Richard Blankensopp
A celebration of life was held Sept. 28 and 29, 2007, for Richard Blankensopp, 55, Kemp, by his family receiving friends at their home, where he spent a lot of time working on things for other people.
Arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Blankensopp was born July 23, 1952, in Dallas and died Sept. 26, 2007, in the UT Health Center in Tyler, surrounded by his family.
Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Kemp since 1991 and was a member of the Trinity Full Gospel Church. He was employed at Safeway.
He was a loving and compassionate man and was devoted and faithful husband, father and friend. He will be sorely missed by everyone he touched in his life.
Survivors include his wife Janet Blankensopp, Kemp; children Chris Blankensopp and wife Audrey, Mabank; Barbie Blankensopp, Kemp; Eric Henry and wife Ali, Iowa; and Jessica Gill and husband John, Melissa; 10 grandchildren; mother Mary Katherine Blankensopp, Terrell; sisters Betsy Gentry, Rockwall; and Sheila Howell, Allen.

Melvin Lee Beck
A private memorial service for Melvin Lee Beck, 62, of Kemp, was held by his family Oct. 2, 2007.
Beck died Sept. 28, 2007, at his home in Kaufman County. He was born Dec. 8, 1944, in Pike County, Ind., son of Maryann (Davis) and Virgil Beck.
Beck was a great man of strength and courage and he lived and worked for his family. He loved his children and his granddaughter. He had the biggest heart of anyone you would ever meet and when he made a friend, it was a friend for life.
He proudly served his country as a medic in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war. Beck loved to travel and he loved working with his hands.
He is survived by his wife and loving companion of 20 years Patsy “Patty” Beck of Kemp; daughters Renee Burnett and husband Greg of Dundee, Ore.; Maria Beck of Eugene, Ore.; Alicia Poovey of Kemp; and Amanda Carrington and husband Michael of Kemp; sons Larry Griffin of Asworth, Ga.; and Jeff Beck of Princeton, Ind.; granddaughter Kaylee Hyde; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He lived in Texas, but his heart was in the mountains of Oregon, and he will be going home to those mountains. Beck will be greatly missed and his family and friends will always carry a part of him in their hearts.