Obituary: Jimmy Frank Krone

Jimmy Frank Krone, 78, was born on Nov. 24, 1934 in Dallas to the home of Finley Miller Krone and Maudie Morrison Krone. He passed away on April 9, 2013 in Athens.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Buck and R.D.; daughter Janet Lynn; and oldest grandson Jeremy.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Jimmie Gale, Mickey Lee, Jackie Ann, Amanda Sue and Alex Frank; sisters Doris, Wanda and Nelda; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held noon Friday, April 12, 2013 at First Nazarene Church of Gun Barrel City with Rev. Ed Schauer officiating, and under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Family Resource Center of Gun Barrel City.

Obituary: James S. ‘Buck’ Cure

Services for James S. “Buck” Cure, 87, Athens were held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Davis Cemetery.

Mr. Cure died Monday, April 8, 2013 in Athens.

He was born May 12, 1925 in Athens to John and Mattie Cure and was a lifelong resident of the community. “Buck” worked 40 years in the oil field. He loved tending his cows, being outside working on his farm and enjoying nature.

He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Nancy Cure.

Survivors include wife of 66 years Doris Cure, Athens; sons James Michael Cure, Norman, Okla., Karl Cure, Athens; sister Helen Ward, Dallas and grandson Justin Michael Cure, Dallas.

Obituary: Shirley Dean Sanders

Shirley Sanders
Shirley Sanders

Graveside services for Shirley Dean Sanders will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens, with Pastor Woody Meredith and Bill McNatt officiating.

Mrs. Sanders was born in Georgetown, Ill. on March 3, 1933 to Charles Everett and Nelda Jones. She was a graduate of Danville High School, Lakeview School of Nursing, and University of Texas at Tyler. Shirley married Charles Sanders on Feb. 13, 1955 in Danville, Ill.. She was employed for 26 years at Athens ISD as a school nurse. She was an avid reader of good books.

Shirley passed away on Monday evening, April 8, 2013 in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Charles Sanders of Athens; daughters, Diane Bergmann and husband Kenny of College Station, Cynthia Sanders of Athens, Sally Sanders Cribbs and husband Ricky of Ovilla, Texas; and granddaughter, Katy Bergmann of Dallas.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

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

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Obituary: Ada Laverne Batt

Ada Laverne Batt, 87, Athens passed away April 7, 2013 in Athens.

She was born July 16, 1925 in Henderson County near New Walton to the late Ollie and Eula Mae Weaver McClelen. After graduation from Athens High School in 1942, Ada worked at Parkland Hospital in Dallas for a short time which instilled a nursing career that would later have a 25-year tenure. Following her brief period in Dallas, Ada moved to Sausalito, Calif. and was actively employed in the war effort as a “Rosie The Riveter” in the ship yards. She met and married Eugene George Batt in 1945. They moved to Milwaukee, Wis. in 1947 where she served 25 years as a nurse’s aide at Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, retiring in 1991. Upon retiring Ada moved to Athens to be near her native Texas ancestry. Mrs. Batt was a member of the United Methodist Church as was an avid gardener.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by an infant son Kevin George Batt; brothers Robert Junior McClelen, Howard Gene McClelen; sisters Glorris Oleta Dixon, Lena Rue McClelen, Juanita Ruth McClelen, Jesse Leota Walker and Elizabeth Wynell Gunnels.

Survivors include sons Michael Eugene Batt, Plano, David Batt and wife Debra, Kewaskum, Wis.; daughters Regina Fluker and husband Glenn, Athens, Patricia Kay Batt, Tyler; grandchildren Glenn Earl Fluker, III and wife Alice, San Antonio, Edward Alexander Fluker, West New York, New Jersey, Anton Michael Batt, Princeton, Roger Lee Batt, Plano, Angela Laverne Veal and husband Wesley, Princeton, Cyndi Sonnenburg, Appleton, Wisconsin, Kristin Marie Meharry and husband Gerald, Flint, Jamie Lynn Terry, Manitowac, Wis.; 17 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Mary Batt and June Lenz, both of Wisconsin.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be scheduled and announced at a later date.
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Obituary: Roberta Smallwood

Services for Roberta Smallwood, 77, of Athens are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Lake Athens Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Smallwood died April 4, 2013 in Tyler.

She was born Dec. 18, 1935 in Gresham, Ore. to the late Robert Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Bennett Summers and had been a resident of Athens since 1959. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from UT Tyler and taught third grade at Athens South Elementary School 21 years. Roberta was a member of Lake Athens Baptist Church and was active in Women’s Missionary Union . She served as summer Camp Director for Girl’s Auxiliary at Dogwood Trails Baptist Encampment.

Survivors include husband of 57 years, Wayne Smallwood; daughters, Mary Anne Matlock, Athens, Rebecca Sue “Becky” Smith, Chapel Hill; son, Thomas Edwin Smallwood, Seguin; brother, Johnny Summers, Spokane, Washington; sister, Rosele Church, Sunnyside, Washington; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

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