Obituaries: Paul Pepper

Paul Pepper
Paul Pepper

Funeral services for Paul Pepper, 88, of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Curry officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Mr. Pepper passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Athens.

Paul Curtis Pepper was born May 21, 1924 in Petrolia, Clay County, Texas the son of Roger Pepper and Carrie Watson Pepper. He was a dedicated member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Paul was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, baseball and metal detecting. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a family man and will be missed by all he knew and loved.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jay Austin and Cecil Austin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Martha Nell Pepper; two sons, Brennon Pepper of Athens, Lanny Pepper and wife Billie of LaRue; one daughter, Rhonda Elledge of Athens; eight grandchildren, Angela Price, Joshua Pepper, Kim Canuteson, Stephen Flud, Chad Flud, Landon Elledge, Rachel Martinez, Shannah Elledge and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Pepper, Joseph Hicks, Oscar Martinez, Joshua Pepper, Chad Flud, Landon Elledge and Kenneth Myers. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Clay Hinton.

Obituary: Cynthia Turnage

Cynthia Turnage
Cynthia Turnage

Cynthia Turnage of Malakoff passed away on April 27, 2013 in Dallas at the age of 57.

Cynthia was born on April 6, 1956 in Cheshire, Conn. to Nicholas and Helen Billus Nowie.

Cynthia was a school teacher at Malakoff ISD for 16 years.

She is survived by her son, John and wife Emily Turnage of Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Helen Nowie; and husband, Wes Turnage.

Visitation was held on April 29, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Malakoff.

Service will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Malakoff with Bro. Robert Webb and Bro. Jody Jones officiating.

Obituary: Bobbie Loworn LeBlanc

Bobbie Lovvorn LeBlanc
Bobbie Lovvorn LeBlanc

Services for Bobbie Lovvorn LeBlanc, 85, Athens are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. C. William McNatt officiating.

Private burial will follow in Holly Springs Cemetery in Van Zandt County under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Mrs. LeBlanc died April 23, 2013 in Athens.

She was born April 5, 1928 in Martins Mill to the late Gafford and Ethel Barber Lovvorn and grew up in Houston. She formerly resided in Baton Rouge, La. 31 years where she owned and operated The Gold Leaf Antique Shop on Government Street.

Since moving to Athens in 1998 she has been an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Bobbie’s family, especially her grandchildren, friends and church were the center of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony Joseph “Tony” LeBlanc in 2000; son Larry Joseph LeBlanc in 1995; and a brother James Lovvorn.

Survivors include son Gregory A. LeBlanc, Houston; daughter-in-law Stacy LeBlanc, Walker, La.; sister Jackie Mitchell, Canton; grandchildren Grace Mathews, Toni Mathews, Emmett Mathews, all of Walker, La.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Martins Mill girls including Mildred Baskin, Sue Williams, Polly Hooton and Connie Bass.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 927, Athens, Texas 75751.

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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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