Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Volume XVIII, Issue No. 29

Harold “Butch” Erwin Bridwell

1942 – 2017

Memorial services for Harold “Butch” Erwin Bridwell, 75, of Alba, will be scheduled at a later date under the direction of the family.

Mr. Bridwell died on November 4, 2017, at his residence in Alba. He was born on July 11, 1942, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to Harley Howard and Catherine Lucile Bailey Bridwell. He married Marla Shareen Carter on February 29, 1996, in Paw Paw, Michigan. He lived most of his life in the St. Joseph, Michigan, area and moved to Alba after moving from Kingman, Arizona. He retired from Sheet Metal Local 7-1 in Lansing, Michigan.

Mr. Bridwell is survived by his wife of Alba; son, Scott Allen Bridwell of Benton Harbor, Michigan; daughter, Laura Lee Bridwell Oatsvall of Stevensville, Michigan; brother, Harry Bridwell of St. Joseph, Michigan; sisters, Virginia Kuball of Michigan, and Verna Krueger of Florida; grandson, Nathan Harris and wife Amanda of Huntington Beach, California; and granddaughters, Juliana Nicole Oatsvall of St. Joseph, Michigan, and Tanya Michelle Oatsvall of Stevensville, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey Bridwell; and sister-in-law, Terry Bridwell.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba.

Jonathan Grady Dollar

1978 – 2017

Funeral services for Jonathan Grady Dollar, 39, of Golden, were held on November 11 at Calvary Baptist Church. Bro. Don Masters officiated.

Pallbearers were Joel Dollar, Joshua Dollar, Joe Browning, Paul Browning, Eddie Stebbins, Steve Burge and Ron Baker.

Mr. Dollar died on November 7, 2017, at his residence. He was born on June 10, 1978, in Tyler, to Grady and Linda Beth Willis Dollar. He married Lesa Rena Hays on June 12, 1999, in Golden. Mr. Dollar lived his whole life in Golden and worked for 17 years at Trinidad Benham, in Mineola, in the Maintenance Department. He attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Mr. Dollar is survived by his wife of Golden; parents; step-son, Greg Coates of Myrtle Springs; step-daughter, Amanda Casbeer and husband Daniel of Emory; brothers, Joel Dollar and Joshua Dollar, both of Golden; sisters, Rachel Lucas and husband Joey of Golden, Elizabeth Bohannan and husband Brandon of Alba, and Hannah Dollar of Golden; grandchildren, Michael, Natalye, Joey, Skye, and Brandon; and grandmother, Florene Dollar of Golden.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William T. “Peak” and Annie Ruth Galusha Willis, and Ernest Dollar.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba.

Mary Lou Eads

1928 – 2017

A funeral service for Mary Lou Eads, 89, of Rockwall, was held on November 12 at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel Bro. Charlie Beliew officiated.

Mrs. Eads died on November 7, 2017, in Rockwall at Senior Care at Lake Pointe. She was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Point, to Thomas Valentine and Susan Oather Bridges Lyles.

She married Calvin Charlie Eads in Quitman in 1951. She was first and foremost a homemaker, raising her three children, cooking and caring for the family she loved.

Her love for flowers and digging in the dirt made for a beautiful home. She was a featured writer for the Rains County Leader for many years. She was also a published poet and received numerous awards from the World of Poetry Society.

Her greatest achievement was having all three children in church every Sunday, planting the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Eads is survived by her daughters, Wanda Eads Sancillo of West Tawakoni, and Nelda Eads Stewart and husband Michael of Rockwall; son, Dannie McBride and wife Kumiko of Universal City; grandchildren, Corey, Charlie, Ginger, Lisa and Jennie; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Bailey, Johnathan, Lucimae, Brittany, Christen, Caitlin and Blake; great-great-grandchildren, Locke and Ledger; bonus grandchildren, Rebecca, Elizabeth, J.D., Charli, Hudson and Harrison; and numerous other family and friends, including many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1984; five brothers; six sisters; and grandsons, Chad and Kevin.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonorwoskyfuneralhome.com

Betty Robbins McGriff

1937 – 2017

A memorial service for Betty Robbins McGriff, 80, was held November 6 in Rockwall.

Mrs. McGriff died on October 30, 2017. She was born on October 23, 1937, in Rains County, to Emmett and Mittie Robbins. She was employed for 32 years with AT&T without missing a day of work.
She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Bushman and Alix Elkins; son, Scott McGriff; sister, Jean Studdard of Wichita Falls; brothers, Bobby Robbins of Emory, Jimmy Robbins of Port Neches, Jerry Robbins of Eustace, and Michael Robbins of Garland. She had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Morris Dillon in 1965, and Francis McGriff in 2008; and sisters, Mildred Neal and Patricia Drebitko.

Walter Lee Potts Jr.


Funeral services for Walter Lee Potts “Junior”, 80, of Brashear, were held November 14 at South Liberty Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Bro. Tim Potts and Bro. Halston Potts officiated.

Interment followed in South Liberty Cemetery.

Mr. Potts died on November 12, 2017, at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano. He was born on February 15, 1937, in Daugherty, to Walter Aaron and Gladys Nina Daugherty Potts. He married Edna Earl Poole in Hopkins County on April 10, 1956. He retired from Kansas City Southern Rail Road after 21 years. He was a member of South Liberty Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs.

Mr. Potts is survived by his wife of Shirley; sons, Tim Potts and wife Barbara of Shirley, Jim Potts and wife Tanya of Miller Grove; daughter, Kim Potts and husband K.D. of Daugherty; brother, Leroy Potts and wife Carolyn of Emory; grandchildren, Jace, Halston, Niki, Mat, Chet, Kaci, Haley and Shelbi; great-grandchildren, Riley, Maddox, Jack and Aria; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to South Liberty Memorial Fund 1637 CR 1177, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonorwoskyfuneralhome.com.


Jasper Northcutt

1943 – 2017

Funeral services for Jasper Northcutt, 74, of Emory will be held Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church on Hwy. 19 South, Emory. Visitation will be held Friday, November 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The burial will follow in Smyrna Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smyrna Cemetery, PO Box 156, Emory, TX 75440 or Rabb Brothers American legion Post 156, PO Box 55, Emory, TX 75440.

See next week’s Leader for a full obituary.