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Belva O. Reid
Services for Belva O. Reid, 88, Kemp, were held Dec. 18, 2009, at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with pastor Bob Parry officiating. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
Reid was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Peeltown to Myrtle Tucker and William Henry Brewer and died Dec. 14, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Reid, sons Ronald Joe and Michael Reid, three brothers, three sisters and her parents.
She worked for Texas Instruments from 1956 to 1989 as a technician.
She had a true passion for learning and working on new microchips with Jack Kilby for many years.
She was in the class of 1941 at Stubbs High School.
She enjoyed dancing with her friends in the 49er’s group. She was a member of the Grays Prairie Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Becky Horner, Kemp; sisters Elsie Mae Long, Oklahoma City, Okla.;  and Dorothy Henson, Corona, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends and family.

LaFern Peel Mince
LaFern Peel Mince of Gun Barrel City will spend her first Christmas in heaven but will always live in the hearts of her family and many friends.
Born Nov. 27, 1930, in Waco and entering heaven Dec. 12, 2009, she will be greatly missed by husband of 61 years Jimmie Mince Jr.; son Michael Mince and daughter LeAnne Brazeal and their families; including two grandsons, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter; sisters Janell Cook and Neely Manley; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins; loving in-laws and a host of dear friends.
Welcoming her to heaven were parents Robert Grady Peel and Willie Ballow, stepfather Russell Ballow, sister Jackie Petty, and brother Thurman Peel.
The family received friends Friday Dec. 18, 2009, and a service celebrating all the joy she brought others was Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at the Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

Freida Denby
Services for Freida Mohrea Denby, 75, Combine, were held Dec. 19, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Josh McDonald officiating. Interment followed in Oakland Cemetery in Canton.
Denby was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Dallas to Johnie Foster and Mathew Smith and died Dec. 15, 2009, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Sammie Aliese Cox, Carrie and Mathine Nickolson, great-grandson Jacob Mitchel Pitman, nephew Troy Philip Nickolson and niece Jody Willson.
She was a seamstress and worked many years for a drapery company.
Survivors include her husband, Sammy Denby; daughters Mohrea Denby and husband Steve Anderson and Tammy Denby and husband Delward Jr. Stracner; grandchildren Donna Pitman Smith, David L. Pitman, Johnny Ray Pitman, Nathan Del Stracner and Delward Garlon Stracner III; great-grandchildren Amanda Pitman, Andrew Smith, Jonathan Pitman, Garrett Pitman, Shane Stracner, Leila Brooke Stracner and Carley Pitman; niece Grace Ann Black; and nephew William Harold Stanly.
Pallbearers were David Pitman, Johnny Pitman, Nathan Stracner, Garlon Stracner III, Jonathan Pitman, Andrew Smith, Delward Stracner Jr., Steve Anderson, Mickey Smith and Garrett Pitman.

Rosa Lee Smith
Services for Rosa Lee Smith, Eustace, were held Dec. 18, 2009, at the Living for the Brand Church with pastor Perry Smith officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home of Gun Barrel City.
Smith was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Lone Oak to the home of Hattie Pearl Hart and Albert Caldwell and died Dec. 14, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Buddy Caldwell and sisters Hallie Mae Boykin and Inez Akins.
She married her husband Aubrey Lavern Smith Sept. 19, 1942.
Survivors include her husband; daughter Carroline Sue Smith Bowman; son Ronnie Smith and fiancée Valerie Peggy Haynie; grandchildren Suzanne Carl, Hilary Rhoades, Brooks Bowman, Ryon Bowman, April Smith and William Smith; nine great-grandchildren; and brother Dewayne Caldwell.
 


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