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Gordon Manning
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.

Cleveland Ruff
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 Kynley Thompson.

Charles Black
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, in Denton.
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 Hornback.
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.

Malcom E.Tarno
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 Mabank.
Tarno was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Waskom and died Nov. 29, 2009, in Seven Points.
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.

Jessie Cason
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 Lodge.
Survivors include his son Jimmy L. Cason; and grandchildren Kevin and Janet Cason.

Charles Lea
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, in Eustace.
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.


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