Obituaries

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Kenneth Leon Thacker

October 24, 1949 - August 09, 2017

 

Cushing- Graveside services for Kenneth Leon Thacker, 67, of Nacogdoches will be Saturday August 12th, at 10 am at the Fairview Cemetery in Nacogdoches. No visitation is scheduled. Mr. Thacker died Wednesday in Nacogdoches. He was born October 24th, 1949 in Nacogdoches to Robert Edward and Lela Mae Owens Thacker. He lived his life in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald “Buddy” Thacker, Sister Louise Mosley, step-father Jesse “Gabe” Poskey. He is survived by his wife Helen Thacker, Son Robert Thacker, daughters and son-in-law Tamara (Bryce) Coleman, and Kimberly Liles; brothers and sisters-in-law David (Carol) Thacker, Henry (Mary) Poskey; sisters and brothers-in-law Rachel (Robert) McGee, Nadine (Thomas) Ellerbe, and Sue (Kevin) Barrentine; grandchildren Samantha (Brett) Zella, Hans Thorson, Jeremy Liles, Chris Liles, Anna Liles, Callie Liles, and Allie Thacker; and 2 great grandchildren.

 

 

 

Opelousas – Funeral Services for Cliff E. Sandoz will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette. Reverend Brandt Montgomery will officiate the service. Burial will follow at a later date. A reception will follow services in Coughlin Hall.

Cliff Sandoz, age 52 and a resident of Arnaudville, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his residence.

Cliff was raised in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he attended and graduated SFA with a Bachelors Degree with a major in political science and a minor in English. His teaching career began in Houston, but he moved home to Nacogdoches and taught at Nacogdoches High School, and then he move to Lafayette where he continued teaching. Cliff had a passion for teaching and loved seeing his students succeed. He loved traveling with his family and friends. He loved helping those in need. Those of us that were blessed to know him loved him, and he loved us in return with a selfless love that comes only once in a lifetime. Cliff will be greatly missed by those he touched during his too brief a time with us..

He is survived by his partner of 23 years, Farriel Knott; twin brother, Robert Sandoz; and many loving friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John R. Sandoz and Helen I. Price Sandoz.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Cliff's name to The ASPCA, St. Jude's Children Hospital or Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.

Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 (337)-942-2638 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Opelousas – Funeral Services for Cliff E. Sandoz will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette. Reverend Brandt Montgomery will officiate the service. Burial will follow at a later date. A reception will follow services in Coughlin Hall.

Cliff Sandoz, age 52 and a resident of Arnaudville, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his residence.

Cliff was raised in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he attended and graduated SFA with a Bachelors Degree with a major in political science and a minor in English. His teaching career began in Houston, but he moved home to Nacogdoches and taught at Nacogdoches High School, and then he move to Lafayette where he continued teaching. Cliff had a passion for teaching and loved seeing his students succeed. He loved traveling with his family and friends. He loved helping those in need. Those of us that were blessed to know him loved him, and he loved us in return with a selfless love that comes only once in a lifetime. Cliff will be greatly missed by those he touched during his too brief a time with us..

He is survived by his partner of 23 years, Farriel Knott; twin brother, Robert Sandoz; and many loving friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John R. Sandoz and Helen I. Price Sandoz.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Cliff's name to The ASPCA, St. Jude's Children Hospital or Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.

Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 (337)-942-2638 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

 

Jesse Morgan Tallant

June 2, 2017

Jesse Morgan Tallant, 38, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on June 2, 2017 in Garrison. He was born on July 20, 1978 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Rudy Fred Tallant and Trena Ann Harris Greer. Funeral service for Jesse will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop James M. Nicholas of Nacogdoches 1st Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Marty McCain of Atascocita Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home.

Jesse grew up in Garrison, Texas and graduated from Garrison High School. Jesse was very active in FFA while in school and one of his favorite things to do was show animals. He worked in the oil field industry and took pride in taking great care of his family. When Jesse wasn’t working, he very much enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great nieces, Kinley and Mary Kaylyn Crawford. He also spent much of his spare time riding motorcycles and doing mechanic work. Sugar Bear, as his beloved wife would call him, was an avid outdoorsman and the two loved to hunt and fish together when they had the opportunity. He had a pure heart and loved being around others. Jesse also was very involved with and loved his church family.

Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Toni Lyles Tallant; sons, Cadance Tallant, Cade Butler and Hunter Goolsby; father, Rudy Tallant; mother, Trena Greer; brother, Wesley Tallant; sister, Amber Askins and husband, Randy; grandparents, Wilfred and Mary Harris; Nieces, Lauren Blair Askins, Ashley Crawford and husband, Kevin, Miranda Lyles, Dusti Lyles, and Ragan Brewer; nephews, Garrett Askins, Ryan Tallant, Austin Birdwell, Brandon Moody, and Dominic Brewer; and special great nieces, Kinley and Mary Kaylyn Crawford; and mother-in-law, Mary Lyles; as well as numerous other family members and friends. Jesse also leaves behind his canine companion, Chrystal.

He is preceded in death by his step-father, Michael Greer; grandparents, Rudolph and Patsy Tallant; and his stepgrandparents, D.G. and Oneta Greer.

Pallbearers are Corey Anderson, Billy Ramey, Billy Endsley, Wade Collins, Kevin Crawford, Brandon Moody, Austin Birdwell, Blake Beard, and Coleman Crawford.

The family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

 

 

Jesse Morgan Tallant

June 2, 2017

Jesse Morgan Tallant, 38, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on June 2, 2017 in Garrison. He was born on July 20, 1978 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Rudy Fred Tallant and Trena Ann Harris Greer. Funeral service for Jesse will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop James M. Nicholas of Nacogdoches 1st Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Marty McCain of Atascocita Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home.

Jesse grew up in Garrison, Texas and graduated from Garrison High School. Jesse was very active in FFA while in school and one of his favorite things to do was show animals. He worked in the oil field industry and took pride in taking great care of his family. When Jesse wasn’t working, he very much enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great nieces, Kinley and Mary Kaylyn Crawford. He also spent much of his spare time riding motorcycles and doing mechanic work. Sugar Bear, as his beloved wife would call him, was an avid outdoorsman and the two loved to hunt and fish together when they had the opportunity. He had a pure heart and loved being around others. Jesse also was very involved with and loved his church family.

Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Toni Lyles Tallant; sons, Cadance Tallant, Cade Butler and Hunter Goolsby; father, Rudy Tallant; mother, Trena Greer; brother, Wesley Tallant; sister, Amber Askins and husband, Randy; grandparents, Wilfred and Mary Harris; Nieces, Lauren Blair Askins, Ashley Crawford and husband, Kevin, Miranda Lyles, Dusti Lyles, and Ragan Brewer; nephews, Garrett Askins, Ryan Tallant, Austin Birdwell, Brandon Moody, and Dominic Brewer; and special great nieces, Kinley and Mary Kaylyn Crawford; and mother-in-law, Mary Lyles; as well as numerous other family members and friends. Jesse also leaves behind his canine companion, Chrystal.

He is preceded in death by his step-father, Michael Greer; grandparents, Rudolph and Patsy Tallant; and his stepgrandparents, D.G. and Oneta Greer.

Pallbearers are Corey Anderson, Billy Ramey, Billy Endsley, Wade Collins, Kevin Crawford, Brandon Moody, Austin Birdwell, Blake Beard, and Coleman Crawford.

The family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

 

 

Fay Jeannette (Griffin) George

May 25, 2017

Fay Jeannette (Griffin) George was born on August 10, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama. She departed this life for her heavenly home on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. Although losing her father at an early age, she had a happy childhood, enjoying her family, roller skating and the local movie theater. Moving to Nacogdoches County, Texas in 1949, she met and married the father of her children, Lester Ray Nichols, and they lived in the Cushing, Texas area. In 1960 the family moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, where she worked at the Nacogdoches County Tax office until joining the staff of the Stone Fort National Bank from which she retired in 1986. Moving to New Braunfels in 1988 with husband Sid George, she enjoyed many years of retirement and community activities. Mrs. George was a noted seamstress and made many beautiful dresses for her daughters. She was also skilled in cross stitch works, rugs, and quilts, which she gave as gifts and adorned her home. She is also remembered for her delicious cooking skills.

In 2001, after the death of her husband, Mrs. George returned to East Texas residing in Rusk, Texas, next door to her sister, Martha Sanders, her niece Claudia and husband Sam Florian, where she enjoyed many happy years, enjoying her loving family and friends, involved in playing “chicken foot” and her arts and hobbies. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rusk, Texas. Mrs. George is preceded in death by her parents William Douglass Griffin and Muriel Jeannette Langville, husband Sid George, brother William Douglass II, and half-brother Robert William Furra.

She is survived by her sister Martha Sanders of Rusk, Tx, daughters and son-in-law Patricia Sue Nichols of Cushing, TX, Nita Fay and Mark Robert Hyatt of Brenham, TX, and son Forest Ray Nichols of Cushing, Tx. Mrs. George is also survived by 6 grandchildren Dawn Johnson and husband Shane of Cushing, Texas, Jenny McGlothlin and husband Kyle of Dallas, Texas, Josh Hyatt and wife Jill of Brenham, Texas, Laura Page and husband Bryan of Boulder, Co, Ryan Nichols USAF of Seattle, Washington, and Amanda Cruz of Cushing, Texas, She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are with Dickie Allen Funeral Home in Cushing, Texas.

Viewing and visitation is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 30, from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Funeral services are Wednesday May 31st at 10am. Interment will follow at McKnight Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shane Johnson, Mark Hyatt, Josh Hyatt, Kyle McGlothlin, David Yates, Spence Peppard and honorary pallbearer Sam Florian. Special music will be provided by Ann Millican.

Rev. David Snelson of Landmark Baptist Church, Cushing, Texas and Rev. Maurice D. (Maury) Millican will be officiating Mrs. George’s services.

Harold Fredrick Bogan

May 13, 2017

Harold Fredrick Bogan, 96, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at his residence.

Services are set for 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at The First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, with Dr. Jeff McDonald and Rev. John Bingham officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel.

Harold was born March 10, 1921 in Gasoline, Texas, located in the Texas Panhandle near Quitaque (Kitty Quay), where he grew up. He was blessed to be born into a faith filled family led by parents Sidney T. Bogan and Mabel Taylor Bogan and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

He attended public schools in Quitaque and was active in football and basketball and also became district Golden Glove boxing champion in addition to participating in the State Tournament in Ft. Worth. Harold graduated from Quitaque High School in 1938 and worked for a couple of years in a local drug and grocery store. In these two years, he was considered the best maker of malts and milk shakes around...and still holds that title. In January 1942, one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Harold joined the Navy and was stationed in various U.S. ports before being commissioned to the USS Varuna. On December 25, 1942, Harold married his high school sweet heart, Emily Margaret Gardiner, then back to war he went. While on the Varuna, most of his service was in the South Pacific theater from October 1943 to August 1945. Harold was honorably discharged from the Navy, October 6, 1945.

Thanks to the G.I.Bill, after the war, Harold attended Oklahoma A& M (now Oklahoma State University) at Stillwater and finished at North Texas Teachers College (now University of North Texas) in Denton. After college, Harold began his 37 years working at Moore Business Forms in the accounting department at the Southern Regional office in Denton. While living in Denton, he was active in the First Methodist Church as well as serving in the Optimist Club as President and Lt. Governor and he and Margaret were well on their way to raising 3 children.

In 1962, Harold accepted the assignment of Plant Comptroller in the new Moore plant which opened in Nacogdoches. In January 1972, he became plant manager until his retirement April 1, 1984. Nacogdoches gave Harold the opportunity to continue his service in the First United Methodist Church where he was Chairman of the Official Board; served and chaired the Trustee and Staff Parish Relations Committees. He taught various Sunday School classes and was a member of the Open Door class since 1962, serving as President twice. Harold also was a member of the Heart to Heart Choir and was selected as Father of the Year in June 1987.

His civic activities included being a member and President of the Nacogdoches Booster Club, and Secretary Treasurer for 15 years. Harold was also a Rotary Club member since 1963 which included a Paul Harris Fellowship and a Four Way Test Award. He spent his time and money on and for others, living the Rotary Motto, “Service above Self”. He chaired Nacogdoches Youth Baseball Association, United Way Fund Drives, and Crime Stoppers. Harold served on Nacogdoches County Industrial Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Committees and SFA Lumberjack Club while also serving several terms as Chairman of the Austin Hollow Homeowners Association.

Harold enjoyed traveling with family to all States except for two; two trips to Europe and Hawaii. Much of his “relaxation” time was spent at “the farm” whether it be feeding the cows, building fences, mowing the fields but his pride and joy was having undertaken (with the direct supervision of his frustrated architect of a wife) the remodeling of an old farm house. This retreat was the focus of many family get togethers and was the source of many years of enjoyment by countless friends and family. When he was not “at the farm” Harold enjoyed bridge clubs, golf and collecting antiques. He had a great love for Nacogdoches and lived Vic Fain’s (long time editor of The Daily Sentinel) motto, “Let there be no strangers in Nacogdoches, just friends who have not met.”

Harold’s life foundation was his belief in God and the power of prayer. He was always available to offer a prayer with the sick, at Sunday School class, civic meetings, before meals at home, or any public gathering place.

Harold’s journey has been a long one. His need for strength has been great. His strength came from family—two wonderful wives: Margaret (54 years); Mary “Fussy” (12 years); Christian parents; 3 Children; Grand and Great Grandchildren, many friends and colleagues. But most of all, as is recorded in Psalms 121, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help from the Lord.”

Harold had a great love for the Open Door Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church, along with his Austin Hollow neighbors and his many special friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sidney T. Bogan Sr,and Mabel Bogan; siblings, S.T Bogan Jr, Richard (Lit) Bogan, Betty Bogan Gaddy; step daughter, Paula Heflin Johnson; and his wives, Emily Margaret Gardiner Bogan and Mary “Fussy Heflin Bogan.

His survivors include his children, Carolyn Bogan Hardy and husband, Mike Hardy, Beth Bogan, and Roger Bogan and wife Suellen Dunning Bogan; stepson, Jim Heflin; grandchildren, Dr Kristi Bogan, Amber Bogan Wirth and husband John Wirth, Barrett Bogan and wife Jessica Rietveld Bogan, Shannon Spangler Patrick, Shelby Spangler Moore, Brian Hardy and wife Leo Garcia Hardy, and Becky Hardy Bechel and husband Andy Bechel; stepgrandchildren, Holly Heflin Casserly, Jim Heflin IV, and Anne Johnson; great-grandchildren, Nicole Hardy, Bo Hardy, Beckham Bogan, Austin Bechel, and Brynn Bechel; special family members, Tes and A.W. Short Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Family wishes to express a very special thanks to the kind team of professionals with Accolade Hospice and the loving care givers who gave their heart and soul in caring for Harold the past year. For the following ladies, we pray God’s special blessings: Lisa Miller, Keleca Palmer, Virginia Cox, Anjelica Wynn, Angela Garrett, and Kisha Sterns.

Pallbearers: Jerry Alexander, Brett Arrant, Mitch Ashley, Dr. Doug Bogan, Brian Hardy, Jim Heflin, Bob Owens, and A.W. Short Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Ray Ashley, Rick Braden, Ed Cole, Floyd Dobbs, and Bill Teague.

Memorials may be offerd to the First United Methodist Church 201 East Hospital St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961; Nacogdoches Treatment Center,119 Hughes St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961; Love INC, P.O. Box 630423, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.

Visit www.CasonMonk-Metcalf. com to offer memories and condolences. Services are under the direction of Cason Monk- Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Ladye Caroline Thompson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 7th, 2017, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 91. A celebration service to honor her life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with Dr. Allen Reed and Pastor Noel Dear officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00am before the service. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches.

Caroline was born on October 23rd, 1925, in Kennett, Missouri, to Louis and Billie Lady Kiersky. The family later moved to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where they owned and operated a general store. Caroline graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, majoring in Home Economics.

Music was always an important part of Caroline’s life. At an early age, Caroline learned to play the piano. Her mother bought her a grand piano when Caroline was only 13. Caroline treasured this piano, and it made every move with her from Arkansas to Texas. After graduating from TWU, Caroline returned to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and became the organist for the First Baptist Church. In the fall of 1949, George Thompson joined the faculty of Williams Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He became the Music Director at First Baptist and this is where he and Caroline met. It must have been “love at first sight” because they were married 6 weeks later on December 2nd, 1949. The next year, they moved to Marshall, Texas, where George served as the Dean of Academics at East Texas Baptist College for 15 years.

Church was such an important part of their life together. After moving to Nacogdoches in 1965, George and Caroline joined First Baptist Church where they were faithful members for over 50 years. Caroline taught in the 2nd Grade Sunday School class for many years. She took great joy in calling her second grade members every Saturday night to invite them to join her in Sunday school the next day. She later joined the S.O.S. Sunday school class, which stands for Savior First, Others Second, and Self last. She loved the precious members of this class and longed to be back with them in Sunday school one day. Caroline filled in as organist and played for many special occasions at First Baptist. She was also one of the original Prayer Warriors in the FBC Prayer Ministry.

Caroline received her Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin after moving to Nacogdoches. She was a first grade teacher at Nettie Marshall for 23 years. She loved her first graders and they loved her! She was also a lifetime member of the SFA Alumni Association and the SFA University Women’s Club.

Ladye Caroline was a true “lady” in every way! Her sweet spirit was evident to everyone she met. She was an excellent cook and loved preparing meals for family and friends to enjoy. For a while, she baked homemade bread. Family and friends anticipated “bread making days” in hopes they would receive a loaf. She had many other talents including sewing, needlepoint, embroidery, teaching, and playing the piano and organ. She loved her family with all her heart and was affectionately known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Caroline was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dr. George S. Thompson, her parents Louis and Billie Lady Kiersky, and one brother David Kiersky.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Mark Allan Thompson, of Jacksonville, her daughter, Sara Vardeman and husband Pat of Nacogdoches, grandchildren, Candace Hinton and husband Paul, of Nacogdoches, James Vardeman and wife Jamie, of Nacogdoches, Alex Thompson and wife Courtney of Jacksonville, Jill Welch of Austin, Erik Welch of Pearland, great-grandsons, Cade Hinton and Luke Vardeman, both of Nacogdoches, and great-granddaughter, Lulu Welch-Seeterlin of Austin.

Serving as pallbearers are Steve Barber, Bill Goodrum, Preston Lamar, Jimmy Partin, Dwight Whitman, John Woods, Don Wyatt, and John Wyatt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aaron Polk Sr., the nurses and staff of Stallings Court, and Hospice of Deep East Texas for their kindness and care.

The family requests memorials be given to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, the George S. and Caroline Thompson Scholarship Fund at East Texas Baptist University, One Tiger Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670, or Hospice of Deep East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk_ metcalf.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street Nacogdoches, TX 75965

Ladye Caroline Thompson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 7th, 2017, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 91. A celebration service to honor her life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with Dr. Allen Reed and Pastor Noel Dear officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00am before the service. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches.

Caroline was born on October 23rd, 1925, in Kennett, Missouri, to Louis and Billie Lady Kiersky. The family later moved to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where they owned and operated a general store. Caroline graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, majoring in Home Economics.

Music was always an important part of Caroline’s life. At an early age, Caroline learned to play the piano. Her mother bought her a grand piano when Caroline was only 13. Caroline treasured this piano, and it made every move with her from Arkansas to Texas. After graduating from TWU, Caroline returned to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and became the organist for the First Baptist Church. In the fall of 1949, George Thompson joined the faculty of Williams Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He became the Music Director at First Baptist and this is where he and Caroline met. It must have been “love at first sight” because they were married 6 weeks later on December 2nd, 1949. The next year, they moved to Marshall, Texas, where George served as the Dean of Academics at East Texas Baptist College for 15 years.

Church was such an important part of their life together. After moving to Nacogdoches in 1965, George and Caroline joined First Baptist Church where they were faithful members for over 50 years. Caroline taught in the 2nd Grade Sunday School class for many years. She took great joy in calling her second grade members every Saturday night to invite them to join her in Sunday school the next day. She later joined the S.O.S. Sunday school class, which stands for Savior First, Others Second, and Self last. She loved the precious members of this class and longed to be back with them in Sunday school one day. Caroline filled in as organist and played for many special occasions at First Baptist. She was also one of the original Prayer Warriors in the FBC Prayer Ministry.

Caroline received her Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin after moving to Nacogdoches. She was a first grade teacher at Nettie Marshall for 23 years. She loved her first graders and they loved her! She was also a lifetime member of the SFA Alumni Association and the SFA University Women’s Club.

Ladye Caroline was a true “lady” in every way! Her sweet spirit was evident to everyone she met. She was an excellent cook and loved preparing meals for family and friends to enjoy. For a while, she baked homemade bread. Family and friends anticipated “bread making days” in hopes they would receive a loaf. She had many other talents including sewing, needlepoint, embroidery, teaching, and playing the piano and organ. She loved her family with all her heart and was affectionately known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Caroline was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dr. George S. Thompson, her parents Louis and Billie Lady Kiersky, and one brother David Kiersky.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Mark Allan Thompson, of Jacksonville, her daughter, Sara Vardeman and husband Pat of Nacogdoches, grandchildren, Candace Hinton and husband Paul, of Nacogdoches, James Vardeman and wife Jamie, of Nacogdoches, Alex Thompson and wife Courtney of Jacksonville, Jill Welch of Austin, Erik Welch of Pearland, great-grandsons, Cade Hinton and Luke Vardeman, both of Nacogdoches, and great-granddaughter, Lulu Welch-Seeterlin of Austin.

Serving as pallbearers are Steve Barber, Bill Goodrum, Preston Lamar, Jimmy Partin, Dwight Whitman, John Woods, Don Wyatt, and John Wyatt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aaron Polk Sr., the nurses and staff of Stallings Court, and Hospice of Deep East Texas for their kindness and care.

The family requests memorials be given to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, the George S. and Caroline Thompson Scholarship Fund at East Texas Baptist University, One Tiger Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670, or Hospice of Deep East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk_ metcalf.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street Nacogdoches, TX 75965

 

 

 

 

Elsie Caroline Kirk

Elsie Caroline Kirk, 82, passed away on the morning of Thursday, August 18, 2016, at her home in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Shady Grove Baptist Church at 2:00 PM with Bro. John Withem officiating.

Visitation will be held before the service at 12 PM at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service at Shady Grove Cemetery. Elsie was born in Galveston County Texas on September 24, 1933, and was the daughter of Harry William Holloway and Ruth Moore Holloway.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 wonderful years, John Fowler Kirk Jr. She graduated from Santa Fe High School and Alvin Junior College. Her and her husband, John, owned and managed a dairy farm till they retired in 1999. Elsievolunteeredfor several organizations. She was the leader of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club, treasurer for the Swift Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department and she was active in the Nacogdoches Art League as she was a talented artist. She loved painting and drawing.

Elsie is survived by her sons John F. Kirk III and wife Cathy, David H. Kirk Sr. and his wife Robin, and her daughter Carri A. Kenner and her husband Ken. She also shared her life with one granddaughter and seven grandsons and multiple great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and three brothers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the following: Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Swift Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department or to Hospice of East Texas.

A special Thank You to her care givers and the hospice nurses.

Pall Bearers will be Jean Callahan, Shawn Kenner, Blake Kenner, Michael Kirk, Drew Kirk, David Kirk, Jr., John Kirk, IV, and C.J. Kirk.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Swift Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Departmen

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Sanders

March 3, 2016

Mary Ann Sanders, age 84, surrounded by family, went to be with the Lord, on Thursday, March 3, 2016, after a long illness. Mary Ann was born on August 6, 1931, in San Antonio, Texas, the only daughter of Walter (“Beau”) and Mary Beaumier.

Mary Ann spent her formative years in Lufkin, Texas and was a proud Lufkin Panther fan. She was Valedictorian of her high school class. At age seventeen, Mary Ann entered the University of Texas to study journalism. While at The University, she was the Secretary of the Orange Jackets, Vice-President of the Co-Ed Assembly, President of Alpha Chi Omega, President of the League of Women Voters, Vice-President of Theta Sigma Phi (honorary professional journalism fraternity for women), and member of the honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta and Mortar Board all while working as the Night Editor of the Daily Texan. It was there she met her soul mate and partner in life, James “Jerry” Gerald Sanders at a UT Christian Fellowship event. They married on September 8, 1951 and she spent the next 64 years as “his little girl,” rarely spending time apart and always holding hands as they strolled through life.

Following graduation, Mary Ann and Jerry moved to Houston, Texas where she was hired by Shell Oil Company to edit its company magazine, The Pecten, and traveled the oil fields of Texas interviewing for stories. Upon Jerry’s subsequent graduation from Baylor Medical School, they moved across the United States putting down roots and raising their four children while Jerry served over 28 years in the United States Air Force. They took a break from the service and moved to Nacogdoches, Texas when Jerry became Nacogdoches’ first obstetrician and gynecologist. Family was the most important thing and she was happiest when the family was together. They lived in 32 houses throughout their life together, and despite the many address changes, she always ensured each “house” was a home filled with love and laughter.

The family spent summers traveling across the United States in their motor home with Jerry at the wheel and Mary Ann as co-pilot, planning the trips’ itinerary. Their travels also took them to five continents, several times over and she kept journals of each adventure. She loved spending time on the water, especially sailing from port to port on the Chesapeake Bay. During her second career as a travel agent, she shared her talent of creating the perfect vacation with her customers. Mary Ann was a voracious reader and talented writer. Wherever they lived, their home constantly overflowed with friends and family. Her graciousness and ease of entertaining created treasured memories.

Her abundant grace and joy were evidence of her Christian journey; strong in faith and living by example. She was active in many church activities and could often be heard singing Presbyterian hymns while working around the house. Her caring personality touched many hearts; reaching out to her hundreds of friends through her annual “downto- earth” yearly recap via the annual Christmas letter. She was a consummate optimist and always with a smile on her face; a kind spirit finding good in everything and everyone.

Her parents, her oldest son, James Gerald Sanders, Jr., and her beloved Portuguese Water Dog, Mysty preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret) James Gerald “Jerry” Sanders, M.D.; daughter, Cathy Hoover and son-in-law, Glen; son, Don and daughter-in-law, Shelly; and daughter, Beth Grimm and son-in-law, David; four grandchildren, Josh Hoover, Becky Horacek, Alex Grimm and Andrew Grimm; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Elise Horacek; brother-in-law, Don, and sisterin- law Mavis, and nieces and nephews.

Services to honor Mary Ann will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at San Pedro Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and medical team at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital for providing excellent care and compassion to Mary Ann and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice.

“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Marjolein Bastin

Nan Ruth (Moore) Fletcher

Born: April 08, 1925
Died: February 20, 2016

Funeral services for Nan Ruth Moore Fletcher, 90, of Lufkin will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Marty Guidry and Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mrs. Fletcher was born April 8, 1925 in Dresden, Tennessee to the late Clifton Collum and Mamie (Davis) Rogers and passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Lufkin. Nan Ruth was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church of Nacogdoches. Her love for everyone was shown through her volunteerism in the community, church, her passionate hugs, warm smile, and beautiful blue eyes. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Morris Fletcher of Lufkin; sons, Robert Terry Moore of Amarillo and special friend Kornelia Hinn of Germany, James Roger Moore and wife Carolyn of Lufkin, Raymond Bruce Moore and wife Beth of Richardson; daughters, Mary Ellen Monkress and husband Rick of Rusk, LeeAnne Kendrick of Arkansas, Beth Marie Cook and husband Jim of McKinney; step-son, Morris Fletcher and wife Jenny of Lufkin; step-daughters, Rhonda Rhoden and husband Lester of Lufkin and Karen Ward of DeRidder, Louisiana; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Marie Brann and brother, Heber Collum Rogers, both of Tennessee; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Malcolm Moore; sister, Mary Ethel Rogers; brother, Chilton Wayne Rogers; and great-grandson, Taylor Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at the funeral home in Lufkin. Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

 

Memorial services for James Morgan Culpepper, Jr., 87, of Tyler, Texas, will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 am at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Danny Elliott officiating.

Burial will follow at Cathedral of the Pines in Tyler, Texas, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

James passed away peacefully December 31, 2015 in Tyler, Texas. He was born February 11, 1928 in Glendale, Arkansas to James Morgan Culpepper, Sr., and Fannie Monk Culpepper. James was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and Lindale Masonic Lodge #848. He was the retired owner of a Texaco service station in Martinsville, Texas.

James was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Louise Forester Culpepper; brothers Alan Culpepper, Dan Culpepper, and Robert Culpepper; and sisters Mary Van Cleve and Colleen Stuckey.

He is survived by his loving daughters: Jo Beth McCurry and husband Chris and Sue Horchem and husband Ken; grandchildren: Trevor McCurry and fiancé Rebecca Younger, Sam McCurry, and Kim Treacy and husband Philip; and sisters: Kay Rhodes and Linda Bridges.

Pallbearers will be Alan Johnston, Caleb Johnston, Dennis Capps, Lloyd Wessels, Trevor McCurry and Sam McCurry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Rice, Scott Hall, Larry Hammer and Durwood Turley.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to Green Acres Baptist Church Foundation, 1607 Troup Hwy,Tyler,TX 75701.

  

            

 

Andrew Pettit German

December 16, 2015

Andrew Pettit German, of Aurora, Oregon, passed away Dec. 16, 2015. He was born in Brawley, Calif., on Dec. 8, 1985. He was a member of Pipe Fitters Union 290. He is survived by his parents Cindy Pettit German of Nacogdches, Texas and father Terry German of Aurora, Oregon. He is also survived by his brothers, Justin and wife, June, German of Seattle; Luke German and Joe German of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; and grandmothers, Anne Pettit of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Barbara German of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by a loving niece and nephew Madeline and Waylon.

Andrew was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Dr. Harry German and Bill Pettit and his uncle, Joe Bill Pettit.

A private memorial service is planned for a later date.

Bo McMichael dies at 95

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World War II veteran, former high school football coach and community leader Clarence “Bo” McMichael Sr. died Saturday. He was 95 years old.

“He was an icon in the community,” Farshid Niroumand, Nacogdoches ISD athletics director, said Monday. “He was a true gentleman and a wise man that you could sit with and listen and learn. I did not get the chance to work with him. However, I visited with him a lot and was fortunate to work with his son, Clarence. The fruit of his work is very evident.”

McMichael was born Sept. 20, 1920, in San Augustine County to the late Hayne McMichael and Leroy Reed McMichael.

While attending Texas College in Tyler, McMichael was drafted into the first African-American outfit to serve in the European Theatre in WWII, according to a 1986 Sentinel article. He won three distinguished service medals during his time serving in the U.S. Army 77th Field Artillery Battalion.

“I can’t find adjectives to describe Bo McMichael,” said Ralph Allen, a long-time friend of McMichael and E.J. Campbell High School assistant coach. “We’ve been friends since 1939. He was just a top man, not only as a coach but was that type of teacher. He’d give you the shirt off his back. He was 100 percent friend.”

When he returned from the war, McMichael played football for Texas College, making it to the 1942 National Championship for black colleges before losing 13-6 to Florida A&M. He graduated from college that same year.

Returning to Nacogdoches to both teach and coach, McMichael taught five classes a day at E.J. Campbell High School. It was a dream long in the making.

“I would wake up on Saturday morning and they would have a newspaper clipping on my door, ‘E.J. Campbell High School lost 40-something to nothing,’” McMichael told about 780 students at the Nacogdoches middle school that bears his name in 2013. “I said to myself, ‘when I finish college, I’ll stop that.’”

And he did. The E.J. Campbell High School football team won their first 10 games with McMichael as coach.

He was remembered fondly for his dedication to both players and the community, often doing the football team’s laundry and offering players rides home from school.

When NISD schools were integrated in 1971, McMichael became the athletic director for the junior high school and later assistant coach at the high school. In 1984, he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

A nine-year member of the Nacogdoches ISD school board, McMichael was named in 1986 “One of Nine” East Texans who make a difference by KTRE television station. He said his highest honor is having a local school — McMichael Middle School — named after him.

McMichael raised five children with his wife, the late Leora Sue Porter, who taught at Emeline Carpenter Elementary School.

Funeral for McMichael will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lacey officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon before the service.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucille DeWitt



October 9, 2015

Lucille “Lucy” Marie La Pointe DeWitt was born in Killingly, Connecticut, on October 8, 1925.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband of 57 years, the late Richard DeWitt Sr. She was also preceded in death by her father, George La Pointe; and her brothers, George La Pointe Jr. and Harry La Pointe.

She is survived by her five beloved children, Richard A. DeWitt Jr. and wife Barbara of Nacogdoches, Deborah Parmelee and husband Sam of Evergreen, Colorado, Candace Drucker and husband Marc of Los Alamitos, California, Cindy Myers and husband Jimmy of Nacogdoches, and Jack DeWitt and wife Sonja of Nacogdoches; twelve grandchildren, Nicki Cahill, Jessica Hannah and husband Frank, Neil Myers and wife Julia, Matt Parkins, Richard DeWitt III, Alex Myers, Melissa Parkins, Andrew Drucker, Lucille DeWitt, Jacob DeWitt, Danielle Drucker, and Austin DeWitt and wife Shelby; and five greatgrandchildren, Molly Cahill, Walker Cahill, Wyatt Hannah, Ava Hannah, and Marley Myers; a good friend and the mother of Richard and Jessica, Beverly Murphy of Nacogdoches; her very devoted and caring friend, Joy Wingate; the Colizzi Family; and her brother Mike Wolock. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.

Lucy lived a long and fulfilling life. As a young girl, she lived in Charlotte, Michigan, with the Colizzi family where she cared for their children and worked as a soda jerk at their candy store, Liberty Sweets. After high school, she moved to New York to take up a career in acting and modeling. She also worked as a secretary in the Empire State Building. She married her beloved husband Rich DeWitt in early 1948. They moved to Waxahachie, Texas, in 1952 where the DeWitt Brothers started the DeWitt Turkey Hatchery. Later, they moved to Nacogdoches in 1957 to help Rich’s brothers, the late Bob and Ben DeWitt, with the DeWitt Hatcheries. In 1964, Rich and Lucy started their KFC Franchise first in Nacogdoches and Lufkin and later expanding to 68 other locations across Texas. Lucy believed in hard work and her work ethic continued into her late ’80s.

Involved in her community, she was instrumental in the founding of the Nacogdoches County Republican Women, serving as president in 1990. She was also a founding member for the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies in 1970. She volunteered at the Treatment Center and served as Board President from 1994-1996, served on the board of the Samaritan Center, and was a Charter Life Member of the Nacogdoches Expo Center. Lucy was a leader in her children’s Scout troops. She was a volunteer with the church, The Youth Center, and the several school PTA boards. She sponsored the Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers and donated for the restoration of Millard’s Crossing, the Old University Building, and other local historical buildings. Lucy and Rich contributed to the establishment of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University with the assistance of her dear friend Dr. Glenda Walker.

For all her time and dedication to the community, she was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin Society in 2006. She was selected Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women in 2008. She received the Citizens’ Statemen’s Award from the Nacogdoches Republican Party in 2010.

An outdoors woman, she enjoyed venturing across the Western Hemisphere with her husband, hunting, fishing, and golfing. Lucy was a world traveler who loved exploring other cultures. She was involved in the horse racing business with her husband and at one point owned numerous thoroughbreds. She loved spending time with her special birthday group which included her friends Pattye Greer, Lorraine Coussons, and Joyce Swearingen.

Lucy was mother to her beautiful family, a loyal and thoughtful friend, and a blessing to the community. She was a strong, generous individual, who cared for others above herself. She’ll be in our hearts and memories for eternity.

After celebrating her 90th birthday, Lucy went home to be with Christ on Friday, October 9, 2015, at her residence while surrounded by her family.

Pallbearers include her family members Neil Myers, Matt Parkins, Richard DeWitt III, Alex Myers, Jacob DeWitt, Walker Cahill, Sam Parmelee, and Frank Hannah. Honorable pallbearers include Andrew Drucker, Dan Sitton, Carl Maynard, Larry Skelly, Marc Goldman, and Guy Ellis. The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and The Hospice of East Texas for their gentle and loving care of Lucy in her final days.

Visitation will be Monday, October 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel with the Reverend Steve Newton officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat), The Hospice of East Texas, and the Nacogdoches Treatment Center. You may offer online memories and condolences at www.CasonMonk-metcalf. com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.
 

Obituary for Micah-Shaye Burns Fike

Funeral services for Micah-Shaye Burns Fike, 35, of Lufkin, will be held at 10 am on Friday, October 9, 2015 at First United Methodist Church of Tatum with Rev. John Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at Harris Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Thursday, October 8 at the funeral home.

Micah-Shaye passed from this life on October 6, 2015. She was born September 22, 1980 in Longview to the late Michael Burns and Shawn (Laird) Burns. Micah-Shaye was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God in Lufkin.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by: grandparents, Helen Leo Downs, A.B. Burns, and A.E. and Bobby Joy Laird; great-uncle, Sherman Smith; and great-grandparents, Dema Redman and Zedie Burns.

Survivors include: mother, Shawn Laird Burns of Martinsville; daughters, Kylie Diane Fike and Peyton Nicole Fike of Lufkin; sister, Ericka Nicole Burns Stewart and husband John Steven of Lufkin; nephews, Bryson and Lance Stewart; niece, Jocelyn Stewart; and cousins, Karen and Brooke Seimears, Ashley Henderson, Cameron Henderson, Kason Henderson, Amy and Macey Osburn, Mac Amick, Kellie and Kyle Laird, Rebecca and Landon Lunsford, Halley and Zack Watson, Geather Weeks, Tyson and Trevor Strong, and Kacie Powell.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.

 

Vickie Clifton Corley's mom

Nancy Lowery

September 24, 2015

Mrs. Nancy Edith Bethune Clifton Lowery, age 80, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at her residence in Garrison, Texas, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born in Kaufman, Texas, on Sept. 18, 1935, to parents R.L. and Rowena Bethune.

A funeral service will be conducted at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors Sunset Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, by Chaplin Wade of the Hospice of East Texas. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Pallbearers will include Randy Godsey, Andy Godsey, Shane Shriver, Logan McFadden, Baker Clifton and Michael Coats.

Family and friends were invited to visitation Saturday, Sept. 26 at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; first husband of 29 years, Herman Clifton; sisters, Inez Campbell and Barbara Grimes; and brother, Hal Bethune.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Herbert Lowery; children, Vickie Corley, Larry Clifton and wife, Terri, and Brenda Fowler and husband, Danny; stepchildren, Stacy Beckman and husband, Dennis, Sandra Riddle, and Scott Lowery and wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Heather Shriver and family, Logan McFadden, Kristie Cunningham and family, and Curtis Fowler; step-grandchildren, Sarah Thomas and family, Josh Beckham, Courtney Riddle and family, Brandon Stutts and family, Zachery Lowery and family, Jeremy Lowery, and Jacob Lowery; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Bessie Chandler and husband, Billy, and Lessie Godsey and husband, Elwin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

When you think of Nancy you can’t help but smile. She was a fun person to be around and she dearly loved her family and grandchildren. She had a “servant heart,” always putting other’s needs first. Nancy was a graduate of Nacogdoches High School “Class of 1953.” She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and was employed by NIBCO, where she later retired after 26 years. Nancy was a member of the Mound and Star Church of Christ. She believed in God and shared her faith by leading as an example. Nancy was affectionately known as “Grannie” to her family.

She was supportive, nurturing, and always believed the best for her family. Nancy had high expectations and generally her family would live up to them. Grannie had the greatest stories to tell and was everyone’s favorite place to be. She will be missed and we will hold her close to our hearts until we see her again.

The family wishes to especially thank the Hospice of East Texas and Dr. Fearing for the extended compassionate care they gave to Nancy during her final days.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Hospice of East Texas.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonkmetcalf. com.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Mary Griffin Hicks

September 17, 2015

Mary Griffin Hicks, 62, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away at her home on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Laird Funeral Home.

Mary was born Feb. 23, 1953, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to John and Betty Griffin. She attended Nacogdoches High School, and after graduation, she served in the United States Army for four years. After leaving the military, Mary continued her education at Tyler Junior College where she received an associate degree in science. She followed up at Texas Eastern School of Nursing where she became a registered nurse.

Mary is survived by her son, John Elvin Hicks Jr.; brother, Wayne Griffin and wife, Rhonda, of Nacogdoches; brother, Jimmy Griffin of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Betty Griffin; and one brother, Billy Griffin.

The family extends special thanks to caretakers Cathy Duthu, Martha Tolbert, Jennifer Grey, Ella Baxter and Hospice of East Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of East Texas.

Laird Funeral Home.
 

Deeann Thompson Gillam's husband Ben--

Services for Ben Wilson Gillam, 62, of Temple are pending with Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple.

Mr. Gillam died Sunday, Sept. 6, at a Temple hospital.

Forrest Austin Dillon

September 5, 2015

Local entrepreneur and businessman Forrest Austin Dillon passed away quietly in Nacogdoches Medical Center on September 5, 2015. His adventurous life began on February 10, 1933 in Shreveport, LA born to Ona Belle Webb and Franklin Forrest Dillon. He is preceded in death by the “greatest woman he ever knew,” his loving wife of 50 years, Nina Sims Dillon. He said she never stopped working, thus building another fortune for the family. He was also preceded in death by son Kenneth Wayne and daughter Elizabeth of Nacogdoches. He is survived by sons Forrest Ray and wife Renee of Dickinson, Texas, Richard Elton of Anaheim, California and Kevin Austin and wife Marcia of Nacogdoches, plus 18 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.

Forrest’s grandfather, David Austin Webb began the family’s legacy in Nacogdoches on a farm “way out north of town” in 1919 raising chickens, cotton and corn. Mr. Webb never owned a wagon with lights or an automobile teaching his young grandson to be a very frugal businessman. During the Great Depression and World War II, going to town meant being home before dark unless it was a full moon. Forrest’s mother, Ona, taught typing and shorthand at SFA to support herself and Forrest after his father’s death in 1939. Forrest attended the SFA demonstration school graduating in 1950 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College. He married the love of his life, Nina, in 1953. During the mid-1950s he taught school, drove the bus, and coached tennis in Winnie for a time, but his mind was set on maintaining and growing the family business. He and his mother pooled their money in 1945, a total of $200, to start a small country store, trailer park and campground on the shores of a beautiful, brand new lake built by T.R. Vardeman on the family farm. As an enterprising young man of 12, he learned to back trailers into the spaces at Lakeside Trailer Park. Gypsies, pipeline workers, and snowbirds traveled to the warmer climate during the winter months and/or to follow work.

He also worked for a summer at the Hayter ice factory riding his bicycle down the highway to the factory. Forrest fondly tells the story of using his first pay to buy his mother a bottle of Jergen’s lotion, because her hands used to be sooo dry. She cried at the gift and the thoughtfulness of her son, because in those days lotion was a luxury.

Many of the broad, stately, old oak trees Forrest played under as a tot are still standing. The old store and house are almost gone. The lake was drained many years ago, but the family business is still at the same location, 7225 North Street. Now since Nacogdoches has grown, it’s nearly on the edge of town. His youngest son, Kevin, who is carrying on the family’s legacy, operates it. Kevin’s three children, a fifth generation, also help out working in the family businesses as their schedules permit.

Mr. Dillon operated many different ventures during his lifetime. Firework sales, automobile sales, cattle ranching, entertainment, and septic services are just to name a few while accumulating his first fortune of selling various types of insurance for MET Life. He had a gift of being able to talk to anyone, thus he very quickly rose to the level of the Millionaire Dollar Club at MET Life. His sons tell of the many trips they took to Mexico and across the United States which were rewards for Forrest’s success as an insurance salesman. He was also a pioneer in bringing the mobile home sales business to Nacogdoches. He bought his first mobile home in 1954 and later became a dealer in 1966. Mobile home sales skyrocketed in the late sixties in the East Texas area. Forrest expanded his already successful business to meet the demand of the market by offering mobile home insurance, service, parts, relocation, anchoring, and skirting. Lakeside Trailer Park was also expanded to accommodate more permanent residents than pipeline workers and snowbirds. He also added not too far away as the crow flies another mobile home park — ‘Sherwood Forest.’ Along with the experience of building and maintaining On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) for the parks, Forrest realized the opportunity to create a service company spawned from internal experience received from managing and maintaining these ventures. Reliable Septic Tank Service (AKA – Reliable Wastewater) was born which currently encompasses most of our time and resources providing cleaning, repairs, designs, new installations and service of OSSF’s.

Forrest wanted to see the local economy prosper, so he was part of a group of local businessmen who facilitated the growth of the banking industry in Nacogdoches. He enjoyed visiting the banks in his later years to check on his accounts and visit the ladies, as he called them, “his magnolia blossoms”.

Forrest had an exceptionally bold personality, shrewd business sense and the ability to talk to anyone. He could go almost anywhere in town and would always know someone. He was quite a mover, a shaker and a talker.

Graveside services only 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches, TX. Pallbearers will be Larry Baize, Bobby Boatman, Nathaniel Boucher, Jim Farrell, Rafe Hagel and Chris Oglesbee.

Dickie Allen Funeral Home.
 
In Memory of

David Lewis Whitton

 
March 8, 1945 - July 13, 2015
Obituary
 
Funeral services for David Lewis Whitton of Houston, Texas, will be held at Cason Monk-Metcalf Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, with Dr. Allen Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. On Saturday, July 18, there will be a visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Mr. Whitton peacefully entered Heaven, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday evening, July 13, 2015. He was born on March 8, 1945, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Benjamin Clinton (B.C.) Whitton and Georgia Lewis Whitehead Whitton. After his mother's untimely death when he was only 3, David and his two sisters were reared by...
Funeral services for David Lewis Whitton of Houston, Texas, will be held at Cason Monk-Metcalf Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, with Dr. Allen Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

On Saturday, July 18, there will be a visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Mr. Whitton peacefully entered Heaven, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday evening, July 13, 2015. He was born on March 8, 1945, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Benjamin Clinton (B.C.) Whitton and Georgia Lewis Whitehead Whitton. After his mother's untimely death when he was only 3, David and his two sisters were reared by maternal aunts, Gladys and Hazel Whitehead, who predeceased him.
David graduated from Nacogdoches High School in the Class of 1963, where he was an athlete who contributed his athletic talents to the sports teams for four years, and where he was often recognized for his outstanding "grit" and determination on the gridiron. He then attended Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. For the remainder of his life, he was an avid supporter of Texas A&M and a lifelong Aggie. He proudly served his country as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War era.

Mr. Whitton joined his father in the Whitton and Son Construction Company soon thereafter. He was the principal designer and project manager on many major construction projects in Nacogdoches and the East Texas area, including the Nacogdoches Exposition Center, several churches, schools and medical centers. His particular expertise was the attractive and functional combination of metal and other building materials. During this time, he earned his pilot's license and enjoyed having his former high school coach, Gene Hale, as aviation instructor. After he closed Whitton Construction Company, he managed the design and construction of large production plants in Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Texas. His career then took an international turn that lead him to Russia, where he lived and worked for four years while designing, constructing and managing large poultry producing plants. He retired in 2012.

Surviving to cherish Mr. Whitton's memory are two daughters, Alana Whitton Varela (Fernando) and Paige Whitton; two granddaughters, Morgan Blayre Astolfo and Avery Ryan Davidson; four sisters, Darla Whitton Shirley (James), Linda Whitton Fischer, Marsha Whitton Welch (Van), and Marty Whitton Hamilton (Jim); seven nephews and two nieces; stepmother, Dorothy Whitton; his children's mother, Marilyn Whitton; His children's mother, Marilyn Whitton; former wife and dear friend, Elena Whitton; and many other relatives and friends, and beloved and faithful Russian spaniel, Dasha.

Memorial contributions made in memory of David Lewis Whitton may be sent to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675,woundedwarriorproject.org; or to any SPCA or no-kill animal shelter in Nacogdoches or your preferred city.

The Whitton family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the Critical Care ICU of the Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway, Ark., for the care and concern they gave to David during the past 15 days.
 

Oneta Ruth Greer

Graveside service for Oneta Ruth Greer, 86, of Douglass will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at the Douglass Cemetery Pavilion with the Rev. James Craft officiating.

Mrs. Greer died Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Nacogdoches. She was born May 21, 1929, in Douglass.

Visitation will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery.

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Carolyn Muckleroy Price Bright

May 23, 2015

Mrs. Carolyn Muckleroy Price Bright passed away May 23, 2015. Born November 25, 1926, in Nacogdoches to Eugene and Mary Ethel Yates Muckleroy. Both parents and a brother, Wilson Muckleroy, and a sister, Mary Greene, preceded her in death.

On June 8, 1947, she married Travis Noel Price of Bryan who preceded her in death on October 7, 1997. On August 15, 2009, she married Charles Raymond Bright.

She graduated from Nacogdoches High School and received both bachelor and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. Additional graduate work was completed at the University of Texas at Austin and North Texas State University at Denton.

In 1954, she joined the faculty of SFA and served as a tenured assistant professor in the General Business Department in the College of Business until full retirement in 1990. After retirement from SFA, she was the office manager for Miller & Price Real Estate.

She was active in community and religious activities and was affiliated with local, state, and national professional organizations having published articles and services bulletins in the field of business education.

Mrs. Bright had been a member of the SOS Sunday School Class, the Gloryland Singers, and a Prayer Warrior at First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Women’s Faculty Club and served on the Board of Friends of Music of SFA. She was a past president of the Lady Lions.

She held life memberships in the SFA Alumni Association, the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association, and the Delta Pi Epsilon Honorary Business Education Fraternity.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Kathy Price, grand-daughter and husband Jennifer and Dirk DeKerlegand, granddaughter Heather Price, and great granddaughters, Kendall Nicole, Grace Elizabeth, and Emma Kathryn DeKerlegand. Also, three nieces.

Contributions may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church or to the General Business Department at SFA. There will be no visitation or service as she requested.
 

 

Betty Lee Griffin

May 23, 2015

Funeral services for Betty Lee Griffin, 84, Nacogdoches, TX will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Laird Funeral Home Chapel, Nacogdoches, TX, with Bro. Jim Prosperie and Dale Norton officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacul Cemetery in Sacul, TX. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Laird Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Griffin was born January 27, 1931 in Cushing, TX to her parents, Eric and Ada Bass Mason and passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her residence surrounding by her loving family.

She grew up in the Cushing ~ Sacul area and attend school in Cushing. Mrs. Griffin met her future husband in Nacogdoches, TX. They were married in November 14, 1950.

Betty was a helpmate in her husband’s logging business, a homemaker, mother, sister and was known as “Granny”, to so many! She enjoyed shopping, reading, collecting “pretties”, working in her yard, flowers of all kinds, visiting with family, friends, especially the babies. Betty loved her do “Lexie”.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John Griffin, son, Billy Griffin, grandchild, Marc Johnson, brother, Norman Mason, Bill Mason, sisters, Deloris Harper, Nelda Rushing and Beatrice Ballard.

She is survived by her sons, Wayne Griffin and wife Rhonda of Nacogdoches, TX, Jimmy Griffin; daughter, Mary Griffin Hicks of Nacogdoches, TX; brothers, Jack Mason of Diboll, TX, Pete Mason of Henderson, TX; sister, Melba Beall of Henderson, TX; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends who will miss her greatly.

Pallbearers are Terry Wayne Mason, Raymond Earl Mason, Henry Ray Mason, Michael Johnson, Steve Michelle and James Mason.

Honorary Pallbearer is Gary Muckleroy.

To send condolences and to sign the online guest book you may go to www.lairdfh.net Funeral Services entrusted to Laird Funeral Home.
 

 

Lillie Lorraine Wiseman Kee, the youngest of six children, was born Nov. 6, 1928, in Lucien, Okla., Garfield County, the daughter of Franklin Harrison Wiseman and Wanda Nancy West Wiseman. She was reared and educated in Garfield County, Okla., and died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Tyler, Texas. Her husband of 51 years, James Edmond Kee, preceded her in death on April 17, 1997. They were married in Enid, Okla., on July 22, 1945. To this union were born two children, James Franklin and Katrina Kay. A former resident of Henderson, Texas, for 21 years and a resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, since 1973, she was a cosmetologist and teacher by profession, owned and operated a personal business in Henderson, then taught at Nacogdoches High School 21 years, retiring in 1994. She was an active charter member of the Nacogdoches First Free Will Baptist Church, pianist, Sunday school teacher, secretary/treasurer and past president of the District Free Will Baptist Woman's Auxiliary, past president of local Hairdressers Affiliate, charter life member and secretary/treasurer of Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Association, former secretary/treasurer of Lake Striker Boating Association, member of Teachers Retirement Association, a member of the Texas State Lone Star Styles Committee, an honorary life member of Cosmetologist Institution of Public Schools, and a former certified amateur boxing judge. Lillie was a renowned styling judge and trainer of student cosmetologists, training many students in competition to rank as high as state and national winners. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, James (Jimmy) Franklin Kee; her parents; sisters, Wilma Wiseman and Frances Wiseman Smith; and brother, George William Wiseman. She is survived by daughter, Katrina Kay Kee Dodson and husband, Ric, of Pittsburg, Texas; daughter-in-law, Ginger Alessi Peterson Kee of Cypress, Texas; grandchildren, Kollette Kee Steiger, Kyle Kee, Dara Dodson Smith and Dr. Dia Dodson Hardeman; great-grandchildren, Zachary Kee-Clemmer, Sydney and Sophie Smith, and Hayes and Harbor Hardeman; step-grandchildren, Holly Schubert and Michelle Arroya-Peterson; step-great-grandchildren, Raydon, Donovan and Alessi Arroya, and Ginger and J.D. Schubert; sisters, Lacy Merriman of Tulsa, Okla., and Leola Lynch of Enid, Okla.; her beloved Ruth Reed and family in Henderson, Texas; adored nieces and nephews; and her very dear personal friend, James Arriola of Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. Kee will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Henderson with the Rev. Don Ellis and the Rev. Mark Headrick officiating. Interment will follow at Rusk County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Rodney Broadway, Zachary Kee-Clemmer, Ric Dodson, Clint Hardeman, Kyle Kee, Larry Kee, Chris Smith and Joe Steiger. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Homeplace Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=lillie-lorraine-wiseman-kee&pid=174748985&fhid=26554#sthash.qZW0vK1a.dpuf

Funeral services for Thomas Dyrl “Tommy” Arriola, 60, of Nacogdoches, will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home with Father Joe Laurdusamy. Burial will follow at Moral Immaculate Conception cemetery. Tommy passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Nacogdoches.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Laird Funeral Home from 5-7PM. Rosary will start at 7:00 PM.
Tommy was born on July 31, 1954, to Thomas Arriola and Maurine K. Acosta Arriola in Houston, Texas. He was named Thomas Dyrl by his parents, but to all his family and friends he was known as “Tommy”. He grew up in the Moral community and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1971. He was very well known for his athletic abilities. He played football and baseball and enjoyed very much. He married the love of his life and his high school sweetheart, Judy Martin. They were happily married on September 1, 1972.
Tommy always enjoyed the outdoors. He loved going fishing, hunting, going camping, and working the outdoors with his tractor, bush hogging and also with his cows. Most of all Tommy loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. This took priority over everything in his life.
Tommy and his family are members of Moral Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Nacogdoches.
Tommy is survived by his loving wife of forty two years, Judy Martin Arriola; daughter, Missy Pena and her husband, Ariel; grandchildren, Brett Arriola and Felicia Pena, along with many friends and family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Arriola; step-father, Johnny Ellis; brother, Greg Arriola; and both of his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Brett Arriola, Ariel Pena, Adrian Pena, Dewayne Buster, Chris Poskey, and Justin Poskey.

Rick Kato was born Jan. 4, 1983 in Tyler, Texas. He passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

He is survived by his parents, Stuart Kato and Eileen Shriver, his siblings, Kirk Kato and Erika Kato, his sister-in-law Amy Kato, and his nephews and nieces Garon, Zach, Payton, Emily and Aceson.

Rick enjoyed and excelled at the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was pursuing a career in pharmaceuticals.

Rick, you are greatly loved and already sorely missed. You left us way too soon. Rest in peace.

Graveside services for Leah Sue (Spence) Richmond, 58, of Lufkin will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hayes Springs Cemetery in Grapeland with Pastor Rick Williams officiating. Mrs. Richmond was born July 25, 1956 in Crockett, Texas to A. J. Spence and Roberta Lee (Carter) Spence and went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Galveston. She was a retired x-ray technician, having worked for Memorial Hospital mobile MRI Unit and other doctor's offices. She loved her grandchildren. Mrs. Richmond was a member of Lufkin's First Baptist Church. Leah was a strong fighter and was dearly loved. She will be forever missed. Survivors include her daughter, Ashley Prince and husband, Cullen of Lufkin; grandchildren, Gracie and Kutter Prince of Lufkin; special friend, Nathan Worthen of Lufkin; nephew Dylan Kempf and wife, Danielle of Midlothian, Virginia; great- niece and great-nephew, Kaity and Cason Kempf of Midlothian, Virginia; daughter's grandmother, Wanda Richmond of Lufkin; numerous other family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.J. and Bert Spence, Grandmother, Gerty Spence; sister, Andrea 'Scooter' Kempf. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, National Home Office, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lufkindailynews/obituary.aspx?n=leah-sue-richmond-spence&pid=174558872&fhid=13841#sthash.PcS2cgYG.dpuf

Tommye Earle Adams

April 2, 2015

Tommye Earle Adams, a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 2, 2015, to receive her reward from the Lord whom she loved and served her whole life. She was born to Earl and Sybil Beach on Dec. 15, 1924, and was 90 years of age at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glyndon Adams of Martinsville, Texas, with whom she shared over 70 years of marriage, rearing two children, Jim L. Adams and Tommye Glyn Adams-Scarborough. She joins Glyndon and her granddaughter, Kathryn Anne Scarborough, in Heaven.

Tommye Earl graduated from Nacogdoches High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFA in elementary education. That led to a career in teaching fourth graders — first in Cushing, Texas, followed by many years at Nettie Marshall Elementary, where her graceful manner and excellent skills benefited many students, who in later years expressed their appreciation for her contribution to their young lives.

After retiring from teaching, she became an assistant to the pastor at the First Christian Church in Nacogdoches, where she not only served the church family as a secretary but also played the organ for many years as a church accompanist. Later in her life, she volunteered at the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, where she played the piano twice a week for the patients for many years.

Among Tommye Earl’s favorite memories were her annual trips with Ven Brice, her best friend and the wife of Don Brice, who pastored the First Christian Church for many years. They traveled to Europe on three occasions and floated the mighty Mississippi River on a riverboat among their many annual trips. When you add Tommye Earl’s untiring love and commitment to her children and her grandchildren, plus her commitment to serving others as her service to her Lord, the sum total is a life well lived.

She will best be remembered for her love of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a lifelong student of the Bible, and daily set aside time to pray for her family, friends and ministries around the world and meditate on her favorite verse, which shaped her life: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) She was generous beyond measure with her time, talents and treasure, supporting numerous ministries with her prayers and financial gifts.

She was a kind and compassionate wife, mother and friend and will be missed sorely by her children, grandchildren and friends, who will always remember her smile and encouraging words. The scripture reminds us in Proverbs 31:10 and following that a virtuous woman is a treasure that is worth more than diamonds or rubies. Tommye Earl Adams was such a woman.

The scripture also says that her children will rise up and call her “Blessed.” Her grandson, Richard of Pearland, Texas, upon hearing of her impending departure, said of her, “I never heard Mema speak a harsh word about another person.” As her family gathered, all agreed.

Due to failing health, she lived her last five years at the Arbor Assisted Living facility, where she made many new friends and played the piano regularly up until two weeks before her promotion to Heaven. Her family is indebted to Mary Jo Lees, the executive director, and the entire staff for their dedicated devotion and caring for Tommye Earl, especially during the weeks leading up to her departure.

A special word of thanks is due to Angel Care Hospice and particularly, Sally Jones, for their above and beyond kindness and service to Tommye Earl during her final days and hours on this side.

Hers was a life that will live on in all who knew her. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Nacogdoches was fortunate to have such a citizen.

Tommye Earl Beach is survived by her son, James Lester Adams and his wife, Sheila, of Martinsville, Texas; her daughter, Tommye Glyn and husband, Rick Scarborough, of Nacogdoches, Texas; her granddaughter, Misty and husband, Daniel Allmond, of San Antonio, Texas, and their children, Micah and Lexi; and her grandson, Richard Scarborough and his wife, Anny, of Pearland, Texas, and their two children, Rich and Kaylee Anne.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home on North Street in Nacogdoches at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015. Viewing for family and friends will be at 2 p.m. preceding the celebration service. Interment will follow at Martinsville Cemetery in Martinsville, Texas.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonkmetcalf. com Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

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A memorial service for Dr. Francis “Ab” Abernethy, age 89, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches. Dr. Abernethy passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his home. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery next to his beloved wife of 63 years, Hazel Shelton Abernethy.
Dr. Abernethy was born in Altus, Oklahoma on December 3, 1925 and grew up in the Palestine community. The Abernethy family moved to Nacogdoches when he was a senior in high school. He graduated in 1943 and joined the Navy two weeks later, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war and hitchhiking around the country for several months, Ab obtained his BA from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Master’s Degree and a PhD. from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Abernethy began his career at SFA in 1965 where he taught for the next 32 years. He retired in 1997 as a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Distinguished Regents Professor and Professor Emeritus. Ab was a long-time member of the Texas Folklore Society, succeeding such greats as J. Frank Dobie, Wilson Hudson, and Mody Boatright as Secretary Editor of the organization. He was a Master Mason as well as a member of many other organizations.
Among Ab’s many interests were hunting, fishing, spelunking, traveling, music, history, storytelling, and teaching. He was always teaching and sharing his extensive life experiences.
Dr. Abernethy was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Shelton) Abernethy and his parents, Talbot and Aileen (Cherry) Abernethy.
Survivors include his children: Luanna (Abernethy) Cole and spouse, Charles, of Nacogdoches; Robert Abernethy and wife, Kim, of Boerne: Sarah “Deedy” Abernethy and spouse, Todd Weidner, of Austin; Margaret “Maggie” Abernethy-Duffin and spouse, John, of Nacogdoches; and Ben T. Abernethy and wife, Penny, of Nacogdoches. Grandchildren: Elizabeth Reeves, Edward Cole, Leslie Cole, Patrick Abernethy, Sarah Abernethy, and Jack Duffin, as well as four great-grandchildren. In addition to many colleagues and friends, Dr. Abernethy is also survived by his dear friend and “Sweetie,” Lola (Lemkowitz) Pogue.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lanana/Banita Creek Projects in care of Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, P.O. Box 630411, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963 or to the Lamp Lite Playhouse, Sarah McMullen, 4128 Old Tyler Road, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.
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Mr. Henry Gleen Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away early Friday, March 27, 2015, at the age of 84 years, 7 months, and 9 days. Mr. Wilson, a longtime area resident, was born July 18, 1930, in Chireno, Texas, to parents T.F. Wilson and Majorah Bently Wilson. Gleen’s life centered around his family and church. He was a loving and devoted husband, his son was his pride and joy, he loved his daughter-in-law, and he adored his grandsons. He was a member of Nacogdoches First Church of the Nazarene for 60 years. He loved his church family and served in many capacities including the bus ministry, visitation, and greeting. He retired from Moore Business Forms after 24 years of service. His survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Yvonne Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Renee Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandsons, Kevin Wilson and Jace Wilson, both of Nacogdoches, Texas; nieces, Peggy Chandler and husband Alton, Wanda Koonts and husband Steve, and Laura Ann Parker and husband Robert, Anita Howard and husband Dodie; along with a host of great nieces and nephews. Services have been set for 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 211 SE Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches, Texas, with the pastor, Rev. Joseph Dagostino III, and Rev. Curtis Chandler officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf, located at 5400 North Street. Pallbearers will be Mark Goodwin, Steve Koonts, Ray Drake, Lowell Johnson, Dylan Hughes, and Eddie Lucas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene, 211 SE Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75964. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com. Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=henry-gleen-wilson&pid=174509182&fhid=10778#sthash.9OnluIFy.dpuf

Tiffany Hodge, age 22 of Sevierville, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Tiffany was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville. She loved to lead worship, play her guitar and sing.
She graduated Johnson University in Knoxville with a Bachelor's Degree in Film-Media Communication and was most recently working on a documentary with Earl Hammer.
Tiffany loved the outdoors and was a tour guide at Forbidden Caverns. Tiffany lived and loved life to the fullest. Through everything, she remained a humble servant to our Lord and Savior. We rejoice and praise God for all the hearts and lives she has touched through her journey.
"Be Strong. And Believe." Hebrews 6:19

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, J.B. Hodge and James O. (Pappy) Barnes.
Survivors include her parents, Randy and Rhonda Hodge; brother, Mason Hodge; grandparents, Brenda Hodge, Doris Barnes, Gary and Elaine Cutshaw; uncles and aunts, Tim and Cammie Baxter, Travis and Jill Hodge, Stacy and Maria Cutshaw; cousins, Cory and Kendal Baxter, Evan and Ella Hodge, Seth and Ryan Cutshaw. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to our family, friends, First Baptist Church family, the doctors, staff and Stem Cell Clinic of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Staff and Nurses on 10T3, Dr. Susan Newman, nurse Ruth Borden at UT Hospital, the staff of Smoky Mountain Home Health Care and Hospice, special nurse Tuan Fine, teachers and friends of Johnson University and all of the prayers warriors at Prayers For Tiffany.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tiffany Hodge Benefit Account at Citizens National Bank to fund medical expenses and to help establish the Tiffany Hodge Scholarship Memorial Fund, or to First Baptist Church College and Career Ministries, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862 or Fox Methodist Cemetery Fund, c/o Jeff Sims, 2435 Jones Cove Road, Sevierville, TN 37876.

The family will receive friends 3-6:30 PM Friday, March 20th with funeral service to follow at 7 PM at First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Rev. Jerry Hyder, Rev. Danny Manning and Eddie McCandless will officiate. Family and friends will meet 11 AM Saturday, March 21st in Fox Cemetery for interment with Rev. Scott Carter officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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Mrs. Shirley Wooten Crawford, 77, of Henderson passed from this life on Sunday, March 8, 2015. She was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Panola County to the late Roscoe Zed and Shirley Raye (Bridges) Wooten. Shirley was a proud graduate of SFA where she received a bachelor's and master's degree and currently served on the SFA Alumni Foundation Board. She then went on to a career with the Texas A&M University System-Texas Cooperative Service and retired as a district extension director. Shirley was well-known for her local civic participation, having served as executive director for United Way of Rusk County for nearly five years, first vice president of Henderson Lion's Club and secretary for Keep Henderson Beautiful. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Charles C. Davenport Chapter of Tyler and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Division Mary Tyler Moore No. 217 of Tyler. Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson and currently served as pianist for Saint Paul's United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three husbands, Kenneth Milford, Joe A. Neel and David Crawford. Survivors include her sister, Johnnie McWilliams and husband, L.D., of Whitehouse; nephews, Lorenzo McWilliams and wife, Charlotte, of Austin and Aaron McWilliams and wife, Karen, of Allen; great-nieces, Olivia McWilliams, Ella McWilliams, Harper McWilliams and Lucy McWilliams; and great-nephews, Declan and Calvin McWilliams. A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Crawford will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Edmiston officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, near Timpson, under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Lorenzo McWilliams, Aaron McWilliams, Bob McKnight, Bob Sitton, Rick Hanning and Clay Keith. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Keith, Mike Smith and members of the Henderson Lion's Club. If desired, memorials may be made to the SFA Alumni Foundation Math and Science Department Scholarship at P.O. Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75692. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-wooten-crawford&pid=174364420&fhid=26554#sthash.Kp8LQtEg.dpuf

 

 

Mr. Richard Murrell Carter of Pasadena, Texas, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 84. He was born July 24, 1930, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to parents Richard Adalei Carter and Helen Audie Murell Carter. He was a member of Texas A&M University Corp and Boy Scouts in his youth. Mr. Carter enjoyed hunting, guns and outdoor activities, especially horses. Richard received basic training with the U.S. Marine Corps before serving two years in the U.S. Army and then a year in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of the American Legion and the Lions Club. Most recently he was a member of Asbury Methodist Church in Pasadena and formerly held membership with the First United Methodist Church of Nacodoches and Faith Presbyterian Church of Pasadena. His survivors include his wife, Betty Carter; daughter, Anita Carter Moore and husband, Mike Moore; son, Larry Cater and wife, Debbie Carter; granddaughter, Stefanie Moore Kubala and husband, Chris Kubala; grandson, Andy Moore and wife, Kayla Moore; great-granddaughter, Melanie Kubala; great-grandson, Grant Kubala; stepgranddaughter, Kristi Waldrip; stepgrandson, Tim Brownlee; step-great-granddaughter, Kathryn Parker; and step-great-grandson, Johnny Waldrip. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Randall Allen Carter. Services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Gerald Roe of North Greenville University officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, off Highway 21 East in Nacogdoches County. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cason Monk-Metcalf. Pallbearers will be Dennis Scarborough, Kerry Scarborough, Kevin Roberts, Brad Roberts, Andy Moore and Chris Kubala. Honorary pallbearers are David Carter, Steve Carter, Charles Martin and Carl Moore. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=richard-murrell-carter&pid=174373914&fhid=10778#sthash.2tWuaqS0.dpuf

 

 

Mrs. Margaret Meador, age 78, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Nacogdoches Texas. She was born on July 8, 1936, at Sutton’s Mill in Chireno Texas., to parents Otis and Frankie Shippey.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, February 8, 2015 also at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nacogdoches Texas with the Rev. Joe Dagostino and the Rev. Barry Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 10 to 12 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nacogdoches.
Margaret was very involved in the First Church of the Nazarene here in Nacogdoches, Texas. She became a member at the very young age of 6. Her and her dad would walk to church until soon after the rest of the family would join also. She was a faithful member for over 70 years. Over the course of years she would do many things at her church. She was a Sunday school teacher, involved in the Senior Citizens group, Prime Timers, The Quilters, and before she passed away was currently a door greeter for Sunday morning services. She loved her church and church family. She was faithful and put her all into everything she was involved with. As she always said “Be on time for whatever the task may be and live your life right for God as if it’s your last day on earth”. The church was her life.
Margaret was a loving Mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family more than anything in this world. She also loved “her girls” like no other. In 2008 her world changed forever and she became a great-grandmother to a very special little boy. Logan was the apple of her eye and she told everyone she knew.
She will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew her.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Margaret Meador will be Billy Foxworth, Shane Foxworth, Terry Meador, George Shippey, Lynn Shippey, and Justin Shippey.

Margaret is preceded in death by her father, Otis Clemuel Shippey; mother, Frankie Bell Courtney Shippey; brother Thomas Allen Shippey; brother in law, Tommy Joe Long and nephew; Timothy Long all of Nacogdoches, Texas.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Charles Newton Meador; only daughter Gae Mitchell and husband Robert Mitchell of Nacogdoches, Texas; granddaughter Courtney Mitchell Brown also of Nacogdoches, Texas; granddaughter Sarah Mitchell Hale and husband, Jon, of Houston, Texas; and great grandson Logan Holt also of Houston, Texas. Niece; Jeanne Foxworth and husband Bill Foxworth of Longview, Texas; Nephew, Glenn Shippey and wife Lisa of Ecuador; Nephew Lynn Shippey and wife Kathy of Longview, Texas and nephew; George Shippey and wife Wendy of Texarkana, Texas. Several great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of the Nazarene in memory of Margaret Meador.
The family of Mrs. Meador is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To express condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net.

Services for Mrs. Juanita Kendrick, 89, of Nacogdoches will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating, interment will follow at Melrose Lower Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Laird Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Mrs. Juanita Vera Scott Kendrick was born on January 16, 1926 in the community of Oak Ridge in Nacogdoches County. She was born to Mr. James Robert Scott and Mrs. Ida Viola Davison Scott. She grew up, and lived in the Nacogdoches community for the majority of her life. She attended the Oak Ridge school, and then went on to the Stephen F. Austin demonstration school in 1944.
It was while working at Perry Brothers that she met who was soon to become her husband, Mr. Lonnie Ray Kendrick. They were married on April 12, 1947, and were married for a total of 55 years. They shared a wonderful life together with their five children. She was a devoted mother and wife who spent her life taking care of her family. While at home she would enjoy cooking, sewing, and canning.
Some of her hobbies would include reading and gardening, after a long day she would relax by spending time in her beautiful garden.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Juanita Kendrick will be Gary Beavers, Darrel Beavers, Chris Colvin, Derek Kell, Hunter Teel, and Larry Teel.
Mrs. Kendrick is survived by sons: Don Kendrick, and Jimmy Ray Kendrick; daughters: Linda Wild, Judy Bailey, and Anna Devall, all of Nacogdoches, and her brother, Jimmie Eugene Scott.
She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters, Helen Beavers, and Dorothy Mora.
The family of Mrs. Juanita Kendrick wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Rock Haven nursing home, for their wonderful care, compassion, and love toward their mother.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Grace Hospice of East Texas 1820 Shiloh Road, Suite 1103 Tyler, TX 75703.
The family of Mrs. Kendrick is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net

Stephen Rex Whitaker

Services for Stephen Rex Whitaker, 66, of Longview will be 12:00 noon Monday, February 2, 2015, at the Solid Rock Bible Fellowship Church, 307 Avenue B, Longview with Pastor Jace Roberts officiating with Welch Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Whitaker passed away Thursday January 29, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Welch Funeral Home, 4619 Judson Road.
Mr. Whitaker was born November 14, 1948, in Tyler to B.W. and Patsy Ely Whitaker. He was a 13-year resident of Longview coming from Kilgore and grew up in Tyler. Mr. Whitaker was a member of the Solid Rock Bible Fellowship Church. He was a loan officer with East Texas Professional Credit Union and formerly worked at Brew Honda as finance manager. Mr. Whitaker’s interests included his family, his pets, classic cars, camping and many types of music. He had a great sense of humor.
Mr. Whitaker is survived by his wife, Martha Whitaker of Longview; son, Josh Whitaker and wife, Kristin of Rockwall; daughters, Courtney Crawford and husband, Jeff; Candy Whitaker all of Whitehouse; sons, Cam Whitaker and Cole Whitaker both of Tyler; Eddie Bounds and wife, Mandi of El Reno, Oklahoma; Thomas Bounds and fiancee. Tasha of Bullard; brother, Berl Whitaker of Longview; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Solid Rock Bible Fellowship, 307 Ave. B, Longview, TX 75604.

Thomas Gilbert Evans

Graveside services for Thomas Gilbert Evans, 80, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10:00 am Friday, January 30, 2015, at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Mr. Evans passed away peacefully Monday evening, January 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Evans was born September 13, 1934 in Longview, Texas, to Gurris Roscoe Evans and Alma Cozette Rodgers Evans. He attended Hawkins High School where he lettered four years in four different sports: football, basketball, track, and baseball, where was a star pitcher. Sports gave Mr. Evans the opportunity to pursue a college degree. For two years, he attended Tyler Junior College on an athletic scholarship as a punter and tight end for the Apaches. In 1954, Tom went to Stephen F. Austin State University on another athletic scholarship as a tight end for the Jacks to further his education. While attending SFASU, Tom became a three-year letterman, was named to the First Team All-Conference in the Lone Star Conference in 1955, and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts after graduation. However, Tom had met the love of his life, Carolyn Jo White, and they were wed on May 28, 1955. Tom and Carolyn chose to begin their life together in Nacogdoches. So, Evans decided to remain at SFA to earn his Master’s Degree in Education. A doorway later opened for T.G. in the construction business and in 1960, Mr. Evans began T.G. Evans Construction Company. In his 35 year business career, he built or remodeled numerous churches, schools, community centers, buildings, dorms, and office complexes throughout the East Texas area, including Dragon Stadium and the Stephen F. Austin statue on the campus of SFASU. One of Tom’s most notable building restorations at SFA included Gibbs Hall, which had been originally built by Tom’s father-in-law, H.E. White. It was always known that SFA athletes who attended summer school and needed part-time jobs were hired by T.G. Evans Company as laborers.

Mr. Evans was an avid supporter of both Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks. He was inducted into the SFASU Athletic Hall of Fame, a member of the Jacks of Honor, a Life Member of the SFASU Alumni Association, and a two-time president of the Letterman’s Association. Thomas was also a member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club where he served as past president and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Mr. Evans’ community involvement additionally includes being a former school board member for the Nacogdoches Independent School District, a member of the Nacogdoches Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and former Jaycee. Mr. Evans was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches. He was also a loyal member of the Hotel Fredonia Breakfast Club.

Thomas was a devoted family man. He had immense love for his family and the legacy he leaves behind for his family to follow will be forever cherished. He showed up at every dance recital, piano recital, school play, graduation, birthday party, and sporting event his kids and grandkids ever participated in, even if it was during his beloved football season. His love was unconditional. T.G. was a giant of a man to his family!

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of almost 48 years, Carolyn Jo White Evans; his youngest daughter, Patricia Anne Evans Shaw; and his great grandson, Dane Andrew Shaw. Survivors include daughters, Janie Evans Smith of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Mary Lee Evans Baublet and husband Pete of Nacogdoches, Texas; a sister, Janice Evans Smith and husband Harold of Tyler, Texas; grandchildren, Evan Smith and wife Sara; Blayne Smith; Charis Smith; Rachel Baublet Head and husband Ryan; Sarah Baublet Gayler and husband Murphey; Jennifer Shaw Murray and husband Nathan; Christi Shaw Miller and husband Daniel; and Justin Shaw and wife Alex; great grandchildren, Chasey Calaway, Gracie Calaway, Hendrix Smith, Bain Smith, Jacob Head, Mason Gayler, Lane Murray, and Dixie Miller.

Pallbearers will be Pete Baublet, Evan Smith, Justin Shaw, Ryan Head, Murphey Gayler, Nathan Murray, John Alvin Woods, and Gary Woods. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth McAninch, W.C. Newberry, and the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.

Memorials may be made in memory of Thomas to the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, First Baptist Church Building Fund, or to Hospice of East Texas. The family wants to thank Hospice of East Texas for the loving care they showed to Mr. Evans.

 

Bettie Sue Florey White Hadac, 85, of Nacogdoches passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Nacogdoches. She was born on May 3, 1929, in Durant, Okla., the daughter of Frank H. Florey and Louise Taylor Florey. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Laird Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Sevar officiating. Interment will follow at Dixon Cemetery in Shelby County. Bettie Sue (or "Boo" as she was called by her sisters) grew up in the Tyler and Kilgore areas where she studied violin, piano and saxophone (playing in the marching and swing bands in high school and college), and performed dramatists and musical programs. After graduating from Kilgore High School, Bettie Sue attended and graduated from Kilgore Jr. College. While she was raising her four children, being a stay-at-home mom and an avid volunteer for the community, she took classes at Tyler Jr. College. She was also president of the Pharmacists Wives Association for several years. She taught Sunday school from nursery to adult in Tyler, Kilgore and Nacogdoches. She helped establish and taught at the Spanish-speaking church through Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. She then decided to continue her education at SFA where she earned both her bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education and counseling. She also earned a doctorate in philosophy from Texas A&M University. Bettie Sue's main hobbies were reading and studying. She was very proficient in scripture and theological study challenged her. Bettie Sue was an educator specializing in working with special needs students and received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. She had also been an instructor for the deaf, a teacher of adult education and taught general studies to the Nacogdoches firefighters. She was passionate about learning and took continuing education classes until her retirement. When Gov. Mark White established the initiative to reform education, she was appointed by the governor to the committee to develop the deaf education curriculum. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Nacogdoches County Retired Teachers, SFA Alumni Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, Texas A&M Century Club Association of Former Students, Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf and Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Specialist in School Psychology. She also was a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs and AARP. Bettie Sue was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she belonged to the Dorothy Hardy Sunday School class and the Golden Agers. She felt that it was a blessing to sing with the senior choir, The Joyful Sound. Bettie Sue is survived by her son, Robert C. Brown of Shelbyville; daughters, Suzanne Baldon and husband, Paul, of Waco, Marilou Smith of Nacogdoches, and Lori Brown and husband, Bobby Stevens, of Suwanee, Ga.; sister, Nell Florey Williams of Beaumont; grandchildren, Amber Smith, John-Phillip Mahfood, Sebastian Mahfood, Vincent Mahfood, Valerie Mahfood, Jennifer Holm, Jessica Fenton, Robby Brown and T.J. Brown; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank H. and Louise Taylor Florey; spouses, Warren C. Brown, Floyd White and George Hadac; and sister, Shirley Green. Pallbearers for Bettie Sue will be Paul Baldon, Wally Williams, Vincent Mahfood, Jerry Camp, T.J. Brown and Robin Griffith. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Stallings Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to American Cancer Society, 3623 Buckingham, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964; Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 3723 NE Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965; American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 96911, Washington, D.C. 20090-6911. The family of Bettie Sue White Hadac is being served by Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=bettie-sue-florey-white-hadac&pid=173938833&fhid=19347#sthash.PNNa1NVX.dpuf

 

Marilou's Mom

Stuart's Dad

Kenji Kato, 88, of Nacogdoches passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015. He was born on October 10, 1926, in Venice, California to Kaichiro and Hisano Shimamoto Kato. He was happily married for sixty-two years to Toyoko Kato. He enjoyed his life surrounded by his family and friends. He loved to go fishing and hunting; he just loved being outdoors.
Kenji served his country by enlisting on January 25, 1951, in New Jersey, to serve in the United States Army. He was assigned to the 9th infantry division and served as U.S. Army Sergeant in the Korean War. Kenji separated from the U.S. Army on October 24, 1962.
Kenji is survived by his loving wife, Toyoko Morii Kato; sons, Stuart Kato of Corsicana, Texas, Gordon Kato and wife, Dana of Humble, Texas, and Kevin Kato and wife, Gay Ann of Tyler, Texas; sister, Kiyomi Mukai of Lansdale, Penn.; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Private funeral Services for Mr. Kato are going to be held at a later date.

Stan Sisco's dad

Funeral services for Nathaniel Franklin Sisco, 89, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard White and the Rev. Gary Davis officiating. He passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Nacogdoches. Frank was born March 18, 1925, on the Upper Melrose Road, Nacogdoches, to William Barham Sisco and Fannie Lou Sisco (Gaston), and raised by his loving step mother, Helen Rader Sisco, after his mother's passing. Frank attended the two room school at Oak Ridge, east of Nacogdoches, through the sixth grade, and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1942, where he was a member of the district champs Dragon football team. He joined the United States Army at the age of 18, serving with the 884th Field Artillery Battalion of the 70th Infantry Division, in the European Theatre of WWII, participating in the liberation of concentration camps in France and Germany. He met the Russians coming from the east. Frank and his father owned and operated Sisco Feed and Supply for many years. He was very instrumental in the development of the poultry industry in East Texas, and was awarded Ralston Purina's "tonnage king." He was the first Plant Manager of the Ralston Purina poultry processing plant, now Pilgrim's Pride. Frank was very community minded, having served as board president of the Nacogdoches Booster Club, the Central Appraisal District, the Nacogdoches County Hospital District, NISD, and Fairview Cemetery Association. He also served on the board of the Woden ISD. Frank loved God and his church. He served as President of the Board of the Fairview United Methodist Church, and the First United Methodist Church, where he taught sixth grade Sunday school for many years. Frank loved bird hunting, fishing, and most of all he loved his family and friends. He was quick to engage in conversation and always possessed a wonderful sense of humor. Frank is survived by his loving and caring wife of 35 years, Anna Mae Lee Sisco. He is also survived by his brother, George Sisco, and wife, Alice, of San Angelo, Texas; son, Stan Sisco, and wife, Paula, of Nacogdoches; grandsons, James Jones of Houston, Will Sisco and wife, Lauren, of Temple, Texas; and granddaughter, Lacey Sisco, of College Station, Texas; step-daughters, Anna Rustin and husband, Jimmie, and Doris Morton of Nacogdoches; step-son, Ronnie Joe Smith and wife, Debra of Gary, Texas; step-grandsons, Brandon Smith of Carthage, Texas, Taylor Buster, Seth Rustin, Kyle Rustin, and Jake Rustin, of Nacogdoches, and Cheyenne Morton of Timpson, Texas; step-granddaughters, Haley Anderson, and Bailee Rustin of Nacogdoches, and Jennifer Harris and Cristi Cauthorn of Houston, Texas. He was preceeded in death by his sister, Betty Zou White and brother-in-law, Preston White; daughter, Lynda Ann Kirtland. Pallbearers will be Taylor Buster, Frank Hughes, Cheyenne Morton, Jake Rustin, Kyle Rustin, Seth Rustin, Will Sisco, and Brandon Smith. Honorary pallbearers are John Hill, Keith Lowery, Lance Lowery, Lenvel Stanaland, and George Wages. Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 18, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to Fairview Cemetery Association will be welcomed. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=nathaniel-franklin-sisco&pid=173888839&fhid=10778#sthash.H4VPx2x7.dpuf

Mr. James Leon Smith, 84, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Stallings Court Nursing Home in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born July 5, 1930, in Milam, Texas, to parents James and Susan Smith. James is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Leah Smith; and brothers, Wesley Smith and Delmar Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Clara Sue Morrison Smith; daughter, Nena Sue Smith; son, James Kevin Smith and wife, Simaly; and grandchildren, Sabrina Lee Smith and Brian Christopher Smith. Services for James Leon Smith, 84, of Nacogdoches will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Nacogdoches with Dr. Jeff McDonald and the Rev. Trent Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Leon Smith grew up in East Texas, the youngest of 3 brothers. He helped his father in the commercial fishing business and various odd jobs. He helped his mother in the country store they owned. He spent any of his extra time in one of his first loves â€" the outdoors â€" hunting and fishing. He completed his high school education in Anahuac, Texas. He attended Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. where he completed his Bachelor of Economics degree, Master of Business and his CPA. During the summer he found work in the wheat fields of the mid-west working the harvest where he developed his love of travel. While in Nashville, he met the love of his life, Clara Sue Morrison. They were married soon after completing their degrees and were married for 62 years. They moved to the Houston area, where Leon started teaching at South Texas College. He worked for Maxwell House coffee in the accounting department, taught at College of the Mainland in Texas City and at UTMB as an auditor in Houston. While in the Houston-Galveston area, they started a family. Upon determining he wanted to teach, he took a teaching position at General Beadles State College in Madison, S.D., for the experience of one year. He had opportunities to continue to teach in South Dakota or move to a larger college in Nacogdoches â€" Stephen F. Austin State University. Not wanting to uproot his family and move to South Dakota, they settled in the piney woods of East Texas. While teaching at SFA from 1970 to 1980, the accounting department enabled him to impact many future leaders. He was always looking for an opportunity, and soon started working as a consultant as a loan originator and processor for SBA/FHA. That entrepreneurial spirit served him well, enabling him to retire early while still in his 50s. Semi-retired, he focused his time on traveling and working on his flowers. Summers he would take trips all over the U.S. and other destinations with his wife. When his wife retired, he was able to travel even more, preferring the mountains of Colorado during the blistering hot, humid summers here in Nacogdoches. His travels were slowed by a new love, his grandchildren, Sabrina and Brian. Many afternoons, he would stop by to play and wrestle with his grandkids. While he was still mobile, he continued his hobbies of flowers and travel. The family would like to say a special thanks and appreciation to the staff and nurses at Stallings Court Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to the First United Methodist Church; 201 East Hospital St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75965. Online condolences may be offered to www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=james-leon-smith&pid=173780467#sthash.8llYYQsL.dpuf

Funeral for James Leon Smith, 84, of Nacogdoches will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Nacogdoches, with Dr. Jeff McDonald and the Rev. Trent Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Smith died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at a Nacogdoches nursing home. He was born July 5, 1930, in Milam. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=james-leon-smith&pid=173752551&fhid=10778#sthash.Js5hQSsx.dpuf

Johnnie Bryant “J.B.” Slone passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. He was 92 years old. He was born Aug. 27, 1922 to Johnny E. and May Bryant Slone in Corbet and graduated from Corsicana High School.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Slone served his country for four years in the Army 381st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 96th Division in the First Squad of Heavy Mortar Company H. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded five Bronze Stars, a Bronze Arrowhead, a Good Conduct Medal as well as numerous other decorations for meritorious service during the campaigns in Leyte, Okinawa and other areas of the Pacific front. He was ordained as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in Corbet in the late 1940’s. He was a faithful member of Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and wife of 69 years, Anna Lee Slone.

He is survived by son David Slone and wife Ava of Waxahachie; grandson Doug Slone and wife Kelly of Forreston, Texas; one great-grandson, Wade Bryant Slone; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his closest friends and caregivers, Grady and Sandy Manning of Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Bro. Grady Manning will conduct an 11 a.m. graveside service at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana following the visitation. If the weather is inclement, there will be no graveside service.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Nathan Andrews, Curtis Holt, Nelson Galloway, Franklin Neal, Bobby Atkinson, James Monroe, Dale Stovall and Wayne Moody.

An online guestbook is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the J.B. Slone obituary.

Sammy Luna

Born: August 25, 1926
Died: November 06, 2014

A Mass of Christian Burial honoring the life of Sammy Luna, 88, of Orlando, Florida will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Reverend Father Jose (Joe) Kannampuzha officiating. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Burial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas will follow the Mass.
The family will greet extended family and friends after the Mass at a dinner in the parish hall.
Mr. Luna was born August 25, 1926 in Nacogdoches, Texas to the late Nora (Poskey) and John Luna, and was called home to his Creator Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Mr. Luna was a lifelong Catholic and a longtime member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. He was a proud Veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army for 3 terms. His time in the service took him to Japan, Panama, Guam, and across the states. Serving as a Military Policeman, one of his assignments was to guard the Atomic Bomb near Los Alamos. He was an active member of the American Legion. While stationed at Fort Monmouth, near Red Bank, New Jersey, he met the love of his life for 63 years, Patricia McCarren. Dad enjoyed dancing, fixing up old cars and was a general handyman, earning him the nickname of “MacGyver” from his family and friends. He loved spending time with his family, especially grandkids and great-grandkids. His positive nature and welcoming smile will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and F.H. “Bud” Agee, Sharon and David Blacklock and Mary Gail and George Nichols; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sue Luna; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was predeceased by his parents and grandson, Matthew Tyler Blacklock. Sammy was the last of his 6 siblings: 2 brothers, E.L. and Eugene, and 3 sisters, Betty Reeves, Zeffie Ramos, and Nancy Lopez.
Honorary pallbearers include grandchildren: Brian Nichols, Jack Moore, Jr., Scott Nichols, Nora Figlia, Ciara Luna, J.D. Blacklock, Candace Blacklock and Jake Luna.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a Memorial Mass said in Sammy’s honor, contributions to St John Vianney Building Fund, 6200 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32809, Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 1422 CR 724, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964, or St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 1611 Feagin Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

 

Funeral service for Mrs. Marilyn Barton, 81, of Nacogdoches at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Cushing Cemetery. Mrs. Barton passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home. Marilyn was born July 2, 1933, in Sacul, Texas to Mr. Roy L. Self and Mollie Ann Pistole Self. She grew up in Cushing, Texas and attended Cushing High School where she graduated in 1950. Marilyn met her future husband, Calvin P. Barton, in Cushing. They eloped to Texarkana, Texas in January 1953 and were married to form their beautiful family. Marilyn and Calvin were devoted to each other and their family. They were happily married for 48 years until the passing of her husband on Jan. 25, 2001. She was named Marilyn Joyce by her parents but to her loving grandchildren she was "Baya," meaning "Beautiful." She was very nurturing to her family. She took care of everyone and encouraged everyone she knew. Marilyn loved to read and was very fond of needle point. She was a first grade teacher for about 38 years â€" 17 of those years she spent teaching her kids at Raguet Elementary School in Nacogdoches, Texas. Teaching made her very happy. She would become very fond of the children that she taught for many years. Marilyn loved her Lord and Savior. She was a loyal member and participated in the choir at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. She will be missed by all who knew her and love her. Marilyn is survived by her son, Calvin "Cal" P. Barton and wife, Jan, of Tyler, Texas; daughter, Yancy Wehmeyer of Leonard, Texas; grandchildren, Tom Barton, Katie Barton, Cameron Whitaker and Cole Whitaker; great-grandchild, Jackson Barton; along with several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Doug Wehmeyer; and two brothers. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to

, Nacogdoches Chapter, 2242 W. Holcomb, Houston, Texas 77030 or the Hospice of East Texas, 1012 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Laird Funeral Home - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=marilyn-barton&pid=173243326&fhid=19347#sthash.qeJ30xmA.dpuf

 

Obituary for Maedelle Huckaby Weaver

Funeral services for Mrs. Maedelle Huckaby Weaver, 86, of Nacogdoches will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home at 10:00 Am with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. She passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
Visitation will be held at Laird Funeral Home on Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5 to 7 PM.
Maedelle was born on July 26, 1928, to the late Hugo H. Huckaby and Cletie Geneva (Eva) Dobbs Huckaby in Mahl, Texas. She grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas and attended Nacogdoches High School in 1942.
Maedelle met Joseph Cline Weaver in Austin, Texas and after their courtship they were married on August 30, 1946. Maedelle and Joseph were happily married for sixty four years. He passed on to be with his Lord and Savior on October 27, 2011.
Maedelle loved and enjoyed life. She loved spending time with her loving family and especially her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and working on her word puzzles. Maedelle was also a director for the Nacogdoches Senior Center in Nacogdoches, Texas, for twenty years. She met so many of her lifelong friends at the senior center. She was a loyal member of First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.
She is survived by her sons, Johnny Ray Weaver and wife, Sue of Nacogdoches, and Joseph (Joe) Weaver and fiancee, Deborah also of Nacogdoches; son in law; Keith Matthews and wife, Pat of Georgetown, Texas; brother, Rev. Marion Huckaby and wife, Beth of Martinsville, Texas; sisters, Marcella Andrus of Cedar Park, Texas, Goldene Barnhart of Garrison, Texas; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are John Sears, Gavin Parker, Chris Matthews, Clay Matthews, Steve Barnhart, and Lucas Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers are Austin Sears and Keith Matthews.
Maedelle was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo H. Huckaby and Cletie Geneva (Eva) Dobbs Huckaby; husband, Joseph Cline Weaver; daughter, Patricia Matthews; and sister, Beatrice Scarbrough; and by brothers, James Travis Huckaby and Hugh Huckaby.
Contributions in memory of Maedelle Huckaby Weaver can be made to Nacogdoches Senior Service Center, 621 Harris Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

 

 

George L. "Buddy" Hartt, 87, of Nacogdoches passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Nacogdoches. He was born on July 2, 1927, in Garrison the son of George W. Hartt and Willie Mae Irby Hartt. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Holly Springs Baptist Church, with Bro. Homer Murray and Gregg Hutson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Growing up in the Garrison area, Buddy attended Garrison ISD, and was drafted into the Army in 1945. In his younger years he enjoyed ranching, horseback riding and participating in rodeos. Buddy was a very social person; he enjoyed spending time with his family â€" especially if there was food involved! He loved playing 42, chickenfoot, or any type of card game. In his later years, Buddy enjoyed "Pickin n' Grinnin at Cedar Bluff, as well as watching polka dancing on RFD TV. He especially loved going to the sale barn with his granddaughter Cody, and piddling in the garden. Buddy was a past member of the Evening Lions Club of Nacogdoches as well as the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Posse. He served under Sheriff John Lightfoot as a Reserve Deputy, and was owner and operator of Allstate Pest Control for 30 years before retiring in 1992. Buddy is survived by his wife Joy Hartt; daughters, Deborah Herman, and husband, Bill, Patricia Hutson, and husband, Gregg; step-daughters, Debye Judge and husband, Bob, Beverly Rice, and husband, Jimmy; son, Frank Hartt; stepson, Richard Partin and wife, Kaye; brothers, Steve Hartt and wife, Jo, John Wayne Hartt and wife Donna; and sisters, Helen Stanaland, and Billie Jean Newberry and husband, Jim. He was preceded in death by his parents George W. and Willie Mae Irby Hartt; son, Keith Hartt; and sister, Marie Free. Pallbearers for Buddy will be, Gary Stanaland, Rick Stanaland, Jay Stanaland, Robert Keys, Steven Hartt, Kip Hartt, Mike Hartt and Shane Hartt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made in his name to Bethel Cemetery Association, c/o Bill Shumate, 270 County Road 2082, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965, or to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christian Dr. Lufkin, Texas 75904. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

Tricia Hartt's dad

Funeral for G.L. "Buddy" Hartt, 87, of Nacogdoches will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Homer Murray and Gregg Hutson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Mr. Hartt died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Nacogdoches. He was born July 2, 1927, in Garrison. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the church. Laird Funeral Home.

 

      

Mr. Gilbert R. "Gil" Wofford, age 83, of New Braunfels, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Kingwood. Gil was born to the late Frank B. Wofford and the late Gladys Lott Wofford Terp on Nov. 12, 1930, in Long Beach, Calif. The family moved to San Antonio when Gil was 2 years old and that is where he grew up. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Gil had earned the honor of being an Eagle Scout. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War from December 1951 to November 1953 and graduated from SFA in Nacogdoches in 1955 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. His career was as an accountant, business manager and tax specialist. He was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church. Gil enjoyed horses, leather tooling, tennis and vacationing in Colorado. He was able to volunteer one summer a few years ago as a park host in Rocky Mountain National Park, which he thoroughly enjoyed. His children have fond memories of Gil taking them on vacations in the summers to Colorado and also to the Rio Frio River in Concan, Texas. Gil is survived by his children, Mary Elizabeth (Alex) Domkowski of Columbia, Tenn., Frank B. (Danette) Wofford of Nacogdoches, and Susan (Mike) Milligan of Kingwood; sisters, Barbara Wofford of San Antonio, and Carol Gontko of Austin; brothers, Albert (Anne) Terp of Arlington, Va. and Bryan (Diane) Terp of Seguin; grandchildren, Eric (Tara) Domkowski of Ainsworth, Neb., Lisa (Jacob) Weems and Amy Wofford of Nacogdoches, and Matthew Milligan of Kingwood; six nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his stepfather, Al Terp and his brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Gontko. Gil's family will be present to greet friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Zoeller Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Poteet Cemetery in Poteet, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Poteet Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 665, Poteet, Texas 78065-0665. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may go to www.zoellerfuneralhm.com.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 22, 2014

Juanda Jean “Jeanie” Brown, of Groesbeck, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014, at Limestone Medical Center, at age 85.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Groesbeck Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday at Faulkenberry Cemetery, with Dr. Tod Tanner officiating.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Andrew Douthit, Taylor Douthit, and Leon Gil, and her long-time friends, Sonny Jones, Warren Allred, Wendel Tooke, and Jessie Jackson.

Jeanie was born June 8, 1929 to Oscar Pitts and Pauline Thornton Pitts in Groesbeck. She grew up in Shiloh and graduated from Mexia High School. She began her first career after high school by running for the office of Limestone County District Clerk, and won. She was proud of her four years served as District Clerk.

She later married and began raising her family before going to college at Stephen F. Austin University while the family was living in Nacogdoches. She earned a B.S. in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling, and began her longtime career as an educator.

Jeanie moved back to Groesbeck in the mid-eighties and taught first grade at Groesbeck Elementary. From 1986 through 2001 she was Guidance Counselor at Mexia High School, and then served as Counselor at Groesbeck High School from 2002 through 2004. She came out of retirement three times upon requests from school officials.

Jeanie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, and a member of the Groesbeck Order of Eastern Star Chapter 810. She enjoyed her lifelong friends in Limestone County, with her pride and joy being her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. And she took special pride in knowing that all of her children and grandchildren were college graduates.

She was preceded in death by her father Oscar Pitts and her mother, Pauline Pitts Barfield.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Robert Baldwin of Mansfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Jean and Dr. Bruce Douthit of McKinney; her son and daughter-in-law, Larry Gordon and Patti Brown of Dallas; grandchildren: Andrew Douthit and wife Leah of Frisco, Lindsey Douthit Gil and husband Leon of Sumerlin, Nevada, Taylor Douthit of Searcy, Arkansas, Blair Brown of Lewisville, Erin Brown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, great grandson, Daniel Gil of Sumerlin, NV, and niece, Sherry Baldwin Kolinek and husband Greg of Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Academic Sweater Scholarship Fund of Mexia High School.

Patti Gayle McDuffie Fougerousse

Celebration of life for Patti Gayle Fougerousse, 57, of Lufkin, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.W. Hyde officiating. Interment will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison, Texas with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Patti was born March 12, 1957, in Shreveport, La. and passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in a Houston hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was a graduate of South Western University and a registered nurse. She was a member of Saint Cyprian's Episcopal Church. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Charles Fougerousse of Lufkin; father, Billy Joe McDuffie of Nacogdoches; daughter, Jennifer Fougerousse and son, Christopher Fougerousse, both of Lufkin; brother, Joe McDuffie of Houston; and uncle, Harold Rider of Carthage. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie McDuffie. Memorial contributions are requested to the Greater East Texas Chapter, Alzheimer's Association, 118 E. Hospital Street, Suite 304, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening, Aug. 15, at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 14, 2014

Patti McDuffie from the Class of 75

Lufkin Police are investigating an incident that claimed the life of a retired doctor’s wife.

Patti Gayle Fougerousse, 57, of Lufkin died at 4:10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Hermann in Houston, according to a police report. She was flown there following the incident at 1 St. Andrew Court, the home of Dr. Stig Peitersen and his wife, Cristina, the report stated.

 

Fougerousse was at the Peitersens’ home for an afternoon of swimming and drinks when the incident reportedly occurred around 6:40 p.m. Sunday, according to the report.

Cristina Peitersen on Monday afternoon told investigators that at the time of the incident, she was inside taking a shower and her husband was taking a nap. She said when she walked inside, Fougerousse was in the shallow end of the pool, the report stated. After taking no more than 10 minutes to shower, Peitersen said, she walked back outside to check on Fougerousse because she didn’t see her in the shallow end. That is when she found Fougerousse at the bottom of the deep end, she told police.

Stig Peitersen, a Lufkin neurosurgeon, then reportedly jumped into the water and pulled Fougerousse from the pool. He began CPR before Lufkin Fire paramedics arrived.

Fougerousse was taken to Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin and later flown to Memorial Hermann.

Peitersen told investigators she believed Fougerousse had a couple glasses of wine and a margarita as they swam. She said her friend would drink on occasion.

Fougerousse’s clothes were found in a pile next to the pool as if she had taken them off to swim, the report stated. Cristina Peitersen reportedly told investigators it was common for her friend of 18 years to swim without clothing.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but results are not expected for several weeks, pending toxicology.

The responding Lufkin Police officer referred the case to the department’s Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation, although there was no indication in the report of foul play being involved.

Fougerousse was the wife of retired obstetrician Charles Fougerousse. The officer was unable to talk to him about the incident because of Fougerousse’s level of dementia, the report stated.

Jessica Cooley’s email address is jcooley@lufkindailynews.com.

Gladys Arlene Ray, 56, of Nacogdoches was born on June 24, 1957, to the late Virgil Black and Lovetta Black in Vandalia, IL. Gladys passed away on June 11, 2014.
Gladys grew up in Cowden, IL. She married, Terry Ray, on October 16, 1999, in the back yard of Terry’s mother’s home. They were happily married for almost 15 years. She enjoyed the outdoors very much. Gladys had her beautiful garden and along with that she also took care of all of her lovely flowers. She also enjoyed sewing, bowling, painting and puzzles. She loved and enjoyed doing crafts in general with her children’s grandmother. Her chickens also took up some of her time. It was the outdoors that Gladys loved to be in. Gladys was a very special soul and she touched anybody she met. She is loved and will be missed by anyone who knew her.
Gladys is survived by her husband, Terry Ray; sons, Steven Mueller and wife, Maria, Billy Mueller and wife, Jennifer; daughter, Suzanna Mueller and husband, Fernando Flores; sisters, Freda White, Hilda Dennis and husband, Dennis, Burins Blickem and husband, Raleigh, Bonnie Resse, and Martha Lorentz; brothers, Burl Black and wife, Loretta, Carl Black and wife, Patsy, and Curtis Black; grandchildren, Jessica Mueller, Kaleb Mueller, Kelsie Mendoza, Brandon Flores, Oscar Mendoza, Kailin Mueller, Alicia Mendoza, Tyler Mueller, Kara Mueller, Steven Jr. Mueller; step sons, Michel Ray and Mitchell Ray and wife, Catherine; step grandson, Nichols Ingle and Heather Ray.
In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

 

Services for Theodore “T.C.” Dobbs, Jr., 89 of Tyler, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Dr. Weldon Viertel officiating. He will be laid to rest at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday prior to the service.
Mr. Dobbs went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Tyler. He was born June 19, 1924 in Denton, Texas to the late, Theodore Cyrus Dobbs, Sr. and Sallie Mae Arnold Dobbs. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII at Iwo Jima as an electrician’s mate. He retired from NIBCO in Nacogdoches as an electrician after 35 years and was a member of The Woods Baptist Church in Tyler.
He is survived by his loving family, wife, Lorena Dobbs; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Ann Dobbs of Diboll; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Cal Barton of Tyler; a brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Ruby Dobbs of Tyler; a sister, Bennie Dobbs Fryman of Mt. Enterprise; six grandchildren, Stephen, Cy, Cam, Cole, Tom and Kate; and by four great-grandchildren, Riley, Kara, Chad and Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Joe Dobbs, Stephen Dobbs, Cy Dobbs, John Fryman, Joe Weaver and J.P. Dobbs.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester Drive, Tyler 75701.

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Monday May 12, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home
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Dorothy Margaret (Diehl) Hunter Obituary Memorial service for Dorothy Margaret (Diehl) Hunter, 83, will be during communion services at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, Nacogdoches. Mrs. Hunter died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at her residence. She was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Chillicothe, Mo. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=dorothy-margaret-hunter-diehl&pid=170623552&fhid=10778#sthash.yBlZp6HK.dpuf
 
Memorial services for Luellen Fain of Nacogdoches are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. "Lu" was born on Valentine's Day in 1952, to Victor B. and Lucille Fain and died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. Lu was a registered nurse and committed her life to helping people struggling with mental illness. She enjoyed her work and the people that it brought into her life. She was a kind and positive person who always considered her own needs secondary to those of her family and her work. She was happiest traveling and spending time laughing, joking and watching "Young Frankenstein" with her family. She was employed by Brentwood Hospital based in Shreveport, La., for the last 11 years and was the director of the Brentwood Outreach Center in Nacogdoches. Prior to that, she worked for Pinelands Hospital in Nacogdoches. She served on the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and held an active role in coordinating the Mission Possible Community Mental Health Conference each year. She also assisted with the "Sports Day Out" Festival for the Disabled held at Stephen F. Austin State University each year and was a former president of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Nathan Fain; her mother, Lucille Hammack Fain; and her father, Victor B. Fain. She is survived by her brother, Ferris Holloway Fain, his wife, Jamie Griffith Fain, and their two children, Jeffrey Holloway Fain of Chicago, Ill., and Jennifer Luellen Fain of Houston, Texas. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Nacogdoches High School class of 1970. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Samaritan Counseling Center, 903 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, or the charity of your choice . Laird Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=luellen-fain-lu&pid=169426487&fhid=19347#sthash.oHwnXLly.dpuf
 
Mr. William Hotchkiss "Bill" Peacock Sr., age 76, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his residence following a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.
He was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Jacksonville to the late William Theodore Hotch-kiss and Virginia Maureen Acker Hotchkiss. After the death of his father, his moth-er married Ralph William Peacock and he was adopted by him. He was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Texas A&M University in College Station with a BBA where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He retired from Diamond V Mills Inc. After retirement he worked for the Stephen F. Austin State University Police Traffic Department. He was a member of the Jaycees, Nacogdoches Rotary Club, a Little League baseball coach for many years, and a lifelong United Methodist Church member. He was a Master Mason and a member of Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2 in Nacogdoches and a Shriner.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emmie; his daughters, Penny Jane Peacock, of Kingwood, Patty Peacock Hawkins and husband David, of Houston, and Paula Peacock Estes and husband Mike, of Tyler; son, William Hotchkiss "Billy" Peacock Jr. and wife Trudonna, of Katy; grandchildren, Lauren Kristen Hawkins, of Houston, Joshua Leo Hawkins, of Houston, William Mathew Estes, of Tyler, William Hotchkiss "Will" Peacock III, of Katy, Hunter Charles Peacock, of Katy; sister, Jayne Peacock Walton, of Little Rock, Ark.; brother-in-law, Douglas Hilton Hassell, of Rusk; sister-in-law, Mary B. Hassell, of Rusk; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas H. Peacock; brother-in-law, James Leahman Hassell; and a sister-in-law, Mary L. Hassell.
A burial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Holcomb Cemetery in the Bulah community.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at First United Methodist Church 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, 75961; National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y., 10163, www.nationalmssociety.org/donate; or the charity of your choice .
Arrangements are under direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 N. St., Nacogdoches. To sign the guestbook go to www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 29, 2014
- See more at: http://obituaries.tylerpaper.com/obituaries/tylerpaper/obituary.aspx?n=william-hotchkiss-peacock-bill&pid=169386979&fhid=10778#sthash.IVwFc1Ac.dpufMr. William Hotchkiss "Bill" Peacock Sr., age 76, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his residence following a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.
He was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Jacksonville to the late William Theodore Hotch-kiss and Virginia Maureen Acker Hotchkiss. After the death of his father, his moth-er married Ralph William Peacock and he was adopted by him. He was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Texas A&M University in College Station with a BBA where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He retired from Diamond V Mills Inc. After retirement he worked for the Stephen F. Austin State University Police Traffic Department. He was a member of the Jaycees, Nacogdoches Rotary Club, a Little League baseball coach for many years, and a lifelong United Methodist Church member. He was a Master Mason and a member of Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2 in Nacogdoches and a Shriner.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emmie; his daughters, Penny Jane Peacock, of Kingwood, Patty Peacock Hawkins and husband David, of Houston, and Paula Peacock Estes and husband Mike, of Tyler; son, William Hotchkiss "Billy" Peacock Jr. and wife Trudonna, of Katy; grandchildren, Lauren Kristen Hawkins, of Houston, Joshua Leo Hawkins, of Houston, William Mathew Estes, of Tyler, William Hotchkiss "Will" Peacock III, of Katy, Hunter Charles Peacock, of Katy; sister, Jayne Peacock Walton, of Little Rock, Ark.; brother-in-law, Douglas Hilton Hassell, of Rusk; sister-in-law, Mary B. Hassell, of Rusk; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas H. Peacock; brother-in-law, James Leahman Hassell; and a sister-in-law, Mary L. Hassell.
A burial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Holcomb Cemetery in the Bulah community.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at First United Methodist Church 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, 75961; National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y., 10163, www.nationalmssociety.org/donate; or the charity of your choice .
Arrangements are under direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 N. St., Nacogdoches. To sign the guestbook go to www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 29, 2014

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Carolyn Hamrick, fifty-year resident of Nacogdoches, passed away on January 11, 2014. She was 86. Family visitation will be Thursday, January 16, between 5:00 and 7:00 PM at Cason Monk-Metcalf, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, and funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17 at 10:00 AM, at the Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel followed by entombment at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Carolyn was born September 27, 1927 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas and was the second child of William David Lemon and Nora Juanita Connor. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1945 and then attended Texas Christian University for two semesters. Carolyn married Bill W. Hamrick, also of Sulphur Springs, on January 16, 1949. They had two sons, David and Joe. The family lived for two years in Columbia and St. Louis, while Bill finished his doctorate degree at the University of Missouri, and then moved to Nacogdoches in September 1962 to join the Stephen F. Austin faculty.

Carolyn was a supportive and loving wife for 62 years and a wonderful mother. She was active in the SFA Women's Faculty Club and worked for the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce before joining Crawford Building Materials as an interior decorator for fifteen years. She loved to collect antiques, play bridge, travel and was a great cook. She loved her family, her many friends and the city of Nacogdoches. Carolyn was devoted to the Westminster Presbyterian Church and in 2001 was honored to receive the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership Award in recognition of faithful service in the church's work. She faced the adversity of childhood polio and two different cancers with extraordinary courage, strength, and dignity and at the end of her life focused her attention on the well-being of family, friends, and caregivers rather than on herself.

Carolyn is predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill who died January 16, 2011 and her sister Jane Onley of Sherman, Texas. She is survived by son David and wife Kathy Dunn Hamrick of Austin and their children Jacob Hamrick of Brooklyn NY and Hannah Hamrick of Austin. Also son Joe and partner Elin L. Ferrell of Lufkin and nieces Kathy Onley of Plano and Patricia Onley of McKinney.

The family thanks the staffs of Magnolia Court Assisted Living and LifeCare Health Services of Nacogdoches for making Carolyn safe, comfortable, and happy in her final years and days. A special thank you to Dana Thorne of Principle Home Health and niece Kathy Onley for providing many weeks of loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that friends make a contribution to the Bill and Carolyn Hamrick Human Services Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin University, by contacting the SFA Alumni Association directly at PO Box 6096, Nacogdoches, TX 75962; or by calling (936) 468-3407; or by going online at www.sfaalumni.com/donations.

 

 

Funeral services for Lois Marie Collier Carlson, age 77, of Nacogdoches, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Nacogdoches with Joshua Rhodes officiating and burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. She was born May 6, 1936, in the New Hope community of Nacogdoches, the daughter of Alton Terrell Collier and Tommie Inez Walker Collier and passed away, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. She spent her early years roaming the acres of the SFA College Dairy that her daddy managed where she, along with her sister, JoAnne and cousin, MaryAnn, created some of her best childhood memories. She loved making playhouses from pine straw, teacups from acorns, and outrunning her brother, Buford, after she'd ridden his horse without permission. Her older sister Laura, "LarBelle," helped take care of her after she was struck by a car while getting off the school bus at age 12. She adored her older brothers, Cecil, Lenox and Homer and always described how hard it was for their mama and daddy during WWII when the soldier's whereabouts were unknown. Lois was a beautiful, NHS senior when she met Billy Mooney, her school bus driver and future husband. She graduated in May 1954 and they married in June. Following Laura's example of three "J's", she and Billy had Jan, Judy and Joy. The large Collier clan was very close and Lois loved the big boisterous family reunions and Christmas parties that continued over more than half a century. Toddler nephew, Jack Jr., was the first to call her Aunt "Ree"...it stuck and she loved it. She was known for her southern cooking ... especially chicken and dressing, Ritz pecan pies, hot chocolate cakes, beans, cornbread and mashed potatoes. Many important things in her life happened at the family church ... New Hope Congregational Methodist...where there were weddings, family parties, baby dedications and funerals. Loss and young widowhood came too soon. Later, she and Joe Mims, Billy's childhood friend, married and that brought Joe's sons, Joe and Doug, into the family. Lois and "Dumas" spent their middle years together and watched as seven plus five grandchildren were born ... Lauri, Katy, Trent, Clint, Kelli, Joshua, April, Christi, Kinsey, Rachel, Lauren and Caroline. Retirement came and so did laughter filled road trips with her aging siblings. And she and Dumas became charter members of the Nacogdoches Congregational Methodist Church. At some point she taped a verse of Scripture to the flyleaf of her Bible: "If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." â€" (II Chronicles 7:14) And then loss and widowhood came again. A generation of great-grandchildren began ... Bryson, Corbin, Mason, Rylan, Kendall, Harlan and Faith. And the original generation of siblings grew smaller, but their stories were still told at the family reunions and Christmas parties. Lois became Mrs. Ed Carlson and they shared 8 years. Her decline began several years ago and Thanksgiving morning she told Judy that she was going Home. And that afternoon, while Jan, April & Faith, Lauri & Rylan were at her bedside...she left to go Home. In addition to her husband, Ed Carlson, Lois is survived by daughters, Jan Rhodes, Judy Sweat and husband, Jim, and Joy Floyd and husband, Tom; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, JoAnne Whitehead and husband, Joe Bob as well as other extended family and good friends. Pallbearers will be Jim Bob Sweat, Jimmy Collier, Jack Hand, Jerry Hand, John Hand, Larry Collier, Bobby Whitehead, Ronnie Collier and Dale Collier. Honorary pallbearers will be Collier nephews. Visitation with Lois' family will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. To leave condolence or sign the online guest register, please visit www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=lois-marie-collier-carlson&pid=168256440&fhid=19347#sthash.iXy74bGh.dpuf

 

 

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Janell Badders, age 79, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, December 1, 2013, at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Johnny Damon officiating with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Janell was born January 2, 1934, in Center, Texas, the daughter of Claude and Nellie Warr Linthicum and passed away Monday, November 25, 2013, at her home in Nacogdoches, Texas. She attended Center schools and graduated from Center High School. Janell and William A. “Bill” Badders were married February 2, 1956, and were married 50 years. She devoted to her to caring for her family. Janell enjoyed cooking and gardening and was a member of Fredonia Hill Baptist church.
Janell is survived by her sons, Jeff Badders and wife, Jackie and Tim Badders and wife, Sharon, all of Nacogdoches; 10 grandchildren, Heath Badders, Kristen Badders Conklin and husband, Shannon , Rachel Badders Whyte and husband, Luke, Sam Badders, Faith Badders, Joel Badders, Cole Badders, Nathan Badders, Michael Badders and Hope Badders; great grandchild, Hadley Badders; sisters, Claudine Epps of Nacogdoches and Barbara Green and husband, W. T. of Memphis, Tennessee; as well as other extended family and good friends.
In addition to her husband, Bill, Janell was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Connie Nicole Badders.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Heath, Sam, Joel, Cole, Nathan and Michael Badders. Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Nichols.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of East Texas at 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 PM, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.
To leave a condolence or sign the online guest register please visit www.lairdfh.net.

 

Shirley Jean Graves Bailey passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Nacogdoches. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church, Nacogdoches. Bro. Paul Sevar of Calvary Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, and Bro. Walter Futch of Trinity Baptist Church, Lufkin, will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Cason Monk-Metcalf. Shirley Graves Bailey was born March 23, 1927, in Johnson City, N.Y., to Clifford and Mildred Scudder. She attended Eastern Baptist College and Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. She came to Nacogdoches first in 1968 with her husband, the Rev. Robert Graves, who was pastor of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, until 1972. They also pastored churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine and West Virginia. She returned to Nacogdoches after his death in 1975, and married Howard Bailey in 1979. He preceded her in death in 1999. While in Nacogdoches she worked for Dr. Jack Erwin and then served as secretary to the music minister at Calvary Baptist Church. After retirement, she committed herself to church and charitable organizations. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, and the Joyful Sound choir. Having sung all her life, she was often asked to sing in church and is well remembered for singing "He Touched Me." She served as president of the Pilot Club of Nacogdoches and later as Governor of the Texas District of Pilot International. She was the first inductee in the Pilot Texas District Hall of Fame. She also volunteered with the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2001, she helped establish the Rainbow Room, a charitable organization to support the work of Child Protective Services. She served as president of the Nacogdoches County Community Partners Board of Protective Services, which oversees the Rainbow Room. For her service, Gov. George W. Bush recognized her with the "President's Call to Service" Award. In 2011, the Rainbow Room was renamed the Shirley Bailey Rainbow Room in her honor. She is survived by son, Gordon Graves and wife, Shirley of Arlington; son, Keith Graves and wife, Judy of Nacogdoches; daughter, Beth Napier and husband, Chuck of Charlotte, N.C.; stepson, Bill Bailey and wife, Joy of Houston; stepdaughter, Mary Rice and husband, Randy of Nacogdoches; and stepdaughter Cathy Hammack and husband, John of Ingram, Texas. She had seven grandchildren, Shane Graves and wife, Dina of The Woodlands, Bryan Graves of Melrose, Wendy Teer and husband, Eric of Burleson, Scott Graves and wife, Melissa of Arlington, Amanda Mader and husband, Joe of Fayetteville, N.C., and Nick Napier and Charlie Napier of Charlotte, N.C. She also had 10 great-grandchildren, Nolan and Caleb Graves of Melrose, Peyton, Rylie, and Bryce Graves of The Woodlands, Noah and Joel Teer of Burleson, Troy and Landrey Graves of Arlington, and Michael Mader of Fayetteville, N.C. Many friends were part of her life, including special friends George and Loretta Cammack, Margie Berger, Fran Simms, Jill Bush, Dorothy Wallace and Tommye Adams. Her family also wishes to thank the staff at The Arbor Assisted Living, where she lived for the last two years, for their compassionate and loving care. The family requests that memorials go to the Nacogdoches Community Partners â€" Rainbow Room or the music ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-jean-graves-bailey&pid=168126110&fhid=10778#sthash.cCuybV9R.dpuf

 

 

Mary Evelyn Molandes

Funeral services for Mary Evelyn Molandes, age 78, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home chapel with Bro Dock Lazarine and Rev Rick Anderson officiating and burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Evelyn was born August 10, 1935 in Alto, Texas; she grew up in the Alto community, attended school there and graduated Alto High School in 1953, she also attended Massey Business College in Nacogdoches. Evelyn and Roy Molandes were married August 3, 1957 and they celebrated 46 years together before he passed away January 5, 1997. She enjoyed painting and was quite accomplished; she loved to cook and Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday. Evelyn enjoyed the company of her pets, both cats and dogs; she was a member of and attended Old North Church. She worked as a secretary/clerk for Dr. W. E. Furniss, II for some years.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Scott Molandes and wife, Janet of Nacogdoches; daughter, Debbie McCartney and husband, Rickey; grandchildren, Heath McCartney, Matthew Molandes, Maci Molandes, Garrett Molandes, Maverick Molandes and Hannah Molandes; great grandchildren, Dillon Pipes and Sean McCartney; sister, Charlotte Perdue as well as other extended family and good friends.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Molandes and son, Jody Molandes.

Pallbearers will be Ty McCarty, Steve McCarty, Bud Grimes, Sid Abernathy, Steve Bryant and David Bryant.

Visitation with Evelyn’s family will be held from 5 until 8 PM, Monday, September 30, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home.

To leave condolence or sign the online guest register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

 

Paul Edward Whitten

Funeral services for Paul Edward Whitten, age 85, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Terry Hodge and the Rev. Rex Humphreys officiating and burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Paul was born Nov. 27, 1927, and passed away Sept. 29, 2013, in Nacogdoches. Paul was born to the late Homer William Whitten and Pauline Gates Whitten, in Philadelphia, Miss. He moved to Nacogdoches when he was three years old. Paul graduated from Nacogdoches High School. He was employed with Hunt Plumbing Supply for many years; he then was employed at John S. Wyatt Office Supply, where he later retired after 23 years of service. Paul enjoyed hunting, the "outdoors," fish and yard work. He was blessed to have his loving grand and great-grandchildren; they were his pride and joy over all. He enjoyed spending his time every minute he could with them. Paul was a member of First Christian Church where he was a loyal and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior. Mr. Whitten was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a special friend to all who knew him; he will be very well missed. Paul is survived by son, Russell Whitten and wife, Cheryl, of Nacogdoches; sister, Patty Whitten Stephens and husband, Jim, of Lufkin; grandchild, Brooke Whitten and husband, Jamen Stephenson, of Nacogdoches; great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Stephenson; great-grandson, Nolan Stephenson; and special love of his life, Carolyn Blankenship. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rita Jo Russell Whitten; parents, Homer William Whitten and Pauline Gates; and brother, Bill Whitten. Pallbearers will be Alton Hayes, Clem Russell, John Swearingen, Keith Hanks, Mike Shofner and Richard Humphreys. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Weems, David Weems, Gill Daniels, David Campbell and Chuck French. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to: First Christian Church Building Fund, 702 Mound Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Laird Funeral Home.
 

Obituary for Mary Molandes

Funeral services for Mary Evelyn Molandes, age 78, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home chapel with Bro Dock Lazarine and Rev Rick Anderson officiating and burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Evelyn was born August 10, 1935 in Alto, Texas; she grew up in the Alto community, attended school there and graduated Alto High School in 1953, she also attended Massey Business College in Nacogdoches. Evelyn and Roy Molandes were married August 3, 1957 and they celebrated 46 years together before he passed away January 5, 1997. She enjoyed painting and was quite accomplished; she loved to cook and Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday. Evelyn enjoyed the company of her pets, both cats and dogs; she was a member of and attended Old North Church. She worked as a secretary/clerk for Dr. W. E. Furniss, II for some years.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Scott Molandes and wife, Janet of Nacogdoches; daughter, Debbie McCartney and husband, Rickey; grandchildren, Heath McCartney, Matthew Molandes, Maci Molandes, Garrett Molandes, Maverick Molandes and Hannah Molandes; great grandchildren, Dillon Pipes and Sean McCartney; sister, Charlotte Perdue as well as other extended family and good friends.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Molandes and son, Jody Molandes.

Visitation with Evelyn’s family will be held from 5 until 8 PM, Monday, September 30, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home.

Obituary for Willard Pevey

Dr. Willard Joel Pevey of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away Monday, September 23, 2013, at the age of 83. Dr. Pevey was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana on April 6, 1930, and was raised in the Lee’s Creek Baptist Church. He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1947 and entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

After completing his initial service, he moved back to Louisiana to begin his college education. He initially attended Southeastern University in Hammond and transferred to Louisiana State University in 1951 where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctor of Medicine in Obstetrics & Gynecology. While at LSU, he met his future wife of 60 years, Jo Rhea Blackwell Pevey, and they were married in the Baptist Student Union on campus on November 26, 1952.

Upon graduation, he served 12 years in the USAF and in 1967 at the rank of Major, he left the service to start a private practice in Shreveport. The next year, he moved his family to Nacogdoches to open an OBGYN practice with Dr. Jerry Sanders, a friend and fellow Air Force officer.

Dr. Pevey practiced medicine in Nacogdoches for 10 years. He re-entered the Air Force in 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel and was stationed at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, TX. In 1980, he was assigned to Wiesbaden, West Germany as Medical Director of the USAF hospital. He served in this capacity during the time the American hostages held in Iran were released and brought to Wiesbaden for medical evaluation before returning to America.

In 1983, he was promoted to full Colonel and returned to Bergstrom AFB as Hospital Commander. Colonel Pevey joined the USAF Inspector General Team in 1985 and spent the next two years traveling to USAF hospitals around the world. His military career, which began at age 17, came full circle when he returned to San Antonio where he retired as Deputy Surgeon General of the USAF Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base.

Following retirement from the Air Force, Dr. and Mrs. Pevey moved back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he taught and mentored OBGYN residents at the LSU School of Medicine.

Dr. and Mrs. Pevey entered full retirement and moved to Huntsville, Texas. In 2011, they moved back to Nacogdoches, Texas.

Willard Joel Pevey was a wonderful human being who had an intense belief and faith in our Lord and Savior. He had a great love for family, a deep caring for others and extraordinary love of music. His unique sense of humor, warmth and compassion for his patients and his straightforward outlook on life will always be remembered by all. We love him and will miss him greatly.

Dr. Pevey was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Rhea Clare Blackwell Pevey; sister, Mary Frances Pevey Riseden; and brother Harold Arthur Pevey. He is survived by his sister, Winnifred Geraldine “Judi” Pevey Coers of Marble Falls, Texas; daughters, April Pevey Stanaland and husband, Alan, of Leander, TX; Jody Pevey Perroni of Bacliff, TX; Lisa Pevey Rodrigues and husband, Tim, of Nacogdoches, TX; son, Scott Pevey and wife, Sandy, of Edmond, OK; grandchildren, Summer Stanaland Jurrells and husband, Jason, Clay Stanaland and wife, Amy, Jessica Perroni and Felipe Garza, Jace Pevey, Laura Dean, Tanner Dean, Ladonna Cook and husband, Ryan, Robert Rodrigues, Marcus Rodrigues; great grandchildren, Braden Jurrells, Abigail Stanaland, Jackson Jurrells, Avery Stanaland, Christion Byers, Haley Byers, and Connor Cook. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Pevey Family would like to give special thanks to the caregivers of their beloved mother and father over the past year including Dana Thorn (owner), Charles Royal, DeAndra Mitchell, Tona Parker Greer, Consuela Forney, Rolanda Coleman, Canesha Cartwright all of Principle Home Health and also, Connie Varner and JR Stein of Heart to Heart Hospice.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Dub Holland officiating. A graveside service and interment will then be held at Lee’s Creek Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lee’s Creek Baptist Church, 1803 Lee’s Creek Church Road, Bogalusa, LA 70427.
 

 

 

 

Donald Lee Evers

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Donald Lee Evers, 70, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Don was born on June 3, 1943, in Valparaiso, Indiana to the late Edward Evers and Ruth Johanson Evers. He passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Don joined the Air Force right out of high school and served his country until 1965 at Bergstrom Air Force Base. The service is what brought him to Texas where he lived until his death. Don was proud to have served his country and his love for it never waivered. After he left the Air Force, he started his working career at Amtex Supply in Austin, Texas. He moved from Austin to Slocum in 1977 and went to work for Moore Supply Company in Nacogdoches, where he was employed for 36 years.
Don was someone extraordinarily special. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather and cared so much for his family and friends. He was unselfish, loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He had so much compassion for mankind. Anytime he saw people suffering, Don suffered with them. He loved traveling and seeing new sights, especially going back to Indiana to visit.
Don was thoughtful, caring, loving and supportive to his family, friends, and co-workers. He met so many friends along his journey and would lend a hand to anyone in need. His character gave him the ability to make everyone whom he met feel special. He would go above and beyond the call of duty to his fellow man.
Don loved farming and even tried it as a hobby in Texas. He loved watching any kind of sport, especially the Dallas Cowboys (he knew in his heart that they would return to the Super Bowl one day), but his favorite games to watch were the ones being played by his grandkids. He loved to go quail hunting with his hunting buddies, especially when his son joined him. He loved fishing and golf as well. A big kid at heart, Papa was right in the middle of any game the grandkids were playing, and loved playing Santa at Christmas. Don made the best French toast, hands down, and he even had the apron to prove it. There will never be ribs or pork chops as good as Papa’s.
There are not enough words to say how wonderful Don truly was. He will be forever missed and forever in our hearts.
“Live every moment, laugh every day, and love beyond words.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and late wife, Donna Reed Evers of Slocum.
He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Brenda Hood Evers; brother, Larry Evers and wife Charlene of Union Mills, Indiana, sister, Nancy Schwartz of Wanatah, Indiana; daughters, Wendy Wentz and husband Jim of Arlington, and Donja Turner of Mesquite; son, Steven Evers and wife Jody of Slocum; step-son, Kevin Packard of Oakton, Virginia; step-daughter, Tina Packard Franke and husband Dan of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Mikala Turner, Briley, Brance, and Brock Evers, Landon and Mason Wentz, and Kaden Packard; great-grandson, Garrison Turner; as well as many great friends and co-workers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches.
Pallbearers will be Garry Beavers, Jay Campbell, Wade Cobb, William Fletcher, Ray Hillhouse, Tony Johnson, Steve Jones, and Trae Norman.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 5-7 PM at Laird Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7:00.
To offer condolences to the family please log onto www.lairdfh.net.

 

 

Nacogdoches Mourns Loss of Charles Bright

Nacogdoches lost a lifelong resident who poured his heart into this city, always trying to make it a better, more beautiful place to live.

Charles Bright, 86, philanthropist, innovator and co-founder of Bright Coop, died Saturday morning.

Francis “Ab” E. Abernethy said he lost a good friend, and Nacogdoches lost a real asset.

“He had more stories of this town than anybody,” Abernethy said, adding that Bright was born and raised right in the square downtown. “I think about all those stories lost.”

Bright’s father owned a grocery store in the Ingraham Building on Pilar Street, a building Bright later renovated. The building eventually housed his antique and art store. And just a few feet away, behind the downtown fire station, is where Bright and his sister, Joyce, were born.

On Saturday, Abernethy recalled all the ways Bright worked to make things better.

“He was so dedicated to the improvement of downtown — well, the whole town,” he said. No matter what the project, Abernethy said Bright “was always wanting to fix it.”

“Nacogdoches was his town, and he gave to it, most liberally, all his life.”

Bright assisted with the restoration of the depot on Main Street and was very influential in turning the downtown post office into what it is today, a center for visitors. He assisted in transforming the square into the Plaza Principal project, featuring beautiful landscaping, statues, benches and engraved bricks on the sidewalk. The visitors center was named for him in March of this year, and guest speakers talked about his character and his vision.

Close friend, Bryan Holt Davis, spoke about Bright’s childhood growing up on the square — how his father would often offer store credit to families who could not afford to pay for much-needed items. He also spoke of Bright’s impact on Nacogdoches.

“The things that he’s done are just limitless,” Davis said to a crowd on the city’s square. “Charles Raymond got rich on the side while helping everybody else in town. As far as I can tell, he never profited one bit from all his good works.”

Davis then read a quote by William Wordsworth. “That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love,” he said, looking down at Bright. “Well, Charles, that’s what you have done, and it will never be forgotten.”

Bright also served on the Nacogdoches County Hospital District Board of Directors for nearly two decades. Memorial Hospital auxiliary honored him for his service by building an addition to the hospital and naming it the Charles Bright Pavilion.

He’s been recognized as “Citizen of the Year and as an “Agriculture Pioneer” for his work with his company, Bright Coop. His company was honored as Agribusiness of the Year in 2012.

Bright married Lois Marie Gibbs Daner at 40, and lived with her on Virginia Street in a home he restored to its Victorian splendor. According to a previously published Sentinel article, Bright’s wife died of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2006. Three years later he married Carolyn Muckelroy Price, widow of Travis Price.

The Rev. Rex Humphreys, retired pastor of First Christian Church, was very close friends with Bright. Though he knew the end was coming soon, the news still brought tears to his eyes when he found out Saturday.

“I was his minister and he was an elder of the church,” he said. “More than that, he was my true friend.”

Humphrey’s said his association with Bright began in 1976 when he began his ministry at First Christian Church.

“He and I became close friends, not only in my capacity as his minister, but in a personal way as well,” he said. “He was a true man of God, always ready to help anyone in need, as well as fulfilling the needs of the church. He will be greatly missed by the many, many friends who loved and respected him.”

In a previous Sentinel article, Bright’s wife said her husband referred to his employees at Bright Coop as his “children.”

Bright Coop manager, Clem Russell, said he finds it fascinating that Bright has lived within two miles of the square his entire life.

“So, for 85 years, he has been near the heart of the city which he loves,” Russell has said.

Russell also spoke of Bright’s early years and how the lessons he learned from his father led him to develop relationships “with not only the citizens of Nacogdoches County, but throughout the entire nation.”

“In 1951, after returning home from serving his country in the United States Army, Charles and his brother, N.G., began a successful manufacturing business that has employed hundreds of people over the years and is still recognized today as the leading world supplier of ‘live poultry’ transportation and handling equipment,” Russell said. “While managing and developing a business, Charles was also a driving force and promoter in many local organizations.”

Russell called him a “bright spot for Nacogdoches.”

In 2012, when Bright was being interviewed about his statue projects following the unveiling of ‘The Gateway’ statue on the square, he said life would be boring if you didn’t have anything to do.

A reporter asked him how he feels about Nacogdoches, to which he simply stated: “I love it.”

Funeral arrangements are pending with Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

 
 
In Memory of Jack Norman Foshee 1931 - 2013
 
Funeral services for Jack N. Foshee, age 82, of Garrison, Texas will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches with minister Bill Sherrill officiating; a short graveside service will follow at 2 PM at the Gladewater Memorial Park Pavilion, in Gladewater, Texas with minister Kim Squiers officiating. Jack passed away on August 17, 2013 in Garrison, Texas.

Jack was born in Gladewater, Texas on May 6, 1931, to the late Albert Martin Foshee and Gladys Phillips Foshee. He graduated from Gladewater High School in 1949. During his high school years Jack played the cornet in the Gladewater Band, which was named Best High School Band in the nation and he took great pride in participating in the march down 5th Ave in New York City. He attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he graduated with a BS in Agriculture in 1953. Mr. Foshee served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1949 to 1962 in the National Guard Infantry.
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Beth, on August 17, 1952, and he passed away on their 61st anniversary, August 17, 2013. Jack was a devoted member of the Appleby Church of Christ and a long time member of North Street Church of Christ.


Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, laughing and most of all he loved growing trees, working the land and being outdoors, as he felt closer to God while enjoying His wonderful creation. Mr. Foshee was very involved in the community- helping his friends and neighbors in any which way he could or just any one who was stranded on the side of the road. He was employed by Texas Farm Products in Nacogdoches for 15 years; he was the 1st president of the Forest Landowners Assoc. in Nacogdoches County. He and his brother Bob were partners in Foshee Brothers Oil & Gas, and leased and sold the minerals which became the Naconiche Creek Gas Field; established Nacogdoches Trade Days and Sandia Park in the 1980’s.

Jack loved and enjoyed his family and friends but most of all his grandchildren had his loving heart.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Beth Foshee of Garrison; two sons, Richard Martin and wife, Carla of Nacogdoches and Ronald Roberts and wife, Susan of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Judith Kruwell and husband, Jeffery of New Braunfels; sister, Frances Beavers of Longview; grandsons, Christian Foshee and wife, Kristen, Caleb Foshee and wife, Emily, Brett Swanzy and wife, Sarah, Ryan Foshee and wife, Renie , granddaughter Halley Foshee and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Martin Foshee and Gladys Phillips Foshee; two brothers, Don Foshee and Bob Foshee, and sister, Mary Mead.
Mr. Foshee was a resident of the Garrison Nursing Home for three years where he received excellent care from a skilled and loving staff.

Visitation with family and friends will be held beginning at 9:30 until the service starts at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Interment will follow at Gladewater Memorial Park at 2:00 PM.

Mr. Foshee was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed dearly.
In Memory of

Gayla Wright Sanders

June 1, 1926 - July 1, 2013

 

Mrs. Gayla McLain Wright Sanders, age 87, of Lufkin, Texas, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013.

Mrs. Sanders was born June 1, 1926, in Nacogdoches County to parents William Albert McLain and Susa Louella (Whitaker) McLain. She was a longtime resident of the Nacogdoches before moving to PineCrest Retirement Community in Lufkin a few years ago.

Her survivors include her son, Richard Carlisle Wright and wife Kimberly of Nacogdoches; daughters, Gayla Malinda Wright of Conroe and Sandy Besse Wright Smith and husband Michael W. of Palestine; a sister, Buene McLain Sitton of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Casey Carlisle Smith, Carli Madison Smith, Andrew Richard Pruitt, Natalie Ann Pruitt, and Jesse Carlisle Wright.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Interment will follow at Nat Cemetery, located on FM 343 in Nacogdoches County.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Memorials may be offered to the Nat Cemetery Association's upkeep fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com

Funeral for Gayla McLain Wright Sanders, 87, of Lufkin will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Bro. Dale Weir officiating. Burial will be in Nat Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. Mrs. Sanders died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Lufkin. She was born June 1, 1926, in Nacogdoches County. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 
 
Graveside service for Mr. Richard O. Blackburn, 66, of Longview will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at McKnight Cemetery in Cushing with Chaplain Maury Millican officiating. Mr. Blackburn was born on May 29, 1947, in Sacul to Frank Blackburn and Carolyn Blackburn. Richard served his country in the United States Army in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the American Legion Post #86 in Nacogdoches. He is survived by his two brothers, Jim Blackburn and wife, Beth, and Philip Blackburn and wife, Mitzi, all of Nacogdoches; and one sister, Emily Kerr of Douglass. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Carolyn Blackburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McKnight Cemetery, PO Box 72, Cushing, Texas 75760.
 
 
Geneva Estelle Sessions, 79, of Nacogdoches passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Geneva was born on May 31, 1934, in Shawnee, Okla. She was born to George and Lou Ella Collins who, following the Great Depression, moved to Oakland, Calif. at the onset of WWII. After the war, the family moved to South Texas where Geneva later met and married her husband of 51 years, Roger Sessions. Roger, Geneva and their children settled in Nacogdoches in 1972. Geneva graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in interior design. She then owned and operated Neva’s Draperies, and was a loving wife and mother to their three children. Geneva was treasured by her friends and family. She had a sweet spirit and was loved by everyone that knew her. Geneva is preceded in death by her parents, George Dale Collins and Lou Ella Anderson Collins; husband, Roger E. Sessions; and sister, Vivian Allison. She is survived by her brother Ernest Collins and wife, Thelma of Wasilla, Alaska; sons, Roger Carl Sessions, M.D. and wife, Renee of Henderson, Craig E. Sessions, M.D. and wife, Loretta of Nacogdoches; daughter, Melanie Kasper, M.D. and husband, John of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Matt Thigpen and wife, Natalie, Katie Sessions Smith and husband, Lance, Kelly Sessions, Krystin Sessions, Briley Sessions Wiley and husband, Justin, Jordan Sessions, Dylan Smith and Alexandra Sessions; five great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Joel Sessions and wife, Sue, Pete Sullivan and wife, LaDonna; sister-in-law, Joyce Sessions; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and great friends. Graveside memorial service will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Wells at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, with Pastor Randy Sceroler of Hillview Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to Hillview Baptist Church in Henderson or Rube Sessions Library in Wells.
 
Longtime Nacogdoches resident Irene Ruth Loftin Cooksey, age 92, passed away peacefully June 7, 2013, in Plano, Texas, at the home of her daughter following a brief illness.

Ruth was born February 13, 1921, in Akron, Ohio, to Texas natives Joel Dewitt Loftin and Beth Saxon Loftin. Before she started school, her family moved to Texas and she was raised in Waco, where she graduated from Waco High School in 1938. She was always grateful for the loving presence, support and influences of her grandparents, aunts, and uncles during her formative years.
She graduated from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food.

She received her Master's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1970. She married Henry Bennett Cooksey on March 21, 1947, near Henderson, Texas, at the Carlisle Baptist Church. They lived in Henderson, Greggton, Longview, and finally Nacogdoches, where Ruth resided for 45 years. They have two children, Sally and Robert. Ruth taught elementary and secondary reading in the Longview Public Schools and one year at Central Heights before retiring. Late in 2011, Ruth moved to the Conservatory, an independent senior apartment complex in Plano, to be near her family.

Through her years in Nacogdoches, Ruth participated in many community activities such as University Women's Club, Stone Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and teacher groups such as Alpha Delta Kappa and Texas Retired Teachers.
Her first love has always been Jesus Christ her savior and her passion was service in her church. Ruth was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Waco by Rev. J. M. Dawson. During her adult life, Ruth felt privileged to worship in churches led by ministers who were also dear friends: Rev. Milton Davis of Carlisle Baptist Church who married her; Rev. James Dixon of First Baptist Greggton, Dr. Morris Ford of First Baptist Longview, and Dr. Allen Reed, of First Baptist Nacogdoches. Ruth attended services at the Conservatory in Plano led by Rev. Paul Williams.

While an active member of FBC Nacogdoches, Ruth was involved in the Women's Missionary Union, Intercessory Prayer Room Ministry, Flower Committee, and a pulpit committee. She once was named "mother of the year" in her church.
Her second love was her family. Left to mourn her are daughter Sally and husband Dan Ray of Plano; son Robert and wife Gail Cooksey of Colleyville; granddaughter Deborah and husband David Lott of Plano; grandson Bennett Ray of Plano; and great-grandchildren Alyssa and David Lott, Jr. of Plano. Also surviving Ruth are her brother Harry S. Loftin, nephew Joel and wife Teresa Loftin of Wesley Chapel, Florida; sister-in-law Emma Ruth Cooksey of Weatherford; and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Dr. Bennett Cooksey and her brother Joe D. Loftin.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be at two p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013, in the chapel of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches. A memorial service is planned for June 22, 2013, at the Conservatory in Plano.

Pallbearers will be Richard Cook, Bill Stevens, John Alvin Woods, David Reed, Dwight Whitman, and John Wyatt; and honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth White, Jimmie Simms, Charles Pool, Dan Thompson, Tom Franks, Langston Kerr, Jimmy Partin, James Hurst, and Milton Moorer.

Memorials in her name may be designated to either Missions Projects or Steinway Piano Fund of First Baptist Church Nacogdoches, 411 North Street , Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.

The family expresses gratitude to Ruth's friends, neighbors, and church family for many loving acts of kindness.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.
 
 
 
.Funeral service for Mr. Glynn Myrlee Bryan, 73, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Otis Bryan and Bro. Bill Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at Broaddus Cemetery. Mr. Bryan passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Nacogdoches. He was born on Oct. 19, 1939. Glynn Myrlee Bryan was born in Nacogdoches to Jesse Lee and Mary Catherine Bryan. Myrlee grew up in Broaddus, Texas, where he graduated high school in 1957, which led him into multiple ventures over several years. Myrlee loved traveling and seeing the world while serving in the Navy. On May 23, 1970, he married Doris Marie Cedotal, and with her five children moved to Texas to begin their new lives together. After driving over a million miles across the U.S., Myrlee retired from driving over the road in 2006. He enjoyed watching the stock market and dabbled in it from time to time. He attended and had membership at Grace Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. He was a faithful supporter of the charity "Love A Child." He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and loved to converse with anyone about anything life offered. He was a lover of classical music and movies. He is survived by his brother, Jesse Eugene Bryan and wife, June; son, Kenneth Miller; daughters, Brenda Gossage and fiancé, Ray Mathews, Cindy Christian and husband, Danny, and Melissa Sheffield and husband, Wes; grandchildren, Jessica Hammerbeck and husband, Andrew, Vito Miller and wife, Sara, Joshua Cooper and wife, Alie, Brian Campbell and wife, Jessica, Jennifer Williams, Breanna Campbell, and Garyn Sheffield; great-grandchildren, Brennan Lovett, Jessika Williams, Kristin Williams, Beaux Campbell and Garrison Miller. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lee Bryan and Mary Catherine Bryan; wife, Doris Marie Bryan; and son, Gary Miller. Joshua Cooper, Brian Campbell, Vito Miller, Andrew Hammerbeck, Brian Derr and Michael Derr will serve as pallbearers. Wes Sheffield, Danny Christian, Ray Mathews and David Hogue will serve as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Love a Child, Inc., P.O. Box 60063 Ft. Myers, Fla. 33906. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home.
 

 

Mr. G.W. "Dub" Casper, 79, of Nacogdoches County, Texas, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Casper was born December 17, 1933, in the Lacyville community of Nacogdoches County to parents George and Josie Casper. He had been a lifelong resident of the area and graduated in 1953 from Nacogdoches High School. He was employed at NIBCO in Nacogdoches for 40 years, retiring as a foreman of the machine shop.

An avid fisherman and hunter, Dub also loved watching all sports on television. He was a charter member of Northwood Baptist Church.

His survivors include his wife, Sue Catlett Casper; sons, Marcus Casper and wife Maelena and Rick Casper and wife Janice; daughter, Kim Van Dunk and husband Kris; grandchildren, Angie Russell, Andrea Casper, Kati Van Dunk, Kaylyn Van Dunk, Colton Casper, and Laci Sims; and great-grandchildren, Sawyer Durham and Taylar Casper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe Ollie Casper, Lacy Casper, and Buford Casper; and a grandson, Bradley Casper Swearingen.

Graveside rites have been set for 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at Saints Rest Cemetery, located on County Road 538 off FM 1275 in Nacogdoches County, with Bro. Dock Lazarine officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Pallbearers will be Scott Catlett, Chris Catlett, Luke Peterson, Marshall Peterson, Gordon Casper, Jerry Sims, Troy Commander, and Thomas Cooper II. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Bush, Howard Catlett, Al Hebert, Paul Peterson, and Leroy Casper.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christie Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904-5549.

 

 

 

The Satterwhite kids were great friends of my brother and mine while growing up at Nettie Marshall and Memorial Baptist.  Robbie became a great friend who always helped me get copies of the Daily Sentinel.  So sad to hear of her passing--Jan

Robbie Ware Satterwhite

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Funeral services for Robbie Ware Satterwhite, 61, of Pollok will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church with Pastor Ford Adkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery. Mrs. Satterwhite was born Oct. 30, 1951, in Dallas, Texas, to Orlin and Irene Ware, and died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in a local hospital. She had resided in Pollok for more than 20 years. Mrs. Satterwhite was employed in the accounting department of the Daily Sentinel for five years. She was an avid Astros fan. She enjoyed crocheting and loved to fish. She loved her family and was always smiling. Mrs. Satterwhite was a member of the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church. Survivors include her husband, John Satterwhite of Pollok; daughter, Dana Berney of Nacogdoches; son and daughter-in-law, George and Lori Berney of Lewisville; grandchildren, Lexi Berney and George Berney III; stepchildren and their spouses, Jesi Satterwhite and John Malloy of Nacogdoches, Cliff Satterwhite and Deanna Walker of Alachua, Fla., Misty and Jerry Black of Broaddus and Wyndi and Brian Cage of Nacogdoches; step-grandchildren, Andrew and Kayla Williams, Hailey Cage, Lesli Williams, Kimberly Bulls, Deacon Black, Austin and Avery Malloy; two step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kristi and Andy Vincent of Lynn Haven, Fla., and Sandra and Lyn Breeland of Dallas; brothers and sister-in-law, Rick Ware of Canton, and Dale and Ginger Ware of Hillsboro; mother-in-law, Opal Satterwhite of Nacogdoches; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Lana Satterwhite of Huxley, Mike and Sue Satterwhite of Saginaw, Mich., and Susan Satterwhite of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Beverly Norrell and Doris Murdock; and father-in-law, Bo Satterwhite. Pallbearers will be Bill Hall, Lee Redfern, Jerry Beeson, David Beeson, Alton Knight and Steven Knight. Honorary pallbearers will be the Womenís Ministry Team at Cross Timbers Cowboy Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay For Life of Nacogdoches County, c/o American Cancer Society , 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904 â€" acsevents.org; or Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904 â€" hospiceinthepines.org. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Cross Timbers Cowboy Church. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin.

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Graveside service for Kim Hogan, 58, of Wells, Texas, will be held Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Newmine Cemetery, Leesburg, Texas. Kim was a member of Hepsibah Baptist Church, Leesburg, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army where he received a National Defense Service Medal for Sharpshooter (Rifle). Kim is survived by brother, Mark Hogan and wife, Lynann, of Nacogdoches; brother, Eric Hogan and wife, Roselyn, of Seattle, Wash.; sister, Tana Davis and husband, Tillman, of Pittsburg, Texas; sister, Madelaine Gillis and husband, Guy, of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Hannah Paige Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg, Texas.
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Donna "Red" Estes

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A memorial service for Donna "Red" Estes, 54, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, with Steve Petty and Pastor Stan King officiating at Laird Funeral Home. Ms. Estes left this earth and entered into heaven April 7, 2012, in Nacogdoches. She was born July 20, 1957, in Texarkana, Arkansas, to James Odell Estes and Lovella Hughes Meyer. Donna graduated from Nacogdoches High School. She worked as a clerk at KJ's Convenience store for many years. She was a hard worker and known for her bubbly personality and smile. Donna was friendly, kind-hearted and never met a stranger. She was a loving mom, sister and friend. She was a free spirit who loved the outdoors, mountains, gardening and her feline friends. Donna will be missed by many whose hearts she touched. But we can rejoice knowing she is no longer in pain and has received the eternal healing from Our Savior. She is preceded in death by her father, James Odell Estes; and mother, Lovella Hughes Meyer; as well as maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by three sons, Jacob Odell Randall of Nacogdoches, Texas, Joshua Delmar Randall of Monroe, Washington, and Forrest Kenneth Randall of Nacogdoches, Texas; her stepfather, Ernest E. Meyer of Broaddus, Texas; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Charlet Meyer of Newton, Texas, Timothy Estes of Waianae, Hawaii, and James and Tiffany Estes of Lafayette, Louisiana; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta Cree of Texarkana, Texas, Rose and Ricky Sonnier of Port Neches, Texas, Darlene Estes of Nacogdoches and Stephanie Harrison of Texarkana, Texas; her best friend, P.J. Shipp of Nacogdoches, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Laird Funeral Home.

Douglas Earl Wehmeyer, 54, of Celeste passed away March 6, 2012 at his home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church of Celeste with

Rev. Jim Sherwin officiating. Interment will follow at Celeste Hogeye Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

 

Douglas was born August 8, 1957 in Houston to Clarence F. Wehmeyer and Francies (Landrum) Wehmeyer. On June 20, 1987, he married Yancy Barton in Lake Jackson, Texas. He was a software engineer and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Celeste.

 

His survivors include his wife Yancy Wehmeyer of Celeste; father of Austin; mother-in-law Marilyn Barton of Nacogdoches; sister Cheryl Hartgrove and husband Larry of Round Rock; brother-in-law Cal Barton and wife Jan of Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law Pat Barton.

 

Pallbearers will be Ken Wilgus, Larry Hartgrove, Cal Barton, Crawford Moore, Duane Compton, Robert Hartgrove and Matt Hartgrove.

 

The family request memorials be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Rhonda Dudley Gustafson

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Rhonda Dudley Gustafson, age 53 of Oshkosh, won her seven year battle with cancer and transitioned peacefully Sunday, March 18, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born August 20, 1958 in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Darwin and Iva Davis Dudley. She graduated from Nacogdoches High School, then went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin University. She married Jim Gustafson April 9, 1988, in Longview, Texas. Rhonda is loved and will be missed by her husband, Jim; children, Zack and Abby; her mother, Iva (Bobby) Wallace of Lilbert, Texas; her brother Kent (Sheri) Dudley of Midlothian, Texas; brother-in-law, Bruce (Pat) Gustafson; sisters-in-law, Diane (Robert) Tallman and Terry (Warren) Kempfert; and by many other family members and friends whose lives she has touched. She is preceded in death by her father, Darwin Dudley. Rhonda was a gentle and loving wife, mother and friend who was totally devoted to her family and to improving the lives of those around her. Her honesty, kindness and warm nature were traits that guided all who knew her. Her favorite thing in life was spending time with family. Over the years, she hosted many holiday and family events; she was the glue that held her family together. While fighting her illness, she remained a positive light on those close to her, proving her strength of character and unwavering faith. She was an unbelievable influence on those around her, selflessly putting our problems before her own. Though we all are saddened by her passing, we take comfort in the beautiful life that she led and knowing that her struggle has ended. Memorial service for Rhonda will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Laird Funeral Home, 2116 South Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First English Lutheran Church, 1013 Minnesota St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54902 or the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123 would be greatly appreciated. Please visit lairdfh.net to leave online condolences. Laird Funeral Home.
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Jo Sanford Conn

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Funeral services for Jo S. Conn, 58, of Cushing will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Cushing, with Bro. Jerry Jones officiating. Burial will be in Nat Cemetery under the direction of Dickie Allen Funeral Directors. Mrs. Conn died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Cushing. She was born April 27, 1953, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Douglas and Mozell Pike Sanford. She lived her entire life in the Nacogdoches area and was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by sons, Robert Foshee and Ray Conn. Survivors include her husband, Alton Conn of Cushing, Texas; sons, Derrick Foshee of Austin, Texas, and Doug Honea of Burleson, Texas, and Brandon Conn of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Stephanie Honea of Burleson, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the funeral home in Cushing. Memorial donations can be made to the Hearts Way Hospice of North East Texas, 437 W. Panola, Carthage, Texas, 75633. Dickie Allen Funeral Home, Cushing.
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Hazel Shelton Abernethy

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Hazel Shelton Abernethy died March 22, 2012 in Nacogdoches. Hazel was born May 20, 1927, in Nacogdoches the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shelton, who had come to Nacogdoches in 1923 as a faculty family for the opening of Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College. Coach Bob Shelton was SFA's first coach and athletic director and later was dean of men. Hazel was blessed with a long, rich, full life and with kin and friends who loved her dearly. She was grateful that she was able to do everything that she had wanted to do -- have children, teach, act and have cats and dogs in the house. Hazel's last discernible words were "I love you," and all she wanted for a eulogy was someone to say "thank you" for her joyful trip through life. Hazel went to SFA's Demonstration School through junior high. She graduated in 1944 from Nacogdoches High School, where she was student body president. She graduated from SFA in 1948, where she was Miss SFA and Carolyn Thompson Hill Award recipient. She received her M.A. from SFA in 1971 and taught in SFA's history department. At one time, Hazel was teaching history at SFA, her husband was teaching English, and her son, Robert, was teaching geology. All of her children attended SFA, and Hazel was a devoted alumna. Hazel married Francis Edward Abernethy, her high school sweetheart, June 12, 1948. She is survived by her husband and children, Luanna Cherry Cole and husband, Charles, Robert Morris Abernethy and wife, Kim, Sarah Elizabeth "Deedy" Abernethy and friend, Todd Weidner, Margaret Leslie "Maggie" Abernethy-Duffin and husband, John, and Benjamin Talbot Abernethy and wife, Penny. By her grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis Reeves, Sgt. Edward Cole, Leslie Cole, Patrick Abernethy, Sarah Abernethy and Jack Duffin. And by her great-grandchildren, Brittany and Justin Cole and Dylan and Abigail Reeves. Hazel is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Shelton Morgan and the Morgan family. Hazel's devotion was to her children, husband, home, dogs and cats (in that order), but she was happily and continually involved in other civic ventures. She was a member of her treasured Methodist Circle and member of the Heritage Club since 1965. She was in Nacogdoches Women's Hall of Fame, she served two terms as president of the City Federation of Women's Clubs, and she was named as a Distinguished Alumna of NHS. Hazel was a gifted speaker and presented programs throughout her professional career. During the 50th anniversary of World War II Hazel wrote "The Home Front: 1941-1945," which was published by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. The article was later selected by a national high school textbook company and was published with her audiotape and used for many years in the U.S. and by the armed forces schools abroad. Hazel loved an audience -- her children and husband, her students, strangers in an elevator -- and her favorite extra-familial activity was her involvement in Sarah McMullan's Lamp-Lite Theatre. She began her 30-odd years of acting, building and back-staging with Lamp-Lite in 1970s and was a devoted Lamp -Liter ever since. Hazel loved the theater, and when she visited London, she and Ab went to a play every night, with a frequent matinee. Hazel loved to travel, as long as she had clean sheets, tea and crumpets at 10, and an "arf pint lager" after the show. She loved touring Australia, all of Europe, particularly Italy, but her traveling-heart's home was Ireland and the British Isles, and ultimately, London. Hazel was the hearth and heartbeat of her home and her family and was a much-loved and a much-loving wife, mother and grandmother. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2012, in the chapel in Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Memorial donations can be made to any of the several Alzheimer's Research foundations and to Heart to Heart Hospice for their care and support. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis Reeves, Sgt. Edward Cole, Leslie Cole, Patrick Abernethy, Sarah Abernethy and Jack Duffin. Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
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E. L. Luna

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A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. E.L. Luna, 96, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Burial will follow at Moral Cemetery. Mr. Luna was born October 14, 1915, to the late Nora Poskey and John Luna and was called home by the Lord December 25, 2011. E.L. lived in Nacogdoches all his life. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He worked for Champion Paper Mill in Lufkin, Texas for 32 years. E.L. retired to help his wife, Faustina with Luna's Restaurant. He loved playing the guitar, singing and dancing and was very talented at all three. He also had a passion for sports, especially football. But more than anything he loved his wife and family. E.L. is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Judy Luna and John C. and Lynn Luna, both of Nacogdoches; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Taylor McKewen of Lufkin; a brother and his wife, Sammy and Patricia Luna of Orlando, Florida; a sister, Nancy Lopez of Nacogdoches; brother-in-law, Raymond Ramos of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Martines of Beaumont; twelve grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and good friends. In additon to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Faustina Ramos Luna; his daughter, Mary Ann Jackson; one brother, Gene Luna; and sisters, Betty Reeves and Zeffie Ramos. Pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Luna Jr., Paul Luna, Darrell Luna, Scott Jackson, Tony Luna and Kirk Ross. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2508 Appleby Sand, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75965, St. Andrew's Catholic Church Building Fund, 1611 Feagin Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or the American Cancer Society , 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. The family would like to extend special thanks to Pine Crest Healthcare Center for the loving care they gave to their father. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. To offer condolence or to sign an online register, please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Joe Ellis Ericson
June 9, 1925 - November 11, 2011
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Dr. Joe Ellis Ericson, age 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Rock Haven Nursing Home, Nacogdoches.

Dr. Ericson was born June 9, 1925, in Throckmorton County, Texas, to parents Lester Yelma Ericson and Lena Agnes (Ellis) Ericson and had lived in Nacogdoches since 1957. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

After a number of years of faithful service, Dr. Ericson retired from Stephen F. Austin State University as a professor and chairman of the political science department. He was an author and had written numerous books. He was a co-author of a political science textbook, Practicing Texas Politics. He enjoyed gardening and was active with many groups and organizations, including Sons of the Republic of Texas, having served as a past President General; Jamestowne Society; Magna Charta Barons; American Political Science Association; Southwestern Political Science Association; Alpha Chi; a Knight of San Jacinto, past Knight Commander; and the Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters, having served as state president.

He was married to the former Carolyn Reeves on July 16, 1955 in Lubbock, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Reeves Ericson of Nacogdoches; a daughter, Linda Diane Devereaux of Virginia; sons, Joseph Reeves Ericson and wife Deborah Ericson of Nacogdoches and John Ellis Ericson and wife Bonnie Marlin Ericson of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Bonnie C. Ericson of Seminole, Texas; grandchildren, John Devereaux, Angela Rene Ericson, and William Reeves Ericson; a great-granddaughter, Lexington Leigh; and step-grandchildren, Victoria Shull, William Shull, and Elizabeth Russell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lester Lane Ericson.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 201 E. Hospital St. in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, located off Hwy. 21 East, Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. Online obituary and guestbook posted at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.
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Services for Dr. Joe E. Ericson, 86, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at First United Methodist Church, Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. Dr. Ericson was born June 9, 1925, in Throckmorton County and died Nov. 11, 2011, at a Nacogdoches nursing home. Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cason Monk-Metcalf, Nacogdoches, directors.
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Tommie Virginia Muckleroy Alders
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Funeral service for Mrs. Tommie Virginia Muckleroy Alders, 81, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Eastside Pentecostal Church with Rev. Enis Fuller, David Alders and Bro. Glen Morton officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Alders was born on Dec. 25, 1929, in Nacogdoches, Texas to the late A.J. "Son" and Clara Hamby Muckleroy. She passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2011, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Tommie was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School. She had a long working career ending with 20 years of service as a rural carrier with the United States Postal Service in Nacogdoches. She was an active DRT member, a member of the Colonial Dames and the James Haggard Chapter 1812. Tommie also volunteered for the Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue Rehab. She had also been a Cub Scout Den Mother and was involved in the Young Home Makers of America. She was a previous Sunday school teacher and had held numerous positions in the church through the years and was a member of Eastside Pentecostal Church of Nacogdoches. Tommie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and rarely missed out on their sporting events at school and in the summer. She was a wonderful cook, who prepared many many meals for her family throughout the years, but also loved to do so at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She canned in the spring and summer and entered the County Fair each year for competition. She enjoyed doing cross stitch as a pass time as well. All who knew Mrs. Alders will miss her tremendously. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Nathan Alders, Sr.; her daughter, Donna Rogers and husband, Marty and her son, Nathan "Poogie" Alders, Jr. and wife, Connie all of Nacogdoches; seven grandchildren, Melody Kennedy and husband, Casey, Kyle Alders and wife, Jenna, Justin Rogers and wife, April, Stephen Alders, Jonathan Rogers, Christopher Alders and Cade Alders; four great-grandchildren, Derek, Allie, Katie and Luke Kennedy; as well as numerous other extended family, church family and good friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Stanaland. Pallbearers will be Kyle Alders, Justin Rogers, Jonathan Rogers, Stephen Alders, Christopher Alders, Cade Alders, Casey Kennedy, Derek Kennedy and Luke Kennedy. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Alders honor to Eastside Pentecostal Church, 3801 Center Highway, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961 or a charity of your choice . Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Laird Funeral Home.
 

 

Joseph Cline Weaver
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Funeral service for Mr. Joseph Cline Weaver, 87, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Reed and Rev. John Withem officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Weaver was born January 18, 1924, in the Shady Grove Community in Nacogdoches, Texas, on the family farm (which had been in the family since 1861) to the late Samuel Claiborn and Mary Ella Humphreys Weaver. He and his wife still resided on this farm. He passed away peacefully October 27, 2011, in Nacogdoches. He and Maedelle Huckaby were married August 30, 1946, in Austin, Texas, while he was in the service to his country. They were married 65 blessed years. He was a graduate of SFA Demonstration School and Stephen F. Austin State University. He taught school for several years at Cleveland and Martinsville. He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist church, with current membership at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. Cline is survived by his loving wife, Maedelle Huckaby Weaver; two sons, Johnny Weaver and wife, Sue, and Joseph "Joe" Weaver and fiance, Deborah Cuthbertson, all of Nacogdoches; one son-in-law, Keith Matthews and wife, Pat, of Portland, Texas; two brothers, Loy Weaver of Grand Saline, Texas, and W.T. Weaver of Nacogdoches; one sister, Juanita Tomassini of Suisun, California; six grandchildren, Shelley Weaver Sears and husband, John, Casey Weaver of Katy, Christopher Matthews and wife, Cassi, of Fort Worth, Randy Weaver of Houston, Clay Matthews and wife, Danielle, of Walland, Tennessee, and Lucas Weaver of Nacogdoches; five great-grandchildren, Gavin Parker and Austin Sears of Katy, Brooklyn and Kennedi Matthews of Fort Worth and Cruze Matthews of Walland, Tennessee. Cline was preceded in death by his parents, Claiborn and Ella Weaver and his daughter, Patricia Weaver Matthews. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolence or to sign an online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 
Daniel Wayne Rhodes Ph.D.
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Funeral service for Daniel Wayne Rhodes, Ph.D, 63, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church with son, Joshua Rhodes and son-in-law, Michael Davis, officiating. Burial will follow at McKnight Cemetery. Mr. Rhodes was born September 9, 1948, in Lutesville, now known as Marble Hill, Missouri, to Dillard O'Kelley and Cora Abernathey Rhodes. He passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Dan graduated with a bachelor's degree from Westminster Bible College in Techaucana, Texas, a master's degree from Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and a Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology. He owned Rhodes Lumber Company in Alto, Texas, for 25 years and pastored McKnight Congregational Methodist Church in Cushing, Texas, for the past 20 years. His former pastorates include Allentown Congregational Methodist, Rocky Point Congregational Methodist, Bedford Congregational Methodist and Briggs St. Congregational Methodist. He enjoyed his work, both sawmill and especially the ministry. He was a gifted teacher who loved helping train "young" men for the ministry and completed his final series Tuesday night just hours before going Home. When asked why he didn't teach graduate classes, he responded, "Because the local church is where the action is -- that's where you save them and baptize them, marry them and bury them." Dan was a master of understatement and loved playing jokes -- he was particularly proud of having convinced one person that he couldn't read and that he bought his wife a case of green beans for Christmas last year. He was married to Jan, the love of his life, for 33 years and was a wonderful daddy to Joshua and April; and his role as a father reached out and lovingly encompassed many nieces, nephews and friends. He was a good man. He is survived by his wife, Jan Mooney Rhodes of Nacogdoches; son, Joshua Rhodes and wife, Jessie, of Austin; daughter, April Davis and husband, Michael, of Sacul; his mother, Cora Rhodes of Florence, Mississippi; one sister, Eunice Bruce and husband, Bill, of Florence, Mississippi; two brothers, Obed Rhodes and wife, Wanda, of Marble Hill, Missouri, and Noah Rhodes and wife, Rachel, of Florence, Mississippi; nieces and nephews, Dawn Lincoln, Peter Rhodes, Crystal Elfrink, Becky Engelhart, Tora Rhodes, Ben Rhodes, Mary Ross, Lauri Drury, Katy Van Horn, Clint Sweat, Kelli Sweat and Trent Floyd. In addition to his father, Dillard O'Kelley Rhodes, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Shrum. Pallbearers will be Peter Rhodes, Ben Rhodes, Jimmy Rogers, Bill Bruce, Jim Sweat and Clint Sweat. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Dan would be pleased for donations to be made to McKnight Congregational Methodist Church Youth Fund at PO Box 433 Cushing, Texas 75760. To convey condolence or to sign an online register please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 

Friends, family remember pastor who died in car wreck StoryCommentsImage (2)ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size FATAL ACCIDENT Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Spray-painted letters and lines mark the point of impact and the path of two vehicles at the scene of a fatal accident Wednesday on Highway 21 west of Douglass. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jerrald Moore said the tanker truck, at left, driven by Douglas Humberto Ayala, 43, of Houston, left the road, turned sideways and struck an eastbound pickup. The driver of the pickup, Dan Rhodes, 63, of Nacogdoches, was pronounced dead at the scene. . Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Fatal Accident Texas Department of Public Safety troopers discuss possible scenarios Wednesday at the scene of a fatal accident on State Highway 21 west of Douglass. Trooper Jerrald Moore, center, said the tanker truck in the background, driven by Douglas Humberto Ayala, 43, of Houston, was carrying a corrosive cleaning solvent eastbound when the driver lost control and struck a westbound pickup at about 7:15 a.m. The driver of the pickup, Dan Rhodes, 63, of Nacogdoches, was killed and Ayala was taken from the scene with undetermined injuries. .View all 2 images in gallery. .Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:15 pm Friends, family remember pastor who died in car wreck By Erin McKeon The Daily Sentinel | 0 comments Dan Rhodes is remembered by his family, friends and members of his congregation as a loving man who liked to pull pranks, worked hard and was the ultimate giver. Rhodes, 63, died about 7:25 a.m. Wednesday after his 2000 Chevrolet pickup was hit by a shortbed tanker truck on Highway 21 about three miles west of Douglass, according to DPS reports. The tanker, driven by Douglas Humberto Ayala, 43, of Houston, was traveling eastbound, left the roadway, over-corrected, overturned onto its top and hit Rhodes' westbound vehicle head-on near the Angelina River bridge. The tanker ended up upside down on the side of the westbound lane with the top of the cab ripped off, DPS Trooper Jerrald Moore said. Ayala was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with lacerations and was reported in good condition Wednesday. Those who knew and loved Rhodes say there aren't enough words to describe what a wonderful man he was. "You couldn't find a better person, that's for sure," said John Fergerson, a member of Rhodes' church. "He was really relaxed and easy going. He always had the right words to say anytime there was a crisis. He had the right encouragement and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. It will be hard to replace him, he has touched so many hearts and so many lives in our church." Rhodes grew up in Missouri, got his bachelor's degree at Westminster Bible Institute in Texas, his master's in theology from the California Graduate School of Theology and a Doctorate in Divinity from the Western Evangelical Seminary in Oregan. He started preaching in Bedford, Texas in 1974 and made his way to Nacogdoches County and bought a sawmill in Alto in 1986. "He came from a family of sawmills and all his brothers owned sawmills," his son-in-law Michael Davis said. "He felt like he should work and so that's what he did." For the past 20 years, Rhodes has been pastor at McKnight Congregational Methodist Church in Cushing. Just last week, the church presented Rhodes and his wife Jan with a trip to Israel for Pastor Appreciation Month, and in honor of their 20 years with the church. Davis, who has many fond memories of his father-in-law, said he had to try three times to ask Rhodes' permission to marry his daughter, April. The first time, Rhodes pretended not to know what was going on and the second involved guns. "I didn't know he had guns, but I got there and he had a couple of guns out that he was cleaning there on the dining room table. I didn't think it was a good idea to ask just then," Davis said with a laugh. Davis ended up writing a resumé of sorts on a notepad and setting it down in front of Rhodes to read. "It was basically a proposal to be a son-in-law and that way I didn't have to verbally ask it," Davis said. "He grabbed it and looked at it and eventually gave his blessing and told me how happy he was. He was a great father-in-law, you couldn't ask for a better man and he taught me a lot." Christina Carpenter, a 15-year-old Cushing High School sophomore, and one of the youth members at the church, said Rhodes baptized her and her sisters and helped her through some rough patches in her life. "He was always smiling and you could go to him about any of your problems. You could talk to him about anything," she said. Many people in the community knew and loved Rhodes, she said. Others may never have met the man, but will remember seeing a huge, Paul Bunyan-sized chair sitting out in a field on Hwy. 204. Many people have stopped to take a picture or two in the chair over the years. "He loved his wife and she mentioned at one point that she wanted a huge chair," Davis said. "He just kind of stored stuff in his memory like that and about two years later he had this huge chair made for her." That chair, 11 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 5 feet deep, was made for Jan and given to her as a Christmas gift. Later, it was used by the Cushing Junior High cheerleaders in a parade. After the parade and because it was starting to get old, the chair was put out to pasture on Hwy. 204. Rhodes was a thoughtful person who wanted to spend as much time with his family as possible, said his friend Brian Tyre. "His family has always been a priority for him and it's been inspiring to watch him be able to say no to certain things so he could spend time with his family," Tyre said. "He was just real, he wasn't your typical pastor who tried to use big words to impress someone or look a certain way. What you saw is what you got. He was just real and genuine." Rhodes often helped potential ministers find their paths, Davis said. "He had a group of five or six potential ministers who did their ‘final examination,' so to speak, and they had to give a 15-minute sermon and get rated," Davis said. "He was so proud of these individuals and it's nice because he kind of turned out six more preachers to the world last night, and then he died this morning." That, Davis said, is just one of the many reasons Dan Rhodes' legacy will always live on. Funeral for Rhodes will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church with his son Joshua Rhodes and son-in-law Michael Davis officiating. Burial will follow at McKnight Cemetery in Cushing. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.

 

Doris Marie Bryan
(September 10, 1932 - August 30, 2011)

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Doris Marie Bryan

Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Marie Bryan, 78, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Friday, September 2, 2011, at 10:00 am at Laird Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bryan was born on September 10, 1932, in Gonzales, Louisiana to the late Dosilva and Donatile St. Germain Cedotal. She passed away peacefully on August 30, 2011, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Mrs. Bryan was born and raised in southern Louisiana. She married her husband, Glynn Bryan and they relocated to Nacogdoches. She loved to cook cajun seafood and made the best chicken and dressing and also enjoyed teaching others how to cook. She loved zydeco and gospel music, sewing and making crafts. Marie loved to shop so much that she was known by the sales clerks at the shops she frequented by name. Her family affectionately called her "Marie the Roadrunner". She was a people person, never met a stranger, took in stray friends and would go out of her way to help anyone in need. She also loved traveling and family get-to-gethers. Her family was her life. Marie was an LSU and New Orleans Saints fan as well. She attended Grace Baptist Church and ministered to others about the Lord. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and all who came to know Marie will miss her tremendously.

Marie is survived by her husband, Glynn Bryan of Nacogdoches; children, Brenda Gossage of Nacogdoches, Kenneth Miller of Baytown, Cindy Miller Christian and husband, Danny of Onalaska and Melissa Mason Sheffield and husband, Wes of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, Jessica Cooper Hammarbeck, Vito Miller, Joshua Cooper, Bryan Campbell, Jennifer Williams, Breanna Campbell and Garyn Sheffield; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and good friends.

She was preceded by her parents, Dosilva and Donatile Cedotal and one son, Gary Miller.

Pallbearers will be Brian Campbell, Vito Miller, Joshua Cooper, Andrew Hammarbeck, Freddy Gomez and David DeLaCerda.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011, from 6-8 pm at Laird Funeral Home.

 
Wanda Faye Butler
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Wanda Faye Butler, 59, was born July 8, 1952, in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of the late Hubert Loyde Morgan and Betty Jo Thomas Morgan. Wanda passed away in her home Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Wanda was a Nacogdoches graduate (Class of 1970) and also completed Massey Business College. She was a devoted mother and housewife. She loved to dance, sing, play piano, laugh and spend time with her family. Survivors include her son, John Wesley Butler Jr. and wife, Cari, of Nacogdoches; son, Scotty Lee Butler of Nacogdoches; sister, Jo Ann Morgan Wilgus and husband, Cliff, of Longview; and brother, William "Hubert" Morgan and wife Janice of Huntington. Grandchildren include Michael and Zachary Butler of Nacogdoches, Joshua Butler of Conroe and Zoey Butler of Arizona. Special mention: husband of 30 years, John "Johnny" Butler of Nacogdoches, longtime friend Shelia Lemons of Nacogdoches; several nieces; and many more family/friends. You know who you are. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2011, at Lilly Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Sonny Scarborough officiating.

 

Eddie Powers


 
Funeral for Eddie Powers, 79, will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Zion Hill First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry D. Wade officiating. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery. Mr. Powers died July 7, 2011, in Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Alder Branch. Visitation wll be from noon until 8 p.m. Friday, July 15. Sadler Funeral Service.
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Katherine Lucylle Cope Fulmer
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Funeral service for Katherine Lucylle Cope Fulmer, 90, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Swift Cemetery. Mrs. Fulmer died Wednesday, June, 1, 2011. She was born in LaPorte, Texas, September 3, 1920, the daughter of Joe Alexander and Allene Katherine Cope. Mrs. Fulmer graduated from Robert E. Lee High School of Baytown, Texas, in 1937. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University in 1941 and her master of arts degree from University of Houston in 1954. A retired school teacher, Mrs. Fulmer taught for eighteen years in the Goose Creek Independent School District of Baytown, Texas, and for nineteen years in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. She was a gifted teacher of speech, language arts and social studies. Mrs. Fulmer was an active member of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, for more than 47 years, and was involved in ministries such as choir, bridge ministry, Buckner Eldercare volunteer and prayer room. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta teachers' professional sorority. Lucylle loved sewing and needlework, reading biographies, spending time with family and watching the birds out her window. Katherine Lucylle Cope and the late Herschel Barham Fulmer were married December 25, 1942, in San Diego, California. Upon Mr. Fulmer's return from the military service during World War II, they lived in Baytown, Texas, until moving to Nacogdoches in 1960. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Kathie and Preston Lamar of Nacogdoches; a son and daughter-in-law, Barham and Linda Fulmer of Lindale; four grandchildren, Adam Lamar, Brady Lamar and wife, Jen, Karl Fulmer and wife, Alex, and Katy Fulmer Payne and husband, Nathan; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Abigail and Lydia Payne. Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church for the Library Fund or the Renovation Fund for the Senior Adults' Sunday School Area, 411 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Her family would like to express appreciation to the caregivers that gave such loving attention to Lucylle in the last months. To offer condolence or to sign an online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
Cleon "Buck" Fausett   |   Visit Guest Book
Mr. Cleon "Buck" Fausett, age 85, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Willowbrook Nursing Center. Mr. Fausett was born April 17, 1926, in Nacogdoches, Texas, only child of Council Clinton Fausett and Ethel Omega Alders Fausett. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from sales and marketing for poultry equipment. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Bette Jo Murdock Fausett. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Anita Ann and Billy Grimes of Nacogdoches; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Don and Michele Fausett of Thornton, Colorado, and Marvin Adam and Nannette Fausett of Nacogdoches; grandson, Kourtney Adam Fausett; granddaughters, Tiffany Nannette , Nicole Grace and Alyssa Joann; and a great-grandson, Ethan Fausett. Visitation will be from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, with funeral services to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, Nacogdoches. Officiating will be Dr. Allen Reed, First Baptist Church pastor. Private interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association -- Buck Fausett Scholarship. Condolences can be made at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 
 

 

Margaret Leola Rice

Funeral for Margaret Leola Rice, 86, of Nacogdoches will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home with Lance Standridge and the Rev. Dennis Land officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Rice died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Born October 29, 1924, in Waverly, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Cookman Edward and Robbie Harrison Degges. She was a graduate of Bastrop (Louisiana) High School, playing as a guard for the team that went to the Louisiana state girls basketball finals. Leola was a devout Christian and had taught Sunday school classes for more than 30 years. She married Harlan C. Rice Oct. 31, 1942, in Bastrop, Louisiana, and they moved to Nacogdoches, where she lived the rest of her life. In her early years, she had worked as a clerk and in bookkeeping for McCrory's and JCPenney. When she became a mother, she devoted her time and energy to rearing three children. In later years she worked as a clerk and retouch artist for Robinson's Studio and as a caregiver for several elderly ladies who became dear friends. Her talents included a beautiful singing voice and exceptional ability as a seamstress. She enjoyed oil painting for many years. Her handmade quilts, all created with love, are precious treasures for all her family members. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Harlan C. Rice on March 3, 1977; her father- and mother-in-law, the Rev. Samuel Aaron and Margaret Elizabeth Abercrombie Rice; an infant brother, Lamarris Degges; brothers, Leon Degges and Fulton Degges; and sister, Agnes Hopkins. Survivors include a son, Ronnie Lavoy Rice of Longview, Texas; daughters, Loretta Annette Rice Cammack and husband, George, of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Karen Maritte Rice Standridge of Nacogoches, Texas; stepson, G. Larry Rice and wife, Sharon, of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Gregg Rice and wife, Keri, Brent Rice and wife, JoAnn, Cheryl Simmons and husband, Danny, Mike Cammack and wife, Andrea, Tammy Alvis and husband, Gordon, Robin Faulkner and husband, Jim, Lance Standridge and wife, Rebecca; and eighteen great-grandchildren who were the lights of her life. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home.

John Charles "Buddy" Still   |   Visit Guest Book

Buddy went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 29, 2011. He was born in Nacogdoches on June 30, 1922, and lived 88 wonderful years of life. Services will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church located at 702 Mound Street in Nacogdoches, with Rev. Terry Hodge presiding. Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2011 also at First Christian Church. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Elva Wilson Still, his first wife of 55 years, Margaret Emily Barrett Still, and his second wife of 15 years, Mary Jane Still. Also preceding him in death were his sister, Margaret Stone and husband George, sister, Peggy Russell, son Charles Alan Still and a great granddaughter, Kaylie Breann Smith. Buddy married Margaret Emily Barrett in 1938 and immediately entered the grocery business with his father John D. and grandfather C.J. Wilson. Eventually he and his brother, Pete, owned four grocery stores in Nacogdoches, which Buddy later reduced to the one location at 3100 North Street, in 1958 when Pete relocated out of town. Still Brothers Grocery was probably the last home town store to both charge grocery purchases and deliver them to homes. Over his 41 years in the grocery business Buddy met and befriended many hundreds of people who shared their life experiences with him. He retired from the grocery business in 1979 and then enlarged and continued his lifelong cattle operation until his death. During World War II, Buddy served as a Staff Sergeant (SSgt) in the U.S. Army, 311th Engineering Combat Battalion, Medical detachment, A Company. 86th "Black Hawk" Division, of General George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He was awarded several decorations and citations, including the Silver Star Medal for combat valor in rescuing from death two wounded U.S. soldiers under heavy machine gun fire, during a 341st Infantry Column drive for Hagan, Germany. Buddy's passion was attending virtually all athletic events involving his sons and grandsons. In fact he began attending summer baseball games in 1956 and continued without interruption through 2010, a dedicated effort of 54 consecutive years. Buddy was an elder emeritus and lifelong member of First Christian Church of Nacogdoches, where he was a former Church Board Chairman and served in numerous committees. He deeply loved Jesus and rarely missed a church service. He is survived by sons: John Richard "Rick" Still and wife Linda, Frank Barrett Still and wife Tricia, Joe Evan Still and wife Jill, all of Nacogdoches, and Jim Bob Still and wife Debbie, of Houston; his brother, Pete Still and wife Robbie of Arlington; grandchildren, Jonathan Still, Ricci Still, Andrew Still, Preston Still, John Carson Still and Joe Evan Still, Jr., all of Nacogdoches, Matthew Still, Ryan Still and Jenni Still, all of Houston, and Allison Potgieter of South Africa; great grandchildren, John D. Still and Jenna Potgieter, all of whom he enjoyed greatly; brother-in- law, Terry Russell of Nacogdoches, and daughter-in-law, Jeannette Badgwell of Marvel, Arkansas. Still is also survived by special family in-laws, Sheri McGuire and husband Joe of Nacogdoches, Craig Mangham and wife Robin of Junction, Texas and Christy Avant of Henderson, Texas. Pallbearers will be Tony Dawson, Charlie Still, Andrew Still, Matthew Still, Ryan Still, and Jonathan Still. Honorary pallbearers are the Elders and Deacons of the First Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 702 Mound Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf FUneral Home
 

Carl W. Cortines


 
Graveside service for Carl W. Cortines, 56, of Nacogdoches will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Don Windham officiating. Mr. Cortines died Jan. 17, 2011, in Nacogdoches. He was born Sept. 26, 1954, in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Laird Funeral Home.
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Jack Donald Yates Jr.

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Jack D. Yates, Jr., 62, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at his home in Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack D. Yates Sr.; his stepdaughter, Leisha Tartamella; and grandson, Cameron Tartamella of Houston. Visitation will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Yates of Houston; his mother, Helen Yates of Nacogdoches; son, John Yates of Thornton, Colorado; son, Kyle Yates and wife, Katie, of Birmingham, Alabama; daughter, Amy Kuberski and husband, Matt, of Fort Worth; brother, David Yates of Nacogdoches; and four grandchildren. Jack was born December 18, 1948, in Lufkin, Texas, and moved to Nacogdoches shortly thereafter. He spent his early years hunting, fishing, playing baseball and most other sports. In addition, he enjoyed gardening and working on cars. His favorite passion in life was fishing, and that joy lasted throughout his lifetime. He could be found most weekends on Texas' lakes bass fishing with his buddies and competing in tournaments. His love of life and sense of adventure kept life interesting and exciting for Jack and Wanda. They took many trips together exploring the Smoky Mountains, where they shared their vows. Jack's many friends and family members cherish their time with a man who lived life large and was loved by many. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice. To offer condolence or to sign an online register book, please log onto www.lairdth.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 

 

Bill W. Hamrick

Bill W. Hamrick, long-time faculty member and Professor Emeritus of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin University, passed away on Jan. 16, 2011 in Nacogdoches. Bill was 84 and the only child of David Elmer Hamrick and Allie Carson Hamrick and was born on March 21, 1926 near Bonanza, Texas, in south Hopkins County. He joined the U.S. Navy at age seventeen and began training while still in school. After graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1944, he began sea duty on L.S.T. 495, which operated in the Pacific theater and made three combat landings on Okinawa and two occupation landings on mainland Japan. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946 as a Quartermaster, Second Class. Bill Hamrick married Carolyn Lemon of Sulphur Springs, Texas on January 16, 1949 and the couple had two sons, David and Joe. Thanks in part to the G.I. Bill, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1949 and a Masters of Education in secondary education in 1954, both from East Texas State Teachers College at Commerce. In 1962, he received a Doctorate of Education in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. In September 1962 he joined the faculty of Stephen F. Austin where he taught and was a Department Chairman for 26 years. He was instrumental in helping establish and develop many human services programs at SFA including: guidance and counseling, social rehabilitation, speech and hearing, and mobility for the blind. He served as Chairman of the Department of Counseling and Special Education until he retired in 1989. He was devoted to the University and believed that Stephen F. Austin had some of the finest faculty and students in the state. Always active professionally, he served four years as president elect and president of the Texas State Teachers Association and president of the Texas Personnel and Guidance Association. Dr. Hamrick was a licensed, Texas board certified psychologist and a member of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology. Bill was also active in the Nacogdoches community and served as president of the Kiwanis Club, president of the Nacogdoches Treatment Center board, was a board member for Project Head Start, and was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was also a Master Mason of more than sixty years. As a trained psychologist he was a splendid listener, caring, compassionate, never judgmental. He once wrote in a note to his sons that he had been lucky all of his life; that he was not rich in the monetary sense but that he was rich in the things that he believed counted most: good parents, good wife, good children, good in-laws, good friends. Life can't get better than that he believed. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Carolyn Hamrick; his youngest son, Joe Hamrick, of Lufkin, Texas; and his eldest son David Hamrick and his wife Kathy Dunn Hamrick and grandchildren Jacob and Hannah Hamrick of Austin, Texas. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, followed by entombment at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a contribution to any of several Special Giving Funds at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


Tommie Esterlene Moore

Esterlene Blacksher Moore, age 92, passed away on December 8, 2010. A grave side service in her honor will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Allen Reed officiating.

 
Mrs. Moore was born in Appleby, Texas March 14, 1918. She was the only child of Thomas L. Blacksher and Gracie Ester Campbell Blacksher of Appleby and later of Nacogdoches. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State College. Mrs. Moore and Jack Moore, Jr. were married on December 28, 1941. She is predeceased by her husband, mother and father.

After graduating from college, she began her work career as a Home Economics teacher at Garrison High School. While her husband served in the United States Navy, she moved to Appleby to live with her grandparents, D.L. and Nettie Campbell. When her husband returned from service, they moved to Nacogdoches where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her daughters, Linda Moore Guidry and Jean Moore Stallings, both of Nacogdoches, sons, Jack H. (Buddy) Moore of Nacogdoches and Thomas C. Moore of Tyler, grandchildren, Jan Lacina of Fort Worth, Laura Rhodes of Raleigh, North Carolina, Aimee Szygenda of Dallas, Todd Stallings of Nacogdoches, Drew Stallings of Waxahachie, Jack H. (Son) Moore, Jr. of Waco, and Sam Moore and Julie Moore, both of Tyler. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren.

Mrs. Moore was a member of First Baptist Church for over 75 years. She was active in her Sunday School class until her health failed. Mrs. Moore was an avid gardener and received a beautification award for her yard and home when she lived on North Street. She was a special mother and grandmother, devoted to serving her family and friends. She was known to her grandchildren as "Mommo". The family expresses sincere appreciation to long-time caregiver Jo Horn, as well as Yolanda Roberts, Priscilla Spencer, Norma Mendez and Jo Ann Rocquemore.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Todd Stallings, Drew Stallings, Jack H. (Son) Moore, Jr. and Sam Moore, and her granddaughters' husbands, Peter Lacina, Richard Rhodes and Andrew Szygenda.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Seale Davison, 90, died Nov. 25, 2010, in Austin, Texas, where he had lived since 1991. His wife of 55 years, Enid Y. Davison, died in 2005. Tom was born March 28, 1920, in Nacogdoches, the son of Thomas Scipio Davison and Elliece Harris Davison. Tom graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1937. He attended Stephen F. Austin State College for two years and graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Delta Chapter and the Washington Family Descendants National Society. William Clark, Jr., Tom's great, great, great grandfather, was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and I. J. Lewis, Tom's great, great grandfather, was a grand nephew of Meriwether Lewis. Tom served for three and a half years in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

 

He was a field correspondent for Yank Magazine, the Army Weekly. He served in Iceland, England, North Africa, Iran and 13 months at a shuttle air base in Poltava in the Soviet Ukraine. He was discharged in 1945 with six campaign ribbons. Tom worked 15 years as a golf columnist and football writer for the Houston Post, where he won one national and three statewide writing awards. In 1960, Tom joined his father in the banking and insurance business in Nacogdoches. From 1971-1980, Tom was Managing Officer of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Nacogdoches, which his father had founded in 1933. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Anne Davison and Glenn Goode; grandchildren Jennifer Elliece Goode and Elenore Anne Goode of Dripping Springs; one nephew, Pat Cleveland, and two nieces, Judy Huppert and Cindy Hanna, of Austin. Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church of Austin and the Concordant Bible Class there. A memorial service will be held in the church chapel at 901 Trinity in Austin, Texas at noon on Dec. 4, 2010. A reception will follow the service at the church.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on November 28, 2010

Vera Hanks Rodrigues

 

Funeral for Vera Hanks Rodrigues, 99, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor James E. Young. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Rodrigues passed away peacefully October 7, 2010, to be with her Lord. She had lived at The Arbor Assisted Living Facility for the last five years. Born in San Augustine County, she was the daughter of Joe and Arzearo Warner Hanks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Rodrigues, to whom she was married for 54 wonderful years. She was also preceded in death by her son, Malcolm Rodrigues; and her grandson, Alan Rodrigues. Mrs. Rodrigues is survived by grandsons and their spouses, Tim and Lisa Rodrigues, John and Regina Rodrigues, and Terry Rodrigues all of Nacogdoches; five great-grandchildren, Marcus Rodrigues, Jamie Rodrigues Fontenot and husband, Brad Fontenot, Alanna Rodrigues, Robert Rodrigues and Jake Rodrigues, all of Nacogdoches; nieces and their spouses, Starlett and Bill Cavanaugh of The Woodlands, Sandra and Douglas Ladd of Austin, Shirley and Rick Brazas of Nacogdoches, Kathryn and Darrell Yates of DeBerry; nephews and their spouses, Paul and Bonnie Montes of Lake Cherokee, Frank and Lin Montes of Lufkin and Houston, Irie and Karen Montes, Danny and Margaret Rodrigues, Randy Rodrigues and Judy May, all of Nacogdoches. Mrs. Rodrigues was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with her bachelor of science as well as her master of arts degrees. She taught school in Nacogdoches for 38 years and was known best by her students as the physical education teacher, "Mrs. Rod." She taught many young ladies through the years and retired in 1972. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Lady's Altar Society and many other organizations throughout the years. She also volunteered at Nacogdoches Medical Center for 17 years. Mrs. Rodrigues was an inspiration to many and will be dearly missed by her family and her friends. Laird Funeral Home.

Betti Pope Little

Betti Little, age 53, passed away September 12, 2010, in Angelina County. She was born to John and Arthie Walling Pope July 17, 1957, in Quitaque, Texas. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010, at Bethel Baptist Church in Appleby. The Reverend Harold Davis will officiate. Mrs. Little was actively involved in numerous organizations, including Martinsville FFA, Martinsville ISD, Pineywoods Fair in Nacogdoches County and Aggie Moms. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and served on several committees. Mrs. Little is survived by sons, Robert Blackmon and wife, Lorena, of Katy, Todd Little and wife, Kali, of Lovelady and Ted Little of Lovelady; daughters, Mandy Little of College Station and Tasha Little of Lovelady; grandchildren, James McFarland, Matthew McFarland, Tabitha McFarland, Lilly Blackmon and Avery Little; brother, Leroy Pope and wife, Shelly, of Slocum; sisters, Sherri Johnson of Lima, Ohio, and Karen Lazarine and husband, Jim, of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Little; her parents, John and Arthie Walling Pope; and a brother, Bobby Pope. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday, September 16, at Bethel Baptist Church, before the service. In lieu of flowers, Bethel Baptist Church has established a memorial fund for Betti Little, and a college fund has been opened for Mandy Little at Austin Bank, P.O. Box 631788, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963. Condolences can also be offered at www.casonmonkmetcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Cecil R. Bomar

A graveside service for Mr. Cecil R. Bomar, 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Sunset Memorial Park with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating. Mr. Bomar passed away peacefully Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Cecil was born October 9, 1923, in McKinney, Texas, to the late Ernest and Nora Campbell Bomar. Cecil graduated from McKinney High School in 1941. In 1943 he started his service to our country by joining the U.S. Army during World War II. Trained in the infantry, Cecil went to North Africa and to Italy, and concluded his service time in the postal division. After the war he attended the University of Texas in Austin, majored in accounting and graduated U.T. in 1948. He then earned his CPA in 1951, and worked as a treasury fraud agent for the IRS in Houston. In 1952 Cecil's career led him to Nacogdoches, where he joined the team at Texas Farm Products, when, at the time, there were only 200 employees. He served as comptroller, vice president, chief administrative officer and as president of Texas Farm Products Company and related entities. Cecil was very interested in civic and charitable clubs and was a member of innumerable ones in Nacogdoches. He was elected to the Memorial Hospital board of directors, which he served for five years. Cecil was treasurer of the founding board of directors for the Samaritan Center. He also served in several capacities for the Nacogdoches United Way, including the executive committee, the board and the budget and allocations committee. Cecil served twice as vice president of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and had been a member of the administrative board at First United Methodist Church and also served as its chairman. Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed Cecil to the governing body of the Greater East Texas Health Systems Agency, and he held that position for four years. During this time, Governor Briscoe also appointed him to the Texas Statewide Health Coordination Council, and he served on that council for three years. Cecil was a wonderful citizen and Rotarian who helped make Nacogdoches a better place to live. He is survived by two sons, Randy Bomar and Richard Bomar; one daughter, Elizabeth "Bit" Bomar Johnson and husband, Ron; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Gay. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlyne Davidson Bomar. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolences or sign an online register, please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 
James Marcus Nichols
Born: May 31, 1951
Died: July 2, 2010
James Marcus Nichols, 59, of Nacogdoches, Texas died Friday, July 2, 2010. Mr. Nichols was the son of Evelyn Hall Nichols and the late Dr. James L. Nichols. He was born May 31, 1951 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was a 1969 graduate of Nacogdoches High School, where he was a multi-sport letterman. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1973 from Stephen F. Austin State University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Following graduation, he began work with Stewart & Stevenson in Houston, Texas. He worked for Stewart & Stevenson/General Electric for over 32 years in international sales and served as the Director of International Sales of Far East Asia in Singapore from 1982-1987. Mr. Nichols was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Texas. He was an avid sports fan and very interested in Civil War history.

Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Jackie Nichols; sons, Blair Nichols of Houston and Marcus Nichols of Las Vegas; step-daughters, Jennie Thompson of Cypress and Berkeley Samonte of Garland; his mother, Evelyn Hall Nichols of Nacogdoches; sisters, Becky Fortenberry of Waco and Marianne Nichols of Cushing; five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, July 5, 2010, from 5-7pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

 

 

 

 

Beatrice “Ann” Barton McKee

DICKINSON — Beatrice “Ann” Barton McKee, 68, a long time resident of Dickinson, Texas passed away June 26, 2010, in Austin, Texas. She was born on August 19, 1941 in Henderson, Texas to parents Winston and Cornelia Barton.

Mrs. McKee graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in biology. She spent many years as a teacher in Texas City and Dickinson, most recently teaching freshman biology at Dickinson High School in the 1980’s.

She is survived by her sister June Herrington; son Alan McKee and his wife Tricia; daughter Molly Lopez and her husband John; seven grandchildren, Hayley Lopez, Emma Lopez, Jacob Lopez, Ashley Vanek-Gebora, Lanie Vanek, Laura McKee, and Will McKee; and great granddaughter Reagan Gebora. She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Mac McKee.

A funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 2, 2010, at Crowder Funeral Home, 851 FM 517 at 646, Dickinson, Texas, with graveside service to follow.

James Crowder Funeral Home-Dickinson

Published June 30, 2010

 

 

A. D. Dempsey

 
A. D. Dempsey, 87, Nacogdoches, died in Nacogdoches on Saturday, June 26, 2010; Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

Funeral service for Mr. A. D. Dempsey, 87, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 10:00 am at Laird Funeral Home with Chaplain Fred Bird officiating. Burial will follow at Swift Cemetery.

Mr. Dempsey passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at his residence. He was born on June 16, 1923 in Nacogdoches County, the son of David M. Dempsey and Nora Phillips Dempsey.

Mr. Dempsey graduated from Cushing High School. He served his country in the the US Army in WWII. For his service he was awarded the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal in Japan. He retired from Nibco of Nacogdoches after thirty eight years of employment as a machine operator and was a member of Nacogdoches Missionary Baptist Church.

A.D. is survived by his wife of 61 years, Susie Maytrait Cureton Dempsey of Nacogdoches; two sons, Gregory Giles Dempsey of Lufkin and Aubrey Dave Dempsey of Nacogdoches; four daughters, Nora Susan Hughes of Tomball, Carolyn Ann Yates of Diboll, Cindy Lou Jones of Conroe and Rejeana Stewart of Magnolia; one brother, David M. Dempsey of Nacogdoches; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his four brothers, R.E., Elmer A., James E. and Edward Dempsey and four sisters; Bertie R. Hall, Carrie E. Penney, Mildred Brown and Lily Dempsey.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 from 6-8 pm at Laird Funeral Home.

 

Worth R. Jacobs
 
 
Funeral service for Mr. Worth R. Jacobs, 83, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Nick Scholar of Lufkin First Methodist Church and Rev. David Brasher of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Simpson Campground Cemetery. Mr. Jacobs was born June 27, 1926, in Woden, Texas, to the late William Jefferson "Billy" Jacobs and Pearl King Jacobs, and he passed away peacefully Sunday, April 25, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Jacobs' family ancestors rolled into Nacogdoches County Christmas Day 1836. They established their farms in the southeastern area of Nacogdoches County, then known as Jacobs Community and currently known as Woden, Texas. At that time, Indians were still living in the vicinity and had a campsite where Jacobs Chapel is now located. The family fought the last Indian battle in Nacogdoches County. The Jacobs built their home overlooking the Puentezullas Creek and, as a farming family, began to clear the land as soon as possible. They raised and grew all their food and bought the few supplies they needed in Melrose. Every descendent has been involved in agriculture, in one way or another. They have farmed the land of this community for five generations and still counting. Worth graduated in 1943, at the age of 16, as valedictorian of Woden High School. He met his future bride at a community ball game in Woden, and they were married January 1, 1949, by Bro. Gerrard at his home. Worth and his brothers, Wayne and Wyman, were heavily involved in the cattle business all their lives, Worth worked in the poultry business, as well. Their father, Billy Jacobs, was a cattle inspector for the state of Texas. Worth bought partnership in Patton's Auction Barn, when he was in his late 30s. His brother Wayne bought out Worth's partner, and together they owned one of the largest meeting places for local farmers and ranchers in Nacogdoches County. Worth and his brother always supported the local Nacogdoches County Junior Steer Show. He was a member of Texas Farm Bureau and had served as president of the Woden ISD board. The Jacobs family was honored March 31, 2008, as the Farm Family of the Year at the seventh Annual Agriculture Appreciation and Awards Banquet. Worth passed down to his children and grandchildren his love of the land and agriculture. Worth is survived by his wife of 61 years, Earline McLain Jacobs of Nacogdoches; one son, Stephen Jacobs and wife, Lola of Woden; one daughter, Stacy Jacobs of Woden; a brother, Wyman Jacobs of Woden; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Jacobs of Nacogdoches; two grandchildren, Stephen Alders and Kristen Borders, both of Houston; three step-grandchildren, Joseph Sadler of Houston and Andrew and Naomi Sadler of Woden; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and good friends. Pallbearers will be Larry Jacobs, Lance Jacobs, Randy McLain, John Rulfs, Mark Skeeters, Bob Skeeters, Paul Clifton, Jamey Brookshire and Richard Sparks. Memorial donations can be made to Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church, Jacobs Chapel Cemetery or Simpson Campground Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolence or sign and online register book or view the video tribute please log onto lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

Rita J. Whitten
 
Funeral service for Mrs. Rita J. Russell Whitten, 79, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Hodge and the Rev. Rex Humphreys officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Whitten passed away March 23, 2010, in Nacogdoches. She was born June 26, 1930, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late Oran A. Russell and Ila Ruth Barron Russell. Rita was a member of First Christian Church of Nacogdoches. She retired from Tyson Foods, after 33 years of employment as a clerk. Rita is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul E. Whitten of Nacogdoches; one son, Russell Whitten and wife, Cheryl, of Nacogdoches; one granddaughter, Brooke Stephenson, and husband, John, of Nacogdoches; great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Stephenson; and great-grandson, Nolan Stephenson, both of Nacogdoches. Pallbearers will include Mike Shofner, Bobby Bennett, Richard Humphreys, Keith Hanks, Willard Birdwell and Patrick Bryan. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Bright, Fred Bright, Bill Early, Roger Dudley, Carl "Bubba" Owens and W.D. "Bill" Colwell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society , 3426 Buckingham, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965; Life Care Hospice, 320 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961; or First Christian Church Building Fund, 702 Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010. To offer condolences or sign the register book online, please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 
Timothy Biggers King
 
Services for Timothy Biggers King, 48, of Flint, will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Colonial Hills Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Carter officiating.

Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. King passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

He was born Oct. 2, 1961, in Tyler to Harvey and Bobbie Biggers King.

Tim was a lifelong resident of Tyler. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and then from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in accounting. He began his career with Brookshire's working summers as a bag boy and stocker for stores and the warehouse. He then moved into his professional career with the company as a financial accountant in 1990 after serving five years at Squyres, Johnson, Squyres Accounting Firm. Tim served as corporate tax manager, director financial accounting, vice president/controller, senior VP/CFO/controller, executive VP/CFO/controller and currently served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Brookshire Grocery Co. He also served on the board of directors for Brookshire Holdings. Tim held membership in the industry affiliations with the Food Marketing Institute, Texas Society of CPAs, the Texas Retailers Association and the AICPA.

He was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler. Tim loved to play tennis and to go to the beach in Galveston. He also enjoyed going to the movies, golfing, camping and being outdoors. Tim was also involved in Big Brother/Big Sister, The Salvation Army, the Children's Advocacy Center and Tyler Economic Development Council. But mostly, he was a loving husband, father and a devoted son.

Tim is survived by his loving family including his parents, Harvey and Bobbie King of Tyler; his wife of 23 years, Lisa King of Flint; and sons, Tucker King and Tanner King, both of Flint; parents-in-law, Dwayne and Billidare Tucker of Flint; aunt and uncle, Sue and Jim Hammock of Austin; uncle, Thomas King of Livingston; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Mike Estes, Kyle Pearson, Brian Hancock, Rick Rayford, Brad Brookshire, John Franklin, Bruce Carter and Neal Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Holt, Kevin Albritton, Russ Cooper, Greg Nordyke, Rick Ellis, Sheri Satterwhite, Cathy Davis, Nathan Williamson, John D'Anna, Carolyn Hutson, Kyle McCoy, Andy Newberry, Holly Shotts, Donald Walker, Chris Morris, Kirk Brookshire, Mark Brookshire, Dana Mueller, Grant Faulconer and Andy Dillard.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler, 75703.

Memorials in honor of Timothy Biggers King may be made to Pine Cove Christian Camp, P.O. Box 9055, Tyler, 75711.

 

Sam Medley
Funeral service for Mr. Charles Samuel Medley Jr., 58, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2010, at First Christian Church with the Rev. Terry Hodge officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Medley passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in Nacogdoches. Sam was born August 4, 1951, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late Charles Samuel Medley and Elva Freeman Medley. Sam grew up in Nacogdoches. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1969, where he played varsity football, served as captain of the football team, and was voted as Mr. NHS. After he graduated high school he attended Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating with the Class of 1974 with a bachelor's degree. Sam later married the love of his life, Becki Ilene Schultz, June 15, 1974, in Lufkin, Texas. He served as part owner and manager of Crawford Building Materials for over 30 years and later retired from Tejas Paper Company after working there for seven years as a sales representative. Sam had various hobbies and things he enjoyed. He was known for his work in the yard, paying special attention to his azalea garden. He enjoyed watching the Houston Astros and the Dallas Cowboys, coaching his children in softball and baseball, when they were young, and family trips to Crystal Beach. Sam was a member of First Christian Church, where he was an elder. He was a member of the Koinonia Sunday School Class, participated in the Wednesday night men's Bible study, and had served as the property committee chairman, as well as the worship committee chairman. Sam was a wonderful son, husband, father and friend and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Becki Ilene Schultz Medley of Nacogdoches; his son, Charles Samuel Medley III and his fiancĹ˝, Chrystal Baker, of Nacogdoches; his daughter, Leslie Medley Cuzick and husband, Chris, of Houston; sister, Candace Lynn Medley of Temple; brother-in-law, Alan Schultz, and wife, Jamye, of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Vicki Sachtleben, and husband, James, of College Station; father and mother-in-law, Robert A. "Gus" and Glova Schultz of Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elva Medley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Christian Church, Building Fund, 702 Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association-ALS Research, Attn: Angie Young, 5615 Kirby, Suite 500, Houston, Texas, 77005. Pallbearers will be Bobby Beard, David Campbell, Gil Daniels, Bruce Hendry, Robert Kuban, Mike Miller, Robert Muckleroy, Mark Wilson, John Windham and John Alvin Woods. Visitation with Sam's family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolences or sign the online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 

 
Gean Burnett Hale
 
Mr. Gean Burnett Hale passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. A funeral service celebrating Gean's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Gandin presiding. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Born October 20, 1920, in Crockett, Texas, Gean was the son of Nora Rebecca Goodwin and Oscar Burnett Hale and grew up on the family-owned working farm with three older sisters, Patty, Catherine and Ernestine. Following graduation from Crockett High School in 1938, he attended Kilgore Junior College on a football scholarship. While serving as captain of the football team at Kilgore, he met JuLanne Elizabeth "Judy" Lyle, the first captain of the world famous Kilgore Rangerettes, and their love story began. They were married August 1, 1942. After Kilgore College, Gean received a scholarship to Rice University, where he attended prior to military service in World War II. He achieved the rank of major as a pilot in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Ellington and Kelly Air Force Bases, serving as a fighter pilot instructor. Gean was then assigned to fly the dangerous transport route from Bombay, India, "over the hump" (the Himalayan Mountains) to China in the China-Burma-India Theatre of operations. A decorated serviceman, he twice earned an Air Medal and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Further, he received the China War Memorial Medal from Chiang Kai-Chek, for service to China during World War II. Following the war, Gean attended East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University -- Commerce), earning a master's degree in history and physical education. As a stellar athlete, he again played football while at East Texas State. Following graduate school, Gean was employed by Palestine High School as a history teacher and coach. He relocated to Nacogdoches in 1952, where he became head coach and athletic director at Nacogdoches High School, whose football program had not won a single game the previous year. For the next 14 years, he guided the Dragons to continuous success, clinching several district championships and a bi-district championship. Coach Hale's contributions went far beyond the athletic field. He continued to uphold the qualities of honesty, hard work, dedication and high ethical standards, as he left teaching and entered the banking world, becoming a vice president at Commercial National Bank. While in banking, he rekindled his role as a flying instructor, here in Nacogdoches. Although no longer a teacher and coach, his influence upon students at Nacogdoches High School continued throughout his life. Together with L. H. Mathews, his longtime friend, fellow coach and successor as head coach at NHS, Gean established an endowed scholarship through the NHS Alumni Association open to any student demonstrating the qualities of leadership, scholarship and commitment. In 1979, he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor He became a member of the Kilgore Ranger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. For his outstanding example and contributions to his country, state and community, he was awarded the Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award in 2007. In August, 2007, Gean and Judy celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Together, they were active members of First United Methodist Church for over 58 years, where they served in a variety of roles in the Open Door Sunday School class and in many other areas of the church. In addition to Gean's parents and his sisters, Judy preceded him in death in 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Hale Crosson and husband, Rick, of Mullican Hill, New Jersey; son, Jeff Burnett Hale and wife, Sabrina, of Nacogdoches; nephews Pat Harrison and Harrell Hale Carpenter; his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren. Gean leaves also a legacy of loyal devotion from many former students, friends and colleagues who were privileged to have had his influence in their lives. Serving as pallbearers are Dr. Frank Brister, Campbell Cox, Bob Dunn, Kevin Gore, Johnnie Johnson, Jack Ledbetter, Dr. Jack McCullough, Milton Moorer and Dave Wallace, all members of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. Honorary pallbearers will be the Open Door Sunday School Class. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2010, at Laird's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hale-Mathews Scholarship, through the NHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 632152, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963. Online condolences may be offered at www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 

Gean Burnett Hale

Funeral services for Gean Burnett Hale, 89, of Nacogdoches, are planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, with the Rev. Bill Gandin officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Hale died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born Oct. 20, 1920 in Crockett, Texas, Visitation is planned for 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at the funeral home. Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

Beloved Coach Hale dies 

Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 2:00 am

Kevin Gore
 
 

Gean Hale, affectionately called "The old coach" by former Nacogdoches Dragon football players, fans and friends, died Saturday in Nacogdoches. He was 89.

Hale coached at Nacogdoches High School 14 years, from 1952 to 1965. He compiled an 83-53-6 record, including three nine-win seasons.

His 1958 team was 9-1 and outscored opponents 321-46 in a season in which, at one time, the Dragons were ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A.

He was followed as head coach at Nacogdoches by the late L.H. Mathews, who had served as an assistant at Nacogdoches during Hale's tenure.

The two men had earlier served as co-captains of the 1947 East Texas State Teacher's College team in Commerce.

Hale is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor.

A veteran of World War II, he was a banker in Nacogdoches after his coaching career and for several years provided radio commentary for Dragon football games.

Hale received several military decorations for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, three Battle Stars and a medal from Chiang Kai-shek for contributions to China.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating and burial following in Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Laird Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the 'Hale-Mathews Memorial Scholarship Fund" in care of NHSAA, P.O. Box 632532, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75963.

There will be a more in-depth story on Hale's career and life later this week in The Daily Sentinel.

 

U. S Rep. Charlie Wilson
 
Memorial service for former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, in the Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus, Lufkin, Texas; graveside service, with full military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Charlie Wilson Scholarship Fund, c/o Angelina College, P.O. Box 1768 Lufkin, Texas 75902.

 

 

Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson dies at 76
 
By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press Writer Jamie Stengle, Associated Press Writer
 
DALLAS – Charlie Wilson, the former congressman from Texas whose funding of Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Union was chronicled in the movie and book "Charlie Wilson's War," died Wednesday. He was 76.
Wilson died at Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin after he started having difficulty breathing while attending a meeting in the eastern Texas town where he lived, said hospital spokeswoman Yana Ogletree. Wilson was pronounced dead on arrival, and the preliminary cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest, she said.
Wilson represented the 2nd District in east Texas in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996 and was known in Washington as "Good Time Charlie" for his reputation as a hard-drinking womanizer. He once called former congresswoman Pat Schroeder "Babycakes," and tried to take a beauty queen with him on a government trip to Afghanistan.
Actor Tom Hanks portrayed Wilson in the 2007 movie about Wilson's efforts to arm Afghan mujahedeen during Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Wilson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure money for weapons, plunging the U.S. into a risky venture against the world's other superpower.
In an interview with The Associated Press after the book was published in 2003, he said he wasn't worried about details of his wild side being portrayed.
"I would remind you that I was not married at the time. I'm in a different place than I was in at the time and I don't apologize about that," Wilson said.
In 2007, Wilson had a heart transplant at a Houston hospital. Doctors had told Wilson, who suffered from cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes an enlarged and weakened heart, that he would likely die without a transplant.
Wilson, a Democrat, was considered a progressive but also a defense hawk. He had acknowledged some responsibility for Afghanistan becoming a safe haven for al-Qaida after the Soviets retreated and the U.S. withdrew its support.
"That caused an enormous amount of real bitterness in Afghanistan and it was probably the catalyst for Taliban movement," Wilson said in a 2001 interview.
The Soviets spent a decade battling the determined and generously financed mujahedeen before pulling the Red Army from Afghanistan in 1989.
Mike Vickers, who as a CIA agent in 1984 played a key role in the clandestine effort to arm the Afghan rebels, said Wilson played a part in the Soviet Union's collapse, which happened just two years after its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Vickers, now assistant secretary of defense for special operations, praised Wilson as a "great American patriot who played a pivotal role in a world-changing event — the defeat of the Red Army in Afghanistan, which led to the collapse of Communism and the Soviet Empire."
After leaving Congress, Wilson lobbied for a number of years before returning to Texas.
"Charlie was perfect as a congressman, perfect as a state representative, perfect as a state senator. He was a perfect reflection of the people he represented. If there was anything wrong with Charlie, I never did know what it was," said Charles Schnabel Jr., who served for seven years as Wilson's chief of staff in Washington and worked with Wilson when he served in the Texas Senate.
Schnabel said he had just been with Wilson a few weeks ago for the dedication of the Charlie Wilson chair for Pakistan studies at the University of Texas, Austin, a $1 million endowment. He said Wilson had been doing "very good."
"He had the heart transplant in September 2007 and he recovered and he said quote, 'he was a poster boy for heart transplants.' He was doing very well. He was taking a whole lot of medicine," Schnabel said.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas called Wilson "a lifetime public servant with a fiery passion for the people of east Texas, our men and women in uniform, our veterans and our freedoms."
"I have had the great privilege to work alongside him on several issues of importance to our veterans in Texas, and I will miss his leadership and dedication," he said.
Ogletree said Wilson is survived by his wife, Barbara, and a sister
 

 

Pam Davidson

Funeral service for Pamela Ellen Davidson, 51, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with the Rev. Terry Hodge officiating. Private interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Pam passed away February 7, 2010. She was born August 11, 1958, to George Houston Davidson III and Anna Lois Davidson in Washington, D.C. She was a 1976 graduate of Nacogdoches High School and was involved in planning the class reunions. Pam received her bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She received a master's degree in social work and later moved to Galveston. She retired as a social worker with UTMB. Pam enjoyed photography and reading. She loved spending time with her mother, nephews and friends. Pam is preceded in death by her father; her stepfather, Jerry Alexander; and brother, Dave Davidson. She is survived by her mother, Lois Alexander of Nacogdoches, Texas; nephews, Houston Davidson of College Station, Texas, and Nicholas Davidson of Florida; brother, Jerry Alexander and wife, Jan, of Nacogdoches, Texas; and sister, Becky McKernan of Jasper, Alabama. She is also survived by special friends, Danita Tucker of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Jerry Permenter of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and her beloved canine companion, Lola. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial donations can be made to Nacogdoches Humane Society, 3211 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964, and to Alzheimer's Association , P.O Box 630636, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, prior to the service. Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Haden E. Johnson

 
Haden E. Johnson, 74, died Thursday, January 28, 2010, in his home surrounded by loved ones. Born and raised in Nacogdoches, the son of the late Thomas Bolivar and Louise Hutson Johnson, Haden was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches. Mr. Johnson graduated from Nacogdoches High School and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. He married the love of his life, Faye Bailey, April 15, 1955, in Nacogdoches. Haden and his father, Bolivar, opened Johnson Furniture and Appliance Center in 1959, and retired in 2009 after fifty years in the family business. Haden was known for his compassionate heart, often helping those in need, when they had no one else to turn to. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Haden enjoyed his work and those with whom he worked, and most of all, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Haden will miss him tremendously. Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Faye Bailey Johnson of Nacogdoches; his son, Randy Johnson and wife, Brenda, of Nacogdoches; his daughter, Melissa Musser and husband, Jim, of College Station, Texas; his granddaughter, Ashley Johnson of Dallas, Texas; three grandsons, Jared Johnson of Plano, Texas, Ryan Musser of Galveston, Texas, and Scott Musser of College Station, Texas; his sister, Tommie Cherry and husband, Dean, of Nacogdoches, and nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. Funeral service for Mr. Johnson, officiated by Brother Danny Elliott, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2010, at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. A burial service will immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In addition to his parents, Bolivar and Louise Johnson, Haden was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Johnson Walton. Pallbearers for Mr. Johnson will be Jared Johnson, Ryan Musser, Scott Musser, Lyn Davis, Coot Brandon, Ricky Little, Norman Langham and Joe Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be James Sanders, James Agnew, James Vanover and Gilbert Garrett. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Joe Davis, Hospice of East Texas, Richard Bannon, Dr. Tony Haskins and the dedicated employees and lifelong friends of Johnson Furniture and Appliance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are given to the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1711 South St. Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701. To offer condolences or sign the online guest register, please log on to www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 

 

Deborah "Debbie" Sue Griffin Milham 
 
Funeral Service for Deborah "Debbie" Sue Griffin Milham will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Gary Hill officiating and the Rev. Justin Beadles assisting. Interment will be at Broocks Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas. Deborah "Debbie" Sue Griffin Milham was born November 20, 1951, in Mesa, Arizona. She died January 25, 2010, in Nacogdoches. She was the daughter of B.V. Miller and Bettie Burleson Griffin. Debbie was a retired teacher, having taught in the Texas school districts: Tyler, San Augustine, La Marque, Katy, Crockett and Chapel Hill systems. She was educated in Nacogdoches schools and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a master's degree in education. Debbie sought full-time ministry through the Dallas Theological Seminary. Debbie was a member in her teaching career of Delta Kappa Gamma and college years of Delta Zeta. Debbie loved serving God and being in ministry and was affiliated with several churches: Christ Episcopal Church and Grace Bible Church, both of Nacogdoches; and Grace Community Church and Green Acres Baptist Church, both of Tyler. Debbie's faith as she battled cancer inspired her family and friends. She helped to create cherished memories with her encouraging words, laughter, and her joy of living life and of loving her family. Debbie is survived by her mother, Bettie Griffin of Garrison; her two daughters, Elizabeth Thornton and her husband, David, and her granddaughter, Lyla Grace of Tyler, and Margaret Milham of Nacogdoches; her sister, the Reverend Patsy Barham and her husband, George. She is also survived by her nephews and niece, George Barham IV and his wife, Carol, and their children, Bryce and Luke, Robert Barham and his wife, Lauren, and their son, Griffin, of Weatherford; and Bonnie Barham of Nacogdoches. Debbie's survivors also include her aunt, Jamie Doherty, and her husband, Roger Holt ,of San Augustine and three generations of beloved cousins: Steve Holley, Kenny Holley, Virginia Reisman, Carole Brueggeman and Cathy Goff and their wives and husbands and their children and their children. Contributions may be made in her honor to the Debbie Milham Mission Scholarship Fund at the Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler, Texas 75701. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches, Texas. Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 
 

Lilla Frances Ramsey

Lilla Frances Ramsey, age 78 of Seguin, passed away January 13, 2010. Lilla was born August 21, 1931, in Commerce, Texas, to Marshall and Vinnie Mae Chambers White. She is preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Ezra Allan "Doc" Ramsey. They were married June 14, 1951, in Commerce, Texas. Survivors include her children, Steve Ramsey and wife, Kitty, Terry Ramsey and Marsha Castanon and husband, Andy; grandchildren, Andrea De Leon, Justin Ramsey, Matthew Ramsey, Kevin Ramsey and Katie Ramsey; and five great-grandchildren. Lilla will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2010, at the Tres Hewell Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Steve Purdy officiating, with a procession to follow at the San Geronimo Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin, Seguin,Texas, 78155 or to the charity of one's choice You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Drive, Seguin, Texas, 78155.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on January 14, 2010
 
Jerry O. Pitts

Funeral service for Mr. Jerry O. Pitts, 58, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Pitts passed away in Nacogdoches on Monday, January 11, 2010. He was born in Nacogdoches on July 14, 1951, to Norvell Pitts and Mildred Lee Pitts. Jerry was born and raised in Nacogdoches. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1969 and attended Stephen F. Austin University Jerry worked as a senior lineman for TXU for 30 years. After his retirement from TXU, he worked as a corporate pilot as well as working at Stephen F. Austin in the Grounds and Transportation Department. Jerry had many hobbies and interests. He was especially involved in aviation and was an accomplished commercial pilot. He began flying as a hobby and became a licensed pilot over 20 years ago. He enjoyed tournament bass fishing, watching NASCAR and raced motorcycles in his early years. He closely followed his cousin Ben Spies' racing career. He was proud of Ben's latest accomplishment of winning the World Superbike title in Europe. Jerry was known by his friends and family for his wonderful sense of humor. He grew up attending Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church and was a member of First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches. Jerry was a wonderful son, brother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, Mildred Lee Pitts of Nacogdoches; one daughter, Lee Ann Thill and husband, Jason, of New Jersey; two sisters, Lennijo Henderson of Dallas and Susan Pitts of Nacogdoches; three nieces, Cressida Pedroza of Bell Garden, California, Desiree Henderson of Duncanville, Texas, and Eliet Henderson of Oakland, California; one nephew, Summers Henderson of Somerville, MA. He was preceded in death by his father, Norvell Pitts. Pallbearers will be Henry Spies, Ben Spies, Jeff Akin, Craig Akin, Stephen Herman, Richard Lee, Craig Morton and Tommy Daniels. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Daniels, Victor Shepherd, Russell Whitten, Ricky Brown, Charlie Muckleroy and James Johnston. In lieu of flowers the family ask that blood donations be made to the East Texas Blood Center, 3520 N. University Dr, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965, to honor Jerry's regular blood donations over many years, or donations to a charity of your choice. Visitation with Jerry's family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at First Baptist Church in the Little Chapel. To offer condolences or sign the register book online please log onto lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 

James Edward Latham
 
Funeral service for Mr. James Edward Latham, 75, of the Nat Community will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January, 2, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Nat Cemetery. Jim was born April 17, 1934, in Center, Texas, the son of the late Clinton and Oda Bridwell Latham, and he passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Mr. Latham served his country in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean conflict. Jim owned and operated L and L Garage and Equipment in Nacogdoches for the past twenty years where he still worked until his death. He married the love of his life December 5, 1975, Mrs. Bonnie Richmond Latham, and she survives him. Jim was considered everyone's hero. He was so proud of his family. Jim loved to tell stories to his friends and family, most of those being the exploits of his children and grandchildren. Jim was known to be a fair businessman, a doting husband, father and grandfather. His family as well his large network of friends will miss him tremendously. Jim is survived by his wife of 34 years, Bonnie Richmond Latham; three sons, Dan Latham and wife, Darla, of Austin, Jeff Latham and wife, Pam, of Nacogdoches and Clay Bostian and wife, Carol, of Nacogdoches; one daughter, Pam Harrison and husband, Waun Ross, of Grand Prairie; one sister, Irene Grimsley and husband, Weldon, of Longview; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; two nieces, Kay Jacobs of Nacogdoches and Mary Lynn Bublitz of Longview; nephew, Johnny Jacobs of Nacogdoches; and nephew, Jay Jacobs of Nacogdoches, who faithfully worked by his Uncle James' side ,at his garage for the past 17 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, his grandson, Blake Latham and great grandson, Cody Latham. Pallbearers will be Hyman Boozer, Ben Boozer, Tony Parker, Gary Adkins, Mike Worsham and Darryl Hooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Mechelle, John Decker, Jimmy Sharpton, Bill Henderson and Alton Conn. Visitation with Jim's family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolences or sign the register book online, please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
 
 
 
Rayford Lee Perry
 
Graveside service for Mr. Rayford Lee Perry, 80, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2009, at McKnight Cemetery with Bro. Randy Arnold officiating. Mr. Perry was born May 23, 1929, in Cushing, Texas, to the late Raymond Perry and Christine Lorene Blackburn Perry. He passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Rayford graduated from Cushing High School where he proudly played on the first football team. He retired from S&T Poultry in Nacogdoches after 40 years of service. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Rayford married CHristine Ham, Juune 18, 1949m, and she preceded him in death. He is survived by his sons, Billy Perry and wife, Jeanne, of Douglass and Bobby Perry and wife, Kathy, of Livingston; grandsons, Jeremy Perry and wife, Lisa, of Douglass and Jacob Perry and wife, Ashley, of Lilbert; granddaughter, Jordan Vardeman and husband, Brian, of Douglass; great-grandchildren, Bryce McLeod, Katie and Caroline Perry, children of Jeremy; Jake and Addilyn Vardeman, children of Jordan; and Kale Perry, son of Jacob; one sister, Birdie McCarley of Cushing; great-aunt, Opal Blackburn; sisters-in-law, Darlene Watson and husband, Billy, of Rusk and Syble Ham of Jacksonville and Betty Ham of Granbury; one brother-in-law, Junior Ham; and wife, Virginia, of Henderson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rayford is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Christine Ham Perry; grandson, Brian David Perry; and sisters, Peggy Jo Ham and Winnie Pearl Aubrey. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Perry, Brian Vardeman, Rex Whitaker, David McCarley, James Ham and Jacob Perry.. To offer condolences or sign the register book online please log onto www.lairdfh.com. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home
 

 

Joe Lee Frederick Sr.
 
A funeral Mass for Joe Lee Frederick Sr., 89, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Entombment will follow with 3 p.m. services at Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler, Texas. Joe passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Nacogdoches. He was born Jan. 25, 1920, in Tyler as a son of the late William and Mary Maklip Frederick. He was a building contractor and had owned Frederick Construction Co., as well as The Cottage in Nacogdoches. Mr. Frederick had also served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, president of Nacogdoches Builders Association and on the board of directors of Commercial Bank. He was a devout member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a loving husband and father. Joe served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Irene Frederick of Nacogdoches; sons, Joe Daniel Frederick and John Lee Frederick, both of Tyler, and Daniel John Frederick of Waco; daughters, Gail Graham of Tyler and Jill Frederick of Houston; stepchildren, Lisa Smith of North Carolina, Sophie Parks of Diboll, Shelly Patterson of Dallas and Reuben Castillo of Central Heights; a brother, Claude Frederick of Tyler; 11 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Eve Frederick, in 1990; and a son, Joe L. Frederick Jr., in 1993 Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2009, in Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with rosary at 7 p.m. Online obituary and guest book posted at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 

 

From The Dragon Echo
Remembering Charles Stokes
 
November 18, 2009

By Sydney Purser
Charles Stokes knew a great deal about history. It was his major in college, the subject he taught at Nacogdoches High School and a topic he enjoyed discussing and debating with friends around the camp fire.
It has now become apparent, based on the comments of his friends, former students and colleagues, that Stokes will hold a very important place in history, himself. He will certainly hold a place in the history of Nacogdoches where he taught for 38 years – but, perhaps more importantly, he will hold a place in the history of the students’ lives he touched over the course of those 38 years.
As word spread of Stokes’ sudden death last Tuesday – calls and questions came from former students and teachers across the state. Few could believe that a man known for his strength and vitality was really gone. Stokes exercised daily, and Tuesday was no different. But after his work out last week, Stokes dressed to return to work, then collapsed. He could not be revived.
NISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Hutto was quoted in Friday’s issue of The Daily Sentinel, with regard to the loss.
“Having taught generations of students, his personal investment in our community is exponential,” Hutto said. “His service and genuine devotion to the education of our students speaks volumes to the strength of his character. He will be sorely missed, but his invaluable contributions to NHS will remain.”
Classes released early Monday allowing all NHS students and faculty the opportunity to attend Stokes’ funeral. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
But this does not conclude Stokes’ chapter in the history of NHS. A memorial scholarship has been established through the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association. Dena Giddens, executive assistant to the NHSAA, told The Daily Sentinel that the scholarship could be fully endowed with $20,000. That money is invested, so that $1,000 could be given in Stokes’ memory, each year.
Checks for the Charles Stokes Memorial Scholarship can be made to the NHSAA and sent to P.O. Box 632152, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. A receipt will be returned for tax purposes and acknowledgements sent to the family. All donations are tax deductible.
Nacogdoches High School students and faculty remember Charles Stokes fondly.
Coach Jay Petty, who has known Stokes for about four years, said they visited daily across the hall.
“He loved to hunt, and be out in nature,” Petty said. “He often talked about flying trips off in Alaska.”
“He talked about retiring, and he wasn’t sure whether it would be at the end of the semester or the end of the year,” Petty said. “I knew all along he would finish the year for one reason, and one reason only … the kids.”
Principal Nathan Chaddick said he didn’t have time to get to know Stokes as well as he would have liked, having only been here two years, but said in a later statement, “He was a longtime friend to the faculty.”
“He was really nice, and he liked all his students.” Nick Dugay, an NHS Junior said.
This sentiment seems to be shared by all who knew Mr.Stokes. Students created a special tribute Monday to Stokes on the door of his classroom.
As many of his former students can testify, they are not likely to forget this man who touched the lives of so many at NHS.
 
 
Kitty Marie Pye Upton
 
Mrs. Kitty Marie Pye Upton, 84, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel in Nacogdoches, Texas, with Rev. Freddy Mason officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Kitty was born June 1, 1925, in Sacul, Texas, to J.L. and Thelma Fain Pye. She graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1942. She married her husband, Charles G. Upton, on March 15, 1944, and together they raised two children in a loving, Christian home. They celebrated more than 54 years of marriage before Charles preceded her in death in 1998. An avid gardener, Kitty's home was admired by her neighbors and friends for its elegant landscaping and colorful blooms year round. As a testament to her green thumb, her yard was once awarded Most Beautiful Yard in Nacogdoches. Her greatest sorrow in her later years was that she couldn¹t dig, pull weeds, or plant new blossoms as the seasons changed. Kitty lived in Nacogdoches her entire life until moving to Carthage, Texas, in 2002 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Carthage. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Gayla and Ronnie LaGrone of Carthage; and her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Susie Upton of Kerrville, Texas. Also surviving Mrs. Upton are four grandchildren, Kim Oldigs and husband Roger of Houston, TX; Clay Still and wife Barb of Overland Park, KS; Garth LaGrone of Carthage; and Shannon LaGrone of Mesquite, TX; and also four great-grandchildren, Meagan Oldigs, Ryan Oldigs, Kaitlyn Still, and Josh McMurray. Pallbearers will be Clay Still, Garth LaGrone, Roger Oldigs, Ryan Oldigs, Dennis LaGrone and Weldon Maitland. Visitation will be Monday, October 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, La., 71103; or Sammie Brown Library, 522 W. College St., Carthage, Texas, 75633. Condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 
 
 
Mary Evelyn Johnson
 
Mrs. Mary Evelyn Johnson, 82, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Laird Funeral Home chapel in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Don Ansohn officiating, and burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Mary was born on March 30, 1927, in Salmon Switch, Texas, the daughter of the late John Roland and Mary Bell Kilgo Dickey. She was a self-employed business woman and owner of the Youth Shop, in Nacogdoches, a member of First Christian Church and a member of Eastern Star. She and A. L. Johnson were childhood sweethearts; they met when Mary was in fifth grade, he was in the seventh and after he was out of the military January 19, 1946, they were married. In addition to her husband of 63 years, A.L.; Mary is survived by a daughter, Patsy McNew and husband, Ron, of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Dickey Johnson and wife, Gladney Flatt Johnson, of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Rachel Johnson and Megan Johnson of Nacogdoches, Clif Johnson of New York City, New York, and Breckin Loggins and wife, Shara, of
College Station, Texas. Also surviving is special cousin, Hila Sue Wilkerson and husband, Wyman of Lumberton, North Carolina, as well as other relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. To those wishing to convey condolences or sign the online guest register, please visit www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.

 
 

 

 
Dr. Vera Williams 
Published in Longview News-Journal on October 15, 2009 
 
Memorial Services for Dr. Vera G. Williams, age 76 of Longview are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, October 17 at Lakeview Funeral Home chapel.

Dr. Williams, lovingly known by friends and family as "Chick," passed away Thursday, October 8 at her residence in Longview. She was born February 20, 1933 at Alexandria, La.

Dr. Williams was a dedicated educator and teacher of teachers. She taught speech and speech therapy at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana; Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches; Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia where she retired as Dean of Graduate Studies. She is preceded in death by husband Andrew Lyon Williams and sister Ruby Eason of Marthaville, Louisiana.

She is survived by her sister, Essie Massengill and family of Troup; her sons, Don Graham of Kilgore, Bob Graham and wife Mary of Longview, and Ken Graham of Longview. She is also survived by stepchildren, Andrew Williams of Coming, Georgia, Margaret Tomas of San Francisco, Cathy Omer of Corbin, Kentucky, Elizabeth Walker of Rougemount, North Carolina; and her many grandchildren, Jamie Odom and husband Tex, Adrienne Graham, Jared Graham, Skye Graham, Jayla Graham, Jake and Bailey Thomas, Lindsey and Drew Williams, Josh Omer and Stephen, James, Jenny, Anna and Phillip Walker; and her great-grandchildren, Bailey and Texas Don Odom.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made on behalf of Vera Williams to AMBUCSr at P.O. Box 3092, Longview, Texas, 75606 and the Humane Society of North East Texas at 303 Enterprise, Longview.
 
 
Charlie Morgan
 
Mr. Charles (Charlie) W. Morgan, III, 57, of Nacogdoches, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at his residence. Charlie was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on May 2, 1952, the son of Dr. Charles W. Morgan, Jr. and Mary Lou (Davis) Morgan. Graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 5 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches with Bro. Horace Fletcher officiating. Charlie is survived by his brother,  Steve E. Morgan, Sr. and his wife Lea' of Pollok; nephews: Steve E. Morgan Jr., Charlie A. Morgan and Dustin Smith, and by his niece Malinda Morgan. He is also survived by other extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Charlie W. Morgan, MD and Mary Lou (Davis) Morgan and by his sister, Malinda Lou Morgan. Charlie will lie in state at Laird Funeral Home on Monday, October 5, 2009, and Tuesday, October 6, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be  Steve E. Morgan, Jr., Dale Jordan, Hugh Hallum, Kent Raines, Guy Ellis, Robert Abernathy, and Jack Montgomery. The family of Mr. Morgan is being  served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online  register please visit www.lairdfh.net.
 
 
 
Sylvia Stripling Birdwell
 
Sylvia S. Birdwell passed away October 1, 2009, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. She was born May 24, 1951, in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she was born and raised. She was homemaker and the beloved wife of 37 years to Jeff R. Birdwell and loving mother of Kathryn (Sam) Birdwell Wester and Jeff (Melissa) Birdwell. Sylvia was also the beloved daughter of Doris and the late Charlie Stripling, of Nacogdoches, and dear sister of Gary (Sandra) Stripling and the late Larry (Melba) Stripling. She was a fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the O'Malley Alley Cat Organization, P.O. Box 633452, Nacogdoches, TX 75963-3452. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel

 
Russell Conklin Faulkner III
 
 
Funeral services for Russell " Rusty" Faulkner III, 46, will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2009, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Rusty passed away August 29, 2009, in Austin, Texas. He was born April 10, 1963, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Russell C. Faulkner Jr. and Mary Fern Faulkner. Rusty was a 1981 graduate of Nacogdoches High School. He was an active member of the First United Methodist youth group and earned the distinction of Eagle Scout. His first love was music, which he studied at Southwestern University in Georgetown . He was an accomplished singer and pianist. He also attended the University of Houston. He was employed by G.T. Distributors as their bid specialist. Rusty is survived by his mother, Mary Fern Faulkner; sister, Mary Ann Taylor and husband, Ken; nephews, Kurt and Blake Taylor; and friend, Bill Ramsey. Rusty is preceded in death by his father, Russell Conklin Faulkner Jr. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday September 3, 2009, in the Fredonia-Rusk Room at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. Those who wish can pay their respects from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, September 4, at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Ken Taylor, Blake Taylor, Joe Ramsey, Mike Robertson, Joel Moore and John Dora. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the
American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin , Texas 75904. Condolences can be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
 
   
 
Rhonda K. Bobo Barnes

Mrs. Barnes died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at her home in Longview, Texas. She was born on March 9, 1950, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Vester Don "Bob" Bobo and Jennie Erleta Flowers. As a member of Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, for her entire adult life she served on the Finance Committee and as a Care Group Leader. She was the Community Involvement Coordinator for Pine Tree ISD for 17 years. There she served on numerous committees through Partners in Prevention as well as the United Way. She was also actively involved in Adopt-A-School and Forever Friends Mentoring Program. She was a very loving and compassionate person who always sought to serve others first. She enjoyed life and one of the greatest joys in her life was being Andrew's mother and Steve's wife. She touched countless lives through her service to God, church, family, community and friends. She never met a stranger as she befriended all. The past year, while filled with many ups and downs, taught many, including herself, how to persevere through adversity and disappointment. Her faith never faltered and her trust in God remained steadfast through it all. Those who walked the long journey with her this year will always remember her as their new hero. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vester Don "Bob" Bobo and Jennie Erleta Flowers. Survivors are her husband, Steve Barnes of Longview, Texas; son, Andrew Barnes of Carrollton, Texas; sisters, Donnie Chumley Jenkins and husband Jack of Diboll, Texas, and Linda Alexander and husband Donald of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Mobberly Baptist Church with the Rev. John McGuire and Dr. Glynn Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Park under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.
 
 
August 27, 2009:The class of '68 learned today of the passing of our friend and classmate Rhonda Bobo Barnes. Rhonda fought a battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma over the past year; she lost this battle on August 26, 2009 and moved into her heavenly home to be with our lord. She will be greatly missed and forever hold a place in our hearts and minds. She is now free of pain, disappointment, a broken hip that never had the chance to heal properly, and treatments that only worked for a time. Our thoughts and prayers are now extended to Steve, Anthony and the entire family in their time of grief and sadness.

 

 
Cheeba Celete McCarley
 
Funeral service for Mrs. Cheeba Celete Corley McCarley, 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Brasher officiating. Burial will follow at McKnight Cemetery. Mrs. McCarley passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2009, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Cheeba was born September 28, 1922, in Sacul, Texas, the daughter of the late Alvin R. and Evie Gresham Corley. Cheeba was born and raised in Sacul, Texas. She attended Sacul High School and then Lon Morris College, but had to return home when World War II started, in order to help her father in his business as the Sacul postmaster and as a general merchant. She married Travis L. McCarley, January 27, 1945. Cheeba was a homemaker, lovingly caring for her husband and three children. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and canning. With God leading, Cheeba strived to serve and honor her Lord through church and community in each locality she found herself placed, Edinburg, Jacinto City, Houston, Nome and Nacogdoches. But mostly in the Woman's Society of Christian Service, United Methodist Women, Parent Teachers Association and Christian Temperance Union. She was a member of Perritte United Methodist Church, taught children's church for over 25 years, served in life of The Church in W.S.C and United Methodist Women in local and district offices for many years, and had a life membership honored in 1960 with ties at Jacinto City United Methodist Church. She desired to make a contribution in the life of children, in particular, yet served in any need or capacity she could. Cheeba is survived by her two sons, Lon McCarley and wife, Ann, of Denver, Colorado, and Max McCarley and wife, Cindy, of Nacogdoches; one daughter, Vickie McCarley, of Rockwall; one surviving brother, Arlis Corley and wife, Helen, of Rusk; grandchildren, Forrest Royder IV, of Houston, Michael Taylor and wife, Claire, of Arlington, Ryan McCarley, of Denver, Colo., Carley Royder of Rockwall, Matthew McCarley of Bryan, Beth McCarley, of Denver, Colo., Derrick McCarley, of Nacogdoches and Trevor McCarley of Nacogdoches. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Travis L. McCarley; and siblings and their spouses, Ray and Doris Corley, Cleatis and Mazelle Corley, James and Theresa Nelson, Tracy Corley, Herbert Corley and Orville and Daisy Rawlinson. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Perritte Memorial Youth Program, 1025 Durst Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. Visitation for Mrs. McCarley will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign the online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.com. Laird Funeral Home.
 
 

 

 
Krecia Birdwell Morris
 
Krecia Birdwell Morris was welcomed into the loving embrace of her heavenly Father Saturday, August 22, 2009, in Nacogdoches, Texas at the age of 52. She was born August 25, 1957. Krecia is survived by her parents, Willard and Juanita Birdwell of Nacogdoches; husband, Jon Morris of Nacogdoches; daughter, Kasey Van Norman and husband, Justin, of Nacogdoches; son, Blake Porter and wife, Suzanne of The Woodlands; daughter, Karly Porter of Nacogdoches; stepdaughter, Kasie Wellborn and husband, Eujene, of Beckville; stepson, Cory Morris and wife, Lorianne, of Beckville; brother, Kerry Birdwell of Nacogdoches. Krecia had eight grandchildren: Emma Grace and Lake Van Norman, Cash Porter, Kalie and Kiyah Wellborn, Cassie Elizondo and Avery and Major Morris. She was preceded in death by her previous husband, Virgil Pierce of Nacogdoches. Krecia was a fifth-generation resident of Nacogdoches. She was a graduate of Nacogdoches High School, Class of 1975. She was employed at Fredonia State Bank (now BancorpSouth) as new-account manager for 17 years. Krecia's first love was Jesus Christ, and her second love was spending time with her family. Krecia was a valiant prayer warrior and lover of the Word of God. She enjoyed reading the Scriptures and praying them over her friends and family. Krecia battled cancer for two years, continually praising God through every moment. She is quoted as saying, "If one person will come to know Christ, as a result of my illness, then it was well worth the battle." Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. Celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church Tuesday, August 25, 2009, with Pastor Homer Murray officiating; graveside service to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Krecia Morris to the General Building Fund of Holly Springs Baptist Church, www.hsbc-tx.com or to the International Myeloma Foundation at www.myeloma.org. Laird Funeral Home.
 
Published in The Daily Sentinel on August 24, 2009 
 

Ryan Johnson
 
Ryan Johnson, age 18, of Waxahachie, passed away Friday, August 21, 2009 at his home. He was born August 16, 1991 to Ron Johnson and Donna Smith. Survivors include his mother, Donna Smith of Waxahachie; his father, Ron Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth (Bit) of Nacogdoches; a sister, McCall Johnson of Austin; his grandfather Sam I. Smith Jr. of Waxahachie and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bobbie Smith, Robert M. Johnson and Mildred Johnson. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie, with Reverend Jerry Galloway officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
 

Published in The Daily Sentinel on August 23

 
Jill Beasley Low

Nancy “Jill” Low, 52, of Hot Springs, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.

Born Jan. 27, 1957, in Hope, she was a teacher and attended Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Low, of Hot Springs; two sons, Joshua Gordon-Gene Low, of Norfork, and Matthew Beasley Low, of Arkadelphia; her parents, Thad Gordon and Betty Guthrie Beasley; and one sister and brother-in-law, Stacy Beasley and Steve Soltis, of Marietta, Ga.

The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Caruth-Hale Funeral Home chapel with Minister Dusty Rush officiating. 

 

Mona Lisa McMichael Ervin

Funeral services for Mrs. Mona Lisa McMichael Ervin will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at the Red Oak Baptist Church under the direction of Stanmore Funeral Home, Longview, Texas. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at the funeral home and Wednesday prior to the service. Viewing will be from 9 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Baptist Church. Mona graduated from E. J. Campbell High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, and Stephen F. Austin State University in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. She is survived by her father, Clarence McMichael; three children, Tonya Rison, Ishan Rison (Shree) and William Ervin (Rachel); three sisters, Jackie Session, Gerrie Hinnant and Sue McGown; and two brothers, Clarence McMichael Jr. and Richard McMichael. Stanmore Funeral Home, Longview.

Published in The Daily Sentinel from 8/3 to 8/4/2009

Shirley Ann Thomas Clifton

 
Shirley Ann Thomas Clifton passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in College Station, Texas, following a lengthy illness. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2009, at Cason-Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Monsignor James Young officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Shirley was born January 8, 1925, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to Anthony and Helen Donnelly Thomas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ancil H. Clifton; son, Kenneth Clifton; sisters, Carmela Hartman, Betty Jean Shannon and Helen Joy Orcutt; and brother, Robert Thomas. Shirley, a nurse, met her future husband, Ancil, during his recovery from injuries suffered as a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II. They married and settled in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mrs. Clifton was an active member of the Sacred Heart Women's Guild. She spent many years as a nurse at the Stephen F. Austin State University Health Clinic and enjoyed her relationship with the staff and the many students she met. She also worked at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She was known for the excellent care and compassion she provided for her patients, and, in particular, members of her extended family and friends. She is survived by daughter, Sandy Johnson of Houston; daughter, Marcie Spence and her husband, Gary, of College Station; grandchildren, Clifton Johnson, Megan Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Lauren Bruchez and husband, John, Zachary Spence, Jennifer Clifton and Justin Clifton; and great-granddaughter Bella Bruchez. She is also survived by three brothers, Anthony, Ted and John Preston Thomas, all of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 6th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2508 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors
 
 
Phyllis Ann Grimes Sanders
 
Phyllis Ann Grimes Sanders, also known as "Gram," age 57, of Nacogdoches passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. This came after enduring a long battle with CNS lymphoma (brain cancer). Phyllis was born July 6, 1951, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Jimmie and Bernice Grimes. On December 26, 1970, Phyllis was married to Russell B. "Rusty" Sanders in an intimate ceremony in Nacogdoches, Texas. Phyllis and Rusty were the loving parents of three boys. During their marriage. Phyllis attended Stephen F. Austin State University to receive her bachelor's degree in education. Phyllis taught the first, fourth and seventh grades for the Nacogdoches Independent School District. She was most passionate about teaching the history of Texas. Phyllis enjoyed many hobbies, such as entertaining her grandchildren, taking care of her family and scrapbooking. With her passion for keeping scrapbooks, she has blessed us with the ability to look back over the years of our lives and relive the wonderful moments we have shared. Throughout Phyllis' many treatments and the unpleasant side effects of the disease, she was never seen without a smile on her face. Anyone who knew Phyllis would say that she had a contagious, uplifting spirit about her, that allowed her, in any situation, to be able to bring out the best in people. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Rusty; son, David Sanders and wife, Katie; son, Ben Sanders and wife, Tammy; and son, Jason Sanders, and wife, Ashley. In addition, she leaves five grandchildren, Kelcie Spencer, Cole Spencer, Hayden Spencer, Hunter Sanders and Courtney Sanders. Also surviving are Phyllis' parents, Jimmie and Bernice Grimes; her sister, Linda Faulkner and husband, Larry; her brother, Mike Grimes, and wife, Mary; and in addition there are numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches. The family has requested that donations be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or to their local American Cancer Society . Laird Funeral Home.
 
Emma B. Dunn
 
Mrs. Emma Davis Dunn, 99, passed away at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Emma was born August 10, 1909, in Titus County and had been a resident of the Yancy community in Titus County until moving to Nacogdoches in 2007. Emma was preceded in death by her husband, V.O. Dunn; two brothers, Roy Davis and Andy Davis; three sisters, Esther Andrews, Tommie Lunsford and Ruby Thompson. Survivors include, a son, Bob Dunn and wife, Nancy, of Nacogdoches; daughter, Carolyn Morris of Royse City; grandchildren, Elizabeth Dunn of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kathy Hamrick and husband, Dave, of Austin, Jennifer Key and husband, David, of Katy, Tony Morris and wife, Julie, of Sachse, Texas, Chris Morris and wife, Charlene, of Royse City, Texas, and Kevin Morris and wife, Lisa of Royse City; great-grandchildren, Jon Buckman of New York, Jacob and Hanna Hamrick of Austin and Dillon, Seth and Emma Key of Katy, Alexandra Morris Warren and husband, Troy, of Plano, Kristin and Allissa Morris of Royse City, Brittany and Austin Morris of Royce City and Tyler and Kelsey Morris of Sachse; and great-great grandchildren, Emma and Grace Warren of Plano. Emma is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends Maggie Driggers, Fay Tate, Joan Watson and Drew Watson. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Center Grove Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Prior to the graveside service, visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. at the Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Contributions may be made to a favorite charity or to the Center Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Frankie Sargent, Bank of America, 302 North Jefferson, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455. Laird Funeral Home.
 
 
 
 
Joan Hallmark Smith

 

A memorial service for Mrs. Joan Hallmark Smith, 76, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday March 6, 2009, at Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Brasher officiating. Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Joan was born September 28, 1932, in Wapanucka, Okla., to the late Arthur B. and Sue Rigsby Hallmark. She grew up in Caddo, Okla., where she met her husband, A.M. Smith Jr. They were married on August 15, 1950, and lived in Sherman and Bonham, Texas, before moving to Nacogdoches in 1964. She graduated from SFA and taught school at Central Heights for twenty years. Joan was an expert seamstress and collected antique linens and tablecloths. She loved to garden and grew a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. She took delight in cooking for family and friends and for her church. Her sister Lynda visited every month, and they looked forward to cooking together and watching their favorite TV shows, especially "Dancing with The Stars." Favorite pastimes were working crossword puzzles, reading and playing games, especially Scrabble and Royalty. After the birth of her grandson in 1984, she was known by all as "Mimi," and she was looking forward to helping raise her first great-grandbaby. She was always positive, even while fighting her Crohn's disease battle for so many years. She will be greatly missed by all of her loved ones. Joan is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, A.M. Smith Jr; son, Arthur Smith of Nashville; daughter, Susan Lewis and husband, Chuck; grandson, Patrick Lewis and wife, Brianna; and great-granddaughter, Peyton Lewis, all of Nacogdoches; three sisters, Lynda Shelton, Martha Miller and husband, Gary, and Royce Prentice and husband, Wyman; three brothers, Jerry Hallmark and wife, Sandy, Bob Hallmark and wife, Lawanta, and Jack Hallmark; sister-in-law, Georgia Grandquist; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Smith; and by her parents. Laird Funeral Home.  

John William Hamilton

Beloved father, husband, brother and grandfather, John William Hamilton died Saturday, January 17, 2009, in Birmingham, Alabama. The second-eldest of five children, he was born to Grace May (Wheeler) and William Cole Hamilton September 29, 1924, in Calhoun County Michigan. A college teacher, he firmly believed that hard work was its own reward. He began a long career of service by enlisting in the Navy after graduating from high school. He served two years in the Pacific theater during World War II. At Michigan State, he joined the Army Reserve and, after graduation, was called into active duty during the Korean War. He served 20 years in the Army Reserve. He was a tireless worker with the Lions Club, a regular blood donor and a longtime, faithful member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. He taught in the business department at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1968 until his retirement in 1987. John was a dedicated family man and tirelessly cared for his three daughters, instilling his love of fun in them. He taught "his girls" to ice skate, ski, fish and bowl and to enjoy college football and basketball. He also taught them by example to value his dedication to gardening and to enjoy the bounty he provided. John's garden was his refuge and his joy. John William Hamilton was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Adele (Pfitsch) Hamilton; and his brother, Justin Hamilton. He is survived by his sisters, Jean Eiler and Eleanor Young of Marshall, Michigan; and his brother, James Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois; daughters Miriam (Peter) Bellis, Barbara (Tim) Goostree, Amy Hamilton: and grandchildren, Katie Bellis, Alexandra Bellis, Alison Goostree and Colin Goostree. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Ala. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association. Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors, Birmingham, Ala. 

Ora Mae Gresham

 

Service for Mrs. Ora Mae Gresham, 64, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday December 4, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Dock Lazarine and Bro. Dennis Land officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mae was born August 14, 1944, in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of the late Frank Chireno and Nellie Molandes Chireno who survives her of Nacogdoches. She had been employed as a clerk at the Texas Employment Commission for 15 years. Mae is survived by her mother, Nellie Molandes Chireno of Nacogdoches; husband, Larry G. Gresham Sr. of Nacogdoches; a daughter, Melissa King and husband, Stacey, of Nacogdoches; a son, Larry Gresham Jr. and wife, Kaylen, of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Lance Gresham and wife, Carmon, of Lufkin, Haley Gresham of Nacogdoches and Tanner Stone of Nacogdoches; one great- grandson, Landon Gresham of Lufkin; and a sister, Nell Bell of Lufkin. Friends and family are invited to visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 
Norman Williams
 

Service for Mr. Norman "Chicken" Williams, 78, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2008, at Harvest Point Church with Dr. Rick Scarborough officiating. Interment will be at Drewery Cemetery. Mr. Williams passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, in Nacogdoches. He was born March 2, 1930, in Broaddus, Texas, to the late Norman T. and Virgie Carroll Williams. Chicken was a captain in the Nacogdoches Fire Department. He retired in 1983 after serving 30 years as a firefighter. He spent his years of retirement working part time at Woodland Hills golf course. He loved playing golf and fishing. He liked to spend time with his friends after a round of golf. He loved fishing in the lakes at Piney Woods Country Club and at Woodland Hills. An article was written in Texas Fish and Game in April 2006 about him. He was a member of the Bass Club. Chicken is survived by his wife, Syble Beavers Williams; daughter, Karen Bush and husband, Ronnie; two granddaughters, Leslie and Lauren Bush; sister, Lorene Hopson and husband, Cecil; brothers, Johnnie Williams and Gene Williams and wife, Wanda; and a host of nephews and nieces whom he loved very much. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Williams; sister, Flossie Drewery and her husband, Travis; sister, Norma Drewery and her husband, Howard; sister-in-law, Darlene Williams; nephews, Larry Drewery and Michael McNeeley. Pallbearers will be Tommy Miller, Rusty Sanders, Pat Kent, G.W. Jones, Don Marshall and John Marshall. Honorary pallbearers will be all retired and current Nacogdoches firefighters. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Choice Home and Health, 915 E. Austin St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75965 or Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral
 
 
 
Jane Evangeline Ashworth
 
Jane Evangeline Ashworth passed away Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at the age of 52. She was born on November 17, 1956 in Bronxville, NY to Marie and Van Demetriades. She spent her teenage years in Houston then attended UT Austin. She dedicated her life to putting others first. Her compassion and love will ring in our hearts forever. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth and charm, often expressed through the wonderful parties she hosted and the great food she prepared for her friends. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Duncan Ashworth; their son, Thomas; their daughter, Katherine Gentry and husband Nathan; and a new granddaughter, Paige. She also leaves behind her brother, Van Demetriades, his wife Susan and their son Chris. Jane will be sorely missed by her sister-in-law, Margaret Schoelman, her husband Steve and their children Zac and Stephanie. Everyone who knew Jane will find solace in remembering her sensitivity and the soothing comfort she provided others in time of need. She enjoyed her knitting, her yoga group, her book club, bible study, prayer group and her daily attendance at St. John Neumann morning masses. The time she spent with others was as important to her as the air she breathed; and she gave so much back to them in return. We are all blessed to have known her and to have had her in our lives even for this brief time. We'll miss you Jane. Love always. The family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m., followed by recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2008 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 101 Westlake Drive with Father Bud Roland and Father Jim Evans Con-Celebrants. Committal will follow at Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. Please join us in celebrating Jane's life at www.mem.com where we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.

 

Ima Ruth "Dusty" Parker


Funeral for Mrs. Ima Ruth "Dusty" Parker, 76, of Nacogdoches will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Brad Morgan and the Rev. Tim Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Parker died Oct. 28, 2008, in Nacogdoches. Born Aug. 4, 1932, in Black Jack, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Jones Langford. She had worked for the late Dr. James I. Allen, and she was a Baptist. She was married to William Huey Parker, and he preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Parker Shaughnessy, of Nacogdoches; sons, Lynn Parker, of Argyle, Mike Parker of Bryan-College Station and Rodney Dean, Steve Dean and Tom Parker, all of Nacogdoches; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30. Laird Funeral Home.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on 10/30/2008

 
 
David C. Koonce
Funeral services for Mr. David C. Koonce, 58, of Lufkin will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008, at Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin with the Rev. John Greene officiating and eulogy by Jim Myers. Interment will be in White Rock Cemetery. Mr. Koonce passed away October 1, 2008, in Lufkin, Texas. David was born September 16, 1950, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late W.D. and Gladys Courtney Koonce. David was raised in Nacogdoches and attended Nacogdoches High School. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major in business and communication. David had worked as human resources director and civil service director for the city of Lufkin since 1997. He had been human resources director for Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for 17 years and also held a license in nursing home administration. He was a board member for Junior Achievement and had served as board member for Goodwill Industries. He and Beverly were members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin where they hosted their small group Bible study on Wednesday evenings. David was a member of Lufkin Kiwanis and had been a member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club prior to moving to Lufkin. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Beverly Little Koonce of Lufkin; two sons, Chris Koonce and wife, Malissa, of Nacogdoches and Ryan Koonce of Nacogdoches; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra Church and husband, Johnny, of Nacogdoches, Sara Spainhour and husband, David, of Ohio, Nancy Williams and husband, Nelson, of Nacogdoches and Cynthia Arnold and husband, Eddy, of Nacogdoches; and three grandchildren, Kayli, Kolton and Kaden of Nacogdoches. Pallbearers will be Jim Lazarine, George Nichols, Terry Wilson, Jim Reagan, Finley Cartwright, C.G. Maclin, Randy Bond and Murry Brown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to M.D. Anderson Brain and Spinal Cord Institute. Laird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
 
August 20, 2008
Marshall Earl Brown
 
WHITEHOUSE - Memorial services for Marshall Earl Brown, 90, Whitehouse, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Tyler.

Mr. Brown died Aug. 20, 2008, at a Tyler hospice.

He was born June 28, 1918, in Troup to the late Earl and Olive Brown. He graduated from Whitehouse High School and from Lon Morris College and Texas Tech University.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was a basketball coach at Tyler High School, Lon Morris College and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Survivors include daughter, Rosemary Bates, Tyler; son, Terry Brown, Tyler; brothers, Melvin Brown, Eldon Ben Brown, Charles "Buck" Brown and Oscar Brown; sisters, Bernice Melton, Ruth Mitchell, Martha Burns, Alice Thompson, Mary McCoy and Rosa Ida Collins; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Family will receive friends following services at the church.
Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on 8/22/2008
 
 
Judy Elizabeth Hale
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Elizabeth Hale, 86, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Gardin officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Judy was born in Beaumont, Texas on November 21, 1921, the daughter of the late Jefferson OMalie and Helen (Burnett) Lyle, and passed away peacefully on Friday April 25, 2008. In celebrating the life of Judy Hale, we want to remember the happy times. Judy was always among the first to get involved in whatever was wholesome and beneficial. Judy is a graduate of Kilgore College and while there she also obtained her pilot¹s license. This came about because our nation was in a depression and our Air Force was obsolete. Our Congress devised a program to interest young college men in aviation. Twenty boys could take the course and two girls. Judy, of course, was one of these girls. The reason this is noteworthy is because Gean also took the course to be one of the twenty boys and because Judy was his girlfriend. When our nation got involved in WWII, Gean, because of his college flying experience (influenced by Judy) entered the Air Force as a cadet. Gean received his Air Force wings, his commission and his wife, Judy, all in one package. Judy was the first captain of the Kilgore College Rangerettes and an officer in the Rangerettes Forever Alumni Association. This organization has raised enough funds that every Rangerette, present and future, will have a scholarship. Rangerettes Forever have performed with the Rangerettes on three different occasions. First, in 1988, the Rangerettes Forever performed at the East West Shriners football game in Palo Alto, Calif. Later, they marched in the Macy¹s Thanksgiving Day parade. In 2000, they also performed at halftime of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Judy loved Nacogdoches, and was active in the Nacogdoches Historical Society. Their purpose was to preserve the history of historic Nacogdoches. Judy was instrumental in the creation of the Eugenia Sterne Park on East Main Street. During this project, she worked with Red Suspenders, a group of men from all walks of life who met annually to construct things as in the past. Thus, the gazebo in the Eugenia Sterne Park was one of their projects. Judy also bought and restored the Anna Raguet home. The Raguet family is a prominent Nacogdoches family, as a street was named after them. Anna Raguet was the girlfriend of Sam Houston, who called on her each time he visited Nacogdoches. Judy was also instrumental in the preservation of the Durst Taylor house. Judy's mark on our community as well as our hearts will not be forgotten. She led a remarkable life full of many endeavors and Judy touched the lives of all she came to know. We celebrate her life and accomplishments with the fervent hope that we can also have such an impact. Judy is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Gean Hale; a daughter, Rebecca Crosson and husband, Richard of Mullica Hill, NJ; and a son, Jeff Hale and wife, Sabrina of Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Andrew Crosson and wife, Julie of Ashville, North Carolina, Clayton Hale, of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Samiel Hale of Huntsville, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Adelina Gean Crosson. Judy is preceded in death by her parents; her sister. Patricia Harrison; brother-in-law, Paul Harrison; and nephew, Lyle Harrison. Pallbearers: Andrew Crosson, Clayton Hale, Sam Hale, Patric Harrison, Ed Cole and Paul Drawhorn. Honorary pallbearers: members of the open door class at the First United Methodist Church. Friends and family are invited to visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday April 28, 2008 at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 
 
Norma Ossie Fay Drewery
 
Norma Ossie Fay Drewery was an example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She was born June 21, 1923, in Broaddus, Texas, to the late Norman T. and Virgie Carrell Williams, and she went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2008, at the age of 84 years old. Mrs. Drewery was a lifetime resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, and was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin Teachers College with a master's degree in education. Mrs. Drewery loved children, whether they were her own or friends of her own or students whom she taught. She devoted more than 25 years of her life to education, serving in various schools in Nacogdoches County, including Nacogdoches High School, Brooks-Quinn, Nettie Marshall and Appleby School, where she was the principal. During these years she was very active in her church, Harvest Pointe Community Fellowship, formerly known as Nacogdoches Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school and was very involved with The Lambs, a ministry for women. Norma Drewery spent her life rearing four sons and a daughter. She also helped raise 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Norma loved reading, cooking, playing 42 and watching Wheel of Fortune. She also spent countless hours with her sisters, Flossie and Lorine, riding the roads of East Texas. Her greatest love was being surrounded by her family, even until her death. With her late husband, Howard, and her children, Norma enjoyed fishing and camping. As recently as August 2007 she traveled with 22 members of her family and friends to Colorado and Wyoming on vacation. Later that same year, she took her last trip with her senior church friends to see the fall foliage in the Ozark Mountains. Norma Drewery leaves her family and friends a rich heritage of loving the Lord and others. While believing in a strong work ethic, she was a woman who was generous, compassionate and hospitable throughout all the days of her life. Although her family is grieving an immeasurable loss, we are rejoicing that she is now in her heavenly home with her Lord Jesus Christ. Norma is survived by a daughter, Sandra Patterson and husband, John, of Nacogdoches; three sons, Dale Drewery and wife, Brenda, of Nacogdoches, Keith Drewery and wife, Traci, of Nacogdoches, and Terry Drewery and wife, Tammy, of Nacogdoches; daughter-in-law, Peggy Drewery; sister, Lorine Hopson of Nacogdoches; three brothers, Norman "Chicken" Williams, Johnny Dale Williams of Nacogdoches and Gene Williams of Killeen, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. ( Four of these great-grandchildren are still to be born.) She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her son, Larry Drewery; her brother, Charles Williams; and her sister, Flossie Drewery. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2008, at Harvest Pointe Church in Nacogdoches with Bro. Gary Roberts and Dr. Rick Scarbrough officiating. Interment will be at Drewery Family Cemetery on Press Road, Nacogdoches, Texas. Friends and family are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be John Patterson Sr., Keith Drewery, Terry Drewery, Dale Drewery, Autry Griffith, Wayne Hopson, Harlon Drewery, Dale Shaver, Tim Hopson, Steve Hopson and Paul Hopson. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Rushing, Kyle Drewery, Heath Drewery, Shawn Drewery, Seth Drewery, Hunter Drewery, Caleb Watson, Joe Catoe, John Patterson Jr., Josh Wheaton, Brad Busler and Michael Stephens. Memorial donations may be made to Christian Women's Job Corps, Love INC and Hospice of East Texas. Laird Funeral Home.
 
Ann Reese Sisco
 
A graveside funeral service will be held for Ann Reese Sisco, 80, at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008, at Fairview Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. The Reverend Richard White, nephew of Ms. Sisco, will officiate. Ms. Sisco passed away in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, January, 22. Ann was born May 8, 1927, in Lubbock, Texas, the daughter of the late Eathel Ray and Maggie Oleva Tolar Reese. She was raised during the Great Depression in the "Dust Bowl" of West Texas and moved to Nacogdoches with her family as a teenager. She is a 1946 graduate of Nacogdoches High School. Ann graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1965, where she was a member of the Pine Burrs Sorority, with a double major in English and journalism. She received her master's degree from SFA in communications in 1974. She taught and was student newspaper sponsor at Nacogdoches High School in 1967-68 and 1975-76, and taught at Angelina College from 1968 to 1973. Some of her volunteer work included Cub Scout den mother and Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches. Ann thoroughly enjoyed reading and always carried a sense of humor that even her caregivers commented on during her recent illness. Ann is survived by a daughter, Lynda Kirtland and husband, Joe of Winnie, Texas; a son, Stan Sisco and wife, Paula, of Nacogdoches, Texas; two sisters, Syble Gregory of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Dorothy Pennington of Clear Lake, Texas; and three grandchildren, James Micheal Jones, Lacey Sisco and Will Sisco. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Tracey Lane Sisco; brothers, Ashbon Reese, Eathel Ray Reese Jr., and James Reese; and sister, Mary Claunch. The family will receive friends and family from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Arrangements by Laird Funeral Home.
 
 
Jesse V (Parmley) Weatherly
 
 
Funeral service for Mrs. Jesse V (Parmley) Weatherly, 84, of Nacogdoches will be held at Laird Funeral Home on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 10 AM with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating. Interment will follow at Rock Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Weatherly passed away December 22, 2007 at her home in the Central Heights Community of Nacogdoches County. Jesse was born on July 17, 1923 in Nacogdoches, the daughter of the late Arch B. Parmley and Zula Dennis Parmley. She received her BS degree in Education from SFASU in 1958 where she was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Club. She began teaching in the Nacogdoches ISD in 1958 and and received her Master'd5s Degree from SFASU in 1964, the same year her oldest son graduated from high school. Jesse continued teaching in the Nacogdoches ISD for thirty-one years. Since retiring, there were numerous occasions when she was recognized by former students whose lives she had impacted in the classroom. Jesse was a life-long member of Lilly Grove Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, Children'd5s Church and Vacation Bible School. She also served as Church Historian. Jesse loved her family and the history of it, and combined the two by taking her grandchildren to area cemeteries to research their genealogy. She wrote and published six books on her family history and one on the history of Central Heights School. She was a member of the Nacogdoches Historical Society and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Jesse also enjoyed traveling and quilting. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hollis Weatherly; her daughter Evalyn (Evie) Sopko and husband Jim; her sons Gerall Weatherly and wife Sherry and Dr. James A. Weatherly and wife Gail, all of Nacogdoches; her sister Madaleine Stidger and husband Johnny of Tyler; sister-in-law Bonnie Parmley of Whitehouse; grandchildren Robbie Weatherly and wife Amy of Nacogdoches, Kari Weatherly of Lufkin, Kelley Cagle and husband Chris of San Antonio, Holly Middlebrook and husband Andrew of Nacogdoches, Sgt. James A. Weatherly II, USMC and wife Megan of Kadina, Okinawa, Symantha Sopko of Nacogdoches, Clint Sopko and wife Crystal of Nacogdoches, Rebekah Sopko of Nacogdoches and Matt Sopko also of Nacogdoches. Jesse is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Felix Parmley. Visitation will be held at Laird Funeral Home on Sunday, December 23, 2007 from 4 until 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lilly Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 8151 FM 1638, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 or to Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. The family would like to extend a special thanks to caregivers Ann Watson and Melvelyn Tutt and the Hospice Staff as well as Drs. Brian Davis and Kelly Moon.
 
 
Marie Mansi Packard

Funeral service for Mrs. Marie Mansi Packard, 81, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Moral. Mrs. Packard passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born August 19, 1926, in Galveston, she was the daughter of the late Alfonso and Dolores Paolinelli Mansi. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, where she was a past president of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Society of St. Pius X. Mrs. Packard worked at Mize Factory for six years, and then in the preliminary department at Moore Business Form for 22 years, until her retirement. She was married to Bernard J. Packard Sr., and he preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons, Bernard J. Packard Jr. and wife, Deborah and Patrick K. Packard, all of Nacogdoches; daughters, Lorraine and husband, John W. Luna, of Euless, Patricia E. and husband, Dr. Thomas B. Blount Jr., of San Augustine, and Mildred Rose Russell of Lafayette, La.; brothers, Leon Mansi and wife, Janet, of Encinitas, Calif., and Rudolph Mansi of Sante Fe, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jackey Luna, Bradley Luna, Bryan Packard, Steven Packard, Kevin Packard, Tina Marie Darby, Rachel Blount, Joseph Blount, Thomas Reeves Russell and Laura Frances Russell ;and great-grandchildren, Aaron Luna, Katie Luna, Allison Marie Luna, Rebbeca Jo Luna, Kasey Renee Luna, Joshua Packard, Gracen Packard, Emmi Sylvine Packard, Addie Marie Packard and Kaden Packard Darby. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Frances Elaine Mansi. Active pallbearers will be her nephew, David Bush, and her grandsons. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund, 1422 CR 724, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 or to LifeCare Health Services, 320 North St., Ste. 311, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Laird Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Laird Funeral Home. 

Flo Alexander

Funeral services for Flo Alexander, 93, of Jasper will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2007, at First Christian Church in Nacogdoches Texas, with graveside service at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2007, at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. Flo died Saturday, October 20, 2007, in Upshur Manor in Gilmer, Texas. A native of Nacogdoches, she was a longtime Jasper resident. She retired from Nacogdoches High School after 27 years of service as a teacher and counselor. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, TSTA and Teachers Retirement Association of Jasper. She played piano for over 80 years, serving as a longtime choir director for First Christian Church of Nacogdoches and as pianist for Adams Memorial Baptist Church for over 10 years. She enjoyed crocheting and learned to slalom water ski at age 50. At the age of 60, she took up golf. Survivors include her son, Lynn Alexander and wife, Kathy, of Gilmer, Texas; daughter, Patti Alexander of Jasper, Texas; sister-in-law, Gwen Richardson of Cibolo, Texas; three grandchildren, Sherry Whiteside and husband, Lee , of Lille, France, Terry Alexander and wife, Betsy, of Bullard and Tim Alexander and wife, Katherine of Gilmer; six great-grandchildren, Paul Alexander, Laura Whiteside, Jessica Whiteside, Todd Alexander, Katie Alexander and Breanna Alexander. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Dub Alexander. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lakes Area Hospice, P.O. Box 2086, Jasper, Texas 75951 or to First Christian Church, 702 North Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Services are under the direction of Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home, Jasper.

Mary Jo Wallace Dykes

Funeral service will be held for Mrs. Mary Jo Dykes, age 77, of Nacogdoches at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2007, at Laird Funeral Home, with Bro. Jim Moss and Bro. Jeremiah Moss officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Dykes passed away Monday, September 10, 2007, in Nacogdoches. Born June 14, 1930, in Nacogdoches, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Allie V. Bawcom Edmons and grew up in the Cushing area. Mrs. Dykes received an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She was married to the late Lowell Wallace for 17 years. On July 18, 1973, she married Linn Dykes, and he survives her, after 34 years of marriage. Mrs. Dykes was a Texas history teacher for more than 30 years and loved to talk about our great state. As a teacher, she influenced the lives of all whom she taught, as a Christian, she lived to serve the Lord, and as the wife of a pastor, the focus of her life was her family and church. She was a member of the Woden Baptist Church. Mrs. Dykes will be remembered by family and friends as a person of kindness, compassion, and integrity. Survivors include daughters, Karen Jo Wallace and Pat Beal, both of The Woodlands, Texas; stepdaughter, Sharon Smith of Lufkin, Texas; and sister, Jackie Gamble of Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also survived by grandson, Matt Beal; and granddaughter, Jennifer Beal. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches in charge of arrangements. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=94289043#sthash.IjpTCWBw.dpuf

MARVIN HAROLD ZINDLER, SR.

 

MARVIN HAROLD ZINDLER, SR.
  •   Thu, Aug 02, 2007
Marvin Harold Zindler, Sr., a well-known and tenured broadcast journalist, died peacefully on Sunday evening, July 29, 2007. A native Houstonian, Marvin was born on Aug. 10, 1921, to the late Abe and Udith Mayer Zindler. After serving in United States Marine Corps, Marvin joined the family’s retail clothing business, Zindler’s, and then pursued a variety of interests. He served 12 years with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department where he started the Consumer Fraud Division during a time when consumer advocacy was very much in need.

Following his career in law enforcement, Marvin began his broadcast journalism career with ABC 13, where he served for 35 years as the community’s consumer advocate. He developed a legacy of providing thoughtful and sincere assistance to those in need, many of whom found themselves in situations where there was no one else to turn to. Many tributes and stories have detailed Marvin’s professional life and his career, and the family is indeed grateful for the many considerate expressions, kind remarks and professional compliments.

In addition to his professional career, Marvin was a 33rd Degree Mason at Temple Lodge No. Four, a member of Congregation Beth Israel, a lifetime member of the Jaycee’s and a member of the Braeburn Country Club. Marvin’s passions were his beloved family, his professional life, nurturing the many friendships he developed along the way and his golf games at Braeburn. He always looked forward to the annual golf tournaments benefiting two organizations very dear to him, the Houston Ear Research Foundation and Houston Eye Associates Foundation. In addition to his parents, Marvin was predeceased in 1997 by his wife of 56 years, the late Gertrude Kugler Zindler; and by his brothers, Warren, Sterling and Abe Zindler. Marvin is survived by his wife, Niki Divine Zindler; daughter, Helen Zindler Rodgers, and husband, Mike, of Katy; sons, Marvin Zindler, Jr. and wife, Linda, of Kingwood, Donny Zindler of Houston, Mark Zindler and wife, June, of Tyler, and Dan Zindler of Houston; grandchildren, Courtney, Shay, Kelli, Aaron, Lauren, Leslie, Seth, Austin and Adam; great-grandson, Aiden; and by his brother, Kenneth and wife, Lu, of Houston. He also is survived by Niki’s children, Andrea Gale, Jeffery Gale and wife, Janie, Bruce Gale and Matthew Gale, all of Las Vegas, Nev.

The family desires to express its sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the nursing staff at The Methodist Hospital and to the nursing staff at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Palliative and Symptom Control Unit for their dedicated and loving care provided to Marvin. In addition, the family offers their deep gratitude to Drs. Robert Wolff and Nada Fadul.
The funeral service was conducted at 11 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in the temple of Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd. in Houston, where Senior Rabbi David A. Lyon, Cantor Robert M. Gerber, Dr. Kirby John Caldwell, Pastor Joel Osteen and the Rev. Dr. William A. Lawson served as officiants. The entombment followed, via an escorted cortege, at Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Gardens, 1111 Antoine Road in Houston.

Those honored to serve as casketbearers during the services included Joe Agris, Bob Dows, Henry Florsheim, Dr. Harvey Fodell, Jeffery Gale, Dr. Louis Green, Tom Magliaro and Robert Pelton. Honorary pallbearers included Harold Wiesenthal, Larry Barbanel, Sam Spritzer, Dave Strickland, Don Clark, Pino Farinola, Adriano Farinola, Ralph Williams, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas, as well as all of Marvin’s Angels.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family suggests contributions in memory of Marvin be directed to the Marvin H. Zindler, Sr. Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in care of Dr. Robert Wolff, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.

 

— Geo. H. Lewis & Sons



 

Jimmy Tipton

JAMES ARNOLD TIPTON, JR. Funeral service for Jimmy Tipton, 49, will be held Sunday, June 2, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. Mr. Tipton died May 31 at his home. He was a 1975 graduate of the University of Texas and was the owner of Tipton Ford Lincoln Mercury in Nacogdoches. He was an active member of many professional and civic organizations and believed strongly in helping and assisting others in need. He is survived by his wife, Margie, mother, Dorothy, sister, Nancy Carol Tipton of Nacogdoches, step-daughter, Jennifer Larkin of San Antonio and a very special cousin, Malena Smither of Hillsborough, North Carolina. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements, 936-564-7333.

Jim Sanders

Jim was born April 20, 1954.  He tragically died in an auto accident in Tyler, just three weeks shy of his medical school graduation.   The school awarded Jim his Medical Doctor degree posthumously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ruben and Louey Ruth Russell

 
Ruben, 73 and Louey Ruth Russell, 72, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2004, in Nacogdoches. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2004, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend Glenn Matlock of Union Springs Baptist Church and Brett Maisel of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church officiating.
Mr. Russell was born April 11, 1930, in Lufkin, Texas. He was a member of Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2 in Nacogdoches. He retired from Bright Coop Company in 1999 after 32 years of service, prior; he worked for many years for the Sutton Family.
Mrs. Russell was born July 22, 1931, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was a loving and devoted, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
They were both members of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
They were preceded in death by sons, Ruben Steve Russell and Robert Russell.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell are survived by, a son, Marion Clemet Russell and wife, Wanda, of Nacogdoches; daughter-in-law, Frances Russell of Nacogdoches; grandson, Jason Steve Russell of Nacogdoches; granddaughters, Dayna Stanaland and husband, Michael, of Nacogdoches and Jennifer Horner and husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches; great-granddaughter, Hayli Claire Stanaland of Nacogdoches and great-grandson, Evan Russell Horner of Nacogdoches.
Mr. Russell is survived by his brother, George Russell of San Augustine. Mrs. Russell is survived by her brother, L.L. Conner of Houston.
Both are also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.