Obituaries

     
    Geraldine Gilpin
Memorial services for Geraldine "Geri" Gilpin, Gun Barrel City, were held Feb. 11, 2006, at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
Gilpin was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Erie, Penn., and died Feb. 5, 2006.
She lived most of her life in New Jersey before joining her daughter and grandchildren in Texas in 1995. She was active and made many friends in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Ferfort and son-in-law Leslie, Kemp; grandchildren, David Ferfort, Leia Ray, Geoffery Ferfort and Sandy Hess; five great-grandchildren, Shawn Ferfort, Taylor Walker, Anna Marie Brown, Cheyenne Hensen and Tassi Powers.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, 100 South Old Indian Trail, Tool, TX 75143.

Joe Hester
Services for Joe Ayres Hester, 83, Payne Springs, were held Feb. 2, 2006, in the Payne Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Elizabeth A. Elizardo officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Hester was born April 28, 1922, in Woodland, Ala., and died Jan. 29, 2006, in Athens.
He was a vice president and general manager of a steel container business. Previously of Richardson, he had lived in Mabank for the past 30 years. He served in the Navy and held the rank of major in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Sawyer Masonic Lodge, Randolph Co., Ala.
Survivors include his wife, Marquette Hester, Payne Springs; daughters, Cathrine Borland and husband Randy, Richardson; Barbara Peyron and husband Alan, Richardson; Susan Hester, Hyde Park, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Angela Williams, Portland; stepson, Lance Mayhugh, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; grandsons, Robert Borland and Adam Peyron; granddaughters, Katie Peyron and Jennifer Borland; stepgrandchildren, Dustin Williams, Jennifer Williams, Derek Mayhugh, and Cody Mayhugh; other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Adam Peyron, Alan Peyron, Robert Borland, Randy Borland, Ronald Shoemaker and Lance Mayhugh.

Lisa Ball
Graveside services for Lisa Camile Ball were held Feb. 1, 2006, in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
Ball was born Nov. 25, 1956, in Pilot Point to Eva Lee Pritchett and her late father, Horace Broocke Pritchett, and died Jan. 30, 2006, in Plano.
She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1975. She attended Richland College and two trade schools that equipped her for Computer Assisted Drafting, in which she excelled. She trained new employees in this field. She was married Feb. 12, 1992, in Slaughter Chapel at First Baptist Church of Dallas where she was baptized Easter, 1966.
She loved animals and worked with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin. She loved three Siberian huskies who will greatly miss her. 
She was dearly loved by her parents and was a special daughter, "Lisa Girl."
Survivors include her husband, Kevin R. Ball; stepson, Rory Ball; and a stepgrandaughter.

Bob Foshee
Memorial services for Lee Robert "Bob" Foshee, 56, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at the Central Baptist Church in Mabank under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.
Foshee was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Lacrosse, Wisc., and died at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Foshee in 1990 and a brother, John Carter Foshee in 1999.
Formerly of Dallas, he had been a resident of Mabank for 25 years. He worked as a truck driver and auto mechanic and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, John and Michele M. Foshee of Sanford, Fla.; mother, Helen A. Foshee, Mabank; two grandchildren, J. Hunter and Rose Marie Foshee, Sanford, Fla.

Vada Johnson
Services for Vada Mae Spivey Johnson, Tool, were held Feb. 4, 2006, at the Providence Baptist Church in Tool with Irvan Anthony officiating. Burial was in the Tool Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. 
She was born Dec. 1, 1909, in Cass County to John and Ella Barnett Spivey, and died Feb. 2, 2006, in Tool.
She came to Tool as a toddler with her parents and seven siblings. She married Clarence Johnson in Tool on Aug. 13, 1927. They were married for 70 years until his death. 
She was a loving wife, very special mom and precious grandma and great grandma. She was a homemaker dedicated to raising her children. She enjoyed cooking, crafts, sewing and the thing she enjoyed the most was fishing. She was also a member of the Providence Baptist Church in Tool. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Johnson, an infant daughter, sons RJ Johnson and Buddy Johnson, brothers Monroe, Homer, Alton, Floyd, Kerney and Johnny Lee Spivey, sisters Omie Spivey, Cora Miller and Gracie Graggland. 
Survivors include daughter Loetta "Sis" Carroll of Tool; daughter-in-laws, Lometa Johnson and Charline Johnson of Tool; grandchildren, Donna Wilson and husband Mike of Palestine; Steve Johnson and wife Mary of Athens; Judy Shipman and husband Glenn of Odessa; Joe Johnson and wife Laurie of Tool; Cathy Boswell of Mabank; Linda Rogers and husband Russell of Cross Roads; Brenda Whitaker of Rockport; 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews and many friends.

Paul B. Richie
Services for Paul B. Richie, 85, Mabank, were held Feb. 3, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Richie was born July 18, 1920, in Paris and died Jan. 31, 2006, in Athens.
He was the owner of a Tool Repair business and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1214 and the Hella Shrine Temple. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Previously of Tool, he lived in Mabank for the past 12 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Richie, Mabank; daughters, Sandra Agnew and husband Bob, Franklin, Pa.; and Marilyn Sibley and husband Don, Dallas; son, Paul Redmond and wife Wanda, Euless; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.