Obituary: Joan Herritt Hainline

Joan Herritt Hainline
Joan Herritt Hainline

Joan Herritt Hainline, 81, of Gun Barrel City was born on July 4, 1931 in Chicago, Ill. to the home of Joseph and Herritt Messing. She passed away on April 20, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Marylyn.

Joan retired from the First State Bank in 2011.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 years, Lee, and her children, Dan Hainline, Tim Hainline and Terry Ford and husband Ray; nine grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Virginia “Ginger” Manning; and many other family and friends.

Memorial Services will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 officiated by Bro. Dennis Woods at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.


Obituary: Del Laverne Basye

Services for Del Laverne Basye, 70, of Tool will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with Wayne Pitchford officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday evening 6-8 p.m., April 24, 2013. Burial will be in DFW National Cemetery.

Del was born May 10, 1942 in Kanopolis, Kansas to Velma Irene ( Anderson) and Richard George Basye. He died in Tool April 18, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marvin and James Basye; sisters, Roxane and Eliza Basye; granddaughter Pamela Rosemary Friman.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Lisa Basye Clark, Cassandra Basye Wetzel and husband John, Aaron Basye and wife Darcy, Carla Murdock, Steven Murdock, Scott Murdock, Kelly Walker; brothers, Richard (Dick), Lewis, Ronnie, Dennis, Garlan Basye; sisters, Janice Martin, Janet Stephens; grandchildren, Joshua Friman, Jessica Wetzel Stewart, Elisa Blevins, Jared Friman, Hunter Basye, Trace Basye, Bailey Basye, YaVon Chandler, Jay Boshart, Hannah Walker, Carlyn Walker; great-grandchildren, Dawson Stewart, Dayton Blevins, JohnDavid Stewart, Richard (Coyt) Chandler, Aaron Chandler, Carly Chandler.

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Obituary: Jimmie Lynn Featherston

Services for Jimmie Lynn Featherston, 60, of Athens, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lynn Solomon officiating.

Jimmie was born Feb. 12, 1953 to the late Willie Albert and Minnie Lee Jordan Minchew.

Jimmie has been a resident of Athens most of her life. She is a graduate of Athens High School. She worked for Curtis Mathes a number of years as a cabinet builder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, Ryan Minchew, Athens; sisters, Janice Smith, Chandler, Jenny Rector, Quinlan; brothers, Frank Minchew, Brownsboro, Ernest Minchew, Maydelle, Bobby Minchew, Jacksonville; numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituary: Si Holt

Si Holt
Si Holt

Funeral services for Si Holt, 62, of Malakoff have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Garden of Memories Memorial Park Chapel, 5205 S. First Street, Lufkin, Texas under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Private burial will follow in Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Si passed away Monday in Athens.

He was born in Lufkin, Texas July 23, 1950 to Silas Wayne Holt Sr. and Emma Ruth Law. Si spent his early years in Lufkin but grew up in Dallas. He attended Hillcrest High School and later earned his GED. While in Dallas he was a bar manager and bookkeeper before moving to Malakoff in the late 1990’s. Si had worked for Argon Medical Devices for the past 13 years as a distribution clerk in the international shipping department where he was responsible for ensuring safe shipment of medical devices to countries around the world. Si had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a sweet, warm man with a generous spirit. He loved all kinds of music, particularly gospel and a cappella choirs. He was a devoted fan of NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.

Si was preceded in death by his father Silas Wayne Holt, Sr.

Survivors include his mother, Emma Holt, of Round Rock; sister, Linda Holt, Silver Spring, Md.; and his long-time partner, Kevin Folsom, Malakoff.

He will be greatly missed by a host of loving friends, neighbors, family members, and valued co-workers who were dear to his heart. Visitation for family and friends was held Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Obituary: Sidney Ballard Jr.

Sidney Ballard Jr.
Sidney Ballard Jr.

Memorial services for Sidney Ballard Jr., 56, of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church of Athens with Bro. Perry Smith officiating.

Mr. Ballard went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Athens.

Sidney Paul Ballard Jr. was born Oct. 7, 1956 in Dallas, the son of Sidney Paul Ballard Sr. and Patsy Jean Hatcher Ballard. He was a member of the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church of Athens. He was an outdoorsman who loved farming and growing flowers. Sidney was an avid hunter and fisherman and was well known for his meat processing and cooking. He had a special place in his heart for his side kick “Colby” a black lab/healer mix dog that never left his side. “Papa Sid” was a loving husband, father and grandfather and proud foster parent. He was a family man and will be missed by all he knew and loved.

Sidney was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife Alice Burnett Ballard; two daughters, Brandy Boswell of Athens, Candace Ballard of Bradford; two sons, Forrest Attaway of Kansas City, Travis Attaway and wife Carrie of Uniontown, Pa.; one brother, Glenn Ballard of Ohio; five grandchildren, Kitty Boswell, Katlyn Mitchell, Alia Attaway, Bella Attaway, Lilly Attaway; and special friends, Charlie and Dawson Turner.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to The Living for the Brand Cowboy Church Building Fund in Sidney’s honor.