Mary Norton
Services for Mary Alliene Norton, 98, of Longview were held March 4, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Pat Sparks officiating.
A private family graveside service will be held at Brookside Memorial Park Thursday (today) March 5, 2009, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.
Norton was born Oct. 26, 1910, in Mabank to Paulina Gregory and Allen Johnson and died Feb. 27, 2009, in Longview.
She was preceded in death by her husband E.C. (Coleman) Norton, son Allen Lee Norton and grandson Mick May.
She was a school teacher with the Houston Independent School District and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Longview.
Survivors include her children, Nancy Hutson and husband Jerry, Murphys, Calif.; Paul Norton and wife Barbara, Longview; six grandchildren David Norton and wife Amy, Linda Devlin and husband Danny, Amy Johnson and husband Dustin, Alecia Spillman and husband John, Elaine Howard and husband Gary and Alison May and husband Rich; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice and Norton’s caregivers Barbara Cruea, Melissa Diamond, Cassie Evans, Ola Fiore, Carmen Looney, Lajuana Sampson and Linda Shelton for all the love and care they gave her.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orphan Outreach,(www.orphan, 7616 LBJ Freeway, Suite 560, Dallas, TX 75251, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Thelma Mitchell
Memorial services for Thelma Mae (Kelley) Mitchell, 85, Mabank, were held March 4, 2009, at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Malakoff with the Rev. Alle Hobgood officiating.
Mitchell was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Wellman to the late Zella and Thomas Taylor and died Feb. 27, 2009, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Alvin Kelley.
She had lived in Mabank about 10 years, moving from Lubbock. She was a homemaker and a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters Jeannie Hobgood and husband Dewayne, Mabank; Paula Ward and husband Larry, Sugarland; and Debra Starkey and husband Lell, Lubbock; son Jim Kelley and wife Lisa, Benbrook; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.

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 Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
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.

James Gutting
Memorial services for James Alexander Gutting, 24, Lucas, were held Feb. 15, 2009, at the New Hope Christian Church in Wylie.
He died Feb. 12, 2009.
He was the son of Edward Gutting and the late Rita Mills.
Survivors include his fiancé Margaret Johns; Rebekah and Joey Gutting, niece Johannah Patrick and nephew Joseph Patrick.

William Allen
William Burgess Allen, 90, Kemp, was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wisc., and died Feb. 28, 2009, in Athens. Arrangements are being made with Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his parents Muriel and Frederick Allen, wife Joyce Allen, son Robert Michael Allen and brother Curtis Allen.
He was a retired architect for the City of Dallas.
Survivors include his wife Corrine Allen; sons William Bruce Allen and Thomas and wife Deborah Allen; daughters Barbara and husband Bob Schumaker; Deborah and husband John Keel; Marjorie and husband Kevin Burnett; and Rocky and husband Tom Freund; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wilma Mae Howell
Services for Wilma Mae Howell, 86, Payne Springs, were held March 4, 2009, at Forney under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Howell was born Nov. 15, 1922, and died Feb. 27, 2009, in Athens.
She was a Realtor.
Survivors include her daughters Mary Jean Gates, Payne Springs; and Melanie Johnson, Georgia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Vernon W. Rosson
Vernon W. Rosson, 84, Kerens, died Feb. 27, 2009, in Kerens. Rosson was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Glen Dale, Ariz. to the late Ola Mae Quick and Ferman Rosson.
His funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Homes in Malakoff.
He was preceded in death by daughters Sally Rosson, Grace Eldridge and Rachel Rosson, sister Tommie Martin and brother Jim Rosson.
He was in construction.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years Jean Rosson, daughter Dana and husband Cliff Miller, Malakoff; son Bill and wife Dixie Akerly, Alabama; brothers Frank Rosson and Carl Rosson, sister Betty Rosson, all of Arizona; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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