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  Penny Hatchel
Services for Penny Hatchel, 53, were held Aug. 3, 2008, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Chapel in Kemp. Interment followed at Fox Cemetery.
Hatchel was born July 21, 1955, in Downey, Calif., to the late Frances and Kenneth Airheart and died July 31, 2008, at her home surrounded by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ricky Hatchel in 2004.
She was a 1973 graduate of Kaufman High School and served as judge for Gun Barrel City Municipal Court for many years.
Survivors include her daughter Ashley Weaver; grandchildren Hayden Karpinski, Caryn Weaver and Jacelyn Weaver; sisters Becky Airheart and Karen Lester; nephew Brian Lester; and other extended family members and friends.

Glen Flemming
Funeral arrangements for Glen Flemming, 47, Trinidad, are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Flemming was born Nov. 29, 1960, in Texas and died July 30, 2008, in Trinidad.
He had resided in Mabank most of his life and was a carpenter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife Glenda Flemming, Mabank; daughter Christina Flemming; brother Michael Flemming, Kansas; and father Jerald Flemming, Mabank.

Ann Reese
Services for Ann Reese, 80, Mabank, were held Aug. 2, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Steve Bevill officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reese was born March 20, 1928, in Grand Prairie and died July 30, 2008, in Mabank. She was preceded in death by her parents Estelle and Giovanni Torti, brother Thomas Torti and sister Leta Tucker.
She had resided in Mabank most of her life and was a member of the Central Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of Mabank Dairy Bar for many years. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who had a great deal of inner strength and courage.
Survivors include her son Jim Reese and fiancé Kim Lobban, Mabank; daughters Barbara Bevill and husband Steve, Seven Points; and Donna Leigh Ringland and husband Warren, Buffalo; grandchildren Noah Reese, Chelsey Reese, Joey Nickel, David Nickel, Angelan Ringland, Kirk Ringland and Luke Bevill and daughter Payton; brothers Charles Torti and wife Lillian, Arlington; B.G. Torti and wife Dee, Irving; and Frank Torti and wife Carol, Waxahachie.

Jerry Zimmerman
A memorial service for Jerry Zimmerman, 69, Gun Barrel City, was held Aug. 7, 2008, (today) at the Eubank Memorial Chapel, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Zimmerman was born June 15, 1939, in Robinson, Ill., and died Aug. 3, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
He was a chemist and worked for Stanley’s, St. Regis Paper, DixieCo. and Huntsman for many years until his retirement in 1998.
He then focused on fishing, woodworking and golf with his friends, He currently holds the Cedar Creek record for the largest sand bass. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Survivors include his wife Josephine Zimmerman, Gun Barrel City; daughter Julie Zimmerman, Sydney, Australia; and Jennifer Bogdanowicz and husband Paul, Haslet; stepson Donald Ragusa; grandsons Anthony and Christopher Ragusa; brothers Gene and Max Zimmerman, Decatur, Ill.; and stepmother Floris Zimmerman, Newton, Ill.

James Nelson
Services for James Earl Nelson, 66, Payne Springs, were held Aug. 5, 2008, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with Chaplain James Martin officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco.
Nelson was born June 26, 1942, in Mineral Wells to Zetta Ruth Robinson and Herman Marian Nelson, and died Aug. 2, 2008, in Payne Springs.
He was preceded in death by his father Herman Nelson and his stepfather Willie Wilcox.
Survivors include his wife Willena Nelson, Payne Springs; sons James Nelson and wife Carrol, Gun Barrel City; Joel Nelson, Payne Springs; Bobby Nelson, Payne Springs; daughter Renee Davis and husband Wesley, Payne Springs; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; mother Zetta Ruth Wilcox, Lake Whitney; sisters Sharon Ann Nelson, Seagoville; and Betty Lou Nelson, Clifton; brother Gary Lynn Wilcox, Laguna Park; and numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kathy Crow
Services for Kathy Crow, 52, Canton, were held Aug. 2, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Canton with Dr. Mark Robinson and Brother Chris Cagle officiating. Interment was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Crow was born Dec. 1, 1955, in Terrell to Emma Lucy Cate and Ray Frank Ridings and died July 30, 2008, in New Braunfels. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law John H. Crow.
She grew up in Greenville and graduated from Sherman High School. She attended Baylor University for two years and had lived in Canton since 1985.
She married John Crow Aug. 14, 1976, in Sherman. She was an accomplished musician, singing with the SMA Singers in Sherman and the Solid Rock Gospel Group from the First Baptist Church in Sherman.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years John William Crow, Canton; son and daughter-in-law John David and Shanna Michelle Crow, Canton; daughter Leah Crow, Canton; and daughter and son-in-law Amy and Jason Morris, Canton; parents Lou and Ray Riding, Sherman; sister and brother-in-law Connie and Kerry Arvin, San Antonio; grandchildren Mackenzie Alise Crow, John Garrett Crow, Alyssa Kate Crow and William Knight Morris; and mother-in-law Janie Crow, Mabank.
Pallbearers were Larry Matthews, J.D. Moffitt, Luke Dean, Justin Adam, Ryan Filkil, Curt Roberts, John Turner and Jimmy D. Baugh.

Forest L. Everitt
A memorial service for Forest L. Everitt, 75, Seven Points, was held Aug. 7, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Dr. Royce Riley officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Everitt was born July 18, 1933, in Eustace and died Aug. 3, 2008, in Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his parents Pauline and Forest Everitt, brother Reuben Everitt and daughter Kathy Lee Everitt.
He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Air Force. He had resided in Seven Points for the past 30 years.
Survivors include daughters Sharon Gray and husband Fred, Mesquite; Terrie Everitt Breeden, Georgia; and Kelly Everitt King, Alvarado; son Forest R. Everitt, Alvarado; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister Jane Kennedy, Mesquite; sister-in-law Marti Everitt, Mesquite; other family members and many friends.

Terry Maples Sr.
A memorial service for Terry Wayne Maples Sr., 68, Trinidad, was held Aug. 2, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Maples was born Jan. 28, 1940, in Sulphur Springs and died July 30, 2008, in Malakoff.
He lived in Mesquite most of his life and the last few years in Trinidad. He was an air conditioning mechanic and retired in 2002. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife Pattie Ann Maples, Mesquite; sons Marty Wayne Maples, Mesquite; and Terry Wayne Maples Jr., Chicago, Ill.; daughters Kimberly Ann Hulsey, Rockwall; Kelli Ann Meyers, Wills Point; Amanda Maples; and Lucia Ann Bitnar, Grand Prairie; brothers Alvin Loyd Maples Jr., Mesquite; Martin Ray Maples and John David Maples, both of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Billy Jack Knowles
Services for Billy Jack Knowles, 73, Canton, were held Aug. 6, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel in Canton with Bro. Steve Glosup officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Knowles was born Feb. 9, 1935, in the Tundra Community to Merle Beatrice Blue and Elmer Jackson Knowles and died Aug. 4, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his son Jacky Ray Knowles and a brother Daniel Knowles.
He was a member of the Jackson Missionary Baptist Church and was married 55 years to his wife Melba. He loved his farm and working in the fields.
He loved having family around him and loved to watch the kids fish. He had nicknames for all the little ones.
Survivors include his wife Melba Knowles, Canton; sons and daughters-in-law Billy and Tammy Knowles, Bobby and Pam Knowles and Robert and Paula Knowles, all of Canton; daughters and sons-in-law Denise and Danny Phillips and Paula and William Dooley, all of Canton; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law Pat and Lloyd Foster, Kemp; and Becky and Lynn Wallace, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law Douglas Mack and Kaye Knowles, Overton; and Charles and Kitty Knowles, Temple; other relatives and friends.

Roland Raybourn
Services and interment for Roland Lafayette Raybourn, 74, Tool, were held Aug. 5, 2008, at the Tool Cemetery with Glenn Hill officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Raybourn was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Laurel, Miss., to the late Belva Clara and John Wesley Raybourn and died Aug. 3, 2008, in Tool.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frankie June Raybourn, parents, brothers Lee Francis and Ethan Wesley Raybourn, sisters Ruby Olivia Carlisle and Mary Voncile Edwards.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a prison guard for the State of Louisiana.
Survivors include daughters Deborah Lynn Fitts and Lela Ann Lemoine; son Ronald Lee Raybourn; son-in-law Richard Sodders; granddaughters Kim Fitts, Deborah A. Brown and Lori Ann Britteny; grandson Randal Rabourn; and beloved friend Patrick Moore.

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