Betty Jane Watson
Services for Betty Jane Watson, 85, Gun Barrel City, were held Nov. 18, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Trinidad with the Revs. Jim Shafer and Ray Sparks officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Terrell under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Watson was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Golden and died Nov. 16, 2009, in Gun Barrel City.
She had resided in Gun Barrel City for 47 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Trinidad and the Eustace Eastern Star District No. 1062.
Survivors include sons John W. Watson Jr., Kaufman; and David A. Watson, Gun Barrel City; daughters Helen Bryant, Dallas; Mary Langford, Dallas; Carolyn New, Red Oak; and Joyce Nielsen, Owasso, Okla.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Matthew Bryant, Wayland Langford, Travis Langford, John W. Watson III, Christopher New and Jeffrey Nielsen.
Ethel Lee Everett
Services for Ethel Lee Everett, 74, Mabank, were held Nov. 16, 2009, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp. Interment followed at the Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola.
Everett was born June 27, 1935, in Pampa to Virgie and Vernon Johnson and died Nov. 11, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jimmy Everett and sisters Junnell Shelton and Vernell Jones.
She enjoyed frequent phone calls with her children and grandchildren plus spending time with her loving family. She loved playing bingo and shopping with her friends.
Survivors include her son Jerry Bryant Everett and wife Joann, Las Vegas, Nev.; daughters Peggy Jean Calvert and husband Robert, Bellville; Jimmie Coke and husband Michael, Kemp; grandchildren Bryant Morris and wife April, Mabank; Todd McGibboney and wife Katie, Mabank; Jyme Coke, Old Washington; Misty Knox and husband Andy, Arlington; Christine Coke and fiancée Matt Teague, Seven Points; and Sandy Coke of Kemp; great-grandchildren Kailey McGibboney, Jeffery Earnheart, Whitney Coke Wells, John Michael Duyka, Dakota Coke, Landon McGibboney and Emma Rae Morris; brother Benny Johnson; sister Jean Treage; devoted dog that was always by her side, “Gidget”; caregiver Lola Rose; plus numerous nieces, nephews plus a host of family and friends.
Joe Lee Halpain
Services for Joe Lee Halpain, 79, Seven Points, were held Nov. 18, 2009, at the Beacon Church of Christ with Ken Maddox officiating. Interment followed in the Rest Haven in Rockwall under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Halpain was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Cameron to the late Vivian Elizabeth Sutton and Joseph Daniel Halpain and died Nov. 15, 2009, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Billy Gene and Donald Wayne Halpain, and first wife Bonnie Jean Halpain.
He was a member of the Beacon Church of Christ in Gun Barrel City and an alumni of Old Crow Engineering, Texas Tech.
He was the retired owner of Scientific Communications and served in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Halpain; daughters Rhonda Halpain; Elaine Reynolds and husband Larry; stepdaughters Donna Haynes and husband Greg and children; and Laurie Rice and husband Eddie and children; stepson Michael Glasenapp; sister Debra Cheyne and husband Joe; brother Jack Halpain; granddaughters Kim Clark and husband Price, Kira Buckner, Rachel Reynolds; grandsons Brian Halpain and wife Lisa and Chris Reynolds and wife Rena; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services for Gladys “Tom” Marie Jones, 93, Athens, were held Nov. 16, 2009, at the Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Lynette Solomon officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jones was born April 29, 1916, in Payne Springs and died Nov. 12, 2009, in Athens.
She had resided in Athens for 22 years.
Survivors include her son Tommie Jones, Martins Mill; daughters Debbie Gibbs, Brownsboro; and Margaret Easley, Martins Mill; sisters Birdie Dunn, Mabank; and Faye Crossley, Mabank; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for Joseph Myers “Joe” Johnson, 69, Kemp will be held at a later date.
Johnson was born Oct. 29, 1940, in the Cedar Creek Lake area and died Nov. 6, 2009, in his sleep at his home in Kemp.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction after serving his country as a mechanic in the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed relaxing with good friends in the bright sunshine, always joking and laughing.
He will be truly loved and cherished by all who knew him.
Survivors include his son William Mack Johnson, Beeville; daughters Elaine Hunter, Houston; and Jackie Odom, Lafayette, La.; and a host of beloved friends.
Services for Billie Kathryn Young, 78, Gun Barrel City, were held Nov. 18, 2009, in Lancaster under the direction of Byrum Funeral Home. Interment followed in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
Young was born June 21, 1931, in Cleburne and died Nov. 16, 2009, due to heart failure.
Survivors include her husband Carrol Young; son Tim Young and wife Melissa; daughters Joy Kuehl, Cheryl Leamon and husband Danny; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons Kenneth Leamon, Steven Leamon, Trevor Kuehl, Travis Young, Jeffrey Steigerwald and Bryan Stephens.
A celebration of life and going home party for Rosalie Loven was held Nov. 15, 2009, at the Lakeside Baptist Church under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Loven was born April 13, 1935, in Canton to Della and Homer Wages and died Nov. 13, 2009, in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Denice Loven, brothers Jack, J.W. and Douglas Homer Jr. Wages, sisters Hazel Elliot and Tura May Wages.
She married Floyd Loven in 1956, and helped him through college and seminary training.
They served as Pastor and Missionary planting churches in Troup, Humble, Tyler and Trinidad.
She taught Bible lessons for children and adults, but her greatest accomplishment was to conduct children’s worship service for 25 years at Lakeside Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years the Rev. Floyd C. Loven Jr.; daughter Juanice Burton, son DeWitt Loven; grandchildren Krista and Ray Crocker, Wesley and Emily Burton, Heather and Douglas Loven and one great-grandchild, Taylor Loven; and a special daughter Judi Langford; sisters Daisy Barrow, Georgetown; Joyce Barbee, Abilene; Nelda McCauley, Canton; and brother Carson Wages, Palestine; and a large extended church family.
In lieu of flowers, donate to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 309, Waxahachie, TX.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Paula Ruth Howard, 69, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Chapel in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Raymond Neal Jr. officiating.
Howard was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Post Oak to the late Mamie Thompson and John Hope and died Nov. 8, 2009, in Kaufman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Nancy Spence and seven brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her children Peggy Bownds, Michael Charters, Randy Charters, Deanna Howard and Billy Howard; brother Derwood Hope; sisters Genie Gatewood and Dorothy Williams; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Bridgeway Health Services, 401 N. Adams, Kemp, TX 75143.
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