Obituaries -- August 15, 2013


Joyce Watson Bonner, 90, of Fairfield, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 at her residence. Services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 12, 2013 at Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tom Prentiss officiating. Interment followed at Bonner Cemetery.

Joyce was born August 6, 1923 in the Stewards Mill Community of Freestone County; to parents Marvin and Sallie Manahan Watson. She married Billie Hugh Bonner on January 30, 1942 and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2001. Mrs. Bonner had been a member of Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church since her marriage to Mr. Bonner. During the following years she either taught Sunday School or served as Sunday School Superintendent until turning 65. She was a recipient of the Lifetime Women of the Church Award and a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 5872 in Fairfield. In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Watson, Jr. and a sister, Barbara Watson Morris. Pallbearers were Tyler Reynolds Bonner, Zach Kelley, Tom Robert Bonner, Billie Hugh Bonner, III, Danny Joe Wren, Jr., Michael Lee Wren and Guthrie Hugh Clower.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Billie Hugh Bonner, Jr. of Fairfield; Frank Watson Bonner and wife Alice of Fairfield; Sara Bonner Wren and husband Joe of Fairfield; a brother, John Manahan Watson and wife Ann of Katy; sister-in-law, Joyce Watson of Fairfield; eight grandchildren, Barbara Sue Bonner; Billie Hugh Bonner, III; Tom Robert Bonner; Tyler Reynolds Bonner; Anna Catherine Richards; Laura Grace Kelley; Danny Joe Wren, Jr.; Michael Lee Wren; eleven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Tommie Craig, 84, will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Rev. Michael Martin will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Union Cemetery near Freestone.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Tommie Rue Eppes Craig passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, in Tomball after a long battle with Alzheimer?s disease. Tommie was born in Teague on February 6, 1929, to Madeline Gilliam Eppes and John Manning Eppes. Her childhood was spent at the family farm in Freestone and she attended school in Teague. After the war, she married her high school sweetheart, Joe T. Craig, Sr. on December 28, 1946 and they were blessed with over sixty-seven years of marriage and two children. Tommie and Joe made their home in the Houston area for over sixty years.

Mrs. Craig was devoted to her family and friends. They were her cornerstone, and every one she touched felt welcome and cared for. After the children were grown, she attended dental school and became a chair-side assistant for several oral surgeons in Houston. She truly enjoyed the work and the difference it made for patients. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of plants and gardening and was always happy to share her ?cuttings? and plant knowledge. She later became involved with genealogy and was a member of DAR and DRT and Texas First Families. She and Joe Tom spent many hours at libraries and old cemeteries researching family ancestry where she recorded volumes of personal books with her notes and research. She also enjoyed the art and patience of quilting and later designed several quilts combining old quilt patterns with modern fabrics.

Tommie is survived by her husband, Joe T. Craig, Sr. of Houston; one daughter, Jeannette Faist & husband Paul of La Grange; one son, Joe T. Craig, Jr. & wife Diane of The Woodlands; three grandchildren, Kimberly Wilson & husband Scott; Wesley Craig & wife Lauren; and Craig Goodspeed; two great-grandchildren, Aidan Wilson & Joe Thomas Craig; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Craig was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, John Dale Eppes & wife Nelda, and Benny Jack Eppes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Union Cemetery Association, 1410 Magnolia Street, Teague, Texas 75860 or to the charity of your choice.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.


Pat Lynn Simmons, 71, of Lanely, passed away August 8, 2013 at his home in Lanely. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague.

Pat was born July 18, 1942 in Teague, Texas to Normie Earl and Selma Clyde Johnson Simmons. He had been a resident of the Freestone County area most of his life. Pat proudly served and retired from the U. S. Army after 22 years of service. After retirement from the Army, he worked for TXU and TDCJ. Pat was a loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished his time with his family. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, woodcarving and cooking (excellent cook). He had a friendly and outgoing personality and a great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Patricia Ann Simmons.

Pat is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Simmons; children, Jerry Earl Simmons and Joe David Simmons; step-children, Tony Cummings, Dawn Smitson and Mickey Cummings; grandchildren, Brandy Leigh DeFrance, Amanda Marie Simmons, David Warren Simmons, Amelia Nicole Simmons Wells and Joshua David Simmons; step-grandchildren, Hannah and Emily Cummings, Vonnetti Griffin, Crystal Graham, Steve Smitson, William and Amber Cummings.

Please visit www.blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.


Funeral Services for Sinclair O. ?Sonny? Thomas, Jr., 64, were held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 11:00 AM in the Sardis P. B. Church, 1021 E Palestine St in Mexia, TX. The Interment took place at Brown Chapel Cemetery in Butler, Texas. The Angelic Hosts came for him at the Teague Nursing Home on July 28, 2013 among loving family and devoted friends.

Sinclair O. Thomas, Jr. (Sonny) was born on September 30, 1948 to the parentage of Sinclair Thomas, Sr. and Rosie Mae Johnson Thomas in Dallas, Texas. The family moved to Los Angeles, California where he attended the public schools.

He met and married Beulah Washington in California and to this union, 3 sons were born.

Sonny retired as a truck driver from Bekins Van Lines and Martin Transportation Co., and later moved back to Mexia where he has lived until his death

His favorite pastimes were baseball, watching TV, and spending time driving his truck.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; Grandmothers: Lela Holley and Geneva Johnson; Grandfathers: Buster Holley and Tillery Johnson.

Those who he leaves to cherish his memory include: His wife; Gencia M. Thomas, Mexia, TX; 3 Sons: Marlon Thomas, Los Angeles, Ca; Danyel Thomas and wife, Stacy, Houston, TX; and Terrell Thomas, Denver, Co; 1 daughter: Shantay Thomas, Los Angeles, Ca; 1 brothers: Tillery Thomas, Los Angeles, Ca; 2 uncles: Leo Johnson and Larnell Johnson both of Dallas, TX; Aunts: Ruth Kaufman, Los Angeles, Ca; Elvora Weary, Waco, Tx; Lorraine Brewer and husband, B.T., Los Angeles, Ca;; Georgia Echols, Amarollo, TX; 3 Step-Daughters: Latasha Melton, Dallas, Tx;, Sabrina Melton, Shrieveport, La; and Michelle Melton, Mexia, Tx; Mother-In-Law: Ruby Faye Brown, Dallas, Tx; A devoted cousin: Mattie Smith, Mexia; a host of grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Visit www.mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.


The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Ezzer Lean Tippen, 76, on July 31, 2013 at Fairview Manor in Fairfield, Texas among devoted family and friends. A viewing was held at Moore?s Angelic Funeral Home on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM in True Vine DOXA Center, 917 South Fairway in Fairfield, Texas. Rev. Michael Daniels, Pastor, was the Eulogist and Rev. James Green Jr., Pastor of Inspiring Word Christian Center, served as Officiant.

Ezzer Lean was born the 1st child of Napolean and Lonnie Lee Henderson and was born in Butler, Texas. Mrs. Tippen grew up in Butler, Texas and she attended Butler Public Schools. She was baptized in the Union United Church in Butler, Texas. She later met and married Dan Tippen, Jr.

Mrs. Tippen was personal Cook for Sonny Sessions during the Coon hunting season for 25 years. Later she worked in Home Healthcare.

She became a member of the True Vine DOXA Center and served as an Usher, and member of the choir.

Ezzer Lean enjoyed playing Bingo, card games, and cooking. Fried chicken was her specialty dish. Ezzer?s favorite T.V show was The Fred Sanford Show.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her adopted parents: Willis and Jarrie Lee Bonner; her sisters: Rosie Mae Porter and Annie Mae Gabriel; and her God-Daughter: Shanta Davis.

Those left to cherish her memory most are her Close Friend: Dan Tippen, Jr.; her Sons: Raymond Tippen, Donald Ray Tippen, Jerry Tippen and wife Shonda, Dan Edward Tippen, and Melton Tippen, all of Fairfield, Texas; Esker Ray Tippen of Austin, Texas; her daughters: Dorthy Parker, Velma Potillo and husband Steven; Corene Banks, Kaywona Wiley and husband Keith, all of Fairfield, Texas; her sister: Edna Brown of Phoenix, Arizona; her brothers: Edward Fountain, Robert Fountain and Walter Woods, all of Phoenix, Arizona; Special Friend Debra Davis of Fairfield, Texas; 14 Grandchildren and 16 Great-Grandchildren, a host of other family and friends.

Moore?s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague, Texas is serving the Tippen Family. Visit www.mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

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