Masonic graveside services for Terrell W. Elam, 90, Gun Barrel City will be held at 2
p.m., Thursday (today), May 27, 2010, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, under the direction
of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Elam was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Columbia County, Ark., to Mittie Waters and George W. Elam
and died May 24, 2010, at his home following a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 57 years Dorothy Horton Elam, brothers
Wesley Jack, Doyle, Wayne and Aubrey Shine Elam and sister Jewell Elam
Known to his family and friends as T.W. or Preacher, he was a 55 year Mason
affiliated with the A.C. Garrett Lodge No. 1216 in Dallas.
He was retired from the Resistol Hat Factory.
He had a passion for deer hunting and enjoyed nothing more than spending time at the Red
River County Deer Camp.
Survivors include his beloved companion of 15 years Tassie Schiffhouer, Gun Barrel City;
her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host
of loving friends.
Services for Rita Giles, 53, Mabank, were held May 21, 2010, at the Liberty Baptist Church
in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Dennis Woods officiating under the direction of Eubank
Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Giles was born March 14, 1957, in Orange and died May 17, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Grover Scales and brother Gordon Scales.
Previously of Orange, she had resided in Mabank for 28 years and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn Giles, Mabank; son Jody Dale Scales, Orange; daughter
Stacy Lynn Carpenter, Mabank; granddaughters Kelsey Dover, Mabank; and Karly Campbell,
Dallas; mother Maidell Scales, Orange; brother Jody Thibedeaux and wife Valerie,
Kirbyville; sister Rose Cox and husband Kenneth, Hico; several aunts, uncles, cousins and
many loving friends.
Military graveside services for James Preston Creech, 86, Tool, were held May 26, 2010, at
the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with Brother Ed Brennan officiating under the
direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Creech was born Jan. 6, 1924, in Dallas to Jewell and Marvin Frank Creech and died May 21,
2010 after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
After high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942.
He served in World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific campaign, European-African theatre and
the American theatre.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to North Texas State University and
received a degree in business.
He became a manufacturers representative for several companies retiring from Coulter
Steel and Forge and Fansteel.
He enjoyed teaching Sunday School at the First Baptist Church of Tool, where he was a
member. He also enjoyed fishing and working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; daughters Susan Johnson and husband Richard; Staci Boyd
and husband Dana; grandsons Jason Boyd and wife Ashley and Taylor Johnson;
great-grandchildren Titus and Noel Boyd; sister Lillian Trees and husband Ira; many
wonderful nieces and nephews.
Jerry Ed Gray
A private memorial service for Jerry Ed Gray, 62, Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later
date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Gray was born April 4, 1948, in Greenville and died May 14, 2010, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie and Eddie Gray, brother Sammy Gray and
nephew Sammy Gray.
He had resided in Gun Barrel City most of his life and was a loving family man who loved
to fish and loved his music.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Gray, Gun Barrel City; children Richard McClung, Linda
Kennimen, Renay Strain, Tamara Chandler, Jeri Diane Taylor, John Crecy, Candy Gray, Sherry
Gray, Wesley Monk, Jeremy Monk and Kimberly Gray; sisters Judy, Patsy, Dorothy, Betty,
Nellie and Aileen; special friend Timmy Johns; 20 grandchildren; other family members and
Services for John Doyle Cox, 85, Kemp, were held May 26, 2010, at the Anderson Clayton
Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp.
Cox was born July 7, 1924, in McGregor, to Beulah Mitchell and Virgil Cox and died May 22,
2010, in Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister.
He loved spending time with his family, water skiing, sailing, bowling and gardening.
He was a member of the Rotarians and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
He retired from American Airlines as a pilot, and served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot
during World War II.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Pacific Theatre Medal, World War
II Victory Medal and six battle stars.
Survivors include his wife Beth Cox, Kemp; daughters Jeanne Marchell and husband Robert,
Big Sandy; Marcia Haman and husband Mark, Southlake; and Mica Cooper and husband Steven,
Parker, Colo.; sister Wanda Buttorff, Missouri; brother Lynn Pettigrew, California;
grandchildren John Hight, Jodi Hight Carter, Julie Weninger and husband Brett, Cory
Cooper, Kyle Haman and Scott Haman; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.