Mary Mixon
Services for Mary Elizabeth Murphey Mixon, 72, Kemp, were held April 12, 2010 at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp. Burial was in Kemp Cemetery.
Mixon was born May 2, 1937, in Kaufman County, and died April 8, 2010, in the East Texas Medical Center Hospital, Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ottie and Clarence Murphey, along with three siblings Royce, Billie and Jerry Murphey.
She attended school in Kemp and completed her high-school years in 1955.
She married Morris Lee Mixon, Oct. 22, 1955.
He was based at Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos. So they moved to New Braunfels, where they lived and met lifelong friends Loraine and Fred Canham.
While living in New Braunfels, they had a son, Danny Morris, born Sept. 8, 1956.
Soon afterward, Lee transferred to Webb Air Force Base in Big Springs.
A daughter, Vickey “Marlene” Mixon Freeman, arrived Dec. 3, 1958.
Lee left active duty and moved his family back to Kemp, where Mary began working for Herman Stovall’s Grocery Store.
Lee worked in Dallas at Dallas Air Motives. Mary and Lee had their last child Marty Lynn, born June 23, 1965.
Mary and Lee became members of the First Baptist Church.
As the children were growing, Mary’s mom, Ottie, baby-sat the children so Mary and Lee could work. Mary desired to be an at-home-mom.
So at Ottie’s suggestion, they started baby-sitting in Mary’s home for friends’ and teachers’ children. Mary and Lee lived a block from the school, so it was a perfect location.
This is how Mary Mixon’s Day Care began on the corner of Main Street.
Mary Mixon’s Day Care cared for so many children we cannot name them all, but Mary loved them all dearly. She loved the children in her day care as much as her own children and for many years she followed the lives of most of them.
She ran the day care for approximately 25 years, when Mary sold her day care to spend more time taking care of her father and mother, who had developed severe health issues.
Mary and Lee were caregivers for Ottie and Clarence throughout their last days.
During this time, Lee and Mary helped raise their grandchildren Jenney, Amber and Tracy, upon the death of their father, Danny.
Mary’s favorite hobby was making quilts (which her mom taught her) along with Lee and his sister, Peggy Rogers. They became a team at making many beautiful quilts.
Mary spent her life loving, working and caring for many, many people and loved her family dearly.
She was a beautiful person. When Mary became ill, she was very fortunate to have loving friends, staff from the Expedient Home Healthcare, attending physicians, and her loving husband of 54 wonderful years.
She is survived by her beloved husband Lee Mixon; children, Vickey “Marlene” Freeman and husband Rusty of New Braunfels; and Marty Lynn Mixon and wife Karen of Union, Ky.; grandchildren, Misty Denise Thurman, Mandy Leigh McConico, Randi Marie Freeman, Danny Wayne Mixon, Matthew Wade Mixon, Tracy Michelle Hamel, Megan Lea Mixon, Jackson Frank Mixon, Amber Renee Russell and Jenney Leann Russell; great-grandchildren, Baleigh, Harleigh, Marleigh, “Lil” Clint, Hank, Hayden, Gavin, Giana, Rylan, Jordan, Skylar, Jade, Allie, Danielle, and Axel.

Ronald Lazard
Graveside services for Ronald Lazard, 74, Kemp, were held April 14, 2010, in the Butter Cemetery in Forest Hill with the Rev. Dexter Goynes officiating under the direction of White Oaks in Oakdale.
Lazard was born July 9, 1935, in Glenmora to Ruby Young and Coley Lazard and died April 10, 2010, in Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Genevieve Johnson and brother John Grey.
He was a carpenter, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Survivors include his wife Mary Carolyn Lazard, Kemp; sons Ron Douglas Lazard and Jacques Lazard; brother Percy Grey; sisters Shirley Evans and Tommy Pospsil, Alexandria; granddaughters Jessica Shasteen and Christina Lazard; grandsons Riley Lazard, Jacob Turner, Dustin Turner and Yancy York; great-grandson Lyndon Shasteen; great-granddaughters Ashlynn Lea Hager and Marli Turner.
Pallbearers were Royce Ford, Grady Haley, Bennie Coker, Hoyt Coker, Jerry Stokeld and Jim McDonald.
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons.

Karen Hourigan
A private service for Karen E. Hourigan, 66, Payne Springs, will be held at a later date under the direction Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hourigan was born May 25, 1943, in Jasper, Ind., and died April 7, 2010, in Tyler.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Payne Springs for the past 16 years. She retired from Marketing Equities International and was Catholic by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Larry H. Eckert, Mabank; daughter Melissa Kay Dolen and husband Engin, Dallas; grandson Joshua Erol Dolen, Dallas; and many loving friends.

Charles Hart
Services for Charles David Hart, 55, Malakoff, were held April 10, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, Payne Springs with the Rev. Danny Dennie officiating. Burial was in Post Oak Cemetery in Henderson County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hart was born Oct. 12, 1954, in Dallas County and died April 4, 2010, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Hart and one sister.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Malakoff for the past 18 years.
He retired from Tex Pack Express and was a member of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Indian tribe. He was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his mother Joyce Hart, Malakoff; daughters Misty Lamb and husband James, Athens; Tina Turk and husband Aaron, Tool; and Sharon Hart and husband Harvey, Eustace; brothers George Harvey Hart Jr. and wife Sandra, Gun Barrel City; and Billy Wade Hart, Mt. Pleasant; sisters Joyce Marie Jordan and husband Fred, Malakoff; and Idella Mary Hutchins and husband Keith, Malakoff; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Aaron Turk, Harvey Fisher, James Lamb, Keith Hutchins, George Harvey Hart Jr., and Billy Wade Hart.

Ora Hubbard
Graveside services for Ora Taylor Hubbard, 89, Mabank, were held April 12, 2010, at the Sunset Memorial Park in Odessa under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Hubbard was born Dec. 17, 1920, in Elk City, Okla. to the late Lula Mae Anderson and John Taylor and died April 8, 2010, in Mabank.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Mutt Taylor, and sisters Patsy Cheek Rawls, Veda Kilgo and Helen Brown.
She attended the Temple Baptist Church in Odessa and was a member of the Medical Center Hospital Women’s Auxiliary in Odessa.
Survivors include her daughters, Marty Cope and husband Johnny, Hobbs, N.M.; and Jan Austin and husband Alan, Mabank; son Johnny Hubbard and wife Vicki, Graham; sisters Betty West, San Angelo; and Modell Walters, Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Sharron, J.R. Dennis, Roe, Dewayne, Jim Ed, Westly, Alan Jr., Monica and Garon; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Wanda Cooper
Services for Wanda Faye Cooper, 84, were held April 11, 2010, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Gary Wright officiating. Interment followed at Tool Cemetery.
Cooper was born June 21, 1925, in Ardmore, Okla., to Louie Elizabeth and William Albert Worthen and died April 7, 2010, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Woodrow Gore, and siblings Aline, Archie, Dee, Edith, Ronnie and Jessie.
She attended First Assembly of God Church and was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her daughter Tami Maynard, Irving; son Terry Watson and wife Sherrill, Tool; grandchildren Kristen Maynard, Springtown; Justin Maynard and wife Ashlyna Gibson, Euless; Earlina Watson, Tool; and Nathan Watson, Bassett; great-grandchildren Aalyah and Victoria; great-granddaughter Kaylee Rae on the way; sister Rita Higgins, Kaufman; brother Oscar Worthen, Yuba City, Calif.; several extended family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

Ralph Deaton
Services for Ralph “Pete” Deaton, 80, Queen City, were held April 9, 2010, at the Elm Grove Cemetery with the Revs. Randel Kirk, Cricket Steele and Gina Morris officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Deaton was born June 21, 1929, in Douglasville, and died April 6, 2010, in Texarkana.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mattie and Clifton Deaton, brothers Clettis and Doc Deaton and sisters Juanita Lindsey and Bessie Stanton.
He retired from TXI Cement Company in Midlothian in 1992 and was married for 35 years.
Survivors include his wife, Daisy E. Deaton, Waxahachie; sons William Mack Deaton, Gun Barrel City; and Jessie Wayne Deaton and wife Debrah; grandsons Clifton Wayne, William and Daniel Deaton; granddaughters Jessica R., Tonya and Sonya Deaton; other family members and many friends.

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