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  Walter Martin
Services for Walter W. Martin, 87, Athens, were held Aug. 26, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Negron officiating. Burial was in Payne Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Martin was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Foreman, Ark., and died Aug. 21, 2008, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Martin, parents Helen and Walter Martin, brothers, Edgar, Luther, Roger, Thomas and James and sisters Minnie, Mary Lou and Helen.
He retired from the Sun Oil Company as an accountant and manager of royalty disbursements and property administration.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Athens for the past five years and was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in World War II. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Roy Stanley Lodge AF&M in Dallas.
Survivors include his son Larry Martin and wife Rene, Athens; daughters Mary Anne Martin, Richardson; and Jane Joplin and husband Ron, Athens; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association Kaufman County, Southern Division, Dallas. TX 75207-0610.

Fay Lewis
Services for Fay Riddlesperger Lewis, 94, were held Aug. 24, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff with the Rev. Charles Kimble and Pastor Andy Wileman officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Lewis was born May 31, 1914, in Malakoff, to Mary and Lee Riddlesperger and died Aug. 21, 2008.
She graduated from Malakoff High School, Lon Morris College and Steven F. Austin University majoring in home economics.
She taught at Cross Roads School where she met and married Victor Lewis.
She spent her life teaching and was a member of Delta Gamma, Henderson County Retired Teachers Association and Zane Grey’s West Society.
She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Malakoff.
She and her husband traveled extensively across the country and Europe.
She loved to sew, craft and spend time fishing with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid “42” domino player.
Survivors include her children and their families, Vicki and Art Simon, Don Lewis, Ralinda and Wayne White, sister Mary Lee Wileman, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were grandsons Alex, Clayton and Don Simon, Lee Lewis, Wesley and Travis White and Daniel Ives.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victor T. Lewis Trinity Valley Community College Memorial Scholarship Fund, Athens, TX 75751, or your favorite charity.

Helen Strebeck
Services for Helen Faye Strebeck, 67, Canton, were held Aug. 26, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel in Canton with Brother Joe Alvis Strebeck officiating. Burial was in Cool Springs Cemetery, Van Zandt County, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.
Strebeck was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Big Spring to Sarah Ezell Busby and John Buford Wells and died Aug. 23, 2008, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son Gene Audra Jr., grandson Richard Chandler, sister Orville Lee Vermillion and brother Alvin Wells.
She was a certified food service manager and worked for Canton Independent School District, then retired from Mabank Independent School District after 18 years.
She was a kind woman and often brought her family together. She was a loving wife and mother and caring grandmother who will be missed by many.
Survivors include her husband Gene A. Strebeck, Canton; daughters and son-in-law Cindy and Larry Anderson, Rowlett; Regina and Steve Faulkenberry, Irving; Melody and Tom Vincent, Little Elm; and Darla and Paul Camman, New Milford, Conn.; son and daughter-in-law Wade and Enola Lunsford, Quinlan; sisters Flo Harris, Seagoville; Ida Maberry, Carthage; and Emma Camp, Ardmore, Okla.; brothers Thomas Wells, Woodbury, N.J.; Glenn Wells, Lindale; and Ben Wells, Gunter; grandchildren Anthony Edwards, Amanda Edwards, Sean Chandler, Ashley Chandler, Paige Vincent, Michael Lunsford, Caleb Lunsford and Julia Camman; great-grandchildren Ariana Fernandez, Clarissa Fernandez and Laurel Baugh.
Pallbearers were Larry Anderson, Steve Faulkenberry, Tom Vincent and Paul Camman.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.multiplemyeloma.org.

Donald Hillyard
Services for Donald H. Hillyard, 48, Malakoff, were held Aug. 26, 2008, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Hillyard was born Oct. 10, 1959, in Ithaca, N.Y., to the late Lillian Anderson and Carl Hillyard and died Aug. 22, 2008, in Malakoff.
He was a storekeeper in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include partner Robert Vaughn; daughter Dawn Hillyard; sons Brian Hillyard and Derek Vaughn; sister Sandra Montgomery; brothers James Hillyard and David Hillyard; and grandchild James Key.

Charles Whatley
Services for Charles Leo Whatley, 75, Trinidad, were held Aug. 23, 2008, at the Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Tool with Chuck Weber and Joe Bon Baisden officiating. Interment was in Mankin Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Whatley was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Italy to Cleo and Robert Clark Whatley and died Aug. 21, 2008, in Trinidad.
He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, parents and grandson Brent Fellin.
He lived for his children and loved being with people. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean War and was a member of the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church and the Cedar Creek Optimist Club. He was a self-employed businessman.
Survivors include his daughter Debra and husband Mike Ferguson; son David and wife Johnnie Whatley; granddaughters Shelby, Megan and Amber Ferguson.

Carolyn Rodgers
Graveside services for Carolyn Jane Rodgers, 81, Athens, were held Aug. 13, 2008, at Post Oak Cemetery, Navarro County, with Gene Bishop officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Rodgers was born May 2, 1927, in Oakland, Calif. and died Aug. 10, 2008, in East Texas Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents Violet Wilton and Fred Burnell, husband Ivie James Rodgers and son James Rodgers.
She was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Pamela Rodgers, San Jose, Calif.; and grandson James Grimmer.

Richard Blaase
Services for Richard “Dick” Blaase, 70, Mabank, were held Aug. 25, 2008, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brent Tucker officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Blaase was born Oct. 7, 1937, in Decatur, Ill., and died Aug. 22, 2008, in Dallas.
Previously of California, he had resided in Mabank for the past 5˝ years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was an electrical engineer and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 52 in Tucson, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife Rose Mary Blaase, Mabank; sons Randall Blaase and wife Kathi, Lakeside, Ariz.; and Robert Blaase and wife Holly, Gun Barrel City; daughter Rollis Hyman and husband Ron, Arizona: grandchildren Amber Vivaldi, Mathew and Danny Hyman, Tiffany, Stephanie and Rhonda Blaase; and two great-grandchildren.

Blair Whitelaw
A memorial service for Blair Whitelaw, 86. Enchanted Oaks, was held Aug. 24, 2008, at the Enchanted Oaks Community Center under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Whitelaw was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Eads, Colo., and died Aug. 19, 2008, in Gun Barrel City. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Whitelaw in 1999 and a son Mark Whitelaw in 2000.
Previously of Arlington he had resided in Enchanted Oaks for 35 years and had served as mayor from 1983 to 1997.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy Squadron VPB-25. He was a lieutenant commander in the Korean War and was a decorated veteran.
He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his son Jim Whitelaw and wife Donna, New Orleans, La.; daughter-in-law Laura Whitelaw, Fort Worth; sister Helen Gess, Colorado; grandchildren Brian and Adam Whitelaw and Justin May; and seven great-grandchildren.

James Ingram
Services for James Ulman Ingram, 71, Payne Springs, are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ingram was born July 17, 1937, in Corsicana and died Aug. 23, 2008, in Payne Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bernice and Preston Ingram.
Previously of Waxahachie, he had resided in Payne Springs for the past 12 years. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1955 as salutatorian.
He was a nuclear instrument technician and a member of the Gunslinger’s Motor Cycle Club.
Survivors include his wife Ruth B. Ingram, Payne Springs; sons Keith A. Ingram, Indiana; and Brian K. Ingram, Waxahachie; daughters Laura Berglund, Waxahachie; Julie Ingram, Waxahachie; and Amy Roberts, Plano; 13 grandchildren; and brother Preston Ingram Jr., Baton Rouge, La.

Charles McQueen
Graveside services for Charles McQueen were held Aug. 27, 2008, in Mankin Cemetery with the Rev. Don Bell officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
McQueen died Aug. 23, 2008, in his home in Gun Barrel City. He was preceded in death by his parents Effie and Dale McQueen, son Steve McQueen and brother Jimmy McQueen.
Survivors include his wife Lucille; daughters Kathy and husband Rick Humphrey; Joan and husband Dan Huff; grandson Joshua Munson; stepdaughters Sharon Field, Patti Hoover and Bari Evans; stepsons Billy Morgan and Donald and wife Sonja Whitten; numerous nieces and nephews.
 

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