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April 12, 2012

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Asia Rush
Graveside services for Asia Sky Rush, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today), April 12, 2012, at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Asia was born Feb. 6, 2012, in Athens, to Brianna and Joe Rush and died April 7, 2012.
She is survived by her parents, of Gun Barrel City; brothers Devin Carroll and Justin Hunt; grandfather Ronald Bednar of Emory; grandmother Deanna Denson of Mabank; grandparents Chamlong Elberson and husband Bill of Gun Barrel City; as well as many other loving family members.
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Wesley Kemph
Services for Wesley Scott Kemph, 18, of Daingerfield, were held April 10, 2012, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel, in Athens, with Rev. Eric Graham officiating.
Burial followed in Shelby Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Kemph was born April 5, 1994, in Athens, and died April 5, 2012, in Daingerfield.
He lived in Daingerfield until 2003 when he moved to Athens, where he had attended Athens schools until the eighth grade. He continued his education in Daingerfield.
He loved music, guitars and the outdoors and had a great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lola McCowan, and paternal grandmother Guadalupe Luna.
Survivors include his son, Eden Kemph, of Daingerfield; mother Christina and her husband, Dwayne McClung Jr., of Daingerfield; father Pedro and his wife, Coral Luna, of Lubbock; maternal grandparents George McCowen, of Athens, Dwayne, Sr., and Cathy McClung, of Pittsburg; paternal grandfather Camilo Luna, of Lubbock; brothers Gary Kemph and wife Angie, of Pittsburg, Jesse Luna, of Lubbock, Michael McClung, of Pittsburg, Thomas McClung and wife Randie, of Winona; sisters Christy Weidenbach and husband Joseph, of Daingerfield, Jasmane Luna and Coral C. Luna, both of Lubbock; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jeffrey Rist
Services for Jeffrey Rist, 46, will be held at a later date.
Rist was born Aug. 6, 1965, to Catherine and Huey Rist of Kemp and died April 2, 2012, in Terrell.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Scott Rist.
Survivors include his brothers, Bo Rist of Athens, Jason Rist of Kemp and Gerald Rist of Fort Worth; sister Teresa Peters of Seven Points; numerous nieces and nephews.

Patrick Lewis
Services for Patrick “Kyle” Lewis, 39, of Eustace, were held April 6, 2012, at the Moorhead Epps Funeral Home Chapel in Gun Barrel City, with Pastor Bryon Stuckey officiating. Burial followed at Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace.
Lewis was born Dec. 8, 1972, in Dallas, to Patti Ann Ashley and Billy Joe “B.J.” Lewis and died April 3, 2012, in Tyler.
He attended school in Garland, graduating from South Garland High School.
During his professional career, he worked primarily as an assistant manager or manager of various retail customer service venues in Dallas, Gun Barrel City, Athens, Shreveport, La., and most recently in Eustace.
However, his labor of true love was music and art. At an early age, he taught himself to play electric guitar “by ear.” Then he added the keyboard and drums to his repertoire of mastered instruments.
He enjoyed writing lyrics and composing original music. On several occasions he performed on stage with local area bands including “Chester Arthur” in Dallas.
While most of his works went unpublished, one of his greatest joys of achievement occurred when 13 of his original songs/instrumentals were recorded and published.
He also created many oil paintings, and favored those displaying geometric triangles.
As a cancer survivor, he was magnanimously gifted with courage, endurance and perseverance.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alton and Nan Lewis of Eustace and Lewis Ashley of Garland.
Survivors include his parents; sister Kymberly Shannon Lewis of Caddo Mills; brother Billy Shane “Bil” Lewis and his wife Tish; nephew Zachary Lewis; niece Sydney Lewis, all of The Colony; grandmother Patsy Ashley; aunt and uncle Linda and John Ashley, all of Seven Points; girlfriend Alex Hudson of Eustace; numerous other loving family members and many friends.
Pall bearers were Keith Stuckey, Dana Jones, Shawn Stringer, Boyd Sanders, David Ashley and Zach Young. Honorary pall bearers were John Ashley and Henry “Hank” Young.

‘Dub’ Hyde
Services for William Franklin “Dub” Hyde, 93, of Mabank, were held April 11, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Dr. Ron Holloman officiating. Interment followed the service at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Hyde was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Roddy, to and Sibyl Downing and William F. Hyde Sr. and died April 7, 2012.
He was an honored man in the community, as he worked as a farmer and the owner of a variety/ drug store.
He was also a former U.S. Marine and a member of the Roddy Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.
He lost his eyesight in an explosion while serving in World War II at Tarawa Beachhead in the Gilbert Islands. He was awarded the Silver Star for Valor and the Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nell Hyde, daughter Louann Confer, sisters Gladys Gray, Dorothy Crow and Juanita Snowden and brothers Gifford Hyde, Tony Hyde and Davis Hyde.
Survivors include his sister, Jamie Crow, of Mabank; brothers-in-law Joel Gray and wife Elizabeth and JC Crow, all of Mabank; son-in-law Scott Confer of Tool; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
Condolences may be posted online at

Barbara Hardaway
Services for Barbara Helen Hardaway, “Aunt Bobie,” 72, of Dallas, were held April 10, 2012, at Wilson Chapel Cemetery with Jonathan Aragon officiating under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp.
Hardaway was born Aug. 27, 1939, to Julia Frances Springfield and Jay Ben and died April 6, 2012.
She enjoyed her career as an insurance adjuster but embraced retirement when the time came. She enjoyed shopping for new shoes and purses, going to First Monday and working on jig-saw puzzles or computer games.
She thought of her 70th Birthday Party as one of the best days in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of more than 10 years, Rusty; brother Ben Springfield and niece Jamie Snider.
Survivors include her son, Kirby Harper III; daughters Diann Harper Bural and husband Jerry, Sandra Barnes and husband Will; sisters D’Ann Ray and husband Mel, Denice Phillips and husband Lee, Deborah Stewart and domestic partner Linda Morton; grandchildren Lisa Dotson, Kevin Dye and Elizabeth Turner; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lee Walls
Services for Lee William Walls, 81, were held April 8, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church, in Kemp with Bro. James Renfro officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Walls was born May 21, 1930, in Clear Lake, to Hattie Gray and Liburn Henry Walls and died April 5, 2012, in Tyler.
He was a Baptist by faith, a truck driver for Yellow Freight Lines, member of the teamsters union and was an avid fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughters Sheila Sue and Connie Lee.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, LaVerne; daughters Cathy Hughes and husband Michael of Kemp, Christina Clark of Kemp, Cindy Walls of New Castle, Pa.; 10 grandchilsren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; brother Lemmie Walls and wife Ginny of Garland.


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