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William Becker
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 Family Cemetery.
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 Bliss, Texas.
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, Frances Carlyle.
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 Clusters.
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.

Madge Andrus
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.

Robert Munden
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 years.
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 www.hospiceofeasttexas.org
Condolences may be posted online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Ronald Blankenship
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 www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.

Tony Hamilton
Services for Tony Edward Hamilton, 46, of Kemp, will be held at a later date.
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.

Doris Hobson
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 & Foster Palestine.
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 Herod.
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.

Thomas Green
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 Dallas.
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 of eleven.
After volunteering for the Army, he served as a military policeman in Germany.
Following discharge, Tom moved to Dallas and became a firefighter, eventually becoming a station captain and retiring in 2000 after 33 years of service.
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 other charity.

 

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