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  Roger Yardley
Services for Roger Yardley, 71, Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later date at A Sinners Hope Baptist Church under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Yardley was born May 29, 1937, in San Bernardino, Calif., and died Feb. 15, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was a truck driver and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He was an Air Rescue National Guard pilot and a fireman with the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his sisters Joyce Pearcy, Payne Springs; and Carolyn Sames, Las Vegas, Nev.; five nephews, one great-niece; two great-nephews; one great-great- nephew and two great-great-nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 9184 State Highway 198, Payne Springs, TX 75156.

Bette Griffin
A private family ceremony was conducted for Bette Griffin, at her home Feb. 14, 2009.
She was born in 1932 in Princeton, and died surrounded by her family Feb. 10, 2009, at her home on Cedar Creek Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents Electra West and James Isaac “Ike” Griffin, and sister Greta Griffin Holder.
Griffin was a beauty and a gifted artist, jazz singer and spiritual explorer.
She graduated from McKinney High School and attended The Hockaday School, Southern Methodist University and the Sorbonne University for Art in Paris, France.
She married James P. Thomas of McKinney and gave birth to two children, Jami and Max.
With her husband playing banjo, she sang ragtime, swing and country western music, woven into a comic routine.
She established “D Jazz,” a jazz club/piano bar in North Dallas, fostering many local talents.
Her art career included portraits, impressionist landscapes, florals and conceptual geometries.
A master of form and color, she passionately explored complex social, spiritual and political themes, often expressing her eclectic beliefs.
She is survived by siblings James Isaac “Ike” Griffin III and wife Mickey; and Gail Griffin Thomas and husband Bob Thomas.
She believed her biggest contributions to be her children, daughter Jami Thomas Rabon and husband David; son Maxwell Ryan Thomas and wife Melissa; grandchildren Gabreal Oliver Dorrell, Jason Ulysses Dorrell, Julia Lucile Brown and husband Michael, Niamh Simmone Thomas, soon-to-be born baby boy Thomas; and great-grandchildren Maylin Aphia Brown and Scott James Brown.
Memorials may be sent to the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation at www.nbhope.org or via Jami Rabon, 5535 Magnolia Drive, Eustace, TX 75124.

Marsha Browning
Graveside services for Marsha Browning, 58, Trinidad, were held Feb. 17, 2009, at the Trinidad Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Browning was born July 9, 1960, and died Feb. 14, 2009, in Athens.
She had resided in Trinidad for the past 10 years and was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ in Houston. She was an AT&T operator.
Survivors include her son Shane Ray Browning, Washington; brothers Steven Homann, Kingwood; James Homann, Elkhart; and Dennis Homann, Neches.

Carolyn Foster
Graveside services for Carolyn Joy Mitchell Foster, 68, Prairieville, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Four Mile Cemetery in Prairieville. Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Foster was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Prairieville to Lorene and Carroll Mitchell and died Feb. 15, 2009, in Hayden, Colo.
She graduated valedictorian of her class at Mabank High School in 1957, and from North Texas State College in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
She married Thomas E. Foster June 10, 1961, in Prairieville. She was a faithful Christian, a loving wife and mother and a good friend to others.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Tommy Smith
Services for Tommy Allen Smith, 74, Kemp, were held Feb. 14, 2009, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp. An interment will be held later in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Mineola.
Smith was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Galacia, Ill., to Josephine Joy Allen and Johnnie Roy Smith and died Feb. 10, 2009, in Kaufman.
His parents and a son David Smith preceded him in death.
He was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and the Harley Owner’s Group. He loved riding motorcycles, owning several Harley-Davidsons through the years.
He loved the desert and lived in Arizona before moving back to Texas in 2006. He was a talented artist and photographer.
He married Elsie Loren Hardy May, 18, 1965, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Survivors include his wife Elsie Lorene Smith, Kemp; daughter Pamela Diane Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; sons Mark Stephen Smith, Douglas Blaine Smith and Gary Duane Smith, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

Grover Mixon
Services for Grover Cleveland “G.C.” Mixon, 83, Eustace, were held Feb. 16, 2009, at the Phalba Independent Church with the Rev. Dewain Mixon officiating. Burial followed in Van Zandt County Chinquapin Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mixon was born April 21, 1925, on Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City and died Feb. 14, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Eustace.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vina and Vinder Mixon, wife Kodene Mixon and sister Dorothy Kennedy.
He was a farmer in both Mabank and Eustace and famous for his pecan crops, which everyone loved to buy.
He retired from Safeway after 33 years as a truck driver. He also retired from being a school bus driver for Mabank and Eustace school districts, and worked at Brookshire’s grocery.
He was a member of the Phalba Independent Church and was a skilled singer and guitar player.
He helped his son build Faith Tabernacle Church in Eustace and was instrumental in teaching his grandchildren to play various instruments as part of worship services.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Mixon, Mabank; daughter Jean and husband David Lowry, Eustace; son Dewain and wife Trena Mixon, Eustace; stepdaughters Pam and husband Bob Bauer, Carrollton; Peggy and husband Leo Perron, Lewisville; and Patricia and husband Dorsey Martin, Farmers Branch; granddaughters Christi and husband Jeff Ridgle; Suzanna and husband David Summerall; grandsons David and wife Charlotte Lowry, Eustace; Robert and wife Beth Mixon, Arlington; Grover and wife Chasity Mixon, Mabank; John and wife Lacey Lowry, Athens; Jamie and wife Angie George, Mabank; and Stephen and wife Heather Mixon, Grand Junction, Colo.; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Grover will be greatly missed.
He left a large imprint on the hearts of all who knew him.

Scott Wipperman
Memorial services for Scottie Dewayne Wipperman, 48, Mabank, will be held Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Four Mile Lutheran Church in Prairieville with Pastor Dittmyer officiating under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Wipperman was born March 16, 1960, in Little Rock, Ark., and died Feb. 14, 2009, in his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Laurali; sons Scott Junior and James; daughters Leslie and Amanda; brothers Justin and Anthony; sister Kelly; and eight grandchildren.

Dee Townsend
Services for Dee Townsend, 96, Mabank, were held Feb. 12, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Midland under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Townsend was born March 6, 1912, in Kosse and died Feb. 11, 2009, in Kaufman.
She was a homemaker and had lived in Mabank for the past 18 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include her daughter Lynnell Prater, Kemp; son Jimmy Lee Townsend and wife Betty, Burnet; grandson Jimmy Lynn Townsend, Burnet; granddaughter Debbie Ewing and husband Glen, Kemp; great-grandsons Ryan Allen Ewing and Reed Seaton Ewing, both of Kemp; and great-granddaughter Kaytlyn Townsend, Waco.

Sam Hollinger
A memorial service for Sam Hollinger, 69, Mabank, will be held at a later date in Memphis, Tenn., under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hollinger was born March 20, 1938, in Memphis, Tenn., and died Feb. 16, 2009, in Tyler.
He had lived in Mabank for the past 37 years and was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years Betty Hollinger, Mabank; sons David Ferguson and Tony Ferguson, both of Memphis, Tenn.; and David Hollinger, Huntsville; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Willie and Thomas Hollinger, both of Memphis, Tenn.; and sister Marie Graham, Houston.

Louis Weber
Louis Leo Weber, 65, Kaufman, was born Sept. 5, 1943, to Hortense Campa and Louie Weber and died Jan. 22, 2009.
He married Virginia Nell Harris Sept. 10, 1965.
Together they shared 38 years and had three children: Tiffany of White Bear Lake, Minn; Todd of Kemp; and Tonya of Woodbury, Minn.;
Weber is preceded in death by his wife, sister Judy, and both parents.
He is survived by his brother John Lee Weber of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; his children Kalee and Sierra, and countless relatives and friends.
He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle teacher and friend.
He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended the Kaufman Ward.
He loved the scriptures and was extremely knowledgeable about them and the gospel.
His hobbies included woodturning, collecting model cars, rocks and gems, and spending time traveling to visit with family and friends.
He was loved and respected by many and will be truly missed.

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