Obituaries

     
    Jerry D. Roe
Services for Jerry D. Roe were held Oct. 6, 2006, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with David Hassel officiating.
Roe was born July 7, 1960 in Waco, to John Richard and Alice (Thornton) Roe, Sr. and passed away Sept. 28, 2006, in Kemp. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from Carter High School in 1979.
Survivors include his sons Brandon Hughes, Virginia; Randy Roe, Kemp; daughters Mary Hughes, Copeville; and Angela Ingram and her husband Jeff, Mabank; grandchildren Gavin Brand, and soon-to-be grandchild Chloe Ingram; mother Alice Johnson, Mart; father J.R. Roe Sr., Dallas; sisters, Tammy Zanter and her husband John, Mart; and Glenda Johnson, Mart; nieces and nephews Rachael Luther, Chris Cox, Brittany Cox, Zack Cox and LeAnn Muniz; close friends, Kevin Hazelip, Robert Wallace, Josh Browning, David Hassel, and many others.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Wallace, Josh Browning, Jeremy Browning, Kevin Hazelip, and Larry Watson.



Pamela Lynn Martin
Services for Pamela Lynn Martin, 45, Tool, were held Oct. 3, 2006, at Grace Fellowship Church in Eustace with Patty Smith officiating. Burial was in Kemp Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Martin was born April 11, 1961, in Kaufman and died Sept. 29, 2006, in Athens. 
She was preceded in death by her father D.S. Houston in 1985 and stepfather Fred McGibboney Jr. in 2001.
She was the manager of an RV Park and member of Grace Fellowship of Eustace Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband Ricky Martin, Tool; children Michelle Boyce, Athens; Misty Davis, Texarkana; Delores Mowery, Longview and Ricky Martin II, Kaufman; mother Fern Houston McGibboney, Tool; brothers Dan Houston, Tool; and Bailey, Cayuga; sister Betty Gardner, Kaufman; stepbrothers Lee McGibboney, Mabank; and Ricky McGibboney, Big Sandy; stepsisters Pamela Meeks, Garland; Dortha Barnes, Big Sandy; and Juanita Mason, Henderson; many other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Rodney Gardner, Ken White, Kevin Mowery, Randall Gardner, Kevin Gardner and Rickey Martin II.
Honorary pallbearers were Tony Palasota and Franklin Boyce.



Joseph Tate Myer
Services for Joseph Tate Myer, Eustace, were held Oct. 6, 2006, in Cedar Creek Memorial Park with the Rev. Don Teague officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Myer was born Oct. 3, 2006, and died Oct. 3, 2006, in Athens.
Survivors are parents Jason and Amy Myer, Eustace; brothers Tyler Myer, Nicholas Myer and Randall Myer, all of Eustace; paternal grandparents Dale Myer, Payne Springs; and Renee Myer, Eustace; maternal grandparent, Gary Nelson and wife Karron, Mabank; paternal great-grandmother Judith Self, Eustace; maternal great-grandmothers Ruth Belcher, Mabank; and Ethel Robinson, Keansburg, N.J.



Sharon D. Purkey
Services for Sharon D. Purkey, 64, Tool, were held Oct. 5, 2006, in Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Seven Points with Bro. Tommy Merchant officiating. Burial was in Dallas/Fort Worth VA Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Purkey was born April 11, 1942, in McKinney and died Sept. 30, 2006, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her mother Cordie M. Templeman.
She was a housewife and Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her husband Larry L. Purkey, Gun Barrel City; daughters Michelle Smith, Irving; and Jeanine Daugharty, Tool; son Kevin Wallace, Irving; stepdaughters Beth Ann Swain, Keller; and Shelia Purkey, The Colony; sisters Deloris Donohee, Winnsboro; and Carolyn Holt, Waxahachie; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Jim White, Beau Craez, Phil Fisher, Willie Brown and James Oxendine.



Harry Alonzo DeFord
Services for Harry Alonzo DeFord, 90, Mesquite, were held Oct. 5, 2006, in New Gordon Cemetery in Gordon with Dr. Boyd Sawyer officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
DeFord was born May 24, 1916, in Gordon and died Oct. 2, 2006, in Dallas. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry L. and Isla Sue DeFord, brothers Robert W. "Red " DeFord and James L. DeFord, and son Sammy DeFord.
He graduated from Gordon High School in 1932 and attended John Tarleton Junior College and Texas University. He married Emogene Bartles in 1940. 
They celebrated their 66th anniversary June 15, 2006.
He was a state trooper and during his career with the Department of Public Safety carried 650 pounds of blood plasma which aided in the recovery of victims of the Texas City explosion April 16, 1947. He made the trip from Dallas to Texas City in three and a half hours, averaging more than 100 miles per hour.
He was in the parade delegation guarding President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline and Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie Nov. 22, 1963.
He guarded the governor in Parkland Hospital until the governor was released.
On another occasion, he helped solve the slant oilwell scandal in Kilgore. 
He was proud of his participation in the Boy Scouts of America and served as scoutmaster of Troop 557 for a decade.
Survivors include his wife Emogene DeFord; sons Harry A. DeFord II and wife Suzanne; and John L. DeFord; grandsons Steve DeFord, Jeff DeFord, Ronnie DeFord and Jason Pilgrim; granddaughters Jennifer Helbing and Sandy Avis; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247.



Kattie L. Ryno
Services for Kattie L. Ryno, 73, Kemp, were held Oct. 6, 2006, at Waxahachie Funeral Home with Chaplin Josh McDonald officiating. Interment followed in Sardis Cemetery under the direction of Waxahachie Funeral Home.
Ryno was born Sept. 21, 1933, in China Springs to Ruby and Frank Slaughter and died Oct. 3, 2006, in Kemp.
Survivors include her daughters Peggy Ann Baker, Kemp; Linda Duke, Meridian Miss.; Patricia Scharnschell and husband Frank, Plate City, Mo.; Latricia Spurlock, Kemp; son Cohen L. Spears and wife Patsy, Braxton, Miss.; brothers Bobby Slaughter and wife Peggy, Savoy; Frank Slaughter and wife Charlette, Whitewright; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchldren.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Harris, Jerad McKeithan, Steven (Bear) Baker, Dennis Lowe, Tim Crandall, Phil Mixon and Jeff Haley.
Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Scharschell, Tyler Crandall and Phillip Mixon.