Obituaries

     

 

 

 

 

 
 

Genelle Armstrong
A memorial service for Genelle Armstrong, 70, Trinidad, will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, August 3 at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff. Pastor Byron Jones will be officiating.
Armstrong was born July 7, 1937, in Little Hope and died July 7, 2007, in Gun Barrel City.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City, and she was a homemaker.
Preceding her in death were her parents Harvey and Gertrude Somerville Screws; sisters Alice Dawson and Louise Cox; and brother Bobby Screws.
Survivors include her son Ricky Armstrong, Tool; daughters Terri McDowell, Mabank, Sharla Paris, Athens, Dianna Montgomery, Fort Worth, and Mary L. Schlebach, Mesquite; brother Murphy Armstrong, San Antonio; sisters Annie McSweeney, Athens, and Cedalia Whitsell, Farmers Branch; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Animals of Cedar Creek Lake in Gun Barrel City.

Oral F. Armstrong
Services for Oral F. Armstrong, 75, Trinidad, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with Pastor Byron Jones officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Armstrong was born Jan. 4, 1932, in Amity, Ark. and died July 23, 2007, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his wife Genelle Screws Armstrong and his parents Mary Spurlin and Berty Calton Armstrong.
Previously of Irving, he lived in this area for 37 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. He was a truck driver, veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Coca Cola Collectors Club.
Survivors include his son Ricky L. Armstrong, Tool; daughters Sharla G. Paris, Athens; Dianna L. Montgomery, Fort Worth; Terri E. McDowell, Mabank; and Marly L. Schleback, Mesquite; brother Murphy Armstrong, San Antonio; sisters Annie McSweeney, Athens; and Cedalia Witsell, Farmers Branch; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Friends of the Animals of Cedar Creek Lake, Gun Barrel City.

James Golightly Sr.
Services for James Earl Golightly Sr., Kemp, were held July 28, 2007, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Revs. Jack Thompson and Hershell Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola.
Golightly was born April 23, 1944, in Terrell to Naomi Jewel Turner and Leroy Golightly and died July 24, 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sarah Elizabeth Golightly, infant son, sisters Wanda Golightly and Letta Dollar.
He was a spirit-filled evangelist and loved his Lord.
Survivors include his children Mary Shooks and husband Everett, Pennsylvania; Joyce Coder and husband Perry, Kemp; Marcy Turner and husband David, Seagoville; James Golightly Jr. and wife Kristina, Kemp; and Tonya Houston and husband Terry, Waxahachie; brother Tom Golightly and wife Patsy, Henderson; grandchildren Samantha and Paxton Golightly; Anna, Kristi and Michael Ochoa, Pennsylvania; Everett Shooks Jr., Pennsylvania; Donald Golightly, Hutchins; Jimmy Hollingsworth, Payne Springs; Amber Coder, Payne Springs; David Jr., Joshua and Kristian Turner, Seagoville; Heather, Michael, Angel and Heaven Houston, Waxahachie; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Mike Jones, David Turner, Donald Kile, Danny Ottmo, Richard Ward, Aaron Holcomb and Billy Richardson.
Honorary pallbearer was Tom Golightly.
The family would like to give special thanks to Anne Clayton and Sandy Robinson for their special love and care.

Carl Dockins
Services for Carl Glenn “Buddy” Dockins, 78, Payne Springs, were held July 30, 2007, at Payne Springs Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Charles Wilson and Mark Lewis officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.
Carl Glenn Dockins was born April 30, 1929 in Plano, to the late Margaret Elizabeth Johnson and Henry George Washington Dockins and Margaret Elizabeth Johnson Dockins and died July 27, 2007, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Billy Wayne Dockins, one sister and five brothers.
He had lived in Payne Springs 36 years, moving from Garland. He owned and operated a tire business and was a member of Payne Springs Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife Cecile Dockins of Payne Springs; son Carl Glenn Dockins Jr. and wife Brenda, Payne Springs; daughter Barbara Reedy and husband David, Payne Springs; brother Mack Dockins, Mesquite; sisters, Lucille Praytor, Gun Barrel City; and Katherine Fowler, Seven Points.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Walter Nueal Allee
A memorial will be held at a later date for Walter Nueal Allee, 74, Seven Points.
Allee was born Sept. 6, 1932, and died July 22, 2007. He was preceded in death by his brothers Horace Brody Allee Jr. and J.W. Allee, sisters Evelyn Amanda Stepherson and Lucy Pauline McCarthy.
Survivors include his twin sister Mary Jewell Kinney; niece Marilyn Kay Watson; nephews Billy Edwin Kinney Jr., and Charles Eugene Kinney; all of Baytown; numerous other nieces and nephews.





Laverne Conner
Services for Laverne Conner, 88, Mabank, were held July 31, 2007, in the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Canton with the Rev. Jim Leach officiating. Burial was in Haven of Memories Cemetery in Canton.
Conner was born Feb. 2, 1919, in Canton to Lela McWilliams and David Levi Cox and died July 28, 2007, in Athens after a short illness. She was preceded in death by husband Thomas Conner; son Gary Don Conner; daughter Madeline Sue Conner; brothers Kenneth, Truett and Bill Cox; and sister Mary Ann Hoffman.
She grew up in Canton and married Thomas Conner March 26, 1939. They lived in the Dallas area and then moved to the Elm Grove Community near Mabank in 1965. She was a member of the Elm Grove Church and was involved in the Mabank Garden Club, the Friendship Club, the Red Hat Society and The Friends of the Tri-County Library. She was active in her church and community.
Survivors include her daughter Nell Moos, Mabank; sons Charles David “Chuck” Conner, Venicia, Calif.; Timothy Love Conner, Alfarado; brothers Hilton, David and Wayne Cox; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; countless nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were David Conner, Keith Slagle, Forest Everitt, Charley Garner, Ricky Conner, Thomas Slagle, Dustin Conner and Conner Slagle.

Francis Thomas
Francis R. “Jack” Thomas, 84, Canton, died July 26, 2007, in Tyler. No service is planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Thomas was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Kansas to Rose and Ike Thomas. He was preceded in death by daughter Jeanne, and grandson Ronald Lee Thomas Jr.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 310 of Gun Barrel City. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an antique lighting dealer.
Survivors include sons John Thomas, Ocala, Fla.; Ron Thomas, Baldwin, Kan.; Jack Thomas, Missouri; and Donald Thomas, Omaha, Neb.; daughters Pam May, Groves; and Ruth Ann “Dolly” Thomas, Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Virginia Williamson
Graveside services for Virginia Ruth Williamson, 89, Kemp, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the Kemp Cemetery, under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp. Raythell Herndon will serve as speaker and the Rev. Dave Yunker will officiate the burial.
Williamson was born April 21, 1918, in Kemp, daughter of Ruth (Parrish) and Fred Erin Williamson and died July 17, 2007, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Henry Haynie Williamson, sister-in-law Rosie Williamson and nephew Dick Williamson.
After graduating from Kemp High School, she went to work for the Selective Service during WW II.
She then joined the U.S. Navy in September, 1944, as a member of the Waves and received her training at Hunter College in New York.
She was sent to Yeoman School in Stillwater, Okla. , and was then assigned to the Naval Air Station in Clinton, Okla..
After the war, she worked in Dallas for the Internal Revenue Service for many years. She came back to Kemp to live and take care of her parents, and later became city secretary for Kemp.
She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Kemp. Her parents; brother, Henry Haynie Williamson; sister-in-law, Rosie Williamson; and nephew, Dick Williamson, all preceded her in death.
Survivors include nieces Rosemary McIntosh and Lucy Williamson; nephew Fred Williamson; cousins Jack Wood, Margaret Ann Jones, Ruth Ann Aderhold, Ann Harris, Bill Pavlis and many other cousins, extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made in honor of Virginia Ruth to the First United Methodist Church of Kemp, P.O. Box 327, Kemp, TX 7514,or their favorite charity or institution.

Juanita Aldridge
Services for Juanita Aldridge, 82, Gun Barrel City, were held July 31, 2007, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with Pastor Byron Jones officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Aldridge was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Groesbeck and died July 29, 2007, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Aldridge.
Previously of Groesbeck, she resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 25 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a technician for Texas Instruments.
Survivors include her daughter Gail Aldridge and husband James, Ovilla; sons Charles Curry and wife Becky, Gun Barrel City; and Kenneth Curry, Gun Barrel City; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Mae Spivey, Kemp.
Pallbearers were James McClintock, Lance Herell, Bill Barrett, Steve Bohmaker, Bob Smith and Jimmy Valentine.

Nathan Cobb
Services for Nathan Cobb, 31, Mabank, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Cobb was born March 29, 1976, in Athens and died July 28, 2007, in Dallas.
Previously of Athens, he resided in Mabank for the past four years. He was in construction.
Survivors include his wife Alanna Cobb, Mabank; daughter Courtnie Cobb, Athens; brothers Clifton Cobb and wife Nora, Alvarado; and Craig Cobb and wife Brittany, Midlothian; sister Haley Cobb, Murchison; parents Connie Cook and husband Mark, Athens; Marvin Cobb and wife Joy, Teague; nephew Matthew Cobb, nieces Savannah and Kendall Grant; grandparents Jodia Lanier and wife Anetha and Inez Cobb.