|Obituaries for Monday, August 27, 2001
Carolyn M. Turner
Memorial services for Carolyn M. Turner, 58, of Palestine were Sunday
at First Baptist Church of Slocum. The Rev. Todd Chapman officiated.
Burial was at Providence Cemetery, Dialville, following a cremation
under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory in Palestine.
Mrs. Turner died Friday at Spring Season Nursing Center in Elkhart.
She was born Feb. 14, 1943, in West Monroe, La., to Hosh Henry and Hazel
Martin Beebe Sr.
She was raised in Jacksonville and Dialville and had lived in Palestine
several years after moving from Oklahoma. She was a Baptist.
Her main interests involved her grandchildren, fishing and playing
She is survived by three sons, Randall Fletcher of Rusk, William Fletcher
of Elkhart and Clifton Fletcher of Palestine; one daughter, Elizabeth Kelley
of Jenks, Okla.; three brothers, Josh Beebe Jr. of Galveston, Huey Beebe
of Eagle Point, Ore., and John McCarty of Palestine; four sisters, Bertie
Youngblood of Galveston, Shirley Ann Knous of Jacksonville, Ruby Taylor
of Dialville and Mary Draper of Galveston; 11 grandchildren; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Slocum.
Brenda J. Wallace
Services for Brenda J. Wallace, 58, of Jacksonville are pending at
Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Estle Winfred Gray
Services for Estle Winfred Gray, 70, of New Summerfield, will be at
11 a.m., Tuesday, at First Baptist Church in New Summerfield. The Revs.
Dock Lazarine and Eddie Marsh will officiate.
Burial will be at McDonald Cemetery in New Summerfield, under the direction
of Cottle Funeral Home in Troup.
Mr. Gray died Saturday in a Tyler hospital. He was born Aug. 10, 1931,
in Jacksonville to the late Tommie Allen and Allie Mae Andrews Gray. He
graduated from Troup High School in 1947.
Mr. Gray was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean
He retired in 1987 from Northern Telecom and after several years as
a private contractor, moved to New Summerfield in 1997.
Mr. Gray was a member of First Baptist Church of New Summerfield.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Joy Gray of New Summerfield;
a son, Paul Gray of Mesquite; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Colin
Gray of Garland; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Joyce Gray
of Troup and Albert and JoAnn Gray of Houston; and a step-mother, Nellie
May Gray of Rusk.
Pallbearers will be Ed Lewis, Jack Read, Chuck Davis, Greg Violetto,
Merle Duty and Keith Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be R.N. Gray, Cleveland
Gray, Mike Gray, John Kern and Ted Sapp.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lottie Mae Moore Carpenter
Services for Lottie Mae Moore Carpenter, 93, of Troup and formerly
of Wilson, are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Thompson Funeral Home Chapel
in Jacksonville. The Revs. Paul Bonner and Bobby Myers will officiate.
Mrs. Carpenter died Sunday at her residence. She was born Jan. 11,
1908 in Laneville.
She lived in Wilson from 1951 until May, 2001, when she moved to Troup.
She worked in laundry service, school cafeteria and cooked for the
Wilson Lions Club before retiring.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Wilson, but attended First
Baptist Church of Troup upon moving to the area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Carpenter; sons, Alfred
Carpenter and Harold Carpenter; parents, Ike and Anna Moore; sister, Lexie;
and brother, Roy.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Doris Carpenter
of Corsicana and Travis and Elizabeth Carpenter of Troup; daughters and
sons-in-law, Pansy Suggs of Jacksonville and Carolyn and Clifford Smith
of Slaton; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Carpenter of New Summerfield; brothers
and sisters-in-law, Joe C. Moore of Troup, Clyde and Marvene Moore of Madisonville,
and Luther and Louise Moore of Troup; sister, Clarissa Henderson of Wilson;
19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren,
numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Services for Mitchell Jones, 77, are pending at Boren-Conner Funeral
Home in Jacksonville.
Obituaries for Monday, November 12, 2001
Ruthie Adams Brooks
Services for Ruthie Adams Brooks, 91, of Bullard will be at 11 a.m.
Tuesday at Mount Nevelton CME Church.
The Revs. William T. Spearman, S. L. Curry, Bruce Lyons and Robert
Christopher will officiate.
Burial will be at Mount Nevelton cemetery under the direction of Community
Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Brooks died Saturday in Tyler.
She was born Nov. 14, 1909, in Mount Enterprise.
She was reared and educated in Troup.
A member of Mount Nevelton CME Church, she served as a stewardess and
a member of the Missionary Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Brooks and two sons,
Elgin and Elroy Brooks.
Survivors include a daughter, Clara Dewberry of Hawkins; sons, L. C.
Brooks, Cecil Brooks, James Brooks, Sammie Brooks, all of Bullard, and
Verlie C. Brooks of Jacksonville; two sisters, Irene Erwin of Fort Worth
and Florine Clayton of Tyler; one brother, J. B. Spencer of Dallas; 21
grand-children; 31 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be grandsons of the deceased.
Honorary pallbearers will be steward of Mount Nevelton CME Church.
Services for Pauline Irby, 79, of Jacksonville will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday
in Thompson Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be at Meador Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral
Mrs. Irby died Saturday at East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville.
She was born April 2, 1922 in Nacogdoches.
She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, B. G. Irby; sons, Richard
Irby of August, Ga., Phillip Irby of Pensacola, Fla., and Scott Irby of
Euless; one step-son, B. G. Irby Jr., of Euless; two daughters, June Irby
Barnett of Austin and Carol Irby Bickers of Dallas; two sisters, Mamie
McDonald of Union Grove and Frances Cleveland of Choctaw, Okla.; 12 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast Texas Chapter,
3613 S. Broadway, Ste. 401, Tyler, TX 75701.
Obituaries for December 17, 2001
Services for Bob Kellis, 69, of Jacksonville and formerly of Victoria
are pending at Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mr. Kellis died today in a Jacksonville hospital. He was born March
20, 1931, in Tyler. He had worked as a truck driver for Martin Trucking
in Kilgore and was affiliated with First Baptist Church in Victoria.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kellis of Jacksonville; sons and
daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Michele Partin of Jacksonville and Keith Partin
of Centerville; daughters, Linda and Kathy Kellis, both of Los Angeles,
Calif.; brothers, John Kellis of Tyler, Dean Kellis of Alto and Bill Kellis
of Victoria; sisters, Bonnie Thompson of Sugarland and Margaret Grimes
of Jacksonville; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obituaries for June 6, 2002
Edward D. Tolley
Edward D. Tolley, 69 of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002,
at the Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.
He was born July 6, 1932, in Goldsboro, S.C., the son of Walter Felix
and Berla Edith Pugh Tolley.
He was one of God’s good ones and loved his whole family.
He was a member of the Carrollton Nazarene Church. Funeral services
will be held Friday in Carrollton with Rev. Matthew Rice officiating.
There will be a 3:30 p.m. committal service following at Resthaven
Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Family visitation will be held Thursday evening at Metrocrest Funeral
Home in Carrollton from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Tolley is survived by his wife, Barbara Tolley of Dallas; three
sons, Ed Tolley Jr. and his wife Vicki of Frisco, Brad Dudley and his wife
Jill of Plano and Barry Dudley and his wife Jayne of Coppell; three daughters,
Debbie Wilson and her husband Bob of West Palm Beach, Fla., Brenda Porter
and her husband Richard of Dallas and Diann Seekell and her husband Jim
of Naples, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; two brothers, Walter Tolley of Charleston,
S.C., and George Tolley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two brothers-in-law, Richard
Rymer of Southbend, Ind., and Wyndel Cummins of Jacksonville; former spouse,
Betty Tolley of Naples, Fla.; and mother-in-law, Una Belle Cummins of Jacksonville.
He is also survived by a host of other extended family members and
Annie Laura Bernard
Services for Annie Laura Bernard, 76, of Cuney will be at 2 p.m. Sunday
at Rock Hill Baptist Church.
The Revs. Delbert Simpson and D.C. Presley will officiate.
Burial will be at Rock Hill Cemetery under the direction of Williams
Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Bernard died Monday in Jacksonville.
She was born April 11, 1926, in Cuney and attended Cuney public school.
She was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors are her brother, Kenneth Ray Johnson of Cuney; and sisters,
Willie Mae Hearne, Ruth Johnson and Ruby Morris, all of Dallas, and Mrs.
Eddie Burns and Annie Walker, both of Houston.
Pallbearers will be Houston Morris, John Walker, Gregory Walker, Charles
Jones, Agentry Morris and Kenneth Hall.
Honorary pallbearers include the deacons of Rock Hill Baptist Church.
Dossie Gillian Christopher
Services for Dossie Gillian Christopher, 88, of Jacksonville will be
at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pennell Chapel CME Church. The Revs. Robert Christopher,
Roger Hunter, Charles Hill and H.C. Whitaker will officiate.
Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Community
Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Christopher died Tuesday at her residence. She was born Feb. 14,
1914, in Jacksonville. She was a lifelong resident and attended Pine Grove
School. She was a housewife and a member of Pennell Chapel CME Church.
Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her husband; son, Lonnie
Landom; and daughter, Jessie Clemons.
She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Boyd of Jacksonville; eight
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Scottie Davis, Howard Fuller Jr., Ricky Fuller,
Cedric Hill, Keith Fuller and Travis Porter Jr. Honorary pallbearers include
William Tilley, George Mosley, George Boyd, Jimmy Mosley and Brian Davis.
John C. ‘J.C’ Crear
Services for John C. “J.C” Crear, 70, of Frankston will be held at
1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church. The Revs. Gary Carter and
Lonnie Ross will officiate.
Burial will be at Mount Olive Sand Flat Cemetery under the direction
of Williams Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mr. Crear died Sunday at a Tyler hospital.
He was born April 8, 1932, in Frankston. He graduated from George Washington
Carver High School and attended Prairie View A&M University.
He retired from Cotter Hardware Co. in Dallas and was a member of Mount
Olive Baptist Church.
Mr. Crear was preceded in death by his son, Rex Crear; parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Leonard Crear; and two brothers. He is survived by his daughters,
La Nana Valencia Crear and Hermila La Vet Crear, both of Dallas and Michele
Crear of Vallejo, Calif.; brother, Joe Crear of Frankston; uncle, R.E.
Pierson of Frankston; aunt, Mrs. Elvie Ewell of Frankston; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Miller, Tony Hall, Oscar Burks, Joe Reed,
Chester Bowen and Lubbarb Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist
Obituaries for Thursday, July 18, 2002
Maudie Avo Lloyd
Services for Maudie Avo Lloyd, 89, of Mixon will be held at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville with the Rev. Vernon
Burial will be at Mixon Cemetery.
Mrs. Lloyd died Tuesday at a Tyler hospital.
She was born July 24, 1912, in Kemp. She was a homemaker and a member
of Bethel Assembly of God in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Lloyd is survived by her son, Charles Bruner of Mixon; daughter,
Margaret Siever of Whitehouse; grandchildren, Mary Ann Benton of Bullard,
Sherry Jones of Colorado, Timothy Bruner of Mixon, Charles Bruner of Mixon
and James David Bruner of Oklahoma; 20 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Charles Bruner, Timothy Bruner, James David Bruner,
Rickey Moon, Clell Benton and Mark Olive.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
George Fleming Jackson
Memorial services for George Fleming Jackson will be held at 2 p.m.
Friday at Renfro Memorial Chapel at Boren-Conner Funeral Home with the
Rev. Lou Gary Thomas officiating.
Mr. Jackson died Tuesday in Tyler after a long illness.
He was born in Mount Pleasant Jan. 5, 1918, to George Ferris and Bonnie
The family moved to Jacksonville when he was 5 years old. He graduated
from Jacksonville High School and attended Lon Morris College and Sam Houston
University in Huntsville. During World War II, he served four years in
the U.S. Army.
After the war, he was a plumbing and heating contractor in Jacksonville,
and he was a member of First United Methodist Church. On retirement, he
moved to Tyler and became a member of Lane’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Jackson Ferguson
and Mary Jackson Wallace; and two brothers, William H. Jackson and James
He is survived by his wife, Zanell Gober Jackson of Tyler; son and
daughter-in-law, George Frederick and Claudia Jackson of Flint; daughter,
and son-in-law, Bonnie Jackson and James Phlieger of Jacksonville; and
stepson and daughter-in-law, Robert and Judy Rohlin of Dallas.
He has 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He has one surviving
brother and sister-in-law, Marshall and Norma Jackson of Temple.
The family requests donations to Hospice of Tyler or Lane’s Chapel
United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.
Services for Carolyn Sue (Wright) Pendleton, 60, of Lubbock were at
2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church’s Ford Chapel with Dr. Joseph Simon
officiating and Jerry Huggins and Phillip Warren assisting.
Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven
Funeral Home of Lubbock.
She died Monday in Lubbock.
She was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Cloverleaf, near Houston. She married
Dr. Joe Pendleton Jr. on Aug. 17, 1962 in Lubbock.
She graduated from South Houston High School in May of 1960.
After that, she received her associate’s degree in May of 1962 from
She moved to Lubbock where she received her bachelor’s degree from
Texas Tech University in 1965.
Finally, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she
received her master’s in special education in 1975.
She was a educational diagnostician for WWCB Clinic in Dallas after
retiring from the public school systems after nearly 25 years of service.
Survivors include her husband of Lubbock; sons, Joe Pendleton III of
Lubbock and Joshua Pendleton of Dallas; daughter, Kathryn Pendleton of
Garland; brothers Floyd Wright of Pasadena, Bobby Wright of Deer Park and
Donald Wright of Georgetown; sisters Kathryn L. Fought of Friendswood,
Linda Warren of Jacksonville, Patricia Helm of Jacksonville and Paula Rozell
The family suggests memorials to the Hungarian Baptist of Romania at
5722 83rd St. Lubbock, TX 79242.
Obituaries for Sunday, November 11, 2001
Services for Linda Chavez, 49, of Cushing are scheduled for 1 p.m.
today at Andarko Christian Church. Bros. Ernest Dixon, Don Crawford and
Bro. Garrett will all officiate.
Burial will be at Mount Zion Cemetery under the direction of Community
Mrs. Chavez died Thursday at Mother Frances Hospital after a lengthy
She was born Dec. 6, 1951, in Rusk County. She was a member of Christ
of Christ in Sacul.
Survivors include sons, Sheldon Anderson, Isaac Mallard and Jason Chavez;
parents, Vadis and Maxine Anderson of Cushing; brothers and sisters-in-law,
James (her twin) and Denise Anderson of Dallas, Elvis Anderson of Palestine,
and Vadis Jr. and Reba Anderson of Nacogdoches; sisters, Marilyn Anderson
of Douglass and Rachael Eagleton of Houston; and grandson, Niko Mallard.
Pallbearers will be Ray Adams, Calvin Anderson, Gregory Bowens, Nathaniel
Adams, Keith Smith, Michael Blanton, Benard Bowens, J.V. Bowens Jr. and
Honorary pallbearers include James Anderson, Vadis Anderson Jr., Elvis
Anderson, Ronald Anderson, Marcus Anderson and Brian Eagleton.
Sam H. Sanderson
Graveside services for Sam H. Sanderson, 82, of Mount Selman, will
be at 11 a.m. Monday at Larissa Cemetery in Jacksonville, under the direction
of Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The Rev. Harold Small will officiate.
Mr. Sanderson died Saturday in Jacksonville. He was born Dec. 2, 1918,
in Mount Selman. He was a chef a “One’s A Meal.”
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Judy Sanderson
of Tyler and Dean and Lisa Sanderson of Troup; daughters and son-in-law,
Sandra and Stanley Davis of Friendswood and Donna Massioneune; sisters,
Virginia McBride, Hazel McAnally and Quida Sanderson, all of Pasadena,
Martha Vincent of Jacksonville, and Loretta Blalock of Houma, La.; 11 grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mark Patrick Ezell
A private service has been scheduled for Mark Patrick Ezell at Thompson
Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
The infant was born and died Friday in a Tyler hospital.
Survivors include his father and mother, Patrick and Alyson Ezell;
brother, Tanner Ezell; and grandparents, Glenn and Wanda Ezell and Jimmy
and Carol Staton; and Hugh Owen.
Obituaries for Monday, July 15, 2002
Hazel Tipton Culbertson
Services for Hazel Tipton Culbertson, 89, of Houston and formerly of
Marshall for 21 years and Jacksonville for seven years, were at 1 p.m.
today at United Methodist Church in New Summerfield with the Rev. Hank
Burial will be held at the McDonald Cemetery in New Summerfield under
the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Jacksonville.
Mrs. Culbertson died Friday in Houston.
She was born Jan. 15, 1913, in Garland. She was a homemaker and was
a Christian Scientist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Culbertson.
She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Culbertson of Houston and
Sara Lynne Shirley of Austin; sisters, Julanne Tipton Emerson of Jacksonville
and Marilyn Tipton Gill of New Summerfield; grandson, Richard Leonard Shirley
and wife, Lanae, of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Sonny Dale Tipton, Jim Tipton, Charles Emerson,
David Emerson, Rick Shirley and Bill Tipton.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Park Plaza
Hospital, South Tower — 9th Floor, 1313 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX, 77004.
Ela Estelle Barnes
Services for Ela Estelle Barnes, 74, of Lake Charles, La., will be
held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. The Rev.
Charles McMillin will officiate.
Burial will be at Prien Memorial Park in Lake Charles.
Mrs. Barnes died Saturday at a Lake Charles care center. She was a
native of Jacksonville, but had lived in Hugh Hope Care Center in Lake
Charles for the last 10 years. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church
and had worked in data processing for Moss Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Barnes; son,
Rhea Barnes; and brother Jimmy Cash.
She is survived by her sons, Danny Barnes of Moore, Okla., Robert Barnes
of LeMont, Ill., and Richard Barnes of Lake Charles; daughter, Elizabeth
DeWoody of Sulphur; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Lake
Obituaries for Friday, July 12, 2002
Roscoe ‘Red’ Session
Services for Red Session, 83, of Rusk will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at
Shady Grove CME Church with the Rev. Joe Harris officiating.
Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery under the direction of Mercy/McGowan
Mr. Session died Thursday at a Rusk nursing home.
He was born Jan. 3, 1919, in Rusk.
He attended Iron Hill School, and he lived most of his life in the
Shady Grove community in Cherokee County.
Mr. Session was a member of Shady Grove CME Church. He was a laborer.
Mr. Session was a Mason in Prince Hall Grand Lodge for 60 years. He
served in the Army for four years.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and two children.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Mae Session of Rusk; son, Johnny Session
of Fresno; daughters, Rose E. King of Rusk, Ceresta Garrett of Lufkin;
Peggy Williams of Rusk and LaTongilia Roberts of Rusk; eight grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Coree Johnson, Stepel Johnson, Ted Tilley, Kabian
Driver, David White and Ray Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Meck Garrett, Lee Roy King, Vincent Roberts,
Sandrel Session, Tony Hart and George Williams.
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and family hour will be
from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Edd L. Ivey
Services for Edd L. Ivey will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Thompson
Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. David Moore officiating.
Burial will be held at Providence Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Mr. Ivey died Thursday in Tyler.
He was born April 13, 1916, in Bullard.
He was a retired employee of International Furniture in Jacksonville.
Mr. Ivey was a member of Tecula Baptist Church, and he served in the
U.S. Army during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ola Ivey; brother,
Carl Ivey; sisters, Gladys Ledford, Laveda Dunn and Lessie Meyers; and
father-in-law and mother-in-law, William David and Katie Johnson Wallace.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Ivey of Jacksonville; son, Robert
Ivey of Palestine; daughter, Terry Yancey of Jacksonville; brother, Harland
Ivey of Durant, Okla.; sisters, Bonnie Harris of Flynn, Dolly Bradford
of Bullard, Katie Alford of Bullard and Lottie Varner of Jacksonville;
seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be great nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Graveside services for Dorothy Gressett, 74, of Magnolia, will be at
10 a.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland. The Rev. Jim Slocumb will
Services are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Home in Navasota.
Mrs. Gressett died Wednesday in Magnolia.
She was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Plantersville. She was a retired clerk
at Veronica’s Fruit Stand and a member of First Baptist Church of Magnolia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.T. Gressett; son, Terry
Gressett; five sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, John and Debbie Sledge
of Conroe, Sammy and Barbara Sledge of Navasota and Daniel Sledge of Magnolia;
daughters and sons-in-law, Annie and John Ardry of Jewett, Louise and Homer
Bradshaw of Houston, Jackie and Jimmy Miller of Arlington, Muschy and Leonard
Coursey of Brookshire, Barbara Gressett of Magnolia and Betty Karonka of
Tomball; brother, Earl Nobles of Navasota; 19 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Navasota.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Royal (R.D.) Harris
Services for Royal (R.D.) Harris, 94, of Rusk will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lee Welch
Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Harris died Thursday at a Rusk nursing home.
He was born Dec. 4, 1907, in Maydelle. He was a resident of Rusk for
60 years and Maydelle for 5 years.
He was a member of First Baptist Church for over 36 years, and he served
as a usher there for 30 years.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Traylor Harris,
on July 4, 2001.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Harris, J.D. Harris, Jess Pierce, Joe Pierce,
Keith Clements and Tony McGraw.
Honorary pallbearers will be Granville Hopson, Bobby Tosh and Bob Clayton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rev. Charles Watson
Services for the Rev. Charles Watson, 75, of Smithville, formerly of
Berryville, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel
in Frankston with the Rev. Jerry Totty officiating.
Burial will be held at the Frankston City Cemetery.
The Rev. Watson died Wednesday at his residence.
He was born June 20, 1927, in Marshall. He was a minister in the Pentecostal
Church of God for 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War
II from 1943-1946.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Watson of Berryville; sons, Richard
Watson of Galveston and Michael Watson of Bedford; daughters, Melba Dawkins
of Berryville, Linda Totty of Brownwood and Becky Routon of Campbell, Calif.;
sister, Melba Lee Ainsworth of Midland; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Randy Totty, Michael Dawkins, Josh Routon, Kris
Watson, Allen Watson and Harold Roy Watson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 1495 W. Hwy. 71,
Suite K; LaGrange, TX; 78681.
Ona Brown Pope
Services for Ona Brown Pope, 89, of Jacksonville will be held at 1
p.m. Sunday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. The Rev. Kenny
Pope will officiate.
Burial will be at New Emmaus Cemetery near Concord.
Mrs. Pope died Tuesday at a Jacksonville hospital.
She was born May 13, 1913, in Cherokee County.
She was a former seamstress at Marja’s in Jacksonville and Dilly Uniform
in Houston. She was Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ras Eugene Pope and daughter,
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Danna Pope
of New Braunfels, Larry and Charlotte Pope of Russellville, Gaylon and
Shirley Pope of Tomball and Robert Pope of Jacksonville; daughters and
sons-in-law, Glenda and Floyd Kelly of Bend, Ore., and Sandra and Eddie
Wright of New Summerfield; sister, Opal Hays of New Summerfield and Wordner
Suggs of Garland; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Pope, Jason Pope, Davis Pope Jr., Ronnie
Pope, Jonnie Waldrup and Timothy Pope.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Rev. Cary ‘Pug’ Hudson
Services for the Rev. Cary “Pug” Hudson, 38, of Tyler will be held
at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Flint. The Rev. Ronnie
Black will officiate.
Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Flint under the direction of
John R. Harmon Undertaking Co.
Mr. Hudson died July 4 at East Texas Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1963, in Tyler.
He was a lifelong resident of the area. He was self-employed and was
a member of the Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Nelson of Jacksonville; grandmother,
Lamell Davis of Tyler; sons, Tyrone Casel of Italy, Billy Casel of Tyler
and Dewayne Banks of Dallas; daughters, Amanda Nelson and Rhonda Hudson,
both of Jacksonville; brothers, Darren and Danny Hudson, both of Tyler;
and sisters, Teresa and Lee Ann Hudson, both of Tyler.
Pallbearers will be Michael Wade, Antonio Wade, John Robinson, Kevin
Arterberry, James Vaughn and Perry Sessions.
Honorary pallbearers include friends of the family.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joe Holliman Starling Jr.
Services for Joe Holliman Starling Jr., 30, of Jacksonville will be
at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sweet Union Baptist Church. The Revs. Julius Session,
Robert Christopher, Dwight Rivers and O. Verdell and Elder Freddie Bush
Burial will be at Blackjack Community Cemetery under the direction
of Williams Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mr. Starling died Wednesday in Cherokee County.
He was born March 28, 1972, in Jacksonville. He was a 1990 graduate
of Jacksonville High School and worked at the TDCJ Coffield Unit in Palestine.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Survivors include his grand mother, Minnie Starling of Jacksonville;
son, Quadrea Starling of Jacksonville; daughter, Khiana Starling of Jacksonville;
brother, David Curley of Lewisville; sister, Regina Starling of Lewisville;
and sister-in-law, Bonnie Curley of Lewisville.
Pallbearers will be fellow correctional officers of the Texas Department
of Criminal Justice.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lorenzo McCullough, Darvin Deckard, Mickey
Lacy, Michael Rusk, Willie Deckard and Chris Rivers.