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  Ray D. Smith
Services for Ray D. Smith, 69, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 9, 2010, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Cunningham officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Smith was born Nov. 27, 1940, in Lane, Okla., and died Oct. 5, 2010, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his parents Avis and David Smith and a son, Chris Hutto.
Previously of Irving, he had resided in Gun Barrel City since 1998.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. and retired from Jack Cooper Transport, Arlington.
He loved to deer hunt and had a great attitude toward life.
Survivors include his wife Wanda J. Smith, Gun Barrel City; son Craig Hutto, Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters Tamara Murphy and husband Mike, Corpus Cristi; and Deanna Mays and husband Tim, Terry, Miss.; grandchildren Melissa, Sean, Rachell, Tony and Brandin; brothers David Smith, Bokchita, Okla.; Charles Smith, Irving; and Carl Smith, North Richland Hills; sisters Peggy Allen and Luana Thomas, both of Bokchita, Okla; and five great-grandchildren.

Larry Hankins
Services for Larry Dean Hankins, 59, Mabank, were held Oct. 13, 2010, at the Eubank Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Preston Henderson officiating. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery in Martins Mill under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Hankins was born Nov. 25, 1950, in Dallas to Mary Geraldine Simmons and Travis Dean Hankins and died Oct. 10, 2010, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He grew up in Duncanville and loved to fish and hunt in his spare time. He enjoyed taking yearly trips to Galveston.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Hankins, Mabank; mother Mary G. Dickey, Scurry; daughter Winona Ross and husband Donald, Kaufman; sons Kyle Hankins and wife Candice, Arlington; Paul Hankins, Dallas; Marcus Hankins and wife Elizabeth, N.C.; and Mike Hankins, Duncanville; stepdaughter Anita Garcia, Lancaster; stepson Daniel Garcia and wife Kelly, Loveland, Colo.; brother Ronnie Wayne Hankins, Gun Barrel City; and 10 grandchildren.

Dalton Prewitt Sr.
A service of remembrance for Dalton Kinon Prewitt Sr., 80, Tool, was held Oct. 12, 2010, at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp.
Prewitt was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Mabank and died Oct. 8, 2010, in Shreveport, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ann and Claude Prewitt, and brothers Vernon and Calvin.
He had been a resident of Tool for more than 30 years.
At age 17, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged after serving with honor and distinction.
He owned his own business.
He was a proud Mason and member of the Hella Temple for more than 40 years.
It was his great joy and honor to serve on the Black Horse Patrol of the Hella Temple.
He loved hunting, the great outdoors, traveling, driving and giving people a hard time.
He was the most fun-loving, hard-working man anyone could meet.
He loved and cared for his family with all of his heart and showed it with his support and advice.
He treated his co-workers with the same love and care.
He was truly a self-made man.
He will always be loved, respected and missed by the many people whose lives he touched.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Nall Prewitt; sons Dalton K. “Ken” Prewitt Jr., Kyle Prewitt and Carl Ellis; daughters, Alicia Ellis and Terri Bauer; brother Claude Prewitt; six grandchildren and one precious great-grandchild.

Clara Pyle
Services for Clara Bow Pyle, 77, Trinidad, were held Oct. 13, 2010, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank with the Rev. Jerry Griffin officiating. Burial was in Pyle Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Pyle was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Dallas and died Oct. 9, 2010, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Dawson Hodges, and a sister.
Previously of Forney, she had resided in Trinidad for the past 20 years. She retired from Forney Food Fare and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley L. Pyle, Trinidad; sons Michael Pyle and wife Molly, Trinidad; Mickey Pyle and wife Sue, Forney; daughter Nancy Nichols and husband Nicky, Forney; brother Gene Hodges; sisters Mildred Buchanaon, Doris McMillan and Sandy Henry; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; other family and many loving friends.
Pallbearers were Shane Prewitt, Joey Petroff, Barry Chenault, Steve Chenault and Robby Roland.

Wynell Rippeto
Services for Wynell Vandygriff Rippeto, 80, Tool, were held Oct. 9, 2010, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Josh McDonald officiating. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis.
Rippeto was born Jan. 15, 1930, in Ennis to Ona Masal Cates and Prentice Vandygriff and died Oct. 5, 2010, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard Rippeto, grandson Michael David Mixon, and great-granddaughter Caitlain Hope Davis.
Survivors include daughters Sandra P. Davis and husband Ray; Lynda P. Mixon, and Melainie Luan P. Donaldson and husband David; seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John Vasquez, Juan Vasquez, Ray Davis, Dave Donaldson, Jonathan Davis, Rickey Sturch, Doug Rainey and Kenneth Donaldson.

Danny Rozell
Graveside services for Danny C. Rozell, 61, Kemp, were held Oct. 8, 2010, at the Kemp Cemetery.
Rozell was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Dallas to Dorothy and Marvin Rozell and died Oct. 4, 2010, in Kemp.
Survivors include his father, Marvin Rozell; mother Dorothy Maynor; brother Gene Rozell and sister Sandra Milligan.


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