OBITUARY: Betty Weatherford Lathrop

Graveside services and interment for Betty Weatherford Lathrop, 74, of Athens are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Zion Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Rod Milsap officiating.

Mrs. Lathrop died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Athens.

She was born May 22, 1938 in Brownsboro to Henry Clay and Dovie Irene Harrison Parker and had been a lifelong resident of Athens. Betty loved being with family and watching her grandchildren grow up. She also enjoyed shopping for clothing every Thursday.

Betty was preceded in death by her son Harold Ryan Weatherford in 1957.

Survivors include son Jerrell Weatherford, Martins Mill; daughters Brenda Gauntt and husband Floyd, Oklahoma, Leah Jumper and husband Wayne, Athens; brother Henry Parker, Tyler, Harold Parker, Athens; sister Mollie Williams, Lometa, Texas; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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OBITUARY: Wanda Kirk Davis

Wanda Lee Kirk Davis
Wanda Lee Kirk Davis

Wanda Kirk Davis, 75, of Athens, passed away Feb. 11, 2013 in Houston surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Athens to the late Floyd Lee and Allie Mae Hosch Kirk. After graduating from Athens High School in 1955 as salutatorian she attended Mary Hardin Baylor two years. For several years she served as legal secretary for Justice, Justice and Kugle Law Firm in Athens before marrying O. E. Davis Dec. 12, 1959. Wanda served her Lord and savior as a faithful church musician, Sunday School teacher and renown speaker for Women’s Conferences statewide. She was a devoted pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. “Marnie” as she was called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren was the bond that held us all together. Her positive attitude and faith in God was our mainstay. Her children and grandchildren called her multiple times a day to hear her encouraging voice. “She can never be replaced and we will never stop missing her.”

Wanda was preceded in death by a son, Alan Kirk Davis, and sister Mae Dean Johnson.

Survivors include husband Rev. O. E. Davis; daughter Sharmon Young and husband Dwayne, Waco; granddaughter Stefani Worley and husband Brandon, Colorado City; grandsons Austin Young, Waco and Rolin Davis; three great-grandsons.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Main Street Pentecostal Church, 1635 West Main, Gun Barrel City.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the church in Gun Barrel City with Revs. Tim Weatheread, Stephen Daywitt, Chris Bankard, Ray Worley, and Danny Russo officiating.

Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Young, Billy Hosch, Brandon Looney, Waylan Johnson, Alonzo Cruz and John Disotell.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to Jesus Name United Pentecostal Church, P O Box 967, Colorado City, Texas 79512-7243.

DAILY BRIEF: Legislation brings attention to county lawmakers

Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)

HOT TOPIC: Henderson County’s two representatives in the State House have both drawn attention for legislation they have filed.

State Rep. Lance Gooden (District 4) has gotten considerable coverage this week for the fight against what he calls “indiscriminate surveillance.” Gooden has filed legislation to outlaw the use of unmanned vehicle and aircraft — drones — to take photos on private property.

“Why should the government or anyone else be able to watch my every move?” Gooden asked the Texas Tribune. 

Gooden is also carrying a bill, prompted by Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee, to close a loophole in the penal code with regard to intoxicated assault and “bodily harm.”

The county’s other representative, State Rep. Jim Pitts (District 10), has filed two bills important to Henderson County residents:

Pitts has also filed legislation to expand the no-texting-and-driving zone around schools, something we support.


The Athens Hornets will be headed to the playoffs after a big win last night.

Results from the TVCC rodeo last weekend.

Macie Marshall is the Athens High School Student of the Month.

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There are some Palestine, Texas residents on that crippled Carnival cruise ship. 

The Tyler Paper caught up with Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders and asked him how things were going in the new Annex building. 

State Rep. Lance Gooden had an interview with The Texas Politics Project (video).

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Wrapping up the TVCC rodeo



By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information


Approximately 400 competitors, representing 20 colleges and universities, were on hand for the 5th annual Trinity Valley Community College National Intercollegiate Rodeo this past weekend at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex.

TVCC was well represented in the two days of competition with five team members qualifying for the short-go round of the sixth event of a 10-event rodeo season.

Qualifying for the short-go for TVCC were team ropers Wenceslao “Lightning” Aguilera and Kolby “Thunder” Miller, Austin Gross in bull riding, Justus Whitcher in tiedown roping and Garrett Jones in bareback riding.

Aguilera and Miller roped their first steer in 4.7 seconds, which earned third place in the round. They also placed fifth in the average. Aguilera and Miller are currently in first place in the Southern Region of the NIRA and second in the national standings.

Gross qualified for the finals and scored an 81 which placed second in the round.

Austin placed third in the average and is currently fourth in the Southern Region standings.

Following the 10 regional rodeos, the top three competitors in each event and the top two teams in each region qualify for the College National Finals, which are held in Casper, Wyoming in June.

“We have four rodeos to go and are hoping to stay and finish strong this year,” said TVCC rodeo coach Brent Bratton. “Our students’ have such determination and drive.

“It would be a great feeling to have a truckload of TVCC students qualifying for the CNFR and make a few of the university students stay home. The community and college is so supportive of this team, it would be a great feeling to bring home a national title for them.