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  Ollie Mae Bookman
Services for Ollie Mae Fails Bookman, 89, Whitton, were held Nov. 27, 2007, in the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Canton with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Interment was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Bookman was born June 18, 1918, to Lillie Lee Jordan and John Thomas Fails Sr. and died Nov. 24, 2007, in Kemp. She was preceded in death by her husband James Herman Bookman, sons Virgil Wayne and James Lee Bookman, brother Marvin Fails and grandson Tracy Don Bookman.
Bookman was a Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her sons Donnie Glenn Bookman, Whitton; and John Allen and wife Diane Bookman, Kemp; daughter-in-law Ruel Bookman, Mt. Vernon; grandchildren Terry, Tim, Robin, Kim, Lynn, Brad, Jerry, Johnathan and Mistie; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; brother J.T. Fails Jr., Whitton; nieces, nephews and other family members.
Pallbearers were Terry Bookman, Tim Bookman, Brad Bookman, Jerry Bookman, Johnathan Bookman, Taylor Bookman, Tracy Gore and Cody Gore.

Luceria Hamblen
Services for Luceria “Kay” Hamblen, 51, Kemp, will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at the Church of Christ in Seven Points with Willie E. Hamblen officiating under the direction of Gordon-Foster-Brown Funeral Home. Cremation was in Cedar Creek Crematory in Mabank.
Hamblen was born June 18, 1956, in Waco to Velera Juanita Killgo and Luke Coleman Todd and died Nov. 22, 2007, in Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her father Luke C. Todd and sister Patty Todd.
She was a housewife and married Gary D. Hamblen July 6, 1973 in Edgewood. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Seven Points and enjoyed crochet, Avon, her grandkids and animals.
Survivors include her husband Gary D. Hamblen, Seven Points; daughters Rena Rives, Tool; and Kami Morris, Alba; mother Velera J. Todd, Alabama; sisters Mary Ann Fontane, New Orleans, La.; Rebecca “Becky” Faulk, Alabama; and Debra Tatom, Kemp; brother Luke C. Todd Jr., Alabama.

Larry K. Baker
Services for Larry K. Baker, 70, Scurry, were held Nov. 25, 2007, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp. Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery.
Baker was born June 28, 1937, in Styx, to the late Fairy Seabolt and Henry Baker and died Nov. 22, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years Mary E. Baker Oct. 31, 2007, and brother Kenneth Baker.
Survivors include his children Vickie Wright and husband Eric Raney, Frost; James Deupree and wife Mechelle, Scurry; and Jed Deupree III, Athens; sister Lila Tapp and husband Hollis, Mabank; brother Don Baker, Terrell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Inez Bice
Services for Inez Rackley Bice, 92, New Boston, were held Nov. 29, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in New Boston with the Revs. Kim Cox and Kenny Carter officiating. Interment was in Red Bayou Cemetery under the direction of Bates-Rolf Funeral Home in New Boston.
Bice was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Bowie County and died Nov. 25, 2007, in a Texarkana hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Woods “Woodie” Bice, daughter-in-law, Jenifer Lyn Bice and grandson James “Gym” Douglas Bice.
She was a graduate of New Boston High School and retired from Seminole Independent School District. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Boston.
Survivors include her sons Robert and wife Phyllis Bice, Mabank; and Frank and wife Kim Bice, Midland; grandchildren and spouses Melissa and Alex Smith, Michael and Amberly Bice, Susan and Joe Jones, Chloe Bice, Whitney and Chandler Rogers; great-grandchildren Cali Smith, Cole Smith, Caroline Jones, Ivy Jones; numerous other relatives and friends.

Thomas Burks
Services for Thomas Edward Burks, 66, were held Nov. 29, 2007, at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home Chapel in Mesquite. Interment followed at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park.
Burks was born March 30, 1941, in Paris to Chloval D. and Wilson C. Burks and died Nov. 26, 2007, in Mesquite.
He was a loving father and doting grandfather whose smile will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his children Tommy Wayne Burks and his wife Virginia; and Lisa Gilbert and her husband Jeffery; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Kevin Burks and his wife Belinda; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Audrey Johnson
Services for Audrey Johnson, 88, Payne Springs, were held Nov. 27, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Woodard officiating. Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Johnson was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Arkadelphia, Ark., and died Nov. 24, 2007, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard E. Johnson, daughter Margaret Alice Johnson and son Kenneth Ray Johnson.
She was a homemaker previously of Indianapolis, Ind., and resided in Payne Springs since 1980. She was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons Edward E. Johnson, Payne Springs; and Charles V. Johnson and wife Jeanie, Greenfield, Ind.; grandson Charles Allen Johnson and wife Tammy, Mabank; great-grandsons Cody Wilkerson, Greenfield, Ind.; and Blake Young, Sugarland.

William Archer
Services for William Joel Archer, 62, were held Nov. 28, 2007, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman with the Rev. Hershell Smith officiating. Interment was in Kemp Cemetery.
Archer was born Jan. 14, 1945, to Cosette Tucker and Oscar Archer in Dallas and died Nov. 24, 2007, in a Dallas hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Bettie Bolin and Nita Chambers.
He was raised in Dallas and retired from Dal Tile Manufacturing Company in Dallas after 30 years service.
Survivors include his wife Janis Archer, Dallas; stepsons Jury Neighbors, Dallas; Robert Neighbors, Dallas; and David McGuire, Kemp; brothers Leonard Archer, Cash; Winford Archer, Honey Grove; and Bobby Archer, West Tawakoni; sister Glenda Watley, Honey Grove; many other relatives and friends.

Walter Fagala
Services for Walter Leslie Fagala, 77, Kemp, were held Nov. 24, 2007, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Pyle Cemetery in Kaufman County.
Fagala was born July 28, 1930, in Dallas to Hattie Belle Waldron and George Fagala and died Nov. 21, 2007, in Kaufman. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Raymond Fagala.
He attended First Baptist Church in Mabank and retired from Safeco Insurance Company in 1995.
Survivors include his wife Jeraldine Fagala, Kemp; daughters Liz Wynn, Mesquite; Linda Grinnell, San Antonio; and Eydie Allen, Round Rock; son Richard Fagala, Roanoke; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Wallace, Houston; and numerous other extended family members and a host of friends.

Virgie Lee Gramly
A memorial service for Virgie Lee Etta “Honey” Gramly, 88, Kemp, will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Kemp with the Rev. James Renfro officiating under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Gramly was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Jackson, Miss. to the late Estelle Hinton and Jeremiah Odom and died Nov. 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 63 years Marvin A. Gramly, great-granddaughter Dezirae Tacia, and three brothers and four sisters.
After retiring from Merrill Lynch in 1973, she and her husband moved from Dallas to Cedar Creek Lake. They enjoyed playing golf and making good friends. She was a member of the Ladies Golf Association at Cedar Creek Lake and involved with the Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club for many years. Her spirit was one of generosity and servitude. She adored her family, leaving us with many wonderful memories.
Survivors include her sons Jerry and wife Anita Gramly, Savanah; Tom and wife Cindy Gramly, Prosper; and daughter Marlene and husband Chuck DeRossett, Kemp; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Benevolence Food Pantry, a project close to her heart.

Phyllis Miles
Services for Phyllis Miles, 94, Mabank, were held Nov. 26, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Mabank with the Revs. Tony Thornton and Chris Schoolcraft officiating, Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Miles was born Nov. 11, 1913, in Skidmore and died Nov. 21, 2007, in Athens.
Previously of Balch Springs, she had resided in Mabank since 2000.
She was a store manager and retired from the Fashion Barn in Garland in 1985 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughters Nancy Allbright and husband Bobby, Mabank; and Robbie Kressler and husband Herbert, Houston; grandsons Preston Owens, Dallas; Scott Owens, Mesquite; Ben Kressler, Houston; Jim Kressler, Spotsylvania, Va.; Joel Kressler, Woodbridge, Pa.; granddaughters Teri Thornton, Kountz; and Faye Wilson, Argyle; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Preston Owens, Scott Owens, Ben Kressler, Jim Kressler, Joel Kressler and T.J. Thornton.

Sandy King
Services for Sandy King, 55, Mabank, were held Nov. 28, 2007, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dale Norris officiating.
Burial was in Haven of Memories in Canton under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
King was born Jan. 7, 1952, in Seminole and died Nov. 24, 2007, in Mabank. She was preceded in death by her father John “Sandy” Blackmon, mother Marcella Blackmon, Uncle Shorty, Aunt Ginnie and grandson Jared King.
She was self employed and resided in Mabank for the past 15 years.
She was of the Baptist faith and was married for 39 years.
Survivors include her husband Jimmy King, Mabank; son James King and wife Kawana, Mabank; daughter Stacy Rush and husband Doug, Mabank; grandchildren Jessica Ridgle, Jake King, Katelyn Ridgle, Dustin Rush, Courtney King, Jordan King and Colby Rush; brothers Buford Blackmon, Gun Barrel City; Roy Blackmon and wife Saundra, Monahans; and Eugene Blackmon and wife Lenda, Seminole; and sister Nita Blake, Colo.