Johnny F. Marr
Services for Johnny F. Marr, 83, Gun Barrel City, were held April 22, 2008, at the Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Buddy Duke officiating. Interment was in Haven of Memories Cemetery in Canton.
Marr was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Shreveport, La., to Clara Alice Payne and Marion Marr and died April 19, 2008, at his home.
He began his law enforcement career in the Cedar Creek Lake area as a patrolman for Seven Points, 1974-1977. He was later appointed Chief of Police in Gun Barrel City, 1978-1982.
During this time, he initiated the first Search and Rescue Team. He retired as a deputy sheriff of Henderson County in 1992.
He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Gun Barrel City. He was married to his wife Jean for 64 years. He will be loved and missed but forever in our hearts.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years Jean Marr, Gun Barrel City; daughter Frances Simons and husband Stan; Balch Springs; son Mike Marr, Dallas; grandchildren James Davidson and wife Cindi; Sherri Alford and husband Tommy; and Leigh Ann Medcalf and husband Mark; great-grandchildren Haley, Luke and Matthew Medcalf; Tommy Alford III; and Michelle Smalley.
Pallbearers were Mike Marr, Mark Medcalf, James Davidson, Stan Simmons, Robert Davidson and Luke Medcalf.
Barbara Lee Stephens McGibboney
Barbara McGibboney was born March 18, 1935, in Roanoak Rapids, N.C. She was the oldest of four children born to Ethel Inez Epps and John Lambeth Stephens.
Barbara graduated from Irving High School where she met her husband of 49 years, Vernon Lewis McGibboney. This union produced their only child, Bart Loy McGibboney.
During Vernon’s long enlistment in the United States Army, Barbara took Bart and traveled to wherever the Army would allow them to accompany him.
She lived in Germany, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and different areas of Texas.
She was very passionate about her family and wanted them to be together.
She worked for an insurance company in Dallas for many years before retiring.
She was an avid reader and movie buff and lived in Tool for the last 20 years of her life, though her last days were spent in a convalescent center. Quite the character, she was loved dearly and will be missed by all.
Barbara left this world Monday, April 14, 2008. Services were held Friday, April 18, 2008, at Tomlinson Funeral Home of Seven Points. Cremation was her choice over burial.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, one infant daughter and one brother Robert Bruce Stephens.
She is survived by her husband Vernon L. McGibboney, Tool; son and daughter-in-law Bart Loy and Willamina Sue McGibboney, Gun Barrel City; grandchild Charles Cortez Henry, Oklahoma; great-granddaughters Caitlyn and Madison Henry, Kansas; sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Bill Lehmberg, Georgia; and brother and sister-in-law John L. and Francis Stephens, Kansas; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
David Hershel Reavis began his earthly journey in Greenville Sept. 23, 1929.
The last mile of his journey was over rough terrain and he courageously finished April 18, 2008.
He was predeceased by parents Murtie Gertrude Lake and William Newton Reavis
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Joy Reavis; sons David Hershel Reavis Jr. and wife Laurie Reavis; and Thomas Newton Reavis and wife Deborah Reavis; daughters, Marsha Rene (Reavis) and husband Frank Everett, Vicki Lynn Fisher, Susan Yvonne Bradley, Melinda Kay and husband William Oliver.
He was the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Reavis and husband Paul Hamiter; several nieces and nephews; and Thomas M. Lane Jr. his best buddy and “Price is Right” companion.
Reavis spent his career as a professional salesman and held the position of National Sales Manager for several major corporations.
Services were held April 22, 2008, at Restland Funeral Home’s Memorial Chapel.
The Rev. Phil Humphries officiated and the eulogy was given by his grandson Glen Everett.
Interment was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
Pallbearers were his grandsons; honorary pallbearers were his daughters.
You have earned your wings. Soar high but slow, my love. I will be behind you and we will finish this journey together. Go be with God.
Mary Ellen Pullen
Services for Mary Ellen McDonald Pullen, 72, Kaufman, were held April 19, 2008, in the Seven Points Church of Christ. Interment was in Hooker Ridge Cemetery in Lone Oak under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Pullen was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Lone Oak and died April 16, 2008, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her parents Alpha Fore and Robert Bert McDonald, and husband Billy Ray Pullen.
Previously of Athens, she had resided in Kaufman for the past one and a half years and Mabank for 10 years. She was a member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. She was formerly a member and chairman of the prayer ministry at Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens.
Survivors include her sons Ronald Michael Pullen and wife Arneta, Alvin; and Billy Clyde Pullen Sr. and wife Twana, Huffman; daughters Sherry Pullen Franks and husband Karl, Seagoville; Cindy Pullen Byrd and husband Foy, Kemp; and Laura Pullen Fore, Humble; grandchildren Billy Clyde Pullen Jr., Bradley Autrey, Rebecca Pullen, Michael Pullen, David Autrey, Diana Counts, Ben Schoeff, Regina Fore, Brandon Fore and Corey Pullen; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronald Michael Pullen, Billy Clyde Pullen, David Autrey, Ben Schoeff, Brandon Fore and Justin Counts.
Larry Hines Jordan
Services for Larry Hines Jordan, 67, were held April 24, 2008, in the Homestead Chapel under the direction of Homestead Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. Burial with military honors was in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Jordan was born Sept. 20, 1940, to Louise Hines and James M. Jordan in Carmi, Ill., and died April 17, 2008, from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
ALS gave him a new perspective on life, and he began to live each day in the present. This gave him the freedom he had not felt since he was a Navy pilot.
An only child, Larry Hines Jordan first excelled at Washington Elementary School, and then thrived at Carmi Township High School.
In the autumn of his 18th year, Larry enrolled at Southern Illinois University. He was proud to be a Saluki, replacing his promising high school baseball career with the fraternity of Phi Tau.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Science in 1963, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado for a year before moving to Pensacola, where he proudly enlisted in Aviation Officer’s Candidate School and Naval Flight Training.
His experience in the P-3 Orion Anti-Submarine Warfare plane took him all over the world, much of that duty in Vietnam and Spain.
Honorably discharged from active duty in 1969, he joined the reserves, spending a total of 31 years service, retiring in 1994 as a U.S. Navy Captain (0-6).
Following discharge, Jordan began a 13-year flying career with Braniff International Airlines, loyal to them to the day they shut their doors.
From 1982 to 1996, he was successful in the commercial real estate business, including stints with Merrill Lynch, Jones Foster and Lincoln Properties.
In 1996, he founded L&D Check Cashing in Irving, selling that business in 2003.
He served on the Board of Directors of the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District, 2002-04.
He had known rapture, and adventure and rest. He knew what it was to love his work. He had deep, hard-won friendships, and diverse, widespread relationships as well.
Larry Jordan had a complete, though prematurely shortened, life.
He relished the rigors of the military, ran businesses, enjoying the sweet, rock-breaking irreplaceable labors of parenthood, leaving two marvelous sons in his place, and he knew the elation and love of a sensational marriage to a wonderfully loving woman.
His survivors include: his loving wife D’Ann, Gun Barrel City, who brought new definition to the vows of “for better or worse, in sickness and in health.”
Also, sons Aric Alan Jordan, wife Holly and granddaughter Sydney Rose; and Shaun Matthew Jordan and wife Jill Addison and grandson Jackson Aric Jordan; cousins; his beloved aunt, Kathryn Hines; his loving in-laws; and many dedicated friends who shared their supportive love relentlessly.
Larry was grateful to his many friends, who gathered to spoil, feed and sit with him; even rounding up brigades of clucking acquaintances and trying to say just the right thing and watch just the right games.
Larry was the beneficiary of excellent care by skilled doctors, in-home caregivers, and medical professionals.
He was surrounded by love from many walks of life and he relished the diversity of his friends.
Larry was heard to say, “I voted for Richard Nixon only once, and was regretful afterward. A man can’t have an experience like that and remain entirely cheerful for the rest of his life.”
In lieu of flowers, he wanted to give back to the organization that so graciously supported him through the years.
Indicate “in memory of Larry H. Jordan,” and send donations to: MDA/ ALS Division, 3800 Paluxy Drive, Suite 535, Tyler, TX 75703.
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