Earl D. Gresham, 75
Earl Dean Gresham, age 75 of Deport died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at his home. Funeral Services have been scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00pm at Wood Funeral Homes with Reverend George Rape officiating and Masonic Burial Rights under the Auspices of Deport Masonic Lodge #381 A.F. & A.M. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7pm Friday evening at the funeral home.
Earl was born on January 13, 1938 in the Glendale Community of Red River County, the son of Willie Norris and Goldie Mantooth Gresham. He began working in the Cotton Gin on the Suction when he was 16 as well as hauling grain and hay for many in this area. He then worked in every company position in several different gins until advancing into the owner-operator of the Blackland Prairie Gin, which was passed to his son, Randy in 2002 due to Health Problems. Earl has worked at Cotton Gins in Lovington and Prairieview, New Mexico; Slaton and Red Spring, Texas. Earl was a member of the Deport Masonic Lodge where he was a Master Mason, being a member of the Deport Masonic Lodge #381 A.F. & A.M. since 1979. He was also a retired Bail Bondsman. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin siblings, Millie Gresham Kyle and Melvin Ray Gresham; and his son, Randy Gresham in June, 2004.
He is survived by his caregiver and spouse of 55 years, Nancy Gresham of Deport; a daughter, Julia Grossmann of the home; sister, Alline Cagle of Texarkana; two granddaughters, Lacey Michelle Gregg and husband, Donnie and Melody Gresham; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Perkins, Olivia and Carson Gregg all of Antlers, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to American Diabetes Association at 4100 Alpha Road, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75244 or donations.diabetes.org; American Cancer Society, americancancerfund.org, the Deport Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 334, Deport, TX 75435 or the Charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Hospice Plus for the care and attention they have showed throughout Earl’s illness. They truly are special people.