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
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
or via check to Accelerate Progress at 711 Oak Crest Drive, Chapel Hill,
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
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
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.
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
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.