Miscellaneous Gregg County, Texas Obituaries - 1998

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Fred M. Bigler
GLADEWATER - Services for Fred M. Bigler, 78, of Gladewater will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gladewater Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. O.A. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Gladewater Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Croley Funeral Home of Gladewater. Mr. Bigler, born Feb. 29, 1920, died Wednesday. He was a retired mechanic for Southern Concrete Co.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Jerry Wayne Hamm
Services for Jerry Wayne Hamm, 56, of Kilgore will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Michael Sanders officiating. The family will be receiving friends noon-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Mr. Hamm died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Laird Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hamm is survived by his wife, LaRay Hamm; a daughter, Paula Shafer; a son, James Hamm; his brothers, Altis Hamm, James Hamm and J.W. Hamm; his sisters, Patsy Ruth Goldston, Pearl Pitman and Jean Henshaw; a sister-in-law, Patsy Williams; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ray and Dena Gates; and four grandchildren.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Virginia Frances McBride
PARAGOULD, Ark. - Services for Virginia Frances McBride, 79, of Paragould, Ark., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg, Tenn., will follow at 3 p.m. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. McBride died Wednesday. Survivors include her husband, Don McBride; son, Steve McBride; and daughters, Dr. Frances Hopkins of Longview, Nancy Bruce and Robin Robertson.
[Published May 29, 1998]

John A. Morse
PITTSBURG - Services for John A. Morse, 84, of Pittsburg will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsburg. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. with graveside services at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Mr. Morse died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburg. He was born June 17, 1913, in Union County, Miss. He had resided in Pittsburg since 1980, having moved from Lake Whitney. Mr. Morse, a member of Laguna Park Baptist Church in Laguna Park, was a retired boilermaker superintendent and was associated with the International Boilermakers Union Local 531 for 57 years. Mr. Morse was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Morse, on Aug. 4, 1982; his father, John Wesley Morse; his mother, Smantha Anne Hazelrig Morse; a son, Billy Alton Morse; and a granddaughter, Sheryl Morse. He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Johnny and Noretta Morse and Gerald Morse, all of Pittsburg; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grand- children; and seven great-great- grandchildren. Mr. Morse's grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is 7-9 this evening at the funeral home.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Curtis Pippins
Services for Curtis Pippins, 67, of Longview will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. R.L. Brazzle officiating. Burial will be in Memory Park Cemetery under the direction of Stanmore Funeral Home. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Lulea M. Sheppard
GILMER - Graveside services for Lulea M. Sheppard, 94, of Big Sandy will be held at a later date in Lincoln, Neb. Local arrangements are by Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home. Mrs. Sheppard died Wednesday in Longview. She was born June 15, 1903, in Goff, Kan. Survivors include a son, Omar M. Thieme, and four daughters, Shirley Wood, Pauline Bradley, Phyllis M. Jones and Olive M. Bontrager.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Mae Florence Stokes
Services for Mae F. Stokes, 87, of Longview will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. J.D. Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in New Diana. Arrangements are by Craig Funeral Home. Survivors include a sister, Elsie Daniels, and six grandchildren.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Damon S. Taylor
MARSHALL - Graveside services for Damon S. Taylor, 35, of Longview will be held at noon Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Woodlawn with the Rev. Paula Gold officiating. Arrangements are by the Sullivan Family of Funeral Directors. Mr. Taylor died Thursday at a Longview hospital. He was born April 13, 1963.
[Published May 29, 1998]

Joe C. Clark
KILGORE - Joe C. Clark, 82, of Kilgore gave up his earthly existence on May 28, 1998, and now resides with his Lord and Savior. Graveside services will be held at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 1998, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Duggins officiating. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. J.C. Clark was virtually a lifelong resident of Kilgore. He was a direct descendant of "Deaf" Smith, who was a famous Texas scout. He was a retired newspaper distributor for the Dallas Morning News and the Longview News-Journal. He was also co-founder of Clark Power Tool and Clark Marine in Kilgore. He was a member of the Forest Home Baptist Church. Mr. Clark is survived by his loving wife, Mabel; his children, Bobby Clark of Racine, Wis., David and Patty Clark of Lake Cherokee and Rosemary and J. Bagwell of Longview; his grandsons, Joe David, Randall, Patrick and Clary Clark and Jud Bagwell; his granddaughters, Mrs. Kelyn Alford, Mrs. Robin McLeish and Mrs. Deanne Bagwell Rose; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore.
[Published May 30, 1998]

J. Mark Dowden
Services for J. Mark Dowden, 36, of Avinger will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 30, at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Himer officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mr. Dowden passed away Wednesday, May 27, 1998. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Funeral Home. Mark Dowden, born in Poplar, Mont., on Sept. 17, 1961, was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a loving father and enjoyed spending time with his daughter and will be missed by his many friends. Mr. Dowden is survived by his wife, Georgia Dowden; a daughter, Desiree Dowden; his mother, Imogene Dowden; a brother, Larry Dowden; a sister, Beverly Chatelain; many nieces and nephews; and longtime friend Bill W.
[Published May 30, 1998]

Jerry Wayne Hamm
Services for Jerry Wayne Hamm, 56, of Kilgore will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 30, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Michael Sanders officiating. The family will be receiving friends noon-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Mr. Hamm died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Laird Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hamm is survived by his wife, LaRay Hamm; a daughter, Paula Shafer; a son, James Hamm; his brothers, Altis Hamm, James Hamm, J.W. Hamm and Bobby Ray Hamm; his sisters, Patsy Ruth Goldston, Pearl Pitman and Jean Henshaw; a sister-in-law, Patsy Williams; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ray and Dena Gates; and four grandchildren.
[Published May 30, 1998]

James R. Ives
MARSHALL - Graveside services for James R. Ives, 69, of Marshall will be held at 2 p.m. today at Algoma Cemetery-South. Arrangements are by the Sullivan Family of Funeral Directors. Mr. Ives died Wednesday at a Marshall hospital after an extended illness. He was born July 7, 1928, in Linden.
[Published May 30, 1998]

Juanita Faye Mosby
HENDERSON - Services for Juanita Faye Mosby, 74, of Henderson will be held at 2 p.m. today at Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Orr officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert Jackson. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Mosby, a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, died Thursday in Tyler. Survivors include a son and his wife, T.A. and Barbara Mosby, of Oak Hill.
[Published May 30, 1998]

Damon Scott Taylor
MARSHALL - Services for Damon Scott Taylor, 35, of Longview will be held at noon today, May 30, at the Travis Street Chapel of the Sullivan Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Paula Gold and the Rev. David Massey officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Woodlawn. Mr. Taylor died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. He was born April 13, 1963, in Beaumont to Raymond Otis Taylor, who was born in Marshall, and Wilma Ben Woodell Taylor, who was born in Woodlawn. A Hallsville High School graduate, he was a Baptist and an auto mechanic. Mr. Taylor is survived by his father and stepmother, Raymond and Ethel Taylor of Marshall; his mother, Wilma Taylor of Longview; a sister, Carrie Taylor and husband Craig Ayers of New Diana; a stepbrother, William David Walker of Essex, Md.; a stepniece, Amanda Ayers of New Diana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Flowers are permitted, but memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
[Published May 30, 1998]

Rebecca 'Becky' Turner
GILMER - Services for Rebecca "Becky" Turner, 45, of Diana will be held at 10 a.m. today, May 30, at the Walnut Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Berkley Boyd and the Rev. Ross Worley officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home of Gilmer. Mrs. Turner died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born April 17, 1953, in Gilmer. The lifetime resident of Upshur County was a telephone operator, a beautician and a member of the Walnut Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Turner is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Paul and Rosalie Hopkins of Longview; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Cesar Renteria of Diana; her parents, Bryant and Georgia Faye Cargil of Diana; a granddaughter, Kaylee Renteria of Diana; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Gary Hill and Janet and Butch Vineyard, all of Diana, and Joy and Rod Taylor of Gilmer; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
[Published May 30, 1998]

Rev. Henry P. Alford Sr.
Services for the Rev. Henry P. Alford Sr. of Longview will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 5, at Galilee Baptist Church with the Rev. J.B. Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Jordan Valley Memorial Park, directed by Citizens Funeral Home. The Rev. Alford, a member of Galilee Baptist Church, was a minister. He died Nov. 26, 1998, at a Houston hospital. He is survived by six daughters and four sons-in-law, Claudine and Artis Simon, Irene Alford, Pearl and Elyah Bryant, Elsie D. Johnson, Bessie and Freddie Miller and Judy and Joe Mayo; seven sons and five daughters-in-law, John and Inez Alford, Henry P. Alford Jr., Ben and Willie Alford, Willie M. and Shirley Alford, Robert and Boomsong Alford, Eluster Alford and Emmanuel and Carolyn Alford. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family receiving friends 7-9 p.m.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

C.J. Burton
Services for C.J. Burton of Longview will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Baptist Church with Elder Glen Hawkins and the Rev. J.C. Watkins officiating with burial in Post Oak Cemetery, directed by Citizens Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with family visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Brenda; daughter, Toxia Burton-Rauls; son, Terry; four brothers, Varn Burton, the Rev. H.B. Burton, Harvey Burton and Carver Burton; and two sisters, Limmie Murphy and Eva Joyce Johnson.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Wendell Allen Cook
GILMER - Services for Wendell Allen Cook, 74, of Gilmer will be held at 2 p.m. today at East Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. John Harp, the Rev. Aubrey Pate and the Rev. Bill Hansen officiating. Interment will be in East Mountain Cemetery, directed by Croley Funeral Home. He died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in Gilmer. He was born July 31, 1924, in the Sand Hill community. He married Audrey Webb Nov. 5, 1943, in the East Mountain community. He was an equipment operator, a member of the East Mountain Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Audrey Cook of East Mountain; his sons and daughters-in-law, James Allen and Bobbie Cook of Big Sandy, Phillip Michael and Sharon Cook of New York and Robert Keith and Marilyn Cook of Lufkin; his daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda Jean and Lindley Hagler of Gilmer and Judy Renee and David Jones of White Oak; two brothers, Travis Cook of Shreveport and Wiley Cook of Gilmer; five sisters, Lena Copeland of Canton and Annis Davis, Eugina Bellowe, Bernice Wallace and Mae Dean Tackett, all of Gilmer; 12 grand-children; seven great-grand- children; five stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Leander Cook, Royce Cook, Haskell Dean, Mark Huffhines, David Tackett and Jimmy Tackett. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Huffhines and Donald Cavitt. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Longview.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Marilynn Davis
GILMER - Services for Marilynn Davis, 69, of Hawkins will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Long officiating. Burial will be in Paron Cemetery in Wood County. Mrs. Davis, a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church, died Tuesday in Tyler. She was born June 18, 1929, in the Shady Grove community. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Edith Bates Fletcher
Graveside services for Edith Bates Fletcher, 96, of Longview will be held at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 3, 1998, at Grace Hill Mausoleum with Dr. W.D. OÕNeal and the Rev. Jonathan Jehorek officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. She died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998. Mrs. Fletcher was born July 2, 1902, in Water Valley, Miss. She married Peter Fletcher of Shreveport. He preceded her in death June 11, 1967. Mrs. Fletcher was a member of the Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport. Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her nieces, Kitty Booth and Ann Baumgardner, both of Longview, Ann Lee Haschke of Dallas, Janice Weaver of LaFernia and Helen Temple of Oroville, Calif., and nephews, Morris Moore of Beaumont and Michael Gay of Katy.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Bonnie T. Gaddy
HENDERSON - Services for Bonnie T. Gaddy, 98, of Mount Enterprise will be held at 11 a.m. today at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Owens officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. She died Tuesday in a Nacogdoches hospital. Born Dec. 14, 1899, in Mount Enterprise, she was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, W.G. "Bill" Gaddy of Houston.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Cecil "Scotty" Grant
Services for Cecil "Scotty" Grant of Longview will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Parkview Baptist Church with Pastor J.C. Watkins officiating with burial in Jordan Valley Cemetery directed by Craig Funeral Home, where visitation is 6-7 p.m. today. Survivors are his wife, Linda; children, Artra, Tina, Penny, April and Tory; brother, Walter Grant; sister, Jackie Burnett; and mother, Artra Mitchell.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Bob Knox Jr.
GILMER - Services for Bob Knox Jr., 53, of Ore City will be held at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 3, 1998, at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Craig Evers officiating. Burial will follow in Ore City Cemetery. Mr. Knox died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in Longview. Born Nov. 28, 1945, in Plant City, Fla., he was of the Presbyterian faith and was employed by Lone Star Steel Co. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Clara Knox, and a sister, Marie Ladner. Survivors include his wife, Julia Knox, one son, James "Jimmy" Knox, and one daughter, Rita Clawson, all of Ore City; one brother, Ed Knox of Denver, Colo.; and numerous other relatives. Pallbearers will be Dwight Bowers, Wayne Cason, J.R. Coulter, Jim Atchison, Donald Beene Jr. and Carl Underwood. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

James Alden Mansinger
Funeral services for James Alden Mansinger, 93, of Longview will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Jonathan Jehorek and the Rev. Bill OÕNeal officiating. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Rock Springs Cemetery. Mr. Mansinger had lived in Longview since the early 1930s. He was born in Rusk County on Nov. 15, 1905. He retired from Norton and Barbee Grocery and pursued ranching. Several years ago, he received an award for 50 years of perfect attendance from the Kiwanis Club. He was a longtime, active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving on the session for many years. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Mansinger's great nephews will serve as pallbearers. He is survived by his wife, Maurine; a sister-in-law, Oleta Mansinger of Henderson; his nieces, Mary Nelle Dickerson of Longview and Wanda Louise Houston of Henderson; and his nephews, Edward Mansinger of Longview and David Mansinger of Henderson.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Emma Grace McGuire
N. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Services for Emma Grace McGuire, 62, of Longview, formerly of Little Rock, will be held at Rollar-Owens Funeral Home at 1 p.m. today. Mrs. McGuire died Monday. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Jackie Hays, and grandson, Beau Hays, all of Longview. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society or the National Democratic Party.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Bubba Ferguson Robinson
GILMER - Services for Bubba Ferguson Robinson, 76, of Longview will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home Chapel with Brother J.C. Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Gilmer City Cemetery. Mr. Robinson, a Baptist, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in Longview. Born Aug. 23, 1922, in Decatur, Ga., he had served in the U.S. Army and was a retired building subcontractor and floor mechanic. Mr. Robinson is survived by a daughter, Patsy Sue Campbell, and a son-in-law, Jeffery Potter, both of Longview, and two sisters, Hazel Jones of Sulphur Springs and Isabell Hopkins of Gilmer. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 3, at the funeral home.
[Published Dec. 3, 1998]

Allen Barber
Services for Allen Barber of Longview, formerly of Gilmer, will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with Grady Jones, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Barber Cemetery in Tyler. Mr. Barber, a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver, was born in Gilmer. He died Monday at his residence. Survivors include two daughters and one sister-in-law.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Louise Wells Biddle
NAPLES - Services for Louise Wells Biddle, 63, of Omaha will be held at 3 p.m. today at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nolan Richey and the Rev. Glen Griffith officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery. Mrs. Biddle, a Baptist and retiree of Furon Co., died Wednesday at her residence. Survivors include her husband, B.J. Biddle, and daughter, Linda Portwood, both of Omaha.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

James Arthur Brantley
Services for James Arthur Brantley will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Golden Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Timothy Brown officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hallsville, directed by Stanmore Funeral Home, where visitation is 7-8 p.m. today. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; father, B.W.; son, Bobby; daughter, Lasonya; grandfather, Raymond; and five sisters.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

O.J. "Buck" Childs
JEFFERSON - Services for O.J. "Buck" Childs, 76, of Lake O' the Pines near Avinger will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Haggard-Heaster Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Janz and the Rev. Elbert Reavis officiating. Burial will be in Mims Chapel Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Childs died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, in Linden. He was born Dec. 10, 1921, in El Dorado, Ark., to Sudye Grunden and Ossie Childs. Coming from Satana, Kan., he had lived in the Avinger area for 18 years and served as a deacon at Lake OÕ the Pines Baptist Church. A veteran of the U.S. Army and a 32nd Degree Mason, Mr. Childs had been a maintenance superintendent at Cities Service. Mr. Childs is survived by his wife, Dorothy Childs of Lake O' the Pines; one son, Michael Richard Childs of Edmond, Okla.; one daughter, Phyllis Bice of Mabank; one brother, Jim Childs of Greenwood, La.; one sister, Oleeta Fitts of Ruston, La.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

William Colbert
Services for William Colbert of Longview will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rollins Church of Christ with Brother Danny E. Craig Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Post Oak Union Cemetery, directed by Craig Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Mable Colbert; a sister, Fannie Mae Colbert; and a son, William Mack Colbert. Visitation is 7-8 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Tina Michelle Flood
DAINGERFIELD - Services for Tina Michelle Flood, 23, of Houston, formerly of Lone Star, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Daingerfield with the Rev. Ted White officiating. Burial will be in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. Tina was born March 14, 1975, in Naples, Texas. She died Dec. 1, 1998, in Houston. She was a Methodist and had attended school at Paul Pewitt and Daingerfield-Lone Star school districts. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Regena and Tom Birdwell of Lone Star; her father and stepmother, Danny and Nena Flood of Nederland; four brothers, Jody Oddo of Dallas, Chris Flood of Ore City, Andy Grinage of Maud and Christopher Birdwell of Mount Vernon; two sisters, Dawn Flood of Nederland and Kristin Birdwell of Mount Vernon; her grandparents, Betty and Powell Craker of Houston and Buck and Elaine Perkins of Omaha; a very special friend, Justin Chapman of Houston; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crime Victims Compensation Division, P.O. Box 12198, Austin, TX 78711-2198.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Fern Bennett Ford
Graveside services for Fern Bennett Ford, 81, of Longview will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Memory Park Cemetery with Pastor Phillip R. Fenton officiating. She was born, Dec. 29, 1916, in Barnsdall, Okla. She died Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 1998, in Longview. Mrs. Ford, a 50-year resident of Corpus Christi, had resided in Longview since 1986. She was a homemaker and member of First Lutheran Church of Longview. She had been an accountant for Mokeen Oil Co. Her husband, L.E. Ford, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Building Fund, 600 W. Garfield, Longview, TX 75603, or to Hospice Longview, 1306 Pine Tree Road, Longview, TX 75604. Mrs. Ford is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Billie and Bill Padgett of Longview; her granddaughters, Terri Fields of Longview and Tracey Phillips of Roswell, N.M.; her grandsons, Andrew and Taylor Fields; two sisters, Thelma Hawkins and Armel Anderson, both of Borger; one niece; and two nephews.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Anna Bell Heathcock
Graveside services for Anna Bell Heathcock, 81, of Longview will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home. Mrs. Heathcock died Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 1998, in a local nursing home. She was a member of the Baptist faith and had lived in Longview for 40 years. Survivors include a brother-in-law and his wife, Gene and Alberta Heathcock, and a niece, Dorothy Jean Smith.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Dora E. Hudson
HENDERSON - Services for Dora E. Hudson, 100, of Henderson will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Kuykendell and the Rev. Bill Hitt officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Hudson, a Baptist and a homemker, died Wednesday at a Henderson health center. She was born Jan. 15, 1898, in Lewisville, Ky.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Bob Knox Jr.
GILMER - Services for Bob Knox Jr., 53, of Ore City were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Craig Evers officiating. Burial was in Ore City Cemetery. Mr. Knox died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in Longview. Born Nov. 28, 1945, in Marietta, Ga., he was of the Presbyterian faith and was employed by Lone Star Steel Co. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Clara Knox, and a sister, Marie Ladner. Survivors include his wife, Julia Knox, one son, James "Jimmy" Knox, and one daughter, Rita Clawson, all of Ore City; one brother, Ed Knox of Denver, Colo.; and numerous other relatives. Pallbearers were Dwight Bowers, Wayne Cason, J.R. Coulter, Jim Atchison, Donald Beene Jr. and Carl Underwood. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the funeral home.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Willie Theo "Bill" Owen
GILMER - Services for Willie Theo "Bill" Owen, 88, of Fort Worth, formerly of Gilmer, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gilmer with Dr. David Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Gilmer. Mrs. Owen died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, in Fort Worth. She was born July 8, 1910, in Gilmer, where she lived almost all her life, and was a seamstress and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gilmer. Mrs. Owen was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. "Hub" Owen in January 1997. She is survived by her son, Tommy Owen of Fort Worth; three grandchildren, Amy James, Amanda Owen and Adam Owen; two great-grandchildren, Allison James and Blake James; a brother, Walter Davis of Kilgore; and a sister, Clara Williams of Longview. Pallbearers will be Steve Dean, George Dodd, Dicky Harrison, Larry Henson, Danny Johnson and Steve Stewart. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at the funeral home.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]

Dr. Robert M. Park
Services for Dr. Robert M. Park, 85, of Longview will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jim Elam officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Carthage. Dr. Park died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, in a Longview hospital. He was born March 26, 1913, in Carthage and had been a resident of Longview since 1938. Dr. Park was a graduate of the Illinois College of Chiropody and Foot Surgery in Chicago. He was the owner of the Park Foot Clinic in Longview until his retirement. Dr. Park was a member of the First Christian Church of Longview and the Scottish Rite and Sharon Temple in Tyler. Dr. Park is survived by his sister, Madie Garner of Hallsville; his brothers, Horace R. Park of Hico and Bernard B. Park of Duncanville; and several nieces and nephews, including Bill and Donna Park of Longview. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola S. Park, in April 1998. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at the funeral home Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 190567, Dallas, TX 75219-0567.
[Published Dec. 4, 1998]


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