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Obituaries


Linda Tank
Services for Linda Leith Tank, 69, were held June 6, 2011, at the St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Tank was born Dec. 25, 1941, to Billy Jean and Denny Snider and died June 2, 2011.
She was a member of the St. Jude’s Catholic Church and was active with the Lady of the Lake Women’s Guild.
Tank was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, G. Peter Tank; sons Chris and Peter Tank; sister Julie Pritchett; and grandchildren Dylan and Lauren Tank Pritchett.

Thomas Smygelski
Services for Thomas Charles “Tommy” Smygelski, 63, were held June 11, 2011, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Woodard officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Combine, under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Smygelski was born July 8, 1947, in Ringo, N.J., to Arlene Newland and Henry Thomas Smygelski and died May 28, 2011, at his home in Seven Points with family and friends at his side.
He was a hard-working, self-employed carpenter and mechanic.
“Tommy” lived to fish, hunt and do woodwork.
Smygelski was a foster parent for several years and a hospice patient for two and half years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Victor Stanley and Henry Thomas Pluckie; sister Arlene Marie Wilson; and son Thomas Charles Smygelski.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Betty “B.J.” Smygelski; son David Halloway; brother Dennis Grinstaff; sisters Connie Ann Adams and Constance Pluckie; numerous other family members and many friends.

James Kennedy
Memorial services for James Harold “J.K.” Kennedy, 64, of Payne Springs, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 170 Shady Shore Drive in Leisure Land, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Kennedy was born Nov. 24, 1946, in Ranger to Rosabell and Delbart Kennedy and died June 6, 2011, in Payne Springs.
He loved to work and enjoyed helping people and animals.
Kennedy earned his high school diploma and was very proud of being in a family of 14 siblings that graduated high school.
He began his working career as a diesel mechanic and ended his career as a carpenter.
“J.K.” moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area in 1975.
He was Baptist by faith. He was a member of the Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Balch Springs, where he had been a Sunday school teacher and loved to sing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Kennedy, Payne Springs; daughter Tammy Renee Stokes and husband Jay, Oklahoma; son Paul Kennedy and wife Angela, Payne Springs; grandchildren Paige, Cody, Tanner, Dillan, Garrett, Piper and Madison; four brothers and four sisters.

Larry Eden
Memorial services with military honors for Larry David Eden, 63, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie.
Eden was born Aug. 30, 1947, in Bryan, to Ruby Irene Anderson and Guy Foster Eden and died June 6, 2011, at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Dallas.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Donna Lynn Eden; children Christy Lynn Eden; Thomas Keith Eden; Amanda Dennis Walley and husband Christopher Scott; brothers Travis Foster Eden and Thomas Gene Eden; sister Wanda Irene Frenzel and husband Gerald; grandchildren Meredith Ellen and James Davis Walley; numerous other family members and many friends.

Arlin Mullinax
Graveside services for Arlin David “Al” Mullinax, 94, of Gun Barrel City, were held June 8, 2011, in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank with the Rev. Chuck Weber officiating, under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Mullinax was born June 9, 1916, in Jacksboro to Della Pearl Willis and James Lonnie Mullinax and died June 6, 2011, at his home in Gun Barrel City.
He farmed for many years in the Morton area.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Peggy Mullinax; daughter Pat Arnold; son Bill McClure and wife Dianne; brothers Mervin and Porter Mullinax; sister Hazel Skinner; grandchildren John David Tyson, Brent McClure, Chris Hornsby, Allison Lawson, James, Cheyenne, Shawnee, Jake, Blake and Brittany McClure; nine great-grandchildren; numerous other family members and many friends.

Mozelle Whidby
Services for Mozelle Whidby, 90, were held June 10, 2011, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Interment followed in the Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Whidby was born March 2, 1921, in Quitman to Ida Bell Tanton and William N. Thornhill and died June 6, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
As a young girl of 16, she was a pianist and organist.
For the last 27 years, Whidby played the organ for the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, where she was one of the original members.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Paul N. Whidby.
Survivors include son Paul R. Whidby and wife Janet; daughter Wanda Besson and husband Peter; grandchildren Kelly, Stephen, Brian and Christina; great-grandchildren David Paul, Austen, Alissa, Dillon, Katyln and Jason; brother Ruben Thornhill; sisters Lois Harris and Dois Sparks; other family members and friends.

 

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