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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Jenna Nell Ortolani
Posted: May 24, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Jenna Nell Ortolani, 61, passed away on May 21, 2016, in Rowlett. She was born on Dec. 8, 1954, to Joe and Eddie Jean Pedigo in Terrell. Jenna loved going camping, especially with her husband, William. Their favorite two places to go were Galveston and Crater of Diamonds in Arkansas.

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Marvin Earl Green Jr.
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 8:38 am

Marvin Earl Green Jr. was born to the parentage of Mr./Mrs. Marvin Earl Sr. and Johnnie Joyce Green on March 31, 1967 in Terrell. He united and was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor E.T. Winston at an early age. Marvin was the Youth Sunday School Superintendent and was very active in the Zion Rest District, B.T.U Congress, under the leadership of Pastor Ivan Johnson. Marvin graduated from Terrell High School in 1985. After graduating he attended Trinity Valley Community College. He worked construction and at Flexible Foam. His father Marvin Earl Green Sr. preceded him in death. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Bridgette Green; one step-son, Jaylon Derkard; one daughter, Mitoya Green; one granddaughter, Ar’Kyara Hobbs; mother, Johnnie Joyce Green; two sisters, Kiwania Jones, (Tony) and Chavalier Coleman (Dewayne); one niece, Halei Jones; five nephews, Keith Whitlock Jr., Travis Jones, JaMarvin Wright, Quincy Coleman, and DaVoyea Coleman; grandmother, Kathyrn Edwards; two uncles, Pastor Madison D. Edwards, and Willie Earl Green; one special aunt, Mae Fredna Robertson; and a host of many cousins, friends, and family. The service will be Saturday at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Terrell at 11 a.m.

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Friday 05/13/2016
Charles Preston Dudley
Posted: May 13, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Charles Preston Dudley of Elmo passed away peacefully May 11, 2016.  Charles was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Hunt County, Texas, to Clifford and Myrtle Dudley.  He was welcomed into heaven by his parents, his son, Ricky Dudley, and his siblings:  Jimmie Munday, Bill Dudley, Douglas Dudley, Fay Morris and Cliff Dudley.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
Shirley Jo Moore Chambers
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 11:22 am

Shirley Jo Moore Chambers, 80, of Mesquite went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2016.  She was born on Nov. 30, 1935 near the Hiram community to L.D. and Goldie (Boshears) Moore.

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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Nathan R. McClellan
Posted: May 10, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Nathan R. McClellan passed away on May 4, 2016 at Coral Gables Hospital in Miami, Fla. at age 51.

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Monday 05/09/2016
Bennie Ann Horton Henson
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 1:56 pm

Bennie Ann Horton Henson was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Wills Point to Hubert Thomas and Catherine Arlou Horton. Bennie has one sister, Myra June Horton Ellis. Bennie and June’s father died in 1943. Arlou and the girls moved from the country into town and were blessed when Arlou married Bruce Wilemon in 1946. Bruce loved Bennie and June as his own. Bennie attended Wills Point schools. With good friends, Carolyn and Juadene, Bennie attended HCJC in the summer of 1952 so she could graduate early from Wills Point High School in 1953. Bennie was very smart and the most beautiful girl in the world, according to GB. Bennie started work at Southwestern Bell in Dallas the week after she graduated. She left that job and the big city to marry GB Henson, Jr., on Dec. 17, 1955. During GB’s military time, they lived in Georgia and California. The happy couple was married for more than 60 years and resided most of that time in Terrell. They have two wonderful sons, Mike and Mark. Besides being a devoted wife, loving mother, the best mother-in-law, and doting grandmother, Bennie touched many lives at work. Bennie was a secretary at Burnett Elementary for 25 years, retiring in 1992. Bennie and GB became instant grandparents when Mike married Donna, and Eric was introduced into their lives. Mark and Cherie added Aaron and Ian to their lives. Bennie and GB enjoyed spending time and helping out with the boys. They loved the adventures the grandchildren took them on through many hours of dress-up and Happy Meal toys. Through the boys’ imagination, GB and Bennie traveled the world. Being a two-time breast cancer survivor, Bennie made sure to enjoy life’s “little things” every day. Bennie found joy in her flower garden that GB cultivated for her, listening to music, and their beloved pets. It has been said many times that if you found the Henson home as a pet, you would be very well fed, even a Whataburger or two. Bennie collected figurines and had an extensive collection of glassware from all over the world, and a story or memory that came with each one. Most of all Bennie enjoyed spending time with family and special friends. Bennie was a life-long member of the Church of Christ. Her faith is a legacy to her family. Bennie passed away on Friday afternoon, May 6 at their home after a lengthy illness. She was met in heaven by her parents, Hubert Thomas Horton, Arlou and Bruce Wilemon; her in-laws, Scrawny and Lessie Henson; brother-in-law, Glynn Ellis; favorite cousin, Rosemary Owen Miller; and special friend, Mary Etta White. Left to carry on her legacy and memories are her loving and devoted husband, GB Henson, Jr.; sons, Mike and wife, Donna, of Terrell and Mark and wife, Cherie, of Forney; sister, June Ellis of Wills Point; grandsons, Eric Gooch and wife, Tracy, of Azle, and Aaron and Ian Henson of Forney; nieces and nephews of Wills Point; and a host of friends. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Max Slayton Funerals and Cremations in Terrell. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in memory of Bennie’s generous spirit to Boles Home for Children, 7065 Love, Quinlan, TX, 75474. 

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Mattye Lou White
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 1:59 pm

Mattye Lou White was born to Lois Johnson and Texana Greer on May 3, 1940. She is preceded in death by her parents. Mattye is survived by her son, Kevin Anderson and his wife Anna Anderson; and grandchild, Peyton Anderson. Her siblings include Charles Johnson and Bill Johnson of Terrell, Tommy Johnson of Columbus, Ga. and George Anna Lang of Abilene and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Cdr. John Lawson, USN, (Ret.)
Posted: May 03, 2016 - 11:00 am

Cdr. John Lawson, USN, (Ret.) passed away peacefully April 27, 2016 in Huntsville, Ala. He was born June 25, 1955 in Memphis, Tenn. to John A. and Elizabeth (Forston) Lawson, both of whom preceded him in death along with his beloved wife, Nancy Lawson who passed in 2013. Being a career military officer in the US Navy, John lived all over the United States, being stationed in Naval bases in Arizona, California, Virginia and Maryland until his final assignment in Huntsville, Ala. where he retired after 30 years of distinguished service having achieved the rank of naval commander. His longtime and dedicated service to our country was appreciated and noted by several presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton, all of whom sent personal letters of congratulations and well wishes. While stationed in Maryland, John worked at the Pentagon fine-tuning defense system and test assessments among other duties. After retiring in 2003, he joined the Dept. of Defense as a federal civilian where he worked as director for flight test engineering for the Missile Defense Agency. A career of knowledge and application in both land and sea operations for systems engineering and weapon systems involving maintenance, repair and capabilities ensured that his contributions will be in place for many years of future military weapons design and implementation. His dedication to his country was well known and well respected, and John will be profoundly missed by all who knew him both personally and professionally.  

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Joy Dell Jones
Posted: May 03, 2016 - 8:34 am

The JOY of the Lord

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Friday 04/29/2016
Billy Roy Stamper
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 10:08 am

Billy Roy Stamper, 55, passed away on April 21, 2016, surrounded by his family in Terrell. He was born on July 27, 1960 to Bud and Willie Stamper in Wills Point. Growing up Billy was very close with his family. He always took care of his siblings. He was very dedicated to his family and friends. When Billy first met his future wife, Robin Harrison, he wanted to impress her. In one attempt he took a sharpie marker and wrote her name all over his 1966 Chevy Malibu, also known as “chicken coup.” He was always such a gentlemen. On Feb. 3, 1980 Billy married her and they were wonderfully married for 36 years. Born from this union were two kids, Nathaniel and Angella. Billy worked for L and G Bearing with his brothers, father, and other members of the family, where he was a machinist for almost 17 years. After that he went to work as a maintenance tech specialist for Flexible Foam, now called Innocor. He worked there for 22 years where he has left his legacy of many items he built for the company’s use. He was really a Jack of all trades though. Billy was a hard worker; he’d work 24/7 if needed. Even when he was home he would be working on something. He loved to work on cars and would often be the first one to lend a hand if anyone was having any car troubles; he could fix any car out there whether it was on the side of the road or at their house. He loved people and wanted to do anything he could to be able to help anyone in need. “If you needed him, he was there.” To his family Billy was also known as a great provider. Billy liked to make people feel loved. He could always make you feel at home, his doors were always open. Billy did many different things in his free time. He enjoyed going to parties and being their disc jockey, just for fun. His favorite music was country. He liked listening to country music, being with his family, and smoking on his smoker. Billy would always make enough food for an army. He wanted everyone to be able to enjoy good food. The family even had to-go boxes ready for every meal. Every year Billy hosted “Billy’s Tater Fest.” There he would have fun, cook out, and play games. It was always something he looked forward to. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He was an outdoorsman. Billy was always laughing. He was a known prankster, he just wanted to make people laugh and have a good time doing it.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Marvin C. Rouse
Posted: April 25, 2016 - 11:21 am

Marvin C. Rouse was born Nov. 5, 1954 in Dalton, Ga. to Eddis, Sr., and Bertie Lee Rouse. He passed away April 21, 2016 in Terrell. Marvin is preceded in death by both his parents; two brothers, Eddis, Jr. and John Franklin; and step-father, Willie Hubert Harvey. He is survived by two sisters, Judy Cantrell (James), and Frances Lineweaver (Ken); brother, Fred Rouse (Brenda); three step-brothers, Hubert Harvey (Fayetta), Don Harvey (Mary), and Paul Harvey; step-sister, Diana Wygreen (Scott); aunt, Rita Smith of Terrell; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Mildred Louise Berry
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Mildred Louise Berry (Tillman)8-7-1921 – 4-16-16Born Aug. 7, 1921 to Willis Tillman and Elsie Olive Tillman in Campbell. She was the eldest of an extended family of eight children. Mildred lived most of her life in the Dallas area. She retired from the Zale Corporation where she worked as an office manager for many years. She and her late husband, James Edward Berry, retired to their country home in Kaufman County in the ‘80s. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Berry, parents, two brothers, three sisters and one half sister.  She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Hobbs, and her husband Bill; son, Jimmy Berry and his wife June; sister, Catherine Ussery; half sister, Linda Smith; grandson, Keith Hill; great-grandson, Keifer Hill; and a large extended family of loved ones.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Edward Dale Cooksey
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 1:24 pm

Edward Dale Cooksey, 79, of Oklahoma City, passed away on Nov. 24, 2015.

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Johnette Currington
Updated: April 13, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Johnette Currington of Poetry passed away surrounded by loving family on April 11, 2016, in Rockwall.

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Monday 04/11/2016
Verna Mae Wesley
Updated: April 11, 2016 - 11:49 am

Funeral services for Verna Mae Wesley, 94, of Terrell, formerly of Wills Point, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point with Mr. Gene Glaeser and Mr. Ken Maddox officiating.  Interment will follow at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
William "Bill" Tackett
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 9:18 am

William “Bill” Tackett, 76 of Kaufman, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home in Kaufman.

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Tuesday 04/05/2016
Gary Keith Antonucci Jr.
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 9:07 am

Gary Keith “Tru” Antonucci, Jr., of Terrell, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Dallas.  Gary was born March 2, 1981 in Houston, Tex. and he was preceded in death by his grandparents:  Mel and Margie Carpenter and Carl and Glenna Hickson.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
Bobby Kent Moore
Posted: March 29, 2016 - 8:03 am

Bobby Kent Moore was born in Kaufman County, Texas on October 4, 1929 to the late Jessie and Ethel McMahon Moore.  He passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 and entered into the presence of his Lord.

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Monday 03/28/2016
Angeline Sloan West
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 8:34 am

The Kingdom of Heaven is rejoicing at the arrival of an angel, Angeline (Cordovani) Sloan West.  Angie, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on March 21, 2016.  She was born to Andrew and Amelia (DiPasquale) Cordovani on April 21, 1932 in Waterloo, NY.

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Monday 03/21/2016
Joan LaFair Tucker Johnston
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 11:42 am

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother passed peacefully to be with her Lord on March 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
Herbert Lane Harmon Sr.
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Herbert Lane Harmon Sr. was born on November 10, 1944 in Kaufman, Texas to Marvin and Iva Lee Bulloch Harmon. Herbert passed away on March 16, 2016 in Dallas, Texas hospital. Herbert was born and raised in Kaufman. Although he did spend a brief time in Terrell. He married Mary Sue Honeycutt in Terrell Texas on September 2, 1966. Herbert was employed for 8 years at El Dorado Chemicals in Terrell. His hobbies were primarily the tractor and the Grandkids. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Barbara Roland.  Herbert is survived by his wife Mary Sue Harmon of Kaufman, Son: Herbert Harmon, Jr. of Kaufman, Daughter: Wynette Blackburn and husband Michael of Kaufman, Mother Iva lee Harmon of Kaufman, Sister: Deloris Allen of Kaufman, Grandchildren: Cody Blackburn and Monte Blackburn and many other relatives and friends. Memorial services were under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

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Leo Milton Burnett
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 9:39 am

Leo Milton Burnett, 73, of Terrell, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior March 15, 2016. Milton was born February 9, 1943 in Woodville, TX to J.B. Burnett and Velma Griffith. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday March 17, 2016 at Goggans Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday March 18, 2016 at Goggans Funeral Home Chapel in Terrell, TX. After Graduation, Milton went to Massey Business College in Angelina County. He later went to work as an Accountant for Texas Power & Light, which later became TXU Energy. At the age of 58, Milton ended his career and chose to retire. Milton was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church preceding The First Baptist Church of Terrell, TX. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years, Ruby Neal Burnett; children Cheri Darene Newton and husband Steven; Michelle Garrett and Todd Burnett. Grandchildren; Andy Newton; Ashley Newton; Sonja Velasquez Frans; Jesseca Lynn Garrett; Great Grandchildren Daniel Martinez; Sarah Newton and Dariuas Newton. Brother Sterling Burnett and wife Bobbie; sister Helen Temple and husband Leland; brother Kenneth Burnett and wife Phylliss; sister Betty Barkley; sister Joyce Sullivan and husband Doc; brother-in-law Ray Neal and wife Pam.

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Tuesday 03/08/2016
Sharon Kay Akin
Updated: March 08, 2016 - 8:07 am

Sharon Kay Akin, age 74, of Terrell, Texas. Sharon was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer November 2012. Her cancer spread to her brain, lungs and finally her spine. She fought long and hard for four years with chemotherapy, radiation, gamma knife radiation, cryoablation but to no avail. She passed away surrounded by her loved ones in her home Friday, March 4, 2016. 
Sharon was a hair dresser for 50 years at Waylon’s Hair Fashions, formerly on Rockwall Street. Prior to that she worked with her family at Dairy Queen. She grew up in Mineola and graduated from there before moving to Terrell.
Sharon loved to go camping and fishing with friends and family and was a proud member of the Terrell Boat Club on Lake Tawakoni. She loved going places, especially the beach. In her later years she went camping in her RV on Lake Fork with her high school classmates. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends on Tuesday nights. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Audrey Smith. Sharon is survived by her younger sisters: Barbara Schreck and family and Lynda Walker and family. Her son Craig Akin, wife Molly and his daughters Britney & Anthony Geisleman and Brooke Akin. Her daughter Dr. Shannon (Cissy) Akin and her children: Micki & Gavin Metoyer, Kenneth & Jessica Foster and Drake Plumb. Her son Brad Akin, wife Angela and their sons: Westen, Brayden and Landen. Her great grandsons Graham and Forrest Geisleman. 
She was loved by many and will be greatly missed! Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Sharon was very blessed to have a long life as well as one that was filled with so much love, happiness, joy, and laughter. She left this world surrounded by her family under the care of her granddaughter. 

A Celebration of Life for Sharon will be 4 P.M. Wednesday March 9, 2016 at Max Slayton Funeral Chapel. 
*In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the American Childhood Cancer Organization in honor of Brock Smith. (www.acco.org).

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Monday 03/07/2016
Margaret Jane Gattenby
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 10:32 am

Margaret Jane Gattenby, 78, passed peacefully Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Windsor Care Center in Terrell. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Goggans Funeral Home Chapel in Terrell, TX. A family interment service will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
Barbara Jean Hall
Posted: March 01, 2016 - 9:18 am

Barbara passed away peacefully on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She had just celebrated her 82nd birthday. She was born Feb 25th, 1934 in Terrell.

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Earl Lee Bradshaw Jr.
Updated: March 01, 2016 - 12:27 pm

Earl Lee Bradshaw Jr., 92, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, Friday afternoon February 26, 2016.

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Saturday 02/27/2016
Guinn William Swagerty Jr.
Updated: February 27, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Guinn “Bubba” William Swagerty Jr. was born in Wichita Falls, TX on March 2, 1959 to Guinn William Sr. and Helen Grace Stone Swagerty. Guinn went home to the lord on February 24, 2016. Born in Wichita Falls Guinn moved to Terrell the age of 7. Graduated from North Garland High School in 1977. He worked for the City of Terrell in the engineering department. Guinn was currently working for the Kaufman County Appraisal District. Guinn had many hobbies that he loved including hunting, fishing, and playing the guitar. Guinn was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Terrell. Guinn is survived by three sisters Glenda Lydia of Kaufman, Donna (Sissy) Biven of Kaufman, Tommie Messenger of Kaufman, nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

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Tuesday 02/23/2016
Harry Parkes Robinson
Updated: February 25, 2016 - 8:05 am

Harry Parkes Robinson, 76, of Dallas, TX passed away February 19, 2016. He was born to Walter and Elizabeth Robinson on October 26, 1939 in Dallas. Parkes received his BA degree from North Texas State University in journalism. He worked for a time for the Sherman-Democrat then continued his career as a free-lance journalist and in commercial real estate for a number of years.

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Myrna Henricks
Updated: February 23, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Myrna Adams Hendrick, 79, of Lipan passed away at a Fort Worth hospital Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
William D. Epperson
Updated: February 17, 2016 - 1:10 pm

William D. Epperson passed away on February 13, 2016 in Kaufman, Texas surrounded by his loved ones at the age of 86. Bill was born to Tommy and Jessie Mae Epperson on January 23, 1930 in Tioga, Texas. He was married to Merle Epperson for 38 wonderful years. William enjoyed doing carpentry work, and he was especially fond of building bird houses and bird feeders, quickly picking up the nickname “Bird House Bill” from many people who knew him. He would sell his houses and feeders in Edgewood on the corner of highway 19 and 80. He was a member of the Baptist church and his family not only knew him as a great person but good mechanic as well. William was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers, and one great grandchild. He is survived by his wife, 8 children, two sisters and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers the family would like you to make donations to Hospice Plus or any hospice facility of your choice. Condolences may be left at www.AndersonClaytonTerrell.com.

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Monday 02/15/2016
Russell Benton Massey
Posted: February 15, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Russell “Rusty” Benton Massey, 45, of Commerce, TX passed away on February 11th.

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Lavicia Lawhorn Fountain
Updated: February 16, 2016 - 7:29 am

Lavicia Lawhorn Fountain of Terrell went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 12, 2016 in Mesquite, Texas. Lavicia was born March 6, 1922 in Kaufman County, Texas to the late Jessie Sewell and Martha Josephine Walker Lawson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: James Holton Lawhorn and James L. Fountain; son, Michael Lawhorn; son in law, W.T. Rigney; grandson, Chad Lawhorn; great grandson Kevin Eugene Daniels; 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Lavicia worked for Ranger Boot Factory for several years until joining Southland Athletic where she worked for 37 years while at the same time raising her 6 children after the passing of her husband in 1960. She was a dedicated and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Terrell for many years until her health began to decline. She had a vast love for her children and siblings and she and her sister started an annual family reunion over 40 years ago. A true Proverbs 31 woman, her love for her Lord and her family are wonderful testaments of her strength and faith.

Those left to carry on Lavicia’s legacy are her sons: Charles R. Lawhorn of Terrell, James R. Lawhorn and wife Carolyn of Rockwall, Wayne Lawhorn and wife Janice of Terrell; daughters: Donna Rigney and Vickie Adams, both of Terrell; grandchildren: Geneva, Tim, James, Chris, Brittni, Stacy, Michelle, Earl, Lonnie and Alex; great grandchildren: Cassie, Brandi, Justin, Felicia, Anna, Laura and Bradlee; great-great grandchildren: Catlin, Payton, Bree and Emma; brother, Grady Lawson and wife Myrna of Terrell; sister-in-law, Ollie Faye Lawson as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Terrell with interment to follow at Oakland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday February 15 at Max Slayton Funerals and Cremations. The family asks that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 403 N. Catherine, Terrell, Texas 75160.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.maxslaytonfunerals.com.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Walter Herschel Chadick
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 8:51 am

Surrounded by his loving family, Walter Herschel Chadick, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 5, 2016, his grandson Parker Chadick’s birthday, who was there to greet him.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Clara Jo Clayton
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 7:23 am

Clara Jo Clayton, 95, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2016 in Dallas, TX. Clara Jo was born to Glen and Irene Ables on May 2, 1920 in Terrell, TX.  Jo was married to the love of her life, Bill Clayton, for 41 years. Jo worked hard through her life for Southwestern Bell, several years at the American National Bank and 25 years at the funeral home serving the families of Terrell. She had an upbeat personality and loved to laugh. Jo had a passion for all sports.  She played basketball in high school and college and as she got older continued to keep up with her favorite teams. She could also be seen reading a book or sitting at her table drinking a cup of coffee and working through crossword puzzles.  She would say she knew how her day would go depending on the crossword puzzle she was working on. She was a great cook and was well known for her rum cakes. Nanny’s greatest blessings were her grandkids and loved them with all of her heart. Jo was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Terrell, TX. Jo was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters, one brother and her grandson, Brad Barrow. Those left to cherish her memories are: children Ann Barrow and husband JW and Andy Clayton and wife Doris; grandchildren Kyle Barrow, Emily Clayton, Alex Clayton and Lesley Clayton; her great grandchildren Haley Barrow, Taylor Barrow and Rhiannon Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff and residents of the Colonial Lodge Assisted Living Center. Condolences can be left atwww.AndersonClaytonTerrell.com.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Jimmy Thell Sheppard
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Jimmy Thell Sheppard, of Terrell, passed away Jan. 30, 2016 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born July 17, 1934 in Hillsboro, Texas to James Sanford and Eva Blanch Odom Sheppard.  His parents welcomed him into Heaven along with his two sisters, Letha Joyce Green, Jenna Lee Boswell, former wife, Pansy Jean and one son, Steven Wade Doss. Jimmy started a long life of 80 some years by dropping out of school at the age of 15.  He was the first employee of the Dilly Boat Trailer Co. of Lancaster, TX and then worked for Timberlawn Hospital of Dallas.  In 1952, when he was 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Tawakoni for three and a half years.  Receiving and honorable discharge in 1955, Jimmy started as a carrier in the grocery business after which he became a meat cutter for 41 years. He also owned and operated Jim’s Awning Co. for 29 years.  He loved to buy and sell cars and he successfully sold 100 of them.  In 1955, he married Pansy Jean Turney who gave him three children, Darlene, Jimmy, Jr., and Debra and Pansy passed away in 1964.  Jimmy surrendered to the call of the Lord and entered the ministry in 1961, was ordained in 1964 and during his 54 years of ministry, he pastored 8 churches:  three of them for two times as well as one mission.  God gave Jimmy his childhood sweetheart back to him on Oct. 10, 1964, Jo Ann Doss, and with her came the honor of being a father to two more sons, Wesley and Steve.  Jimmy and Jo Ann raised the five children from whom came 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and they were married for 51 great years. He was a proud 20 year member of the American Legion Post #162 where he served as chaplain for 16 years.  He also worked at Goggans Funeral Home for 16 years and as Recruiter and Ombudsman for North Central TX Aria Agency on Aging for 17 years.  In July, 2015, Bro. Jimmy retired from pastoring due to health reasons at the age of 81.  A man who served his Lord, loved his family and honored his friendships, Bro. Jimmy will be truly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at 10:00am, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at First Missionary Baptist Church followed by interment at Oakland Memorial Park.  The family received friends 6-8pm, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Max Slayton Funerals and Cremations.  Stories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.maxslaytonfunerals.com.

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Willie Leonard Fowlks
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 11:29 am

Willie Leonard Fowlks was born in Terrell, Texas on January 20, 1935. He was the third of six children born to the late Essex Fowlks III and Miller Bryant Fowlks. Both parents and youngest brother, Charles, preceded him in death.    At an early age, Willie joined Mount Olive Baptist Church, sang in the choir and participated in various youth programs. Willie was educated in the Terrell Independent School District (Burnett Elementary, Junior High and High School) where he played a trombone in the band and joined some of the campus organizations.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Mildred Bradfield
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:37 pm

Mildred Bradfield was The First Lady of Full Gospel Greater Deliverance Church of Terrell, TX and also a Missionary and Secretary for The Heralds of Jericho Lodge of Terrell, TX she passed on Saturday January 30th, Service was held on Saturday February 6th at 2:30pm Allen G. Madison St-Mark M.B.C 4536 Philip St Dallas Texas Burial will be Monday February 8th 10:00am DFW National Cemetery. Evergreen Funeral Home Terrell, Texas

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Monday 02/01/2016
Sylvia Smith
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Sylvia Smith, 83, of Terrell passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 at her residence. Memorial service will be 2:00pm Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, February 5, at Goggans Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Goggans Funeral Home in Terrell.

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Jean Ann White
Posted: February 01, 2016 - 11:34 am

Jean Ann White, 69, passed away at her home in Del Rio, Texas on January 29, 2016.  She was born October 13, 1946 in International Falls, MN. She is survived by her husband Clifton Micheal White; sons: Clinton Alexander White (Jennifer) of Hattiesburg, MS and Kevin Wayne White (Heidi) of Okati, S.C.; sisters: Anita Lucille Coy of Oregon and Teressa Spears of Lubbock, TX. Jean was preceded in death by a daughter: Elizabeth Ann White.  Chapel service will be on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2:00P.M at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home with Jim Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Campground Cemetery in Terrell, Texas on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:00A.M.  Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas.  78840   Ph: 830.775.2000

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Thursday 01/28/2016
Billy Ray Jones
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Billy Ray Jones was born on February 25, 1950 in Amarillo, Texas to Willie Bob and Lula Oleta Jones. Billy passed away at his home in Kaufman, Texas on December 28, 2015. Billy married Carolyn Pollard on February 2, 1980 in Dallas, Texas. They had a loving marriage that lasted over 37 years.  Billy was a considered to be a jack of all trades by all of those that loved and knew Billy. Billy loved fishing and the outdoors. But even more Billy loved his wife and his family. He was a devoted man to both family and God. He was a Christian man that put his faith in Christ. Billy is survived by his wife Carolyn Jones of Kaufman, Sons: Scotty Jones and wife Elizabeth of Hazlet, Texas, Allen Scully and wife Becky of West Tawakoni, Texas, David Kelly and wife Bridgett of Kaufman, Texas, Daughters: Sharon Scully of Kaufman, Texas, Theresa Smith and husband Brad of Waco, Texas, Suzanne Marie Feltis and husband Michael of Kaufman, Texas, Brother: Johnny Jones and wife Maxine of Lewisville, Texas, Sister: Gloria Criswell of Wilburton, Texas. 14 Grandchildren and 9 great-Grandchildren. Memorial Services were held December 31, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, with Bro. Pat Cooper officiating.

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Monday 01/25/2016
Wanda F. Blatney
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 12:01 pm

Wanda F. Blatney, 82, of Rowlett passed away Monday January 18 in Wylie, Texas. Memorial service will be 1:00pm Friday, January 29, 2016 at Goggans Funeral Home Chapel in Terrell.

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Friday 01/22/2016
Octavia Gonzalez
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 7:54 am

Octavia Gonzalez “Vita”, 76, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on January 21, 2016 in Terrell, Texas. She was born in El Remolino Mexico on September 16, 1939 to Maximiano Reyes and Maria Altamirano. In 1955, Octavita married Tomas Gonzalez, and spent 50 wonderful years together. From that union came 9 children. Vita was an avid gardener and always looking forward to the spring time so she can get all new flowers for her garden, her dedication to her garden and flowers helped her win the ‘yard of the month’ award. While spending time outside and gardening she liked to be around her cats. When Vita was not gardening she loved being with her family, always wanting to surround herself with her grandchildren, and putting them before herself. They enjoyed coming together every year to cook tamales and spend time together. Her family will always remember her by her love for flowers, her amazing cooking and the way she always wanted her house nice and clean. Octavia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sons, Everardo and Tomasito, and a grandson, Juanito Gonzalez. She is survived by her children: Armando and wife Fay of Terrell, Texas, Juan and ex Evelia Gonzalez of Terrell, Texas, Jorge and wife Maria of Terrell, Texas, Hector and wife Maribel of Terrell, Texas, Eduardo of Terrell, Texas; her two daughters, Luz Maria Galindo and husband Ramiro of Eagle Pass, and Isabel Castaneda and husband Javier of Terrell Texas, and her daughter in law, Edna Gonzalez of Mabank, her brothers; Pedro Reyes, of Mexico, Maximiano Reyes of Mexico, Jesus Reyes of Houston, and Polo Reyes of Houston, and her sisters; Josefa Martinez of Houston, Morayma Cardona of Mexico, and  Rosa Amelia Delgado of Mexico. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two on the way and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. A gathering for family and friends will be held at 6p.m. on Sunday January 24, 2015 at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral home in Terrell, Texas with a rosary at 7p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10a.m. on Monday January 25, 2015 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas. A burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank, Texas. Condolences can be left at www.AndersonClaytonTerrell.com.

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Monday 01/18/2016
Mary Sutton
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 2:23 pm

Mary Sutton, of Terrell, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2016 surrounded by her family.
She was born in McGehee, AR on Aug. 30, 1940 to J.D. and Ruth (Pace) Prince.  She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, sister, Sandra Kay Daniels, and grandson, Shawn Stone.   A woman of many  abilities, Mary worked after completing high school at the Wells-Lamont Glove Factory after which she moved to the North Texas area and started working in the construction business. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and family gatherings were her favorite way to spend time.  Mary also enjoyed tending and growing her roses, caring for her cherished dogs and her beloved horse, Champ.  She also made sure to let each of her family and friends know every day how much she loved and cared for them. 
Mary leaves to cherish her legacy her husband, Charles Anderson of Terrell; children:  Jackie Cullens (Brenda Rowson) of Riverside, TX, Ruth Benson (Randy) of Seagoville, Jerry Sutton (Vicki) of Warner Robins, GA; grandchildren:  Samantha Werner (Philip), Taylor and Lauren Sutton, Lee Stone (Jennifer); great granddaughter, Alyssa Werner; siblings:  Leona Gill, Linda Fenner and Jerry Donald Prince as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends. 
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at Max Slayton Funeral Chapel with the family receiving friends beginning at 10:00am to service time.  In honor of Mary’s love for animals, memorials may be made to the SPCA of Dallas at www.adoptapet.com. Memories and stories may be shared with the family atwww.maxslaytonfunerals.com

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Friday 01/15/2016
Martha Shumpert
Posted: January 15, 2016 - 2:17 pm

Martha Shumpert of Terrell passed away peacefully on January 14, 2016. She was born on September 10, 1930 in Hiram, TX to Eugene and Dealia Woodall. After retiring from Southwestern Bell, Martha spent her days reading, gardening and quilting with her friends. Martha is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Billy Shumpert and son-in-law Ernie Clark. She is survived by her children Robert Shumpert, Debbie Shumpert-Clark, and grandson, David Clark; siblings, Nita Rice, Ramona Tucker, Myrna Lawson, Juanda Woodall, Charlott Lawrence, Larry Woodall, Darrell Brunson and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on January 18, 2016 at Oakland Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home and you can visit the website www.andersonclaytonterrell.com and leave condolences.

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Monday 01/11/2016
Debbie Weaver
Posted: January 11, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Debbie Weaver of Newsome, Tx., died on Thursday 12/24/15 at Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler,Tx., of respiratory failure. She was born on 7/14/45 in Terrell,Tx. She was survived by her husband Jimmy Weaver, son Kevin Weaver, and two grandsons, Jaden and Jason Weaver of Plano, Tx., a sister Ramona and husband Don Allen of Bedias, Tx. She has five cousins in Terrell, Tx. Jimmy and Debbie moved to Newsome,Tx. in 2000 where they were  in business for themselves. They were married for 49 years and she will be missed by many. Into God's hands may you go.

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Dorothy Myre Elizabeth Dozier
Updated: January 11, 2016 - 10:43 am

Dorothy Myre Elizabeth Dozier of McKinney, Texas passed away January 6, 2016 at the age of 84.  She was born January 16, 1931 to Willie Cornelius “Neely” and Julia Mae (Fountain) Blasius in Kaufman County, Texas.  Dorothy graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Art History from Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. She married Donald Dozier December 1, 1951 at First United Methodist Church in Terrell, Texas.  Dorothy owned her own interior design business.  She was a talented interior designer and a well-known artist.  She was a member of the Crafters Guild of Chestnut Square and was a member of First United Methodist Church of McKinney.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Wilma Coffman Higginbotham Hunt
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 9:36 am

A Celebration of Life for Wilma Coffman Higginbotham Hunt, 80, of Longview will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016, at the Longview Missionary Baptist Church, 800 E. Loop 281. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2015, at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell. Mrs. Hunt passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016.

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Tuesday 01/05/2016
Louis Lynn Brown
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Louis Lynn Brown was born March 11, 1924 in Houston, TX to Reuben and Jewel Brown.  He went to be with the Lord at 6:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016. 

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Monday 01/04/2016
Freddie Louise Cameron
Updated: January 08, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Freddie Louise Cameron, 80, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 3, 2016 in Terrell, TX. She was born to Henry Edgar and Silva Hall Gilliam on December 9, 1952.  Left to cherish her memory is her 4 children: Linda Gail Miller and husband Charlie, Reeba Cameron, Anna Thomas and Ronnie Cameron and wife Haengcha; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchildren. Family will celebrate the life of Freddie at 1:00pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in the Blue Ridge Cemetery.  For furhter information and to leave condolences please visit www.andersonclaytonterrell.com.

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Maurice Rasbury
Updated: January 04, 2016 - 3:20 pm

Maurice Rasbury, formerly of Terrell, passed away Jan. 2, 2016 in Arlington.  Maurice was born Sept. 9, 1948 in Terrell. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilford Maurice Rasbury,  step-father, Charles Meeks, grandparents, four uncles and two aunts. 

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