A service of remembrance for Rebecca “Becky” Gail Ray, Malakoff, 57, Malakoff, was held Nov. 1, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Malakoff.
Ray was born Nov. 29, 1951, and died Oct. 27, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her father Claude Mullins.
Having spent most of her life in Malakoff, she was known and loved by many Henderson County residents.
She touched many lives through the years by living her faith on a daily basis which was reflected by her warmth, compassion and generosity.
Her life revolved around her family, community and First Baptist Church of Malakoff.
She was a sports lover. At the top of her list would be the Malakoff Tigers and secondly, a flip of a coin between the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers.
Her greatest joy was the times she spent with her husband, children, church ministry and her two grandsons Beau and Holden Ray, and granddaughter Kendall Ray.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years O.B. Ray; sons Bart Ray, Fort Worth; Matt and wife Hilary Ray, Malakoff; and Adam and wife Misty Ray, Tyler; mother Charlene Mullins, Malakoff; sister Sandy Shirey, Athens; brothers Bill Mullins, Malakoff; Charles Mullins, Malakoff; and sister Jay Jay Lee, Katy; sister-in-law Tammy Mullins; brother-in-law Kelley Lee; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers send donations in honor of Ray to Malakoff Teenage Youth Sports Association, First State Bank of Malakoff.
James Lynn “J.L.” Adams Jr. was born in Dallas, July 6, 1987 to Jimmy and Mary Adams and passed away in Tyler, Oct. 26, 2008 at the age of 21 years.
His loving mother Mary Fay Cochran Adams preceded him in death.
His loving father James Lynn Adams Sr., sister Amy Lynn Adams, grandparents Janet Conerly, James and Lois Adams, Charles and Bobbie Cochran, aunts and uncles Vicki and Danny Adams, Chuck and Debbie Cochran, Darlene Anthony, Judy and Simon Horn, nephews Kareem Price and Darnell Price, great grandparents and many other loved ones survive him.
J.L. was a happy, loving child whose best friend growing up was his sister, Amy Lynn. She watched over and loved him as only a big sister can do.
J.L. was born with Muscular Dystrophy and was cared for by his family until his mother was unable to provide that care, because she too, suffered from Muscular Dystrophy.
In 2001, J.L. went to live at the Truman Smith Children’s Care Center in Gladewater. His favorite thing to do was watch “The Jungle Book.” He watched the movie so many times he wore out several copies and a T.V. He also enjoyed anything showing Scooby Doo.
At Truman Smith, its wonderful and compassionate staff cared for J.L. All of the staff loved him, as he was one of their own children. They enabled him to go to school and learn with other children. Our family will never be able to thank the staff at Truman Smith for everything they did for J.L.
We appreciate the support and love they gave us these seven years. We also appreciate the staff at Hospice Of East Texas in Tyler, TX. for their compassion and loving care of J.L. during his last few days. All of you are truly God’s angles on this earth. We know that Momma greeted him at heaven’s gate. Now he can run, play and do all of the things he was never able to do here on earth.
Funeral services were held Wednesday October 29, 2008 at the Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
For on-line condolences go to moorheadepps.com.
Services for Anthony “Tony” P. Wang, 91, Malakoff, were held Oct. 31, 2008, at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Malakoff with Father Anthony McLaughlin officiating under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Wang was born Jan. 12, 1917, in Cudahy, Wisc., to Louise Buezkoswki and Olin Wang and died Oct. 28, 2008, in Malakoff. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn and his parents.
Formerly of Hayward, Calif., he moved to Texas in 1995. He served as past president of the Eagle Lodge in Hayward, Calif.
He loved to dance and was a jack-of-all-trades throughout his lifetime.
He worked in a circus, as a boiler-tender in the Merchant Marines, maintenance man, ranch hand, gold prospector, steel mill worker, security officer and numerous other trades.
He enjoyed entertaining friends and family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He will be missed by his family, his many friends in California, the Senior Center of Seagoville, Buckner Retirement Home of Dallas, Christian Care Center of Mesquite, Colonial Retirement Lodge of Terrell and the Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.
Survivors include his son Donald Smith and wife Judie, Payne Springs; grandchildren John Lee Mathis and wife Donna; and Allen Reid Mathis and wife Debi; great-grandchildren Halie and Dylan Mathis and Brandon Black.
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