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January 22, 2012

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Ella Drachenberg
Services for Ella Louis Drachenberg, 82, were held Jan. 20, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Drachenberg was born May 30, 1929, in Crumpler, N. C. to Fannie and John Baker and died Jan. 16, 2012.
Drachenberg is predeceased in death by her parents, five brothers, four sisters and husband Jerry Drachenberg.
She is survived by son John Ray Jr., daughters Cyndi Delagarza and Patti Ferguson, three step-children, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and sisters Pearl Severt and Shirley Phipps,
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Tommie Heard
Funeral services for Tommie Willas Heard, 74, were held Jan. 21, 2012, at Liberty Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City, with Rev. Dennis Woods officiating, under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville, Okla. Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Combine.
He was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Kaufman County to Dortha Belle Trammell and Arnold Alvin Heard and died Jan. 17, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Holdenville, Okla.
He was brought up in Kaufman County and attended Crandall schools. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1954 and was discharged in 1958. He lived in Kaufman County and Dallas County, and spent most of his adult life in the Dallas area.
Tommie was fortunate to be able to do exactly what he wanted, and enjoyed life to the fullest.
As a young man he managed a gas station in north Dallas, a popular place where people liked to hang out. He later became a heavy equipment operator, his occupation for most of his life.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, guns, boats, horses and dogs. He loved his church, Liberty Baptist, where he was a very active member. He took care of the church lawn, and took every opportunity to help fellow church members with odd jobs.
He enjoyed dancing, and liked spending time at the 49er’s Club, a dance club for older people who were, like Tommie, forever young at heart.
“He left us too soon, after a short battle with cancer, but left us with countless beautiful memories we will treasure always in our hearts.”
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dortha Burk, and his son, Randy T. Heard.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammie L. Phillips and her husband, Leroy, of Holdenville; three grandchildren Tracy Caddell and Willie Brown of Kemp, and Brad Brown of Dallas; five great-grandchildren Miranda, Elizabeth, Macie, Heyden and Miley; various other family members and many friends.

Paul Cain
Funeral services were held Jan. 14, 2012, for Paul Dean Cain, 82, with Rev. Nathan Cain officiating at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. Burial followed in the Payne Springs Cemetery.
Cain was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Payne Springs, to Avery V. Cain and Bertha Hunter Cain and died Jan. 11, 2012, at his home in Malakoff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Billy Jack Cain, sister Avanal Barrow and step-daughter Glenda Kennedy.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dewinca Holt Cain; daughter Deana Gruver and husband Bruce of Garland; son Billy Paul Cain and his wife Donna of Henderson; step-son Ricky Kennedy and his wife Bobbie of Princeton; sister Dalphine Henderson and her husband James; brother-in-law Doyle Holt and wife Diane of Mabank; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, other family members and many friends.

Jayce Gage
Services for Jayce Gage,73, were held Jan. 19, 2012, at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wallace Cox officiating. Burial following in the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland.
Gage was born to Viola and Edward Hukill on March 28, 1938, in Commerce and died Jan. 16, 2012, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Johnny Simpson, James Hukill and Billy Hukill.
Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Lawson E. “L.E.” Gage Jr., Kemp, sons Everett Gage and wife Shirley of Kemp, Michael Gage of Scurry, Johnny Gage of Allen, and Kenneth Gage of Irving; two grandsons, six granddaughters, six great-grandsons, five great-granddaughters, one great-great-grandson, sister Shirley Zimmerman and husband Terry, of Amarillo; numerous other family members and many friends.

Mary Lancaster
Services for Mary Ellen Lancaster, 85, of Mabank, were held Jan. 16, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home. Burial followed at Payne Springs Cemetery.
Lancaster was born Dec. 14, 1926, to Ethelyn Jewel and David Samuel Coley and died peacefully Jan. 14, 2012, at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Waxahachie.
She was one of six and married Jack Lancaster Dec. 11, 1946, in Dallas.
She was a resident of Mabank for 29 years and a member of Harbor Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Debra Louis Lancaster, and sisters Edna Gilbert, Johnnie Mae Gilbert, and step-father John Means.
Survivors include her husband; children Gerald Lancaster and wife Sandra of Waxahachie, Jo Wilson and husband Trip of Mountain Home, Ark., David Lancaster and wife Kim of Crowley, and Dede Lancaster of Payne Springs; brother Tommy Coley; sisters Bertha Amason, Jenny Miles and Ethel Amason.
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