Obituaries

     
   

Charles Grimmett
Lt. Col. Charles R. Grimmett, Ret. USAF, 86, died May 6, 2006, in Gunnison, Colorado while visiting family.
Graveside services were held May 13, 2006, at Shannon Rose Cemetery, Fort Worth.
Charles Roy Grimmett was born April 5, 1920, the son of Charles Columbus and Lela Tomlin Grimmett.
He served in the Army Air Corps, flying missions in three wars.
After 54 missions, Captain Grimmett and his crew were transferred to a forward base in northern India. They flew 40 sorties over the Himalayas, “The Hump,” in support of General Claire Chenault’s Flying Tigers who were based in China.
Grimmett’s biggest concern for each sortie was to get his plane and crew over the Himalayas and back, “Over the Hump 40 Times.”
After the war, Grimmett went back to the mortgage banking business in Fort Worth.
When the Korean War began, he was back in the service, this time to stay.
He helped pioneer the inflight refueling of jet aircraft.
In 1959, he became a Command Pilot, the highest flight rating in the Air Force. In 1962 Grimmett was assigned to the VIP squardron at Andrew Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
July 1, 1966, Lt. Col. Grimmett retired from the U.S. Air Force with 28 years of service. He received 31 citations, including the Distinguised Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with cluster, two Presidential Unit Citations and a drawer full of battle stars, theatre ribbons and decorations from foreign countries.
Survivors include his son Charles R. Grimmett, Jr.; grandchildren Becky Adams and husband Joe, Matt Grimmett and wife Caryn, and Blaine Grimmett; seven great-grandchildren Gage, Cody, Amanda, Samantha, Joey, Jr., Maci, and Cadi.

Cleo Haney
Services are pending for Cleo Haney, 78, Gun Barrel City, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Haney was born July 25, 1927, in Fincastle and died May 6, 2006, in Tyler.
He was a machinist and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his mother Rena Haney, Waco; companion June Criswell; sons, Brett and wife Haney, Waco; Rodney and wife Haney, Kath; Lanny Haney, Waco; and Sidney Haney, Waco; daughter Iris (Haney) Smith, Willis; stepchildren, Ella Murphy, Tyler Reed Lawson, Dallas; Willie Lawson, Dallas; John Criswell, Lake Jackson; sister Nita and husband, Waco; Maxine and husband, Austin; brother B.J. and wife, Seven Points; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donn McLendon
Services for Donn McLendon, 75, Gun Barrel City, were held May 13, 2006, at the American Legion Post 310 under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
McLendon was born Aug. 31, 1930, in Rusk and died May 7, 2006, in Athens.
He was a member of the American Post 310 and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Seven Points. He was a past commander of the American Legion. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie McLendon, Mabank; sons Billy Parrott, Bryan; Dennis Parrott, Gun Barrel City; and Tim Parrott, Mabank; daughters Pat Sullivan, Waxahachie; and Kim Pleasants, Grand Prairie; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donnie Cogbill
Donnie Cogbill, 52, Gun Barrel City, died May 6, 2006, in Tyler. He was born Aug. 28, 1953, in Dallas. Arrangements are under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
He was a carpenter. Previously of Dallas, he was a resident of Gun Barrel City for the past 16 years.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years Kimi Cogbill, Gun Barrel City; daughters Marsha Cogbill, Michelle Cogbill, Diana Cogbill, and Leia Cogbill all of Gun Barrel City; sons Jimmy Lee Cogbill and Christopher Cogbill, both of Gun Barrel City; brother Hugh Dean Cogbill; sisters Patricia Barnes, Beverly Chavez, Diane Quarels, Maurcine Quarels and Brenda Kay Jones; five grandchildren.