Memorial service for Paul Owen Monroe, 73, Gun Barrel City, was held Nov. 17, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Byron Jones and Jay Bowen officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Paul Owen Monroe was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Dallas. He was the youngest of three boys brought up in a Christian home and learned to serve the Lord at an early age.
Paul accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour at the age of nine at First Baptist Church in Dallas.
After graduating from Crozier Tech High School he attended the University of Texas at Arlington.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the early 1950s.
While on leave in 1953, he met the love of his life, Irene, when they were set up on a blind date by friends. They married Dec. 19, 1953.
Paul and Irene welcomed their three beloved children and four grandchildren during the nearly 53 years of marriage.
Monroe served as the loving patriarch to daughter Karen Feeler, her husband Wes and children Clint and Mason; son Ron Monroe, his wife Kelly and son Hayden; daughter Michelle Lashley, her husband Shane and son Luke.
He instilled his values of striving toward excellence, honor and dignity in his children and grandchildren, and together with Irene, provided a loving Christina home where all could gather and fellowship.
He also cherished his time spent with his brothers, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and their families.
His brother, the late Howard Monroe and his wife Vannie Mae married when Paul was nine years old. Vannie Mae was like a sister to him and adored him both as a young boy and as a loving Christian. Paul always enjoyed reminiscing with his brother Harold Monroe and his sweet wife Gertha upon their regular visits.
He dearly loved his extended family, made greater by the sisters and brothers brought to him through marriage, including Mildred Wiley, Rea Cole, Azelle Griggs, Dorothy Renberg and her husband Emil, the late Bernice Camp, the late Norris Pate and the late Joann Monroe. Their many children and grandchildren added to Paul’s joy and his proud sense of family.
Monroe was a member of Hella Temple of Dallas, Scottish Rite of Dallas and Cedar Creek Lake Lodge of Gun Barrel City.
He thrived in his 35-year career with IBM, where he received numerous commendations, promotions and was awarded membership in the IBM Club.
His retirement in 1991, couldn’t end the livelong friendships he built with his colleagues. He looked forward to meeting with his friends from the Opex Club, an IBM retiree group, on a regular basis.
Shortly after retirement, Paul and Irene made their new home in Gun Barrel City, where he found a new calling for his many talents.
After serving since 1988 as deacon of Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas, he found his niche at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, where until God called him home, he served as Chairman of the Deacons and Chairman of the Building and Grounds committee.
His work was vital to the construction of the Family Life and Education Center and the ongoing maintenance of each building.
He enjoyed being called to assist with even the smallest maintenance issues and worked tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly for the many church activities each week.
He served as photographer for Vacation Bible School each year, helped plan the Young at Heart senior group activities.
After an honorable and vigorous battle against brain cancer, he peacefully joined his Lord Jesus Christ in glory at 1:20 a.m. Nov. 14, 2006.
Paul, you will be deeply missed, but we rejoice in our coming reunion in heaven with our Lord Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar Willis Monroe and Clara Ellis Bright Monroe, his brother Howard Monroe, brother-in-law Norris Pate and sisters-in-law Joann Monroe and Bernice Camp.
Survivors include loving wife of nearly 53 years Irene Monroe; daughter Karen Feeler, husband Wes and children Clint and Mason; son Ron Monroe, wife Kelly and son Hayden; daughter Michelle Lashley, husband Shane and son Luke; brother Harold Monroe and wife Gertha; sisters-in-law Vannie Mac Monroe, Mildred Wiley, Rea Cole, Azelle Griggs, Dorothy Renberg and her husband Emil; many nieces and nephews, church family, dear friends and loved ones.
In lieu of flowers the Monroe family requests friends honor his memory by supporting the National Brain Tumor Foundation or the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Services for Lottie “Becky” Tindall Beloney, 35, Marshall, were held Dec. 30, 2006, at the Sullivan-Hester Funeral Home in Marshall. Interment followed in Colonial Gardens.
Beloney was born Nov. 30, 1971, in Lufkin to Jerry Nell Glass Tindall Wigley and the late Letcher B. Tindall Jr. of Kemp, and died Dec. 26, 2006, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her father, and first husband O.V. Pool Jr.
She was employed at ABC Auto Parts in Marshall. She married Keith Beloney of Marshall Feb. 29, 1996.
Survivors include her daughters Jerrica Nicole and Olivia Renee Pool; mother Jerry Wigley; sister and brother-in-law Ronda and Robert Pennington, Kemp; brother and sister-in-law Trey and Sherry Tindall, Waskom; grandmothers Corrine Glass, Diboll; and Faye Tindall, Lufkin; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Donation fund has been set up at ABC Auto Parts, 1403 East End Blvd. N, Marshall, TX.
Services for Colleen Patterson, Aley, were held Dec. 30, 2006, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Chapel in Kemp. Interment followed at King Cemetery.
Patterson worked as a dietician with Methodist Hospital in Dallas before moving to Aley. She was a longtime, active member of Aley United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Hudson.
Survivors include her daughters Sharon Snuffer and husband John Hudson; Cheryl Whitehead and husband Gerald; grandchildren Christopher Snuffer and wife Tracey; Brandon Snuffer and wife Sheri and Kristen Blair and husband Kyle; great-grandchild Emma Snuffer; sister Jesslyn Warren and husband Glen; many nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.
Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Services for Aubrey Henderson, 85, Tool, were held Dec. 29, 2006, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp. Interment was in King Cemetery, Aley Community in Henderson County.
Henderson was born May 31, 1921, in Henderson County to Jasper Nichols and Gracie (Robertson) Henderson and died Dec. 25, 2006, in Athens. He married Emma Hayworth Jan. 10, 1942, in Seagoville and she preceded him in death Nov. 28, 2002. His parents and a son Bobby Henderson also preceded him in death.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his children LaVerne and Roy Lee Williamson, Seadrift; Betty and Curtis Moseley, Athens; Lou and Bobby Browning, Flagg Lake; Joyce Hobbs, Tool; Patsy Baker and Lucky Boothe, Tool; Charlie and Mary Henderson, Tool; Tommy Henderson, Flagg Lake; Edward Henderson, Flagg Lake; Steven and Pat Henderson, Flagg Lake; Lesley Henderson, Tool; and Larry and Janice Henderson, Flagg Lake; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Dovie Wilson, Oregon; numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Larry Henderson Jr., Steven Henderson Jr., Richard Williamson, Douglas Williamson, Chad Henderson, Tracy Hobbs and James Moore.
Joe T. Davis
A memorial service was held for Joe Tildon Davis, 76, Kemp, Dec. 30, 2006, at the Fellowship Worship Center in Seven Points, officiated by Steve Spakes.
Davis was born July 6, 1930, in Commerce, son of Virgil Lawrance Davis and Mattie Euphy Lynch, and died Dec. 25, 2006, in Kemp.
He was a member of a Baptist church in Grand Prairie and married Nadine Estelle Cummings Oct. 18, 1950.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles Ray Davis; granddaughter, Monica Higdon; brother, Wayne Davis; and sister, Ruth Biber.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Estelle Davis of Kemp; children Richard “Bud” Davis and wife Kathy, Venus; Milton Grant Davis and wife Cindy, Clearwater, Fla.; Bonnie Roch, Gun Barrel City; and Tina Spakes, Kemp; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Allen Davis, Kemp; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Joe W. Sherburne
Services for Joe W. Sherburne, 81, Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 29, 2006, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Scott Schaller officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Sherburne was born March 19, 1925, in Howland and died Dec. 27, 2006, in Gun Barrel City.
Previously of Andrews, he had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1983. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
He was an oil field worker and retired from Parker Drilling Company in 1984. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife Doris Sherburne, Gun Barrel City; son Mike Sherburne, Gun Barrel City; daughters Becky Hill, Brunswick, Ga.; Jo Lynn Sherburne, Garland; and Jolene Ausburn, Gun Barrel City; sisters Anne Thomas, Brownwood; Betty Gatlin, Cantanutillo; Sybil Funk, San Rafael, Calif.; and Jean Averett, Houma, La.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Eddie Sherburne, Jason Sherburne, Terry Shaw, Nathan Lambert, Alvis Ellers and Ken Foster.