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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 3, 2008


By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, October 3, 1958

Miss Rita Kay Johnston, bride-elect of James Lee Abee, was the honoree for a miscellaneous shower on Monday evening at the First Baptist Church Educational Building.

Hostesses for the occasion were: Mmes. A. J. Airington , Leon Yates, Bob McElroy, H. J. Lohman, Lee Williams, W. C. Fleming, Jr., Randall Stroud, Leland Williams, Sammy Johnston, Meryl Bradley, W. E. McElroy, Bama Daniels, Cora Cherry, John French, and Otis Stanfield.

The tea table was laid with a white Madeira cut work cloth, centered with a bouquet of pink althea and coral vine. Refreshments of lime punch and cake squares topped with pink rosebuds were served to some fifty guests who registered. Misses Ann Bradshaw, Betty Jane French, Gail Stanfield, and Anna Beth Maynard presided at the table and at the bride

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

I lived fairly close to my maternal grandparents until I was 17; either I lived close to them or they lived close to us. And now I wish I had talked more to them about the

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

Thanks to my

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008


Services for Bobby L. Simon, 78, of Malakoff were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Faith Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Norris officiating. Interment followed at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Mr. Simon died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in Malakoff. He was born May 18, 1930, in Whitney, Texas.
Previously of Balch Springs, Mr. Simon had resided in Malakoff since 1973 and was a member of the Faith Community Baptist Church in Payne Springs. Mr. Simon retired from Budget Rent-A-Truck in 1992.
He was preceded in death by son, Michael Simon.
Survivors include wife, Lavoys Simon of Malakoff; son, Larry Simon of Malakoff; daughter, Linda Kingston of Malakoff; brother, Charles Ray Gary of Big Cabin, Okla.; sisters, Mary Hanna of Mesquite, Gwendolyn Eubank of Whitney, Dot Carr of Mesquite; grandchildren, Robert Michael Simon, Erik Simon, Gena Dry, Karen Kingston, Lindsey Short and Billy Shane Simon; four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Ayers, Josh Ayers, Randall Ayers, Kevin Hanna, Don Brown, and James Short.

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008


Services for Chelsea

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008


Graveside services for Bobby David Mayo, 61, of Kemp were held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley officiating and under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Mr. Mayo died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, in Kaufman. He was born April 11, 1947, in Dallas. Previously of Mesquite, Mr. Mayo had resided in Kemp for the past 10 years and was a member of the Central Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include wife of 39 years, Debra Mayo of Kemp; son, Jonathan Mayo of Kemp; mother, Lille Gage of Mabank; brothers, Ronnie Mayo and wife Yvonne of Mesquite, Terry Mayo and wife Debra of Tool; sisters, Shelia Mayo of Mabank, Angie Hawkins and husband Frances of Kaufman, Sandra Mayo of Maryville, Ind.; numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008


Services for Edward Parker Cason Jr., 76, of Haltom City, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Harris Methodist Hospital HEB. He was born March 23, 1932, in Malakoff to the late Edward Parker Cason and Della Carnelia Donaldson.
He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.
Survivors are the family of Edward P. Cason Jr.

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

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Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

The beat goes on for The Pride of Malakoff Band.

Last year, the Malakoff High School band had tremendous success, earning a Sweepstakes Award for receiving 1st division ratings in UIL Marching competition, UIL Concert performance and UIL Sight Reading performance. Malakoff was the only school in Class 1A or 2A to win the Sweepstakes Award in Region III last year.

“Last year was very exciting around here and we expect nothing less this year,” said band director Mark Eastin.

The drive to defend their accomplishments begins this month with band members scheduled to compete in three marching festivals before heading to the UIL Marching competition in Mesquite on Oct. 22. {{more}}

“One thing we had on our side last year was the element of surprise. No one really knew what to expect with it being my first full year here, or how the kids would respond, but we definitely turned a lot of heads and had a lot of success very quickly,” Eastin said. “This year though, we will be expected to be one of the better bands wherever we go so there is always a little bit of pressure to make sure you live up to your past accomplishments. So in a way, this year will be a bigger challenge for us, making sure we do what is necessary to build on last year and not allowing ourselves to be satisfied with what we have done but always looking to be better.”

In addition to the UIL competition, The Pride of Malakoff Band will be performing:

- Oct. 4 at the Mesquite Marching Festival

- Oct. 11 at the Cedar Creek Marching Festival in Mabank

- Oct. 18 at the HEB Marching Invitational in Hurst
This year, the band will be performing a show called “The Cosmos.” It is an original marching show composition written by John Meehan of California and includes movements titled “Big Bang,” “The Universe,” “Ave Maria” and “Big Crunch.”

“The show is a little more challenging this year,” Eastin said, “especially the drill. You won’t see many bands our size doing some of the things we do in our drill.”

Eastin said the band’s drill designer, Tate Fincher of Lake Highlands High School, helps make the band look bigger than it actually is. The show also includes more opportunities to feature individual students with solos, including a clarinet solo on the field using a wireless microphone system.

“We sometimes refer to ourselves as the small band that doesn’t think of itself as small and incorporate many things seen in the 4A and 5A bands,” Eastin said.
The band has already gotten off to a fast start this year with individual awards.

Senior Heather Woodall earned second chair trumpet in the Region III All-Region Jazz Band recently and will be participating in the All-Region Jazz clinic and concert at Ford High School Nov. 10-11. This is the second year Woodall has been selected to participate in the All-Region Jazz Band, the only student from a Class 2A school to earn that honor.

And Eastin has been nominated to be the state’s Class 2A representative to the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) executive board. As a state representative, Eastin will be the spokesman for all Class 2A high school band directors during executive board sessions.

The ATSSB executive board sets policies on state performance and judging standards as well as oversees the audition process for All-Region and All-State bands throughout the state.

“It is a great honor to be nominated for this state level position and an opportunity for me to give back to other directors throughout the entire state as well as to the Association of Texas Small School Bands,” said Eastin.

Oct

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

Monday, Oct. 5, begins National Fire Prevention Week and members of the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department will be out spreading the fire prevention message, just like they do every year.

“While the number of home fires is daunting, the good news is that many are easily preventable when residents take simple steps to increase their safety from fire,” said MVFD Chief Kirk Kebodeaux. “Whether it’s smoking outside the home, keeping space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, or staying in the kitchen when you are using the stovetop, there are easy things you can do to keep your home and family safe from fire.”

But every year there are still fires that have to be fought and medical emergencies to respond to, and that’s where the MVFD comes in. {{more}}

“Last year we responded to more than 250 calls for assistance,” said Kebodeaux. “We are considered ‘first responders,’ which means we get called to medical calls and accidents.”

Currently, the MVFD has just 19 active members.

“We could use some more able-bodied people,” Kebodeaux said.
To become a member of the MVFD, applicants need to be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and take in-house and outside training. Kebodeaux said now is a great time to join because the Henderson County Fire Chief’s Association is offering a beginners course Saturday, Oct. 25.

“Volunteer firemen are involved with the community, and it is personally very rewarding,” said Kebodeaux.

Anyone wishing to become a member of the MVFD is invited to visit one of their meetings, which are held the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire station at the corner of Highway 198 and Star Harbor Road.

In the meantime, MVFD members will continue with their prevention efforts. Department members will visit KidsFirst Day Care on Oct. 8 and the Malakoff Elementary School Oct. 9, with Fire Marshal Garris Strange taking the lead.
Fire officials remind readers of the following safety tips:

- Cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the stove.

- Heating: Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.

- Electrical: Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords; use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.

- Smoking: If you smoke, smoke outside; wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays.