Obituaries

     
    Verlie Clayton
Verlie Clayton of Malakoff passed away April 10, 2006. She was preceded in death by Wally, her husband of 50 years.
She is survived by her sons Ronnie; Danny and wife Elaine; Bobby and wife Carol; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and her brother Oscar Walker.
Verlie enjoyed life and loved being surrounded by family and friends. She took great pleasure in cooking, fishing and games of all sorts, especially dominoes, poker and bridge.
To honor her request, there will not be a memorial service. However, April 15, 2006, family and friends gathered in the home of Danny Clayton to celebrate her life.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. of Kemp.

Emma Monroe
Services for Emma Burena Monroe, 91, Eustace, were held April 14, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church of Eustace with the Rev. Jerry Williams officiating. Burial followed in Moorehead-Melton Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Monroe was born June 19, 1914, in Eustace to the late William Houston and Ara Cockerell Wheeler and died April 11, 2006, in a Kaufman hospital. She was preceded in death by husband Edison Monroe, June 18, 2001, a son Eddie Kent Monroe and great-grandson Shaun Michael Harper.
She taught piano privately for most of her adult life and was a pianist for First United Methodist Church of Eustace, where she was a member for 65 years.
In 1990, she and her husband were recipients of the Citizen of the Year award presented by the Eustace Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Dexter and Pam Monroe, Athens; Jack and Terri Monroe, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Jerrie Monroe, Eustace; daughter and son-in-law Patsy and Evon Harper, Kaufman; brothers, Lon Cockerell Wheeler, Houston; Rush Wheeler, Lubbock; Houston R. Wheeler, San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers were Stacy Kent Monroe, Steven Harper, Robert Gross, Jason Monroe, Trevor Frinzell and Stratton Frinzell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 100, Eustace, TX 75124.

Isaac McCurin Jr.
Services for Isaac “Birddog” McCurin Jr., 67, Malakoff, were held April 15, 2006, at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Steen Cemetery under the direction of Cain-Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Malakoff.
McCurin was born Nov. 24, 1939, in Malakoff to the late Isaac Sr. and Lonnie L. McCurin and died April 8, 2006. He was preceded in death by his sisters Rose McCurin, Ethel Price, Octavia House, Bobbie Wilson and Doris Shoate.
He attended Lincoln High School in Malakoff and worked at Texas Clay Industries for 34 years.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years Maudie L. McCurin, Malakoff; daughter Audrey Anderson, Malakoff; and Chris Fisher, DeSoto; son Archie McCurin, Malakoff; sisters Edith Tennison and Armesta Gray, both of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, O.C. McCurin, Stanford; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Donald R. Hart Jr.
Services for Donald R. Hart Jr., 23, Dallas, formerly of Trinidad, were held April 15, 2006, at Cedar Fork Baptist Church in Trinidad, with the Rev. Corey Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cain-Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Hart died April 5, 2006, in a Dallas hospital.
He graduated from Trinidad High School and studied restaurant management. He was a member of Cedar Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents Donald and Tammy Hart, Dallas; brother Donnie R. Hart, Dallas; sister Latisha Hart, Athens; grandfather Billy Ray Conner, Dallas; grandmother Pattie Sue Smith, Malakoff; nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

J.P. Henderson Jr.
Funeral services for J.P. Henderson Jr., 79, Kemp, were held April 14, 2006, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Tracy Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the King Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home.
Henderson was born April 14, 1926, in Mabank, to the late Jasper Nicholson and Gracie Bell (Robertson) Henderson and passed away April 12, 2006 in Athens.
He was Baptist by faith and served in the US Army in World War II. He was married to the former Dorothy Faye Grinsted Oct. 26, 1946. He was preceded in death by his daughter Shirley Pruitt Slack, grandson Justin Galvez, great granddaughter Constance Pruitt, sister Juanita Irby, and seven brothers: Virgil, Bob, Benny, Elsie, Bert, Ervy, and Roy Henderson.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Dorothy Henderson; children Linda Bruner, Kemp; Allon Henderson Sr. and his wife Helen, Aley Community; Ronnie Dean and his wife Deniese, Aley Community; Rita Kay Galvez and husband Joe, Mabank; grandchildren, Candi Binger, Chris Bruner, Chrystal Bruner, Chad Bruner, Danny Pruitt, Angie Potter, Cherry Ragel, Jessica Wilson, Tina Hunter, Dorothy Baker, Joey Galvez, Rose Garland, Allen Henderson Jr., Rachel Goble, Barbara Smith, Brandi Henderson, and Rodney Henderson; 32 great grandchildren; brother Aubrey Henderson, Tool; sister Dovie Wilson, Oregon; and step brother Raymond Hammonds of Dallas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Chris Bruner, Joey Galvez, Andrew Wilson, Tory Baker, Tony Smith and Charlie Henderson.
Honorary pallbearers were Danny Pruitt, John Linol Grinsted and Gary Grinsted.