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  Randall Clay
Services for Randall Lynn Clay, 50, Cleburne, were held Oct. 23, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Adair officiating. Interment was in Baird Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Adair was born June 3, 1957, in Dallas and died Oct. 20, 2007, in Fort Worth.
He was a truck driver and a previous resident of Mabank for 10 years. He had resided in Cleburne for the past two years.
Survivors include his wife Tina Clay, Cleburne; mother Mildred Ellis and stepfather Joe Ellis, Alvarado; stepmother Bonnie Clay, Mabank; sons Jason and Trent Conner and Timmy McKinney; daughters Kellie Clay and Katie Wren; seven grandchildren; brothers Donald and Jason Clay; sisters Barbara Lathers; Debra Galloway, Cleburne; Terrie Clay; and Shannon Steele.

Ramona Richardson
Services for Ramona Lynn Richardson, 50, Mabank, were held Oct. 22, 2007, at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Woods officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Richardson was born Feb. 12, 1957, in Hope, Ark. and died Oct. 17, 2007, in Dallas.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Mabank for the past 16 years. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband W.H. “Red” Richardson, Mabank; son Kenneth Landtroop, Payne Springs; daughter Cynthia Richardson, Payne Springs; and five grandchildren.

Alan Vargas
Services for Alan Ramon Vargas, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 22, 2007, at Cedar Creek Memorial Park with Father Raymundo Garcia officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Vargas was born and died Oct. 16, 2007 in Athens.
Survivors include his parents Ramon Vargas and Marisela Sanchez, Mexico; maternal grandparent Flora Garcia Soto, Mexico; maternal grandparent Juan Manuel Sanchez Peralta, Mexico; paternal grandparent Maria Dolores Garcia Olvera, Mexico; Paternal grandparent Victor Vargas Ornelas, Mexico; uncles Victor Manuel Vargas Garcia, Wills Point; Jorge Armando Vargas Garcia, Mexico; aunts Maria Eyda Vargas Garcia, Mexico; Maria Del Carmen Vargas Garcia; Maria Dolores Vargas Garcia; Ana Laura Vargas Garcia; Miriam Sanchez Garcia; Brenda Sanchez Garcia; Manuela Sanchez Garcia; Maria Judith Sanchez Garcia; and Daniela Sanchez Garcia, all of Mexico.

Elizabeth Ley
Services for Elizabeth Lucile Ley, 98, Malakoff, were held Oct. 24, 2007, in Cooper Funeral Home of Athens with Bill Hann officiating. Burial followed in Tool Cemetery.
Ley was born July 2, 1909, in Wellsville, Kan. to Alice Benedict and James Wasson and died Oct. 20, 2007, in Malakoff. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles and Warren Wasson, sisters Marie Caldwell, Mariam Jones and Marguerite Mattox, and grandson Ricky Ray Crye.
She moved to Califorinia in 1945 where she attended nursing school in Temple City, Calif. She was a licensed vocational nurse in Long Beach and Whittier, Calif. before retiring and moving to Texas in 1977.
She moved to Malakoff in 2001 and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Kemp.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law Betty and Jim Crye, Payne Springs; Carol Cummings, Burleson; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Shirley Wasson, Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren Jimmy and Dottie Crye, Cross Roads; Michael Cummings, Desert Shores, Calif.; David Cummings, Palestine; Donnie and Sherry Cummings, Burleson; Tina and Jody Green Burleson; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Billie J. Lynn
Services for Billie J. Lynn, 77, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 20, 2007, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Lynn was born July 17, 1930, in Wichita Falls and died Oct. 17, 2007, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Lynn Sr., brothers Roy Alley and Jimmy Alley.
She had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 28 years and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include sons Wayne Lynn Jr., Seven Points; Johnny Lynn, Seven Points; daughters Diana Lynn, Tyler; and Debbie Hedrick, Gun Barrel City; brothers Cloyd Alley and Doyle Alley, Wichita Falls; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

John B. Magness
Services for John B. Magness, 81, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 18, 2007, at Central Baptist Church of Mabank with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Interment was in Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Magness was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Currie and died Oct. 15, 2007, in Tyler.
He was retired from General Motors in 1983, and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Mabank. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Arlington, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Auto Workers.
Survivors include his wife Leota Magness, Gun Barrel City; son Johnny Magness, Argyle; daughter Peggy Magness Christopher, Fort Worth; sons Michael Walker, Somerville; and Clifton Walker, Woodville; daughters Phyllis Hancock, California; and Gaylene Compton, Canton; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Paul Daniels
Paul Dixon Daniels, 66, Athens died Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Athens. He was born July 16, 1941, in Camden, N.J.
Previously of Jacksonville, Fla. he had resided in Athens for five years and was of the Presbyterian faith.
He was employed in boat sales.
Survivors include his son Kevin Winnik, Nebraska; daughter Rene Newmeyer, Arizona; brother Scott Daniels, Payne Springs; and two grandsons.

Hilda Mae Pampa
Services for Hilda Mae Pampa, 64, Baxley, Ga. were held Oct. 19, 2007, in the Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Barker officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Pampa was born March 29, 1943, in Missouri and died Oct. 14, 2007, in Brunswick, Ga. She was preceded in death by her parents Marie and Elmer McRoy, husband Pete Pampa, son Wayne Cumbie, brother Dale McRoy and sister Margaret Bennett.
Previously of Mabank and Erie, Pa., she had resided in Baxley, Ga., and was of the Baptist faith. She worked as a cook in Wills Point ISD cafeteria.
Survivors include her son Earnest Cumbie, Virginia; daughters Mary Robertson and husband Willie, Dallas; Donna Kay Smith and husband Mickey, Baxley, Ga.; Lisha Hinson, Jacksboro; Frances and Tiffany Pampa, both of Pennsylvania; brothers Gene McRoy, Huntsville; John McRoy, Point; Robert McRoy, Mt. Vernon; sisters Virginia Johnson, Quinlan; Kay Wilson, Lone Oak; and Florence Bailey, McAllister, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Kelton Prather
A celebration of Kelton Pruitt Prather’s life will be held 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the American Legion Post 754 South, U.S. Highway 198, Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Prather, 70, was born April 10, 1937, in Navasota and died Oct. 18, 2007, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Tommie Prather, stepson Jay David Alexander and brother Galen Prather.
He was a supervisor in computer operations for ARCO from 1961 to 1985, and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He had resided in Mabank since 1995.
He retired early at the age of 48 and spent the rest of his life relaxing, traveling and entertaining us all with his legendary tales and never-finished songs.
Our hearts are filled with pain, as the legend goes, for this is where the cowboy rides away.
Survivors include his wife Pat; daughter Kandace Park; stepsons Mike and Russell Alexander; stepdaughters Lisa Alexander and Teri Rohm; nephew Shawn Prather; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice Care, 201 St. Thomas, Athens TX 75751, or the charity of your choice.

Carol Lynn Paul
Services for Carol Lynn Paul, 59, Payne Springs, were held Oct. 19, 2007, at Payne Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Paul was born Oct. 15, 1948, in Cleburne and died Oct. 17, 2007, in Payne Springs.
Paul worked as a banking officer at the First State Bank in Mabank. She was a member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Survivors include her husband Gene Paul, Payne Springs; daughter Stacie Lynn Simpson and husband Mark, Frisco; son Michael Todd Henson and wife Dionna, Grand Prairie; grandchildren Balleigh Lynn Simpson, Gavin Henson and Madelyn Brooke Henson; sister Karen Sue Deizell, Arlington; several nieces and one nephew.

Jettie Bragg
Services for Jettie F. Bragg, 89, New Caney, will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bragg was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Mabank and died Oct. 19, 2007, in Conroe.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her brother John D. “Bill” Mayhew, Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rena Berry
Services for Rena Beatrice Berry, 89, Waynesboro, Va., are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Berry was born May 5, 1918, in Shenandoah, Va. and died Oct. 21, 2007, in Athens.
She was employed in sales.
Survivors include her sons Joseph H. Berry Jr., Virginia; and Robert L. Berry, Greensboro, N.C. sister Phyllis Templeton, Richman, Va., five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 

Pioneering doctor came from humble beginnings
By Robert D. Dávila
Sacramento Bee Special to The Monitor

SACRAMENTO, CA.–Dr. James Arliss Pollock, a pioneering Sacramento radiologist and dynamic civic leader who was active in the arts, business, community groups and the Republican Party, died Oct. 17. He was 74.
Dr. Pollock was born in 1933 and raised by cotton farmers in Mabank.

Dr. James Arliss Pollock
Born: Sept. 28, 1933
Died: Oct. 17, 2007
Remembered for: Pioneering neuroradiologist with Radiological Associates of Sacramento; active in the arts, business and community groups, including Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Sacramento Theatre Company; Republican Party activist and campaign manager
Survived by: Wife, Jeannie Sylvia of Sacramento; son, David Pollock of Sacramento; stepsons, David Marchiniak and Alan Marchiniak, both of Sacramento; and three grandchildren
Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Pollock may be made to the Sacramento Theatre Co., 1419 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1954 and a medical degree from the UT Medical Branch in Galveston in 1958. He interned in Texas before serving four years in the Army.
He moved to California in 1963 and was a resident at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento and the UC Medical Center in San Francisco. In 1966, he was one of the first doctors on the West Coast to receive a neuroradiology fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. He returned to Sacramento, joined RAS and worked at Sutter Hospital.
He was active in medical organizations and received numerous professional and civic honors, including a leadership award presented last week by the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento. He was married for 39 years to Joyce E. Pollock, a leader of local and California arts groups, who died in 1993. He married Jeannie Sylvia in 1999.
Dr. Pollock, who joined Radiological Associates of Sacramento in the 1960s, was a nationally renowned expert in radiology. He was one of the first doctors in the country to specialize in neuroradiology and to perform modern cerebral angiography, colleagues said.
He authored a professional paper that is cited among the 100 most important radiology publications, and in 2001 he received the Gold Medal of the American Society of Neuroradiology.
He was a visionary who recognized the importance of new diagnostic technology, said Dr. David Seidenwurm of RAS.
When a regional health planning agency balked in the late 1970s at bringing the first CT scanner to Sacramento, Dr. Pollock organized a group of colleagues who put up money to acquire the equipment for Sutter Hospitals.
“Arliss was always ahead of the curve,” Seidenwurm said. “He saw that a doctor’s responsibility was first to his patient, but also to organize access to the provision of care for the whole population.”
Dr. Pollock’s leadership extended to other areas of community life. He served on the Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission, the Capitol Area Committee and the American River Parkway Foundation. He was a past president and board member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization.
He was active in civic campaigns for clean air, flood control and traffic improvements, including efforts to pass the Measure A transportation sales tax. He volunteered and raised money for charity, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Sacramento Children’s Home.
He served six years on an advisory committee for the Sacramento Opera Association.
He was a board member and past president of the Sacramento Theatre Company, where he shepherded a financial turnaround and better pay for performers, artistic director Peggy Shannon said.
“He was a distinguished radiologist, but you would have thought he was a theater manager because he felt so passionately about the arts,” Shannon said. “He believed to his core that the theater company and the arts are the heart and soul of the community.”
Dr. Pollock also was an influential Republican Party loyalist. He chaired Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign for president in Sacramento County and actively supported other GOP candidates, including George Deukmejian, Mike Curb, Pete Wilson and Sandra Smoley.
He also worked behind the scenes to recruit Republicans to run for office.
“He was so intelligent and found politics vastly interesting,” Smoley said. “He loved strategy and thinking through plans. When I ran for Congress in 1978, he took a three-month leave from his radiology work just to manage my campaign.”
Dr. Pollock was an athletic man who enjoyed playing tennis, scuba diving, snow skiing and riding horses. He was a quiet Texas gentleman, sometimes stern and intimidating, but with a dry sense of humor and a strong sense of loyalty, family and friends said.
“He was not a man of many words, but you always knew that when he said something, you’d better listen,” Smoley said. “But as you knew him well, you knew he liked you and didn’t have to show it. He was just always there for you.”