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Ima Pearl Mankin, 90, of Wolfe City died Nov. 28, 2010, at Hunt Regional Community Hospital of Commerce following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Al Clark of Commerce officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Daughter of John Loman and Mildred Decker Watkins, she was born May 23, 1920, in Quinlan. She married Victor Birch Mankin on Sept. 13, 1941, in Greenville; he preceded her in death. She was an Intercontinental Aircraft parts inspector.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Cheryl Moon and husband Hurley Ray and Julia Ann Faulkner; son-in-law Thomas Wesley Faulkner; two sisters, Anna Warren and Mary Sifuentes; five grandchildren, William Guy Faulkner, granddaughter-in-law Sundee, Kenneth Darrell Faulkner and special friend Carolyn Bishop, Kristin Cheryl Elmore and husband Jason and Shelly Ray Moon and Mildred Mankin; great-grandchildren Mallory Faulkner and fiancé Wendell Lee, Clinton Faulkner, Hunter Dickson, Chelsea Elmore, Brandi Elmore, Amber Faulkner and Kali Cheryl Wooten; a great-great-granddaughter, Ava Madisyn Lee; and several nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her parents, one son Victor Birch Mankin Jr., and one brother John E. Watkins.

Pallbearers will be Hurley Ray Moon, William G. Faulkner, Kenneth D. Faulkner and Clinton W. Faulkner.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visit and sign guest book at www.owensandsonfh.com

Bethany Alyssa Barnhart, 18, of Georgetown, Texas, died in her home on Oct. 13, 2010. Bethany was born in Dallas, Texas, on April 1, 1992, to parents John and Mary Barnhart, and resided in Garland, Texas before moving to Georgetown in 1997.

A 2010 graduate of Georgetown High School, Bethany was in her first semester of college at the Austin Community College campus in Round Rock, where she took psychology and math courses.

Her future career interests were varied and included: theology and nursing, as she enjoyed and excelled in her career at Pain Management Consultants in Austin, where she was a front desk associate, where she greeted patients, handled medical records conducted electronic filing, and scheduled appointments.   Her first job was at Chick-fil-A, followed by Michael's.

Bethany committed her life to Jesus Christ three times by baptism at the following churches: Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Rowlett, Texas; in the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park by the late David Edwards of Main Street Baptist Church of Georgetown; and at Sonterra Fellowship's Youth Camp, by pastor Bill Gravell. She said it would have been her dream to have a church where everyone was welcome, regardless of race, background or sexual preference; because she knew that everyone needs God.

Her interests included music, plays, movies, family TV, comedy and crime dramas. She also regularly donated her clothes to charity, volunteered her time at school to help mentor and work with physically challenged children; and she worked in the church nursery, and at one time had considered going into teaching.

Bethany was preceded in death by her uncle, James Van Echaute of Morrilton, Ark; and great-grandmothers Helen Van Echaute of Morrilton, Ark., Irene Keeler of Hutchison, Kan., and Nellie Treuter of Houston, Texas; along with her dog, a beagle named Zoe Daisy.

She is survived by her parents, John and Mary Barnhart of Georgetown, Texas; her brother, Shawn Barnhart, of Slidell, Texas; grandparents, Ken and Maria Treuter, of McKinney, Texas; and Barney and Mary Barnhart of Garland, Texas; her great-aunts, Estela Dennis of Plano, Texas; and Margaret Oliger, and great-aunt and uncle, Ann and John Little, all of Morrilton, Ark.; great aunt and uncle Mike and Marie Ferguson; aunts, Melissa Barnhart of Garland, Texas; Angela Knott-Fryer of Henley on Thames, England; and Cyndi Maouche and Michelle Slyter of McKinney, Texas; and Sylvia, Micah and Elijah Drastata of Little Elm, Texas; her uncle, Halim Maouche of Dallas, Texas; and her cousins, Amanda Treuter, Hannah Maouche, and James, Chelsy and Layla West and of Texas; Janet, Rob and Christa Wood of Tyler, Texas; Cheryl, Joe and Taylor Dube of Springfield, Ark.; Debbie and Rick Cook, of Morrilton, Ark.; Mike and Bobbye Little, of Morrilton, Ark.; Matt, Judi, Clayton and Cara Little of Clarksville, Ark.; Misty and Terry Simmons Jr. of Bentonville, Ark.; Tiffany, Joseph, Payton, Logan and Lilly Grant of Morrilton, Ark.; Michael Wayne, Hannah and Joseph Moore of Virginia Beach, Va.; Kelsey and Scott McNew of Atkins, Ark.; Cynde, Bob, Patrick, Melanie and Haley Murphy of Atkins, Ark.; David, Dana, Alex, Megan, Brandon, Jenna and Ryan Van Echaute of Wichita, Kan.; Robert, Chris, Nicholas and Alexis Van Echaute of Wichita, Kan.; Orville Barnhart of Kemp, Texas; Greg, Mandy, Jessie, Levi and Jaymi Barnhart of Denton, Texas; and Katie, Danny and Hayden Mixon of Dallas, Texas; and her uncle John, and Allison, Katherine, and Sarah Stewart, all of Rowlett; and Bethany's four favorite dogs: Chelsea Majors, Princess Lilly, Pebbles and Emma Lynn.

Visitation will be open to the public from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. The Rev. Bill Gravell will officiate the service at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at The Gabriels; the graveside service will follow at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.

George F. Thomason was born December 26, 1934 and passed away April 1, 2010 at the age of 75.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Iva Thomason; daughters, Cindy Blakemore and husband Jerry and Debra DeBona and husband Chris; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Holly, Wesley, and Allie; brothers Kenneth and Harold; sisters Wanda Pryor and Joyce Hockett; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Malinda, his parents, and brother.  Visitation will be Monday, April 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Garland, and the funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m., also at Williams.  Interment will be at McWright Cemetery in Kingston, Texas at 2:30 p.m.


Norma Lou Marshall Echols, of Sanger, Texas passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010 in Tyler, Texas at the age of 94. Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Sanger. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

She was born March 24,1915 in Quanah, Texas to the late Joe S. and Carrie Cole Marshall and married the late Vernon K. Echols in Waurika, Oklahoma in 1939. She earned a Master’s Degree from East Texas State University, now known as A&M Commerce and a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Women’s University. She retired from the Garland Independent School District in 1981, where she worked in Special Education. A member of the First Baptist Church in Sanger, she took part in the Wednesday Study Club, Amazing Grace Choir, and the Pat Shelton Sunday School class.

She is survived by her sons, Joe B. Echols of Dallas, Texas; David R. Echols of Chicago, Illinois; Buddy Echols of Denton, Texas; her sister, Margaret Lane of Gore, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700 Sanger, Texas 76266.