Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Velma James

Velma Mae James, 93, peacefully passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at her home in Seven Points.
A memorial service celebrating Velma’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, 100 S Old Indian Trail in Tool.
Velma was born in Lindale April 1, 1924 to Ella Mae and John Dee Johnson.
Velma and husband Bill moved to Seven Points in 1987 and were members of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church for many years. Velma loved her church family, enjoyed volunteering at the Cedar Creek Library and playing card games, especially bridge, with her many friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years Billie Joe James, her parents and sisters Willa White and Inez Kennedy and her sons William Barry James and Jeffrey Hobart James.
She is survived by her sisters Bette Emerson, Rita Johnson Pool and husband Steve and brothers John Johnson and wife Glenda and Larry Johnson, her daughter Jennifer Colby and son-in-law Jim, son Joe James and wife Donna along with her beloved 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Velma James to The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, PO Box 43711, Seven Points, Tx 75143 or to the Scholarship Endowment Fund, Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 43175, Tool, Tx 75143.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Genesis Hospice Care for their care, kindness and support in her final days and to Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home.
Arrangements were under the direction of Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Gardener obit
Funeral services for Zola Gardner were held Jan. 10, 2018 at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp with Billy Sparks officiating. Interment followed the service at King Cemetery in Kemp.
Zola was born July 26, 1930 in Kemp to parents Ross and Florence Greenhaw and entered into rest Jan. 5, 2018 at the age of 87.
Zola graduated from Kemp High School. After retirement from Sears Service Center, Zola moved to Seven Points.
She and Jim Smith had a great life there and many happy years together. Zola enjoyed nothing more than going to the casinos and playing the “sizzling 7” machine. She was an avid reader until she lost her sight and loved crossword puzzles, especially the New York Times.
Zola’s daughters were her life and anyone who knew her was aware that her grandchildren hung the moon.
Born into a family of ten children, Zola was the last to survive. She often said, losing her brothers and sisters was the hardest part of getting old.
Nancy Graff was mom’s life line in the last years of her life…always there to take her out to eat and shop. A suggestion of going, had Zola on the porch, ready, with her purse on her shoulder.
Zola was preceded in death by daughter Debbie Harrison.
She is survived by her daughters Shirley Hill and husband Mike Hardin, Nancy VanOverschelde and husband Gene, three grandchildren Kanesha Dearing and husband J.D., Chris Donaldson and wife Marci, Matt Reece and wife Jennifer and five great-grandchildren.
She will be missed my family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Bess obit

A memorial service for John Yancy Bess will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Father Dan Daughtery officiating.
John was born Aug. 6, 1943 in El Dorado, Ark., to parents Gordon Harold and Altha Virginia (Gregory) Bess and entered into eternal rest Jan. 2, 2018 at the age of 74.
John was known to his family and friends as “Yancy.”
He graduated from Frankston High School in 1962 and attended Henderson County Junior. College and Tyler Junior. College. Yancy served in the United States Air Force serving as a Staff Sergeant working in electronics and communications. He received an Air Force Service Medal before being honorably discharged in 1967.
Yancy worked in concrete construction working for Austin Commercial for ten years and Striland Construction 14 years.
He married the loved of his life, Dorothy Ruth Little Sept. 15, 1997 in Kaufman after being together for 11 years.
Yancy was an amazing man. He was very respectable, well-mannered and liked having fun. He loved his job and was a hard worker. Yancy liked being outdoors whether it was fishing or hunting.
He had a bond with his brother like no other and he had a soft spot for his cats and dogs. Yancy enjoyed being with family and friends. He loved old movies and westerns. Yancy will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Yancy was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Virginia Bess and buddies Gary Jones and Wayland Schoen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years and married 21 years Dorothy Bess of Mabank, brother Bobby Bess and wife Darlene of Kilgore, niece Rikki and spouse Al Yonick, buddies Donnie Brown, Craig Adamson and Willie Aguirre, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, his dog and companion Casper and his two cats Spot and Flash.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Browning Obit

Funeral services for Mary Jo Browning were held Jan. 9, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed the service at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
Mary Jo was born April 18, 1922 in Pickton to parents Roy L. and Lillie L. (Kimbro) Ormsby and entered into eternal rest Jan. 6, 2018 at the age of 95.
Mary Jo graduated from Pickton High School in 1939.
She married the love of her life, Otha Frank Browning in 1939 and she was a loving wife to Otha Frank, until his passing in 1989.
Mary Jo was a Christian, Baptist by faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank. She loved the Lord and loved serving Him.
Mary Jo loved her family and was a loyal friend to many. She was fun loving and loved to laugh. Mary Jo was very outgoing, never met a stranger and always liked to be on the go. She had been a member of Eubank Cedar Creek Support Group since 1989 and attended faithfully every month. Mary Jo was also a member of the Super Chicks.
She liked to travel and was an excellent cook. Mary Jo was known for her fried chicken and coconut pie. She liked going fishing and playing games. Mary Jo was an amazing mother, who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Felda Duncan, sister Clemmie Irby and serveral nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia Browning of Dallas and son Richard Browning of Gun Barrel City, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2018

Ernest Carroll Obit

Ernest Leroy Carroll, “Leroy,” was born April 25, 1933, in Dallas to parents Ernest Gilbert Carroll and Ollie Romas Waits Carroll. Leroy entered into eternal rest Dec. 27, 2017, at the age of 84.
Leroy worked for Braniff Airways for 30 years and Southwest Airlines for 17 years, retiring in 1998. He began as an entry level cargo agent and ascended to Regional Director of Southwest Airlines, driven by nothing more than sheer determination and a GED designation.
His leadership helped to effect change to aviation history throughout the region. He was a boxing coach for the Golden Gloves in the Farmer’s Branch Firefighter’s Boxing Club throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties, bringing guidance and compassion to many a young man.
When he retired in 1998, it was to a beautiful house on the lake, surrounded by tall oak trees and a boat in a dock on the water, with a closet full of rods and reels and a tackle box chock full of lures. He lived to fish.
Leroy was a true man’s man whose strong will and fighting spirit affected everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Candace Anita Walters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Barbara Carroll, son Thomas Gene Carroll, grandchildren Sean Eric Carroll, Shannon Colleen Carroll, Corey Walters and fiancé Krystal Aragon, sister Cleo Sherrard, niece Nancy Estes and her husband Dave, along with many other loving family members and an untold amount of friends.
A memorial service was held Jan. 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church.
A personal tribute may be made at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2018

Funeral services for Jesse Cooper, Sr. were Jan. 5, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel. Interment followed the service at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Jesse was born on Oct. 9, 1944 in Sulphur Bluff to parents Lloyd Ray and Olivia (Smith) Cooper and entered into eternal rest Jan. 1, 2018 at the age of 73.
Jesse married the love of his life, Wanda Lambright, March 16, 1963.
He worked for PAM Transport, as a truck driver for over 30 years, and received many driving awards for safety.
Jesse was a very friendly man, who would talk to anyone and give his shirt off his back to help someone in need. For anyone who needed help, he would open his home to them.
Jesse loved to collect knives. He could build or fix anything and was a jack of all trades.
He was a member of the VFW and could drink Budweiser and play dominos. Jesse enjoyed watching westerns and soap operas. He was Baptist by faith. Jesse was a very loving and kind man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda Cooper, daughter Lisa Ann Cooper, grandson BJ Bruner, brothers Howard and Bill Cooper, sisters Lawanda Lambright, Zelma Milam and sister Melva Starks.
He is survived by his loving children, son Jesse Lee Cooper, Jr. of Gun Barrel City, daughter Jackie McCauley and husband Bryan of Aransas Pass, daughter Darlene Annette Cooper and husband Kim of Gun Barrel City, granddaughter Rachel Bruner of Gun Barrel City, grandson Raymond T. Scott, Jr. and wife Candace of Huntsville, grandson Jim Bob Scott, seven great-grandchildren, sister Neoma Faye Cooper, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2018

Jimmie Burt
Our loving mother Jimmie Burt passed away Dec. 31, 2017. She was born July 13, 1947 to Mildred andJames Lazarus.
Jimmie was a loving wife, a wonderful loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched with her friendliness, caring, warmth, humor and devotion to God.
Jimmie is survived by her loving husband Dean Webb, her daughter Cheryl Dunn and husband Carl, son David Tharp and sister Linda Bell, four step-daughters Deana, Brandy, Amy and Cassie, five grandchildren Matthew and Joseph Dunn, Zackary and Brook Tharp and step-grand-daughter Emma and many more nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5, 2018 at Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.
Arrangements were under the direction of Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

Jan

03

Posted by : admin | On : January 3, 2018

LeRoy Oehler Obit

LeRoy (Roy) T. Oehler, a Buda resident, peacefully entered into eternal life Dec. 20, 2017 at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his large family and steadfast caregivers.
He was blessed with an inquisitive mind, a love of learning and gifted with remarkable abilities to connect with friends and family members of all ages throughout his long, rich life.
He had a unique ability to make things happen for himself and those around him.
Roy was born Aug. 26, 1921 in Lansing, Mich., the son of Irvin Carl Oehler and Adele (Schmithausen) Oehler.
He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1934, graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1939 and Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1943.
Early in World War II, Roy was employed as a Structural Engineer at Douglas Aircraft, Corporation in Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked on fuselage design of the SBD Navy dive bomber to aid the war effort.
A World War II veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1944 and served in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Boxer as an Electronic Technician Mate 3c prior to his Honorable Discharge in June 1946.
At the end of World War II, Roy returned to graduate school at the University of Illinois where he received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering.
He became an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin where he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Barnes of Buda who was a Home Economics major. They were married June 17, 1950 at Buda United Methodist Church.
Roy was accepted as a Fulbright Scholar in Civil Engineering studying at the Imperial College University of London.
Roy shared many memorable stories of his newly married years and travels through Europe in the early 1950s. Roy and Beth returned to the United States in the summer of 1952, when the couple moved to Lansing, Mich., and Roy began his career of nearly four decades with the Michigan Department of Transportation, retiring in 1986 as Director of Research of the Materials and Technology Division.
Roy and Beth raised their family of four children Phyllis, Sharon, Anne and Lance in Okemos, Mich. Roy fostered in his children a strong sense of family, a love of sports and the importance of a strong work ethic and a good education.
Roy was a long-time member of the East Lansing Tennis Club where he played until 89 years of age.
He was a member of University Lutheran Church and Eastminster Presbyterian Church both in East Lansing, Mich.
In 2011, Roy decided to follow his wife’s dreams of retiring in Texas and at 90 years of age he researched log cabin homes and placed a log cabin home on the Barnes family ranch in Buda.
He lived his final years building amenities in his cabin, planting trees and enjoying visits with Beth who was living at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lockhart. His children visited frequently during the more than five years he lived on the “ranch.”
Roy was preceded in death by his parents Adele and Irvin, his beloved wife Beth in March 2017, sister Eileen L. Oehler of Hastings, Mich., Oct. 2015, sister-in-law Mavis Barnes Hollyfield Kelton in 1995 and his brother-in-law Emmett Frederick Barnes, Jr. in May 2015.
He is survived by his four children Phyllis (Bruce) Rowland of St. Charles, Ill., Sharon (Dan) Harpstead of Cheyney, Pa., Anne (Greg) Reid of Wellington, Fla., and Lance Oehler of Buda.
Roy’s legacy of persistence and hard work lives on through his 11 grandchildren. He was a proud, patient and benevolent grandfather of Laura (Mark) Carroll, Amanda (Sean) Connors, Breanna (Sean) Walker, Brett (Aimie) Rowland, Abigail (Geoff) Ebersol, Justin Reid, Charles Reid, Matthew Rowland, Spencer Reid, Edward Harpstead and Sarah Rowland.
He was the biggest fan of each grandchild, attending many sporting events as they played high school and college sports. He has enjoyed visits and hearing stories about his 13 great -grandchildren Lauren, Bradley, Alyson, Charlotte and Michael Connors, Tyler and Connor Carroll, Leah and Jason Walker, Benjamin and Nathanael Ebersol and Wesley and Maxwell Rowland.
He will be greatly missed by this generation who knew him only too briefly but who will forever relish the stories of his remarkable life they hear from their parents.
Other survivors include, his sister-in-law, Mary Faye Willms (Barnes) of Lockhart, nieces Suzanne Hollyfield, Cecile Hollyfield, Melissa (Guy) Aldrich, and Melanie (Dave) Turner all of whom call Texas “home.”
Roy was highly attentive to the needs of his family throughout his life always looking out for the welfare of others. He enjoyed sharing his home with visiting family and made all feel welcome. He was an avid furniture builder and enjoyed using his skills to make beautiful pieces for his children and grandchildren. Roy enjoyed tending his plantings and creating beautiful spaces that he could share with others. Roy will be dearly missed by his children and their families.
The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice, Redbud Home Health and Angels for Elders for his care and support during the past year.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

29

Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2017

Otteson Obit
Barbara Gene Otteson, 83, of Tuscola passed away Dec. 20, 2017 in Abilene.
Barbara was born July 4, 1934 to Alexander Yandall and Nell Eugenia Trail in Seagoville.
She graduated from Seagoville High School in 1951 and worked for a telephone company.
Barabara married Chester Otteson Jan. 27, 1959. In 1960, she moved to Tacoma, Wash., for a couple of years before moving back to Seagoville where she raised her children and took care of the family.
She moved to Kemp in June 1972 and began working for the United States Post Office in 1973 until she retired in 1996.
She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church and was in the Red Hats Society. Barbara moved to Abilene in August 2015.
Those who passed away before Barbara were her husband Chester, brother Danny Trail and sister Joann Trail.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children Karen Seedig and husband Lanny of Tuscola, David Otteson and wife Dorine of Kemp, and Mark Otteson and Don Swatzel of Dallas, grandchildren Stacy Polnack, Kayla Brashears, Emily Yates and Sara Hustead, great-grandchildren Emma Polack and Oliver Yates and sister Peggy Daniel who will miss her dearly.
The family held services at Hillcrest Baptist Church Dec. 22, with interment following at Shiloh Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

Dec

29

Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2017

Goble obit

Iona “Nona” Anderson Goble Key, 84, of Kemp passed away Dec. 26, 2017 in Athens.
Nona was born April 14, 1933 in Martins Mill to Erskin Anderson and Annie Prestridge.
Nona grew up in Martins Mill and graduated as the valedictorian in 1951. She received a certificate for never missing a day of school.
Nona married Bob Goble Feb. 7, 1963 and the two lived in Dallas until his death in 1995.
She worked at Colbert’s for over 35 years before retiring as comptroller. In her spare time, Nona enjoyed working in her garden, crossword puzzles and traveling.
Nona met James Key while attending a grief recovery class at Northaven United Methodist Church. They were later married and moved to Kemp. Nona was a strong Christian woman who loved her Lord and family with all her heart.
Nona was preceded in death by her parents Annie and Erskin Anderson, husband Bob Goble, husband James Key and sister Lometa Courtney.
She is survived by her daughter Cheri Goble, granddaughters Lainie Contreras and Rachel Spence, great-grandchildren Caden Simms and Rylee Johnson and nephews Tony and Maxey Courtney.
The family received friends Dec. 29, 2017 at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.