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  Betty Jo Shaw
Services for Betty Jo Shaw, 71, recently of Mabank, were held April 17, 2007, in Tallulah, La. She died April 14, 2007, at River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, Miss.
She resided and operated a pilot car for many years in Mabank. She was well known by her handle “Motor Mouth.”
Survivors include her sons Edward Dwayne Shaw, Kemp; and Terrence Glen Shaw, Tallulah, La.; daughter Laura Darnelle Noland, Tallulah, La.; brothers Gerald Wayne Johnson, Kentucky; Marion Roger Johnson and Otho Howie Johnson, both of Andrews; sisters Peggy Sue Degetyer, W. Monroe, La.; Rendy Kay Sellers, Dumas, Ark.; and Mary Lois Ojeda, Montana; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers were son-in-law Wayne Noland; and five grandsons Chris Noland, Zachary Shaw, Jason Noland, Whitney Shaw and Chase Noland.

JoAnn Poteet
Services for JoAnn “Nanny” Poteet, Mesquite, were held April 18, 2007, at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel in Seagoville with the Rev. Nicholas Brown officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Roselawn Funeral Home.
Poteet was born June 25, 1938, in Forney and passed away April 16, 2007, in Mesquite.
JoAnn was employed by Baylor Healthcare for 23 years and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Kirkland and husband Randy, Mesquite; son David Poteet and wife Tina, Kemp; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren and four brothers and sisters, numerous other friends and relatives.

James Ballard
James Norman Ballard was born in Kemp, Jan. 21, 1948, to Garland and Faye Belcher Ballard. Norman passed away in Kaufman County April 17, 2007.
Ballard was raised in Kemp and graduated from Kemp High School. He joined the U. S. Navy and served in the Vietnam Conflict.
After the service, he was a fireman in Highland Park, University Park and currently the Seagoville Fire Department for about 30 years.
Norman was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kemp.
His parents and his brothers Dean and Harley Ballard preceded him in death.
Jan. 1, 1970, he married Kathy Woody in Dallas.
He is survived by his wife Kathy of Kaufman; daughter Lisa Hitt and her husband Gerald, Oak Grove; extended family Cory Goswick, Cody Goswick and Colt Goswick, all of Seagoville; brother Harvey Ballard, Kaufman; granddaughter Macy Hitt, nephews Dale and Wade Ballard, nieces Emily Robinson, Deanna Hedgepeth, Robbin Wafer and Stacie Robins, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Kaufman with Seagoville Fire and Police Chaplin Dennis Childress and Rev. Wayne Gilcrease officiating.
Interment followed in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Samuel Downing Jr.
A memorial service for Samuel D. Downing Jr., 77, Kaufman, was held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman April 14, 2007, with a celebration of his life continuing at his daughter’s home in Rockwall.
Downing was born Jan. 6, 1930, in Mabank to the late Sam and Hettie Downing. He was preceded in death by brothers A. J. Downing, Mabank, Adolph “Tex” Downing, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Joe Downing, New Braunfels, and sister Mary Ann Downing, Athens.
Downing will be remembered as a gentleman with a heart for others and his Lord. In that spirit, he donated his body to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for further medical research and education in hopes it will serve future generations.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Jackie Mikeal Downing, Kaufman; daughters and sons-in-law Sandi and John Barry, Rockwall; and Vicki and Charley Britain, Shreveport, La.; brother Tommy Downing, Athens; grandchildren Seth and Niki Moore, Rockwall, Jonathan Barry, Dallas, Mamie Moore, Rockwall, David Hoffman, Dallas, Andrea Brittain, Shreveport, La. and Bethany Brittain, Natchitoches, La.; great-granddaughters Evan Hoffman, Rockwall; and twins Caroline and Charlotte Moore, Rockwall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Living Word Church, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

Margaret Riddle
Services for Margaret Riddle, 87, Gun Barrel City, were held April 16, 2007, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Bro. Paul McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
Riddle was born April 30, 1919, in Roswell, N.M., daughter of the late Thomas Joseph and Hattie Herbert.
She was preceded in death by her husband Amiel Lane, son Thomas Lane, daughters Elizabeth Haynes and Connie Lane, three sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include her husband Johnnie Riddle; daughters Doris Olmstead, Kemp; Amy Schulze, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Debbie Nickels, Ridgeland, Miss.; sister Sally Roberts, Amarillo; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Janie Parkhust
Janie Moss Parkhurst was born February 18, 1917, in Schackelford County, Albany, and went to be with the Lord April 16, 2007.
She was married to Lester Wilson Parkhurst July 10, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and by her parents Joe and Audry Moss, her son, Charles Robert Parkhurst, and four sisters and brothers.
Survivors include her children, Doris and Donald Moore, Arlington; Gary and Sylvia Parkhurst, Mabank; Mary and John Hart, Alvarado; and Mike and Charlotte Parkhurst, Weatherford; and her daughter-in-law Carolyn Parkhurst, Bourne; 12 grandchildren, including Julie Key and Joyce Lawless, Mabank; 16 great-grandchildren and her sister, LaJean Posey, Grand Prairie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Parkhurst was a long-time resident of Grand Prairie, and a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church.
She retired from Texas Instruments in Richardson.
She was a loving mother and grandmother, who loved cooking for her family, gardening, reading and needlework. For the last five years Parkhurst lived in Mabank with her son Gary, and his wife Sylvia Parkhurst.

Kenneth Bracey
Services for Kenneth Wayne Bracey, 78, Gun Barrel City, were held April 20, 2007, at Pyle Prairie with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Burial was in Pyle Prairie Cemetery in Kemp, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bracey was born July 3, 1928, in Styx and died April 16, 2007, in Gun Barrel City.
He was a warehouse manager and veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Gun Barrel City for the past four years and graduated from Mabank High School in 1946. He loved bluegrass music, gardening and fishing.
Survivors include his sons David Wayne Bracey and wife Debbie, Ennis; and Tony Trainello and wife Lori, Seabrook; sister Ann Sutton and husband Ray, Mabank; grandchildren Natalie Lutz and husband Barry, Seattle, Wash.; Nathan Bracey, Waxahachie; Emmy Jo Bracey, San Antonio; Jennifer Trainello, Seabrook; and Ann Megan Trainello, Seabrook; great-grandchild Chloe Lutz; other family members and many friends.

W.L. Smith
Services for W.L. “Red” Smith, 78, Eustace, were held April 20, 2007, at Grace Fellowship Outreach Church in Eustace with the Rev. John Smith officiating. Interment was in Payne Cemetery, Payne Springs under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Smith was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Sherwood, Tenn., and died April 17, 2007, in Athens.
He was a brick contractor and had lived in Eustace since 1970. He was a member of the Grace Fellowship Outreach Church in Eustace.
Survivors include his wife Flora Smith, Eustace; sons James Melvin Smith and wife Deborah, Eustace; Kenneth Ray Smith, Shreveport, La.; William Edward Smith and wife Sheila, Athens; and John Rufus Smith and wife Patty, Eustace; daughter Angie Marie Horn and husband Bud, Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, two brothers, 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Nancy Watts
Services for Nancy Camille Turner Coke Watts, Mabank, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday April 28, 2007, in the Community Center of the Pecan Grove Apartments, 401 North Third Street, Mabank.
Watts was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Overton to Charles and Mary Louise Huckabee and died April 9, 2007, at her home in Mabank under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
She was a widowed homemaker and moved to this area from Irving in 1972.
She was a Baptist and member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the “42” Club of Mabank and Texas Online 42.
Survivors include her guardian angel Lucky Mayfield, Mabank; son Michael and wife Jimmie Coke, Kemp; daughter Mary Davis, Lewisville; son Mark Mayfield, Mabank; sisters Peggy Birdsong, Tyler; and Cheryl Jones, Malakoff; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.