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  Tom Potter Sr.
Services for Tom Roger Potter Sr., 68, of Hawkins, were held Jan. 12, 2008, at Beaty Funeral Home in Hawkins with Eddie Slayton officiating. Interment was in King Cemetery in Aley.
Potter was born March 18, 1939, to the late Karolyn Krupp and Glen H. Potter in Marshalltown, Iowa, and died Jan. 9, 2008, in Hawkins.
He was preceded in death by sons Randy Potter and Rodney W. Potter, brother Jim Potter, nephew Jimmy Dean Potter and grandsons Corey W. Stinnett and Craig Pierce.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Potter, Hawkins; son Roger Potter Jr. and wife Wendy, Grand Saline; daughters Rae Anne Wilkerson and husband Pete, Lindale; Barbie Stinnett and husband Randy, Hot Springs, Ark.; and Rhonda Crosby and husband John, Hawkins; sister Elaine Fulmer, Branson, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bill Crosby, John Brown, Robert Stinnett, Roy Watkins, Joshua Powell, Jacob Betts and Dwaine Koonce.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of East Texas.

Milton Monroe
Graveside services for Milton Ray Monroe, 81, Mabank (formerly of St. Jo), were held Jan. 16, 2008, in Mountain Park Cemetery, St. Jo. Lavelle Layfield officiated under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in St. Jo.
Monroe was born Dec. 30, 1926, in St. Jo and died Jan. 13, 2008, in an Athens hospital. He was mostly raised in Nocona. He was preceded in death by his parents Hattie and Raymond Monroe.
He married Bonnie Lee Kreiter Oct. 9, 1970, in Oklahoma. They have lived in Mabank for the past 14 years.
He served two tours of duty in World War II as an Army corporal and was awarded many service medals including the Bronze Star.
He was a longtime diesel mechanic and member of the Malakoff Church of Christ.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Lee Monroe, Mabank; daughters Delaine Shindoll and husband Ed; and Donna Robinson; sons Dennis Estridge and wife Joan; and Kenny Eskridge and wife Diane; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Smith
Services for Kenneth Lamar Smith, 65, Tool, were held Jan. 15, 2008, at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Smith was born July 12, 1938, in Atlanta, the son of Nola Adcock and L.B. Smith and died Jan. 7, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
He worked as a journalist for the Long Beach New Progress, Gulfport, Miss. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include life companion, Jan Smith; mother Nola Smith; sister Mary Baker; daughters Vivian Nichol, Farah Carranza, Heather Zacny, Amber Henthorne and Meghan Smith; sons Loren Smith and Karn Cameron Smith; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Al Everett
Services for Al “Skip” Everett, 50, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 14, 2008, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Byron Jones and Dan Hawkins officiating.
Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Everett was born June 18, 1957, in Waco and died Jan. 10, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father Alvis Everett Sr., grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Claude Parks and Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Everett.
Previously of DeSoto, he had resided in Gun Barrel City since 1988 and was of the Baptist faith. He was employed by National Envelope Company for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife Carla Everett, Gun Barrel City; mother Claudine Everett, Gun Barrel City; sons Jason Everett, Gun Barrel City; and Philip Everett and wife Lisa, Phalba; grandchildren Shelby, Zachary and Corey; sister Claudia Everett Melton and husband Bill, Denton; nephews Randy and Scott Decker.
Pallbearers were A.J.Sylva, Johnny Jones, Ray Rogowicz, Stephen Marble, Ronnie Reed and Andy Yarborough.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 10610, Dallas, TX 75207-0610.

Jerry Neighbors
Memorial services for Jerry Dwayne Neighbors, 56, Edgewood, were held Jan. 13, 2008, at Edgewood Church of God with the Rev. Jason Connor officiating under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Neighbors was born May 5, 1951, to Rose Inez Boyd and John Henry Neighbors and died Jan. 11, 2008, in Edgewood.
He was a chef at Pitt Grill.
Survivors include his sisters Carrie Morton, Eustace; Linda Brown, Mabank; JoAnn Groom, Mabank; and Christine Lewis, Gun Barrel City.

Clinton Breeding
Services for Clinton C. Breeding, 84, Mabank, were held Jan. 15, 2008, in the Payne Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Breeding was born March 5, 1923, in Smithville and died Jan. 13, 2008, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Hetrick Breeding in 2003.
Previously of Las Vegas, Nev., he had resided in Mabank for the past 30 years and was a member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church. He retired from AEC after 30 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his son Lawrence “Larry” Edward Breeding, Espanoila, N. M.; daughters Nancy Kay Thiers, Portsmouth, Va.; and Judy Leigh Cross, Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jim Ragsdale, Paul Arney, Joseph Poviuija, Bill Thiers and Doug Ragsdale.

Don Travis
Services for Don L. Travis, 69, Canton, were held Jan. 17, 2008, in Eubank Chapel, Canton, with Dr. Gary Hearon and Brothers Don Childress and Paul Barrentine officiating.
Interment was in Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton.
Travis was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Canton and died Jan. 13, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kathleen Wann and J.R. Travis.
He owned and operated Travis Hardware store in Mabank for 25 years. He was a farmer and rancher.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife Louise Travis, Canton; daughters Angela Brucks and husband Tony, Dallas; and Kim Travis, Canton; grandchildren Hailey Travis and Jack Travis Brucks; brother Mike Travis, Canton; uncle Billy Deen, Canton; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Billy Jack Deen, Vince Simpson, Travis Dale Deen, Larry Davis, Ken Hightower and Billy Wayne Nixon.

Claudette Johnson
Services for Claudette Johnson, 56, Tool, will be held at a later date.
Johnson was born Jan. 13, 1952, to the late Bobby Jean McCreary and Claude Corn and died Jan. 13, 2008, in Athens.
Survivors include her children Scott Johnson, Tool; Teri Johnson and Stephen Johnson, both of Fredericksburg, Va.; and Stephen Johnson, Tool; brother George Corn, Palestine; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Mary Hallum
Services for Mary Belle Hallum, 73, Kemp, were held Jan. 16, 2008, in the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with Ken Bell officiating. Interment followed in the Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Hallum was born March 17, 1943, in Kaufman County to the late Julia Ann Haley and Byron Leroy Blythe and died Jan. 13, 2008, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Hallum Jr., brother Sonny Blythe, sisters Violet Taylor and Sandra Benton, and nephew Ervie Leroy Henderson.
Survivors include her daughters Barbara Blair and her husband Lewis, Kemp; and Sue Tischler and her husband Cary, Kemp; grandsons Shane and Jesse Tischler, Kemp; sister Barbara McKenzie and her husband James, Kemp; niece Jerri Henderson, Kemp; nephew Loyd Henderson, Gun Barrel City; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were David Heather, Johnny Heather, Jamie Starek, Larry Joe Starek, Jeremy McKenzie, Justin McKenzie and Justin West.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy and William McKenzie.