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Grand Saline Sun, Thursday, January 5, ;>012 3 OBITUARIES Larry Armstrong Larry Ray Armstrong Services for Larry Ray Armstrong, 56, were held December 30, 2011 at Grace Bible Fellowship in Can- ton, with Bro. Dan Tarno officiating. Graveside services were at Providence Cemetery. Mr. Armstrong passed away on December 27, 2011 in Tyler. He was born October 11, 1955 in Grand Saline. He had been a resident of Can- ton for five years, formerly living in Grand Saline. He was preceded in death by his father, Larkin Ray Armstrong; grandpar- ents, Harvey and Nora Kimmey and Hershell and Pearl Armstrong; nephew, ChristopherMize; and spe- cial family friend, Clyde Fowler. Survivors include his mother, Frankie Arm- strong of Grand Saline; sis- ter, Edie Armstrong Mize of Van; brother, Ronnie Armstrong of Grand Saline; and girlfriend, Vanessa Hock. Pallbearers were Ken- neth Long, Paul Golaher, Wilson Risinger, Raul Vasquez and Justin Pearce. Honorary pall- bearers were Barney Richardson, Johnny Chan- non and Eddie Moulden. Mildred Dickson Services for Mildred Dickson, Mineola, were held December 31 at Bart- ley Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Dickson passed away December 29 in Quit- man. She was born September 30, 1913 in the Friendship community just west of Grand Saline. She was the daughter of Mamie Jones Farmer and William May- ben Farmer. She married Robert C. Dickson on March 7, 1939 in San Anto- nio. Together they lived in San Antonio, Robstown, Dallas, and recently in the Silver Lake community. She was a member of the Silver Lake Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert C. Dickson; sons John Robert Dickson and William Thomas Dickso; two sisters and two broth- ers. Survivors include her daughter-in-law Peggy Hidell Dickson; three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Silver Lake Baptist Church. Meroney, Sr., Joseph John- son, Joshua Johnson, Jere- my Johnson, Jody John- son, Justin Johnson, and Jeffrey Johnson. Eva Mae Foster Funeral services for Eva Mae Foster, 97, of Wills Point, were held December 30, 2011, at Allan Fuller Fu- neral Home Chapel in Wills Point. Burial was in Ellis Chapel Cemetery north of Wills Point. Ms. Foster passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011, in Wills Point. Clifton Lee Johnson Services for Clifton Lee Claude Frank Mathews Claude Frank Mathews Claude Frank Mathews, 85 of Mineola, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in a Tyler hospital with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born February 26, 1926 in Thrift to Claude and Vergie Mathews. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served as a Corporal in WWII in the Asian Field. After the war, Johnson, 53, of Grand he moved to Grand Saline, Saline, were held Decem- and met and married the ber 29, 2011, at Liberty love of.his .life, Chlota Lee Temple, Creagleville with Waymlre in 1947. Mr. Bro. D'Wayne Williams Mathews worked in Dallas and Bro. Homer Morgan as a General Manager of a officiating. Chevrolet Dealership for Burial was in Crea- gleville Cemetery. Mr. Johnson passed away Monday, December 26, 2011, in Grand Saline. He was born April 16, 1958, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Joseph Clifton and Norma Jane Merrill Johnson. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War, lived his early years in Dallas, and lived most of his life in Grand Saline. He was a member of Liberty Temple Church and a master car- penter. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Lee Chote Johnson of Grand Saline; mother, Norma Cox of Fruitvale; six sons and daughters in-law, Joseph Johnson, Joshua and Michelle Johnson, Jeremy and Erin Johnson, Jody and Jennifer Johnson, Justin Johnson, and Jef- frey Johnson, all of Grand Saline; .brothers, Billy Johnson of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Chris Johnson of Fruitvale; sis- ter Molly Johnson of Las Cruces, New Mexico; 14 grandchildren; and nu- merous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by father, Joseph "Jody" Johnson. Pallbearers were Phillip 30 years and then retired to the beautiful Mineola area. He loved to fish and spend time with his family. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Wayne Mathews and grandson, Dylan Gregory Cagle. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Chlota Lee Mathews of Mineola; two daughters, Vickie Math- ews of Mineola and Cindy Hawkin and her husband Douglas of Mine ola; two sons, Kenneth Mathews and his wife Deborah of Mineola and Gary Math- ews and his wife Carol of Cedar Creek; three grand- children and several great- grandchildren. Joann McKnight Services for Joann McK- night, 65 of Fruitvale, were held December 31, 2011 at Caney Creek Cowboy Church with Bro. Bill Pol- ley officiating. Burial was in Morris Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Joann McKnight passed away December 21, 2011 in Tyler. She was born August 13, 1946 in Atlanta to Joseph & Kathryn Smith Nunn. She spent her early years in Mesquite before moving to Fruitvale 12 years ago. She worked as a technician and was Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Nunn; her husband, Char- lie McKnight; son, Steven Franks; and brother, I 903-896-1400 Delivering to all of Van Zandt County Free delivery tO funeral homes in Van Zandt County HWY 80, Edgewood Next to Hiett LyBrand Funeral Home I 3 Bedroom Brick Home PLUS 50 acres with a 2 acre sprino-fed lake. 2 miles south of Grand Saline off HWY 110 500 VZCR 1602 903-258-0714 Richard Nunn. Survivors include her mother, Kathryn Nunn of Mesquite; son, Richard Franks and wife Andie of Fruitvale; two brothers, Buddy Nunn and Joey Nunn of Tennessee; three sisters, Sherry Capps and husband Richard of Gar- land, Lisa Roberts and husband Randy of Frisco, and Kathy Nun n of Mesquite; six grandChil- dren; three great-gr.nd- children; and dear friend, Debra Littlejohn of Fruit- vale. Dorisa Lee Wheeler Graveside services for Dorisa Lee Wheeler, 68 of Longview, were held De- cember 31, 2011 at Starr Cemetery with Bro. Mark Winskie officiating. Ms. Wheeler was born May 17, 1943 in Grand Saline to Harry Levi and Irene Prestridge Wheeler. She passed away Decem- ber 29, 2011 in LongvieW. She spent most of her life in Grand Saline where she attended Central Pente- costal Church. While liv- ing in Longview, she at- tended the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; sis- ter, Billie Jane Lawson; and brother, Jacky Don Wheeler. Survivors include her brothers, Sammy Wheeler of Grand Saline, Roger Allen Wheeler of Temple, Ricky Lee Wheeler of Den- ton, Bobby Joe Wheeler of Harlton; a sister, Jacque- line Kay Wheeler of Col- lege Station; and numer- ous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marvin Raymond Dietel, Jr., 64 passed away at his home in Forney, TX on Thursday, December 29, 2011 surrounded by his loved ones. Marvin was born in Dallas, TX on February 3, 1947 to Marvin and Julia (Robertsl Dietel both of whom passed away when Marvin was a child: he was raised by his grandmother Olga (Baus) Dietel. A loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Marvin will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Marvin is survived by his wife and best friend. Wanda (Gee) Dietel, daughter Kelli Dietel of Grapevine.lX: son Chris Dietel & wife Andrea (Gowen) Dietel of Trimble. MO: step-son Warren Purifoy & wife Kirsty (Hinds) Purifoy, grandchildren Sasha & Niko Purifoy of Dallas. IX: brother Carl Dietel & wife Ruby Dietel of Colleyville, TX, sister Elinor (Linl Lewis of Durango. CO and twin-sister, Marilyn Coe of Spring,iX; and numerous meces, nephews, and cousins. Marvin graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School Dallas, TX 1965. from Texas A&M University 1969 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in EleCtrical Engineering in 1971 from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Marvin was employed at Texas Instruments in Dallas and later Morton Salt in Grand Saline. TX. While at Morton Salt, Marvin was on the mine rescue team which won numerous natiorlal contests an(J awards for the rescue team's exemplary performance and training. Marvin was then employed at Western Electric, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Tyco Electronics all at the same location 3000 Skyline Blvd. Mesquite, IX as Power Systems Plant & Factory Electrical Engineer Marvin was recognized in 1991 for distinguished accomplishments in the category of engineering excellence When awarded the Dallas Engineering Award of ExceUence by a committee of his peers. Marvin received his second master's degree in Engineering Management from the National Technological University 1992. Marvin retired from Lucent Technologies in April 2002 after 25 years of service. As a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer. Marvin did some consulting work after retiremenl ut mostly just enjoyed life and did not miss the corporate world he worked in for so many years. Marvin was active in the Kaufman CoUnty Master Gardener's Association, a member and agent for the Sons of Hermann, Dallas Lodge 22: The Dallas Down River Canoe Club; and many various other commttees and organzatons Marvn oved dancng and took dance lessons often,with his wife, Wanda. An avid gardener, world-wide traveler and voracious reader who found great comfort in reading the Bible and listening to J. Vernon McGee during his two year battle with colon cancer. Marvin was the best of the best to the very end. Donations can be made in Marvin's name to Thru the Bible Radio. www.thruthebibleradio,org, Thru the Bible Radio Network. P,O. Box 7100, Pasadena, CA 91109. Services were held on Jan. 2nd, 2012 at New Hope Funeral Home in Forney, TX with Dr. Dennis W, Hochgraber officiating. Hughes Appliance & Air Conditioning Heating & Air ConditiOning i Sales & Service 903'569-50 - Mineola = 1,800-594-2214 E ru X e " , i Gahd Plaza Siopping Center 903-962o-3900 I ill I I I II I I I