Obituaries

     
    Ronald Hewitt
Ronald A. “Pappy” Hewitt, 70, died Dec. 22, 2006, at his residence.
Services were held Dec. 27, 2006, at the Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
He retired from the U.S. Navy after 23˝ years service. He was a 20-year veteran of the Haltom City and Hurst police departments and a retired bus driver for Mabank ISD.
He was preceded in death by his parents Noble and Gertrude Hewitt; son James Delwin Noble; brother James Hewitt; and grandson Adam Andrews.
Survivors include his wife Jo Hewitt of Tolar; daughters, Susan Simpson of Watauga, Rhonda Knight and husband Jody of Tolar; stepchildren Bo Byrd and wife Andrea of Wausau, Wis., Jennifer Jones and husband Guilford of Marble Falls; Jeffrey Byrd and wife Missy of Memphis, Tenn.; Julie Goodson and husband Bill of Cordova, Tenn.; grandchildren Nikki Medders, Amanda Simpson, Lt. Matthew Andrews, Hunter Byrd, Josh Knight, Kirstien Goodson, Michelle Simpson, Tyler Byrd, Zack Knight, Josh Byrd and Lainey Goodson.

Laurence McCabe
Mass of Christian Burial for Laurence Jerome “Larry” McCabe, 76, Mabank, was held Jan. 3, 2007, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City with Msgr. John Brennan officiating. Burial was in Mary Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Malakoff under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McCabe was born Aug. 10, 1930, on the family farm in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Anthony and Loretta McCabe.
In 1951, he graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a BA in accounting.
He began work with General Electric in Chicago, Ill. After a year, he moved to Dallas and worked for Haskens and Sells, then Trailways Bus Lines rising to vice president and treasurer and later, Greyhound as vice president of tax.
He became a CPA in 1959 and was active in Financial Executives International of Dallas.
After retirement in 1995, he and his wife moved to Cedar Creek Lake where they have lived for 12 years.
They were married in 1954, and as the children grew up he was active as a baseball coach, Boy Scout leader and church youth parent advisor.
In the Cedar Creek Lake area, he was active in St. Jude Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 8806. He enjoyed boating, bird watching, travel and bridge.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years Jane Moore McCabe, Mabank; sons David Laurence McCabe and wife Kathy, Plano; and Philip Gerard McCabe and wife Annabel, Mesquite; daughters Cathy Jean Ivy and husband David, Katy; Elizabeth Ann Baxter and husband Thomas, Alexandria, Va.; and Carrie Lynn Heitzenrater and husband Rich, Corpus Christi; grandchildren Matthew, Ryan, Mark and Jim McCabe, Russell, April and Jill Ivy, Lauren McCabe, Megan and Sean Baxter, and Kylie Heitzenrater; sister Charlene McCabe Gideon; brother-in-law Charles Dwyer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary Lynn Pryor
Services for Gary Lynn Pryor, Kemp, were held Jan. 3, 2007, at Harvest Time Full Gospel Church.
Pryor was born Dec. 13, 1953, and died Dec. 29, 2006.
He had lived in the lake area for the past 25 years and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife Linda Pryor; father Ivan Pryor; sister Rosie Massey; several children and grand- children and lots of family.

Doris O. Thies
Services for Doris O. Thies, 84, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 3, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Thies was born Sept. 8, 1922, in Dallas and died Dec. 30, 2006, in Tyler.
Previously of Dallas, she had lived in Gun Barrel City for the past 38 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. She owned and operated Dis & Dat Store in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her son Erick Thies, Garland; brother Bill Kemp, Dallas; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Eldon Hedrick
Services for Eldon Ray Hedrick, 80, Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hedrick was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Hopkins County and died Dec. 28, 2006, in Gun Barrel City. He was preceded in death by his wife Jo Ann Hedrick.
He was a sheet metal worker and veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II and Korea. He was of the Christian faith. Previously of Grand Prairie, he had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1969.
Survivors include his son David Ray Hedrick and wife Barbara, Roswell, N.M.; brothers Luther Hedrick, Gun Barrel City; and Dloyd Hedrick, Grand Prairie; grandchildren Mark Eldon Hedrick; and Jerimiah Joe Hedrick, both of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; great-grandchildren Sonny Payne Hedrick, Taylor David Hedrick and Ashlyne Hedrick.

Rodger Gross
Services for Rodger Gross, 90, Athens, were held Jan. 2, 2007, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Athens with Elder Ivory Joe Givens officiating. Burial was in Sand Flat Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Gross was born March 20, 1916, in Eureka and died Dec. 29, 2006, in Athens.
Previously of Fort Worth, Gross had lived in Athens since 1980 and was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. He was a retired construction worker.
Survivors include his wife Helen Gross, Athens; son Roy A. Gross, Tyler; daughters Tammy Ray and husband Dirik, Athens; and Marlene Gross, Athens; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; brothers Jimmy Woods, Fort Worth; Brian Campbell, Rodger Campbell and Joe Campbell; sisters Debra Campbell and Peggy Campbell all of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lee E. Jackson
Services for Lee E. “Nen” Jackson, 86, Malakoff, were held Dec. 30, 2006, at Darty Temple Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Kedrick Graves and Brother Vince Bailey officiating. Burial was in Steen Cemetery under the direction of Cain-Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Jackson died Dec. 22, 2006.
She attended Malakoff public schools and was a retired domestic engineer. She was a member of the Church of God in Christ.
Survivors include her great-nieces and nephews, including Gloria Wilson, Palestine; Larry Graves, Butch Graves, Jerry Graves and M.D. Graves Jr., all of Malakoff.
Pallbearers were Bonnie R. Green, Randy Jackson, Bobby Hall, Lewis Jackson, Jessie Brooks and Marshall Tarver.

Larry Helm
Services for Larry Helm will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 7, 2007, at the American Legion Post No. 310 in Gun Barrel City with Brother William Allen Vaught officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Helm was born May 14, 1947, in Cherokee County and died Dec. 28, 2006, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his father, brother Gene Helm and sister Shirley Segora.
He had lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area for 20 years, having moved from Arlington. He was a Baptist and member of American Legion Post No. 310 in Gun Barrel City. He was twice post commander and a past fourth district commander.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed as a security guard for SGI Protective Services. He and his wife Linda were married in 1986.
Survivors include his wife Linda; children Candace Helm, Tyler; Stephanie and Ronnie Baker, Gun Barrel City; and Kathie Walker, Shreveport, La.; sister Pat and Bob Gray, Sacul; and brother Ronnie Helm, California; four grandchildren; stepmother Mary Helm, Alto; stepbrothers Ronnie and Debra Dean, Humble; Glyn and Katy Dean, Greenville, N.C.; stepsister Kim and Kevin Tracy, Whitman, Ariz.; aunts Ernestine Wise, Rusk; and Margaret Smith, Grand Prairie.

Willie Mason
Services for Willie A. Case Mason, 78, Eustace, were held Dec. 18, 2006, at the Providence Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Johnston and Frank Sizemore officiating. Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mason was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Dallas and died Dec. 14, 2006, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents Laxton Thomas and Roselie Augusta Tucker Case, brothers Laxton Case Jr. and Charles A. Case, and husband Willie T. Mason.
Previously of Dallas, she lived in Eustace since 1973 and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her sons Joseph and Paul Mason, both of Emory; Daniel Mason, Eustace; Samuel Mason, Mabank; and Michael Mason, Athens; daughter Barbara Taylor Marrs, Mabank; sisters Georgia Lee Mays and Mai Ann McCann, both of Dallas; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, family and friends.