Aug

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

John Garsjo

John Garsjo

Funeral services for John Douglas Garsjo, 57, were held Aug. 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank.
A Celebration of Life and balloon release followed.
Douglas was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Glasgow, Mont., to Wilma and Victor Garsjo, and died Aug. 11, 2014, in Tyler, after complications arising from a stroke.
His family lived in Glasgow located in northeastern Montana, and his parents owned and operated the Fort Peck Bar in Nashua.
He attended Nashua High School, graduating in 1975.
He spent summers at his aunt and uncle’s house with their eight children and learned to ride horses, brand cattle, pick rocks out of the fields and drive tractors.
He was introduced Norwegian delicacies such as lutefisk and lefse.
He joined the U.S. Army after high school and was stationed in Germany, working as a helicopter mechanic.
When he returned to northern Montana, he moved to Malta, and met and married JoAnne Jones from Wagner.
He got a job on a seismic crew, and left Montana for Louisiana.
He moved to Grand Prairie, in the early 1980s, and got a job as an equipment operator with the city.
He later married Darla Vaughn and became the stepfather to Christy, David and Sonya.
The children would help him work on cars and the family enjoyed many Saturday afternoon picnics in the park.
He also took them shooting with bb and pellet guns. He taught the children how to drive a car, fish, and bait their own hook.
He was shy, funny, a hard worker and mechanic.
He was good with his hands and he loved animals.
He was a good father, grandfather and a great guy who cared about the people around him. He would help anyone in need.
He most recently worked for Larry Partridge Construction.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Darla Vaughn; daughters Christie, Sonya Lightfoot and husband John; son David and wife Porscha; grandchildren Sarah, Summer, and David Jr., Nevaeh, and Dakota; brother Mike and wife Marie of Fort Worth; neice Landon of Belgrade, Mont.; many other Garsjo family members. We will all miss him terribly.

Aug

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

Dixie Mathews

Dixie Mathews

Services for Dixie M. Mathews, of Gun Barrel City, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Bro. Eason and Mr. Jackson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Goshen Cemetery in Eustace, TX.
Dixie was born on Jan. 22, 1942, in Albany, Ore., to parents Ray and Dorothy (Cade) Mudgett, and entered into eternal rest on Aug. 17, 2014, at the age of 72.
Dixie’s family and friends meant everything to her. She was very proud of her grandsons.
Dixie loved to sing and was a great artist, whether it was sketching or drawing.
She was a wonderful cook and taught her grandsons how to cook.
Dixie enjoyed working on genealogy and was the historian of her own family’s genealogical history.
Dixie moved to Cedar Creek Lake area in the ’80s and worked as a teller at First National and Prosperity Bank.
She had a wonderful smile, was fun and feisty. For her 60th birthday, she asked for power tools.
Dixie was a “daddy’s girl” and would reminisce about her father often. She was a Methodist by faith and “God called her home.” Dixie was a very loving caring lady who will be missed by all who knew her.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence Arnold Watson, they were together 10 years before his passing.
She is survived by her son, Rickey Cate and wife Kathy; daughter Tonya Cate; stepdaughters Stephanie Hendrix and husband Don and Laura Davis and husband Delton; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Sunny Roberts and Terry Meadows; special sister Sandra Thomas; other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Aug

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

Funeral services for James Roy Key, 66, of Eustace, were held Aug. 19, 2014, at Zion Hill Church with Bro. Randy Fisher officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Burial followed at Moorehead-Melton in Eustace.
Key was born Jan. 29. 1948, in Athens, to Virgie (Abbott) and G.D. Key, and died Aug. 16, 2014, in Tyler.
He grew up and attended school in Eustace.
He married Irene June 10, 1978.
He worked in the electrical field for more than 40 years and was a board member of Zion Hill Church.
He enjoyed working, writing, traveling, boating and fixing his tractor.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Danny Key.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Key, of Eustace; son James Bryant Key of Eustace; grandson James Avery Key; sister Vicki Travis and husband Bob of Carrollton.
Pallbearers were James Bryant Key, Richard Cravey, Kendal Armstrong, Dallas Walker, Jeff Munns and Bobby Windle.
Honorary pallbearers were John Kling, Danny Noble, Charles Easley, Jimmy Morton and Jimmy Stegall.
Condolences may be posted at www.moorhead-epps.com.