Obituary: Garrett Smith

Funeral services for Garrett Smith of Athens are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at Dogwood Church in Athens with Brother Dave McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Smith passed June 17, 2018 in Athens, Texas.

Garrett Otho Smith was born December 6, 1924 in Lampasas, Texas the son of Charlie Smith and Addie Ruth Barrett Smith. He was raised in the Methodist Children’s Home of Waco and at a very young age joined the United States Navy. He proudly served his country during World War II and the Korean War. Garrett attended the Naval Guided Missile School in Virginia; served on numerous ships including the USS Fulton, USS Sperry, Compass Island and Observation Island. He retired as a Senior Master Chief after 26 years of dedicated service. He then became the Superintendent of New Construction and Electrical with the TDCJ and worked there for over 10 years. He was an active member of the Dogwood Church of Athens and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Athens. He grew up a boy scout, an eagle scout and the later in life he became the camp director of the Clements BSA Camp and an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He was avid golfer, loved life and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

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Obituary: Sammy Smith

Funeral Services for Sammy Smith of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Bethel Christian Church in Athens with Pastor Mike Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Sammy passed June 11, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.

Samuel Henry Smith was born March 13, 1956 in Henderson County the son of Samuel Polk Smith and Wilma Dean Boyd Smith. He was a member of the Bethel Christian Church, loved music, playing the piano and was an artist who enjoyed painting. He loved spending time gardening and spending time working with all his flowers. Sammy was a loving son, father, brother and grandfather.

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Obituary: Carolyn Duncan

Carolyn Duncan was born in Hillsboro on September 13, 1935 to WT and Opal Bessire. She moved to Henderson County in the 1950’s. She married and had two children, Cindy Dell Riddlesperger and William Jackson Riddlesperger, Jr. She attended beauty school and worked as a beautician at Laneata’s Beauty Shop in Malakoff, Texas for 40-plus years. In 1977 she married Kelly Duncan, the love of her life. She enjoyed gardening, coon hunting, watching the Mavericks play basketball and the Texas Rangers baseball team. She had a vivacious personality and was loved by all. She loved being a mother and was available at a moment’s notice to help her children. She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and encouraged her children to follow the Lord.

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Obituary: Alvin Briggs

Funeral services for Alvin Briggs, 65, of Malakoff will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Life Fellowship Church 8881 County Road 3918 Athens, Texas 75752 with Pastor Mark Allen officiating.

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the passing of Alvin Briggs Jr., 65, of Malakoff, Texas, who succumbed to cancer at his home in Malakoff surrounded by his family on Friday June 1, 2018.

Alvin was born to Alice Smith and Alvin Briggs on January 21st, 1953 at home in Columbus, Arkansas. He spent the majority of his childhood in Magnolia and Stamps, Arkansas before moving to Dallas, Texas. It was in Dallas where Alvin was introduced to his wife, Judy O. (Jackson) Briggs. The two were married on June 15, 1996 in Desoto, Texas. Alvin worked as a truck driver for over 30 years before going to work for the City of Malakoff. There Alvin began as a lead man. With hard work and determination, he moved his way up to street supervisor before retiring in February, after 20 years of service. Alvin was honored for his years of excellent service with a key to the city of Malakoff on Friday, May 25, 2018. Alvin was a faithful man of God and this was evident through the way he simply carried himself and ministered to others. He was a member of Life Fellowship Church in Athens, Texas.

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