Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and uncle passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, of congestive heart failure at age 83.
Calkins was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel Frances Tarpenning and Chester Arthur Calkins, O’Neill, Neb.;
Survivors include his wife Phyllis “Jean” Callaway Calkins, Gun Barrel City; brother Donald and his wife Claryce Calkins, Lincoln, Neb.; sister Jean Lyons, Cassville, Mo.; daughter Carol Calkins, Dallas; sons Bill Calkins and his wife Karen, Baton Rouge, La.; Ron Calkins and his wife Kelly, Little Rock, Ark.; Scott Calkins and his wife Debbie, Baton Rouge, La.; and daughter Karen Link and her husband Ken, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Peepaw,” as he was known since his eldest grand daughter, Erin, bestowed him with that moniker, is also survived by and proud grandfather to Erin Calkins Falterman and her husband Ryan, McKinney; Jennifer Bordelon Hines and her husband Spencer, Corpus Christi; Paul Bordelon and his wife Erin, Dallas; Brian Bordelon,Dallas; Kyle and Steven Calkins, Baton Rouge, La.; Zoe Calkins, Little Rock, Ark.; Robby and Libby Link, Phoenix, Ariz.; Maia, Liam and Aidan Calkins, Baton Rouge, La.; and great-grandchildren Chase, Emileigh and Zane Falterman, McKinney; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.
Calkins, born on his mother’s birthday, was the oldest son of three children.
In high school, he was a popular student, an outstanding athlete and President of his senior class.
He enjoyed football, hunting and time with his close friends and family.
After graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines and graduated first in his class from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island, N.Y.
A veteran of of World War II, he served three years in T-2 tankers under three different service flags simultaneously – the United States Merchant Marines, the United States Navy, and the United States Coast Guard – and often said he did not know who his boss was. He received an Honorable Discharge from all three.
Even though the T-2 tankers were armed with .50-caliber guns, and his ship docked in Tokyo two weeks after Japan surrended, his veteran status was not acknowledged until some 50 years after he was separated from service.
Upon his return, he married Jean Callaway Aug. 15, 1947, (with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage this past August) and began a long career with Continental Baking Company, a.k.a. Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake, first in the Midwest and then as North Louisiana Division manager. Later, he was a route owner in the greater Baton Rouge area.
After 31 years, he retired from Continental Baking and went on to work with Davis Sales in Baton Rouge until his official retirement in 2000.
For 34 years, Harold was an active member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church and the Ed McDonald Bible Class, and valued working with the Prime of Life group.
Known for his wry sense of humor, he loved to tease his friends and family, whether by hiding Mom’s dessert while winking at his children to get them to go along with his practical joke, or by telling straight-faced jokes (sometimes gleaned from Reader’s Digest, Smiley Ander’s column in The Advocate, and his Sunday School class).
In 2006, he and his wife relocated to Gun Barrel City at Cedar Creek Lake, where he enjoyed many family gatherings, fishing, playing Scrabble (almost every evening with Jean), “giving cribbage lessons,” and “guarding” the lake.
He especially enjoyed a challenge cribbage match with his sons when they visited, and he always wanted to play not just one game, but two out of three.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) Nov. 20, 2008, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70815, (225) 924-6269.
Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Calkins, the family requests that donations be designated for local missions through First United Methodist Church of Mabank, 501 South Third Street, Mabank, TX (903) 887-3691, or through Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.
Services for Morris “Blue” Harmon, 53, Mabank, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with Dr. Ron Holloman officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Harmon was born Nov. 27, 1964, in Dallas and died Nov. 15, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
He was preceded in death by his sister Sherry Jane Maxey.
Previously of Florida, he had resided in Mabank since 1992 and was a member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Grand Prairie. He was a truck driver and an independent owner/operator. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survivors include his son Brandon Harmon and wife Michelle, Frisco; mother Geneice Morris and George Godson, Mabank; brothers Michael Harmon, Lewisville, Ohio; and Mark Harmon, Plainview; sisters Pam Long, Midlothian; Geneice Clark, Gun Barrel City; Lonnie Back, Loveland, Colo.; and Patty Ferrie, Garland; and fishing buddy Jimmy LeGrande, Mabank.
A memorial service for Helen Louise Seifert Southerly, 84, will be held at a later date in Virginia under the direction of the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Southerly was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Takoma Park, Md., to Bertha Krause and William C. Seifert and died Nov. 16, 2008, at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Sandra Lee Southerly, daughter Jennifer Southerly and a sister Dorothy Thompson.
She grew up in Arlington, Va., and married Michael Laney Southerly April 1, 1944, in Washington, D.C.
Most of her adult live was spent in Falls Church, Va., where she was a crossing guard for the Fairfax County Police Department. She was a member of the Oakton Church of the Brethren in Oakton, Va. She moved to Texas with her daughter in 2007.
Survivors include her daughter Priscilla Berry and husband Joe, Mabank; son Chris Southerly and wife Tess, Harrisonburg, Va.; sister Jean Shorb, Elkridge, Md.; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Polly Anna Hull
Services for Polly Anna Hull, 57, Malakoff, were held Nov. 18, 2008, at the Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Chapel in Gun Barrel City.
Hull was born May 31, 1951, to Rosa Lee and Billy Jack Hull and died Nov. 13, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
She worked as an administrator for East Texas Hospice, U.S. EPA and the Dallas Police Department.
Survivors include her sister Peggy McGhee and husband Jim; nieces Natalie Woodward and partner Tom Hall; Susie LaBombard and husband William; nephew Casey Woodward and wife Taylor; great-nephews Gage Woodward, Trevor Woodward Hall; great niece Victoria Woodward; cousins Gayle Norvil, Neil Stephens, Lea Ann England, Christopher Saraceni, Amy Saraceni and Stephanie England.
Services for Johnny L. Thompson, 42, Malakoff, were held Nov. 18, 2008, in the First United Pentecostal Church of Athens with the Rev. Johnny Grissom officiating. Burial was in Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Thompson was born June 9, 1966, in Dallas to Margaret H. Tiner and Leonard Thompson Jr. and died Nov. 12, 2008, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dorothy May and Burl Jack Tiner and Enola and Leonard Melton Thompson.
Survivors include his brother Jackie and wife Kathleen Thompson, Malakoff; sister Margaret White, Malakoff; uncles Lynn Randell Thompson and Kenneth Tiner; aunts Christene Bearden and Wanzie Collen; nephew Robert Filidei; niece Mariann Filidei; numerous cousins and friends.
Services for Clyde C. Meshell, 80, Zwolle, La., were held Nov. 15, 2008, at the First Pentecostal Church of Zwolle with the Rev. Phillip North officiating.
Interment was in Zwolle City Cemetery under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many, La.
Meshell was born Sept. 19, 1928, and died Nov. 13, 2008.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes Meshell; son Randy Meshell; parents Carmon and Mitchell Meshell; and brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his daughters Belinda Sue Foster, Mabank; and Charlotte Lane and husband Dubba, Kemp; son Jimmy Meshell, Canton; companion Essie Tinsley, Eustace; sisters Dorris Padgett, Zwolle, La.; and Bobbi Jean Mayfield, Rusk; brothers Raymond Meshell, Call; and Johnny Meshell, Coushatta, La.; grandchildren Linda and Bubba Martin, Teresa and Allen Foster, Mitchell Meshell, Shelly and Craig Holcomb and Amanda and Billy Lane; great-grandchildren Kristi, Angela and Zach Martin, Emilee and Randy Foster, Felicia Brown, Hanna, Halee and Gracie Holcomb and Luke Lane; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Services for Inez Ray, 86, Helena, Ala., were held Nov. 15, 2008, in the Anderson Clayton Brothers Chapel in Kemp. Interment was in King Cemetery next to her husband Tom B. Ray and not far from her parents Lelia and Bert Wertenberger.
Ray was born Aug. 11, 1922, in the Aley Community and died Nov. 11, 2008, in Alabaster, Ala.
She raised her family in Dallas. Eventually she returned to Aley, which she considered home.
Survivors include her son Tommy Wendell Ray and his fianceé Brenda Durmon, Texas City; daughter and son-in-law Jean Ann and William May, Helena, Ala.; grandchildren Thomas Warren Ray, Plano; Tonya and Tara May, Helena, Ala.; and Betsy Ray Cefalu, Hunt Valley, Md.; great-grandchildren Tyler, Romero, Hayden May, Kayla and Carter Kidd, all of Helena, Ala.; Al, Jack and Emma Cefalu, Hunt Valley, Md.
Pallbearers were Billy Don Dalrymple, Bart Ray, Hayden May, Bob Ray, Billy Thomas and Weldon Reed.
Services for Virginia E. Bailey, 88, Malakoff, were held Nov. 16, 2008, in Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Bailey was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Athens to the late Bess Dowell and William Viregge and died Nov. 14, 2008, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Vernon Bailey and sister Julie Whitman.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her sons Michael and wife Sherry Bailey, Early; and Mark Bailey, Malakoff; daughters Jolyn and husband Jerry Bales, Eustace; and Joyce and husband Jerry Weaks, Malakoff; sisters Edna Racker, Malakoff; and Maxine Brown, Athens; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services for Ethel Lee Franklin, 89, Lively, were held Nov. 18, 2008, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman with interment in Pyle Prairie Cemetery.
Franklin was born Feb. 2, 1919, in Chireno to the late Ela Palmer and Ernest Perritte and died Nov. 15, 2008, in Ennis.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Franklin in October, 1999, and daughter Tommie Bishop in October, 2000.
She was raised in Diboll and moved to the Lively Community in 1968. She and her husband owned and operated the Lively Store for three years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She married Thomas Edward Franklin April 27, 1935, in Nacogdoches.
Survivors include her daughters Helen Eldridge, Bonham; and Wilma Reeder, Lively; sister Bertie Stone, Dangerfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
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