Obituaries

     
    Mike Hilliard
Services for Mike Hilliard, 45, Denton, were held Feb. 26, 2006, in Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Van Zandt County with the Rev. Royce Barker officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank. Hilliard was born Feb. 12, 1961, in Denton and died Feb. 21, 2006, in Butner, N.C.
Hilliard was a contractor and would do anything to help others.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Hilliard, Prattville, Ala.; sons, Michael Hilliard, Prattville, Ala.; Brian Koen, Maryland; and Christopher Hilliard, Maryland; daughters, Tassie Stephens, Prattville, Ala.; and Sherri Hilliard, Maryland; brother, Weldon Ray Hilliard, Tenn.; and Donnie Hilliard, Hutchens; sister, Tammy Reggall, Gun Barrel City; mother, Maxine Morrow, Gun Barrel City and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steve Hall, Donnie Hilliard, Brian Reggall and Michael Hilliard.

Thelma Janes
Services for Thelma Lucille Janes, 93, Mabank, were held Feb. 26, 2006, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Altos Womble officiating.
Burial was in Chinquapin Cemetery.
Janes was born Jan. 7, 1913, in Rock Hill community to Arthur Herman Sr. and Lou Della Dickerson Wilson and died Feb. 23, 2006, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Maston Janes; siblings, Cletus Milton Wilson, Alta "Doodle" Womble, Elva Carter, Myrtle Helen Wilson, Crystal Pierce-Bectol, Mabel Smith, Doris Pool and Iris Corine Wilson.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her daughter, Billie Jean Gibbs, Mabank; brother, Arthur Herman "Jr." Wilson Jr., Tool; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Arion Pierce, Lynn Wilson, Melvin Ray Pool, Eldon Womble, Gene Womble and Ben Williams.

Ruby Waggoner
Services for Ruby Waggoner, 98, Mabank, were held March 1, 2006, at Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Waggoner was born June 26, 1907, in Van Zandt County and died in Gilmer.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her grandson, Jack Waggoner and wife Gabby, Tulare, Calif.; granddaughters, Mary Joy Jackson and husband Kevin, Killeen; and Teania Langford, Diana; great-grandchildren, Stacie Westmoreland, Shannon Waggoner, Michael Waggoner, Keith Waggoner, all of Diana; and Asa Waggoner of California; great-great-grandchildren, Christopher, Casey and Jasmyne Westmoreland, Jarron Bray, Daizey and Keylan Easley and Michael Waggoner, all of Diana.
Pallbearers were Jack Waggoner, Michael Waggoner, Keith Waggoner, Lanny Langford, Wesley Reed, Philip Easley and Kevin Jackson.

Arthur Markham Jr.
Services for Arthur Lewis Markham Jr., 64, Tool, were held March 4, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Greg Thomas officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Markham was born April 20, 1941, in Grand Prairie and died Feb. 21, 2006, in Athens. 
Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Tool since 1972. He was a self-employed roofer.
Survivors include his sons, Timmy Markham and wife Lisa, Payne Springs; David Markham and wife Rhonda, Kemp; and Billy Markham, Dallas; daughter, Mary Ann Markham; brothers, James Markham, Dallas; and William Markham, Seagoville; sister, Helen Markham, Dallas; grandchildren, Josh Markham, Michelle Biggar, Terra Markham, Brittany Markham and Kasey Markham.

Helen Ruff
Services for Helen Leona Ruff, 92, Trinidad, were held Feb. 26, 2006, at the Providence Baptist Church in Tool with Brother Ted Eaton officiating. 
Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Ruff was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Arnold, Penn., to Paul and Anna Kocal and died Feb. 23, 2006, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Bill Ruff in 1987.
Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Butler and husband Jim, and Donna Wylie and husband Doug, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Nathan Felts, Dustin Hughey, Jeff Wylie, Philip Kulsa, Jimmy Butler and Chris Butler.
Honorary pallbearers were Roy Ragan and Keith Huddleston.