Posted by : February 26, 2015| On :
Archie was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Bronx, N.Y. to parents Alvah Clayburn Lewis and Margaret Shertz Lewis, and entered into eternal rest Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 92.
Archie graduated from Sunset High school and attended Southwestern College – Oklahoma and SMU.
Archie was a veteran and served in the United States Army during World War II during the Battle of the Bulge.
He worked for Southwestern Bell for 38 years before retiring in 1984.
Archie was a member of Buckner Masonic Lodge and Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club.
He enjoyed fishing, dancing and traveling in his RV.
Archie was a loving caring man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ester Lewis, granddaughter Deana Lewis, brothers Maurice Lewis and A.C. Lewis.
He is survived by his wife, Penny, of Trinidad, sons Greg Lewis and wife Brenda of Seven Points, Mark Lewis and wife Judy of Canton; daughter Annette Lewis of Denison, step-son Eddie Connor and wife Lacy of Trinidad, grandchildren Brian, Kassi, Bristal “Katie”, Marci, Shannon, Maddy and Lukas; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, other relative and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.
Posted by : February 26, 2015| On :
Atkins was born May 23, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and died Feb. 17, 2015.
He retired from the Maxwell House Coffee Division of General Foods Corporation in 1980. He began his career in Enid, Okla., in 1954. He transferred to Tulsa in 1960 and Dallas in 1962, where he advanced to Account Manager, Sales Supervisor, and Area Sales Manager.
Gene served in the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Montrose and USS Goodhue and was a survivor after the ship was hit by a Japanese suicide plane.
He was also on a beach party communications team and made a landing on le Shima, Ryukyu Archipelago Island in Japan and was only a short distance away from famed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ernie Pyle when he was killed by a machine gun sniper.
He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He moved to his “Gene’s Haven” lake home in 1979. He was an active member of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
Both he and his wife, Johnnie, joined the church choir in the early ’80s with Johnnie remaining active for the next 20 years.
He served as “Grill Sergeant, Brunch Supervisor” for 18 years in charge of the Fellowship Brunch Ministry serving from 60 – 100 members and guests each Sunday after the morning service.
He served as Kitchen Administrator and chaired the Committee for the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Renovation Project.
He was an active fisherman and hunter, hunting near Breckenridge for many years.
He was an avid golfer and belonged to Brookhaven, Pecan Valley and Forrest Oaks Country Clubs in Dallas. He later joined Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp, where he served as Tournament Director and later two terms as President of the Men’s Golf Association.
Some of his golf accomplishments were two holes in one, a double eagle and a trio of 68s all on different courses.
He won many tournaments in Oklahoma and Texas and shot his age many times.
He served on the Board of Directors for the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District (ECCFWSD). He was also a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason.
Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Johnnie Atkins, of Gun Barrel City, sons Greg Atkins and wife Cathy, Ted Atkins; daughter Janet Rutherford and husband Mike of Celina, grandchildren Wendi Roundy and husband Mark of Celina, Bryan Rutherford of Melissa, Steve Atkins and Rebecca Atkins both of Dallas; great-grand children Collin Rutherford of Nacogdoches, Aaron Roundy of Celina and Hayley Jo Rutherford of Princeton; many nieces and nephews.
Posted by : February 22, 2015| On :
Prayer services for Weldon Loyd Derebery, 62, of Payne Springs, were held Feb. 19, 2015, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Chapel in Gun Barrel City.
Derebery was born March 26, 1942, in Denison, to Beatrice (Bryson) and Loy Derebery, and died February 16, 2015, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Derebery, and a brother Harold Derebery.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Derebery, children Randy Howell, Truman “Leo” Howell and wife Tonya, Jerrold Howell and wife Wendy, Bradley Howell, Richard “Ricky” Howell, Gena Derebery, Dina Derebery, Trina Derebery; 13 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, numerous other family members and many friends.