Services for Donna Jean Glidewell, known as “Sue” to some but “Granny
Donna” to many, were held March 3, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of
Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating.
Glidewell was born Feb. 4, 1942, to Wilma Pauline Bloomfield and Raymond
Charles Ragland and died March 9, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandmother Sallie Mae
She was known to be an avid pen collector.
Survivors include her sons Scotty Jones, Tawakoni; Keith Glidewell,
Tool; daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Danny Barnes, Kaufman;
grandchildren Amanda Barnes Hinkle, Danny Ray Barnes Jr., Matthew
Butler, Michelle Corona, Joshua Butler, Sundie Jones and Christopher
Barnes; great-grandchildren Kevin Chafus, Brian Barnes, Allysa Hinkle,
Victoria and Nyomi Butler, Gabreila Corona, Brylie Ponton and Selby
Butler; stepbrothers and stepsisters Janice, Clifford, Richard, Robert,
Nancy and Mike.
A private memorial service for Clifford Miller, 67, Eustace, was held at
his home under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
Miller was born April 1, 1941, in Eustace and died March 10, 2009, in
He was preceded in death by his parents Maude Lee Bailey and Robert
Henry “Buster” Miller, brother John Henry Miller, sisters Mary Emma
Miller and Cherry Belle Rohde.
He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife Christine Miller, Eustace; sons Keith Miller,
Athens; Christopher Miller, Eustace; and John Robert Miller, Eustace;
daughter Paula Miller, Houston; sisters Joyce Miller and June Kofran;
grandchildren Claudia Miller and Brandon Rios; other family members and
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O.
Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.
Memorial services for Robert Douglas Taylor, 59, Tool, were held March
11, 2009, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Mesquite
with the Rev. Steve Bailey officiating under the direction of Anderson
Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp.
Taylor was born Dec. 10, 1949, to Oleta Smith and Robert Calvin Taylor
and died March 9, 2009, at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his father and a son Josh Taylor, both in
Survivors include his wife Sue Taylor, Tool; daughter Jennifer Griffith
and husband Jimmy, Forney; grandsons Cord Douglas Guinn and Chase
Griffith, both of Forney; mother Oleta Taylor, Mesquite; brother David
Taylor, Weatherford; niece Kim Taylor, Stephenville; nephew Kyle Taylor
and wife Kaylee, Stephenville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the
Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2777 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1025,
Dallas, TX 75205.
Betty St. John Jones
A memorial service celebrating the life of Betty Jean St. John Jones,
78, Gun Barrel City, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2009, at
the First United Methodist Church of Mabank
The Rev. Chris Schoolcraft will officiate.
She passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, March 7, 2009.
She was born Nov. 18, 1930 in Nutley, N.J.
She grew up in the New Jersey-Maryland-Pennsylvania area before
attending Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Pennsylvania
She married Thomas P. Jones III of Wilkes Barre, Pa. and relocated to
San Antonio, in 1953.
Her eldest son Benjamin (Ben) John was born in San Antonio in 1957 and
after moving to Irving her youngest son, Thomas Peter IV was born in
Dallas in 1958.
She raised her children in Irving where she was a long time member of
Las Colinas Country Club where she enjoyed swimming, tennis and golf.
She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Irving and
volunteered her time at Irving Community Hospital.
In 1990 she relocated to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to the
town of Nuremburg.
After nine years she returned to Texas to be close to her sons and their
families, enjoying her home on Cedar Creek Lake in Gun Barrel City.
Jones was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mabank and
sang in both the Chancel and Saints Alive Choirs.
She delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 30 years out of Irving,
Nuremburg and Gun Barrel City.
She was the treasurer of the Loon Bay POA and the Mabank Area Good
Samaritans for three years.
She loved to make quilts and afghans, read and do crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her sister Margaret (Peggy) O’Neill of Jacksonville,
Fla.; sons Ben and wife Stephanie of North Richland Hills; and Tom and
wife Denise of Dallas; and her five special grandchildren Matthew,
Alexis, Erica, Jenna and Meredith; and her beloved cat Chloe.
Flowers or donations in her memory may be sent to the First United
Methodist Church of Mabank.