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Obituaries

Christian Maddox
Services for toddler Christian Dais Maddox, 2, were held Sept. 12, 2011, at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens with Bro. Perry Smith officiating. Interment followed at Shelby Chapel Cemetery in Athens.
Christian was born Jan. 10, 2009, to Cortney Michelle Gaddis and David Dais Maddox and died Sept. 8, 2011, peacefully.
When he was born, Christian weighed 1 pound 6 ounces at birth. He surpassed all expectations and overcame all odds to become the sweetest and most wonderful happy little boy.
Christian’s family was blessed with more than 2 1/2 years with him, and in that precious time Christian taught all of us so much about the true meaning of life and how important it is to have a generous, caring and patient spirit.
Most importantly, he taught us all how to smile again. His smile would light up a room, and his gentle soul made everyone around him long to hold him and give him all of their love.
We all know he is with God in Heaven reminding us to carry that spirit on until we can see him again one day.
Survivors include his “mama” and “dada;” big sister and best friend Morgan Michelle Gaddis; maternal grandparents Sherron Pyle and husband Ray, Kemp; Ruth Gaddis and husband Danny, Rockwall; paternal grandparents Elizabeth Maddox and husband David, Athens; great-grandparents Margie Tarpley and husband Jeff, Kemp; Marguerite Gage, Athens; Dorothy Gaddis, Quitman; aunts Camille Gaddis of Denver and Ashley Granata of Dallas; uncles, cousins and many others. He is also survived by family in Ireland.
Christian will always remain his parents’ precious baby and Morgan’s little brother, and they will hold him again in heaven one day.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Christian Dais Maddox Memorial Fund at the First National Bank of Kemp.

Jimmy Prentice
A memorial service for Jimmy Andrew Prentice, 64, was held Sept. 13, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating, under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Prentice was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Dallas to Frances and Clemuel Prentice and died Sept. 5, 2011, in Tool.
He graduated from W.W. Samuel High School in Pleasant Grove in 1965.
The following September, he married his high school sweetheart and soul mate Jeri Hudgens.
Together, they spent many happy years rearing their two children.
Prentice worked and served his country for four years as an active reservist in the United States Navy.
He was employed with Dallas Power and Light, later named, TXU Electric, where he retired as a distribution supervisor after 38 years of dedicated and loyal service.
He continued contributing his invaluable knowledge working with contracting companies, Standard Electric, Mas-Tec and McCurley Enterprises, in related fields of electrical distribution on a part-time basis.
In 1977, along with his in-laws, Doris and R.W. “Tag” Hudgens, the family built two homes and relocated in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
New friendships were sparked, and old ones rekindled with those who relocated into the same area.
Prentice commuted to Dallas every day, but managed to stay an active part of his family’s lives by attending most sporting and school events, as well as church and community activities.
He had the stamina of the Energizer Bunny™.
Prentice truly embodied goodness with his kind nature, loving heart and fighting spirit.
He thrived on the love for his family and friends. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He was known for so many great things. If you could smell the mesquite wood burning, smoked brisket was destined to be on the dinner table soon. It was a true work of art how he could make food taste so delicious.
His garden could have been featured in magazines; his constant attention was evident in the quality of the harvest.
Prentice devoted numerous hours to his cattle, which he referred to as “his girls.”
He made sure that everyone and everything was well fed.
Generosity was one of his finest characteristics, but he would definitely search for the best deals when making a purchase.
Prentice was always ready for conversation with friends or strangers. You could usually find him at Circle S catching up on the local news.
He was the ultimate husband, dad, Pawpaw and friend.
Prentice has been an inspiration and role model to many people. He was not one who wanted to be in the spotlight; his family may never know the numerous people he has influenced during his journey on earth.
He leaves a void in all our hearts and will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jeri Hudgens Prentice, Tool; mother Frances Prentice, Frisco; sister Carol Spaulding and husband Bob, Frisco; children Jeff Prentice and wife Cheryl, Frisco; Lisa Colman and husband Charles Jr., Trinidad; grandchildren Danielle, Lauren, Wil, Kaitlyn and Carsen; many nieces and nephews, who he truly loved.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The General Scholarship Fund Henderson County Livestock Show, PO Box 1372, Athens, TX 75751 or to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund , 522 W. Main Street, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156.

James Butler Sr.
Services for James Milford Butler Sr., 70 years old, of Mabank, were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, with Rev. Don Teague officiating.
Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank. Visitation was Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
He was born Nov. 19, 1940 in West Point, Miss., to James Miller and Essie May Ganey Butler, and died Sept. 8, 2011, at his residence in Mabank.
He was Baptist by faith and was baptized at the Buckners Boys Ranch.
He worked for the city of Dallas for 21 years and for Sears Roebuck for nine years.
Mr. Butler also served as a police officer in the city of Edgewood.
He was a member of the American Legion and NRA, and proudly served in the U.S. Navy for six years.
Survivors include daughters Tonja Cobb and husband Steve of Newhall, Calif., and Ruby Greene and husband Bill of Northridge, Calif.; son James M. Butler Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepdaughter Lorraine Phillips of Santa Monica, Calif.; grandchildren Christian, Brandi, Shawn, Brian, Dylan and Tyler; great-grandchildren Jasmine, Austin, Brett, Cheyenne, Chelsea, George and Emily; sisters, Portia Hunt of Houpa, Calif.; brother J. B. Hunt of Kerens; aunt Mary Ganey of San Antonio; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Cletus Brett Butler, sister Rosie May Butler, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Condolences may be offered at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Annie Dickerson
Gravesite services for Annie Louise Dickerson, 97, of Kaufman were held Sept. 14, 2011 at Baker Cemetery in Tolosa, under the direction of Parker–Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Dickerson was born June 29, 1914, in Kleburg to Verna and John Pendley and died Sept. 11, 2011.
She was a member of Southside Baptist Church, where she was loved by many and an inspiration to all.
She and her husband lived at Cedar Creek Lake and developed Tanglewood Beach Addition in Tolosa. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church, where she was loved by many and an inspiration to all.
Louise and husband Cliff married in 1930 and reared five grown children.
She moved to Kaufman in 2000, to be close to her two surviving children.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford; parents; grandparents; sons Luther Eugene Dickerson, Jackie Edward Dickerson and Edwin Earl “Skip” Dickerson and brothers Newton Pendley and William Oblackner.
Survivors include son Donald and wife Nancy; daughter Patricia Ann Wilburn Dickerson; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

James Day
Services for James Allen Day, 61, of Coleman, formerly of Early, were held Sept. 14, 2011, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. Interment followed in Burkett Cemetery, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.
Day was born June 19, 1950, in Okra to Faye Coffey and James Alonzo Day and died Sept. 11, 2011, at his home in Coleman.
He married Doris Clemons in Lovington, N.M. Oct. 15, 1982.
Day was a godly man, who always put others before himself.
He loved playing music for his church and others.
Day also enjoyed fishing.
One of his favorite past-times was going to auctions. He was going through the steps to become an auctioneer when he died.
Day worked in the construction field as a painter and was a member of Haven of Hope Church in Brownwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Jimmy Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Day, Early; children Ron Clemons, Early; Carlotta Arthur and husband Frank, Brownwood; Karen Matthews and husband Charles, Seven Points; siblings Kenneth Day and wife Linda, Coleman; James Davis and wife Rhonda, Lake Brownwood; Donnie Wright; Jo Ann Storey and husband Robert, Coleman; Katherine Richardson and husband Terry, Blytheville, Ark.; aunts and uncles Myrtie Storey, Brownwood; Melba McBride, May; Charles and Lil’ Brown, Comanche; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends.

Deloris Lenhart
Services for Deloris Hazelwood Lenhart, 72, of Gun Barrel City, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating. Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the funeral home.
Born Feb. 11, 1939 in Greenville, she was the daughter of William A. and Myrtle Odessa Hazelwood. She died Sep. 7, 2011, in Gun Barrel City, at her daughter’s home.
She was affectionately called “Dee Dee” by most everyone who knew her and “MaMaw” by her grandchildren.
She was a second generation gift wrapper for Sanger Harris Department Stores and she was a Christian.
She loved fishing, bowling and water skiing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Billy Ray Hazelwood; sister Betty Joyce McDougal and a nephew Kenny Ray Hazelwood.
Survivors include son Jerry Dale Lenhart of Dallas; daughter Staria Kay Stone and husband Raymond of Gun Barrel City; brother Gary Wayne Hazelwood and wife Cheri of Rockwall; sister-in-law Delores Ann Hazelwood of Dallas; grandchildren Shane, Kaylie and Tyler; great-grandchildren Jaemi, Bethany, David, Ava, Marshall and Dylan; and other family, along with many loving friends.
Condolences may be offered at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Carroll Cockerell
Services for Carroll Roy Cockerell, 75 of Abilene were held Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at First Central Presbyterian Church. Interment followed at Elmwood Memorial Garden.
Cockerell was raised in Abilene and is the son of Estha Neva Pennington and Edward E. Cockerell, Jr. and died Sept. 2, 2011 at his summer home in Anacortes, Wash.
He attended San Marcos Academy and graduated from Hardin Simmons with a BBA degree.
He was an entrepreneur, who start his first business when he was a senior in college.
Cockerell later became a stockbroker in California in the 1960s and applied his knowledge of economics to his business.
When he returned to Abilene, his business endeavors included the credit bureau, a family business and real estate development.
In his final years, he overcame many health issues including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, skin cancer and throat cancer.
Survivors include wife Karen Cockerell; sons Marc Edward, Jason David Maxwell and wife Lauren Rule, granddaughter, Carson June Maxwell, brother Edward Earl Cockerell III and his wife Kay; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda and Mark Daniel; nieces Carolyn Cockerell and Elizabeth Daniel; nephews Eddy Cockerell, Chris Cockerell and his wife Mari; three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at www.fhcrc.org.

Margurite Dugger
Services for Margurite Dugger, 82, of Mabank, were held Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at Tomlinson Funeral Home with Steve Bevill officiating. Interment followed at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
Dugger was born Sept. 30, 1928 in El Dorado, Ark. to Emma Lee Foster and Luther Anderson and died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack Dugger, daughter Stephanie Beddow, brother Jimmy Anderson and grandson Jason Beddow.
Survivors include son Kerry Dugger and wife Lynn, Mabank; daughter Karen Deflumeri, Payne Springs; brother Don Anderson; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Mattie Walker
Services for Mattie Grace Walker, 98, of Terrell were held on Sept. 12, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Byron Jones and the Rev.Eston Williams officiating,
Interment followed at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas
Walker was born Oct. 5, 1913, in Terrell to Rindie Pauline Brooks Hardee and Charles Bennett, and died Sept. 8, 2011, in Mabank.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 777 in Irving since 1948.
Walker received the Grand Cross of Color, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, for distinguished service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Ernest Slaton Pipkin and Sherman Eugene Walker; brothers Charles Bennett Hardee, Jr. and Henry Ford Hardee and sister-in-law Helen Hardee.
Survivors include daughter Kristi Siemens and husband Richard, Gun Barrel City; son Larry R. Pipkin and wife Lois, Meadows Place; daughter Sharon Sue Girth and husband Don, Miami, Fla.; granddaughter Susan Girth of Miami; niece/daughter Mary Lynn Pulliam and husband Del, Cedar Hill; granddaughter Sandy Peters and husband Ken, Sugarland; grandson Chris Pipkin and wife Amy, Missouri City; granddaughter Marcy Buentello and husband Oscar of Katy; other family members and many friends.

 

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