Private services for Donald Devere “Donnie” White, Jr., 58, of Eustace, will
be held at a later date.
White was born Dec. 17, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Ruby Marie Buck and
Donald Devere White, Sr., and died Feb. 26, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Richard Neil Moore,
brothers Roger O’Brien and Samuel White and nephew Daniel O’Brien.
Survivors include his sons, Donald Devere White, III, Dustin Michael and Dak
White; grandchildren Landen and Samantha White; brothers Ronald O’Brien and
wife Phyllis, J. Douglas Hallam and wife Debbie, John D. Hallam and wife
Marsha; sisters Cindy Marie Williams, Lisa Stovall and husband Rocky, Lorrie
Lakey and husband Larry, Robert “Fuzzy” Decker and wife Joanna; numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services for Bonnie Fay Watson Smallwood, 76, of Gun Barrel City, were held
March 5, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Pastor Billy
Hackler officiating. Interment followed at High Cemetery.
Smallwood was born Feb. 3, 1936, in Chicota, to Betty Porter and George
Watson and died March 2, 2012.
She married Noble E. “Buster” Smallwood Oct. 21, 1950.
Survivors include her husband; children Vickie Smallwood Burkhart of Hurst,
Larry Smallwood and wife Tammy of Waxahachie, Wesley Smallwood and wife Tami
of Gun Barrel City and Betsy Smallwood Robertson of Lancaster; grandchildren
Kristina, Nikole, Melanie, Marcus, Krystal, Tanner, Taylor, Brittany,
Raeleigh, Beau, Stetson, Astin and Hagen; great-grandchildren Ashley,
Chelsea, Evan, Emily, Lucas, Weston, Jolee and Kymber.
A personal tribute may be made online at
Services for Valda “Arlene” Callison, 85, of Gun Barrel City, were held Feb.
27, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank.
Callison was born June 24, 1926, in Adair, Okla., to Muriel Hawkins and
Ardie Rightsell and died Feb. 24, 2012, in Tyler from complications of
Callison was described as a “firecracker” and a big George Strait fan. She
married Tonie Callison Sept. 27, 1943, and lived in many cities before
settling down in Amarillo. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and crafting. She and
her family moved to Cedar Creek Lake several years ago.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mabank and traveled to
many swing festivals and horse racing events in Texas and New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by parents and brother Dannie Rightsell.
Survivors include her husband, Tonie Callison of Gun Barrel City; son Dr.
Randall L. Callison of Mabank; grandson David Randall Callison of
Weatherford and John Robert Callison of Fort Worth; sister Dottie Kimbley
and her husband, Phillip, of San Antonio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Make a Wish Foundation or
to the building fund for First Presbyterian Church of Mabank, 112 W. Mt.
Vernon, Mabank, TX 75142.
Services for Mildred McCormick, 89, of Eustace, were held Feb. 29, 2012, at
Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Rev. Billy Sparks officiating.
McCormick was born Nov. 16, 1922, to Julia Hope and Oscar Denton in
Copeville, and died Feb. 27, 2012, in Mabank.
She was a seamstress and enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was Baptist by
faith and a member of Gallilean Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband John T. McCormick and
sister Lucille Jones.
Survivors include son Tommy McCormick and wife Nancy of Eustace; sister
Bobbie Mayhew of Tennessee; niece Glenda Carrell and husband Ronnie of
Tennessee; other family members and many friends.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Services for James “Jay” Peery, 57, of Gun Barrel City, will be held at a
Peery was born Dec. 30, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., to Carol Mary Stasiak and
Bill Peery and died March 2, 2012, in Tyler, after a long battle with kidney
Peery was a member of the U.S. Navy.
He moved to Dallas in 1975 where he worked as a carpenter. He moved to Gun
Barrel City in 2001 and attended A Sinner’s Hope Baptist Church in Payne
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Trayla Peery, of Gun Barrel City; father Bill
Peery of Friendship, Tenn.; paternal grandmother Jean Peery of Friendship,
Tenn.; sisters Linda Peery of Friendship, Tenn., Lisa Rose, Laura Keller and
Luann Kellerhals all of Chicago, Ill.; brother Billy Peery of Friendship,
Tenn.; longtime friend Jerry Hensley of Greenville.
A personal tribute may be posted online at
Services for Earl Ray Parker, 58, of Gun Barrel City, were held March 1,
2012, at the Moorhead Epps Funeral Home chapel.
Parker was born Feb. 2, 1954, to Betty Ruth Powell Parker and Earl Dawson
Parker and died Feb. 27, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jimmy Ottahaw Parker.
Survivors include his wife, Freda Lynne Parker; children Corey Ray Parker,
Shonda Bailey and her husband David, April Robinson and Jonathan Parker and
his wife, Victoria; grandchildren Jessica, Clint, Brandon, Waylon, Bobby,
Keghan, Alexis, Dillan, Kristyn, Leigh, Michael, Trenton “Bug”; stepmother
Doris Parker; brothers Larry Don Parker, Dean Parker; sister Tena Parker
Franklin; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.