Oct

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Randall Lewis Willman Jr., of Seven Points, was born May 8, 1953, in Dallas, Texas, to parents Randall Lewis and Betty Ann (Darsey) Willman Sr., and entered into eternal rest Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 61.
Randall graduated from Crozier Tech High School.
He married Shirley Gossett Sept. 4, 1971.
Randall worked in construction all his life and was a member of Lathers Local Post 140 in Dallas.
He loved life and enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, diving and hunting. Randall was a very kind, caring man who would help anyone in need, he will truly be missed.
Randall was preceded in death by his father and brother Benjamin Willman.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Willman, of Seven Points; daughter Melanie Ratliff and husband Ronual; son David Michael Willman and wife Misty; grandchildren Cordell, Kara, David, Geneva, Dakota and Melia; mother Betty Willman of Sims, Ark.; sisters Cathy Fuller of Sims, Ark., and Liz Cockrell of Sims, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews; other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Oct

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Templin, of Payne Springs, were held Oct. 25, 2014, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Interment followed at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Cemetery in McKinney.
Shirley was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Collin County to parents George and Anna Hamilton, and entered into eternal rest Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 78.
Shirley loved to work crossword puzzles. She did engraving art and enjoyed sewing. Shirley loved life, being around those she loved and having a good time.
She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Post 1114 in Gun Barrel City. Shirley attended Payne Springs United Methodist Church. She was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed by all who knew her.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Debra Lynn Anderson, husband Ralph Templin, brothers Gene Hamilton and Carl Hamilton and sister Patsy Mayfield.
She is survived by her sons, David Reneau, of Magnolia, Dennis Massey of Payne Springs, Wayne Templin and wife Kim of Athens and Steve Templin and wife Mary of Payne Springs; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Oct

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 23, 2014

Courtesy Photos/A.J. Kirksey About 30 of the old propane storage tanks sitting out on a property fronting State Highway 274 in Seven Points were tampered with Monday in an apparent attempt to empty them and remove their regulators for scrap. INSET: The regulator weighs slightly less than a pound and would bring in about $1.20 as scrap. The stunt could have blown up this corner of the county Fire Chief A. J. Kirksey said.

Courtesy Photos/A.J. Kirksey
About 30 of the old propane storage tanks sitting out on a property fronting State Highway 274 in Seven Points were tampered with Monday in an apparent attempt to empty them and remove their regulators for scrap. INSET: The regulator weighs slightly less than a pound and would bring in about $1.20 as scrap. The stunt could have blown up this corner of the county Fire Chief A. J. Kirksey said.

Vandals open valves on discarded gas tanks

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Would-be brass thieves nearly blew the northwest corner of Henderson County off the map Oct. 13.
Seven Points Fire Chief A.J. Kirksey told The Monitor how a call reporting a strong smell of propane on State Highway 274 first alerted him to the danger.
“We received a call right around dark,” Kirksey said. “When we arrived at the scene the smell was overwhelming. There was no time to evacuate.”
He said “someone had cracked open the gas valves on about 30 tanks” of various sizes at the 121 Seven Points Blvd address, where dozens of old tanks are stored.. He estimates there were a total of 12,000 to 18,000 gallons of gas stored in those tanks.
He and his volunteers carefully went from tank to tank closing the valves, being careful not to draw a spark.
Once every valve was tightened and the wind had carried the expelled gas away, he was able to contact a Ferrellgas office in Texarkana.
The firm sent out technicians from Wills Point to inspect the tanks for leaks, Kirksey said.
Calls to an executive with the firm on Tuesday discovered that the firm is still trying to decide what to do with the property.
Gun Barrel City Fire Rescue also came out Monday with a gas leak detection device to make sure the gas was contained.
Further inspection of the property showed the back fence had been cut.
Kirksey speculates vandals/burglars opened the tanks and planned to return to remove the brass regulators for scrap.
“They put us all in danger for a few bucks,” Kirksey said. Brass is going for $1.20 per pound. The regulators weigh less than a pound.
He also reported the incident to the Railroad Commission.
“I thought those tanks were empty,” Kirksey said. “They’re not supposed to be there. Had they been ignited the whole point of Henderson County wouldn’t be there anymore.”
“I’ve been trying for 13 years to get something done (about that storage yard). We (the fire department) are called out there at least once a summer,” he said.