Obituaries

     
   


 Willie Mae Petton
Services were held for Willie Mae Petton, 92, Kaufman, July 16, 2006, with Terry Thomas and William Jordan officiating.
Petton was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Kemp, and passed away July 12, 2006.
She was a life-long resident of Kaufman County and a member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. She loved to sew and worked many years as a seamstress.
Survivors include nephews James Greathouse and wife Linda, and Jerry Emerson; nieces Millie Sue Emerson Oehlert and Barbara Jedlicka and husband Don; great-aunt Una Bonds; and numerous other great-nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ruben Custer Norris and Maude Francis Bonds Norris, husband Clifford Alvine Petton, whom she married Feb. 15, 1947, sisters Opal Emerson Bender, Ruby Macklee Kirk, Pattie Ruth Norris Greathouse and a brother Burnice Daniel Norris.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kaufman. Interment was at Shiloh Cemetery near Kemp.

Beverly Randell
Services for Beverly Jean Randell, 59, Canton, were held July 15, 2006, at Eubank Chapel in Canton with the Revs. Ronnie Daniell and Steve Glosup officiating. Interment was in Old Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.
Randell was born May 6, 1947, in Tyler and died July 13, 2006, at her home. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jessica Claudette Tarlton.
She was Baptist by faith and was married to James Randell for 17 years. She loved her dolls and enjoyed making clothes for them. She also loved flower gardens and was a great cook. She loved music and was self-taught along with help from her granddad.
Survivors include her husband James E. Randell, Canton; daughters and sons-in-laws Toni and Kenny Smith, Canton; Carolyn and James Lawhorn, Rockwall; Gail and Ben Bolen, Lindale; Libby and Keven Adams, Canton; Rhonda and Leonard Owens, Wylie; Shelly and Terry Dickerson, Grand Saline; Kim and Chris Strickland, Gatesville; sons and daughters-in-law James Allen and Tina Randell, Lindale; Kenneth and Makyla Randell, New Mexico; mother and stepfather Daphine and Bill Freeman, Mabank; father Amos Jack Elliott, Canton; sister and brother-in-law Linda and Ronnie Daniell, Canton; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Lindie Elliott, Mabank; brothers Larry Elliott, Kentucky; Bobby Elliott, Canton; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Deborah Biesemeyer
Services for Deborah Lee Biesemeyer, 41, Mabank, were held July 20, 2006, at the Mabank Church of Christ with Bob Clamon officiating. Interment followed at Payne Springs Cemetery near Mabank under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Biesemeyer was born Jan. 27, 1965, in San Diego, Calif. to Harold Eugene and Shirley M. Powell Biesemeyer and died July 17, 2006, in Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Eugene Biesemeyer April 6, 1990, and her grandparents.
She was raised in California. In May, 2006, she graduated from Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant with a degree in children’s social services.
Prior to moving to Mabank in 1999, she lived in South Dakota. She was a devoted mother and a member of the Mabank Church of Christ.
Survivors include her mother Shirley M. Bishop, Gun Barrel City; son Christopher Rios, Arizona; daughters Chrystal Rios, Wisconsin; and Meghan Schneider, Mabank; brother John Biesemeyer, Minnesota; sisters Leona Lee, Gun Barrel City; and Dawnalee Breneman, Tehachapi, Calif.; and one grandson.

Hannah Harrill
Services for Hannah Nicole Harrill, 7, Coppell, were held July 19, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Trace Brown, assisted by the Rev. Steve Glosup, officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Harrill was a member of the Irving Bible Church.
She was born May 9, 1999, in Dallas and went to be with Jesus July 15, 2006, in Coppell.
She was the precious child of Derek and Brandi Harrill, Coppell, and was the big sister to Abigale and Micah.
Hannah’s grandparents are Tom and Melba Whatley, Coppell, and Evelyn Harrill, Rockwall, and the late Dale Harrill.
She was preceded in death by Jim and Naomi Harrill, Duncanville, and Otis and Mary Lou Whatley, Mabank.
Great-grandparents are Joyce Reese, Mabank, and Jesse and Fairfax Hendricks, Duncanville.
Hannah was the sunshine of everyone’s life. She drew people to her with her love and happiness. She was truly an example of God’s love.
Jesus was glorified in everything she did. Hannah touched lives not only in the communities where she lived, but all over the world through her faith and her story.
We will all miss Hannah, but have the assurance we will be reunited with her in Heaven because we know Hannah dwells in Heaven.
On Easter Sunday, 2005, she accepted Jesus in her heart in the presence of her mother and father.
We love you so much, “Hannahbug.”
 

Jerry Mills
Services for Jerry Irvin Mills, 63, Athens, were held July 22, 2006, in the chapel of the Cooper Funeral Home of Athens with Gene Bishop officiating.
Mills was born May 18, 1943, in Athens to Irvin and Lucille Boyd Mills and died July 19, 2006.
He attended schools in Cross Roads and graduated from Athens High School in 1961.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War as an electronics instructor. After serving in the military he returned to Athens before relocating to Dallas.
He had also lived in Ennis before returning to Henderson County in 1986. He was the owner/operator of the Shady Oaks Grocery Store and a former deputy constable of Henderson County Precinct 2.
He was a member of the Eustace Police Department and served as chief from 1995 to 2002.
He was also a member of the Shady Oaks Fire Department. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Survivors include his wife Scherry Mills of Athens; children Marty Mills of Dallas; Jarod Mills and Stephanie of Athens; J.D. Miller of Athens; Jared and Cissy Miller of Athens; Jessica and Trey Windel of Eustace; Jaime Miller of Corsicana; Terry Mills of Brownsboro; brothers David Mills of Athens; Eddie Don Mills and wife Teresa of Albany, Ky; sister Brenda Smith and Fred Summerall of Athens; nieces and nephews Eric Mills, Rickey and Denese Smith, Tina Bynum, Laura and Tony Wiggins, Monica and Scott Lee; great nieces and nephews Shelby Smith, Megan Bynum, Toby Smith and 11 grandchildren.

James A. Tedford Sr.
A memorial service for James A. Tedford Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Harbor Baptist Church, 12059 State Highway 198, Payne Springs, with Brother George Yarger officiating.
Interment will be at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Tedford Sr. was born April 9, 1925, and died June 27, 2006. He had been sick for more than a year.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Ann Griffith, and his first wife Henrietta McGee in 1991.
Tedford has many nieces and nephews in the Dallas area and Emory. He has cousins and friends in Henderson County, Athens and Trinidad.
He was a true Christian, helping veryone he could, always kind and loving and admired by many.
He graduated from Trinidad High School in 1943, and joined the service as an 82nd Airborne paratrooper serving in World War II in the Berlin campaign.
He and his wife Joyce went to Berlin on their honeymoon in April, 1999.
Survivors include his children James A. Tedford Jr. and wife Donna and their two children; Terry Tedford and wife Cheri and their three children; a daughter Lisa Shoppe and her two children; and two great-grandchildren.
Also, his wife Joyce House Tedford and two step-children, Phillip Barnett and Phylis Holman.

Jacquelyn Comisky
Services for Jacquelyn Lee Comisky, 62, Gun Barrel City, were held July 18, 2006, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Schoolcraft officiating. Interment was in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Comisky was born May 9, 1944, in Phoenix, Ariz., and died July 15, 2006, in Kaufman.
She was a school teacher for 30 years at Mabank ISD. Previously of Germany, she was a resident of Gun Barrel City for 13 years. She was a member of the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church of Tool.
Survivors include her husband Ben Comisky, Gun Barrel City; daughters Bekki and Mikki, Gun Barrel City; and sons Ben IV and Christopher, Gun Barrel City.

Connie Johnson
Services were held for Connie Jewel Johnson, 93, Gun Barrel City, July 19, 2006, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with the Rev. C. J. Josey officiating. Interment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank.
Connie Jewel Rogillio was born in Winnsboro, Aug. 12, 1912, to Malcolm Luther and Bertie Beulah (Singleton) Rogillio and died July 16, 2006, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fowler Buren “Fudge” Johnson, parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include a son, Michael Wayne Johnson and wife Carla Sue; grandchildren Meagan Michelle Johnson, Michael Robert Johnson, Kelly Wayne Wells and Kayla Roseanne Wells; great-grandchildren Steven, Jay and James Robert; nephews James Rogillio, Billy Lawson, Bob Coats, Patrick Swindle, Devon Lawson, John Mack Tinney, Terry Tinney, Syeral James, Mickey Rogillio, George Rogillio and Ricky Rogillio; nieces Joyce Rogillio Cassidy and Florence V. Scoggins; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Robert E. Coats, Tony Rogillio, Pat Rogillio, Gerald Rogillio, Ben Carr and Wayne Atkins.

Darrell Pyle

Services for Darrell Ray Pyle, 41, Shady Oaks, were held July 3, 2006, in the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Boyle and Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment followed in the Pyle Prairie Cemetery near Kemp under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
Pyle was born Nov. 25, 1964, in Ennis and died July 1, 2006, in Tyler.
He moved with his family to Gun Barrel City in 1972, and was a graduate of Mabank High School in 1983. He enjoyed computers and all types of sports.
Survivors include his parents Bobby and Wanda Pyle, Shady Oaks; brothers and sisters-in-law James and Vickie Pyle, Mabank; and Robert and Sheila Pyle, Athens; sister and brother-in-law Susan and Greg Shortnacy, Gun Barrel City; special aunt Vida Polley, Gun Barrel City; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Jessie Parks
Jessie Ruth Parks, 93, Mabank, died July 15, 2006, in Mabank. A memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Parks was born Dec. 24, 1912, in Blanket. She had lived in Mabank since 1983. She was a clerk and a Presbyterian by faith.
Survivors include her daughter Mary L. Bonsal and husband Ray C., Mabank; grandsons Gary T. Bonsal, Mabank; Robert A. Bonsal, Mansfield; and Donald H. Bonsal, Poway, Calif.; sister Mary M. Mauldin, Cedar Hill; great-grandsons Matthew R. Bonsal, Mabank; and Christopher D. Bonsal, Mabank; great-granddaughters Ashley Bonsal, Kayla Bonsal and Victoria Bonsal, all of Mabank; other family members and many friends.

Jon Brown
Jon Aron Brown was born in Olney, Feb. 3, 1936, to John and Dorothy Dees Brown and died in Tyler July 15, 2006.
Brown was raised in Lubbock and lived mainly in the Dallas and Arlington area.
He moved to Kaufman County in 1996.
Jan. 7, 1983, he married Patricia Hicks in Arlington.
He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Kaufman; sons Neal Brown of Tennessee, and David Brown of Burleson; daughters Carolyn Page of Waxahachie, Nancy Brown of Grand Prairie, Amy Howard of Arlington, and Rachel Khazem of Grand Prairie; stepson Jeff Dennis of The Colony; stepdaughter Christi Loyst of Arizona; 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Services were held July 19, 2006, under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Kaufman Cemetery.

Floyd Anderton
Services for Floyd Allen “Blackie” Anderton, 75, Malakoff, were held July 12, 2006, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev. O.E. Davis officiating. Burial was in Ash Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Anderton was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Mobile, Ala., to John and Lizzie Anderton and died July 10, 2006, in an Athens hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife Bertie Anderton, brothers John Anderton, John Henry Anderton, Kenly Anderton and Robert Anderton and sister Vicie Hooper.
He grew up in the Black Jack community and had lived in Malakoff 10 years.
Survivors include his daughters Lottie McGee, Dottie Walker, Linda Logan, Brenda Graham, all of Athens; stepson Charles Henry, Amarillo; stepdaughter Faye Harris, Tool; 48 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Alton Chapman, Jeremy Adams, Tracey Edwards, Lester Loden, Joe Dan Parolini and Doyle Loden.
Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Allen Cole and Preston Wood.