Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Volume XVII, Issue No. 4

David G. Brumit

1925 – 2016

Funeral services for David G. Brumit, 91, of Lone Oak, are scheduled for Friday, May 27, at the Lone Oak Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Bro. Robert Cook will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Bridges, Brian Barth, Jacob Gregory, Craig Forbes, Jimmy Byrd, and Luke Goode. Interment will be in Hooker Ridge Cemetery under direction of Bartley Funeral Home of Lone Oak.

Mr. Brumit died on May 22, 2016, at a nursing home in Greenville. He was born on May 1, 1925, in Emory to Robert Martin Sr. and Addie Mae Christopher Brumit. He lived all of his life in Rains County. David served in the Army and retired from Raytheon in Greenville as a material handler. He was a farmer and a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, David Brumit and wife Linda of Lone Oak, and Benton Brumit of Lone Oak; daughters, Myra Byrd and husband Jimmy of Grand Prairie, Dari “Rene” Stewart and husband Billy “Bubba” of Lone Oak, and Drena Engler and husband Mondel of Bells; brothers, Garl Brumit and wife Sally of Las Vegas, Nevada, and C.B. Brumit and wife Doris of Emory; sisters, Donie Weatherly of Sulphur Springs, and Louise Moss of Lone Oak; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Brumit was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Minnie Brumit; and son, Tracie Brumit.

Visitation will be Thursday evening, May 26, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Irby Rowayne “Wayne” Caffey

1922 – 2016

Funeral services for Irby Rowayne “Wayne” Caffey, 94, of Mineola were held on May 19 at the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary in Mineola. Rev. Fred Baker officiated.

Interment was in DFW National Cemetery, Dallas on May 20.

Mr. Caffey died on May 16, 2016, at a nursing home in Mineola. He was born on February 19, 1922, in Sulphur Springs to James Frank and Edna Mae Smith Caffey. He married Dorcas in August of 1983 in Dallas. They moved from Alba to Mineola in 1997.

He served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He spent eight years on the destroyer USS Jenkins as a signalman. He worked as an assistant postmaster in DeSoto, retiring after 31 years of service. He was a member of the VFW Post #7523 in Mineola, the Mineola Lions Club, the Marine Corps League – Mineola Detachment #1278, and of the Mineola Church of Christ.

Mr. Caffey is survived by his daughter, Marsha Franklin-Darby and husband Jack of Fort Worth; son, Alan Caffey and wife Bonnie of The Colony; grandchildren, Michael Franklin, Bekah Enriquez and husband Eric, and Victoria Caffey; great-grandson, Rio; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eloise Saylors Caffey; wife, Louise Caffey; wife, Dorcas Caffey; brothers, Travis Caffey and Dorsey Caffey; sisters, Tera Mae Diamond and Carolyn Baker; and grandson, Derek Franklin.Memorials may be made to Mineola United Methodist Church, 319 N. Pacific, Mineola, TX 75773 or to Jenkins Benevolent Fund, Attn.: Ron Wong, 319271 Tulane Ave., Ventura, CA 93003.


Jerrel Dean Kerr

1930 – 2016

Funeral services for Jerrel Dean Kerr, 85, were held on May 21 at the New Hope Funeral Home in Sunnyvale. Reverend Ray Hunter officiated the chapel service, and Mr. Kerr’s brother-in-law, Ray Rodden, officiated at the gravesite.

Burial was in Forbis Cemetery in Emory, with Full Military Honors. The procession from Sunnyvale to Emory was joined by members of the North Texas and the East Texas chapters of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Mr. Kerr died on May 15, 2016, at the Christian Care Senior Center in Mesquite, where he had resided since February. Before that, he lived at his home in Mesquite for 44 years.

He was born in rural Rains County, outside of Point, on June 27, 1930, to Henry Ely Kerr and Margarete Burns Kerr. He married Mary Dorene Chastain of Emory in 1951.

Mr. Kerr joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and served his country for over 22 years. He and his family lived on many military bases around the world until he retired in 1972 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He served combat tours in the Korean War and the War in Vietnam, where he was awarded two Bronze Stars.

He is survived by his sons, Terry Kerr and wife Terri Ann of Forney, and Larry Kerr and life partner Vicki Carter of Mesquite; daughter, Jerri Kerr of Plano; granddaughters, Vickie Kerr Seay and husband Curtis of Forney, and Debbie Kerr Cheek and husband Roger of Terrell; three great-grandchildren, Destini Cheek, Jeffery Cheek and Curtis Seay III; brother, Orvis Kerr of Yantis; and sister, Helen Kerr Rodden of Balch Springs.

Mr. Kerr was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and sister, Virginia Kerr White of Denton.


John Walton Ralph Sr.

1939 – 2016

Funeral services for John Walton Ralph Sr., 76, of Alba were held on May 20 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel in Alba. Gerald Kelly and Earl Warren officiated.

Pallbearers were Phillip Morris, Marvin Mullins and Ethan Ralph. Interment followed in Colfax Cemetery in Colfax.

Mr. Ralph died on May 15, 2016, at a nursing home in Grand Saline. He was born on August 13, 1939, in Vinemont, Alabama, to Robert Linzie Sr. and Eunice Helen Lamon Ralph. He married Anna Ruth Morris on June 8, 1963, in Dallas. They moved from Fruitvale and lived in Alba for the last 7 years.

Mr. Ralph served in the Army and worked in maintenance for the Grand Prairie Water Department. He also worked for the World of Animals in Forney and the Lion Country Safari in Grand Prairie. He was a member of the Alba Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of Alba; son, John Walton Ralph Jr. of Alba; daughter, Karen Lynn and husband John Gibson of Wills Point; sisters, Gracie Lee Petty of Fort Worth, Sue Cadle of Cullman, Alabama, and Helen Bowen of Cullman, Alabama; grandchildren, Roy Dan Ralph, Jonathon Casey Ralph, Ethan Chance Ralph, Jett Grace Ralph and John Richard Gibson II; and great-granddaughter, Taryn Braylee Ralph.

Mr. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert Linzie Ralph Jr.


Vera Williams

1922 – 2016

Funeral services for Vera Williams, 93, of Emory were held on May 23 at First Baptist Church of Point. Her grandson, Bro. Henry Garmon, officiated, with Zachary Honzell assisting.

Interment followed in Lynch Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams died on May 19, 2016, at Senior Suite Care & Rehab. She was born on June 30, 1922, in Jacksboro to Elmer Alvin and Martha Ann Ainsworth Cook. She later married James Robert “Buddy” Williams on December 20, 1939.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Wright and husband George of Garland; sisters, Marie Lippincott of Ben Wheeler, and Betty Hatley of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Henry Garmon and wife Rosa of Point, Holly Grant and husband Tony of Point, and Honey Niette and husband Keith of Garland; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and numerous other loving family and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-grandson, Austin Grant; four brothers; and three sisters