As we live our lives without you, we will try to understand that Jesus
came and called your name and took you by the hand and said your place
had been prepared in Heaven with the Son.
We know you’re watching over us like you’ve always done.
You were a wonderful husband, father and friend. Our lives will be
forever touched by you.
Services for Gordon Manning, 81, Addison, were held Nov. 27, 2009, at
the First United Methodist Church in Mabank with the Revs. Chris
Schoolcraft and Dr. David Howeth officiating.
Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Manning was born May 5, 1928, in Old Hickory, Tenn., and died Nov. 24,
2009, in Dallas.
He was a vice president of a company in the food industry. He was a
veteran of the Merchant Marine.
Survivors include his wife Glyna Manning, Addison; son Robert Manning,
Houston; daughters Sandra White and husband Wayne, Oskaloosa, Kan.;
Janice Thomas and husband John, Spring; Julie Schmidt and husband Jerry,
Brownsville; and Janie Miller and husband Allen, Aledo; grandchildren
Jenna Schmidt, Robert White, Parker Thomas, Jared Schmidt, Zachary
White, Blake Thomas and Courtney Miller; great-grandchildren Nicolas,
Alex and Ethan White; other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Jenna Schmidt, Jared Schmidt, Robert White, Zachary
White, Nicolas White and Parker Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers were Herman Salter, Bill Brister, Jim Spear, Bob
Friendsley, Ivan Alspaw and Jim Lindley.
Graveside services for Cleveland Ruff, 84, Seven Points, were held Dec.
2, 2009, at King Cemetery with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating under
the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Ruff was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Dallas to the late Josephine Artis and
Ray Ruff and died Nov. 30, 2009, in Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife LaVaughn Ruff.
He was a cement mason and member of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement
Masons’ local Union No. 681.
Survivors include his daughter Stacie Lynn Morris and fiance Keith
Thompson; grandsons Trenton Bailey and Zackary Morris; and granddaughter
Services for Charles Edward Black, 90, Malakoff, were held Dec. 2, 2009,
in the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Hall and the Rev.
Charles Allen Black officiating.
Black was born April 29, 1919, in Jones Prairie and died Nov. 27, 2009,
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Willie Mae Black,
father Henry Black, mother Minnie Mae Blackburn, sisters Marie Murphy,
Joyce Faulk and Dorothy Crook, halfbrothers Dewey Black, Davis Black and
Weldon Black, and halfsister Myrtle Sanders.
He was a longtime resident of Port Arthur and had lived in Star Harbor
in Malakoff for the past 26 years.
He was veteran of World War II, serving three and a half years in the
U.S. Army in the Philippines.
He received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and
one bronze arrowhead, Philippine Liberation ribbon with one bronze star,
World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
He retired from the Chevron Oil Corporation in Port Arthur in 1981,
after 35½ years service.
Survivors include his sons Charles Allen Black and wife Donna, Savannah;
Raymond Ray Black, Port Arthur; grandchildren Shannon Kay Smith and
husband Jason, Arlington; Bradley Black, Savannah; and Melissa Black,
Austin; great-granddaughter Ana Beth Smith, Arlington; nephews Joe Ladd
Faulk, Bill Faulk and Carl Johansen.
Pallbearers were Jason Smith, Brad Black, Joe Ladd Faulk, Bill Faulk,
Hal Johnson and Bill Green.
James L. Staten
James L. Staten, 72, Malakoff, was born May 9, 1937, in Danville, Ark.,
to Willie and John Staten and died Nov. 20, 2009, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Matthew Aaron
He was long-haul truck driver and a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. He
married Peggy Staten July 4, 1963.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Staten, daughters Candy Croix and Dawn
Fletcher; sisters Janie Robinson, Fay Tolbert, Betty Harmon and Marell
Hall; brother B. J. Staten; grandchildren Tabatha Fletcher, Brady
Fletcher, Keaton Fletcher and Adam Hornback; great-grandchildren Dee
Hornback, Kinsey Hornback and Kennedee Fletcher.
Services for Malcom E. Tarno, 67, Kemp, were held at 10 a.m. Dec. 3,
2009, (today), at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kelly Brian
officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
Tarno was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Waskom and died Nov. 29, 2009, in Seven
He had resided in Seven Points for most of his life.
Survivors include his wife Susan Tarno, Seven Points; daughter Monica
Richards, Seven Points; son Kenny Bullock, Gun Barrel City; stepson John
Tarno, Terrell; stepdaughter Stacy Nall, Forney; brothers Melvin Tarno,
Gun Barrel City; Eules Tarno, Kemp; and Paul Fred Tarno, Gun Barrel
City; sisters Alene Rish, Lewisville; Vinnell McCree, Gun Barrel City;
and Bonnie Harris, Gun Barrel City; seven grandchildren; other family
and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Jessie Doman “J.D.” Cason, 97, Malakoff, were held Nov. 29,
2009. Burial was in Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson
Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Cason was born Oct. 31, 1912, and died Nov. 27, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents Della and Edward Cason, wife
Lorene Cason, brothers Raymond Cason and Edward Cason, sisters Ruth
McClain, Opal Robinson and Lois McClain, and son J.D. Cason Jr.
He was a carpenter and a member of the Odd Fellows and the Masonic Local
Survivors include his son Jimmy L. Cason; and grandchildren Kevin and
Services for Charles “Charlie” Ellis Lea, 78, were held Dec. 1, 2009, at
Roselawn Chapel. Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Lea was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Magnolia, Miss. and died Nov. 28, 2009,
He was preceded in death by his wife Joy Elizabeth Lea.
Survivors include his sons James Lea, Glenn Lea and wife Kay, and Jeff
Lea; daughters Elaine Terry and significant other Rick Dillard; and
Joyce Sanders and husband Brad; grandchildren Alissa May, Samantha
Green, Shana, Christy Newton, Tyler; Lauren Terry, Brandon, Brooke
Sanders, Tori Sanders and Haley Sanders; great-grandchildren Yazmine
May, Ally May, Andrew May, Arkiel, Dee, Vanity Carraway, L’Bron Green,
Jayd’n Polk, Aryol Polk, Garrett Lay, Carlee Newton; sister Dorothy
Ritter; brothers Larry Lea and Edward Lea.