Donald Gene “Donnie” Freeman
Donald “Donnie” Gene Freeman, 59, of Emory died at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler on October 11, 2014.
Mr. Freeman was born on November 27, 1954, in Tomato, Arkansas, to Chester Joe and Effie Mae McKnight Freeman.
He worked as a sheetrock hanger in the drywall business for home construction.
Mr. Freeman is survived by a daughter, Laura Gentry of Paducah, Kentucky; numerous nieces; nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. No formal memorial has been planned at this time.
Earnestine Rebecca Hamilton
A funeral service for Earnestine Rebecca Hamilton, 91, of Mesquite, formerly of Emory, was held on October 15 at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Emory City Cemetery.
Mrs. Hamilton died on October 12, 2014, at Cambridge Court Assisted Living in Mesquite. She was born on March 18, 1923, in Manchester to Elonzo and Hazel Martin Greer.
She married Floyd Hamilton in Paris and was a homemaker and member of Emory United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hamilton is survived by daughter, Janie Harris and husband Ottis of Mesquite; grandchildren, Ben Allen Caudle, Christie Wright, Jason Bradley Harris and Matthew Harris; and great-grandchild, Kaci Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jimmy Allen Caudle in 1994; husband in 2006; four sisters; and two brothers.
Clem Perry “C.P.” Hurn Jr.
A funeral service for Clem Perry Hurn Jr., 80, was held October 17 at Emory Baptist Church. Interment followed at Lynch Cemetery in Rains County.
Mr. Hurn died on October 11, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1934, to Bonnie and Clem Hurn in Fort Worth.
He was a U.S. Marine for 17 years, serving in Korea and Vietnam. Wounds he sustained in Vietnam ended his military career. As a disabled veteran, he was the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Dallas in Irving. He retired in 1994.
Mr. Hurn was a member of Emory Baptist Church and taught a men’s Bible doctrine class on Sunday mornings. He loved the men who faithfully attended as his brothers in Christ. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Dianne Hurn; son, Clem Perry Hurn III and wife Vicky; daughters, Karen Lyn Rodriquez and husband S.R., Amy Dianne Anderson, and Jennifer Anne Rhoades and husband Bill; granchildren, Christopher Hurn, Michael Hurn, Sarah Graham, Lindsay Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Hunter Mitchell and Caitlin Mitchell; and great-grandchildren, Emily Hurn, Lyla Hurn and Audrey Hurn.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother, Bonnie VanAsperen; and brothers, Charles Hurn and Ralph Stone.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.
Jon “Rodney” Jones
Jon “Rodney” Jones (Lil’ Jon), 58, of Dallas died on October 13, 2014. He was born on March 14, 1956, in Dayton, Ohio.
Mr. Jones truly loved God, his wife, kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all extended family.
He is survived by wife, Mylinda Cason Jones, formerly of Emory; daughters, Misty Miller and husband JR of Mabank, Cristy Jones of Bossier City, Louisiana, Lisa Higgins and husband Daniel of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Amber Jones of Pulaski, Tennessee; brothers, Wade Zirklebach and wife Becky of Houston, Rick Jones and wife Liz of Dallas; sisters, Mary LaPlant of Royse City and Elaine Jones of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Ryan, Kristin, Cristina, Jonathan, Brianna, Erica, Jessica, Vallerie, Anthony Jr., Kevin, Amber, Sierra, Alyssa, Makaylee, Jeremiah, Shayla, Johnny Jr. and twin boys on the way; great-grandchildren, Page, Payton, Gracie, Samantha, Kinzie, Madeline Rose and Braxton; nieces; nephews; and other loved ones.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his father, Thelbert; mother, Jenettia Mae; baby sister, Gale; and his Grandmother Mo.
Hazel Laverne Panter
Services for Hazel Laverne Panter, 101, were held on October 21 at First Baptist Church Alba. Dr. Bob Sexton officiated.
Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Alba. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Panter died on October 17, 2014, in Wood County. She was born on August 29, 1913, to Flossie Mae and Lemuel Webb Poston near the Colony community in Rains County. She married Andrew “Perley” Panter in 1933.
A lifelong Texas resident, Southern Baptist and Democrat, she worked at Delroy’s Grocery Store and Haisten’s Grocery in Alba for more than 30 years.
An avid thirst for learning and love of teaching were constants in Mrs. Panter’s life; she taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church Alba for 70 years.
In 2007, she was named a “Baylor Alumnus By Choice” to honor the Baylor tradition she started and the legacy of Christian education that continues.
She is survived by daughters, Betty Hayes and Marianna Plumb; son, Joe Planter; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two more on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Don Poston Panter; brother, Gilley Granville Poston; and sister, Katie Mozelle Ingram.
Online donations may be made to the Hazel Poston Panter Endowed Scholarship fund at Baylor University at https://www.baylor.edu/give/ or by mail to University Development, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798-7050.
Donations may also be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at http://imb.org/main/lottie moon/default.asp or to the First Baptist Church Alba Fund, 219 E. Holley St., Alba, TX 75410, 903-765-2471.
See her life retrospective at http://hazelpanter.life/.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home.
Dortha Helen Northcutt Roberts
Funeral services for Dortha Helen Northcutt Roberts, 91, of Rowlett were held on October 17 at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel. Dr. Steven Leatherwood officiated. Interment followed in Laurel Oaks Cemetery in Mesquite.
Mrs. Roberts died on October 14, 2014. She was born on February 5, 1923, in Rains County to Jess B. and Rube (Porter) Wade.
She was a member of First Baptist Church Rowlett and retired from Texas Instruments after 25 years as an assembler.
She is survived by sons, Wade Northcutt and wife Linda of Greenville and Dennis Northcutt and wife Dorothy of Royse City; grandchildren, John Paul Northcutt and wife Melanie of Rockwall, Kristi Lewis and husband David of Sachse, and Nikki Mutschler and husband Allen of Rockwall; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John Northcutt in 1966 and Bud Roberts in 1996; granddaughter, Tera Northcutt; two sisters; and a brother.