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  Royce David Goza
Services for Royce David Goza, 65, Mabank, were held Jan. 5, 2008, at the Culpepper Funeral Home in Kosciusko, Miss., with the Rev. James Culpepper officiating. Burial was in Smyrna Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Attala County, Miss.
Goza was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Houston, Miss., to Anna and David Goza, and died Jan. 1, 2008, in the Veteranís Hospital in Dallas.
He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and served in Vietnam.
A former resident of Kosciusko, Miss., he was post commander of Stonestreet-Rone Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1983.
While serving as District 8 Department of Mississippi commander, he achieved All American District Commander status. In recent years, he was a member of Attala County Memorial VFW Post 480.
He worked at East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City and was a nurse for nearly 20 years. He also worked at The Monitor.
Survivors include his wife Lynne; stepdaughters Angie Summers, Arlington; and Gloria Sides and husband Johnny, Kosciusko, Miss.; grandchildren Shea Rea and husband Stephen, Kosciusko, Miss.; Scott Sides and wife Dana, Hartselle, Ala.; and great-grandchildren Blake and Meredith Sides, Hartselle, Ala.
Pallbearers were Scott Sides, W.T. Ruff, Julius Tyler, Kenneth Samford, Rodney Pinkard and Danny Casey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, 522 W. Main St., Gun Barrel City, TX 75156.

Dorothy Robinson
Services for Dorothy Alice Robinson, 69, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 9, 2008, in the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with the Rev. David Dillard officiating. Interment was in the Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros of Kemp.
Robinson was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Texarkana to the late Grace Brown and James Williams and passed away Jan. 6, 2008, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by a sister Annette Plumber.
She was a member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women.
She was also a member of the Tamarack Womenís Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 4376 in Seven Points, past member of the Gun Barrel City Beautification Committee, member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Duncanville and was a den mother with her children years ago.
She volunteered at the Texas Freshwater Fish Hatchery in Athens, served as a election judge and was currently a crossing guard with Mabank ISD.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Robinson of Gun Barrel City; daughter, Beverly Tafelski and her husband Joe of The Woodlands; sons John Robinson and Ellie Kiesewetter of Duncanville; David Robinson and his wife Rose of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren Garret Cei, Amanda Cei and Zoe Robinson; brother James ďTuffyĒ Robinson of Seagoville; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Garret Cei, Stephen Robinson, Sean Robinson, Ronald Robinson, George Weber, Joe Tafelski and Steve Clark.

Juanita Campbell
Services for Juanita Abee Fudge Campbell, 91, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 8, 2008, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool, with the Rev. Chuck Weber officiating. Burial was in Trinidad City Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Campbell was born April 25, 1916, in Smithville, Ark. and died Jan. 4, 2008, in Trinidad.
Previously of San Diego, Calif. and Dallas, she had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 22 years.
She was an accountant and member of the Harborettes of Harbor Point and Cedar Creek Singles.
Survivors include her daughter Shirley Fortier, Gun Barrel City; grandchildren Richard L. Fortier, Panama City, Fla.; Vickie M. Meyer, Melbourn, Fla.; Angele L. Simpson, Cochran, Ga.; and James B. Fortier II, Panama City, Fla.; 13 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; stepsons Tommy Campbell, Snyder; Troy Lynn Campbell and Carl Campbell, both of Pensacola, Fla; and nephew Fred Ryan, Gun Barrel City.
Honorary pallbearers were James Hall I, Rex Meyer, Jeff Simpson, Richard Fortier, James B. Fortier II, Carl Campbell, Tommy Campbell, Troy Lynn Campbell and Fred Ryan.

David Marler
Services for David H. Marler, 70, Mabank, were held Jan. 5, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Marler was born July 8, 1937, in Dallas and died Jan. 1, 2008, in Athens. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
He was a Mason and auto parts salesman and worked for Micro Auto Parts for 25 years. He had resided in Mabank for the past 35 years and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his sons David Marler Jr., Mabank; Barry Marler, Kemp; and Kenny Marler, Mabank; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Henry
A memorial service for Donald Wayne Henry, 67, Mabank will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Henry was born Sept. 30, 1940, in Snyder, Okla., and died Jan. 5, 2008, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his parents Dona and Earl Henry and a brother Darrell Henry.
He retired from the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post 310 in Gun Barrel City and was a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 in Seven Points.
He resided in Mabank the past 25 years and married Donna Henry Oct. 25, 1997.
Survivors include his wife Donna Kay Henry, Mabank; son Richard Henry and wife Mary Beth, Altus, Okla.; brother Kenneth Henry, Caldwell, Kan.; sister Glenda Newton and husband Dale, Hobart Okla.; grandchildren Reese Henry and Hannah Henry, Altus, Okla.; and cousin Pat Henry and wife, Tool.

Barbara Bowerman
Services for Barbara Bowerman, 78, Tool, were held Jan. 6, 2008, in the First Baptist Church of Tool with the Rev. Ed Brennan officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bowerman was born March 6, 1929, in Brush Creek, Ark., and died Jan. 2, 2008, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband Charley W. Bowerman Sr., and daughter Barbara Sue Lewis.
She was a homemaker. Previously of Payne Springs, she had resided in Tool for the past 10 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She married Charley Bowerman Sr. Nov. 16, 1945, in Springdale, Ark.
Survivors include her son Charley W. Bowerman Jr. and wife Becky, Kingsport, Tenn.; daughters Laquita Kelm and husband Bob, Winnsboro; and Susie Little and husband Charlie, Canton; grandchildren Bobby Bowerman, Aaron Bowerman, Michelle England, Chris McMillan, Derreck Lewis, and Danny Bowerman; great-grandchildren Paul Bowerman, Autumn Bowerman, Christian England, Charlie England, Elliott McMillan and Wynn McMillan; and partner in life, Cecil Raifsnider.

Jo Jones
Services for Jo Jones, 93, Seven Points, were held Jan. 9, 2008, in Littlefield Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jones was born Jan. 1, 1915, in Rule and died Jan. 5, 2008, in Mabank.
Previously of Littlefield, she had resided in Seven Points since 1969, and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Cap City. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener, loved quilting and her greatest pleasure in life was her family.
Survivors include her daughter Sue Jones Ashton, Eustace; grandson Blake Altman and wife Jennifer, Kemp; granddaughters Kristy Blackard and husband Don, Mabank; Renea McKinnon and husband Layne, Littlefield; great-grandchildren Steffan, Trevor, Keesha, Nathan, Lindsey, Dillon and Joshua; great-great-grandchildren Kambree and Kaylee; and brother Gene McCanlies, Odessa.

Otis Lenhart
Services for Otis Floyd Lenhart, 81, Cedar Creek Lake, were held Jan. 9, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. A private family interment followed at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Lenhart was born July 14, 1926, and died Jan. 4, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents Lilly and Corbin Laroy Shedd, siblings William, Gloria Schutz, Paul and Diane Isham.
During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. He wed Carol Rae Uselton in 1945. His career was in the commercial sign business, cofounding a successful business in 1972, the ABC Sign Company in Oak Cliff.
He enjoyed worship and fellowship at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his wife Carol; children Judy Wilson, Jack Lenhart and wife Sarah; grandchildren Jennifer Wilson, Adam Lenhart and Aaron Lenhart; great-granddaughter Makenzie Lenhart, 5; siblings Wanda Hammond, Laroy, Marjorie Carpenter, Marlin, Marvin, David and Daniel; and beloved family members and friends.

Martha Paninski
Services for Martha Faith Blanche Paninski, 66, Mabank, were held at the Phalba Independent Full Gospel Church Jan. 5, 2008, with the Revs. Dwayne Mixon and Barry Boatright officiating. Interment followed in the King Cemetery in the Aley Community near Kemp.
Paninski was born Martha Faith Blanche Tullos in Brownfield March 19, 1941, daughter of the late Lena (Brown) and Opie T. Tullos, and died Jan. 2, 2008, in Mabank.
She married Donald A. Paninski May 17, 2003, at the Christian Life Center in Gun Barrel City.
She was very active in the Assembly of God Church and First Love Fellowship, both of Gun Barrel City, before becoming a member of the Phalba church and was also involved in the womenís group at the Phalba church.
Paninski worked as a RN in Mesquite, Ennis and Corsicana, and also worked in the Athens ISD cafeteria.
She took care of family and friends.
Her first husband, G. W. Stratton, preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1998.
Survivors include her husband Don Paninski of Mabank; daughter Tamela Stanley and husband David of Mabank; two grandchildren, Lena Stanley of Oklahoma and Scott Stanley of Mabank; brothers Charles Tullos of Amarillo and Tim Tullos of Borger; sister Brenda Staniford of Amarillo; step-mother, Melba Tullos of Borger; and numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Big John Yancy, Jamie George, Jeffrey Bryce, James Stockam, Greg Seward, Richard Holloway, James Herd, Kenny White and Stan Sohasky.

Roy Martin
Services for Roy Martin, 67, Chandler, were held Jan. 6, 2008, at the Chandler First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russ Munch officiating, assisted by Lt. Col. James Griffin, the Rev. Linda Pinson, the Rev. Bob Nobles and Ken Reid under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Interment was in Chandler Memorial Cemetery.
Martin was born Nov. 27, 1940, and died Jan. 4, 2008, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his parents Louise White and Roy Martin Sr., sister Dolores Baumgartner, brother Ronald L. Martin and his mother- and father-in-law Opal and Ralph Chaney.
His final days and hours were spent surrounded by love with his beloved family at his bedside.
In June, 2002, Roy retired after devoting many years to his career with Brookshire Grocery Company.
Everyone who worked with him, or for him, claimed that he was one of the best men they ever knew. He was known for his kindness and honesty.
His Christian service began as a Methodist and continued as a member of Chandler First United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School class and looked forward each Sunday to the lively discussions and Christian lessons shared with a wide circle of friends.
In 2004, Roy was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. He had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
After learning that the cancer had spread and all available conventional chemos had been tried, he willingly entered into Phase I Clinical Trials, testing medicines that had never before been used on humans.
His attitude was hopeful that it would help him, but if not, much-needed data was being gathered so that some day this terrible disease will be wiped out.
Even after some of the chemos tested had dire side-effects for him, he eagerly entered into trial after trial.
Upon retirement, Roy and his wife relocated to Chandler where they immediately became active in the Godís Open Hands organization.
Roy put to good use his many years of grocery experience and devoted himself to helping the local GOH food pantry run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, seeking to help those individuals who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances and in need of food.
He took great pride in keeping the shelves stocked and keeping everything, including the empty boxes, organized to utilize their greatest potential.
Throughout the many, many weeks of traveling to Houston for chemotherapy, he planned those appointments so that he would be back in Chandler in time for church and then to work at Godís Open Hands.
He handled many behind the scenes tasks, never seeking credit for the many things he did.
He also worked at the Keep Chandler Beautiful Recycle Center, taking regular shifts there until cancer prevented him from doing so.
Even after that, he made sure that all discards from Gods Open Hands were recycled properly.
Pallbearers were sons-in-law and grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School class and Godís Open Hands volunteers.
He was a loving husband of more than 48 years to his wife Pat.
He was daddy to daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Phillip Bickham, Janet and Brad Vanderford, and Suzan and Cody Shaw.
The pride of his life were his grandchildren Briana Drake and her husband Paul, Tyler Rogers, Kaylee Shaw, Brooke Bickham, Benton Bickham, Bradley Vanderford and Lauren Vanderford.
He is also survived by a multitude of friends.
Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to either Godís Open Hands, Chandler, TX 75758, or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Drive, Tyler, TX 75701.