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  Bill Williamson
A private family memorial service is planned for Billy Jack Williamson, 82, Tyler under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Williamson was born April 15, 1926, in Kemp to the late Virgie Hardy and Walter William Williamson and died June 26, 2008, in Tyler.
Moving from Dallas, he had lived in Tyler for the past 12 years.
During World War II, he was in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a tail-gunner on a B-17 bomber.
He received a BBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and was an avid Longhorn fan.
Following a 30-year career in public accounting, he retired to East Texas to pursue his hobbies of fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years Mary Jack Williamson, Tyler; son Brian Duff Williamson, Dallas; daughter Amy Williamson, New Jersey; brother Hardy Williamson and wife Nelda, Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law Frances Martin, Ennis; three grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Homeplace of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Mary Jane Simmons
Born Jan. 22, 1927, Mary was the first child of Cora Mae and Marvn Parr. She grew up in and around Mt. Pleasant and attended Bridges Chapel, Monticello and Mt. Pleasant schools.
She made her home in Mabank and Gun Barrel City for the past 40 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. She met her reward June 27, 2008, in Athens and was privileged and blessed to experience five generations twice in her 81 years.
Mary is survived by daughter Mary Sue Bell, Luverne, Ala.; son Travis Lee Simmons and wife Charlotte, Amarillo; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; brothers and sisters Dean Parr, Kemp; Sue and Eddie Hesson, Garland; Gayle and Edwin Ward, Duncanville; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The Rev. Byron Jones officiated and pallbearers were Michael Simmons, Gerald Simmons, Jarec Pace, David Bell, Eric Williams and Robert Roys.
Farewell for now beloved mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister, precious niece, cousin and friend. In Jesus’ name and His abiding love, we will see you again in a second.
Funeral services were held June 30, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank.
Interment was in Monticello Cemetery in Titus County. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.

Ethel Naydan
Services for Ethel Elnora Naydan, 87, Hot Springs, Ark., were held June 30, 2008, in Gross Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs, Ark. Burial was in New Hollywood Cemetery.
Naydan was born Jan. 10, 1921, in Atkins, Ark., to Elizabeth Massingale and John Hensley and died June 26, 2008, in a local hospital.
Survivors include her husband Walter E. Naydan, Hot Springs, Ark.; stepdaughter Cassie Jane DeRosa, Howe, Okla.; stepsons Michael E. Naydan, Willow Park and Walter E. Naydan Jr., Talequah, Okla.

Arthur Freeman
Services for Arthur Gilliam Buster Freeman, 95, Canton, were held June 30, 2008, at the Eubank Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Glosup officiating. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Freeman was born Aug. 12, 1912, in Dallas to Lettie Lear Norman and Samuel Knox Freeman and died June 27, 2008, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Mary “Doshie” Teet Freeman, brothers S.K. and E.B. Freeman.
He was a member of the old Elm Grove Methodist Church and attended the Elm Grove Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
He loved his family and farming and was a hardworking, honest man.
He enjoyed riding his tractor.
Survivors include his daughter Sammie Kaye Neighbors, Mabank; grandchildren Mary Kaye Royal, Tyler; Chip and wife Robin Neighbors, Mabank; Rose Neighbors, Mabank; and Brooke and husband Josh Greenhaw, Canton; great-grandchildren Meagan Royal, Mabank; Mia Katlin Mallory, Mabank; Trey Neighbors, Mabank; Drew Neighbors, Mabank and Wade Greenhaw, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law Norman and Bobbie Freeman, Canton; and Bill and Daphine Freeman, Mabank; sister and brother-in-law Loyce and husband Dudley Ferrell, Dallas; and sister Joyce Douglas, Dallas.
Pallbearers were Larry Burgess, Keith Norman, Scott Freeman, Gary Don Freeman, Kerry Freeman and Jerry Kerbo.

Melba Smith
Services for Melba Butcher Smith, 73, Eustace, were held June 26, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Eustace with the Rev. Paul McKinney officiating. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery in Eustace under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Smith was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Canton and died June 23, 2008, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her first husband Bill Butcher Sr. in 2003, brothers Bert and Truman Jobe and stepfather Wallace Abbott and mother Bertha Abbott.
She was four years old when she moved to the Big Rock Community near Eustace. She attended Eustace public school and was an outstanding basketball player.
After graduation, she and her longtime friend Wanell Jones moved to Dallas to seek their fortune.
Her first job was in a large insurance company. Shortly thereafter, she was recommended to a small, privately-owned insurance company in Garland. She was the only office worker and learned the ins and outs of the business. She retired in 1998 as an office manager after 44 years service.
After retirement she built her dream house in Big Rock.
She married Mike Smith in 2006.
Survivors include her husband Mike Smith, Eustace; sons Billy Joe Butcher Jr. and wife Vicky, Sachse; and Marvin Wayne Butcher and wife Robin, Rowlett; grandchildren Austin, Travis, Chase and Trey Butcher and Tom and Leslie Pierce; Mike and Gale’s children Doug Smith, Burleson; Laurie Hansen and husband Rick, North Richland Hills; Amy Hess and husband Chris, Burleson; sister Willie (Pepper) Lamp and husband Gary, Eustace; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

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