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  Joshua Linder
A memorial service for Joshua Glenn “Josh” Linder, were held Dec. 31, 2008, in the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with Bro. Shawn Garrett officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Linder was born July 11, 1979, in Kaufman and died Dec. 27, 2008, in Mabank.
He was an engineer for SMS Wood Stone.
Survivors include his mother Robin Moseley Nix; father Glenn Linder; daughter Brileigh Linder; sons Joshua Cash Linder and Brayden Linder; and brother Jake Linder.

Walter Luttrell Sr.
Services for Walter Wayne Luttrell Sr. were held Dec. 26, 2008, at Roselawn Cemetery in Seagoville.
Luttrell was born Nov. 12, 1953, in Dallas to Willie Mae and Cecil Luttrell and died Dec. 22, 2008.
He worked for Luttrell Construction.
Survivors include his wife Leona; two sons; one daughter; four grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

Mary Sue Long
Services for Mary Sue Long, 75, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 26, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Long was born July 9, 1933, in Ozan, Ark., and died Dec. 19, 2008, in Tyler.
Previously of Salinas, Calif., she had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 10 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
She retired from the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1998 as a ward clerk.
Survivors include her husband John Long, Gun Barrel City; daughter Debbie Wallis and husband Troy, Gun Barrel City; brother Aaron Thornton and wife Carolyn, Ozan, Ark.; grandchildren Melissa Compoc and husband Jason, Gun Barrel City; Shelly Talbott and husband Daniel; John Wallis, Gun Barrel City; and Jacob Wallis, Gun Barrel City; great-grandchildren Joshua DeMayo, Rusk; Emma Compoc, Rusk; Christopher Compoc, Texas and Lily DeGarmo, Texas.
Pallbearers were Jason Compoc, Daniel DeGarmo, John Wallis, Jacob Wallis, Joshua DeMayo and Durwood Pierce.
Honorary pallbearer was Christopher Compoc.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 501 S. Third St., Mabank, TX 75147, or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Lawrence Baty
Services for Lawrence Paul Baty were held Dec. 23, 2008, in the First Assembly of Ola, in the community of Ola, with Gloyd Robison and Robert Floyd officiating with the burial in the Morrow Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Baty was born Oct. 14, 1948, in Athens to Mary Francis and Floyd Olen Baty and died Dec. 20, 2008, in Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Douglas Baty, and a daughter, Paula Denise Baty.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years Barbara Baty; sons Jimmy Paul Wooldridge and wife Gail; Jerry Burdett Buck and wife Brenda; Jeffery Eugene Buck; Christopher Shaun Baty and wife Catherine; Julian Roane and wife Lynn; Joshua Paul Baty and wife Tanika; Charles Hensley and wife Nina; daughter Jeanette Davis, brothers Floyd Baty, George Dan Baty, Richard Baty and Alan Baty; sisters Mary Jean Tarlton and Amy Johnson; 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Harold Fetty
Services for Harold William Fetty, 80, Seven Points, were held Dec. 27, 2008, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Bro. James Jennings officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank.
Fetty was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Beatrice, Ind., to the late Letta Fern and William Fetty and died Dec. 22, 2008, in Dallas.
Survivors include his wife Irene Fetty; daughters Rita Murphy, Dorothy Rolison, Ruth Glasscock and Tami Kearns; son Larry Fetty; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Leon Rhoades
A private memorial service for Leon Franklin Rhoades, 65, will be held under the direction of his family, under arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Rhoades was born July 2, 1943, in Oklahoma to Rena Opal Pryor and Eugene Rhoades and died Dec. 23, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Rhoades; mother Rena Rhoades; and Kay Rhoades, the mother of his children.
Survivors include his children Douglas Rhoades, Ronald Rhoades, Michael Rhoades and Rhonda Walker; father O.E. Rhoades; brother Jimmy Rhoades; and four grandchildren.

Douglas Athey
Services for Douglas Lee Athey were held Dec. 29, 2008, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Athey was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Conroe to Annie and Henry Athey and died Dec. 20, 2008, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Athey, a sister and four brothers.
Survivors include his children Frieda Alvarado and husband Nicholas; Brenda Lutz; David Athey; Bruce Bond and wife Brenda; brother Jeff Athey and wife Joy; and Dora Mae Miller, the mother of his children; along with family friend Ruby Athey; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Cobb
Services for Kenneth Dale Cobb, 54, Canton, were held Dec. 24, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel in Canton with Bro. Steve Glosup officiating. Burial was in Haven of Memories in Canton under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home.
Cobb was born June 5, 1954, in Tyler to Mamie Irene Pierson and John :Hugh Cobb and died Dec. 22, 2008, in Grand Saline.
He was preceded in death by his father and a granddaughter Heather Walker.
He worked for Tyler Pipe for 34 years as a machinist. He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed gardening and loved his family and friends. He served as a volunteer fireman in Mabank for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years Ann Marrow Cobb, Canton; daughters and sons-in-law Denise and Gilbert Mitchell, Mabank; Laura and Wayne Howard, Gilmer; Jamie and Chad Walker, Athens; and Annette Walker, Mabank; son Kenneth Dale Cobb Jr., Canton; mother Mamie Irene Pierson Cobb, Gilmer; sisters and brothers-in-law Diane and Steve Chumbley, Houston; Donna and Gary Taylor, McKinney; and Elizabeth Anderson, DeSoto; brothers and sister-in-law Bill and Debbie Cobb, Longview; and John Hugh Cobb Jr., Florida; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Clarence Dupree
Services for Clarence Dupree, Mexia, were held Dec. 26, 2008, at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp.
Dupree was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Tool to the late Edna Johnson and Charles Dupree and died Dec. 23, 2008, in Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lois Summerall, Avis Lemmon and Josie Thompson.
Survivors include his brothers Troy Dupree and wife Phyllis, Grand Saline; Charles Dupree and wife Vera, Tool; Jerry Dupree and wife Betty, Becker; and Stanley Dupree, Yantis; sister Ruby Jedicka; numerous nieces and nephews.

Velma Jackson
Services for Velma Lucille Self Jackson, 89, Mabank, were held Dec. 27, 2008, at the Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Seven Points with the Rev. Don Bell officiating. Interment followed at the Salty Cemetery, in central Texas near Thorndale, with the Rev. Clyde Poldrack officiating under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp.
Jackson was born June 18, 1919, in the Walnut Grove community near Bullard, Smith County, to Rebecca Caroline Cook and Isaac Lafayette Self, and died Dec. 22, 2008, in an Athens hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Woodrow Jackson in 1976, father Isaac Lafayette Self in 1932, mother Rebecca Caroline Cook Self in 1974, brothers Franklin Y. Self in 1960 and Thomas Lafayette Self in 1967, and sister Mittie Bell Self in 1918.
She attended North Texas State Teacher’s College (now the University of North Texas) and earned a BA in English in 1941. She received a M.Ed in guidance and counseling from Sam Houston State Teacher’s College (now Sam Houston State University) in 1955, and pursued postgraduate study at the University of Houston.
She devoted 36 years of her life to educating the children of Texas, both as an English teacher and a high school guidance counselor in East Texas and the Houston area.
She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Kappa Delta Pi.
She held an honorary life membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers and was a Licensed Professional Counselor.
She had been a member of the Lakeview Assembly of God Church since moving to the area in 1982 upon her retirement.
She started the Hostess organization and, with her good friend Howard McDaniel, founded the Golden Agers group for senior citizens of the church.
Survivors include her children Randall Jackson, Thornton, Colo.; Jennifer Jackson, Mabank; and Debbie and husband Phillip Hale, Gun Barrel City; grandchildren Jamie Jackson and husband Tom Huseas, Golden, Colo.; Sarah Teague, Euless; Brian Jackson, Bend, Ore.; and Lauren Witt, Gun Barrel City.

W.T. Hammonds
Services for W.T. Hammonds, 77, Mabank, were held Dec. 26, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Merchant officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hammonds was born Dec. 22, 1931, in Kemp and died Dec. 24, 2008, in Mabank.
He had resided in Mabank for the past 35 years and was of the Baptist faith. He retired in 1995 as the owner of the Gun Barrel City Alternator Shop.
Survivors include his daughters Patricia Holman and husband Billy, Eustace; Sherry Penley and husband Benny, Canton; and Sandra Fuller and husband Billy, Ennis; son Michael Hammonds and wife Cindy, Mabank; two grandsons; seven granddaughters; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Robert Clayton and wife Shelba; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Jaydon Hammonds, Skyler Snell, Jody Talbot, Chris Holman, Waylon Hammonds, Shain Morgan, Thomas Slovak, Billy Stephens and Marty Mitchell.

Richard LaBelle
Services for Richard Patrick LaBelle, 46, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 30, 2008, at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Francis O’Dowd officiating. A rosary was held Dec. 29, 2008, at the church.
Burial was in Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
LaBelle was born Dec. 13, 1962, in Dallas and died Dec. 27, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Peter LaBelle, stepbrother Ray Cantu and mother-in-law Eva Torres.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 12 years and was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. He was an automobile repairman and member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife JoElda La Belle, Gun Barrel City; brothers Michael Albert LaBelle and wife Martina, Irving; and Christopher David LaBelle and wife Valarie, Dallas; sisters Athena Jane LaBelle Iranzad and husband Ali, Dallas; and Mary Margaret Abu-Safi and husband Amjad, Carrollton; mother Juanita Stuck and husband Henry Carl, Dallas; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Michael Albert LaBelle, Christopher David LaBelle, Robert Lee Torres, David Lee Torres, Jessie Ruiz, Mark Rameriz, Jerry Don Robinson and Amjad Abu-Safi.

Vonny Grace
Services for Vonny Gene Grace, 63, Kemp, were held Dec. 26, 2008, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kemp with the Rev. Dan Short officiating. Interment was in the Baker Cemetery in Kaufman County under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Grace was born June 24, 1945, in Corsicana to Sula Beatrice Shanz and Buel Hubbard Grace and died Dec. 21, 2008, in Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John Glenn Grace, Gifford Henry Grace and Tuffy Grace.
He married Sharyn Cooper Oct. 26, 1967, in the Hutchins Baptist Church.
Grace worked for the Occidental Chemical Company (formerly Diamond Shamrock) for 30 years.
He was a member of the Forney Bass Club and was Angler of the Year.
Survivors include his wife Sharyn Grace, Kemp; sons Sandy Grace and wife Kim, Dallas; and Chad Grace, Kemp; daughter Audra Grace, Kemp; grandchildren Brady, Alyiah and Aidan Grace; brothers J.R. Grace, Ben Wheeler; and Dale Grace, Mesquite; sisters Neomia Aston, Mansfield; Lavern McNutt, Ennis; Dorinda Prasifka, Hutchins; Alvina Greene, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Zorrie Daggett, Mesquite; numerous other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Jackie Ray Grace, Gene Grace, David Stegman, Brian Stegman, Matt Grace and Scott Daggett.

Wilda Crocker
Wilda Joyce Crocker, 69, Trinidad, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Dec. 23, 2008.
Services were held Dec. 27, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Tool.
Crocker was preceded in death by her parents, Wilda Verdine Tucker and Dick Tucker.
She was widowed early in life by Jerry Donald Tharp, and later by Jim Crocker.
Crocker leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and faithful generosity. She was a devout follower of Jesus Christ and spread the gospel by giving to all around her,
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tool.
She was a passionate fisherman, and would give you anything she had, except her last minnow.
Crocker is survived and will be greatly missed by her two children, Jerry Donald Tharp Jr. and Katherine Renee Morman; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her as the world’s best mom, a tremendous grandmother, exceptionally loyal friend and the world’s greatest fisherman.

Barbara McKenzie
Memorial services for Barbara Ann McKenzie were held Dec. 28, 2008, at the Church of Christ in Styx under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
McKenzie was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Kemp to Julia Haley and Byron Blythe and died Dec. 26, 2008, in Kaufman.
She was raised in the Kemp area, moved to Dallas briefly, and then moved to the Lively area in 1964.
She worked for the Prudential Insurance Company for 28 years and then seven years for Traveler Insurance before retiring. She was a member of the Grays Prairie Missionary Baptist Church. She married James Waymon McKenzie Dec. 10, 1957, in Dallas.
Survivors include her husband James Waymon McKenzie, Kemp; sons Jimmy McKenzie and wife Theresa Dewberry, Kaufman; and Jeremy McKenzie and wife Betty, Kemp; daughters Nicki Wilhite and husband Mike, Combine; and Denise Cantu, Styx; grandchildren Jeff West Jr., Justin West, Pfc. William McKenzie, Cheyenna Wilhite, April Dewberry and Angie Dewberry; many other relatives and friends.

Kevin Daniels
Services for Kevin Eugene Daniels, were held Dec. 29, 2008, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with the Rev. Dale Boshart officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery.
Daniels was born Aug. 6, 1985, in Dallas and died Dec. 25, 2008, in Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lurlene and Ralph Daniels and Gregory Cluck, and cousins Dewayne Wright, Lee Wright and Calvin Eugene Neguin.
Survivors include his parents Bernice and Kenneth Daniels, Kemp; and Geneva and Patrick Brammer, Mabank; sisters Heather, Felicia and Kristen Daniels; brother Kenneth Daniels Jr.; grandfather Gene Lawhorn, Terrell; grandmother Barbara Lee, Seven Points; great-grandmother Lavicia Fountain, Terrell; two nieces and one nephew; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

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