Obituary: Garrett Smith

Funeral services for Garrett Smith of Athens are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at Dogwood Church in Athens with Brother Dave McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Smith passed June 17, 2018 in Athens, Texas.

Garrett Otho Smith was born December 6, 1924 in Lampasas, Texas the son of Charlie Smith and Addie Ruth Barrett Smith. He was raised in the Methodist Children’s Home of Waco and at a very young age joined the United States Navy. He proudly served his country during World War II and the Korean War. Garrett attended the Naval Guided Missile School in Virginia; served on numerous ships including the USS Fulton, USS Sperry, Compass Island and Observation Island. He retired as a Senior Master Chief after 26 years of dedicated service. He then became the Superintendent of New Construction and Electrical with the TDCJ and worked there for over 10 years. He was an active member of the Dogwood Church of Athens and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Athens. He grew up a boy scout, an eagle scout and the later in life he became the camp director of the Clements BSA Camp and an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He was avid golfer, loved life and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

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Bruce Bell sweeps Tyler District Car Show

By Delanda S. Johnson/Special to the HCN

On Saturday, June 9, the 4th Annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle show was held at the Malakoff High School.

The Tyler District consists of approximately 30 churches, including Allen Chapel A. M. E. in Athens, Bethel A. M. E./Union Station A. M. E. in Moore Station, and Johnson Chapel A. M. E. in Malakoff.

Funds from this project will go toward helping the smaller churches in the District who need financial aid and community projects throughout the District. It will also go toward the YPD (youth) with their projects and aid them in attending youth conferences in Texas and outside of Texas.

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Obituary: Sammy Smith

Funeral Services for Sammy Smith of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Bethel Christian Church in Athens with Pastor Mike Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Sammy passed June 11, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.

Samuel Henry Smith was born March 13, 1956 in Henderson County the son of Samuel Polk Smith and Wilma Dean Boyd Smith. He was a member of the Bethel Christian Church, loved music, playing the piano and was an artist who enjoyed painting. He loved spending time gardening and spending time working with all his flowers. Sammy was a loving son, father, brother and grandfather.

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Podcast: Scam hits seniors; guest attorney Jeff Weinstein

A new Better Business Bureau report says that sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes bilked at least $117 million from people in 2017.

The report found that seniors are the most frequent targets and suffer the largest losses by far in these scams. They are targeted through direct mail, cold calling, social media, text messages and smartphone pop-ups.

After learning of the report, attorney Jeff Weinstein renewed his vow to help people avoid being victims of these scams.

“Please run these opportunities by me before you send the money,” Weinstein said. “It’s almost impossible to ever get any of this money back. Once you send it, it’s gone. We don’t charge anything for a call to find out whether these requests are legitimate or not.”

Call Weinstein Law at 903-677-5333.

Read the Weinstein Law blog post here.

TVCC, City of Athens award scholarships

Press release

Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens announced the recipients of $500 scholarships at their meeting Monday, June 11. Recipients were Callie Allen, Abigail Angle, Brenda Areanas, Victoria Bagley, Gerardo Costilla, Adrian Givins, Ramona Hutson, Aamiyah Moore, Kamion Tanner and Kassandra Zapata. The scholarships are given as a part of the college’s purchase agreement with the city for the former Armory property, which has been converted to the TVCC Fitness Center.

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