Cass County obits Oct. 18, 2017

May 20, 1938 - Sept. 27, 2017
John Daniel Moore III, 79, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.
He was born in Atlanta, May 20, 1938, to John Daniel Jr. and Charlie Mae Moore. He lived life fully, serving in the Texas National Guard “Lone Star” 49th Armored Division. He was a member of the U. S. Forest Service and was retired from Southwestern Laboratories. He graduated from Atlanta High School in 1957 and is an alum of Texas A&M University and Louisiana Tech University. His greatest pleasures were sports, ham radio, photography, music, playing guitar, traveling and spending time with family, especially his beloved cousins, grandchildren, and his little "doggy" Cornbread. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Moore and Charlie Mae Moore. 
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Kimberly Holt and husband Johnny of Willis and Jennifer "Gigi" Green and husband Andrew of Dayton; grandchildren, Chance, Matthew and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Rylan and soon-to-arrive, Chance Wyatt; a host of cousins, family and friends that loved him.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Laws Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service. 
Memorials may be sent c/o Hanner Funeral Service, 103 W. Main Street, Atlanta, Texas 75551
Guest registry is available at
Nov. 6, 1915 - Oct. 16, 2017
Clifton H. (Bill) Ray, 101, of Linden, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
He was born outside of Hughes Springs Nov. 6, 1915, to H. L. and Maude Vanhuss Ray. In 1934, he graduated from Hughes Springs High School and in 1936 from Tyler Commercial College. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in July 1936, and served for 23 years, both in World War II and Korea. He retired in 1959, as a Chief Warrant Officer. (He was one of the old time “Marine Gunners.”)
When he retired from the Marines, he was associated with Thiokol Chemical for almost a year. He then joined Investor Diversified Services until he joined E. F. Hutton & Company in April 1962. After he retired the second time, he moved to Linden, helped his uncle with his cattle business and did a little farming.
While serving in the Marines, he married Bess Simpson of Nashville, Tenn., in 1940. They were married for 77 years.
He is survived by two sons, John Ray and wife Wanda of Bremond and Robert Ray and wife Liz of Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He served as President of the Linden Lions Club and was an elder with the Linden Church of Christ. He has always been firm in character and resolute of purpose.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Linden Church of Christ. Interment followed at Concord Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, we ask memorials be made to the Concord Cemetery (Cass County) c/o Billy Paul Adams, 303 CR 1577, Hughes Springs, Texas 75656.
An online guestbook may be signed at
July 13, 1953 – Oct. 7, 2017
Peggy Sue Autrey, 64, of Simms, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2017, at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana.
Funeral services were at noon Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Faith Community Baptist Church in Maud. Interment followed at Center Ridge Cemetery in Maud under the direction of Queen City Funeral Home.
Nov. 28, 1943 - Oct. 7, 2017
Mary Catherine Edwards Hansche, 73, of Hughes Springs, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Power Back Rehabilitation Center in Richardson.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Queen City Funeral Home. Interment followed at Chapelwood Cemetery in Nash.
Oct. 28, 1929 - Sept. 28, 2017
James Elmer Brown, 87, of Linden, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2017. 
Graveside services will at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home of Linden.

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