Leon Groom
Services for Leon Groom, 56, Mabank, were held at 2 p.m. March 27, 2008 (today), at the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank with Dr. Ron Holloman officiating. Interment was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Groom was born April 6, 1951, in Kaufman and died March 23, 2008, in Dallas.
He was a store owner. Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Mabank since 1979. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mabank and a 32nd Degree Mason in Dallas.
He was very active in the community of Mabank and Cedar Creek Lake area.
Survivors include his wife Janice Groom, Mabank; brothers Terry Groom and wife Tracy, Mabank; and Roger Groom, Mabank; son Zac Colin Groom and wife Charity, Mabank; daughter Wendy Renee Wilbanks and husband William, Forney; father Estle H. Groom and wife Dorothy, Mabank; grandchildren Ryan Groom, Megan Colby and Madison Wilbanks; niece Amy Brackenridge and husband Jeremy; nephews Danny, Chad and Peyton Groom; great-nephews Hogan, Carson and Grant Groom; other family members and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Johnny Adams, Scott Confer, Jimmy Clark, Mike Groom, Harry Noble and Jim Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 112 W. Mt. Vernon, Mabank, TX 75147.

Richard Busby
Services for Richard Forrest Busby, 69, Mabank, were held March 17, 2008, at the First Assembly of God Church in Kaufman with the Rev. Jerry Groom officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman.
Busby was born April 15, 1938, in Mabank to Rosa Robinson and Sidney Busby and died March 15, 2008, in a Dallas hospital.
He was raised in the Kaufman area, moved to McKinney and worked for Foremost Dairy. He lived in DeSoto until 1981, when he moved to Mabank. He worked for Bow Trucking from 1979 to 2006.
He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Kaufman. June 19, 1959, he married Mae Bow in Kaufman.
Survivors include his wife Mae Busby, Mabank; daughters Lisa Yates and husband Bubba, Mabank, and Kim Temple and husband Bruce, Eustace; sisters Zona Patton, Kaufman, and Sidonia Grimes, Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren Chris Temple, Shelley Temple and Nikki Yates; and many relatives and friends.

Charles Perkins Jr.
Services for Charles Wood Perkins Jr., 75, were held March 25, 2008, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Chapel with interment at Baker Cemetery.
Perkins was born April 1, 1932, in Aley and died March 23, 2008.
He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and Local No. 100 as a pipe fitter and welder. He was an avid golfer. After retiring in 1987, he pursued his passion as a farmer until the advent of his short illness.
Survivors include wife of 55 years Wanda Davis Perkins, Kaufman; daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Ricky Bingham, Burleson; grandson Matthew Bingham, Burleson; mother Ruby Perkins; and brother Tommy Perkins, both of Kemp.
Memorials may be made in his name to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018.

Dale Ellard
Services for Dale Ellard, 83, Mabank, were held March 28, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ed Schauer officiating. Burial was in Baird Cemetery in Mabank under the direction Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ellard was born May 28, 1924, in Utility, La. and died March 23, 2008, in Kemp. He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Rufus Ellard and a sister Maude Smith.
Previously of Gonzales, he resided in Mabank for the past 24 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Midland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.
He retired in 1983 from S.T. Miller Corp. in Denver, Colo. as a data processing manager. He played the fiddle, banjo and guitar and was a member of the Joe Ben Casonís Blue Grass Music and Canton Blue Grass Festival.
Survivors include his wife Becky Ellard, Mabank; daughter Carol Sue Wagner and husband Vernon, Mabank; granddaughters Michelle White and husband Floyd, Mabank; and Katherine Wagner and fiance Chris Sleeper, Dallas; great-granddaughters Kaitlyn, Ashleigh and Shelby White; brother Walter J. Ellard, Marks, Miss.; sister Linda Shaddox, Russellville, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Floyd White, Chris Sleeper, Vernon Wagner, Tom Willard, Joe Ben Cason and James Hardy Smith.

Jessie McKenzie
In acknowledgement of the life and death of Jessie Deloris McKenzie, born April 16, 1929, in Magee, Miss., and made her home in Mabank. She passed away March 23, 2008, in Green Oaks Nursing Home in Athens.
McKenzie was the eleventh child born to Ruby A. and William F. Gibbons of Mississippi.
She was a member of the Prairieville Baptist Church in Kaufman County.
Interment is pending in Four Mile Cemetery.
Survivors include brother Mack Graham Gibbons of Hattiesburg, Miss.; sister Shirley Jean Causey, Mabank; granddaughter Ashley Shannon Baughton of Payne Springs, and her son William Robert McKenzie; grandson Willie Aaron McKenzie; daughter Gloria Jean Jett, grandsons Steven Jett, Tim Jett, all of Mabank.

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