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by one brother Mathis. He received a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University and master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.  His first job was teaching in a one room schoolhouse on the Daphne prairie.  He went on to teach agriculture in Cooper and Honey Grove, where he met and married Allarea Ford, his wife for 62 years.  He eventually worked for 32 years as an Area VI Vocational Agriculture Supervisor for the Texas Education Agency.  Throughout his career, he received many honors including Supervisor of the Year, Honorary Lone Star Farmer, and Honorary American Farmer.  He also received many visionary and leadership awards related to his agriculture and education involvement throughout his life.  He was active in the Texas State Future Farmer program and the Hopkins County Ag Workers Association. 

Due to his lifelong commitment to the Agriculture community, at the 2004 Ag Workers Appreciation Dinner, Governor Rick Perry recognized Mr. Black for his Outstanding Career in Agriculture. 

 

For many years, he was Director of the Children’s Barnyard at the State Fair of Texas going on to end his time there as Superintendent of the Livestock Show.  He also spent many years as Superintendent of the Poultry Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

 He spent 4 years working with test pilots as an aircraft engineer in the Air Force during World War II.

 Through the years, he had also been active in many civic positions and organizations.  He served as Cancer Crusade Chairman and Golden K president.   He served on the board of Directors for People’s National Bank.  He helped establish the Ag Workers Organization in Sulphur Springs and was instrumental in the development of the Hopkins Co. Rural Urban Organization that helped bond city and county citizens. 

 

He was a longtime member of the Crusader’s Class at Sulphur Springs First United Methodist Church. 

 

Following retirement, he and Allarea enjoyed traveling the world.  They had many happy memories of trips throughout Europe, Scandinavia, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

 

The family is especially grateful for the wonderful care provided by his caretakers and doctors and the staff at the Cottages.  

Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Black may be directed to Texas FFA Foundation, 614 East 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

 

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home.  Graveside interment is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, March 19 at Restlawn Memorial Cemetery with Memorial Service to follow at 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church.

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Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Ronald "Red" Ferrell

 

Memorial services for Ronald “Red” Dwight Ferrell, age 73 of Windom will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2016 at County Line Baptist Church - Yantis with Rev. Doc Davis officiating. 

There will be no formal visitation.

 

Ronald “Red” passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at TMC Bonham.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Morgan Wade Gunn

 

Mr. Morgan Wade Gunn, age 39 of Winnsboro, passed away on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Morgan was born on October 5th, 1976 in Winnsboro to Mickey Lynn Gunn and Mary Elizabeth Morgan. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Ministries in Winnsboro. He was a cherished son and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mickey Lynn Gunn, and grandparents, Mack L. and Margie Morgan and Henry and Jewell Gunn.

He is survived by, his mother, Mary Elizabeth McGlamery and husband Ron of Winnsboro; brother, Brian McGlamery and wife Sabrina of Winnsboro; sister, Lori Gunn Chavez and husband Gilbert of Naperville, IL.; nieces and nephews, Aidan Chavez, Mac Chavez, Caden McGlamery, Shaeleigh McGlamery

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro 816 W. Broadway Winnsboro, TX 75494.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro 816 W. Broadway Winnsboro, TX 75494 at 10:00 am, Pastor Billy Condrey and John Brent Beaty conducting.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jessica Stephens, Bobby Stephens, Trenton Hardy, Rylee Stephens, Lee Torres, Pocket Torres, Logan Torres, Denver Bouknight, Dylan Bouknight, Melissa Ford, Jennifer Nash, Zaine Nash, Cruz Berryhill, J.J. Griffin. In lieu of flowers, donate in his memory to: bethematch.org

 

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Kenneth Halcomb

 

Kenneth Halcomb 76, of Paris, died Sunday, March 13, 2016 at The Medical Center of Plano.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Novice Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Moore, Rev. Jordan Sharrock, and Rev. Mike Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Ken was born July 16, 1939 in Como, Texas to Raymond Bill and Nannie Bell Williamson Halcomb. He married Patsy Gail Jones on June 6, 1958 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Following a career as a groceryman with Brookshire Grocery Company, he owned and operated the Ken’s Food Marts here in Paris. He was a member of the Novice Baptist Church.


Ken Halcomb touched many lives. First by his love and commitment to God. Second, was his love for his wife Patsy and his children Teresa, Barry, Susan, Shane and his daughter-in-law and son-in-law Robin, Jeff and Misty. Ken had an abundance of love for the time shared with his grand and great-grandchildren: Matthew, Jessica, Joshua, Madison, Mallory, Colleen, Tayler, Riley, Tyler, Caleb, Halie, MaKenzie, Brooklyn and Kyla Faith.


Our father was a simple man that instilled core values in each of us and was a fiercely loyal man, loyal to his family and friends and loyal to his values. We were taught by example to work hard and be compassionate of others. His passion was time spent with our huge family. His priorities were God, family, and the Texas Rangers. He will be missed greatly, but his legacy will live on through us.


Survivors are his wife, Patsy Gail Halcomb; four children, Teresa Halcomb and Teri Stripling, Barry Halcomb and wife, Robin, Susan Edens and husband, Jeff, and Shane Halcomb and wife Misty; thirteen grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, and Joshua Halcomb, Mallory and Austin Cunningham, Colleen Halcomb, Taylor and Riley Bills, Tyler, Amanda, and Caleb Weddle, Nakiya Smith, and Halie Edens; four great-grandchildren, Madison Sherwood, Makenzie, Brooklyn, and Kyla Faith Weddle; one brother, H.W. Halcomb and wife Ann; nieces and nephews, Melinda Loggins & son, Daniel, Tommy Williams, and Nita Hart; sisters and brothers-in-law, Venita Mark, Kathy Jones, Beth and Bill Harry, Ronnie Jones, Marlin and Judy Jones, and Phyllis Chester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Barbara Williams; and one brother, James Raymond Halcomb.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Grissom, Marty Sharrock, Gerald Cobb, Bobby McMonigle, James Smith, and Frank Homer. Honorary pallbearers are Tyler Weddle, Matthew Halcomb, Austin Cunningham, and Joshua Halcomb.

If desired, memorials may be made to Novice Baptist Church or Freedom Church.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

 

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Oleta Arrington

 

 

Funeral services for Oleta Haddock Arrington, age 81, of Commerce will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Commerce, TX, with Rev. Michael Ryer and Dr. John La Noue officiating. 

Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Shawn Elmore, Chip Robinson, Clayton Giddens, Bobby Draughn, Barry Smith and Jerry McDaniel serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Miller, Stan Brewer, Orville Jack Kelley, Clifton Haddock, Sydney Stewart and the Hope Sunday School Class. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Commerce. 

Mrs. Arrington passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at her residence.  Mrs. Arrington was born on December 17, 1934 in Ridgeway, TX, the daughter of William David Haddock and Nunie Mae McManus Haddock.  She married Harold Dean Arrington on February 23, 1954 in Commerce, TX.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Arrington worked for many years as a telephone operator for Gulf State Phone Company and was co-owner of Arrington Concrete Construction.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Commerce. 

She is survived by one son, Harold Arrington and wife Michiel of Wylie, daughters, Pam Webb and husband Monty of Victoria, TX, Patti Doster and husband Mack of Commerce, brother, W. D. Haddock and wife Peggy of Dallas, sisters, Nelda Brunson and husband, Curtis of Fate, Oretha Isaacks and husband Kyle of New Braunsfels, grandchildren, Oleta De’An Webb, Kindra Rae Webb, Trey Shaw, Shea Arrington Shaw, Ethan Doster, Dakotah Wayne Arrington and Logan Dean Arrington, great-grandchildren, Jordan and Kaylee and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her, parents, sisters, Margaret Clinton, Shirley Speight, Helen Harris, Patricia Belcher and half-brother, Marvin Haddock.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Deanna Arnett

Funeral Services for Deanna Joy Arnett, age 55, of Alba, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Byron Houck officiating. 

Interment will follow at Barker Cemetery with Bobby W. Higginbotham, Mike Evans, Michael Evans, Brian Evans, Jimmy Arnett and Lil’ Chad Norris serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Wes Brewer, Scott Trudeau and Brian Brown. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Arnett passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at her residence.   Mrs. Arnett was born on September 21, 1960, in Dallas, TX, the daughter of Bobby D. Higginbotham and Nadine Wright Higginbotham.  Mrs. Arnett married Danny Arnett on June 10, 2000 in Sulphur Springs, TX.  He survives.   She was a Phlebotomist for many years and a homemaker.  

She is survived by her sons, Michael Evans and wife Jennifer of Brashear, TX, Brian Evans and wife Miranda Frobish of Brashear, TX, daughter, Julie Brewer and husband Wes of Brashear, TX, brother, Bobby Wayne Higginbotham and wife Judy of Greenville, TX, sister, Debi Snyder, of Marina Valley, CA, ex-husband Mike Evans, grandchildren, Little Chad Norris, Easton Brewer, and niece Shelby Higginbotham. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Pearl Vaughn

 

Graveside funeral services for Pearl Vaughn, age 86 of Dike will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 at Connor Cemetery in Dike.  Kevin Keen, Michael Hale, Justin Keen, Adam English, Hunter Vaughn and Jacob Jones will be serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon), Monday, March 14, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Pearl passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at her residence.  She was born on March 23, 1929 in the Flora Community, the daughter of Robert and Minnie Eppars.  She married Robert Kenneth “R.K.” Vaughn on October 2, 1948 in Dallas.  He preceded her in death in 2004.  She retired from H. D. Lee as an inspector and was a member of the Dike Church of Christ.          

Survivors include her sons, Charles Vaughn and wife, Emilie of Dike and Kenneth Ray Vaughn and wife, Diane of Como; daughters, Shyliea Williams and husband, Lee of Murfreesboro, AR and Cindy Daniel and husband, Steve of Sulphur Springs; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, R.K.; one son, Tony Vaughn; two grandchildren, Michael Vaughn and Misty Vaughn and three brothers.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Betty Peugh

 

Funeral services for Betty Underwood Peugh, age 85 of Arlington, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Higgins officiating. 

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with sons and grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Betty passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield.  She was born on March 17, 1930 in Nacogdoches, the daughter of Henry Fred and Cora Bell (Capps) Underwood.  She married James William Peugh on March 1, 1946 in Mt. Pleasant.  He preceded her in death in 2005.  She retired from Arlington ISD as a cafeteria worker and was a member of the Elm Ridge Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Colburn of Arlington; sons, Johnny Peugh of Arlington, Leon Peugh of Crowley and Bill Peugh of Tampa, FL; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother, Fred Underwood of Saltillo and sisters, Edna Rawson of Frisco and Freda Birdwell of Gun Barrel City. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson and one great-granddaughter.



Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Oddie M. Conville

 

Funeral services for Oddie M. Conville, age 79 of Greenville, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Duncan Graham officiating. 

Interment will follow at Cumby Cemetery with Rickey Vaughan, Chase Vaughan, Jonathan Crumpton, Brian Travis, Curtis Travis and Chris Travis serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Eric Travis, Brandon Travis and Aaron Wall. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

 

Oddie passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Baylor University Medical Center in Garland.  She was born on October 1, 1936 in Bristol, the daughter of William Riley and Meddie Ione (Reynolds) Pate.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church – Cumby. 

She is survived by her son, Curtis Wayne Travis of Cumby; daughters, Sherry Crumpton  of Cumby, Tammy Vaughan and husband, Rickey of Cumby and Karen Gafford of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Eric Travis, Brian Travis, Brandon Travis, Anease Travis, Tiffany Tadlock, Jonathan Crumpton, Chase Vaughan, Erin Vaughan and Chris Travis; great-grandchildren, Landon Tadlock, Patrick Travis, Logan Travis, Triston Travis, Amber Travis, Isaiah Travis, Kaden Rawson, Kyle Travis, Brooklyn Travis and Adam Hinton; brother, William Pate, Jr. of Dallas and sister, Faye Tarno of Cumby. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy; son, Billy Travis, sister and brother.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Maria Anna Diosdado

 

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Maria Ana Diosdado, age 61, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church.  

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Diosdado passed away on Thursday March 3, 2016 in Mexico.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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David Oxford, Sr.

 

Funeral services for David Oxford, Sr., age 66 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Charlie Beliew officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Jimmy Oxford, Jason Oxford, Jake Morrill, Lucas Flournoy, Matthew Flournoy, Clint Bradford, Tanner Oxford and Logan Oxford serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Sulphur Springs Fire Department and Hopkins County Fire Department.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., March 8, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

David passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on December 16, 1949 in Sulphur Springs the son of Jack, Sr. and Nadine (Dodd) Oxford.  He married Leisa Wright.  He was retired from Sulphur Springs Fire Department and Oxford Body Shop.

         

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Laura Flournoy of Lindale; son, David Oxford, Jr. of Sulphur Springs; brother, Jack Oxford, Jr. and wife, Nita of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Suzi Miller and husband, Robert of Jacksonville and Jean Gee of Katy; grandchildren, Lucas Flournoy; Matthew Flournoy and Logan Oxford.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rodney Oxford and one sister, Betty Carole Newsome.

 

Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or www.diabetes.org/Donate or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or www.heart.org

 

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Harold Ray Walker

 

Harold Ray Walker, age 81, of Emory, passed away Saturday evening, March 5, 2016, at his home.

Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016, First Assembly of God Church in Emory, 11:00 AM, with visitation 1 hour prior at 10:00 AM.  Bro. Montie Parker and Bro. Kelly Montgomery will officiate.  Interment will be at 3:15 PM at Desert Crossroads Cemetery in Desert, TX.

Harold was born in Blue Ridge, on June 15, 1934, to James Harvey and Rassie Coyse Tallent Walker. He married Gloria Shelvadean Davis in Dallas in 1957 and they've been married some 58 years. Harold proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. During his working career he worked at Rockwell International. He was a member and also served as deacon at First Assembly of God Church in Emory.

Survivors include: Wife: Gloria Walker of Emory; Daughter: Teresa Jean Richardson,(Rick), of Cooper; Sons: Timothy Ray Walker, (Donna), of Lavone and Aaron Dale Walker, (Lisa), of Melissa; Sister: Jimmie Nell Turbyfill, (Robert), of Bonham; Brother: Maurice Walker, (Lorene) of Ivanhoe; Grandchildren: Bradley, Alaina, Devin, Austin, Hannah, Tyler and Cooper; Great-grandchildren: Emily, Gavin, Jaclyn, Caiden and Gentry; Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: Parents; Precious grandchildren: Alicia Lynn Walker, Rebecca Erin Walker and Jonathan Dale Walker

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Mary Murline Hogue

Mary Murline Hogue, age 96, of Grand Saline, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. 

Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Smyrna Union Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6-8 PM, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. Bro. Billy Smith will officiate the service.  Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery.

Murline was born in Emory on January 21, 1920, to Charles Jasper and Mary Frances (Frankie) Turner Harrell, the youngest of 10 children.  She married Truman Reaise Hogue in Emory on May 4, 1935, and he preceded her in death.  She was a proud homemaker and mother.  Murline was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. 

Pallbearers:  Toby Furrh, Rodney Thompson, Ritchie Thompson, Clint Hogue, Chad Hogue, Lake Hogue, Benjamin Hogue 
Honorary pallbearers:  Nephews

Survivors include:
1 Daughter:  Sherline Furrh of Canton;
3 Sons:  Preston Hogue of Ranger, Windell Hogue, (Joy), of Gladewater and Joe Paul Hogue, (Lou Ann) of Mineola;
1 Daughter-in-law:  Pam Hogue of Gladewater;
1 Son-in-law:  David Old of Winona;
12 Grandchildren;
19 Great-grandchildren;
8 Great-great grandchildren
Family friend:  Burt Sanborn
Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by:  Parents; Husband:  Truman Hogue; 9 Siblings; 1 Daughter:  Janis Old; 1 Son:  Clois Hogue; 1 Son-in-law:   Wendell Furrh

 

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Jean Boyd

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Jean Boyd, age 89 of Yantis, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Byron George and Rev. Craig Vance officiating.  Honorary pallbearers are the masons of the Yantis Masonic Lodge.  Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Jean passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2016 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.  She was born on March 31, 1926 in Clanton, Alabama, the daughter of Isaac Lee and Madolyn Delene (Robinson) Bice.  She married Marvin Calvin Boyd on December 15, 1944 in Dallas.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church – Yantis.

 

She is survived by her granddaughters, Tiffany Maynard and husband, B. J. of Sulphur Springs and Crystal Boyd of Justin and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Lexi and Gage.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Dwayne Boyd; sister, Ann Joyce and twin sister, Mary Michael.

 



Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.



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Gary Lee Harness 

 

Memorial services for Gary Lee Harness, age 68, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Henry officiating. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, Perry Evans and Crazy Mike. 

Gary passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  Gary was born on March 16, 1947 in Tulare, California, the son of Oscar Leamon Harness and Thadis Lloyd Harness. 

He is survived by his daughters, Misty Morris of Checotah, OK, Melissa Edwards of Cripple Creek, Co, and Mendy Evans and husband Paul of Sulphur Springs, one brother, Wesley Harness of McAlister, OK, grandchildren, Garrett Harness, Devon Harness, Zachgary Drumeller, Anthony Drumheller, Angel Edwards, Lindsay McNeelis, Levi Evans, Kasey Evans, Sydney Evans, Larry Edwards, Michael Edwards and Cassie Edwards, great-grandchildren, seven. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.   

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Delbert Brown

 

Graveside services for Delbert D. Brown, age 75 of Yantis, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Yantis Cemetery with Rev. C.J. Duffey and Rev. Craig Vance officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are Allan Hague, Rick Hughes, Jordan Hughes, Colby Temples, Mark Coker and Brent Bigler.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Delbert passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  He was born on April 14, 1940 in Winnsboro, the son of Vochall and Josephine (Perry) Brown.  He married Lynda Sue Coker on April 25, 1959.  He served in the U.S. Navy; was a retired building contractor and a member of the First Baptist Church – Yantis.

 

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Kim Hughes and husband, Rick of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Shannon Hague and husband, Allan of Yantis; grandchildren, Megan Hughes, Kasey Watkins, Kourtney Temples, Jordan Hughes, Tiffany Hughes and Lynzee Hague; and great-grandchild, Penelope Temples.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters.

 

Memorials can be made to Yantis Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 344, Yantis, TX 75497

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Kathy Ann Wallace Dickens

 

 

Graveside services for Kathy Ann Dickens will be held Friday, March 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Reilly Springs Cemetery with Rev. B.J. Teer officiating. 

Kathy, age 74, of Sulphur Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  She was born the daughter of John Furman Wallace and Cella Marjorie (Henderson) Wallace on March 27, 1941 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.   She retired as a Quality Control Inspector at Lowe’s Distribution Center in Mt. Vernon and was of the Methodist faith.

           

Survivors include:  one son, David Keith Harrison of Brazoria, TX; three daughters, Kimberly Pool and Paula Freeman both of Sulphur Springs and JoLynn Johnson of Maui, Hawaii; one sister, Jonetta Wallace of Sulphur Springs; six grandchildren, Patricia Williams, John Pool, Brittney Moore, Amanda Harrison, Colby Freeman and Hunter Freeman and four great grandchildren, Alexis Adams, Rylan Harrison, Michael Clayton and Claribelle AniKing.

            

Ms. Dickens was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Howard Ray Wallace.           

               

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home

 

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Joe Blanks

Funeral services for Joe Blanks, age 61 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Nesbitt officiating.  Interment will follow in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Charles Marzek, James Doss, Edward Beaver, Harold Follis, Michael Blanks, Braden Blanks and Roger Follis serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Joe passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016 at his residence.  He was born on November 5, 1954 in Memphis, TX the son of Charles and Edith (Conner) Blanks.  He married Martha Sue Darlin.  She survives.         

Along with his wife, other survivors are his step-son, Charles Marzek of Greenville; step-daughter, Christie Darlin of Cooper; two step-grandsons, Triston Marzek and Trenton Marzek; step-granddaughter, Harley Marzek; nephews, Michael Blanks and Chad Wood and niece, Edi Lee Havaner.  

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tommy Blanks and Donnie Wood.

 

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Leeo Henry Janway

Funeral service for Leeo Henry Janway, age 86, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Richardson officiating. 

Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with Joe Jennings, Danny Joe Jennings, Larry Cox, Jeff Sanderson, Brent Johnson, and Gary Fouse serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Mr. Janway passed away on February 28, 2016 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.  Mr. Janway was born March 9, 1929 in Smithville, OK, the son of Thomas Porter Janway and Pearl Davis Janway. He married Lucile Davis on December 1, 1950 in Reno, NV.  She preceded him in death.  He was a jet and radar mechanic at McCellan Air Force Base for 35 years. 

He is survived by son, Mike Janway and wife Susan, daughters, Carolyn Risse, and Barbara Zine and husband Jimmy Lile, all of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Michael Swann and her husband Steven, Ryan Wright and wife Crystal, Leeo Janway and wife Katherine, Richard Janway, Randy Janway, Sarah Potts and husband Brody, Shelby Lyons, great-grandchildren, Skyler Swann, Scott Swann, Jaden Janway, Natalie Janway, Gaven Moran, Maddison Lyons, Mason Potts, Maddox Potts, Erian Wright, Caden Wright, Jayce Wright, Dylan Taylor, and Suzanna Janway and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death, by his parents, daughter, Frances Janway, sisters, Faye Watts, Joyce Janway, great-greatgrandchild, Kacie Swann. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Bobby J. Tidwell

 

Funeral service for Bobby J. Tidwell, age 81, of Point, will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery.  Richard Kellam officiated.

Mr. Tidwell died at his residence on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. He was born in Point, Oct. 7, 1934, to Jesse Powell and O.B. Cason Tidwell. He served his country by serving in the U.S. Army. Bobby married Ida Ruth Horton in Dallas on Jan. 6, 1956.

Survivors include: Wife:  Ida Tidwell of Point Daughters:  Rhonda Tidwell Levinson of Point Regina Tidwell hightower of Point
Rheann Tidwell Stone (Gary) of Emory Son:  Randy Tidwell (Dodie) of Point Grandchildren:  8  Kelley, Craig, Alisha, Melisa, Jerrod, Lacey, Chance, and Cassie Great-grandchildren:  11  Tre, Ty, Kai, Kyndal, Saydie, Masen, Kade, Canyon, Addison, Madison, and Micah Best friend:  Mike Carter

Preceded in death by:  parents, and brother, Jimmie Tidwell

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jerry Northcutt

 

 

Funeral service for Jerry Dewayne Northcutt, age 53, of Point, will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church in Point. Bro. Zack Honzell will officiate. 

Burial will follow in Lynch Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 pm, one hour prior to service, at the church.

Mr. Northcutt died Saturday in a bicycle/vehicle accident in Point. He was born June 18, 1962, in Greenville, to James Edgar and Thelma Louise Moss Northcutt. Jerry worked in a house mover business as a truck driver.  He was a member of Freebridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include: Son:  James Kyle Northcutt (Christy) of Lone Oak Daughter:  Amanda Marie Northcutt (Joe) of Denton Parents:  James and Louise Northcutt of Lone Oak 2 Sisters:  Marlaina McKinney (Ryan) of Cash, and, Lisa Ann Dutruch (Robert) of Covington, LA Grandchildren:  Maddisyn Gilbert, Braxton Northcutt, and Harlee Northcutt Nieces and Nephews:  Elaine Kelley, Lisa Katherine Hillis, Laresa Wolfe, and Colt Dutruch Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Paternal Grandparents:  David Edgar and Eva Lee Northcutt; and,  Maternal Grandparents:  Jim and Helen Moss

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

 

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Hector Montoya

 

Funeral service for Hector Manuel Montoya, age 22, of Emory, will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016,  2:00 pm, at House of Prayer, in Emory, with Bro. Kenneth Ishmael and Bro. Ronnie Nalls officiating. 

Burial will follow in Greenview Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 pm, one hour prior to service at the church.

Manuel died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1993 in Terrell to Antioco Montoya and Claudia San Miguel. Manuel graduated from Rains High School with the class of 2012.  He was now attending college in Commerce.  He also worked for James Gradick at Team Engineering And Mechanical Solutions, Inc., TEAMS,  in Wills Point. He was a Christian young man, and was a member of House of Prayer in Emory. 

Survivors include: Mother:  Peggy Mitchell of Emory Sisters:   Kara Montoya of Commerce, and Karen Nalls of Emory Birth Mother:  Claudia San Miguel of Wills Point Faithful little companions:  Cookie, Dog, and Desi Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Father, Ivan Mitchell in 2013; Sister, Laquita Kennedy; and  Birth Father, Antioco Montoya

 

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Frances Garmon Hopkins

 

Funeral services for Frances Garmon Hopkins, age 96 of Cumby, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Jan Hopkins officiating. 

Interment will take place at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport, LA.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

 

Frances passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Carriage House.  She was born on January 19, 1920 in Bogata, the daughter of Hugh Thomas and Mary Lutisha (Lula) Garmon.  She married James F. Hopkins on October 28, 1944 in Greenville.  She was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church in Richardson, director of food service at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport and she was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II.

 

She is survived by her grandsons, Michael Damon Hopkins of McKinney and Jeremy David Hopkins of Apex, N.C.; four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son James Michael Hopkins; three brothers and three sisters.

 

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Mary Jo Rogers

 

Graveside services for Mary Jo Rogers, age 80 of Brashear, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Brashear Cemetery with Rev. David Burns officiating.  Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 Mary Jo “Sweet Mary” Rogers passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at her residence.  She was born on February 6, 1936 in Brashear the daughter of Milton and Amanda (Gillem) Hall.  She married W. Ray Rogers, who preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Brashear Baptist Church. 

Survivors include daughter, Carla Jo Petty and husband, Rickey of Cumby; sons, Jimmy Gafford and wife, Crystal of Brashear, Mark Gafford and wife, Elaine of Brashear and Justin Gafford of Brashear; grandchildren, Stacy Crumpton, Craig Petty, Jeremy Gafford, Jeffrey Gafford, Valorie Watkins, Stephen Gafford, Dalton Gafford, Kaitlyn Gafford, Chris Gafford, Amanda Gafford, Melissa Gafford, Jason Gafford, Tiffany Gafford, and multiple great-grandchildren and one brother, Franklin Hall of Sulphur Springs. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Charles Hall and two sons, Mike Gafford and Kevin Gafford.

 

 

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Reba Eppars

 

Graveside services for Reba Eppars, age 81 of Terrell, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Connor Cemetery.  There will be no formal visitation.

 

Reba passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at Emery J. Lilge Hospice House in Burleson.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orowsky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Mary Walker

 

Funeral arrangements for Mary Walker, age 94 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Walker passed away Tuesday night, February 23, 2016, at Crestwood Health and Rehab in Wills Point.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Eugene Baldwin

 

Funeral services for Eugene Baldwin, age 86 of Yantis, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Cockrum United Methodist Church in Hernando, MS with Rev. Alvin Whitehead officiating.  Interment will follow at Cockrum Cemetery with his grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Eugene passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at his residence.  He was born on June 29, 1929 in Independence, MS the son of Raymond Baldwin and Lela Fay (Taylor) Baldwin.  He was married to Alice Pearl (Carpenter) Baldwin.  She preceded him in death 2003.

 

Survivors include son, Gary Baldwin of Sulphur Springs, Howard Baldwin of Yantis, Nick Posada of Sherman and Larry Johnson of Sulphur Springs and Alfredo Yantis of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, D. J. Baldwin, B. J. Baldwin, Chuck Baldwin, Brianne Baldwin, Bridgett Baldwin, Andrew Baldwin, Chris Baldwin, Patrick Baldwin, Jonathan Baldwin, Andrea Mullen, Laranda Banks, Mikayla Posada, Amarissa Posada, Kathryn Posada; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Sadie Darnell of Independence, MS and Nora Williams of Independence, MS and brother, Kenny Baldwin of Independence, MS.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Donald Wayne Baldwin and Raymond Baldwin; grandson, Brian Baldwin; brother, T.A. Baldwin and sisters, Annie Rae Stull and Jessie Baldwin.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Vance Wilson

 

 

Funeral services for Vance Wilson, age 72 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Eason officiating. 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Lakeview Cemetery with Rev. Chris Fobbs officiating.  Interment will follow with Jeff Box, Darrell Box, Tippy Aaron, Marlin Comer, Michael Comer, Kenny Comer, Hunter Stonaker and Justin Harrington serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Hobi Adams, Blake Adams, Cooper Adams, Justin Wyly, James Harrington, Dee Box, Cody Wilson and Joseph Wilson. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Vance passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at his residence. 

 

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Steven Paul Vess

 

Memorial service for Stephen Paul Vess, 41, of Tyler, are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Lowe Funeral Home in Quitman with Brother Byron George officiating. Stephen was born October 18, 1974 in Tyler, Texas and passed away February 6, 2016 with a rare bladder cancer in Tyler at Hospice of East Texas. Stephen graduated Valedictorian from Yantis HS in 1993. Graduated with a B.S degree from Texas A&M Commerce in 1997 and was the stage manager of Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He is survived by his father John Edger Vess and his wife Brenda Burnett Vess of Yantis; his mother Mary Jo Hawkins Speer and husband Hugh Lynn Speer of Flint; Paternal grandmother, Wanetta Vess of Azle, and Betty Burnett of Yantis; 2 brothers, Michael Glen Vess of Ft. Worth and Adam Dowell of Golden; 1 sister, Asheley Dowell; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701

 

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Charles Morris

 

Funeral services for Charles H. Morris, age 79 of Brashear, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Halston Potts and Rev. David Burns officiating.  Interment will follow at South Liberty with Rick Girello, J. B. Davenport, Duane Bleeker, Richard Brock, George Mizelle and Leon Davis serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Charles passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on March 30, 1936 in Gainesville, FL the son of William Monroe and Mary Louise (Mull) Morris.  He married Mary Ann Davis on October 28, 1978 in Granbury.  He served in the U.S. Air Force; was a supervisor in a nuclear plant and a member of South Liberty Baptist Church.

 

Survivors include his wife; sons, Eddie Morris of North Carolina, Michael Morris of Colorado and Gregory Morris of Rhode Island; daughter, Kathy Morris of Virginia, Tina Davenport of Miller Grove and Terrie Girello of Florida; grandsons, Evan Morris and Forrest Davenport and granddaughters, Courtney Funderburg, Emily Davenport, Angela Castro, Jessica Sine; eight great-grandchildren and sisters, Dorothy McMahan of North Carolina and Josephine Shook of Virginia.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.



Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Charlotte Ann Money

 

Arrangements are pending with Tapp Funeral Home for Charlotte Ann Money, age 72, of Sulphur Springs. 

Charlotte passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Doris Bottoms

  

Graveside funeral services for Doris Fay Bottoms, age 91 of Huntsville, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Rodger Goins officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Doris passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Huntsville.  She was born on July 25, 1924 in Como, the daughter of Paul J. and Vivian (Watson) Crabb.  She married C.W. Bottoms on March 23, 1944 in Antlers, Oklahoma.  He preceded her in death in 2011.  She was a homemaker and of the Assembly of God faith.

         

Survivors include her sons, Gary Bottoms and wife, Pat of Huntsville and Paul Bottoms of Houston; three grandsons, John Bottoms, Scott Bottoms and Matthew Musgrove and two granddaughters, Kristi Lang and Tawyna Phelan. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband and daughter, Carol Musgrove.

 

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 Cindy Hill

 

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Emory Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Emory City Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday evening, 6-8:00 PM, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Wayne Wolfe and Bro. Richard Pyles will officiate.

Carolyn was born in Dallas, November 23, 2016, to W. R. and Nettie Oneta Bowman Kellum. She married Earl Clyde Hill, Jr. on May 19, 1960. They have raised 3 wonderful children and they reside in Emory. Carolyn was the associate editor of the Rains County Leader, and a big part of the Emory community. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: Husband: Earl Hill of Emory 1 Son: Tra Hill, (Jennifer), of Emory 2 Daughters: Carol Ann Green, (David), of Dallas and Mendy Jagoe, (Jeff), of Leander Mother: Oneta Kellum of Duncanville 2 Sisters: June Gilleland of Midlothian and Wynona Stone of North Richardson 10 Grandchildren: Cliff Green, Kyle Green, Katelyn Green, Carson Green, Alissa Hill, Bethany Hill, Carley Hill, Delaney Hill, Juliet White Eagle and Ethan Jagoe 1 Great-grandchild: Falon Green Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by her Father.

Arrangements are with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.



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Joe Hudson

 

Funeral services for Joe Hudson, age 81 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at First Baptist Church – Sulphur Springs (Spence Chapel) with Rev. David Craig and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Honorary pallbearers are David Baucom, Dick Pogue, Ronnie Hudson, David Hudson, Jarrod Sibley, Tommy Gulledge, Gunner Terry, Coy Ray Hudson, Steve Hudson, Jason Sibley and Gary Hudson. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Joe passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab.  He was born on May 14, 1934 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Roy and Mary Alice (Cook) Hudson.  He married Mary Nell Craig on July 4, 1953 in Sulphur Springs.

 

He was self-employed; member of First Baptist Church – Sulphur Springs Shepherding 4 Sunday School Class and member of the Masonic Lodge in Sulphur Springs.

         

Along with his wife, other survivors include his sons, Michael Hudson and wife, Cheryl and Scott Hudson and wife, Kathy, all of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Crystal Gesch, Brandon Hudson and Chase Hudson and step-grandchildren, Blake Goldsmith, Cade Goldsmith, Alex Mobley, Bryce Mobley, Jeremy Potter, Cody Potter and Carolyn Lane.

         

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Cleve Hudson, Paul Hudson and Jimmy Hudson and one sister, Murl Doolittle.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

 

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Pearl Haney

 

Funeral service for Frances "Pearl" Haney Jones, age 92, of Emory, will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Pilgrims Rest #1 Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the church from 6-8 PM.  Bro. Billy Smith and Bro. David Hendricks will officiate.  Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements.
Pearl went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Senior Suite Care and Rehab in Emory.  She was born January 20, 1924, in Emory, to Ennis Nolan and Lela Myrow Kirkpatrick.  She attended school at Ginger, Bright Star and Emory Schools.
She married James Leon Haney on March 14, 1945, in Rains County. They were married 50 years before he preceded her in death on May 24, 1995.  She later married Alvin "Hap" Jones on August 21, 2005, and he preceded her in death on June 21, 2014.  Pearl worked many years at Globe Laboratories, before becoming a full time wife, mom, and homemaker, which she enjoyed most.  She was a life-long member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church.  
She is survived by her daughter-in-law:  Sherry Haney of Mesquite; two step-daughters:  Donna Jones of Emory and Carol Fizer (George), of Odessa, MO;  one sister:  Delois Spence, (Roy);  two brothers:  James Alton Kirkpatrick, (Ann), and Gerald Kirkpatrick, (Donna), and sister-in-law:  Martha Kirkpatrick, all of Emory; two granddaughters:  Danesha Jacobs, Jennifer Ely, two step-granddaughters:  Kendra Lehr of St. Louis, MO and Shelbi Sterthman of Odessa, MO; great-grandchildren: Mason Jacobs, Elizabeth Jacobs, Bryton Ely and Christopher Ely all of Emory and numerous other loving family and friends.
She was preceded by:  her parents,1st husband of 50 years James Haney, 2nd husband, Alvin "Hap" Jones, son:  "Jimmy" James Leon Haney, Jr., two sisters:  Baby, Velma Lorene Kirkpatrick and Ruth Kennimer Whitehead; five brothers:  J.T., Earl, Nolan, Allen, and Hubert Kirkpatrick

 

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Brian Black

 

Funeral services for Brian Anthony Black, age 39 of Dallas, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Connor officiating. 

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Brian passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at his residence.  He was born on August 29, 1976 in Lamar County, the son of Charles Black and Pamela (Williams) Hughes.  He was the supervisor at Vape Wild.

         

Survivors include his mother, Pamela Hughes and husband, Randell of Sulphur Springs; father, Charles Black; brother, Justin Hughes; daughter, Ivy Marie Morgan and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

         

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Laverne Williams and Dennis and Louise Black.

         

Memorials can be made to The 24 Hour Club, 4636 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204 or online at www.dallas24hourclub.org

 

 

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Cynthia Kay Young

 

Funeral services for Cynthia Kay Young, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service, at the church.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. She passed away in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.  Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

 

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Levi Patterson

 

Funeral services for Larry Levi Patterson, age 69, of Saltillo, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  He passed away his residence at Saltillo on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Edna Holt

 

 

Graveside funeral services for Edna Crystelle Holt, age 91 of Dike, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Conner Cemetery with Rev Tommy Johnston officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

 

Edna passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Hunt County Regional Memorial Hospital.  She was born on November 9, 1924 in Liberty Grove, the daughter of Burl and Dielia (McCann) Toon.  She married Edward Glyn Holt on October 16, 1943, he preceded her in death in 2005.  Edna was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

             

Survivors include her son, Jerry Holt; grandchildren, Steve Holt, Robert Holt, Chris Holt and Michelle Weger; and great grandchildren, Kaitlin Holt, Tessa Lee Holt, Melissa Holt, Eric Holt, Walker Weger, Paige Holt, Rebecca Prall, Audrey Holt, and Cole Sparks.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Billy Toon and one sister, Helen Goodman.

 

 

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Denise "Dink" Goldsmith

 

  Dink has gone to be with her Lord & Savior and to join her family already there waiting for her on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

         

She was born on November 22, 1955 to Dennis Emery Goldsmith and Vera Gladys Foust.  Siblings: Anna Joyce Fouse, James Dennis Goldsmith (deceased), Charles Wayne Goldsmith and Christine, Jean Ann Goldsmith (deceased), Jackie Emery Goldsmith and Faye, Bobby Lynn Goldsmith (deceased), Billy Ray Goldsmith, Barbara Gail Goldsmith (deceased).

         

Children born and loved by Denise: Julie Marie Meek and Michael and Denise Elena Frazier and Bobby.

         

Beloved grandchildren: Nathaniel James Meek, Lydia Anne Meek and Grace D’Ann Frazier.

         

Honorary pallbearers are John Paul Gutierrez, Phillip Porch, John McWhirter, David Marsh, Hesston Taylor, Dr. Don O’Neal and Dr. Charles Reynolds.

         

Visitation to be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 with Graveside services to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Ridgeway Cemetery.

         

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Animal Protection League, 468 Shannon Rd. W Sulphur Springs, TX  75482

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Adoracion Bautista

 

Funeral services for Adoracion Vitug Bautista, age 57, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at St James Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held on 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

She passed away at Mother Frances in Tyler on Thursday, February 9, 2016. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Cassie Edwards

 

 

Cassie Laurita (Clayton) Edwards was born to the late Elgie Clayton Sr. and

Cassie M. Lewis Clayton on February 2, 1950 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She

entered eternal rest on Feb. 11th at her residence with her family.

 

She attended Douglas Schools and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School

in 1968. She is retired from the Texas Health and Human Service

Commission.

 

She was a member and musician of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and

a musician for Evening Chapel CME.

 

She leaves to cherish her memory: Her husband and Four sons, Billy Edwards

Jr. and Michael Edwards, both of Dallas, TX, John Edwards (Sonya Balthazar)

and Byron Edwards both of Sulphur Springs, TX and Two daughters, Sarah

Edwards of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Marian (James) Ellis of Paris, TX; Two

daughter-in-laws, Michelle Edwards of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Tiffany

Edwards of McKinney, TX; Two sisters, Donna Washington, and Teresa Nelson

(Alton) both of Sulphur Springs, TX; Four brothers, Vernon Clayton of

Tyler, TX, Elgie Clayton, Jr. (Bonnie) and Jerry Clayton, all of Emory, TX,

and Paul Clayton of Sulphur Springs, TX and  9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Uel George South

 

Funeral Services for Uel George South, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Monday February 15, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Bryan South, Rev. Mark Bryant, and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.

Military graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016.

George passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Carriage House Cottage. He was born on March 1, 1922 in Charleston, Texas to Alfred David South and Wilda Daisy George South. Mr. South was a carpenter and homebuilder. Mr. South married Billie Jean Webster on February 15, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA. She precedes him in death. He married Una Nordin on January 27, 2002 in Sulphur Springs. She survives. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and served in the Navy.

He is survived by daughters, Linda Ann South Barton and husband Tony of Los Angeles, CA, Barbara Jean

South Hartwig and husband, David of Quinlan, TX, Grandson Brice George Walker of San Jose, CA and great granddaughters Samantha Renee Walker and Layla Rose Walker. Grandson Thomas Russell Gibson and wife, Tracy of Carrollton, TX and great grandsons Johnathan Miles Gibson and Samuel Grant Gibson.  Brothers, Jerry Lyn South and wife, Barbara of  Pampa, TX, James David South and wife, Betty of Lovington, NM, sisters, Boodie Star Kerr of Plano, TX, Peggy Jane Martin and husband, Ted of Jacksboro, TX, Martha Zoe Pickerel and husband, Allen of Eunice, NM.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard George South, brother, Richard George South, sister, Daisy Daun Singleton Ksionda.

Surviving step-children are Mike Nordin and Tonya Riley, step-grandchildren, Marcie Stewart and husband Keith, David Nordin and wife Kristi, Brandon Riley, Blake Riley and wife Diana, Brit Riley and wife Hannah, Matthew Nordin, step-great-grandchildren, Lane Stewart, Zach Stewart, Triston Stewart, Daniel Nordin and Megan Nordin, Jax Riley and Beau Riley, Maddie Gilbreath.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the church or charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

 

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Michael Don Lewis

Funeral services for Michael Don Lewis age, 74 of Ft. Worth will be held at 1:00 PM Friday February 12, 2016 at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. H.B. Nash and Rev. Graylon Ford officiating.   Burial will follow at the North Caney Cemetery with Rodney Sanders, Leon Lindley, Eric Holt, Jamaal Hardgrave, Kirk Ames and Chauncey Lewis serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michael S. Lewis, Mirion Lewis and Marlon Lewis. 

Viewing will be held two hours prior to the service.

Mr. Lewis died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest.

He was born on September 9, 1941 in Sulphur Springs the son of George and Bethonia Richmond Lewis.  He married Mae Lou Dial on September 20, 1961 in Sulphur Springs, Texas and she survives. 

Mr. Lewis was an Engineer with Lockheed Martin Aviation for twenty-three years.  He graduated from Douglas High School, attended Tyler Jr. College, and earned his Bachelor & Master’s degree in Engineering from ETSU (Texas A &M Commerce) and was studying for his PHD.  Member of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years Mae Lou Lewis of Ft. Worth; sons Michael S. Lewis  and Kimberly of The Colony, Mirion R. Lewis and Darlene of Plano, Marlon D. Lewis of Ft. Worth; daughters Marian B. Lewis of Lewisville and Michelle L. Lewis of Oak Point.   Two sisters; Georgia Ruth Wooten of Dallas and Lawanda Betty Lewis Walker and husband Robert of New Boston.   Grandchildren; Jamaal Hardgraves, Chauncey Lewis, Tara Lewis Moore, Chelsea Cooper, Maya Lewis, Kristin Tucker, Byron Tucker, Cianna Wesson, Mikale Lewis, Mariayah Lewis and Meah Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Thomas Ray Lewis, Tony Ralph Lewis and Michael O’Neal Lewis also by two sisters; Lawanda Joyce Lewis and Claudia Bethan Lewis and a grandson Malik Lewis.      

 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

 

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John Isom

Funeral services for John Isom, age 91 of Como will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Austin Baxley officiating. 

Interment with military honors will follow at Forest Academy Cemetery with Russell Bearden, Austin Baxley, L.D. Baxley, Travis Baxley and Bryan Terry serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour and a half before the service.

         

John passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.  He was born on November 2, 1924 in Como, the son of Dewey and Mable C. (Smith) Isom.  He married Hazel Crawford on August 16, 1953 in San Diego, CA.  She preceded him in death in 1957.  He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War; was a member of the Sulphur Springs VFW, was retired from A. K. Gillis and Sons as a construction worker and of the Methodist faith.

         

He is survived by his daughter, Eva Phillips and husband, Danny of Alba; grandchildren, Pamela Terry and husband, Bryan and Russell Bearden; brother, Phil Isom of Chico, James Isom of Bridgeport and sister, Dewena Crowell of Rockwall.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

         

Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 


Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home

 

 

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Ray Ferrell

 

Funeral services for Ray Ferrell, age 85, of Sulphur Springs, have been set for 2:00PM, Friday, February 12, 2016 at Tapp Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Perkins and Bro. Edgar Clements officiating.  Interment will follow in Posey Cemetery with Lanny Ferrell, Cody Williams, Cory Ferrell, Jeff Timko, Pete Wyatt, and Caden Ferrell serving as pallbearers. His great-grandchildren are Honorary Pallbearers.

A visitation will be held at Tapp Funeral Home on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 

Mr. Ferrell passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. He was born on July 22, 1930 in Emblem, the son of Homer Ferrell and Pearl (Keith) Ferrell.  He married Nancy Pauline (Polly) Riley in Cumby on September 4, 1948.   He was a farmer, dairyman and worked for the County as foreman for Pct. 4.  He was a member of Posey Baptist Church.

Survivors include, his wife, Polly; three sons, Charles Ferrell and wife, Deborah, Stevie Ferrell and wife, Sherri and Jackey Ferrell and wife, Vicki all of Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Rose Mary Fielden and husband, Richard of Sulphur Bluff and Patty Williams and husband, Danny of Sulphur Springs;   grandchildren, Lori Timko, Lanny Ferrell, Melissa Wyatt, Cody Williams,
Stacy Williams, Bridget Albert, Cory Ferrell, Kortni Ferrell and Caden Ferrell; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Della Wright and Jane Partridge. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rickey Ferrell; a brother, Sedell Ferrell; and two sisters, Katherine Hooten and JoAnn Prince.

Memorials may be made to Posey Cemetery Association.

 

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Gail Washington

   Graveside Service for Gail Thomas Washington, 69, of Dallas, TX will be heldat 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Mel haven Cemetery, Sulphur Springs.

   Pastor, Danny Cox will provide the eulogy

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   Relatives and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

   Viewing with formal visitation will be held on

Friday, February 12 from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.at  

Mason & Mason Mortuary.

  

Gail Thomas Washington died Sunday, February 7, 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. 

  

Mrs. Washington was born February 7, 1947 in Sulphur Springs to Goldie Mae Goodson Thomas and Leon Thomas.  Both parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Washington attended Douglas High School in Sulphur Springs. 

Mrs. Washington retired from Preston Towers in Dallas after 27 years of service.

  

Gail Thomas Washington leaves to cherish her memories:  husband, Joseph Washington; one stepson, Cornelius Washington; 4 stepdaughters, Pamela Simons, Bennie Brown, Phyllis Washington and Rosalina Cook; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Thomas Hill; two brothers, Jimmy Joe Gordon and Don Roby Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

  

Services Entrusted to Mason & Mason Mortuary

 

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Chesaline Frank

Graveside Services for Chesaline Frank, age 85 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Winterfield Cemetery with Rev. C. J. Duffey officiating. 

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Frank passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Carriage House Manor.  She was a retired homemaker.

         

She was born on March 10, 1930, the daughter of G.C. and Allie Mae (Ellidge) Cain in Hopkins County.

         

Survivors include husband, Bob Frank of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Sherry Therwanger and husband, Phillip of Sulphur Springs; son, Steve Pool of Lantana; sisters, Essie Sickles of Mansfield, Ina Dodson of Houston and Annita Morris of Flint; brothers, Lee Cain of Mansfield and Gilbert Cain, Jr. of Joshua; grandchildren, David Therwanger, Mark Pool, Karen Beckwith, Jeremy Pool, Richard Pool and eleven great-grandchildren.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Rodney Pool; one grandson, Marty Therwanger and one brother, Earl Cain.

Memorials can be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or at www.gideons.org.

 

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Russell King

 

Funeral arrangements for Russell King, age 81 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mr. King passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Haley N. Pogue

A memorial service for Haley N. Pogue, age 32, of Sulphur Bluff, will be conducted on Wednesday, February 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in West Oaks Funeral Chapel.

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

Haley passed away on Sunday morning, February 7, 2016, in an automobile accident.

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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James Hausser

 

Funeral arrangements for James Hausser, age 84 of Cooper are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Mr. Hausser passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Rita Richardson

 

A private service will be held for Rita Richardson, age 75, who passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at her residence in Winnsboro, TX.

 

Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Dwayne Boyd

 

Funeral Services for Dwayne Boyd, age 55 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at First Baptist Church Yantis with Bro. Byron George and Rev. Craig Vance officiating. 

Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery with Sidney Walker, Larry Ponder, Tim Ponder, Marcus Hill, Wesley Attaway and Mike Smith serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Boyd passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.  He was a funeral director, lifetime member of the First Baptist Church Yantis and was a member of the Yantis Masonic Lodge.

         

He was born on August 22, 1960, the son of Marvin Calvin & Willie Jean (Bice) Boyd in Sheffield, Alabama.

         

Survivors include daughters, Crystal Boyd of Justin and Tiffany Maynard and husband, B.J. of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Lexi, Hunter and Gage and mother, Jean Boyd.

         

He was preceded in death by his father.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Mary F. Burgener

 

Memorial Services for Mary F. Burgener, age 56 of Winnsboro, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Seymore Bible Fellowship Church. 

There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Burgener passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.  She was a retired homemaker.

         

She was born on January 7, 1960, the daughter of Calvin and Bonnie (George) Vaughn in Gilmer.

         

Survivors include son, Kirt Bryan of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Melissa Mills of Mt. Vernon and Lisa Bryan of Mt. Vernon; brothers, Lee Vaughn of Sulphur Springs and James Vaughn of Sulphur Springs; granddaughter, Masey Morris of Winnsboro and grandson, Casey Morris of Mt. Vernon.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Myrtle Ruth Alsobrooks Kemp

 

Memorial services for Myrtle Ruth Alsobrooks Thomas Kemp, age 77 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Ecksrom officiating.

 

Mrs. Kemp passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her residence.

 
Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Teresa Kaye Stubblefield

 

Graveside service for Teresa Kaye Stubblefield, age 54, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 5, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Stubblefield passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Baylor Health Care Center of Dallas.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

 

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Ernest Mack Boyd

 

Graveside services for Ernest Mack Boyd, age 93, of Dallas, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Ethridge officiating.  There will be no formal visitation. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Longino, Dr. James Longino, Mark McClendon, Jay McClendon and Bobby McDonald. 

Mr. Boyd passed away Monday, February 1, 2016 at Caruth Haven Court Assisted Living in Dallas.  Mr. Boyd was born on August 24, 1922 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Malcom E. Boyd and Maude Patterson Boyd.  He married Sarah McDonald on August 3, 1952 in Sulphur Springs.  She preceded him in death.   Mr. Boyd received his master’s degree from Baylor University.  He was a school administrator and after retiring taught history at Howard College in Big Spring, TX.  Mr. Boyd served in the United State Army during WWII, where he was a POW.  Mr. Boyd was a member of First Baptist Church of Big Spring, TX where he also taught Sunday school for many years. 

He is survived by three daughters, Carol Boyd of Big Spring, TX, Emily Boyd of Dallas, TX and Susan Simco and husband Richard of Arlington, TX, grandchildren, Ryan Pasley of Austin, TX, Rachel Barry and husband Blake of Arlington, TX, Rick Simco of Ft. Worth, TX, Chris Simco and wife Anna of Ft. Worth, TX and Nicole Singleton and husband Kenny of Lamesa, TX, great-grandchildren, Jack Barry, Bryce Singleton, Breeley Singleton and Alivia Simco. 

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Boyd and sister, Betty Longino. 

Memorials may be First Baptist Church of Big Spring, 705 W. FM 700, Big Spring, TX  79720 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com

 

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Edithanne Warwick

 

Edithanne Warwick, age 77, of Point, passed away Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016, at her home. 

Funeral service will be held Friday, 2:00 PM, February 5, 2016, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.  Interment will follow in Woosley Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at 1:00 PM.

Anne was born on October 7, 1938, in Dallas, to Thomas Leslie and Ruby Lee Freiley Lindsay.  She married Price Owen Warwick in Dallas on March 4, 1955, and they were married some 54 years before he passed away in April, 2009.  Anne was a Christian and was affiliated with both Bull Creek Cowboy Church and Woosley Baptist Church.  Anne was a member of Point Ladies Civic Club, Rains County Genealogy Society, and also the Chairperson for Rains County Democratic Party.

Survivors include:
2 Sons:  Price Owen Warwick, Jr. of Carrollton, and Clayton Ray Warwick of Point

2 Daughters:  Leslie Berryman of Carrollton, and Susie Hilton of Saskatchewan, Canada

Grandchildren:  Matthew Scarborough, Stephen Scarborough, Price Owen Warwick III, LeeAnna Warwick, and Sarah Ward

Great-grandchildren:  Korey, Grady, Sawyer, Lincoln, Miller, Price IV, Kessa, Ryley, and Nolan

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by:
Parents; Husband, Price Warwick in April 2009; 2 Sisters:  Ethelmae Benson & Alledalee Glavey; and 1 Brother:  William Perry Lindsay

Please sign the online guestbook at www.wilsonorwoskyfuneralhome.com.

 

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Charles Floyd Langley

Charles Floyd Langley, age 59, of Emory, passed away, Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs.  Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory was in charge of local arrangements.  Further funeral arrangements to be announced by the family.
Charles was born on December 28, 1956, in Midland, to Carl and Eva Irene Dean Langley.  He married Sharon Elaine Cook in Midland on June 4, 1975.  He was a minister most all of his life. 
Survivors include: Wife:  Sharon Langley of Point Sons:  Byron Keith Langley, (Kim). of Brownwood and Jerod Heath Langley, (Becky), of Emory Daughters:  Heather Irene Bomar, (Thomas), of Point and Kay LeeAnn Langley, (Jason) of Emory Brothers:  Marvin Langley and Roy Langley of Midland Sister:  Jeannie Strickland of Midland Grandchildren:  Erin, Joshua, Valauria, Kirsten, Amberlee, Stetson, Anthony, Tristan, Angel, Zachary, Chrystal, Brittany, Carl, and Michael Numerous other loving family and friends
Preceded by:  Parents, 1 Brother:  Ronnie Langley; 1 Grandchild:  Baby Bomar

Online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonorwoskyfuneralhome.com.

 

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Eula Kernes

Funeral services for Eula Johnnie Kernes, age 84 of Royse City will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2015 at the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs with Rev. Danny Caldwell officiating.  Interment will follow at Enon Cemetery in Alba.

The family will receive visitors from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Stacy Kennedy

Funeral arrangements for Stacy Kennedy, age 42 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Kennedy passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

 

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Geneva Faye Garmon Stripling

Funeral service for Geneva Faye Garmon Stripling, age 100, of Miller Grove, will be held Saturday, 2:00 PM, January 30, 2016, at Miller Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Miller Grove Cemetery.  Mrs. Stripling passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Hunt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Geneva was born on August 16, 1915, in Point, to Frank Russell and Ola Ferrell Landrum Garmon, Sr.  She married James Wesley Stripling on July 23, 1939. She worked and retired after many years from Reserve Life Insurance Company in Dallas.  She was a charter member of Miller Grove Baptist Church. She was a member of Miller Grove Quilting Club.

Survivors include: 2 Daughters: Jeanetta Louise Smith of Denton and Anita Kay Stripling of Miller Grove    Son: James Richard Stripling, and wife, Sandy, of Seymour    Brother: Hollis D. Garmon, and wife, June, of Greenville    Brother-in-law: Luke Morris Stripling, and wife, Madeline, of Dickinson    Sisters-in-law: Elaine Garmon and June Garmon, both of Miller Grove     3 Grandchildren: Kim Stripling Hollar, and husband, Ronald; M.W. Stripling, and wife, Michelle; and Austin Lee Smith, and wife, Whitney    Great-grandchildren Hayden Hollar; Brady Hollar; Wesley Cole Hollar; Jacob Stripling; Kaytlin Stripling; Audrey Leigh Smith; and Payton Jean Smith    Numerous other nieces and nephews    A host of other loving family and friends   

Preceded by: Parents; Husband: James Wesley Stripling, in 1999; 1 Sister: Louise Garmon Stripling; 3 Brothers: Robert H. Garmon, Sr.; Paul W. Garmon, Sr.; Frank Russell Garmon, Jr.; 1 Son-in-Law: Dr. Sterling Lee Smith in 2006

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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J.D. "Mutt" Holder

Funeral Services for J.D. “Mutt” Holder, age 90 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Darryl Davis officiating.  Interment will follow at Emblem Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Holder passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Rock Creek Nursing Home.

 

 

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Myrtle Kemp

Funeral arrangements for Myrtle Kemp, age 76 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

  Mrs. Kemp passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her residence.

 

 

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Betty Story

Funeral arrangements for Betty Story, age 87 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 Mrs. Story passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Carriage House Manor.

 

 

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Cynthia Gail Palmore

Cynthia Gail Palmore, age 58, of Emory, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Plano Medical Center in Plano. Cindy was born Feb. 11, 1957, in Dallas, to Archie and Julia Ray Latham Palmore. She went through school in Rains County. During her working career, she worked as a cook at several different restaurants.

Survivors include: Daughter:  Melanie Sisk (Lynn) of Emory Son:  Justin Sisk (Alma) of Emory Brothers:  Archie Wayne Palmore (Anita) of Mesquite Jack Palmore (Karen) of Ft. Worth Grandchildren:  Jourdan, Dusty, Jessica, Jayden, Logan, Makenzie, and Thomas Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Parents, and 1 sister, Helen Clifton No service scheduled at this time.

Cremation is under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Margaret Ozell Ensley

Funeral Services for Margaret Ozell Ensley of Grand Prairie, formerly of Cumby, will be held  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Del Angel Funeral Home in Grand Prairie.

Services will be at 10 a.m.

Visitation will be prior to the service  at 9 a.m.

Committal Service will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas at 11:30 a.m.

 

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J.W. Nichols

Funeral Services for J.W. Nichols, age 67 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Kyle Ray officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Nichols passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.  He was a retired truck driver for Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op and a member of the Journey Baptist Church.         

He was born on October 12, 1948, the son of Wren and Vera (Meeks) Nichols in Como.  He married Deborah Clapper on December 8, 1973 in Como. She survives.         

Other survivors include daughter, Christy Harmon and husband, Jeremy of Sulphur Springs; sons, John Nichols of Sulphur Springs and David Wisdom of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Joshua Harmon, Shania Harmon, Cassandra Harmon and Sami Harmon and sister, Janice Wilkinson.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

 

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Louise Jones Martin

Funeral Services for Louise Jones Martin, age 102 of Como, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Black Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Beliew officiating.  Interment will follow at Black Oak Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Martin passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Carriage House Manor.  She was a retired sales associate from Sanger Brothers Clothing Store.  She was a lifetime member of the Black Oak Baptist Church.         

She was born on September 15 1913, the daughter of R.W. and Alice (Liner) Jones in the Black Oak Community.  She married David Martin on February 13, 1932 in Pickton. He preceded her in death in 1986.         

Survivors include: niece, Jorene Orr of Sulphur Springs and nephews, Larry Jones of Como and Ronnie Jones of Cabot, Arkansas.         

She was preceded in death by one sister, Chloell Jones and one brother, Daniel Melton “D.M.” Jones.

         

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Black Oak Church, P.O. Box 24, Como, TX 75431 or the charity of your choice.

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Maxine Gaines

Funeral Services for Maxine Ann Gaines, age 82 of Cumby, TX, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 with Bro. Duncan Graham officiating.  Interment will follow at Long Cemetery with Kenneth Gaines serving as pallbearer.  There will be no formal visitation.  

Mrs. Gaines passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at her residence. 

She was born October 2, 1933 in Colby, KS, the daughter of Marty John Ryan and Rosa E. Benda Ryan.  Mrs. Gaines married Jack William Gaines on October 18, 1950 in Colby, KS.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Gaines worked for the Pollack Paper Company for thirty years, she was a member of the Black Jack Grove Daughters, and also a member of the Cumby Methodist Church. 

She is survived by her son, Johnny Ray Gaines of Arlington.  

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Virlene Hale.  

Arrangements are under the directions of West Oaks Funeral Home

 

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Shelbi Rena Gleason

Funeral services for Shelbi Rena Gleason, age 22 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Shelbi passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances in Winnsboro.

 

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Eula Pauline Gunter

Eula Pauline Carr Gunter passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the age of 92.

Pauline as she was better known was born on October 24, 1923 in Blunt County, Alabama to Luther Filo and Dixie Teague Carr.  She married Ralph Eugene Gunter on June 22, 1939 and he precedes her in death.

She is survived by three of her four children, Lynn Kimbell, Laura Kelly, and Betty Jasper, as well as six grandchildren. Her second born child, Brenda Moredock passed away in 2006

Mr. Gunter later moved from Blunt County, Alabama to Dangerfield, Texas where she resided for almost 35 years. During this time, she was a business owner and was active in civic affairs.  After retiring and selling her business, she moved to Hunt County, Texas and later to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Omaha, Texas at the Omaha City Cemetery with Rev. Dan Gilliam officiating.

 

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Lillian Gee Murray

Graveside service for Lillian Gee Murray, age 97, of Sulphur Springs will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Shooks Chapel Cemetery with Rev. James Diamond officiating. There will be no formal visitation. Mrs. Murray passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born September 14, 1918 in Como, TX to Lester Canady Byrd and Lovey Louise Mosley Byrd. She married Pat Murray on Feb. 9, 2003 in Sulphur Springs. He survives. Lillian was an owner of Gee Glass & Mirror for 32 years. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and a member of First Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is also survived by one sister, Bonnie Barton of Dallas, five nieces and three nephews.

Mrs. Murray was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Harold L. Byrd, Billy P. Byrd, and Lester Byrd, Jr., sisters, Sybil Kennedy, Francis Coker, and Earlene Davis.

Arrangements under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jessie Boyd

Jessie Boyd, age 81, of Emory, passed away at his home, Thursday, January 14, 2016.  Services are pending with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home. 

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Larry Milligan

Memorial services for Claude Lawrence Milligan II, age 71, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Myra Wilson Chapel with Rev. Charles Moore and Rev. H. P. Hosey officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  Honorary pallbearers will be Wanda Lair, Jim and Jo Beth Thompson, Chad Young, Bill Hodge, Danny Campbell, Betty Chapman, and David Dougan. 

Larry passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Clements University Hospital, UT Southwestern in Dallas. 

Larry was born on August 30, 1944 in Dallas, TX, the son of Claude Lawrence Milligan and Lois Morris Milligan.  He married Mary Frances Mead Milligan on September 19, 1971 in Dallas, TX.  She survives.  Larry graduated from SMU where he received his degree in electrical engineering. He was the owner of Milligan Electric for many years.  He was a member of the Rotary Club where he served as president twice and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Ann Milligan Gray. 

Memorials may be made to Terrific Tuesday c/o First United Methodist Church, 301 Church St, Sulphur Springs, TX, 75482, and American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or First Presbyterian Church, 129 College St, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

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A. Bearl Clark

Funeral Services for A. Bearl Clark, age 92 of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Davis Street Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Hall and Al Davis officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery in Yantis, with Matt Clark, Sam Clark, Ray David Grimes, Glenn Dixon, Rodney Bird, and Nick Theisburg serving as pallbearers.

         

Bearl Clark passed away on January 13, 2016.

He was born January 10, 1923 in Van, to Preston and Delia Clark.  He married Jimmie N. Willis on September 22, 2000 in Emory.He moved to Sulphur Springs in 1980.  Mr. Clark served in WWII, retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of the Davis Street Baptist Church. He loved working with flowers, gardening and building his own workshop.         

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie N. Clark; son, Glen Alford and wife, Susie; son, Gaylon Clark and wife, Rita; son, Ken Clark and wife, Deborah; step-son, Ronnie Willis and wife, Michelle; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.         

He was preceded in death by his parents; former wife, Elva; daughter, Carolyn; three sisters and three brothers.

         

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

 

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Doyle Gene Coffman

Funeral services for Doyle Gene Coffman, age 68, of Point, TX. , will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 16, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roy Burpo officiating. Interment will follow at Emblem Cemetery with Kevin Coffman, Carl Coffman, Tony Coffman, Kirk Coffman, David Smart, and Jesse Coffman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Britt Coffman and Randy Davis. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., one hour prior to service time at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Doyle passed away on January 12, 2016 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. 

He was born on March 25, 1947 in Emblem, TX. , the son of Amos Coffman and Opal Redman Coffman.  He was a truck driver for many years and was of the Baptist faith. 

He is survived by his wife Linda,daughter, De-Ann Ames and husband Kirk of Athens, grandchildren, Leon and Kirtis Ames of Athens, step-son David Smart of Dodd City and wife, Mayanin, step-grandchild, Sarah Smart, sisters, Myrtle Rogers of Como, Susie Littrell of Sulphur Springs, Bennie Wisdom of Rolla, MO, Pat Murray of Sulphur Springs, brothers, David Coffman of Dodd City and Truitt Coffman of Campbell and many nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

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Allen Lynn Chamness

 

A memorial service for Allen Lynn Chamness, age 52 of Yantis, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Peyton Joe Pilkinton

Funeral service for Peyton Joe Pilkinton will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 2:00 pm, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. Burial will be in Emory City Cemetery . Bro. Jerry Tadlock will officiate.

Peyton Joe was born on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, to Christopher and Misty Pilkinton of Wolfe City at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney.

Survivors include: Parents:  Christopher and Misty Pilkinton, of Wolfe City Siblings:  2 sisters, Delaney Dawn Pilkinton, Dalal Hazaymeh, and, 1 brother, Tyler Edward Pilkinton Grandparents:  Jarrett and Debra Lambert of Dallas, Michael Anthony Pilkinton of Melissa, and, Jackie and Lanell Milner of Wolfe City Great-grandmothers:  Treva Fisher of Point; and, Frances Pilkinton of Melissa Great-father:  John Shipp of Merit Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Great-grandfathers, Gerald Fisher;  and, Kenneth Pilkinton, and Great-grandparents, Herman and Dalaine Quirl

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Elwin Paul Cannon

Funeral service for Elwin Paul Cannon, age 86, of Emory, will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, January 15, 2016, at House of Prayer in Emory. Bro. Kenneth Ishmael  and Bro. Matt Miller will officiate.  Burial will follow at a later date at DFW National Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service, 1:00 pm, at the church.

Paul was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Butler, Ok, to William L. and Cora Alice Campbell Cannon. He was an electronics engineer with several different companies. Paul proudly served his country during WW II.  After discharge from one stint, he reenlisted for a second service time with the U.S. Army. He married Maxine Ava Clements, in Loveland, Co on July 28, 1979.

Survivors include: Wife, of Emory 3 sons:  David P. Cannon (Tanya) of Temple; Billy D. Cannon (Robin) of Greeley, CO;  and, Tim Cannon 2 daughters:  Gloria Parker-Partain (Pete) of Euless; and, Sylvia McCoy of Temple 2 step-sons:  Les McAlevy (Anita) of Gill, CO; David E. McAlevy of Gill CO; 2 step-daughters:  Cynthia M. Rogers (Jim) of Big Piney, Wyoming; and, Hazel C. Jenson, of Johnstown, CO 1 brother:  Herschel Cannon (Amelia) of Denver, CO 1 sister:  Ann Cannon Spears of McKinney Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Parents; 1 step-daughter, Irene S. Moreno 2 brothers, Billy Cannon, and Tim Cannon 1 sister, Rhea Jenkins

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Doris Cromer Wardrup

Private Services were held for Doris Cromer Wardrup, age 90, formerly of Sulphur Springs, who passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Greenhill Villa in Mt Pleasant.

She was born on December 22, 1925 to Morris James Cromer and Etha Arnold Taylor.  She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School on May 28, 1943 and married Wayne Lewis Wardrup on June 6, 1944.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Taylor of Saltillo and a grandson, Cory Len Applewhite of Austin.

 

Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Otto Sandoval

Otto Sandoval, of North Hopkins, TX, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his residence. Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Mel Panter

Funeral services for Mel Panter, age 88 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at League Street Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with his sons and grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

          

Mel passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. 

Melvin Thomas Panter was born on September 17, 1927 in Albion, OK, the son of Boss and Elma (Wall) Panter.  Mel married Merle Tolbert on May 26, 1948 in Van Buren, Arkansas.  She preceded him in death in August of 2014.  Mel served in the Air Force.  He was a member of League Street Church of Christ serving as an elder.  He was a member of the Choctaw Indian Tribe.  His passion and past time was oil painting.          

Survivors include his sons, Gary Panter and wife Helene of Brooklyn, NY and Tommy Panter and wife, Gwen of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Linda Panter of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Caleb Panter and wife, Addi; Adam Panter and wife, Jenni, Luke Panter and wife, Janae, Andrew Panter and Olive Panter; great-grandchildren, Bennett Panter, Beau Panter, Penny Panter, Charli Panter, Griffin Panter and Boss Panter. 

         

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother, Jacky Panter.

 

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Erlene Counts

Funeral services for Erlene Kennimer Counts, age 72 of Yantis, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Tim Gibbs officiating.  Interment will follow at Arbala Cemetery with Marcus Dobbs, Kent Mitchell, Michael Cheairs, Shyne Bright and Kenneth Burney and Billy Sartin serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Erlene passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on August 12, 1943 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Earl Dewitt Kennimer and Sammie Robnett Petross.  She married Billy Ray Counts in 1979 in Longview.  He preceded her in death.  She retired from the healthcare industry and was of the Church of Christ faith.          

Survivors include her daughters, Kerri Gae Goodson and spouse, Kris of Wylie and Tonya Rae Craig of Hugh Springs; parents, Sammie and Roy Petross; sister, Elvira Browning and husband, Lonnie; grandchildren, Amanda Kae Troy and husband, Dustin, Shyne Bright, Kortne Craig, Sarah Craig and Stephanie Nolan; great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Troy, Justin Troy, Connor Craig and Dayne Parsons; nieces and nephews, Lisa DeLoach, Brad Browning, Michael Cheairs and Kent Mitchell and wife, Lisa. 

         

She is preceded in death by her husband, father, one son, Lester Hobbs and one sister, Joyce Kennimer.

 

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Odessa Bearden

Graveside funeral services for Odessa Bearden, age 96 of Mesquite, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Odessa passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at her residence. 

She was born on April 4, 1919 in Nelta, the daughter of Samuel Hebber and Carrie Elmyra (Stubblefield) Harris.  She was a seamstress, won the Hopkins County Stew cook-off twice, member of the Historical Society and the Senior Citizen Thrift Store.          

Survivors include her son, Harris Bearden and wife, Lolita of Mesquite; grandchildren, Christopher, Kimberly, Ryan and Drew and nine great-grandchildren. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, R.D. Bearden and one son, Ray Dan Bearden.

 

 

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Barbria Alice Teague Looney

Graveside services for Barbria Alice Teague Looney, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at South Liberty Cemetery with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Barbria passed away Friday, January, 8, 2016 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. 

She was born on March 7, 1936 in Ft. Worth, TX, the daughter of Edward Dewey Teague and Sadie Mae Burrows Teague.  Barbria married James Donald Looney, Sr. on June 5, 1954 in Mission, TX. 

He preceded her in death on March 6, 2005.  Barbria was a BeautiControl Consultant for 25 years and was also an owner/operator along with her husband, of Looney’s County Store in the Shirley Community.  Barbria was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs and previously was Secretary-Treasurer at Trinity Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Denise Fulcher and husband Gordon of Sulphur Springs, son, Edward Byers Looney of Tucson, AZ, grandson, Evan Joseph Fulcher of Sulphur Springs.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, son, James Donald Looney, Jr., brothers, A. D. Teague, Leon Teague and Dean Rex Teague.  Memorials may be made to Terrific Tuesday, c/o First United Methodist Church, 301 Church St, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Moises Galvin

A funeral service of Christian burial for Moises Galvan, age 35 of Dike, will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Juan Carlos Sardinas officiating.   Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery with Gabriel Galvan, Mike Galvan, Joel Reyes, Jose Martinez, Sam Barcenas, Calletano Jr. Hernandez, Andrew Morales and Eduardo Castaneda serving as pallbearers. 

A visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, January 8, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Moises passed away on January 6, 2016. 

He was born on August 30, 1980 in Pittsburg, TX, the son of Jose Juan Galvan and Emilia Hernandez Galvan.  Moises owned and operated MG Window Tint in Sulphur Springs.  He was a devoted Cowboy fan and loved tuning cars. 

He is survived by two daughters, Jaslyn Christine Galvan and Kynlee Graciela Galvan both of Sulphur Springs, his parents, brothers, Gabriel Galvan and Mike Galvan both of Sulphur Springs, sisters, Maria Mejia and husband Rogelio of Sulphur Springs, Laura Galvan of Dike, Veronica Castaneda and husband Eduardo of Mt. Pleasant, and Brenda Galvan of Dike. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Chloe Soleil Hall

Graveside funeral services for Chloe Soleil Hall, age 18 of Cornith, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Chaplain Ron Scott officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

 

Chloe passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

She was born on February 18, 1997 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Terrence Graham Hall and Karen Ruth (Bennett) Qualls.  Chloe was a student, kind and nurturing to stray animals and people. She was funny and her laugh will be truly missed.

 

Survivors include her mother, Karen Qualls of Cornith; brothers, David Berry of Austin and Max Hall of Corinth; sister, Ginger Berry of Dallas, grandparents, David and Joyce Bennett of Sulphur Springs and grandmother, Cindy Qualls of McKinney.

 

She is preceded in death by her father, Joshua Qualls.

 

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Johnnie Ray Turner

Funeral service for retired pastor, Bro. Johnnie Ray Turner, age 94, of Point, are scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Smyrna Union Church. Bro. Ron Dummer will officiate. Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 1:00 PM, at the church. Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements.

Bro. Johnnie Turner passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at his home in Point.

Bro. Turner was born in Emory on September 18, 1921 to Melvin Edgar and Amanda Frances Daniel Turner.  He married Charlotte Ann Walker in Yantis on December 24, 1970.  He worked many different jobs in his lifetime, but the most important job was being a minister and leading people to the Lord. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Seven Oaks Baptist Church.

Survivors include: Wife: Charlotte Turner of Point

Son: Johnnie Wayne Turner of Austin

Daughter: Pamela D. Gassett, and husband, Kevin, of Point

5 Grandchildren

7 Great-grandchildren

1 Great-great-granddaughter

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents; 1st Wife: Peggy Katherine Creech Turner in 1969; 1 Daughter: Alice Davis; 1 Grandson: Blake Gassett in 2012; 4 Sisters: Leota Harper, Lorene Lutrick, Katy Thedford, and Nina Faye Dale; 2 Brothers: Melvin Willard Turner and Grady Lee Turner

Pallbearers: Robert Walls, Tony Walls, Kevin Gassett, Jason Dale, John Bullock and Johnnie Wayne Turner

In lieu of flowers please make donations, In Johnnie's name, to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 8976, Greenville, TX 75404.

 

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Robert Clay Cooper

A Memorial service for Robert Clay Cooper, 52 of Sulphur Springs has been scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Tapp Funeral Home.   

Mr. Cooper passed away Monday, January 4, 2016 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler

 

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Ronnie Gene Buffington

Ronnie Gene Buffington, age 74, of Emory, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at ETMC in Tyler. Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. Bro. Bill Cooper, Jr. will officiate.  Interment will follow at Woosley Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1-2 PM, at the funeral home.


Ronnie was born on March 12, 1941, in Wichita Falls to Thomas Doyle and Goldie Ola Williams Buffington.  He married Carolyn Joyce Kelley in Durant, OK on July 19, 1968.  Ronnie worked most all his life as a self employed painter.  He was a member of the Christian faith and of Union Bower Assembly of God Church in Irving. 

Wife: Carolyn Joyce Buffington of Emory   

Son: Joshua Andrew Buffington of Fruitvale

3 Brothers: Joe Etoch (Louise) of Wichita Falls; Thomas Benton Buffington (Cheryl) of Emory; and Emory Dean Buffington of Arlington

3 Sisters: Dorothy Dean Tharp (Richard) of Cosby, TN; Shirley Ann Cooper (Bill) of Irving; and Sandra Kay Elms of Irving

Grandchildren: Bree'Anda Harris; Hunter Harris; and Presley Harris

Several nieces and nephews

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents; 1 Daughter: Wendy Rebecca Buffington Harris in 2012; 1 Brother:  Billy Doyle Buffington; 2 Sisters: Helen Louise Porter and Norma Jean Vaughn; 1 Son-in-law: Brute Harris in 2012

 

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Robert Isa'ako Lee Pyle

Funeral services for Robert Isa’ako Lee Pyle, 2 month infant son of Robert Edward Lee Pyle and Judy Frances Brown will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Gaston officiating.  Interment will follow at Brown Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 prior to service time. 

Baby Robert passed away January 1, 2016 at his residence in Edmond, OK. 

In addition to his parents he is survived by his maternal grandparents, James Michael George Brown and Sarona Brown of Dike, paternal grandparents, Ronald Wren and Sherry Pyle Wren of Sulphur Springs, great-grandparents, Fuiono Tiapula of Sacramento, CA, Sallie Sisk of Leesburg, Susan Weaver of Sulphur Springs, Jerald Wren of Miller Grove, God parents, Joaquin and Lettie Mosqueda Jasso of Edmond, OK. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Reba Gail Parkey-Crowson

Funeral service for Reba Gail Parkey-Crowson, age 63, of Dike, TX, will be conducted at 3 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held. one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

She passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at her residence in Dike, TX. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Nora Naomi Duran

Nora Naomi Duran, age 82, of Emory, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016, at Senior Suite Care and Rehab in Emory. Funeral service scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2016, 2:00 PM, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. Father Victor Hernandez will officiate. Interment will follow in the Emory City Cemetery.   Visitation will be at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Thursday evening at 6 PM and Rosary beginning at 7 PM.

Nora was born on March 14, 1933 in San Diego, Texas.  Nora worked all her life in janitorial service.  Nora was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory, and she was proud to be in charge of the kitchen there. 

Survivors include:

Nephew: Pete Garcia from Freeport

Church Family of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Emory

Pallbearers: Jack Jenema, Benny Deis, Ronnie Parker, Felix Alvaroda, David Nino and Adan Cedeno

 

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Patsy Weir Templeton

Funeral services for Patsy Weir Templeton, age 79 of Cooper, formerly of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Tira United Methodist Church with Rev, David Larkin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Tira Cemetery with Haden Warner, Robert Templeton and Lane Templeton serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Patsy passed away on Friday, January 1, 2016 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab. 

She was born on August 2, 1936 in Tira the daughter of Harm and Johnnie Lois (George) Weir.  Patsy was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.          

Survivors include her three daughters, Mary Templeton of Smyrna, TN, Carol Templeton of Smyrna, TN and June Templeton of Franklin, TN; one son, Robert Templeton and wife, Cherie of Cumby; grandchildren, Haden Warner, Erin Clark and Lane Templeton.          

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jack Weir. 

         

Memorials can be made to the Tira United Methodist Church, 531 County Road 4615, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

 

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Raymond Odell Clifton

Funeral service for Raymond Odell Clifton, age 88, of Point is scheduled for Monday, January 4, 2016, 2:00 PM at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.  Rev. David Diller will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Emory City Cemetery.   Members of the Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Monday, at 1:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Mr. Clifton passed away Friday, January 1, 2016, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs.

Raymond was born on August 2, 1927 to John Robert and Zella Ratliff Clifton.  He married Barbara Nabors in Longview on July 18, 1976.  He retired after 35 years from Ford Motor Company and then after working another 20 years, he retired again from Rains County Hardware.  He was a long time member, over 60 years, of Mars Hill Masonic Lodge #1440 of Emory, where he served as Treasurer for some 20 years, making him the longest serving officer in the lodge.  He served as Worshipful Master of the lodge and was also awarded the Golden Trowel Award.  

Survivors:
Wife:  Barbara Clifton of Point Daughter:  Jeannie Cox, and husband, J.D., of Atlanta, TX Son:  Steven Haupt, and wife, Kim, of Point 2 Brothers:  Wayne Clifton, and wife, Kay, of Rockport, and Fred Clifton, and wife, Janie, of Emory 3 Grandchildren:  Lindsie Peters, Casey Cox, and Amanda Butler 1 Great-granddaughter:  Hadley Butler Numerous nieces and nephews A host of other loving family and friends

Preceded by:  Parents; 6 Brothers; and 1 Sister

 

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C.B. Ainsworth

Funeral service for C.B. Ainsworth, age 71, of Point, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:00 AM, at First Baptist Church of Point, with Bro. Zachary Honzell officiating.  Interment will follow in Hooker Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Monday evening, January 4, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory. 

Mr. Ainsworth passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.  

C.B. was born on December 30, 1944, in Point, to Cothurn William and Frances Ruth Williams Ainsworth.  He married Patricia Irene Box in Point on July 6, 1963, she preceded him in death in 2012.  He worked many different jobs for City of Point and for Rains County.  He was a member First Baptist Church in Point and also of Point Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors: Mother: Frankie Ainsworth of Emory;  3 Sons: Dale Ainsworth (Sherry) of Point; Kevin Ainsworth (Teri) of Salem, OR; and Rodney Ainsworth of Point 2 Brothers: Robert Ainsworth (Kathy) of Point, and James Ainsworth (Susan) of Point 3 Grandchildren: Corey Ainsworth, Kyle Ainsworth and Josh Ainsworth 2 Great-grandchildren: Luna Ainsworth and Klark Ainsworth Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Father; Wife in 2012; 1 Sister: Rose Hauser; 1 Infant Daughter: Judy Lynn Ainsworth in 1964  

 

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James "Jim" McClary

Graveside funeral services for James “Jim” McClary, age 87 of Dike, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Nelta Cemetery with Bro. Shane Carrington officiating.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 1, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

James “Jim” passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on September 13, 1928 in Brady, TX the son of John Wesley and Edna Slaughter McClary.  He married Wanda Allen on February 17, 1951 in Carlsbad, NM.  She survives. James “Jim” graduated from Hondo H.S.  at the age of 16 and entered into the Air Force at age 17.  He spent three years of his service in Japan, serving as Staff Sargent.  After his service career, he moved back to Black River Village, NM, where he met Wanda in June of 1950.  He was working for McKay Tile from there he was manager for Tom Bush Motors until 1960.  He then bought a farm and was a farmer in the Pacos Valley until December 24, 1980, when he moved to Dike, TX and bought and ran a dairy farm until his retirement.          

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Margarett McDonald and husband, Raymond; four grandchildren, Jennifer Stanley and husband, Jordan, Elizabeth McDonald, Katelyn McDonald and Wesley McDonald; one great-grandson, Jase Stanley; sister, Imojene Shephard and husband, Martin of Carlsbad, NM and several nieces and nephews. 

         

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorine Burkham and husband, Enis and Florine Cannon and husband, Harold and brother and sister-in-law, Winford McClary and wife, Jean.

 

 

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Billie Edwards

Funeral services for Billie Edwards, age 84 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Friday officiating.  Interment will follow at Weaver Cemetery with James Edwards, Jimmy Horton, Corey Horton, Jerry Horton, Kenneth Price and Heath Horton.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Billie passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Greenhill Villas of Mt. Pleasant.  She was born on September 8, 1931 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Lewis Mike and Mattie Lavelle (Scott) Smith.  She was a retired meter maid for the Sulphur Springs Police Department and was a member of the Weaver Baptist Church.          

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Massengill and husband, Troy of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughter, Shanna Baxley and husband, Sonny of Sulphur Springs and two great-grandchildren, Shawna Baxley and Johnny Baxley. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Olvin Eugene Edwards and brother, Lewis Ray Smith.

 

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Gladys Faye "Happy" Brantley

Gladys Faye "Happy" Brantley, age 67, of Yantis, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at ETMC in Tyler.  Family will receive visitors in a short visitation period which will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory from 2:00-3:00 PM.  No service is scheduled at this time.

Happy was born on January 16, 1948, in Toledo, OH, to William Richard "Bill" and Kathryn Jenkins Goddard.  She married Jimmy Lee Brantley in Temple, TX on May 26, 1984.  She happily, cheerfully and lovingly worked her entire lifetime as housewife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, nieces and nephews...they were her whole world!  She was a Christian, and of non-denominational faith. 

Survivors include:
Husband:  Jim Brantley of Yantis;
2 Daughters:  Sheila Faye Wendt, and husband, Randy, of Bellville, and Katherine Candice Capps, of Edgewood;
2 Sons:  Vance Lee Brantley, and wife, Tammy, of Blackwell, OK and James Lance Brantley of St. Paul, MN;
5 Brothers:  David Goddard of CO, Thomas Goddard of NC, Wally Goddard of WA, John Goddard of WA, and Morley Hanley of ID;
13 Grandchildren:  Shazta, Shatara, Jason, Levi, Rachel, Cortney, Cody, Cally, Bretnie, Brianna, Heather, Austin Cole, and Richard;
8 Great-grandchildren:  Cason, Cash, Hunter, Brianna Lee, Lillian, Waylon, Olivia, and Zaylee;
Many nieces and nephews;
Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded by:  Parents; 1 Son:  Leland Capps; 3 Brothers:  Bill Goddard, Rex Goddard, and George Goddard

Cremation arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.

 

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Jerry Pat Preskitt

Jerry Pat Preskitt, age 77, of Point, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.  No service is scheduled at this time.  Cremation arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.

Jerry was born in Bakersville, CA on September 26, 1938, to Ishmael Milage "Slim" and Juanita Bundy Preskitt.  He married Sandra Ann Preskitt on December 27, 1989 in Rockwall.  He was a 30 year United States Marine Corps Veteran who served during Vietnam wartime and was awarded 4 purple hearts.  He was a lifetime member of VFW Post  #2559 of West Tawakoni, where throughout the years he held many offices; a lifetime member of West Tawakoni Amvets Post #36, Inc.; and a member of American Legion Post 517 West Tawakoni.  He was a very loving and devoted family man.

Survived by:  Son:  Daniel Johnson, and wife, Wendy, of West Tawakoni; 2 Daughters:  Nancy Johnene Rayburn, and husband, Terry, of Marysville, WA; and Shelley Sutton of Bakersville, CA; 1 Step-daughter:   Christina Presler Billings, and husband, Micah, of West Virginia; 1 Brother:  James Gordon Preskitt of Tulsa, OK; 1 Sister:  LaQuita Metz, and husband, Gus, of Point; 14 Grandchildren and 10 Great-grandchildren; Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded by:  Parents; Wife:  Ann Preskitt, on December 23, 2014, 1 Son:  Jeffery Johnson

 

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Judy Tipping

Judy “Miss Tipp” Tipping, age 71, of Sulphur Springs passed peacefully from her earthly life on December 28, 2015.  Judy was a life-long educator in Sulphur Springs ISD, having dedicated 48 years to helping students.  She was also involved in numerous civic and community organizations such as Rotary Club, Business Professionals of America, Hopkins County United Way, Civic Center Board, OEA, and Delta Kappa Gamma.

                  

Judy was born, the youngest of four children, on March 29, 1944, in Sulphur Springs to Nolan Dero and Mary Belle Love Tipping. 

She is survived by her faithful four-legged companion, Buddy ~ brother, Paul Tipping (Dorothy) and sister, Sue Tittle, all of Sulphur Springs. ~ Nieces, Elaine Tipping McCann (Michael), Foresthill, CA – Karen Tittle, Bonham – Rae Lynn Tipping, Round Rock – Kelly Stonaker, Sulphur Springs. ~ Nephews, Tracy Tipping (Debbe), Round Rock – Scott (Libby) Tipping, El Cerrito, CA ~ Faithful caregiver, Susan Reynolds. ~       Great nieces and nephews ~ Brad Tittle (Misty), Royse City - Jeff Pace, Bonham -  Kris Pace (Alaynna) – Jon McCann (Jessica), Caitlin McCann, Connor McCann, all of Foresthill, CA – Hunter Stonaker, Sulphur Springs ~ Gerrit Tipping, Round Rock.                  

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Sandra Tipping ~ and brother-in-law Wayne Tittle.                  

Funeral arrangements are with Murray Orwosky Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 5-8 pm and services will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 2 pm at Sulphur Springs High School - Gym.

                  

Pallbearers will be nieces and nephews.  Honorary pallbearers are current and former co-workers of SSISD.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SSISD Education Foundation c/o Judy Tipping Legacy Scholarship.  They can be mailed to 631 Connally St. Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, or at www.ssisdeducationfoundation.com

 

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Shirley Knight

Funeral services for Shirley Knight, age 58 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Bro. Larry Maynard officiating.  Interment will follow at Dougherty Cemetery with Kevin Plunkett, Jimmy Ray Gibson, Tommy Kimmel, Aaron Potts, Jonathan Wright and Mike Bishop serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December29, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Shirley passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. 

She was born on August 25, 1957 in Dallas, the daughter of Marvin Ray and Shirley Aline (Jackson) Hector.  She married Jerry Knight on November 19, 1982 in Rockwall.  Shirley was a home health provider and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Emory.          

Along with her husband, she is survived by her son, Kevin Plunkett of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Kristi Knight and Julie Knight, both of Sulphur Springs; three grandchildren, Chris Plunkett, Shawn Aubrey Dennis and Grayson Routh; brother, Bill Crede of West Tawakoni; sisters, Kay Folmar of Sherman, Brenda Gibson of Santa Fe and Rhonda Kimmel of Sulphur Springs. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Don Amos.

 

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Oleta Jenkins

Private services for Veda Oleta Jenkins, age 90 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at Seymore Cemetery.

             

Oleta passed away on Friday, December 25, 2015 at Carriage House Manor.

She was born on October 9, 1925, the daughter of Arthur James and Louveda (Clayton) Jenkins in Seymore Community.  She worked for General Motors and was a member of Seymore Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Doris Jenkins of Sulphur Springs; niece Sharon Jenkins and spouse Kathy Nichols of Sulphur Springs, niece Randa Gaddis and spouse Donny and their children, of Sulphur Springs; and nephew Randy Jenkins and spouse Vickie and their children, of Sulphur Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving companion, Ben Whitley; brother James R. Jenkins, sisters Helen L. Jenkins and Dr. Arlene Jenkins; and niece Kathy Jenkins.


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Orena Reynolds

Funeral services for Orena Reynolds, age 91 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Rev. B. J. Teer officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with her grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          

Orena passed away on Friday, December 25, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on August 4, 1924 in Booneville, Mississippi, the daughter of Joel W. and Keziah (Goddard) McCoy.  She was married to Clarence Reynolds in Bennettsville, South Carolina on October 7, 1944.  Orena was a retired sales associate with K-Mart and was of the Baptist faith.           

She is survived by her sons, Billy C. Reynolds of Sulphur Springs and Don E. Reynolds of Euless; daughter, Rhonda Joyce Batchelor of Winnsboro; sister Ophelia Ingram of Soso, MS; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers and one sister.

 

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Alvira Dickens

 

Funeral services for Margie Alvira Dickens, age 96 of Sulphur Springs, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Dr. Lynn Turner officiating with Travis Aven, Larry Argenbright, Bavard Hill, Jerry Wilhite, Jim Thompson and Nick Nichols serving as pallbearers.  Interment followed at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation was held on Sunday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

 

Alvira passed away on December 26, 2015 at Wesley House Assisted Living. 

She was born on March 28, 1919 in Hunt County, the daughter of John L. and Myrtle (Hart) Williams.  She was married to Cecil Dickens on February 2, 1941.  Alvira was a homemaker and a member of the League Street Church of Christ and the 39’ers church group. 

 

She is survived by: her sons, Danny Dickens and wife Kris, of Celeste and Tommy Dickens and wife Pat, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Darrin Dickens and Angie George and husband Clayton; great-grandchildren, Kasie Barclay, Chloe, Claire, Carlee, Cade, and Chandler George and great-great-grandchildren Alanna Davis, Scarlet Davis and Riley Barclay. 

 

She is preceded in death: by her husband; two sisters, Agnes Eddins and Geneva Lowery; granddaughter, Kim Dickens; grandson, Kevin Dickens and great-grandson, Kyle Dickens. 

 

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Consuelo Lois Vandergriff

Memorial services for Consuelo Lois Vandergriff, age 88 of Blooming Grove, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Durwin Hohertz officiating.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Consuelo Lois passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.  She was born on April 26, 1927 in Erie, PA the daughter of Clyde and Eloise (Rowe) Bacon.  She married William Earl “Van” Vandergriff.  He preceded her in death in 2001.  Consuelo Lois was a retired bank teller and a member of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.          

Survivors include her daughter, Connie Pickerill and husband, Clyde of Sulphur Springs; sons, Steven Vandergriff and wife, Vonnie of Blooming Grove and Bobby Vandergriff and wife, Lena of Almo, WI; eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

         

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kent Vandergriff; one brother and three sisters.

 

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Virginia Deboe

Funeral arrangements for Virginia Deboe, age 67 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Deboe passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at her residence.

 

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Betty Fisher

Funeral services for Betty Lou Fisher, age 82, of Yantis will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Phelps officiating.  Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery with Jamie House, Lenny House, Lynn Fisher, Tim Smolen, Dylan Beech, Michael Smolen, Shannon Beech, Jeremy Almand and Lance Mabe serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Fisher passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at her residence. 

Mrs. Fisher was born on July 5, 1933 in Valdasta, TX the daughter of Cecil Edward Green and Bessie Farley Green.  She married Edward “Eddie” Fisher on June 16, 1950 in McKinney, TX.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Fisher and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for many years.   She also ran Shady Oak Grocery for a time.  She loved to cook and was Granny to everyone. 

She is survived by her son, Freddie Fisher and wife Linda of Yantis, daughter, Jettie Winkler and husband Mark of Quitman, daughter-in-law, Connie Fisher of Yantis, grandchildren, Tammy, Kristi, Jamie, Lenny, Kelly, Shannon, Lynn, Kimberly, Mark, Renee and Tonya, 16 great-grandchildren, and 6 step-great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, son, Teddy Lynn Fisher, grandson, Eddie Eugene Fisher, great-grandson, Montana Lane Fisher, brothers, E. C. Green, Jack Green, Charles Green, sisters, Othel Duncan, Ruth Barnett, Katy Holloway  and Jim Price. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

 

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Sanford Gammill

 

Funeral services for Sanford Andy Gammill, age 86 of Como, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. B. J. Teer officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment with military honors will follow at Arbala Cemetery with James Wilfred, Joe Wallace, James Andy Wilfred, Jayden Wallace, Richard Watts, Sanford Shell, David Watts and Justin Simmons serving as pallbearers.

             

Sanford passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Sanford was born on October 7, 1929, the son of Clusta and Ollie Mae (Payne) Gammill in Oklahoma.  He married Judy Kirby on April 27, 1972 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.

Sanford was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, as his family always came first.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, retired from the United States Postal Service, member of the VFW and was of the Methodist faith.

Other survivors include his son, James Wilfred of Como; daughter, Shannon Wallace and husband, Joe of Martin Springs; grandchildren, Charity Wilfred, James Andy Wilfred, Jayden Wallace and Lyndie Wallace; great-grandchildren, Mattison Cameron and Moises Andy Rodriquez and sister, Ruby Nell Watts of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thomas Gammill and Lewis Gammill; three sisters, Lena Goodson, Vivian Shell and Fannie Stanglin and three grandchildren, Danny Wayne Tipps, Sabrina Marie Tipps and Derek Tipps.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, Texas 78759 or www.heart.org

 

 

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Mark Bolton

  Funeral services for Mark Bolton, age 59 of Kilgore will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 26, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Danville in Kilgore with Rev. Freeman Pierce officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  Graveside services will be held after the service in Sulphur Bluff at 3:00 p.m., at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery with Michael Bolton, Gary Bolton, John Ballard, Steven Hutson, Terry Ridge and Carl Grimes serving as pallbearers.

         

Mark passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at his residence.

Mark was born on December 16, 1956, the son of Maxie Lyons and Lois Erlene (Van’Buskirk) Bolton in Clarksville.

He was a self-employed welder and a member of First Baptist Church of Danville.

Survivors include his son, Matthew Bolton and wife, Lindsey of Lindale; daughters, Kristie Barnes of Tyler and Stephanie Livingston and husband, Wesley of Lindale; mother, Erlene Bolton of Clarksville; brother, Michael Bolton and wife, Nancy of Sulphur Bluff and Gary Bolton and wife, Linda of Cumby; six grandchildren, Andrew and Austin Eddington, Zachary and Cody Livingston, Billy Tate and Kayle Fuentes and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maxie and one grandson, Aaron Eddington.

 

 

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Robert Bruce Price

Robert Bruce Price was born on August 4, 1941 in Hallsville, Texas to John Bruce and Ann Price. Bob's parents were in the dairy business and raised cattle on a farm in Hallsville. He graduated from Hallsville High School and later attended Tyler Junior College and the University of North Texas where he played football.

After college, he became a coach and teacher at South Garland High School for several years before moving into administration. Bob was the principal of Garland High School until his retirement in 2001. 

He became active with the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas and Garland Crime Stoppers after retirement. He served as President of Guns and Hoses and served on the board for the Garland Crime Stoppers organization.

Having played football in both high school and college, Bob was an avid sports fan and still attended games at the University of North Texas. Additional accomplishments include: 1960 Tyler Junior College National Football Championship team, 1986 inducted as a Hallsville ISD Distinguished Alumni, and 2008 inducted into the Tyler Junior College Sports Circle of Honor. 

Bob is survived by his loving wife Linda Price, formerly of Sulphur Springs, children Leslie LaMastus and husband Robert of Plano, Texas, Joel Bruce Price and wife Autumne of Garland, Texas, grandchildren Bethany and Logan LaMastus, Parker Bruce Price, in-laws John and Jackie Thompson of Dallas, Texas and Rod and Sherry Richey of Oklahoma.

Arrangements are with Williams Funeral Home in Garland, Texas.

 

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Bobby Woodard, II

Memorial services for Bobby Woodard, II age 54 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  No formal visitation will be held.

         

Bobby passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

 

 

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Maxine Johnson

Funeral services for Maxine Johnson, age 92 of Dike will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Eric Godwin and Malcolm King officiating.  Interment will follow at Nelta Cemetery with grandsons and great-grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Anita Clayton.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Maxine passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Hopkins Place.She was born on August 6, 1923, the daughter of Homer and Maxey (Capps) Potts in Limestone County.  She married Ellery Johnson on December 2, 1950 in Dallas.  He preceded her in death in 2007.She was a homemaker, member of the Nelta Church of Christ and a member of the Eastern Star – Sulphur Bluff for over fifty years.

Survivors include her daughter, Jan Bartley and husband, Wade of Dike; grandchildren, Clay Bartley and wife, Ginger of Arbala, Brian Fairchild of Arbala, Micah Johnson and wife, Melissa of Nelta, Cara Duncan and husband, Jerry of Dike and Kim Vititow of Sulphur Springs; great-grandchildren, Quincie and McKenna Duncan, Mardi and Harrison Fite, Justin and Jarrett Bartley, Shane and Marshall Johnson, Tristan and Levi Fairchild, Jaden and Cohen Vititow and brother, Jim Potts and wife, Betty of San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ellery and son, Max Johnson.

Memorials can be made to the Nelta Cemetery, 161 CR 3513, Dike, TX  75437.

 

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David Kenney

Funeral services for David Kenney, age 64 of Delta, Utah will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Seymore Church of Christ with Adam Teer officiating.  Interment will follow at Seymore Cemetery with Kim Kenney, Michael Kenney, Clay Daniel and Mickey Kelly serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Steve Daniel.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

David passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 at his residence. 

Born on August 31, 1951, the son of Loran Elvoy and Mattie Kenney in Dallas.  He married Susan Gorham in 1988 in Dallas, whom proceeded him in death in 2003.He was a retired police officer, private investigator, and photographer.  David was a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America and was raised Church of Christ.

Survivors include his sister, Kay Kenney of Grand Prairie; niece, Jessica Richards and nephew, Mickey Kelly. 

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Memorials can be made to the Seymore Cemetery Association, 309 PR 5885, Yantis, TX  75497.

 

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Raymond Thomas Ford

Graveside services for Raymond Thomas Ford, age 68, of Cumby, TX, will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Brashear Cemetery, with Bob Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be his sons, and grandchildren. 

Mr. Ford passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. 

Mr. Ford was born April 2, 1947, in Ft Worth, TX, the son of Charley Orville Ford and Inez Roberts Ford. He married Helen Floy Price. She preceded him in death.  Mr. Ford was the owner of Specialty Turf. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his sons, Clint Ford of Cumby, TX, Charley Ford and wife Renee of Saltillo, TX, grandchildren, Kayla Brooke Ford, Cara Glory Ford, Adam Cole Ford, Dalton Rylie Ford, and Garret Lane Ford, sister, Shirley Michaels of Lipan, TX. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, Zachary “Z-Bo” Ford, sisters, Wanda Burgstorm, Melba Stewart, Evelyn Ford, Fern Wood, brothers, Eddie Ford, and Jack Ford.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Juanita Rhodes Friddle

JUANITA RHODES FRIDDLE was born on March 15, 1923, the fifth child of Emma Lillian Fox Rhodes and Ernest Murphy Rhodes, both descendants of early Hopkins County pioneering families.  She was born at home in the Union Community, on the “old McCloud Place, back around by the Sells’ place” which was located somewhere just east of Arbala and west of what is now Highway 154 in southern Hopkins County, Texas.  She, along with her siblings, Valton Lee (Buddy), J.A. (Jake), Adell, Louise and Laverne, attended the Union Baptist Church and Union School.  They later transferred to Sulphur Springs High School.  Juanita was the last surviving member of the family.

Having lived a long, eventful, and fulfilled life, Juanita went home to heaven on December 19, 2015 to join her beloved husband, and all those who preceded her.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep following a brief illness.  She leaves behind countless loved ones, family and friends, and will be missed every day by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.at the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, with formal visitation an hour earlier.  Pastor Robert Burns will deliver the eulogy, with special music by Charles Stubbs.  Pallbearers are Tony Stubbs, Shannon Stubbs, Brian Friddle, Ruston Frazier, Zach Stubbs, Jeff Hancock and Jeremy McClanahan.

Juanita will be laid to rest in the Union Cemetery, in the Union Community.  The family request memorials be made to the Union Cemetery Fund (Sheila Funderburk, 157 CR 1213, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482).

When Juanita was fifteen years old, Avon Friddle, from the neighboring Greenpond Community, proposed to her on a Sunday afternoon, during one of his weekly visits.  They were in her parents’ living room listening to the “Edison”, the family’s new windup record player.  They were married a year later on November 29, 1939 in Sulphur Springs at the home of Baptist minister, Reverend Long on Radio Road in Sulphur Springs.

Juanita was a faithful wife, talented homemaker and devoted mother.  She loved gardening, cooking, sewing, visiting with friends and family get-togethers.  She was employed for twenty years by the H. D. Lee Plant in Sulphur Springs.  She and Avon resided for many years in their home in the Shirley Community, where they attended South Liberty Baptist Church.  Avon preceded her in death in 2004.

She later moved to Sulphur Springs, became a member of the First Baptist Church and acquired many close friendships.  For as long as her health permitted, she enjoyed doing volunteer work at the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Gift Shop.

Juanita is survived by three daughters and one son, nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.  Children:  Anita and husband, Charles Stubbs of Canton, Texas; Jackie and husband, Doyle Fuller of Nashville, Tennessee; Barbara and husband, bob Langford of Campbell, Texas; Gary and wife, Trina of Claremore, Oklahoma.  Grandchildren:  Tony Stubbs (Debra), Terri Stubbs Loper (Roger), Shannon Stubbs (Amy), Adonia Fuller Hodgkins (Jimmy), Mark Fuller, Sandi Irby Hancock (Jeff), Brian Friddle (Whitney), Leslie Friddle and Jennifer Langford McClanahan (Jeremy), Chet Skimbo and Shanna Skimbo.  Great-Grandchildren:  Charlye Stubbs Miller (Clark), Ruston Frazier, Taylor Hodgkins, Macy Frazier, Zachary Stubbs, Peyton Stubbs, Elizabeth Friddle, Isabella Friddle, Samantha Friddle, Jacob McClanahan, Presli Hancock, Jolie McClanahan and Reagan Skimbo.  Great-Great-Grandchild:  Ashton Thomas Frazier.

 

She’ll always be the sweetest breeze,

On the freshest day of spring.

When a red bird’s at the window,

It’s her that we’ll hear sing.

When we find the largest rose

And touch its velvet to our face,

It’s her caress we’re feeling,

From another time and place.

Notice every golden leaf

That flutters in its flight,

Admire the soaring eagle

And watch the stars at night—

And, when snowflakes brush our cheeks,

And linger in our hair,

We’ll know it’s always her,

Around us,

Everywhere.

 

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 James "Willie" Carroll

Funeral services for James “Willie” Carroll, age 64 of Como will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Travis Baxley officiating.  Interment will follow at Como Cemetery with Richard Brown, Anthony Harrington, Jesse McFarland, Anthony Shadix, Rodney Taylor, Corey Robinson, Kasey Benson and John Joiner serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

James “Willie” passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

He was born on September 21, 1951, the son of Forrest W. and Mary Jo (Clark) Carroll in Sulphur Springs.  He married Rhonda Gail Cotten on March 7, 1980 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.

He was a welder and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Como.

Survivors include his son, James Anthony Gates and wife, Audrey of Runaway Bay; daughters, Christy Welch and husband, William of Saltillo and Crystal Garcia and husband, Rick of Lindale; grandchildren, Nicole Welch, Alex Gates, Ashley Gates, Destiny Welch, Danielle Welch, DezaRay White, James Ray Welch; great-grandchildren, Liam, Lyric, Echo, Lane and one on the way; sisters, Virginia Massey of Sulphur Springs and Teresa Robinson of Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Bobby Joe Wright

Funeral services for Bobby Joe Wright, age 84,  of Sulphur Springs have been set for 11:00AM, Monday, December 21, 201 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. There will be no visitation.  Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.   Mr. Wright   passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation in Sulphur Springs.

  Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home

 

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"Jim" James Michael Rynn

Private family services will be held for “Jim” James Michael Rynn, age 79 on Friday, December 18, 2015 with Father Jim Moore officiating.  Cremation to follow with his ashes to be returned to Ireland.

         

Jim passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at home on his beloved dairy farm. 

Jim was born in Argentina on September 22, 1936, the son of Michael Joseph and Adelaide (Ismay) Rynn and moved back to Ireland when he was one years old.  He grew up in Ireland and went off to the school of mines in South Africa at the young age of eighteen.  After completing his schooling, he relocated to Zambia to work on the copper mines as a shift boss.  It is here that he met his wife, Renee and together they traveled the world and had six children.  He and Renee married on May 6, 1961 in Luanshya, Zambia.

         

They settled in Sulphur Springs in 1991 and enjoyed life as dairy farmers.  He lived every day with a smile on his face, twinkle in his eye, a strong character and kindness beyond description.

         

He is survived by his wife Renee; daughter, Noreen (Wayne) of Canada; sons, Michael (Claudia) of Canada, Jim (Catherine) of Canada, Richard (Gelliana) of California, Kevin (Dona) of Texas and Brent (Michelle) of Texas; sixteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister and two brothers, all of whom are in Ireland Nora Gibney and children; Pat and Ann and children and Michael and Rosemary and children of Ireland.

 

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John Keith Fleming

John Keith Fleming, age 81, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in the early morning hours, at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory, at 2:00 PM, with Bro. Monte Parker and Bro. Kenneth Richardson officiating.  Interment will follow at Turner Cemetery with military honors conducted.  Visitation will be prior to the service from 12-2:00 PM.

John was born in Emory, on January 23, 1934, to David and Alice Harribson Fleming.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.   He married Brenda Kay Morton on May 16, 1975 in Quinlan at First Assembly of God Church. John worked and retired after 28 years from Raytheon in Greenville . He loved his work.

He is survived by his wife of 40 plus years Brenda Kay Fleming, of Greenville; Daughter: Alice Sanders, and husband, Ty, of Rowlett; 3 Brothers: David Fleming, and wife, Louise, of Lewisville, Dewey Fleming, and wife, Rita, of Flower Mound, and Mack Fleming of Rockwall; 3 Sisters: Gardina Kruger, and husband, Delmer, of Sumner, Faye Ellerson, and husband, Ron, of Arlington, and Kay Manley, and husband, James, of Bristol; 2 Granddaughters:   Karlen and Camelin Sanders; Faithful companion...his loving calico cat "Angel" (19 pounds) Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents; 2 Brothers: Don Fleming and Gayle Fleming

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Max Johnson

Graveside services for Max Johnson, age 61 of Dike, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Nelta Cemetery with Jan Bartley and Micah Johnson officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Max passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at his residence.  He was a retired Captain with the Sulphur Springs Fire Department and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was born on March 22, 1954, the son of Ellery and Maxine (Potts) Johnson in Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include his sons, Micah Johnson and wife, Melissa of Dike and Brian Fairchild of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Kimberly Vititow of Sulphur Springs; mother, Maxine Johnson of Sulphur Springs; sister, Jan Bartley of Dike; grandchildren, Shane Johnson, Marshall Johnson, Tristan Fairchild, Levi Fairchild, Jaden and Cohen.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.

 

 

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Larry Allen Shelton

Larry Shelton, 69, of Clearwater FL. died December 10, 2015. 

Larry was born in Sulphur Springs on December 8, 1946 to John Dudley Shelton and Venera Lois Allen Shelton who preceded him in death.  

Larry was a 1965 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and a 1966 graduate of Tyler Barber College.  He served 4 years in the US Navy on a supply ship during the Vietnam War.  Larry was a longtime barber in the Dallas area and in Clearwater FL for over 41 years

Those left behind with lots of great memories are his son Jonathan Shelton, of Clearwater, FL. sisters Pamela Williams of Arlington TX, and Anita Castleberry of Cedar Hill, TX and brother Bob Shelton of Round Rock, TX. 

He is also survived by niece Kristi Blue of Arlington TX and nephew Kent Williams of Weatherford TX and numerous cousins and family members in the Sulphur Springs area.

He will be cremated and interred in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg FL.

 

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Doris French Armstrong

Funeral services for Doris Armstrong, age 81, of Richardson,  have been scheduled for 2:00 pm Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with B.J. Teer officiating.  Interment will follow in the Old Saltillo Cemetery.   Visitation will be held one hour before the service at 1:00 pm.

 

Doris Armstrong passed away December 11, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born in Winnsboro on August 10, 1934, the daughter of Orgie Webster French and Myrtle Lou McFarlin French.  She married Bobby Joe Armstrong on June 17, 1955 in Dallas County.  He preceded her in death in 2014.  She was a Field Office Administrator for  Perkin-Elmer Corp. She also worked at Dallas Power and Light and Collins Radio.

Survivors include: sons, Mark Armstrong and wife Pat of Sunray, TX and Robert Armstrong and wife Maureen of Carrollton, TX; a daughter, Kathy Kennedy and husband Matthew of Silver Spring, MD; grandchildren, Steven Armstrong, Sean Armstrong, Keith Armstrong, Kathryn Kennedy and Lindsay Kennedy; 1 great grandson, Dante Armstrong and 3 sisters Geneva Richards, Brenda Littrell and Mary Basham.

She was also preceded in death by: her parents; brothers, Jack French, Jerry French and Billy Bob Freeman; and sisters, Loretta Freeman and Pauline French Stroud.   

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Linda Jo York

Funeral services for Linda Jo York, age 62 of Mt. Pleasant, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Donnie Powers officiating.  Interment will follow at North Hopkins cemetery with Jacob Smith, Cole Smith, Ethan Busby, Landon Bass, Brian Arthur, Jack Cain, Adam Janes and Skyler Pruitt serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Linda Jo passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.

 

 

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Thomas "Red" Childers

Funeral service for Thomas "Red" Childers, age 90, of Emory, will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, Dec..16, 2015, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.  Bro. Billy Smith will officiate.  Visitation will precede the service, at 1:00 pm. A private burial will take place after the service at Pilgrims Rest #1 Cemetery.

Mr. Childers died Sunday morning at Senior Suite Care and Rehab.

He was born June 19, 1925, Emory, to Henry Hedrain and Sarah Rebecca Stephens Childers. Mr. Childers worked in aircraft manufacturing at LTV, now L-3, for many years. He was a cattleman, and pig farmer.  He ran numerous head of cattle in his operation. He married Betty Adair in Emory.

Serving as pallbearers will be:  Josh Duncan, Billy Childers, Lynn Gilbreath, Brendan Gilbreath, David Gaston, and, Rob Killingsworth.

Survivors  include:  Brother:  Jimmy Childers of Whitewright; Sister:  Ruby Williams of Leonard Special friends:  Gary and Delores McAree 3 Grandchildren:  Lynn Gilbreath, Brendan Gilbreath, and Miranda Gotcher 2 Great-grandchildren Numerous other loving family and friends Preceded in death by:  parents, wife, 1 step-son, Melvin Gilbreath; 2 brothers, Albert Childers, and Bufferd Childers; and 1 sister, Ruth Bradford

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Melba Faye Brannon

Melba Faye Brannon passed from this life and entered forever into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on December 9, 2015.  She will be missed by many.  

Faye was born February 18, 1925 to Charles Roy and Laura Ford.  They preceded her in death.  She married her sweetheart Aaron J. Brannon on January 11, 1946 and they lived a glorious 69 years together.  He survives.  

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles M. Ford and wife Helen, and daughter-in-law Anita Brannon.

Survivors include daughter, Mary L. Hickson and husband Jimmy of Gun Barrel City, son, Charles A. Brannon and wife Dee of Sulphur Springs, a brother, Billy R. Ford and wife Ann of Cooper, five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, plus many nephews and nieces.  

Faye was a loving servant and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many, both by testimony and through her extensive tract program.  Her desire was for all to know Christ.  Services to be conducted Saturday, December 12, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by the remembrance service at 2:00 p.m.  All friends and relatives are invited to attend.  A private burial service for family only will be conducted afterwards at the Shooks Chapel Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with West Oaks Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, TX, with Brother Jeremy Druid Officiating.

 

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Billy Jack Allen

 Funeral services for Billy Jack Allen, 83, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral home with Rev.  Kenneth Rhoades, Rev.  Bruce Stinson and Rev. Tommy Burton officiating.   Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery with his grandsons serving as pallbearers. His honorary pallbearers will by Gerald and Sherri Walters, Billie Jean and Nancy Davidson, and his Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.   Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral home.  

Mr. Allen passed away in his home on Monday, December 07, 2015 after a brief illness. 

He was born on May 8, 1932 in Sulphur Springs, the son of O.D. and Una Faye Palmer Allen.  He was a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School in 1950. After graduation he worked in his father’s family farm.  Mr. Allen served in the US Army in the Korean War.  He married Roxie Joy Cobb on June 3, 1957 in Hugo, OK. and started in the dairy business in November of 1958.  Mr. Allen was a well-known registered Holstein dairyman.  During his 43 years as a dairyman, he received numerous awards for his accomplishments and served on numerous board of directors related to the dairy industry. He received Holstein Association Progressive Breeder of the year for the years 1977 through 1988.  In 1979, he was honored by the chamber of commerce as the Hopkins County Farmer of the year.  After retirement, his favorite activities included attending Central Baptist Church where he was a member. He loved making angel food cakes for his family and friends, he was the State Homemade Ice Cream Champion for several years and loved spending time with his great-grandchildren on the farm.   

 He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Roxie Joy Cobb Allen and two sons and one daughter: Laura Burton and her husband Tommy of Troup, Robert Allen and wife Kathy of Combine, and Bill Allen of College Station, and daughter-in-law Chris Allen of Sulphur Springs. His grandchildren include James Allen, Richard Allen, and Christopher Allen, all of Sulphur Springs.  Mandy Burton of Ft. Worth , Sandy Burton of Texarkana, John Earl Burton of Mount Pleasant, and Anna Faye Craig and husband, Matt of Mount Pleasant. Colte McCorkle of Mineola, Connor McCorkle of Lewisville, Skyler Holley and wife Delane of Kaufman and Shana Lane and husband Eric of Flower mound. He also has great grandchildren Bailey, Machelle, Kyleigh, Kyrsten, Maci, Phoebe, Enoch,  Joni, and Sam. Other survivors include a brother, Buddy Ray Allen and his wife Patricia of Houston and sister-in-law Kay John Plath of Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, O.D. and Una Faye Allen, one son, Jimmy Don Allen, and brother, Bobby Joe Allen. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the children’s center at, Central Baptist Church at 840 Connally Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas;  Cypress Basin Hospice, 950 Main Street Sulphur Springs, TX, and Richland Cemetery C/O Joann Cross, 4553 FM 1563, Wolf City, Texas  75496. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Cleo Tolleson

Funeral services for Cleo Tolleson, age 93 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Johnston officiating.  Interment will military honors will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Serving as pallbearers are Mack Phillips, Kenneth Goggans, David Kelly, Mike Heard, Charles Cromer and Brad Morris.  Honorary pallbearers are Jim Morris and Loren Sealey.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Cleo passed away on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, was a member of the Oddfellow Lodge and then retired from the Carnation Milk Plant and Yellow Freight in Dallas.         

He was born on December 28, 1921, the son of R.H. “Hobb” & Carry (Davis) Tolleson in the Ridgeway Community.  He married Argieree Heard on May 29, 1947 in Yantis.  She survives.         

Other survivors include his daughter, Sue Keith and husband, Larry of Como; son, Brian Tolleson and wife, Ambie of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Robert Tolleson, Teresa Tolleson, Michael Tolleson, Lesli Davis, Lanny Keith, Branson Ledbetter and Courtney Tolleson; six great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Tolleson of Sulphur Springs and sisters, Dorothy Parker of Houston and Laverne Ford of Dallas.         

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert Tolleson, one brother, James Tolleson and one sister, Patsy Burton.

         

Memorials can be made to the Sulphur Springs Veterans Memorial on the square.

 

 

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Bettye Jane Culberson

Funeral service for Bettye Jane Culberson will be held 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at Emory United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Diller and Katrina Culberson officiating.  Interment will follow in Dougherty Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Monday night, December 7, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. 

Bettye Jane Culberson, age 79, of Emory, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at U.T. Southwestern in Dallas. 

Bettye was born on December 3, 1936, in Emory to P.R. "Skeet" and Gladys Jones Braziel.  She married Larry J. Culberson on June 9, 1953 at Emory United Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death in February 2002. 

Bettye was an avid deer hunter!  She loved her children and grandchildren and many of them shot their 1st deer off her lap!  Bettye had a very special bond with each of her grandchildren. 

During her working career she was the vice president of Culberson T.V.

She is survived by multiple loving family; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous loving friends.

 

Arvel Boney

Funeral service for Arvel L. Boney, age 75 of Emory, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Potts officiating.  Military Graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Greenview Cemetery with Sherry Millsap, Barbara Potts, Cheryl Stephens, Doris Ann Murdock, Jamie Lewis and Tina Brumley serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Arvel passed away on Thursday December 3, 2015, at the Wood Memorial Nursing Center, in Mineola, TX.   

Arvel was born on December 18, 1939 in Denison, TX, the son of Rodney W. Boney and Katherine Flagg Boney.  He married Emmie Potts in Dallas, TX, in 1960.  Arvel served in the United States Air Force, and worked in Commercial Construction.  He was a Master Mason for over 40 years, enjoyed antique cars, hunting and the outdoors. 

He is survived by his wife Emmie Potts Boney, son, Tim Boney and wife Nora of Trophy Club, TX, daughter, Angela Gowin of Emory, TX, brother, Bob Boney and wife Linda of Corinth, TX, sisters, Rachel McDowell and husband Larry of Nacogdoches, TX, 7 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Phil Anthony Boney, daughter Ronnie Walters, brothers, Earnest Boney, Carl Boney, sisters, Mamie McQueen and Christine Robinson.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Robert "Bob" Smith

Graveside Services for Bob Smith, age 93 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Shooks Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Paul Bailey and Rev. Tommy Hall officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Bob passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab. He was born on March 22, 1922, the son of Alba R. and Marie Cecilia (Weidman) Smith in Alliance, Ohio.  He married Sarah Cantrell on February 19, 1949 in Sherman.  She survives.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, retired from Texas Instruments as a circuit design engineer and was a member of Birthright United Methodist Church.  Bob was an amateur radio operator for sixty-five years.  His call sign was W5FRC.

         

Along with his wife, he is survived by his son, Bert Smith and wife, Elaine of Austin; daughter, Eileen Malone and husband, DeLane of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Shawn Robert Smith, Amanda Smith Hunter and Heather Marie Smith and seven great-grandchildren.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Vivian Marie Smith.

         

Memorials can be made to Birthright United Methodist Church, 840 Meredith Circle, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

 

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Ira "Junior" Neal

Funeral Services for Junior Neal, age 88 of Dike, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Noel Bailey and Shane Carrington officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Ricky Massey, Jonah Massey, Wade Bartley, Joel Pace, Shawn Phillips and Steve Tubb serving as pallbearers.  His grandchildren are honorary pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Junior passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Cottages at Carriage House Manor.  He was born on November 29, 1927, the son of Ira D., Sr. and Gladys (Bartley) Neal in Chillicothe.  He married Alice Lynell Rasure, who preceded him in death.  He then married Virginia Price.  She survives.         

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a retired dairyman/farmer and was a member of Dike Church of Christ.         

Along with his wife, survivors include his sons, Mike Neal and wife, Rhonda of Dike, Freddy Tubb and wife, Kay of Elkhart and Danny Tubb and wife, Renee of Dike, daughters, Debra Isham and husband, Scott of Dike and  Christy Greer and husband, Richard of Dike; brother, Gene Neal and wife, Patsy of Dike; grandchildren, Justin Neal, Jason Neal, Jonathan Neal, Blake Isham, Brianna Isham, Kara Monk, Sharee Whitson, Laura Jones, Brian Tubb, Anthony Pennington, Deseray Greer, Alexis Greer and Brenden Greer and fourteen great-grandchildren.         

Along with his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, W.E. Neal and Eldon Neal and three sisters, Ruth Baker, Willadean Irvin and Billie June Neal.

         

Memorials can be made to the Dike Church of Christ, PO Box 2, Dike, TX  75437.

 

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Leaton Ely

Memorial service for Leaton Ely, age 81, of Emory, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 2:00 pm, at Emory Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service at 1:00 pm. Bro. Mark Garrett will officiate. 

Mr. Ely died peacefully at his residence on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2015. 

He was born July 25, 1934, to Otto and Alma Shipley Ely. He went to school and graduated from Rains High School.  He was a basketball star player, and received a basketball scholarship from Paris Junior College. Leaton worked and retired from Raytheon in Greenville, where he worked as a machinist. He raised horses, bought and sold horses, and trained horses, even during his Raytheon years. He also owned a dairy during those years.  After retiring from Raytheon, he devoted all his attention to training horses, in the field of cutting, roping, barrel, and whatever was needed to correct or train a horse, he did it. Horses were his passion. Leaton was a devout  Christian.  He attended  Emory Baptist Church for years,  and,  later at Bright Star Baptist Church. 

Survived by: 2 Sons:  William Bryan Ely (Angie) of Paris, and, Barry Leon Ely (Christy) of Emory 2 Sisters, Vernelle Rodgers of Quitman, and, Edie Carter of Grand Prairie Grandchildren:  Callie Marie, Ryon, Garret, Logan, Lyle, Courtney, and Nikki Many other loving family, and, numerous, ,numerous loving friends Also, his horse, of almost 30 years, "Ole Yeller"

Preceded in death by:  Parents; 1 son, James Lennon Ely; 1 brother, Otto Ely, Jr.; and, 5 sisters:  Vetta, Vena, Beatrice, Reba, and Vadean

Cremation and service arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.

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Pauline Emma Edwards

Pauline Edwards passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at her residence in Sulphur Springs. 

She was born on January 8, 1925, the daughter of Thomas and Emma (Sawin) Lawson in Celeron, New York. She was married to William D. Edwards, Sr. who precedes her in death. 

             

Pauline was a loving mother and grandmother, a dancer, a retired nurse, a member of League Street Church of Christ and Member of Order of Eastern Star .

             

Survivors include her sons, William Donald Edwards, Jr. and wife Nancy, of Sulphur Springs and Timothy Lawson Edwards and wife Anne, of Asheboro, North Carolina; granddaughters, Lori Moreland and husband Kevin, of Sulphur Springs, Lynn Vick of Raliegh, North Carolina and Julie Tucker and husband Donald, of Asheboro, North Carolina; grandson, William D. Edwards, III (Trey) and wife Melanie of Tyler; and five great grandchildren, Holly Dodd, Carter Edwards, Mikel Godwin, Presley Godwin, Wyatt Tucker.

             

She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Phyllis Beadle and Elizabeth Lawson; and brother, Albert Gardiner.

 

Memorials can be made to the Breast Cancer Charity of choice.

 

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Herman "Bud" D. Bryant

Funeral  service for Herman "Bud" D. Bryant, age 88, of Emory, will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at the Church of Christ in Emory.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, at 10:00 am, at the church.  Burial will follow in Emory City Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, in Sulphur Springs. 

Mr. Bryant was born July 24, 1927, in Point, to Henry Andrew and Helen Easter Ely Bryant.  He served his country, in the U.S. Army, where he received a Victory Medal.  He was a medical technician during his time in the army.  He worked in electronics at Ratheon in Greenville, from where he retired after more than 30 years.  Mr. Bryant married  Vonnie Bullard, earlier in life.  After her death, he married Barbara Rogers.  He was a member of the Church of Christ in Emory, Emory City Council, Lyons Club and he was active in the Emory Volunteer Fire Dept..

Survivors include 5 sisters:  Katherine Waldrop and Joy Horrocks, both of Emory, Evelyn Dean Paddock of Yantis, Shirley Norris of Miller Grove, and, Helen Barker of Sulphur Springs Numerous nieces and nephews Also, other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  parents, 1st  wife, Vonnie Bullard Bryant, and 2nd wife, Barbara Rogers Bryant; 1 brother, Earl Bryant; and, 1 sister, Patricia Bryant Bennett

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Lorene Corley

Funeral Services for Lorene Corley, age 82 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Blackmon officiating.  Interment will follow at Mahoney Cemetery with Randal Voss, Eric Voss, C.R. McPherson, Jr., Sim Lucas, David Blackmon and Jerry Voss serving as pallbearers.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Lorene passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman.  She was a retired bookkeeper for UT Southwestern Medical Center and was of the Methodist faith.         

She was born on March 4, 1933, the daughter of Sim and Gaynell (Dodd) Blackmon in Mahoney.  She married Jimmy Corley, Sr. on November 25, 1952 in Fairlee.  He preceded her in death in 2005.         

Survivors include son, Jimmy Corley, Jr. of Greenville; daughter, Charlotte Gay Corley Voss of Leonard; grandchildren, Cory Wreyford and Tyler Voss; four great-grandchildren and sister, Muriel Lucas.

         

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ehrle Blackmon and Morgan Blackmon and sister, Christene McPherson.

 

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Tom Wilks

Graveside Services for Tom Wilks, age 64 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Gafford Chapel with Rev. Larry Maynard officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Tom passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.    

He was born on June 5, 1951, the son of Woodrow Wilson and Ethel (Jordan) Wilks in Peerless.

         

Survivors include his brother, Darrell Wilks and wife, Trina of Sulphur Springs; Frankie Wilks; sisters, Mary Cheshier and husband, Michael of Greenville; Laura McQueen of Sulphur Springs and Edna Blount of Cooper.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruby Paulette Wilks and one brother, William Wayne Wilks.

 

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Betty Box

Orange Grove, TX

 

Betty Pearl Box, 88, a longtime resident of Orange Grove, Texas, passed away November 19, 2015.

Betty retired from Orange Grove ISD after teaching elementary school for many years and most recently, served as curator of the Orange Grove Area Museum.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Paul B. Box Jr.,

Betty is survived by her son, John (Kathleen) Box of Orange Grove, grandsons, Jon Paul (Stephanie) of Orange Grove, Justin (Amanda) of Orange Grove, and Jason (Amanda) of Corpus Christi, and two great- granddaughters, Kellie and Majel Box.

Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m., November 21, 2015, at Ridgeway Cemetery in Ridgeway, Texas.

Betty Box was born in Ridgeway Texas to Iona and John Riley Dunahoo 7/27/27.

 

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Jean Rawson

Funeral services for Jean Rawson, 91, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Glaeser and Jerry Savage officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bryan Heaps, Mason Rawson, Chad Rawson, Leslee Rawson, Troy Tutle, and David Rawson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Newman Bradford, Brad Bradford, Dwight Alexander, Danny Dickens, and Carolyn Shelton. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Jean passed away November 19, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born May 12, 1924, in Birthright, the son of Roy Lee Rawson and Jewel Nevada Martin Rawson.  Jean married Velma (Short) Moseley on December 22, 1945, in Greenville, Texas.  After serving in the Navy during WWII, he attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, TX, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. In addition to teaching at Sulphur Springs High School for over 30 years, Jean was a dairyman and businessman. During one period of time, he was teaching school, running a dairy, and with his wife running a farm implement business. Jean was a past Deacon and a longtime member of League Street Church of Christ.

Jean is survived by his wife Velma of 69 years and 11 months; he is also survived by sons, Tommy Rawson and wife Carolyn, Michael Rawson and wife Mary Ann all of Sulphur Springs, daughter, Judy Heaps and husband Stan of Sunnyvale, grandchildren, Amy Tutle and husband Troy of Sunnyvale, Bryan Heaps and wife Katie of Roscoe, Chad Rawson and wife Susan, Leslee and wife Daci, Mallory Rawson all of Sulphur Springs, and Mason Rawson of Brashear, 16 great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Lynda Hager and husband Bill of Sulphur Springs, several nieces, and nephews, caregivers who have become like family are Christon Dabney, Jessica Reynolds, Michelle Williams, Lucy Hall.

Preceding Jean in death are his parents, sister, Fay Maurice Brady, and brothers, R.L. Rawson, E.W. Rawson, and Robert Rawson. 

 In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Honor Flights DFW, 420 E. Round Grove Rd., Lewisville, Texas 75067 or Veterans Memorial Fund, c/o Robert Carpenter, 10 Jennifer Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Services are under direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Shem Ray, Jr.

Memorial services for Shem Ray Jr., 82, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 23, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Juan Carlos officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Abercrombie, Scott Burgin, David Perry, Laddie Filak, Joe Williamson, Joe Reed Scott, Ronnie Ballard and Joe Ames. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Ray died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at his residence.

Shem was born April 22, 1933, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Shem Ray Sr. and Lucy Margaret Kelty Ray. He married Norma Crawford on July 10, 1953, in Greenville. She survives. Mr. Ray was raised and worked in Sulphur Springs most of his life. His only time away was as a Korean War-era Army volunteer. He was a life member of the Saint James Catholic Church. He was an optician and general manager of Southern Optical Supply optical lab. He served on the City Council from 1968 to 1970.  He was a charter member and Hixom Fellow of the Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club, and sponsored their first woman member. He was also a charter member and commander of the American Legion Post 66, and a member of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. He was a Scoutmaster of Troop 67 and a member of the Dutch Oven Society.

Other survivors include his sons, Dr. Shem Ray III and his wife, Wanda, of Rockwall and James Noah Ray and his wife, Lisa, of Sulphur Springs; a daughter, Anna Renee Boucher and her husband, Joe, of Bedford; grandchildren Riki Kurbansade, Angela Warrick, Jamie Elizabeth Ray, Haley Ray, Shem Ray IV, Joanna Margaret Boucher, Jeff Christopher Boucher, T.J. Freeman, Katie McCarley Stark; great-grandchildren Sage, Dakota, Holt, Layla McCarley, Phoenix Copobianco, Alec Stark and Tatum Warrick; brother, Francis Eugene Ray and sister, Billie Sue Ray.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Irene Sharp.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint James CYALL Youth Group, 297 Texas St., Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Cameron M. Jeffcoat

Cameron M. Jeffcoat, age 53, of Emory, passed away Wednesday morning, at Reunion Plaza Healthcare and Rehab, in Tyler.

He was born Feb. 12, 1962, in Lakeland FL to William Sanford and Peggy Louise Mason Jeffcoat.  He worked as a welder most of his life.

Survivors include:  2 Daughters Ashley Jeffcoat (Rafael Figueroa) of Emory, and Dustie Morgan (Joseph) of Emory 2 sisters:  Debbie McWilliams (James) of CA, and Donna Sue Tippit (Paul) of Houston 1 brother:  Ray Jeffcoat of Lindale 3 grandchildren:  Amber Petty, Carter Petty, and Landen Petty

Preceded in death by his parents.

No service scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.

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Chad Nolen

Graveside Services for Chad Nolen, age 37 of Austin, formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Yantis Cemetery with Michael Coker officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Chad passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015 in Austin.  He was a dairy man and a carpenter.         

He was born on February 18, 1978, the son of Mike Allen Nolen and Donah (Cline) Lamb in Sulphur Springs, TX.  He married Heather Diane Diener at Yantis in 1999.  She survives.         

Other survivors include father, Mike Nolen of Yantis; mother, Donah Lamb of Blossom; sons, Dakota Nolen and Colten Nolen, both of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Breanna Nolen of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Ryan Chase Nolen, Blake Allen Nolen, both of Yantis and Caleb Nathaniel Cline along with his grandparents, Jack and Collen Nolen of Yantis.

         

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Anita Cline.

 

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Alberta Rose Harris

Private services for Alberta Rose Harris, age 87 of Sulphur Springs will be held at a later date.

         

Alberta passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on May 15, 1928 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Gus and Elenor (Kenow) Spirz.  She was a homemaker.         

She is survived by her son, Michael Harris of Sulphur Springs; sister, June Haenke of Florsson, MO and grandson, Jason Harris of Winnsboro.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

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Thomas Morris Pippin, Jr.

Funeral service for Thomas Morris Pippin, Jr., 83, of Miller Grove, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Miller Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Howard Strickland officiating. Interment will follow at Miller Grove cemetery with Military Honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition, with Jeff Maeker, Clete Wise, Brandon Kubacak, Steven Sparks, Calvin Earp, and Chance Jones serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Ferguson, T.S. Lamb, Junior Dickens, Octave Woods, and Bobby Plunk.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Morris passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Lake Point Medical Center in Rowlett.

He was born February 2, 1932 in Miller Grove, the son of Thomas Morris Pippin, Sr. and Bonita Estalena Maud Wise. Morris married Joyce Worldturner on April 9, 1992 in Las Vegas, and she survives. Morris worked for Lockheed Martin for 35 years as an Engineer, was a member of Miller Grove United Methodist Church and he also served in the United States Army.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by daughters, Melissa Johnson and husband Bob of Burleson, Ayapatia Smith of Oklahoma, grandchildren, Ethan Johnson and Jeff Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Richard Allen Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.or

  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Henry Gene Frazier

 

Henry Gene Frazier, age 67, of Mount Vernon, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at his home, with his beloved wife by his side. Gene was born on May 12, 1948 in Hopkins County, Texas to the late Henry and Grace Thorp Frazier. He married the love of his life and best friend, Patricia Kay Frazier, on May 30, 1992 in Franklin County. After 23 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories, she survives.

Gene was a longtime resident of Mount Vernon and member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. He retired from Flow Serve in Sulphur Springs after 45 years of service as a machinist. Gene was also a member of the Sulphur Springs Corvette Club.Gene loved riding and raising horses. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing and raising catfish at the farm. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Kay Frazier of Mount Vernon; one son, Gordon Gene Frazier, and wife Leah, of Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Angie Haynes, and husband Donald, of Mount Vernon and Kellie Davis, and husband Keith, of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren, Valorie Nell Frazier, Kayren Horn, Ashley Penny, Amberlie Penny, Caden Penny, C.T. Penny, Lane Davis, Lindsey Davis, Ashley Davis, amd Lance Davis; great-grandchildren, Major McCoo, Kingston McCoo, Conner Penny, and Cortlyn Penny; and by a host of other relatives and very special friends.Gene was also preceded in death by Kaleigh Horn and Michaela Grace Frazier.

Funeral services for Gene Frazier will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, November 6, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon with Dr. Jack Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Thursday evening, at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon in his memory.

 

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Earnest "Bud" Hooks

Funeral services for Earnest “Bud” Hooks, age 60 of Sulphur Springs will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at League Street Church of Christ with Jerry Savage officiating.  Interment with military graveside honors will follow at Forest Academy Cemetery with Owen Jobe, Troy Sewell, Justin Little, Alex Liddle, Tiny and Rusty McIlveene serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Earnest “Bud” passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at his hunting lease in Bairdstown. 

He was born on May 18, 1955, in Refugio the son of Earnest and Thelma (Overly) Hooks. He married Lisa Childree Liddle on August 18, 2012 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  He served in the Marines, was a regional sales manager for the Dallas Morning News, Sulphur Springs ISD (Douglass Elementary) tutor, member of League Street Church of Christ.

         

He is survived by his wife; sons, Tony Hooks of Sulphur Springs, Tim Hooks of Sulphur Springs, Kendall Robbins of Sulphur Springs, Alex Liddle of Austin, Justin Liddle of Tennessee and Marshall Liddle of Germany; eight grandchildren, Payton Hooks, Haylee Hooks, Mycaylah Hooks, Hanna Sandin, Hayden Hooks, Tristan Liddle, Gabrieal Liddle and Audrey Liddle and sister, Bobbie Thompson.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Burnis Turner, Jr.

Funeral Service for Burnis Turner Jr., Age 59, of Point, TX, will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dr. G. Edward West II, Rev. Elgie Clayton and Rev. Robert Stepney officiating. Military Graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Benton Hill Cemetery in Point, TX, with, Al Adams, Gaylon Bacy, Cecil Devance Jr., Wesley “Schouch” Govan, Micheal Hobbs and Eddie Jackson serving as pallbearers.  No formal Visitation.   

Mr. Turner passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at his residence.   

Mr. Turner was born on November 14, 1955 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Burnis Turner Sr. and Willie Lee Devance Turner.   He married Darlene Bacy in 1985 in Rains County.  She survives.  Mr. Turner proudly served in the United States Marines.  He was of Baptist Faith. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters, Talisha Burns and husband James of Emory, Shaylai Turner of Point, and Caylai Turner of Point, brother, Roger Cozine  and wife Carolyn of North Carolina, sister, Sandra Kay Turner of Point, grandchildren, Jakyra Givens and Zakorian Foster. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Larnita Turner.   

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

 

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Maxine Caroline Hiller

Funeral Service for Maxine Hiller, age 87, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve Cook officiating.  Interment will follow at Mahoney Cemetery with Chris Hiller, Jeremy Hiller, Scott Hundt, Steve Hiller, J.W. Upton and Randy Hiller serving as Pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Dennis Jordan, Gary Lewis, Jim Scaggs, and Max Drummond.   Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Maxine passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at The Manor of Seagoville.   

Maxine was born on May 16, 1928 in Enterprise, KS, the daughter of Robert Lester Upton and Josephine E. Zimmerman Upton.  She married Lloyd A. Hiller Sr., on February 17, 1947 in Dallas, TX.  He survives.   Maxine was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.  She was a Tupperware manager for many years, also worked at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital as an Insurance Clerk for 13 years, after retirement she volunteered at the hospital up until last year.  

She is survived by her husband, sons, Allen Hiller and wife Carolyn of Kaufman, Jack Hiller of Emory, and James Hiller and wife Karen of Dike, brother, Johnny W. Upton and wife Sandra of Longview, grandchildren, Randy Hiller, Steven Hiller, Julie Hundt, Chris Hiller, Jeremy Hiller, Heather Hiller, Sonya Romero and Tammy Romero, great grandchildren, Caden, Kayla, Kinley, Scott, Logan, Leigha, Autumn, Frank Jr., Thomas, Erik, Valerie, Noah and Maximus. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth R. Upton and grandchild James Hiller Jr.   

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

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

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Wiley "Joe" Rollins

A Fellowship Remembrance for Wiley “Joe” Rollins, age 79 will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  No formal visitation will be held.

Wiley “Joe” passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015. 

He was born on August 13, 1936 in Brashear, the son of Frank and Stella Rollins.

         

Survivors include his four children, Darlene Rollins, Russ Rollins and wife, Heather, Cathy Weiss and husband, Paul and Jennifer Worster and husband, Chris; nine grandchildren and four sisters, Doris Farris, Geraldine Cross and husband, William, Waneta Townsend and Dollie Barbosa and husband, Arnold.

 

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Brantley Scott Skinner

Funeral services for Brantley Scott Skinner age, 75, of Cooper will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, November 13, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Cooper with Rev. Terry Bryan officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oaklawn Cemetery with Mark Duvall, Jimmy Carson, Marc Moody, Rocky Young, Tim Szafran, Anthony Roberts, Donnie Virgel and Colt Conley serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin Lawson, Damon Cunningham, Bud Skinner, Steve Sahs, Gary Hobbs, Michael Cain, Billy Jack Silman and Scotty Stegall. 

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

He was born on Septemberr 19, 1940 in Delta County.  The son of Vedo Marvin and Mable Lucyle Spain Skinner.   He married Dorothy Ann Maynard Skinner on January 28, 1974 in Sulphur Springs and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2010.

Mr. Skinner retired from the Texas Department of Transportation and was a farmer. 

He is survived by his two daughters; Alicia Szafran and husband Brandon of Cooper and Debbie Huie and husband Bobby of Cooper.  Four grandchildren Jacob Huie, Lainey Huie, Jolee Szafran and Ty Szafran all of Cooper.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Cindy Hargrave; brother Thomas Skinner and infant brother Jimmy Skinner and one sister Hassie Jean Duvall. 

 

Under the direction of Delta Funeral Home.

 

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James Stewart Rose

Graveside services for James “Teacher”  Stewart Rose, age 73, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Ridgeview Cemetery in McKinney, TX, with Rev. David Burns officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

James passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. 

James was born on March 10, 1942 in Dallas, TX, the son of James Albert Rose and Opal Wanda Nelson Rose.  He married Marnetta Laye on July 22, 1972 in Garland, TX.   James retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years. He was a member of Brashear Baptist Church.  He graduated from North Texas State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  James served in the 3rd Armored division in the United States Army, where he had a tour of duty in Germany. James sang in the North East Texas Choral Society for 20 years and was a member of the board. He was the president of Crime Stoppers in Sulphur Springs.  James loved baseball, umpiring and did so for 40 years.  James loved impacting people’s lives, loved to talk and never met a stranger. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Justin Stewart Rose and wife Jennifer, grandchildren Alex and Aden Rose of Forney, TX, sister Debra Caston and husband Michael, sister-in-law Annetta Laye, brother-in-law Joe Scott.   

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Diedri Fields. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Scott Decker

Funeral service for Scott Allen Decker, age 77, of Point, will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, 2:00 p,m, at  First Baptist Church of Point.  Bro. Zachary Honzell will officiate.  Interment will follow in Smyrna Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

Mr. Decker was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Smyrna community, to Elmer and Vannie Leota Smith Decker. He graduated high school at Emory High School. He later married Mary Lee Griffith in Durant, OK on Oct. 6, 1956. Mr. Decker worked for Jorgensen Steel for many years, as a warehouseman. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Point.

Survivors include: Wife:  Mary Decker of Point 2 Sons:  Kenneth Dwain Decker (Rebecca) of Alba; and              

Michael A. Decker (Julie) of Quinlan 4 Sisters:  Margie Harvey of Emory; Edith Doudney of Anna; and Lillian "Punk" Hukill  of Lindale; and Ann Staggs (Paul) of Balch Springs Grandchildren:  Travis Dwain Decker; and Kristen Alyse Decker Step-grandchildren:  3 Step-great-grandchildren:  2 Numerous other loving family and friends Preceded in death by:  parents; 2 brothers, Jessie Decker and Zollie Brown;                                     

1 sister, Christine McAree

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Mary Hyland

Mary Hyland, age 73, of Emory, passed away at her residence on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

She was born in Austin, on June 19, 1942. Mary worked in the Dallas area for many years in advertising, sales, marketing, and, was a publisher of a magazine there for a period of time. After retiring, Mary moved to Emory. 
She spent many happy hours at the Rains County Senior Citizens Center, lunching with her friends, and playing games during the morning and afternoon.

Survivors include: Son:  Paul Stuart Hyland (and wife Lalisa) of Emory Nephew:  Ralph Gaines of Alaska 1 Granddaughter:  Meghan Rodrigues Hyland of Emory Also loving friends:  Kay Smith, Charlotte Stovall, the Garrett family, Jan Denson, and Donald Lee

Preceded in death by:  her parents

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

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Roy Sims

Funeral services for Roy Sims, age 88 of Sulphur Springs will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Phil Gold and Dan Hubbell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Peerless Cemetery.

         

Roy passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. 

He was born on May 26, 1927, in Peerless the son of George and Irene (Watkins) Sims. He married Emma Modene Burks on October 21, 1944 at Peerless Assembly of God. They were married for 71 years. Roy was an auto mechanic and owned his own auto shop. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

         

He is survived by his wife; son, Johnny Roy Sims and wife, Nancy of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Nelda Sue Cobb of Tampa FL; six grandchildren, Cindy Cobb McAdoo, Kristi Cobb Hubbell, Jason Cobb, Holli Cobb, Jeremy Sims, Jamie Sims Gold and twelve great-grandchildren.

         

He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Oscar, Marvin, Raymond, Gene and Doyle; sisters, Melba Townsend and Nell Petrea and son-in-law, Tommy Cobb.

 

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Patsy Louise Mayhugh

Funeral services for Patsy Mayhugh, age 79 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Campbell with Rev. Jon Nesbitt officiating.  Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Patsy was born on December 27, 1935 in Wellington, the daughter of Thomas Harden and Thelma Laura (White) Doebner.  She was a retired manager trainee for Toot-N-Totum convenience stores.  She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

         

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Kay Ramsey and husband, Joe of Jacksonville and Lyniece Ann Nesbitt and husband, Jon of Sulphur Springs; brother, Thomas Harden Doebner II and wife, Barbara of Buda; grandchildren, William Richard “Ric” Brooks and wife, Jamie; Michael D’Wayne Brooks and wife, Megan, Amber Lee Brown and husband, Tim, Rebecca “Becca” Ann Kincade and husband, Chris; great-grandchildren, Savannah Brooks, Lacy Brown, Mason Brooks, Aiden Brooks, Landon Kincade, Karson Brooks, Tristen Kincade, Presli Brooks and Harper Kincade.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Louella Sue McIntyre.

         

Memorials can be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or www.gideons.org.

 

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Murlene June Miller Gibbons Glaspey

Graveside services for Murlene June Miller Gibbons Glaspey will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Murlene June Miller Gibbons Glaspey passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Carriage House Manor.

The only child of Merrel Cleo and Jewel Veazey Miller, she was born June 3, 1931 in Dike, Texas. Her mother passed away when Murlene was only a small child. Her father then married Ruby Mae Christian who became the mother who raised, cared for and loved Murlene as her own. Although not blood related, they were certainly mother and daughter to each other.  Murlene married A. J. Gibbons on October 18, 1947. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1981. On February 16, 1985, she married Claude E. Glaspey. He passed away on May 15, 2004. Murlene was an extraordinarily talented seamstress and spent her entire career in the women’s apparel industry, including many years with clothing designers as a pattern and sample maker. She was a member of the Davis Street Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son David Gibbons and his partner, Mark Wilson of Garland, Texas.

 

A special and heartfelt thanks to the many professionals who cared for Murlene during her last days, including Hopkins County Memorial Hospital ICU and Third Floor staff, Legacy Hospice, Carriage House Manor and particularly Dr. Horn and Dr. Balkcom.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Meal-A-Day Program, 150 MLK Blvd, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.

 

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Harold Ronald Ford

Harold Ronald Ford departed this life on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 3:30 a.m.  He was a resident of Emory, TX, and a member of Believers Baptist Church of Emory. 

He was born on October 1, 1933 in St. Louis, OK, the son of Elsie Bebee Ford and Jesse Harold Ford.  During his younger years Harold was raised by his grandparents, Bessie Bebee and Richard Henry Bebee, in the Shawnee, Oklahoma area.  Harold’s professional life included a tour of duty in the United States Army where he was assigned to the department of defense.  He was sales manager of several new car dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  He also was sales manager for a mobile home dealership in Missouri.  Mr. Ford also had a successful Classic Shetland Pony business in Emory, Texas for fifteen years and shipped ponies as far away as Hawaii and Germany. 

Mr. Ford is survived by his wife of 22 years, Dorothy B. “Dottie” Ford, one daughter Cynthia Ann Comeaux of Rice, TX, one granddaughter Amanda Bodkins and husband Justin and a great-grandson Cason Bodkins of Milford, TX.  He is also survived by two daughters by marriage, Fayna Bear of Ft. Worth, TX and Melanie Bear Mueller and husband John of Rockwall, TX.  Three grandsons by marriage, William Taylor of Rockwall, TX, Brandon Cabral and Nick Bear and wife Alisha and a granddaughter by marriage MiMi Chacon all of Ft. Worth, TX, as well as a host of extended family and acquaintances. 

Mr. Ford was preceded in death by his son John Richard Ford and a daughter by marriage, Jodie Leigh Bear, one sister, Susie Madic as well as his parents and grandparents. 

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Rolen officiating. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery at Cord, AR, in his wife’s family plot. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. .

 

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Velma Ola Cash

Velma Cash age 88, of Cumby, Texas passed away in Sulphur Springs, on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  She was born on April 12, 1927 in Roswell, New Mexico to Clyde and Audie Morgan Graves.  Velma married her loving husband of 49 years Lewis Alton Cash on October 4, 1944, he precedes her in death.

Mrs. Cash was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church in Cumby.  She was a Housewife and raised her family.  Velma was an active part of her grandchildren’s lives, and will be greatly missed.  

She is survived by three children; Lewis Dean Cash, Lyn Gibson, and Paul Wesley Cash; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, son Robert Cash Sr. and grandson Ronnie Wayne Cash. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Forney, Texas with Randy Rather officiating. 

 

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Patsy Bradford

Patsy Paul Flippin Bradford, age 85 of Sulphur Springs, joined her husband and family in Heaven on November 6, 2015. 

She was a lifelong resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas, born August 7, 1930, to Paul & Merle Anglin Flippin.  She was a 1947 graduate of SSHS and then attended Draughan’s Business College in Dallas before becoming a secretary in Howard Smith’s law office located above J.C. Penney on the downtown square.  Down the hall was KSST and its new manager, W.E. (Bill) Bradford.  Divine Intervention.  They married on his birthday, November 5th, 1950, in Sulphur Springs; he preceded her in death on December 9, 2013, following 63 years of marriage.  She was the bookkeeper and co-owner of KSST, but her priority was being a mom.  She loved her church children and has either taught Sunday School lessons to/changed the diapers of a majority of the kids in Sulphur Springs.

Patsy is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Mark & DeAnne Bradford of Bedford, and two daughters & sons-in-law, Kerry & Allan Gillan of Plano and Kelly & Dwayne Grimes of Sulphur Springs;  three grandchildren, Andy Bradford & wife Jenna, Julianne Bradford, and Kerry Lyn Grimes; and great-grandchildren Conner & Tori; her brother & sister-in-law, Rex & Shirley Flippin of Sulphur Springs; niece Rexanne McCauley of Lafayette, Indiana, and nephew Tony Flippin & wife Beckey of Sulphur Springs; grandniece Sara Mellady & grandnephews, Matt McCauley, Toby Flippin and Josh Flippin.  She also leaves behind Chad & Rhonda Young & her beloved KSST family and her Sunday School Class, Shepherding 4 of First Baptist Church.

A funeral service will be held 10:00am Monday in Spence Chapel of First Baptist Church followed by a graveside service in City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482. 

West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Elizabeth Wylene Boyanton

A memorial service for Elizabeth Wylene Boyanton, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at Colquit Road Church of Christ 1350 Colquit Road Terrell, TX 75160

Mrs. Boyanton died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Carriage House Manor, in Sulphur Springs. 

She was born in Falfurrias, May 15, 1931, to Benjamin and Emogene Cody Jackson. She married Charles Orlando Fisher, in Dallas (Oak Cliff), in 1965. Mrs. Boyanton worked at LTV for a period of years, then, as a nurse aide.  Her most important job was raising her children and being a homemaker.

Survivors include:  3 Sons:  Larry Hector of Wills Point; Wayne Hector (Pam) of Corsicana; and Woody Fisher (Janice) of Emory. 2 Sisters:  Imogene Spurger and Wanda Lewis
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  Numerous Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Parents;  Husband, in 1995;  1 Son, Willie Joe Hector; 1 Grandson, Creighton Hector; 1 Great-granddaughter, Abigail Albritton; and 9 Siblings

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Thelma Barganier

Thelma Barganier, age 93, of Sulphur Springs, TX, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Earl Weaver

Funeral arrangements for Earl Weaver, age 78 of Winnsboro are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Weaver passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Autumn Winds in Winnsboro.

 

 

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Eldon Harvey Ring

Funeral services for Eldon Harvey Ring, 94, of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2015 at Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Goodwin officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Military graveside service with the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery.

Mr. Ring passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab.

He was born July 22, 1921 in Ridgeway, the son of Marion Harvey and Eva Hight Ring. He married Lila Bell Watson and she preceded him in death. They had one daughter Jalane Ring Edwards, she also preceded him in death. He married Lillian Doris Nordin, she survives. Mr. Ring was a lifetime member of Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church and also attended League Street Church of Christ. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and he was retired from Texas Power & Light after 31 years of service.

Survivors include his grandchildren, Danette Sears and husband Dwayne, and Keith Edwards and wife Angi. Step-daughter, Linda Burgin and husband Joe Bob, step-son, Johnny Nordin and wife Cathy. Great-grandchildren, Dlayne and Dawson Sears, and Pacen Edwards, son-in-law Larry Edwards and wife Linda, all of Sulphur Springs. One sister, Daphne Sims of Dallas, one brother, Larry Ring and Margaret of Sulphur Springs.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ridgeway Cemetery where he served as president for many years, c/o Ann Doss, 8481 FM 2653 N, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Lynn Ethridge

Graveside Service for Carolyn Lynn Ethridge, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Brashear Cemetery with Rev. Charles Ethridge officiating.  Pallbearers will be Andy Crouch, Mark Copeland, Will Ethridge, Ryan Stracener, Ron Poskey, John Elmore and Clay Randolph.  Honorary pallbearers will be Aiden Ethridge, Wesley Mark Randolph, Roper Ray Elmore and Lewis “Dumpy” Potter. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Carolyn passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  

Carolyn was born on January 6, 1946, the daughter of Phil P. Sartin and Norma Jean Bretten Sartin in Sulphur Springs, TX.  Carolyn married Wesley Freeman Ethridge on January 10, 1964.  He survives.  Carolyn was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, and worked for Brookshire’s for 10 years as a Pharmacy Tech. 

She is survived by her sons, Brad Ethridge and wife Kristi of Tyler, TX, and Keith Ethridge and Tammy of Sulphur Springs, TX, grandchildren, Will Ethridge, Whitney Ethridge, Kailey Cotter, Francis Ethridge, Shelby George, Aiden Ethridge and Joanna Ethridge, great-grandchild, Kayley Rickbaugh.  

She is preceded in death by her parents. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Lanna Sue Brown

A private service will be held for Lanna Sue Brown, age 68, who passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home in Sulphur Springs.

 

Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Gene Ray Hyde

Funeral service for Gene Ray Hyde, age 76 of Yantis, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, October 30, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Yantis with Rev. Byron George and Rev. Craig Vance officiating.  Military Graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Yantis Cemetery with Doug Wesson, Chris Wallace, Tony Mabe, Clint Miller, Sam Miller and Bill Wallace serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the “Wednesday Night Bunch”. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Gene passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at his residence. 

Gene was born on Feb. 6, 1939 in Yantis, TX, the son of Dennis J. Hyde & Myrtie Coker Hyde.  Gene served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 1957 to Dec. 1959 aboard the USS Harry E. Hubbard as a sonar man, after returning from the Navy he married Margaret Stinnett and ran the family dairy.  He also worked for the Sulphur Springs Police Dept., for 2 years, and for Copy Products from 1978-1988, a few years for Price Ford and Apex Plumbing Supply from 1990 to 2012.  

He is survived by his wife Margaret Stinnett Hyde of 55 years and 3 children, Kathleen Bailey and husband Ronald, Leona Cerretani and husband Jim, Dennis Ray Hyde and wife Jacquelyn all of Yantis, 6 grandchildren, Sara Bailey, Matthew Bailey, Daniel Cerretani, Lucas Cerretani, Saffron Hyde and Deanna Hyde, 2 great-grandchildren James and Brayden Bailey of Yantis, sister, Francine Wesson of Garland, TX, Denise Wallace, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinsonfoundation.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Charles Eric Bruns

Charles "Charley" Eric Bruns, age 50, of Emory, died Sunday, October 25th at his residence. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. 

Charley was born on April 2, 1965, in Decatur, IL, to Ronald Dean and Alice Marie French Bruns.  He proudly served our country for 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He married Pearl Marie Davis at Daytona Beach, FL on March 2, 2013.  He worked in construction as a general laborer and also had been a truck driver in previous years.  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.  He volunteered by traveling around with the NOMADS of the Methodist Church and he also worked with Methodist ministries.

Survivors:
Wife:  Pearl Bruns of Emory
3 Sons:  Eric Bruns of Dallas, Earl Bruns of MO and Tyler Bruns of IN
1 Daughter:  Cheyenne Bruns of AR
Mother:  Alice Crain of IN
2 Sisters:  Peggy Bruns of Garland and Deanne Bruns of AR
1 Brother:  Roger Bruns of IN
Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by:  Father, 1 Brother:  Gary Bruns

 

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George Johnson

 

Funeral arrangements for George Johnson, age 61 of Dike are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Johnson passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

 

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Gracie Henry

Funeral arrangements for Gracie Henry, age 60 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Henry passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Nancy Landon

Memorial services for Nancy Landon, age 80 of Sulphur Springs will be held at a later date.

         

Nancy passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs, Health and Rehab. 

She was born on November 2, 1934, in Elmira, New York. The daughter of Harold and Alice (Kennedy) Horton.  She was a homemaker.         

She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Mazerolle and husband, Ralph of Sulphur Springs, Shirley Reus of Sulphur Springs, and Janet Davis and husband, Boris Doles of Killeen; nine grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; her brother, William Horton of Virginia; and two sisters, Helen Kinney of New York and Annetta Sites of West Virginia.

         

She was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Terry Landon, Bruce Landon and Robert Landon; five brothers, Harold Horton, Richard Horton, SR., Clifford Horton, Gordon Horton and Gordon Jones; and two sisters, Shirley Grover and Dora Manwarring.

 

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Patricia Tolson

Funeral services for Pat Tolson, age 69 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Pete Adrian officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Tyler Rhoades, Dustin Gant, Jordan Thompson, Barry Charlton, Vicente Yanez and Mason Rawson serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Pat passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born on October 17, 1946 in West Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of Robert Alvin and Frances Ladeahl (Keath) Brady.  She was married to Tim Tolson for fifty-three years come this December 26th.  He survives.  She was a teacher.         

Along with her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Frances Charlton and Jennifer Tolson, both of Sulphur Springs; brother, Robert Brady of Keller; sister, Beth Wisenbaker of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Tristan Gant, Mac Rhoades, Tim Charlton, Chase Charlton and Carter Charlton and great-grandson, Ryder Rhoades.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Heather Tolson and sister, Dorothy Fagerland.

 

 

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Thelma McPherson

Graveside services for Thelma McPherson, age 98 of Canton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Mt. Sterling Cemetery with Rev. Joe Perkins officiating.

 

Mrs. McPherson passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Paul Dewayne Stevens
March 8, 1942 - October 24, 2015

Mr. Paul Dewayne Stevens passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the age of 73. Mr. Stevens was born on march 8, 1942 to the late Icem P. Stevens and Olga R. Reynolds Stevens. He was a self-employed livestock dealer, served in the U.S. Army, and was of the baptist faith.

Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delola Dodey Stevens; sister, Jonell Stevens, and second mother, Ethel Wilson Stevens.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Danna Beth Stevens Bain and and husband Clint of Sulphur Springs; sisters and brothers-law, Thersa and Nick Tovar of Leesburg, Nancy Stevens Drennan of Leesburg, Alice and Jeff Maroney of Honey Grove, and Wanda Raley of Quitman; lady love, Linda Miller; chosen brother and lifetime friend, Clifford Watson and lifetime family friend, Gary Duncan.

Graveside funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 26, 2015, at Harmony Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m., Sunday night.

 

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Mary Frances Rabb

Mary Frances Rabb, age 87, of Point, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015,  at Wesley House in Sulphur Springs.   Funeral service is scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2015, at 2:00 PM, at the Point United Methodist Church, with Bro. Billy Smith and Rev. Sue Gross officiating.  Interment will follow at Lone Star Cemetery in Point.   Visitation will be held at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory Sunday evening October 25, 6:00-8:30 PM.

Mrs. Rabb was born on July 8, 1928, in Sadler, to Paul Elias and Lula Parilee Crawford Anderson.   She married William A. "Ted" Rabb in Point, on April 26, 1947.  She retired after working as a buyer for 31 years at E-Systems in Greenville.   She was a long time member, some 68 years, of Point UMC.   Mary was a member of Point Civic Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She had a heart of gold, she loved everyone, and everyone loved her.

Survivors include: 1 Son: Don M. Rabb, and wife, Ronda, of Emory 2 Daughters: D'Andra Smith, and husband, Billy, of Emory and Suzanne (Sue) Northcutt, and husband, Johnny, of Emory 1 Sister: Polly Bynum, and husband, Bill, of Midland 2 Sisters-in-law: Mary Beth Tuck and Bobbye Areen 9 Grandchildren: Joshua, Shane, Misty, Jeremy, Christopher, Justin, Brad, Brock and Brandon 17 Great-grandchildren 2 Great-great-grandchildren Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by: Parents; Husband; 1 Brother: Walter Paul Anderson

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Point United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Point, TX 75472, 903-634-2034.

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Della "Hey" Gammill

Funeral services for Della “Hey” Gammill, age 96 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Tracy Coker and Van Hargis officiating.  Interment will follow at Arbala Cemetery with Ricky Gammill, Charles Anderson, James Anderson, Tommy Anderson, David Leewright and Joe David Hood serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Della passed away on Friday, October23, 2015 at Carriage House. 

She was born on October 5, 1919 in the Greenview Community, the daughter of J. M. and Ida (Roan) Woodard.  She was a retired inspector at H. D. Lee and also retired from the dairy business.  She married Allen Ray Gammill on August 10, 1940 in Sulphur Springs.  He preceded her in death in 2000.         

She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Sue Stockton and Wanda Lou Vester and husband, Bill, all of Sulphur Springs; three grandchildren, Van Hargis and wife Melony, of Victoria, Gina O’Dell and husband, Jimmy of Como and Daron Beckham and wife, Susan of Dallas; five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.         

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, grandson, James Allen Hargis, four brothers and four sisters.         

The family would like to thank Carriage House Manor and Legacy Hospice Care nurses and aids for their compassionate and loving care of our beloved mother and grandmother.

The family requests memorials be made to the Arbala Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 111, Sulphur Springs, Texas  75483

 

 

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Alve James "Jim" Harty

Funeral services for Alve James “Jim” Harty, age 93, of Yantis will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Gilliland officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to service time.  Interment will be at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery at a later date. 

Jim passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

Jim was born on January 6, 1922 in Tilton, AR, the son of Alfred Harty and Nora McKenzie Harty, and grew in Drumright, OK.  He married Toby McDowell Rives on January 6, 1996 and she survives.  Jim was a Captain for American Airlines from 1951 to 1982.  He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII.  He was a member of the Grey Eagles, he served on the Wood County Airport Board from 1997 to 2008.  He also was a member of the Revconeers of Family Motor Coach Association. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by sons, A. J. Harty and wife Cindy of McKinney, Jon Harty and wife Melissa of The Woodlands, daughters, Janice Colisimo and husband Jerry of Hewitt, Jennifer Harty of Los Angeles, CA, Brenda Smith and husband Larry of Austin, Karen Knoll of Denver, Co, step-sons, John Rives and wife Lawren of Dallas, Sam Rives, Jr., and wife Meshelle of Manor, step-daughters, Kaye Gross and husband Jan of Denton and Missy King and husband Ed of College Station, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife Corinne, son, Jimmy Lee Harty, one brother and one sister. 

Memorials may be made to the North Texas Projects Healing Waters, www.projecthealingwaters.org, American Heart Association, Ducks Unlimited or to a charity of choice. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jerry Jack Hale

Funeral services for Jerry Jack Hale, age 75 of Sulphur Bluff will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Judge Robert Newsom officiating.  Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with Butch Huie, Joe Chapman, Tony Dehart, Mike Flippin, Max Drummond and Danny Ragsdale serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

             

Jerry passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.  He was born on April 30, 1940 in Birthright, the youngest child of Rupert and Minnie Bell (Hart) Hale.  He attended North Hopkins High School before moving to Dallas in 1957, when he started working for the City of Dallas Water Utilities.

 

He married his school sweetheart, Pearl Chapman, on July 20, 1957 in Hugo, OK. They had three daughters and remained in the Dallas area until Mr. Hale retired in 1991, at which in time they built their dream home and moved to Sulphur Bluff. Jerry Jack enjoyed his morning coffee at the Sulphur Bluff store and loved playing domino's with his friends throughout the community. He was a member of the Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church and Mason Lodge #246.

 

He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Ortega of Seagoville, Saundra Parker and husband, Charles of Mesquite, and Sheila Price and husband, Craig of Quinlan; his three granddaughters, Misty Nelson and husband Chris, Jessica Galban, and Amber Rice and husband Kyle; three great-grandsons, Christopher Forbes, Dylan Griffith, and Chaselynn Nelson and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Hale was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years in 1998; parents; two brothers, Junior and S.D. and two sisters, Sue Harris and Arah Walker.

 

Jerry also left behind his dear friend Judy Kent who was beside him until the end.

             

Memorials can be made to the ALS Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or online at www.alsa.org

 

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William Beeson

Funeral arrangements for William Beeson, age 69 of Brashear are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Beeson passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

 

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Dorothy Jerene Williams Anderson

Private graveside services for Dorothy Jerene Williams Anderson, age 95, of Sulphur Springs were held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial park with Rev. Hans Wakeman officiating.  Mrs. Anderson passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Anderson was born on July 24, 1920 in Hopkins County, and grew up in the Reilly Springs and Union Community and was the daughter of Lester “Lep” Williams and Edna Reasonover Williams.  She married H. B. Anderson in January of 1949 and he preceded her in death.   Mrs. Anderson was the manager of the lunch room at Miller Grove ISD and also drove a bus, then managed the lunch room at Sulphur Springs High School before she retired.  Mrs. Anderson was also a member of the Divide Baptist Church where she served as the church clerk for many years.  Mrs. Anderson had a servant’s heart and loved the Lord and her family. 

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Hatcher of Sulphur Springs and great-grandson, Benjamin Doc Hatcher. 

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Mike Hatcher, grandson, Matthew Hatcher, brother, Richard Williams and sister, Lee Delgato.

A special thank you to Carriage House Manor for all the loving care, and for being a part of her family, for the last several years. Memorials may be made to Terrific Tuesday, First United Methodist Church, and 301 Church Street, Sulphur Springs, TX   75482. 

Arrangements under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Alvie Jim Harty

Alvie J. Harty, of Sulphur Springs, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Carriage House Manor.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Betty Ochoa

Betty Ochoa, age 49, of Sulphur Springs, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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James D. Worley

Funeral services for James D. Worley, age 84 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Rawlinson officiating with Robert Cook, Jerry Cook, Chad Cook, Earl Martin, Howard Holley, and Mike Thompson serving as pallbearers and Martin Springs Baptist Church as honorary pallbearers.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Monday, October 19, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

             

James passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on October 28. 1930 in Haynesville, LA, the son of Penual D. and Auber Loretta (Robinson) Worley.  He married Frankie Terry on August 31, 1957.  James was a member of Martin Springs Baptist Church, served in the United State Air Force, and was a supervisor at Rockwell International, manufacturing oil field equipment.

             

He is survived by his son, Mark Worley and daughter, Judy Worley both of Sulphur Springs.

             

He was preceded in death by his wife, and brother, Harold Dewayne Worley.

 

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Sarah Addielou Emerline

Sarah Addielou Emerline, age 98, of Emory, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1917, in Linden, TN to Anderson Stephends and Serena McDonald. She married Robert Ray Emerline in Hoenwald, TN.  She was a loving wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and homemaker all of her life.  She was a member of New Covenant Fellowship.  

Survivors include: 4 Sons: Taylor Duncan of Sikeston, MO; Johnny Emerline, and wife, Virginia, of Sulphur Springs; Billy Emerline, and wife, Mary, of Missouri; and David Emerline, and wife, Judy, of Emory

2 Daughters: Annie Sloan of Emory; and Janie Clawson, and husband, Tony, of Emory

3 Sisters: Bonnie, Annie, and Lorene

Numerous Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great-great-grandchildren

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents; Husband; 1 Son: Samuel Emerline; 2 Daughters: Ruth Criswell and Janette Padilla; 1 Granddaughter: Annie Ruth Criswell; 1 Great-grandson: Alex Ryan, Jr.; 3 Brothers; and 1 Sister. She was also preceded in death by 1st husband, Audley Duncan

Immediate burial will be at 2:00 PM today, October 15, 2015, at the Pilgrim Rest #1 Cemetery.

 

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Maria Eleuteria Garcia Ortiz

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Maria Eleuteria Garcia Ortiz, age 60, of Yantis, TX, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the St. James Catholic Church, with Father Juan Carlos Sardinas officiating.

There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, October 19, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Garcia passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Yantis, TX.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Janie Lee Willaims

Funeral services for Janie Lee Williams, age 76 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with David Nestor and Buddy Wiggins officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

         

Janie passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Hopkins House. 

 

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Gene Alley

Funeral services for Gene Alley, age 68 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Cook officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery with Larry Mahand, Brian Alley, Chad Mahand, John Erwin, Ken Harper and Jerry Sherrell serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

         

Gene passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015 at his residence.  He was born on May 27. 1947 in Kingman, AZ, the son of Bill and Lucille (Beaty) Alley.  He married Rhonda Pope in Sulphur Springs in 1971.  He served for two tours in Vietnam while in the Navy and then retired as a marketing director from NFC Marketing.

         

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; son, Brian Alley of Sulphur Springs and daughter, Mitzi Groboski and husband, Darren of North Little Rock, AR; grandchild, Dominic Groboski and brother, Phil Elkins.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robbie Alley.

         

Memorials can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1 Veterans Dr., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482 or online at www.vfw.org

 

 

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Cecile Roberts

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Memorial services for Cecile Roberts, age 79 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the First Baptist Church–Sulphur Springs with Rev. Fred Lewis and Rev. Tommy Johnston officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Cecile passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on February 1, 1936 in Red River County, the daughter of William and Bertha (Pyles) Sweeden.  She married Jones Roberts in 1953 in Clarksville.  She retired from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as an administrative clerk; was a member of the First Baptist Church – Sulphur Springs and the Waverly Club.         

She is survived by her husband, Jones; sons, Bruce Roberts and wife, Kim of Sulphur Springs and Rickey Roberts of Sulphur Springs; daughter Karen McCormack and husband, Sput of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Brooks Roberts, Whitney Waller, Lane Roberts, Morgan McCormack and Lindsey McCormack; five great-grandchildren and sister, Cornelia Raulston.         

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tate Sweeden.

         

Memorial can be made to the First Baptist Church–Sulphur Springs, Building Fund, 116 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

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Thelma Grace Weddle

Thelma Grace Weddle, age 102, of Emory, formerly of California, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Senior Suite Care and Rehab in Emory.   Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.    

Mrs. Weddle was born on October 7, 1912, to Hans C. and Ragnhild Madsen Nelson.
During her working career, Mrs. Weddle did secretarial work in several different attorneys offices.  She loved to play the piano, playing since the age of two, even at her own 102nd birthday party.

Survivors include:  Nieces: Juandell Weddle of Emory; Martha Holland of San Angelo; Jeri Whitten of San Angelo; and Dorothy Weddle of Midland   

Nephews: Jon Paul Weddle, and wife, Linda, of Lubbock; and Bill Weddle of Bastrop

Special Great Niece: Jodi Weddle

Special Great Nephew: Jay Weddle, and wife, Carla

Special Great Nephew: Jon Perry Weddle

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents, 2 brothers: Harry & Paul Nelson; 3 Nephews: Jerald Weddle, Joe Weddle, and Mike Weddle

 

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Gaylord Lee McDonald

Gaylord Lee McDonald, age 74, of Point, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015, at his home. 

Cremation arrangements are pending with Wilson Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. 

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Jesse Luis Vasquez

Funeral services for Jesse Luis Vasquez, age 25 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Andy Comer and Dustin Barrett officiating.  Interment will follow at Gafford Chapel Cemetery with Richard Ellis Adamson, Lupe Diosdado, Ty Rollison, Sharad Timmons, William Vasquez, Justin Tyler, Rashad Hall, Bradley Washington and Anthony Mills serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Jesse passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on September 10, 1990 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Jose Luis and Mary Annette Garcia.  He was married to Rekeiya (Harrison) Vasquez.  He was employed at Ocean Spray and a 2009 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School.

         

He is survived by his wife, Rekeiya; daughter, Aaliyah Harmony Faith Vasquez of Sulphur Springs; mother, Mary Garcia of Sulphur Springs; father, Jose Vasquez of Mineral Wells; brothers, Michael Garcia and Gerald Zavala, both of Sulphur Springs; sister, Angelina Dominguez of Sulphur Springs and grandmother, Bonnie Cockrum of Sulphur Springs.

 

 

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Jackie Blount

Jackie C. Blount, a fifth-generation resident of Hopkins County, died in Sulphur Springs on October 9, 2015 following an extended illness. 

He was born in Sulphur Springs on November 9, 1927, to Elvis Lee Blount and wife, Clara Ruth Simmons Blount.  He married Gladine Ray in 1949.  She predeceased him in 1985.

Jackie, like his father before him, was a car dealer for many years.  He also spent many years in his other career as an independent petroleum landman, acquiring oil, gas, and coal leases on behalf of numerous energy exploration and production companies. 

He is survived by sons Ronald Jack Blount and wife, Linda, and Larry Coogan Blount and wife, Angie, all Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his brother, J. M. “Mike” Blount and wife, Sandra, and sister-in-law, Melba Blount, all of Sulphur Springs. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles R. Blount and Jerry K. Blount, and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Jackie will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Moore officiating.  Visitation will occur one hour before the service, and a private burial will follow at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Charles Robert "Bob" Glenn

Funeral services for Charles Robert “Bob” Glenn will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with  Rev. Garry Jordan and Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating.  Interment will follow at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Jim Glenn, Lee Glenn, Tim Glenn, Billy Bob Messer, Matthew Glenn, Glenn Irvin and Matt Pogue serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Ridner, Toby Hood, Harold “Poogie” Haynesworth, Ronny Irvin, Earl Pogue, Chad Glenn and Brad Glenn. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.  

Bob passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

Bob was born on May 16, 1951 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Harrell Glenn and Charlene Hathaway Glenn.  Bob worked in the family business and was a member of Martin Springs Baptist Church.  Bob will be remembered  as the life of the party who loved being around family and friends and never met a stranger.  He will be dearly missed.    

Bob is survived by his mother, brothers, Tommy Glenn and wife Carol, John Glenn and wife Joy all of Sulphur Springs, sister, Mary Messer and husband Robert  of Terrell along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Margaret Clinton

Graveside services for Margaret Clinton, age 91 of Commerce will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Dardy officiating.   There will be no formal visitation.

         

Margaret passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall. 

She was born on August 1, 1924 in Branom, the daughter of William David & Nunie Mae (McManus) Haddock.  She was married to Carl Clinton, whom preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.         

She is survived by her sons, H.B. Dodson and wife Teresa of Garland and Clarence Clinton and wife, Rita of Miller Grove; daughter, Pat Davis and husband, Charles Gumm of Flower Mound; five grandchildren, Joe Burk Davis, Dallas Dodson, Dylan Dodson, William Clinton and Jordan Clinton; three great-grandchildren, Ari, Riley and River Dodson; three sisters, Nelda Brunson, Oleta Arrington and Oretha Campbell; one brother, W.D. Haddock and dozens of nieces and nephews.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and sisters, Helen Harris, Shirley Speight and Patricia Belcher.

 

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Wanda Fay Beaty

A graveside service for Wanda Faye Beaty, age 80, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at  Greenview Cemetery, Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Fred Lewis officiating. 

Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. at Greenview Cemetery.

Mrs. Beaty passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was a thirty two year member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, was a member of the “Love” Sunday School Class and dearly loved them all. She was a member of the “Ding A Ling” social club, and avid reader and quilter.  She was a charter member of the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild and was honored to have a “Life Time” membership bestowed upon her.  She loved partying with friends and traveling with the quilting ladies to various quilt shows.

Wanda Faye Hill Beaty was born August 7, 1935 in Lynn County, Texas to Walter T. and Ollie Keeton Hill.  She graduated from Tahoka High School and was employed as a nurse in Tahoka when she was introduced to her future husband, Armond Beaty.  After Armond returned from Korea they were married February 15, 1954 in Clovis, New Mexico.  They were blessed to have three wonderful children born to them in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Even though Wanda loved to travel, she did not take well to moving.  Yet, she managed to live in ten cities and three army posts. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and son James Clifton Beaty. 

She is survived by her husband, daughters; Sharon Lea Hough and husband Greg of Princeton and Karne Lynn Uliasz and husband Gary of Mesquite.  Four grandchildren; Gene Ray Tabor of Waco, Ashley Hough DeVore and husband Jay of Little Elm, Clifton W. Beaty of Wichita Falls and Andrew Uliasz of Dallas.  Two great grandchildren; Zoe Beaty and Carter DeVore. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Helen Marie Felton

Helen Marie Felton, 90, of Sulphur Springs, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, after a brief illness.

She was born June 11, 1925 in Josephine, Texas to James and Ida Woodard.  Helen was a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School.  On June 23, 1944, she married Guy Felton who preceded her in death in 2004.

Helen was a committed member of the First United Methodist Church, the Crusader's Class, Young at Heart, the Tanti Club, and the Garden Club.  She worked several years at Steele's Shoe Store and Circle E Western Store before retiring in 1987.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. 

Helen is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Joe Felton and Rhonda of Rowlett, James Allen Felton and Carmen of Cypress; one sister Della Gamble of Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren, Lindsey Goodwin, Clint Felton, Jordan Felton and Eric Felton, and four great-grandchildren as well as many extended family members.

The family would like to thank Legacy Hospice Care and the third floor nursing staff at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for their compassion and kindness during her illness.

Visitation will be held at the West Oaks Funeral Home Monday, October 12, 2015, at 1:00 PM with memorial services at 2 PM conducted by Reverend Pete Adrian.   Burial will be in the City Cemetery following the service. 

Arrangements are under the direction West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Lou McIntyre

Memorial services for Lou McIntyre, age 59 of Commerce will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Campbell with Rev. Jon Nesbitt officiating.   There will be no formal visitation.

         

Lou passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas. 

She was born on February 12, 1956 in Amarillo, the daughter of Billy D’Wayne and Patsy Louise (Doebner) Lacy.  She was of the Baptist faith.

         

She is survived by her father and step-mother, Billy Lacy and wife, Annie of Jacksonville; mother, Patsy Mayhugh of Sulphur Springs, sisters, Linda Kay Ramsey of Jacksonville and Lyniece Ann Nesbitt of Sulphur Springs along with several nieces and nephews.

 

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Dolores Bassham

Funeral services for Dolores Bassham, age 78 of Sulphur Bluff will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Judge Robert Newsom officiating.  Interment will follow at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery with Leroy Cox, James K. Bassham, Roy Herman, Benny Deaton, James Waller, David Caldwell and Mike Guilkey serving as pallbearers.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Dolores passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 at her residence.  She was born on May 17, 1937 in Sulphur Bluff, the daughter of Joe Denver and Sybil (Hankins) Dorner.  She married James Arlon “Pete” Bassham on September 11, 1954 in Greenville.  He preceded her in death in April, 2015.  She retired from H.D. Lee as an office clerk and was a member of the Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church.         

She is survived by her sons, James Arlon, Jr. and wife, Rachel of Sulphur Springs and Barry Scott Bassham of Sulphur Bluff; brothers, Billy Joe Dorner and wife, Sherry of Dike and Bert Dorner and wife, Barbara of Sulphur Bluff; grandchildren, Brennan Bassham, Blair Bassham, Jason Bassham, Kristin Bassham and Ross Bassham; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Cera, Tristin, Delilah, Racheal, Brittney and Georgia.

         

She was preceded in death by one sister, Imogene Arthur and one brother, George Dorner.

 

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Bobby Joe "B.J." Reece

Funeral services for Bobby Joe “B. J.” Reece, age 74, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Nash officiating.  There will be no formal visitation. 

Bobby Joe passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. 

Bobby Joe was born on March 7, 1941 in Ft. Worth, TX, the son of Clemon Gales and Cladie Reece.  He married Bobbie Kelly on August 7, 2004  and she survives.  He was a bus driver for the City of Phoenix and a bus mechanic for Sacramento’s Regional Transit for over 20 years. 

In addition to his wife Bobbie, he is survived by his sister, Thelma Jackson, sons, Bobby Reece, Jr. (Tammy), Brian Reece (Dorothiea), Kenneth Reece (Lisa), and Chris Mitchell, Darnell Kelly, Michael Kelly (Brenda), and Torio Kelly (LaRisa) and his daughters, Carolyn Reece, Toni Belveal (Charles) and Chanter Reece, 13 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Sheldon Valentine

Memorial services for Sheldon Valentine, age 21 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Stinson officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Sheldon passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 22, 1994 in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of Steven Dale and Shannon Michelle (Fields) Valentine.  He was a meat market butcher and of the Baptist faith.         

He is survived by his fiancée, Selina Sanchez; father, Steven Valentine of Sulphur Springs; mother and step-father, Shannon Keeble and husband, Dale of Oklahoma City, OK; sisters, Stacy Michelle Smith of Oklahoma City, OK and Cheyenne Denise Cruse of Midwest City, OK; brother, Steven Dodge Valentine of Brashear; uncles, William Valentine of Sulphur Springs; Tony Barnett and wife, Tanya of Spencer, OK, Tony Nuziark of Rockwall and Matt Prda of Cedar Creek; aunts, Vickie McGarity of Spencer, OK, Shelia Fields of Spencer, OK and Cindy Palmer and husband, Wade of Tyler.

         

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tolbert and Helen Valentine and Walter and Ruth Fields and uncles, Gary Valentine, Terry Valentine and Ricky Nuziark.

 

 

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Christene Blackmon McPherson

A celebration of life service for Christene Blackmon McPherson, age 82 formerly of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Blackmon officiating.  Interment will follow at the Mahoney Cemetery with J.W. Corley, Sim Lucas, Don Voss, Randall Voss, Eric Voss and Dennis Jordan serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Christene passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Grace Home in Shreveport, LA.  She was born on March 4, 1933 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Sim and Gaynel (Mrytle) Blackmon.  She married C. R. McPherson, Jr. on June 26, 1954 in Sulphur Springs.  She was a retired school teacher having taught for thirty-one years and a member of the Shreve City Baptist Church in Shreveport.         

She is survived by her husband; son, C. R. McPherson, II and wife, Linda of Bossier City, LA; sisters, Muriel Lucas of Sulphur Springs and Lorene Corley of Leonard; three grandchildren, Cathleen Warren, Jennifer Collins and Robert McPherson and four great-grandchildren.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ehrle Blackmon and Morgan Blackmon and one son, Christopher McPherson.

 

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Ruth Plunkett Gillis

Ruth Plunkett Gillis passed away peacefully on October 7, 2015 in the presence of her family. She was 92.

 

Mrs. Gillis was born on November 29, 1922 in Cumby, Texas to her parents, Ashley and Vera Plunkett. She graduated from Cumby High School and then the East Texas State Teachers College with a degree in Education.  She married Jack Gillis on May 1, 1943. Mrs. Gillis was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs where she served as a Deacon and Elder.  She was also a member of the Women’s Circle Group and the Sulphur Springs Waverly Club.  Ruth enjoyed playing a game of dominos or forty-two with family and friends, especially her close friend Wilma Brice. 

 

Mrs. Gillis is survived by her husband of 72 years, Jack Gillis; daughters, Judy Gillis of Sulphur Springs and Janet and Mike Jordan of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Ashley and Drew Roberts of San Antonio, Josh and Kayce Jordan of Mt. Vernon, Julianne and Jason Evans of Dallas, and Alison and Charlie Bagley of San Antonio; great grandchildren, Katelyn, Lucy and Anna Ruth Roberts, Emerson and Katherine Jordan, Gillis and Jordan Evans, and Jack Bagley; brother-in-law E.A. Junell of Cumby; and nephew, John and Debbie Gillis of San Antonio. 

She is preceded in death by her sister, Donnie Junell of Cumby.

A visitation will be held on October 9, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home.  Mrs. Gillis will be buried in a private ceremony on October 10, 2015 and a memorial service will take place after at the First Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs at 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend the memorial service and celebrate the life of Mrs. Gillis.  

 

Pallbearers will be Josh Jordan, Drew Roberts, Jason Evans and Charlie Bagley.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Barry Ward, Jimmy Worsham, Lee Teetes, Alec Bridges, Vic Ponder, Tom Sellers and Randy Hall.

 In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Paul E. Holbrook

A memorial celebration of the life of Paul Edward Holbrook, age 70, of Yantis, will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, 2:00 pm, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. Brock Paulk, Paul's nephew, and Bill Whittington, Paul's brother-in-law, will officiate the service.

Paul died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Houston, at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital.

 He was born March 11, 1945, in Blount County, AL, to John Wesley and Cora Bell Otwell Holbrook. He spent his working career in sales and marketing. Paul married Floris Whittington in Houston, on Nov. 19, 1988.  They shared almost 27 years of their lives together. Paul was a Christian who loved his family very much.

Survivors include:Wife:  Floris Holbrook, of YantisDaughters:  Gina Westerfield (Max) of Dallas; and Jill Landry (Tom) of RichardsonGrandchildren:  Pierce and Bailey Westerfield; and Zachary and Drew LandryNumerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  parents, 1 brother, James Ronald Holbrook; and 1 sister, Katherine HolbrookIn lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 1-800-805-5856, or the organization of your choice in Paul's name. 

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Foy D. Williams

Foy D. Williams was born into this world August 12, 1943 to Er nest and Jeppy Williams in Lubbock, Texas. 

He was born into eternal life, September 20, 2015 after a seven year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

 

Foy graduated from Monterrey High School in Lubbock where he played baseball on the state finalist team.  He was awarded a scholarship to Texas Tech University, lettered four years and coached the Freshman team in 1963-64. He married Nina Estes from Abilene in January of 1964.  He graduated from Texas Tech and began his coaching career and his family at the same time.  He coached baseball and football at Levelland High School, Lewisville High School, McKinney High School, and Sulphur Springs High School.  He served as Assistant Principal at Sulphur Springs High School, and Principal at the Middle School for nine years.  Foy went on to work as a  state probation officer and served on the Sulphur Springs School Board for nine years.  

Foy was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Denny Williams of Morton, Texas. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nina, and his children’s families, Debbie and Bob Latham of Sulphur Springs; Jill and Bill Garrett of Tampa, Florida, and Trey and Allison Williams of Royce City. Six grandchildren blessed him;  Quincie and John Latham and John’s wife Morgan, Madison and Kendall Garrett and Gabe and Grant Williams.  Foy leaves one sister, Nikki Harrington of South Carolina, a very close cousin, Gaylan Seagler, and many dear and loyal friends. 

Foy attended First Baptist Church with his family for thirty-six years.  Memorial Service will be October 10 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

 

 

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Riley Morris

Memorial services for Riley Morris, age 69 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Triumph Christian Center with Rev. Kevan Brown officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Riley passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. 

He was born on May 26, 1946 in Brownwood, the son of Sam and Effie (Harris) Morris.  He was a retired concrete finisher and a member of the Pentecostal faith.         

He is survived by his daughters, Phyllis Cox and husband, Oscar of Sulphur Springs, Betty Morris and husband, Kemo of Sulphur Springs and Madonna Ewton and husband, Troy of Sulphur Springs; sons, Herman Morris of Sulphur Springs and L.A. Morris and wife, Pam of Sulphur Springs; sister, Hazel Reese of Sulphur Springs and Florence Russell of Paris; children’s mother, Retha Whirley and numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

 

 

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Jessie Johnson

Graveside services for Jessie A. Johnson, age 96 formerly of Sulphur Springs will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Jeff Gulley, David Gulley, Doug Moore, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, James Johnson, Darrell Burkhart and Larry Rowton will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Jessie passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Marion Place in Carthage. 

She was born on March 13, 1919 in New Boston, the daughter of Effinger and Lily Mae (Turner) Gulley.  She married Roy F. Johnson, Sr.  He preceded her in death in 1991.  She was a retired LVN; member of New Hope Baptist Church in Gary and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

         

She is survived by her son, Frankie Johnson of Carthage and Terry A. Johnson of Weslaco; daughter, Effie Loretta Fox; brother, David Gulley of Sulphur Springs; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 

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Alfred Willis

Funeral services for Alfred C. Willis, age 84 of Sulphur Springs (Birthright) will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Shane Carrington officiating.  Interment will follow at Posey Cemetery with Kurt Willis, Brian Willis, Rickey Willis and Stelvin Dial serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Cade Willis. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Alfred passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on February 26, 1931 in Posey, the son of Jerry Lewis and Jeannette (Vaughn) Willis.  He married Lois Pate on January 29, 1955. 

She preceded him in death in May, 1996.  He then married Willa Jones on May 10, 1997 in Willow Park.  He served in the U.S. Army, was a dairy farmer and a member of the North Hopkins Church of Christ.

         

He is survived by his wife, Willa; sons, Carroll Willis and wife, Linda of Birthright and Herbie Willis and wife Cindy of Birthright; step-daughter, Lana Caballaro of Anchorage, Alaska; step-son, Lamar McLarey of Tyler; brother, Jerry Willis of Rockwall; sister, Dortheal Speed of Posey; six grandchildren, Deanne Dial, Kurt Willis, Leanne Willis, Brian Willis, Rickey Willis and Cade Willis along with eight great-grandchildren.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Howell and great-grandchild, Keanon Willis.

 

 

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Ruby Pennington

Funeral services for Ruby Jones Pennington, age 86, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leo Wisniewski and Rev. Michael Coker officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Brian Pennington, Jeff Sparkman, Joseph Godfrey, Ned Lindley, Ronald Nabors and Chester Richardson serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers are Jack Sparkman, John Funderburk, Thomas Funderburk and Bill Pennington. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Pennington passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

Mrs. Pennington was born on November 25, 1928 in Hico, TX, the daughter of Hester D Jones and Gertrude Lillian Grubbs Jones.  She married Walter Spurgon Pennington on May 14, 1960 in Brownwood, TX.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Pennington worked as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone, she retired from Grocery Supply and worked for Joe Bob’s Convenience stores for many years.  She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. 

She is survived by one son, James Pennington and wife Sarah of Sulphur Springs, daughter, Janet Pennington of Sulphur Springs, step-son, Larry Gene Pennington, of Longview, step-daughter Cynthia Ann Hodges and husband Sydney of Houston, grandchildren, Samantha Grace Pennington, Ruby JoAnn Pennington, John Harris Funderburk, Jr., and Thomas Hester Funderburk. 

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, a son, John Harris Funderburk, Sr., sister, Hester Delores Sparkman and one great-grandchild.  Memorials may be made the American Heart Association at www.heart.org

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ruby Faye Sallis

Ruby Faye Sallis, age 91, of Yantis, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

Mrs. Sallis was born on November 13, 1923 in Hillsboro, TX, the daughter of Jesse Walter Keaton and Minnie Wells Keaton.  She married James Milton Sallis in December of 1966.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Sallis was a bookkeeper for Foremost Dairy for many years.  She volunteered for meal-a-day in Yantis until she could not do it anymore.  She loved to bowl with her friends and made many friends.  She was of the Methodist faith. 

She is survived by her step-daughter, Sarah Sallis Laos of Denton, nephews, Lesly Simpson of Cumby, Mike Simpson of Sulphur Springs, Jack Simpson of Austin and Charley Simpson of Sulphur Springs, niece Diana Williams of Elgin, TX. 

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, brother, J.W. Keaton and sister, Les Conway.  Services will be held at a later date. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Brady Delano Sneed

Funeral service for Brady Delano Sneed, age 77, of Alba, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 1:00 PM at Emory Baptist Church, with Bro. Richard Pile officiating. 

Visitation will be held Monday evening 6-8 PM, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.   Interment will be in the Emory City Cemetery.

Mr. Sneed died Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Dallas. 

He was born May 28, 1938, in Ringwood, OK, to Louis Frank and Sarah Ophelia Hamilton Sneed.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   He married Janet Laverne Beck in McAlester, OK on May 31, 1986.  Mr. Sneed worked as an independent natural gas pipeline inspector.

Pallbearers:  Brad Talbot, Lloyd Talbot, Eddie Jewell, Mavrick Pierce, Grady Sneed, Richard Sneed, Michael Bozeman and Billy Tripp.

Survivors include:  Wife: Janet Sneed of Alba

3 Daughters:   Michelle Remien, and partner, Helen, of Portland, OR; Melissa Talbot, and husband, Brad, of Alba; and Jennifer Bozeman, and husband, Michael, of Point

Son:  Edward Eugene Jewell, Jr., and partner, Alyssia, of McAlester, OK

Brothers: James Sneed, and wife, Donna, of Concord AR; identical twin brother, Grady Sneed, and wife, Dianne, of Lake Havasu, AZ; and, Richard Sneed, and wife, Linda, of Eugene, OR

Sisters:   Wanda Mahaney of Tipp City, OH; Alice Russell of Bartlesville, OK; and Esther Lager of Newport, OR

Grandchildren:  Christian; Mercedes, Jalynn; Cameron; Jessica; Maverick; Ryleigh; Joseph; Wyatt; and Wayland   

Great-granddaughter: Haidyn  

Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by: Parents; 1 sister, Wilma; and, 1 nephew, David Sneed

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Peter Thompson

A private service for Mr. Peter J. Thompson, will be held at a later date. 

Mr. Thompson passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  He was 70 years old.

Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Charlie Sims

Funeral services for Charlie Thomas Sims, age 86, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Harold B. Nash officiating.  Military graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at East Caney Cemetery with Cory Sims, Harry Sims, Cary Horton, Danny Sims, Damon Dugan, Chris Harris, Cody Williams and Cory Spigner serving as pallbearers.  There will be no formal visitation. 

Mr. Sims passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on August 24, 1929 in Hopkins County the son of Carter Sims, Sr., and Allie Washington Sims.  He married Ada M. Malone in the spring of 1983 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.  Mr. Sims was a mechanic for Rockwell International before he retired.  Mr. Sims served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Nan Harris and husband Robert of Sulphur Springs, brother, Carter Sims, Jr., of Sulphur Springs, sisters, Arlene Williams and Peggy White both of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Lanetta Sims, Vincent Sims and wife Felicia, great-grandchildren, Joseph Washington, Kieron Sims and Keziah Sims, with a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bobby Sims, James Sims, Arvis Sims and N. W. Sims, sisters, Darlene Horton, Vada Alexander and Omergine Sims. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mattie Lou Jones

A visitation for Mattie Lou Jones, age 90 of Ben Wheeler was held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  No other services were scheduled.

          

Mrs. Jones passed away Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Chandler Nursing Home. 

She was born on July 9, 1925 in Posey, the daughter of Luther Pete and Josie Bell Dixon.  She married Max V. Jones on February 17, 1974 in Gregg County.  He preceded her in death in 1990.  She was a retired waitress, was a long standing member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #12 of Tyler and of the Baptist faith.          

She is survived by her half-brother, Curtis Dixon of Sulphur Springs; half-sister, Linda Simmons of Sulphur Springs; sister-in-law, Kathy Waldrep and beloved friends and caregivers, Bill and Joyce Jones of Ben Wheeler. 

         

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lester Dixon, Billy Wayne Dixon; half-brothers, Jimmy Waldrep, Donald Waldrep, James Dixon and Johnny Dixon.

 

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Bobby L. Williams

Funeral services for Bobby L. Williams, age 78 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Rawlinson officiating.  Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery near Winnsboro with John F. Doyle, John M. Doyle, Kevin Nolen, Joe Wilson, Robert Dyer and Bill Campbell serving as pallbearers. 

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

         

Bobby passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. 

He was born on August 8, 1937 in Electra, the son of James Henry and Inez (Gonce) Williams.  He married Emma Mae Campbell on August 8, 1979 in Dallas.  Bobby was a warehouseman and a member of the Independence Baptist Church in Dike.         

He is survived by his wife; sons, John Williams of Plano and John Doyle of Murphy; daughters, Sherry Sheppard of Tyler and Angela Nolen of Kaufman; five grandchildren, Kevin, Kaylyn, John, Ashley, and John Robert and two great-grandchildren, Truleigh and Grayson.

         

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, three brothers and one sister.

 

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Evelyn Mildred Bevis

Graveside services for Evelyn Bevis, age 95, formerly of Hopkins County have been set for 11:00AM, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Nelta Cemetery.     

Mrs. Bevis passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 at The Wesleyan at Scenic in Georgetown, TX.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Betty S. Chambliss

Funeral services for Betty S. Chambliss, 80, of Cumby, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Cumby United Methodist Church with Bro. Howard Strickland officiating. Interment will follow at Cumby Cemetery with Lane Gilbert, Shane Gilbert, Cody Talley, Johnny Carter, Steve Smith, Eric Smith, Ronny Petty and Rusty Vaughan serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Betty passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in Dallas, TX.  

She was born on May 23, 1935 in Greenville, TX, the daughter of Matthew Cross and Minnie Lee Browning Cross.  She married Kenneth Joe Chambliss on December 22, 1955 in Cumby, TX.  He preceded her in death.  Betty worked as a Director of Special Ed Services for Tri County Coop for many years and also as a Diagnostician for Tri County Coop.  Betty and Kenneth started a school in Pottsboro, TX.  She was a member of Cumby United Methodist Church and volunteer.  

She is survived by daughter, Vicky France and husband Martin of Cumby, grandson, Christopher Gilbert of Cumby, great-grandchildren, Shane Gilbert, Lane Gilbert, Wade Gilbert, Kyleigh Tadlock, Brantley Tadlock, Jade France, and Tommy Mitchell.

 She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cumby United Methodist Church, 204 East Main Street, Cumby, TX 75433.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Delma Nichols

Services for Delma Ratliff Nichols, of Pickton, will be Monday, September 28th at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Visitation at 2 pm followed by the service at 3 p.m.

She loved to wear scarves. So, if you feel inclined, you would honor her memory if you would wear a scarf on Monday.

Arrangements are with Beaty Funeral HOme.

 

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Jacqueline Cecelia Ramsdell

Jacqueline Cecelia Ramsdell, age 72, of Sulphur Springs passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on January 28, 1943 in Kane, PA, the daughter of John Earl Lubold and Angeline Cecelia Rich Lubold.   Mrs. Ramsdell worked at one time for Newburn Sun Journal as an illustrated artist, she also worked in sales and was a homemaker.  She was a very talented artist who loved to paint.  She was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  

She is survived by sons, Robert Alan Schrubb and wife Melissa of Hurst, TX, John Carl Schrubb and wife Londa D. of Leesburg, TX, Daniel Eric Schrubb and wife Priscilla of San Antonio, TX, and daughter, Angela J. Matthews and husband Duffy of Santa Ana, CA, brother Bob Lubold and wife Charlotte of Chico, CA, sisters, Donna Aderman and Barb Height both of Erie, PA, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Mick Lubold. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Johnnie Mae Froneberger

Funeral services for Johnnie Mae Inman Froneberger, age 81, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at League Street Church of Christ with Minister Jerry Savage and Buddy Wiggins officiating. Interment will follow at Sherley Cemetery with serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to service time at League Street Church of Christ. 

Johnnie passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

She was born on July 23, 1934 in Denton, TX, the daughter of John W. Inman and Ethel Jolly Inman.   Johnnie married Murry Froneberger on August 6, 1952 in Sulphur Springs, TX.  He survives.  Johnnie started working for Perry Brothers in Munday, TX, then started working for GTE and was named Employee of the Year for GTE Southwest Region in 1980.  After leaving GTE she went to work for Farmers Co-op managing the appliance department.  She won a National Sales Contest by selling the most Whirlpool appliances and won a trip to the Canary Island.  She also worked for her son, Doug Froneberger in his law office for several years.  Johnnie was a member of the League Street Church of Christ. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, David Froneberger and wife Patti of Carrollton, TX, Doug Froneberger and wife Alison of Waco, and Dan Froneberger and wife Kathy of Sulphur Springs, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, brothers, J. W. Inman of Carrolton, GA, and Joe Inman and wife Linda of San Antonio, TX, sister, Dollie Inman Thornton and husband Jim of Ardmore, OK, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mike Sewell

Family and friends will gather for Mike Sewell, age 63, of Sulphur Springs on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Mr. Sewell passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on April 7, 1952 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Aubrey Richard and Dorothy Faye (Summers) Sewell.  He married Patricia Peugh on June 8, 1973.  He was self-employed and of the Baptist faith.          

He is survived by his wife; son, Michael Sewell and wife, Kayla of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Jennifer Harville and husband, Billy of Ridgeway; grandchildren, Mattison Drum, Preston Sewell, Jaxson Harville, Avary Harville and Rylan Sewell and brothers, Bobby Mack Sewell of Lewisville and Richard Dan Sewell of Bartlesville, OK. 

         

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dalton Joe Sewell.

 

 

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Roy Pelton

Memorial services for Roy Pelton, age 82 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pete Adrian officiating.

         

Roy passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Craig General Hospital in Vinita, OK.                      

He was born on September 4, 1933 in Vernon, OH the son of Ralph and Vera (Morrison) Pelton.  He served in the U.S. Army, was a sales representative for Purina dog food, was a member of the First United Methodist Church and received a Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was well known to most of the people in the Weimaraner community for both his successful career and career in dogs but also for his generosity.  He began his interest in sporting dogs as a hunter with his friend’s Weimaraners in 1953.  He purchased his first Weimaraner in 1957 from a friend and this became his foundation stud for the successful Birtzel Kennel.  He turned professional in 1971 and left the professional ranks in 1980 due to nagging injuries.  During his career, he handled dogs to three championship wins and eight of his charges became dual champions.  In 1973, he began to conduct two-day bird training seminars for expenses only and asked for a $100 fee to be split between the host club, their national affiliate and the Bird Dog Foundation.  He conducted over forty seminars across the U.S., Hawaii, Canada and Australia.  Only a handful of people know that he started corporate sponsorships of sporting dog clubs in 1982 beginning with dog equipment for Brittany auctions and then steaks for the NGSPA amateur banquet and has continued to grow.  Many sporting dog breed clubs continue to benefit from this generosity today.  He very quietly supported not just Weimaraners but all sporting breeds.  He did not do this for any personal recognition but simply because he loved Weimaraners and all sporting breeds, which is what the Lifetime Achievement Award is all about.         

He is survived by his wife, Roxanne; step-children, Julie Long and husband, Frank of Sulphur Springs, Kellie Elder Tyson and husband, Wes of Idaho and Ginger Elder Cannon and husband, Ron of Kilgore and Jeff Teasley and wife Janice of Rockwall; grandchildren, Sam Long, Amy Long Houston, Shannon Teasley, Shelby Wilson, Robert Blakeley, Kirby Blakeley, Austin Smith, Travis Smith and Cody Cannon and sister, Mary Jane Wagner of Punta Gorda, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; previous wife, Dot Pelton and two sisters, Georgia Sturwold and Janice Pelton Byer.

Memorials can be made to the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 774, Grand Junction, TN 38039.

 

 

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Billy Connor

Billy Lon Conner was born April 18, 1931, in Sulphur Springs, Texas to George and Mattie Conner, and passed away on September 19, 2015, at his home in Austin.

He graduated from Sulphur Springs High School, then earned a Bachelor of Science in Technical Agriculture in August, 1952, and a Master's Degree in August, 1953, from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, now Texas A&M University-Commerce. Billy married Peggy Sue Gore of Brashear, Texas in June, 1953.

Billy taught Vocational Agriculture for 13 years and served as Vice Principal for two years at Sulphur Springs High School. In August 1967, he began work as a consultant for the Texas Education Agency in Austin and served in that position for 10 years. In 1977, he joined the staff of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council as its Executive Vice President where he served until his retirement in 1996.

During Billy's career, he affected the lives of many young people while serving as Executive Secretary of the Texas FFA and Texas Young Farmers. He was also well-known among the managers, directors and members of statewide agricultural cooperatives, educators and the state agricultural community in general.

Billy is survived by his loving wife Peggy; sons, Keith Conner and wife, Julia, of Killeen, and Kerry Conner and wife, Patty, of Austin; grandchildren, Brian Conner and wife, JoBeth, of Austin, Ricky Crow and wife, Kim, of Fort Worth, Adam Conner and Travis Conner of Killeen; and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Chloe Heitmeier of Austin and Seda and Liam Crow of Fort Worth. He was a faithful member of Holy Word Lutheran Church in Austin, and will be greatly missed by many friends and family.

Billy's family will greet guests at a visitation to be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 23, 2015 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. Committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Word Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to either Holy Word Lutheran Church or Hospice Austin.

 

 

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Lena Katherine Smith Formby

Funeral Services for Lena Katherine Smith Formby will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Cumby Methodist Church with Rev. Duncan Graham officiating. Interment will follow at Cumby Cemetery with John Smith, Eric Smith, Dustin Smith, Ryan Smith, Gordon Ensley, and Danny Beasley serving as pallbearers. Keith Smith will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home.

             

Mrs. Formby passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 16, 1925 in Cumby to Henry and Ibra Beasley. She married Oneal Smith in Cumby on July 3, 1943; he preceded her in death in 1981. She later married Billy Paul Formby; he preceded her in death, and Phillip Payne, who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Formby was a Homemaker and member of the Cumby Methodist Church.

             

She is survived by: sons, Ronny Smith and wife, Judy, of Sulphur Springs, Steven Smith and wife, Carol, of Cumby; daughter, Paula Ferrell and husband, Bruce, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Tammy Smith, Keith Smith, Angie Wilson, Ryan Smith, Lori McAfee, John Smith, Eric Smith, Dustin Smith, and Erin Vermillion; great-grandchildren, Abby McAfee, Savanna McAfee, Taytum Smith, Brooke McGee, Blake Chester, Haylee Chester, and Emma Vermillion; sister, Ozell Ensley; and brother, Bill Beasley.

             

She is also preceded in death by: step-mother, Bessie Beasley; brothers, Duane, Fred, Morris, Theodore, and R.L. Beasley; sister, Jean Duvall; and great-grandson, Jaden Chester.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Catherine Petty

Graveside services for Catherine Petty, age 79 of Cumby will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Cumby Cemetery with Rev. Howard Strickland officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Catherine passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. 

She was born on May 6, 1936 in Greenville, the daughter of H.E. and Austin (Girdner) Swann.  She was married to Dr. Dane Petty, who preceded her in death in 2015.  She was a retired teacher and had a Bachelor’s degree.  She was of the Methodist faith.         

She is survived by her son, Greg Petty of Cumby; daughter Stefanie Petty of Cumby and sister, Mary Callan of Cumby.         

She was preceded in death by one son, Brett Petty.

         

Memorials can be made to the Cumby Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 734, Cumby, Texas  75433.

 

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Wanda Lou Dunn

Graveside services for Wanda Lou Dunn, age 74, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2015 at Ridgeway Cemetery with Samuel Glenn officiating.  There will be no formal visitation. 

Mrs. Dunn passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab.  Mrs. Dunn was born on September 30, 1940 in Bell City, MO, the daughter of Henry Phillip Bollinger and Nellie Francis Guffy Bollinger.  She married Clyde Doyle Dunn and he survives.  Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker and worked in retail. 

In addition to her husband she is survived by one son, Robert Dean Dunn of Waipahu, Hawaii, one sister, Ann Bea Bell of California City, CA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Claude Lee Bollinger, Robert Glenn Bollinger and Willey Gene Bollinger, sister, Barbara Jean Bollinger. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jose "Cate" Tapia

Funeral Mass of Christian burial for Jose ”Cate” Cuauhtémoc Tapia, age 16 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Juan Carlos Sardinas officiating.  Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with Roberto Tapia, Angel Tapia, Antonio Gonzales, Gregorio Tapia, Luciano Gonzales and Laramie Massey serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.   

Jose passed away Friday September 11, 2015 in Hopkins County, TX. 

Jose was born July 4, 1999 in San Miguel Allende GTO, Mexico, the son of Gregorio Tapia and Remedios Tapia Gonzales.  He was a Junior High student at North Hopkins High School. 

In addition to his parents he is survived by paternal grandparents Guillermo Tapia, Josephina Tapia, maternal Grandmother Marta Zapatero, brothers Jose Eduardo Tapia, Gregorio Tapia, Jose Julio Paz Tapia, Kevin Tapia, nephew Brandon Eduardo Tapia, niece Leah Michelle Tapia and several aunts, uncles and cousins.   

He is preceded in death by his maternal Grandfather Luciano Gonzales. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Shelba Lynn Wall Dobbs

Funeral service for Shelba Lynn Wall Dobbs, age 32 of Ft. Hood, TX, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Al Davis officiating.  Interment will follow at Rockdale Cemetery with Neil Dobbs, Raymond Wall, Gary Brown, Will Nation, Huey Sessions, and Roger Adams serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Kjelsberg, David Perez, Kyle Bush, and J. J. Watt, visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. one hour prior to service. 

Shelba passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Ft. Hood, TX. 

Shelba was born March 31, 1983, in Norman, OK, the daughter of Wesley Wall and Paula Adams Wall.   She married Derek Dobbs on September 10, 2003 in Humble, TX.  He survives.  She was a homemaker, graduated from Pflugerville High School, and had an Associates, Bachelor’s and Master Degree from the University of Phoenix and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Killeen. 

In addition to her husband she is survived by son Matthew Dobbs of Ft. Hood, TX, a daughter Allyson Dobbs of Ft. Hood, TX, a brother Sean Gibson of San Angelo, TX, sisters Andra Arcenaux and fiancé Will Nation, of Sulphur Springs, TX, Tessa and husband Huey Sessions III of Ore City, TX, father and mother in-law, David and Abby Dobbs of San Antonio, TX, brother and sister in -law Neil Dobbs and wife Amanda of San Antonio, TX, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and pet dog named Rowdy and cat named Sissy. 

She is preceded in death by grandparents, Meemaw and GrandPa Wall, Granny and Grandpa Adams, Mammaw Theda Reeves, aunts, Sunny Turner, Donna Graf and June Newcomb.   

 Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Roger Lane Petty

Funeral services for Roger Lane Petty, age 55 of Cumby will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Byron George officiating.  Interment will follow at Brashear Cemetery with Jerry Petty, Brady Petty, Jake Petty, Casey Petty, Cody Kinsey and Tyler Childers serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Steve Anderson, Justin Petty, Jason Petty and Josh Petty. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

         

Roger passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on July 24, 1960 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Clyde Petty and Ruth (George) Miller.  He was self-employed and had worked for the City of Cumby’s Water Department and was of the Baptist faith.

 

He is survived by his daughters, Jessica Petty of Tatum and Miranda Petty of Louisiana; son, Jeremy Petty of El Paso; mother, Ruth Miller; grandchildren, Ricky Kenner and Brooklynn Keener; brothers, Michael Wayne Petty, Ray Petty,  Johnny Clyde Petty and Steve Petty; sisters, Jan Buck and Jeanie Petty.

         

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Petty and step-father, Harold Miller.

 

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Richard Reese

Funeral services for Richard Eugene Reese, age 81 of Sulphur Springs were held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Triumph Christian Center with Rev. Kevan Brown officiating.  Interment followed at Posey Cemetery with Travis Carr, Ricky Russell, Robert Reese, John Jetton, Russell Morris and Jason Davis serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.

         

Richard passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at his residence

 

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Micah Lyn Reed

Funeral services for Micah Lyn Reed, age 12 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015 at The Way Bible Church with Dr. Joel Tiemeyer, Rachel Draper and Tag Williams officiating.  Interment will follow at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Cubby Wilson, Chris Pryor, Casey Griffith, Blake Chester, Mackey Maxwell and Kohlson Ivey serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Sulphur Springs Class of 2021 and the staff and friends at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 Micah passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas after a courageous battle with Leukemia.  He was born on December 6, 2002 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Brian Christopher and Sandy Lyn (Cavanaugh) Reed.  He was a 7th grader at Sulphur Springs Middle School and he attended The Way Bible Church.

 

He is survived by his parents; brother, Jacob Ryan Reed of Sulphur Springs; grandparents, Mark and Brenda Reed of Sulphur Springs and Danny and Barbara Cavanaugh of Sulphur Springs; great-grandparent, Marvin “Doc” Reed of Sulphur Springs; special friends, Dr. Wilson File and Jamaal Perry and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

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Donald Harvey Cross

Funeral service for Donald Harvey Cross, age 67, of Emory, were held Friday morning, Sept. 11, 2015, at 11:00 am, at the First Assembly of God Church.  Bro. Montie Parker officiated the funeral, and, Bro. Mike Frazier officiated the committal at the graveside .

Donald died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Tyler, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

He was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Ft. Myers, FL, to Hayward and Margaret Waldron Cross. Donald was a rodeo cowboy, a cattleman, and, was a member of the Florida Cattleman's Association and rodeo associations including the I.P.R.A., P.R.C.A., F.C.A., and the U.S.T.P.A. He was a member of First Assembly of God, in Emory.

Survivors include: Wife:  Lana Cross of Emory Daughters:  Anita Cross Bryant (Langley) of Andalusia, AL; Margaret (Sissie) Cross Wherrell (Ronnie) of Blanchard, OK; and Lauren Alford of Silver Springs, FL Grandchildren:  Rachel, D.L., Emily, Sara, Landon, Morgan, and Canyon Great-grandchildren:  5

Preceded in death by:  parents, and 2 brothers,  Gene Cross, and Robert Cross

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Thomas Virgil Morris

A private service for Mr. Thomas Virgil Morris, will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. 

Mr. Morris passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  He was 89 years old.

Arrangements under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Mary Elizabeth Claunch Smith

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Claunch Smith, age 95 will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bill Byerly officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Leon Anderson, Johnny Grigsby, Gary Vincent, Larry Connaughton, Donald Cullen Potts, II and Matthew Woodward serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Wendell and Martha Heard. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

          

Mary passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Autumn Wind Assisted Living in Mineola. 

She was born on September 2, 1920 in Como, the daughter of Rudy and Ollie (King) Claunch.  She married Marion Smith, Jr. on December 26, 1941 in Greenville.  He preceded her in death in 2009.  She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Arlington.  She retired from Sears.          

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Byerly and husband, Bill of Tyler; grandchildren, Christi Elizabeth Byerly, and Patrick Smith Byerly and wife, Jill McGill; great-grandchildren, William Byerly and Bella Byerly.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Gretta Grigsby, Grace Duncan and Thelma Landers, brothers, Sterlon Claunch and Pat Claunch. 

The family requests memorials be made to Woodland Cemetery Association, c/o Bonnie Rose, 633 Beth Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482, Forest Academy Cemetery Association; c/o Sidney J. Phillips, 147 Russell Dr., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482 or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Children, Attn. Development Department, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas  75219.

 

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Bernice Dawes

Bernice Dawes, Ph. D., age 72, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015, at her residence in Cumby.

She was born in Lamar County, on June 26, 1943, the daughter of John Tom and Musa Tennie (Dunham) Dawes.

 

Ms. Dawes was an Occupational Therapist. She actively attended Community Bible Studies and worked for the Civil Service Department of Defense.

           

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Pritchett of Cleburne, and Gina Root of Houston; brother, Shelvy Dawes; sister, Tommie Jean Dickerson; grandchildren, Alexander Dickerson, George William Pritchett, Angela Pritchett, Valerie Moore, Laurie Pritchett, Michael Root and Stephanie Root; great-grandchildren, Skyler Moore, Tara Moore and Lily Dickerson.

           

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Janet Hall.

 

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Patsy Jo Murray

Graveside services for Patsy Murray, age 78 of Edgewood, will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held one hour, prior to the service, at the cemetery.

 

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Lee Avery Daniel

Memorial services for Lee Avery Daniel, age 64, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs; with Chuck King officiating, and Stacy Cody and Jason Stanley assisting.  The visitation will be held one hour prior to service, at the church.

             

Coach Daniel passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015.  He was born on February 15, 1951, the son of James Hershel and Mary Lee (Spinks) Daniel, in Albany, GA. Mr. Daniel earned his Masters at Arkansas State University and was a coach in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District for almost 20 years. He finished up his coaching career at Canton ISD. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ, and was a supporter of Doulos and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

             

He is survived by his daughter, Summer Wright, of Cooper; two sons, Slade Daniel, and wife Kendra; and Spenser Daniel, both of Sulphur Springs; sister, Jean Aker; brother, Bobby Daniel; and eight grandchildren; Lawyer Wright, Lott Wright, London Wright, Linkon Ford, Ryker Daniel, Hank Daniel, Bentley Daniel and Layton Daniel.

             

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Daniel and William P. Daniel; and two sisters, Sue Boltz and Martha Jones.

           

 

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Bobby Clifton

Arrangements pending at this time with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Beuna Irene Carter

Funeral service for Beuna Irrene Carter, age 90, formerly of the Rains county area, will be held at 11:00 am today, Wednesday, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. 

Visitation will be at 10:00 am.. one hour prior to service time.

Interment will follow in Clifton Cemetery. The Ministers conducting the service will be:  Wayne Darty, Charles Carter, and Ryan Ivey.

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Loys Levil Nash

Funeral service for Loys Levil Nash, age 51, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Lord’s Way Church of God in Christ, with Pastor Timothy Sharp officiating. There will be no formal visitation.  Interment will follow at the Mel Haven Cemetery in Sulphur Springs with David Hunter, Mario Thomas, Terry Mosley, Robert Franklin, Damon Nash, Gregory Debase, Cedrick Wright and Michael Kelly serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Porter, Richard Corona, Randolph Spraglin and Rodney Brady.  

Mr. Nash passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his residence.  He was born on July 28, 1964 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Alfred Nash and Sybil F. Fletcher Ransom. He graduated in 1982 from Sulphur Springs High School, and was employed by Cannon Craft for many years, and was employed at Saputo for 17 years. 

He is survived by brothers, Timothy Ransom, George Ransom, Dizzy Ransom all of Sulphur Springs, Johnny Nash of Fort Stockton, and Olan Nash of Amarillo, and a sister, Abbie Nash of Mesquite.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tommy Ransom, Lorenza Ransom, sisters, Quencie Ransom, Belinda Ransom Thomas, and step-father Willie Smith Jr.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Noah Lee Franklin

Funeral services for Noah Lee Franklin, age 70, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Elder Patrick Lee officiating.  Interment to follow at East Caney Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation.

             

Mr. Franklin passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. 

He was born on January 8, 1945, the son of Alvin and Mattie Lou (Malone) Franklin, in East Caney, TX. Mr. Franklin was a machine operator at Connon Craft. He was one of eight siblings.

             

He is survived by one brother, Vincent Eugene Franklin; and two sisters, Madine Cash and Margie Thomas, both of Sulphur Springs.

             

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Haskell Franklin, Alvin Franklin, JR., John L. Franklin; and one sister, Laura Franklin.

 

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Israel Moreno

Funeral service for Israel Moreno, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, were held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Septmeber 1, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with no formal visitation.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Israel Moreno died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Trinity Mother Frances Hosptial, in Tyler.

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

           

 

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Stephen Longino Bonner

A service to celebrate the life of Stephen Longino Bonner, 63, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wed. at First Baptist Church, with the Reverend Dr. David Hardage officiating. The family will receive visitors from 6 – 8 p.m. Tues. at West Oaks Funeral Home.

                 

“Bubba” was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Lou Jane Longino Bonner and Daniel Edwin Bonner. He was the grandson of D. R. and Naomi Addams Bonner and Dr. S. Byrd and Una Lou Carothers Longino. He married Catherine Cobb Brandon on March 18, 1978.

                 

He is survived by his wife, his mother, and his two children and their spouses: Catherine Carroll Bonner Crowson and her husband, Grady Jack Crowson, of Woodway, Texas; Edwin Benning Longino Bonner and his wife, Megan Leah Vogt Bonner, of Lincoln, Nebraska; three grandchildren: Mac Edwin Holt Bonner and Brooks Edwin Vogt Bonner, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Grady Jack Crowson, Jr., of Woodway, Texas; two brothers: Dr. Daniel Edwin Bonner, Jr., and his wife, Sue Smith Bonner; Byrd Lowry Bonner and his wife, Patty Riggle Bonner; six nieces and nephews and their families; three cousins and their families.

                 

Pallbearers are Perry Altenbaumer, Tim Glenn, Dr. James B. Longino, Joseph B. Longino, Stephen B. Longino, Travis H. Longino, Dr. William S. Longino, Garry McClung,  Dr. Dan Roper, and Joel Sheffield.   Honorary pallbearers are Mac Bonner, Brooks Bonner, Jack Crowson, and members of the D. R. Bonner Sunday School Class.

                 

Stephen graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1970. He served as president of the National Honor Society and was a three-year letterman of the Wildcat football team. He also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1974 he graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi national fraternity. He began his business career as a wholesale hardware salesman, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. As he traveled the roads of East Texas, he developed lasting friendships with his customers. Upon completion of his hardware career, he followed his first love of teaching as a special education teacher in the Cooper ISD.

                 

Stephen enjoyed a lifelong love of sports and had a wealth of trivia readily available for discussion with his many friends. He served on the selection committee for the Wildcat Hall of Honor.

                 

He loved his community and served as a city council member beginning in 1981, including time as mayor. Following his time in city government, he served on the board of directors of Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

                 

Stephen was a member and ordained deacon of First Baptist Church, where he taught a men’s Sunday school class for thirty years. His special ministry was to children, and he was a beloved fixture in the Preschool department of First Baptist Church, where he shared his love of Jesus Christ with many.

                 

Memorials may be made to the Preschool Ministry of First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.    

 

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Jimmie Dean Spence

Jimmie Dean Spence, 73, of Emory, Texas was called home to be with the lord on August 29, 2015, while surrounded by his loved ones.

Jimmie was born in Emory, at home, on May 5, 1942 to Lena May Spence and John Doss Spence. He enjoyed his career as a journeyman Electrician for many years for Murr Bros Electric in Dallas. Jimmie and his bride Edna Lois Spence, who were the first to be married at the Emory courthouse on New Year’s Day in 1960, had a beautiful life together. They lived in Dallas for many years, before moving permanently to their farm in Hogansville. Jimmie was honored to share his middle name with his son Ronald Dean, grandson Justin Dean and great-grandson Jackson Dean.

He will be greatly missed and forever in the hearts of their 3 children Randall and wife Beatrice Spence of Emory, Sherri Burnside of Greenville, Ronald Spence of Pennsylvania, grandchildren Christina of Dallas, Kevin and wife Nicole of Caddo Mills, Kerry and wife Caitlyn of Quinlan, Jennifer and husband Robert of Princeton, Justin and wife Abigail of Pennsylvania, and Robert of Emory, and 10 beautiful great-grandbabies.

Jimmie is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and 3 brothers.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on September 1, 2015 at Pilgrims Rest #1 under direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home with Chaplain Angi Brown officiating.

 

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Jack Wayne Lawson

Jack Wayne Lawson, age 76, of Emory, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at his residence.

Jack was born Nov. 9, 1938, in Houston, to Samuel M. and Letha E. Wade Lawson. He married Patricia Ann Schultz, in Spring, on April 16, 1966. Mr. Lawson was a butcher and ran his own meat market for many years.

Survivors include: Wife:  Pat Lawson of Emory 2 Sons:  Sean Kelly Lawson (Aimee) of Emory and Bryan Scott Lawson of Emory 1 Daughter:  Michelle Waynette Lawson of Frisco 1 Granddaughter:  Hailey Anne Lawson 2 Sisters:  Juanita Boggess and Billie Stansel, both of Houston 2 Brothers:  William Lawson and Carl Lawson, both of Houston Numerous other loving family and friends

He was preceded in death by:  parents, and 1 brother, Samuel (Sonny) Lawson

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of cremation arrangements

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Hallie Louise Sale

A Memorial service for Hallie Louise Sale, age 94, of Sulphur Springs will be

conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Spence Chapel, First

Baptist Church, with Dr. Roy Edgemon officiating. Visitation at 10:00 a.m will precede the service. A Graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday, August 30, 2015, in Stanton, TX, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Hallie passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at her residence in Sulphur Springs, TX. She was born February 4, 1921, in Dickens County, TX, the daughter of J.B. McNerlin and Edith Louise McCombs McNerlin. She married James Woodford Sale on August 31, 1940, in Midland, TX. He preceded her in death. Hallie was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

 

She is survived by daughters, Sandra Baucom and husband David of Sulphur Springs, TX, Sharon Camp of Kilgore, TX, and Judy Sale of Stephenville, TX, grandchildren Scott Ward, Traci Tippitt, Jay Ward, Connie Brice, Cathy Gray, Darren, Carla Owens, Wade Sale, Spencer Sale, step granddaughter Denise Holland, great-grandchildren Jamie Powell, Ashley Ward, Allison Ward, Kristen Ward, Christopher Ward, Anna Ward, Ben Brice, Courtney Brice, Julianna Brice, Isabella Brice, Hope Brice, Garret Gray, Sam Gray, Justin Owens, Morgan Owens, Riley Sale, Ashby Sale, Eli Sale, Lilly Sale, Cameron Sale, Trevor Sale, Luke Sale, and Emily Sale, and step great-granddaughter Heather Wimberly, great great-grandchildren Liam Brice and Emma Brice.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son James Randall Sale and 6 siblings. Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

Memorials may be made to Carriage House Manor, 210 Pipeline Rd, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, Legacy Hospice, 301 Gilmer St, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 or First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Ave, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

 

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JoAnn Allen

Memorial service for JoAnn Allen, age 84, of Point, will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at First Baptist Church, in Point, at 11:00 am. 

Visitation will be at 10:00 am. Bro. Zachary Honzell will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Lynch Cemetery.

JoAnn  passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Mesquite Specialty Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Point, to Lester and Sadie Mae Moore Rabe. She was raised in the Point area, and, graduated from Point High School. She married J.W. Allen in Houston. JoAnn was a homemaker, and, also, a member of First Baptist Church in Point. In her later years, she worked as a library assistant at Rains County Library. JoAnn was a member of the Point Ladies Civic Club, and, was counted as a Friend of the Library.

Survivors include: Son:  Les Allen of Point Numerous other loving family and friends

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

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Brandon Bernard White

Brandon Bernard White, age 33, of Alba, passed away at his residence Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 2015. He was born Dec.1, 1981, in Ft. Worth, to Shawn Carl and Jonnie Mae Waters White. 

He worked as a veterinary technician.

Survivors: Parents; and grandmother, Lydia Waters of Ft. Worth. No service planned at this time.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Jody Young

Memorial services for Jody Young age 49 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015 at The Way Bible Church with Dr. Joel Tiemeyer officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Ms. Young passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at her residence. 

She was born on October 9, 1965, the daughter of Dr. Fred and Annis (Fair) Hill in Osborne, KS.         

She is survived by her daughter, La Tarra Young of Sulphur Springs; parents, Dr. Fred and Annis Hill of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Dr. Jason Hill and wife, Lori of Sulphur Springs and Dr. Jerod Hill and wife, Carolyn of Branson, MO; sister, Jada Service and husband, Collin of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren, Zoltan Young and Serenity Young.

         

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Zoneya Young.

 

 

 

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Ruby Whitehead

Memorial services for Ruby Whitehead, age 52 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Stinson officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

          

Ms. Whitehead passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.  She was born on June 24, 1963, the daughter of Willis Teen, Jr. and Nellie Joyce (McCown) Whitehead in Dallas, Texas.  She worked as a CNA for many years and was of the Baptist faith.          

She is survived by her parents; brother, Robin Ray Whitehead of Ft. Worth; sisters, LaQuita Brown and husband, David of Pickton and Suzanne Daigle and husband, Dave of Carrollton; partner, Gary Vance of Sulphur Springs; niece, Amanda Gunn and husband, Brandon of Winnsboro; one great-nephew, two great-nieces and her special dog, Destiny. 

         

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Heath Brown.

 

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Laura Totten Cassady

Funeral arrangements for Laura Totten Cassady, age 61 of Winnsboro will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Dr. Joel Tiemeyer officiating.  Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Winnsboro with Shane Barnett, Jim Worster, Jerry Lucas, Kyle Barnett, Seth McNeal and Jacoby Smith serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are the 1972 Class of Sulphur Springs High School.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Mrs. Cassady passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  She was born on April 1, 1954, the daughter of George and Mae Dale (Ward) Totten in Wichita Falls.  She married Mike Cassady on August 4, 2000 in Sulphur Springs.  She was a homemaker and was a member with The Way Bible Church.          

She is survived by her husband; Mike; daughters, Victoria Massey Smith and husband, Jacoby of Sulphur Springs, Courtney Rorie McNeal and husband, Seth of Paris and Casey Cassady of Sulphur Springs; father, George Totten of Winnsboro; brothers, George B. Totten, IV of Riverside, CA and Gary Totten of Willis; grandchildren, Kyle Barnett, Payton Barnett, Jacy Mae Barnett, Braydon Lee Smith, Deacon Smith, Codi Lauren Smith, Bentley Michael Cassady and Rayley Marie Ruthart.         

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mae Dale in 2007.

         

Memorials can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

 

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James LeRoy (J.L) Tucker

Masonic Funeral services for James Leroy Tucker, age 89 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Maxon and Bro. Bob Woodworth officiating.  Masonic services will be provided by the Commerce and Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodges.  Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas with his nephews, Buff Tucker, Steve Tucker, David Tucker, William Earwood, Jason Tucker, Brady Hunt and Lance West. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Mr. Tucker passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015, at his residence.  He was born on March 28, 1926 in the Willow Oak Community, north of Ridgeway, Hopkins County, TX to the late Harley Wright and Eva Lee Reed Tucker.  He attended school at Willow Oak and Branom, Hopkins County.  He married Ruby Marcille Barrington on January 18, 1947, in Commerce.  He made his home in Dallas for thirty-five years before returning to Hopkins County.  He was a Teamster and a truck driver for Santa Fe Trail Transportation Company.  While working as a truck driver he received many safe driving awards including a one million mile award for safe driving in the City of Dallas.  After his retirement, he was a rancher in the Mt. Zion Community.  When his health no longer allowed him to do the work he loved, he moved to Sulphur Springs.  He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cumby; a sixty-five plus year member of Jewel P. Lightfoot Masonic Lodge #1283, Dallas, member of Woodmen of the World and Order of the Eastern Star.  He enjoyed being with his family, deer hunting and playing dominoes.         

Survivors include his wife of sixty eight years; daughter, Sonja Anita Holton and husband, Greg of Sulphur Springs; son, James Leroy, II (Jim) and wife, Patty of Kapolei, Hawaii; two brothers, Cullen Tucker and wife Dorothy and Glendale Tucker of Cumby; brother-in-law, Vernon Hill of Landonia; one sister, Odell Tarpley of Cumby; sister-in-law, Lora Tucker; three grandchildren, Holly Holton-Hoffman and husband, Mark of Arlington, Dallas Tucker and wife, Briana of Seoul, South Korea, Kyle Tucker and wife, Nicole of Lancaster, PA; three step-grandchildren, Todd Pulver and wife, Joelle of Reno, NV, Sarah Pelletier of Herndon, VA, Ryan Shalm and husband, Jordan of Janesville, WI; twelve great-grandchildren, Elias and Lawrence Tucker, Justin, Tree, Jimi and Tripp Pulver, Gable and Campbell Pelletier, Cash and Dylan Shalm, Carson Tucker and Harlow Hoffman.         

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas, Warren and H.W. and sisters, Annn Earwood, Hazel Gregor and Fern Hill.         

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.

         

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Selvaggi, First Choice Home Health, the staff at Fresenius Medical Care (dialysis), Hospice Plus and the many other health care providers who have helped with James’ care during his lengthy illness.

 

 

 

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Iva Nell Stephens

Graveside services for Iva Nell Stephens, age 93, have been scheduled for 2:00PM, Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Richland Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held prior to the service at Tapp Funeral Home on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 12:00PM.

 

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Wilford Ray "Porter" Woods

Funeral service for Wilford Ray “Porter” Woods, age 67 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Sullivan and Pastor Jason Revill officiating.  Interment will follow at Hawkins Cemetery with Robert Woods, Jon Eric Nordin, Christopher Woods, Billy Sims, Ernest Boyd, and Jason Revill serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Red Barn Crew.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Porter passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

Porter was born June 18, 1948 in Hawkins, TX,  the son of Travis Franklin and Emma Christine Surratt Woods.   He married Rebecca Ellison on June 20, 1969 in Hawkins, TX.  She survives.  Porter was retired from Verizon after 36 years.  He was always very involved in youth sports, umpired in many baseball and soft ball games, coached special Olympic Bowling and was very active in his children and grandchildren’s activities. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by sons, Jackie Woods and wife Stephanie of Mineola, TX, Greg Woods and Travis Woods both of Sulphur Springs, TX.  Brothers, Roger Woods of Quitman, TX, Mitchell Woods and wife Carol of Hawkins, TX, sisters Kay Dunlap of Eustice, TX, Shirley Revill and husband Charles of Hawkins, TX, and Trellis Sims and husband Ronnie of Arkansas, grandchildren, Garrett Woods, Grant Woods and Adelyn Woods. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., www.americandiabetes.com

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Myra Lou "Mickey" Evans

Funeral Services for Myra Lou “Mickey” Evans, age 80 of Cumby, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Speight officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunny Point Cemetery, with Robert Anderson, Tommy Evans, Bobby Anderson, Dewayne Evans, Dave Evans, and Arvin Datu serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Ms. Evans passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born on July 21, 1935, the daughter of Hughey and Gladys (Jones) Davis in Commerce.  She was a retired program manager at the USDA and a member of Riley Grove Congregational Methodist Church in Commerce.         

Survivors include her son, Linton Ray Evans and wife, May of Greenville; daughter, Diana Evans McGrath, and husband, Paul of Melbourne, Australia; son, Michael Evans and wife, Rebecca of Verona, VA; daughter, Peggy Evans Anderson and husband, Robert of Cumby; grandchildren, Thomas Evans of Portland, OR, Bobby Anderson of Cumby, Lindsay Evans of Greenville, Kirah McGrath and Samuel McGrath, both of Melbourne, Australia, Heather Constantinople of Connecticut, Arvin Datu and Armaine Datu Anticeto, both of Greenville and Francisco Aisporna, stationed in South Korea and one great-grandchild.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Davis and her grandson Christian Evans.


 

 

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Jackie Royce Barker

Funeral service for Jackie Royce Barker, age 71, of Point, will be held on 10:30 am, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the First Assembly of God Church in Emory.  Bro. Montie Parker will officiate.  Interment will follow in Dunbar Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening, 6:00--8:00 pm at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

Mr. Barker was born June 26, 1944, in Dallas, to Lester and Ruby Northcutt Barker. He was in the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include: Son:  Joseph Michael Barker Daughter:  Angela Carpenter Grandchildren:  several Fiancee':  Tressa Ragan Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by:  parents, 1 sister, Peggy Campbell; 1 brother, Doyle Wayne Barker; and twin-sister, Mackie Joyce Lennon

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Kenneth Paul Stripling

Kenneth passed away August 18, 2015 in DeSoto, Texas. 

He was born in Dallas, Texas, on July 5, 1943 to Bruce Curtis and Louise Leona Stripling.  He spent his childhood in Miller Grove and Dallas, Texas, graduating from W.W. Samuell High School in 1961.  He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  He proudly served for the next 22 years, including 3 tours in Vietnam.  He later served in other important positions, ending his career in the JAG at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California.  After a brief stint in northern California, he returned to Dallas and was appointed and served as the Clerk of the Court for the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas, Texas for ten years before retiring again.  Never the slacker, Kenneth then became a farmer and feed store proprietor in Lone Oak, Texas. 

He is survived by his wife, Joann Stripling, his children, Kevin Stripling of Tyler, Shannon Stripling of DeSoto, Paula Grigsby and spouse Jeff of Midlothian, and Leigh O’Dell and spouse Will of Waxahachie.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, sisters, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Many words could be written about Kenneth and what a wonderful person he was; however, to those who knew Kenneth, you don’t need words to tell you what kind of man he was.  To those who did not know him, no amount of words could convey his character, courage, compassion and commitment.  

Visitation is Friday, August 21, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Service is Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Miller Grove Methodist Church, Miller Grove, Texas, with burial following at the Miller Grove Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Coela Maxfield Hoines

Graveside services for Coela Maxfield Hoines, who walked peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas at the age of 99, will be held at the Sherley Cemetery at 10:30am pm Saturday, August 22, 2015.

        

Born on May 16, 1916 in Sherley, Texas, she was the 10th child of W.N and Sarah Hamrick Maxfield.

         

Coela was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Hoines while residing in Stanwood, Washington.  Also by a daughter, Siegred and husband, Dennis Hoines.

         

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Robinson of Fort Worth, Texas and Sherry Fort and husband Harvey of Harrison, Arkansas, a son, Tony Lovette and wife Barbara of Arlington, Texas, a step-daughter, Marie Simonseth of Snohomish, Washington and 5 generations of grandchildren.  She was loved by all.

           

Visitation will be held one hour before the service at Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Joyce J. Coker

Graveside services for Joyce J. Coker, age 80 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Yantis Cemetery with Rev. Rodney Crist officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

 

She was born on February 2, 1935 in Gonzales, TX, the daughter of Herbert and Oma Lee (Johnson) Jowers.  She married Merrell D. Coker on June 26, 1950 in Houston. 

Joyce passed away from this life at home with her family by her side on Saturday, August 15, 2015.  She has gone to be with her husband of 60 years, in the Kingdom of Heaven with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was loved and cherished and will be missed and remembered in our hearts. 

She is survived by her two daughters; Melissa J Aszman and husband, Fredrick of Atlanta, GA and Rebecca L Brown and husband, Randy of Colfax, IA; her only son, Merrell J “Skip” Coker of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Dorothy J Shaffer, Mark Brown, Jenny Aszman, and Matthew Brown; great-grandgirls; Alyssa and Charlet Brown. 

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Jowers. 

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society by mail at P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or by phone at 1-800-227-2345.

 

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Willis Parker

Funeral arrangements for Willis Parker, age 90, of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Ms. Parker passed away Monday, August 17, 2015, at Rock Creek Nursing Home.

 

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Dana E. Thorpe

Memorial Services for Dana E. Thorpe of Yantis will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Perry Crisp and Bro. Fred Fangio officiating.  Visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Dana passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, at his residence. 

He was born on April 8, 1944 in Framingham, MA, the son of Ellery Vincent and Ruth Alice (Moore) Thorpe.  He married Wanda Lee Chapman.  He served in the U.S. Air Force serving one tour in Vietnam, was a retired dairy farmer, was a salesman for John Deere and attended Lake Fork Baptist Church. He had a great love and respect for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Turkey Federation.  His greatest enjoyment was watching his grandkids participate in school activities and sporting events. 

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Lorna McGlamery and husband, Eddie and Michelle Haney and husband, Jeff, both from Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Shelby, Maci, Maggie, Chase and Cole and 1 great-granddaughter, Addison; brothers, Jay Thorpe of Ft. Myers, FL, Brian Thorpe of Las Vegas, NV, Lee Thorpe of Ft. Myers, FL and Ellery Thorpe, Jr. of Lugoff, S.C.; sister, Pamela J. Rumery of Meredith, N.H.;  

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Thorpe and black lab and best friend, Mandy.  

Memorials can be made to The V Foundation at www.jimmyv.org for cancer research; St. Jude’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or Lake Fork Baptist Church.

 

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Jill Barclay

Funeral services for Jill Barclay, age 68 of Yantis will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs with Dr. Joel Lawrence and Rev. Pete Adrian officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Jerry Capps, Scott Lumley, Mark Lumley, Tim Johnson, Chase Helm, David LeFlore, Spencer Capps and Dalton Capps serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Dr. I. L. Balkcom, Dr. Keith Allison, Perry Altenbaumer, Larry Wilman and Ronny Glossup.  The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Jill passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the Cottages at Carriage House. 

She was born on October 19, 1946 in Dallas, the daughter of D.O. and Violet (Borchardt) Johnson.  A graduate of Mesquite High School, she attended East Texas State University and married Lewis Helm, with whom she served on various charitable organizations in the community.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a long time member of the Standard Club, a past president of Junior Waverly and a member of the Dairy Festival Board for many years.  Following Lewis' death, she married Sim Barclay.  Over the last twenty years she was active in the Northeast Texas Emmaus community and led various Bible studies, both at church and in their home.  An avid golfer, Jill also loved to travel, paint, study God's word and spend time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a beloved wife, mother and Nanny. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Sim; son, Jonas Helm and wife, Melanie of Sulphur Springs, daughter, Myndi Lawrence and husband, Dr. Joel of St. Paul, MN; step-children, Bryan Barclay and wife, Lisa of Sulphur Springs, Brent Barclay and wife, Dr. Sherri of Sulphur Springs and Amy Fox of Tyler; sister, Janet Lumley of Quitman; brothers, Jim Johnson of Sunnyvale and Dudley Johnson of Mineola; grandchildren, Caitlin and Lauren Helm, Bethany, Anna, Katherine and Micah Lawrence, Win Fox and Cody Barclay.

Along with her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

The family requests memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs in her name.

 

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Juanita Johnson

Funeral Services for Juanita Johnson, age 74 of Sulphur Springs, were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015 at MLK Church of Christ with Valandrous Bell and Delonte Jackson officiating.  Interment followed at Mel Haven Cemetery with Chris Finney, Andre Johnson, Adryan Johnson, Kadarin Wright, Marquis Wright, Wayne Williams, Richard Givens and Sheldon Hamilton, Sr. serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Aaryn Evans, Amarian Walker, Tyrik Sims-Crow, Sheldon Hamilton, Jr., Kedrian Sims and Dedrick Rose-Luke, Jr. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

         

Mrs. Johnson passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.         

She was born on November 24, 1940, the daughter of Herman and Rosa Lee (Lindley) Childs in Sulphur Springs, TX.  She married Robert George Johnson.  She was a seamstress and a member of the MLK Church of Christ.         

Survivors include her daughters, Robbie Johnson and Schella Johnson, both of Sulphur Springs; sons, Larry Childs, Arthur Spain, Gary Chism, and Robert Johnson, Jr., all of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Roy Childs of Como, Manuel Childs and Robert Childs, of Sulphur Springs and Hal Childs of Waco; sisters, Frona Williams of Sulphur Springs and Jessie Thomas of Cooper; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and special friends, Bobbie Brown, Edwin Thomas, Freddie Porter and Walter Roland.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arthur Childs, George W. Childs, Charles Childs, Edgar Childs and Herman Childs and sisters, Eddis Faye Childs, Margaret Gleen.

 

 

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Jimmie Joe Painter

Funeral service for Jimmie Joe "Papa Jim" Painter will be at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 10:30 am., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.  Father Victor Hernandez will officiate.  Interment will follow in Lone Star Cemetery, in Point, with the U.S. Air Force performing military honors at the gravesite. 

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday evening at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Painter was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Hereford, to Hiram Ambrose and Odessa Susan Campbell Painter. He served his country between 1956 and 1967 in the U.S. Air Force achieving the rank of Major. During his working career, Jim held the position as Captain with American Airlines. for many years. He married Minda Sanglay, in Point, on Dec. 23, 2000. Jim was very much a community minded man who served on many committees, including  commissioner for the Rains County Commissioners Court, Pres. of Rains County Farmers Union, Pres. Friends of the Library, Pres. of the Rains County Environmental Committee, and a member of People Organizing Ideal Neighborhoods Today, Inc.

Survivors include:  wife:  Minda Painter Daughters:  Robin Painter Krajeck (Jim) of Frisco; Michelle Painter Hardy of Royse City; and Merlynda Delira (Gerald) of San Diego, CA Sons:  Richard Joe Painter of Rowlett; and Edward Marcus of Los Angeles, CA Brothers:  Gary Don Painter (Pat) of Amarillo; and, Larry Lon Painter (Cora) of College Station Grandchildren:  Thane (T.J.) Hardy; Keely Hardy; Wyatt (Boomer) Johnson; Kendal Johnson; McKenna Krajeck; and Cameron Krajeck Grand-dogs:  Piccolo and Kieko Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Parents; 1 daughter, Melanie Jo Painter; and 1 son, Justin Den Painter

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

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Harold Gene Hynson

Funeral Service for Harold Gene Hynson, age 73, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Evening Chapel CME Church, with Rev. Fergus Jacobs, Jr., officiating. Military Graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Danny Hynson, Darryl Dial, Corwin Dempsey, David Dempsey, Terry Echols and Brandon Harris serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Nash, Larry Johnson, Dave Marsh, Kenneth Abron, Charles Kelley, Thomas Williams, Darryl Dempsey, Billy Wayne Edwards, Terry Wright, Walter Ray Thomas and Floyd Nelson. 

No formal visitation. 

Mr. Hynson passed away on Monday, August 10, 2015 at his residence.   

Mr. Hynson was born on September 5, 1941 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Roland George and Mitrue Alley Hynson.  He married Freddie Dial on January 11, 1965. She survives.  Mr. Hynson proudly served in the United States Army.  He was called to active duty during the Vietnam War and was presented with several medals in honor of his service.  After returning home from the service he worked a number of years in the dry cleaning business, E-Systems, and as a machinist for Flowserve, Inc. from which he retired from in December of 2007.  He was a member of Evening Chapel CME Church.  He was also a member of VFW post #8560 and the American Legion post #0345. 

In addition to his wife 50 plus years, Freddie Dial Hynson, daughter, Yesha Hynson of Mesquite, sons, Dennis Daniels and wife Vernie of Galveston and Deno Young of Dallas, brothers, Jewel Edward “Joe” Hynson of Houston and Charles Hynson and wife Charlletta of Springfield, Mo, sisters Rosemary Nash of Sulphur Springs, Vera Dial of Sulphur Springs, and Dorothy Williams and husband Thomas of Southlake, grandsons, Dennis Daniels Jr., Brian Daniels and Colton Daniels. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Bertram Hynson and his son Harold Hynson Jr. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

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Dorothy "Dot" Christian Yarbrough

Graveside funeral services for Dorothy “Dot” Christian Yarbrough, age 95 of Yantis will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Yantis Cemetery with Rev. Rodney Crist officiating.  Clayton Christian, David Christian, Stephen Christian, Robert Tullis, Gene Tullis and Ronnie Stephens serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Yarbrough passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at East Texas Medical Center in Quitman. 

She was born on July 20, 1920 in Yantis, the daughter of Ruben and Artie Lee (Wright) Stephens.  She married Lawrence “Pard” Christian, who preceded her in death.  She then married Roy Yarbrough, who also preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star as a past worthy matron and a member of the County Line Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Dan Christian of Yantis; one sister, Jean Tullis of Yantis; four grandchildren, Gina McCoy, Clayton Christian, David Christian and Stephen Christian and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one daughter, Ima Lou McCoy and three brothers, Gail Stephens, Johnnie Stephens and Elizie Stephens.

Memorials can be made to the County Line Baptist Church in Yantis.

 

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Donna Wilhite

Donna Wilhite, age 66 passed away from this life on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at her home in Hopkins County.

She was born in Sulphur Springs on October 19, 1948, the daughter of Howard Paul and Olcie (Scott) Springer.  She married Jerry Don Wilhite on December 22, 1967 in Sulphur Springs.  She was a longtime member of the League Street Church of Christ and a past volunteer with Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a long time avid antique dealer and collector.

Survivors include her husband; son, Gregory Wilhite of Duncanville; sisters, Choyce Thomas and husband, Bob and Aliece Hanselka and husband, Jim, all of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Larry Springer of Beeville and Jimmy Springer and wife, Rosemary of Sulphur Springs and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Charlene Springer and brother, Steve Springer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Jerry Savage and Buddy Wiggins officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bavard Hill, Larry Fite, Matt Yosten, Randy Reed, Tom Etzkorn and Jerry Lucky serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Larry Gamblin. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society by mail at P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK  73123 or by phone at 1-800-227-2345.

 

 

 

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Robert Smith

Funeral arrangements for Robert Smith, age 59 of Como are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Smith passed away Monday, August 10, 2015, at his residence.

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Colton Heinrich

Funeral services for Colton Heinrich, age 25, of Muleshoe, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015, at First Baptist Church Muleshoe. Dr. Stacy Connor and Shannon Brooks will officiate.

Interment will be in Muleshoe Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Colton Sawyer Heinrich died August 9, 2015. He was born July 17, 1990 in Lubbock, Texas to Clif and Kelly (Foley) Heinrich. He married Jacy Lawrence in Lubbock on July 28, 2012.

Colton was a lifetime resident of Bailey County. He graduated from Muleshoe High School in 2008. He also attended South Plains College and became a certified welder. Colton was a welder and farmer for Caprock Dairy. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Muleshoe. Colton was preceded in death by his brother, Caleb Heinrich and his grandmother, Therese Heinrich.

Survivors include, his wife, Jacy; his parents, Clif and Kelly Heinrich of Lubbock, Texas; his in-laws, David and Jan Lawrence of Muleshoe, Texas; his sister, Kara Jeffers and her husband, Michael of Lubbock, Texas; his brother, Canaan Heinrich of Maple, Texas; his sister-in-law, Abby Kirby and her husband, Cody of Muleshoe, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Michael Lawrence and his wife, Jandi of Muleshoe, Texas and Danny Lawrence and his wife, Shannon of Sulphur Springs, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Caleb Heinrich Memorial Fund, 107 West Taylor, Morton, Texas, 79346.

Arrangements are with Ellis Funeral Home in Muleshoe.

 

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Helen Louise Smith

Graveside services for Helen Louise Smith, age 76 of Brashear will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Brashear Cemetery with Rev. David Burns officiating.  Kurt Willis, Brian Willis, Rickey Willis, Chad Watkins, Landon Smith and Jonathan Smith will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Casey Stinnett, Glen George, Lloyd Chapin, Frank Hall, Pat Higginbotham, and Ray Darrell Hunter. 

Visitation will be held at the Brashear Baptist Church, one hour prior to the service.

 

Helen Louise passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at her residence.

 

 

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Eva Elaine Parkman

Funeral service for Eva Elaine Parkman, age 85, of Emory, will be held Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, 10:00 am, at Lake Fork Baptist Church. Bro. Johnny Wheat, and Bro. Perry Crisp will officiate. Interment will follow in Elm Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 -- 5:00 pm Sunday afternoon at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Parkman died in Decatur, at Wise Regional Hospital, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.

She was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Grapevine, to Andrew Hubert and Luberta Young Cate. She married James William Parkman, in Grapevine, on Aug. 29, 1947. They were married for some 65 years. Mrs. Parkman was a member of Lake Fork Baptist Church.

Survivors include: Son: James Parkman (Judy) of Valley View;  Daughters: Linda Adams (Ron) of Coppell,  Vickie Lannom (Billy) of Chico,  and Betty Martin of Seagoville;  Sister: Shirley Adams of Ben Wheeler;  Brothers: Donnie Cate of Ennis, Robert Cate of Paris,  and T.W. Cate of Bowie;  Grandchildren:  Wayne Parkman, Dusty Parkman, Austin Adams, Andrew Adams, Aspen Adams, Neil Sears, Chasity Martin, and Justin Martin;  Great-grandchildren: Sheldon, Shelby, Stephanie, little Mila (due in November), Ty, Jake, Luke, Ainsley, Kennedy, Landon, and Carson;  Numerous other loving family and friends.

 Preceded in death by: Parents, Husband of 65 years, 1 Son-in-law, Jimmy Martin in 2001, 1 Brother, R.L. Cate, and 2 Sisters, Ada Putman, and Ruby Taylor

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Edgar Franks, Sr.

Funeral services for Edgar Franks Sr., age 84, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Rhoades officiating.   

 Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., prior to service on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mr. Franks passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Royse City Health and Rehab in Royse City, TX. 

Mr. Franks was born on March 25, 1931, in West, TX, to Ben and Frances Sembera Franks.  Edgar was a machinist at Rockwell International for many years and he was a member of Central Baptist Church. 

He is survived by sons, Edgar Franks Jr., and wife Rebecca of China, John Jordan and wife Kathy of Royse City, daughter, Debra Franks of Dallas, grandchildren, Daniel Franks, Tyler Jordan, Nicholas Jordan, Eric Jordan and Chelsey Jordan.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ben Franks. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-1942 or to the Miller Grove Cemetery Assoc., 5960 CR 1131, Cumby, TX. 75433.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Otis James O.J. Wade

Funeral service for Otis James (O.J. ) Wade, 86, of Emory, will be held 10:30 am, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Emory United Methodist Church.  Rev. David Diller will officiate.  Interment will follow in Smyrna Cemetery. 

Visitation will be on Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 pm at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Wade died at his residence on Monday morning, Aug. 3, 2015.

He was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Emory, to Egbert and Jessie Northcutt Wade. He married Wilma Ada Wheatley, in Emory, on Aug. 15, 1952. To this union was born a daughter and a son. During his working career, Mr. Wade worked as a quality control inspector on incoming materials with Texas Instruments. He was a member of the Emory United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: Daughter:  Suzette Neal (Billy) of Bedford Son:  James Richard Wade (Tracy) of Long Valley, N.J. Sisters:  Daphene Vaught (Tom) of Kaufman Sue Mc Donald (Jerome) of Point Grandchildren:  Allison Elaine Wade; Kristen Wren Wade; Jackson Dean Mapes; Amber Graham. and Ashley Neal Great-grandchildren:  Nicholas, Olivia, Mason, Brycen, and Elijah Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  parents, wife, Wilma Wade in Feb., 2015; 3 sisters:  Elbertene Luckett; Maxene Jordan; and Murlene Arnold 

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Emory Methodist Church 456 N. Texas St.

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Genevieve Ann "Jenni" Strain

Genevieve Ann (Jenni) Strain age 71 of Sulphur Spring, Texas passed away at Sunny Springs Nursing Home on Friday, July 31, 2015.  She was born on October 11, 1943 in White Plains, New York to Alfred and Rose Massaro Askey.  She married Ralph Edward Strain in July of 1969 in New York.

Jenni was of the Baptist Faith and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.  She worked for 18 years at Kmart and later at EZ Mart and Family Dollar. 

Survivors are sons Ronnie Allen Strain and wife Maggie of Michigan, David Alfred Strain and wife Dana of Dike, three grandchildren Colby Strain and wife Cristen, Dustin Joslin and wife Chesley, and Dylan Strain, two great-grandchildren Kinsler and Khloe Strain.

She is preceded in death by her late husband of 28 years Ralph Strain, grandson Colton Strain, and brother David Askey. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 from 6:00 till 8:00 P.M. at New Richland Baptist Church 1 mile south of I-30 on FM 69. 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the church.  Interment will follow at Mt. Sterling Cemetery with Tommy Jenkins, Scott Burgin, Jim Thompson, Robert Newsome, Bryan Newsome and Burt Slaughter serving as pallbearers.

 

 

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Morris W. Abercrombie

 

Funeral service for Master Sergeant Morris W. Abercrombie, 82, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pete Adrian officiating.

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Military honors by The Hopkins County Military Coalition and with Jay McClendon, Reece Booher, Larry Godfrey, Shem Ray III, Jacob Landers, Keith Ashmore, and Harlan Hammond serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be General Charlie Wilson, Robert Carpenter, Bill Hodge, Dan Hinton, Rex Flippin, Joe Harry, Sam Sevier, Winston Perkins, Doreen Bryant, Vicky Latimer, members, of The National Guard and the Class of 1950.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 3, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Abercrombie passed away Sunday, August 1, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born December 23, 1932 in Cartwright, TX to Edgar Milo Abercrombie and Jessie Sarah Francis Morris Abercrombie. He married Barbara Gideon on April 25, 1954 in Hugo, OK, she survives. Master Sergeant Abercrombie was a member of The National Guard for 43 years and 7 months, with 35 years of that time as full time at the National Guard Armory. During this time he earned several medals and commendations such as, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 13 hour classes), which he taught at the National Guard Academy in Little Rock, AR, Austin, TX, and LaCrosse, WI, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, Adjutant General’s Individual Award, Federal Service Medal, The Minute Man Award (one of the highest awards given in the Texas National Guard), Texas Faithful Service Medal (with 2 bronze acorns and 1 silver acorn), He worked at the Pentagon in Washington DC on special assignments for six weeks, and was on the National Guard Association of Texas board of directors for six years representing the 3rd Battalion. Mr. Abercrombie was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Tony “Abbo” Abercrombie, and wife Martie of Sulphur Springs, sisters, Edna Carrow of Hideway Lake, Francis Landefeld of Phoenix, AZ, brother in-law Bob Gideon and wife Ann, sister in-law Gilda Landers and husband Larry of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Adam and Jennifer Abercrombie of Mineola, Shannon and Aaren Adams of Frisco, Brad and Holly Abercrombie of Arlington, Crystal and Bryan Sparks of Royse City, Brandon and Emma White of Saltillo, and James McBrayer of Denton, great-grandchildren Parker Abercrombie, Madison and McKynlee Adams, Brailey and Rylan Sparks, Amberley, Hallie, and Hannah White, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Terry Abercrombie, brothers, Loyd, Dennis, and Weldon, sisters, Lonie Pittman, Mozelle Jones, and Ruth Harrington.

In leiu of flowers donations may be made to The Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Fund or The Dinner Bell of First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Ruby Alline Causey

 

Funeral services for Ruby Alline Causey, age 97 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Judge Robert Newsom officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Sterling Cemetery with James K. Bassham, Leroy Cox, Matthew Smith, Roy Herman, Jr., Billy Joe Dorner and Mike Smith serving as pallbearers.  There will be no formal visitation.

Ruby passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

She was born on February 26, 1918 in Dike the daughter of Reginald Mohun and Allie (Hoover) Johnson.  She married A.J. Causey on December 15, 1936 in Hopkins County.  She was the former secretary of Conner Cemetery Association, member of the Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church and a homemaker.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Gary Causey; five brothers, Noble Johnson, Claude Johnson, Alvie Johnson, Marlin Johnson and Coris Johnson; six sisters, Murriel Hunt, Velma Holt, Blanch Johnson, Zella Sanders, Joyce Johnson and Gay Jones.

 

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Ray Allen Roberts

Private services for Ray Allen Roberts, age 56 of Dallas, formerly of Sulphur Springs were held.

          

Ray passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. 

He was born on May 18, 1959 in Sulphur Springs the son of Raymond R. and Ruby Nell (Mosher) Roberts.          

Survivors include his son, Sean Lee Roberts, daughter, Crystal Roberts, sister, Mary Ann Darlin of Sulphur Springs and brother, Randy Roberts of Bossier City, LA. 

         

He was preceded in death by his parents

  

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Raymond Delane Pierce

Raymond Delane Pierce, 75, of Cumby passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Dallas.

Raymond was born in Cumby, Texas on February 22, 1940, to Ollie Seymore and Joe Pierce. He was married to Linda Pierce. Raymond was an Auto Salvage owner.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 6:00 pm. until 8:00 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce.

Funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Chapel.

Burial will follow in Cumby Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce.

 

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Denice Bridges

Memorial services for Denice Bridges, age 54 of Yantis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. John Nesbitt and Rev. Gary Thompson officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour, prior to the service.

 

Denice passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born on February 10, 1961 in Cordell, OK the daughter of Ronald Norman and Sue Weldean (Teague) Skutley.  She was married to Darren Bridges. 

Survivors include her husband, Darren; uncle and aunt, Richard McBrayer and wife, Sylvia of Sulphur Springs; cousins, Gordon McBrayer of California and Craig McBrayer of Sulphur Springs and special friends, Peggy and Tommy Collins of Yantis. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Joshua Kellen Bridges.

 

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Ray Smith

Funeral arrangements for Ray Smith of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 Mr. Smith passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at his residence.

 

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Geneva Boggs

Private graveside services for Geneva Boggs, age 87 of Sulphur Springs will be held at Reilly Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

          

Geneva passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. 

She was born on June 11, 1928 in Birthright, the daughter of Joseph and Ollie (Seymore) Pierce.  She married Bill Boggs in Oklahoma in 1972.  He preceded her in death.  She was a retired Dispatcher for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and was of the Baptist faith.          

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Bennett and husband, Don, Janice Carter and husband, Mike and Mary Kyleen Summers; sons, Dennis Pickens and Billy Pickens and wife, Teresa; sister, Patsy Murray and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Sybol Stevens, Peggy Millsap, Alaska Nance, Dorothy Hall and brother, Raymond Pierece.

 

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Laura Ann Sewell

Laura Ann Sewell, age 88, left this world peacefully on July 25, 2015, at Hospice of East Texas, in Tyler, after a brief illness.

Laura was born April 29, 1927, in Savanna, OK, the daughter of Marion and Oriel Spears Buckner. During WWII, Laura found herself working as a waitress at a diner on a military base in Oklahoma. It was a cool fall day in 1945 when she caught the eye of a slick, Texas, Navy man by the name of Truitt Sewell.  That day she didn’t’ know that she had agreed to a date with her lifelong best friend and soulmate.  The two became one on Dec. 8, 1945, only a few months after meeting.  They returned to Truitt’s hometown, Sulphur Springs, TX, where they spent the next 70 years.  First and foremost she was a loving wife and mother to her family while working for various companies allowing her to practice her favorite hobby of floral design. With her tireless efforts and passion for her craft she developed remarkable skills and an admirable reputation for her talents as a florist throughout the next several years at Sulphur Springs Floral. She was very ambitious, never fearful of exploring various ways of utilizing her natural artistic abilities with the main goal of seeking ways in which she would be able to provide for her family. In the late 1980s she discovered her passion for creating artwork in the form of stained glass. It wasn't long before she gained a reputation for the quality and beauty of the pieces she designed which prompted the establishment of Reflections & Gifts, a stained glass shop. Her unselfish nature led to a passion to teach others the art of stained glass design which she did for several years. For those who knew her the ongoing ability to see her work innumerous places throughout  the county provides great peace and solace.  Her family and her role as a wife, mother and grand-mother was the most important thing to her. This is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Her devotion and loyalty and her never ending love for her family was unwavering. She truly lived her life with a consistent amount of dignity, compassion, and devotion for those who were fortunate enough to have been loved by her. Her life was devoted to providing for her family, never expecting anything in return.  For these reasons and so much more we say  Thank you my Darling, our Mother, our Grand-mommy, our Sister, our Aunt and our Friend for your love and devotion. You were a class act, a true inspiration and we will love you forever! 

Laura is survived by her husband, Truitt Sewell, her sons, Loy and his wife Felisa of Quinlon, Roger Sewell, Larry Sewell, and Royce "Jake" Sewell,  all of Sulphur Springs, 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers, Max Buckner and his wife, LaRue, of Mustang, OK, Delmar Dan Buckner and his wife, Francis, of Oklahoma City, OK, and Reedis Buckner of Savannah, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Charles Edward, brothers, Herbert,Tommy, Van Leighton, Delbert, and Charles, and two sisters, Margaret and Jean.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30, Thursday, July 30, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Paul Pogue, officiating. Interment will follow at Martin Springs Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., July 29, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Rick Garmon, Steve Eppars, Todd Gorton, Scott

Gorton, Brian Sims, and Robert Anders. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Hospital, www.stjude.org         

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Claude Wilhite

Military graveside services for Claude Wilhite, age 89 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bro. Shane Carrington officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Claude passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his residence.  He was born in Dike, TX on September 18, 1925, the son of Ayrie Cecil and Grace Dora (Shelton) Wilhite.  He married Mary Jo Gordon on August 5, 1955 in Rockwall. 

She preceded him in death in 2008.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a retired supervisor of Human Resources for the State of Texas and also a retired State Trooper.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include daughters, Kathy Lewis and husband, Marty of Justin, Barbara Kirby of Alba, Linda Chandler of Austin, Sue Wilhite of Sulphur Springs and Sandy Robison and husband, Jack of Rowlett; son, Ron Wilhite of Alba; sisters, Louise Smith of Birthright, Betty Patterson, Dama Kirkpatrick, Lucille Bills and Wanda Elliott, all of Sulphur Springs; brother, Dennis Wilhite of Garland, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Jo; one grandson, Jay Derek; sister, Alene Wilhite and brother, Terry Don Wilhite.

 

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Suzan Bridges

Funeral arrangements for Suzan Bridges, age 54 of Yantis are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 Mrs. Bridges passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at her residence.

 

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Leander "Lee" Jones

Private Services for Leander “Lee” Jones, age 79, of Sulphur Springs are being held.

 

Mr. Jones passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Hopkins County.

 

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Dane Oren Petty

Memorial services for Dane Oren Petty, age 84, of Cumby, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard Strickland officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Petty, James Petty, David Petty, Matt Petty, Arsenio Ugalde and Manuel Granados. 

Mr. Petty passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 in Cumby. 

Mr. Petty was born on April 10, 1931 in Hopkins County, the son of W. V. Petty and Ruby Plunkett Petty.  He married Catherine Swann on July 13, 1962 in Cumby.  She survives. Mr. Petty was a graduate of Campbell High School and went on to East Texas State University in Commerce where he got his Bachelors and Master’s degree.  He received his DVM at Texas A&M in College Station.  Mr. Petty was a veterinarian for many years.  He owned and operated a dairy farm, he was a former school board president at Cumby ISD and served on the Cumby Telephone Board.  Mr. Petty was of the Baptist faith. 

In addition to his wife, Mr. Petty is survived by his son, Greg Petty, daughter, Stefanie Petty, sister, Janelle Dean all of Cumby, niece and nephews, Janice Petty, Ronny Petty and Jeff Petty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brett Petty. 

In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to Cumby Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 734, Cumby, TX  75433 or No Kill Hunt County, 1303 CR 4208, Campbell, TX   75422.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  

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Michael Norton

Funeral services for Michael Norton, age 67 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. C. J. Duffey and Rev. Tommy Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at the North Hopkins Cemetery with Dylon Weatheread, Brandon Baker, John Moore, Charlie Wilburn, Travis Patridge and Robert Flewelling serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are the Sulphur Springs Lowe’s employees. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Norton passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born in Mandan, ND on January 11, 1948, the son of Jarvis “Red” and Norma Jean (Baudien) Norton.  He married Sandra Smith on June 4, 2011 in Cumby.  He was a web designer for KSST radio, department manager at Lowe’s, American Legion Hall of Fame baseball player and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; daughters, Brandi Bailey, Brittni Weatheread and husband, Dylon, all of Sulphur Springs; sons, Palden Renner and wife, Dorothy of Denver, CO, Michael Renner of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Brandon Baker and Kennon Fudge; brother, Kenny Norton of Salt Lake City, UT; sister, Janice Miles of MN and former wife, Sue Blanton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rick Norton.

Memorials can be made to the Heritage Counseling Center, 212 Connally St., Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

 

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Clyde Ray Wright

Clyde Ray Wright, age 92, of Tyler, formerly of Emory, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Colonial Tyler Care Center. Military funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 11:00 AM, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery in Emory.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10:00 AM. Glenn Cogburn will officiate.

Clyde was born on September 27, 1922, in Dallas, to Willie Jasper and Cornelia Floyd Wright. He married Opal Beatrice Fleming in Emory, on February 14, 1941. He proudly served his country as a soldier in the United States Army, during World War II, fighting in 7 different countries during his service in the military. After the Army, he worked as an aircraft mechanic with LTV, Inc. for many years.    

Survivors include: Daughter: Barbara Ann Scott of Sacremento, CA  Daughter-in-law: Amy Wright Smith, and husband, Royce, of Flint      Grandchildren: Sherri Etemad, Glenda Whisenhunt, Carmen Nunn, Toni Petty and Natalie Collins    Great-grandchildren: Michelle Wagner, Krystal Durrett, Jesse Bowman, Preston Nunn, Timothy Nunn, Kayla Vickers, Abby Petty, Caleb Petty, Rachel Petty, Faith Petty, Alexis Collins, Taylor Collins, and Tommy Joye Collins    Great-great-granddaughter: Marlee Brown  Host of other loving family and friends   

Preceded by: Parents; wife: in 2004; 1 infant son: Monte Ray Wright; 1 Son: Thomas Wayne Wright in 2009; 6 Sisters: Inez, Agnes, Elsie, Hazel, Florence, Mamie; 4 Brothers: Alvin, Ryon, Tommy, and George

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the East Texas Patriot Guard Riders, P. O. Box 132593, Tyler, TX 75713

 

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Ruth Whitehead

Ruth Whitehead, age 88, of Sulphur Springs, formerly of Emory, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015, at her home.

Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:00 PM, at the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Emory. Bro. Billy Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in the Yantis Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior at 1:00 PM at the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth was born on October 11, 1926, in Emory, to Ennis Nolan and Lela Morrow Kirkpatrick. She married Arlis Kennimer on June 8, 1946...to this union was born three wonderful children, before he preceded her in death in January 1979.  Ruth later married Lymon Gip Whitehead, in Emory, on October 12, 1988.  She cherished her life as wife, mother and homemaker.  She was a Christian and a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church...as a matter of fact, she and her sister Pearl Haney Jones are the 2 oldest members of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church and they were baptized and joined when Ruth was only age 9 and Pearl age 11.

She is survived by 1 Daughter: Linda Starnes, of Sulphur Springs, 1 Son: Claudie Kennimer of Sulphur Springs, 1 Daughter-in-law: Linda Kennimer of Emory, 2 Sisters: Pearl Haney Jones of Emory, and Delois Spence, and husband, Roy, of Emory, 2 Brothers: James Kirkpatrick, and wife, Ann, of Emory, and Gerald Kirkpatrick, and wife, Donna, of Emory, 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great-grandchildren, Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by her Parents; 1st Husband: Arlis Kennimer in 1979, 2nd Husband: Gip Whitehead; 1 Son: Arnold Kennimer; 5 Brothers: J.T., Earl, Nolan, Allen and Hubert   

 

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Johnie Edward McRoy

Johnie Edward McRoy, age 62, of Emory, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at his home. 

Arrangements are pending with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.  Mr. McRoy was a member of Emory Baptist Church. 

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Jerry Wayne Tramel

Funeral services for Jerry Wayne Tramel, age 60, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Bryant and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Paul Garrett, Wade Silvey, Jim Cimarolli, Jimmy Aiken, David Stribling, Gary Stribling, and Mike Blount serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Jerry passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

Jerry was born on August 3, 1954 in Sulphur Springs the son of Marcus Almarine Tramel and Golda Mae Simpson Tramel.  He married Nancy Douglas on November 9, 1973 in Sulphur Springs and she survives.  Jerry was president of Ken’s Heating and Air and was a member of First Baptist Church. 

In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by two daughters, Amy Mata and husband Mario of Sulphur Springs, Brenda Kimmons and husband Keil of Frisco, brother, Marcus Tramel and wife Linda of Sulphur Springs, sister, Kathy Richey of Rowlett, grandchildren, Mario Alex Mata, Marianna Mata, Bradley Kimmons and Evelyn Kimmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Mary Ellen Vines

Funeral services for Mary Ellen Vines, age 54 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Moore officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bryan Ashley, Dustin Ashley, Barry Clanton, Matthew Clanton, Brandon Denton and Shariff Sawan.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Vines passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Algarine Davis Jordan

Funeral services for Algarine Davis Jordan, age 86, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Bro. Larry Jordan, Bro. Garry Jordan, and Bro. Steve Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Mahoney Cemetery with Dustin Slaton, Jeremy Jordan, Joshua Jordan, Jon Lee, Jordan Nelson, Jacob Nelson, and Ian Zeringue serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Crusader Harvey Class. 

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., one hour prior to service time at Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. Jordan passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on August 6, 1928 in Hopkins County, the daughter of Harlan Davis and Theo (Linker) Davis. She married L.B. Jordan on November 27, 1947, in Dallas, TX.  They have been married for 67 years and he survives.  Mrs. Jordan was the co-owner of Southern Auto Supply for 32 years and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 60 years. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Larry Jordan and wife Donna, Garry Jordan and wife Gena, daughters, Dana Jordan, Donna Nelson and husband Larry, all of Sulphur Springs. Grandchildren, Jeremy Jordan and Melissa of Sulphur Springs, Joshua Jordan and Leslie of Covington, LA, Laura Lee and Jon of College Station, Melody Slaton and Dustin of Tyler, Jordan Nelson and Krista of Longview, Jacob Nelson and Kasey of Sulphur Springs, and Jaci Zeringue and Ian of Marshall, 18 great grandchildren, brother, Thomas Linker Davis of Sulphur Springs, brother-in-law Dennis Jordan and wife Paula, sister-in-law Vonda Byars of San Leon, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Glenna Rose Davis.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church Children’s Department, 614 Texas St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.   

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Theola Reed

Funeral Service for Theola Reed, age 83, of Ridgeway, TX, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m.  Sunday, July 19, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in the Ridgeway Cemetery, with Dan Hunt, Leslie Scott, Brandon Brewer, Benny Herman, Kelly Broyles, and Bobby Hill serving as pallbearers.  

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. one hour prior to service time at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  

Theola passed away on July 15, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, TX. 

She was born August 9, 1931 in Greenville, Texas.  She married Ed Reed in 1965, in Dallas, TX, he preceded her in death.

She is survived by niece, Pam Flowers of Mesquite, nephews, Mike Brothers and wife Jimma of Dallas, Ronnie Brothers of Lake Fork, and Jimmy Strawn and wife Mary Jane of Dallas. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, lots of friends and neighbors.  A special thanks to our dear caretakers Jan Allison and Betty Brown.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Wright, father and sisters, Helen Brothers, and Jean Strawn, and David Flowers. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 4324 N Belt Line Rd C206, Irving, TX 75038. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

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Jack Noble Burford

Celebration of Life services for Jack Noble Burford, age 90, of Mount Vernon have been scheduled for 2:00PM Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.

Mr. Burford passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at his residence.

Visitation will precede the service at 1:00 at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

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Irene Stout

Funeral arrangements for Irene Stout are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stout passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at her residence.

 

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Beverly Odom

Beverly Ernestine Odom, age 61, of Emory, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at her home. 
Beverly was a truck driver for most of her life.   

Cremation arrangements are pending with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.

She is survived by her 4 children: Stephen Gates, and wife Jessica, of Demopolis, AL; Tabitha Odom, and husband, Terry, of Duncanville, AL; Clayton Gates, and wife, Tiffany, of Cottondale, AL; and Crystal Jowers of AL; 3 Sisters:  Pat, Suzie, and Cindy, 11 Grandchildren and 4 Great-grandchildren; special friend: Calvin Ray Runyan; Many other loving family and friends.

Preceded by:  Parents; Husband:  Robert McKay in 2013; 1 Brother:  Tom Brooks  

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James B. Harrison

James B. "Jim" "JB" "Jimmy" Harrison, age 61, of Point, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. 

He was born on October 13, 1953, in Courtland, New York to James Wilson and Barbara Morris Harrison.  He married Susan Sistrunk in Eureka Springs, AR on August 16, 2001. He worked 27 years as Fire Chief of OHFD, in Onondaga County, New York. He was a Firefighter in his heart!  He worked many jobs throughout his lifetime including corrections officer and truck driver.

He loved to feed the ducks at the park in Emory...everyday he would go to feed them, and people around town knew him as the "Man who feeds the ducks".

He is survived by his wife: Susan Harrison, of Point; Step-son: Brian Newcomb, and wife, Nikki, of Southampton, N.J.; Step-daughter: Jamie Harrell, of Lindale; Step-son: Eric Kirkpatrick, of Chandler; Sister: Sue Hennessey, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Mother-in-law: Joan Avery, of Point; Sister & Brother-in-law: Erin Kirkland, and husband, Rick, of Point; Grandchildren: Jacob, Kaitlyn and Riley Newcomb; and Daniel and Dalton Harrell; Nephew: Jake Kitchens of Point; Sophie, his faithful feline; Many other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: Parents

In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to R-Pal (Private Pet Rescue) P. O. Box 279, Emory, TX 75440 or to the Onondaga Hill Fire Department, 4831 Velasko Rd., Syracuse, N.Y. 13215 Phone: 315-492-9191. 

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of cremation arrangements.

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Dorothy Faye Pierce Hall

Funeral services for Dorothy Faye Pierce Hall, age 85, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015 with Rev. Charles Rawlinson and Benny Potter officiating.  Interment will follow at Cumby Cemetery, with Gerald White, Gerald Wilburn, J.C. White, Chris Wilburn, Justin Coleman, Josh Wilburn, Rick Murray and Alvis Carter serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Dorothy passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. 

She was born in Bairdstown on June 18, 1930, the daughter of Joe and Ollie (Seymore) Pierce.  She married George Hall on September 21, 1946 in Cumby.  He preceded her in death in 2002.  She retired from J.C. Penney and was of the Baptist faith.         

Survivors include: daughters, Pam White and husband Gerald and Annette Wilburn and husband Gerald, both of Sulphur Springs; son, George Hall, Jr. of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Geneva Boggs of Sulphur Springs and Patsy Murray of Canton; brother, Raymond Pierce of Cumby; grandchildren, Jamie Dodd, J.C. White, Chris Wilburn, Joshua Wilburn, Katy Wilburn and Amy Harrington; great-grandchildren Justin Coleman, Jenni Huie, Bethany Hokett, Anthony Harrington, Jr., Angenay Harrington; great-great-grandchildren, Dillan Coleman, Lillian Coleman, Brett Coleman, Braydin Miller, Karsin Miller, Hannah Huie and Laila Huie.         

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Linda Hall Perkins, grandsons Jack Perkins, Jr., and Joseph Wilburn and sisters, Sybol Stevens, Peggy Millsap and Alaska Nance.         

Memorials can be made to the Cumby Cemetery Association or the charity of your choice.  

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

 

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Don Causey

Graveside services for Don Causey, age 60, of Yantis will be conducted at Yantis Cemetery at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015 with Shannon Davis officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

         

Don passed away Friday, July 10, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born in Longview on December 15, 1954, the son of Herman M. Causey and Maydell Irene (Bevill) Causey.  He was a retired rancher and a member of White Oak Baptist Church.         

Survivors include: three sons, Cord Causey of Amarillo, Cody Causey of Channing and Matt Causey of Broken Arrow, OK; two brothers, Tim Causey and Cliff Gloar, both of Sulphur Springs; and special friend, Judy Ragan.         

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Joseph Don Causey.  

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

 

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Gary Dennis Mulson

Gary Dennis Mulson, beloved husband and father passed away on Saturday,  July 11, 2015. 

He was born and raised in Ripley, New York the son of William and Vista Fenstimaker Mulson. He married Beverly Sue Hutcheson Mulson and had 48 wonderful years together. 

In addition to his wife Beverly, he is survived by two children, Kim and Chris, a daughter-in-law, Cara and three wonderful grandchildren. 

There will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers donate may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jacqueline Eloyse Troy Semple

Jacqueline Eloyse Troy Semple, age 92, responded to her Lord’s invitation to “Come up here” on July 10, 2015. 

She is the wife of Don Semple to whom she was married 70 years.  She moved with her husband to Sulphur Springs, Texas January, 1986. 

Mrs. Semple is the mother of five children, Donna Joan of Staunton, Virginia, Steven E. of Cooper, Texas, Cheryl Lee (Pierce) of Sulphur Springs, and Kenneth M. of Corsicana, Texas. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Jean (Switala) of Littleton, Colorado. 

She is survived by 4 granchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

Mrs. Semple will be remembered for her service in the United States Navy (WAVES) as a Code Breaker during World War II, as a missionary in the Oriental Missionary Society, as a core leader  and prayer chairman in Community Bible Study, and Christian Women’s Club.  She enjoyed serving as a lay-witness volunteer and as a member of First United Methodist and Central Baptist churches of Sulphur Springs. 

She was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Fred and Lilly Troy. 

A celebration service will be observed at Shannon Oaks Church on Monday July 13, 2015 at 10:00 am.  

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Larry Riels

Funeral services for Larry Riels, age 69, of Sulphur Springs, will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to service at 1 P.M.

Mr. Riels passed away Monday, July 6, 2015.

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Barbara Cobb Norsworthy

Barbara Cobb Norsworthy, age 57, of Cumby, TX, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Briarcliff Nursing Home in Greenville, TX. 

She was born on December 1, 1957 and raised by her wonderful foster parents Glenn and Elizabeth McHenry.  She married Bobby Ray Norsworthy in 1974.  He survives. She worked as a Medical Aide for many years. She had a passion for birds and animals, especially her chi wawa “Reindeer”. 

In addition to her husband she is also survived by, daughter, Juliet Norsworthy Strickland and husband Michael, son, Jeremy Norsworthy and Morgan, grandchildren, Zachary Norsworthy, Fain Strickland, Zoey Strickland, and Ally Thompson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

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Wesley "Buddy" Manning McMahan

Wesley “Buddy” Manning McMahan left his earthy vessel and went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2015.

He was born in Dike, Texas on November 1, 1926 to Walter and Rebecca McMahan.

Buddy married Eva Nell Joslin on July 6, 1953 which blessed them with two children, three granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. Buddy served in the Army during WWII. He was a member of IOOF #77 for several years serving as Vice Grand and Vice Noble Grand. He was a long time member and Deacon of Community Bible Fellowship of Dike. He retired from E-Systems where he worked as an aircraft electrician at 62, but that did not slow him down. He was always working on something and could do just about anything.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Nell McMahan; his son, Wesley McMahan & wife, Cindy of Russellville, AR; daughter, Tewana Dorner of Humble, TX; granddaughters: Cyndi McFadyen with daughter, Rebecca of Humble, TX; Vonda Dorner and children, JD, LJ, and Evalyn of Humble, TX; Aimee Moody with husband, Lucas and daughter, Emma of Russellville, AR. He is also survived by one sister, Lorene Parker of Grand Prairie and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Rebecca; an infant brother; his sisters, Rachel Tatum and Aleene Marshal.

There will be a farewell service and fellowship at 2 pm on Friday, July 10 at Community Bible Fellowship of Dike.

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

 

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Catherine French Ely

Catherine French Ely, age 99, of Emory, died Friday, July 3, 2015, at her home.  Funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 12 Noon at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Dougherty Cemetery.   Bro. Billy Smith will officiate. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 11:00 AM at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Catherine was born on August 29, 1915, at Teague, to Pinkney Russell and Mary Elizabeth Hornbuckle French.  She married Oscar Ely in Rockwall on December 21, 1946.  She was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:  Sister: Gladys Cutler of Emory; Niece: LaVerne Robbins of Emory; Nephew Robert French, and wife, Barbara of Lorena; Step-brother: Calvin Prowell, and wife, Lillian of Mexia; 2 Grandsons: Johnny Ely, and wife, Nelda and Shane Ely, and wife, Jennifer, 3 Great-grandsons: Johnny Ely, Jr. Christopher Ely, and Braxton Ely; Great-granddaughter: Brandi Ely; Great-great-granddaughter: Miss Ellie Ely; Sister-in-law: Helen Collins; A host of other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: Parents; husband: Oscar Ely; 1 son: Oscar Ely, Jr. and wife, Linda Ely; 1 brother: Ruby French

Memorial donations may be made to Vitas Community Connection, 8585 N. Stemmons Frwy, Suite 200 S. Tower, Dallas, TX 75247 214-424-5600   

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Adolphus Ermagene Poston

Adolphus Ermagene Poston, age 97, of Mineola, formerly of Alba, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Wood Memorial Nursing Home in Mineola.  Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:30 AM, at Pleasant Ridge Chapel.  Rev. Pam Dountas will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Wilson Bartley Funeral Home in Alba.  Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of all funeral arrangements.    

Ermagene Poston was born on June 20, 1918, in Alba, to Alvis Otto and Essie Russom McKenzie.  She married G.G. Poston in Alba, on May 30, 1936.  She was a member of and taught Sunday School at First United Methodist Church of Alba.   

Survivors include: Sons: James (J.D.) Poston of Alba, Eddie Dean Poston of Dallas, Andy Poston, and wife, Kay, of Tyler; Daughter: Nancy Wilson of Emory; Grandchildren: Jim Poston, Gilley Poston, Tiffany Wright, and Tara Rhodes; Great-grandchildren: Dakota Wayne Poston; Ashley Nelson; Lindsey Pond; Catarina Wright; Toby Rhodes; Madison Rhodes; Chelsey Poston; Great-great-grandchildren: Maddox Nelson; James Michael Poston; James Douglas Poston; Hensley Nelson; Special Friends: Vanessa Gee and Clarenca Wooten; A host of other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: Parents; Husband: Granville Poston; 1 Infant Son:  Gilly Poston;  1 Great-grandson: James Michael Poston; 5 Brothers; and 4 Sisters

Memorial donations may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice 7925 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 1140, Tyler, TX 75703  Phone:  903-593-6619 or to The Humane Society's Pets Fur People No Kill Animal Shelter 1823 CR 386 Tyler, TX 75708  Phone:  903-597-2471.

 

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David Alan Adams

David Alan Adams, age 53, of Emory, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his home.

David was born on February 20, 1962, in Mountain View AR, to Jeff Davis and Clara Ann Mitchell Adams.   He was a self-employed carpenter.   

Survivors include: Sister:  Cecilia Ann Vinson of Maumelle, AR; Niece:   Shannon McLoughlin of Tuscan, AZ; Nephew:  Josh Vinson of Littlerock, AR; Fiancé:   Holly Long of Emory; Beloved Friends:   Gene & Pam Tignor of Dallas; and "Gus" his Faithful & Loving Companion the Norfolk Terrier.  Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded by:   Parents; 1 Brother:  Darryl Adams in 1971; and his Beloved Grandmother:   Eva Mitchell

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory.


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Sybil Honeycutt

Graveside services for Sybil Honeycutt, age 99 of Yantis, Texas will be 11:00 am Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Sharp Cemetery in Yantis.  Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home. Mrs. Honeycutt passed away at The Manor in Seagoville, TX on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

She was born November 3, 1915 in Yantis to Floyd and Bessie Pogue Ross. 

Mrs. Honeycutt was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Honeycutt, one brother and two sisters.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Shirley Hood of Seagoville, Tx., Bennie Bryant of Yantis, and Pat Taylor of Seagoville, Tx.; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren.

 


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Jay Evan Landers

Jay Evan Landers, age 43 of Sulphur Springs passed away July 5th at his home. 

He was born on January 24, 1972 in Tyler the son of Ronnie Landers and Deanna Landers.  Jay was a loving son, brother, uncle, husband and had many friends.  He married Bonnie Amanda Morehead on August 8, 2003.  She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Amber Busby and her daughters, Callie and Cassidy; his parents; grandmother, Imogene Jacobs; brother, Jon Landers and wife Amy, of Sulphur Springs; sister, Kristy Landers Moseley and husband, JP of Memphis, TN; other survivors include nieces and nephews, Kennady Moseley, Garrett Landers, Mason Moseley, Morgan Landers and many other nieces and nephews by marriage; aunts and uncles, David and Shelia Moore of Yantis; David and Charlotte Johnson of Whitehouse; Jack Landers of Sulphur Springs; Brenda Mullen of Mesquite and Bob and Janette Landers of Mesquite.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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

 

 

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Kyle Edward Parker

Funeral services for Kyle Edward Parker, age 28 of Greenville, formerly of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Davis Street Baptist Church with Reverend Andy Comer and Brother Tommy Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Kyle passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at Hunt County Regional Hospital.  He was born in Dallas on December 28, 1986 the son of Dean Edward Parker and Cristi (Pilkinton) Millsap.

         

Survivors include: father, Dean Edward Parker and wife, Tona of Forney; mother, Cristi Millsap and husband, Jeff of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Madison and Michaella Millsap, and Brittany Scott of Sulphur Springs and Ariana and Adysyn Parker and Jon Southards of Forney; grandparents Linda Mulder of Rockwall; David Pilkinton of McKinney; Doris Parker of Dallas; Rosa Lee Chamberlain of Sulphur Springs, and Kenneth Millsap of Sulphur Springs.

         

He was preceded in death by his grandfather’s Earl Parker, Truman Phillips and Gene Chamberlain.

Memorials may be made to Davis Street Baptist Church and Heart of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center.

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

 

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Charles Wade Barton

Charles Wade Barton, age 85, of Emory, died July 2, 2015 at his home.  Funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 3:00 PM, at the Emory Baptist Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at 2:00 PM, at the church. Bro. Robert Burns and Rev. Richard Piles will officiate. Interment will follow in the Emory City Cemetery, with full military honors and an escort by the Patriot Guard Riders. 

 Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles was born on September 26, 1929, in Granbury, TX, to George Lynn and Mattie Eden Barton, Sr. He served his country as Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, receiving the Bronze Star and The Purple Heart, among many other medals and badges.  He was a member of the Korean Veterans Association, the Purple Heart Association, and the VFW.  He married Beverly Ann Collum in Shawnee, OK, on March 23, 1955, they've been married some 60 years.   He retired, after 32 years, from Contel Telephone.   He was a member of Emory Baptist Church.    

He is survived by his wife: Beverly Barton of Emory, Sons: Charles Wayne Barton, and wife, Tammie, of Tyler and Cecil Ray Barton, and wife, Jane Ann, of Wills Point, Sister: Peggy Gilliam of Granbury, Grandchildren: Zachary Barton, and wife, Heather; Joshua Barton, and wife, Carley; Bethany Carrol, and husband, Nathan; Cory Barton, and wife, Megan, Great-grandchildren: Regan Barton, Many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: parents; 5 brothers: Cecil Barton, Dale Barton, George Barton, Jr., Freddy Barton, and Don Barton; 3 sisters: Mary Allen, Mildred Hunter and Emma Lee Barton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emory Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

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Darlene Jetton

Graveside services for Darlene Jetton, age 66 of Mt. Vernon, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday July 10, 2015 at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. Mike Fletcher officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

Darlene passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Carver Cleo Holt

Carver Cleo Holt, age 84, of Emory, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Dallas VA Hospital Hospice.

He was born Jan. 14, 1931, in Emory, to Carver Thompson and Lenora Odessa Northcut Holt. He served his country as an infantryman, in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War. He married Johnnie Ann Dardeman in Pointer City in June of 1974. Mr. Holt was, also, a member of the Mars Hill Masonic Lodge in Emory.

Survivors include: Wife: Johnnie Holt of Emory Daughter: Allison Annette Beardean (Mike) of Emory Son: Willie Dwayne Holt of Emory Sister: Patsy Kearney of Dallas Brother: Archie Holt of Seagoville Step-daughter: Marian Hughes (Larry) of Caddo Mills Step-son: Darryl Ray Shaftner of Garland Grandchildren: 7 Great-grandchildren: 4 Numerous other loving family and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There has been no service for Mr. Holt planned at this time.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky FuneralHome in Emory.

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Scotty Joe Thompson

Funeral services for Scotty Joe Thompson, age 37 of Ridgeway will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 with Dr. Joel Tiemeyer officiating.  Interment will follow at Peerless Cemetery with Roger Thompson II, Roger Thompson, III, Austin Thompson and Elijah Thompson, Wes Harrington, Harold Bell, serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Ethan Thompson, Ranger Thompson and Zachary Morris. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

             

Scotty passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Birthright. 

He was born in Sulphur Springs on November 28, 1977 the son of Roger and Donna (Edgington) Thompson.  He married Kacie Price on April 12, 2014 in Sulphur Springs.  Scotty was a family man, a devoted husband and a loving father. He was a hard worker and of the Baptist faith. He loved and cherished his family.

             

Survivors include: wife, Kacie Thompson, parents; Roger and Donna Thompson of Ridgeway; son, Ethan Leewright Thompson; daughter, Emma Jenae Thompson; brother, Roger Thompson, II; nieces and nephews, Roger Thompson, III, Austin Thompson, Elijah Thompson, Brooklyn Thompson, Zachary Morris, Ranger Thompson, Spencer Brewer, Braylea Brewer, Benjamin Brewer, Karis Trollinger, Kaden Trollinger and Colton Price.

             

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, S.W. and Theo Thompson and Bert and Ruth Edgington.

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

 

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Karen Frances McQueen

Memorial services for Karen Frances McQueen, age 50, of Sulphur Springs, will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Community Bible Fellowship Church in Dike, with Pastor Ron Smedley officiating.

Karen passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab. 

She was born the daughter of William Lionel Clark and Betty Sue Britton Clark on June 22, 1965 in Sulphur Springs.

           

Survivors include husband, Tommy McQueen of Sulphur Springs; sons, Justin McQueen and Daniel Clark, both of Sulphur Springs; mother Betty Sue Clark of Sulphur Springs;  brothers, Michael W. Clark and Jerry Lee; 2 granddaughters, Kendall Clark of Waco and Gillian Clark of Celina, and a grandson Gage Clark of Sulphur Springs.

 

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Velma Ruth Houston Owens

Funeral services for Velma Ruth Houston Owens, age 82 of Sulphur Springs, will be conducted at Central Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2015 with David Brewer and Rev. Bruce Stinson officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, with Rick Ables, Gary Ables, Bill Owens, Dale Owens, Larry Owens, Ronnie Owens, Ron McKeown, Tommy Houston, and Dean Owens serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

         

Velma passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR. 

She was born in Hopkins County, TX on March 26, 1933 the daughter of Ezra C. and Rosa Bell (Duncan) Houston.  She married Buford Owens on February 15, 1953 in Sulphur Springs. He preceded her in death.  She was a retired Loan Information Officer from First National Bank and member of Central Baptist Church.         

Survivors include: son, Mike Owens and wife Donna of Bedford; daughter, Donna Bass and husband Gordon of Garland; grandchildren, Bobby Belt, Matthew Owens and Jonathan Owens.         

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Elwood Houston and J.C. Houston; two sisters, Hazel Murray and Verna McKeown; and grandson, Jeffrey Belt.          

Memorials can be made to Central Baptist Church, 840 Connally St., Sulphur Springs, TX  75482 or online at www.atcentral.org or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org.

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

 

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Jo Ann Prince

Funeral Services for Jo Ann Prince will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 with Pastor Gary Thompson officiating. 

Jo Ann passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born October 1, 1938 to Homer and Pearl Ferrell of the Peerless Community.

Funeral services will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Posey Cemetery with Kevin Keen, Justin Keen, Bryan Prince, Blake Prince, Blake Peavy and Sam Tatum serving as pallbearers.

Jo Ann graduated from North Hopkins High School as Salutatorian of her class and was an “All State Guard” for the North Hopkins basketball team “The Panthers” in 1956.  After graduation, she went to Dallas and worked for Southwestern Bell approximately a year before she and her husband moved back to Commerce.  She worked for Montgomery Ward store in Greenville for several years and was affiliated with the Beckham Baptist Church.She and Calvin moved to the Rockwall area in the late 50’s and in 1968, she began her banking career.  After thirty-two years of banking in the Garland, Bank Texas S.S. and then Sulphur Springs State Bank, which later was Alliance Bank.  While working at Alliance Bank, she worked in a number of departments and when she retired on December 15, 2000, she was a Loan Review Officer.  Jo Ann loved working in her yard, reading and was a cancer patient and had stem cell transplant on October 30, 2009.

Jo Ann is survived by grandsons, Bryan Prince of Sulphur Springs and Blake Prince of Garland; granddaughter, Amy Prince of Sulphur Springs; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Alexander and Isaac Alexander, both of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Della Wright of Sulphur Springs and Patsy Jane Patridge of Pickton; brother, Ray Ferrell of Sulphur Springs; two sister-in-laws; one brother-in-law, “adopted” daughter, Sharon Moore, best friend, Linda Tatum and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Robert Gerry Prince and Calvin DeWayne Prince; one brother, Sedell “Red” Ferrell and one sister, Katherine Hooten.

She loved visiting with her family and working and campaigning for Democrats!!!!!!!

Memorials can be made to the Posey Cemetery Association in care of Johney Ferrell at 6761 CR 4760, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

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Vivian Lanell Shell

A funeral service for Vivian Lanell Shell, age 83, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 with Rev. Steve Cook officiating.  Interment will follow at Arbala Cemetery, with Jeff Mannis, Nate Rowland, Kelly Robbins, Mike Clem, Marvin Jimenez and Michael Pennington serving as Pallbearers.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Sunday at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home    

           

Vivian Shell passed away Friday , June 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. 

She was born in Sayre, Oklahoma on December 3, 1931, the daughter of Clusta Winfred Gammill and Ollie May Payne Gammill.  She married Billy Frank Shell on February 4, 1961 in Greenville.  She was formerly office manager for Texas Employment Commission and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a US Army veteran serving in the WAC’s during the Korean war.

           

Survivors include: husband, Billy Frank Shell of Sulphur Springs:; son, Sanford Shell and wife, Abby; daughters, Brooke Pennington and Denise Pennington, both of Sulphur Springs; brother, Sanford Gammill of Como; sister, Ruby Watts of Sulphur Springs; Grandsons, Ryan Pennington and Dawson McLaughlin, both of Sulphur Springs.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas Gammill and Lewis Gammill; and sisters, Lena Goodson and Fannie Stranglin.

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

 

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Johnathon Nava

Private services for Johnathon Nava, age 30 of Sulphur Springs will be held at a later date.

Johnathan passed away Friday, June 26, 2015, at his residence.

 

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Elizabeth Ann Sewell

Funeral services for Elizabeth Ann Sewell, age 78, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Lewis and Rev. Mark Bryant officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Archie Wills, Dakota Byker, Ronald Wills, Chris Thompson, Patrick Mockler and Curtis Thompson serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to service time. 

Mrs. Sewell passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on January 8, 1937 in Hopkins County the daughter of George and Bettie Thompson.  She married Lynn Dale Sewell on December 21, 1955 in Sulphur Springs.  He preceded her in death on March 3, 2014.  Mrs. Sewell was a homemaker and a  member of First Baptist Church. 

She is survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Patricia Douglas of Arlington, several nieces and nephews and many friends. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

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Mary O. Mercer

Funeral services for Mary Olivia Mercer, age 98, of Miller Grove will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Miller Grove Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Strickland officiating.  Interment will follow at Lynch Cemetery with John Whitehead, Michael Whitehead, Phillip Whitehead, Ray Mays, Joe Mosher and David Hatcher serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearer is Cletius Brown.  

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Mercer passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Mercer was born on October 25, 1916 in the Lynch Community in Rains County, the daughter of J. N. and Lena Pearl Stuart Stockton.  She married Leon Mercer in 1934 in Lone Oak.  He preceded her in death.    Mrs. Mercer worked for Hager Slacks before she went to Dallas and worked for Texas Instrument, she then owned and operated a General Store and Marina on Lake Tawakoni.  She was a member of Miller Grove Methodist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Hatcher of Miller Grover son, Gerald Mercer of Grand Saline, grandchildren, Lynette Holsey, Brenda Brown, Ray Mays, Sherry Gregory, Donna Whitehead, Terry Mays and David Hatcher, great-grandchildren, Nicole Stewart, Allison Mosher, Tanner Mays, Danielle Mays, Aubry Eastman, Trevor Mays, Justin Mabe, Jordan Mabe, Jensen Mabe, Michael Whitehead, Phillip Whitehead, Damian Mays, Devin Mays and Dawson Mays, great-great grandchildren, Benjamin, Van, Trayden, Jaxon, Taylor Joelle, Taylor, Caleb and Hunter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Mike Hatcher, great-grandson, Matthew Hatcher. 

Memorials may be made to Miller Grove Methodist Church, P.O. Box 437, Cumby, TX. 75433.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Lino Cruz

Funeral service for Lino Cruz, age 57 of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church, with Father Mani Mathai officiating.  Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery with Juventino Govea, Jose Cruz, Hugo Juarez, Pablo Juarez, Carmelo Ortega, Gabriel Lozano and Harland Hammond serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Lino passed away Monday, June 22, 2015 at Baylor Health Care in Plano, TX. 

Lino was born September 23, 1957, in Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Jose Cruz and Ana Alvarez Cruz.  He married Cecilia Gutierrez on January 5, 2001 in Mexico. She survives.  Lino worked in maintenance for Hammond Mobile Homes for 45 years and was a member of St. James Catholic Church. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by sons, Jose Cruz and Enrique Cruz of Sulphur Springs, daughters, Anna Govea and husband Juventino Govea, and Angeles Cruz of Sulphur Springs, father, Jose Cruz of Mexico, brothers, Ignacio Cruz and Artemio Cruz, of Mexico, sisters, Teresa Cruz, and Braulia Cruz, of Mexico and grandchildren Izabel Govea, Gracelyn Noelle and Dominic Govea, of Sulphur Springs.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Alvarez Cruz. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Brody Lee Koon

Funeral services for Brody Lee Koon., age 88 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs – Worship Center with Dr. Richard Jackson, Rev. Fred Lewis and Pastor Mark Bryant officiating. 

Interment will follow at Sherley Cemetery with Daron DeWitt, Kody Koon, Michael Lawrence, Kyle Koon, Joshua Holland, Kory Koon, Casey Emerine, John Holland, Koyt Koon, Kade Koon and Chase Koon serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are John Willis, Wayne Galyean, Maurice Flora, Glenn Friddle, Johnny Dobson, Charles Carter, Dick Pogue, Tom Glidwell and Bob Taylor’s Sunday School Class. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

         

Brody passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. He was born on November 27, 1926, the son of Herman Curtis and May (Stockton) Koon in the Bonanza Community.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, where he served as Deacon Chairman, Vice Chairman, served on various committees and received the Deacon Emeriti’s Award.  He served on the Sherley Cemetery Association Board, Sherely Water Board and on the Board of Directors of Peoples National Bank.  He served as Director of the American and Texas Jersey Cattle Club.  He received the Pioneer Dairy Award and various other awards including the Top FFA Award “American Farmer”, Top FFA Regional Award “Star Farmer – Southern Region”, Star Lone Farmer, and was State Vice President of the Texas Future Farmers of America.  He was a prominent business man, lifelong dairyman which included him breeding and promoting registered Jersey cattle that were sold in the U.S. and abroad.  He was most of all a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, passionate about his faith and sharing the gospel message. He married Mary McDonald on June 7, 1950 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.

         

Other survivors include sons, Randy Koon and wife, Shelia and Kris Koon and wife, Miki, both of Brashear; daughters, Jana DeWitt and husband, Weldon of Sulphur Springs and Karman Holland and husband, Brad of Brashear.; grandchildren, Daron DeWitt, Kody Koon and wife, Breanna, Jandi Lawrence and husband, Michael, Kyle Koon and wife, Misti, Joshua Holland and wife, Tanna, Kory Koon and wife, Katie, Emily Emerine and husband, Casey, John Holland, Koyt Koon, Kade Koon and Chase Koon; great-grandchildren, Landri Lawrence, Sam Lawrence, Ayden Koon, Addyson Koon, Kase Saucier, Kynslee Koon, Kaydence Koon, Colter Holland, Emerson Koon, Addie Emerine and Gentry Emerine

         

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marvis Koon; one sister, Juanita Koon and one grandson, Jace DeWitt.

         

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, Youth and Children’s Ministry, 116 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Darrell Dwight May

Funeral service for Darrell Dwight May, age 58 of Miller Grove Community will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Miller Grove Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015, at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Darrell May passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, TX. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. .

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Harold "Woody" Wood

Private Services will be held for Harold “Woody” Wood, age 86 of Sulphur Springs, who passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

He was born on May 8, 1929, the son of Lynn and Frances (Toole) Wood in Rochester, NY.  He married Betty Jean Moore on November 8, 1964 in Las Vegas, NV.  She preceded him in death in March, 2015.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired Inventory Controller for Ocean Spray’s Logistics Dept.

Survivors include: daughter, Kathy Cook of Sulphur Springs; sons, Michael Wood and wife, Jodi of Sulphur Springs and Jerry Wood of Los Angeles, CA; Brother, Donald Wood of Rochester, NY and grandchildren, Lauren Cook, Elexa Wood and Lyndon Wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

 

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Dollie Pearl Armstrong

Funeral services for Dollie Pearl Armstrong, age 99 of Sulphur Springs were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Old Saltillo United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Wallace officiating.

Visitation was held at 12:30 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, just prior to the service.

Dollie Pearl passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab.

She was born in Waxahachie, TX on August 20, 1915, the daughter of Jabez Monroe and Gertrude (McAfee) Whitten.  She married Guy “Johnny” Armstrong in Dallas, TX.  He preceded her in death. She worked for Levi Strauss making gloves, was a member of Old Saltillo Methodist Church and a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.  Several of her favorite things to do was crochet, making quilts, gardening, cooking for family and friends and she also active in several community activities throughout her life.

Survivors include: son, James Armstrong and wife, Judy of White Hall, AR; three grandchildren, Pam Cooney, Michael Rawson and Randy Carter; five great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren and sister, Lyda Gray.

         

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Marilyn Armstrong; brothers, Roy Atwell Whitten and John David Whitten; sisters, Kathryn Dickson, Maurine Wood and Mary Ott and great-granddaughter, Rhonda Lynn Cooney.

 

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Gerald Fry

Funeral services for Gerald Fry, age 69, of Cumby, will be held at 2:30 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Jeb McNew officiating. A Military graveside service will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 1:30 pm.

Gerald Fry passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 at his residence. He was born February 5, 1946 in Greenville, TX to Glen Fry and Jewel (Moore) Fry. He served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Mr. Fry was a Material Specialist on offshore drilling rigs and was part of a seismograph crew. He was also a member of the Masons.

Survivors include: significant other, Jan Hensley, of Arlington, cousins: Kandy Wharton, Joy Chandler, Jean Paul Cornelius, and Nedra Cornelius.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home.

 

 

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Wayne Dee Gowin

Wayne Dee Gowin, age 89, of Emory, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at his home. 

Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:00 PM at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.  

Visitation will be Thursday evening, June 18, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM.   Interment will be at the Dunbar Cemetery.  Bro. Mike Frazier will officiate the service.  

Mr. Gowin was born on September 14, 1925, in Dunbar, to Rance Garfield and Carrie Belle Giles Gowin.  He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army.  W.D. worked many years at Ling-Temco-Vought.  He later retired, in 1988, after 19 years of service as Sergeant with the Mineola Police Department.  On January 4, 2003, he married Marie Rodgers in Emory.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:  wife:  Marie Gowin of Emory, Daughters:  Rhonda K. Gowin of Emory, and Janet Lee Mitchell, and
husband, Greg, of Sulphur Springs, Step-Daughter:  Sherry Ann Boyer, and husband, Donald, of Terrell, Step-Son:  Thomas Booth, and wife, Cherie of Haltom City, Grandchildren:  Andy Adcock, Gregory Dan Mitchell, and Carrie
LeeAnne Gowin, Step-Grandchildren:  Numerous. Great-Grandchildren:  Jessie, Asa, Annaiese, Alexis, Alyssa, Austin, Ashton, Dalton, Dillon, Brooklyn and Kaycee, Special Friend:  Jo Anna Pounds of Emory, Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by:  Parents; first wife, Norma Lee Kennemer in 2001; 1 son, Russell Wayne Gowin in 1999; 5 brothers; and 1 sister.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Dunbar Cemetery, % Rita Myers, P. O. Box 962 Emory, TX 75440.

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Geraldine Gowen

Funeral services for Geraldine Gowen, age 94 of Dike will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Noel Bailey officiating.  Interment will follow at Conner Cemetery with J.D. Goodman, James Waller, Henry McCreery, Murray Camper, Don Camper and Jeremy Burris serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Gowen passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab. 

She was born in Sulphur Bluff on September 4, 1920, the daughter of William Riley and Elizabeth May (Puckett) Smith.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Dike Church of Christ.

Survivors include: grandson, Jimmy Goodman and wife, Robin of Albuquerque, NM; great-grandson, J.D. Goodman; great-granddaughter, Misty Goodman and four great-great-grandchildren.


 

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Joyce Perimon

Funeral services for Joyce Perimon, age 87 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Barksdale and Oliver Matthews officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Larry Perimon, Clinton Cooper, Earnie Perimon, Bill Perimon and Mike Perimon serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Charles Darr and Ed Thornton. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Perimon passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Golden, OK on August 21, 1927, the daughter of Cleo and Opal (Henry) Clifton.  She married Edwin Oliver Perimon on January 9, 1945 in Idabel, OK. He preceded her in death in 2013.  She was a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention and a member of the First Baptist Church – Sulphur Springs.

Survivors include: daughters, Brenda Baker and husband, Darrell of Silver Spring, Maryland and Marlyne Perimon of Paris; son, Larry Perimon and wife, Donna of Fremont, CA; grandchildren, Rachel Reiter, Laura Barlow, Joyce Jones, Lydia Nichols and Capt. Clinton Cooper of the U.S. Air Force; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Oliver Matthews of DeQueen, AK and Frankie Don Clifton of Fort Mead, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mildred Clifton.

Memorials can be made to Southern Baptist International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767 or Legacy Hospice Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 131030, Tyler, TX  75713.

 

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Charlotte Catrina Walker Morris

Funeral services for Charlotte Catrina Walker Morris, age 40 of Sulphur Springs, will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Tapp Funeral Home with Reverend John Cooper and Reverend Jeney Walker officiating. The interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 12, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tapp Funeral Home. 

Charlotte passed away, June 9, 2015 at her home in Sulphur Springs.  She was born the daughter of Toyce C. and Jeney (Hatley) Walker on June 11, 1974 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Charlotte was the assistant manager of Burger King, in Sulphur Springs.  

           

Survivors include mother, Jeney Walker; brother, Charley Walker, and wife, Donna, of Pittsburg; brother, Johnny Walker, and wife Julie, of Sulphur Springs; and sister, Angela Reynolds, of Sulphur Springs.

 

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Donnie"Red" Massey, Sr.

Funeral Services for Donnie “Red” Massey, age 63 of Cumby will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday June 15, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. David Burns officiating.  Interment will follow at Brashear Cemetery with Eldon Turner, Ed Robertson, Robert Huggett, Kevin Rose, Jeff Sexton and Paul Laco serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Mr. Massey’s nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Donnie “Red” passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on February 22, 1952 in Chattanooga, TN the son of James (Jim) and Lorene (Woody) Massey.  He married Cora Adair on August 16, 1974 in McKinney.  He was a retired mechanic and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: wife, Cora of Cumby; sons, Donnie Massey Jr. of Cumby and Lonnie Massey of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Julie Massey, Kyle Massey, Charles Massey, Richard Massey and Kate Massey; brothers, Skeeter Massey, Charles Massey, Pat Massey and Johnny Massey; sisters, Brenda White, Linda Massey, Mary Kidwall, Barbara Edmons, Linda Bilo and Mildred Snodgrass.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Butch Massey, Raymond Massey and Tommy Massey.

Memorials can be made to Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, 419 Gilmer St., Sulphur Springs, TX  75482 for the account of Donnie “Red” Massey, Sr.

 

 

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Billie C. Waters

Graveside services for Billie C. Waters of Plano, formerly of Sulphur Springs were held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 2015 at Tira Cemetery with Pastor David Larkin officiating.  No formal visitation was held.

Ms. Waters passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Dallas. 

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

 

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Vicky Lorraine Scott

Vicky Lorraine Scott, age 49, of Point, died Sunday morning, June 7, 2015, in Emory, at Senior Suite Care and Rehab.

She was born Sept. 11, 1965, in Odessa, to Paul Vayden and Martha Jane McClure Morrison. She married Kevin Scott, in Point, on March 20, 2000. Vicky worked as a CNA and as a Med Aide at Green Acres Nursing Home, now Senior Suite Care and Rehab.

Survivors include:  Husband:  Kevin Scott of Point, Mother:     Martha Jane Morrison of Lewisville, 2 Brothers:  Mack Morrison of Lewisville; and Michael Morrison (Lynette) of Maurice, LA, 1 Sister:  Paula Yancey of Dallas, 2 Daughters:  Sonja Scott of Kilgore; and Sierra Scott of Point, 2 Sons:  Justin Kaiser and Landon Cash Scott, both of Poin, tGrandchildren:  Nathaniel Scott; Nicolas Curnutt; Melia Curnutt; and Mathew James Kaiser, Special friend/family:  Janet Perry, Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Father in 1990

Cremation arrangements under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

No service planned at this time.

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Annie M. Britton

Annie M. Britton, age 67, of Sulphur Springs passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. 

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jonathan T. Young

 

Funeral services for Jonathan Trahern Young, age 26, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015 at Shannon Oaks Church with Rev. Eric Godwin, Rev. Jeff Harris, and Rev. Israel Lewis officiating. 

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bill Hood, Jeffrey Pitts, Eric Sims, Daymon Nash, Adrian Pruitt, DaMarcus Johnson, and James Taylor serving as pallbearers. 

There will be no formal visitation. 

Jonathan passed away Monday, June 8, 2015.  He was born on August 3, 1988 in Sulphur Springs the son of Zina Thompson Young and Jerry Young.  Jonathan was a 2007 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and a member of Shannon Oaks Church. 

In addition to his parents he is survived by one sister, Sylvania Young of Louisiana, five brothers, Jarrod Thompson of McKinney, Brandon Searcy of Abilene, Christopher Young of Sulphur Springs, Marcus Young of Sulphur Springs and Steven Young of Tyler.  He also leaves behind his paternal grandparents, Brodie and Callie Young of Sulphur Springs, two step sisters, Michelle Hall of Sulphur Springs and Rachel Garst of Missouri.  His special friend, Stacy Hearn of Sulphur Springs. 

Jonathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilbert and Barbara Thompson. 

Memorials may be made to the Compassion for the Fatherless (CFTF), P.O. Box 1364, Sulphur Springs, TX. 75483.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Lee Ann Keller

On Sunday morning May 31st, 2015, Lee Ann Keller passed away at the age of 58 after her battle with Lung cancer at the Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, with her loving husband Kenneth by her side. 

Lee Ann was born February 13, 1957 in Tyler, TX. 

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Kenneth Keller of Austin, TX; her mother Linda & stepfather Bill Jenkins of Kingsland, TX; her son Brandon Marrs & wife Alicia of Austin, TX; daughter Melissa Collie of San Marcos, TX; step-son Aaron Keller & wife Michelle of Austin, TX; step-daughter Robin Sweeney & husband David of Natchitoches, LA; step-sister Traci Jenkins, partner Todd & daughter Belle of Round Rock, TX.  Also, her 8 grandchildren: Tyler & Layla Collie; Benjamin Marrs; Samantha, Kandas & Carlie Sweeney; and Shallena & Trenton Keller. 

She was preceded in death by her father Dwayne Putman, brother, Johnny Britt Putman, step-son Duane Keller, and Ben Mark Marrs father of Brandon and Melissa.

         

Lee Ann loved her family, her friends, and her sports.  She split time between Sulphur Springs and Garland, TX growing up, and attended East Texas State University after graduating high school.  Lee Ann and Kenneth fell in love in high school, and then went down separate paths for a while, until their paths reunited again 21 years ago in Austin with an amazing love for each other.  She deeply loved all of her children and friends, as well.  Lee Ann had a huge heart, loved to laugh, and greatly appreciated the love and support she received from everyone throughout all of her 58 years here on Earth, especially near the end.  As much as she loved Ken, her kids, and her friends, she may have loved her 8 grandchildren even more!  She went to every sporting event and school activity she could, and was almost always the one cheering the loudest.  She was so proud of them, and would have a surprise for them every time she’d see them.  Lee Ann also had a passion for sports.  You can bet that every time the Texas Longhorns or the Dallas Cowboys were playing football, if she wasn’t at the event she was watching it at home decked out in her team’s colors.  She learned early from her Daddy everything she knew about football, and remembered all the details of any big win or loss (with the brains she inherited from her Mom.)  Whether her journey’s led her to Luckenbach or Honolulu, she was never afraid and always ready to have a good time.         

Lee Ann’s services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 5, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery with Patrick Matthews, Brandon Marrs, Sean Collie, Aaron Keller, Rodney Keller, and Kris Thornal serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jana Hankins, Cindy Elder, Beverly Wilson, Traci Jenkins, Lygia Dunsworth, Angie Vokt, and Carrie Perez. Visitation will be Thursday June 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House on 2820 E. MLK Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78702.  Please go to their website hospiceaustin.org or call (512) 322-0747 to make a donation in Lee Ann’s name.          

We love you and will miss our loving Wife, Daughter, Mom, Grandma and Nana so much!!  You’ll always be with us and we’ll see you again! 

Fly high beautiful blue butterfly!

 

 

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Lucille Throgmorton

Lucille Throgmorton, of Fairlie, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at her residence.  

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Linda Barnes

Linda was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on April 7, 1940, and fulfilled her life on May 31, 2015. Her husband, Glenn, preceded her in death, as did her parents, John and Eula Howard, and her siblings: Lloyd, Thomas, Ed, Mickey, Sybil, Johnnie and Nell. 

Among her surviving relatives who continue to give thanks for her life are nephews Rev. Michael R. Jackson of Carrollton, Richard L. Jackson of Sulphur Springs, and Bill A. Jackson of Conroe.

Linda was a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, a cherished member of her family, a loyal friend to others, a dedicated worker and a cautious optimist.  Her achievements in life came not from running after goods that do not enlarge and wealth that does not enrich, but rather in taking pleasure in kind deeds, bearing suffering, sharing enthusiasm and a spirit of gentleness and love. She worked in retail sales at Wynnewood Village in Oak Cliff, was a member of the physical therapy department of a Dallas area hospital, and worked in food service at a number of restaurants in Sulphur Springs, where she and her husband were owners and operators of catering services and neighborhood grocery stores. Linda’s last days were lived at Sulphur Springs’ Sunny Springs Nursing Home, whose staff showed her great care, compassion and concern.  For that, her family remains sincerely grateful.

Services will be held at West Oaks Funeral Home on Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m., and interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery Field, Paris, Texas. 

“Those who work well in the depths more easily understand the heights, for indeed in their true nature they are one and the same.”  George MacDonald

 

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Larry L. Riley

Funeral service for Larry Lee Riley, age 66, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Pogue officiating. A private family Inurnment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be, Shane Hurley, Quent Hurley, Roger Cagle, Robert Bradshaw, Harold “Poogie” Haynesworth, Brandon Riley, Blake Riley and Britt Riley.

Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to service at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. 

 Larry Riley passed away on June 1, 2015 in Paris, TX.  Larry was born on October 17, 1948 in Enid, OK, the son of Ivan Tub Riley and Venita Lanning Riley.  He married Shannon Carrell on July 11, 1998 in Hugo, OK, she survives.  Larry’s occupation was a stainless steel welder in the food processing industry. He also served in the United States Army for many years.  

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter Candida Belz and husband Kevin of Sulphur Springs, brothers, Doug Riley and wife Mary of Sydney, IL, Terry Riley precedes him in death and wife Tonya of Winnsboro, sister, Linda McIntire and husband Jim of Wichita Falls, TX, grandson, Jonathon Lee Belz, granddaughter, Shellbie Nykoal Belz.

 He is preceded in death by his parents and brother.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Eric Bernard Mack

Funeral service for Eric Bernard “Weasel” Mack, 57, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Greater Rising Star in Ft. Worth, TX with Pastor Harold Nash officiating. Interment will follow at The DFW National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Eric passed away on June 1, 2015.

He was born September 7, 1957, in Monroe Louisiana to Cleophis and Malissia Robinson Mack. He attended Como and Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, TX. After High School, Eric enlisted with the US Army. He married Barbara J. Williams on July 6, 2006. Eric worked for the Sulphur Springs High School for 13 years.

Eric is survived by wife, Barbara J. Williams Mack, son, Osborne “Lil’40” Mitchell of Dallas, step-daughter, LaTronda Williams of Dallas, step grandchildren, Adrienne, Kahille, and Malik, step-great-grandchild, Layla, brothers, Gary K. Mack and Osborne “Bubba Clark” Mack, sisters, Beverly Gayle Mack-Davis and husband Charles, and Wendy Mack-Charles and husband Robert all of Fort Worth, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Billy Jack Broyles

Graveside services for Billy Jack Broyles, age 70, of Brashear, will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery, with Pastor David Burns officiating.  No formal visitation will be held.

Billy Jack passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born the son of Cecil E. Broyles and Opal Oleta Sloan on January 21, 1945 in Commerce.  He was a graduate of Commerce High School.            

Survivors include son, Kelly Broyles, and wife Gayle, of Sulphur Springs; sister, Betty Speights, and husband George, of Cumby; two granddaughters, Jordan and Taylor, of Sulphur Springs; 3 nieces and nephews, Tammy Sanchez of Cumby; Eddie Speights and wife, Laurie, of Cumby; and Cindy Dillard, and husband Brad, of Roxton; and several great nieces and nephews.

 

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Tommy G. Brandenburgh

 

Funeral services for Tommy G. Brandenburgh, age 67 of Powderly, will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Tapp Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Norris officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Tarrant Cemetery with Calvin Fleming, Jerry Fleming, Donny Berry and Billy O’ Brian serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Thursday May 28, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tapp Funeral Home. 

Tommy passed away, May 26, 2015 at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris. 

He was born the son of Thomas H. and Bessie (Ishmael) Brandenburgh on December 20, 1947 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He married Mary Katherine Mosher on March 5, 1966 in Sulphur Springs.            

Survivors include wife, Mary; son Thomas Brandenburgh and wife, Lisa, of Reno; daughter, Rosemary Michel and husband, Tod of San Antonio; and five grandchildren, Staton, Landon, and Mason of Paris; and Zachary and Jacob of San Antonio.  

           

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Johnny Merle Brandenburgh.


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Toni Lynn Allbritton

Memorial Services for Toni Lynn Allbritton, age 52, of Winnsboro will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Diamond officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.  

Toni passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Winnsboro, TX.  

Toni was born on April 15, 1963 in Wills Point, TX, the daughter of Ronnie Butler and Mary Sue Bronson Butler.  She was married to Jesse Allbritton, and he survives.   She was a clerk for Rhoades Wholesale in Winnsboro and was a member of Cedar Crest Christian Church. 

 In addition to her husband she is survived by her father Ronnie Butler and wife Margaret Butler of Wills Point, and son Ty Allbritton and wife Courtney of Sulphur Springs, brothers, John Butler and wife Lori of Whitehouse, David Ray Adams and wife Kaylee of Longview, Bill Brooks and wife Paula of Wills Point, sisters, Angela Evans and husband Greg of Temple and Cindy Brooks of Wills Point, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Sue Adams.   

Memorials may be made to Cedar Christ Christian Church, 200 Airport Rd, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Gloria Walker

Gloria Walker, 63, of Pittsburg, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Pittsburg.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Chapel in Mount Pleasant with Bro. John Cooper officiating under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant.

Mrs. Walker was born on Nov 22, 1951 in Sulphur Springs to Charlie Henry and Dottie May Patterson Walker. She was a restaurant manager.

She is survived by her husband Roger Walker of Pittsburg; four daughters and son-in-laws Melanie and Gary Townshend; Tanya and Jon Anderson; Sherri and Rickey Howard; and Jennifer and Aaron Baxter; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jerry Walker; two sisters and brother-in-laws; Cathey and Lonnie Tulley, and Mary Lou and Jimmy McCoy; and two sisters, Jody Griner and Cary Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Henry and Dottie May Patterson Walker.

There will be no formal visitation.

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El Darris Stephens

Funeral services for El Darris Stephens , age 83 of Yantis were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 at Lake Fork Baptist Church with the Bro. Perry Crisp and Bro. Randy Sadler officiating.  Interment followed at Yantis Cemetery with Ronnie Stephens, Robert Gayler, Jimmy Rogers, Jerry Williams, Bobby Ogle, and Danny Friddle serving as pallbearers.  Honorary Pallbearer was Mike Mathews. 

Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday May 24, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stephens passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born the daughter of C.J. (Boy) Graham and Bertie (Warren) Graham on May 15, 1932 in Yantis.  She married Johnie Stephens in Rockwall, Texas on July 20, 1949.  He preceded her in death in 2010.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Lake Fork Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Valinda Stephenson and husband Don, son, Clayton Stephens and wife Melissa, all of Yantis, Texas; grandchildren Matthew Stephenson, Jon Stephenson and Marc Stephenson, Chris Locke, Samantha Morgan and Kaylyn Nunez; great grandchildren Dominick Stephenson, Ranie Stephenson, Destiny Stephenson, Savannah Stephenson and Dakota Stephenson, Ashton Locke, Kinsley Locke and Tate Locke, Colton Morgan and Hayley Morgan and Emily Nunez and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Arris Graham and a twin sister, El Dorse Mathews.

 

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Frankie Lee James

Funeral services for Frankie Lee James, age 58 of Ferris will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Hamm officiating.  Interment will follow at Rockdale Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Frankie Lee passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.

He was born the son of Ollie and Allene (Luttrell) James on September 27, 1956 in Dallas.  He was a gardener and held a degree in Horticultural.

He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Kinnamon of Hallsville, Mildred Hernandez of Princeton, Lanna James Loden of Ferris, Shelia James of Ferris and Shelly Leslie of Ferris; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Becky Gaston and brother, Kenneth Speaks.

 

 

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Larry Meuir

A celebration of life for Larry Meuir will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Shannon Oaks Church.

Larry passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

He was born the son of Walter and Bessie Ray (Tallant) Meuir on June 6, 1945 in Collin County.  He married Linda Anderson on July 21, 2000 in Grand Prairie.  He was a retired tool inspector/manager with Vought Aircraft Industries and a member of the Shannon Oaks Church.Larry was a brilliant man.  He was a jack of all trade and a master of most.  Larry loved his family and His Lord and Savior.If it was broken he could fix it.  If you could imagine it, he could build it.  He possessed more God given talents than anyone I’ve ever known. Larry loved and marveled at all of God’s creations.  He loved to watch hummingbirds feed in the mornings and the deer in our backyard in the evenings.  He enjoyed repairing and building things for people in need.  Larry will be remembered for his beautiful smile and contagious laughter and sense of humor.  He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Sulphur Springs; son, Mike Dennis and wife, Holley of Sulphur Springs; daughters, Christina Elaine Koonce of Blue Ridge, Terrie Lannette Mata of Grand Prairie and Holly Jo Rollins of Blue Ridge; grandchildren, Callie Dennis, Cody Dennis, Rickey Koonce, Jace Koonce, Brittanie Lamas, Corttanie Slocum, Erica Riley, Jacob Gafford, Skyler Gafford, Kolton Rollins, Kellen Rollins, Kaeson Rollins and Hidson Rollins; five great-grandchildren and brothers, Jim Meuir and wife, Karen of Port Angeles, WA and Ben Meuir of Navajo Dam, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Tommy Meuir.

         

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shannon Oaks Church Benevolence Fund.

 

 

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Dr. Shirley Tucker

Memorial service for Dr. Shirley H. Tucker, 62, of Pickton, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Oliver McMahan officiating and Tommy Deal assisting. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Pearson, Bill Tucker, Roy Hatcher, Jason Frazier, and Leslie Deal.

Shirley passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on December 2, 1952 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the daughter of Troy D. and Myrna Loy Glover Hatcher. She was a graduate of Como-Pickton High School and East Texas State University. Dr. Tucker earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota. She was assistant professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville from 1990 to 2012. She was recognized as State Collegiate Business Education Teacher of the year by the Texas Business Education Association. She was a member of Family Faith Church in Huntsville. She served as the Youth Director for Sulphur Springs Church of God and also played piano for the New Birth Assembly of God Church. She married Tommy Tucker. He preceded her in death in 2007.

She is survived by her mother, Myrna Hatcher, daughters, Jody Lynn Pearson and husband Charles of Pickton, Casey Tucker and husband Bill of Huntsville, Ginger Elizabeth Tucker of Virginia Beach, VA, son, Tommy Nathaniel Tucker Jr. of Greensboro, NC, grandchildren, Clara Lynn, William Nathaniel, Troy Dakota, Maryn Lillianna, Christopher Charles, great-grandson, Dominick Patrick, and brother, Roy Lee Hatcher of Pine Forest.

She was preceded in death by, her husband, her father, brother, Troyce Wayne Hatcher, and granddaughter, Charity Charlese.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Clara Elizabeth Young

Memorial services for Clara Elizabeth Young, age 94, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Cook officiating.    A private family interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Harvey-Crusaders Sunday School Class and Dr. I. L. Balkcom.  There will be no formal visitation.

Mrs. Young passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Young was born on August 23, 1920 in the Reilly Springs Community, the daughter of Freeman and Annabelle Finley Carlisle.  She married Johnny A. Young and he preceded her in death after 52 years of marriage.   Mrs. Young worked for Sears for many years in personnel management.  She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and served faithfully in the homebound ministry up until February of this year.  

She is survived by her son, Mike Young and wife Sue of El Paso, TX, granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth Wilson and husband Brian of Austin, TX, Rachel Diane Smith and husband Michael of Gig Harbor, WA, sisters, Diane Dixon of Sulphur Springs, TX, Janey Swindell of Longview, TX great-grandchildren, Grant Michael, Dean Henry, Amanda Clair, Madelaine Rhys, Morgan Quinn, Jack Elden, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Col. Gerald Carlisle and Murrell Carlisle, sister, Juanita Hudson. 

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

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Ileta Lavon Ward

Funeral services for Ileta Lavon Ward, age 81, of Greenville, formerly of Brashear will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel  with Rev. C J Duffey                               officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., prior to service time at West Oaks Funeral Home.  Mrs. Ward passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her residence. 

Mrs. Ward was born on February 13, 1934 in Cherry Valley, AR, the daughter of John Albert and Hazel Bernice Henderson Sifford.  She married James W. Ward on January 24, 1953 in Memphis, TN, and preceded her in death on January 7, 2003.  Mrs. Ward worked in shipping and receiving for Ocean Spray for many years.  She was a member of Beckham Baptist Church. 

She is survived by two sons, James Michael Ward of Sulphur Springs, Barry Keith Ward of Greenville, daughters, Debbie Kay Walker of Ecru, MS, and Pamela Renee Nordin of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Chris Walker, Tesha Walker, Jeremy Ward, Michelle Ward, Ricky Ward, Michael Ward, Alicia Morgan, Ryan Morgan, Matthew Nordin, Barry Ward, Brian Ward, 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and granddaughter, Carrie Walker.

Directions under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Velva Diane Perdue

Velva Diane Perdue 54 passed away on Saturday, May 9th.

She was born on January 31, 1961 in Pueblo, Colorado. She is the daughter of Robert H. Perdue and Velva Darlene Perdue.

She is survived by her son Coby Lee Robert Perdue, her father, Robert Perdue, and two sisters Belinda Perdue and Mary Townshend and husband David. She is also survived by her nephew Justin Townshend and her niece Kayla Townshend.

She was proceeded in death by her mother Velva Darlene Perdue and her loving step-mother Eva Mae Perdue.

Diane was a 1979 graduate of the Sulphur Springs High School. She served as a LVN for many years. Her heart was working in nursing home with older adults and the disabled. She was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Diane became a resident at the Courtyard Garden Home in Wichita Falls where she did volunteer work for Hospice. She also served as the Resident Council president for several years. She was very involved with the activities and helped to plan many of the ebents. She was loved and admired by many of the residents and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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Mozell Lyod

Funeral services for Mozell Willey Loyd, age 88, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Perry Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Zach Loyd, Bridger Loyd, Kason Scroggins, Shaun Carter, Chuck Shelton and Nathan Smith serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Watkins and Bobby Parkinson.  

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 one hour prior to service time at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Loyd passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Carriage House Manor.

Mrs. Loyd was born on December 27, 1926 in Story, AR, the daughter of Willis Carroll and Mattie Lee Qualls Willey.  She married Dewitt Loyd on February 18, 1944 and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2005.  Mrs. Loyd was a homemaker and a member of Lake Highland Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her children, Caroline Jordan and husband Marvin, Rickey Loyd and wife Phyllis, Paul Lee “Slick” Loyd and wife Susan and Ala Scroggins and husband Scott all of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Leigh Anne Watkins and husband Jay of Weatherford, Michelle Shelton and husband Chuck of Sulphur Springs, Shana Parkinson and husband Bobby of Irving, Lynnette Smith and husband Nathan of Longview, Zachary Loyd and wife Angie of Sulphur Springs, Jessica Carter and husband Shaun of Bullard, Bridger Loyd of Sulphur Springs and Kason Scroggins and wife Ashley of Sulphur Springs, 12 great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Travis Wiley, and sister, Avo Castleberry. 

Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice, The Hope Foundation  P. O. Box 131030, Tyler, Texas   75713. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Rodney Campbell

Memorial services for Rodney Campbell, age 51 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with C.J. Duffey officiating.

Mr. Campbell passed away on Thursday May 21, 2015 at his residence.  He was born the son of Joy D. Clyde Campbell and Tommie (Cathey) Haines on August 12, 1963 in Dallas.  He was a painter by trade.

Survivors include his mother, Tommie Haines of Sulphur Springs; father, Joy D. Clyde Campbell of Bogota; sons, Rodney Morris and Aaron Morris, both of Gun Barrell City; brothers, Joe Cathey of Dayton; Troy Campbell and Billy Campbell, both of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Morris.

 

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Lillia Anne Miller

Private services for Lillia Anne Miller, age 73 of Sulphur Springs will be held at a later date.

Ms. Miller passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Hazel McIntire

Funeral arrangements for Hazel McIntire, age 93 of Winters, formally of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 Mrs. McIntire passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Senior Citizens Nursing Home in Winters.

 

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Margaret Irene Ray Sharp

Margaret Irene Sharp, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Dallas and Sulphur Springs,     dies May 15, 2015, at age 86.

She was born to Shem Ray and Lucy Margaret Kelty Ray of Sulphur Springs. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1945. Robert Lee Sharp and she married in 1950 at St. James Catholic Church in Sulphur Springs. They raised five children in Dallas. Their fifty year marriage ended with his death in 2000. Margaret was a homemaker and had many interests notably in nature, animals, fossils, and bromeliads.

She is survived by daughter Patricia Culpepper and son-in-law Wes Culpepper of Austin; daughter Sherry Mathis; and Robert Sharp, Jr.; fifteen grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Also she is survived by sister, Billie Sue Ray and brother, Shem Ray, Jr. both of Sulphur Springs; and brother, Gene Ray of Oklahoma City.

She is predeceased by son Christopher Ray Sharp and daughter Debra Sue Heinemann.

Services at West Oaks Funeral Home, 500 S. Hillcrest Drive, Sulphur Springs, TX 78483. Vigil visitation Friday, May 22, 7-9 PM. Funeral service Saturday, May 23, 2 PM. Internment in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery. Deacon Jerry Besze, officiant.

 

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Aline Daniels Horn

Graveside services for Aline Daniels Horn, age 98, of Commerce will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Como Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., prior to service time, at West Oaks Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Daniel Womack, Dustin Womack, Clay Brown, Steve Womack, James Brown, and Rickey Townsend.

Aline passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Commerce.

She was born on June 25, 1916 in Greenville, TX, the daughter of Clyde and Mettie Mahand Jackson. She was a housewife and also worked in the meat market for Piggly Wiggly for many years. She married Wesley Lee Daniels in January of 1935. He preceded her in death on June 2, 1993. She later married Harold Henry Horn on January 1, 2004. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2011. She was a member of the Congregational Methodist Church. She loved her Lord, family, and church. She loved cooking and was an excellent seamstress. Aline took on the role of head of household when she was only 13 as her mother was very ill. Her father and two brothers were killed when they were hit by a train while going to get the doctor for her mother. Her mother did not know for two months that her husband and boys had passed away.

She is survived by son, Billy Wes Daniels and wife Mary Frances of Sulphur Springs, granddaughters, Yvonna Womack and husband Steve of Saltillo, Angie Brown and husband James of Sulphur Springs, Amy Townsend and husband Rickey of Cumby, great-grandchildren, Daniel Womack and wife Marsha of the Oakland Community, Dustin Womack and wife Meleina of Saltillo, Misty Cline and husband Clinton of Sulphur Springs, Morgan Brown and Jeremy of Sulphur Springs, Jessie Brown and Kyle of Sulphur Springs, Rikki Townsend and Caleb of Cumby, Clay Brown and Kaitlin of Sulphur Springs, great-great-grandchildren, Calli Callahan, Ally Thompson, Mark Cline, Dakoda and Levi Womack, Landrie and Rance Brown, sister, Evelyn Fulfer of Commerce, and niece, Judy Ellis.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, brothers, Geffrey and Billy Wayne Jackson, and nephew, Eugene Fulfer.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 614 Texas St, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Andrew Baugh

Funeral arrangements for Andrew Baugh, age 18 of Cumby are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Andrew passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at his residence.

 

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Denna Riley

Funeral services for Denna Riley, age 57 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at League Street Church of Christ with Rev. Mike Eason officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Mike Comer, Marlon Comer, Kenny Comer, Brandon Blevins, Reggie Blevins, Jr. Brad Horton and Brian Adams serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Kyle Green, Alex Peek, Bradley Peek, Anthony Pennington and Tristen Pennington. 

Visitation will be held from (Noon) 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

           

Denna passed away on Monday, May 19, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.  She was born on November 11, 1957, the daughter of Virgil Lincoln and Lois Bernice (Sutton) Robinson in Commerce.            She was a homemaker and a member of the League Street Church of Christ.           

Survivors include daughters, Joanna Bailey of Sulphur Springs and Christina Pennington and husband, Jason of Sulphur Springs; sons, Tony Peek of Sulphur Springs, Jacob Riley of Sulphur Springs and Justin Riley and wife, Jennifer of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Ermal Williams of Saltillo, Juanita Williams of Sulphur Springs, Mary Stonaker of Sulphur Springs, Suela Hearn of Pickton and Theresa Blevins of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Jimmy Robinson of Sulphur Springs and Gary Robinson of Alba; grandchildren, Kyle Green, Alex Peek, Bradley Peek, Brook Peek, Shane Woodfin, Jaydon Peek, Harley Boles, Sidney Boles, Anthony Pennington, Tristen Pennington, Aiden Riley, Issac Riley and Eli Riley and great-grandchildren, Zakaylan Peek, Alex Peek, Jr., Jacelynn Simmons and Brynlie Swann.           

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Marvin Robinson.

           

Memorials can be made to Denna Riley Fund c/o Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs.

 

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Patricia Ann Sanders Franklin

Memorial service for Patricia Ann Sanders Franklin, 61, of Sulphur Springs, will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

She passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on October 3, 1953 in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Louis J. Sanders and Oleta Ragan Potts they survive.

She is also survived by daughters Tracy Beck and husband John Jr. of Paul’s Valley, OK, Sherry Page and Quon Clayton of Sulphur Springs, son, Jason Page and wife Stephanie of Sulphur Springs, and daughter, Tonya Johnson and husband Larry of Sulphur Springs, brother, Michael Sanders and Lynette of Sulphur Springs, sister, Donna Donald of Emory, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Sanders. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Dawson James Hicks

Graveside services for Dawson James Hicks, infant son of Bryan and Rebecca Hicks will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Como Cemetery with Rev. Beverly Olsen officiating.

           

Dawson passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.           

He is survived by his parents; brother, Easton Hicks of Como; sister, Jaci Hicks of Como; grandparents, Mark and Jamie Humphrey and Darrin and Becky Hicks; great-grandmother, Mary Barnhart; great-grandparents, George and Lou Ann Hines.

           

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, James Barnhart and great- grandparents, Aubrey and Rena Humphrey.

 

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Adam Watson Jumper

Funeral services for Adam Watson Jumper, age 39 of Austin, formally of Pickton will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Michael Coker officiating. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Adam passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Austin due to a motorcycle accident. 

He was born on October 5, 1975, the son of Davis and Kathy (Watson) Jumper in Sulphur Springs.           

He was a musician and a construction worker.

           

Survivors include girlfriend/companion, Caroline (Cari) Breton of Austin; parents; brothers, Davis Ray Jumper and wife, Joanna of Houston and Seth Patton Jumper of Como; nephews, Mikah Uriah Jumper and Noah Hendrix Jumper of Houston.

 

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Patricia S. Higgins

Funeral services for Patricia S. Higgins, age 81 of Cumby will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Deidra Maples officiating.  Interment will be at DFW National Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Patricia passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Carriage House Cottages. 

She was born on July 18, 1933, the daughter of Norman Darrell and Lillian (Ingram) Perkins in Dallas.  She married Milton Higgins on May 20, 1956 in Durant, OK.  He preceded her in death in 2008.           

She was a retired principal of A. E. Butler Elementary School in the Quinlan ISD.  She was a graduate of SMU where she received her Bachelor's Degree and ETSU where she received her Master's Degree; elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Cumby; Retired Teachers Association and Gamma Phi Beta.           

Survivors include sons, Raymond Higgins and wife, Theresa of Sulphur Springs and Doug Higgins and wife, Patti of Cash and nephew, Winston Perkins of Sulphur Springs.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and brother, Doyce Perkins.

 

 

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Ida J. McKeever

Ida J. McKeever, age 80, of Sulphur Springs, TX, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, .TX.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Margaret Sharp

Margaret Sharp, 85, of McKinney, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Stoneybrook Memory Care in McKinney.  

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Richard Clement

Funeral services for Richard Wallace “Clem” Clement, age 95, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to service time. Honorary pallbearers will be John Christopher Clement, Natalie Ann Clement, Tommy Shelton, Lynn Shelton, Joe K. Shelton, John Campbell, Martin Allain, Ben Dickerson, and Jack Dickerson.

Mr. Clement passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

He was born on February 17, 1920 in Bay City, Texas the son of John Essery Clement, Sr. and Vera Moore Clement.  He married Marjorie Jane Reynolds on October 11, 1947 in San Antonio, TX.  She preceded him in death on February 9, 2014.   

He attended Victoria Jr. College for 2 years before enlisting in the United States Army Air Cadet Corps in July 1940.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Army Air Corps in September 1941.  He was with the first B-17 Bomb Group to fly to England to enter WWII Western European Theater.  He was in the first “All-American” air raid against Germany on January 27, 1943 with 50 bombers striking Wilhelmsharen.  He completed his 25th combat mission in June 1943.  In July 1943 Capt. Clement was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters as a B-17E Flying Fortress Navigator. In June 1950, he was qualified as a navigator, bombardier and radar operator. He flew in B-17’s, B-29’s, and B-36’s during his service career.

He was assigned to Carswell AFB, Ft. Worth, TX in January 1951 and was promoted to Lt. Colonel in June 1951.  Clem remained at Carswell AFB flying in B-36’s with the 9th Bomb Squadron until he resigned from the Air Force in March 1953 to attend pharmacy school at The University of Texas. He graduated “with High Honors” in January 1956 and moved to Sulphur Springs.

He practiced at Askew and Buford Pharmacy on the downtown square from 1956 until his retirement in 2007. He received a 50 year service award from Texas State Board of Pharmacy in 2006. Clem was known locally to many as a proud Texas-Ex and avid Texas Longhorn Fan. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, Hook’m Horns! “Clem”.

He is survived by his son, Carlisle Clement and wife Carol Ann Clement, granddaughter, Natalie Ann Clement, grandson, John Christopher Clement, sister, Helen Martin, numerous nieces, nephews, and their families, as well as caregivers, Margaret Harris, Lillian Childs, and Pat Morgan.

In addition to his wife Marjorie, he was also preceded in death by brother, J.E. Clement, Jr., sisters, Florence Louise Morgan, Margaret Moore Barrett, and June Horton Hodges.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hopkins County Military Coalition, 147 Fore St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, Sulphur Springs City Cemetery Society, P.O. Box 651, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Emma O'Dell

Emma O’Dell, of Sulphur Springs, TX, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Carriage House Manor.  

 Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Frances Parker

Funeral service for Frances Correne Henson Parker, 92, of Sulphur Springs, TX will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Grace Family Church with Rev. Doug Barker and Rev. Al Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Jason Frazier, Rick Frazier, Lee Parker, Colby Parker, Ruston Frazier, Caleb Frazier, and Colton Frazier serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to service time.

Mrs. Parker passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab.

She was born on April 1, 1923 in Pittsburg, TX, the daughter of David Copperfield and Fannie Belle Peterson Benefield Henson. She married Dorman Lee Parker on June 20, 1942 in Weatherford, TX. He preceded her in death. She was a member of Grace Family Church in Sulphur Springs, TX and was a homemaker.

She is survived by son, Wayne Parker and wife Clary of Sulphur Springs, TX, daughters, Jean Frazier and husband Billy Wayne of Sulphur Springs, TX, Daphney Gail Hood and husband Johnny of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Marilyn Ann White and husband Roger of Lake Jackson, TX, grandchildren, Rick and Jason Frazier, Lee, Colby, and Carly Parker, Dana and Alan White, Wesley Hood, Felecia Heinz, great-grandchildren, Ruston and Macy Frazier, Caleb and Colton Frazier, Bradley Reinhart, Cody and Jessica Heinz, Ashlyn and Makinna White, James, Julian, and Joseph Hood, Joshua, Betzi, and Clara Parker, and great-great-grandchildren, Ashton Frazier and Sterling Bradley Reinhart.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by, brothers, Calvin and Paul Henson, sisters, Bessie Schane, Josephine Glidwell, Elma Sanders, Udell Schane, Gladys Greenlee, and Nora Haubert Glover.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mary "Maggie" Hurt

Graveside services for Mary "Maggie" Hurt, age 85 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Gordon Schulz officiating.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Mary "Maggie" passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab. 

She was born on May 21, 1929, the daughter of Elmer and Kate (Burkhart) Vickers in Posey.  She married Hampton Lou Hurt on June 1, 1977 in Amarillo.  He preceded her in death.

           

She was the retired owner of a pet grooming business and was of the Baptist faith.

           

Survivors include son, Stephen Pat Barnard of Livingston; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Edith Garner, Lorene Beckham, Eva Lee Williamson, Irene Hargrave and Margie Hall and two brothers, J.D. Vickers and R.C. Vickers.

 

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Jane S. Glover

Jane S. Glover, age 67 of Sulphur Springs, TX, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Carriage House Manor.   

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jack Dempsey Oxford, Sr.

Military graveside funeral services for Jack Dempsey Oxford, Sr., age 91 of Mt. Vernon will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Posey Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Hall officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons.  No formal visitation will be held.

           

Jack, Sr. passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Mission Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon. 

He was born on March 30, 1924, the son of Charlie and Mattie (Dixon) Oxford in Hopkins County.  He married Nadine Dodd and Annie McQueen, who both preceded him in death.  He then married Laura Pool, who survives.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was the retired owner of Jack Oxford, Sr. Paint & Body Shop.           

Survivors include sons, Jack Oxford, Jr. and wife, Nita of Sulphur Springs, David Oxford, Sr. and wife, Leisa of Sulphur Springs and James Carr of Saltillo; daughters, Suzi Miller of Jacksonville, Becky Sparks of Mt. Vernon and Jean Gee of Houston; sister, Valerie Harry of Cumby; grandchildren, Jimmy Oxford, Jason Oxford, Jodi Bradford, Jake Morrill, Laura Flournoy, David Oxford, Jr., Ryan Clements, Aaron Clements, Amber Sparks, Cassie Weatherford and C.J. Sparks; great-grandchildren, Meagan Oxford, Tanner Oxford, Jaclynn Oxford, Makenzie Fyke, Kylie Clements, Taylor Morrill, Lucas Flournoy, Matthew Flournoy, Logan Oxford, Tate Tyce, Georgia Bradford and Kolbe Cook.           

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Betty Newsome; two grandsons, Rodney Oxford and Josh Morrill; great-grandchild, Cash Reneu; three brothers and one sister.

           

Memorials can be made to Cypress Basin Hospice.

 

 

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Edith Hooker Leonhart

Funeral services for Edith Hooker Leonhart, age 92 of Yantis will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Baxley, Kimberly Moyer and Rocky Hooker officiating. Interment will follow at Yantis Cemetery with Jonathan Hooker, Lennie House, Joshua Toledo, Justin Toledo, Jarrod Hooker, Paul Stahlberg, Hunter Reppond and Josh Hite serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Edith passed away on Saturday, May 09, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home. 

She was born on June 3, 1922, the daughter of Forest C. and Mae Frances (Kerr) Ray.  She married Euzeal V. Hooker, who preceded her in death.  She then married Garland F. Leonhart, who also preceded her in death.  She was a homemaker and a profound lover of all animals, nature, gardening and dancing.

           

Survivors include daughters, Helen Reppond of Yantis, Linda A. Colvin of Fleetwood, PA, Mennie M. Flannery of Auburn, PA and Deany Cameron of Mt. Penn, PA; sons, Clint Hooker and Rocky Hooker, both of Yantis; sisters, Louise Starrett of Dallas and Olivia King of Yantis; brother, Vernon E. Ray of Tyler; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Henry Hooker; daughter, June Stahlberg, sister, Pauline King; grandchild, Tracy Stahlberg and great-grandson, Tyler Reppond.

 

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Bernice E. Wogan

Bernice E. Wogan, age 87, of Emory, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, in Winnsboro, TX.  

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home, of Emory.  Interment will be at Mt. Lindo, Morrison, CO.  No service is scheduled at this time.

Bernice was born on November 3, 1927, in Palmer Twp, Roxbury, Washington County, Ohio to John and Hulda Ann Smith Work.  She graduated from Bartlett High School, in Bartlett, OH.  During her working career she worked as a meat wrapper in the grocery industry.  

She is survived by her daughters: Joyce Roberta Walton, and husband, Travis Earl Childress, Jr., of Emory; and Wanda Kaye Blomberg, of Emory, TX and Ventura, CA; grandsons: Edward Wade Walton, of Arvada, CO, and Roger Anthony Tighe, and wife, Mary, of League City, TX; great-granddaughters: Ella Lynne Walton, Sophia Irene Tighe; great-grandsons: Brendan Anthony Tighe and Holden Matthew Tighe; step-grandson: Travis Earl Childress, III; step-granddaughter: Sunshyne Pothier, and husband, Robert; step-great-granddaughters: Victoria Tracy and Loreli Pothier; step-great-grandsons: Travis Earl Childress, IV, and Carter Pothier; numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by parents; 1 daughter: Mary Jeanette Tighe; 2 sons-in-law: John Anthony Tighe and Edward Lee Walton; brothers: Denver Work, Raymond Work, Clayton Work, Harry Work; sisters:  Ruth Antill, and Flossie Smith; divorced spouse: Joy Wendell Wogan; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice, PO Box 544, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456-0544; The American Heart Association, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or a charity of your choice in Bernice's name.

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Ruth McFarlin

Funeral arrangements for Ruth McFarlin, age 83 of Pickton are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 Mrs. McFarlin passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Betty Jean Goodman

Funeral services for Betty Jean Goodman, age 85 formally of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at League Street Church of Christ with Buddy Wiggins officiating. Interment will follow at Conner Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

           

Betty Jean passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, LA. 

She was born on December 27, 1929, the daughter of Noah W. and Ona C. (Philpot) Skaggs.  She married Gene Goodman in Sulphur Springs.  He preceded her in death in 2010.            Betty Jean was a retired seamstress from Lou Nell's fashions and was a member of the League Street Church of Christ.           

Survivors include one daughter, Pam Medders and husband, Jimmy of North Carolina; one son, Chip Sims and wife, Sonja of Athens, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Breanna Sims; three sisters, Erma Dodd of Garland, Evyonne Smith of Waxahachie and Ollie Patterson of Dallas and one brother, W.L. "Bill" Skaggs of Sulphur Springs.

           

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

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

 

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June Morris

June Morris, age 76, passed away Saturday May 2, 2015 at her residence in Sulphur Springs. 

Mrs. Morris was born on March, 12, 1939 in Dustin, OK, the daughter of Bee Harmon and Fannie Mae Blankenship Harmon.  She married Harold E. Morris in Oklahoma.  He preceded her in death.  Mrs. Morris was a sales clerk at Wal-Mart for 22 years and was of Baptist Faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Candice A. Morris of Winston Salem, NC, sons, Richard W. Reynolds, of Sulphur Springs, TX, Randall R. Reynolds of Crowley, TX, brothers, James Harmon of Shallow Water, TX, Joe Harmon of Carrollton, TX, sisters, Jean Harmon of Millsap, TX, Carol Rhea of Bellaire, MI. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and son Harold “Tooter” Morris. 

Memorials made to Meals on Wheels.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Stanley Ray Griffin

Private funeral services for Stanley Ray Griffin, age 75 of Sulphur Springs are to be held.

Memorial service by the family maybe held at a later date. 

Mr. Griffin passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at his residence.

 

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Carvin Earl VanWey

Graveside funeral services for Carvin Earl VanWey, age 82 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.

Carvin passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab. 

He was born on April 3, 1933 the son of William Edward, Sr. and Florence Lavada (Pinson) VanWey. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was of the Baptist faith and a plumber by trade.

Survivors included brothers, Ernest VanWey and Jodan VanWey; nephew, William VanWey and niece, Stephanie Halbert.

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

 

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Wanda Aline Clark Griffin

Private services for Wanda Aline Clark Griffin, age 84 of Sulphur Springs are to be held at Restlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.

           

Wanda went home peacefully to be with Jesus on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born in Seminole, OK on January 17, 1931.  She married Bobby Gene Griffin on December 4, 1952 in Seminole, OK.  They were happily married for sixty-two years.

           

While living in Levelland, she worked as a secretary for an oil company and a bank.  After returning to Sulphur Springs, where she lived since 1963, she worked at Flowerland Florist and Johnson Ice Cream Co, as well as being a member of the First Baptist Church.  Wanda was also a graduate of Bowlegs High School and Draughon's Practical Business College of Oklahoma City.  Her hobbies included ceramics, sewing, gardening and traveling.

           

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Gene Griffin; one son, Faron Griffin and wife, Paula of Montgomery; one daughter, Karla Griffin of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Rodney Griffin, Angela Lozano, Natalie LeMier, Jessica Pope and Amber Griffin; five great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Avery, Adeline and Harper Griffin and Griffin LeMier.

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

 

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Hugh Francis Wilemon

Hugh Francis Wilemon began his life in heaven on May 3, 2015, leaving behind his wife of 37 years, Merle Lynn Wilemon and three sons: Hugh Kevin, James David (JD), and Geane Albert Wilemon and granddaughter, Cara Lynn Labeth Wilemon “Little Red”.

He is also survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Josh Chambers as well as “his Little Man” Ethan Marcus Chambers. He also has a cherished granddaughter, Mindy Sims.

Hugh was born on January 23, 1939.

He was welcomed into heaven by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his parents, Jett McClellan and Clara Boren Wilemon, his brother Robert Dean and a host of other brothers, sisters, and friends.

Visitation for his family and friends will be at West Oaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Services will follow on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.  Following the service, his earthly remains will be laid to rest at City Cemetery with Military Honors by the Hopkins County Coalition and Josh Chambers, River Watts, Dakota Watts, Stephen Sutton, Geane Albert Wilemon, and James David Wilemon serving as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Carol Ann Ivey

A funeral service for Carol Ivey, age 68 of Mt. Vernon will be conducted at New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015 with Rev. Paul Pogue officiating.  Interment will follow at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Mike Garner, Kenny Ivey, Jeremy Garner, Justin Garner, Kholson Ivey, and Jagger Garner serving as pallbearers.

           

Carol passed away Friday , May 1, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances  Hospital in Tyler. 

She was born in Pasadena, TX on September 23, 1946, the daughter of James William and Mozelle (Locke) Boatright.  She married Kenneth Ray Ivey on January 12, 1979. He preceded her in death in 2014.  She was a pharmacy technician and a member of New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church.           

Survivors include:  sons, Mike Garner and wife, Tammy of Mt. Vernon, Kenny Ivey and wife, Keesha of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Jeremy Garner, Justin Garner, Chelsea Garner, Braylee Garner, Kholson Ivey, Katelin Ivey, Kenzie Ivey, and Kaycee Ivey; great-grandchildren, Abbie Garner and Caleb Garner.            

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brad Garner; brother, Archie Boatright and sister, Loretta Cunningham.  

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

 

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Mildred Juneau

Funeral services for Mildred Juneau, age 91 of Sulphur Springs will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Father Juan Sardinas officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are John Rocker, B.J. Teer, Edward Aki, Steve Jarvis, Zechariah Jarvis and Dennis Gilbertson.  Interment will be in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

A rosary/visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Mildred passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Carriage House Manor. 

She was born in Hilbert, Wisconsin the daughter of, Wenzel and Margaret (Gruber) Koehler on June 7, 1923.  She married Donald Juneau in October, 1955 at St. John, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death in 2011.  Mildred was a homemaker.           

Survivors include her nieces, Mary Gilbertson of Sulphur Springs, Ellen Cox of Sulphur Springs and Lynn Jarvis of Como; nephews, Bryan Mathes of Sulphur Springs, Neil Mathes of Sulphur Springs, Philip Mathes of Sulphur Springs and Mark Mathes of Pottsboro.           

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Elfreida Koehler and Irmhilda Mathes; brother, Donald Koehler and step-father, Claude Koehler.

           

Memorials can be made to the St. James Catholic Church, 297 Texas St., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482.

 

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Jimmy Wayne Green

Jimmy Green 74, of Cumby passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at his home surrounded by family.

Jimmy was born in Commerce on April 10, 1941, to Mary Catherine Litturell and Raymond Loyd Green. He was a professional Tanker Truck Driver for over 43 years. On June 2, 1958, Jimmy married his beautiful bride, Wanda Jane Freeman. He had many awards through his work. Jimmy enjoyed gardening and yard work, camping, fishing, wood working, but enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family. He was a member of Cumby Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife Wanda, his two daughters: Pattie Marlar (David), of Alba and Darlene Pickle (Terry), of Cumby, his grandchildren: Jeremy White of Mississippi, Jennifer Lawwill of Cumby, Clay Pickle of Greenville, Magan Pickle Kaczor of Princeton, Melissa Pickle of Cumby, Makayla Pickle of Cumby, his great-grandchildren: Ally White, Ana White, Naevah Martin, Taylor Ortega, Erica Ortega, Kymberly Lawwill, Zachary Pickle, Zaiden Pickle and his great great-grandson, Ian Kaczor. He is also survived by his siblings: Jerry Lee, Ronald Lloyd, Michael Bruce, Ricky Neal, Melba Ann, Peggy Lynn and Pamela Ruth.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Mary Green, his sister Lynda Sue St. Clair, his nephews and his niece.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother David Gibson officiating. Pallbearers will be Daniel Romans, Bubba Green, Jason Lawwill, Clay Pickle, Danny Kaczor and David Straham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronny Anderson, IM Mills and Jeremy White. Interment will be in Cumby Cemetery, in Cumby Texas.

In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089 Dallas, TX 75356.

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Christian Paul Stone

Christian Paul Stone, age 73, of Emory, passed away, Friday, May, 1, 2015, at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.  

Chris was born on October 15, 1941, at Baltimore City, MD to John Raymond and Augustine Marie Davidson Stone.  He was in the US Navy, briefly. 


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.  No service is planned at this time. 

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Glenn Dean Armstrong

Glenn Dean Armstrong, age 64, of Alba, passed away, Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his home.  Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2:00 PM at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory. 

Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM.  Brother David Baker will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Grand Saline. 

Glenn was born on May 3, 1950, in Grand Saline to Marvin Lee and Dorothy Evelyn Wimpy Armstrong.  He worked all his life as a self-employed carpenter. 

He is survived by his 3 sons:  Kevin Eugene Armstrong of Alba, Kenneth Glenn Armstrong of Dallas and Jeffery Dale Franks of Sulphur Springs; 1 daughter:  Karla Gayle Armstrong of Dallas; 2 brothers:  Charlie Armstrong of Terrell and Danny Lee Murphy of Conroe; 2 sisters:  Marvon Horton of Emory and Brenda Clark of Kaufman; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous niece and nephews; family friends:  Robert and Dana Davenport and children - like grandchildren: Eli and Jacob Dabbs; numerous other family and friends.

Preceded by:  parents; 3 sisters:  Paula Armstrong, Jenny Langley and Peggy Miller; 2 brothers:  Douglas Armstrong and Morris Armstrong; and 1 daughter:  Miranda Armstrong.

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George Ralph Beachem

Funeral services for George Ralph Beachem, age 65 of Sulphur Springs will be held at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harold B. Nash officiating. 

Visitation  will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Beachem passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab.

 

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Ruth King McLean Rushin

Funeral service for Ruth King McLean Rushin, 83, of Mannford, OK, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Henry officiating. 

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, prior to service time. Mrs. Rushin passed away on April 22, 2015 at her residence in Mannford, OK.

She was born on March 21, 1932 in Temple, TX. She married Junior Rushin in Dallas, TX. He preceded her in death.  She worked for Gate’s Rubber Co. for many years.

She is survived by son, James Rushin of  Mansford, OK,  daughters, Elizabeth Beaty and husband Charles of Allen, TX, Lana Dennis of Canton, TX, Linda Pundt and husband Steve of Dallas, TX, grandchildren, Charlie Beaty, Andrew Beaty, Amber Gallegos, Michelle Merchant, Kenneth Dennis, Jerrid Rushin, great-grandchildren, Cooper Beaty, Irelyn Beaty, Valentine Gallegos, Valor Gallegos, Candace Walton, and Christopher Merchant.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mary Jo Parker

Funeral Services for Mary Jo Parker, age 75 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Perkins and Melvin Joslin, Jr. officiating.  Interment will be at North Hopkins Cemetery with Floyd Lawson, Jerry Don Gibby, Andy Wright, Weldon Glossup, Gary Lewis and Tim Vaughn serving as pallbearers

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mary Jo passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab. 

She was born the daughter of Joseph C. "Joe" and Bessie Maude (Lewis) Parker on June 17, 1939 in Hopkins County.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Posey Baptist Church since 1989.  She co-wrote a book of Gospel song-poems in 1992 with her mother and sister.  

Mary Jo is also survived by one sister, Loretta Beth Crawford and husband, Sherman; one brother, Johnny Merle Parker; one nephew, Wesley Sherman Crawford and one niece, Sherry Beth Randall. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-niece, Baileigh Beth Crawford.

 

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Aulbert "A.P." Stone

           

Funeral services for Aulbert "A.P." Stone., age 93 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs - Spence Chapel  with Rev. Mark Bryant, Rev. Fred Lewis, Rev. Tommy Johnston officiating.  Interment will follow with military honors at Restlawn Memorial Park with Sam Stone, Shane Stone, Stephen Bonner, Sam Johnson, Rodney Coke and Bert Kirkpatrick serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Andy Hill, John Willis, David Gulley, Warren Attaway, Danny Coke, Robert Carpenter, Gene White, Walter Grice and James Nelson. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Aulbert "A.P." passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Carriage House Manor following a lengthy illness.

           

He was born on February 2, 1922, the son of Arch Alexander and Minnie Dora (Skinner) Stone in Poteau, OK.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.  Aulbert was a Master Mason for sixty years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs where he taught Sunday School, was a member of the Brotherhood, Silvertone, and the Sanctuary Choirs.  A.P. enjoyed square dancing and playing 42 with his friends.  He had a never ending love for the children in his neighborhood and the others that surrounded his life.  The warmth that it gave him to see the smiles on their faces whether it was from giving them Halloween candy or a dollar for their birthday or the hugs they gave him just because he was Mr. Stone was priceless.  Yet, nothing could compare to his joy and pride he felt as he watched his two grandsons grow and mature into the men they have become.  After he completed his service in the US Air Force he returned to Sulphur Springs, purchased forty-five acres and started his own dairy business.  After forty-one years he retired in 1988, a successful businessman and proud of his accomplishments.  During this time he served nine years as a director of Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op.

He married Ruby Nell Hill on September 18, 1954 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.

           

Other survivors include his son, Stephen Stone and wife Sheri of Lometa, TX; sister, Emma Dee O'dell of Sulphur Springs and grandchildren, Sam and Shane Stone.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Preston Stone, one sister, Tina B. Otto and one brother, Rev. Archie Stone.

           

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, 116 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482

 

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Eldon Russell Adams

Eldon Russell Adams, age 59, of Alba, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at ETMC in Quitman.

Visitation is scheduled Monday evening 6-8 PM at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.  Memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30 AM, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall.

Eldon was born on July 25, 1955, in Graham, TX to Charles Ray and Olli Jean Otts Adams. He married Patsy Ruth Boughton in Emory, on March 18, 1996. He worked as an oil field consultant for some 40+ years.

He is survived by his wife: Pat Adams, of Alba; daughters: Tristian Adams of Allen; Stacy Magee, and husband, Calvin, of Edmond, OK; Michele Washburn, and husband, David, of Emory; son: Greg Meeks, and wife, Tammy, of Katy; brothers: Carlous Adams, and wife, Debbie, of Giddings; and Montie Adams, and wife, Lauri, of Emory; 9 grandchildren: Morgan and Madison Magee; Randy, Michael, Chris, and Kenny Washburn; Dusty, Bryan, and Amber Meeks; 2 great-grandchildren: Bentley and Khloe Washburn; niece: Carla Arldt, and husband, Steven, of Giddings; nephew: Chantry Adams, and wife, Brandy, of Giddings; numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Zohn Blaine Adams, and his parents.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. 

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Dale Watson Herren

Dale Watson Herren, age 58, passed away at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Cremation services are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory, Texas.

Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Nathan Bounds officiating.

Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service, at 1:00 PM.

Dale was born on February 17, 1957, in Mayfield, KY, to Aaron Baxter and Reta Watson Herren.   He married Karen Jean Roberts in Ft. Worth on September 30, 2005.  Dale worked for some 35 years at BAE Systems Commercial Electronics in Aftermarket Sales and Services.  

Dale is survived by his wife:  Karen Roberts Herren of Emory; 2 daughters: Lindee Osborne, and husband, Robby, of Euless; and Laci Mullendore, and husband, Brett, of Enumclaw, WA; 2 step-daughters: Sonja Vasquez of Athens TX; and Linda Jackson, and husband, Chad, of Los Angeles, CA; 1 step-son: Dustin Clapp, and wife, Sarah, of Kennedale, TX; 10 grandchildren; 2 sisters: Becky Holland, and husband, Tommy, of Nashville, TN; and Hope Yuhas, and husband, Mike, of Springhill, TN; 1 brother: Brent Herren, and wife, Janice, of Loveland, CO; parents: Aaron and Reta Herren of Antioch, TN; and numerous other loving family and friends.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Fund at Baylor Health Care System Foundation 3600 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, TX 75246.

 

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Isaac Antonio Perez

Memorial service for Isaac Antonio Perez, age 18, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at Hopkins County Civic Center with Rev. Jeff Harris and Rev. Jose Pacheco officiating.  Pallbearers will be Anibal Perez, Christian Perez, Angel Perez, Adrian Perez, Charlie Perez, Gustavo Ramirez, Jessie Ortiz, Alex Gamez and Landon Watkins.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Sulphur Springs High School Football Team and Sulphur Springs High School Band. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday April 28, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Isaac passed away on April 25, 2015 in Sulphur Springs. 

He was born on November 5, 1996 in Green Bay, WI, the son of Antonio and Yolanda Anaya Perez. They survive.  Isaac was a member of the SSHS Class of 2015 and a member of the National Honor Society.  He played on the offensive line for the Sulphur Springs High School Football Team and played the trumpet in Sulphur Springs High School Band where he received the Rex Wilemon award.  He was of Christian Faith.  Isaac had received his acceptance letter to North Texas State University and was employed at Whataburger.

He is survived by a brother Anibal Perez, sisters Erica, and Brenda Perez  all of Sulphur Springs, paternal grandfather, Francisco Perez, maternal grandparents, Carmelo Anaya, and Socorro Anaya both of Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Elpida Perez.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Willie Mitchell

Graveside services for Willie Ray Mitchell, age 77 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cooper with Bro. Dan Smith officiating. 

There will be no formal visitation.

           

Willie passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in Dallas.

           

He was born the son of Vernon Smith and Beula (Hostkins) Mitchell on March 15, 1938 in Broken Bow, OK.  He married Ella Gillham in July, 1986 in Pecan Gap, TX.

           

He was a retired welder and preacher.  He was of the Church of God faith.

           

He is survived by his wife, Ella Gillham; daughters, Beverly Kelly and husband, Jimmy of Waldron, AR and Wynall Wilson and husband, Leonord of Heartshorn, OK; son J.R. Mitchell and wife, Jerry Ann of Texarkana, AR; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Vonail Durell and Arlecey Daniels and brother, Charles Mitchell.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

 

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Ricky McCoy

A celebration of life for Ricky McCoy, age 55 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at New Beginnings Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Pogue officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home.

 Ricky passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his residence.  He was born the son of Jimmy Dalton and Mary Lou (Walker) McCoy on November 28, 1959 in Sulphur Springs, TX.  He married Margaret Lee Lunsford on September 5, 1980 in Sulphur Springs. Along with his wife, he is survived by his son, Joshua McCoy of Graham; daughter, Angel McCoy of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Elijah Thompson, Brooklyn Thompson, Shell McCoy and Kyla McCoy; sister, Tina Knotts of Greenwood and parents, Jimmy and Mary Lou McCoy.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Infant Benjamin Scott Craig

Memorial service for Benjamin Scott Craig, infant son of Bryan Scott and Beverly Corrine (Cochran) Craig, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Davis Street Baptist Church with Rev. Andy Comer officiating.

Benjamin passed away on April 18, 2015.

He is survived by his parents, sisters, Payge Fraze and Loryn Craig, grandparents, Kerry and Kelley Craig of Sulphur Springs, Jackie Stansberry and Tommy of Brownwood, William Cochran Jr. and Melissa of California, and Toni-Jo Taschner Richardson of Las Vegas, NV.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Dorman Allen Morgan

Funeral services for Dorman Allen Morgan, age 78, of Como, TX will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. L.D. Baxley officiating and Sis. Pam Burton assisting. Military graveside honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Greenpond Cemetery with Daniel Williams, Matt Williams, Denver Hines, Jeff Moreland, Martin Dewitt and Brian Burton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Darby and Garrett Green.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mr. Morgan passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence. 

Mr. Morgan was born on August 13, 1936 in Brannom, TX the son of Dalton Allen Morgan and Dovie Mitchell Morgan.  He served in the United States Army.  He married Sandra Holder Morgan. She survives.  Dorman was a self-employed Dairyman for 25 years, and worked for Holy Highway Christian Girls Home. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Sandra, he is survived by daughter, Sharon Bennett of Como, step-daughters, Sherry Hill of Como, and Angela Green of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Ashley and Austin Darby of Como, Autumn Bennett of Como, Kenlee Green of Sulphur Springs, Shiloh Hill of Como, and Garrett Green of Lindale, great-grandchildren, Maddix Gavin of Como, and Jentri Mowatt of Como, and sisters, Laverne Tidwell of Dallas, and Irene Belcher of Ridgeway. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Morgan, sister, Thelma Parker, grandson, Addison Bennett, and his first wife Shirley Morgan.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Doris Ariel Herman

Funeral Services for Doris Ariel Herman, age 95 of Sulphur Springs will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Tapp Funeral Home with Noel Bailey and Kenneth Dean McLemore officiating. Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with Ricky Gilliam, Steve Mitchell, Archie Collins, A.G. Sandifer Buck Stevens and Willie Krecek serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Doris passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 14, 1919 the daughter of Thomas Matthew and Hetty Ariel (Palmer) McLemore. She married Arlis McKinley Herman on September 10, 1938 in Mt. Vernon.  She was a bookkeeper and a member of Dike Church of Christ.

Survivors include son, Arlis "Mac" Herman, Jr. and wife, Claudia of Sulphur Springs; brother, Tom McLemore, Jr. and wife, Gracie of Sulphur Springs; sister, Valerie Taylor of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Kevin Thurman and wife, Tami of Jefferson City, MO, Jeremy Herman and wife, Kerry of Sulphur Springs, Scarlett Gibbins and husband, Chris of Sulphur Springs, Devyn Ariel Herman of Davie, FL, and H.G. Medellin of Spokane, WA; great-grandchildren, Erik, Heather, Tony, Heidi, Kristen, Katelin, Quientin, Garrett and Daniel Thurman, Mollie Gibbins, Lexie Moore, Tori Moore and Jace Herman; great-great-grandchildren, Shaun, Gracie, Kayden, Addison, Cloe and Emmitt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlis McKinley Herman, Sr.; daughters, Carolyn Sue Thurman and Florrie Ann Herman and sister, Sibyl Click.

           

Memorials can be made to Meal-A-Day c/o Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Blvd., Sulphur Springs, TX  75482.

 

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Jimmy Lee Rogers

Memorial services for Jimmy Lee Rogers, age 69 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs - Spence Chapel with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

Jimmy passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.           

He was born on September 4, 1945, the son of Elbert Estes and Alice Elizabeth (Elliott) Rogers in Sulphur Springs.  He served in the U.S. Army where he received a Purple Heart and several other medals.He married Carolyn Fouse on October 2, 1970 in Sulphur Springs.  She preceded him in death in 2012.           

Survivors include his son, Michael Rogers of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Christine Harris of Sulphur Springs; brother, William Rogers of Dike; granddaughters, Hannah Skaggs of Sulphur Springs and Mikala Rogers of Sulphur Springs.           

Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Alice Prock.

           

Memorials can be made to the Hopkins County Military Coalition.

 

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James Arlon "Pete" Bassham, Sr.

Funeral services for James Arlon "Pete" Bassham, Sr., age 79 of Sulphur Bluff will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Cecil McCloud and Judge Robert Newsom officiating.  Interment will follow with military honors at Sulphur Bluff Cemetery with James Waller, LeRoy Cox, James (Pee Wee) Bassham, Billy Emerson, Roy Herman, Jr., David Caldwell and Mike Guilkey serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Don South, Bruce Fielden, Danny Durham, George Bassham, Jason Cummingham, Montie Flippen and Sulphur Bluff friends, neighbors and co-educators with whom he served. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

James "Pete" passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

           

He was born on November 20, 1935, the son of Clarence and Jewel (Tanton) Bassham in Sulphur Bluff.  He attended Sulphur Bluff ISD for twelve years, graduating in 1954.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, received a BS from the University of Texas Arlington in 1968 and a MS from East Texas State University in 1971.  He was a member of the Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church, a Deacon, Adult Sunday School teacher and sat on the Sulphur Bluff Cemetery Board. He married Dolores Dorner on September 11, 1954 in Greenville.

           

Survivors include his wife; two sons, James, Jr. and wife, Rachel of Sulphur Springs and Barry Bassham of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Jason Bassham, Kristin Nicole Bassham, Christopher Ross Bassham, Brennan Bassham and Annie Blair Bassham; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Cera, Tristin, Delilah, Racheal, Brittney and Georgia; sister, Janette Bassham Williams of Bogata; brothers, Bill Bassham and wife, Betty of Sulphur Springs, Jerry Bassham and wife, Lou of Nelta and Larry Bassham and wife, Georgia of Overton.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jimmy Bassham, brother-in-law, C.R. Williams and niece, Sandy Williams.

           

James "Pete" enjoyed life and visiting with family and friends.  He will be missed by many.

 

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Gregory Lynn Reed

Memorial services for Gregory Lynn Reed, age 52 of Como will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Plunkett officiating. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Gregory was born the son of Robert Leonard and Donna Sparkman Reed on October 5, 1962 in Lubbock, TX.  He married Anida Mitchell on March 3, 2003. He worked for Texas Roof Management of Richardson for over 20 years and leaves behind many good friends there. He graduated from Como-Pickton High School in 1981. He loved football and held the record for kicking the longest field goal. 

He is survived by his wife, father, children Wade and Olivia Juarez of Winnsboro, Holly and Tim Allen of Como and Melinda Juarez of Roswell, New Mexico; six grandchildren; Autum and Allie Juarez of Midland, Raylea Juarez of Winnsboro, Dylan and Tennley Allen of Como and Mylie Juarez of Roswell, New Mexico. Also surviving he leaves three sisters; Gwen Robinson of Sulphur Springs, Robin Wells of Cumby and Tina Shirley of Tyler. Twelve nieces and nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews. 

Greg was preceded in death by his mother, father-in-law Oran Mitchell, sister-in-law Angie Mitchell, nephew Clay Mitchell and his grandparents J.B. and Verdanell Sparkman. 

Memorials can be made to Clay Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund at City National Bank in Sulphur Springs.

 

 

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Ruth Rushin

Ruth Rushin, 83, of Mannford, OK, formerly of Sulphur Springs passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at her residence,

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Sue Daniels

Memorial Services for Sue Daniels, age 76 of Yantis will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at County Line Baptist Church in Yantis.

Sue passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. 

She was born the daughter of William Smith and Iva (Baucom) Ferrell on June 13, 1938 in Sulphur Springs.  She married J.D. Daniels on January 27, 1974 in Yantis.  He survives.  She was a homemaker and a member of the County Line Baptist Church.  

Sue is also survived by her son, Phillip Newman of Yantis; daughters, Veronica Jetton of Winnsboro and Tonja Faulkenberry of Heavener, OK; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and brothers, J.G. Ferrell of Lewisville and Red Ferrell of Honey Grove. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Norman (Shorty) Ferrell. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that you make a donation to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Gideons International or County Line Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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William "Bill" Dickey

Funeral services for William "Bill" Dickey, age 67 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Reilly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Baxley officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with his nephews serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

William "Bill" passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

           

He was born the son of Samuel Clyde and Hester (Baxley) Dickey on April 8, 1948 in Sulphur Springs.  He married Belinda Ann Whitney on July 4, 1970 in Deport, TX.

He was a master mixer at Sunbelt Mineral Company and a member of the Reilly Springs Baptist Church.

           

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Darrell Lynn Johnson and husband, Brian of Sulphur Springs and Jaclyn Elaine Winn and husband Daniel of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Katherine Victoria Johnson and Johnathan Isaiah Johnson; sisters, Bessie Ann Cockrum, Willa Ruth Dickey, Carolyn Smith, Peggy Sue Miller and Pasty Lou Riley, all of Sulphur Springs; brothers, Tommy Lynn Dickey of Mineral Wells and Sam Dickey of Sulphur Springs.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Allen Clyde Dickey and one sister, Linda Sue Dickey.

 

 

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James Robert Randolph

James Robert Randolph, 71, of Sulphur Springs, TX. Passed away April 20, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born March 26, 1944, in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Wilson Vernon and Gladys Cloree Cutts Randolph.  He worked as a repair technician for Sears.  He married Anna Johnson on September 23, 1964 in Cordell, OK.  She survives. 

He is also survived by Sons, David W. Randolph, of Sulphur Springs, Steven Lynn Randolph, and Charis Kendrick of Royse City, Daughter Meleeta Morris and husband Christopher of Sulphur Springs, Grandchildren Holli Ann Randolph of Balko, OK. Dugan Lee Morris of Sulphur Springs, Keegan Silas Morris of Sulphur Springs, Aspen Kendrick Randolph of Royse City, Wolfe Kendrick Randolph of Royse City, Brothers Lee Dan Randolph of Sulphur Springs, Randy Dale Randolph of Sulphur Springs, and Sisters Martha Ann Gentry and husband Eddie of Sulphur Springs, and Jannie Elizabeth Burkham and husband Stan of Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Roger Lee Mabe

Funeral services for Roger Lee Mabe, age 82, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Bryant and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.  Military graveside Honors by the Hopkins County Military Coalition will follow at Greenview Cemetery with Stacy Cody, Chris Voorheese, Jack Landers, Ron Landers, Bob Landers and Jason Haire serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Herzog, William McDowell, George South, Jim Barksdale, Ed Basye, Medicine Chest Friends and the Radio & TV Bible Class of First Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mr. Mabe passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at his residence. 

Mr. Mabe was born on November 7, 1932 in Sulphur Springs the son of Willie Bill and Mabel (Morris) Mabe.  He married Merida Cowser on December 11, 1953 in Sulphur Springs.  She survives.  Mr. Mabe retired from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI and was an arbitrator between labor and management.  He received awards from Detroit Police for volunteer work with church men.  He became an ordained deacon in Livonia, MI and was a member of First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, TX.  Mr. Mabe served in the United States Army and was a member of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters, Melinda Herron and husband Randy of Westland, MI, and Susan Mabe of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Randy Herron, Jr., and wife Alissa and Ian Herron and wife Maria all of Michigan and great grandson, Dylan Herron.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jake Mabe, Millard Dee Mabe, sisters, Doris Mullen, and infants Inas Mabe and Frieda Jo Mabe. 

Memorial may be made to the Greenview Cemetery, P. O. Box 1504, Sulphur Springs, TX  75482 or to the Radio TV Bible Class of First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, TX   75482.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Bessie Lee Griffin

Funeral services for Bessie Lee Griffin, age 95, will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.   Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Deport, TX, with Bryce Jester, Zach Jester, Steve Crawford, Burt Slaughter, Shane Beers an Sean Crouch serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Griffin passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at her residence. 

Mrs. Griffin was born on November 25, 1919 in         Commerce, TX, the daughter of Charles and Julia (Walker) Lake.  She married James “Pinky” Griffin  on July 18, 1946.  He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son, James A. “Jim” Griffin II. Lee, as she was known by friends, graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in 1945 and received her Master of Education from East Texas State University in 1963.  She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She was a Librarian for the Sulphur Springs ISD for over 34 years and retired in 1987. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. 

She is survived by her son Michael Griffin and wife Scottie of Spring City, TN, daughter-in-law and care giver, Judy Griffin  of Klondike, grandchildren, Shannon Wilson and husband Joseph, Jennifer Beers and husband Shane, Chandra Crawford and husband Steve, Shelly Slaughter and husband Burt and Julia Crouch and husband Sean, 14 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, in honor of her husband and son at www.cancer.org

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jesus Alonzo Gonzalez, Jr.

Funeral service for Jesus Alonzo Gonzalez, Jr., 19, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eleuteria Cabrera officiating. Interment will follow at Shooks Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home and also from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Jesus passed away on April 16, 2015 in Dallas, TX.

He was born on February 23, 1996 in Weslaco, TX, the son of Jesus Alonzo Gonzalez, Sr. and Margarita Gonzalez. They survive.

In addition to his parents he is also survived by sisters, Lesley and Maria Gonzalez of Sulphur Springs, uncles, Praxedis Ortiz of Sulphur Springs, Ramiro Castillo of Sulphur Springs, aunts, Irma Ortiz of Sulphur Springs, Blanca Castillo of Sulphur Springs, and Alma Garcia of Mt. Vernon.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Vera E. Harrington

Funeral services for Vera E. Harrington, age 81, of Reilly Springs, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the chapel of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Goodwin, officiating, assisted by Bobby McDonald.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Burial is to follow in the Reilly Springs Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Larry Burns, Bobby McDonald, John McNeil, Jr., Kerry Bailey, Josh Boatman, and Charles Humphries.

Vera was born on May 3, 1933, in the Gaffords Chapel community of Hopkins County , the daughter of Frank and Gladys Price. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in the class of 1951. She married Dreyfus Harrington, on December 20, 1951, in Sulphur Springs, and began a long career in the Hopkins County Dairy Industry.

Vera was named both Hopkins County Citizen of the Year and Woman of the Year in 1986, by the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. She was named Agriculturalist of the Year in 1997 and has been a constant supporter and advocate for Hopkins County and agriculture. She’s served on the National Farmer’s Union Committee, National Beef Council, FSA Board, been recognized for her soil conservation efforts, was a member of the 2004 Sulphur Springs Sesquicentennial Committee, Hopkins County 4-H Advisory Council, Reilly Springs Cemetery Board, Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Arlington, and numerous other agricultural organizations, and continued to be an active part in the local agricultural community. She was a founding member of the Hopkins County Democratic Women and continued to be active in local politics, as long as she was able. She retired from the dairy business in 2011.

Vera was a member of Arbala United Methodist Church and has served her church in an active part in Reilly Springs and Shooks Chapel, as well. Always the first to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, Vera has been a mentor to people everywhere, as she gave of her time, talents, and money to make life a better place.

Her greatest joy in life was the birth of her daughters and granddaughters and she is survived by daughters, Mitzi Harrington  and Mary Burns, both of Sulphur Springs, and granddaughters, Elizabeth of Austin, and Caroline and Charlotte of Sulphur Springs, Lauren Burns Rodarte, and grandson, Evan Burns, and great-grandchildren, Maddox, Austin, and Audrey, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends, everywhere.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dreyfus Harrington, in 1980, brothers Bobby, Frankie, and Pizzini Price, and sisters, Odessa Baxley, and Marie Jones.

Vera will long be remembered for her bubbling personality, infectious sense of humor, work with local youth, and as an advocate for anyone who needed help.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Reilly Springs Cemetery Association, 1217 South Broadway, Ste. Q, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482; The Meal-A-Day Center, and Arbala United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Margaret Carpenter

Funeral services for Margaret Ruth Carpenter, age 91, of Madisonville, KY, formerly of Como, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Henry officiating.  Interment will follow at Como Cemetery with James Kemble, Charlie Harris and Roy Darby serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., prior to service time. 

Mrs. Carpenter passed away at her residence on Wednesday, April, 15, 2015. 

Mrs. Carpenter was born on April 6, 1924 in the Flora Community the daughter of Fred Louis and Opal Grace (Johnson) O’Shields.  She married Billy Joe Carpenter and he preceded her in death on January 6, 2005.  Mrs. Carpenter retired from Custom Shutters.   She served on the Como City Counsel for 4 years and was a member of Elm Ridge Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Delilah Kemble and husband James of Madisonville, KY, brothers, Jerry Don O’Shields, Glynn O’Shields and Bobby Louis O’Shields, sisters, Brenda Smitty and Mary LaJuan Stewart, grandchildren, Sonya Graham, Melissa Graham Ashby, Stacy Graham, Chad Graham, Jacie Rogers, Jaden Rogers, Jasmine Cowan, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by 4 sisters. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

          

 

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Carrie Ransom

Graveside services for Carrie Dale Allen Ransom, age 96 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park.  There will be no formal visitation.

           

Carrie passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab.

           

She was born on September 11, 1918, the daughter of James and Jo Willy (Wofford) Thomas in Bailey, TX.  She was retired from retail sales and was a member of the League Street Church of Christ.

She married T.C. Ransom in 1961 in Greenville.  He preceded her in death in 1992.

           

Survivors include daughter, Paula Rorie of Sulphur Springs; sons, Tom Ransom of Yantis and Jim Bicknell of Sulphur Springs; granddaughters, Suzanne Allen and J.J. Rorie;   grandson, Chris Rorie; and great-granddaughters, Lynnzie Allen and Megan Allen.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, John Bicknell and Olan Ransom; brothers, W.J. Allen, H.Z. Allen, Dalton Allen and Elmer Allen and sister, Inez Gentry.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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James Ross

James Ewin Ross, age 77 of Sulphur Springs, TX passed away at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 after a lengthy illness.  He was born to Kenneth Ewin and Lillie Mae Reed Ross on November 8, 1937 in Sulphur Springs, TX. He married Linda Coker on Friday, October 13, 1967 which he always considered his lucky day. She survives.

He also leaves behind one son, Jimmy Ross of Sulphur Springs and a daughter, Angie Ross of Rowlett.  Survivors also include his mother and three brothers, Casey Ross and wife Pat, Larry Ross and wife Cathey, and Phil Ross and wife Glenda all of Sulphur Springs. Also surviving James are his wife’s family who held a special place in his heart,  Bobby and Connie Wood of  Como, Garland and Rose Smith of Arlington, Art and Liz Trepanier of Sulphur Springs, Frankie and Karen Coker of Como and Charlotte Sanders of Los Angeles, CA. 

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother Jerry Ross.

Visitation will be held at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home 6:00pm-8:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Services will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00pm in the chapel at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home with burial to follow at Greenpond Cemetery. Music will be provided by Larry and Tammy Wood and Kim Bullock.  Rev. Doyle Hayes will officiate the service.  Serving as pallbearers will be nephews Bruce Bullock, Tyler Bullock, Donnie Coker, Russell Coker, Shane Landers, Clint Parker, Tony Ross and George Ray.  Serving as honorary pallbearer will be James’ close friend David Green who he referred to as “Big Un”.

As a child James and his family lived in South Miami and later in California before returning to Texas. He attended Sulphur Springs High School and left at mid-term of his senior year to join the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Brimington. He grew up in the Church of Christ and later attended the Baptist church.

He was self employed as James E. Ross, Contractor since 1968. He worked up until 2 years ago even though he had to have help getting on and off the bulldozer.  To say that James was a dirt contractor is an understatement.  He was often referred to as a Dirt Artist. He changed the landscape of much of Hopkins County and the surrounding areas with his ability to transform a vision of a lake into reality.  If he wasn’t out there on a bulldozer he most likely could be found fishing or hunting. He loved having fish frys for family and friends. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.  James also had a liking for trips to Las Vegas and playing the ‘one armed bandits’. He seemed to always find the right machine

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We all will miss James’ smile and laugh.

Memorials may be made to the Greenpond Cemetery Association or Old Tarrant Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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James Slay

Graveside services with full military honors for James Slay, age 83 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at New Harmony Cemetery in Ladonia, TX with Rev. Rick Higgins officiating. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

           

James  passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at his residence.           

He was born on May 3, 1931, the son of Oscar and Bessie Mae (Smith) Slay in Ardmore, OK.  He retired from the Air Force in 1968 with the ranking of Technical Sergeant.He married Frances Geraldine "Gerri" Jackson on September 8, 1955 in Ladonia, TX.  She survives.           

Other survivors include daughter, Kathy Teutsch and husband, Norton of Georgetown; granddaughters, Amy Teutsch of Georgetown and Shannon Ahearn and husband, Darren of Sabillasville, Maryland and six great-grandsons.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, James W. Slay.

 

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James Cobb

Funeral Services for Jim Cobb, age 60 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church - Sulphur Springs, Spence Chapel with Rev. David Moreland, Richard Couch and Pastor Mark Bryant officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Phillip Therwanger, Jason Walden, Gary Sullivant, Howard Stephenson, Marvin Crain and Pete Bailey serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Erwin Cain's Sunday School Class. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Jim passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at his residence.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church - Sulphur Springs, member of the Panther Creek Hog Association, received a BA of Finance from NLU in Monroe, LA and was a buyer for Flowserve Manufacturing. He was born on May 13, 1954, the son of James Keith and Eudell (Adams) Cobb in Monroe, LA.  He married Cathy Geiger on December 17, 1983 in West Monroe, LA. 

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Chelsea Marie Cobb McKinnon and husband, Tristan of The Colony, TX and sister, Rebecca Cobb Nixon and husband, Ray of West Monroe, LA.

 

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Martha "Marty" Heard

Funeral services for Martha “Marty” Heard, age 47 of Mt. Pleasant who passed away on April 8, 2015 will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Curry-Welborn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Marty was born on July 24, 1967 in Mt. Pleasant TX the daughter of Kenneth and Martha Moore Heard.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Heard and Christin Heard, her sister Debbie Gipson and husband Issac, her mother Martha “Chris” Heard and her nieces, Destiny Fountain, Desarae Fountain, Destiny Watkins, and Nevaeh Gipson.

She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth M. Heard.


Martha was formally of Sulphur Springs and has a sister and mother living there now.

 

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Doris Mabe Mullen

Funeral Services for Doris Mabe Mullen, age 90 of Mesquite, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Brashear officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery with Jon Landers, Sean Reardon, Jeff Landers, Jeremy Landers, Randy Landers and Josh Landers serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Jay Landers. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

           

Ms. Mullen passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Notice Residential Care Home in Mesquite.

           

She was born on January 21, 1925, the daughter of Willie Estes and Mabel (Morris) Mabe in Brashear.  She was a homemaker.

           

Survivors include sons, Ronnie Landers of Whitney; Jack Landers, Jr. of Sulphur Springs and Bob Landers of Mesquite; daughter, Brenda Mullen of Dallas; brother, Roger Mabe of Sulphur Springs; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

           

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Pastor Lonnie Mullen and two brothers, Jake Mabe and Dee Mabe.

           

Memorials can be made to the Greenview Cemetery Association or your favorite charity.

 

 

 

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Paul Henry Sisk

Memorial service for Paul Sisk, 59, of Emory will be Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00pm at Believers' Baptist Church in Emory. Brother Jimmy Jarrett will officiate.

Mr. Sisk died on April, 6, 2015 at his residence.

He was born on August 18, 1955 to Lynn and Betty Jane Williams Sisk. He retired from Rains County Road and Bridge. At the time of his death, he worked for Wood County Road and Bridge.

Survivors: Son: Paul Trent Sisk (Lindsey) of Emory, Sister: Thelma Sisk of Sulphur Springs, Brother: Gary Sisk of New Orleans, LA Grandchildren: Carter Sisk, Grayson Sisk Numerous other loving family members including Justin Sisk, Melanie Sisk, Eddie Sisk, Robin Sisk Knight, Courtney Sisk, Travis Sisk, Teresa Sisk Philips, Tony Sisk, Rhonda Sisk, Billy Brimer, Billy Lee Brimer, Buddy Brimer, Sherry Brimer Smith, Bobby Brimer and Brandon Brimer.

Preceded in death by: Parents; Grandson: Paul Holden Sisk; Brothers: Kenneth Sisk, Louis Sisk and Earl Sisk; Sisters: Betty Louise Sisk and Mary Sue Brimer.    

Cremation arrangements under direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

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Carol Westbrook

Memorial service for Carol Westbrook, age 70, of Emory, was held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Phyllis Young officiated.

Mrs. Westbrook was born March 5, 1945, in Corry, Pennsylvania to Jack Abraham and Helen Irene Toner Cochran.

She died on April 1, 2015, in Tyler. She married Ernest Floyd Westbrook, in Durant, Oklahoma on July 31, 1965. Mrs. Westbrook worked for Abbott Labs, in Irving, a medical equipment manufacturer in quality control for many years.

 Survivors include: Husband: Floyd Westbrook Daughter: Wendy Taylor (Mearl) of Joshua, Sons: Randy Westbrook, of Mineola, and Jimmy Westbrook, of Emory Granddaughter: Stephanie Taylor of Joshua, Great-Granddaughter: Abbigail Taylor of Joshua. Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded by: Parents 1 Brother, Jack Cochran

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Janie Louise Crump

 

Funeral Service for Janie Louise Crump, 68, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Bryant, Bro. Fred Lewis and Bro. Bruce Stinson officiating.

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Jerry Chapman, Curtis Chambers, Rod Young, Tommy Evans, David Brewer, and Bob Julian. Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon L. Ford and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Crump passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her residence. She was born on October 28, 1946 in Jackson, MS, the daughter of Milam Clinton and Ida Othel Cordell Washington. She married Dan Crump in 1977 in Sulphur Springs, TX. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of First Baptist Church. She received her Bachelors of Science in Home Economics from Texas Tech in 1968. She later received her Master’s in Home Economics from East Texas College of Commerce in 1980. She was a member of the Pilot Club, 4 H, Jr. Waverly, Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce where she received the Woman of the Year Award. She worked as an agent in Home Economics for Hopkins County and retired in 2001.

She is survived by her son, Tanner Crump and wife Ashley of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Alli and Dani-Kate Crump, step-daughters, Missy and Dee Dee Crump, sisters, Lynda Pressley, Carrie Chambers, Donna Matthews, Lisa Bishop, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Russell Braswell.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Ty Funderburk's Leukemia Domination at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/2q36.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Sanford L. Belcher, Jr.

Sanford L. Belcher Jr. 81, of Sulphur Springs formerly of Commerce passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Sanford (Junior) was born in Hunt County, on June 11, 1933, to Elsie MayKay Belcher and Sanford L. Belcher Sr.

He was a retired Plumber and gave 20 wonderful years with the Commerce Fire Department, Sanford also proudly served his country in the United States Army,(Korea). On September 15, 1994 Sanford married the love of his life, Irene Hall.

To know Junior was to love him, he was a friend to all.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hall Belcher, of Sulphur Springs,his three sons:Ronney Belcher and wife Mary, of Sulphur Springs, Larry Keels and wife Gail, of Commerce, his two daughters: Lynn Belcher Yall, of Sulphur Springs, and Patresa Belcher Reynolds,of Sulphur Springs, his two step-sons: David Hall and wife Patricia, of Sulphur Springs and Dalton Hall and wife, Dehlia, of Sulphur Springs and step-daughter, Sarah LaWanda Freeman, of Cumby. his twelve grandchildren, his five great-grandchildren, he is also survived by his brother David Belcher, of Denison, and, his sister, Janice Taylor, of Plano.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Sanford Sr. and Elsie Belcher, his five brothers: Richard, James, RoyLee, Doyal and Darrell and his one sister, Pauline Erwin.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 2:00 P.M. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home Chapel of Commerce.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time.

Pallbearers will be Brad Rollins, Stanley Horton, Danny Horton, Ricky Belcher, Cody Cameran, Sanford Belcher, Philip Belcher and Jarrad Horton.

Burial with Military Honors will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery in Sulphur Springs.

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Mozelle Conway

Funeral Service for Frances Mozelle Conway, 94, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at South Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Joel Tiemeyer officiating. Interment will follow at South Liberty Cemetery with Chris Rosamond, Chris Voorheese, Matt Rosamond, Dennis Dorris, Dusty McAfee, and Tyler Rosamond serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be James Birchfield and Carson Voorheese.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Conway passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on November 30, 1920 in Red River County, TX, the daughter of Eugenia Irene Knight Wood and Hoida Martin Wood, Sr. After her mother’s death, she was lovingly parented by her grandmother, aunts and uncles. She married Albert Campbell Conway on September 3, 1939 in Jacksonville, TX. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and member of South Liberty Baptist Church.

She is survived by son David Conway and wife Kathleen of Sulphur Springs, daughter, Dawn Sheffield and husband Joel of Sulphur Springs, grandchildren, Kaley Conway McAfee, Chris Rosamond, Lori Rosamond Voorheese, Matt Rosamond, Emily Sheffield, Kacy Sheffield Bunte, great-grandchildren, Ashlin Rosamond, Tyler Rosamond, Valori Voorheese, Calli Voorheese, Carson Voorheese, Avery Rosamond, Brooks Rosamond, Joel Bunte, Keaton McAfee, JoAnna Rico Valentin, Vanessa Rico, Ciarra Rico, and great-great-granddaughter, Ana Valentin.

In addition to her husband, Mozelle is also preceded in death by her parents, brother, H.M. Wood, Jr., and sister, Irene Gatlin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Liberty Cemetery Association at 6489 FM 1567 W, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Phyllis Beaver

Phyllis S. Beaver, 91, of Sulphur Springs, TX passed into eternity at her home on April 2, 2015. 

Local family members left to grieve her loss include daughter Linda Young and husband William, granddaughter Kristen Segar and husband Michael; and grandson Jess Young. 

Following cremation under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home, a family visitation in Mason City, IA and a family graveside  service at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN will be held.

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Anita Treider

Funeral arrangements for Anita Treider, age 87 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Treider passed away on  Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.

 

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David Wayne Clements, Jr.

Memorial Services for David Wayne Clements, Jr., age 34, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Triumph Christian Center in Sulphur Springs.

David, Jr. passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on October 2, 1980 in Dallas, Texas.  He was a carpenter/plumber and a member of Triumph Christian Center.  

David, Jr. is survived by sons, David Clements and Jakolby Clements; daughter, Chancie Goldsmith; parents, David and Tracy Clements; brothers, Jason Davis and Robert Reese; sisters, Ashley Springfield, Angela Havens and Misty Carr and grandparents, Richard and Hazel Reese.

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Clyde A. Haygood

A burial service and Holy Eucharist will be held for Clyde A. Haygood, age 83, of Sulphur Springs, Texas at 2:00 p.m., April 2, 2015, at St. Philips’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend A.P. Young officiating assisted by the Reverend Barbara Kelton. Interment will follow at the Reilly Springs Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be grandson, Jacob A. Haygood and nephews, Danny W. Good, Randy M. Haygood, Ricky W. Haygood, Kenneth R. Conner, and Randall D. Conner. Honorary Pallbearers are Larry Haygood, Charles Haygood, Paul Haygood, Charles Coffey, Lynn Fisher, and Phillip Huff.

Clyde was born October 12, 1931 in Dallas County, Texas, to William A. and Lillian V. (Sewell) Haygood.

Clyde enlisted in the U.S. Air force in 1950. After returning from the Air Force he joined the Dallas Police Department where he met love of his life, Evelyn Ponder. They married on November 4, 1955.  He served for 23 years with the Dallas Police Department. First as a patrolman in the Traffic Division, then as a motorcycle officer for 13 years. He was one of the last surviving members of the officers in the motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 23, 1963.  He testified before the Warren Commissions. A picture of Clyde is on display in the Museum in the School Book Depository Building. He transferred to the Homicide Division and retired as a Homicide Investigator. After retirement from the Dallas Police Department, he went into the dairy business for several years. Upon Evelyn’s retirement from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, they enjoyed many years of travel.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn and two children, Cynthia R. Haygood Coffey (Charles) and Ronald G. Haygood.  Four grandchildren, Jennifer R. Coffey  Fisher (Lynn), Kimberly G. Coffey (Will), Amanda N. Haygood Huff (Phillip), and Jacob A. Haygood (Shelby) all of Sulphur Springs, Texas, six great grandchildren and one sister, Billie Jean Good of Plano, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Shelby, George, Erwin and one sister, Eunice Anderson.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care given to Clyde by Dr. James Gulde, Memorial Hospital Staff and First Choice Home Health

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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William W. Childers

Funeral service for William W. Childers, age 93, of Emory, will be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, April 3, 2015, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Jeff Thompson will officiate. A private burial in Emory City Cemetery will follow the service.

Visitation will be at 1:30 pm, one hour prior to service time.

He was born to Jessie Lee and Inez Spencer Childers on September 20, 1921, in Emory.

 Mr. Childers died Monday, March 30, 2015 at Senior Suite Care & Rehab. He married Melba Faye Herriage in Greenville on July 12, 1947. Mr. Childers worked for the Texas Highway Department in Maintenance for many years. He served for some fifty plus years as a Deacon of Emory Baptist Church, where he was a member. He served his country, during WW II, in the 88th Infantry Division, while in Italy. 

Survivors include: Daughter: Marianne Goode (Stephen), of EdgewoodSister: Alene Spicer, of EmoryGrandson: Steven FletcherGreat-grandchildren: Bailey Fletcher, Caleb Fletcher, Dyllan BathgateNumerous other loving family and friends

Preceded by: Parents; Wife in 2012; 1 son, Larry Childers; 2 Brothers, Jim Childers and Clarence Childers; 4 Sisters, Helen Gray, Lillian Cearley, Viola Morrow and Mary Frances Childers.

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Billy G. Dirks

Funeral service for Billy G. Dirks, 81, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at League Street Church of Christ with Bro. Andrea Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Shooks Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30, Friday, April 3, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Dirks passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, TX.

He was born on January 12, 1934 in Direct, TX, to the late Dillard and Edna Dirks. He entered the US Air Force, and later joined the Army.  He served his country for a total of twenty seven years.  He was a highly decorated soldier. Among those awards, Billy received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal along with a host of other honors.  He served in both the Korean & Vietnam Wars. He married Delores White. She survives. Upon retirement, he moved to Sulphur Springs where he resided for 35 years. He became a member of the MLK Church of Christ and served until he became ill and moved. Billy also worked for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy and then eight years as Sheriff. He was the first African American Sheriff of Hopkins County, and the second African American Sheriff in the state of Texas. He later worked for the North Hopkins Alternative School.

He is survived by his wife, Delores, three children, Gia Pleasant (Charles), Tracie Rand (Tony), and Derek Dirks, five grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Willie & Joe Neal.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home

 

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Terry Daniels

Terry was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 20, 1959 to Betty Sue and Walter Pitts Daniels.

           

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Sue Wade Romain, his daddy, Dennis Romain and his stillborn son, Francis Daniels.  It's O.K. now little bean, Daddy's home.           

He was preceded in death by his very good friend and fellow musketeer, Greg Kuhn, and all of his furry friends.           

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Sharon Stacey.  They shared twenty-eight beautiful years together, that wasn't long enough.  He could fix anything including a broken heart, because he fixed hers.  He is also survived by his two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth Williams and Sarah Williams and her husband and his friend, Kenny Kilgore.  Most importantly he is survived by his beautiful sons, Wyatt Wright and Beaux Williams.  They were his pride and joy, his world, his everything.  He was their most bestest friend, and will watch over them from Heaven for all times. 

Also surviving are his loving brothers, Larry Pitts Daniels and Barry Michael Romain, as well as his remaining musketeers Jimmy Vaughn and wife, Judy, Brad Campbell and Stevie Jackson of Dickson, Tennessee.            Since moving here in 2008, Terry had the honor of working for Dixon and Dixon.  He considered his employer Gene Dixon, Jr. more than a boss.  Gene was a true friend and a man that Terry respected for his fairness and sense of humor.  Most of all the humor because Terry always wanted to find the funny in every situation.           

He loved heavy metal music, Jeff Gordon and most of all his beloved Michigan Wolverines.  We gonna beat Ohio State this year, Babe!!  He is finally going to get to meet Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bo Shembechler and Ronnie James Dio.           

There is a special place in Heaven for him and will all see him when we get there.  We got this Babe, because you and God have us.           

Private memorial services will be held at the playground he built at Timber Creek Apartments at a date and time to be announced.

           

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Terry Daniels Fund at www.gofundme.com/terry-daniels or to the American Heart Association.

 

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Neva Bartley

Graveside funeral service for Neva Ruth Bartley, age 81 of Seymour will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Conner Cemetery with Rev. Tim Potts officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the cemetery

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Ms. Bartley passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls. She was born in Hopkins County on February 2, 1934, the daughter of Arthur "A.L." and Mary Elizabeth (Eppars) Sandifeer. She married James Dale Bartley on May 6, 1951 in Hopkins County.  He preceded her in death in 1969.  She was a retired seamstress at Loom Treasures in Garland.

Survivors include: daughter, Machele Hass and husband, Glenn of Seymour; son, Terry Bartley and wife, Kim of Stephenville; grandchildren, James Ray Bartley, Leigh Ann Hill, Heather Bourland and Candice Hager; great-grandchildren, Haleigh Bush, MiKayla Bush, Breanna Bartley, Anthony Wayne Hill, Levi Bourland and Lani Bourland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, L.T. Sandifeer; O.L. "Buck" Sandifeer and A.J. Sandifeer; one sister, Ella Wayne Bearden and one granddaughter.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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L. Buel Berry

L. Buel Berry was born in Edgewood, Texas on December 2, 1922 to S. W. and Laura Berry and passed away March 27, 2015.  He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1940 and attended Texas A & M for 2 years then enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 serving in Italy until the of the war.  After returning from the war he married Deolva Jordan in 1945.  She preceded him in death in 2008.  Returning to college at Sam Houston University he graduated with a degree in Agriculture and taught Ag for 3 years.  He began work with Farmers Home Administration (USDA) in 1951 and retired in 1982 after 32 years of government service.  After a few months of retirement he went to work for Sulphur Springs Building and Loan as a staff Appraiser.  After 6 years he began working privately as an Appraiser until 2000 when he retired to his farm. 

He was always active in the community and First Baptist Church.  He served as a deacon in 4 churches.  He taught the Radio Bible Class at First Baptist Church for 24 years and served for many years on various church committees, pastor search committees and the Rehobeth Baptist Association Board.  During his time with FHA he worked in 18 different offices throughout the state.  He was instrumental in helping many of the dairy farms in Hopkins County get started as well as helping establish many of the rural water systems here.  He had received the Honorary Future Farmers of America Degree.  He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Professional Ag Workers, President of the Hopkins County Dairy Festival, Grand Marshall of the parade, President of the United Way, President of the NET Livestock Association and many other civic duties.  He and Deolva enjoyed traveling and camping for many years. 

Buel is survived by a brother Haskell of Canton, his sons, Ricky and wife Becky of Sulphur Springs, and Randy and wife Denette of Pittsburg, grandchildren Michele and husband Jon Colburn of College Station, Kristi and Byron Maxton of Mt. Vernon and Brian and Kelly Berry of Pittsburg and 7 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by Deolva, his parents, 2 brothers and a grandson Ben. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday March 29, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Services will be held at First Baptist Church Sanctuary at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 with Pastors Mark Bryant, Fred Lewis and Tommy Johnston officiating.  Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Galyean, Gene White, Don Deaton, Kenneth Ward, Clyde Nichols, Lum Lumsden, Robert Carpenter, Jimmy Lloyd and the deacons of First Baptist Church.  

A private burial service will later be held at City Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the ROC building fund at First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, TX   75482. 

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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James Franklin Wooten

Graveside funeral services for James Franklin Wooten, age 78 of Brashear will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Brashear Cemetery.

Mr. Wooten passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born in Bosco, Louisiana on November 13, 1936, the son of James Elbert and Juanita Samonia (Alonzo) Wooten. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a land surveyor, member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include: daughter, Diana Wooten of Brashear; son, Morgan Wooten and wife, Jacqueline of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Ethan Wilson, Aaron Wooten and Abigail Wooten; brother, Bobby Wooten of West Monroe, LA; nephew, Robby Roberts of West Monroe, LA and niece, Pauline Tanner of West Monroe, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Delores Dickey.

 

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Bobby "Bob" Truett Carrington

Bobby Truett Carrington, age 80 of Mount Joy, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Enloe Methodist Church. Rev. Stacey Smith and Bro. Shane Carrington will be officiating. A private family burial will be held prior to the service. Memorials may be made to your local Hospice organization.

Bobby was born on January, 20, 1935 in Enloe, Texas to Truett and Ruth (Blevins) Carrington. He graduated from Enloe High School and went to East Texas State University before joining the Army. Bob married Brenda Cain on June 3, 1955 in Cooper. After his military duties, he graduated from Baylor University.

Bobby may not have had a written "bucket list", but he lived his life to the fullest. >From dairy farming, helping people with his physical therapy, taking his kids on camping trips to owning a golf course; he made every moment count. In the army, he and Brenda were able to travel to many countries and make life-long friends. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.

Bobby is survived by his eldest daughter, DeDe Lovett and her husband Danny, a son, Eric Carrington and his wife Phyllis, and his daughter, Amanda Abonza; six grandchildren, two brothers, Jerry Carrington and Ted Carrington; sister-in-law Cathy Rochwalsky and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Brenda Cain Carrington.

 

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James Randall Friddle

Graveside funeral services with military honors for James Randell Friddle, age 65 of Pittsburg, formally of Yantis will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenpond Cemetery with Rev. Michael Coker and Dwayne Attaway officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are Dwayne Attaway, Donnie Attaway, Gary Attaway, Mark Cauto, Joshua Cauto and Jack Nolen. 

There will be no formal visitaiton.

 

Mr. Friddle passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Pittsburg Nursing Center in Pittsburg.  He was born in Sulphur Springs on November 21, 1949, the son of Willard Ancel and Doris Mae (Burns) Friddle. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War, was a retired electrician, dairyman and member of First Baptist Church Yantis.

Survivors include son, Jason Randell Friddle of Como; sisters, Colleen Nolen and husband, Jack of Yantis, Linda Alpers of Midland, Willadene Attatway and husband, Dwayne of Yantis and Rita Fleming and husband, Dewey of Flower Mound; brothers, Dale Friddle of Greenville and Pete Friddle of Yantis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be made to Greenpond Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Mary Anna Whitley Patty

Funeral service for Mary Anna Whitley Patty, age 90, of Sulphur Springs, TX, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Shooks Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Cook and Rev. Henry Suche officiating and Linda Suche assisting. Interment will follow at Shooks Chapel Cemetery with Brian Persinger, Paul Smith, Jimmy Winfrey, Bill Alford, Johnny Ferguson, and Troy Garrett serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patty passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on August 16, 1924 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the daughter of James M. and Willie Williams Alexander. She worked in management for Sears, retiring in 1980, and then J.C. Penny, retiring in 1996. She was a member of Shooks Chapel United Methodist Church. She married Jessie C. Whitley on June 30, 1946 in Rockwall.

He preceded her in death on May 14, 1970. She later married Howard Patty on July 7, 1979 in Texas City. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1994.

She is survived by daughter, Debbie Whitley of Sandia, TX, longtime friends, Nancy Hallam of Sandia, Rev. Henry and Linda Suche of Sulphur Springs, and Lynna Nichols of Sulphur Springs who was also her caregiver, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her two husbands, she was also preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Don McCool

Funeral services for Don McCool, age 67 of Sulphur Springs will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at South Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Miller and Rev. Tim Potts officiating.  Interment will follow at South Liberty Cemetery with Shane Hartman, Michael Russell, Brad McCool, Curtis Mayo, Jack Nelson, Richard Crouch and Harold Bryant serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be numerous cousins and friends. 

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Tapp Funeral Home.

           

Don passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs.  He was born March 26, 1947 in Sulphur Springs to Andy and Melodine Woods McCool. He was a dairy farmer and was very active in various ag organizations while growing up.  He taught in public schools and had formerly served on the school board in Cumby, Texas.  Don was a former employee of Home Lumber and Lowe’s.  He was a Baptist.

           

He is survived by an uncle, Octave Woods and his wife Linell of Point, Texas; an aunt, Sue Shawbell of Ardmore, Oklahoma; and several McCool cousins and Woods cousins.

           

He was preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts and uncles, and a special uncle and friend, Freddy Woods.

           

The family would like to give a special thanks to Legacy Hospice, Heart to Heart Hospice and the staff and nurses and nurses aides at Carriage House Manor Cottages.

           

The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate and the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org/MonthlyDonations.

 

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Odell Baxley

Odell Baxley, 90, a life-long resident of Hopkins County, left his earthly home to rejoice in his eternal home with Christ his Savior on March 23, 2015. He passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his family at Carriage House Manor.

Odell, “Papa,” was born on August 31, 1924 in Sulphur Springs to Leonard and Lillie Ann Owens Baxley. He would fondly recall times he spent coon hunting or looking for arrowheads in the creek with his brothers growing up. His family lived in the Union community and would make the trip to Sulphur Springs by wagon only twice a year when he was young.

He attended elementary school at Park Springs and Union Schools. He graduated high school from Sulphur Springs. He left with a talent at spinning tops and playing marbles that he later enjoyed showing his grandkids. Following his graduation, Papa bravely and dutifully answered the call to serve in World War II.

He served two years as private first class in the 87th Mountain Infantry Division, Company D in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Austria during World War II, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He rarely wanted to share the heartache he experienced during the war, but he will always be our hero. And the best birthday he ever had was his 21st because he got to celebrate it back at home after the war.

Always a hero, he stopped to help some stranded motorists in Reilly Springs and met the love of his life, Ima Jean Hurley. They married on May 28, 1949 in Sulphur Springs. He worked at TEMCO Aircraft Co in Greenville and was a career dairyman. Odell was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, since 1939.

Papa said his greatest goals in life were to be a good daddy, a good grandfather, and most of all, a good Christian man. He had a “quiet and gentle spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Pet 3:4).  And the legacy he leaves with seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren is a testament to God’s blessings in his life. His greatest happiness came from spending time with his family.

Odell Baxley leaves to cherish his memory daughters Charlotte (Kenneth) Baxter, Sheila (Arvis) Tanton, and Lesa (Larry) Knotts, all of Sulphur Springs; his grandchildren Kenny Baxter, Joey Baxter, Sharla Tanton Campbell, Shandra Tanton Dunn, Larissa Knotts, Lance Knotts, all of Sulphur Springs, Landon Knotts of Austin; and sister Arlene Dollar of New Boston, brother Rev. Larry Baxley of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ima Jean Baxley, in 2014; his parents Leonard and Lillie Baxley; four sisters, Esther Dickey, Maurine Baxley, Wilma Baxley, Cleo Acker; five brothers, Arville Baxley, Murrell Baxley, L.C. Baxley, Ray Gene Baxley, Thelbert Baxley.

Pallbearers will be James Paul Baxley, Joey Baxter, Kenny Baxter, John Campbell, David Dunn, and Landon Knotts.

Visitation for Odell Baxley will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Union Baptist Church with Rev. L.D. Baxley officiating. Interment will follow at Reilly Springs Cemetery.

 

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

 

 

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Nelda LaWanda McDaniel

Nelda LaWanda McDaniel, 80, of Commerce passed away in Paris on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Nelda was born in Deport, TX, on January 20, 1935, to Andrew R. Jenkins and Viola Elizabeth Jenkins. On May 2, 1955, she married John Preston McDaniel. She retired as office manager for A-1 Plumbing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sons: John Preston McDaniel Jr. and Tommy Lee McDaniel; and, her two brothers.

Survivors include her sons: Roger McDaniel and Jerry McDaniel both of Commerce; her step-son, Junior Eudy of Commerce; her daughter, Nelda Velez of Colorado Springs, CO; her special friend, Bill Kennedy of Commerce; 10 grandchildren; and, 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.

Pallbearers will be Preston McDaniel, Joseph McDaniel, Danny McDaniel, Chris McDaniel, Keane Velez and Michael Stevenson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Russell B. Easley and Shea Shaw.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce.

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Jean Funderburk

Jean Funderburk departed this life on March 21, 2015.  She was born on June 21, 1925, in the Mt. Zion Community to Oscar and Ruth Vaughn Cameron.  She married W.C. (Dub) Funderburk on December 23, 1945, in Commerce, Texas.  He preceded her in death on August 17, 1983.

Jean graduated from Commerce High School in 1942.  She was the secretary for Commerce High School for several years.  She worked for Cameron Butane Service and Automatic Gas for eight years.  In 1983 she became the office manager for Dr. Robert Cozart, Sr and Dr. Robert Cozart, Jr. until her retirement in 2005 at the age of eighty.

Jean was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Even though she worked, she always found time to enjoy her grandsons.  During her retirement years, she enjoyed working crossword puzzles and keeping her grand-dog, Heidi, everyday.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Dough Rollins Sunday School Class.  She served on the Rosemound Cemetery Board for several years.

She is survived by son, Bill Funderburk and wife, LaVerne of Hamilton, Texas; and daughter, Luann Huffman and husband, David of Commerce.  Also surviving are grandsons: Brian Funderburk of Carrollton, Kyle Funderburk of Houston and Clint Funderburk and wife, Karri of Kennedale; niece, Barbara Shields and husband, Jim Hamilton of Georgetown; and nephew, Jimmy Cameron of Commerce.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Dale Cameron and wife Jessie; brother, Deryl Cameron; sister, Marie Shields and husband, Paul; and two nephews: Johnson Shields and Johnny Cameron.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.  Visitation will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Brian Funderburk, Kyle Funderburk, Clint Funderburk, Dr. Robert Cozart, Jr., Jim Peek and Joe Mangual. 

Honorary pallbearers are Gene Casselberry, Dr. Robert Cozart, Sr., Charlie Smith and Randy Manning.

The family expresses deep appreciation for the loving care given by Dr. Rick Selvaggi, 1st Choice Home Health Care and Briarcliff Health Center.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1709 State Highway 24, Commerce, Texas 75428 or Rosemound Cemetery Association, P O Box 408, Commerce, Texas 75429.

Funeral services are under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce, Texas.

 

Joy E. Kozeluh

 A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held for Joy E. Kozeluh, age 68, of Sulphur Springs, TX, at 12 noon, Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church with father Juan Carlos Sardinas officiating.  Interment will follow at Pirtle Cemetery with the grandsons, Erik Modisette, Brandon Love, Dusty Love, Daniel Cash, Joseph Gable and Allen Gable serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Mrs. Kozeluh passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at her residence. 

Mrs. Kozeluh was born on April 12, 1946 in Gainesville, TX.  She married Terry Kozeluh on December 28, 1962 in Compton, CA.  He survives.  Mrs. Kozeluh was a homemaker and a member of St. James Catholic Church.  She loved to work in her garden and loved to bowl and do crafts.   

In addition to her husband she is survived by her son, Robert Kozeluh and wife Marsha of Kilgore, daughters, Leah Modisette and husband Kevin of Gladewater, Susan Love and husband Chuck of Kilgore and Ann Marie Kozeluh and husband Charles of Arkansas, sisters, Joyce Crawford and husband Billy of Porter, TX, Joann Reed and husband Don of Denton, TX, grandchildren, April Cash, Stephanye Hill, Erik Modisette, Brandon Love, Dusty Love, Joseph Gable, Allen Gable, Ashley Bilyeu, Caitlin Kozeluh and Kristina Kozeluh, great-grandchildren, Savannah Cash, Blaire Kaufman, Aireal Cash, Chloe Kaufman, Lauren love, Ruemor Love, Lia Love, Landry Love, Skye Love, J. B. Hill, Ashliynn Gable, Madilynn Gable, Carter Daniel Rodriguez Gable and Carli Rodriguez Gable. 

She was preceded in death by her father, J.T. Ray and her sister, Jerry Lynn Smith.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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David Wayne Key

    

Graveside Funeral Services for David Wayne Key, age 49,  will be held 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Donelton Cemetery.

  

David Wayne Key passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Paris Regional Medical Center. He was born on January 11, 1966 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba the son of Bennie and Beulah Key. He was of the Baptist faith.

  

Survivors include: Brothers, Billy Key of Jackson, Mississippi and James Key of Crandall.

   

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 

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Sue Rogers

Sue Rogers, age 60, of Sulphur Springs, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at her residence. 

She was born on August 19, 1954 to Eldon Ray and Bonnie May Dockens Morris in Snyder, Texas.   She had worked as a nurse.

Sue is survived by a son, Scott Rogers of Longview, Texas; a daughter, Jere Crawford of Sulpher Springs, Texas; 2 brothers, Mike Morris and Teddy Morris of Snyder, Texas; a sister, Peggy Koenig of San Antonio, Texas; and 5 grandchildren, Caitlin Rogers, Bryce Rogers, Cristian Crawford, Aubrey Crawford and Izabel Crawford. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Buddy Rogers; a son, Adam Rogers, and a granddaughter, Casie Rogers.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

           

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

 

 

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June Tuck

June Tuck, 81, went to be with the Lord on March, 19, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loved ones in McKinney, Texas. 

She was born on June 23, 1933 on a cotton farm in Midlothian, Texas. She was the only child of her late parents Barney and Ora England. June grew up in Texarkana, Texas where she met the love of her life, Bill, to which she shortly married on July 22, 1950. The first five years of their marriage were spent supporting him state side as he served as a Marine in the Korean Conflict. In 1955 they started a small watch repair and jewelry business in Sulphur Springs inside Sterling Drug store. The growing business moved to a new location on the historic downtown square. Tuck’s Jewelers operated successfully for 40 years before they retired.    She was an active part of the community. She was involved in Boy Scouts as a Webelos leader and leader for special needs scouts.  She served on the Charter committees for the Hopkin’s County Museum, and Veteran’s memorial marker. She was implemental in locating several of the building for the Heritage Park.  After locating the fireman’s bell, she worked with the city and firemen to have it restored. As a Charter Member of the Historical Commission, many historic landmark markers were made possible through her research including the Federal Stockade.  For years, she wrote KSST segment “Main Street Moments”.  She was a past member of the Genealogy Society. She was passionate about history and genealogy. Countless hours were spent helping others across the US trace their family tree.  Her vast genealogy work is now preserved in the archives at A & M Commerce She was author of several books.  Hopkins County Cemeteries was a labor of love.  She spent 9 years roaming the pastures to find the remote cemeteries of the county and recording a permanent record. Inspired by the Federal Stockade, she wrote Civil War Shadows which has sold from coast to coast and June was honored that the Smithsonian Institute requested a copy. She helped compile several books that honored the ancestors of Hopkins County. A passion for gardening won her several beautification awards and she enjoyed sharing her flowers and fish pond during the garden tours. Other passions included family, traveling, reading and cooking.

June is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Bill, daughter and son in law, Deborah and Faron Young of McKinney, Texas, son Keith Tuck of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Grandchildren,  Jenica and Alexander Mawford of McKinney, Texas,  Melissa Johnson of Sulphur Springs, and Kortney Tuck of Sulphur Spring, Texas  and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by grandson James Jared Young and great granddaughter Cadence June Prasifka.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00pm at West Oaks Funeral Home , Sulphur Springs with burial at Sulphur Springs Cemetery. There will be no graveside service. 

Family will visit with guest prior to service from 2 to 3 in chapel area. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your favorite charity in Memory of June Tuck 2702 Northview, McKinney, Texas 75070.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. 

 

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Mark H. Rorie

Funeral services for Mark H. Rorie, age 65 of Sulphur Springs will be  held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Jeff Harris officiating.  Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Rorie passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Plano.

He was born in Paris on September 4, 1949 the son of Joel David and Mary Louise (Garmon) Rorie.  He married Paula Bicknell.He was a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) for thirty-four years during that time, he refereed the Texas High School All-Star game.  He also sat on the Board of Directors for Amoco Federal Credit Union as the President.

Survivors include wife, Paula Rorie; son, Chris Rorie of Sulphur Springs; daughter, J.J. Rorie of Chicago, IL; brother, Joe Rorie and wife, Sheila of Sulphur Springs; sister, Janette Watson and husband, Gene of Sulphur Springs; mother-in-law, Carrie Ransom; two brother-in-laws, Tom Ransom and Jim Bicknell; two nephews, David Watson and wife, Myra and Jeff Rorie; three nieces, Gena Prickette and husband, John, Courtney McNeal and husband, Seth and Brittney Spruiell and husband, Ashby and one aunt, Frances Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Allie Rorie (grand-dog and special friend).

 

 

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Lillie Mae Reed

Funeral arrangements for Lillie Mae Reed, age 84 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reed passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

 

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Alice Goforth

Graveside service for Alice Goforth, 76, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Horton Cemetery with Rev. Donnie Powers officiating.

Pallbearers will be Collin Stroud, Paul Clayton, Brandon Clayton, Josh Duke, Cameron Stroud, David Rojo, and Justin Duke. Honorary pallbearers will be all her adopted kids.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Alice passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 5, 1938 in Tulsa, OK, the daughter of Raymond Richard and Erma Vetto Rice Smith. She worked for Community Chest, Green Thumb, and various school districts.

She is survived by son, Steve Duke and wife Laura of Dike, daughters, Brenda Stroud and husband Ricky of Yantis, Rhonda Clayton and husband George of Commerce, brother, Dick Smith and wife Nita of Ft. Worth, sisters, Billie Jean Bullock of Ft. Worth, Peggy Hedrick of Duncan, Ok, Devonna Perryman of Lodi, CA, grandchildren, Paul Clayton and wife Crystal of Commerce, Brandon Clayton of Commerce, Collin Stroud of Sulphur Springs, Josh Duke of Sulphur Springs, Alice Ritchey and husband David of Sulphur Springs, Cameron Stroud and wife Ashley of Forney, Grace Cox of Sulphur Springs, Amber Stribling of Sulphur Springs, Justin Duke of Dike, and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sue Lynn Cox, sister, Lois Smith, and one great-granddaughter, Chandler.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Betty Jean Wood

Private funeral services for Betty Jean Wood, age 78, of Sulphur Springs will be held.

Mrs. Wood passed away at her residence on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

She was born on January 13, 1937, the daughter of Edsell and Dorothy Love Moore, in Mervwin, MO. She married Harold Lynn "Woody" Wood, on November 8, 1964, in Las Vegas, NV.

Survivors include: her husband, Harold "Woody" Wood; a daughter, Kathy Cook of Sulphur Springs; sons, Michael Wood and wife Jodi of Sulphur Springs, and Jerry Wood of Los Angles, CA; a brother, Jack Moore of Sulphur Springs; and grandchildren, Lauren Cook, Elexa Wood, and Lyndon Wood.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Carol Adell Tadlock

Carol Adell Tadlock age 74 of Brashear, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home in Sulphur Springs, Texas. 

She was born on August 4, 1940 in Greenville, Texas to Edwin and Evelyn Smith Branom.  She married Clarence Wayne Tadlock on February 13, 1957 in Durant, Oklahoma and he precedes her in death.   

Mrs. Tadlock was of the Baptist Faith, she and her husband were active in prison ministry.  She was a known for the beautiful drapes that she made, and her love of animals.  Nannie, as she was better known by her family, was a loving wife, mother grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by three children; Robin Pickens and her husband Russell of Bluffton, Arkansas, Randy Tadlock and wife Leann of Sulphur Springs, and Rusty Tadlock of Mena, Arkansas, four grandchildren Randy W. Tadlock, Jennifer Haynes, Brandon Tadlock, Shannon Tadlock, and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson Jason Tadlock.

  

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Wolfe City.  Interment will follow at Ladonia Cemetery in Ladonia, Texas with Ty Romans, Matt Romans, Jennifer Haynes, Tray Haynes, Randy W. Tadlock, and Russell Pickens serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Crumpton-Tadlock and Landon Tadlock.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at R. W. Owens & Son Funeral Home in Wolfe City, Texas.

 

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Glynn Rabe

Funeral service for Glynn Rabe , 89, of Emory, will be held Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Emory.  David Baker and RobertWaller will officiate.  Burial will follow in Lynch Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Sunday evening, 4:00 - 6:00 at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Rabe died Friday afternoon at his residence.

He was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Point, to Robert William and Caldonia Belzora Pound. Mr. Rabe served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He served, on a supply ship, in the South Pacific.  His position was  an anti-aircraft gunner. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Emory. He married Leta Stewart Hurst, at Flats, on June 14, 1984.Mr. Rabe was  a retired fire fighter for the Dallas Fire Dept.

Survivors include: Mother:  Leta Rabe of Emory Daughter:  Diana (Rabe) Liles (Gary) of Scurry2 Sons:  Scott Rabe (Jeana) of VanChad Rabe (Diane) of Arlington2 step-sons:  Steven Hurst (Sheriee) of Point; and Roger Hurst (Trena) of Ok2 step-daughters:  Annette Foster (Dick) of Emory, and Vicki Walker (Jack) of Golden Grandchildren:  Zac, Lauren, Chase, David, and Hunter Step-grandchildren:  Shanda, Syrus, Stewart, Sammie, Sara, Roger, Jr., Derek Brian, and Canyou Great-grandchildren:  Hannah, Brennen, Bryce, Allie, Jacie, Gus, Beau, Luke, Dillan, and Cod yMother of his children:  Louise Rabe Loving extended family

Preceded in death by:  Parents, 4 brothers, Lester Rabe, Garrett Rabe, J.B. Rabe, and John Rabe4 Sisters:  Lota Cason, Gert Hughey, Cleo Ivy, Ophelia Matlack

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home directed the service.

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Robert Sims

Funeral service for Robert Sims, Jr., 85, of Como, TX will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Mason & Mason Mortuary, 200 Putman StreetSulphur Springs, TX. Burial will follow at Independent Cemetery with friends and family serving as pallbearers.  

No formal Visitation by family.

Mr. Sims can be viewed at the funeral home from 8.00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m.  Monday and prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.   

 Mr. Sims died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at residence    

Mr. Sims was born on September 27, 1929 in Como, TX, the son of Robert Sims, Sr. and Emma D. Payne Sims. Both parents preceded him in death. Mr. Sims was a self-employed handyman.   Mr. Sims was a member of Independent Baptist Church.

  

Mr. Sims leaves to cherish his memories one daughter; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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Caden Lynn Burnside

Graveside service for Caden Lynn Burnside, infant son of Braden Charles Burnside and Cheramie Alexis Ayala will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015, at Restlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Eric Godwin officiating.

Caden went to Heaven on March 12, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, grandparents, John and Tammy Burnside of Dike, Shawn and Christy Crook of Emory, and Tony and Chastity Ayala of Corsicana, great-grandparents, Gene and Patsy Neal of Dike, Marion Burnside of Des Moines, IA, Cindy Myers of Malakoff, and Wayne and Elaine Wilson of Ben Wheeler, great-great-grandmothers, Wanda Collins of Sulphur Springs, and Joyce Box of Ben Wheeler, aunts and uncles, Brenton and Brooklynn Burnside of Dike, and Landon Peacemaker of Wichita Falls.

He was preceded in death by great-grandmother Judy Burnside of Des Moines, IA.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Betty Wood

Funeral arrangements for Betty Wood, age 78 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Ms. Wood passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at her residence.

 

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Joshua Michael George


Funeral services for Joshua Michael George 29, of Quitman, are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Sunday, March 15, 2015, First Assembly of God Church, Quitman with Reverends Byron George and Ken Otwell officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Mineola. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service time at the First Assembly of God Church, Quitman.

Josh was born November 11, 1985 in Tyler to Barry J. George and Julie Weakley George and passed away March 12, 2015 in Tyler. Josh served in the U. S. Army and was a mentor for at risk children. Josh was working toward his dream of being a paramedic. He lived most of his life in Quitman. 

Josh is preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer George.

He is survived by his parents, Barry George and wife Elaine, Canton ; his mother Julie George, Quitman; 3 sisters, Amanda Garman, Webster, NY, Christy Brown, Canton and Lauren Parker Wilcox, Quitman, cousins and extended family.

Arrangements are with Lowe's Funeral Home in Quitman, Texas.

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Billy H. Birdsong

Funeral services for Billy H. Birdsong, age 81 of Sulphur Springs will be  held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs - Spence Chapel with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.

Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m., prior to the service at the chapel.

Bill passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Tyler.

He was born in Mt. Vernon on November 14, 1933, son of John and Nellie (Moore) Birdsong.  He married Monica Birdsong.

He was a graduate of Texas Tech University, served proudly in the Navy, as a fire control technician, served on the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain along with several other Navy vessels.  He was honorably discharged in 1961.  Bill was also known as for his love of automobiles.  He owned and operated various automotive businesses in Waco and Sulphur Springs, the latter of which was Birdsong Brake and Alignment.  He taught automobile mechanics at Texas State Technical College in Waco, mathematics at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Lubbock Monterrey High School and various Sunday School classes at the church.  He was an active member at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs and was previously an active member with First Baptist Church Elm Mott.

Survivors include wife, Monica Birdsong; three sons, Lindsey Birdsong and wife, Lynette of Tyler, Keith Birdsong and wife, Leigh of Plano, Brad Birdsong and wife, Luci of Lubbock; one sister, Helen Mann of Sulphur Springs; six grandchildren, Nichole Birdsong, Erin Birdsong, Jordan Birdsong, Chase Birdsong, Elissa Birdsong and Shelby Birdsong.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eugene Birdsong and David Birdsong and two sisters, Hazel Neumann and Movalynn Fildes.

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice or to the J.L. Gulley, Jr. Texas Tech Scholarship Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation (www.etcf.org).

 

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Elton E. Burgstahler

Elton E. Burgstahler, age 90, of Springfield MO (former resident of Sulphur Springs Texas) passed away in Mercy Hospital, Springfield MO, on Saturday February 28, 2015.  Once the music director at the First United Methodist Church, Roxton United Methodist Church, and organist at the Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs, Elton touched the inner musician of all he came in contact with.  He was a published musician, avid in religious communities in the area, and accompanist of solo performers within the Sulphur Springs High School band for several years. 

Born on September 16, 1924, in Orland California, he and his wife, Vicki McKay Burgstahler, moved to Sulphur Springs TX with their children, after meeting at Southwest Missouri State University.  His in-laws, Kenneth and Billie McKay, were the founders of the McKay music company, of which is still in business to this day.

His is survived by his wife Vicki McKay Burgstahler, children Krista Burgstahler Piper and Devin Burgstahler, and grandchildren Nathaniel Burgstahler and Ethan Thomas, all of whom currently reside in Springfield MO. 

Services to honor his life, and a tribute to the musical imprint made on others will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Southminister Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO.  The family asks donations be made to the Marie Burgstahler Memorial Scholarship at Missouri State University (MSU), Springfield MO. 

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Joan High

Private Services will be held for Joan High, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, who passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on July 3, 1935 to Albert and Inez (Woodward) Klerlein in Baltimore, Maryland.  She married Edward Eugene High on April 10, 1967 in Rockwall.

Survivors include: husband, Ed High; sons, Richard Hawkins and Robert Hawkins; daughter, Karen Callenius; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

 

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Oleta Bearden

Funeral services for Oleta Bearden, age 91 of the Tira Community will be  held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Tira First United Methodist Church with Rev. LeRoy Reeves, Rev. David Larkin and Rev. Ed Dodd officiating. Interment will follow at Tira Cemetery with David James, Brian Lewis, Jim Garner, Floyd Lawson, Floyd Peyton, Jim Gregg, Wade Bartley and Danny Evans serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Evan Lewis, Eastan Lewis, Eden Lewis, David James and Danny James. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Oleta passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Sulphur Springs.

She was born in Tira on December 31, 1923, to G.H. and Mary Ruth (Chapman) Weir. She married Ervin Richard Bearden on October 9, 1948 in Tyler.  He preceded her in death.  She was a retired IRS Clerk, graduate of East Texas State University and was a member of the Tira First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: nephew, Danny Evans and wife, Debra of Sulphur Springs; great-nieces, Danna Lewis and husband, Brian, Dee Ann Evans and Dusti James and husband, David; great-great-niece, Eden Lewis and great-great-nephews, Eastan Lewis, Evan Lewis, David James and Danny James.Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy Gene Evans.

Memorials can be made to the Tira Cemetery Association or the Tira First United Methodist Church.

 

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Tony Chance Ross

Graveside service for Chance Ross, 34, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Old Tarrant Cemetery with Rev. Ronny Rudd officiating.

There will be no formal visitation.

Chance passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, TX.

He was born on February 6, 1981 in Greenville, TX, the son of Tony and Shelley Ross. He was a graduate of the Sulphur Springs High School Class of 2000.

He is survived by his parents, brothers, Chad Ross of Sulphur Springs, Chayson Ross and wife Sarah of Sulphur Springs, grandparents, Pat and Casey Ross of Sulphur Springs, Sherry and Billy Ford of Texarkana, and Bob and Bassima Story of Las Atos Hill, California.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Henry Ford, Jr. "Tim"

 

Funeral service for Henry Ford, Jr. “Tim”, 70, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Nash and Rev. Bobby Dawson officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Maurice Ford, Jr., Lawrence Washington, Jr., Bryan Ford, Sr., Leonard Ford, Jerry Washington, Jr., Dennis Ford, Jr., Christopher Washington, Sr. serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Elmer Dial, Lonnie Ford, Eldon Ford, L.J. Wade, Charles Clayton, and the Deacons of Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Ford passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on November 13, 1944 in Sulphur Springs, TX, the son of Henry Ford, Sr. and Pearlie Mae Dial Ford. He worked for many years and retired from Cabot Corporation in Pampa, TX. He was a member of Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by children, Keitha Willis (Eric) of Frisco, Kailyn Ford of Garland, Jaime Ford, Sr. of Las Angeles, CA, Shannon Hughes of Amarillo, Lamont Ford (Jacoby) of Washington, DC, and Jonathan Ford of Yokota, Japan, sisters, Pauline Washington of Dallas, Rosie Baker of Grand Prairie, Greta Nash of Sulphur Springs, brother, Rev. G.D. Ford, Sr. (Queen) of Duncanville, grandchildren, Jaime Ford, Jr., Erica Willis, Vontra, Josiah and Jadyn Ford, and LaKeith, Paiton, Davion and Zhkaja Hughes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Maurice Ford, Sr.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Paul H. Rosamond

Funeral services for Paul H. Rosamond, age 91 of Sulphur Springs will be  held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 at First Baptist Church Dallas with Dr. Robert Jeffress and Rev. Alan Lynch officiating.

Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church.

Paul passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 in Sulphur Springs.

He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on August 26, 1923, son of William Samuel and Elizabeth (Horschler) Rosamond.  He married Betty Frances Growe on May 8, 1943.Shortly after May 8, 1943 he left for Cadet Officer Training preparing to be shipped overseas as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Paul landed on Utah Beach with the 80th Division famed 317th Infantry on August 5, 1944 and participated in General Patton’s 3rd army advance across Northern France. He was severely wounded being awarded a Purple Heart with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, 3 bronze service stars, and various military ribbons. His wounds included the loss of his left thumb and index finger, among other life-threatening wounds. However, by God’s providence, he returned home.

           

Survivors include two sons, David Frank Rosamond and wife Lerria of Dallas, and Larry Rosamond and wife Dee of Sulphur Springs; one daughter, Sherry Lynne Hargrove and husband, Alan of Dallas; grandchildren Michaelia Brown, Miranda Jones, Preston Rosamond, Julie Locatis, Jennie Ambrose, Jonathan Rosamond, Jordan Hahn, Jennifer Grumbles, Tiffany Hargrove Broyles, Natalie Hargrove Maybee, Hillary Hargrove Mangano, and Brittany Hargrove; great grandchildren, Shaina, Skylar and Cade Brown, Price Rosamond, Nicholas Locatis, Lucas Locatis, Ava Grace Ambrose, Aubrey Rose Hahn, Savannah Grumbles, Walker Grumbles, Lily and Adelyn Mangano, and Olivia and Blake Broyles; brother, Daniel L. Rosamond of St. Louis Missouri; five nieces and nephews, and their children. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ben A. Rosamond.

 

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Norman "Shorty" Ferrell

Funeral services for Norman "Shorty" Ferrell, age 66 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Stinson officiating.  Graveside service will follow at Emblem Cemetery with Jerry Pat Horton, Sigmund Wright, Brenan Rhodes, Wes Jordan, Rusty Schulz and Winston Grayson serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Carl Jones, Chuck Askins, David Lowry, Larry Jordan and Toby Price.  Visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mr. Ferrell passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born in Sulphur Springs on May 13, 1948, the son of Smith and Iva (Baucom) Ferrell. He is survived by Valeria Sue (Edwards) Ferrell, whom he married on August 15, 1967 in Hopkins County.  He was a machinist at Flowserve and of the Baptist faith. 

Other survivors include: daughter, Konya Ferrell of Colorado; son, Allen Ferrell and wife, Lois of The Colony; brothers, J.G. Ferrell of Lewisville and Red Ferrell of Honey Grove; sister, Sue Daniels of Yantis and grandchildren, Anne Ferrell and Leslie Ferrell. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Memorials can be made to the Gideons International at www.gideons.org and click "Give a Donation" or Central Baptist Church - Youth Department, 840 Connally St., Sulphur Springs, Texas  75482.

 

 

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Bonnie Mae Starrett

Funeral services for Bonnie Mae Starrett, age 73 of Sulphur Springs were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Rodney Crist and Pastor James McKee officiating.  Interment was at Restlawn Memorial Park with Bill Alexander, Wesley Crist, Bo Kyle, Charles Edwards, Britney Starrett, Charles Starrett, Stephen Starrett and Nathan Crist serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers were Carlton Sewell, John Barker and Paul Williams. Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Starrett passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.

She was born in DeRidder, LA on July 16, 1941, the daughter of Allie Lee and Elva (Harper) Sewell. She was a homemaker and a member of County Line Baptist Church.

Survivors include: sons, Stephen Wayne Starrett and wife, Mary and Charles Edward Starrett and wife, Teresa; brothers, L.D. Sewell and Gene Sewell; sister, Elaine Carpenter; grandchildren, Nicole Starrett, Britney Starrett, Kara Kyle, Bo Kyle and Callie Starrett; great-grandchildren, Haylee Kyle and Natalee Kyle.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Callie Sewell.

 

 

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Billie VanWey

Funeral Service for Billie VanWey, age 82 of Sulphur Springs will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Pastor Rusty Posey officiating. 

Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery with Lonnie Taylor, Will VanWey, Jr., Caleb VanWey, Heath Halbert, Floyd Hutcherson and Scott Wren serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Ralph Hutcherson, Jr. Keith Weatherhead, Gary Lewis, Joe Woodall and Billy Reynolds.

Mrs. VanWey passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab. 

She was born on October 9, 1932 the daughter of Pete and Cleo (Yeates) Landreth. She married Ernest VanWey in December, 1970 at Durant, OK.  He survives.  She volunteered for several places that included the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady, senior citizens center and church nursery.  She was also a member of the Assembly of God church.

Other survivors include: sons, Ronnie Hutcherson of Yowell, Ralph Hutcherson and wife, Tonie of Fairley and Will VanWey and wife, Sandra of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Sherry Woodall of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Stephanie Halbert, Cristy Wren, Ralph Hutcherson, Jr., Spencer Woodall, Destinee Hutcherson, Michael Hutcherson, Floyd Hutcherson, Caleb VanWey, Will VanWey, Jr., Lacinda VanWey and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Tommy Landreth and one grandchild, Shandell Kizer.

 

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Larry Don Massey

Funeral Services for Larry Don Massey, age 65 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Byron George and Dr. Joel Tiemeyer.  Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Alba with Shane Russom, Dusty Davis, Austan Davis, Massey Davis, Cory Ogle, Wayne Wilson, Shannon Davis and Jeff Murray serving as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Larry Don passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at his residence. 

He was born on March 22, 1949 in Sulphur Springs the son of E.J. and Ruth Juandine (Taylor) Massey. He was a car salesman for Price Ford Lincoln Murray for many years and a member of The Way Bible Church.

Survivors include: daughters, Cristie Massey of Sulphur Springs and Victoria Smith and husband, Jacoby of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Jessica Woodson, Tabitha Murray, Braydon Smith, Deacon Smith and Codi Smith; sisters, Mary Loveless and husband, Olan of Mineola and Judy Causey and husband, Tim of Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Cody Don Massey.

 

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Levi David Baker "Dee"

Memorial Service for Levi David Baker "Dee", age 70 of Sulphur Springs will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Jimmy Don Goldsmith officiating.

Levi David "Dee" passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on February 2, 1945 in Sulphur Springs the son of Fred Henry and Birtha Lela (Kite) Baker. He was a truck driver.

Survivors include: sons, James Howard, Carl Smith and Russell Smith; daughter, Rose Kamalsky; sister, Ruby Baldwin; granddaughters, Torie Lambe, Amy Harrington, Drucilla Howard, Destiny Howard, Brooke Loyd, Candace Kittrell, Jennifer Smith, Christina Chambliss, Brenda Hogue, Michelle Kincaid, Meagan Smith and Haley Hamilton; grandsons, James Henry, Jr., Matt White, Tommy Howard, Jr., Jason Howard, Colton Hamilton and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Tressie Smith Baker; sons, Robert Howard and Tommy Howard; daughters, Nora Hogue and Susie Goldsmith; brother, Allen Jackson Stacey and sisters, Maeotta Ribdill and Pauline Williams.

 

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Jubal Lawson

Funeral services for Jubal Lawson, age 54 of Cooper will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Three Rusty Nails Church in Cooper with Caleb Wright and Steve Spates officiating.

Jubal passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Hopkins County. 

He was born in Dallas on July 14, 1960, the son of Bill and June (Springer) Lawson.  He married Dee Ann Lawson on March 23, 2001 in Cooper.  Shesurvives.  He was a mechanic and member of Three Rusty Nails Church.

Other survivors include sons, Jubal Lawson, Jr. of Bonham and Rusty Lawson and wife, Melissa of Bonham; three grandchildren; step-sons, Michael Soto, Andy Soto and Frankie Angel Soto; step-daughters, Chasidi Ramos and Shannon Soto; seventeen step-grandchildren; sisters, Cindy Fox and Kelly Lawson and brother, Mark Lawson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Connie Niette, Billie Cooper and Patti Head and one brother, Buzzy Lawson.

 

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Lois Stoner

Funeral arrangements for Lois Stoner, age 84 of Sulphur Springs are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stoner died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Rock Creek Health & Rehab.

 

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Barbara Bryant

Funeral service for Barbara Bryant, age 85, of Emory, will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:00 am, at Emory Church of Christ.  Burial will follow in Dougherty Cemetery.  David Baker will officiate. 

Visitation will be at 10:00 am, one hour prior to service time, at the church.

Ms. Bryant died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Sulphur Springs at the Carriage House.

She was born Oct. 7, 1929, in Cherokee City, AR, to Horton and Blanche Ellis Allen. She married H.D. "Bud" Bryant, in Emory, on Oct. 26, 2002. Ms. Bryant was a member of Emory Church of Christ, and was in the Women's Service Club for many years.

Survivors include: Husband:  H.D. "Bud" Bryan, of Emory Son:  Floyd Edward "Eddie" Rogers, Jr., of Beaumont Brother:  Jim Allen of Rogers, AR 2 sisters:  Ozella Young of Garland; and Cathy Whipkey of Livermoore, CA Grandchildren:  Shannon Anderson; Misty Bell; Michael Rogers; Casey Silvey; Amanda Pettit; and Trey Rogers Great-grandchildren:  Ashley; Catie; Lacey; Cody; and Marlee Numerous other loving family and friends

Preceded in death by:  Parents; 1st husband, Floyd Rogers, Sr.; 2 daughters, Judy Silvey; and Barbara Anderson; 2 Brothers, Kendall Allen;  and Elvin Allen; 1 grandson, James Allen Anderson

Services under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

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Mildred Lawson

Graveside funeral services for Mildred Lawson, age 88 of Sulphur Springs were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Rockdale Cemetery with Rev. B.G. Polk officiating the service. Visitation was held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., before the service at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mildred passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Hope, AR on January 4, 1927, to her father, Charlie Owens, and mother, Janie "Dot" Norton. She married Bobby Clark Lawson on September 11, 1944 in Hopkins County, whom preceded her in death in 2012 after 67 years of marriage. She was a homemaker and a member of the Davis St. Baptist Church for over 30 years.

Survivors include: sister, Ruby Bain, and sisters-in-law, Luvena Owens and Betty Lawson; granddaughter and husband, Karen and Kilan Polk of Sulphur Springs; grandson and wife, David and Angie Lawson of Sulphur Springs; great-grandchildren, Kyle Polk, Kody Polk, Faustin Lawson, Hayley Lawson, Dustin Lawson, Denton Lawson, Tristyn Rutledge and Brent Rutledge.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, David Clark Lawson; one brother, David Owens, two sisters, Faye Bills and Marie Chamness, two brothers-in-law, William Chamness and Jack Bain.

 

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Jeanette Austin

Memorial services for Jeanette Austin, age 66 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Sulphur Springs. 

There will be no formal visitation.

Jeanette passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Vernon on November 18, 1948, the daughter of H.E. and Lola Marie (Joy) Crain. She married Jason Austin on January 26, 1984 in Ft. Worth.  He survives.  She was a homemaker.

Other survivors include: daughters, Terra Dotson and husband, Darin and Marley Herrera and husband, Jesse all of Sulphur Springs; sons, W.L. Underwood of Brownwood, Waylon Underwood of Cumby and Abel Austin and wife, Jessica of Sulphur Springs, sisters, Sharon Platt of Cleburne, Brenda Walker of Cleburne and Becky Vanderburg of Joshua; brothers, Terry Crain of Cleburne, David Crain of Washington and Lesley Crain of Livingston; grandchildren, Jacob Underwood, Hannah Underwood, Xavier Underwood, Kenna Dotson, Mikayla Dotson, Dalton Dotson, Violeta Herrera, Juan Herrera and Tripp Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold Crain and one daughter, Alesha Underwood.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

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Beverly Ann Ragle

Visitation for Beverly Ann Ragle, age 78 of Sulphur Springs will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ragle passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on December 20, 1936 to Raymond and Lillian (Wardell) Markert in Long Branch, New Jersey.  She married Robert Ragle on November 10, 1961 in Long Branch, New Jersey.  He preceded her in death in August, 2014.  She was a retired administrative assistant for a government agency. 

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She is survived by her son, Rick Ragle and wife Vanessa of Heath Springs, South Carolina; daughter, Debbie May and husband, David of Winnsboro; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and great-grandson, Blake Ragle.  

The family request donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at act-alz.org.

Arrangements are with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

 

 

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Debra K. Ball

Funeral service for Debra K. Ball, age 60 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Brock Mitchell officiating.  Interment will be at Peerless Cemetery with Harold Ball, Adam Moore, Bubba Ball, Jerry Ball, Michael Ball and Richard McCoy serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer is Roy McCoy.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ball passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Rockwall on October 10, 1954, the daughter of Doc and Clara (Cunningham) Moore.  She married Herman Ball on October 10, 1974 in Rockwall.  He survives.  She was the Assistant Manager at Wesley House.

Along with her husband, survivors include: son, David Ball of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Kellie Dalton and husband, Robert of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Dylan Allen, Kayla Snodgrass, Zoey Cooksey, Becca Ball and Clara Abigail Taylor; brothers, Leon Moore, Jimmy Moore and Mike Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Delbert Moore.

 

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O.T. "Wink" Winkle

Graveside service for O.T. “Wink” Winkle, 91, of Yantis will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at Tira Cemetery with Bro. Earl Brown officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30, prior to service, at West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Winkle passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Briarcliff Health Center in Tyler, TX.

He was born on August 1, 1923, the son of Harry O. and Exie Tolson Winkle. He married Ioma Hust on December 24, 1942 in Magnolia, AR. She preceded him in death. Mr. Winkle was a welder, an avid hunter, fisherman, and hiker, and also of the Presbyterian faith.

He is survived by son, Steve Winkle and wife Jaquita, daughter, Donna Loyd and husband Jimmie, four grandsons, and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ioma Winkle, son, Ken Winkle, sisters, Vera Crank, Pearl Hensley, Jewel Winkle, Florence Burchfield, Vearl Burnett, Elsie Dunbar, Norma Burchfield, and Joyce Welch.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Jim Perry Burns

Jim Perry Burns was born in Miller Grove, Texas on March 21, 1927. He was the eldest son of Johnnie and Virgie Johnson Burns. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Kate Lindley Burns. They married in Quitman, Texas on August 14, 1948.

Other survivors include his two daughters; LaQuita Brantley and husband Mike of Rowlett, Dr. LaCheeta McPherson and husband John of Richardson; two grandsons: Eric Brantley and wife Christina of Garland, and KC McPherson of Dallas; one step grandson Scott McPherson and wife Sarah of Wiley; three granddaughters: LaNett Howell and husband Sid of Princeton, Colleen Porter and husband Bryson of Garland, and Kate McPhearson of Richardson; and six great grandchildren; one sister Peggy Rohrer of Sulphur Springs; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Keith Burns.

He was a Christian, Educator and Historian. He served as an ordained deacon for Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church, New Liberty Baptist Church in Garland, and County Line Baptist Church in Point.

He taught Sunday school and served as the Sunday school superintendent for 12 years at Sulphur Bluff Baptist Church; 17 years in Garland at New Liberty Baptist Church, and 11 years at County Line Baptist Church. He was a member of the Sulphur Bluff Masonic Lodge #246 over 65 years and the Eastern Star for 64 years. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He taught school for 35 years, in which 12 years were spent at Sulphur Bluff and 23 years in Garland ISD. Jim spent over 60 years researching the Miller Grove School and Cemetery, Miller Grove Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Churches plus the County Line community.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Visitation will begin at 10 am at the Miller Grove Methodist Church followed by a memorial service at 11 am.

The Burn’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the County Line Baptist Church Building Fund.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

 

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Averie Jo Davidson

Graveside services for Averie Jo Davidson, infant daughter of Landon Keith and Amie Suzzann Vaughn Davidson will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Aiguier Cemetery with Bro. Gary Thompson officiating.

Averie passed away on February 25, 2015 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her parents, siblings, Rachel Davidson, Dallas Davidson, Kenna Lane, grandparents, Charlie and Susan Vaughn of Sulphur Springs, Donal and Alice Davidson of Sulphur Springs, Kathy Maddox of Commerce, Roger Humphries of Commerce, great-grandparents, William Woodard of Tira, Grace Vaughn of Sulphur Springs, Aubrey and Virginia Davidson of Wolfe City, Earline Bynum of Wolfe City, aunts and uncles, Jana and Chris Rich of Sulphur Springs, Missy and Brad Rex of Ladonia, Tiffane Hill of Commerce, Charles and Wendy Humphries of Cumby, DeAnn and Stelvin Dial of Sulphur Springs, LeAnn Willis of Sulphur Springs, and Kara Lane of Sulphur Springs.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Shirley Woodard of Tira, Odell Bynum of Wolfe City, and Hubert Vaughn of Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Todd Brumfield

Memorial Services for Todd Brumfield, age 56 of Sulphur Springs will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Liberty Church, 110 Glover St., Sulphur Springs. (Corner of Glover & North Davis)

Mr. Brumfield passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab.

He was born on December 2, 1958 to Eddie and Mary Sue (Seawright) Brumfield in Sulphur Springs.

He is survived by his son, Eric Brumfield of Dallas; brother, Mike Gibson; sisters, Tammy Brumfield McEnturff and husband, Mark of Mt. Vernon, Trena Brumfield Grammer of Mt. Vernon and Ronda Brumfield Reynard of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bobby Brumfield.

 

 

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Robert "Bob" Henry Pierce

Robert "Bob" Henry Pierce, 87, of Emory, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Senior Suite Care & Rehab in Emory. 

Bob was born in Dallas, on October 19, 1927, to Milborn and Abbey Cult Pierce.  He married Wanda Lee Jones in Rockwall on June 27, 1979.  He retired, after working many years as a welder, in Dallas, before settling to the Lake Fork area. 

Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM, visitation 1 hour prior to the service, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.  Burial will follow in the Turner Cemetery in Emory.  Pallbearers will be Richard Pierce, Ken Philpot, Randy Pierce, and Kurt Pierce.

Robert is survived by his wife:  Wanda Pierce of Emory; son:  Richard Pierce of Red Oak; step-son:  Ken Philpot of Jonesboro, AR; and step-daughter:  Cyndi Philpot of Emory; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; 1 son:  Paul Pierce; 1 grandson:  Shane Philpot; and 3 sisters.

 

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Oleta Houston

Funeral services for Oleta Marie Collins Houston, age 93, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Rhoades and Bro. Bruce Stinson. 

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Michael Collins, Ray Helfferich, Jimmy Helfferich, Gary Hudson, Doug Halcomb and Robert Halcomb serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Gary Collins. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to service time at West Oaks Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Houston passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.  She was born on October 9, 1921 in Como, TX the daughter of Henry Oscar and Libby Lewis Collins.  She married Hugh L. Houston on January 20, 1944 in Sulphur Springs.  He proceeded her in death in February 1985.  Mrs. Houston was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church.  She also worked for Pratt Packing Co. for many years. 

She is survived by local niece Martha “Jeanie” Helfferich and husband Jim, sisters-in-law Martha Collins and Kathryn Houston Hudson, nieces, Wanda Monique, Kathy LePak, Betty Bulin, nephews, Gerry Collins, Burnice Lee Collins, Douglas Halcomb, and Robert Halcomb, Frank Collins wife Pat also survives.

She was preceded in death by brother’s and sister’s, Louis Collins, Vanita Halcomb, Lester Thomas “Buck” Collins, Gladys Collins Jackson, Guy Nolan Collins, Virgil “Burnice” Collins, Dennis Collins, Francis L. Collins and Pauline E. Williams, nieces and nephews Carolyn Long and Frank Collins.

Arrangements are pending with West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Melissie Pugh

Melissie Mozell Scarborough Pugh, 82 years old went to be with our Lord on February 21, 2015.  Mrs. Pugh was born on June 20, 1932 in the Hickory Creek community, near Wolfe City, to Delmo Hubert and Melissie Laurentine Keller Scarborough.  She was a member of the Christian Life Church and a graduate of Celeste High School.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Alita and husband Joseph Earl Newland of Quitman, Texas, Brenda and Ranoly Livingston of Denison, Texas, Barbara and Gary Clifton of Wolfe City, Texas; two sons, David Earl Pugh, Jr. and wife Kim of Goshen, IN., Ronald Pugh of Princeton, Texas, 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, brother, Charles and wife Carolyn Scarborough, three sisters; Nellie Walls of Dublin, Texas, Loann Lindsey of Greenville, Texas, Elaine and husband Barney Walker of Elkhart, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by parents, three sisters, three brothers, daughter; Linda Gail Daniel, and son; Jimmy Clayton Pugh. 

 

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 P. M., Wednesday, and February 25, 2015 in the R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Bro. Charles Scarborough and Bro. Barney Walker. Burial will follow in the McWright Cemetery near Kingston, Texas.  Pallbearers will be: Shawn Newland, Jason Newland, Nathan Pugh, Joshuah Pugh, Joseph Armstrong and Brady Clifton; Honorary Pallbearer Carl Harrell. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home one hour prior to Service time.

 

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Joyce Robertson

Funeral Services for Joyce M. Robertson, age 90 of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Spence Chapel at First Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Welch and Rev. Tommy Johnston officiating. Interment will follow at Lee Cemetery in Winnsboro. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (1:00 p.m.) at Spence Chapel.

           

Joyce M. Robertson passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab. She was born April 16, 1924 to William Tower Lemmond and Daisy Rebecca (Price) Lemmond in Wood County. She married Hershal A. Robertson on August 26, 1946 in Commerce; he survives. Mrs. Robertson was a retired school teacher and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Retired School Teachers Association of Texas and the Disabled American Veterans Auxillary.

           

Other survivors include sister, Betty Stanley of Ft. Worth.

           

She was preceded in death by brother, Will T. Lemmond.

           

Memorials may be made to the Radio and TV Ministry at First Baptist Church

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

 

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Geral Burford Kennedy

 

Geral Buford Kennedy was born on October 10,1922 and lived 92 years on earth until called home to his reward on February 19, 2015.

Geral began his life in Cunningham, Texas and later moved to Paris, Texas where he graduated from Paris Junior college just before enlisting in the Navy. While serving his country he completed training in radio communications and air gunnery. In 1945, he was thrilled to receive his aircrew wings.

After World War II, Geral received both a BS and MS from Sam Houston State University in Vocational Agriculture. During this time he met Joy Casey, and the two were married July 9, 1950. Both Geral and Joy taught in the West Lamar Schools in Petty.   In 1964 Geral was named Lamar County Teacher of the Year.

In 1966 Geral continued his passion of teaching young people in Vocational Agriculture but relocated to  Sulphur Springs ISD where he was a vocational agriculture teacher, vocational counselor, and vocational administrator. He retired in 1984. In 2013 Geral was honored when the new Sulphur Springs High School National Technical Honor Society was named for him.

Geral a