Hilah Gibbs passed away July 7, 2009, and will be buried in the Elm
Grove Cemetery beside her husband, Donald Gibbs, who preceded her in
death Aug. 29, 1995.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. Services will be
at Mabank Church of Christ at 2 p.m. Thursday (today), July 9, 2009,
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Hilah Gibbs, the second child of Frank and Clara Blankenship, was born
July 21, 1920, in the Watkins Community in Van Zandt County.
After graduating from high school in Wills Point, she attended North
Texas State Teacher’s College in Denton, where she earned her Bachelor
of Arts degree and teacher’s certification. Her teaching career lasted
She was appointed to the Association of Outstanding Secondary Educators
of America, chosen as Teacher of the Year by the Mabank Chamber of
Commerce, and initiated as a member of Alpha Tau Chapter of the Delta
Kappa Gamma. There were many other achievements that she was proud of,
but these meant the most to her.
Since her retirement from teaching in 1982, she was active in the
National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America, which would later
change to the Friendship Club, the Mabank Garden Club (a charter member
since 1953), the Delta Kappa Gamma, United Daughters of the Confederacy
and the Terrell Book Review Club.
She served on the board of directors for Kaufman County Senior Citizen
Services, and was a member of Retired Teachers, as well as a Meals on
Her children and grandchildren always teased her that they had to make
an appointment to visit her.
Hilah married Donald Gibbs March 6, 1944, in Pennsylvania, where Donald
was stationed during World War II.
Hilah and Donald moved to Mabank in 1950, and joined in their community
and church. They raised three children here.
Hilah’s philosophy has always been not to worry a lot. If there is
anything you can do to help a situation, do it and move on to something
else. She liked people and was happiest when she could do something to
help someone. She loved her family, church and friends.
Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Louise Gibbs; son Phil
Gibbs; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mike Mengel; sister, Ola
Stuart of Garland; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one niece
and numerous other family members.
Memorial services for John Allen Peterson, 69, Dallas, were held July 6,
2009, at teh First Baptist Church in Tool with Bro. Ed Brennan
officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven
Peterson was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Minco, Okla., to the late Erma L.
Beatty and Luther John Peterson and died June 30, 2009, in Dallas.
He worked as a salesman.
He is survived by his brother Paul Peterson, Elgin.
Memorial services for Pernice Bell Maxfield, 86, Mabank, will be held at
11 a.m. July 11, 2009, at the Liberty Baptist Church with Dennis Woods
officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven
Maxfield was born July 23, 1922, in Pruitt, to the late Aeizonia and
Milas Ogles and died June 29, 2009, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie A. Maxfield, parents,
son Richard Maxfield and brothers Edward and Jim Ogles.
She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and lifetime
member of the P.T.A. She retired as a cafeteria manager for the Dallas
Independent School District.
Survivors include her sons Larry and wife Ruth Maxfield, Prairieville;
Donald and wife Pat Maxfield, Garland; Terry and wife Patricia Maxfield
and Bruce and wife Diane Maxfield, all of Sachse; daughters Suzie
Maxfield and Paula Gilbert, both of Prairieville; 20 grandchildren; 37
great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Teddy Mack Barnes, 65, Seven Points, will be held at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Victorious Praise and Worship, 6390 State
Highway North 19, Athens.
He passed on to God’s Kingdom early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009, at
ETMC, Tyler, having suffered from complications due to his kidney
failure, heart and lung diseases.
The Revs. Ernest Reyes, Steve Adams and Richard Womble will officiate.
At his bedside were his wife, Joy Delle; their daughter Tammy Dee Byrd
of Crittenden, Ky.; her youngest of five daughters Patricia Carol
Xayavong and Patricia’s son, Jordan, who were fortunate to have visited
during June. Daughter Donna Kay Wilcox of Arlington also visited with
her daddy often and was able to be with him during Tuesday evening.
Barnes was proud to have Donna (a C.N.A. for eleven years) “spoil” him
during her frequent visits.
Granddaughter Jennifer L. Mooney and daughter Baylee kept him happy and
entertained with balloons, cards, pictures and posters, which decorated
both home and hospital rooms.
Grandson Christopher D. Wilcox, currently of San Diego, spent five
months “spoiling” his grandfather just prior to his return to California
Barnes was fortunate to have the care and compassion of the entire staff
at Fresenius Medical of Athens during his year and a half on dialysis.
He was also blessed with having Jonathan Edwards, M.D, and his staff as
primary care since the mid-90s.
A native of Pineville, Mo., Barnes joined the U.S. Navy in 1960.
During his eight years of active duty, he served in Guam aboard several
ships patroling the western Pacific.
He met and married his wife while stationed in San Diego, attending
Shortly after their marriage in February, 1964, he was transferred to
Moffitt Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif., back to San Diego to
ships, then to the Philippines.
While stationed at San Miguel Naval Air Station, he was often deployed
to Vietnam to set up communications stations.
Sadly, the stress of this separation caused Barnes and his wife to
divorce upon his return to the states in May, 1968, leaving Joy with
their two infant daughters, Tammy Dee and Donna Kay.
Barnes left California for Texas and Missouri, where he attended
business college for a couple of years.
Not feeling that an “office life” was for him, he chose to follow his
natural talents and went to work in construction.
The majority of his years were spent in Houston as well as other Texas
towns, including Mesquite, during which time he worked at the Antitole
Hotel in Dallas.
After a short move to Kentucky, he returned to Texas, settling in Athens
in 1995, where he resided until re-connecting with his two daughters in
May, 1999, and later that year with Joy Delle.
Upon reuniting, he and Joy settled in Seven Points, where he enjoyed
keeping the five acres of Mercedes Mobile Home Park ship-shape for
owners Jim and Josey Ling.
Barnes used his knowledge, skills and good nature on many construction
projects in Athens and Seven Points.
In addition to his wife and daughters, surviving family includes six
granddaughters, two grandsons and 10 great-grandchildren; mother Laura
I. Nixon and brother Larry W. Barnes, both of Athens; brother Charles H.
Barnes, of Joplin, Mo.; and stepson Bruce L. Wm. Discher of San Diego,
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home, P.O. Box 303, Mabank, TX 78147-0303.
Services for Raymond Ingram, 86, Tool, were held July 6, 2009, at the
Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Bro. Ed Brennan officiating.
Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral
Home in Seven Points.
Ingram was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Mabank to the late Rose Bradley and
John Ingram and died July 4, 2009, in Malakoff.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Claudia Gayle Ingram, brother
Ray Ingram, sisters Helen Galles, Mildred Brown, Velda Miller and Mary
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tool where he was a
deacon for 42 years.
He was a farmer and also worked in the machine shop for Storm Valcan.
Survivors include his wife Wanza Ingram, Tool; son Russell Scott Ingram,
Tool; niece Angie; and two nephews Danny and Nickie.
Services for Earl McCain, 67, Gun Barrel City, were held July 6, 2009,
at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dale Norris officiating.
Burial was in Pyle Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar
Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McCain was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Bivins and died July 1, 2009, in
He was preceded in death by his first wife Joy Pyle McCain.
Previously of Seagoville, he had resided in Mabank for 30 years and was
Baptist by faith. He worked for the City of Dallas Sanitation Department
for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years Carol McCain, Mabank; son Earl
Wayne McCain, Odessa; daughter Gwenda Ussery and husband Gail,
Georgetown; grandchildren Tosha, Cody, Lucas, Lindsey, Elizabeth, Kathy
and Yancy; stepson Billy Pete Vallery and wife Becky, Fisher, La.;
brothers Jackie McCain and wife Billie, Odessa; and Jerry McCain and
wife Carol, Dallas.