Services for Andy Jones, 77, Mabank, were held Dec. 8, 2007, at
Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating.
Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank
Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Jones was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Kaufman County and died Dec. 4, 2007,
in Tyler. He was preceded in death by his parents, great-grandsons Wes
Lunsford and Brent Wilson and sisters Birtie Splawn and Leland Jones.
He had resided in Mabank all his life and was Baptist by faith, but
attended Cedar Creek Church of God in Gun Barrel City. He drove a school
bus for Mabank Independent School District for 30 years.
He owned and operated a lawnmower shop for 20 years and Networking
Technologies in Gun Barrel City for the past two years.
He was a charter member and served on the board of Trinity Valley Tres-Dias
community and was a member of the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War, receiving
two Purple Heart medals.
Survivors include his wife Maudie Jones, Mabank; son Dennis Vincent and
wife Terri, Mabank; daughters Nell Guyette and husband Don, Savannah,
Ga.; Judy Ligon and husband Charles, Mabank; and Susie Lynn and husband
Kenneth, Mabank; brothers Buford Dutch Jones, Mabank; and Jack Jones,
Kemp; sisters Martha Baker, Kemp; and Annie Thompson, Balch Springs; 15
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Andy Paul Lynn, Nathan Vincent, Tim Wilson, David
Guyette, Charles Ligon and Julian Acree.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Weedin, Terry Thomas, Birt Clark,
Victor Trevino, Butch Wilson and Bob Sapp.
A memorial service for Patricia Cawthon Dempsey, 63, Mabank, was held
Dec. 7, 2007, at the Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Dallas.
Dempsey was born Feb. 16, 1944, to the late Francis and Robert Cawthon
and died Dec. 3, 2007.
Survivors include her son Robert Bryan Dempsey; and granddaughter Jordan
Robert Milton Murphy, 75, Malakoff, was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Berwyne,
Md., to the late Beatrice Snyder and Samuel Murphy and died Dec. 4,
2007, in Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Athens.
Interment will be at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later
date. Arrangements are under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in
He was an air-conditioning mechanic and ABAA Navy veteran, serving from
Nov. 30, 1950, to Sept. 16, 1954.
Survivors include his stepson Todd Rademacker, Ladson, S.C.; brothers
John Murphy, Kemp; Steve Murphy, Kaufman; Sam Murphy, Grandbury; and Jim
Murphy, Waldorf, Md.
Memorial services for James Dean Clay, 90, are set at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 15, 2007, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel, 7301 E. Lancaster in
Clay was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Winston County Miss., and died Nov. 19,
2007, in Athens after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his
wife Nannie M. Luke Aug. 26, 1994, whom he married Dec. 24, 1940.
Clay and his family moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1946, where
he worked as a diesel mechanic for Highway Machinery Company. He later
worked as a salesman for Darr Equipment and Conley Lott Nichols.
He served two tours in the military. From March, 1937, to March, 1940,
achieving the rank of Pfc. He reenlisted in the Army Air Corps Jan. 15,
1942, and served until Dec. 1, 1945, achieving the rank of 1st Sgt. He
was stationed in Charleston, S.C., and served as a marine engineer.
Survivors include his brother Ben Clay, Little Rock, Ark.; children Rita
Banta, Hurst; Jimmie Moser, Rockport; Debbie Peterson, Mabank; and James
Clay, Flower Mound; grandchildren L. Shane Hall, Jennifer Clark-Unglaub,
Leona Peterson, Ricki Peterson, Shane Peterson, Nancy Peterson, Peri
Clay and Nicki Peterson.