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  Michael Banning
A memorial service for Michael Banning, 60, Gun Barrel City, was held Oct. 11, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Seven Points with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Banning was born Dec. 11, 1947, in Dallas and died Oct. 8, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
He was a business man and had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 12 years.
Survivors include his sons Jay Banning and wife Denise; and Roger Cottrell and wife Kerry; granddaughter Heather Banning; sisters Rita Denton; and Shannon Rous; brother Jim Banning; other family members and many friends.

Shirley Click
Services for Shirley Jean Click, 71, Kemp, were held Oct. 8, 2008, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Don Bell officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville.
Click was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Dallas to the late Gladys Johnson and Eugene Hennessee and died Oct. 8, 2008. She was preceded in death by her stepmother Mary Hennessee Coleman.
She was a member of the Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Seven Points where she taught Sunday School.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years George Click, Kemp; sons Tony Solomon, Panama City, Fla.; and Bryan Perkins, Longview; grandchildren Christine, Amber, Aaron and Karl Jean; great-grandchildren Caleb and Taylor; brother Dick Hennessee, Arlington; sisters Marsha Martin, Log Cabin; Dene Hennessee, Waxahachie; Penny Dougherty, East Texas; and Nancy Warren, Buffalo, N.Y.; numerous relatives and a host of friends.

Cordia Reynolds
Services for Cordia Lorene Reynolds, 89, Payne Springs, were held Oct. 14, 2008, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Reynolds was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Eustace and died Oct. 10, 2008, in Mesquite.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Excel Reynolds.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Payne Springs since 1976. She was a homemaker who loved to garden and cook and was a member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons Rex Reynolds and wife Judy, Rockwall; and Robbie Reynolds and wife Carolyn, W. Jefferson, N.C.; grandchildren Christy Wolfskill and husband Andy, Arlington; Cindy Carmichael and husband Todd, Rockwall; Scott Reynolds and wife Rita, Rockwall; and Laura Reynolds, North Carolina; great-grandchildren Courtney, Ali, Carson and Oliva Wolfskill, Ryan Collier, Morgan and Presley Carmicael and Laci Finch; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Scott Reynolds, Andy Wolfskill, and Todd Carmichael.
Honorary pallbearer was Glen Reynolds.

Gerald Otto
Graveside services for Gerald Dean Otto, 62, Payne Springs, were held Oct. 13, 2008, at Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Otto was born March 11, 1946, in Wildorado to Selmar Blakeney and Ernest Otto and died Oct. 11, 2008, in Dallas. He had lived in Payne Springs the past 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Christopher Ray Otto, brother Johnie Paul Otto and nephew James Wesley Almand.
He had worked as a service station operator, sheetrocker and caretaker for Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.
He was baptized as a young man and was a Baptist by faith.
He was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 4376.
He loved to kid around, did things his way and he will be missed.
Survivors include his sons Gary Otto and Jimmy Otto; grandchildren Justin Ray Otto, Joshua Ray Dean Otto, Jonathan Otto and Kaylie Otto; sisters Lillie Almand, Dora Wafer and :Judy Harris; brothers Junior Otto, Roy Otto, James Otto, Robert Otto and Edward Otto; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and many great-great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Daniel Applin, Michael Jennings, Jonathan Jennings, John Almand, Junior Roberts, Gary Black, Thomas Harrington, Zachary Denson and Joshua Smitherman.

Wanda Varnado
Graveside services for Wanda R. Varnado, 82, Eustace, formerly of Irving for more than 50 years, were held Oct. 16, 2008 (today) at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving with the Rev. Gail N. Gateley officiating under the direction of Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home in Irving.
Varnado was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Cross Cut to Ruby Wright and Roy Bennett and died Oct. 12, 2008, at a hospital in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Elvin Varnado, son David Varnado, sisters Waunice Little, Anita Torres and Edith Duncan, and brother Charles Bennett.
After retiring from Parkland Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse for 30 years, she continued her love of caring for others and her grandchildren were the love of her life.
Survivors include her son Steven B. Varnado, Dallas; daughter Donna and husband Charles “Rusty” Easley, Eustace; grandchildren Shannon Easley, Addison; David Easley and Deanna Browning, both of Eustace; great-granddaughter Mallory Mobly, Eustace; brother-in-law Junior Varnado and wife Omega, Mesquite.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Association.

Alice Cox
Services for Alice Cox, 91, Mabank, were held Oct. 14, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Cox was born Jan. 12, 1917, in Eustace and died Oct. 11, 2008, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her son Lonnie Ray Huddleston.
She was a homemaker and member of the Eastern Star Chapter 1062 of Eustace.
She was a lifetime resident of Mabank and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her granddaughters Paula Hahn and husband Brian; and Robin Langner and husband Bill; grandson James Huddleston and wife Erica, all of Spring; and five great-grandchildren.

Catherine Walters
Services for Catherine Hitt Walters, 96, Van, formerly of Mabank, were held Oct. 14, 2008, at the Hilliard Funeral Home with the Revs. Mike Calhoun and Darrell Lewis officiating. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank.
Walters was born June 4, 1912, in Kaufman County and died Oct. 12, 2008, in Van.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years James E. Walters, parents Rittie Beavers and E.A. Hitt and all of her siblings.
She was educated in Kaufman County schools and graduated from East Texas State University. She was a retired schoolteacher with the Mabank ISD and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mabank, where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed bridge.
Survivors include her daughter Cindy Cole and husband Kelly, Van; grandchildren Randall Cole and wife Melissa, Little Rock, Ark.; and Susan Lewis and husband Micah, Texarkana; great-grandchildren Grant, Gabrielle and Gabe Lewis, all of Texarkana; and Susanna Cole, Little Rock, Ark.
Pallbearers were Roy Carty, Jack Valentine, Randall Cole, Micah Lewis, John E. Hitt and Mack H. Hoskins.

RoJean Payne
Services for RoJean Benninght Payne, 61, Canton, were held Oct. 15, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Interment was in Goshen Cemetery in Eustace under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Payne was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Dallas and died Oct. 12, 2008, in Tyler.
Previously of Mabank, she had resided in Canton for the past three years. She was a waitress.
Survivors include her sons Ronnie Addison, Brazoria; and Rodney Cassidy and wife Diane, West Columbia; daughters Rhonda Garnett and husband Chris, Brazoria; Tina Ann Jones, Brazoria; and Brenda Jo Addison, Phalba; brothers Frankie Benninght, Kaufman; Bobby Benninght, Mabank and Paul Benninght, Mabank; sister Brenda Benninght, Texas City; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

O.F. Thompson
Services for O.F. “Tommy” Thompson, 80, Kemp, were held Oct. 14, 2008, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool with the Rev. Chuck Weber. Interment was in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his parents Agnes and Oscar Thompson and his grandson Paul Burton Ott.
Whether it playing sports at sunset, courting his childhood sweetheart Billie Jean, serving as a Marine, raising his two children, Jeanie and Scott, selling steel for Jorgenson, playing golf at Cedar Creek or fighting Parkinsons’s Disease for more than 22 years, he never, never, never gave up.
His passions remained his family and friends and endeared himself to all by his humility, quick mind and keen wit. If you knew him, you liked him and will miss him.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Billie Jean; brother Raymond and wife Donna, Forney; daughter Jeannie and husband John Ott, Fort Worth; son Scott and wife Cindy Thompson, Forney; grandchildren Kellie Bullinger, Amy Ott, Jason Thompson, Lacey DeLeon; great-grandchildren Drew, Luke and “M&M” Mary Margret Bullinger.

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