Services for Jerry Edwin Hudson, Gun Barrel City, were held April 30,
2007, at the New Hope Funeral Home in Sunnyvale.
Hudson was born Sept. 3, 1938, and died April 27, 2007.
He was a retired driver for Hadley Auto Transport for more than 30
Survivors include his wife of 25 years Rose Ragsdale Hudson; children
Ricky Hudson and wife Tammy; Kenneth Brennan and wife Debbie; Teresa
Prewitt and husband Klent; and Kahla Brennan; eight grandchildren and
Services for Bennie Mae Auldridge, 65, Kemp, were held May 2, 2007, at
Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with R.J. Stevens
officiating. Interment followed in the King Cemetery near Kemp in the
Auldridge was born Feb. 21, 1942, in Cooper, the daughter of James Otis
and Edith Etaw (Roland) Hooten and died April 28, 2007, in Irving. She
was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Shelby Hooten.
She married Archie Auldridge Oct. 16, 1959, in Cooper and they lived in
Kaufman County since 1982. She worked at Mesquite schools for 10 years
and was Church of Christ by faith.
Survivors include her husband of more than 47 years Archie Auldridge,
Kemp; son Rickey Auldridge, Mesquite; daughter Tammie Rhoades and
husband Phil, Garland; grandchildren Johnathan Myers, Jeffery Myers,
Jimmy Auldridge, Matthew Auldridge and Miccah Auldridge; brother James
Alvin Hooten, Commerce; sister Elma Lois Boyd and husband James,
Charleston; numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Ricky Auldridge, Johnathan Myers, Jeffery Myers, Jimmy
Auldridge, James Hooten, Phil Rhoades, Matthew Auldridge and Miccah
Etta May Tapley
Services for Etta May Tapley, 68, Mabank, were held April 22, 2007, at
the First Assembly of God Church in Malakoff, with Bro. Ken Jones
officiating. Interment followed in the Malakoff Cemetery under the
direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Tapley was born April 20, 1938, in Blooming Grove to the late Lenard
Carl and Lovie D. Murdock and died April 18, 2007, in Tyler. She was
preceded in death by her parents, and husband James Ellis Tapley Sr.
She worked as a supervisor in the hotel industry and loved her family
and sports. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in
Survivors include daughters Pam and Cliff Hinds, Kemp; Kim and Gene
Smith, Eureka; sons James and Sherry Tapley, Ben Wheeler; and Carl and
Paula Tapley, Frankston; grandchildren Haylea Hinds, Kemp; J.D., Heather
and Faith Tapley, Ben Wheeler; Wes, Wade and Jesse Smith, Eureka; Russ
Tapley, Frankston; dear friends of Pecan Grove Apartments in Mabank; and
her beloved companion Toots, Mabank.
Graveside services for Aaron Ernest Morgan were held April 30, 2007, in
the Athens Cemetery under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral
Morgan was born Jan. 12, 2007, and died April 26, 2007.
A memorial service for Les Smith, 56, Eustace, was held April 28, 2007,
at Grace Fellowship Outreach Church in Eustace under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Smith was born Sept. 23, 1950, in Dallas and died April 25, 2007, in
He had lived most of his life in Eustace and was of the Pentecostal
faith. He was kind, loving and courteous and was one-of-a-kind. He was a
Survivors include his daughters Monica Smith Williams, Eustace; Christie
Perkins, Seagoville; and Alisha Drohn, Eustace; sons Leslie Laster Smith
III, Gun Barrel City; and Timothy Smith, Eustace; one grandchild;
brothers Gene Smith and Jimmie Smith, both of Dallas; other family
members and many friends.
Services for Harvella “Harvey” Trout, 88, Athens, were held April 28,
2007, in Post. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery in Post under the
direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Trout was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Post to Elgie Stewart and Cordelia
Wilburn and died April 26, 2007, in Athens.
She was a florist and was a member of Graham Chapel Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter Annette Trout and husband Jack, Athens;
sister Nell Adams, Athens; and a host of other relatives.
Pallbearers were Richard Trout, Johnny Mac Brown, Cody Cook, Sidney
Frymire, Mike McKinney, Nicholas Veach and Cody Crow.
Jack Andrew Morrison, 74, Mabank, was born Jan. 29, 1933, in San
Francisco, Calif. and died April 28, 2007, in Dallas. Arrangements are
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Morrison was a house painter and had lived in Mabank since 1976. He was
a loving man and good father. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and
served during the Korean War.
Survivors include his sons Timothy Morrison and wife Vivian, Mabank; and
Troy Morrison, Mabank; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
brother Harold Morrison and wife Patricia, Mabank; nieces, nephews,
other family members and many friends.
Billy Ray Bruner
Services for Billy Ray Bruner, 80, Mabank, were held May 1, 2007, at
Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Todd
Peavy officiating. Interment followed in Baker Cemetery, Tolosa
Community near Kemp.
Bruner was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Dallas to Lloyd and Etta (Ernest)
Bruner and died April 28, 2007, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by
his parents, daughter Cathy Farrald, son Pete Bruner, grandson James,
daughter-in-law Vicky René Bruner and sister Geneva Miller.
He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was
a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in DeSoto for a number of
He was an automobile mechanic and a part-time Baptist minister,
affiliated with the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Mabank.
Survivors include his wife Tissie (Beall) Bruner, Mabank; sons David
Bruner and fiancé Linda, Scurry; Terry Bruner and wife Sheila, Rice;
Weldon Ashton, Fort Stocton; and David Ashton and wife Daina, Irving;
daughters Patricia Bruner Dennis and husband Ernie, Abilene; Donna
Vaughan, Crandall; and Lois Bruner, Mabank; 18 grandchildren; 26
great-grandchildren; half brothers Junior Bruner, Scurry; Roger Dale
Bruner, Lively; Billy Jack Bruner, Lively; and Mark Lynn Bruner, Kemp;
half sisters Connie Bruner, Kemp; and Bonnie Bruer, Kemp; stepmother
Ester Bruner, Kemp; numerous relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Jesse Moles, Josh Vaughan, Chris Vaughan, Tony Vaughan,
Marcus Farrall and Boomer Bruner.
Graveside services for Jimmy “Jimbo” Lamar Norris were held April 29,
2007 at Tool Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in
Norris was born Jan. 27, 1961, in Long Beach, Calif., to James and Melba
Joyce Norris and died April 25, 2007, at his home in Trinidad with
family members who loved him deeply.
He was preceded in death by his mother Melba Joyce, grandparents C.C.
“Son” and Lilllian Collins and Clark and Hazel Norris, and the mother of
his sons Tammy Norris.
He had fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and amazed all
who knew him with his incredible will and strength to face each day.
He had great devotion to his children and endured sacrifices for them.
He desired for them to be happy and to prosper. They were the love of
Friends he met late in his life through Hospice of Cedar Lake include
Beverly Linton, Debbie and Mike Ferguson and Patsy McSpadden.
Survivors include his children Tyler and Miles Norris, Trinidad; and
Brianna Norris, Ennis; father James Norris, Trinidad; sister and
brothers-law Leslie and John Cayce, Longview; brother and sister-in-law
Vincent and Tanya Norris, Trinidad; niece Maci Estes; and nephews Jason
Monroe and wife Tamara, Aaron Reimer, Dusty Norris, Dakota Norris,
Nicolas Estes and Cameron Norris; great-nephew Cole Monroe; aunts,
uncles, cousins and special friends.
Pallbearers were his devoted friends Ernest Jenkins and Howard Monroe
and family members Michael Collins, Mark Hardin, Jason Monroe, Mickey
Garcia, Aaron Reimer and Dusty Norris.
Honorary pallbearers were the 2006 Trinidad Trojan football team and
Blue and gold or Trojan attire were acceptable. Jimmy wouldn’t have it
any other way.
Cristal Anay Miranda
Services for Cristal Anay Miranda, infant, Athens, were held April 27,
2007, in Athens under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Cristal Anay Miranda was born April 23, 2007, in Athens to Gladis and
Francisco Miranda and died April 26, 2007, in Presbyterian Hospital in
Survivors include her parents and brother Cristian Joel Rodales, of
Athens; and her grandparents Juon Moreno and Maura Almendares.
Funeral services for W.D. Williams, 71, Kemp, were held April 28, 2007,
at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dee Daniels officiating. Burial
was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar
Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Williams was born Nov. 11, 1936, in England, Ark. and died April 26,
2007, in Kemp. He was preceded in death by his parents Dean and Kathy
Previously of Garland, he had lived in Kemp for the past 24 years and
worshipped with the Church of Christ.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars in Seven Points.
Survivors include his wife Minnie Williams, Kemp; daughters Melba Slack,
Kemp; Juanita Gipson, Kemp; Judy Mize, Seven Points; Vickie Foley,
Merit; and Mary Farrar, Farmersville; son Walter Williams, Greenville;
13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for James “Al” High, 86, Payne Springs, was held May
1, 2007, at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Malakoff with Dr. Bob Henley
and the Rev. Alan Hobgood officiating under the direction of Eubank
Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
High was born Nov. 23, 1920, in Charleston, W.V. and died April 28,
2007, in Kemp.
Previously of St. Albans, W.V., he had lived in Payne Springs since
1983, and was a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church. He was a
weight master at Union Carbide and retired Dec. 31, 1981, after 40 years
Survivors include his wife Jane High, Payne Springs; sons James Allen
High II and wife Debra, Eustace; Chuck Rodgers and wife Sharon, Tool;
and Mike Rodgers and wife Kathy, Proctorville, Ohio; sister Helen Myers,
Payne Springs; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Joe McClung Sr.
Services for Joe David McClung Sr. were held May 2, 2007, at
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman with Pastor Joe Watson
officiating. Interment followed in Morrow Chapel Cemetery in the Ola
McClung was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Dallas to Lonnie and Sallie Cox
McClung and died April 28, 2007, in a Tyler hospital.
He was raised in the Rylie Community and lived most of his life in the
He entered the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was in the
1st Infantry Division from 1966 to 1969, and was known as Charlie Ranger
He received the Purple Heart along with many other medals.
Oct. 25, 1980, he married Margaret Whipple in Mississippi.
Survivors include his wife Margaret, Eustace; son Joe David McClung Jr.,
Canton; mother of his son Dorothy McClung; mother Sallie McClung, Balch
Springs; stepsons Terry Morris, Robert Morris and Mike Morris, all of
Flint, Mich.; stepdaughter Roberta Kopko, Franklin, Tenn.; brothers L.J.
McClung, Balch Springs, Darrell McClung, Forney; Lyndon McClung, Ben
Wheeler; and Bryon McClung, Forney; six grandchildren; many nieces,
nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.