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  Robert Furr
Services for Robert L. “Bob” Furr, 96, Mabank, were held Oct. 29, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eston Williams and Glen Ballard officiating. Interment was in Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Furr was born Nov. 20, 1910, in Iowa Park and died Oct. 27, 2007, in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his wife Sybil Furr.
Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Mabank for the past 30 years and was a member of the Aley United Methodist Church. He retired from the Southern Ice Company in 1973, as an engineer.
Survivors include his son Donald Furr and wife Jeannie, Scotland, Ark.; daughters Mary Spears and husband Kenneth, Terrell; and Betty Bowling and husband Larry, Gun Barrel City; sister May Hays, Provo, Utah; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Kenneth Duke
Kenneth M. Duke, 74, devoted husband and loving father, lost his battle with cancer Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at his home in Kemp surrounded by his family. He will be remembered by many as a true and loyal friend.
Duke was born Feb. 8, 1933, in Bullard, to Bernice Wilkinson and Reid M. Duke.
He was an only child who married Billie Jo Jenes Oct. 17, 1954, at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas.
He joined the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University and was a member of the Class of ’54. After college, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Duke retired as a supervisor from the Dallas office of the U.S. Postal Service in 1991 with 30 years of service.
During this time, he also served as a reserve peace officer with both the Dallas County and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Departments.
Duke was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kemp and was a 50-year Mason who was affiliated with the Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge in Dallas, Commander of the York Rite Lodge in Gun Barrel City and was the Past Master of the Roddy Masonic Lodge No. 734 in Mabank.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years Billie Jo Duke; and his children Byrnadel and Stan Gunn Jr. of Fort Worth; Kenneth M. Duke Jr. of Tomball; and Joanna and Roy Slaton of Kemp; three grandchildren Thomas Trevino, Lauren Slaton, and Jeffrey Gunn. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Patch.
Duke was preceded in death by his father Reid M. Duke, and his mother, Bernice Wilkinson Duke.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Kemp, with the Rev. Bill McMullins officiating. Internment will follow at Laurel Land in Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lamar Award, a scholarship fund, in care of the Roddy Lodge No. 734, P.O. Box 1172, Mabank, TX 75147.

Billy Strange
Graveside services for Billy Strange, 67, were held Oct. 26, 2007, in Kaufman County Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Strange was born March 25, 1940, in Athens to Myrtle Lock and Albert Strange and died Oct. 21, 2007, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Strange, three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of more than 40 years Emma Strange; children Bobby Ficco and wife Marilyn; Johnny Strange; and Sue Hollaway and husband Kenny; brother John Edward Strange; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as extended family and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

Erma Peterson
Services for Erma Peterson, 93, Kemp, were held Oct. 30, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Bro. Ed Brennan officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Seven Points.
Peterson was born Oct. 3, 1914, in Gracemont, Okla.; and died Oct. 26, 2007, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 43 years Luther J. Peterson.
She retired from her work in cosmetic sales at Sears in 1970. She was an accomplished artist and seamstress. She took pride in her gardening and caring for her lawn. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tool.
Survivors include her sons John Peterson, Dallas; and Paul Lindy Peterson, Elgin; granddaughter Amy Gonzales; and two great-grandchildren.

James Zafereo
Services for James Byron Zafereo, 52, Trinidad, were held Nov.1, 2007, at Trinidad Cemetery with Bro. Lovell Mayfield of Athens officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Zafereo was born Nov. 23, 1954, in Athens to Claude Jackson and the late Mary Florence Francis, and died Oct. 27, 2007, in Athens.
Survivors include stepmother Billie Jackson, Trinidad; brothers Peter D. and wife Madeline Zafereo, Deer Park, Ill.; and Billy Don Gifford, Trinidad; niece Careen Howard, Deer Park, Ill.; nephew Paul Zafereo, Deer Park, Ill.; sisters Pamela Brown, Trinidad and Linda Reese, Fort Worth.

E.M. Jordan
A memorial service for E.M. “Bill” Jordan, 78, was held Oct. 30, 2007, at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman with longtime family friend Terry Thomas officiating.
Jordan was born March 22, 1929, in Mabank and died in Oct. 28, 2007, in Kaufman. He was preceded in death by daughter Toni.
Raised in Mabank, he was a resident of Kaufman for more than 40 years. He resided in Wills Point the last year of his life.
He graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. He practiced law from 1968 to his recent retirement, and was a well respected member of the state and local bar.
He was a member of the Bloomfield, Artesia and Roddy Masonic Lodges and was an active Shriner. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3905 and the American Legion Post 165. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
He married Barbara Countryman May 2, 1975, they were members of the First Baptist Church in Kaufman.
Survivors include his wife Barbara, Wills Point; sister Marion Snow, Fort Worth; mother-in-law Ann Countryman, Kaufman; brother-in-law Johnny Countryman, Kaufman; sons William Jordan and Johnny Mack Clay, both of Kaufman; daughters Mary Jane Burginger, Kaufman and Tina Schwarz, Wills Point; grandchildren Andrew Jordan, Erin Brooks, Cory Ando, Jeff Jordan, Amy Moore and Ashley Ando; and two great-grandchildren.