Obituaries

     
    Regina Strittmatter
Services for Regina Strittmatter, 35, Payne Springs, were held April 22, 2006, at the Payne Springs Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Mark Vaughan officiating. Interment was in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Strittmatter was born Aug. 3, 1970, in Euless and died April 18, 2006, in Payne Springs. She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia Robbins.
She was a clerk at the Dallas County Court. Previously of Dallas, she lived in Payne Springs for the past 17 years.
Survivors include her daughters Ashley and Rebecca Strittmatter, both of Payne Springs; father Jerry Robbins, Rockwall; sister Reagan Ansell and husband Chad, Flower Mound; brother Randall Robbins, Rockwall; close friends Harold Wood, Payne Springs; and Cristy Owens, Italy; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Billy Arnold
Services for Billy Arnold, 82, Tool, were held April 19, 2006, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church with the Revs. Chuck Weber and Irvan Anthony officiating. Burial was in Tool Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Arnold was born March 8, 1924, in Tool and died April 17, 2006, in Mabank. He was preceded in death by his wife Dortha Arnold in 2006.
He was self-employed.
Survivors include his daughters Dell Hamilton and husband Rodney, Arnold Hills; and Debra Gunderson and husband Charles, Arnold Hills; grandchildren, Ashley Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton, Lynsey Nickelson, Brent Nickelson and Brandy Kirkland; and great-grandchild Saylor Grace Nickelson.
Pallbearers were Charles Gunderson, Rodney Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton and Brent Nickelson.

John Leonard
Memorial services for John E. Leonard were held April 19, 2006, at the First Baptist Church in Tool with Steve Mason officiating.
Leonard was born March 22, 1956, in Dallas and died April 17, 2006, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Light.
Survivors include his mother Barbara Leonard, Kemp; brothers Jimmy and Michael Leonard; sisters Lucille Grindele, Caldora Anne Barham and Katie Light; nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.

Harrison F. Thomas
Services for Captain Harrison F. “Tommy” Thomas, 83, U.S. Air Force (ret.) were held April 22, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Eustace with Paul McKinney officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
Thomas was born June 18, 1922, in Bannister to the late Benjamin Earl and Arie Juanin Finney Thomas and died April 19, 2006, in Athens. He was preceded in death by sons Harrison F. Thomas Jr. and Kevin M. Thomas, and daughter Kimberly Ann Thomas.
He grew up and graduated from high school in Corsicana. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in China.
He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal and was a member of the Caterpillar Club, which was exclusively for those who “bailed out” over enemy territory and survived.
After retirement, he returned to Dallas and worked for the Postal Service for several years.
He moved to Eustace in 2001 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Eustace and National Association of Letter Carriers.
Survivors include his wife of four years Shirley Sheridan Thomas, Eustace; son Eric James Thomas, Sacramento, Calif.; daughter Jo Carol Newhouse, Kansas; stepsons William McCluskey, Tool; and Brian McCluskey, Oak Point; stepdaughter Karen Dahl, Antlers, Okla.; brother Wallace Nadalin, Fort Worth; sisters Doris Clemmons, Lake Palestine; and Dorothy Sheeley, DeSoto; and grandchildren.