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Ray Steakley
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 Brown.

Billy Ray
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 missed.
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 Waxahachie Southwestern.
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.

Jack Farris
Private memorial services are planned for Jack Farris, 60, Gun Barrel City.
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 Duncanville.

Patricia Howard
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 Waxahachie.
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, Waxahachie;
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 Athens.
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 Shelton, Athens.
Pallbearers were Danny Mixon, Mathew Mixon, Klinton Marler, Michael Duke, Brad Linder and Brandon Linder.

Rodney Davis
Cremation for Rodney James Davis, 20, is under the direction of Van Funeral Home.
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.


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