Betty England
Services for Betty Joyce England, 63, Mabank, were held Jan. 23, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff with Brother V.J. Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial was in Mason Cemetery in Arp under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
England was born April 20, 1945, in Arp to the late Gladys and Dennis Daniel Driver and died Jan. 19, 2009, in Mabank.
She was retired and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff.
Survivors include her daughter Judy and husband Al Diggles, New Braunfels; brothers Louis, Ben and Floyd Driver; sister Beverly Oglesby; granddaughter Kristy Jackson and grandson James Adams Jr.

Eric Branch
Services for Eric “E-Rok” Branch, 18, were held Jan. 20, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City.
Branch was born April 4, 1990, in Dallas to Tammi Lynn Grissom and William Richard Branch Jr., and died Jan. 15, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
Branch graduated from Mabank High School in May, 2008, where he was involved in football, track and 7 on 7.
He received the Good to Great Award from Mabank High School in 2007.
Survivors include his parents, Tammi Grissom Branch and Richard Branch; brothers, Broc Kilman, Ricky Branch and wife Jami, and Ryan Branch; nephew Hunter Branch; girlfriend, Kasey Parker; grandparents, Larry and Nancy Grissom and Betty Branch; great-grandmother, Teresa Thurman; aunts and uncles; Dianna and Patrick Grissom, Cindy and David Grissom, Melissa and Skip Nelson, Rodney Branch, Billy McClure, Tonya McClure, Ronnie Smith, and Brenda Wise; numerous loving cousins.
Preceded in death by his grandmother Bobbie McClure; grandfather William Richard Branch Sr.; great-grandparents Ed and Irene Grissom; great-grand father Robert Terrill; and his namesake, Eric Phillips.
Branch was an endearing child since the day he was born.
He was a bright burning ball of light and energy that was extinguished much too soon.
He was passionate about his drums and his rock band, performing as if he were playing on front of a huge crowd.
Play your songs in Heaven in front of a sold-out crowd, my little drummer boy. Our time with you was much too short, and I thank God for letting us have you for the time we did.

Gladys Mixon
Services for Gladys Maurine Tate Mixon, 99, Mabank, are set for 10 a.m. Thursday (today), Jan. 22, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley and Rusty Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mixon was born July 19, 1909, in Kaufman County to Texanna Whittenburg and Albert Martin Tate and died Jan. 18, 2009, in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by husband Howard in 1961, sons J.R., Horice, Garvin, Billy and Marvin, and daughter Iris.
She was a homemaker. She married Joseph Howard Mixon April 11, 1929, in Kaufman.
To this union was born 10 children. She had a “ready-made” family, as her husband had six children.
She resided on Tarlton Road in Mabank since 1960, and spent her last three years in the Mabank Nursing Home, where she found and enjoyed another family who loved and cared for her.
Survivors include her children Frances Louise Hargrove, Texarkana; Howard Junior Mixon and wife Annette, Naples, Italy; Peggy Rogers, Mabank; Morris Lee Mixon and wife Mary, Kemp; Bobby Clyde Mixon, Mabank; Sue Nan Rogers, Roswell, N.M.; Linda Kay Wolfgang and husband Bill, Plano; Donny Wayne Mixon and wife Sandra, Mabank; Judy Boehme and husband Jerry, Mabank; and Marzette Boehme and husband Keenon, Mabank; 100-plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, plus nieces, nephews and many friends.

Susan Reed
Graveside services for Susan Reed, 83, Mabank, were held Jan. 24, 2009, at the Payne Cemetery with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reed was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Clarkdale, Ariz. and died Jan. 21, 2009, in Mabank.
She was a homemaker and had resided in Mabank for the past 20 years.
Survivors include her nieces Donna Heath, Payne Springs; Bette Tanner, Utah; many more nieces and nephews.

Billy Aday
Services for Billy Ray Aday, 71, Mabank, were held Jan. 22, 2009 at the Savings Grace Ministries IBC in Canton with the Rev. Steve Ballard officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Aday was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Kemp, son of Bernadine Godwin and Joe Cullin Aday, and died Jan. 19, 2009, in Athens.
He married Fayrene Broumley in Kaufman, July 3, 1954 and she preceded him in death, Sept. 17, 2000.
His parents also preceded him.
Survivors include son, Doug Aday and wife Cherri, Smithville, Mo; grandchildren Doug Aday Jr. and Laci Aday; great-granddaughter, Kenli Aday; sister, Bobbie Wagner, Desoto; brother, Dale Aday and wife Teresa, Balch Springs; sister, Brenda Dancer and husband David, Dallas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

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