Posted by : February 7, 2016| On :
Ellen “Ellie” JoAnne Bolger died Jan. 27, 2016. She was born Nov. 16, 1935, in Decator, Ill.
She was raised in Crete, Ill. and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in 1957, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Pat Bolger, son Mark and wife Terry; daughter Lisa and husband Jeff; son Brent and wife Kelly; grandchildren Bryan, Lauren, Haley, Brooke, and Rylee; brother Keith Cox and wife Bev.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Maureen Cox.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Discovery Village at Twin Creeks located at 480 Bray Central Drive, in Allen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a Memorial Contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association for Dementia research at Alz.org, or a charity of your choice.
Posted by : February 4, 2016| On :
Opal Irene Sapp Toney passed away peacefully, at the age of 90, on January 28, 2016.
A life-long resident of Prairieville and Mabank, she was known to “make her rounds” visiting local spots. In town at the post office, nursing home and The Dairy Queen she was seldom seen without a fashionable hat. She never met a stranger.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Clint Sapp and Elsie Mae (Wininger) Sapp, her husband of 43 years, Julius Toney, siblings Fannie Tankersly and her husband, Leonard; J.C. Sapp and his wife, Eddie; Louise Myrick and her husband, Claude; Billie Thompson and her husband, Willard; Peggy Gunderson and her husband, C.J.; son-in-law Don Brown and many other dear family members.
As an award-winning folk artist, her handmade creations can still be found in homes and businesses throughout the county and state. As a talented writer, her newspaper article “As I Was Saying” was read for many years in The Monitor.
She is survived by her brother, Bobby Sapp, and his wife, Mary; children Suzette Brown, Beverly Brown, Dwight Toney, Charlotte Featherston and her husband, Ronnie; Judith Toney, Dwayne Toney, Lezlee Cheek and her husband, William; 15 favorite grandchildren, Toney Brown, Todd Brown, Trace Brown, Tobin Brown, Lisa Parry, Shawn Toney, April Toney, DeeDee Lennon, Greg Featherston, Jennifer Brown, Josh Cheek, Jeremy Cheek, Jared Cheek; Jodie Ellis, Jacob Cheek, 27 favorite great-grandchildren and eight favorite great-great-grandchildren.
Whether she was known to you as Opal, Miss Opal, Mrs. Toney, Aunt Opal or the sweet lady who wears hats, Opal was a jewel to be known.
She loved to take walks and watch birds flitter and play. She enjoyed sitting by a window as she read and journaled. She was a prayer warrior. She loved her friends and family and told them so, often, and out loud.
More than anything, she loved her savior, Jesus Christ, most of all. More than anything, she wanted all to know Him.
Sleeping soundly, covered in a handmade quilt, surrounded by family and friends who sang praises and hymns together over her, Opal peacefully met her Lord.
All is well with her soul, as she now “makes her rounds” with Him.
Posted by : February 4, 2016| On :
Services for James Ray Grisham were held Jan. 30 2016, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, with Mike Nelson officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank.
James was born on October 12, 1935, in Van Zandt County, to parents Ernest Grisham and Maggie Childs and entered into rest January 27, 2016, at the age of 80.
James was a family man and a successful rancher. He was the previous owner of Van Zandt County Livestock in Wills Point.
James was married to the love of his life, June, for 57 years. He attended Rope, Catch and Ride Cowboy Church in Mabank. James was a very loving and caring man who will be missed tremendously by all those who knew and loved him.
James was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Dorothy Allen and Gracie King; brothers Billy Grisham and Earnest Junior Grisham.
He is survived by his loving wife, June Grisham, of Mabank, daughter Karen Willard and husband Dennis of Brownsboro, son Kelly Grisham and wife Karen of Mabank, grandson Kyle Grisham and wife Macy of Mabank, grandson Brad Willard and wife Ashton of Tyler, granddaughter Kandice Sides and husband J.R. of Canton, grandson Brandon Willard and wife Krystle of Lindale and granddaughter Britney Willard of Tyler, 11 great-grandchildren, other loving family members and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of James to Rope, Catch and Ride For Christ Church at 570 CR 2807, Mabank, TX 75147, (903) 887-6081 or to the charity of your choice.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com