Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – Volume XXI, Issue No. 5

John Henry Griffith

1952 – 2020

Services for John Henry Griffith, 67, of Point will be held at a later date.

Mr. Griffith died on May 31, 2020. He was born on July 28, 1952, in Waco to Travis and Linnie Faye Koslowski Griffith. Mr. Griffith proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. He was self-employed as a race horse trainer for most of his life. He was a Christian.

Mr. Griffith is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Griffith of Arlington; sister, Kathy Fields of Michigan; brothers, Charles Griffith of Mexia and Curtis Griffith of Commerce; special nephew, Bentlie Griffith of Quitman; grandchildren, Elizabeth Hennegan, Tony Hennegan, Jessica Hennegan, Michael David Hennegan, Samantha Hennegan, Warren Daniel Davis, Dakota Davis and Kayla Karr; great-granddaughter, Callie Hennegan; special friend, Kathy Kay Yates; Christian brother, Doug King; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard Allen Griffith and Travis Griffith; and sister, Patricia Ann Griffith.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. An online guest book is available at www.wilsonorwoskyfuneralhome.com.

Lillian Hukill

1931 – 2020

Graveside services for Lillian “Punk” Hukill, 89, of Lindale, were held on May 31 at Smyrna Cemetery in Emory. Bro. Jimmy Hampton officiated.

Mrs. Hukill died at her home in Lindale on May 28, 2020. She was born March 1, 1931, in Emory to Elmer and Vannie Leota (Smith) Decker. Mrs. Hukill lived in Lindale for the past 45 years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and spending time with her dear family.

With a servant’s heart, she was a loving homemaker, helped several families at Hideaway Lake with cleaning their homes, and would gladly help anyone in need.

Mrs. Hukill is survived by her son, Clifford Hukill and wife Rebecca of Caddo Mills; daughter, Cindy Hobbs and husband Joe of Lindale; sisters; Margie Harvey of Emory and Ann Staggs of Balch Springs; grandchildren, Salena Streenz of Frisco, Beth Anna Winkle of Onalaska, and John Paul Hukill of Hainesville; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Savannah, Autumn, Makinlee, Braxton, Brentley and Mason; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ray Hukill; son, Larry Hukill; sisters, Christine McAree and Edith Doudney; brothers, Jessie and Scott Decker; and an adopted brother, ZD Brown.

Arrangements were under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale.

Modean McMillan Lane

1920 – 2020

A funeral service for centenarian Modean McMillan Lane of Emory was held on May 30 at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emory.

Interment followed in the family plot next to Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Lane died on May 21, 2020. She was born on February 4, 1920, to Jewel McMillan and Euna Martin Abernathy in the Sand Flat community.

Mrs. Lane received her education at the Sand Flat School, a Rosenwald School.

Mrs. Lane’s favorite Bible verse from Isaiah epitomizes her as a woman of God and a devoted life-time resident of Rains County. She knew that God would furnish her strength to move through whatever the conditions. She was always steadfast in her faith.

She lived with a true servant’s heart, as well as a purpose-driven life. She loved God, family, Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church (membership of over 90 years) and Rains County.

Rains I.S.D. Elementary students honored her for her 100th birthday with beautiful artwork and inspirational words on almost 100 cards. Others joined in and she was blessed with almost 200 cards. Although her memory had faded, she enjoyed her daughter sharing them with her and whispered “that’s so sweet.”

Her long life on this earth has impacted the lives of many and she will be forever missed as she leaves a sad void, but many happy memories in the hearts of family and friends.

She will be remembered for her love of life, her fierce love and dedication to her family, church, maintaining lifelong friendships, her gracious demeanor, her ability to never meet a stranger, her willingness to help others, and her mental and physical toughness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Willie Lane Sr.; children, Joe, Willie Lane Jr., Jeanette and Jerry; and grandchildren, Terence, Kim and LaTonna.

Mrs. Lane is survived by family members, Telesta Jones Riggs and husband Earl of Springfield, Va., Alton Jones of Houston, Tredis Jones Griffin of Desoto, Norris W. Lane of Emory, Willie Lane Jr. and family of Midland; sister, Mildred McMillan Garrett and sons, Hobert, David, Delenis, Howard and Tony; beloved grandchildren, great- and great-great-grans; a multitude of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements were under the direction of Cozine-Tarver Funeral Home in Greenville.