Obituary: Larry Gideon

Larry Gideon
Larry Gideon

Funeral services for Larry Kenneth Gideon, 72, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Fellowship Baptist Church of Athens with Mike Dean and C.O. Jackson, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Rome Cemetery. He passed away Monday evening in Tyler, Texas.

Larry was born on March 18, 1940 in Athens to Lester Horace and Mattie Sue Hopson Gideon and was a lifelong resident of Henderson County. He attended school in Athens and was a member of the graduating class of 1958. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Henderson County Junior College in 1960 and also attended Stephen F. Austin University. He was united in marriage with Janet Trammell on Jan. 30, 1965.

Larry was employed in electrical and plumbing sales for his entire career and had worked for Texas Wholesale, National Supply and Spencer’s Hardware Store. He will be remembered as a tireless and honest man, with a great sense of humor, who provided well for his family. He loved to travel and spend time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a long time member of the Fellowship Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was known as a godly man whose Christian influence touched those around him, and there is peace and comfort knowing that he is with his Heavenly Father. He was a dearly loved husband, father, G-Pa, and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Billy Mack Gideon.

Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet Trammell Gideon of Athens; son Greg Gideon and wife Alisa of Rockwall; daughter Julie Holt and husband Kelly of Mabank; sister Barbara McCown and husband Steve of Spring; grandchildren Garrett Gideon, Abby Gideon, Cy Holt, and Case Holt.

Pallbearers include Bobby Cooper, Kelly Smith, Adron Neill, Doyle Trammell, Garrett Gideon and Kelly Holt.

The family will receive visitors at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com.

Obituary: Joyce Oleta Tracy

Joyce Oleta Tracy of Log Cabin, Texas passed away on Feb. 4, 2013 at the age of 83.

Joyce was born in Ojai, Calif. on Aug. 21, 1929 to Robert Carl and Willie M. Kent Willingham. She was an employee with Natural Light Plastic Product in Garland, Texas for 15 years.

She is survived by her three daughters, Sandra Kay and husband David Burnett, Tammy Tracy and Tamera Tracy; son David and wife Vickie Tracy; grandsons Shane David Burnett, Jeremy and wife Michelle Burnett, Cody Lee Tracy and Tate Ryan Thompson; granddaughter Christi Farley; great-granddaughter Kalie Burnett; great-grandson Dylan Burnett; great-niece Amanda Tanner; niece Sharon Byler; sister Erma Morris; step children Kelly, Scott, Terry and Jerry Kraklow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willie Willingham; brother Haskell Kent Willingham.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Service are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Log Cabin.

Online condolences can be made at www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.

Obituary: Ann Keys

Services for Ann Keys, 88, of Cedar Creek Lake area are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow in Payne Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Keys died Feb. 1, 2013 in Fort Worth.

She was born Nov. 20, 1924 in Wayne City, North Carolina to Thadaus and Etta Faye Whitley Bailey. Ann was a member of Payne Springs United Methodist Church. She had been a charge nurse at South Place Nursing Center before leaving the area in 2003. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband Rufus Mack Keys on Jan. 4, 1995.

Survivors are brother Richard Moore and wife Carol, Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews and a granddaughter of her heart, Ida Dalin Spangle and husband Charles and their children, Oklahoma.

You may leave a message of condolence or light a memory candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com.

Obituary: September Riley Rayelen Leigh

September Riley Rayelen Leigh
September Riley Rayelen Leigh

Services for September Riley Rayelen Leigh, of Canton, are scheduled for 10 am Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at Eubank Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Daniel officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

Burial will be in Haven of Memories, Canton.

She passed away Feb. 3, 2013 in Gun Barrel City.

Miss Leigh was born Jan. 18, 2013 in Longview, TX, to William (Mikey) Leigh and Lisa Abby Gail Peace.

Surviving are father, William (Mikey) Leigh of Wills Point; mother, Abby Peace of Canton; brothers and sisters, Brittney Sizemore, Chloe Peace, Leylen Michael Keith Leigh, William Michael Leigh, Jr., Caleb Taylor Leigh, Bailey Alexandria Leigh, Jaden Dakota Leigh, Jordan Nikko Leigh, Devin Nevaeh; grandparents, Joey and Lisa Peace of Canton; grandmother, Teresa Ann Leigh of Wills Point; uncle, Joey Keith Peace, Jr. and Katie Lindley of Canton; aunt, Tanya McKee of Mesquite; aunt, Katie Leigh of Wills Point; numerous cousins.

September was preceded in death by grandfather Michael Henry Leigh; great-grandparents John and Virgina Leigh; great-grandparents James and Nannette Richards; great-grandfather Billy Jack Peace, Sr.

Family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Obituary: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Woolverton

On Feb. 2, 2013, Heaven welcomed Elizabeth “Betty” Woolverton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Betty was born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 26, 1944, to Alice and Harold Briscoe. She married the love of her life, Jeff Woolverton, on April 11, 1987. She centered her life around her church, family and friends. Betty was an active member of New Frontiers Cowboy Church. She was very proud to have been the first female member of the Terrell Kiwanis Club. She loved spending time with Jeff, her children, grandchildren and many friends. She lived her life with grace, compassion, and ever giving love for her family. She was one of a kind.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Woolverton, of Terrell; daughters, Nancy Harvard and husband Jack of Fairview, Susan Schulz and husband Wayne of West Tawakoni, Michelle Shaw of Lewisville, Teresa Gribble of Greenville; and sons, Jim Woolverton of Terrell, Billy Harrelson of Greenville and Mike Schalchli of Lindale; sisters, Ethel “Tootsie” Childerhose of Canada; and brothers, Donald and Dick Briscoe of Canada. She is survived by many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Carolyn Palmer Deyoe, whom we know is now dancing by her side in Heaven.

The family would like to thank all of Betty’s family and friends for their love and support through this long journey. We couldn’t have made it through without you. A special thank you to Dr. Carolyn Matthews at Baylor University for her continuous support, and affection, for our beloved mother.

Betty’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at Eubank Chapel in Canton on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Eubank Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Jim Woolverton, Mike Schalchli, Ben Woolverton, Ron Lanier, Mickey Denman and Chris Palmer.