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
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
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A personal tribute may be posted online at
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.
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
Condolences may be posted online at
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
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
Services for Graham Alexander Galbraith, 73, of Trinidad, were held June 18,
2012, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points, with Bob Rattan
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.
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.