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    LITTELL, Homer

    Homer Arthur Littell, age 96, died July 15, 2019. He was born November 15, 1922 in Healdton, Oklahoma, and the next year moved with his parents to the Bar HL Ranch near Forestburg in Montague County, Texas, on land patented by his grandfather in 1875. He spent his youth on this land and attended public school in Forestburg. Arthur attended The University of Texas in Austin and graduated in 1943 with a BBA degree in Money and Banking, followed by 2 ½ years in military service with the 5thAir Force in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He then returned to The University of Texas where he…

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    DAILEY, Kathryn Nov 14, 1958 – Jul 1, 2019

    Kathryn Lynn Dailey, 60, of Athens, Texas died Monday, July 1st, 2019 at her home. She graduated in 1977 from Mart High School. Kathryn was the rock in her circle; understanding, forgiving, and reliable. She was the one you could lean on or cry to; never wanting anything in return. Family, beaches, and riding horses brought her joy. Remember her face and you will remember her smile. Kathryn was born November 14th, 1958, on Carswell Air Force base, in Fort Worth, Texas to Shirley Nonamaker and Bob Dailey. She is survived by her children, son Howard Flournoy III “Trey”, Jackie McKinley “JD” and wife Amanda, and daughter Kortnee Mason and…

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    KINABREW, Lester

    Funeral services for Lester Kinabrew 96, of Athens have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Tuesday July 23, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Athens with Rev. Jason Smith officiating under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Athens Cemetery. Lester was born February 15, 1923 in Crossroads, Texas to the late Hubert Lester Kinabrew Sr. and Lena Loper Kinabrew. Mr. Kinabrew’s family was a pioneer Henderson County family, moving to Athens in 1945. Lester was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Athens, since 1956. He served on the Finance Committee and Endowment Fund Committee. He was part of the group who purchased Impala Point…

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    PARKS, Margaret

    Margaret Parks, 83, of Athens, Texas, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Margaret was born to the late Samuel and Thora Reese, on July 29, 1935 in Dierks, Arkansas. Margaret grew up in Dierks, and after graduating from high school, moved to Dallas. There she met and married Donald Stanford. Don and Margaret lived in DeSoto, Texas for 20 years, and had two daughters. Don passed away in 1977. Margaret moved with her daughters to Irving and met Sunny Parks, whom she eventually married, and they then moved to Dallas. Sunny and Margaret were successful business owners, having started, grown, and sold three companies; Metro North…

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    SWOFFORD, Teresa

    Teresa Swofford, age 59, passed away Monday, July 15th, 2019 in Tyler surrounded by family. Teresa was a long-term resident of the Chandler-Brownsboro communities where she worked as a nurse and nursing facility administrator. Teresa was a devout Southern Baptist and a member of Faith Baptist Church in Chandler. Teresa accepted Jesus as her savior early in life and although her family will miss her terribly, we are rejoicing that she is in Heaven with her many loved ones and parents. Teresa is survived by her husband David Swofford; son Christopher Swofford; daughters Melissa Swofford and Amanda Swofford; three grandchildren, Vivian Bridges, Mea Swofford, and Krystian Swofford; brother Tim Parker;…

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    TINDEL, Bobby

    Bobby Tom (BT) Tindel passed away on July 4th, 2019 at Homeplace Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX. He was born June 14th 1935 in Chandler, TX to parents Archie Bob and Margaret (Smith) Tindel. He attended Chandler elementary and graduated from Brownsboro High School. He went on to earn a Bachelors from East Tx State College (now Texas A&M University Commerce. BT was self employed as a livestock order buyer and rancher. He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant siblings Kenneth and Shurley. Bobby is survived by sons, Michael (Theresa)Tindel of Eustace and Kenneth Tindel of North Richland Hills; daughter, Brenda (John)Jackson of Athens; grandsons,…

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    HARDEN, Brett

    A graveside service for Brett Harden, age 49, of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Myrtle Springs Cemetery, Larue. Gerald Hall and Jerry Beard will officiate Mr. Harden passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at his home in Frankston. Brett was born February 16, 1970 in Tyler to Bill & Patsy (Cecil) Harden. He loved his horse, Prince, the outdoors, and bailing hay for numerous people. Brett found his passion in farming and ranching. He attended Hill Top Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Paul & Florence Harden and Clem & Ruby Cecil, uncles; Rodney Hardin, Clem Cecil,…

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    GREMILLION, Victoria

    Victoria Teresa Gremillion (Vicki), 72, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at her home in Athens, Texas of complications related to cancer. A celebration of Vicki’s life will be held in Galveston, near her hometown of Texas City, in September and a springtime celebration will be held next year at her home in Athens. See the Facebook page of her son, John-Paxton Gremillion for more details about these future events. Vicki Gremillion was born July 20,1946 to John Fredric and Helene Calvert Van Houten in Queens New York. She loved gardening, good movies, talking & spending time with family and watching birds. She grew up in Texas City, Texas where…

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    BOWENS, Tre'Vion

    Tre’Vion Jaquille Bowens. August 8,1996 – July 3, 2019. Services held at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Bullard TX, on Saturday July 13, 2019. Pastor John D Johnson III, presiding. Services provided by Community Funeral Home, Tyler TX.

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    ALLEN, Jon

    Jon Charles Allen, 60, of Athens, passed away July 8, 2019 in Tyler. He was born May 31, 1959 in Athens to the late John Welden Allen and Bettie Sue (Bosher) Allen. He worked for Dogwood Nursery for over 30 years. He is survived by his sisters, Teresa Cader of Camp Verde, Arizona and Leslie Copeland and husband Robert of Tyler; his nieces and nephews, Brandon James and children Olivia James and Abigail Grace, Melissa Manshack and son Parker Manshack, Hayden James and daughter Riley James, Blaine Porter and Breana Wynkoop; his step-mother, Vereana Allen; cousin Edwin Rogers; and special friend, Nita McGee. A visitation will be held Thursday, July…

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    NEAL MORRISON, Linda

    Services for Linda Joyce Neal Morrison, 75, of Athens, are scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home. Linda Joyce Neal Morrison passed from this life on July 8th after a brief illness. She was born on September 27, 1943 to G. O. Neal and Ruth Avanell Tabor. She was born in the middle of the night. All her life she did not know if her birthday was the 26 (according to the doctor) or the 27th (according to her mother). She was one of 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls. She often said she had enough siblings for their own baseball team.…

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    HERRINGTON, George

    Memorial services for George P. Herrington, 84, are scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery under direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home. George P. Herrington passed away on June 29, 2019 in Merritt Island, FL, where he has resided with his wife, Sheila Herrington, for the past 28 years. George was born on July 31, 1934 in Anderson County to Martin and Delma “Bo” Herrington. He attended Montalba School and graduated from Palestine High School. He also attended Henderson County Junior College and the University of Houston. He enjoyed a long career in the Houston area working…

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    OWENS, James

    James Elmer Owens was born on January 11, 1935 in Grapeland, TX to John R. and Lillian Owens. He passed away on July 4, 2019 at the age of 84. Jim attended Garland High School where he met the love of his life Charlotte Jean McCord. He then attended Navarro Junior College and Austin College where he played quarterback and earned his bachelor’s degree. He went on to achieve his master’s degree at Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock he got his first head coaching stint with Lubbock High School. Jim had a distinguished career in sports where he coached at numerous programs including Tarleton State, and Henderson County Junior…

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    HETHERINGTON, Gorda

    Gorda (Gordy) W. Hetherington, age 89, of Star Harbor, Texas passed away on June 29, 2019. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at the Methodist Church 107 South College in Malakoff, TX. Gorda was born June 7th, 1930 on his family farm near Cushing, Oklahoma. After graduating from Cushing High School, he moved to Farmington, New Mexico to begin working in the oilfield. He married the love of his life, Charlene Ann Myers in 1948. They were married for 71 amazing years. Gorda spent his entire career in the oilfield. He and Charlene traveled all over the Western states following the rigs, until…

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    MILES, James

    James K Miles passed away Saturday June 29 in Tyler. He was a very giving person and was loved by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Shirley and their four furbabies. Services will be held at noon on Friday July 5 at First Athens Nazarene.

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    GRIFFITH, Harold

    Harold Ray Griffith passed away on July 2, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on March 12, 1935 to Finis and Pearl Jane Greer Griffith. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Winston Griffith; his sister, Norma Wilkins. Harold served his country in the United States Army. He was retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, Texas after many years of service. Harold loved traveling with his family to Colorado every year to camp and enjoy the outdoors. He loved his church home and served as a deacon for many years at First Baptist Church of Eustace. He enjoyed playing 42 every Friday night with…

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    Arteaga, Bernardo

    A Funeral Mass for Bernardo Arteaga of Athens is scheduled for 10:00 am, Friday, July 5, 2019 at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Father Charles Vreeland officiating. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery. Bernardo passed away on July 2, 2019 in Athens. Bernardo Cabrera Arteaga was born August 20, 1957 in Tlalcosahua, Jalisco Mexico, the son of Jose De Jesus Madera Arteaga and Nicolasa Cabrera Castillo. He was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church. Bernardo loved life. He enjoyed cooking out and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a hard worker who spent many hours in the oil field providing for his family. He…

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    CRUZ, Martin

    J. Martin Cruz passed away June 25, 2019. Cruz was born March 2, 1965 in San Luis de la Paz, GTO Mexico. He moved to Malakoff in the eighties, where he owned a landscape business Martin’s Landscape Maintenance, and loved his job very much. He loved the people he worked with and they loved him. Cruz is survived by his wife, of 38 years, Leticia Romero, his mom Teresa Cruz, 10 children, Sonia and husband Samuel, Filiberto and wife Lina, Maria, Yasmin, Cintya and husband Fernando, Tania, Juana and husband Jose, Brenda, Martha, and Juan Martin Cruz, Martha and Juan Martin Cruz Romero, Paco, three brothers and 3 sisters and…

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    WITHERS, Jane Apr 7, 1933 – Jun 29, 2019

    Jane Garrison Demarest Withers passed on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 in peace surrounded by her loved ones at the age of 86. Jane was born on April 7, 1933 in New Brunswick, NJ to the late Fredrick Van Buskirk Demarest and Myrtle Ramey Demarest. She married her loving husband, the late Dr. Herbert “Scott” Withers, on Feb. 25, 1956 in Plainfield, NJ. Jane was a graduate of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, NJ. She late graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition in 1953. There she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and continued to be an active member throughout the years.…

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    BLAIR, Florida Dec 6, 1940 – Jun 24, 2019

    Florida Mae Blair received her heavenly wings on Monday, June 24, 2019. Ms. Blair was a life long resident of Athens TX. Funeral Service: 12:00 PM, Saturday, June 29 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 6382 CR 3918, Athens TX. Interment: Sandflat Cemetery. Survivors: son, Craig Blair(Leilani); daughters: Audranette Tilley(Charone) and Bonnie Hambrick (Ronnie); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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    MASON, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Foye Mason was born August 12, 1941 in Richardson, TX to the late Alvin B. Sanders and Mary Elizabeth Smith Sanders. She had lived in Murchison and Athens area most of her life. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and serviced the assisted living citizens in Athens. She was a devout Republican, a member of American Legion Auxiliary and supporter of the local youth 4-H Club. Elizabeth was preceeded in death by her son, James A. Massey, sister, Linda and brothers, Julian and Dubb. Mrs. Mason passed away on June 25, 2019 in Athens. Survivors include her son, Danny Massey of Athens; two sisters, Mary Ann Sanders…

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    GREGG, Thaine

    Thaine Anson Gregg passed away on June 25, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on January 21, 1948 to Arvel and Willie Tedder Gregg. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved JoAnn Dyer Burrows; his grandparents, Henry and Lillie Gregg; his Aunts, Hazel, Vera and Mary; his Uncles, Robert, John Henry, W.O. Gregg. Thaine was known in Athens as the “tractor man”. He rode his tractor all over town. He was such a friendly man with a generous heart. He would do anything for anyone. He had a garden and he enjoyed nurturing his garden and then giving food to those who needed it. Thaine loved…

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    MORTON, Emma

    A funeral service for Emma “Jinks” Morton, age 100, of Poynor, is scheduled at 10 o’clock in the morning Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. Bro. Jeff Godwin and Bro. Paul Diepenbruck will officiate. Mrs. Morton will be laid to rest at Poynor Cemetery in Poynor, Texas. Mrs. Morton passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Athens. She was born February 11, 1919 in Keller, Texas to Robert Monroe Stephenson and Emma Virginia (Webb) Stephenson. Jinks was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church Poynor, she loved fishing, spending time in the hayfield, was a huge fan of LaPoynor Basketball but most of all…

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    GUNNELS, Frances

    Frances Lorene Gunnels, age 90, passed away on June 23, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. She was born on September 11, 1928 to Rufus and Beatrice Jock Whiteley in Trinidad, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur Leon Gunnels; her brother, James Rufus Whiteley; her son, Ronald Dwayne Gunnels; grandsons, James Arthur Featherston and Shawn Ferris Gunnels. Frances was loved by so many. She was known to “adopt” all of her kids’ friends as if they were her own children. She loved to work outside, gardening and taking care of her flowers. Frances also enjoyed going to garage sales with her daughter, Shonda. Frances had a…

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    CALTON, WANDA

    Services for Wanda Jo Calton will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3pm at First Baptist Church of Mabank with Rev. Brent Tucker and Rev. Larry Standberg officiating. Interment will follow the service at Elm Grove Cemetery. Wanda was born on December 28, 1944 in Chicago, IL to parents Joe Berry and Sammie Lydia (Cecil) Glaze. She married the love of her life, William “Bill” Calton on August 30, 1963. They were married for 34 years. She entered eternal rest on June 19, 2019 at the age of 74. Wanda loved people; she had a servant’s heart and was very giving and generous. She enjoyed going to visit neighbors…

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    SMITH, Vera

    Funeral services for Vera Smith 79, Athens have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Sunday June 23, 2019 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rod Milsap officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. until service time. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens. Mrs. Smith passed away June 20, 2019 in Tyler. Vera was born May 5, 1940 in Wastella to the late A.B.Creswell and Martha Hollaway . Vera was a resident of Athens for 53 years and a member of Living for the Brand Cowboy Church. Vera owned and operated an Oil Field Welding Company for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents,…

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    SMITH, Judith

    Judie was born July 19, 1941 to parents Walter Reid Ford and Ann Nadine Rutledge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She lost both her parents at a very young age. First her father, an Air Force Pilot during WWII and her mother from Leukemia when she was only 10 years old. She and her brother Stephen (Walter Stephen Ford) were raised in Riverside, California and then in the San Francisco East Bay area by their Aunt and Uncle. Judie entered into eternal rest on June 10, 2019 following her battle after a severe stroke in June 2016. She worked at many jobs throughout her life, most recently at Argon Medical Corporation…

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    HEARN, Jack

    Jack Arthur Hearn, age 97, of Star Harbor, Malakoff, TX., died June 16,2019. He was born on the family farm across the road from Dale Evans’s homeplace in Italy, Texas, on February 19,1922, to John Arthur Hearn and Lela Ward Hearn. After finishing high school in Italy, he joined the National Guard from Italy, Texas, and was subsequently mobilized into the Army 36th Division (known as the T-Patchers) on November 25, 1940. He and his unit saw action in North Africa, Italy, and France, having made amphibious landings in Salerno and Anzio, and in southern France. Second Lt. Hearn was wounded in action near Strasbourg, France, on December 21, 1944.…

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    KNOTT, June

    Athens – Funeral Services for June Knott, age 80, of Athens are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Michael Diaz (Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ) officiating. June passed away on June 14, 2019 in Palestine, Texas following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Winona June Partin was born June 18, 1938 in Van Zandt County, Texas the daughter of Billy O’Neil Partin and Martha Avelene Mewbourn Partin. Raised in the Athens area, she graduated from Athens High School in 1956 and went on to attend Henderson County Junior College (Now TVCC). June met the…

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    KNIGHT, Billy

    A memorial service for Billy Wayne Knight will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Grace Community Church located at 3215 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, Texas. Bill was born in Athens, Texas in 1938 to parents, Wilson Knight and Mary Lou Knight. He was 80 years old at the time of his death on June 15, 2019. He is survived by one son, William Byron Knight, of Lake Dallas, Texas, and one grandchild, Maci Joy Knight, and step-son, Chuck Long of Palestine, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Joe W. Knight and wife, Carolyn Knight of Jasper, Texas, and sister, Virginia (Ginny) Burgess and…

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    MURRAY, Raymond

    Athens – Funeral Services for Raymond Murray of Athens are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Smith and Bro. Kris Minifee officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens. Mr. Murray passed away on June 16, 2019 in Athens. Raymond Theakron Murray was born April 29, 1938 in Greenville, Tennessee the son of Landon Murray and Thelma Bowman Murray. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Raymond served in the Army reserve. He was also part of Magnavox in Tennessee, Curtis Mathis in Athens and was involved for 30 plus years with Flea Markets in…

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    NAPOLI, Mintie

    Mintie Maxine Napoli of Athens, Texas passed from this earth on June 10, 2019 and was laid to rest June 11, 2019 at Cypress Cemetery, Winnsboro Texas. Mintie was born April 8, 1922 in Winnsboro, Texas to parents W. R. (Will) and Minnie Patton Black. She graduated from Gilmer High School in 1939. Mintie embarked on a fulfilling career immediately after graduation, securing professional positions within industries ranging from the airlines to teletype communications. During WWII Mintie traveled extensively with Western Union. On assignment in New York City she met and later married her devoted husband C. Larry Napoli. They later became the loving parents of twin daughters, Pam and…

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    BLEDSOE, Rosalie

    Private graveside services for Rosalie Bledsoe 92, Athens have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Saturday June 15, 2019 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Rev. Charles Parker officiating, under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Mrs. Bledsoe passed away June 13, 2019 in Athens. She was born March 2, 1927 in Avalon, Texas to the late Otto Benton and Lieuvennia Maybell Reynolds Creech. She was a member of Central Baptist Church since 1950. Over the years she held numerous offices and taught Sunday School. In the 60’s Rosalie worked in the cafeteria for the Athens Independent School District and then worked for J.C. Penny in the credit and catalog department.…

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    FAYRENE TINER, Helen

    Helen Fayrene Tiner, 93 of Flint went home to her Heavenly Father June 8, 2019. She was born May 13, 1926 in Murchison to Arthur Lee Roy Hopkins and Allie Alma Aaron Hopkins. Helen is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Warren Anderson Tiner, her parents, brothers Joe Dan Hopkins, Mack Arthur Hopkins, sisters Alma Lee Thompson, Katherine Herridge, Opal McCool. She is survived by her daughter Brenda Tiner (Mike) of Bedford, son Jerry Tiner of Flint, sister Bonnie Holsomback, Frankston, sister-in-law Rose Hopkins, Oil City LA, many nieces and nephews. Helen loved the Lord and spent many hours studying the Bible. If you had a question…

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    JACKSON JR., Calvin

    A Celebration of the Life of Calvin Jackson Jr., 57, of Malakoff will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Dr. Paul Redic officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mr. Jackson went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 8, 2019 in Tyler. Calvin Lee Jackson Jr. was born August 7, 1961 in Waxahachie, Texas the son Calvin Lee Jackson Sr. and Nettie Henrietta Bowman Jackson. He was one of the original members of the Builders of Christ Church in Athens and was…

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    SMITH, Peggy

    Services for Peggy Jean Smith were held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12pm at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank, Texas. Graveside service was held at Lone Oak Cemetery in Kemp, Texas. Peggy was born on February 17, 1938 in Kemp, Texas to parents Jess Robert and Hazel Nann (Easterly) Mooneyham and entered into eternal rest on June 6, 2019 at the age of 81. She married her sweetheart, Bill Smith, in Rockwall, Texas on April 21, 1953. In her early years Peggy worked at Baylor Hospital in Dallas and then became the Director of Emmanuel Lutheran Daycare in Dallas. She worked as a Manager at the Taco Bell…

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    GRAY, Edgar

    Edgar Gray went to his heavenly home on May 17, 2019. Edgar was born on May 24, 1944. He served the United States in the US Army and married his wife Patsy Gray in 1996. He is survived by his wife Patsy, their 5 children and many grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday June 15 at Faith Family Church, 3637 US Hwy 175, Kaufman, TX 75142

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    COACH, Lynn

    Funeral services for Lynn Coach 83 of Athens have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday June 8, 2019 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Judy Allbright officiating. Burial will follow at Judson Cemetery in Cayuga. Mrs. Coach passed away Wednesday morning in Athens. She was born April 9, 1936 in Palestine, Texas to the late Pack Marshall and Claudia Marie Matthews Bell. Over the years Lynn had many different careers she was a wedding consultant, sales clerk and a teacher’s aide working with special needs children in Cayuga and Athens. She was a member of First Baptist Church Athens and was active in the Adult I Sunday school class…