Obituary: Rhonnie Jack Edwards

Funeral services for Rhonnie Jack Edwards 75, Branch, Arkansas formerly of Murchison have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday September 18, 2017 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Stovall officiating.

Private family burial will follow at Red Hill Cemetery.

Rhonnie passed away Thursday morning in Branch, Arkansas.

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Obituary: Patricia Willis Gatlin

Memorial services for Patricia Willis Gatlin, 79 Athens will held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Charlie Horne officiating and the eulogy from Dr. Joe Warren. Patricia passed away after a sudden illness on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Athens.

Patricia was loved by many. Whether they called her Patricia, “Miss Trish,” “my other-mother,” mom, or grandmother, she loved all. She was a former Miss Athens. She loved her church, friends, and her family. She gained great pleasure in providing meals to her friends and family during times of illness or need or even just for something good to eat. She will be missed by us all.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Gatlin, Jr.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Ed and Paige Gatlin, her daughter and son -in-law Ann Gatlin and Dorr Scherz, and her four grandchildren Aaron Scherz, Alexandria Gatlin, Lloyd Scherz, and Justin Gatlin.

If desired memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 927 Athens, Texas 75751.

Obituary: Haskell Crossley

Funeral services for Haskell “Hack” Crossley, 87, of Athens are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Perry officiating. Interment will follow at New York Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Crossley passed away on September 6, 2017 in Athens.

Haskell Barrette Crossley was born November 29, 1929 in Brownsboro, Texas the son of George Jefferson Crossley and Vennie Williams Crossley. He joined the United States Marines in 1950 and was Honorably discharged in 1953. He was a member of the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens and enjoyed reading. Hack never met a stranger, loved to shoot the breeze and was known as a hard-worker who spent many years working as a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jarvis Crossley.

He is survived by his daughter Brenda Moreland and husband Dixon of Sundown; two sisters, Ophelia Pool of Ennis, Maxoline Briggs of Irving; one brother John Crossley of Athens; two grandchildren, Colten Moreland and wife Kate, Jessica Moreland; three great grandchildren, Leo Moreland, James Moreland, Piper Nichols and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

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Obituary: Billy W. Matthews

Billy W. Matthews age 83, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on September 3, 2017 in Ennis, Texas. He was born on October 26, 1933 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Elvis William Matthews and Mandy Anderson Matthews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Carol Matthews.

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Obituary: Christina ‘Chris’ M. Belew Lippert

On Friday morning, September 1, 2017 an angel arrived to escort Christina “Chris” M. Belew Lippert to her heavenly home. She passed peacefully in her sleep after a valiant battle against cancer.

Chris was born on June 16, 1925 in Dallas County, Texas to Jessie Ernest Belew and Cleon Ward Belew.

Chris was proceeded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister, her son Michael Lippert, and a daughter Rebecca Ann Lippert Darlin-Wilson.

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