Dateline: August 28, 2003


Funeral services for Lawana Cruse, age 65, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2003, at the Church of Christ in Turkey with Stuart Smith and J.D. Nance officiating.  Burial was held at Dreamland Cemetery under the direction of Myers-Long Funeral Directors of Turkey.

Lawana was born February 7, 1938, in Bridle Bit, Texas, to Fletcher and Erma Wynn. She passed away August 21, 2003, in Plainview at Covenant Hospital.

She was involved in several organizations including founder of the Turkey Heritage Foundation, president of the Hall County Heritage Foundation, board member of the Turkey Roost Museum, Turkey Jamboree coordinator, founder of the Turkey Gem Theatre, member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Church of Christ.  She was also a Life Gift donor.

She was proceeded in death by four brothers; Oran Wynn, Burl Wynn, Karl Cruse, and Everette Cruse; one sister, Norene Clark; and two husbands, Robert Gragson and Tommy Van Cruse.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra Smith of Silverton and Melody Hysinger of Clarendon; three sons, Robert Gragson of Pine Bluff, Alaska; Lee Cruse of Happy; and Brett Cruse of Round Rock, Texas; four sisters, Edna Huffines of Canyon; Inez Payne of the Keys, Florida; Joy Martin of Clarendon; and Glenda Perry of Lubbock; two brothers, Doyle Wynn of Estelline and Jim Wynn of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The family asks any donations be made to the Turkey Heritage Foundation in care of the City of Turkey.

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