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  Becky Curry
Services for Becky Jan Curry, 58, Gun Barrel City, were held March 13, 2010, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Cedar Creek.
Curry was born Oct. 27, 1951, in Dallas to the late Mozelle and James Reeves and died March 8, 2010, at the Hospice of East Texas surrounded by family.
She was preceded in death by her brother Paul Mac Sutton.
Survivors include her son Chris Curry; daughter Amber McClintock; daughter Nikki Herell and husband Lance; grandchildren Ryan Curry, Peyton Groom, Brenden McClintock and Drew McClintock; great-grandchild Preston Curry; brother Ronnie Reeves; sister Neita Bohmaker and husband Steve; numerous nieces, nephews, dear family and special friends.

Donald Freeman
A memorial service for Donald Herman “Butch” Freeman, 62, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp.
Freeman was born July 1, 1947, in Center and died March 5, 2010, in Tyler. He fought a short but courageous battle with brain cancer.
Freeman was a faithful husband, loving father and a much-loved brother.
He will be greatly missed by his and his wife’s closest fishing buddies Ann and Joe Miles and a host of other friends and loved ones.
He served from 1968-72 in the United States Marine Corps.
He retired from Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman March 2, 2007.
He and his wife Sarah, purchased the bait shop at Purtis Creek State Park but were forced to close when he became ill.
He loved his four-legged buddies “He-Boy” and “Hooter.” They were always by his side.
Survivors include his wife Sarah Freeman, Alba; daughters Jennifer Loggins, Whittier, Calif.; Donna Lynn Freeman, Gun Barrel City; and Janna Freeman, Crandall; sons James Peavler, Alba; Jack Barr, Alba; and Charles Barr, Gun Barrel City; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren with another expected in April; sisters Jimmie Hagle and husband Jim, Tundra; Maxine DeRossett, Canton; and Tommie Mooneyhan and husband Mike, Tundra.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Frances Parks
Services for Frances N. Parks, 73, Trinidad, were held March 16, 2010, at the Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens with the Rev. David Mahon officiating. Burial was in Trinidad Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Parks was born Nov. 10, 1936, in Eynon, Pa., to Nellie Pavlovsky and Edward Barkowski and died March 13, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Jeff Parks, and sisters Bertha Washelski and Gertrude Nidowicz.
She retired from a nursing career.
Survivors include her husband Gene Parks; son Johnny Parks and wife Lara; daughter Julie Cantrell and husband David; sister Viola Silverseytine; brother Edward Barkowski Jr.; grandchildren Candice Parks Williams, Brooke Parks, Bailey Parks, Autumn Jones, Stacy Burgin, Davey Cantrell Jr, Robin Cantrell and Dustin Cantrell; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were James Passmore, Don Barker, Mike McGrauder, Ramon Castenada, David Caudel and Freddie Paul.
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

Lois Jenkins
Graveside services for Lois I. Jenkins, 89, Mabank, were held March 14, 2010, at the Payne Springs Cemetery with Greg Robison officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jenkins was born May 19, 1920, in Pittsburg and died March 12, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by three husbands and son Raymond Jackson.
Previously of Palestine, she had resided in Malakoff for the last 50 years. She retired from the Cedar Lake Nursing Home and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her son Elvis Jackson and wife Joyce, Chandler; daughters Ann Cooper and husband John, Canton; and Wanda Wilson and husband Walt, Longview; many other family members and loving friends.
Pallbearers were Ronny Jackson, Donny Jackson, Bryan Jackson, Lee Layman, Phillip Quinn and Benny Stevens.
Honorary pallbearers were Austin Jackson and Andrew Druskhke.

Gladys Westmoreland
Services for Gladys Lorine Westmoreland, 78, Mabank, were held March 15, 2010, at the Beacon Church of Christ with Dennis Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Westmoreland was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Bennington, Okla. to Jessie Marie Murphy and Roy Ray Burgess and died March 12, 2010, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester Glen Westmoreland, brother-in-law Bill Westmoreland, one brother and three sisters.
She was employed by Safeway.
Survivors include her sons Joe Westmoreland, Athens; and Bennett Westmoreland, Wills Point; brother John Burgess, Crosby; sisters Christene Payne, Pat Rich and Roma Lou Osborn, all of Bokchito, Okla.; sister-in-law Wanda Fletcher, Mineola.
Pallbearers were Scott Osborn, Lane Osborn, Johnny Burgess, Mike Rich, Barry Rich and Brian Rich.
Honorary pallbearers were Hayden, Gene and Rick.

Mary A. Gray
Memorial services for Mary A. Gray, 49, Kemp, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Gray was born Jan. 1, 1961, in Battle Creek, Mich., and died Jan. 20, 2010, in Irving.
She was preceded in death by her sister Sheryl Kay Gray Carter.
Survivors include her husband Ron Unruh, Tool; son Ronnie Unruh and wife Holly, Dallas; sisters Linda Alexander and husband Chip, Kemp; and Irene Gray Short and husband Ronald, Glen Heights; brothers Jerry and Terry Hunter; Ernie Myers; and Mike Miller and wife Marianne, Kemp; aunts Sharon Criffield and Edith Gray; stepmother Mary Heimzelman; friends Kay and Steve Vanwinkle, Gun Barrel City; and Pam and David Morris, Cedar Creek Lake.

Dorthea Couch
A memorial service for Dorthea Mae Coonrod Couch, 74, Malakoff, will be held March 19, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Malakoff with the pastors Gene Bishop, Darrell Lindsey, Matthew Smith and Dr. Russ Frase officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Couch was born Feb. 9, 1936, in Dallas to Annie Mae Clark and the Rev. A.J. Coonrod and died March 14, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Terry Wayne Coonrod.
She attended school in Dallas and graduated from Handley High School and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She married George Buster Couch Dec. 11, 1953.
While in high school she was active in sports and was a cheer leader.
She was a bold witness for her Savior, faithful pastor’s wife and an excellent vocalist.
She and her husband traveled in many states pastoring and serving in their “Following the Son Ministry.”
Along with her ministry in song, she was noted for her rousing testimony to the goodness of God.
She taught elementary and middle school in Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.
She and her husband worked many years in the Malakoff school system.
Survivors include her husband George; son Mark Alan Couch and wife Ana, Riverside, Calif.; brother James A. Coonrod and wife Sandra, Farmers Branch; grandchildren Mark Alan Couch Jr. and wife Melissa, Riverside Calif.; Joana Mae Couch, Corona, Calif.; and Patti Kochman, New Jersey; great-grandchildren Jarred David Kochman and Conner Wade Couch; a host of nieces, nephews, former students and friends.

Johnnie Stamper-DeShazo
Services for Johnnie Merle Stamper-DeShazo, 69, Mabank, were held at the Eubank Funeral Chapel March 17, 2010, with the Rev. Royce Barker officiating. Interment followed in Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Stamper-DeShazo was born July 1, 1940, to Bonnie Louise and John Eldred Stamper and died March 14, 2010, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Johnette, and siblings Troy Lee Stamper, Delores Lormand and Walter Stamper.
She was the oldest of 12 siblings and grew up in the Whitton community near Canton.
She married Tom DeShazo Dec. 17, 1954, in Terrell and moved to Mabank. They were married 55 years and had three children: Addie, Bonnie and Tom Henry Jr.
She was baptized into the Church of Christ in Jackson.
She started her nursing career in 1969, and spent the next 34 years caring and working as a nurse making a difference in the lives of many.
She retired from nursing in 2003, and continued caring for her family.
She loved to read, crochet, quilt and fish. She loved to host barbecues and fish fries with her family and friends in the summertime and could teach anyone how to play “42” in an afternoon.
She spent many days on the lake trying to outfish her husband “Catfish Tom.”
Survivors include her husband Tom DeShazo; daughters Addie Penix and husband Troy; and Bonnie DeShazo; son Tom DeShazo Jr.; and sister-in-law Shirley Farries; siblings Jimmy, Gail, David, Janet Sue, Kenneth, Ronald, Donald and Lucille; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
She will be greatly missed by those who knew and cherished her through the years.


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