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.
Services for Morris Edwin “Buddy” Hopkins, 61, Trinidad, were held April 7, 2007, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home with Bill Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad.
Hopkins was born July 11, 1945, in Waxahachie, the son of Louneal and Thomas Matthew Hopkins Jr. and died April 3, 2007, in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
He was preceded in death by his father Thomas Hopkins Jr.
He was a hair stylist and owned Buddy’s Professional Hair Care in Gun Barrel City. He loved Cedar Creek Lake and was captain of the “Sunchaser,” giving tours of the lake. His motto was “A kinder, gentler world.” He was a flight engineer with the 184th Air Refueling Squad, Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his mother Louneal Hopkins, Trinidad; daughter Kristy Allred, Waxahachie; sons Jimmy Hopkins, Mabank; Eddy Hopkins; Trinidad; and Randy and Jill Harris, Tool; sister Joan and Lynn Lasswell, San Antonio; granddaughter Hollie Allred, Waxahachie; grandsons Hayden Allred, Waxahachie; and Grant Thomas Hopkins, North Richland Hills; girl friend Betsy Geyer.
Services were held for Roger Dale Mitchell, 46, Gun Barrel City, April 5, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with the Rev. Betty Belt officiating.
Mitchell was born Dec. 26, 1960, in Dallas, son of Curtis Everett and Clara Mae (Richardson) Mitchell. He died April 1, 2007, in Tyler.
He was a 1980 graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas and Lincoln Technical School, also in Dallas.
At one time, he served on the Volunteer Fire Department of Gun Barrel City.
His father, Curtis Everett Mitchell, preceded him in death, April 17, 2005. Mitchell will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his mother, Clara Mae Mitchell of Gun Barrel City; brothers Ronald Mitchell, Arlington, Richard Mitchell, Amarillo, Randy Mitchell, Gun Barrel City, Russell Mitchell, Palestine and Robert Mitchell, Gun Barrel City; sisters Shelia Phillips of Greenville and Sharon Mitchell of Hatfield, Ark., 2 lost daughters, Heather and Jessica of Gun Barrel City; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.