Obituaries

     

 

 

 

 

 
  Jim Maddox
Services for Jim Maddox, 61, Trinidad, were held Dec. 6, 2007, at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Romulo Rivera officiating. Cremation was at Cedar Creek Crematory under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Maddox was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Lyon County, Ky., and died Dec. 1, 2007, in Athens.
He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife Margaret Maddox, Trinidad; sons Jimmy Dale Maddox, Kentucky; and Matthew Westle Maddox, Trinidad; daughters Elisha Marie Maddox, Trinidad; and Theresa Kay Kruger, Kentucky; brothers Jack Maddox, Danny Meredith and and Steve Meredith; sisters Shelah Sedberry, Liby Hykes, Sharon Finley and Lou Henderson; and six grandchildren.

Georgianna Burcham
Services for Georgianna Burcham, 84, Kemp, were held Dec. 3, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church of Mabank with Dr. Ron Holloman. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Burcham was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Colorado City and died Nov. 29, 2007, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents Sterling T. Dozier and Ann Jenkins Dozier.
She was a homemaker and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank and sang soprano in the choir.
She was a charter member of the Avanti Society and Singers. She married John Dwight Burcham Aug. 18, 1945, at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
She was a member of the Cedar Creek Country Club and was an avid golfer playing in championship flights of Women’s Golf Association.
Survivors include her husband John Dwight Burcham, Kemp; daughter Janna Yarbrough, Sachse; granddaughter Aimee Stow, Anna; and great-grandchildren Breandan and Kailey Stow, Anna.
Pallbearers were A.W. Shoffit, Bill Brown, Kirby White, John White, John McGlaughlin and Finis Burk.
Honorary pallbearer was Joe Barnett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund, First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1977, Mabank, TX 75147.

James Orin Cox III
Services for James Orin Cox III, 68, Kemp, were held Dec. 4, 2007, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp.
Cox was born May 26, 1939, in Billings, Mont. to the late Martha Laituri and James Orin Cox Sr. and died Nov. 29, 2007, at his residence. He was preceded in death by three sisters.
He worked for the City of Dallas Water Department for 17 years. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years Mickey Cox, Kemp; daughter Diana Lawrence and husband Doug, Kemp; son Scott Cheshire and wife Karen, Kaufman; numerous relatives and a host of friends.



Linda Greenhaw
Services for Linda Bauguss Greenhaw, 69, Trinidad, were held Dec. 2, 2007, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Leonard Eason and John Howard officiating. Interment was in Baker Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Greenhaw was born March 5, 1938, in Dallas and died Nov. 29, 2007, in Trinidad. She was preceded in death by her parents Melvern and Cecil Bauguss.
She had resided in Trinidad most of her life and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a practical nurse and enjoyed bowling and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a Mabank High School graduate and loved watching the Dallas Mavericks.
Survivors include the father of her children Joe Greenhaw, Seven Points; daughter Leah Melton and husband Charles, Trinidad; sons Don Greenhaw and wife Elaine, Trinidad; and Kenneth Greenhaw and wife Denise, Kerens; granddaughters Ginger Miller, Brittany Greenhaw, Kendra Greenhaw, Holly Perry and Heather Willingham; grandsons Jason Cox, Jeff Cox, Jeremy Cox, Deric Greenhaw and Heath Lauderdale; seven great-grandchildren; sister Melba Garner and husband Robert, Wylie; and very special person in her life Aunt Eva Martin, Bryan.
Pallbearers were James Stefka, Shannon Stokes, Larry Hall, Johnny Adams, Richard Lowrie and Robbie Bracey.

Mary Elizabeth Allen
Services for Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Allen, 74, Mabank, were held Dec. 3, 2007, at the Beacon Church of Christ in Gun Barrel City with Ken Maddox officiating. Interment was in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Allen was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Ralls to the late Drucilla and James Jones and died Dec. 1, 2007, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill D. Allen and sister LeFern Becker.
She was a member of Beacon Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter Sharon and husband Tom Rhoades, Dallas; brother J.H. Jones, Dallas; and caregiver Diane Thorn, Gun Barrel City.

Kathyrn Melton
Services for Kathryn Melton, 80, Scurry, were held Dec. 1, 2007, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with interment in the Kemp Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Melton was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Dallas to the late Alma Thomas and R. C. Lehew Sr. and died Nov. 29, 2007, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett L. Melton; granddaughter Jana Gibbins; brothers, R. C. Lehew Jr., Loyd W. Lehew and Gerald W. Lehew, sisters Edna Merle Lehew and Yvonne Lehew and step-mother Beverly Lehew.
Survivors include children Sandra Grumbling and husband Ernest, Scurry; and Wade Melton and wife Joyce, Kaufman; nine grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; brothers Wayne Lehew and wife Margie of New Orleans, La.; Lynn Best Bohannon of Livingston; Loretta Johnson of Baytown; Marlene Milligan and husband Pat of Edna; and Robbie Whitley and husband Don, Edna; step-sisters Glenda Adams and Darla Backus and husband Dennis; step-brother Stoke Reader; half-brother Gerry Lehew and half-sisters Terri Price and husband Don of Baytown; Connie Fort and husband Larry; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Ruby Flowers
Services for Ruby Laura Humphries Flowers, 90, Mabank, were held Dec. 3, 2007, at Central Baptist Church in Mabank with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Burial was in Ware Cemetery under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.
Flowers was born Dec. 31, 1916, in the Live Oak Community to the late Dora Miller and Joe Humphries and died Nov. 29, 2007, in Mabank. She was preceded in death by her husbands A.R. Simmons and Donald Flowers.
She was a seamstress for J.C. Penney and worked as a nursing home aide for many years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Mabank and was a Mabank resident since 1968, formerly living in Three Rivers.
Survivors include her son Joe Simmons, Gun Barrel City; sister Lois Haley, Pleasanton; grandson Joe Wiser, Cleveland, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren Joel and Angelica.

Elderee Karstens
Services for Elderee Karstens, 76, Dallas, were held Dec. 5, 2007, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Karstens was born Sept. 22, 1931, and died Dec. 2, 2007, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband Dean Karstens.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 25 years and was of the Baptist faith. She retired as an electronic assembly line manager from Texas Instruments in 1992.
Survivors include her son Micheal R. Eudy and wife Diane, Dallas; daughter Barbara Washburn, Dallas; grandsons Dalton and Phillip Eudy, both of Dallas; granddaughter Ree Terrell, Dallas; and great-grandson Robert Terrell, Dallas.

Myrtle Rae West
Services for Myrtle Rae West were held Dec. 4, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Bedingfield officiating.
Myrtle went to be with the Lord Nov. 29, 2007. She was born in Wiggins, Miss., May 27, 1928, to Myrtle Morse Dancer and George Vernon Dancer.
She resided in Mabank the last 15 years and was preceded in death by her son Jesse D. West Jr.
She was a homemaker, a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 314 and the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary No. 25.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church.
She cherished spending time with family. A caring person she was.
West is survived by two daughters Linda Adams and husband Jack, Mabank; and Lorene Griffin and husband Larry, Mesquite; six grandchildren Mike West, Rockwall; Mark Griffin, Dallas; Jack Adams III, Kemp; Amy Flatt, Mabank; April Adams, Mabank; and Jessica Kahler, Mesquite; 10 great-grandchildren Conner, McKenzie, Taylor, Kailea, Kristina, Robert Jr., Carley, Amanda, Jack IV and Alesha.

Clifford Ryan
Services for Clifford Fred Ryan were held Dec. 4, 2007, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Ryan was born Nov. 12, 1917, in Pontiac, Mich., to Mina Mae Elwell and Fred Wilson Ryan and died Dec. 2, 2007.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary, Sept. 11, 2007, brothers and sisters Clayton, Cleatus, Maude, Emma and Ethel.
He graduated from Cass City High School in Cass City, Mich., where he played football and was student council president. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 1st Lt. naval aviator and flight instructor during World War II.
He was stationed in Corpus Christi, where he met and later married Mary Edith Abee in San Diego, Calif., in 1945.
They returned to Cass City, where he owned and operated a John Deere dealership for 17 years, later opening Ryan’s Men Shop in 1962.
His interests in the community included memberships on the town council, in the Rotary Club and the Trinity Methodist church. He spent happy summers with friends and family at the Cass City Summer Home club.
He and his wife moved to Gun Barrel City, close to her hometown Trinidad, and joined the Aley United Methodist Church and the American Legion.
We will miss his cooking, his commitment to and love of friends and family and seeing him glide across the dance floor with his wife.
Survivors include his daughter Jeri and her husband Dennis Bothamley, Laconia, N.H.; son Fred Ryan, Gun Barrel City; grandsons Adam, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Ryan and his wife Heidi Bothamley; great-grandson, Will Bothamley, all of East Hampton, Conn.

Mary Beth Scroggins
Services for Mary Beth Scroggins, 72, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 4, 2007, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Scott Schaller officiating. Burial was in Wood Lawn Cemetery in Houston under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Scroggins was born Oct. 26, 1935, in Midland and died Dec. 1, 2007, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her brothers, George Edwin Stringer and Timmy Kyle Stringer, and sisters Minnie Laura Stringer and Theresa Jane Dunnan.
She was a homemaker and had resided in Gun Barrel City for the past 18 years. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her husband Earl N. Scroggins, Gun Barrel City; daughters Pam Bales and husband Steve, Port Lavaca; and Paula Scroggins, Richardson; son Nelson Scroggins, Katy; brothers Charlie Stringer, Livingston; and Emmett Stringer, Grants Pass, Ore.; sister Patsy Lewis, Turlock, Calif.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.