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Obituaries

Jerry Garland Sr.
Services for Jerry Rufus Garland Sr., 64, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Woodland Springs Nursing Home in Waco. Please call (254) 717-2973 for directions.
Garland was born Sept. 26, 1936 in Oklahoma and died Feb. 23, 2011, at Catherine Booth Apartments in Waco.
Garland worked in upholstery shops all over Texas, including one in Seven Points years ago.
His niece, D’Ann Martin, was his caregiver for the last four years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patlonie Taylor and brother Jack Garland Sr.
Survivors include daughters Teresa Gardner and husband Larry, Garland; Rhonda Farry and husband Joe, The Colony; Beth Wade, Dallas; Danielle Garland, Texarkana; son Jerry Garland Jr., Florida; nine grandchildren;wife Jackie Garland, Texarkana; brother Bill Garland, South Lake; sister Ora Dell McDonald, Trinidad; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Woodland Springs Nursing Home for the wonderful care he received. They also would like to say thank you to all his friends at the William Booth Apartments.

Myrtle Banks
Services for Myrtle Lou Banks, 85, Mabank, were held March 2, 2011, at the First Assembly of God Church in Mabank with the Rev. Royce Barker officiating. Interment followed in the Payne Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Banks was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Payne Springs to Lillie Spells and Charles F. Dickerson and died Feb. 27, 2011, in Athens.
Banks was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers.
Survivors include her husband, James Haywood Banks, Mabank; sisters Minnie Walden of Mesquite, and Mae Pearl Lacy and husband Bill of Payne Springs; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members and many friends.
In the year 1940, while I was living at Pauline, a lady preacher and a cute blonde-haired girl came and visited our church. They held an Assembly of God Revival. The weather was hot so we moved the piano to the double doors of the church. I led the singing for the revival. It was then when the pretty blonde and I made eye contact. That was the beginning of a love affair. We never lost that love, although we went our separate ways – we never forgot each other. I love you Myrtle.
- Haywood

Pat Morrison
Services for Patsy Lois Morrison, 69, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 23, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Interment followed at the D/FW National Cemetery in Dallas, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Morrison was born Oct. 6, 1941, in Gainesville to Dorothy Collie and Earl Phillips and died Feb. 18, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
She was married to Norman Morrison for 43 years.
She was a loving mother, not only to her own children, but to all children. She was Baptist by faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; son Donald Boone; and sister Karen Yarbrough.
Survivors include her children, Debra Franklin, McAlister, Okla.; Martin Riddle, Gun Barrel City; Rebecca Cordell, Roan Mountain, Tenn.; Norman Morrison Jr., McAlister, Okla.; Craig Morrison, McAlister, Okla.; Tony Morrison, Gun Barrel City; siblings Shirley Southhall, Dallas; Paula Walker, Gun Barrel City; Betty Russell, Tawakoni; Sam Phillips, Chickasaw, Okla.; Bobby Phillips, Hugo, Okla; Larry Phillips, Commerce; Tommy Ray Phillips, Hugo, Okla.; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends.

Janice Davis
Services for Janice Kay Davis, 59, Malakoff, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Trinidad with Bro. Floyd Loven officiating, under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
She was born Dec. 24, 1951, in Paris to Violet Summers and Marshal Davis and died on Feb. 26, 2011, in Kaufman.
Davis was a member of the Salvation Army Church since childhood. She was also involved with the Angel Tree program for 25 years.
She worked for Lehigh Press for more than 25 years and then worked at Baylor Medical Center in medical records for six years.
Davis called Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff her home for the past six years. Her extended family will miss her very much.
Survivors include her sister Betty Ann Butler; nieces Kristina Ballard and Renee Van; nephew Richard Kirby Jr.; and brother-in-law Richard Kirby Sr.

Marvel Widholm
Services for Marvel May Widholm, 86, Trinidad, are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Trinidad with Tom Bolton officiating, under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Widholm was born July 27, 1924, in St. Michael, Minn., to Evelyn Bursch and Valentine Eull and died Feb. 24, 2011.
She grew up in the Minneapolis area and then retired to Missouri. She recently moved with her husband to Trinidad.
Widholm’s faith, family, friends and crafts were an important part of her life.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Robert Henry Widholm; daughter Sherrill Lindvall and husband David, Trinidad; son Mark Widholm and wife Jill, New Hampshire; grandchildren Timothy, Matthew and Jonathan Lindvall and Julie Widholm; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Delphine Shaw, Bernice Goldsmith and Mary Lou Sprague and husband Eugene; and numerous other family members and many friends.

John Knight
Services for John W. Knight, 103, Fort Worth, were held Feb. 27, 2011, at the Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. John Reynolds of Odyssey Hospice officiating. Interment followed at the Kemp Cemetery in Kemp.
Knight was born Nov. 27, 1907, in Kaufman County to Mary E. Worley and John T. Knight and died Feb. 24, 2011, at his home.
He married Mary Mozelle Riggings March 29, 1929. One child named Wanda June Knight was born to the couple. Knight later married Shirley Walker Bratcher April 14, 1999.
Knight owned McDonald Brother Cast Stone Company of Fort Worth.
He was a member of the Providence Baptist Church of Tool, as well as a member of the R.C. Buckner Masonic Lodge No. 1176 since 1944; the Royal Select Masters Lodge No. 397; the Royal Arch Lodge No. 419 and the Order of the Eastern Star Roy Stanley Lodge No. 1086.
Knight was an active and avid beekeeper. He was an active member of the American Beekeeper Association, the Texas Beekeeper Association and the East Texas Beekeeper Association since 1977.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Mozelle Knight.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Knight; daughter Wanda Knight Stephens; grandchildren Brenda Gail Wooddell and husband David; Shelley Kaye Loyd and husband Dale; Paul Edward Stephens and wife Tracy; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in John’s name to the Knight-Johnson Scholarship Fund, 16239 Audrey Lane, Arp, Texas 75750, or www.easttexasbee keepersassociation.com.

Elmer Goodrum
Services for Elmer Udell Goodrum, 77, Athens, were held Feb. 26, 2011, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
He was born June 28, 1933, and died Jan. 31, 2011.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Mary Goodrum, Athens; sons Richard Goodrum; David Goodrum and wife Susan; Stephen Goodrum; all of Little Rock, Ark.; Carman Allen, Dallas; daughter Trisha Coker and husband Wade, Malakoff; brother George Goodrum; sisters Linda Jones, Sarai Austin, Lupin Goodrum; grandchildren Matthew Goodrum, Morgan, Mason and Madison Coker, and Parker Allen.

 

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