Services for D.A. Reese, 65, of Canton were held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
18, 2002, at Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Smith
officiating. Interment followed at Payne Springs Cemetery under the
direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Mr. Reese died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, in Arlington. He was born
Sept. 26, 1937, in Forseph, Ga. He was a mechanical engineer, and a
veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Reese.
Survivors include daughter, Pam and Bug Martin of Eustace; sister,
Darlene and Larry Beets of Joaquin; brothers, Bob and Janice Reese of
Bellevue, Wash., Doug and Patty Reese of Canton, Gerald and Doris
Reese of Canton; grandchildren, Beth Williamson and Casey Williamson
Pallbearers were David Johnson, Tim King, Rodney Moore, Mike O'Conner,
Jody Pulliam, and James Stokes.
Danny Lee Smith
Services for Danny Lee Smith, 50, of Kemp were held at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at the Kemp Cemetery with the Rev. Dub Henry
officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Anderson
Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp.
Mr. Smith was born on Jan. 20, 1952, in Orange, Texas, a son of Arles
"Shorty" and Sue Nicks Smith and passes away on Oct. 17, 2002, at his
residence in Kemp. Mr. Smith had lived in Kemp for many years and was
Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his parents, Shorty and Sue Smith of Kemp; brothers,
Johnnie Smith and his wife, Pam, of Kemp, Bill Smith of Kemp, and Les
Smith and his wife, Rhonda, of Kemp; sister, Lynn Jones and her
husband, Jackie, of Kemp; uncle, Johnnie Nicks and his wife, Rustie,
of Bridge City, Texas; nieces and nephews, Brandon Smith and wife,
Hope, Damon Smith, Brian Smith, Justin Smith, Blake Smith, David
Jones, Aaron Smith, April Smith; great nieces and nephews, Maddy
Smith, Connor Smith, Presley Colgrove and Ashton Smith as well as
numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other friends and
Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Smith, Damon Smith, Brian Smith,
Justin Smith, Blake Smith, David Jones, Aaron Smith, April Smith
Colgrove, Tonya Smith and Tori Smith.
J.M. Gross Jr.
Services for J.M. Gross Jr., 60, of Scurry were held at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at the Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home
Chapel in Kemp with Pastor Troy Watson and Bro. David Stuart
officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in
Seagoville under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home
Mr. Gross was born on April 20, 1942, in Dell, Ark., a son of the late
Jacob Mart Gross Sr. and Georgie Velma Champion Gross and passed away
on Oct. 15, 2002, in Kaufman. He was married to Annette Crowell and
also was a member of the Teamsters Local Union 745 in Dallas for 35
years. He loved driving his 18-wheeler, working with his tractor, and
he also enjoyed the game rooms.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Georgia Gross;
brothers, Albert Gross, Buddy Gross, Alvin Gross Sr. and Floyd Cook;
sons, Jacob Mart Gross III and Kenneth Lynn Gross; grandson, Brandon
Lynn Mason and granddaughter, Makala Shiann Gross.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Gross of Scurry; son, David Gross
of Scurry; daughters, Rebecca Tijerina and Susan Mason, both of
Scurry; sisters, Edith Riggs of Dell, Ark.; Irene Overton of Dell,
Ark.; Shelby Wallace of Blytheville, Ark. and Velma Duckworth of Black
Rock, Ark., as well as nine grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren and numerous other friends and relatives.
Pallbearers were Manuel Tijerina Jr., Jacob Mason, Cody Williams, Bill
Smith, Scott Braswell and Herbert Braswell.
T.J. Parks, 76, died in Athens on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002. He was
born to the late Tobe Wilson and Elizabeth Ellen Grant-Parks on June
18, 1926, in Mountain Home, Ark. Mr. Parks was of the Protestant
faith. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He has been a
resident of Malakoff most of his life.
Graveside services were held at Trinidad Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 18,
2002, at 3 p.m. with John Parks and Donny Riggs officiating. District
No. 30 VFW Honorguard provided military honors at the graveside.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, John and Priscilla Parks of
Tampa, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and Claude Jackson of
Trinidad; several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.
Beatrice Marie Bates
Services for Beatrice Marie Bates, 71, of Kemp were held at the First
Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19,
2002, with the Revs. Byron Jones and Denny Gorena officiating.
Interment followed at Ware Cemetery in Kaufman County under the
direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home of Kemp.
Mr. Bates was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Cherokee County to Roy and Grace
(Lamb) Wornick. She died Oct. 15, 2002, in Tyler. She married Elmer
Harold Bates on June 20, 1948, in Troup. He preceded her in death on
April 6, 1999. Her parents also preceded her.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Sue Bates and
Gary and Marie Bates; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Charles
Richardson, Alice and William Brown, and Pam and Jimmy Raines;
grandchildren, Timmy Bates, Tommy Miller and wife Christie, Leigh Ann
De Priest and husband, Rodney, Greg Bates, Greg Frazier and wife
Kristi, Jason Miller, Sharon Clay and husband Chase, Joanie Bates, Lea
Melton, Elizabeth Melton and husband David, Daniel Bates and Sara
Bates; great-grandchildren, Kaylee De Priest, Tori De Priest, Jonathan
Frazier, Richard Chase, Wade Miller, Alexandria Frazier, Jacob
Frazier, and Halie Winn. She is also survived by brothers, Larry
Wornick and wife Wanda, LeRoy Wornick, and mother-in-law, Dovie Bates.
Pallbearers were Tommy Miller, Jason Miller, Allen Brown, Daniel
Bates, Greg Frazier and Tracy Thompson.
Helen Martin Able
Services for Helen Martin Able, 81, of Kemp were held 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in First Baptist Church of Tool with the Rev.
Shawn Bailey officiating. Interment followed at Emerald Hills Memorial
Park in Kennedale under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral
Home of Mabank.
Mrs. Able died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Athens. She was born July 29,
1921, in Columbia, Tenn. She was a homemaker, who owned and operated a
very successful ceramic shop. She made hundreds of new friends and
loved them all as family.
Survivors include husband of 63 years, Nevel Able of Kemp; son, Gary
Able of Tool; daughter, Regina and Charles Leck of Fort Worth;
grandchildren, Jami Murray of Arlington, Jodi White of England; four
great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.
Garland S. O'Pry
Services of remembrance were held for Garland S. O'Pry, 89, of Kemp at
2 p.m. Feb. 25, 2003, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with the
Rev. Dub Henry officiating. Interment followed at King Cemetery near
Mr. O'Pry was born in Limestone County on Aug. 3, 1913, and died in
Kemp Feb. 22, 2003. His wife, Billie Jo O'Pry preceded him in death
Sept. 17, 1999. His parents, and a son, Garland Ray O'Pry also
Survivors include sons, Robert O'Pry, Larry O'Pry and Irvin O'Pry;
daughters, Betty Tumlinson, Darlene Mendez, Marlene Mendez, and
Jarlene O'Pry; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister,
Estelle Vickery; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Roger D. Williams
Roger D. Williams, 95, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003. He is survived by
his daughter, V. Merlene French of Tool; six grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and many
loving relatives and friends. He was a member of Faith Memorial
Baptist Church in Houston. He was a lifetime 32nd Degree Mason, member
of the Scottish Rite, and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
of America. His witness will be greatly missed by his family and loved
ones. Mr. Williams was a Christian who loved the Lord. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Gertha Williams, and two daughters, Earlene
Baxter and Bobbie Gutierrez. Services were at Faith Memorial Baptist
Church in Houston.
Mary Louise Davidson Asmussen
Mary Louise Davidson Asmussen, 85, of Dallas passed away Feb. 22,
2003, in Athens. The Celebration Mass was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.
25, 2003, at Calvary Hill Cemetery Chapel under the direction of
Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank. Interment was at Calvary
Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Asmussen was born Sept. 3, 1917, in San Benito,
Texas, to General Louis Scott and Ottilia Bohny Davidson. She was a
homemaker and a member of Saint Monica Catholic Church and a
long-standing Democratic Precinct Chairman and Election Judge. She was
preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert Y. Asmussen; son,
David Scott Asmussen; daughter, Susan Lynn Moore and husband, Barry.
Survivors include son, Bob Asmussen and wife, Elaine of Athens;
daughter, Joan Baird and husband, Jim of Dallas; seven grandchildren;
13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Darrin Asmussen, Casey
Mochman, Barry Moore, Jimmy Baird, Mark Gunn, Doug Learmont, and
Charlie Depner. Family received friends Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mari 'Mai' Uhry
Services for Mari "Mai" Uhry, 77, of Tyler were held 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 22, 2003, at Elm Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Howard
officiating. Interment followed at Elm Grove Cemetery under the
direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Mrs. Uhry died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, in Tyler. She was born July 6,
1925, in Dallas. She was an office manager.
Survivors include son, Homer and Madeline Parker of Flint, Texas;
half-sisters, Brenda Lyons of Dallas, Peggy Tanner of Owenboro, Ken.;
granddaughter, Leslie Luce of Athens; grandson, Dean Parker of
Mansfield, Texas; great-granddaughter, Taylor Parker of Mansfield,
Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd.,
Tyler, Texas 75701.
Thomas Ray Hamilton
Funeral services were held for Thomas Ray Hamilton, 45, of Kemp on
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with
the Rev. Joe Rosenquist officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive
Cemetery in Scurry.
He was born Nov. 27, 1957, in Kaufman and died Feb. 16, 2003, at his
home near Kemp. He married Vickie Fortner. His father, Ed Hamilton,
and a brother, Tony Cox, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Hamilton of Kemp; son, Jonathan
Hamilton of Kemp; daughter, Jennifer Raean Hamilton of Kemp and her
fiancee, Bryan Kirby of Wills Point; granddaughter, Libby Hamilton of
Kemp; mother, Ella Marie (Tucker) Hamilton of Kemp; father, Roy Cox of
Houston. Also surviving are brothers, Clint Hamilton of Tool; Eugene
Hamilton and Dewayne Hamilton, both of Kemp; sisters, Terry Ferguson
and husband, Tom of Spring and Tina Ethridge and husband, Tom of
Lawrenceville, Ga.; his special girls, Tonya Teague and Tabitha
Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were Matt Teague, Carroll Corker, Jeff Ingram, Shawn
Ingram, Monty Freeman, and David Jones. Nephew and great-nephews
served as honorary pallbearers.