Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – Volume XVI, Issue No. 18

JoAnn Allen

1930 – 2015

Funeral services for JoAnn Allen, 84, of Point were held on August 29 at First Baptist Church in Point. Bro. Zachary Honzell officiated.

Interment will be at a later date in Lynch Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen died on August 24, 2015, at Mesquite Specialty Hospital. She was born on November 11, 1930, in Point to Lester and Sadie Mae Moore Rabe.

She was raised in the Point area and graduated from Point High School. She married J.W. Allen in Houston.

Mrs. Allen was a homemaker, and a member of First Baptist Church in Point. She worked as a library assistant at Rains County Public Library. She was a member of the Point Ladies Civic Club and was counted as a Friend of the Library.

Survivors include a son, Les Allen of Point; and numerous other loving family and friends.

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home was in charge of cremation arrangements.

Jo Ann Bell

1933 – 2015

Jo Ann Bell, 82, of Alba, died on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, in a Tyler hospice facility. She was born on August 12, 1933, in Golden to Curtis and Catherine Wallace Gibson.

She married Wilmer Willis Bell on August 12, 1948, in Tyler. She lived most of her life in the Garland area and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Garland. She was an educator in public education and helped start the Richardson School Library.

Mrs. Bell was also involved in the Richardson Women’s Club. She loved traveling and made 13 trips to England.

Survivors include her husband; brother, Larry Gibson of Golden; nephew, Zachery Gibson of San Antonio; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Sue Gibson Deuson.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba.

Bobby Noel Clifton

1939 - 2015

Bobby Noel Clifton, 75, of Emory died on August 31, 2015. He was born on December 12, 1939, in Bruce, Mississippi to J.R. and Madge Clifton.

Joining the Dallas Fire Department in 1958 as the youngest rookie in the department’s history, he was a proud firefighter for 31 years. Despite multiple offers for promotion, he elected to remain a private so he could continue to fight fires and save lives.

He was also an avid fisherman, cook, gardener and craftsman. In 1959, he married Janice Lee French, who still lives in the house he built with his friends in 1986.

In his final days, he was surrounded by family and friends who shared their love with him. One of his final remarks with his wife, children and extended family in his room was, “I love you all.”

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Bonnie Jo Peterson of Emory; son, Bobby Noel Clifton II; and grandchildren, William, Kolton and Kody.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, James Arnold Clifton, all of Mississippi.

No service is planned at this time. Wilson-Orwoski Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.

Jack Wayne Lawson

1938 – 2015

Jack Wayne Lawson, 76, died on August 29, 2015, at his residence in Emory. He was born on November 9, 1938, in Houston to Samuel M. and Letha E. Wade Lawson. He married Patricia Ann Schultz in Spring on April 16, 1966.

Mr. Lawson was a butcher and ran his own meat market for many years.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Sean Kelly Lawson and wife Aimee of Emory and Bryan Scott Lawson of Emory; daughter, Michelle Waynette Lawson of Frisco; granddaughter, Hailey Anne Lawson; sisters, Juanita Boggess and Billie Stansel, both of Houston; brothers, William Lawson and Carl Lawson, both of Houston; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Samuel (Sonny) Lawson.

Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home is in charge of cremation arrangements.

Jimmie Dean Spence

1942 - 2015

A graveside service for Jimmie Dean Spence, 73, of Emory was held on September 1 at Pilgrim Rest #1 Cemetery. Chaplain Angi Brown officiated.

Mr. Spence died on August 29, 2015, while surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Emory, at home, on May 5, 1942, to Lena May and John Doss Spence.

He enjoyed a career as a journeyman electrician for many years for Murr Bros. Electric in Dallas.

He and wife Edna Lois Spence, who were the first to be married on New Year’s Day in 1960 at the Emory courthouse, had a beautiful life together. They lived in Dallas before moving permanently to their farm in Hogansville.

He was honored to share his middle name with son Ronald Dean, grandson Justin Dean and great-grandson Jackson Dean.

Mr. Spence is survived by his sons, Randall Spence and wife Beatrice of Emory and Ronald Spence of Pennsylvania; daughter, Sherri Burnside of Greenville; grandchildren, Christina of Dallas, Kevin and wife Nicole of Caddo Mills, Kerry and wife Caitlyn of Quinlan, Jennifer and husband Robert of Princeton, Justin and wife Abigail of Pennsylvania, and Robert of Emory; and 10 beautiful great-grandbabies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and three brothers.

Services were under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.


Beuna Irene Carter

Services are pending for Beauna Irene Carter with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.