Obituaries

     
    Roland Tarpley
Services for Roland Tarpley, 90, were held March 19, 2007, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Revs. David Yunker and Lydia Pellikan officiating.
Interment followed in the Lone Oak Cemetery in Becker.
Tarpley was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Kaufman County to Jeff and Iva Tarpley. He was raised in the Kaufman County area and attended school at Rand. Tarpley married Frances Stevens Aug. 14, 1943, in Kemp.
At the time of their marriage, Roland was in the Army and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He served both in the States and overseas in the European Theater of Operations in World War II from 1942-1946. He retired from Arkansas Best Freight Lines after 30 years of service.
He lived in the Becker Community the last 41 years and was a member of Becker Methodist Church. He loved the Lord, and “lived it” with a life of tireless service to Becker Church, Becker Community Center and Lone Oak Cemetery.
Preceding him in death were sisters Inez Tarpley, Pauline Tarpley, Beatrice Carter, Lena Davenport and brother Robert Tarpley.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Francis Tarpley; sister Mary Evelyn Coker; brother Jeff Tarpley Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Tommy Coker, Bobby Coker, Kenneth Davenport, John Tarpley, Tommy Tarpley and Wayne Tarpley.

Jerri Pettigrew
Services for Jerri Teresa (Powell) Pettigrew, 43, Scurry, were held March 21, 2007, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kemp, with the Rev. Jim Addison officiating. Interment followed at Pyle Prairie Cemetery in Kaufman County, under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp.
Pettigrew was born Feb. 27, 1964 in Kaufman, the daughter of Benjamin and Faye (Tedder) Powell, and died March 18, 2007, in Kaufman.
She married Ronnie Pettigrew, in the Lively Community, Dec. 26, 1993.
She was a beloved mother and a wife and soul mate to Ronnie. She loved to garden and take care of her flowers. She was a nurse until becoming a mother, then she stayed home with her children.
She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Powell and mother and step-father, Faye and Jack Cry.
Survivors include her husband of more than 13 years, Ronnie Pettigrew of Lively; children, Quincy Daultry Pettigrew, Lacey Faye Pettigrew, and Jessica Lynn Pettigrew, all of Lively; two brothers, Floyd Powell of Terrell and Ronald Powell of Dallas; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Chad Slayton, Corey Slayton, Red Miller, Russell Slayton, Butch Spears, Catfish Hodges, Johnny Walker and Tracy Mitchell.

Barbara Bonsal
Graveside services for Barbara Janet Bonsal, 72, Mabank, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank with the Rev. Ed Schauer officiating under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home of Terrell.
Bonsal was born Jan. 31, 1935, in Mabank, the daughter of the late Arthur Casteel and Mittie Palmer Casteel and died March 17, 2007, in a Terrell nursing home. She was preceded in death by her father in August of 1971, her mother in January of 2007 and her sister LaVerne Anderson in June of 2004.
She was a member of the Elm Grove Church in Van Zandt County. She was devoted to her granddaughter Ashley and took her to tennis lessons. They enjoyed playing dominoes, cards and fishing together. Bonsal also enjoyed taking care of animals.
Survivors include her daughter Paula Sexton, Mabank; son-in-law Gary Sexton, Mabank; granddaughter Ashley Sexton, Mabank; nieces Pam Chandler and Marsha Morse, both of Mabank; several great-nieces and -nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mabank Eastern Star Chapter or to the Alzheimers Foundation.

Glenn Sutton
Services for Glenn Sutton, 69, Scurry, were held March 21, 2007, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Scurry with the Rev. Garris Baggett officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sutton was born May 19, 1937, in Liberty, Okla., and died March 18, 2007, in Kaufman. He was preceded in death by his parents Russel and Bertha Sutton, sister Estell Sutton and granddaughter Caitlan Diane Sutton.
Previously of Garland, he had lived in Scurry for the past 13 years and was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Scurry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, and was a member of the Mabank “42” Domino Club.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years Estelle Tarkington Sutton, Scurry; daughters Shelly Sutton Collum and husband Jim, Scurry; and Maria Sutton Hill and husband Jason, Murphy; sons Kevin Sutton Tool; and Greg Sutton and wife Kelly, Wakefield, Kans.; grandchildren James and Hannah Collum, Scurry; Cassie and Cayley Sutton, Wakefield, Kans.; and Adam and Allison Hill, Murphy; sister Betty Thompson and husband Jack, San Antonio; brother Ray Sutton and wife Lou, Mabank; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

James Alan Guill IV
Services for James Alan Guill IV were held March 20, at Tarver Cemetery in Van Zandt County with the Rev. Don Teague officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Guill was born and died March 17, 2007, in Dallas.
Survivors include his mother Gennie Lynn Horton, Dallas; father James Alan Guill Jr., Mabank; brother Trenton James Guill, Mabank; sister Makayla Guill, Mabank; half-brother Hayden Glen Guill, Gun Barrel City; maternal grandfather Toby Horton, Dallas; paternal grandparent James Alan Guill and wife Candy, Gun Barrel City; maternal great-grandmother Sally Horton, Dallas; paternal great-grandmothers Evelyn Teague, Gun Barrel City: and Betty Guill, Torrance, Calif.

Robert Fields
Services for Robert Hiram Fields, 81, Athens, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2007, in the Gordon-Foster-Brown Chapel with Larry Fondren officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.
Fields was born April 5, 1925, in Brownsboro, the son of Charles Lester Fields and Mary Katherine Meeks, and died March 19, 2007, in Park Highland Nursing Home.
He was a lifelong resident of Henderson County and was an attorney for Fields, Fields and Harder.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, Baylor University Alumni, Golden Bear and Texas Bar Association.
Survivors include sons Robert Floyd “Bob” Fields and wife Mary, Austin; and David Allan Fields, Atascosa; daughter Kerri Katherine Fields Roush and husband Guy Roush, Bastrop; granddaughters Ireland Rose Fields, Austin; and Kathryn Grace Chittum, Austin; brother Charlie Lester Fields Jr. and wife Katy, Athens; sisters Molly Ruth Featherston, Dallas; and Betty Fields Killeen, Athens; friend and companion Mary Jo Sparks; many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends around Texas.
Pallbearers were Robert F. Fields, Guy Roush, Gordon Forestor, Kelly Farmer, David A. Fields and Trevor Forester.

Sue Brown
Graveside services for Sue Helen Brown, 73, Van, were held March 19, 2007, at Morris Cemetery, China Grove, with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating, under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Brown was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Martins Mill to the late Lee and Bobbie Polk and died March 16, 2007, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Brown.
She had lived in Van about seven months having moved from Mabank. She worked as a billing assistant for a construction company and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include her daughter Vicki King, Colfax; sisters Joyce Hodge, Eustace; and Margie Stout, Athens; grandchildren Desiree and Russel Hightower; and one great-grandchild Cheynne Hightower.