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Marie Moorman
Services for Marie (McKinney) Moorman, 101, of Kemp,were held Nov. 16, 2011, at at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp. Interment followed at the Kemp Cemetery.
Moorman was born July 27, 1910, in the Becker Community of Kaufman County to Era (Halbert) McKinney and William Allen. She attended school in the Rand Community and was a graduate of Kaufman High School class of 1930.
Following a brief illness, Moorman died November 14, at Hospice HomePlace in Tyler, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
During World War II she lived in Dallas and served her country as “Rosie the Riveter” at North American Aviation.
Being known for her home cooking at various church events, Moorman began working in the lunchroom of the Kemp Independent School District after being offered a job by the superintendent that “paid more than farming cotton” in 1959. In 1966 she was promoted to high school librarian and retired in 1985 after 26 years of service.
She was a longtime member of Kemp United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir and was active with Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.
She was preceded in death by husband, Charles Moorman, brothers Bowen, Donald and Gordia, and sisters Janie Hall and Mary Nuckolls.
Survivors include daughters Marilyn Tate and husband, Cecil, Tyler; and Janis Moorman, Tyler; step-granddaughter Tammy Edwards and husband Kevin, Blanchard, Okla.; grandchildren Keith Tate Whitehouse; Troy Tate and wife, Sarah, Flint; and Valerie Ramsey and husband, Brian, Whitehouse; great-grandchildren: Eric and Brian Tate, Timothy, Grace and Lily Tate, step-great-grandson Barron Ramsey, and numerous other family and friends.
Pallbearers are Larry Mahan, Keith Tate, Brian Ramsey, Troy Tate, Eric Tate, and Brian Tate.
Honorary Pallbearers are: James Boyd, Cecil Tate, Alfred Wilson, and Art Neria.
The family would like to thank Gayle Hanna and Larry Mahan for their years of love, support, and assistance with Mamaw as she remained living at home until her final week.
If desired memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Kemp, or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX, 75701.
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Jerry Waller
Services for Jerry Cullen Waller, 62, Heartland, were held Nov. 12, 2011, in Heartland.
Waller was born Feb. 7, 1949, to Elizabeth (Gentry) and J.D. Waller of Malakoff. Waller graduated from the Kemper Military School with honors and was a member of the National Guard.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jan Waller, Heartland; sons Jay Ray Marine and wife Amanda, Forney; Jon Cullen Waller and wife Amy, Forney; Jakob Leslie Waller, Crandall; sister Annette King, Monroe, La; brother John Robert Leviness, Grand Isle, La; 10 grandchildren, close family friends, Pam and Robert Arsenault of Heartland, as well as many other loving friends and family members.
A personal tribute can be made online at

Polly Reeves
Services for Polly Mikeal Reeves, 81, were held Nov. 12, 2011, at the Kings Cemetery in Aley.
Reeves was born Oct. 1, 1930, to Edna and Oran Mileal in Aley, and died Oct. 14, 2011.
She graduated from Kemp High School in 1949 and married Charles Reeves on Jan. 29, 1950. She resided in the Odessa area for more than 60 years.
Reeves was preceeded in death by her parents and husband.
Survivors include daughters Carolyn Babcock and husband Wally, and Sharan Cole and husband Curt; sisters Jackie Downing, Rockwall; Willa Yoes, Mabank; and brother OD and wife Carolyn Mikeal of Kaufman.
She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. To know her was to love her. Her laughter will be remembered by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

Jeannine Staggs
Services for Jeannine Brown Staggs, 72, were held at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points Nov. 14, 2011. Burial followed in Dresden Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Staggs was born Dec. 2, 1938, and spent most of her adult life taking care of kids and grandkids and will be most remembered by all the love and good will she shared.
She is preceded in death by her husband, R. C. “Bob” Staggs, parents Marcy C. Davis and Howard Brown, sister Mary Ann Crouch and daughter Deborah “Debbie” Forbes Seaton.
She is survived by son Larry Forbes and wife Vicki, Killeen; daughter Lisa Forbes, Greenville; son Tony Forbes and wife Debby, Tool; daughter Pam Lilley and husband Scott, Tool; son Randall Staggs and wife Melissa, Tool; 17 grandchildren and 21 great- grandchildren.
Special thanks to Melissa Staggs for all you did and to brother Jason Beardin for all the peace and comfort you brought.

Marshall Little
Services for Marshall Neal Little, 66, were held Nov. 9, 2011, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City with Rev. Wayne Pitchford officiating.
Little was born Jan. 4, 1945, in Aley, to Vida Mae Gardner and Fay Thadeus Little and died Nov. 6, 2011, in Mesquite.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Kevin Eubanks and brothers in-law Bobby Frank Eubank and Vergil Bright.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Dorothy Jean Little; sons William Neal Little Sr., Jerry Dane Little and wife Dorothy; sisters Carolyn Sue Eubanks and Vita Faye Bright; grandson William Neal Little Jr. and other family members and many friends.

Larry Martin
Larry Joe “Babes” Martin, 50, was was born April 24, 1961, in Dallas, to Elaine and Ronald Martin and died Nov. 8, 2011, in Gun Barrel City.
Martin was preceded in death by his uncle, Randy Mathison, and sister Patsy Jean.
Survivors include wife Holly Martin; children April, Larry Joe Jr., Sarah, Jennifer, Danielle, Theresa and R. Calvin; mother Elaine Martin; brothers Kenneth and Marshall; sisters Mandy and Rhonda; uncles Terry and James; aunts Glenda Kay and Dorothy “Sissy,” and eleven grandchildren, other family members and many friends.

Christopher Zark
Services for Christopher John Woodrow Zark, 39, Red Oak, were held Nov. 12, 2011, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel.
Zark was born Jan. 19, 1972, in Irving, to Marie (Orelene) and Frank Eugene Zark, and died Nov. 6, 2011.
He loved his dog Oreo, fishing and baseball, but most of all spending time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Frank E. Zark.
Christopher is survived by his mother, Marie Suggs of Red Oak; brother Frank Zark of Brownsville; sisters Carrie Wisdom and husband Dennis, Eustace; and Christina Zark, Eustace; uncle Johnny Bob Zark and wife Lois, Tampa, Fla; and God-daughter Gianna Cicala, as well as many other loving friends and family.
A personal tribute can be made online at

Phillip Whitworth
Services for Phillip Odaire Whitworth, 63, Kemp, were held Nov. 12, 2011, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel.
Whitworth was born April 14, 1948, to Pearl and Henry Whitworth and died Nov. 8, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include daughters Jerri Newton of Tulsa, Okla. and Terri Westman of Fort Worth; grandsons Andrew and Evan Newton, and Tyler “Rooster” Robinson.
Whitworth was larger than life in every way and leaves behind numerous people who will miss him and forever hold him in their hearts.
He never met a stranger and if he saw someone in need he was always willing to help. That was what he loved to do. It brought joy to him knowing that he was able to help someone else.
A personal tribute can be made online at

Darlene Jackson
Memorial services for Darlene Jeanette Jackson will be held at a later date.
Jackson was born in Dallas, on Feb. 2, 1942, to Berba Strickland and James Murphy and died in Athens Nov.14, 2011.
She was Baptist by faith and a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by husband Wilton Leroy, her parents and son Kenneth Dean Jackson.
She is survived by son Wade Leon and wife Vicki Jackson, Trinidad; brothers Johnnie Dean, James Ray Jr. and Michael Dewayne Murphy; sister Paula Jean Hutlzman; and two grandchildren.

Sherry Smith
Services for Sherry June Smith, 76, Kemp, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Kemp
Smith was born Feb. 26, 1935, to Sybil Arleta (Barnes) and Randall James Perry in Kemp. She died Nov. 12, 2011, in Kaufman.
She was owner/operator of Crafts by Sherry for more than 20 years. She was a member of El Progresso Women’s Club in Kemp and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kemp.
Smith is preceded in death by her parents and brother Jerry Wayne Randall.
Survivors include husband of 41 years, Paul Smith, Kemp; sons Joe Randall Barnett, Dallas and Leland Paul Smith and wife Kerry, Dallas; grandchildren Taylor Christianson Barnett, Harrison Bailey Barnett, both Fort Collins, Colo, Marilyn Randall, Boulder, Colo., Madeleine Nicholls Smith and Everett Sumpter Smith both of Dallas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret Hill
Services for Margaret Hill, 85, of Enchanted Oaks, will be held at the Payne Springs Cemetery at 10 a.m. Thursday Nov. 17, 2011, with a memorial service following at Payne Springs United Methodist Church.
Hill was born to Ola and John Bowman March 3, 1926, in Fort Worth and died Nov. 13, 2011.
She was the youngest of two children. She married Emmett T. Hill in Weatherford, June 24, 1945. They had three children. She was a 28-year resident of Enchanted Oaks and a member of Payne Springs Methodist Church, Sarah Maples Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Daughters of the Confederacy, Huguenot Society, and a life member of Girl Scouts of America. She enjoyed her family, friends, and genealogical research.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother John Bowman.
Hill will be remembered by her children, Kathryn Hill Cryer and husband Jerry, Enchanted Oaks; Joseph W. Hill of Spring; and James L. Hill and wife Jeanine of Albany.
She is also survived by grandchildren Cody and Chad Cryer, Joe Hill Jr., David Hill, Erin Haire, Matthew and Talmadge Hill, Lauren Golden and great grandchildren Dylan and Joey Hill, and Caleb Cryer.
A personal tribute can be made online at


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