Services for Betty Ruth Couch, 84, were held Feb. 13, 2012, at St. James on
the Lake Episcopal Church in Kemp.
Couch was born April 13, 1927, to Ora Lee Tyler and John R. Kizzia in
Kaufman County and died Feb. 9, 2012.
She was known by many family and friends as “Bett.” She loved fishing, dirt
track racing, sewing, gardening and reading and spending time with her
grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Couch worked for the Mabank I.S.D. as a bus driver and received the Panther
She was Episcopal by faith and attended St. James on the Lake Episcopal
Church in Kemp.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include her son Jackie Lynch and his wife, Shirley, of Gun Barrel
City; grandchildren Jason Lynch of Benbrook, Jacquelyn Lynch of Mabank, and
William Lynch of Gun Barrel City; brother Johnnie Kizzia and his wife,
Alice, of Wills Point; sisters Vivian Tull of Athens, Cynthia Slayton and
her husband, Frank, of Rule; great grandchild Brayden Smith of Mabank; other
family and many loving friends.
Condolences may be posted online at
Services for Paul Ted Ciardo, 77, of Tool, were held Feb. 14, 2012, at St.
Jude Catholic Church with Father Dan Daugherty presiding.
Ciardo was born Nov. 30, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Barbara Oswald and
Salvatore Ciardo and died Feb. 2, 2012.
Ciardo was a graduate of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wis., and
married Anita Kaye Bishop Jan. 30, 1954. They remained happily married for
He was a proud member of the US Navy from 1952-55. Upon leaving the service
he went into the insurance business until 1980. After that he opened his own
business and has remained an independent business owner since.
He owned the Old West Auction and Flea Market in Seven Points, Steak House
and Chicken Shack.
Ciardo was an active member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel
City, belonged to the Big Brother Organization in Dallas, and active with
the food pantry making food baskets and toys at Christmas.
He received the Family of the Year Award through St. Jude and was a member
of the Knights of Columbus where he was a past Knight of the Year.
Ciardo also coached baseball and basketball in Dallas, with his kids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Salvatore Ciardo, sister
Barbara Hobgood and granddaughter Chasity Pierson.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Kaye Ciardo, of Tool; daughter
Victoria Zabojnik and her husband, Mike, of Trinidad; sons Anthony Ciardo
and Dena Hayes of Tool, Christopher Ciardo and his wife, Janie, of Ennis,
Scott Ciardo and his wife, Melba, of Scurry; grandchildren Vanessa Byrce and
husband Sam, Dana Kennedy, Angela Bohannon and husband, Bryan, Keesa
Pederson and husband Kyle, Paul Ciardo, Casey Ciardo and wife Dana, Amanda
Ciardo, Staci Moore and husband Wade, Savanna Pierson, Ryan Ciardo, Felica
Borchardt, Jennifer Burson and husband Bart and Lindsey Borchardt; 24
great-grandchildren; brother Joseph Ciardo of Wis.; numerous nieces,
nephews, friends and family members.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American
Cancer Society, Dallas Chapter, at 8900 John Carpenter Freeway Dallas, TX
75247 or www.cancer.org.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Services for Allen Leon Stanford, 77, of Kemp, were held Feb. 14, 2012, at
the Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp. Burial was at the
International Order of Odd Fellows cemetery, in Ravenna, under the direction
of Roselawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens of Seagoville.
Stanford was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Ravenna, to Dovie Lee Newton and Mance
Stanford and died Feb. 11, 2012, at his residence in Kemp.
He was a truck driver for several years and worked as the business agent for
the Teamsters Local Union 745. He was also vice president of the AFL-CIO for
Stanford was a Christian and married Joann Sanders in 1963. He enjoyed
cattle and horse ranching, helping other people and loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Darrell Stanford, grandson
Joseph Ferrell and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife of almost 50 years, Joann Stanford, of Kemp;
daughters Deena Spakes and her husband, Marty, of Kemp, Belinda Ferrell, of
Colorado; son Steve Stanford of Balch Springs; grandchildren Salina Spakes
of Kemp, Katrina Canida and her husband, Robert, of Kemp, “Little” Marty
Spakes of Kemp, Pius Ferrell and his wife, Misty, of Kemp and Avery Ferrell
of Kaufman; great grandchildren Danny and Delanie Spakes, Abbye Canida,
Lacey, Bree and Emilee Weisinger; sisters Juanita and Carolyn; numerous
other friends and relatives.
Services for Hazel E. Massey, 92, of Kemp, were held Feb. 13, 2012, at
Laurel Land Memorial Park, in Dallas under the direction of the Anderson
Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Massey was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Alto and died Feb. 10, 2012, after a short
She married Johnnie Massey in 1939 and began Massey Glass Company in the
early 1950s operating it until her husband’s death in 1971.
Massey then moved to Kemp and opened The Kemp Restaurant, where people from
all around would stop in for meals she prepared.
Massey was happiest surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was
known to all as “Me-Me.”
Survivors include her children, Bobby Massey of Kemp and Barbara Massey
Wolfe of Longview; grandchildren David Massey and his wife, Cathi, of Kemp,
Ronda Bryant and her husband, Clay, of Ore City, Lesha Massey Hamilton and
her husband, Eugene, of Kemp, Cinda Massey Bonds and her husband, Kendall,
of Lubbock; great-grandchildren Kyle Bryant and his wife, Lanaya, of
Dangerfield, Ashley Bryant of Ore City, Chelcy Bryant Rigo and her husband,
Jeremy, of Longview, Ellie Hamilton Levano and her husband, Jose, of Dallas,
Trevor Hamilton of Kemp, Steven Hamilton of Kemp, Darcy, Joleigh, Cassie and
Brinley Bonds of Lubbock; great-great-grandchildren Liam Lewellen of Ore
City, and Jordan Bryant of Dangerfield; daughter-in-law, Judy Massey of Kemp
and son-in-law, David Wolfe of Longview.
A celebration of life for Emuel Leon Kinder, 83, was held Feb. 11, 2012, at
the New Covenant Baptist Church in Mesquite, where he was an active member.
Kinder donated his body to the UT Southwestern Medical Research Center in
He was born May 28, 1928, in Pottsville, Ark. to Lyda Bell Pickens and
Everett Kinder and died Feb. 4, 2012.
Prior to his illness, he enjoyed his family, golf, yard work, fishing,
camping, hunting, Texas Hold’em with the family and singing. He also enjoyed
participating as a member of the Mesquite Rutherford Senior Center.
He will be remembered most for his entertaining stories and jokes, family
reunion campouts at Lee Park in Malakoff and Caney Cove Camp Grounds and
family visits, singing at nursing homes and socials all over Texas.
Kinder and his wife, Betty, were long time residents of Mesquite and had
celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Jan. 27, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ruby Joyce Kinder Newcomb
of Payne Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Watkins Kinder; children Gary Leon
Kinder and wife Marsha of Littlerock, Calif., Sherri Lynn Kinder Cannon and
husband Wayne of Forney, Michael Lee Kinder and wife Susie of Mabank,
Suzanne Lachelle Kinder Ray and husband Dave of Mesquite; grandchildren
Jarrod Escon Kinder and wife Maggie of Valencia, Calif., Heath Landon Kinder
and wife Heather of San Marcos, Calif., Kymberly Nicole Kinder of Lancaster,
Calif., Joshua Brandon Kinder and wife Ashley of Kaufman, Tiffany Gail Koob
and fiance Mike Holt of Terrell, Shawn Wayne Cannon of Forney, Chanley
Nicole Ray of Mesquite, Mitchell Wayne Ray of Mesquite, Lexie D’Ann Ray of
Mesquite; great-grandchildren Miranda Ester Kinder of Valencia, Calif.,
Braden Austin Koob of Terrell, Logan David Koob of Terrell, Logan Michael
Kinder of San Marcos, Calif., Jak Anderson Kinder of Kaufman, Victoria Joyce
Kinder of San Marcos, Calif.; brothers and sisters James Don Kinder and Mary
of Seagoville, Kenneth Burl Kinder and Judy of Indio, Calif., William
Newcomb, brother-in-law of Payne Springs, Jackie Wayne Kinder and Donna of
Fort Worth, Helen Marie Marshall of Phoenex, Ariz.; along with many family
members and friends.
Services for Robert O’Brien, 63, of Gun Barrel City, will be held at 11 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
O’Brien was born Sept. 20, 1948, and died Feb. 12, 2012, at his home on
Cedar Creek Lake in Gun Barrel City.
He graduated from St. John’s College High School in 1966 and St. Edward’s
University in 1971. He received his master’s degree from the University of
Dallas in 1976.
O’Brien retired as a systems analyst for the Dallas Fire Department and was
a member of Grace Community Baptist Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family. His
favorite quotes included: “if it flies, it dies” and “I didn’t do it, but
I’m sorry, and I’ll never do it again.”
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pamela O’Brien; sons Kevin and
Michael O’Brien, their wives Delaney and Tabatha O’Brien; granddaughter
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Grace Community
Baptist Church at P.O. Box 266 Mabank, TX 75147.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Tool City Councilman Dennis Jay Candage died at his home
suddenly, early Tuesday.
Candage has served on the Tool City Council since May, 2010.
He and his wife, Nancy, were married Nov. 6, 2010. The couple
resided in Paradise Bay.
Candage has lived in the area for 40 years, always active in the
Candage was a member of the Tool Volunteer Fire Department, he
served on the Building and Grounds committee at Providence Baptist Church
and was caretaker for the Tool Cemetery.
Memorial Service for Candage will
be at the Providence Baptist Church in Tool on Saturday,
February 18, 2012 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers the family
request' a donation may be made to the City of Tool Volunteer
Fire Dept at Tool City Hall.