Edith Ferguson

Services for Edith Ferguson, Tool, were held April 10, 2008, in Restland Wildwood Chapel in Dallas.
Ferguson was born July 22, 1923, in Ada, Okla. and died April 7, 2008, in Tyler.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved playing bridge, attending literary clubs and sitting on the porch. She will be missed by everyone who loved her.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years Alva; daughter Janet Felts; son Don; daughter-in-law Caren; grandchildren and spouses Kelly and Todd Morten, Amy and Andy Duckworth and Aaron and Veronica Felts; sister Lorene Cook, Midwest City, Okla.; five nephews; and two nieces.

John Wright
Services for John Robert Wright, 71, Kaufman, were held April 10, 2008, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman.
Wright was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Kemp and died April 3, 2008, in Kaufman. He was preceded in death by his parents Nell Wright and Hoyt Morgan, Kemp; grandchild Carson “Whitt” Cullum, Denton; brother-in-law Keith Kines, Kemp, stepson Daniel Countryman, Kaufman; and stepgranddaughter Dani Countryman of Kaufman.
He was the most patient of husbands, the most loving Dad and the greatest Poppa John and the grandkids could have.
He walked through this world quietly, gently and rarely asked for anything for himself. He loved seeing people happy.
He was a genuine person, what you saw is what you got.
He was a truckdriver for Piazza Trucking of Kaufman and Southgate, Calif. He will be missed by his friends at Piazza and by Bob and Scott Ferguson, Loren Borski and John Dequatturo of California. These were his phone buddies on the road, and they will miss those daily conversations.
He has left us with many memories and funny stories. We will remember him with smiles and tenderness.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Barton Wright, Kaufman; daughters Carla Cullum and husband Mike and grandchildren Andrea, Keleigh, Colton and Carson, Denton; Vicky Wages and husband Billy and grandchildren Billy and Cody, Rowlett; stepson Gene Countryman and wife Jeri Lea and stepgrandchildren Ashley Countryman and her daughter Jessamyn, Oregon, City, Ore.; Jeremy McLain and Shannon, Kaufman; Nikki LeCroy, Terrell; stepson Michael Julian wife Misti, stepgrandchildren Jacie and Gage Julian, Caylee Scott, Kaufman; sister Peggy Kines, Kemp; Sarah Wright, Kemp; and sister of his heart Kathy Gregg, Kemp; and brother of his heart Bert Howard, Kaufman; niece Krista Kay McAnally and her husband Tad and children Antoinette Cabral and Tristen Thomas, Kemp; Kenneth Kines and wife Debbie and children Kristen, Katy and Austin, Canton.

Richard Lehew

Graveside services for Richard “Dick” Lehew, 69, Dallas, were held April 9, 2008, in the Tool Cemetery with Dr. Mark Price officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Lehew was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Dallas and died April 7, 2008, in Dallas.
He was a salesman and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea.
Survivors include his children Pamela Watson, Flint; Linda Nunn, Leander; Lisa Miller, Bedford; Joshua Lehew, Charles Lehew, Ricky Lehew and Amber Lehew, all of Duncanville; eight grandchildren; wife Marcie Lehew, Duncanville; other family members and many friends.

Henry Allen
Services for Henry M. “Mitch” Allen, 70, Mesquite, formerly of Malakoff, were held April 4, 2008, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with the Rev. Gaylord Brown officiating. Burial was in Malakoff Cemetery.
Allen was born Dec. 2, 1937, in Athens to the late Era Ophelia Arrington and Robert Duffy Allen and died April 8, 2008, in Mesquite. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy Lynn Wheeler.
He lived in Malakoff prior to moving to Mesquite in 1965. He was a food broker from 1957 until he retired from A-1 Marketing in Dallas in 2007.
He was a lay minister and nursing home minister.
Survivors include his sons Michael W. Allen and Roger Dale Allen, both of Mesquite; daughter Becky R. Willie, Mesquite; brothers Wiley T. Allen, Malakoff; and the Rev. Jimmy Allen, Canton; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Helen Petro
Services for Helen Lyola Petro, 93, Mabank, were held April 1, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Interment was in the Riverside National Cemetery in California under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Petro was born Dec. 14, 1914, in TinPlate, W.V., and died March 28, 2008, in Athens. She was preceded in death by husband Joseph Petro Sr., son Joseph Petro Jr. and daughter Joyce Edmiston.
She was a homemaker. Previously of California, she had resided in Mabank for the past four years and was of the Catholic faith. She was married for 58 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was lovingly called “Grandma,” and was known at the First United Methodist Church as “GG.” She was a member of the Violet Club.
Survivors include her daughters Evelyn Rhodes, Mabank; and Nancy Jack, Fremont, Calif.; sister Clara Curtis, California; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

Ruth Hurlburt
Services for Ruth Hurlburt, 74, Kemp, were held April 10, 2008, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp. Interment followed in King Cemetery, Aley Community.
Hurlburt was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Canton to Ida Price and Pete Latham and died April 7, 2008, in Kaufman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Cathy Lynn Southard, first husband James E. Irby, second husband Homer Hurlburt and two sisters.
She was a member of the New Faith Tabernacle of Seven Points.
Survivors include her children Diann Henderson, Seagoville; James Irby, Combine; Randy Irby, Mabank; Rebecca Thomas, Caney City; and Linda Arterburn, Seven Points; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives, extended family and friends.
Pallbearers were Doug Kemp, Samuel Arterburn, Justin Arterburn, Dylan Arterburn, Randall Irby and Billy Irby.

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