James Adams
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 angels 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.
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Verna Randall
Services for Verna V. Randall, 91, Plains, were held Nov. 2, 2008, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with the Rev. Jim Addison officiating. Interment followed in the Baker Cemetery in the Tolosa community under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Randall was born May 25, 1917, in the Tolosa community near Kemp, to Lillie Mae Thornton and James Walter Williams and died Oct. 31, 2008, in Brownfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wilburn H. Randall, whom she married May 25, 1936, in Mesquite, her parents, brothers and sisters Lonnie, Herman, Lester, Alta Belle, Alfie, Lockie and Argo.
She was a charter member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kemp and recently attended Calvary Baptist Church in Brownfield.
Survivors include her daughters Verna Wynelle Powell and husband Wayland, Big Spring; and Sandra Kay Teaff, Tahoka; sons William Royce Randall and wife Hallie Sue, Plains; and Gerry H. Randall and wife Frida, Austin; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and another on the way.
Pallbearers were Michael Powell, Kevin Powell, Stephen Randall, Trey Teaff, Kurt Randall, Greggory Randall and Wesley Randall.
Honorary pallbearer were Curt Randall, Tammy Wilks and Dawn Flanagan.

Ruth Howard
A memorial service for Ruth L. Howard, 63, Seven Points, was held Nov. 3, 2008, at the Sinners’ Hope Baptist Church, 9251 Manning Ranch Road in Eustace.
Howard was born May 30, 1945, in New Harmony, Ind., and died Oct. 30, 2008, after a long battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Larry R. Wheeler Sr., parents Freda and Ralph Gibbs, brothers Doris G. Gibbs and Noble E. Gibbs, stepson Jack L. Howard and one grandson.
She was a member of the Fellowship Bapitst Church in Seven Points. “Miss Ruthie” was the smiling face behind the Wal-Mart in Gun Barrel City service desk for 18 years. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years Jesse L. Howard Sr.; brother William Albert Gibbs; daughters Robin L. Martin and Tina M. Mattingly; son Larry Ray Wheeler Jr.; stepchildren Sandra K. Mick, Scott R. Howard, Earl G. Howard, Jesse Howard Jr., Jeffrey L. Howard, James L. Howard, Jonathan L. Howard; 26 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Tonya Picard
Memorial services for Tonya G. Picard, 47, Payne Springs, will be held at a later date under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown in Athens. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at
Picard was born Dec. 4, 1960, to Dorothy Malone and Johnnie L. Newton and died Oct. 22, 2008.
Survivors include her daughter Shaderia Morairity; mother Dorothy Malone; sister Sharron Hawkins; and four grandchildren all of Payne Springs.

Melvin Rowell Jr.
Services for Melvin Gene Rowell Jr., 44, Mabank, were held Nov. 3, 2008, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Darrel Lindsey officiating. Interment followed in the Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Rowell was born Feb. 27, 1964, in Austin to Verna Jo and Melvin Gene Rowell Sr., and died Oct. 31, 2008, in his home.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He was an electrician.
Survivors include his wife Pam Rowell; father Melvin Gene Rowell Sr., and sisters Naomi Graven and Melody Rippel.

Mary Pratt
Services for Mary I. Pratt, 87, Kemp, were held Nov. 4, 2008, in the Tomlinson Funeral Home with Bro. Jay Bowen officiating. Interment followed in the Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Pratt was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Omulgee, Okla. to the late Mabel Mae and Merl Spruill Pike and died Nov. 1, 2008, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph Pratt, brothers Bud and Frank Pike, sisters Lorene Brown and Daisy Mae Johnson.
Survivors include her daughter Marion and husband John Pratt, Grand Saline; sister Anna Laura Bowers; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Landon Walker
Graveside services for Landon Lee Walker, infant, were held Nov. 4, 2008, at the Cedar Creek Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Walker was born and died Oct. 31, 2008, in Athens.
Survivors include his parents Lacy and Bubba Walker, Gun Barrel City; sister Cassidy Jones, Gun Barrel City; grandparents Dottie and Anthony Browning, Mabank; grandmother Pamela Walter, Gun Barrel City; and grandfather Randal Walter, Burleson.

James Braziel
Services for James Earl “Buddy” Braziel, 66, Trinidad, were held Nov. 6, 2008, (today) at the Parkview Baptist Church in Malakoff with Brothers Buddy Hazell and Johnny Whitaker officiating. Burial was in Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Braziel was born June 4, 1942, in Dallas to the late Mary and Clarence Braziel and died Nov. 1, 2008, in Trinidad.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Ed and Wayne Braziel.
He was a brickmason and member of the Parkview Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Linda Braziel; sons Danny Earl and wife Sheila Braziel; and Don and wife Renee Williams; daughter Lori and husband Billy Syfrett; brother Billy Braziel; sisters Peggy Stringfellow and Terva Bussbey; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donna Thompson
Services for Donna Thompson, 65, Mabank, will be held at Providence Baptist Church in Tool, at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2008.
Interment will be in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Thompson was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Kaufman County and died Nov. 2, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
Previously of Whitney, she had resided in Mabank for the past 15 years and was a member of the Phalba Church of Christ. She retired from Bell Cleaners in Canton as a manager.
Survivors include her sons Keith Marney, Martinez, Calif.; and Terry Marney, Royse City; daughters Tammy Switzer, Louisiana; and Staci Brefczynski and husband Todd, Mission; grandsons Michael Keith Switzer, Joshua Switzer, Ryan Marney, Raymond Marney, Chase Brefczynski, Nicholas Marney, and Angel Marney; granddaughter Katie Switzer, sister Billie Pat Everett, Mabank; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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