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Etta James
Services for Etta Arminious Ryland Savage James, 84, of Timson, were held May 14, 2011, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park near Carthage.
James was born March 8, 1927, in Louisiana to Genie and Ed Ryland and died May 11, 2011, in Nacogdoches.
She was the 26th child of 27 children.
James was the granddaughter of Louisiana’s last living confederate veteran.
She grew up and attended high school in Louisiana.
Throughout her younger years, she was a successful business owner and entrepreneur.
James was known as a very classy lady and devoted Christian.
She stressed the importance of not only being a woman but a “lady” to her daughters.
James loved beautiful jewelry and fried chicken.
She became a very caring and lovely homemaker. In her spare time, she enjoyed singing in gospel groups, where she played the washtub and spoons.
James also enjoyed going to the casinos.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 25 siblings.
Survivors include her husband, Frank James; daughters Wanda Hogan and husband Jimmy, Mabank; Dot Hardin and husband Glenn, Rockwall; Tammie Jacks and husband Dale, Jasper; Naomi Oney and husband Wayne, Gilmer; sons Larry Savage, Galveston; Don Savage, Tyler; Pat Savage and wife Tina, Dekalb; sister Catherine McCormick and husband Mack; West Monroe, La.; 28 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Daniel Jacks, Karl Oney, Jr., Jonathon Daniel, Remington Savage, Solomon Savage and Matthew Jacks. David Netterville is serving as a honorary pallbearer.

Dottie Pirkle
Services for Dorothy “Dottie” Pirkle, 83, of Athens, were held for May 13, 2011, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens with Dr. Joe Warren officiating. Interment followed in the Athens Cemetery.
Pirkle was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Denison to Madie Cline and Clarence Luther and died May 10, 2011.
She enjoyed a 44-year career of teaching bridge that crossed Dallas and East Texas while touching the lives of more than 6,100 players.
Pirkle began teaching under the tutelage of Harry Weisz in Dallas in the 1960s.
She taught over 30 years in Dallas in various places like Bud Creed’s Valley View Studio, where she began her beloved novice games at Highland Park Methodist Church, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, the Jewish Community Center, the Dallas Women’s Club, Richland Junior College, Northwood Hills Country Club and the Dallas Country Club.
In 1990, Pirkle moved to East Texas, bringing her style of teaching duplicate bridge to Athens.
In July of 1990, Pirkle was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to the Novie Program by ACBL.
On June 30, 1993, Pirkle was recognized by ACBL as a Registered Bridge Teacher.
She reached Silver Life Master in November of 1997.
In 2004, she was awarded the Texas Star for her outstanding service to bridge from Unit 225, District 16 out of the American Contract Bridge League.
On July 21, 2007, the Dottie Pirkle Bridge Studio was opened, bearing her name, honoring her contributions to the game of bridge.
Pirkle received a Lifetime Service award on Jan. 7, 2009.
In January, 2010, Pirkle was awarded another star for reaching the goal of 2,000 master points.
Over the years, “bridge has taken her on some incredible journeys.”
She toured the world as a cruiseline bridge instructor.
Pirkle taught on more than 12 cruises, and visited many places around the globe, such as Casablanca and Egypt.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wylie Andrew Pirkle Jr. Jan. 14, 1992, and brother Clarence Cline Jr.
Survivors include sons Wylie A. Pirkle III and wife Sue Dee, LaRue; George Ronald Pirkle and wife Melody Dawn, Cedar Creek Lake; daughter Charlotte Laree Stull, Rockwall; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Darin Stull, Michael Stull, Bill Pirkle, Richard Pirkle, Ronald Pirkle and Trey Woolston.

A.B. Warrick
Services for A.B. Warrick, 71, Mabank, were held May 3, 2011, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Interment followed in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank.
Warrick was born April 29, 1940, in Salado to Gladys Emily Blackmon and Albert Benjamin Warrick Sr. and died April 30, 2011, in Van Zandt County.
He resided in Mabank for more than seven years and previously lived in Dallas and Red Oak.
Warrick was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish.
He was a Shriner and a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge, James Ladd Burees No. 1305 in Dallas.
Warrick was employed by Dresser Industries in Dallas for more than 40 years.
He also served as a board member of the Elm Grove Church.
Warrick loved his family – especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Warrick, Mabank; daughters Sandy King Brindley and husband John, Christi Swaggerty and husband Vance; grandchildren Royce King and fiance Shelley, Jacob King and wife Vicky, Brittany Harris and husband Bryan, Tyler Brindley, and Stuart Brindley and fiance Mallory; great-grandchildren Austin, Kaleb, Case-Man and Essence; sister Lois Lindquist; other family members and many friends.

Charles Stiff
A memorial service for veteran Cedar Creek Lake photojournalist Charles Benjamin Stiff, 76, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with Bro. Mike Adalian officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Known as “Mr. Paparazzi,” Stiff was born to the late Nancy and Edward Stiff Oct. 13, 1934, in Blossom, and died of a sudden illness near the Tolosa community Monday, May 9, 2011.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he served from 1952-60 before being honorably discharged.
He worked for Southwestern Fire and Casualty Insurance in Dallas for many years as an underwriter.
He met his beloved Euthema in Dallas and they married Oct. 13, 1973 (his birthday, so he would never forget his anniversary).
Stiff and Euthema moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area in the late 1970s and immediately became involved in local politics.
He served on the Gun Barrel City Council and also served as mayor for one term, 1982-84.
During his term as mayor, Judge Johnny Garmon made Stiff the city’s Police Commissioner.
Stiff’s passion was photography, particularly taking photographs of high school and college sporting events, as well as other activities involving young people of the community. He was returning home from one such assignment, covering Kemp High School’s spring sports banquet, when he was stricken.
He often wrote letters of recommendation to colleges and coaches, seeking scholarship opportunities for area students.
Each Christmas, he would purchase a turkey and present it to a needy family in the area.
Stiff was widely respected by school officials, co-workers, Congressmen, judges, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and many friends, who will miss that mischievous smirk he always gave you.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Euthema, and a son, Michael.
He is survived by a son, Bradley Stiff of North Carolina, and two granddaughters, Lauren and Bailey Stiff of Goldthwaite.

 

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