Funeral services for Gladys V. Williams Baker of Scurry were held 10
a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
in Scurry with Rev. Nolan Ritchie and Rev. Joe Rosenquist officiating.
Interment followed at 2 p.m. at the Starr Cemetery in Van Zandt County
under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. of Kaufman.
Mrs. Baker was born April 3, 1916, in Grand Saline, Texas, to the late
George W. and Verda Mae (Davlin) Williams and passed away Feb. 20, 2003,
in Kaufman. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
of Scurry. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but did work briefly
in the shipyards as a welder during World War II and at Terrell State Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. Baker of Scurry; son Jerry Dale
Baker of Scurry; brother Kenneth Dale Williams of Grand Saline; sisters
Verda Lee Harvey of Decatur, Julia Joyner of Boise, Idaho, and Mary Westmoreland
of Grand Saline; and by her surrogate grandchildren, Kevin Phelps of California,
Phillip Phelps of Florida, Jesse Woodriff of Wichita Falls, and Jason Woodriff.
Betty J. Blackmon of Kaufman passed away Feb. 19, 2003, at her home.
Betty was born in Kaufman on June 16, 1934, to Julian and Nora Gatlin High.
Betty was raised in Kaufman County and lived all of her life there.
She married Chuck Blackmon in the Blackjack community on March 15, 1954.
Betty was preceded in death by two sons Glen and Michael Blackmon.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck Blackmon of Kaufman; son Tommy
Blackmon of Kaufman; mother Nora High of Kaufman; brother Ricky High of
Kaufman; and sister Aubrey Blackmon of Mansfield.
Graveside services were held Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Radar
Cemetery with Rev. James M. Smith officiating. Funeral arrangements were
under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com
Feeolden Burkes was born June 28, 1917, in Scurry, Texas, to Felix
and Ora Larry Burkes. Feeolden passed away in Sherman, Texas, on Feb. 20,
2003. Feeolden grew up in Scurry and lived most of his life in Scurry and
Feeolden is survived by his sons, Larry Burkes of Longview, Billy Burkes
of Waxahachie and John Burkes of Rosser; daughter Mary Burkes of Nevada;
sister Nellie Mayes of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
and other relatives.
Graveside services were held Saturday Feb. 22, 2003, at Mount Olive
Cemetery in Scurry with Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Funeral arrangements
were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com
Funeral services were held for Thomas Ray Hamilton, 45, of Kemp on
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with Rev.
Joe Rosenquist officiating. Interment followed at Mount Olive Cemetery
He was born Nov. 27, 1957, in Kaufman and died Feb. 16, 2003, at his
home near Kemp. He married Vickie Fortner. His father, Ed Hamilton, and
a brother, Tony Cox, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Vickie Hamilton, Kemp; son Jonathan Hamilton
of Kemp; daughter Jennifer Raean Hamilton of Kemp and her fiance, Bryan
Kirby, of Wills Point; granddaughter Libby Hamilton of Kemp; mother Ella
Marie (Tucker) Hamilton of Kemp and father Roy Cox of Houston.
Also surviving are brothers Clint Hamilton of Tool, Eugene Hamilton
and Dewayne Hamilton, both of Kemp; sisters Terry Ferguson and husband
Tom of Spring and Tina Ethridge and husband Tom of Lawrenceville, Ga.;
his special girls, Tonya Teague and Tabitha Williams; and numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were Matt Teague, Carol Corker, Jeff Ingram, Shawn Ingram,
Monty Freeman and David Jones. Nephews and great nephews served as Honorary
Funeral services for Jessica Lynn Sprague, 21, of Wills Point were
held Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at Alan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills
Point with Rev. Billy Smith and Rev. Ira Waddell officiating. Burial followed
at Woodall Cemetery north of Wills Point under direction of Allan Fuller
Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Jessica passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2003, at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Harold Mac Sprague; great-grandfather
Oscar Hay; uncle Rusty Ashby; and great-grandfather Rufus Nalls.
She is survived by her father Gary Sprague and his wife Sheela of Wills
Point; mother June Nalls and husband Mark of Kaufman; paternal grandmother
Virginia Sprague of Wills Point; maternal grandmother Virginia Ann Martin
and husband Ricky Skyles of Monroe, La.; maternal grandfather Sonny Martin
and wife Nancy of Paradise; great-grandmother Ruby Hay of Wills Point;
step-grandparents Billie and Alton Sherwood of Balch Springs; Fred Nalls
and wife Florence of Terrell; Lona Weaver and husband Rinnie of Lynchburg,
Tenn.; brother Devin Nalls of Kaufman; aunts and uncles Harold and Angie
Sprague of Wills Point; Doug and Rita Ashby of Georgia; Sheryl and Steve
Spencer of Terrell; Ace and Wendy Martin of Rio Vista; Becky Martin of
Monroe, La.; Crystal Martin of Monroe, La.; great-aunt, June Barfield and
husband Glenn of Downsville, La.; and cousins Warren Sprague, Jeff Sprague,
Andrea Sprague, Stephen Sherwood, Chris Ashby, Jeremy Ashby, Carolyn Ashby
and Christy Ashby.
Pallbearers were Stephen Sherwood, Warren Sprague, Ace Martin, Tim
Scharfenberg, Rusty Goggans and Brad Goggans. Honorary Pallbearers were
Dewayne Tulley and Jeff Sprague.
Buddy Lee Stroud of Kaufman passed away Feb. 18, 2003, in Kaufman.
Buddy was born in Dallas on Nov. 17, 1925, to Gregory Maxwell Lievsay and
Edith Mae Stewart.
Buddy was raised in Dallas and Kaufman. He entered the U.S. Navy during
World War II and moved back to Dallas after the service. On June 19, 1948,
Buddy married Cassie Ward in Kaufman. In 1989 Buddy moved back to Kaufman.
He retired in 1987 from Paragon Industry in Mesquite after 35 years.
Buddy is survived by his wife Cassie Stroud of Kaufman; brother Kyle
Stroud of Gun Barrel City; sister Lola Roland of Granbury; nieces, nephews
and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Lamb officiating. Interment
followed in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the
direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
James Troy Littleton
James Troy Littleton, 69, died Sept. 2, 2002 at his home following
a brave battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 25, 1933 in Terrell.
Mr. Littleton was a veteran of Vietnam and a member of the Air Force
Sergeant Association. He retired from the Air Force, having earned the
rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was also retired from Unisys, where he
worked as a marketing director. Mr. Littleton was recognized for his work
on designing the first computer system used at Boling Air Force Base in
Graveside services were held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington,
D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, where he was honored with a military service
that included a 21-gun salute, playing of Taps and presentation of the
flag to his widow. During the ceremony, each of his children read a memorial
to their father. Mr. Littleton’s oldest child, Twyla, released a white
dove while the song “Fly” was performed following the military ceremony.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Ruby Littleton of
Terrell; and one brother, Weldon Littleton, also of Terrell.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Littleton of Sterling, Va.; children,
Twyla Shabtai and her husband Nikko of Beverly Hills, Calif., Guy Littleton
of Leesburg, Va., and Jane Jackson and her husband Ryan of Leesburg, Va.;
five brothers, Charlie Littleton of Kaufman, Don Littleton and Jerald Littleton,
both of Terrell, Bobby Littleton of Columbus, Ohio, and David Littleton
of St. Petersburg, Fla; six grandchildren; and numerous other relatives
Memorials may be made in his name to Hospice of Northern Virginia,
9300 Lee Highway, fifth floor, Fairfax, Va. 22031-1207, or the American
Cancer Society, 124 Park Street, Vienna, Va. 22180-4654. Arrangements were
under the direction of Adams-Green Funeral Home of Herndon, Va.
Ira Sorrells was born July 30, 1911, in Crandall to Jeff and Maggie
Sorrells. He was the eighth of eleven brothers and sisters. He married
Margie Fay Baker on Dec. 9, 1940.
Ira was a dragline operator and worked for various pipeline companies
all over the U.S. during the 1930s and 1940s. He bought and operated a
service station and garage in Crandall during the early 1950s. He and a
few others built Crandall’s first fire truck. In the late 1950s he went
into the sand and gravel business. In the late 1960s he built the “Dairy
Mart” on Highway 175 in Crandall and operated it for 13 years. It was the
first fast food drive-in in Crandall. He sold the business and retired
in the late 1970s.
After retiring, he enjoyed many years of fishing, gardening and tinkering
in his shop. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and Crandall
Fire Department for many years. He was a “special”, much loved husband,
daddy and papa and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Margie; daughter and son-in-law Suzy and
Don Colquitt; two grandsons, Jeff and Brent Colquitt; sister, Mattie Yalch,
102-years-old of Combine and the only remaining sister of eleven sisters
Ira was preceded in death by son, Larry Edward Sorrells, two and a
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at Roselawn Chapel. Interment followed
at Crandall Cemetery.
Ola Mae Spurlock
Ola Mae Spurlock was born Sept. 15, 1916, in Dallas to Frank and Sina
Ray Nehrmeyer. She was raised in Dallas and married Wilson Spurlock in
1936. Ola Mae moved to Scurry in 1955 and worked for Spartans Department
Store and the Scurry-Rosser Tax Office. She was a member of the Church
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson on Feb. 28, 1967,
and is survived by her son, Jimmy Spurlock and his wife Linda of Scurry;
grandchildren, Jimmy Spurlock Jr. of Scurry and Sandy Mathis of Scurry;
great-grandchildren, Ashley Spurlock, Bailey Spurlock and Luke Spurlock;
and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the
Styx Church of Christ with W. A. Martin officiating. Interment followed
in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Funeral arrangements were under the direction
of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Linda Ruth Spurlock
Linda Ruth Spurlock of Scurry passed away Feb. 16, 2003, in Brownwood,
Texas. Linda was born in Dallas on Aug. 29, 1948, to Lonnie and Alma Deshazo
Erwin. She was raised in Grays Prairie and was a member of the Styx Church
Linda worked for Farmers Insurance for 14 years. She married Jimmy
Spurlock Sr. in Grays Prairie on Aug. 4, 1967.
Linda is survived by her husband, Jimmy; son Jimmy Spurlock Jr. of
Scurry; daughter Sandy Mathis of Scurry; brothers Lonnie Erwin, Michael
Erwin and Ricky Erwin; sisters Kay Lawrence, Patricia Tatum and Linda Gayle
Erwin; grandchildren Ashley Spurlock, Bailey Spurlock and Lukas Spurlock.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at 10 a. m. at
Styx Church of Christ with John Gragoski officiating. Graveside services
were held at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Goldthwaite, Texas, at 4 p. m. Wednesday.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral
Home of Kaufman. www.parker-ashworthfuneralhome.com
Betty Jo Tuttle
Funeral services for Betty Jo Tuttle, age 74 of Kaufman, were held
at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral
Home Chapel in Kemp with Rev. Denny Gorena officiating. Interment followed
in the Morrow Chapel Cemetery near Kaufman under the direction of Anderson
Clayton Brothers Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Betty Tuttle was born on Nov. 22, 1928, in Minco, Okla., a daughter
of the late Henry and Jessie Cookston Gabehart, and passed away on Feb.
9, 2003, in Marble Falls, Texas. She had lived in Kaufman most of her life
and was married to Guy Tuttle on May 27, 1947, in Kaufman. He preceded
her in death on Dec. 19, 1992. Also, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter,
Taunya Tuttle, a brother, Carl Gabehart, and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Tuttle of Round Rock; son Wayne
Tuttle of Marble Falls; daughter Delma Harris of Texas City; six grandchildren;
and four great grandchildren; sisters Frances Stone of Seven Points and
Wanda Kollhoff of Myrtle Springs; brother Roy Gabehart of Grove, Okla.;
half brother Earl Smith of Jefferson, Texas; and half sister Ernestine
Hurley of Dallas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other friends
Linda White Williams
Linda White Williams, 55, of Mesquite died Sunday near Snyder, Texas.
Funeral services are pending.
Linda was born Aug. 21, 1947, in Dallas, the daughter of Herbert and
Edna White. She was a member of Shady Land Baptist Church in Mesquite.
Survivors include her father, Herbert White of Southlake; her mother,
Edna White of Kaufman; a brother, Larry White of Fort Worth; two sons,
Floyd Williams and Kenneth Williams, both of Mesquite; five grandchildren
and one great grandchild.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home
Hugh R. Thompson, 82, passed away Feb. 5, 2003, in Ennis. He was born
Oct. 8, 1920, in Kingston, Okla., to Russell White and Ivy Rose Griffith
He served in the Marine Corps in World War II in the South Pacific.
After the war, he worked in the oilfield including offshore drilling in
the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Ethiopia. He retired in 1982 to Canton and
later moved to Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ivy Thompson;
brothers Clyde, Harry and Bill Thompson; and sisters Hilda Whatley, Rosalie
Cooper and Joann Mears. He was a Mason.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law James R. (Jim) and Donna
Beth Thompson of Kaufman; three grandsons, Lance, Ryan and Cody Thompson
of Kaufman; two sisters, Erny Willits of Tulsa, Okla., and Beverly Collins
of Drumright, Okla.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Eubank Funeral Chapel
in Canton with Bro. Mike Kellet and James Thompson officiating. Interment
was at Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kaufman ISD Scholarship
Foundation, 1000 South Houston Street, Kaufman, Texas 75142.
Funeral services were directed by Eubank Funeral Home Inc. in Canton.
Faye M. Gipson
Faye Marie Gipson, longtime resident of Terrell, passed away peacefully
at the age of 88 on Feb. 7, 2003, at her home in Terrell. Mrs. Gipson was
born in Wood County, Texas, on Nov. 7, 1914, to Stonewall Gray and Laura
Bridges Gray. She was preceded in death by brothers Jim Ewing and Louis
Stovall, and sisters Lillie Mae Holley, Ethel Mize and Edna Griffin.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, J.M. Gipson of Terrell;
daughters and son-in-law, Charlotte and Scott Gilmore and Bettye Hall,
all of Terrell; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Lydia Gipson of Tyler;
seven grandchildren, Jenny MacDowell of Johnstown, Pa., Lori Andrews of
Pasadena, Calif., Juliann Larsen of Austin, James Hall of Abilene, Celinda
Lindsey of Terrell, Terry Gipson of White Plains, N.Y., and Kerry Long
of Frisco; eight great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
A service of celebration of her life was held at Goggans Funeral Home
in Terrell at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, with Rev. Steve Odom officiating,
and interment followed at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell.
Serving as pallbearers was Terry Gipson, James Hall, Rusty Lindsey,
Rob Long, Ken Larsen and Craig Ostrander. Friends were invited to a visitation
with the family Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Goggans Funeral Home.
Faye grew up in Wood County and later moved to the Tona Community north
of Terrell where she met and married her husband. She was a housewife and
worked in the cotton fields and on the dairy farm with her husband until
the family moved into Terrell in the early ‘50s. Faye and J.M. both went
to work at Terrell State Hospital where Faye worked 25 years as a nurse
technician and where she made lifelong friends. She was a graduate of the
Nurse Technician School of Navarro Junior College. Faye was an avid golfer
and bowler. She was a longtime member of First Christian Church of Terrell.
Her family and many friends celebrate the long life of this wonderful woman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First
Christian Church of Terrell Scholarship Fund.
Ray “Butch” Bedrick, Jr.
July 7, 1953 – January 26, 2003
Ray “Butch” Bedrick Jr., 49, of Kaufman, beloved son, brother, grandson,
uncle and nephew passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at his home. Ray was
born July 7, 1953, in Bryan, Texas, to Raymond and Betty Bedrick who were
stationed there with the Air Force. In 1956, Ray’s family moved to Kaufman
where he grew up in the country – riding horses, playing sports and learning
to drive. Graduating from Kaufman High School in 1971, Ray played several
years with the Kaufman Lions Varsity. He was named “Mr. K.H.S.” and Student
Council President his senior year.
Ray received his marketing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington
and began a long and successful career in marketing and sales. He continued
his career through 16 cities across the country from California to Tennessee.
Ray also was owner of his own company, RBJ Label. Wherever he lived, Ray
struck up friendships he cherished for life. Ray owned his own printing
company, RBJ Label, for eleven years. He remained a passionate Texas Longhorn
fan throughout his life. He was also a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church
of Kaufman, American Paint Horse Association, and the KJT organization.
Active in sports, Ray was also an avid horseman, and in recent years,
was a member of the Tri-Valley Trailblazers. Those who knew Ray best rarely
saw him without his horses or dogs, and he often shared their antics with
family and friends. Ray loved the outdoors and the simple things. He recently
wrote “God makes me laugh in so many ways, and I thank him for that… everyday.”
Ray – his big heart, his humor, caring and outgoing personality - will
be deeply missed every day, especially by his parents, Betty and Raymond;
and sisters, Barbara Bedrick of Dallas, Marjorie Saenz and husband John
of Sachse, and Sherri Martin and husband, Allen, of Kaufman. He loved children;
and his niece, Courtney Saenz, and nephews, Andrew and Joshua Saenz, and
Lantz Martin will miss “Uncle Butch” very much.
Ray is also survived by his grandparents, Frank and Mary Bedrick of
Kaufman, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded
in death by his maternal grandparents, Gladys Rodgers Ray and Cecil Rodgers.
Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at St.
Ann’s. Father Joseph Mehan Jr. officiated with eulogy by Pastor Brent Gentzel,
First Baptist Church, Kaufman. Pallbearers were Mark Phillips, Steve Rychlik,
Rod Rychlik, Mike Bedrick, David Lott, and Henry Roy Rychlik. A Rosary
was said by Deacon James Burkel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Parker-Ashworth
The family of Ray Bedrick wishes to express his gratitude for the prayers,
food and support from many friends and family members, and to members of
both St. Ann’s and First Baptist congregations who offered support in the
loss of son and brother, Ray.
Wilma Cech of Terrell passed away on Feb. 10, 2003. Services are pending
at this time with Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Terrell.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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,
Funeral services were under the direction of Rentfro Funeral Home of
Michael Don Smith
Kaufman County Fire Marshal Michael Don Smith passed away on Wednesday,
Aug. 28, in Kaufman after a long battle with cancer. Smith was 50 years
old at the time of his death.
Smith served the past two years as fire marshal of Kaufman County.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1951, in Kaufman to William Smith and Mary Beth
Pippins Jones. He graduated from Mabank High School.
Smith like to read and paint. He loved music and computers, but his
job as county fire marshal was his favorite thing to do. He was a Baptist
Smith is survived by his wife, Robin Renee Smith of Kaufman; five sons,
Brad Smith and wife Jennifer of Malvern, Ark., Jonathan Weishman, Jake
Smith, Caleb Smith, and Kenneth Smith, all of Kaufman; mother and step-father,
Mary Beth and L.W. Jones of Kemp; brother, Bill Smith of Mabank; 4 grandchildren,
other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at First
Assembly of God Church Kaufman with Rev. James Michael Smith officiating.
Interment followed at Shiloh Cemetery in Kaufman.
Family received friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at First
Assembly of God Church Kaufman.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home
Jimmy Russell Turner
Jimmy Russell Turner was born in Kaufman County on April 14, 1946,
to Tomie and Ethel Lightfoot Turner. Jimmy passed away in Kaufman on Aug.
Jimmy was raised in Kaufman and attended Kaufman Schools. He later
moved to the Dallas area where he worked for Texas Instruments and Raytheon
for 34 years. Jimmy was a member of the Ola Church of Christ. He was preceded
in death by a daughter, Ashley Dawn Turner.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Arca of Grapevine, Kimberly
Kelly of Tyler, and Courtney Turner of Frisco; brothers, Tom W. Turner
of San Antonio, Jack Turner of Kaufman, Johnie Turner of Kansas City, Joe
Turner of Wills Point, and David Turner of Edgewood; sisters, Lydia Gardner
of Kaufman, Janis Lindsey of Kaufman, Alice Perdue of Crandall, and Frankie
Prater of Irving; five grandchildren and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at 4 p.m. at the
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Newby officiating. Interment
followed in Kaufman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction
of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Abbie Ray Thompson
Abbie Ray Thompson passed away Nov. 17, 2002. Abbie was born in Dallas
on Feb. 24, 1977, to Barry Dale and Sharon Gail Hussong Thompson.
She was raised in Kaufman and graduated with honors from Kaufman High
School in 1995. She was a member of the Lady Lion Volleyball, Softball
and Basketball teams.
Abbie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tyler Junior College in 1998 receiving
a degree in Radiology Technology. She worked for the Medical Center of
Terrell and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kaufman. Abbie
was preceded in death by her brother, Cory Adam Thompson on Dec. 31, 1998,
grandparents, Odie and Ray Hussong and her uncle, Joe Dale McKnight.
Abbie is survived by her parents, Sharon and Barry Thompson of Kaufman;
grandparents, Vernon and Kelcie Thompson of Mabank; aunts, Mary McKnight,
Betty Hussong and Janet Hussong; uncle, George Hussong; cousins, David
Hussong, Kelly McKnight and Kyle McKnight.
Abbie will be forever remembered as a loving sister, precious daughter
and devoted friend.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church Kaufman with Rev. Brent Gentzel officiating. Interment followed
in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction
of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Nellie Daphne Dorough
Nellie Daphne Dorough of Mabank passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2002.
She was born Nov. 1, 1915, in Kemp.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Eubank Memorial
Chapel in Mabank with Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment followed
in Kemp Cemetery.
Mrs. Dorough was a member of the Mabank Order of Eastern Star 821 and
a past member of the Mabank Fire Department Ladies Auxillary.
She was preceded in death by husband Wilkins Williamson, husband R.L.
Willett, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Mrs. Dorough is survived by husband Temple Dorough of Mabank; daughters,
Anita Nell Holt of Mabank, Peggy Joan Holt of Canton and Marilyn Dee Mixon
of Hutchins; step-daughters, Jean Myrick of Mabank and Susan Shaw of Kaufman;
sons, Robert Willett of Seagoville and James Williamson of Hutchins; step-sons,
Billy Jack Dorough of Kaufman, Donald Wayne Dorough of Kerens, David William
Dorough of Kaufman, Bobby Jerrell Dorough of Scurry and Kenneth Wren Dorough
of Ennis; 29 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dewayne Holt, Keith Holt, Russell Mixon, Ricky Myrick,
Jim Bob Willet and Jim Williamson.
Funeral services for Dorough were under the direction of Eubank Cedar
Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Joe George Vitovsky Sr.
Joe George Vitovsky Sr. of Kaufman, was born on May 7, 1926, in Kaufman,
and passed away on July 22 in Dallas.
Mr. Vitovsky was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church of Kaufman.
He served his country during WWII in the US Army as the rank of Corporal
and was also a volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center.
He is survived by son, Joe Vitovsky Jr. and his wife Pat of Mesquite;
daughter, Pam Garrison of Mesquite; 5 grandchildren; one great grandaughter;
sisters, Edith Garrison and Millie Vavra; and brother, Ralph Vitovsky.
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at Anderson Clayton
Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kaufman. Mass of Christian Burial was at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the St. Ann Catholic Church of Kaufman
with interment in the Roselaw Memorial Gardens in Seagoville.
Michael Glenn Gayler
Michael Glenn Gayler, was born Feb. 17, 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He
passed away June 14, 2002. He was a resident of Kaufman.
Mr. Gayler had many interests and was known as Red Gayler in the Kickboxing
circuit. He was a 4th dan Black Belt in Karate and taught at his own Karate
school. He loved to sing in his church and to write music and poetry. He
wrote many songs and was the lead singer in his own band. He was an avid
NASCAR fan, loved motorcycles and bull riding.
He dearly loved his grandsons and affectionately called them Papa Dylan
and Michael Wayne.
Mr. Gayler is survived by his loving wife Cindy Gayler; children, David
and wife Season Gayler, and Doyle Gayler; grandsons, Dylan Gayler and Michael
Wayne Gayler; and parents Glenn and Jean Gayler.
Other survivors include three sisters, Arliss Cunningham, Carliss Stewart
and Sharron Menary. Numerous other family embers and friends are left behind
to cherish his memory.
Services will be held Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Cottage Heights
Baptist Church in Kaufman. Family and friends paid their respects to the
family on Monday, June 17, at the Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville.
Ida Carolyn Reed
Ida Carolyn Reed was born Sept. 26, 1946, in Caddo, Okla., to Carrell
and Sadie Love Braudrick. She passed away on June 11, 2002, in Kaufman.
Ida was raised in Irving and lived her life there until she moved to
Kaufman in 1999. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kaufman. On
June 10, 1961, Ida married Harold Reed in Grapevine.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Reed of Kaufman; sons, Ricky
Reed of Seagoville and Randy Reed of Kaufman; daughter, Rindi Trainer of
North Richland Hills; brothers, Carril Braudrick, John Braudrick, Wendell
Buckmaster, Jerry Braudrick and Troy Buckmaster; sister:, Charolette Keller;
nine grandchildren and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 15, 2002, at 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church of Kaufman with Rev. Brent Gentzel officiating.
Interment followed in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements
were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
A.C. Harris was born June 24, 1923, in Carlisle, Ind., and passed away
June 14, 2002, in Kaufman.
Mr. Harris was retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was also
retired hom the US Army Reserves and a member of the American Legion of
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay Harris, and one daughter,
Patricia L. Harris.
Also surviving Harris are his brothers and sisters, Charles “Andy”
and wife Helen Harris of College Station, Orville and Cassie Harris of
Newcastle, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Bruce and Claudia Harris of Augusta,
Ga., Nan and Chet Bussert of Indianapolis, Ind., Jill and Mike Morris of
Newcastle, Ind., Brenda Haisley of Newcastle, Ind., and Chuck and Donna
Harris of Bryan Texas.
Services were Monday at 10 a.m. in Roselawn Chapel. Interment followed
at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Funeral services for J.W. Duncan of Tomball were held at 10 a.m. Monday,
Aug. 5, 2002, in the Kaufman Cemetery with Rev. Casey Perry officiating.
Interment followed under direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. of Kaufman.
Mr. Duncan was born Oct. 22, 1916, in Gastonia, Texas, to the late
James Wesley and Ethel (Land) Duncan Sr. and passed away Aug. 1, 2002,
in Mansfield. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jonnie Duncan, step son, Stephen Boswell,
sisters, Sara Grubbs, Francis Woodruff, and Alice Adams.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pat Boswell
of Spring, Texas, David and Janice Boswell of Waco, James and Susan Duncan
of Bloomfield, Conn., and Paul and Jan Duncan of Arlington; 8 grandchildren;
2 great grandchildren; sisters, Harriet Atlee, and Ethel Land Thompson;
and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
James “Kirby” Benson
James “Kirby” Benson, of Scurry, passed away July 31, 2002, in Dallas.
Kirby was born in Scurry on May 19, 1939, to Herbert and Norene DeMasters
Kirby was raised in Scurry and lived all his life there. He graduated
from East Texas State University. He worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments
for 34 years before retiring in 1994. Kirby was a faithful Christian, brother
and friend. He fought a courageous battle with cancer.
Kirby was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kaufman. His parents
Herbert and Norene Benson preceded him in death, and he is survived by
his brother, Wayne Benson of Scurry; sister, Anita Carrell of Scurry; nieces,
Jana Minton of Wylie and Jean Trollinger of Scurry; nephews, Terry Benson
of Richardson and Bryan Carrell of Scurry.
Funeral services were held Friday Aug. 2, 2002, at 10 a.m. at First
Baptist Church of Kaufman with Rev. Brent Gentzel and Rev. Oscar Smart
officiating. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Funeral arrangements
were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Funeral services for Sylvester Lollis of Kaufman, were held 10 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel with Rev. Greg Richard
officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Anderson Clayton
Bros. of Kaufman.
Mr. Lollis was born Oct. 27, 1937, to the late Perry and Lizzy (Acres)
Lollis and passed away July 31, 2002, in Kaufman. He attended the Morning
Star Church in Kaufman and was preceded in death by two granddaughters,
Sherita and Jackie Council.
Survivors include his wife Pat Lollis; children, Hazel Lollis &
Sam Moseley, Ira Lollis, Linda Lollis, Michelle Mooneyham, and Jimmy &
Lisa Council; grandchildren, Emily Lollis, Johnny Lollis, Shaun Lollis,
Aaron Barnard, Jennifer Barnard, Allen Barnard, Hannah Mooneyham, Kyler
Ivey, J.C. Council, and Jamie Council; brothers and sisters, William Lollis,
David Lollis, Hazel Reed, and Zona Lollis; numerous nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
Oleta B. Gronewald
Funeral services for Oleta B. Gronewald, age 90, of Littlefield, Texas,
were conducted July 24, 2002, at First United Church in Littlefield with
the Rev. George C. Price Jr., officiating. Burial was in Littlefield Memorial
Mrs. Gronewald died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Lamb Healthcare Center
in Littlefield. She was born July 3, 1912, in Kaufman to Bart and Lola
Reams Shehee. She married Robert Gronewald Sept. 26, 1935, in Seguin, Texas.
The couple lived in Lamb County since 1946.
Mrs. Gronewald was preceded in death by three brothers, Belton, Eldon
and June Shehee and two sisters, Effie Smith and Sunshine Reed. She is
survived by her husband, Robert Gronewald of Littlefield; two sons, Bobby
Gronewald of LaGrange and Terry Gronewald of Littlefield; daughter, Neta
Richardson of Austin,; two brothers, Bill Shehee of Kemp and Reams Shehee
of Boise, Idaho; 6 grandchildren, Toni Thrash, Bradley Richardson, Jan
Dimmitt, Scott Gronewald, Rob Gronewald and Andrea Gronewald; 8 great-grandchildren,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bradley Richardson, Scott Gronewald, Rob Gronewald,
Chris Thrash, Michael Dimmitt and Brandon Dimmitt.
Ricky Ray Raymond
Ricky Ray Raymond, 39, of Kaufman passed away Aug. 4, 2002, in Dallas.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church
in Kaufman with Rev. D.G. Council, Rev. Brent Gentzel and Mr. Travis Stodghill
officiating. Interment was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank.
Mr. Raymond was born Sept. 20, 1962, in Dallas and was a graduate of
Kaufman High School. He attended Baylor University and received his Masters
degree from Texas A&M Commerce. Mr. Raymond taught high school English
at Scurry-Rosser High School for 13 years. He was a member of the Park
Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
Survivors include his parents, Ray and Ann Raymond of Kaufman; brother
and sister-in-law, Tommy and Stephani Raymond of Kaufman; niece and nephew,
Jordan and Kyle Raymond of Kaufman; grandmother, Lucile Sutton of Kaufman;
aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mr. Raymond was preceded in death by his sister Patti Ann Raymond in
1988; grandparents, Edgar and Bessie Raymond and Estle Sutton.
Pallbearers were Rusty Grizzard, Mike Odom, Danny Scott, Gary Chitwood,
Jason Glenwinkel and Crawford Howell.
Memorials may be made to Scurry-Rosser ISD Scholarship Fund, 10705
S. Hwy. 34, Scurry, Texas 75158.