Obituaries

     
    Edith Godwin
Services were held for Edith Geneva Bernice Godwin, 94, Kemp, Dec. 2, 2006, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp, with the Rev. Royce Riley officiating. Interment followed in the Kemp Cemetery.
Godwin was born Edith Geneva Bernice Briggs, in Garrett, Oct. 30, 1912, daughter of Tom and Stella Faye (Rife) Briggs, and died in Mabank, Nov. 29, 2006.
She had been a member of the Aley Methodist Church since 1955. Godwin was a devoted wife and mother, who was always a willing and helpful member of the community.
She was known for cooking custards and taking them to people who weren’t feeling well. She married Carl “Buck” Godwin Feb. 19, 1932, and he preceded her in death in 1988. Also preceding her were parents, Tom and Stella Briggs; grandchild Charles Glen Godwin; great grandchild Kaleb Godwin; brothers Charlie Briggs and Bud Briggs; and sister Helen Massie.
Survivors include her son, Glynn Godwin of Houston; daughters, Jo Ann Godwin Kelley and husband Lex of Arlington and Linda Godwin Carter and husband Carl of Mabank; six grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 14 great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; sister Ruby Perkins of Kemp; special friends, Lola Tidwell, Justin Marcellus and Martha McCollum; numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Rick Godwin, Mark Johannesen, Brandon Stairs, Kevin Carter, Kenneth Kelley and Justin Marcellus.

Eva Roberts
Services for Eva Kathryn “Kathy” Roberts, 70, Gun Barrel City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel in Mabank with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating.
Roberts was born Nov. 28, 1936, in Kentucky and died Nov. 30, 2006, in Gun Barrel City.
Previously of Dallas, she had lived in Gun Barrel City for the past five years and was of the Baptist faith. She retired from CTX Mortgage as an underwriter.
Survivors include her husband J. Kevin McSorley, Gun Barrel City; daughters Dottie Hamilton, Gun Barrel City; and Billie Jo Carlin, Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Bob Woolum, Cincinnati, Ohio; sister-in-law Barbara Woolum, Los Angeles, Calif.; nephews Bob Woolum, Kentucky; and Jim Woolum, Los Angeles, Calif.

Ralph Sheram
Services for Ralph Sheram, 72, Murchison, were held Dec. 2, 2006, in Eubank Memorial Chapel with Dan Rogers officiating. Burial was in Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sheram was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Bessemer, Ala. and died Nov. 30, 2006, in Tyler.
He was a teacher and had lived in Murchison for the past 13 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canton.
Survivors include his wife Wanda Sheram, Murchison; daughter Cynthia Allen and husband Clyde, Buffalo; son Tom Sheram and wife Norma, Athens; grandsons Joel Black and wife Dorothy; Martin Black and wife Marsha; Kelsey Sheram; and Clyde Allen Jr. and wife Rosalind; great-grandchildren Carson, Jackson, Bryceson and Emery; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers Clyde Allen, Joel Black, Martin Black, Kelsey Sheram and Clyde Allen Jr.
Honorary pallbearers Glen Cornelius, Johnny Allison, Harvy Allison, Brian Allison and Jim Allison.

Janie L. Cooper
Services for Janie L. Cooper, 84, Mabank, were held Dec. 5, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Jacobs officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Cooper was born April 28, 1922, in Plano and died Dec. 2, 2006, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles S. Cooper in 1977.
Previously of Dallas, she had lived in Mabank for the past 37 years. She was a meat wrapper.
Survivors include her sons Charles L. Cooper, Mabank; and Mark Kevin Cooper, Mabank; daughter Elizabeth Diane Poole, Palmer; brother-in-law Elbert Chapman, Mabank; grandchildren Justin Poole and Jessica Poole, both of Palmer.

Joyce Nelson
Services for Joyce Marie Nelson, 53, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 3, 2006, at the Tomlinson Funeral Chapel in Seven Points. Burial was in Kemp Cemetery with Bro. Jim Shafer officiating.
Nelson was born Oct. 23, 1953, and died Nov. 30, 2006, in Gun Barrel City.
She was preceded in death by her father Zack “Dee” Miller and stepfather John Bass.
Survivors include her husband Andy Nelson; mother Marie Miller Bass; son Rusty and wife Trina Nelson; granddaughter Mariah Marie Nelson; sister Wanda and husband Larry McBride; brothers Edd and wife Vickie Miller, T.O. and wife Glenda Miller, Rodger and wife Debra Miller; mother-in-law Gracie Knesck; nephews Jerry and Christopher McBride; great-niece Haley McBride.
Pallbearers were Chris McBride, Jerry McBride, James McBride, Chris Dunlap, Cevyn Dunlap and Nicholas Dunlap.

Donald Channell
Services for Donald Hayes Channell, 68, Seven Points, were held Dec. 4, 2006, at Kemp Cemetery with the Revs. Shawn Garrett and Omer Moore officiating. Burial was in Kemp Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Channell was born July 6, 1939, in Tuscalousa, Ala. and died Nov. 30, 2006, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his grandson Damien Hayes England, first wife Susie Channell, sister Carlita Goodwin, father William Claude Channell, father and mother James and Sally Donaghey.
He was a truck driver. Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Seven Points the past 12 years. He loved his family dearly.
Survivors include his wife Sue Channell; son Bobby Channell; daughters Vickey Channell, Donna McElroy, Anita Moore, Tammy Sharp, Deanna Robertson and Dianna Roberts; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers W.C. Donaghey, Jimmy Donaghey and Charles Donaghey; sister Fayrene Jones, Juanita Tant and Sherry Walker; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Iran Lee Powers
Services for Iran Lee “Dude” Powers, 84, Eustace, were held Dec. 6, 2006, at the Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with the Revs. James Howard, James Shepard and Rachel Weldon officiating. Burial followed in Payne Cemetery.
Powers was born June 5, 1922, in Smith County to the late Arthur Lee and Daisy Leatries Fox Powers and died Dec. 1, 2006, in ETMC in Athens.
He was preceded in death by brothers P.O. Powers, Arthur Allen Powers, and Herbert Odell Powers, and sisters Lucille Russell, Ida Marie Jones, Lura Belle Powers, Essie Calicutt and Bessie Lee Stone.
He had lived in Eustace for 57 years engaged in farming and ranching with a real passion for raising donkeys and horses.
He formerly served on the board of directors for Payne Cemetery and the Soil Conservation Board.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and at the close of the war served with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. The U.S. was the first of 48 nations to provide relief for the displaced persons operations.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years Catharine Powers, Eustace; son Charles Lee “Chuck” Powers, Eustace; daughter Cathy Noble, Eustace; sister Russell Simnacher, Portales, N.M.; grandchildren Tami Dailey, Courtney Christmas, Chris Powers, Whitney Farley, Brandi Powers, Cayla McKinney; great-grandchildren Krysta Lowry, Sarah Christmas, Clay McKinney, Olivia Dailey, Caitlin Christmas, Ruby Farley and Brandt Powers.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Payne Cemetery Association, c/o Franklin Bank, P.O. Box 399, Eustace, TX 75124.

Mary Bingham
Services for Mary Viola Bingham were held Nov. 13, 2006, in the Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel in Seven Points with Josh McDonald officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery, Aley.
Bingham was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Tate and died Nov. 10, 2006, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband James I. Bingham and one son James Robert Bingham.
She was a loving caretaker and loved her family.
Survivors include her daughter Barbara Jean Parr, Gun Barrel City; son Roland Bingham, Georgia; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Judy Dodson, Bonnie Nash and Betty Sue Brown; brothers Curtis Ladd Crawford and Billy Wayne Crawford.
Pallbearers were Charles Garner, Rodney Garner, Danny Garner, Charlie Garner, Brent England and Stacy Bingham