Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – Volume XV, Issue No. 46

Roy Daniel Bennett

1940 – 2015

Services for Roy Daniel Bennett, 74, of Mineola are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home in Alba, with Bro. James Spurgeon officiating.

Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gilbreath, Alvin Gilbreath, Larry Gilbreath, Chuck Parrish, Perry Scott, Larry Mansel, Tony Mansel, and Zachery Logan. Honorary pallbearers are Hayden Hickeson and Ethan Hickeson.

Mr. Bennett died March 21, 2015, in a Mineola nursing home. He was born August 24, 1940, in Wood County to Charlie Edgar and Bammie E. Martin Bennett. He moved to Wood County in 1992 from Arlington where he lived most of his life. He was a sheet metal worker for Keech Metal Works in Dallas for 26 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie Belew Bennett of Arlington; daughters, Dana McBride of Genoa, Arkansas, and Lori Curth of Arlington; sisters, Margaret Parrish and husband Robert of Emory, and Dorah Comer of Granbury; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers; five sisters; and two sons-in-law.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time.


James Monroe Craft

1930 – 2015

A memorial service for James Monroe Craft, 84, will be held Saturday, March 28, at Emory Baptist Church.

Mr. Craft died on March 21, 2015. He was born March 22, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Monroe Craft and Lucy Henry Craft.

He attended Muskogee High School from 1945 until he left home in 1946. He held various jobs, including the night shift at a peach factory, a winery and was even a migrant worker for a short time.

Mr. Craft joined the United States Army at age 17 and served during the Korean Conflict. When he left the army he applied to the Dallas Police Department and became a police officer, serving for over 20 years. In 1974, he retired from the Dallas Police Force and became assistant manager for DTS in Dallas. He was promoted to manager for DTS and in 1975, was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana, with the task of opening the company’s trucking division.

In 1983 Mr. Craft became an administrative officer at Town North National Bank until his retirement at age 66. He and his wife moved to Emory where he enjoyed retirement for the last seventeen years of his life.

He is survived by wife, Gay Ferguson Craft; children, Reverend Bruce Craft, Reverend Keith Craft and Cindy Craft; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; in-laws, Fred and Virginia Ferguson, Jane and Robert Sanders, and Ted and Pat Ferguson; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jessie Lee Craft Minugh and Edith Craft.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emory Baptist Church, 260 N Planters St., Emory, TX 75440.


Russell Ray Harvey

1955 – 2015

A memorial service for Russell Ray Harvey, 59, of Yantis and formerly of Emory will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Rocky Point Community Center in Emory.

Mr. Harvey died on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home. He was born on August 10, 1955, to Walter E. (Jack) and Mavis June Chastain Harvey in Dallas. He married Paula Sue Williams on May 26, 1995, in Emory.

He attended Rains Schools, and spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a truck driver and tractor mechanic.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Abigail Harvey of Emory and Alisha Wilkins and husband Jacob of Yantis; step-sons, David Gaby and Kevin Gaby; sister, Jackie Sue Friddle and husband Danny of Yantis; grandchildren, Dakota, Alexis, Montana and Alexander; step-grandchildren, Bret, Phillip, Rayanna, Tristin, Landon and Nate; niece, Christy Friddle; nephew, Rodney Friddle; great-nephews, Daniel and Jackson; aunt, Oleta Harvey; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Walter Harvey; and his grandparents.


Cletus Ray Pound

1923 - 2015

Cletus Ray Pound, 92, of Sachse and Emory, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He was buried March 21 in the Smyrna Cemetery.

Always known as “Ray,” he was born January 27, 1923, to James Jackson Pound and Lenna Mae Fry Pound in the Dunbar community near Emory. He was the seventh of eight children. He attended Dunbar schools and worked on the family farm. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Colorado during the Great Depression.

Mr. Pound was a veteran of World War II, where he served under General Patton in the European theater. Trained as a rifle expert and carbine sharpshooter, he rose to Squad Leader 745 in charge of a squad of 11 riflemen and was responsible for their training and welfare. He served in the 10th Infantry and participated in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Sgt. Pound earned an EAME (European-African-Middle East) Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars for “distinctive heroism in connection with military operations against the enemy on March 6, 1945, near Pickielshein, Germany.” He was honorably discharged on October 7, 1945.

He married Jo Anna Robertson on January 15, 1951. They raised their children in Garland and returned to the family farm in Emory when they retired.

A gifted mechanic, Mr. Pound worked a long career repairing vending machines in the Dallas area, and retired as maintenance supervisor for Coca-Cola in 1978.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years; daughter, Ginger Nichols and husband Geoff of Rowlett; son, Dale Pound and wife Catherine of Sachse; grandson, Austin Pound of Dallas; and brother, Doil Pound of Anahuac.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margie, Lurleen, Lois and Lee; brothers, Cecil and Clarence; and beloved grand-daughter Elizabeth Pound.

Memorial donations may be made to the Smyrna Cemetery Association, PO Box 563, Emory, TX 75440.