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Thursday 02/22/2018
Rogers, Ollie Pearl
Posted: February 22, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Ollie Pearl Rogers, 95, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 23, 2018 at Buckner Westminster Place in Longview. She was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Cooper. She received her teaching degree from East Texas State Teachers College. In June of 1946, she married William Chester Rogers. 

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Wright, Ruby Nell Finch
Posted: February 22, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Ruby Nell Finch Wright passed away at her home in Kaufman on Feb. 18, 2018 surrounded by her family. Nell was born on June 30, 1948.

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Tuesday 02/20/2018
Repka, Robert Martin Sr.
Posted: February 20, 2018 - 3:53 pm

Longtime Kaufman resident and business owner Robert Martin Repka, Sr., 93, passed away on Feb. 16, 2018 in Dallas. He was born to Joseph Martin and Anna Repka on Jan. 24, 1925 in George West. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus over 75 years and was a very devout Catholic and a member St. John Catholic Church in Terrell. Robert moved to Terrell in 1964 from Three Rivers and was a blacksmith. Then he moved to Kaufman in 1965 and opened his own welding shop in 1968. He enjoyed to have his family, whom he loved very much, and friends over to tell stories and barbecue. Those who preceded him in death are his parents; his wife, Billie Jean; son, Burl Thad Repka; daughter, Martha Coker; three great-grandchildren, Justin Murray, Emma Davidson and Christian Lambright; and four brothers and five sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are daughters, Linda Towns and husband Wayne, Joan Martin and Lorna Gill; son, Robert Martin Repka, Jr., 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. The family held a rosary and visitation Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at St. John Catholic Church in Terrell with interment to follow at Kaufman Cemetery.

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Garrison, Joseph “Jody”
Posted: February 20, 2018 - 3:55 pm

Services for Joseph “Jody” Garrison were held Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Becker United Methodist Church in the Becker Community with Pastor David Sprattley officiating the service. Jody was born on July 12, 1945 in Sanoma, Calif. to parents Owen and Elsie (Cauthron) Garrison and entered into eternal rest on Feb. 16, 2018 at age 72. Jody graduated from Hinton High School in Hinton, Okla. in 1963. He went to the banking school in Oklahoma City and also attended Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. Jody worked as a teller at several banks before going to work at the Bureau of Prisons for 23 years and retiring as a business manager. During his career he received the Assistant Directors Award, among many others. He married his sweetheart, Glenda Hitt, on Aug. 20, 1966 in El Reno at the courthouse. Jody was a Godly man and the sweetest man that God ever made. He was a good father and the best grandfather, AKA “Popa.”.Jody was always very organized and dedicated, no matter what he was working on. He was a member of Becker United Methodist Church in Becker; Jody loved God, his church and the people in it. Jody always had a special love for the children and always made time to visit with them. He volunteered for 10 years at the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming; worked with the Boy Scouts, where he was a troop leader; he helped out with the little league baseball; and coached football. In his later years, he enjoyed being outdoors – fishing, golfing and camping. He was also a handyman and loved fixing things around the house. The best part of his time was spent with his family. He was a true family man and loved watching the grandkids play softball. Jody was an exceptional man, who was loved by all and he will be missed tremendously.

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Ibarra, Ines
Posted: February 20, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Ines Ibarra was born in Carrizo Springs on Jan. 21 1929 to Pedro and Gertrudes Ibarra. Ines passed away in Kaufman on Feb. 15, 2018. Ines married Maria Martinez in Carrizo Springs. Ines was a great father and a good hearted man. He lived most of his life in Kaufman. He loved walking around the community of Kaufman. He loved family gatherings and candy. Ines is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maria of Kaufman; sons, Raul Torres of Mexico, Juan Torres and wife Gregoria of Balch Springs, Hector Torres and wife Monica of Kaufman, Inez Ibarra Jr. and wife Cristina of Dallas, and Leonardo Ibarra and wife Billie of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Paulina Cruz of Terrell; brother, Luis Ibarra of Carrizo Springs; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-great grandchildren; 12 great-great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jorge Torres; parents, Pedro and Gertrudes Ibarra; brothers, Pedro Ibarra, Cleofas Ibarra and Ernesto Ibarra; and sisters, Gertrudes Gonzales, Antonia Rivera, Josefa Duran and Carmen Aguilar. Services for Ines were held on Feb. 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home. Internment followed in Kaufman Cemetery.

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Monday 02/12/2018
Hatcher, Donnie Marshall Sr.
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Donnie Marshall Hatcher, Sr. of Scurry went to be with the Lord on Feb. 11, 2018 in Kaufman. Donnie was born to Marshall Clarence and Letha Fayrene Hatcher on Jan. 16, 1940 in Scurry. Donnie was raised and lived all his life in Scurry. He worked as a master carpenter and spent time hunting and fishing. Donnie was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Most of all Donnie loved his family. On June 25, 1960 in Scurry, he married Betty Moore and they spent a wonderful 57 years together. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Earl Hatcher. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty; sons, Donnie Hatcher, Jr. and wife Karen of Scurry, Doyle Hatcher and wife Renie of Scurry, Stacy Hatcher and wife Vickie of Scurry and Daniel Hatcher and wife Shae of Scurry; grandchildren, Megan, Racheal, Marshall, Derian, Devin, Dawson, Zak and Katie; great grandchildren, Damien, Jaxon, Levi, Lucy and Trista; brother, Billy Hatcher; sister, Marsha Tuggle; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. The family will have services on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the chapel of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home at 2 p.m. and interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry. 

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Harmon, Daisy
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Daisy Harmon – Miss Daisy, of Gun Barrel City, was born in Davenport, Okla. on Jan. 8, 1931 to Tom Calvin Cook and Melvina Dee (Clarkson) Cook. After 87 years of life as an angel on earth, Jesus called her to her heavenly home on Feb. 2, 2018.

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Flores, David Sr.
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 5:01 pm

David Flores, Sr. of Kaufman passed away on Feb. 9, 2018 at his home. David was born to George and Rosa Flores on Sept. 2,1953. He was born in Calvert and raised in Scurry. His family later moved to Kaufman where he lived most of his life. David married Janie Rivera on Feb. 12, 1972 and spent a wonderful 46 years together. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman and he spent time fishing. Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Janie; son, David Flores, Jr. and wife Susan of Forney; daughters, Cynthia Ann Flores of Kaufman and Angela Flores of Kaufman; brothers, Willie Flores of Grand Saline, George Flores of Kaufman and Johnny Flores of El Paso; sisters, Lupe Moreno of Waxahachie, Margaret Payan of Grand Prairie and Cruz Sanchez of Terrell; and nine grandchildren who will miss him dearly. David’s family held a memorial service at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Tuesday 02/06/2018
Creal, Gregory Michael
Posted: February 06, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Gregory Michael Creal, 51, passed away peacefully after a hard-fought battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Greg was born on Nov. 20, 1966 in California, but grew up in Seagoville. In 1988 he married the love of his life, Tanya Adamson, and together they raised their three beautiful children, Ethan, LeaAnn and Brennan. Greg served the Kaufman community for many years as the pharmacist at Brookshire’s. Greg is survived by his wife and children; his loving parents, Martin and Nancy Ashley; and his siblings, Steve, Robert, Rita and Cyndi. He lived a full and happy life, and we are honored to celebrate the dash between the day he entered this world and the day he left it. We encourage you to do the same. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. The family celebrated Greg’s life on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Kaufman. The arrangements were made through Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Marek, Louise Miklis
Posted: February 06, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Louise Miklis Marek, 97, of Kaufman passed away in Kemp on Feb. 1, 2018. Louise was born to John and Frances Miklis on Jan. 6, 1921 in Kaufman. She spent her time in the kitchen and on the sewing machine. Louise was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for her entire life. She was also a member of the Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas and The Altar Society, and she would sew christening gowns and other things for the church. Loiuse married Albert Marek at St. Ann’s Church in Kaufman on Oct. 3, 1939 where they were in love for 73 years ‘til he preceded her to heaven in 2013. Others who have preceded her include her parents, five brothers and four sisters. Those left to cherish her memory are children, Albert David Marek and wife Margie of Coppell, Jerry Wayne Marek and wife Diana of Mesquite, and Carolyn Mikeal and husband O.D. of Kaufman; grandchildren, Oran Mikeal, Richard Mikeal, Lauren Ott, Peyton Marek, Marcy Boles and Melinda Marek; great-grandchildren, Brandon Mikeal, Blake Mikeal, Matthew Mikeal and Boden Boles; sister, Hattie deVlaming; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman and interment followed at Kaufman Cemetery. The arrangements were made under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Rough, Kody Lyn
Posted: February 06, 2018 - 3:27 pm

Kody Lyn Rough was born in Dallas on Jan. 27, 1995 to Kevin and Kari Rough.

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Tuesday 01/30/2018
Reece, Robert Paul
Posted: January 30, 2018 - 2:28 pm

America and the local community of Kaufman have lost one of its great ones. On the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2018, Robert Paul "Bob" Reece passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wonderful wife of 57 years, Jaunell Reece, right at his side where she always was.

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Tuesday 01/23/2018
Ransom, Robert Alan
Posted: January 23, 2018 - 4:34 pm

Robert Alan Ransom was born July 3, 1961 to the union of Joe C. and Jessie F. Ransom in Forney. He attended Forney High School. He was employed with the Terrell State Hospital for 30 years.

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Tidmore, Dorothy Ann
Posted: January 23, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Funeral services for Dorothy Ann Tidmore, 80, of Kaufman, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point. Interment will follow at College Mound Cemetery near Terrell.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Smith, Gregory Scott
Posted: January 17, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Gregory Scott “Giggy” Smith of Kaufman passed away on Dec. 30, 2017.

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Roberts, Jeanne Massey
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Funeral services for Jeanne Massey “Nana” Roberts, 91, of Tyler, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church in Kaufman with Bro. Robert L. Webb officiating. Burial will be in Kaufman City Cemetery.

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Ingram, Nita Trail
Posted: January 17, 2018 - 1:26 pm

Nita Trail Ingram passed from this life and into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Jan. 12, 2018 with her family by her side. Nita was born on July 17, 1944 to J.F. and Vera Trail in Terrell. She graduated from Kaufman High School in 1962 and attended Henderson County Junior College as a majorette. She went on to enjoy a life well lived. Nita worked side by side with her husband Jim for over 30 years running a transportation company. It is now run by her son and daughter which made her very proud. 

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Tidmore, Dorothy Ann
Posted: January 17, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Funeral services for Dorothy Ann Tidmore, 80, of Kaufman, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point. Interment will follow at College Mound Cemetery near Terrell.

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Tuesday 01/09/2018
Myers, Thomas Edward
Posted: January 09, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Thomas Edward Myers, beloved husband, father, peepaw, brother and uncle, died peacefully Dec. 9, 2017 at his home in Forney and went to be with our Lord. Tom was born in Safford, Ariz. to Russell Edward and Frances Marie Myers. In 1969 Tom moved to Dallas with his mother and youngest sister, Liz. In 1973 Tom married Vicki Sue Carter and they had two sons, Adam and Cody. He joined the Air Force in 1975 and was stationed in Michigan. Afterward, he moved to Mesquite and went to work for SBC/AT&T until his retirement in 2003. Vicki passed away in December 2002, and Tom later married Peggy Richardson in 2007. Over the years, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and attending church. Tom is survived by his wife, Peggy; sons, Adam Myers and wife Rebecca, Cody Myers and wife Victoria; Peggy's daughters, Jennifer, Heather and Danielle; grandchildren, C.J., Ben, Gage and Audrey; Victoria's children, Kayla and Tobias; sisters, Janet Morgan and husband Frank, Judy Freeman and husband Don, and Liz deWet and husband Leon; four nieces and nephews, Tony Freeman, Melinda Fithen, Jason Morgan and Kimberly Moore; five great nieces and nephews; aunt, Aretes Geer; and numerous cousins. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Kemp at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2018. A heartfelt thank you from the family goes to Vitas Hospice of Greenville for their support and loving care.

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Monday 01/08/2018
Medlin, Sherrill
Posted: January 08, 2018 - 10:10 am

Sherrill Medlin was born on June 25, 1937 and died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at age 80. She is survived by her daughters, Shannon Randall and husband Steve Randall, Melinda Gibson and husband Barry Gibson, and Kerrie Riggs and husband Tommy Riggs; grandchildren, Jamie Jenkins and husband Lyndon Jenkins, Anna Whitworth, Andrew Riggs, Luke Riggs, and Lydia Riggs; and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Easton Jenkins. She was preceded in death by husband, Jimmy Medlin, and her grandsons, Aaron and Brandt Wilks. Sherrill was born in Dike, Texas to Marguerite and Pluma Hamilton. In her younger years, she spent time living with her Aunt Nelcene and Uncle Eddie and their two sons, Terry and David. Later, her mother married Leroy White who became her much loved father. At the age of 18, she married Jimmy Medlin with whom she shared her life for 62 years until his passing six months ago. Early in her life she learned to sew. She is remembered by her daughters for her perseverance in working deep into the night to complete a dress. Sherrill and Jimmy designed and built many houses from Connecticut to Texas before finally settling in Kaufman where they bought and refurbished an old home on Houston Street. One of Sherrill’s passions was to grow flowers in her yard, and through the years, many have enjoyed the beauty that she provided for the community. Sherrill’s life was not measured by a list of degrees, employers, or well-known accomplishments. Instead, the heart of who she was is now rooted in the lives that she has so faithfully sown into. She used her life experiences to bring healing and comfort to all who came her way. Perhaps her most precious and noteworthy accomplishment would be her 30 years of dedicated care and unfailing love for her beloved Jimmy following his stroke. The seeds she has planted in each of us will surely grow and reproduce for many generations to come.

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Friday 01/05/2018
Benson, Helen Maybelle
Posted: January 05, 2018 - 2:14 pm

Helen Maybelle Benson went home to Heaven on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 to be with Our Lord and Savior. Helen was born in Kaufman on Sept. 24, 1918 to John and Olive (Felkner) Webb. She married Leonard Royce Benson on July 18, 1936. They raised three beautiful children together in Kaufman and were faithful members of the Ola Church of Christ. Helen worked at Fuller Uniform until she retired after 33 years of dedicated employment. She was a true Christian, full of faith, love and happiness and will be dearly missed by family, friends and her church and hometown communities. Helen was proceeded in death by her husband; three children, Royce, Peggy and Rick Benson; granddaughter, Debra Bone; ten siblings; and many other friends and family. Her life is celebrated and will go on through her loving daughters-in-law, Anita (Dickerson) Benson and Brenda (Northcutt) Benson; along with grandchildren, Jimmy Don and Rocky Hallum, Carol Ellisor, Scott Benson, Candi, Mandi, Tami and Stephanie Benson; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Holland, Thomas and Jenny
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 1:09 pm

In loving memory of our beloved children who were taken from us Dec. 21, 2017.

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Conine, Frances Betty
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Frances Betty Conine passed away Dec. 26, 2017 in Dallas at age 74. She was born March 7, 1943 to JB and Lillian Dawkins in Winters.

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Tuesday 12/26/2017
Wood, John Thomas
Posted: December 26, 2017 - 2:59 pm

John Thomas Wood earned his Angel Wings Dec. 16, 2017 with his family around him. 

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Weir, John Frank
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 10:33 am

John Frank Weir went to his Heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 17, 2017 with his devoted family by his side. John was born on July 21, 1938 in Ira to J.E. Weir Jr. and Mary Frank White Weir. His siblings are a brother, Billy J. Weir, and a sister, Mary Ann Roper. John spent most of his childhood years in Brady and graduated from Brady High School in 1957. He moved to O’Donnell after graduation where he met Sue Mahurin. They were married in Midland on June 2, 1961. John worked for TU Electric from 1959 to 1992. He and his family lived in Midland for 11 years and moved to Odessa, where he and his wife resided for almost 40 years. After his retirement from the electric company, he went to work for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa as an electrician from 1993 to 2013. John and Sue moved to Oak Grove in 2013 after his retirement from the school district. John and Sue are blessed to have precious neighbors on Palmer Lane in Oak Grove. They also praise and give thanks to their Lord for leading them to Calvary Baptist Church of Kaufman, where they became part of the church family. They love and appreciate its godly praying and compassionate members. John Weir is survived be his beloved wife of over 56 years, Sue Mahurin Weir; his four loving children, Cindy Renea Weir Nutter and husband Jimmy of Odessa, Johnny Bryan Weir and wife Debra of North Richland Hills, Kimberly Allyson Weir New and husband Diron of Odessa, and Brett Daren Weir and wife Jill of Austin; his precious grandchildren, Krysten New, Hunter Weir, Courtney Weir, Bryttan New, William John Ervin, Amber Weir and Dogan Jett Ervin. John Weir was a man of strong faith and he enjoyed reading and studying his Holy Bible. He was most humble and a man of integrity! John was a devoted husband, father and grampy. He loved spending time outdoors and traveling with his family. John was such an exceptionally skillful person. Over the years he mastered numerous tasks! John Weir is preceded in death by his father, J.E. Weir Jr.; mother, Mary Frank Slaughter; step-dad, J.H. Slaughter; and sister, Mary Ann Roper. Services were held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. and interment followed at Kaufman Cemetery.

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Voorhies, William M.
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 10:34 am

William Morris Voorhies, 71, of Kaufman passed away on Dec. 15, 2017 in Dallas. William was born to Morris and Ann Voorhies on Nov. 30, 1946 in Taylor. William graduated from Kaufman High and lived in Kaufman all his life. He received a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State and worked as a building designer. William married Paula in 1998 in Kaufman. He spent time working on his car, going to the lake and traveling. He enjoyed his time with his Lunch Club buddies, Barry Thompson, Larry Nelson, David Cluck, Mason Evans, Newt Trail and Ray Hall. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. His parents preceded him in death. Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Paula; son James Voorhies and wife Kelly of San Antonio; daughters, Julie Westmoreland and husband Keith of Forney and Joella Hutchinson and husband Ryan of Eustace; grandchildren, Katie Voorhies, Courtney Homer, Codie Homer, Garrison Ivey, Gracie Ivey, Cori Hutchinson and Cooper Hutchinson; great-grandchild William Grijalva; and sister, Peggy Voorhies, who will miss him dearly. Services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and interment followed at Wilson-Chapel Cemetery.

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Thursday 12/14/2017
McKenzie, Glyndia Sue
Posted: December 14, 2017 - 8:59 am

Glyndia Sue McKenzie was born to Marvin Odell and Willie Faye (Bruner) McKenzie on March 9, 1946 in Canton and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and best friends on Dec. 4, 2017. She moved to Kaufman as a child and was raised in Kaufman where she attended Kaufman schools and graduated with KHS Class of 1964. Sue married Stan Ballard Jr. on Aug. 14, 1971 and they have two sons, Matthew West Ballard and Dock McKenzie Ballard. Sue was a member of Poetry Baptist Church where her love for children and how each had a special way of learning led her to teach Sunday School classes for many years. She also taught kindergarten and first grade at Terrell Christian Academy and had so many students who benefitted from her amazing ability to make any subject fun and interesting. Sue also worked at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home, Foley’s and Poetry Water Supply. She is preceded in death by her parents, Odell and Willie Fay McKenzie; infant son, Timothy Scott; sister, Nelda Dodson; and brothers-in-law, Ronnye Johnson and Alton Dodson.

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Kimery, Betty Lou
Updated: December 18, 2017 - 10:08 am

Betty Lou Kimery, 77, of Scurry passed away on Dec. 10, 2017 in Kaufman. Betty was born to Carl and Willie Kimery on Sept. 13, 1940 in Cottonwood. Betty graduated from Scurry-Rosser High School as the valedictorian of her class. She went to St. Paul Nursing School and worked as a registered nurse throughout her life. She also assisted within the emergency room as well as taking care of family and friends as needed. Betty enjoyed reading, traveling and the outdoors. She lived life to its fullest. She was a member of the Cottonwood Baptist Church. Those who preceded her in death are her parents; son, Shawn W. Moore; and brother, Wayne Kimery. Those left to cherish her memory are sons, Lee Moore, Jr. and wife Michelle of Scurry, Kevin R. Moore and wife Nancy of Scurry and Brian Moore of Colorado; brother, Orville Kimery and wife Millie of Scurry; sisters, Linda Tijerina of Saginaw and Ruth Kennedy and husband Donnie of Houston; grandchildren, Heather Moore, Rachel Moore and Justin Moore, Joshuah Green and Melissa Avans; great-grandchildren Jayden Moore, Tre Moore, Aubree Moore, Lucas Gonzales and Jordan Gonzales, Meikayla Stidham, and Isabella and Adabelle Lindsey; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family who will miss her dearly.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
Mayfield, Dana Rae
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 11:37 am

Dana Rae (O’Steen) Mayfield, 55, of Kaufman passed away on Nov. 30, 2017. She was born in Wichita Falls on Sept. 24, 1962 to Danny and Sue O’Steen. Dana was a member of the Kaufman Lion band as well as a cheerleader and Lionette during her high school years. She married the love of her life, Stewart Mayfield, on April 24, 1981. Their only child, Lyndsey, was born on April 9, 1983. Stewart and Dana built their first home in the Lone Star community and concentrated on raising their daughter. Dana and Stewart moved into their current home on Rand Road in 2009 and worked to make it into their dream home. Dana worked for some time in the county auditor’s office and continued her career as deputy district clerk in the Kaufman County courthouse.

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Sipriano, Isabel
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 10:28 am

Services for Isabel Sipriano were held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. in Kaufman. Interment followed the service at Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola. Isabel was born on Nov. 19, 1921 in Santa Anna to parents Visente Sipriano and Teofila Floris and entered into eternal rest on Nov. 28, 2017 at age 96. Isabel was a seamstress most of her life. She loved sewing and quilting. Isabel was a great cook and she loved cooking for her family. She enjoyed being outdoors, working in her garden and growing beautiful flowers. Isabel was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Dallas. She was an amazing lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Monday 12/04/2017
Lambert, Valerie Lucius
Posted: December 04, 2017 - 2:42 pm

Valerie Lucius Lambert, 55, went home to Jesus on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

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Monday 11/27/2017
Morris, Bruce
Updated: November 27, 2017 - 2:02 pm

A celebration of the life of Bruce Morris, 72, of Athens will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at Athens First United Methodist Church with Rev Jason Smith and Bro. Grady Manning officiating.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Crandall Cemetery.   

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Hiser, James William
Posted: November 27, 2017 - 2:02 pm

James William Hiser went to be with our Lord and Savior on Nov. 24, 2017 in Kemp. He was born on Sept. 16, 1943 in Dallas to the late Albert Eugene and Evelyn Kindle Hiser. He graduated from W.W. Samuell High School, Dallas and served in the United States Army. James retired from the Dallas Independent School District Maintenance Division in August 2011 and loved fishing and hunting. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, of 29 years; daughters, Lisa Goodman (K.C), Amy Davis (Wes), and Robin Meade (Jimmy); brothers, Phil Hiser (Diane) and Danny Hiser (Dana); sister, Karla Fletcher (Mike); stepson, Michael Shea (Renata); stepdaughter, Jennifer Bazhaw (Charles); numerous grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. 

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Tuesday 11/21/2017
Fortner, Becky Ann
Posted: November 21, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Becky Ann Fortner passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 in Kaufman at age 55. She was born to James and Betty Scarbrough on July 21, 1962 in Greenville.

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Mosiman, Sandy
Posted: November 21, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Sandy Driggers Mosiman was born Jan. 3, 1947 to Sebron Leo and Margueritte Grice. She went peacefully to be with the Lord on Oct. 30, 2017 at her home on Lake Bistineau. She graduated from Fair Park High School in 1964. On Jan. 31, 1966 she gave birth to Toya Corrine Gaidry. She moved from Louisiana in 1968, living in several states before residing in Kaufman in 1973. She started working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1973 and retired in 2003. She moved back to Louisiana in 1986 to live on the lake.

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Thursday 11/16/2017
Smith, Ron
Updated: November 16, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Ron Smith of Crandall went home to Lord on Sept. 3, 2017. He was born in Kaufman on Nov. 8, 1957 to Walter and Estelle Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Sonnye Marie Smith and Rebekah Jonell Smith; and his brother, Weldon Smith.

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Thormahlen, Keller Don
Posted: November 16, 2017 - 8:48 am

Keller Don Thormahlen passed away on Nov. 13, 2017 in Tyler. He was born on Oct. 13, 1935 at home in rural Van Zandt County to Keller H. Thormahlen and Lois Marie Palmer Thormahlen.

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Monday 11/13/2017
Mott, James Dale
Posted: November 13, 2017 - 3:42 pm

James Dale Mott, 68, of Kaufman went to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2017 at home surrounded by family. James was born on June 11, 1949 to Elmer Lee and Mary Helen Mott in Lake Charles, La. James married Linda Susan Burns on Aug. 11, 1978 in Lake Charles. He left Lake Charles to go to college in Dallas. James spent time in the Air Force and was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran, wounded in combat. He worked for Penske Truck Leasing as a mechanic for a long time. He has lived in the Kaufman area for the last 30 years. James spent a little time fishing and tinkering with things from model airplanes to fixing everything around the house and cars. He was a longtime member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. What he loved the most was taking care of his grandkids. James was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 39 years, Linda Susan Mott of Kaufman; daughters, Mindy Burris and husband Kenneth of Forney, Jaime Luther of Kaufman and Sharon Mott of Kaufman; grandchildren, Landry Burris, Ryelee Burris, Caydee Luther, Douglass Mott and Damen Latimer; great-grandchild, Rayden Mott; sister, Brenda Leger of Lake Charles, La.; brothers, John Mott and wife Shermaine of Lake Charles, La. and Gerald Mott of Lake Charles, La., who will all miss him dearly. Services were held at the Kaufman Church of Christ on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Interment followed in Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home. 

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Tuesday 11/07/2017
Lawson, Myrna
Posted: November 07, 2017 - 3:48 pm

Myrna Lawson, lifetime resident of Terrell, passed away peacefully Oct. 30, 2017. Myrna was born June 25, 1941 in Terrell to Eugene D. and Blanche (Vick) Woodall, both of whom preceded her in death along with her brother-in-law, Raymond Lawrence.  She truly enjoyed playing and watching any sport, especially tennis and golf. Myrna was assistant manager at Lamar Bowling Lanes along with her active  membership in Terrell Tennis Association and Oak Grove Ladies Golf Association. She was known for constantly developing her athletic talents as well as building lifelong friendships with so many who were blessed to meet her. Myrna was also a member of First Baptist Church of Terrell and was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She could, and would, meet people of all walks of life and within minutes, find a common interest to talk about. Her most treasured memories are ones of time spent with family and her devotion for them will be a cherished legacy they each will take forward into future generations as proof and testimony of her unconditional love. 

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Thursday 11/02/2017
Lawson, Myrna
Posted: November 02, 2017 - 9:54 am

Myrna Lawson, lifetime resident of Terrell, passed away peacefully Oct. 30, 2017. Myrna was born June 25, 1941 in Terrell to Eugene D. and Blanche (Vick) Woodall, both of whom preceded her in death along with her brother-in-law, Raymond Lawrence.  She truly enjoyed playing and watching any sport, especially tennis and golf. Myrna was assistant manager at Lamar Bowling Lanes along with her active  membership in Terrell Tennis Association and Oak Grove Ladies Golf Association. She was known for constantly developing her athletic talents as well as building lifelong friendships with so many who were blessed to meet her. Myrna was also a member of First Baptist Church of Terrell and was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She could, and would, meet people of all walks of life and within minutes, find a common interest to talk about. Her most treasured memories are ones of time spent with family and her devotion for them will be a cherished legacy they each will take forward into future generations as proof and testimony of her unconditional love. 

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Lisenby, Robert Alan
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 11:23 am

Robert Alan Lisenby, 68, of Trinidad went to be with the Lord on Oct. 22, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Robert was born on Nov. 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, Cal. to Raymond S. Lisenby and Eleanor Duncan Lisenby. Robert went to high school in California where he was very athletic and competed in rings and pommel horse on the gymnastics team. He was also an avid surfer and always found ways to make it to the beach. After his days in California he moved to Oklahoma where he eventually met the love of his life, Theresa Rowlan. Bob and Teri married on Beaver Mountain in Oklahoma near Lake Eufaula on Jan. 21, 1982. The two moved back to California for a brief stay before finding their way to Mesquite in 1982 and then to Gray’s Prairie in 1985. Robert worked as a construction superintendent where he picked up the nickname “Bullet Bob.” Robert worked hard and enjoyed the tools of his trade at work and at home where he built the home their children grew up in. He spent time playing volleyball when he could. Robert was the president of the Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center and attended Kaufman County Cowboy Church. He loved his family with his whole heart. Robert was a devoted husband, father, friend and christian. Those who preceded him in death are his parents and his daughter, Codi Lisenby. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Teri; son, Jeremy Lisenby and wife Jessica; daughter, Heather Smith and husband Jason; grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Kylie Smith, Taylor Lisenby and Sara Lisenby; brother, Stephen Lisenby; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. The family has scheduled his services on Thursday, Oct. 26, starting with a visitation at 6 p.m. and then a funeral service at 7 p.m. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Spencer, Charles
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 11:26 am

 Charles “Chuck” Spencer passed away at his home on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 surrounded by his family. Chuck was born in Canton, Ohio May 12, 1942 to William “Baldy” and Helen Richards Spencer. After graduating from Glouster High School in 1960, Chuck and his cousin Harold Shonborn joined the United States Marine Corps on the buddy plan. In 1964, he met and married the love of his life, Linda Baker. Chuck left the military in 1965. He and Linda moved to Texas shortly thereafter, eventually making their home in Kaufman, where they raised their two daughters, Tamara and Deborah. In the mid-1980s Chuck retired from Plastics Manufacturing Company in Dallas and began a second career in law enforcement. Always a hard worker, Chuck balanced family, full-time employment, and farming a 2,500-tree peach orchard for many years. In 2002, following Linda’s death, Chuck retired from the City of Garland Police Department and returned to Ohio with his daughters and grandchildren. 

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Raymond, Bryce H.
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 11:25 am

Bryce Herman Raymond, Sr., 80, passed away Monday, Oct. 16 surrounded by his loving family. Bryce was born in Cedarvale to the late William Charles and Lorene Venita (Bardin) Raymond. He worked for Ed Bell Construction for many years prior to being self-employed. In addition to spending time with his family, Bryce’s favorite things in life were working in construction, reading Louis L’Amour westerns and eating pecans.  

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Rowan, Ricky Wayne
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 11:24 am

Services for Ricky Wayne Rowan, 61, of Eustace were held 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Clearview Bible Church in Canton with Bro. Steve Glosup, Bro. Larry Reneau and Bro. Hugh Roberts officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. 

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Scott, Don
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 11:21 am

Services for Don Scott were held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Bro. Russell Bryan officiating. Interment followed the service at Kemp Cemetery. Don was born on Feb. 15, 1926 in Scurry to parents Homer and Myrtle (Wilkerson) Scott and entered into eternal rest on Oct. 18, 2017 at age 91. Don worked as an inspector on the assembly line for Ford Motor Company and retired in 1970. He served on the Kemp Cemetery Association Board for a number of years and was a former county commissioner for Kaufman County. Don enjoyed raising horses and cattle. He loved traveling to the casinos and working in his yard. Don was a member of First Baptist Church in Kemp. He was an amazing man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 

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Monday 10/23/2017
Beavers, Fay K.
Posted: October 23, 2017 - 2:43 pm

Fay K. Beavers, 72, of Kemp passed away on Oct. 20, 2017. She was born in Dallas on Dec. 12, 1944 to Frank and Sally Lorean Kovar. Fay graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1962. She married the love of her life, Jimmy Beavers, on June 22, 1963. She resided in California with her husband while he served in the U.S. Navy. After the military service they moved back to Dallas and had their first child, a daughter, in November 1964. Their son was born a few years later in December 1967. After a few years their family moved to Terrell and then later made their permanent residence in Kemp. Fay worked many years in the fundraising business, traveling and coordinating fundraising events. She also worked as a sales associate at Risingers Country Store in Terrell. Fay was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Homer Kovar and Travis Kovar. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years, Jimmy of Kemp; son, Bryan Beavers and wife Monica of Kemp; daughter, Beth Phillips and husband Ricky of Trinidad; sister, Joy Marshall and husband Bud of Heath; brother, George Beavers and wife Mary Beavers of Winnsboro; grandchildren, Rusty Werneking and wife Jessica of Odessa, Shelbie Wright of Frisco, Hunter Davis of Kemp, Madison Brown of Kemp and Fisher Davis of Kemp; and numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends and extended family who will miss her dearly. The family held a visitation on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman. Her service was Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Kemp, with interment to follow at College Mound Cemetery.

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Monday 10/16/2017
Clements, Judy Ann
Updated: October 30, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Judy Ann Clements was born on May 21, 1945 in Kaufman to J.D. and Alfa Howell. Judy passed away at her home in the Ola Community on Oct. 11, 2017. Judy married Leonard Clements on June 10, 1970 in Canton. She worked for the Kaufman County Clerk’s Office for 20 years. Judy then retired from Dr. Embry’s doctor’s office as a receptionist after 20 years. Judy is survived by her brothers, Danny Howell and wife Landa of Kaufman and Jay Dean Howell of Ola; sister, Linda Hutchison of Cabot, Ark. and Debbie Charlton of Ola; brother-in-law, Virgil Sims of Kaufman; seven nieces and nephews; eight great nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Clements; parents, J.D. and Alfa Howell; sister, Becky Sims; nephew, Todd Charlton; and nephew, Chad Sims. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Services for Judy were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. Interment followed in Prairie Springs Cemetery in Ben Wheeler.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Reeder, Wilma
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 10:21 am

Wilma Reeder was born on July 21, 1941 and died on Sept. 8, 2017. She was born to Thomas and Ethel Franklin in Nacogdoches. Wilma was the owner of the Lively Day Care for many years. She loved to dance and loved her family farm with all the cows and dogs. She is survived by her husband, Mack Reeder of Kemp; sons, Steve Napier and wife Teri of Issaquah, Wash., Bryan Napier and wife Debbie of Garland and Paul Irby of Kemp; step-sons, Mike Cok and wife Sue of Kemp and Cory Reader of Terrell; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wilma will be missed by all of her family and friends. Arrangements were made under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Monday 10/02/2017
Kincaid, Sheilah
Posted: October 02, 2017 - 4:06 pm

Sheilah Kincaid, 66, of Kaufman, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Medical City-Dallas, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Kaufman, with Dr. Brent Gentzel officiating. Committal service was at 4 p.m. Monday in the Atoka Cemetery, Coleman County. Services were under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman and Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, Kaufman. 

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Burgess, V. Leon
Posted: October 02, 2017 - 4:07 pm

V. Leon Burgess passed away from this life on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Kaufman, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Grapevine on Aug. 21, 1931, Leon was 86 years old. He served in the Army in the 1950s and married the love of his life, Faye Burgess, in 1960. Faye and Leon were married for 53 years until her passing in 2013. He retired from Continental Airlines after working for them for many years in different parts of the U.S., followed by a second career with Tex Pack Express. Leon loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoors, and he loved traveling with his wife, Faye, and they both enjoyed going on cruises. Leon is preceded in death by his wife, Faye; four brothers; one sister; and great-grandson, Aidyn Jones. He is survived by his children, Mary Louise Vickers and husband Roy, David Branton and wife Carolyn, Paula Sharp and husband Mike, Debbie Graham, and Randy Burgess and wife Dianna; brother, Glen B. (Junior) Burgess; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many caregivers and friends to cherish his memory. Visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kaufman. The funeral service for Mr. Burgess will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 also at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with interment to immediately follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville.  Pallbearers are Billy Odell, Frankie Odell, Dave Branton, Toby Sharp, Shane Branton, Jason Jones, Ben Crouch, Matthew Branton, Josh Jones, Taylor Lewis, Chris Burgess, Logan Jones, Jordan Jones, Blake Branton and Ken Farley.

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