Obituary: W. Gene Ketcham

W. Gene Ketcham
W. Gene Ketcham

W. Gene Ketcham , age 87 passed away on March 16, 2013 in Corsicana. Mr. Ketcham was born on Aug. 3, 1925 to Earnest Ethen and Nora B. Hines Ketcham in Pike County, Ohio.

Gene served our country in the Air Force and was a paint contractor by trade.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Nora Ketcham; wife Frances Ketcham; and son Charles Stone; brothers Johnny, Wendell, and Lloyd Ketcham; sisters Helen Pettit, Elsie, and Mary.

He is survived by son Jon Ketcham; daughter-in-law Barbara Stone; grandchild Marie Stone; sisters Lucille Shaner and Ruth Moon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is asking everyone to gather together on Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 107 S. College Street, Malakoff. Everyone will proceed to the graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. at the Malakoff Cemetery with Bro. Charles Kimble officiating.

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Military news: Bell graduates from basic

Army National Guard Pfc. Emily A. Bell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Bell is the daughter of Scott and Julie Bell of Palestine.

She is a 2012 graduate of LaPoynor High School, LaRue.

Obituary: Claude Weldon Bass

Claude Weldon Bess
Claude Weldon Bess

Service for Claude Weldon Bess of Mabank will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Wayne Pitchford officiating.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.

Bess was born March 21, 1936 in Dexter, Mo. to Alma Marie (Patterson) and Marion Bess, and passed away in Mabank March 15, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sherline Bess; daughter, Shirley Hibdon and husband Frank; daughter, Barbara Williams; daughter Debbie Stidger and husband Robert; daughter Nancy Longoria and husband Enis; daughter Connie Stamper and husband Michael; daughter Sherry Houston and husband Phillip; brothers, Cledis and Ronnie; sisters Della Mae and Joyce; 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

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Obituary: Travis Wright

Travis Wright
Travis Wright

Services for Travis Wright, 82, of Brownsboro are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Buddy Powell officiating. Graveside services will follow in New Hope Cemetery under the auspices of Masonic Lodge # 1051 AF & AM.

Mr. Wright died Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Tyler.

He was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Enloe to Artie Benjamin and Hattie Mae Beckham Wright and resided in Brownsboro for the past 38 years. He was a member of First United Methodist church. Travis served on the Brownsboro Independent School District Board of Directors for several years. He also coached youth league sports in the Brownsboro area 15 years. He was a 50 year member of Masonic Lodge # 1051.

Travis was preceded in death by daughter Teresa Hall in 2010; grandson Cooper Wright in 2004; three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include wife of 46 years, Minnie Lou Wright, Brownsboro; sons Chad Wright and wife Amy, Venus, Todd Wright and wife Keri, Flint; daughter Shannon Brown, Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

If desired memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 11068 Stuart Street, Brownsboro, Texas 75756 or Masonic Lodge # 1051, Hwy 31 East, Brownsboro, Texas 75756.

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HCLS Day 1: Set up


I went out to the Fairpark Complex — along with Jeff Weinstein and Bill Clark — to set up the Weinstein Law bus as my base of operations for Livestock Show week. There were plenty of people out there getting things set up, and I posted a Facebook photo album of some of the activity.