Joanne Miller, 64, longtime resident of Kemp, went to her heavenly home March 20, 2008. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2008, at the Kemp Housing Authority, 400 N. Main, Kemp, in the meeting/conference room.
Miller was born in Paris Oct. 1, 1943, and was diagnosed with lung cancer Feb. 22, 2008.
She was a loving friend to many and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her sister Kathy Blanchard and brother-in-law Greg; and many close friends.
Services for Helen Elizabeth Matthews-Randall, 76, Trinidad, were held March 29, 2008, at the Trinidad City Cemetery with the Rev. Floyd Loving officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Matthews-Randall was born Sept. 6, 1931, in San Antonio and died March 26, 2008, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Previously of Houston, she had resided in Trinidad for the past 24 years. She retired from Athens Wal-Mart in 1996 from the fabric department. She was an avid seamstress.
Survivors include her husband Jackie Randall, Trinidad; sons Steven Wayne Homann and wife Maria Nella, Kingwood; Dennis C. Homann and wife Barbara, Neches; and James M. Homann and wife Dianna, Elkart; daughter Marsha E. Browning, Trinidad; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Lanita Oneal, Mathis.
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 of 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 the CEO of the data processing division.
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.
Charlie B. Reid Jr.
Services for Charlie B. Reid Jr., 77, Gun Barrel City, were held March 31, 2008, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mac Costlow officiating. Interment followed in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reid was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Mabank and died March 27, 2008, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents Floy Dyer and Charlie Reid Sr.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past eight months and was a member of the Calvary First Baptist Church in Mesquite. He was a draftsman and retired from Lone Star Gas Company. He was a member of the Lions Club and Pleasant Grove Singles.
Survivors include daughters Vivian Reid Walker and husband Dwayne, Tyler; and Karen French and husband Michael, Gun Barrel City; grandchildren Leslie Partlow and husband John, Tyler; Matthew Kujath and wife Sherri, Tyler; Mollie McFaul and husband Tanner, Mabank; and Lydia French, Gun Barrel City; great-grandchildren Kirby Hargett, Maggie Partlow, Lauryl French and Jackson Partlow.
Pallbearers were Matt Kujath, John Partlow, John French, John Cook, Tanner McFaul and Joe Leeks.
Memorial services for Jim Angel, 79, Mabank, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Pitt Grill in Mabank. Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Angel was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Murray, Ky., and died March 29, 2008, in Mabank.
He was a truck driver and veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea. He had resided in Mabank since 1992 and was of the Baptist faith. He was a well-loved man.
Survivors include his wife Virginia Allen, Mabank; two daughters; several grandchildren; and sister Irma Lee Wilson, Murray, Ky.
Services for Helen Lyola Petro, 93, Mabank, were held April 1, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Interment was in the Riverside National Cemetery in California under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Petro was born Dec. 14, 1914, in TinPlate, W.V., and died March 28, 2008, in Athens. She was preceded in death by husband Joseph Petro Sr., son Joseph Petro Jr. and daughter Joyce Edmiston.
She was a homemaker. Previously of California, she had resided in Mabank for the past four years and was of the Catholic faith. She was married for 58 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was lovingly called “Grandma,” and was known at the First United Methodist Church as “GG.” She was a member of the Violet Club.
Survivors include her daughters Evelyn Rhodes, Mabank; and Nancy Jack, Fremont, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.
Jimmie Lee Hutchings
Services for Jimmie Lee Hutchings, 71, were held March 31, 2008, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with the Revs. Leonard Jackson, Dub Henry and Calvin Beach officiating.
Interment was at the Resthaven Cemetery in Coriscana under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Hutchings was born May 20, 1936, in Littlefield, to Lena Cook and Roy Lee Hutchings and died March 27, 2008, in Kaufman County.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Wyola Magness.
He was a graduate of Lancaster High School and served in the U.S. Army.
He worked as a manager with the Pinkerton Security Agency more than 30 years. After retirement he worked for Wells Fargo as a manager for more than nine years.
He was a past board member for the Kemp Volunteer Fire Department and past member of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club.
He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Kaufman.
Survivors include his wife Maxine Hutchings; daughters Vivian Gay Beach and husband Marc, Houston; Vickie Lynn Barnsley and husband, Gordon, Kemp; and Ginger Kay Hughey and husband Walter, Kaufman; grandchildren Shane Brockway, Heather Barnsley and Leslie Brockway; great-grandson Daylon Brockway; sisters Leota Wiggins and her husband Dennis, Livingston; and Norma Green and husband Art, Fort Worth; brother-in-law Alton D. Magness, Weatherford; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Marc Beach, Gordon Barnsley, Walter Hughey, Alton Magness, Dennis Wiggins, Art Green, Scotty Steward and Shane Brockway.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.
Charles Perkins Jr.
Services for Charles Wood Perkins Jr., 75, were held March 25, 2008, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Interment in the 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.
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