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  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - October 26, 1999 )

Billy Joe Perkins

Masonic graveside services were held for Billy Joe Perkins, age 68, of Rt. 1, Cumby, on October 22, 1999, with Rev. Wayne Smith officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Gunter Terry, Robert Underwood, Kenneth McClain, Ronny Whitlock and Robert Perry. Honorary pallbearers were Ronny Hollingsworth, Kreg Sparks, and Joe Hudson. Arrangements were handled by West Oaks Funeral Home.

Mr. Perkins died at his residence on October 19, following an extended illness. He was born in Brashear, TX on February 15, 1931, the son of Walter Louie "Pete" and Mary Oma Payne Perkins. He was a retired truck driver, having been employed for AMPI for many years, and more recently by Borden Company. He was a member and Sunday School teacher of Emmanuel Baptist Church, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 221 AF&AM, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Mr. Perkins married Ruby Moncrief in Farmersville, TX on July 31, 1965. She survives.

Other survivors include six daughters; Gayle Rainey, Ann Vickery, Kay Smith, Debra Chapin, and Connie Smith - all of Sulphur Springs, and Chesley Smith of Cumby; son Terry Don Johnson of Commerce, nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Payne; and a sister, Ruby Taylor.

Frances Grimes

Funeral services for Frances Grimes, age 60, of Cumby, will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, Oct 26, 1999 in Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cumby, with interment to follow in Cumby Cemetery. Cumby Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Grimes passed away Oct. 24, in Presbyterian Hospital - Commerce. She was born July 30, 1939 in Troy, Oklahoma, the daughter of James Houston and Samantha Inez Hammonds Wigington. She married Donald Ray Grimes on Oct 5, 1957 in Rockwall. He survives.

Other survivors include sons, Ernie Grimes of Pryor, OK and Danny Glenn Grimes of Cumby; daughter Connie Sue McKibben of Wylie, TX; sister, Linnie Mae Roland of Sachse, TX; brother Jackie Allan Wigington of Merit, Tx; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

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  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - October 19, 1999 )

Billy Ray Woodard

Funeral services for Billy Ray "Biz" Woodard, 72, of Cumby, were held Oct. 14, 1999 in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Al Davis and Bobby Keller officiating. Interment was in Brashear Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jack Smith, James Mitchell, Gene George, Olin Gillian, Bill McGinness and Grandy Latimeer. E-Systems Security Guards served as honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Woodard died Oct. 11, 1999 at Sulphur Springs Nursing Home following an extended illness.

He was born Oct 8, 1926 in Hopkins County, son of Willie and Zelma Mann Woodard. He married Joyce Hartley February 1968. She survives.

Other survivors include daughters Sandra Winchester of Brashear and Linda Deas of Cumby; brother L. D. Woodard of Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Woodard was a veteran of World War II. He was retired from E-Systems with 32 years of service.


  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - August 17, 1999 )

Mary Sue Payne

Funeral services for Mary Sue Payne, 72, of Plano were held August 12 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Weaver Cemetery. Mrs. Payne died Aug 9 following an extended illness.

She was born in Ridgeway March 15, 1927, the daughter of Collie R. and Ada Baggett Fisher. She married George D. Payne in Weaver on Oct 7, 1947. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, three brothers, and two sisters, including Brashear resident Joy Quary.



  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - August 24, 1999 )

Ruby Gene Long

Funeral services for Ruby Gene Long, 84, of Sulphur Springs, were held Aug. 20th at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Winston Grayson, Gary Darrow, Michael Cain, Curt Mayo, R. L. Nestor and Lewis Watts.

She died August 18th after an extended illness.

Mrs. Long was born in Bonanza community Nov 19, 1914, the daughter ofWalter Winston and Rosa McLeroy Grayson. She married J. A. Tobe Long Sept 25, 1932. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were three sisters; Velma Potts Holman, Floy Young and Vera Long; and six brothers: Manuel, Lote, Carl, Homer, Eulas and Deward Grayson.

She is survived by a sister, Eula Mae Darrow of Brashear.



  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - September 21,, 1999 )

Billy Ray Fails

Funeral services for Billy Ray Fails, 32, of Brashear, were held Sept. 14, 1999 at West Oaks Funeral Home with the Revs. Horace Hammond and Randy Johnson officiating. Interment in Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Paul Meads, Danny Parker, Marty Rawlinson, Bryan Thompson, Robert Fails, Jr., Dalton Fails, Randy Johnson, Ricky Price, Eddie Brewer and Walter Parker.

Fails died September 11th in a trucking accident near Liberty. He was born in Dallas County Aug. 27, 1967, son of Carl Gunter and Brenda Parker Fails. He married Medina "Dina" Hammond Nov 15, 1997 in Palestine. She survives.

Other survivors include father, Carl G. Fails of Elkhart; mother, Brenda Galusha of West Tawakoni; sons Jacob Ramsey, Nathan Ray Fails, and Timothy James Fails, all of Brashear; sister, Connie Diane Bevers of Ballinger; and grandmother, Sara Parker of Garland. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Roland Fails on March 12, 1999.


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  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - October 5, 1999 )

Fred L. Beasley

Funeral services arranged by Cumby Funeral Home for Fred L. Beasley, age 81, of Cumby, will be held at 3:00 pm Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999 in Cumby United Methodist Church, Rev. William Harmon and Rev. Jacqueline Harmon officiating. Interment in Cumby Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Eddie Rayburn, Jack Bornheim, David Hayworth, Ronnie Smith, Steven Smith, Mark Ensley, and Danny Beasley.

Mr. Beasley died Sunday, Oct 3, 1999 in Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.

He was born April 26, 1918 in Cumby, to Henry Lee & Ibrah Easley Beasley. He married Dorothy Lee Rayburn Feb. 18, 1950. She survives.

Other survivors include: daughters Brenda Walls of Cumby, Betty Agee and Linda Collins, both of Greenville, and Pamela Fouse of Sulphur Springs; brothers James Beasley of Campbell, Morris Beasley of Greenville, Bill Beasley of Emory, and Duane Beasley of Flint; sisters Katherine Formby of Cumby and Ozell Ensley of Cumby; five grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Claude C. Smart

Funeral services were held for Claude C. Smart, 79, of Cumby, Oct 1, 1999 in Murray-Orwosky Funeral Chapel. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jackie Moore, Chester Lewis Moore, Thomas Raymond Smart, David Smart, Donald Smart, Marvin Smart, Jr., and Randy Joe Hein.

Mr. Smart died Sept. 27 in Veterans Hospital of Dallas. He was born July 24, 1920 in Mason, Texas to Harvey & Lena Griffith Smart. He married Bessie Lorrayne Baugh; she preceded him in death. He married Ruth Smith; she preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, three sons, four brothers, twelve grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren.


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(From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - August 3, 1999 )

Vera Gaines Plunkett

Graveside services for Vera Gaines Plunkett, 92, of Cumby, were held Friday, July 30, 1999 at Long Cemetery. The Rev. David Burns officiated.  Serving as pallbearers were Dale Petty, Dane Petty, E. A. Junell and Charles Adair.  Arrangements were made by Tapp Funeral Home.

Mrs. Plunkett died July 27 at Oak Manor Nursing Home of Commerce.

She was born in Cumby February 14, 1907, the daughter of Robert and Mary Lee Howell Gaines.  She married A. L. "Shorty" Plunkett in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Nov 3, 1927.  He preceded her in death in 1996.

Mrs. Plunkett attended school in Cumby, and taught school in New Mexico before working in Cumby for the Postal Service for more than 31 years.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include sons Richard Plunkett and Robbie Plunkett of Commerce; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

R. T. Higginbotham

Services for R. T. Higginbotham, 71, of Mesquite, were held July 14, 1999 in Anderson Clayton Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.  He died July 11th after an extended illness.

He was born July 27, 1927 in Campbell to Reuben Taylor and Vesta Vera (Bowen) Higginbotham.  He married Betty Lovelady in 1962.  He was a member of Sam P. Cochran Masonic Lodge No. 34.

Survivors include his wife of Mesquite; daughters Vicki Lynn Shaw of Rowlett and Barbara Gail Grant of Mesquite; brothers Claudus Higginbotham of Greenville, Leon Higginbotham of Cumby, and Joe Higginbotham of Brashear, eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, a stepdaughter and one great-grandson.

Memorials to Texas Scottish Rites Children's Hospital of Dallas.



(From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - September 7, 1999 )

Billy Wayne Parker

Funeral services for Billy Wayne Parker, 58, of Commerce were held Sept. 2, 1999 in Jones Memorial Chapel. Interment was in Ridgeway Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Dorman Morgan, Spencer Hinkle, James Parker, Joe Parker, Derwood Parker and Gene Paul Galloway. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Benny Parker, Bobby Parker and Gene Williams.

Mr. Parker died Aug 31, in Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Ridgeway May 6, 1941, the son of Robert W. and Thelma Morgan Parker.

His father preceded him in death in 1997.

Survivors include his mother of Ridgeway, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Aaron Seely

Funeral services by Cumby Funeral Home for Aaron Seely, 21 of Cumby were held Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at First Baptist Church, with interment in the Cumby Cemetery. Rev. Wes Dean officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Weldon Hood, Justin Mason, Bo Wright, Cary Hoops, Jason Petty and Roy Reed.

Survivors include parents Allin & Melanie Seely and brother Brian of Cumby, brother Brent Seely of Campbell; and grandparents, Mel and Shirley Burgess of Jacksonville.

Seely graduated Cumby High School in 1996.

Rosemary Prince

Funeral services by Cumby Funeral Home for Rosemary Prince, 75, of Campbell, were held Sept 6, 1999, First Baptist Church, Campbell, Rev. Jan Denny officiating. Interment in Brigham Cemetery. Pallbearers were Pat Olen, Shane Albert, Matt Prince, Cody Prince, Keith Oler and Martin Jimenez. 

She died Sept 4 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Greenville Feb 8, 1924, daughter of Marvin and Marie Jones Turner. She married Billie Prince June 4, 1942 in Campbell. He survives. Other survivors include sons Larry Prince of Campbell and Jack Prince of Heath; daughters Rebecca Manley and Vicki Albert of Campbell; sister Alice Oler and brother Jack Turner, both of Greenville. 

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Assn.

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(From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - July 20, 1999 )

Tina Lee Alexander

Funeral services for Tina Lee Alexander, 44, of Brashear, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 20th, in Shannon Oaks Church of Christ. Interment will be in Brashear Cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander died Saturday, July 17th in an automobile accident. She was born June 28, 1955 in Shreveport, LA, the daughter of Thomas R. and Mary Collum Barnhill. She married Dwight W. Alexander April 3, 1982. He survives.

Other survivors include her parents; sons Grant Alexander and Collin Alexander, both of Brashear; and brothers Larry Barnhill of Oklahoma City and Jerry Barnhill of Longville, La.


  (From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - June 25, 1999 )

Leo Haynes

Funeral Services for Leo Haynes, 84, of Cumby, were held June 21, 1999 at Prairie Valley Baptist Church, with Rev. Wes Dean officiating. He died June 19th in a Sherman hospital. Interment was at Prairie Valley Cemetery. Arrangements by Cumby Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Gary, Scotty, Randy, and Gary Don Almon.

Mr. Haynes was born Feb 17, 1915 in Sulphur Springs, son of Roy and Pallie Cawthron Haynes. He married Oleta Dale Almon Nov. 17, 1933 in Donelton. She survives. Other survivors include daughter Donnie Holder of Corpus Christi, sisters Marie Green of Wichita Falls and Dorothy Hales of Corpus Christi, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Marcell Beasley.

Amy Ruth DeWitt

Funeral services for Amy Ruth DeWitt, 67, of Sulphur Springs were held June 19, 1999 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Interment in Shirley Cemetery. She died June 17th in a Paris hospital.

She was born Feb 26, 1932 in Wilkerson, daughter of Andrew and Lena Mae Logan Penny. She married Gene DeWitt Feb. 14, 1953. He survives.

Other survivors include sons Weldon and Daryl DeWitt of Brashear, and Larry DeWitt of Sulphur Springs; daughter Wanda Vititow of Sulphur Springs and Louis Penny of Sachse; sister Bennie Booth of LaRue; and six grandchildren.



(From the Cumby Record - Hopkins County, TX - April 6, 1999 )

Doyle Box

Doyle Box of Commerce (TX), died Thursday at Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce at the age of 84. Funeral services were held Sunday at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.

Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Park in Sulphur Springs.

Harlan Edward Moehlman

Harlan E. Moehlman, 79, of Campbell died Saturday at Greenville's Presbyterian Hospital. Services were held graveside Friday at Prairie Valley Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Peters Funeral Home in Greenville.

Mr. Moehlman was born in 1919 in Danville, Iowa, the son of George
Moehlman and Mary Hoehn. In 1949 he married Marge Ball. She survives. Other survivors are son Mitch Moehlman of Flower Mound and sister Viola Dockendorff of Iowa.

Mr. Moehlman was a noted breeder, trainer and showman of Arabian horses. The Greenville Herald Banner reports that he was "the only breeder to breed, train and show a national champion Arabian stallion."

Philip J. Niswonger

Philip J. Niswonger, 47, of Brashear died Saturday, April 3. Funeral
services were held April 7, with interment at Brashear Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Johnnie Hale, Douglas Baucum, Wayne Wagner, Terry Medders, Rodney Maddox, and J. D. McCoy.

Mr. Niswonger was born in 1951 in Flint Michigan, the son of Rev. Larry Alvin and Virginia Lee Longstreet Niswonger. A resident of Hopkins County since 1996, he married Ruth Medders Smith in 1997 in Dike. She survives. Memorials may be made to Hopkins County Hospice, 518 Church St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482



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