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KENNETH BAXTER, 79, of “Baxterville” in the Forest Chapel community, passed from this life Tuesday September 25, 2012 at the Lewisville Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 29, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Ron Apple officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Ken was born January 19, 1933 in Locksburg, Arkansas, a son of Charles Turner and Annie Lee Tollett Baxter. His family moved to Lamar County and he attended Powderly schools before he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was the owner of Denton Drive Lumber Company in Dallas, retiring back to Lamar County in 2003. He and his wife owned the Bar Nothin’ Ranch, where they raised and sold horses. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Through Christian Services of the Southwest his family fostered many children. There was always an “open door policy” at the Baxter household; anyone was welcome, day or night.
Ken married Wanda Smith on August 3, 1952 in Hope, Arkansas, and together they shared sixty years of memories.
He was preceded in death by his mother Annie and his father Charles Baxter; his step-mother, Tiny Baxter; and by a very special uncle, Buddy Baxter.
Survivors include his wife Wanda; a son, Michael Baxter and wife Sherry, of Carrollton; two daughters, Katrina Muzalewski and husband Ken, of Carrollton and Teresa Gail Landreth and husband Kevin, of Lewisville; seven grandchildren, Jason Baxter and wife Julie, Lauren Baxter, Brian Land, Kristen Slack and husband Corie, Kaitlin Loftis and husband Dewel, Tucker Landreth and Jentry Landreth; two great-grandchildren, Aviana Slack and Aria Slack; a brother, Dwayne Baxter; three sisters, Linda Lay, Barbara Baxter and Maria Baxter; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Casey and Lottie Smith; a sister-in-law, Linda Portell and husband David; a brother-in-law Billy Smith and wife Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Named to serve as pallbearers are Michael Baxter, Jason Baxter, Brian Land, Tucker Landreth, Ronnie Smith, Donnie Smith and Greg Smith.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions to Christian Services of the Southwest, 6320 LBJ Freeweay, Suite 122, Dallas, Texas 75240, http://church-of-christ.org/children/christian_services_southwest.htm
Friends may register in Ken’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com.
ISAAC JIMMY “Tobe” GREGG, 88, of Sumner, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died at 12:15 PM, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Dubuis Hospital of Paris. Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 29, 2012 in the chapel of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the foyer of the chapel. Private interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Gregg was born October 21, 1923 in Drumright, Oklahoma to Isaac Jimmy and Nellie Stone Gregg, Sr. He married Margaret Leotis Gee on December 17, 1947. Mr. Gregg served in the US Army during World War II and upon his return from the service worked for Exxon Mobil Oil Company retiring in 1984. He was a member of South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.
Mr. Gregg is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Leotis Gregg of Sumner; two daughters, Neta Elizabeth Counts of Overton, Texas and Jimmie Delita Baker of Sumner; seven grandchildren, Gerald Parker and wife, Jill of Mineral Wells, Texas, Stacey Weatherly and husband, Preston of Mount Pleasant, Casey Tinney and wife, Wendi of Nacogdoches, Texas, Kimberly Clark and husband, Jeff of Kilgore, Texas, Matthew Baker and Heather Robles of Fort Worth, Texas, Jimmy Baker and wife, Laureen of Counselor, New Mexico, and Kenny Baker and wife, Rebekah of Paris; fourteen great-grandchildren, Hunter, Lane, and Colton Weatherly, Trenton Richardson, Delaney Johnson, Emily Tinney, Wesley, Erin, and Angelina Baker, Elisabeth, Sarah, and Jeremiah Baker, Devin and Kya Baker; and special friends, Rocky and Linda Hollingsworth. He was preceded in death by thirteen siblings, Arthur Collins, Don Gregg, Clyde Gregg, Lewis Gregg, Clarence Gregg, Paul Stone, Tony Gregg, Russell “Doc” Gregg, Frank Mapes, Edith Jones, Cora McGuire, Margie Cummings, and Elenore Nuniz.
Honorary pallbearers are Gerald Parker, Casey Tinney, Jimmy Baker, Kenny Baker, Matthew Baker, Rocky Hollingsworth, and Preston Weatherly.
Online condolences may be made to the Gregg family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.