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Wilkinson, Roberts, and Cunningham

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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2008 12:00 am

A tragedy came during the wee morning hours on Friday, March 7, 2008, when our home in Simms caught on fire. By the time we awoke it was almost too late taking the lives of our three precious children.

Laura Elizabeth Abigayle Trever Wilkinson, 17, was born July 16, 1990, in Dallas.

Laura was a senior at James Bowie High School and a member of Graham Street Church of Christ, Stephenville. She previously attended Stephenville High School and Erath County Excels.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Jimmy Don Smith of Stephenville; and aunt Sherry Pulliam of Belen, NM; great-grannie, Ruby Lee Hazelwood and Papa Albion Smith Hazelwood of Stephenville.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Peggy and Dennis Cunningham Jr., currently residing in Simms; her loving sisters who survived the fire, Faith Roberts (12) and Emily Roberts (8); Meme and Grandpa, Joe and Edwyna Smith of Stephenville; Grandma Lori Klapps of Belen, NM and grandparents Dennis and Mary Cunningham of Wrightsville, Penn.; great-grandfather Carl Johnson of Roswell, NM, many aunts and uncles: Etta and Leonard Green of Simms, Texas, Tommy and Johna Smith of Warner Robbins, Ga.; Dallas and Tony Pollack of Kerns; Jeff and Vena Mitchell of Belen, NM; and many loving cousins. Her father and step mpther, Tracy and Taunya Wilkinson currently reside in Sierra Vista, Ariz.; grandmother Helen Wilkinson of Lorena; Aunts and Uncles, Naomi Stephens of Arlington; Betty Ferguson of Lorena; Oscar Wilkinson and Mac Wilkinson of Ft. Worth.

Tyler Joe Roberts, 11, was born on Jan. 6, 1997, in Granbury.

Tyler was a 5th grade student at James Bowie Elementary School in Simms, and a member of Graham Street Church of Christ in Stephenville. He also attended Godley Prairie Community Church in New Boston. Tyler previously attended Hook Elementary in Stephenville.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Jimmy Don Smith of Stephenville; and aunt, Sherry Pulliam of Belen, NM; great-grannie, Ruby Lee Hazelwood and Papa Albion Smith Hazelwood of Stephenville.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Peggy and Dennis Cunningham Jr. of Simms; his loving sisters who survived the fire, Faith Roberts (12) and Emily Roberts (8); Meme and Grandpa, Joe and Edwyna Smith of Stephenville, Grandma Lori Klapps of Belen, NM; grandparents Dennis and Mary Cunningham of Wrightsville, Penn., great-grandfather Carl Johnson of Roswell, NM, many aunts and uncles: Etta and Leonard Green of Simms, Tommy and Johna Smith of Warner Robbins, Ga.; Dallas and Tony Pollack of Kerns; Jeff and Vena Mitchell of Belen, NM; and many loving cousins. His father and wife, Steve and Renee Roberts of Stephenville; grandmother, Debra Stalcup of Minnesota; Jeff and Christine Payne of Minnesota; Lori Tullus of San Angelo, Leigh Rae Tucker of NC.

Austin Shane Rowdy Cunningham, 5, was born Aug. 10, 2002, in Granbury.

Rowdy was a Kindergarten student at James Bowie Elementary School in Simms. He attended Pre-K at Central Elementary in Stephenville. He also attended Godley Prairie Community Church in New Boston.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Jimmy Don Smith of Stephenville; and aunt, Sherry Pulliam of Belen, NM; great-grannie, Ruby Lee Hazelwood and Papa Albion Smith Hazelwood of Stephenville.

Survivors include his mother and father Peggy and Dennis Cunningham Jr. of Simms, his loving sisters who survived the fire, Faith Roberts (12) and Emily Roberts (8); Meme and Grandpa, Joe and Edwyna Smith of Stephenville; Grandma Lori Klapps of Belen, NM; grandparents Dennis and Mary Cunningham of Wrightsville, Penn.; great-grandfather Carl Johnson of Roswell, NM, many aunts and uncles: Etta and Leonard Green of Simms, Tommy and Johna Smith of Warner Robbins, Ga.; Dallas and Tony Pollack of Kerns; Jeff and Vena Mitchell of Belen, NM; and many loving cousins.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008, at Graham Street Church of Christ in Stephenville with Randy Daughtery, Tanner Fain, and Don Parker officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Stephenville Funeral Home.

A candlelight memorial will be at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the family home in Simms in the children’s rock garden.

Services will be at James Bowie High School Gym in Simms at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

Interment will be at Sand Hill Cemetery in Simms. Pallbearers will be the Simms Volunteer Fire Department Members.

An account has been set up for the family at First Convenience Bank Wal-Mart branch New Boston, or at any First Convenience Bank (Account name: Laura Wilkinson Family).

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