Graveside services for Mary Helen Reed Branum, 74, Kemp, were held Feb. 24, 2008, at Pylie Prairie Cemetery in Kemp with Minister Bruce Miller officiating.
Branum was born July 4, 1933, in Ada, Okla., to the late Anna and Holly Reed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Mike Branum, brother Cleveland “Mutt” Reed, sister Doris Velma Reed and grandson Jason Manning.
Mary Branum started life as Mary, then Mother, from there she was Nana, Grandmother, Granny and to the youngest in the family, she was Nice Granny.
Survivors include children Faye Frazier; Jimmy “Buddy” Richards; Judy Watkins and her husband Robert; Patricia Manning and her husband Danny; and Denna Zeller; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Bill Reed and Merle Guy Reed; many friends and extended family members who will love and miss her greatly.
Services for Wilma Jean Finch, 72, formerly of Mabank, were held Feb. 25, 2008, at the Eubank Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Barry Boatwright officiating. Burial was in Haven of Memories in Canton under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
Finch was born April 22, 1935, in Wellsburg, W. Va. to the late Alice Mable Martin and Creel Oliver Owens and died Feb. 22, 2008, in Bonham. She was preceded in death by her husband Oral Finch and a brother Tom Owens.
She spent most of her life in Arkansas and Dallas. She was of the Baptist faith and retired after many years of waitressing. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sons Lonnie Buckley, Detroit; Don and wife Vicki Buckley, Mabank; James Buckley, Beaumont; Robert and wife Nellie Buckley, Groves; daughters Donna and husband James Higgins, Salem, Ohio; Sharon and husband Jim Bulitz, Loveland, Colo.; Wanda and husband Roy Goodman, Randolf; sisters Eleanor and husband Delbert Little, W. Va.; Cathy and husband Tommy Fulton, Little Rock, Ark.; brother Larry and wife Jo Owens, Euless; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Larry Ray Banhart
Services for Larry Ray Banhart, 52, Payne Springs, were held March 1, 2008, at the Saving Grace Ministries in Phalba with the Rev. Steve Ballard officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Banhart was born Sept. 3, 1955, in Rome, Ga., and died Feb. 20. 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his father John William Banhart, brother John Matthew Banhart and sister Sue Levis.
Previously of Arkansas, he had resided in Payne Springs for the past seven years and was a member of the Saving Grace Ministries. He retired in 1989 from the Arkansas Highway Patrol and was a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife Sharon Banhart, Payne Springs; mother Jannie Banhart, Denning, Ark.; sons Gary, Robert and Shawn Banhart, all of Enid, Okla.; brother Arlis Banhart, Denning, Ark.; sisters Judy Scott, Alma, Ark.; Patricia Deslatte, Beaver, Ky.; and Linda Ballinger, Denning, Ark.; four grandsons, one granddaughter; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Services for Verguis “Tucker” Swindell, 83, Dallas, were held Feb. 23, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Swindell was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Greenville and died Feb. 21, 2008, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by brothers Clyde, Riville, Orville, J.D. and Clitus Swindell and sister Verta Louise Morris.
He was a well known salesman in the Dallas and Cedar Creek area. He loved to talk about flowers and kept a beautiful yard.
Survivors include his brother R.L. Swindell, Dallas; sister-in-law Opal Swindell, Greenville; nieces and nephews; long time friend Glen Roberson Sr., Dallas; caregiver Sabrina Jones; other family members and many friends.
Services for Robert E. Lee Brewer, 89, formerly of Arlington, were held Feb. 28, 2008 (today), at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Bill Skaar officiating.
Brewer was born March 25, 1918, in the Scurry community to Elizabeth Dixson and Andrew Clark Brewer and died Feb. 24, 2008, in Kingsland. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Jo Alice Cain Brewer, Aug. 17, 2006.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Arlington Public School system. He was a member of Woodmen Of The World.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Betty Ann and Louis Stephens, Arlington; Susan and John Carroll, Kingsland; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Pam Brewer, North Richland Hills; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Evaline Allen, Houston; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Charles Stephens, Michael Carroll, Adam Brewer, Michael Gober, Louis Stephens and John Carroll.
Charles McAfee Jr.
Services for Charles Franklin McAfee Jr., 87, Kemp, were held Feb. 25, 2008, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Dub Henry officiating.
McAfee was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Barnsdall, Okla., the son of Millie Belle King and Charles Franklin Sr. and died Feb. 19, 2008, in Pittsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Loyce Elaine Selhiem McAfee.
Survivors include his son Charles Lewis McAfee, Irving; daughters Betty Ann McAfee, Pittsburg; and Susan Colvin and husband Bud, Kemp; grandchildren Amy Marie Galvez, Rosalie Ann Jackson and Jamie Lynn Champion; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Martha Turney, Irving; Mabel Brandon and Dorothy Hinds, both of Tulsa, Okla.; brother Arthur McAfee, Tulsa, Okla.; numerous other extended family members and friends.
Graveside services for Bettie Frances Ruff, 89, Mabank, were held Feb. 25, 2008, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank with the Rev. Don Teague officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ruff was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Mabank and died Feb. 21, 2008, in Mabank.
She lived most of her life in Mabank and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mabank. She was a bookkeeper and graduated from Mabank High School. She loved taking care of her family.
Survivors include her nephew Thomas Glenn Ruff, Mabank; and great-niece Glenna Nickens, Pueblo West, Colo.
A memorial service for Juanita Nash, 80, Kemp, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Nash was born Dec. 6, 1927, in West Plains, Mo., and died Feb. 22, 2008, in Kaufman.
She was preceded in death by her parents Rachel and Claude Johnston, sisters Irene, Louise and Julene, brother Read, and first husband R.D. Wilson.
Previously of Pleasanton, she had resided in Kemp since 1989 and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband James Howard Nash, Kemp; daughters June Marie Hart and husband Chester, Tulsa, Okla.; and Judy Barnes, Kemp; grandsons Billy Jack Hart and wife Jackie, Tulsa, Okla.; John Bob Hart, San Antonio; and Brandon Dean Barnes and fiancé Tiffani Bankston, Kemp; brother David Johnston and wife Jeanene, West Plains, Mo.
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