Cass County Obits Aug. 9, 2017

Oct. 3, 1924 - Aug. 6, 2017
Willie Godwin Sr., 92 of Bivins, peacefully passes away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. He was born in October 1924 on a farm in East Texas. He was a strong man, who loved the farm, his family and our Lord and he has left behind a solid legacy of faith, hard work and family values.
During his life, he only loved one woman and together, over the course of a 71-year marriage, they built a life full of love and laughter with three beautiful children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Godwin; parents, John Osburn and Cora Godwin; brother, Junior Godwin; and a granddaughter, Karen Godwin Manley.
He is survived by three children, Willie D. Godwin Jr. and wife Brenda Joyce, James E. Godwin and Brenda K. Cross; grandchildren, Deidre Carroll and husband David, Kendra Anderson and husband Michael, Matt Adams and wife Tara, Melodie Hodges and husband Mike, Dennis Godwin and wife Kim, Mandi Holcomb and husband Joshua, Cory Cross and wife Darcy, Clint Cross and Keri Johnson and husband Tim; great-grandchildren, Jacob Manley and wife Meghan, Hunter Godwin, Haylie Chesworth, Hayden Holcomb, Ashton Carroll, Jordan Carroll, Mitchell Anderson, Rian Maldonado, Thomas Hodges, Nate Hodges, Kile Adams, Hope Adams, Cason Cross, Cadence Cross, Casey Kole Cross, Henry Cross and Ava Johnson.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Bethsaida “Y” Baptist Church with Bro. Frank Carroll and Bro. Lee Cross officiating. Interment followed at the Huffines Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
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March 3, 1946 - Aug. 4, 2017
Johnny Mack Brown, 71, of Bandera, went to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at his residence.
He was born March 3, 1946, in Atlanta, to W. T. and Francis Brown. He was a heavy equipment operator and a U. S. Navy veteran serving three tours in Vietnam on the USS Maury. He enjoyed spending time fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Jackie Smith.
He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Restelle and husband Richard of Bloomburg and Kelly Brown of Manchester, Tenn.; two sisters, Lanora Tengler of Bandera and Mary Lou Alford of Bandera; five grandchildren, William Restelle and wife Mylee, Matthew Restelle and his fiancée Hope Parker, Brandon Restelle, Mariah Brown and Cheyenne Brown; and many other loved family members.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the Hanner Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris Miller officiating.  Interment followed at the Salem Cemetery in Bloomburg under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
If you wish to memorialize Johnny please contribute to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 775, Atlanta, Texas  75551.
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April 7, 1938 - Aug. 1, 2017
Dorothy “Dottie” Chamblee, 79, of Atlanta, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at a family residence in Gilmer.
She was born in Ashdown, Little River County, Ark., to Hercial Lafayette Falkner, (19041-1984) born in Ida, La., and Geneva Casey Falkner, (1918 – 2004) born in Atlanta. They lived in Ashdown all their life and are buried in Ashdown Cemetery. She and her only sibling, Hercial Wayne Falkner, born in 1947, share the same April 7 birthday.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Chamblee; and her parents, Hercial and Geneva Falkner.
She has been a resident of Atlanta since 1964, and a member of Smyrna Baptist Church since 1975. She and husband Jerry Reagan Chamblee were married there October 29, 1975, by Bro. Roy Shelton Jr.
He education included Ashdown, Ark., public schools. She was blessed to have a best friend, Betty Ann Robbins (now Mrs. Eddie Grissom) who carried “a ton of books” for her as they attended their beloved 2-story Ashdown High School. They “switched their career choices” when they started Texarkana Junior College, Betty as an accounting major and Dorothy in the medical field to learn lab work.
Dorothy graduated from St. Michael’s School of Medical Technology, where she worked until 1964, then moved to Atlanta. She worked at Ellington Clinic, the new Atlanta Memorial Hospital for a short time and then the Family Practice Clinic. She also worked part-time at Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, before retiring from Family Practice Clinic in October of 1975.
She is survived by her brother, Hercial Wayne Falkner and wife Nancy of Mena, Ark.; nieces, Karla Sue Falkner Parker of Mena, Teri Lynn Falkner Clements of Mena and Julie Renee’ Falkner Lunsford of Texarkana; very special cousins, Pam and Bubba Casey of Gilmer; her aunts, Louise Coleman Falkner of Ashdown, Florence Casey Milligan of Queen City and Mae Casey Gilmore of Harleton; and a number of other great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives.
Visitation was from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Smyrna Baptist Church.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Smyrna Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Terry officiating. Interment followed at the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service. 
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Oct. 27, 1940 - July 12, 2017
Brenda Faye Shelton Matlock, 76, of Atlanta, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Atlanta.
She was born Oct. 27, 1940, in McCoy, La., to Jessie Willard Shelton and Gladys Maud Shores. She graduated from North Caddo in Vivian, La. She attended one semester at Southern Arkansas University. She co-owned Word of Grace Bookstore and Gift Shop. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Queen City, where she was a very active Sunday school teacher, choir member, loved attending ladies groups and taking trips with the young people. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working in the yard, planting trees and flowers and cooking for her extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Alfred Dwaine Shelton.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jesse Linton Matlock of Queen City; daughter, Stacy Jo Felkins and husband Michael of Ames, Iowa; two sons, James Matlock and wife Debby of Branson, Mo., and Kelly Matlock and wife Stacey of Queen City; brother, Jay Shelton and wife Jane of Bella Vista, Ark.; sister, Sammie Bell of Vivian, La.; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Shelton of Vivian; brother-in-law, D.K. Matlock and wife Sherrell of Springhill, La., sister-in-law, Joy Jenkins and husband Roger of Plain Dealing, La.; granddaughters, Cassie Lee, Danielle Flow, Ashley Flow, Sam Felkins and Alex Felkins; grandson, Mac Felkins; and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Lee.
Visitation was from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the First Baptist Church in Queen City.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Queen City with Michael Felkins officiating. Interment was at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Salem Cemetery in Plain Dealing, La., under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
Guest registry is available at
April 29, 1944 - July 30, 2017
Steven Richard Rollins, 73, of Atlanta, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at his residence.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Queen City Funeral Home.

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