Leon Franklin Durdin, passed away on July 23, 2007. He was born in Emoryfield on March 18, 1926 to William Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Fitzgerald Durdin.
As a youngster he and his brother Cecil sang and played their guitars on a regular basis on KSAM radio in Huntsville.
He joined the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Washington State before being transferred to Korea during World War II.
On August 23, 1947 he married Dorothy Means. Although they were not blessed with children, they were like second parents to many nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Local 450 in Houston, where he was employed in the heavy equipment operations field mainly for Linbeck Construction. He was an active member of the Missionary Church of God in Houston for 41 years. He and Dorothy retired to their farm in Oakhurst in 1991 where he became a member of the Oakhurst Full Gospel Church and was an active board member.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mineola, Bessie, Effie, Zelma, Lelar, Walter and Georgia; one brother Cecil Ray.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Durdin; brother, Alfred M. Durdin also of Oakhurst. Alfred, who married Dorothy’s sister, Margaret Inez had three children, Sandra, David and Connie who have always felt they were blessed with two sets of parents, biological and adoptive. He is also survived by in-laws Pete and Louise Means, Jack and Gisela Means, I.B. and Dixxie Means, Irene Means, Annie Means and Bertha Wright; host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.
He was a loving husband, substitute father, substitute grandfather and beloved uncle, brother and brother-in-law. He possessed a wacky sense of humor and often had people in stitches at his witticism, or as the family might say, “Leonisms.” In the one area he remained serious, was his quiet walk with the Lord. He lived as he believed a Christian should, and led by example. He never had an unkind word about anyone and treated everyone equally. He was a true gentleman, fair and just with a very tender heart.
Funeral services were held on July 26 at the Oakhurst Full Gospel Church under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. Interment followed at Mr. Capers Cemetery.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
Edward “Ed” V. Rollins, Jr., 74, of Coldspring died Tuesday, July 10. He was born in Dolen on July 6, 1933.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Reba Rollins; sons, Kenneth Rollins and Jerry Street.
He is survived by his daughters, Kim Hoot and husband, Jake, Patty Jessup and husband, Dean, Debbie Holt and husband, Mark, Shelly Davison and husband Scott; son Jerry Rollins and wife, Barbara; parents, Edward V. and Birtie Mae Rollins, Sr.; sisters, Marie Bailey and Fay Belcher; grandchildren, Sarah Rollins, Jessica Street, Brian Carey, Josh Carey, Ken Rollins, Wayne Rollins, Steven Street, Tyler Davison, Kyle Davison, Cody Holt, Tyler Holt, Travis Holt; great-grandchild, Lena Carey; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
Bro. Ray Bailey conducted funeral services July 13, 2007 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Clevealnd, with interment at County Line Cemetery, Willis.
Terri Ann Smith, 44, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2007 at her home in Shepherd. She was born Wednesday, July 25, 1962 to Gus Borgeson and Beverly McClure Borgeson.
She is survived by her children, Amanda Ramirez, Lou Anne Smith and Thomas Gothard; brother, James “Jim” Borgeson; parents, Gus and Beverly Borgeson; grandchildren, Sabrina and Layla Smith, Alexis, Cheyenne and Mary Jane Ramirez.
Funeral services were held at Edom First Baptist Church, Edom on July 28, 2007.
All arrangements were handled under the care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.