Evaleen Penwell
The journey from earth to heaven was completed for Evaleen “Penny” Teel Penwell, 86, Sept. 20, 2007, in Athens, as she went home to be with the Lord she loved, following a lengthly illness.
Evna Evaleen Teel Penwell was born July 1, 1921, in the Teel community to Mary Eva Whitton and R.B. Teel.
She was the first of four children. Evaleen graduated from Canton High School and attended Jacksonville Junior College.
She married Warren Randall Penwell Jan. 17, 1942. They made their home in Irving and Grand Prairie while raising two sons, Randy Clark Penwell of Longview and Donny Glenn Penwell of Colleyville.
Penwell owned Evaleen’s Interior Design for 23 years.
She generously gave her time to Dalworth, Turnpike, and Beltline churches of Christ, and to volunteering.
She belonged to many professional organizations and clubs. She unselfishly gave of herself to others.
She enriched the lives of those she touched and knew. Penwell received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her commitment to her community.
She was named Grand Prairie 1974 Citizen of the Year, 1977 Woman of the Year, Charter member and President of DFW Hospital Auxiliary, served in numerous positions for the PTA, Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Women’s Club, Soroptimist, Garden Club, Keep America Beautiful and so many more.
In 1984 she was recognized by Texas Gov. Mark White for “Exceptional and Distinguished Volunteer Services.”
In 1984, the Penwells retired and moved to the Mabank/Cedar Creek area where they enjoyed lake life.
They are members of Mabank Church of Christ.
Penwell entered the “Memory Lane” Alzheimers’ Unit at West Place Nursing Center, Athens, in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Arnell and Billy Groom of Mabank, brother-in law Sonny Lamb of Dallas and sister-in-law Mary Teel of Dallas.
She leaves to cherish fond memories her loving husband of 65 years, Randall Penwell of Mabank; son Randy and wife Mary of Longview; son Donny and wife Nancy of Colleyville; brothers Leo Teel of Grand Prairie; Ben and wife Diann Teel of Irving; sister-in-law Lorena Lamb of Dallas; and brother-in-law J.C. and wife Jerri Penwell of Rockaway Beach, Mo.
Also, grandchildren Josh and wife Jenny Penwell of Austin; Lonny Penwell of Longview; Melissa Pearce of Dallas; and Misty Penwell of Irving; great-grandchildren Taylor, Tara, Rylie, Molly; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, all of whom she loved.
Her life of kindness and gentleness was celebrated at a service Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at Laurel Land Memorial Park Chapel.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.”
“With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away, and though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
“A golden heart stopped beating. Your hard-working hands at rest, although our hearts are broken, we know God only takes the best.”

Daniel James
Services for Daniel Richard James, 73, Kemp, were held Sept. 26, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp. Interment was at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
He was born in Choctaw County, Okla., Aug. 13, 1934, son of Opal (Ellis ) and Dan James. He died in Kaufman Sept. 22, 2007.
James was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. His parents, Opal and Dan James, and a sister, Ruth Lindsey, preceded him in death.
Survivors include daughters Nancy Reed of Caney City; Judy Neet of Fort Gibson, Okla.; Darlene Carrier of Muskogee, Okla.; Sheila Asher of Las Vegas, Nev., Tammy Bryan and husband Billy of Wagoner, Okla.; Beverly Fuller and husband Bryan of Muskogee, Okla.; Charlotte Clarks of Kemp; and Glenda James of McKinney; 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

Walter R. Finigan
Services for Walter R. Finigan, 83, Mabank, were held Sept. 22, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Dittmer officiating. Interment was in Four Mile Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Finigan was born Oct. 3, 1923, in San Antonio and died Sept. 19, 2007, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Jean Finigan in 1999, and daughter Evelyn Jo Paul in 1987.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Mabank since 1983, and was a member of Four Mile Lutheran Church. He retired from the Dallas Police Department in 1974. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1431 in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his daughter Frances Jean Bone, Mabank; grandchildren Jody Vincik and wife Tammy, Mabank; Jennifer Smallwood and husband Bobby, Royse City; Tiea Floyd and husband Jim, Mabank; and Crystal Vincik, Marshfield, Mo.; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Contributions may be made to Four Mile Lutheran Church, 4601 VZCR 2607, Mabank, TX 75147.

Danny Lee Dennis Sr.
Funeral services were held for Danny Lee Dennis, Sr., 55, of Kemp, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with Ministers Tim Stevens and R. J. Stevens officiating. Interment followed in the Pyle Prairie Cemetery in Kaufman County.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.
Dennis was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Dallas, son of Sandra Anita (Manerva) and Robert W. Dennis, and died Sept. 15, 2007, in Kaufman County.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Kemp, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. His parents and a brother, Johnny Dennis, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Dennis of Kemp; four children, Brenda Gilbreath and husband David of Payne Springs; Danny Lee Dennis Jr. and wife Melissa of Mesquite; Christopher Dale Dennis and wife Kayleen of Kemp, and Chad David Dennis of Kemp; 10 grandchildren, Britany, Kimberly, Nicholas, David Lee, Dylan, Alisha, David Allen, Ryder, Taylor and Caleb. Also surviving are brothers Robert Dennis of Seven Points and Kirby Purvis of Longview, numerous other relatives, extended family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Billy Jones Jr., Bobby Wayne Jones Jr., Kirby Purvis, David Hancock, Jack Broadhurst and John Taylor.