Obituaries

     
    Jean Nichols
Services for Jean Nichols, 63, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 22, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Glen Blackmon officiating.
Graveside services were held Jan. 23, 2007, at Morton Memorial Cemetery in Morton with the Rev. Harold Harrison officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Nichols was born Jan. 30, 1943, in Littlefield and died Jan. 19, 2007, in Dallas.
Previously of Morton, she had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1986 and had fought a courageous battle with cancer.
She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a banking officer with Franklin Bank in Seven Points.
She was a member of the American Cancer Society and the Greater Cedar Creek Chamber of Commerce. She was named Citizen of the Year and was associated with the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Survivors include her husband Mike Nichols, Gun Barrel City; son Kevin Dernet and wife Donya, Odessa; brother Gary Anders, Phoenix, Ariz.; mother Edith Anders, Gun Barrel City; mother-in-law Betty Jo Nichols, Morton; sister-in-law Debbie Nichols, Dallas; and granddaughter Danci Demel, Odessa.
Pallbearers were Terry Bates, Tom Carpenter, Jim Miller, Bruce Easley, Joe Pickens and Jay Patel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247.

Frank E. Parrish
Services for Frank E. Parrish, 99, Fort Worth, were held Jan. 22, 2007, in Greenwood Garden Chapel with interment in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Parrish was born Dec. 31, 1907, in Kemp and died Jan. 18, 2007, in Fort worth.
He volunteered his service as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in Okinawa, Japan; served three years in the Pacific, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and also served in the Caribbean.
He attended Tyler Commercial College where he met and married Peggy King in 1929.
They moved to Fort Worth where he was a senior communications engineer with WBAP radio and television station and retired after 43 years.
In 1948, he installed all equipment for Channel 5 Television. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and the Twosome Class.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Margaret “Peggy” King Parrish; and his son, Byron E. Parrish.
Survivors include his daughter Joyce Price and husband, Bob; granddaughter Twila Schorsch and husband, Martin; and great-grandchildren, Laura, Greg and Frank.

Annie Woolverton
Services for Annie Jewel Woolverton, 92, Phalba, were held Jan. 21, 2007, at the Eubank Chapel in Canton with the Rev. Adam Key officiating. Interment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank.
Woolverton was born Aug. 28, 1914, in Van Zandt County to Jessie and Lillie Chamblee Hathcock and died Jan. 19, 2007, in the Phalba Community. She was preceded in death by her husband L.D. Woolverton, sons Jessie and Leonard, daughter June Williams and grandson Todd Hammer.
She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Mabank. She grew up and lived most of her life in the Phalba Community. She was a woman of strong faith, a dedicated mother and talented seamstress.
Survivors include daughters Wanda King, North Richland Hills; Jolynn Griggs and husband Dale, Fort Worth; Nancy Hammer and husband Harold, Liberty; Charlotte Woolverton, Bullard; and Donna Zelt, North Richland Hills; son Rickey Woolverton and wife Sharon, Jasper; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Crystal Weeks, Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were Brad Hammer, Jonathan Veal, Terry Williams, Royce Hammer, Doug Hickman, Darryl Williams, Chip Driver, Mark Tietz and Jerry Williams.

Waldine Kent
Services for Waldine Kent were held Jan. 22, 2007, in the Chapel at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Pastor Eston Williams officiating.
Kent was born March 24, 1927, in Howe to Earl and Pearl Stone Taylor and died Jan. 18, 2007, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by a daughter Becky Kent.
She had lived in the lake area 10 years, having moved from Mesquite. She was a retired mail clerk and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her sons Jim Michael and wife Jerrie Kent, Balch Springs; and Terry and wife Cindy Kent, Balch Springs; daughters Cathy and husband Bobby English; and Beverly Kunz, both of Cedar Creek Lake; sister Mildred Custer, Mesquite; brothers Harold and wife Wanda Taylor, Howe; and Bobby Taylor, Lewisville; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Peggy L. Waldrop
No services are planned at this time for Peggy L. Waldrop, 83, Gun Barrel City. Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Waldrop was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Dallas and died Jan. 16, 2007, in Gun Barrel City. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronnie Earl (Jack) Waldrop, sister Bonnie Witt, great-nephew Paul Stoeltje and adopted nephew Butch Grant.
Previously of Dallas, she had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1970, and was of the Baptist faith. She had worked for Gibsons for many years.
Survivors include her nephew Steve Stoeltje, Huntsville; adopted niece Margo Grant; adopted niece and nephew Kerry and Kelly Waldie; neighbors Betty Giesler, Betty and Ray Milhollen, Gene and Laura Holmes and Vi Waldie; and many friends.

Peggy Jo Narmour
Services for Peggy Jo Narmour, 63, Kemp, were held Jan. 25, 2007, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp, with Pastors David Nottingham and John Kendal officiating.
Interment followed at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite.
Peggy Jo Luman was born July 20, 1943, in Brookston, and died Jan. 21, 2007, in Kemp.
Peggy was an accomplished and versatile musician with many instruments, but especially loved playing the organ, and she had the ability of learning to “play by ear.”
She will be remembered as a true woman of God and with her husband, James, she led the “Ministry of Helps,” which restored the faith at many area churches.
Her compassion and spirit-filled devotion will remain her strongest legacy to all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lottie and Ezra Wiedoff, and a brother Loy Luman.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, James Narmour; children, Debbie Stultz, Kenneth McCormack, Tina Whitley, Trina Narmour, Sherry Reeves, Alicia Chappell and Scarlett Key; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lola Sauls and Martha McDonald; sister-in-law Martha Chapman; brother-in-law Roy Narmour; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

James Harvey
Services for James “Jack” Harvey, 74, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 20, 2007, in Cedar Creek Memorial Park with the Rev. Jerry Harvey and Ron Harvey officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Harvey was born April 18, 1932, in Dallas and died Jan. 17, 2007, in Gun Barrel City.
He was an electrician technician. He had lived in Gun Barrel City for the past 33 years and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973 as a Chief Petty Officer. He had served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired from TXU in 1990 after 17 years and was a lifetime member of Seven Points Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 43976.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years Mary Harvey, Gun Barrel City; sons Gary Harvey, Athens; David Harvey, Plano; Ronald Harvey, Denton; and Richard Harvey, Clinton, Miss.; sister Jeanne Sying, Stafford; brother Jerry Harvey, Terrell; other family members and a host of friends.

Micheal George
Services for Micheal Gene George, 60, Athens, were held Jan. 23, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson and the Rev. James Bond officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
George was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Dimmitt and died Jan. 19, 2007, in Sulphur Springs. He was preceded in death by his father Charlie Joe George, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. C.W. George Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Taylor and father-in-law Clifford Murphy.
He graduated from Plainview High School in 1964, earned a bachelor of science degree from Wayland Baptist University in 1968 and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1973.
He lived in Mart for five years and moved to Athens in 1973 and practiced law in Henderson County until his death. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athens, the Henderson County Bar Association and served on the Athens Independent School District board.
Survivors include his children Clayton George and wife Angie, Amber George all of Keller; mother of the children Linda George, Athens; grandchildren Chloe, Claire and Carlee George; parents Wayne and Jean Newton, Sulphur Springs; brother Donnie Joe George and wife Rae, Booneville, Ark.; sisters Charlene Roessler and husband George; Karen Thornton and husband Ed, all of Sulphur Springs; mother-in-law Ina Murphy, Cherokee, Okla.; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.
Pallbearers were Dr. Bob Foster, Marlin Smith, Jack Schwartz, Dr. Jesse Richardson, Dr. Doug Curran, Robert Hoover, Brant Bennett, Aaron Smith, Eric Smith, Bill Key, Kenneth McGee and Lee Bush.
Memorials may be made to the Micheal George Scholarship Foundation, c/o First State Bank of Athens, P.O. Box 471, Athens, TX 75751.

Betty Jo Battson
Services for Betty Jo Battson, Kemp, were held Jan. 23, 2007, at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman with the Rev. Wendell Henry officiating. Interment followed in Baker Cemetery.
Battson was born Oct. 23, 1930, in Marlin and died Jan. 20, 2007, in Magnolia.
She moved to the Dallas area in 1948, and later moved to Seagoville where she lived 30 years before moving to Kemp in 1996. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kemp.
Survivors include her son Kenny Alan Battson, Brandon, Miss.; daughter Tracey D. Seagraves, Magnolia; brother Leonard Frankum, Princeton; grandchildren Kris Bergmann, Jake Seagraves, Karley Seagraves and Kasey Battson; great-granddaughter Madison Bergmann; many other relatives and friends.

Frederick Dupont
Services for Frederick “Fred” Henry Dupont, 66, Trinidad, were held Jan. 24, 2007, in Gordon-Foster-Brown Chapel with the Rev. D.W. Lindsey officiating. Interment was in Aley King Cemetery in Seven Points.
Dupont was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Springfield, Ill., and died Jan. 20, 2007, in Trinidad. He was preceded in death by his father Joe Dupont and brother Robert Dupont.
He was a 14 year resident of Henderson County and he was United States Air Force Enlisted. He was a member of the House of Miracles Church.
Survivors include his wife Lynn Dupont, Trinidad; son Frederick H. Dupont Jr., Trinidad; daughters Darla Land, Malakoff; and Teresa Jacks, Bismark, N.D.; mother Helen Charlene Dale, Malakoff; and a host of other relatives.
Pallbearers were Michael Land, Roland Zumwalt, Bennie Choate, Robert Smith, Art Zunbar and Brian Zunbar.

Margaret Bridges
Services for Margaret Sue Bridges, 76, Seven Points, were held Jan. 23, 2007, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Glosup officiating. Interment was in King Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bridges was born July 1, 1930, in Temple and died Jan. 20, 2007, in Seven Points. She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby Joe Bridges, sisters Virginia Ruth Morris, Barbara Nell Epperson and Doris Marie Followwell.
She had lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area since 1986 and was of the Baptist faith. She retired from Bennett Printing Company in 1986.
Survivors include her son Giles Joe Bridges, Gun Barrel City; daughters Tammy Lynn Yarbrough, Seven Points; and Sue Ann Forstner, Mission; grandsons James Dennis Wilm, Caledonia, Wisc.; Mickey Joe Yarbrough, Wylie; Michael Wayne Thrower, Garland; Jesse Joe Bridges, Gun Barrel City; and Andrew Scott Bridges, Gun Barrel City; granddaughters Lori Sue Howard, Racine, Wisc.; Dawn Renee Bridges, United States Air Force in South Korea; and Michelle Arlianne Yarbrough, Seven Points; great-grandson Timothy William Yarbrough, Wylie; great-granddaughter Allison Jade Yarbrough, Wylie; and sister-in-law Johnnie Mixon, Dallas.
Pallbearers were Lee McCormick, James Bridges, Larry Bridges, Troy F. Wood, Steve Bridges and Jesse Bridges.

Doyle H. Martindale Sr.
Services for Doyle H. Martindale Sr., 77, Eustace, will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Eustace with the Revs. Paul McKinney and Clayton Camp officiating. Burial will be in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Martindale Sr., was born Dec. 5, 1929, in Maysville, Okla., and died Jan. 17, 2007, in Eustace. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl F. and Mary Edith Lucas Martindale, three brothers, five sisters and two grandchildren.
He was an optometrist. Previously of Irving and Athens, he had lived in Eustace since 1994, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Eustace. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years Marjorie Martindale, Eustace; son Doyle Martindale Jr., Eustace; daughters Karen Bean and husband Glenn, Nolanville; Sharon Whatley and husband Carlton, Bowie; Margaret Williams and husband Roger, Corsicana; Patricia Williams and husband Jerel, Garrett; Cynthia Martindale and Victor Perez, Irving; Regina Sims and husband Mark, Barry; Rebecca Gutierrez and husband Gary, Kemp; and Loretta Snodgrass and husband Keith, Barry; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, 5429 LBJ, Suite 280, Dallas, TX 75140, or the First Baptist Church of Eustace building fund, 209 Meredith, Eustace, TX 75124.

Judith Hokenson
Arrangements for Judith Ellen Lawson Sawyer Hicks Wigley Humphries Hokenson, 62, Mabank Nursing Home, were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hokenson was born Jan. 27, 1944, and died Jan. 21, 2007. She was preceded in death by her father George Jesse Lawson Sr., mother Burta June Cobine Lawson, sister Deloise Grace Lawson, and son Roy William Shea.
She was employed as a woodworker at Kimberly Clark at Love Field, Dallas for many years and retired in 1998.
She opened Boomer’s Bar in Caney City. She was loved by many friends including Paula and Richard Matthews of Cherokee Shores and all that knew her in Seven Points and Caney City.
Survivors include her brother George Jesse Lawson Jr.; two daughters, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Dorothea Francis Hicks Guinn and husband Wesley Guinn with two granddaughters; Malanda Beth Spell and husband Benjamin Bevans with three great-grandchildren; Sheridan Beth Spell, Shane Benjamin Bevans, Malakai Scott Bevans, Dannielle Jean Spell, her daughter Madison Realynn Spell; Melodye Ellen Hicks Pople with four grandchildren; Tristan Scot Hicks and wife Michell, two children Chloe Grace Hicks and Cullen Gabrel Hicks; Tiffani Ellen Pople Rath and husband Bud Rath, one child Haeden Allen Rath; Tandell Jai Pople and husband Jacob Faires, two children Jai-Ce Blayne Pople, Jerrith Christopher Allen Jai Faires; and Tanique Camak Pople.
The family thanks the Mabank Nursing Home and staff for the years of care and services generously given to Hokenson.

James Burns
A private ceremony for James Michael Burns, 56, Mabank, will be held Sunday Jan. 28, 2007, at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank.
Burns was born Dec. 16, 1950, in Dallas to Roland and Fairse Jeter Burns and died Jan. 15, 2007, in Kaufman Presbyterian Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents Crofford and Minnie Jeter and Elmer and Tommie Burns.
He had been in declining health for several years due to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.
He attended schools in Dallas and graduated from Sunset High School.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and completed a tour of duty on the USS Ranger, serving in Vietnam from 1971-73.
He attained the rank of Airman E3, and was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a Naval Unit Commendation.
He called Mabank his home and retired from the Texas Department of Transportation, working in Kaufman and Athens.
He loved the outdoors and had gone on several hunting trips to Colorado. He hunted birds in different areas of Texas.
He married Diane Pearson in 1977 and loved the farm where they resided. It had originally belonged to his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Crofford Jeter.
He remembered many picnics, sleepovers and holidays from his childhood and shared them with his grandchildren.
He was of the Baptist faith and proud of having his name displayed on the Vietnam Monument in the Kaufman County Veterans Memorial Park in Kaufman.
Survivors include his wife Diane, Mabank; son Greg Pearson and wife Kristin; grandchildren Kendall, Brock and Cade Pearson, all of Kaufman; father Roland Burns and his wife Sue, Mabank; brother Jerry Burns and his wife Beverly, Melbourne, Fla.; niece Benay Burns, Winter Park, Fla.; sister-in-laws Margaret Oliver, Mabank; Janice Snyder and her husband Donnie, Kemp; and Robyn Robertson, Trinidad; uncles, aunts and numerous cousins.

Vivian Lea
Vivian “Margie” Lea, 83, Grand Prairie, passed away Jan. 21, 2007.
Lea was born March 17, 1923, in Kemp.
She was preceded in death by her son David Lea and her husband John Lea.
She was a precious mother and a loving and devoted grandmother.
Survivors include her daughter Susan Burk and husband David, Grand Prairie; grandson Dakota Burk, Grand Prairie; brother Arvel Woodward, Forney; sister Billie Pritchett, Terrell.
Graveside service was held Jan. 24, 2007, at Southland Memorial Park in Grand Prairie.