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Obituaries for Thursday, August 2, 2001

Sammy W. Chandler
Services for Sammy W. Chandler, 61, of Gallatin, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Bros. Mike McClure and Jack Mills officiating. 
Burial will be at the Jarratt Cemetery near Jacksonville. 
Mr. Chandler died Tuesday at his residence. He was born Sept. 5, 1939, in Turney. He retired from Rusk State Hospital after 25 years of service and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Rusk. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. 
He was preceded in death by his father, James Eldon Chandler. 
Survivors include his wife, Earlene Chandler of Gallatin; son and daughter-in-law, David and Deborah Chandler of Gallatin; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Roy Hinson and Kathy and Danny Mainer, all of Rusk; mother, Inez Chandler of Jacksonville; brother, James Randy Chandler; sisters and brother-in-law, Sally and Lester Breedlove of Liberty, N.C., and Molly Morris of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers are Ronnie Lewis, John Morris, David Goodson, Frank Goodson, Randall Chandler, Jerry Dement, George Bostock IV and Josh Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers include W.R. Bowden, Robert Brannon, Jackie Dudley and Archie Trotter. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 
Memorials can be made to the Hospice of East Texas or Cancer Research for Pancreatic Cancer. 

Chester Waggoner
Memorial services for Chester Waggoner, 67, of Rusk will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Spring C.M.E. Church in Rusk, with the Revs. Catherine Hill, Kenneth Cain and Earl Griffin officiating. 
Arrangements will be under the direction of Jenkins-Garmon Funeral Home. 
Mr. Waggoner died Saturday at his residence. He was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Rusk. 
He attended and graduated from Bradford High School in Rusk. After graduation he joined th U.S. Air Force, serving for four years. He was retired from Rockwell International in Richardson, where he worked for 29 years as a dispatcher. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry D. Waggoner Sr. and Velmer Martin Waggoner. 
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Cassandra Waggoner; a sister and brother-in-law, Verline and Wade Johnson; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlie and Corine Waggoner of Las Vegas, Dee and Bonnie Waggoner of Abilene, Johnny Waggoner of Rusk and Hubert Waggoner or Portland, Ore.; one grandson, Bernard X. Waggoner; two uncles, Isarell Martin of Rusk and Sherman Martin of Clarksville, Tenn.; and numerous other relatives and friends. 

Obituaries for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Grace Chumbley Holcomb Garrison
Memorial services for Grace Chumbley Holcomb Garrison are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2001, at Liberty Hill Methodist Church, 4456 FM 2767 in Tyler with the Rev. Fred Worthen officiating followed by visitation in the fellowship hall. 
Private interment will be at the Vititoe Cemetery in Kentucky Town near Sherman. 
Mrs. Garrison died July 30, 2001, in Tyler after a brief illness. 
She was born Oct. 3, 1913, on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth to the late Rev. Cleophus and Florence Chumbley. She began her musical career very young, playing piano for her father, a circuit preacher. 
She and Maurice Holcomb then raised their family on the Holcomb Dairy. Grace always played at the Alto Methodist, the Providence Methodist and Sunset Baptist Church in Jacksonville. 
After marrying the Rev. Bill Cheatham, they served the Presbyterian Church in Rusk, Bonham and Texarkana. Grace’s marriage to Jeff Garrison led them to Hide-a-Way Lake resort where they organized the church there. Grace was organist for Cedar Street Methodist, Liberty Hill Methodist and Walter Fair Methodist in Tyler. 
Mrs. Garrison is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Katherine and Archie Clark of Davis, Okla., Dorothy Floyd and C.A. Floyd of Kerrville; children, John and Nikki Holcomb of Charlotte, N.C., Jane Holcomb of Jacksonville, Jeff and Laveda Garrison of El Paso, Sara Garrison of Duluth, Minn. and Andy and Dana Garrison of Sausalito, Calif.; grandchildren, Mike and Debra Holcomb, John Kent and Rhonda Holman, Michelle Lyons, Kris and Patti Holman, Bill and Sandy Holcomb, Scott Ward, Michelle Ward and Lara Garrison; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Justin, Sara, Christian, Jessie, Kristi, John, Brandy, K.C., Randy, Jessi and Zach; and many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and wonderful friends. 
Friends and family are invited to Grace’s home at 511 Canada St. on Saturday night between 7 and 9 p.m. 
The family asks that memorials be made to Canton Presbyterian Church, 900 S. Athens, Canton, Texas, 75103. Flowers may be sent to the church on Saturday. 
For more information contact Jane Holcomb 586-8560. 

Joan Mitchell
Services for Joan Mitchell, 55, of Frankston, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. 
Burial will be at Old Bethel Cemetery in Frankston. 
Mrs. Mitchell died Monday in a Tyler hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Palestine. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ and was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Mitchell, and son, James Lane. 
Survivors include her mother, Clara Mitchell of Palestine; sisters, Glenda Saunders and Patricia Walker, both of Frankston; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers are Jeff Wright, Robert Thrush, Joel Smith, James Newman, Dennis Newman and Sidney Vance. Honorary pallbearers include Joshua Berryhill and Jonathon Thrush. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Wesley Burch
Memorial services for Wesley Burch, 47 of Amarillo, are pending at Rector Funeral Home in Amarillo. 
Mr. Burch died Saturday in Amarillo. He was born March 13, 1954, in Clayton, N.M. 
He had lived in Amarillo since 1978. 
Survivors include his parents, Daphne and Raymond Burch, of Alto; wife, Lois Burch of Amarillo; sister, Teriann Rushing of Nacogdoches; brothers, Jonathan Burch of Alto and Dale Burch of Rusk; sons, Steven Burch of Laramie, Wyo. and Robert Burch of New Jersey; ex-wife, Jody of Connecticut; two grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one great niece. 
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers. 

Ruth M. French
Services for Ruth M. French, 82, of Jacksonville are pending at Thompson Funeral Home. 
Mrs. French died Wednesday. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.L. French. 

Claude Hightower
Services for Claude Hightower, 92, of Rusk, were at 10 a.m. today at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Rusk. The Revs. James Blaylock and Floyd Simpson officiated. 
Burial was at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston under direction of the funeral home. 
Mr. Hightower died Sunday in Tyler. He was born Aug. 23, 1908, in San Augustine. 
He was a resident of Rusk five years, formerly of Maydelle, where he was a member of First Baptist Church of Maydelle. 
He was retired from the City of Houston after many years of service. 
Mr. Hightower was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Hightower and a son, Claude E. Hightower. 
He is survived by daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie McBroom of Rusk, Dixie Gray of Maydelle and Janice and Luther Gilman of Pasadena; 18 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Donald McBroom, David McBroom, Matthew McBroom, Tommy Hightower, Jimmy Hightower and Trey Barkley. 

Mary Ellen Coats
Graveside services for Mary Ellen Coats, 83, of Jacksonville were at 4 p.m. today at Providence Cemetery with the Rev. James Blaylock officiating and under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Coats died Tuesday in Jacksonville. She was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Mullin. She was a resident of Cherokee County for the past 53 years. Mrs. Coats was a Methodist and a housewife. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Therol Wayne Coats. 
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Raymond A. and Virginia Dianne Coats of Jacksonville; brother, Raymond Green of Tifton, Ga.; and grandson, Jason Coats of Lufkin. 

Sammy W. Chandler
Services for Sammy W. Chandler, 61, of Gallatin, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Bros. Mike McClure and Jack Mills officiating. 
Burial will be at the Jarratt Cemetery near Jacksonville. 
Mr. Chandler died Tuesday at his residence. He was born Sept. 5, 1939, in Turney. He retired from Rusk State Hospital after 25 years of service and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Rusk. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. 
Survivors include his wife, Earlene Chandler of Gallatin; son and daughter-in-law, David and Deborah Chandler of Gallatin; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Roy Hinson and Kathy and Danny Mainer, all of Rusk; mother, Inez Chandler of Jacksonville; sisters and brother-in-law, Sally and Lester Breedlove of Liberty, N.C., and Molly Morris of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers are Ronnie Lewis, John Lewis, David Goodson, Frank Goodson, Randall Chandler, Jerry Dement, George Bostock IV and Josh Jenkins. Honorary Pallbearers include W.R. Bowden, Robert Brannon, Jackie Dudley and Archie Trotter. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 
Memorials can be made to the Hospice of East Texas or Cancer Research for Pancreatic Cancer. 

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Helen Vaughn Durrett
Services for Helen Vaughn Durrett, 80, of Jacksonville and formerly of Rusk, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Jim Allbright officiating. 
Burial will be at Salem Cemetery in Rusk at a later time. 
Mrs. Durrett died Monday in Rusk. She was born Jan. 27, 1921, one of 12 children born to Austin and Estella Vaughn. 
Retired from Nichols Industry in Jacksonville, she had also worked for Stovall Cleaners in Rusk. 
She was a member of Maydelle Community Church in Maydelle, and attended Rusk and Salem schools. 
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John Durrett; two daughters and son-in-law, Matine and Bill Strait of Rusk and Barbara White of Jacksonville; brothers, Clyde Vaughn and James Oscar Vaughn, both of Rusk; sisters, Laura Wyatt of Lufkin and Ruby Gentry of Rusk; four grandchildren, Steven White of Houston, Julie Bradley of Richardson, Kim Parsons of Rusk and Kelly Cardenas of Irving; and many nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Maydelle Community Church. 

Billy Gene Gilliam
Services for Billy Gene Gilliam, 72, of Malta will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home of Jacksonville. The Revs. Andy Cox and O. R. Perkins will officiate. 
Burial will be at McDonald Cemetery in New Summerfield under direction of the funeral home. 
Mr. Gilliam died Sunday at New Boston. He was born July 20, 1929, in Ponta. 
Formerly of Dallas, he was employed by Westinghouse and Red River Army Depot before retirement. 
He was a Baptist. Mr. Gilliam also had served in the Army. 
Survivors include his wife, Dovie Gilliam of Malta; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Lou Reeves of Angleton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Ellis Cave of Plano, Karen and Tim Glendening of Plano and Becky and Steve Gambrell of Angleton; a brother, Julian Gilliam of Troup; a sister, Dorothy Merchant of Jacksonville; six granchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers include Todd Cave, Ryan Cave, Graham Glendening, Tommy Trantham, Robert Trantham and Willie Ray Gray. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. 

C.B. Chandler
Services for C.B. Chandler, 61, of Jacksonville and formerly of the Pine Hill Community near New Summerfield, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pine Hill Christian Church. 
Burial will be at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Williams Funeral Home. 
Mr. Chandler died Saturday at East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville. He was born Jan. 28, 1940, in Cherokee County. 
He was raised in the Pine Hill Community, where he attended church. He attended New Summerfield public schools. 
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Mary C. Devereaux of Tucson, Ariz.; one niece, Phredd Devereaux; three nephews, Fred Devereaux, Jr., Ron Devereaux and Michael Devereaux; and several cousins. 
Pallbearers include Edgar Wallace, Vernon Sanders, James Derrett, Donnie Thompson, Elmer Steward, Jr., Dallas Kincade and Lessil Wagoner. 
Honorary pallbearers will be friends of Mr. Chandler. 

Claude Hightower
Services for Claude Hightower, 92, of Rusk, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Rusk. The Revs. James Blaylock and Floyd Simpson will officiate. 
Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston under direction of the funeral home. 
Mr. Hightower died July 29, in Tyler. He was born Aug. 23, 1908, in San Augustine. 
He was a resident of Rusk for five years, and formerly of Maydelle, where he was a member of First Baptist Church of Maydelle. 
He was retired from the City of Houston after many years of service. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Hightower and a son, Claude E. Hightower. 
He is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie McBroom of Rusk, Dixie Gray of Maydelle and Janice and Luther Gilman of Pasadena; 18 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers include Donald McBroom, David McBroom, Matthew McBroom, Tommy Hightower, Jimmy Hightower and Trey Barkley. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Clara J. Mitchell
Services for Clara J. Mitchell, 55, of Frankston are pending at Thompson Funeral Home in Frankston. 
Ms. Mitchell died Monday at a Tyler hospital. 
She was born Feb. 13, 1946. 

Chester Waggoner
Services for Chester Waggoner, 67, of Rusk are pending at Jenkins-Garmon Funeral Home in Henderson. 
Mr. Waggoner died Saturday at his residence. 

Obituaries for July 30, 2001

Vera Wagoner
Services for Vera Wagoner, 71, of Jacksonville will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Generation Baptist Church in the Rock Hill Community near New Summerfield. The Revs. C. Reagan, Derrick Hinton, Billy Tribble and Jesse McClendon will all officiate. 
Burial will be at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Williams Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Wagoner died Thursday at her home. She was born March 30, 1930, in Mount Enterprise. She grew up in Mount Enterprise and was a member of Pine Hill Christian Church. 
Survivors include her daughters, Clara Thompson and Betty Walker, both of Jacksonville; son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Diane Wagoner of Jacksonville; sisters, Doris Chester of Canton, Gracie Walker of New Summerfield, Lillie Allen of Frederick, Okla. and Emma Phillip of Killeen; brothers, Ray Allen of New Hampshire and Horace Allen of Plainview; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Honorary pallbearers include Donnell Thompson, Kenny Wagoner, Balden Polk, Bishop Silman, Terry Wagoner, Marcus Walker and Frank Hogg. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mozelle “Miss Robbie” Robertson
Services for Mozelle “Miss Robbie” Robertson, 92, of Jacksonville were held at 1 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, with the Revs. Leon Gaylor, Richard Smith and Leon Ross and officiating. 
Burial was at Meador Cemetery. 
Mrs. Robertson died Saturday at Jacksonville. She was born April 11, 1909, in Jacksonville. 
She was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, a homemaker and kept many children through the years. She was a member of Craft Baptist Church. 
Mrs. Robertson is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Mickie Robertson of Jacksonville; a daughter, Brenda Kay Bridges of Houston; a brother, Wendell Monroe Meador of Roy, Wash.; grandchildren, Dixie Mayfield, Dianne Dumas, Jayne Carr, Charley D. Bridges, William M. Bridges and Laura Robertson; and 14 great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Wayne Morgan, Tom Dement, Scott Alexander, Paul Galyean, M. D. Arrington, and Weldon Lightsey. 
Honorary pallbearers were all the children Miss Robbie kept through the years. 

Wesley Lee Patterson
Services for Wesley Lee Patterson, 53, of Maydelle will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Renfro Memorial Chapel at Boren-Conner Funeral Home. Bro. Tommy Mabrywill officiate. 
Burial will be at West Shady Grove Cemetery, Maydelle under direction of the funeral home. 
Mr. Patterson died Sunday at Maydelle. He was born June 3, 1948, at Jacksonville. 
He was a lifelong Cherokee County resident and a Baptist. 
A carpenter, Mr. Patterson was formerly employed by East Texas Medical Center, Jacksonville. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Gladys Patterson. 
He is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny C. and Mary Ann Patterson and Wayne and Jody Patterson, all of Rusk; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and James Norsworthy of Buffalo; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers will be Del Patterson, Britt Patterson, Johnny G. Patterson, Rodney Norsworthy, Steven Patterson, Payl Wayne Patterson, Curtis Munsinger, Danny Shugart and Mike Knight. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Posey, Jimmy Watson, Earl Williams and Robert Langston. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Obituaries for Oct. 4, 2001

James Clements
Services for James Clements, 97, of Jacksonville were at 10 a.m. today in Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. 
Burial was at Jarratt Cemetery under the direction of the funeral home. 
Mr. Clements died Thursday at East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville. He was born Nov. 18, 1903, in Hughes Springs. 
Mr. Clements was a retired ordained minister with Pentecostal Church of God. 
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence and Virginia Clements of Willits, Calif. and Thomas O’Dell and Donna Clements of Angel Camp, Calif.; sister, Mattie Welty of Hallsville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Stephen Reed, Charlie Jennings, Tony Dotson, Wilbur Rawlinson, David McAnnally and Ventura Vega. 

Yvonne LaRue Knowles
Services for Yvonne LaRue Knowles, 66, of Frankston were at 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Frankston. The Revs. J. A. Griffin and Eddie Hilburn officiated. 
Burial was at Frankston City Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Knowles died Sunday at her home in Frankston. She was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Throckmorton. 
A lifelong resident of Frankston, she was a retired teacher, with an education degree earned at UT Tyler, and a Baptist. 
She is survived by her husband, Lee Knowles of Frankston; her son and daughter-in-law, James Lee and Jackie Knowles of Hurst; a brother, Tommy Tharp of Evansville, Ind.; a sister, Fran Carter of Wills Point; and a grandson, Jacob Lee Knowles. 
Pallbearers were Kenneth Smith, Jerry Beard, Billy House, Troy House, Wayne Socia and Mark Tatum. 
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Johnson, Dusty Tharp, Rick Tryon and Randall Tryon.

Obituaries for Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Juanita Waggoner Maitland
Services for Juanita Waggoner Maitland, 87, of the Atoy community near Rusk, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Freddy Mason and George Brad Waggoner will officiate. 
Burial will be at Atoy Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk. 
Mrs. Maitland died Sunday at East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville. She was born March 2, 1914, in Atoy. 
She was a graduate of Rusk High School and a lifelong resident of Atoy. 
She was an elder at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Atoy, and retired from Rusk State Hospital in 1976 after 30 years of service in nursing. She was a trustee for the Atoy Cemetery Association. 
She was preceded in death by her father, William Anderson Waggoner; mother, Mary Alzena Waggoner; sister, Winona Perry; and brother, James Waggoner. 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Weldon and Linda Maitland of Carthage; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Don Rankin of Mesquite; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, John “Billy” and Evelyn Waggoner of Atoy; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 
Pallbearers are Dennis Dotson, Larry Dosser, Mike Perry, Shae Perry and Ricky Waggoner. 
Honorary pallbearers include William Vaught and Harry Berryhill Jr. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Augusta Blanton Cross
Services for Augusta Blanton Cross, 80, of Cuney will were at 1 p.m. today at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Cuney with the Rev. Delbert Simpson and the Rev. D.G. Henton officiating. 
Burial was at Rock Hill Cemetery under the direction of Williams Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Cross died Friday at a Tyler hospital. 
She was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Cuney. 
She was a graduate of Cuney High School and owner of the Blanton Grocery in Cuney. 
Mrs. Cross was an active member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church where she had served as secretary for several years. 
Survivors include her son, Charles Cross of Cuney; sister, Verma Williams of Cuney; four nephews, three nieces; and several great nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Jessie Johnson, Roger Boykins, Kenneth Williams and Floyd Marshall. 
Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Rock Hill Baptist Church. 

June Shirley Masters
Graveside services for June Shirley Masters, 74, of Port Arthur, formerly of Jacksonville, were held at 1 p.m. today at Resthaven Cemetery in Jacksonville with the Rev. Phillip Warren officiating. 
Services were under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Masters died Monday in Jacksonville. 
She was born June 4, 1927, in Somerville, Mass. She was a retired hospital dietitian and a member of the Southeast Texas Foster Grandparent Association. 
Mrs. Master was past member of the Jacksonville VFW Auxiliary. She was also a Baptist. 
Mrs. Master was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon E. Masters; brother, Warren F. MacEachern and parents, Colin J. and Mildred E. MacEachern. 
Survivors include sons, Ricky A. Masters of Vidor and Kelly E. Masters of Groves; daughter, Linda A. Weatherman of Jacksonville; sisters, Janet A. Simms of Indian Lake Estates, Fla. and Ellen J. Cavalini of Boston, Mass.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Allie Mae Edison
Services for Allie Mae Edison, 86, of Jacksonville are pending at Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Edison died Wednesday at Jacksonville. 
She was born Sept. 7, 1915 in Jacksonville. 

Ruby Pearl Halbert
Services for Ruby Pearl Halbert, 105, of Rusk will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating. 
Burial will be in the Rocky Springs Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk. 
Mrs. Halbert died Sunday at Birmingham Health Care Center in Rusk. 
She was born Jan. 30, 1896, in Palestine. 
She was a resident of Rusk for most of her life. 
Mrs. Halbert was a homemaker and a member of Oakland Missionary Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Asberry Halbert on Oct. 12, 1975. 
Survivors include her daughter, Ruby Evelyn Halbert Reed of Odessa; granddaughters, Janet Marler of Kermit and Diedra Diana Bryant of Odessa; great-granddaughter, Brenda Harmonson of Odessa; great-grandsons, Brett Marier of Austin, Colby Marier of Nacogdoches and James Bryant of Odessa; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and cousins. 
Pallbearers will be Charles Nolley, Bobby Nolley, Bobby Tosh, James Edward Halbert, Brett Marier and Colby Marier. 

Birdie Branham Richey
Services for Birdie Branham Richey, 85, of Rusk were at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Rusk. 
The Revs. Don Copeland and Craig Branham will officiate. 
Burial will be at Walker Chapel Cemetery near Reklaw under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk. 
Mrs. Richey died Sunday at Birmingham Health Care Center in Rusk. 
She was born March 6, 1916, in Troup. 
A resident of Rusk for 28 years, she was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and retired from Rusk Independent School District in 1996 after 33 years as director of Food Services. 
She also retired in 1999 after 25 years as owner and operator of Richey’s Ritz Dress Shop in Rusk. 
She was a member of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Richey in 1985. 
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie Richey of Rusk, Johnnie and Susan Richey of Corsicana, Jimmie and Nelda Richey of Huntsville and Pat and Syndy Richey of Rusk; brothers and sister-in-law, James M. Branham of Rusk, Herbert B. Branham of Bullard, and Craig and Grace Branham of Lowell, Ark.; sister and brother-in-law, Fay Nell and J. W. Hunter of Lithia, Fla.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Tim Turney, Chris Turney, Ernie Turney, Brad Branham, Mike Due, Tony Murray, Louis Caveness and James Regan Branham. 
Honorary pallbearers included Glen Miller, Doyle Brooks, Dr. D.B. Turner and Dr. Sexton Broussard. 
Memorials may be made to Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in care of the Rev. Don Copeland, Rt. 1, Box 285, Rusk, TX 75785. 

Eugene Porter Murphy
Services for Eugene Porter Murphy, 74, of Jacksonville, formerly of Dallas are pending at Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mr. Murphy died Monday in Tyler. He was born July 19, 1927, in Greenville.

Obituaries for Thursday, May 9, 2002

Bobby Dewayne Stockton
Services for Bobby Dewayne Stockton, 64, of Rusk will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson. The Rev. Olen Rivers will officiate. 
Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery in Henderson. 
Mr. Stockton died Tuesday in Jacksonville. He was born Aug. 26, 1937, in New Salem. He had worked as a security guard for the Rusk State Hospital for 17 years. 
Survivors include his daughter, Jeannie Ruiz of Rusk; grandchildren, Nikki and Tiger Deveraux, Christopher Stockton and Kylee Parker, all of Rusk; great-grandson, Zaydon Deveraux of Rusk; mother, Ruth Stockton of Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law, LaNelle and Lyndon Nicholas and Sharon and Jewel Sledge, all of Henderson and Dorma and Eugene Richardson of New Salem; aunts and uncle, Clyde and Opal Bundrick of New Salem and Martha Bundrick of Henderson; nieces, Lori Penny and Amee Cross, both of Henderson; nephews, Alan Stockton of Austin, Terry Nicholas and Jeff Cross of Henderson and Shane Richardson of Fort Bragg, N.C. 
Pallbearers will be Lyndon Nichols, Jewel Sledge, Eugene Richardson, Johnny Birdwell, Mirvel Bundrick and Homer Bundrick. Honorary pallbearers include Alan Stockton, Terry Nicholas, Jeff Cross, Shane Richardson, Lance Richardson, Tiger Deveraux, Cole Richardson and Everett McElroy. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
If desired, memorials may be made to New Salem Church, 16727 CR 4252 D, Henderson, 75654. 

Alma Jo Coats
Services for Alma Jo Coats, 87, of Poynor will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Billy Boyd officiating. 
Burial will be held at the Poynor Cemetery. 
Mrs. Coats died Tuesday in Tyler. She was born Feb. 22, 1915, in Henderson County. She was a former librarian at LaPoynor ISD for 21 years. 
Mrs. Coats was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Josie Wylie; husband, Weldon Coats; and great-granddaughter, Chelby White. 
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Beverly Coats of Poynor; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers will be Jody Coats, Joshua Coats, Jimmy Donahue, Jonathon Donahue, Cody Donahue and Lynn White. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Nina Tressia Hinds
Graveside services for Nina Tressia Hinds, 47, of Ben Wheeler, TX, formerly of Jacksonville, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2002 at the Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville with the Rev. Bill Hamilton officiating. 
Services will be under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Hinds died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at a Tyler hospital. She was born Oct. 12, 1954, in Jacksonville. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 
Mrs. Hinds was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Gladys Free; and son, Charles Loftin. 
Survivors include her husband, Doug Hinds of Ben Wheeler; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Jamie Loftin of Tyler and Shane and Rorie Hinds of Fouke, Ark.; daughters and son-in-law, Tressia and Wade Youngblood of Diboll, Shelley Procella of Fouke, Ark., Sharon and John McCuller, Fouke, Ark., and Latrella Freeman of Locksburg, Ark.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lloyd and Ethelda Plummer of Elkart, Floyd and Juanice Plummer of Cushing and John and Cindy Free of Bullard; sisters, Faye Boney of Tyler, Barbara Whitmire of Cleveland and Dora Kern of Tyler; 19 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers will be nephews. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Ruth Alexander
Services for Ruth Alexander, 79, of Jacksonville will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lon Morris College Chapel in Jacksonville. The Revs. Matt Idom, Virgil Matthews and Dr. Bruce Webb will officiate. 
Burial will be at Jacksonville City Cemetery, under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Miss Alexander died Tuesday at a Jacksonville hospital. She was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Jacksonville. 
She achieved her bachelor’s degree from Texas Women’s University and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. 
She retired in 1988 after teaching speech and English at Lon Morris College for 29 years. She was also chairman of the LMC Drama Department for 16 of those years. 
Prior to service at Lon Morris, she taught high school for 11 years, then taught at Centenary College in Louisiana for 14 years. She also taught at Linden State College in Vermont for one year. 
She was a lifetime member of American Association of Retired Persons and also was a member of the Hyperion Club of Jacksonville. 
She was a member of First United Methodist Church for many years, recently joining Central Baptist Church. 
She is survived by her cousins, Dorothy and R.H. Harley, Stocker Bardwell and John Bardwell, all of Houston, and Mark Bardwell of Tyler; and special friends, the A.G. Acker family of Jacksonville. 
Pallbearers will be Ed Snider, Paul Glass, George Griffin, Dirk Sheridan, John Ross and Sandy Terry. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Reta P. Meador Barnett
Services for Reta P. Meador Barnett, 94, of Jacksonville are pending at Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Barnett died Wednesday at a Frankston nursing home. 

Denny Ray Sessions
Services for Denny Ray Sessions, 48, of Ponta will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Rusk. The Rev. Lee Welch will officiate. 
Burial will be at Union Chapel Cemetery in New Summerfield under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk. 
Mr. Sessions died Wednesday at his residence. He was born Dec. 13, 1953, in Rusk. He graduated Rusk High School and had been a longtime resident of Ponta. He worked at Texas Utilities at Lake Striker and was a member of First Baptist Church in Rusk. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris and Dreaburn Sessions, and brother, Michael Sessions. 
Survivors include his wife, Lanette Sessions of Ponta; sons, Michael Sessions and Allen Elizey of Ponta; daughters, Jennifer and Jessica Sessions of Ponta; father-and mother-in-law, Lane and Hilda Elizey of New Summerfield; sister-in-law and husband, Terri and Phillip Smith of New Summerfield; brother-in-law and wife, Robin and Deborah Elizey of Thornton, Colo.; niece, Rachel Elizey of New Summerfield; brother-in-law, Alan Elizey of Jacksonville; and several aunts, uncle and cousins. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Department, P.O. Box 258, Rusk, 75785. 


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