Obituaries

     
    Scott Wayne Rist Sr.
A memorial service for Scott Wayne Rist Sr. was held at his home in Kemp April, 8, 2006.
Rist was born April 26, 1966, in Bastrop, La., to Judy Garner Rist and Huey Rist Sr., and died at his home in Kemp, April, 4, 2006. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janis Rist.
Survivors include daughter Rebecca Rist, Kemp; son Scott Rist Jr., Kemp; parents Judy Garner, Kemp; Huey Rist Sr., Kemp; stepmother Catherine Rist, Kemp; sister Teresa Peters, Kemp; brothers, Huey Jr. “Bo” Rist, Athens; Gerald Rist, Kemp; Jeff Rist, Rockwall; Jason Rist, Wolfe City; granddaughter, Breanna Hockett, Kemp; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Shirley Ann Butcher
Memorial services for Shirley Ann Butcher, 61, Cedar Creek Lake will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006, at the Payne Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Dennie officiating. Arrangements are with Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Butcher was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Gilmer, Wood County, to Stonewall Jackson and Katie M. Warren Henson. She was preceded in death by her son Stephen Ray Williams, father and brothers Johnny Henson and Paul Henson.
She lived in the big woods of East Texas most of her life, attending school in the Harmony School District. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, canning, fishing and spending time with her sisters.
Her grand goal was to catch that ever elusive “Papa Grand” catfish. She and her sisters would sometimes sit on the dock all night in hopes if catching “Papa Grand.” She did catch some nice ones but never that one.
Survivors include her husband Ronald “Ron” Butcher, Cedar Creek Lake; son Michael G. Vaughn, Garland; daughters and son-in-law Carla and John Moore, Somerville; Sheryl Ann “Buzzy” Williams; mother Katie M. Henson, Mineola; sisters Cindy Thorn, Joyce Flores, Patsy Henson, Fay Kirby; brothers David Henson, Perry Henson, Jack Henson Jr., C.A. Henson; grandchildren Jeremy Key Vaughn, Rachel Ann Conner, Wesley Moore, Craig Moore, Michael Byron Vaughn, Elizabeth Butcher, Ashley Vaughn, Derrick Moore; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Genesis Hospice, 201 St. Thomas, Athens, TX 75751, or Payne Springs Baptist Church, 9720, SE State Highway 198, Mabank, TX 75156.

Austin Mathews
Services for Austin Burmia “Mat” Mathews, 77, Mabank, were held April 11, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Billy Hatcher officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Mathews was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Henderson County and died April 7, 2006, in Athens.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1966. Previously of Louisiana, he lived in Mabank since 2001. He was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years Minnie Ferrell Mathews, Mabank; son K. Michael Mathews and wife Kelly, Schodack, N.Y.; James R. Mathews and wife Janet, Spring; R. David Mathews, League City; and William A. Mathews and wife Susan, Mesquite; grandchildren Jennifer Parker and husband Berlin, Ruston, La.; Sarah Warren and husband Brian, Choudrant, La.; Jacob Mathews, The Woodland; Rebecca Mathews, College Station; Elizabeth Mathews, East Schodack, N.Y.; and Christopher Mathews, Mesquite; great-grandchildren Kami Parker, Michelle Parker, Mykal Parker, Veronica Parker, Ruston, La.; and Abbey Warren, Choudrant, La.; sister Beatrice Clark, Wilton, Calif.; sister-in-law Billie Robinson, Dripping Springs; nieces, nephews and faithful companion “Max.”
Pallbearers were Jacob Mathews, Berlin Parker, Brian Warren, Don Ford, Bill Ford, Royce Ford, Michael Clark and David Hataway.
Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Chamberlain and Willie Rouse.

Pearl Byrd
Services for Pearl Byrd, 78, Mabank, were held April 15, 2006, in the Anderson Clayton Bros. Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating. Interment followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Byrd was born March 1, 1928, in Kaufman County to the late Silas and Ila (Blue) Bragg and died April 11, 2006, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Byrd in 1970, and her son Billy Dean in 1988.
Survivors include her children Jimmy Henderson and wife Loraine, Balch Springs; Tommy Byrd and wife Carolyn Princeton; Debbie Adriaenssens, Dallas; Ronnie Byrd, Mabank; and Bobby Byrd and wife Shirley, Mabank; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; half brothers Silas Bragg, Arkansas; Allen Bragg, Seven Points; and Danny Bragg, Oklahoma; and half sister, Frances Gallant, Oklahoma.

Beverly Ann Winget
Beverly Ann Winget, 75, died April 17, 2006, at the Harlingen Nursing Home in Harlingen.
She was an employee of Montgomery Ward before retiring in 1986.
Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Ohio under the direction of Baird Funeral Home in Troy, Ohio.
She and her husband resided in Kemp for 10 years. She did a lot of volunteer work at the Kemp Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years Paul E. Winget; son George Winget and wife Darlene, all of La Feria; grandsons Jeffery, North Richland Hills; and Kevin Winget, La Feria.

Dale Wier
Burial service for Dale Wier, Mabank, was held at Mount Olivert Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Wier was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Mabank and died April 11, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Alleitta Davis Wier, parents Mayme L. and Lonnie B. Wier and brother Glenn B. Wier.
Survivors include daughter Joan Gayle and son-in-law Billie Jack Youngblood, Granbury; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; brothers R.W. Wier, Mabank; and Joe H. Wier, Fort Worth; sisters, Lowayne W. Gooch, Dallas; and Eunice Getzendanner, Palestine; 13 nieces and nephews; many dear loving friends.

Inabeth Arnold
Inabeth Murchison Arnold, Payne Springs, died April 14, 2006, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her infant son Joseph Arnold, and husband of 42 years William “Bill” Jopling Arnold.
Survivors include her children Sherrie Ann Arnold, Payne Springs; Gaines “Hap” Arnold and wife Terri, Plano; Teresa Gail Beasley and husband James Beasley, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jay Arnold and wife Stephanie, Gun Barrel City; James Ray Arnold and wife Debbie, Burleson; sister, Bunnie Ketha, Bastrop; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
To honor her request, there will not be a formal memorial service.
April 15, 2006, immediate family members gathered at the home of Sherrie Arnold to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mabank Special Olympics, P.O. Box 122, Mabank, TX 75147.

J.A. Davis, Sr.
Services for J.A. Davis Sr., 80, Payne Springs, were held April 17, 2006, at Harbor Baptist Church with the Rev. George Yarger officiating.
Burial was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Davis was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Paris and died April 14, 2006, in Payne Springs.
He was a bus driver for Continental Trailways for 30 years.
After retirement, he drove a bus for Mabank ISD for 10 years and owned and operated J.A. Davis Trucking Company.
Previously of Hurst, he had lived in Payne Springs since 1983.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Harbor Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Helen Davis, Payne Springs; sons Billy Davis, Fort Worth; James A. Davis Jr., Payne Springs; and Fred Davis and wife Michelle, Payne Springs; daughter Joan Cox, Payne Springs; grandchildren Sherry Fry and husband Jason, Mabank; and Breanna Davis, Payne Springs; great-grandchildren Trenton Fry and J.J. Fry, both of Mabank; brothers Bobby Davis, Chandler; and Jerry Davis, Atlanta, Ga.; sister Mary Moran, Lubbock.
Pallbearers were Ray Martin, Richard Butler, Jason Fry, Roger Foster, Mike Wertz and Adrian Morman.
Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Ramsey and Bennie Thomas.

Melba Lewis
Services for Melba “Jerry” Stephens Lewis, 77, Eustace, were held April 20, 2006, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Howard officiating.
Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Lewis was born May 12, 1928, in Payne Springs and died April 15, 2006, in Frankston.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her sister Margie Green, Eustace; sister-in-law Mary Pledger, Athens; daughters Vicki Shackelford and husband Kirk, Frankston; Kimberly Belew, Spokane Valley, Wash.; grandchildren Amy Hillhouse, Becky Sparks, Laci McMahon, Sgt. Cartis Ryan Stephens and Avril Hite; great-grandchildren Kaylee, Hayleigh, Grady, Austin, Taylor, Jaci, Westin, Ashleigh and Cody.
Pallbearers were Jason Hillhouse, Wilsey McMahon, Larry Pitts and Jesse Lowry Jr.
Honorary pallbearer was Kenney Sparks.

Louis E. Redmon
Services for Louis E. “Drifter” Redmon, 62, were held April 20, 2006, in the Keever Chapel with the Rev. Lester Reagan officiating. Interment followed in the King Cemetery in Seven Points under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. in Ennis.
Redmon was born Feb. 8, 1944, in Dallas to Troy E and Margaret F. Shelton Redmon and died April 17, 2006, at the East Texas Trauma Center in Gun Barrel City.
He attended school in Wilmer-Hutchins and married Fay Couch Nov. 27, 1959. In 1970, they moved to Kemp. He was a truck driver for more than 30 years, owning Peon Valley Trucking Co. for eight years and working for S&S Trucking for three years.
He was a member of the Hutchins First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Fay, Kemp; sons and wives Louis Ray and Mary Jo Redmon, Shreveport, La.; Sam “Little Red Devil” Redmon, Irving; Lawrence “Popcorn” and Shelley Redmon, Seven Points; mother Margaret F. Redmon, Hutchins; brother and wife Larry and Cindy Redmon, Irving; sister and husband Donna and Jimmy Lenamond, Groesbeck; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.