Sunday, March 29, 2009, a beautiful spring morning, Allegra Gibbs
Barnes, 89, slipped into Heaven.
Funeral services were held April 2, 2009, at the First United Methodist
Church in Temple with the Revs. Tom Robbins and Hubert Austin
A graveside service was held April 3, 2009 at Elm Grove Cemetery near
Barnes was born Aug. 10, 1919, to Ella Higginbotham and John Cullen
Gibbs in Van Zandt County.
She graduated from Canton High School as salutatorian and from the Texas
Women’s University with a bachelor of science in home economics
education, as well as from Sam Houston State University with a master of
arts in education.
She married her childhood friend and sweetheart, John Oliver Barnes, who
was stationed in Quantico, Va. in the U.S.Marine Corps in 1945.
Into a loving home, they brought three daughters.
Barnes was a Christian and lifelong Methodist, active in First United
Methodist Church, Temple.
She was the first female chairperson of the administrative board and
chairperson of the staff parish relations.
She served three terms as president of United Methodist Women.
A regular visitor at a nursing home, she prayed faithfully for the sick
and hospitalized members of her church, as well as the military families
and back pack buddies.
Gardening held a special place in her heart! She felt closest to God out
among the trees and flowers. She was a national flower show judge and
participated in local, district, state, regional and national levels.
Her garden related honors included Certificate of Merit, Presidential
Citation, World Class Garden Club Woman, Golden Gardener Award, Crown
Jewel, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.
Landscaping projects included City Federation of Women’s Clubs and Bell
County Landscape and Garden Committee.
Allegra is wife, mother, and grandmother to a large, loving family; her
husband of 63 years, John, and daughters Carol McDonald, Judy Johnson
and husband Stuart, of Temple, Kay Allen and husband Ki of Austin.
Her prize possessions were her grandchildren, Justin and Sharmila
McDonald, Shelton McDonald, SC Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Judith Allegra
Allen, Tres Allen and of course, great-grandson Braeden McDonald.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund, First United Methodist
Church, 102 North Second St., Temple, TX 76501.
Services for Glenda Louise Breshears, 64, Mabank, were held April 3,
2009, at the Roselawn Cemetery in Seagoville with Brother Mickey Loftis
officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Breshears was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Stoddard County, Mo. and died March
31, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nellie and Joseph Breshears.
She was a press operator at Dal Tile.
Survivors include her sisters Melba Majewski, Mabank; and Juanita
Preston; nieces Belinda and husband Robbie Belknap, Mabank; and Ann and
husband Troy Parker, North Carolina; nephew Bruno Majewski, Mabank;
great-nieces Marissa Roland, North Carolina, Kimberly Rivera, Mabank;
and Tanya Belknap, Mabank; great-nephew Russell Roland; and eight
great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Jerry Dean King, 72, longtime resident of Athens,
were held April 3, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church, Lovers
Lane, Athens with Frank Upchurch and Joe Warren officiating under the
direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
King passed away with the joy and love of his life, grandson Jerrod
William Rachel.They were doing what they both loved, fishing on Richland
Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County and being with each other.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, King was born
in Gresham in Smith County Nov. 5, 1936.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edna Louise Saunders and George
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jeanna Kay Garner King, Athens;
daughter Deborah (Debbie) Davis Reaves and husband Gary, Athens; son Joe
Dean (Jody) King, Athens; son Randy Paroline and wife Renate, Opelika;
daughter Lori Paroline Rachel and husband Mike, Cross Roads; niece
Cathlene Prescott Smith and husband Mike, Friendswood; brothers, George
Stanley King and wife Linda, Cross Roads and John Allen King and wife
Teresa; sisters Barbara Beggs and Delores Neidermeyer, Terrell;
grandchildren: Alicia Nichole King, Jonathan Andrew Davis, Ryan Bruce
Davis, and Zachary Mason King; and great-granddaughter Charlsey Feagins;
numerous nieces and nephews.
King moved to the Athens area from Canton and began his journey as a
hard-working businessman, good father and adventurous friend to many.
With his wife Mary Corry King, he was blessed with Debbie and Jody. He
worked as a brick mason, home builder and rancher in the Athens area and
operated the King Masonry business for 25 years.
He established King Ready Mix Concrete in the late 1970s with concrete
plants in Athens and Corsicana.
King Sand and Gravel was operated in Cross Roads by Jerry and Kay for
many years until it moved to the present location in the community of
Samaria, east of Kerens.
King built a new plant there which was featured in the Pit and Quarry
Magazine, issue August, 2006.
King enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, traveling, hunting and most
He leaves his legacy as an avid, energetic and unrivaled hunter,
fishermen, family man and friend to many.
He loved life and woke with a smile and a song and faced each day with a
determination to do his best. He loved his wife, family, friends and his
employees and was always there to lend a willing hand to anyone in need.
Honorary pallbearers were Dale Huggins, Ronnie Bell, Joey Bell, Larry
Wade, Larry Sexton, Lawrence Heard, Ray Harvey, Adron Neill, Tim Norman,
Bobby Joe Curry, Parker Majors, Glen Majors, John Taggart, Leman
Hargrove, Bobby Cooper, Tommy Barnett, Drew Douglas, Royce Bane, Randy
Whatley, J.C. Hart, Leo Kinabrew, Martin Perez, Jerry Jordan and all
King Sand and Gravel employees.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to
one of the following organizations: American Red Cross, Corsicana
Chapter D.A.T., 701 West Second Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110, United
Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1463, Midlothian, TX 76065 or
the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Division.