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January 12, 2012

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Dusty Palmer
Services for Dusty Hayden Palmer, 26, of Palestine, will be held at a later date.
Palmer was born March 6, 1985, to Diana (Davis) Collins and Terry Palmer, of Crossroads and died Jan. 4, 2012, after a long illness.
He loved music and the Lord Jesus Christ and he was a member of First Assembly of God in Malakoff. He enjoyed building a fire and camping out with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his step-father Rob Collins, nephew Karson Nail, great-grandparents Velma and Bud Cook.
Survivors include his mother; brother Chad Palmer and his wife, Ashley, of Palestine; sisters Angela Jones and her husband, Tim, of North Carolina and Buffie Pearce and her husband, Ben, of Tool; grandparents Mitchell and Betty Davis of Payne Springs; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members and many loving friends.
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David Cordell
Services for David Charles Cordell, 81, of Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 3, 2012, at the Veterans Section of Laurel Land Cemetery in Oak Cliff with Ken Emerson officiating.
Cordell was born Nov. 9, 1930, near Sherman to Loice Brannon and Charlie Cordell and died Dec. 31, 2011.
Cordell served in the U.S. Navy as a fireman aboard the heavy cruiser USS Rochester from 1951-1955 off the coastlines of Korea and was a member of the USS Rochester Association as well as a life-member of the VFW.
He married Alta Lou Bradberry of Sulphur Springs Dec. 2, 1955.
After his Navy service, Cordell hired on with H. Boedeker and Sons in Dallas as a major appliance technician and later for RCA Service Company. He retired to a small farm in Rains County, where he worked with horses and cattle. In 2000, the couple moved to Gun Barrel City to be near family.
Cordell was preceded in death by his sisters, Nadine Cordell and Charlene Cordell Cummins.
Survivors include his wife; son David Michael Cordell, Dallas; daughters Deborah Cordell French Hollowell and husband David, of Gun Barrel City, Pamela Cordell Foster and husband Steve of Enchanted Oaks; one grandson, five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers were Mike Cordell, Steve Foster, David Hollowell, Cameron French and Bobby Gaddis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Northeast Texas or a charity of your choice.

Zachariah Parker
Services for Zachariah Joshua Parker, 32, of Kemp, were held Jan. 9, 2012, at Cottonwood Church, in Glen Rose with interment following in the family cemetery Gartrell-Hankins Cemetery under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Parker was born Oct. 21, 1979, in Clifton, to Brenda Sue Gartrell and William Clay Parker and died Jan. 4, 2012, in Kaufman.
He was reared in Glen Rose and moved to Kemp in 1987.
Survivors include his parents, of Scurry; daughter Angela Madrid of Kemp, grandmothers Janelle Gartrell and Jean Townley; brother William Mathew Parker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; niece Bayleigh; nephews Austin and Blake.

Peggy Wood
Private services for Peggy F. Wood, 86, of Dallas, will be held at a later date.
Wood was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie J. Wood, Sr., sons Mike, Jimmie Jr., and Scott.
She is survived by her only daughter, Katy Oznick and her husband, Mike; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Tammy Castillo
Services for Tammy Michelle Castillo, 47, of Kemp, were held Jan. 7, 2012, at King Cemetery near Kemp with Robert Emfinger officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Castillo was born March 2, 1964, in Dallas, to Sue Ophelia Wilson and David Noel Graves and died Jan. 2, 2012, in Tyler.
She lived in Kemp for several years, married Luis Castillo Oct. 13, 2001, in Dallas, and loved cooking.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Tony Quintana, grandparents Floy and Jack Maer, uncle O.D. Welch and aunt Margo Yoes.
Survivors include her husband; sons Clayton Norman and Ryan Norman of Kemp, Luis Castillo and Fino Castillo of Dallas; daughters Johnnie Sue Golden of Dallas, Dianita Delgado of Arlington, Angela Castillo of Mexico and Alicia and Shirly Castillo of Dallas; 17 grandchildren, parents Sue and Bill Richardson of Kemp; brothers Alen Quintana of The Colony, Thomas Quintana of Dallas, J.C. Graves of Wichita Falls; sister Eva Lewis of Mesquite; numerous other friends and relatives.
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