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Charles Griffin
Services for Charles “Lester” Griffin, 86, of Mabank, were held June 9, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel, with Reverend Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery which included a moving military service with Navy personnel playing Taps and presenting the folded flag to his wife.
Griffin was born July 31, 1925, near Mabank, to Nettie Hutcherson and Claude Griffin and died June 6, 2012.
He was Baptist by faith and delivered groceries for the Mabank Grocery store as a young man.
After serving three years as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy, he settled in Dallas and married Betty JoAnn Mangan in 1947.
He continued in the grocery business working for Tom Thumb then as a food broker with W. L. Gordon Company and Adams Extract.
He enjoyed dancing, listening to classic country music, and taught each of his daughters to dance by having them stand on his feet.
He also enjoyed fishing and taught his sons to hunt and fish.
After raising their five children in Dallas, the couple returned to Mabank, where they owned and operated Hometown Grocery on Market Street from 1983 to 1993.
He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Texas Ranger fan, and a true Mabank Panther football fan.
He missed graduating from high school due to his enlistment in the United States Navy during World War II.
A few years ago, the United States Armed Services, United States Navy and Mabank High School, held a special ceremony honoring him for his commitment to our country and awarded him a high school diploma.
He and his wife celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Denny Charles Griffin, and sister Hazel Hillger.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Griffin, of Mabank; children Paula Harper and husband Lee of Murphy, John Jay Griffin and wife Kim of Canton, Toni Gray of Mabank, LeAnn Pickitt and husband Pat of Gilmer; sister Claudine Goodwin and husband Jim of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Pallbearers were John Wayne Griffin, Mark Forehand, Charles Weston Roach, Jacob Vance Broussard, Bryce Griffin Roach, Brady Luke Griffin, Paul Wayne Hutcherson and Perry Don Hutcherson.
Honorary pallbearers were Jason Charles Griffin, Christopher Spruill and Tony Lee.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at
A personal tribute may be posted online at

Betty White
Services for Betty Joy Fox White will be held at a later date in Kentucky.
White was born May 28, 2012, in Evansville, Ind., to Cora and Bailey Fox. She was the youngest of four children.
She lived in Germany, Florida, Texas and Kentucky. She was a former resident of Cedar Creek Lake and Dallas.
She was a chief pattern maker at a garment factory in Dallas and worked on designing a clothing line for singer Crystal Gayle. Before retiring, she opened her own alterations service.
She was a gourmet cook, excellent seamstress and enjoyed dogs, visiting with friends and family, and going to Las Vegas and Hawaii.
She was Baptist by faith and retired to Kentucky.
She was survived by her daughter Heidie L. White; brother Earl G. Fox and his wife, Ida; sister Mary Romerhaus of Enchanted Oaks; sister-in-law Billye Fox of Artesia, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

M.E. Davis
Services for M.E. “Pete” Davis, 74, of Seven Points, were held June 19, 2012, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Park.
Davis was born March 3, 1938, in Plains, to Mahala and A. Frank Davis and died at his residence June 14, 2012.
He was Christian by faith and enjoyed flying planes, shooting pool, working crossword puzzles and his dog, Buster.
He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and built his own planes in his spare time. He was also an industrial electrician who owned his own business.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Buster and Jimmy.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy; sons Steve Davis and wife Lisa and Calvin Davis and wife Renee, both of of Clovis, N.M., Bruce Davis and wife Nancy of Georgetown and Randy Davis and wife Triva, of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters Christie Carter and husband Scott of Kent, Wash., Kristy Morasch and husband Christopher of Spring; sisters Mary Lou Cox of Portales, N.M. and Shirley Fournier and husband George of Yankton, S.D.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends.
Condolences may be posted online at

Ruth Robertson
Services for Ruth Robertson, 81, of Mabank, were held June 20, 2012, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Rev. Bobby Sapp officiating.  Interment followed in the Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Robertson was born May 6, 1931, in Phalba, to Edith Lockwood and Thomas Henry Sapp and died June 15, 2012.
She was a member of the Prairieville Baptist Church and known by her grandchildren as “Mommy Ruth.”
She loved her family, and church, enjoyed blue grass music, fishing, quilting, bowling and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Sonny and Mack, her daughter, Delena Kay Keith and her husband, Jerry Robertson.
Survivors include her sons, David McAfee and wife Oneta, Michael Robertson, Roger Robertson and wife Diana and Clint Robertson and wife Bonnie, all of Mabank; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Alene Smith of Mabank and Debrorah Franklin and her husband, Charles, of Mabank; brother Jerry Don Sapp and his wife, Kathy of Weatherford; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many loving friends.
Pallbearers were Kyle and Austin McAfee, Kevin Marks, Michael Thompson, Aaron and David Robertson and Tim Wilson. 
Condolences may be posted online at

Graham Galbraith
Services for Graham Alexander Galbraith, 73, of Trinidad, were held June 18, 2012, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points, with Bob Rattan officiating.
Galbraith was born Jan. 14, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., to Gabby Graham and Norman Gladstone and died June 13, 2012, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Faith.
Survivors include his daughter, E.J. Wells Campbell and husband Jeffrey; brother Bruce Galbriath and wife Katy; stepmother Ruth Gilbraith; neice Dawn Pannell and four nephews.

Steven Sorrells
Services for Steven Lin Sorrells, 55, of Dallas, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the Tolosa Baptist Church under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Sorrells was born May 21, 1957, in Rockwall, to Earamae Edwards and Bobby Lavon Sorrells and died June 11, 2012, at home with his family by his side.
He was a concrete worker and scrapper, and attended Wynn Ham College where he graduated as second salutatorian.
He was a Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lonnie Lavon Sorrells, sister-in-law Delphina Sorrells, grandfather Oliver Edwards, grandmothers Ethel Edwards and Stella Sorrells. Survivors include his sister, Bobbie Cupp and husband Timothy of Eustace; sister Marye Gervers and husband Jerry of Gun Barrel City; nephews Montana Jones and wife Brittany of Eustace, Lonnie Sorrells and wife Jenny of Mesquite, Bobby Sorrells and wife Chenish of Balch Springs; niece Brandy Jones of Garland; great-nephews Kagan, Colten, Joshua, Cole; great-niece Katelynn; many wonderful cousins, other family members and many friends.


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