Obituary: Bill Bell

Bill Bell

Funeral services for Bill Bell of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at the Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens with Pastor Eric Graham officiating.

Mr. Bell passed away in Palestine, Texas on Feb. 15, 2013.

Billy Jack Bell was born the son of Harry and Cornelia Pearce Bell on Oct. 16, 1929 in Athens. He was a member of the Sand Springs Baptist Church and was a man with a strong work ethic and lived his life farming and working cattle. He enjoyed reading and spending time with his family. He was a loving father, brother and great grandfather and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Betty Jean Sipkins Bell and his parents.

Bill leaves behind two daughters, Sheryl Bonner of Allen, Texas, Lisa Garza of Athens; two sons, Scott and wife Julie Bell of Palestine and Wes and wife Adria of McKinney; two sisters, Dorothy and husband Kenneth Hensley of Mabank, Ann Costello of Forney; one brother, Tom Bell of Chandler; eight grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family would like for donations to be made to: Sand Springs Baptist Church, 1212 FM 1616, Athens, TX 75751.

Obituary: Travis Lee Perkins

Travis Lee Perkins of Flower Mound, Texas passed away on Feb. 13, 2013 at the age of 89.

Travis was born on Feb. 27, 1923 to Lem and Mary Essie Perkins in Baxter, Texas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Cheno Genivie Perkins; daughters, Sharon Genivie Beard, Brenda Joy Wells and Deborah Janice Perkins; son, Travis Duane Perkins; grandchildren, Sonja Brune Herrera, Sheree Brune, Clinton Williams, Bretton Hopkins, Bart Macmanus, Travis Macmanus, Sabrina Macmanus; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lem Treman Perkins and sisters Mary Lou Tapley, Evelyn Dubberly, and Odie Vee Hickman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Veltus Perkins.

Visitation will be held on Feb. 19, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Huckabee/Tomlinson funeral home in Malakoff. Service will be held on Feb. 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at First Assembly of God in Malakoff with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors, Fisher House, or any charity of your choice.

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Obituary: Ina Lou Stephens

Ina Lou Stephens
Ina Lou Stephens

Services for Ina Lou Stephens, 87, of Athens, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 17, 2013 at County Line Baptist Church of Athens, with Bro. Mark Parkerson officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens.

She passed away Feb. 14, 2013 in Athens.

Mrs. Stephens was born Nov. 9, 1925 in Athens to R. L. and Luvester Loller Parrott.

She was a member of the County Line Baptist Church of Athens. She was married to Luther Stephens for 52 years before his passing in 1998. She loved baking brownies for her great-grandkids. She loved reading, her church and gospel music. She also enjoyed traveling and having her family around her.

Surviving are daughter, Shirley and Glenn Wallick of Amarillo; daughter, Marylin and Tom Elwood of Naples, Fla.; daughter, Cathie and Dan Godwin of Athens; sister, Colleen Parrott of Athens; five grandchildren, Kevin Wuest, Jeff Wallick, Scott Wallick, Leah Rayburn, Stacy Mills; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Ina Lou was preceded in death by her parents; husband Luther Stephens; daughter Glenda Aldridge; brother Buford Parrott; brother John Louis Parrott.

Family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at the Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.

Obituary: Charlie Thomas Simmons

Thomas Simmons
Thomas Simmons

A memorial service for Charlie Thomas Simmons, 89, Athens is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating.

Burial will precede the service at 10 a.m. in Oaklawn Memorial Park under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Thomas died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Athens.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Willow Springs Community to Charlie Thomas and Billie Tempie Welch Simmons and was a lifelong resident of Athens. Thomas had been controller of Texas Clay Products 14 years during which time the company sold the brick to build North Park Mall. He then retired after a 20-year tenure as County Auditor. He had a lifelong love for cattle and had been a lifelong contributor and supporter of the Willow Springs Community and cemetery. Thomas was an active member of First United Methodist Church and Builders Sunday School class. He served his community in many capacities for many years. He was very active in reconstruction of Athens Country Club in 1986.He was a lifelong fan and supporter of TVCC basketball and football programs.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife of 63.5 years, Marcelle Simmons; son William David Simmons; and a brother John K. Simmons.

Survivors include son Gary Simmons and wife Pam; daughter-in-law Deborah Simmons; granddaughter Sheradon Waits and husband Seth, Sarah Simmons, all of Dallas, numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Kinabrew, David Finch, Billy Norwood, Judge Jack Holland, Charles McMurry, Nick Nichols and John Simmons.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 Lovers Lane, Athens, Texas 75751 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75231.

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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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