Services for Jimmy “Red” McWhorter, 46, Mabank, were held Jan. 2, 2010,
at the First Baptist Church of Mabank with James A. McWhorter Sr. and
Brian McWhorter officiating.
Jimmy McWhorter was born July 13, 1963, in Dallas to Gladys and James
McWhorter and died Dec. 29, 2009, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents James Anthony “JA”
McWhorter, Maudie McWhorter-Adams, Don Adams and Edith and George
He was passionate about soccer, having coached teams for more than 20
years in the Tri-County Soccer Association.
He also played on many teams during the years and was founder of the “Thunderdawgs,”
a local adult soccer team.
He served as referee for recreational, high school and college soccer
He was a charter member of the Wildwood Independent Baptist Church of
Mabank, where he had attended for the past 36 years.
He graduated from Mabank High School in 1981, and had resided in Mabank
Survivors include his wife of 26 years Karylene McWhorter, Mabank; son
James Allen “J.A.” McWhorter and wife Misty, Mabank; daughter Stephanie
Nicole “Nikki” McWhorter, Mabank; the light of his life granddaughter
Jaylyn Alexis McWhorter; parents Gladys and James Arlen McWhorter,
Mabank; brother Brian McWhorter and wife Stacey, Mabank; sisters Teresa
Moore and husband Mark, Mabank; Penny LaPlant and husband Dan, Athens;
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and
In lieu of a memorial, donations may be made to the Wildwood Baptist
Church Charity Fund, P.O. Box 988, Mabank, TX 75147.
Pallbearers were J.A. McWhorter, Jared Autrey, Juston Richardson, Jason
Boyd, Bryan Miller, Michael Balderas and Chris Butts.
Honorary pallbearers were the many soccer players he had coached.
Services for Margarette Ann Bewley, 41, Corsicana, were held Jan. 3,
2010, at Moorhead Memorial Chapel in Gun Barrel City with the Rev.
Raymong Neal officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in
Bewley was born Feb. 22, 1968, to Minnie Lee Reynolds and Willard
Sampson Long and died Dec. 31, 2009, in Corsicana with her family by her
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Minnie Virginia Jones,
and brother David Sampson Long.
Survivors include her husband Duane; sons Samuel Duane Bewley and Kalen
Lee Bewley, all of Corsicana; brothers Willard Long, Whitehouse; and
Jerry Long, Athens; sisters Sarah Clayburn, Mabank; Mary Hillhouse,
Athens; and Kay Whittington, Canton.
Warren Randall Penwell
Warren Randall Penwell, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and
brother died Dec. 30, 2009, in Longview at the age of 89, due to
complications of heart disease.
Born July 8, 1920, in Holyoke, Col., the first of three children to
Sarah Jones and Clark Moses Penwell, he was preceded in death by parents
and his wife, Evaleen, after 65 years of marriage.
He was a member of the Mabank Church of Christ.
His family moved to Mabank in 1928. He and his brother played on the
first Panther football team.
After graduation in 1938, he moved to Dallas and married his high school
sweetheart, Evaleen Teel in 1942.
He played on a semi-pro baseball team and in later life was never happy
if there was not a game to watch on television.
Penwell served in the U.S. Navy for three and a half years in the South
Pacific as a, aviation gunner.
He survived a downed plane and some 20 hours in the water before being
picked up by a U.S. destroyer.
After discharge he moved to Grand Prairie and started a family, having
sons Randy Clark and Donny Glynn Penwell.
He was a welding supervisor at Texas Instruments for 27 years and
retired to Cedar Creek Lake area in 1984.
He enjoyed visits from family, fishing, hunting and skeet shooting was
In 1984 he was inducted into the Texas Skeet Shooters Association Hall
of Fame. “Mr. Penny,” as his fellow shooters fondly called him, was a
true sportsman. He was on many All American Skeet teams.
He was a crack shot since he started shooting in 1958 and helped
establish the Arlington Sportsman Club and the Grand Prairie Gun Club.
At age 80, as a veteran shooter, he held three World Records.
He loved the sport and was always available to teach new shooters.
He is survived by sons Randy Penwell and wife Mary of Longview; Donny
Penwell and wife Nancy of Colleyville; brother JC Penwell and wife Jerri
of Weatherford,Okla.; and sister Lorena Lamb of Dallas;
Also grandchildren Josh and JK Penwell, Lonny Penwell and fiance Kari
Wellborn, Melissa Pearce, and Misty Penwell; great-grandchildren Taylor,
Tara, Rylie and Molly; and many more relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American
Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX
75231, or charity of your choice.
Services for Catherine “Kay” Nelson, 92, of Don’s Port were held Jan. 2,
2010, at the Faith Bible Church in Desoto. Burial followed in Laurel
Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
Nelson was born March 5, 1917 to Mary Ellen and Joseph Phillips and died
Dec. 24, 2009, along with her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and R.
Alan Wilbourn of Cedar Hill in a tragic car accident in Frisco.
She was a longtime member of the Good Sam’s Camping Club, the Red Hat
Society and various community service organizations and book clubs.
Survivors include her grandchildren Malea and Trey King, Kelly King and
Tiffeny and Devin Wilbourn; great-grandchildren Heather and Tyree
Waldrep, Harli, Luke, Jaxon and Beckett King.
Services for “Mimi” Turner, 56, Mabank, were held Jan. 2, 2010, at the
Gun Barrel City Masonic Lodge under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek
Funeral Home in Mabank.
Turner was born Feb. 4, 1953, in Hot Springs, Ark., and died Dec. 25,
2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her son Geoffrey Allen Turner.
She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star and worked hard to serve
in her community.
Survivors include her daughter Haley Turner, Mabank; stepchildren
Jessica, Kimmie and Justin Collier, Mabank, and Brittany and Shayla
Collier, Arkansas; mother Marjorie Schilling, Oklahoma; sister Tina
Perkins, Eustace; and grandson Geoffrey Allen Turner III.
Services for Thomas E. Harris, 86, were held Jan. 5, 2010, at the First
Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. Interment was in Laurel Land Memorial
Park in Dallas.
Harris was born Dec. 29, 1924, and died Jan. 1, 2010.
He loved music and sang in choirs and quartets, performing in nursing
home ministries, organizations and civic meetings.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He retired from Core Lab after 43 years of service.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years Lois Harris, Mabank; son Michael
Harris and wife Vikki, Atlanta, Ga.; daughters Nanette Sherwood and
husband James, Las Vegas, Nev.; and Janice Goodson, Irving; seven
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Services for Cecil McRight, 82, Payne Springs, were held Jan. 2, 2010,
at the Lake Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Horton officiating
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McRight was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Grand Saline and died Dec. 31, 2009,
He was preceded in death by his daughter Deanna Holder.
Previously of Midlothian, he had resided in Payne Springs for 25 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Mobil Oil Co. in
He was married Dec. 31, 1968, for 41 years.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Ann McRight, Payne Springs; sons Cecil
Wesley McRight III and wife Gail, Kemp; and Doy Noblitt and wife Jan,
Washington; daughters Joann Carter and husband Ricky, Prairieville, La.;
Terry Pettycard and husband Rusty, Russelville, Ark.; and Georgia Thill
and husband Vince, Ennis; granny Mary Hammonds, Payne Springs; numerous
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family
Services for Betty J. Holland, 75, Alvarado, were held Jan. 2, 2010, in
the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Burial
was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek
Funeral Home in Mabank.
Holland was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Dallas and died Dec. 29, 2009, in Fort
She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Holland and daughter Terry
She had resided in Mabank for 22 years and was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Mabank.
Survivors include her son Alex Holland, Alvarado; daughters Tina
Holland, Hurst; and Andrea Holland Parker, Dallas; mother Mamie Finney,
Alvarado; and grandchild Tara Goodman.
James David Flowers, 66, our beloved husband, father, brother and
friend, died unexpectedly Thursday Dec. 31, 2009.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 9, 2010, at Aley
United Methodist Church, 1215 W. Cedar Creek Pkwy (State Highway 85),
Seven Points, TX 75143 conducted by the the Rev. Eston Williams.
Flowers was born Jan. 14, 1943, in Hopkins County to the late Ada and
He graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1961, where he played
golf and basketball.
At North Texas State University he received a bachelor’s degree in
banking and finance and was also a stellar golfer.
There he met his wife of 43 years, Marian Hedden of Dallas.
He served in the Army National Guard and had a long career in retail
management for JC Penney, Bealls and Sears.
Most recently, he worked in sales for Southwest Stitches in Gun Barrel
City, and was a member of the Cedar Creek Country Club.
One of his great passions was his dedication to the non-profit
humanitarian service group M.E.D.I.C.O, of which he and his wife are
The organization focuses on providing healthcare to remote areas of
As a member of the board of directors, he organized fund-raising and led
at least 20 medical mission trips to Central America.
Additionally, he served on the board of the Van Zandt Children’s
He spent many days working on improvements to Richland Cemetery in
Brinker Community, where he grew up.
He is survived by his wife, Marian of Canton; daughter Melanie and
fiancé Dirk Brockmann of Germany; son Timothy of Kenedy; brothers, John
and his wife, Pat, of Dallas; Larry and wife Jan of Mabank; Andy and
wife Sherry of Canton; and Gene and wife Mary of Garland; sister Nancy
and husband John Rooney of Beaumont; many nieces and nephews and a host
He lived a life committed to service and helping others. He was devoted
to family and friends, exuding optimism and a contagious love of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to M.E.D.I.C.O.
in his memory: 2955 Dawn Drive, Suite D; Georgetown, TX 78628 or
Services for Dorothy Marie McCoy Pablo, 82, Eustace, were held Jan. 6,
2010, at the Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Dallas.
Pablo was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Eldorado, Schleicher County to Eva Mae
Logan and Robert V. Jenkins and died Jan. 1, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Claude “Buster”
Jenkins of Eldorado, and Robert “Vertis” Jenkins Sr. of Sonora; sister
Madeline Lee, also of Sonora; and brother-in-law Elton Liebrock of
She graduated from Duncanville High School in 1944, and married William
L. “Bill” McCoy Sept. 14, 1946.
After his retirement they moved to the Cedar Creek Lake Area in the
early ’70s until his untimely death March 11, 1991.
She married Gene E. Pablo April 17, 1994, at the historic Four Mile
Lutheran Church in Prairieville where she was a faithful member since
1987. They resided in Eustace.
All who knew her loved her sweet loving spirit and will miss her smile,
hugs and laughter.
Survivors include her husband Gene Pablo, Eustace; daughters Debbie
Tanner Lively, Gun Barrel City; and Brenda Murphy, Plano; brother Thomas
“Tommy” Jenkins and wife Kay, Grand Prairie; sister Patsy Liebrock,
Oakley, Mich.; sisters-in-law Jessie Jenkins, Eldorado; and Katy
Jenkins, Sonora; numerous nieces and nephews.
Cynthia Diann Rice
Cynthia Diann Rice died unexpectedly Dec. 12, 2009, at the age of 48.
She was born in McKinney May 2, 1961, and was a graduate of Thomas
Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1979.
She was employed by Tom Thumb Groceries as a baker for 15 years and then
by Minyard’s for 16 years.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years Patrick Anderson; son Carl
Rice; daughter Angela Anderson; granddaughter Katherine Paige Rice;
daughter-in-law Jenifer Rice; father John Simmons; brothers John and
Wayne Simmons; sister Sandra Korner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and
other beloved family members.
“Cindi” was a truly good person and had a generous soul that will be
deeply missed. We love you “Cin.”
Services for Duane Davis, 68, Payne Springs, were held Jan. 5, 2010, at
the Eubank Memorial Chapel with interment in Cedar Creek Memorial Park
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Davis was born Aug. 27, 1941, in Dallas and died Dec. 31, 2009, in Payne
He had resided in Payne Springs for the last 30 years and was employed
with the First City Bank of Dallas for 25 years. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Army and Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his wife Juanita Davis, Payne Springs; sons Duane
Davis Jr., Crandall; Christopher Boyd, Quinlan; and Jerry Hensley,
California; daughter Debbie Floyd and husband Steve, Kemp; stepsons
Ricky Moore and Darrell Haynes, both of North Carolina; stepdaughter
JoNell Moore, Waco; brothers Dwight Davis, Gun Barrel City; and Gary
Davis, Payne Springs; sisters Sondra Holtman, Dallas; and Judy Palacios,
Pallbearers were Duane Davis Jr., Christopher Boyd, Steven Floyd, Duane
Davis III, Boyd Davis and Jeffrey Davis.
Services for Hilda Box, 93, Mabank, were held Jan. 3, 2010, at the
Eubank Memorial Chapel with Jerrell Gleaves officiating. Burial was in
Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home
Box was born Nov. 25, 1916, in Mabank to Helen and Ben Lacy and died
Jan. 1, 2010, in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred Box, sisters
Jackie Killian and Marjorie Storey and brother Pat Lacy.
She and her husband enjoyed life in the country on Box Road not far from
where she was born. She loved animals and had many pets including all of
their cattle. She never met an animal she didn’t like.
She enjoyed working in her yard and looked forward to having a vegetable
garden each year. Many people were the recipients of the good produce.
Survivors include her brothers Ralph Lacy and wife Helen, Kemp; and
Billy Lacy and wife Pearl, Payne Springs; nieces, nephews and other
Services for Mary Guinn, 81, Eustace, were held Jan. 2, 2010, at the
Beacon Church of Christ with Ken Maddox officiating. Burial was in Elm
Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
Guinn was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Arcadia and died Dec. 30, 2009, in Gun
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Eustace since 1984, and was a
member of Beacon Church of Christ in Mabank. She had a servant’s heart
and served God and others all her days.
Survivors include her husband Eddie Guinn, Eustace; son Douglas Guinn
and wife Bobbi, Garland; daughters Wanda Franklin and husband Gerald,
Gilmer; and Kathy Brown and husband Gary, Ovilla; grandchildren Angela
Bellinger, Jennifer Paden, Carrie Gosslee, Angela Ward, Jerald Franklin,
Andy Brown, Adam Brown and Kara Sheets; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers
John, Loyd, Herbert and James Atherton; sisters Oleta, Cornelia, Betty,
Margaret and Elsie Atherton.