Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Volume XVIII, Issue No. 16

Carmel Barientos

1928 – 2017

Services for Carmel Barientos, 89, of Emory were held on August 12 at Bartley Funeral Home in Grand Saline.

Interment was in Jamestown Cemetery in Smith County.

Mr. Barientos died on August 7, 2017, in Graham. He was born on July 16, 1928, in Crow to Abundio and Josefa Reyes Barientos. He spent 20 years in Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Emory 47 years ago.

Mr. Barientos is survived by his wife, Nancy Barientos of Emory; son, Carmel Barientos Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughters, Christina Meroney and husband Harold of Fruitvale, Victoria Dunkin and husband Andrew of Australia; grandchildren, Shelby Parker, Christopher Barientos, Casey Meroney and Mandy Bolin; great-grandchildren, Ashton, Trace, Alexandria, Alyssa, Jacob, Aaron, Amber, Autumn, Emilee and Austin; great-great-grandchildren, Tanner and Trever; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; grandson, Harold Wayne Meroney Jr; and great-grandson, Matthew Meroney.


Billye Cook

1928 – 2017

A graveside service for Billye Smith Cook, 89, of Emory was held on August 10 at Whitney Memorial Park in Whitney with Rev. Eddie Booth officiating.

Mrs. Cook died on August 5, 2017, at her residence. She was born on January 18, 1928, in Whitney to William and Stella (Essary) Smith. After graduating from Whitney High School in 1945, she married Weldon Cook on June 30, 1946. They lived in Meridian, but eventually settled in the Dallas area until her husband’s retirement. The past few years she had resided at Lake Fork.

She was a homemaker. She and her husband loved to fish – catch and release. She loved to attend garage sales. She collected coins, Precious Memories figurines, stamps, Christmas tree pins and recipes. She loved her iris garden for which she was well known.

Mrs. Cook is survived by a sister, Opal Smith Welch of Carrollton; and several nieces and nephews, including Stanley and Yvonne Smith of Duncanville.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 2, 1995; her parents; brother, Leon “Chili” Smith; and sister, Hazel Smith Epps.

Arrangements were under the direction of Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney.


Susan Ann Davis

1951 – 2017

Funeral services celebrating the life of Susan Ann McLemore Davis, 65, of Emory were held on August 11 at Calvary Baptist Church in Emory. Pastor Jimmy Jarrett officiated.

Interment followed in Turner Cemetery in Emory.

Mrs. Davis went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 5, 2017. She was born on October 12, 1951, in Dallas to Robert McLemore and Clarice Ross McLemore. She was raised and educated in Rains County. She married Michael Davis on November 27, 1968, and they made their home in Rains County. She worked as a secretary for numerous businesses through the years. She enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Brent Davis and wife Bonnie of Emory; grandchildren, Brenden, Jacob, Corey, and Caleb; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Briley; brother, Richard McLemore of Washington; sisters, Linda Davis and husband Clarence of Emory, and Patricia Griffin of Hunt County.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband in 2009; son, Brad Davis in 2000; and siblings Elsa Boag, Wanda Rogers, Ronnie McLemore and Martha Elvrum.

Services were under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan.


Samuel “Paul” Elmore

1980 – 2017

Funeral services for Samuel “Paul” Elmore, 37, of Point, will be held at Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan on Saturday, August 19, at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Audie Gilbreath will officiate.

Interment will follow at Hall Cemetery in Lone Oak.

Mr. Elmore died on August 11, 2017, in Quinlan. He was born on March 20, 1980, in Peoria, Illinois, to Richard Elmore and Nancy Joiner Elmore. He moved to Texas when he was one year old and was raised and educated in Quinlan, Lone Oak and Emory. He was a jack of all trades, but he worked mostly in construction. He enjoyed singing, listening to music and being with his kids and family.

Mr. Elmore is survived by companion, Carmen DeBolt of Point; father, Richard Elmore and wife Vickie of Lone Oak; grandma, Mattie Elmore of Lone Oak; sons, Jordan Elmore of Point, Austin Elmore of Point, and Walker Elmore of Greenville; step-son, Tyler Mayhew of Point; daughter, Hailey Elmore of New Mexico; step-daughters, Katrina Presley of Point, and Vitoria Presley of Point; brothers, James Elmore and wife Rachael of Minnesota, Adam Elmore and wife Sara Hibdon of Arlington, Kenneth Parris of Colorado, Adam Hamilton and wife Davina Salazar of New Mexico, Greg Miller of Oklahoma, and Glen Boyer of Alabama; sisters, Wendy Lindquist and Sheehan of Hawaii, Amber Boyer of Illinois, Cathy Boyer of Illinois, Donna Miller-Lori of California, and Michelle Myers; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, at Ingram Funeral Home.


Casey Lynn Phillips Polk

1991 – 2017

Funeral services for Casey Lynn Phillips Polk, 25, of Sulphur Springs, will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at 3:00 p.m. at Lake Fork Baptist Church. Elder Troy Phillips and Elder Bryce Lowrance will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Alexander, Kody Polk, Lonnie Cook, Jonathan Attaway, Luis Gamez and John Garrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob McClain, Welton Pickering, Dakota Rushing and Mitcham Nelson.

Mrs. Polk died on August 11, 2017, in Midland. She was born on December 12, 1991, in Longview to Troy Wayne Phillips and Theresa (Baugh) Phillips. She graduated from Winnsboro High School and held a bachelor’s degree in special education from Texas A&M-Commerce. She married Kyle Polk in Winnsboro on December 22, 2012. Mrs. Polk worked at Rains High School for four years and had recently moved to Gardendale to teach special education at Bynum School. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs and a former member of Temple Primitive Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.

Mrs. Polk is survived by her husband of Sulphur Springs; parents of Winnsboro; sister, Courtney Phillips of Winnsboro; grandmother, Lynda Phillips of Winnsboro; grandfather, Garland Baugh of Pittsburgh; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kilan and Karen Polk of Sulphur Springs; brother-in-law, Kody Polk; grandfathers-in-law and grandmothers-in-law, Byron and Gaylia Polk, Randy and Carolyn Millsap; and numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews; friends; and students.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wayne “Papa” Phillips; and grandmother, Charlotte “Meme” Bough.

Memorials may be made to Bynum School, P.O. Box 80175, Midland, TX 79708.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. An online register may be signed at www.murrayorwosky.com.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.


Richard Sleeper

1952 – 2017

Services for Richard Jackson “Rick” Sleeper, 65, of Emory were held August 12 at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery in Dallas.

Mr. Sleeper died on July 30, 2017, in Dallas. He was born on June 17, 1952, in Wagoner, Oklahoma, to Walter “Jack” Jackson Sleeper Jr. and Teresa “Tess” Angela Marie Falcone.

He attended Lake Highlands High School where he was active in the band and in Boy Scouts. He graduated in 1970. He worked in the food industry, starting at Safeway and retiring as a Regional Supervisor for Gourmet Award Foods. An excellent drummer, he played in several rock bands including Stanback.

Mr. Sleeper was a skilled wood worker and creative man. An active fisherman throughout his life, he invented lures including the “Spoon Buddy.” His fishing prowess was sponsored by Skeet-er Boats/Plano Marine.

He is survived by his mother of Dallas; brothers, Thomas Michael Sleeper and wife Sherri Tan, and Jack David Sleeper; children, Justin Paul Sleeper, Christopher Michael Sleeper and wife Katherine Wagner, and Richard Jackson Sleeper Jr.; grandchildren, Peyton Rae Sleeper, Krew Jaxon Sleeper, Tess Sleeper, Emma Sleeper, Mahaela Sleeper and Richard Jackson Sleeper III; nieces and nephews, Morgan Thomas Sleeper, Joshua Jackson Sleeper, Julia Laura Sleeper, Angela Kathryn Sleeper, Hana Justine Felisa Sleeper and Leyla Michelle Sleeper.

He was preceded in death by his father.


Elmo Carl Taber

1930 – 2017

Funeral services with full military honors for Elmo Carl Taber, 87, of East Tawakoni were held on August 10 at Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan. Chaplain David Badders officiated.

Interment followed at Lynch Cemetery.
Mr. Taber died on August 7, 2017, at his residence. He was born on May 3, 1930, in Stillwell, Oklahoma, to Truman Taber and Arizona Harper Taber. He was raised and attended school in Watts, Oklahoma. He entered the United States Army in 1950 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was wounded during the war and received the purple heart for bravery. He was returned home to Fort Hood to recover, later he was deferred to the National Guard until 1955, when he re-entered active duty.

Mr. Taber served tours in Germany during the building of the Berlin Wall and in 1967, he went to Vietnam and served two tours of duty only to become wounded again and to receive his second purple heart. Mr. Taber retired in 1979 at Fort Hood.

While living in West Tawakoni, he worked as a deputy sheriff for Rains County for a couple of years before becoming West Tawakoni Police Chief. He was an entrepreneur, having owned several businesses through the years.

He married Tommie Holloway in 1994. They later moved to East Tawakoni. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his lawn mower, feeding animals and loving on his dogs.

Mr. Taber is survived by his wife of East Tawakoni; daughters, Carla Scott, Sharon Valtierra and husband Robert, and Linda Lowrey, all of Albuquerque, Pamela Vaughn and husband Jerry of Tijeras, Rebecca Fraley and husband Dennis, and Donna Archer of Oklahoma City; step-son, Thomas Baggett and wife Jeni of Farmersville, step-daughter, Chelsea Wright of Lone Oak; sisters, Marcella Taber of California, and Bonnie Stephens and husband Norman of Moore, Oklahoma; brother, Lex Taber and wife Jackie of Watts, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.


Mary Swan Winkle

1936 – 2017

Funeral services for Mary Swan Winkle, 81, of Alba, were held on August 12 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel, Alba. Bro. Fred Morrow officiated.

Pallbearers were Gary Winkle, Timothy Winkle, Richard Winkle, Barry Winkle, Kevin Winkle and Michael Clark. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Alba.

Mrs. Winkle died on August 9, 2017, in Mineola. She was born on June 30, 1936, in Red River County to Jessie Leon and Ludie Hope Howland Clark. She married R.J. Winkle on December 18, 1954, in Clarksville. She had lived in the Alba area since 1995 and was a member of Spence Park Baptist Church, Balch Springs.

She is survived by her husband of Alba; sons, Jimmy Winkle and wife Debbie of Alba, David Winkle and wife Debbie of Blooming Grove, and Darrell Winkle and wife Denise of Atlanta, Georgia; brother, Harold Clark of Alba; grandchildren, Gary Winkle and wife Lora, Timothy Winkle and wife Billie, Richard Winkle and wife Taylor, Barry Winkle and wife Erika, and Kevin Winkle and wife Brittany; and sixgreat-grandchildren, with one on the way.

Mrs. Winkle was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carolyn Clark; and sister-in-law, Ailene Clark.