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Mary Frances Adams
Mary Frances Adams, 79, a homemaker, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in Ft. Worth. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Laurel Land Memorial Park of Ft. Worth. 
Mary was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Burleson and UMW Lamplighters Group. She was preceded in death by her husband William G. Adams and son, Terry Lee Adams. 
She is survived by son, William G. Adams and wife, Sheila; daughter, Rosemary Cashion and husband John W.; sisters, Alice Smith, Aline Duke, Mille Leath and Etta Babovec; brother, Ed Vacula; grandchildren, Julie Rohleder, Terry W. Cashion, Amy Cashion, Jennifer R. Adams and Brian R. Adams; great grandchildren, Hayley and Caitlyn Rohleder. 

Georgia Elizabeth Carpenter
Georgia Elizabeth Carpenter was born in Ector, Okla. on Oct. 25, 1924, to John and Lucille Green Benton. She passed away in Kaufman on Jan. 12, 2003. 
Georgia was raised in Oklahoma and later moved to Lubbock. She moved to Scurry in 1944 and worked for Cooley’s Grocery in Kaufman for 30 years. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Scurry. On April 21, 1944, Georgia married Buford Carpenter. Her husband Buford preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1968, and daughter Robbie Kovar also preceded her in death on May 23, 2001. 
Georgia is survived by son, Buford Carpenter Jr. of Warsaw; daughters, Billie Waits of Warsaw, Mary Hatcher of Mabank and Lindy Isbell of Forney; brothers, Ray Benton of Virginia and Ed Benton of Oklahoma; 9 grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Doc Hatcher officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Willie Ray Patton
Willie Ray Patton of Kaufman passed away in Kaufman on Jan. 13, 2003. Ray was born in Mesquite on March 23, 1912, to Willie and Lillie Cox Patton. He was raised in Kaufman County and lived most of his life there. 
Ray owned and operated Patton General Merchandise Store in Gastonia for over 30 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church Kaufman and the Odd Fellow Lodge. Ray served as a director of the Kaufman County Electric Co-Op for 47 years and was president of the Board for 11 years. Ray married Fern Moore on Jan. 1, 1934. He was preceded in death by his wife Fern. 
Ray is survived by his son, Willie Ray Patton Jr. of Kemp; daughters, Patsy Watson of Kaufman and Rita Fern Webster of Kaufman; grandchildren, Warren Ray Patton and Monica Lynn Corker; great grandchildren, Ray Patton, Brandon Patton and Jeffrey Armstrong; nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at the Parker-Ashworth funeral Home Chapel with Rev. D.G. Council officiating. Interment followed in Kaufman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Louis Vavra
Louis Vavra was born in Scurry, Texas, on Feb. 26, 1924, to Frank and Lillie Supak Vavra. Louis passed away in a Dallas hospital on Jan. 11, 2003. 
Louis was raised in Scurry and attended Parvin School. He later moved to the farm and worked for Titus for 25 years, retiring in 1986. Louis was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman. On Nov. 5, 1949, he married Bessie Kubin in Ennis. Louis was preceded in death by his brother John Vavra and sister Ann Tyl. 
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Vavra of Terrell; sons, Paul Vavra of Mesquite, and Louis Vavra and his wife Jo Ann of Terrell; sister, Millie Vrzalik of Terrell; grandchildren, Brooke Cantwell, Eric Cantwell, Eric Swanson and Jeremy Swanson; great grandchildren, Dillon and Amber. 
Reciting of the Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home . Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman with Father Joseph A. Mehan Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Pamela Proctor Westerfeld
Memorial services will be held for Pamela Proctor Westerfeld at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2003, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dallas, 3839 West Keist Blvd. 
Pam was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Littlefield, Texas. She graduated from Kaufman High School in 1956. 
Pam died at her home in Desoto, Texas, on Jan. 7, 2003. 

A.T. Coker
A.T. Coker was born in Hedrick, Okla., on Aug. 18, 1926, to Argus and Myrtle Foster Coker. A.T. passed away at his home in Kaufman on Jan. 6, 2003. 
A.T. was raised in the Rand Community and attended schools in Rand and Becker. He entered the U S Navy during World War II and was discharged in 1946. A.T. moved to Kaufman after the war and retired from Otis Engineering. He was a member of the Church of Christ. On May 4, 1946, he married Mary Evelyn Tarpley in Kaufman. 
A. T. is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Coker of Kaufman; sons, Robert Coker of Bullard, Thomas Coker of Princeton, James Coker of Denton and Mark Coker and his wife Laurie of Winston Salem, N.C.; daughter, Patricia Shaw and her husband W.T. of Kaufman; grandchildren, Denise Farmer, Stacey Adkins, Kelli Boyd, Katrina Coker, Todd Shaw, Jonathan Shaw, Peter Coker and Ian Coker; five great grandchildren and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dan Baum officiating. Interment followed in Lone Oak Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Margaret French
Margaret French was born May 17, 1918, in Ola, Texas, to William Henry and Arlevia McKinney Milliken. She was a lifelong resident of Kaufman and Henderson Counties. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Wesley French; sisters, Zella, Gladys, Dorothy and Opal; and brothers, Johnny, Benton, Walter, Bill and Herbert. 
She is survived by her daughters, Betty Hayes and husband Barry of Lakeway, Sandra French Clark of Beaumont, and Mary Nell French of Trinidad; granddaughter, Margaret Keaton Clark of Austin; sister-in-law, Fay Milliken of Round Rock; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 
Words simply fail to describe this woman of beauty and grace. Margaret was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinidad and a person who lived an exemplary life. She was generous with all that she had, she rarely spoke a disparaging word about someone and never spoke a discouraging word to anyone. She never complained about her illness and was genuinely concerned about other people. She especially cared for young people without regard for economic, ethnic or social standing. Small children loved her and would always find an afternoon snack in her kitchen. She loved people unconditionally and never required anything in return, but her love was returned in full measure. 
Margaret outlived her husband, her brothers and sisters, and brothers and sisters in-law, except one, as well as many dear friends. However, she never dwelled on the loss or the past, but on the living and the future. Her pride and joy was her grandchild Keaton, whose life she marked with joy and kindness. In addition to all the people she loved and the generations of school children she cheered enthusiastically, she loved the Longhorns, the Lakers and especially Kobe Bryant. 
Visitation was held at the United Methodist Church in Trinidad, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 6. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at the church with burial at the Kaufman City Cemetery at 1:30. 
Pallbearers were Charles Lee Abee, Norman Lawler, Willie Lundy, Bennie King, Bill Hamm, Mondo Renteria, Roy Stanfield and Richard Taaffe. Honorary pallbearers Mike Airheart, Larry Don Estes, Bill Tart, R.L. (Son) McGee, Anthony Livingston and Chris Quinn. 

Billy Mack Mundie
Funeral services for Billy Mack Mundie, 57, of Pilot Point, Texas, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at David Clayton Funeral Home in Duncanville with Brother Dennis Pace officiating. Interment followed at Crandall Cemetery under the direction of David Clayton Funeral Home. 
Mr. Mundie was born March 20, 1945, at home in Crandall. He was the second son of Doc and Christine Mundie. He died Dec. 24, 2002. He was preceded in death by his father, Sterling (Doc) Mundie in 1986, and grandson, Billy Albert Mundie in 1991. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughter, Patsy and her husband Darren; three grandchildren, Shonda, Ellen, and Stephanie all of Pilot Point; Mother, Christine Mundie of Hico; three brothers, Sterling of Waxahachie, Jerry of Mansfield, Steve of Hico; sister, Peggy Parks of Hico; and several nieces and nephews. 
Mr. Mundie worked for the City of Duncanville for a number of years and then followed in the footsteps of his Daddy and went into construction work, where he was working when he suffered a stroke in 1999. 

Thomas Rudolph Owen
Thomas Rudolph Owen was born in Wills Point, Texas, on May 10, 1949, to Chester and Lottie Ellis Owen. Thomas passed away in a Dallas hospital on Dec. 30, 2002. 
Thomas was raised in Wills Point and graduated from Kaufman Schools. He worked for Sprint Telephone Company for 33 years. Thomas was a member of Kaufman Church of Christ. In 1969 Thomas married Vera Smith in Ennis. 
He is survived by his wife, Vera of Kaufman; son, Tommy Owen of Kaufman; brothers, Robert Owen of Littleton, Colo., and Hulen Owen of Wills Point; and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Jan. 2, 2003, at the Kaufman Church of Christ with Mike Kellett officiating. Interment followed in Rock Hill Cemetery in Wills Point. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Tee P. Pipes
Tee P. Pipes passed away in a Terrell nursing home Dec. 27, 2002. The daughter of the late Jesse Sewell Lawson and Martha J. Walker Lawson, she was born in Corsicana, Texas, on Dec. 24, 1916, and had been a resident of Terrell since 1940. She worked in the school cafeterias several years and was employed thirteen years as a checker for Brookshire’s in Terrell. Mrs. Pipes was a member of First Baptist Church Terrell. She was married to Lilbourn Jefferson Pipes in Terrell on Nov. 5, 1939. 
Mrs. Pipes is survived by her husband, “L. J.” of Terrell; son, Kenneth Pipes of Terrell; daughters, Cynthia Ann McKinney and Charlotte Lynn Rand, both of Kaufman; brother, Grady Lawson of TerreIl; sister, Lavicia Fountain of Terrell; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren; and other relatives and a host of friends. 
Mrs. Pipes was preceded in death by her parents, three grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters. 
Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Goggans Funeral Home in Terrell at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, with Rev. Ernie McCoulskey and Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Gardens. 

Russell E. Putt
Funeral services for Russell E. Putt, of Kemp, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel with Dr. Carey Ford officiating. Interment followed in the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. of Kemp. 
Mr. Putt was born June 4, 1921, in Guntown, Miss., to the late James and Lena (Massey) Putt and passed away Dec. 31, 2002, in Kemp. 
He was a member of the Christian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. serving in the Pacific during World War II. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He was married to Virginia Davis on June 21, 1947, in Houston. 
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Putt of Kemp; daughters, Brenda McCollum of Longview, Janet Cox of Blooming Grove, Nancy Ford of Corsicana and Christie Borders of Kaufman; son, Russell Eugene Putt Jr. of Kuwait; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Hettie Lawson of Peach Tree, Ga., Sara Martin of Sacramento, Calif., Louise Cohen of Dallas and Sandra Hurt of Denver, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

General Pershing Upchurch
General Pershing Upchurch was born in Rosewood, Texas on Dec. 2, 1918, to John and Mamie Hoover Upchurch. General passed away in a Dallas hospital on Jan. 4, 2003. 
General was raised in Gladewater and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war General moved to Rosser where he was self employed as a carpenter for 30 years. He worked for a short time for the soap factory in Rosser. On July 21, 1945, General married Nancy Davis in England. 
General is survived by his wife Nancy of Rosser; sons, Stan Upchurch, Anthony Upchurch and Winston Upchurch, all of Rosser; daughter, Nannette Vick of Lancaster; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at First Baptist Church of Rosser with Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Interment followed in Cottonwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

George Humberto Ramirez
Funeral services for George Humberto Ramirez, of Kaufman were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel with Rev. Roberto Mendoza officiating. Interment followed in the Morrow Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton bros. of Kaufman. 
Mr. Ramirez was born March 27, 1982, in Mexico to Humberto and Adela Ramirez Carmona and passed away Jan. 5, 2003, in Dallas. 
He is survived by his wife, Delores Fuentes of Terrell; mother, Adela Ramirez of Kaufman; sister, Elizabeth Ramirez of Kaufman; brothers, Manuel Barrera, Jesse Ramirez, Ramone Ramirez, Daniel Ramirez, and Gabriel Ramirez all of Kaufman; and numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives. 

Clarence Arthur Wilson
Clarence Arthur Wilson of Greenville, Texas, eldest son of Alvin and Mary Wilson, was born July 15, 1935. He passed away Dec. 25, 2002. 
He was preceded in death by his father on Jan. 27, 1985. 
He is survived by his wife Shirley Wilson of Greenville; son, Steven Wilson of Boston, Mass.; daughter, Susan Richard of San Antonio; mother, Mary Wilson of Kaufman; brothers, Lee Wilson of West Tawakoni and Alfred Wilson of Kaufman. 
He was laid to rest Dec. 27, 2002, at Shady Grove Cemetery in Campbell, Texas. 
Funeral services were under the direction of Rentfro Funeral Home of Cado Mills. 

Wanda Ann McGlaun
Wanda Ann McGlaun passed away in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 23, 2002. Wanda was born in Rand, Texas, on Sept. 8, 1937, to Rufus and Katherine Evans Nalls. She was raised in Kaufman and lived most of her life there. 
She married Bill McGlaun in Kaufman on Sept. 14, 1956. 
She was a member of the Ropesville Church of Christ, the Hockley Company Family, Community Education Club and Ropesville Senior Citizens. 
Wanda is survived by her husband, Bill McGlaun; son, Craig McGlaun of Levelland; daughter, Holly Ward of Arnett; brothers, John Nalls of Kaufman, Fred Nalls of Terrell, Eddie Nalls of Kaufman; sister, Glenda Nalls of Wills Point; and 2 grandchildren, Brittany and William of Arnett. 
Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Ropesville Church of Christ with Minister Oscar Batten and Elder Wilburn Burks. 
Interment was at Ropesville Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Head Funeral Home in Levelland. 

Patsy Ruth Musketnuss
Patsy Ruth Musketnuss was born in Hopkins County near Brashear, Texas, on Sept. 27, 1943, to Cyrel and Ruby Chandler Smith. 
Patsy was raised in Sulphur Springs and moved to Kaufman when she was a teenager. She moved to Scurry, Texas, in 1978. On, Oct. 2, 1974, Patsy married Charles Musketnuss in Kaufman. 
Patsy is survived by her husband, Charles Musketnuss of Scurry; daughter, Shauna Musketnuss of Scurry; brothers, Billy Ray Smith of Conroe and Bobby Gene Smith of Haynesville, La; grandson, Donavan Payne of Scurry; and other relatives. 
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at Brashear Cemetery in Brashear, Texas. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 

Arnold Wayne Nelms Sr.
Arnold Wayne Nelms Sr. was born June 19, 1921, in Palestine, Texas, and passed away peacefully at his home in Combine, on Dec. 22, 2002, at the age of 81. 
During World War II, he served in the Army’s 96th Infantry Division in the South Pacific. He was a custom home builder in Dallas and a master cabinet maker. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia Pauline; 3 children, Dona Potter and husband James of Combine, Rita Morton and husband Donny of Combine and Terry Nelms and wife Donna of Palestine; daughter-in-law, Glenda Nelms of Crandall; ex-daughter-in-law, Ginger Nelms of Combine; sister-in-law, Billie Nelms Barr of Dallas; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. 
He is preceded in death by son Arnold Wayne Nelms Jr. 
The family appreciates the care given by trusted friend Dr. Gary Roberts. He will be missed by his 13 year companion, Bitsy-Lou, his Yorkshire Terrier. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Roselawn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Mike Alcorn officiating. 
Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial gardens. Pallbearers for the service were his 8 grandsons. 

Joyce McPherson Sharp
Joyce McPherson Sharp, of Scurry, was born Oct. 16, 1934, in South Bend, Texas, to Nathan and Verna Leonie Montgomery McPherson. She passed away Dec. 24, 2002, at the age of 68. 
Joyce had been a member of Mt. Olive Church since 1958. She was active in politics and served as an election judge for over 35 years. She worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. for numerous years. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Billy T. Sharp, and brothers, Perry Daniel and Harold Ray McPherson. 
She is survived by her son Mike Sharp and his wife Paula of Scurry; grandson, Toby Michael Sharp and wife Dana of Scurry; granddaughter, Amy Rena of Scurry; great granddaughter, Cady Gail Sharp of Scurry; mother, Verna McPherson of Scurry; sisters, Norma Legg and husband Tommy of Kaufman and Sible Glenn and husband Billy Frank of Coppell; extended family, Frank and Danna McCall, Christina McCall and Bobby McCall; and a host of niece, nephews, and other relatives. 
Pall Bearers were Denny McWhorter, Talmage Richman, Bro. Denny Mackey, Sammy LaCour, Robert Flair and Larry Ewing. Honorary Pall Bearers were Jack Smith, Bro. Joe Rosenquist and Mt. Olive Church Deacons. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Scurry with Bro. Nolan Richey and Bro. Garris Baggett officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home of Canton. 

Lillie Bell Wheat
Lillie Bell Wheat was born in Grapevine, Texas, on Feb. 21, 1912, to William and Georgia Carrell Biggers. Lillie passed away in Kaufman on Dec. 25, 2002. She was raised in Grapevine and Irving and lived most of her life in Irving. Lillie moved to Kaufman in 2000. 
She was a charter member of the First Assembly of God Church in Irving. On Sept. 25, 1937, she married Orville Wheat in Dallas. Orville preceded her in death on July 21, 1975. 
Lillie is survived by her sons, J. W. Hudson of North Richland Hills and Orville Wheat of Crandall; daughter, Barbara Biven of Kaufman; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 28, 2002, at the First Assembly of God Church Kaufman with Rev. D. G. Council and Rev. Gloyd Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Crown Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. 
Pallbearers were Jimmy Don Hudson, Rocky Hudson, Ronnie Biven, Gregg Newton, Lance Yager and Jasen Newton. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Newman, Jonathan Biven and Beau Hudson. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 


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