SAN ANTONIO " Billie Frances Swint, 81, of Dallas, died March 8, in Poulsbo, Wash.
Burial was Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio.
She was born in Greenville to Bart and Bert Kieth Cobb. She graduated from Greenville High School, then Texas A&M University-Commerce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin O. Swint; sons, Win Swint and Kieth Swint; sisters, Pearl Wyatt, Leta Bird and Laura Hutchen; and her brother, Bart Cobb.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances Morrison of Poulsbo, Wash.; sister, Doris WIlcox of Denison; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Minnie Wilkins, 73, of Greenville, died Wednesday at a Greenville nursing home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Church of God in Christ with Rev. Bobby Crosby officiating. Burial will be at Grundy Memorial Park.
Born in Chapel Hill on April 18, 1927, she was the daughter of Tony and Sarah Watts. In May 1971, she married Rev. Willie Wilkins in Greenville. Mrs. Wilkins was employed in the Dietary Department of Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville for 28 years. She was a member of Shiloh Church of God in Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Wilkins, of Greenville; a daughter, Lavern Walker of Dallas; three brothers, Joe McMurry of Houston, George Mays of Needville and H.D. Watts of Greenville and eight grandchildren.
Henry Watts, Edward Watts, Herman Watts, Don Watts, William Watts, Herbert Hardmon and Clarence Whytus will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Cozine & Tarver Funeral Home.
SUNNYVALE " Royal Lee Yeager, 83, of Campbell, a retired industrial arts teacher and U.S. Army veteran, died Saturday at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Jones Memorial Chapel in Commerce with the Rev. David Hougham officating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
He was born in Wichita Falls to Royal Ambrose Yeager and Susan Fredonia Nicholson Yeager. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's of science degree in education and was pursuing a master's degree at Texas A&M University"Commerce. Mr. Yeager retired after teaching industrial art classes at Mesquite High School for 13 years. He served as assistant superintendent and tax assessor for the Commerce Independent School District for four years. Mr. Yeager also worked at LTV and E-Systems in Greenville as a contract administrator and at Convair in Fort Worth as a tool and die engineer. He was a member of Rotary International and was a Mason. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Campbell.
His parents and daughter, Jamie Loraine Yeager, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Yeager of Campbell; daughters, Judy Klein of California and Geana Yeager of Campbell; son, Jimmy Bostick of Campbell; brother, Harold Yeager of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters, Aurie McShane of Wichita Falls and Mary Jo Haggman of Whitney; and several nephews and nieces.
Al Rinehart, Dennis Brummett, Tom Yeager, Chuck Carter, Truitt Coffman and David Watson will serve as pallbearers. Charles May, Steve Certain and Danny Imhoff will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Jones-Walker and Son Funeral Home.
QUINLAN " Mary Bradley, 75, of Quinlan, died Thursday at her residence. A private service is scheduled Monday at 10 a.m.; the body will be cremated.
She was born in Billings, Mont. on March 16, 1924. She was married to Lawrence Bradley and she was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Leroy Jones Jr.; stepson Robert Bradley; a son-in-law, Bill Davis; a daughter, Pat McGuirk; stepdaughters Rebecca Bradley, Betty Bradley and Barbra Davis; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Quinlan LyBrand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Harry Cross Jr.
Harry Cross Jr., 77, of Greenville, died Thursday evening at his residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Raymond A. Boulter Jr. officiating. A private burial will follow.
Son of Harry Cross Sr. and Grace Carruthers, he was born Nov. 7, 1923 in Greenville. On June 2, 1950 he married Margaret Courtney in Greenville. He served in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of captain and was a B-17 pilot in World War II. Mr. Cross was a rural mail carrier. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was past president of Texas and National Pecan Growers Association; was founder of Kellogg/Kingston Water Association and was a past member of Hunt County Horticulture Committee.
Mr. Cross is survived by his wife of Greenville; sons and daughters-in-law Mark Wayne and Debra Lynn Cross of Greenville and William Harry and Susan Hutchins Cross of Greenville; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His parents preceded him in death.
Pallbearers will be Greg Cross, James Cross, Tommy Cross, David Cross, Jim Trentum, Dale Waters and Mike Price.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CADDO MILLS " John Franklin King, 80, of Fort Worth died Thursday. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at James M. Rentfrow Funeral Home Chapel with James McIntire officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Born in Watervalley, Miss. on Dec. 2, 1920, he was the son of Abner King and Effie Williams King. He married Mildred Chambers. Mr. King served in the U.S. Marines. He was a rancher.
Surviving are daughters Mary Ann King of Caddo Mills, Muriel Stickles of Greenville and Bernice Davidson of Fort Worth; brothers, Gaylon King, Wayne King, Jo King and William King, all of Watervalley, Miss.; a sister, Tina Sitzlar of Watervalley, Miss.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
His wife preceded him in death in January 2000.
FARMERSVILLE " Thelma Katherine Copeland, 76, of Princeton died Wednesday at Medical Center of Plano. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Princeton with Rev. Deron Biles officiating. Burial is in Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney.
The daughter of James L. Carlile and Ada Isabell Carlile, she was born March 26, 1924 in Childress County. On Aug. 25, 1940, she was married to H.D. "Dick" Copeland in Farmersville. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Mrs. Copeland is survived by her husband of Princeton; a daughter, Doris Hamil of Princeton; two sons, Carl Copeland of Princeton and Michael Copeland of Farmersville; sisters Florine Huffman of Wolfe City and Lola Liston of Mesquite; a brother, Paul Carlile of Mesquite; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hurst's Fielder-Baker Funeral Home of Farmersville.
Dr. Lee Dacus
COMMERCE " Dr. Lee Dacus, 80, of Commerce died Thursday. Funeral services are at the Church of Christ at 2 p.m. Sunday with David Gibson officiating. Burial is in Rosemound Cemetery.
Born May 31, 1920 in Gilmer, he was the son of John S. Dacus and Myrtie Leora Burnett Dacus. He married Arma T. Thornton on Feb. 9, 1945 in Pensacola, Fla.
Dr. Dacus was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Marine Corps and attained the rank of corporal. He received two purple hearts, silver star, bronze star and unit citations.
He graduated from Grace High School in Upshur County in 1937. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in 1949 and his master's degree from the University of Arkansas in 1962, majoring in arts.
Majoring in English literature, he received his PhD from East Texas State University in 1970. Six years after receiving his doctorate, he was notified by Cambridge University that his dissertation had been placed in 30 libraries worldwide and his name had been added to "International Who's Who of Intellectuals."
Dr. Dacus taught in public schools at Mount Pleasant and Fayetteville, Ark. Moving to Commerce from Fayetteville, Ark. in 1962, he was a professor of literature at East Texas State University for 25 years until his retirement in 1987.
Dr. Dacus was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of Commerce; son and daughter-in-law John C. and Reesa Parker Dacus of Dallas; a brother, Milton O. Dacus of Gilmer; sister Carolyn Ellis of Gilmer; grandchildren Elizabeth Faires Dacus and Ryan Austin Parker, both of Dallas and several nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
Pallbearers are Stuart Anderson, Harry Fullwood, Jon Jonz, Richard Tuerk, Ed Garrett and Bill Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers are nieces and nephews and Nichol Coffee Club and wives.
Memorials may be made to the Boles Home for Children.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Pemberton Funeral Home.
WOLFE CITY " Josie Lena Eddins, 96, of Wolfe City died Thursday at Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Mrs. Eddins was born July 18, 1904, in Greenville; the daughter of John William and Emma Darlin Wheeless Hataway. She was married to William B. Eddins on Sept. 27, 1925, in Wolfe City. She was a homemaker and a member of the West Main Church of Christ.
Surviving are nieces, Maxlene Strong of Marshall and Christine Johnston of Emory, and nephew Tommy Knowles of Tyler.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary F. Harper, 87, of Greenville died Tuesday night at Greenville Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stone Risinger officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park.
She was born Aug. 3, 1913 to Calvin Walker and Nannie Nora Lemons in Gilmer. On July 31, 1937 she was married to Byron Ross Harper in Hughes Springs.
Mrs. Harper was a homemaker. She was a member of Central Christian Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW.
Surviving are sons Barney L. Harper of Arlington and Paul Harper of Greenville; three daughters, Nancy Mitchell of Greenville, Doris Langston of Tyler and Betty Whisenhunt of Leonard; grandchildren Kristi Boldt of Greenville, Nicki Dawson of Campbell, Patti Erickson of Mendocino, Calif. and James McNatt of Del Ray Beach, Fla. and several other out-of-town grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1969; a son, Vannie Ray Harper; daughter Helen Reagan and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers are David Dawson, David Boldt, James McNatt, Darren Mitchell and Stan Justice.
LEONARD " Destinee Jewell Lewis was born prematurely and died at birth Wednesday. Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Taylor Funeral Home with Charles Wrenn officiating. Burial is in Leonard Cemetery.
She is survived by her parents, Anson and LaShauna Lewis of Leonard; a brother, Logan Ballard of Leonard and grandparents Nancy Jackson of Ringling, Okla., Dean and Terry Jackson of Dickson, Okla. and Kenerene Lewis of Seattle, Wash.
GARLAND " Ralph B. Pickett, 78, of Wagner, formerly of Garland, died Wednesday in Plano. Funeral services are at 3:30 p.m. today at Big Springs Baptist Church in Garland with Rev. Mac LeFan officiating. Burial is in Big Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Pickett was a farmer. He was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are sons, Gary Pickett of Farmersville and Barry Pickett of Garland; two daughters, Vicki Mayabb of Austin and Patti Bushon of Rowlett; a brother, Edward Pickett of Garland; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His wife, Maydelle Cooper Pickett, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Big Springs Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Directors of Garland are in charge of services.
Willie Ray Anderson
Willie Ray Anderson, "Big Ray Anderson," of Dallas died Saturday in Parkland Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greater Saint James Baptist Church in Dallas. Burial is in Lincoln Memorial Park.
The son of Albert Anderson and Dora Tave, he was born March 16, 1938, in Mineola. He married Annie Sue Lyons in February 1961.
He was a nationally known blues recording artist who opened for popular artists such as Johnny Taylor, B.B. King and Bobby Womack. He sang through the 1970s and 1980s at such spots as the Longhorn Ballroom, The Green Parrot, Blues Alley and many other blues halls throughout the nation.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Linda Darlene Anderson; three sons, Willie Ray Anderson Jr., Jeremy Anderson and Raymond Anderson, all of Dallas; his stepfather, John Tave of Terrell and several family members in Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings.
Grundy Funeral Home of Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
COMMERCE " James P. Darwin, 91, of McKinney died Tuesday. There is a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Ladonia Cemetery with Dr. Mike House officiating.
Born April 8, 1909 in Muddig Community in Hunt County, he was the son of James P. Darwin and Etta Johnson Darwin. He married Willie Douglas in August 1931 in Hugo, Okla.,
Mr. Darwin was a longtime resident of Ladonia. He was a farmer and a Methodist.
Mr. Darwin is survived by brother-in-law Leroy Byers of Commerce; nieces Christie Raynes Armentrout of McKinney, Betty Byers McDonald of Ladonia and Freda Hand Musgrove of Houston and two nephews, George Douglas Raynes of Sherman and James Marvin Douglas of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1987 and a sister, Elizabeth Hand.
Memorials may be made to National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, 317 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Pemberton Funeral Home.
ROYSE CITY " Azilee Frasier, 74, of Royse City died Tuesday. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Royse City with Dr. J.C. Davis officiating. Burial is in Royse City Cemetery.
The daughter of August and Marie Miller Cobern, she was born May 26, 1926 in Wills Point. She married Coy Frasier in Royse City on Feb. 1, 1945.
Mrs. Frasier lived in Royse City most of her life and worked for J.C. Penney as an accountant for 16 years until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of the Royse City Church of Christ where she also taught Sunday School. She worked for three years as a school lunchroom supervisor and volunteered at Meals on Wheels.
Surviving are her husband of Royse City; a son, Coy Lynn Frasier of Dallas; five brothers, Buddy Cobern of Canton, Bobby Cobern of Wylie, Don Cobern of Sachse, Carroll Cobern of Garland and Jerry Cobern of Allen and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Rebecca Frasier, in 1947.
Memorials may be made to Christian Services of the Southwest, 6320 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, 75240 or to the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 75207-8808.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Royse City Chapel.
Randell G. Goen, 47, of Greenville died Monday morning at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. today at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Caddo Mills with Rev. Rodney Goen and Rev. Larry Jordan officiating.
Born July 21, 1953 in Greenville, he was the son of Everett Goen Jr. and Nettie Lou Graham.
Mr. Goen was employed as a carpet layer. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenville.
Surviving are his mother, Lou Harris, of Shreveport, La.; two brothers, Rodney Goen of Greenville and William Kyle Goen of Sugarland and a sister, Tracy Carol Fields of Greenville.
His father preceded him in death.
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.