Services for Mary Alice Doss, 86, Kemp, will be held March 24, 2011 (today),
at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with the Revs. Dub Henry
and Russell Bryan officiating. Interment will follow at the Kemp Cemetery.
Doss was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Keechi to Rebecca and Tom Danford and died
March 21, 2011.
Upon completion of a degree in education, she met and married Raymond Doss
The couple settled down and made their home in Kemp. They were married more
than 50 years until Raymond’s death in 1999.
She became a beloved teacher in the Kemp Independent School District, where
she taught for most of her professional career. She greatly impacted the
lives of many of her students.
Doss was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Kemp, a member
of the El Progresso Book Club and an avid domino player.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Survivors include son Danford Doss and wife Maureen; grandson Michael
Danford Doss and wife Megan; granddaughter Kaydee Doss; brother-in-law
Charlie Doss and wife Helen; nephew Doug Doss and wife Lisa; cousin Ruth
Huston; lifelong cherished friends Ernest Ferguson and Harvey McDougald;
numerous nieces and nephews; friends and neighbors.
Pallbearers will be Strike Franklin, Harvey McDougald, Doug Doss, Sammy
Johnson, Vidal Jones and Joe Chambliss.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to all those who have
expressed sympathy, support and encouragement to them during this difficult
Services for Johnnie B. Gaddis, 94, Mabank, were held March 22, 2011, at the
First Baptist Church of Mabank with the Rev. Milton Spears Jr. officating.
Interment followed in the Elm Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Eubank
Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
He was born Nov. 7, 1916, in Quitman to Almeta Moseley and Arch A. Gaddis
and died March 19, 2011.
Gaddis was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Mineola.
He owned and operated Gaddis Construction, working at the Trade Mart. He
started his business in 1960.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winnie P. Gaddis;
daughter Wanda Gaddis; eight brothers and one sister.
Survivors include daughters Joyce Colegrove and husband of Mineola; Virginia
Kidwell, Mabank; Jeanette Spears, Kaufman; Brenda Hardin and husband Tony,
Mabank; Betty Nickelson and husband Robert, Mabank; sons Jimmy Gaddis and
wife Becky, Mabank; Lanny Gaddis and wife Cindy, Mabank; 17 grandchildren;
numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws
Louise Stephenson, Mabank; Odelia Gaddis, Mesquite; Dorothy Gaddis, Quitman;
numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Richard Gaddis, Jeff Gaddis, Tony Hardin Jr., Jimmy Horton,
David Horton, Randy Colegrove, Johnnie Colegrove, Travis Kennedy and Taylor
Services for Patricia June Herrman, 81, Eustace, will be held at the
family’s residence on Saturday, March 26, 2011, with the Rev. Chris
“Pat” Herrman was born June 10, 1929, in Coldwater, Kan., to Myrtle Francis
Hucklebridge and Herman McIntyre and died March 20, 2011, in Eustace.
After attending North High School in Wichita, Kan., she worked in the oil
industry as a secretary and as an Avon district manager.
She was a gardener, as well as a seamstress. She also loved dancing.
Herrman was Methodist by faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Terrance Herrman; her
parents; and granddaughter Jennifer Tennis.
Survivors include son Gregory L. Hoffman and wife Yeong Jee; daughters Karen
McLarty and husband George; Sandra Carson and husband Robert; six
grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one
great-great-grandchild on the way.
She was loved by her family, many friends and Cocoa.
Memorials may be made to the National Reyes’ Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box
829, Bryan, Ohio, 43506.
Memorial services for Sonseeahray Shoemake Mathis, 54, Gun Barrel City, will
be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Payne Springs Baptist Church at
9720 St. Hwy. 198 South in Payne Springs.
Mathis was born Oct. 27, 1956, in Dallas to Margie Mae and Robert Jack
Shoemake and died March 19, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
She was a loving caretaker and devoted wife of 36 years to Raymond Ross
Mathis has joined her mother, father, older brother and several family
members to be with the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband; sons Bobby Mathis and wife Connie; Buddy
Mathis and wife Quiana; daughter Siseeahray Mathis Widener and husband Andy;
all from Gun Barrel City; 16 grandchildren; three brothers and three
sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Rev. James E. Howard Sr., 67, of Eustace were held on March 22,
2011, at the Christian Life Fellowship in Gun Barrel City, with his five
sons, the Revs. Jamie Howard, Keith Howard, Tim Howard, Morris Howard and
Andy Howard officiating. Interment followed at the Zion Hill Cemetery in
Athens, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Howard was born Nov. 30, 1943, in Haskell to Maggie and Maurice Howard and
died March 18, 2011.
He was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, pastored five
churches over the course of his life. He most recently served at the First
Assembly of God in Eustace for 25 years, until his retirement in August,
Prior to that, he pastored in Sweeny, Mexia, Bryan and Waco.
Howard was a loving husband and father, as well as a gentle shepherd and
pastor to the community.
He was an avid sports fan, particularly of his grandchildren and Baylor
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Elizabeth and Odell
Dalrymple; brothers-in-law, Vaughn and Clarence Dalrymple; sisters-in-law,
Janice Dalrymple and Reva Gilmore; and nephew, Richard Gilmore.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bobbie Dalrymple Howard, Eustace;
sons Rev. Jamie Howard and wife Cara; Highland Village; Rev. Keith Howard
and wife Stephanie of Buckeye, Ariz.; Rev. Tim Howard and wife Shelley,
Eustace; Rev. Morris Howard and wife Leah, Stephenville; Rev. Andy Howard
and wife Tiffany, Kaufman; brothers Lawson Howard and wife Mileene,
McKinney; Ben Howard and wife Linda, Waco; Clayton Howard and wife Francis,
Waco; grandchildren, Danessa, Zakary, Caleb, Nikolas, T.J., Elizabeth,
Ethan, Sydney, Payton and Selah; 17 nieces and nephews; a loving extended
family and countless friends.
Pallbearers were Rev. Ed Dittfurth, Rev. Mickey Ellis, Rev. Ken Jones, Rev.
Jonathan Lilly, Dr. Richard Plunk and Rev. James Shephard.
Honorary pallbearers were Ministers of the Trinity Valley Section of North
Texas Assemblies of God.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Prayer Garden
Fund, c/o First Assembly of God-Eustace, P. O. Box 117, Eustace, TX 75124.
Services for Shirley Ann Benefield, 76, Walton, were held March 20, 2011, at
Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Elder Troy L. Allen officiating.
Interment followed at the Payne Cemetery in Eustace.
She was born March 11, 1935, to Peggy Ann Heaton and Norman “Jack” Emory and
died March 16, 2011, in Athens.
Benefield was a retired LVN and was Baptist in faith.
She was married to her husband, Tommy L. Benefield Sr., for 32 years.
Benefield had a big family that always came first in her life. She also had
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Charlene Heaton; three
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy L. Benefield Sr.; children Donna Reid
and husband Terry, Grand Prairie; Danny Cook and wife Mary, Mabank;
stepchildren Barbara Cornelius and husband Johnny, Eustace; Dianna Briggs
and husband John, Payne Springs; Mona Bell and husband Wayne, Walton; Tommy
Benefield Jr. and wife Katherine, Payne Springs; sisters Norma Heaton Carlin
and husband Paul; Gloria Heaton Fortner and husband Mike; 18 grandchildren;
23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Pauline Estelle Reeves, 91, Tyler, were held March 19, 2011, at
the Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home chapel in Lindale with the Rev. Mark
Trammell officiating. Interment followed in the Sabine Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Lindale to Nevada Poole and Obie Lee Jordan
and died March 17, 2011, in a Tyler nursing center.
Reeves was formerly of Dallas before returning to the Tyler and Lindale
She was a member of the Lindale First Baptist Church.
Reeves was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.A. Reeves; and sons Clarence and
Survivors include sons Terry and Steve Reeves, both of Dallas; daughters
Mary Brewer and Betty Harmon, both of Tyler; Paula Reeves, Dallas; Rhonda
Reeves, Gun Barrel City; brother Troy Dan Jordan, Hideaway; sister Joann
Kinsey, Tyler; numerous grandchildren; great-and great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John E. Harmon, Edgar H. Little, Garrett Reeves, Brad
Witherspoon, Michael Wright and Bryan Smith.
Services for Lerlean Burch, 84, were held March 20, 2011, at Eubank Memorial
Chapel in Mabank with the Revs. Byron Jones, Dan Hawkins and Bro. Teddy King
officiating. Interment followed at Coldwater Cemetery.
She was born April 24, 1926, to Zula Varnado and Otto Crowe and died March
18, 2011, in Rowlett.
Burch was Baptist in faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carey Burch; her parents; and son
Survivors include daughters Annette Biendit and husband Peter; Jane Smith
and husband Larry; granddaughters Michele Richards and husband Jason; Laura
Smith; Jana Parker and her husband A.J.; Christina Smith;
great-grandchildren Abigail Parker, Lily Smith and Mason Richards; numerous
nieces and nephews; and close personal friends.
Services for Timothy Paul Tedder, 56, Kemp, were held March 19, 2011, at the
Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp. Interment followed at Pyle
Prairie Cemetery in Kemp with the Rev. Tim Boles officiating.
Tedder was born Nov. 4, 1954, in Dallas to Pauline Dillon and Earl Wilson
Tedder and died March 13, 2011, in Kemp.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and doing things with his hands.
Tedder was employed by the City of Dallas for many years.
He is preceded in death by his father and his brother, Earl W. “Ted” Tedder
Survivors include his mother Polly Hallmark; son T.J. Tedder and wife Misty;
daughters Margie Pauline Tedder; Geania Mai Swan and husband Ricky; sisters
Vicki Michele McCann and husband Mark; Mary Elaine Gatlin; grandsons Dylan
and James Christopher, Tristen, Jared and Kevin; granddaughters Brittany and
Katherine; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of many friends and
Services for Carla Jean Morris, 51, Kemp, were held March 23, 2011, at the
First United Methodist Church in Kemp, under the direction of
Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
She was born Dec. 31, 1959, in Greenville, S.C., to Dorothy and Carl Palm
and died March 19, 2011, in Kemp.
Morris was an active member at First United Methodist Church in Kemp.
She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her first
Morris was a dedicated band booster at Kemp High School.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include daughters Stephanie Morris, Forney; Rebecca Law and
husband Johnny, Kemp; sisters Debi Patel, Kemp; Felicia Ramsey and husband
Donnie, Mesquite; brother George Evanko and wife Jennifer, El Paso;
grandchildren Alyssa and little Johnny Law, Kemp; nieces Talitha, Spencer
and Vanna; nephew Sean and wife Linsey; and special friend and soul mate,
Services for Pauline Miller Wattner, 91, Canton, were held March 23, 2011,
at Eubank Chapel with Bro. Steve Glosup officiating, under the direction of
Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment followed at the Four Mile Lutheran
Cemetery in Van Zandt County.
Wattner was born June 19, 1919, in Wharton County to Ellen Glen Tabler and
Henry M. Miller and died March 21, 2011, in Dallas.
She was Methodist by faith.
Wattner was married 50 years to her husband, Victor Wattner, until he died
She graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor of Science
degree and a Master of Science degree from North Texas University.
Wattner taught fifth grade for more than 15 years at the Mabank Independent
She enjoyed sewing, traveling and gardening. She was a great cook.
Wattner was a founding member of the Darlin Damsels Red Hat Club in Wills
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor E. Wattner; her parents;
and brother Albert T. Miller.
Survivors include daughter Judy Nelson and husband Charles, Richardson;
grandson Paul Nelson and wife Alicia, Dallas; and sister-in-law Sybil
Wattner of Hamilton.
Pallbearers were Bill Freeman, Bill Blessing, Don Sorrells, David Travis,
Dale Roseberry, Jim Fuller and Jerry Raz.
Services for Tommy “T.J.” Johnson, 76, Mabank, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4
p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at J.E. Foust and Son Funeral Home in
He was born Oct. 12, 1934, and died Feb. 16, 2011.
Johnson was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather.
He never knew a stranger and was loved dearly by his friends and his family.
Johnson proudly served in the U.S. Navy and the Reserves.
He worked hard all of his life. He had a career in purchasing with Sperry
Rand, and Braniff Airlines.
He worked for the Texas Criminal Justice System until 2009, when he retired
at the age of 75.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Clark Johnson; and brother Asa
Survivors include his daughters LaZette, Rio and Melba; sister LaPat Brewer
and husband Graham; sister-in-laws Charlotte Johnson and Mary Lee Sifford;
nephews David, Eric and Todd Brewer; Sonny and Jon Johnson; and grandson
He is also survived by his “four-legged” family Starr, Paris, Molley, Maxx,
Calico and Echo. He loved these “kids” so much.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the local humane society.