Services for Lewis Ray Steakley, 69, Kemp, were held Dec. 22, 2009, at
the Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp with Rev. Dub
Henry officiating. Interment followed in the Baker Cemetery near Kemp
under the direction of Anderson Clayton Brothers Funeral Home.
Steakley was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Borger, to the late Ruth Wilson and
William L. Steakley and died Dec. 19, 2009, at his residence in Tool in
the presence of his loving wife, Glenda.
He was Baptist by faith and married Glenda Day Dec. 18, 1975, in Dallas.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. serving as a tank
commander and firefighter and was a glazier in glass construction for
more than 35 years.
He worked on nearly every building in downtown Dallas. His career also
took him to several places, including Saudi Arabia in the mid 1980’s to
install glass for the Royal Family of Saudi.
After his retirement, he worked construction in the sheet metal industry
along side his brother, Richard.
During his career he served as the Business Agent for Glaziers Local
No.1837 for many years.
He also was a member of the Elks Lodge for numerous years. He loved the
Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers and was very devoted to and loved his
entire family with all of his heart.
Survivors include his wife Glenda, Tool; daughters Carla Richards and
her husband David, Kemp; Patty Reed and husband Terry, Kemp; and Diane
Day and companion Willie Moore, Payne Springs; sons, Raymond Steakley
and wife Shannon, Mabank; Billy Steakley and wife Lisa, Louisiana; Bobby
Day and wife Michelle, Kemp; Mike Day and wife Lori, Kaufman; and Mark
Steakley, Kemp; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother
Richard Steakley and wife Sharon, Mesquite; and niece Laurie Helm and
husband Jason, Forney; as well as numerous other friends and relatives.
Pallbearers were Trey Steakley, Cody Reed, Kyle Steakley, Jeffrey Reed,
Billy Wayne Steakley, Kory Steakley, Kevin Day, Dylan Day and Blake
Hazelip. Honorary pallbearers were Travis Pitts, Warren Wade and Danny
Services for Billy Ray, 69, were held Dec. 22, 2009, at the Anderson
Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp.
Ray was born March 13, 1940, in Jacksonville to Lura McKnight and Tom
Ray and died Dec. 19, 2009, in the comfort of his home with his family
by his side.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sibling and great-grandson
James Garrett Hicks.
He was a prominent member of the community which he loved. He was loved
by so many people and was a friend to everyone. He will be greatly
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Peggy; brother Dee Wright;
loving children Laura Kay Raney and husband Pat McCloud; James Ray and
wife Lisa; and Leona Bounds and husband Jeff; grandchildren Misty and
Shane Raney, Ashleigh Wright, Chris Ray, Jessica Haigood, Zachary Bounds
and Stormi Bella; 10 loved great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and
nephews, Liddy Shaw and the Mcguire family.
Anna Marie Whittington
Services for Anna Marie Whittington, 89, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec.
21, 2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley
officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Whittington was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Duke, Okla. and died Dec. 18,
2009, in Gun Barrel City.
She had resided in Gun Barrel City for 24 years and was a member of the
Central Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include her son Surman Whittington II, Gun Barrel City;
daughters Jo Ellen McCoy, Mesquite; and Jean Marie Thompson, Kimblering,
Mo.; four grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Wanda Ann Helsley
Services for Wanda Ann Helsley, 70, were held Dec. 24, 2009, at the
First Assembly of God Church of Kaufman. Interment followed in the
Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Helsley was born Nov. 15, 1939, in Gorman to Winnie Horn and Herman
Dunlap and died Dec. 18, 2009, in her home near Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patsy Ree Dunlap.
She was raised in Cisco and Eastland and attended high school at
Wanda “Tweety” was in the prison ministry for more than 25 years and was
in the motorcycle ministry for 17 years, where she was the leader and
minister of Texas Praise.
She married Ted Mel Helsley July 31, 1992, in Fort Worth and later moved
to the Mabank area in 1993.
Survivors include her husband Ted, Mabank; son Rance Peevy, Kaufman;
daughter Carla Martin, Kilgore; stepsons Ted Helsley, Mountain Air,
N.M.; and Chris Helsley, Fort Worth; stepdaughter Tonya Helsley,
Arlington;; brother Herman Dunlap, Brownwood; sister-in-law Sheila
Dunlap, Brownwood; grandchildren Courtney Black, Morgan Black, Sunny
Martin and Kimmie Williamson; great-grandchildren Paige Black, Michelle
Tanner and Avery Williamson; many other relatives and friends.
Private memorial services are planned for Jack Farris, 60, Gun Barrel
Farris was born Feb. 15, 1949, in Odessa to Betty Jean and Jack Farris
and died Dec. 16, 2009, at his home.
Moving from Dallas, he had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1991.
Survivors include his wife Toni Farris, Gun Barrel City; son Daniel
Farris, Carrolton; daughter Diana Farris, Denton; stepson Sennie Wilson,
Bellingham, Mass.; stepdaughters Rebeckah Wood, Houston and Dana Twait,
Munford, Tenn.; mother Betty Farris, Duncanville; sisters Jeanette
Dobbins, Waxahachie; Jennifer Poblete, Canyon Lake; and Jill Farris
Services for Patricia Faye Howard, 65, Waxahachie, were held Dec. 20,
2009, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Joe Baxter
officiating. !Burial was in Mankin Cemetery under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Howard was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Ennis and died Dec. 18, 2009, in
She was a member of the Assembly of God.
Survivors include her daughter Sharon Maurice Rex, Waxahachie; brother
John Vinton and wife Joann, Trinidad; sisters Darlene Majors, Fort
Worth; and Wanda Taylor and husband Johnny, Mesquite; grandson Kasey
Howard, U.S. Navy, San Diego, Calif.; and granddaughter D’Ann Rexrode,
Pallbearers were Keith Majors, Jason Howard, Joshua Howard and Ray Eakin.
Addie Pearl Reid
Services for Addie Pearl Reid, 95, Athens, were held Dec. 22, 2009, at
the Mabank Church of Christ with Bob Patterson officiating. Burial was
in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral
Home in Mabank.
Reid was born July 16, 1914, in Eustace and died Dec. 19, 2009, in
She lived most of her life in Athens and was a member of the Mabank
Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter Pearl Ledbetter and husband Cecil,
Mabank; three granddaughters; four great-great-granddaughters; two
great-great-granddaughters; brother D.T. Key, Greenville; and sister Dot
Pallbearers were Danny Mixon, Mathew Mixon, Klinton Marler, Michael
Duke, Brad Linder and Brandon Linder.
Cremation for Rodney James Davis, 20, is under the direction of Van
Davis was born Aug. 1, 1989, in Athens and died Dec. 20, 2009, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Joseph Davis.
Survivors include his daughter Emma Lea Davis, Corsicana; father
Jonathon Davis, Gun Barrel City; mother Stepanie Davis, Plano; brother
Dustin Davis, Mabank; grandmother Evelyn Davis, Wortham; many aunts,
uncles, cousins and friends.