COMMERCE - Reba Threlkeld Dunn, 91, of Commerce died Thursday in Commerce. Funeral services will be at Pemberton Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. today with Dr. Bobby Tollison officiating. Burial will be in Rosemound Cemetery.
Daughter of Leonard Clifford Threlkeld and Hattie Lelah Fife, she was born Aug. 23, 1907 in Delta County. She married Henry A. Dunn on March 21, 1929 in the Mud Dig Community. Mrs. Dunn was a lifetime resident of Mud Dig and Progressive Center communities near Commerce. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rebecca Sunday School class and Eastern Star. She was former president of the Progressive Center Home Demonstration Club, election judge and was active in community projects. She won many ribbons for her canned goods at the Hunt County Fair.
Surviving are two daughters-in-law, Veta Dunn and June Dunn, both of Commerce; four sisters, Veta Harris of Arlington, LaVelle Daniel of Ladonia, Geneva Arnette of Dallas and Oma Jean Hayden of Springdale, Ark.; a brother, L.C. Threlkeld of Commerce; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1956; two sons, H.A. Dunn Jr. in 1998 and Billy Gene Dunn in 1999; two brothers, L.L. Threlkeld and Quincey Threlkeld.
Visitation is from 1-2 p.m . today at the funeral home chapel.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Sandra Kay Anderson of Greenville died Feb. 19 at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Houston McLendon officiating. Burial is in East Mount Cemetery.
The daughter of Eddie Lee and Earnestine Jackson Peoples, she was born June 18, 1952 in Greenville. She was married to Danny Anderson in Greenville in 1993.
Mrs. Anderson was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of Dallas; her father of Saginaw, Mich.; her mother, Earnestine Carter of Greenville; a son, Albert Billy Jones III of Greenville; a brother, Wayne Jackson of Greenville; two stepbrothers, Eddie Lee Peoples Jr. and Lester Peoples of Saginaw, Mich. and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Alvin Davis, Mike Nelson, Ernest Taylor Jr., Ferrell Nelson, Oliver Nelson and Norris Nelson.
Cozine & Tarver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LONE OAK - Earl Edward Briggs, 75, of Lone Oak died Wednesday at his residence. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Lone Oak Baptist Church with Robert Cook officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park, Greenville.
Mr. Briggs was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Point, son of Thurman and Leona Spencer Briggs.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II. He was a retired commercial electrician and retired from E-Systems. Mr. Briggs was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Cleon McMillan Briggs, of Lone Oak; sons David Briggs of Terrell and Larry Briggs of Garland; daughter Mary Shipp of Greenville; brothers Orville Briggs, Rayford Briggs, Willie Joe Briggs, Robert Briggs and Jimmy Briggs; sisters Maxine Sherwood, Bobbie Dodson, Margie Shinpaw and Peggie Clem; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Erwin Briggs and Raymond Briggs.
Pallbearers are Kenny Briggs, Johnny Briggs, Terry Briggs, Michael Briggs, Eddie Dodson and Johnny Briggs.
Bartley Funeral Home of Lone Oak is in charge of arrangements.
LONE OAK - Betty Kerr, 65, of Alba died Thursday at East Texas Medical Center in Quitman. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lone Oak Community Church with Jimmy Jarrett officiating. Burial is in Hooker Cemetery.
Mrs. Kerr was born Aug. 21, 1933, in Emory; the daughter of George Riley and Mattie Reeves Kerr. She retired from E-Systems after 33 years as an electrical assemblyman.
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Judy Mantooth of Sterling, Okla., Janna and Billy Robertson of Emory, and Terry and Brad Harrison of Lone Oak; brother, Buel Kerr of Greenville; sister, Esther Meyers of Valley View; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers and two sisters.
Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Bartley Funeral Home, which is in charge of the arrangements.
SULPHUR SPRINGS - Funeral services for Melvin Roy Smalley, 95, of Sulphur Springs are at 1 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs with Dr. Boyd Sawyer officiating. Burial is in Cumby Cemetery.
He died Wednesday morning at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
The son of William R. and Betsy Jane Welch Smalley, he was born July 2, 1903 in the Brawley Community, Fannin County. He married Rose Alexander in Greenville on July 13, 1967. He was a farmer and owned and operated Smalley's Cafe in Greenville for many years.
Mr. Smalley was a charter agent for Greyhound Bus Lines when he retired at age 79. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.
Surviving are his wife of Sulphur Springs; son and daughter-in-law Roy and Ann Smalley of Richardson; two granddaughters, Wendy and Gloria Smalley of Richardson and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nell Wood Smalley in 1956; his daughter, Melva Jean Smalley Waters; three sisters and a brother.
West Oaks Funeral Home of Sulphur Springs is in charge of arrangements.
HEMPHILL - Irene Payne Williford, 78, of Hemphill died Tuesday afternoon at her residence. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Starr Funeral Home Inc. Chapel in Hemphill with Dr. William S. Couvillion and Carl O. Birdwell officiating.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Cedar Vale Cemetery in Cedar Vale, Kan. with Rev. Charles Evans officiating.
She was born Aug. 22, 1920 in Chautauqua County, Kan. She married Lawrence R. Payne on Aug. 16, 1941. Following his death, she was married to Harvey E. Williford.
Mrs. Williford was a longtime resident of Houston before moving to Sabine County 17 years ago. She was a member of Chinquapin Baptist Church and was a former member of Hemphill Garden Club. She retired from St. Joe Paper Company in Houston.
Surviving are her husband of Hemphill; daughters Cynthia Frankson of Hemphill and Linda Thompson of Greenville; a brother, Lewis Crawford Jr. of Sedan, Kan.; eight grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
LONE OAK - Earl Edward Briggs, 75, of Lone Oak died Wednesday at his residence. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Lone Oak Baptist Church with Robert Cook officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park.
Mr. Briggs was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Point; the son of Thurman and Leona Spencer Briggs.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II. He was a retired commercial electrician at E-Systems and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Annie McMillan Briggs, of Lone Oak; sons, David Briggs of Terrell and Larry Briggs of Garland; daughter, Mary Shipp of Greenville; brothers, Orville Briggs, Rayford Briggs, Willie Joe Briggs, Robert Briggs and Jimmy Briggs; sisters, Maxine Sherwood, Bobbie Dodson, Margie Shinpaw and Peggie Clem; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Erwin Briggs and Raymond Briggs.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bartley Funeral Home, which is in charge of the arrangements.
Jessie Ray Young, 93, of Austin, formerly of Greenville, died Tuesday at Retirement Nursing Center in Austin. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Melvin Pearce officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park.
Mr. Young was born in Yantis on Feb. 25, 1905. On June 19, 1923 he married Pauline Kitchens in Yantis. He was a retired barber.
He is survived by two sons, Norris Young of Austin and Billy Young of Dallas; a sister, Bessie McWhorter of Pleasanton, Calif.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 12, 1990; a brother, Bob Young and a sister, Mamie Gregory.
Pallbearers are Brett Graham, Aaron Gruell, Gary Burk, John Gruell, Raymond Graves, Benny Abell, Garland Harvey and Bill Harris.
COMMERCE - James Baron, 78, of Commerce died Tuesday in Greenville. A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. today at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce with Dr. Bobby Tollison officiating.
Born in Austin on Jan. 27, 1921, he was the son of Chas Baron and Karolina Bobak. He married Gladys Maxine on Oct. 24, 1945 in Bexar County.
He moved to Commerce in 1962. He was a retired major in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1937 until 1957. He was formerly administrator of Leiberman Hospital of Commerce, Red River County Hospital in Clarksville and Wheatland Nursing Home in Dallas.
Mr. Baron was formerly manager of Sand Hills Country Club in Commerce. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra A. Elmore of Commerce; two sons, James D. Baron and Dick Baron, both of Commerce; two sisters, Victoria Kadlacek of Hitchcock and Carrie Hanby of Pasadena; a brother, Alfred Baron of Texas City; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on June 17, 1980; four sisters and a brother.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
QUINLAN - Tula Bentley Browning, 98, of Roswell, N.M. died Saturday in Roswell. There is a graveside service at 10 am. Friday at West Memorial Cemetery in Quinlan.
The daughter of Summerlin and Catherine Neeley Bentley, she was born July 30, 1900 in Falls County. She was married to Clarence Ben Browning on Sept. 12, 1920 in Quinlan.
Mrs. Browning was a housewife. She was a member of West Country Club Church of Christ. She was also a member of The Extension Club.
Mrs. Browning is survived by a son, Glen Browning of Roswell, N.M.; a daughter, Marion Wilma Freeman of Winton, Calif.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, seven brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to The Children's Home of Lubbock, Attention Lynn Harms.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Quinlan LyBrand Funeral Home.
COMMERCE - Oran Monroe Gamblin, 84, of Wolfe City died Monday at Bonham Veterans Administration Hospital. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger Pugh officiating. Burial is in Peerless Cemetery.
Born in Winnsboro on Sept. 7, 1914, he was the son of Oscar Gamblin and Mae Riley Gamblin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
Survivors are son and daughter-in-law W.C. and Mildred Hettich of South Sulphur; niece, Bobbie Owens of South Sulphur; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Geneva May Gamblin, on March 18, 1994, and a sister, Hazel Brand.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Galyean, Lee Galyean, Curtis Hettich, Joe Hettich, Glenn Goree and Kelly Bryant.
WHITESBORO - Frances Gibbs, 90, of Whitesboro died Monday at IHS of Texoma at Sherman. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. today at Huff Funeral Chapel in Whitesboro with Dr. Johnny Funderburg of Whitesboro and Rev. Kirk Jones of Greenville officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Cemetery in Greenville.
She was born Aug. 11, 1908 in Waco to Caswell Marrs and Lou Aline Story Marrs. She married Curtis Gibbs on Sept. 8, 1927 in Waco. Mrs. Gibbs was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Whitesboro.
Surviving are two daughters, Lugenia Mathews of Sparks, Nev. and Curtis Ann Kinsfather of Whitesboro; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1989.
Meryl L. Johnson of Greenville died Monday at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Morris officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park.
The son of Clifford Lee Johnson and Clara Blevins Johnson, he was born April 5, 1928 in Fort Smith, Ark. He served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson retired from Montgomery Ward's after 27 years' service and also worked for Car Quest. He was a member of the I.O.O.F.
Survivors are a son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Margaret Johnson of Llano; daughter and son-in-law Jan and A.K. Turner of Greenville; daughter Linda Slovacek of Greenville; sister-in-law Doris Johnson; six grandchildren, Angie Blakemore, Trey McDaniel, Randy Slovacek Jr., Jessica Dooley and Mariah and Spencer Johnson and one great-grandchild, Madison Kate Blakemore.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Burl and Junior Johnson.
Pallbearers are Edd Coffman, Chris Blakemore, Cole Blakemore, Gary Petty, Gary Sickles and Pete Ehrhart.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
POINT - Kitt Whittle, 88, of Point died Monday at Country Trail Care Center in Grand Saline. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Point Funeral Home Chapel with C.H. Pritchett officiating. Burial is in Lynch Cemetery in Point.
She was born July 22, 1910 in Point to James and Lena Stuart Stockton. She married Paul N. Whittle and she was a housewife. Mrs. Whittle was a member of First Baptist Church in Point and of Eastern Star.
Surviving are a sister, Mary Mercer of Grand Saline; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband in 1991, a son, a daughter and a sister.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Denver Young of Lone Oak died Saturday at his residence. There is a graveside service at 2 p.m. today at Hooker Ridge Cemetery with Rev. James C. Nance officiating.
The son of Hughy Buck Young and Martha McDaniel Young, he was born May 14, 1925, in St. Charles, Va. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Young was a truck driver.
He is survived by a nephew, Bill Moore.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Pearl Hey and a brother, Hughy Young Jr.
Pallbearers are Don Webber, Gene Drake, Harold Stephens, Sonny Grayson, Rick Watson and Bob Stewart.
Peters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
THOMASTON, Ga. - Kenneth J. Austin Sr., 74, of Thomaston, Ga. died Sunday at Dunwoody Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Thomaston with Dr. C. Layne Jenkins and Rev. Jonathan Porter officiating. Burial is in South View Cemetery.
He was born in Valley Stream Long Island, N.Y. on Nov. 30, 1924. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Notre Dame in 1947 and completed his master degree at the University of Texas.
His teaching career spanned some 50 years during which time he received numerous awards including two-time Teacher of the Year at Peachtree High School, Star Teacher at Southwest Dekalb and Dekalb Rotary Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Austin was founder and charter president of the Wolfe City Kiwanis Club and a member of the Thomaston Kiwanis Club. He was former president of the Georgia High School Press Association, member of the National Council of Teachers in English and a member of P.A.G.E.
He served on the Pine Mountain Regional Library Board, was a member of the Thomaston First United Methodist Church and on the teaching staff of Flint River Academy.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Grace Austin of Thomaston, Ga.; daughters, Gail Butler of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Susan Wilson of Thomaston and Kay Austin of Portland, Ore.; son, Ken Austin Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, George Austin of Dover, Del. and Richard Austin of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and four grandchildren.
Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Inc. of Thomaston is in charge of arrangements.