Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Volume XV, Issue No. 33

Bonnie Kate Choate

1921 – 2014

Graveside services for Bonnie Kate Choate, 93, of Plano were held on December 12 at Lone Star Cemetery in Point.

Mrs. Choate died on December 9, 2014, in Plano. She was born on October 2, 1921, in Point.

She was a member of Eastern Star 951 for over 50 years and was a charter member of White Rock Center of Hope where she worked many years.

Mrs. Choate is survived by her son, Dayton Choate and wife Sherry; brother, James Corley and wife Jeanette; grandchildren, Amy Choate Vitanza and husband Paul, Brandon Dale Choate and wife Shanna; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Bonnie, Josie and Ronan; sister-in-law, Sue Corley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.D. (Chub) Choate Sr.

Memorials may be made to White Rock Center of Hope or Casa View Christian Church.


Thomas Oscar “Tom” Kennedy

1928 – 2014

Services for Thomas Oscar “Tom” Kennedy, 86, of Emory were held on December 15 at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home, Bonham. Bro. Henry Shelton officiated. Internment followed at Arledge Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Kennedy died on December 12, 2014. He was born in Elwood on April 8, 1928, to Horace George Kennedy and Beulah Belle Denney. He married Joann Lawanda “Josie” Beeler on June 2, 1949, in Dallas.

He retired following an impressive 45-year career at Ryder Truck Rental. While at Ryder, he was instrumental in developing a brake timing solution that remains the industry standard to this day.

The Kennedys lived in Garland and Miami, Florida, before retiring to their country home in Emory. He enjoyed spending family time, spoiling his grandkids, fishing, mowing, farming, woodworking and restoring old farm tractors. His goal was to return to the farm-boy days of his youth, to which all can say, “Mission accomplished!”

He never met a stranger and never complained, rather encouraged others to “not look backward, but ever forward.”

He is survived by sisters, Georgia Cook and Dorothy Rains; brothers, Wayne Kennedy and Alton Reed; daughters, Sherrill Grimmett and Darrell Trammell, and Virginia Lovell; sons, Tommy Kennedy and wife Lisa and Craig Kennedy and wife Cindy; 13 grandkids; and five great-grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Palmer Reed; sisters Evelyn Wright and Doris Kyser; and brother Lonnie Kennedy.

To convey condolences or sign an online registry, visit www.coopersorrells.com. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to the charity of your choice.


Jo Low

1929 – 2014

Funeral services for Jo Low, 85, of Quitman were held on December 12 at First Baptist Church Quitman. Rev. James Nickell and Bro. Fred Morrow officiated. Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Low died on December 7, 2014, in Sulphur Springs. She was born on March 5, 1929, in Dallas to William Clarence and Mittie Gee Kerr.

She was a nursing home administrator and lived in Quitman for most of her life.

Mrs. Low is survived by sons, Paul Low and wife Virginia of Tyler, Larry Low and wife Myra of Woodstock, Georgia, and Jerry Low and wife Angela of Quitman; daughter, Lynda Seago and husband David of Alba; grandchildren, Laura Mitchell and John of Pickton, David Carson and Jenifer Seago of Edgewood, Libby James and Jason of Krum, Peyton Low and Allison of Tyler, Christopher Low, Austin, Starr Kitchen and Dennis of Georgia, Lindsey Rhodes and James of Georgia, Blake Low and Andrea of Quitman and Lana Low of Quitman; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Mac Low in 2001; one brother; and three sisters.


Robert Valton Mason

1936 – 2014

Robert Valton Mason, 78, of Point died on December 12, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman.

He was born in Bayou on April 19, 1936, to N.J. and Ethel Jane Rice Mason. He married Bertie Inez Mitchell in Kirbyville on February 13, 1954.

He was a hard-working man, a good provider for his family and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Mason of Point; two sons, Jerry Mason (Vicky) of Point and Jeff Mason (Elizabeth) of Katy; sister, Fay Mason; grandchildren, Jerrice, Inez, Michael, Sara and David; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Robert, Marcus, William and Marvin; and five sisters, Hazel, Ethel, Ferle, Mary Ola and Ruby.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.


Modis Robinson McMillan

1925 – 2014

Funeral services for Modis Robinson McMillan, 88, of Emory will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, at Emory Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.

Mrs. McMillan died on December 12, 2014, in Mesquite at Willow Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on December 13, 1925, in Emory to Henry and Lucy Bridges Robinson. She married Alfred Clifton McMillan Sr. in Emory.

Mrs. McMillan was a housewife and operator of A.C. McMillan African American Museum in Emory.

Survivors include sons, Alfred Clifton McMillan Jr. of Emory and Harold Dale McMillan of Austin; daughter, Gwendolyn McMillan Lawe (Theodore) of Dallas; grandchildren, Yolanda Edwards, April McMillan, Stacye Hargrove, Sylvia Lawe Williams and Hayes McMillan; and great-grandchildren, Mechelle Edwards, Mitchell Edwards II, Taylor McMillan, Timothy McMillan, Preston Lawe, Blair Williams, Sydney Hargrove, Aaron Hargrove and William Hargrove.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Jewel "Chief" McMillan; all siblings, Elma Hobbs, Virgie Potter, Lonnie Robinson, Loda Kendrick, Gletha Davis, Ozell Robinson, Lorenza Robinson and Choycie Robinson; and great-grandchild, Mitchell Edwards III.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.