Services for James Ray Sutton, 77, Mabank, were held Jan. 21, 2008, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ayers officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sutton was born July 18, 1930, in Dallas and died Jan. 18, 2008, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his parents Effie and Tom Sutton, and brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Charline Sutton.
He was a tax consultant and veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Ann Bracey Sutton, Mabank; sons Jimmy Sutton and wife Patty, Mabank; Gary Sutton and wife Vickie, Oxnard, Calif.; and John Sutton and wife Janie, Arlington; brother Duane Sutton and wife Lavern, Mabank; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
William Hamm Sr.
Memorial Services for William D. Hamm Sr., 74, Trinidad, were held Jan. 20, 2008, at the Trinidad United Methodist Church with burial in Trinidad City Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home.
Hamm was born March 30, 1933, in Lovelady to the late Willie Alma Blair and Houston Kelly Hamm and died Jan. 17, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Hamm graduated with honors from Lovelady ISD where he was an outstanding athlete. He attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville where he continued to make good grades.
He was a member of the basketball team which placed third in national Junior College competition.
He graduated from Austin College in Sherman with great scholastic record and won the prestigious Pat Hooks Basketball Award.
He served two years in the U.S. Army as a tank commander.
He was an educator for 38 years and ended his career with a 13-year term as superintendent of Trinidad ISD.
Education, sports and youngsters were his passion. For many years he was a leader in Boy Scouts, and received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.
He coached Little League baseball, and was director of an Extended Summer Program for community youth.
He enjoyed working with Methodist Youth Fellowship and served in many capacities in the local Methodist Church, including chairman of the board of Trinidad UMC.
He served several terms on the Trinidad City Council and the Economic Development Committee of Trinidad.
He was an enthusiastic member of the Trinidad Sideline Coaches Association.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Patricia Jackson Hamm; son William D. Hamm Jr. and wife Cathy, Liberty; daughter Leslie Hamm Parker and husband Roderick, Trinidad; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Jimmy Hamm and wife Dorothy, Lovelady; sister Joyce Hamm Barnes, Devers; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were William Trey Hamm, Patrick Hamm Parker, Stephen Parker, Anthony Trent Williams and Gary Joshi.
Honorary pallbearers were Trinidad United Methodist Men.
Services for Truman Joe “Bo” Sallings, 72, Mesquite, were held Jan. 23, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel in Canton with the Rev. Tommy Robertson Sr. officiating. Interment was in Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Sallings was born Aug. 1, 1935, in Canton to Fannie Bell Gaskey and Roy Alfred Sallings and died Jan. 20, 2008, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Sallings in 1995.
He was Pentecostal by faith.
Survivors include sons Joe Sallings, Mesquite; Larry Sallings, Gun Barrel City; Kenneth Sallings, Mesquite; Ray Roper and wife Shelly, Mesquite; and David Roper, Mesquite; daughters Mary Jordan and husband James, Scurry; and Selina East and husband James, Mabank; 29 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; brother Lonnie Sallings, Balch Springs; and sister Lelia Rhodes, Fruitvale.
Pallbearers were Wesley Wade Jr., Chace Sallings, Joshua Sallings, James Jordan, Covin Sallings, James East and Kenneth Sallings.
Robert Donald Wallace Sr.
A service honoring the life of Donald Wallace was held Jan. 20, 2008, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Wallace was born Jan. 17, 1932, in Henderson County to Ellie and Victor Wallace and died Jan. 18, 2008. He was preceded in death by parents, sister June Price and son Robert Donald Wallace Jr.
He lived in Shreveport, La., most of his life and served in the Air Force. He retired from Union Pacific Railroad and moved to Panama City, Fla. He served with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Post 16 from 1994 to 2004.
He will be remembered as a faithful husband, loving father and grandfather and a wonderful neighbor and friend.
Survivors include his wife Carilyn; children Karen Wallace; Ed Wallace and wife Jamie; Diane Landers and husband Bob; Pam Taylor and husband Matt; George Wallace and wife Diane; Lee Wallace and wife April; Julie Slupe and husband Kevin; Laura Maxwell and husband Russel; brother V.A. Wallace; sister Mary Walton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Bonnie Ruth Cain Melton
Services for Bonnie Ruth Cain Melton, 68, Athens, were held Dec. 11, 2007, in the Cooper Funeral Home with Jack Matkin officiating. Burial was in Athens Cemetery.
Melton was born May 2, 1939, in Kaufman County, and died Dec. 6, 2007, in Athens.
She was reared in the Tolosa Community and graduated from Kemp High School in 1957. She moved to Athens in 1960, and married Grady Melton in 1966. They moved to Arizona and lived there for many years until his death in 1995.
She returned to Athens in 2001 to be near her family. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Athens.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, dollmaking and decorating.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law Tracy Elaine and Jeffrey Lambert, Las Vegas, Nev.; Amanda Ruth Melton, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles Edward and Margaret Cain, Athens; Tommy Lee Cain and Kirby Thomas, Athens; Leslie Bill and Frances Cain, Athens; Mickey Joe and Brenda Cain, Athens; Carl D. and Heather Cain, Athens; grandchildren Lauren Windischman, Tory Lambert and Brett Lambert, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; aunt Patty Hooker, Athens; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Roger Dale Locklin
Roger Dale Locklin, 61, Paris, died Jan. 16, 2008. He was preceded in death by his mother Flora Mae Locklin and father Ranze Odell Locklin, sisters Hazel Odell and Francis Locklin, brothers Donald Ray, Grady and Lee Locklin.
Survivors include his sisters Judith Wood and husband Mickey, Dallas; Loretta Evans and husband Royce, Arkansas; Benetta Grimes, Eustace; Rannette Locklin and husband Duane, Paris; and Donna Clark, Combine; brothers Jack Locklin and wife Debra, Paris; Robert Locklin, Dallas; Dan Locklin and wife Judy, Seagoville; Curtis Locklin, Paris; Bobby Locklin and wife Bea, Mesquite; and James Locklin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ellen Jo Payne
Services for Ellen Jo Payne, 84, Kemp, were held Jan. 19, 2008, at Tomlinson Funeral Home with Jim Shafer officiating. Interment was in Baker Cemetery in Kemp.
Payne was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Tahoka, the daughter of the late Martha Belle Pritchett and William “Cap” Cathey and died Jan. 16, 2008, in Kemp.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years Richard “Pete” Payne, daughter Belinda Jo Payne, sisters Edna Mae Strong, Anna Lou Hall, Ethel John Pritchett and brother Arville Prichett.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons Kelly Payne, Kemp; and Chauncey Payne, Kemp; daughter Teresa Aldridge, Kemp; and 10 grandchildren.
David H. Marler, Sr.
Services for David H. Marler, Sr., 70, Mabank, were held Jan. 5, 2008, 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 his mother and father and 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; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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, 1934, 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 Byron Blythe Jr., 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, and Justin West.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy and William McKenzie.