James Scantlen
Services for James Edward “Jim” Scantlen, 55, Kaufman, were held Jan. 4, 2009, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with burial following at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank. A benefit dinner was held at the Blacksheep Clubhouse in Kemp Jan. 2, 2009.
Scantlen was born Jan. 2, 1953, in Dallas to Rita Joann Rouse and Marvin Murray Scantlen and died Dec. 26, 2008, in Kaufman County.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Rickey Scantlen.
Scantlen was retired from the City of Dallas as a surveyor crew chief. He was a member of AA for 14 years and a member of the Blacksheep Motorcycle Club.
Survivors include his wife Leslee Scantlen, Palestine; daughters Holly Scantlen Stephens and husband Mike, Gun Barrel City; Logan Brenton, Palestine; and Lanie Franklin, Palestine; mother Rita Joann Scantlen, Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers Lloyd Scantlen, Dallas; and Mike Scantlen and wife Deloris, California; sister Brenda Headley and husband Johnny, Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren Mikey and Chloe Earnheart, Gun Barrel City; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Tony Scantlen, Scottie Avant, Rowdy Horn, Allen Nelson, Greg Ramirez and Randy Crow.

Frances Ketcham
Services for Frances Johnson Ketcham, 87, Malakoff, were held Jan. 3, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Kimble officiating. Burial was in Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Ketcham was born Oct. 31, 1921, in Hunt County to the late Kansas Morrow and DeLone Johnson and died Dec. 31, 2008, in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Weldon Gene Ketcham, son Charles Dwain Stone, sisters Lona Mae Commaster and Evelyn Johnson and brother Dee Johnson.
She was retired juvenile court clerk for Dallas County and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son Jon Ketcham; sister Betty Owen; sister-in-law Pansy Johnson; daughter-in-law Barbara Stone and granddaughter Marie Stone.

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.
She was preceded in death by her son, John W. Long, Jr.
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 Daniel DeGarmo, Gun Barrel City; John Wallis, Gun Barrel City; and Jacob Wallis, Gun Barrel City; great-grandchildren Joshua DeMayo, Emma Compoc, Christopher Compoc, and Lily DeGarmo, all of Gun Barrel City.
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.

Randall Cornelius
Services for Randall Cornelius, 41, were held Jan. 2, 2009, at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow.
Cornelius was born Jan. 18, 1967, in Mesquite to Claudia and Jerry Cornelius and died Dec. 28, 2008, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Lee.
He was a fan of NASCAR racing and the Dallas Cowboys. You could hear him cheering on Dale Jr. when the races were being held and talking statistics for the Cowboys when they played.
Survivors include his parents; sister Paula Garland; brothers Tyler Cornelius and Scott Zimmerman; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Wendel Birckbichler
A Mass for Wendel J. “Bircky” Birckbichler, 82, Mabank, was held Jan. 3, 2009, at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, with Father McLaughlin officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Burial was in Mary Queen of Heaven cemetery.
Birckbichler was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Butler, Penn., to the late Marie Miller and Clarence Birckbichler and died Dec. 31, 2008, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Joan Sumney and wife Thelma Birckbichler.
He was a member of the Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. His occupation was mechanic and farmer.
Survivors include his sons John, Robert, Dennis, Michael, Guy, Raymond, Timothy, Thomas and Jeremy Birckbichler; daughters Donna Shea, Jane Moore and Kay Moore; sister Rita Shera; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jeff and Bob Moore, and Tim, Tom, Raymond and Robert Birckbichler.

Minnie Foster
Services for Minnie Mae “Potsy” Foster, 85, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday (today), Jan. 8, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Malakoff, with internment following in the Malakoff Cemetery under direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Foster was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Malakoff to the late Minnie Elizabeth (Robertson) and Jeff Maguire, and died Jan. 3 in Athens.
Foster was an administrator at the Order of the Eastern Star Home in Arlington. She married Charles Foster April 25, 1981.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Foster; son Charles Sawyer and wife Beverly of Arlington; stepsons Charles R. Foster and wife Karen of Plano and Stephen L. Foster and wife Juliaann of Athens; grandchildren Sean Sawyer of West Palm Beach, Fla., Stephanie Sawyer Mode and husband James of Arlington, Amy Foster of Windermere, Fla., Chris Foster and wife Carol of Manassas, Va., Jon Foster and wife Kim of Katy, Jason Foster of Bryan and Stephanie Dunahoe and husband Vance of Henderson.
She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Madisen Shea Mode, Emma Ann Mode, Susan Foster, Thomas Foster, Abby Foster and Zach Foster.
Pallbearers were James Mode, Jeff Maguire, Jim McIntonsh and Sean Sawyer; honorary pallbearers were Roy Allen and Don Andrews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jack Morrison
Services for Jack Morrison, 67, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff with the Rev. Bill Newman officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Morrison was born in Malakoff Jan. 4, 1942, to the late Noreine (Foster) and Dyer Morrison, and died on his birthday at his home.
He was a self-employed plumber. His wife, Iris Morrison, preceded him in death.
Morrison is survived by two sons, Jack Morrison of Plano and Larry Morrison of Cross Roads; daughter Tina Morrison of Cross Roads; a sister, Verlina Taylor, and a brother, Dale Morrison, both of Garland.

John Iacono
Services for John Lewis Iacono, 53, were held Jan. 7, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Malakoff, with the Rev. Robert Webb officiating. Internment followed at the Payne Springs Cemetery.
Iacono was born Jan. 11, 1955, in Fort Worth to the late Opal (Harston) and John Iacono and died Dec. 31, 2008, in Temple.
He was a self employed carpenter, and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from May 9, 1973, to May 15, 1975.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Iacono; two daughters, Destiny Iacono of Malakoff and Jaclyn Harvey of Hallsville; two sons, Johnny Lee Iacono of Malakoff and Donny Harvey of Hallsville; two sisters, Pam Post of Garland and Cindy Iacono of Mabank; and one grandchild, Lexi Commander of Hallsville.
Pallbearers were Ben Rosa, Cory Rosa, Ronnie Lee Marion Jr., Scot Post, Ryan Petty and Nolen Petty.

Earl Raiford
No services are scheduled at this time for Earl Augustus Raiford Jr., 89.
Arrangements are being made by Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home.
Raiford was born May 22, 1919, in San Antonio, and died in Athens Jan. 3, 2009.

Mary White
Memorial services for Mary Lee White, 78, of Gun Barrel City, are set at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in the Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Chapel, 750 E. Main St., Gun Barrel City.
White was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Quinlan to the late Lois and John Pitts and died Jan. 3, 2009, in Athens.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Lonnie White; a sister, Virginia Adair; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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