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Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009


Wilda Joyce Crocker, 69, Trinidad, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Dec. 23, 2008. Services were held Dec. 27, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Tool.
Crocker was preceded in death by her parents, Wilda Verdine Tucker and Dick Tucker. She was widowed early in life by Jerry Donald Tharp, and later by Jim Crocker.
Crocker leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and faithful generosity. She was a devout follower of Jesus Christ and spread the gospel by giving to all around her. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tool.
She was a passionate fisherman, and would give you anything she had, except her last minnow.
Crocker is survived and will be greatly missed by her two children, Jerry Donald Tharp Jr. and Katherine Renee Morman; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her as the world’s best mom, a tremendous grandmother, exceptionally loyal friend and the world’s greatest fisherman.

Jan

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Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009


Darlene K. Latimer, 69, of Eustace, passed away in her home on Dec. 26, 2009. She was born Dec. 14, 1939, in Albion, Neb. to Herschel and Anna Edwards.
She is preceded in death by her father, husband Jerry and two sisters.
Survivors include her mother, Anna Edwards, of Colorado; five sisters, son, Richard and Edith Swiney of Malakoff, son, Paul and Teresa Swiney, of Longview, son, John Swiney of Malakoff and daughter Jayne Swiney and David Myers of Malakoff; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Gordon-Foster-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Kelly Carnes. Burial followed at Forreston Cemetery in Waxahachie.

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Services for Minnie Mae “Potsy” Foster, 85, of Athens were held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff at 2 p.m. Visitation was held on Thursday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial was at Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.
Mrs. Foster died Jan. 3, 2009, in Athens. She was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Malakoff to Jeff Maguire and Elizabeth Robertson Maguire.
Mrs. Foster married Charles Foster on April 25, 1981. She was an administrator at Eastern Star Home.
Survivors include husband, Charles L. Foster of Athens; son, Charles Sawyer and wife Beverly of Arlington; stepsons, Charles R. Foster and wife Karen of Plano and Stephen L. Foster and wife Juliaann of Athens; grandchildren, Sean Sawyer of West Palm Beach, Fla., Stephanie Sawyer Mode and husband James of Arlington, Amy Foster of Windermere, Fla., Chris Foster and wife Carol of Manassas, Va., Jon Foster and wife Kim of Katy, Jason Foster of Bryan, Stephanie Dunahoe and husband Vance of Henderson; six great-grandchildren, Madisen Shea Mode, Emma Ann Mode, Susan Foster, Thomas Foster, Abby Foster, and Zach Foster.
Pallbearers were James Mode, Jeff Maguire, Jim McIntonsh, Sean Sawyer, and honorary pallbearers were Roy Allen and Don Andrews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association.

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

Public School children are back in classes by now; basketball games are serious and in district play; TAKS preparation is being presented in classrooms; some coaches, big and little schools, are looking for new jobs. Then another graduation is coming up. For us, it should be a granddaughter in a school north of here. She has attended school there all her life as her mother did.

Often I meet people who went to school dozens of places, and I am amazed. I attended one school all my life; my children did. My husband made one change. There are advantages and disadvantages to changing schools or not, I suppose, but I’m not in the mood to search for them.

Jerry Poe was back in the hospital in Temple for some tests and procedures last week. He was back in a few days. His heart has some problems.

Jack Cooley has begun radiation.

Mr. Cotton is hospitalized. He and his wife Jewel bought a home here several years ago.

Nursing home or assisted living facility residents on our prayer list include Merle Estes, Joe Mosier, Fran Edgar, Roberta Staples, Joe Wilbanks, Betty (French) Hayes’ mother-in-law, Dustin Perry, Helen Airheart, Roselee Loven, Roberta Staples,Geraldine Stanfield, Gertrude Stanfield, Wretha Barfoot, Lawrence Mosier, Martha Perry, Eugene Berry, Lorene Jackson, and others.

Those not well in their homes include Lena Goodenough, Louise Fugate, Joe Greenhaw, Raymond Tubbs, David Lohman, Peggy Miller Airheart, Barbara Thompson, Chester Bradley, Joel Mays, Evelyn Beavers, Joel Ardoin, Charles Shannon, Raymond Tubbs. Remember these all in pray as well as the Linder family.

I hope your resolutions are going well. I have exercised three days in a row, but that is not much to brag about. I’m sure my body thanks me.

We all pray for our men and women in war around the world. Some are completing tours, coming back, changed but alive!

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

I have a desktop computer and purchased a laptop to take on trips. It seemed reasonable to transfer my music and documents from the desktop to the laptop. Certainly I’m not the only person who would like to transfer from one computer to another.
I once lost a set screw out of a breaker box I was installing. Not to worry. I’ll go to the hardware store and pick one up.
But three hardware stores didn’t have one.
I called up SquareD, the maker of the box. That particular set screw didn’t have a part number. I was dumbstruck.
“It doesn’t have a part number?” I blurted out. “Every part has a number.”
“Nope. Not this part.”
“Surely I’m not the only person who ever lost that screw. What does an electrician do if he loses that screw?”
“Well, they usually have a can of screws that has one.”
What’s going on? How does this company stay in business?
I began working up the food chain until I got some kind of manager who told me he was sorry he had never thought of those screws as a big deal. I told him that if SquareD was typical of American manufacturing, it was clear why American factories were moving overseas.
I might add that a few days later I got a little bag in the mail with two set screws.
In any event the first time I had to transfer data I thought there would be a wire that went from one computer to the other. That wire has yet to be invented.
So I was connected wirelessly

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

I hope you had a great Christmas. I did. We spread it out over a couple of weeks and it worked out great. Our major eating marathon was postponed until after Dec. 25, to be held on the first day after that when most of our folks are free. We had a warm up dinner the night Jonathan got in.
Jonathan, you may remember, is my former world traveler grandson, who was in his third year at the University of Texas, planning on a career in medicine, when he got his heart broken and did the closest thing he could to joining the French Foreign Legion. He joined the army, heading for a career as a medic in Special Forces, about the most dangerous thing he could find to get in. He hurt his leg and is kind of on hold, right now, waiting for it to heal. He is pretty upset about the delay, but some of us, at least his grandma, aren’t sorry a bit, figuring it will just be that much longer before he gets shot at. He looks absolutely great, sore leg and all.
Anyhow, we all gathered in my new little farm house – my three kids, all grandkids but one, most everybody’s spouses or future spouses, two great-grandkids. The plan was to just have a big pot of beans. But once the pressure was off, it was easy to fix some other things, like ham, and green beans and potatoes and fruit salad and a bunch of desserts from Brookshire’s, and it ended up looking a lot like a Christmas meal without much effort. Granddaughter Ariel brought the cornbread, which ran out before the beans did. Everybody thought they had a feast.
My Norwood kids brought the most wonderful thing – it looks like a wooden box on wheels with a drawer and a door on one end. It opens up into a big table, and the chairs are inside. It really helped give us places to sit to eat. We still ran out of places, as we converted one of the other tables into a jigsaw puzzle table. That puzzle is a tough one we are still working on it here in the first week of January. It was great to finally feed my family in my new little house. And little is the right word for it when all these people pile in. But I just adore my house, especially with all my kids crammed in it.
We had what was supposed to be the big dinner last week, but everybody seemed so happy with the first one, I just repeated it. It worked again. We had another great time. We worked on that fool puzzle again.
Since we – well, a bunch of us in this family – work together – well, we did before I retired to the country – we got out of the habit of spending much time together after hours, but we resolved to do better this year. I think they like me cooking for them. Yesterday we had spaghetti. They kind of came in shifts. But a bunch of them came. And we worked on the puzzle. It is about half done now.
There is one little hole I swore I would fill before they come again. I’ve been trying, but haven’t found a single piece yet.
If we get it done, we can have another table and folks won’t have to eat with their plates in their laps. But this puzzle has been fun. Maybe we’ll get a piece of plywood to put the next one on so we can move it at mealtime. The next one is a redbird on snow. That snow is going to be a pain.

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Coach Nick worked the room like a movie star strolling down the red carpet before the Oscars. There were handshakes and hugs; smiles and laughter; congratulations and photographs. There were family and friends and whole walls dedicated to photos and newspaper clippings of his career.
The only thing missing were autographs.

Last Friday night, the community turned out to celebrate Malakoff High School basketball coach DeArtis Nickerson Jr.’s 400th career win in epic style.

Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow, a former assistant to Nickerson, probably described the night best when he said, “He loves Malakoff and Malakoff loves him.”

The man everyone knows as “Coach Nick” or “The Dean” earned his 400th career victory in December at the Blooming Grove Tournament with a 66-39 drubbing of Sunnyvale. Because the win came just before the holidays, the community celebration was delayed until last week. {{more}}

Nickerson, originally from Mineral Wells, came to Malakoff in 1984, and took over as head coach in 1986. All 400 of his wins have come while coach of the Malakoff Tigers.
“I have truly been blessed since coach Dale Norris hired me in 1984 and I have been a Tiger ever since,” Nickerson said.

A large display consisting of several walls of photos and news clippings, slide show, and photos of the 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-win teams was put together by MHS cheerleading advisor and longtime MHS sports fan Velda Fritz.

During Friday’s celebration:

– The basketball team presented Nickerson with a commemorative basketball and a 400th Team t-shirt.

– Malakoff Mayor Pro-tem Tim Trimble read a proclamation naming Monday, Jan. 5, as “Coach DeArtis Nickerson, Jr. Day.”

– MISD Board of Trustees President Todd LaRue presented Nickerson with a framed photograph and inducted him to a “special place of honor on our MHS Tiger Wall of Honor.”

– MISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies presented Nickerson with a banner honoring the coach’s 400th win to be displayed in the gym.

– MHS Athletic Director Ronny Reed presented Nickerson with a crystal mantel for the commemorative basketball.

“I want to personally thank all of my family, friends, administration, school board members, community, faculty on all campuses, former players and the student body for making this a night that I will never forget,” Nickerson said. “I appreciate all the accolades. Again, this is a night I will never forget.”

The Tigers who helped Nickerson win his 400th are: seniors Bubba Heath, Stevie Schulte, Justin Thomas, Kevin Oppelt; juniors Vanoid Dawson (captain), Bernard Hall (captain), Cornelius Richardson, Cory Phelps, sophomores Marquise Dowell, Truman Dowell, and Terry Shamlin.

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09

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By Judy Gray Greenlee

Saturday, the East Texas Arboretum in Athens was the gathering sight for family and friends of Sergeant First Class Julie K. McCracken as they prepared for her deployment once again to Iraq. Getting together as they did, they wanted to give her a “send-off.”
McCracken is going back to the Iraq region for the third time.

It proved to be an even bigger surprise though for McCracken of Cross Roads, as she walked to the Pavilion, than she could have ever hoped for. She was not expecting this. She thought she was there for pictures and a story, nothing else. {{more}}

It was a day of sadness and laughter, joy and tears. While remembering childhood pranks with her cousins, laughter rang out. Family members recalled times they visited her on base after she joined the Army, or they just talked of times they wondered whether or not she would go to college or just get a job here in town after she graduated from high school, but she found her “nitch” in the U.S. Army.

She’s been to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once already since the war began. This will be her 6th time to deploy:
– Operation Desert Shield Storm, Saudi Arabia, 1990 to 1991
– Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, 1993
– Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1995
– Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2002-2003
– Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, 2003-2004
– Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, 2009-2010

Through all of these she has remained the soldier everyone knows her to be, the daughter she always has been, the sister she always was, or the niece or cousin everyone knows her as; a loving and caring person.
Although the Arboretum was filled with memories from everyone and laughter ringing out through the rafters atop the pavilion, you couldn’t help but notice the sadness in the air.

Even though McCracken has been honored with some 33 awards and medals, including the Bronze Star, she remains ever so humble to those she speaks with about her career.

“I’m just a soldier doing my job to the best of my ability,” she said.

Her jobs have been few during her 20 years in the Army: the JAG (Judge Advocate General) office and Airborne for some nine years, and transportation before that. She’s proven that no matter what the new position they want to give her, she can and will do it to the best of her ability.

Her mother, Kay Hyepock of Cross Roads speaks so proudly of her daughter, “I’ve always been so proud of Julie. She always puts 110 percent in anything she does, and she has accomplished so much in such a short time. I love her dearly and I will miss her a lot.”

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News

TRINIDAD – Freida Warren Jones, having served 30 years with the U.S. Postal Department, retired Jan. 2 from her Trinidad Postmaster position. A reception in her honor will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Trinidad Community Center with everyone invited.

No longer will those using the post office find Freida’s genuine concern for her customers, her compassion, her smile, her smartness. “She will be missed” is an understatement. {{more}}

Freida, a graduate of THS, began her postal career on June 2, 1979. She and her husband wanted to buy a travel trailer. Her early service with the postal service would mean two hours of work on Saturdays. What she made those two hours would help make the payment on the travel trailer which the couple used for about one trip. So she took the civil service test and began working in the Trinidad Post Office, finding the work quite satisfying.

In 1981, Freida acquired a new boss, Jeanne McQuary. McQuary was climbing the career ladder and believed everyone else should climb with her. With McQuary’s strong motivation, Freida began taking college courses and postal training courses to enhance her career.

Unfortunately, McQuary was quite ill during her years at Trinidad, and Freida worked much of that time to help her boss. McQuary guided Freida through her first Quarterly report from a hospital bed.

In 1985, the Postmaster Bill Shelton in Kerens needed help.
“I really did not want to go to the ‘foreign land,'” said Freida, “but ‘you know who’ said it would be good experience.”

Away Freida went. After being loaned to that office a while, Freida eventually transferred to Kerens. It introduced her to many new postal duties such as city delivery. Life was good. She was walking city routes and wearing size 5 jeans.

Freida applied for the Postmaster vacancy in 1986 in Kerens but was not selected at that time. Her heart was broken. She did not realize her future would need her to care for her family more those next few years, and she learned anew that God always has a plan.

Still in Kerens, Freida did an Officer-in-Charge assignment. In 1991 she went to Crandall as OIC. She was there for nine months, learned to love the people, and cried like a baby when she left.

In May of 1992, Freida was selected as Postmaster of Trinidad. She counts this as such a blessing. She worked with good employees and felt the combination of them could solve any problem while they worked their early morning mail.

Freida has seen many changes in the Postal Service throughout the years. But one lingering, overall constant has been the love she has for all of her friends, employees, and customers.

“Each one of you will always have a special place in my heart,” she said.

Freida has been married to Mickey Jones for 43 years. They have two daughters, Kristi Boyd and Kasey Flowers. Two special daughters include Cindy Hustead and Summer McCoy. Freida’s grandchildren include Bryn Boyd, Brandon “Bubba” Boyd, Jacey Spivey Cookston, Kaylee Callahan, Rori Flowers, Justin Miller, Judd Miller, Cully McCoy, and Katelyn McCoy. Of course Jacey Spivey Cookston’s baby Brant makes Freida a great-grandmother.

Earl Beets is presently the OIC for Trinidad, coming out of Mont Alba; before that he worked at the main Dallas headquarters in Coppell. He will ease the transition between Freida and whoever the new Postmaster will be. The father of five children, he is originally from Payne Springs and is not intimidating in any fashion, just one of us.

Freida thinks she will be busy sewing, crafting, and maybe just visiting, and trying not to miss her former days of hard work and greeting nice people.

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

By Toni Garrard Clay
Special to The News

Little Jeorge Luis Fernandez may not have been born on New Year’s Day, but he still managed to achieve first-baby-of-the-year status at ETMC Athens with a Jan. 2 arrival. The beautiful boy was born at 9:32 a.m. at 7 pounds, 2.75 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

The little boy’s mother was also hoping for a Jan. 1 arrival for her son because, among other reasons, she thought it would be fun to share a birthday with him. Esmeralda Juarez turned 25 on the first. {{more}}

Jeorge Luis was a planned c-section delivery, and Ms. Juarez had asked if it would be possible to schedule the delivery on New Year’s Day. But planned surgical procedures aren’t scheduled on holidays.

It was a surprise then when her baby boy – boasting a gorgeous, silky explosion of dark hair – still ended up being the first born at ETMC Athens in 2009. It was also a blessing, because along with the first delivery comes a basket full of goodies for Mom and baby, courtesy of the hospital.

“Thank you very much. I needed these things,” said Ms. Juarez through an interpreter. “It’s a blessing.”

Ms. Juarez lives in Athens with Jeorge Luis’ father and her firstborn son, 3-year-old Jeffry. She said she is content and her baby’s arrival indicates, “it’s going to be a better year.”

Among the items contained in the gift basket from ETMC Athens are:
– bottles and nipples;
– pacifiers;
– diapers and wipes;
– a musical toy;
– blankets;
– onesies and socks;
– lotion and bath items;
– various baby-care items;
– a car mirror;
– chocolates and bath & body items for Mom;
– a photo album; and
– a gift certificate to the Olive Garden restaurant.