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Billie Bullard
1924 - 2001
Services for Billie Bullard, 77, of Emory were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rodney Williams officiating.
Burial was in Dunbar Cemetery with friends serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bullard died Wednesday, February 21, at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.
She was born in Greenville on January 22, 1924, to William Frank and Bernice Portwood Newman. She married W.L. Bullard on October 26, 1946, in Dallas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, W.L. Bullard, Jr. of Lufkin; daughters, Barbara Thompson of Emory and Karen Imperial of Tyler; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband in March 1993.

Myrtle Eddins
1904 - 2001
Graveside services for Myrtle Eddins, 96, of Emory will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, at Dougherty Cemetery with Rev. Montie Parker officiating.
Mrs. Eddins died Monday, February 26, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Sulphur Springs.
She was born in Emory on June 8, 1904, to John Barnes and Clara Belle Brown. She married Tom Eddins in 1920 in Rains County; he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
Survivors include one niece, Elsie Miller of Midlothian.
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home, Emory, is in charge of arrangements.

Cleo Pauline Hooten
1922 - 2001
Funeral services for Cleo Pauline Hooten, 78, of Point were held at 1:00 on Friday, February 23, at Point Church of Christ with Richard Kellam officiating. Burial followed at Lone Star Cemetery.
Mrs. Hooten died February 21 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Emory.
She was born in Rains County on August 10, 1922, to Wesley and Florence Roten Plummer Hooten. She was a seamstress and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Dorothy Plummer and Roger and Shirley Hooten; three grandchildren, Nathaniel and wife Pam Hooten, Brook Hooten, and Morgan Hooten.
Point Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lanham
1916 - 2001
Funeral services for Mary Lanham, 84, of Emory were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Montie Parker officiating. Burial followed in Smyrna Cemetery with friends serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Lanham died February 22 at Santa Fe Health-Rehab in Weatherford.
She was born in Van Zandt County on October 1, 1916, to Jacob and Victoria Lee Stallings.
She married Bill Lanham. She worked at E-Systems in Greenville for many years and was also a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Jeannye Lanham of Millsap, and Bryant and Leta Fay Lanham of Mineral Wells; brother, Jack Stallings of Mabank; sister Elaine Wilson of Fairland, Okla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lanham in 1973.

Paul Mack Low
1926 - 2001
Services for Paul Mack Low, 74, of Quitman wee held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, at Chapel of the Chimes, Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman, with Rev. Fred Morrow and James Attaway officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Mineola.
Mr. Low died February 14 in Tyler.
He was born May 8, 1926, in Quitman and was a lifelong resident. He served in the Navy and was a veteran service officer for Wood County. He was a member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Mineola, James Ladd Burgess Flora Masonic Lodge, and a Shriner.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Low of Quitman; sons, Paul Low of Tyler, Larry Low of Woodstock, Ga., and Jerry Low of Quitman; a daughter, Lynda Seago of Emory; sister, Palmer Puckett of Quitman; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Darrell Rushing, Red Burks, Charles Delk, Bill Dunlap, Jack Cox, Rick Burks, Robert Bennett and Bobby Jack Brown.
Honorary pallbearers were Frank Miller, Jerry Kelley and Dick Grogan.
If desired, memorials may be made to Quitman Christmas Sharing, P.O. Box 1116, Quitman, TX 75783, or a charity of your choice.

Champ Hartwell Marable
1907 - 2001
Funeral services for Champ Hartwell Marable, 93, of Miller Grove were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 22, at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Karen Pollan officiating.
Burial was in Miller Grove Cemetery with Kerry Garmon, Rick Garmon, Kenny Garmon, A.C. Marable, Duane Marable and Christopher Steele serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Coy Bennett, Harold Johnson and Khalid Ali.
Mr. Marable was born on October 19, 1907, in Miller Grove to George H. and Cordie Howell Marable. He was the fourth child of six children. All are deceased.
He married Edith Fisher in 1929 in Hugo, Okla. They resided in Miller Grove where he farmed and worked for Corbet Bros. Grocery Store until he built his own feed and grocery store and became Post Master. During these years at Miller Grove, Champ was a school board member, a Woodman of the World member and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He also became a father. His daughter, Elaine, and son, Bill, were born.
In 1949 he decided that he wanted to become a rural mail carrier as he had been a substitute when he worked for Corbet Bros. There was a vacancy for a rural carrier at Saltillo so he moved his family there and carried the mail until his retirement in 1977. He completed 37 years with the United States Postal Department.
After retirement he and Edith moved to Sulphur Springs where he lived until Edith’s death in 1994. Since then he has made his home with his daughter in Miller Grove.
Survivors include his daughter, Elaine Garmon and husband Frank of Miller Grove; son, Bill Marable and wife Helen of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Kerry Garmon and wife Brenda, Kenny Garmon and wife Nelda, Rick Garmon and Yvonna, all of Saltillo, Kathy Steele and husband Chris of Miller Grove, Lisa Garmon Ali and husband Khalid of Bahrain, Carolyn Hryhorchuck and husband John of Dallas, Cheryl Marable of Austin and Kristi Marable of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Rusty, Angie, Ryan Colin and Nolan Garmon William, J.J., Andrew and Kelsy Steele, Lauren and Taylor Hryhorchuck; and foster great-grandchild, Jayland Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville or to First Presbyterian Church of Sulphur Springs.

Katherine “Katie” Shivers
1898 - 2001
Funeral services for Katherine “Katie” Shivers, 102, of Gun Barrel City, formerly of Edgewood, were held Monday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewood Church of Christ with Ken Maddox officiating.
Burial followed in Dunbar Cemetery in Rains County under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point with Tony Boyd, Randy Bunn, Tommy Alexander, Robert Lewis, Doyal Alexander, Jr., and Charlie Barton serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Shivers died Thursday morning, February 22, in a Kaufman hospital.
She was born July 30, 1898, in Goliad to Selestine and Agatha H. Fischer. She married James Ernest Wade who preceded her in death. She was later married to Early Shivers who also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Edgewood Church of Christ. She had been employed at Baylor Hospital in Dallas for several years and was also a homemaker. Mrs. Shivers had made her home in Mabank since 1994, and had resided in Edgewood, Grand Saline, and in California.
Survivors include two sons, James C. Wade of Fresno, Calif., and Clyde Wade of Oroville, Calif.; three daughters, Edna Wheat of Dallas, Wanda Earnheart of Edgewood, and Dixie W. Zagami of Maypearl; son-in-law, Glen Springer of Gun Barrel City; step-daughter, Edith Shivers of Houston; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mrs. Shivers was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Paul Wade; two daughters, Celestine Schneider in 1998 and Bonnie Springer in 2000; two sisters; seven brothers; two grandchildren, Gary Lawrence and Cindy Lawrence; one great-granddaughter, Schanna Bunn; one step-son, Bud Shivers; and one step-daughter, Ester Shivers.

Clyde C. Ferguson
1901 - 2001
Funeral services for Clyde C. Ferguson, age 100, of Miller Grove will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Miller Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Benny Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at the Miller Grove Cemetery with Johnny Darrow, Bret Darrow, Gary Williams, Michael Anthony, Larry McElvy and Edd McElvy serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Ronnie Darrow.
Mr. Ferguson died Saturday, April 14, at his residence in Miller Grove.
He was born in Miller Grove on January 14, 1901, to William Meek and Lou Bone Ferguson.
He married Lera Maude Darrow on July 13, 1929, in Hugo, Okla., and she preceded him in death on October 6, 1996.
Mr. Ferguson was a farmer, cattle rancher and had served as a trustee on the Miller Grove School Board. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by his two sons, Robert O. Ferguson of Arlington, and Johnny Ferguson of Miller Grove; four daughters, Vallie McElvy of Cumby, Mary Lou Akins of Miller Grove, Ruby Dean Long of Ft. Worth, and Bonnie Callan of Mesquite; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; Mallie and Bonnie Ferguson and Annie Garrett.
Memorials may be made to the Miller Grove Fire Department.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home of Sulphur Springs.

Rose Gentry
1905 - 2001
Funeral services for Rose Gentry, 95, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dee Black officiating.
Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park with Wesley Jordan, Phillip Jordan, Butch Blalock, Chad Blalock, Jim Lynch, and Matthew Stephens serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Gentry passed away at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in the Carriage House Manor.
She was born on August 16, 1905, in Bryans Mill to James C. and Estelle Coker Blalock.
She married Lute Gentry on March 20, 1923, in Reilly Springs.
Survivors include one son, Walter Gentry of Emory; one sister, Johnnie Hale of Oregon; grandchildren, Margaret Jordan, Butch Blalock, and Beverly Lynch; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lute Gentry, in 1989; one daughter, one brother, and three sisters.

Bettie McClendon-Abney
1910 - 2001
Funeral services for Bettie McClendon-Abney, 90, of the Woodlands will be Tuesday, April 17, at the Dunbar Church at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Billy Smith officiating.
Burial will follow at Dunbar Cemetery.
Mrs. McClendon died Saturday, April 14, in Houston North-West Hospital.
She was born September 11, 1910, in Angelina County to William Harvey and Lillie Leota Hurst McClendon.
She married Bruce Abney at Dunbar on Sept 11, 1926.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Adrienne Ormand and husband Garland of Houston; three grandchildren, Joe B. Abney, Jr. and wife Christine of Austin, Kristy Abney of Austin, Sharon Cammarata and husband Joe of Schenctady, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Joe Cammarata, Jr., Kayla Cammarata; two sisters, Myrtle Milliorn and Bonnie Crouch, both of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Brewer McClendon of Dallas and Patsy McClendon of Houston; a host of nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Abney, in 1992; and a son, Joe B. Abney, Sr. in 1997.
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory is in charge of arrangements.

E. Ruth McCravey
1924 - 2001
Funeral services for Ella Ruth (Ferris) McCravey, 76, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Pine Grove United Methodist Church in Hood River, Ore. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. McCravey died March 29 while at her Texas home. A memorial service was held April 2 in Emory.
She was born on August 22, 1924, in Fort Worth. She was a homemaker and her main interest was her family. She graduated from high school in Emory and lived in Richardson for many years until 1994 when she and her husband, J.E. “Mac,” divided their time between homes in Bellevue, Tex., and Hood River, Ore.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years; daughter, Polly Carter; son, Michael McCravey; and two grandsons, James and Matthew.
Memorial contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031.

Kenneth DeWayne Armstrong
1978 - 2001
Graveside services for Kenneth DeWayne Armstrong, 22, of Point were held Friday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lone Star Cemetery with Rev. C.H. Pritchett officiating.
Mr. Armstrong was born September 8, 1978, in Fort Worth to Kenneth and Gail Armstrong.
Survivors include one son, Darrell Armstrong of Point; parents, Kenneth and Gail Armstrong of Point; grandparents, J.N. and Junell Blanton of Brashear and Norma Dean Armstrong of Point; four cousins, Amy Watson and Amber Sharp of Brashear, Ryan Armstrong and Shawn Armstrong of Tyler.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Doyle Armstrong.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edna Gladney Foundation at 2300 Hemphill, Fort Worth, Texas 76110.
Point Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charlton Ruth “Scootie” Cave
1917 - 2001
Funeral services for Charlton Ruth “Scootie” Cave, 83, of Alba were held Monday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel in Alba with Rev. Danny Paasch officiating.
Burial followed in Golden City Cemetery with Paul Richey, David Richey, Jimmy Busbee, Jackie Busbee, Ricky Williams, and Erick Baumgardner serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Cave, Ricky Williams, Bobby Williams, Dillon McGuire, Dakota Williams, and Jordan Williams.
Mrs. Cave died Thursday, July 5, at Harvest Care Center in Mineola.
She was born August 2, 1917, in Golden. She was a Baptist and a housewife.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Michael Ray and Vickie Cave of Alba; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Helen Busbee of Alba; one sister, Dorothy Richey of Alba; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Johnnie Bryan Franklin
1942 - 2001
Funeral services for Johnnie Bryan Franklin, 58, of Alba were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, at the Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel in Alba with Bro. Earl Kernes and Bro. Joe Strebeck officiating.
Burial followed at Turner Cemetery with Al Thomas, Jodie Grubb, James Chreene, Keith Cox, R.J. Smith, and Archie Shearer serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Franklin died Monday, July 2, at Hospice of East Texas Home Place in Tyler.
He was born September 11, 1942, in Electra. He lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for many years before moving to Alba in 1995. He was a retired truck driver for A.M.P.I. (American Milk Producers, Inc.). He was a Baptist, and had served the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Geraldon Franklin of Alba; two step-sons, Terry Ramsey of Victoria and Richard Ramsey of Fort Worth; three daughters, Darla Franklin, Debbie Allen, and Donna Kay Griffin, all of Henrietta; three step-daughters, LaDonna Gleghorn of Seymore, Sharon Rainwater of Seymore, and Mona Gibbs of Olney; three brothers, Bob Franklin of Pottsboro, Gene Franklin of Henrietta, Bucky Franklin of Sinton; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, Finis and Lola Faye Ensey Franklin; and three brothers.

Gladys Sexton
1930 - 2001
Graveside services for Gladys Maris Sexton of Lone Oak were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery with Rev. David Hammond officiating.
Mrs. Sexton died Thursday, July 5, in Dallas.
She was born July 30, 1930, in Gatesville and was married to Raymond R. Sexton in Gatesville. Mrs. Sexton was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Surviving are a son, Jimmy Ray Sexton of Lone Oak; two sisters, Odessa Brewster of Winnsboro and Peggy Askins of Dallas; a granddaughter, Charleene; and two great-grandchildren, Shawn and Brittney.
Her husband preceded her in death.
Quinlan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Justin Ty Bergman
2001- 2001
Funeral services for Justin Ty Bergman, one month, 26 days, of Emory were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, at Wilson-Orwosky Chapel with Rev. Billy Smith officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Ashcraft and Gary Esch.
He died August 31 at his home in Rains County.
He was born in Greenville July 5, 2001, to Kenneth Bergman III and Christine Mankie Bergman.
He is survived by his parents of Emory; sister, Brandi Nicole Bergman of Emory; grandparents, Kenneth and Evelyn Bergman of Emory, James Mankie of Germany, and Cynthia Andrews of Copperas Cove; great-grandparents, Helen Bergman of Waxahachie, Ruby McGee of Florida, Jim Mankie of Virginia, and Roger and Markyn Shields of Flint.
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ollie Lee Bond
1920 - 2001
Services for Ollie Lee Bond, 81, of Emory were held at Emory Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, with Rev. Randy Lowe officiating.
Burial was in Prospect Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bond died August 29 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs.
She was born in Linden on August 5, 1920, to Clemmie and Mary King Green. She was a homemaker and a member of Emory Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Harold Bond of Emory; daughter, Doris Evans of Balch Springs; brother, Dean Green of Arlington; two granddaughters, Kristi Foster of Greenville and Erika Denise Evans of Copeville.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Cricket Bobbit.
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Jean Freiberger
1930 - 2001
Funeral services for Shirley Jean Freiberger, 71, of Ft. Myers, Fla., will be Thursday, September 6, at 3:00 p.m. at Arbor Acres Chapel in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Rev. Suggs, Rev. Adcock, and Father Draper officiating. Burial will follow at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mrs. Freiberger died Wednesday, August 29, at Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem, N.C.
She was born March 2, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., to Eugene Weinmannn and Opal Fey. She married Marcus Ross Freiberger on September 8, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She graduated from Beaumont High School class of 1948. She attended Culver Stockton College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951. She was a social worker in Peoria, Ill., and Houston.
Survivors include her husband, Marcus Ross Freiberger; two sons, Ronald Freiberger of Winston-Salem, N.C., James Freiberger and wife Teresa of Mocksville, N.C.; one daughter, Nancy Smythe and husband Scott of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Freiberger was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 1100-C South Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Robert Gene Gayler
1933 - 2001
Funeral services for Robert Gene Gayler, 67, of Alba were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 3, at Lake Fork Baptist Church with Rev. David Smith officiating.
Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home of Alba. Pallbearers were Larry Rollins, Gene Marshall, Jim Price, Joe Eggleston, Casey Weldon and Norman Chandler. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Carver, Jerry Pogue and the Men’s Bible Class.
Mr. Gayler died Saturday, September 1, in Mineola.
He was born October 17, 1933, in Wylie. He spent his early years in Wylie and the last ten years in Alba. He was a member of Lake Fork Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He retired after 38 years of service at TXU Electric. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. Mr. Gayler spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sears Gayler of Alba; sons, Robert Allen Gayler of Forney and John Lester and Reba Jane Gayler of Nacogdoches; brother, Lester Gayler, Jr. of Wylie; sister, Nell Moss of Rowlett; grandchildren, Denny Gayler, Staci Gayler, Murphey Gayler and Owen Gayler; and great-grandchild, Maya Gayler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Evelyn Paul Gayler.

Lillian Harrell
1920 - 2001
Funeral services for Lillian Harrell, 81, of Irving were held at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2, with Rev. Montie Parker officiating.
Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers were Elbert Sutton, Chris Post, David Watkins, Preston Hogue, Jimmy Cooper and Jasper Northcutt.
Mrs. Harrell died August 30 in Dallas Southwest Medical Center.
She was born in Rains County on February 22, 1920, to George W. Alkire and Emma Jane Covington. She worked at Harber Fabrics for several years. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include son, Albert Earl Harrell of Irving; daughter, Margaret Fay Oliver of Irving; sister, Ima Wyatt of Lebanon, Oregon; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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