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.
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
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
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
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
Pallbearers were Keith Thomas, Bill Oney, Frankie Goudson, Butch King,
Alfie King and Stan Conner.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.