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Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the Nutrition Center in Kemp. For more information, please call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email  for more information.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For more info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
TAMARACK LADIES CLUB meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.


Paying tribute to an old country doctor
Historical marker recalls Dr. Lonnie Lee Cockerell
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–An historical marker was unveiled in Eustace recently, honoring the first hospital in Henderson County and the doctor who served four generations of area residents.
Dr. Lonnie Lee Cockerell opened the county’s first hospital in 1930 in the second story of a building still occupying the northeast corner of the Eustace Town Square.
A hardware store took up the first floor.
The building is owned by the Reynolds family, whose ancestors operated the hardware store.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The second story of this building on the northeast corner of the Eustace Town Square contained Henderson County’s first hospital, established by Dr. Lonnie Lee Cockerell in 1930. A Texas historical marker now commemorates his medical service to area residents.

Dr. Cockerell set up the hospital so he could give continuous care to his sickest patients, and as a place to perform minor surgeries.
Historians Fran Bethea and Rebecca Gartrell unveiled the marker during a ceremony June 20, part of the Pioneer Day festivities in Eustace.
Dr. Cockerell was hailed as one of the last “horse and buggy” doctors, who traveled throughout the area to serve his patients.
“You could hear old Lon coming a half a mile away. God knows how many horses he wore out,” one of his contemporaries recalled in a Dallas Times Herald article dated Aug. 11, 1967.
“‘Doctor bill’ horses,” Cockerell labeled them.
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Some of those Dr. Cockerell delivered as babies – Gene Foster, Dewinca Holt Cain, Joyce Anthony McKee, Bobbette Easley Hull, Mary Lee Ashton Meeks Simmons, Gordie Lorette Easley Self, Jack A. Graham, Mary Ross Noble Graves, Betty Louise Goodell Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Williford Reeve – attend the historical marker unveiling June 20.

“To make a living, I learned to trade horses considerably ... and cows and mules and sheep and pigs, as well,” Dr. Cockerell is quoted in the same article.
When it came to money, he recalled his first income tax return, following the establishment of a federal income tax after the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified in 1913.
“Some feller came down here from Dallas and said he figured I owed the government $1,700,” Cockerell said. “I told him I didn’t figure there was $1,700 in cash money in all of Henderson County.”
He was also the first person in Eustace to buy an automobile. It was a 1911 Brush, which he later traded in for Ford’s Model T, making his own roads when necessary to see a patient, even during the Great Depression, when paying clients were scarce.
A crowd of senior citizens, many of whom the good doctor helped bring into the world, lined up in front of the original hospital building in tribute to Dr. Cockerell’s service to the community.
Cockerell was born June 4, 1879, in the Roddy Community, delivered by a neighborly black woman. He was later reared in Lawndale and Mabank. His older half-brother, Ed, encouraged him to pursue an education in medicine.
Later, he and his brother shared a medical practice for six months in a log cabin in the Cottonwood Community near Eustace.

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Historians Fran Bethea and Rebecca Gartrell unveil the Cockerell Hospital historical marker in Eustace June 20.

He first earned a medical certificate at Memphis, Tenn., in 1898, and continued his education, graduating with 14 others in 1902 as part of the University of Dallas’ first medical school graduating class.
That year, he married Elizabeth Eula Earnest in Eustace, with Justice of the Peace John D. Evans officiating.
They had nine children, seven of which reached maturity. Several of his grandchildren and relatives were on hand for the marker’s unveiling.
As time and money allowed, he completed post-graduate studies at Tulane, New York City, Baylor and the famed Mayo Brothers Clinic at Rochester, Minn.
He operated the little hospital in Eustace for several years, until the construction of a new hospital in Athens in 1937. The new hospital was a 38x50-foot building named the Doctors Hospital and Clinic.
Even though he had moved his practice into Athens, he continued to take care of his patients in the Eustace area.
Sept. 17, 1967, was set aside as “Dr. Cockerell Day,” proclaiming the long-time physician as “a distinguished adopted son of Eustace.”

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The marker recalls Dr. Cockerell offered a variety of services, from vaccinations to dental work to surgery. He accepted all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Through the years, Cockerell received several honors, including honorary membership into the Texas Medical Association.
He worked as a general physician for 65 years, and died at age 90 June 13, 1969.
“Let us remember and follow the example of such men as Dr. Cockerell, who served his fellow man, regardless of the cost to himself,” Henderson County Judge David Holstein said during the unveiling ceremony.

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