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Rick Warner
Services for Rick Warner, 67, Gun Barrel City, were held Oct. 19, 2009, at Cedar Creek Memorial Park with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Warner was born Feb. 10, 1942, in Glendale, Calif., and died Oct. 17, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
He retired to the Cedar Creek Lake area where he owned three restaurants prior to joining Johnson Monroe Realtors with his wife Brenda Warner.
He was a man who cherished his life and lived it to the fullest.
He loved his family and enjoyed his friends. His mission in life was traveling to warm sunny places.
He was Presbyterian by faith and formerly served as a president of the Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Warner, Gun Barrel City; sons Michael Warner and wife Katy, Flower Mound; and Jeff Warner and wife Valorie, Highland Village; daughter Nicole Alvord and husband Carl, Lantana; grandchildren Amber and Christian Warner, Flower Mound; Hunter and Hope Warner, Highland Village; Elliott and Emma Alvord; Si and Jada Pearson; stepsons Bruce Kimbrell and wife Jeri Lynn; Brian Kimbrell and wife Diane, Jacksonville; Brad Kimbrell, Key Ranch; and Brent Kimbrell, Gun Barrel City; other family members and friends.

Robert Freeman
Services for Robert Freeman, 73, Kemp, were held Oct. 25, 2009, at the Baker Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Freeman was born July 14, 1936, in Dallas, to the late Anna Smith and Arthur Freeman and died Oct. 22, 2009, in Athens.
Survivors include his wife Debra Freeman, Kemp; daughters Robbie Kay and husband Tim, Aubrey; Kerilyn Jontue and husband Tracy, Rowlett; Shannon Henry and husband Charles, Kemp; Stephanie “Rogers and husband Mike, Dallas; Sashasta Olmstead and husband Luke, Ponca City, Okla.; and Darcy Stevens and husband Christopher, Houston; sons Robert Freeman and wife Ann, Tyler; Brandon Freeman, Kemp; sister Nelda King, Kemp; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Frank Gorka
The immediate family of Frank A. “Duck” Gorka Sr., 90, will hold a private service at St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City.
Interment will be in the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery next to the love if his life, his wife Dorothy, who preceded him in death.
Gorka was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. and died Oct. 23, 2009, in Kaufman.
He served in the U.S. Army 118 Medical Battalion, 43rd Infantry Division from 1942-45.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for action during the Battle for Luzon in the Philippines.
He was a fighter and a clown to the end.
Survivors include his daughter Denise Cregan; and son Frank A. Gorka Jr.; granddaughters Nicole Swanson, Julia Gorka and Kimberly Gorka; great-grandsons Jacob and Andy Swanson.

Frances Sims
A private family service for Frances Sims, 91, Mabank, will be held Nov. 1, 2009, at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sims was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Riley Springs and died Oct. 25, 2009, in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her husband William J. Sims.
She had resided in Mabank for the past 12 years and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her nephew Charles Ames, Carrollton; nieces Pat Monroe, Mabank; Angela Heinaman, California; and Sue Moeller, Gun Barrel City.

Bill Smith
Services for Bill Smith, 56, Mabank, were held Oct. 27, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel wit the Rev. Steve Glosup officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Smith was born Aug. 17, 1953, in Kaufman and died Oct. 23, 2009, in Mabank.
He was preceded in death by his father William Smith, stepfather L.W. Jones, brother Mike Smith and daughter Crystal Raye Smith.
He was a lifelong resident of Mabank and a member of the Clearview Bible Church.
Survivors include his wife Diane Smith, Mabank; son William Smith, Mabank; daughters Tracy Smith, Dallas; and Elizabeth Colvin and husband Aaron, Trinidad; and mother Mary Beth Jones, Cap City.
Pallbearers were Dan Waltman, Javier Gonzalez, Jerry Moore, Arthur Whitley, Joe Williams and Mikey Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers were Brad Smith, Jonathan Welshman and James Luneau.

June Herd
Services for June Herd, 61, Mabank, were held Oct. 23, 2009, in the Herd Smith Family Cemetery with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Herd was born July 20, 1948, in Tyler and died Oct. 21, 2009, in Kaufman.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Don Herd in 2004.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Mabank since 1984, and was Baptist by faith.
She worked for the City of Mabank since 2004, and was a caring person who loved to crochet.
Survivors include her sons Larry Smith Jr. and wife Mona, Mabank; and Thomas William Morgan Smith and wife Rhonda, Garland, daughters Tammy Gayle Smith and Mary Patricia Bowlin and husband Jim, Alabama; mother Mary Robinson, Garland; seven grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister Gayle Ray, Mesquite.


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