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.


  1. Audrey (Nance) Scott says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of Earl’s death. He was such a good person. I remember what a cute kid he was when they lived in my Dad’s rent house in Deport. I can still see him riding on the tractor with my Dad when my Dad would be plowing. He thought a lot of that little boy. My prayers go out to you and your family.
    Audrey Nance Scott

  2. Nancy,
    My heart hurts. Earl was not only one of my very favorite cousins, but he was a friend. He always made sure I had fun adventures when I went to Texas. We had some very special conversations. He was so wise, yet calm and laid back. He could straighten me out just by using humor. I am so sorry you have had to see him and nurse him through diabetes. I love you both very much.
    I’ll never forget going armadillo hunting with him, him teaching me to drive, and all the mischief we got into. My prayers are with you.


  3. keith smith teresa smith says:

    We Had a lot of good times Earl and we will miss you alot Keith Smith Teresa Smith and Jimmy Smith

  4. Carol Smith Merritt says:

    Nancy,i am so sorry for your loss..You know how all us kids felt about Earl..Now he and Randy are catching up in heavan..You will be in our prayers…
    Love ya.sweet lady
    Joe,Lewis,Carol,Tina and Bull Smith

  5. Kathy and Willie LaRue says:


    You have been such a fine wife and mother. Everyone always feels welcome in your home. I am very blessed to have you as my maw. You have been through so much, I pray the good Lord watches over you and gives you the peace and happiness you deserve. You have done such a fine job raising your loved ones and taking care of them. May God be at your side today and ALWAYS! Should you need anything, please let me know. I will always be there for you too. I Love you, Maw!

    Love and Prayers,


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