Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Volume XIV, Issue No. 50

James M. Felton

1925 - 2014

Funeral services for James M. (Jim) Felton, 88, of Emory were held April 13 at Emory Baptist Church. Bro. Billy Smith officiated. Burial followed at Emory City Cemetery.

Mr. Felton died at his home on April 11, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born September 2, 1925, in Emory to John M. and Annie B. Dockery Felton.

He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He married Jacqueline Joy Smith in Richmond on Sept. 5, 1947.

He is survived by daughter, Brenda Sakaluk and husband Jack of Sugar Land; son-in-law, William L. (Bill) Hayden of Humble; brother, Charles Rex Felton of Houston; sister, Jeanette Fletcher of Eagle Pass; grandchildren, Erika Sakaluk Russell, Melissa Ann Sakaluk, Nicholas (Nick) James Sakaluk, William Lonnie (Billy) Hayden Jr. and wife Jennifer and Benjamin Wayne Hayden; great-grandchildren, Leah Ramirez, Dylan Russell, Logan Franklin, Madison Franklin, Payton Franklin, Alexis Kerry, Ethan Hayden and unborn baby Chase Hayden; great-great-grandson, Copen Franklin; special extended family, Penny and Tanner Tolleson and family; former wife, Freddy Cooper; numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 34 years, Jacqueline Joy Felton; daughter, Linda Felton Hayden; special companion of 28 years, Vadean Childers; four brothers; and three sisters.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Linda Felton Hayden Scholarship Fund, Foster Elementary School, 1800 Trailwood Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339.


Jack Carter Henson

1932 - 2014

Funeral services for Jack Carter Henson Sr., 81, were held on April 14 at Lake Fork Baptist Church in Alba with Bro. Perry Crisp officiating.

Interment followed in Lake Fork Memorial Cemetery in Emory. Pallbearers were grandsons, Cole Henson, Michael Henson, Sean Henson, Gregory Henson, Mitchell Hicks, Marshall Henson, Tyler Henson and Blake Henson. Honorary pallbearers were Lexi Henson Alexander, Liz Henson Hutt, Ann Henson and Kathryn Henson.

Mr. Henson died on April 11, 2014, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born on April 14, 1932, in Rusk County to Opal Lee and Agnes Carter Henson.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Leta “Casey” Golleher on July 26, 1974, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. They had been married 34 years at the time of her death on Febuary 20, 2009. Jack spent many years in the oil well drilling business, was a lifelong pilot and after moving to Lake Fork in 1987, he owned and operated an on-site RV and trolling motor repair business. He was a member of Lake Fork Baptist Church.

Mr. Henson is survived by sons, Lee Henson and wife Laura of Abilene, Carter Henson and wife Michelle of Missouri City, Edward Henson and wife Melissa of Plano; daughter, Ann Butler Hicks and husband Billy of Tus-cola; 12 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Jerry Lee Henson.

Services were under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home in Alba.


Gordon Hooper Krantz

1943 - 2014

Funeral services for Gordon Hooper Krantz, 70, of Emory will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Emory Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Holcomb will officiate.

Burial will follow at Lake Fork Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Krantz died on April 13, 2014. He was born on July 16, 1943, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to Seth Myron and Ann Hooper Krantz. He married Nancy Neal Harmon on June 29, 1968, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

He spent the first 19 years of his life in Rogersville, Tennessee and the next 34 in Houston, where he attended the University of Houston and was a manager in the insurance field.

Mr. Krantz spent the last 18 years in Emory, where he planned and developed Rolling Fork RV and Mobile Home Park on Lake Fork.

He was an active community member, patron and volunteer. He was an active member of Emory United Methodist Church as well as an active member of several Masonic lodges, including Holland Masonic Lodge #1, the oldest in Texas, one in Germany where he lived for two years and at the time of his death, he was a member of Yantis Masonic Lodge #382.

An avid sportsman, he was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He moved to Lake Fork because he loved bass fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Krantz of Emory; son, Robert Harmon Krantz and wife Cherry Lynn of Emory; daughter, Catherine Neal Krantz of Zihuatanejo, Mexico; brother, David Krantz and wife Peggy of Albany, Georgia; grandchildren, Morgan, Mason, Cooper and Chelsea Krantz; nephew, Mike Krantz and wife Rebecca; niece, Anna Krantz; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emory United Methodist Church, 456 N Texas Street, Emory, TX 75440.


Hal Edward Whitten

1928 - 2014

Services for Hal Edward Whitten, 85, of Eldorado were held on April 13 at the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, where he was a lifelong member and elder.

Mr. Whitten died at his home on April 10, 2014. He was born on September 23, 1928, in Eldorado to Fenna and Lewis Whitten. He married Jeri Weddle on October 7, 1961.

He was a 1946 graduate of Eldorado High School and rode saddle broncs and bareback with the rodeo circuit, winning numerous awards. He also attended Sul Ross University and told stories about Bonanza’s Dan Blocker “Hoss,” who was there at the same time.

Mr. Whitten served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He became the City Superintendent of Eldorado and worked for SCISD as Transportation Director. He was also a lifelong rancher.

Mr. Whitten is survived by his wife; children, Jo Whitten of San Angelo, Lewis and Larresia Whitten of Dripping Springs, Sherri and Ted Landry of Lubbock, Milton and Sharon Fitts of Lake Tawakoni, and Clay and Gina Whitten of Wylie; brother, Sam A. Whitten Sr. of San Angelo; brother-in-law, Jon and Linda Weddle of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Martha Holland of San Angelo; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jody Whitten.