Obituaries

     
    John R. Hanner
Services were held for John R. Hanner, 89, on January 29, 2007 at Tomlinson Funeral Home with Rev. David Nottingham officiating. Burial was in Vivian, Louisiana. Born Jan. 8, 1918, died Jan. 24, 2007, at his home in Gun Barrel City, Texas after a courageous battle with several major illnesses.
Mr. Hanner moved to Gun Barrel City in 1974, where he was a self-employed Tooling Engineer.
He worked in the aircraft industry for many years before moving from Dallas. He was also an inventor and musician and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; brother, A.B. Hanner and youngest daughter, Ruby Ann Denton.
He is survived by son, John A. Hanner of Orange, Texas; daughters, Mildred Woods, of Fallon, Nevada and Mary Jo Morris of Garland, Texas; stepdaughter, Barbara Cox of Gun Barrel City, Texas; stepsons, Herbert Nethery of Hinkley, California and Charles Nethery of Dallas, Texas as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Judy Pruitt
Services for Judy Michelle Pruitt, 67, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 15, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Burial was in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Pruitt was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Cleveland, Miss. and died Feb. 12, 2007, in Gun Barrel City. She was preceded in death by her father Morelle Leake, daughter Tessie McNeil and sister Betty Jo Leake.
Previously of Santa Barbara, Calif., she lived in Gun Barrel City for the past five years and was a retired orthopedic secretary.
Survivors include her husband David Pruitt, Gun Barrel City; son Stanley Roberts, Gun Barrel City; and mother Bea Leake, Gun Barrel City.

Homer Hammond
Services for Homer Edward Hammond, 72, Athens, were held Feb. 10, 2007, in the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Wayne Gilcrease and Tommy Merchant officiating. Burial followed in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Hammond was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Mena, Ark., to Homer and Georgia Harris Hammond and died Feb. 8, 2007, at this residence.
He attended school in Hatfield, Ark., and entered the U.S. Navy in 1952. After his military service he moved to Dallas and was employed with Mrs. Bairdís for 11 years. He then began a career with the U.S. Postal Service.
He relocated in the Cedar Creek Lake area in 1989 and moved to Athens in 2004. He enjoyed his family and sharing fishing experiences with them.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Betty Jo Hammond, Athens; sons and daughter-in-law Stanley and Linda Hammond, Dallas; and Wesley Hammond, Payne Springs; daughters and sons-in-law Joyce and Frank Ramirez, Payne Springs; Lenita and Tommy Nolen, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law Howard and Barbara Hammond, Marlin; John and Nancy Hammond, Oden, Ark.; Richard and Phyllis Hammond, Magazine, Ark.; Lenard and Marry Ann Hammond, Powderly; sisters and brothers-in-law Elizabeth and Roy Dobbs, Hatfield, Ark.; Helen Pearson, New Boston; Margie and Frankie Heifner, Hatfield, Ark.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Boozer, Thomas Blackwell, Lester Spencer, Terry Crabtree and Dwight Powell.
Honorary pallbearers were Billy Nolen, Keith Nolen, Jeremy Craft, Anthony Hammond, Tommy Nolen and Frank Ramirez.

Tom Kellison
Services for Tom Kellison, 63, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 13, 2007, at A Sinners Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. James Martin officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Kellison was born July 23, 1943, in Kirsville, Mo., and died Feb. 9, 2007, in Gun Barrel City.
Previously of Mesquite, he had lived in Gun Barrel City for 11 years and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967. He was an outgoing person and never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife Robin Kellison, Gun Barrel City; sons Aaron Kellison, Mission, Kan.; and Steven Kellison and wife Glena, Grandview, Mo.; grandchildren Randal Scott and Amanda Kellison; sister Cindy Morton, Lancaster, Mo.; nieces, nephews, other family member and many friends.

Robert Bailey
Memorial services for Robert Earl Bailey, 64, Mabank, will be held at a later date under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
Bailey was born in 1942, in Hanson Ky., to the late Richard E. and Kathleen Lee Bailey and died Feb. 4, 2007.
He graduated in 1959 from Henderson County High School and in 1961 moved to Washington, D.C.
He worked for Krogerís 1961-1970. Then for Southland Corporationís 7-11 Stores. +He retired as vice president in 1998.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years Clarice Bailey, Mabank; daughters Sandra K. Bailey, St. Peters, Mo.; and Ann Lee Bailey Stroud, Petersburg, Va.; son Richard E. Bailey, Carrollton; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to ASPCA; or Genesis Hospice Care, Athens.

Henry Osmer
Services for Henry Cecil Osmer, 63, Malakoff, were held Feb. 15, 2007, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens with Tommy Merchant officiating. Burial was in Payne Cemetery.
Osmer was born Feb. 8, 1943, in Gurley, Ala. to Henry and Kattie Jenkins Osmer and died Feb. 11, 2007, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his son Donni Osmer, daughter Connie Osmer, brothers Clifford Osmer and Clayton Osmer.
He was employed as a printer with Padgett Printing Company in Dallas for more than 20 years. He moved to Longview in 1982 and worked for ABC Printing. He retired in 2004, and moved to Malakoff.
Survivors include his wife Mary Osmer, Malakoff; daughters Kathy Lively, Hurst; Maria Harper, Monroe; and Amanda Osmer, Henderson; brothers Clyde and Carl Osmer, both of Malakoff; and Clint Osmer, Caney City; sisters Betty Puepke, Mabank; Jo Locke and Cynthia Perkins, both of Malakoff; and Linda Ridgle, Payne Springs; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.