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Jayden Dingledine
Funeral services for our little angel, Jayden Lee Dingledine, 1 month, of Elmo, were held Sept. 22, 2009, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point with Bro. Gerald Huckabee officiating. Interment followed at Able Springs Cemetery near Terrell.
Dingledine was born Aug. 18, 2009, in Dallas to Crystal Nicole Pickens and Rickey Lee Dingledine Jr. and died Sept. 17, 2009, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.
The saddest word mankind knows will always be “Goodbye.”
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind must realize God loves children. Angels are hard to find.
Survivors include his sister Savanah Dingledine, Elmo: grandparents Cindy and James Pickens, Elmo; Sheila Dingledine and Fred Galindo, Eustace; and numerous other relatives .
Pallbearers were Cody Pickens and Dusty Galindo.

Mariah Reyes
Services for Mariah Nicole Reyes, 6 weeks old, Gun Barrel City, were held Sept. 23, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Howard officiating. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reyes was born Aug. 6, 2009, in Athens and died Sept. 18, 2009, in Dallas.
Survivors include her parents Maegan and Javier Reyes, Gun Barrel City; sister Makayla Marie Reyes, Gun Barrel City; maternal grandparents Lillie and Sam Newman, Gun Barrel City; paternal grandparents Elvira and Luis Martinez, Dallas; great-grandparents Barbara and Wayne Tillotson, Gun Barrel City; Rushie Newman, Dallas; uncles Joseph Newman, San Marcos; Pete Utter and wife Gracie, Somerset; Louis Zavala and wife Dallel, Rockwall; and Ruben Reyes and wife Rosio, Dallas; aunts Sylvia Perez and husband Victor, Seven Points; and Beckey Hernandez and husband Martin, Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

Russell Sikes Sr.
Services for Russell Ferrell Sikes Sr. were held Sept. 17, 2009, at the Roselawn Chapel with interment at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Sikes was born April 8, 1925, in Bullard and died Sept. 14, 2009.
He married Ruth Adams in 1946 and she survives him. He was known by many names – Russell, Dad, Uncle Pud, Mr. Sikes, and the paperman in Rylie.
His name was changed many, many years ago when he accepted Christ as his savior and he became a child of The King.
He is best known and loved by the name Honey to all his extended family, with some of the great grandchildren calling him Henny.
No matter what name you called him, he was greatly loved by a myriad of family and friends.
One daughter, Linda Sikes Nelson (2002), and one infant son, Donald Wayne Sikes, preceded him in death
Surviving children are Lois MacAllister and husband Ron, LeNelle Costlow and husband Clint, Russell F. (Rusty) Sikes Jr. and wife Teresa and Lyle Sikes and wife Penni, along with 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working on aircraft in Corpus Christi.
He worked in circulation for the Dallas Times Herald for 22 years and for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for 18½ years before finally retiring in 1986.

Opal King
Services for Opal King, 95, Dallas, were held Sept. 22, 2009, at the Troy Suggs Funeral Home with pastor Don Brooks officiating. Burial was in Grove Hill Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
King was born July 31, 1914, in Ida, and died Sept. 19, 2009, in Dallas.
She was Baptist by faith and her memory will be cherished by her two children Alfred Ray King and wife Darlene of Mesquite and Elizabeth (Liz) and husband James Long of Dallas.
Other survivors include 10 grandchildren; three sisters and other family members.
Pallbearers were Keith Thomas, Bill Oney, Frankie Goudson, Butch King, Alfie King and Stan Conner.

Lucille Smith
Services for Lucille Smith, 87, Elkhart were held Sept. 20, 2009, at Trinity Church with Bro. Benny Burlison officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.
Smith was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Tyler to Lucy and Herbert Owens and died Sept. 17, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond Earl Smith, and grandsons Buddy Earl Dancer and Charles Benjamin McKinney.
After meeting the love of her life Raymond Earl Smith, they married June 25, 1938. They moved to Elkhart in 1958, with their five children. She lived a long and devoted life to her family and her Lord.
Survivors include children Mary Negethon and her late husband Gene, Palestine; Patricia McKinney and husband Hubert. Palestine; Randall Smith and wife Joyce, Tyler; Janice Durham and husband Travis, Seven Points; and Donna Dancer and husband Harold, Kemp; brother Carl Monroe Owens Sr., Tyler; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons Rickey Negethon, Robert McKinney, Wayne Smith, Monte Dancer, Travis Durham Jr. and great-grandson Andrew Luce.
Honorary pallbearers were close friend Kenneth Knowlton and great-grandsons.

Chester Dyer
Services for Chester Dyer, 95, Mabank, were held Sept. 22, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Sapp and Billy Dyer officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Dyer was born Feb. 11, 1914, in Kaufman County and died Sept. 19, 2009, in Mabank.
He was a lifetime resident of Mabank and a good father, grandfather and a good coon hunter. He was a rancher and 60-year member of the Mabank Roddy Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his son Billy Wayne Dyer and wife Roylene, Mabank; daughter Sandra Featherston and husband Shelley Don, Kaufman; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sisters Opal Frazier and husband Gene, Payne Springs; and Ethel Dean, Oklahoma; many other family members and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were John Dyer, Mark Dyer, James Dyer, Billy Dyer, Russell Dyer and Adam Dyer.
Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Rash, Doug Hughes, Anthony Blaine and Don Martin.

Roger St. John
Funeral services for Roger Dale St. John, 65, were held Sept. 17, 2009, at the Liberty Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City. Graveside services were held Sept. 18, 2009, under the direction of Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
St. John was born Jan. 7, 1944, in Ragland, Ala., to the home of Beatrice Phillips and Tillman O’dell St. John.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Jo St. John; son Rodney St. John and wife Regina; daughter Teresa Hardesty and husband Kevin; brother Kenneth St.John and wife Carole; sister Shelby Jean Newton; and grandchildren Austin Hardesty, Caitlen Hardesty, Rowan St. John, Reid St. John, Lauren Hardesty and Ross St. John; numerous other loving family members and many friends.
His first wife, Sandra St. John, son Wesley St. John, and sister Geraldine Barber preceded him in death.
He will be buried beside his first wife Sandra in the Memory Gardens-Jefferson County Cemetery, Nederland.

Sam Polley
Graveside services for Sam Ray Polley, 30, were held Sept. 18, 2009, at the Pyles Prairie Cemetery with Pastor Joe Mendez officiating under the direction of Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Polley was born Jan. 7, 1979, to Vida Tanner and Frank Polley and died Sept. 15, 2009, in Tyler.
Survivors include his parents; son Taylor Polley; numerous aunts, uncles, family members and friends.
All cherish his memory.

Alexander Mayberry
Services for baby Alexander Jeffery George Mayberry, Tyler, were held Sept. 19, 2009, at the Payne Springs Assembly of God Church wit the Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mayberry was born April 12, 2009, in Athens and died Sept. 15, 2009, in Dallas at the age of 5 months and 3 days.
Survivors include his mother Whitney Mayberry, Tyler; father George Hubbard Jr., Tyler; maternal grandmother Debi Smith, Tyler; maternal grandfather Gary Mayberry, Winona; paternal grandmother Tammy McLeod, Athens; paternal grandfather George Hubbard Sr., Tyler; maternal great-grandparents Charlie and Jerry Turner, Tyler; and paternal great-grandparents Linda and Bill Land, Arkansas.

Gary Gorman
Services for Gary Monroe Gorman, 61, Kemp, were held Sept. 20, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Seven Points with Josh McDonald officiating. Interment followed in Kaufman Cemetery.
Gorman was born July 12, 1948, in Kaufman to Pattie R. Rice and David J. Gorman and died Sept. 17, 2009, in Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his father, and brother Sterling Scott Gorman.
He was a butcher by trade and owner of Gorman’s Meat Market.
Survivors include his sons Ashley Dean Gorman and wife Gwen; and Stacy Ray Gorman and wife Janet; daughter Royce Ann Gorman; brothers David Neal Gorman; and James Steven Gorman; sisters Janis Kay Heath; and Joan Ellen Blankenship; grandchildren Jared Edmonds, Preston Hart, Presley Mullins, Roger Gorman, Edye Gorman, Dixie Wisdom and Micah Wisdom.

Carolyn Hill
Services for Carolyn A. Hill, 70, Kemp, were set at 11 a.m. Thursday (today), Sept. 24, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. Interment followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville.
Hill was born May 9, 1939, in Dallas to Carrie Nunley and W.T. Bullock, and died Sept. 20, 2009, at her home in Kemp.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Forrest Bullock.
Survivors include her husband Arthur Hill and son Sam Hill, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter Sandra and husband James Mason, Garland; grandchildren Taunya, Tony, Jake, Carrie, Scott and Stephanie; and great-grandchildren Shawn and Ryland.

Billy Bailey
Memorial services for Billy Bailey, 81, Gun Barrel City, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Aley United Methodist Church in Seven Points.
Bailey died Sept. 21, 2009, at his home in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Jan; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Janice Bailey; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Staci and Cem Pirnar; and great-granddaughter Miss Emma (the boss) Pirnar; brother Bob Bailey and wife Carlene; seven nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Aley United Methodist Church, 1215 West Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points, TX 75143.
 


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