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  Gavin Ethridge
Services for Gavin Wayne Ethridge, 1, Gun Barrel City, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Martin officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ethridge was born Sept. 19, 2007, in Terrell and died Feb. 22, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jerry Wayne Martin and great-uncle Sean Ethridge.
Survivors include his parents Samantha Martin and Jordan Ethridge, Gun Barrel City; grandmother Elizabeth Martin, Payne Springs; grandparents Shauna Stegent and husband Mark, Eustace; Eric Gonzales and wife Teresa, O’Fallen, Ill.; great-grandmother Cheryl Moss, Houston; great-grandparents Rosalind Ethridge and husband Gary, Grand Prairie; aunts and uncles Jerry Martin, Maranda Bowden, Sherry Richman and husband Brian, Shelby and Nathan Stegent, Lindsey and Ryan Gonzales.

Cynthia Reznicek
Services for Cynthia (Hyde) Reznicek, 56, Mabank, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today), Feb. 26, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reznicek was born Dec. 15, 1952, in Kaufman and died Feb. 22, 2009, in Athens.
She was a homemaker, born and raised in the Mabank area and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her husband Jodie Reznicek, Mabank; sons Chris Reznicek and wife Danielle, Keller; and Jason Reznicek, Mabank; daughter Brennan Popham and husband Lance, Savannah, Ga.; brother John Walter Hyde and wife Kathy, Mabank; parents Rebecca and Berniece Hyde, Mabank; other family members and many 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.

Jack Cooley
A memorial service for Jack Cooley will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at the Trinidad Methodist Church under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home.
Cooley was born July 8, 1933, to Catherine and J.C. Cooley and was raised in the West Texas mountains of Alpine with his siblings Carolyn Rutledge, George and Sam Cooley.
He died Feb. 21, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He attended Sul Ross and Southwestern University.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He had a successful career as a national representative for Zellenor Pistons.
He loved to fish, golf and do woodwork. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and an active member of the Trinidad Methodist Church.
He loved his wife Valerie for 54 years and together they traveled and had a large circle of friends.
He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his fun and easygoing personality and gracious spirit.
He was adored by his children, Lynda Perry, Mike Cooley and Larry Cooley (deceased). He was grandfather to Jacob, Mathew and Greg Cooley also, Sam, Zak and Brook Perry. He was a great-grandfather to Jennifer and Allysa Cooley and Corbin Perry.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Trinidad Methodist Memorial Fund or the Cancer Society.

Margaret Rundquist
A memorial service for Margaret E. Rundquist will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Payne Cemetery in Eustace.
Rundquist died Jan. 21, 2009.
She lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area of Eustace and then Mabank for 25 years, before moving to Dallas in 2008.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Edith Freeman
Services for Edith Faye Palmer Freeman, 82, Van Buren, Ark., were held Feb. 24, 2009, in the Pyle Prairie Cemetery with the Rev. Chris Sweet officiating under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Freeman was born June 22, 1925, in Ennis to the late Ruby Mae Pyle and William David Palmer and died Feb. 21, 2009, in Fort Smith, Ark.
She married Thomas Earl Freeman Dec. 17, 1952, and he preceded her in death Aug. 2, 1982.
She graduated from Ennis High School and was of the Baptist faith since the age of 11.
She was a resident of Dallas for 48 years and moved to Fort Smith, Ark., in December, 1990.
Survivors include her daughter Alice Rae Johnson, Van Buren, Ark.; granddaughter Courtney Rachelle Johnson, Van Buren, Ark.; sisters Jeraldine Fagada, Kemp; and Nadine Pratt, Port Aransas; numerous other relatives and friends.

Guy N. Johnson Jr.
Services for Guy N. Johnson Jr., 75, Trinidad, were held Feb. 23, 2009, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. Interment followed in the Miller Grove Cemetery.
Johnson was born July 30, 1935, in Miller Grove to the late Connie and Guy N. Johnson and died Feb. 20, 2009, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Laura Gene Johnson and brothers Thomas S., Charles H. and Robert Lewis Johnson.
He was retired from Dallas Parks and Recreation after 33 years of service. He also served as treasurer of the Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club.
Survivors include his daughters Mary and husband Robert Potter, Frisco; and Laurie and husband Jerry Dunlap, Crandall; grandchildren Stephanie, Christian and William Potter; Jared and Jordan Dunlap; numerous nieces and nephews.

Daniel Sutton
Graveside services for Daniel Otis Sutton, 85, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 21, 2009, at Payne Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Lewis officiating under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home of Athens.
Sutton was born March 1, 1923, in Bellis, La., and died Feb. 18, 2009, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and a daughter Sue Jones.
Survivors include his wife Mary K. Sutton; daughters Mary L Pediford, Mary Jane Allen, Carolyn Byrd, Rita Haucke, Nancy Holcomb and Diana Willingham; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rev. Ervin Shaffer
The Rev. Ervin Edward Shaffer was born in Van Zandt County, May 12, 1921, to Benjaman Frankland and France Shaffer.
He was the youngest of 13 children and the last to go on his last adventure.
He served in the 82nd Airborne Divison in World War II. Six campaigns.
He was given two Purple Hearts, one cluster – European Theater Campaigns, six stars in a ribbon, two stars in his wings – two combat jumps.
He also holds a personal citation for bravery from Maj. General Matthew Ridgeway for action at Altavilla, Italy (Salerno beachhead), and received a Bronze Star medal for bravery in action in the Seigfried Line, Germany.
Shaffer held a bachelor of arts degree, Southwestern Assembly of God College; a masters degree in Bible theology – Seminary, Mayflower, Fla.
He married Ervillene Norris Sept. 1, 1945.
In 1947, they entered pastoral ministry.
In 1952, they entered missionary work
He pastored seven Assembly of God Churches in the United States, South Africa, Korea and Bangkok Thailand, also served as director of two servicemen’s homes, one in Seoul, Korea and the other in Bangkok Thailand, also serving as chaplain.
Ervillene went on her last adventure Oct. 22, 2003.
More than 100 churches were started in South Africa by Shaffer and family.
He would look for a good, clean water source, pulling a camper behind a station wagon and set up camp, playing his guitar with daughters Patricia and Paula singing, for hours.
In the morning when they stepped out of the camper, there were thousands of African tribal people with all they owned on their heads, following the music.
A town was born, a school and church were built out of mud clay and straw bricks, cooked in the sun until they were dried.
He then met Betty, enjoyed her company and they married Oct. 23, 2005.
The love they shared will always be remembered.
Shaffer had an extraordinary life and took his children along with his journey of many adventures.
He was preceded in his last adventure (death) by sons the Rev. Ervin E. Shaffer Jr., and Steven F. Shaffer.
He is survived by wife Betty; son Daniel W. Shaffer; daughters Patricia J. Stewart, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Paula J. Crow, Kemp; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis Ramsey
Services for Phyllis Ramsey, 73, Malakoff, were held Feb. 22, 2009, at the Trinity Baptist Church with Brothers Tommy Bolton and Floyd Loven officiating. Burial was in Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Ramsey was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Dallas to Flora Dell Arnold and Paul Huffman and died Feb. 20, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond Ramsey and son-in-law Quincy Hutchison.
She owned her own home, was a housewife and member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons Samuel and Jenny Ramsey, Trinidad; Raymond Jr. and Debbie Ramsey, Malakoff; David and Patty Ramsey, Payne Springs; and William and Lynda Ramsey, Trinidad; daughter Susan Hutchison, Malakoff; sister Paula Mullican, Malakoff; grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Danny Ramsey, Scott Ramsey, Kellan Ramsey, Jonathan Hutchison, Rusty Hutchison, Johnny Valdez, Shannon Ramsey and Jeff Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Colman Jr., Bob Boone, Stephen Alvarado, Joe Mosier, Mike Colman and James Ritz.
 

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