Obituaries -- April 4, 2013


Graveside services for Mr. Joseph A. Dean, 76, were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. at Driver Cemetery near Teague.

Mr. Dean passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield. He was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Joseph W. and Helen Dean. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. Mr. Dean worked as a carpenter and was known as a ?Jack of all trades? for all his life. He had resided in Teague for about two years. Mr. Dean was a Catholic.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Marie Dean of Teague; five children; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joe G. Hibbard, 70, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his residence in Farrar, TX.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Hibbard was born in Houston on October 18, 1942, to Joseph & Dorothy Hibbard. He lived near Jewett almost all of his life and worked numerous jobs, but was best known for being able to repair anything mechanical. Mr. Hibbard enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially taking care of his babies in his later years. He was a Baptist by Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Hibbard of Farrar; six children, Genesis Hibbard and Joe Hibbard both of Farrar, Dorothy Aldridge of Nederland, Quinton Hibbard of Farrar, Craig Hibbard of Florida, and Ivy Joe Nigh of Hempstead; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard Hibbard, Ross Hibbard, L.D. Hibbard, and Johnny Mack Hibbard; one sister, Geneva Goff; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Hibbard was preceded in death by two sisters, Elaine Fisk and Mable Means.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Visitation for Carl Edward Lee, Jr., 56 was held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, with the family at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Mr. Lee will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Lee passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Freeport, TX. He was born in Mobile, Alabama on October 4, 1956, and moved to Houston just nine days later. He grew up in LaPorte, and spent most of his life in that area. Mr. Lee was an expert welder and his skills were used by NASA where he helped build the 1st underwater space station. He was injured on the job and became disabled, but was still able to work and enjoyed being able to spend time with his family. Mr. Lee was a true ?people person? and never met a stranger.

He is survived by two sons, George Lee of Freeport and Shane Lee of Oyster Creek; three daughters, Amanda Prejeant of Livingston, Melissa Lee and Monica Lee both of Teague; ten grandchildren, Wyatt, Samantha, Troy, Jordan, Madelynn, Georja, Brandon, Mercedes, Chloe, and Ty; mother, Dorothy Mixon-Applegate & husband Leroy of Teague; two sisters, Kimberly Ethridge and Cynthia Lee both of Teague, one nephew, Jessie Lozano of LaPorte; one niece, Jennifer Lozano of LaPorte; his former spouse, Tammy Marsden and her children: Stephen, Patricia, Christina, Angel, DaNieta, Cowboy, and Amanda; nineteen step-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his father, Carl Edward Lee, Sr. and one step-brother, Charles Mixon.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mike and Cynthia McLelland died on March 30, 2013. He was born August 23, 1949. She was born October 18, 1947. Mike grew up in Wortham, TX. He obtained a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master?s Degree in psychology from Ball State University, and a Jurisprudence of Law from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He served in the Army for 23 years, retiring as a decorated Major. Mike was a clinical psychologist for many years before pursuing a legal career. He had a private practice in Corpus Christi and Dallas, TX. Mike worked as a public defender for Dallas County before being elected as the District Attorney of Kaufman County in 2010.

Cynthia grew up in Okmulgee, OK and Highland Park, TX. She obtained a B.S. in psychology from Austin College, a Master?s Degree in psychology from Texas Women?s University, and an Associate?s and RN in nursing from Del Mar College. Cynthia worked as a clinical psychologist for many years before becoming a nurse. She worked at the Terrell State Hospital.

These two were a mismatched pair that fit perfectly. They were a true love story and will be greatly missed by their family, friends, and community.

Mike is survived by his mother Wyvonne McLelland; daughter Krista Ball, grandsons Ty and Trent; son JR McLelland and Marlyn Bland, grandsons James and Coby; son Josh and wife Jeana McLelland, grandchildren Brody and Laura; sister Marsha and husband Rick Calame.

Cynthia is survived by her mother Shirley Woodward; son Nathan and wife Julie Foreman; daughter Christina Foreman; sister Nancy and husband Gary John; brother Kenneth and wife Laurel Woodward; brother Stephen and wife Georgina Woodward; sister Diane and husband John Hayden.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 4, 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sunnyvale, 3018 North Beltline Road, Mesquite, TX 75182. A family funeral was held Friday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wortham, TX.

Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Sparkman-Richardson Funeral Directors in Richardson, TX.


Funeral services for Mrs. Etta Fulton Nix, 93, were held on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews officiated. Interment followed the services at Post Oak Cemetery near Donie.

Mrs. Nix passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Teague Nursing Home. She was born in Donie and grew up in Forsan, TX and Donie as her family moved between the two communities. She graduated from Forsan High School. Mrs. Nix worked as a beautician in Teague for several years then moved to Dallas and worked as a secretary for TEMPCO until her retirement. She returned to Donie after retiring and lived there several years before moving to Teague where she remained. Mrs. Nix enjoyed artworks and painting in her spare time and was known for being a good cook in her earlier years. Mrs. Nix was a member of First Baptist Church in Teague for many years.

She is survived by five nieces and six nephews, Joe Max Roberts of Nevada, TX, Selma Sedgwick of Lubbock, Jim Bob Roberts of Eldorado, Arkansas, Malcolm Roberts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sharon Thomas of Marlin, Larry Roberts of Pearl River, Louisiana, Peggy Riley of Henderson, Kenneth Fulton of Overton, Gerald Fulton, Margaret Lindsey, and Beth Cooper all of Teague; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by three husbands, Carl Devine, Earle Long, and Don Nix; one sister, Lillian Roberts; and two brothers, Arthur Fulton and Paul Fulton.

The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 791, Teague, Texas 75860.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Phyllis Charlene Little York was born to Francis Olly Little and Gertrude Burroughs Little on December 13, 1928, part of a pioneering farming family in central Texas. Texas had been a state for only 63 years, and the Great Depression was less than a year in the future. Except for a short time in Bard, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, she grew up in Farrar, Texas with her five brothers, and attended the Fair Oaks School, graduating from Fair Oaks High School in 1945. She met John O. York in Dallas and married him there shortly after the end of WW II, and raised their only son, Larry, in Dallas. She was active in PTA, church and community, participating in the original March of Dimes. Phyllis worked as a clerk for Allstate Insurance, retiring after 30 plus years. The last remaining charter member of Ferguson Road Baptist Church, she dedicated her life to caring for her parents, aging aunts and uncles, and friends from church. Known for her cheery disposition, she always had a song in her heart, and could usually be heard singing or humming a favorite refrain.

She left this life on March 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and four brothers, F.O., Roger, Byron, and Alan.

She is survived by her son, Larry York, and his wife, Genevieve; two grand-daughters, Laura (Hial) Colburn and Frances (Daniel) Stahl; one great-grandson, Logan Stahl; brother, Don K. Little, of Skiatook, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Tommye Little, of Marlin, Texas; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

Memorial services were held at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas on Wednesday, March 27. Graveside services followed the memorial at Oakes Cemetery in Fair Oaks, Texas.

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