Wanda Nell Gregory
Wanda Nell Gregory was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Gilmer.
She took her last breath on earth and her first breath in Heaven Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at her home in Cedar Creek.
She bravely battled ovarian cancer for more than a year.
She was a mother, grandmother, sister, friend, golfer, and gardener.
She was a true Proverbs 31 woman.
Her lifetime occupation was raising and caring for her family. When she worked outside the home, she was a secretary and closer for various title companies in the Metroplex.
She raised her family in Duncanville.
At Northside Baptist Church in Duncanville, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and played on the church softball league.
She was active in many civic organizations and coached little league on a regular basis.
Playing golf was one of her other passions.
She played with the women’s golf associations at the following country clubs, Riverlake/Sleepy Hollow, Woodcrest, Oak Cliff, Thorntree and Cedar Creek Lake.
She was the women’s club champion at each of those courses during her lifetime.
She was still playing golf recently, in spite of the debilitating effects of her illness.
She played on courses all over the United States. She would tell you, “Some of the prettiest places in the world are golf courses.”
She loved golf, softball, volleyball, skiing, studying the Word of God, gospel music, crossword puzzles and suduko.
She was a member of and traveled with the Women’s Senior Olympic volleyball team.
She became a member of Trinity Christian Church in Cedar Hill, where she sang in the choir, played softball, and took part in anything anyone asked for help with.
In 1989 an acoustic neuroma was removed from her brain. She fought back and got right back out on the golf course.
Later in life, she moved to Cedar Creek Lake, where she continued to play golf and attend her grandchildren’s various activities.
Those privileged to have known her will remember her outrageous sense of humor, her adorable crooked smile, her love for life and the Lord, laid-back demeanor and her golf swing.
Her children and grandchildren are forever grateful for the example of the Lord’s unconditional love that was manifested by her.
“Mamaw’s” legacy is one filled with love and valuable lessons learned.
The final act of giving from a life filled with the same was the donation of her tissues to the Life Legacy Foundation for research purposes.
A farewell will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (today) Nov. 30, 2008, at Cedar Creek Church of God in Gun Barrel City.
At 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, there will be a Homegoing Celebration at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill.
Gregory is survived by her son Rick Gregory and wife Shari; daughter Glenda Jump and husband Paul; daughter Ronda Martin and husband Tony; grandchildren Sawyer Knowles, Aubry Gregory, Elyssa Knowles, Jillian Gregory, Eric Jump, Brianna Gregory, Jordan Angel Faith Jump and great-grandson Kehyler.
She is also survived by sisters Annie Allen, Laverne Davis, Mary Gage and husband Earl; brothers Howard Light and wife Betty, and JoBill Light and wife JoAnn; a host of nieces and nephews and cousins, all of whom were very dear to her.
The many friends she left behind brought her as much joy as she brought them.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to www.caringbridge.org in the name of Wanda Gregory.
Services for Ruth Ann Stovall, 71, Kemp, were held Nov. 26, 2008, in the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dub Henry officiating. Burial was in the Kemp Cemetery.
Stovall was born Sept. 15, 1937, in Kemp to the late Iva Lee Randall and Leonard Randolf Witherspoon and died Nov. 23, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her son Steven Allen Stovall Nov. 5, 2008.
She married Herman Allen Stovall Nov. 5, 1955, in Kemp and was a member of the Eastern Star. She worked as a branch accountant for White Freightliner Trucks in Fort Worth and was owner-operator for Stovall Grocery and Market and later The Feed Shop.
She was a secretary for the Kemp ISD for 22 years and was a member of the Texas Secretaries Association.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kemp and served as its pianist and organist. She traveled with the church during revivals.
Survivors include her husband Herman Stovall, Kemp; son David Mark Stovall and wife Marsha Ann, Kemp; grandchildren Haley Lynn Stovall and David Matthew Stovall, both of Kemp; cousins Sherry Smith, Kemp; and Jerry Randall, Kemp; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Clifton Smith, Victor Murphy, Jerry Brumley, Vic Embry, Joe Chambliss, Dennis Prewitt, Pete Eldridge and Harvey McFaul.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no services. Interment was in Eubank Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
William Dwain “Bill” Powers, 81, Kemp, was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Blanket to the late Opal and Buford Powers, and died Nov. 23, 2008, in Kemp.
Previously of Mesquite and Irving, he had resided in Kemp for the past 10 years.
He retired from International Harvester Motor Truck Division in 1977, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an avid golfer until congestive heart failure prevented him from playing. He loved to play poker. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Country Club.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Comanche.
Survivors include his wife Louise Powers, Kemp; sons Thomas D. Powers and wife Sandy, Colleyville; and Ronald W. Powers and wife Carol, Euless; grandchildren Brandon, Justin, Jordan Jean and Matthew Powers and Julie Walker; great-grandchildren Halie Grace, Jackson and Jace Walker and Thomas and Elle Marie Powers; uncle L.W. Boyd, Comanche; numerous cousins and special friends Gigi and Fifi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Animals, P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147 or the charity of your choice.
Services for Joseph “Joe” Andrew Perez, 21, Malakoff, were held Nov. 22, 2008, at the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Denny Sanderson officiating. Burial followed in Athens Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
Perez was born June 8, 1987, in Dallas and died Nov. 22, 2008, near Brownsboro.
He had lived in Irving and Lancaster before moving to Malakoff in 1999. He was a member of the Malakoff High School class of 2005, and enjoyed track and field, football and rodeo.
Survivors include his mother Lisa Ann Rivera, Athens; father Freddie Perez, Dallas; sister Meredith Maldonado, Malakoff; brother Jeremy Paul Leighton Perez, Malakoff; grandparent Jo “Mawmaw” Berry, Malakoff; aunts and uncles Janice and Mike Berry, Malakoff; Dianna and Dennis Berry, Athens; cousins Kali and Joe Whitlo, Dale Berry; special friends Christina Hanson, Raymond Crutcher, Leticia Morales, Justin Jackson and Scott Mills.
Memorial services for Shirley Daniel, 74, Trinidad, will be scheduled at a later date under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home.
Daniel was born July 16, 1934, in Norman, Okla., and died Nov. 24, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marvin Daniel, two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include her son Steven Daniel, Trinidad; daughter Karen Austin, Eustace; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Wanda Faye Tucker
Services for Wanda Faye Tucker, 77, Eustace, were held Nov. 26, 2008, at the Eubank Chapel with Brother Steve Glosup officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment was in Haven of Memories Cemetery in Canton.
Tucker was born Jan. 15, 1931, in the Old Bethel Community to Birdie Morris and Nolen Coil and died Nov. 23, 2008, in Canton.
She was preceded in death by brothers Gerald and Waymon Coil, sister Grace Polk and her parents.
She was a member of the Clearview Bible Church of Mabank and was married 61 years to her husband Eli. She loved her Lord, her church, shopping, embroidering, sewing, cooking and going to First Monday.
Survivors include her husband Eli Tucker, Eustace; sons Tommy N. Tucker, Eustace; and Troy and wife Stacy Tucker, Eustace; daughter Dianne Matthews, Eustace; brother Gilmer Coil, Canton; sister Merl Young, Winnsboro; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Morris, Curtis Seay, Robert Coil, Michael McDowell, Greg Coil, Charlie Meyer, Stump Weatherford and Justin Bennett.
Services for Kathryn Johnson, 92, Gun Barrel City, were held Nov. 29, 2008, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Chatham officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Johnson was born Jan. 22, 1916, in Hunt County and died Nov. 25, 2008, in Gun Barrel City.
She had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 25 years and was a member of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church. She retired from Southwestern Life Insurance Company as an accountant. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Henderson County Extension Organization.
Survivors include her nieces Deryline Farris, Dallas; Marcille Erhardt, Cooper; and Cheryl; nephew Gary Clayton, Spring; and grandson Logan Charles Moreau.
Pallbearers were Bobby Farris, Scott Farris, Ronnie Farris, Gary Clayton, Michael Clayton, Timothy Rhoden, John Michael McKinney and Rex Downing.
Services for Martha Clay Rainwater, 82, Malakoff, were held Nov. 28, 2008, at the Gordon-Foster-Brown Chapel with the Revs. Tony Murry and Jaime Starkes officiating. Burial followed in Willow Springs Cemetery.
Rainwater was born June 22, 1926, in Wortham to Alice and Bill Simmons and died Nov. 24, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Alvis Rainwater and Roy Clay, brother the Rev. Kenneth Simmons and sister Madge.
She spent her life’s work as a nurse. In 1978, she married Alvis Rainwater in Malakoff. She was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her sons Jerry Clay, Crockett; and Dale Clay, Tulsa, Okla.; brothers Bill and Jim K. Simmons, both of Athens; sisters Laverne Frost, Plano; and Lil Paul, Garland; sisters-in-law Mable Simmons, Malakoff; Doris Simmons, Athens; and Willie Mae Simmons, Athens; brother-in-law Albert “Dumples” Rainwater, Malakoff; eight grandsons; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services for Charles Richard Vernon, 72, Gun Barrel City, were held Nov. 28, 2008, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Denny Burris officiating. Burial was in Red Oak Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Vernon was born May 21, 1936, in Dallas and died Nov. 24, 2008, in Junction.
Previously of Lancaster, he had resided in Gun Barrel City since 1994 and was of the Methodist faith.
He grew up in Red Oak and graduated from Red Oak High School and North Texas University in Denton.
He taught and coached in the Dallas Independent School District for many years, and finished his career in administration with the Lancaster Independent School District.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air National Guard.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Ruth Vernon, Gun Barrel City; son mark Allen Vernon and wife Deanna, Corinth; daughter Marianne Childress, Red Oak; brothers Wesley Ronald Vernon, Frankston; and Jerry Leroy Vernon, Austin; grandsons Aaron Michael Vernon and Caleb Crow; granddaughters Jennifer Lee Childress and Kayleigh Crow; several nieces and nephews; other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions amy be made to the Grace Community Church, P.O. Box 266, Mabank, TX 75147.
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