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Gary Johnson
Services for Gary Johnson, 60, were held July 2, 2012, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas.
Johnson was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Hobbs, N.M., and died June 27, 2012.
Prior to his insurance career, he was the founder and pastor at Ambassador Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He began his insurance career in Austin, in 1983. Most recently, he founded The Grayhawk Companies in 1997 and served as Chairman and CEO of the company as well as being a leader and mentor to his employees, clients, friends and family.
Survivors include his wife Paula; children Ron and Courtney; son-in-law Rob; and pets Max, Gus, Banjo, Black Jack and Rou.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Friends of the Animals, P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, Tx 75147.

Herman Molen
A Celebration of Life for Herman E. Molen, 89, was held July 2, 2012, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Military burial was at the Forest Park Cemetery in Greenville with Dr. Mark Robinson, Doug Glascoe and Sarah Lee Rose officiating.
Molen was born Aug. 14, 1923, to Myrtie Daniels and Claud Molen, in Merit and died June 28, 2012, in his beloved underground home in Mabank.
He was Baptist by faith and attended several churches, however, he kept his membership at First Baptist Church in Merit. He was considered the oldest member of the church.
He wrote a memoir of his experiences as a World War II Prisoner of War, with a collection of pictures that is treasured by many.
He was well known and often spoke at schools, churches, VFWs and organizations interested in the history of WWII and their missions and gave many interviews to many television and newspaper reporters.
He graduated from Merit High School and went to college in Decatur, to become a Baptist preacher. WWII started while he was in college and he felt called to serve his country. This he did unselfishly for the rest of his life.
He served in the European Conflict and on his last, 25th mission before coming back to the U.S., he was shot down Oct. 14, 1943, in the famous Schweinfurt, Germany Raid, where we lost 60 B-17 Bombers with ten of our men on each plane.
He was taken prisoner and was incarcerated for 19 months except when he escaped twice and lived to tell about it.
The movie Stalag XVII B with William Holden playing Herman’s part was about his escape. After receiving many injuries and being awarded many medals he came back to the U.S. living in Las Vegas and contining his mission to help his fellow veterans and ex-POWs.
He was National Commander for the ex-POWs and went to Washington, D.C., to meet with several Presidents and members of Congress to help get better benefits and recognition for their bravery in the different wars in which they served.
He was a member of several organizations, SSMA, 305th Bomb Group, Texas Barb Wire Chapter, American Ex-Prisoners of War, VFWs in several locations, Stalag XVII B, Mighty 8th Air Force and East Texas Ex-POWs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Clara Kinamon of Blue Ridge, and Pearl Kearney of Canton, and granddaughter Amy Consalvo of Calif.
Survivors include his brother, Ford Molen of Greenville; sisters Billie Mayo and Mary McCullough of Arlington; daughters Sharon Warren and husband Joe of Eureka, Calif., Jeannie Munoz of Fontana, Calif., Jo Ann Molen of Mabank, Marsha Pennartz and husband Mark of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is forever grateful to Jo Ann Molen, Viva Smith, Ralph Shannon, Becky Pierce and E.T. Hospice for their loving care during his illness.

Benny Thomas
Services for Benny Thomas, 63, of Mabank, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at American Legion Post 310.
Thomas was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Dallas, to Ruby Raper and Grover J. Thomas and died June 28, 2012.
He was Pentecostal by faith and served more than eight years in the U.S. Marines and two years in the U.S. Army National Guard.
He was also Post Commander for American Legion Post 310 for two years and was a lifetime member.
He was involved in several organizations including Sgt. of Arms Fourth District American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders.
He drove a truck most of his life retiring from Keebler Cookies in 2011. He was an upstanding man as he had faced many battles in his lifetime with great dignity.
He was a cancer survivor of 15 years. He loved the benefits of being a helping hand with Mabank Special Olympics and Scottish Rite Hospital.
He enjoyed driving race cars, singing karaoke with his daughter, playing guitar and golfing. His other hobbies included camping, dancing, gambling, riding motorcycles, playing cards and shooting pool.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sandra Thomas, of Mabank; son Donnie Joe Thomas of Seven Points; daughters Deanna Freeman and husband Monte of Kemp, Dianna Marie Banda and husband Gilbert of Hurst; brothers Leo, Jerry and Gary Thomas, all of Hobbs, N.M.; sister Joyce Mixon of Ruston, La.; grandchildren Skylar and Michael Goodwin, Kenneth Joe, Jordan and Josh Freeman, Gilberto and Miranda Banda, D.J. and Dillon Thomas, Misty and Brandi; other family and friends; dogs Taco, Tia and Ginger.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lymphoma Research Cancer Society, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY, 10006 or www.lymphoma.org.

Filomena Clements
Services for Filomena Rose Clements, 92, of Payne Springs, were held June 29, 2012, at Moorhead Epps Chapel in Gun Barrel City officiated by Father Jerry Pardue, MSJ. She was interred next to her late husband at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery in Dallas, following the service.
Clements was born Sept. 3, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Anna Belonga and Sergio Degennaro and died June 26, 2012, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Jesse Redford Clements, and brothers Johnnie, Vincent, Peter, Ralph and Anthony Degennaro.
Survivors include her sons, Phillip Ray Clements and Johnny Ray Clements and wife, Jane; grandchildren Karen, Laura, Kimberly, Kristen, John Paul; great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Jessica, Brandon, Nicholas, Kaylin, McKenna, Kinley, Daniel, Nathaniel and Mark; sisters Isabel Pinnachio, Rose Connor, Lena Gallow, and Mary Ann Russell; brothers Joey and Nicholas; brother-in-law George Connor; many other family and friends.
Condolences may be posted online at www.moorheadepps.com.

Earline Tolly
Services for Earline Tolly, known by most everyone as “Little Bit,” will be held at a later date.
Tolly was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Laurence County, Tenn., to Hampton and Oliver Staggs and died June 27, 2012, in Gun Barrel City.
She enjoyed her family, fishing, barbecues, gardening and her dogs. She was an “outside girl” who enjoyed riding around on weekends and camping.
She worked for Bianco Manufacturing for 43 years, retiring in 1999.
She was a simple little lady with a huge heart. She was Christian by faith and loved the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchild Kyle William Calhoun and brother Eunice.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry, of Payne Springs; son Dwayne Calhoun and wife Tracie of Kennedale; grandchildren Kassidy and Megan Calhoun of Kennedale; other family and friends.
Condolences may be posted online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Paula Crow
Services for Paula Jeanette Crow, 62, of Kemp, were held June 27, 2012, at Liberty Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City, officiated by Brother Dennis Woods under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.
Crow was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Waxahachie, to Evelene Norris and Erving E. Shaffer and died June 24, 2012, in Dallas.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, James Crow; son Shane Crow and his wife Dewetta; daughter Dana Crow; grandchildren Ashley, James, Breeanna “Breezy,” Justin and Trenton Crow; brother Daniel Shaffer; sister Patricia Joyce Stewart; numerous other family and friends.
Condolences may be posted online at www.moorheadepps.com.

Floy Barnett
Services for Floy Mae Barnett, 94, of Tyler, were held at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Bro. Neal Thurman of the University Church of Christ in Tyler officiating.
Barnett was born Oct. 31, 1917, in Mabank, to Hariett and William Cryer and died peacefully June 30, 2012, with her family by her side.
She was Church of Christ by faith and was a member of Kemp Church of Christ and University Church of Christ in Tyler.
She worked in retail and for the Kemp Independent School District but enjoyed word search puzzles, playing the piano and reading the church bulletins in her spare time.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thomas Barnett, sisters Addie Caldwell and Zula Harris and granddaughters Melanie Bridges and Kimberly Whitworth.
Survivors include her daughters, Sue Garrison of Carrollton and Arvalene Harris and husband Richard of Tyler; grandchildren Delana Rippley, Leasa Travis, Tawana Collins and Michelle Cowen; six great-grandchildren Bradley and Kailey Rippley, Elizabeth Brown Dingler, Cameron Longshore II, Sabrina Sons and Paxton Thomson; great-great-grandchildren Kaylee, Kyndle, Kelsie Dingler, Cameron Longshore III and Olivia Rippley; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patricia Bolton
Services for Patricia Ann Bolton, 69, of Malakoff, were held June 30, 2012, at Moorhead Epps Chapel in Gun Barrel City and officiated by Jay Hughes under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.
Bolton was born Nov. 19, 1942, in Athens, to Euleta Baggett and Alfred Leopard and died June 20, 2012, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jimmy Don Leopard, sister Freddie Blocker, one great-grandchild, and her stepfather Robert “Bob” Berry.
Survivors include her husband Dale; daughters Julie Holder, Jerri “Lea” Simpson, and Tiffanie Loden; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be posted online at www.moorheadepps.com.

Nancy Maidens
Services for Nancy Elaine Maidens, 65, of Mabank, were held June 28, 2012, at Moorhead Epps Chapel in Gun Barrel City, officiated by Rev. Tim Jones and Rev. Ryan Jones under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.
Maidens was born April 8, 1947, in Dallas, to Clara Finney and Harold Porter and died June 25, 2012, at her home in Mabank.
Survivors include her husband Michael Maidens; daughters Tammy Jones and her husband, Tim, of Huntsville, Vickie Griffin of Mabank, and Cindy Fenoglio of Mabank; grandchildren Joshua and Ryan Jones, Ashley Coffman, Amber Holmes, Alex Keith, Roger Fenoglio Jr.; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Larry Goodman and wife Trina of Hugo, Okla., Norman Goodman and Martha of Terrell, and Robert Goodman and wife Vera of Wills Point; sister Carolyn Finney and husband Norvelle of Carmine; numerous other family and friends.
Condolences may be posted online at www.moorheadepps.com.

 

 

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