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Francis Adams, Jacksonville, Texas, area, recovering from a head injury caused by a fall.

Patsy Fisher, Tyler, Texas, area, diagnosed with a fast-growing brain tumor.

James Moran, Tyler, Texas, colon cancer.

Judy Cline, last stages of cancer.

Laura Moran, Tyler, Texas, suffering from pneumonia.

Jon Porter, Mountain Grove, Mo., recovering from heart surgery.



Emma Jean Reed, age 73, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010. She was born on Arnold's Creek near West Union, West Virginia on January 19, 1937 to the late Leeman and Florida Gain. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William S. Reed and siblings William "Bobby" Gain, Guendolyn Meredith, and Ora Lee Deem. Survivors include her children, Gerald Reed, Mark (Leslie) Reed, Neil (Bonnie) Reed, Bradford Reed, and Douglas Reed; grandchildren, Michelle, Christopher, Rachel, Caitlyn, and Holly; siblings, Teddy (Linda) Gain, Maxine Reed, Josephine Jett, and Nancy (Alfred) Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. She was a longtime member of the Worldwide Church of God. Emma enjoyed gardening and being outdoors; most of all she enjoyed spending time with her five wonderful grandchildren.

Norma Dick, 84, of Hawkins, Texas, died Feb. 18, 2010. Mrs. Dick was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Cokeville, Wyo. She was a homemaker and member of the United Church of God. Survivors include her sons, Robert Dick, Vancouver, Wash., Ronald Dick, Lexington, Ky., and Randal Dick, Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Laurel Porter, St. George, Utah; and a sister, Beulah Liechty, North Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. Dick's husband, Ray Dick, died in 2004.


Marie D'Avila, a member of the Houston Independent Church of God, passed away and was interred on April 13 in a private ceremony. Her husband, Paul, receives mail at 10307 Larston Rd., Houston TX 77040.

Paul Edwin Goddard, 84, of Niles, Mich., passed away on March 22, 2010, at his residence with his family by his side. Paul was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Chicago to the late E. George and Valborg (Lillegard) Goddard. Paul marred the love of his life, Lulu (Cecrle) Goddard, April 15, 1955, at a ceremony in South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Claire Stephens. Paul is survived by his wife Lu of 54 years; three sons, Kenneth (Alma) Goddard of Telolopan, Mexico, Martin (Kay) Goddard of Florence, Mont., and James (Carolyn) Goddard of Elkhart, Ind.; one daughter, Jean (Jeff) Jonas of Niles, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia (Norman) Snow of Florida. Paul served his country during World War II in the Army. Paul enjoyed spending time on the computer and had a great love for German shepherds.


Dorothy Armstrong Mattson, 89, of Sun City, Ariz., died May 10, 2010, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Vern Mattson, daughter Ginger and son Danny. She was preceded in death by her brother Richard Armstrong in 1958, her mother, Loma Armstrong, in 1967, her father, Herbert W. Armstrong, in 1986, her sister, Beverly Gott, in 1992 and her brother Garner Ted Armstrong in 2003.

Fredonia White Sikes Spears passed away March 18, 2010, just two months short of her 94th birthday. Fredonia was an East Texas native, born at home near Big Sandy to Joseph Dial White and Fredonia Revill on May 20, 1916. Following high-school graduation, she married Thomas Brewster Sikes, and together they had one son, Thomas Bryant Sikes, in 1936. Widowed just 18 months later, Fredonia returned to school, earning a bachelor's degree and later a master's degree in library science from Texas Woman's University. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught school or served as librarian in Pritchett and other area schools. For more than 20 years she served as library director at Kilgore College. In 1970 she was recruited to be librarian for Grayson College in Sherman, Texas. There she met and married Floyd Dean Spears in 1971. Fredonia was a member of the Daughters of Texas, the American Library Association and the Disciples of Christ Church. In the early 1970s she joined the Church of God, for which her husband was a lay preacher. She is survived by her grandchildren, Cashion Sikes Godfrey of Longview, Si Blackstock Sikes and wife Dr. Anitaben Tailor of Arlington, Va.; a great-grandson, Graham Godfrey; and a daughter-in-law, Cherry Sikes of Longview. Fredonia's husband, Floyd Spears, and son, Tommy Sikes, preceded her in death.

Carrol Dee Bryant, 69, of Hawkins, Texas, died peacefully at his home May 9, 2010. Mr. Bryant was born April 30, 1941. He was a member of the Living Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Valerie Bryant; sons Layne Bryant and Isaac Bryant Powell; daughters Lyrae Pinkston and LaTasha Barrett; grandchildren Alayna Peters, Aaron Pinkston, Ariel Vest and Hope Barrett; great-grandson Caleb Peters; and sister June Wilkens. Mrs. Bryant receives mail at P.O. Box 920, Hawkins, TX 75765.

Jeanie Snook passed away March 24, 2010. Jeanie was born in West Virginia Oct. 12, 1928. She graduated from Clay-Betel High School and in 1948 married Charles Dean, who was killed in a construction accident in 1956. She is survived by her sons Kevin and Aaron Dean; her husband of 48 years, Jim Snook; seven grandchildren, April Dean-Wishek, Tania Dean-Frampton, Aaron Dean Jr., Crystal Dean, Trisha Cutter, Amy Cutter and Brad Cutter; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were March 27 with Aaron Dean and Leroy Neff officiating.

Wanda Van Westen, 87, passed away May 27, 2010. She is survived by a son, John, of Tyler, Texas.

Avon Maxine Neff, 86, of Big Sandy, Texas, died April 23, 2010. Born Feb. 19, 1924, in Williams, Ore., she was a homemaker and member of the United Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Leroy Neff; sons Larry and Donald Neff; and daughter, Carol Hegar. Graveside services were at Gladewater Memorial Park with Les McCullough officiating.

Chief Master Sgt. Herbert Early Morrow, 80, of Prescott, Ark., passed away April 16, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Nevada County to Thomas Wesley and Mary Alma Harris Morrow. Mr. Morrow was retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving his country for 22 years. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam. Mr. Morrow was a Minister, a member of the Church of God Sabbath Day and the VFW and a former school-bus driver. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Hubert Morrow; and five sisters, Thelma Lloyd, Clarice Theobolt, Marie Montgomery, Evelyn Latch and Bertie Loraine Morrow. Herb is survived by his wife, JoAn Singleton Morrow, Prescott; two sons, Jon Michael "Mike" Morrow and Sharon, Prescott, Mark Alan Morrow and Christy, Prescott; three daughters; Mary Katherine "Kathy" Buffington and Bill, Edmond, Okla., Pamela "Pam" Diane Morrow, Prescott, Joy "Rae" Lathrop and Jerry "Cowboy" Morrow, Magnet Cove; two sisters, Joy Rhea Slatton and Lymon, Delight, Ark., Carolyn Palmer and Johnny, Prescott; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were April 18 with Wynn Skelton officiating. Herb is greatly missed. Mrs. Morrow receives mail at 133 Nevada 68, Prescott, AR 71857.

Pat Plante, 74, of Tyler, Texas, passed away April 27, 2010. She suffered with COPD for a long time. She was the mother of five children and a longtime member of CGI, CEM and ICG.

Delbert McCurley of Chickasha, Okla., passed away April 30, 2010. Delbert attended the Fellowship Church of God in Oklahoma City, Okla., along with his wife, Viola. Mrs. McCurley receives mail at 1224 CR 1370, Chickasha, OK 73018.

Peter W.T. Whitting, 63, of Pikesville, Md., died May 1, 2010, at his home. Born June 4, 1946, in Adelaide, South Australia, he was the son of the late Thomas and Rose (Fraser) Whitting. Peter was the husband of Charlotte Ann Whitting (nee Cordell). Mr. Whitting pastored the New Life Fellowship congregation of Baltimore for the last 10 years of his 38 years in ministry. He was an accomplished artist and an adjunct professor of painting and drawing at Frederick Community College. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Thomas, Marc, Jonathan and Benjamin Whitting; a granddaughter, Victoria; and a brother Michael and wife Carolyn Whitting of Australia.


Robert Keith Luckabaugh, 65, of Bowling Green, Ky., died May 27, 2010. The Baltimore native was born June 16, 1944. He was retired from architectural construction. He was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church and of the church choir at Living Hope. He led a small group Bible study and was the father of one son and the foster father of several children. He was a performer of the musical arts. He was a loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle and mentor to many. He loved to teach and loved his many friends and pets. He was a son of the late Harry Franklin Luckabaugh and Helen Reed Luckabaugh. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Chiarenza and Audrey Luckabaugh; and a brother, Ray Luckabaugh. He was a 1970 graduate of Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Southern Kentucky, 5872 Scottsville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Marcia Tomes Luckabaugh; a son, Bretton Davis Keith Luckabaugh, and his son's future intended, Devan Haulk, both of Shepherdsville; two sisters, Jean Luckabaugh of Baltimore and Betty Raymond and her husband, Bob, of Berlin, Md.; mother and father-in-law, Edmon and Vera Tomes, of Brownsville; four brothers-in-law, Pete Chiarenza, Frank Tomes, Arlon Tomes and Marvin Wilson; four sisters-in-law, Renetta Wilson, Teri Tomes and Alvetta Tomes and Betty Mae Luckabaugh.

Camilla E. Gill, 88, of Kunkletown, Pa., died June 6, 2010. She was the wife of Gerald Gill. They observed their 47th wedding anniversary in March. Born in Princeton, N.J., Camilla was a daughter of the late James and Edith (Drake) Harris. She had been a clerk typist at Line Materials (now McGraw Edison) in Zanesville, Ohio, for 10 years. She was a member of the Church of God. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dave Havir of Big Sandy, Texas, and John Havir of Huntington, W.Va.; two daughters, Norma Salamah of Quakertown, Pa., and Camilla Kiechel of Allentown, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Emily Belle Barker Walls, 84, of Gladewater, Texas, died May 1, 2010, after a long illness. Mrs. Walls was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Bridgeport, Ind. She is survived by her husband, Don Walls Sr.; a son, Don Walls Jr.; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Walls was buried in Chilton Cemetery, Big Sandy, on May 5 with Wayne Cole officiating.

Loren Stuart, 93, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on March 16, 2010. Loren had fallen and never fully recovered from a broken hip. He was preceded in death several years ago by his wife, Kay.


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