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Brantley 
Laura Ethel of Kaufman passed away at home on July 24, 2001. Ethel was born April 2, 1912, in Headley to Nealie Hampton and Rosa Jane Porter Adams. 
Ethel lived most of her life in Dallas, and the last nine years in Kaufman with her daughter and her family. 
She was a member of one of the founding families of Hawn Freeway Church of Christ, where she worked as a teacher for many years in World Bible School. 
Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Cecil and great-grandson Jeremy Michael Austin. 
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Gwynda Brantley of Seagoville, Lynn and Jacqui Brantley of Dallas, Gary and Linda Brantley of Richardson, and daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Gary Dipprey of Kaufman. Also by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 28, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the Hawn Freeway Church of Christ in Dallas. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Kemp. 

Hall 
Dr. Edward Irvin Hall of Kaufman passed away on Aug. 5, 2001, at his home in Kaufman. He was born in Grand Prairie on March 14, 1915 to Thomas and Myrtle Motley Hall. On, Aug. 19, 1939, Dr. Hall married Nettie Ray in Breckenridge. Dr. Hall has been a physician for 50 years and a member of the Kaufman County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Southwest Surgical Society, 50 Year Club of Texas Medical Association, First United Methodist Church of Kaufman, member of the Masonic Lodge, Kaufman Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, Society of Abdominal Surgeons, Baylor Surgeons Society, former mayor of Kaufman from 1954 to 1957, and past board member and president of the Kaufman Independent School District where he served for 15 years. During WWII Dr. Hall served in the US Navy. He is survived by his wife: Nettie Hall of Kaufman, son: Edward Ray Hall of Kaufman, daughter: Jan Hall Shrader of Katy, and six grandchildren. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at 2 P. M. at the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman with Rev. John Gondol and Rev. D. G. Council officiating. Interment was in Kaufman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. 

Valentine 
Mrs. Valentine of DeSoto was born Adeline Julia Gerecht on Jan. 13, 1921, in Manhattan, N.Y. to Robert W. and Adeline (Ingelfinger) Gerecht. She died Aug. 1, 2001 W.C. “Bo” Valentine in Connecticut on June 21, 1943. Her husband of more than 50 years; brothers, Robert, Bobby and Herby Gerecht; and sister Glorianna Soucy preceded her in death. 
Survivors include a son, Calvin Valentine of Scurry; a great-grandchild, Michael Valentine of Scurry and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with Rev. Foy Valentine officiating. Interment followed at Kemp Cemetery. 

Vestal Lorene Arnold 
Vestal Lorene Arnold was born in Kaufman on April 17, 1911, to Wyatt and Arvie Gray Stanfield. She passed away in a Dallas hospital on Nov. 26, 2001. Lorene was raised in Dallas and Kaufman and had lived in Kaufman for 28 years. She married Cecil Arnold on June 24, 1934, in Crockett, Texas, and he passed away on Aug. 3, 1979. Lorene was a member of the Wilson Chapel Methodist Church and the Kaufman Eastern Star. 
She is survived by her sons: Don Arnold of Rockwall and Richard Arnold of Payne Springs; daughter: Shirley Nixon of Kaufman; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. 
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Parker-Ashworth Chapel with Rev. Lew Stokes officiating and interment following at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. 

George Benton Carlisle 
George Benton Carlisle, life long resident of Kaufman, passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. Mr. Carlisle was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kaufman for many years and a veteran of World War II. 
He is survived by his wife Edna Lees Carlisle; daughter, Penny Houston and husband Ron; sons, Kyle Carlisle and wife Jari, and Jeff Carlisle; grandchildren, Jennifer Carlisle, Tory Houston, Dana Houston, and Katy Carlisle; great grandchild, Joanas Carlisle; sisters, Mammie Lee Seabolt, Nell Burd and brother, Pat Carlisle and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Grave side services were held Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at the Kaufman Cemetery with Rev. John Gondol officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Anderson Clayton Brothers of Kaufman. 

Delorise Marie Cox 
Funeral services for Delorise Marie Cox were held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Thomas Memorial Chapel with Chaplin Richard Moore officiating. Interment in Kaufman Cemetery. Delorise Marie Cox was born March 24, 1943, in Arkansas to the late Claude Marlon Ray and Rosa Belle Baker Ray. She departed this life Nov. 12, 2001, in Dallas following a battle with cancer. 
Mrs. Cox was a self-employed paint contractor. 
Those left to cherish her memories include her husband Thomas E. Cox, Seagoville, Texas; sons, Timothy W. Kerbo and wife Nikki, Kaufman, Brian E. Foster and wife Karen, Garland; daughters, Kimberly K. Everett and husband Jeff, Dallas, Lisa M. Grose and husband Kevin, Arlington, and D. Michele McGill and husband Jerry, Garland; seven grandchildren and other relatives. 
Services and arrangements under the direction of Thomas & Sons Funeral Home, Kaufman, TX. 

K. Milligan 
K. Milligan passed away on Nov. 6, 2001. He was born in Hartshorne, Okla. on Sept. 11, 1908, to Cleo Milligan and Frances Martin Milligan. He was a World War II veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart for service. He retired from the City of San Diego. He is survived by his children Pat, Nancy, Maureen and Chuck. Mr. Milligan had ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Clara Glenn Milligan, in 1994. “A fine old man with a host of lovable qualities.” 

Jimmy Shields 
Jimmy Shields of Terrell passed away on Nov. 20, 2001 at his residence. He was born on August 31, 1930, to the late Walter Rawleigh and Cora Mae Jenkins Shields in Wieland, Texas. Jimmy was Baptist by faith. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. Jimmy owned and operated Shields Provision Company and retired from Columbia Packing Company. Jimmy was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Blair Rand; brother, Lawerence Shields and sister, Ruth Swallow. Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jane Shields of Terrell; sons, David Shields and his wife Dorothea of Garland, Craig Shields of Terrell, Jeff Shields and his wife Melanie of Quinlan; daughter, Michele Rand and her husband Richard of Kaufman; 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, W.C. Shields, Boyd Shields and W.R. Shields Jr.; sisters, Faye Singleton and Florence Dees; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with Rev. Brad Howard and Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Interment was held at Highland Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at: 8900 Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, Texas. 75247. 

Ruby Pearl Smith 
Funeral Services for Ruby Pearl Smith of Ola, Texas, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2001, at the Kaufman Church of Christ with Mr. Terry Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Morrow Chapel in Ola under the direction of Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home of Kaufman. 
Ruby Smith was born on March 23, 1926, in Sheridan, Wy. the daughter of the late Raymond and Thelma Sollars Boggs and passed away on Nov. 20, 2001, in Kemp, Texas. She had lived in the Ola area for the past 20 years and was a member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. She was married to Eugene Smith on November 16, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Okla. 
Survivors include her husband Eugene Smith of Ola; sons, Eugene M. Smith Jr. of Edmond, Okla., Charles Smith of Covington, Tenn. and Russell Smith of Arlington, Texas; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Verna Mae Phillips, Coy Cummings and Ellen Lollar as well as a brother, Buddy Boggs and numerous other friends and relatives. 

Lillie Brunson 
Lillie Brunson, 80, of Terrell passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2002, in Terrell. She was born May 19, 1921, in Ennis to Paul and Sophia Supak Luksa. 
Mrs. Brunson grew up in Ennis and Kaufman and lived most of her life in Kaufman. She was occupied as a factory worker for paper products. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas James Brunson. 
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Rodney Koenig, of Elkton, S.D.; step-daughter, Diane Cornett, of Waco; sisters, Sophia Riznicek, of Kaufman, Mary Prikryl, of Dallas and Olga Erickson, of Smithville, Texas. 
Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank with the Rev. Joseph Mehan officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. 

Norma Jean Clements 
Norma Jean Clements, of Scurry, and a native of Centerville, Tenn., was born May 16, 1941, and passed away March 21, 2002 
She is survived by husband, Bill Clements, of Scurry; mother, Flora King, of Centerville,Tenn.; children, Robert Clements of Scurry, Connie McCormack, of Dallas, Sheila Mack, of Kaufman & Pat Kennedy, of Crandall; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Bobbie Weathers, of Detroit, Mich., Carolyn Haskins, of Centerville, Tenn., Larry King, of Seagoville, Richard King, of Seagoville, Robert King, of Centerville, Tenn., Teresa Carrol, of Hornewall and Kevin King, of Seagoville; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002 at Roselawn Chapel. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Stephanie Rand Gordon 
Stephanie Rand Gordon, a Terrell resident, passed away in Dallas on March 17, at age 18. She was born in Dallas on Oct. 19, 1983. 
Preceding her in death are her brother Joshua Blair Rand and grandfather Jimmy Shields. 
Surviving Stephanie are her husband, Jason Gordon, of Terrell; 11 month old son, Braydon David Lee Gordon; parents, Regina Davis, of Wills Point, Richard and Michele Rand, of Kaufman; 3 brothers, C.J. Rand, Keifer and Sky Davis; sister, Carlee Rand; grandparents, Patti and Steve Hilborn, of Terrell, and Betty Slaughter of Bastrop, La.; mother and father-in-law, Nancy and David Gordon, of Terrell; and godmother, Gayelynn Woolverton, of Terrell. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2002 at the Cottage Heights Baptist Church in Kaufman with the Rev. Lonnie Harris and Todd Peavy officiating. Interment followed at Fox Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie Rand Gordon fund at the American national Bank. 
Arrangements under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. of Terrell. 

Joe Allen Hardin 
Joe Allen Hardin was born in Kaufman County, Texas on Dec. 25, 1922 to Ross and Willie Hardin. He passed away on March 19, 2002, in Ardmore, Okla. 
He lived in Kaufman County and the Scurry area all of his life before moving to Ardmore in 1969. He moved from Ardmore to Waxahachie in 1985 and remained there until Sept. 2001, when he returned to Ardmore. 
Joe was a veteran of the United States Army-Air Force, serving in World War II. He was stationed in England and flew many missions over Germany. He served as Navigator for the crew and also as bombadier on some missions. He married Frances Elizabeth Wyatt on Sept. 2, 1942, in Scurry. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Hardin; his father, Ross Hardin and his mother, Willie Hardin Werner; stepfather, W. D. Werner; brothers, Roy Lee Hardin and James Hardin; stepbrothers, Otis Werner, Elmer Werner, Ernest Werner and Herman Werner. 
Joe is survived by his daughter:, Betty Jo Thomason, and her husband Don Ray Thomason of Ardmore, Okla.; grandsons, Eric Thomason and Nathan Thomason of Ardmore, Okla.; brothers, Vernon Hardin and wife, Lottie, of Kaufman, and Gene Hardin of Waco; sister, Polly Evans, of Kaufman; stepsister, Mae Bush of Jacksonville; and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held Sat. March 23, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. the Parker-Ashworth Chapel and interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry, TX. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Lona Reed 
Funeral services for Lona Reed, 71, of Bagota, Texas, were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at First Baptist Church, Kaufman with Rev. Brent Gentzel officiating. Interment followed in the Morrow Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. of Kaufman. 
Mrs. Reed was born August 11, 1930, in Lindale, Texas to the late Elvin Leon and Ada B. (Elridge) Seals, Sr. and passed away March 13, 2002, in Tyler. She had lived in Kaufman for 52 years and in the past 2 years she lived in a Mt. Pleasant Nursing Home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kaufman and worked in the Kaufman Nursing Home for 13 years. Brothers, Joe Seals, and James Seals preceded her in death and her stepfather, Walter Brown. 
Survivors include her son, Tommy Williamson of Kaufman; daughter, Lottie Tiffie of Bagota; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Leon Seals, Jr. of Wills Point; sister, Effie Jennings of Kaufman; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 

C. D. Huddle 
C. D. Huddle of Scurry passed away June 7, 2002, in a Kaufman hospital. He was born in Ben Wheeler, on Feb. 9, 1925, to Clayton and Camey Sanders Huddle. 
C. D. was raised in Dallas and joined the US Army in 1943 during WWII. He worked for Proctor and Gamble for 42 years and retired in 1980. He moved to Scurry in 1965 and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Scurry. His wife Mavis June Ferguson, preceded him in death on April 15, 1991. 
C. D. is survived by his sons, Terry Huddle and wife Vickie, of Scurry, and Rusty Huddle of Scurry; grandchildren, Chris, Rusty, Stephanie, Chance and Taylor; and a sister. 
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry with Rev. Nolan Richey officiating. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com. 
Ellner Rae Alsup 
Ellner Rae Alsup passed away at her home on June 9, 2002. Ellner was born in Milford, Texas, on Aug. 12, 1940, to Robert and Beatrice Bigham. She was raised in Waco and moved to Kaufman in 1978. 
Ellner is survived by her husband, Jimmy Alsup Sr. of Kaufman; son, Jimmy Alsup Jr. of Kaufman; brothers, Billy Bigham of Waco, and Johnny Bigham of China Springs; sister, Doris Boatman of Waco; grandchildren, Kathy, Angela, Tammy, Stephanie and Jerry Jr. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Parker-Ashworth Chapel with Rev. James M. Smith, Rev. Billy Harris and Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Interment was in Radar Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.  

Edwin “Skip” Dickerson 
Edwin “Skip” Dickerson was born in Kleburg, on June 14, 1933, to Clifford and Louise Pendley Dickerson. Skip passed away in Kaufman on July 23, 2002. 
He was raised in Waco and entered the U S Army during the Korean Conflict. After the service, Skip moved to Dallas and opened a Bail Bond Business. On July 13, 1974, he married Dee Watson in Dallas. In 1976 Skip moved his Bail Bond business to Kaufman. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Bloomfield Masonic Lodge, where he was Past Master, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite in Dallas and the Shrine. Skip was also a life member of American Legion Post 165. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford; and brothers, Eugene and Jackie. 
Skip is survived by his wife: Dee Dickerson of Kaufman; son, Curtis Diedrich of California; daughter, Vicki Valdez of California; mother, Louise Dickerson of Kaufman; stepdaughter, Pam Shaffer of Kaufman; brother, D. E. Dickerson of Kaufman; sister, Pat Wilburn of Kaufman; grandchildren, Cody and Alexandria Diedrich, Daniel and Timothy Valdez and Jennifer Shaffer. 
Funeral services were held Friday, July 26, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Parker-Ashworth Chapel with Rev. Harry Smith officiating with interment in Kaufman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. 

Robbie Nell Lennox 
A funeral service gathering for Robbie Nell Lennox, age 78, of Kaufman was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kaufman with Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment followed in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery near Kaufman under the direction of Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home of Kaufman. 
Robbie was born on Sept. 1, 1923, in Johnstown, Texas, a daughter of the late George W. and Vandorene Roach Wicks and passed away on July 22, 2002, in Kaufman. She was married to Richard Lennox on Aug. 17, l945, in Durant, Okla., and was Baptist by faith. Robbie was a very loving and caring mother, wife and loved her flowers and taking wonderful care of her hummingbirds. She will be deeply missed by her family and all that knew her. 
Survivors include her husband, Richard Lennox of Kaufman; daughter, Sandy Swann and her husband Lee of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Keith Bradley and Tressa Hood; great grandchildren, Katelyn and Courtney Bradley and Taylor and Alexander Hood; sisters, Ann Liles and Nina Grant; and a brother, Rayford Wicks; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other friends and family. 

Patricia Ann Patton 
Patricia Ann Patton was born in Kaufman on Feb. 25, 1942, to Jim Copeland and Dorothy Mathis. Pat passed away at her home in Kaufman on July 27, 2002. 
She was raised in the Ola Community and lived in Kaufman County all her life. Pat attended Henderson County Junior College and McLennon County Junior College. She retired in 1995 as the administrator of Italy Convelescent Center. Pat married Kenneth Patton in Canton on July 15, 1961 and she is a lifetime member of the Ola Church of Christ. 
Pat is survived by husband, Kenneth Patton of Kaufman; son, Kenneth Max Patton of Gastonia; daughters, Carla Janicek of Kaufman and Lea Ann Persia of Arlington; father, Jim Copeland of Ola; mother, Dorothy LaRoe of Kaufman; brother, Jimmy Copeland of Ola; sister, Wanda Jean Patton of Kaufman; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home with Mike Newby and Rev. D. G. Council officiating. Interment was in Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola. 
Family has requested the memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

James Harvey Williams 
James Harvey Williams was born in Kaufman County on April 16, 1915, to James and Ella Hunter Williams. Harvey passed away in Kaufman on July 27, 2002. He was raised in the Jiba Community and then moved to the Whitehall Community and has lived all his life in the Mabank area. On July 25, 1936, he married Thelma Johnson in Mabank. Harvey was a member of the Elm Grove Methodist Church. His wife preceded him in death. 
Harvey is survived by his son, Jerry Williams, and his wife Brenda of Mabank; daughter, Dianne Andrews and her husband Gary of Mabank; sister, Dolly Flowers of Richardson; grandchildren, Jason and Scott Andrews, Jeffrey Williams and Shawn Tarkington; great-grandchildren, Erin and Rylie Andrews, Brittany and Brandon Tarkington and Allysa Arana. 
Graveside services were held Monday, at 3:30 p.m. at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank with Rev. D. G. Council officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Katheryn Evelyn Blakely
Katheryn Evelyn Blakely of Terrell, was born in Antlers, Okla., on April 27, 1940, to Hermit and Elma Bailey Sipes. She passed away at her home in Terrell, Oct. 5, 2002. 
Katheryn grew up in Hugo, Okla., and moved to Dallas where she lived for several years before moving to Terrell in 1991. Katheryn married Roland Blakely in 1960. 
She is survived by husband, Roland of Terrell; sons, Robin Rose of Scurry and Mike Blakely of Avalon; daughter, Tammy McWhorter of Ferris; brothers, LeRoy Rose of Oklahoma City and Paul Sipes of New Castle; sisters, Betty Wood of Hugo and Alma Slagle of Plano; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jeff, Jesica and Carmen; and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with Janet Detzel officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. 

Helen Ruth Mitchell
Memorial services for Helen Ruth Mitchell, 65, of Kaufman and Murchison were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church Murchison with Rev. Cliff Cooper officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens. 
Mrs. Mitchell died Sept. 28 in a Dallas Hospital. She was born July 24, 1937, in Canton to the late Wilma Cecil and Oretha O. Kolb Youngblood. She lived in San Diego, Calif., for 20 years, in Kaufman since 1988, and has been sharing time between Kaufman and Murchison homes the past two years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in San Diego, Calif. and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tracy Baird in 1994. 
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Billy J. Mitchell; sons, Billy J. Mitchell Jr. and his wife Gwen of Mansfield, Anthony C. Mitchell of Kaufman, and Seth M. Mitchell of Minneapolis, Minn.; daughters and son-in-law, Brenda K. and James T. Vickers of Waco, Ginger and Marty Booth of Kaufman, Ramona and James Kelly of Eufala Okla., and Anna and Ian Graham of San Diego, Calif.; brother, William Owen Youngblood of Myrtle Springs; sister, Janie L. Diaz of Kaufman; 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of choice. 

Lillie Faye Richman 
Lillie Faye Richman of Scurry was born in Kaufman County on March 12, 1924, to William and Mary Elizabeth Speed Smith. Lillie passed away in Kaufman on Oct. 7, 2002. 
Lillie was raised in Rosser and moved to Scurry after she married Olin Ray Richman in 1945. She was of Catholic faith. 
Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Ray. She is survived by her son, Rayford Richman and his wife Diane of Scurry; daughter, Deborah Richman of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; sister, Betty Phillips of Odessa; grandchildren, Roxanne Richman, Zach Thornton, Andres deTorees and Sandra LaFond; five great grandchildren and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Parker-Ashworth Chapel with Rev. Joseph A. Mehan Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Meroney 
Vera Darlene Meroney of Kaufman passed away March 17, 2003, in Rowlett, Texas. She was born to Montie and Vera Dennis Besherse on Oct. 20, 1957, in Dallas. 
Surviving are her mother Vera Besherse of Kaufman; sons Michael, Tony, Phillip and Chad Meroney; daughters Darla Meroney and Shana Grumbles; brothers Billy, Montie, Timmy and Donny Besherse; sisters Kathy Besherse, Debra Manning and Sherrl Albright; and other relatives and friends. 
Under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home of Terrell, grave side services were held Friday, March 21, 2003, at Morrow Chapel Cemetery at Ola. 

Earwood 
Johnny Claude Earwood was born in Commerce, Texas, on Nov. 13, 1959, to William and Gladys Tucker Earwood. Johnny passed away at his home in Scurry on June 11, 2003. 
Johnny was raised in Cumby and Seagraves and moved to Kaufman in 1978. For the past six years Johnny lived in Scurry. He worked for Reeds Garage for 25 years. On June 14, 1980, Johnny married Laurie Lindsey in Scurry. 
His father preceded him in death and Johnny is survived by his wife, Laurie Earwood of Scurry; son Randy Earwood of Scurry; daughter Stephanie Goins of Kaufman; grandchildren Tyler Goins, Madison Goins, Hannah Earwood and Mackenzie Earwood; mother Gladys Earwood of Kaufman; brothers Bill Earwood of Indiana, Thomas Earwood of Wills Point and Timmy Earwood of Commerce; sisters Janet Smith of Pecan Gap and Karla Clifton of Kaufman; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, June 16, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Parker-Ashworth Chapel with Rev. Royce Turner officiating. Interment followed in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Garn 
Billy Edward Garn of Kaufman was born in Kaufman on July 14, 1938, to Johnny and Beatrice Munden Garn. Billy passed away in Kaufman on June 9, 2003. 
Billy was raised in Kaufman and Dallas. He lived in Dallas and moved back to Kaufman nine years ago. 
Billy is survived by his son, Mark Garn of Kaufman; grandson Steven Garn of Kaufman; sisters Carol Thompson of Tool and Dianne Elkins of Kentucky. 
Graveside services were held June 11, 2003, at Wilson Chapel Cemetery with Rev. D. G. Council officiating. Graveside services were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Upchurch 
Harvey Stanley Upchurch Sr. (Stan, Dad, Grandpa, Pops) was born on Feb. 17 1941, in Estelline, Texas. He spent most of his childhood and teen years in Rosser. 
He worked for Great Southwest Railroad for five years before becoming a firefighter. He retired from the Dallas Fire Department in 1991. 
During retirement, Stan drove for Orman Brothers trucking. 
After a lengthy battle with lung cancer, he passed away on June 11, 2003. 
Stan was preceded in death by his father, General P. Upchurch, his mother, Opal Harvey Upchurch, and half-brother Lonnie (Red) Campbell Jr. 
He is survived by his children, daughter Jerri Beal of Crandall, Becky Bates of Frisco, and son Harvey Stanley (Buddy) Upchurch Jr. of Garland; his mother, Nancy Upchurch of Rosser; sister Nanette Vick and husband Sam of Lancaster; brother Anthony Upchurch and wife Rebecca of Rosser; brother Winston Upchurch of Rosser; grandchildren Chelsea and Kristen Beal of Crandall, Brandon, Bake and Austin Bates of Frisco and Hope and Rowdy Upchurch of Elkhart; two nieces, two nephews and very special friend Ann Bailey and family. Services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home. 

Long 
Will Everett Long, age 9, of Brady was born May 2, 1994, in Dallas to William Murray “Pat” Long and Rebecca “Becky” (Wharton) Long. He passed away June 9, 2003, in Brady. 
The family received friends on Wednesday night with a special “Youth and Children’s Time” at the funeral home, hosted by the Brady Clergy Association. Services were held June 12, 2003, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Brady. Interment was at Rest Haven Cemetery with Rev. Randall Larr officiating. 
Honorary Pallbearers were Will’s Classmates, the Class of 2013. 
Will is survived by his parents, Pat and Becky Long of Plano; brothers Cody Long of Austin, Casey Long of Brady and Jake Long of Brady; uncles Mike Long of Brady and Michael and Lisa Wharton of Martins Mill; aunt Gina Hepburn and husband Ken of Brady, Cynthia Wharton of Plano, Camille Leonard of Crandall; cousins Shaun and Tessa Long, Shanna Laird, Zack, Chett and Jill Hepburn, Emily and Whitney Wharton and Garrison and Kristen Leonard; grandparents James and Louise Long of Brady and Jean Wharton of Plano; and great-grandmother Ruby Wharton of Plano. 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Wharton. 
Memorials may be made to Brady Youth Sports Foundation and/or Brady Community Church. 
Arrangements were made by Leatherwood Memorial Chapels, 1001 South Elm Street, Brady, Texas 76825. 

Meredith 
Wayne Meredith, 72, was born on April 26, 1931, in Big Rock Community, Texas, to John Will and Vivian Irene Bledsoe Meredith. He passed away on June 12, 2003, in Kaufman. 
Wayne attended Purtis Creek Baptist Church. He had lived in Kaufman the last 28 years. 
He was preceded in death by grandson Shawn Harper; brothers George Houston, Marvin Maurice, Merrell and Forest Meredith. 
Wayne was survived by daughters and sons-in-law Sandy and Steve Trammel of Athens, Michelle and Jeffrey Deckker of Dayton, Ohio, and Janie Warren of Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Donna Meredith of Dallas; sister LaDell Graham of Eustace; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held June 14 at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Roy Meritt officiating. Interment followed at Meredith Campground Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were: Dusty Trammell, Jared Trammell, Matthew Harper, Jerry Meredith, Steve Bledsoe and Bobby Bledsoe. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton, Texas. 

Booker 
Zella Mae Booker, life long Kaufman resident, homemaker, beloved mother, born Oct. 2, 1916, deceased June 19, 2003. 
Survived by sons Julius C. Booker of Dallas, Dave A. Booker, daughter Linnie J. Booker, sisters Emma Will Coy (Eugene) and Fannie Lee Holmes, devoted cousin, Frances Stevenson, all of Kaufman, grandchildren and great grandchildren and special friend, Ray V. Pyle of Washing-ton, D.C. 
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Bold Pilgrim Baptist Church with Pastor James M. Smith officiating. Interment followed at Council Garden in Kaufman Cemetery under the direction of Thomas and Sons Funeral Home of Kaufman. 

Rebholz 
Wayne Norbert Rebholz was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 31, 1943, to Norbert and June Weikert Rebholz. Wayne passed away in Grand Saline, Texas, on July 6, 2003. 
Wayne was raised in Pittsburgh and moved to the Dallas area in 1982. On Dec.12, 1985, he married Kay Aharrah in Dallas. He lived in Forney for seven years before moving to Post Oak Bend in 1992. 
Wayne was a member of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Posse and a member of the Hella Shrine Black Horse Patrol. 
Wayne is survived by his wife, Kay, of Kaufman; daughter Lisa Schultz of Pittsburgh, Pa.; mother June Rebholz of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brothers Gary Rebholz of Washington, D. C., and Glenn Rebholz of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sisters Carole Feld of Pittsburgh, Pa., Linda Santos of Clarksville, Tenn., and Denise Bigley of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and grandchildren Amber Schultz and Jimmy Schultz. 
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Alcorn officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Johnson 
Troy Samuel Johnson was born in Tool, Texas, on July 26, 1922, to Samuel and Anna Mason Johnson. Troy passed away at his home in Kaufman on July 3, 2003. 
Troy was raised around Mabank and Tool. On Oct. 11, 1950, Troy married Albina Bednar in Elmo, Texas. He worked for the City of Dallas for 18 years. Troy was a Jehovah’s Witness. 
Troy is survived by his wife, Albina Johnson, of Kaufman; brother Alba C. Johnson of Elmo; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Tool Cemetery. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.


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