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Obituaries


Stephen Adkisson
Services for Stephen Dale Adkisson, 22, will be held Friday, April 15, 2011, at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Adkisson was born July 29, 1988, in Dallas to Mary and Marland Tyler, and died April 10, 2011.
He attended Eustace High School.
Adkisson loved training for MMA and football as much as motorcycles and wake boarding.
He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Calhoun, and uncle Ricky Calhoun.
Survivors include his parents; maternal grandmother Mildred Calhoun; paternal grandmother Elva Tyler; longtime girlfriend Ali Cass; sisters Tracy Hughes and husband Jason; Marilyn, Kimberly; Christina and husband Casey; Rieanna and husband Jeffrey; nieces and nephews Zack, JayJay, Tabitha, Sarah, Tatom, Chevy, Daisy, Luke and Clayton; aunts and uncles Dorothy Calhoun, Jefferson; Charles and wife Monica, Odessa; Jessie Burns of Palmer; John Calhoun and wife Kathy, Payne Springs; and Michael Rhodes, Jefferson; cousins Joe, Justin, Charlie, Christina, Christian, Ricky, Keith and Jimmy Calhoun, Ronney Gilmer and Gary Grimes; and a host of friends.

Tresa Burns
Services for Tresa Gene Burns, 79, Mabank, were held April 11, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Mabank with Bro. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
She was born Jan. 4, 1932, in Van Zandt County to Maudie Ruthell Massey and Theodore Westmoreland and died April 8, 2011, in Mabank.
Burns grew up in Van Zandt County until moving to Dallas at the age of 16.
She married her husband, Jim Burns, at the age of 18. The couple spent 12 years in Dallas before moving back to Van Zandt County.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Burns was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mabank since 1985.
She loved tending to her lawn and garden, traveling, playing ‘42 and crocheting.
Burns was a very curious person who loved to talk and learn new things. She was a caring and loving person.
Survivors include sister Carolyn Hyden, Ennis; niece Kim Isbell and husband Rob, Ennis; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Robbie Isbell, Colton Isbell, Hunter Isbell, Mike Rowan, Derek Kellar and Rob Isbell. The honorary pallbearer was Chase Isbell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mabank at 113 East Mount Vernon St. in Mabank, 75147.

Arland Johnson Sr.
Memorial services for Arland Terrance Johnson Sr., 73, Gun Barrel City, were held April 8, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church of Mabank.
Johnson was born August 10, 1937, in rural Tolna, N.D., to Alvilde and Thomas Johnson and died April 3, 2011, in Tyler.
He truly adored spending time with his family and enjoyed taking day trips with his wife, Arlene, to visit their children and grandchildren.
One of Johnson’s greatest joys was caring for his beloved dogs, who provided him with loyal companionship.
Johnson’s kind and gentle demeanor allowed everyone to feel at ease in his presence. He always exhibited a positive attitude and wore a smile on his face.
He was also a U.S. Navy Veteran.
With his strength, determination and his faith in God, Johnson overcame life’s challenges.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Milo Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Arlene Johnson; sons Arland Johnson Jr. and wife Vanessa, Kemp; Leon Johnson and wife Suzan, Kemp; Chancz Johnson and wife Annsley, Athens; grandchildren Brandy Antunes and husband Garry; Arland Terrance Johnson III “Trea” and wife Jasmine; Cara Smith and husband Justin; Cody, Lexie and Landry Johnson; great-grandchildren Trace and Griffin Antunes, Sammy, Anelise and Pierce Johnson, Hudson and Sawyer Smith; sister Charlotte Knauss and husband Bernie.
Johnson was a true inspiration who will be missed by family, friends and all those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mabank.

Cynthia Webster
Graveside services for Cynthia Ann Webster, 57, Tool, were held April 12, 2011, at D/FW National Cemetery with the Rev. Don Bell officiating, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
She was born March 28, 1954, in Waxahachie to Jean Kelley and Lealon Ham and died April 6, 2011, in Tool.
Webster was a member of Lakeview Assembly of God and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Winfred E. Webster.
Survivors include daughter Lisa Sirman; brothers David Ham and wife Rachel; Daniel Ham; and sister Donna Swallow.

William Eastham
Services for William Eugene Eastham, 80, were held April 9, 2011, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Brent Tucker and Chris Sweet officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Eastham was born March 6, 1931, in El Dorado, Kan., to Maggie Ethyle and William Jasper Eastham and died April 4, 2011, in Kaufman.
Eastham worked for Beltway in Addison and retired in 1986.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a master carpenter.
Eastham loved to tinker in his workshop and enjoyed fishing. He also loved his pets dearly.
He served in the U.S. Army as a 155-mm gunner in Korea.
Eastham was Baptist in faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Allene Eastham and Irene Ellis; and brother Ray Eastham.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Kathleen Eastham; son William Timothy Eastham and wife Marie, Knoxville, Tenn.; grandson William Alexander Eastham; Knoxville, Tenn.; sister-in-law Irma Eastham, Mabank; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members and many friends.

John Barnes
Services for John Oliver Barnes, 90, Temple, were held April 12, 2011, at Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Temple.
Barnes was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Van Zandt County and died April 8, 2011, in Temple.
He grew up in Mabank where he maintained a ranching operation for 65 years.
Following graduation from Mabank High School, Barnes joined the U.S. Marine Corps and honorably served with the 2nd Marine Division during World War II and the Korean Conflict, receiving two Presidential Unit Citations.
Upon his return from the Pacific Theater, Barnes began training as an officer candidate while simultaneously lettering in football at both Muhlenberg College and Colgate University.
Thereafter, he received a BS and MA from Sam Houston University.
In his professional career, Barnes was employed by Farmers Home Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, from 1952-86.
As a result of his dedication to agricultural development, Barnes received numerous awards and citations in various capacities with the Farmers Home Administration, including the Superior Service Award for exemplary leadership.
Thereafter, he also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Young Farmers Association of Texas.
He served as president of Professional Agricultural Workers of Texas, 1973-74, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Agricultural Workers in 1986.
In addition to his extensive professional achievements, Barnes was a 40-year Monarch of Lions Club, International, and supported the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show.
He also served on the board of directors for Agricultural Workers Auto Insurance Company in Fort Worth.
Barnes was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Temple where he served in many capacities, including chairman of the administrative board and the finance committee.
He was also a member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce beginning in 1967.
He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 63 years, Allegra Gibbs Barnes.
Survivors include daughters Carol Barnes McDonald; Judy Barnes Johnson and husband Stuart; Kay Barnes Allen and husband Ki; grandchildren Justin McDonald and wife Sharmila, Dallas; Shelton McDonald, Houston; Stuart Cameron Johnson and wife Kristina, Dallas; Jamie Johnson, Washington, D.C.; and Judith and Tres Allen, Austin; great-grandchildren Braeden McDonald and Skylar Johnson, both of Dallas.
Barnes will be deeply missed by his family and friends, who rejoice in the life he lived and the legacy of strength, courage, honor and love he left to us.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Heifer Project, the First United Methodist Church in Temple or Elm Grove Church and Cemetery in Van Zandt County.

Addyson Lambert
Services for Addyson Starr Lambert, infant, were held April 12, 2011, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with the Rev. Romulo Rivera officiating. Interment followed in Trinidad Cemetery, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
The infant was born April 8, 2011, to Miranda Kerr and Jimmy Lambert and died April 8, 2011, in Athens.
Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents Jackie and Dennis Kerr; paternal grandparents Ellen and Thomas Lambert; and brother Nathan Kerr.
 

 

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