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Obituaries


Noble Mays Sr.
Services for Noble D. Mays Sr., 83, of Kemp, were held June 20, 2011, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with the Chaplain Raymond Neal officiating. Interment followed at Dunbar Cemetery in Emory, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mays was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Emory to Mittie Jiles and Dewey Mays and died June 17, 2011, in Athens.
He never met a stranger and loved everyone he encountered.
He enjoyed playing shuffleboard.
Mays was a Lifetime member of VFW Post No. 4376 in Seven Points and was also a member of the American Legion.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mays was also a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kemp.
Survivors include his wife Geraldine “Gerry” Mays, Kemp; sons Randall Mays and wife Candis, Payne Springs; Perry Coder and wife Joyce, Kemp; daughters Sherrie Ross and husband Lonnie, Payne Springs; Linda Ross, Eustace; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Evelyn Harris; brother Billy Mays; numerous nieces, nephews; other family members and many friends.
He also leaves behind his 6-year old dog, “Happy Jack.”
Pallbearers were Norman Shirley, Kevin Mays, Pat Mays, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Lonnie Ross, Tommy Ross and John Weed.

Elizabeth Starek
A memorial mass for Elizabeth Ann Starek, 53, of Kemp, was held June 21, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Fr. Ely Manondo officiating, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Starek was born Dec. 6, 1957, in Dallas to Florine Hobin and John Starek and died June 15, 2011, in Baylor Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
She was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church.
Starek worked as a Tutor Coordinator in student services and taught philosophy at Trinity Valley Community College.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include sister Jennifer Jessica Starek; brother Mike Starek and wife Sandy; nieces Noelle and Mikaela Starek; nephews Michael John Starek and John Paul Starek; great-niece Anabella Tiano; great-nephew Sam Tiano.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the James L. Collins Catholic School Scholarship Fund at 3000 West Highway 22 in Corsicana, TX 75110.

Jo Ann Morphis
A private memorial service for Jo Ann Morphis, 56, of Gun Barrel City, was held by her family, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Morphis was born Feb. 21, 1955, in Grand Saline and died May 23, 2011, at her home.
She was a homemaker and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include son Michael Morphis and wife Priscilla, Keller; grandson Nash Morphis; sister Beth Ishmael and husband James, Mabank; brother David Morphis and wife Cindy, Royce City; niece Phoebe Ishmael; other family members and friends.

Steven Tull
Services for Steven “Jack” Tull, 93, of Canton, were held June 21, 2011, at Eubank Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Fretwell officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment followed in Haven of Memories in Canton.
Tull was born March 24, 1918, in Edgewood to Lillian Smart and William Buck Tull and died June 17, 2011, in Tyler.
He grew up in Silsbee, where he graduated high school.
Tull joined the Army Air Corps and served in Europe during World War II.
After the war, Tull and his wife moved to Canton, where he spent the rest of his life ranching.
He enjoyed gardening, listening to classical music and tinkering in his shop.
Tull loved his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby Tull; daughter Paula Kay Tull; grandson Steven Curtis Tull; two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include son Steven Tull and wife Linda, Mabank; daughters Janice Rivenbark and husband Tony, Garland; Margaret Tull, Forney; Kathy Tull, Tyler; grandchildren Jennifer Dugen and husband Mark, Venus; Allison Arnold, Mabank; Chris Tull, Gun Barrel City; great-grandchildren Heath and Abigale Dugen, Venus.
Pallbearers were Dusty Priest, Brad Priest, Cody Priest, Dick Patterson, Wyndle Fretwell and Delbert Whitton.

Sue Buffington
Services for Sue Buffington, 100, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (today), June 23, 2011, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Athens, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Buffington was born May 19, 1911, in Grand Center, Iowa, to Sadie Strickler and Louis Freerksen and died June 19, 2011, in Mabank.
She was the sixth of 12 children.
Buffington moved to California in 1929, and lived there for 52 years, where she was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
She moved to Gun Barrel City in 2001, where she was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard Buffington, seven brothers; three sisters and brother-in-law J.D. Watkins.
Survivors include daughter Dee Watkins; son Rick Buffington and wife Becky; grandchildren Rhonda Battershill; Robyn Wheeler and husband Ron; Rustie Monugian and husband Tim; Rex Buffington; brother Darrell Freerksen; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Rynell Reynolds
Memorial services for Rynell Reynolds, 67, of Mabank, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Reynolds was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Dallas to Claude Monaghan and Tracy Reynolds and died June 8, 2011, in Mabank.
She lived most of her life in the Mabank area, where she was active in the First United Methodist Church, while rearing four children.
Reynolds was a member of the 1961 graduating class at Mabank High School.
She was a loving mother, as well as a caring and kind person.
During her mature years, Reynolds became very involved with the Humane Society and Friends of the Animals spay and neuter clinic.
Throughout her life, she worked hard finding wonderful homes for many cats from the shelter.
Reynolds will truly be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include daughters, Tracy Logan of Allen; Trina Schoenstein and husband Mike, Southlake; son Todd Thomas and wife Deborah, Mabank; son Tye Thomas of Mesquite; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cole, Brittany, Avery and Coley Baker, Corinth; Blake Logan, Allen; Jill, Adam and Allison Schoenstein, Southlake; Felicia, Brandon, Dylan and Dayton Thomas, Mabank.
She is also survived by her sister Ralaine Manning and husband John, Mabank and their children and grandchildren, Wayne, Keitha, Mikayla, Mackenzie, and Dane Adams, Mabank; Scott and Brady Manning, Mabank; as well as in-laws Ruth Thomas, Canton and Clyde Thomas of Canton.
The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation, the many expressions of love, concern and kindness shown to them during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Reynolds can be sent to Friends of the Animals, P.O. Box 5455 in Mabank, TX 75147, or please call (903) 887-7387.

 

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