POINT - Douglas "Doug" Brady, 70, of Fort Worth died Sunday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. There is a graveside service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Prospect Cemetery with Gene Witt officiating.
Mr. Brady was born March 6, 1929 in Emory. He served in the U.S. Army and he was a truck driver.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Brady of Corsicana; a daughter, Mary Barker of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of choice.
Point Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SULPHUR SPRINGS - Funeral services for Miriam Cook "Sweetie" Coker, 80, of Como, are at 2 p.m. today at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Diamond and Rev. Don Hicks officiating. Burial is in the Black Oak Cemetery. She died Sunday at her residence following a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Hopkins County, she was born in Hopkins County on June 14, 1918, daughter of Jessie B. and Maude Fouse Cook. She married Leonard "Dook" Coker in Hopkins County on April 5, 1935.
Mrs. Coker was a homemaker. She was a member of Black Oak Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas and Joe Coker, both of Como; a sister, Elmie Lee Shrum of Dixon; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 30, 1998; a son, Marion Zane Coker on May 1, 1993; two brothers, Rev. Dial Cook and James Melvin Cook and two sisters, Martha Jane Cook and Lois Braden.
John Houser Jr.
LEONARD - Funeral services for John J. Houser Jr., 93, of Leonard are at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Wrenn officiating. Burial is in the Valley Creek Cemetery.
He died Monday in the Northeast Medical Center in Bonham.
The son of John J. Houser Sr. and Mary Pustnajy Houser, he was born Feb. 17, 1906 in Shiner. On Sept. 15, 1937 he married Julia Inez Minton in Ennis.
Mr. Houser retired from Slaughter Lumber Company and from farming. He was Catholic.
He is survived by a daughter, Bobbie Long of Leonard; a son, Johnny "Cotton" Houser of Leonard; sisters, Bertha Hutchins of Farmers Branch, Mary Robinson of Carrollton and Delfia Cotton of Carrollton; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
His wife preceded him in death Nov. 23, 1982.
Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wayland Simpkins Jr.
A memorial service for Wayland Henry Simpkins Jr., 68, of Greenville, formerly of Palm Beach, Fla., is at 10 a.m. today at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Jordan officiating. He died Sunday at his residence.
The son of Wayland Simpkins and Lillie Virginia Mason, he was born Nov. 5, 1930 in Pampa. On Sept. 17, 1956 he married Carol Johnson in Miami, Okla. Mr. Simpkins served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years.
Mr. Simpkins was a self-employed dry wall finisher of Triple "A" Dry Wall. He was a Baptist.
Surviving are his wife of Greenville; a son, Robby Simpkins of Greenville; two daughters, Jackie Thibault of Crescent City, Fla. and Sheila Stewart of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Leon Simpkins of Greenville; sisters, Melba J. Hill and Cassandra Kay Johnson of Lafayette, La. and Juanita Shiplet of Tucumcari, N.M.; three granddaughters; six grandsons and five great-granddaughters.
His parents preceded him in death.
CADDO MILLS - William Sterling Stickles, 68, of Greenville died Monday. Funeral services are at 3 p.m. today a Rentfrow Funeral Home Chapel.
Born June 25, 1930 in Fort Worth, he was the son of E.W. Stickles and Anna Hickman Stickles. He married Muriel Billingsley on Jan. 31, 1974 in Corsicana. He was the owner of Wild Bill's.
Surviving are his wife of Greenville; sons, Lamont, Sterling and Lewis; daughters Rachael Kemp of Greenville and Vickie Parnell of Terrell; a brother, Billy J. Stickles of Grand Prairie; sisters, Glenda Ann, Doris and Mary and two grandchildren.
COMMERCE - Lee Burnett Whittington, 78, of Commerce died Monday in Dallas. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church parlor.
He was born April 5, 1921 in Baton Rouge, La. to Lee Woodard Whittington and Meda Wood. He moved to Commerce in 1992.
Mr. Whittington was a veteran captain of the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II at Pearl Harbor. He was a rifle instructor at Quantico, Va. and received citations for marksmanship with both rifle and pistol. He played trombone in the Marine Corps Band.
Mr. Whittington was leader of his own Dixieland jazz band in Baton Rouge. He won the Drum Major contest at the 1939 World's Fair in New York where he was voted world champion.
He was a retired welder and was a member of Millwight Union Local No. 720 in Baton Rouge.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Whittington; a son, Zane Whittington; two brothers, Emil Whittington and Doyle Whittington; a sister, Ramona Whittington; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Forrest and Eric Whittington, and one daughter, Inger Lee Weber.
Pemberton Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Frank Dees, 71, of Greenville died Sunday at his residence. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Peters Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Kelly Carr, Rev. Jimmy Vaughn and Danny Davis officiating. Burial is in Forest Park Cemetery.
Mr. Dees was born June 4, 1927, in Greenville; the son of Roy and Oda Miller Dees. He married Florence Shields on March 4, 1948, in Rockwall.
Mr. Dees was a concrete contractor in Greenville for 37 years and a member of the Dixon Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of Greenville; son and daughter-in-law, Dwain and Rocio Dees of Garland; daughters and sons-in-law, Dyan and Gary Bowers of Greenville and Deidra Delaine and Mike Porter of Quinlan; sister and brother-in-law Roy Lynn and Charles Rudd of Greenville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Charlie Beliew, Aaron Cook, Scott Smith, Ray Bowers, Louis Clark and Dayle Bowers.
COMMERCE - Kathleen A. Green, 78, of Campbell died Sunday at Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce. A private graveside service for family is scheduled today at 7 p.m. at Brigham Cemetery in Campbell. Rev. Louise Welch and Rev. Joel Arnold will officiate.
Born Aug. 31, 1920 in Campbell, she was the daughter of Harry A. Blackburn and Ruby Rae Johnsey Blackburn. She married O.E. Green in Greenville on Feb. 14, 1964 in Greenville.
Mrs. Green was a housewife. She was a member of Campbell United Methodist Church, United Methodist Womens Club and Campbell Home Demonstration Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn White of Campbell and Donna Humphries of Humboldt; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and twin sons, Benny and Bobby Belew.
Pallbearers are Roy White, Kent Humphries, Phillip Ray, Larry Bates Sr., Larry Bates Jr. and Trey Chaney.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
CADDO MILLS - Betty Mae Cuddy Harris, 74, of Greenville died Monday at her residence. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rentfrow Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott McManus officiating.
Mrs. Harris was born August 15, 1925, in Bonham; the daughter of Hugh and Una Miller Cuddy. She was married to Curtis on Nov. 20, 1967, in Greenville. She was a receptionist.
Surviving are her husband of Greenville; son, Ron Clementsen of California; brother, Charles Cuddy of Canton; sister, Lucille Parkhurst of California; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a twin brother, Donnie Cuddy; and three other brothers; and one sister.
Cassie Ellen Harris of Greenville died Sunday at Presbyterian Hospital. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. today at Peters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Bridges officiating. Burial is in Coffeeville Cemetery in Coffeeville.
The daughter of Grover Cleveland Richardson and Liddie Ellen Smith, she was born Aug. 4, 1914 in Hunt County. On Feb. 2, 1936 she married Clarence Alexander Harris.
Mrs. Harris was a member of Park Street Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of Greenville; sons Alfred Harris and Chester Harris of Greenville, Alvin Harris of Ore City and Aubrey Harris of Iola; daughters Frances Murrell of Ore City, Margie Slaybach of Lone Oak, Martha Crouch and Ethel Crouch of Wills Point and Linda Cannon of Quinlan; 26 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
CADDO MILLS - A graveside service for Angel Ramon Hernandez of Dallas was at 6 p.m. Monday at the Royse City Cemetery. He died Saturday in Dallas.
The son of Alejo Hernandez and Mariade Jesus Nevarez Hernandez, he was born Dec. 31, 1995. He worked as a packer.
Surviving are his wife, Maria Jurado Hernandez of Dallas; children Luisa, Rufino, Victor, Rosa Linda and Edward Ernest Hernandez; brothers Fernando, Jose and Julia Hernandez and sisters Estefana, Lucna, Cnaya and Maria de Jusus Hernandez.
Rentfrow Funeral Home of Caddo Mills was in charge of arrangements.
WOLFE CITY - Mildred Jean Hilton, 66. of Wolfe City died Tuesday at Medical Center of Mesquite. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lewis Smith officiating. Burial is in South Sulphur Cemetery.
Mrs. Hilton was born Sept. 7, 1932, in Wills Point; the daughter of Sam and Goldie Coby Whitaker. She was married to James Hilton on Oct. 25, 1948, in Rockwall.
Mrs. Hilton was the office manager for Webb Hill Appliance. She was a member of the Honey Creek Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star chapter No. 1129. She was the present worthy matron of the order.
Surviving are her husband of Wolfe City; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Nancy Hilton of Arlington; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Bobby Graham and Julie and Gene Burton, all of Rockwall; and Mary and Daniel Garvin of Dallas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Doyle Whitaker of Paris, Texas; and one sister, Dodie Thomas of Gun Barrell City.
Pallbearers are Gene Burton, Daniel Garvin, Bobby Graham, Mark Jenkins, Tony Jenkins, Robert Graham and Nick Graham.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
QUINLAN - Linda H. Kitchens, 59, of Dallas died Sunday. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Quinlan LyBrand Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Jock officiating. Burial is in Simmons Cemetery in Cash.
Born in Omaha, Neb. on March 8, 1940, she was the daughter of John and Ella Hatfield Hamer Sr. She was a housewife.
Surviving are her husband, Billy D. Kitchens of Dallas; her parents of Lake Whitney; a son, Billy Kitchens Jr. of Dallas; two daughters, Vickie Woody of Kemp and Angle Weisse of Dallas; three brothers, John Hamer Jr., Richard Hamer of Lake Whitney and Dale Hamer of Lake Whitney; seven grandchildren, Ronny Kitchens, Johnny Fincher, Joe Kitchens, T.J. and Justin Weisse, Gayla Woody and Clint Woody and great-grandchildren Dylan Kitchens and Erica Radford.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ellen Evans and Donna Brewer.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GILMER - Mrs. Erma B. Moon, 82, of Ore City died Sunday at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Carlton D. Hollins officiating. Burial is in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
She was born in Ore City on Aug. 20, 1917. She was a lifetime resident of Marion County. Mrs. Moon was a housewife. She was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church and Eastern Star 287.
Surviving are sons Otis Moon of Greenville and Billy Moon and Raymond Moon of Ore City; a daughter, Margarette Rockwell of Ore City; a brother, Ruben Stevens of Ore City; sisters Florence Gray of Crockett, Hattie Henderson of Dallas, Gertie Moon of Longview and Baby Jean Crockett and Eva Mae Morrow of Ore City; 22 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Turner Bros. Mortuary of Gilmer is in charge of arrangements.
LADONIA - Clara Josephine Pless of Ladonia died Sunday at the Seven Oaks Nursing Home in Bonham. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Ladonia with Bob Posey officiating. Burial is in Oakridge Cemetery.
Born in Cherokee City on June 29, 1908, she had been a resident of Ladonia since 1945. She married C.A. Pless.
Surviving are sons Walter Hugh Pless of Bonham, Jack Pless of Grapevine and several grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Albert Pless and a daughter, Sybil Chessher.
Delta Funeral Home of Ladonia is in charge of arrangements.
Wayland Simpkins Jr.
A memorial service for Wayland Henry Simpkins Jr., 68, of Greenville, formerly of Palm Beach, Fla., is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Jordan officiating. He died Sunday at his residence.
The son of Wayland Simpkins and Virginia Lillie Mason, he was born Nov. 5, 1930 in Pampa. On Sept. 17, 1956 he married Carol Johnson in Miami, Okla. Mr. Simpkins served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years. He was a self-employed dry wall finisher of Triple "A" Dry Wall. He was a Baptist.
Surviving are his wife of Greenville; a son, Bobby Simpkins of Greenville; two daughters, Jackie Thibault of Crescent City, Fla. and Sheila Stewart of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Leon Simpkins of Greenville; sisters Melba J. Hill and Cassandra Kay Johnson of Lafayette, La. and Juanita Shiplet of Tucumcari, N.M.; three granddaughters; six grandsons and five great-granddaughters.
His parents preceded him in death.
LEONARD - Funeral services for James Michael Turner, 18, of Celeste are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Celeste with Rev. Dwain Hobbs and Rev. Billy Bob Burge officiating. There is a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
He died Sunday in Collin County.
He was born Aug. 25, 1980 in Dallas to Patricia Johnson. He was a member of God's World Church in Dallas. He was a clerk at a golf course and was a student at Collin County Community College in McKinney.
Surviving are his mother, Pat Preston of Celeste; sister Christy Grady of Celeste; brothers Richard Anguiano of El Salvador and Jonathan Hinkle of Celeste; and aunts Pheadra White of Dallas and Kathy Johnson of England.
A fund has been established at the First Bank of Celeste to help pay for funeral expenses.
Taylor Funeral Home of Leonard is in charge of arrangements.