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  George Kern
A Mass of Christian Burial for George Joseph Kern, 92, Stetson, Maine, formerly of Cedar Creek Lake, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City, the faith community where he was a founding member and deeply devoted.
Kern was born Aug. 20, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. to Marie Meyers and John Kern and died unexpectedly March 6, 2010, in Stetson, Maine with his daughter and son-in-law at his side.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 89th Cavalry Mechanized Armored Division, in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and the Battle of the Ardennes Forest, where he formed strong bonds of friendship that lasted a lifetime.
When he retired from years of service to the Certified Grocers of California, he built a retirement home at Cedar Creek Lake, living there more than 30 years.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 8806.
Living with his wife Virginia, he provided the background for fulfilled retirement for decades.
His “Three Harbors” neighborhood and church community surrounded him with warm and joyous companionship and opportunities for the service he loved to do.
They also encouraged and helped him to make the transition to live with his daughter in 2009, in Stetson, Maine.
Survivors include his daughter Georgia Kosciusko and husband Dennis, Stetson, Maine; grandsons Joseph Kosciusko, Seattle, Wash. and Frank Kosciusko, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; stepsons Teddy Owen and wife Patty, Redding, Calif.; and Ricky Owen and wife Myrna, Independence, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church or the community food pantry.

Glenn Sutton
Services for Glenn Delbert Sutton, 60, Kemp, were held April 7, 2010, at the King Cemetery in Kemp with Jason Reeves officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sutton was born Aug. 11, 1949, in Athens and died April 4, 2010, in Seven Points.
Previously of Longview, he had resided in Kemp for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife Betty Sutton, Kemp; sons Randy Glenn Sutton and wife Jeannie, Gun Barrel City; and Kyle Glenn Sutton, San Diego, Calif.; daughters Tammy Barton and husband Todd, Diana; and Krissy Hollaway and husband Ronnie, Mabank; stepson Ronnie Benavades, Dallas; brother Kenny Sutton and wife Shirlene, Gun Barrel City; sisters Elaine Cooper and husband Larry, Diana; Brenda Weatherford and James Sullins, Leonard; and Sheila Herron and husband Dirl, Seagoville; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; other family members and many friends.

Justin Higginbotham
Services for Justin Alton Higginbotham, 22, Athens, are not planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Higginbotham was born Aug. 6, 1987, in Dallas and died April 3, 2010, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cindy and Robert Higginbotham.
He had resided in Athens most of his life.
Survivors include his grandmother Viola Jean Folmar, Dallas; daughter Lacey Alexious Higginbotham, Athens; girlfriend Susan Brown, Athens; other family members and many friends.

Robert Higginbotham
Services for Robert Lewis Higginbotham III, 25, Athens, are not planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Higginbotham was born July 18, 1984, in Dallas and died April 3, 2010, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cindy and Robert Higginbotham.
He had resided in Athens most of his life.
Survivors include his grandmother Viola Jean Folmar, Dallas; sister-in-law Susan Brown, Athens; niece Lacey Alexious Higginbotham, Athens; other family members and many friends.

Robert Easley
Memorial services for Robert L. “Bob” Easley, 79, Mabank, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, 113 Mount Vernon St., Mabank
Easley was born April 13, 1930, in Mabank to Mary Lindsey and Robert Easley and died April 5, 2010, after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Verlon Engledow and Ima Easley, and nephew Robert “Bob” McGuire.
He lived in the Dallas area for many years before returning to Mabank.
He retired as a quality and production supervisor from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company with 36 years of service.
He became active in the First Baptist Church of Lancaster and is now a member of the First Baptist Church of Mabank. He was active in church programs and sang in the choirs.
He requested cremation and will be laid to rest at Old Bethel Cemetery in Mabank.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Ross Easley, Mabank; daughters Brenda Calverley; and Tanyia Varnell and her children; other grandchildren Nicole Moore, Natasha Quinn and Nerissa Stevens, all of the Dallas area; Joyce Easley’s three daughters and their families, of the Dallas area; four great-granddaughters; two nieces and three nephews; one great-nephew Waymon McGuire, who had become special in the last years of Easley’s life; other family members; longtime friends George Hunt and family, Oscar Todd, Lynch family, especially Bronson and Ben Lynch and many others.
Special thanks to the Vista Care Hospice Group and to Sherry Penley and Sarita Cawley of ETM Home and Health Care.
Memorials may be made to the church or a place of your choice.

Dorothy Howell
Memorial services for Dorothy Lucille Howell, 94, Mabank, will be held at a later date at the Grace Christian Church in Kaufman under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman.
Howell was born Oct. 3, 1916, in Fairmount, Ind., to Estella Huffman and Oscar Powers and died April 3, 2010, in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her husband Orville Howell in 1992.
They were wed Sept. 1, 1937, in Gas City, Ind.
Later, she worked for Fairmount State Bank and moved to Mabank in 2003.
She was a member of the Grace Christian Church in Kaufman.
Survivors include her nieces, Barbara Buck and husband Howard, Mabank; and Jane Holloway and husband Doug, Mabank; nephews Melvin Ogden, Marian, Ind.; and Robert Powers, Jonesboro, Ind; many other relations and friends.

Sletha Elkins
A memorial service for Sletha Dorine Elkins, 95, Malakoff, was held April 6, 2010, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Athens. Brother Floyd Loven officiated under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff..
Elkins was born July 31, 1915, in Holdenville, Okla., to Tillie Odelta Kaase and W.E. Douglas and died April 2, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 55 years, C.M. Elkins, and a brother.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Malakoff and loved her Sunday School class.
She was a devoted wife, mother and granny.
She married C.M. “Jack” Elkins in September, 1932.
She had a wonderful collection of cook books and shared recipes with friends. She was always sewing and crocheting for someone.
She graduated from nursing school in Palestine in 1958, as an LVN and worked at Fairfield Hospital, Henderson County Memorial Hospital and East Texas Medical Center in Athens where she retired in 1989.
She and her husband moved to Malakoff in 1968.
They loved to travel in their R.V. and spent summers in Colorado visiting friends they met during trips to Wolf Creek.
After her husband died in 1987, she drove herself and three nursing friends to Canada for a vacation.
Survivors include her daughters, Jackie Elkins, Patty Elkins Johnson and son-in-law Hal Johnson, all of Malakoff; grandchildren Lecia McLain, Monty, Tony and Pam Johnson, Jana Chapman and Debbie Anders; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Monty Johnson, Tony Johnson, Ted McLain, Jay Johnson and Tre’ Anders.
The family wishes to thank individuals at the Cedar Lake Nursing Home and the Hospice of Cedar Lake Home Health for their love, care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Linda Kay Smith
Services for Linda Kay Smith, 66, were held April 3, 2010, at the Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Woodham officiating. Burial was in Ovilla Cemetery.
Smith was born Feb. 11, 1944, in Waxahachie to Eloise Stanton and James Rumsey and died March 30, 2010, in Kaufman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David Smith and sister Tammy.
Survivors include her children, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Kathy Swanzy, Deanna Bayer and Michael Smith; sister Colleen Carter; grandchildren Allen Kirkpatrick and wife Judy; Winter Vandriver and husband Troy; and Lacey Taylor; great-grandchildren Lane Taylor, Seth Vandriver and Autumn Vandriver; special cousins Martha Prater and Bobbie Gorden; a host of other loving family members and many friends.

Kelly Floyd
Services for Kelly Wayne Floyd, 80, Gun Barrel City, were held April 6, 2010, at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris. Burial was in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Pattonville.
Floyd was born Jan. 5, 1930, and died April 2, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Earl Kelly Floyd, and great-grandson Brayden Lane Foster.
He worked in the Dallas metroplex as a plasterer in his early adulthood and then became a used car dealer/salesman at 33 years of age.
He enjoyed that profession greatly until his retirement at age 52, when he moved to the Gun Barrel City area.
He loved eating out, going to Wal-Mart and watching Country Music TV.
His wife, Dorothy, was a wonderful blessing to him in the nine and a half years they had together.
The family dog Timmy, loved to visit Floyd during his last months at the South Place Nursing Home.
His family had nicknamed him the “miracle man,” “energizer bunny” and “double or nothing.”
Doctors did not think he would survive six months but he remained strong for 15 months.
In the final days, they thought maybe one to three days and he lived for five days.
He was a strong-willed man and out-lasted any predictions of his health.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Floyd, Gun Barrel City; children Kenneth Floyd and wife Lanesa, Durant, Okla.; Becky Stephenson and husband Gary, Killeen; and Margaret Foster and husband Dickie, Krum; grandchildren Christy, Lisa, Julie, Joel, Britni, Derek, Rachel, Rodney, Dickie Lee and Randy; 12 great-grandchildren; many extended family members and beloved dog Timmy.
The family would like to thank all health care staff at South Place Nursing Home and East Texas Medical Center, both in Athens, Genesis Home Health Care and Sherry and Jennifer, Caring Hearts Hospice and Cricket, Dr. Carney and Dr. Tobes who cared for Floyd during his illness.

Calvin Garrett
Services for Calvin Cecil Garrett, 86, Ennis, were held April 3, 2010, in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Russell Bryan officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
Garrett was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Branch, Ark., to Ollie Mae Berry and Charles Dennis Garrett and died March 31, 2010, in the Ennis Regional Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.
He grew up in Arkansas and moved to Dallas in 1936.
He attended Crozier Technical High School and June 18, 1949, married the love of his life Florene Smith.
During their marriage, the couple lived in Dallas, Waxahachie, Excelsior Springs, Mo., Cedar Creek Lake and Ennis.
He was employed by Ford Motor Company as a millwright for more than 31 years
He was a member of Volunteer Christian Builders, Early Ford V-8 Club of America, Campers on Mission and the First Baptist Church of Kemp. He loved to play golf and fish.
Survivors include his wife Florene S. Garrett, Ennis; sons Mike Garrett and wife Peggy, Palmer; and Lee David Garrett, Wichita, Kan.; daughter Carol Calvert and husband David, Waxahachie; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister Gladys Cole, Fayetteville, Ark.


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