Services for Glynn L. Blackie Blankenship, 87, Seven Points, were held Jan.
29, 2010, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Mike Ferguson officiating. Burial
was in King Cemetery in Henderson County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral
Home in Mabank.
Blankenship was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Seymour and died Jan. 25, 2010, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Blankenship, parents Claudia and James
Blankenship and two brothers.
He had resided in Seven Points for 30 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a
member of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club and was Methodist by faith.
Survivors include his sons Charles D. Blankenship, Cap City; Jerry Lynn Blankenship and
wife Patty, Bonham; and Larry Glynn Blankenship and wife Caroline, Irving; daughters
Barbara Jean Weir and husband Gordon, Rifle, Colo.; Nancy Gilley and husband Jerry, Gun
Barrel City; and Elizabeth Ann Williams and husband Max, Tennessee; brothers Jimmy R.
Blankenship and wife Wanda, Gainsville; and Billy Ray Blankenship, Haskell; 24
grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Andria Holbert, Melanie Davis, Kathy Stallings, Laura McCollugh, Lisa
Rogers, Amy Dowell, Lila Berry and nurses of Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.
Services for Scott Eugene Sturgeon, 47, Mabank, will be held at a later date under the
direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Sturgeon was born June 9, 1962, in Conway, Ark. to Margie Brenton and Wendell Sturgeon,
and died Feb. 4, 2010, in Mabank.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He was employed by Road Construction.
Survivors include his mother Margie Brenton and stepfather Harold; brothers Bo Brenton,
Jeff Brenton, John McNeill, Bobby McNeill, Ray Sturgeon and Michael Sturgeon; sisters
Leslee Brenton, Theresa Lewis and Debra Sturgeon; fiance Karen Marie Green; aunt Madolyn
Curtis; uncles Jerry Cargo and Fabern Sturgeon.
Services for Gladys Joy Ratliff, 85, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 6, 2010, at the
Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Mickey Krone and Keith Kile
officiating. Burial was at Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank.
Ratliff was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Corsicana to Cora Mae Lugg and Andrew Marshall Bean and
died Feb. 3, 2010, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Carolyn Sue Krone and brother Alan
Survivors include her husband of 65 years Waymon Ratliff; daughters Sharon Sanders and
husband Junior, Conroe; Dalorse Burns and husband Jerry, Livingston; and Judy Egan and
husband Jim, Arlington; sons Bobby Ratliff and wife Janet, Gun Barrel City; William
Ratliff and wife Mary, Mesquite; and Kowana Ratliff; brothers Les Bean, Doug Bean; sisters
Helen Owens, Francis Rangle; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; numerous other
family members and many friends.
Memorial services for Randy Dale Matheson, 46, Gun Barrel City, were held at the Harbor
Baptist Church in Payne Springs with the Rev. George Yeager officiating under the
direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Matheson was born Nov. 5, 1964, in Dallas to Dorothy Barton and James Charles Matheson and
died Dec. 20, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Patsy Oden.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years Tracy Matheson; children Kimberly Nichole Matheson
and fiancée Bradley Briggs; Cristel Kae Praytor and husband Casey Sr.; grandchildren
Casey Praytor Jr., Timothy John Praytor, Kairi Nichole Briggs; brothers James Charles
Matheson, Terry Lynn Matheson; sisters Elaine Gervers, Janie Davis, Glenda Mattison and
Services for Charles Henry, 75, Mabank, were held Feb. 10, 2010, at the Dallas/Fort Worth
National Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Price officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar
Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Henry was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Dallas and died Feb. 5, 2010, in Tyler.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Mabank for 16 years and was a veteran of the U.S.
Navy serving from 1955 to 1957.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City and taught Sunday School
for many years.
Survivors include his wife Quata Henry, Mabank; son Ron Henry, Mabank; grandson Chad
Henry, Seven Points; brother Richard Henry, Dallas; sisters Frances Wright, Forney; Marie
Wright, Tyler; and Dorothy Nieman, Mesquite.
Toni Lynn Drinning
Services for Toni Lynn Drinning, 29, Mabank, were held Feb. 8, 2010, at the Eubank
Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial was in Prairie Springs
Cemetery in Ben Wheeler under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Drinning was born April 6, 1980, in Dallas and died Feb. 3, 2010, in Athens.
She had resided in Mabank for the past five years and was a member of the Flatwood
Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her father Marvin Drinning, Mabank; mother Sherry Hallett, Martins Mill;
brothers Dean and Daniel Drinning, both of Mabank; grandparents Sandra Baze, Grand Saline;
Tommy Hallett, Gun Barrel City; Mary and George Jackson, both of Ben Wheeler; and aunts