Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Vernon W. Rosson, 84, of Kerens, died Feb. 27, 2009, in Kerens. He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Glen Dale, Ariz., to the late Ferman Rosson and Ola Mae Quick.
Mr. Rosson was in construction and was married to Jean Rosson for 49 years.
He was preceded in death by daughters, Sally Rosson, Grace Eldridge, Rachel Rosson; sister, Tommie Martin; brother, Jim Rosson.
Survivors include daughter, Dana and Cliff Miller of Malakoff; son, Bill and Dixie Akerly of Alabama; brothers, Frank Rosson of Arizona, Carl Rosson of Arizona; sister, Betty Rosson of Arizona; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Thomas S. Johnson, 81, of Mabank, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Kemp.
He was born Sept. 19, 1927, in Geneva, Ohio, son of the late Fred and Helen Johnson. He was a member of Beacon Church of Christ and was retired as a lineman for TXU Electric.
Surviving are his wife, Eugenia Johnson and sons, Scott and wife, Gayle Johnson, Jeffery and wife Deborah Johnson; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Helen Johnson; son, Jason Johnson.
Services were held at Beacon Church of Christ Gun Barrel City, Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Ken Maddox officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home Seven Points.


Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Services for Wilma Mae Howell, 86, of Payne Springs, were held 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Forney.
Mrs. Howell died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Athens. She was born Nov. 15, 1922. She was a realtor.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Jean Gates of Payne Springs, Melanie Johnson of Georgia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Memorial services for Kathy Flores, 44, were held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, in the Neptune Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Flores died Monday, March 2, 2009, at a local care facility.
Survivors include parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Morris Sr.; children, Matthew and Samantha Flores; and brother, James Flores Jr.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

I listened to the debate on the Economic Stimulus Bill. There was no consensus on the bill because there was no consensus on what the bill was supposed to accomplish. Almost every Senator had a pet project that would act as a stimulus and create an untold number of jobs.
“Why don’t the committees sit down at a table, isolate the problems and think about how to solve them?” I thought. Then I remembered.
I was a member of The Undergraduate Committee for several years. One of the responsibilities of this committee was to select the text books for the mathematics courses.
A calculus text comes out in a new edition every three or four years. (A practice that keeps students from being able to sell their books or buy used ones.) Most schools just go ahead and use the next edition because choosing a new text is a no-win job and a lot of work.
When I began university my calculus text was about the size and weight of a Rex Stout mystery novel. Year by year calculus texts grew thicker and heavier until they are now over 1000 pages and suitable for weight training.
This means that they are physically harder to use. I couldn’t carry my copy and so I cut it into two sections and made covers out of cardboard.
Since they have been stuffed with more topics than God could cover in three semesters, you jump around and lose continuity.
I could go on forever listing the faults of calculus books but of course I haven’t seen every calculus book.
We all get five or six calculus books to look at and rank. I didn’t see how to rank them; they were all equally bad.
I made a suggestion. “Why don’t we first decide what we want the students to learn in the calculus sequence and then try to find the book that best satisfies that want. Then we’ll have a way to judge the books.”
The idea was considered but cast aside after a few minutes of discussing what we wanted to put in the calculus sequence. Everybody had their pet topic: determinants, Descartes’ Rule of Signs, conic sections, epsilons and deltas – introduction to matrices, introduction to probability, introduction to number theory, introduction to graph theory. Everybody wanted to introduce their pet topic regardless of the absence of any value to the student. Nobody wanted to leave out their favorite topic.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy thinking, “Let’s build a stairway to nowhere and add a new step every day.”

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

I decided to give you something a little different today. Please read it all and I am sure you will like it. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis.
I’ve learned

Mar

01

Posted by : admin | On : March 1, 2009


By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, February 28, 1947

Athens, Texas

Feb

27

Posted by : admin | On : February 27, 2009

The Malakoff Tigers season came to an end in Fairfield Friday night with a 51-41 loss to the Troy Trojans in the Area round of the playoffs.

Feb

27

Posted by : admin | On : February 27, 2009


Services for Phyllis Ramsey, 73, of Malakoff, were held 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Trinity Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Bolton and Bro. Floyd Loven officiating. Interment followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.
Mrs. Ramsey died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in Athens. She was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Dallas to the late Paul Huffman and Flora Dell Arnold. She was a housewife and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Raymond Ramsey; son-in-law, Quincy Hutchison.
Survivors include sons, Samuel and Jenny Ramsey of Trinidad, Raymond Jr. and Debbie Ramsey of Malakoff, David and Patty Ramsey of Payne Springs, William and Lynda Ramsey of Trinidad; daughter, Susan Hutchison of Malakoff; sister, Paula Mullican of Malakoff; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Danny Ramsey, Scott Ramsey, Kellan Ramsey, Jonathan Hutchison, Rusty Hutchison, Johnny Valdez, Shannon Ramsey, Jeff Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Colman Jr., Bob Boone, Stephen Alvarado, Joe Mosier, Mike Colman, James Ritz.

Feb

27

Posted by : admin | On : February 27, 2009


Guy N. Johnson Jr., 75, of Trinidad, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in Dallas. He was born July 30, 1933, in Miller Grove, Texas, son of the late Guy N. and Connie Johnson. He was retired from Dallas Parks and Recreation after 33 years of service. He also served as treasurer for the Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club.
Surviving are daughters, Mary and husband, Robert Potter, of Frisco, Texas, Laurie and husband, Jordan Dunlap, of Crandall; grandchildren, Stephanie, Christina and William Potter, Jared and Jordan Dunlap; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Guy and Connie Johnson; wife, Laura Gene Johnson; brothers, Thomas S., Charles H., and Robert Lewis Johnson.
Services were held at Tomlinson Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Interment followed at Miller Grove Cemetery.