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  John Watson Sr.
Services for John W. Watson Sr., 83, Mabank, were held April 3, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Trinidad with the Rev. Ray Sparks officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Terrell.
Watson was born March 13, 1924, in Bronson and died March 31, 2007, in Athens.
He was a preacher and member of Masonic Lodge No. 759. He was a Past Master and District Deputy Grand Master District No. 17, Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife Betty Watson, Mabank; sons John W. Watson Jr., Kaufman; and David A. Watson, Gun Barrel City; daughters Helen Bryant, Dallas; Mary Langford, Dallas; Carolyn New, Red Oak; and Joyce Nielsen, Owasso, Okla.; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Waylan Langford, Travis Langford, John W. Watson III, David Watson Jr., Christopher New and Jeffrey Nielsen.

Zava Woods
Services for Zava Woods, 79, Mabank, were held March 31, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Dennis Woods officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Woods was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Emhouse and died March 28, 2007, in Tyler.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband Sam D. Woods, Mabank; sons Danny E. and wife Jeannie E. Woods, Mabank; Doyle G. and wife Pam Woods, Tool; and Dennis R. and Sharon Woods, Gun Barrel City; daughter Rosie and husband Wayne Mauldin, Mabank; brother Jerry Mitchell, Dallas; sisters Patsy Davis, Kemp; Barbara Davis, Kaufman; and Cookie Shotwell, Peeltown; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Merimon of Mabank, Craig Walker, Gary Rogers, Dennis W. Woods, Danny A. Woods, Shane Woods, Travis Mauldin and Michael Merimon.

Johnnie Davis
Services for Johnnie Faye Davis, 67, Kemp, were held April 4, 2007, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Bro. Monte Woodson officiating. Interment followed in Ware Cemetery in Kemp.
Davis was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Waxahachie, the daughter of the late Henry Lee and Eunice Dewitt and died April 1, 2007, at her home in Kemp.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard Eason Sr. and grandson Lenny Shane (Bear) Eason.
She was retired from Kemp ISD and was a charter member of the Styx Baptist Church, where she developed a membership, visitor information system.
Survivors include sons Leonard and Shawn Eason Jr.; Phillip and Jackie Eason; daughter Carol and Greg Burleson; sisters Wanda Tynes and Linda Raines; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Styx Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

Margurete Eshleman
Services for Margurete “Mamaw” Eshleman, 87, Kemp, were held April 2, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Neese officiating. Burial was in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Eshleman was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Dallas and died March 30, 2007, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey T. Eshleman in 1993, and a sister Juanita Warren.
She was a homemaker and had lived in Kemp for the past 35 years. She was of the Baptist faith. She became president of the Women’s Golf Association at Cedar Creek Country Club and served as its representative to the East Texas Women’s Golf Association for many years. If she hadn’t lost much of her eyesight, she would have still been playing golf.
Survivors include her sons Bob Eshleman and wife Jonnie, Big Spring; and Bill Eshleman and wife Judy, Fort Worth; daughter Brenda Higgins and husband Michael, Duncanville; eight grandchildren Kay, Dee, Bobby Darrel, Steve, Walter, Brenda, Stacie and Scott; brother Robert E. North Sr., Gun Barrel City; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Johnnie Earl Cullum
Services were held for Johnnie Earl “Pete” Cullum, 66, Kemp, March 31, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp, with the Rev. Patsy McSpadden officiating. Interment followed in the Kemp Cemetery.
Cullum was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Knox City, son of John S. and Glenna B. (Cluck) Cullum, and died in Mabank March 29, 2007. His parents, a grandson John Greenhaw, and a sister Glenda Nichols, all preceded him in death.
Survivors include daughters, Kimmie Gray and husband Willie of Kemp; Terri McGuire of Kemp; Karen Smith of Kemp; and Sherri Cullum of Kemp; grandchildren Tammy Perez, Laci Eads, Susan McGuire, Cheryl McGuire, Steven Luff, Ashley Durham and Dakota Watson; great-grandchildren, Haley Perez, Madelyn Perez and Dylan Taylor; sisters Tina Duncan of Seven Points and Wanda Wilkins of Carthage; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Willie Gray, Dakota Watson, Kenny Bullock, Randy Petty, Billy Chambers, Randy Chambers and Steven Luff.

Ruby Lee Ives McCann
Services for Ruby Lee Ives McCann, 93, Cedar Creek, were held April 3, 2007, at the Cedar Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Randall Reeves officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.
McCann was born Sept. 14, 1913, in Hope, Ark. and died March 31, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years James Arnold McCann, sons Richard, Edward and Ernest McCann, and four brothers.
She moved to the Cedar Creek community as an infant and attended Cedar Creek schools. She retired from the Cartmell Home after nine years service.
Survivors include her sons Bob McCann, Don McCann, Winfred McCann and Glen McCann; daughters Juanita Cordell, Elouise Ryan, Earlene Newsom, Carolyn Brinkman and Patricia Overton; sister Winona Lipscomb, Fort Worth; 24 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons Ronnie, Mike, Randy, Billy Don, Steve, Kennedy and Jay McCann, Jimmy Cordell, Jerry Newsom and Rodney Thompson.

Roger A. Ford
Services for Roger A. Ford, 63, Mabank, were held April 2, 2007, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Burial was in the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
He was a helicopter pilot and veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam. He had lived in Mabank since 1990.
Survivors include his wife Linda Ford, Mabank; sons Randy Ford and wife Stacey, Little Elm; Allen Ford and wife Joyce, Baytown; and Robert Allen Ford and wife Renate, Irving; daughter Sarah Ford, Payne Springs; stepsons Lee John Blackman and wife Tysa; Andrew Kevin Waters and wife Teri; and Ronnie Waters; sisters Arzena Kay Reid and Marietta Gillispie; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Lee Roy Wilson
Services for Lee Roy Wilson, 76, Athens, were held April 2, 2007, at the Gordon Foster Brown Chapel with pastor Richard Palmer officiating.
Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery in Poetry.
Wilson was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Terrell, the son of Learnon Wilson and Marie Conway and died March 29, 2007, in ETMC Athens.
He was a heavy duty mechanic and a member of the Operating Engineers. He was a livelong member of the National Rifle Association. He and Mary Thompson were married Dec. 14, 1957, in California.
Survivors include his wife Mary Wilson, Athens; sons James Lee Wilson, Martin Daniel Wilson and wife Joy, and Anthony Boyd Wilson, all of Athens; mother Marie Wilson; brother W.T. Wilson and sisters Jean Crow and husband Rusty, all of Terrell; Peggy Freeman and husband Bill, California; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Joe Dean Hyde
Services for Joe Dean Hyde, 59, Athens, were held March 31, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hyde was born Dec. 1, 1947, in Kaufman and died March 27, 2007, in Athens.
He was a graduate of Mabank High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a former air traffic controller.
Survivors include his son Ben Hyde, Austin; daughters Paula Hyde Gilbert, Grand Prairie; and Amy Hyde, Grand Prairie; mother Syble Hyde, Athens; brothers Glenn Hyde, Payne Springs; and Roger Hyde, Mabank; and grandchildren Kaylee, Karli and Harley Gilbert.

Nanny Moseley
Services for Nanny Claudine Moseley, 82, Gun Barrel City, were held March 19, 2007, at the Beacon Church of Christ with Brother Ken Maddox officiating, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Moseley was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Shannon, Miss., daughter of the late Claude and Bertha Fox and died March 16, 2007, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband Fred, Gun Barrel City; daughter Deborah and John Erickson; son Joseph E. Early; sister Mazie Peters; brother Jessie Pollard; grandson Joshua J. Early and wife Jennifer; three great-grandsons Christian, Ryan K. and Jaicee Early; great-granddaughter Ashton Early.

Patrick S. Lacy
Services for Patrick S. Lacy, 81, Austin, were held March 31, 2007, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Lacy was born March 7, 1926, in Mabank and died March 27, 2007, in Austin.
He was a U.S. Customs Inspector and a World War II veteran serving in the 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Pacific.
He was a member of the Texas State Troopers Association and the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his sons Steve Lacy, Leavenworth, Kan.; and Jim Lacy, Highland Village; daughter Julie Spaulding, Austin; brothers Ralph Lacy, Kemp; and Billy Lacy, Athens; sister Hilda Box, Mabank; five grandchildren.

Geraldine Elzey
Geraldine Elzey, 90, Kaufman, was born Geraldine Hazelip Feb. 10, 1917, in Seagoville and died April 2, 2007, in Kemp.
She married Fred C. Elzey in Texarkana March 5, 1952. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
A daughter Cynthia Kirk, five brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Elzey is survived by her husband, Fred Elzey of Kaufman; granddaughter, Kim Moosberg and husband David of Kaufman; grandson, Brandon Moosberg of Arlington; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Burial was in the Baker Cemetery in Kaufman County, Tuesday, April 3, 2007.