Obituary: Dean Green

Earl Dean Green
Earl Dean Green

Funeral services for Dean Green, 78, of the Walton Community are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2013 at Zion Hill Assembly of God Church with Bro. Randy Fisher and Bro. Donald Herring officiating.

Burial will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Earl Dean Green went home to be with the Lord Jan. 31, 2013 in Athens.

He was born Sept. 20,1934 in the Walton Community to the late James Andrew and Etta Bell Mixon Green. He lived all his life in the Walton Community. He was a farmer, electrician, construction worker and also a ranch hand. He was a loving and devoted husband. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to kid and joke around with everyone and you knew when he wasn’t feeling good. He will be missed by his family and everyone that knew him. He was a member of Zion Hill Assembly of God Church all of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma Green, Walton; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Charlotte Green, Walton, Robby and Deborah Green, Walton; brother, Vestal Buford Green and wife Ruthie, Mesquite; sisters; Cynthia Davis, Athens, Anna Faye Martin and husband Homer, Walton; grandchildren, Terry Green and wife Nora, Missouri, Dana Weatherford and husband Blake, Athens, Rocky Green and wife Larra, Athens, Candace Pierce and husband Snapper, Athens, Kane Crist and Kara Christ both of Athens, Diane Duke and husband Scott, Dallas, Dee Dee Gould and husband Brian, South Carolina, David Collins, Kentucky; 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Blake Weatherford, Rocky Green, Snapper Pierce, Terry Green, Scott Duke, Jimmy Christopher, John Kling and Dwain McCarley.

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at

Obituary: William (Bill) Vernon Leist, Sr.

William (Bill) Vernon Leist Sr.
William (Bill) Vernon Leist Sr.

Services for William (Bill) Vernon Leist, Sr., 79, of Ben Wheeler, Texas are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Eubank Chapel under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

He passed away peacefully at his home in Ben Wheeler, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2013.

He was born Sept. 17, 1933 in Vicksburg, Miss., to Albert Leist and Evelyn Leist Johns.

Bill lived most of his adult life in Euless, Texas. He was a quiet, gentle man who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He worked as a chef and retired 11 years ago to East Texas. In his spare time he enjoyed reading his bible, gardening, cooking, traveling, playing board games and watching TV (especially cooking shows and westerns). Bill was extremely loving and proud of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife and best friend, Shirley Leist of Ben Wheeler; three sons, Bill, Steve and Bobby Leist all of Ben Wheeler; and daughter, Janet (Leist) Young of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Pennington and her husband Don and their two daughters, Donna and Cathy of Dallas; his 10 grandchildren, Steven, Stephanie, Shawna, Melissa, Dana, Kenley, Paul, Nikki, Lauren and Andrew; his 13 great-grandchildren, Bryson, C.J., Cash, Madisyn, Mason, Kaydenz, Brooklynn, Braxton, Lexxa, Mackinzie, Leah, Madeline and Luke; the spouses and fiancee of his children and grandchildren, David Young, Cindy Boatman, Michael Kile, Eric Schofield and Mark Gibson; as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and other friends.

Family will receive friends Saturday 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Athens lawyer meets Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia


Athens lawyer and former state representative Fred Head attended a Jan. 28 Dallas lecture by the longest serving US Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, and his co-author, SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Research Professor Bryan A. Garner, concerning their newest book “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.” In commenting on the lecture, Head said, “Justice Scalia and Professor Garner have written a timeless book worthy of the ages. Their knowledge and wisdom reflected in the pages of ‘Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts’ will stand as a practical road map for lawyers and judges to follow in the days and years ahead as well as a monumental anchor of restraint for the grounding of American law and jurisprudence as the people of the United States of America face the future with the assurance that our government is one of laws based on the separation of powers so wisely provided by our founding fathers.” Pictured above are Scalia (left) and Head.


New board for Rootseekers


The new board for the Rootseekers Genealogical Society was elected at the Tri-County Library in Mabank at the last Rootseekers meeting. Board members have already assumed their duties and are already deciding on fund raising for all the books they hope to buy. New board members, pictured above, include President Margaret Ann Trail, Treasurer Marian Tillery,  Historian/Public Relations Nina Hendricks, Corresponding Secretary Priscilla Berry  Recording Secretary Mary Beth Haley,  Editor/Second VP Carolyn Bostain. Not pictured is First VP Julie Gustafson, and Web Masters Bob Stokes and Geneice Morris.

Daily Brief: The Top 5 Stories of the Week

STORY 2: The Lady Cardinals get ready to Play 4 Kay Wednesday, Jan. 30.
STORY 2: The Lady Cardinals get ready to Play 4 Kay Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Story No. 1 – Kaufman County shooting: Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in what appears to be an assassination Thursday morning.
Why it is important: Although it didn’t happen in Henderson County, the shooting rocked our area. The thought that the murder might be connected with the Aryan Brotherhood is even more chilling.
Learn more: There are stories in just about every news source … but the Review did a nice job with their reporting and found a local attorney who was in Kaufman at the time of the shooting.

Story No. 2 – Lady Cards roll on for Kay: The TVCC Lady Cardinals remain ranked No. 3 nationally and are in great position for the run up to March Madness. On Wednesday, they also spent time raising money for cancer awareness.
Why it is important: On a community level, Play 4 Kay has become an important event. On a sports level, the defending national champions are setting themselves up to be the team to beat.
Learn more: Play 4 Kay is one of those events best reported on through photos, and TVCC has dozens on its Facebook page. 

Story No. 3 – Shuttle Columbia anniversary: Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
Why it is important: I’m not sure anyone who was around at that time will ever forget picking up pieces of the space shuttle from yards all around Henderson County.
Learn more: Again, this is a story with plenty of media coverage. Locally, the Review and the Tyler Paper. 

Story No. 4 – Time to file for office: The filing period for May city and school board elections opened Wednesday and closes March 1.
Why it is important: This is your chance to be a part of government at Athens ISD and the cities of Athens, Malakoff, Gun Barrel City, Caney City, Brownsboro and Eustace.
Learn more: This was our Wednesday Daily Brief. 

Story No. 5 – Congress Hensarling visits: Congressman Jeb Hensarling visited Athens Wednesday, speaking to a packed house at the Henderson County Annex meeting room.
Why it is important: Truthfully, the congressman didn’t say much that he hasn’t been saying since he first was elected in 2003. However, it is noteworthy that he still finds the time to come to one of the smaller parts of his district and talk to his constituents face-to-face.
Learn more: If you really want to know Congressman Hensarling’s positions, his website is probably the best place to start.


Athens ISD basketball is on the road to Mineola, while the boys soccer team is home to host Crandall. 

Malakoff ISD basketball is home to host Red Oak.

Eustace ISD basketball is home to host Dallas Life Oak. 

Cross Roads ISD basketball is home to take on Cayuga. 

Brownsboro ISD basketball is home for Canton. 

Mabank ISD basketball is on the road at Van. 


The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinal softball team opens its season today. 

Income tax preparation help from AARP begins today. 

A medieval-looking monster was found in Lake Athens. 

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