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Jeanette Barton
Services for Jeanette “Mem” Barton, 71, of Payne Springs, were held March 23, 2012, at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City with Bro. Paul McKinney officiating.
Barton was born May 8, 1940, in San Angelo, to O’Dell and Tom DeMoville and died March 17, 2012.
She was extremely competitive, believing “if a man can do it, I can do it better!”
She began racing in the mid 50s, and was the first woman allowed to race in the “Reagan County Kingpins” racing club in Big Lake.
At the age of 17, with three children, she served as the secretary-treasurer of the club.
When she moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area, she resumed her racing career after she rebuilt a 1968 Thunderbird, which she raced weekly at the Cedar Creek Drag Way, alongside her husband and son.
She was also very involved with her community, serving as the president of the Eustace Chamber of Commerce, president of the Eustace All Sports Association, Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department and was instrumental in the implantation of Teen Court in Henderson County.
Barton was the owner of Cozy Corner Café and best known for her greasy “heart attack” cheeseburgers and chicken fried steaks. Her café served as a second home to the Henderson County Law enforcement agencies!
She was preceded in death by her parents, son George D. Barton, Jr., brother John Thomas DeMoville, and sisters Louise Wyatt and Doris Hill.
Survivors include her husband, George D. Barton, Sr.; daughters Freda Caldwell Baker and husband Gary of Murchison, Chris Key and fiancé Charles Massey of San Angelo; adopted sons Eric Eaker and wife Jacqlyn of Eustace, Buddy Barton of Payne Springs and Barry “Bubba” Patton and wife Frances of Odessa; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many friends.
Pall bearers were Barry Patton, Buddy Barton, George D. Barton III, Homer Allred RM Moser and Ricky Patton.

Nettie Hale
Services for Nettie “Shorty” Hale, 78, of Log Cabin, were held March 17, 2012, at Shelby Chapel Cemetery Pavilion with the Rev. John W. Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Shelby Chapel.
Hale was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Fred, to Sadie Lou Rhobert and McClellan Johnson and died March 14, 2012, in Log Cabin City.
She had been a resident of Athens 30 years and resided in Log Cabin City with her daughter.
She was preceded in death by son Rodney “Bubba” Hill, daughter Laura Maxine Burleson, brothers Glenn, Jim and Bob Johnson and grandson Joe David Loper.
Survivors include sons Bobby Hill and wife Cheryl, of LaRue, Floyd “Buggs” Burleson, of Warren; daughters Veda “Susie” Burleson, of Dayton, Shelia Lynn Burleson, of Log Cabin, Jo Nell Flanagan, of Noonday; brother Bill Johnson, of Athens; sister Veda Talbert, of Athens; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

Cliff Duckworth
Services for Clifford “Cliff” Dewayne Duckworth, 57, of Kemp, were held March 23, 2012, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home chapel. Interment followed at Baker Cemetery with Bro. Hamp Manning officiating.
Duckworth was born Dec. 19, 1954, in Dallas, to Willie and Billie Duckworth and died March 20, 2012, in Tyler.
He was Pentecostal in faith and read the Bible daily. He never met a stranger and was never at a loss for words.
Duckworth earned a criminal justice degree and worked as an immigration information officer before retiring as a heavy equipment operator with the City of Dallas.
He was a proud Mason and loved to fix all things mechanical from small engines to lawn mowers.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 20 years, Sabrina, his parents and great nephew Cameron Duckworth.
Survivors include daughter Christy Duckworth Dent; sons Steven and Joshua Duckworth; grandchild Zachary Dent; sister Brenda Gandy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close personal friends.

Ann Cornelius
Services for Ann “Annie” Cornelius, 70, of Dallas, were held March 23, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Interment followed at Cottonwood Cemetery in Eustace.
Cornelius was born March 13, 1942, in Commerce, to Willie Mae Turner and Loge R. Rucker and died March 19, 2012, in Rowlett.
She was the youngest of 13 children and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She loved azaleas and received several notes of recognition for her service with the Dallas Police Department.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 41 years, Glen Cornelius.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne Cornelius Klein, and husband Alvin Negron-Paez of Ferris; granddaughter Shelby Klein of Forney; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Cole Baker
Services for Cole Baker, 29, of Mabank, were held March 24, 2012, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home chapel in Kemp, with Bro. Dewain Mixon. Interment followed in Elm Grove Cemetery.
Baker was born Jan. 19, 1983, in Dallas, to Lisa and Donald Baker and died March 17, 2012.
He was preceded in death by grandparents J.B. Glenn, Gene Browning, Norma Baker-Good, and niece Kimberly Northcutt.
Survivors include his parents; brother Marcus Sallings; sister Katrina Northcutt and her husband, Brian Northcutt; grandparents M.J. Buster Baker, Clementine Browning; nephews Austen and Gannon Northcutt; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


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