Services for Bonnie Johnson Shafer, 69, Malakoff, were held Nov. 24, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Trinidad with her husband Bro. Jim Shafer officiating, under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Shafer was born Dec. 18, 1938, in North Carolina to Ann and Floyd Jones and died Nov. 21, 2008, in Malakoff after a two-year battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her father Floyd Jones, husband of 35 years David “Doc” Johnson, daughter Rhonda Cox and son-in-law Michael Hopkins.
She spent her early years in Jacksonville, Fla. She had been a resident of Malakoff for more than 40 years.
She was blessed with musical talents and was music director and pianist at the First Baptist Church in Trinidad, where her husband Jim Shafer is the pastor.
She loved gospel music and was at one time a part of the “Revelation-Four,” a singing group that toured Texas.
She was loved and will be greatly missed by the many singers who met monthly for worship in song services.
As her health deteriorated, she missed being able to serve the Lord.
Her compassion and love will live on with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband Jim Shafer, Malakoff; daughter and son-in-law Phylis and Dave Michie, Rockwall and their children Jennifer Umina, Jason Montgomery, Jessica Montgomery, Steven Stewart and Shawn Michie and their families; daughter Velena Hopkins and her children Lauren, Beau and Casey, Garland; stepdaughter Jan and husband Chris Romine, Tulsa, Okla.; great-grandchildren Maggie and Cash Umina and Bridget Schroder; mother Ann Oviatt, Athens; sister Birleane Meeks and husband Bill, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother William “Hank” Houlett and wife Barbara and their children, Athens; extended family Glenda and Ted Oviatt, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister-in-law Agnes Gibbs, Pilot Point; brother-in-law and wife Betty and Charles Shafer, Dallas; Jerry and Amos Shafer, Plano; Aleta and Jack Shafer, Kemp; and sister-in-law Marjorie Lambert, Carrollton; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jason Montgomery, Beau Hopkins, Charles “Butch” Keller, Ken Miller, H.D. “Red” Shirley and Floyd Lang.
Honorary pallbearers were the men of First Baptist Church, Trinidad, and brothers of Jim Shafer.
Memorial services for Thomas Clinton Joiner, 83, Tool, will be held at a later date under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Joiner was born April 11, 1925, in Mississippi to Sarah Jane and Ezra Elias Joiner and died Nov. 18, 2008, at ETMC in Tyler.
Survivors include his son Thomas M. Joiner, Smith County; sister Gloria Goforth, Bullard; and nephew Raymond and wife Judy Joiner, Tool.
Services for James B. Jones, 82, Trinidad, were held Nov. 22, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eston Williams officiating. Burial was in Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jones was born July 31, 1926, in Powderly and died Nov. 19, 2008, in Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ida and Temon Jones, grandson Casey Jones and brothers Royce, Sam and Haskell Rayburn.
He had resided in Trinidad since 1973, and was of the Baptist faith. He was co-owner of J&J Mechanic and Welding in Tool. He loved to fish and hunt.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He square danced with the Log Cabin Swingers Club for 32 years and traveled with The Road Runners Travel Club.
Survivors include his wife Virginia Jones, Trinidad; sons Larry Jones and wife Deborah, Arlington; and Jackie Jones and wife Lynn, Kemp; daughter Barbara Jones, Corsicana; grandchildren David Lee and Aaron Kyle Jones, brothers Roy Jones and wife Catherine, Pampa; and Gary Petit and wife Leah; sisters Louise Marrer, Mesquite; Martha Morris and husband Don, Lake Tawakoni; and Elvira Crary and husband John, Naples; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were David Jones, Aaron Jones, Archie Lewis, Phil Jordan, Eldon Pittman and Mike Powell.
Graveside services for Albert Ralph Richardson, 85, Kemp, were held Nov. 24, 2008, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with Bro. Dell Boshart officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Richardson was born Nov. 29, 1922, in Pottawatomy, Okla., to the late Eva Mae and Alanzo Melton Richardson and died Nov. 17, 2008, in Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Arvin Richardson, sisters Iva, Opal, Mildred and Coeta.
He worked as a machinist for Ingersol Rand until retirement.
Survivors include his daughters Charlotte and husband Billy Jack Bruner, Kemp; and Carolyn Hughes, Tool; son Jerry and wife Sherry Richardson, Irvine, Calif.; brother Calvin Richardson, Afton, Okla.; grandsons Jimmy Seymour, Gary W. Seymour and Christopher Wilson; granddaughters Katrina Onyett, Bonnie Hughes and Terrie Lyne Craig; son-in-law Jerry Seymour; and nephew Otto Terrell.
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