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  Lu Juana Watson
A memorial service for Lu Juana Watson, 66, Kemp, was held Oct. 28, 2007, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home on Mabank.
Watson was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Waco and died Oct. 23, 2007, in Dallas.
She was a teacher and Mary Kay consultant for 25 years. Previously of Mesquite, she had resided in Kemp for the past nine years and was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include her husband Gary Watson, Kemp; daughters Sheri Jean Green and husband Mark, College Station; and Karen D’Lynn Woolheater and husband Kirk, Ennis; stepdaughter Shannon Leigh Garfield and husband Brian, The Colony; grandchildren Haley and Brittney Green, Kassi and Kyle Woolheater and Emma and Annabelle Garfield.
Contributions may be made to the Susan G.. Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway St. 250, Dallas, TX 75244, or the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247.

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.
Clay 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. He was preceded in death by his father Roy “Cowboy” Clay.
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; dog “Sugarman;” seven grandchildren; brothers Donald and Jason Clay; sisters Barbara Lathers; Debra Galloway, Cleburne; Terrie Clay; and Shannon Steele.

Howard Palmer
Funeral services for Howard Palmer, 84, Tool, were held Oct. 25, 2007, in the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool with the Rev. Chuck Weber officiating. Entombment followed in the Laurel Land Memorial Park Mausoleum in Dallas under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. of Kemp. ome.
Palmer was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Nacogdoches to the late Noah Webster and Dora V. (Cooper) Palmer and passed away Oct. 23, 2007, in Tool.
He was a graduate of W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas and served in the U.S. Navy, from Nov. 12, 1942, to Feb. 19, 1946, during World War II as an aviation ordinanceman.
He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Chief Petty Officer after serving from Aug. 29, 1948 to Aug. 1, 1969.
He was married to the former Norma Elerson June 25, 1946, in Dallas and retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postal carrier.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, and was a member of the Lakeway Estates Property Owners Association.
Survivors include his wife Norma Palmer, Tool; daughter, Linda Martin, Garland; grandson, Ryan Martin and his fiancée Kylie, Dallas; sister, Nelwyn Gosling, Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, Louis Palmer, Crosby; Jake Morris, Houston; and Leon Morris, Dallas; and other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Jessie Bryant, Herman Preston, Armond Volpini, Lovell Johnson, Louis Palmer, Galen Hartmon, Gene Ground and Delbert Leitchfield.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Fund.

Debra Abbott
Services for Debra Jean Abbott, 37, Mabank, were held Oct. 25, 2007, at the Shelby Chapel Cemetery Pavilion in Athens with the Rev. Dennis Woods officiating under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Abbott was born July 17, 1970, in Puyallup, Wash., and died Oct. 27, 2007, at her residence.
She was preceded in death by a sister Judy Jackson, grandparents Leo and Bill Seymore and Mabel and Herschel Jackson.
She graduated from MacArthur High School in Irving and attended secretarial school. She resided in Mabank for four years and was a member of he Liberty Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years Stephen Richard Abbott, Mabank; son Christopher Abbot, Mabank; daughter Jessica Abbott, Mabank; parents Lee and Kenneth Jackson, Irving; brothers Richard Jackson and wife Connie, Federal Way, Wash.; Jimmy Jackson and wife Renee, Orange Beach, Ala.; Michael Jackson and wife Lori, Roanoke; David Jackson, Keller; Jeremy Jackson and wife Sandra, Irving; sister Joyce Tilley and husband Allen, Carthage; father and mother-in-law Patricia and John Abbott, Bagwell; brothers-in-law Kevin Abbott and wife Mindy; Kelly Abbott and wife Kelly; six nieces, five nephews and one great-nephew.
Pallbearers were David Jackson, Jeremy Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, David Tilley, Kevin Abbott and John Abbott.
Honorary pallbearers were Michael Jackson and Richard Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1776, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156.

Carol Johnson
Services for Carol Johnson, 70, Mabank, were held Oct. 26, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Woodard officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Johnson was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Gary, Ind., and died Oct. 24, 2007, in Athens.
Previously of Sugar Land, she had resided in Mabank since 1999. She was an accountant with Coastal Oil Company in Houston and later worked with her husband at Ed Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning Service. She was a decoder at the Pentagon in the 1950s and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include her husband Ed Johnson, Mabank; son James Johnson and wife Patricia, Mabank; daughter Bobi Harrington and husband Darby, Sugar Land; grandson Blake Young; granddaughters Alyssa Harrington and Kayla Johnson; brothers Bobby Lee Beckett, Westville, Ind.; and John Thomas Beckett, Hobart, Ind.; sisters Bonnie Peck, North Judson, Ind.; Kay Lamphire, Valparaiso, Ind.; and Mary Kathleen Woodworth, Valparaiso, Ind.

Otho Dickerson
Services for Otho Lee “Larry” Dickerson, were held Oct. 27, 2007, at Roselawn Funeral Home in Dallas.
Dickerson was born April 27, 1956, in Dallas and passed away Oct. 24, 2007, in Athens.
Dickerson was preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Velma Dickerson and brothers Roger and Emmett Earl Dickerson.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years Alice Dickerson; daughters Edith Estep and husband Leo; and Lori Dickerson; stepdaughter Tammy Moses; stepson Lee Floyd; 15 grandchildren; brothers Donald Dickerson and wife Johnnie Faye; Marshall Dickerson and wife Vicki; Mickey Dickerson and wife Linda; aunt Edna Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.

Dr. James Arliss Pollock
The friends and family of Dr. James Arliss Pollock are invited to a memorial reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Pollock home at 479 Van Zandt County Rd. 2720.
See the Thursday, Oct. 25 issue of The Monitor, page 3A for a more complete review of the pioneering Sacramento neuroradiologist’s life.
Dr. James Arliss Pollock was born in Mabank Sept. 28, 1933 and died Oct. 17, 2007 in Sacramento, Calif.
He was preceded by his parents Grace and Howard Pollock and his brother, Weldon Pollock, all of Mabank.
He is remembered as a 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
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Sylvia of Sacramento; son, David Pollock of Sacramento; stepsons, David Marchiniak and Alan Marchiniak, both of Sacramento; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Pollock may be made to the Sacramento Theatre Co., 1419 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814.