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  Phyllis Ann Reetz
Phyllis Ann Zimmerman Reetz was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Eleva, Wisc., daughter of Anna Roscoe and Raymond Zimmerman. She died June 18, 2007, at her home in Gun Barrel City.
She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David Henry Reetz on Feb. 25, 1991, granddaughter Julieane Tess Reetz and two brothers.
Survivors include sons Michael Reetz and wife Patricia of Arlington; Gregory Reetz and wife Isola of Lavon; and Patrick Reetz and wife Joetta of Fort Worth; grandchildren Schylene Reetz and Alexandria Reetz; sisters Carolyn D’Jock of Eau Claire, Wisc.; and Agnes Zimmerman of Independence, Wisc.; numerous other relatives and extended family, and many friends.
Memorial services were held June 23, 2007, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2007, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Seagoville under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp.

Nancy Ignat
A Mass of Christian Burial for Nancy Carolyn Ignat, 55, Mabank, was held June 25, 2007, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City with Father Francis O’Dowd officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ignat was born Jan. 18, 1952, in Hazzard County, Ky. and died June 20, 2007, in Mabank. She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn R. Ignat and parents Ora and Chester Raichel.
Previously of Dallas, she had lived in Mabank for the past 22 years and was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church. She was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell.
Survivors include her son Stephen Plata and wife Layci, Mabank; daughter Amy Plata, Lawton, Okla.; grandsons Romeo Mancillas, Mabank; and Benicio Plata, Lawton, Okla.; granddaughters Serena Moreno, Lawton, Okla.; Nancy Beem, Salem, Ill.; Ora Justine Beem, Mabank; and Jordan Plata, Mabank; brothers Chester Raichel Jr., Clayton, N.C.; and David Alan Raichel, McKinney; sisters Joyce Brooks, Farmers Branch; Evelyn Raichel Baker, Carrollton; and Cynthia Leigh Salinas, Dallas; stepfather Jesse G. Salinas, Dallas.
Pallbearers were Thom Baker, Roger Brooks, Timothy Brooks, Floyd White, James Baker and Andrew Cross.

Karen Meredith
Services for Karen Meredith, 55, Malakoff, were held June 19, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Meredith Campground Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Meredith was born May 16, 1952, in Athens and died June 19, 2007, in Athens.
She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Athens. She was a member of the Church of Promise in Tool.
Survivors include her father J.D. Meredith and wife Jackie, Mabank; mother Iris Thornton, Athens; sons Donny Fleenor and wife Kelly, Heath; Sane Cox and wife Destinie, Athens; and Christopher Cox, Malakoff; sister Gail Higginbotham, Canton; stepsister Beverly Hart, Mabank; stepbrother Ron Massey, Mabank; and 10 grandchildren.

Howard Tarver
Services for Howard Dean “Bruiser” Tarver, 34, Kansas City, Kan., were held June 26, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp, with the Rev. Dub Henry officiating. Interment followed in King Cemetery, in the Aley Community near Kemp.
Tarver was born Dec. 20, 1972, in Dallas to Nina Faye (Lyons) and Harold Wayne Tarver, and died in Kansas City, Kan. June 21, 2007.
Bruiser, as he was fondly known, moved from Lewisville to Kansas City about six months ago and worked there as a motorcycle mechanic.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Brandi Renee Kyte Tarver, granddad and granny Lyons and brother Erik Paul Brast.
Survivors include fiancé Michelle Wilson of Kansas City, Kan.; children, Ariel Nadine Tarver of Burleson, Kimberley Michelle Tarver of Burleson, Ashley Nicole Tarver of Burleson, Jamey Brianne Tarver of Dallas, Charlie Andrew Bryie of Dallas, Jason Allen Bryie of Dallas, Sharon Renee Kyte of Dallas, Alec Ray Wilson and Alyssa Kay MyKyle, both of Kansas City; Kan.; mother Nina Tarver of Seven Points; father Harold Wayne Tarver and wife Teresa Lynn of Columbia, La.; sister Tina Marie Tarver of Seven Points; brother William Hammock Sr. of Gilmer; grandmothers Cecil Nadine Girod of Columbia, La. and Thelma Grace Hopson of Livingston; numerous aunts, uncles; nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Jimmy Don Hooper
Services for Jimmy Don Hooper, 63, Marshall, were held June 26, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Donald Whitten officiating. Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hooper was born July 25, 1943, in Dallas and died June 21, 2007, in Longview.
Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Marshall and was of the Baptist faith.
He was an inspector and veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Hooper, Marshall; daughters Deanna West and Nancy Nichols, Dallas and Anita Webb; stepsons Melvin Mobley III, Marshall; and Michael Mobley, Pickens, S.C.; stepdaughters Patsy Stone and Melissa McDonald of Pickens, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; and sister Peggy Wilson, Rowlett.
Pallbearers were Ernie Hall, Charles West, Fred Lockhart, Melvin Lee Mobley IV, Britt Webb and Melvin Lee Mobley III.

Billie Jean Hart
Services for Billie Jean Hart, 73, Kemp, were held June 16, 2007, at Providence Baptist Church in Tool with Brothers Jerry Moss and Dee Daniel officiating. Interment followed in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Hart was born June 7, 1934, in Garland to the late Fannie Rae and Gurney Griffin and died June 14, 2007, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Rocky, Larry and Don Griffin, sister Betty Griffin and great-grandson Brendan Chapman.
She retired as a secretary in the industrial painting industry and devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Sunnyvale.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years John S. Hart; daughters Elizabeth Carney, Krinna and husband Clyde Alexander, Kristy Hart Wingard and Karen Hart; sons Rusty and wife Ronda Chapman, Chuck and wife Andra Chapman and Bruce and wife Jana Chapman; sisters Barbara and husband Ken Conoly; Velma Shortnacy; brother Jerry and wife Judy Griffin; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jack Chaney
Graveside services with military honors for Jack Andrew Chaney, 74, Mabank, were held June 23, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home of Quinlan.
Chaney was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Paducah and died June 20, 2007, in a Denton hospital. He was the son of the late Blanche and Marion Chaney. He was preceded in death by his grandson Kevin Chaney in July, 2005.
Chaney enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 14, 1953, in Amarillo, and served during the Korean War. He moved to Cedar Creek Lake in 1978. He married Nancy Lois Green and made their home in Mabank until her death April 23, 1986. He later married Joann Pittman in 1988.
He worked many jobs and positions during his life including Snap-On Tool, bushhogging, dump truck work and driving candy and beer trucks. He enjoyed watching and reading westerns and fishing, hunting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife Joann Chaney, Mabank; son Stan Chaney and wife Karen, Quinlan; daughter Shari Groom and husband Greg, Frisco; brothers Arlie and Deneris Chaney, Paducah; and grandchildren Jennifer, Shawn and Kendell.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kevin Chaney Memorial Technical Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1568, Quinlan, TX 75474.

John Hamer Jr.
Memorial Services for John David “Red” Hamer Jr., 65, Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cooper Funeral Home of Athens.
Hamer was born July 25, 1941, in Omaha, Neb. to Ella and John Hatfield Hamer and died June 21, 2007, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Linda Kitchens, Mary Ellen Evans and Donna Brewer.
He lived his early life in Nebraska and moved to Dallas in 1969. He married Martha McCraw April 17, 1971. He was employed in sheet metal manufacturing until 1981 and moved to Kilgore. He relocated to Henderson County in 2000.
He enjoyed fishing, motor mechanics and animals.
Survivors include his wife Martha McCraw Hamer, Gun Barrel City; sons and daughters-in-law Michael Reed Hamer, Tyler; Nicholas Ray and Kacue Hamer, Omaha, Neb.; David Douglas and Shimane Hamer, St. George, Utah; stepdaughter Donna Moore and husband Donnie, Sunnyvale; brothers and sister-in-law Richard and Debbie Hamer, Whitney; Dale A. Hamer, Whitney; grandchildren Katy Moore, Adam Hamer, Cora Hamer; and several nieces and nephews.