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Tuesday 10/02/2018
Webb, Frankie Merle
Updated: October 02, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Services for Frankie Merle Webb were held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Kaufman, with Rev. Robert Webb officiating. Graveside followed the service at Kaufman City Cemetery. Frankie was born on Nov. 20, 1926 in Kaufman to parents William Austin and Eula Dotsy (Countryman) Dunson and entered into eternal rest on Sept. 25, 2018 at age 91. Frankie had her first job working for J.W. Gent in his ice cream parlor and then went on to work on the family farm. She worked for NOWA as a weather watcher, with Harold Taft, for 30 years. Later in her life she worked for Anderson-Clayton Bros. in Kaufman for 10-plus years. Frankie was baptized in 1938 at Oak Grove Baptist Church by her uncle, Rev. D.C. Dunson. In 1950, she transferred her membership to First Baptist in Kaufman and then to Calvary Baptist in May 2007. Frankie was a member of Eastern Star and a Cub Scout leader. She loved garage sales and shopping, especially for jewelry. Frankie was an amazing lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Wade, James Earl
Posted: October 02, 2018 - 2:02 pm

James Earl Wade of Combine passed away at his home on Sept. 15, 2018. James was born on Dec. 14, 1938 in Seagoville. James married Frances Nan Caves on June 21, 1959 in Seagoville. James was a dedicated and loving father and husband. 

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Wednesday 09/19/2018
McDonald, Roy Craven
Posted: September 19, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Roy Craven McDonald “Big Mac” of Grays Prairie passed away on Sept. 16, 2018 at age 82. He was born in Grays Prairie to John Roy McDonald and Nora Edith Marie Craven McDonald.

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Love, Maurice
Posted: September 19, 2018 - 12:27 pm

Maurice Love, born Oct. 8, 1955, died Sept. 15, 2018. He is survived by three brothers, Terry, Robert and Rodney; three sisters, Net, Diane and Pat; wife and two sons, Tory and Maurice. Rest in peace, you truly will be missed.

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
Smith, Mary “Catherine” Ross
Posted: September 18, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Mary “Catherine” Ross Smith, 84, of Kaufman, was born July 23, 1934 in Johnston, S.C. to Thomas and Mary Ross. She went to be with her eternal family Sept. 6, 2018.

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Monday 09/17/2018
Wade, Frances Nan
Posted: September 17, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Frances Nan Wade was born on June 1, 1941 in Duncan, Okla. to Raymond and Jewel Caves. Frances passed away at her home in Combine on Sept. 11, 2018. Frances married James Earl Wade in Seagoville on June 21, 1959. Frances was a kind and loving person who was an avid animal lover. She loved barrel racing and being around horses. She cared for and loved her family very much. Frances is survived by her loving husband, James Earl Wade; sons, David "Skip" Wade and wife Jill, and Marty Wade; daughter, Jamie Jo Busby and husband Brandon; grandchildren, Kevin Wade, Eric Wade, Tyler Thompson, Cheyenne Busby, Dakota Busby, Aubrey Bieg and Alyson Bieg; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Buck and Aubren; and niece, Debbie Toon and husband Robert. Memorial services are being held Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Crandall at Central Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Services are under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, Kaufman.

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Gibbons, Angelena
Posted: September 17, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Angelena Gibbons, 84, of Kaufman passed away on Aug. 29, 2018 in Sunnyvale. Angelena was born on Aug. 15, 1934 in Dallas to John Garefalos and Vina Medford Garefalos. She married James Gibbons in April 1985 in Oklahoma. Those who preceded her in death are her first husband, William Carl Todd; daughter, Cheryl Elaine Oldlfield; and many of her siblings. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, James; son, Carl Duane Todd; daughters, Patti Townsend and Kasaundra Todd; step-children, Sandra Pratt, James Gibbons and Jeana Donaldson; brother, Jimmy Garefalos; sister, Elaine Garefalos; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Grace Christian Church. Angelena was a wonderful cook who baked the best cookies. She spent time in her garden and taking care of James and her home. She was a lab technician for many years. Angelena was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. A service for Angelena was held on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
Loe, Shawn Dale
Posted: September 12, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Shawn Dale Loe, 48 of Kaufman passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Shawn was born on March 5, 1970 in Dallas. Shawn is survived by mother, Selda Loe; sisters, Denan and Stacy (husbands Rick Simoni and Kevin Reid); and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Loe. 

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Tuesday 09/04/2018
Sanders-Whisman, Veronica "Denise"
Posted: September 04, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Veronica "Denise" Sanders-Whisman, 57, of Scurry passed away at home Sept. 1, 2018. Denise was born on July 27, 1961 to Johnnie and Ruby "Deloras" Sanders of Grapevine. She was raised in Irving and lived in Dallas a few years prior to marrying Samuel Whisman on May 31, 1993 in Dallas. They moved to Mesquite where they resided for eight years. They moved to Scurry with their two children. Denise worked for Allstate Insurance in Irving and enjoyed spending her time caring for her animals, sewing and knitting. She loved spending alone time with her Lord and Savior, and she cherished time spent with family. Denise was a beloved daughter, wife, mother and sister. Her mother, brother Tommy and his wife Nancy Sanders preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Samuel; son, Jacob and wife Chelsea Whisman of Ennis; daughter, Hayden Whisman of Scurry; sister, Monica and husband Klaus Liebel of Mesquite; brother, Billedean and wife Stacie Page of Arlington; sisters, Amy and husband Paul Leroux of Arvada, Colo. and Katie and husband Brian Wagoner of North Hollywood, Cal.; nieces and nephews, and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her immensely. Services were held on Sept. 7, 2018 at Grays Prairie Baptist Church, and the arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Paul, Sammy Joe
Posted: September 04, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Sammy Joe Paul, 87, of Kaufman passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 in Kaufman. Sammy was born to George and Alice Paul on Sept. 14, 1930 in Scurry. He was raised and lived in Kaufman County most his life. He began working for Star Brand Ranch when he was just a teenager. He joined the Army during the Korean conflict. When discharged he returned to Kaufman and Star Brand Ranch, where he was a faithful employee for over 50 years. After retirement, he enjoyed raising love birds and cockatiels and gardening. He was a member of the Seagoville Church of Christ. Those preceding him in death are his wife of over 50 years, Lafawn Paul; parents; sisters, Faye McCormick and Sue Sherbert; brothers, George Paul, Jr., Billy Paul and Edward Paul; and nephews, Ken McCormick and Billy Mack Paul. Those left to cherish his memory are his sister, Joyce Jones; brother-in-law, Joe Dorough and wife Kay; nephews, Hugh McCormick, Johnny Sherbert and wife Sharon, Gary Sherbert, Jack Sherbert, Steve Jones and George Paul; and nieces, Faye Rogers, Pat Jordan and Laura VanLoh and husband Dale. He loved being helpful and thought of others before himself. He will be missed by many people. The family wishes to thank Rosehaven Assisted Living and its staff for caring for him for the past few years. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, and interment followed at Kaufman Cemetery.

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Cox, Alice
Posted: September 04, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Alice Cox, 93, was called to her eternal resting place on Aug. 29, 2018. She was born on April 11, 1925 to William and Mary Bednar in Kemp. Alice was raised in the Kemp and Mabank area. She attended Scurry-Rosser schools. She married Joe Cox in February 1946 in Kaufman at the First United Methodist Church. Alice lived most of her life in Kaufman, working for the Kaufman School District in the cafeteria for 17 years. In 1977 she went to work for Presbyterian Hospital as the kitchen manager. Alice was a member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. She had many hobbies, a few being quilting and sewing. Alice is survived by her husband, Joe Cox; son, Larry Cox and wife Teresa of Kaufman; daughters, Sharon Vance and husband Johnny of Terrell and Sandra Hevener and husband Forrest of Kaufman; sister, Albina Johnson of Kaufman; grandchildren, Casey Vance, Julie Vance, Maurie Melton, Megan Cox, Meredith Mickelson, Madalyn Dominguez, Dustin Hevener, Justin Meyers and Alicia Bingham; great-grandchildren, Max, Charli Jo, Emma, Ava, Eleanor, Henry and Rylie; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. Service for Alice was held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 and interment followed at Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola.

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Friday 08/31/2018
Dorough, Gary Wren
Posted: August 31, 2018 - 9:27 am

Gary Wren Dorough, 51, passed away on Aug. 28, 2018 in Kaufman. He was born on Nov. 3, 1966 in Kaufman to Billy Jack and Jana Gail Dorough. Gary lived in Kaufman his entire life. He graduated in 1985 from Kaufman High School. He has worked as a surveyor for Statewide Title Company for the last 14 years. He did like to collect rocks, a hobby that got started from all the different place he was sent to survey. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory are sons, Chris Joseph Dorough of Kaufman and Cody Jack Dorough of Dallas; daughter, Micheala Dorough of Kemp; grandchildren, Skylar Dawn Dorough and Ryalen Nicole Dorough; brothers, Temple Melton Dorough and wife Sue Sherman of Forney and Billy Jack Dorough, Jr. and wife Cheryl Whitter of Burleson; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. A memorial gathering was held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Grisham, Bonnie Jean George Gist
Posted: August 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Bonnie Jean George Gist Grisham, formerly of Canyon, passed away on Aug. 8 in Amarillo.

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Monday 08/13/2018
Cunningham, Kiston Ann
Posted: August 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Kiston Ann Cunningham, 52, of Kaufman passed away on Aug. 6, 2018 at home with her family by her side. Kiston was born to Gary Allen Carpenter and Floy Ann Calhoun on July 22, 1966 in Dallas. Kiston has spent her whole life in Kaufman. On April 11, 1983 she married Allen Cunningham and they spent a wonderful 35 years in love with each other. Allen and Kiston had two kids whom Kiston stayed home and raised. She also took care of her cats and she loved playing bingo. Kiston was a beloved wife, mother and Nana. She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Allison Cunningham. Those left to cherish her memory are husband, Allen of Kaufman; son, Chad Allen Cunningham and wife Lacey of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter, Chelsie Rodriguez and husband Orlando of Kaufman; grandchildren, Landon Cunningham, Orlando Branson Rodriquez and Bailey Rodriguez; very close cousin, Stephanie McSpadden; other cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

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Grubbs, Sandra Jean
Posted: August 13, 2018 - 11:42 am

Sandra Jean Grubbs, 78, was born on May 24, 1940 in Scurry to Terrell and Dorothy Hale. She passed away on Aug. 6, 2018 in Dallas.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Kaufmann, Ronald Daniel
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 10:26 am

It is with great sadness that the family of Lt. Col. Ronald Daniel Kaufmann USAF, Retired announces his passing on Aug. 2, 2018 at age 84. He passed peacefully at his home in Kaufman with his loving wife, Penny, at his side. Ron is lovingly remembered by his sons, Ronald Jr. (Christine) and Jeffery (Diane); grandchildren, Kathryn, Emily and Kristyn; brother, Henry Jr.; sister, Louise; and extended family including step-sons, Jim Steen and Charlie Steen (Gina) and their children, Layne, Alexandra, Dillon and Bailey. He is preceded in death by his father, Henry; mother, Mildred; and sister, Betty.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
Sjerven, Joyce Yvonne
Posted: July 31, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Joyce Sjerven, 77, of Denton died July 24, 2018 surrounded by family. She was born on Sept. 24, 1940 to the late Charles and Irene Owens in Tyler, along with one brother, Pat Owens. She grew up among the Kinney Street Gang and attended school in Tyler through Tyler Junior College. In 1960, Joyce married the love of her life, Gary Sjerven, having first been introduced at the picture show. They lived in Tyler and Germany before settling down in Kaufman, where they worked side by side at Statewide Surveying. It was here that together they built lasting friendships and memories. One of her greatest accomplishments was raising her two children, Greg and Gina, followed by her grandchildren, Blake and Rylie, all of whom she loved beyond measure. She enjoyed decorating around the house, had a passion for politics and history, and loved attending church and bible study any chance she could. Following Gary’s death in 1999, Joyce moved to Robson Ranch, where she built amazing friendships through groups that included church, red hats, singles, travel, cards, progressive dinners, Elvis and Win Star, to name a few. Joyce was loyal, loving, protective, funny, intelligent and creative – all qualities that made her a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, Granna, aunt, mother-in-law and friend. She had a full and rich life and will be truly missed. Joyce is survived by son, Greg Sjerven and wife Michelle of Kaufman; daughter, Gina Hagenbuck and husband Steve of The Colony; and grandchildren, Rylie Horn of Dallas and Blake Sjerven and wife Alex of Dallas. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, with a reception to follow. Friends and family are welcome to help celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the St. Jude Foundation. 

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Monday 07/30/2018
Taylor, Harvey
Posted: July 30, 2018 - 4:21 pm

Harvey Taylor was born on Sept. 7, 1931 to John and Sarah Taylor Sr. of Kaufman. He passed away peacefully at his home in Gun Barrel City on July 27, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John (Sonnyboy) Taylor Jr., Issac (Ikey) Taylor and Edwin Pettitt and sister Marguerite Pettitt. He was survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Wanda Taylor; daughters, Rose Calhoun and her husband Bill of Sugarland, Barbara Taylor Farner of Coppell and Melinda Taylor of Rowlett; adopted daughters, Cheryl Duncan-Alford of Rowlett and Sue Scoggins of Dallas; beloved sister, Virgie Mangham and husband Don; sisters-in-law, Faye, Lea and Jean; brother-in-law, Marcus; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved. 

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Friday 07/27/2018
Shave, Robert Lynn
Posted: July 27, 2018 - 9:23 am

Robert Lynn Shave of Kaufman passed away July 7, 2018 at his home in Kaufman. Robert was born in Houston to Orville Shave and Lucille Ripps. He was raised in the Hill Country and Houston area. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After the service Robert moved to Richardson and then to Kaufman in 1986. He worked for the Dallas Morning News for 20 years and retired in July 2017. Robert was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kaufman where he was a member of the choir and also the United Methodist Men’s Breakfast. On March 18, 1972 in Houston, Robert married Joyce Martin. His parents and a daughter, Tracie Lewis, preceded Robert in death. Robert is survived by his wife, Joyce of Kaufman; daughter, Stacey Sayavongsa of Plano; grandchildren, Josie Lewis and Ellie Lewis; and a brother, Roger Metting of Austin. Memorial services were held Wednesday July 25 at the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman. Arrangements were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

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Tuesday 07/24/2018
Short, Jo
Posted: July 24, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Jo Short of Kaufman County passed away peacefully at her home on June 19, 2018. She was born in Paris, Texas on March 3, 1927. She had two sons, Terry Short of Kaufman and W. David Short of Vidor and his wife Anne. She had two grandchildren, David Short, Jr. and wife Dawn and Shelly Wallace and husband Keith. She had three great-grandkids, Logan, Lance and Grace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents and two brothers. In 1945 she married William (Bill) C. Short, who was in the Navy during World War Two at the time of their marriage. Upon his discharge they moved to Dallas to start their life together. In 1967 they moved to a small farm in Kaufman County. Jo attended secretarial school after she graduated from high school and upon completion worked for several businesses. Jo started volunteering at the Kaufman County Library. This volunteering turned into a part-time job and eventually progressed into a full-time position. She worked at the library until 2016 and retired and age 89. Jo loved books and was an avid reader, which made her work at the library very enjoyable. In lieu of flowers please make donation to the Kaufman County Library. Services were held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Mt. Olive Cemetery, and the arrangements were coordinated by Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Roberts, Jerry Leo
Posted: July 24, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Jerry Leo Roberts passed away unexpectedly while on vacation on Monday, July 16, 2018.    He was born in Paris, TX to his parents Leslie Leo Roberts and Wilma Uphurch Roberts on March 13, 1945.

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Monday 07/23/2018
Wooten, Wanneti Ruth
Posted: July 23, 2018 - 3:04 pm

Wanneti Ruth Wooten was born on Jan. 21, 1945 in Collinsville, and she passed away on July, 17, 2018 in Kaufman. She was born to Marvin Austin Booker and Norma Modell Adams Booker. She was married to Billy Gene Wooten, Sr. who preceded her in death, and they had a son, Bobby Lee Winchester. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Berniece Vale; brother Donald Booker; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends held a visitation on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. and there was a graveside service in Bogota at Cuthand Cemetery on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

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Cooper, George Mack
Posted: July 23, 2018 - 3:05 pm

George Mack Cooper, 81, of Kaufman went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2018 surrounded by his family. George was born on Feb. 17, 1937 to Clyde and Grace Cooper at home in Kaufman County. George grew up and lived in Kaufman all his life. He grew up on the farm and became a poultry farmer and feed store owner. George married Peggy Cates on Sept. 15, 1956 at the First Baptist Church in Kaufman and spent a wonderful 61 years together. George spent time trout fishing, traveling in an RV club with his wife, playing 42, gardening and watching old western movies. He was fun loving guy who enjoyed his time with his grandkids very much. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and has been a Mason for 50 years. George was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. Those who preceded him in death are his parents; son, Russell Wayne Cooper; and siblings, Charles Wilson Cooper, Donald Wayne Cooper, Nita Sue Cooper and Rebecca Estes. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Peggy; son, Ron Cooper and wife Wendy of Frisco; grandchildren, Christina Benedict and husband Matthew of Midlothian, Ryan Davis of Frisco, Jeremy Cooper of Littleton, Colo., Morgan Davis of Littleton, Colo., Lindsey Cooper of Scurry and Joseph Cooper of Scurry; great-grandchildren, Kandez Cooper, Blaze Reddoch, Kaden Cooper, Abbey Cooper, Chloe Benedict, Colin Davis, Liam Cooper, Claire Benedict, Keeley Davis, Caleb Cooper, Allie Rae Cooper, Caitlin Benedict and Paisley Cooper; sisters, Jenell McKinney and husband John of Kaufman and Patti Godwin of Kaufman; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.

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Tuesday 07/17/2018
Stigall, Joy Bird
Posted: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

Joy Bird Stigall of Evans, Ga. entered in to rest on April 1, 2018. The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Michael Hull celebrant. Interment will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett on July 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219. Mrs. Stigall is preceded in death by her father and mother, T.J. and Margaret Bird, and sister, Alice Bird Terrill. Survivors include three daughters, Teresa (Johnny) Crawley of Appling, Ga., Danette (Bryant) Steward of Terrell and Christi (Wayne) Pace of Evans, Ga.; brother, Gary Bird of Corinth; sister, Judy Bird of Martinez, Ga.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

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Monday 07/16/2018
Calder, Jerry Fred
Posted: July 16, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Funeral services for Jerry Fred Calder, 77, of Scurry, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. Visitation was to be held one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow at Creagleville Cemetery.

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Freeman, Andrew Oliver Jr. (A.O.)
Posted: July 16, 2018 - 8:59 am

Andrew Oliver Freeman, Jr. (A.O.) was born on Oct. 8, 1926 in Ben Franklin to Andrew Oliver (Sr.) and Ollie B. Freeman. He passed away in Sunnyvale on July 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla; his parents; and five siblings, Odell, Opal Ray, Otha Francis, Orene and Oneta.
A.O. graduated from Cooper High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served his country from 1944-46 as a fireman first class and motor machinist mate. In January 1945, he married Priscilla Dean Williams of Dallas. They had three children, David, Linda and Charlotte. The family lived in Dallas until moving to Kaufman in 1962. A.O. was a brick mason by trade in the Dallas area. He bought and operated the Kaufman Feed Store for over 30 years, where a hot cup of coffee and conversation was always available. He was very involved in the Beefmaster cattle organization, breeding and raising polled Beefmaster cattle for decades. After selling the feed store, A.O. could be found on his tractor cutting hay or tending his cows. A.O. and Priscilla were very active in Colonial Baptist Church in Dallas and First Baptist Church in Kaufman. He was an active deacon for many years in both churches. “Granddaddy” loved his seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He enjoyed all family holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. A.O. also spent many hours watching and cheering for his beloved Dallas Cowboys, before dozing off in his chair. He was a generous and loving grandfather who was cherished by his entire family and loved by his many friends in the Kaufman and Canton communities. We will all miss him dearly. Those left to cherish his memory are son, David Freeman and wife Sandy; daughters, Linda Perrin and husband Ed and Charlotte Chaney and husband Steve; grandchildren, Marisa Olivarez and husband Mark, Bret Freeman and wife Kelly, Melanie Perez, Michael Chaney and wife Candy, Allison Chaney, Abbie Sawtelle and husband James, and Patterson Perrin and wife Hanna; great-grandchildren, Blake Freeman and his fiance Jessica, Joshua, Jacob and Luke Freeman, Nathan Olivarez and wife Sarah, Natalee Altom and husband Gil, Namon Olivarez, Ashlee and Alexis Perez and coming soon, great-grandson Henry Patterson Perrin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Calvary Baptist Church on Monday, July 16, 2018, and interment followed at Kaufman Cemetery. Arrangements were coordinated under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
Tarpley, Frances Louise Stevens
Posted: July 10, 2018 - 1:05 pm

After 99 years on this earth, Frances Louise Stevens Tarpley of Kaufman passed away on July 1, 2018 in her home with her loving caregivers by her side. 

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Morris, Edna Mae Anderson
Posted: July 10, 2018 - 1:03 pm

Edna Mae Anderson Morris, 89, passed away peacefully in her family residence and birthplace in Peeltown on Monday, July 2, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sons. Edna will be forever remembered by her precious children, John, Kenny, Mary (Aaron), Kenneth, Marie and Sarah, her 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, extended family and dear friends.

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Monday 07/09/2018
Murrey, Paul David
Posted: July 09, 2018 - 9:10 am

Paul David Murrey, 76, of Kaufman went to his heavenly home on July 7, 2018. Paul David was born to Eland Paul and Francis Addie Mae Murrey on April 2, 1942 in Dallas where they lived until moving to Wills Point and then to Kaufman. In 1952 his dad purchased the Ford dealership. 

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Tuesday 06/26/2018
Sandlin, Patty Jean
Posted: June 26, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Patty Jean Sandlin, 78, of Scurry passed away on June 19, 2018 at home in Scurry.

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McIntyre, Robert Wayne
Updated: June 26, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Robert Wayne McIntyre of Cedar Park passed away on June 13, 2018 at age 72. He was born and raised in Kaufman. He was a construction manager, contractor and superintendent for 43 years.

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
Smith, Karen Ann
Updated: June 19, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Karen Ann Smith went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 29, 2018. She fought a long and arduous struggle with breast cancer, but her faith in God’s mercy and His plan for her never wavered. Karen was a very loyal and loving person to all. She saw only the goodness in others. She poured her infinite kindness and devotion into caring for her multiple rescue animals. Karen was particularly passionate about the rehabilitation of Samoyed dogs. Another great love in Karen’s life was the Dallas Cowboys. She thoroughly enjoyed cheering on her favorite team to victory. She was the loving daughter of the late Sam J. and Esther Marie Smith. Karen was predeceased by her brother, Ben, and sister, Gloria. Karen leaves behind two brothers, John and Tommy. She has two nieces and two nephews as well as their extended families. Karen additionally left behind her dear friend, Margay “Missy” Jordan. The family wishes to sincerely thank Missy for the tremendous support and comfort she gave Karen. Karen will be dearly missed by her friends and family, who find comfort in the knowledge that she is now at peace in Heaven.

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Brimer, Clyde William Sr.
Posted: June 19, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Clyde William Brimer Sr. passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Dallas at age 82. He was born to Claude & Ivy (Lee) Brimer in Emory.

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Monday 06/18/2018
Lewis, Gary Wayne
Posted: June 18, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Gary Wayne Lewis, 66, of Kaufman passed away in the early morning of Friday June 8, 2018. He was born to James Eugene Lewis and Ruth Marie (Stevens) Lewis on June 20, 1951 in Sunbury, Penn. Gary was active in the Boy Scouts throughout his childhood, earning his Eagle Scout rank on March 4, 1966. He attended Sunbury schools and graduated from Shikellamy High School in 1969. He married Thelma Jean Mallow on Aug. 6, 1970 in Greenville. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in the municipal water industry and worked at the Sunbury Water Co., which is now named after his father and is known as the "James Lewis Water Treatment Plant." He retired in 2016 from the City of Dallas Water Utilities department after 33 years to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time professional grandfather and catch up on Judge Judy and Dr. Phil. Gary loved spending time with family, friends and all his puppies and grand-puppies, doing puzzles, fishing, hunting and anything related to the water. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Thelma Lewis of Kaufman; mother-in-law, Ann Mallow of Wills Point; daughter, Angie Lewis Snorgrass and fiancé Billy Gilliam of Kaufman; son, Joe and wife Stephanie Lewis of Wylie; grandchildren, Emily and husband Thomas Barron of Kaufman, Katie Snorgrass and fiancé Zack Hammer of Canton and his favorite twins Matthew and Andrew Lewis of Wylie; great-grandson, Caden Barron of Kaufman; sister, Diana Woomer; niece, Melissa Woomer-Weaver of Sunbury, Pa.; nephews, Brian Woomer and Brad and Sandy Woomer of Sunbury; cousins, Debbie Rebuck, Cindy Shroyer, BM Stevens and Leslie Yetter; and more beloved family in Pennsylvania. He was an extraordinarily loving son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. An informal celebration of Gary's life will be held at Victory Church 7325 TX-34 in Scurry on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that monetary donations be made in his name to Victory Church in Kaufman, The American Heart Association or the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas.

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Bracken, Kenneth "Larry"
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Services for Kenneth "Larry" Bracken will be held on his birthday at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25 at Grace Christian Church, 504 South Houston Street, with Dr. Philip Chacko officiating. Larry passed away on Friday, June 15. He entered this world on June 25, 1931 in Wichita Falls, born to Harold and Pauline Bracken. On Sept. 1, 2006 Larry and Arlyss married in Las Vegas. Larry proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and was based in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He loved California so much that he stayed in California and got into the acting business. While there he became personal friends with many upcoming Hollywood stars including Liberace and his roommate Dennis Hopper. Larry was the master of ceremonies for Liberace. Larry was in the real estate business for more than 50 years in California and Texas. Larry and Arlyss moved to the Post Oak Bend community in 2006 and cherished the many friends they met in the Kaufman area. He fell in love with Kaufman and the people who live here and throughout the years and made many friends. He was an avid golfer and played many of the courses around the Kaufman and Dallas areas. He was a member of Grace Christian Church of Kaufman. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Arlyss Bracken; son, Matthew Bracken and wife Anda; daughters, Angela Keller and husband Stacy, and Stephanie Couch; brothers, Gene Bracken and wife Maryann and Michael Bracken and wife Kay; sisters, Carol Cupit and husband Bill and Janice Pascuzzi and husband Gene; grandchildren, Axel, Alex, Dakoda, Autumn, Jennifer, Lane and numerous other grandchildren.

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Hevron,Wanda Read
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Wanda Read Hevron, 95, of Kaufman passed away on June 15, 2018. Wanda was born on Feb. 12, 1923 to Lawrence and Nell Read in Dallas. She was raised in Dallas and lived in the Irving area from 1951-2011 when she moved to Kaufman. Wanda was the vice president of J.W. Davis company where she worked for 42 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Irving since 1951. She traveled with friends throughout the US and around the world. She would spend her time reading, working puzzles and learning. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, James David Hevron. Those left to cherish her memory are children, Michael Hevron of Irving, Kenric Hevron of Coppell Lance Hevron of Duncanville, Pamela Seeley of Scurry and Tracy Collins of Scurry; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. Services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and interment followed at Restland Memorial Park.

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Tuesday 06/12/2018
Underwood, Chuck
Posted: June 12, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Chuck Underwood went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 10, 2018. He was born Aug. 31, 1954 to Charles H. Underwood Sr. and Margie Vails Deardorff in Fort Benning Ga. He spent his younger years living in California at his family's vineyards. His teen years were spent in Idaho where he developed a deep love for fishing, hunting and the outdoors. In 1974 he met and married the love of his life, Teena Underwood. He is proceeded in death by his son, Shawn Houston Underwood. He leaves behind his wife, Teena Underwood; daughters, Angela Fuller and Autumn Underwood; four granddaughters, Megan Fuller, Erin Fuller, Courtnie Fuller and Autumn Underwood; and two sisters, Ruth Ann Paul and husband Gary Paul, and Patsey Knapp, along with numerous nieces and nephews and loving dog, Clowy Underwood.

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Monday 06/11/2018
Chapman, Dell Mangham
Posted: June 11, 2018 - 4:41 pm

Services for Dell Mangham Chapman, 92, of Tyler are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the chapel of Lloyd James Funeral Home with Matthew Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 7301 CR 273, Terrell, TX, 75160.

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Tuesday 05/29/2018
Raymond, Donald Ray
Posted: May 29, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Services for Donald Ray Raymond, 71, of Cayuga were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Cayuga Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Cotton officiating. Burial followed in Judson Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

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Fortner, Linda Sue
Posted: May 29, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Linda Sue Fortner passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Kaufman at age 67. She was born to L.C. and Annie McGee in Dallas.

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Tuesday 05/22/2018
Hill, Nancy Lynn
Posted: May 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Nancy Lynn Hill, 66, of College Station died unexpectedly at Herman Memorial Hospital, Houston on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Nancy was born Oct. 28, 1952. She was the only child of Verl Rosetta (Tyler) and William Edward "Preacher" Hill. Both parents preceded her in death.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Wilson, Jimmie Alan
Posted: May 16, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Jimmie Alan Wilson was born Feb. 10, 1932, the youngest of six children born to Jessie Cooper Wilson and Janie Louisa Scarborough. He grew up in the valley and attended Lyford High School where he was the valedictorian, president of the senior class and editor of the high school annual. He participated in tennis singles at the district level and won the best actor award in the state level one-act play competition. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and did additional work at the UT School of Business Administration. At UT he was a member of the Men’s Independent Campus Association, the UT Men’s Glee Club, president of Twin Pines Cooperative Housing Association and a University Singer.

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Tuesday 05/08/2018
Hellums, Peggy Ann
Posted: May 08, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Peggy Ann Hellums, 80, of Scurry went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2018. Peggy was born on Dec. 22, 1937 to Johnny and Lillie Mae Knowles in Athens. She married Gene Lasater Hellums on June 1, 1956 and they spent 61 wonderful years together. Peggy graduated from Athens High School and earned a bachelors and masters degree from East Texas State University. They moved to the Scurry area in 1973 where she worked as a teacher, counselor and principal at Scurry-Rosser ISD. During her years as a part of the Scurry-Rosser faculty, she touched and positively impacted many lives of students and fellow staff. She enjoyed spending her time with family and friends. Peggy looked forward to time with the ladies in the Cottonwood Craft Club and Cottonwood Community Club. She had a love for music, singing and playing the piano and looked forward to playing piano on Sundays for the Rosser Methodist Church. “Mur-Mur” looked forward to visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she adored. Those who preceded her in death are her parents; step-father, Robert Hethcoat; and step-sister, Barbara Jeanette Bearse. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gene; daughter, Julie Moeller and husband James of Scurry; son, Gary Hellums and wife Tracy of Emory; sister, Dianne Herber of Georgetown; brother, Carroll Hethcoat and wife Janice of Athens; grandchildren, Maegan Miller and husband Nicholas, Morgan Moeller and Mandy Wigginton and husband Jeremy; great-grandchildren, Garrett Miller, Charles Miller, Hannah Wigginton and Brooklyn Wigginton; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. Services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and interment followed at Cottonwood Cemetery.

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McClane, Sandra Lee
Posted: May 08, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Sandra Lee McClane went peacefully to her Lord and Savior on May 5, 2018 in Kaufman. Sandra was born on Feb. 11, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minn. to William and Vivian Selby. Sandra married Hubert Ray McClane in Dallas. Sandra was the daughter of a King. She was a wonderful wife to her husband whom she loved with all her heart. Sandra was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Sandra is survived by her husband of 31 years, Hubert McClane; son, Scott Edwards; daughters, Wendy Yates Boyd and husband Wallace, Tina Garrick and husband David, and Suze Myers and husband Chris; brothers, Terry Selby and Rolf Parks; grandchildren, David, Robert, Joshua, Cody, Dillon, Alexis, Breanna, Cheyenne, Danee, Matthew and Michael; and great-grandchildren Crystal, Lucas, Maylin, R.J., Junior, Tristin, Austin, Liam, Kane, P.J. Grayson, Kenlie and Emmitt. A celebration of life was held on May 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church of Kaufman.

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Tuesday 05/01/2018
Pearson, Matthew “Cade”
Posted: May 01, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Matthew “Cade” Pearson, 15, of Kaufman went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2018. Cade was born on Aug. 23, 2002 in Dallas as the youngest child to Greg and Kristin Pearson. Cade was a member of The First Baptist Church of Kaufman. He attended Kaufman High School where he was on the robotics team as well as the freshman basketball team. He travelled extensively for cancer treatments and was always willing to tackle the next challenge. More than anything Cade was a remarkable young man. He was so smart, excelling in math and science. Cade fought a long battle with melanoma, but he never complained, loved his friends, inspired others and always volunteered to serve through school or church. Cade enjoyed making others laugh with his quick humor, and he loved playing baseball, basketball and video games. His relentless desire to never give up and his faith in God gave others strength. Cade was a fighter to the end, and he will be greatly missed. Those left to cherish his memory have solace in knowing Cade is now with Jesus. They are his parents, Greg and Kristin; sister, Kendall Pearson; brother, Brock Pearson; grandparents, Paul and Jan Jones, Diane Burns and Charles Pearson; great-grandmothers Faye Fox and Helen Nichols; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.

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McClane, Billie Carolyn
Posted: May 01, 2018 - 2:12 pm

Billie Carolyn McClane, 77, of Kaufman went to be with the Lord on April 28, 2018. Carolyn was born on Jan. 25, 1941 to Billie and Della Lee Gibbons near Pittsburg, Tx. On Sept. 10, 1955 she married James Everett McClane in Dallas, and they were married for 56 years before he passed away. Carolyn was a member of Victory Church in Scurry. She spent her time sewing, embroidering, needlepoint, making dolls, working on puzzles, painting, gardening, fishing and looking for arrowheads. She loved her family very much, and the time she had with them is very precious. She held a very special place in her heart for her dog "Big Boy." Her husband and daughter, Karen McClane Jackson, preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her memory are sons, David McClane and wife Karen, Ray McClane and wife Sandra and Billy McClane; daughters, Judy Cash and husband Larry and Sharon McClane and Mike Taylor; grandchildren, Angela Smith and husband Lance, Lisa Maze and husband Anthony, J.R. Cash and wife Bobbie, Dylan Cash, Curtis McClane and wife Christine, Jennifer McClane, Jessica Chambless and husband Nick, Cynthia Simpson and husband Cory, Richard Hulshouser and wife Laura, Tosha Williams, Suzie Myers and husband Chris, Matthew McClane, Tanya McClane and Steven McClane; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.       

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Monday 04/30/2018
Burns, Mary Katherine Cates
Posted: April 30, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Mary Katherine Cates Burns, 66, of Terrell passed away on April 18, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on Nov. 13, 1951 to Albert and Marie Cates in Dallas. She lived her whole life in the Kaufman area and worked as a customer service representative for over 30 years and a member of a Baptist church. Mary was a "Mother Hen," caring for her family and friends. She loved the time she got to spend with her kids and grandkids. Mary would spend her free time going out dancing and listening to country music. Her parents preceded her in passing away. Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Deniese Cates of Terrell; son, Steve Kovar and wife Jill; grandchildren, Kaleigh Cates, Gracen Kovar, Kasey Cates and Ryan Kovar; great-grandchildren, Harper Cates and Kyler Cates; brothers, Marvin Cates Sr. of Scurry and Charles Cates of Missouri, Texas; sisters, Charlene Illingworth of Dublin, Texas and Linda Loper of Terrell; and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

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Roffino, Michael Paul
Posted: April 30, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Michael Paul Roffino was born on March 15, 1975 in Dallas and went to be with his Lord on April 27, 2018 in Kaufman. Michael was a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and cowboy.

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Wednesday 04/18/2018
Brewer, Hannelies
Posted: April 18, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Hannelies Brewer, 77, of Forney passed Saturday, March 31, 2018. Hannelies was born to Hans Hubert Steinborn and Elise Becker April 28, 1940 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Hannelies received a degree from Kiel University in botany. She married Joe Neil Brewer in 1966, and they lived together in Kaufman until Joe’s passing in 1997. Hannelies is survived by two children, Teresa Brewer and John Brewer (Heather Brewer). She also is survived by four grandchildren, Brett, Joshua, Jacque and Tristan Brewer. She loved her grandchildren very much. Hannelies also has a sister, Ingret Karin Overy, and her two children, Gordon and Karin. Hannelies Brewer is known for her larger than life personality, sense of humor, for her extraordinary cooking skills, and her green thumb. Hannelies is going home to be meet by her loving husband, Joe, and her daughter, Donna, in heaven. She will be missed by all who have loved her. Memorial services for Hannelies will be held on April 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. at 1361 Buckingham Lane for any family and friends who would like to attend. Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, Kaufman, Texas.

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Evans, Kenneth Gene
Posted: April 18, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Kenneth Gene Evans was born on Dec. 11, 1968 to Kenneth Earl Evans and Betty Evans in Terrell. Kenneth received his wings from his Eternal Father on April 15, 2018 in Kaufman. Kenneth was a loving and kind man who loved his family and friends with all of his heart. He will always be remembered for that wonderful smile and golden heart. Kenneth had a special place in his heart for his family and friends. He graduated Kaufman High School in 1987 and attended Abilene Christian University and The University of North Texas. Kenny obtained a license in broadcasting and was employed as a DJ for a short while. For the last 24 years Kenny was employed with Travelers Insurance as a support specialist. Kenny is survived by his mother, Betty Evans; sister, Kayla Jo Evans; cousin and best friend, Jaramie Terrell and Jaramie’s very special daughter, Kallie, who was more like a daughter to Kenny. Kenny had a very large family and a host of relatives and friends who will miss him and his unique personality. Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Evans. Funeral services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home on April 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. with interment following in Crandall Cemetery.

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