Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – Volume XVII, Issue No. 1

Amie Mae “Mary” Duvall Byrd

1932 – 2016

Services for Amie Mae Duvall Byrd, 84, were held April 30 at Rising Star Baptist Church. Rev. Larry Williams presided and words of comfort were given by Pastor C.W. Mays.

A burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Austin. Pallbearers were William Hill, Noah Byrd Sr., Donald Hyder Jr., Daylon Hyder Sr., Nicholas Sirles SR., Zachery Waites Sr., Keith Canon and Anthony White.

Mrs. Byrd died on April 26, 2016. She was born on March 11, 1932, to Elnora and LD Duvall in Utley. She attended Union Hill School in Utley and Butler Beauty College in Austin.

She accepted Christ at an early age at the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Later she moved to Austin and united with the Rising Star Baptist Church in 1955. Over the past 61 years, she has served as choir president, Mission II president, Jr. Mission Vice president, Pastor’s aid president, Sunday school teacher and new member orientation instructor.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by her sister, Willie Jean; cousin, Lauree Atkins; children, Rosalyn, Margaret, Sharon, Lois, Ray and Darrell; grandchildren, Brandy, Zonerphia, Zachery Sr., Alicia, Nicholas Sr., Donald Jr., Daylon Sr., Tanisha, Felicia, Noah Sr., Darrell Jr. and Shamar; great-grandchildren, Dysha, Noah Jr., Nicholas, Logan, Carl Jr., Destin, Amiya, Amari, Isaiah, Donald III, Dy’Mesheon Daylon, Jr., Ginesys, Gabriel, Micah, Zachery Jr., Keyon, Brandon, Kiyan, Zaniah, Zariah, Israel, Isyas, Nicholas Jr. and Nickie; niece, Julie White; nephew, William Hill; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Patsy McLeroy

1932 – 2016

Funeral services for Patsy McLeroy, 83, of Garland, were held on April 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed in Emory City Cemetery.

Mrs. McLeroy died on April 26, 2016, at her residence. She was born July 2, 1932, in Emory to Horace Cleo and Evelyn Plunk. She graduated from Emory High School in 1949 as Valedictorian.

She married Herman Aud “Boots” McLeroy, in Emory, on July 1, 1951. Mrs. McLeroy was a member of Orchard Hills Baptist Church in Garland.

Mrs. McLeroy is survived by her husband of Garland; daughters, Donna Kaye McLeroy of Garland, and Sandra McLeroy DeJong and husband Ron of McKinney; sister, Flora Etta Hines of Emory; brothers, Sonny Plunk of Jacksonville, Bobby Plunk and wife Molly of Miller Grove, George Plunk and wife Judy of Mesquite, and Sam Plunk and wife Terry of Spring; grandchildren, Tony McLeroy and wife Elaine, and Grant DeJong; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Evelyn McLeroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dianna Plunk; great-grandson, Colt Justus McLeroy; sisters-in-law, Rosella Plunk and Joyce Plunk; and brother-in-law, Junior Hines


Bob Middleton Sr.

1935 – 2016

Funeral services for Bob Middleton Sr., 80, were held on April 30 at Emory Church of Christ. Luis Camacho officiated.

Interment followed service in Clifton Cemetery.

Mr. Middleton died on April 26, 2016, at his residence. He was born November 15, 1935, in Point to Julian “Jude” and Ruby Lee Spencer Middleton.

He was a graduate of Point High School and achieved a business degree from a business college in Dallas. He married Ida Lavelle Woodard in Sulphur Springs, on July 17, 1954.

Mr. Middleton is survived by his wife of Point; son, Bobby Wayne Middleton Jr. and wife Robin of Point; grandson, Cole Middleton and wife Jayna of Point; granddaughter, Samone Middleton of Point; great-grandson, Coleson Middleton; brother, J.L. Middleton of Sulphur Springs; sisters, Doris Hall and husband C.L. of Miller Grove, and Nora Younger of Saltillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cleatus Middleton and Jack Middleton; and sister, Virginia “Sis” Pritchett.

Memorials in Mr. Middleton’s name may be made to Mission Printing, 2707 Medlin Dr., Arlington, TX 76015-1449.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.


John Anthony “Tony” Murray

1944 – 2016

A memorial service for Tony Murray, 71, of Alba will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m., at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.

Mr. Murray died on April 28, 2016, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas. He was born on December 26, 1944, in Dallas, to Lonnie and Bobbye Carroll Murray. He served his country, during the Vietnam era, in the U.S. Army.

For most of his working career, Mr. Murray drove a truck for Yellow Freight. He married Glenda Annette Wallace in Edgewood on February 1, 1996. He played lead guitar in the gospel singing group, and his personal family, The Wallace Family.

Mr. Murray is survived by his wife of Alba; daughters, Megan Ohan and husband Ed of Waxahachie, Staci Cady and husband Donald of Point, and Misti Neilon of Sulphur Springs; sons, Clint Murray of Las Vegas, and Chad Murray; sister, Vicki Amendson of Point; grandchildren, Nick, Ali, and “Little Tony” Anthony; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.