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Bruce Tower
A requiem mass was held for Bruce William “Coach” Tower, 60, at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Malakoff Aug. 27, 2009 with the Rev. Francis O’Dowd officiating, under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Burial followed at the Mary Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Tower died Aug. 24, 2009, after a 13-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years Carol A. LaValley Tower. They were married in Springfield, Mass. May 1, 1971, the same place Tower was born on April 24, 1949, to Fay and Robert E. Tower of Seven Points.
A longtime resident of the Cedar Creek Lake area, Tower leaves behind his son, Bryan Wayne Tower and wife Jackie, Malakoff; daughter Alisa Anne Tower, Mabank; and Jason Smith.
His pride and joy were his grandchildren Bryan Wayne Tower, Jr. and Dani Lanette Tower, Ashton Wayne Smith and his brothers Jori, Jadin and Justin Smith; sister Linda Tower and Gary “Tom” Ford, nephew James Bazinet, Springfield, Mass.; niece Jennifer Esteves and husband Paul, Ludlow, Mass..; uncle and aunt Charles and Jean Kelley, Rochester, N.Y.; aunt Janet Hess, Salt Lake City, Utah; numerous cousins and friends; godmother Auntie Bobbie and Jack Weaks, Florida.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Fern and Harold M. Tower; Velma and Kenneth French.
Tower graduated from Monson Academy and Western New England College with a master’s degree in business administration.
He attained the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Malakoff and a member of Knights of Columbus Third Degree Council 12253 Malakoff and a member of Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 2570, Athens.
In 1992, the Professional Insurance Agents of Texas named him the “Company Marketing Representative of the Year.” He was employed with Hanover Insurance Company.
He also served as a board member of Tri-County Soccer for 20 years and was well known by many as “coach.”
Most recently, he served as a founding member of the board of directors for Accelerate Progress, a group concerned with fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
This 501(c)(3) charity organization provides a voice for patients and others, who for so long have been left out of the policy decisions that affect them so directly.
Tax deductible contributions in memory of Tower may be made by visiting www.accelerateprogress.org  or via check to Accelerate Progress at 711 Oak Crest Drive, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516.
Pallbearers were Larry Blackmon, Joe Carbone, David Conner, Bobby Creech, Jerry Rhoades and Keith Wood. Honorary pallbearers are the Eliminators and the Comets soccer teams.
We would like to thank Dr. Koerth and the staff of Caring Hearts Hospice for the tender care given to Tower during his illness.
We want to thank all of our friends for their love, prayers and encouragement over the years and especially during these past few months.

Leonard Musick
A praise celebration for Leonard Musick, 82, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 30, 2009, at Aley Family Worship Center, off FM 85, two miles west of the Seven Points light.
Musick was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Childress, and died Aug. 22, 2009, in Dallas. He will be buried at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway.
Musick moved with his parents to California at age 12 in 1938, and returned to Texas in 1965.
He worked for Mobile Oil for 32 years, retiring at age 58. He was such a vital part of the company that for many years, they would call him when trying to locate information or calculations, and he would give them this information off the top of his head. He had a brilliant mind.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
He played guitar and sang praise and worship in several of the area churches in and around Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Tool, Seven Points, Eustace, Kemp, Malakoff, the Roddy community, Athens, Canton and Dallas.
He also loved to play in nursing homes and at civic functions. He had no problem recalling all of the old gospel songs his mother taught him.
Musick was an Elder at First Love Fellowship Church, and also helped in building several area churches. He was part of a group of men and women who would rebuild and repair homes for the elderly, shut-in or even the homeless.
He was never too busy to build/repair porches or ramps, cut grass or buy groceries. At Christmas and Thanksgiving, and throughout the year, he was always a part of meeting the needs of the people in the area with food baskets and toys for the children.
Delivering in the ice and snow was never a problem, as long as he had his little blue truck.
He was a kind-hearted, loving man of God. Although he will be greatly missed, there will always be “Musick” in our hearts.

Harvey Hurlburt
Memorial services for Harvey Lee Hurlburt, 87, Kemp, were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Kemp Aug. 26, 2009, with Minister Pat Sattery officiating. Burial followed at King Cemetery in the Aley Community under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp.
Hurlburt was born July 10, 1922, in Henderson County to Carrie Reed and Thomas Hurlburt and died Aug. 24, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
He graduated from Kemp High School, earned an associate degree and attended Southern Methodist University. He was a zealous Bible student and teacher and was a member of the Kingdom Hall in Kemp.
Survivors include his sisters Geneva McClung, Kemp; and Margie Funderburk, Dallas; brother T.L. Hurlburt, Garland; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 


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