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James Burns
Services for James “Jim” Edward Burns, 79, Mabank, were held Dec. 29, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Mabank with Bros. Brent Tucker and Bobby Sapp officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Burns was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Ennis to Minnie Pearl Richey and William A. Burns and died Dec. 24, 2009, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joe, Willy, Gene, Henry, Lester, Earnest and Ira, sisters Florence, Ola Mae, Lillie and Mary Lou.
He married Tresa Westmoreland in Terrell, Sept. 29, 1950, and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage.
He was employed by the Dallas Fire Department from 1956 to 1978.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
After retirement, he took care of his farm in Van Zandt County.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife, and they wintered in Alamo for 15 years. He enjoyed his family life.
Survivors include his wife Tresa Burns, Mabank; sister Ruth Watson, Marshall; many special nephews and nieces, several great-nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers were Wendell Helms, Billy Ray Burns, Gene Oliver, Rondie Kelly, Dennis Hutchinson, Scott McManus, Richard Bailey and Monroe Hunter.
Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Green Oaks Nursing Center in Athens.

Georgie Standley
Services for Georgie Faye Standley, 79, Eustace, were held Dec. 30, 2009, at Budde Cemetery in Spring with Ken Maddox officiating, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Standley was born Feb. 20, 1930, in Spring to Vivian Vick and George Stone and died Dec. 27, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Dean and Terry Stone.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years Earnest Standley; daughter Janice Owens and husband Bob; son George Standley and wife Linda; sister Louise Drake; brothers Jim Bo Stone and Robert John Stone; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Faye Robinson
Services for Faye Robinson, 85, Log Cabin, were held Dec. 29, 2009, at the Caney Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Alan Hobgood and Paul McKinney officiating. Burial was in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Robinson was born June 16, 1924, in Cunningham and died Dec. 26, 2009, in Athens.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Log Cabin since 1981. She was a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church and retired from Zale Corp. in 1982. She was a pink lady volunteer at the ETMC in Athens.
Survivors include her daughters Sharon Buehler, Fort Worth; and Sheila Myers, Log Cabin; son Vin Robinson, Carrollton; grandchildren Sabrina, Sonya, Michael, Michelle, Sonny, David and Dionna; nine great-grandchildren; many extended family members and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Sonny Robinson, David Robinson, Jacob Scribner, Steven Scribner, Michael Finley and Bradin Spodrick.

Ina Brown
Memorial services for Ina Nual Austin Brown, 91, Dallas and Cedar Creek Lake, were held Dec. 26, 2009, at Restland’s Wildwood Chapel in Dallas with the Rev. Bob Parry of Cedar Creek Bible Church officiating.
Brown was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Elton, La. and died Dec. 22, 2009, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years Robert Eli Brown, father Joseph Austin, mother Cordis, stepmother Lillian, brother Joseph and sisters Irene and Oneta.
She resided at Cedar Creek Lake from the late 1960s to 2003. She was a loving, loyal and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She faithfully served the Lord in many capacities during 60 years at Reinhardt Bible Church in Dallas, Country Bible Church in Kaufman and Cedar Creek Bible Church in Seven Points.
Survivors include her daughters Jerri Lynn and husband John, and Vicki; grandchildren Lauri Lynn, Chad and wife Shelley, Nathan and wife Jennifer, Bethany and husband Danny and Victoria-Ina; great-grandchildren Connor, Catelyn, Madeline, Cooper, Samuel and Jake; sisters Alma and husband Lewis, Theresa and husband Lee Wayne and Margie; sisters-in-law Betty and husband Spencer, Spud and Jane; daughters Jerri Lynn and husband John, and Vicki;
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Cedar Creek Bible Church, 700 N. Seven Points Blvd., Kemp, TX 75143.

Kathy Runyon
Services for Kathy Runyon, 60, Mabank, were held Dec. 30, 2009, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel wit the Rev. Dale Mason officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Runyon was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Paris and died Dec. 25, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Henry Cook and mother Hazel Newsome.
Previously of Mesquite, she had resided in Mabank since 1993 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
She was Baptist by faith and a teacher at Lakeview Elementary in the Mabank Independent School District for 16 years. She was passionate about her work, and taught for a total of 26 years in the elementary grades.
Survivors include her husband John Runyon, Mabank; daughter Christy Green and husband Steve, The Colony; son Michael Runyon and wife Tonya, Athens; grandchildren Lauren Hill, Kailee Green, Slayde Runyon and Madison Green; sisters Kay Wright and husband John, Benton, Ark.; and Beckie Cook, Paris; and brother Kenny Cook and wife Kelli, also of Paris.
She will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Dorothy Sherrill
Services for Dorothy Jean Sherrill, 86, Malakoff, were held Jan. 2, 2010, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Malakoff with Anne Sherrill officiating. Burial was in Athens City Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Sherrill was born March 21, 1923, to the late Lula May Pruitt and Eugene Albert Champion and died Dec. 28, 2009, in Athens.
She was a factory worker employed by a government subcontractor and a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Eustace.
Survivors include her son Al Sherrill and wife Anne, Malakoff; grandsons Greg Kendrick and wife Jackie, Rusk; and Chris Kendrick and wife Tammy, Arlington; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Greg Kendrick, Harry Kersey and Chris Kendrick.

Norman Schmidt
Services for Norman E. Schmidt, 81, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 31, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sullen officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Schmidt was born April 5, 1928, in Jefferson City, Mo., and died Dec. 28, 2009, in Athens.
He had resided in Gun Barrel City for 15 years and was a Seventh Day Adventist by faith.
Survivors include his wife Donna Schmidt, Gun Barrel City; son Robert Schmidt and wife Sharon, California; daughters Sherry Peak and Sabrina Ott, both of Nevada; sister Evelyn Tremmel, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; Sue and Darrell Greathouse and their children Jessica, Rodney, Stormy, Scott and all the family.

John VanDerWege
A memorial service for John VanDerWege, 95, Mabank, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
VanDerWege was born May 7, 1914, in Prairieview, Kan. and died Dec. 26, 2009, in Mabank.
Previously of Glade, Kan., he was a resident of Mabank.
Survivors include his daughter Judeen Downing, Mabank; son Rex VanDerWege, Glade, Kan.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Nettie Allen and Virginia Spratling; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.


Margie Fillmore
Services for Margie Fay Fillmore, 86, Kemp, were held Dec. 14, 2009, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp. Interment followed in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Fillmore was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Eustace to Ritha Mae Smith and Travis Everett and died Dec. 10, 2009, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Bill Bennett Fillmore, son George Fillmore and sister Loraine.
She worked at Sears, Roebuck and Company for 20 years and then stayed on the farm with her family raising cattle, loving every animal she saw, gardening, canning, cooking, watching and listening to the rain and pursuing her true passion of sewing and quilting.
She married Bill Bennett Fillmore April 19, 1947, and moved to Kemp in 1973.
Survivors include her sons John Fillmore and wife Linda, Kemp; Dennis Fillmore and wife Joanna, Mabank; grandsons Tyson Levi Fillmore and Kaleb Ray Fillmore; granddaughters Ashley Brooke Crouch, Kathryn Joanna Fillmore and Kora Grace Fillmore; brother Jim Everitt; sister Betty Jean; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.


‘Mimi’ Turner
In loving memory of Miriam “Mimi” Turner.
Born Feb, 4, 1953
Passed away Christmas Day, 2009.
“Mimi” was a loving mother – not only to her children but to any child in need.
She was a life-long member of the Eastern Star and worked hard to serve in her community.
She was a returning student to Trinity Valley Community College and would have graduated in 2006.
She loved life and loved people.
To each and every one of you who met her – she had a special place in her heart, just for you.
Survivors include her daughter Haley Turner, Mabank; stepchildren Jessica, Kimmie and Justin Collier, all of Mabank, and Brittany and Shayla Collier, both of Arkansas; mother Marjorie Schilling, Oklahoma; sister Tina Perkins, Eustace; and grandson Geoffrey Allen Turner, Illinois.
 


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