A memorial service to celebrate the life of Tool native and long-time
Plano resident Mary Coleen Mullins Hickman, 74, will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday, July 6, 2009 at at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (
), 821 S. Greenville Ave., in Allen, with Pastor Gordon Illausky
A sandwich, salad and dessert luncheon will follow at the church, with
interment at 3 p.m. at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Hickman was born in Tool, May 3, 1935, and passed away in Plano, June
Members of her family were some of the original settlers of Tool, coming
to the area in 1895.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Leland Pitts of
Tool, and many beloved cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Robert Allen
(“Bob”) Hickman Jr., her mother Gwendola Mullins Collins, stepfather
Kirtus Ray Collins, aunt Ethel Mullins Summerall, grandmother Mary Ellen
Mullins, and grandfather Elijah Mullins.
Although she had no brothers and sisters, she was a very family-oriented
person and loved attending family reunions and catching up with her
Hickman was an insurance underwriter for several major insurance
companies, beginning her career in the late 1950s.
After retiring from corporate work, she and her husband were co-owners
of Hickman Insurance Agency in Plano for many years.
However, she often talked about her favorite job as a movie theater
usher in the early 1950s, a much sought-after position in those days.
She was a huge fan of the Houston Astros baseball team during her years
of residence in Houston in the 1960s and tried to attend or listen to
She was extremely talented and turned out impressive porcelain, ceramic,
needlepoint, and cross-stitch pieces in the 1980s-90s, as well as being
a movie/entertainment trivia buff her entire life, with knowledge of
movies and actors from the present time all the way back to silent
She was an avid duplicate bridge player, music and movie collector,
mystery reader and animal lover.
During the last several months, she learned to play Mahjong and enjoyed
playing with the group at Sunrise.
Most importantly, she loved the Lord and enjoyed the Bible studies,
services, luncheons and fellowship at Christ the Servant.
To honor her love of animals, in lieu of flowers the family requests
donations be made to the animal shelter with the greatest need at this
time – the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Tool.
Checks may be made payable to the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake can
be sent to her son-in-law as follows: Leland Pitts, vice president,
Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 43733, Seven Points, TX 75143.
The family would like to thank her pastor and church family, her friends
Marian, Mona, Betty, and Kathy, Jamye Perelli Photography, Chubby’s
Restaurant, and everyone who visited her or prayed for her recovery.
Services for Rena Christine Swarzwalder McMillan, 85, Payne Springs,
were held June 28, 2009, at the Payne Springs United Methodist Church
with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs
Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
McMillan was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Springfield, Ohio, and died June 26,
2009, in Gun Barrel City.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Richard I. Swartzwalder and
James Willie McMillan, father Christos Fassos, mother Mary Maude Hock,
and sister Diamondo Alice Fanello.
She was employed in sales and was a member of the Payne Springs United
Survivors include her daughters Thelma Joyce Smith and husband Charlie,
Athens; Judy Lynn Feemster and husband Joe, Bedford; and Patty Gay Pope,
Mabank; grandchildren Shanna Burnett, Curtis Smith, Kellie Alford, Amy
Free, Casey West, Shelly Schwestka and Ashley Feemster;
great-grandchildren Harlie Burnett, Brady Burnett, Payton Smith, Katelyn
Smith, Meagan Smith, Gracie Alford, Emmerson Alford, Hannah McCallum,
Kristin Nance, Adrian Nance West, Gus West, Kyle Feemster, Reagan
Schwestka and Keaton Schwestka.
Pallbearers were Chad Schwestka, Kyle Feemster, Payton Smith, Lance
West, Daren Alford and Curtis Smith.
Services for George Perkins, 81, were held June 29, 2009, at the Laurel
Land Memorial Park with the Rev. Jerry Morriss officiating.
Perkins was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Dallas and died June 26, 2009, in
He retired from the United States Postal Service. He lived in Mesquite
for many years and has resided in the Cedar Creek Lake area since 1997.
Survivors include his wife Eunice Perkins, Mabank; daughter Sharon
Perkins, Allen; brother Rex Perkins, Dallas; stepson the Rev. Jerry
Morriss and wife Carroll, Mabank; other family members and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. James Episcopal Memorial
Fund, 10707 CR 4022, Kemp, TX 75143.
Memorial services for Edward “Bill” Ogles, 82, Mabank, were held July 2,
2009, in the Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Stan Britton
officiating under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home
Ogles was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Clarksville to the late Arizona Coker
and Miles S. Ogles and died June 27, 2009, in Mabank.
He was preceded in death by his brother Everett “Jim” Ogles and sister
Pernice Maxfield, who died later the next morning.
He was a kind, loving man who loved his family and enjoyed people and
will be missed by many who loved him.
He graduated from Van High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army,
serving during World War II.
Survivors include his wife Betty Ogles, Mabank; children Phillip Ogles
and wife Virginia, Denver, Colo.; Barby Baxter and husband Tim, Seven
Points; Maggie Simpson and husband Danny, Mabank; John P. Ogles, Mabank;
Mary Munn and husband Brad, Arlington; and Matthew Ogles, Mabank;
grandchildren Melissa Caswell and husband Jason, Tarrington, Wyo.;
Taylor Ogles, Dallas; Sarah Garten, McKinney; Dan Prescott and wife
Mallory, Coppell; Jeremy Prescott, Mabank, Zachary Ogles, Mesquite;
Daniel and Michael Ogles, Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren Falynn and
Cash Caswell, Tarrington, Wyo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
Paul Dale Williams passed away June 8, 2009, at Baylor Specialty
Hospital in Dallas, following a protracted illness.
A memorial service will be held at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist
Church, 100 S. Old Indian Trail in Tool, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday July 7,
Paul was born April 16, 1919, in Gainesville to Myrtle and Edward
Williams of Ardmore, Oklahoma, where Paul was then raised.
Drafted during World War II in December 1943, he served with distinction
in the U.S. Army for 30 years, rising through the ranks to become a
Warrant Officer First Class.
After earlier postwar service postings in Naples, Italy, Frankfurt,
Germany and Washington, D.C., his administrative expertise led to staff
assignments with generals commanding the atomic bomb testing task force
in Albquerque, N.M.; NATO forces in Izmir, Turkey; Orleans, France;
Seoul, South Korea; the Pacific Army headquarters in San Francisco,
Calif. as well as Airborne commands in Atlanta, Ga. and Fayetteville,
He finished his career on the general staff of the Pacific Theater
Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.
After retiring from active duty in August, 1974, Williams and his wife
Lois settled in the Cedar Creek Lake area and bought a home in Tool.
An enthusiastic sportsman, he indulged his love of hunting, skeet
shooting and fishing in the ensuing years.
He was active with the Tradewinds Property Owners Association and served
the City of Tool as a city councilman and mayor pro tem.
He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Retired Officers Association, The National Rifle Association and the
Texas State Rifle Association.
Williams is survived by two sons, Gordon Curtis Williams of Houston and
Jeffrey Allan Williams of Dallas; as well as a grandson, Jon-Paul
Williams of Grand Canyon, Ariz.;
He was preceeded in death by one brother, Richard, one step-brother,
John, and three sisters Rebecca, Jeanne and Elizabeth; his wife, Lois
Thompson Williams of Tool; as well as his subsequent long term companion
Jewell Fitch of Mabank; granddaughter Angela Gaddis and her husband
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to
The Seniors’ Place, 2714 Joanel Street, Houston, TX 77027 (713)
or to the Alzheimer’s Association on-line at
www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp (214) 827-0062.
Services for Bill Rassbach, 64, Mabank, were held June 30, 2009, at the
Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Duke officiating. Burial was
in Goshen Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral
Home in Mabank.
Rassbach was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Menomonie, Wisc., and died June 25,
2009, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his father Frederick Augusta Rassbach and
brother Michael Rassbach.
Previously of Georgia, he was retired from the U.S. Air Force and had
resided in Mabank for the last 11 years and was Baptist by faith.
He dedicated his life to his family and country.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years Darlene Rassbach, Mabank;
daughter Gail Andrus and husband David, Mabank; son Jay E. Ludke,
Minnesota; grandchildren David Wayne Andrus, William Travis Andrus and
Elizabeth Faye Hightower; sister Joan Phillips, Pueblo, Colo.; brother
Larry Rassbach, Menomonie, Wisc.; sister Doris Sanasac, Knapp, Wisc.;
and mother Lois Ione Rassbach, Menomonie, Wisc.
Services for Opal Ward, 90, Tool, were held June 29, 2009, at Anderson
Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with interment in Tool Cemetery.
Ward was born Oct. 16, 1918, in McLennan County to the late Jeanette
Bankston and Callie Lee Marcrum and died June 24, 2009, in Gun Barrel
She was preceded in death by her husband A.C. Ward.
Survivors include her son Ed Ward and wife Ginger, Tool; grandchildren
Jodi Ward-House and her husband John, Austin; Jana Lowry and husband
Jeff, Needville; and Jeff Ward, Austin; great-grandchildren Will Brandt,
Baker Ward and Blake Ward; brother R.W. Marcrum, Gun Barrel City;
extended family and a host of friends.
Services for Larry L. Purkey, 72, Gun Barrel City, were held July 2,
2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Seven Points with Bro.
Dennis Wood officiating. Interment followed in the Dallas/Fort Worth
Purkey was born March 11, 1937, in Romona, Okla. to the late Romona and
Zelima Purkey and died June 28, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Purkey, brothers Robert W.
Purkey and Donald R. Purkey and great-grandchild Nohah Cruz.
He worked as a customer service representative for Dalfort Aviation.
Survivors include his daughters Beth Ann Fry, Keller; Sheila Gay Purkey,
Michelle Mathes, Corsicana; and Jeanine Daugharty, Tool; son Kevin
Wallace, Seven Points; sister Juanita Polge; 11 grandchildren and six