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February 26, 2012

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Gene Paul
Services for Gene Wilbert Paul, 74, of Mabank, were held Feb. 23, 2012, at Payne Springs United Methodist Church under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Paul was born July 17, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., and died Feb. 20, 2012.
He served his country for 35 years starting as an enlisted man in the Army and then as a captain, completing two tours in Vietnam during his 20-year military service career. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Afterwards, he worked in the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 15 years, where he designed the modern day Green Card and oversaw its production.
Paul was an active member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church, serving on the board of trustees, various committees and using his skills to repair projects around the church. He was known for his talents with wood, building many treasured items and restoring furniture for family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Darleen, first wife Carol Ann, second wife Carol Lynn and Carol Lynn’s daughter Stacy. He supported them through their fights with cancer.
Survivors include his children, Michael Paul and wife Patti of Arlington, Judith Shulter and husband Robert of Kemp, and Bruce Paul and wife Gloria of Southlake; son-in-law Mark Simpson of Allen, daughter-in-law Diona Henson of Grand Prairie; grandchildren Kathryn, Allison, Jessica, Gabriela, Weston and Carson Paul, Brittany and Garrett Flowers, Baileigh Simpson and Gavin and Madelynn Henson.
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Lonnie Goodman
Services for Lonnie Gordon Goodman “Nipper,” 67, of Scurry, were held Feb. 25, 2012, at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel in Seagoville with Rev. Wayne Delk officiating.
Interment at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will be at a later date under the direction of Roselawn Funeral Home of Seagoville.
Goodman was born Oct. 6, 1944, to Joyce Copeland and L.G. Goodman and died Feb. 20, 2012, in Irving.
He graduated from Haltom High School in 1963 and served his country from 1964-1971 in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Gertie Mitchell Goodman of Scurry; daughters Janet Whidby and her husband, Paul, of Mabank, Donna Kuehne and her husband, Danny, of Garland, Susan Dibirdik and her husband, Tuncer, of Rowlett and Lori Kohl and her husband, Russell, of Glen Heights; sons Ken Goodman and his wife, Kim, of Grapevine, Keith Goodman and his wife, Amy, of Burleson and James Shaw of Mabank; grandchildren Kelsey, Shelby, Natalie, Wesley, Charlie, Christina, Ashley, Jonah, Audrey, Angela, Joshua, Jason, Jeremy, Josh, Jordan, Kristian, Shasta and Amanda; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Lennie Goodman and his wife, Kathy, of Rifle, Colo., uncle Tommy Copeland and his wife, Ann, of Weatherford; numerous nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

Virgil Shaw
Services for Virgil Creed Shaw, 90, were held Feb. 25, 2012, in Kemp Cemetery.
Shaw was born Oct. 12, 1921, to Dow and Bell Shaw and died peacefully Feb. 21, 2012.
He was a tractor mechanic and Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy of more than 50 and son Virgil Don Shaw.
Survivors include sons Freddy Shaw and wife, Shirley of Jiba, Larry Shaw of Kemp; daughter Andra Kay Gates and husband Larry of Athens; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Ellen Gibson
Services for Ellen Lenora Gibson, 76, of Balch Springs, were held Feb. 23, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with interment following at King Cemetery.
Gibson was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Red Oak, to Beatrice Mashburn and Ward Marshall Smithson and died Feb. 18, 2012, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Weldon Gibson, grandson Larry Gibson Jr., children Mark and Athena Gibson, sister Doris Stokes and brother Bennie Smithson.
Survivors include daughters Trudy Nelson of Balch Springs, Pam Swanner and husband Michael Dicken of Mesquite; son Larry Gibson of Balch Springs; grandchildren Michael, Chris and Misty Nelson, Katie and Amie Gibson; great-grandchild Gaven Guthrie; sister Janie Donahue of Lancaster; brother Mac Smithson of Sulphur Springs; sister Sancerae Buckmire of Garland.
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Glenda Walters
Services for Glenda Sue Walters, 64, of Eustace, were held Feb. 25, 2012, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman. Interment followed in Kaufman Cemetery.
Walters was born April 6, 1947, in Sumrall, Miss., to Velma Lee Gore and Joe Kendrick and died Feb. 20, 2012, at her home in Eustace.
Walters was reared in Sumrall, married Hubbie Walters in Slidell, La., March 21, 1966, and moved to Dallas in 1968. She has been a resident of Eustace since 1997.
She worked for the American Veterans Post 22 in Dallas and volunteered for local nursing homes, Veterans Administration Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Dallas Orphanages for more than 20 years.
She was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church in Eustace.
She is preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include sons Jeffrey Walters of Haslet, Jamie Walters of Highland Village, and Joseph Walters of Wylie; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers Jo Neal Kendrick of Escatawpa, Miss., Ronald Kendrick of Dallas and Roger Kendrick of Escatawpa, Miss.; sisters Doris Ellenburg of Sumrall, Miss., and Sheila Thomison of Kaufman; many other relatives and friends.

Loveta Ross
Services for Loveta Ross, 77, of Eustace, were held Feb. 24, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Rev. Patty Smith officiating. Interment followed at Payne Springs Cemetery.
Ross was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Dallas, to Byrdie Lela Porter and James Floyd Walker and died Feb. 20, 2012, in Eustace.
She was called “Mamaw,” loved spending time with her family and playing cards. She also enjoyed canning, puzzles, watching television, camping, dogs, and joking around. She was Christian by faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas, seven brothers and one sister.
Survivors include sons Lonnie Ross and wife Sherrie of Eustace, Tommy Ross and wife Sue of Athens, Bobby Ross and April Towler of Eustace, David and Eddie Echols; daughters Frieda Huskey and husband Michael of The Woodlands; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Estelle Riley of Irving and Marylee Dixon and husband Johnny of Winnsboro; other nieces, nephews and loved ones.
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