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June 29, 2011 – April 18, 2015
Cessa Joy Salvato, age 3, unfortunately was granted her angel wings on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville with the Rev. Buddy Wheat officiating. Burial followed at the Bates Family Cemetery in Pearl. Cessa, also known as “Pookie,” was born on June 29, 2011, in Temple, Texas. She was outgoing, never knew a stranger, and would smile for everyone. She was very rambunctious, opinionated and stubborn, but offered unconditional love. She was a bundle of joy with the greatest hugs. She loved Minnie Mouse, the color purple and music. She had the voice of an angel. She enjoyed singing, and dancing and loved being the center of attention. She also loved spending time in the kitchen, not just cooking but eating...A LOT!!! Your time with us was far too short, your bright smile will never be forgotten. Until we meet again...
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Arvid Perry, Dorothy and Bobby Watson, and Helen and Peter Leto; cousin, Joshua Barton; great-great-aunt, Gloria Meyer; and Van King. Cessa is survived by her mother, Nikki Salvato; father, Ashton Salvato; sister, Lexis King; brothers, Bryan Shafer and Jaden Shafer; grandparents, Warren and Connie Wood, Gary and Michelle Salvato, and Teresa Blake; great-grandparents, Truett and Marilyn Bates; and many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

September 8, 1960 – April 20, 2015
Jerry Von Smith, age 54, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at School Creek Baptist Church in Lampasas County. Burial will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery near Izora. Jerry was born on September 8, 1960, in Gatesville, Texas, to Klevon Smith and Frances Krempin Smith. He attended school in Evant, graduating from Evant High School in 1979. After high school, he worked at Deck Boat. He also worked for Southern Steel on the construction of the Hughes Unit of T.D.C.J., as well as many other correctional facilities across the country. He married Sandra E. Benson on November 27, 1997. Later in life, he worked at gun ranges in Virginia. He enjoyed collecting guns, being a gunsmith, was a lifetime member of the NRA and F.A.S.S., and loved riding motorcycles with his wife in the mountains. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Myrna Smith and Deanna Eickenhorst-Kenniger; and grandparents, Buster and Lorena Krempin, Thomas Smith, and Addie Smith.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Sandra Smith; sons, Sean Smith and Jordan Smith and wife, Elizabeth “Lisa”; parents, Klevon and Frances Smith; sister, Darlene Kyle and husband, Mark; brothers, Dean Smith and wife, Marcella and James Smith; grandchildren, J. T., Madison and Tatum; nephews, Brandon Smith and Justin Kyle; and nieces, Cheryl Simmons, Bethany and Kaitlyn Kyle. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 102 Alta Mira, Gatesville, TX 76528 or to the Deanna Eickenhorst- Kenniger Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Evant, P. O. Box 309, Evant, TX 76525.

Rebacca Gregory, age 85, of Gatesville, died Friday, April 17, 2015, in Gatesville. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Gatesville City Cemetery with Minister Deral McWhorter officiating. She was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Corsicana to the late Oscar Clay and Elizabeth Hodge Boyte. She grew up and went to school in Corsicana until she met and married Cleo John Gregory. He preceded her in death after 53 years of marriage. They settled in Glen Rose in 1954 and lived there over 20 years before moving to Gatesville. She was also preceded in death by her seven siblings; her only son, Thomas Gregory; daughters, Wanda Garner and Martha Fay Gregory; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Ann Boyte; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.