Leon Groom
Services for Leon Groom, 56, Mabank, were held at 2 p.m. March 27, 2008, 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, or the American Diabetes Association, 8440 Walnut Hill Lane Ste. 260, Dallas, TX 75231.

Conrad Samonek
A memorial service for Conrad Samonek, 72, Romulus, was held March 28, 2008, with Pastor Bill Kren officiating.
Samonek donated his remains to the University of Michigan Hospital, to further education and research. Cremation rites will be accorded later.
Samonek was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Sumpter, Mich., to the late Irene Zimba Tuxford and Joseph R. Samonek and died March 22, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Francis and Stanley Samonek and Julia and Roman Zimba.
He was raised in Sylvania, Ohio, where he graduated from Burnham High School, class of 1953.
He was a member of the award-winning marching band and drama club, where he had the leading part in a favorite high school play, “My Little Margie.”
He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. in the 1950s and was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corp.
He was a residential home builder and taught building trades at Romulus High School in Michigan.
He was a long-standing member of the Belleville Community. He belonged to numerous service organizations, including the Shriner’s, Elks, Moose and American Legion.
Survivors include his wife Alberta Domen of Belleville, whom he married in 1957; children Conrad “Sam” Samonek and wife Diana, Belleville; Robin Morris; Craig Samonek and wife Shawn, Belleville; and Julie Campbell and husband Mike; grandchildren Robert, Maranda, Scott, Warren, Varonica, Audra, Ashley, Courtney, Ryan, Joe, Tori, Justin and Elise; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Samonek and wife Nancy, Trinidad; and Jerry Samonek and wife Betty, Mabank; sister Joyce Samonek, Chazy, N.Y.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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 Cason’s 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.

James Caddick
Services for James Davis Caddick, 80, Kemp, were held March 27, 2008, at Rock Hill Cemetery with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Caddick was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Follansbee, W.V. and died March 26, 2008, in Kemp.
He retired Aug. 1, 1969, from the U.S. Air Force and was of the Baptist faith. He was a 32nd-degree Mason.
Survivors include his wife Mary J. Caddick, Kemp; sons Jimmy and Michael Caddick, both of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter Martha Caddick, Sacramento, Calif.; stepson Gary Lee McDonald and wife Linda, Redding, Calif.; brother Samuel Caddick, Apollo, Penn.; sisters Nellie Hernandez, Sacramento, Calif.; Elizabeth Davis, San Antonio; and Mary Joy, Pennsylvania; granddaughter Abby Caddick, Sacramento, Calif.; grandson Michael Caddick Jr., Sacramento, Calif.; other family members and many friends.

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