A well-known and loved community leader, Louise Perkins, passed away Jan. 26, 2009.
Services for Perkins are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Legendary Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Adalian and Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at the Little Elm Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
She was well-known for her leadership and tireless efforts in working for the good of Gun Barrel City.
Perkins, along with her husband Al Perkins, organized the Citizens for Beautifying Gun Barrel City in 1987.
Under her leadership, Gun Barrel City won second place in its class in the “Keep Texas Beautiful” competition three years in a row.
She formed the first parade, known as the “Kickoff Campaign,” in conjunction with “Keep Texas Beautiful,” to win awards for Gun Barrel City.
She worked with Boy Scouts, Mabank Independent School District students and local citizens in clean-up projects, Gun Barrel City’s recycling program, city fund-raisers and assisted with the first “Welcome to Gun Barrel City” signs.
In addition, Perkins served on the appropriation committee of the United Way, served as captain of solicitation for the United Way, served on the Loon Bay POA board of directors award committee, and held several offices in the Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club.
She was a member and alternate delegate of the Henderson County Extension Club, and also taught arts and crafts at church.
She was instrumental in forming the first Christmas tee lighting ceremony and Santa’s visit for children held at Brawner Hall.
Perkins’ awards included second place for the Governor’s Achievement in 1989-90, the coveted Distinguished Community Leadership “O.P. Schnabel” award in 1990, Proud Participant Governor’s Community Achievement award in 1991, outstanding leadership award from Gun Barrel City Beautification Committee and the Life Service award from the Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce.
While her community service and awards were numerous, it does not begin to tell the real story of her love and commitment to Gun Barrel City, love for the local citizens and her beloved husband Al Perkins.
Her love and commitment to all will be forever missed.
Perkins was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Little Elm died Jan. 26, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by sons Daniel Lee Sims and James Allen Sims; two sisters, Ruby Kinsey and Pauline Belcher; and two brothers, J.B. Blocker and W.L. Blocker.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Perkins of Gun Barrel City; daughters Jacqualyn Louise Lynch and husband Douglas of Tyler, and Cynthia Gerethia Williams and husband Len of Pilot Point; son David Emanuel Sims and wife Jan of Krum; step-sons Eddy Michael Perkins and wife Lori of Tyler, Thomas Addison Perkins and wife Debbie of Galveston, and Robert Gerald Perkins and wife Jolynn of Allen.
She is also survived by grandchildren D.L. Sims of Crosby, James Sims Jr. of Ponder, Belinda Tompkins of Chandler, Misty Yarotsky of Friendswood, Daymon Sims of Malakoff, Samantha Webb of Ponder, Tonya Boyer of Lebanon, Tenn., Jay Sims of Estherwood, La., Jolene Langley of Estherwood, La., Laurie Pierrel of Spring, Josh Williams of Springfield, Mo., Lacey Sims of Krum and Jennifer Sims of Krum.
She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, Andy Perkins, Brad Perkins, David Perkins, Alison Perkins, Chris Perkins and Adriana Perkins; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were D.L. Sims, Daymon Sims, James Sims Jr., Jay Sims, Josh Williams and Andy Perkins.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Perkins, Brad Perkins and David Perkins.
Betty Jo Green
Services for Betty Jo Allen Green, 80, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 29, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Green was born Aug. 13, 1928, in McAdoo and died Jan. 25, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Matthew Green, sister Anita Rae Callihan and brothers Jimmy Forest Allen and Charles Wayne Allen.
She was a homemaker and had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 10 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include her sons Thomas Lowell Jones, Maumelle, Ark.; and Edward Allen Jones, Shallowater; daughter Linda Jo Gatlin, San Diego, Calif.; sisters Edith Aline Griffon, Fayetteville, Ark.; Sandra Carson Vest, Ashburn, Va.; and B. Lanell Allen, Fort Worth; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Thomas Lowell Jones, Altan Jones, Brian Jones, Stephen Jones, Jim Vest and James Griffin.
Jimmy Ford, 65, Scurry, was born Sept. 8, 1943, and died Dec. 18, 2008, in Kaufman.
Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Survivors include one niece and many friends.
Funeral arrangements for Susan Reed, born Jan. 9, 1926, in Clarkdale, Ariz., to Iris and Walter Brannan, are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reed died Jan. 21, 2009, at the Mabank Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis Reed, parents, brother Ordell Brannan and sisters Julie Brannan, Mable Ebner and Lillian Betts.
She was the youngest of eight siblings and grew up in Clifton, Ariz. As an adult she lived in the Thatcher, Ariz. area.
She married Curtis Reed Jan. 10, 1967, and later moved to Texas to live near her sister Lillian.
She loved embroidery and hand-sewing crafts and collecting stuffed animals and dolls. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors include her son Thomas Brannan, Texas; sisters Andrea Lewis and Myrtle Knepper, both of California; brother Walter Brannan, Arizona; 18 nieces and nephews; many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Services for David V. McLeod, 74, Payne Springs, were held Jan. 28, 2009, at The Abbey at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas with the Rev. Don Teague officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McLeod was born March 1, 1934, in Cleburne and died Jan. 23, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was a retail salesman.
Survivors include his wife Donna McLeod, children Byron, Vicki, Janet and Saundra; seven grandchildren; and brother Mark McLeod.
Graveside services for Don Bert Adams, 85, Tool, were held Jan. 24, 2009, at Tool Cemetery with Brother Floyd Lovin officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Adams was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Ferris to the late Hesta and George C. Adams and died Jan. 21, 2009, in Lubbock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Juanita Jo Yearout Adams, wife Maudie McWhorter Adams and granddaughter Samantha Jo Sanders.
He retired as a fireman for the Dallas Fire Department.
Survivors include his sons David Neal Adams; and Bruce and wife Jane Adams; daughters Donita and husband Jerry Sanders; and Jan Marie and husband Jerald Swanson; brother David Adams; sisters Barsha and Bobbie Whitley; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services for Katie Ethel Joslin, 76, Kemp, were held Jan. 26, 2009, at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp.
Joslin died Jan. 21, 2009, in Dallas. She was born Aug. 7, 1922, Dallas, to the late Lottie Clark and Joe Doyal.
Joslin worked at Southwestern Bell as a plant assigner for 46 years.
She was an avid member of the “Telephone Pioneers.” and a member of the Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Seven Points.
She enjoyed going to church, being involved in “Golden Agers” and loved all the activities and places they went.
In her younger days, she bowled and rollerskated with her husband of 46 years, Carl Joslin.
She was a wonderful wife, mom and grandma to her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Survivors include son Richard Joslin and wife Kathleen, Livermore, Calif.; daughter Sharon Richardson and husband Billy, Kemp; granddaughters, Ashley Lombardo and husband Bruno, Alexandra Peck, Alanna Joslin, Katrina Carney and husband Jamey, Natalie Richardson; grandsons Jonathan and David Richardson; great-granddaughter Chloe Lombardo and great-grandson, Colton Carney.
Services were held on Monday January 26, 2009 at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp.
A memorial service for M.J. “Mike” Burnham, 63, Gun Barrel City, was held Jan. 28, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Officiating clergy were friends.
Burnham was born May 24, 1945, in South Bend, Ind., and died Jan. 24, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was in sales and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 10 years.
Survivors include many friends.
A funeral Mass for Yvonne Flanigan, was held Jan. 28, 2009, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City. Burial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (today) Jan. 29, 2009, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
She died Jan. 24, 2009, in her home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was the matriarch, spiritual leader and rock of her family.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, David; sons Michael and wife Penny, Carrollton; Keith and wife Dianna, Arlington; Steve and wife Theresa, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Bill and wife Kathy, The Trophy Club; Jeff, Wylie; and Dennis and wife Louise, Lewisville; daughters Teresa Wiley and partner Tony Valentine, Aurora, Colo.; and Margie Allmon and husband John, Carrollton; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, brothers Richard, Robert and Ron Drapeau and wives and sister-in-law Darlene Flanigan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following organizations. The Best Friends of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Community Food Pantry c/o St. Jude’s Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 172 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City.
Graveside services for Tina Reynolds, 93, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 23, 2009, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Reynolds was born March 12, 1915, and died Jan. 21, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her daughters Sherry Boyd and husband Roger; and Shelia Wiley and husband Bill; son-in-law Jimmy Browning; grandchildren Kari Nelson and husband Cody; Bo Mallette and wife Katie; Kelly Flint, Cynda Pearson; Rodger Boyd III and wife Amy; and Carl Browning and wife Panda, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Glenda Browning, three husbands, two brothers, four sisters and her parents.
A memorial service for Billy R. Sherburne, 35, Eustace, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sherburne was born Dec. 29, 1973, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and died Jan. 14, 2009, in Tyler.
He had resided in Eustace most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He was an auto body restorer.
Survivors include his father Mike Sherburne, Gun Barrel City; daughter Michal Kammerer; mother Gloria Young, Mabank; brother Eddie Sherburne and wife Jennifer, Conroe; sister Tonja Sherburne, Conroe; and Christina Roethlisberger and husband Robert, Richardson; grandmother Doris Sherburne, Gun Barrel City; aunts, nephews, cousins and many friends.
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