||Margaret Lizabeth Boatright
A celebration of the life of Margaret Lizabeth Boatright, 77, was held July 21, 2010, in
the house of worship she helped found, the Christian Life Center in Gun Barrel City, with
her son, the Rev. Barry Boatright, and grandsons the Rev. Andre Ward and the Rev. John
Keith officiating, with music provided by her children and grandchildren.
Burial followed in Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank under the direction of Eubank Cedar
Creek Funeral Home.
She was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Winningkoff and went to be with her Lord and Savior at her
home in Tool July 18, 2010, following a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer.
Growing up in McKinney, she graduated from McKinney High School in May, 1951, after
marrying the Rev. Thurman Boatright Jan. 19, 1951.
She accompanied her husband for a lifetime of Christian service as a pastors wife,
with stops in Corpus Christi, Kilgore, Arp, Tyler, Shreveport and Tool, where she helped
found the Christian Life Center.
One of the most Godly women one would ever meet, she loved her family, friends and church
family members with a pure heart.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and raising her children and grandchildren. She was
a gracious mother, grandmother (known as Mamaw), pastors wife, friend
and the rock of many churches through the years the glue that held them together
with the help of her God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Howard Pearl (Wade) Scalf Sr., her
husband, the Rev. Thurman Boatright, son Michael Boatright and sister Frances Carpenter.
She is survived by daughter Sandra Brown and husband Larry of Gun Barrel City, son the
Rev. Barry Boatright and wife Tanyau of Tool, daughter-in-law Cathy Nash of Shreveport,
granddaughter Michelle Keith and husband the Rev. John of Monticello, Ark., grandson
Daniel Boatright and wife Heather of Trinidad, granddaughter Sarah Ward and husband the
Rev. Andre of Tool, granddaughters Bethany, Rachel and Alissa Boatright of Tool, grandson
Christian Boatright of Tool, three great-grandchildren Abram Keith, Gibson Boatright and
Jentzen Ward, seven step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.
Also, she is survived by sisters Juanita Lewis, Nora Hibon and husband Ernie and Linda
Meador, along with brother Floyd Scalf Jr. and wife Nevelin, all of McKinney.
Pallbearers were Wayne Addkison, Joe Cook, Dale Ferguson, David Osbourne, Bobby Popham and
Peggy McLemore Cook
Services for Peggy McLemore Cook, 88, Eustace, were held July 10, 2010, at the Restland
Memorial Cemetery in Dallas, with Danny Denny officiating
Cook was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Beach Creek, Ky., and died July 8, 2010, in Bedford.
She was a member of Payne Springs Baptist Church and Merle Norman Studio in Mabank, Sweet
Adalines and Care N Share.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Cook; sons Jim Birdsong, Richard Birdsong, Don
Birdsong; daughter Jackie Henegar; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Kenneth Dixson Sr.
Memorial services for Kenneth Wayne Dixson Sr., 62, Mabank, were held July 19, 2010, at
the Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Vickery and John Lashwa officiating.
Dixson was born June 2, 1948, in Abilene to Ada Belle McMaham and William Nicholas Dixson
and died July 15, 2010, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Hugh Edward Dixson.
He resided in Payne Springs for 19 years before moving to Mabank three years ago.
He was a residential and commercial paint contractor.
He earned an associate degree from Kilgore College in public service and criminal justice.
He worked for the Texas Department of Corrections, served as jailer in Caney City and
deputy constable for Henderson County Precinct 5.
In 2004, he retired as chief of police for Payne Springs. He was a member of the Christian
Life Center in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his sons Kenneth Wayne Dixson Jr. and wife Cassandra Jewel, Athens, and
Vincent Edward Dixson and fiancée Stacy Lightfoot, Mabank; daughters Shena Marie Dowell
and husband Billy Marc, Trinidad; Amanda Ann Wilson, Plano; Brenda Sue Reno and husband
Chuck, Plano; brothers David Dixson and wife Jean, Fort Worth, and Donnie Dixson, Gun
Barrel City; sisters Beverly Westbrook and husband Bill, Eustace, and Shirley Moore and
husband Jack, Sulphur Springs; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services for Janette Mae Humphus, 63, Kemp, were held July 20, 2010, at the Anderson
Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Humphus was born May 17, 1947, in Marceline, Mo., to Marceita Liebhart and Harvey
Linebaugh and died July 16, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her father, grandfather Tony Liebhart, best friend of 46
years and mother-in-law Mae Keenum, who died 16 days ago.
She worked many years in Dallas at Lam-Par, and was a CNA at Kemp Care Center, where she
enjoyed and loved her co-workers. She retired in May.
She and her husband loved to set up at First Monday in Canton, and she enjoyed taking her
mother-in-law to play bingo each week. She will be missed by many.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, L.C. Humphus, Kemp; daughters Lora Ford and
husband Bobby, Kemp; and Loretta Flores and husband Victor, Gun Barrel City; mother
Marceita Weaver and husband Roland, Kemp; brother Richard Linebaugh and wife Karla, Kemp;
seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family and
Services for Victor Harland Garoutte, 81, were held July 21, 2010, at the Aley United
Methodist Church with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating under the direction of Tomlinson
Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Garoutte was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Cambridge, Kan. to Tamey Ruckman and Arthur B.
Garoutte and died July 17, 2010, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 58 years Christine Gazaway Garoutte,
grandson Jonathan Garoutte, 10 brothers and sisters.
At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Arkansas, then at 18 they moved to Caddo.
He joined the 85th Engineer Boat Co. APO 957, Feb. 18, 1947.
He received his GED while in the army.
He worked for Big Red Furniture, Oklahoma Tire and Supply, and at Tinker Air Force Base
before starting his ministry.
He was licensed with the Assembly of God Conference March 10, 1961, and preached at
several churches in the California area.
July 24, 1964, he was licensed to preach with the Pentecostal Holiness Conference and
preached at churches in the Oklahoma and Texas area.
March 5, 1974, he was licensed with the United Methodist Church Conference and preached in
churches in Texas and Oklahoma.
After retiring from preaching, he joined the Aley United Methodist Church and taught
Sunday School and sung in the choir.
Survivors include his sons, Harland Garoutte and wife Denise; Alan Garoutte and wife
Karen; and Arthur Garoutte; daughter Chris Allen and husband Ben; nine grandchildren; 18
great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Gilbert and Ruth Mead.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Aley United Methodist Church in Seven Points.
Services for Edmond Otomease Mac McAdams, 88, Eustace, were held July 19,
2010, at the United Methodist Church of Eustace with the Rev. Jerry Williams officiating.
Burial was in Athens City Cemetery with Masonic and military honors under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McAdams was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Frankston and died July 17, 2010, in Eustace.
He was a Shriner and member of the Masonic Lodge 1199 in Eustace.
During World War II, he served 30 months in the South Pacific and was awarded two Bronze
Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal, three overseas bars, the Victory Ribbon and the
Good Conduct Medal.
He was Methodist by faith and belonged to the United Methodist Church of Eustace.
Survivors include his wife, Sondra McAdams, Eustace; three stepdaughters and five
step-grandchildren; brothers J.B., Pat, Dewey, Jody and Roy McAdams; sisters Lillian
McNeese, Daisy Fogleman and Dollie Marshburn; other family members and many friends.