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Russell Seward

Services for Russell “Russ” Seward, 78, Gun Barrel City, were held April 16, 2008, at the Main Street Pentecostal Church in Gun Barrel City. The Revs. Tim Weatheread, Doug Latimer and Charles Pitts officiated. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Seward was born July 4, 1929, in South Bend, Ind., and died April 14, 2008, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by a son Randy Seward.
He had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 16 years and was a member of the Main Street Pentecostal Church. He was a mechanic with the Mabank ISD for eight years. His life centered around his grandchildren and church. He was a veteran of the National Guard and served in Korea.
Survivors include his wife Violet Seward, Gun Barrel City; son Robert Seward and wife Marjorie, Mesquite; daughters Cheryl Withrow and husband Terry Sr., Forney; and Kathy Bass, Cleburne; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; stepsons David Latimer and wife Linda Sue, Ardmore, Okla; Dale Latimer and wife Sheri, Rio Vista; and Doug Latimer and wife Tina, Quitman, La.; stepdaughter Diana Pitts and husband Charles, Tishamingo, Okla.
Pallbearers were Jason McCloud, Shannon Pitts, Keith Pitts, Johnathan Latimer, Joey Latimer, Terry Withrow Jr., Craig Seward and Randy “R2” Seward, II.

Methel E. Bailey
Services for Methel E. Bailey, 88, Dallas, were held April 10, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bailey was born Aug. 3, 1919, in Leighten, Ala., and died April 6, 2008, in Dallas.
Previously of Mabank, she had resided in Dallas for the past year and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City. She was a homemaker and member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Gun Barrel City Chapter No. 1114.
Survivors include daughters Rheba Shepherd, Plant City, Fla.; and Carolyn Rose and husband Donald, Dallas; five grandchildren; sister Pauline Pinkerton, California; brother Kenneth Gist, Mississippi; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, 522 Main St., Gun Barrel City, TX 75156.

Roy Lee Greeson
Graveside services for Roy Lee Greeson, 74, Kemp, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at King Cemetery in Kemp with Pastor Sammy Tanner officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Greeson was born June 27, 1933, in Holland to the late Marie and Ed Lee Greeson and died April 10, 2008, in Kemp. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lucy Stormer and brother Marvin Greeson.
He was a retired electrician and member of the Aley Family Worship Center.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years Bobbie R. Greeson, Kemp; daughters Linda and husband Robert Ashmore, Mesquite; Debbie Moseley, Kemp; Kathy and husband Dale Williams, Kemp; and Patty and husband Frank Lee, Mabank; sons Rickey Greeson, Louisiana; Roy and wife Diane Greeson, Dallas; Johnny Moseley, Kemp; Andy and wife Sheena Greeson, Colorado; Bobby and wife Debra Greeson, Trinidad; and Terry and wife Donita Greeson, Mesquite; sisters Pat “Tish” Cox, Willie Mae Watson; Louise “Costy” McWhorter; and Betty Jean Head; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Letitia Dickens
A memorial service for Letitia Dickens, 46, Mabank, was held April 14, 2008, at the Payne Springs Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Charles Wilson officiating, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Dickens was born April 2, 1962, in Dallas and died April 10, 2008, in Irving. She was preceded in death by her father J.C. Spencer and grandson William Joe Dickens Jr.
She was a nurse’s aid.
Survivors include her husband Danny Dickens, Irving; children Danny Dickens Jr., Mabank; Jessica Dickens, Mabank; and William Dickens, Mabank; parents Vera and Don Hudgins, Mabank; brothers Johnny, Roger and Billy Spencer; sister Tammy Moore; grandchildren; other family member and fiancee James Azbill.


Judy Keeling

Services for Judy Keeling, 64, Gun Barrel City, were held April 14, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the Direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Keeling was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Ennis and died April 10, 2008, in Dallas.
Previously of Irving, she had resided in Gun Barrel city for the past 27 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. She loved and was loved by everyone.
She was a member of the choir at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City and the Eastern Star/Lonnie L. Blake Lodge No. 1116, Grand Prairie.
Survivors include her husband Coy Keeling, Gun Barrel City; son Garry Keeling and wife Shelly, Fort Worth; daughter Toni Stevens and husband Jimmy, Gun Barrel City; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers W.C. and wife Pam Hill Jr., Plano; Randy Hill, Cleburne; and Mike Hill; nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Nita Williams
Graveside services for Nita Williams, 85, Austin, were held April 14, 2008, at the Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Williams was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Gladewater and died April 10, 2008, in Austin. She was preceded in death by husband Chester Williams.
Previously of Gun Barrel City, she had resided in Austin for the past two and a half years. She was a cashier.
Survivors include her daughter Nelda Rae White, Austin; grandsons Timothy White and wife Ann, Basalt, Colo.; and Sean White, Austin; great grandchildren Justin, Evan, Nicole and Faith White, all of Colorado; cousins Raymond Hawkins and wife Ann, Kemp; and Charles Hyde, Dallas.


Maurita Foote

Services for Maurita Beauchamp Tanner Foote, 70, Eustace, were held April 15, 2008, at the Assembly of God Church of Eustace with the Rev. James Howard officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Foote was born July 12, 1937, in Dallas and died April 10, 2008, in Eustace.
She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret McFarland Harris and F.F. Beauchamp, and husband Harold L. Foote.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Eustace since 1980 and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She was in the grocery business for 20 years and her husband Harold owned Eustace Grocery, associated with Affiliated Food Stores for seven years.
She served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, director and secretary for Payne Springs Cemetery for the past five years and director of the Payne Springs Water Supply Corporation.
She was a member of the Eustace Professional Business Women’s Association, Order of the Eastern Star of Eustace No. 1062 for 27 years. She was a Past Worthy Matron and secretary, with dual membership with Mabank No. 827 for the past five years.
Survivors include her son Carlton Tanner and wife Cathy, Beaumont; daughter Tanya K. Sauer and husband Pat, California; grandchildren Misty Pickton, Patrick Sauer, Kimberyle Sauer, Toby Gayle Tanner and Christopher Bloodworth; eight great-grandchildren; cousin Dovie Wendt Caldwell, Schertz; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, 5641 Southwestern Medical Ave., Dallas, TX 75235; American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247; or Payne Springs Cemetery, 6850 Farm-to-Market 3165, Eustace, TX 75124.

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; Nancy Jack, Fremont, Calif.; and Pat Chapman, Mabank; sister Clara Curtis, California; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

Johnnie Mixon
Memorial services for Johnnie Marie Bridges Mixon, 78, Dallas, were held April 20, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Loven officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mixon was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Styx and died April 13, 2008, in Dallas.
Previously of Mabank, she had resided in Dallas for the past four years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
She was a beautician and owned Johnnie’s Beauty Bar. She also worked at Carol’s Beauty Shop in Gun Barrel City.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 in Seven Points.
Survivors include her sons Troy Wood and wife Teresa and great-granddaughter Chloe, Gun Barrel City; and Terry Wood and partner Chuck Bardsher, Dallas; brother G.C. Bridges, Kemp; sister Billie Jean Boehme, Gun Barrel City; grandchild Deanna Bolter and husband Dan, Plano; and great-grandchild Chance Bolter, Plano.

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