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Clarence Witherspoon
Services for Clarence Richard Witherspoon, 74, Seven Points, were held Feb. 6, 2011, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Bro. James Renfro officiating. Interment followed in King Cemetery.
Witherspoon was born May 30, 1936, in Reenels County to Una Howard Sipes and James Ona Witherspoon and died Feb. 3, 2011, in Seven Points.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers J.C. and James Ona; sisters Lola Pearl, Donna Sue and Velma Kaye.
Survivors include his wife, Doronda Witherspoon; sons Tommy Dewayne Witherspoon and wife Maurci, Marlin Morris Jr.; daughters Teri LaJuan, Marla Dee Steward and husband Shawn; brother Donald Hugh; sister Edna Earl; grandchildren Aaron, Keri, Casey, Kevin, Candis, LaRonda, Eric, Samantha, Zane and Cortney; great-grandchildren Brendon, Jacob, Allison, Alysa and Lane.

Johnnie Andrews
Services for Johnnie Andrews, 87, Canton, were held Feb. 6, 2011, at Eubank Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Fretwell and Mike Newby officiating. Interment followed in Old Bethel Cemetery in Canton, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Andrews was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Cason to Bulah Jordan and Simual Ealy Andrews and died Feb. 2, 2011, in Kaufman.
He married his wife, Reba Fay Horton, of nearly 60 years, June 19, 1947.
He was a member of the Whitton Church of Christ.
Andrews served in the U.S. Navy at Rod Field during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; grandson Joshua; three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include son Danny Andrews and wife Ruth, Kemp; daughters Carolyn Wilson and husband George, Canton; Johnnie Fay Delbert and husband Larry, Canton; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Mercy Ships Cleft Palate repair at mercyships.org or to the charity of your choice.

Eddie Flora
Arrangements for Eddie Flora, 75, Duncanville, are being postponed due to weather conditions. Laurel Land in Dallas is managing the arrangements.
Flora was born in 1935 to Naomi Blount and Edgar Flora and died Feb. 3, 2011, in Duncanville.
Flora lived in Mabank and attended the Mabank Elementary School before moving to Dallas with his family in 1948.
He was a Sub Chief of The Blount Band of Apalachicola Creek Indians and a member of the Elder Council.
He also was president of the Flora Glass Company, a technical education trainer at Arlington State University and a Dallas County Constable.
Most importantly, Flora was a good Christian man who embraced and lived his faith and belief in Jesus. May Heaven receive him as the valiant Christian Warrior he was.
Survivors include wife Ann Flora; four children; sister Becky Lee; brother Danny Flora; and many Hyde and Blount cousins.

Billy Crutcher
Services for Billy Ray Crutcher, 68, were held Feb. 7, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Interment followed in the Payne Cemetery in Eustace, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Crutcher was born Aug. 14, 1942, in Marshall to Kathleen Marie Bradley and Jesse Crutcher and died Feb. 3, 2011, in Tyler.
Crutcher was a good-hearted man. He loved his life, kids and grandkids. Fishing was his “trade in life” and he liked being a TV critic.
He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 100, was a Baptist by faith and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son William Ray Crutcher and brother Jerry Don Crutcher.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Crutcher, Log Cabin; son Raymond Crutcher, Athens; daughters Cynthia Jones and husband Gary, Mabank; Rebecca Maddox and husband Ronald, Kaufman; grandchildren William, Amber, Heather, Jake and Bret; numerous other family members and loving friends.

Eleanore Bertas
Services for Eleanore Ruth Bertas, 87, Gun Barrel City, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Bertas was born Oct. 19, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ethel B. Lapp and Arnold C. Schultz and died Feb. 6, 2011, in Athens.
She was fondly known by many as “Ele,” and was admired for her organizational qualities and social work.
She worked as secretary in City Government, with the County Judge, as well as many country clubs and the food pantry, until she retired in 1980.
Bertas was full of life and enjoyed the Dallas musicals, Athens little theater, and flying with her husband in their own plane.
She also loved to do embroidery and did a complete embroidery of her home.
Bertas was a high school graduate and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Eric Bertas, Gun Barrel City; daughters Marie Ripley and husband Robert, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Diane Burns and husband Jay, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sandra Phillips and husband Robert, Lake Way; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paulina Fears
Services for Paulina Aguirre Fears, 65, were held Feb. 4, 2011, at Bridges Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Payne officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Tyler Memorial Funeral Home.
Fears was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Benito Juarez, Nazas Durango, Mexico, to Pompeii Gonzales and Juan Aguirre Gonzales and died Feb. 1, 2011, after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a devoted wife and mother of six, including two sets of twins. She worked more than 15 years as an employee of Thompson-Hills Landscaping Co. in Tyler, only leaving her job when her illness became too severe to continue.
Fears was known for her delicious cooking, her razor-sharp wit, the pleasure that she took in tending to her rose bushes and other plants, her occasional enjoyment of slot machines and bingo, and, above all, her endless love for her family.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Austin Arvizo.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Roger Dale Fears, Tyler; children Leandro Landeros and longtime companion Rhonda Speer, Tyler; Jorge Aguirre and wife Melissa, Kemp; Paula Fears Arvizo and husband Vincent, Tyler; Juanita Fears, Tyler; Tommy Fears, Boston, Mass.; Melinda Fears, Tyler; grandchildren Ziljian, Jessica and Angelina Aguirre, Christopher Ancira, Nina Rezendez, Shawn Quintero; Autumn, Miranda and Tyler Arvizo; Alyssa Fears and Daniel Duran. She is also survived by sisters Christina Fears, Crockett; Adela Angelo, Tyler; Antonia Gonzales, Benito Juarez, Mexico; brothers Antonio Aguirre, El Paso; Zequel Aguirre, Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Raymond Jones
Services for Raymond Lee Jones, 72, Athens, were held Feb. 5, 2011, at Eubank Chapel with Bro. Donald Thomas officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment followed in Haven of Memories in Canton.
Jones was born May 6, 1938, in Athens to Margaret Lillian Jock and George Stillman Jones and died Feb. 2, 2011, in Tyler.
Jones went to be with the Lord after a sudden illness.
He spent the vast majority of his life doing the two things that he loved – teaching and raising his family.
After 38 years in education, he retired from Mabank Independent School District to spend more time with his wife and family.
Jones really enjoyed fishing and spending every summer riding the trails at Cloud 9 Ranch in Caulfield, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Effie Marie Jones; and brother-in-law Harold Fox.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Jones, Athens; daughters Lena Beth Jones West and husband Shane, Ben Wheeler; Michele Wilcox and husband Lannie, Henderson; sons Bill Jones and wife Laura, Mabank; George Ray Jones, Athens; David Jones, Athens; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Fayrene Fox, Waco; brother Louie Jones and wife Mollie, Comanche; and sister-in-law Wanda Bigelow of Murchison.
Pallbearers were Bob Gurley, Jeff Wilson, Dan Godwin, Cecil Holt, Joe Grahm and Shane West. The honorary pallbearer was William Lundy.

Lillian Wood
Services for Lillian V. Wood, 95, Kemp, were held Feb. 5, 2011, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Wood was born March 10, 1915, in Hawthorne, La., to Nancy Elizabeth Nash and William Hardy Sparks and died Feb. 3, 2011.
She was a dedicated homemaker and a talented seamstress.
Wood was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kemp, where she nurtured her walk with the Lord.
She truly loved her family. Her grandchildren and her great-granchildren were her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Percy Wood; sisters Laura Wise and Lelia Harville; and nephew William Harville.
Survivors include daughter Mary Creecy and husband Kent, Kemp; granddaughters Trona Jurden and husband Jerry, Wylie; Melinda Polk and husband Jimmy, Kemp; grandsons Ken Nguyen and wife Thuy, Allen; Jeff Creecy and wife Dee, Longview; great-granchildren Kara, Kaylee, Ellie, Lizzy, Molly, Cameron, Hannah, Micah and Emma.

James Martin
Services for James Arthur Martin, 95, Athens, were held Feb. 8, 2011, at the Calvary Cemetery in Nogalus Prairie, with Bro. James Whittlesey officiating. Services are under the direction of Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin.
Martin was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Shongaloo, La., to Eldee Howell and Benjamin Franklin Martin and died Feb. 6, 2011, in Athens.
He was retired from Gulf Oil Corp, following more than 35 years of employment.
Martin resided in the Lufkin area for a number of years, and then resided in Andrews for 36 years.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Martin was of the Baptist faith and a member of Andrews Masonic Lodge No. 1024 A.F. and A.M.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ava Lee Martin in 1997; son James Oliver Martin; and siblings Oscar Martin, Ina Bailey, Lorene Brown and George C. Martin.
Survivors include daughter Wanda Coe, Athens; grandchildren James M. Martin, Stacey Martin Cate, Timothy Martin, Celia Conner and Robert A. Coe; six great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great grandchildren.
 

 

 

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