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Obituaries July 30, 2014

Tami Slagle PortraitTAMI DENISE SLAGLE, 53, of Chicota, passed from this life on Tuesday July 29, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday August 1, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Johns officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Tami was born January 8, 1961 in Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of Arnol Alvin and Sharon Floyd Thomas Duncan. She moved with her family to Irving at an early age, where she graduated public schools, then attended Brookhaven College.  Tami was the consummate mother, and saw to it that anything that her boys were involved in, she would be involved, too. She felt it important that her sons have the benefit of participation in any event or organization that held their interest, and never complained that her life was caught up in their activities, large or small. She worked closely with the school PTA and FFA, and was active in the 4-H clubs. She was loved as a substitute teacher in the Roxton school district, but the love she gave back was greater than she received. A true “Universal Mom,” she willingly gave herself to every involvement that her boys chose. Her life was the epitome of caregiving, uplifting, and loving, even when its cost was high.

She married Terry Slagle on March 23, 1984 in Irving. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Tanner Slagle and Taylor Slagle, all of Chicota; her father, Arnol Duncan; her aunt Becky Diehl; her father-in-law Gene Slagle; and her feline friend and companion Layla.

Tami is preceded in death by her mother Sharon; her grandparents, Floyd and Eloise Thomas, and Alvin and Ruby Duncan; and a cousin Jeffrey Diehl.

Named to serve as pallbearers are Darren Diehl, Gene Stockton, Bryan Slagle, Jeffrey Slagle, Dale Diehl, and Mike Parson. Named as honorary pallbearers are Rowdy Spangler and Harley Martin.

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BOBBY EARL MORRISON, 78, of Roxton, passed from this life on Tuesday July 29, 2014 at Heritage House of Paris. Friends and family will gather to celebrate his life at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday July 30, 2014 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, where cremation arrangements were provided.

Bobby was born September 4, 1935 in Roxton, a son of Henry C. and Essie Margaves Morrison. He was a graduate of Roxton schools. He married Alice Martinez in 1958 in San Antonio. She preceded him in death in 1987. Bobby spent a career with the Civil Service Administration. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed the thrill of a hunt or a fishing trip.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Creed Morrison and J.D. Morrison; and sisters Frankie Lucky, Datherine Straub, and Ailene Stone.

He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Fritz and husband Barry, of El Sobrante, CA; a brother, Wayne Morrison, of Bossier City, LA; three sisters, Mollie Ausmus and Geraldine Rowe, both of Paris, and Ruth Vardilos, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews, and host of extended family and friends.

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Gordon0001Ulus Gordon, 97, of Waco, formerly of Taylortown, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Waco.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1st, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery at Taylortown. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Gordon, the son of Harry Earl & Alta Allie Archer Gordon, was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Taylortown.

On June 17, 1936, he married Joyce MayDell Ruthardt, building 49 years of family and memories before her death on Feb. 13, 1986. He later married Vivian Curry, and she preceded him in death.

Ulus was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gerald Gordon & Daff Gordon and one sister, Winona Taylor.

He was a heavy equipment operator specializing in dragline operation. He continued to work until he was 93.

Survivors include his son, Don Gordon & wife Billie of Waco, grandchildren, Donna Gordon, Deanna St. John, Russell Gordon, Ashley Farmer, Jeff Tucker and Dana Enloe, six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Daron Farmer, John Johnson, Derrick Hicks, Bud Gordon, Rod Smith and Ethan Farmer.

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Hornback0001Mitchell Eugene Hornback, 59, of Paris, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Heritage House of Paris.

Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The family will conduct a celebration of Mitchell’s life at a later time.

Mitchell, the son of Dickey Eugene & Betty Ann Graham Hornback, was born April 25, 1955, in Carthage, MO.

On Feb. 2, 1981, he married Judy Katherine Cruthfield, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2013.

He was a cabinet maker and wood worker. Mitchell was an avid fisherman and hunter, but the greatest joy in his life was spending time with his grandson, Tanner.

Survivors include his son, Mitchell Hornback & wife Lorri of Little Elm, his grandson, Tanner Scott Hornback, siblings, Susan Wilson, Debbie Hornback and Lynn Hornback along with several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.

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