Obituary: Donald L. Ellis

Donald L. Ellis of Athens passed away on Feb. 18, 2013 in Athens at the age of 75.

Donald was born on May 6, 1937 in Lyman, Iowa to Claude and Gail L. Hoyt Ellis. He was employed at Cross Roads Independent School District for 13 years.

He is survived by his companion, Carolyn Kuhn; sons, Eugene and wife Sharon Ellis of Murchison, Ronald and wife Lisa of Murchison, David and wife Betty Ellis of Groesbeck, Richard and wife Judy Ellis of McKinney, Mark and wife Jessie Ellis of Cross Roads; sister, Donna Blackwell; brother, Davis Ellis; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Laura Richards Ellis; brother, Dennis Ellis; grandson, Mickie Lee Ellis; and granddaughter, Lori Mae Ellis.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

Service will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating. Graveside service will be Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at Post Oak Cemetery with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating.

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Heart N Sole 5K results released

Jason Bogardus of Plano was the overall winner of the Heart N Sole 5K.
Jason Bogardus of Plano was the overall winner of the Heart N Sole 5K. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN PHOTO)

The inaugural Heart N Sole 5K held at the Cain Center Saturday, Feb. 16, drew 126 runners and was deemed a success by organizers, who also thanked race sponsors Crestway Park Dental and Athens ENT. They also thanked Brookshire’s, which provided fruit and chocolate for the fountain.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Overall Winners were:

  • Jason Bogardus, 35, Plano, 20:18.20
  • Sonia Eudy, 35, Eustace, 20:46.90

Category Winner were:

Ages 10-14

1st , GARRETT WALKER AGE 8 – 30:.37
2nd, JOSEPH CODY AGE 14 – 33:33.93
3rd, BRYAN BARTON AGE 10 – 39:56.76

1st, RACHEL COOK AGE 12 – 25:35.34
2nd, BREANNA RAGAN AGE 13 – 26:21.50
3rd, EMILY MULLINS AGE 12 – 31:51.45

Ages 15-19

1ST, CHRIS ECHOLS AGE 15 – 32:19.76

1ST, FAITH ECHOLS AGE 16 – 29:26.92
2nd, JASMINE CODY AGE 16 – 43:15.67
3rd, CASSIDY MCCOY AGE 17 – 50:43.48

Ages 20-29

1st, ELIAS HERNANDEZ AGE 25- 20:45.96
2nd, ELVIS GARCIA AGE 27 – 24:24.82
3rd, JAIME SANTOS AGE 25 – 25:24.32

1ST, JENNIFER COLLUM AGE 23 – 23:21.65
2ND, LANA MONTGOMERY AGE 28 – 25:24.98
3rd, YESSICA CERRILLO AGE 27 – 27:10.00

Ages 30-39

1st, JASON BOGARDUS AGE 35 – 20:18.20
2nd, DAVID HOLIK AGE 39 – 21:13.87
3rd, RICHARD WARD AGE 30- 22:36.06

1st, SONIA EUDY AGE 35 – 20:46.90
2nd, TAMMIE WICKEL AGE 30 – 25:38.29
3rd, SHELLY TANNER AGE 33 – 25:42.35

Ages 40-49

1st, BOBBY BURTON AGE 49 – 26:18.89
2nd, STEVE DRUMMEL AGE 47 – 33:12.79

1st, SHERRI MCINNIS AGE 44 – 25:19.07
2nd, SANDY CARTER AGE 42 – 26:22.85
3rd, LISA RAY AGE 46 – 30:01.39

Ages 50-59

1st, TONY CULLUM AGE 51 – 25:45.09
2nd, KEVIN RAY AGE 53 – 30:02.20
3rd, RANDY LAMBRIGHT AGE 59 – 45:31.48

1st, JEAN BOGARDUS AGE 56 – 30:05.70
2nd, JULIE SMITH AGE 55 – 36:17.42
3rd, SHANNON DUBE AGE 50 – 41:56.82

Ages 60+

1st, WALTER HILLEBRAND AGE 73- 28:08.56
2nd, PHIL TUCKER AGE 69 – 29:08.32
3rd, DAVID MCCOY AGE 68 – 35:52.75

1st, PATSY WEEMS AGE 60 – 29:59.62
2nd, ROSE PATTON AGE 64 – 43:48.32
3rd, SANDY CURRAN AGE 64 – 49:54.92

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards split double header

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

A doubleheader split against Hill College Tuesday night at Cain Park moved the Lady Cardinals’ season record to 12-6.

The Lady Cardinals prevailed 5-0 in Game 1 and fell 7-6 in Game 2.

Erica Jordan slammed a three-run home run in the first game to spark the Lady Cardinals.

In the second game, Marci Seymour, Shelby Reddington, Celeste Montoya and Candise Wise had two hits each. Montoya and Wise each drove in a run.

The Lady Cardinals carried a five-run lead into the top of the seventh inning.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad is scheduled to travel Saturday to Lufkin to play Angelina in a doubleheader. Action begins at 1 p.m.


The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals go after a 42nd straight Cardinal Gym win today against Angelina at 5:30 p.m. The game will be webcast on the Cardinal Sports Network at

The Lady Cardinals are 26-1 on the year and 13-0 in conference. Angelina is 16-11 and 8-5.

The Lady Cardinals were an 86-60 winner against Angelina earlier this season in Lufkin.

The Lady Cardinals have an open date Saturday.


The Cardinals take to the road tonight, going to Carthage to face Panola. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Cardinals are 16-10 on the season and 7-8 in conference. Panola is 8-18 and 0-16.

Last month at Cardinal Gym, the Cardinals rolled to an 80-59 win against Panola.

The Cardinals are scheduled to be at home Saturday against Paris at 4 p.m. The Cardinal Sports Network will webcast the game.


In case you missed the announcement last week, the dates of the Region XIV Basketball Tournament have been changed to Tuesday-Saturday, March 5-9.

The event will be held on the campus of UT Tyler.

Obituary: Martha Louise Graham

Martha Louise Graham
Martha Louise Graham

Martha Louise Graham was born the daughter of Paul Etheridge and Doris Suber Fountain on Jan. 30, 1945 in Houston. She married her husband, John Graham, on June 8, 1963 in Pittsburg, Texas. She later went on to become an R.N. serving 32 years with East Texas Medical Center in Athens as an Infection Control Nurse. Louise was a member of the Dogwood Church and was a dedicated servant of the Lord. She loved children and spent many hours teaching in the Children’s Ministry and with AWANA. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star and of A.P.I.C. (American Professionals of Infection Control). Louise loved spending time with all of her family, but she had a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and Mimi and will be greatly missed by all she touched.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Fountain.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Graham of Athens; her mother, Doris Fountain of Pittsburg; her two sons, Jim and wife Karen Graham of Watkinsville, Ga., Don and wife Ricki Graham of Forney; one brother, Richard and wife Darlene Fountain of Mt. Pleasant; Sue Hart of Coyle, Okla. and four grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, Cameron and Reese Graham

In lieu of flowers the family would like for donations to be made to one of the following charities: The Dogwood Church Children’s Fund, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

AROUND MALAKOFF: Welcoming Alexis Faith Crye

Loretta Humble
Loretta Humble

By Loretta Humble, Around the Town

Lots of nice news around town this week. Of course, the big news is that Alexis Faith, daughter of Jessica and Mark Crye, arrived Friday morning. She weighed 6.5 lbs. and is 19.5 inches long. I do not know why those statistics matter, but people seem to want to know. The main things are these—she is beautiful, as would have been expected, and mother and daughter are just fine, and are already settled in at home.

Alexis’s expected arrival was the final straw that convinced Jessica and Dottie to close their great little shop, My Favorite Things. We all grieved about that. But we are regrouping and we will be fine. We’ve agreed to have coffee and sweet tea down at the Flagg House. If I need to remind any of you, the historic Flagg House houses the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. It is basically a gift to our community from Kenny Andrews, who paid for it, and continues to fix it up and support it, and from Pat Isaacson, who gives her life, and some of her own resources, to tending it. It is a beautiful place and we are working on the idea of making it more conducive to small and larger group gatherings. We need some couches and chairs that are a little elegant-looking in order to fit in with the house, but are sturdy and comfortable, so no one is afraid to sit on them. If you know of some that might be donated, or sold for an affordable price, please let us know.

Also, maybe we’ll still get to meet for coffee at the former Favorite Things building. The new folks going in there are doing extensive remodeling, going to open up the whole back of the building. The Cryes had fixed up the front half of the building beautifully, but had just used the back for storage, as the floor was caving in, among other problems. These guys are fixing that. And while they won’t be serving food for a while, I do believe there will be coffee and a nice place to drink it. Maybe even a goody if we are lucky. By the way, last time I asked, they hadn’t decided what to name it.

Down at the Bartlett House, the wonderful ruin with the legendary gardens the Garden Club is restoring, great things are happening, much of it through the effort of Cheryl Kietscheraski who has adopted the place and brought her family in to help her. She is going to be planting a rose garden next week. But we got a great boost last week when Acme Brick sent over a crew of four men and a little bulldozer, headed by Rick Vieregee. They uncovered and brought back to be restored big hunks of brick and mortar that had fallen off the porches, and had been dumped at the edge of the property.

The folks out at Long Cove, the fabulous development just north of town, have taken an interest in the property, and have proposed to pay for major clean up and securing the house to keep vandals out. And not just boarding up the windows, but securing it beautifully, with ironwork that fits the style of the house.

Plus, the narcissus are just gorgeous right now. Please drive by and take a look.

It’s fun to watch Kay Asher and Shelly Fugit get ready for the Funky Junk affair Country Chicks are going to have at Harvey Hall this weekend. Last week they had their booth framework set up in the parking spaces outside Country Chicks, practicing how to set it up fast. Kay hopes she can get all the shops and our upcoming events a lot of publicity out of this.

And we do have a lot of things coming up—Cornbread Festival, Art Garden Tour, Knife and Tomahawk Gathering, Big Bass Tournament, and some other stuff I forgot, but I’m out of room. Anyhow, they are all more than a month away, so I can talk about them next time. And the next.