Posted by : February 15, 2017| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Having recently gone to the state capitol on the Feb. 7 Chamber bus trip, Scott Six and Scott Confer brought back an update on the projected widening of the State Highway 334 bridge. “The project is a go,” Six said, for a smaller amount than earlier estimated, $33M to widen both bridges connecting Gun Barrel City to Seven Points.
The construction could start as early as August or as late as a year from now in November.
“Appropriations is key,” Six said of the legislative process that takes place every two years in Austin.
Permits, utilities, EPA, Army Corp of Engineers and Texas Department of Transportation have all signed off on the project, Confer said. “It is shovel ready.”
It will be similar to the SH 198 bridges, with raised arches. Once started, the project is expected to take four years to complete. Traffic will continue on the existing bridges while construction is taking place on structures parallel to it, Six explained. Up to 150-feet of right-of-way has been secured.
Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President Jo Ann Hanstrom expressed a positive outcome to the legislative trip and thanked trip sponsors Trinity Valley Electric Co-op, Keller Williams and each chamber board member, in addition to office staff Melissa Newland and her son, who helped on the bus.
Posted by : February 15, 2017| On :
Funeral services for Doyle L. Holt were held Feb. 11, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Mabank with Rev. Larry Strandberg II officiating. Interment followed the service at Payne Springs Cemetery.
Doyle was born Jan. 11, 1937 in Payne Springs to parents Burnice and Gladys (Sutherlin) Holt and entered into eternal rest on Feb. 8, 2017 at the age of 80.
Doyle graduated from Eustace High School and went to work for his cousin, Durwood Phillips, laying concrete. It was hot, back breaking work and he decided that he did not want to do that type of work the rest of his life. He decided to go to Barber school, as this would provide him a living and a cool place to work in the summer and a warm place in the winter.
Doyle and Diane married on July 7, 1956 in Payne Springs. The draft was still in effect during this time. Not wanting to get their lives and family started, they decided Doyle should go ahead and enlist and get his military service commitment taken care of. Diane followed him to Ft. Knox, Ky., until his training was complete. He was part of the 3rd Armored Division Spearhead Unit, Motor Pool. Doyle was scheduled to ship to Germany for the remainder of his service time. Diane came back to Texas only to shortly notify Doyle that he was going to be a father. Doyle was discharged from the Army on Oct. 31, 1958.
His first born daughter, Cindy Lynn, would turn one-year-old in just 16 days before he would finally see her in person. Oh, happy day! Since he was shipping out, a replacement in the motor pool was needed. The new recruit that replaced him was none other than Elvis A. Presley, the one and only. He always said, “Somebody had to replace him”.
After getting out of the Army, Doyle opened his first Barber Shop in Austin. Doyle moved to Mabank in 1969 and opened Mabank Barber Shop in 1971. He continued barbering until the age of 72 and retired after many years of service to his community.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mabank, where he also served as a deacon. Doyle was a very loving and caring man who will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife Diane Padgett Holt, grandson Wade Anthony Holt, mother-in-law Opal Estes Padgett, brothers Ronald Holt, Carl Holt, Billy Don Holt, Bob Holt, Jack Holt and Milburn Holt, sister Peggy Holt Moore, nephew Richard Wayne Moore and niece Glenda Kennedy.
He is survived by his daughter Cindy Holt-Kemp and husband John of Gun Barrel City, granddaughter Amanda Davenport and husband Jason of Kemp and great-granddaughters Laney, Riley and Tatum Davenport, son Tim Holt and wife Natalie of Waxahachie, grandson Brackon Holt of Waxahachie and granddaughter Camille Holt of Waxahachie, son Tracy Holt and wife Lynn of Mabank, grandson James Holcomb of Yukon, Okla., and great-grandsons Hunter, Colton and Cooper Holcomb, sister Dewinca Holt Cain of Malakoff, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.
Posted by : February 10, 2017| On :
Laura Rocha, 97,was born Dec. 6, 1919 in Kemp to the home of Ben Rocha and Natalia Pavon Rocha and passed away Feb. 8, 2017 in Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Pete Rocha and Barney Rocha, sisters Rose Valdez and Mary Whatley Lees.
She is survived by a brother Joe Rocha of Tulsa Okla., numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Laura was a lifelong resident of Kemp and was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt.
She lived a long and wonderful life and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to: ForeverFamiliesProgram.org in her memory.