Services for Geraldine Morris, 86, Mabank, were held Oct. 23, 2010, at the Main Street
Pentecostal Church in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Tim Weatheread officiating. Burial was
in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Fred McMullen, husband Paul Morris
in 2003, and brothers Keith and Earl McMullen.
Previously of Irving, she had resided in Mabank since 1984, and was a member of the Main
Street Pentecostal Church in Gun Barrel City.
She retired from Southwestern Bell in 1983, loved the Lord and her church, and was a
Sunday School teacher for years.
Survivors include her daughter, Paula McCoy, Mabank; grandchildren Crystal Harris and
husband Keith, Mabank; Somer Whitehead and husband Jason, Mabank; Jami McCoy, Mabank; and
Angie Moore and husband Michael, Crowley; great-grandchild Ali Whitehead; sisters Katheryn
Judkins and husband Ralph; and Marjorie Crockett; other family members and many friends.
Services for Marion T. Henderson, 94, Payne Springs, were held Oct. 23, 2010, at the Payne
Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Burial was in
Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Henderson was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Emporia, Kan., and died Oct. 20, 2010, in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Elvyn Tressler Baker and Charles Arthur
Henderson, brother John Melvin Henderson and sister Doris Thomas.
Previously of Houston, he had resided in Payne Springs for the past 21 years. He was a
Methodist by faith and a member of the Toastmasters International.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from January, 1942, to February, 1946,
in the European Theatre. He was attached to the Fifteenth Army headquarters at the time of
his honorable discharge.
Prior to the war, he worked for three years with the YMCA in Emporia, Kan., as assistant
to the general secretary.
Following the war, he was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Antonio and
then Houston until his retirement in 1980.
He was an avid lover of sports and the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing
basketball and baseball with his sons.
He was a ravenous student of history, religion and politics, and imbued all his children
with a love of reading and lifelong learning.
He thoroughly enjoyed holding court as master chef at family barbecues.
He was a devoted Christian from his youth.
He was a Sunday School teacher from a young age. This culminated in his leading a large
adult class at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Houston.
While there, he served as the head of the churchs evangelism committee.
His personal faith extended far beyond church walls, as he was a devoted husband, father
and friend who was held in high esteem by all who made his acquaintance and whose advice
was often sought.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Frances; children Marvin J. Jim
Henderson and wife Gail, Cedar Creek Lake area; George E. Henderson and wife Gayleen,
Grand Junction, Colo.; Janice Mohr and husband Greg, Decatur; David F. Henderson and wife
Ednelza, Conroe; and Alan G. Henderson, Dallas; grandchildren Sarah Knell, Cathrine
Erbacher, Marianne Henderson, Amy Kirch, Laura Haggerty, Rebekah Henderson, Brian and
Michael Mohr, Michelle Rendleman, Jeremiah Mohr and Jonathan Henderson, 21
great-grandchildren, and sister Joan Arnold.
Services for R.E. Bill McMillin, 82, Scurry, will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 (today), at the Restland Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at
Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.
McMillin was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Fort Worth to Opal Turpin and Elmer McMillin and died
Oct. 23, 2010, at his home
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Elmer Lee McMillin Jr., and James and
He retired from Sears as a line hauler.
He was a member of the Kaufman Masonic Lodge No. 726 A.F.&A.M., Dallas I.O.O.F. Lodge
No. 44, Athens I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 961, Lancaster Masonic Lodge No. 200, Seagoville Rebekah
Lodge No. 293 and Ridgley Encampment No. 25.
Survivors include his wife Rosie McMillin; children Martha Jean Williams; Michael Lee
McMillin and wife Lynn; grandchildren Tinamarie McMillin, Michael Lee McMillin Jr. and
wife Janie; Alex and Austin Williams; great-grandson Michael Lee McMillin III; numerous
nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to Seagoville Rebekah Lodge No. 293, P.O Box 13, Seagoville, TX
Charles E. Willingham, 71, Gun Barrel City, was born March 20, 1939, in Belk, Ala., and
died Oct. 8, 2010, in Malakoff.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hortence and Charles H. Willingham.
Survivors include his nieces, Beverly Ketchum and her children, and Karen Mendoza;
halfbrothers Ralph Dean and Raymond Kelton.
He was raised in Dallas and graduated from Oak Cliff High School.
He was a member of the ROTC and was a drill cadet and master sergeant.
He was active in the 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts and later a member of the Lions Club.
Before graduating in 1958, he received a novice Federal Communications Commission license,
learning to communicate in Morse Code.
He remained a licensed ham radio operator all his life.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a Cold War spy through 1963.
Shortly after, he returned to Dallas and earned his electrical engineering degree from
Arlington State College.
In 1968, he moved with his first wife to Carmel, Calif., and worked for California
Technical College, where he started his own computer business and invented a small
business and personal finance program.
He was a Baptist and after meeting his first wife, Joan, he became a Presbyterian.
While in Carmel, Calif., he became a Methodist and was a member of Los Alamos Methodist
Here, he married his second wife, Leslie Ann Walsh, in 1975.
He traveled the world, lecturing on satellite systems, During this time, his second wife
was teaching and giving flying lessons. At this time, they divorced.
He moved back to Texas and found the A-Frame in Loon Bay, where he lived until
In 1992, he went to work for Microsoft and made his fortune in stocks.
He owned a sailboat and traveled the world, sailing on and off, from 1973 to 2001.
To know him and his adventures, read his book In My Time.
Services for Ida Carolyn Brown, 91, Kemp, were held Oct. 27, 2010, at the
Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp. Interment followed in the Kemp Cemetery.
Brown was born March 4, 1919, in Memphis, Tenn., to Ida and Harry Kennamer and died Oct.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John J. Brown and all her immediate
She married her soulmate, John J. Brown, and together they made a good life running their
Survivors include many special friends and many nieces and nephews, particularly her
nieces Pat Russell, Memphis, Tenn.; and Nancy Horton and husband Walter, Mesquite, who
provided such excellent care and companionship during her final years.
Services for Reda Wright, 76, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 14, 2010, at the Eubank
Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Glosup officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery
under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Wright was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Pontotoc, Miss., and died Oct. 11, 2010, in Athens.
Previously of Edgewood, she had resided in Gun Barrel City since January, 1974, and was
Baptist by faith.
She was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and friend to many and will be greatly
Survivors include her daughters, Bethany Ishmael and husband James, Mabank; and Jo Ann
Morphis, Gun Barrel City; sons David Morphis and wife Cindy, Royse City; and Michael
Morphis, Keller; granddaughter Phoebe Ishmael, Mabank; grandson Nash Morphis; several
other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Matt Kujath, Jason Sapp, Jeremy Cheek, Josh Cheek, Stephen Flowers and
Services for Wanda F. Henderson, 80, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 27, 2010, at the Aley
Family Worship Center with the Rev. Hamp Manning officiating. Burial was at the Mt. Olive
Cemetery in Scurry under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Henderson was born May 9, 1930, in Brownwood and died Oct. 22, 2010, in Gun Barrel City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, LilyMaye and Melvin Chasteen, husband J.B.
Henderson, son Melvin Sonny Feliz, brother Samuell Chasteen, grandson Dallas
Weder and great-grandchild Richard Hutchins.
She had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 40 years and was a member of the Aley
Family Worship Center. Everyone called her Mama.
Survivors include her daughters, Wanda Wezee Brown, Gun Barrel City; Rita
Fowler, Eustace; and Mayelene Brooks, Murchison; sons Glen Feltz and wife MaryLee, Tool;
Henry Feltz and wife Jo, Mabank; and Ronny Henderson, Mabank; brother Tommy Chasteen and
wife Shirley, Prairieville; 25 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and four
great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were George Middelton, Bubba Feltz, Judge Reece, Eddie Reece, Melvin Feltz Jr.
and James Feltz.
A memorial for Ben Gill Clements, 69, was held Oct.. 27, 2010, at the St. Michael and All
Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas.
Clements was born in Dallas and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.
In 1963, he received his bachelors degree in finance from Southern Methodist
University where he was a counselor of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
His business successes included leading the offshore drilling company Sedco, which was
founded by his father, former Texas Gov. Bill Clements.
He was Sedco treasurer for three years before becoming president in 1973.
He led Sedco to become the largest offshore drilling company in the world, according to
In 1983, he was named outstanding chief executive in the offshore drilling industry.
He retired in 1984.
Survivors include his father Bill Clements, wife Patricia Clements, Forney; daughters
Cathy Matthews, Denver, Colo.; and Margaret Napler, Dallas; son Bill Clements, Tyler;
seven grandchildren, sister Nancy Clements Seay, Dallas; and father Bill Clements.
Memorials may be made to the Pauline Allen Gill Foundation for the Center for Cancer and
Blood Disorders at Childrens Medical Center, 2777 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 700,
Dallas, TX 75207.
Services for Melvin Tarno, 85, of Gun Barrel City will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
28, 2010 (today) at the Eubank Memorial Chapel. Don Teague will officiate under the
direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Mabank.
Interment will follow at the Black Jack Cemetery in Kaufman County.
Tarno was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
Previously of Dallas, he lived in Gun Barrel City for 365 years. He was a veteran and
retired from the Red Ball Trucking company.
He was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his daughter, Doris Tarno of Dallas; brothers Eulis Tarno and wife
Evelyn, Kemp; Paul Fred Tarno and wife Janet, Gun Barrel City, Edna McRee and husband
Tommy, Gun Barrel City and Mary Alene Rish, Colony; other family and many loving friends.
Services for Jim Choyce Allison, 71 of Eustace will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28,
2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Minister Chris Schoolcraft will officiate and interment will follow at the
Allison was born Sept. 16, 1939 in Jacksonville and died unexpectedly Oct. 22, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Previously of Imperial, Nebraska, he was a resident of Eustace for the past eight years.
He recently retired from Allison Realty, Inc.
He worshipped with the First United Methodist Church in Mabank and was also a Rotary Club
member and involved with the Sabine-Neches RC&D.
He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1957; and in 1963, he graduated from the
University of Texas with degrees in chemical engineering and business.
He put himself through college on a track scholarship, throwing the shot and discus for
the UT track team.
After graduation, he worked for Humble Oil, as a chemical engineer. Other careers
followed, including stockbroker, rea estate broker, appraiser, aviator, quirky musician
He married Judith Merrit in 1976. After 24 special years of living the good life in
Nebraska, they moved to Texas and settled on the old family homeplace in Eustace, which
Jim dearly loved.
He cherished his family and his many, many friends.
We will miss him dearly and forever remember his smile.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Allison, Eustace; daughters Jennifer Frankovsky,
Austin; Julie Rowland and husband Tipton, Austin; and Amy Allison of Seattle, Wash.;
brother Brian Allison, Denton, grandchildren Drake and Chase Rowland, Joseph and Brooke
Frankovsky; other family and many loving friends.
Pallbearers are Brian Allison, Tipton Rowland, Ryan Crossman, Lee Traghella, Rusty
Pharmakis and David LaRue with honorary poll bearers Johnny, Harvey and Bobby Allison and