Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Volume XX, Issue No. 36

Shawn Derrick Hayden

1977 – 2020

Shawn Derrick “Coot” Hayden, 42, of Lone Oak, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning, January 10, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on November 22, 1977, in Columbus, Ohio, to James and Eva Myers Hayden. He graduated from Wills Point High School. He worked as a commercial driver, delivering for different companies.

Mr. Hayden is survived by his mother of Lone Oak; sisters, Melissa Thomas and husband Russell of Rockwall and Holly Box and husband Randy of Lone Oak; grandmother, Nellie Myers of Kaufman; niece, Makayla Stamps of Royse City; nephews, Jarrod Stamps of Dallas, Cameron Box of Lone Oak, and Carter Box of Lone Oak; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Weldon Myers.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.


Carl Ray McFerren

1942 – 2020

Memorial services for Carl Ray McFerren, 77, of Emory, were held on January 11 at Bartley Funeral Home in Grand Saline. Andy Clower and Josh Self officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were the Grand Saline Cub’s baseball team (10U).

Mr. McFerren died on January 7, 2020, in Tyler. He was born February 13, 1942, in Paris to JP and Dorothy Cleo Ormand McFerren. He spent his early years in Mineola and graduated from Mineola High School, Class of 1960. He lived in the Lake Fork area for the last 30-plus years and retired from Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer, after 35 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army and loved watching his grandkids play sports.

Mr. McFerren is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynda McFerren of Emory; son, Scott McFerren and wife Christy of Pittsburg; two daughters, Elizabeth Clower and husband Chuck of Grand Saline and Missy McFerren of Emory; grandchildren, Andy and Jessi Clower, Abby and Josh Self, Kinsey McFerren, Tanner McFerren and Avery Byrum; four great-grandchildren, Ella Clower, Henry Clower, Mason Self and Maddox Self; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jerry McFerren and Skippy McFerren.

Memorials may be made to the Grand Saline Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 27, Grand Saline, TX 75140.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline.


Phillip Turner

1947 – 2020

A graveside service for Phillip “Don” Turner, 72, of Greenville, was held on January 9 at Prospect Cemetery in Emory.

Mr. Turner died on January 5, 2020. He was born on September 12, 1947, to Melvin and Odessa Turner in Greenville. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, baseball – especially The Rangers, being outdoors spending time in the garden and spending time with his family.

Mr. Turner is survived by his children, Tammy Green and fiance Mike of Sulphur Springs, Amanda Meadows and husband Larry of Sulphur Springs, Jason Turner and wife Angela of Kilgore, Phillip Darrin Turner and wife Tammy of Poetry, and Darren Hall and wife April of Hughes Springs; grandchildren, Robyn Joslin, Kadie Green, Richard Green, Chelsey Meadows, Jackson Turner, Harley Loeb, Taylor Turner, Zachary Turner, Brookelyn Richardson, and Dalton Hall; great-grandchildren, Kourtnea Joslin, Trenton Wright, Madalyne Masters, Paisley Jo and Emersyn; brother, Melvin Ray Turner of Point; sister, Pat McCaskill and husband Max of Athens; significant others, Beverly Tarrant, Tammy James and husband Brett, Tabitha Bautista and husband Alex, and Stephanie James and fiance Jeremy, all of Greenville; many nieces and nephews; and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary Paul Turner; and sister, LouAnn Evans.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lynch Funeral Service. Visit www.lynchfuneralservice.com to leave online condolences.


Helen Ray

1933 – 2020

Services for Helen Virginia Turley Ray, 86, formerly of Emory, were held on January 11 for her immediate family.

Mrs. Ray died on January 8, 2020, in Diamondhead, Miss., surrounded by her family in her home. She was born on January 19, 1933. She was a native of Emory and lived in Diamondhead for the last three years. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

She was a dedicated mother, first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them, often going on cruises with her daughters. She especially loved her role as Mema to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh, and she made friends everywhere she went.

Mrs. Ray was an herbologist and iridologist, and enjoyed instructing and practicing metaphysical light training. Her hobbies included being a colorist, artist, jewelry maker, stain-glass creation master, and reading. Known for her charm, intelligence, and wit, her smile was infectious and could light up a room.

She often advised her children and grandchildren through the use of quotes. The family said her most famous quote was, “Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy, because you can never be both. Let that guide your decisions.” Her words of encouragement, wisdom and sometimes comfort, kept us in line, taught us the school of hard knocks and gave us something to pass down to our children.

Mrs. Ray is survived by daughters, Janis Caylen Ray of Dallas, Robby Cook Stroud of Diamondhead, Miss., Dr. Melissa Carol Caudle and husband Gary Michael of Kenner, La.; brother, Tom Turley; sisters, Martha Knight and Judy Sterling; daughter-in-law, Christine Martin; nine grandchildren, Shannon Ray Croft, Cristi Caylen Ray, Erin Natasha Wright, Kelly Rae Caudle, Jamie Alyson Dwyer, James Loy Cook II, Dylan Ray Stroud, Taylor Jonathan Stroud, Noah Dreifus; and 13 great-grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Nicholas Scott, Ashlyn Bolin, Stamatis Gamvrogianis, Elias Gamvrogianis, Jaden Cheatum, Roger Miguel Molina III, Blythe Helen Cheatum, Jon Axle Dwyer, Aryc Lucian Dwyer, James Loy Cook III, Harmony Rae Dreifus, and Haxson Dreifus.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Ray; parents, Henry Turley and Virginia Ray Turley; son, Dennis W. Martin; daughter, Livia Lynn Martin; and sister, Joanne Coker Day.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center (Lung Cancer Fund) at gifts.mdanderson.org in the name of Helen Virginia Ray.

Services were under the direction of Rieman Family Funeral Home in Pass Christian, Miss., www.riemannfamily.com.