Dorothy Nelle Groom
Services for Dorothy Nelle Groom, 80, Mabank, were held April 29, 2009,
at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Burial was in Four Mile Cemetery
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
She was a homemaker and member of the Prairieville Baptist Church.
Groom was born April 17, 1929, in the Wise community in Van Zandt County
and passed away in Tyler April 26, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father Bessie and Cleveland
Weedin, her sisters Lucille Ureck, Velma Howell, Francis Shelton, Eddie
Sapp, Evelyn Sapp, her first husband J.C. Teague, son Dale Teague,
stepson Leon Groom, great-grandchildren Jessica Tarlton and Samuel
Survivors include her husband Estle Groom; daughter Claudette Tarlton
and husband Eddie; sisters Elouise Paige, Gloria Autry and brother
Kenneth Weedin; stepdaughter-in-law Jan Groom; stepchildren Terry Groom
and wife Tracey, Roger Groom; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of
family and friends.
Pallbearers were Adam Carter, Billy Jack Tarlton, Bobby Tarlton, James
Waugh, Chad Groom, Danny Groom and Zack Groom.
John Michael Hathcock, 57, of Dallas passed away April 26, 2009, at
10:40 p.m. in Fort Worth with his four sons by his side.
He was born in North Carolina to Rachel and Dewey Hathcock.
He was a tour bus driver for the last 20 years. He enjoyed race cars
with his brother Frank in their younger years.
He will be truly missed by all whose lives he has touched.
John is survived by his sons Michael Hathcock and wife Dianna of Kemp;
Keith Hathcock and wife Stephanie of Kemp; Chris Hathcock and wife Lana
of Rockwall; and Jaicee Early.
Also, he is survived by his brother Frank Hathcock and his wife Mary of
Ennis; sister Judy Hathcock of Ennis; numerous nieces and nephews, and
several lifelong friends; his girlfriend Leann Little and her family of
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Larry and Kenny
Hathcock, sister Rebecca Hathcock and his grandson Hunter Hathcock.
We know you were tired, you fought as long as you could. You’re in
Heaven now, fishing and playing ball with Hunter. You will always be in
“Hammer Down Rawhide.” ‘Till we meet again, someday.
Services for Marie Hamilton, 70, Seven Points, were held April 27, 2009,
in the Anderson-Clayton Bros Chapel with the Rev. Billy Hatcher
officiating. Interment was in Ware Cemetery under the direction of
Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home.
Hamilton was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Scurry to the late Frances Marie
McWhorter and Loyd Tucker and died April 24, 2009, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Gordon Hamilton Dec. 29,
1986, and her son Thomas Ray Hamilton, Feb. 16, 2003.
She was a full time sister, mother and grandmother, and enjoyed going to
Special Olympics with her eldest son, working, sporting events, bowling
and going hunting with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons Ernest Hendrickson, Seven Points; Clint
Gordon Hamilton and his wife Belinda, Tool; and Edward Eugene Hamilton
and his wife Lesha, Seven Points; grandchildren Johnathan, Clint, Ryan,
Jennifer, Keith, Ellie,Trevor and Craig; great-grandchildren Tristan,
Libby, Brandon, Karson and Brookelynn; sister Gloria Kirby, Arlington;
niece Christy Johnson, Mansfield; nephew Michael Kirby, Arlington;
numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Johnathan Edward hamilton, Clint Gordon Hamilton Jr.,
Joseph Ryan Hamilton, Keith Brandon Hamilton, Trevor Allen Hamilton,
Steven Craig Hamilton, Lewis Blair, Scott Johnson and Michael Kirby.
Willie H. Gray
Services for Willie H. Gray, 95, Trinidad, were held April 28, 2009, at
the First Baptist Church of Tool, with Bro. Ed Brennan officiating.
Interment followed in the Dallas/Fort Worth Cemetery under the direction
of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Gray was born May 15, 1913, in Abbott to the late Notie Mae and William
Andrew Gray and died April 24, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
He served in World War II, 1939-45, and received numerous medals,
including the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tool, American
Association of Retired Persons, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled
American Veterans (2nd Division), World War II Memorial Association and
the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He retired from civil service after 31 years and was the last employee
of Federal Housing Association-Housing and Urban Development.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years Fern Gray; daughters Lana and
husband Robert Brueggemeyer; and Deborah and husband Robert W. Lass;
sisters Mildred Harvey and Marie Brockman; five grandsons; one
granddaughter; four great-grandsons; six great-granddaughters; numerous
nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Honor
Flight of Dallas, a ministry to World War II veterans,
www.honorflightofdallas.org/donations.htm, or Communities Foundation of
Texas, 550 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225.
Funeral arrangements for Cindy Jean Higginbotham, 48, Athens, are under
the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Higginbotham was born Jan. 25, 1961, in Ennis and died April 25, 2009,
She was a baker and had resided in Athens for the past 10 years.
Survivors include her sons Robert Lewis Higginbotham and Justin Alton
Higginbotham, both of Athens; mother Viola Jean Folmar, Athens; brothers
Robert Folmar, Terrell; and Alton Folmar, Dallas; friend Susan Christy
Brown, Athens; and grandchild Lacey Alexious Higginbotham.
Services for Herbert Paul Unger, 88, Gun Barrel City, were held April
29, 2009, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft
officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Unger was born April 4, 1921, in Giddings and died April 26, 2009, in
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Joy Unger.
Previously of Odessa, he had resided in Gun Barrel City for 22 years and
was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
He was an oil field supervisor.
Survivors include his daughter Paula Smith and husband Randy, Dallas;
brothers Don Unger, Bowie; and George Unger, Burkburnett; sisters Rose
Marie Husfield, Bowie; and Anna Belle Wolsey, Bowie; grandchildren
Randall Blake Smith and Paula Blair Smith.
Services for Rita Joyce Bell, 60, were held April 26, 2009, in the King
Cemetery in the Aley Community with the Rev. James Howard officiating
under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Bell was born May 13, 1948, in Dallas to the late Kathryn Brashear and
Leslie Reynolds and died April 24, 2009, in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her sister Jenny Hudson and brother William
Survivors include her sons Chuck Bell and his wife Julaine, Wills Point;
Jerry Bell and his wife Kim, Garland; and Heath Bell and his wife
Christy, Corsicana; five grandchildren; brothers Butch Reynolds and
Rocky Reynolds, both of Rockport; sisters Cathy Fielder, Mabank, Glenda
King, Frost; Frances Walls, Kemp; Theda Lawson, Mabank; and Terry Cagle,
Frost; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Brandon Bell, Robert Wallace Jr., Bruce Fielder,
Shannon Reynolds, Derek Dean and Kevin Scott.
Services for Wilton Leroy Jackson, 74, Trinidad, were held April 25,
2009, at the Trinidad Cemetery with Melvin Jackson officiating under the
direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Jackson was born Dec. 19, 1934, in Palmer to the late Nora and Ira Jack
Jackson and died April 22, 2009, in Trinidad.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He was a paint contractor in the area for 19 years before becoming ill
earlier this year.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years Darlene Jackson, Trinidad; sons
Wade and Vicki Jackson, Trinidad; Kenneth Dean Jackson, Wichita Falls;
14 loving brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.
John Humphrey Jr.
A memorial service for John Humphrey Jr., 78, Mabank, will be held at 1
p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Humphrey was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Tuscalosa, Ala., to the late
Clarice Hawkins and John B. Humphrey and died April 26, 2009, at the
East Texas Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ricky Humphrey and daughter
He was a credit manager in sales.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years Billie Humphrey; sons Joey
Humphrey, Hoschton, Ga.; and Robert Crawford, Malakoff; daughters
Melissa Humphrey, Mabank; and Pat Hennin, Crandall; sister Martha Jean
Hathcock; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.