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Kathryn Brandenburgh

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manda Lee Beard
    Funeral services for Amanda Lee Beard, 93, of Sulphur Springs will be held at noon Saturday, June 8, at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Harold B. Nash officiating.  
    Interment will follow at East Caney Cemetery.  
    Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, at West Oaks Funeral Home.  
    Mrs. Beard died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her residence.  
    Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
    The online register can be signed at:

Gary Crawford
    A wake for Gary Crawford, 57, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 309 Helm Lane, Apartment 122, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6.
    Gary Crawford died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Carriage House Manor. 
    He was born in Suffolk, Va., the son of Roy Augustus and Mary Lee Crawford. 
    He married Gail Meeks. She survives. 
    He was a construction worker and he was of the Baptist faith.
    Other survivors include a daughter, Patricia Crawford of Sulphur Springs; two brothers, Jerry Crawford and wife, Barbara, of Sulphur Springs and Roy Augustus Crawford Jr. and wife, Deborah, of Columbus, Ga.; and two sisters, Janice Parker and husband, Philip, of Kaufman and Brenda Spigner and husband, Junior, of Pickton.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James L. Crawford.
    Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
     The online register can be signed at:

    A precious, devoted, loving, hugging, game playing, Bible reading, praying wife, mother, Moma Kat, Mam-ma, Mema went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 3, 2013, at 83 years of age.  

    Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at Church of Nazarene with the Rev. Wayne Sweely and the Rev. Harold Craig officiating. Interment will follow at Old Tarrant Cemetery.
    Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  
    Kathryn Brandenburgh was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Cass County.
    Her parents, Calvin Wesley Decco and Fannie May Hatcher Decco, loved her so much.  
    Her mother died when Kathryn was 5-years-old, and her daddy had to have help raising a young girl while he drove a pulp wood truck.          
    Her Aunt Lennie and Uncle Paul Herron so graciously loved and cared for her as they helped raise her. Through their Christian example and discipline, they helped to make her the person she became.
    She met a handsome young man, Windell Brandenburgh, who stole her heart away and they married on Aug. 7, 1946. She was only 17 years old, but she always said “almost 18!” They had five children, Larry Dell, Jerry Wayne, Kathy Darlene, Peggy Annette and Windell David; but, it didn’t stop there.  
    They had generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  
    Windell preceded her in death on June 6, 1997, after more than 50 years of marriage.  
    She is survived by a son, Jerry Brandenburgh and wife, LouJane; daughters Kathy Glosup and husband, Ricky, and Peggy Beck and husband, Jimmy; and daughter-in-law, LaDonna Brandenburgh; along with their families.
    Kathryn was a rock and cornerstone of Church of the Nazarene. A blessed saint, Mrs. Kathryn was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher for more than 50 years to generations of children who loved and respected her. With her flannel graph pictures of her Sunday School lessons, she planted seeds in the lives of all she taught, and her Christian example helped lead many to Christ. She hauled many neighborhood kids to Bible school and church; so many, that at times they almost had to sit on top of one another just to fit in the car. She always had a smile, a hug, and a word of encouragement for every child that came into her path.
    In 1979, they lost their youngest son, David, in a tragic accident, but even in tragedy she didn’t give up. She always wished she hadn’t quit school, so with strong determination and faith in God to see her through, she pursued her dream of a high school diploma and completed her GED in 1984. Her children and most of her grandchildren attended her graduation. She always encouraged her family to finish high school. As she said, “It’s harder to do it later.”
    Kathryn later went to work at the Goodwill store where she loved working with her customers and the fellowship with her coworkers and good friends Sue Rogers and Flo English.
    At the end of her journey, she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Some grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, who could not be there called to tell her they loved her.  
    Her wonderfully compassionate Hospice angel, Jennifer Weatheread, took care of her to her last breath. Prior to Hospice, she had Home Health angels. Nurse Britney Caldwell and aide Diona Taylor treated her with great care and respect.  
    She also had awesome day and night caregivers. Dena Wade and her three daughters were with her during the day, and Donna Ray cared for her during the nights.
    All these caregivers became a part of her family, and she loved them so much.
    She will be greatly missed as her family and friends face the void losing her has left, but so many sweet memories will fill that void. She is in heaven today, and a fantastic  homecoming took place there when our precious angel mother entered those streets of gold and was greeted by Jesus, and all the loved ones who had gone on before surrounded her.
    After losing the second child, her oldest son, Larry, in 1998, she said her prayer was to be taken before having to lose another child on this earth.  
    Without a doubt, when she met her Lord, He said, “You fought the good fight, you have finished the race, your work on earth is done!” Paid in full!
     Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
    The online register can be signed at:
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