Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Margie Kelley obit

Margie Ryee Kelley went to be with our Lord, whom she loved, Dec. 11, 2017 at the age of 83.
She leaves behind a bountiful family and several communities whom are beneficiaries of her legacy of love, loyalty, generous and kind spirit.
Born Oct. 9, 1934 in Kerens to parents Samuel Tilton and Barbara Jane (West) Gray, Margie eventually settled in West Texas with her first husband of almost 50 years, Melvin William Lee, who passed in 1997 and raised four children, Sam, Beverly, Mel and Sabrina.
She married William “Dub” Kelley in 1999 after Melvin’s passing, and spent the rest of her life devoted to Dub, living in Fate.
Margie at the tender age of 13 married her 17-year old sweetheart, Melvin. After a few years they started their young family where Margie never missed an opportunity to make a dress or a craft, attend a game, concert, or life event for her precious children.
An example of a devoted wife and mother, Margie filled closets, pantries, tables and hearts with dedication and devotion to those she loved.
Always a supportive and sometime feisty wife to Melvin, her commitment to her husband and children was always evident as was her faith. For it was her faith and not her own feet that moved her forward in her early years when times were a little less fruitful…but always with an abundant spirit.
After the passing of Melvin, Dub offered his shoulder at first then his heart, remaining by her side for the rest of her time with all of us.
Whether it was “MeMaw, Mother,” “Marg” or other endearing nicknames for which she was known, she will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margie wasn’t just family, she was a foundational and influential fixture in it. She loved and nurtured seven grandchildren in addition to her 10 great-grandchildren, multitudes of friends, and those touched by her love and generosity over the years.
Margie is survived by her loving husband Dub, her children Sammy, Beverly, Mel and Sabrina, grandchildren Jason, Jacob, Alisha, Nathan, Matthew, Jennifer, and Jordan, step-children Bill, Sherry and Becky and step-grand-children, Brandy, Clifton, Keaton, Brittiny, Kevin, and Kandice.
Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Peggy Holt

Funeral services for Peggy Jean Holt wereheld Dec. 16, 2017 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Bro. Barry Boatright officiating.
Peggy was born Sept. 23, 1936 in Kemp to parents Brian and Daphne (Stovall) Williamson and entered into eternal rest Dec. 13, 2017 at the age of 81.
Peggy graduated from Mabank High School and attended Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Okla.
She worked as a church secretary for many years. Peggy loved being involved with the church. She was a minister and helped with ministries for most of her life.
Peggy was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved them dearly.
She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for people. Peggy was a very loving and caring person. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jack Holt.
She is survived by her son Randy Keith and wife Pam of Prairie City, Iowa, son Kevin Holt and wife Lori of Cushing, son Kyle Holt and wife Ruthie of Allen, son Kelly Holt and wife Julie of Mabank, grandchildren Randy, Daniel, Rachel, David, Jackson, Ashley, Derek, Austin, Cy and Case, great-grandchildren Kiera, Peytyn and Eastyn, Elijah, Charleigh and Riley, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Johnny B. Arrington passed away Nov. 27, 2017 at the age of 64.
Johnny was born May 18, 1953 in Wichita Falls.
He graduated from Abilene High School and built his life around his passion of drag racing. He owned JAB Hot Rod Shop in Gun Barrel City. He and his son Blane enjoyed racing together at numerous tracks in Texas and throughout the southern U.S.
He was a proud member of the NHRA and IHRA for many years and truly loved his drag racing family and friends. He was happiest doing anything that had to do with his race cars and drag racing.
He will be forever loved and greatly missed by his family and friends and also those in the local drag racing community.
Johnny was preceded in death by his mother Margie Nell Hays, father Adren Andrew Arrington, Jr., grandparents Mary and Adren Arrington, Sr., and J.D. and Faye Hays.
Johnny is survived by his wife of 32 years, Vanessa Arrington of Gun Barrel City, son Blane Arrington and son and daughter-in-law Justin Van Horn and Kandice of Mabank, his precious and beloved grandchildren Tanner and Jaycee Van Horn, sister Shelah Arrington of Ark., brother Keven Arrington of Fla. and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of his life was held Dec. 16 at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Sandra Williams
Sandra Lee Williams, 81, passed away in Kemp, Dec 9, 2017.
She was born in Ridgeland, S.C., the only child of the late Lorna Doone McRoy and Harvey Lee Williams. She also lived in Florida and Texas, moving to Ben Wheeler in 1964 and Seven Points in 1992.
Sandra worked at Cedar Creek Bingo for many years and was the proprietor of Best Plants Nursery.
She worked hard her entire life and loved to care for animals and plants.
Her favorite vacation was fishing on the Texas coast. She taught herself how to paint and play both the ukulele and the piano.
She is survived by daughters, Lorna Rudd and Dana Lee (Cindy Lanier) and granddaughter Kathy (Nick) Anderson.
The family wishes to thank all who cared for her during her last illness, including Kemp Care Center and Solaris Hospice.
The family is asking that any memorial gifts be made to the ALS Foundation.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Perra obit

Betsey Janet Barton Perra was born in Warwick, R.I. Jan 15, 1932. She was the daughter of Ruth Powell Barton and Rowland B Barton and died Dec. 3, 2017.
Betsey grew up on the Barton Farm on Centreville Road better known as The Elms Dairy.
She married at the young age of 19 to Andrew J Perra of West Warwick. They were married for 60 years.
Betsey was a graduate of University of R.I. class of ’52 and received a Master’s of Education in 1974. She began her career as a social worker in 1964 and worked for the co-operative extension service as a Home Economist at the University of R.I. until she retired at 65.
When the children were young she was very involved in Cub Scouts, receiving the highest honor given to women, “Silver Fawn.” She also served as Worthy Matron of Eastern Star (Ruth Chapter). As a member of the Barton Family she was a “Daughter of the American Revolution.”
Betsey and her husband, Andy, led an adventurous life. They began riding motorcycles in the early 70’s and took great joy in traveling to rallies across the U.S. Betsey had her own bike complete with a sidecar to accommodate any willing passenger, including the dog.
Eventually they graduated to a grand motor home and continued traveling. In 1998 they landed in Gun Barrel City and joined Four Mile Lutheran Church and found a little place overlooking Cedar Creek Lake.
Betsey enjoyed quilting and created many masterpieces for anyone that asked. She was always willing to help someone in need. She rooted ALWAYS for the underdog taking many under her wing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Perra and grandson Jason Hanzlicek.
She is survived by her five children, Andrew (Ben) Perra of Coventry, Bruce Perra of Warwick, Debbie Hanzlicek of Penelope, Stephen Perra of Summerville, S.C.,Victoria Rosenberg of Scottsdale, Ariz., and her sister Allura Langston, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Betsey loved them all.
Betsey will be missed by family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–With 35 percent of the plans complete, Monday night the Athens City Council heard that the proposed renovations of the beloved Cain Center could have a price tag upwards of $9 million. Gallagher Construction Manager Bill Morgan told council member that construction could come in at $8,247,986, with a total cost of $9,655,320.
At issue is the deterioration and degradation of the HVAC equipment which requires total replacement, along with electrical and plumbing systems. Discussion centered around how to reduce the total cost of the project without producing a compromised facility – one that would not serve the citizens of Athens in the long term.
Council debated the use of a chiller HVAC system vs. a conventional rooftop system due to the environment of an indoor pool. According to a HVAC website, “More than half of the large buildings in the world today are conditioned by a chiller which plays a critical role in creating the right environment. Not only do chillers serve HVAC systems that deliver the right temperature, humidity and ventilation for the space, but they also help minimize operating costs with superior energy efficiency levels, low sound levels and with minimal environmental impact.”
Another item discussed was the enclosure around the pool area which was designed to be overhead doors that could be raised to create a natural environment for the pool in good weather vs. a glass enclosure similar to the one that exists presently. After discussion of cost-saving measures, bringing total costs down to approximately $8.5 million councilman Ed McCain said, “This has ballooned to a point of absurdity. We can’t afford it. We never could afford it.”
Council questioned the construction group as to whether this could be done for five million and were told that a bare bones renovation would be a compromised facility, not a long-term facility that would serve the citizens of Athens for decades to come, the multi-purpose, multi-generational facility that was envisioned.
Mayor Monte Montgomery said, “I am for the Cain Center. I have always been for the Cain Center. I want it to come through.” When asked by the construction manager for a direction to proceed, council members determined to hold a workshop in the next week or so to sort through the issues and determine a course of action.

Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

IMG_6411 Airheart with family CMYK
By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Senior Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart signed her intent to play volleyball with the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals Wednesday morning in the Trinidad High School gym.
In front of students and faculty in attendance, alongside her parents Eric and Julie, as well as her sister and teammate Eryn, Airheart put pen to paper to start her journey next year with TVCC.
Trinidad volleyball Head Coach Tina Sawtelle spoke with the students in the stands before the signing.
She said that Airheart’s efforts show that you can pursue sports, or whatever you choose, beyond high school.
It was very important for them to realize that your persistence doesn’t have to stop just because you’re leaving high school.
Before the signing, Airheart received a signed Trinidad volleyball from her teammates to start off the morning.
Then with Sawtelle and TVCC volleyball Head Coach Tosha Spain behind her, Airheart put down her signature to play with the Lady Cardinals next year.
Airheart and her teammates carried the Lady Trojans farther than any team has previously in school history, making it to the final four in the State championship, and coming just one win shy of playing for the 1A State title.
After winning their first district title in school history, the Lady Trojans received a first-round bye into the Area round.
The Lady Trojans defeated Leggett, Chester, Fruitvale and Miller Grove on their way to the State semifinals. They eventually fell to Blum in four sets in Garland.
Airheart takes her talents and memories, as well as what got her there, on to the next level as she begins another journey.

Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The District 5 Congressional seat being vacated by Jeb Hensarling, who recently announced he would not be seeking re-election has attracted a number of contenders. Names published for the congressional seat are: Dist. 4 Texas House Rep. Lance Gooden.Bunni Pounds, Earl Brunner, Danny Campbell, David Williams, Charles Lingerfelt, Jason Wright and Kenneth Sheets, as well as Dan Wood, as a Democrat candidate.
District 5 serves an area that includes the southeast portion of Dallas County including Mesquite plus a number of smaller counties south and east of Dallas including Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson and Kaufman counties. As of the 2000 census, the 5th district represents 651,620 people.
Kaufman County Republican Chairman Jimmy Weaver explained that the SOS list is not certified and therefore unofficial. It will take until Dec. 21 to become certified, he said.
“There are a number of quirky rules that allow the party an extension on the filings, such as in the case where a position is empty, due to several reasons,” he told The News. Sam Deen appears as filed for Congressional District 5 on the Texas Republicans website, txgop.org, but not on the SOS candidate filing list.
No less than 10 Democrats are running for Governor in the Primary and only two for the Republican ticket, one being SECEDE Kilgore, who represents those who adamantly protest abortion, excessive taxes and social security, according to his social media page. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick drew one GOP challenger, Scott Milder of Rockwall.
In other March Primary races, several have filed just prior to the Dec. 11 filing deadline.
According to Henderson County Party Chair Betty Holland, Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney will run for county judge, opposing attorney Jeff Weinstein for the seat being vacated by Richard Sanders at the end of the year.
Three candidates have lined up for McKinney’s commissioner seat: David Conner, Joshua Bardwell and Scott Tuley. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin has filed for re-election as has Kelly Harris. JP 5 is being contested by incumbent Belinda Brownlow, Patrick Gresham and Rick Simmons.
Precinct 2 JP will be contested by sitting justice Kevin Pollock and former officeholder Dale Blaylock.
Dr. Stuart Spitzer has filed for his former seat in the State House for District 4; as has Ashley McKee and Marty Reid. Democrat Eston Williams has also filed for the Texas House of Representatives.
John Wray is running unopposed for House Seat District 10, which covers those living on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake.
Henderson County incumbents who have filed without opposition include:
• Justices of the Peace – Precinct 1 Randy Daniel, Precinct 3 Tony Duncan and Precinct 4 Milton Adams.
• Court-at-Law judges 1 Scott Williams and 2 Nancy Perryman.
• Distinct Court Clerk Betty Herriage
• County Treasurer Michael Bynum
• County Clerk Mary Margaret Wright, and
• 173rd District County Judge Dan Moore.

Dec

13

Posted by : admin | On : December 13, 2017

Glenn Dana Wiegman, 78, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at his home in Eustace.
He was born Dec 22, 1938, in Madill, Okla., to Marie and L.D. Wiegman and was raised on the family farm east of Claude, the second of eight children.
While in junior high, his family moved from the farm into Amarillo. Glenn graduated from high school in Amarillo and began working in the Operations Department of Santa Fe Railroad, progressing to a depot agent throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
He married Jerre Hilton and to this union was born six children, two of whom died in infancy. Glenn later married Shadley Smith in December 1973 in Amarillo and to this marriage was born two sons.
The family moved from Amarillo to Medicine Lodge, Kan. After 21 years with Santa Fe, Glenn took early retirement and the family relocated to Loveland, Colo., where they owned and operated a Christian gift and book store for nine years. The family then moved to McMinnville, Ore., in 1989 where he was in RV sales until he retired. In 2013 they retired to Eustace.
Glenn loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and his life was dedicated to serving God. One of the delights of his life was the 12 years he was a volunteer in the chapels of a federal prison in Oregon, mentoring inmates. Glenn also was a docent for over seven years at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, where he enjoyed interacting with visitors from all over the world. In the final months of his life he desired to be in Heaven with Jesus, along with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters Mary Elizabeth and Merry Ann and younger brother Rev. Chalmer Wiegman.
He is survived by his wife Shadley, six children Sherre Mitchell of Austin, Mike Wiegman and wife Betsy of Wimberley, Rita Ruecker of Sacramento, Calif., Marilyn Coleman and husband Will of San Francisco, Calif., Nathan Wiegman and wife Kristina of Portland, Ore., and Tim Wiegman and wife Shanna of Tampa, Fla., 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss him.
A family celebration of his life will be held in Nacogdoches on Jan. 6, 2018.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 13, 2017

Carrell Obit

James C. “Pete” Carrell was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Breckenridge to parents Buford and Beulah (Key) Carrell and entered into eternal rest Nov. 17, 2017 at the age of 94.
James was known as “Pete” to all his family and friends. He married the love of his life, Billie Black in 1944.
Pete owned and operated K Bob’s Steakhouse in Gun Barrel City and Pete’s Steakhouse. He was a devoted family man and loved his daughter dearly. Pete loved fishing, dancing and listening to music.
He stayed active and enjoyed going to the senior citizen’s center in Mabank. Pete was Baptist by faith. He was a great man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, Billie Carrell, they were married 64 years before her passing in 2008, daughter Sue McClendon, brother Claude Carrell, sisters Dorothy Crowell and Ruth Lusk.
He is survived by his daughter Jane White of Mabank, grandchildren Scott Allen and wife Dede of Eastland, Terri Neal and husband Archie of Canton, Traci Johnson and husband Patrick of Eustace and Brandi Reynard and husband Todd of McKinney, great-grandchildren Zack, Makalah, Kinsi, Bryce, Trevor, Macrae, Carsyn and Logan, sister-in-law Carlene Moran of Gun Barrel City, nephews Glen Duke of Brookhaven, Miss., and Donald Duke of El Paso, special friends Tammy and Rusty Burum of Tyler, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.