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January 9, 2011

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Linda Helm
Services for Linda Pearl Helm, 53, Dallas, were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 9, 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.

Margie Davis
Services for Margie Fae Davis, 81, Mabank, were held Jan. 4, 2011, at the Clearview Bible Church in Canton, with the Revs. 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 Kate Freeman and Ray Roberts and died Jan. 1, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
Davis married her husband Billy Davis on May 13, 1943. The couple drove the preacher to town and he married them in the 1932 Ford Coupe that they were driving. They just celebrated their 67th anniversary this past year.
She spent her years being a loving wife and mother. She was a sweet, Godly woman, who loved her family dearly. Davis was a member of Saving Grace Ministries and has called the Cedar Creek Lake area home since 1982.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Shirley Grant; son Alvin Davis; one grandson; and brothers Earl Ray, Kenneth and Gerald Roberts.
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 Delores J. Patton and husband Lester, both of Mabank; brother Donald Roberts and wife Katie, Whitney; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.

Laila Bodine
Services for baby Laila Marie Bodine, 4 months old, Payne Springs, were held Jan. 6, 2011, at Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank. Services and interment are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Bodine was born Aug. 10, 2010, in Ft. Irwin, Calif., to Stacey Denise VanDyke Bodine and Phillip Andrew Dirk and died Jan. 1, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her parents; brother Alixander Bodine; and twin sister Ameilia Bodine.

Leslie Savage
Services for Leslie James Savage, 92, Carrollton, were held Jan. 4, 2011, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. Burial followed at Little Elm Cemetery.
Savage was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Arkadelphia, Ark. to Lyda Mae Coryea and T.B. Savage and died Dec. 31, 2010.
He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and retired from building maintenance with Collins Radio.
Savage was a member of Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters, Friends of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake and a member of Mabank United Methodist Church.
Savage married Anna Bernice Landers on Feb. 16, 1942. She preceded him in death Jan. 4, 1991, after 49 years of marriage. He married Jane Moore Cloyd Aug. 14, 1991, who has three loving children Carol, Stanley, Barbara Moore and Hal Cloyd.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Anna Landers; sister Betty Hilyard; and brother Thomas Savage.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Savage, Carrollton; daughter Judith Savage Hutson, Little Elm; son Leslie James Savage, Jr., Loveland, Ohio; five grandchildren Robert Hutson, Carol Merka, Tommy Hutson, Ben Savage and Rebecca Schnur; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Hazel Calvert
Services for Hazel Bernice “Doll” Calvert, 91, Mabank, were held Jan. 5, 2011, at the Mabank United Methodist Church.
Calvert was born Oct. 11, 1919, to Ella Bernice Williams and Homer Welton Hamilton and died Jan. 2, 2011.
Calvert grew up in Pine Forest and then resided in Dallas until her move to Mabank, 19 years ago.
She was active in the Mabank United Methodist Church, Triple L, YAK Club, UMW and the Bereavement Support Group.
Calvert was known around town as “The Bread Lady” because she would bring loaves of her delicious homemade bread for almost any occasion.
Family and close friends would call her “Doll,” which was appropriate to her quiet demeanor and her great capacity for unconditional love and laughter.Everyone she encountered would swear that they were her “favorite” because she had a unique ability to make everyone feel “special.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Cecil Calvert, and son-in-law Reuben Everitt.
Survivors include her son, Welton R. Calvert and wife Ann, Mabank; daughters Martha Mae Everitt Davis and husband Bill, Mesquite; and Juanita Sue Kearley and husband Bob, Dallas; grandchildren Craig Everett and wife Donnell, Todd Calvert and wife Hannah, Angela Kearley, Cary Everitt, Bret Calvert and Scott Kearley; great-grandchildren – Hannah Everitt, Tyler Everitt and Cooper Calvert; her long time friend Mary Jo Browning; many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Helping Hands fund at the Mabank United Methodist Church.

Arlin Parks
Services for Arlin Lee Parks, 87, Mabank, were held Jan. 6, 2011, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp. Burial followed at Melissa Cemetery in Melissa.
Parks was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Blue Ridge to Hazel Luster and Roy Parks and died on Jan. 3, 2011, in Mabank.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Parks served during WWII in the Navy Sea Bees. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Gladys Parks; and his second wife Mozelle Parks.
Survivors include daughter Katerina Arriaga and husband Daniel, Richardson; granddaughters Kami Alexander and husband Jim, Sherman; Kristi Gardner and husband Chad, McKinney; great grandchildren Macy, Abby, and Logan Alexander, all of Sherman; Presley and Preston Gardner, McKinney.

Marian Denton
Services for Marian Denton, 91, Grapevine, were held Jan. 8, 2011, at Center Cemetery in Smith County, under the direction of Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.
Denton was born Oct. 7, 1919, in Dallas and died Jan. 5, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Reagan Denton.
Survivors include daughters Martha McNutt, Grapevine; Lynda Lane, Brentwood, Tenn.; Janette Fuller, Euless; and Marie Neal, Irving; sister Lynn Hesley, Dallas; seven grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.


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