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  Burton Gooch
Graveside services for Burton L. Gooch, 85, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 2, 2008, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Seagoville with the Rev. Johnny Kimberlin officiating under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Gooch was born July 10, 1922, in McKinney to Mary Ethel Spurgin and Mack Forest Gooch and died Jan. 31, 2008, in Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother R.E. Gooch, and sister Geneva Kimberlin.
He was Catholic by faith and a veteran of the Army Air Force, serving in Burma and Japan during World War II.
Survivors include his wife Kathryn E. Gooch, Gun Barrel City; daughter Candace McCutcheon and husband Bill, Dallas; son Mark Gooch, Brownsville; grandchildren Will McCutcheon, Kaye Skiles and Mason Gooch; great-grandchildren Liam, Molly, Samantha and Vance; sister Bessie Morphew, Greenville; brothers Forest Gooch, Greenville; and W.D. “Dub”” Gooch, Greenville; numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
Pallbearers were John Baker, Liam McCutcheon, Mark Gooch, Mason Gooch, William McCutcheon, Michael Skiles and Bill McCutcheon.

Carolyn Patrick
A visitation service for Carolyn Patrick, 49, Canton, was held Feb. 4, 2008, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Patrick was born Sept. 22, 1959, in Monticello, Ark., and died Jan. 31, 2008, in Tyler.
She was a homemaker. Previously of Lake Village, Ark., she had resided in Canton for the past 25 years and was a member of the Church of God.
Survivors include her husband Gary Patrick, Canton; brother Thomas Carroll Tillman Jr., and wife Dawn, Hamburg, Ark.; several nieces and nephews.

Michael Lee Mullins Sr.
Michael Lee Mullins Sr., Tool, died Jan. 28, 2008, at his residence. The family held a private memorial service to honor his life.
Mullins was born March 8, 1956, in Landstuhl, Germany, the son of Wilda Frances Rainwater and Lee Franklin Mullins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Karen Ann Mullins and a sister Debra Wright.
He had lived in Tool for several years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his son Michael Lee Mullins, Dallas; grandson Mason Mullins, Dallas; brother Patrick L. Mullins, Kaufman; and sister Patricia Richey, Tool.

Jo Lean Brooks
Services for Jo Lean Brooks, 78, Kemp, were held Feb. 4, 2008, at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Scott officiating. Interment was in Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Brooks was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Scurry to Naomi Ivy and Otis Williams and died Jan. 31, 2008, in a Kemp nursing home. She was preceded in death by her sons Timmy Brooks and David Blair.
She was born in Scurry and raised in the Waxahachie area, then moved to Houston. She moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons Wally Brooks, Corsicana; Joe Roy Brooks, Freeport; and Terry Brooks, Angleton; brothers Johnny Williams, Athens; and Ricky Williams, Waco; sisters Betty Jean Williams, Mabank; and Mary Sims, Jefferson City; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Herschel Miller
Services are pending for Herschel D. Miller, 81, Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Miller was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Roseclair, Ill. to the late Nora and Ray Miller and died Jan. 31, 2008, in Gun Barrel City. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Freddy Collinsworth.
He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife Lorraine Miller, Gun Barrel City; daughters Mary Gilbert, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Ann and husband Larry Riley, Longview; Tracy Miller, Fort Worth; and Rhonda and husband Ron Nagle, Denton; sons Carl and wife Deborah Miller, Las Cruces, N.M.; Wyndle and wife Margaret Collinsworth, Balch Springs; and Calvin and wife Kelly Collinsworth, Dawson; sisters Mildred Upchurch, Decatur; and Naomi Vaters, Sacramento, Calif.

Stephen Mofford
Services for Stephen W. Mofford, 63, Payne Springs, were held Feb. 4, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Marshall Williams officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mofford was born Sept. 9, 1944, in Shelbyville, Ia. and died Jan. 31, 2008, in Tyler.
He was an insurance investigator and veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include his wife Jean Mofford, Payne Springs; stepchildren Virgil Penny, Payne Springs; Carla Penny, Mabank; Richard Luther, Kaufman; and Thomas Luther, Garland; mother Mildred Mofford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247.

Henry Robinson
Services for Henry Sherrod Robinson, 85, McKinney, formerly of Trinidad and Dallas, were held Feb. 5, 2008, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in McKinney with Father Steven Bierschenk officiating. Interment followed with military honors at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
Robinson was born May 27, 1922, in Dallas to Minnie Ada Williams and Charles Walter Robinson and died Feb. 2, 2008, in McKinney.
He married Mary Ellen Bannon Dec. 27, 1941, in Dallas.
He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force and retired with a rank of Colonel. He retired from Moore Business Forms and was the owner of Forms Control. He was of the Catholic faith and member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years Mary Ellen; sons Henry Sherrod “Robby” Robinson Jr. and wife Pam, Melissa; Lawrence Wayne “Larry” Robinson and wife Ginny, McKinney; Michael Charles Robinson, McKinney; Paul Bannon Robinson, Austin; and Thomas Patrick Robinson and wife Janet, Encinitas, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ramona Teel
Ramona Owens Teel, 84, Mabank, died Jan. 28, 2008, in Kaufman. No services are planned at this date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Teel was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Roodhouse, Ill.
She was a housekeeping manager.
Survivors include her sister Lea Aston, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Nephew Randy Holder, Clarksville, Tenn.

W.T. Wallace
Services are pending for W.T. “Bill” Wallace, 72, Eustace, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Wallace was born March 14, 1935, in Tyler and died Jan. 29, 2008, in Corsicana.
He was employed in management of a telephone company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had lived in Eustace for the past 12 years and was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his daughters Stephanie Lynch, Bloomfield, Ia.; Sherry Sines, Drakesville, Ia.; and seven grandchildren.

Raymond Cler
A memorial service for Raymond F. Cler, 69, Gun Barrel City, was held Jan. 20, 2008, at the Head River Baptist Church in Head River, Ga. led by Mike Forester. At the conclusion of the service, family and friends gathered at the Forester Cemetery for the burial. Arrangements were under the direction of W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.
His family from Illinois and family and friends from Chattanooga, Tenn. area were able to attend.
The family was grateful for the support and encouragement they received during this difficult time.
Cler died Jan. 13, 2008, in a Chattanooga, Tenn. hospital after a short illness. He was preceded in death by parents Josephine and Jacob Cler.
Cler was well known by local Cedar Creek Lake area residents for his classic 1951 Mercury auto. He was proud of this car and he loved to drive it and meet other classic car owners.
He was a longtime resident of Gun Barrel City and a truck driver many years for J.B. Hunt, Muirhead Trucking and P.G. Trucking.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska as a military policeman during the Vietnam War.
The area of Head River, Ga., was a favorite of his in his younger days as he spent many Sunday afternoons enjoying the mountain with his family.
Survivors include his daughters Cathy and husband Brian Decker, Rossville, Ga.; and Julie Gossett, Dayton, Tenn.; grandchildren Ashley and Carlos Manrique and Elijah Decker; brother Clarence Cler, Illinois; several nieces and nephews.
Forester began the service with a collection of stories telling of how he looked up to his Uncle Ray, who seemingly had everything a small boy could want – a boat, a gun, a fast car and even a riding lawnmower.
A quartet consisting of Lisa and Bill Matthews, Steve and Mike Forester sang “Peace in the Valley” and “In the Sweet By and By.”
A short message was given by the Rev. Ronald Blivens who spoke of Cler’s time as a veteran, his family and his life. Following this message, Betty Forester sang a beautiful version of “Daddy’s Hands.”
Ray will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors at Cedar Creek Lake and by his “coffee buddies” at McDonald’s Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.

Carolyn Carter
Services for Carolyn Joyce Carter, 64, Kemp, were held Feb. 5, 2008, in the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with the Rev. James Cannaday officiating. Interment followed in the Oakland Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Carter was born July 30, 1943, in Dallas to Ruby May Jones and Fred Roberts and died Feb. 2, 2008, in Kaufman after a long battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Orville Terry and husband James Carter.
She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend to all who knew her, very strong and full of life with a will to live to her final day of rest. She touched everyone’s life in her own special way.
Survivors include her children Valerie Robillard and husband Frank, Lewisville; Johnny Cooper and wife Vickie, Terrell; Donna Anderson and husband Kevin, Kemp; and Jonton Carter and wife Jennifer, Kaufman; nine grandchildren, numerous stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren; sisters Phyllis Stines, North Carolina; brothers Tom and Don Roberts, both of California; her friend for life Ruby Daughtery; and much loved sisters-in-law Elaine and Betty; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

William Wolston
A celebration of life for William S. “Bill” Wolston, 67, Mabank, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at the Mabank First United Methodist Church under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Wolston was born in Galveston to O.B. and Clint Wolston and died Feb. 2, 2008.
He graduated from Dickinson High School and Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration.
He was a teacher in Spring Branch ISD and the Gary Job Corps Center. He started his administrative career as an elementary principal at Meadow Wood Elementary in Spring Branch, then became a high school principal at Alief Hastings High School in Alief and later at Jack C. Hays High School in the Hays CISD.
He served as superintendent of schools in the Danbury ISD, Navarro ISD and Midlothian ISD before he retired from Northwest ISD in 1995 after serving 32 years as an educator.
His new career was the “Plant Man” of Cedar Creek Lake for the benefit of his church.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 50 years Jeanette; children Stacy Wilson, Houston; Robin “Mike” Ellis, Roanoke; Scott “Sarah” Woslton, Cibolo; and Steve “Mark” Wolston, Grand Prairie; grandchildren who will always love their “Pa” Donny, Amy, Lindsey, Stephen, Brandon, Allison, Courtney, Katie, Sawyer and Matthew; mother O.B. Wolston; brothers Clint Wolston, Dickinson; and Steve Wolston, Seabrook; extended family and his planting friends.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in his name to Mabank First United Methodist Church-Methodist Foundation, 501 S. Third Street, Mabank, TX 75147.

Larry Gene Prewitt
Services for Larry Gene Prewitt, 50, Mabank, were held Feb. 5, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with John Newman officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Prewitt was born Dec. 1, 1957, in Grapevine and died Jan. 31, 2008, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Allen Prewitt, daughter Tracy Ann Prewitt, brother Joey Hutchison and sister Margaret Prewitt.
He was a truck driver and lived most of his life in the Mabank area and had attended Mabank High School. He had worked the past two years for Transit Mix.
Survivors include his mother Ann Hullett, Kemp; sons Paul Allen Prewitt and wife Christina, Canton; Jack Allen Prewitt and wife Jessica, Athens; and Travis Ryan Prewitt, Lancaster; daughter Rebecca Dawn Prewitt, Wills Point; grandchildren Nahum Allen Prewitt and Jason Allen Prewitt; brother Bobby Prewitt, Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters Theresa Martin and husband Billy, Rockwall; Jewelene Shanks, Kemp; and Amy Lee and husband Joe, Brandon, Miss.; fiancé Marilyn Perkins, Mabank; and a host of nieces and nephews.