Services for Jimmy McWhorter, 46, Mabank, were held Jan. 2, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Mabank with the Rev. James McWhorter and the Rev. Brian McWhorter officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Creek Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Jimmy McWhorter was born July 13, 1963, in Dallas to Gladys and James McWhorter and died Dec. 29, 2009, in Athens.
He resided most of his life in Mabank and was a member of the Wildwood Independent Baptist Church of Mabank.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years Karylene McWhorter, Mabank; son James Allen “J.A.” McWhorter and wife Misty, Mabank; daughter Nikki McWhorter, Mabank; granddaughter Jaylyn McWhorter; parents Gladys and James McWhorter, Mabank; brother Brian McWhorter, Mabank; and sisters Teresa Moore, Mabank; and Penny LaPlant, Athens.
Pallbearers were J.A. McWhorter, Jared Autrey, Juston Richardson, Jason Boyd, Brian Miller and Michael Balderas
Honorary pallbearer was Chris Butts.
Services for Jess Willard White, 93, Tool, were held Jan. 7, 2010, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Floyd Loven officiating. Interment followed in the Tool Cemetery.
White was born June 25, 1916, in Tool, to Mary Jones and Robert Hansford White and died Jan. 5, 2010, in Malakoff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alma Naomi Kennon White, son Billy Loyd White, grandson Robert Glen White Jr., granddaughter Tammy Teresa Norris, brothers Grady, Bertie and Paul Vernon White.
He was a rancher and lifetime resident of Tool. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of Trinidad.
Survivors include his son Robert Glen White and wife Thesea, Tool; granddaughters Andra Chapman, Midlothian; Kristi Manning, Kaufman; and Dana Chelett, Kaufman; brother Loyd White, Houston.
Pallbearers were Brad Chapman, Phillip White, Chuck Chapman, Max Bishop, Bobby Spivey and Mark Woods.
Services for Linda Whatley, 64, Mabank, were held Jan. 7, 2010, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Ken Maddox officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Whatley was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Omaha and died Jan. 3, 2010, in Tyler.
Previously of Grand Prairie, she had resided in Mabank since 1997. She loved her dogs and loved to cook.
Survivors include her husband Willard Justice, Mabank; daughter Shelly Gibson, Seven Points; sister Mary Witcher, McCarney; mother Opal McCarty, Odessa; other family members and many friends.
Ruby Mae Perkins died Jan. 2, 2010 surrounded by her family. She reached the rare milestone of her 100th birthday May 10, 2009.
Perkins was born May 10, 1909, to Stella and Tom Briggs in Maypearl. She was the sole survivor of four brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Wood Perkins Sr., and son Charles Wood Perkins Jr.
She worked in the cotton fields of North Texas and married Charles Wood Perkins Sr. in 1930, and had two children, Charles W. Jr. and Tommy L. Perkins.
She dedicated the next 44 years of her life to creating a loving, caring home and refuge for her family.
At age 15, she joined the Aley United Methodist Church and was an active member for 85 years. The church was a large part of her life.
After the loss of her husband, she extended her loving heart to her church and community by helping other people or extending the hand of love and friendship to anyone in need.
She was renowned and loved for her delicious and much sought after pies.
She loved sports and played women’s league basketball, continuing to follow the game all her life.
She also enjoyed gardening and time spent in her yard.
Survivors include her son Tommy L. Perkins; daughter-in-law Wanda Perkins; granddaughter Sandra Bingham and husband Ricky; and her only great-grandchild Matthew Bingham.
Services for Ted Jameson, 90, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 8, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Mabank, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jameson was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Blue Ridge and died Jan. 3, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his brother Walter Jameson.
He served for six years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a C-47 pilot and a Captain.
He flew in Europe, Africa and the Middle East campaigns, receiving numerous medals and recognition.
He was the entrepreneur of Ideal Floors in Dallas for many years and worked for the Eustace Independent School District before retiring to fishing and gardening. His huge garden fed family and friends, as did his fishing, which was a passion shared with his children and grandchildren.
He served as a deacon at his church in Dallas and then at the First Baptist Church in Mabank. In his quiet ways he touched many lives.
He stayed very active, was very intelligent and quick witted.
This 90-year-old gentleman’s legacy will long be remembered.
Survivors include his wife Phyllis Jameson, Gun Barrel City; son Dean G. Jameson and wife Lois, Abilene; daughters Beryl A. Kinchin, Dallas; Terie L. Howard and husband Fred, Gun Barrel City; and Gail S. Bridges, Dallas; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Faye Kirkham, Latrice Yates and Betty Thomas; nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.
Memorial services for Donnie Leo Hustead, 57, Cross Roads, were held Jan. 6, 2010, at the Cooper Funeral Home in Athens with Tommy Hayes and Danny Davis officiating.
Hustead was born Oct. 23, 1952, to Mable Ruth Hollingsworth and Willie Leo Hustead and died Jan. 3, 2010, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jackie Hustead Omberg.
He owned an agriculture business and spent time on his farm enjoying life with his cattle, fishing, hunting and an annual Easter egg hunt, cooking on his barbecue pit.
His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a quiet, kind and gentle man with an enormous sense of humor and could accomplish anything he set his mind to. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife Pat Hodge Hustead, Cross Roads; son and daughter-in-law Will Hustead and Carmen, Malakoff; daughter and son-in-law Kacey Watson and husband Jody, Malakoff; sister Barbara Cowell, Lufkin; grandsons Wes and Jack Hustead, Brye, Jace, Trent and Tucker Watson; a host of relatives, friends and loved ones.
Pallbearers were grandsons Brye Watson, Jace Watson, Trent Watson, Tucker Watson, Wes Hustead and Jack Hustead.
Honorary pallbearers were Marc Awalt, Art Pool, Ken Hayes, Gene Ellis, Jerry Stone, Kenneth McGee, Dan Kjeldgaard, Frank Lunceford, Owen Robertson and Johnny Mattingly.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, P.O. Box 2025, Malakoff, TX 75148, or The American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway St., Tyler, TX 75701, or a charity of your choice.
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