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May 17, 2012

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Pat Earle
Services for Pat Leroy Earle, 59, of Dallas, are set for May 11, 2012, at the Grove Hill Funeral Home with Pastors Gary Earle and Cody Westbrook officiating.
Earle was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Dallas, to Claudia Ruth and Louie Ollie Earle and died May 6, 2012, after a long battle with complications from diabetes.
He graduated Lake Highlands High School in 1971 and attended Stephen F. Austin and University of Texas in Austin.
In his junior year, he discovered his kidneys were failing and would require hemodialysis.
In 1981, he was given a kidney from his sister, Regina. He lived another 31 years making him the longest living recipient of a kidney transplant in Dallas.
He retired from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department after having served 25 years as a deputy for the Lew Sterrett County Jail System.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Gary Lynn Earle.
Survivors include his mother; sisters Cindy Davis and husband Rick, Regina Westbrook and husband David; nieces and nephews Gary and Shondi Earle, Amanda Self, Jamie DeWitt and Cody, Caleb and Conner Westbrook; numerous past and present friends and coworkers from the Cedar Creek Lake area and surrounding counties.

Olia McWright
Graveside services for Olia Mae McWright, 88, of Kerens, were held May 12, 2012, at Hamlin Cemetery in Hamlin under the direction of Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home, in Malakoff.
McWright was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Plasterco, to Celia Ewing and George Essary and died May 10, 2012.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband J. L. McWright and son Harvie McWright.
Survivors include her sons, Gary McWright and wife Paula, of Mabank, Lary McWright and wife Dottie, of Channing; sisters Margret and Nancy Essary; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Patricia Verm
Services for Patricia Ann Verm, 63, of Kaufman, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Hickory Square in Kaufman.
Verm was born March 19, 1949, to Norma and Otto Joe Burson and died April 25, 2012, after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her son, Michael Verm and wife Debbie, of Conroe; granddaughter Destini Nicole Verm; and her best friend, Myrna Floyd, of Kaufman.
Hickory Square is located at 108 W. Hickory.


David King
Services for David Lloyd King, 89, of Kemp, are set for May 15, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank, with interment following at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville.
King was born March 25, 1923, in Ferris, to Mary R. and Huby L. King and died May 12, 2012.
He graduated from Ferris High School in 1941 and from the Southwestern Graduate School of banking at SMU in 1960.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bill and Charles King.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joni Harrington King; children David L. King Jr. and wife Theresa of Canton, Kathy Smith and husband Jerry of Combine and Greg King and wife Tracie of Crandall; grandchildren Chris Smith, Candice Roderick, Aaron, Matthew and Joshua King and Rebecca Clemons; 10 great-grandchildren and special caregivers Debbie Svoboda and Sam Maddox.
He worked for six years for Farmers and Merchants St. Bank in Ferris, and Seagoville State Bank in Seagoville for 36 years as president, chairman of the board and chairman emeritus for 10 years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years including three years in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
He also served as: Chairman of Board Dallas Osteopath Hospital, Director of Southeast Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Chairman of Texas Banking Association Installment Section Region V, and with the Seagoville Community Chest, Seagoville Lions Club American Legion, Seagoville City Council for two terms, Seagoville Zoning Board, Seagoville Chamber of Commerce and as treasurer of City of Seagoville and was a member of the Cedar Creek Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Plus, 3100 McKinnon St., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201.
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Rose Scoma
Services for Rose Scoma, 93, of Gun Barrel City, are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, (today) at the Moorhead Epps Funeral Home Chapel in Gun Barrel City, officiated by Rev. Forest Nichols.
Scoma was born July 7, 1918, in San Antonio, and died May 10, 2012, at her home with her family by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawrence Scoma, daughter Shirley Kinter and granddaughter Sheryl Lynn Young.
Survivors include her grandson, Tommy Young and his wife Chanda; great-grandchildren Ashleigh, Jamie and James Blaylock, Cynthia Semity and her husband, Ernie, Christopher Young and his wife, Brandy; seven great-great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Leon Graupman
A celebration of life for Leon “Lee” Arthur Graupman, 86, of Forney, are set for 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the club house of Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp, located at 18392 Country Club Dr., in Kemp.
He will be cremated with services by Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Graupman was born Nov. 25, 1925, and died May 10, 2012.
He was active in the Navy pilot training program during World War II. After his time in the military, he earned his master’s degree in education, beginning a long and loved career as teacher, coach, and administrator.
He coached at the high school and college levels in Wisconsin, Colo., California, and Texas, instilling honor and respect in many young athletes.
Continuing his love for education, he spent the rest of his working years in administration, where he retired as vice president of Eastfield College in Dallas.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed heckling others about their game from the comfort of his back porch.
Survivors include his sons Mark and wife Ruth, David and wife Suzanne; grandchildren Rebecca and husband Jason, Cameron, Kelley, and Camille; brother Bill Graupman and wife Nancy; many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite Tx, 75150. Include the memo Eastfield College general scholarship fund Lee Graupman Account.


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