A memorial service for Stephen Ray Nelms, 57, will be held at a later
Nelms was born July 13, 1951, in Honey Grove to the late Betty Ann
Crossland and Herschel Ray Nelms and died May 22, 2009.
He had been a resident of Ben Wheeler since Oct. 2008, formerly living
in Mabank for 14 years.
He was self-employed, specializing in tape and bedding.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years Jackie Nelms, Ben Wheeler;
daughter Celena Duarte and husband Micah, Ben Wheeler; son Jason Nelms
and wife Anisa, Payne Springs; brothers Roger Nelms, Mabank; and Mike
Nelms, Dallas; and grandchildren Desaray, Harlie, Jason and Justin.
A memorial service and celebration of life for William C. “Dub” McCarty,
79, Athens, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2009, at The
Cain Center in Athens.
McCarty was born June 13, 1929, in Scurry County to Maggie Mae and
Dorsey McCarty and died May 22, 2009, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents Maggie and Homer Griffin and
Dorsey McCarty, half-brother Dorsey McCarty and aunt Emma Roberta
Throughout his life McCarty made community service and camaraderie an
In 1985, he took early retirement from a career in corporate group
insurance management in Dallas to begin a fire and casualty insurance
business at Cedar Creek Lake, later, opening an additional office in
While at Cedar Creek Lake, he served as president of the Cedar Creek
Chamber of Commerce and was a driving force in the establishment of The
Library at Cedar Creek Lake, becoming a member of the initial library
board of directors.
He also presided over the Cedar Creek Kiwanis Club and was Division 26
Lieutenant Governor for two terms.
The Cedar Creek Chamber of Commerce bestowed a Lifetime Achievement
Award to him for his dedication and service to the community. He chaired
the Henderson County Republican Party for eight years until 2007.
In 1999, he and his wife JoAnn moved to Athens.
They were both active in the Athens community. He became the
secretary-treasurer of the Athens Kiwanis Club and a member of the
Athens Rotary Club.
He was a big supporter of the Kiwanis annual pancake breakfast and chili
He was a member of the advisory committee for the recent expansion of
the Henderson County Jail.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and a 32nd Degree
Mason for more than 50 years.
He graduated from Lamesa High School and served in the U.S. Army during
the Korean Conflict.
In Lamesa, he was involved in the retail clothing business, owning Mac’s
He also served the Order of DeMolay Dad in Lamesa and was a longtime Boy
Scout troop leader in that community.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years JoAnn; daughter Cynthia Weatherby
and grandson Cole Weatherby; Mary Lou Kromer, her husband Lanny and his
children Kyle Kromer and Michelle Cummings and their children Kristen
and Preston Kromer and Daniel Cummings; half-brother Dorval McCarty and
his sons and daughters; his “babies” Dolly, a Schipperke, and two
Miniature Schnauzers Cricket and Mitzi, the orphan of his recently
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The
Library at Cedar Creek Lake, P.O. Box 43165, Seven Points, TX 75143.
Services for Peggy Parish, 65, were held May 26, 2009, at the Trinity
Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Okla. The Rev. Cathy Hamrick officiated.
Burial was in Park Grove Cemetery under the direction of Hayhurst
Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Parish was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Idabel, Okla., to Norma Bozarth and
Gilbert Gorden and died May 24, 2009, at her home in Broken Arrow, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her father Gilbert Gorden.
She attended Idabel schools and received a bachelor’s degree in
elementary education from East Central State University in Ada, Okla.
She married Don Parish Feb. 19, 1961, in Idabel, Okla.
In 1980, they moved to Broken Arrow, Okla., from Tulsa, Okla.
She was a homemaker and taught elementary education for a number of
She enjoyed reading, going to the beach or being outdoors with her
She was a member of WINGS Cancer Support Group and Trinity Presbyterian
Survivors include her husband, Don Parish, Broken Arrow; daughter
Jennifer and husband Charles Moll, Broken Arrow, Okla.; sons Philip and
wife Nicole Parish, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Derrik Parish, Claremore,
Okla.; mother Norma Gorden, Idabel, Okla.; grandchildren Sarah and
Rachel Parish, Aaron, Donnie and Angela Parish, Breanna Moll; sister Pat
and husband Ben Akard, Wagoner, Okla.; brother Guy and wife Beverly
Gorden, Enchanted Oaks; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be sent to The America Cancer Society,
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123.
Services for Karl W. Anderson, 89, were held at 10 a.m. May 28, 2009
(today), at the Arlington Funeral Home Chapel.
Anderson was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. and died May
Survivors include his wife Janet Anderson; stepsons Chris Hart and wife
Donna; Tyler Hart and wife Dee Dee; and Jonathan Hart; stepdaughter
Georgia Stanley and husband Everett; 12 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; nephew Brad Thomas and wife Michelle; niece Karen
Rains and husband Steve; and brother-in-law Keith Thomas.
Damon Smith Jr.
Services for Damon Deshay Smith Jr., infant, Athens, were held May 23,
2009, at the Macedonia Church in Caney City with the Rev. La Wanda
Robertson and Minister Shadenia Jones officiating. Burial was in Steen
Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Smith was born Jan. 13, 2009, in Athens and died May 17, 2009, in East
Texas Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Janie Richardson in
Survivors include his parents Brenda Joyce Richardson and Damon Deshay
Smith Sr., Athens; maternal great-grandmother Anita Smith, Malakoff;
maternal grandfather Isom Richardson, Caney City; paternal grandfather
Roger Tarver, Malakoff; paternal grandparents Shelia and Arthur
Smith-Thomas, Malakoff; brothers Devarrius Richardson, Athens; and
Deondre Richardson, Athens; sisters Jamica and Jamia King, Birmingham,
Ala; and Diajianna Richardson, Athens; uncles Jermichael Hart, Malakoff;
and Isom Richardson Jr., Malakoff; aunt Janice Richardson, Malakoff.
Ruth Marie Williams
Services for Ruth Marie Williams, 87, San Antonio, were held May 26,
2009, at the Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville under the
direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Williams was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Normangee to Mabel McGee and Aubrey
A. Cox and died May 21, 2009, in San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Doyle Williams;
daughter Judith Davault and sister Sybil Cox Stevens.
She grew up in Mexia and graduated from Mexia High School and attended
Sam Houston State Teachers College.
While attending college, she married Gilbert Williams in 1942. He was
serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. She gave birth to
Carol during this time.
After the war, they settled in Dallas and she had two more children,
Judy and Allen.
She was a homemaker and proudly raised the three children.
In 1982, she went to work as a screening associate in admitting at
In 1982, she and her husband retired to their home on Cedar Creek Lake.
She loved living on the lake and was active in the women’s societies in
the Methodist Church. She and her daughter Judy, sang in the church
choir for many years.
She loved sports and was a true hometown fan. You could always see her
in front of the TV cheering for the Cowboys, Mavericks or the Stars. She
was an avid fan of golf.
During the last six months of her life, she relocated to assisted living
at Morningside Manor. Within a month she was on the welcoming committee,
serving at many functions and was a cookie maker. She enjoyed attending
many events with her family. She will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her sister-in-law Dixie Little, Duncanville; daughter
Carol Rippa, San Antonio; son Allen Williams, North Richland Hills;
granddaughters Jill Ammann, San Antonio; Wendy Brylak, San Antonio;
Holly Weihl, Arvada, Colo.; Sarah Ohgushi, Portland, Ore.; Karen Gandy,
Jacksonville; Jennifer Davault, Jacksonville; grandsons David Davault,
Tyler; Todd Devault, Tyler; Danny Williams, Bryan; Nicholas Williams,
North Richland Hills; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family requests donations in her memory be made to Morningside
Manor, 602 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78201.
Billy Don Harris
Services for Billy Don Harris, Emory, were held May 22, 2009, at the
First Assembly of God Church in Malakoff. Interment was in Post Oak
Cemetery in Malakoff under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in
Harris was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Gilmer and died May 19, 2009, in
He was preceded in death by his parents Salley and James Parker Harris
and his wife of 40 years Patricia in 2005.
He lived in Sunnyvale before moving to Emory, where he lived for the
past 10 years.
Survivors include a special love Sherry Wright, Frisco; son Jimmy Harris
and wife Teresa, Royse City; daughters Tammy and husband Jim Jenkins,
Grand Prairie; Stacy and husband Richard Wiegel, Forney; brother Red
Harris and wife Vera, Sunnyvale; sisters Lawana Bryant, Bridgeport; Sue
Richardson, Diana; Shirley McDonald, Emory; and Eva Fleming, Garland;
and six grandchildren.