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Memorial services for Jeffrey Lynn “J.J.” Council Jr., 27, were held June 12, 2010, at the First Assembly of God Church in Kaufman under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Council was born Feb. 3, 1983, and died June 7, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather the Rev. D.G. Council.
He will be sorrowfully missed.
Survivors include his mother, Zeborah Higgins, Athens; father Jeff Council and wife Millie, Kaufman; brother Spec. Chad Higgins, U.S. Military; sisters Zandria Lemons and husband Kevin, Athens; Kimberlie Ritchson and husband Sgt. Chris Ritchson, Fort Carson, Colo.; Jennifer Council; Daylyn Council and Desaree Harkness, all of Kaufman; maternal grandparents Joyce and Wayne Greiger, Kemp; and Jerri and Jerry Hensley, Athens; paternal grandmother Dottie Ann Council, Kaufman; and uncle Jimmy Council.

Sallie Pennington
Graveside services for Sallie Jones Pennington, 83, Marshall, were held June 12, 2010, at the Andrews Cemetery in Karnack with the Rev. Robert “Bob” McCarty officiating under the direction of Downs Funeral Home in Marshall.
Pennington was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Parris Island, S.C., Beaufort County, to Ethel Boineau and Robert T. Jones and died June 7, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul D. Pennington Sr., son Paul D. Pennington Jr., brothers Marion D. Jones and Robert T. Jones Jr.
She was of the Christian faith, raising her children in a Christian home, and was affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Many children in the community were blest by “Ms. Penney.” She raised them like they were her own.
Survivors include her daughters, Diana Bailey and husband James, Marshall; Paula Kubecka and husband Dennis, Angleton; Peggy McCarty and husband Royce, Marshall; Mary Elaine Nichols and husband Steve, Plant City, Fla.: and Nancy Younger and husband Gene, Marshall; son Robert Pennington and wife Ronda, Mabank; daughter-in-law Karen Pennington, Vandalia, Mo.; grandchildren Wendy Kubecka Galloway, Sallie I. “Simmie” Kirkland, Jason D. Bailey, Mitchell W. Kubecka, Diana “Dee”
Moore, Aaron E. Younger III, Matthew C. Nichols, Jesse P. Younger, Alana A. Pennington, R. Micah Nichols, Kaitlyn K. Pennington, Ruston W. Pennington and Rhyan M. Pennington and 11 great-grandchildren.

Jim Gutierrez
Services for Jim Gutierrez, 65, Edom , were held June 9, 2010, at the Eubank Funeral Chapel with Bro. Terry Tarrant officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton .
Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery in Martins Mill.
Gutierrez was born April 30, 1945, in San Diego, Calif., to to Merlee Baskin and Emilio Gutierrez. and died June 7, 2010, surrounded by his wife Nelda and children Lance, Chad and Cori.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Emilio Gutierrez Jr.
After a few years in California , then Dallas , Jim’s family moved back to Martins Mill when he was in the sixth grade.
He graduated from Canton High School in 1963.
He was a sucessful athlete, playing basketball throughout his school years. It was a sport he remained passionate about for the rest of his life, serving as a scholastic referee and later as a Little Dribbler’s coach.
Gutierrez, along with his brothers, was gifted with musical talent at an early age.
Music played an enormous part of his life in many different ways. God blessed him as both vocalist and instrumentalist, which ultimately God used in powerful ways to minister through him.
After marrying Kay Douglas, his high school sweetheart in 1964, he surrendered to the gospel ministry, preaching locally, and serving as youth minister at the Martins Mill Baptist Church.
He and Kay also opened and operated Teen City Recreation in Athens for a short time.
During the years, he worked in a broad variety of fields, including many years as a country and western band leader and musician.
He was a former officer of the Canton Police Department.
He served as a house parent for the Oddfellow and Rebekkah’s Home for Children in Corsicana for two years.
In 1995, he completed training as a Doctor of Naturopathy, and worked in the health food industry until earlier this year.
He was a trusted consultant, and will be greatly missed by his many clients.
He attended Christ Fellowship in Canton and before that Zion Hill Assembly of God.
He was also an ordained minister.
Survivors include his wife: Nelda Gutierrez, Ben Wheeler; sons Lance Gutierrez, Kemp; Chad Gutierrez, Martins Mill;.daughter Cori Ann Moore and husband Ryan Tyler; grandchildren Emma Grace Gutierrez, Addison Kate Moore and Grayson Spence Moore; sisters: Nena Bazan, Corpus Christi; . and Veronica Pate, Sand Flat; brothers Morris “Moose” Mewbourn, Tyler; Charles Gutierrez, Martins Mill; Gary Gutierrez, Canton; and Edgar Jimenez, Canton; a multitude of friends, realtives, all of whom he loved so much.
Pallbearers were Brian Pate, Joel Pate, Ryan Moore, Jack Mewbourn, Marty Mewbourn and Rodney Brown
Honorary pallbearers: were Johnny Wallace, Billy Cissell, Dr. John Turner, Sherrell Green and Heidle Baskin.

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