Visitation for the family and friends of Major General (retired) William A.
(Bill) Becker, 93, are set for 6 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012, at
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home at 2217 S. Washington St. in Kaufman.
Funeral services are being held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the
Becker First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Becker
A Kaufman County native, Bill Becker was born on his family homestead April
2,1919 and died April 15, 2012.
He graduated from Kaufman High School in 1936. He attended Texas A&M
College, where he was a member of the 1939 ROTC national championship pistol
team, and also a member of the four-man horse show team. He was junior
editor of the yearbook and was elected senior editor, but resigned to serve
as cadet corps commander during his senior year. Upon graduation in 1941, he
was given a diploma, a commission as 2nd Lieutenant of field artillery, and
orders to report within eight days to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort
Becker fought in the Southwest Pacific Theater during WWII, and in four
years, he advanced from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel.
Upon return from WWII, he was assigned to the military staff at Texas A&M,
during which time he met the love of his life and wife of over 55 years,
He also served in Vietnam as Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Cavalry
Division (AIRMOBILE). What began as a military career on horseback concluded
in a helicopter as a rated pilot.
Over his 30-year career he had a variety of other commands and assignments.
His last active duty assignment was to the Pentagon with the Office of the
Secretary of the Army, as Chief of Legislative Liaison, working with the
United States Congress from 1968-1971.
During his years of service, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Service
Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters,
Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf
Upon retirement from the Army, he returned to his home community with his
wife and their four children, where he established a real estate brokerage
and enjoyed cattle ranching on his beloved Becker farm.
He continued his dedication to service to his community, county and country
through numerous civic organizations and appointments.
Above all else, he valued his role as husband, father, grandfather, great
grandfather, and friend.
Becker is preceded in death by his wife, Frances.
He is survived by his children, William Becker of Terrell and wife Jennifer,
daughter Anne Becker Tolbert and husband Jerry of Woodville, son Christopher
Becker of Becker and wife Gay, daughter Kimberly Becker Barnett of Rowlett
and husband Keith. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Dodson of
Texarkana and husband Ed, Arkansas.
During a special ceremony in Kemp, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling presented
General Becker with remarks from the Congressional Record honoring him for
his service. “President Calvin Coolidge once said the Nation which forgets
its defenders will itself be forgotten. As a veteran, Gen. Becker
understands that better than most Americans. It is because of his service
that we are able to enjoy the many blessings that God has bestowed upon this
great land, the United States of America.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or
the Becker United Methodist Church.
Services for Madge Doris Andrus, 80, were held April 18, 2012, at Roselawn
Funeral Home and Cemetery in Seagoville.
Andrus was born Feb. 5, 1932 and died April 16, 2012.
She graduated from Seagoville High School and played with the basketball
team in two state championships.
She and her husband Buddy, lived in Kemp from 1970-1988.
She did not have any children of her own but had two stepsons and 29 neices
and nephews that she treated like her own.
She loved fishing and cooking and sharing her receipes with others.
She also enjoyed spending time with her husband or 56 years and visiting
family and friends.
Services for Robert Wayne Munden “Paw-Paw,” 70, of Mabank, were held April
14, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Munden was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Scurry, to Fern and Sherman Munden and died
April 10, 2012.
He spent a majority of his youth living and working at Star Brand Ranch in
Kaufman and was a dedicated worker for CHF Industries for more than 41
Survivors include his wife for more than 41 years, Gloria Munden; children
Scott, Robbie, Randy and Brandon Munden; grandsons Dreyton and Travis;
granddaughters Brooklyn, Madison, Zoey and Liberty; sister Nelda Roberts, of
Kemp; brothers Larry and Kenneth Munden of Kaufman; daughter-in-laws
Davie-Sue, Amy and Cassie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111
University Blvd., Tyler, TX, 75701 or go to
Condolences may be posted online at
Services for Ronald Dean Blankenship, 59, will be held at a later date with
Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Blankenship was born March 8, 1953, in Dallas, to Rosalina Harris and Malvin
P. Blankenship and died April 10, 2012, in Tyler.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Melba Jean.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; sons Kenneth Fronterhouse Jr., Toby
Lynn Uhrick, and Dywayne Uhrick; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
brothers Bradley, Danny and wife Pam, Marvin and wife Jane.
Condolences may be posted online at
Services for Tony Edward Hamilton, 46, of Kemp, will be held at a later
Hamilton was born on June 7, 1965, in Dallas, to Martha and Eugene Hamilton
and died April 4, 2012.
He attended Dallas schools and was a plumber and carpenter by trade. He was
known to be a simple man but a hard worker that had many talents. He enjoyed
fishing when he was not working and just recently gave his life to the Lord
at the First Baptist Church of Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his father and step-father Sam Daily.
Survivors include his mother; daughters Loretta Dawn Collier and Angelann
Hamilton; brothers Timothy and Tommy Hamilton; numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Services for Doris Novaline Hobson, 90, of Kemp, will be held at 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at Bailey & Foster Chapel, in Palestine, with Bro.
Russell Bryan officiating.
Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery under the direction of Bailey &
Hobson was born Feb.. 18, 1922, in Anderson County, to Clemmie Urina Pierce
McLen and Rebel Lone and died April 16, 2012, at her residence.
She was a retired steno clerk for United Telephone Co., and a member of
First Baptist Church in Kemp.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 66 years, Edward
Lee Hobson, sister Polly Capper and brother Jack McLen.
Survivors include sons Mike Hobson and wife Linda of Kaufman and Tim Hobson
and wife Carla of Anna; nephew Jim Capper of Pennsylvania; grandchildren
Chris, Brandi, Barry, and Bradly Hobson and Heather Gesino;
great-grandchildren Anna and Ben Hobson, Sebastian Manning, and Xander
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Bridgeway Home Health
Care and Hospice.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at
Bailey & Foster Palestine.
Services for Thomas Michael Green, Sr., 68, of Kemp, will be held at 6:30
p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City
with Father Dan Daugherty officiating.
Rosary will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, with funeral mass at 10:30
a.m. Saturday April 21, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Cedar
Creek Country Club in Kemp.
Green donated his body to science to the University of Texas Southwestern in
Green was born March 3, 1944, in Archer City, the 10th child of 13, to Edna
Preston and C.J. “Bob” Green and died April 13, 2012, at his home in Kemp,
following a courageous three-year battle with renal cell carcinoma.
He was a Texas native and career firefighter serving the city of Dallas for
more than three decades.
He played sports at Windthorst High School, graduating in 1962, in a class
After volunteering for the Army, he served as a military policeman in
Following discharge, Tom moved to Dallas and became a firefighter,
eventually becoming a station captain and retiring in 2000 after 33 years of
After retirement, he enjoyed golfing and traveling with his wife.
Following his cancer diagnosis, he spent time with family and friends and
continued playing golf as his health permitted.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings Patsy, Timothy, Pat, Janice
Luig and brother in-law Rusty Lindemann.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Judy Roach Green; sons Mike, Jr.,
Patrick and wife Ashley; daughter Cris Cary and her husband, David;
grandsons Clayton and Adam Cary and Brennan Green; granddaughters Taylor
Green, Madison and Ashton Green; siblings Jack (Betty) Green, Geraldine
Lindemann, Jim (Evelyn) Green, Margaret (T.D.) Tift, Bill (Carol) Green,
Jerry (Loraine) Green, Sister Marie Green, Rita (Lloyd) Schreiber and
brother-in-law, Eddie Luig; extended family including more than 60 nieces
and nephews and their children.
Thank you to the countless individuals for their assistance and wishes
including Dr. James Brugarolas, UTSW, VNA staff and hospice employees and
friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to UT Southwestern, Office of
Development, Dr. Burgarolas Fund, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888, or