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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 17, 2014

Funerals services for Roger Eugene “Papa Gene” Bearden were held April 15, 2014, at Victory Church with Bro. Todd Peavey officiating.
Interment with Military Honors followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Combine.
Bearden was born Jan. 12, 1948, in Athens, to Minnie Gloria (Rutledge) and Howell Washington Bearden, and died April 11, 2014.
As a young man, he enjoyed sports and was exceptionally talented in basketball and baseball, earning him the nick name “spaghetti-arm.”
He attended Spruce High School, were he met Judy, the love of his life. They married in 1968 and had three sons, “The Bearden Boys.”
He graduated high school in 1966 and served in the United States Air Force for four years.
He enjoyed spending time with his sons, coaching and playing various sports, hunting, fishing, camping, playing 42, cards, chess and other games.
He was a kind-hearted man who reached out to help everyone. In doing so he created friendships that were innumerable and bonds that were lifelong.
He loved building, constructing, and fixing things and perfected southern engineering.
He enjoyed doing things for others and passing on his skills and knowledge to his sons.
He worked for 30 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 2000.
His daughter-in-laws and 11 grandchildren call him “Papa Gene.”
He believed in family and it was personified by his actions and as his legacy. From family game night to Bearden-Palooza, he was the epitome of family.
Upon retirement, he served the Log Cabin community for 10 years as a City Council member, Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem.
He was dedicated to the community’s vast improvement and was instrumental in the implementation of the city’s new water treatment and sewer system, water tower, community park, fishing pier, boat ramp and dock.
He was a Christian by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Bearden; sons Ronnie Bearden and wife Lauri, Chad Bearden and wife Kim, all of Combine and Jason Bearden and wife Misty of Crandall; grandchildren Jordyn, Logan, Nicholas, Jake, Garrett, Travis, Coby, Jayd’n, Caleb, Deacon and Jasey; mother; brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Freedom Fellowship Church of Kaufman, 5575 CR 4101, Kaufman, Texas 75142.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 17, 2014

Barbara Fuller

Barbara Fuller

A memorial celebration for Barbara Jann Fowler Berry Fuller, 73, was held April 12, 2014, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
A reception and lunch followed at Trade Winds Park in Cherokee Trace.
Fuller was born July 13, 1940, and died April 8, 2014.
She was a consultant in the agricultural industry.
She had creative and decorative talents, creating imaginative pieces of sewing and home décor.
She loved caring for and nurturing her grandchildren, who were the absolute joy of her life.
Her vivaciousness and creativity were matched only by her determination and tenacious persistence.
She was given only six to eight when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010, but survived another four years.
She was a life long member of the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons, James Wayne Berry and wife Kimberly, and Russell Berry and wife Tanya; granddaughters Ashley, Jessica, Sydney, Amaris and Brooke Berry; great-grandchild Kiegan Ochoa; eight brothers and sisters; 19 nieces and nephews.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 17, 2014

Alene Gibbs

Alene Gibbs

Services for Alene “TuTu” Gibbs, of Mabank, were held Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The First United Methodist Church in Mabank, Texas with Rev. Brent Williams officiating. Interment followed the service at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Alene was born on January 18, 1920, in Van Zandt County, TX, to parents Henry and Alice (Guinn) McAfee and entered into eternal rest on April 11, 2014, at the age of 94.
Alene was known as a prankster and practical joker. She had a great sense of humor. Alene was very giving of her life. She was raised on a farm in Van Zandt County and graduated from Canton High School.
Alene married Andrew Gibbs in 1948 and they were happily married for almost 50 years.
She was very active in her community. Alene was one of the founding member for The Mabank Riding Club. She was a member of Mabank Garden Club, Eastern Star – Roddy Lodge and Friends of Library Support Group.
Alene served as the Historian for the Rotary Club and was a part of the Avanti Society and Red Hat Ladies.
She also was a member of Elm Grove’s Women On The Move and The Bday Club at Cedar Creek Country Club.
Alene played a vital role in her community and loved helping and serving others. She was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
Alene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Andrew Gibbs, brother Kenneth McAfee and granddaughter Makenzie Busby.
She is survived by her daughters, Andrea Pickens and husband Joe of Mabank, Bettie Busby and husband Rickey of Mabank; grandchildren Alex Harrill, Andi Harrill, Chris and Cheryl Pickens, Kirstin Pickens, Teresa and Nelson Busby, Austin Busby, Kelsie and Samuel Spencer; 5 great-grandchildren; brother Cozell McAfee and wife Stella of Mabank; a host of extended family and friends.
A special thank you to Monica, Peggy and Robin for their endless love and continuous care for mother.
Donations can be made in Mrs. Gibbs honor to Tri County Library, 132 E. Market, P.O. Box 1770 Mabank, TX 75147 or www.tricountylibrary.org, (903) 887-9622.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.