Obituaries

     
    Charles Korthals
Memorial services for Charles Korthals, 79, Kemp, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the American Legion Post No. 310 in Gun Barrel City. Arrangements are with Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Korthals was born June 22, 1927, in Beaver City, Okla. to the late Gottlieb and Gladys Korthals, and died Feb. 4, 2007, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by a brother Melvin Korthals.
He served 20 years in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer, serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.
He was in the 754th Tank Battalion in Korea in 1946 and Company B, 547th Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany in 1964.
He received numerous awards including the Wharang Distinguished Military Service Medal, two Bronze Stars and a Sharpshooter medal.
He also received a recognition plaque from the Republic of Korea, office of the minister of national defense. After retirement from the military, he worked as a construction engineer.
Moving from Houston, he had lived in Kemp 19 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Seven Points, the American Legion in Gun Barrel City and a P.E.R. in the Elk’s Lodge in Cedar Creek Lake.
Survivors include his wife Debra Korthals, Kemp; sons Charles Korthals Jr., and Kenneth Korthals, both of Dallas; brothers Herman Korthals, Chouteau, Okla.; Lester Korthals, Decatur, Ill.; Harry Leisure, Junction City, Iowa; Larry Leisure, Lake Tawakoni; Jerry Leisure, Mt. Pleasant; Gene Leisure, Lubbock; Roy Frost, Fort Worth; sister Juanita Berg, Mesquite; grandchildren Shelley Korthals, Michael Korthals and Kassondra Korthals; great-grandchildren Christopher Key, Alexander Key and Justus Korthals; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Sharon Burgess
Requiem Mass was offered for Sharon Burgess, Feb. 20, 2007, at the Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Malakoff with Father Anthony McLaughlin officiating. Burial was in La Porte Community Cemetery in La Porte, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Rosary was held Feb. 19, 2007, in the funeral home.
Burgess died Feb. 16, 2007, in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her husband Larry Burgess; sons Shane Burgess; Bryan Burgess and wife Judy; Tim Burgess and wife Kim; Kirk Burgess; daughter Angela and Jimmy Mascorro; brother Bill Folsey; sisters Mary Lou Dockery and Kathleen Bullock; grandchildren Aislynn, Tanner, Zachary, Brenna, McKayla, Tate, Burgess, Jimmy, Jude, Jon, Mascorro; and great-grandchild Danaika Dudley.

‘Jack’ Blaylock
Services for Johnnie Jackson Blaylock were held Feb. 22, 2007, at Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville, under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp. Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
He was born Johnnie Jackson Blaylock July 22, 1920, in Mineola, son of Arthur and Effie (Martin) Blaylock, and died Feb. 19, 2007, at his residence in Van Zandt County.
He married Claudia McCarty in Dallas, July 13, 1946.
Blaylock was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. His parents, six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years Claudia Blaylock of Mabank; daughters Claudine Schlemer of Mabank; Trish Hickson of Mabank; Maryland Bolin and husband Bobby of Mabank; son Larry Blaylock of Mabank; brother Lloyd Blaylock of Mesquite; sister Pearl Nash of Arkansas; foster sister, Rhonda Vanover; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Denny Hickson, Johnny Brunson, Keith Brunson, Bobby Bolin II, Kevin Roe and Matt Markwood.

Louis Butler
Services for Louis L. Butler, 86, Tool, were held Feb. 19, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank with the Rev. Chuck Weber officiating. Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Butler was born April 10, 1920, in Aledo and died Feb. 16, 2007, in Rockwall. He was preceded in death by his wife Annette Butler, four sisters and one brother.
He had lived in Tool for the past 35 years and was a member of the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church. He was a past Master of Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge No. 1431.
Survivors include his daughter Lynda Ann Prince, Rockwall; sisters Noreen Hubbard, Dallas; Eunice McMills, Dallas; and Dorothy Wade, Roscoe; granddaughter Tricia Prince.

Travis Rawlinson Sr.
Services for Travis Leon Rawlinson Sr., 69, Mabank, were held Feb. 21, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Rawlinson was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Cushing and died Feb. 18, 2007, in Tyler.
Previously of Irving, he had lived in Mabank since 1979 and retired from Fritz W. Glitch, Inc. He was a press operator.
Survivors include sons Travis Rawlinson Jr., and wife Cynthia, Quinlan; and Robert Rawlinson and wife Melissa, Irving; daughter Bettina Farrow, Irving; brothers J.M. Rawlinson, Van Couver, Wash.; Billy Ray Rawlinson, Nacogdoches; Gerald Rawlinson, Nacogdoches; Leroy Rawlinson, Galantin; and Wilbur Lee Rawlinson, Jacksonville; sisters Merelene Tyra, Cushing; and Linda Sue Miles, Palestine; four grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; stepson Robert Crowe, Irving; and stepdaughter Patti Smith, Alvarado.