Graveside services for Shirlene Sutton, 53, of Gun Barrel City, were held
Nov. 26, 2011, at Tool Cemetery with Rev Wayne Pitchford officiating under
the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.
Sutton was born May 24, 1958, to the home of Shirley Lee Hunsaker Benton and
Roland Edward Benton and died at her home on Nov. 24, 2011.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth (Kenny) Sutton, children Roland
Benton II, Daniel Smith and wife Amber; sister Teresa Wall and husband
William, Pamela Johnson Sanchez and husband Roy, seven grandchildren and
numerous other family members and many friends.
Thomas Ellis Clyce, 90, was born Dec. 29, 1920, in Sherman, to Mary Lillian
Ellis and Wallace Perrin Clyce.
He attended High School in Roanoke and Sherman and attended The Rice
Institute in Houston, Okla. A&M in Stillwater, Okla., Port Arthur College
and Austin College in Sherman.
He worked as a transmitter engineer at a radio station in Sherman and North
American Aviation in Grand Prairie.
Clyce enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after World War II, serving from
February1942 to October 1945. He was part of the crew of destroyer, USS
He earned eight battle stars in the Solomons, Philippines and Okinawa
campaigns and attained the rank of chief radio technician.
After his navy service, he was employed as chief engineer of radio station
in Greenville, joined his family’s general contracting business, in Dallas,
where he designed and supervised construction of several church buildings.
In 1953, he began designing and manufacturing monumental aluminum windows
and curtain walls for high rise buildings.
In 1966, he became a designer and manufacturer of specialty woodworking
machinery. He was employed by Industrial Woodworking Machine Co. of Garland
for 18 years.
Clyce retired in 1982 and moved to the country near Edgewood, where he and
his wife, Mable, built a retirement home.
He was a member of the Edgewood Lions Club and volunteered for The Edgewood
Historical Society, where he designed and built several of the structures in
the Edgewood Heritage Park.
In January 2002, Clyce moved to the Seven Points and Payne Springs areas.
Clyce was preceded in death by his wife and daughter Ellen Clyce Shomette.
Survivors include his son Thomas E. Clyce Jr. and his wife, Louise, of
Birmingham, Ala.; daughter Dee Dee Clyce Lambert and her husband, Jim, of
Mabank; adopted daughter Karen Clyce Jones and her husband, Calvin;
granddaughters, Debbie Kunz of Elkins Ark., Christi Doherty of Gun Barrel
City and Callen Clyce of Birmingham, Ala.; grandsons Lance Clyce of Florida,
and Branum Clyce of Alabama; brother Wallace Perrin Clyce Jr. of Arlington;
nine great grandchildren, three great-great grandkids and numerous nieces
Margaret Jean Babcock, 62, of Gun Barrel City, was born June 19, 1949, to
Betty Kene and Raymond Lawman and died in Gun Barrel City, Dec. 4, 2011.
She was preceded in death by brothers Everett and Billy.
Survivors include her husband, James Babcock; children Arthur “Art” Pryor,
Sharon Pryor, Timothy Pryor; brother Ralph Lawman; sister Rosie Mary Miller;
seven grandchildren, other family members and many friends.
Kenneth E. Johnson, 76, Eustace, was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Kerens, to
Mattie (Kennon) and Oscar Elmer Johnson Sr., and died Dec. 7, 2011.
Johnson was a 43 year resident of Eustace, proudly served in the United
States Marine Corps and worked for Adams Bros. Construction for 33 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Eloise Johnson-Campbell and
Carolyn Johnson-Reddick, brother Oscar Johnson Jr., great-granddaughter
Chelsea Rogers and nieces Penny Wilson and Lisa Reddick.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Shirley Ann Roberson-Johnson of
Eustace; children Joe Winchester of Eustace, Lou Winchester Byers and her
husband, Roy, of Payne Springs, Rodney Johnson and his wife, Priscilla, of
Eustace, Mark Johnson and his wife, Jenny, of Gun Barrel City, Lisa Johnson-
Roberts and her husband, Ken, of Eustace and Tina Johnson-Rummel and her
husband, Brad, of Athens; grandchildren Angela Byers-Herring and husband
Richard of Payne Springs, CJ Johnson and family of Onalaska, Joseph Rogers
and wife Jamie of Mabank, Lynn Byers of Payne Springs, David Johnson of
Eustace, Kari Winchester of Lewisville, Crystal Johnson of Eustace, Kyle
Roberts of Lubbock, Sarah Winchester-McNeel and husband Roger of Huntsville,
Randal Roberts of Eustace, Abra Roberts of Eustace, Tad Russell of Athens,
Drake Rummel of Athens and Courtney and Michael Elmore of Gun Barrel City;
13 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or the American
A personal tribute can be made online at
Services for Louise Myrick, 84, of Mabank, were held Dec. 13, 2011, at
Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with interment following at Oaklawn
Myrick was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Prairieville, to Elsie Mae (Winineger) and
Ira Clint Sapp and died Dec. 10, 2011.
She was full of fun, loved pulling pranks on others and was a loving, doting
mother, and true people person.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude, sisters Fannie
Tankersley and Billy Thompson and her brother J.C. Sapp.
Survivors include sons David Myrick and Danny Myrick and his wife, Cindy,
all of Royce City; daughters Sharon Darnell and Karon Gentry, both of
Mabank; grandchildren Michelle Russell, Anthony Gentry, Shannon Darnell,
Brook Gentry and Dena Myrick; 10 great-grandchildren, brother Bob Sapp and
his wife Mary, sisters Opal Toney and Peggy Gunderson; many nieces, nephews,
other family members and loving friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at
Graveside services for Patsy Ruth Abbott, 78, were held Dec. 11, 2011, at
Malakoff Cemetery with Rev. Sunny Farley officiating under the direction of
Tomlinson Funeral Home.
Abbott was born May 5, 1933, in Lakeview, to Mildred Myrtle Nolen and Otto
Vernon Abbott and died Dec. 9, 2011, in Tyler.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Clemmy Dees.
Survivors include sisters Frances Dean and Verline Rodgers; six nieces and
nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews.
Services for Lola Dean White Meazell, 93, Tool, was held Dec. 10, 2011, at
Lakeside Baptist Church in Trinidad officiated by Bros. Ron Huckabee and
Floyd Loven, under the direction of Tomilson Funeral Home, in Seven Points.
Burial followed at the Tool Cemetery.
Meazell was born June 5, 1918, in Tool, to Lum and Mirty Weathesby Wood and
died Dec. 7, 2011 in Athens.
She was a charter member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Trinidad and a
faithful servant in the church for as long as her health allowed.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Grady White and Bill
Meazell, five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Bishop and husband Max; step-son Pete
Meazel and wife Pat; granddaughter; Cathy Estes and husband Steve; great
grandchildren Adam Estes and wife Julie, Karen Parker and husband Craig;
great-great grandchildren Trenton, Jonah, Eli Estes and Casen Parker.
Pallbearers were Steve Estes, Adam Estes, Craig Parker, Bubba Fitz, Ronnie
Bishop, Royce Vitovsky, Eddie Vitovsky, and Royce Wood.
Graveside service for Granville Southerland, 86, of Nederland, were held
Dec. 13, 2011, at Moorehead Melton Cemetery in Eustace under the direction
of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
He was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Chandler, to Catherine Lucille and Malon Oscar
Southerland and died Dec. 11, 2011, at Mid Jefferson Hospital in Nederland.
Southerland joined the US Navy Sept. 1943, worked for Texaco Oil Company for
37 years and married Billie Pickle on July 29, 1949.
Granville was an active member of First Baptist Church in Nederland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, son Danny Southerland,
brothers Charles Southerland, Woodrow Southerland and Henry Southerland and
sisters Ruth McCarley and Marie Prewitt.
Survivors include daughter Tamra Graham and husband Steve of Nederland;
granddaughter Brittney Graham of Nederland; sister Wynell Hall of Mabank;
brother Malon Southerland of Kaufman; brother-in-law Robert Pickle and wife
Betsy of Eustace.
A personal tribute may be made online at