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Friday, Jan. 24, 1969

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A search for Mrs. H.E. (Lola) Bowling, of the Acres Springs Community ended near noon Saturday when her body and the late-model station wagon she was driving, were hoisted from the chilly waters of Lake Tawakoni at the Whites Crossing on FM 751. She left for Greenville, where she worked on Jan.17, about 7 a.m. and never arrived. Barney Seals, a Department of Public Safety patrolman and Raymond Peterson, Kaufman County Deputy Sheriff, started a search late Friday night and discovered a damaged guard rail and skid marks leading into the water at the causeway. Saturday about 11:30 a.m. Lyle Stickland, a 16-year-old Greenville scuba diver, entered the 44-degree water and secured a cable around the upside-down vehicle in 18 feet of water. DPS patrolman David Hudiburgh of Greenville, investigator of the mishap, said the accident was apparently caused when the left front tie rod on the car broke and the woman lost control of the vehicle. Funeral services were held Monday at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Chapel in Terrell. Burial was in Highland Memorial Garden Cemetery. Born in Tarrant County Jan. 29, 1904. Mrs. Bowling was the daughter of Wade and Mary Catherine Beverly Harwell. She is survived by; her husband H.G. Bowling three sons, a daughter, four brothers and three sisters. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wilson Read, city recorder reported today that the following men had filed for a place on the ballot for the April 5 election: Richard E. Herrin, Mayor, re-election; Mickey Robertson, Blant Castleberry, Lloyd Hurley, Jr., and Sterling Sledge, city council. Robertson, Hurley, and Castleberry are seeking re-election and Sledge is a former councilman. Deadline for filing is Thursday, March 6.

Tommy Morgan and Bill Sanders have announced the purchase of Aulton Marion’s automobile repair shop in Wills Point. Both men have had many years of experience in the automobile repair business. Mr. Morgan is married to the former Mildred Clark and they have two children. Mr. Sanders’ wife is the former Dwain Rogers and they have five children, three attend school, and two preschoolers.

A three-way playoff between Canton, Quitman and Wills Point is ahead to determine the District 16-AA first round winner. Each of the league rivals compiled a 4-1 ledger during the first half of the league race.

Rolling Oaks Addition on Lake Tawakoni has organized a fire department and purchased a fire truck to use in protecting property of people living in the lake area.

Men-Women in Service - Major Andrew J. Miller, commander of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam, has advised Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Smyrl that their son, Pfc. Thomas D. Smyrl is stationed with the unit he commands in Vietnam. Thomas trained in Fort Rucker, Alabama before going overseas early this month. He will enjoy hearing from his friends in Wills Point.

Spec. 4 Steve Dewees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Dewees, has been transferred to Headquarters Co. while serving with the 9th Division in Vietnam. Steve is working in communications and is stationed aboard the APL-26. He has completed six months of his year of duty in Vietnam.

ADJ-3 Donn Burnett has returned to the Naval Air Station, New Orleans, following a ten-day leave spent at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burnett. Donn’s duties include work on jet helicopters and at fire station. He received his promotion to his new rating just before taking leave.

Miss Parker (Billie Jim) Williams of Pasadena was a member of the graduating class at East Texas State University in Commerce Monday. Miss Williams, head librarian at San Jacinto College, Houston, received a Doctor’s degree in library science. She is a niece of C.O. (Buck) Parker. Mr. Parker attended the ceremony.

 PERSONALS- Mrs. Carmon Majors visited her sister, Mrs. Ray White and family in Venus last week.

Misses Nandie and Lauree Phelps of Dallas spent Friday night with their grandmother, Mrs. Laura Adams. Miss Nancy Woolridge was also a guest in the Adams home.

Mrs. Merrill Dodgen, of Dallas was a luncheon guest of her mother, Mrs. N.J. Tomlin Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bozeman of Arleta, California has returned home after a visit here with Mr. and Mrs. James Sanderson and Judd.

Mrs. Martin Malone celebrated her birthday on Jan. 17 at her home with many family members from Houston and Dallas as well as friends and family from Edgewood and Wills Point.

The Fairview Home Demonstration Club met on Jan.14 in the home of Mrs. Fred Hollister. Mrs. Cecil Page, outgoing president, installed the new officers. Officers installed were: Mrs. Hollister, president, Mrs. Page, vice-president and council delegate; Mrs. Jim Liston, reporter; and Mrs. Charlie Wilson, secretary-treasurer.

Cheryl Huddleston, seven year-old granddaughter of A.J. (Bud) Huddleston, died at the home of her parents in the Ables Springs Community on Jan. 12, Her death was thought to have been from pneumonia. Her father, A.T. Huddleston, stationed in Vietnam at the time of her death, flew home for the funeral rites. Burial was in the Ellis Chapel Cemetery. Survivors are her parents, two brothers, one sister and her grandfather.

William Thomas Hawkins, 65, brother of Mrs. Barney Starnes, died Jan. 20 at Parkland Hospital. Born on Jan. 13, 1904, he was the son of the late Joe and Sally Carroll Hawkins. He was born at Grand Saline and spent his early life in this county. His wife the former Lucille Gipson, survives with five children. Mr. Hawkins was a retired City of Dallas employee. Burial was in White Rose Cemetery. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

Funeral services for William O. (Buck) Griffith, 52, were held Sunday at the Point Baptist Church with Rev. G.B. Bush officiating. Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery under direction of Eubank and Company. Mr. Griffith was born on Sept. 7, 1916. He is survived by his wife; Kathryn; three daughters, two sisters and one brother.

Note: This issue also contains an obituary for John S. Byres, 50. Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Cockerham, one daughter Miss Ginger Byers; one son, John Samuel Byers, Jr., his father and two sisters. Mr. Byers was a member of the Masonic Lodge.