Obituary: Bessie Lois McGee

mcgeeGraveside services and interment for Bessie Lois McGee, 86, Athens have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Goodgame Cemetery with Pastor Denny Sanderson officiating.

Mrs. McGee died March 9, 2013 in Athens.

She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Columbia, Miss. to the late Samuel Franklin and Ida Joyce Ward Height. Bessie was a long time resident of Athens and a member of Livingstone Fellowship Church. She loved to cook and go fishing, She was a very loving mother who devoted her time supporting and participating in every aspect of her children’s lives. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy and LSU tiger fan , and had a passionate love for pets.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley McGee, in 1976 and a grandson, Wiley Darnell LeBleu, in 1999.

Survivors include sons, James R. McGee, Chandler, Joseph D. McGee, Malakoff, Waymond D. McGee and his wife Christine, Moore, Okla.; daughters, Tammy Renna’ McGee, Athens, Sherry Shepherd, Athens; grandchildren, Anthony LeBleu, Jennings, La., Levi LeBleu, Athens, Benjamin LeBleu, Beaumont, William LeBleu, Athens; three great-grandchildren, special friends that have become part of the family, Sue Ann Roquemore, Nieves Rodriquez and Shirley Burns all of Athens; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Byers, Darrell McGee, J.T. Trammell. Terry McGee, John Gahagan and James Pepper.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701.

County Attorney’s Report for February 2013

County Attorney Clint Davis reported the following activity in the disposition of cases filed through his office during the month of February 2013 in the County Court at Law, County Court at Law No. 2, and County Court:

  • Assaults, 12
  • Burglary of Vehicle, 5
  • Criminal Mischief >=$50<$500, 1 Criminal Mischief >=$500<$1500, 1
  • Criminal Trespass, 5
  • Disregard Red Light, 1
  • Driving While Intoxicated, 24
  • Driving While License Suspended, 2
  • Driving While License Invalid w/ Previous Suspension/Conviction w/o
  • Financial Responsibility, 8
  • Evading Arrest Detention, 4
  • Expired Vehicle Registration, 1
  • Fail to Appear, 2
  • Fail to Identify Fugitive/Intent GiveFalse Information, 4
  • Fail to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information, 2
  • Fail to Show Proof of Financial Responsibility, 2
  • False Drug Test Falsification Device, 2
  • False Report to Police Officer, 1
  • Harboring Runaway Child, 1
  • Indecent Exposure, 2
  • Interfere w/ Public Duties, 1;
  • Organize Retail Theft, 2
  • Permit Consumption of AB During Suspension, 1
  • Possession Dangerous Drug, 2
  • Possession of Marijuana <2oz, 48 Possession Marijuana >2<=4oz, 2
  • Possession CS PG 3<28G, 10
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1
  • Prohibited Weapon Switchblade/Knuckle, 2
  • Public Nuisance, 1
  • Purchase Furnish Alcohol to Minor, 1
  • Reckless Driving, 2
  • Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, 2
  • Sale to a Minor – alcohol, 1
  • Speeding, 9
  • Terroristic Threat, 2
  • Terroristic Threat of Family/Household, 1
  • Theft By Check, 77
  • Theft of Property >=$50<$500, 8
  • Theft of Property >=$500<$1500, 2
  • Theft of Service >=$500<$1500, 1
  • Unlawful Restraint, 1
  • Unsafe Speed, 1
  • Violate Promise to Appear, 1
  • Violation of Clean Air Act, 1
  • Total number of dispositions for the month: 260
  • Total amount of fines and court costs assessed: $110,839.15
  • Number of Individuals sentenced to the Henderson County Jail: 92
  • Number of Individuals who have had their probation revoked and were
  • sentenced to the Henderson County Jail: 9
  • Amount of restitution collected and returned to merchants by the Hot Check
  • Division: $18,259.61
  • Open Records Request: 11

Around Malakoff: Bragging on CLNH

By Loretta Humble

Last week I spent a lot of this column bragging on my own companies. It probably wasn’t the best time to do so, because the main news in that column was that Jerome James had given our community two beautiful sculptures. I said how great that was, and then launched right in to telling you how great my own companies were for all they do for the community.

Then I had the nerve to send the column to Mr. James, who was gracious enough to compliment the column, and ask for a copy of the paper when it was printed.

I’m pretty sure I chose the wrong time to start bragging, but it came out of the recognition that I brag on everybody else more than I do my own Cedar Lake Nursing Home and Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice, and that is not fair. So I resolved to do better. I didn’t intend to do this much this quick. Here I am bragging on them again. But how can I help it?

The recent issue of US News and World Report listed the best nursing homes in the country. You can go to their site, or to and type in a zip code and find the most highly rated nursing homes in your area. In this area, it is us. Cedar Lake Nursing Home. This is big, folks. We got the five stars. That is tops. The next nearest five star nursing homes are in Ennis and Teague. There is one in Waco, and one in West. There are no other five star nursing homes in Henderson, Anderson, Kaufman, Limestone, Navarro, Smith, Van Zandt, or Gregg counties. I got tired of looking after that, but I do know there are a number of them in Dallas.

Now comes the disclaimer. There are a lot of four star nursing homes around here. Four-Star still means better than average. And they, as well as some of the lesser star homes may have just been caught by the inspectors on a bad day. I think you have to have a perfect inspection to get five stars, and can you imagine how difficult that is to get when you are dealing with that many residents and that many people who care for them? Perfect inspections don’t happen often. Not with us, either.

We’ll be having another inspection soon, and, who knows? Maybe we’ll slip up, or maybe the inspectors will look extra hard and find something to ding us on, just to keep us on our toes. I’ll admit, if they take a star or two away from us, I won’t be spreading it all over the newspaper and the Internet like I am now. But whichever nursing home gets the most stars will. And I won’t blame them. We are just going to do our best to have it be us.

I’m not going to launch into a big commercial about how good and loving we are, stars or no stars. You just need to come hang out with us sometime and see for yourself. And here’s some useful advice: If you are considering a nursing home, now or in the future, whether it is Cedar Lake or not, do your homework. Go meet the administrator, talk to some nurses and some aides and especially some patients. See if it smells good. See if the meals look good. See what their rehab department is like.

In fact, a really good sneaky way to find out about Cedar Lake or any other nursing home, is to become a volunteer. Almost any nursing home will welcome you. (If they don’t, that is your first clue.) There are always some residents who would love for you to visit them. Maybe you would like to help with activities, or even come up with a new one, while you discover whether we, or any of the rest of us, deserve our stars.

Loretta Humble is the owner of Cedar Lake Nursing Home as well as their Home Health and Hospice. The former publisher of The Malakoff News, she has been covering the area for 20 years. Semi-retired for day-to-day running the companies, she is now a full-time spreader of (mostly) good news in her community through her Facebook page, Since she is supported in this endeavor by her Cedar Lake companies, she jokes that she is the inspiration for the Michael’s and Jeff’s creation of Henderson County Now.

TVCC drama students from Athens, Mabank earn awards

Trinity Valley Community College students Caleb Caldwell (left) and Tiffany Sexton were recently honored at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The two students were recognized for their work in the fall 2012 production of “Too Much Memory.” (COURTESY PHOTO)
Trinity Valley Community College students Caleb Caldwell (left) and Tiffany Sexton were recently honored at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The two students were recognized for their work in the fall 2012 production of “Too Much Memory.” (COURTESY PHOTO)

TVCC Public Information press release

Trinity Valley Community College students Tiffany Sexton of Athens and Caleb Caldwell of Mabank were recently honored for their work with the college’s theatrical productions.

Students from the TVCC Theatre Program traveled to Centenary College in Louisiana last week for the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

At that event, Sexton won in the category of Lighting Technology and Projections for her projection design for “Too Much Memory.”

Caldwell was recognized in the Notorious Achievement in Graphics category for his poster design for “Too Much Memory.” That production was presented by the drama department last fall.

The design and acting students who competed at the festival were competing with undergraduate and graduates students from other community colleges, four-year private colleges and state universities. Region 6 includes colleges and universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Obituary: Naomi ‘Nana’ Harton Henning Cogdell

Naomi “Nana” Harton Henning Cogdell

Naomi “Nana” Harton Henning Cogdell went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ March 7, 2013.

She was born May 28, 1919 in Anderson County to the late Clinton Walker and Ethel Gertrude Wright Harton. In 1936, Naomi married Willard D. Henning. They lived in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. When Willard passed away in 1959 Naomi moved with her daughter, Ethelene, back to Athens. Naomi went to beauty school and became a hair dresser. In 1967 Naomi married Bill “Papa” Cogdell. They were married until his death in 2008. Naomi and Bill were active members of First Baptist Church. They won yard of the month two times.

Naomi and Bill had a strong sense of community. If there was a need from a neighbor or friend, she wouldn’t just bring a dish, but prepare the whole meal. Nana and Papa had a special spot in their hearts for their lovely great-granddaughter, Courtnie Lynn, always preparing her favorite holiday food, Chop Suey.

Mrs. Cogdell is preceded in death by her two husbands Willard Henning and Bill Cogdell; sisters, Captola Turlington and husband Jerome and Dorothy Marie Harton.

Survivors include daughter, Ethelene Herrington, Plano; grandchildren Rob Herrington and wife Krystal, Plano, Rhonda Herrington, Grand Island, Nebraska; and very special great-granddaughter, Courtnie Lynn Herrington, Athens; brother, C. W. Harton and wife Lora, Cross Roads; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Cross Roads Baptist Church.

Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery.

If desired, memorials may be made to Henderson County Food Pantry, P O Box 2062, Athens, Texas 75751.