Eleanor Waner Dedmon
Eleanor Waner Dedmon passed away at her home in Dallas on April 28, 2001.
She was born in McCloud, Okla, on March 16, 1919. She grew up in Ada, Okla, here she was valedictorian at Horace Mann High School. She attended East Central State College (Now East Central University) in Ada, actively participating in speech and debate.
She received her bachelors of science in speech and Spanish from East Central in the spring of 1939 and immediately began flying as one of the first hostesses hired by Braniff Airways. At Braniff she flew the route from Chicago to Brownsville and was chosen by the airline for a goodwill promotional tour to major cities served by Braniff.
Her airline career ended after two years, when she married C.B. "Burt" Dedmon at Oak Lawn Methodist Church in Dallas on June 28, 1941. She then turned her talents and energy to becoming a mother and homemaker.
Eleanor was active in the PTA for many years at Sudie L. Williams Elementary, Thomas J. Rusk Jr. High and Thomas Jefferson High School. She receive the Texas PTA Life Membership Award in 1961. Her many interests included her bridge group and gardening and she was a former member of the Mary Gilliam Garden Club of Dallas.
Eleanor and Burt founded Oak Valley Ranch near Athens in 1973 and enjoyed their time breeding and showing cutting horses in the National Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association. She maintained her membership in the NCHA, AQHA, and APHA and continues to be listed as one of the top breeders of cutting horses in the U.S.
A faithful member of Lovers Land United methodist Church since 1954, she was part of the Mary Group and the pastor's Bible study.
In her later years, she concentrated on helping others and, with her husband, refurbished the library at Obadiah Knight Elementary School. She and C.B Dedmon established two 4-year scholarships, awarded in Spanish and English, at East Central University.
She served on the board of trusteed at ECU Foundation and was named a distinguished alumna in 1995.
After his death in 1995, she dedicated the C.B. Dedmon Memorial Library at Trinity River Mission in Dallas.
She is survived by her daughter, Dally D. Lowry and husband Pete; son, Charles B. Dedmon and wife Lynne, both of Dallas; grandsons, Tracy Peter Clinton of Los Angeles, Christopher Matthew Clinton of Dallas; and Charles B. Dedmon Jr., of San Francisco; brother, Ralph G. Waner Jr., and wife Joanne of Kansas City, Mo., and their children and grandchildren.
The family expressed its sincere thanks to Rhonda Berryhill and VNA Hospice of Dallas for their loving care.
A memorial service will be held at Lovers Land United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eleanor W. Dedmon Library at Lovers Land UMS, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220.
Catherine G. Huff Kennington
Services for Catherine G. Huff Kennington, 65, of Brownsboro are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with the Rev. Randy Potter officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Kerens under the direction of Foster & Brown Funeral Home of Athens.
Mrs. Kennington died April 1, 2002, in Brownsboro.
She was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Kerens to K.C. and India Irene Hammett Huff.
Mrs. Kennington was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Franklin Kennington; son Donald Eugene Bowlin; and sister, Gladys Gossett.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Verna Kay Mitchell of Lindale and Donna Irene and Tommy Stewart of DeSoto; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Dania Kay and George Hackler of Glenn Heights; brothers, Tinsley Hyle Huff and Jimmy Leon Huff; grandchildren, Jackie McLean, Dennis Hackler, Jeff Brown, Natalie Griffin, Wendy Kay Duvall, T.J. Stewart, Scott Allen Stewart, Billy D. Hale and DeAnn Hale; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Huff, Tinsley Huff, Scott Stewart, T.J. Stewart, Jeff Brown and Dennis Hackler.
Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons.
Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
James E. Roberts
Services for James E. Roberts, 74, of Mabank are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Charles Davis and Steve Ballard officiating.
Burial will follow with military honors are Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Mr. Roberts died March 29, 2002, in Dallas.
He was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Kaufman.
Mr. Roberts worked at the Auto Parts Exchange in Dallas. He retired in 1978. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. Previously of Balch Springs, he lived in Mabank for 20 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Seven Points.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar P. Roberts and Alma Smith Roberts.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Roberts of Mabank, Debbie and Dan Storey of Terrell, Reba and Larry Baker of Terrell, Penny and Brady Furrh of Mesquite and Victoria and David Hays of Mabank; son, Timothy Roberts of Bonham; brothers, Harvey Roberts of Maypearl and Robby Roberts of Terrell; sister, Lois Whitaker of Fruitvale; sisters-in-law, Lorine Autry of Seagoville and JoeAnn Clifford of Mabank; girlfriend, Dorothy Kines; and 13 grandchildren.
Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Joe Bob Ashton Sr.
Services for Joe Bob Ashton Sr., 42, of Eustace are pending with Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Mr. Ashton died March 29, 2002, in Kaufman County.
Doris Louise Durham
A memorial service for Doris Louis Durham, 73, was held noon Tuesday at Laurel Land in Dallas, located off of Interstate 35 South.
Mrs. Durham died March 29, 2003.
She was born May 6, 1929, in Dallas.
She was a homemaker first, always for her family, but did work in insurance for Physicians and Surgical Medical Clinic for many years. She was married to her husband, Coburn Ira Durham, for 53 wonderful years. She was a Christian and attended church regularly throughout her life with her husband, family and friends. Her love for her family was noted and enjoyed by all who knew them where they lived in Dallas and later in Athens.
Survivors include her children, Jerry Lynn Durham (twin) and Judy Ann Welborn (twin) and husband Steve, son Randy Lee Durham; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Byron Arnold; grandchildren, Courtney Durham, Jame Edmondson, Kyle Pochobradsky, Coby Pochobradsky, Shawn Welborn, Taylor Welborn, Justin Durham, Jordan Durham; great-grandson, Tyler Edmondson; and a large, loving extended family.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Raleigh Godwin; her mother, Mary Ruth Davidson; brother, Raleigh "Bud" Godwin; and her beloved husband, Coburn Ira Durham.
The family's deepest appreciation goes to friends and caregivers at Oakwood Assisted Living in Athens and Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
The family has requested all memorials be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701; 903-566-9023 or 1-800-777-9860; www.hospice-etex.com.
Opal Juanita Ferguson
Services for Opal Juanita Ferguson, 85, of Carrollton are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Union Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Foster & Brown Funeral Home of Athens.
Mrs. Ferguson died March 31, 2003, in Carrollton.
She was born July 25, 1917, in Cross Roads to Charles Jack Shelton and Katie Sue Litchfield. She worked as a nurse's aid at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Alma Lucille Parsons, Lillian Belcher, Louise Tinnin and Janey Bevels; and her husband, Carl Ferguson.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Don Burfield of Carrollton; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Dawn Evans of Fort Worth; grandsons, Bryan and Brandon Evans; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Robin and Steve Savage of Little Elm; and great-grandson, Steven Joseph Savage; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Services for Donald Key, 92, of Mabank were held noon today in Eubank Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Mabank.
Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery in Van Zandt County, under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home & Cemetery.
Mr. Key died March 30, 2003, in Tyler.
Thelma Arlene Pierce
Graveside services for Thelma Arlene Pierce, 93, of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Lawn Haven Cemetery in Clovis, N.M.
Arrangements are under the direction of Foster & Brown Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pierce died March 31, 2003, in Athens.
She was born Dec. 7, 1909 in Texaco, N.M., to George Hyde and Lillie Stuffing Hyde. She was a housewife and homemaker by profession.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Tom Pierce; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Elfreida and Bob Jenkins of Athens; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Linnie Bell Hyde of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Rozeltha Clark of Clovis, N.M.; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.