Obituaries

     
   


 

B.W. McCullough
Services for B.W. (Sonny) McCullough were held July 26, 2006, at the First Baptist Church in Tool, with Brothers Ed Brennan and Craig Freeman officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Seven Points.
McCullough was born Sept. 17, 1922, and died July 24, 2006, in Athens.
He served in the Army Air Force in Italy and Africa during World War II in the 885th bomber squadron.
He retired from Western Electric after 33 years of service.
In 1989, his doctor told him to ride a bike. He rode 10 miles a day, six days a week, for 17 years, totaling more than 53,000 miles. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers and the Cedar Creek Lake CB Club.
He was an ordained deacon and charter member of the Westmoreland Baptist Church in Oak Cliff.
Survivors include wife of 60 years, Bobbie; son Ken and Jody McCullough; daughter Susan Gottschalk; sister Nadine Permenter; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Billie D. Cantrell
Billie Drennan Cantrell, 88, passed away July 20, 2006, at her home in Fort Worth.
Services were held July 24, 2006, at First United Methodist Church under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission, Box 2144, Fort Worth, Texas 76113, or United Methodist Church Mission Fund.
Cantrell was born Oct. 7, 1917, to David and Eula Drennan of Mabank, where she graduated as valedictorian from Mabank High School.
She attended SMU in Dallas. She met and married Leslie J. Reagan of Palestine Apri1 19, 1934. They had one son, Leslie “Bill” J. Reagan Jr.
She later married William M. Cantrell of Fort Worth Oct. 17, 1958.
Cantrell was active in many organizations, including more than 30 years as a member of the Fort Worth Woman’s Club, where she served on the board of the Art Department, as well as serving as a chairwoman.
She, along with Ken Garrett, created the Mildred Garrett Lecture Series in honor of Mrs. Garrett.
This was set up as a fund-raiser that exists to this day, hosting artists to share their knowledge and techniques with the members of the art department.
She was also active in the Crestwood Association, garden clubs, bridge clubs and many other treasured organizations, which also included her activities at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, where she was a lifelong member.
Her many activities at the church included but were not limited to the women’s circle.
She was also a member of the administrative board, taught Sunday school classes and was an active member of Provarsu.
The family wishes to thank Vista Hospice for its professional care during our time of need.
Cantrell was preceded in death by her sister, Jo Neil Wheeless of Grand Prairie; brother, Jerry Drennan of Pearland; and her beloved husband, William M. Cantrell.
Survivors include her son Leslie “Bill” Reagan and wife Dean “Dee,” of Roanoke; grandchildren, Michael J. Reagan and wife, Tina, of Justin; Steven J. Reagan of San Antonio; Rebecca McNamara and husband John, of Justin, Mark L. Reagan and wife, Amy, of Roanoke; and Victoria Pugh and husband, David, of Lewisville; nephew, Robert “Bo” Cantrell and wife Patsy, of Cresson; and their sons, Robert and wife Denise, John and wife Andra, of Fort Worth; nephew, Kevin Drennan and his wife Cecil, and their children of Boerne; nephew Jerry and his wife, Karen and their children of Falls City; nephew Father Jimmy (St. Phillip Catholic Church) of San Antonio; nephew Troy of Salt Lake, Utah; nieces Patty Gillentine and husband Terry, of Grand Prairie; and Debra Sommers and husband Guy, of Atlanta, Ga.; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Jack Drennan and wife Vivian, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Darrell Drennan and wife Fern, of Mabank; brother-in-law James “Jim” Wheeless of Austin; and sister-in-law Louise Drennan of Pearland.

Evelyn Tipton
Graveside services for Evelyn Tipton, 72, Seagoville, were held July 24, 2006, at the Shiloh Cemetery in Kaufman County under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp with the Rev. Dub Henry officiating.
Evelyn Dale Godwin was born July 20, 1934, in Kaufman County to Roland Berry and Helen (Gable) Godwin and died July 22, 2006, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Hinton in 1986.
She was a bookkeeper in the grocery business.
Survivors include a son Randy Hinton, Seagoville; grandson Austin Hinton, Kaufman; sister Jane Johnson, Combine; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Robert L. Umfleet
Services for Robert “Bob” L. Umfleet, 67, were held July 26, 2006, at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with Pastor Byron Jones officiating. Interment was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Umfleet was born May 5, 1939, in Desloge, Mo., to Harry and Leona Umfleet and died July 20, 2006, in Estes Park Colo., while vacationing with his family.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Kimberly Umfleet Barnes, brothers Neal and Donald Umfleet, and his parents Harry and Leona Umfleet.
He married Patsy Hollowell Feb. 8, 1974. He served in the U.S.. Army for nine years and received the Purple Heart. He was a Mason.
He moved to the Cedar Creek area in July, 1974, and was ordained a Deacon in 1986 at the Lively Missionary Baptist Church in Kemp.
He and Patsy moved to Mabank in 1997 where he served as Deacon and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include his wife Patsy, Mabank; sons Michael Umfleet and Stephanie, Carrollton; Keith Hollowell, Mabank; Brad and Debbie, Grapevine; daughter Rhonda Eicher and Bob, Rockwall; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

James Keathley
Services for James Lawrence Keathley, 58, Cleburne, were held July 22, 2006, at the Central Fellowship Church in Cleburne. The Rev. Danny Whitehead officiated. Burial was in Kemp Cemetery July 23, 2006, under the direction of Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home in Cleburne.
Keathley was born Dec. 30, 1947, in Crandall to Jesse Dalton and Ivis Joe Templin Keathley and died July 18, 2006, in Cleburne. He was preceded in death by his father Jesse Dalton Keathley Jr.
He was a crane operator for the railroad and a member of Central Fellowship Church.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy “Dot” Keathley, Cleburne; sons Kevin L. Keathley and wife Maria, San Antonio; Corey D. Keathley, St. Paul, Minn.; daughter Courtney Keathley, Blaine, Minn.; stepson Matthew Vaughan, Cleburne; brother Dewayne Keathley and wife Letha, Justin; nieces Brittany and April; mother Ivis Jo Keathley, Kemp; and a host of relatives and friends.

Billie Southerland
Services for Billie N. (Pickle) Southerland, 77, Nederland, were held July 22, 2006, in the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Teague officiating. Burial was in Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Southerland was born April 4, 1929, in Mabank and died July 20, 2006, in Nederland. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a son.
She was an ophthalmologist. Previously of Port Arthur, she had lived in Nederland since 1949 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nederland. She was married July 29, 1949. She loved to help others and was active in her church.
Survivors include her husband Granville L. Southerland, Nederland; daughter Tamra Graham and husband Steve, Nederland; granddaughter Brittney Graham, Nederland; brother Robert Pickle and wife Betsy, Eustace; nephews, other family members and many friends.

Ethia Burgess
Services for Ethia (Eap) Burgess, 87, Gun Barrel City, were held July 26, 2006, at Legendary Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Adalian officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Burgess was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Mesquite and died July 24, 2006, in Athens.
Burgess was employed by Texas Instruments.
Survivors include nephews, Jim Elam, Pat Elam, Mike Elam, Phillip Hull and James Hull; niece Charlotte Barnes.
Pallbearers were Mike Elam, Pat Elam, Jim Elam, Phillip Hull, James Hull and Charlotte Barnes.