Obituaries

     
    Essie Lee Bennett
Services for Aunt Essie Lee Bennett were held Oct. 14, 2006, at the Calvary Temple Church in Mt. Enterprise, with Pastor John Wahl officiating. Services were entrusted to Jenkins-Garmon Funeral Home in Henderson.
She was born Aug. 23, 1917, and died Oct. 7, 2006.
Amid the evening, after the sun had set Oct 6, 2006, the angel of obedience swayed through the corridors of Canton Health Care Center in Canton and found Aunt Essie.
In the twilight of a second, he slipped an invitation under her pillow. The golden inscription immediately illuminated in Holiness revealing its message and the angle began to read: "Essie, the Magistrate of grace and mercy has requested your presence in the New Jerusalem. You will enter into a realm of unimaginable joy and perpetual care."
Aunt Essie, the eldest daughter of the late Wilber and Ella (Hall) Johnson, was born Aug. 23, 1917 in Rusk County. 
She attended school in Rusk County and at an early age, united with the East Holly Spring Baptist Church.
Later she united with Calvary Temple Church under the pastorship of Bro. John Wahl and was a faithful member until her health failed her. 
She then moved to Gun Barrel City and then to Mabank.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Medford Bennett and to that union no children were born.
She leaves a very special niece and nephew Russell and Cynthia Washington of Mabank.
Aunt Essie we love you and will miss you very much. Much love, Russell, Cynthia Washington and Casey Onuegbu.

Paul J. Harding
Services for Paul J. Harding, 56, Royse City, were held Oct. 14, 2006, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell with Father Mike Forge officiating.
Harding was born March 21, 1950, in Waterloo, N.Y., and died Oct. 10, 2006, after battling colon cancer.
He was a positive source of life, love and laughter for his family and co-workers at Food Fast for 11 years. The family will never lose the shining example that was his life.
Survivors include his wife Phyllis Harding, Royse City; son Aaron Harding, Houston; daughters Jennifer Riddle, Wylie; and Doni Parnell, Austin; six grandchildren; sisters Theresa Jackson, Willard, N.Y.; and Mary Ann Bellamy, Greenville, Fla.; brothers Charles Harding, Middleburg, N.Y.; and Micheal Harding, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tyler Cancer Center, 910 East Houston St., Suite 100, Tyler, TX 75702.

Mildred Virginia Randall Lee
Mildred Lee, 92, Kaufman, passed away Oct. 10, 2006. She was born in Tolosa, July 21, 1914, to Andrew and Katy Randall. 
Lee graduated from Kemp High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1932. 
She attended North Texas State Teachers College in Denton on scholarship for one semester, before the Great Depression forced her to return to her family's farm. 
She married Arvey Lee Jan. 1, 1933, and raised two children in Oak Grove, a farming community outside of Kaufman, where they were members of Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church. 
After moving to Kaufman in 1963, Mildred and Arvey became members of First United Methodist Church of Kaufman, where Mildred was active in the Dorcas Sunday School class. 
Survivors include children, Janice Floyd and husband John R. of Dallas; Jerry Lee and wife Lisa of Hong Kong; grandchildren Cynthia Floyd DeMars and husband Greg of Dallas, and Gina Lee of Boston; great-grandson Jordan DeMars of Dallas; sisters-in-law, Ellen Peacock of San Antonio and Helen Lee of Kemp; many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Arvey Lee; parents Andrew and Katy Randall; sisters, Evelyn Thornton, Opal Banks, and Dorothy Hale; and grandson Derek Lee. 
Graveside services were held Oct. 13, 2006, at the Kemp Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Kaufman or the charity of your choice.

Melvin Felts
Services for Melvin "Sonny" Felts, 59, Eustace, were held Oct. 14, 2006, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Smith officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Felts was born July 20, 1947, in Brownwood and died Oct. 10, 2006, in Eustace. He was preceded in death by a son Darrell Felts.
He was a contractor.
Survivors include his wife Linda Felts, Eustace; sons Robert Eugene McLean, Eustace; Melvin Felts Jr; and Moses James Felts Jr.; daughters Teresa (Felts) Burbridge; Loretta Felts; Faith Felts; and Rhonda Henderson; mother Wanda Henderson; brother and sister-in-law Glen and Marylee Felts; and Henry and Loreta Jo Felts; sisters Louise Brown, Rita Fowler, sister and brother-in-law Marylene and Joe Brooks; sister-in-law and husband Teresa and Andy Bradshaw.
Pallbearers were Moses James Felts, Henry Felts Jr., Keith Crowsey, Donnie Crowsey, Robert Eugene McLean and David Melon.

Gilbert Williams
Services for Gilbert Doyle Williams, 86, Trinidad, were held Oct. 12, 2006, at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chuck Weber officiating. 
Burial was in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Williams was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Buffalo and passed away Oct. 9, 2006, in Malakoff.
He was a cabinet maker.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Williams, Trinidad; son Allen and wife Sharon Williams, North Richland Hills; daughter Carol and husband Herb Rippa, San Antonio; sister Dixie Little, Duncanville; grandchildren David Devault, Danny Williams, Nick Williams, Jill Ammann, Karen Gandy, Wendy Brylak, Holly Weihl and Sara Ohgushi; and 12 great-grandchildren.