Services for Robert “Bob” Weldon Vinson, 65, Prairieville Community, were held May 31, 2008, in the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Revs. Ned Mullins and Byron Jones officiating. Interment followed in Four Mile Cemetery in Van Zandt County.
Vinson was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Dallas and died May 29, 2008, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred Werner and Earnest Weldon “Blackie” Vinson, father-in-law Willie “Joe” Finley and niece Linda Lorene Nutt.
He grew up in Duncanville and was baptized in the First Christian Church of Duncanville at age 13. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1960, and served four years active duty in the Pacific Fleet as a salvage diver on the USS Safeguard and the USS Conserver.
He married Patsy Finley May 29, 1965, in the Duncanville Christian Church. They had three children Suzanna “Suzie,” Ronald “Eddie” and Jason W. Vinson. The family lived in Lancaster from 1965 to 1971, when they moved to the Prairieville community north of Mabank.
He was a residential carpenter specializing in framing.
He was a member of the Panther Stadium committee, one of the founders of the Tri-County Soccer Association and helped in many community events for the Mabank ISD.
He loved helping people and bringing laughter to everyone he was around.
The way you knew he loved you was the pranks he pulled on you.
His greatest love was fishing, camping and spending time with his wife of 43 years, kids and grandkids.
He treated all kids as his own, and they will remember him being there for their endeavors and sharing the special moments.
His kids and grandkids will remember the pile of sand and the play area he set up for them and their friends.
His favorite mother-in-law, Ruth, will remember the love he gave her like his own mother.
Big sisters Jeanette Vaughan and Anita Nutt will remember the love he had for them and the aggravation of a little brother.
Survivors include his wife Patsy Finely Vinson; daughter Suzanna “Suzie” Vinson; sons Ronald “Eddie” Vinson and wife Shannon; Jason W. Vinson and wife Heather; grandchildren Nathan, Joe, Shyanne and Matthew Vinson, all of Mabank; sisters Jeanette Vaughan and husband Robert, Garland; and Anita Nutt and husband Junior, Emory; mother-in-law Ruth Finley, Mabank; brother-in-law Bill Finley, Eustace; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
James B. Mullins
Services for James B. Mullins, 84, Mabank, were held June 2, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eston Williams and Chaplain Terry Mullins officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mullins was born March 9, 1924, in Stratford, Okla., and died May 31, 2008, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents Audie Mae and Ben F. Mullins, brother Fred Mullins and stepmother Lenny Mullins.
He was a resident of Mabank for the past 28 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was a dispatcher and retired from the Santa Fe Railroad after 37 years service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years Jo Ann Mullins, Mabank; daughters Rebecca Ann Keffer and husband John, Graham; Kathy Neill and husband Mike, Mesquite; and Debbie Henry and husband Glenn, Grand Prairie; son James Mullins and wife Susan, Clarksville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Mullins; Paul Mullins and wife Melody; and Alan Mullns and wife Donna; sisters Barbara Shipp and husband Harmon; Janice Spurlock and husband W.A.; Margaret Marney and husband Guy; Joyce Mutcher and husband Carl; and Reva Thomas and husband Mike.
Douglas Crickmore Jr.
Services for Douglas Alan Crickmore Jr., 2, Kemp, were held May 30, 2008, at Tomlinson Funeral Home with Todd Mabie officiating. Interment followed in Guthrie Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Crickmore was born Feb. 11, 2006, in Dayton, Ohio, son of Crystal Stoffers and Douglas Alan Crickmore Sr. and died May 27, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his parents; sister Rayna Crickmore; stepsister Truely McFaul; stepdad Christopher McFaul; grandfather Albert Stoffers; grandmother Cathy Stoffers; grandparents John and Regina Crickmore.
Services for Barbara Noegel, 49, Payne Springs, will be held at 5 p.m. June 6, 2008, at A Sinner’s Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Merchant officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Noegel was born July 5, 1958, in Galveston and died June 1, 2008, in Dallas.
Previously of Bastrop, she had resided in Payne Springs for the past eight years and was a member of A Sinner’s Hope Baptist Church. She was a cook.
Survivors include her son Aaron Noegel and fiancé Misti Forgason, Malakoff; daughter Meagan Noegel and fiancé David Didway, Payne Springs; brothers David Burch, Texas City; Michael Burch and wife Allison, Texas City; and Mark Burch, Farmington, N.M.; sisters Penny Burch, Payne Springs; and Laura Nix and husband Charles, Payne Springs; grandchildren Terrianna Slocum, Carissa Didway and Anna Wheeler.
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