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April 26, 2012

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Jeffrey Reed
Services for Jeffrey Reed, 29, of Kemp, will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 26, 2012, at the Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with Rev. Ken Emerson officiating. Interment will follow in Baker Cemetery near Kemp.
Reed was born on Sept. 12, 1982, in Dallas to Patty Lynn Day and Terry Paul Reed and died April 22, 2012, in Kemp.
He graduated from Kemp High School in 2001 and was Baptist in faith.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mildred and Billy Reed and Ray Steakley as well as a cousin, Jeremy Doss.
He was loved by his family and was a very caring and giving person and was a dedicated uncle to his nieces Presley and Summer. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his parents, brother Cody Reed and wife Barbie of Kemp; Nieces Summer Williams and Presley Reed; grandmother Glenda Steakley of Tool; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends and relatives.

Patricia Mitchell
Services for Patricia Jane Mitchell, 63, of Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later date.
Mitchell was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Muleshoe, to Tommye Hawk and R.E. Mitchell, and died April 18, 2012, in DeSoto.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Gun Barrel City American Legion Post 310.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Tommy Joe Boatman.
Survivors include her sons, John Savage and wife Becky, of DeSoto and Joey Boatman; daughter Sharon Kay; granddaughter Wendy Mills; sisters Rhonda Breneman and Selena Watts.
Condolences may be posted online at

Dortha Becker
Services for Dortha Fern Becker, 89, of Mesquite, were held April 21, 2012, at Elm Grove Church in Van Zandt County, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Her great nephew, Mark Morris, officiated. Burial followed at the adjacent Elm Grove Cemetery.
Becker was born Aug. 3, 1922, to Ottie Lee Sutton and William B. Hyde and died April 17, 2012, at Baylor Hospital, in Dallas, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s and a stroke.
She was proud to be one of the Hyde children, of Mabank, known as the Elm Grove Ten.
She met her husband, Irvine Becker, while grocery shopping and they were married in April, 1941.
Their wedding was the first service held in the Elm Grove Church, even before the first pew arrived. Their daughter, Joni, and son Jerry celebrated their wedding in the same church. They were married 61 years before Irvine’s death in August of 2002.
She was strong in her Christian faith, and strove to live by her favorite saying, “I try to live each day well.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charlie, Wayne, Bob, and Ben, sisters Gonnie Will, Lavada and Agnes, husband Irvine and their first child.
Survivors include children Jerry Bob Becker, Sr. and wife Dianne, Joni Becker Ledbetter and husband Randy; grandchildren Jerry Bob Becker, Jr., Stephanie Becker Hall and husband Greg Brandon Scott Ledbetter, Kimberly Nicole Ledbetter, Dillon Cole Becker; great-grandchildren Pandora Rose and Eve Elizabeth Hall, Lillian Kyler and Charlee Grace Ledbetter; sisters Willie B. Prather and Helen Panter; many other nephews, nieces and family members and friends.
Pallbearers included Larry Duke, Johnny White, Wayland Ayers, Scott Prather, Jerry Panter, Jim, Tim and Glen Hyde.
Honorary pallbearers included Phillip and Coy Hyde, Ron Pease and Bill Ayers.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their support and love, especially through these last few years during her struggles with Alzheimer’s.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tena France
Services for Tena Ruth Thorn France, 50, of Cumby, will be held at a later date.
France was born Dec. 7, 1961, to Jerry and JD Ferrell, of Seven Points, and died April 3, 2012.
She worked for Dallas Parker Chiropractic College as a receptionist for several years and at Dell Computers in Round Rock.
She was a private first class in the Army Reserves and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxilary in Seven Points.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny D. France; children Brent Tyler Urban, Steven Thorn, Ashton Thorn and Corey Dewyane France; her parents; brothers James Allen McCarter; sisters Paula Rodriquez, Billie Gene Posey and husband Steve.

Brenda Jackson
Services for Brenda Fay Jackson, 70, of Gun Barrel City, were held April 24, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City.
Jackson was born March 11, 1942, in Athens, to Clovis and Miniver McKnight and died April 19, 2012, after a courageous fight with cancer.
She was a school secretary for Richardson ISD for 25 years. After retiring she and her husband moved to Gun Barrel City to build and operate the Kwik Kar Oil Lube and Car Wash.
She enjoyed motorcycling and taking RV trips with her husband and friends.
She has been from Alaska to California, Georgia to Pennsylvania and many places in between.
She also enjoyed cruising and took many trips through the Caribbean and up to Alaska.
She was also enjoyed shopping, gardening and giving back to her community.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, Lost and Found Sunday School class, Cedar Creek Women’s Club, Library Club and Eastwood Island Alohas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, William Richard Jackson; daughters Dena L. Jackson and husband Robert L. Kersey, Kristal D. Booth and husband Rueban Boothe; brother Reginald Jackson and wife Janese Sampson.
In lieu of gifts, memorials may be sent to the Benevolence Fund at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City or to Operation Kindness Animal Shelter in Dallas.
Condolences may be posted online at
Joseph Teague
Services for Joseph William “Joe” Teague, 77, of Mabank, were held April 22, 2012, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ed Shower officiating. Burial followed at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Teague was born Oct. 11, 1934, in Prairieville, to Gurtie Autry and Joe Wallace Teague and died April 20, 2012, in Gun Barrel City.
He served in the United States Navy aboard the destroyer USS Worcester 144.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife June Teague, and daughter Rhonda Teague Hinkle.
Survivors include his son, Mark Teague and wife Mary; grandchildren Mindy Teague Wallace and husband Waylon, Matthew Teague and wife Christine, Ryan and Robert York; great-grandchildren Whitney Wells Coke, Ashton, Braden and Cotton Autry Wallace, Rowdy Teague; sister Margie Trammel; son-in-law Chris Hinkle; numerous other family members and many friends.
Condolences may be posted online at


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