Services for Charles Guernsey Barndt, Star Harbor, were held Feb. 21, 2008, at the Methodist Church in Malakoff, with Bro. Charles Kimball officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas beside his wife under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Barndt was born Dec. 1, 1912, in Marion, Ohio to Ethel and Jules Verne Barndt and died Feb. 18, 2008, in Athens. He was preceded in death by Alice his wife of 58 years, in 1994.
He attended grade school in Marion, Ohio and high school in Lima, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Michigan, the same school his grandfather attended, with a bachelor of arts degree in 1935.
While in college he participated in campus politics and was appointed permanent secretary of his senior class. He was assistant night editor of the Michigan Daily newspaper and also an assistant basketball manager.
As chairman of the senior ball, he led the grand march with his future wife who had come from Texas for the occasion. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He moved to Texas and on June 6, 1936, he married Alice Custer, a former resident of Lima, Ohio.
He started his career with the Lone Star Gas Company as a new business solicitor in Corsicana in 1935.
After holding various executive positions in the company, he moved to Dallas in 1954.
He retired as vice president in February, 1972, after serving as a member of the board of directors of two subsidiary companies. He was active in both the Southern Gas Association and the American Gas Association, having held major committee chairmanships in each organization.
He participated in the ROTC program in college and accepted a commission in the infantry reserve.
He was called to active service in January 1942, and sent to Camp Barkeley near Abilene. He helped organize the 90th Infantry Division and served with it through World War II as personnel officer, adjutant and later intelligence officer, racing through Normandy, France and Germany to the Czechoslovakian border.
He returned to the states in 1945 where he helped deactivate the division, before being returned to reserve status as a major.
He had earned three overseas service bars, served in five campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He was active in local affairs, having served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Rotary Club in two cities.
The Malakoff Rotary Club awarded him a Paul Harris Fellowship.
He was a member of the Methodist Church choir and chaired many church committees.
Survivors include a son Richard; brother the Rev. William Barndt, Worthington, Ohio; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial for Julio Velasquez, 56, was held Feb. 22, 2008, at Saint Ann Catholic Church of Kaufman with interment in Kaufman Cemetery. Rosary was recited at Saint Ann Catholic Church Feb. 21, 2008, under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman.
Velasquez was born Dec. 28, 1949, in Mexico to Jovita Garfias and Avelino Velasquez Sr., and died Feb. 19, 2008, in a Richardson hospital.
He was raised in Mission and moved to Kaufman in 1975. He owned and operated Julio’s Market, Dairy Queen, Cinco DeMayo and Moons Cafeteria. He was a member of the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce and Saint Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman. He married Teresa Figueroa in Mexico May 4, 1974.
Survivors include his wife Teresa, Kaufman; mother Jovita Velasquez, Kaufman; son Christopher Velasquez, Lubbock; daughters Roxanna Velasquez, Lubbock; and Alexandra Velasquez, Kaufman; brothers Saul Velasquez, Kaufman; Eucario Velasquz, Kaufman; AvelinoVelasquez Jr., Kaufman; Sergio Velasquez, Kaufman; and Leopolda Velasquez, Dallas; sisters Adelino Velasquez, Oregon; Eva Velasquez, Kaufman; Lilia Saenz, Kaufman; Lorena Hernandez, Kaufman; and Zulma Drake, Kaufman.
Benny Sutton Hyde
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Benny Sutton Hyde passed peacefully Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, surrounded by his family.
Hyde was born Feb. 18, 1933, in the Elm Grove community in Van Zandt County.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951-55 aboard the LST 715.
Hyde was preceded in death by his parents, W.B. and Ottie, sisters Agnes Ayers, Gonie Hyde, Lavada Box and brothers Charlie, Wayne and Bob.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wynelle, daughters Karen Pease and husband Ron and Della Lawrence and husband Randall; grandkids Tiffany Foster and husband Jimmy; Tanya Carter and husband Steven; Cortney Cowden and husband Fred; and J.R. Randall Lawreince and Dianna Childs; great-granddaughters Haley and Holly Cowden and Julie Foster; and sisters Dorthea Becker, Bea Prather and Helen Panter.
Hyde retired from Dresser Industries in 1998, and was an avid sportsman.
Although he will be greatly missed, the family finds peace in the assurance of a reunion one day in heaven.
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