Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Volume XVIII, Issue No. 50

Margaret Elaine Briggs

1947 – 2018

A funeral service for Margaret Elaine Briggs, 71, of Point, will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 19, at First Baptist Church of Point.

Mrs. Briggs died at her home in the early morning hours of April 13, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1947, in Greenville to Arthur Raymond and Ollie Chester Dodson Jacks. She married Rayford Ray Briggs in Durant, Oklahoma, on January 2, 1962.

Mrs. Briggs was a homemaker, keeping her own children, as well as, neighboring children. Her nurturing, giving, loving spirit was her gift to not only her family but to other families and their children. Mrs. Briggs was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Point.

Mrs. Briggs is survived by her daughter, Susan Elaine Roberts and husband Drew of Point; son, Johnny Ray Briggs and wife Delinda of Emory; sisters, Linda Franklin and husband Ray of Point, and Jannette Stanley of Arlington; brothers, Joe Jacks and wife Brenda of Grand Saline, Jim Jacks and wife Bonnie of Emory, and Geary Jacks and wife Donna of Emory; grandchildren, Charles Barrow, Franchesca Knight, Tiffani Davis, Andrew Roberts, Elaine Kelley, Katherine Hillis and Jordan Briggs; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Jayden, Aurora, Kyler, Jahret, Addysyen, Allei, Teagen, Allyson and Edyn; and numerous other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Randy Jacks

A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church.

Shirley Elliott Cosby

1938 – 2018

Graveside services for Shirley Elliott Cosby, 80, of Emory, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Creagleville Cemetery in Grand Saline, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

Mrs. Cosby passed away April 13, 2018, in Tyler. She was born January 31, 1938, in Tyler to Bruce Robert and Kinnie Viola Jones Lewis.

Shirley was an accomplished poet winning multiple state and national awards at the State and National Poetry Federation Societies. She retired from Bonar Packaging after working in the field of Human Resources. Shirley was a Methodist by faith. Most importantly, she was a cherished wife, mother and Gram.

Mrs. Cosby is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Monica Elliott Murphy; sister, Barbara McKnight; and brother, Robert Lewis.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Robert Cosby of Emory; daughter, Traci Elliott Nelson and her husband, Steve, of Fort Worth; two grandchildren: Michael Cason Nelson and Anna Leigh Nelson; and a son-in-law, William David Murphy and his wife, Victoria, of Tyler.

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

* Paid obituary

Fannon Garrett

1920 – 2018

A celebration of life for Fannon Garrett, 97, of Emory, will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 12:00 noon at Emory Baptist Church.

Mr. Garrett died on Thursday afternoon, April 12, 2018, at Rehab and Wellness of Dallas. He was born on November 28, 1920, to Sydney “Cap” and Fannie Thomas Garrett.

Mr. Fannon was a lifetime resident of Emory. He married Deora McMillan in Emory on May 30, 1946, and had three sons and one daughter.

Mr. Garrett, for most of his working career, was self-employed, owning his own sanitation trucks. He was a lifetime member of Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church and served as a deacon there for over 60 years. He was a member of Prairie Grove Lodge #185 before it dissolved and moved to Quitman as the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and the name became Quitman Headlight Lodge #124.

Mr. Garrett served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
Mr. Garrett is survived by his sons, Marcus Garrett and wife Doris of Greenville, and J.W. Garrett and wife Laverne of Cedar Hill; daughter, Fannie Brown and husband Ronnie of Rowlett; daughter-in-law, Delores Garrett of Emory; sisters-in-law, Mildred Garrett and Modean Lane; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his youngest son, Leslie Garrett.

Family visitation will be held on Friday, April 20, at Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Emory from 6:00-8:00 p.m.