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Obituaries

Hazel Calvert
Services for Hazel Bernice “Doll” Calvert, 91, Mabank, were held Jan. 5, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Interment followed at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Calvert was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Berthoid, Colo., to Ella Bernice Williams and Hemer Welton and died Jan. 2, 2011, in Mesquite.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mabank. She was fondly known as “the Bread Lady.”
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph C. Calvert, two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include her son Welton R. Calvert and wife Ann, Mabank; daughters Martha “Marti” Davis and husband Bill, Mesquite; and Sue Kearley and husband Bob, Dallas; grandchildren Craig Everett, Todd Calvert, Angela Kearley, Cary Everitt, Bret Calvert and Scott Kearley; great-grandchildren – Hannah Everitt, Tyler Everitt and Cooper Calvert; other family members and a host of friends.

Scotty Southall
Graveside services for Scotty Lewis Southall, 53, were held Dec. 29, 2010, at the Kings Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Southall was born July 25, 1957, in Belen, New Mexico, to Frances M. Lockhart and Herbert A. Southall and died Dec. 23, 2010, in Tyler.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Lynda Shiflet; sons Bryan Shiflet and wife Stacy, Chad Shiflet and wife Tresa; daughter Angie Shiflet and husband Wade; brothers Carl, Daniel and David Southall; sister Marvine Orguin; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; other family and friends.

Margie Davis
Services for Margie Fae Davis, 81, Mabank, were held Jan. 4, 2011, at the Clear View Bible Church with Reverands Steve Glosup and Charles E. Davis officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Creek Memorial Park, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home of Mabank.
Davis was born Sept. 14, 1929 in Kaufman County to Clyde K. Freeman and Ray G. Roberts and died Jan. 1, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
She was married to Billy Davis for 67 years. She was a sweet, Godly woman, who loved her family dearly. She was a Baptist by faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Alvin Davis; daughter Shirley Grant; and brothers Earl Ray, Kenneth, and Gerald.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Davis, Mabank; sons Don E. Davis and wife Rosie, Flower Mound; and Charles E. Davis and wife Lisa, Mabank; daughters Judy K. Davis and Deloris J. Patton and husband Lester, both of Mabank; brother Donald Roberts, Whitney; 20 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Brandon Grant, Poncho Grant, Paul Scott, Dion Davis, Keno Patton, Jeffery Hein, John Hutson, Alvin and Bubba Davis. Billy G. Davis was honorary pallbearer.

J.T. Westmoreland
Services for J.T. “Peavine” Westmoreland, 85, Mabank, were held Dec. 30, 2010, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Interment followed in Elm Grove Cemetery.
Westmoreland was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Elm Grove, Van Zandt County, to Arthie Casteel and J.E. “Bud” Westmoreland and died Dec. 28, 2010, in Mabank.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Irvin Westmoreland, and a great-grandson, Xander Westmoreland.
He was a self-employed cattleman and rancher his entire life.
He loved spending time with his family, getting up early, drinking coffee with his buddies at the Dairy Queen and checking his cattle.
He married Claudia April 1, 1961.
He was lovingly known as “Peavine,” and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Claudia Westmoreland, Mabank; sons Roy Mills and wife Rita, Trinidad; Bill Mills and wife Barbie, Seabeck, Wash.; and Tommy Westmoreland and wife Cheryl, Corsicana; daughters Ann January and husband James, Mabank; Donna Hyde and husband Glenn, Payne Springs; and Linda Bolden and husband Vernon, Hillsboro; 20 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren; other family members and many loving friends.
Pallbearers were Jason Westmoreland, David Westmoreland, Timothy Westmoreland, James January, Glenn Hyde and David Bow.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Teague, Lee Romine, Kyle Bow, Jason Westmoreland Jr., Sean Bow, Matthew Bow, Cameron Cloud, James Morrow and Timothy G. Westmoreland Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Odoyssey Hospice, 112 E. Line, Suite 100, Tyler, TX 75702.

Barney Morris
Services for Barney C. Morris, 80, Seven Points, were held Jan. 2, 2011, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating. Interment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Morris was born Dec. 6, 1930, in Ennis to Elsie Wakeland and Willie D. Morris and died Dec. 29, 2010, in Palestine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife LaVerne Morris, son Larry Wayne Morris and six siblings.
He graduated from Forest Avenue High School in Dallas and was a ceramic tile contractor.
He owned and operated Barney Morris Tile.
He loved to sing and play the guitar around the lake area, loving music in general.
He enjoyed dancing, boating and fishing.
He was a member of the Aley United Methodist Church, and was involved in the Shriners and Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include his son, David Morris and wife Melody, Palestine; daughter Vicki Springer and husband John, Grapevine; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; other family members and many loving friends.

Raymond Reese
Services for Raymond LaVerne “Dude” Reese, 87, Malakoff, were held Jan. 3, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff
Reese was born Aug. 27, 1923, in Alba to Jennie Mae Patrick and David Harrison Reese and died Dec. 30, 2010 in Athens.
He moved with his family to Malakoff in 1935. In 1939, he went to work at Kirby Grocery Store and later graduated from Malakoff High School in 1941, where he excelled in academics and basketball.
In November, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He served as a baker in the Navy and was with a Seabee Construction Battalion during the liberation of the Philippines. Reese served aboard the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham, a naval destroyer, escorting U.S. troops. He received an honorable discharge April 5, 1946.
Returning to Malakoff, Reese resumed his position at Kirby Grocery Store. On Nov. 24, 1946, he married Lynadene “Lynn” Kirby at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff. He later went to work with Lone Star Gas company doing production engineering work and oil scouting in Athens, Colorado City, and Snyder. In November, 1950, He and Lynn returned to Malakoff to become a partner with his father-in-law, Leroy Kirby, at Kirby Grocery Store.
In May of 1957, the family was complete with the birth of a son, David Kirby Reese.
As a pillar of the Malakoff community, Reese served as a charter member of the Lions Club, president of the Malakoff School Board, president of the Rotary Club, and chief of the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, he obtained his private pilot’s license to fly single engine planes. Dude served the community in the grocery business until his retirement in April of 2008.
Reese was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Hattie Reese Graham, Myrtle Reese Davis, Eva Reese Blackstock and William Reese.
Survivors include Lynn, his wife of 64 years, Malakoff; son David Kirby Reese and wife Ann Miller; grandchildren Jensy Reese Bizzell, Ryan Bizzell, Jordan Kirby Reese and wife Carolyn French Reese; Spencer Patrick Reese, Jace Taylor Reese; step grandchildren Kenneth Ryan Symank, Evan Miller Symank, Amy Shelton Symank; great grandchildren, Brink Ryan Bizzell, Bandy Leigh Bizzell, and Jeremiah Jordan Reese.
Pallbearers were Jordan Reese, Spencer Reese, Jace Reese, Evan Symank, Scotty Thomas, and Del Roy Graham.
Memorials may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Jimmie Wilson
Services for Jimmie Frank Wilson, 81, Mabank, were held Jan. 2, 2011, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with John Smith officiating.
Interment followed in the Salem Irene Cemetery in Irene.
Wilson was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Hillsboro to Leta Bertha Barnes and Frank Reed Wilson and died Dec. 30, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Dan William Wilson.
Survivors include daughters Rebecca Fuller, Tyler; Paula Martin and Jack Greenwood, Mabank; son DanWilson and wife Barbara, Mabank; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Linda Helm
Services for Linda Pearl Helm, 53, Dallas, were held Jan. 3, 2011, at the American Legion Post 310 in Gun Barrel City.
Helm was born March 26, 1957, in Jacksonville, Fla, to Gloria and Henry Lee Croft and died Dec. 20, 2010.
Helm graduated from UT Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in May, 2010. She was also the former president of the American Legion Ladies Auxilliary - Post 310.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Larry Helm; sister Ruth Ann Judd; and brothers Billy and Mike Croft.
Survivors include daughters Kathie Walker, Stephanie Baker, and Candace Helm; son-in-law Ronnie Baker; grandchildren Michael, Dylan, and Rachael Baker; brother Lee Croft; niece Angela Anderson; great nieces Erica and Julie Zachary; and great nephew Chris Zachary.

John Krueger
Services for John Jackson Krueger, 88, were held Jan. 4, 2011, at at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Krueger was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Pittsburg, Pa., and died Dec. 30, 2010.
He served in the United States Navy from 1941- 47. Krueger retired from Bell Helicopter. He will most be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie May (Jenny) and Oscar Paul; son Larry Krueger; and three brothers.
Suvivors include daughters Mickie Ann Wright and Rani Craft and husband Rick; grandchildren Buddy Wright and wife Trish; Misty Hughes and husband Curtis; Reid and Ryne Craft and five great-grandchildren.

Carl Walton Sr.
Services for Carl Edwin Walton Sr., 89, Kemp, were held Jan. 3, 2011, at Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel, officiated by Rev. Ken Maddox under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. Burial followed at Kings Cemetery in Kemp.
Walton was born March 13, 1921, in Quasqueton, Iowa to Mary Imodell Reynolds and William Franklin Walton and died on Dec. 30, 2010, in Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Ruth Walton; sisters Pauline Lucille and Genevieve Marie; brother Kenneth; and son-in-law Jim Campbell.
Survivors include children Carl L. Walton, Jr. and wife Kathy; Carol F. Griffin and husband Mike; Cindy R. Campbell, Cathy Jo George and Joe; Martha J. Phillips and husband Gary; and Pat Rollison; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

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